2013 Favourites

With 2014 edging closer, it is time to share the many products that I have loved throughout 2013.

I am quite a product junkie. I tend to change everything from my toothpaste right through to my body lotion every single time I run out of a specific product and have to go shopping, but these products I have used over and over again and will probably continue buying them in the future.

Hair

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Shampoo: Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultimate Repair Shampoo – For very damaged, dry hair

Dry shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo – Cool and Crisp Fresh

Conditioner: Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultimate Repair Conditioner – For very damaged, dry hair

Treatment oil: Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Treatment

Treatment mask: Sunsilk Intensive Treatment Mask Hair Fall Solution

Curling Spray: V05 Heat Protect Curl Scrunching Spray

Hair spray: TreSemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray Strong Hold

Heat protect: Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist

 

Face

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Face wash: African Extracts Rooibos Spot Control

Toner: African Extracts Rooibos Toner

Moisturiser: African Extracts Rooibos Anti-Aging

 

Make-up/ Beauty

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Make-up remover: Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Brushes/ brush set: Revlon

BB Cream: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Light

Concealer: MAC Select Cover Up in NW20

Powder: Estee Lauder Country Fresh in Transparent 01

Bronzer/ highlighter: The Body Shop Brilliance Powder

Mascara: MAC Zoom Lash in Zoom Black

Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in DipDown

Eyeshadow quad: Revlon Colorstay in 555 Moonlit

False Lashes: Etude House Minnie Wink Lash #01 Minnie Up Lash

Lip balm: The Body Shop Born Lippy in Strawberry

Lipstick: MAC Cremesheen in Crème Cup

Nail polish: OPI Nail Lacquer in I’m Indi-a Mood for Love

 

Body

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Deodorant: Oh So Heavenly Bye-Bye Stress

Body wash: I Love… Strawberries and Milkshake

Body Butter: The Body Shop Strawberry body butter

Hand cream: Woolworths Bliss

Body scrub: Woolworths Berry Crush Juicy Fruit

Facial exfoliator: The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

 

Fashion

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YDE faux leather biker jacket

Vintage Ray-Ban aviators

Mr. Price Face and ‘stash ring

Mr. Price Hot air balloon necklace

Nomination bracelet

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Random

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Perfume: DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom

Candle: Yankee Candle Soft Blanket

Snack: Peanut butter Oreos

If you would like to read an individual review on any of these products, let me know!

Happy New Year! Be safe. 🙂

Xoxo

Carina

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Outfit Idea: NYE

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Good golly! It’s almost 2014! If you’re not sure yet what you want to wear when everyone shouts “HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!” then look no further, because outfit ideas are heading your way!

Outfit 1#

If you don’t want to go the traditional route of wearing gold and black, then try wearing green, gold and nude instead. 

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Outfit 2#

If you’ve been saving that gold and black number, but you didn’t know when to wear it, then this outfit will be more your style. The pink lips are also fun and a cool twist on the usual red lips that are standard with gold and black outfits.

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Outfit 3#

Not a girly girl? Try this edgy look instead.

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Which is your favourite?

Xoxo

Carina

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OOTD: Day Outing

I went on a field trip after Christmas to the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. Here’s what I wore:

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The neon tribal dress was a gift and was purchased from Mr. Price. My handbag was also a gift from a good friend of mine for Christmas.

My flip flops I’ve had for years and I really don’t remember how much they cost, but I bought them from Rage and they’re extremely comfortable!

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What do you think?

Xoxo

Carina

Review: L’Oreal Even Perfect Facial Foam

After watching some YouTubers’ videos on skincare routines, I realised that I should find a new facial cleanser to use in the mornings in summer as well. I have quite dry skin so I thought just rinsing my face off in the morning is fine since it won’t dry out my skin so much. WRONG. In summer, our skin produces more oils so keeping your skin clean yet moisturized is necessary.

I went to one of the local drugstores and after browsing for about an hour looking at all the various skin product ranges, I settled on the L’Oreal Even Perfect Facial Foam. It was on sale as well so that kind of swayed my choice. I love me a good bargain!

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After seeing it was on sale, the tube’s packaging then caught my eye. It is simple, yet visually appealing with a classic colour scheme of light blue, white and gold. In the shop, I couldn’t smell the product inside the tube clearly so I was terribly excited to get home.

Once at home, I discovered that the product smells extremely clean and the foam feels so good on my skin. It makes your skin feel a little tight after you’ve just washed it off, but after a few minutes the tightness goes away by itself.

I’ve been using the product for a week now and I have to say it really, honestly works. On the tube it claims that it evens out the skin and it really does. I use the facial foam once every morning and I’ve already seen a dramatic difference in my skin.

Bravo L’Oreal! Five stars!!!

Xoxo

Carina

Christmas OOTD

Since Christmas is almost over and I’m still recovering from a severe food coma, I decided to do a naughty little post on what I wore today. 

I spent the day with my family just chilling at home so I did not get too dressed up. My brother and I also wore ridiculous reindeer antlers and Santa hats for most of the day, but I decided not to wear it in my picture. 

My dress has really beautiful detailing on that does not show up on camera unfortunately. 

Even though I chose to wear this on Christmas, this outfit is still something that can be worn to a barbecue, a picnic or a Sunday family lunch any other time of the year. The reason why I wore a white dress is because it is summer here and I live in South Africa so no snow for us. In fact, we didn’t even have any sun either here in Pretoria. Just rain. Lame.

My dress was a gift from my mom a couple of months ago and I believe she bought it at Forever New. 

My shoes were also a gift from my cousin in Abu Dhabi for my birthday and they’re from Accessorize. Don’t they remind you of Dorothy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz?

I wore candy cane and Christmas tree shaped earrings that I’ve had for ages, but that also doesn’t show up on camera. 

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So there you have it, nice and simple Christmas outfit. 

I hope you guys enjoyed the post and that you had a very blessed day!

Xoxo

Carina

Christmas Eve happenings

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As mentioned before, Santa’s elves got to my house a little bit late this year, but everything is ready for Christmas tomorrow! All the gifts have been wrapped, the Christmas tree is up and glittering merrily, and most importantly, my yearly ritual of baking Christmas cookies with a friend is also done.

I burnt the first batch to an embarrassing crisp as the picture below shows.

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The second batch came out perfectly and I’m chowing down on a cookie with a cup of tea as we speak.

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I am terribly excited about Christmas and I can’t wait to give my family and friends their gifts!

I hope all my readers and followers also have a merry Christmas Eve if that’s even a thing.

Xoxo

Carina