Empties #1

I’m blessed when it comes to being able to review things sent to me, gifted and even buying my own, which means that I seldomly get to finish a product because I’m so excited to dig into the new goodies I get. This is an on going cycle of mine and I end up giving a lot of things away… Well no more! I have this new theory; if you open it YOU FINISH IT. I took this new approach to beauty products very seriously and have finished quite a few products, some completely empty and some with about 1 round of use left.

At the moment to prevent accumulation of empty containers, I decided to share my hit/miss products with you. I feel that “empties” posts are the most informative posts ever so I decided to share my empties for the month of June.

Garnier BB Cream
The love that I have for Garnier’s BB Cream cannot even be put into words. I’m on tube number 5 ever since starting on BB Cream about 2 years ago. It lasts forever! The best part is that there’s different BB Creams for different skin types.

Would I purchase it again? Absolutely it deserves ☆☆☆☆/5

Bourjois Shine Lipstick.
This lipstick is the best one I’ve discovered all year. I want a whole bunch of these. Its my most moisturizering lipstick and even made it ontop my top 5 lipsticks. I used the heck out of this product, look what the poor tube looks like. I always end up chucking it in my campus bag because I cannot imagine a day without it. Its my most worn one yet. I’m reviewing some more Bourjois products at the moment and this brand definitely makes it onto my fave beauty brands list.

Would I purchase it again? YES x1000 It deserves ☆☆☆☆☆/5

Yardley Stayfast Pressed Powder
This powder is definitely one of the best ones I’ve used. I haven’t experienced an ounce of shine since using it. I hit pan so I had to shift over to the Maybelline All In One powder.

Would I purchase it again? YES No doubt. ☆☆☆☆/5

Yardley 3D Lash Fibre Extension
I’ve using this mascara for about 2 months and I have a love/hate relationship with it. This definitely adds definition and length to ones lashes and doesn’t clump at all. For some odd reason it irritates my eyes when I add more than two coats and my eyes tear. Even with the tearing, it doesn’t run. See my love hate relationship with it?

Would I purchase it again? I’m undecided. ☆☆☆/5

L`Occitane Hydrating Mist
I love love love this product’s scent. This is actually a great “summer time” product. I just wish my face could stand this product. This is definitely not for people with sensitive skin. My face went red and itchy. I then used the hydrating mist on my legs. Whoooeee what a burst of summer freshness.

Would I purchase it again? No. ☆☆/5 the two is for the scent and how it feels on my legs. Its a bit of an expensive product just to cool my legs down.

Lately…

These days I’m getting so “Lately” happy that the space between my lately posts are even smaller. I feel that life changes so much in a space of a week that it makes one realise that life happens even without you noticing. I promised frequent posting but my first week of holiday I actually dedicated to just relaxing but managed to squeeze a post in or two. Blogging on holiday has proven to be quite a mission because I’m blogging and editing pictures from my phone and that’s not the easiest job in the world. But enough with my rambling. Here’s what’s been happening in my life…

LATELY:

Yesterday… I shopped AGAIN and now I’m broke AGAIN.

Sunday… I started fasting. To me, Its one of the most spiritually uplifting months and definitely my favourite time of the year. The month where I see the most growth in my life on every level. With that being said: I would like to wish all my readers and supporters a Ramadan Kareem.

So far… I’m loving my holiday. Its one week in and I’m already lazy.

I can’t stop watching… “Pad na jou hart”. This is by far one of the best movies I’ve watched this year.

At the moment… I’m feeling nostalgic.

I believe… Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I’m fascinated by… The story behind “shadows of Hiroshima”. I recently stumbled upon it while Googling a few things and it gave me the chills! Google it, I know you want to. ;-)

I feel… That I need to make a few changes on the blog.

I know… That friends are the family that you get to choose.

It seems… Like time is flying and there’s just no stopping this train that is 2014. I can’t even believe that we’re in the second half of the year.

{In Fashion} June Favourites

So to continue with my June favourites, today I’m showing you darlings the goodies that I’ve been loving and that’s been keeping me “alive” this winter. My first love would obviously be my quilted patent leather booties that I featured in my post the other day but obviously I have to have clothes with it too. My cat Toffee Apple should’ve also been featured in the post because he’s been my foot warmer for the past few weeks but okay… We’re talking clothes and lifestyle. A mixture of fashion and other tidbits.

Faux Fur Headband
I love love love this headband. Last week Mr Price had a one day free delivery for Youth Day promo going so obviously I had to take full advantage of it. I’ve been wanting a faux fur headband since forever and this stunner was only R40. This is the best on those days where the notorious Cape Doctor plays tricks on us and we experience 4 seasons in one day. Let me not forget how amazing it is for keeping my ears warm!

Lip Print Beanie
Obviously when I saw this Lips Print Beanie on Mr Price’s online store… I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT. You all know my love affair with lips. This cute beanie has really been my lifesaver especially on days like today where the rain is back. Apart from the cute print, “protecting the hair”, I’ve also been loving it for those bad hair days. Aaah you know what I mean? Winter just makes everything more wilder, including my hair. Its a sight for sore eyes.

Starbucks Travel Cup
This my darlings is my most precious cup and I refuse to let anyone touch it. I know I sound dramatic but I love it too much. This is what I drink my morning brew out of when I leave for campus. Its Starbucks after all! When oh when will Starbucks come to SA? I love the rubber type band around it which means that I can grab it when its hot. This isn’t exactly a fashion item but its a MUST.

Cray Cray Statement Sweater
Statement Sweaters are all the rage this winter and I just had to invest in one… Ok fine 3! They are super comfy and I love wearing them under my jacket. There’s a wide variety on Mr Price’s website for affordable prices so defs check them out. Best part? Its for dudes and dudettes because I bought myself an awesome New York one in the guys section, Yes I’m odd like that.

Coffee Toffee Sweets
These evil little sweets are so addictive I’m not even kidding! This is a handbag must have for me. They go hand in hand with my coffee. When you bite them, there’s a really soft, fluffy, toffee type of cream that comes out. What’s not to love? I’m planning on giving a huge box of sweets away soon! Keep an eye out for it.

Thank you for reading my June Favourites this week. If you’ve missed my June Beauty Favourites, just click here. Don’t forget you can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

{In Beauty} June Favourites

The last time I did a monthly favourites post on my blog would have to be ±2 years ago. So I thought why not share my June winter lifesavers with you and shine some light on a few products that may or may not end up on the blog. Seeing that this is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, I thought ‘why not divide it into 2 posts’. This one will feature all my favourite beauty products and the other will feature all my favourite fashion items that I’ve been loving. Maybe Ill do a lifstyle post too.

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Avon Lipstick – Deep Orchid
This is by far the darkest shade of lipstick that I own. I have to say that I’m really starting to love Avon again. When this lipstick wears off, it looks like a light purple shade and it ends up looking like a balm stain. The staying power of this lippie is incredible. Its very creamy in texture and its quite moisturizing seeing that its a matte lippie. Would I repurchase it again? Absolutely! Ill maybe do an in-depth review with swatches on this sometime next week.

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Balm Balm – Little Miracle Rosehip Serum.
This have been on my winter favourites list since I started my blog. This is definitely my holy grail of face products. When all else fails, I run for this baby. This is a MUST in my beauty routine every winter, read my full in-depth review on it over here and also more about some other great products fro Balm Balm. Its great for people with sensitive skin like me. I’m in love with this products scent.

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Pantene Pro-V : Colour Brilliance Serum
As you know in winter one’s hair becomes more brittle and dry and I need to use products that protects my hair from the harsh winter conditions. I’ve recently started using this product along with the entire Colour Brilliance range that I was sent and I’m love love loving it. I’m a heat styling person so every bit of protection that I can get for my hair is a MUST.

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Front Cover – Colours of the Cat Walk.
I got this amazing beauty book from Desle. She brought it back from her trip to Qatar. I have to say that its probs the best book that I’ve ever received. As a beauty blogger, I can only do the basics of makeup and this book is my saving grace! It gives you the “how to” on makeup looks. This amazing little book deserves a post on its own.

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Victoria’s Secret – “Such A Flirt” Hand and Body Cream.
This amazing hand and body cream is also a gift from Desle. I’ve dubbed her the queen of lotions when it comes to my fave lotions ever used. Ill do a review on this too in the next few days so keep an eye out for it! I wish you could smell how amazing this scent is of this hand and body cream.

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Bloggers And Bags: Leana Henke – Hipstyler, Pretty & Ginger #15

LeanaThis whole blogger and their bags story is far from being over… Yes I’m still looking into the handbags of my fave bloggers (I’m nosey like that). Today I’m featuring the spongebob loving, cupcake eating, Hey Gorgeous expert Leana Henke.

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About the bag: I generally give names to inanimate objects … like my Nexus Tablet is “Nexie”, my car is “Schlakkie” and so forth. So it comes as no surprise that I gave my handbags names to easily identify them :) My favourite one is called Black West (I have two Nine West handbags – the other one is called Yellow West). Ginger (my boyfriend of 5 and a half years) gave it to me last Christmas and we’ve been inseparable ever since. I love this bag because I can fit my whole life into it – I’m always on the move and I don’t have time to think of what I need to fit in my handbag. Black West allows me to hunk everything in there – he never complains.

Here’s my list of handbag ingredients:
1 Shield oxygen deodorant
2. Garnier invisible roll on
3. Oh So heavenly hand sanitiser
4. Andolex – C – throat spray
5. Airwaves
6. Cranberry Lipice
7. PizBuin – lipbalm
8. Avon lipgloss – Nourishing nude
9. Lipice OohAah competition stickers
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11 Nomu’s Skinny Hot Chocolate
12 Herbalife’s Instant tea (Peach)
13 Evox CLA slimming tablets
14 Alcophyllex – cough syrup
15 Mini Nine – My Nine west purse
16 Hey Gorgeous Marshmallow body mousse
17 Karen Murrell natural lipstick – Red Shimmer
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19 Herbalife Tang Kuei – it’s a natural mood stabiliser
20 Revlon – lipgloss
21 Burberry Body – Oh My Gaaaah… this is my fave perfume ever
22 Yardley Beyond Juicy – Oh My Gaaaah… just try it
23 Elf eye liner
24 Yardley HD colour define – this is a life saver unnamed (3)Thank You so much Leana for showing us what you carry around in your handbag, You defs take the cake (or red velvet cupcake) for the most items carried around in a dudettes handbag!  I had so much fun peeping in your handbag.

Connect with Leana on:

Blog: Hipstyler, Pretty & Ginger

Twitter: @LeanaHenke

Facebook: Hipstyler Pretty & Ginger

{Review} Glysolid Glycerin Cream

Half of the goodies that I’m supposed to review are chilling at home while I’m on 3 days holiday with only my current face/body routine products, so I thought why not blog about some products that I’ve been using and that didn’t have the opportunity to make it onto the blog. Having family and friends that lives in the Arab Emirates means that I get to try a lot of different products that’s not available here in South Africa and also get to experience all the cult faves that the beautiful women over there consider as the holy grail of body lotions, face-creams, perfumes or whatever .IMG_20140616_174540

Today Ill be reviewing the Glysolid Glycerin cream that has been my lifesaver over the past few weeks. I know that this is going to be my go to product this winter so I’ve been using it sparingly because I want it to at least last till then. As stated on the tin “Its a formula that helps sooth, soften and protect rough, chapped and extra dry skin on the hands, feet and entire body.”

All of the above mentioned facts; ALL TRUE. I used this cream all over besides my hands. Its a tad bit too sticky/oily on my hands maybe because my hands sweat so much especially in warmer weather. I love using it as a moisturizer on my body. It hydrates my skin perfectly. I think if it didn’t make my hands this sticky I would absolutely adore it. I do however use it as  a cuticle  balm.IMG_20140616_175258

I love that it comes in a tin form because I tend to chuck everything in my handbag and leaking lotions are all too familiar to me. My bestie used these on her lips (I’m not that brave, Ill stick to my LipIce) and said that it moisturized her lips for a long period of time.

So I hopped onto Google and spotted the Glysolid website, This brand will be available in stores soon!

Lately…

I haven’t done a lately post in a while and I like doing it especially when my blogging becomes a bit scarce. Things simmered down on my side so you can definitely expect more blogging. This year marks my 3rd year of blogging and boy oh boy what a ride its been. Nonetheless, I think its time I started a new giveaway on the blog. Suggestions anyone?

At the moment… Cape Town is definitely living up its nickname ‘Cape Of Storms‘. Just drafting this post is taking longer than usual. I can barely feel my fingers!
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Yesterday… I renewed my blog domain. Its been 3 years since I switched to .com and I can’t believe that I even started my little ‘ol’ blog 3years ago. Thank You to everyone that’s taken this ride with me. I even remember my 1st comment!

I’m looking forward to… 1 month of late sleeping. On the 19th my varsity holiday starts and I can’t even begin to describe how I’m looking forward to it.

These days… My playlist consists of only Korean Pop and Swedish R&B. This is what happens when you’re over English music.

I believe… The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

I’m convinced… I’m the love child of Niggella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay. I’m not even kidding when I say that I CAN COOK!

I hate… It when people drag their feet on the floor, especially in the shopping mall. You better pray I don’t walk behind you with my trolley. I’ve gotten into big trouble for pushing it against people’s heels. (Its one of my bad habits that I’m really trying to shake…but I can’t.)

My greatest investment… Would have to be my quilted patent leather booties that I bought last year winter. I promise its worth every little penny saved on my student budget. It not only keeps my tootsies dry but also warm!
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I know… That good things happen to those who wait but even better things comes to those who works for it.

I can’t live without… My lipsticks. Aaaaah everyone knew that! Believe me when I tell you its the first thing that I apply before I leave the house in the morning, not even clothes!Collection.jpg

{Review} Avon Colortrend Concealer

I love flipping through the Avon brochure and finding new products that seems interesting and worth it. The best part is, if its a total fail I’m okay with that because the brand is so affordable. So my fave Yardley concealer which is the only one that I ever repurchased and loved ran out and it was time to get a new one so I thought that I might as well try a new brand of concealer.
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This concealer was on special retailing at R70 for 2. I have to say that I wasn’t entirely sure if this concealer would fit my complexion because there was only 3 shades to choose from and one cannot choose something like this from a brochure, so I went with Medium. I definitely got it at a steal and it was cheaper than my previous one. Firstly I suck at using foundation. It feels as if my skintone changes all the time and that the shade that I get matched to at whichever counter only seems fitting at that moment. I have to settle for BB Cream instead. Now I only ever tried Garnier’s BB Cream and I’ve actually come to love it seeing that I had minor issues with it before. The Garnier BB Cream however only offers light-medium coverage for me so wearing a concealer underneath is a must and a tinted pressed powder over the BB Cream tops it all off and keeps it in place.

Firstly what I loved about this concealer is that it looked like a lipstick. It was easy to use and to apply on the areas that I needed it to cover. I very seldom use a concealer brush with this concealer because the heat of my fingers makes it melt into my skin effortlessly. This is by far the first concealer that I’ve ever used that melted into my skin so fast and I love it! The consistency is very creamy but when blended into the skin you can hardly tell that there’s any product applied.
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It blends in with your skintone but covers up whichever “imperfections” you want covered. To me it feels as if this concealer has moisturising properties to it because with my previous concealer was very drying on the skin whereas this one applies smoothly… Maybe its my imagination?

All in all I would definitely repurchase it again. It might not offer full coverage but hey, its pretty darn good for a budget brand! Would I recommend this? Absolutely! It also makes a great base for any makeup that you’ll apply afterwards.

Music Monday: Brilynn – Chance For Love {Competition}

Today on the blog I’m talking music. Something that I’ve never blogged about before but also to shine some light on some homegrown talent that deserves a mention AND a spot on your playlist. To me the South African music industry is growing at a rapid pace and that brings me to today’s post.

Today I’m talking Brilynn Van Rooyen and also how you can stand a chance to win your 60seconds of fame. For those who are not familiar with this talented Capetonian artist, he reigns from Eersterivier, released 3 albums already and is currently recording, promoting and shooting the 4th one titled ‘Aries’.

A little more about his latest album: He’s been hard at work recording his ‘Aries’ album which will be released in September ’14. According to Brilynn, his inspiration behind the album is Love. His love for Music, Talent and People. If you want a taste of Brilynn’s music, just click here.

Now let me tell you about the fab competition that Brilynn is running; If you’re a Cape Town based couple that’s brave enough to share your love story on Crazy World Productions Facebook page, you might be lucky enough to feature in Brilynn’s new music video called Chance For Love. Brilynn will send his camera crew to the couples with the best stories to document their story, where it’ll be posted on Youtube, whereby the overall winner will be determined by votes AND that’s not all, the top couples with the best stories can we some great prizes. The winning couple will feature in the Chance For Love music video with quite a few other spoils along with it. So there’s definitely no excuse not to enter!

It would be awesome to see a City Girl Vibe reader win this competition, therefore I urge my Capetonian readers to ENTER. ENTER. ENTER!

Connect with Brilynn on:
Twitter: @ChanceForLove
@ChanceForLove
Facebook: Crazy World Productions
Email: brilynn@crazyworldproductions.co.za

{Review} Maybelline – Clear Smooth All In One Powder

Maybelline-logoDarlings, say hello to my new fave friend in my makeup bag and beauty routine. I got sent these awesome Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Powders to test out and let me add that these nifty little compacts came at just the right time. My trusty Yardley Stayfast Pressed Powder suffered a hard fall so it was time to replace that baby and I knew whatever replacement had to be a really good one because that was my holy grail of pressed powders.
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Firstly, I’m a sucker for packaging and I probably say that a lot but its true. If something isn’t pretty I probably won’t notice it and I’m in love with these pretty pastel pink compacts. Inside you’ll find a beautifully sized mirror, the one half is the compact and the other half the sponge which underneath has this clever little compartment with holes where any excess powder can fall through which actually prevents your compact from becoming messy and ugly.
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Now onto the review part of this post, I chose shade ‘Toffee 06′ but I can use ‘Caramel 07′ too. This powder claims to:
•Control Shine
•Conceal Flaws
•Smooth
•Even out
•Mattify
•Brighten
•Perfect Tone
•SPF 25

I use this over my BB Cream to set it and also to prevent my face from becoming oily during the day which usually happens when wearing my BB Cream alone. This powder also acts as light coverage which replaces the remaining light-medium coverage that the BB Cream provides. The two just works well together.
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What I discovered: I find that I have to use my blush brush to apply this powder. When using the provided sponge applicator it doesn’t apply evenly and comes across as cakey. Then when I use the brush there’s a bit of fallout then discovered that I have to pat my brush on and not twirl it in a circle like I did (Stupid Me).

My verdict: if you suffer from oily skin, need a bit of coverage and protection then this powder is definitely for you. It will even work on combination skin like mine. If you have dryer skin then this will probably not be the best option.

Ill be sharing the remaining powders amongst my beauty blogging buddies so you can read different opinions on it. I found that these powders received some really great feedback from a lot of people and now I know why! Even with my blush over it, it didn’t appear dry or cakey. At R79.95 a compact with 9 shades to choose from, you definitely need this makeup bag  MUST HAVE!

Connect with Maybelline on:
Facebook: Maybelline South Africa
Twitter: @Maybelline_SA