|The Gift of Gifting – Gift Guide |

If you’re anything like me, you love buying gifts for other people. There’s nothing better than seeing someone you love filled with joy & excitement when they open a gift that they truly love. The next few months for me are full of birthdays, anniversaries & not to mention Christmas (I’ll admit I just did a little excited squeal then) so I’m trying to plan ahead so that I’m organised & not rushing around last minute.

I was recently asked to check out an online company called Uncommon Goods & you guys know that I’m always looking for new fantastic brands that I can fall in love with, so of course I agreed to check them out. After perusing their site of goodies I just fell in love with their brand, their company ethos & their fantastic range of gifts & I’m all for supporting great brands so I wanted to share it with you in a blog post.

In a nutshell, Uncommon Goods is an online store that sells a variety of hand-crafted goods that have been created by incredibly talented people across the world. It’s like going to a craft show online & we all know how beautiful craft show products are! They sell everything from mugs to wall art to handmade jewellery so when it comes to gift shopping, you’ll find something for almost everyone.

As I’m currently shopping for gifts for my loved ones I thought it would be a nice idea to pick out a few of my favourite products from their site & create a mini gift guide. Any help when it comes to gift shopping is always appreciated, right?!

Choices for the Besties

My besties birthday is coming up next month & I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect gift for her. Besties appreciate thoughtfulness behind their gifts as after all, we’re the ones who know them the best. Here are my top picks:

Anatomy of a best friends heart mug
For the Sentimental | Anatomy of a Best Friend’s Heart Mug
Womens Organizing Travel 4-Pack
For the Traveller |Women’s Organising Travel 4-Pack
Literary Candles
For the Book Worm | Literary Candles

A full selection of products perfect for your friends, including my faves above, can be found here.

A little help for the men

Shopping for girlfriends isn’t easy. We’re fussy & sometimes we just can’t decide exactly what we want so ladies, if you want to give your men a nudge in the right direction tell them to check out Uncommon Goods. They’re been super nice & dedicated a list of gift ideas for the lost men out there who can’t decide what to buy for their girlfriend. You can find it here. Gentlemen, if your lady’s taste is anything like mine, I’ve also included a few items that I loved from that list below. Just don’t forget the card!

Wine glass set
For the Wine Lover | Iridescent Stemless Wine Glass Set
ring
For the Fashionista | Aquamarine Branch Ring
what i love about you by me book
For the Romantic | What I Love About You By Me Book

 

Christmas Gifts

I know I’m thinking quite a bit ahead but I’m one of those people that likes to be super organised at Christmas time & have all my shopping done by the end of November. The Christmas rush is just too much for me to handle & I’d rather be sipping on a glass of mulled wine than dealing with crazy crowds of manic shoppers. Thankfully, if you’re a little less organised than me but hate the mental atmosphere of Christmas shopping, Uncommon Goods have a wonderful selection of Christmas gifts here which you can shop in the comfort of your own home. My absolute favourites are:

 

Driftwood Iphone Charging Dock
For the Tech Lover/Interior Decor Enthusiast | Driftwood Charging iPhone Dock
Box of Chocolate Soaps
For the Chocolate Obsessed | Box of Chocolate Soaps
links of love bracelet
For your Mumma | Links of Love Bracelet

 

I really hope you all enjoyed this gift guide & that it gave you a few ideas of your own. If you check out Uncommon Goods please let me know what you think of their products, I really think you’ll love them!

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| Blogger 12 Questions Tag |

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In the blogging community (whether you’re a blogger or a reader) most of us love a good tag so that we can get to know the bloggers we follow & learn a little more about their lives – whether that’s out of curiosity or in my case, nosiness. So you can imagine that I was a little excited when I was tagged by a lovely fellow blogger, Hayley from Hsaysblog (who’s blog you can find here), to do the 12 Questions Tag. 

In a nutshell the purpose of this tag is to answer 12 questions that I have been asked & afterwards I must ask 6 other fellow bloggers to answer questions that I myself have chosen for them. I’m all for helping my readers to discover other fantastic bloggers out there so I will be tagging the 6 ladies of my choice over on my Twitter which you can find here (Not that I’m promoting my Twitter or anything!)

So let’s get into it shall we:

Question 1| Who’s your idol and why?
I don’t really have an idol per-say. There are of course many people who I greatly admire e.g. successful female entrepreneurs such as Arianna Huffington or humanitarians such as Mother Teresa but I’ve just never really had an idol.

Question 2 | Do you have a fashion icon? If so who and why? 
My fashion icon is Olivia Palermo – She is so effortlessly chic, classy & elegant & I am yet to see her wear something I hate. She is one hell of a style icon & there have been many occasions when I’ve seen her outfit & felt true style envy.

Question 3|Whose your favourite musician?
I feel like I’m such a cliche in so many ways when I answer this question but it is undoubtedly Ed Sheeran. Since little ol’ Ed first showed up on the music scene I completely fell in love with his music & how honest & beautiful his writing style is. He is truly a talented musician!

Question 4 | What’s your favourite animal and why? 
The answer to this question for years was monkeys but since moving to South Africa I have learned that they can be really quite vicious & that they like to steal from you, so while I still think they are beautiful & intelligent creatures, they have in fact been bumped down my list of favourite animals & have now been replaced by DOGS. I have always loved little doggies but since moving away & no longer having a dog around for the first time in 13 years, I’ve realised just how much I miss having one. They are the most loyal, loving little animals & they have truly been sent from the gods. Do I sound like a crazy dog lady or what?!

Question 5 | What’s your favourite item of clothing?
My favourite item that I own is my little leopard print booties which you may have seen in my previous OOTD here . I got them from Dune last year & I have worn them to DEATH because they’re just my style in a shoe. They look amazing with dresses or with black jeans & they smarten up any outfit!

Question 6 | What’s your favourite TV show? 
My absolute fave will always be Sex & The City. But since I’ve watched the entire series more times than I can count, I now love to snuggle up with a good series on Netflix. My favourite shows from Netflix to date are Luther, Making a Murderer & Mad Men.

Question 7 | What inspires you to write your blog? 
For about 10 years I’ve read blogs & watched YouTubers because the beauty & fashion industry is something that I’ve always loved & that has always been a big part of my life. Starting a blog was something that I always wanted to do but that I never had the courage to start & a lot of that was to do with what people would think. But it’s true when people say that you hit a certain age & you stop caring what people think – The day I hit that stage of my life was the day I started my blog. I am so thankful that I took the leap because now I can share my passions with the world & I can meet wonderful people who love the same things – It really is a wonderful community.

Question 8 | What’s your favourite food? 
Can I really just choose one thing?! Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I LOVE food & I would eat all day from dusk to dawn if I could. If I HAVE to choose just one thing then I’ll go for Chinese food. I freakin’ love it & now that I’ve been made to think about it, I now want some. I will say however, that South Africans cannot make Chinese food like back home. They make great Asian food but their Chinese food sucks & the first thing I’ll be eating when I’m back home visiting is a Chinese takeaway as I’ve gone without a decent one for 10 whole months! Tragic, I know.

Question 9 | If you were stuck on an island and could only take on thing what item would you take and why? 
I’d take my partner as I feel like no matter how little I had on that island that I could make light & enjoy the situation with him by my side. So cheesy right?!

Question 10 | If you won the lottery what would you buy first?
I’d pay for my family to come out & visit South Africa. I know how much they all want to see this beautiful country & why I loved it so much that I decided to move here. So I’d like to treat them all, take them on safari & give them the holiday of a lifetime that they all deserve.

Question 11 | What’s your dream job and why?
My dream is to be a successful entrepreneur. To me there’s nothing like working for yourself & creating financial freedom for yourself while doing something that you love. Being able to have time freedom & financial freedom is what I want for my future.

Question 12 | Have you ever met a celebrity and who? 
I’ve met a few but never anyone very famous – I’ve met Jack O’Connell, the big guy from The Chase & Prince Charles waved at me from his car – yeah I know, cool right?

 

Now that’s my answers so my questions to the 6 lovely ladies I’m tagging are:

  1. If you had to eat any food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  2. What is your favourite quote to live by  & why?
  3. What is your favourite blog post to write & why?
  4. Are you happy with the direction your life is going?
  5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go & why?
  6. If you could travel back & time what advice would you give to your teenage self?
  7. What colour describes your personality & why?
  8. What is your favourite beauty product of all time?
  9. How has your 2017 been so far?
  10. If you could go back to being a kid, would you?
  11. What were your biggest fashion faux-pas?
  12. What is on your bucket list of things you want to do before you die?

 

I really hope you all enjoyed this tag & if you’d like to find out who answered my questions – I’ve tagged the 6 fellow bloggers I choose over on my Twitter! 

| My August Empties |

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I am currently writing this blog post from a sweet little cafe in Cape Town & it’s such a pleasure to be writing here. After living in South Africa for a whole year (which I just cannot believe) I am finally getting around to visiting Cape Town for the first time & I can now understand why people love it so much – it’s just stunning. However you came here to read an empties post so I’ll get into that rather than raving about Cape Town.

It’s been a hot minute since I have written an empties post as I haven’t been using up many products as of late & I just don’t see the point in writing an ‘empties’ post on just one or two products. This month’s post includes old favourites & also some products that were completely new to me. So without further ado let’s get into the products I used up in the month of August & what I thought of them.

Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Plumping Serum

I have previously talked about this serum in my Current Skincare Routine post which you can read here (my skincare routine has in fact completely changed since I wrote this post but it may interest you all the same.) I used this serum religiously for about a year & I enjoyed it because of the extra hydration boost it gave my skin but other than that I just didn’t notice any plumping effects. That could be because I’m still on the right side of 25 with already plump skin that cannot benefit from any extra plumping – but who knows! The Dragons Blood serum is a nice product for creating a hydrated base which makes applying makeup that bit easier, however would I repurchase it for £19.95 just to give my skin extra hydration without any other benefits? In all honesty, no. Serums are the no.1 solution to anti-ageing & I just don’t think the ingredients in this product are potent enough to make any real changes in my skin & to prevent the later development of fine lines & wrinkles.

Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

I was never a Nivea body lotion user until I started living with my partner. One day when I had run out of my own lotion I borrowed his Nivea lotion for dry to very dry skin (the one in the deep blue bottle) & I loved that it made my skin feel highly moisturised from morning to night. Following this discovery, I decided to purchase this lotion as I adored its delicious cocoa butter smell. Unfortunately however that’s where my love for this product ended. Yes it smells delicious, but it just isn’t moisturising enough even though it claims to cater to dry skin. Johannesburg is so incredibly dry in the winter & this product just wasn’t rich enough for me & left my skin feeling dry again after just 30 minutes of application. Because of the dry climate that I live in I don’t want to bash this lotion too much as it may work for my skin in a less dry climate but while I live here, I won’t be repurchasing this particular product as it just didn’t do what I needed it to.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Shade 1 – Fair

I have raved about this mascara in my The Products I can Trust post so I’ll try to keep this short & sweet. In a nutshell – I am obsessed with this concealer & it’s very affordable price tag. Since I purchased it for the first time several years ago I have repurchased it more times than I can count. It is so lightweight, provides high coverage & it doesn’t cake or feel tacky on the skin once applied. It’s a product that I would highly recommend to anyone & still stands as my favourite concealer of all time. Unfortunately, I have only 2 tubes left from the stash I brought with me from home & I’m going to have to get a hold of some more before I run out completely as I just cannot be without this baby.

Nivea 3-in-1 Refreshing Cleansing Wipes (Normal to Combination Skin)

I don’t know what it is with beauty bloggers & our need fix things that aren’t broken by trying new products even though we’ve already found the ones that we love. In my Current Skincare Routine I raved about the Dry Skin version of these wipes & because I loved them so much I decided that I would try the other kind – even though I am a dry skin girl. Please tell me where the sense in this decision was! I think you know what I’m going to say before I say it – of course these wipes didn’t compare to the dry skin version. Firstly, they smell completely different & not in a good way. The dry skin wipes are scented with the iconic, soft Nivea scent however this version smells strongly of old-fashioned perfume. They did remove my makeup but the wipe didn’t feel as saturated with product so it took me longer to remove my makeup & I also found myself tugging on my skin more – not good if you’re trying to keep wrinkles at bay. I think the Normal to Combination wipes would be good for the people with this skin type (if you can get past the smell) but I’ll be sticking with my fave dry skin version.

What products did you use up in the month of August & what did you think of them?

| September Goals |

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I just cannot believe that we are already into September. Where is 2017 going?! Although I must admit, I am happy to see September as we are finally now in Spring & the temperatures have already gone up this week. Believe it or not, South Africa does get cold in Winter & with no central heating in homes you really do feel the cold when the temperatures drop. So hooray for the long-awaited arrival of  heat, sunshine & summer clothing!

This month my goals are focused around my own personal growth. I am one of those people who always strives to improve myself so that I can get that little bit closer to the best version of myself. With that being said, let’s get into my goals that I want to achieve in the month of September:

Get to the gym more regularly 
When I first arrived in South Africa last September I was so good at getting to the gym 3-4 times per week but this year I’ve found that more difficult & I’m just not happy having lost the tone that I worked hard to get. Life has gotten busier leaving me with less energy & when you’re tired it’s just too easy to make excuses & not go to the gym. I want to get into the best shape of my life so this month I plan on getting to the gym 4-5 times per week.

Eat healthy
Are we noticing a theme here? I promise that I haven’t just started caring about these things because bikini season is on its way. A couple of months ago I decided I wanted to eat healthier & we all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day so I decided to make small changes to avoid failure after a couple of weeks. So I decided that I wouldn’t eat any junk food from Monday – Thursday but on weekends I was allowed to eat treats. So far it’s gone really well & I’ve been sticking with that rule. Now I want to improve it further by not eating junk food for 3 days a week & by making small healthier choices on the days when I’m not eating junk food e.g. opting for a healthy stir-fry over a burger & chips at lunchtime. Incorporating these smalls steps will lead to prolonged success!

Meet new people
Moving to a new country is incredibly rewarding but it isn’t easy to meet new people. Lately I’ve found myself needing ‘girl time’ again as I never have that anymore & sometimes you just need that. I think I became complacent as I have my boyfriend here & his friends & while he also has some lovely female friends who I enjoy hanging out with, I also need friends of my own away from his circles. My own friends. This month I’m making a conscious effort to strike up conversations with strangers so that I can meet new people because you just never know where a new friendship may strike up.

Grind, grind, grind!
Last month I had a complete mind shift. It was like my motivation levels were kicked up a notch & I achieved a lot more last month than I did in previous months – and honestly, it felt so good. It made me want to work even harder this month so that I can be proud of myself when it hits September 30th. So basically, I am going to work my little butt off this month as often as it takes & for as long as it takes because I WILL achieve my goals.

I can’t wait to get working on my goals this month. What are you goals for the month of September? 

 

| Why Am I An Entrepreneur? |

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We all know that being an Entrepreneur is the job of the future. The scary reality is that jobs that were once viewed as ‘safe’ are no longer safe anymore. And yet, becoming an entrepreneur is something that will never cross many minds as it seems too scary, or maybe they don’t believe in themselves enough or maybe it just seems unthinkable.

After working regular jobs after university I decided that I wanted to start my own business. So I quit my job, moved & started my own company. Fast forward one year & I now own 2 businesses & my life couldn’t be more different. So why did I decide to leave a life of security & become an entrepreneur? Here are my reasons:

I decide my working hours, days & patterns
Following university I worked for 3 years in a few regular jobs. I think it’s important for any entrepreneur to spend a little time working in a regular job as it teaches you invaluable skills that you may not otherwise gain. Working in these jobs gave me security & a regular pay cheque which was nice but it just didn’t fulfil me. I was working crazy hours for the company owners dream & that was never what I wanted. Now I get to choose when I work & how I work & it’s just the best thing ever. Waking up & starting my working day isn’t a difficult task anymore – it’s a pleasure. Every day I look forward to what I can accomplish, what challenges I can overcome & how much I can make my business grow.

A ‘secure job’ isn’t a secure job anymore 
Over the years I have watched people I love being fired from jobs or having to leave their job because of their health & when you don’t work, you don’t get paid. If you’ve worked your whole life for someone else in a particular field & you’ve no skills in other other profession – what do you do when you lose your job? People are constantly being laid off from their jobs & being an entrepreneur leaves that risk at the door. Don’t get me wrong, owning a business isn’t easy – but when you make it, you make it big.

I want financial freedom
Let’s face it, we all want to be able to at least be financially comfortable. We at least want to be able to pay our bills, feed our family & have enough at the end of the month to spend it how we want to. I want all of those things & so much more. I want to be able to buy my dream house & my dream car & not worry about the payments that come with them, I want to be able to go on holiday 3 times a year, I want to be able to take care of my parents the way they have always taken care of me. If I want to do these things with a regular job it would take me most of my life to get there & by then I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it the same as I’d be a lot older. I wouldn’t be able to go on holiday 3 times a year because I’d have to ask permission to go on leave & I wouldn’t have enough leave to even go on those 3 holidays. Owning my own business gives me the opportunity to earn more than I ever could in a regular 9-5 so that I can achieve financial freedom.

I want to prove it to myself
I want a challenge. I don’t want to go to work & know that at the end of the month I’ll get the same pay cheque that I always do. I want to decide what my pay cheque will be at the end of the month. I want my hard work to pay off & reflect in my pay cheque. I want to prove to myself that I can do this. I can achieve what I set out to do. I want to achieve my own dreams rather than working for someone else so that they can achieve theirs.

I want to help other people
My second business involves helping people to realise their dreams, start their own businesses & achieve whatever goals they may have. Out of everything that I do, this is the most rewarding. I can watch people achieve things that they never thought possible, I can watch them grow & flourish into the best version of themselves. Above everything else, this is the most rewarding part of my work & I am so incredibly blessed to have that opportunity.

If this blog post has struck a cord with you, has made you think again, has awoken something in you or has intrigued you &  you’re interested in starting your own business contact me at beautyandtheblouse@outlook.com. It’s free & I promise I’m a super friendly lady!

‘Be the game changer’ 

 

| Updated Skincare Regime |

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As you will have all learned by now I am a complete skincare junkie. I am always looking for the next best thing so that my skin can reach it’s full potential. 

You may remember a few months ago I posted my skincare routine. Unfortunately since that post I’ve been forced to change this routine as the natural oils were causing me to break out quite badly. So the search began again for the perfect skincare routine & after hearing about a brand called Nu Skin I did a little shopping & posted it in a skincare haul. I just wanted to give you all a little update on these products & what I think of them. 

Holy moly! I am blown away by Nu Skin & how awesome their products are. Since moving my skincare routine to this brand my skin has never been better, seriously! I have had no break outs at all (even around my time of the month which is a big thing for me!) & my skin looks healthy, glowing & most importantly – hydrated. I have completely cut out all of the previous products I was using (apart from the Simple Toner & face masks which I will use until they’re finished) and now my skincare routine is such a pleasure. I have also since bought a few more products from Nu Skin (coming to the blog soon) & I’ve yet to try a product from them that I don’t love. Unfortunately for my bank account my wish list is just growing longer & longer!

One big thing that I like about Nu Skin is their variety of pricing. Some of their products have high-end prices while they also have a whole host of products at incredibly affordable prices. I did a little research on their more affordable Nutricentials range as I wanted to know if they are full of bad ingredients & that is the reason for their lower prices but I found that they are of no less quality as they are still packed with great ingredients!

Basically, for any lady or gentleman who loves skincare & who is always looking for great brands – try this one. You won’t regret it! I’ve also been able to offer anyone who would like to try any products from Nu Skin a 35% discount on their entire product range so just get in touch with me to take advantage of this!

 

|OOTD | Smart Casual |

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Blazer: Zara
White tee: New Look
Necklace: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: Zara 

On a day-to-day basis I generally love to over-dress & look smart but today I just wanted to keep it smart-casual for a change. Dressing super-smart every day gets tiring after a little while after all!

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90% of the blazers I own are from Zara because of their amazing fit. They’re more pricey than some of the other high street stores out there but in my opinion their fit surpasses the rest, especially for a slim, long-limbed girl like me. Their blazers look tailored as they fit my body so well & the sleeves are long enough for my long arms to not have to always roll them up (believe me, that’s a rare find in a blazer for me).  This is one of my favourite blazers I own because I absolutely love the light pink shade – it adds the perfect amount of colour to my otherwise neutral outfit.

One of my favourite place to get my white tee’s is New Look because the wash well & they also fit me well. This particular one however is pretty long & looked messy left out with such a smart blazer so I tucked it in to keep it smart.

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Now let’s just mention my Zara shoes. They are so comfortable to wear & can be worn casually or with a smarter outfit – I love versatile items like this. I always look down at these shoes & think they look a lot more expensive than what I paid for them. The quality is fab & those tassels are so damn cute.

|OOTD : Neutral Tartan|

 

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Tights: Primark
Watch: Red Herring
Boots: Dune 

I bought this dress last Winter & at the time it was a pricey purchase at £60 but I just had to buy it. I absolutely loved it then & I still love it now.

I absolutely love a bit of tartan. I think that comes from both my Scottish heritage, my love of the country & also because I lived there for 3 years. Tartan is always a winter essential in my wardrobe!

This dress is super cosy as it is made up of 36% wool which will be the reason for the slightly hefty price tag. I am actually intolerant to wool & I can usually tell when a garment contains wool as my skin begins to itch almost instantly, but with this dress I feel no irritation whatsoever and I think that’s because the fabric on the inside is soft & doesn’t have that rough wool texture.

This dress just hugs my body so perfectly & looks so elegant paired with boots & a long coat. It also keeps me so snug & warm in the winter time although I’m sad to say I don’t get as much wear out of it as Johannesburg winters don’t get too cold very often compared to the Irish weathers I’ve been used to.

| My Top Favourite Blushes |

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Every woman loves a dusting of blusher across the apples of her cheeks for that healthy flush of colour. I for one just cannot finish a makeup look without applying one of my favourite blush shades to make everything come together effortlessly.

After the popularity of my post The Best of the Best Highlighters, I thought it would be the perfectly opportunity to talk about my favourite blushes from my collection & why I love them. 

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Sleek Blush Trio in Lace

This photo really doesn’t do these colours any justice – the blush shades in this trio are some of the brightest shades I’ve ever seen & they look really quite intimidating in real life. I bought this trio a few years ago & to be perfectly honest with you, it was unloved for quite some time until I pulled it out in the past few months & completely fell in love with it. Sleek blushes are  mind-blowingly pigmented so user be warned, USE A LIGHT HAND, because no-one wants to look like Coco the Clown! The orange shade (on the left) is perfect for summer & looks simply stunning paired with a gold-toned makeup look. The middle shade is a stunning rose shade with very fine gold shimmers which are in no way glittery (thankfully as glitter & I just don’t get along.) It is an incredibly versatile shade & is also very close dupe to the ever popular Nars Orgasm blush. Unfortunately the dark red/orange shade in this trio hasn’t been given quite as much love as the other two as I find this shade quite intimidating so I just don’t reach for it very often.  On a final note I’d also like to mention that Sleek is also one of the few cruelty free makeup brands on the high-street & I felt that this was important to mention as many people wouldn’t know this information about their company. Well done Sleek for making the world a more animal-friendly place!

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Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Sugar & Spice

Makeup Revolution are a fantastic UK brand that sell some of the best palettes I have ever tried & their blush palettes are incredible. On a side note I will however mention that their packaging SUCKS & out of the 8 Makeup Revolution palettes, only 2 of them haven’t broken apart at the hinges so just be prepared for that. This particular palette features a variety of pink shades as well as a highlighter & a shimmery blush. I don’t use the highlighter or the shimmery blush because they just aren’t to my taste but the blushes are fantastic. They’re very pigmented so makeup sure to be careful & start with a light hand & build from there if needed. These palettes retail for only £6 so they are an absolute bargain, especially when they give you such a range of colours to choose from!

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Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Hot Spice

Yet another favourite Makeup Revolution palette! If I had to choose between this palette & the previous one, I would opt for Hot Spice because I absolutely love peachy toned blushes & also because I find I can use every single shade in this palette. This palette is an absolute delight with a range of peach shades as well as a shimmery blush & a highlight. The blushes in this palette are pigmented & easy to blend & because of the assortment of shades, these blushes can be worn by most skin tones all year round. I just cannot recommend this palette enough & you won’t be sorry that you picked it up if you are a peach blush lover like me.

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Arbonne Blush in Blossom & in Apricot

What can I say, Arbonne make nice blushes & you can clearly see just how much I love them as I have hit pan on Blossom (left).  Blossom is a beautiful mid toned pink with gold shimmers & is yet another dupe for the cult favourite Nars Orgasm blush (are you noticing a pattern here!?) I find that I reach for this shade often as it goes with any makeup look & it gives a natural flush to my cheeks. On the right is the shade Apricot. I don’t reach for this shade as often as Blossom but it is a beautiful blush all the same. This is very much a light orange shade with very light shimmers through it so I only tend to wear it in summer when I have a bit of a tan as it looks better on tanned, glowing skin. Both of these blushes are pigmented & incredibly blendable & I will be sad to see Blossom go when I completely use it up!

What are your favourite blushes?

|OOTD | Floral With a Pop of Green |

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Dress: Warehouse
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Dune 
Silver watch: Red Herring
Clutch: Primark

It has been really quite chilly in Johannesburg this past couple of days so I’ve found myself reaching for my tights & dresses to keep me nice & cosy without being too heavy. South African winters are possibly the hardest season to dress for!

I don’t usually go for dresses this short as I find that dresses tend to look even shorter against my long legs but I do love a shift dress as they are effortless yet chic & I find that you can get away with them even if they’re shorter in length.

You all know that I am a lover of the colour black but I do try to add colours (that I feel comfortable with) where I can & I just love this little black floral dress paired with a colourful green clutch for an extra pop of colour.

Who said bright colours shouldn’t be worn in winter?!