Friday, 12 September 2014

Feel Good Friday!

Post update: The 200 000 page views winner is....Chelsea Harvey (@Heyitsharvs)! Congratulations Chelsea, I'll be in touch soon to organise your prize!
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Yesterday I realised my blog has recently passed 200 000 page views! I haven't really been the type of blogger who looks at stas and views regularly, because that isn't really the nature of my blog. I've said this so many times before, this is my personal little "scrapbook of beauty products and all things pretty". Reaching milestones like this really warms my heart.
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To all of you who visit my blog, leave comments on my posts and interact with me on Twitter and Instagram, I really appreciate all the support!  I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my readers and fellow beauty bloggers.  You all make blogging worthwhile. Thank you!

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

PS. You all know me by now, I never miss an opportunity to spoil my readers. So as a Thank You I'll be making up a beauty hamper for 1 of you to the value of at least R500. To make it a bit more special the hamper will contain things I personally love and buy for myself .  All you have to do is leave a comment below with either your twitter handle, email address or Instagram username - so that I can notify you if you have won. I won't really be punting this giveaway because it is to reward my loyal readers - so those who follow me will pick up on this giveway and be able to enter easily. Entries close on Sunday evening and the winner will be announced on my blog and notified via email, twitter or instagram (depending on the contact details left in the comment. The winner will be randomly selected.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Clinique Sonic System coming soon!

I received such a nice surprise in my mailbox a little while ago and had to quickly throw a post together to share the news.  South Africa's beauty scene is currently buzzing about new electric facial brushes that are finally hitting our shores.  Today I saw that Clinique will also be releasing their version very soon - it is currently available for pre-order on their online store.
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The bush is developed to release sonic movements which offers deeper cleansing while being gentle on your skin.  What really excites me about these types of brushes if that it will be so much easier to clean the area around my nose. It is an area that I always struggle to get perfectly clean and exfoliated. The brush is easy to use and simple to incorporate into your daily skincare routine.
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The device retails for R1600 and the replacement brush heads are R395.  This isn't all that cheap but I think these devices are definitely investments in your skincare routine. 

With a host of facial brushes hitting us soon, I hope to get my hands on one of them to test them out and see if they are worth all the hype.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Juliette Armand Color Control Cream

I am a big fan of BB creams but I haven't really tried out many CC creams (Click here to read a post I wrote about the difference between BB creams and CC creams). At a recent event I received a bottle of Juliette Armand CC Cream to test out.
Color Control Cream
This CC cream only comes in one colour but it has seven different colour dispersions pigment to create natural coverage. The coverage is suited to fit most peoples' skin tone. However with my light skin tone, I have to either mix it up with some moisturiser or use a very small amount (as pictured above).  Along with the coverage the cream contains Hyaluronic acid which offers fantastic hydrating properties; Vitamin PP which increases ceramides and fatty acids in your skin; Aloe Vera to moisturise and help reduce skin irritation and infamation in the skin; and SPF10 is added to the CC cream to help protect against UVA-UVB rays.  The thing I like about this CC cream is that it has Matrixy 30000 tetrapeptides which help smooth wrinkles and fine lines.  It also helps stimulate the production of collagen and fibronectin.  All of these help gives you great coverage and healthy looking skin.

The cream is not oily in texture and leaves a velvety finish on your skin.  As I mentioned, because this is a "one colour fits all" cream, you need to play around with the amount you use to see what best suits you. Use a small amount at first and blend with a foundation brush. If you are not all that good with blending or don't have time, mix a small amount with your moisturiser. You won't get the same great coverage but I have been happy with the results when used like this.  Overall, I really like this CC cream and have been reaching for it quite a bit, especially on days where my skin is a bit red and reactive.

A 50ml bottle retails for R455 a bottle.  Juliette Armand is brought to you by Poise Brands and you can call them on +27 11 033 0500 to find a stockists near you.

Big Hugs.
Charlene XXX

Monday, 8 September 2014

Manicure Monday

I am really loving Morgan Taylor nail polish. I find that it last so long on my nails and that combined with its quick drying time makes it a winner.
Morgan Taylor Need For Speed
I have quite a few nail polishes from this brand so I thought it was about time that I get the base coat and a top coat.  Today I thought I would cover these products to let you know if they are worth spending R125 each on.

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This is really a great base coat. It dries quite quickly and creates a great rough surface for nail polish to adhere on to.  This base coat adds strength and flexibility to the nail to prolong the life of your manicure. Apparently this can be used on any nail type.  What I like about it is that it really does prolong the life of manicure.

Need for Speed
I really love quick drying top coats. Most of the quick drying top coats I have tried don't protect your nails for as long as traditional top coats. But I often do not have the time to "waste" waiting for my nail polish to dry properly.  This Need For Speed top coat is fantastic! It dries quickly and helps speed up the hardening of my nail polish.  I also find that my manicure lasts very well with this, much better than my other quick drying top coats.

I definitely think these two products are worth the R125 each. The bottles are a nice size, 15ml, and definitely will last a good amount of time.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Dermagen Formulated Skin Care

I did a post a while back on the Trichotin Hair Regenesis supplements (read it here). Following my two month Trichotin course I was advised to start my Dermagen Formulated Skin Care supplement course in order to get the best results.  This is because my body's vitamin stores needed to be built up first. Dermagen, as with Trichotin, is a beauty supplemet that is scientifically formulated to stimulate the body's circulatory. It also nourishes and revitalises your skin.
Dermagen contains Glutathione, Collagen and Co Enzyme Q10.  The capsules also contain essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  All these ingredients work together to detoxify the skin, treat skin disorders, enhance skin clarity, improve skin tone and elasticity and reduce visible signs of ageing.  You can view all the ingredients and their benefits on the Dermagen website (click here).

I was advised to follow my 2 month Trichotin course with the Dermagen. Trichotin helps prepare the body by building up the vitamin stores in one's system. Since taking Dermagen I noticed that my skin still showed all the benefits I saw from Trichotin but the biggest improvement I noticed was in the complexion of my skin. It definitely looked far more radiant and even than before.  I also found that my skin was far less reactive to stress.  When I get stressed I get a slight rash across my skin and while taking this I definitely experienced less of this. At the moment my stress levels are quite higher than usual with my conference presentation being less than two weeks away.

Unlike beauty creams, these beauty supplements work from within and you'll notice visible signs of improvement to your entire body.  The skin all over my body feels softer, smoother and looks visibly a lot more radiant. That is a tall order when it comes to me me because my skin is dehydrated all over my body and I purposefully stay out of the sun to avoid sun damage to my skin (which means I have pale skin).

As with Trichotin, the packaging is luxurious. I have to admit, taking any other supplements or medication feels really ordinary when compared to opening up a frosted glass jar.  I also really love the shiny, bright red colour of the capsules. It really is great when you take these types of supplements and see the great results, it truly does take the chore out of taking them everyday.

Thank you once again to the Trichotin and Dermagen team for sending me these fantastic supplements to try out.  For those of you who are interested in trying Dermagen for yourself you can buy a one month supply for R395 from the online store. For a full list of stockists visit the Dermagen website.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX