There’s a Gosh Cosmetics promo at Edgars and Red Square that sees you scoring a back pack o’ cosmetic mooiness

So, let’s talk GOSH cosmetics! Have you girls got up close and personal with their stuff yet? The Danish brand’s exclusive to Edgars and Red Square and totally underrated in that they offer some seriously cool things at very good prices, namely their Kiss Me lip balms (a lot like Clinique’s Chubby Stick), Light N’ Shine Lipgloss (there’s a light in the cap so you can see what’s you’re doing in da club) and brow kit.

Currently, the brand’s running a promo – if you spend R399 or more on GOSH products, you’ll get a free mini back pack containing their Boombastic mascara, lip lacquer, Forever eyeshadow stick and a sachet of Good Morning cream.  

Gosh

Would captioning this ‘Oh my gosh!’ be a total cop out?

Between you and me, the back pack aint my vibe but it went down well with the boys at the office.

Back packs and blue steel in yo face!

Ooh baby baby! 

Of all the bag’s freebies, my favourite item’s the shadow stick. It literally glides onto your skin like satin and the pigmentation’s amazing. You can then use your finger to blend it out, just as you would a cream shadow. Then, once set, it really does stay put, however, if you use it with a eye lid primer you can basically tattoo it your lid.

Gorgeous, right?

Gorgeous, right?

I’m wearing it today but as a super sheer ‘office friendly’ wash which I achieved by creating a thick streep across my upper lash line. I then used my finger to blend it out and then blended it even further by using a MAC 217 brush to ‘wind screen wiper’ a little of The Body Shop Color Crush eye shadow in Champagne Kiss in my crease.

GOSH

Easy peasy! For the record, that’s the Boombastic mascara on my eyes. Great length and definition, not a lot of volume. 

As for the Lip Lacquer, the shade is called Hot Lips, a mooi cherry kiss of a colour that goes on sheer, making it a lovely ‘day rooi‘ or ‘starter rooi‘. Texture-wise, it’s not tacky at all, so this means you’re going to spend a lot of time reapplying. If that’s something that doesn’t both you, the two of you might be friends.

While it looks tomato red on my skin, the 'blue' of my lips gives it more a cherry vibe.

While it looks tomato red on my skin, the ‘blue’ of my lips gives it more a cherry vibe.

Anyway, if you want le sak for yourself, you’re going to hit up the mall this weekend as the offer ends on the 16th.

Love, love

Leigh

 

Keen to make your own Havaianas?

Last night I popped into the V&A Waterfront to visit Havaiana’s new pop-up shop in the barrow market court. (It’s literally just outside the Havaiana’s shop, just below the Numetro theatres.) They’re exploring a pretty cool concept where you get to make your own customised pair of flip-flops.

Snapping the Havaiana wheel of fortune while it was upside was regretable.

Snapping the Havaianas wheel of fortune while it was upside was regrettable.

How does it work? You simple pick out a sole, choose a pair of straps and can then add a cutesy li’l charm. It then takes less than two minutes for a friendly staff member to slap it all together and BOOM, you’ve got a custom pair of Havis. For the record, that’s the ‘boy wheel’ pictured up top. There’s a ‘girl wheel’ too and even more colours to pick from at the bar.

Decisions, decisions...

Decisions, decisions…

If you’re keen, you’ll find the pop-up slop bar (God, that sounds funny!) running until Monday the 17th. Price-wise, you’re looking at from R250 per pair so it’s a super affordable li’l treat.

These are the Havis I created. Do we like?

These are the Havis I created. Do we like? They’re going to serve me well in Thailand next month.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Filorga Skin-Absolute night cream

Filorga’s new Skin-Absolute night cream promises to blitz wrinkles and pigmentation while improving your skin’s firmness and radiance while you sleep. It’s also jet freakin’ black but the pigment disappears as its rubbed into your skin. Filorga says it gets its colour from the meteorite powder it contains but I think it’s more likely from the copious amounts of charcoal powder I found sitting high up in the ingredients list. (Not a bad thing. Much like clay, charcoal’s good at drawing out impurities.)

Filorga Skin-Absolute

Filorga Skin-Absolute night cream

Gimmicky blackness aside, this cream still has merit in that it contains loads of vitamin C in a form called 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic acid. This is a good thing as it’s an especially stable kind that won’t break down when exposed to air and light as per regular vitamin C. Still, the fact that it’s packaged in a jar irks me as many of the other ingredients aren’t stabilized. Thus, I’ll soon decant this dude into an airless pump bottle and, if you choose to buy this, I’d suggest you do the same.

But ja. Let’s get back to vitamin C. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that, after retinol and AHAs, vitamin C is one of my favourite anti-aging ingredients. Hoekom? It encourages collagen and can lighten up the look of pigmentation by inhibiting the flow of excess pigment lurking deep in your skin to the surface. It’s because of the latter that brands love to attach the word ‘radiance’ to anything containing vitamin C.

Going, going, gone!

Going, going, gone!

As far as the meteorite extract goes, Filorga reckons it contains silicon which assists in the production of collagen. To be honest, I’m only aware of studies where silicon’s improved skin when it’s taken orally, not topically, but I’m not going to worry about digging further as the vitamin C’s already got you covered in that department.

Other notable ingredients in decent concentration include good hydrators like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, a type of collagen-encouraging kelp and Sy-nake, a Botox-like peptide that’s supposed to relax your face muscles to temporarily smooth out the look of fine lines and wrinkles. I’m still not sure how I feel about Sy-nake, but you can read my thoughts over here in another Filorga review. On the upside though, if you’re a fan, you’re getting decent bang for your buck as it’s listed in the middle of the ingredients list. By way of comparison, Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom makes use of it too, but lists it stone called last, after the preservatives.

Anyway, if you’re a Filorga fan and appreciate vitamin C-rich skin care, Skin-Absolute Night Cream is worth a look and you’ll find it in selected Edgars and Red Square stores going for R1 700. Don’t have deep pockets but still want a good dose of vitamin C? Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate serum (R490) is a goodie but then bear in mind it you’re skipping out on meteorite powder and Sy-nake.

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. For the record, I took these shots using my new fancy pants HTC One (M8). The picture quality is incredible and, since getting it, I haven’t really used my actual ‘camera-camera’ at all. Seriously impressive stuff.

Review: Ciate London Flower Manicure kit

Ciate (pronounced See-art-tay, in case you were wondering) is a British ‘nail fashion’ brand created by celebrity manicurist Charlotte Knight. The brand’s big claim to fame was creating the caviar mani. All their adorable-looking bow-bedecked polishes are 3-free and now available at selected Clicks stores going for R149,95 a pop.

Cute li'l bow, right? This purple glitter shade is called Helter Skelter.

Cute li’l bow, right? This purple glitter shade – Helter Skelter – is one of the brand’s best sellers.

Currently, Clicks is selling the Ciate Flower Manicure set for R349,95. It contains everything you’ll need to create a super cute paper flower-infused nail look that pretty much screams ‘Oh my God, Spring is here and I’m soooo freaking excited about it!’

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Ciate Flower Manicure kit

Things you should know:

The included tweezers is actually pretty good.
When you run out of flowers, you’ll be left with a mini nail colour called Candy Floss, a pretty pink you can happily wear sans blooms and a big ass bottle of award-winning Speed Coat Pro fast dry top coat and it’s a real goodie. Think touch dry nails in 60 seconds!

Creating my flower mani was super duper easy. Simply slick on two coats of Candy Floss followed by the top coat. You’re then to pop on a flower or two using the tweezers and then seal it up with another layer of topcoat. Any bits of flowers that stick out beyond your nail tip can buffed off with the included nail file.

Groovy baby, yeah!

Groovy baby, yeah!

Anyway, if you’re keen to get up close and personal with Ciate, keep an eye out next time you’re in Clicks.

Love, love

Leigh

Review with swatches: L’Oreal Collection Exclusive Pure Reds

Hands up! Who enjoys a good red lippie? While I’ve been pretty hooked on fuchsia for years now, I do enjoy the odd holiday in rooiville and L’Oreal’s new Collection Exclusive Pure Reds collection is a good one.

Looking hot ladies!

Looking hot ladies!

Each matte red hue was custom created to suit one of the brand’s spokesmodels – Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and co. Packaging-wise, they all look pretty slick in a black plastic tube that feels a bit more expensive thanks to leather-like embossing and the spokesmodels’ signature in gold.

Blake is bottom left

Blake is bottom left, Eva up top and Doutzen coming in from the right.

I was given three of the lippies to try – Eva (Longoria), Doutzen (Kroes) and Blake (Lively).

From left to right: Doutzen, Eva and Blake.

From left to right: Doutzen, Eva and Blake.

While Eva is a brick red, Doutzen is pretty orange and Blake is a blue-toned ruby that suits me best. I liked that despite being matte, it didn’t dry out my lips and the staying power is awesome.

L'Oreal reckon Blake is great for warm skin tones but that's rubbish - I'm cool-toned and this looks great.

L’Oreal reckon Blake is great for warm skin tones but that’s rubbish – I’m cool-toned and this looks great.

To see the full collection, pop into a store like Clicks.

Love, love

Leigh

Spree’s running a 3 for 2 beauty promo

Spree’s running a 3 for 2 beauty promo which is pretty self-explanatory – buy three products and get the third (cheapest) item for free. Basically, the perfect time to buy three super expensive fragrances thus making the max of your savings.

The person who paraphrased my input made me sound as eloquent as Paris Hilton compared to the other girls. Meh.

The person who paraphrased my soundbites made me sound as eloquent as a stoned Paris Hilton compared to the other girls.

To elaborate, Catrice Camouflage Cream is my favourite concealer. It covers anything, from dark circles to monster pimples but still looks natural, doesn’t crease up into fine lines and does a better job than other fancy pants concealers I’ve tried.

I love Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Eau Fraiche! It smells clean and fresh – the kind of scent you can spritz liberally on hot summer days – and whenever I wear it I always get compliments.

Did you know that Chanel is the parent company of Bourjois? If you’re looking for sheer-to-medium, radiant coverage at a price that won’t terrify your wallet, Bourjois Healthy Mix is your baby. (For the record, Spree is using the wrong image – Healthy Mix has a red label – so don’t get confused if you’re keeping an eye out for it in a physical store.)

Happy shopping girls!

Leigh x

Eco Diva 100% shower gel and cupcake bath bomb smell great and are good enough to eat (almost)

If you’re an early enough riser to catchExpresso, chances are you’ve spotted Eco Diva Nicole Sherwin on TV. Apparently she’stheir DIY presenter and, as she’s got a love of all things eco, she’s usually dispensing tips on how to do things in a greener way.

Nicole Sherwin

Nicole Sherwin – living proof that all not hippies are dirty. Or wear kaftans and Birkenstocks.

Because she’s a overcheiver soos ek (not to mention a fellow Pisces), Nicole’s also created her own line of bath and body goodies called Eco Diva 100%. It uses only natural ingredients and is free of petrochemicals, synthetic substances and toxins. It goes without saying that no fur babies were harmed or tested on in the creation process. The packaging is also a highlight as it’s super cute and retro-inspired, much like Benefit Cosmetics and Dirty Works.

Anyway, Nicole gave me two of her goodies to play with – Eco Diva 100% Body Wash (R120) and a Cupcake Bath Bomb (R75).

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

The box caused a bit of a stir in my office as everybody kept assuming it was goodies from Charlie’s Bakery and the zexy, ultra realistic-looking cupcake confused the issue further. Nicole does say her goodies are so natural you could almost eat them, but does she realise how many people wanted to shove her yumtastical li’l bath bomb into their faces?

Told ya - real looking!

Told ya – real looking!

Anyway, I haven’t used it yet (the bath bomb) as I don’t own a bath (I know, I know. Send your pity by way of the Southern Suburbs, please), but I’ll be taking it with me when Karisa and I review a hotel later this month.

As for the body wash, this is lovely stuff. As per everything in the Eco Diva 100% line, it boasts a bespoke fragrance of bergamont-grapefruit-vanilla. It’s fabulously fresh, yet comforting – the ultimate ‘uplifting’ mix – and reminds me a lot of Mama Mio’s products’ scent.

Eco Diva 100% Body Wash

Eco Diva 100% Body Wash

I also appreciated that it still foamed up, albeit gently, (many ‘natural’ cleanser I’ve tried in the past haven’t) and my skin was left feeling clean yet hydrated thanks to the inclusion of coconut oil.

If you want to give Nicole’s goodies a bash yourself and see all the other mooi things she’s created (bath cake pops – oh yeah!), pop on over to her webpage over here. You can totally shop online.

Love, love

Leigh