Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and admit defeat, and today is one of those days for me.
I’ve been planning to catch up on my December and January favourite finds for months now, but now I just have to accept that it’s not going to happen… and move on!
So today I’m getting back on track with February’s favourites.
1. Stila Eye Shadow Palette
Seriously? How gorgeous is this eyeshadow palette from Stila?? The eyes are the window Soul palette has the most beautiful array of burnished bronze shades that keep me coming back for more. Not to mention the exquisite packaging in luxurious rose gold and gold!
There are twelve warm eyeshadows (4 matte and 8 shimmers) from soft buttermilk to rich terracotta tones. The texture of these shadows varies slightly, with the lighter matte shadows having a slightly softer finish and the dark matte shadows feeling more chalky and stiff. The frosted shadows have a fairly uniform smooth finish, and can be used wet or dry.
There are a selection of highlighter shades complimented by richer deep tones – lighter colours on the left and deeper tones on the right. There are no presets here (for those who need extra guidance) but what I would recommend is that you apply your shadow from this palette using three colours from top to bottom, left to right or lightest to darkest. The palette also comes with a small booklet that gives you a few suggestions on how to use the shades!
Here are all the shades from left to right working down the palette…
Light: buttermilk yellow matte. (Use to unify skin texture and tone from crease to brow)
Individual: terracotta matte. Slightly chalky and sheer. (Use as a neutral crease shadow)
Being: deep warm brown in a satin finish. (Use into the lashline)
Kitten: champagne frost. (Use with a damp brush to create a high shine lid contrasted against a matte face)
Affection: soft ginger frost.
Character: dark brown matte with coppery sparkle.
Thought: taupe frost with low shine. (Use with grey liner and lots of black lashes)
Heart: desaturated mushroom brown matte.
Peace: medium brown frost.
Vitality: cool gold frost.
Substance: silver taupe frost.
Essence: black satin. (Use by applying wet then smoothing out with the same shadow on a dry brush)
So firstly – how pretty are the names? Love them.
Then, a bit more about the colour payoff… the frosts are the best performing of the shadows here as they have a denser texture. The mattes have a thinner, drier consistency that feels soft in the pan but doesn’t translate as intensely on the skin which is why I recommend you use an eyeshadow primer when using these shadows. I recommend the Prime and Fine eyeshadow base from Catrice.
This palette is a makeup staple that will last for years and years, and one I’m particularly looking forward to using this autumn and winter! (R495)
In recent months more and more people have been bumping into me and not realising it was me… you see I’ve been going progressively blonder and blonder (thanks to my awesome stylist at Style Bar Constantia!) But the trouble with highlights is that they are known to damage hair over time… and I’ve noticed that my hair is taking a bit of strain.
For a few months I’ve been hearing about Olaplex, but the price tag put me off each time it was recommended at the salon… until this month when I noticed that the two step in-salon Olaplex treatments were on special for just R200 at Style Bar! I jumped at the chance to try it out for myself.
This revolutionary product aims to #repair #protect and #discover a whole new world of colour for your hair. OLAPLEX repairs and rebuilds broken disulphide hair bonds caused by chemical processes such as colouring or using thermal heated tools before any damage is done to your hair. These processes break down disulphide bonds that are essential for hair elasticity, health and strength. You can choose to use OLAPLEX as a pre-treatment or alongside your colouring or lightening or both in cases where your hair is damaged and you want to colour or lighten. Unlike conditioning or protein treatments OLAPLEX repairs the hair from within.
How it works: your hairdresser starts off with the OLAPLEX No.1 Bond Multiplier by adding it directly into your lightener or colour. After rinsing colour from your hair, they apply the OLAPLEX No.2 Bond Perfector for a minimum of 20 minutes then it’s time for a rinse, shampoo, and condition. This is where I stopped for my own hair but it doesn’t end here, you can go home with OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector to maintain your hair’s health at home, in between salon visits.
I definitely left the salon with stronger hair… and have since noticed far less breakage. My ends still are a bit damaged but I suppose you can’t fix YEARS of damage overnight so I’ll be back to Olaplex my hair again… let’s just hope the special is still running then 😉 (R200 at Style Bar)
3. Skin Creamery
I was given a bottle of Skin Creamery‘s all in one body and face moisturising lotion a few months back and I’ve been using it everyday since. An indulgent blend of three oils – coconut, jojoba and baobab – this cream was created by skin care therapist Hannah Rubin, who believes in carefully combining the earth’s soothing oils to create products that are not unnecessarily harmful to your skin – or the environment.
This nourishing and hydrating cream is quickly absorbed and leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth while smelling delicious – all due to the essential oils of Spearmint, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla & Patchouli!
The cream can be used all over the body, even the face, leaving it smoother, healthier and more radiant skin. Plus it’s earth-friendly and certified organic, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and contains fragrance from 100% natural oils. (R275)
4. Smittens Cleansing Mitten
This smart little mitten is known as a Smitten – a microfiber mitten that is used to COMPLETELY deep cleanse your skin in seconds using nothing but warm water! No cleansers, exfoliators, cotton pads, make-up removers needed as it removes make-up in seconds, deeply cleanses and exfoliates giving you a total cleanse.
I’ve been using mine with a mild cleanser but you can also use it without and get similar results – perfectly clean skin. They work just as well when only using warm water, making them ideal those with super sensitive skin who can’t use products.
They’re also pretty handy for travellers who don’t want to lug around cleansers and each Smitten is packaged in its own travel size zip lock pouch so you avoid getting your whole toiletry bag soaked!
Super absorbent they can even making hair drying time faster by soaking up excess water in your hair and STILL they dry 3 times faster than normal cloths. (R100)
5. Almond Breeze Almond Milk
Recently I’ve begun to love breakfast – unusual for me who used to spend years of my life skipping this meal altogether (BAD move. Don’t do it!!) Anyway the change has come about because I’ve finally discovered a few breakfast options that don’t taste like dried cardboard and one of these has been having Bircher muesli soaked overnight in the fridge in almond milk. YUM, albeit requiring a little bit of foresight as you need to prep everything the night before.
Almond Breeze Original and Unsweetened has become my go-to choice. Made from almonds, this alternative to cow’s milk is naturally low in fat and packed with vitamins and minerals – a natural super-food. It’s free from dairy, eggs, lactose, casein, peanuts and gluten and I definitely feel healthier for it…. even if that’s just in my mind!
Images: Kathryn Rossiter
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