Sneaky Sneak

There is nothing quite as delicious as a secret. I am usually great at keeping secrets, but in this case I thought it would be wrong if I didn’t share this nifty little bit of information with you…

I received a gorgeous press box from GlossyBox and I am very excited about one product in particular –

CH L`Eau Carolina Herrera for women

I saw the making of the add for this fragrance and I have been dying to try it ever since, the imagery really gets you in the mood for a spring romance.

Airy and bright, CH L’Eau offers a fresh and delicate aura, with a trail of lemon blossom, orange, freesia, rose, jasmine, lily and violet. The base notes finish in warm and pleasant caressing heliotrope, cinnamon and sandalwood.

The new successor CH L’Eau is available in a cylindrical glass bottle filled with a gentle pink fluid, designed to be reminiscent of the classic version. It is available as 50 ml and 100 ml Eau Fraiche. The stopper is completed with a lovely pendant featuring the brand’s insignia.

I bet the moment you wear this perfume tall dark strangers are going to start sending you flowers and puppies in big, pink, silk ribboned boxes and you will be able to eat gorgeous turquoise cupcakes without gaining one gram. Pink lipstick kisses and sunshine, that is what I think of when I smell this gorgeous perfume!

Definitely one sure reason to get your hands on this month’s GlossyBox, but I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you about the other ridiculous treats you are in for.

xoxo

10 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE SHOPPING ONLINE

I have to admit that I am obsessed with online shopping, I might in fact appear to have a gigantic slight problem if one were to go and nitpick at my bank statements.

There is a certain excitement that only online shopping can provide – let me lead you through the process, backwards…

There you are, you gorgeous thing you, sitting at your desk, bored and agitated and continuously glancing at the big office clock with its roman numerals. The office doorbell buzzes and you are first off your seat, the sound of your heels running down the passage way to greet whoever or whatever waits at the door.

It’s FedEx, and you are smiling and swooning (your colleagues think you are one sandwich short of a picnic and the delivery guy thinks it’s his lucky day) you sign the delivery note, your signature barely resembling its true self and you greedily grab the box and make a bee line towards the kitchen to find something sharp.

With the agility of a surgeon and the speed of Kimi Raikonen, you deftly cut away all the tape that is securing the contents of the box and just before you open the box you draw a big breath and hold it while you undo the folds.

There it is, you have been waiting for two whole days, which felt like weeks and finally your gorgeous dress/shoes/bag/beautybox/iPad/book is here, sigh.

What happened before this moment may seem insignificant in light of the actually delivery, but as we all know (from Rocky Horror Picture show) it’s all about the an..tici…..Pation!

From the moment you start scouring your website of choice, you are searching for that one item, that one gift from you – to you! And even though you are the one choosing it, there is still a strange element of surprise: will it fit properly, will the size be right, and will the colour suit me? It’s all a bit of a gamble, but that is what makes it so much fun!

South African’s have been twice shy about shopping online, and who can blame us with all the banking fraud and other online money scams doing their rounds – But it’s time to put your fears aside, because there are excellent measures and payment options in place that will make online shopping safer than going to a store, and most shops have a free return policy, so there is nothing to fear but fear itself.

So I promised you 10 reasons to shop on line – here they are:

1. 36 boutiques

For rings and bags and gorgeous fashion, 36 is amazing, they deliver on average within 48 hours and the package that arrives is just a treat in itself, its smells beautiful and comes with a stunning carry bag.

2. Pretty Please

Pretty Please has gorgeous skirts, tops and dresses. Their packages arrive in a beautiful black box along with a very special hanger for the item you bought.

3. Shop Label

Shop Label is delish, however a bit on the expensive side. Great for jackets and scarves and gorgeous jeans.

4. GlossyBox

GlossyBox is the premier South African beauty box, you subscribe and presto – every month you receive a gorgeous box of beauty treats to try out at home.

5. I candy 

I Candy is a candy bowl of fun costume jewellery, the pieces make perfect gifts.

6. Zando

Zando is like an online fashion department store, they have everything from heels to jeans.

7. Woolworths

The comfort food of online shopping, you know it, you trust it, you buy it. You can even get your hands on some County Road online – and they currently have a sale on benefit items (Since Benefit is closing in South Africa)

8. Mr Price

The newest kid on the online shopping block, and we are already hearing positive reviews from satisfied customers.

9. 5 rooms

Home shopping porn, online.

10. Lingerie Letters

Another great idea, a surprise pair of knickers for every year of the month – I say why not!

BONUS:  Bloomingdales also ships to South Africa now, and there are a couple of items on my wish list

Shashi Rachel Rose Quartz Gemstone Bracelet

Boutique 9 Platform Pumps – Nosey Rhinestone

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY BEAUTY BOX

As you can well imagine, I am about as excited as a Starwars fan that has a wooki in her garage… What could be generating this massive amount of excitement (beside from a wooki in my garage) you might be asking yourself.

Well I’ll tell you, I have just received a press box for the August GlossyBox! It is simply RIDIC, totes RIDIC! It has luxury travel size SISLEY products inside, it is in my opinion even better than the June GlossyBox, which I thought was simply sublime.

Sisley is a French brand for those of you who are not familiar with it. Sisley was created in 1976 by Hubert d’Ornano, it is a family business and is famous for its gorgeous cosmetics and fine perfumes.

“Hubert d’Ornano understood very early on that the plant world offers an extensive field of research (there are around 800 000 different plants on Earth) given that the life of man is closely dependent on that of plants – to breathe, eat and heal. “

In the August GlossyBox there are special treats from SISLEY, each with their own special gift.

Cleansing Milk with Sage

1. Cleansing Milk with Sage

This cleanser promises to eliminate excess sebum secretions in combination to oily skin, formulated with Sage extracts there is instantly a feeling of well-being and nurturing.

Floral Toning Lotion Alcohol-Free

2. Floral Toning Lotion (Alcohol-Free)

Usually I love alcohol, but not so much in my toner. This toner designed to perfect make-up removal and keep skin looking clear and fresh. Formulated with soothing and softening extracts of Rose, Cornflower and Witch Hazel, Floral Toning Lotion is particularly suitable for sensitive skin and skin prone to dryness.

Express Flower Gel

3. Express Flower Gel Mask

I love a Gel Mask, and this one is very special ( I will be buying this for the rest of my life) My feels fresher, smoother and more supple. And it smells so delicately amazing.

Eye and Lip Contour Balm

4. Eye and Lip Contour Balm

A balm specifically formulated to effectively address the appearance of fine lines, skin dryness and under-eye puffiness. This is balm, salve. This is nourishment and protection.

The July GlossyBox

We are in the middle of winter and it has been cold and wet. However the last two days in Cape Town have teased us with a taste of summer. Even as I’m writing this I am looking at gorgeous CampsBay beach and getting excited for the summer season ahead.

As always the Brand Manager of our GlossyBox always thinks two or three steps ahead when she is planning the box, so it was no surprise to find that every item in the July Box was aimed at a bright, sexy, beautiful you.

ANESI BEAUTE’ – OBJECTIF MINCEUR CRÈME LIPOAMINOCEL

From the Anesi cellulite cream to get my ass in perfect shape for the beach, right through to the heady and sexy Chloe΄ Love Eau Intense to ad a little mystery to the wintery date nights.

Personally my favourite product this month is hands down the L’OCCITANE – AROMACHOLOGY REPAIRING HAIR MASK. I love hair masks mostly because of the ritual that I have developed when I’m doing a hair mask.

L’OCCITANE – AROMACHOLOGY REPAIRING HAIR MASK

I like to do a mask after I’ve done some exercise, almost like a treat to say “well done” to myself. So what I do is, I go for a shower and then wash my hair twice to get rid of any extra product residue that could have built up. Then I dry off and get into pj type of clothes, make some tea and put on a movie.

I then sit and sit my tea, watching the movie while combing my hair out and applying the mask. Then I wrap a towel around my head and finish the movie.

Then I go shower again (yup, I know) to wash the mask out and then I take my time drying and styling my hair to perfection. I know this process sounds a little (big time) like OCD but I believe God is in the details, so for me the more time I have to enjoy wasting, the better.

But onwards to the rest of the box my lovelies; I was very glad to find a little Clarins Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical Serum in the box, because mine is just about finished and I simply love the smell of this serum plus the fact that it’s not fussy – You wash your face, apply the serum, wait till its absorbed and then follow with your moisturiser.

The other products in the box include the amazing DR. BRANDT DETOXYGEN EXPERIENCE I am not going to delve too deeply into the process behind the application of this product, but I will tell you that it’s a two step miracle that will leave your skin feeling smooth and nourished.

The limited edition June Stuttafords GlossyBox and the veil of mystery

The orders for the May box have closed, and so we move on to the June Box, to us the June box is MUCH anticipated! We have know about this pairing since March and it has taken so much willpower not to shout this out to everyone I know. Make no mistake… every GlossyBox is special, and a lot of thought goes into every box.

I’m going to give you guys a quick recap of my personal favourites so far:

In February – our first box, there was a stunning Nesti Dante soap, the soap was not well received however I don’t think anyone realised how special the soap was. I was also introduced to a brand that I had never heard of before – Beaute Pacifique, we received a Metamorphique night cream, this product has become a staple, it’s helluva expensive, but its worth it.

In March my favourite product was the Anesi C3, I had to do extensive reading on this product to understand how it works and why… I could not help but marvel at the scientific advances in beauty.

In April, I would have to say that the Clarins botanical serum was amazing, I have bought a full size product and I love it because of the smell and the texture of my skin.

Now I know I’m not supposed to be telling you because you haven’t received the May box yet… but I suppose I can drop you a little hint… Truth is, it’s a tie between Aqua Mask and Moisturiser. More than that, I can not say.

And then we get to the breathtakingly stunning June GlossyBox, it’s a dream box girls, no other box in South Africa has put such amazing brands together in one box. Admittedly Ruby box did the collection box, but this is less than half the price… no contest. (And I’ll have you know, I bought that box, and I loved it and I didn’t mind paying extra for it)

The box has one of my favourite “instant-confidence” boosters in there, beautiful colours, invigorating fragrances, hard working beauty products, expensive luxury miniatures manufactured especially for the Stuttafords GlossyBox.

The limited edition is marked with special packaging and the girls are all working their bums off to make sure that there are no delays with this box, I have placed an order for five of these boxes… If I could put aside more cash for it I would, it’s THAT special, it’s THAT awesome.

To win a GlossyBox (Not the June one) you need to tell me what your favourite product was in the past boxes, and WHY? You also need to be following me & GlossyBox on facebook and twitter. Good Luck ladies!

Philip Kingsley

Well see now I work in beauty and I get all kinds of things to review and that is wonderful because I love products and I love to try new things!  So I received this big pot of stuff called Philip Kingsley Elasticizer from Beauty Bulletin… sounded bizzare but I thought since I have it I should give it a try (And yes, I have wondered about the consequences – What if one day I try something and it eats my hair off) One could argue, referring to my last beauty post, that I would no longer have to wax – If that was the case.

Anyhow, so I read the instructions… I figured that I didn’t need to apply the product right down to the roots, since I’ve not had my hair coloured in about three months. I sat with the thick white cream in my hair, sipping my pink herbal tea. I could not believe how long my hair has grown. After about ten minutes I went for a shower to rinse and shampoo my hair.

It combed out so easily, I was wondering whether I had managed to get all the product out but I was too lazy to get in the shower again so I decided I was just going to dry it and see – If it was really bad I would pin it up and wash it again later.

My hair dried with surprising ease, and all of it fell so beautifully. I felt like Farrah Fawcet, I felt like I had a mane and I LOVED it. I’m very pleased that I have a whole pot of this stuff because I’m going to be using it regularly.

An April Fool for Beauty!

Hello lovelies!

I can hardly believe that we are sitting in the month of April… So many exciting things happening this month, so many public holidays, family gatherings and even a wedding!

Yesterday was April first and keeping in the spirit of foolishness and fun, I have decided that we could all do with a laugh… Girls, get your make up bags ready!

One lucky and obviously ridiculously funny peep stands the chance of winning a GlossyBox courtesy of moi! Yes, thats right – Make a fool of yourself in the name of beauty and you could win a GlossyBox.

Be creative, torture your boyfriends, your pets, even your kids or colleagues by creating a STUNNING “New look” for them (or you) – It’s simple, the funniest photo wins!

Mail your images to celest.lotter@glossybox.co.za #BOOM Let’s have some fun!

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Rock an’ Rolla

So a whole month has flown by, the first month of the year is gone! On 3 January 2012 I started working for a company called Glossybox.co.za, I am the Social Media and Content executive for Glossybox South Africa and man oh man, am I proud of myself. Yes, I do know that it’s uncouth to blow your own horn, but in this instance I simply can’t help it.

I have spent the last three years trying to find my vocation, this deep, unyielding search for what and who and where I am. Only to find, what I was looking for was literally right at my fingertips all along. Well didn’t I just feel like the boy in the Alchemist…

So this is what it feels like to love what you do, to have your mind occupied the whole day and night not with thoughts about how much you hate your office or what a douche bag your boss is, but about the subject that you are working with.

While doing what I love is most definitely the best thing about the job, there are certainly a whole wheelbarrow of extra little bonuses; I get to try all the beauty products I have to write about, I am gonna be darn purdy when I am done at this job, it will be as if I was working in a time capsule. If I ever leave glossybox, I’ll walk out of here and look three years younger than the day I started here.

Another fantastic thing about my job is the people, and while there have always been wonderful colleagues in the various offices I have worked for, I now work in an all-girls office – This a great fun, we talk about beauty, we strategise, we talk about religion, food, exercise, gossip, shoes and of course men. (I still think we talk about men more than men talk about us)

My office and the women around me give me the material and inspiration I need, I gain perspective from the various personalities in my office and I learn something new every single day.

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