Monday, 24 October 2016

• OOTD • When In Birlin + Giveaway

Hiya everyone ♡

I hope you're having a wonderful week so far! 

As you may know, I am working with Birlin and running a competition where a lucky reader can win a pair of these shades and a whole bunch of beauty goodies (you can read the whole competition post here). So, I met up with Robyn from JessieBird Photography to take some photies to share how I style my sunnies. 

When I knew it was time for an outfit shot I knew I wanted to wear my newest obsession, these floral trainers from MRP - how stunning are they? I have been getting so many compliments on them! They're still available, people! Click here to grab them online for only R169.99.

Both the sunnies and the trainers have a hint of pink, so I paired them with a cute pastel top (also from MRP) and a pair of DIY knee-ripped denim. When the ripped jeans trend first came out I could only find a nice pair from Topshop. I don't like spending a whole paycheck (dramatic, just kidding) on trends and would way rather opt for a budget-friendly option, so I picked up a cheap pair of jeans from MRP and cut a line along where my knees go, a little extra rip here and there and voila! These jeans are actually so comfy, I am super chuffed with them.

Back to the competition, it's a quick and easy entering process! Scroll to the bottom of the post to find the links to click to enter. Please make sure you comment on the correct photo to make your entry count - good luck! 

OOTD + Birlin Sunglasses from YDE Giveaway || Jane Wonder

OOTD + Birlin Sunglasses from YDE Giveaway || Jane Wonder

OOTD + Birlin Sunglasses from YDE Giveaway || Jane Wonder

OOTD + Birlin Sunglasses from YDE Giveaway || Jane Wonder

Floral Trainers from MRP || Jane Wonder

OOTD + Birlin Sunglasses from YDE Giveaway || Jane Wonder

Here's how to win!

Click the links above to find the profiles!

I hope you are as excited as I am for this competition! It is running until midday on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 and is open to all South African residents.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

• Giveaway • Birlin Sunglasses from YDE

Birlin Sunglasses Giveaway || Jane Wonder

Hiya everyone ♡

Let me start by saying I sincerely apologise for the radio silence on the blog the last two weeks. I am doing a course which I had an assignment due for and I totally forgot what it was like to do an assignment :/ I have been out of varsity for 8 years after all! Besides that and some extreme personal stress that I am going through I really put the blog on the back-burner, BUT I have so many blog ideas so I am going to try to blog as much as possible!

Let's get to the fun stuff! 

I posted about my love for Birlin sunglasses in a post about 5 months ago, it was a monthly favourites post that you can check out here. I have also posted numerous times on Twitter and Instagram about the different styles they have available at YDE - I even asked for advice on which ones to get which you guys helped me with! Here are a few of the pics - 

It just so happens that Birlin saw my blog post and asked if I want to work with them on a giveaway - um yar!

Let's start off by showing you my 6 pairs of Birlin sunnies that I have. The below are mostly from the latest collection but the one I showed in my May Favourites (the matte blush pair) is from the collection before. I also had a beautiful pair of rose gold aviators - but I lost them! 

If you watched my Snapchat or Instagram story then you would know, but they disappeared at a wedding. I wore them during the ceremony but took them off when it got dark (I'm not that guy...) at the reception. When the venue cleared the tables at the end of the night they magically vanished. I was devastated.

Anywhoooo, here is my collection - I love every one of them 

Birlin Sunglasses Giveaway || Jane Wonder

Top left - round mirrored lens with light pink frame and arms
Top right - slight rose tinted lens with light pink print frame and arms - the giveaway sunnies!
Middle left - mirrored lens with camel acetate frames (very trendy, my current fave pair)
Middle right - mirrored lens with matte blush frame
Bottom left - classic light brown aviators
Bottom right - fade lens with tortoise-shell frames and stone acetate arms with gold detail (my fave driving sunnies)

Birlin Sunglasses Giveaway || Jane Wonder
The giveaway sunnies are on the left

Birlin Sunglasses Giveaway || Jane Wonder
Cool reflections

Birlin Sunglasses Giveaway || Jane Wonder
Photo by JessieBird Photography

Birlin Sunglasses Giveaway || Jane Wonder
Photo by JessieBird Photography

So, the beautiful sunnies in the above pic are the ones I am super pleased to giveaway! I thought I would add a little summin-summin too to thank everyone for the support on my blog, Instagram, Twitter, the list goes on. Here is the full list of prizes 

  • Birlin sunglasses
  • Typo A5 notebook - I have one too #twinning
  • Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Coral Calling - I wear mine all the time
  • Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara - my fave mascara of late. There is a large bristle spoolie for top lashes and a mini brush for bottom lashes!
  • Eyelure Volume Lashes
  • Freeman Facial Sleeping Mask - Honeydew & Chamomile
  • Cala Blending Brush - I love Cala makeup brushes, this one is bomb
  • L.A. Girl Matte Gloss in Rebel and Playful

And finally, here's how to win!

Click the links above to find the profiles!

I hope you are as excited as I am for this competition! It is running until midday on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 and is open to all South African residents.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

• Home • Rose Gold

Hiya everyone ♡

Rose Gold, my one true love... Just kids. I really do love rose gold though. It's been an affair that started three years ago and ever since then the rose gold and copper trend has flourished! 

Luckily for us (almost every lass I know loves rose gold), there are so many stores that have caught on to this trend with fab homeware pieces for everyone. @home and Typo definitely take the cake for the sheer quantity of rose gold goodies they have in-store (some of the rose gold items I saw at Gateway this week aren't on the Typo website for me to get a photo).

If you live in the UK then it'll be even easier to find rose gold and copper goodies - Primark, Homesense, Urban Outfitters, Next Home, H&M, etc etc (I'm jelly).

I'm dying for the #1 item on my list below; the Modern Mirror would perfectly replace the silver mirror on my vanity (especially since it's the only silver item in my beauty room!). Hint hint, birthday present...

Rose Gold Home || Jane Wonder

1. Mirror Modern Rose Gold 35cm from @home - R 349.00
2. Metal Candle Stick from MRP Home - R139.99
3. On a Wire Frame from Typo - R199
4. Mirror Honeycomb 32x28cm from @home - R299
5. Cocktail Dispenser with Rose Gold Tap (6pc) from @home - R499
6. You Are My Greatest Adventure Poster in Blush (unframed) from Seven Swans at We Heart This - R170
7. Shower Caddy from @home - R299
8. Copper Plated Cutlery Set from Woolworths - R399
9. Tumbler Rose Gold 35.5x14.5cm from @home - R169

Which piece can you 'just not live without'? 

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

• Beauty • Clicks and Dischem Haul

Clicks and Dischem Beauty Haul || Jane Wonder

Hiya everyone ♡

I had a sneaky drugstore beauty haul in the past week - eeek, don't judge me! 

What started out as a mission for affordable spot treatments, turned into a full blown spree. I chose affordable products so the prices per item isn't high - but you know how those little costs add up! 

I had to get my hands on the brand new Vaseline spray moisturiser too, and I am happy to report they are freely available in Clicks and Dischem. The other goodies were items on an ever-growing beauty shopping list, but certainly weren't needed at this point! 

So, let's dive in! I have also done a few late night sessions on learning about product ingredients so I have added those in too. 

Clicks and Dischem Beauty Haul || Cala Beauty Sponge || Jane Wonder

• Cala Beauty Sponge - R74.95  •

Hallelujah for a super-affordable makeup sponge! The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge has been my fave for ages now, but I have been told that there may be some changes with the texture of the sponge. I am really worried that this will change the efficacy, so I thought I would try out the Cala one in the mean time.

I bought the purple one (that's my favourite colour in case you didn't know) at Dischem last week. It is a different shape from both that of the Real Techniques sponge and the original Beauty Blender (which I have never tried). As long as it has that tapered tip - I'm happy!

I am really glad to report that I have used it about 4 times now and it works really well! I still need to test how long the sponge lasts and if it continues to work as well as it does now based on inevitable texture 'aging'. I will feedback if I have any negative news after a few weeks.

Cala is exclusively found at Dischem. They have the most beautiful, effective and affordable makeup tools - I have so many makeup brushes from Cala. Unfortunately the Beauty Sponge is not on sale on the website, but I purchased mine from the La Lucia store last week.

Clicks and Dischem Beauty Haul || Sorbet Salon Skin Specialist Care Breakout Correcting Gel || Jane Wonder

• Sorbet Salon Skin Specialist Care Breakout Correcting Gel - R110 •

My skin has really been troubling me lately. I am pretty sure that I have a slight hormone imbalance which is affecting my skin really negatively. I am on the hunt for a 'right-now' treatment (as retinoids and the such are long-term solutions). 

The Sorbet Salon Skin Specialist Care Breakout Correcting Gel is said to fight breakouts and purify skin with salicylic acid and vitamin A (a common form is retinol in skin care), C and E. The salicylic acid is the 4th ingredient on the list (they are ordered from highest quantity to lowest on the label, by law), there are 13 ingredients so 4th is quite high up there.

I want to warn you that the product does contain various forms of alcohol (not ideal in skin care as it is dehydrating). To see if there is alcohol in a product look out for any ingredients that end in 'ol'.

This product also has melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil as an ingredient, which is more commonly known as tea tree oil - a topical anti-bacterial.

I purchased this product at Clicks, unfortunately they are not selling this product on the website. I got mine at the La Lucia store, however Sorbet stock is widely available in all Clicks stores and you can grab it at a Sorbet store as well. 

PS. When I spoke to a Sorbet employee about the Sorbet skin care range they did admit that their ranges cater more to a 'beginner' in the skin care game. I will see how the breakout gel fares, and I am keen on trying more products from the Salon ranges, but keep this point in mind. 

PPS. It smells great too!

Clicks and Dischem Beauty Haul || wet n wild photofocus Eyeshadow Primer || Jane Wonder

• wet n wild photofocus Eyeshadow Primer - R129.95 •

I am still on the hunt for a good eyeshadow primer, there are so many that still don't combat the oiliness on my eyelids that cause horrid creasing.

The wet n wild photofocus Eyeshadow Primer is said to boost shadow colour, it preps and brightens eyelids to lockdown colour and is long lasting and dries on clear. I have tried it out today and am super-impressed! So far - it does seem as it has boosted colour, it was tacky when I applied it which makes me feel like eyeshadow will really stick to it, and so far I have no creasing! I have on my Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadow which has a cream base (more likely to crease), but so far nothing! I still want to try it out with my Max Factor Shimmer Eyeshadow which is even creamier - will let you know if it fares well ;)

Great news - wet n wild does not test on animals! Hooray!

wet n wild is found exclusively at Clicks stores. Unfortunately the primer is not available on Clicks website.

PS. wet n wild is another brand on the "Mix & Match 3 for 2" deal (wet n wild available on this deal until 23 October in selected stores), do yourself a favour and grab the Walking on Eggshells eyeshadow trio - it's always in my makeup bag!

PPS. I bought the Color Icon Glitter Single Eyeshadow in Brass a few months ago and it sadly was super crap. Couldn't get any pigment on my eyelid even when 'drenching' my brush in MAC Fix Plus :(

Clicks and Dischem Beauty Haul || OSH In-Shower Body Lotion and Vaseline Spray Moisturiser || Jane Wonder

• Oh So Heavenly Bye-Bye Stress Calming In-Shower Body Lotion - R32.95 •

My friend Siobhan (from Sugar and Spice blog) recommended the Oh So Heavenly In-Shower Body Lotion after reading my Winter Lifesavers blog post.

It is said to contain relaxing chamomile and lavender oils for soft, hydrated skin. I haven't tried it yet but will certainly let you know how it fares!

Unfortunately the Oh So Heavenly Bye-Bye Stress Calming In-Shower Body Lotion is not available on the Clicks website, but there are plenty of other Oh So Heavenly products that you can find here.

• Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser in "Deep Restore" - R89.95 •

I am so chuffed that we finally have a spray moisturiser in South Africa! I bought one in the UK a few years ago and really loved it. It is said to moisturise, absorb in seconds, restore dry skin, is non-greasy and has a light texture.

It. Fulfills. Every. One. Of. Its. Promises.

I am so happy I bought it last week! It's starting to heat up in Durban and I can't use very rich creams when it's so hot and humid. This spray moisturiser is the perfect consistency to not be too thick and works like a charm!

You can buy one of the three variants (Cocoa Radiance, Aloe Soothe and Deep Restore) - or all of them - on the Clicks website here.

Clicks and Dischem Beauty Haul || Cettua Face Masks || Jane Wonder

• Cettua Halfmoon Firming Eye Patch - R74.95 

I am a big fan of eye patches, I don't really know if it is the novelty of them or whether they actually work ;)

The patches come in 5 pairs and feel cool and smooth on your skin. I am quite the fan of prancing around at home with my patches on. The application time is 20 - 30 minutes, but I like to leave mine on for a good few hours.

They contain the active ingredients adenosine (although it is very low on the ingredient list) and amino acids which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. 

The masks contain dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline which is an overall anti-aging active ingredient for wrinkle correction, moisturization, and triple firming action (it is the seventh ingredient of many in the product). Again a warning that these products contain a few different forms of alcohol.

The patches also contain hydrogenated lecithin which is a skin-restoring ingredient.

You can find the eye patches on the Clicks website here

• Cettua Pure White Nose Strip (6 strips) - R45.95 

These seem like the typical blackhead-removing nose strips. They are said to remove blackheads and dirt instantly. They have witch hazel, which helps to tighten pores and reduces redness, and titanium dioxide which is chemically processed to remove these impurities.

These are supposed to be left on for 10-15 minutes, but of course I leave them a little longer. I quite like the Biore range of blackhead-clearing strips (that you can get in the UK) so I wanted to test these ones against my Biore ones.

I used the Cettua one last night and I can't really say it cleaned up much of my dark-coloured, clogged pores. I am going to test my Biore ones again in about a week and see the actual difference (I haven't used Biore ones since I was in the UK in December but my dad bought me some back from London).

I used my "Mix & Match 3 for 2" deal and got these strips for free! The strips aren't on the website, but I grabbed mine from the Clicks La Lucia branch last week.

PS. The Biore ones are £8.39 for 6 strips, so really pricey when converting.

• Cettua Spot Clear Patch - R74.95 

My all-time fave Cettua product. They contain tea tree (ingredient 6 on the list) and salicylic acid (ingredient 7). Those really are the two ingredients you need for combating spots on an instant-basis.

The patches contain grapeseed extract (an antioxidant that assists in anti-aging), epilobium angustifolium extract (can have soothing and antioxidant effects on skin) and volcanic ash (which removes dead skin cells, cleans pores, opens blackheads and is a gentle exfoliant).

You leave the patches on for 8-12 hours, ideally overnight. You get 48 patches in the pack and there are now two different sizes of patches - based on the size of your dreaded spot.

They work fantastically (from every time I have used them). I had a horrid hormonal spot on my jawline that was bugging me. Put one on my rather sore bump overnight and it was significantly smaller and less painful the next day! 

You can find these lifesavers on the Clicks website here.

Clicks and Dischem Beauty Haul || Sorbet Masks || Jane Wonder

• Sorbet Cleansing Face Mask Spot & Blemish - R45.95 

Sorbet have a great range of sheet masks available at Clicks and Sorbet stores. Due to my skin acting up lately, I thought I would give a spot and blemish task a try.

It is said to cleanse and refine skin with the double concentrate of salicylic acid -there are a whopping 25 ingredients in the serum for the mask and salicylic acid is number 24 on the list (clearly it is a seriously low quantity in the serum - and witch hazel extract (ingredient 6) to aid with the exfoliation and renewal of skin cells for a radiant and blemish-free complexion.

I haven't tried this mask yet, but you leave it on for 15-20 mins and then massage the leftover serum into your skin. I would do this before bed at night.

A warning, this product too contains alcohol, but also contains other plant extracts and amino acids.

I used my "Mix & Match 3 for 2" deal and got this mask for free! You can find this mask on Clicks' website here.

PS. The "Mix & Match 3 for 2" for Sorbet deal ends on 9 October.

• Sorbet Hydrating Foot Mask - R52.95 

I am not nearly as fussy with the ingredients in a foot mask in comparison to something that I am applying to my delicate, almost 30-year old face. I've tried this foot mask (that name is so unglam) before and thought it was really cool, my feet felt fab. 

There are little booties (made out of the same kind of material a sheet mask is made out of) that is filled with the serum. You leave the booties on for 20 minutes so I could suggest using the foot mask when you're going to be glued to your TV screen binge watching some series - no trotting around the house for you!

The mask is said to be softening and moisturising with hyaluronic acid (known for its anti-aging properties). It is also said to smooth, brighten and revitalise your skin with argan and peppermint oil which reveal radiant and glowing feet.

You can grab this mask on the Clicks website here.

Clicks and Dischem Beauty Haul || Elegant Touch Press-On Nails in Rose Gold Constellation || Jane Wonder

• Elegant Touch "Constellation" Rose Gold nails - R89.95 

I first saw these nails on my friend Carlinn's Instagram (here). For anyone who loves rose gold like me (i.e. everyone) these are a must-have! 

I purchased these falsies from the Clicks branch in La Lucia, unfortunately theses specific one are not on the website but you can check out other Elegant Touch products here. You can also browse the Elegant Touch products on Dischem here.

PS. Elegant Touch have great falsies and nail tools, and Clicks also stock the Henry Holland collab! If you like your out-there, trendy, funky nails then you have to check them out.

PPS. Do yourself a favour and 'invest' in a high quality nail glue, some of the ones that come in a pack like this are crap.

Any products that you're dying to get your hands on? Comment and let me know! 

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

• Instagram Roundup •

Hiya everyone ♡

So, if you are a frequent reader of my blog then you would have seen the photos that I spend so much time taking and editing for posts. My passion for taking product photos has really grown this year, I love using my creativity for putting together flatlays, rearranging, editing, etc. I don't get to use much creativity in my 9-5 so this is where I get to get those creative juices flowing.

I thought I would share a few Instagram photos from my feed over the last couple of months. 

I would love your feedback, so please free free to leave me a comment on my photos, feed, etc. Every bit of commentary, advice and input will help me get to a space where my Insta feed is appreciated by all ♥

A photo posted by Camilla Jane (@cjanewonder) on

A photo posted by Camilla Jane (@cjanewonder) on

A photo posted by Camilla Jane (@cjanewonder) on

A photo posted by Camilla Jane (@cjanewonder) on

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