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Guest Contribution : First Impressions Wild Fern Manuka Honey Range

Fi sent me three samples of the Wild Fern Manuka honey products to try out.

The three products were:

-Ultra Rich Night Revival Crème

-Gentle Facial Cleanser

-Conditioning hand Crème

 

All of these products are manufactured in New Zealand by Parrs products. The key ingredient in these products are Active AAH 650+ New Zealand Manuka Honey.

Manuka is a flowering tree native to New Zealand. The honey collected from these flowers is what makes these products different to so many other products on the market.

Manuka honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, which we all know is an antiseptic. Except for the high antiseptivc and bacterial contents, Manuka honey is also packed with proteins, vitamins and minerals.

AAH stands for Active Antibacterial Antioxidant. The number 650+ is the activity range of the antiseptic value. Ok, so this basically means the Manuka honey is categorised on a scale of numbers from 470-650, and the higher the number, the higher the antibacterial value of the product.

 

This is how I experienced the products:

 

Gentle Facial CleanserGentle Facial Cleanser

It is a yellow, milky substance that smells like honey. When I squeezed it into my hand it was quite runny and my initial thoughts were oh no, how is this going to clean my face? When I applied it to my face I actually had to eat a huge chunk of my own humble pie, because even though the product is runny, it is extremely moisturising and I simply cannot describe how silky and soft this is on my skin. I was blown away.

It cleansed my face properly, removed all my makeup and left my skin feeling so soft.

Of all three products, this one is by far the superstar.

 

Ultra Rich night revival crème

Ultra Rich Night Revival Creme

This cream has a thick, yellow substance and the smell is sweet but more humbling.

My skin definitely felt more moisturised after use and I woke up with a dewy complexion.

 

Conditioning hand crème

Conditioning Hand Creme

This cream also is a thick, yellow substance that has the sweet honey smell. Even though it is a thick cream, did it not leave my hands greasy. It absorbed immediately and left my hands hydrated and looking good.

 

Overall I think these are great products and I would definitely purchase them for my daily skincare routine.

 

About the author, Leandra Bothma of a Total Loss For Words IMG_20317206100256-2 I am a  32 year old wife, mother, daughter and breast cancer survivor. I am obsessed with beauty and books and if I can smell it, use it, taste it, read it or eat it then I will most probably write about it if it strikes my fancy!

 

You can follow Leandra on Twitter @atalossforword

 

Editor note: There is a South African distributor for these products but after trying to get in contact to find out where these products are available to purchase, we have had no success. If you are able to assist please email us pout[at]poutperfection.com with the details.

Disclaimer: These products were given at an event for sampling purposes. This has in no way altered our view of the products in anyway.

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First Impressions : Salon Skin Daily Skin Polish Powder

So, it’s taken me some time but I am finally diving into my wonderful Sorbet products that I received at the Sorbet Skin Show towards the end of last year. This morning, I was awake early (this does not happen often) and I had time to try the Sorbet Skin Daily Skin Polish Powder. Daily Skin Polish

I’ve been working through hoards of products in my beauty bathroom/desk and this one stood out today… I have neglected on the exfoliating of my skin in the past few weeks (bad bad beauty blogger) and it felt a bill dull so a good perk up with the help a light exfoliation helped my skin to feel not only a bit brighter but more alive.

Here was my morning. Excuse the morning face/hair. #iwokeuplikethis and all of that nonsense.

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Left: morning face, unwashed face, sleepy eyes. Middle: busy using the powder mixed with the water. Right: Happy-ish face that has been rinsed.

So, essentially the product is a dry powder. You wet your hands thoroughly and squeeze a bit of dry powder into your wet hands and mix it together. It makes a gorgeous creamy concuction that you apply to your face and rinse off. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and slightly brighter. You are supposed to use it everyday but after one use I can see a noticeable difference and I’m prancing around today with no makeup on and feeling wonderful (bad beauty blogger again…. Sandy might disown me).

It retails for R220.00 from Sorbet salons and Clicks nationwide. I believe it will be an excellent addition to your skincare routine.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was a gift from an event. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Hair Happiness Comes in a Bottle & it Shimmers!

A while ago, I shared on my Instagram the brand new Kevin Murphy product I got… which I was so excited about.

Since taking this sparkling baby home, who is named SHIMMER.SHINE, every day I have used this product on my hair once it has been washed. Generally I use my SHIMMER.SHINE after some basic blow drying or the occasional time I do style my hair but over the festive period, like normal I washed my hair, brushed it out and then sprayed a bit of the Shimmer Shine on to my hair and left it to dry naturally.

SHIMMER SHINELet me tell you since using this, I feel somewhat obsessed with the beautiful gold spray on my dressing table because my hair feels 100% better in every aspect- it has never felt healthier. My hair feels repaired, looks more shiny, feels healthy and feels stronger.  I did learn every quickly that you need a minimal amount of sprays to your hair, especially around the scalp area as it can make your hair look oily if you go over the top. I normally spritz a light spray over my scalp and 3 sprays to the rest of my hair, which I separate to 2 parts around the sides and one on the back. If I apply it to wet hair which I am going to leave to dry naturally I brush my hair through, however when applied to styled hair I just work my fingers through my hair and leave it to sparkle.

Directions for use are simple, you need to twirl the bottle and awake the sparkle which lies at the bottom. No shaking is required, only twirling. Then go on and spritz as required. Hair and body. Make that sparkling personality shine right through.

The SHIMMER.SHINE contains lots of antioxidants to protect your hair from environmental factors especially excessive sunshine and harsh salt water and its moisturising properties help restore a natural balance to your hair and it is ALSO a lovely spritzer over your entire body to get a hint of a sparkle on your skin while I believe it can almost double as a day-time perfume. If you do not adorn your body in it, the smell lasts on your hair and everyone askes why your hair smells so good…. just saying.

The product is safe to use pre or post styling and leaves a hint of added shine. Side note, my hair stylist said this is apparently what J. Lo uses on her bottom to make it have that “shine” in photo shoots. Take it or leave it. That may or may not have been the deciding factor for me in actually getting a bottle of my own. Anyway, YOLO and absolutely zero purchase regret here.

I think SHIMMER.SHINE retails for around R350 at my salon- contact your nearest hair salon that stocks the wonderful Kevin Murphy to be sure.

I seriously love this product and I think everyone else will too.

xo flea143

 

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Guest Contribution : Wet ‘n Wild Mega Rocks Nail Glitter

If you love glitter on your nails, then you are going to love this product. I received the ‘At wild call’ colour to play with and had a lot of fun trying it out.Mega Rocks Nail Glitter 01 If you don’t know Wet ‘n Wild products then you should probably know that it is a very affordable American drugstore brand. And if you think that because it is affordable that it might lack in quality then you are seriously mistaken. I received a few of their goodies and are seriously falling in love with the brand. What makes this nail glitter seriously cool is the fact that the glitters are not round in shape, but they are actually hexagonal in shape, which makes for a very cool and different effect. It is a thick consistency that has two shades of glitter, one shade being bigger hex’s and the second shade a smaller hex, in a clear polish. In the one I tested the big glitters were purple/lavender and the small glitters were pink. I first used a very nude colour as a base and when it dried I added one coat of the glitter on top. Do not be alarmed about the thick consistency because it actually caught enough glitters for one nail. If you want to cover more of your nail with glitters then I would suggest you using more than one coat.Mega Rocks Nail Glitter Now the staying power of this product is amazing. I wore this nail polish for 5 days and still I had no chips! And because I wore the glitter coat on top, it actually protected my bottom nude coat. The picture with it on my nails was not taken on day one, but actually on day 4, just to illustrate how long it stays on.  We actually had done a bit of home renovations in the week I wore it and not even that could strip my  nails of it’s glitter. For me that is pretty impressive! Sometimes when we try and remove glitter from our nails, it becomes quite a time consuming exercise. Not in this case. Removal was a snap. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of these colours. You can buy Wet ‘n Wild products at selected Clicks stores and the Mega Rocks Range retails at about R59.95 each.

About the author, Leandra Bothma of a Total Loss For Words IMG_20317206100256-2 I am a  32 year old wife, mother, daughter and breast cancer survivor. I am obsessed with beauty and books and if I can smell it, use it, taste it, read it or eat it then I will most probably write about it if it strikes my fancy!

You can follow Leandra on Twitter @atalossforword

 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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Guest Contribution : Hey Gorgeous Calorie Free Super Sweet Cupcake Bath Bomb

When Fi sent me this to try out, my initial thoughts were definitely WOW! How is it possible to capture so many senses into something so small?CUPCAKE - POUT PERFECTION

Well as it turns out it is quite possible. When taking a first glance it looks like a yummy cupcake anyone would want to dive into and take a bite of. The only giveaway that it is not is the weight and the consistency.

It is a  bath bomb. If you are a bath taker like me, then you are probably familiar with bath bombs. Not only are they created to look pretty and smell nice and add a bit of fun to your bath water, but they also soften your water, moisturize your skin, soothe tired muscles and help you relax.20141220_174757

Hey Gorgeous uses all natural ingredients in their products and the cupcake bombs  are made with Epsom, Bicarb, Khoisan salts, Citric Acid, jojoba and essential oils. This product is 100% pure, natural and chemical free.

It is quite easy to use as well. You peel off the paper wrapping, break off a piece (or use the whole one) and pop it into your bath water. Easy as cake! The cupcake fizz gently while it dissolves. The water smells amazing and while you are having a wonderfully aromatic bath, the salts also do their job. My skin was so soft when I had finished my bath.

There is no specific target audience for this product as anyone can use this, from young to old, I mean who does not want to escape into relaxation and have a little bit of fun while doing it?

You can purchase these online at www.hey-gorgeous.com and they retails for R90-00 a pop.

 About the author, Leandra Bothma of a Total Loss For Words IMG_20317206100256-2

I am a  32 year old wife, mother, daughter and breast cancer survivor. I am obsessed with beauty and books and if I can smell it, use it, taste it, read it or eat it then I will most probably write about it if it strikes my fancy!

You can follow Leandra on Twitter @atalossforword

 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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