Beauty bits and pieces: Claire’s macaroon sponges, Essie’s Peach Side Babe collection and a shower gel foursome from Sh’zen

Right, are you mense ready to roll?

If you follow me on Instagram (I’m @lipglossgirlx0x0) you’ll have spotted these adorable macaroon-shaped sponges from Claires. At R123 they aren’t the cheapest money can buy but they are the cutest. It took me ages to get to the point where I could bring myself to use them and I can report back that, while they feel super soft, you’ll only get the most joy out of using them after you’ve pretty much completely saturated them with foundation, thus destroying their gorgeousness. Boo!

My pretty sponges back in their glory days.
My pretty sponges back in their glory days.

Other things you should know about? Essie’s new seaside-inspired summer nail colour collection, Peach Side Babe, hit the shelves a little while back.

There's one more blue in this collection but for the life of me I can't find it.
There’s one more blue in this collection, a darker one, but for the life of me I can’t find it.

Of all the hues, the real stand out for me is Sunset Sneaks, an eye-catching creme-textured coral.

Gorgeous, right?
Gorgeous, right?

You only need two coats to get it going and boom, you’re summer sandal-ready. I was going to have a long summer fling with this little darling but cleverly dropped it on tiled-flooring and watched it shatter and splatter pretty much every inch of my apartment with its prettiness. The mooiest ‘murder scene’ you ever did see. Arrrgh!

Fortunately there are other Peach Side Babe collection shades I like and that’s Chillato, Peach Side Babe itself and Private Weekend.

From left to right: Chillato, Peach Side Babe, Private Weekend and Peach Side Babe once more.
From left to right: Chillato, Peach Side Babe, Private Weekend and Peach Side Babe once more.

I usually don’t like white nail polish but Private Weekend is a white creme with a shimmer to it that looks pretty obvious in the bottle, but is completely invisible on your fingertips. It’s almost another lekker ‘two-coater’ but I’ve found three is definitely best. Perhaps it’s due to its barely there glimmer but it somehow manages to look fresh, expensive and dare I say it, gel-like, instead of giving the impression you’d painted your nails using Tippex.

Last but not least, let’s talk Sh’Zen. As a side note, you should know I’m still obsessed with the brand’s hideous-looking skin stimulator sponge, the scrubbiest you’ll ever endure, as it whips off old self-tan like a boss. However, I’ve always liked their body products as they’re some of the mooiest-smelling around and was reminded of the fact quite recently after being given their Shower Bliss Collection (R378).

Pretty, pretty!
Pretty, pretty!

The line up’s Destress Cleansing Gel with melissa and rose geranium smells exactly like Iced Zoo biscuits making it my absolute favourite of the lot. It makes for a good bubble bath as well as a shower gel and is just the kind of thing I like to soak in before I hit the sack. The Pamplemousse cleansing gel with honey and green tea is also magnificent – a soft, pink grapefruity delight that’s perfect to perk you up in the morning.

Aside from the shower gel, Sh’Zen also gave me their Cellular Boost for neck & bust with pamplemousse and marula oils (R199). Again, it’s got that addictive grapefruit scent!

Love this!
Love this!

While it claims to ‘firm your breasts’ I can’t spot any actives in here to back that up aside from great hydrators (these include Shea butter, glycerin and African palm, sesame and marula oils) plus ‘lymph stimulating’ grapefruit oil. Thus, I’ve been using it as a very indulgent hand and body cream that sees me not being able to stop sniffing my arm. If Sh’Zen ever turns this scent into a long-lasting fragrance I’ll be first in line to snap it up.

Love, love


One thought on “Beauty bits and pieces: Claire’s macaroon sponges, Essie’s Peach Side Babe collection and a shower gel foursome from Sh’zen

  1. Leigh,

    I am so glad you are using Sh’zen. I have been using Sh’zen for the last three years and very happy with their products. I just adore the exfoliating sponge which has the soft side for the face and the rough side for the legs, very handy for the ingrown hairs. The Cellular boost is out of this world, love it too bits.

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