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Guest Contribution : Ciate Shell Manicure

I recently got to take the new Ciate Shell Manicure for a test drive and what a roller coaster it has been.

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Firstly the kit is comprised of an instructional booklet , the cutest little funnel (so that you can put your shell bits back into the bottle) , and a coloured nail polish and in my case what I’d like to call a ‘Barbie’ pink.

This set comes beautifully boxed and my set was called ‘SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS – SHELL MANICURE’ , here see for yourself …

I set out by firstly reading the instruction… Yes I really did! Here is how the application of this set works when doing an accent nail such as my attempt.

Step 1 –

Apply a coat of colour to all nails except the accent nail

Repeat the process

Step 2 –

Pour your shells into the moulded plastic container that forms part of the packaging

Step 3 –

Paint your first accent nail and whilst still wet dip it into the shells, and press the shells down.

Repeat the process

And voila you have a shell manicure just like me …

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Overall, I loved the look of this on my nails.

It was super fun to try and easy to achieve on my own. The nail polish itself lasted for about 3 days before showing tip wear and did not loose its shine. The shells however started dropping off within an hour and to be honest the texture is a little rough for me as it caught on everything.

This manicure however looks ever so pretty and feminine and the pink is just the prettiest and most feminine pink.

I have been stalking Ciate for sometime and I have really enjoyed the product and would love to try a few more in future.

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Ciate Shell Manicure sets are available from Clicks nationwide towards the end of November.

It will retail for R349.95

About the Author, Heather de Bruin of Femme Lifestyle

I am a 40yr old beauty obsessed , creative junkie and totally in love with Jesus. I love to share about beauty, books, fun activities, great food,great places, cats and life in general…

You can follow Heather on Twitter @heatherdeBruin

Disclaimer: This product was given to the author for review purposes. This has in no way altered the view of the product in anyway.

 

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The Only Hairbrush You’ll Ever Need

A couple of months ago, my body was in a state for some unknown reason and was acting really weird, one of the unusual things it was up to really affected my hair ,which was literally falling out and I felt like I was leaving a trail everywhere I went. I spoke to my hairdresser about this and he advised that the minute I know of someone going over to the UK, I need to ask them to bring me back this wonderful brush from Aveda. One he uses in his salon. He showed me this giant brush, which looked nice, but it was just a hairbrush…. I umm’d and aah’d about this for ages, simply because why should I ask someone in the UK to get me something as trivial as a hairbursh? Well, eventually, after losing more hair I thought you know what – what do I have to lose. So I started searching online. I could only find positive reviews from people with all different hair types. I found the Aveda Paddle Brush on the Aveda website and went and ordered one. When my folks came back in September before my trip to Italy my hair had calmed down on the falling out but it wasn’t back to its normal self. I have religiously used this brush morning and evening (or lets be honest, when I can be bothered to brush my hair) and I am so impressed with the results. My scalp is no longer sore and sensitive, my hair is left with a lovely finish after brushing and there is very minimal to no static (in Johannesburg’s winter there was a little bit). I have been using it for post-drying to calm down the hair and all the new hair that is growing from my scalp so I don’t look like I’ve stuck my finger in an electric socket.Aveda-Wooden-Paddle-Brush

The price on the Aveda website is £19.00 approximately R280. Initially I thought, wow, that is expensive… for a hairbrush? Well, I own makeup brushes that are tiny in size comparison and cost a great deal more, so really, is R280 a lot of money for a hairbrush? For something as necessary and as widely used in my daily routine as a hairbrush I don’t think so.

The Aveda Paddle brush is designed for scalp treatments and easily detangling hair. The bristles are made to massage the scalp while easily freeing any knots or tangles. The brush, although large, is extremely lightweight.

Although I’ve only had my lovely brush for a couple of months, I’ve read reviews where people have had their brushes for 8 years and they are only starting to deteriorate now.

If you want to do your scalp and hair some favours, think about this investment piece for your beauty routine.

XO Flea

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Hair With a Shine

Schwarzkopf, a name unanimous with affordable effective hair solutions.

A while ago, I received the new Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner both of which have the most gorgeous brilliant turquoise packaging but it is what is on the inside that counts after all, right? Well, the inside is a hair care formula revolution in gloss and shine which has been designed to leave hair with a flawless gloss that can last up to 10 days after use. The hair is ‘coated’ or ‘laminated’ in a weightless gloss which makes the hair shine bright and reflect light for an added sparkle. The way that it makes the hair shine so bright is that the entire hair is ‘laminated’ in shine that is better than other hair shine products which only partly cover hair leaving a rough surface area that only results in a partial shine. The secret ingredient which assists in the ultimate hair shine is the Gloss Elixir found in in the Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Treatment mask.

Gloss Million Gloss Conditioner

Gloss Million Gloss Conditioner 200ml R52.95 400ml R66.95

Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo

Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo 250ml – R52.95 400ml – R49.95

Before embarking and using my Gliss Million Gloss shampoo and conditioner, I didn’t think my hair was dull however there has been a noticeable improvement in the shine visiable in my locks. I believe this an affordable solution for beached out hair this summer from all the salt and sunshine which makes hair appear dull and rough. Adding the Gloss Million to your hair care routine will combat this and give you ultra smooth, extra shiny tresses which would rival any haircare advert.

Additionally to the shampoo and conditioner, in the Gliss Million Gloss range there is also a 10-Day Shine Treatment for smooth, high gloss hair for the ultimate long-term dull hair solution.

Gliss Million Gloss 10 Days Shine Treatment 150ml R89.95

Gliss Million Gloss 10 Days Shine Treatment 150ml R89.95

To get your paws on some shine-in-a-bottle be sure to check out your nearest Clicks store.

x flea143

Disclaimer: The Shampoo and Conditioner were given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the products in anyway.

 

 

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Konjac 6 Wave Body Sponge

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A body spa treatment everyday? Yes please. That was my selling point when buying my latest purchase. The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Green Clay 6 Wave Body Sponge for Oily and Combination Skin. Confession time: I have not used a body sponge in years, in fact I can hardly remember when the last time was that I did! I have had a loofa in the shower which hardly got used, as I’d prefer to just use my body wash with my hands – quick, easy and fuss free but that being said, I have noticed that I am lacking a bit on exfoliating… I am not very good at it, don’t particularly enjoy the sensation and keeping up with it using body scrubs is something that I start out with good intentions but just never get round to doing it… not to mention its messy and requires a great deal of planning. So, after reading about the Konjac Sponge Co. and their philosophies I was intrigued and thought I should give it a try.

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The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Green Clay 6 Wave Body Sponge for Oily and Combination Skin

Essentially, The Konjac Sponge Co create a range of face and body sponges. The one I have been using (and loving) is the Konjac 6 Wave Body Sponge with French Green Clay (for Combination Skin) it a body sponge that doesn’t look very special. Taking it out of the packaging felt like somewhat of anticlimax, the dry sponge which when dry was not big and had a rough texture to it made me shudder at the thought of the sponge being rubbed against my skin. However once the Konjac sponge is completely wet the sponge feels like jelly and is incredibly smooth. The hidden powers of this much talked about sponge actually lie within the wet sponge. The Japanese have harnessed the benefits of the Konjac plant for centuries.

The Konjac body sponges have 6 ranges, one for every skin type (oily, problematic & spot prone skin; for combination skin; for dry and/or mature skin; for tired devitalised skin; for newborns; and one suitable for all skin types) and you’d be sure to find one to suit your specific skin needs and they can be used with or without soap to accelerate the skin cleansing process. The Konjac gently exfoliates, your skin feels incredibly soft and smooth once you are finished and not sensitve at all. The body sponges also assist with with preventing ingrown hairs which is an added bonus as those little buggars are sneaky and from my experience not easily avoided! If you shave, you can use the sponge to assist in lathering shaving foam/cream all while gently buffing the dead skin cells resulting in an even smoother shave.

From my first time using one in the shower, I made sure I massaged the sponge with a circular motion concentrating on all my delicate and problem areas of my skin along with my normal shower gel. I have not yet used the sponge entirely on its own as I prefer to use a body lotion but I will try this eventually! When I get out the shower I feel refreshed, and my skin feels conditioned, radiant and rejuvenated.

The bonus is that the sponge and its properties are 100% natural, and contains NO colouring or additives making it safe for everyone to use.

The downside – for a body sponge – especially for someone that hardly ever used a body sponge, it is not a cheap product. 27Pinkx sell this sponge for R230 and Beauty-Worx sell this sponge for R250 (where I got mine from) and just FYI both online shops ship for free. I ultimately believe my bank balance will forgive me because my skin feels revitalised, rejuvanted and FRESH.. thanks to my latest addition… Konjac! The sponge is not meant to last forever, but with proper care you can get up to 3 months out of the sponge by rinsing it properly by squeezing gently (never wringing) after use and leaving it to dry in an airy or warm dry place. Once the sponge has reached its life span, it is advisable to chuck it into your compost heap (if you have one) and let it go back to nature after serving you and your skin well.

x flea143

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Radiant Skin

What do you think makes your skin radiant when applying a face of makeup? For me personally this changes a lot…. right now, I think its my powder and how I have been applying it.

There are numerous techniques that I use to achieve a flawless, radiant skin but since my skin has been playing along with me recently. It is actually behaving you guys! When applying my face in the morning I always apply a primer. Recently, I have been using the MUD Primer, followed by my Oxygenetix Foundation and a layer of Skin Mineralise powder from MAC. Nothing out of the ordinary but I have been enjoying a minimal skin routine which results in a medium coverage – my favourite….. When I feel like my skin really pops out and makes a statement of “glow” or “look at me“, recently is when applying my powder.

I have been using a new brush (I always get excited when using a new brush) from Burst Studio, specifically the FD 05 Stipple Foundation Brush, and although its a foundation brush, I use it to put powder on. Rebellious, I know…. Using the synthetic bristles on the brush to pick up the compact powder and swooping in circular motions on the foundation leaves the skin with a pretty glow. The brush retails for R227 from Burst Studio online.

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I finish off with eyes, powder contouring of the face and a swoop of lippie and et voila – ready to FACE the day. I only own this one Burst Studio brush and I seriously cannot wait to get my paws on more when its time for a brush upgrade. I have only heard good things about the entire range of brushes and have nothing but praise for this wonderful synthetic foundation brush (which I have yet to try and use for foundation yet). I believe this rivals some of the top brands brushes and the price range is really affordable.

x flea143

Disclaimer: This brush was a gift from an event I attended at the beginning of the year. This has in no way altered my view of the brush or company in anyway.

Related: Burst Studio

 

 

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