My Morning Skin Care Routine 2017 (featuring Korean Skin Care)

My Morning Skin Care Routine 2017 
(featuring Korean Skin Care)

Hi Divas

Firstly I want to apologise for my complete absence on the blog. I have been travelling the Middle East again and doing shows. Unfortunately during that time I suffered severe insomnia and my brain just wasn't functioning properly at all. When I came back from my trip I really needed to sleep and rest. I wanted my body to get back to its normal sleeping patterns. I don't know if I will ever recover from the sleep I lost but I definitely feel much better and more energized. If you follow me on Instagram you can see some photos I posted from my trip. I won't be doing a blog post on it as it was a short trip and I didn't do anything exciting besides work. Now onto the blog post....

When I wake up in the morning the very first thing I do is go to the kitchen to make me a strong cup of coffee, with no sugar. I swear I can't do life without that first cup to kick me in my soul. I am not a morning person at all. So don't even think of trying to have a conversation with me when I just woke up. It's never going to happen, ever! LOL. About two months ago I shared my night time skin care routine with you. You can read that post here. This time I want to share my morning skin care routine too. It is not as extensive as my night routine though. I do most of my deep cleansing and moisturising in the evenings. I love to leave serums and creams on my face overnight to really soak in and do its magic. Since mornings are usually such a rush and a complete blur for me, I keep my skin care steps very simple.

My 4 Morning Skin Products:

1. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner: As most of you know this is my holy grail toner of all time. It cleanses and wipes away oil and grime while controlling sebum and balancing the PH levels of my skin. I do not wash my face with a foam cleanser in the morning as I don't feel the need for a deep cleanse. This toner is sufficient for me to purify my face. Read my review on the toner here. (Available on Amazon and Ebay)

2. Goodal Waterest First Essence: Korean skin care consists of essences which are lighter than a serum but is packed with ingredients that are beneficial to the face. I like to use an essence that contain niacinamide as it is proven to brighten the skin tone and help prevent ageing. The Goodal essence contains brightening and moisturising ingredients that penetrate deep into my pores which gives me a healthy and youthful glow. It is such a pick me up for tired and dull skin. (Available on Amazon and Ebay)

3. Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF30: I have tried many different moisturises with SPF but none work as well as this product. I always come back to this cream no matter the season. It blends wonderfully into the skin without leaving the face greasy or with a white residue as some SPF creams do. I like that it is light on the skin but moisturises really well. It works great with all types of foundations. It does not separate my makeup, make it oily or cakey. This is truly a holy grail day moisturiser for me.

4. Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist: When my face is feeling dry or tight I like to spritz this mist all over my face. It revives the skin and adds extra glow and hydration. The great thing about this mist is that you can spray it anywhere and anytime during your skin care routine. Sometimes I use it before I apply moisturiser and sometimes I apply it after my makeup to revive the skin. Plus the packaging is super duper cute. How could you not resist this?! Tony Moly is available at Sephora, Amazon and Ebay.

Hope you enjoyed my mini reviews on these products. What are some of your holy grail morning products that you love to use. Let me know below!

Divalicious Kisses

The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Facial Wash Review

The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Facial Wash Review

Hi Divas!

Welcome back to another skincare review. This week I am placing a spotlight on a lovely foam cleanser by The Body Shop. I have not used much of The Body Shop's facial product ranges. I usually go crazy for their bath and body products. On my birthday I decided to take a chance on this face cleanser as it was on special and I had a birthday voucher to blow! I am nearly done using it so I feel I can give a honest review. The cleanser is marketed towards sensitive skin and claims to be delicate enough to use on trouble areas. It says on the bottle that it will cleanse the face from makeup, impurities and grime while comforting the skin. It also says that it won't leave your face feeling dry and tight. I know that most people who suffer from acne prone or dry sensitive skin struggle to use foam cleansers as they strip the skin and cause a dry tight feeling. This cleansing foam contains aloe which is known to treat acne and problem areas by healing and soothing it. Aloe contains anti inflammatory properties which reduces skin inflammation.

The cleanser comes in a 150 ml plastic bottle. It contains quite a big pump which turns the green liquid into a frothy white foam. All you need is two to three pumps to cleanse your entire face. If you are wearing heavy makeup, I suggest washing your face twice to remove all dirt. The foam is bubbly at the start but diminishes as you wash your face. It is light in texture and feels gentle on the skin. At first it feels like the foam is not doing anything significant in cleansing, but once I rinsed it off with water I was super surprised at the results. I was not expecting my face to be so clean and fresh. It literally looked like I was not wearing any makeup at all a few minutes ago. I have used other foam cleansers in the past and it took a lot of effort to remove grime. This one did it effortlessly but my face still felt and looked good. It did not irritate or burn my eyes. Neither does it leave a tight feeling on the face.

The only con I have with this foam wash is that it does not remove waterproof mascara. You will have to do a double cleanse of eye makeup remover before or after to remove waterproof makeup. If you are sensitive to smells, this product has a slight aloe and clinical sent. It does not bother me at all but if you are someone who gets irritated by fragrance you might not like it. This is a good everyday facial cleanser. It does not do anything spectacular except clean your face without being harsh on the skin. If you are looking for a normal everyday face wash then do consider giving this one a try. If you want something way more fancy and with more benefits to your face then give this one a skip. Have you tried this cleansing foam? Let me know below.

Thank you so much for reading.
Divalicious kisses!

Pamper Sunday: Sephora Lotus Sheet Mask Review

Pamper Sunday:
Sephora Lotus Sheet Mask Review

Hi Divas 

This week I will be starting a new series on my blog with you called Pamper Sunday. On Sunday evenings I usually do all my  'me time' spa treatments. This ranges from body scrubs, to face masks and deep butter moisturises for my skin. I love using Sunday evenings as a winding down time and pamper session to get me ready for the week ahead. If you follow me on Snapchat you will know that I always share my face masks for the evening that I am using. I thought I would do something similar on my blog. This will not be a weekly post though. I will post only when I find something interesting. This week I want to share my experience with a Sephora face mask with you. This was my first time using a Sephora brand face mask so I didn't know what to expect. I do have extensive knowledge on face masks since I have used many brands from Korea. I know what kind of masks I like and what ingredients attract me the most. So let's dive into my thoughts on this one.

Firstly the packaging is absolutely gorgeous. I adore all things pink therefore I just had to purchase this particular one. I don't know about you, but I always consider the pretty and cuteness factor when I buy any product. The mask comes in two packages which I was very surprised about. The outer package is a cardboard rounded sleeve explaining what the mask is all about. I seriously felt like I was opening an invitation when I first started to unpack it. The second packaging is where the mask is stored and explains how to apply the product. This sheet mask claims to be enriched with natural lotus flower extract. Lotus flowers are known to contain Vitamins C and B with antioxidants which is very beneficial to the skin. These ingredients ensure a healthy and bright complexion. The mask also claims to lock in water for durable moisturising. It reduces the signs of fatigue and strain. The result is stress free and well rested skin. If your skin is feeling weathered, dull and tired then this mask is definitely for you.

The material and texture of the Sephora mask is very different to the Korean brands that I am used to. Korean sheet masks tend to be very light and thin in fibre while always dripping with serum. This mask has a very thick fibre and feels super durable. It will definitely not break easily when you apply it to your face. The cut of the mask is smaller than Korean masks too. It fits really snug on the face but does not reach the neck area. The serum is quite thick in texture as well. It does not run down your neck nor is there much left over serum in the packet. It says on the packaging to leave this mask on for 15 minutes. I like to go the extra mile and leave it on for 30 minutes. After the minutes have past I like to squeeze any excess serum from the mask onto my hand and pat it on my face. The actual serum is milky and quite creamy in consistency. It absorbs well into the skin and leaves my face looking visibly bright and moisturised. The next day my face still felt soft and looked plump and healthy.

Ingredient List:
(taken from the Sephora website here.)


-Natural Lotus Flower, Aloe Vera Leaf, and Rice Extracts: Moisturize.
-Corn Starch Extract: De-stresses and relaxes the look of skin.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Triethanolamine, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Fragrance, Piroctone Olamine, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Maltodextrin, Polyquaternium-51, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Sprout Extract, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Trideceth-6, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate. 
Welcome to my Sexy Face!!!

 Due to the ingredient list in this mask I do feel that this is a temporary pick me up and does not hold much long term benefits. When choosing a mask I like to go for ingredients like Vitamin B3 and Adenosine because they give long term benefits in reducing pigmentation thus giving a brighter complexion. They also help in the fight of anti ageing. This mask does not have any of these ingredients. I do like this mask though and will probably buy another one when I can. I like that it moisturised my face and gave a noticeable glow after using it. Have you used or tried any of these masks? I bought this one at Sephora when I was in Qatar.

Hope you found this review helpful.
Thank you for reading.
Divalicious Kisses!

Diva Nails 2017 (Valentines Nails, Water Marble and Acrylic)

Diva Nails 2017 (Valentine's Nails, Water Marble and Acrylic)

Hi Divas!

This week I want to share some of my nail art with you. I love doing my nails and getting creative with my manicures. A lot of my designs don't even make it to Instagram nevertheless this blog. I do all my nail art by trial and error. A lot of the times it's an error. Doing creative manicures as I said before takes a whole lot of patience and a steady hand. It can become frustrating if you trying something that looks perfect in your head but does not translate that well into reality. I want to share four manicures I did recently. I am always looking to try new things and challenging myself. I really want to get my grip on stamping designs. I have the plates and the stamper. I just need to get my hands on the right nail polish. If you have any suggestions please let me know below.

1. Christmas Nails:
Would you believe me if I told you that the nails in the photo on the top left is not even my real nails? I know, right? What a shocker! They look super natural but it is true, they are not my real nails. It was Christmas Eve, I just finished helping my mom with the cooking and I washed and styled my hair. I was dead tired and it was late. I have only used acrylic nails once in my life. I was too tired to stay up late and wait for my nail designs to dry. I decided to apply these acrylic nails which I bought from Clicks and add my own touch to them. Viola! Perfect Christmas Nails in like half and hour. I added the nail stickers and rhinestones for a festive theme. I even fooled my mom. She had no idea that they were not my own nails. I found a new love for acrylic nails that I never knew I had. Plus they last a really long time and are super convenient for when you need to have a manicure in minutes.

2. Valentine's Day 2017 Nails:
This manicure on the top right is definitely my own nails. I chose pink as my main base colour and stuck to black and a touch of silver to glam it up. The part that took the most time and patience was of cause the thumb and pinky finger. Getting two tones of polish on the nail without smudging takes precision. I added silver nail striping tape which I layered across each other twice to give it some extra bling. I will probably try this technique again sometime soon. I used a nail dotting tool to draw on the 'xo' and heart. I painted my nails with Etude House Play Nails in '#8'. For the black Polish I placed 'Black Forest' by Tip Top and for the accent glitter nail I painted it with Wet n Wild in 'I'm With The Band'.

3. Turquoise Stone Marble: 
This was one of the hardest techniques I tried doing. Everybody in every tutorial said this was so easy and a breeze to do. I think not! It took me like 5 attempts to get this right. I had to repaint my nails and remove it so many times that I ran out of cotton pads. LOL! In order for water marble nails to work you have to make sure that the temperature of the water you are using is lukewarm and that the nail polish you are using is not too old. So after my many attempts I finally got it right. I truly love the way it turned out. You need to paint your nails with a base colour and choose two to four colours and drop some in the water. Take a toothpick and draw a design in the bowl where the nail polish was dropped. Dip your finger into the polish and get a random marble design. It sounds easy but it is not. I will definitely do this technique again and try out new polishes. For this manicure I used Etude House Play Nails in '#70' as my base coat. For the water marble technique to create a stone marble look I used the gold shade 'Gold Digger' and for the black 'Black Forest' both by Tip Top.

4. Yellow Fun Nails: 
So this manicure was me free styling. I had no idea of what I was going to do. I just started painting may nails and going with the flow. This can sometimes be the best part of nail art. Having fun and exploring different options and designs. I like the way it turned out. It could have been a total disaster, but it came out great. For these types of looks I like to use nail polishes that I totally forgot about and haven't used in a long time. You know those polishes and rhinestones that were hidden deep in the back of a box or cupboard? For the base colour I used the yellow shade 'Let's Meet' by Sinful Colors. For the red heart I used the polish 'Red Rocks' by Essence.


Let me know down below which manicure you like the best and if you tried any manicure techniques or designs recently. Thank you so much for reading.

Divalicious Kisses!

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray Review

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray Review

Hi Divas

This week I will be doing a review on a very famous and most loved setting spray. Makeup lovers all over the world rave about this product so obviously I had to get it for myself and see what the hype is about. I bought the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray while standing in a queue in Sephora. Just like a grocery store where they pack all the sweets and chocolates near the tills so that kids go crazy, so it is in Sephora. As you stand there and wait for an open till, makeup pops up from every angle begging you to buy it. I swear it's a tactic by store managers because your guard is down, you feeling happy about what's in your basket, you see something pretty, you believe you need it and BAM! The product lands up walking with you outside the mall. The struggle is real people. Anyway that's the backstory of how I got the product. Leave your shopping addict stories down below, LOL.

I bought a travel size makeup setting spray in 30 ml. This is perfect to pop in a cosmetics bag and travel all around the world with it. The spray comes in a slick white and purple packaging. The bottle has two caps which I was quite surprised about. It has the purple cap for the bottle and a smaller clear plastic cap for the spray nozzle. If you ever end up losing a cap, you do not have to fear because there are two. Urban Decay says that this is a oil free and paraben free product. It claims to keep your makeup lasting for 16 hours without cracking, melting or fading. For those who are not familiar with makeup sprays, there are many variants out there. This is a setting spray meant to be used after applying all your makeup and locking it in place. This is not a primer or hydrating spray to be used before makeup application. I have used two other makeup setting sprays before this one so thankfully I have something to compare this too. My favourite setting spray is the L'oreal Infallible which locks your makeup in place for days. This spray is super amazing and so is the price. I use a Korean brand called The Saem as an everyday hydrating setting spray and has a similar price to L'oreal. As you know Urban Decay is in the higher price range so it's a big investment.

So how does Urban Decay sprays perform next to lower end setting sprays? Well it performs pretty great actually. The L'oreal Infallible spray is a super product for oily skin girls that need their makeup to stay in place and not budge. The Saem spray is great for ladies with dry skin that want to set their makeup but keep a natural glow. Urban Decay All Nighter Spray is the perfect medium between the two products I mentioned above. This product has a texture of a hair spray. It sprays on the face in a fine mist. It is not wet or splotchy like some sprays are. It distributes an even amount of product around the face and does not leave the face feeling wet. It dries fairly quickly and it does not feel tight on the skin. What I like most about this product is that you still keep your natural glow without your makeup fading. It truly has a great balance. This product would suit dry, combination and oily skin. If you have very oily skin or live in hot climates you may need a stronger setting spray. This spray does last all day. My makeup always looks natural but stays locked in place even after heavy exercising and dancing.

I think this is a great setting spray. I truly have no problems with it. It is definitely not a holy grail product though. You can easily find a lower end makeup spray that would do a similar job. You won't be disappointed if you buy this but you are also not missing out on anything spectacular if you don't. It's all up to you whether you want to spend the extra coins and try the product or not. I hope you found this review helpful. Thank you for reading.

Divalicious Kisses

My Night Time Skin Care Routine Summer 2017

My Night Time SkinCare Routine Summer 2017

Hello gorgeous Divas!

This will be my first beauty products post review for 2017. As you all know I am a serious makeup junkie. I adore cosmetics and the process of applying it every morning relaxes me. As I am getting older I have really been investing in my skincare routine. I find I am becoming a skin care addict too and the ritual of cleansing and moisturising my face everyday gives me the same euphoria that applying my makeup does. Korean Skin Care has been on my radar for a while now and I have truly been investing in their products. Compared to Western skincare, Korean products usually have the most natural and beneficial ingredients for the skin. Most brands are cruelty free, do not use parabens and have ingredients that target problems areas high on their manufacturing list. Korean skin care is also much cheaper than a lot of Western brands. Now don't get me wrong, there are a lot of high end Korean products that can really make your wallet cry. There are also great Western products that have amazing ingredients and are kind to your wallet. It all depends on the individual product and brand. By trial and error I feel I am leaning to Korean skin care more often now. I have seen amazing results on my skin. I have not given up Western products completely though. I love combining the two for optimal results. Below is my current Summer routine as I may change some products in Winter.

1. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter: This product is amazing. I am not even joking. When I first used it I didn't expect to fall in love with it like I did. I have a full review on it here. This butter is super gentle on the skin and gets rid of all makeup including waterproof mascara. It cleanses the face well too. I double cleanse my face because I wear makeup everyday. I use this butter as the first step to removing all my makeup thoroughly. I rub a small amount all over my face and wash it off with water.

2. Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel: Once I removed all my makeup I like to double cleanse and use my favourite face wash of life which is this gorgeous gel cleanser. It contains Moringa extracts which is well known to rejuvenate skin and remove impurities. The cleanser smells amazing and is very gentle on the skin. It has a gel consistency at first and turns into a foam as you wash your face. I use it to thoroughly remove dirt and grime from my pores. It leaves my face squeaky clean but not dry or sensitive. Read my full review on it here.

3. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner Toner: This is a kind of a cult beauty product in the Korean  market. Everyone including their grandma uses this toner. I too have written a review on it which you can read here. This is marketed as a 10 in 1 toner which cleanses pores, removes dead skin, refines skin tone and balances ph level of the skin while controlling sebum. I personally love this toner because it thoroughly removes makeup and dirt without making my skin dry. It is very gentle to use even though it does contain a small amount of alcohol. This 250ml bottle is a holy grail product for me. I have gone through more than four of these bottles in the past few years. I will definitely keep repurchasing it.

4. Goodal Moisture Barrier Fresh Liquid: This is a fairly new brand on the Korean skin care market. I discovered the brand while searching for affordable essences. Even though I have combination skin I felt like my skin was feeling a little dry lately. I decided to invest in a moisturising essence that would penetrate deep into my skin and provide extra hydration. Korean essences are different to western serums in that it is slightly lighter and applied after toner and before a serum. It has a viscous texture which is packed with nutrients that benefit the skin. I chose the Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid not only for the price but for the awesome ingredient list. The 150ml bottle contains a good amount of Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) which is proven to prevent hyper pigmentation, brighten skin tone and prevent ageing. I splash a few drops on my hand and pat it into my face. It truly moisturises and brightens my skin. I use it twice a day before I apply my day or night cream. The scent is quite floral and strong. If that is not your thing then you may want to skip this one and find another essence.
5. Nature Republic Argan 20 Real Cream: Nature Republic is a very famous and well established cosmetic brand in Korea. They have an array of skin care products catered to different needs. My western creams were starting to become too expensive on my wallet. I decided to try a cheaper cream that is packed with the same wonderful ingredients of a high end brand. As you know, just because a product is expensive does not mean it has good ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Sometimes you pay more for the brand name and packaging than the actual product itself. When buying skin care always look at your ingredient list and not just the packaging and brand name alone. The cream that I use is formulated with fermented argan oil. Argan oil is known as liquid gold for your hair and skin. It contains high amounts of Vitamin E which provides nutrition and moisture for the skin. Argan oil is known for it's anti ageing properties too. While this cream is not number one in the anti ageing department, I feel for my skin right now it provides enough nutrients and hydration. As I get older I will definitely buy another cream with more anti ageing punch. This cream comes in a 50ml tub and smells sweet and fresh. It's quite thick in consistency and a little goes a long way. I love to use this at night and wake up to plump skin in the morning.

Thank you for coming on this skin care journey with me. I know this post was a tad long but I had so much vital information to share. I really hope you found it interesting and helpful. The cosmetic and skin care realm is a huge market. There are so many amazing products and brands from all around the world. I love expanding my horizons and trying new things. I would love to explore the Middle Eastern and some other European brands out there one day. All the products I reviewed are available on EBay and Amazon if you are interested in purchasing them and you do not find them in your local stores ;-)

Divalicious kisses!

Happy Diva 2017

Happy Diva 2017

Hi Divas!

Hope you had a great start to 2017. I am back with a vengeance! Lol, no not really ;-) I took a lovely long break from the blog. I am feeling slightly rusty while writing this because it was a serious long blog vacation. I had an amazing Christmas and New Year. I spent some time with my sister before she flew off to Europe again. I explored my city, Cape Town by taking long Summer road trips. I also ate up a storm and enjoyed my mother's yummy cooking. I am still recovering from my holiday and trying to get my life back together again. Eeek! I'm going to share down below things that made me happy this festive season. Plus today is my BIRTHDAY! And I am actually happy to be a year older. God is good! ;-)

If you read my last post I shared all my favourite things for Christmas. I had another wonderful Christmas day filled with going to church, spending time with family and eating delicious food. Above is a photo of a homemade chocolate mousse tart that my mom and I made together. For New Year we had a lovely family braai and enjoyed laughing and spending time together. I swear most of my holiday festivities was spent eating food. Above is another photo of one of my favourite things: MILKSHAKES!

Wimpy knows how to decorate a milkshake to make me feel like a kid again. The flavour that I love the most from this popular eatery is strawberry. It's totally worth the extra calories, I promise. I truly enjoyed spending time with my sister. We would stay up till early hours of the morning talking and watching Netflix. We would have the most serious and deep conversations and suddenly change to the most ridiculous and crazy talks. We ate and watched movies till we were blue in the face. The picture of us above was taken by my mom on Christmas day.

Since my sister was in town we decided to go road tripping and explore places we have never been before and revisit ones from our childhood. The weather was lovely in Cape Town over the holidays but the wind packed a good punch some days, as most of you will know. Cape Town summer always has an amazing fun and happy vibe. People are out and about enjoying the fresh air and everyone is in a jolly mood. This time we decided to not go to the popular beaches but travel along the West Coast and find some hidden gems there.

We had a wonderful time at the West Coast National Park. It is truly a magical place filled with wildlife, hiking trails, beaches that look like paradise and more. There is a photo of a gorgeous lagoon that we swam in while there on the bottom right. This national park is huge and there is so much to do and see. It really is a great place to explore and get in touch with nature again. I might do a full post on it in the future. Along my other road trips we took a trip down memory lane and drove along the Cape Peninsula to admire the beautiful coastlines that Cape Town has to offer. We explored Clarence drive again which is a mountain pass road that offers the most scenic views that postcards are made of. See the photo above on the top left. You can even do shark and whale watching on this route while looking out for naughty baboons. ;-)

*I hope you are all having a lovely January. Feel free to share with me some of your favourite things you did this past holiday below. I off to go stuff my face with BIRTHDAY CAKE!*

Lots of love.