Bored at work? Listen to myself and Margs from Ruby Box talk beauty on 2Ocean’s Vibe radio with Just Josie

I popped into 2Oceansvibe radio the other day to chat beauty with Just Josie (who’s a much prettier, fresher-looking version of Tara Reid) and the radness that is Margaux from Ruby Box.

Ag Josie you’re far too pragtig for radio. I hope you entered that Top Billing presenter search competition; you’d totally snag the spot.

If you’ve got nothing better to do, feel free to listen to it over here. We talked exfoliation and blackheads (sexy, sexy) and I got to blab on about a few of my current favourite beauty goodies. If your boss asks what you’re listening to, tell them it’s the audio version of How to be the Emloyee that your Company Can’t Live Without. (And yes, that’s totally a real book…)

Love, love

Leigh

Deborah Lippmann’s Addicted to Speed fast dry top coat; love at first slick!

Whenever my American aunt comes down from Seattle she always brings a ridiculously awesome gift along. That’s how I got to discover DuWop’s Lip Venom (probably the best plumping lipgloss I’ve ever tried) and got my mitts on Benefit’s Benetint before it was available in SA. This year, however, she outdid herself with Deborah Lippmann’s Addicted To Speed ultra quick drying top coat.

And just like the heaven’s opened and Addicted to Speed descended down on a golden cloud…

You have NO IDEA as to how fabulous this is! It literally converts any nail polish you own to one that literally dries in seconds without skimping on the gloss. How does it work? Paint your nails, wait two minutes and then slick on a thin even coat. Within two minutes they’ll be dry enough for you to fish your keys out your bag.

The only downside? It does cause a bit of shrinkage if you use too much of it. (You know… when the polish contracts a bit so that you can see the tip of your nails?)  Still, this doesn’t always happen and it’s the teensiest price to pay for such a crazy quick dry time. In fact, just this morning I sat in the car outside my office, repainted two nails that had chipped, applied the top coat and waltzed into the office ready to tik, tik, tik… (As in type… not take drugs.) But either way, there’s no doubt about it, I’m TOTALLY ‘addicted to speed’!

Anyway, I tried to buy another bottle off Deborah’s website earlier (it’s going for $20) but see she’s all sold out (but of course!) and doesn’t deliver to SA so I’m going to be snapping one off Ebay. I see I can pick it up for a mere $23.18 (+- R196) including delivery. Mooiness!

Love, love

Leigh

Making ‘good choices’ with O magazine and Dentyne

So I was sent the June issue of O magazine the other day.

And it was all yellow…

I usually don’t buy it myself so it was nice to take a look inside. It’s got some v pretty-looking beauty pages and includes the most delish-sounding recipe for a ‘party popcorn’ mix that makes use of all sorts of yummies like Worcestershire sauce, chilli powder, garlic powder and honey. Sooo going to be trying that soon.

The mag also came with two packs of Dentyne gum; Xtra Care Gentle Mint and Strawberry . You’ll see they’ve had a bit of a redesign:

The old pack…

…the NEW pack.

(The press release didn’t say anything about cinnamon-flavoured Dentyne Fire getting a makeover and that’s my favourite gum on God’s green earth so if they’ve discontinued that there’s going to be tears…)

Anyway, O and Dentyne have hooked up to create a Good Choices campaign. This includes the launch of an app that allows you to create your own ‘Good Choices board’ to create and ‘tangible inspiration to help you achieve your dreams’. If you create a really good one, you could also win a cool R100 000. 

I tried to create a board yesterday but my lap top wasn’t playing the game. Still, I doubt their stock photo file had shots of the things I really really want… like Dean from Supernatural tied to a radiator in my basement… Or a swimming pool filled with Steers’ (discontinued!) lime milkshake… 

Anyway, if you’re the Pinterest-type, pop on over here and check it out.

X x x

‘Die Mooiness o’ Rooiness’ starring YSL Rouge, Lancome Rouge and L’Oreal Rouge Caresse

Inspired by the Nina Jarebrink fashion show I attended earlier this year, I decided to make red lips and nails my ‘go to’ look this winter.

Love my oorbelle? They’re Nina Jarebrink, daaahling. Same goes for my ring…

I’ve got red nails down thanks to Yardley’s Stayfast nail polish in Romantic Ruby (although in the piccie I’m actually wearing a coral shade) but have been on the look out for fabulous red lip colours.

So far, the nicest red lipstick I’ve tried is Lancome’s Rouge in Love lipstick in Rouge Saint Honore, R250:

Saint Honore is the shade I’m wearing in the piccie up top.

I’m also adoring (possibly even more so) YSL’s new Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres lip colour lip colour in Rouge Filtre, R365.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Rouge a Levres

 I love that they go on like a gloss:

Two slicks of YSL Rouge pur Couture

…and wear off to leave a long-lasting stain:

Pow!

Last but not least, I’m also super impressed with L’Oreal’s new Rouge Caresse lipstick, R129,95. L’Oreal sent me two shades to play with so I made a swatch: 

Lovely Rose on the left and Rebel Red on the right.

I’m now CRAZY about Rebel Red. It’s a gorgeous sheer rooi that’s so easy to apply you could almost slick it on without a mirror.

L’Oreal Rouge Caresse Rebel Red on the lips. (It looks a little pink in this shot, but trust me, it’s red.)

I love that it’s luxuriously ‘melty’ yet won’t slide off your lips within minutes and am so taken with Rebel Red that I’m now dying for the rest of the collection to land in store (any day now) so I can snap up their fuschia, magenta and deeper scarlet shades.   

Now tell me, what’s your favourite red lippie? Aaand go…

X x x

Blogger girls Taittinger tasting at I Heart My Laudry; SA’s first destinational laundromat

Last week I hit up an ‘Air Your Dirty Laundry’ party organised by Allison Scotsman, she of Skinny Bitches in the Making fame.

Ali’s on my left. Feel free to stalk her on twitter; she’s @tweetsonheels…

The bash was held at SA’s first ‘destinational laundry’, I Heart My Laundry in Buitengracht street. 
It was a nice opportunity to schmingle with other bloggers while sipping on fancy French champagne as Taittinger SA were there to give us a little tasting. (The rose, just so you know, is BEYOND delish and totally worth the price tag. I’m considering treating myself to a bottle and cracking it open the day I hear about a particularly evil ex-colleague – who made my life a living hell – finally getting the chop from a position he totally bullshitted his way into… *rubs hands with wicked glee…*)

I also got to get a closer look at some pretty After Eden lingerie:

See how they strung it up on a washing line? So cute…

They were also one of the party’s ‘sponsors’ in that they, along with Taittinger, supplied a prize for a lucky draw. Shockingly, I didn’t win anything so I immediately plunged into misery, leaving me with no other option but to drink the pain away with copious amounts of Taittinger champagne.

And just like that the room suddenly started to spin(cycle)…

It mixed fabulously with my flu meds and thus, due to the fuzziness that ensued, I can’t quite explain how I ended up wearing one of After Eden’s gorgeous li’l nighties…

Cheers bietse!

…or partaking in a semi-sletterig drier top photo shoot…

Popping bottles in the ice… like a blizzard…

Anyway, getting back to the kiffness that is I Heart My Laundry… They’re open from 7 to 7 , seven days a week and do washing, ironing, dry cleaning, steaming, dyeing and altering and make a point of using all organic products. You can drop your stuff off and ask that it be delivered or hang around for a bit. The place is so cosy/trendy-looking you could be forgiven for mistaking it for a coffee shop. And they do do coffee (a fancy Brazilian brand) as well as yummy dim sum!

Don’t mind if I do…

Clayton the co-owner says this is a totally regular thing that goes on from 7 to t7. Seriously. You can have your socks washed while snacking on dim bloody sum! To read more about it, check out this fab article I found on Cape Town Magazine over here.

Thanks laundry boys, I had fun and despite having a top loader of my own, I may well pop back in, if only to abuse your delicious desserts. Your handmade millionaire’s shortbread and champagne-infused fudge rocked my (clean) socks off!

Champagne-flavoured fudge AKA the death of my ass. 

Love, love

Leigh

X x x

P.S. Ali, if I win the upcoming Taittinger comp, I’ll be sure to split the bottle with you, so please don’t let that Catholic guilt of yours kick in as it did with the first comp. Feel free to rig, jiggle or influence…

INGLOT’s new Body Pigments brightened up my day. Literally.

INGLOT have just launched the most divine super-versatile little play things in the form of 40 new Body Pigments, R189.
What makes these babies special is that you can do pretty much anything – ANYTHING! – with them. Seriously. You can use them on both your face and body as is or get all mad scientist-y with the rest of your make-up.

For example, you know about INGLOT’s Duraline, right? If not, this is their bestselling ‘transforming liquid’ that converts powder shadows and pigments into liquid form. 

INGLOT Duraline, R119

Anyway, just a few drops of Duraline is all it takes to turn the Body Pigments into colourful liquid liner, ‘cream’ shadow, ‘cream’ blush or body paint! It then gets better… you can also add the Body Pigments to your lipgloss, nail polish, foundation, body lotion, whatever… the choice is yours.

But let me stop rambling on and just show you sommer… First up, we’ve got the pigments used dry:

From left to right we’ve got 174 (Matte), 150 (Pearl) and 156 (Matte).

This is what they look like with a bit of Duraline added to them:

Nice and dark, ne?

Next, I tried the whole mixing it with your gloss thing and was super impressed; look at how good this looks!

A plain old Catrice lip gloss mixed in with le orange pigment…

The result? A new tangerine-coloured shade I shall from now on refer to as ‘Fanta Pants’.

I loved that it didn’t change the way the gloss went on or felt; only the colour. So clever!

And yes, I know this shade sooo doesn’t suit me, but that’s not the point. The fact that it was so easy to create is like beyond awesome!

I also mixed the blue and gold pigments into clear nail polish and what do you know, making your own nail polish colours is as easy as pie!

‘Rolling in the Deep’…

…and…

‘Midas A Nice Colour’…

When it dried I had this irrational fear that it would revert back to powdery pigment and I’d end up smearing colour on everything but this wasn’t the case; it dried just as normal nail polish would and had a nice glossy-looking finish.

I was super grateful for the little palette (R79) and spatula (R49) that INGLOT gave me; both made mixing things up super easy.

See how I like to ‘live on the edge’, blending right on the bedroom floor sans newspaper? If my boyfriend had walked in at that moment I’d have been in seriyas trouble…

Anyway, if you’re an INGLOT fan, a professional make-up artist or simply like to play or experiment with your make-up; you’re going to LOVE these guys. Like I said, they’re available in 40 different colours so you’re not going to sikkel to find shades that you adore.

Thanks INGLOT, this was super fun!

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. I see you can now shop for INGLOT goodies online via their local website. Nice, very nice…

Yardley Longerwear Lips lipstick review

Yardley have added four new shades to their Longwear Lips line. For those of you haven’t tried them, Longwear Lips are super long lasting vitamin E-enriched lip colours.

Ag cute man! Look at the l’il flowers on the tube…

They remind me a lot of Revlon’s originial ColorStay lippies except they’re not as drying. I mean make no mistake, they’re not the most hydrating lip colours you’ll ever use; that’s just the nature of a stay-fast formula, but they certainly aren’t going to turn your mouth into a prune the way Revlon’s did… Yardley’s formula also makes use of ‘filling sphere’s to help create the illusion of fuller-looking lips and to be honest, I didn’t notice any plumping effect, but the lippie did feel nice and comfy on my lips.Anyway, here are the new shades:

From left to right; Watermelon, True Nude, Vintage Rose (not very rosy-looing, I know) and Brick Wall.

I’m more of a fuschia/red girl but wore the Brick shade the other day (it looks a little more warm on your lips) and got a compliment on it. I also liked that it lasted a few hours on my lips and even survived me eating a bowl of cereal and sipping on a glass of water.

See a colour you like? They’re in stores as we speak going for R99,95.

X x x