Win with Soil

Don’t you just love a brand that goes that extra step when it comes to presentation. Part of the joy of online shopping is that it feels as if you are receiving gifts when they arrive. I got to experience the Soil online store and when my box arrived it included a lovely note and pretty paper to protect my goodies. My gift item also came in this pretty pink box. So let’s take a look inside shall we…

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I chose the Sensual Hibiscus Soy Wax Melts and burner combo which comes in the pink gift box. One melts lasts a fair amount of time and I’ve had one in my burner in the evening for the past three nights. The Hibiscus soy wax melts are fragranced with Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli and Sweet Orange essential oils. This duo retails for R130 and can be purchased here.

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During winter my lymphatic system always feels more sluggish and I generally notice some cellulite appearing. This year I have been trying to combat it with Skin 689 which has worked amazingly. However, day-to-day standing also causes water retention and a good leg massage at the end of the day is so very important. I have been using the Soil Toning blended oi every evening after my shower and it has really helped. The blend of fennel and geranium help to reduce cellulite by detoxifying, toning and stimulating the skin. It also contains Juniper berry which helps to de-congest the lymphatic system.

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My bottle of peppermint oil was running low so I picked another one up. For 10ml it is R45. I love to add 15 drops to a 100ml bottle of water and use as a room spray. It not only smells refreshing but it is the perfect kick-starter for the mind as peppermint is very stimulating.

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Many overseas beauty bloggers marvel at how incredible pure shea butter is for the skin and even for the hair. Soil is the only brand in SA that I have found top quality pure organic and at R80 for 100ml.

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Shopping on the Soil online store is an absolute breeze. The layout is easy to navigate and I love that you can add your previously purchased items to your cart in one click. This is great as often I can’t always remember exactly which essential oils I use on a regular basis or blend together. There is also free delivery for any purchases over R300 and delivery takes 3-5 days.

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Essence Make Brows Wow

This super cute kit has already been featured on a number of local blogs with plenty of girls raving about it and I wanted to also share my honest thoughts on it. Firstly, if you are very fair and blonde than purchasing this kit will most likely be a total waste. However, if you are in the middle of the hair colour spectrum then it is perfect for you. Even though the kit is said to be aimed at all.

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I received Essence How To Make Brows Wow 04 (R115,50) which has three eyebrow shades and one highlighter as well as a little tweezer and a duo brush/sponge applicator. All of the shades are quite good and do last especially when you use the eyebrow gel over (we’ll get to that one in a bit). I did find myself mixing Love blondes and Love Em All together to create a shade best suited to my brows.

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The tweezer is fine and does the job, as it is very small it is great for travelling but I wouldn’t take the whole kit with as the box is quite bulky. The applicators are lovely and the sponge works well with the highlighter.

Essence Make Me Brow eyebrow gel mascara in 01 Blondy Brows (R48) is surprisingly good and well it is a simple eyebrow gel, most others I’ve tried have claimed to grow ones brows too, it certainly does a grand job of keeping ones brows looking neat. It also sets all the hard work you’ve done filling them in and I really liked the Blondy Brows shade I received. Many blonde shades tend to lean towards a grey beige which often looks unnatural.

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Have you tried either of these products yet? What is your current must-have brow product?

Essie Winter 2015 Collection Review

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Essie makes a bold move to brighten up the gloomy winter days with these gorgeous bright and cheerful shades for their Winter 2015 Collection. This is a collection to celebrate the holiday season (in the North) and it is all about looking your best, most confident self with beautiful nails to match.

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From left to right:

– Double Breasted Jacket: When I learnt that Exotic Liras has been discontinued I was heartbroken. Heartbroken over nail colour, I know how superficial but it truly was the perfect shade of red for my skin tone. I am also fickle though because once I applied the beauty that it Double Breasted Jacket I knew I had found my new ultimate red. Immensely flattering on all skin types and the perfect pop of red.

-Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low: Only Essie could win me over with a glitter shade that I actually like. I am notorious for dismissing glitter shades because they either look too young or only work well as an accent nail. Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low not only has a cute name but it is also a sophisticated glitter shade and will work well as a full manicure.

– Back in the Limo: Quite a summery riper melon shade but as melon is very in this year it is fitting that Essie include this beaut in their Winter collection. I love that this is a very warming orange and will help lift ones spirits on drab and dreary day.

– Tuck It in My Tux: A perfect solid white shade. I am still very much in love with white nails and this to me is such a classic. A neat white nail is the new french manicure.

– Jump in my Jumpsuit: A deep juicy red that can do no wrong. Applies like a dream and looks like one too.

-Bump up the Pumps: A delicate coral mauve which applies far more creamy than it appears in the bottle yet still is a solid coat after two applications. I was very happy to discover that this wasn’t a sheer shade. I am quite over sheer nude shades this year and refer something a bit more definable such as this.

Essie’s Winter Collection will be available in July at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks and Foschini stores, as well as selected beauty salons.

Printed Dress Outfit

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I’ve had this mod printed dress hanging in my wardrobe for months now and for some reason I just never found a time to wear it but now I can’t stop! It is so bright and artsy but also extremely versatile and simple. I decided to brave it with bare legs so excuse my pasty pins but even though the weather was overcast I wasn’t quite feeling the chill.

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Dress- Mint available at Zando
Booties- Fashion Express
Hat- Cotton On
Lipstick- Essence 03 Come Naturally

Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Makeup and Coverstick Reviews

The past month has been a total roller-coaster and I think that I am suffering from adrenal fatigue. Even though I am getting more than enough sleep I am still tired all the time and I have found myself reaching for my concealer more often now than ever before. Among a massive pile of goodies which Catrice sent me last month was this delightful duo. Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Makeup in 025 Light Beige 9R89.95) and Catrice All Round Coverstick in 010 Nude(R52,95).

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The Catrice All Round Coverstick glides on with ease and provides medium coverage. You can use it under foundation or in-place over problem areas. I have actually been using it to contour with as well and it works perfectly as it doesn’t clump and can be blended in quite easily. At R53 it is a total bargain and I’ll happily be re-purchasing this one.

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Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Makeup is wonderful for light to medium coverage and a flawless-effect finish. It is silky soft and leaves ones skin feeling impossibly soft. I have found that it manages to keep my oily skin shine-free throughout most of the day. I don’t know if I would transition fully from liquid foundations to a mousse one but it is nice for days when I want a lighter base.

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