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Turn the ageing clock back with Yardley’s defy time foundations

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A foundation specially targeted for anti-aging wow probably the first of it’s kind I’ve ever come across. The foundation is enriched with an ideal lift and helps fight signs of aging that have firming and moisturising properties leaving you with a younger, radiant appearance. Available in 6 shades at selected Clicks, Foschini, Edgars, Dis-Chem and leading pharmacies nationwide for R159.95

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And I know that I previously mentioned that foundations have died and been replaced by bb creams but with the mass amount of foundations that have landed on my beauty desk with new innovations they have managed to restore my love and faith for foundation. Thing is lately my skin has been misbehaving a bit so I’ve been needing more coverage than what a tinted moisturiser or bb cream can offer me. The Yardley defy time foundation really fascinated me as this is the first one that actually claims to help with anti-ageing when I look at the ingredients I do see grape seed oil which is an ingredient used in anti-aging products but I wouldn’t classify this as the strongest anti-ageing ingredient they could have used but something is better than nothing but don’t expect this to be your fountain of youth which Yardley never actually claimed it to be, so no disappearing wrinkles so to speak.
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Packaging wise it comes in a glass bottle which makes me think of high end brands like Bobbi Brown type packaging. So you will need to be careful when handling the bottle. The pump helps to control the amount of product you dispense.

The scent and coverage actually remind me of my beloved Yardley oat meal tinted moisturiser which I lived on by the bottle all throughout high school just with a thicker consistency. My perfect shade is medium beige and I can use true beige if I get a bit more tanned or caramel as a contouring shade. A tip on how to find your perfect shade is actually to swatch it on your jaw line and the shade that disappears is your perfect match. It is a good idea to keep different shades on hand as our skin tone can change when we get more tanned or paler from sun and season changes however you do want to apply a foundation that blends in flawlessly with your skin otherwise it looks very unnatural, a shade too light will make you look like a ghost and a shade to dark will make you look muddy, personally one of my pet peeves but I know many people get this wrong.

I enjoyed this foundation. It provides light coverage but is buildable. Is suited for all skin types. The foundation lasts the whole day you don’t even need a primer or setting powder. It applies smoothly leaving a satin finish and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It Is really moisturising but doesn’t leave my combination skin feeling and looking like an oil slick or dry out and turn my face into fish scales or cake I actually think they found the exact balance between matt and luminous glow. The colour does not oxidise, adds radiance and gives a fresh luminous dewy complexion which is what you want in a foundation if you want your skin to look younger you want hydrating formulas which make your skin look dewy and glowing.
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From left to right medium beige, true beige and caramel

Christmas gift ideas

Wow can you believe it is nearly Christmas an the end of 2015 I don’t know about you but I feel like this year flew by so quickly. Christmas shopping can be so stressful and I always find it is better to get these things done as soon as possible to ease the stress. I’ve put together a few Christmas gift ideas. Christmas is actually the time especially for beauty where you can get amazing sets with limited edition gift additions at bargains which you can either take apart and keep for yourself or if you really love them then the whole set.

MontBlanc Lady Emblem Set

 

MB012C02Consists of: 50ml EDP& 100ml Body Lotion

R895
Available at: Foschini, Truworths & Stuttafords

 

Repetto Gift Set

RP001C05_REPETTO_COF EDT 50+BL100
Consists of: 50ml EDT & 100ml Body Lotion
R895
Available at: Truworths & Stuttafords

Lanvin Gift Set

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Consists of: 50ml EDP & 100ml Body Lotion R795
Available at: Stuttafords

Oscar de la Renta Gift Set

Extraordinary Holiday Gift Set
Consists of: 100ml EDP, 100ml Body Lotion & Rollerball R1295
Available at: Truworths & Stuttafords

My experience at Urban escape spa and all you need to know about gelish

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I love visiting spas it’s always such a treat to be pampered. Last week I was invited by Sonette to come in and visit the Urban escape spa situated in Hobart grove shopping centre in Bryanston. Whenever I attend a spa I love getting gelish done on my hands and feet and a facial or massage. At urban escape I opted for a gelish mani and pedi and a dermalogica facial.

a lot of dermalogica
a lot of dermalogica
The entrance
The entrance

 

pedi and mani lounge
pedi and mani lounge

 

the gorgeous view
the gorgeous view

 

The facial room
The facial room

Here is some info about urban escape which I got off the website www.urbanescape.co.za. Check out the website for all the prices and treatments.
URBAN ECAPE owners Ilana and Jean have used their diverse knowledge of different industries to create a novel experience for their guests. Ilana’s long-standing track record in the beauty industry and Jean’s interior-design and hospitality skills, all play an active role in bringing the unique, distinctly Urban elements of the salon to life!Whether you are looking to improve your skin through targeted treatments, to find the perfect gift, or to celebrate aspecial occasion with friends in our pedi lounge; our stylish, vibrant spa will lift your spirits and feed your soul”
The staff were really friendly and the view was gorgeous whilst I had my mani and pedi in the lounge. Tanya took care of me during my visit and she did an amazing job.

I chose gossip girl and waterfield as an accent nail
I chose gossip girl and waterfield as an accent
what i would do for a nail polish displayer like this
what i would do for a nail polish displayer like this
all the gelish colours you can choose from
all the gelish colours you can choose from

 
Now let me chat about gelish as many of you are still pretty uncertain. Gelish is basically what you can call a permanent nail polish, it goes on just like a normal polish would by being painted on with polishes. Trust me if you go gelish you will never be able to look at a normal nail polish the same way ever again! I’ve been using gelish for 3 years now and it’s so much better than normal nail polishes because I am really bad at waiting for nail polishes to dry and gelish dries instantly since you pop it under a UV or LED lamp. It does not damage the nail at all and actually strengthens it since it makes the nails super hard. I get high gloss nails that don’t chip since gelish doesn’t budge it only grows out with your nail, I can wear it for a month before I remove it. Removal is really easy too you just need to buff the shiny part of your nail and the soak a cotton ball in acetone, place it on your finger and wrap in tin foil, within minutes it will melt off. If you don’t want to go into the salon to have it done Nailene sells a gelish kit where you can do it yourself and for colours a helpful hint is that you can actually just use normal nail polish so you don’t have to invest in specific gelish polishes, the only thing that is important really is the gelish base and top coat.

Review: Avon October 2015 favourites

Avon is always famous for bringing out so many new products each month so below I chat through my favourites.

Avon october favs

  1. Avon ultra colour lip crayon-raspberry rush (R129,95)

I’ve used these before they have just brought out a new shades. The shade raspberry red is a cross between plum and red. The pen format allows for easy control and can also be used as a lip liner and doesn’t require any sharpening I find these the easiest and most convenient to use. It is very pigmented and glides on smoothly. Smells good enough to eat like lollipops. The formula is creamy but feels a bit heavy on the lips. It is also very hydrating and not drying at all however it can easily transfer and is not long lasting at all but that is expected with the playoff between lasting power and hydration.

avon swatch ultra colour lip crayon raspberry rush

  1. Avon super extend precise liquid liner (R119,95)

Now liquid liners especially pen formats still make me nervy one wrong move and you have a big mess. You really need to know what you are doing and have a steady hand however this can be perfected with practise over time. If you know what you are doing pens are your best friend they are quick and convenient. Packaging wise the pen is very thin and has a grip to make it easy to control and hold I would have however liked the lid to click shut as it feels a bit loose to me so thing may dry quicker but I’ve been using it for about a month and it hasn’t dried yet. The point is very sharp but fortunately it is very soft and bends as you apply. The tip is really thin so you can draw really thin lines for a natural look or build a thick line. The pen glides on really smoothly, doesn’t tug or pull the eye lid, is highly pigmented and dries instantly. I don’t really know why it is called superextend since it is not water proof one drop of water and a gentle rub and it disappears however if you don’t come into contact with water it does stay put the whole day.

  1. Avon 3D plumping lipgloss-mauve (R109,95)

Packaging wise I love the new brush they use  lip brush format instead of a sponge tip. I didn’t notice a massive pluming effect but generally anything glossy or shimmery gives you a 3D effect. It smells strongly of peppermint which is the ingredient that gives you the plumping effect. The peppermint is always what gives you that tingling refreshing feeling when you apply it. Not sticky, is hydrating and moisturises the lip but again not long lasting.

Swatch of superextend eyeliner pen on the left and 3D pluming lipgloss on the right
Swatch of superextend eyeliner pen on the left and 3D pluming lipgloss on the right
  1. Avon glow bronzing pearls-deepest bronze (R159,95)

Now these have been around for ages they have just brought out new shades. This is nice to dust over as a setting powder which matiffies the skin, which warms up the complexion and you a nice healthy sun kissed glow. Or it can be used as a blush if lightly applied over cheeks. I would recommend it for contouring though as it is a bit too orange and shimmery. Lasting power is pretty good as it is still visible by the end of the day. The packaging reminds me of Guerlain meteorites pearls but the balls sometimes get stuck in my brush and it can get messy. The shade deepest bronze is a metallic light copper shade. You need to be quite light handed with this as it is quite pigmented and too much makes you look unnatural like one of those disaster fake tans. The scent bothers me a bit it has a strong “old lady” scent to it but once applied on the face I don’t really notice it.

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  1. Avon big & false lash volume mascara (R139,95)

Packaging wise I really like the big tube it makes it easy to hold also the lid clicks shut sealing it airtight. The brush is a bit big for my liking as I battled to reach the smaller lashes in the corners and the bottom lashes. The formula is quite dry which makes it dry quickly. I don’t notice a false lash effect however it gives great volume but doesn’t do much on the length side. Quite buildable I applied 3 coats in the photo and it got a little more dramatic after each coat and didn’t clump as the brush separated the lashes nicely. It s great for sensitive eyes as it didn’t irritate my eyes. The formula is quite impressive as it held the curl but retained elasticity and by the end of the day it didn’t crumble and I didn’t notice anything underneath my eye. It was easily removed with my normal cleanser I didn’t need an eye makeup remover.

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  1. Avon colortrend nail enamel-hot (R39,95)

The colour hot can be described as Christmas in a bottle. It’s a nice small bottle so you don’t have to commit to the same colour and it is actually possible to finish the it as I don’t know about you but I have never managed to finish a nail polish. It dries really quickly but the formula is quite thin and the lasting power is not great it chips really quickly but for this price one would expect that.

  1. Avon nail art press-on nails (R119,95)

These remind me a lot of the broadway nails impress but slightly cheaper with better designs. There are 24 in a pack so you will definitely find your size. Love these they really make manis so quick and easy you just peel off the adhesive tab, press and go. So much cheaper and easier they booking a mani at the salon or even painting you nails yourself. There is no drying time or UV lamps required and these don’t damage your nail either. They last really long I got over a weeks wear. Removal is also painless you can just peel them off or use nail polish remover and they come right off. The design stays glossy and remains the same throughout your wear.

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Review: Throw away your eyelash curlers as Rimmel 24 hr supercurler volume & curl mascara has arrived

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Rimmel mascaras such a nostalgic memory I have of their mascaras. I was about 11 and I was wondering around Clicks beauty section looking for my first ever mascara as I had just learnt that I really need a mascara for my non-existent lashes I was immediately drawn to the Rimmel glam’ eyes mascara the packaging was just so eye catching and was my fave colour pink. What was inside was just as amazing and was the only mascara that I have ever finished.

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Now I typical asian lashes they are very short and lie quite flat so I have to be really fussy when it comes to the type of mascaras that will actually work on my lashes so there aren’t many mascaras that land on my beauty desk that really wow me and I’ve tossed many alike. If you were wondering for asian eyes you need a wand that is not too big, a formula which is not too wet and a lengthening mascara. Which is why this mascara is not particularly suited for my lashes specifically suited for my lashes but may be for yours.

The Rimmel 24 HR supercurler mascara basically offers is a volumising  mascara with a 24 hr curling power so you can use it without an eyelash curler.  This is a really great idea since eyelash curlers can be quite a torture instrument as clipping your eyelid is extremely painful but I have to curl my lashes otherwise the mascara won’t make any difference to my lashes.

Rimmel supercurler mascara before and after

Now for what I thought:

Packaging wise I always love rimmel mascaras they make the most beautiful eye catching tubes, this one is a beautiful metallic purple rocket shape, the large rocket shape makes it easy to hold and find in your makeup bag.

The brush is very large and curved to shape the contours of your eye. Personally because my lashes are short I find the smaller the brush the better it works for my lashes. The curve on the brush is the main feature for the curling effect as it actually scoops the lashes upwards.

The formula is rather dry but I prefer this over really wet formula that take longer to dry so when I blink I end of with a hot mess. The colour is a really intense black. The brush doesn’t pick up much product so you can go from natural and build it up to how dramatic you want  it. It doesn’t offer much length but does wrap the lashes nicely without clumping to offer volume. For my lashes it did hold up the lashes for the whole day however it wasn’t as dramatic as if I used a lash curler since my lashes literally lie down so curling it is a real mission. There is also minimal flaking and fallout at the end of the day under the eye.

You can find this mascara at all major retailers like Clicks, Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Foschini, Edgars, The Hub, Pick n Pay and pharmacies for R119.95

Yardley London gel lac nails gets a bottle makeover

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Now this range has been around for quite a while now but has recently been given a bottle revamp it actually looks very similar to Nails Inc bottles. The formula is exactly the same.

What Yardley says about it: “This easy to apply nail polish will give you fabulous shine and volume-perfect gel-look without the fuss. With its ultra brilliant intense colour, outstanding one coat application and fantastic gloss and  volume your nails are sure to say Va-va voom! “Just apply one coat with the flat brush and wait to dry no need for UV lights. To remove simply use some nail polish remover. For added gloss and volume add a second coat.

Now I’ve had my fair share of gelish manicures but not everybody has the time or money to buy the kits or go into the salon so the thought of having a gelish manicure in a bottle is something of a dream and many brands have been trying to come out with nail polishes that come close but haven’t yet truly nailed it but I believe we can get there. Nail polishes are vitally important they just add an instant fashion accessory to your outfit and the possibilities, colours and nail art can just be endless.

The brush on these babies I must first mention are the best I have ever used it’s a flat wide brush with a rounded tip and the exact right length it just makes applying it so simple, quick and mess free. The rounded tip makes it easy to just swipe the polish on without getting it on the cuticles. With a straight tip brush you have to manoeuvre the brush around the cuticle area with can be messy. The fact that it is a flat brush means the full brush will be as close to the nail bed as possible, most brands tend to use round brushes. The wide brush helps to pick up enough polish and cover the entire nail in one swipe as opposed to 3 swipes.

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The polish itself is thicker than a normal nail polish which makes for quicker, easier gel like application. These dry incredibly quickly. They are more pigmented than normal nail polishes. I applied 2 coats with a base coat(to prevent staining) and no top coat and my nails did look glossy like if I were to apply a top coat usually and it lasted a little over a week. My nails look glossy and feel smooth but the glossiness does wear off a bit as the days go by.

There is a massive variety of shades and the great thing is the names are really what the colours are so no confusion there.

I was sent 5 to show you below:

The first shade is scarlet red

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My favourite from the range applied this as soon as I saw it. This is the perfect classic red. I love red nails it is the LBD (little black dress) of nail polishes basically, it’s just such a timeless classical colour that just goes with every colour outfit and just something every woman if they don’t already have it needs. You can wear it during any season. This one you can get away with one coat of this.

Plum

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A beautiful dark purple very great winter colour. You will need 2 coats of this as it contains less white pigment so it can be a bit sheer with 1 coat.

Nothing but nude

yardley gel lac nails nothing but nude

This is a gorgeous nude shade very understated and toned down for somebody who doesn’t want to make a statement but still wants a my nails but better look. One coat is enough.

Fuschia

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A bright bold pink. More of a summer shade. Quite sheer so you will need to apply 2 coats.

Firey tangerine

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Very bright bold orange for the more daring. One coat looks great

These are definitely worth a look at next time you are at the Yardley stand.

How to beat dry lips and memories of lip-ice original

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IMG-20150701-00692 IMG-20150701-00694Lips are the focal point of you face and we use them for so many things so we always want them to look polished and in prim condition. And let’s face it is rather embarrassing to have scaly bleeding lips (way to kill the mood right?!) I’ve suffered from dry lips all my childhood but since I’ve started blogging I’ve learnt many things to keep it at bay. Let me emphasise that there is no instant solution to cracked/dry lips this takes constant maintenance so no magic cure product here unfortunately. Dry lips can be very annoying especially during winter. Here’s a list of beauty tips for dry lips that will help you sail through any time of the year with beautiful and moisturized lips. You may think of chapped lips as something that only happens in the winter. But the truth is, unless you take special care, your lips can get dry, sore, and scaly any time of year. If you do these things, you could be your own worst enemy when it comes to healthy lips. You Go Commando Your lips don’t have oil glands, and they’re almost always exposed to the elements. So if you don’t take care of them, you’ll pay the price. What can you do to keep them safe?

  1. Lip balms – a must for dry lips: Lips balms act as a protection from the sun. A thin coat is good enough to keep it greasy and it also helps lips from getting chapped. Use the right lip Balm Peppermint enriched lip balms soothe the chapped lips. A good balm can buffer your delicate lip skin from the elements. Choose one high in emollients. Check the ingredient list for petrolatum, which locks in moisture, and dimethicone which seals off cracks and splits in drying lips. Apply early and often. Whatever type of product you choose, apply it before you put on lipstick or lip gloss, not after. To keep your lips protected, reapply frequently, apply first thing in the morning, last thing at night your cleanser may actually be drying out your lips —both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide disrupt your pH balance and can cause chipping and every couple of hours during the day. To make this easier, stash a tube in your purse, one in the car, a third your desk, and another near the bed. I recommend the Original Lip-Ice has been here since the beginning since 1965 to be exact; it is the original source of lip care and has been looking after South African lips since before you can remember. Comes in a variety of flavours(cherry, spearmint, musk, bubble gum, peach-apricot, orange, cocoa butter and original) and are really affordable(R19,95). It’s back to basics and simple and using these again has just reminded me how much I love them especially the cherry variant. It is nice and thick so it forms a good protective moisture barrier.
  2. Protect your lips when you’re outside choose a lip balm with sun protection year-round.
  3. Drink up. Not enough water factors inside and outside your body can dry out your lips. You know it has tons of benefits for your body. One of those is to fight the dehydration that leads to chapped lips. On one hand we spoke of moisture being lost from your lips, now let’s talk about how you can regain it. The obvious answer is to drink lots of water to keep the level of moisture balanced. It also helps to clean up your system for an overall healthy body. Hydrating from the inside will help keep your lips from getting dry.
  4. Use a humidifier indoors. These devices provide the moisture your lips and skin crave. It’s great to have one at work as well as at home, especially in the winter. Turn it on at night to replenish your skin while you sleep.
  5. Don’t lick your lips. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, running your tongue over your lips is the worst thing you can do for them. As your saliva dries, it takes more moisture from your skin. Reach for your lip balm instead. Licking your lips when they are dry is a common habit that all of us have. But it is not a good idea if you’re looking to treat dry lips. It is a vicious circle, you lick, it dries and you lick again. Biting doesn’t help either (yes I am talking to you Anastasia from fifty shades of grey). It makes the lips dry and sometimes bleed too. Don’t lick your lips. We lick our dry lips to add some moisture, but it actually dries them out even more. Your saliva contains acids that break down food, but they also irritate your lips. Plus, continuously licking will remove any natural oils you have on your lips.
  6. Avoid irritants that get in touch with your Lips. Ingredients in toothpastes for example are proven to cause irritation on dry lips. Obviously you can’t stop brushing your teeth but just be extra cautious not to let it linger on your lips for too long
  7. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate Yes, don’t look so shocked but you do have lip scrubs to exfoliate your lips. It is obviously to help you get rid of the dead skin and make your lips soft and supple, ready to be kissed! Use a lip exfoliator or make an at-home paste with sugar and honey. For very sensitive lips, use a clean, soft toothbrush and brush it back and forth.
  8. For chapped and sore lips, slice up a cucumber into thin pieces and leave them over lips for five minutes (try it while you’re watching TV). It helps rehydrates your lips, and feels fantastic.
  9. Stick to lipsticks with conditioners like vitamin E, macadamia oil, and shea butter. Take a pass on matte lip colours in favour of moisturizing lipsticks. If you must go matte (hey, it’s a hot trend this season!), apply a lip conditioner before.
  10. If your lips are chapped, take a pass on drinking orange juice, eating grapefruit, and putting any other citrus fruits near your lips—they can cause more dryness.
  11. Say goodbye to those hot wings for a while, because yes, spicy foods can dry out your lips.
  12. Suffering from really bad chapping? Look for a treatment with ceramides, which help to restore the skin barrier.