The Victorian Garden’s Lavender and Myrrh Facial Healing Oil is a must-have for damaged, scarred and acne-prone skin

I’ve been looking for a serum/facial oil to lighten/remove all the marks left behind from previous breakouts, without causing more breakouts. And lo and behold, I discovered this little beaut on Faithful To Nature’s website.

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This facial oil is amazing. It truly is. I have had marks on my skin – red and brown marks – that refused to go away no matter how many home remedies I tried. But once I started using this facial healing oil, my marks have started to lighten as the days go by. I also love that even though this is an oil, it doesn’t bring up any new pimples whatsoever. And if I do happen to get a pimple, I just dab some of this magic oil on to it which helps to calm it and decrease in size.

This oil is perfect for acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, oily skin or dry skin. It really does help to rejuvenate the skin and restore your skin’s texture over time – it’s a healing oil not a miracle worker!

I use it at night, applying 3 drops to my entire face, an hour before I sleep. I don’t ever sleep, straight after applying this oil because it will just rub off into the pillow which is defeating the purpose of using the oil.
I used to also add a drop to my foundation to give my face a glowing effect. But thankfully, I don’t find the need to use foundation everyday as I am much more confident and not so wary of my now not-so-visible marks. Yay me!

This little darling is packaged in a 12ml bottle and has a dropper attached to the cap for easy application.

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I’ve been using it for a month now, and still have about 3/4 of the bottle left – so not only does it work, but it lasts long too. And for only R74, it’s a bargain! Try it out for a month or two, and honestly, you will see results! You can purchase it here or here!

Raeesa

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4 of South Africa’s best online shopping sites!

I discovered the joys of online shopping in March of this year, and I have been obsessed ever since. The fact that you can do an insane amount of shopping whilst sitting on your couch, with the added bonus of not having to deal with long queues, really appealed to me.
I have tried out many online shopping sites, since March, but there are 4 sites, in particular, that have stood out as a result of the great customer service and product quality they each offer. And here they are, in no particular order:

 

1)Runway Sale:

Runway Sale offers designer brands at a discounted price but for a limited time only. Sales are only open to members and usually only a limited quantity of items are available, so you got to be quick. Some of their previous sales/events include Guess Jewellery and Watches, Triumph, Bronx Women, Playtex, Banana Moon and many others. In order to know when a sale is going down, become a member and receive email notifications or like them on twitter and Facebook and lookout for updates.

Delivery Fee: R45

 

2)Faithful to Nature:

Faithful to nature sells natural and organic products ranging from great skin care to healthy food and even some great home ware items. Each product is checked to verify that it is indeed green, earth-friendly and safe for us to use. They also have this cool policy that ensures that a free sample is included with every order that you make – with my last purchase I scored a 50ml bottle of naturalmente shampoo- totes amaze!

Delivery Fee: R35 and free delivery for orders over R250.

 

3)Style36:

Style 36 is a retailer of both men’s and women’sfashion, as well as beauty. They have a great mix of both local and international brands and designers, as well as items in different price ranges catering to those of us on a budget (such as sad, sad university students like myself). I recently purchased from Style36 – Cyber Monday feeeeeveeeeer- and was pleased to note that they request a copy of your ID and the front of your credit card to verify that it is really you making the purchase!

Delivery Fee: Free! Free! Free! Every day, all day!

 

4)RubyBox:

RubyBox has both a beauty boutique and what they call a “try-before-you-buy” beauty subscription of R119 a month. Their beauty boutique is stocked with great products from great brands, such as Stila, Smashbox, Yves Rocher, Soap & Glory and even Urban Decay, oh yeeah. They are even offering free delivery until 31 December 2013, now that is something to cheer about!

Delivery fee: R50 and free on all orders over R300.

 

If you haven’t checked out these sites yet, I suggest you do! Customer satisfaction is their aim and it is highly evident from the high level of customer service and astounding product quality that they are all achieving it.

 

Happy online shopping!

 

Rae

Monday Morning Madness: My 3 minute beauty fix

Every Monday, no matter how early I set my alarm, I am late for campus. On a typical Monday morning, I usually rush out of the house with a slice of toast in my mouth and a cup of tea in my left hand, whilst attempting to lock my front door and gate, and trying desperately not to drop anything. Yup, my Monday mornings suck.
I realized what takes up the most time in the morning, is figuring out what to wear and applying my beauty products . Now, I can’t really  not wear clothes or go bare-faced to campus – so, I had to find a way to ensure that these daunting but totally essential tasks don’t take up so much of time.
I decided that my OOTD will be contemplated whilst I’m in the shower – head scarf, top, bottoms and shoes.  One task down, oh yeeeeah!
As soon as I get out the shower, I begin my 3 minute beauty fix. 7 items in 3 minutes – yes, it’s totally possible!
I chose the 7 items that will make the most  impact. Plus, I am going to campus so I don’t want to look OTT or like I just painted my face on, therefore sticking to just 7 items was a good plan.
Each item takes no longer than 30 seconds to apply, I kid you not, and here they are:

1) Dermalogica Active Moist (30 seconds) 

You can’t start a day without moisturizer. You simply can not. No question about it. It’s a sin and a crime and totally frowned upon! Apply moisturizer every day. Every frikken day. More than once too, if needed.

 I usually use different moisturizers depending on the weather. And since it is almost summer, Active Moist works quite well. It’s keeps my skin moisturized all day and I don’t experience any breakouts, which is awesome!
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I apply an almond-sized ( because pea-sized is just unrealistic!) amount of Active moist to my neck and face.
2) Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (30 seconds)
I love this mascara. It lengthens my lashes and creates volume without clumping or making my lashes dry and flaky.
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I apply 3 coats – without allowing the prior coat to dry before applying the next – because I simply don’t have the time to let them dry first.
3) Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten (30 seconds) 
This eyeshadow is heavenly! It has great staying power and achieves the same look regardless if it applied with a brush or your finger.
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I apply a dot this eyeshadow, to the inner corners of my eyes, using my pinky. This helps to awaken the eye, and makes you appear fresh and well rested.
4) Catrice Smokey Eye Pencil (30 seconds)
I can not live without this eye pencil. I never leave home without eyeliner, therefore I never leave home without this beaut!
I just glide this baby onto my lower waterline and smile because I know I will never hear anyone tell me that I look sick or tired. Woohoo!
5)  Smashbox Blush Rush in Peony (30 seconds)
This is one of the best blushes I’ve come across in a long, long time  – it is not too pigmented but neither is it too light. It is the perfect shade.
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I lightly dab my blush brush onto the compact and easily sweep it across my cheeks. Perfectly rosy cheeks in seconds 🙂
6) Lancôme Lipstick in Rouge (15 seconds)
This is a red lipstick. Yes, it is. But take a look at my swatches below. Both swatches are of the same lipstick in the same shade, but the one on the right is achieved by applying a minimal amount and then  blending it in. It still maintains some of it’s color without being overbearing, which is perfect for that just-bitten look.
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7) Softlips Pure Papaya Organic Lip conditioner (15 seconds)
I’ve been using Softlips ever since I can remember. It’s great because it’s super slim and can easily slip into your pocket and it makes your lips feel super duper amazing.
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This particular one, has a yummy Papaya scent, sometimes I just want to eat up my lips, relax..I’m kidding!..Nope actually, I’m not.
After applying my Lancôme Lipstick, I apply two coats of my tasty Papaya Softlips, pop in to my pocket/ bag and then apply it throughout the day. Smooth, healthy lips all day long 🙂

Rae