Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Metallic Eyeshadow from Hard Candy at BIRKEYE

Hey everyone

I was fortunate enough to receive some amazing products BIRKEYE recently and I am super excited to share this review with you guys. The metallic eyeshadow from Hard Candy ( they are stocked at the BIRKEYE online store along with some other awesome local and international brands) was undoubtedly new territory for me. Before I was a mom I was rather experimental with cosmetics but motherhood has made me rather conservative. Nevertheless I was determined to give these eyeshadows a fair chance. To my surprise, I didn't look as overdone as I suspected I would. However, it is still important that you keep the rest of your face natural.

 As with everything, not both of the shades suited me. While the blue shade (Electric 432) didn't look horrible on me, my eyes and I loved the green shade ( Jagged Jade 433) more. The packaging is really pretty and fits well in to even my smallest bag. The applicator also made the creamy product (it felt really good on my skin) easy to apply. Most importantly, it stays put all day but is super easy to remove at the end of the day. Both colours are super fun and easy to use. Perhaps I will do a make up tutorial really soon using them. Overall I would give it a 7/10.

                                     I am really a big fan of the simple but pretty packaging

Some swatches of the product.
A little about Birkeye
BIRKEYE is " a fresh national online store specializing in premium hair care, skincare and make up products for black and mixed women. We stock a variety of international brands and also support local cosmetic manufacturers. Our haircare range is focused on making sure you have healthy, strong beautiful hair whether it is natural or processed. The aim of our make up range is to reveal and enhance  your natural beauty with innovative specially formulated products"...
To find out more visit
PS: Birkeye is having an online launch party today (1 March 2014). Log on to their website between 12 and 6 pm. Ask questions, win prizes (giveaways every hour) and go all out spoiling yourself with flash sales.  Connect with Birkeye on their facebook page and on twitter @BIRKEYE

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How do you coat?

See what I did there? I totally turned it into a verb LOL anyway... While its not exactly cold enough to be pulling out my coat here in South Africa, I couldn't wait any longer to do this post. Wearing your coat over your shoulders is not a brand new trend but, its been especially prominent during the recent fashion weeks. I love how it has become a "thing" and I am sure I will spot a few ladies closer to home rocking their coats this way too come autumn/winter. Not only are the street style elite showing up in this trend but so are noted fashion designers, editors and celebs. While I have never worn my coat in this manner and I really cant imagine restricting my movement so that my coat doesn't slip off, I am certainly going to get a feel for this trend. So how do you coat? And will you be rubbing shoulders with the trend when the colder days arrive?


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Thursday, February 13, 2014


It has been a while since I did a blogspiration post and I absolutely love putting random images from different blogs  or tumblrs together and feeling my inspiration levels rise. I try to find  (fashion) inspiration in everything I see so I put this post together in the hope that I inspire you too. Enjoy the images!


*Note that I do not take credit for the images in this post

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Words on Wednesday

FASHION IS NOT ABOUT FITTING IN...and this I found out pretty late in life. As a teen all I wanted to do was fit in and be accepted into some sort of group; to belong somewhere. That, of course, never happened. I spent a lot of time on my own and that is ultimately where my passion for fashion came from (cheesy I know but very true). I needed something to latch on to. Something that I could be a part of no matter how I looked or what music I listened to or what I found attractive. In fashion I could be myself and my quirks would not be ridiculed, but celebrated. As time passes and I grow older I am learning to take more risks when it comes to fashion and not to be so hard on myself when I do get it wrong. We are all different. We think different. We live and love in different ways and therefore, dressing different  and dressing true to ourselves should be encouraged and CELEBRATED. So the next time you reach for your comfort zone outfit, reconsider it. We are individuals and we were never meant to swim with the stream.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub

I remember being a pimply faced teenager.  I also remember thinking nothing could be worse than being a pimply faced teenager. That was when my battle for clear skin began. I tried everything (lets not even make a list). Luckily, as an adult I became more aware of what my skin needs and I set out to find products that do not require all my money and time.

I bought this scrub at Foschini and it retails for just about R80. I have been using it for almost two months because I didn't want to do a post when I wasn't really familiar with the product.

What it says on the bottle

[Neutrogena]  is an uplifting daily facial scrub for clear, fresh and healthy looking skin everyday. With powerful Microclear technology and exfoliating microbeads the formula unclogs pores to clean deeply and help eliminate spots and blemishes. The refreshing scrub gently purifies the skin without over drying, while a wave of pink grapefruit uplifts the senses with a burst of invigorating freshness.

What I thought about  the product

If this product was a guy I could see us in a very long, very happy relationship. It's the one. I'll admit that what attracted me to the product at first was in fact the packaging. The girl in me gravitated towards the pink bottle. However, the scrub actually does the job it promised to do. After a few weeks of using it my skin looks radiant. Much to my delight I have been able to go out of the house without any BB cream or base on. Even though its a hard working scrub, it is gentle enough to be used everyday, BONUS! I have to add that the divine scent always puts me in a great mood too.

Overall I give this product 8/10 and I would most definitely recommend it!

What are some of your go to products?

                                                                 TILL LATER, LAUREN!