Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW: AVON conditioning eye make up remover

I wear eye make- up most of the time and I am almost always too lazy to take it off at night. However, I have found that if I do leave my eye make-up on it causes major irritation and I wake up with itchy, red and swollen eyes.  So I have started making extra effort to take off my make up at night. Trust me waking up as Itchy McFateyes is more than enough motivation.

Excuse the state of my bottle, I use it a lot.

I received this Avon make up remover from a friend quite a while ago, but I only started using it at the beginning of this year.  I thought I would do a short review on it. At first I didn’t like using it, but I think I just needed some time to get used to the thick, lotion-like formula. I can’t quite tell you what it smells like, but it is not an unpleasant smell.  This make up remover is definitely a hard worker.  It removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara effortlessly and with only a little bit of the product. It also leaves the eye area (which is super sensitive) extremely soft and moisturised. The only thing that I do have a problem with is if you use a little too much product, you end up with blurry eyes. Other than that, it’s a really great product to have.  It retails for R 74, 95 and I would definitely repurchase.  Have you used this product? I would love to hear what you think. And if not, perhaps you would like to share some of your favourite make up removing products with me.
The creamy lotion-like texture.
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                                                                   TILL LATER, LAUREN!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's ok to say NO

I have always been a people pleaser. I would go out of my way to make sure no one would ever accuse me of being inconsiderate. I think part of the reason I was such a people pleaser was because I wanted to steer clear of conflict at all costs. But, I have come to realise something, while I was making sure everyone else was pleased, I was unhappy.

As a mother, putting your own needs last come effortlessly: second nature. And that is very well when it comes to your child or children, but what about everyone else? Should I really be putting everyone else’s needs before my own? There’s this myth that women should always be ready to sacrifice and I have witnessed this multiple times. We don’t always do what we want to; we do what we HAVE to. We have been fashioned to think that women should be willing and able to give easily, without any question and to any degree. And, if we don’t, we end up feeling guilt ridden.  “Identify a need or want, and you will probably find a woman willing to take responsibility for it.” (Vermeulen,S. 2011. ELLE) I say be a little selfish from time to time.  Say no to this favour or to that thing you have to do for your cousin’s friend. If it is not making you happy or making you feel even vaguely good, feel free to refuse.

It’s been a very difficult thing for me to do; saying no. People tend to treat you differently when you finally muster up the courage to say no. But I can tell you it has been both liberating and eye opening at the same time. Now I am not saying you should suddenly run around saying no to everyone. Just be aware that you do have that option. Real friends will stick around whether you are able to do things for them or not.  And the rest...well who needs the excess baggage.
                                                                TILL LATER, LAUREN!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Men's style for winter

The other day I was told that I hardly ever post anything for my male readers. Mind you, I didn’t even know I had male readers. Nevertheless, here I am doing one for the dudes. I absolutely love doing inspiration posts, so I thought why not do one on winter fashion for guys. I don’t consider myself a fashion guru, I like what I like and I tend to share what I like. I’ve gathered a few images that have caught my eye and I hope you guys (and girls enjoy it).

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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: Revlon Colorstay Foundation

As a blogger it is so easy to get swept up in the excitement of new products popping up everywhere. This frequently means that we forget about the products we know, love and trust.  I am a very curious soul and always on the lookout for new things to try: especially products other bloggers rave about. This was certainly the case when it came to foundation.

I have been sampling a lot of other brands but, for some reason I keep drifting back towards Revlon Colorstay. I’ve been using it for years now and, as far as I am concerned, it’s ideal. Let me tell you a little about the foundation.

What it says on the bottle

·         Wears for up to 24hours

·         Oil free and shine control

·         Natural flawless look

My experience with the foundation

The bottle does not lie. There have been instances where I have been out clubbing and the only thing that survived the sweaty, sticky night was the foundation. With a bird’s nest on my head and raccoon eyes the next day, my skin still looked fresh and flawless. It goes on very smoothly and blends really well whether I use my fingers or a brush. (I prefer to use my fingers however). Because it promises to stay put for 24 hours, you would expect it to feel heavy, but that is not the case at all. What’s even more fabulous is that you only need a little bit for maximum coverage. This means you won’t have to replace it for a long time. Revlon Colorstay is definitely a lifesaver. If you are keen to get a flawless, natural look without the heavy feeling, I suggest you get your butt to the mall and buy it.

PS. I usually get mine at Edgars


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Winter denim: This is how you do it!

I battle with getting dressed for winter. If you read my blog often you might have figured this out by now. The countless posts on how to wear the winter skirt, the winter beanie and the winter coat has simply been a way to help myself cope with dressing for winter.

Look, as much as I want to be trendy and stylish, my style is mostly dictated by the fact that I’m a mother. I need to be able to run after my son all the time. Needless to say I spend a lot of time in jeans and Converse (or boots). Yes, we can’t all be Victoria Beckham. The same goes for my style during the winter months. It needs to be cosy and comfortable; yet something I wouldn’t mind being seen in by the fashion police.  Jeans is always my item of choice but, it does not always guarantee warmth.

This post is dedicated to finding ways to accessorise old faithful so you can show the cold a thing or two. If you have any tips on making your wardrobe more winter appropriate, please share them with me. Goodness knows I need them. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the pictures.  

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


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Words on Wednesday

Hey everyone!

How has the week been treating you so far? Whenever I am feeling the midweek slump (or any other slump for that matter) I always try to think of things that make me really happy. Just to cheer myself up. Recently I won one of the loveliest giveaways ever on Desle’s blog here

I completely forgot to share some of the images I took with you guys. So in an effort to get myself out of this slump; have a look at what I won on one of my absolute favourite blogs. Do yourself a favour and have a look at Desle’s blog. It’s beyond fabulous!

My favourite part of the prize by far was the hand written card!
                                                                     TILL LATER, LAUREN!