Dove’s Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Review 

Before I started wearing a scarf full-time, I had hair that was thick, bouncy and full of volume, however, due to the constant downward pressure that my scarf applies to my scalp, I’m now left with hair that lacks volume and that is much thinner than before.
So, naturally, when Dove sent me their Oxygen  Moisture Range to test out and review, I was really excited to see if it will make any difference to my hair whatsoever!
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My Skin Journey with Dermaceutic and Dr Ridhwana Vawda

If you’ve been following my blog since its inception in 2013, then you are definitely aware of the battle that I’ve been fighting in regard to my skin.
My skin is very much prone to breakouts and is so reactive that most products do not agree to it. During Ramadaan (June/July), my skin took a turn for the worse and I broke out on my forehead, cheeks, jawline and even on my chin – it was just total insanity.

I finally decided that it was time for a change and as fate may have it, I made that decision just a few days before I attended Dr Ridhwana Vawda + Dermaceutic’s Promo Day.

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My Hair Care Routine For Colour-Treated Hair

In November last year, I decided to colour my hair at home and then I only did I realise the toll that dye can take on your hair. After I washed and dried my hair, after colouring it, the ends of my hair were even drier and more brittle than before and the overall texture of my hair had changed too. Considering these changes, I decided to add a few more steps into my hair care routine to ensure that my hair eventually gets back to its healthy, strong and almost-shiny self. Continue reading

Essence Haul {Eyeshadows, Glitter Eyeliner, Mascara & Glitter Lashes}

Essence is one of those brands that offer quality products at an affordable price. Whilst I do prefer purchasing the bulk of my products from higher-end brands, I always look to Essence when I’m in need of a specific eyeshadow or lip pencil to create a look for a special event – because I most likely wouldn’t use these products on a daily basis and I don’t need to feel bad because it was cheap anyway!

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Catrice Ultimate Colour and Ultimate Lip Glow Review

I have never pegged myself as a lipstick kinda girl as I’ve only ever worn balms or lip chubbies – and also never owned a tube of lippie until recently.

A few weeks ago, I found myself browsing through Kalahari’s website and somehow convinced myself to purchase not one, but two lipsticks. The first being Catrice’s Ultimate Lip Colour in Matte About Pink (250) and the other Catrice’s Ultimate Lip Glow.

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Love surprises? Why not surprise yourself with Rubybox

About a week or two ago, I received a wonderful little surprise from the lovelies over at Rubybox. I was quite excited to just dive into this little pinkish red box to discover if this would be a surprise that I would love, since I’m not a total fan of surprises . Well, I’m glad to report that I loved this surprise, well, loved almost all of it.
So, included in this little box of beauty surprises was a Rubybox branded nail polish and smooch stick, a Swedish eggwhite facial care soap and a Natural Lab tinted face cream – all of which you can see below.

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Rubybox Smooch Stick in Red My Mind
I decided to begin the review with my fav of them all. I honestly love this smooch stick. It glides on perfectly, is well pigmented and is long lasting too. It’s the perfect red and I’m pretty sure it will suit almost any skin tone.jan 197

I find that a little goes a long way, so I apply very little to the middle of both my upper and lower lip, press my lips together and rub from side to side. And in about 15seconds my lips are all dressed up in this wonderful creamy, scarlet red pigment. If you’re interested in purchasing this smooch stick, you can find it here. jan 248

 

Natural Lab Tinted Natural Face Cream
I haven’t actually heard of this brand before, with that said I think it’s a great brand judging from this face cream. It has an SPF of 30 which makes your life so much easier, has a bit of a tint/colour which will help to even out your skin tone and provides a slight summer glow to the face.jan 201

It does say that it is suitable for sensitive skin, however I am not brave enough to try it out on my face so I can’t say whether that is true or not. Also, if you apply too much of this product you may end up looking sweaty/oily, so it’s best to begin with a little bit of product and then build on from there. If you’re interested in purchasing this tinted face cream/sunblock you can find it here.

 

Rubybox Beauty Nailed It! Lacquer in Pretty Minted
To be honest, I don’t use nail polish so this particular surprise wasn’t amongst the ones that I loved. I did, however, try it out for review purposes, and unfortunately I wasn’t a fan. I’m not sure if I was applying it correctly or not, but I felt like I needed at least 3 coats of the nail polish to achieve an opaque look. And after applying the 3 coats, it felt extremely thick and gloopy on my nails and just wasn’t cute at all.jan 200

I was quite shocked that I didn’t like this nail lacquer, because I’ve tried the By the Seaside shade (I received it at the Durban Blogger Meet in 2014) and that one was really wonderful. The shimmer was much more apparent than the shimmer in this one and 1 coat was enough to completely cover my nail. Maybe someone else would have a different opinion on Pretty Minted than me, but that’s how I feel about it. The colour is really pretty though so I just wish it was more effective. You can find it here.

 

Lanolin Agg-Tval Swedish Facial Soap
Made from egg whites, rosewater and lanolin, this soap is amazingly moisturizing and conditioning. Due to my acne-prone skin, I haven’t tried it out on my face but it has done wonders for my hands. It cleanses the skin to a point where it feels squeaky clean but not dry -so it is truly a pleasure to use.

Most who have used it (those with oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin) have all had only good things to say, some even claimed that it helped calm down active acne which would make sense as rose water has soothing properties. If you’d like to get your hands (muhahahaha, mind the pun) on this little wonder of a soap, you can find it here.
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The above box and its contents was the January Surprise Box which varied from person to person – which is the aim of the Surprise Box. It provides you with luxury and trial sized beauty products that are customized to your beauty profile and will include a variety of makeup, hair care and fragrances.

If you’d like to receive a Surprise Box from Rubybox every month, you can sign up here. Usually, it would cost you R169 a month but if you use the coupon 2015SURPRISE you will pay just R119 for your very first Surprise Box. If you’ve got the cash to spare, it is a really great way to introduce yourself to new brands and products and to perhaps discover a newbie that you love!
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Gettin’ lippy with it

It wasn’t too long ago when the Strawberry scented Labello was the only lip product I owned. But recently, I’ve been more and more obsessed with lip products, so I thought I’d share 3 of my favorites with you.
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Blistex Simple and Sensitive Lip Balm
I recently had somewhat of an allergic reaction to the ingredients in both the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss and one of the Smashbox lip glosses – in general, my lips don’t play well with glosses. Anyway, I tried everything from Maybelline’s BabyLips to Vaseline even Zambuk and plain ol’ olive oil to try and get my lips back to normal but nothing worked. My lips were extremely dry and itchy and the upper one had turned a dark brown -which I’m assuming is an indication that the gloss burnt my lips – and was just horrible and annoying to look at.
Finally, I came across this beauty from Blistex and I kid you not, the next morning my lips were back to their usual self – plumpy and hydrated and no longer brown! IMG_1194
Initially, I was a bit hesitant to pay 40bucks for a balm that looked like it travelled all the way from the 90’s due to it’s rather crappy and lame packaging, however I’m glad that I did purchase it!
Apart from it’s aforementioned lack in visual appeal, it works superbly and always, ALWAYS, makes my lips feel great! I use it every night before bed and throughout the day. I also use it as a lip base for every lip product that I use. I find that since the Blistex balm is quite moisturizing, when used with another lip product, it gives my lips a very hydrated and healthy look and stops coloured lip products from drying out my lips and settling within my lip lines.
This is one product that I don’t think I can live without. And yeah, I’m even willing to pay another 40bucks for it if it means that my lips won’t have another incident!

 

Revlon’s ColourBurst Matte Balm in Unapologetic
I love chubby crayon-like lip products. I find it much easier to slick on than a lipstick and I find that they are quite pigmented too.
This particular one, is very hydrating, brightly coloured, smells minty and long-lasting too.

IMG_1186 I wouldn’t willingly purchase such a bright colour, however I received this at one of the Cosmo 2014 events and have loved it ever since. This is my go-to lip colour if I’m planning to have some fun in the sun or a quick trip to the local mall. I usually apply my Blistex Simple and Sensitive Balm as a lip base and then follow up with this chubby and blend into my lips. This particular shade will work well on fair, medium, olive and darker skin tones, so it’s a definite must-have.IMG_1198-1

 

Catrice’s Long Lasting Lip Pencil in Red Lip District 050
So, this is the first lip pencil that I’ve ever purchased/used. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never been interested in lip pencils. Perhaps, I thought that it was only for lining lips and wasn’t willing to invest that much of time in my lips where I’d have to line them and fill them in too.IMG_1191
Anyway, this one was quite an impulse buy. I think I paid about R13 for this one during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales on Kalahari  (you can find the lip liner here and even get it for free with the current promotion on Kalahari) and was excited to see what it was like. I wasn’t expecting much and thought it’d be average but it actually surprised me. It is quite bright and red and much, much more moisturizing than I thought a lip liner would be ( I compared this to an Essence one that I bought at the same time, and the Essence one really dried out my lips). IMG_1204-1

I’m not a fan of red lips, so I blended this one into my Blistex coated lips and created a subtle watermelon-red shade which I love. I usually wear the lip liner + Blistex duo when shopping or on a night out in which I amp up the pigment from watermelon red to water ice-cream red. The normal selling price is about R30 and is such a steal! I’m sure it isn’t as wonderful as a MAC or a Bobbi Brown liner but really does produce amazing results at a fraction of the cost and is perfect for those beauties on a budget!

 

Let’s hope that this year, my love for and collection of lip products grows extensively!

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Win: A set of Makeup Brushes from 27 Pinkx

{This giveaway has ended}

20140607-185439-68079098.jpgThe month of May just so happens to be my birthday month, so I thought I’d spoil you guys with an amazing giveaway from 27 Pinkx!

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I have a set of 10 makeup brushes, courtesy of 27 Pinkx, to giveaway to one of you lucky ladies. This set is valued at R420 and is filled with your must-have makeup brushes. With an array of eyeshadow brushes, a foundation brush, a blush brush, a lip brush and a concealer and powder brush – this brush set is all you will ever need. The brushes are packed in an uber cute case, with a designated space for each brush, which makes it simple to carry around and is great for traveling!

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If you’d like to be in the running to win this fabulous set of brushes from 27 Pinkx, then all you’ve got to do is follow these simple instructions:

  1. Follow me on Twitter;
  2. Like GITGH’s Facebook page;
  3. Tweet the following: “I’ve entered to win this fab brush set from @greenhijabgirl and @27Pinkx http://wp.me/p45Xoe-ac“. You can tweet this everyday for bonus entries.

If you are still not satisfied after doing all of the above, here’s how you can earn more entries:

  1. Follow me on Instagram;
  2. Share a link to this post on on Facebook.

 

**Please note that you have until 31 May to enter and the winner will be chosen at random.**

 

Good Luck,

Raeesa

 

 

Event: 27 Pinkx High Tea

Last Thursday night, a few of us Durban bloggers were lucky enough to attend the Durban launch of 27 Pinkx. A night of socializing and tea-drinking was on the agenda, and it was such fun!

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I’m sure you all know everything that there is to know about 27 Pinkx, and if you don’t, then where have you been all this time? 27 Pinkx is the brainchild of sisters Khatija and Anjum Ahmed. These ladies are super talented and sell everything from makeup brushes to cosmetics and even the much sought after Acrylic Makeup Organizers. If you love pink, makeup and all things girly then you will definitely love 27 Pinkx.

Okay, so let me tell you about our spectacular Thursday evening. The event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga, and honestly, 27 Pinkx and Danielle couldn’t have chosen a better venue for our oh-so-girly High Tea. As we sat down to enjoy a cup of tea, or hot chocolate in my case, we were able to look out through the glass doors and watch the amazing sunset. And as day turned into night, we really watched the venue transform. By night, as the crystal chandeliers shone brightly, the venue morphed into one that just exuded glamour, elegance and sophistication. It was the perfect setting for our High Tea.

Yummeh Hot Chocolate

Yummeh Hot Chocolate

Not the clearest pic, but this was the best I could do :D

Not the clearest photo, but this was the best I could do 😀

The stunning setup at the High Tea

The stunning setup at the High Tea

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Image courtesy of Priya

Image courtesy of Priya

Image courtesy of Priya :)

Image courtesy of Priya 🙂

 

The High Tea proved to be a great opportunity for us to get to know Khatija (half of 27 Pinkx) and Danielle (PR) , who are both extreme sweethearts just by the way! We got to chat to them about all things 27 Pinkx and makeup related and about everything and anything else! I really enjoyed all the socializing that I got up to, especially with my fellow Durban bloggers who are always fun to be around. Whilst the ladies munched on some macaroons and the rest of the treats available, I got a chance to play around with the 27 Pinkx eye and lip palettes. From all of the palettes, the Naughty palette has to be my favourite. The shadows contained are all neutral and totally suitable for olive skin tones. What I love most about it though, is that it has matte shadows for day and shimmery ones for night – a total yay for versatile palettes!

27 Pinkx Co-owner - Khatija. Picture courtesy of Priya :)

27 Pinkx Co-owner – Khatija. Picture courtesy of Priya 🙂

The super sweet Danielle

The super sweet Danielle

My fav palette

My fav palette

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We also got to take home a set of their amazing brushes which I absolutely adore! The white ones are made from pony hair and the black ones are synthetic but they both work equally as great! Total awesomeness!
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All in all, I had an amazing time socializing and playing around with the makeup. Thank you Danielle and 27 Pinkx for having us! If you want to see more of what 27 Pinkx has to offer, go on and check them out here. Also, if you love the brush set as much as I do, you might want to keep an eye on my blog (perhaps, on Sunday?) – I’ve got a set to give away to one lucky fish 😀

Raeesa