Soft Smoke – Affordable Golden Graduation Glam

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success” – Arianna Huffington

 

Graduation season. A time in my life I’ve looked forward to from the moment I first witnessed graduates line up outside my university’s hall. It’s something about the way the girls grace the scene with their beautiful dresses and high heels and how dapper the men look in their suits. It’s a really big day, and rightfully so, because we as students have worked really hard to get here and it’s not everyone that can say that they’ve made it to the finish line. On your big day, the last thing you should worry about is what kind of make-up look to go for – that’s where I come in. I’ve been working on a series for graduation looks to give you a bit of inspiration for different tastes. In this look specifically I wanted something soft yet dramatic at the same time. I love how subtle yet effective this look is for graduation with golden tones to suit a variety of skin tones. I’ve listed all the products featured in the video’s description bar for easier access.

For these tutorials, I’ve tried to make it as drugstore friendly as possible so that people who may still be on the job hunt do not have to pay an arm and a leg just to look good on graduation day! The only products that I can honestly say are not drugstore would be the SwiitchBeauty products, but I did recommend alternatives in my videos.

The final look:

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What kind of look would you like to see for graduation? I’m working on something a little bit more dramatic for my next look and I promise it won’t be as long, I just thought I’d do one “get ready with me” and the others will probably be voiced over in order to make it easier for viewing.

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Durbanville Hills Wine Tasting & Mini Review

Located about 20 minutes from Cape Town City Center, this beautiful wine cellar overlooks the hills where the wine used for tasting is cultivated. The spectacular view has nothing on the ambience and tranquility that comes with this restaurant.

 

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To begin, you need to choose which tasting you would like to do. However, if you prefer to eat at the restaurant only then you may do so.

I have to point out that I was extremely impressed with the different types of wine tasting they offered.Β  The following tastings are available at the Durbanville Hills:

Crystal Tasting – A selection of 8 wines and a souvenir crystal glass to take home. R60 for 1 hour.

Cheese and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 cheeses. R95 for 45 minutes.

Chocolate and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 artisan chocolates. R80 for 45 minutes.

Biltong and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 types of biltong. R95 for 45 minutes.

Cellar Tour – A tour of the cellar which includes the Crystal Tasting. R80

There is a menu where you can order food from the restaurant as well. To be completely honest there isn’t really a lot of food on the menu since the establishment is based on wine tasting. My friends and I did the Crystal Tasting and then ordered a smoked bacon and chicken sandwich. The chicken on the sandwich was extremely salty and I took almost all of it off my sandwich and ate the bacon trimmings on the toasted sandwich. I personally feel that R65 for a sandwich (with only one slice of bread) is a lot to ask for. I wish I had ordered something else instead. Another point I have to note is that it was slightly windy on the day we went wine tasting and my chips on my plate (literal crisps, Lays, not fries) flew off my plate as the waiter brought it to the table. His response was “chips!” to which I laughed but he did not replace my chips, which I paid for. I didn’t say anything because the waiter was hardly at our table and not very attentive. Even guests who arrived after us were given first priority.

With regards to the wine tasting, they were very informative and explained the process each wine goes through. They also tell you about the taste of the wine and the difference between each of them. It was nice to be enlightened about the different wines and everything that comes with it.

 

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To be honest, I wasn’t always a wine drinker. I would thoroughly recommend this for the experience. I loved learning about the history of the wines and how they were cultivated. Although I didn’t have the best experience with the food, I’d love to go back and try something else!

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NEW From Essence “The Little X-mas Factory” First Look & Impressions!

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!

–BEFORE WE START, I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT–

I JUST HIT 500 SUBSCRIBERS ON YOUTUBE! A while ago, I lost a great amount of subscribers, but with hard work and dedication to my passion, I managed to make it back to where I would like to be. You can find my YouTube channel here and if you would like, please go subscribe x.

I recently compiled an Essence press release, showing you the latest products from Essence which you can find here and I thought I’d show you their new Christmas range, just in time for the holidays. I will be walking you through all the products and letting you know my thoughts! All products available from Clicks or Dischem in South Africa and now also available at Ralo Cosmetics.

“Dear Santa! Essence has received all Christmas wish lists and Santa’s hardworking elves are doing everything in their power to prepare the perfect surprise. The result: the new trend edition “The Little X-mas Factory”, which will be available in stores from November to December 2016 to make all your beauty dreams come true. Classical colours like gold or pine green are combined with cool pink. The absolute X-MUSTS are the eyeshadow palette, 2 mini hand creams with Christmassy fragrances and the “shimmering stars”. Seasons greetings from Essence”

DISCLAIMER: I am part of the Cosmetix Blogger mailing list, therefore images are sent to me. All photos were provided by the mailing list.

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Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Eyeshadow Palette: Melting Away! The eyeshadow palette with five shimmering colours creates stunning eye make-up styles – and the pressing pattern on the texture is sure to make your heart melt, too. Available in 01 North Pole Express Delivery for R89,95* The Verdict: I love how the eyeshadow looks. The shimmery shades are absolutely gorgeous for Christmas parties and the melting pattern looks absolutely gorgeous and reminds me of the Kylie Jenner lip kit! I do wish they had come out with a few matte shades for Christmas because one does need balance, however there are matte shades in the previous range linked above.

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Liquid Gold Eyeliner: Golden times. The liquid eyeliner with long applicator creates golden eyeliner styles for glamorous looks. Available in 01 ho-h0-ho for R59,95* The Verdict: I am in love with the packaging of this. It’s sleek, minimilistic and very chic which makes it even better! I do wish that they had more than one shade for example green and silver. Maybe next Christmas!

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Liptint: Under the mistletoe! The liptint stains the lips in a gorgeous bright pink that is sure to last. Available in 01 All I Want For X-Mas Is You. Available for R64,99* The Verdict: Once again, the packaging was a real treat! I love bright pink shades and this reminds me of Benefit Cosmetics’ Benetint. The only let down for me was the price, I feel that it is a bit pricey in terms of the product but it is fairly new so it’s understandable. I try to showcase affordable make-up for students, however you can always hint for one of these in your Christmas Stocking like I’m going to (hint hint, dad).

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Contouring Palette: Fabulous face. The palette contains a dark colour for shading and a highlighter shade to accentuate the features. With a cute gift-bow pattern on the surface of the texture. Available in 01 Elf Yourself! for R69,95* The Verdict: Can we talk about how cute the name of this product is? I love Essence highlighters because they’re not too dramatic but provide that natural glow that will have you radiating throughout the Christmas season!

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory 2-in-1 Core Concealer: Elfin Beauty! An elf-like complexion is not a problem thanks to the concealer – the transparent core evens out irregularities while the nude texture covers up impurities of the skin. Available in 01 – Elf Approved! for R59,95* The Verdict: I am so keen on trying out this one simply because this concealer can do so much. Should I do a YouTube video on a first impression?

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Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Nail Polish: Christmas colours. Gold with a foil finish, white with a light shimmer as well as pink and pine green without an effect are Santa’s favourites. Available in 01Β  I still believe in Santa Claus, 02 Let’s Take An Elfie, 03 Santa Baby and 04 Meet Me Under The Mistletoe for R44,95* The Verdict: Not only were the names so well thought out, but I am impressed with the variety in this range. Here they offer 2 polishes without effect and that’s great because not everyone is into shimmery nail polishes. I AM IN LOVE. The white shimmer has to be my favourite out of the collection.

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Nail Jewelry Sticker: Bling-bling! The stickers create a golden net on the surface of the nails to turn them into true gems. Available in 01 Santa’s Back In Town for R29,95* The Verdict:Β  I’ve never experimented with stickers before so I’m very eager to give these a go. I love how simplistic the colours are and how chic the gold detail on it looks.

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Super Rich Mini Hand Cream: Delicious care. The two hand creams with a vanilla and cookie fragrance come in a practical mini size to pamper the hands of all hardworking Christmas helpers. Available in 01 Holiday Hugs and 02 Mistletoe Kisses for R34,95* The Verdict:Β  I am obsessed with vanilla lotions and I don’t think that Essence could get this one wrong, I am beyond excited to get a whiff of these next time I make my way over to the counter!

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Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Eau De Toilette: Smells like Christmas. The warm, sweet fragrance is reminiscent of the wintery atmosphere of cozy, beautifully decorated Christmas markets. Chocolate – Cranberry and nectarine in the top note, freesia and peonies in the middle note and caramel, vanilla and tonka bean in the base note are the characteristic ingredients of this eu de toilette. Available in 30 ml, 01 It’s Magic for R114,95* The Verdict: YUM, YUM, YUM! I think what I love most about Essence perfumes are that they look so expensive but are readily affordable and really smell amazing. Looking forward to this as well!

Until next time, and may your weekend be as fabulous as you are xo

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Bring Out Your Bold With The New Labello Bold Blackberry Shine! x RubyBox Beauty

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!

–Where have I been?–

Well, for the past few days I have been preparing for my upcoming exams, including one I am writing tomorrow. Yet, here I am in my room up late at night to bring you this blog posts. Exams has certainly ruined my sleeping patterns!

One thing I hate about exams is that when I get stressed, my skin starts to show it and my lips become extremely chapped. My saviour? The new Labello Bold Blackberry Shine Lip Balm!

Rubybox Beauty approached me a while back to add me to their bloggers database and asked if I would review products from time to time. Being the avid reviewer that I am, I could not turn down such an amazing opportunity. If you would like to check out there website then simply click here — and please note that this review company is only valid to those living in South Africa, however you can still see the amazing website and have a look at the review community.

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I loved the packaging of the new flavour. It was like unwrapping a gift on Christmas! You had to pull the tab open to see the products inside. I loved the vibrant pop of colour and how it was packaged. It was bold (see what I did there…). To see my Bold look that I created, you can view my Instagram post here Labello is currently running a competition where if you buy your pack in store, you’ll find a cellphone number underneath the lip balm on the package and you can send your Bold recreations (outfit, make-up, hair etc.) to the number and stand a chance to win amazing prizes.

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Inside the package were 3 little Labello Bold lip balms, RubyBox was so kind and sent me 2 boxes. In total, I have 6 Labello Bold lip balms, but I won’t be saying anything about where they might be going (Christmas Giveaway, Maybe?). The lip balm itself is small and convenient to pop into your purse, or if you’re a student like me then your compartment in your backpack. The lip balm is a “twist-up” which is great for me because I hate getting lipbalm under my nails when they’re in containers.

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Photo Credit: http://www.fresh-store.eu

Before I used the Blackberry Shine, I used the Labello Blueberry Blush Lip Butter which is my all time favourite lip balm. Although the flavours are similar, they vary in a few ways.

  • The Blueberry Blush has a soft Blueberry scent, which reminds me of blueberry sweets in a way and if I had no idea what flavour it was I wouldn’t really guess berry at first. The new Labello Bold has a bold blackberry scent, one where if you had a whiff (and trust me I can’t stop sniffing my lips when I have this on) then you would automatically associate the smell with blackberries.
  • The BB Blush is a container, the BB Bold is a twist up.
  • BB blush is lighter in colour while BB Bold is a dark purple colour pictured below.

 

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And to answer the question you may have, yes. This lip balm does leave a tinge of purple on your lips after application (my boyfriend was not happy when I gave him this one after losing his one but I think it’s cute).

Overall, I’m not going to lie. Although I was picked to review this product, I’ll always love Labello as a product because they’re the only lipbalm I use as it doesn’t irritate my lips. I will however leave my thoughts here:

  • I love the packaging: easy to access and store away.
  • Love the colour. Vampy is my go to when winter comes around but is always fun to play with. Perfect if you would like to add colour without going overboard.
  • The smell is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Like, go buy one and sniff it now please.
  • Pricing is about R21,00 which I appreciate as I am a student and don’t always have money to splurge on things that I actually need.
  • Does not irritate my lips. I HATE menthol and other strongly scented lip balms because they tend to make my lips tingle then dry them out.

Let me know what you think of the new Labello Bold, head over to my Instagram too so you don’t miss out on my Labello Bold demo which I will be uploading on Saturday to my IG.

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L’Oreal Boost It Pro Review In Collaboration With Beauty Bulletin

Hi beautiful!

Today I am very excited to bring you my latest review on the L’Oreal Boost It Pro Range. Beauty Bulletin asked me to review the L’Oreal Boost It Hairspray and Mousse and I am beyond honoured and I worked really hard on this video so I would love if you would click the play button, leave a like and subscribe xo. For those of you who cannot access YouTube, don’t worry about it, there are images in this post fairly similar to what is in the video.

 

 

This is what the products looked like when I received them. Loved the bright yellow and purple and the size was amazing.

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I forgot to point out in my review that there is a really cool app you can download to give you various ideas on the type of hairstyles you can create using the products. I came up with 4 hairstyles myself for my video to add my own spin on it and to showcase my creativity.

The mousse was a very great consistency and I didn’t have any problem with it. I applied it into my damp hair but did not include me blowdrying my hair as I didn’t want the video to be too long. Not going to lie, I feel like it did give my hair bonce but I still had to tease my hair in certain sections to get the look I wanted. It responded to heat relatively well and any steam seen in the video was just evaporation of my hair product that I use since it tends to make my hair a little wet.

The spray was AMAZING. Loved the fact that it actually held my curls for a day and on the second day I still had visible waves. It didn’t leave my hair feeling sticky and it had this almost fruity scent that I fell in love with and can definitely see myself using this more often.

These are the 4 hairstyles I created with the products:

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This can be purchased at Clicks and Dischem for about R95 each which is a great price considering the size of the products and the use you’ll get out of them.

A big thank you to Beauty Bulletin for sending me these products, I would love to collab with them again in future.

If you would like to check out Beauty Bulletin’s website you can go to http://www.beautybulletin.com

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend. This will unfortunately be the last of this week’s post as I write exams on Monday.

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