Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and my love life is as barren as the drought that the country is currently experiencing. I can hear the collective “ag shame”, but I think being single is as awesome as you make it. Just because I’m single doesn’t mean I can’t treat myself. After a few days off from work, I was pleasantly surprised when I found a package with three of the new Rain Africa Fizz Balls waiting on my desk.
I received Pomegranate Heart, Stardust and Lemon Fizz. The only balls from the range of Rain Africa Fizz Balls, that I did not receive was Beehive and Boat. Rain Africa describes Beehive as a tribute to the humble bee and that Boat has an oceanic surprise.
This two toned ball contains charcoal powder, which is a great detoxifier for the skin. It also contains coconut oil and basil essential oil. I’m pretty sure it contains stars as well, because there’s one sticking out of one side of the ball.
Lemon fizz is the smallest (but not by much) of the three I received. What it lacks in size it makes up in fragrance. It contains coconut oil, which is good for nourishing the skin, and lemongrass oil, which is an antiseptic astringent and a natural fungicide.
These hearts are huge. You could probably gently cut it in half and get more than one bath out of it. I can’t decide which smells better between this and the lemon fizz. It is fragranced with pomegranate and mandarin oil. The mandarin oil is good for circulation and has antiseptic properties.
I haven’t yet used my fizz balls because of water restrictions. I miss having a good bath. Spending two hours in water that has gone from hot to chilly. White wrinkled fingers and toes. Bliss isn’t it?Analysts reckon that that 2017 we’ll receive good rainfall. We had some good rains in PE today, so hopefully it was in the catchment areas and some more is on it’s way so that I can treat myself with one of my Rain Africa Fizz Balls.
So I suggest you get stocked up and when the rainy season hits, you’ll be ready for the ultimate bathing pleasure. I legit cannot wait to use these Rain Africa Fizz Balls.
Rain Africa is also having a Valentine’s special. They’re giving a Free Pomegranate Heart with every four of their Butterballs purchased. Considering the size of the hearts, it’s a good deal. This deal is valid at their physical stores (if you didn’t know there’s one in Walmer Park Shopping Centre next to Woolies, by the Dischem entrance) as well as online.
Better late than never, but with good reason. I’ve recorded a Youtube video. I recorded and edited it a while ago but it needed a voice over and only got around to doing it recently. The video is a bit weird, as my face cannot be seen. That’s because I washed my hair, with the intention of blow drying it, but it was too hot to use a hairdryer and my make up was melting off my face.
Check out the images of the products I mention in the video below.
I’ve had to let go of Queen of Beauty (silver glitter), San Francisco (green) and Secret Admirer (black shimmer). San Francisco is probably my ultimate favourite shade from the brand. I’d repurchase it again, once I get my nail polish collection down to a manageable size.
Planet Nails Acetone
Their acetone is as good as any. It’s also more affordable than most, so I’d repurchase.
I received these Black Up Lip Crayons from Beauty Bulletin, when I used to write reviews for them. When I first received them, I think I was a complete newbie in the beauty world, and didn’t understand or appreciate the shades as I do now. I wish they hadn’t expired, but they have so I have to toss them.
10 – Deep red with blue undertones.
05 – Bright red with orange undertones.
12 – Purple. When swatching 12 I could immediately tell that it was expired. It became sheer and the texture changed.
To be honest I’m not sure if I’d repurchase them. I have so many lipsticks, that a few of them are similar shades to these.
The eye pencils do not have names or numbers, so I’ll describe them by shade. The first is bronze and the second is a champagne-gold shade. They were both still smooth and the colour payoff was still good. However, eyes are such a sensitive area that I really don’t want to risk it.
Essence Eyeliner Pen
This is a really good and affordable liquid liner pen. It’s not the most intense black, but the tip holds up really well. I think this is my second one. I purchased the Essence advent calendar last year and got a new one in it. I’d probably get another one once that is dry.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
I’ve been through a few of these mascaras. Great Lash is reliable and affordable. I like that it’s buildable without getting clumpy. I’d repurchase in a heart beat.
Avon Glow Bronzing Pearls
This product has gotten so many good reviews I had to get my hands on it, but what a disappointment. This is the original shade, and it does absolutely nothing for me. It’s been tucked away at the back of my cupboard and I’m pretty sure it’s expired. I won’t be repurchasing.
Unknown branded products
This is bunch of products I purchased from a Chinese shop. The black eyeliner was hard and dragged my eyelid so I never used it. The matt lipsticks I bought with the intention of getting the LA Girls matt lipsticks to compare them to. I swatched these on my inner arm and they stained them so badly, I thought that there is no way I am putting it any where near my lips.
I needed white foundation for a Harry Potter dress up party and wasn’t willing to fork out so I got this powder foundation. It worked well, but while I was going through my products to declutter, I saw these dots on it which is why it’s going into the bin.
The nude palette I bought from Born Pretty Store. The colour pay off is good, but the shadows are extremely chalky and do not last long. I eventually only ended up using it for costume looks. I also often used the shadows wet and if you wet a shadow, it ends up going bad faster.
The Body Shop Tree Tea range
I love the Body Shop. When I first used the night lotion in their tree tea range I went and bought a bunch of other products from the range. Unfortunately not all of the products worked as well as. The Skin Clearing lotion is very light, and is probably best for people with oily skin. I need something that’s more moisturising. The Skin Clearing toner I had to throw away. I bought it without looking at the ingredients so I didn’t realise that it contains alcohol. Every time I used this toner it felt like my face was on fire. It literally felt like it was burning, I’m not sure if it was the alcohol or something else, but this had to be thrown away. I really enjoyed the Foaming Cleanser, and would probably repurchase.
Clicks Purifying Nose Pore Strips
These done absolutely nothing to my pores. Nothing. Instead of peeling off my nose, the “gluey” part stuck to my skin. I wasted my money on these.
Organics Aloe Vera & Herb Shampoo
I bought this recently because I needed to use up the Dischem Beauty Treats conditioner in my stash. I’ve used Organics for years, so I would probably buy it again, but not often as it’s sulfate content is high.
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger Keratin Rinse
I kind of forgot about this rinse as it was tucked away at the back of my bathroom cupboard. I’m pretty sure it’s expired as I’ve had it for years. Probably wouldn’t purchase it again.
Dark n Lovely Ultra Cholesterol
If you have dry and damaged hair, or chemically treated hair, hair cholesterol is probably the best thing ever. The only reason why I bought the Dark n Lovely one is because I couldn’t find my favourite brand’s version. I’m not sure if it’s discontinued or just constantly sold out (it’s the Soft n Free Hair Cholesterol). This one works well, but I find that I can’t leave it too long on my hair, else it will get oily very fast. I would repurchase, but only if I can’t find the Soft ‘n Free version.
Dischem Beauty Treats Raspberry Conditioner
Why did I buy this? Oh yes, I wanted to do a DIY with it that I never got around to doing. It doesn’t do much conditioning and the raspberry fragrance smells like plastic. I’d probably not buy this again.
Kair Silcone Spray
My mom gave this to me. Honestly, the Kair Silcone Serum is 100 times better than this. The bottle’s not even empty. I wouldn’t purchase one for myself.
Kair Restoring Placenta
This is another item given to me by my mother. I didn’t see any difference in my hair when I used this. I also wouldn’t purchase one for myself.
Avon Femme Body Lotion and Body Spray
I bought this along with the EDP (which is only half way finished). It is a light floral and fruity scent that I enjoyed. It can be worn on an everyday basis without being overwhelming. I would repurchase, but I am still going through a few other lotions and body sprays.
Clicks Tissue Oil
I go through tissue oil so fast these days. I quite literally use a bottle a month (I’ve already finished a bottle as I’m writing this post). I have however seen a big difference in my stretch marks. AT first I hated the fragrance, but now I’ve gotten used to it. I would definitely be repurchasing this tissue oil.
Enjoy Flirty Fun Body Wash
This goody was a part of the first #ECMeetup’s goodie bag. It quite literally smelled like sweets, which obviously means that I loved it. I would purchase it for myself, however I must say I finished this bottle quite fast.
Avon Mystique Body Wash
I can’t remember much about this body wash. Avon makes good body washes and they’re often on promotion, so I’d probably buy one again.
Dove Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla Body Wash
I’m not sure where I got this sample, but it pretty good. I took this along when I travelled as the size of the bottle was convenient. I would purchase a full size bottle.
Narciso Rodriguez for EDP
This perfume has a fruity and floral scent. It smells of roses and peaches and if I didn’t have a bunch of other perfumes to finish, I’d buy a bottle in a heartbeat.
Avon Toasted Macadamia Nut Foot Lotion
The Avon Footworks collection works well and is well priced. I’m not a big fan of the scent, but enjoyed the formula. I’ve already purchased another tube in a different scent that I love.
In terms of finishing products and decluttering, December was a good month and January is looking to be another good one.
It’s been a while since my last empties post so this one is jam packed. Finishing so many products gives me a feeling of accomplishment. There are a few items that I’m decluttering, but the majority are items that I’ve finished. As there’s so many that needs to be worked through, let me get onto the reviews.
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Sorbet and Body Butter
As with nearly every scent in The Body Shop’s range, I love Fuji Green Tea. It’s different from the normal fruity scents that they have, but in a good way. It is light and subtle and not overwhelming. I don’t recommend using the sorbet in winter, it’s not moisturising enough, but it’s perfect for warm weather when only a light moisturiser is needed. I would repurchase both products. Continue Reading
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.
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.
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.
These 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.
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.
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.