Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hean Cosmetics

A few weeks ago I saw a new makeup brand popping up all over twitter and Instagram and when I was offered to test a few out I was more than happy to. I love testing out new affordable brands that actually work, sometimes affordable doesn't always stand up and you tend to spend more money having to replace it.

A little about the company:
Hean is a Polish company that was started in 1981, they produce Makeup and beauty care products and export to countries like Slovakia, Ukraine, Spain and now thanks to Gael and Glamore they import to South Africa to. They are currently only available on the Glamore website which you can check out here.  They also stock Omega nail products, Robanda anti aging skincare products and Oceanic and AA cosmetics.

Vitamin Cocktail Lipstick R95,00
I'll start with the thing I was most impressed by and that's the lipstick. I received it in the shade 75 Raspberry which is a really bright coral pink. I absolutely love how creamy the lipstick is something I honestly did not expect. At first I thought it would be allot more sheer but it's actually quick opaque. It applies evenly and most importantly to me with a really pigmented colour like this it fades evenly.  It has a satin finish and is infused with vitamins A, E, C and F as well as Shea butter. It lasted about 2 to 3 hours until it was faded completely and wasn't drying at all on my lips. Also I feel like I should mention the scent it has it was one of the first things I noticed opening the gift bag it came in. It has a really pleasant sweet scent which is a bit refreshing because I hate the smell of lipstick, I'm hoping to get my hands on two more shades namely Rose garden and sweet plum

Hean Stick Eyeshadow R60,00
I was actually quite excited to try this eyeshadow stick out and the colour Gael send me was absolutely perfect, it's a colour I would have chosen myself. From what I can tell is these sticks are numbered and not named, I got number 7 which is a copper pink. I actually applied it and set it with the Loreal infallible eyeshadow in Amber Rush and I promise it's like an exact dupe. It comes in a twist up pencil which I love because I don't have to sharpen it. It's a cream eyeshadow so I had to use a primer and set it with a powder eyeshadow to keep it from creasing but I have really oily eyelids so I know that has allot to do it with. I love using this colour on its own though all over the lid it's perfect for that girly look and I've used it allot lately for a romantic eye with dark liner and mascara.

Hean Pearly Powder Balls R200,00
There are two shades available 01 Brightening and 02 Bronzing, I got it in 01 brightening. Anyone that knows me knows I am obsessed with contouring, so I usually reach for the highlighting powder or bronzer first when I go to a makeup counter. I am very judgmental when it comes to these two products and sometimes feel I am harder on them and put them more to the test. I can honestly say that I love this highlighting powder balls though. At first I couldn't get my brush to pick up allot of the product and transfer it to my face no matter how many times I swirled it around. I found crushing a few of the balls and dipping my brush into the extremely finely milled powder gave a better pay off.  There is no way you can over do this powder, I applied it to my cheek bones and down the ridge of my nose and it gave the perfect glow that reflected the light perfectly and naturally with out looking like I had specifically added highlighter. It has a white sheen that reminds me allot of the Mary Lu Manizer but with out the gold shimmer. This powder doesn't have any shimmer to it which I love for everyday and specifically work.

Hean Pearl and Minerals Lipgloss R80,00
Say what you want (I probably won't listen to you anyway) but I know my stuff when it comes to lipgloss and they got their stuff right with this one. The lipgloss is creamy and glides on so easily, it isn't sticky in the least and is really comfortable on the lips. It has a 100% natural pearl substance that regenerates,  smooths and moisturises the lips. I got it in the shade 51 which is a milky Barbie pink but it sheers out and gives a really natural pink very glossy shine to your lips. I honestly never time how long a lipgloss lasts on my lips even the very expensive ones because I know it's not meant to stay on forever. I want all the shade that's on their website but most of all the nude shades, there are 6 other colors available.

You can check out their website for more from this brand they also do other stuff like blush, mascara, setting powder and of course bronzer which looks pretty fab. They offer free shipping on orders over R250. I am so happy I got to test out this brand I honestly was really impressed and would love to try out a few more things. Hopefully they will end up in some of our drug stores making it a bit more accessible for people that you know "don't trust online shopping"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wishing Wednesday with Mr Price Home

So ever since my spur of the moment decision to redo my entire bedroom last week, I have been totally obsessing about changing every single thing inside it so that it doesn't only feel brand new but also looks brand new. I swear by now @home and Mr Price Home regard me as a regular customer because they have seen me almost every day last week. So now my bedroom makeover has started spilling over into the rest of the house but there are still some small things I am looking for to finish off my bedroom. I promise to show you the final product next week, I just don't quite feel like its all the way there yet! Here are a few of the things I am still hoping to get.

1. Printed Urban Text Scatter Cushion - R119.99
2. Metal Embossed Vase - R499.99
3. Large Geometrical Storage Box - R89.99
4. Cupcake Holder - R69.99
5. Ceramic Candle Holder - R59.99
6. Fleece Blanket - R129.99
7. Metallic Print Scatter Cushion - R59.99
8. Glass Candle Holder - R79.99

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Our Amazing Holiday in Knysna

I know I've been MIA for the past two weeks or so, so I thought I'd share where I was and what I did. After working through the festive season we felt like we were in desperate need of a break, so we decided to make the most of our two weeks off. We decided to go up to Knysna just Gavin and I and spend some quality time together. I must say though that our quality time turned into one amazing holiday and I am honestly so sad to see it go! 

On our way up to Knysna we stop in Mosselbay where we got to walk with the Lions at Zorgfontein. A couple of years ago I walked with Elephants in Plett which is equally as amazing because we got to interact with and touch the elephants. The lions on the other hand were around 4 or 5 years old, we were allowed to walk with them and pose with them for photos but touching was not allowed because they were over the age that interaction will still be safe for us. It was still pretty amazing to walk with these magnificent creatures!

Always time for a lion selfie!!

Yeah I had to make myself at home I was spending a week there after all!

The fun part about going to holiday resorts at this time of the year means allot of the time we had the pools and stuff to ourselves!

One of the most fun and most exciting things we did was bungee off  Bloukrans bridge, which if you did not know is the wolds highest commercial bungee bridge. The bridge is 216 meters (709 feet) above the Bloukrans River.

We also made the cutest little friend that would not leave.

Being on holiday was honestly so much work just look!

We also did the Tsitsikamma Canopy tours which is in the Eastern Cape. The canopy tours is 36 meters above the ground and you zip line from tree to tree across ten platforms. This might sound really fun and it was but on the day we got there it decided to start poring with rain as we suited up. And I'm guessing this sounds fine if you've been there because you will know the trees block most of the rain but the cables got wet which meant we could not slow ourselves down!

Spent the last day of our leave by the pool!

Also you would think when we came home we would spend the last few days relaxing? NO! I decided to do a room makeover!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Guest Post - Manicure Monday with OrdinaryMisFit

I honestly love the styles Michelle comes up with and how its almost always exactly what I have in mind when I try and hack away at my thoughts or ideas with her. She is like the nail guru that I would pay big money to if she could do my nails on a regular basis LOL. I think by now everyone knows that black nails are my thing and skulls are my weakness, but add that with a bit of matte, studs and bows and you have a match made in heaven. 

Hi lovelies,

One of my favourite things to do are guest posts, especially when the person has an idea of what they would like. In this case, Alice had great ideas. She knew she wanted the skull image I used, white, black, studs and probably silver. After some back and forth of ideas, this is what I came up with.

On my pinky I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors – Black on black and then used a matte topcoat. On my ring finger I used 2 coats of OPI – Push and shove and when it was completely dry I stuck the 3D bow on using topcoat. I didn’t topcoat the chrome as it looks best without topcoat. On my middle finger I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors – Snow me white and when that was completely dry I stamped using BM413 and Essence stampy polish in black and then topcoated. On my index I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors – Black on black and when it was dry I added topcoat and then applied 2 square silver studs.

What do you think? I am actually SO in love with it. I love the grungy feel and the skull combined with the bow. And I really love the colours. Great job Alice! I really hope you like it too.

I can almost imagine this with some hot pink thrown in ;)

Thank you so much for having me and for the fantastic guidance.

Thanks for reading,

Thank you so much Michelle for making my vision a reality, you are truly amazing at what you do! Until next time.

Check out her blog here

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wishing Wednesday

Ever since Retailbox announced last week that they are now stocking theBalm products I have been stalking their website! I cant believe how fast some of the stuff have sold out already. I cant wait to add the other two Lou Manizers to my collection, I feel like I have to have the whole little family in my life. And yes in case your asking I do need more bronzer and highlighter in my life haha but their Bahama Mama has been on my list for a while now maybe ill finally have the chance to grab one. I'm putting it out there that I think Style bar needs to stock them in store so that I can come and play with them every time I come and have my hair done! 

Are you going to be ordering any of theBalm products? Check out their site here they have some amazing stuff!

Monday, February 2, 2015

♥ Makeup Monday ♥

Over the last couple of weeks my skin has been so uncooperative that I haven't been able to wear much foundation. Its been dry and flaky and most of my foundations have gone patchy after just a few hours. I'm not sure if its because I've changed skin care products but last week (reason I had no makeup Monday post) my skin broke out so much I looked like I had the chicken pox. Through out all that MAC's Face and Body foundation has been a life saver and the only one that would work for me. Thankfully I've gotten more of my holy grail moisturizer and I've gone back to what I know works for me.

What I am wearing:

MAC Face and Body Foundation in C3
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brown Pomade in Dark Brown
Benefit Cosmetics Blush in Rockateur 
Bobby Brown LE Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow
Nars Bronzer in Laguna 
Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Black
Chanel Lipgloss in 
Essense Long Lasting Eyeliner in Black Fever