5 Classic Jewellery Pieces from Anjolee

I am very into jewellery at the moment. This might sound strange to those who wear arm parties on a daily basis but I often swing between wanting to rock bold statement necklaces and fun, trendy costume jewellery to craving classic timeless quality pieces. When I was approached by Anjolee to feature their site I wasn’t expecting to absolutely fall in love with it. All too often jewellery sites can be far too OTT for my taste but that is what makes Anjolee unique. They offer a great number of designs which you can then customise according to your taste and budget. You can select the style, type of metal as well as the carat weight and quality.

I chose 5 pieces that I feel are true classics and that every woman should own!

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-Ever since I was a little girl I had a fascination with the delicate beauty of a tennis bracelet. Made famous by tennis star Chris Evert when she wore this striking style of jewellery at the 1987 U.S. Open, it has since become a classic.
-Princess style diamond studded earrings. One cannot get more classic than that now can we. These beauties have me considering getting my ears pierced once again just in order to don them!
-Centre stage is yes, another tennis bracelet. A stand out bracelet with gemstones can elevate any simple little black dress so to me it is a must in every ladies jewellery collection.
- To me a diamond pendant is a very special piece and I received one from my mum for my 21st. Although not my first diamond it was a piece that I look forward to passing down to my kids one day and started my desire to curate a proper jewellery collection.
- This beautiful ring may be an anniversary band but I love the idea of women purchasing expensive pieces for themselves. I still remember an episode of SATC where Sam went out and bought a massive expensive statement ring for herself just because she felt that she deserved it!

Which classic piece is your favourite?

Stila Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Bronze Review

I have been on the search for a good quality, versatile bronzer for quite some time now. I wanted something subtle enough that I could use it in place of blush or even combine with a peachy blush when going for a bolder look. For the last few months I had been alternating between this bronzey blush from Rimmel and freebie I received in a Clinique gift box. Both were good but I wanted something more. On a whim, I purchased the Stila Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Bronze from Rubybox.

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Now I must confess the past couple of times that I purchased from Rubybox they messed up my orders and my one order took over two weeks to arrive. Disappointing to say the least since Rubybox is an online store I often recommend for their wide selection and prompt delivery. I even cancelled my monthly boxes with them since they weren’t living up to expectations. As you can see I have put their banner back up after my last two purchases since they have done a complete turnaround and are back on the ball. The service I received was excellent and both my deliveries took less than 48 hours. Also their latest Rubybox looked really good and made me regret cancelling my subscription. So well done to Rubybox for responding to their consumers and upping their standard back to a level that made us all fans to begin with.

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The Stila Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Bronze retails for R239.95 and on Rubybox they currently have a special promo where if you purchase two Stila products you will receive a free Stila Lip Glaze worth R85.

At first when I applied it I was quite concerned with how dark the shade was but as its name states it is self-adjusting and within about 15 minutes the shade changed to a perfect soft bronze. This is exactly what I was searching for. It also doesn’t fade throughout the day and stays put at the perfect shade. Well worth 240 bucks!

Stila has fast become a brand where I now want to try every single product they offer. Has anyone tried their Stay All Day Liquid eye liner? It is next on my wishlist.

Also Congrats to Jade Theresa Abott for winning the Zuri giveaway!!!

WIN with Zuri this Heritage Day

To celebrate Heritage Day (24th September) I have another awesome giveaway from Zuri. Zuri selected six local bloggers and appointed each with a colour from the SA flag. Green was chosen for me and the first thought associated with our abundant heritage and linked to this colour was to focus on celebrating our winelands. We are incredibly fortunate in the western Cape especially since we are surrounded by so many fabulous wine farms.

I have three gorgeous pieces to giveaway and thought about how I might wear them this Heritage Day…

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After a fun day out shopping in casual denim cutoffs and a simple black tank top I would add this multi-shaded green statement necklace as a stylish touch. The perfect look for going wine-tasting with friends! Avontuur in Stellenbosch has recently renovated their tasting room so why not pop in there. Otherwise grab a map of the wine lands and follow the icons to surrounding wine farms, after all there are so many places to explore so why not be a tourist in your own country and celebrate it’s heritage.

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When I spotted this cuff in store I just knew that I had to include it in this giveaway. It has a lovely South African feel to it and would work wonderfully paired with a simple summer dress when going for a relaxing family lunch on a wine farm. Some of our top restaurants are located on wine estates. For a delicious relaxed family lunch Simon’s, which is on the Groot Constantia wine farm in Constantia is a firm family favourite.

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These emerald earrings complete the perfect evening look. Throw on a simple lace LBD and these jewels and enjoy a meal watching the sun set over the vineyards.

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I shot this image as the sun was setting at Lourensford farm in Somerset West. At the time the sun was such an intense orange that it looks like my hair is orange too!

So who wants to win these three pieces? Simply enter below… Good luck and I hope that you all have a fabulous Heritage Day!

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Essence Pure Skin Anti-Spot BB Cream and Anti-Shine Pore Refining Serum Reviews

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Another duo of winners from Essence’s Pure Skin range. I have always felt that BB creams are ideal for young teen skin and can offer coverage and a groomed appearance while still looking natural.

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Essence’s Pure skin anti-Spot BB cream is my new favoruite “off” day coverage. It is light, even in application and won’t clog pores in fact the Clearderm formula helps to fight and prevent spots. This is the ultimate BB cream for creating a youthful look. I really like the coverage and how incredibly natural it looks.

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I chose natural beige and a used a small amount on my hand to get a nice close-up shot of the result. My skin appears more even toned . The formula is also very breathable and doesn’t feel like one is wearing a mask which I often find with most other BB creams.

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The Pure Skin +Clearderm complex Pore Refining Serum is very effective too and I was impressed with the mattifying effect. I do find that one doesn’t need to use these two together and they work better on their own for different skin types and needs. Both are suitable for young problem skin, this one just doesn’t offer the coverage like the BB cream does.

Pure Skin +Clearderm complex Pore Refining Serum retails for R46.95 attached were three free nose strips (full pack is R24.95)

Essence PureSkin range is available at Clicks and Dischem stores nationwide

Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hours Lipstick

Bourjois have added a new range to their Rouge Edition lipsticks…introducing their longer lasting Rouge Edition 12 hours line. As someone who often forgets she is even wearing lipstick and therefore very often forgets to re-apply a long-lasting line is right up my alley.

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This shade is 35 VIP Entry.

The formula is surprisingly creamy. Thanks to the added Shea butter this means that it doesn’t feel dehydrating at all, which I find is often the case with long-lasting lipsticks. In fact, my lips feel soft throughout the day and I feel no need to first use lip balm and then this. It leaves a lovely semi-matte finish so if you prefer a high gloss look then swipe on some sheer lip-gloss and know that your lipstick will still stay put!

Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hours will feature eight high-trend shades. It will retail for R 129 at selected Clicks stores as from the end of September 2014.