And, what better way to bid au revoir to 2013 and bonjour to 2014, than with a glass make that a bottle of 2003 Scintilla, J.C Le Roux’s award winning bubbly, created in the signature Cap Classique style (Méthode Cap Classique).
In other words Scintilla, it’s not simply carbonated wine. It sparkling personality is earned, through years and years of perfection in a bottle!
It’s amazing! Totally delicious, classy and ultra-sophisticated!
Scintilla is made with a blend of 75%Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir. The two wines have spent seven years on the lees, which is the result of Scintilla’s smooth character, complex flavour and superior taste.
Class my dears, class!
My preference in bubbly is usually on the sweeter side! But, when it comes to the real deal (Champagne or Méthode Cap Classique for example), then I prefer it a little more crisp with a dry palette that is well balanced.
I will defs be celebrating the new season in Style!
Thanks J.C Le Roux!
PS! Scintilla is available in a stylish gift pack (exclusive to Makro)! This scintillating prestige cuvée (R149.95) will make the perfect gift for your classy gal-pals this festive season.
Every end-of-year it’s the same thing… we eat too much, indulge too much and almost always end up feeling fat and very blah as we welcome in the new year.
Does this sound familiar?
While in South Africa we get to celebrate the festive season in Summer, the downfall to this benefit is that we don’t get to “hide” our festive bulge under layers of winter clothing! No sir-ree, we have a whole season of summer to look forward to… shorts, skirts, dresses and dare I say, bikinis!
So this year, instead of waiting to pile on the festive bulge and worry about it after January 2014 when you can’t fit into your work clothes, try to keep active over the holidays. Even if this just means taking the familia on long walks or going for a run (in my case, jog or rather a stroll) on the beach, or anything that gets those legs moving!
What better motivation than with the new FitBit Flex? It’s just been launched in this HOT new colour, cerise pink!
The FitBit Flex is a great fitness buddy that tracks your steps and lets you monitor your progress with blinking lights on the device. Your goal is to let it light up all the way to five, which means you’ve reached your goal of 10 000 steps on any given day.
To find out more about the FitBit Flex, check out my previous post on it here
It’s available from the iStore nationwide and costs R1299.
My obsession with Christian Louboutin doesn’t end at the feet! I love, and have always wanted to try out the infamous “Louboutin Mani” made famous, probably by Adele.
This is by no means a “new” nail trend, however, I’ve put a little spin on my Louboutin Manicure.
I have a pair of nude, Christian Louboutin patent leather pumps (the Bianca), so instead of going for black nails with red “bottoms”, I wanted to try match my Louboutin mani to my Louboutin pumps…
I went to see my bestest Jo-D, who is an absolute nail genius, told her what I wanted and this was her interpretation. If you ask me, she nailed it and matched the colour to the T!
When my friend Kelly saw my nails the other day, without even seeing the sneaky flash of red underneath, she instantly said “your nails look just like your shoes”. When I flipped my hand over, she was really impressed.
Of course, my natural nail is nowhere near this length and my “normal shape” is square. So, Jo-D hooked me up with Brisa Sculpt – another product I had been itching to try on all my nails, and created a more almond shape.
To perfect the colour, Jo-D used Shellac Satin Pyjamas, which she layered with Shellac Powder My Nose. For my “red bottoms”, Jo-D painted under my nails using VINYLUXin the cololur Rouge Red.
The result, Loubie nails to match my Loubies
I must say, besides being impressed with the colour of course, I am so impressed with Brisa Sculpt. It’s amazeballs! I’ve had such bad luck with “falsies” that I haven’t worn tips since my wedding five, nearly six years ago! This product not only gives you length and durability, but your nails stay protected AND there is no lift or peeling.
In one day I got three of the world’s best in one… My beloved Shellac, VINYLUX and Brisa, all three products by CND South Africa.
For more info on these polishes, stockists and to find a CND approved nail tech in your area, you can visit www.exclusivebeauty.co.za
I am hooked on Rain Africa products! They recently opened up a store at Gateway Shopping Centre, and every time I go there, I find myself spending hours ogling and indulging.
Besides offering a unique and irresistible selection of bath, body, skin, hair and fragrance goodies, all Rain products are hand made right here in South Africa, using natural ingredients that have been sourced in Africa!
Their products are available online (the perfect gift for the holidays!?), but if you get a chance to pop into one of their branded local stores or international stores, you absolutely have to allow yourself and your senses, the pleasure of experiencing this amazing brand first hand.
While the online store is a great place to stock up on your faves, a visit to Rain Africa will allow you to experience the range like no other!
Pour – Bring in your own containers and fill them up from the large tubes of liquid soap or foam bath
Mix - Customize your own body scrub by choosing from various bases, oils, actives and scents
Slice - Cut a slice of your own soap from the large loaves on display
Scoop - Scoop out your own bath salt, soak, fizz balls, steam balls, eartheggs, and hospitality soaps from the deli table and if you’re buying a gift, you can customize your own gift packaging!
Test/smell – Test out the entire range and see what excites your senses
It is truly worth a visit and I promise you won’t be able to leave empty handed!
Mascara is just one of those things, you can never have enough of!
I am constantly changing the ones I use, but I do have a few current faves and find myself using these five mascara’s the most.
Here they are in no particular order of favourites, since I love them all – just as much and for different reasons…
Lancôme Hypnôse Star
This is a fantastic everyday mascara for me. What I like is how it evens out my lashes and makes them look more defined. It also adds just enough length for every day wear.
It keeps my lashes spaced out, coating and defining each one individually.
The formula lasts all day and doesn’t run at all – so again, a perfect, every day mascara and I love the curved tube and sparkle on it.
Lancôme Hypnôse Drama
I’ve had my Hypnose Drama mascara for ages. Surprisingly, I’ve had it since March last year (when I reviewed it on StyleScoop) and although I don’t use it every day, it hasn’t dried out in nearly two years – that’s pretty impressive.
This mascara is fab for giving my lashes length and fabulous volume. I absolutely love the wand – it’s shaped perfectly for the shape of my eyes and in just two coats, my lashes are transformed into caterpillar-esque lashes.
It dries super quick and stays put all day.
Le Volume de Chanel Mascara
This mascara from Chanel is one of their recent launches (it launched in May this year) and it is such a fab mascara, that it initially came out in three shades (black, blue and violet). A fourth (Khaki Bronze) was added (and I have a feeling that there will be more colours still to come).
I have the Khaki Bronze and the Black and love them both. The black is solid, bold and is a more intense type of mascara, while the khaki is great for toned down lash volume, that looks natural, but at the same time, accentuates your lashes.
I love the length, texture and the volume it gives my lashes.
The brush has a combination of short and long bristles, as well as a flexible wand, that allows you to coat every single lash with minimal effort.
The formula is really great and thanks to the Acacia gum, the product almost glues to the lashes so that it lasts and lasts and lasts. No smudging and quick drying.
YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils in 5, Burgundy
I love using this mascara when I want to amp up the intensity of my eye colour, and especially when I wear purple eye shadow. I have it in the colour No5 – burgundy)
My eye colour is a greeny-hazel shade and the green really looks intense with purple or burgundy.
Even when I want to wear black on my lashes, I love to use this one on the bottom lashes, just for that extra bit of intensity.
YSL Volume Effect has a triple-film complex, which is basically three layers of awesomeness:
a film to coat the lashes to add intensity
a conditioning film with pro-vitamin B5 and aloe vera for curves and lastly,
a fixing film with a vinyl polymer that gives this mascara a long lasting effect.
Love, love, love!
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in 57, Blue Note
I was introduced to this mascara in June, when it launched as part of the Chanel Summer 2013 makeup collection. In July I took it with me on my trip to Greece and I really wore it all the time.
It’s a perfect-for-summer mascara, because it lasts all day, is waterproof and it makes your eyes look really open and awake.
I wore it on the beach and didn’t feel like I was wearing any makeup. At night, I layered it over my normal black mascara, so that the tips of my lashes were coated in blue. Really loved that result.
I haven’t worn it since I’ve been back, as the colour, for me, is better for a summer’s day – but I can’t wait for this rain to be done with and summer to appear so that I can wear more of it!
What are some of your favourite mascaras? And how many different ones do you use at the same time?
Comment below, I’d love to know if I’m missing out on any other good ones.
It’s not often that I get to attend a fancy soirée right here in Durban. But yesterday I attended the 10 year celebration of Daytona Motors in South Africa, at their Umhlanga branch – Daytona Rocks!
Not only did we enjoy a fabulous event with amazing food, music and entertainment, but we got to see some amazing sports cars, including the unveiling of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and the Rolls-Royce Wraith, as well as a few other lookers.
Amongst all the metal perfection, one car definitely stole my heart, and really got my pulse racing, the Mclaren MP4-12C!
What a car! I mean, I could seriously see myself in one of these (despite it being ridiculously awkward to get in and out of – but who cares – IT IS THAT HOT!).
Universe, if you’re listening to me, please send one of these machines my way… I’ll take it in any colour, but the Volcano Orange is my fave!
I mean seriously, it’s obvious we were made for each other – don’t you think?!
Ya, I have a serious grin on my face, but this car will do that to you! Guaranteed!
To see more of these beautiful cars, check out a Daytona dealership in your area or browse (and drool) online via their website, Facebook or Twitter
I love Balm Balm products. Everything from their pretty packing, to the unique blend of ingredients, but one of the things I really love, is the fact that they are Organic and 100% natural.
Their new Frankincense skincare range is definitely worth something to blog about!
It’s unlike any other three-step skincare trio that I’ve experienced, with really unique products as apposed to your normal cleanser, toner and moisturizer.
The cleanser comes in a balm formula (of course) and the toner is more like a hydrating spray. Then instead of a cream type moisturizer, Balm Balm Frankincense offers an oil/ serum type formula instead.
It’s such an innovative trio and I really love it for so many reasons!
It’s also the ideal range for gals that travel a lot, as it takes up such little space in your toiletry bag!
Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm
If you follow my blog and you’ve read my past beauty features, you’ll know that I am very fussy when it comes to skincare. One of the things I am really fussy about is the type of cleanser that I use. I refuse to use anything that’s harsh and am particularly against soap cleansers.
This little guy is amazing! My preference with cleansers is either gel, cream or foam, and this is the first time I’ve used a balm cleanser. I think I’m hooked.
It cleans my skin beautifully and leaves it feeling fresh without the sting!
Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm is made from “happy ingredients”, that are all organic and completely natural. In the mix is Shea butter, Beeswax, Sunflower and Jojoba, all of which clean the skin and gently remove impurities. It’s also got Calendula to soothe the skin and the main ingredient, Frankincense which together with grapefruit refresh the skin.
It’s the star-product of this collection and comes in the cutest little jar. Although it’s only 30g – a small amount goes a long way! I like to think of it as a cleanser that has not been bulked up with aqua (water) and has all the ingredients concentrated in the formula.
To use, scoop out a teeny-tiny amount, dab it on your skin, then rub gently in circular motions to activate the oils. This is something I’ve discovered with a lot of balmy type products, they really work when the oils are activated. Then, using a damp face cloth, just wipe or dab it off.
I love the smell, the texture, the feel… everything. It worked surprisingly well at removing my makeup too, which is certainly another benefit as most of us don’t want to use an “additional” product to remove makeup before we cleanse.
I could go on and on about the cleansing balm, but the other two products in this range are also fantastic.
Balm Balm Frankincense Hydrosol (toner)
I usually skip out on toners, because I find that many of them irritate my skin. I have found some that I like to use, but if I were perfectly honest, toner is not in my daily skincare regime.
The Balm Balm Frankincense Hydrosol is a “toner” like no other. Instead of being packed with irritating substances (like alcohol! Believe it!), Balm Balm Hydrosol offers a cooling, relaxing effect on the skin.
It’s actually made from the steam distillation of Frankincense essential oil, which soothes and cools.
To use, just spritz it over your entire face and neck area (closing your eyes of course), then just allow to dry naturally. You can also gently pat the product into your skin to spread it.
Balm Balm Frankincense Light Facial Oil
The third step in this skincare regime is a light facial oil used instead of a moisturizer. It’s a brilliant concept, since today most skincare regimes have a fourth step – serum! This is almost like a combination of the two, since it conditions your skin (like moisturizer) and helps to smooth out fine lines (like serum) – its the prefect marriage for your skin!
Balm Balm Frankincense Light Facial Oil is made from Peach Kernel, Evening Primrose, Jojoba and Rosehip which all nourish, condition and protect the skin. Frankincense is added to the mix and aids in evening out fine line lines, and grapefruit to give your skin a boost of freshness.
It comes in a bottle with a dropper and is so highly concentrated, two drops were more than enough to cover my entire face and neck!
Remember to rub it in, with gentle circular motions to activate and spread the product.
In less than a minute of having this product face, it was completely absorbed and my skin left with a perfectly smooth, healthy texture that even made makeup application a breeze.
Seriously guys, you have to try this range!
It’s available online from LUHLA, who are also running a a fab special whereby if you by any two of the products from the Balm Balm Frankincense range, you’ll also get a a free Balm Balm Rosehip Serum!
Definitely an offer to take advantage of!
Price wise, you’re looking at R235 for the Cleansing Balm (30g), R235 for the Hydrosol (30ml) and R188 for the Light Facial Oil (10ml).
Say hello to summer in style with pretty and totally rockin’ designer summer dresses that are cute, quirky and affordable!
For the second time round, British Designer Henry Holland has collaborated with Mr Price, and this time his brought along his gal pals!
Henry created nine unique pieces, each one representing (and fittingly named after) one of his BFF’s. Think Kelly Osbourne, Pixie Geldof, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Alexa Chung, Agyness Deyn and Poppy Delevingne.
Perfect to update your summer wardrobe this season and just in time for the holidays!
PLUS! For every one of these dresses sold, ten rand will be donated to the RedCap Foundation Schools Project - a foundation that Henry Holland is very fond of and has worked closely with since his last collaboration.
Now don’t stress gals, these dresses may be “designer”, but they come without the designer price tag! They range in the region of R119.99 (for the Rita Dress), R139.99 (for the Pixie, Iggy, Katy and Riri Dress), to R149.99 (for the Aggy, Alexa, Kelly and Poppy Dress).
Take a look, and get ready to swoon….
I absolutely love the Kelly Dress, the Poppy Dress and the Alexa Dress – Defs my three faves, which one/s do you love?