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Pink Peonies! L’Occitane’s new Pivone Sublime Collection

August 12, 2015
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Who isn’t just crazy about pink peonies? They are my favourite bloom! So beautiful that we only get to enjoy them for small periods of time, since they only bloom for two weeks in a year.

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Now you can capture the essence of pretty pink peonies with L’Occitane‘s new Pivoine Sublime range; A petal-soft skin perfecting range and a beautiful Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette with pure peony extract.

I got to experience this range and let me tell you gals how beautiful it is….

Créme Perfectrice – Peony Perfecting Cream

Let’s start with how beautiful the jar is – pretty in pink with a slight ombre effect that will make any vanity look amazing.

The cream itself offers an intense hydration for the skin, with a 24-hour moisturization that includes L’Occitane’s patent formula that helps to beautify the skin, improving texture and leaving it glowing!

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It’s indulgent to the touch. With an amazing, fresh peony scent that lifts your mood, while the luxuriously absorbing cream fills in any pores and fine lines, giving your skin instant radiance and leaves you with skin that feels soft, smooth and deliciously velvety.

I’m obsessed! I want to smear it all over!

Get it from L’Occitane Boutique stores or buy it online here for R595

Peony Lip Balm – Rose Nude

This one deserves a little OMG moment! Again, such gorgeous packaging (I know, I’m all about the packaging – but hey, when it deserves a packaging praise, it deserves a packaging praise!).

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With an SPF of 25, this beautiful tinted lip balm will leave your lips pout perfect and protected.

Winter has really taken its toll on my poor lips, and I’ve found myself reaching for this gem over and over again! I can’t get over the pretty smell and how soft and supple it leaves my lips!

Get it from L’Occitane Boutique stores, or buy the Transparent version online here for R210

Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette

Following on from their glorious Pivoine Flora EDP, the lighter, fresher version of L’Occitane’s pretty peony scent, Pivoine Flora EDT is perfect as we head in Spring! Anyone else counting down the days to warmer weather?

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I know, Im going to sound like a broken record, but look at that gorgeous packaging!

The pretty pink juice is housed in a beautiful flower shaped bottle, engraved with elegant petals… swoon!

Okay, enough about the packaging – lets talk JUICE!

Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette is a refreshing, citrusy scent enlaced with a luminous bouquet of pink peonies and fragrant rose petals in a musky base.

It has top notes of Bergamot and Grapefruit, heart notes of Peony and Rose and base notes of Musk and Sandalwood that give it a fresh, spring time indulgence.

It’s a soft scent that whispers on your skin rather than makes a scent statement. Personally I do love scents that are overpowering and stand out – but every now and then, I like to dabble in something lighter, especially as the weather warms up, and this one is just to pretty to resist.

I also like to get a hint of peony every now and then – which reminds me of my fave blooms!

Get it from L’Occitane Boutique stores

Beauty Hair

Smooth, Silky Soft Hair with Moroccanoil #MOSmooth

August 11, 2015
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If the winter frizz has your hair feeling drab and down, difficult to style and just not looking it’s gorgeous self, then I’ve got some great news for you!

The new Moroccanoil SMOOTH Range launched last month, and it features four amazing products enriched with the one and only Moroccanoil argain oil blend, argan butter and coconut derived fatty acids.

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A Shampoo (R350), Conditioner (R370), Smoothing Mask (R570) and a Smoothing Lotion (R430) that offer high performance hair smoothness that you can see and feel.

I’ve been using them for about a week now and I’m obsessed. I was fortunate enough to experience the entire range, so my hair days have started with the shampoo, conditioner and the mask – which I leave on for about 5-10 minutes. After I’ve showered and towel-dried my hair, I apply two pumps of the Smoothing Lotion and that’s it!

Although I’ve been a long time fan of Moroccanoil’s iconic hair oil, which I’ve been using since November 2011, my hair was so silky, soft and shiny even without having to apply the oil.

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These products work really well and leave your hair looking incredibly soft, shiny and healthy, but the best part for me, was how much easier my hair was to manage.

Since my hair is very fine, and knots like crazy – the smoothness I got from the Moroccanoil Smooth range made it so much easier to handle – although my hair looks so good just washed and rough dried with these products, I don’t even feel the need to do too much to make it look amazing!

Amazing products, amazing range that I’d give a gold star rating!

Try them out, let me know what you think.

xx
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Fashion Fashion Shows

#CHANELHAUTECOUTURE 3D Fall-Winter Collection for 2015

August 6, 2015
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Karl Lagerfeld surprised audiences once again, as he unveiled Chanel’s 2015-16 Fall/ Winter collection.

Always creating unique backdrops and beautiful settings for his shows, this 3D Collection, was presented in a casino theme reinvented at the Grand Palais.

Between card games, roulette tables and slot machines, models with their neo-tomboy plunging bob hairstyles, showcased a very structured and graphic silhouette, while celebs and close friends of Chanel played blackjack in Le Cercle Prive. 

Uniting the traditional expertise of Haute Couture with the latest technologies, Karl Lagerfeld created a range of 3D suits, using the “selective laser sintering” technique, where pieces come painted, embroidered with beads, lined with satin, embroideries or braided in leather.

The CHANEL jacket was completely reinvented and thrust into a whole new dimension. “The idea was to take the most iconic jacket from the 20th century and turn it into a 21st century version which was technically not possible at the time it was born” says Lagerfeld.

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The iconic Chanel Tweed embellished dresses and suits were trimmed with the “new Chanel braid”, sewn into the continuity of the fabric.

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Evening looks follow an asymmetric line, veering towards the back. It comes swathed in lace, faille, silk, raffia, tulle and organza, duchess satin, taffeta and chiffon, richly adorned with countless applications of feathers, sequinned and beaded embroideries.

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Celebs dressed to the nines, in Haute Couture gowns that were especially made for the event and accessorised with re-editions in platinum and diamonds of the first unique “Bijoux de Diamants” collection created by Mademoiselle Chanel in 1932.

My Fave Runway Looks

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Pictures from the fitting…

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Fittings pictures by Benoit Peverelli

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Karl Lagerfeld picture by Olivier Saillant

All images – Copyright Chanel, used with permission

Life In Style

GREY – Christian’s Fifty Shades of Grey Story

August 4, 2015
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I know I’m a bit behind on the whole Fifty Shades of Grey hype, but about a month or so ago, I started reading the first book and just COULD NOT put it down!

In general, I’m a pretty slow reader, but I finished it in 3 days, then had to have the second book, Fifty Shades Darker and I’m currently reading the third book in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed.

Just as I was getting into the whole Fifty Shades, E.L James launched her fourth book; GREY – The Fifty Shades of Grey story as told by Christian.

With such a huge fan base, GREY, which opened sales on the 18th June 2015 (Christian’s birthday by the way) sold a massive 647,401 copies (physical and digital books) in its opening 3 days in the UK.

Pretty impressive!

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Of course, I had to read it – between finishing Fifty Shades Darker and watching the movie (of course)!

If you’re a Fifty Shades fan, GREY gives you a chance to get to know Christian a little bit better.

Yes, it’s the same story as the first book, but reading GREY gives the reader more understanding into how he thinks and acts and how he was feeling the whole time he was pursuing Anastasia – the girl who changed his life!

In the first book, you can’t really understand Christian’s character as the story is from Ana’s perspective, while GREY takes you through the same story, but with a fresh pair of eyes and through a completely different character.

GREY gives you a deeper insight into Christian’s internal struggles, his dreams and reflections. It allows you to understand his horrid childhood and how it has shaped him into the man he is. Why he’s drawn to power and dark sexual desires, but also what makes him a successful business man and such a strong character.

After reading Grey…

To be honest, I found GREY just a little bit boring. Not because of the story line – as it follows the same gripping story line as the first book, but I think it was because I had read the first book and GREY too close together. While Fifty Shades of Grey had me enthralled, GREY almost felt a little Déjà vu, I guess, because the original storyline was still so fresh in my mind, I knew what was coming next.

But overall, I enjoyed GREY. I would only suggest that you give yourself a long enough break between reading Fifty Shades of Grey and then reading GREY to fully appreciate the story.

It’s a great book that transports you into Christian’s world and getting to know him, without having to sign the NDA!

Download Fifty Shades on your Kindle

Bath & Spa Beauty Beauty News

Treat Your Body

July 23, 2015
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While you may not get to see much of your body in winter, it doesn’t mean you should neglect it!

Here are some fabulous treats I’ve been enjoying this winter and I’m pretty certain you will too…

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Vaseline Intensive Care, CocoaGlow

This beautiful tub of all over body cream from Vaseline smells deeeee-licious and is a god send for dry skin this winter.

What makes it special is that the formula has been infused with mico-droplets of Vaseline Blueseal Petroleum Jelly. These help to unlock the natural glow of the skin, leaving it soft and beautiful!

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I love cocoa butter anything, and I love how my skin soaks up this non-greasy formula!

Best part — it is super affordable at only R34,99 for a 350ml tub! Now that’s a bargain!

PS! Whilst were on the subject of Vaseline, don’t forget to enter my Vaseline Blueseal Hamper giveaway. Entries close at noon today, so don’t miss out.

SOiL Ylang-Ylang Soy Wax Melts and Sensual Hibiscus Bath Salts

SOiL is a homegrown, South African brand that’s beautifully packaged, organic and affordable too!

They recently launched their online store (so you can shop this gorgeous brand anytime) and I was spoiled with a voucher to purchase a few goodies.

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My favourites that I bought were these Ylang-Ylang Soy Wax Melts (R45 for 8 melts) that you just pop into a burner and enjoy eight hours of olfactory bliss! The aroma will fill your home and create a spa-like ambiance.

The melts look good enough to eat – perhaps because they remind me a little of “buttons” – anyone remember those? They were awesome!

I also got the SOiL Sensual Hibiscus Bath Salts (R125 for 350mls) because I love anything that enhances my bath time ritual. And I’m already a lover of the SOiL Hibiscus range (remember this post). Smells like heaven!

Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Crisnail Happy Days Hand & Body Milkotion

First up, how cute is the packaging on the Crisnail Happy Days Hand and Body Milkotion? And the smell is pretty delicious too!

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Its super light weight and leaves my skin feeling silky soft and smelling good! I’ve been using it mostly as a hand lotion, but come summer, this will be my best friend, as I don’t like overly rich creams in summer, and this one is just perfect!

Made in Spain, it is available from selected professional beauty and nail salons at R205 for 200mls. To find a stockist near you call Exclusive Beauty Solutions on 011-791-4027

Skin Republic Foot Active Treatment

Like a foot spa in a bag! I got to sample this foot treatment from Skin Republic way before it hits our shelves in November! I know, it’s a little while away, but I wanted to give it a mention before my space gets overcrowded with our upcoming summer launches, so bear with me on this one!

You don’t want to miss out on it!
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It’s specifically targeted for all ya active peeps — so if you’re a runner, gym rat, yogi, cyclist or all round active girl (or guy) your feet are in for a treat!

It contains 22 plant extracts which help to revive and refresh those tired feet. Peppermint, Avocado and Tea Tree help soothe irritated and inflamed skin. Argan Oil, Collagen and Vitamin E deeply moisturise, softening rough, dry feet. Mint, Eucalyptus and Thyme promote circulation and deodorise.

I love the little booties, because they just make life so much easier!

Retail price will be R42.99 and available Edgars, Red Square, Dis-chem and Clicks.

What skin loving products have you been hooked on recently?

Life In Style luxury fashion

Inside the Asnières Atelier, The Heart of Louis Vuitton

July 21, 2015
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If you’re considering a little trip to France; people watching at the Champs-Élysées, or taking in the majesty of the Eiffel Tower, then I’ve got another must-see French treasure to add to your list.

This July, luxury French brand, Louis Vuitton, opened it’s doors to one of the most iconic residencies in France. The historic family home of Louis Vuitton which houses his famous atelier (workshop), Asnières, located in the Parisian suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine.

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Until the mid 60’s, Asnières was the residency of the Vuitton family, however after the family moved out, they kept the atelier going.

To this day, Asnières continues to create the houses’ most exceptional pieces, including hard-sided LV trunks, items in rare and exotic skins as well as all custom, special-orders.

Fulfilling the most extravagant requests, from the famous trunk-bed of explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, to the tea trunk for the Maharajah of Baroda, and Karl Lagerfeld’s iPad Trunk.

ateliers-J.Oppenheim-1818Le Salon (living room of the) Maison de famille Louis Vuitton (family house of Louis Vuitton) 

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It was in this house that all Vuitton family sons learned the art of trunk-making, including Patrick-Louis Vuitton, who today, is in charge of any special orders for clients.

Gaston-Louis Vuitton was passionate about historical trunks from all backgrounds and he had accumulated a significant collection.

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Asnieries is a treasure trove that keeps many of these secrets. Secrets that have shaped Louis Vuitton’s exceptional destiny, and includes 23 000 objects, 165 000 documents and 110 000 customer records.

Louis Vuitton’s archives are always meticulously conserved to keep precious objects and documents in the best possible conditions. Clients records, sales registers, posters and original photographs are kept alongside trunks, suitcases, bags and ready-to-wear collections.

Curator Judith Clark has created La Galerie located inside the Asnières workshop. A place open to the public and geared towards discovery and exploration.

Giving visitors a chance to experience the soul of Louis Vuitton through letters, sketches, personal effects, historic items and artworks inspired by the house.

Here they can see and feel the beating heart of the Asnières ateliers, who transform the desires of its travel-loving clients into reality.

LouisVuittonAteliersComponents of the coffret Merveilles, including metallic pieces (corners), lozine pieces and tools used in the creation

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To discover more about this special place click here.

All Photographs © LOUIS VUITTON MALLETIER / Julien Oppenheim (house photographs) /François Coquerel (visuals) – used with permission

 

The Asnières “Galerie” will open to the public on weekends by appointment in the next months.
18, rue Louis Vuitton 92 600 Asnières-sur-Sein

Fashion Outfits Winter

Sweater Weather Faves – The Fringed Knit

July 20, 2015
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Yay for sweater weather! Hands up if you’re as excited to bundle up in cozy knits as I am!

And if you’re throwing your arms up in the air, what better way to do it than in this gorgeous, cozy knit “Precious Sweater” from Old Khaki?

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Just look at that fringe!

I am obsessed!

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Since most knitted sweaters look a little boxy (on me at least), I found that the best way to balance it out, is to layer it over a pretty collard shirt worn with skinny jeans – perhaps even add a statement necklace to the mix.

I wore my Precious Sweater the other day with a light wash denim shirt, dark wash skinny jeans, tan boots and it made for a perfect, pulled together winter look.

Today, I went for a more muted palette, and paired my Precious Sweater with an extra long, viscose beige shirt, black leggings and my lived in Minnetonka Tramper boots. Then just stacked a few simple bracelets.

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I love the different textures of this knit. It gives it such a cozy, fluffy and beautiful effect, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it was the fringe that totally stole my heart!

Get your Precious Knit from Old Khaki now (R499).

I. LOVE. IT. TO. BITS.

 

Beauty Beauty Trends Makeup

#SAYITWITHYOUREYES Lancome Hypnôse Volume-à-Porter Mascara

July 14, 2015
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I have this thing with mascara… I love it!

It’s the one essential makeup must-have I just can’t, make that, won’t live without!

It’s fair to say that the Lancôme Hypnôse mascaras are among my faves. They just seem to get it right, better and better with each new version, and the new Hypnôse Volume-à-Porter, Cashmere Sensation Volume Mascara is without a doubt one fabulous mascara.

It’s the new Mascara for the woman who understands the power of her gaze!

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In it’s jewel-like lacquered bottle, Hypnôse Volume-à-Porter Mascara maintains all of its mesmerising curves, updated in sleek gunmetal grey packaging.

In a single stroke it dresses the lashes in an elegant slick of volume, creating the blackest black, lushest lashes that still look incredibly natural and above all, feel comfortable!

For me, I have okay length lashes (although I wouldn’t mind them being a bit longer ya know), but they are dead straight with no curve – something I always look for in a mascara, since my lids  face downwards, and I NEED the curve and the volume to open up my eyes.

This mascara does a great job at coating the lashes and giving each one a lift. It separates each lash evenly, without a single clump, but at the same time, no matter how much I pile on, my lashes stay comfortable and not sticky or spiky! Although, having said that I only felt the need to apply 2-3 coats.

The flexible head brush, which is Lancôme’s first ever Hypnose elastomer brush is so easy to use and really great for applying mascara like a pro. I especially love how easy it is to apply mascara to my lower lashes, as it gently combs the lashes as it coats.

It has a combination of longer and shorter bristles that are soft, so you can really get into the those corners of the lashes without poking yourself in the eye!

It takes a little while to dry, but once it’s on the lashes it’s swathes them in the smoothest, most comfortable film of lush, black mascara that stays put.

The hybrid forumla comprises a melt-in cream texture and a resistant smudge proof formula. And besides looking fantabulous on your lashes right now, over time,Lancôme’s exclusive Native Rose Cells extract helps to leave bare lashes softer and more resistant for a thicker lash fringe! Even more reason to use it every single day!

Such a marvellous mascara, and definitely one to add to my list of top mascaras. The other ones being Chanel Le Volume De Chanel, Lancôme Grandiose and Lancôme Hypnose Drama.

Price: R420.00
Available at all Lancôme counters in selected Edgars, Red Square, Stuttafords, Woolies, Truworths and Foschini Stores.

 

Beauty WIN

Giveaway! Vaseline BlueSeal Hamper [closed]

July 13, 2015
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Here’s a little pick me up giveaway to brighten up your mood on this blue Monday!

Vaseline, the original wonder jelly is a longtime favourite beauty essential.

It’s one product that multitasks to fulfil a number of beauty needs! From soothing and smoothing dry, chapped elbows to making an indulgent lip or body scrub (by simply combining it with sugar), to fixing your brows in place!

It’s no wonder that one Vaseline product is sold every second in South Africa alone. That’s a whole lot of jelly lovin!

From the new, mega 450ml jar, to the on-the-go handbag essential 10ml size, you can now take your Vaseline with you everywhere you go!

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Congrats to my lucky winner (by random draw):
Jade Low :)

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The prize includes; a clutch bag and 5 different sizes of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly – including a an exclusive “blinged out” version that cannot be purchased!

Rules: * Competition open to South African residents only * Entries close at noon on the 23rd July 2015 * Only entries via Rafflecopter will be counted * Judges decision is final * The winner will be announced on THIS POST on StyleScoop on the 27th July 2015

Beauty Hair

Liquid Gold! Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo-Complexe

July 9, 2015
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Oh my gawsh girls! I have to tell you about this amazing hair range that I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with!

Love I tell you, LOVE!

It’s the Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo-Complexe range.

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A complete system for all hair types (including my fine, no longer flat hair) that’s super nourishing, without weighing the hair down!

In one word, it’s heaven!

At first, I was a little nervous. The words “elixir ultime” and gold packaging scared me a bit as I thought it would be one of those super luxurious ranges that would leave my hair oily.

Since my locks are dead straight, and my hair is very fine, generally super indulgent ranges end up being too indulgent for my hair. But the Kerastase Elixir Ultime is pretty amazing!

After the first use, which included shampoo (Bain Elixir Ultime), followed by the mask (Masque Elixir Ultime) and then the “rock star” oil (Elixir Ultime Multi-Use Oil), my hair was noticeably softer, with a beautiful healthy shine, that lasted for three days before I had to wash it again.

That’s always a huge benefit for me, when I can enjoy “clean hair” that’s manageable without having to wash it every, single day!

To add to that, during those three days, my hair remained soft and supple and didn’t drive me bananas!

And the smell! Absolute heaven!

 

The Bain Elixir Ultime shampoo is silicone and paraben free, so it gives you a nice purifying cleanse that’s gentle on the hair. I’ve noticed a nice little “bounce” in my roots and they aren’t sitting flat on my head, which is usually the case. In other words, I could feel and see that it deep cleaned my hair, from the root without loading up on silicone.

Masque Elixir Ultime is a treatment masque that helps to strengthen the hair, wash after wash. I applied it to my mid lengths and ends, left it in for about five minutes, and rinsed it through.

After I towel dried my hair, I applied the “gem”, Elixir Ultime Multi-Use Oil, which is a fabulous product.

I’ve been using it instead of my Moroccan Oil (which, if you’re a longtime SS reader, you’ll know how much I love my Moroccan Oil) and I can honestly say that I’ve found another product that works just as well on my hair, but this one smells incredible!

I also love to use the oil on dry hair, to give it a nice frizz free feel on day two and three, and keep that heavenly smell going!

You can also apply it as a pre-cleanse treatment – and I’ve been doing so before my next wash is due.

Totally addicted!