PARADISE IS HERE…

Wallpaper is a hot 2015 trend in interior design. I know, I know, the word wallpaper also raises a lot of thoughts in my mind of all the old houses I used to frequent in the UK and always used to think… yuck this stuff is so out-dated…. It has made the proverbial comeback, think of platform shoes but with more of a serious impact. This trend from the 1970’s is changing the game in interior design.groovy

We all know, without a doubt that the best music and care-free groovy living came from the 70s. Can you tell I was born in the wrong era? Hippies, free love, big hair, free spirits, flowers in hair, the best music festivals and let’s not forget… wall paper! Not necessarily in that order, but you understand where I’m going with this…

Well, Skinny laMinx and Robin Sprong have changed the ball game in wall paper and collaborated resulted in the newly launched the PARADISE IS HERE wallpaper collection.

Let your eyes feast on the wonderful designs which can only add to your interior design but combining classic and modern in the same setting to create super stylish and comfortable spaces.

01-Week-SHOP-Wallpaper_Airborne_sage 01-Week-SHOP-Wallpaper_Airborne_tarmac 01-Week-SHOP-Wallpaper_Palmetto_pinenutYou can read about the collaboration on the Skinny laMinx blog and view all the designs on the Robin Sprong website.

Happy decorating xx flea143

 

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Veaudry myEASYcomb

Hair styling has never been my forte in life. In fact, when working on set doing faces and getting asked to assist with doing hair I always end up stressing so much on the inside. I never let my fear be known that my hair skills are in actual fact rubbish. Anyway, for shoots you can wing hair for weddings – that’s when I step down. I’d rather leave that to professionals and not steal anyone’s thunder. Especially on their wedding day!

I got home last week to a surprise box, sent to me from Retail Box and in this box was a comb. Not any comb, I’ll tell you, it was a VEUDRY MYEASYCOMB which at first glance I thought what on earth is this contraption? It is essentially a zooped-up comb. For home or salon use specifically when you are straightening your hair. The comb comes with a built in hair sectioning guide to assist with separating pieces for extra speedy hair straightening and even blow drying because that’s what I’ve been using it for and it works like a bomb.

PRO TIP: from the not-so-pro-hair stylist – for hair fall when using the comb to comb through my hair before styling the sectioning guide catches all hair that has fallen which makes it easier to put this in the bin and not all over your body.

Retail price: R195

Retail price: R195

I honestly believe this zooped-up Veaudry comb must of been made by a man that was tired of waiting for the lady in his life to “get on with styling her hair” because they were always late wherever they were going. After only using this wee comb for the past few days my mornings have been left with at least an additional 10 minutes to colour in my face – this results in better looking hair styled by a self confessed hair noob and a beautifully coloured in face (I even contoured this morning – you guys!). I think the people in my office are confused that I can be so prepared for early mornings. Don’t tell them my secret is just a new comb!Thank You

Thank you to Retail Box for allowing me to test this little beast. It has, although very recent, improved my getting-ready morning time. Maybe I need to start timing myself… on the other hand – maybe not, le boyfriend might start getting ideas.

Be sure to follow Retail Box on Facebook and Twitter @RetailBoxSA

xo flea143

This product was sent to me for review purposes – this has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway!

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Liebster Award

Ooookay, this is not my usual type of post but because my darling friend Heather from Femme Lifestyle nominated me for a Liebster Award and its physically impossible to not say no to Heather…. So, here you have it (although be it a bit a late)

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The questions

  • What is your favourite beauty product you cannot live without?

special cleansing gelmac-studio-fix-fluidThis changes quite often. I fall in and out of products very frequently. Can anyone say brand fidelity? My longest standing beauty products would have to my Dermalogica skin care products and my MAC Studio Sculpt Fluid foundation and MAC Mineralize powder. I have always used these products for years and always restock them even though I am fortunate to have a countless amounts of brands that have moved through my dressing table/ bathroom cabinets.

  • Who is your ultimate date?

dateThis gorgeous man and just FYI ladies, he’s been my date for the past 7 years.

  • If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be and why?

HomeHome… or anywhere that feels like it. FYI, its people that make places feel like home. I love being at home with the people I love. With all my creature comforts. Bliss!

  • What is the last thing you take off at night ?Business

You nosy buggar…. none of your business. In all honestly, I don’t really know, depends what method I use before bed. I like to mix it up. It would be between hair clips/jewellery/makeup.

  • What would you spend R5000.00 rand on, if you were given 1 minute to make a decision right now?holiday

A holiday with le boyfriend. Somewhere…

  • What is top of your bucket list?happy

To be happy and have those around me be happy BUT I don’t really believe in bucket lists… if you are interested you can read about my ramblings on that, here.

  • Name and shame your worst public blooper … as in ever!blooper

I’m honestly so tired I can’t really think of anything worse than this… and this is pretty mediocre. When I was 11 years old I was given a mobile phone from my mother and at the time I was the only one at school who had a phone.. You also were not supposed to take mobile phones to school. Anyway, we had a morning assembling every Wednesday morning and I had forgotten to switch it off and my mum was only calling to leave a message to tell me to have a good day but it rang and interrupted the assembly and in front of the whole school I had to hand it to the principal. At the time it was the worst thing in the world, now I wouldn’t care less… lol. Sooo… sorry that’s a bit boring!

  • What is your favourite comfort food?

comfort foodChocolate is my day-to-day comfort food and anything super tasty like curry, stew with dumplings or when I’m back home in the UK nothing beats a steak and kidney pudding!!

All the blogs I frequent have been doing the rounds with these awards so I’m not going to nominate anyone :)

xo flea143

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10 Facts about BABOR

BaborBABOR is a high end, salon only, professional German skin care brand.

BABOR headquarters of the brand are situated in Aachen, Germany.

BABOR South Africa's current comptition

BABOR South Africa’s current comptition

BABOR is available from 60 disruptors worldwide.

BABOR, as a brand was established in 1956 by Dr. Michael Babor.

The BABOR philosophy is to synergise natures secrets into high-tech natural performance products.

Check out what range will best suit your skin on the BABOR website.

Check out what range will best suit your skin on the BABOR website.

All BABOR product ranges are developed and researched extensively in BABOR’s own laboratories.

BABOR boasts teams of scientists and collaborations with esteemed universities and other leading research specialists with massage specialists to ensure that BARBOR products achieve ground-breaking research not only in take-home products but award winning salon treatments.

Babor FACEThe new face of BABOR is a locally grown beauty from South Africa.

BABOR's latest offering to change the face of anti-ageing forever.

BABOR’s latest offering to change the face of anti-ageing forever.

BABOR has 16 different product lines each targeting specific skin needs.

BABOR can offer solutions from every skin need from face care, to makeup, cosmeceuticals, male grooming, body care, hand care, foot care, and even fragrance.

Check out BABOR on the web, Facebook and Twitter.

xo flea143

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Vogue Air Review

Airbrush makeup is gaining a rise in popularity worldwide. Its popular in film, theatre and where the real obsession came through – fake tanning.

What does this mean to you? As a consumer it means you have more options available in how you would like your makeup applied by professionals, and as a makeup artist, like me, it means there are new techniques to study and learn about in order to ‘keep up with the Jones” and to keep clients happy with more options! Vogue Air 2

Rather than having your makeup applied with a sponge, brush, fingers or any other “tool” the airbrush gently and lightly sprays makeup directly onto your face. This means a couple of things, when airbrush makeup is applied by a qualified professional using the right products, the makeup finish guarantees to be flawless, the application will be light and not weigh down your skin, with long lasting makeup which is perfect for special occasions and don’t forget incredibly fast and easy to be applied.

I have played with airbrushing in the past but I haven’t done an airbrush course… yet! So I am definitely no expert – and they say that a little knowledge can be dangerous! However, I always grab the oppurtunity when it arises and when the Salon Outlet contacted me to review one of their airbrush systems, I couldn’t refuse.

I was sent the Vogue Air Multi-Purpose Makeup Airbush Kit.

  • Its made of durable stainless steel and mine is in a classic black colour.
  • Its a multi purpose air brush with a built in air filter
  • It has a dual action trigger control motion

To be completely honest, I am well aware this airbrush is not the best you can get on the market but for the price of $59.99 its a really good starting point for beginners and practicing the art of airbrush makeup. Learning to use the dual action trigger on the gun is possibly the main technique you need to learn in order to achieve flawless application and the gun of this machine is fairly sturdy and easy to manoeuvre. It’s all about practice. The instructions are written in very poor English and have clearly been translated from another language – so when assembling the airbrush I was grateful for the pictures which make more sense however I did think that someone with no working knowledge of how an airbrush works would of been completely lost. Vogue Air 1

The airbrush compressor itself is fairly quiet (compared to other brands I’ve played with) and mine can only be plugged into the wall but the instructions did make mention of a battery pack but I couldn’t find out if this was to be bought as an extra or if its something I should of received in my box.

I really don’t think I’d ever try doing my own makeup with this airbrush (or any other airbrush) just because the thought of it actually scares me BUT I have been using it to practice on a few friends – the results were not so great (as I am kind of a noob) so I won’t embarrass them and post pictures – but who knows – one day I might nail it and share some of those pictures with the wonderful people of the internets! Vogue Air 3

Thank you to the Salon Outlet for letting me try out this little beauty. I look forward to improving my skills in the future.

Note to South African consumers, the Salon Outlet only ships within the USA. Follow them on Facebook here.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was sent to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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