Time to get your tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Masters polo at Val de Vie from Computicket

Can you believe that, once again, it’s almost time for the Veuve Clicquot Masters polo?

Let's party like it's twenty thousand and thirteen...

A quick flash back to 2013′s event.

And because I’m now feeling nostalgic, let’s dip a toe into 2012′s event too…

Guess there's no chance of me getting away with wearing that dress again.

Guess there’s no chance of me attempting to get away with wearing that dress again.

While just  last year’s event feels like a life time ago my mouth is already watering at the thought of all the cheese. While many go for the fabulous fashion, zexy polo players and celeb spotting, I’m shamelessly all about the cheese.

FYI, this is what my version of heaven looks like. You might as well Photoshop louds into this shot and slap some angel wings on my back.

FYI, this is what my version of heaven looks like. You might as well Photoshop some clouds into this shot and slap some angel wings on my back.

Anyway, this year’s event takes place on Saturday the 1st of March and, as per usual, it’s out at the beautiful Val de Vie in Paarl. This time it’s partnered with exclusive multi-brand fashion house D’Ore who’ll be putting on an extravagant fashion show so Pavillion guests can sip flutes of bubbly while watching models strut the catwalk donning Escada, Cavalli, Armani and more.

A little taste of D'Ore.

A little taste of D’Ore.

If you’d like to attend, make sure you buy your tickets from Computicket ASAP as they sell out super fast. If you opt for Polo Picnic access (R150) you’ll have access to the food trucks and will get to take in the fashion show but if I were you I’d totally spring for Pavilion tickets (R850).

You can then expect an indulgent canapé style lunch, a glass of wine and a perfectly chilled glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne. I’m also willing to bet that Elizabeth Arden will be there once more with a make-up touch up station offering a host of samples (so perhaps taking your teensiest clutch isn’t a good idea).

Now tell me girls, am I going to see any of you there?

Love, love

Leigh

This Wrappz.co.za personalised cell phone case is going to make my sister’s day

If you’re the kind of person who likes to customise the shizz out of their stuff or you’re looking for a gift for the person who has everything, you might be interested in popping on over to Wrappz.co.za. They offer custom cases and skins for pretty much everything. Think cell phones, laptops, iPads, Kindles and more. Aside from being able to pick from a host of designs, you can get a li’l fancy and design your own. 

Wrappz was kind enough to offer me a cell phone case (R329) so I created a custom one for my little sis as part of a very belated Christmas gift. Girl is completely mentalistic about her super cute doggies, two disgustingly cute Rhodesian ridgebacks, so it was obviously as to what type of piccie I was going to use.  

Cuteness!

‘Adorable’ comes in pairs.

Putting it all together took me less than ten minutes and I was slightly drunk having come home late from a launch so let that attest to how simple the design process is. Then, a week later, all I had to do was sent to go collect the cover at my local post office. It had been sent via a registered letter with tracking for R35 but you can select a Fast Mail option for a mere R15 too.

In all, whipping up the case was child’s play, the service was slick and I love the final product. (I mean, how could I not? I designed the darn thing!) I was also impressed that, even though the pic I used was a low-res shot my sis had sent me via What’s App, it still looks really good.

Want to create your own custom covers too? Pop on over to Wrappz and get clicky clicky.

Love, love

Leigh

More beauty booty to love: Xen-Tan Ins-Tan-Taneous daily tan, Max Factor CC Cream and Uriage Hyseac K18

Ready for a mash up of beauty loot I’m currently love, love, loving? Let’s jump right in and talk about Xen-Tan Ins-Tan-Taneous daily tan (R480, selected salons and spas).

Typing this product's name is suuuch a killer.

Xen-Tan Ins-Tan- Taneous! (Could a product’s name be any more awkwies to type?)

As my natural hue is a delicious shade of corpse, I pretty much live and die in self-tan. I also insist on a life in which white linen is a feature which is probably why I’m so stressed out all the time but hey, the heart wants what the heart wants. But ja, to get to my point; I don’t always have time to marinate in Famous Dave’s bronzing mousse so sometimes I need a tan STAT. For this, I’ve been relying on a squirt of Rimmel’s bronzing fluid mixed with a bit of body lotion which I then blend into my bod with a self-tanning mitt. Thing is, Rimmel’s bronzing fluid is a discontinued product and my massive doomsday-esque stock pile is dwindling fast which is exactly why I’m so chuffed to discover Xen-Tan’s Ins-Tan-Taneous daily tan.

A bronze-coloured gel with a realistic-looking olive undertone, Ins-Tan-Taneous delivers an instant ‘tan’ that simply washes off with soap and water. There’s no DHA in the mix at all, just good ole’ non-committal colour and a host of skin-lovin’ ingredients like aloe leaf juice, argan oil and a zillion other herbal extracts. Still, it doesn’t smell herbaceous in the least; if anything it’s got a delish coconutty, Iced Zoo biscuit-type scent, but don’t worry, its super subtle and won’t clash with your perfume.

I like that, if used with the mitt, Ins-Tan-Taneous is ‘spready’ enough that you don’t need to mix it with a body lotion to get it all over your limbs. It also doesn’t come off on your clothes. Yayness all round, y’all! Oh! And for the record, I’ve been using Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel weekly self-tan in medium on my face and am love, love, loving it.

Mac Factor CC cream (R145,95, exclusive to Clicks).

The colour I've been using is called BLAH.

The colour I’ve been using is called Medium.

When I first tried this on my hand I wasn’t impressed. It just looked a bit matte and one dimensional, especially since I’ve been using foundations that have a bit of a luminous, line-blurring finish to them to assist in hiding the fact that I’m haggard and old. ‘This isn’t going to work for me…’ I thought.

After trying it on my face, however, I changed my mind. It does a great job of unifying my complexion and offers fab medium level coverage that’s almost comparable to Estee Lauder’s Doublewear Light. When used on top of a moisturiser, it doesn’t look ‘flat’ in the least. Another plus? It’s fabulously long-wearing and does a good job of keeping my oily T-panel in check. I definitely need to reach for my beloved MAC Blot powder a lot less throughout the day when this baby’s on my face. It also made for a great canvas in that my eye shadow and blush totally went the extra mile.

As far as treatment/colour-correcting benefits go, Max Factor’s CC cream offers an SP of 10 and makes use of hydrating glycerine and cucumber water to ensure you simply look matte as opposed to dry. Still, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with a very dry skin type.

Another interesting ingredient in the mix is sea buckthorn extract. I don’t know too much about it but a quick google revealed that it’s also hydrating and soothing. Also, lab tests have shown that it helped speed up the healing of a burn wounds.

In short, if you’re looking for a nice matte foundation, Max Factor’s CC Cream’s a goodie.

Uriage Hyseac K 18 (R169,95, Clicks, Dis-Chem and selected pharmacies).

Uriage

Uriage Hyseac K18

When it comes to skin care, I’m always looking out for products containing what I (and most dermatologists) consider the anti-aging big guns; retinol (not piss willy retinyl) and AHAs. This is why I was impressed with Uriage Hyseac K 18% AHA. It’s geared for those with acne prone skin, which isn’t exactly me, but I’ll be sure to use this tube to the bitter end thanks to its super high AHA concentration (lactic and glycolic acid, if you were wondering.) Why are AHAs the shizzness? They exfoliate like a bomb to reveal fresher, more radiant skin while encouraging the production of skin firming collagen.

There’s also another li’l acid in the mix; salicylic acid, also known as BHA. BHA is found in most skin care products aimed at anyone with spot-prone skin as it exfoliates deep inside the pore as opposed to just the surface like AHA making it the gold standard for blackhead busting.

So, to get back to Hyseac K18; if you have oily, blackhead prone skin, this is must-have as it kicks the ass of 99% of the drugstore ‘for spot prone skin’ offerings as most have a drying texture and contain a mere smattering of BHA. However, if, like me, you’re a  combination skin type and just love the brightening/firming benefits of a good AHA cream, this is still a total gem. I like its lovely light crème-gel texture and that it plays nicely with any foundation I use on top of it. I’m currently using it every second or third day, alternating it with a RoC retinol serum. Very, very nice.

Now tell me, did you see anything you think you’d like? Let’s yak it up in the comments section below.

Love, love

Leigh

Ministry of Beauty (MOB) Dramatica nails are now available at selected Clicks stores

Okay so we all know I hate nail art. I’ve been pretty vocal about it so I can’t deny it. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t really enjoy playing with MOB’s Dramatica reusable falsies (price TBA); it was seriously fun.

Nails

See? You’d have fun playing with these too.

For those who don’t know, MOB (Ministry of Beauty) is a cosmetics brand specializing in tres dramatic artificial nails, eye liners, body tattoos and lashes that’s now exclusive to Clicks. I’m not sure if all their products will be stocked in store but do know they’re selling the press-on nail kits.

I was given one of them to try and loved that creating a clawtastical Rihanna-style mani was super duper easy. You simply peel off the adhesive tab provided, plak it on your nail, peel off the protective backing and press your falsie onto it. No mess, no fuss, instant jirrrrre Bonita!

Behold, The Claw!

Now all I need is a hot, sexy model boy so I can rake my nails down his back while blaring Disturbia on repeat.

The only downside is that while most of the tabs hold the nails vas, there’s always one little bastard who wants to pop off. So, I’d advise you keep the tabs and a few spare nails in your purse or get jiggy with a few drops of nail glue.

Keen to play dress up to? Pop into one of the bigger Clicks in your area. Chances are they’ll be a stockist.

Love, love

Leigh

Best beauty loot of the week: Lancome Artliner 24H bold color, Arden’s new Iconic collection, Smashbox BB Cream Eyes and Avon’s new make-up brushes

It’s that time again… time for a li’l round up of the most impressive new beauty loot that crossed my desk and to kick off, allow me to introduce you to Lancôme Artliner 24H bold color precision eyeliner (R305).

If you’ve ever used a Lancôme Artliner before you’ll know it’s the shizzle’s nizzle; a fast-drying liquid liner with a sexy vinyl finish. The best bit, however, is that once it’s set, it doesn’t budge. I also like that the precision point felt tip applicator, if laid flat against your lid, covers a large surface area to create a nice, fluid line.

Anyway, Lancôme’s now launched ‘bold color’ Artliners, a new collection of the liners in super striking hues like blue, teal, purple and an array of metals that include silver, gold, copper and chrome. I was given one of the more metallic shades, a colour called Jade, which could best be described as being a metallic olive. It’s the kind of shade I think would look awesome on anyone with fair skin and brown eyes.

This was taken at the end of a hot sweaty day

The eye shots were taken at the end of a hot sweaty day. After more than ten hours of wear you’ll see my shadow and lower liner have pretty much disappeared but the Artliner’s hanging vas.

Having given it a bash a few times I can attest to the fact that yes, it’s super easy to apply, even for any eyeliner novices, and that once it’s on the colour stay put. No smearing, fading or shade mutating; it’s all good from dusk til dawn.

Moving on, let’s chat about Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream The Iconic Collection.

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

On the 14th of this month, Arden will launch yet another limited edition Eight Hour Cream collection consisting of their bestselling Eight Hour Cream skin protectant (R165) and lip protectant stick and this time it’s called The Iconic Collection. Inspired by current fashion trends, the packaging features colour blocking, the bright gem-like hues of the season (tres Gavin Rajah) and striking gold figure 8’s.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for a fab beauty gift for any of the meisies in your life, either the balm or the stick are total goodies. I mean, do you know anyone who’d go ‘Gosh, I can’t think of a way to use this up?’ Yes. Exactly.

Next up? Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes (price TBA, selected Woolworths stores).

Light/Medium on the left and Fair on the right. (No guesses as to which shade I'm using.)

Light/Medium on the left and Fair on the right. (No guesses as to which shade I’m using.)

My first thoughts upon spotting this product in store were a bit of a bitch fest: ‘Really? Yet another YSL Touché Éclat knock off? But this time it’s riding the BB bandwagon? God…’ Still, this totally surprised my jaded snarky ass in that yes, it does conceal and illuminate a la TE, but also promises to treats dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles over time thanks to hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing chamomile and decongesting caffeine.

While I haven’t used it long enough to tell you if it lives up to its treatment claims, I’m impressed that all the actives needed to do the job are listed right at the top of the ingredients list, meaning they’re in there in good concentration.

As far as concealing goes, this pen’s a gem in that the formula’s nice and thick so it actually offers very good coverage. Also, once it’s on, it stays put and doesn’t feather into the fine lines beneath my eyes. In short? Two very satisfied thumbs up.

Last but not least let’s talk about Avon’s new cruelty-free nylon-bristle brushes.

There are actually six in the mix and the price tags are all very decent in that you’re looking at between R59,95 and R129. I wasn’t in love with the kabuki or powder brush; the bristles aren’t concentrated enough for my liking, but I’ve really enjoyed using the foundation brush (R89,95, currently on special for R49,95), eye shadow brush (R54,95, currently on special for R34,95) and concealer brush (R59,95, currently on special for R49,95).

I really wanted to clean these before snapping a pic but time's not my friend and at least you know I'm really using them.

I really wanted to clean these boys before snapping a pic but time’s not my friend and at least you know I’m really using them.

The foundation brush’s bristles are perfectly ‘dense’ and the brush itself is just the right size to work around my nose and eye sockets. The finish it creates is fabulous.

The flat-topped eye shadow brush is also perfectly sized and does a great job of getting shadow onto my eye lids and, whoever thought of adding a smudger to the back end was a total genius. I still reach for my trust MAC 217 bullet brush though; I like to use that to work colour into the crease and blend, blend, blend.

As for the concealer brush, I’ve been using it as a lip brush. For me, it’s the perfect size and transfers colour in smooth, even strokes. This works just as well for its intended use too – under the eyes – but I simply prefer a slightly bigger brush for my eye area if I’m not simply using my fingers.

So, did you spot anything you’re keen to try yourself? Chat to me in the comments section.

Love, love

Leigh

INGLOT’s running a Lips & Tips campaign for Valentine’s Day (and their PR’s a total love rat)

For ages now I’ve known that INGLOT’s PR Charli has totally had a thing for me. I mean, come now, the boy’s only human. He can’t help himself, right? So, when a duo from INGLOT’s new nail polish and lipgloss combo arrived on my doorstep along with a few heart-shaped choccies I wasn’t especially surprised. I mean, this was nothing compared to the sexy undies he’s sent me in the past which have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he works for La Senza too.

This came with choccies too but I ate them within two seconds of opening the parcel.

No piccies of the choccies - I ate them within two seconds of opening the parcel.

The Lips & Tips campaign is INGLOT’s first locally produced campaign and features the girls from Girlsatplay.tv, a local online TV show.

 INGLOT Freedom System Palette gloss in 202 and O2M Breathable Nail Enamel in 659.


INGLOT Freedom System Palette gloss in 202 and O2M Breathable Nail Enamel in 659.

Anyway, I was about to drop him a ‘dankie’ email but then you won’t believe what I spotted on INGLOT’s Facebook page: Dude had sent the exact same package to a fashion blogger called Brett Robson.

OMFG!

OMFG!

Naturally I was shaken to the core by Charli’s deception. Here I’d thought it was all him and me but, as it turns out, he’s a total two-timing ladies man who honestly thought he could surreptitiously woo us both. The nerve, right?

Sorry Charli, I know you thought you could run your wicked game on me but that’s just not going to happen. You just ain’t ready for this jelly, bad boy!

Sigh.

At least there’s an upside to having been played by my would be Mr Lover Lover; I now have mooi nails and lippie to help me nab a man who isn’t wooing half the bloggosphere. (I’d have added getting to binge drink and cry with my besties as a plus too if that wasn’t like, you know, just a regular weekend for me.)

Want to look mooi too? If you pop round to your nearest INGLOT counter their make-up artists will treat you to a mini Lips & Tips makeover.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Dermalogica’s new PreCleanse wipes

Good news Dermalogica fans; your beloved PreCleanse is now available in wipe form! This means you can toss it into your gym or overnight bag without having to worry about extra weight or, God forbid, an oil spill!

Dermalogica PreCleanse wipes

Dermalogica PreCleanse wipes, R250.

Not familiar with Dermalogica’s bestselling PreCleanse? The brand believes in a double cleansing system; a PreCleanse to removes the stubborn stuff – think make-up, sunscreen and the oil produced by your face – and then a treatment cleanser of your choice. The idea is that the PreCleanse allows the cleanser that follows to penetrate your skin even more effectively.

While the original PreCleanse needed to be emulsified with water, the wipes are ready to rumble to the moment you whip them out the pack. However, if you wish, you can wet them to create a milky emulsion.

Dermalogica's original PreCleanse

Dermalogica’s original PreCleanse

Ingredient-wise, the wipe’s formulation includes soothing aloe extract, hydrating glycerine and a host of skin-loving oils like apricot kernel and bitter orange. Those with very sensitive skin, however, should be aware that there’s also lavender and mint in the mix. My skin generally reacts to both those ingredients, but I think the concentration’s pretty low as I’ve been using the wipes for a while now without any issues.

I like that, even though the wipes contain oil, they don’t leave my skin feeling greasy in the least. For me, this is important as I’m working like a dog at the mo so by the time I take off my make-up I’m pretty much ready to black out. Twice now I’ve come home, whipped off my make-up with the wipes (a breeze)and then haven’t bothered with hitting up cleanser nommer twee. (I tend to live on the edge that way. I’m the same girl who wantonly applies ‘tester’ lippies directly to her lips and throws new klere in the wash without bothering to glance at the care label. But ja, for what it’s worth, despite using the wipes in a way that would give a Dermalogica expert an aneurism, my face has yet to melt off, implode or, worse yet, break out.

Other things worth mentioning? The wipes aren’t fragranced and are biodegradable but should be binned, not flushed.

So, if you’re keen to try them yourself, know you can now find them at a Dermalogica stockist near you.

Win! Win! Win!

I’ll be plakking up a competition here too in a bit; I just have to clarify some deets, but in the mean time you can watch this space.

Love, love

Leigh