Friday, 24 October 2014

Feel Good Friday!

Today is the birthday of a very special friend of mine. Genny, I hope you have a truly special day. I am so happy that after 10 years we are still friends.  Have a very Happy Birthday!
Big Hugs and lots of love,
Charlene XXX

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

L'Occitane Aromachologie Range

I have been VERY spoilt recently with some really great press drops. I always get incredibly excited when receiving products from L'Occitane to test out. A few weeks ago I was sent a parcel of products from the extended Aromachologie range.
Relaxing Massage Body Oil
I battle with a lot of neck and back strain from sitting my a PC all day. The oil is made with almond oil which is combined with essential oils. Because this is a massage oil it isn't fully absorbed by the skin and therefore is absolutely perfect for massaging away aches and pains. I find the oil is really good at moisturising my skin too so this is perfect for massaging your body straight after a shower. I remove excess oil with a warm damp face cloth. The fragrance is also great in that it relaxes a person. I use a tiny amount of this to massage the temples of my head when I have a headache. It really helps to ease my headaches. A 100ml bottle costs R420, a tiny amount of this goes a long while. (Click here to purchase)

Relaxing Pillow Spray
I have never used a pillow spray before so I was really curious when I saw this bottle. The spray is made of 100% natural scents that help to calm you which promotes relaxation and well-being. The mist has a combination of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium. I have purposefully been using a white pillow case while using this to see if it stains linen and I am happy to report that it does not. It is difficult to say if this truly helps to create a good night's rest. What I do know is that when using this I settle down much quicker and fall asleep a lot easier. It is such a treat to use this and I look forward to going to bed. A 100ml bottle costs R310. (Click here to purchase)

Revitalising Body Scrub
I love body scrubs and I am a firm believer in exfoliating regularly. This body scrub is a sugar crystals that are perfect for scrubbing away dead skin especially on areas such as elbows, knees and feet. The thing to remember with scrubs is that you have to control the pressure you apply when rubbing the scrub across your body. I use this before I shower - I rub this across my body and then turn the shower on to rinse away the sugar. The essential oils in the scrub creates a thin film of oils on your skin that leaves it perfectly moisturised and smooth. This body scrub is one to energise a person which it does - it contains lemon zest, orange, grapefruit, mint, lemon and rosemary essential oils. Any time a product has citrus essential oils you are guaranteed to feel awake and energised. A 200ml tub costs R530. (Click here to purchase)

Overall I have really loved using these products. They definitely are products that work not only on your body but also on your senses. Visit the L'Occitane website to learn more about the range and to purchase products.

Big Hugs,

About the Aromachologie range:
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Rosemary was first distilled by our founder, Olivier Baussan, in 1976.  Indeed, essential oils are at the heart of the Aromachologie collection. Our new Relaxing and Revitalizing body car rituals contain Mediterranean essentials oils featuring 100% natural scents which help to soothe or to revitalize.Our hair care ranges each contain a different blend of five essential oils adapted to various concerns from repairing to volumizing.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Inoar Extreme Premium Oil

I received a tube of Inoar's Extreme Premium Oil quiet a while ago and have given it good use. I thought it was about time that I actually wrote a post on this.
The hair oil comes in a golden airtight tube which looks so luxurious. What I love about the design of the tube is that it keeps the ingredients protected from the air and makes sure that with every use you are getting the absolute best from the ingredients.

When it comes to the ingredients of this oil, the main ingredient is Myrrh oil blended with Argan, Macadamia and Rose oil.  These are fantastic quality essential oils.  The formulation of the oil is very light weight and not greasy at all - perfect for those who have fine hair like me.  It is quickly absorbed and gives my hair a beautiful natural shine. What I also love is that this oil has the most amazing scent which lingers on your hair for about a day.

With continued use I have found that my hair is silky, softer and smoother than before. It controls my frizz and has kept split ends at bay.  I use 1 pump to treat my hair so a tube with last me practically a year. A 50ml tube costs R545 which might seem like a lot of money, but that is the price that ones pays for such high quality ingredients. 

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

PS. You can get the products from INOAR Stockist Hair Salons or order it directly from INOAR Office by calling 012 686 7067.  You can also email with your order and delivery address.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Wedding Update - 2 weeks to go!

It is officially 2 weeks to my wedding day! JP and I have been quite fortunate that planning our wedding has been rather easy and pain-free. I haven't been sharing a lot about my wedding because I thought people weren't all that interested but I have been asked to share a few details so I thought I'd share the happenings of this past weekend.

My weekend started off with me finding sweet pea flowers - my absolute favourite flowers!
Saturday we headed to our wedding venue to finalise a few last details. To our surprise a wedding was happening that afternoon and there were chairs where we will be getting married. It just really hit home for us that very soon things would be set up for our wedding and it made us super excited for our own wedding.
Photo taken by Samantha Smith (@Smigal89)
That evening Samantha (my sister) and I did our nails because JP and I were going to have our couple's photoshoot to help "prepare" us for our wedding photos. We didn't have an official engagement shoot when we got engaged so this was a treat for us to get some engagement photos in. I decided to paint my nails in Zoya's Godiva because it perfectly compliments my dark purple dress.
Sunday I had my hair cut and styled at StyleBar in Tyger Valley Mall in preparation for a couple's photoshoot that afternoon in Stellenbosch. I had layers done and my stylist, Claudia, curled my hair. I really love what she did but didn't really get a chance to take photos - however the photoshoot will have many pictures for me to choose from and then I'll be able to do the proper reveal. I did my own makeup for the shoot and decided to stick with a purple theme (my favourite colour).
I like the look of this makeup and it's something I am considering sticking to for my wedding - it just feels "happy". I will have to wait and see how I feel on the day and give my makeup artist some direction.

JP and I can't wait to see the photos from the shoot. The photographer we chose is Alexandra Graham. I first came across Alexandra's work when we started following each other on Twitter. When the time came to choose a photographer I immediately thought of her. I am so pleased with how she knows what JP and I are looking for in our photos and is so supportive of our ideas. As soon as I get some photos from the shoot I'll share some on my blog (Click here to visit her website).

After the wedding I'll definitely share some details of the day and why I chose to do what I did - it isn't going to be a "traditional wedding" at all - a very small, relaxed garden wedding followed by a luncheon - no assigned seating, no speeches, no real formalities. JP and I want our wedding day to be completely relaxed and filled with love.

I hope you all have a fantastic week.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Friday, 17 October 2014

Feel Good Friday

In less than 2 weeks I am getting married! This month is feeling so long counting down the days to my wedding day. I am not the most patient of people so this is a true test of my patience.
Last weekend I had my hair and makeup trail. When the veil was placed in my hair I suddenly felt like a bride and wanted to get married immediately. I truly can't wait for my wedding day!

Wish I could bottle up the feelings I have and share it with everyone. Have a wonderful day and enjoy your weekend.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX