Monday, 27 January 2014

Manicure Monday!

Orange slice nails...

I used Essence Hazelnut Creme Pie, and a no name polish with an orange tinge.

I used the orange pieces and cut them in two, to make half moons...

Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Nails of the day!

I used LA Girl Quicksand, and for the accent nail and chevron I used LA Girl Sands of Time!

I am really loving chevron designs, they are quick and easy, and look amazing!

I love the LA Girl textured polishes, they dry quickly, apply smoothly, and are affordable! I have not seen them recently at Dischem, and I hope they get more in soon!

Have you tried the textured polishes from LA Girl?

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Floyd Mayweather in South Africa, press conference, Gala Banquet and Auction

Floyd Mayweather, and his team (the money team) were in South Africa to revive the sport of boxing and encourage young South African boxers, I hope the sport and our country has benefited.

My boyfriend and I were able to attend the press conference, as well as the gala dinner and auction. The press conference was held at Olympic House, and the Minister of Sport and the SASCOC president were in attendance.

Below are some photos from the press conference.

Miss Doralie Medina, Floyd's massage therapist looking stunning at the press conference!

The photo above was taken by Shades of Mink Blog, and the photo below is from Doralie's Instagram @badmedina 

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On Friday night my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to attend the Floyd Mayweather Gala Dinner and Auction at Emperor's Palace.

It is always fun to dress up formally, black tie and all that!

The event was attended by local celebrities, and of course the rich people (for the auction)... More on this later... And a performance by Judith Sephuma.

The cute center pieces at the event!

The starter! It was really yummy, it was the only food that was nice, the mains and dessert weren't great at all!

Floyd Mayweather signing money... Haha!

Miss Medina again!

Our very own beautiful face of Revlon- Miss Bonang. She was so friendly, and so flawless! 

Other people included, Jen Su, Danny K, a few of Mandela's grandchildren, and many more!

My nails of the night!

Now, about the auction... There were four items up for bidding, below are the items as well as the winning bid!

A framed, personalised and signed picture of Floyd Mayweather- R230 000
A framed, personalised and signed pair of Floyd's gloves, as well as four tickets to his next fight and accommodation for the night- R500 000
A framed picture of the late Baby Jake- R55 000
A framed and signed picture of Muhammad Ali- R70 000

And that was the event!


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

January Rubybox Unboxed!

I have received the Salvatore Ferragamo body wash and lotion before, and the shampoo is equally impressive! It smells amazing, and makes my hair super soft! I just wish there was a conditioner with it.

Babor products are new to me, I have heard the name before, but not much else... I look forward to trying it out.

The rubybox moods scent in Delirium is quite nice, sweet yet subtle.

Lastly, the alice band, cute, but not really me... Lucky I have younger cousins :)

And lastly, a R550 voucher for the laser beautique... Happy Summer!

How do you like your box?


Monday, 13 January 2014

Ladies, do I have some good news for you!!!

I went onto the Rubybox site today, to browse, you know... ;)

And look what new products they stock!

Jouer cosmetics- Face, eyes and lips!

Marc Jacobs- Glosses and Polishes

Laura Mercier-Face

NARS- Lips and the MULTIPLE!

Urban Decay- Eyes!

I WANT/NEED Nars the Multiple in Orgasm! Anyone willing to help me out :)


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Dirty Works and Nails of the Day!

I bought the Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Sour Apple a while ago, and hadn't used it until yesterday. I have tried a few textured polishes, my favourite is still the LA Girl range. I find the Sally Hansen very gritty and rough, and it can look a bit messy. It looks better in real life, and has a matte type finish, although I wouldn't buy this range again unfortunately.

For the accent nail I used the Essence nail art tip painter in Silver Surfer, it has a thin brush, and it was actually easier than I thought to do the chevron design.

I used Sparitual in Looking Glass for the silver nail. I love this colour, it is highly pigmented, and applies so smoothly. 

I have been reading a lot about Dirty Works, and it is quite horrendous that I had not even tried it yet... So, I made a trip to Clicks and got a few products. And a polish that I have been after for a while!

Firstly, the packaging is so cute, similiar to Soap and Glory (but way way cheaper and easier to find!)
Secondly, for a UK brand they are very affordable!

I have only tried the foot butter, hand cream and body butter so far. I can't really pick a favourite, because they are all quite impressive. 

The hand cream has a light, unrecognisable scent, and is extremely moisturising! 

The foot butter smells great, and is not as thick or sticky as some other foot products I have tried, it is also extremely moisturising. 

The body butter isn't as thick as The Body Shops, it is more like a cream I think, but smells great and is a great moisturiser. If you have extremely dry skin, this may not work for you. I like it for a summer moisturiser, but I think I will stick to a thicker body butter for winter. 

I have been looking for Sinful polish in Cinderella for a while and I am so happy I finally found it, I will use it soon and post pictures, and I am sure you will then be looking for it too! :)

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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Essence and Catrice Preview

I am a huge fan of good quality and affordable beauty products.

Essence and Catrice have amazing collections of all beauty products, lips, eyes, nails, you name it. Their limited edition products are great too, and stay on trend with bigger, more expensive brands. 

I have selected a few of my favourite products from the upcoming collections. They are meant to be available from February 2014. But in South Africa who knows when we will actually have them. Sigh...

Let's hope Clicks and Dischem can bring them in ASAP!

CATRICE Crushed Crystals Nail Polishes

 The new Crushed Crystals offer a brilliant and sandy finish. There are six shades with high coverage ranging from taupe and rosé gold to classic red, pink and coral. The fine crystals cover your nails like diamond dust, and I cannot wait to try this!

ESSENCE Quick & Easy Sponge Nail Polish Remover 

The practical, acetone-free “dip-in” nail polish remover with an integrated black sponge removes nail polish easily. I love this, I currently use the Bourjois one, so would definitely give this a try! My Bourjois one is full of glitter and every other textured nail polish and needs replacing!

ESSENCE Nail Candies  

The new nail candies won’t just make your nails shine in seven of the most gorgeous pastel shades like apricot, rosé or pistachio, but also offer six pampering benefits. The nail polishes also harden nails, protect your nails from daily demands, even out irregularities, have a fruity scent, dry fast and give your nails a high-shine finish.

ESSENCE How to Make Your Face Wow Make-up Box

I really hope we get this, the brow set, and the nude eye set! It seems very Benefit like to me, and since we don't get many Benefit products here in South Africa, these would be ideal, and also at a tenth of the price! With the products in the how to make face wow make-up box, you can put your face in the right light with: a subtle, shimmering highlighter, a bronzing powder as well as two blushes in both pink and orange. This fantastic box also includes an integrated mirror and a styling card with a “how to” make-up guide for guaranteed calls of wow! 

ESSENCE How to Make Brows Wow Make-up Box

The how to make brows wow make-up box contains everything you need for getting your brows into shape, three different colour eyebrow powders, a highlighter powder, an applicator and mini tweezers. Including a mirror and a styling card, the cute box guarantees beautiful eyebrows and thanks to the step-by-step instructions, it’s ideal for beginners, too!

ESSENCE How to Make Nude Eyes Make-up Box 

I am not a huge eyeshadow fan, especially not bright and daring looks. I prefer nudes, eyeliner and mascara, and an ocassional smokey eye. (Which there is a set for too!) This unique how to make nude eyes make-up box contains six different eyeshadow colours, one applicator and a styling card with helpful step-by-step instructions for both a classic nude look and a cool daring look. This palette is so versatile, and can even be used to create a smokey eye.

ESSENCE Blush Up Powder Blush 

The silky, semi-translucent texture with subtle coverage gives your cheeks a gorgeous, fresh look. The blush with the innovative color gradient is available in two color combinations, the orange look above, and a pink palette, with different shades of pink.

ESSENCE 3D Eyeshadow 

I am all for multi-taskers, and when I see shadows like this, my mind immediately thinks this could work as a blush/bronzer, similiar to Stila's countless colour pigment in Encore, which I also use as a bronzer/contourer. The shadow goes from satin to metallic to shimmering upon application and are available in nine colours. Applied moist, the 3D duo eyeshadow guarantees even more intense results. 

ESSENCE Effect Nail Polish 

 Effects like glitter jewels, sugar, metallic, sparkling or jeans style, a holographic shimmer and polka dots combined with bright colors like rose, turquoise, blue, pink or grey-black conjure-up unique nail styles. 
The nail polishes offer great coverage and are super easy to apply for a 3D wow-manicure! Available in 14 colours with four different effects. This is really exciting for me!

What are you eager to try out?

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year

I started this blog in June last year, and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my ramblings, comments on my pictures and supports my addiction to all things pretty.

It has been an exciting seven months, and I look forward to many more. I have met amazing ladies, who share the same obsessions, and make me feel better about mine :P I have met ladies who give me inspiration for my nails, or inspiration for a new shopping list, and for that I am grateful too.

Please comment below and tell me if there is anything specific you would like me to write about.

My New Year so far in pictures!

My first nails of the new year. I used LA Girl Matte in black. And for the tips I used Essence Gold Rush, Essence Gold Fever and Sparitual Golden Rule. 

How sweet is my boyfriend!!! Love the gifts he got me... Looks like it is going to be a great year :P

My favourite summer sun care products! Bioderma tinted sunscreen, La Mer protecting fluid, Stila bronze BB cream, and Nivea sun fluid. Please remember the sun screen, sun+skin=ageing!

And lastly... You can't sit with us fluffies! My dogs tend to be a bit snobbish to unfluffy dogs like my brothers pitbull puppy who has been staying with us for a couple of days.

Thank you for reading!

PrettifulBlog: January 2014