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Sorbet Walmer Park power manicure experience

November 9, 2016
Sorbet Walmer Park

Visiting a salon or spa is as good as a holiday, and I am in desperate need of one. In May, at the first #ECMeetup I won a voucher for a power manicure at Sorbet Walmer Park. I hadn’t used it earlier because I’m not often in the city. This past Friday I wrote my last exam and thought it would be an ideal treat after a tough semester.

I being my spectacular self, entered the manicure area à la Sherman Klump and managed to knock over of one the beauty therapists trays with my bag. They were quite nice about it though. The salon also has a high ratio of beauty therapists on duty.

The Sorbet Walmer Park power manicure experience

The power manicure is the full manicure experience. My beauty therapist Zanda, shaped my nails, exfoliated my hands and massaged them and lathered them with cream. The hand massage was most definitely the favourite part of the experience. It was so relaxing, if it wasn’t for the fact that I sat upright, I probably would have fallen asleep. But it probably was a good thing I didn’t. The last time I fell asleep in public was on a plane, and judging by the looks I got from other passengers when we disembarked, I probably drooled. Or snored. Don’t judge me I was tired. And hungover.

For my nail colour, I decided to go with nail polish, even though Zanda recommended gel polish. With colour choice I decided to go out of my comfort zone, as I normally prefer pink, peach or coral shades. I chose Morgan Taylor’s West Coast Cool, which is a bright creamy blue. It’s vibrant and opaque, definitely a great shade for summer.

Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool

I’d definitely make an appointment again at Sorbet Walmer Park when I’m in the city area, but for pedicure. Their pedicure chairs look super relaxing and perfect to nap in.

Feature image via CGSCreative.


Carli Bybel Palette Review, Swatches and Giveaway

October 18, 2016

So I’ve decided to post a Carli Bybel Palette Review and Giveaway. If you haven’t heard of Carli Bybel, she is a Youtube Guru, whose account primarily focuses on beauty. She teamed up with the team at BH Cosmetics to create her own palette. Although I do not follow Carli’s Youtube channel, I love her palette. It is affordable, versatile and the shades suit most skin tones.

Carli Bybel Palette reviewThese are my favourite eyeshadows from the palette and I used them the most often.

Carli Bybel Palette Review and Swatches

The palette consists of 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters. The eyeshadows are a mix of shimmer and mattes shades that are earthy and warm toned. It has predominantly bronze-hued and champagne-hued neutrals, but it does contain 3 rose-hued neutrals and one taupe-hued neutral. The highlighter pans are much larger and these shades are all shimmery. There is a rose-hued neutral, a champagne-hued neutral and two bronze-hued neutrals. The palette is so versatile, it can be used all year round. The images below show the eyeshadows and highlighters, row by row.

Carli Bybel Palette review

For the most part, the pigmentation is amazing. Only the lightest matte shade doesn’t have great pigmentation. The shimmery shades are the most pigmented. The shades are soft and easy to blend and they’re buttery. The only shade that seems powdery to me is the matte burgundy eyeshade in the top row. The shadows last on my eyes until the end of the day. If you have oily eyelids like myself, you’ll know how amazing this is. The only shade I do not like is the taupe at the end of the second row.

Carli Bybel Palette review

Unfortunately BH Cosmetics products is only sold online. They do ship to South Africa, but unfortunately it comes through the SAPO and takes about a month. So you could buy one and wait, or try your luck and enter this giveaway.

Carli Bybel Palette review


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Essence All I Need Concealer Palette Review

September 19, 2016
Essence All I Need Concealer Palette

I first noticed the Essence All I Need Concealer Palette online earlier this year. I’ve never really done much colour correcting, but a few months ago I decided to pick up this palette and give it a go. I’m a fan of Essence products, as they’re affordable and most of their items are of really good quality.

The Essence All I Need Concealer Palette consists of 5 shades for both concealing and colour correcting. It has green, pink, light beige, dark beige and yellow. The beige shades are for concealing and the rest is used for colour correcting.

 Essence All I Need Concealer Palette

All of the shades are cream based. In all honesty I am not a fan of cream products. Taking this into account I find this palette to be okay.  In order to ensure a smooth application, the cream consistency needs to be slightly warmed. Which is why I use my fingers to apply the product. When I used a brush, I found it a bit patchy.

When using my fingers, application was easy but it is a sheer consistency. After being in the sun, my cheeks turn red quite easily (not a shade of tomato, but quite flushed) and the green does neutralise the redness. The beige shades are slightly too light for me, they could probably be used as highlighters (on my skin tone), but I haven’t given it a try.

 Essence All I Need Concealer Palette

I’ve used the colour correcting shades under MAC Studio Fix Fluid and L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation and never had issues with the colours showing through my foundation. However the product does not have good longevity.

Overall the Essence All I Need Concealer Palette is a good product, but I wouldn’t repurchase the palette. I don’t need all of the shades and I’m not a fan of cream products. With the exception of the swatches on my arm, I haven’t touched the beige shades. I’ve used the pink shade once and the yellow, probably twice. Green is the only shade that I use on a regular basis, so it would be more economical for me to just purchase a green concealer than an entire palette.

It’s under R70, which makes it a good purchase for people who are just starting off with colour correcting and what to play around with the colours. For more budget friendly makeup, check out my review on the Essence All That Greys Palette.


Essence All That Greys Palette Review

July 18, 2016

Essence recently released their latest trend edition, All That Greys, which is inspired by the 192os. Also known as the roaring 20s, this period was famous for extravagant parties and the Hollywood sirens who made popular the smoky eye look. The trend edition consists of loose powder, lipgloss, nail polish and stickers, lashes, smoky eye pencil and an eyeshadow palette. I picked up the Essence All That Greys Palette from Clicks to try out.

Essence All That Greys Palette neutral

The Essence All That Greys Palette

The palette is made from sleek black plastic with an art deco texture on the lid. The palette consists of 7 shades and has a duo ended brush. It has a large mirror that covers the entire inside of the lid. The back of the palette has an application guide which helps you create the perfect smoky eye look.

All of the eyeshadows were quite buttery and I experienced little to no, fall out when applying most of the shadows. The shadows are easy to apply and blend.

All That Greys-5

The Colour Range

The Essence All That Greys Eyeshadow Palette is not all greys but consists of a selected range of rose, red and grey shadows. None of the shadows have names but I will describe them to the best of my ability. For the purpose of this review, they are numbered from left to right.

1 – Light rose shade. It has a satin finish and has good pigmentation. As I am quite dark, on my skin tone it looks more like white than a light pink.

2 – Medium rose shade. This shade is not much darker than the first, but it is pinker (and is visibly pink on my skintone). It also has a satin finish.

3 – Rose red shade. This is the darkest rose shade and can be used on the outer corner of the eye. Out of all of the rose shades, this one suits my skin tone the best.

4 – Silver shade. This is probably the only disappointing shade in the palette. It just doesn’t show up very well. It is probably best used as a highlight in the inner corners of the eyes.

5 – Light grey shade. It is super pigmented and blends really well.

6 – Charcoal shade. This shade is also super pigmented. I did experience some fall out with this shade, but nothing major.

7 – Gunmetal shade. Very pigmented and has a satin finish.

All That Greys-7

Swatched from the bottom up, 1 to 7.

Longevity of the product

I have oily eyelids and often find that eyeshadows do not last and somehow just “disappear”. Last week I had done a makeup look with this shadow. I used all of my regular products and the only other product I put on my lids was the LA Girl Concealer, which I used as a eyeshadow primer. I applied the first pink all over my lid, the second grey in the crease and the third grey on my outer lid. The look was finished with winged liner using the Essence eyeliner pen and double set with an unbranded jet black eyeshadow. I applied my make up at 6:45AM and took it off at 11PM that evening. I went to work and in the evening I went ice skating and the shadow lasted. It didn’t look as great as it did in the morning but it didn’t “disappear” or smear all over my eyes, creating a panda look. I wish I had the Essence All That Greys Palette when I attended a Great Gatsby themed party last year.

The price and where you can buy it

This is probably one of Essence’s more expensive items as it retails forR96.50, but for 7 good quality eyeshadows, this is still quite affordable. Customers can purchase the range at Clicks and Dischem and if you’re keen on the Essence All That Greys Palette , you’ll need to hurry. Essence’s trend editions tend to sell out quite quickly and as they’re normally limited editions, once they’re gone, you’ve missed out.

I give the Essence All That Greys Palette two thumbs up.


April to June 2016 Empties

July 15, 2016

Initially when I started doing empties posts, I planned on doing them monthly. However, I do not go through products quickly and I didn’t want to bore my readers by posting the same products over and over (these being the products that I actually finish easily). I decided to do them every 3 months, or bi-monthly, depending on how quickly I do through items.

June 2016 Empties-1

Body Products and Accessories

Nivea Body Moisturiser Rich Nourishing

I received this deluxe sized sample in a goodie bag. The formula is thick but easily absorbed. It’s a good standard product.

Clicks Cosmetic Cotton Pads Smooth Sealed Edge

The quality was okay, but these pads often felt like they would fall apart when I used it with acetone or facial toner. I often forget to buy cotton pads so I’d only repurchase these if I need pads and I forgot to get them elsewhere.

The Body Shop Body Butter in Mango

I love the body butters by The Body Shop and their mango fragrance is one of my all time favourites. I would definitely repurchase this body butter in the exact same scent.

SPAR Biodegradable Baby Wipes

I only purchased this because I was out of my regular wipes and they were the only kind that I could get on my way home. Would not repurchase.

Clicks Baby Wipes

These wipes appeared in the last empties post. Would definitely repurchase.

The Body Shop Organic Cotton Rounds

The Organic Cotton Rounds by The Body Shop are my favourite kind of cotton pads. Unfortunately they’re quite pricy. I will however repurchase these.

Mitchum Roll On

Standard stuff also mentioned in the previous empties post.


My mom swears by this stuff. She bought it for me. Honestly I find the oil very thick and not easy to rub into the skin. The bottle doesn’t also last very long. It does however work well.

June 2016 Empties-2

Eye Products

Design Compact Eyeshadow in Pink Dutchess

Picked this up at one of the Edgars beauty sales a while back. The quality is okay and it’s super affordable. I didn’t declutter this sooner because I thought I would use it. Long story short, it wasn’t touched in a while, so it has to go. So this baby will be cleaned and given to my goddaughter. She’s getting into makeup and it will be great for her to play with.

Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara

This stuff is amazing. I’m already on my third tube. If you know me, you’ll know that I rarely repurchase makeup products, so being on my third tube speaks volumes on how amazing it is.

Madame Zingara Making Making Magic Make-Up Palette

This wasn’t decluttered sooner because I thought I threw it away. It was found buried in my closet. The only reason I bought this palette was because it was on sale. The bronzer and face powder were used a few times, but the eyeshadows were only swatched. I don’t like lipglosses that come in a palette so they were never used. This will also be cleaned and given to my goddaughter.

Unbranded eyeshadow brush

This had it’s good days, and now it’s done. Time to be tossed.

June 2016 Empties-6

Hair Products

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo

Loved using this shampoo. It’s an affordable sulphate free shampoo. I would definitely repurchase. I wrote about the conditioner in the previous empties.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Rich & Elegant Paisley

I’ve only ever used Batiste’s dry shampoo so I can’t compare it to other brands, but it works really well. The rich & elegant paisley scent freshens your hair without the smell being overwhelming.

Dark & Lovely Amla Legend Night Wrap Hair Cream

This works well, but only if you use a little at a time. Or else your hair will end up oily and stiff.

June 2016 Empties-7


Rihanna Rebelle

This perfume I used up as apart of a Project Pan I’m doing on Snapchat (add me I’m osoinspired). I got this years ago from Beauty Bulletin. I enjoyed the scent, which was fruity-floral (my favourite type) and would repurchase but I’m currently trying to cut down on the amount of perfume I own and I have enough bottles to currently last me till at least next year.

Perfume samples

As I threw away of my empties after I took the photos I typed the names of all of the perfume samples and my thoughts on my cellphone’s memo. I had to do a factory reset on my phone and done this before I took the info off. Very silly I know.

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Face Products

Gallia Anti-Blemish Moisturiser

This moisturiser was okay I guess. I’m not to impressed by it. I found the product a bit drying and sometimes it was difficult to rub into my skin and it left white blots. Would not repurchase.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

As a lover of The Body Shop products, I thoroughly enjoyed this face wash. It helped reduce the blemishes made by acne scars on my face and I swear my face feels smoother. Like most TBS products it lasts ages, which makes it good value for money.

Skin Strategy Soothing & Calm Face Mask

These masks were only R15 a pop but they didn’t really do much to my skin. I would have been better off making a mask myself.

Clicks Sea Mineral Face Mask

This is a clay mask and I love clay masks. It’s super affordable and works well. Would definitely repurchase.

Cettui Silky and Clear Nose Strip with Witch Hazel

Who else loves seeing the gunk on these strips after using them. Disgusting, I know, but I love these strips and need to get me another box as this was my last one.

Dischem Beauty Blender

I pink this oblong beauty blender up from Dischem for a mere R40. It worked well and lasted me for ages. The only reason why I tossed it is because I got nicks and little rips in it, every time I washed it. I’m more gentle with my new blender.

Essence Mattifying Compact Powder in Soft Tan

This product didn’t do much for me. If  I applied my make up in the morning, the mattifying effect didn’t last past 12 (not that it was very mattifying in the first place).

Check out all of my empties posts here.

What products have you used up recently? Let me know in the comments.