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#RBSecretBox 33 {Unboxing}

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love surprise boxes and the one from Retail Box features regularly as a must have for me. If you’d like to check out previous boxes, check out this post or this one.

This month was a whopper of a box…in size and price. ha ha

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The box was a bit pricier than usual, but I knew it had to mean we were getting some really good products….and after the brand reveal…I knew I had to have it. So let’s dig in!

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Moroccanoil Repair Shampoo and Conditioner – 500mls each (RSP R1 230)

The Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Duo will help to nourish, soften and hydrate your hair. Ideal for dry, damaged and chemically treated locks, these ultra-nourishing products work together to infuse your hair with intense moisture and hydration, leaving it soft, supple and manageable. –Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo 500ml: Enriched with argan oil, keratin, fatty acids and proteins, it gently cleanses your hair to leave it soft, shiny and full of bounce. –Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner 500ml: Formulated with the same ingredients as the matching shampoo, it gently de-tangles and reconstructs your hair to get it back in prime condition. Rich and luxurious, your hair will be left wonderfully soft and easy to manage.

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Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong – 75mls (sample size worth R85)

Moroccanoil extra strong, finishing hairspray provides long-lasting hold for the most demanding hairstyles. Moroccanoil® Luminous Hairspray Extra Strong is the ultimate setting hairspray that secures special-event styles: from sleek ponytails to chignons to red-carpet looks. This high-performance, argan oil-infused extra hold formula veils hair in a reflective shield of shine that fights humidity and frizz, yet brushes out easily and leaves no sticky residue.

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Moroccanoil Oil Treatment for all hair types & fine hair – 5mls each (sample size worth around R27 each)

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment is an ultra-light formula which is absorbed by the hair instantly, resulting in a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without leaving a residue.

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Also in the box was a cute thick plastic sort of beach bag. I think it would be nice to store your hair tools in (flat irons, blow drier, etc) and brushes or to use as a shopping bag for your toiletries. Let’s value the bag at around R50, so that brings the total of this box to around R1 419 and the box cost R495. That’s quite a bargain for top quality hair products.

One of my absolute favourite Morrocanoil products is the heat protection spray (not included in this box). It’s unrivaled in terms of the shine, scent and the smooth finish it gives my hair.

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Lastly, because you have to spend over R500 to qualify for free shipping (sneaky Retail box with that 5 bucks), I threw in this pack of invisi bobbles that was on sale for R40.

My order was placed on Thursday and it was delivered by Monday morning. The customer service at Retail Box is really great and it’s one of my favourite online shopping spots.

All in all this was a fabulous purchase. There are still some boxes left if you want to grab one over here. Did you get yourself one of these boxes?

Clinique Pep-Start range {Review}

Wow, can you hear the echo in here? Where have you been Simone?? Well, life happens…offices get petrol bombed. Okay, not really, but my office building did. I do most of my blogging and even my pictures from my office during my lunchtime (of course 😉 ), so without access to my office for 2 weeks now, I’ve just been on a bit of a go slow.

I have loads of post ideas and plans for the blog, but right now, I just don’t have the time to take my photographs that I need and also I’m waiting on a few deliveries for product reviews. Do people not realise if you order now or get notified you’re being sent something, it should appear by tomorrow? Go figure….

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Today I wanted to chat to you about the Clinique Pep- Start range. I was quite excited when I spotted the Hydroblur moisturiser in some glossy magazine. It’s probably the only product I saw, because I’m sure 3 seconds after I opened the cover of said magazine, one of my gazillion kids came to destroy my peace…..but anyways, my kids are a post for another day. So walking through Edgars in December, I spotted the moisturiser and I did let out a bit of a whoop. As luck would have it, the moisturiser came in a set that contained 3 products in total and I had to have it. Januworry what?

Pep-Start™ HydroBlur Moisturizer (50ml)

During December the struggle is real when you have an oily t-zone, so I’ve been on the lookout for an oil-free moisturiser for a while now. Not only is this one oil-free, but it promises to instantly blur imperfections (pores and fine lines) while providing all-day hydration. The HydroBlur also promises to give your skin a matte finish. Another benefit   is that you can also use this as a primer under your makeup or just as is, on makeup free days.

Does it do what it claims to do? I love the texture of this moisturiser. It’s lightweight and glides onto my skin easily. It’s not a cream and it’s not silicone, it looks like gel but isn’t sticky? (Sorry I’m still learning to describe things) Does it blur my pores? Very slightly it does, but I have huge pores, so it could be that there is no product in the world able to deal with all of this *outlines face*. I find on very hot days I do have shine peeping out around midday on my forehead, so it does not mattify my skin all day. It does however go on really smoothly and I find it does create this smooth canvas for my makeup, though I do still use a primer on top of it. Another thing is that I’ve worn this as is on no makeup days and I’ve had people out of nowhere tell me my skin looks good and refreshed. Lastly there is no scent, which is great as scented products always have my hayfever going crazy.

I am very happy with this moisuriser, even if it doesn’t do absolutely everything it claims to do. In Summer this is a winner for an oily gal like myself.

Pep-Start™ Eye Cream (7ml)

Being a mom of 3, I don’t have to tell you, but I always have puffy and tired looking under eyes, so I was quite excited to try this out.

What is it supposed to do? Just 3 seconds to look wide awake, refreshed. Hydrates, brightens, perks you up. Its cool touch and de-puffing tip help keep eyes looking fresh. Smooths the way for makeup, too. Have it on hand. Ophthalmologist Tested.

Does it do what it claims to do? Firstly it has the same non-existent scent that the moisturiser has. It’s very lightweight and glides on. A little goes a long way, so even though this is only 7ml, I’ve used it quite a few times and there’s still some left. I do feel that it smooths out my undereye area and hydrates it without being a heavy thick creamy sort of eye cream. I also find that under my makeup, it looks good and minimises the creasing. Wide awake? Once I get more sleep, I’ll get back to you on this one. This was a lovely find, though I don’t remember to use it all that often. #MomLife

Pep-Start™ 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser (30ml)

Exfoliating, but not exfoliating is a thing now. Huh? Apparently those rough huge beads we’d try to dig into our skin to exfoliate was not the best thing. We can exfoliate, but it needs to be gentler and finer on our skins. So I was anxious to see what the texture of this was, because I’m all about no big exfoliating beads.

What is is supposed to do? By combining gentle cleansing with exfoliating power, this 2-in-1 formula takes away dirt, dulling dead skin cells, excess oil and impurities to give skin a smooth finish and a radiant glow. Preps skin for makeup. It is gentle enough to use twice a day.

Does it do what it claims to do? I really like this exfoliator. The beads are so super fine, you barely know it’s there. It doesn’t tug at the skin or irritate it. My skin doesn’t feel tight after using it, it feels clean and refreshed. I do believe the claim that you can use it twice a day, as it’s not harsh at all. There’s also no scent to this product, so yay, no sneezing.

This pack retailed for R395, but on the day I bought it there was a 25% off deal so I paid around R295, which I think is a steal for all these products.

Have you tried this range yet? Or anything else from Clinique that you either loved or hated?

Dischem Haul

I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts recently. I work at a university and as you may know, the situation is a bit volatile at the moment, and as a result I haven’t been to work for about a month now. My posts were always done at work during my lunchtime of course (in case my boss ever reads this you know), my photos taken on my desk (yes I know you never would have guessed seeing as they are so spectacular…ha ha), so as a result, I’ve just been battling to get around to doing this at home when I’m permanently surrounded by my 3 minions.

I tried to take photos one Sunday. Lighting was good, got my trusty new fake flower prop and got ready……Enter the 7yr old. Oh mom can I help you? Mom can I take some of he photos for you? Enter middle child, 4yrs old and he attempts to photobomb all my pictures. Enter 1yr old baby boy and he is just on a permanent seek and destroy mission! Needless to say, I shot some really bad pictures (like they can be worse than they are?) and just called it a day. The insanity had to end. I had so many post ideas, but for posts, you need pictures, and that’s the part I’m struggling with.

Anyways…I managed a few pictures for today’s post so let’s try to salvage this blog….pretty much like the 2016 academic year currently. *chuckles*  Too soon?

So my husband sent me with his credit card to Dischem for some baby formula the other day. Bless him. Me, Dischem and a credit card?? What did he think would happen?

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I was so excited to see that the LA Girl concealers had been restocked so I grabbed 3, 1 being a yellow colour corrector and then 2 other colours (neutral and pure beige) to try out. The concealers retail at R59,95 each. The coverage and quality of this concealer is AMAZING for this price, better than some high end and pricier concealers.

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I’ve been searching for an affordable drugstore primer to save my more pricey primers for special occasions. I managed to pick up the LA Girl blah blah blah face primer. Seriously are all those words necessary??? LA Girl Pro prep HD High-definition smoothing face primer?? My word…. Okay…I bought this, but I think I’m returning this. I have only read bad reviews on this primer so I may go and exchange it before I open it. This primer retails for R79,95.

I saw the pack of CALA sponges (refer first picture above) for sale on a group I’m on and I thought if all the ladies were going gaga for it, I needed to get a pack. I saw it, grabbed it and happily I went off…..Until I went back to the post and realized everybody went nuts BECAUSE SOME OF THE PACKS CONTAINED A CALA BEAUTY BLENDER! I didn’t know when I purchased it, so I just grabbed like a real flippin sheep. Needless to say there was no beauty blending sponge in my pack.  *sigh* These packs are currently on sale for R32,95.

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So this weird small hairbrush/big toothbrush looking thing is a facial brush. I meant to post a picture of the packaging, but I see the nanny threw it away. That being said, the packaging was so embarrassing as the description didn’t even make grammatical sense. I have already used this once and I did find it a bit abrasive on the skin, but my skin really felt so smooth and polished after I washed it. This retails for R29,95 so really not the end of the world if I decide I don’t like it. I’ll use less pressure next time.

Makeup lovers everywhere know that once your obsession takes over, storing your makeup becomes a nightmare. I’ve dreamed (and still do dream) of owning a huge acrylic makeup storage box, but I don’t have that kind of cash at this stage. I squealed a bit with excitement when I saw these cosmetic organisers at Dischem. They aren’t huge, but as you can see, it takes a few products so I’ve managed to get all my concealers in one draw, my mascaras in another and then my single eyeshadows in the top drawer. This really neatened up my makeup area a bit so I’m happy with this purchase. This 3 drawer organizer retails for R160.

Any affordable items at Dischem you can recommend that I have to try? Do you know of a good affordable primer?