Let’s get selfie confident with POND’S

Clear, fresh and radiant – 3 words that accurately describe the skin goals of most probably, every woman out there. And the great news is, that POND’S has formulated a product to help you achieve just that!

The new POND’S complete solution spot clear even tone facial foam has been specifically developed for teens with acne/spot-prone skin. As cleansers play a vital role in keeping your skin fresh and renewed, POND’S thought it’d be a great idea to formulate a cleanser that aids in keeping skin healthy and clear by washing away dirt, oil and spot causing bacteria. And they sent me a few tubes to try out for myself!

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This multi-action facial foam and scrub is aimed at fighting 10 oil and spot related problems from deep within the epidermal layer. It was designed to help control oil, clear pimples, reduce blemishes and redness, calm the skin, remove blackheads and whiteheads, tighten pores and smooth and brighten skin.

It contains 4 powerful ingredients – salicylic acid, herbal clay, scrub beads and brightening essence – which will encourage skin to be at it’s freshest and clearest at all times.

I’ve only started using the POND’S complete solution spot clear even tone facial foam on my nose to remove blackheads and my skin has taken well to it. My skin is quite sensitive therefore I usually breakout if a product doesn’t agree with my skin. However, since I’ve been using this product, which has only been a for few days, I haven’t had a negative reaction. In terms of getting rid of the blackheads, I’m closely monitoring any new appearance or removals of blackheads and will be sure to update you as soon as I have something to report on.
I’ve also distributed a few of these to teens that are suffering with spots and dull skin – and will defo compile another post documenting their results and thoughts on this product.

In the mean time, if you’re eager to try out this product, I highly recommend you do. Firstly, because I’ve used it and didn’t breakout so it’s safe to use. Secondly, you can get a 15ml tube for just R6.99 – yeah guys, just R6.99 so it ain’t going to break the bank. And if you’re totally convinced and slightly obsessed with this product after reading this, you can get the 50ml which retails for R32.99 or get the 100ml for just R49.99.

If you decide that you’d rather spend your R6.99 on this product than on a chocolate flavored Super M – then I’ve got even better news for you! POND’S is currently running a comp where you stand a chance of seeing your selfie on a billboard. All you’ve got to do is:
Use POND’S complete solution spot clear even tone facial foam.
Take a selfie.
Share your picture on Twitter/IG/POND’S Facebook Page with #PONDSNOFILTER OR
Upload it to http://www.PONDSselfie.co.za

And it’s as simple as that!

All the best with your skin and the competition! Here’s to being more selfie confident 💁

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Go the healthy way with Healthway products

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Healthway which is a phenomenal brand that specializes in 100% natural products that aim to get rid of skin & health problems. Their products range from personal skin care products to detox products and slimming products and even supplements. I’m pretty sure that they have a solution for every skin issue out there.
The amazing peeps over at Healthway sent me two of their wonderful products, that I will be reviewing today!

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I received the No.1 Living Clay Cream and the No.1 Recovery Living Clay and considering that I have been using these products for the last few weeks, I think it’s time I share my thoughts on these products with you guys.

No.1 Living Clay Cream
As this cream is formulated for those with combination-normal skin and benefits those suffering from eczema, itchy skin, dry & sensitive skin, sunburn and sun allergies, I opted to use it on my body and not on my face as I don’t think it’s suitable for acne-prone skin (or it would have stated that on the bottle).

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I basically use it as a body lotion and I’m quite happy with the results. I don’t really suffer from the skin conditions that were listed on the bottle, however my knees and elbows do tend to get a little dry from time to time and I’ve noticed that this product stops this from happening.
In general, my body feels quite smooth and nourished when I apply the Living Clay Cream on to it and it also easily absorbs into the skin which is always appreciated. The cream isn’t artificially fragranced which means that it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin too.

The Living Clay Cream is also wonderful for soothing burns and sores. I say that because a few days after I received the product, I accidentally burnt myself around my stomach area. And normally, a burn would cause my skin to bubble or scar, but the morning after I burnt myself I applied a layer of the Living Clay Cream and it immediately soothed it and stopped that eerie, burning sensation.

I’d definitely purchase this product again and at just R90 for a 150ml tub it’s definitely worth it.

 

No.1 Recovery Living Clay
“Living Clay” is one of natures most effective and tested 100% Natural Healing Materials. Montmorillonite, which is the sole ingredient of Living Clay, is legendary and universally renowned for its therapeutic qualities. It is known for it’s ability to absorb positively charged ions in the body. When wet the Clay develops a strong negative charge. whilst toxins, heavy metals, bacteria and most viruses are positively charged, the Clay therefore draws the impurities out like a magnet.

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The Living Clay was really simple to use, all that’s needed is to make a little paste using the clay and water, and then apply either to your entire face or the affected areas. I chose to to just spot treat the areas that had active pimples, I left the clay on for about 25min whilst keeping it damp throughout it’s time on my skin and then washed it off.
I noticed a huge difference when whiteheads were concerned, after washing off the clay the whiteheads would literally be gone, leaving behind just a little red mark that will vanish in about 3 days.

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The Living Clay also stimulates circulation, is anti-bacterial and can be used on open wounds therefore it is suitable for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, rashes, sun burn and even sun damaged skin. The clay also doubles as a mild exfoliator, so when washing off, just rub in a circular motion to begin exfoliating. I’m convinced that the clay will also aid in reducing your pore size and blackheads as it does draw out impurities and bacteria which are the main causes for these skin issues.

I will definitely start using the Living Clay as a face mask soon, but for now I’m really pleased with the results I’m achieving with spot treating. And you can be sure that once this product is finished I’ll definitely be purchasing it again. The 250 ml tub which retails for R210 is equivalent to 25 full face masks which is approximately over 300 spot treats – definitely worth purchasing if you suffer from a ton of whiteheads and pimples.

If you’re interested in learning more about Healthway products or if you would like to purchase some, head on over to their website here. They also have some cool promotions that are currently running on their products and are offering free delivery for purchases over R450. You can also contact your nearest Healthway consultant, if you have any other questions – find your nearest consultant here!

On a side note, I hope you guys are having a wonderful 2015 and I look forward to another amazing blogging year with you guys!

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Essence’s Lash & Brow gel Mascara and Crystal Eyeliner Review

I popped into Dischem over the weekend to grab myself some new Essence goodies, I wasn’t sure what I was looking for but I knew that when I saw it, I’ll know. And I did.

I ended up coming home with the Lash and Brow Gel Mascara and the Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush, and I am extremely happy with my purchases!

Lash and Brow gel Mascara:

You can see right through me, weeeee!

You can see right through me, weeeee!

A mascara and a tamer of unruly brows, all in one. Retailing for only R34.95, it is a makeup bag must-have.
It is packaged in a normal-sized mascara tube with a normal mascara brush, but the fun part is, is that the tube is transparent – so you can see exactly how much product you have left.

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I have this tendency to rub my eyes which causes a black ring around my eyes, making me look like a racoon. But this way, since it’s transparent, I can say goodbye to racoon-me.
I love this product, I truly do. But the only downfall is that it hardens your brows. But I guess it has to, if you want your brows to stay in its’ place.

Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush:

Gold, gold, gold!

Gold, gold, gold!

I wasn’t expecting much from this product, only because I once purchased a glitter/crystal eyeliner from Essence’s Breaking Dawn Trend Edition before, and it was useless. It had no staying power, whatsoever, and I never got to use it. But I think Essence perhaps realized their blunder, because their new Crystal Eyeliner range is frikken’ amazing.

When I first tried it out on my wrist, it looked really dull. No real sparkle to it. But on your eyes, it really does sparkle. Check out the images and tutorial here.

My hand looks so awkward here, eek - sorry!

My hand looks so awkward here, eek – sorry!

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The brush is very skinny making the application much easier. The staying power is quite long, as long as water doesn’t touch it.
All in all, for just R31.95, it is an amazing product and well worth the buy. I will definitely be purchasing the other colours soon.

Raeesa

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

The perfect solution for makeup storage

For months, I’ve been nagging my mom to get me one of those Kardashian Make-up Organizers, you know,  those acrylic ones that look so amazing and give you a 360 view of all your make up?

Well, eeeek! She got me one! And so naturally, I’ve already stocked it up with all my make up items, but somehow feel that I need more make up to fill up all the empty spaces.

Here it is:

4 tiers of awesomeness..

4 tiers of awesomeness..

 

So it looks kind off small in the image above, but trust me its not. It is 300mmx300mmx300mm, it is 4 tiers high with 3 drawers and flip top tier – for perfumes and whatever. And I removed those dividers from the drawers, it just was not working for me. What a great organizer! I love it okaaaay. Simply love it.

And have you seen the handles?? It’s these gorgeous little, acrylic crystal handles and they go perfectly with my room.

 

I can not stop fiddling with these handles! Love it!

I can not stop fiddling with these handles! Love it!

 

My mom bought it for either R999 or R1099 (I wasn’t really paying attention, I was just too excited!!) from one of the lady’s she knows at work. Thank God for mothers! And I love you mom!

Here’s a few more images of my new, favourite thing:

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Okay, I’m off to admire my darling little make up organizer now..

Raeesa

 

I use Elizabeth Arden’s Intervene Foundation to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin

For the past few years, I have been obsessed with discovering the secret to
achieving a gorgeous, radiant glow on the skin using make up – and I’ve finally got it!

Here’s what you will need:

  1. Foundation (see step 1)
  2. Foundation Brush
  3. Stila’s All over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten
  4. Rose Water

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Step 1: Find a suitable foundation.

I have very sensitive skin, so I was searching for a product that:

  • had a sun protectant factor:
  • wouldn’t irritate my skin or make me breakout and
  • wouldn’t cake up or look like like I just painted my face on.

And so, after experimenting with foundations of different brands, I eventually found my perfect fit. Elizabeth Arden’s Intervene range of foundation in the shade ‘Soft Toast’ suited me perfectly.

Step 2: Mix 2 parts foundation to 1 part of Stila’s Liquid Luminizer in Kitten

On the back of your hand, mix 2 parts foundation to 1 part of Stila’s Liquid Luminizer in Kitten (see review here). The luminizer is essential as this is what gives you the beautiful, radiant glow. However, be sure not to add too much luminizer, you don’t want to shine that bright now .

Step 3: Spray rose water on to your face

After cleansing and moisturizing, spray a little bit of rose water on to your face. Rose water is great for toning and calming the skin, and it helps to achieve a smoother, silkier finish.

Step 4: Apply luminized foundation to wet face.

Before applying the foundation mix, ensure that the rose water has not yet been absorbed by the skin. It needs to be in liquid form in order to homogenize (mix well) with the foundation to achieve the smooth and silky finish.

And that’s it! Just 4 items and 4 mini steps to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin. Here’s to glowing skin, woohoo!

Rae