Monday, 15 September 2014

Manicure Monday

Today I thought I would share a Morgan Taylor colour that I recently bought for my sister, Samantha. When I ask Samantha to choose a nail polish it is always interesting to see what she'll go for, because she does wear a lot wider variety of colours than I do. It is always fun for me to be able to share what my sister likes to wear because it brings a bit more variety into my Manicure Monday posts.  The shade Sam chose is "Make a Statement" and I can definitely see why it was given that name.
Make a Statement
It is a mix of blue and purple glitter particles all of the same size and shape.  You get opaque coverage in just two coats.  Sam said the drying time was quite quick for a glitter nail polish. I personally like to apply a top coat to my glitter manicure because it makes the glitter feel less rough on my nails, but Sam says she gets better wear out of it without a top coat on. It is something I am going to give a try.

We picked this up at Dischem for R99.95 but as I mentioned before there quite a number of stockists of Morgan Taylor now, which I think is fantastic (Sorbet Salons, Takealot, Rubybox and RetailBox to name a few).

Hope you all have a bright week ahead!

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

PS. Thank you Samantha for sharing your manicure! You can follow my sister on Instagram and Twitter if you'd like to see more of her manicures. She takes great photos of many different things.

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.

Stick with it
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