Weird Asian beauty goodies two of which may or may not contain snail slime

1 Sep

The radness that if my friend Vo recently went on holiday in the east and I was kind enough to ask if I wanted anything. ‘Oh, just any freaky beauty stuff you happen to spot. You know how they’re big into bird pooh facials and all that shizz. If you see anything cheap and nasty just nab it asseblief…’, I said.

And that’s how I came to be the proud owner of these boys:

Snail

A snail gel-infused eye mask, an egg cream mask (admittedly not all that absurd) and the piece de resistance – Mr Smile Patch!

The latter promises to plump up your smile lines but I have no clue what’s in it. Possibly snail slime too but as I don’t read Korean, I really have no idea. I tried them this morning but my treatment was short-lived as a neighbour who’d locked herself out decided to scale the roof 50cm away from the open sliding doors where I was sitting; patches on my face and selfie-snapping.

Neighbour: (Dying from awkwardness). Errr… Hi. Sorry about this.

Me: (Double dying from awkwardness) Er… hi. Um. This is a weird facial treatment a friend got me from Korea.

Neighbour: Oh.

Me: It’s supposed to smooth out your smile lines.

Neighbour: Ah. (A pause.) Well good luck with that.

*Cue long embarrassing silence as she slowly crawled past me while I sat there feeling like a total tit*

Me: Well, bye then!

It was at this point, when I smiled good bye at her back, that one of the patches fell off, deep into the side crevasse of my couch. Obviously I dug it out but, as the patch is super frail and gelitanous, it had been torn to bits and lost all its moisture. Just like that, my dreams of a less liney looking gesig were dashed. Or at least on both sides anyway.

Feeling 50% prettier already...

Feeling 50% prettier already…

On the upside, the lovely gel-creme textured egg mask (it uses egg yolk among other things to hydrate) was pretty rocking.

Not! Terrifying! At! All!

Not! Terrifying! At! All!

A big dankie-dankie to Vo for bringing me a touch o’ beauty from the orient. You’re a total gem.

Love, love

Leigh

The Body Shop adds new shades to it’s Colour Crush line and I’m going to die all alone and be eaten by cats wearing the jerseys I knitted for them

29 Aug

The Body Shop has added new shades to its Colour Crush Shine lipstick (R120) and eye shadow (R120) line – three new lippies (Pink Luxe, Golden Syrup and Make My Heart Gleam) and four lovely, pearlescent neutral shadows that I’ll be showing off in a bit.

Lippie-wise, I was given two of the shades, Pink Luxe and MMHG (you can tell it’s a crazy day when I revert to acronyms, ne?)

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MMHG on the left and Pink Luxe on the right.

Like all the other Colour Crush Shine lippies, each shade is infused with hydrating Marula oil and delivers a flattering, satin finish that feels super comfy on your lips – almost balmy, even – but with good colour pay off and staying power.

As for the eye shadows (also infused with Marula oil as well as honey, FYI), these are total gems.

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The swatches on the left are on dry skin, those are the right are on damp skin. Shade-wise, from left to right you’re looking at Rosemance, Coco Deluxe, Champagne Kiss and Golden Cinnamon.

Being a beauty editor, people might assume I’d be down with getting creative with my eye shadow – that I’d be happy to rock a pers or blou lid now and again but this is not the case. When it comes to decorating my oogies I’m as white bread as they come and have a make-up bag full to the brim with an array of nudes, taupes and browny bronze, possibly the ‘missionary position’ of the shadow world yet my favourite shade in shadowland.

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that I’m very glad Coco Deluxe and I have crossed paths. This is a truly gorgeous brown as it’s not too dark or light (despite looking dark in the pan) and not too ‘red’. Many bronzey hues cross the line into ‘reddish’ undertone territory and that’s not going to do a tired eye any favours. You still want a dash of ‘golden-bronze’ in there though, especially if you’ve got blue eyes like me, as this is what helps to make them pop. (And yes, I did throw up in my mouth a little bit when I said pop. We really need to come up with another colloquialism for ‘enhance’. Like STAT.)

But ja, getting back to the shadows. Coco Deluxe is the kiffness and the two highlightery, shimmery shades are awesome too – Rosemance being a lovely brow bone shade while Champagne Deluxe is a great ‘corner of your eye’ shade. To show them off some more I used all three to create a basic ‘day time’ eye. Check out it.

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Coco Deluxe on the lid, Rosemance on the brow, Champagne Kiss in the inner corner and then blended into the crease using a windscreen wiper motion.

I used the shadows dry so they’ve gone on nice and light. If you wanted to intensify them, you could put down a primer or foundation first (this ensures more pigment sticks to your face) or use them wet. I wouldn’t recommend the latter though unless you’re a pro at blending. For the record, I’m wearing Bobbi Brown Party Eyes mascara (very nice stuff) and slapped on the shadow using my beloved MAC 217 eye shadow brush, AKA the best eye shadow brush ever.

See anything you want? They’re sitting in store as I type.

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. Can you see how old and crepey my skin is looking in that shut eye pic? OMFG. This is the horror of having taken close up shots of your eyes for so many years. You can total watch the aging process like a car crash in slow motion. Which would be total fine if I weren’t heading into spinsterville. If you girls have any hot brothers or cousins or whatever please send them my way fast. I’ve got, like, maybe two good years left before I can’t have sex with lights on anymore. Help a sister out here!

Review: INOAR Extreme Premium Oil for hair

28 Aug

INOAR is a Brazilian hair care brand that’s gaining popularity in South Africa. Their latest silicone-based serum, INOAR Extreme Premium Oil (R545, selected salons), launches in September and is a lovely, lightweight formula with a texture that reminds me a lot of Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime.

The shot looks out of focus but it's not - the metal tube's encased in clear printed plastic which creates that 'effect'.

The shot looks out of focus but it’s not – the packaging is a metal tube encased in clear plastic with a stick-on label that creates a ‘floaty’ effect.

In comparison to the other INOAR serums I’ve tried – BB Crème for hair serum and Argan Oil treatment oil (very heavy – best suited to very dry, thick hair), it’s definitely the finest, most silkier-textured of the bunch.

Aside from all the silicone, there are several hydrating oils in the mix – Argan, Macadamia and sunflower seed oil – as well as rose and rosemary leaf extracts (the latter is said to help improve hair growth, but then you’d have to slap it on your scalp) and, most interestingly of all, myrrh. A quick google’s revealed that myrrh, aside from being good enough for baby Jesus, is a great antioxidant and antiseptic that, according to another hair product that makes use of it, can ‘hold’ and ‘coat’ hair without weighing it down.

I’ve been applying it to my lengths while damp before blow drying for a few days now and love that it smoothes, softens and adds shine without a drop of heaviness provided you use the right amount and don’t get it anywhere near your roots. It’s also got a lovely scent that could best be described as ‘clean, subtle vanilla’. Lovely stuff for anyone with fine to medium-textured hair like me.

To find a salon stocking INOAR in your area call Ina Erasmus on 079 8853543.

Love, love

Leigh

Nab a discount on a Comfort Zone Skin Regimen facial and products with MarieClaire’s September issue

27 Aug

The Comfort Zone team sent me the latest issue of MarieClaire. It went down well last night when I couldn’t get back to sleep after waking up in a fit of terror when a drunken neighbour mistook his flat for mine. You honestly have no idea how scary it is to watch your door handle jig up and down while the person doing it refuses to respond to your voice. Eeeek!

Anyway, I enjoyed reading the interviews with Claire Danes who chats about filming in Cape Town and the wonderful non-conformist whack job that is Tilda Swinton (can you believe she’s 53?). The piece on Inge Lotz’ still unsolved murder, however, was a little disappointing in that it doesn’t really tell you anything new. Only that it’s very unlikely that poor fall guy Fred did it, which is something most people know already.

For the record, the mag doesn't come with any Comfort Zone products.

For the record, the mag doesn’t come with any Comfort Zone samples. You will, however, discover a Knorr Cup a Soup around page no. 130.

But ja, the reason Comfort Zone made the drop is that the mag comes with a voucher entitling you to two Comfort Zone promotions – the first being R250 off an in-salon Longevity Anti-aging skin treatment (usually around R600) as well as R250 off their Skin Regimen products.

A double promo

Double promo funsies.

Keen to take them up on it? The mag is on the shelf right now and the offer is valid until the end of September. To find your nearest participating salon, call (011) 791 3567.

Love, love

Leigh

Reviews: Lush Vanilla Dee-lite body lotion, Flying Fox shower gel, Fairly Traded Honey shampoo and Popcorn lip scrub

26 Aug

One of the many perks of writing a successful blog, not to mention working for an online mag, is ‘pakkies‘ – the endless stream of boxes that pours into your home and the excitement each one brings with it. Is it a ghd Eclipse? Is it a crappy mustard-coloured cap n’ flash drive combo? You never really know. But I should’ve known the box that arrived last week was from Lush the moment my security dude handed it over going ‘Sjoe! I don’t know what’s in here, but it smells really good!’

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m a long-standing Lush fan. While I love that their products are mostly natural, cruelty-free and made by hand, I’m mostly addicted to the way they smell. I mean, come now – if you walk into an area in a mall where there’s a Lush store, you know you’re going to know about it. And if you’re me you’ll end up going in to tearfully stroke the bath bombs and bitch to all the friendly assistants about how you no longer own a bath and that life’s so horrible and unfair – or at least it feels that way until you open that zexy-scented box discover its a giant Lush hamper…

#HappyPlace!

#HappyPlace!

Of everything in the box, I’ve been most impressed with Vanilla Dee-light body lotion (R215 for 250g). A light, fast absorbing lotion, its ingredients list sounds good enough to eat. Think hibiscus infusion, organic coconut water, cocoa butter, fresh kiwi fruit and fair trade vanilla, jasmine and tonka absolute. Yumness! And that’s exactly how it smells – utterly yummy to the point where you want to lick your arm. Better yet, the scent – a mix of ‘real’, not in the least bit synthetic or ‘plastic’ vanilla and jasmine – seems to last for ages on your skin. While it’s pricey, I’ll happily buy this myself in future.

Another winner is Fairly Traded Honey shampoo (R235 for 300g – again I’ve shot the mini). Made with loads of honey, foaming agents and fragrant oils like geranium, neroli and rose, It’s honey-geranium scent is a little overbearing when you sniff it out the bottle. In the shower, however, it’s perfection and totally reminds me of, wait for it, Iced Zoo biscuits! Once you’re done, you’re left with delicately scented, beautifully cleansed hair. Still, of all Lush’s lovely hair products, their Godiva shampoo bar remains my favourite.

lush products

Going clockwise you’ve got Vanilla Dee-lite body lotion, Flying Fox shower gel, Popcorn lip scrub and Fairly Traded Honey shampoo.

Next up, we’ve got Flying Fox shower gel (R140 for 250g – I’ve shot the mini, not full-size) which doubles up as a shampoo. It’s packed with so much hydrating, skin-lovin’ honey its listed as the first ingredient, combined with lots and lots of jasmine which gives this baby it’s strong, sexy scent – a lush, heady, height of summer type of smell that has to be sniffed for you to ‘get’ it. I like that it foams up beautifully and leaves my skin feeling perfectly clean but never to point of being tight or dry.

Last, but not least, let’s chat about Popcorn Lip Scrub (R95). This is something I’ve had my eye on in store for ages so I was thrilled to give it a bash. It’s formulation’s pretty simple; sugar, salt, coconut and jojoba oil and a delish buttered caramel popcorn essence (squee!) that work together to exfoliate your lips. I like that it’s the PERFECT amount of scrubby so it really, really does exactly what it promises – ‘leave lips soft, smooth and tasting delicious’.

Oh! And one more thing… if you ever wondered what the hell ever happened to Jessica Simpson’s first hubby, super cute boy bander Nick Lachey, you can rest assured he’s safe and sound in the UK, living a simple life packing Lush’s toothy tabs under the assumed name of ‘Dan’.

Wishing you nothing but love Nick. I mean Dan.

Wishing you nothing but love Nick. I mean Dan.

Lots of lushy love,

Leigh

 

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