Gel Effect Nails with Essence

Affordable and trendy brand Essence have now too jumped on the LED lamp-free Gel nail polish effect bandwagon and their offering is surprisingly good considering they are the lowest costing too. I know and love the Essence brand so was expected to be happy with the results but not necessarily more so than with their sister brand Catrice’s offering (review here). Essence actually outlasted Catrice’s system by a day.

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I thought I would include this cute little nail oil pot from Essence in this post as well. I have been trying to take better care of my cuticles (my worst beauty habit is picking at them *shock horror*) so an oil is always important to keep them in top shape. Essence Quick and Easy Sponge Nail Caring Oil (R58) contains a sponge and you simply insert each finger into it. This isn’t the most hygienic so rather don’t share with friends! It does coat the nail bed nicely though and isn’t greasy at all.

Essence Gel nail system is a 3 step process and super easy too. Simply apply the Essence Gel Nail Polish Base Coat (R48) which dries opaque and it dries super fast too.

Next pick out any shade you love from the Essence The Gel Nail Polish (R24.99) range and apply. I tried out a playful bright pinky red shade called 4 Ever Young.

Finally seal the shine with the Essence Gel Nail Polish Top Coat (R48). The Gel polish itself is already super shiny and looks like gel when applied but the top coat is also necessary to help make your manicure last. Mine lasted a good 8 days before I chipped the side of my thumb while trying to lift some cello-tape. Overall a very impressive system and no damage to ones nails whatsoever.

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I painted my nails myself and have still not a 100% perfected this skill so please don’t judge too harshly along the cuticle line. I think they look amazing

Basic Bitch OOTD

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I have finally recovered from this awful flu and feeling more myself once again. I shot this look yesterday and this is pretty much my “uniform” at the moment plus/minus a coat but the weather was surprisingly balmy even though it was overcast with impending rain.

I called this look Basic Bitch because yes, the Celine tee was a trend which was seen everywhere last year and considered a bit of a basic bitch item but it’s still cute in my opinion so who cares if it is “in” or not! It’s a very loose fit so sometimes I will tie a little knot at the back to give some definition.

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I am so over platform heels and every time my eye spots an elegantly pointed heel I just have to have it. SA stores are lagging a bit with this trend and I’ve only found a handful including this black python print pair from Mr P.

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Celine top- Celine (purchased in the UK, no SA stockists sadly)
Jeans- Guess
Heels- Mr P
Bracelets- Aldo
Lips- Smashbox Mulberry (review here)
Nails- Essence Gelly in 4 Ever Young (review soon)
Watch- Sissy Boy
Handbag- Studio W, Woolworths

Keys Fashion Blogger Competition

Ryan Keys is an incredible SA designer whose work is mostly couture. Keys Fashion has been represented at SA Fashion Week and just last week Jen Su was rocking an exquisite Keys Fashion dress from the We Were Born Sick collection at Cannes, so when I was approached to be a part of their blogger competition I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

Myself and six other SA bloggers received an infinity dress to style. The brief was to be quite artistic with it and I felt like showing off a different side to my personality. An ethereal earthy look, one that is in touch with nature and the infinite beauty it provides.

We shot my look in a beautiful forest which was tragically burnt several years back but from that budding new plants and trees have emerged. Infinite possibilities are all around us.

The blogger with the most votes wins some more gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces from Keys Fashion and although I would love to win I definitely don’t want to spam my readers. I enjoy doing these kinds of collaborations to showcase the talent of SA designers. We have so many which we can be immensely proud of.

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If however you do want to vote for me then there are currently two easy ways to do so:
– Like this image on the @Keys_Fashion Instagram page
And
– Like this photo or/and this photo on Facebook.

Thank you for the support!

Maybelline 100 Event

Last week Maybelline flew a bunch of editors and bloggers up to Johannesburg to celebrate Maybelline turning 100. It was incredible to learn just how influential the brand has been during each and every decade over the past 100 years. We are talking about the brand that invented mascara after all *blonde girls bow down to this brand*. I for one cannot leave the house without mascara even on a “no make-up” day so I have immense love for the brand and was happy to celebrate their milestone in style.

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We stayed at the chic Da Vinci hotel which is a monochrome lovers dream. Almost all of the interior is black and white yet still feels extremely inviting. Waiting on the bed was a deceiving little gift bag from Maybelline filled chock-a-block with their latest launches. I can’t wait to start reviewing them all.

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I was fighting an awful flu (which later progressed into a blocked airway infection and bed-rest for the past week) so do excuse the poor quality of the above images, they were all taken on my old Samsung S4 mini as I couldn’t bring myself to lug my big DSLR around with me. I wore one of my favourite ASOS chain print dresses and a pleather cropped jacket.

We were then escorted to the party which really was a PARTY! They had gorgeous models dotted around the venue dressed in the different eras looks and each wore the cult beauty product/look which Maybelline had launched during that decade. The lighting made it very difficult to snap any of the looks and the venue properly but we were beyond spoilt with endless drinks, divine food (I’m still dreaming about the Veg Gnocchi), fun entertainment; think jugglers and glitter tattoo artists as well as makeup booths and great music.

Happy 100th Birthday Maybelline and thank you for a fabulous party which I am sure Maybel would of been proud of!

L’Oreal Infallible Nail Gel Lacquer Review

While I love the look and endurance of Gel nails I absolutely hate all the buffing and scrapping which involved in the process of applying and removing Gel polish. No matter what people say I do experience more brittle nails after a couple consecutive Gel applications. If you already have weak or thin nails to begin with then I can only imagine what they feel like afterwards. Therefore I am so happy to see more and more cosmetic brands launching at-home Gel-like effects without the need for LED lights or serious buffing prior to application. L’Oreal have launched Infallible Nail Gel Lacquer which applies like normal polish buts lasts longer and has more shine to it.

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Infallible nail Gel Lacquer which retails for R109,95 and is available in 12 shades is a two-part application. I received the delightful shade Irresistible Bonbon which is a soft light pink. I applied it to my toes and it has thus far lasted a full week without any chips.

An interesting difference between L’Oreal’s Infallible Gel Lacquer and regular nail polish is that it is only two-part and requires no base coat. The base coat is within the colour polish and will not stain your nails. Simply apply the colour and then apply one coat of Step 2, the top coat. This provides longer lasting colour and a gel-like shine.