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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:

 

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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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Guest Contribution : Accessorize Your Eyes: Eyewear 101

If you wear eyeglasses, you know how important it is to get the right look for the image you want to project. From fun-loving to intellectual, eyewear styles can enhance your eyes, brows, and overall face to go with whatever fashion trend you are wearing. That is why it is often helpful to buy glasses online ( so many options!) so you have more than one pair of glasses on hand to go with a variety of looks that will match your mood on a given day.

However before you snag a pair of shades online, at least make sure you try them on virtually at the very least. If possible find the pairs you like online and find a retail store that carries them physically to make sure your purchase is what you expect.

Playful.

If you are ready to have fun, pick out a pair of oval-shaped shades supported by a wire rim frame to go with your casual style. Your eyelashes can be lengthened in a fun-loving shade like blue or violet to go with a pair of eye shadows like cream and aqua that will make your eyes pop, no matter their color. Rosy cheeks and lips will finish your eye-catching look that is great for sports events, parties, and social gatherings of all kinds.

Sophisticated.

When dressing for a professional job, make sure your eyewear and makeup project the look that will get you noticed by the right people for the best reasons. A pair of square or rectangular glasses in dark or tortoiseshell frames will help to make you look wise and ready to tackle any projects that come your way. Pastel eye shadow with medium-length lashes that are textured with brown or black mascara will consolidate the impression that you are ready for work while maintaining your feminine distinctiveness. Natural foundation with a soft tint to the cheeks and lips add to the polished look you are coordinating for daytime appearances.

Innovative.

For events that invite your creative side to come out, you can afford to be a little more daring with your makeup and eyewear. Try a shade lighter or darker of foundation as long as it still looks natural. Brush your cheekbones with a unique shade of blush, such as gold or rust, to accent your progressive, fashionable outfit. Line your eyes with a coordinating pencil or liquid or dot liner in the spaces between your lashes. Add extension lashes for a noticeable difference and brush them with a unique shade of mascara, such as midnight blue or violet. For eyewear consider tinted lenses that are circular, rectangular, or square, perhaps oversized or undersized, with no frames, clear frames, or colored frames that match your cosmetics and go with your outfit.

Glamorous.

Pull out the stops for your special celebration, whether it be a holiday, a birthday, or a special event like a wedding, cruise, or concert. Make it memorable by wearing a lightly tanned foundation accented by plum cheeks and lipstick. Apply gold eye shadow and consider wearing a faux nose jewel or brow jewel. Depending on the tone of the event, you can wear sequin dots in gold or a coordinating shade above your eyebrows, which should be plucked neatly and brushed with a soft brown shade. Add a rich brown eyeliner to enhance the gold shadow, and for your lash extensions apply gold-tinged dark mascara, or tip the ends with golden eye shadow. Eyewear can be slender rectangular lenses in clear or light-colored frames, perhaps with gold edging.

Eyewear can complete your look, no matter the occasion, to consolidate your cosmetic effect and make your eyes stand out. Since most of us play a variety of roles and attend numerous events of different kinds, it is a good idea to have more than one pair of eyeglasses that can complement a differing look. Eyeglasses definitely make or break a mood. If you want some tips on how to find good quality glasses and other things this time of year you can start by checking this article out.

About the author

Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty, fashion and dabbles in photography in her spare time. She currently works providing copy and content for The Front and when she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.

You can follow Paisley on Twitter @paisleyhansen

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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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Guest Contribution : Give Sorbet a Hand…

When Fi of Pout Perfection gave me these two products to test and review, I immediately saw  the potential of  usig these two awesome products from Sorbet, combining them to make an even more fabulous ‘HAND TREATMENT’ and so here it is …

Step 1:

What is a hand treatment without removing all the old and dead skin first; here is a quick and easy scrub that you can whip up in seconds at home.

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Mix all the ingredients together and scrub your hands in the wash basin, rinsing with warm water afterwards.

**(the shower gel adds just a hint of foam which helps to remove the oily residue)

So now that we have removed the dead skin, let’s hydrate and soften the hands …

STEP 2:

 

Apply a thick layer of the hand & nail treatment to your hands and allow to soak in …

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This is a fabulous and rather decadent hand cream, it contains Sea Botanicals, Vitamins and Minerals to nourish revitalise and soften dry hands. It has a ‘marine’ type smell which is fresh, can be unisex and leaves a soft fragrance on the hands.

To me it is the perfect size for both handbags and your office desk, with its flip top cap it is super easy and convenient to grab on the run.

You can apply this lovely cream as often as needed and quite happily go on with your work; it leaves no oily residue behind at all.

Retails for R32.95

STEP 3:

Deeply moisturise with the moisture infusing gloves.

Fit the gloves onto hands and leave on for 15 minutes, whilst they do all the work for you.

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The moisture infusing gloves are designed to help treat and soften the hands whilst infusing moisture and preventing dehydration. The gloves have a soft rubber lining and are wolley on the outside, they smell like lavender.

I am not sure what other ingredients are included, as I could only find 10% petroleum. This is also the motivation behind choosing to apply hand cream (do let it soak in first) firstly and then using the moisture infusing gloves.

These gloves retail for R119.00

Sorbet products are now available in selected Clicks stores, they are budget friendly and make the most awesome stocking fillers for this time of the year ….go on spoil yourself I know you want to!

 

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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