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Catrice Allround Cover Stick

Because I suffer from dark circles, I always keep concealer with me and use it religiously on a daily basis. But, I have been stuck using the Catrice Camouflage cream for such a long time,  that I did not even notice other products in store. So when another Catrice concealer came along, I was excited to test it.

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It comes housed in a slim, retractable tube with a cap. It is best being retractable as it is much more hygienic, but the product does not retract all the way back into the housing, so in the beginning you need to recap with caution or else there will be product everywhere.

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The formula is creamy, applies smoothly and blends evenly.It did a good job of covering up my dark circles and imperfections, however it did not sit as tight as I would have liked it to. I think my dark circles are just so bad that I need something that packs an extra punch to conceal them and keep them concealed the whole day . If I have to choose between the Allround Coverstick and the Camouflage Cream, I’d rather grab the Camouflage Cream.

But, if you want a coverstick to just cover mild imperfections, this is the product for you. They retail for a mere R52.95 and you can find them at Dischem stores nationwide.

Love,

Leandra x

Disclaimer: This product was given to me for reviewing purposes and has in no way altered my view of the product.

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INOAR Absolut Daymoist CLR Shampoo & Conditioner

For a long time I have been hearing (and well, reading)  about this Brazilian haircare brand that everyone has fallen in love with. When I was given the opportunity to give their products a try ,it had me excited. Number one, I don’t frequent haircare salons that often and yes, like most ladies, I love to have beautiful and perfect hair.

Only problem is, my hair has been a little out of sorts lately and in desperate need of a moisture boost. And these two gems could not have come at a better time.

20150606_155422INOAR claims that these products will intensely condition and recover you hair, while leaving it with added glow and elasticity.

They are packaged in 250ml yellow bottles with a twist cap (which makes life easier by the way, especially when you are in the shower) and the fragrance of both the shampoo and conditioner makes me think of having my hair washed in a salon.

The products itself contains Cornstarch, Beet Extract and Daymoist CLTRM. I do not really have an idea what all of those ingredients each do seperately, but combined they basically maintain the hair strand to increase bounce and elasticity, preserve colour and shine, protects from discoloration and basically prepares your hair for heat styling.

Did it work for me? Yes it did. After the second wash it was as if my hair had received an instant moisture boost, it was noticeably smoother, and my hair was extremely shiny. One would think that because it is a moisturising combo, that my hair would be ‘heavy’, but it did not weigh my hair down at all or leave it greasy whatsoever. My hair was also manageable and easy to style. Not only did this product recover my damaged hair, but it also protects my hair from heat styling after each use.

Will I repurchase it again? Yes, definitely.

There are three products in this range, Shampoo (R220), Conditioner (R220) and the Mask (350). I have only tried the Shampoo and Conditioner, but are dying to get my hands on the mask.

Love,

Leandra

Disclaimer: These products were given to me for reviewing purposes and has in no way altered my view whatsoever.

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Pain Free Laser – It’s A REAL Thing

Can we have a moment of silence for unwanted body hair, it’s really the pitspun kind of intended! Laser Hair Removal 1

Anyway, being an expert of all forms of hair removal with the exception of  shaving, I really was sceptical about the “pain free” part. Side note, I stay as far away from razors as possible because I am convinced that when I use one I will hit a main artery and die. Irrational fear, maybe but I’m not going to try it anytime soon. pulse

After my great facial with LED Light therapy experience at Pulse I decided that Amy knows a bit more about skin care and hair removal than the average skin hair removal guru I’ve come across and decided I don’t really have anything to lose in giving it ago. Just a little bit of history about 2 years ago I went for IPL laser which was great and it definitely thinned out my hair growth but it hurt like what I imagine it feels like to be burnt but under your skin. I only continued with the treatments because I had paid for them upfront and no one in their right minds could possibly find an IPL full bikini treatment as a luxury treatment. The thought of it still makes me shudder and its been about 2 years since my last treatment. Anyway, I digress, so the “Pain Free Laser Hair Removal”, sounded to me like a lot of advertising talk. I have never been so wrong… It’s like a walk in the park.

The most unpleasant part of the treatment is the dry-shave beforehand and the cold gel that is applied to the area being treated. Amy glides that machines over your hairy areas like a pro. It has a slightly warm sensation and occasionally reminded me of a high frequency skin treatment which I’ve had following an odd facial here and there over the years.

Following the treatment my skin was only slightly agitated and that was due to the fact that it had been dry shaved prior to the laser treatment. Next time I go I have been instructed to carefully shave (not hit any arteries and die) to make the Pain Free Laser session shorter and far more effective.

This will be me before my next pain free laser session... pssh first date.

This will be me before my next pain free laser session… pssh first date.

I’ve signed myself up for 6 sessions. So far its only been 10 days since my first treatment and I haven’t noticed an immediate loss of hair but I believe this is going to be my final leap to being completely hair free. Completely and utterly useless fact, I think because I finally did something about my hair growth is the reason why the weather has gone seriously cold and I apologise to everyone about that. It’s just Murphy doing his thing again.

If you’re interested in getting hair free the painless way – get in touch with Pulse Dermatology & Laser Clinic

xo flea143

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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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Selfies On A Stick

If you have been to a tourist attraction lately then you would of been exposed to the new age phenomenon of extreme selfie-takers. The ones that decide that an arms length is not enough and asking someone else to take a photo hinders the appearance of the photograph so they strap their phone onto a monopod (adapted from a tripod missing 2 legs – normally used to steady a camera) with a remote trigger. Le Boyfriend and I first stumbled across the now infamously named “selfie stick” while we were on holiday in Italy at the Coliseum in August. We laughed at the concept and people using them. Then we met up with the wedding party in Tuscany and we had the experience of using a friends Go Pro, with selfie stick included which resulted in some awesome group shots in a location where English is hardly spoken. Now the concept is laughing at us and we own our very own selfie stick…

Have we used it? Only as I took it out the box and immediately shared the pathetically candid shot on Instagram – but I am taking it with me on our upcoming travels and possible videos that need filming since my SLR does not support videos anymore – this is all a pipeline plan. It is a bit of an eye sore. You can appear to be a bit of a twit in public, so make sure to use your selfie stick wisely and not irresponsibly like this Buzz Feed article.

How does it work? For my phone which is an Android based phone you pair the phone to the selfie stick via Bluetooth, connect your phone into the cradle and push a button at the end of the stick. Quite idiot proof and easy. The selfie stick takes one hour to charge via USB cable and I am not sure how long the battery life lasts but I would imagine you could get a good couple of shots with it.

My friend Alice from Lipgloss Is My Drug brought her selfie stick to the G Star Raw ladies event last week and here we are pictured, believing in our selfies – if you will with Jamal from Woman Online Magazine.

You see, if you can’t beat them – then join them. Locally in South Africa you can shop for your selfie stick online at Selfie-Sticks.co.za for R399 for one or R700 for 2 in a variety of colours. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and hit the like button. Awesome quick and efficient service and I would recommend them to anyone looking for their very own selfie stick. Selfie-Stick Christmas Special

P.S. Perfect Christmas gift for a teenager (if you can deal with the influx of selfies).

xo flea143

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