Revlon Valentine

One of the polishes in the Revlon hamper that I won at the Cosmopolitan event is Revlon Valentine. A gorgeous rich, deep red creme. Since ’tis the season to wear dark, vampy shades I was dying to try it.


I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Revlon Valentine on all of my nails except my ring nail. On my ring nail I painted two coats of Color Club Worth The Risque. Once my polish was dry I added some pretty silver stickers I picked up from Planet Nails. The result:





I really liked wearing this mani. I found the formula of the Revlon to be a little thin, so it flooded my cuticles, but it doesn’t take too much for me to do that anyway. The upside of that is, I have had a lot of practice cleaning up flooded cuticles.  This red cleaned up rather painlessly and I didn’t have any problems. Also, I loved having an opportunity to wear my Color Club holo again. It is one of my favourites.


What do you think? Are you a red polish fan?

Ben and Cherries

Before the CosmoPolished event that I blogged about here, I thought to do a simple mani that I could wear to the event and take off when we were there. Turns out I was the only twat to wear polish to the event in the first place and I ended up taking mine off while they were doing the initial presentation with the remover provided on the table.


For this simple mani I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted all my nails with 3 coats of essence Ben and Cherries which is a very soft pink creme from their limited edition Me & My Ice Cream collection. I struggled a little with this polish, but it is completely possible that I was being heavy handed. I found that I had grooved brush strokes while applying it, specifically on the second and third coats, but they did level themselves out well. Maybe I was just having a bad day. On my middle and ring nails I added a gold heart stud from Born Pretty Store. Putting these hearts on the middle of my nails was a bit problematic. They are quite big and completely flat/straight, meaning they were practically balancing on top of the curve of my nail. I found myself very scared that they would hook on something and pop off. I slathered them with my Seche Vite top coat though and they made it to the event unscathed. The results:






This is a beautiful soft pink shade and I think I’ll try to paint it again before deciding whether I like the formula or not. What do you think? Are you into very simple, soft nails like these?

Cosmopolitan Polished Event

A couple of months ago I was tipped off that Cosmopolitan magazine was having their annual nail art event, aptly named Polished, at the end of May and that tickets were on sale. The very next day Sanita and I booked our tickets and started counting down to the event.


As with the last Cosmopolitan event we attended, the venue was 15 on Orange, a swanky hotel in Cape Town. I absolutely love the decor in the hotel. It smacks of opulence and the service is absolutely impeccable. We made our way to the part of the hotel where the event was being held. We were welcomed with champagne on ice and delicious breakfast treats. The champagne was lovely, but quickly went to my head since I hadn’t had breakfast or coffee before sipping on my flute. I really enjoyed the variety of bite sized delicacies until we sat down to wait for the event to start.


Champagne before breakfast!


Awesome breakfast goodies


After what seemed like an eternity they finally swung open the doors and we took our seats. On the tables we had a rack of polishes and various supplies to do our nails. Cotton rounds, ear buds, some brushes, make up sponges, foil and some Nail Candi were splayed before us.


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The beauty editor of Cosmopolitan welcomed us and introduced the Revlon nail art guru Chi Chi from Nails by Chi Chi. Chi Chi told us a little about how her career started and about her love for nail art. She demonstrated how to do sponged ombré (gradient), leopard print, one stroke petals and did a little freehand art on a model’s hands. They had cameras and screens set up to show us what she was doing. After that it was time for us to play and we set out doing our nails.



Nail Candi is a company that sells reusable nail decorations and also midi rings and nail rings, apparently the hottest new fashion trend. We had the most gorgeous little diamante encrusted bows on our table that I just *had* to use! I started off in a different direction though. I’ve been wanting to try one stroke petals and thought this the perfect opportunity. I did an ombré with Revlon Enchanting (purple) and Revlon Optimistic (hot pink). I used Enchanting to try and fashion flowers over white. I don’t think I worked very well, but you can kind of tell that they are meant to be flowers. I think.


Ombré  and attempt at one stroke flowers

Ombré and attempt at one stroke flowers


Also in the room was a table covered in sweet treats. There were cookies, fudge, coconut ice, cake pops, sweets, lollipops and marshmallows…a gorgeous spread. I really loved the cookies with the polish bottles on them! These sweet treats tied in with the Nail Candi stand on the other side of the room.


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After visiting the CosmoPolished mani cam, I  moved on to my second mani and painted Revlon Girly on all my nails except my middle nail. On the middle nail I painted Revlon Sheer Nude. Once that had more or less dried I tried to glue in my Nail Candi bow. It was a little difficult. It was my first time using glue and we had no tweezers, so it didn’t come out perfectly, but I’ll be sure to improve when I’m at home with my own tools! Oh yes, you’ll definitely be seeing some more Nail Candi on this blog! I also somehow managed to smash a few nails at the event, so they aren’t perfect, but here are the results:


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When Michell from Nail Candi told me she had been wearing her adornment for two weeks I was really skeptical. Nothing has ever stayed on my nails for two weeks! The longer I wore it, the more I fell in love with my bow. I couldn’t stop staring at it and playing with it. Let me tell you, that bow was going NOWHERE! I washed my hair, bathed the kids and went about my daily activities and it didn’t budge. To the point where I started worrying about getting it off! When I did take it off, it came off fairly easily with acetone and a little brushing. I tried not to touch the coloured enamel, it did though and I am happy to report it didn’t damage my Nail Candi bow at all. I wouldn’t soak it in acetone, just to be careful…but I had absolutely no issues. I have even purchased myself some nail glue now in order to reuse my bow and other Nail Candi goodies!


I was just adding my Nail Candi bow to my manicure when they announced the winners of the prizes for the day. There was a prize for the best mani and for the best social media of the day. I won! I won! I won best social media! I’m sure my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter followers had already muted me at that point since I was posting lots of pictures. I was so super chuffed! I won a Revlon hamper filled with a TON of cool Revlon products! Check it out:





There are actually a few things in there that I *needed* and intended to purchase, but now I don’t have to! I was really overwhelmed by the gorgeous goodies in the hamper. So, a huge thanks to Revlon for sponsoring the prize! We posed for some photos when I won, but I have no idea where they are (maybe in the next issue? I haven’t seen them on their social media channels). If you spot me somewhere, let me know!


I also managed to snag a picture with Chi Chi herself!





I rounded off my day with some indulgent LUSH purchases and Seattle Coffee. I had such an amazing day!


Dream On, Glissand

More new polishes to show you! I have enough now, right? Said no girl ever.


For this mani I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of L.A. Girl Glissand texture on my middle and ring nails. I attached 4 neon purple studs which I bought from Born Pretty Store to the textured polish in a line down the middle of my nail. I pained 3 coats of Sinful Colors Dream On on the rest of my nails. I used my Seche Vite top coat on the Dream On nails. Before I knew it I was losing studs left and right. I was always dubious about trying to wear studs on a textured polish. Admittedly I didn’t try to stick the studs with a top coat or anything, which probably didn’t help much. I also realized that the studs didn’t look nice all the way down the nail and looked much better with just 3 studs at the cuticle. The result:





After I took this photo the studs were still rather precarious so I decided to do a top coat over the texture. YUCK. It looked horrible. Well, horrible in my opinion. It held the studs in place till I took the mani off, but I really didn’t love it. Afterwards it occurred to me that I should rather have used a matte top coat, but by then it was too late and I was too tired of struggling with it to try that out too.


What do you think? Do you like these colours together?

Inspired By Fashion

So I blogged about the Huggies event that I attended here. Of course I planned an outfit and a mani to match. I went shopping in @SanitaShimmy’s wardrobe for something to wear to the event and I found a lovely flowing top that I liked. Here is a picture of the pattern on the top:




I wanted to wear something on my nails that matched the top and decided to draw inspiration from the colours and patterns. I decided to do an ombré because of the colours that melt into each other. At first I thought a regular ombré from cuticle to tip would work, but realized the patterns on the top were a lot more random and would be more fitting.


I started off with my regular base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted two coats of essence café olé on all my nails. After I gave that a little time to dry I used essence purple sugar and Tip Top Flashback to randomly sponge on the nail. I didn’t over think it and sponged the colours all over. Some at the tip, some at the cuticle and some on the sides. Both Flashback and purple sugar required a few coats of sponging over café olé for opacity. Once I was happy with the placing and amount of sponged colours I took a fan brush and used essence crazy fancy love to fan golden stripes over the nails. I placed a single round gold stud from my previous Born Pretty Store purchases on my ring nail near the cuticle for accent. The result:





I really loved these nails. I think the colours matched the top I wore beautifully and I again realized that I really like fan brush art. I should do it more often. What do you think? Did I get it right?

Sammydress Review

*Product provided for review*

A while ago I was approached by for a possible review of one of their products. They were kind enough to let me choose something from their selection for review. I decided on a gorgeous handbag that I found on their site.

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Image courtesy of


This particular bag was under the ‘tote bag’ section and is available in different colours. I chose the red one as pictured above. Before I received this bag I was walking around with a monstrously huge handbag, so when this arrived I had to scale down the contents somewhat. The bag looks exactly as pictured and I’ve received loads of compliments from the ladies in my office, some even wanting to “steal” it :) The inside of the bag has an extra zip compartment and the standard cell phone holder and another little sleeve are also on the inside. There is  a small zip compartment in the lining of the bag as well. I don’t know about you, but I like to keep things organized inside of my handbag (if that is even possible!) and having one with many compartments is always a win.


You’ll notice on the picture there is some “bling” for your bag. I didn’t even notice it when I ordered, but found it in the bag when it arrived. One of the diamantes was missing from the charm and the first time I hooked the ‘tassles’ hanging down on something they snapped right off. I actually kind of preferred it without the tassles anyway, so it didn’t really bother me. I’m pretty rough on my bags since I usually have arms full of stuff to carry.  I’ve kept the main charm (the apple with the huge gem in it) on my bag and it hasn’t suffered any further damage, despite me not being particularly careful. Some detailed pictures of the bag:


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Image courtesy of

I specifically delayed writing this review because I wanted to use the handbag for a period of time before writing about it. I can really say that I am not disappointed. I’ve been using this handbag for several weeks and everything still works perfectly. None of the zips are broken (even though I may have put the main zip under unnecessary pressure by overfilling my bag), all the stitching is in tact and the colour is still perfect. There are no scuff marks or peeling on the finish at all and still looks brand new. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of materials used to manufacture this handbag, specifically the outside covering. I have purchased “cheap” handbags before at China Mall type shops and they are usually of a very poor quality. It isn’t exactly a Nine West bag, but for the price, it is good quality and has been pretty durable. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one from the site should I need to replace it at some point.



The currency used on the site is US dollars. There are various payment methods allowed including Paypal, credit cards (VISA, Maestro, etc). They allow for customer reviews on each item, so you can make an informed decision about your purchases beforehand. There are also lots of detailed images of their products as you can tell from the above images. They have a large variety of merchandise from which to choose, from clothing to nail art goodies. Go have a look! You can find them here:







Today is 29 September 2014. I am still using this handbag and there are still no problems with it! The exterior and finish have held up beautifully. Still no scuffs or peeling. All the zips still work 100%. Colour me impressed!

Leap over the Sand Dune

I bought a few new polishes and when showing them to my friend Arkwife, she thought two of the colours would look good in a chevron mani. Challenge accepted! I have been wanting to do a chevron mani for quite some time, I even had chevron guides I bought from Born Pretty Store which I hadn’t used yet.


I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I then painted a coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. It is usually recommended to paint a coat of white under a neon colour to help the colour look more vibrant*. I painted 2 coats of Leap over my 3 middle nails and 4 over my pinky and thumb to even them out. I used a top coat of Seche Vite over the Leap to dry it. Once they had dried I used my chevron guides to tape off my three middle nails. I used 2 guides on each nail. I then painted on 3 quick coats of L.A. Girl Sand dune over the chevron guides and pulled off the tape immediately.  I didn’t top coat again as this would have negated the texture. The results:






These nails were super bright and drew a lot of attention. The longer I wore them, the more I loved them! I received a lot of mixed reviews from people who saw me wearing these. I think it is one of those designs  and colour combinations people are either going to love or hate. Arkwife, however, loved them. In the end, that is all that really matters.  Admittedly, this isn’t something I would have come up with on my own. It is always nice to try something different. It just so happens to be her birthday today. Happy birthday my friend! Thanks for the inspiration! :)


*I messed up one of the nails as it wasn’t fully dry before I taped it and had to redo it. I skipped the white this time around and this particular neon looks just as vibrant without the white base.

Big Huggies News!

I was lucky enough to snag an invite to the launch of the latest innovation from Huggies. They called me up and asked if I would be willing to fly to Johannesburg for the day to join them for the launch. The invitation was a teaser in itself with just a hint that there was Big Huggies News on the way. How could I possibly decline?


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Image courtesy of Sabio Communications


Since the event was a breakfast I knew I would have to get up really early to fly up. As luck would have it, Gabby decided that 2 AM was play time and only fell asleep again at 3:45 AM, just 15 minutes before I had to get up to start getting ready. Luckily the flight schedule meant that Rudi could take me to the airport and collect me without it interfering with work and our day mother was an angel and agreed to take the kids early and keep them late. So we dragged the poor woman out of bed before 5 AM and went on our way to the airport. Check in went smoothly and before I knew it I was on the plane where I ran into the other ladies from Cape Town who were invited. There were four of us and I could really not have asked for better company. The flight felt really short as we nattered all the way to Johannesburg. Our shuttle driver was waiting for us when we landed and whisked us off to the Sci-Bono Science Centre.


In true Capetonian fashion we arrived late to the event, but luckily we didn’t miss anything. We were greeted by a bubble machine (how cool!) balloons, and coffee. Just what we needed to wake us up! We also passed our goodie bags on the way in.





Goodie Bags


On our table we found milkshakes and experiment boxes! When we were booked for the science center and they mentioned we would be experimenting I just knew that we would be pouring liquid into nappies at some point during the event. I wasn’t wrong.



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They did a short presentation and then the fun began. But first, an excerpt from the press release:


Huggies® is always looking for ways to refine our product offering”, says Li-Anne Hide, Senior Brand Manager for Huggies®.  “Top of mind is always finding the most effective means of keeping your little one’s skin dry, focussing on ways to maximise the rate of liquid absorption and provide an optimal overall comfort for him/her. Taking all these criteria into account, we are proud to introduce our driest nappy yet – Huggies® Gold for Boys and Girls with an innovative DryTouchTM liner.”

The DryTouchTM liner quickly draws in wetness away from your baby and distributes the fluid evenly inside the core.  This means that with the new and improved Huggies® Gold for Boys and Girls your baby will be dry in just seconds, so you are assured that you are doing the best for your baby. The state-of-the-art DryTouchTM liner is ultra-soft for ultimate skin protection, and together with the new softer and more flexible waistband, provides an enhanced experience in nappy comfort.

The nappies still provide special tailored absorption, accommodating the differences between boys and girls, with the unique Huggies® Gold nappy shape, made to fit like underwear to facilitate extra contentment. And to delight you and your tiny tot even further, the soft, breathable outer cover design is getting a new set of exclusive Disney© pictures of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, giving your little one the best in style and comfort.

Available at major retailers, Huggies® Gold for Boys and Girls comes in four sizes: size 3 (6 – 10 kg); size 4 (8 – 14 kg); size 4+ (12 – 16 kg) and size 5 (15+ kg). The product is on offer in a bag and a megabox.

The new Huggies nappy was placed at an angle stretched out on a clipboard next to a competitor nappy which was set up in the same way. Our lovely demonstrators poured liquid into both nappies at the same time:



Very Scientific Demonstration


I was AMAZED! The new Huggies nappy sucked the liquid in before it could even reach the middle. The other nappy did absorb some of the liquid, but also allowed the liquid to run down onto the table. In fact, an hour later the competitor nappy still had droplets on the surface of the nappy that didn’t absorb. Yes, the droplets probably would have absorbed if you applied pressure to them (as there would be when a baby is wearing the nappy), but it spoke volumes of how amazing the new Huggies technology is.  We had our own set of nappies set up and got to do the experiment ourselves. After pouring a few vials of water into them the results were the same. Then one of the Huggies representatives came to pour most of a bottle of water into the Huggies nappy at our table (which already had water in it) and not a drop spilled. I decided to try and do the same with the competitor nappy (which also already had water in it) and the majority of the water ran straight off the surface of the nappy and wet our table. The proof was right there.


We were also able to preview the new Huggies advert which aired on national TV this past weekend. If you missed it, you can watch it here.


Cute as ever, right? While at the presentation they used their usual tagline ‘Our driest nappy ever’. I’m usually very skeptical about advertising, but in this particular instance it is SPOT ON! This nappy absorbs so quickly right before your eyes. I came back to work raving about this new innovation from Huggies. I was just really very impressed! I still am! Also just something to note, the Huggies Gold for boys and girls currently have the special absorption areas coloured blue to indicate where they are. In the re-launch the colour has been removed, but the targeted absorption is still built into the nappies. Look out for the new packs in stores:


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Image courtesy of Sabio Communications

Huggies Size 3 Girls

Image courtesy of Sabio Communications


On our tables were were also given some stickers to decorate our milkshake bottles with. This was my feeble attempt:



Baby Milkshake


Some of the other ladies really created some very cute ones! The food was also out of this world! I only managed to take pics after the food was tucked into by some of the guests (thanks to our late arrival), but you get the general idea 😛



Periodic Table Petit Fours


Breakfast bites


Macaroon Tower!

Can I just say that the macaroons were TO DIE FOR?! They really were! Our guest speaker for the day was Riaad Moosa. Actor, comedian and qualified medical doctor. He did a wonderful comedy routine which had us in stitches! I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt! I really, really enjoyed watching him and will definitely make a point of following his work in the future. Some of the Sci-Bono employees also showed us a few quick experiments which was loads of fun. All too soon the event was over.


The flight back was also pleasant, although there was a little less nattering since the early wake up had started catching up to all of us. I was kind of bummed that the day was over. I was really enjoying the company of my travelling companions. It was really a lovely day and I am so excited to try these new nappies.


There is also something exciting coming from Huggies around August, so keep your eyes on the press for more innovation from them! I would like to thank Huggies for having me for the day and giving me the opportunity to share their exciting news. Their PR company was fantastic at keeping me in the loop with all the travel arrangements and everything went off without a hitch. Thanks guys at Sabio!


 Disclosure: My flights to this event were covered by Huggies PR company. I received product samples and a gift bag for one of my children when I attended this event. I was not asked to write about the event in exchange for these. I have provided an honest review.

Rose Among Thorns

Hi guys! Today’s polish really messed with my mind. I was so confused while wearing this! I was drawn to the polish because I thought it was a very dark neon pink, but after painting it I am more confused than ever. Doing a few searches on the internet to see how others perceived it only confused me more since it seems identifying this colour is some sort of art form that I have not yet mastered. Let me show you, so you can understand.


I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted all my nails with 3 coats of China Glaze Rose Among Thorns. This is a jelly polish, so it is quite sheer. Because I knew it was a jelly I decided ahead of time I wanted to do a jelly sandwich with it. I chose to use Sinful Colors Full Spectrum for between the jelly layers and leave two nails with jelly only for accent. The result:




So…the jelly only nails in this pic have 5 coats of jelly. Yes FIVE and there is still visible nail line (which was what led me to paint coat after coat). The pinky and index look so cool with the Full Spectrum, but they look like a bright pink, while the jelly only nails look red/orange. Very red/orange. So much so that I didn’t like it and I have since decided not to wear this polish on its own. When consulting with Ordinary Misfit about what colour this polish could be (Is it red? Is it pink? Is it orange?), she speculated that the Full Spectrum made the polish look pink because Full Spectrum is a light pink glitter. I wanted to test the theory. I decided to sandwich a plain silver holographic glitter on the jelly only nails to see how that looked. I used 1 coat Tip Top Rocky Road and another coat of Rose Among Thorns to make the sandwich. The result:



A closer look:




Now THAT is what I’m talking about! There is definitely a bright hot pink pigment somewhere in this polish and sandwiching it with large glitter hexes makes it pop! That ring and middle nail are just so gorgeous! Also, making a sandwich with the polish also distracts the eyes from the visible nail line.


I may not wear this polish on its own, but I’ll certainly sandwich it again! What do you think? What colour is this polish?

Champagne Whispers

The purchase of the polish I’m sharing with you today was fueled by Ordinary Misfit. Surprised? Probably not 😛 When she showed me this new Tip Top release I knew I wanted it. I have been quite “meh” about their new releases,  they weren’t really my cup of tea. This one, however, definitely is. I even love the name. I was also in the mood for wearing a holographic and this tied in nicely with that mood. On to the nails!


I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted 2 coats of China Glaze Electra Magenta on my thumb, index and pinky. I painted 3 coats of Tip Top Champagne Whispers on my middle and ring nails. Champagne Whispers is quite sheer and I needed 3 coats to get rid of visible nail line. I sealed it all in with Seche Vite and placed two 1.5 mm rhinestones from Born Pretty Store on my accent nails before the top coat dried. The idea was for the rhinestones to match the Electra Magenta. It didn’t work out perfectly, but I think the idea came across none the less. The result:






Electra Magenta is a scattered holographic polish. I really love holo sparkles. Champagne Whispers also has a holographic shimmer in it which I struggled to capture, but it is very pretty. It really is the colour of champagne, isn’t it? I love it!