Stila Eyes are the Window Spirit Palette

I told you it was coming, and by now the four stunning Eyes are the Window palettes should be available in store. Part of the Stila anniversary collection which I wrote about here, the palettes are named mind, body, spirit and soul. It sounds very Zen, but that was the opposite of how I felt when I received one to review! If you looked at my blog any time in the last year you would know that I’m a huge Stila fan, verging on zealous-cult-worshipper status. So I’m not exactly unbiased, but you know I’m honest in my reviews.

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Stila has really upped their packaging game with this collection, and the palettes are in ultra-luxe, highly reflective metallic compacts. Spirit, the one I received, is rose gold. #Sigh.

Spirit is one of the two palettes I had earmarked for purchase, and contains 12 of Stila’s most iconic shades of the past 20 years, which I think is a lovely idea. Of course it contains my favourite eyeshadow of all time, Kitten, but with the exception of the pewter shade there isn’t a shade in there which I wouldn’t wear all the time. They are mostly warm toned shades. I’m sorry the shade colours don’t show up in this light very well, but my original post (link above) has a better picture of the shades.

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Pigalle was the one that surprised me the most, a reddish shade which I would never have thought to wear. It looks less red on the eye and makes quite a sophisticated burgundy brown for evening paired with Barefoot.

The majority are really wearable everyday shades. The only mattes in this palette are a matte cream (Chinois) and a matte light warm brown (Puppy) and the rest are shimmery. If you own a Stila palette already you will know the quality is usually right up there with the best available when it comes to their permanent line-up. These shades are no exception as they are very pigmented, soft and blendable, and long lasting. Obviously I use an eye primer and they last all day, but even without primer there isn’t much creasing or disappearing acts going on by mid-day with most of the shades.

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There is a lovely bronze, a peach (perfect for summery makeup) and some pretty variations of champagne tones which will just go with anything. And of course there are the darker shades to create a sultry smoky eye. I have my eye on the all-matte Mind palette next. I’ve seen a few not so great reviews and swatches of the jewel-toned palette in this collection, but this particular palette is great.

This palette is actually amazing value at R495 for 12 shades and with such beautiful, luxury packaging they’re pretty irresistible. The original palettes like my favourite In The Light palette are now R435 so these are slightly more expensive, but still worth every cent. Available at selected Woolworths & Truworths stores.

Schwarzkopf BC Hairtherapy Re-launch

I mentioned a while ago in this post that I had been using a new Color Freeze silver shampoo and conditioner from the Schwarzkopf BC range and how much I was enjoying it. I was recently invited to the re-launch of the BC Bonacure range at Style Bar in Tygervalley, as the range has been updated and improved.

I had an amazing morning at Style Bar – definitely an experience I recommend for anyone in the area – where we had our hair washed, treated and styled, had some delicious sweet treats and learned about the products. Since I already used the shampoo and conditioner I knew this was a top-quality salon range, but it has been re-packaged and new Cell Perfector technology incorporated…in a nutshell, it rebuilds the structure of the hair from the inside out.

There are six ranges under the BC umbrella including Repair Rescue for damaged hair, Color Freeze for colour-treated hair, Moisture Kick for dry hair and Hair Activator for thinning hair. I was so excited to receive a custom prescription for my hair and I want to share three of my favourite products.

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From the Moisture Kick range I’ve been using the Moisture Kick Treatment (retails for R310) once a week and the new Moisture Kick Beauty Balm (both for normal to dry hair). Imagine having a salon treatment every week! Well, that’s basically what I’ve got in this treatment mask. When I got my hair cut recently I was told my hair is quite dry and porous (of course, I blitz it with box dye every month) and I can feel the massive improvement in the moisture and texture of my hair. The Moisture Kick Beauty Balm (retails for R260) is applied to towel dried hair and contains the Cell Perfector technology and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and protect from heat styling. I’ve been using this every time I wash my hair before blow drying and it leaves my hair feeling soft, hydrated and shiny…it’s love. This will heat protect against all styling, be it blow drying, curling or straightening. I absolutely recommend this product.

I also have the Rescue Repair Spray Conditioner (retails for R260) which I think is one of their star products. It de-tangles but most importantly it seals the hair cuticle. This has also gone a long way in repairing the damage to my colour treated hair and the combination of these products has had really WOW results. My hair just feels so much healthier, less coarse, softer and stronger.  You can click on the links above to get hold of them from Retailbox! And below is the Marilyn Monroe kinda hair that Style Bar gave me!

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Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation Review

I was offered the Oxygenetix foundation to review by Conquest after I had my Dermaceutic milk peel, and this was something I looked forward to testing immensely. Oxygenetix is different to other foundations you would buy in store because it offers a breathable formula described as “good skincare that just happens to be makeup”. Designed for use after cosmetic surgery and medical skin treatments, it claims to be like a second skin, offer full coverage, be water resistant and suitable for even the most sensitive or acne prone skins. That sounds like the holy grail every woman is searching for, doesn’t it?

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I want to start and finish by saying that I do love this foundation. The second skin claims are absolutely correct – this is the most skin-like foundation I have ever worn and it literally looks like you’re wearing nothing on your skin. It is a matte foundation without looking flat or dull and just disappears into your skin like magic. The texture and application are my favourite aspects of it. It comes in a very wide range of colours (either blue-based or yellow-based) and the shade I have, pearl, is literally the exact colour of my skin. So the shade is the best match for my skin tone I’ve found in any foundation to date.

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As an everyday foundation I did have a few issues with it though. Firstly, it claims to offer full coverage, but even though it is buildable I only really achieved more of a medium coverage. I still needed to conceal blemishes afterwards, for example. No train smash. It might just be my method of application. The biggest issue I had was that my t-zone got quite oily using this foundation and by mid-day it had more or less melted off this area. So the longevity just wasn’t there. On the other hand, normally if you get an oily t-zone you can’t just slap more foundation over the top without going cakey – but with this foundation you can literally add more to an oily t-zone and it mattes it down again while still looking completely natural, which is quite unusual and a bonus if you don’t mind reapplying halfway through the day. I found it lasted fine with primer and setting powder, but then obviously you aren’t really getting the true benefit of the breathable formula.

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There are so many benefits to a truly breathable foundation that contains Ceravitea, a technology that builds connective tissue and collagen, stimulates cell production and aids healing. If you have regular medical grade skin treatments like peels or microdermabrasion etc. or have very sensitive skin, then this would be the perfect match for you and definitely worth the R800 price tag. As an everyday foundation it is pricey, and for this price I would expect the longevity to be unrivalled. But as I said at the beginning I do love this foundation because it takes the term “second skin” to another level and looks so beautiful on the skin. And I feel that a foundation which actually helps your skin to heal and improve is something special.

Oxygenetix is available in Cape Town at Chelsea Aesthetic Clinic in Wynberg, Masckara in Table View or Body Aesthetics in Oude Westhof, Durbanville. Or you can contact Sam at Conquest on 021-5564199.

Review of Trichotin Hair Regenesis

I’ve finished my two months supply of Trichotin and as promised in my original post (here) I am back with my final review of Trichotin Hair Regenesis supplements. I am terrible about taking tablets generally (I recently forgot to take my thyroid medication for a week…gasp) but it has been a pleasure taking these. I like that it is a simple one tablet a day routine, and I feel that I am really gaining visible benefits along with the internal, unseen ones. I’m sorry this is a particularly word-heavy post, but I wanted to give a proper, detailed opinion of the results.

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I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin over the past two months. I have experienced a huge reduction in breakouts and an improvement in the appearance of my skin in general. My nails have also changed significantly. They were very weak and tended to peel before, which really enabled my nail biting. They are now so strong that I can’t bend them the way I used to, no longer flake or peel, and I’ve noticed that they grow a lot faster. This has been the biggest encouragement for me to stop biting my nails. Seeing visible growth so quickly was a real motivator, and I have “normal” nails for the first time in a very long time.

Although these supplements are primarily intended for hair, I can’t say whether my hair has improved or not because I haven’t seen my natural hair since 1999! Regrowth is persona non grata around here. I also have a lot of thick hair and could probably lose half of it without noticing. What I can say is that I have definitely experienced a lot less hair fall. The ball of hair I’m left with in the shower after washing my hair is pretty non-existent, whereas before I could probably have constructed a bird’s nest out of it. I also don’t get as many stray hairs sticking to the back of my jacket – you know the ones your friends kindly pick off for you? So I am convinced that if you do suffer from hair loss Trichotin can make a noticeable difference in that regard. All in all I would give Trichotin two thumbs up for its effectiveness. Even if you don’t struggle with your hair, it is worth considering for the benefits to skin and nails as well.