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 R4 700. (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

Fragrance review: Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu EDP

15 Oct

A little while back Elizabeth Arden launched Untold, a multifaceted creamy white floral with fruity top notes like pear and blackcurrant.  They’ve now brought out another version of the scent, Untold Absolu, which is a more intense, more sensual interpretation.

Prettiest press pack

The scent arrived with a bottle of Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir, my favourite wine from the decadent lunch dinner. Tres spoilicious!

Again, you’re looking at a creamy white fruity floral with blackcurrant and bergamot top notes but this time the pear (which is never a favourite note of mine) gets the boot in favour of red plum which lends the scent a slightly sweeter,  juiciness. As for the white floral heart, the original’s jasmine remains but the gardenia has been swapped out for rosewater. Again, this lends it a certain luscious, ‘greenness’ that its predecessor didn’t have. While the first Untold, to me, was a slightly arid and flat, Absolu is ‘wet’, juicy and warm. The latter comes in when the base notes pop up – creamy wood, vanilla and resinous benzoin. (For the record, the first Untold featured a woody-musky-patchouli-amber base.)

In short, you can tell that Untold and Untold Absolu are sisters, but the latter is most definitely the prettier of the too. (Don’t worry Untold, you’ll still end up marrying a charming neurologist and travelling the world by way of compensation.) Also, the difference is pretty marked in that I wouldn’t personally wear the first Untold, but have been happy to occasionally spritz on Absolu and find myself liking it more and more. It’s a lovely scent for ‘in between’ season days and ‘any season’ nights – the kind of thing you’d wear when you’re doing smart-casual/office chic or are a little bit dressed up but aren’t going over the top.

At the launch, Arden asked what we'd like engraved on the bottle. I put my mom's name on it and she spotted that on twitter ages back and is pretending otherwise. 'Hi Mom!'

At the launch, Arden asked what we’d like engraved on the bottle. I put my mom’s name on it and she spotted that on twitter ages back but is acting otherwise so she can pretend to be surprised when I gift it to her. ‘Hi Mom!’

When I close my eyes and think about the ‘ideal’ woman who’d pull this off well I see her as being mature (as in 30s plus), professional, level-headed, well-groomed and practical yet naturally glamorous. She’s not wild and crazy and running free – she’s restrained with impeccable manners – but still knows how to have a bit of fun and has a warm, kind personality that people gravitate towards. If she worked at your office, you’d trust her with your credit card and pin number to pay the sushi delivery dude. She’s possibly a Taurus with a penchant for simple luxury and gives considerate, tasteful gifts – like good white linen or orchids.

For the record, this descriptor is in no way a reflection of my mom. Mrs vd B might have good manners and isn’t likely to commit credit card fraud, but she’s in no way restrained nor would she tolerate a gig in an office. She’s also got a penchant for cards featuring dancing meerkats whereas Absolu Woman possibly owns personalised stationary. However, it would suit her too – if there’s any left by the time I hand it over – which goes to show it’s a multifaceted scent indeed.)

Anyway, if you liked the first Untold, you’re going to have to sniff this one too. And if you didn’t, I reckon give it a bash and possibly be surprised. I know I was.

Find Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau de Parfum in stores now going for R520 for 30ml, R720 for 50ml and R920.00 for 100ml.

Love, love

Leigh

 

St Yves re-opens with a bang for a sizzling hot summer in Cape Town

14 Oct

St Yves Beach Club might’ve closed it’s doors last summer but now it’s back for another season at a hot new location – 120 Strand Street in trendy De Waterkant.

Myself and the blogger besties were invited to the launch and possibly had a leetle too much fun in the VIP section. It was jam-packed with local scenesters, media and celebs sipping on the Pongraz and Eristoff vodka that kept magically appearing in the giant ice buckets on our table.

Liezel and Darryn up top and the brat pack down below.

Kfm’s Liezel ‘Giraffe’ van der Westhuizen and photographer Darryn van der Walt up top and moi et le blogger bratpack down below.

We also didn’t go hungry and may or may not have resorted to hair pulling and scratching in a bid to score the last of The BestCanape Ever – a super tender fillet on a stick served with creamy, dreamy Hollandaise sauce. (Nice one Tres Chic catering!)

Striking a pose with Simply Come Dancing's sexy Siv

Striking a pose with Simply Come Dancing’s sexy Siv Ngesi.

Entertainment-wise, Dean Fuel was in the house and played a killer set and at one point things got a little messy.

Thing got a little messy...

Cheers bietse!

...very messy

Fun, fun, fun til their daddy takes the Eristoff awaaaay! (And if you don’t get that Beach Boys ref you’re too young to be reading this.) 

Those who were there will know there was a li’l electrical ish on the night but I’ve since been told that this has been sorted out so St Yves is now 100% ready to impress. Keen to check it out yourself? Thursday night is ladies night with female DJs playing hip hop and RnB; Friday’s are commercial nights and Saturday is Deep House and RnB. To learn more and check out the line up, visit St Yves’ website over here.

Upon leaving, my friends and I waited on the pavement for Karisa to join us outside, not realising we’d lost her to tequila shots and David Guetta. In that time space, event photographer Werner Ryke spotted us and started snapping. The results of which arrived in a zip folder yesterday labelled ‘Not Safe for Work’ but, shamefully, I think they’re super fun.

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The Real Bergies of Strand Street – a hot new reality show coming out soon.

A big dankie to The Little Black Book PR and St Yve’s Jack Kasi for a fab night out.

Love, love

Leigh

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