Birthday Wishlist 2016

My birthday is a month away and I love it! Mostly because I get to gather all my favourite people together in one place and have fun.  I’m not gonna lie, I like getting gifts too but most of the things that I want are on the expensive side.   I am that person that walks into a store and out of all the options I will always pick up the one that costs the most. What can I say, it’s not my fault I have certain tastes 😛

Anyway, I had a bit of fun dreaming of some things that I would like to receive at some point in life.  Some are a bit more realistic than others so here’s hoping!

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English Dawn Gardenia Perfume (Body Shop) – Every time I walk into The Body Shop I spritz a bit of this on and fall in love.  I have never been a huge fan of floral fragrances but this hits all the right notes.

Lush Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic (Christmas Collection) – This was the first thing I ever bought from Lush and I was so upset when I realised it wasn’t available throughout the year. Bonus tip: Anything from Lush is actually a winner for a birthday present 😉

Foreo Luna Mini – I want to up my game in my skincare routine and I think this will do the trick.  Definitely a pipe dream but that’s why this is a wishlist.

Skin Creamery Face Cleansing Powder – I love both the facial oil and cream from this brand so I have high hopes for this product.

Real Techniques brushes – I have slowly been adding these to my make up brush collection so the more the merrier!

Nike Tanjun Printed Grey – There is something about the cool grey and the print that speaks to me, hopefully one day they will be mine.

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel  – This is a product that I have watched various Youtubers rave about for years. Ah, a girl can dream…

P.S. To my family and friends, please don’t take these as hints.  I was just having some fun, can’t wait to celebrate with you all!

Simple Beauty Tips

These tips might have been obvious to everyone else but these a few simple things that are a part of my beauty routine that work me. I have picked these up along the way through magazine articles, Youtube videos and sometimes were just trial and error.  So I decided to put them all down in black and white for other people to benefit from.

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Only conditioning the ends of your hair.  Through my teens and early twenties I defintely went through the oily phase and this wasn’t helped by liberally applying conditioner from root to tip.  Your roots get natural moisture as they grow out from your scalp. The lengths are the driest part of your hair because the longer your hair gets the less natural moisture it gets so this is where conditioner comes in.  If you apply from the mid shaft down then you can keep your hair looking healthy for longer.  Applying a conditioner to your roots can make them get oilier a lot quicker and weigh your hair down.  Obviously this depends on your type of hair but I think it is a good general rule to go by.  It is also good to note that nothing can bring dead hair back to life so regular visits to the hair dresser are a must!

Rinse conditioner out with cool water.  The cool water will seal the folicles in your hair which will lock in all the good stuff that you have just let sit in you hair for the past couple of minutes. I find it also gives my hair a little extra shine.  I won’t lie, this is a bit of a tough one to do in winter but it does work.

Leave your shampoo in for a minute or so.  This one was a somewhat new to my routine and it seems to be a bit of a game changer for me.  It is always recommended to leave your conditioner in for a few minutes but shampoo you lather and rinse straight away.  But if you think about it, if you want your shampoo to do what it says on the tin then you need to let the ingredients have some time to do their job.

If you have used lots of product in your hair, shampoo until the product lathers properly.  Have you noticed that sometimes you start working your shampoo through your hair and it doesn’t foam properly? Instead it has more watery consistency.  This is because the shampoo is breaking down the build up of product (mousse, hairspray, etc.) in your hair.  If you rinse your hair and reapply the shampoo, you will see that a stronger lather starts to build meaning that the shampoo is now cleaining your hair properly.

Use your shampoo for the effect you want to have on your roots and a conditioner to suit the length of your hair.  Am I the only one who would walk into Clicks and buy a shampoo and conditioner pair without thinking further?  When I actually thought about it,  I have always bought hydrating hair products and found my roots to be weighed down and a bit lifeless.  Then the penny dropped and realised that if I wanted lift at the roots then I need to be use a volumising formula.  I have thick-ish hair so I don’t need volume in the lengths of my hair so I stick to my shine boosting conditioners and I don’t think my hair has ever been happier!

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When cleansing your face, massage for about a minute. Giving your face a light massage helps improve your blood flow which assists in repairing imperfections and evening your skin tone.

Use a facial oil before your moisturiser. If you are apply the moisturiser first, the larger oil molecules can’t penetrate through to the skin and do the job you want it to do.

Don’t suck all the moisture out of oily skin.  If you have oily skin, don’t strip all the natural moisture from it with harsh products.  If you do this then your skin tends to produce more oil to compensate for this causing break outs and irritated skin.  Looking back this was probably a problem of mine during high school.  I have noticed that since I have started using more moisturing (not instense moisturising) creams and/or cleansers then I used to and my skin has calmed down a lot.  I do still get the occassionally break out but that can be attributed to bad eating or hormones.

Use sun protection. I stayed away from this for a long time as I always found sunscreens to be sticky or greasy.  Then I discovered the world of facial sunscreens and started using the Eucerin sunscreen for oily/combo skin and it works like a dream.  It is so important to protect your skin from the sun’s effects and if you find one that works for your skin then there is no excuse.

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Use a damp sponge and loose powder to set your under eye.  This trick was a revelation for me, I have some fine lines under my eyes and any concealer I have ever used has creased.  By using the damp sponge, it seems to melt the powder into the skin and the concealer doesn’t budge!

Use a tissue to remove the excess moisture from your foundation.  If I want my make up to last all day I apply my foundation, wait a minute or so and then use a single layer of tissue and blot my face.  This is also great if you have oily skin to help extend the life of your makeup.

Use a wet brush to get more intense colour payoff from your metallic or shimmery shadows.  This is a more commonly known one but I thought I would include it as it is useful.  When you want your eye look to have a bit more “wow factor”, using a wet brush will amp up the pigmentation of your metallic shades.  The shadows will have more of a vibrant sheen and that extra colour payoff is very satisfying.

 

I hope you found some useful tips that can help you improve your beauty routine!  What are your favourite beauty tips?

 

Drugstore Makeup – Eyes

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I have no idea where the last couple of weeks have gone!  I have had every intention to use my free time to sit down and write some posts and somehow said free time just vanishes.  The last few days I have managed to get some kind of order back into this blog and have planned posts for the upcoming weeks.  There are a couple that are a bit different to what I have done before but I am excited to expand a little bit. Right, without further ado, let’s get into it!

This post is a follow on from my Drugstore Favourites – Face Products post that I did a few weeks ago so if you missed that definitely go check it out!

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Empties #1

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Some of my favourite posts or videos are “product empties” ones.  It just feels like you get a better review of the products because the person really gave them a good go in terms of use.  I won’t have many of these posts because it takes a while to get through things but it just so happens that I seemed to have finished a few products at them same time. Also, I usually buy the same product repeatedly because if I finish it, that usually means I like it. These posts will have a short review of each product that I used up as well as whether I will repurchase the product or not. Continue reading

Drugstore Makeup – Face Products

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Let me start this off with a disclaimer: No, you do not need ALL of the makeup listed in this blog.  This post is intended to inform those who walk down the makeup aisle thinking: “I have no idea where to begin”.  If you are just starting out with makeup or are looking to buy a few new products to play around with then keep on reading!

When I started getting into makeup there was a lot of trial and error, wasted money and draws full of poor quality cosmetics.  Before I started to read blogs and regularly watch Youtube videos,  I would be in front of a makeup stand with very little understanding of what I was actually looking for.  I would be easily swayed by pretty packaging or the celebrity that was used in the advertising – not that I never get influenced by those elements anymore but I would like to think I make more informed purchases these days!

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A Durban Girl’s Guide to Surviving Winter

I love winter but when it comes to the cold weather I can be a bit of a ninny, hence the need for a survival guide. For those of you that don’t know Durban isn’t the coldest place in South Africa and is mostly known for having the best weather in the country during winter. Saying that, we do get some chilly days due to snowy conditions on the mountains a bit further inland (as I type this post the thermometer on my verandah is telling me it is 15 degrees outside).  I also spent the last week of June in Johannesburg I actually got to wear coats and jerseys I haven’t worn since the last time I was in Gauteng, which was about three years ago!   I was since inspired to put together all the goodies that are getting me through the season.

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