Review: Avon Free for Him and Her

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Avon Free For Her is a floral, fruity and oriental fragrance. The freshness of iced pear granite matches with electric magnolia and gilded amber.

It is a lovely fruity sweet fragrance, best layered together using the body lotion first then the perfume to increase lasting power. It is not overpowering, I would say it is a fragrance for the young at heart. It kind of reminds me of Britney Spears Fantasy (it is even the same colour). When I smell it I get a strong whiff of vanilla even though that isn’t an official note.

The bottle is very trendy and unique with it’s upside down standing design, a pretty hue of a cross between purple and pink looks really great on any ladies’ dressing table.

Avon Free For Him is a vibrant aromatic fougere fragrance. Spicy ginger adds energy to the edgy infusion of velvety violet leaves and warm musk

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MORGAN TAYLOR MATADORA COLLECTION

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The Matadora Fall collection from Morgan Taylor (yet another winner!) is a perfect reimagining of Fall classic colours. Inspired by the rich and sumptuous colors of Spain, the Matadora collection will ease you into fall by donning your nails with rich dark colors and surprising shimmer finishes.

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I have on my nails “Don’t Break My Corazon” a cool gray toned red. It is cooler, and unlike any red I’ve seen before. It is a lovely twist on a classic red. It has a creme finish and applies evenly.

Olé My Way” another beauty is a dark blue shimmer that isn’t quite navy. The application was smooth, with no brush marks. The shimmer on this is a real stunner with flexes of lighter blue shimmers hidden inside.

This is the perfect autumn/winter collection and I will definitely be reaching for these interchangeably. RSP R149 per bottle.

Gosh SS18 collection

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A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of rubbing shoulders with Bo Tjellesen (Owner and CEO of GOSH COPENHAGEN) and Bolette Tjellesen (Daughter of Bo Tjellesen, Makeup artist & Junior Key Account Manager) who came all the way from Denmark to meet fans and media. As you can gather this is a 100% family owned business and the family is so friendly and humble.

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I got chatting with Bo and he had a very interesting story to share with me about how the brand actually got it’s interesting name. The brand was named by Bo’s dad. He was doing a crossword puzzle one day found himself stuck with a particularly tricky one. The final word turned out to be ‘gosh’, and he realised that nothing can be badly associated with that word, what a nice name for a company and the rest was history. Gosh originally started as a pharmaceutical company but Bo turned it towards cosmetics. And are we glad he did!

Gosh is extremely proud of the fact that they a vegan and animal cruelty free. Long live the bunnies!

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The hero products contained in the new collection are cherry blossom (not a beautiful flower but also has rich anti-oxidant levels and soothing properties. Rich in essential fatty acids, it repairs the skins natural barriers to promote a smooth, supple skin. Anti-inflammatory properties) and samphire (not sapphire! Hydrasalinol is an oil derived from the Samphire plant. It is a powerful active ingredient for skin hydration).

So onto the products then:

  1. Mix and fix colour drops

These liquid foundations can be used alone or mix with your foundation. This is a very muli-purpose product. 001 light and 004 dark can be used like the body shop drops to lighten or darken your existing foundations or for contouring. 002 Green eliminates redness and 003 purple brightens skin.

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2. Foundation plus + creamy compact

This is a cream to powder foundation, high coverage, creamy application by dries to a matte finish and is super hydrating. What I love the most is that it comes in a compact with a mirror and a sponge applicator so it is perfect for “on the go beauty”

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3. Eye xpression 004 the four elements

The eyeshadow is buttery soft and higly pigmented. The colours represent the 4 elements of nature.

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4. Metal eyes eyeliner

These are waterproof and extremely long lasting. After I swatched these they would not budge even after I washed my hands countless times. Highly pigmented. If you want to blend or smudge it you need to work quickly as it will not move once it dries. When they say metallic they really mean metallic.

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5. Fake it! Lash primer

I am quite excited about this one as not many brands make just a separate lash primer. This basically you apply before the mascara and it helps give the lashes more volume, lift and separation as well as making mascara last longer. This one is grey as opposed to white so it is easier to cover with mascara.

6. Blown away mascara

Offers volume, length and curling. Does not flake or rub off. Very thin want and the teeth are far apart so it nicely separates the lashes.

7.Catchy eyes waterproof mascara

The banana shaped brush gives volume and curve.

8.Ultimate lipliner – with a twist

Applies creamy, dries matte and is long lasting. Great colour payoff and it comes with a smudger on the other end in case you want to use it over your entire lip. Has a nice grip and comes with a sharpener.

10. Lip oil

These are quite interesting one it looks like a lip gloss but is called a lip oil. It is mostly likely due to the fact that it is sheerer than a pigmented lipgloss but more tinted than a clear gloss plus it serves up much more moisture. I received the shade crystal star which I also like to use as a highlighter on my cheek bone. It has a hint of colour but is quite holographic and glittery. Can be used on it’s own or over a lipstick.

11. The red lipstick collection called “the red” consisting of a lipliner, matte lipstick and matte liquid lipstick.

This is what I would call the ultimate red lipstick. It’s the perfect red that makes your teeth look perfectly white since it is blue based and what Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe would wear.

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Review: Style secret root concealer

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Our hair might look like we just got up from our colorists’ chairs, but in reality it’s been months since we’ve made a salon appointment. If we could, we would hit up our salon every four to eight weeks to get our roots done, but life happens and inevitably, so does unwanted regrowth.

Luckily, Style secret know our struggle, and have gifted us with a way to stretch out our salon appointments in the form of root concealers. Whether you want to hide those pesky grays, or you can’t squeeze in a color appointment in the foreseeable near future, this spray makes faking a fresh, glossy hair shade almost effortless.

Extend the life of your hair colour treatments with Style Secret – an innovative solution for grey root regrowth which occurs between salon visits. Dries within minutes and washes out easily.

Style Secret is an easy-to-use spray that effectively covers up regrowth, keeping your hair looking and feeling great. Simply spray along partings or areas where grey regrowth is obvious. Allow to dry and touch up when necessary. Great for travel.

Style Secret contains no chemicals or peroxides – so there is no damage to the hair as it contains silicone that coats the hair follicle with pigment which comes off when hair is washed.

Directions: Wash and style hair. Holding can 10 to 20cm away from the hair, apply to partings or other areas where root regrowth is obvious. Allow to dry for a few minutes.

Price: R290

Available in the following shades:

  • Light blond
  • Dark blond
  • Auburn
  • Light brown
  • Dark brown
  • Black

Available from selected salons and online from http://www.stylesecret.co.za. For further information Lisa on 083 415 6055 or Bronwyn 082 853 9490 or Heather on 082 925 1946 or info@stylesecret.co.za

Review: Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct EDP

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The background

First Instinct for Women is a playful and alluring combination of Sun-Kissed Magnolia, Wild Orange Flower and Warm Amber. It is captivating and distinctive, blended for the woman who follows her First Instinct.

The bottle

The bottle is quite an interesting one… developed by Fabrice Legros who wanted to combine masculinity with femininity.  The bottle is rectangular (masculine) in shape yet is then rounded off to give it a softer, more feminine feel.

The light pink juice inside the glass bottle combined with the metal cap. The Abercrombie & Fitch stamped metal plaque is probably my favorite feature of the perfume as it gives it a unique timeless elegance.

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The scent

This is part of the Floriental Woody family. It smells very different from anything I have in my collection. It is a light and easy to wear everyday kind of fragrance.The fragrance greets you with a playful sophistication of sparking bright blend of magnolia, grapefruit zest and passion fruit. A hearty alluring femininie floralcy of the butterfly orchid fragrance blended with exotic water lily an wild orange flower. The warm sensual base of amber contrasted with creamy Tonka gives it an addictive musky odour. It smells sweet, captivating and feminine.

Review: Montblanc Lady Emblem L’Eau

The soft turquoise juice of Montblanc Lady Emblem L’Eau housed in the most beautiful star shaped crystal bottle was inspired by a summer garden, “an allegory of a poetic walk in the summertime through a garden of citrus trees and fresh roses,” confides Sonia Constant, who created the fragrance. This exquisite, meandering olfactory stroll begins with fruity accents: mandarin leaf, and the aquatic-sweet notes of white peach and exotic lychee. In the middle notes, a voluptuous bouquet of roses.

Fragrance Lady Emblem L’Eau Eau de Toilette for Women by Mont Blanc belongs to the floral fruity fragrance and supplementary to the lines Lady Emblem.

The family history of this scent stems from the original Lady Emblem which was created in 2015 and heralded as a sophisticated scent filled with notes of sweetened rose flower, raspberries, red currant and marmalade. A follow up edition, Lady Emblem Elixir, was a big, floral event. Now we are introduced to the sweet little sister, Lady Emblem L’Eau, a light, soft and sensual edition for Spring/Summer. Actually my favourite of the family.

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Review: Mademoiselle Rochas…My Frenchic

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Who is Mademoiselle Rochas? A bubbly young Parisian, active and cheerful, fresh and “typically French.” Inspired by two beautiful fragrances, Femme and Madame, Mademoiselle Rochas has her own personality. She retains their French elegance but is also able to make her own choices, totally living in the present.

Curious and bold, playful and optimistic, she loves the new hip places in the City of Lights. Shopping, popping into a gallery, sipping a coffee on a terrace or arranging a romantic dinner overlooking the roof-tops of Paris… A city girl through and through, she embodies fashion without realizing it. When she has a few hours’ spare, she treats herself to a walk in ballet pumps between Rue Saint-Honoré, Saint Germain des Prés or along the Canal Saint Martin, striding across the bridges and through the gardens of the capital. In the evening, she changes her flat shoes for stilettos, applies a nice bright red lipstick and delicately perfumes herself. Now she is ready for a drink with friends in a bar, trendy or not, she doesn’t care, as long as she is surrounded by friends. She radiates happiness and charms her audience with her spontaneity. She loves playing with the rules of seduction, what’s wrong with having fun?

Hedonistic, she fully enjoys these precious moments and is thankful for Instagram and Snapchat that allow her to share them. Cheerful and outgoing, she knows that it is essential to share her new discoveries and surround herself with laughter and friendship.

It’s for all these reasons that Mademoiselle Rochas has this natural Frenchic that others envy.

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The Frenchic trail: 

Perfumer Anne Flipo, who created the Eau de Parfum Mademoiselle Rochas, wanted to reflect the playfulness and impertinence of today’s young Parisian woman. Drawing her inspiration from the exceptional materials emblematic of Maison Rochas, Anne Flipo has delicately composed, note by note, a seductive fragrance. Created for an energetic and liberated woman, in love with life and beauty.

Note wise we are looking at:

A fruity playful fresh start, the tangy sparkle of the red fruit accord (red and black currant, blackberry) awakens the senses as a reminder of a carefree childhood. The crisp ivy of a French garden enhances it while creating contrast. Both fruity green and slightly caramelized red, the toffee apple accord is terribly addictive.

At the heart of the fragrance, an explosion of flowers, handfuls of distilled rose petals from the exclusive Rochas fields, a profusion of wonderful Egyptian jasmine, a violet accord floating in the air… It is the essence of elegance, romance and femininity. The expression of magnetic seduction à la française.

The base notes highlight the character and stability of this subtle composition: creamy and chic sandalwood, soft and comfortable ambergris accord and wispy and white Chantilly musks evoke the sexy lace so dear to the heart of Monsieur Rochas. A fragrance like a second skin…

The spirit of style:

The bottle has been shaped into a simple and perfect circle of glass, evoking the roundness and softness of femininity. The slightly pink juice reflects the floral and gourmand character of the fragrance, giving you the irresistible need to try it.

With a definitive haute couture feel, the silk ribbon pinstripe motif, iconic of Rochas and a seal for connoisseurs (it is sewn into the lining of all Rochas coats), is beautifully reinterpreted here: around the edge of the bottle, on the neck of the silver cap and on the background of the label, but mostly thanks to the textured cloth which wraps and delicately decorates the neck of the silver cap.

The box is stylish with its embossed material, which gives it a textured finish. Its pastel pink recalls the colour of the juice. With a timeless and refined design, its black outline perfectly matches the precisely spaced capital letters of Mademoiselle Rochas.

The charm of the Parisian woman:

Actress Noémie Schmidt was chosen to embody Frenchic: she perfectly represents the freshness, spontaneity and elegance of Mademoiselle Rochas.

In the commercial, the young woman has a date with her lover on the terrace of a Parisian cafe. Mischievous and carefree, she takes her time and lingers in the bath, before realizing that she is late (Parisian women always are). She puts on her dress, takes her stilettos and runs barefoot along the banks of the Ile Saint Louis, crossing the street in front of an amazed car driver, to finally meet her lover with a natural and relaxed smile on her face.

Her lover then hands her a large box decorated with a ribbon bearing the Maison Rochas logo. What a lovely surprise: it’s an adorable puppy!

Taken from the commercial, the visual shows Noémie Schmidt sitting with her friends in a chic and casual outfit. Shown from behind, wearing a pretty white dress with spaghetti straps, her elegant bun showing off her neck, she turns towards us, looking happy and charming.

No doubt she has Frenchic!

Maison Rochas, a true French fragrance heritage:

Marcel Rochas created his fashion house back in 1925, at the age of 23. Whether it was tennis or black and white sheath dresses, Chantilly lace bodices or outfits with broad shoulders and narrow hips, women soon snapped up his Parisian creations, both feminine and incredibly modern.

In 1943, to pay tribute to his third wife — and new muse — Hélène, he asked master perfumer Edmond Roudnitska to compose a fragrance of absolute femininity: the floral-chypre Femme.

After the death of Marcel Rochas in 1955, Hélène teamed up with Guy Robert to create Madame Rochas. Launched in 1960, it represents the independent, modern woman through a composition based on captivating white flowers.

Then followed L’Eau de Rochas in 1970, a new fresh Eau de Cologne that soon became iconic too. Then came Eau de Rochas Homme in 1993, then a new women’s fragrance, Tocade in 1994, and Rochas Man in 1999.

 

Anything straight out of Paris (Parisian) is sure to impress. Definitely give this great summer scent a sniff!

THE POST-WINTER SKIN WARM UP WITH VASELINE

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Winter can be tough on your body and your mind.With low temperatures and a drop in humidity levels, the winter weather can strip your skin of essential moisture, leaving it feeling flaky and looking grey and dull. Your skin needs extra TLC after winter, most effectively in the form of intense moisturisation. That means it’s really important to layer up with essential ingredients to hydrate and restore your skin, so you can look and feel your best as you head into the warmer months.

With the VASELINE® Intensive Care™ Lotions and Creams range you can keep your healthy glow, all year round. Infused with micro-droplets of VASELINE® BLUESEAL petroleum jelly to penetrate deeply into your skin to smooth away roughness, while locking in much-needed moisture.

  • VASELINE® INTENSIVE CARE™ DRY SKIN REPAIR:

Start restoring your dry skin right from the first application with VASELINE® Intensive Care™ Dry Skin Repair. Clinically Proven to restore dry skin for 3X longer*, it’s the perfect moisturiser to lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and supple.* Than a leading competitor. Based on a 4 week treatment clinical study. © Unilever 2013. This is my fave out of the range and probably the most heavy duty out of the lot

  • VASELINE® INTENSIVE CARE™ COCOA GLOW:

Cocoa butter is known as a great emollient to soothe, soften and hydrate. VASELINE® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Glow contains 100% pure cocoa butter to help restore dry and dull-looking skin and reveal your skin’s natural glow. Smells delish.

  • VASELINE® ADVANCED REPAIR:

Clinically proven to repair very dry skin in 5 days**, VASELINE® Advanced Repair contains a specially designed blend of glycerin, to draw moisture into all layers of the skin. It is available in lightly fragranced and fragrance free variants.

** Based on a 4-week treatment clinical study. © Unilever 2013.

5 TIPS TO RESTORE YOUR BODY AND MIND AFTER WINTER

  1. PUT BACK THE MOISTURE

Winter is over, so there’s less time for winter blues and more time for summer fun. If there’s one tip that will go a long way in ensuring healthy skin… moisture is it! The ingredients used in the range of VASELINE® Intensive Care™ Lotions and Creams both replenish and protect your skin, keeping it healthy, happy and hydrated all year round.

2. HYDRATING FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Speaking of moisture… water is the best way to ensure your body is healthy, both inside and out. It will hydrate your skin plus help your body to flush out nasty toxins. Not only will your skin look soft and supple, but will feel that way too. Shake things up a bit by adding cherries, strawberries, mint, lemon or orange slices to a jug of ice cold water for some delicious sipping and an added punch of Vitamin C.

3. MOVE OVER WINTER

If you want beautiful healthy skin and a positive mindset to curb the after-effect of winter, then exercise is the answer. Regular physical activity gets the heart pumping which releases happy hormones for our mood, and increases our blood circulation to help carry much-needed nutrients to the skin’s surface. The result… glowing skin and a happy you!

4. BUILD UP YOUR SUN EXPOSURE

The pigments that protect your skin from UV light are less active after months of coverage during winter. So, take it easy and let your skin acclimatize to warmer weather conditions by wearing a powerful sunblock that protects against the harsh UV rays. A wide brim hat and polaroid sunglasses will help too.

 

WHAT VASELINE WOMAN ARE YOU?

The careful creamer…

You love the thick, rich feeling of a cream and will take your time to let it really sink into all the areas you know need extra attention. Your moisturising time is sacred and you love knowing you are giving your body the best care you can, no matter the season.

The lotion dabbler…

You love the different scents of VASELINE® Intensive Care™ lotions and like to change your variant with the seasons or depending on your skin care needs. You make time to moisturise because you know it is important and you love the fast-absorbing, non-greasy feel of VASELINE® lotions and the way they keep your skin feeling restored all day long.

The snappy sprayer…

VASELINE® Spray Moisturisers are the ideal solution for a woman like you, constantly on the move with little time to moisturise. You can’t get over how quick and easy it is to apply Vaseline Spray and how it moisturises in seconds, leaving your skin looking and feeling healthy straight away.

 

RECOMMENDED SELLING PRICE

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Lotions –

200 ml: R24,99

400 ml: R49,99

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Creams –

350 ml: R37,99

500 ml: R49,99

 

REVIEW: ELGYDIUM TOOTH PASTE-WHITENING AND ANTI-STAIN

I have always been quite self-conscious about my teeth they are quite stained as I drink a lot of coffee and tea and I have tried my fair share of whitening tooth pastes with little luck. So when this arrived on my doorstep I wasn’t expecting much really.

Just a bit about the brand as it is new to SA and I don’t think many people know about it. Elgydium is a brand originating from France which celebrities are actually known to buy by the case load in boutique French pharmacies.

The magic ingredient that sets Elgydium apart is “Micro-Pulverized Sodium Bicarbonate.” This is 5 times smaller than standard sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda), this soft crystalline substance dissolves readily into even the tiniest fissures of enamel. As the smaller-sized sodium bicarbonate particles infiltrate the crevices of each tooth, they break up stains from coffee, tea, and smoking. Not only does it gently polish teeth with mild abrasive potential, but it also kills on contact all motile microorganisms associated with periodontal infections. Additionally, sodium bicarbonate neutralizes and detoxifies the bacterial acids that form in plaques, or bacterial biofilms.

To be honest though I didn’t notice a dramatic whitening effect after using Elgydium day and night for 3 weeks, I did see a subtle difference upon first use actually, more than I have with the other whitening tooth pastes I have tried. The brightening and polishing powers are rather gentle. You may get Also with most tooth paste when you glide your tongue across your teeth you may get that gritty feeling of residual plaque this is not the case with this tooth paste.

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