Review: The Brush Egg


Let me make something clear: I hate cleaning my make up brushes.

Honestly, I’ll find every and any excuse not to do it. I actually don’t know why, because I don’t have a vast collection of make up brushes so it doesn’t take long at all. I’ve come to think that it’s the same reason why I don’t like washing dishes: I don’t like the feeling when my fingers start looking like raisins.

But yesterday afternoon, I was stalking the Internet and I stumbled across the Brush Egg. It’s a funny looking thing so it peaked my curiosity.

It’s a nifty little tool to have and what it does is it has various ridges that you run your brushes across when you wash them and it gets rid of more dirt and old make up-y gunk that often still sits in between the fibres.


It’s very easy to use as well.

I wash my make up brushes in the sink with luke warm water and Johnson’s and Johnson’s baby shampoo. It gets my brushes squeaky clean, doesn’t cost a fortune and is soft on the brush bristles. I usually use the original yellow one but Clicks were out so I bought the orange one.



I ran my brushes along the edges and it worked really well. Use the bigger ridges for your blush brushes and the small, round ones for your eye shadow and eyeliner brushes.

I highly recommend purchasing a Brush Egg. You can buy one here. They cost R100 and they’re made of a sturdy silicone or at least it feels like silicone to me. They’re available in purple, pink and mint.

XO Carina

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OOTD: High leopard


I love how high waisted jeans look on curvier girls and I never thought I’d be able to pull it off since I’m quite petite and about as curvy as a plank, but when I saw a pair on sale at Mr. Price (it was marked down to R119,00 from R190,00) I decided “Ah what the heck?” and bought them.

And I’m so glad I did! The jeans actually make you look curvier and like you have a more defined waist, which is always a win.

I also bought a leopard print top.

Items in photo:

Sandals: Rage (R110,00)

Jeans: Mr. Price (R119,99)

Leopard top: Mr. Price (R39,99)

Sunglasses: Vintage Ray-Bans

Pearls: Mr. Price (R39,99)

Lipstick: Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Berry

I got the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Dubai.

What do you think? Do you like leopard print or high waisted jeans?

XO Carina

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The most annoying photos on Instagram #instaannoying


I’ll admit: I’m kind of addicted to Instagram. I love looking through photos especially beauty photos and ones of dogs, but there are a few pictures I wish people would stop taking. We’re all guilty of taking such photos at some stage or other and if you take one such photo once in a while your followers will forgive you, but your entire profile full..? I’ll have to unfollow you, sorry. These are the photos that get my goat:

Those stupid “Do you even lift bro?!” fitness accounts

Really? I see your abs throughout my day on Instagram. Put on a damn shirt and go back to school son or get a job at the very least. Preferably one where you need to wear a shirt at all times. By the way, anyone can have a nice body with the right amount of exercise and diet. Not everyone can be kind, have substance and a high IQ. Besides, looks fade.

As for those girls who put their butts on Instagram, I have one question for you: Does your mother know? I bet she’s so proud.

Poorly presented food

Photo: Flicker

Photo: Flicker

Please don’t Instagram pictures of the Mince Mate you made. It’s delicious but not exactly gourmet. Gourmet food photos on the other hand, keep ‘em coming especially if you made it yourself.

Cheesy inspirational quotes


For the love of God, how many do you want to Instagram?! Create a board on Pinterest and go nuts.

I like that the first poster here sounds like it comes from a book, but I’ve seen these so much that it’s becoming irritating.

Also those ‘Keep Calm and whatever’ posters are also really old now. Moving along.

Selfies with inspirational quotes as a caption

Maybe this falls under inspirational quotes, but I don’t understand the idea behind it. Why are you putting some bizarre completely unrelated quote underneath your picture?

Drunk photos

We’ve all taken numerous amounts of these, but I’m 25 this year. I’m an adult now with a stable job, income and a healthy liver. You’re not a first year at university anymore. Get it together. And no, I’m not jealous of you getting pissed every weekend.

Which photos annoy you?

XO Carina

The completely bizarre tale of my first yoga class

USA, New Jersey, Jersey City, Stack of exercise mats

I posted a haul post about two weeks or so ago explaining that I was going for my very first yoga class the next day.

Ha, what a surprise I was in for!

The whole day I was looking forward to it and psyching myself up. When the time came to leave, I was already dressed an hour before, had my towel ready and I had a big bottle of water filled to the brim.

I hopped in my car and drove off. I arrived 20 minutes early since I overestimated the traffic and waited a bit. 10 minutes before i decided to get out of my car and go into the studio so long.

A guy working there spotted me with my bright pink yoga mat and approached me asking if I was there to see the yoga instructor for a class. When I said yes he proceeded to tell me that she couldn’t make the class and apologizes since she had to be at work late because someone put a hit out on her boss and the police are all over the office asking questions. They even got The Hawks involved which is South Africa’s equivalent of the CIA. Thinking back, it probably wasn’t wise getting someone else to tell ALL your students that The Hawks are at your office about a potential hit.

Can you believe it?!

But I have to admit, it sure beats a cold as an excuse to cancel a class.

XO Carina

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Update: The Beauty Blender


I did a post a couple of week’s ago about this extremely expensive pink sponge and to make a long story short, I wasn’t particularly impressed with it.

You can read my whole review on it here.

When I first started using the Beauty Blender, I was using BB cream with a fairly runny consistency. I then switched over to foundation a couple of weeks ago and I have to say, although I’m still not a massive fan and can’t understand what the insane fuss is about, it does work better with foundation than with BB cream.

Also, make sure that the Beauty Blender is damp and not thoroughly soaked because that just makes a mess. You’ll have water and make up dripping everywhere.

I use the Beauty Blender daily since I did pay a fortune for it, but honestly, I don’t know why everyone is carrying on about this product. I stand by my original opinion that it does not make your make up look flawless and airbrushed. In fact, you need to go over certain areas and rub the product in properly with your fingers because the Beauty Blender leaves fine streaks. I also stand by my original opinion that this product is grossly overpriced and ultimately just more porous than your other make up sponges.

If you have any advice for me with regards to getting better use out of this product, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

XO Carina

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