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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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?

#RBSecret Box 30 {Unboxing}

Yes it’s that time again, another secret box has been released, though by the time this is posted, box number 31 would also have been released.

If you’ve read my blog before, you know these feature every so often. I always try to get my hands on a box as I believe they’re amazing value for money. When this one hit the www though, I was a little bit strapped for cash so opted against it. I was then informed by a friend that she had actually purchased one for me as a gift and to say I was appreciative and thrilled is an understatement!! Thanks so much for this gift Miss J ❤


The box retailed at R300 and the hint for the box said: Moisturise and gently cleanse your hair with this TrioMy hair is definitely in need of moisturising so I was keen to see what we’d be getting. The box contained the Indola Innova Hydrate Pack and consisted of:

 – Indola Innova Hydrate Shampoo, 300ml (RSP R179,00)

This is described as a gentle shampoo that can be used daily to cleanse and moisturise hair. The formula contains sweet almond oil and provitamin B5 which work together to rehydrate hair and improve shine and strength.

– Indola Innova Hydrate Bi-Phase Conditioner, 250ml (RSP R179,00)

This product is formulated with bamboo extract, pro-vitamin B5, hydrolysed wheat protein and other ingredients to restore and repair hair. This is also a leave in spray conditioner that softens and moisturises dry and brittle hair.

– Indola Innova Hydrate Light Treatment, 200ml (R207)

This treatment contains bamboo milk and works deep into the shaft where it restores the natural moisture balance.

Since blogging, I’ve taken note of the key ingredients in my shampoo and conditioner and I don’t recall trying anything that contains bamboo milk or bamboo extract, so I’m eager to see what this does for my hair.

The box also came with a nifty quilted travel bag that I think will be great for travelling with your hair products OR even as use for a makeup bag. #JustSaying….. All roads lead back to makeup. lol.

All in all the box totals R565 for the items and I’d add on another R80 perhaps for the travel bag, so the box is worth about R645. The Secret Box 31 is still available here for R350, and apparently blondes do have more fun, as this is a box aimed at them 😉

Have you ever bought a Secret Box before? If not, you really should get your hands on one!

#RBSecretBox 26 Unboxing

I’ve been waiting for the Secret Box to launch this month as I noticed I’m running low on hair care products. What I love about the secret box is that it makes high end hair products available to us at half the price. Products I never would have bought off the bat, due to not knowing if the money is justified or not.


So when a new box is released, there’s always a little clue as to what the product is and what type of hair it’s suitable for. This month it was for colour treated hair, which mine isn’t, but I plan to colour my hair soon, so I had to get it. I had a feeling it was going to be from the Nak Aromas range, just because I’ve been seeing it all over social media lately…..So…was I right? Let’s see….

Ding ging ding…it appears I was 🙂

In the box I received the Nak Aromas Colour Shampoo and Conditioner. They came in a little bag, with an information booklet on all their products and then finally the bottles are inside this pretty floral box. They made sure you really wanted this product to go through the actual secret box, the bag, another box…..ha ha.  It was very pretty and added a bit of a luxurious feel to it…I’ve never gotten my shampoo and conditioner in a box and bag before 🙂

What RetailBox says:

Nak Aromas Colour Shampoo 275ml (RSP R320)

Nurture colour treated hair and scalp in a rich luxurious lather of natural Botanicals. Preserves colour, adds shine and protects the hair. sulphate free . paraben free . preserve colour . shine . protect Apply to wet hair, massage gently into hair and scalp, rinse well and repeat if necessary. Key Ingredients Argan Oil, Lavender, Patchouli and Geranium.

Nak Aromos Colour Conditioner 275ml (RSP R320)

Vegan Friendly Shampoo: Nurture colour treated hair and scalp in a rich luxurious lather of natural Botanicals. sulphate free . paraben free . cleanse . tone . moisturise Apply to clean wet hair, massage from roots to tips, leave for 1-3 minutes, rinse throughly. Designed for coloured hair Key Ingredients Argan Oil, Lavender, Patchouli and Geranium.

So the rage is Sulphate free and paraben free, etc. I’ve been a bit weary of these as I find that the shampoo doesn’t foam like good ol fashioned shampoo, where you could make you hair into this bubbly mohawk back in the day? I needed to wash my hair on the day I received these, so I’m able to do a very quick first impressions as well.

First Impressions

The packaging is nice and ‘clean/crisp’. They are white bottles with writing on them….there’s just something about white that kind of ups the look of anything. The shampoo smells really great, not overpowering. I get a hint of lavender, but it’s really subtle.

Okay…..so this shampoo foams really nicely! I didn’t need to use a cheap shampoo to feel like my hair was clean. It also didn’t leave my hair feeling ‘squeaky’….I’m not quite sure what the term is…but you know when shampoo kind of strips your hair and it feels really…not nice? My hair felt so soft and even more so after the conditioner.

What really sells me on this range is that it’s formulated to prepare your hair for heat styling. So if you’re out of heat protector spray or balm, this has something to help.

Also it contains Argan Oil. Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids. It is apparently really good for dry or damaged hair, it is said to promote growth, assists with brittle hair and split ends. So all in all….fantastic for your hair!

My hair felt really soft and sleek after I blow dried it. I was really impressed. I’m battling with my front hair that I lost after having my 3rd child (almost a year ago). I went completely bald in front. To combat the regrowth that stands high like a lion’s mane, I ended up gelling it down, causing it to then break off again. So I’m hoping this shampoo and conditioner combo will assist with my hair troubles:(  I actually chopped off my really long hair a week ago, and feeling some remorse as the hairstylist did an awful job with the cut. So I really need a pick me up in terms of my hair soon.

To add, I also used this on my daughter’s hair and her hair was so soft and shiny. This morning it has a lovely bounce to it. I’m definitely loving this range just from the 1st use.

Lastly, because I HATE shipping fees, I added the Matrix Fiberstrong Fortifying Cream (RSP R210). 

Matrix Biolage Fiberstrong Fortifying Cream is daily leave-in treatment conditions to leave hair feeling reinforced and touchably soft. Features: – Enriched with Bamboo extract and Intra-Cylane. – Creamy texture. – Fortifies and conditions. – Leaves hair feeling reinforced and touchably soft.

I like that this can be used as a daily ‘moisturiser’ for your hair and mainly plan to use it for my daughter’s hair, but I think I’ll also use it on these pesky regrowth hairs and hope it will speed the process up and protect the hairs as they attempt to grow back…run Forest run……

There are still boxes left here on Retail Box and they are selling for R299. Hurry if you want to grab one 🙂



June Favourites


When I saw a blogger posting her June Favourites on Friday I was thinking, um somebody’s early…….then it hit me, nope, it really is already July and June is finished, kaput, gone! How insane is that?? I had to scramble a bit to narrow down my June favorites, but I think this is a fair representation of the items I reached for most days.


Stila’s Eyes are the Window palette – Spirit

This was probably my first eye-shadow palette and I must say I was smitten at first swatch! I know, my palette looks VERY sad…. We need a moment of silence for Kitten *sobs*, Oasis and Pewter. 😦 Kitten was the most devastating loss.

Okay, moving on, what I love about this palette is it has a nice mix of matt shades, shimmer shades, light shades and dark shades. You can use this for a daytime look, all the way through to a dramatic nighttime look. It’s really versatile and the perfect starter palette for any makeup lover. The powders are all soft and very pigmented with very little, if any, fallout! Money well spent. I’ve reached for this palette a lot this month and will continue to use it until my kids smash the crap out of the rest of the colours.

Kalahari had these at 50% off at one stage….I really wish I’d gotten all of the palettes at that stage. Stila is available at Woolworths and at the time I paid R495,00 for this palette.

Essence’s 2 in 1 shadow and liner in She’s got the mauve (06)

I absolutely love these shadow sticks from Essence. The quality of this stick for the price is so amazing. It’s a stunning shimmery mauve colour and dual purpose. You can use it as an eye-shadow or a liner. It’s waterproof….I swear this stuff doesn’t budge unless you remove it forcefully from your eyes (in a good way).

These sticks are available in 6 shades from Dischem and retail for about R59,95 each.


Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara

I feel like such a broken record, but I’m a huge Benefit fan. I ordered this as one of the first items from Benefit and I was not disappointed. The brush is plastic and has this ‘Hook ‘n’ Roll’ capability that separates, lifts and curls your lashes. You can honestly feel it ‘hooking’ every single lash and you’ll be thinking: Wow are those all my lashes? I can’t gush about this enough, it really is one of my top 3 mascaras and I will definitely be repurchasing it. It’s perfect for day wear to the office, or you amp it up and apply 2 or 3 coats for evening wear.

One last comment about these, you can apply numerous coats and I don’t find it to go clumpy at all like some other mascaras get after more than 1 or 2 coats.

Benefit products are available online at Red Square.


Wet n Wild’s megaclear brow and lash mascara

Prior to discovering this brow ‘mascara’, I was using a similar brand’s products. While I usually love the brand, I just felt the gel was really not holding my unruly brows in place, and then I discovered this Wet n Wild one. For the price, I think it does a really good job of holding my brows in place and I even use it for that unruly hair that doesn’t want to just relax and go behind the ear…grrr

Wet n Wild products are available at Clicks and this gel was around R34,95 if I’m not mistaken.


Essence lip liner in ‘In the Nude’ (11)

Yes Simone, stop with the Essence gushing already…. I can’t help it. It’s amazing to me that you can have a brand be so affordable with so many great products. I have a few of these lip liners and this is I think my favourite one. It really is soft and glides on like a dream. I have a lipliner costing 5 times this and it’s so harsh on application, so I really really do love these liners from Essence. There are about 8 shades, including a transparent one that I assume is a universal ‘don’t worry about the colour you’re putting on your lips’ sort of situation. Essence has launched a new range of lipliners that I have read rave reviews about, but after searching high and low in Port Elizabeth, I’ve given up the search. If any PE gals have seen it, please let me know below.

Essence lipliners are available at Clicks and Dischem and retail for R18,95 each.


Kardashian Beauty Take 2 Dry Conditioner 

When I first received these in one of my secret boxes from RetailBox, I was so disappointed. What would I do with such overpriced products? Dry shampoo and even worse…dry conditioner? What is that even??? I didn’t want it to go to waste so I thought my 7yr old could spray it on before swimming classes as perhaps a ‘protector’ from the chemicals, but that still made me sad thinking of the price tag attached to these.

One day I washed my hair and just shampoo’d it, and had no intention of blow drying it so I whipped this out, sprayed my hair and put it in a bun. The next morning my hair was so soft and curly that I absolutely loved the effect. I was traumatised when I flat ironed all those soft curls away. What Retail Box says about this product:

A lightweight conditioning spray that revives dull or dry hair by enhancing shine and moisture in between styles. This moisturizing formula contains small conditioning molecules that instantly hydrate hair, leaving it incredibly soft and smooth. Nourishing Black Seed Oil provides added radiance for the ultimate glamorous finish.

The smell of this is divine and I’m sure it’s the black seed oil that contributes to leaving my hair feeling so soft and nourished. That being said, despite how much I like this product, at R395 from RetailBox, I just cannot justify spending that money on a Dry Conditioner 😦 Getting to try it out though as a fraction of the cost due to the Secret Box again hits home what I love about the Secret Box. Read about the Secret Box here.


Lindie’s homemade Rubies

Well I warned you that I love chocolate….so I have to share my chocolate love of the month with you ❤ I was not a fan of the original brownies and blondies from Lindies, but on a whim I decided to try these Rubies. They are the latest offering from Lindies, and are Red Velvet Brownies. Yes you heard right, RED VELVET CHOCOLATE BROWNIES! I was always going to be all over that like white on rice! I love them with a big glass of milk….. I’m never going to be skinny….*sigh*

These are available at Spar and retail for R34,99 for a box of 4.

Here are some swatches of 2 of the Essence products.


From left: Essence 2 in 1 shadow stick in ‘She’s got the mauve’, Essence lipliner in ‘In the Nude’ 

Hope you enjoyed reading about my June favourites 🙂 Let me know in the comments below what you loved in June and also are these posts too long, too many pictures, too many words? I’d appreciate the feedback.

Until next time. xxxxx

Unboxing the #RBsecretbox

Who doesn’t like surprises? I sure do. So when Retailbox releases a new secret box I go bananas.


Out of 25 boxes, I have probably purchased 15 of them. They are incredible value for money and have exposed me to products I never would have heard about and probably also high end products I would not have spent the money on. Now after testing them, there are some I definitely do and will repurchase. Products I’ve received include:

  •  Joico
  • Label M
  • Moroccanoil
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Schwarzkopf
  • La Tweez
  • Milkshake
  • Kardashian Beauty

Okay, so what is a secret box? Exactly that….A secret. These boxes started out being released so hush hush…you only knew about it after it sold out. I realised you couldn’t wait for them…you needed to literally start getting a feel for when you thought a box would be released. The cost of each box varies and with each release a short description of what type of products is given as a clue. Box no. 25 was R230 and the value of the products are R450. So let’s get to it….WHAT’S IN THE BOX?


Quick Grow Shampoo 250ml (R225 RSP)

Advanced Amino Shampoo This rich and creamy pink apple scented shampoo is packed with a propriety blend of advanced aminos are scientifically formulated to nourish the hair shaft and scalp with the precise balance of vitamins, minerals and amino’s.

Quick Grow Conditioner 250ml (R225 RSP)

Advanced Amino Conditioner This thick creamy conditioner with its fresh pink apple scent is scientifically formulated to create the ideal balance on your scalp and hair strands. This in turn ensures optimum condition, resulting in unsurpassed shine and luster. Having the correct moisture and mineral balance on the scalp is vital to hair growth and its overall growth performance. Our advanced amino blend is scientifically formulated to not only create the perfect overall condition on your scalp, but to nourish and replenish essential minerals, vitamins and aminos that might have been removed during shampooing. By conditioning regularly with our advanced amino conditioner, you will lock in the essential ingredients needed for soft, shiny and healthy hair.

So that’s what I got as part of the Secret Box. Then because I HATE paying delivery fees….and it was payday and you have that Rockafella complex, I decided to order some extras.

ghd Natural Bristle Brush 1 (28mm barrel) (R310 RSP)

I actually had my eye on the size 2 brush, but this one was on sale for R210, so I just got it instead as I did need a smaller blow dry brush that can get close to the roots…coloured hair and all…you know the struggle! I also own the size 3 brush and I love it, because the bristles don’t melt like your regular brushes do with the heat of the blow drier.

Cloud Nine Heat Protect Wand Glove (R65 RSP)

The Heat Proof Glove allows the user to feel the hair properly and allows the user to curl the hair right up to the tip. The Heat Proof Glove can be used on the left hand or right hands. The Cloud Nine Heat Proof Glove is ideal for use with all Cloud Nine styling wands.

We all know how awful it is when you just want to use your hand, but you end up burning the skin off your fingers. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m hoping this will help for the finger burning situation.

All these products are available on Retail Box , except the Secret Box…surprise…it’s sold out 😦 If you’re interested in getting your hands on Secret Box number 26, follow them on social media, or let me know below and I’ll share when it’s available if I’m on it fast enough 🙂