The Konjac Sponge: Your gateway to flawless skin

Hello Dolls.

If you haven’t met the konjac sponge, you need  to re-evaluate your life choices! Yes, I’m serious!

No idea what a konjac sponge is?

Do not fear! Yours truly is about to enlighten you and your skin, and Oh you’re welcome!

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The Konjac Sponge 

That little brown thing (its actually black) in the picture above is how the konjac sponge looks like.

The Konjac Potato or Konnyaku is a native plant in Asia and can be found growing wild at very high altitudes. Konjac contains 97% water, is rich in minerals and low in calories which makes it a natural food source. Konjack is also pH neautral which therefere leaves your skin looking perfectly balanced. The konnyaku is over 1,500 years old and has been used as medicine, food, a beauty product. The Konjac sponge was orginally created for delicated baby skin.

Interesting right?

Apart from the history of the Konjac, it contains an endless amount of benefits:

  • 100% natural fibres
  • Packed with mineral and antioxidants
  • Its non- toxic
  • 100% cruelty free
  • Its made naturally and its environmentally safe

The konjac sponge has literally changed my life and my skin! Its extremely gentle on the skin and works so much better than scrubs and it can be used for daily exfoliation, you may use it with your face wash when washing your face daily. Once you use it with your face wash, whilst washing and exfoliating you will be able to gently remove your makeup, without a hustle. After using a Konjac sponge daily for a week, my skin was much smoother and a bit more radiant. I could definitely feel and see a difference in my skin, after using it just for a week and I know if my skin could speak it would be expressing its gratitude profusely.

How to use it: Soak the sponge in water until its softer and fully expanded. Then remove the excess water by gently pressing the sponge in between the palms of your hand. Use in a circular motion on your face for a few minutes.

If you don’t own one, you need to get your hands on one! Your skin will thank you later. Its a small investment to ensure you have beautiful skin each day. I, honestly cannot imagine how my skin has survived without the konjac all this time!

Konjac sponges can be purchased from http://www.swiitchbeauty.com

Ponds Perfect Colour Complex Review

Hello Dolls.

I do apologize once again for not regularly blogging or having a set day on which I put up blog posts. I will try and change that as soon as I have settled in and have worked on my schedule. I haven’t been doing enough product reviews, so I thought its about time I did one once again, and why not start off with a product which is a go-to product for many of us?

Yes, I’m sure you read the heading and know what product I’m talking about; The Ponds Skincare Range or rather specifically the Ponds Perfect Color Complex Range.

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I’ve always been prone to uneven skin tone on my face and I have tried many products but to my dismay they haven’t really worked, I then came across Ponds and I could see drastic changes in my face which I was thrilled about!

I first came across Ponds a while back. I had been noticing that the African women had beautiful skin, it didn’t have any marks or pimples, it was so even and flawless they didn’t have to apply bottles of foundation and concealer. After I spent a considerable amount of time noticing this, I too wanted to be part of this beautiful skin clan and get my fair share of even skin, so when I went to Clicks I paid close attention to what skincare products they were using. I noticed that the majority of these ladies were buying Ponds.

Being the curious being that I am, I then also decided that I had to try these Ponds products as it seemed to be working wonders on different skin types. Thrilled at my decision, I rushed home with my purchase and started using the products immediately.

After a few days I noticed the difference in my skin, it was much more even and there was less marks, it was just brighter and prettier. Each day when I woke up, the changes on my face were even more noticeable and I, not once regretted my rash decision to purchase these products.

Skincare requires dedication and has to be carried out religiously every day. And well I don’t have the best track record for following a skincare regiment every day and some days I unintentionally miss these routines, I too missed a day or two of this skin care routine which I was following. I then noticed the change in my face!

I missed about two days of using the product and my skin was actually getting darker and it wasn’t looking pretty any longer, noticing these changes I then went back to using it and could see my face was back to being bright and beautiful. Intentionally a few days later, I decided not to use Ponds and within a few days my skin was darker and horrible and on some places my even skin tone was clearly visible. This is when I realized that my skin had become addicted to this product! I was so blinded by this beautiful skin that I was obtaining, I didn’t realize that without it my skin would never be the same and I would have to most likely dedicate my life to this product in order to keep up my skin looking good.

I understand that skincare routines have to be done each day, but once you have stopped using a product for a day or a few weeks it shouldn’t be leaving your skin in a state worst off then what is was before you used it.

These are just my thoughts and experiences of the product, have you had a similar experience with the Ponds skin care range?

Full face Makeup Tutorial

Hello my Lovies

I hope you have been having a fabulous week!

I’ve been asked many a times to do tutorials on how I do my makeup. I have vlogged before but I’ve only done portions of my face, I finally decided that I should and have to do a full face tutorial.If you have been following my blog, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m always on a budget so most of the products used in my tutorial can be purchased from a drugstore.

Yes, I know its not the best but I’m still trying to figure out all of this vlogging stuff. I do hope you enjoy my tutorial and subscribe to my channel!

xoxo Juwairiya

I wish I knew this before getting Eyelash Extensions

HAPPY NEW YEAR DOLLS!

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I hope each and every one of you had a lovely festive season, and I wish you all the best for the upcoming year. I would also like to thank each and everyone of you for keeping up with my blog, I know I haven’t had the best track record on blogging but hey it’s a new year and I’m going to try and catch up. Today I’m going to be writing about eyelash extensions and my experiences and knowledge thereof.

Eyelash extensions are amazing, they take your makeup and your face to another level and ensures that you always are on point even on your-not-so-pretty days. There is however a downside to getting your eyelashes done, which I wish I had known prior to getting them done.

If you are reading this and have no idea what eyelash extensions are or what I’m talking about, what world are you living in?

Well, let me break it down for you. Eyelash extensions are individual lashes which  are applied to your natural lashes which enhances the length, thickness and fullness of your own lashes, its usually done by a certified technician, you can do it by yourself but its a tedious task; these extensions which are done by a technician will cost you an arm, yes, really! its quite expensive, although totally worth it and it will last for about 4-6 weeks or less. False eyelashes and eyelash extensions are not the same thing, false eyelashes can be taken off immediately after wearing them, whereas lash extensions lasts for quite a while.

The perk of having these lash extensions is that you look fabulous all the time without even trying, you even wake up fabulous! Who doesn’t love waking up that way! However it takes hours to get them done, and you might have to lay down with your eyes closed for up to three hours which makes you quite cringy!

You also might have to alter the way you sleep, if you sleep on your face on in any other weird face position, when you wake up your eyelash extensions are good be all weird, heading in all directions. In the morning when you wake up, to wash your face you will have to be extremely careful around the eye area and when you shower too. If you are like me and shower more then twice a day then they don’t last as long and they not as pretty after each time I shower.

And did I mention that they are quite high maintenance? Each day you are required to brush out your lashes, I used an old mascara wand. After over two weeks, you most likely will have to go fill them in as the lashes may start falling off, and it could cost up to R200,00 or more, depending on the eyelash clinic. Also its quite challenging putting on eyeliner and removing off your eye makeup has to be done with make-up remover wipes, and should be done carefully as a lash could come off whilst you wiping.

Lastly, when you have extensions on, your normal eyelashes don’t grow and frankly when I took them off they looked shorter; if you continuously have extensions your eyelashes will be like little stubbles. Each eyelash starts falling off on their own, but if you do decide to take them out on your own cos as they start falling out it looks like spider webs, sort of, then you can use baby oil to carefully take it, however this can be extremely painful.

Yes, I do wish I knew this before I got extensions, although I don’t think I would have changed my mind, because lets face it, lashes are everything! I will most likely go and do them once again, although I’ll now know what to expect.

What are your thoughts or experiences regarding lash extensions? I’d love to hear about it!

 

DIY: Face Scrub to Combat those not so Pretty Pimples

It’s the weekend, and as you planning your outfit for the wedding tomorrow, your hot date or just a day out, you look into the mirror and you notice these horrible looking zits that are visible from a mile away, you try a few products hoping it will disappear or look less visible but these zits have become really comfortable on your face. This is freaking you out, so more zits appear and now you have no idea what to do, so you sadly decide to postpone this date that you have been planning for, for quite a while until your face is back to normal. Sounds familiar? We’ve all been there at some point, cancelling due do the hideous zits on our faces.

Well, that’s not going to be an issue any longer, as yours truly has came up with this amazing DIY that will help combat those not so pretty zits. This amazing DIY will help you get rid of those zits using all natural ingredients using ingredients which are right in your kitchen and also give you clear skin overnight.

 

To make this scrub, you will need:

*Less then half a lemon

*1 tbsp. raw honey

*1 tsp brown sugar

How to do it: Take the brown sugar and mix it into the honey. Then add the lemon and mix thoroughly. First cleanse your face and then apply the scrub all over your face. Massage in a circular motion for 20-30 seconds avoiding your eye area. Rinse your face and finish off with your favourite moisturizer.

Lemons: Lemons are natural exfoliants, and are packed with anti- bacterial properties which helps to diminish acne.

Honey: Honey is gives you an amazing and natural glow, and its filled with antioxidants.

Brown Sugar: Brown sugar makes a great exfoliator for the skin as it dissolves easily and improves the texture of the skin.

Well, after doing this, you won’t have to cancel any of those plans and did I mention that your skin will smell amazing. And, oh, you welcome!

P.S. Leave a comment below if this helped you get rid of those zits and made your skin much clearer.

Outfit Of The Day: Check and Red Lips

Hello Dolls!

I haven’t blogged in forever as I’ve been busy trying to get my degree but now that its in my pocket, I will be having more time to spend on blogging. I just realized that I haven’t did an outfit post and I have been meaning to, so this post will be dedicated to a super gorgeous yet casual outfit.

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I absolutely love this outfit, it can be dressed up and down at the same time. I went for an extremely long checked shirt (that is super halaal) and I paired it with a dark blue denim that I folded at the end so that my killer boots won’t be missed!

The print of the checked shirt made it busy but not too loud. Since there was a lot of blue going on, I added these black ankle boot heels which are super comfortable and can be worn during every season of the year! How great is that!

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A black over sized handbag matched perfectly with the boots and helped the outfit come together.

And finally for my hijab, I went for a dark blue scarf that matched with the hues of blue of the shirt. The twisted turban style added a twist to my very put together outfit. My makeup was super subtle so to round off my look I added red lipstick, of course!

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Outfit details:

Check Shirt: Legit

Blue denim jeans: Edgars

Black ankle boots: Mr Price

Scarf: Pick and Pay Clothing

Handbag: Michael Kors

Lippie: Mac in Russian Red

 

 

Foundation on a Budget

Foundation forms the base of any look, and with the right foundation blended into your face you can conquer the world! Yes ladies, you all know what I’m talking about. In the morning when you put your face on,your foundation is your go- to product and once you’ve perfectly blended it in and added some eyeliner, mascara and a bold lippie, you are a queen ready to slay the day and whatever may be headed your way. It is crucial to purchase a foundation that caters to your needs, blends effortlessly and doesn’t allow any holes to occur in your pocket. As a student and a makeup junkie, my face always has to be on point, so it is crucial for me to get a good buy for my money. Foundation just covers up whatever you would like to hide, while giving you a fresh looking face. Yes, you need sleep in order to have nice looking skin but foundation just helps to enhance your skin and just gives you a face that doesn’t look weary or tired.

Foundation is one of the basic essentials that every girl needs in her make- up bag, whether you are a makeupholic or not. My skin is not that bad but I do love a good foundation just to ensure that my face is dewy and at times flawless. When I started wearing foundation, I would just use the same one without realizing what the actual differences between different foundations and brands were. As I started learning more about foundation I realized what my needs were and knew what I was looking for as I went shopping. I was able to obtain foundation that suited my needs and at the same time fitted my wallet. I’ve decoded the best foundation/s on a budget that will your face an effortless look, without looking less then a high- end product.

5. Maybelline FIT me!

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Maybelline FIT me: R179,95

Maybelline FIT me Matte + Poreless Foundation contains SPF so you won’t get sunburnt during the day. Its super matte and long lasting. It blurs out your pores, so you won’t have to worry about your pores showing! It also gives your face a super dewy finish, and leaves your face looking extremely fresh and who doesn’t love a fresh, dewy face for a night out, after working tirelessly for hours. With this lovely product you won’t be needing to put your makeup on all over again if you heading out for the night.

4. L. A. Girl Perfecting Liquid Makeup

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L. A. Girl Perfecting Liquid Makeup: R79.95

The cheapest foundation from the lot but don’t undermine this little guy. Its super cheap and the results are amazing. This product is super creamy, blends seamlessly and gives your face a flawless finish lasting throughout the day. It also gives your face a super fresh look.

If you haven’t found the right concealer, do try the L.A. Girl Concealer, its just as amazing as the foundation! I promise.

3. Revlon PhotoReady AirBrush Effect

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Revlon PhotoReady Foundation: R289,95

All the products from the Revlon Photoready collection are amazing. This foundation does give your foundation an airbrush effect. I love this foundation because it has a bit of a sparkle in it, so it cannot be used for a very natural look. However its long lasting, gives your skin an really nice finish and blends really well. It also makes you look amazing in photos, which is an added bonus!

2. Rimmel Stay Matte

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Rimmel Stay Matte: R119,95

This is a dupe for the Kat Von D Lock-it Tatoo Foundation, so you know its more than amazing! This foundation is extremely light, it feels like you have no foundation on! It blends flawlessly, looks super natural and leaves your face matte for the entire day. Need I say more?

1. L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Foundation

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L’Oreal Infallible 24H: R185,00

This L’Oreal Infallible foundation is everything! Like literally everything you need in a foundation. It has an extremely light texture and blends seamlessly. And like the name says it lasts for 24 hours! Yes, for real! Just ensure you blend it really well and once you have completed your makeup, you apply a setting powder so it does last for hours. It also hides blemishes and is waterproof, and did I mention it looks amazing on your face!

*Products can be purchased at a local Dis- Chem or Clicks near you. Prices are subjected to change.