Introducing Michael Outfit Post

My super amazing sister gave me this really gorgeous Michael Kors handbag which has fast become my go-to handbag. I love that it isn’t boring black or cliche tan and yet it works well with so many different colours and looks. I also chose the top zip style because A) it is much safer and B) easy to slide ones phone etc into the side pocket. So let’s get to the look shall we…

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This is actually my typical work look so may be a bit boring for some. I recently purchased this G Couture Blouse from TakeAlot’s fashion department (more on that over here) it is light and airy but still very much work appropriate.

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I may be getting old but for some strange reason I am very into sleek slacks and Studio W has become my haven. They know how to get the fit just right and are reasonably priced too. Woolworths in general have really upped their fashion stakes.

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Top- G Couture
Pants- Studio W
Heels- Utopia
Handbag- Michael Kors
Nails- Revlon Colorstay (review up later this week)

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum

I naturally have some frizz around my crown area and since I have been trying to cut down on blowdrying and heat styling as often as usual it is now even more visible. Going au natural is never a bad thing but frizz can ruin a look so when I received this little “miracle worker” from John Frieda I was excited to see if it could tame my frizz without weighing down my hair or creating any product build-up.

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The first interesting thing about this serum is that it should be applied to wet hair. I actually prefer applying products to wet hair as it usually is less heavy than. Which with a serum can be a good or a bad thing. Fortunately with John Frieda’s Frizz Ease serum it is very much a good thing. It coats and protects the hair from start to finish, through from brushing to blow-drying to styling. The formula is a blend of silicone’s and this is what makes this work so well. I usually steer clear from too many silicone’s in my hair products as over time they can make ones hair appear dull but if you use a regular clarifying shampoo every second week or so you won’t have to worry too much about build-up. In saying that however, I won’t use this product on an everyday of the year basis and really feels that it is great come summertime (or even holiday-time if you are travelling to humid locations then definitely take this bottle along! Hair is left looking glossy, feeling soft and frizz is banished. Another great product from John Frieda.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum is available exclusively at Clicks stores and retails for R99

L’Oreal Collection Pure Reds Lipstick Review

L’Oreal have a fantastic campaign which is centred around the always powerful Red Lipstick. L’Oreal believes that there is the perfect red lipstick for everyone, no matter you skin tone or hair colour they have one that will suit you and what better way to prove this than to launch a collection featuring all of their brand ambassadors sporting a red hue.

Looking at the campaign it is so great to see such a diverse range of classic beauties…

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L’Oreal sent me two lipsticks from the Collection to try out. I received Laetitia and Freida’s shades from the limited edition line. The containers have such a hot alsomost black solid animal print to them and the gold clasp adds that extra touch of sophistication. As with all L’Oreal lippies they smell really good too. This is the first matte lipstick that I find to not dry out ones lips and the formula itself is quite hydrating.

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I have the worst lips to photograph with lipstick since my smile is naturally skew so please excuse that. Makeup artists always define my cupids bow with lip liner before applying so that it looks more “even” but for this review I wanted the true shade of each lipstick to show so I steered clear from any liner.

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When I first opened the shade Laetitia I wasn’t wowed but upon application I fell in love. I love the mystery and depth of this dark regal red and will really wear this often. It does need a good lip liner though to prevent any “bleeding”.

Freida’s shade is more of a pink than a red in my mind but either way it is very pretty and wearable. I think I need a bit more of a tan to pull this one off though!

Have you tried the L’Oreal Collection Pure Red’s lipstick yet? And if so which shade suited you best?

Hannon Skincare Review

Hannon recently sent me a personalized selection of their new skincare products. I once used a Hannon hair treatment (It was this one) which was incredible and it really helped the condition of my hair, so I was very excited to discover that they had launched a skincare line. The best introduction to any skincare brand is to use their wash, toner and creams all together for a period of at least two weeks as it gives the most complete review of what the brand can offer and whether it delivers. With Hannon’s skincare I can certainly say that it delivers! I am blown away by this local brand.

Hannon was very generous and I received quite a few products so this review will be done in stages…

First up: The Basics

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Hannon’s Cleansing Milk does a spectacular job of removing makeup and even eye makeup. It is extremely gentle and can be used on dry and sensitive skin types. It retails at R235 for 150ml which should last quite some time as only a small amount on a cotton pad is required for the entire face.

Next up we have the Gentle Facial Wash (R235). This smells so refreshing and leaves ones skin feeling super soft. There is no uncomfortable tightness at all thanks to the added jojoba oil and wheatgerm oil. I like how the formula gently and effectively washes away all sebum build-up and my skin actual feels thoroughly cleansed after use.

Hannon have a Toner which is suitable for all skin types- The PH Balancing Toner (R225). This smells so divine and is utterly refreshing. It is also easy-to-use and comes in a practical spray bottle. This toner is also ideal for men because the astringent Witchhazel is great for use after shaving to prevent ingrown hairs .

The Moisturizers:

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I received a Balancing Moisturiser (R295) which is suitable for combination skin. Your skin feels deeply nourished and thanks to the special active Moist 24 it leaves your skin feeling moisturized throughout the day. Great for those who work in an environment with an aircon and often find it zapping all the moisture out of your skin by midday. The Balancing Moisturizer helps to provide moisture whilst also controlling oil and preventing breakouts and blackheads.

Their Night Creme Ultra Rich (365) is indulgently rich and your skin feels silky soft after use. I did however find it to be a little bit too rich for my oiler T-Zone area so this is best suited for those with combination skin types erring on the drier side and of course dry skins.

Sun Protection:

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Daily Sunblock Moisturiser SPF 30+ (R255)- I was super excited to spot this in my box of goodies since I have been on the hunt for a good facial sunscreen. Finding one that does not feel too heavy on the skin is actually quite the challenge. Hannon’s Sunblock is suitable for all skin types and the zinc oxide also helps to treat inflammation and acne breakouts. It is incredibly lightweight and can be used under foundation without affecting the evenness of it nor does it cast a “white” shade.

The Treatments:

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Since I have been seeing a lot more pigmentation develop on my skin recently Hannon sent me two products which help with pigmentation…

The first is the Gentle Enzyme Skin Peeler (R265) which contains papaya and pineapple extract to help remove pigmentation. It can only be used once a week and so far I have been using all of the above products for just over 2 weeks meaning I have only used this one twice. Therefore I have thus to see a massive improvement from it alone. I will do a follow-up review in a month.

The Gentle Enzyme Skin Peeler is gentle on the skin but it sure does tingle and the scent (which is quite menthol) can be a bit strong for sensitive eyes so take some time to relax with your eyes closed for the 10-15 min that you have it on. The menthol effect is actually quite soothing to the skin and I experienced no redness after rinsing it off. As far the exfoliation factor of this product is concerned, it is amazing! It also helps with blackheads and breakouts so it is a total multi-tasker and one that I will from now on always have in my cabinet. Since this contains AHA which can cause photo-sensitivity an SPF is highly recommended specifically Hannon’s Daily SunBlock SPF 30.

Next we have the Lightening Serum for Pigmentation with Moist 24 and Oligopeptide-34 (R395). For some reason I didn’t expect this to smell as incredible as it does. In fact all of Hannon’s skincare products have delightful fragrances to them except for the eye cream which is fragrance free.

The Lightening Serum can safely be used morning and evening everyday and I have already seen an improvement in my overall skin tone. I try to apply it only on the pigmented areas. The Lightening Serum works for any dark discoloration, Age/liver spots and freckles, hormonal pigmentation and acne marks. I will give you an update on the results in the same future post as the Gentle Enzyme Skin Peeler but so far I can already see a definite improvement with smaller pigmented spots under my eye area.

Last but certainly not least- The Hannon Vitamin E Eye Cream with Moist 24 (R265) which hydrates and firms up the skin surrounding the delicate eye area. This cream can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines but is also suitable as an eye cream used for preventing the formation of lines and wrinkles caused by dehydration. You only need a minuscule amount to cover the entire eye area as the formula spreads with ease.

My overall opinion of the Hannon Skincare line: This is a local and well-priced brand that can certainly rival the larger international luxury skincare brands in terms of quality and results. I was genuinely not expecting every product to deliver and impress me as much as it has and I hope that this brand receives the recognition in the beauty world that it deserves.

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