Friday, 22 August 2014

Feel Good Friday

I have always loved makeup, however growing up my Mom would not really encourage me to wear makeup.  It was only for very specific reasons I was allowed to wear the bare minimum, usually a little bit of mascara, some blush on my cheeks and if I was lucky, some lipstick – to this day mascara and blush are two of my favourite beauty products. I remember the first time my Mom applied mascara to my lashes, I was really so in awe of the product – how my blonde lashes suddenly transformed into long, dark lashes like my Mom’s and how big my eyes looked. Just the whole process of applying the makeup felt so special to me.  I was filled with such excitement and to be completely honest, I was absolutely in awe of my eyes, my rosy cheeks and how pretty I felt.
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At 16 my Mom bought me my first mascara, Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara to be precise. To this day it is still one of my all-time favourites and the only drugstore brand mascara that I will happily recommend to a person. I always looked forward to the weekends and being able to wear mascara if I was going to go out shopping with friends.

Today, the favourite part of my makeup routine is still applying mascara.  Yes, I love how beautiful lashes look with a coat of good mascara on, but for me it is the memory it invokes that means the most to me.  Every time I pull the wand out of a mascara tube I am instantly transported back to my parents’ bedroom. I can clearly remember sitting in front of my Mom’s big dressing table mirror with all her products spread out across the table. 
Makeup is fantastic in that it can definitely help hide our imperfections and accentuate the areas we want attention to be drawn to - how it can make us feel beautiful and good about ourselves. But for me, it is the memories I love the most. Memories of my Mom and I playing with makeup, the sounds of our laughter and chatter echoing through the hallway and the smell of perfume that filled the room. Makeup, to me, is happiness.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wishing Wednesday

This past weekend JP and I had a little breakaway to celebrate his birthday and basically just to relax. We've both been incredibly busy and needed to escape everything for a while.  We stayed at the Wedgeview Country House and Spa
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We made use of the spa facilities, where we had one of the best hour long hot stone massages I have ever had and then followed that with a lunch platter by the pool.  I felt to lazy and relaxed. Now it is back into the swing of the week and we are already half way through it! Today's Wishing Wednesday post is more along the lines of wishing I could go back to the past weekend than about longing for a product.  

On the plus side, at least it is almost Friday.  On Saturday I have been invited to join the Bloggers Who Bless ladies at one of their get togethers and I am really looking forward to that!

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil

After a really long day there is nothing I look forward to more than having a long, hot bath. One of the best parts of it is pouring this shower oil into that palm of my hand.
L'Occitane's Almond collection products are fast becoming favourites are mine.  I bought this shower oil for R295 (for a 250ml bottle) from the L'Occitane online shop. I had used the Almond body oil for a few days and just had to get this shower oil.  The oil looks and feels like a traditional body oil but when it comes into contact with water it emulsifies and starts to form a foam.  I adore the delicate almond fragrance.  When I have a long day I find that using scented products really helps me to relax and this works perfectly. The oil washes off your skin easily and leaves a light, non-greasy film on your skin - perfect for those who battle with dry skin.  A lot of the times I actually don't feel the need to apply a body cream. Honestly, if you start using this product there is no way you can go without it! I can see why this is one of their best sellers.

I am really loving the L'Occitane products I have purchased and definitely see myself buying many more of their products (especially when they have their amazing sales).

Hope you all have a great day ahead!

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Monday, 18 August 2014

Dermaceutic Sun Ceutic 50

I recently received a bottle of Dermaceutic Sun Ceutic 50 to test out which was perfect timing with spring on our doorstep.  In spring and summer it is so important to up the SPF in your skin care products and to find an SPF of 50 in a product is like finding a pot of gold.
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Sun Ceutic 50 is an anti-ageing sun cream that helps to prevent premature ageing of the skin by providing protection from UVA / UVB rays. The formulation of the product has a stem cell stimulator (EGF stimulator) and repairing ingredients (hyalurnic acid and aloe vera).  The ingredients makes this far more than just a traditional sun block cream - this is a treatment product with the benefits of a fantastic SPF.  The product is also free os oxybenzone, Octocrylen, Parabens and Fragrance.

Here is a bit more information on the ingredients:

  • Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxidemineral filters form a stable physical barrier against UVB and UVA rays.
  • Hyaluronic Acid - moisturises the skin and created suppleness and firmness. This helps to .
  • Aloe Vera - soothes skin and reduces inflammation.  This ingredient also stimulates the production of collagen to combat skin ageing.
Now for a bit about my experience while using the product. What I love about this cream is how beautifully it absorbs into my skin and doesn't leave any greasy film on the surface. The cream does not have any noticeable fragrance and has a somewhat thick consistency, but once applied it feels light on the skin.  What I particularly like about this sun cream is that because it has such nourishing and moisturising ingredients I do not need to apply a moisturiser before application.  This is a huge plus for me because I do not like wearing too many layers of products on my skin, especially when it is hot. My skin also never looks dull and pale at all after application.

Overall, I am so impressed with this cream and how well it protects my skin. According to the press release prices, a 30ml bottle costs R400. I use 3 pumps to cover my face and neck area which means my 50ml bottle will last me a good 2 or 3 months. For a product that has such great ingredients and sun protection, I honestly believe R400 is an incredibly reasonable price.

It is so important to ensure that you have the proper sun protection on your skin and Sun Ceutic 50 is definitely a product I would recommend to anyone.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Happy Birthday JP!

I know JP isn't going to like this because he doesn't like a fuss on his Birthday and he definitely doesn't like a lot of attention...but I don't care - HAPPY BIRTHDAY JP!
I love you with all my heart!
Charlene <3