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

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The biggest lesson I learned from planning my wedding day

I purposefully have tried to keep my blog on subject (beauty related) and not transform it into a wedding blog when I got engaged. Today however I am doing a wedding post because I have been asked by a lot of people (that are in the process of planning a wedding) what I learned from the whole experience of planning a wedding. I experienced a lot of things, learned from mistakes and discovered some great things - but to keep the post short I thought I would share the biggest lesson I learned. 

My wedding cake and setup - photos taken by Alexandra Graham
When it came time to decide on a date and what we wanted, JP and I didn’t really struggle much with decisions. We are both the type of people that don’t really follow traditions and we both aren’t too concerned by all the formalities that accompany weddings. So we chose to have a very short ceremony (15 minutes long) and the reception was an informal luncheon with no speeches or assigned seating…no formalities to it what so ever. The décor was kept simple because the wedding was set in a beautiful location and photos were done impromptu with guests and not forced on anyone.

Leading up to the wedding we had to deal with a fair share of criticism and comments over our choices. People didn’t understand what we wanted and why we weren’t sticking to a “traditional wedding”. My response to everyone was “This is my wedding, it is what I want”. So this leads me to my advice – if you are paying for your wedding you have every right to do what YOU want to and not what other expect you to do. I understand that one has to “keep the peace” but that should not turn your wedding day into something you don’t want it to be (this is of course entirely different if someone else is paying for things – then you have to negotiate with them on what you want and what they want). 

JP and I are so happy with how our wedding day turned out, it was everything we wanted it to be despite the down pour of rain on the day. The focus of the entire day was on JP and I getting married – the moment we said our “I dos” – not the reception following the ceremony. Everything was simple, fuss free and intimate. To me it felt like a family gathering except I got to walk around in a pretty wedding dress.

I wouldn’t say that my wedding was one of those weddings that would be featured in magazines and end up on people’s Pinterest boards but it was exactly what we wanted. I would happily do the whole thing over again (with JP of course!) exactly how we did it. I am so happy that JP and I stood our ground and planned the day we wanted.

It is your wedding day – plan the day how YOU want it to be, not how others expect it to be.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wishing Wednesday

This time of the year is always super exciting in the makeup world. Nothing makes my Beauty Blogger heart beat happily than when I see the Dior Holiday Collection. Just look at it....
Compacts: Golden Shock (001) and Pink Shock (002)
Lipsticks: Passion Shock (007), Mysterious Shock (008), Ardent Shock (006), Daring Shock (005), Enchanting Shock (002), Delicate Shock (001)
Lipgloss: Gold Rain (164) and Pink Excess (663)

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Mirror (022), Gold Equinox (241), Golden Shock (001), Shock (762) and Smoky (990)
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Golden Reflections (046) and Golden Shock (756)
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Every year I get myself one of the Diorific nail polishes and this year I think I will be getting the Gold Flake top coat. Just maybe I'll spoil myself to the Golden Shock Eyeshadow Palette - isn't it a thing of beauty...sigh. The two toned lipsticks also look amazing - you basically get 2 colours for the price of one. Delicate and Passion Shock look like my kind of colours.

Anyway, let me know what you think and what you like in the collection.  I'll definitely be tweeting when I see these in stores.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX