Friday, 28 November 2014

Feel Good Friday

Here we are again, at the end of another working week. I was sitting in my room this morning looking at the dress bag that is housing my wedding dress - it is still hanging by my cupboard after almost 4 weeks. It made me think about the Friday before my wedding day and how much fun it was.  My Mom and I went to have our nails done and had facials. 
I wish I could go back and do it all again - it was such a special time and I don't think I have ever been so happy.

I hope you all have a really great day and enjoy the weekend!

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Range

It is no secret when it comes to L'Occitane I am a HUGE fan. Today I am going to share three products from the Immortelle Divine range. Two of them I won from the Beauty Shout Box in a giveaway and another I received from L'Occitane.
From L'Occitane's website:
"For the Immortelle face care collection, L'OCCITANE has concentrated the extraordinary anti-aging properties of the legendary immortelle flower from Corsica, which never fades, even after being picked."

The Immortelle range is one of my absolute favourites because it is totally geared towards anti-ageing which is very important to me, especially since turning 30.

Divine Youth Oil (sent to me by L'Occitane)
This oil is new to the Immortelle range and is used to help fight visible signs of aging. Overtime the skin's texture is firmer and has a more youthful appearance.  The oil itself is silky in texture and non-oily. It literally melts into my skin and is lightweight. I LOVE the fragrance of this range - it is such a treat to use every day. I only need 2-3 drops of this to cover my face. Over time I have noticed that my skin is much firmer and I have fewer lines around my eyes. 30ml retails for R1425 (buy it online).

Divine Lotion (I won this on Beauty Shot Box)
This lotion is absolutely AMAZING! It is used to prepare the skin for the products that follow. The lotion also helps to accelerate cellular renewal to help regenerate skin and in so doing, give you younger looking skin. This lotion is immediately absorbed into the skin because it has a very thin, watery consistency. When my skin feels especially dehydrated, this lotion immediately soothes it. As with the Youth Oil, this has an amazing scent. 200ml retails for R655 (buy it online).

Divine Eyes (I won this on Beauty Shot Box)
I am VERY lazy when it comes to eye creams. I think it is because a lot of the time I just don't see any results or very few that just doesn't warrant further use. This eye cream however is fantastic at regenerating the eye area - fine lines are reduced as is any signs of puffy eyes and dark circle.  My skin is firmer around my eye, there are fewer lines and overall the area looks more luminous. The cream has a gel-like texture the is quickly absorbed into the area. This is really pricey, 15ml costs R465, bt one pump is more than enough to cover my entire eye area and area around my lips (buy it here).

Thank you Hazel and L'Occitane for these fantastic products.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Philips Sonicare Airfloss

I am very lucky to receive some great products to try out but now and then I receive products that completely change up my routine - in a good way. I am really super lazy when it comes to flossing my teeth so when I was sent the Philips Airfloss to try out I was so excited!
The Airfloss machine uses water to spray plaque and build up from between your teeth. The Airfloss has a little chamber for water - the amount of water is the precise amount needed to floss between each of your teeth so you don't have to worry about emptying the water chamber every time. Another great thing is that you can also use mouth wash in the chamber - you just have to make sure that you clean the chamber often. 

The guidance tip on the end of the Airfloss is placed in the gap between your teeth and when you are ready you push the Activation Button. It then sprays a mist between the gap and forces plaque out from between your teeth. It is completely pain free as well so if you are one of those people who battle with flossing and end up with sore bleeding gums after wards, this is perfect for you.

What I personally love about this is that I have teeth that are very close together which makes it difficult to floss between all of them. This machine has allowed me to floss ALL my teeth properly.  I also love how my mouth feels very clean and fresh after use.

Here is some information from the press release:
"Dental professionals recommend interdental cleaning once a day, yet less than a third of South Africans floss regularly. With the revolutionary Philips Sonicare AirFloss cleaning between your teeth has never been as quick or easy. Its new autoburst function allows you to simply point and press once to clean the entire mouth in just 30 seconds. It jets a microburst of oxygen and water (or mouthwash) between each tooth at 72 km/h, to effectively yet gently remove plaque and food debris.  Philips Sonicare AirFloss is ideal for those who find flossing too fiddly or time-consuming.  Available from dentists, Dis-Chem and selected pharmacies at a recommended retail price of R1, 399".

The Airfloss definitely makes flossing very quick and easy. What I like about this is that it takes the excuse out of not flossing and ensures my teeth are always clean.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Test Box

As a beauty blogger I am always trying out new products and my thirst for products is almost insatiable. This puts a lot of strain on my bank account. I won’t lie either, I am quite fussy when it comes to products and the packaging of them. I really love opportunities to try out products through samples but hate amounting a collection of 100s of sachets that are not easy to store and because I am fussy, the packaging immediately puts me off. For this reason, I rarely even touch the samples I have in sachets and I am sure many great products are left undiscovered.
In steps The Test Box. The Test Box is different to other subscription boxes we’ve had in the South African market in that their aim is primarily centred on the education behind professional brands. Each month you’ll receive a box of proper trial size samples in proper packaging – no more sachets – to properly test out a product over a period of time and make a proper, informed decision on whether or not to purchase the full size product. That is what makes me so excited about this – no more one application samples. Each month a specific range is featured and all the information around that product range is provided to you. The subscription box launches in March 2015 – so we’ll have to wait a bit.
Currently available on The Test Box website are Festive Boxes (which contain full size products) that are available in different price ranges of R300 – R1000. Upon selecting your box option you choose what your hair concerns are and then a surprise box is sent to you. What I like about this is that you can choose a box that not only suits your needs but also your pocket. The boxes will be sent out the week before Christmas. These boxes seem to be selling like hot cakes because the R300 box is already all sold out. I just ordered myself a R400 box - Click here to order your box!

I am really excited about this initiative and I am curious to see how well it does in our market. I am interested to hear what your thoughts are about beauty boxes and subscriptions like this – please leave a comment below.
Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

PS. The Test Box also has an online store with a number of products already available.

Manicure Monday

I am a big nail polish person - I especially carrying a longing for a lot of international nail polishes which I look at online. Ciaté is one of the brands I have been longing to get my hands on and now I easily can because Clicks stocks the brand now - woohoo!
The prices are not super affordable. At R149 it puts it above Essie and Morgan Taylor - basically in the same bracket as OPI. Overseas these retail for $15 each so these are actually cheaper here. Ciaté have released some great packs as well - a Trio pack costs R299 which is a lot more affordable than buying 3 individual ones. There are also nail art sets with real pressed flowers and shells - they retail for R349.

I decided on the "Milk and Sugar" set which is a nude nail trio (R299 for all three). I haven't yet had a chance to properly test the polishes out properly but I wanted to share the news.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX