Cat Lady Outfit Post

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How awesome is the little cat-print on this blouse from Zara? The weather has been so perfect this long weekend and I am taking great joy in being able to wearing shorts as I most likely won’t be able to for a very long time. Can’t it just stay Autumn, we don’t really need winter do we?

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Blouse- Zara
Shorts- Hollister
Shoes- Queue
Nails- Marc Jacobs Jezebel
Lips- Elizabeth Arden Barely There (review here)

NAFHA Cosmetic Argan Oil Review

Argan oil is a phenomainal little mult-tasker. Not only is it incredible nourishing for the hair but it also does wonders for one skin. I received a little rollon of the NAFHA Argan Oil, which is 100% pure organic argan oil, to test out. Argan oil is used to moisturize and regenerate and thanks to its high content in unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins A and E makes it an excellent restructuring elixir.

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Argan oil can be used from head-to-toe, it moisturizes and softens skin and hair and also helps prevent scarring thanks to its tissue healing properties. This incredible oil also has anti-inflammatory, sun-protective and disinfectant properties and it is fantastic for preventing stretch marks and can be added to ones skincare routine to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Most fine lines are actually caused from dehydration, I have been using the NAFHA Cosmetic Argan Oil roll-on safely around my eye area every evening and have found that thanks to the immense moisturising benefit of this oil some of the fine lines have already lifted. It is also fantastic as a cuticle oil and I have found that my cuticles are so much softer which means that I am less likely to pick at them (Which I will admit is my very bad beauty habit).

NAFHA Cosmetic Argan oil 15ml retails for R260 and is available in 100ml too for R560 and is available at selected Edgars stores nationwide.

Essie Fall Collection 2015 Autumn Confidential

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Ah Essie…their collections are always perfectly on-trend and their stylish Fall 2015 collection is no different. With warm chic shades which have me longing for cooler temperatures so that I can layer in knits, scarves and throw on a pair of snug leather boots.

From Left to right:

-Take It Outside : Is a soft cashmere-like stone shade. Even though it is more on the grey side of the scale it is very warm and will suit most skin tones.
– Fall in Line: I have fallen hard for this gorgeous green. It is so perfect for autumn and applies like a dream.
– Partner in Crime: A beautiful brown that looks much lighter in the bottle than on. It is ideal for those who want a very dark shade but without any harshness. As the coverage is excellent with this collection, one coat will suffice but should you wish to apply two coats it will take it to a much darker level.
– Dress to Kilt: I don’t think I have ever met a red polish which I haven’t loved. Red is such a classic and I feel that Dress To Kilt will be a firm favourite of mine throughout the season.
– The Perfect Cover-up: Another stunning shade which applies evenly without streaking. I was worried that the milkier shades in this collection would have that issue but they really achieved a spot-on formula.
– Style Cartel: A regal dark blue which looks incredibly sophisticated when on ones nails.

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The Essie Fall Collection 2015 will be available in April 2015 at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks, Foschini stores, as well as selected beauty salons.

New In From Elizabeth Arden

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a fun and informative intimate Elizabeth Arden launch. It was hosted at the beautiful Beau Constantia wine farm (they have superb wine and views by the way). We were given a very interesting makeup demonstration/tutorial using the new Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin Foundation. The stunning Gina Myers, Elizabeth Arden Senior Makeup Artist, gave us tips on contouring. Which I was previously hopeless at but now I know the number one tip is to always blend light into dark and to work fast. The charming Lucoh Mhlongo, a new addition to the Elizabeth Arden team and also one of their Senior Makeup Artists helped guide us through choosing makeup for your facial features.

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Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin Makeup with SPF15 (R365) is a lovely matte foundation. It applies with ease and looks amazing on. I feel like it is “airbrush in a bottle”. It offers medium coverage and lasts for up to 24 hrs (not that anyone should keep their makeup on for that long) but yes, it truly is long-lasting. This is a fabulous foundation for those with oily skin types. The formula is infused with time-release, shine-control technology and an environmentally adaptable micro-algae extract. “The intuitive foundation recognizes skin’s oil levels to control excess sebum without clogging pores. In fact, based on a self-assessment in a clinical study, 90% of women reported that their skin did not feel greasy after 24 hours”. The two shades above are 06 Beige and 04 Sun Beige adn there are 8 skin-adapting shades in the range currently. Since I am very fair I found Sun Beige to be most suited to my skin tone.

Beautiful Colour Moisturizing Lipsticks in matte shades (R220.00) are amazing! Seriously I am so happy with these and as you can see in the above pic, these two shades have already been used a lot! The two shades I received are Barely There 44 (Which I wore in my latest outfit post) and Pink Pucker 46. They smell absolutely yummy and last for ages. I am so happy to have discovered them and these two shades have become a part of my everyday makeup routine.

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Beautiful Colour Natural Eye Brow Pencils come in three shades: Natural Black, Brownette and Natural Beige and they retail for R175.00.

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Eyebrows are still very much in-fashion and a well-groomed defined eyebrow can elevate ones entire look. Elizabeth Arden have released three shades to suit everyone. It was quite difficult to get an accurate shot of the different shades but black is a lovely soft black, Brownette is my favourite and provides a natural light brown brow. The unique one in the bunch is the Natural Beige which is perfect for blondes and those with grey hair too. It is very light but still defines the brow nicely.

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All of the products featured in this post are available at Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide.

Miss Manga Punky Mascara Review

L’Oreal have a new Miss Manga mascara out in stores. The original version I have previously reviewed over here which I absolutely loved. This version is a new take on the Manga theme and it is Punky inspired. Miss Manga Punky (R149.95) is the first styling texturizing mascara from L’Oréal Paris that creates a daring punky look.

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The packaging is super cute and fun but the brush is what really sets this mascara apart from others on the market. It has a bendable wand which makes covering every single lash easy. The brush has what I can only describe as soft short spikes which grip the lash and allow for even distribution without any clumping. The textured formula together with the brush equal Mega Volume and they sure aren’t using that term lightly. The result is noticeably thicker longer lashes.

I will definitely be using this mascara on a regular basis and it is perfect for when you want plenty of volume and drama without having to use false lashes. Well done L’Oreal on another great Miss Manga mascara!