Revlon mass reviews

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I am well into holiday mode now and this may well be my last post for the year, unless I get a sneaky quiet day. I bought these Revlon items some time back and they are all things I’ve wanted to try for a long time now.

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Revlon colorstay foundation, balm stains and highlighting palette

After consulting a few of my favourite bloggers I settled on the Revlon colorstay foundation for combination skin over the Stay Active. I’ve used it a few times now and I’m quite happy with it.

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It melts into skin and gives medium coverage. I use the shade True Beige although at the rate I’m tanning this will soon be too light for me. The one issue I have is the packaging. There is no pump and the wide open mouth makes a fat mess which is going to send my OCD over the edge.

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Let’s talk about this highlighting palette. I’m having a moment with highlighters. I got this one in bronze glow, it’s also available in a peach and pink glow. I love this too much, it is so fine and delivers the perfect glow that also looks great in photographs. These are limited edition so if you’re keen best move it.

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Last but not least Revlon have their matte and lacquer balms as well as their balm stains on a two for one offer. You will find the offer at Clicks, Dischem, Edgars and Tuworths. The matte balms come as two of the same which is a bit of a bummer. The balm stains, which I went for, all come with the same shade free which is their most popular shade; honey.

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two swipes each, Honey up top and Romantic below

This was great news for me because Honey is the shade I was really after anyway. It is a flattering darker pink/ mink shade and will suit most skin tones. I got Romantic along with it which is a beautiful red shade. The balm stains are probably my favourite of the balms.

I’m still adjusting to the feel of mattes and making them comfortable for me and the lacquers are my least liked of the three. The lacquers just have too much sparkle for my liking and all three types have that minty scent I love. These will make awesome stocking fillers and you can keep one for yourself while you’re at it :P

Recipe: Cinnamon cookies

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I lurv cinnamon. Love. I’ve said it before but I really do love cinnamon okay. I made these cookies on a whim and they are so light and crumbly.

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Beat together
125g butter and
A quarter cup of castor sugar
Till pale and creamy
Add a splash of caramel essence and beat through

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Sift together
1 and 3/4 cup flour. I like brown flour for this but hey, we don’t discriminate round these parts
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir that in good. Press the dough into a greased pan and then brush lavishly with a beaten egg.

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Prick with a fork. Mix together sugar and chopped or flaked almonds and make it rain on that dough yo.
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Bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes or until pinky golden in colour. cool slightly them cut however you like, I like little rectangles.

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Enjoy!

Madame Macaron’s new Chocolate bark and more Xmas specials

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Viveshni from Madame macaron is always spoiling us silly at meets and events, the Spice Goddess event was no exception. Lady V brought along a cupcake tower of dark chocolate cupcakes and caramel bite sized cuppies which were extremely dangerous since you just wanted to keep tossing em back like popcorn.
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In our goodie bags we also found this cute festive looking bag from Madame Macaron with 2 macarons, a cake pop and a pair of her new chocolate bark. The chocolate bark just makes me want to build a candy house, they would be perfect as tiles. Plus imagine how good the house will look with all these nuts and fruit in them.
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The white choclate bark has ginger pieces in addition to the hazelnuts and cranberries and was my favourite. Viveshni has a bunch of cute festive gifting ideas that you can order this year, Orders will close on the 16th and you can collect your goodies from her in Riverside on the 22 and 23rd.

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Need a cake for your family gathering this holiday or want to spoil an extra special someone? You can contact Viveshni here. She made a ridiculously good looking and equally delicious extra chocolate cake for Cuppa for CANSA that ruined us all.

Be Pampered Spa review + Giveaway

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I visited Be Pampered Spa in Westville for the Spice Goddess event last weekend and was pleasantly surprised. The Spa is owned by the Mystic Sisters Jayshree Rabia Mallaya and Mellissa Mallaya Pandya. The sisters saw that most spas were outpriced for the average person and wanted to create a place where it was possible for everyone to enjoy some pampering. They created Be Pampered Spa as a community initiative so that everyone could see to their wellbeing and ward off the stresses of life without the hefty pricetag.

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Surprise!

At the spa I got to indulge in a 45 minute Pedicure in their outside garden room. This room is perfect if you want to make group bookings with friends or family. The other half at the event got full body hot stone massages in the intimate treatment rooms. The Spa is set in a quiet out of the way area of Westville North and is so peaceful and serene. It has that home away from home feeling largely due to the friendliness of the staff and the Sisters themselves.

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This is definitely your budget friendly Spa and a place you could go to for that monthly treat. While the packages and treatments are affordable I was happy to see that the staff and beauty therapists are still well trained. The meal we enjoyed after our treatments was home cooked and delicious. They have specials all the time and you can find all the details on their website here.

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I enjoyed my time and the spa and left feeling refreshed and ready for the weeks ahead, the good news is the lovely sisters have offered a couples massage to one of my lucky readers, this is what the package will consist of:

The ‘Absolutely Amazing’ one of Be Pampered Spa’s favourites with couples…

You and your partner lie side by side in our candlelit room. Begin your romantic spa journey of relaxation. First the spa therapist will apply the massage oil and begin a hands on full body massage which melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism.  Then hotstones are gently massaged on your body before being placed on your back. This an instant stress reliever and the heat feels so good. It is followed by a relaxing face massage and a Head massage. Enjoy a delicious meal of grilled chicken or fish or veg. The treatment is 1 hour 30 minutes and if you are interested in booking this package it Costs R300 per couple
www.bepamperedspa.co.za

Sounds good? You can win the above package by doing the following:

- Like Sparkling Labyrinth and Be Pampered Spa on Facebook, write on my wall saying why you would like this treatment and tag Be Pampered Spa

OR

- Follow @fayinthemaze and @be_pamperedspa on twitter and tell us why you need this treatment

For an extra entry spot the post image on my Instagram @fayinthemaze, follow me and drop a comment.

Please note that this competition is open to Durban residents only. Competition ends next Thursday 18th December and winner will be announced on Friday 19th.

Good Luck! To book or get in touch with the spa you can call or email them:
Call: 0829545804
0312622572

Email:
Jayshreemallaya@yahoo.com

** This competition is now CLOSED
Congratulations Zaahira Khan @zyekhan on Instagram

Got spoiled rotten at the Spice Goddess event

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On Sunday morning I woke up bright eyed and curious for the Spice Goddess event. The event was hosted by Verushka and of course the event was named after her own blog. She collaborated with Sue Levy on this day of pampering and fun.

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Madame macaron herself setting up

10 lucky blogger ladies were invited to Be pampered spa in Westville. The spa is owned by the Mystic Sisters, who are well known around Durban. Aside from the event being at a spa I didn’t know what else to expect and V kept us all in suspense.

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Mrs Sue Levy, how much do we love that skirt

Sue flew in for the event and it was all about making us feel special, pampering our inner goddess as V put it and really just soul food in terms of blogging, inspiration, motivation and support.

Sue is a wonderful motivational speaker and I’ve always admired her from afar for her loving open heart and realness. After finally meeting her, I can say the person behind the blog and twitter account is just as if not more lovely than expected.

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selfies for daaays

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somewhere along the way, the Fuze Tea guy, Cameron, lost his shirt. I don’t know anything about this and was not involved.

Fuze tea was there keeping us hydrated. Their pear and bergamot flavour was my favourite by far, which is not surprising considering my Earl Grey tea addiction.
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Madame Macaron set up delicious treats for us as always and popped in some goodies for us to take home too, which included her new chocolate bark, I’ll be posting her Christmas/ Holiday specials soon.
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Be Pampered spa was extremely generous and gave us all a treatment. I went completely out of my comfort zone with a pedicure. I do not like people touching my feet but I wanted to push myself to experience something new. Because outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens! And it was magic indeed.
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The spa also prepared meals according to all our dietary requirements and my fish option was delicious. I am so impressed with this intimate spa nestled in a quiet Westville corner and can’t wait to share more about it with you all, along with a few surprises! ;)
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Anni King came by for a fun giveaway which involved me almost decking Kerry with my pineapple clad fist. That bish be fierce though and went home with a beautiful spoil from Anni King.
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Renew hair dye have some fun colours launching for summer and had a chat with us. You will be seeing more about them on the blog soon.

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As one does

Also at the event was Foschini and they came with a fragrance that is at the very top of my lust list, the Jimmy Choo original EDT. They brought Karl Lagerfeld too and have some great offers on for the silly season, including this beautiful Jimmy Choo bag as a gift with purchase. Swoon!

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The beautiful bag in the flesh, NEED!

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Megan from Stuffed Feeling and a new friend Thina

Aside from all the spoiling and brand info, I loved spending time with these ladies, sharing stories and having that quality time out. The whole event has left me feeling recharged and ready to send the year off with that extra bit of oomph.

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Thank you for organising this Verushka and Sue, and thanks to Be pampered spa for hosting us and keeping us happy. You’ll be seeing a lot more about what went on and who got involved in the coming weeks, along with some end of year sparkle. Stay tuned :p

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