Reviews: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde, Justine SheerVelvet BB cream and Good Things’ Manuka Honey line

24 Oct

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John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving shampoo and conditioner

John Frieda, exclusive to Clicks, has just launched yet another range that specifically targets blondes. (FYI, their Go Blonder range, the one that lightens up your locks is lovely, as is their tone-correcting violet shampoo, but I’m not sure if the latter’s still available at Clicks as I haven’t seen it for a while.) Anyway, let’s talk about the newbies – Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving sham and con (R95 a pop).

John Frieda Everlasting Blonde sham and con

John Frieda Everlasting Blonde sham and con

If you’re a blonde poppie soos ek, you’ll know you can step out the salon with light, bright locks, but these eventually ‘dull down’ as time goes on. John Frieda’s new line reckons it can help prevent this by removing the mineral deposits (found in water) that make your hair look ‘meh’ and makes use of ‘water-resistant technology’ to minimise the amount of water that penetrates into your hair shaft. I have no clue what kind of tech that is. A coating of silicone? Either way, I really like these guys. They’ve got a lovely fresh-floral scent and leave my hair feeling clean but easy to brush when wet and bouncy and light when dry.

I can’t comment on the colour-preserving aspect just yet as it’s been about six weeks since I last got highlights, so any oxidation and what not’s already taken place. But I’m now going to pop Everlasting Blonde into my bathroom cabinet and bring ‘em out again after my next salon session to see if I notice any difference in how long I can keep my colour-looking ‘bright’, after which I’ll update this post.

Justine Colour Studio SheerVelvet BB Cream SPF 15

Between you and me, I don’t think South Africa has many true BB creams. The whole idea is that they’re supposed to treat while covering and, while many of the BB’s do have active ingredients in them, for the most part, the concentration is minimal which, in my eyes, makes them tinted moisturisers or light foundations.

Justine’s new BB (price TBA) is one of those products – it’s really more of a light, hydrating mineral-based foundation than a BB. But in saying that, it’s a fabulous one. The medium shade is actually quite dark but as it’s nice and sheer and blends like a dream, I can get away with wearing it and it gives my skin a healthy-looking glow. Also, as the formula contains lots of Alumina, a light-reflecting pigment, the radiance-factor’s boosted even further.

Justine SheerVelvet BB Cream SPF 15

Justine SheerVelvet BB Cream SPF 15

Another plus? It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on my oily-combo skin, something other more ‘hydrating’ BBs and tinted moisturisers have done in the past. But to wrap this up, in short, this is luuurvly stuff.

Good Things’ Manuka Honey line

Another Clicks exclusive, Good Things is an inexpensive skincare line aimed at a slightly younger audience that hails from the UK. Created by award-winning beauty writer Alice Hart-Davis, it prides itself on being free of foaming agent sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens and mineral oils. (But between you and me, none of those ingredients bother me in the least.)

The line’s latest collection is called Manuka Honey and makes use of bee-related ingredients like hydrating royal jelly, beeswax, honey and propolis (a mix of beeswax and resin) as well as the teensiest drop of ‘venom’ that, the brand reckon, can help boost collagen production.

Good Things' Manuka Honey collection, exclusive to Clicks

Good Things’ Manuka Honey collection, exclusive to Clicks

Of all the items in the line – a Daily Moisturiser, Cream Cleanser, Refining scrub and Radiance face mask – I reckon the cream cleanser would be the winner in regards to making promises and delivering.

As far as natural ‘actives’ go, it makes use of hydrating glycerin, beeswax, honey (also a good antibacterial ingredient) and royal jelly as well as antioxidants vitamin E, honeydew melon and black raspberry juice. It’s also got a subtle floral-honey scent that reminds me a bit of The Body Shop’s Honeymania line and did a nice job of dissolving make-up before I wiped it off with a hot cloth. Afterwards, my skin felt cleansed but without being stripped of moisture.

The Radiance face mask, essentially a kaolin (white clay) mask to absorb ‘impurities’ and excess oil from your gesig is also rather nice. It also makes use of beeswax, honey, melon and black raspberry as well as the teensiest dash of papaya to ‘brighten’, although I wouldn’t rely on it as my sole source of exfoliant. If you really want to peel and reveal using papaya specifically, I’d rather invest in something like Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. Or you could just go hard guns like I do with the AHA’s in Optiphi’s awesome Classic Refine-Foliant kit or Environ’s Intensive Alpha Hydroxy Gel.

But ja, if you’re looking for a lekker kaolin mask that won’t break the bank – and is also cost-effective in that it’s not being sold to you in a single use sachet – Good Thing’s Manuka Honey variant is a very nice option. Also, here the pretty scent is super duper evident.

See anything you like?

Love, love

Leigh

Fragrance review: YSL Black Opium EDP

23 Oct

I’ve never been an Opium fan. I find it a bit too spicy but, more than anything, kind of musty. It’s just not my bag. Many of the subsequent interpretations, however, have been lovely. The sheer citrus and warm vanilla concoction that is Vapeurs de Parfum is one of my favourites and you can check out my review over here.

The most recent Opium spin-off is a sexy little thing called Black Opium Eau de Parfum.

Opium Black - how much do we love the black glitter bottle?

How much do we love the black glitter bottle?

Brit model Edie Campbell is the face and the vibe it’s going for is ‘dark, devil-may-care rock chick’.

Edie Campbell for YSL Opium Black.

Edie Campbell for YSL Opium Black.

FYI, the moment I saw this pic, I was all ‘Oh, looky, looky! It’s my friend Tracy in a black wig!’

See?

See?

Aside from being a Hottie MacHottie and my favourite person to hit up Ocean Basket with (fried haloumi top ups and creamy feta all the way, bietse!) Trace also has her own tres mooi lifestyle, fashion and beauty blog, Tales of the Fashion Fox. On twitter she’s @TheFashionFox.

But ja. Let’s get back to Black Opium… Seeing the campaign, you’d expect a deep, smoky scent steeped in mystery – the kind of scent that Kesha chica, the gal who brushes her teeth with a bottle of Jack, would wear. But, as it turns out, it’s a sweet, chocolately hug from a labrador puppy. Because of this, many original Opium fans are up in arms and consider the scent an abomination of sorts. But for me, the girl who rather likes gourmand (but not too sweet), comforting scents, especially in bleh, overcast, jersey ‘n boots weather, it’s absolutely awesome.

Officially, the notes are as follows: pink pepper, orange blossom and pear up top and a heart of coffee (yum!) and jasmine resting on a bed of vanilla, patchouli and cedar. To me, however, I get a fresh burst of sweet orange blossom soon followed by jasmine, vanilla-patchouli, marshmallow and the teensiest bit of coffee.

In a way, it reminds me a lot of Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle and, as it turns out, they share a lot of the same notes. It also makes me think of something Lush would make and we all know I’m a total slet for their stuff. For me, it’s a great night-time/cold weather fragrance when you’re feeling a little bit flirty. I also like that it smells ‘expensive’. Like I could see my German friend’s uber glamourous, ex-model mom who dresses the teensiest bit too young for her age but gets away with it ‘cos she’s a total MILF and has that whole permanently tanned and gelished, drowning in Versace, Real Housewive’s thing going on. I realise this sounds utterly dreadful but I really do mean it as a compliment. My college friends and I all aspired to grow up to be Caroline’s mom.

Anyway, to wrap things up, I’m not really all that young anymore. I don’t have a tongue ring or lie in bed listening to vintage Daft Punk while smoking. I don’t wear smudged black eye liner and date angsty, tatted up boys who play the drums. (They simply don’t earn enough money to put my kids through Reddam. Sorry darlings!) In short, I’m not the least bit ‘rock chick’. But to me, that’s not who Black Opium really is. And I really, really like it. A lot.

If you’re interested, please do give it a sniff and let me know your thoughts. It’s in store now going for R695 for 30mls.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Yardley’s new Metallic Fusion collection

22 Oct

Yardley has a new colour collection out called Metallic Fusion, inspired by this season’s metallic fashion trend, and sent me the prettiest press drop to show it off.

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A bouquet full of Yardley mooiness!

Overall, I find the colours a bit wintery-looking, but hey, I’ve never dressed up my face according to the season – I wear the colours that suit me best all year round. The heroes of the line, I reckon, are the two Stayfast lip products – Liquid Matte Vinyl lip colour (R79,95) and High Definition lipgloss (R79,95). The fruity scented lipgloss is nicely pigmented to the point where it could almost step into liquid lipstick territory. Despite being non-sticky, it’s got decent staying power. Of the two shades, Cast Iron Coral and Pink Alloy, the latter’s my favourite in that it’s a nice ‘nude’ with enough pink in it to not wash me out. In this way, it reminds me a helluva lot of a Rimmel lipgloss called Snog that I used to love and adore back in high school (which now feels like a zillion years ago, like back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.)

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Going clockwise you’ve got Cast Iron Coral, swatches of Pink Alloy on the left and CIC on the right, the Liquid Matte lippies and then swatches of Electric Tangerine and  Engine Red. No prizes for guesses which is which.

As for the Liquid Matte Vinyl colours, these are definitely in the liquid lippie zone. Initially, they go on with a bit of a shine which will give matte-cravers an initial burst of disappointment, but if you blot this off with your finger you’re left with a long-lasting matte colour that doesn’t feel like it’s going to dry out your lips and it’s back to happiness. I don’t wear orange or yellow-based corals – it’s blue-based all the way in a bid for even whiter-looking teeth – so Electric Tangerine isn’t for me. Engine Red, however, is a winner. Amazingly pigmented, ultra lightweight and almost a little bit stainalicious.

Eyes-wise, I didn’t fall in love with Yardley’s Lash Plumper Mascara (R99,95) – it adds colour, like ink, but doesn’t build to create volume- but the Kajal Pencil (R89,95) is great – a soft black, it glides on beautifully and can be blended to create a little smoke before it sets. As for the Stayfast Single Shadows (R69,95), I found Mineral Mauve to be the winner in regards to quality. It’s fabulously pigmented and stokes on a lot easier than the other two.

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The shadow swatches going left to right are Copper Ore, Stripped Gold, Mineral Mauve and Gunmetal Green.

If you check the collection out yourself, let me know your thoughts.

Love, love

Leigh

So who wants to win a zexy Karl Lagerfeld watch worth R4700?

20 Oct

Right mense, I have a very cool kompetisie for you – thanks to S Bacher fragrances, the importers of Karl Lagerfeld fragrances, I have a regte egte Karl Lagerfeld ‘7’ watch to give away worth R4700. (Oh yeah!)

Zexy, zexy!

Zexy, polished black stainless steels and gold-tone indexes. You want this boy on your wrist.

Now, as this is an especially awesome prize, I’m going to be making you work for it. No, easy peasy ‘drop me a mail’ to enter shizzle. Oh no. I want you to work for it. Karl Lagerfeld fashion accessories don’t come easy. His pretty peachy-floral fragrance, however, is something most woman can afford.

Karl Lagerfeld For Her EDP, R495 for 25mls.

Karl Lagerfeld For Her EDP, R495 for 25mls.

For a flashback to that fragrance review, pop on over here.

But ja. Let’s get back to the comp… As you know, Uncle Karl is completely crazy about his kitty, little miss Choupette. She even has her own Instagram account (@ChoupettesDiary) and from this I learned she has two dedicated maids, only flies first class, has sweet dreams in an antique lace cat bed and likes to hang out with megamodels like Laetitia Casta when in Paris. This is one seriously spoiled puddy tat.

Yep, that's right. Choupette even has her own limited edition cosmetics line via Shu Uemera.

Yep, that’s right. Choupette even has her own limited edition cosmetics line via Shu Uemura.

So, using this as inspirasie, I’ve decided to run a comp called My Pet’s As Cool as Choupette. (Catchy, I know.) To stand a chance to win, you need to send me a piccie of your pet, be it a cat or a dog, living le glam le vie. I’m talking sausage dogs rocking Ray-Bans while sitting next to a chilled bottle of Veuve… hamsters nesting in designer handbags… budgies looking fly in Barbie Cadillacs… whatevs. The idea here is to get creative girls. Sending in a pic of your pet simply looking ‘cute’ ain’t going to cut to it. I want to feel the glamour. I want to taste the madness.

The best of the bunch will get shown off on the blog later this week and the comp closes on Sunday night, which gives you the weekend if you need it to petnap your neighbour’s particularly photographic chameleon or ferret.

So, to recap, enter by sending me a piccie of your fur baby living the high life on glossycomps@gmail.com and you’re in it to win it. You can also tweet me the pic using the following: ‘Hey @lipglossgirl! My pet’s as cool as Choupette. Hope I win that Karl Lagerfeld watch’.

Best of luck girls,

Leigh

 

 

Yet another Edgars shopping spree in the bag

20 Oct

Morning girls! I went on yet another Edgars shopping spree and am excited to show off my threads so let’s get stuck in shall we?

First up, I’m having a real love affair with maxi dresses right now and found two really fab ones in their Free2bu section. First up, we’ve got this mooi streepy nommer (R299) that I’m sooo tossing into my suitcase when I head to Thailand this December.

Love this!

Love this!

The only downer is that it’s got a super low back but if I’m running around in a bikini 24-7, which’ll totally be the case, it’s not a big deal.

Ag, what's a little strappy strap, hey?

Ag, what’s a little strappy strap, hey?

This black one’s (R299) also a winner and boasts mooi back detail deluxe.

Oh hello there, hot Australian tourist boy!

Oh hello there, hot Australian tourist boy!

Something else that caught my eye? Yet another pair of jeans signalling that I may well have to go to rehab for my skinny jeans addiction. (For the record, it’s a horrible place. They make you wear mom jeans 24-7 and use your phone on EDGE only so you can’t shop for skinnies online.)

These Kelso darlings have li'l polka dots on them which lends them a fun, uber casual feeling.

These Kelso darlings (R399) have li’l polka dots on them which lends them a fun, uber casual feeling and totally justifies me having to buy them as they’re ‘different’ to all the other skinnies I own.

Oh! And do you like that ‘Dream’ tank? (R139). It’s a Free2bu number too. I like that it’s essentially a ‘crop top’ but floppy enough to be sort-of age appropriate, now that I’m in my (cough, cough) mid thirties and all that.

Next up, I want to show you the Free2bu PJ-style pants (R299) I picked up. I don’t know about you, but aren’t PJ-style pants the best thing ever? I’ve been freelancing in-house at an ad agency this month and going to work in what feels like jim jams has been, like, the coolest thing in the world. All you need to do to ‘office ‘em up’ is add a blazer, wedges and a bit o’ bling. It’s as easy as that.

'Oh hey there Ms Creative Director!' I may or may not have slept in these pants last night...'

‘Oh hey there Ms Creative Director!’ I may or may not have slept in these pants last night…’

Another fab pair of jim jam-style broek? Hierdie bloue ene (R299) that I ‘casualed’ down with a vest and metallic huarache sandals.

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Can you tell we shot this last when the pineapple juice and Malibu had kicked in?

The band is elasticized, making them ideal to wear next I hit up the nasty little Chinese place up the road from me that does a R79 buffet. Aaaand, as the print is totes hypnotic, nobody’s going to notice when I drop a sweet and sour pork nugget into my lap. Dunno about you but those are all serious plus points Edgars should be including on the swing ticket.

See anything you like? Everything’s in store right now so you can snap it up yourself. Also, keep an eye out for my next and final Edgars shopping spree post. It’ll include a competition in which you could win a cool R2000 Edgars shopping voucher. Er, can we get a ‘yayness’ up in here?

A big dankie to the uber talented Leah Hawker for taking my piccies.

Love, love

Leigh

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