Spring Ready with Mr Price

I am so very excited for Spring! Spring is certainly in the air…the days are getting longer, there are tiny blossoms on the trees and even though we still technically have a whole month of winter to go, all that that means is that there is time to get our Spring wardrobes together.

Spring tends to equal skirts so lets slap on some self-tan and go shopping. The top three trends when it comes to skirts for S/S 14 are the Mini, the Midi and the Bodycon. I used my favorite local brand Mr Price who are always on-trend and affordable to create three looks according to those trends…

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The Bodycon is all about flattering the feminine body, it shows off ones curves in a subtle, covered way with a figure hugging fabric. Matching a printed crop top with a longer length skirt is stylish and elongates the body.

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A Midi skirt is a flashback to an older era, so play around with the retro look this spring. Fun polka dots, a ladylike skater skirt and sliders will create a look even Taylor Swift wants to wear.

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A mini is unashamedly a show-off so why not rock a crop bra top with it paired with a medium height heel (any higher and it crosses into a different territory). Throw in a bright bowling bag and you are ready to go.

All items are available online at Mrp.com

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L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil – New Formula Review

As from today the new formula Almond 2014 collection will be available in all L’Occitane en Provence stores as well as on their online store. I received a bottle of the Almond Supple Skin Oil and have been using it for less than a week but have already deemed it my Holy Grail skin oil. It is just that amazing!

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The stunning glass bottle is a beautiful almond shape and has a spritz nozzle for easy application.The scent is absolutely divine and although it is very sweet it doesn’t overpower ones perfume etc. The formula itself is nourishing and firming and it consists of more than 50% almond oil which is rich in omega 6, and silicium derivative and muscat rose oil to help boost the skin’s elasticity and firm it. I found that about 4 sprays were enough to cover each leg. This will be a must for summer as it creates a silky soft airbrush look to ones limbs. It moisturizes more intensely than body butter but doesn’t ever feel sticky or too heavy thanks to the new improved lighter formula. My skin already appears more supple and has a toned look to it, if this is the difference it makes in a week then I cannot wait to see the results after a full month of use. I am obsessed with it and really hope that this bottle lasts me into summer. L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil retails for R570 for 100ml.

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Unboxing a Rubybox

Last month I was unable to attend a Rubybox Blogger breakfast but the lovely ladies still sent me a box to try out. I have been meaning to do a video but never seem to find the time or adequate lighting (working a 9-5 and all) so here is my rather late un-boxing post!

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Since the beginning I have been a Rubybox subscriber, only recently cancelling because I am already inundated with beauty products to try out, I really enjoyed my subscriptions each month and still use their online store on a monthly basis. Rubybox is a great way to try out new and interesting products before spending your hard-earned cash on a full-sized product.

In my Rubybox I received…
A fairly large although not full size John Frieda Full Repair Repairing oil elixir- I am a big John Frieda fan and will be doing a review soon on their Sheer Blonde range as well as the Full Repair range soon.

An African Extracts Rooibos enriched hand and nail cream sample which I quite like and find it perfect for softening the cuticles.

Three samples of Nivea’s new In-shower Body Moisturiser, this is exactly why the concept of Rubybox works…I have been wanting to try this out for some time now but didn’t want to be stuck with a full size bottle in case I didn’t like it so I put off purchasing one. Cue the samples in Rubybox and I have four to try out because you can’t always base a yes or no answer off just one try or maybe I am just indecisive. I liked it so much that I went and bought a full bottle after the third sample.

Two exciting samples for me were the Kerastase Elixir Ultime Masque and Elixir Ultime Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo, although very small and not enough to coat my full locks they did do magic to my ends and I will be purchasing the Masque come payday.

In my box I also received a little comb, ideal for combing through dye or parting hair to trim it.

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Rubybox have their own branded products and tools available on their online store Rubybox.co.za. Included for me to try out was the Eyelash curler, a very handy tool to have and the grip is really good on it. A dark blue nail polish which I will be trying once my gelish nails are off and their Va Va Volume mascara.

I am a difficult mascara tester as I am very particular about the consistency and the brush. I also despise mascara that result in panda eyes by midday. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. There is definite volume element to it and the brush provides a good coating without any clumps.

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July sees Rubybox pop-up stores at Cavendish Square (Cape Town), Fourways Mall (Gauteng) and Gateway (Durban) which will be up until the 31st of July. The pop-up stores are a great way to find out more about Rubybox, view the range of Rubybox-branded products and sign up for the 99c offer. From August the monthly rubybox subscription is R169 and the value of the monthly rubybox is R250+.

Catrice Gradation Blush Review

At the recent Cosmetix event I picked up this pretty, pretty limited edition blush. The blush is extremely well pigmented so use a nice gentle handle and stroke to apply. I find myself working my brush from the lightest side to only the middle for a natural flush. Catrice Gradation blush is from their limited edition line CRÈME FRESH which is still available in stores but it is best to hurry if you want one of your own!

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Available in C01 Waterloo Sunrise it retails for R62.95 as is available at Dischem and Clicks stores nationwide

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Skinny Green Coffee Review

I am not one to usually promote weight-loss products but this is more of a kick-starter and it can be very useful come winter time when we tend to pack on those extra kilos. Simply put it is an instant coffee that helps one burn fat, it also boosts your metabolism and is rich in anti-oxidants.

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SKINNY Green Coffee is an all natural recipe containing raw unroasted coffee beans, rich in caffeine (recognized to boost metabolism), Chlorogenic acid which is known to inhibit the absorption of fat and glucose. Yerba Mate, reduces triglyerides and modulates glucose metabolism. Antioxidant activity is also promoted.

Another key ingredient in SKINNY green coffee is Evodiamine, which has thermogenic properties, your metabolism is forced to speed up and work harder resulting in more calories and fat being burnt and less fat being stored. It also contains Raspberry Ketones that assist in increased metabolism of fat by the liver resulting in decreased liver triglycerides and visceral (abdominal) fat tissue.

So what does it taste like and does it work?
Firstly the taste is interesting, it has a distinct coffee aroma with the sweeter notes from the raspberry ketones present. The taste is pleasant but it definitely doesn’t taste like your regular cuppa. This is a good thing for me and I found myself adding almond milk to create a delicious after-lunch drink. The added energy boost is significant and I liked that it didn’t make me feel jittery but I certainly felt turbo-charged after a mug of this! The added thermogenic properties were certainly felt and I could feel a slight rise in body temperature after consumption. After drinking a cup a day without making any changes to my diet I lost 1.2kg, so it certainly does work. I wouldn’t use it long-term but it is great for fighting a couple stubborn kg’s. Overall I am very impressed.

For 1 carton which contains 14 sachets (this could be a week to 2 week supply) it retails online for R210, 2 cartons cost R400 and when purchasing 4 cartons you save R80 by paying only R760 (a great bargain if you want to go halvies with a friend or colleague). As with any weight loss/health product it is best to check with your doctor if you are on any chronic medication or have any health concerns prior to taking this product.