Saturday, 30 April 2016

5 Awesome Tips On How To Buy Makeup On A Budget

We all want to leave our houses every morning looking flawless. You can have quality makeup without having to break the bank. As a frugal woman, you just need to practice smart shopping techniques that will help you buy quality makeup for less. If you need to tighten up your spending on makeup, consider taking these tips.

Know What Your Skin Needs
Purchasing quality makeup on a budget is not an easy task. First and foremost, you need to know what your skin needs. Many times, we buy cosmetics on a whim and end up with the oft-ignored products. Check your makeup stash to see what you need, what you have left, and what you have not used. There is no need to overstock on your cosmetic products, and watch them reach their expiration dates before you actually use them.

Recognize Your Budget
You need to recognize your budget as you walk into the department store. Do your research on new beauty products, read online reviews and ask for advice. This will help with  your decision-making process. Compare brands and check prices as there is usually a brand version of most items that is cheaper and of comparable quality to the big name item. Ask for a consultation and try the different products based on your preference. Do you like it minimal or do you want to try a range of products? If you are trying out a new product, sample it first so that you do not end up buying a product that does not work for you. Also, you do not want to try different products on the same spot so that in case a product makes you break out, you know which one it is exactly.

Purchase Multi-purpose Products
If you are out to buy makeup on a budget, look for multi-purpose products. There are lots of products available that can easily be used for more than one purpose, like stains and cream products that can be used on both your lips and cheeks. Remember to choose only the important products.

Test Makeup Products
Before you take the plunge, be sure to test your preferred products in natural lighting to give you an idea of how well the shade matches your skin. You definitely do not want to bring home a colour that does not work with your skin tone, do you? Make a habit of always testing everything before purchase.

Look Out For Sales Promos
Be on the lookout for sales on the makeup products you want. This will go a long way in helping you save a few coins.

If you are happy with the results after sampling the product, go ahead and buy it. A mega-size product is only a good value if you use it all. For new-to-you items always start with a smaller size to make sure you like it. Also, always be sure to familiarize yourself with the return policies of the department store.

Ladies, you do not have to put all your money on your  face!

With that, may your foundation match your neck, concealer be creaseless, and winged eyeliner be sharp enough to kill!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Review & Giveaway: Vault Cosmetics Lip Stain

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a sneak preview event hosted by Vault Cosmetics. This is a brand, I had, for a very long time, been keen to try out, and more specifically was drawn to their lip stains.
Who is Vault? An extensive line of cosmetics, founded by Zimbabwean born Jackie Mgido, who's work is mainly based in Hollywood and Zimbabwe. Thankfully with an online store you can access here

I got there, headed straight to lip stains, purchased a stash and bliss! They certainly have not been disappointing. Super pigmented - what you see in the bottle is exactly the colour you get on application, glides on easily, gives an even coat, and is long wearing.
The only thing I wasn't too happy with, is once you open the bottle you have to be careful where you place it as there a bit of leakage - looked a bit oily, but not sure what it was, happened to both mine and a friends'. The leakage didn't affect the consistency of the lip stain though, it was still just as effective. I must also point out, this could have been due to transportation as the product came from the US to Zim to SA, so...
Also, I found that it was very important to prep your lips before application - so no oil residue, exfoliate your lips if you are prone to dryness, apply foundation/primer as a base, you can also fully outline and fill in with lip liner, blot after first & second coat so you don't get product resdue on your glass/tea cup - this also then reduces the need to reapply as often throughout the day (I found I needed to touch up once or twice during the course of the day).
Overall, the lip stains get a thumbs up from me. Cost R280.

Now for the giveaway! You get to win 1 lip stain - shade "Benjamin". No special rules, all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what you would like me to write about in upcoming posts or what product you would be interested to see a review on. Et voila! Simple. All names will be entered and winner selected on
Image courtesy of VaultCosmeticsZim Instagram
T & C's apply
Closing date: Sunday 17th April
Only open to residents of South Africa
For more info about Vault Cosmetics please click here

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Customising your foundation: a few tips!

Hope you are all keeping well and happy Easter to those of us celebrating.

This post is a little different from my usual, but thought it would be nice to share. Thank you Clicks Group for another opportunity to contribute to their magazine.

Let me know what you think of my tips. Do you have any to add to the few I mentioned here? Please share yours in the comments section below.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Another review: Feso - the natural hair growth aid

This has been highly requested over the past couple of months for some reason, I figured it was time to indulge you.

I came into contact with this amazing brand last year sometime, purchased a bottle and was pleasantly surprised that it kept to it's promise. I indeed grew some hair on my ever-so-sad, non-existent hairline which had gone AWOL many years before and I had completely given up hope, after trying so many other products and remedies.

You must know, though, being an extremely passionate beauty blogger, I find it very hard to stick to one product for the longest, as I feel it doesn't allow me the opportunity to trial and error a wide enough variety of products,  to review, for your benefit.

I purchased a new bottle of Feso about a month ago, after receiving numerous emails to do another review, and I have been as consistent as possible, making use of the product at least twice a week. The recommended application is three times per week.

Let me allow the results to speak for themselves. 

What do you think? 

For me personally, this has been the best hair growth aid I've come across, and I must tell you I've gone from vitamins to castor oil to mixing up of the cayenne pepper concoctions etc, so I would like to think I have a valid opinion on this. The quality of my new hair is thick and shiny - certainly more than I thought it could be.

Do share your opinions with me below.  For those of you in South Africa would you like me to buy up a bit of stock for ease of access to anyone wanting to purchase? Have you used an hair growth aid and seen a better result, than I got from Feso, after one month of use?

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Dealing with Cellulite using Lymphatic Drainage

As you know,  I'm always on a mission to find the latest, the greatest and the most different beauty treatment options that are available out there - trying them out, learning and getting as much information as I can and then sharing with you.

Last year sometime, I went into The Aesthetic Studio Sandton and had an lymphatic drainage treatment done. I wasn't really out to treat anything specific but was really fascinated by what they had told me about this interesting looking machine.

It was such a relaxing treatment, I even asked why I had not done it a million times before! In all honesty, I could have done with minimal of an hour, it felt that amazing.

It was simple and straightforward. No prep needed ahead of time, I simply arrived, lay on top of the bottom half of the pants, that look as long as a man on stilts at a circus - lol, and then got zipped up. Machine was set, and I was officially transported to massage paradise. The pants were first inflated, and then in some type of preset pattern gave my feet, legs and lower abdomen a "squeeze" starting from the feet, then releasing, to the calf, then releasing,  and so forth. It was seriously the best "non hand" massage I have ever had!

The treatment lasted 30 minutes and by that time my system had been so well stimulated that a run to the bathroom was urgent! 

By now you are probably wondering why? Remember your lymphatic system runs parallel to your your blood network, and this is the system that is responsible for drainage of toxins out of the body. What that means? It's a brilliant treatment for water retention aka odema, as well as for cellulite! Yes honey, cellulite - you know that area with poor circulation, feels cold when you touch it and sadly resembles hail damage! Stimulating circulation means the appearance of cellulite will be greatly improved. 

As always consistency is key. Degrees and types of cellulite differ, so there is no recommended number of sessions, it's all about your lifestyle, how you feel about the appearance and when you are satisfied with the results. 

What areas you can treat: arms, legs and lower abdomen. How much? Price is around R350 for 30 minutes, depending on where you go.

Do you have cellulite issues? What are you doing to try and treat it? Have you had this treatment before? Please share in the comments section below.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Skin Peels: putting your mind at ease.

As you well know, some sort or facial or skin peel is a key part of my skincare regimen. I highly recommend that if you are serious about changing your skincare game and reaping the benefits of your skincare products at home one of the two options above is a good place to start. Not only does it remove the dead skin from the surface of the skin, allowing your home care products to penetrative deeper and give you a better result,  but the treatments increase blood circulation = increased collagen and elastin production = anti aging and well conditioned skin.

I know a lot of people are hesitant when it comes to peels, but the technology has evolved so much over the years making them safe and effective for all skin types. The key to remember, always, is to go to a reputable establishment.

Different strengths of peels are available, from fruit acids to chemical peels, selected depending on the severity of the condition and results you would like to achieve. Peels can be used in combination too, this is to help speed up the result or the healing process of the skin. For example, you can have a peel in combination with an oxygen infusion facial. The peel to deeply exfoliate, and the oxygen facial to soothe and calm the skin, as well as speed up the healing process and deeply hydrate. There are a number of treatment combinations one can have with peels to help you achieve the result you require.

What skin issues you can treat using peels:
~ pigmentation
~ acne
~ dry skin
~ rough texture
~ scarring
~ general maintenance/anti aging
~ skin rejuvenation
~ dehydration
The list is really endless.

Is there downtime involved:
Thankfully nowadays, one can opt for a non-invasive peel with no downtime. For more severe cases there tends to be downtime of +- 7days (these types of peels are normally scheduled around your holiday time, unless you have the privilege of being flexible or a stay/work/school at home person).

Below are my after pictures, and as you can see it's not obvious that I've had a treatment, so can easily be done during your lunchtime if you are constantly pressed for time. My skin looks a lot brighter and radiant.

Ever had a skin peel or are you still not convinced? What are your concerns? What professional skincare treatments do you prefer? Are you religious about them and are you reaping the rewards you would like to see?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Eat yourself beautiful

Hoping the year has taken off to a great start for you all.. may it be the best year yet!
Now I know a lot of people tend to come up with new year's resolutions that involve losing weight, eating healthy etc.. and, yes, I have been guilty of that, but not this year, as I have never managed to keep the momentum going long enough to reap the rewards of success! So I figured, how about I put some ideas out there that are not a particular regimen to follow, but will contribute to your quest for wellbeing.
Hope they come in handy, and that some of the foods find their way into your shopping cart every time you remember.
Now, this super sweet fruit, which doesn't last a day in my fridge, packed with antioxidants like vitamin A & C, you know you will stay looking younger for longer! There are so many benefits to eating this fruit, it's known to be an anti-inflammatory, good for acne, removal of plaque from the teeth which leaves them a bit whiter, the list goes on...

Now this one I overdo, I know you are supposed to eat a handful or something like that a day, but I can't help myself. Nuts eg. raw almonds, pecan nuts etc, contain essential fatty acids, fibre and vitamins. From stabilising your mood, helping your system stay regular, to keeping your skin smooth and supple. Eating these as a snack, adding them to your cereal or blending them in your smoothies will put you one step ahead on your wellness game.

Red Meat
Enjoy a piece of steak every now and then? Well enjoy it, please, guilt free - all things in moderation though (saturated fat overload is a no no)! Red meat is a great source of iron. And having a good supply of iron means less hair shedding and better health of your locks in general. Also very beneficial to lady teens and women of child bearing age in general, and the protein helps build muscle and bones.

Other than it being a good source of zinc, potassium and selenium. Seafood is very well known for it's omega 3 fatty acids. Great for heart health, you need to be alive to live beautifully right! These fatty acids are also known as "good fats". So, good heart = good blood circulation = healthy skin = glow.. for decades!

While not directly linked to something "beauty," popcorn, the kind you pop yourself and not the one that's drenched in oil/butter and salt, is a great source of fibre, totally wholegrain and full of antioxidants. So try this as an replacement for crisps, it's crunchy, filling and holds a whole lot less calories - oh please let me lose a centimeter while at it!

Go ahead, I dare you to tell me these are not yummy foods that are far from the word "diet" - when talking directly about weight loss that is?!

Any other beneficial, good for you, stay beautiful, food ideas you can think of that we can add to our shopping carts? Please share below.