July 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

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Hi there and welcome back. I know my posts are very random and unstructured but truth be told I have a very hectic schedule and work is really demanding right now, so please bare with me for a while…I am trying my best to post more often…

So Glossybox – I know that this box was available in South Africa for a brief period , I think in 2012 (if I am not mistaken) and then no more, so with the launch of aramex global shopper I decided to give this one a go… That process was a little painful to say the least, it took around 2 weeks for the box to be delivered to me because it was held at customs, I think I may shop a little too much as I was asked to provide an importers code lol…We did manage to clear that up and I eventually received my box and this is what I got….

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Aerin Vanilla Body Wash – I am a huge lover and die hard bodyshop supporter but OMG does this stuff smell amazing… It lingers on the skin, well until I have to kill the scent with my body lotion because I have dry skin and it is winter. But it really doesn’t dry out my skin at all…I wish they had included a matching body lotion then I don’t think I would even need perfume…that’s how awesome it smells. I found this on Amazon for $50 , WOW! Way more than the box price ….check it out here.

 

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Next up we have La Roche-Posay Foaming cleanser – This says for normal to oily skin, sadly I am dry combo so I have been using it at night to cleanse my face after removing makeup, and I do this because I use heavier creams on my face at night so I know I am replenishing the moisture. I haven’t noticed anything dramatic yet, but we’ll see how it goes, I will be sure to update you if there is anything to update you on 🙂

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De Bruyere Beauté – After sun lotion – well I can’t test this dude for another 3 months at least, but with having 3 kids I think we will put it to good use. This one retails for $12. So once I have tested (and remember to) I will post an update or review 😉

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Dr. Paw Paw soothing balm – this feels like aquaphor or vaseline to me, it has no scent and I use it the same as I would use those products, nothing ground breaking here, so far! I do like that it is slimmer than a vaseline tub and I can through this in my bag. And I just mix in a little in the evening with my hand cream for a little added moisture…Sorry I can’t say anything more about this guy but I do use it, it’s just nothing stands out as innovative about it YET…

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NCLA clean up your act pen – Total Dud! this was dry AF…I would much rather just use my trusty essence pen. Nuff said!

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Doucce freematic blush – To be honest I haven’t worn this yet, but it is a really mini pan , which I understand because it is a sample, color is pretty but I don’t know about longevity… The package is very pretty and it’s kind of like a magnetic Z palette so if you can find another shade that  you like you can just pop it in and throw it in your makeup bag, which is really convenient. To me it’s one of those things I would carry for in case of emergency situations…

In the box we also received a $30 gift card for a food service which I really didn’t even look at because seriously my package will be destroyed at customs and I don’t feel like being sad or losing money.

So that’s all folks… I hope you enjoyed and if you made it to the end THANK YOU…

I hope you have a be U tiful day!

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June 2017 – MorpheMe Unboxing

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Hey There! And welcome back… In my previous post I wrote about how to get subscription boxes delivered to you from anywhere in the world, and I have since subscribed to multiple boxes  ….

Let me first tell you how difficult it is to find these products in South Africa and the third party retailers here seem to mark up their prices so much, and I mean honestly it makes sense considering import costs and dealing with customs and then there are those possible customs charges as well so when all is said and done you might as well just purchase it from whoever imports them. What I find that these boxes offer me is a chance to test a lot of international brands at a fraction of the cost… If you are keen to find out how to go about signing up please check out that blog post here.

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So this “box” consists of makeup brushes by Morphe Brushes and costs $19.99 a month and you receive anywhere from 4-7 brushes in the bag every month. Depending on where you are in the world the price will obviously change monthly depending on the exchange rate at the time the payment is processed. For me this month was R260.00 which for the brushes we received is pretty reasonable.

We received the M444 brush , which retails on the Morphe brushes website for $12.99. This is the deluxe buffer brush. I have tried and it and even though this brush is so dense, the bristles are so soft, it blends my foundation so flawlessly and if you are looking for fuller coverage with a natural blend this brush is the one for you.

The next brush is the M460, this is a flat contour brush which retails for $9.99. This is just a flat contour brush, so if you’re all about the contour then I think you would enjoy this brush. Very soft and blends like a dream.

Then there is the M496, this one retails for $2.99 and is a duo lash fan brush, this one was a bit new to me and I wasn’t sure what to use it for but the description on the website says ” A multi-use brush, you can use it to apply mascara or to assist in the application of eyelash extensions.” Since I prefer a mascara wand I used it to apply my highlight to the bridge of my nose and I think its perfect to highlight the cupids bow.

Finally we have the M518 this is just blender brush for the eyes and let’s face it we all know we can never have too many blending brushes… There will always be a need for these :).

Have a be-U-tiful day! You’re worth it!

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Boxycharm : You can get it now in South Africa too

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Hi There and welcome back!

So I recently got my first boxycharm subscription box in South Africa and let me tell you how.

The process will seem a bit daunting but it’s really simple

First off you need to create an account on AramexGlobalShopper. 

If you happen to be an FNB customer with a cheque or credit card you can get a free lifetime membership

To redeem your FREE lifetime membership, please enter your unique promo code when signing up:

The first six digits of any of your FNB cards, followed by the word ‘SAVE’. E.g. 123456SAVE

Once you have done this and your aramex account is active , now you sign up to boxycharm here.

Complete your details and use the Aramex Global address they provide for US shipments. I didn’t opt for the auto ship option so that I can control money being deducted from my account, and also because FNB again has offered us a discount on shipping see below.

Get R75 off your shipping fee by entering your unique promo code on check out:

The first six digits of any of your FNB cards, followed by the word ‘SHIP’. E.g. 123456SHIP

Please note: You must use an FNB card when registering and paying for shipping in order for the discount to be applied.

Once you receive notifications from your supplier that the order has been shipped or even delivered, you login to aramex, select the package you want delivered and process payment, not forgetting to use the code above to get your discount…My first boxy charm was delivered to me with in 24hours of making my payment.

If you have any questions or comments I am glad to answer them based on my own experience thus far….

 

Happy shopping beauties 🙂

 

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Review: Dove Derma Spa Range

Good Morning Gorgeous

Thank you for stopping by…We are headed into Winter here in South Africa and I think this review is right on time.

So dove recently released a new product line here called Derma Spa. I didn’t purchase the body cream but I did get the lotion (I didn’t see the need for both). I also picked up the hand lotion as well as the Uplifted + body roll.

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Packaging – Looks very luxurious but has pretty standard packaging for a hand cream. The lotion also comes in a tube where the body cream comes in a tub. I prefer the tube mainly because I am a germaphobe and wouldn’t want people sticking fingers into the tub especially the kids 🙂

Scent – It has such a beautiful fresh fragrance , I really don’t know how else to describe it, but it is definitely a feminine scent that I think most females would appreciate.

Product – It’s not a thick cream at all, the consistency is pretty fluid, but once you massage it into the skin it literally feels like velvet, there is a slight oily or slick feeling to it but that disappears as it absorbs into the skin. Most creams either take too long to absorb or has an oily feeling, this one is so heavenly… I think this range will soon be a holy grail especially compared to my EOS lotions, this price point is a lot cheaper.

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This  can also be found at Dischem Pharmacies, and was on sale for R99.95 when I purchased it.

Packaging – This also combes in a tube with roller balls on the tip, so you can’t really squeeze out product onto your hand and not use the rollers. The only issue with this is you turn the head to open it and use, but sometimes while you are rolling it on your skin it somehow turns to the closed position, which can be annoying especially in the morning when you’re trying to get ready quickly. It’s not so hard to switch it back but just a side note so if you do pick this up expect that.

Scent – Also has a very fresh fragrance very similar to the nivea goodbye cellulite.

Product – This is a gel formula, I find that once I have pressed and rolled the tube onto my skin I have to massage with my hands as well to get it fully absorbed. The gel is cold and has a cooling effect so on a cold winter morning I don’t imagine it is something we want to be applying, but in summer not too bad.

Results – I haven’t yet noticed an amazing impact on firming , but I have only been using it for 3 weeks. Don’t get me wrong there is definitely an improvement, it’s just not like my cellu heavy (lol) has disappeared over night, then again nothing works that quickly. I would still continue to use it , and feel that it does improve the look of the cellulite over time… I will update the post as I go along and provide updates.

Rating so far

9

 

If you like these types of posts , please leave a comment or like so I know what to focus on.

Otherwise have an amazing weekend everyone…

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Review: Neutrogena Hydro Boost

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Hello there gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by, I know it has been a hot minute since I did a post, and I do apologise but the day job is getting the better of me 🙂 , none the less I still love what I do.

Enough about me let’s get straight into this review, firstly let me say I have dry, sensitive skin, so any hydration other than good old h2o is welcomed with open arms.

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I didn’t manage to pick up ALL the products in the range until I tried it of course. What I did get is the Hydro Boost cleanser. Now usually any facial cleansers other than a cream based cleanser leaves my skin a bit irritated and tight, this one doesn’t. It really does feel like I am using a water on my skin, it is supple and hydrated, even after a hot shower!

I also got the Gel Cream, I opted for the “cream” because I figured it would be a lot more hydrating than the water gel, and I don’t know if that is true but man oh man this to me feels like a definite dupe for the clinique moisture surge. I am all about skin care and love the clinique range but for a more affordable price I am so down with this switch.

So beauties if you need moisture and don’t have the budget to splurge, give this a go , you won’t be disappointed, I will try and get more of the products in the range and leave some updates in the comment section. In the meantime if you have tried and liked something that I haven’t let me know in the comments I will be sure to check it out .

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Weekly Motivation : Week 2 2017

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I hope you are all doing well. This week I feel like I need to accept certain things in life and I came across this quote

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Isn’t this so true though , because sometimes the harder we try to understand things, the longer it takes to realize the storm has passed and we are just holding ourselves back.I hope this lightens your load and helps you have a better week…

Have an amazing week

You’re worth it!

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Weekly Motivation : Week 1 2017

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I’ve decided to start my weekly motivation posts again, I find that sometimes everyone needs a little pick me up 🙂

This is the quote that stood out to me for this one

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I find that for me personally fear plays a big role..especially since I started my blog, there are always those voices in the back of your head, will people like it? Am I good enough? Can I really do this????

If you find yourself in this situation, remember you will never know unless you try, and it is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.

Sometimes you just have to go for it, life is about experiences and we cannot have those if we are afraid…

I hope this makes you feel like you can do anything…and that it makes you want to TRY.

Have a wonderful day…You’re worth it

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