So Ambri Designs gave me a tee. It’s super cute, right?

20 Mar

A few weeks back I was gifted with the cutest little viscose printed tee (R290) by local label Ambri Designs.

See the subtle pretty lady puff print?

See the subtle pretty lady puff print?

The designer behind the locally produced label, Andrea Bryant, reckons the key factors that make Ambri Designs unique are the following; she doesn’t compromise on quality, comfort and wearability is everything and all the garments produced are limited to just 10 units of each style.

My Candice Swanepoel-esque modeling skills be illz.

My Candice Swanepoel-esque modeling skills be illz, yo.

Fabric-wise, this stretchy, super soft tee feels fabulous on. I like that the print adds a bit of interest to an otherwise basic tee and like that the scooped neckline allows you to wear it off the shoulder too. It’s also a little longer than ye regular old T-shirt which makes it super easy to team with leggings. (We all know the golden rule of how to rock a pair of leggings by now, right? Always ensure your top covers your hip bones and your bum!)

Aside from tees, which are available in various colours and styles, Ambri also do other pieces including dresses, trousers, bling-infused shorts, shirts and slim fit blazers. Of everything I’ve spotted on their website, I most like this boob tube maxi dress (PRICE) and printed viscose joggers with side pockets (R495).

I'm actually wearing pants super similar to these as I type.

I’m actually wearing pants super similar to these as I type.

To see Ambri’s full collection pop on over to their website or visit them on Facebook. Currently, the range is being stocked at Katema Boutique at 219 Bree Street, Cape Town, but you can place orders online too.

Love, love

Leigh

MAVALA’s Sublime autumn/winter 2014 collection is on the shelves

19 Mar

Inspired by the 40s, MAVALA’s Sublime autumn/winter nail colour collection ranges from dark and mysterious to dusky rose and soft beige.

Pretty, pretty!

From left to right you’ve got Twilight Blue, Amethyst. Ivory Beige, Poetic Rose, Warm Grey and Espresso.

Of all the colours, I’m most excited to wear Espresso. It’s the kind of hue that’ll look awesome when paired with a winter white blazer and lots of chunky gold jewellery. (I’d show it off on my nails if I could but I’m wearing a hot pink gelish hue at the mo.)

Want one yourself? They’re in selected Clicks and Dis-Chem as I type going for R59,99 a pop.

Love, love

Leigh

Who wants to win a Lamelle Dermaheal travel pack valued at R500?

18 Mar

For those of you aren’t familiar with the brand, Lamelle is proudly South African biotechnology research company that manufactures its own skin care ranges including Dermaheal (to combat aging), Luminesce (for pigmentation) and Serra (for very dry skin).
They’ve also recently launched their own anti-aging and skin care-focused mag called Lapelle.

Product-wise. Lamelle’s Dermaheal range flies off the shelves of good salons like my beloved Skin & Body Renewal as it makes use of peptides and growth factors that encourage your skin to produce more of its own collagen and speed up any healing process. Better yet, the growth factors have been nano-encapsulated to ensure they’re small enough to penetrate your skin to ensure you get more bang for your buck.

Win! Win! Win!

I’ve been given a Dermaheal travel pack valued at R500 to give away.

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This could be yours, darlings but you have to be in it to win it.

Each pack contains a travel-sized Dermaheal Foaming Cleanser, Daily Cellular Repair Cream, Hydrating Sunscreen 30 and Ultra Moisturising Renewal Cream.  This is a great way to try the range before committing to full-sized products as well as save a li’l space in your luggage when you travel.

Want to enter to win? Simply like Lamelle on Facebook and/or follow them on twitter and then drop me a mail on glossycomps@gmail.com with the subject ‘Lamelle comp’. The competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday and I’ll be announcing the winner shortly afterwards.

Good luck girls!

Love, love

Leigh

Beauty reviews: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet, John Frieda repairing oil elixir, Revlon Colorburst Lacquer and Matt Balms and Shiseido UV Protective Compact foundation

18 Mar

Ready to jump? Here we go!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip colour, R125,95.

Bourjois have taken your stock standard liquid lip colour and injected it with a big dose of silicones. The result? Rouge Edition Velvet, a feather light lip, silky smooth lip colour with a velvety matte-looking finish. In short, the perfect lip colour for winter. 

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

I was given an incredible fuchsia shade called Pink Pong and liked it so much I wore it to the Veuve Clicquot polo. I loved that it’s fabulously pigmented. Also, despite all the silicones, it doesn’t slide off your lips; the staying power is very, very decent. I’m now excited to get into a store and get up close and personal with the other eight shades on offer. I’d love to snap this baby up in a zexy, vampy-looking rooi.

John Frieda Full Repair repairing oil elixir, R110, exclusive to Clicks.

John Frieda’s new oil elixir is pretty much the standard ‘hair oil’ formula; lots of silicone blended with a bit of oil. (In this case it’s omega acid-rich Inca Incha oil which, John Frieda reckons, contains 47 times more omega 3 than Argan oil.) Now I know what you’re thinking. ‘Oh God, yet another hair oil…’ and I agree. They’re pretty much the BB Cream of the hair world right now. Still, this one’s worth your attention if you’re fine haired like me in that it’s fabulously light yet wallet-friendly too. Many of the lighter textured hair oils I’ve tried come in at a killer salon price point. Wella SP Oil Elixer, for example, is awesome, but will set you back over five hundred bucks.

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John Frieda Full Repair repairing oil elixir.

The first time I used this I pumped out way too much but slapped it all on my lengths anyway and this is what ran through my head: ‘Arrrgh! You’re going to look like a greasy train wreck the moment you blow dry your hair. You’re totally going to have to try this again tomorrow…’ But, surprise, surprise; my hair looked great and didn’t feel weighed down in the least.

I also like that it’s got a slightly more true-to-oil texture as opposed to feeling like silicone. Not that there’s anything wrong with silicone; that’s exactly what’s doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to de-frizzing, softening, boosting shine and protecting you from heat-damage. Oh! And it smells delish too – almost exactly like Burberry Body EDT.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer and Matte Balm lip colours, R120 each.

We all loved Revlon’s Colorburst Balm Stain lip colours. I know you’ve got one or two rolling around in your handbag. But now the brand’s extended their chubby stick empire to include two new options; a shiny Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm. Unlike their predecessor, these don’t stain your lips, but they do serve up a nice punch of colour. Also, despite offering two very different finishes, each lippie is incredibly hydrating and infused with Shea, Cocoa and Mango butter.

The colours on my arm from left to right are A and B (both Lacquer Balms) and B (a Matte Balm).

The colours on my arm from left to right are A and B (both Lacquer Balms) and B (a Matte Balm).

Of the two variants, I’m a fan of the Lacquer. It imparts a nice shiny pop of colour but doesn’t slide off your lips. The matte lip colour looked a bit milky and created little ‘lines’ on my lips but I can’t be sure that’s not exclusive to the milky-type shade I was given. Scent-wise, each shade has a lovely, fresh peppermint smell and a slightly sweet taste taste, but not so much that you’re going to lick them off your lips. Now, as is the case with Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvet, I’m now dying to get into store to check out the other Lacquer Balm shades.

Shiseido UV Protective Compact foundation SPF 30, R395, exclusive to Edgars Sandton and V&A Waterfront.

When I want a heavier foundation that also has fab light reflecting qualities I don’t hesitate to reach for Shiseido’s Radiant Lifting foundation. In short, it’s freakin’ fabulous. So I was super excited to try one of their compacts, in this case the UV Protective formula. It’s one of their international bestsellers and I’d always been intrigued by it, having spotted it in foreign mags and the handbags of all my German besties.

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This is currently exclusive to Edgars in Sandton and the V&A Waterfront but the moment it starts flying off the Shiseido counter I’m sure it’ll pop up in more stores.

Aside from offering matte yet natural-looking medium level coverage, it protects your skin from the sun and is formulated with something Shiseido call Profense CEL, which, to me, sounds like a mix of antioxidants. As it is I can spot vitamin E in the ingredients list. It’s also oil and water-resistant.

Anyway, I’ve been using this for a while now and love how easy it is to apply. You can either sweep it on with a powder brush for a more natural look or swipe it on with the sponge which creates a heavier veil that sits very closely to your skin. Just be careful of using the latter application method if you’re oily-skinned like me; too much of it and it can make your pores look a bit more obvious once your skin starts greasing up as the day goes on. The right amount, however, will obliterate them and then you can ‘touch up’ your face throughout the day with a super light blotting powder. (I’m addicted to MAC’s Blot Powder for this.)

In all, this is a lovely compact foundation with great sun protection properties but I still wouldn’t rely on it as my sole SPF. You can’t apply it to every drop of skin on your face – to do so would result in a bit of a weird finish. So be sure to team it with a good facial sunscreen or a moisturiser with a high SPF and you’re all good to go.

NSI (Nail Systems International) Nurture Oil, R78, Dream Nails Beauty salons.

I’ve tried a few nail oils in the past and NSI’s Nurture Oil is one of the best. A blend of five different skin and nail-loving oils (jojoba, soy, safflower, wheatgerm and grapeseed) there’s also vitamin C and E in the mix. I use it every night and love how my cuticles and the skin around my nails immediately drinks it up. I like the way it smells – like a grape-flavoured lollipop! It’s also the perfect after-mani oil and it does a nice job of ‘lifting’ any polish you might’ve got on the skin around your nails.

Nurture oil.

NSI Nurture Oil.

Last but not least? I’ve discovered that adding a few drops of Nurture Oil to any dried up cream eye shadows immediately gives them a new lease on life. If it wasn’t for this baby I’d have had to toss my beloved Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow/liner in Busy Signal which, sadly, isn’t available in South Africa anymore.

So, which of these li’l darling’s have got your attention?

Love, love

Leigh

Fragrance review: New Karl Lagerfeld For Her EDP

14 Mar

Karl Lagerfeld is not new to creating fragrances. One of the first of his I can recall is Sun Moon Stars which launched back in ’94. Then there was Karleidoscope in 2004 after which he went quiet for a bit but now he’s back with two much-hyped eponymous new fragrances; Karl Lagerfeld for Her and for Him.

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Ladies on the left and the male scent on the right. (But you probably figured that out yourself, hey?)

Myself and my friend Tracy had a good laugh at the launch as we reckon the model in the ad, Baptiste Giabiconi, is a dead ringer for her boyfriend Jeff.

You can see it, right?

You can see it, right?

Because I was terrified of Jeff’s photographer suing me for using an image without crediting him I first asked if I could slap it up and was told it’d be A-Okay provided I say ‘Jeff Tsoutsos, owner of Dranged Clothing‘ as opposed ‘Jeff Tsoutsos my hot guy friend who often pops up on my blog in various stages of undress’. So there you have it!

But ja, getting back to the scent… I really like the bottle. It’s big and luxuriously heavy in your hands yet styled in an understated, elegant way. Still, it’s studded ‘choker’ and the teensy graphic image of Karl almost hidden in the type face give it a mod li’l edge.

Pretty, pretty!

FYI, the male scent’s all about mandarin, lavender, green apple, violet, amber and sandalwood.

Notes-wise, the female scent is a light, fresh blend of lime, peach, magnolia, ‘metallic rose’ and frangipani on a bed of amber, wood and musk. Upon first spritz, all I got was magnolia and while it smelled pretty and clean, a big surprise considering Uncle Karl’s rather hard core-looking image. Still, it didn’t blow my hair back as it reminded me of the Woolworths’ magnolia bath and body range my mom used to be obsessed with back in the day. Once it started to dry down, however, I totally changed my mind. This was when the peach started to come through and I had an instant flashback to being in college and dousing myself with Crabtree & Evelyn’s Tom Kitten ‘children’s fragrance’. God, I used to love that scent! It smelled like soft, sugary sun-ripened peaches and did a way better job of bringing all the boys to my yard than Gucci Rush ever did, the primo ‘sexy scent’ of the day.  

Anyway, after a lovely jaunt past the peach trees, For Her settles into a soft musky-floral making it something that’s very easy to wear and could suit both very young and older women alike. Due to its gentle nature, however, I’d probably only really wear it in the daytime.

Keen to try the scents your self? You’ll find them in stores with pricing as follows: Ladies 25ml EDP for R495; 45ml EDP for R695 and 85ml EDP for R995. Mens’ 50ml EDT for R695 and 100ml EDT for R895.

Love, love

Leigh

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