Cuppa for CANSA pictures and fun

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On Saturday afternoon myself and most of the other Bloggers Who Bless Durban team went over to Hashtag on Windermere road (you’ll find my review of the place here) for a Cuppa for CANSA hosted by the lovely Viveshni aka Madame Macaron.

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Pretty table decor

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V outdid herself with organising and making everything perfect. The place was decorated to the theme of pink, black and bling. Check out the beautiful and crazy delicious dessert table

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Cake, macarons and cake pops made by Madame Macaron

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The best part is everything tasted as amazing as it looked. Savoury refreshments were catered by the talented french trained Boutique Boulangerie who you will also find at I heart market and Morning trade, I’m a big fan of their goodies.

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Scrumptious strawberry pavlova cupcakes from Smith's Bakeshop, yes they're amazing

Aside from all the noshing that went on we also had a great afternoon and all proceeds from entry fare, raffles and auction went to a worthy cause. Sadly I couldn’t get a bid in edgeways, there were some big bidders in the house. But everyone walked away with a happy, warm feeling in their heart I’m sure.

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The mandatory blogger selfie

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Well done on the wonderful event and fundraising effort Viveshni :)

Mani Monday: white hard candy

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So it’s still pretty grey, windy and weird in Durban but I’m intent on being springy. I chose these colours to make me feel happy and bright.

I used two coats of Woolworths white polish on all my nails, then randomly applied striping tape on my ring finger and went over it with Tip Top Cha Cha Cha.

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Of course I’m the only person in the world who can mess up something as simple as removing striping tape, so I had to do some damage control with the white polish and the super tiny end of a dotting tool.

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Voila. Nobody will be paying too much attention to notice the bang ups hopefully.

Rain hand lotion reviews including one that smells exactly like vanilla ice cream

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I tried. I really did. I tried not to open and use them all at once. But it was too difficult to resist. And it’s okay because now you all get to read about them. I did it for you, not because I have zero self restraint 😛

I got myself one of the Rain hampers at Cookie Swap to donate a little moola. It came with 6 hand lotions, each worth R50. The bundle of joy had Black Amber, African Cucumber, Biologie Rooibos Hydrating, Biologie Kalahari Melon, the all new Saffron and Tangerine and Wild Cotton which I’ve already reviewed.

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All the hand lotions are filled with Rain’s natural goodness and are handbag sized. The silver paint tube type lotions have a thinner consistency than the Biologie lotions but all are fast absorbing and leave my hands baby soft.

Saffron Tangerine:
This has a bit of a citrus scent from the tangerine and sweet spicyness from the saffron, it also has a healthy dose of coconut, sunflower and sesame oil.

African Cucumber:
A light fresh scent with a similar mix of oils. This one is great if you don’t like a strong scent and it is quite cool and summery.

Black Amber:
A warm perfume type scent, quite oriental. I pick up some cinnamon in the mix and it also contains plant resin extracts.

Biologie Kalahari Melon
A more earthy scent and contains Marula, watermelon and rosehip oil. I would say the two Biologie lotions are a little more Hydrating and heavy duty that the others. These are the ones I’d pick for my hard working mum for example.

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Biologie Rooibos Hydrating
Contains sunflower seed oil, rooibos leaf extract (rich in antioxidants) and shea butter but smells exactly like rich vanilla ice cream! I can’t stop applying it just for the wonderful scent, it is my favourite!

I now want the Biologie Rooibos body butter to go with my hand lotion so I can smell like vanilla pudding all over.
Will you be trying out any of these? You can find Rain at Gateway Umhlanga.
You all have a great weekend now I’ll just be over here sniffing my hands.

G-Star RAW – Raw for the Oceans launch at Gateway

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Last week I headed over to Gateway for the launch of their G-Star RAW concept store. It is on the upper level near YDE.

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The store only has men’s clothing for now but judging from the amount of female interest I reckon they will be bringing in the ladies line soon enough. The store openings in Jozi, Cape Town and Durban have launched with the introduction of the Raw for the Oceans collaborative range by G-Star RAW and Pharrell Williams. Together with Bionic Yarn they’ve created a denim collection made using recycled plastic from the ocean.

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Nicola and Inge with Otto being manned by Jane haha

It is quite an innovative project. Bionic Yarn is basically an eco-friendly thread that’s made out of recycled plastic bottles. The G-Star RAW, Raw for the Oceans range is the first ever range to include denim made from Bionic Yarn.

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Blogger selfie!

The range has pieces for both men and women and is in shades of blue and black, an intense mazarine indigo blue to be specific. The Fallden bomber and boyfriend cropped sweater are my favourites from the range. We got to put on the Fallden bomber and have a moment in a photo booth, we were told to do quirky poses and I channeled my inner Tyra Banks

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My picture of the picture they printed out for us

The quality is really amazing hard wearing denim that’s also surprisingly soft. Congrats on the very cool, imaginative and eco chic range guys!

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Blogger buddies and I with mascot Otto the octopus

NYX eyeshadow and lip gloss reviews and swatches

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As you all know, I fell for the Clicks sale promotions like a helpless fool. This NYX promotion has to be a favourite though. Here are reviews and swatches of the lot I purchased.

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I picked up this NYX Love in Paris eye shadow palette mostly because of my obsession with all things Paris and the adorable names they come in, there is a palette in the collection called Madeleines and Macarons. Yum!

NYX Love in Parid Je Ne Sais Quoi swatches

I got Je Ne Sais Quoi, a beautiful mix of neutrals, shimmers and mattes. I really wanted a mini palette that had some pretty neutrals as well as a matte black and this ticks both boxes.

The second swatch is a beautiful chocolate brown with golden flecks in it that I find ideal for a neutral Smokey eye. Another favourite is the eggplant shade at the bottom which is a colour I’m so crazy about at the moment

The eye shadows all apply really smoothly and are quite buttery with the exception of the 7th swatch, it is all sparkle but applies terribly chalky and is my least favourite of the palette. The matte brown and black have been serving me well as a mixture for filling in my brows, so chuffed with that!

NYX lipstick Hope swatch

I also got this lipstick in Hope for my mum, as soon as I saw it I knew it would be an ideal shade for her, the type of thing that compliments her tone very well and that she would like to wear as an everyday pop of colour, especially since she doesn’t wear other makeup. how right I was, she now wears it on the daily. It is a brown toned red and she did comment on how moisturising and soft it is.

both those purchases earned me an It List, I chose the one in neutrals. The butter gloss is my favourite, I understand now why it is one of the brands best sellers. It just glides on, has great colour payoff and feels amazing on my lips. The shade I got, Crème Brulee also has a sweet dessert type of scent that makes me love applying it, unfortunately butter gloss isn’t sold in SA.

NYX It List neutrals swatches

Above that is the lip plumplng gloss in Kim. Anyone who has ever seen me knows I don’t need lip plumping, so I haven’t and won’t be using this one. The Mega Shine lipgloss in Perfect is so pretty, pink and sparkly but has a weird cough syrup scent. I use it anyway. It is more of a tacky gloss when compared to the Butter Gloss and Xtreme shine lip cream. My Xtreme Shine lip cream is in Natural, I have been using this quite a bit as well and it is similar in texture and application to the butter gloss.

The Soft Matte lip cream has a great texture but the shade I got, Antwerp, is too orange and not for me. I’m keen to try it in a more pink nude shade though.

See anything you fancy? I will definitely be purchasing more from NYX, I’m looking at the foundations and primers next.

 

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