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

17 Feb

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

12 Feb

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)

10 Feb

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

6 Feb

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

Fragrance review: Miss Aura by Swarovski EDT

5 Feb

Swarovski have launched yet another Aura flanker, Miss Aura by Swarovski. According to the brand, ‘your aura is your luck’ and wearing their new scent will bring you good fortune. The pretty li’l butterflies that adorn the bottle (along with a v nice Swarovski crystal) are the ‘messengers’ and ‘protectors’ that will look after you.

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

Being a careful sort, I’m not willing to spritz it on in favour of buying insurance, but I can tell you this; lucky or not, this is a very pretty scent. The kind of thing I’d wear on bright, sunny days when I wanted to feel youthful, playful and sweet.

Juice-wise, Miss Aura is a fresh fruity floral with notes that include litchi, pink grapefruit, rose, vetiver and patchouli. To my nose, I pick up the litchi and grapefruit instantly. Things then get a little rosy but a lovely fresh cut rose, not a heavy, overbearing type and then you’re ultimately left with a comforting musky-patchouli scent that’s modern and luminous as opposed to ‘beaded curtains and sandals’.

This is your magic wand, darlings...

This is your magic wand, darlings…

If I had to compare it to the original Aura, I’d have to say it’s a little sweeter and ‘airier’, if the latter’s even a word. You can still tell they’re both from the same family though and if I had to align each one with a person I’d say Aura is Dakota Fanning while Miss Aura is her little sister, Elle.

Want to sniff it yourself? It’ll be in stores like Edgars Red Square come 10 February going for a very affordable R595 for 50mls, just in time to make your Valentine’s Day wish list.

Love, love

Leigh

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