October Favourites

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Only one more favourites to go before the bumper December version where I will be rounding up my favourites for 2014. This month has been a no spending month for me, but thanks to the #EpicGiftSwap (yes, I gave it its own hashtag) I did with my friend Nicole I had a lot of new toys to play with in October. I haven’t done a blog swap haul video or post, but if you would like to see what I got then let me know.

Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream R265 Clinique

Lipidol Body Cleansing OIl R79 Clicks

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Treatment R330 Retailbox

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum R285 Luhla

Diorskin Star Foundation R680 Dior counters

Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl (R460) Dior

MAC cheeky bugger (Limited Edition – sold out) R300 MAC

Body Shop Honey Bronzer 03 Matte Medium R190 Body Shop

Sigma Large Angle Contour F40 R350 Turquoise Studio

A hair update with Style Bar

If you’ve been reading my blog this year you will know that I’ve dubbed 2014 the Year of the Hair and vowed to start giving my hair more attention. I’ve been doing pretty well on the treatment side and using some really quality products, but I’ve been struggling a little to get my at-home colour right. I had pretty much given up on trying to get my re-growth to match the rest of my hair when I was offered a cut and colour by Style Bar*. I decided to use the opportunity to revamp my look, and I had a great experience at Style Bar Tygervally when I attended the BC Bonacure relaunch so I knew I was in good hands.

Style Bar Palmyra Junction

Style Bar Palmyra Junction

After being supplied with a much-needed cappuccino I discussed what I wanted with my stylist. Because I only had about an inch of hair to chop off and wasn’t changing my hair colour I decided the best way to get a whole new look was to go for a fringe. I’ve asked for a fringe several times in the past and was given a faux fringe as if the stylist just couldn’t commit to cutting full-on bangs. So I was really glad that I got the proper chop this time around, and it immediately changed my look. A light layering also removed some of the heaviness as I have quite thick hair.

My baby blonde hair colour of choice isn’t one often found naturally on adults, so it takes quite some effort. My scalp doesn’t like the colouring process to get it so light, but it was worth it to get my roots to match the rest of my hair properly. After the colour a toner was applied to remove the yellow tones. I couldn’t leave it on as long as it should have been because of sensitivity, so I will be diligently using my Schwartzkopf BC Silver Shampoo to keep my blonde looking natural. Blonde ambition fulfilled. I also need to mention that I had the best and longest head and neck massage of my life…the lady at the basin next to me actually had to be woken up.

My new cut and colour

My new cut and colour

I am still doing a double take every time I pass a mirror because I look so different! A big thank you to Raazia and Style Bar Palmyra Junction for updating my look.

*This service was provided free of charge by Style Bar

 

 

 

 

The Moo Reviews | Lush Shooting for the Stars

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This month The Moo is reviewing the Shooting for the Stars ballistic from Lush. If you missed her first Moo Review last month, you can find the post here and an explanation of what this series is about. She was absolutely thrilled with all the comments and encouragement she received and has now turned into a monster, wanting to review everything in sight.

We did this interview in the bath with the ballistic, and this is how the conversation went.

Look it is spinning! What do you like about this one?
I told you I picked the best one! It makes the bath dark blue with yellow bits and white bits and pink bits too.
It matches my toenails.
Oh. My. Gosh. There is LOADS of glitter!! Girls are going to love this.
What about grown up ladies?
I don’t know about that.
Well I love it. I think I like it even more than Star Light Star Bright.
It is like a thousand and a hundred and one times better. It is like sleeping on the moon.
Sleeping on the moon? What does that mean?
The water is like the sky in the night time and the white bricks (she means tiles) are like the moon and the glitter is the…
Moon dust.
Exactly. How cool.
Could anything make this ballistic even better?
If it shooted out stars and rainbows.
Okay. What do you think it smells like?
Like delicious moon rocks. (For the record, it actually has a honey caramel scent like Honey I Washed the Kids…divine)
I have no idea if moon rocks actually have a smell, but I’m glad you are making these cosmic connections. Very clever.
Making comic collections? I don’t even know what you mean. Ooh, look at the sparkles in the water!
Never mind. How does your skin feel?
It’s so soft like a lamb. Fabulous!
Lambs aren’t even that soft but anyway. Where did you learn the word fabulous?
From you. Look, I’m blue and sparkly like Queen Elsa. *launches into an ear-splitting rendition of Let It Go*

Lush Shooting for the Stars

The take-aways from this so-called review are that this ballistic is amazing. It is limited edition for the festive season, and definitely worth stocking up on. Not only does it smell amazing – exactly like walking past a Lush store – but it delivers on colour as well as moisturising and softening the skin. My only caution would be that it does contain a lot of glitter, which leaves some shimmer on the skin. Most of it does towel off, but if you are not a glitter fan then maybe skip this one. Personally bathing in glitter is my idea of heaven even if I’m a “grown up lady”. This would also make a perfect Christmas gift for kids! Retails for R48.50.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

If you’re perpetually late, over-worked, you’re a mom (enough said), don’t have the time to indulge in a salon facial as often as you would like, or doing a home facial seems like too much effort at the end of a day, here is a product for you! I personally love nothing more than a lengthy routine of exfoliating and double masking, but to be honest most of the time I’m multi-tasking – cooking dinner, sorting out baths, even working at my computer while I have my masks on.

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REN has come up with quite a revolutionary product with their Flash Rinse. It has been available for a while now and I’m sure you’ve already read reviews. In a nutshell, it’s a one-product mini facial which will only take you a couple of minutes. I like to use it in the morning when I’ve got very little time but need to perk up my skin. Sometimes I use it in the evenings when I am too exhausted to use five different products.

All you need to do is massage the slightly grainy-textured product onto your face, which I consider the exfoliating step. I do this very gently as my skin is quite sensitive to anything textured. It has a really nice citrus scent to it which is refreshing in itself.

Then wet your fingers and massage again to activate the vitamin C – this changes the texture to a silky one. You leave it on for one minute, then rinse off. And basically in less time than it takes to boil a kettle your skin is glowing. The effect is really visible, and my skin immediately looks smoother and more radiant. Because it is so quick and provides instant gratification I’m very tempted to use it all the time, but once every three days will suffice. It’s suitable for all skin types except sensitive skin. My skin is prone to sensitivity and it doesn’t bother my skin at all.

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Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so with regular use it will help with fine lines and other skin ageing nasties. Also, apparently “new research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage” (source). A little Flash Rinse goes a long way, so it is a good investment as a tube will last you quite a while. They retail for R470 and available at Woolworths or Foschini. REN will also soon be available at selected Edgars stores as well.

It’s definitely worth investing in….go on….I’m little the little devil sitting on your shoulder whispering in your ear (only I’m actually an angel and I’m doing your skin a favour, trust me).