L’Occitane en Provence Aromachologie Review

Working full-time and studying is no joke and with my exams beginning this week it all has made this month an extra challenging one. I was at work feeling drained when a smiling courier dropped off a pretty yellow box. Ooh I recognize that box, L’Occitane is a brand that always excites me. If I was rich I would pretty much have the entire contents from a L’Occitane store in my house. When I opened the box I saw a trio of lifesavers. The L’Occitane Aromachologie consists of two lines of body care and lifestyle products: Relaxing and Revitalizing. The formulas are made with naturally derived ingredients,and combine the benefits of botanical active ingredients with 100% natural aromas that have a revitalizing or soothing effect. I received two products from the Relaxing line- Relaxing Pillow Mist and Relaxing Body oil and one from the Revitalizing line- Revitalizing Body Scrub.

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To completely calm the mind and body the Relaxing Line consists of two Rituals… The Bath Ritual where you can use the Relaxing Bath Salts Relaxing Body Cream, Relaxing Shower Gel and Relaxing Essential Oil Blend. After a long steamy unwind in the bath you are then ready to calm the mind with the Bedtime Ritual. For the Bedtime Ritual there are three products which can be used- Relaxing Pillow Mist (R310 for 100ml), Relaxing Massage Body Oil and Relaxing Perfumed Sachets. Make your bedroom a haven to clear the mind of the day’s stresses. Scent has such a powerful effect on the mind and I always need my room to smell divine.

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With all my back ache problems I was very keen to try the Relaxing Massage Oil (R420 for 100ml). It helps to ease stiff muscles and smells lovely. The formula is non-greasy and a little bit is enough to cover the entire back.

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The Revitalizing Body Scrub (R530 for 200ml) is truly invigorating and the blend of citrus and rosemary work to recharge ones mind and body.
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The granules of the scrub are the ideal size to not only slough away dead skin but to also boost ones circulation. The 100% natural scent and scientifically proven energizing effectiveness by combining five essential oils from the Mediterranean really help one to focus on the day ahead.

New In From Revlon

Revlon has some exciting new products arriving in stores. They sent me over some items to try and in the shades that I wanted!

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First up is the Colorstay Moisture Stain (R169) which will be launching in stores this month. Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain is available in 12 shades which all pull their colour inspiration from the world’s hottest cities (where is Cape Town hmm?!). I received the shade LA Exclusive to try out which is a powerful pink perfectly representative of the city of angels. The formula is very, very glossy as well as moisturising thanks to the added Vitamin E and Aloe in it. This is the ideal date night type of lip product. It is super glossy and sensual but isn’t sticky and won’t transfer.

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I Woke Up Like This OOTD

It has been a while since I did an outfit post. I still feel a bit strange doing them but the response and emails after a post really makes it worth any awkwardness. I have been working a lot and so my wardrobe has pretty much blended into a constant look of monochrome. I really want to have more fun in putting together my actual work look as I would an everyday look.

It is however, that dreaded time of the year…exam time and while I only have a few modules left of my degree (I have had to eke them out since working full-time plus studies is no joke) I still feel the same level of anxiety year after year.

So onto my look:

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Comfort is key when studying. Although I would love to say that I study in a full length designer dress and heels the truth is that a simple tee and baggy jeans will suffice. This Tee actually says I Woke Up Like This but my boob refuses to allow the “I” part be visible. I picked this Tee up from Legit and must say the quality is really good. For a simple white tee the cut is comfortably tailored.

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These ripped boyfriend jeans are still a firm favourite in my casual wardrobe although I usually pair them with heels, I had to step out of my comfort zone at first by pairing them with sneakers. After spotting these super hot Adidas sneakers all over my Instagram feed I knew I had to have them. After finding out that there were only 4 pairs left in size 4 in the entire country I immediately ordered a pair and have not looked back since. They are not only gorgeous but are so comfortable too.

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Top- Legit
Jeans- Mr Price
Bracelet- Hermes
Sneakers- Adidas ZX Flux
Lips-Revlon Super Lustrous in Berry Couture

Win With Cosmetix/Catrice This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and together with Catrice Cosmetics I want to show my support for all the survivors, fighters and anyone who has ever been affected by breast cancer. To show our support I created an inspired pink look using the Catrice Cosmetics below. I also have two hampers up for grabs!

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Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara

When the Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara landed on my desk I was very, very intrigued. Both my mum and my sister are fans of Lancôme and have previously used their mascaras and loved them. This for me was my first ever Lancôme mascara and I couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about.

The first thing that stands out is that this mascara is in its own league in terms of its looks, structure and formula. The container itself is hauntingly beautiful. With ombre black fading away to reveal Lancôme’s rose logo within the lid.

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Once the mascara wand is unveiled then only is the true uniqueness of this mascara revealed. The wand curves and bends making application an absolute breeze. Lancôme have successfully created a wand that is almost intuitive with the natural movement of ones hand when applying mascara and provides the perfect amount of steady flexibility to coat ones lashes evenly and easily.

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The lovely Lancôme Brand Communications Manager Nina explains the following technique in order to get maximum effect from this mascara… “You will see the top of the wand-cap is triangular. When holding the wand with your fingers around the ‘triangle’ as you are applying it, you will see that with each ‘grip’ (i.e. when you have moved to the next ‘grip’ of the triangle), the GRANDIÔSE wand is at a different angle to your lashes (either flush, facing upwards or facing downwards). In one application, try using all three of these grips, as they each give a different effect (lengthening, lifting and building volume) – this has made SUCH a difference in the results for me!”

I tried this and can honestly say I have never been this blown away by a mascara. It is easy to apply, provides length, lift and volume and also doesn’t smudge. You do have to work quite fast when applying as the formula sets fairly quickly.

The Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara retails for R399. Which let’s be honest is very pricey for a mascara. It is well worth it though and since you only need one coat to achieve everything I have a feeling that it last a full three months (remember to be safe and never keep a mascara that you use on a daily basis for longer than 3 months). Lancôme have won me over with this and I will definitely be repurchasing it!