Friday, July 14

Review: Natural Beauty palette by Style Essentials | Beauty

Natural Beauty
Glam-on-the-go palette by 
Style Essentials review

14.07.17

Lately I have been messing around with eye shadows, in the hopes of mastering that super chic, bold, perfectly blended master piece on my eyelids. Using all the tips my fav beauty bloggers - Laura Lee, Nikkitutorials, CharismaStar, Tati, Kathleen and Promise has shared. I busted out my sad and tiny eye shadow collection and found this palette I purchased a couple of months ago in Germany, and decided to share with my thoughts on this product with you.

Natural Beauty Glam-on-the-go palette By Style Essentials. 


This palette consists of 6 all shimmer/metallic shadows, 2 lip pigments, 2 blushes and a highlight, all for just €6!(about R90)

The eyeshadows:

These are great for the center of the eyelids for that pop of bling. They work best when applied with a damp brush or tapped on with a finger. These shadows are build-able and lasts all day when used with a primer and set with a setting spray. I personally only use the dark  brown shade and the two lightest shades to highlight my brow bone and the inner corners of my eyes. 

★★★☆☆ 

The Highlighter:

The highlighter is one of my least favorite products from the palette, it is just too white, powdery and matte which is the opposite of what a highlighter should be.  
However, I apply some to my cheekbones as well as a mixture of the two lightest eyeshadows over the top and it gives a great glow.
☆☆☆☆

The Blush:

The blush shades are not as pigmented as these swatches, when used with a brush you get lots of fallout and the color payoff is really light. I only use the peachy shade, I apply it with my fingers quite heavily and blend it in with a big fluffy brush.   
The shades are better suited for a pale/light skin tone I would say. 

★★☆☆☆

The Lip Pigments:

This is definitely my least favorite of all the products. It's basically a tinted lip balm, it's not long lasting,very drying after a while and the colors are way to light for me. 
★☆☆☆☆ 

In conclusion I would say that this palette would work better for someone with a lighter complexion. Overall it is a very pretty palette, the shadows are pigmented and works best with a damp brush. Despite that, the lip pigments are too light and highlighter just sucks, its too matte.
As I mentioned above; the peachy blush, the shadows and the highlight mixed with the two lightest shadows as a highlighter works great for me, it also comes with a mirror and is quite compact which is great for traveling. 
So ultimately I would say this palette is a hit, we have a winner. I do think it was worth the €6 I paid for it! I picked mine up at TKMAXX and I search around but had no luck finding a place where one could purchase it elsewhere unfortunately


Thank You so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed today's post, until next time have a blessed weekend. And remember inner beauty is what is important, it conquers all!

"Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed." Psalm 34:5 

God Bless 
Kristen

Monday, June 26

Top 5 favorite hair products | Hair

Top 5 favorite
hair products
26.06.17


There are thousands of different hair products and it gets really overwhelming when trying to choose the right product for your hair, and it can take quite some time before you find something that really works for you. Today I will be sharing my top 5 favorite hair products, ranging from shampoo's and conditioners for curly hair which I have to serums, oils and sprays for silky smooth hair.


This is my favorite conditioner for sure. Now this product I use a bit differently as instructed, instead of a deep treatment I used this as a leave in conditioner when I leave my hair natural. It adds amazing moisture, controls the frizz and tames my hair preventing that bushy look. Also works great with a diffuser. This is definitely my favorite product for curls. Retails for R85 at Clicks stores.





This stuff literally holds your curls in place all day. I use the level 3 extra strong however it's a bit too strong but I still love this product. I scrunch about 2 to 3 pumps into my wet hair and dry it with a diffuser and in minutes I have perfect curls that are sure to last all day. I purchased this product in Europe and it seems as though it can not be bought in South Africa unfortunately. I believe I paid around R30-R40 




Although I have curly hair and tend to blow dry it straight most of the time, When I do I love to spray or scrunch in some product for some extra shine and smoothness.


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Here are some products I like to use




This product is real really good and it smells so good. 
This product claims to :

  • Creates a protective shield around each hair shaft
  • Helps protect against heat damage
  • Improves the performance of your straighteners
  • Greatly increased shine
  • Reduces straightening time
  • Helps protect against color fade
  • Reduced frizz and static


And definitely does the job. I spray about 4-5 pumps onto my damp hair before I blow dry and the results are great, it leaves my hair super straight and silky. By far my favorite for straight hair! This product was a gift, however it can be purchased on Gumhair.com for  £19.99




FX Wild Harvest hair Silk drops 

This silk serum smooths frizz and split ends. Let me tell you this stuff lasts forever and a little definitely goes a long way. I use this on the length of my hair as it prevents breakage. Available at Sally's beauty supply or on amazon and Retails for $10



Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-in Conditioning Spray

I use this product both when I leave my hair natural(Curly)and when I blow dry it. This stuff is great it moisturizes, manages frizz, is a detangler and leaves your hair silky smooth. It is a deeply nourishing leave in conditioner, so its best to use in the cold seasons or if you have dry/damaged or colored hair. I got this when I was in Germany, sorry guys but you can get it at DM for €4 



Extra

Aussie Frizz Miracle shampoo: 

This is probably the best shampoo I have used for my curly hair, it controls frizz but at the same time defines your curls. It contains blue gum leave extract, which is known for its soothing properties and it smells super yummy too. Retails R70 at Dischem



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I would highly recommend all these products especially if you have frizzy/curly hair. I use all of them; not at the same time of course haha, but I try to alternate every month or every other month, as well as change my shampoo every couple of weeks too. 
I hope you enjoy today's post and I hope I helped you find a solution to your frizzy, curly hair need.




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Thank You for reading! 

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Ephesians 2:10 


God Bless
Kristen 

Tuesday, May 16

Ripped Jeans & Cashmere | OOTD

Ripped jeans & cashmere
16.05.17


Hey guys its me, I'm back with a new look. I cut my hair, as you can see lol. I have been wanting to cut my hair this short for the longest time now,I finally decided to do it, and I absolutely love it! 
I have totally been living in these jeans lately. They are super old and began to tear at the knees so I decided to DIY it up! And ever since, I have been wearing them literally every other day. For today's simple #OOTD I kept the entire outfit comfortable yet trendy. I styled my light grey cashmere top with a pair ripped denim jeans - which I DIY'ed myself. For shoes I went for an easy comfortable option with a pair of black old skool Vans and as always I opted for my everyday jewelry to tie the whole look together. 

The Look-

Top  Adagio   Jeans Edgars & DIY   Shoes Vans Old Skools 


Thank You for reading!

"For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess."
Deuteronomy 30:16 

Have an amazing blessed week further, Until next time God bless!

Kristen 

Tuesday, April 18

Personal Style & Favorite Fashion Bloggers

Personal Style & My fav Bloggers
18.04.17

Today I want to talk about personal style. I wouldn't say I have a specific style, as I tend to gravitate to whichever 'style' I feel like wearing that particular day. Today I'll be dressed like a plain-Jane and tomorrow 90's chic, the next day edgy or street style, some days girly and others sporty.
For many finding 'your' personal style is not easy; as we tend to follow current trends and they may not work for everyone, but in saying so the best way to determine your style is by trying out different cuts, shades and 'styles' to see which suits you best and makes you feel good. Check social media to gain inspiration from, like Pinterest and Instagram. Go through your closet for similar pieces and work with what you have and create your personal style from there without totally copying someone else's outfit but taking inspiration from it and making it your own. 

Five tips to finding your personal style:

1.Style icons who's fashion inspires you- Follow their blogs and social media's to see their different outfits and how they style different pieces and take inspiration from it.
2.Beauty and hair are important- Personal style is not just about the clothing but the hair and beauty as well, as they are factors which contribute to your style as a whole and polishes the entire look. 
3.'Repeat' pieces- Take note of pieces you tend to grab often. These are items you can work around  and incorporate into your new fashion icon inspired style. These are items you love and feel comfortable in.
4.Signature- Find your signature piece like a biker jacket, red lipstick, wavy hair etc. Then making sure it is well incorporated into your look to complete you personal style.
5.Instinct- And finally trust your instinct and wear what you feel works and makes you feel great! 



Here are a few influencers that I follow (both local and international) and take style inspiration from adding to my personal 'style'

Micah Gianneli (micahgianneli.com)


Sheryl Luke (Walkinwonderland)


Julia Dang & Maya Nilsen (TheLineUp)


Aisha Baker Parnell (Bakedonline.co.za)


Nadia Jaftha (Birdlineblog.com)


Crystal Kasper (Newhipster.co.za)

Claudia Sulewski (Claudisulewski)


Bec & Marissa Karagiorgos 
(Twiceblessed.com.au)


Jill Wallace (Littleblackboots.com)


The important thing to remember is Inner beauty, because without it; outer beauty is nothing, if we are 'ugly' on the inside. So always be you, there is only one you and you are the best you!

1 Peter 3:3-4

'Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.'

Have an amazing blessed week further!

God Bless
Kristen


Thursday, March 2

Autumn Wishlist | 2017

Autumn Wishlist 2017
02.03.17



Wishlist!

Hey Guys! Autumn is near which means its wishlist time. This list contains some basic, on trend pieces for the up coming season. So in today's post I am going to be sharing a few pieces I'd like to add to my closet. Enjoy! 
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Jacket Forever21 
Boots Stuart Wietzman 
Bag Mansur Gavriel
Jeans Topshop
Jumper BooHoo.com
Scarf Burberry
Liquid Lipstick in Bumble Colourpop
Eye shadow Palette Modern Renaissance Anastasia Beverly Hills


Thank you for reading! 
Have a blessed week further, God Bless 
Kristen

Saturday, November 12

Heidelberg, Germany | Travel

Heidelberg 
12.11.16

Hey guys!

For those of you who didnt know, im currently in Europe and I recently visited my brother -who lives in Germany. We decided to go on a lil adventure to the city of Heidelberg. It was so beautiful there. We did some touristy things like taking pictures of the old architecture as well as walked up the to the castle- which is a ruin and a landmark of Heidelberg. And not to mention the amazing view of the city from up there!

Views from the castle.

Family <3

Shirt // Zara







Did I mention the BEST ice cream EVER can also be found in Heidelberg! At Schmelzpunkt Pure deliciousness - My favorite flavors were Macadamia Caramel, Brownie Heidelberg Fudge & Mango! Id highly recommend.

Despite the weather, Heidelberg was a wonderful experience. It was absolutely beautiful and I would definitely recommend visiting when in Germany. 

Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed today's blog post! I wish you a blessed weekend further until next time. 

'The Lord is near to all who call on Him, To all who call on Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He also will hear their cry and will save them.' 
Psalm 145v18-19

God Bless
Kristen

Friday, September 30

Jeans & Tee 2.0 | OOTD

Jeans & Tee 2.0 
30.09.16


Hey Guys!

I'm back with another Jeans and Tee OOTD.
For this look I paired my favorite pieces. A soft white tee, oversize mom jeans and some chunky black heels of course. And finally for a pop of color, I opted for a teal bowling bag.
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I am currently in Czech Republic for the next two months,so I'm hoping to do lots of blog posts and YouTube videos while I am here! especially fall inspired as fall has just started, as well as travel vlogs. So subscribe to my channel so you don't miss out. SUBSCRIBE HERE

 The Look:




Tee Livergy Jeans Daniel Hechter Heels H&M Bag POLO SA Belt Gift* Sunnies Polaroid Eyewear
LOCATION V&A Waterfront Cape Town


Thank You all for reading! Have a blessed weekend.

God Bless
Kristen

Wednesday, August 17

How I Curl My Short Hair | Video

How I curl my short hair
17.08.16



Hey guys!
Today I am going to show you how I curl my short hair, using a jumbo curling wand to create these quick and easy gorgeous waves. If you would like to see how, click the video below! Don't forget to share, comment, like and subscribe ;)

VIDEO



Thanks for reading guys, I hope you have a blessed week further!

“…we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
1 John 4:16

God Bless
Kristen