Sometimes, I like to switch things up. This morning I woke up to a dull rainy day and decided – this is high time paint my nails. I chose a bright summery colour to contrast the weather and I am loving it. It’s fresh, clean, a little green and PERFECT for summer. It’s taken me a while to get used to the new Essie polish formula consistency as from previous it seems a lot thinner, which made it feel like it was hard to apply but now I am so pleased and I feel I’ve got the hang of I. I am finding that Essie seems to thicken up after use a couple of times which makes application tenfold times easier.
Here it is!
I bought MINT CANDY APPLE from Truworths (so happy Essie is available in retail stores now too) for R120.00
Have a fab week! My nails are already enjoying it.
The darlings from TRESemme sent me their Instant Refresh to try out. Instant Refresh is a DRY SHAMPOO, which essentially is a waterless shampoo which reduces the greasy appearance of the hair by applying a powder form spray to the root of the hair. Dry shampoo will never substitute for real shampoo which involves the use of the water to completely cleanse and remove grease but it is meant to be an in-between washing solution. While it reduces the appearance of greasy roots, the Instant Refresh gives also gives the hair added volume from the root which results that it is possible to style the hair in some ways which would not be possible with freshly washed soft clean hair.
I have been trying to use Instant Refresh on the days when I don’t wash my hair (I normally wash my hair everyday and I feel like my hair is dirty if I don’t), so I have been using sporadically, maybe once a week. Directions for use are simple, shake the can vigourosly before spraying, part your hair into sections and lightly spray the roots in short bursts about 20-30cm away and then massage the product into your scalp with your finger tips and comb through your hair. Et voila, you have Instantly Refreshed hair (see what I did there?).
When I use Instant Refresh, my hair does feel look and refreshed but I know that my hair is not clean. Its obviously a thing I need to get over. I like to use Instant Refresh between washes if I am planning on wearing my hair up, either clipped, in a bun, in a plait or braided. I still can’t bring myself to wear unwashed (without water) hair loose but who knows, one day I might try soon.
Although I have my issues with dry shampoo, I have to say that my mother is completely besotted with the stuff. She gave me a mini can of Instant Refresh before I went overseas for my Italy trip which I used here and there and I am slowly trying to warm myself to using it but I really need to get over the fact that simply because my hair has not been physically washed that it does not appear clean.
Matthew Monsoor is TRESemme’s celelbrity stylist and his suggestion for the Instant Refresh is to use to give last nights curls brand new life.
“Last night’s curls can be revived into boho-chic waves with a twist, by using the right products to re-awaken the volume. Adding braids gives a pretty finish. “
200ml aerosol of Instant Refresh goes for R76.99 and is available at Clicks and Dischem nationwide.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes however this did not alter my view of the product in anyway especially due to the fact that I already had one in my toiletry bag – thanks mum!
I have had a little bit of a love affair the past 6 weeks or so with a disposable makeup remover towelettes from MUD, Makeup Designory who seriously have the worlds best face wipes. A packet of 40 will cost you R248.00 which is not cheap by face wipe standards but they are so worth the money. Absolute no purchase regret here for me. In fact I want to buy MORE!! I bought these with my MUD haul that I purchased around August sometime and I have just used my last wipe on the weekend. I am already itching to get my hands on another packet because although I don’t always use face wipes to remove my makeup, these are the best for removing heavy eye makeup and waterproof mascara.
The toweletes are not only huge, I mean, one on its own is big enough to remove an entire face of makeup (face, eyes and lips = there is enough room to wipe on ONE cloth, not like other brands where the toweletes are small and you need 2 -3) but also they are incredibly soothing on the skin. Leaving behind a beautiful cool and refreshing sensation on your barefaced skin.
The packaging is a resealable packet which towards the end of my face wipes life decided that sticking back together was a mission but I managed to always keep something on top of the packet to ensure that it didn’t pop open. doing this made sure that until the very last face wipe was used that the towelettes remained moist and ready to tackle makeup. These were not only a life saver when I was travelling overseas but they were a pleasure to use in the hot Tuscan weather and left you feeling utterly refreshed which makes me think that these will no doubt be needed for a refreshing summer skin.
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Related: Cover Me in MUD
Make-Up Designory – Review
A while ago, I was treated to a Guinot facial at Yemaya Spa & Hair in Sea Point for Cosmetix and Cindy Nell’s annual pamper party. One of the goodies I got given to try at home from my facial was a Guinot cleanser. This cleanser is part of their Hydra range which is probably not the most suited product for my skin needs but it certainly does hydration and it does hydration well.
Water is an indispensable source of life for the cells and well-being of the skin. A good moisture balance ensures a healthy complexion. The Hydra Tendre is described as being a “soft wash off cleansing cream“, and when applied to the skin you can literally feel it absorb into your skin as though your skin is absolutely parched, and as with most cleansers you rinse it off as normal with water and et voila – you have a clean smooth and hydrated face! The consistency of the cleansing cream is smooth with a light pink colour to it and it seems heavily fragranced and has a very perfume-y smell which is not unpleasant but I normally prefer less fragrance in my skincare products. When your skin is cleansed your skin feels soft and gentle and your face is left feeling refreshed.
I have been using the Guinot cleanser for the past 3 weeks and now my skin is actually over-hydrated which is not necessarily a problem but it is not the ideal solution for me as I do not suffer from dry or dehydrated skin so I will not be purchasing this cleanser again unless my skin needs change.
Unfortunately I have not been able to find the retail prices of what the cleanser goes for but it is available at Yemaya Spa and various other salons which offer the luxourious Guinot treatments for purchase.
Disclaimer: This product was given to me as a sample at an event. This has in now way altered my view of the product in anyway.