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Skin Renewed With Juliette Armand

Would you like to wake up every morning and have that “exfoliated the night before” feeling that gives your skin natural radiance and softness? Well, we can’t exfoliate every night for fear of over exfoliation but I might have the next best thing sitting in my bathroom. Having been using the Juliette Armand Elements 6% AHA fluid for the past few months I am both in awe and at the same time complete shock of how different my skin looks, feels and responds to my products since including this fluid as part of my night time skincare regime.

Left - 150ml for professional use only Right - 30ml for home use

Left – 150ml for professional use only
Right – 30ml for home use

This is a multi-action fluid, to be used on your skin after cleansing in the evening which boosts the natural regeneration process. It contains 6% AHA (glycolic acid, lactic acid), sodium hyaluronate, aloe vera, cantella and because of its very active (although minimal) ingredients this product is not needed to be applied in excess. This means that my little bottle of 30ml is going to last me for at least another couple of months. Every night I dispense a small pump and spread the fluid over my cleansed face. It smells divine – like grapefruit! Let the fluid absorb (my skin just soaks it up) and then follow it with my bedtime moisturiser. It is important when working with active ingredients in your skincare to make sure that you wear the sufficient SPF coverage everyday – even when you don’t think that you will be in the sun. Prevention is better than cure, ladies!

I did not take before and after pictures because I was sceptical about the product being so active and that my skin would not like it, quite the contrary, my skin LOVES it and cannot get enough of it…

You can get your best face to put forward with Elements 6% AHA fluid for R590.00. Juliette Armand is distributed by Poise Brands and is available at selected salons and spas. Visit their website here ; Facebook , and follow them on Twitter @Juliette_Armand.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: This product was given to me at an event. This has in no way altered my view of this product in anyway.

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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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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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Essence Maximum Volume Mascara

My latest go-to every day mascara is… Essence Maximum Volume Mascara! ess_MaximumVolumeMascara_offen.jpg

It lasts the whole day…  I’ve been applying about 3 strokes to each eye for the past few months and it really builds so well on your lashes, giving lots of volume and lift to your eyes, its a semi-wet consistency but dries quickly and it doesn’t flake off your eyes during the day. It is a super magic mascara for anyone looking for added volume but I think the trick is down to the wand. Its a plastic rubbery mascara wand.

a full days wear of the Essence Maximum Volume mascara, after experience 37 degrees Celsius heat. The mascara stayed put the whole day!

a full days wear of the Essence Maximum Volume mascara, after experience 37 degrees Celsius heat. The mascara stayed put the whole day!

The wand helps to separate the lashes individually and because of this it doesn’t result in unsightly clumped up lashes while building some length. I’ve been using this mascara for the past 4 months (I know you are not supposed to do this – but it is still fine), the consistency has not changed and the formula has not gone dry which is a huge bonus.

One eye with mascara, the other waiting to be applied. Perfect for everyday volume!

One eye with mascara, the other waiting to be applied. Perfect for everyday volume!

A real steal for anyone lashes as the retail price is only R53.95 and is available from selected pharmacies.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was a prize I won, this has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway

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Clean Shiny Hair, Moroccan Style

Every time I end up doing a hair related post I normally always get stuck on the fact that I naturally have a very oily scalp. That means a lot of the products work well but they are not made for me. I initially thought this before I started using the Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo and Moroccanoil Extra Volume conditioner as I was not expecting it to work for me as an everyday shampoo and conditioner. What i thought is that this could be part of a weekly hair treat, you know one on a Sunday afternoon or when i don’t have to face the world afterwards because my scalp reacts and makes my entire hair look horrible. Well, I was wrong. So very wrong. This has become my everyday (sometimes every second day) hair washing ritual.

I am officially hooked on this product… but before I go into details, lets talk about the product itself….

The packaging is very Moroccanoil style generic, it doesn’t look like much 2 250ml bottles, one white – the conditioner and the other blue – the shampoo. It is specifically for fine hair and those that are looking for some extra volume. It is sulphate free and not tested on animals. It is packed with rich nutrients and argan oil to enrich the hair and make it more healthy, shiny and make it have more body.Moroccanoil

It ticks all of the above and more…  both of the products have a masculine woody scent with a slight accent of a floral note, nothing too empowering though as this Shampoo and Conditioner are designed to be unisex. They do however leave your hair with a very sexy scent that lingers when your hair is flicked.

The Extra Volume Shampoo it is a creamy gel which lathers up quickly and rinsing out easily. It leaves my problematic scalp feeling moisturised but not overly stimulated with no irritation.

The Extra Volume Conditioner is a smooth, lightweight and creamy formula. I visibly noticed that with ease it lifted the sign of any tangles (thank you Cape Town wind!).

Overall, when my hair has been washed with the Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo and Extra Volume Conditioner I have noticed a visible difference in the condition of my scalp. This I believe is down to the rich argan oil which is present in the products. My hair can last up to two days with no washing (huge achievement for me) and retaining its shine while being naturally lifted from the root. A little certainly goes a long way, to my shampoo bottle I have used only half of my conditioner. So I will need to restock on my shampoo before I have finished my conditioner.

I am going to be stocking up this weekend from my nearest hair salon… You can get your paws on the Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo for R290 and the Moroccanoil Extra Volume Conditioner for R310!

x flea143

Disclaimer: These products were given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of these products in anyway.

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