Beauty Swop Or Sale JHB Expo Goody Bag Unboxing and Haul

Hello my angels and welcome back to my blog.

I’m still in aw from the  Johannesburg beauty swop expo. I am lost for words to explain how amazing the day was but i will definitely try.

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On Saturday morning, I woke up thinking that I was going to vlog the entire event but unfortunately with all my excitement in the day i failed to get any real footage to vlog, so I’m really sorry for that. I did however take a lot of selfies with fellow bloggers 🙂 scroll down to see pics.

The expo was held at the Cedar Hotel convention center in Sandton.

There were over 20 amazing vendors who were at the event and you could buy almost every beauty product you wished for ; ranging from sheet masks and cute mirrors to Morphe X Jacyln Hill palette and Fenty Beauty Foundations. I spent majority of my day at the Kiki Beauty stand and got to meet a lot of your friendly faces. I also attended the advanced master class that was held on day.

Okay Lets get into the reason why you are here. In today’s post I wanted to show you all the items from the goody bag, my gifts from sweet vendors and my mini haul. Sooooo here we go……

Goody Bag 

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Samples from Kiki Beauty
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White Glo Toothpaste and Eye Puffiness Reducer
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Catrice Lippies
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More goodies from Catrice
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Cosmopolitan magazine , Kiss eyelashes and imPress nails
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GoldenRose goodies from the masterclass I attended

Presents from Vendors

 

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Thank You to Kiki Beauty for this amazing gift.
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Thank you so much to Kiss and Makeup for this beautiful palette. I will be doing a first impressions and swatches on my Youtube Channel this December

 

My Little Haul

 

 

BLOGGERS!

 

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The dress I wore at the event was from Dashing Fashions. You can use my discount code on their site to get R100 off any product. 

Discount code : @chermelsworld.

 

My makeup of the day was listed in this Instagram post here.

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What’s next for Beauty Swop ?
Well Durban Babes, be ready because the BSS expo is coming to Durban in March next year… Moving to PE after that, Cape Town 3 months later and then back to Johannesburg. 

Before I say good-bye a huge thank you needs to go out to @kissandmakeup.sa for gifting me with the amazing BH cosmetics palette.

To @kikibeautysa for allowing letting me do a meet and greet at your stall and spoiling me with more of my favorite goodies. 

To @beautyswop for throwing such an amazing event and letting me be apart of it.

Lastly to all my friends and followers that came out to meet me on the day! It truly meant a lot to me.

 

 

What did you think of the goody bag ?
Did you attend the event ? Please also let me know in the comments below if you would like me to do any reviews of the products I bought or received .

 

To keep in touch please follow me on Instagram 🙂 and subscribe to my blog. 

 

Lots of love and good vibes,

Until we meet again,

Chermel

XOXO

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NIVEA PERFECT & RADIANT TONING LOTION REVIEW

Hello and welcome back Angels,

 

A few weeks ago Rubybox sent me the NIVEA PERFECT & RADIANT TONING LOTION to test and share my thoughts with my lovely readers.

So today I will be sharing my thoughts with you.

 

Firstly let me start by giving you some background on my skin and my preferences.

I have combination skin with drier cheek areas and a slightly oily T-Zone.

I prefer more hydrating skin care products that also control oil build up.

My makeup seems to sit best when I have a well moisturized face so I enjoy using a very hydrating moisturizer.

 

I’m a declared beauty and makeup addict so skin care is very important to me. I never go to bed with makeup on. I wash my face twice daily. Exfoliate once a week and alternate different face mask twice a week depending on what my skin needs at the time of masking.

My basic skincare routine consist of a micellar water, face wash and a moisturizer. I didn’t use a toner because I was never able to find a toner that either made a difference to my skin or didn’t dry it out .. that’s until I started using the Nivea Perfect and Radiant Toning Lotion.

 

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Short Review.

 

  • Firstly this toner does not dry out my skin at all
  • Unlike other toners my skin does not feel tight or irritated after using it
  • A little goes a long well and I love the fact that it is a lightweight formula that dries down pretty quick
  • My skin looks and feel much cleaner even after one use
  • I have very sensitive eyes but this toner did not irritate my eyes
  • It has a pleasant fresh and fruity smell
  • I noticed that it helped to control the oil build up in my T-zone
  • I don’t suffer from server breakouts just the occasional pimples and while using this product unfortunately did not notice that it help reduce this pimple any quicker

 

Overall I really like this product.

It really has gone far above my expectations because I’ve never had such a good experience with a toner.

I will definitely be implementing this toner into my daily routine (morning and night)

 

Thank you angels for sticking around so long to read this post. If I have anything else to say after using this toner for longer, I will let you know on my Instagram like I always do  ( IG _ @chermelsworld). Thank you to rubybox for sending me this product. I’m definitely interested in trying the rest of the Nivea perfect and radiant range. Do you have any favorites from the range that you would like to recommend to me ? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Sending you lots of love and good vibes,

Until we meet again

Chermel

XOXO

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Disclaimer : even tho this product was sent to me to try and review, all thoughts expressed about this product are that of my own.

 

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Beauty Swop or Sale JHB expo + Ticket Giveaway!

Hello my angels. Christmas is coming early for JHB beauty lovers!

By now you must have heard that the Beauty Swop or Sale expo is happening on the 2nd of December in Johannesburg and if you watch my Instagram stories you know that I just can’t wait and I have Two Tickets to giveaway!

 

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Beauty Swop or Sale was founded by Charnelle Avontuur. Her idea behind the group was for women to have a place that they can come to either swop or sell their unused beauty products. Fast forward a few years, Beauty Swop or Sale has become South Africa’s biggest beauty consumer group.

The BSS Sale Facebook group has over 43 000 beauty addicts who come together to not only sell, trade or swop beauty products but also for reviews on new products and sharing any and all beauty secrets and advice.

If you are not a part of this group you definitely want to join it soon.

Here’s the direct link to the Facebook group and to their Website.

About the BSS expo.

The expo is happening on the 2nd of December at Cedar Wood Hotel and is brought to you by Catrice Cosmetics.

Some of the vendors that will be there are:

  • Kiki Beauty,
  • Bare Beauty,
  • Milo and Mo,
  • Urban Addiction and
  • Many many more!

Not only can you buy your favourite goodies at the expo, you can also attend a makeup masterclass on the day and there will also be spot prizes 🙂
Doesn’t it sound awesome ?

Tickets can be bought directly from their website.

There are three types of tickets available:

Silver – R100 – general access.

Gold – R150 – general access and goody bag

Platinum – R200 – general access, goody bag and makeup masterclass.

Tickets Giveaway!!

Charnelle was so kind and gave me two silver tickets to giveaway to two lucky readers.

You can enter on my Instagram page HERE under this pic.

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The rules for the giveaway are so simple.

  • Follow me on Instagram,
  • Follow beauty swop or sale on Instagram
  • Use the hashtag #BSSxChermel and tag a friend 🙂

You may enter as many times as you like as long as you tag different friends each time. 

I do hope I see you at the Beauty Swop or Sale expo 🙂

Are you as excited as I am?

Sending you lots of love and good vibes.

Chermel 

XOXO

 

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The Day I Met Rushana Isaacs !

IMG_8021[1]16 September 2017. It was a sunny Saturday morning and for the first time in a long time, I woke up before my alarm went off. I jumped into the shower, put on a mask, started doing my hair and makeup and before I knew it, I was running late… story of my life.

Fast forward an hour later… I fetched Saneshnie (@Sanesh_makeup) and we were on our way to the Glam Queens Mocktails and Makeovers with Rushana Isaacs. A long trip was it (in my Yoda voice) but in those moments we had intriguing conversations, lots of laughter and a silent promise that our new friendship would last forever.

When we had arrived at the Glam Queens event, we were greeted with warm smiles from familiar faces that we’ve only ever seen online. After greeting and meeting fellow beauty bloggers and guests, we blissfully strolled through the gardens to snap some #ootd pictures at the gorgeous venue. And then! I spotted… the beautiful and extraordinary… Rushana Isaacs through the window, she looked like an absolute Barbie doll. I paused and gasped, I had never seen a more stunning lady in my entire life. Words and pictures don’t do justice to her beauty. We then grabbed our welcome drinks and pink popcorn and hurried off to find our seats which had our names on them.

 

After a lovely introduction by Nazeera, one of the co-founders of Glam Queens, Rushana started her makeup masterclass. I loved watching her do makeup on the beautiful model and I learned some valuable lessons from that makeup session. One of her tips was to use products that suit your skin best in terms of skincare. So if you have dry skin, do not use a moisturizer that is meant for oily skin. Same goes for makeup, if powder highlight becomes too chalky on your skin then dab a liquid highlight instead.

After Rushana was done with the makeup on the model, we were treated to a delicious lunch (chicken pasta, veg pasta and pesto pasta) served in an outside area next to a sparkling blue pool. Lunch was my favourite part of the day; not only because I love food but because Rushana spoke to me and a few other bloggers for what felt like hours. She gave us the best advice about how to get ourselves out there and just about the makeup /blogging industry in general.

 

After lunch we went back inside for a second session with Rushana where she shared her story about her journey with us. I was really inspired by her words and I am excited to sit in front of a camera again so if you have any video ideas for me, please leave me a comment below or DM me on instagram.

After the session, we had tea and decadent dessert ( I was in heaven!). We chatted a little bit more with our feet in the pool and then it was time to say goodbye. 😦

I received a VIP goody bag which was worth the value of R2500. I know you’ve read a lot in this post so I will just leave pictures of the goody bag’s content below,  thereafter you can tell me what you think.

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SWIITCH BEAUTY

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SMASHBOX SOUTH AFRICA

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MAKEUP BY AMEENA

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DUPE FACTORIE

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FREEDOM MAKEUP SOUTH AFRICA

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Overall I was blown away by the event and I really had an amazing time meeting fellow beauty bloggers and making new friends. I feel so blessed to have met my own beauty inspiration, Miss Rushana Isaacs, and this will be a day that I will never forget. However; personally I thought that there would be a little more goodies in the goody bag but nevertheless this does not change my opinion of the event. Due to technical difficulties (Chermel’s stupidity) I was unable to vlog this event but please be on the lookout for Sanesh’s vlog that will be coming soon.

Lots of love and good vibes

Chermel ♥

XOXO

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Winter Skin Survival Tips

Hello my beauties and welcome back to my little corner of the internet.

To all my lovely Instagram friends who watch my live videos and stories; you guys know way too well how I am not a fan of Winter. Maybe if Johannesburg had majestic snowfalls I would like Winter a little bit more.. but for now, I just don’t.
I mean am I being over dramatic? In Winter my hair just doesn’t shine as much, my already dry skin gets super dehydrated, my pictures in natural light looks so gloomy and I usually have to dress like a very unattractive Eskimo just to keep myself warm (no offense to Eskimos reading this).

Okay Okay, I will stop my rant now. 🙂 In today’s post I am sharing some of my tips on keeping your skin and hair hydrated during the colder months. Yes this post might be two months too late.. but this can help you as we transition into the warmer months too. Plus I’m posting this super early for the next Winter. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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1. Start with re-hydrating your body from the inside out.

  • Drink Plenty of water. Yes I might sound like your mom right now but it’s true. In Winter we tend to drink more hot drinks and we forget to drink enough water. I personally like to drink warm water with lemon and a dash of honey. It’s very refreshing and hydrating.
  • Okay now I’m definitely going to sound like your mom. Try eating lots of fruits and veggies that have a high water content. Some examples are watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cucumber , lettuce and spinach.
  • Try to limit your coffee and salt intake as they tend to dehydrate our bodies.

2. Switch up your soap.

  • Most soaps are naturally drying so try switching to a soap which contains lotion or just switching to a body wash.
  • Limit your shower time and avoid using boiling hot water. Try turning down the heat before stepping out of the shower to close your pores.
  • During your (not too long or too hot) baths, add some essential oils . I recently fell in love with bath bombs. My skin feels so soft and hydrated after using it.

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3. Never skip the moisturizer.

  • If you use an in-shower moisturizer then I guess skipping a moisturizer is okay… but if you don’t, then try moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower. Your pores will absorb your moisturizer much better and you will stay hydrated for longer. The Body Shop has great body butters (which are my favourite type of moisturizer) and they are having their winter sale right now!
  • My ride or die moisturizer in Winter is coconut oil. I bought a big tub about 3 months ago and I use it every morning and night. I could write a whole blog about the benefits of coconut oil but I know that we all read those.

4. Scrub, exfoliate and scrub some more.

  • When you hear scrub do you also start singing TLC’s “no scrub” or is it just me?
  • On a serious note, exfoliating your skin is important (NB!!!). Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells. If you are suffering with a breakout using a scrub could aggravate it so rather wait for your skin to calm down before doing so. Don’t forget about your body. Use a body scrub at least once a week to keep your skin soft and moisturized. For my lips, I use a home-made sugar and honey scrub about twice a week.

5. Start using a humidifier.

  • Heaters and electric blankets dry out the air. Try using a humidifier in your bedroom to add moisture back into the air.

6. Switch up your day cream.

  • This tip might not be ideal for oily skin girls.
  • Winter dries up the natural oils in our skin. SO girls like me with dry skin should try switching to a more hydrating day cream. A water-based gel cream works best for me.

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7. Mask and deep condition.

  • Sheet-mask in winter should be your best friend! Not only do they do wonders to your skin, they are also super cool looking for your IG stories (is it only me again? I think not!).
  • Home-made masks are not a bad idea either. Banana, yogurt and milk are not only great for your skin but they also add moisture to your skin and that’s the aim in winter. Please let me know if you would like a blog post on my favourite home-made masks.
  • Lastly don’t forget about your hair. Deep condition your hair at home once a week. Many brands sell deep conditioners but if you don’t have one, don’t stress. Leave in your regular conditioner for 10 mins then rinse out thoroughly. You will notice that your hair will be softer and have more shine once it dries.

8. Winter makeup tips.

  • Once again these tips are suited for girls who don’t have very oily skin.
  • Try switching to a more hydrating foundation or mix a few drops of facial oil to your foundation.
  • Use hydrating primers and setting sprays. My favourite at the moment is the SMASHBOX Photo Finish Priming Water.
  • In Winter, we tend to use liquid lipsticks and matte lipsticks which can be very drying on your lips. Try using an oil or a very good lip balm before going in with your lipstick. You will notice that your liquid/matte lipstick will feel much more comfortable on your lips.
  • Watch my latest YouTube video on how I do my Winter Foundation Routine here<3.

DISCLAIMER : These tips work for me and my skin type but might not work for everyone. 

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and maybe took a few tips out of it. If you love or hate Winter, caring for your skin and hair is still essential. That’s it for this post. If you have any of your own tips please share them in the comments below.

For more of my craziness come visit me on Instagram here and please don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.

Until we meet again ❤

Sending you lots of love and good vibes,

Chermel ❤

 

 

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Who is Chermel?

A self-taught makeup artist, a dancer, a sister, a student, a YouTuber and now a blogger.

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet. My name is Chermel and I’m a 24 year old South African beauty lover.

My makeup obsession started when I was very little. My mom’s makeup collection was my playground. In high school I would play around with eyeshadows and eyeliners (yes I’ve been practicing how to do wing liners since I was 14) but my true experimenting with makeup only started once I finished school. 

Currently I am a full-time employee building my career in the corporate world.  I am also a part-time student and I don’t think I will ever stop studying.

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Some might say I’m a little crazy but I say that I’m just a normal girl trying not to take life too seriously. I’m the kind of girl who sings along to the radio in the car and if I’m alone you can be sure to see a whole dance routine in the driver’s seat (how else does one deal with traffic?).  I love reading and I’ve always been a Potter-head and I still want the entire book collection (hint hint). I’m also the girl that has probably not watched any good old movies except the Star Wars Series.

Overall I believe in true love and soul mates. I believe in miracles and aliens. I believe in spreading positivity and being a good human being. 

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I have a YouTube video where I did the TMI tag. So if you’re curious to get to know me better, click the link here.

Moving on to the Blog……

The crazy cost of data in South Africa is a problem each one of us faces. Sometimes we just don’t have enough data to watch a YouTube video and that’s why I wanted to start my blog to compliment my Youtube channel.

On this platform I would like to do more in-depth product reviews, share all my beauty secrets and DiY’s that I’m just not able to film.

I’m excited for what the future holds. I don’t know what this blog will eventually evolve into but I do hope that you will join me and enjoy this new journey with me.

Please leave me any suggestions that you may have for my blog or any post that you would like for me to do. If you don’t have any suggestions yet then please say Hi in the comments and let me know who you are because I’d like to get to know you 🙂 Please don’t forget to subscribe to my Blog.

Sending you lots of love and good vibes

Chermel ♥

XOXO

 

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