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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Essence’s new Me & My Ice Cream collection

17 Apr

So the ice cream truck’s rolled into town to deliver Essence’s much anticipated Me & My Ice Cream collection to Clicks. And what makes it so darn special? It’s absolutely adorable-looking.

Ag cute man!

Ag cuuuute man!

I got up close and personal with this at a Cosmetix launch about a year back (yep, it’s been available oorsee for a while now) and walked away with Icylicious, the marbled eye shadow on the far right. It blends beautifully to create a pale shimmering silver-pink; a lovely brow bone highlighter that I reach for almost every day. If I wasn’t so hung I’d crawl to my room, dig it out my suitcase and take a swatch shot for you.

The star of the collection, however, is most definitely the shimmer pearls. They’re a lovely ‘low end’ answer to Guerlain’s horrifyingly expensive meteorites powder pearls. If you’ve ever been curious to try the former, then you definitely need to snap up the latter. Just keep in mind that this is a highlighting powder and not a blush. If you sweep this over any part of your face where the pores are enlarged, it’s going to draw attention to them in a major way. Rather whisk it across the very top of your cheek bone and keep things close to your ear. Or perhaps dust it along the top of your collarbone.

This pretty pot's called I-C-You.

This pretty pot’s called I-Cy-U. Can we all just agree that’s a rubbish name for something so mooi-looking? 

As far the nail polish and nail stickers go I can’t comment there as I haven’t tried them. I remember noting that the lip balms feel like Labello, go on clear and feature sweet, yummy scents and that the hand wipes smell like strawberries and cream. I was disappointed by the blush, but only because I’m a cool-toned peep so it’s brick-like colour made me look ‘ruddy’. Like the alco-mom who stashes her vodka in the toilet’s cistern and wanders around Game in pyjama pants and a banana clip. Still, I saw on twitter that my beloved Chantelle from Not Another Poppie thinks it’s the bee’s fuckin’ knees. And she’s a hot, sexy cool-toned bitch like me so maybe I just remembered it wrong. Whatevs.

Anyway, I’m working from a laptop in PE using my parent’s kak wi-fi and having serious connection dramz so I’m not going to cruise my inboxes looking for prices. Just know that this collection is cheap as chips, limited edition and going to sell out faster than tickets to a U2 concert. So if there’s something you want, best you haul ass.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: What’s new at Catrice including their awesome Glamour Doll mascara. Trust me when I say you’re going to love it.

15 Apr

I was sent of few of Catrice’s new goodies and thought I’d show off some of my favourites. Ready to get stuck in?

Catrice Glamour Doll Curl & Volume mascara, price TBA.

This arrived when my friend Ina was visiting from Germany. She picked it up, slicked on and went ‘Wow!’ I followed suit and said the same thing; ‘Wow!’

Glamour Doll up top, no Glamour Doll down below. I'm actually annoyed with this pic as my application was rushed and didn't do it justice.

One slick of Glamour Doll up top, no Glamour Doll (on my other eye) down below. I’m actually annoyed with this pic as my application was rushed and didn’t do it justice.

This baby promises to curl and volumise and delivers on both, particularly the curl bit, with the added benefit of not being a clump-monster. For a cheapie, this is a serious gem of a mascara.

Catrice Made to Stay Smoothing Lip Polish, price TBA.

If you’re a fan of YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture but hate the price tag you’ll appreciate this dude. Much like the former, it serves up the pigmentation of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss but, after it wears off, your lips are left with a stain.

This shade's called Katherine's Fuchsia.

This shade’s called ‘Megan Fuchsia’.

Obviously it’s packaging isn’t half as luxe-looking as YSL’s offering, but I actually prefer the shape of its applicator. It’s less wide so I can get it into the corner of my mouth with ease. Feel-wise, the actual product itself is quite similar but not 100% the same. Still, it’s close enough and good enough in its own right to get a two thumbs up.

Other goodies worth a mention? Catrice’s Lash Couture single lashes (price TBA) look like a nice alternative to pricier brands but I haven’t tried them myself. Could be cool, could be kak. But at least you know they’re there.

There's a little glue tucked in behind the cardboard.

There’s a little tube of glue tucked in behind the cardboard.

Another goodie? Catrice Prime and Fine mattifying powder (price TBA). It’s pretty much a total ‘waterproof’, vitamin A and E-infused dupe for MAC’s Prep + Prime translucent finishing powder.

I love that the compact contains a mirror.

I love that the compact contains a mirror.

Once you’ve finished your make-up, use a kabuki brush to sweep it across your face to mattify and minimise the look of fine lines and pores. Personally, I won’t use this product, be it Catrice or MAC, as I find that, even though it’s ‘translucent’, it ‘pales me out’ a little. Still, there are a million girls who think I’m being pathetic and swear by MAC’s version. And if that’s you, you’ll want to give this dude a bash.

Now run off to Dis-Chem (Catrice is exclusive to them) and buy that wow-inducing Glamour Doll mascara. It’s Awesome with a capital A.

Love, love

Leigh

Hands up! Who wants to win a trip to Brazil to meet Ian Somerholder, Azzaro Pour Homme’s new face?

14 Apr

In case you haven’t heard, Azzaro Pour Homme has a celeb spokesmodel in the form of The Vampire Diary’s Ian Somerhalder.

Smells good to me!

Ian being mooi for Azzaro.

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Don’t know about you, but if some hot person got up on my table and smashed up all my glassware I’d march them out my house by the ear and send them a bill. Ian, however, is clearly a nicer person than I am.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the scent, Azzaro Pour Homme (R575 for 50ml) is a ‘woody aromatic fern’ fragrance that first hit the shelves in ’78. It’s been reformulated since then to ensure its still current but retains it’s ‘light, depth and sensuality’. Notes-wise, there are actually too many to mention – a whopping 19!

To my nose, however, I get spices, ‘freshness’ and leather that makes me think of words like ‘classic’, ‘expensive’, ‘mature’ and ‘suave’. The image it builds in my mind is that of an older, sophisticated ‘Mediterranean’ man in a suit. And yes, it is pretty sexy. (But if you step on my martini glass, you’re outta here.)

To celebrate the new campaign, Azzaro asks that you take a piccie of your most seductive expression and slap it up on Instagram with the hashtag #AzzaroSelfie. The winning snap will be chosen by Meneer Somerhalder himself and the prize includes a trip for two to a private party in Sao Paulo hosted by the actor on May the 13th.

I was sent me a press pack last week that included two ‘tools of seduction’; whiskey and a cigar to help me get my Somerhalder-worthy smoulder on.

Dankie Azzaro!

Ag dankie man, Azzaro!

As luck would have it, I actually happen to have a decent whiskey/cigar money shot on hand, taken at a press event sometime last month. 

What do you think girls? Would Ian approve? Would he let me steek my stilettos in his dining room table?

What do you think girls? Would Ian approve? Would he let me steek my stilettos in his dining room table?

Alas, I’ve just realised that this is the very last day that you can enter the competition. (The press release arrived a few days before I went on leave). Still, you’ll have a good chance of beating out any SA competitors as I see I’m the only local blog to write about this thus far, so best you get snapping girls!

Love, love

Leigh

So I was interviewed on blogging by Cirque Magazine

11 Apr

Heard of Cirque Magazine? For those out the loop, Cirque is a high fashion monthly digital mag that focuses on designer wear and luxury living.

Cirque Magazine's April 2014 edition

Cirque Magazine’s April 2014 edition

I was very flattered when they asked to interview me as a ‘top blogger’ for a story on ‘the rise of the blogger’ and the blogging biz in general. Still, a few of their questions made me a bit nervy as their angle was a little ‘digital VS print’ and that’s a tricky subject for me as I work in both mediums. So, I’d just like to make it clear that while a lot of opinions are tossed around in the article, the only ones I’m willing to ‘attach’  myself to are my own.

Also, I was asked (via e-mail) if I felt it was possible to make a living from a blog and said that it was via selling ads and advertorials. I didn’t mean to imply that I was doing that myself. I pay my bills via working as a freelance writer for various mags and online publications and have zero intention of turning my blog, which is my passion, into a ‘job’. Still, I do think that once advertisers realise blogs aren’t a dumping ground for all their crappy press releases and stop viewing them as a platform for ‘free press’ it might become a different story. But we’re not really there yet, alas.

Anyway, to view Cirque’s April issue get clicky clicky over here. The entire mag downloads as a PDF and the blogger story starts on page 117.  Alternatively, you can view the mag on your iPad via the iPad Newstand from the Apple App Store. Simply visit the App Store on your iPad, search for ‘Cirque Magazine’, install the app and enjoy.

Love, love

Leigh

The low down on the Mambo’s Plastics Warehouse party in Green Point (plus an awkwardly long postscript about Taste of Cape Town)

9 Apr

Last week I popped into a party at Mambo’s Plastics Warehouse hosted by local PR co The Little Black Book. For those of you who don’t know it, Mambo’s is a giant ‘plastics warehouse’ in Green Point in the space where Baby City used to be. They stock pretty much anything made from plastic and then some, be it homeware, kiddies toys and every kind of storage container under the sun.

Kitchen

I came very close to buying that plunger.

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Can we agree that

Can we agree that Lalaloopsy Ponies are fucking terrifying?

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Leave those Consol Solar Jars in the sun and then they act as lamps via a bulb set into the lid.

Upon arrival, guests were treated to shopping vouchers, Paul Rene bubbly and Pravda vodka cocktails on tap. The canapés, however, stole the show. Think melt in your mouth beef bites with truffle Hollandaise sauce!

There were also loads of sweets floating about. Yum!

There were also loads of sweets floating about. Yum!

As it turns out, I’m not the only one who likes a li’l plastic; I ran into eTV’s Tanya Nefdt in what I can only assume is the Random Cleaning Shizz aisle as that’s where I found my plastic drain plunger (sexy!) and she her animal print dustpan (only slightly less embarrassing).

Love you Tanya!

Life in plastic… is fantastic…

After perusing the shelves, Ina, my friend who was down from Germany, pointed out that I could do with large plastic bin-drawer things to store my ten million zillion beauty products and prevent my flat from looking like a Red Square beauty sale. This would’ve been a practical, clever thing to do so obviously I ended up walking out with a random mixed bag o’ shizz instead. Still, I’m very pleased with my purchases; a set of three snap-lock Tupperware-style containers (fab value at R80 for all three), a super cute Joie egg poacher and healthy potato chip maker.

Ta da!

I got a very nice ice bucket too, FYI.

While I’ve yet to master the poacher – I just can’t get the timing/temperature right – I hope to have better luck with the chip maker. Once I’m au fait with both I look forward to living on a home-nuked diet of egg and chips as opposed to wallet-crushing take-away sushi. I’ll also be able to stop lying through my teeth when I’m asked if I know how to cook by hapless men that may one day make me their bored, Audi-driving house wife. In fact, I’m already composing a Tinder by line in my head. (‘Like perfectly poached eggs? Appreciate a good non-greasy potato chip? Not likely to get bored of the same meal every frikken night of your life? Ooh baby does mama have a li’l something for you…’)

Anyway, a big thank you to Mambo’s for the plastiek fantasties as well as Marina and Jules from The Little Black Book for the invite. Ina and I both had a jol.

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. Paul Rene was also kind enough to gift me with two tickets to Taste of Cape Town this weekend past. The bubbly brand had a popular stall at the event, cunningly placed right next to an oyster stand.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Personally, I found the event a little too expensive this year (two scoins for a tasting glass? Eight scoins for an ostrich burger?!) and didn’t feel like there were enough restaurants involved. Still, I did managed to have fun and the day’s highlights included tasting Azure restaurant at 12 Apostles Hotel’s delicious pork belly, Camissa Brasserie at The Table Bay Hotel’s herb and macadamia nut crusted lamb chop and 8 Longridge Restaurant’s blue cheese pannacotta.

Pork belly on the left

Pork belly on the left, lamb chop and pannacotta on the right.

I also enjoyed yakking it up with theradness that is Marie and co from my beloved La Mouette who spoiled my friends and I with a splash or two of vino. How cute was their Memories of a Sweet Shop dessert tasting plate pictured below? Their winning dish, however, had to be the butternut ravioli with pickled apple, radish, butternut puree and sage brown butter.

That macaroon on the left was white chocolate-flavoured, just so you know.

The ‘sweet shop’ dish included banana fudge, cola flavoured jelly and a white white chocolate macaroon.

If you want to try the ravioli for yourself be sure to pop in and try their newly launched Autumn Tasting Menu – R295 for six courses. It features there along with a heavenly-sounding caramelized onion soup; salt baked beetroot tart with truffle mascarpone and caramelized shallot and a Chelsea bun with cremealat gorgonzola, marmalade gel, port and black pepper syrup. Yes! Yes! Yes!

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