Measurable Difference Brow Amplifying Tint and Lift

Big brows are firmly on just about everyone’s wishlist at the moment. Measurable Difference is a brand that uses RegenaLash technology, a clinically tested, effective peptide complex that promote healthier, longer-looking lashes and fuller-looking brows within 6 weeks. So far I have been using the duo for 4 weeks and can already see an improvement on my brows specifically.

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I was never blessed with big bushy brows, they are fine and are half blonde which means I have to fill them in everyday. The thick dark brow look doesn’t work with blondes unless it is natural, of course. Therefore I tend to just darken the blonder parts in order to create a more groomed and balanced appearance. I received the Brow Amplifying Tint and Lift in 7040 Caramel which is suggested for Blonde to Light Brunette’s and it suited me perfectly. The look is overall quite subtle but definitely visible to ones eye in person. On camera however, it doesn’t look very different. Throughout the day my eyebrows remained “tame” I would guess this is due to the lift part. When I first applied it I put way too much on and it looked gluey so make sure you wipe the brush as you would a mascara wand before applying to get an even, natural look. I still use a pencil (Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift) to fill in my brows with the Measurable Difference Tint and Lift over.

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The Brow Amplifying Tint and Lift brush as seen above is similar to that of a mascara brush so be careful to apply it gently to get an even look. I can imagine those with bushier brows might find that it can become a bit sticky but for mine brows I was pleased with the result.

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Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extensions not so much… The mascara itself is pleasant enough but it certainly doesn’t create a “lash extension” effect and I find the white filler formula to be a bit too heavy. I actually didn’t like to have both on for very long.

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You can see just how thick it is even on the brush. So sadly only one of these get my approval and only if you have fairly fine brows.

Measurable Difference is available at Foschini stores

TanOrganic Oil Review

I am so excited to share this product with all of you… TanOrganic recently launched a self-tanning oil and yes it is also 100% natural and eco-certified as well as PETA approved. You can read all about the brand over here and my previous review of their Try Me kit (which is currently on special. Save R100!) over here.

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The TanOrganic Oil retails for R599 and is well worth every penny spent. It smells so good, not a hint of that awful self-tan smell. In fact the scent is quite citrusy and is said to have a touch of rose in it too. The combination of oils means that it is also highly moisturising. I find that most self-tans tend to dry ones skin out terribly, so much so that some even make my skin flaky (gross, I know). TanOrganic’s tanning oil is made with a unique blend of 8 different plant oils including Borage seed oil, Argan oil and Orange peel oil. All this plus it’s Aloe Vera base makes it a highly nourishing self-tanner.

I used one application the other night. I am most certainly not ready for bikini season just yet but I donned one for the shot below to give you an idea of the result. The result is lighter than the TanOrganic Original but darker than a gradual tanner. It is perfect for when you want a healthy glow but don’t want it to look too obvious or intense. Another plus it that one does not need to use a glove to apply the oil and it can be used on the face too. After exfoliating simply massage in the oil as you would a regular body oil. Then wash away any excess oil from your hands with a baby wipe. Allow 6-8 hours for your tan to develop. You can apply every 3-4 days to maintain or apply a second layer after a couple of hours should you require a deeper shade.

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Beauty Blender Review

For many years I toyed with the idea of getting a Beauty Blender sponge. Every overseas beauty feature I saw raved about this seemingly magical little pink sponge. When overseas I thought maybe I should get it but the price tag always put me off. I recently spotted it on Rubybox, which is a local site and pretty much my shopping mecca, for R350 including a full size bottle of their Beauty Blender cleanser. Still a very hefty price for a sponge. Long story short I gathered my Rubyrands and bought it.

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When it arrived I immediately use the cleanser on my brushes and other sponges and was adequately happy with the results but not wowed away it. It does its job but you still have to do the work. P.S I hate, hate cleaning my brushes so this may have some influence. 90ml it retails for R159.95.

The Beauty Blender Sponge (R299.99) itself is a whole other ball game. At first I was too afraid to use it, yes sad I know but I was waiting for the “right time”. I glanced at the history and the instructions on the back and saw that one must wet it before its first use. So obviously the above pic was taken prior to it being used.

It really is worthy of the hype and praise. I have always used a combination of a sponge and a brush to apply my foundation and never thought simply using a sponge would create such a flawless effect. I often find that application with a brush alone is too heavy and a sponge draws up too much foundation diminishing the coverage. The Beauty Blender is the perfect balance.

P.S The Beauty Blender is currently out of stock on Rubybox but they do have a double pack in stock for R464.95 otherwise just click Notify Me to find out when the singles will be back in.

Blank Space… Outfit Post

Okay I am slightly obsessed with the new Taylor Swift song Blank Space. I never really got her appeal until Shake It Off and now Blank Space. I do however often feel writers or bloggers block when it comes to Outfit posts titles. With products it is all about SEO’s but with an outfit it needs to be descriptive and embody the look. I may not be in a fancy cocktail dress like Taylor in the music video but I am rocking animal print, yes again what is new!

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I am also embracing freshly chopped locks thanks to Style Bar. Although I do miss long hair (anything above the boob is short hair to me) I am happy that my hair feels healthier.

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Top- Legit
Jeans- Sissy Boy
Heels- Limited Edition LallaXLegit range from Legit
Handbag- Zara
Lips- MAC Lip Sheen Just Superb
Nails- Essie Exotic Liras
Sunglasses- Dolce & Gabbana

My Dermaceutic Milk Peel Experience

Dermaceutic treated me to my first ever Milk Peel last month. I was very skeptical and since this time of the year is always super busy I was concerned about down time like with most other peels. The lovely Sam from Conquest reassured me that there would be no down time with their Milk Peel and that I could even have it done during my lunch hour, which is exactly what I did.

Prep wise the only things to be aware of is No Vitamin A a week before the peel and try not to tan for a week or two afterwards. I lay down and had my makeup removed, Sam then applied the peel. There was a very mild tingle which I noted was stronger around my lip area and temples. On a scale from 1-10 it was a 4 for me. I do have quite a strong pain thresh-hold though. No pain, no gain and all that. The assistant gently fanned my face so that the burning was less intense. It was all so relaxing in fact that I struggled to stop myself from drifting off.

Once the peel was wiped away, my skin did feel unusually hot but it was not uncomfortably so. They then applied K-Ceutic Post-Treatment Cream which was incredibly soothing. I used this cream morning and evening for the entire week following the peel.

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The Milk Peel is suitable for treating the following issues: dull complexion, first signs of ageing, greasy, acne-prone skin, visible pores, excess sebum, wrinkles, epidermal stimulation. It contains three acids – Glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid and has a pH of 1.9. As I mentioned my skin was slightly red afterwards but not noticeably so. It felt as if I had spent a bit of time in the sun. I was also give a bottle of Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation (R820) to cover up any redness. The first thing I did notice was how my skin glowed! This foundation is incredible and was so light that it is ideal to use post-treatment. Everyone at work remarked on how “refreshed” I looked and I have since been using it everyday. I chose the shade Pearl which is now a little too light for my skin so I do blend in a smidgen of my regular foundation to balance out the colour but it stills works as well.

I really cannot recommend this treatment enough. It has since been 3 weeks after the initial treatment and my skin still has a more polished appearance, fine lines are less visible and some of my pigmentation has diminished. I will definitely be booking a second treatment (up to four peels are recommended depending on your skin’s issues).

The Milk Peel itself costs approximately R450 depending on where you have it done and you can contact Conquest to find a salon or Dermatologist near you.