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Saturday, 25 October 2014


Hi there

I have been trying out some new brushes for over a month now and I wanted to share with you which ones I have and how much I enjoy them.

In South Africa, these brushes are found in Dischem Stores and are very reasonably priced.

The first four brushes are from the Studio Master Line and are Cruelty Free made from Synthetic Hair.  They are super soft and I have always wanted a set of brushes with the "white brush hairs" on the tips (if that makes any sense).

Cala Deluxe Powder Brush 301 (R99.95)

Cala Angled Contour Brush 302 (R69.95)

Cala Angled Eyeshadow Brush 314 (R29.95)

Cala Large Shading Brush 312 (R29.95)

My last Cala brush is also form the Studio Master Line but is made from Natural Hair:-

Cala Duo Eyeshadow / Blending Brush 353 (R54.95)

The following brushes is still on my wishlist:

Cala Blending Blush 311

Cala Kabuki Brush 326

Cala Retractable Kabuki Brush 327
To carry around in my bag for touch-ups

You can view the Cala brushes that Dischem stock on the Dischem website: Click Here

Or you can view CALA's entire range of brushes, Beauty blender sponges etc: Click Here

Cala has the folowing range of brushes avaialabe on their website -
*  Studio Master
*  Luxury Brushes
*  Calla Lilly Brushes
*  Travel Brushes
*  Organisers and sets


Friday, 24 October 2014

Current Beauty Favourites August to October 2014

Hi there

These are the products that I have been using and loving over the last couple of months.

Yves Rocher Elixir 7.9 Youth Energy Care - Day Cream
I have already done a blogpost on this product)

Woolworths Smoothing Primer
(They have since changed the packaging into a tube instead of a bottle)

Dischem Foundation Sponge
R26 and they have them in blue

Benefit 10 Bronzing Powder
(I only use the bronzer for contouring)

Elf Studio Blush and Contouring Set
(I love using the blush. the bronzer is a bit dark for me)

LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer

This is how I apply the LA Girl Concealer

Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara

Mac Prep + Prime CC Powder

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing
(I have the shade "Coy" as well)

Cala Brush - Deluxe Powder 301
(Available at Dischem)

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Yves Rocher Elixer 7.9 Youth Energy Care - Day Care

Hi all

I have been using the Yves Rocher Elixer 7.9 Youth Energy Care Day Care and after two months I can say that I love it!

I still love my Bionike Base 100 cream but the sales lady at Woolworths talked me into it and I don't regret buying it.  I am definitely going to try the night cream when my regular night cream is finished.

Yves Rocher is one of the leading beauty brands in France and is currently available in the UK, USA and RSA.  Yves Rocher has reasonably priced products containing natural ingredients that actually work well. The Elixir 7.9 Youth Energy Day Care is botanically based with a mix of 7 plants with anti-aging properties and 9 patents (hence the 7.9...get it?).

Active ingredients include;


Elixir 7.9 claims to;

• In one day : signs of fatigue are reduced, radiance is revived.
• In one week : wrinkles are reduced, skin texture is refined and has a more even appearance.
• In one month : skin appears radiant with youth.

The Plus:
Paraben free, mineral oil free, colorant free,
– Tested under dermatological supervision.

I chose the day cream for Normal to Combination skin, which is exactly how I would describe my skin at the moment.  My skin does seem more radiant and Elixir 7.9 feels great on the skin.  It's not thick though it does give lasting moisture and has a silky feel once applied to skin.  So my T-zone oils are kept under control while my cheek area is moisturized.  It also plays well under my sunscreen.  Normally I stay mattified until I apply sunscreen which brings out my oils.  This does not happen with this cream.  The look and feel of this cream is like a mix between a gel and a cream, which I think is why it has a light texture without the oily residue.

I have sensitive skin and this agrees with my skin 100%, no breakouts .  In fact, it has a calming effect on  my skin and I think it prevents breakouts for me.  It has a pleasant botanical smell that I really like (not an artificial fragrance smell)

Elixir 7.9 has a large range for all skin types, so check out the range at selected Woolworths stores.  I purchased mine at Gateway Theatre of shopping in KZN.

Yves Rocher also has  makeup line at reasonable prices which is worth checking out.


Saturday, 11 October 2014

2014 Challenge : Jumpstart 7 Day Weight Loss Program

Hi all

On October 2012, I shared my experience with the Jumpstart 7 Day Weight Loss Program.  Please follow the link below to read this post.
My weightloss story - Jumpstart 7 Day Weight Loss Program

I did the Jumpstart 7 Day Weight Loss Program in the beginning of 2010 and lost 3 kg's during that week and a further 13 kg's thereafter by eating healthy.  That is a loss of 16 kg's in total.

My daughter was ill a few weeks back so I took her to the doctor.  The doctor took her blood pressure, weighed her etc.  He is very thorough, even though she just had flu symptoms.  He said that she needs to lose weight and follow a healthy eating plan.  If she doesn't, she would have problems with her weight later in life.  She is 14 years old and she is a little over-weight for her age.

So I knew what I needed to do for her and myself.  Winter 2014 was not kind to me with all the comfort food that I finally gave in to.  So I had a couple of kilos to lose myself. So on Saturday 4th October 2014, we embarked on our 1 week Jumpstart journey.  I found that doing this program first, after the toxins are eliminated, made it easier for the weight to fall off when you follow a healthy eating plan thereafter.

I really meant to blog each day and show pictures of the juices and do daily updates of our weight loss, but everything was a rush and I still had to work.  I took leave from work but only in the afternoons.   It was also the best week to do this program as my daughter was on school holiday.

I woke up every morning and made our breakfast juice.  Then I would make our mid-morning juice to take with me to work and one for my daughter as well.  I would then finish work and rush home to make our lunch juice.  Then I would make a list of fruit and veggies I needed for the next 2 days and go shopping,  Then at 6pm we would have our mid-afternoon juice, and our last one at 9pm.

Make no mistake, I was tired of the running around but unfortunately work deadlines still had to be fulfilled.  Its also harder making juices for more than one person.  The juicer has to be cleaned all the time so that was more work.  I had to do shopping everyday.  The last time I bought all the veggies all at once and they couldn't all fit into the fridge and started going bad half way through the week.
This time I made list for things I needed for 2 days at a time.

So as of this morning Saturday 11th October I have lost 4 kg's, 2 cm on my hip, 8 cm on my waist and zero cm on my bust.  My daughter has lost 2 kg's, 5 cm on her hip, 23 cm on her waist and 3 cm on her bust.  I am very happy with losing 4 kg's in 7 days.

The book gives you a guideline of what of what to do after the 7 day Jumpstart program, which is what we started this morning. Hopefully I will do an update post later on detailing our progress.

Thank you for reading