The girl behind the blog

Who am I?

My name is Ashveena Singh, or as some of you may know me from Instagram, The Brown Eyed Ash.

To describe myself in a simple phrase; chunky, but funky. In a more in-depth look; a horribly clumsy, awkward, sarcastic, sensitive, always hungry, inappropriate joke maker who uses the phrase “That’s what she said” far too often. (Somebody call my third grade teacher and tell her I finally did it! I finally described myself in two sentences without looking like a deer caught in the headlights!)

Like most of you, I’m currently supposed to be studying, but here I am stretching the limits of whats left of my creativity and finally getting down to starting my blog once again. So let’s get into it, shall we?

I’m currently in the middle of my third year of Law at the University of The Free State, however in law wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be. My first passion is, and will always be medicine (p.s. I’m low-key a doctor). My initial plan was to move to the Mother City and pursue my passion there, but unfortunately I let go of an opportunity of a lifetime and well, here I am, trying my hardest to keep hold of what’s left of my sanity and soldier on to the finish line of the whirlwind course known as an LLB.

My life is pretty simple, most of my time is consumed unapologetically by campus and studying, but in the little I have left I’m usually with friends and family or snuggled up with a Harry Potter book looking for new theories and links (I am literally the biggest Potterhead you will ever meet, like Wingardium Leviof*ck you if you if you fight me on this). Going out is usually a mission for me mainly because it takes me about two hours to convince myself to get out of my pjs and actually get dressed and also because I’m not the most social person in the world. I’m not antisocial but I’m not social, my species is found smack dab in the middle, that makes sense right?

I’m an avid baker, face and kitchen (haha, geddit?), vaper, chef, animal lover and a huge supporter of the LGBT community. Oh, I’m a part-time unqualified life coach too! I love helping people, whether I know them or not.

On the less preppy side, I have a condition called GAD. To make a long story short, basically what this means is that I’m extremely anxious all the time even when there’s nothing to be anxious about. I’m also a tiny bit physically broken (slight spinal damage, a still recovering gas burnt wrist and a couple other things here and there), I flirted with death in a car crash on my 19th birthday and was mere millimeters away from losing my life. Lets just say two things happened that day when I woke up:

  1. I got a new appreciation for life
  2. I learnt that Accounting exams are detrimental to your health and well-being. Save your life and just skip the module itself.

Oh yeah, I blog about events, food, products and life in general too. Prior to this page it was on Instagram, but now thanks to the power of procrastination, I finally got my page sorted out as promised and I promise to try to be regular with my updates.

And that folks is pretty much it. The self-proclaimed hot mess known as Ashveena Singh in a nutshell and an overview of sorts of what to expect on my blog. I hope you stick around 🙂

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beaucience Part 1 of 2

The Anti-age care day/night moisture cream

I know what you’re thinking, anti-age care? Aren’t you only like 20?

Like Coco Chanel says: “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it’s up to you to merit the face you have at fifty” and since the big 21 is closing in fast and hard, the idea of actually getting older has really set in, so why not do everything you can to slow down the physical signs, right?

Cue Beaucience, say it with me Bo-si-ance, a professional skincare brand hailing from our very own South Africa making waves in the skincare industry. Beaucience uses natural formulas to provide skincare worthy of the Gods at a price that wont break the bank and more importantly, actually works.

The day/night moisture cream can be used, as the name suggests, during the day, at night or even both. Each ingredient specifically targets signs of aging or supplements good, healthy skin. On the note of ingredients, as with any product, it’s a bit intimidating looking at the ingredient list, so to make it as easy as possible to understand what actually goes into making this moisturizer and to break down the core ingredients, I’ve made a little list of each with their benefits.

  • Organic Green tea: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial agent, full of vitamin B2 and vitamin E (your skin NEEDS these)
  • Organic Marula Oil: reduces appearance of scars, rich in essential fatty acids, hydrates skin
  • Geranium: reduces wrinkles, enhances skin, anti-inflammatory, firms skin.
  • Ylang Ylang: balances sebum in skin, anti-aging effects, clears up acne
  • Eco certified proteasyl: protects collagen and elastin in your skin to fight against aging, improves skins elasticity and firmness.

After religious use for over a month, I’ve grown quite fond of the moisturizer and there was very little to dislike. I made a little pros and cons list to give you guys a little indepth view of the product.

Pros:

  • Right of the bat, the box is a beautiful white with green and grey tones making it look very fresh and natural.
  • We need a minute to appreciate the actual container that houses the product. #packaginggoals! The sleek clear container will have you in disbelief that this product isn’t high end!
  • The ingredients are natural and are suitable for sensitive skin
  • It soaked into my skin quickly
  • Only a small amount of product is needed per use so it is pocket friendly over a long period of time
  • At only R139.99 for a moisturizer, it really is on the better priced side of the scale
  • My skin feels much firmer and there was a noticeable difference in my smile lines and overall texture of my skin
  • My skin was hydrated throughout the day.
  • Can be used as a primer for make up
  • Can be used under a primer and has no effect at all on the make up
  • My skin feels softer as well as smoother and less bumpy. Having combination skin, I do find that the skin along my cheeks would sometimes get tiny little bumps which are not very noticeable, but you can feel it. With the use of the moisturizer I definitely saw a decrease in the bumps on my skin.
  • The skin on my neck feels more supple and not as thin and fragile as it did before
  • There was also a decrease in the newer, fine lines on my neck and a decrease in the appearance of the already formed lines.

Cons:

  • I personally prefer a scented moisturizer. The product had a very natural smell to it and I think that with such an overall great product, this tiny detail would have definitely taken it to the top for me.
  • Without make up, I did find that my skin would sometimes get a tad bit oily around my T-zone throughout the day, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed with some blotting paper or even a piece of tissue.

To conclude, I definitely think that this moisturizer is worth it. This is the first time I am trying the brand and I am surprised at how much I love this product. It has multiple uses, natural and is pocket friendly. Did I mention that you can find it on Zando too! Yes that right! Online shopping giants Zando are resellers of this amazing brand making it super accessible and totally worth your bucks!

For more information on the range head on over to www.beaucience.co.za to place an order or to check out their other ranges!

Invisible? Dry?

Current situation:

Time: 20:01
Temperature: 31°C
Sweat level: 0
Yes, that right! absolutely nothing!

It’s been a whole month since I started my Dove Invisible dry campaign and boy oh boy have the results stunned me. Growing up, Dove has been a preferred family favorite when it came to soaps so you couldn’t imagine my excitement when the antiperspirant was launched.

The product claims to leave no white marks and stains while still keeping you perfectly dry for 48 hours. That’s a pretty big claim, even from a brand as massive as Dove, but nevertheless, your girl was up for the challenge. Over the 4 weeks I used the antiperspirant every day after I showered and tested the ‘no mark’ claim with 3 tests and various fabrics.

Test 1: The Indian garment.

As beautiful as they are, don’t underestimate the amount of work it takes to keep them stain and mark free, let alone the hassle it is to clean them in general and the sheer weight of it. That in mind, I knew it would be a perfect was to test the effectiveness of the product and see exactly how well it fares.

The result:

After having the garment on for a good 13 hours or so, running around in the sun and just having good, old fashioned fun, I’d say it did decently in the sweat department. I was as impressed as I hoped to be, but it wasn’t a total train smash of sweat everywhere. I’d give it a 6/10

When I took off the garment and inspected it, there wasn’t a single stain! Not even any residue of the product or any stiffness in the material. This was a big shock since the material these garments are made of can be very unforgiving. I give it a full score!

Test 2: The Court dresses

There is nothing, and I mean Nothing that gets my confidence levels up like slipping on a tailored black dress and some sky-high heels. That being said, the last thing a crisp, sexy pitch black dress needs is a ugly stain under the arms. Cue test 2.

The result:

After spending a 9-5 in an office day after day, I think that the product works much better in a controlled environment and while indoors. Sweat levels were barely there to non-existent and I felt fresh the entire day. I say 9/10.

White stains??? We don’t do that here! 10/10!

Test 3: The casual Outfit

There’s not much more embarrassing in the hygiene department than sweat patches on a date or even on a gathering with friends. Besides it being super uncomfortable and totally awkward, you run the risk of ruining a perfectly good top with the use of the wrong antiperspirant because not only will it stain, but leave the material stiff.

The result:

Keeping the results from test 1 in mind, I prayed I wouldn’t get let down and surprisingly I didn’t. I was pretty active during the test and was in the sun for quite a while which surprisingly wasn’t an issue. I had minimal sweat even in the sun and although the sheltered area was still quite hot, I didn’t have an issue at all. 9/10

Keeping up with its good reputation with regards to no stains, I’d give it another 10/10!

This antiperspirant definitely exceeded my expectations as far as no marks and stains were concerned but disappointed a little when it came to preventing sweat. I think that it’s more a 24hr antiperspirant than a 48hr one. I didn’t have an issue with the scent, I actually prefer the fresh scent and it definitely is wearable without perfume.

Overall I think that this product is well worth your money, at only R29.99 for 150ml (Clicks) its such a steal if you want guaranteed stainless clothing even on the sweatiest of days.

Polished by Navi

The vision and dream of the late Navina Gurie Ramlukan was made a reality by her sister Nerina Gurie when Polished By Navi opened its doors to both men and women on the 15th of August 2018.

To give you a little backstory, the beautiful, late Navina was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2014 after which she still soldiered on and went on to have her miracle baby boy Veer in July 2015.

She started treatment shortly after the birth of her baby boy and sought help from every doctor possible, but eventually found results in overseas medicine which brought her down from a 90%+ to a mere 25%, almost close to remission. Her death was a massive shock to her family since her recovery was truly unbelievable and life was finally getting back to normal.

Nevertheless, shortly after her sister’s death, Nerina quit her corporate job to open up Polished By Navi and ensured every detail put into the business showcased Navina and all she loved.

The nail bar is situated in vibrant Illovo, Sandton, nestled in a beautiful building housing a hair salon and beauty salon making it a one-stop spot to get fully pampered.

The sheek vintage theme emanates from everything from the beautiful light fittings to the furniture and colours and the serenity of the bar really does put you at ease whether you’re a newbie to doing your nails or even if it’s just your first time at PbN. The rounded shape of the bar gives it another unique touch making the bar look more inviting and gives it a warmer, more homely feeling.

The pleasant staff consists of Rose and Julia, qualified nail techs who will stop at nothing to make sure that each and every nail is customized to your preference. Communication with your nail tech is a must and both Julia and Rose are so easy going and open to ideas that it really does add an extra something to the process.

Nerina makes it her mission to touch base at the least with each of her clients and make them feel at home. The vivacious, chatty beauty is by far one of the kindest, most giving people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and she truly is just a bubble of happiness. Her cute, preppy vibe can brighten up even the most sullen days and it truly does add a more comforting aspect to the experience.

Polished by Navi is also meticulous about their tools and products. Only high-end products and tools are used by the nail technicians ensuring sterile environments and good quality nails that last no matter what you do.

In such a short period of time Polished by Navi has hosted the likes of Cartier Mzagorski and Karishma Ramdev among other well known bloggers and socialites. Nerina’s aim is to provide each client with the utmost attention to detail as well as give them a safe space to just offload anything on their mind.

I’ve never been happier with my nails, even a week after they still look brand new, they feel stronger than ever (PbN uses a rubber base and acrylic on your nails to ensure no breaking, peeling or lifting). My nail tech Rose, was so careful with my hands not to file too hard or hurt me and paid so much attention to getting my shape and design down to the T.

Oh, and bonus, alltreatments come with a complimentary hand massage, just because!

With incredible service, attention to detail and the best vibe, it’s really easy to see why Polished By Navi has taken off so well and why day by day more and more people are choosing Polished By Navi as their go-to nail bar.

I truly loved every moment spent at PbN and I can’t wait to go back for my next set. Nerina is so accommodating and goes to the ends of the earth for her clients to ensure their happiness and satisfaction.

I can put my life on it that wherever Navina is, when she looks down at all her baby sister has done in her name she feels nothing but pride and happiness.

Until next time

Xoxo

Justine Tissue Oil, hit or miss?

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Now, before I get into it, let me start of by saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with having stretch marks and scars. They are reminders of different parts of our lives and each carry a story of their own, some beautiful, some not so much, but a story nonetheless. That being said, there is no reason why we shouldn’t improve on ourselves daily, not for anyone, but ourselves.

 

Stretch marks and scars are something that haunt majority of us, mine specifically are the stretch marks on my booty and the burn scar on my wrist/forearm. I’ve used everything from high-end serums and products to homemade elixirs and scrubs and literally nothing worked. Needless to say that about four weeks ago when I received the Justine South Africa Tissue oil range, I was both curious and skeptical as to whether this product will actually work.

 

The oil claims to give you noticeably better looking scars and stretch marks in about 2 weeks when applied twice daily. That’s a pretty big claim from an oil, right? I mean, how much can it really do in just 14 days? Well, keep reading to find out.

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Before use 

Pretty nasty, right? That was from a gas burn when my airbag popped. The scar skin is quite dark and blotchy and pretty noticeable.

 

I used the oil religiously, applying daily after I showered in the morning and night and I really liked the feel of the oil. It absorbed quickly into my skin and didn’t leave much of a residue at all. My skin felt instantly moisturized and softer to the touch as well. Despite it being an oil, I had no greasy feeling on my skin and it gave my skin a beautiful, subtle sheen. After about 5 days I began noticing a small change in the skin on my arm, my skin looked much healthier and much less… scarred, so to say. It felt even better! There wasn’t really much change to the skin on my booty, but it was only just 5 days

 

 

Fast forward to my 14 day mark.

 

Okay, new hand, who dis????? My scarred skin looked amazing! It was considerably lighter, the skin was more plump and healthy looking, it wasn’t as blotchy, oh and did I mention it looked AMAZING! Just look at it!

After 2 weeks of use

 

My stretch marks looked better too, the marks itself weren’t as dark and the skin looked more hydrated, was much softer and it looked much better.

 

I’m pretty sure you guys are as stunned as I am. I’ve heard preggy and post-preggy moms swear by it, but honestly I never actually thought it would work. Justine really outdid themselves with this oil. At only R179.00 for a 100ml, it’s an absolute steal. The effectiveness of the product outmatches that of a few higher end products I’ve tried and in such a small amount of time, the results are truly incredible.

 

The only con I found was that I didn’t really like the smell. I really don’t like the smell of tissue oil, of any brand. The smell from the Justine brand wasn’t unbearable, but it wasn’t the most pleasant either. The only criticism I can think of is if Justine manufacturers looked towards adding perfume or making it unscented completely if possible.

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My skin today (27/09/18) after roughly around 4 weeks of use
I would definitely recommend and buy this tissue oil again. It works like a charm and is extremely affordable for the quality and results you receive. You can find your nearest Justine rep by following the link below.

http://www.justine.co.za/PRSuite/needARep.page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Tree Thoughts

 

Now say the title 5 times fast!

Jeez it’s been a long month! I dislocated my knee cap to start with and then, get this, I had to write TESTS. Me, a third year law student, writing TESTS?? Ridiculous right? Honestly I think that after all the pain we go through getting up in the morning for campus, we shouldn’t even have to write tests, our character and determination is tested everyday when we actually do arrive for those 8 a.m. lectures.

 

Fun and games aside, hell month would have usually wrecked havoc on my skin, but this time I was prepared for whatever my stress and anxiety threw at me. I had my Thursday Plantation Tea Tree range as my backstop and boy did it do wonders.

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For those of you who don’t know, Thursday Plantation is an Australian skincare and healthcare brand which has been around for almost 40 years. Their key ingredient in all products is Australian Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil, a natural antiseptic, is well known for it’s benefits to skin, hair and health. The wonder oil treats pretty much everything from acne to foot fungus, crazy right??

Anyway, back to business, the idea behind the new range was to treat acne and leave the user with #filterfree skin. a pretty big claim. While I’m always up to try new products to get rid of the horrid pimples, I’m pretty skeptical and critical of each. This range, however, has left me speechless. I mean the results speak for itself.

 

I did a little Pros and Cons list so you guys can see my discoveries with this brand.

 

Pros:

  • the toner did not burn my skin at all.
  • the toner did’t have an acidic, chemical smell.
  • an extremely small amount of the moisturiser is needed to cover your entire face saving you a lot of product (or if you’re extra like me you just dot a while lot all over your face).
  • the moisturiser leaves your skin feeling supple, soft and really refreshed (hence the above, trust me, once you try it you’ll know what I mean).
  • none of the products reacted badly to my skin.
  • the face wash does a pretty good job getting rid of make up (even when you havent first cleaned with a wipe/micellar water).
  • the face wash has a pump bottle which means that you get the same amount of product every pump and it also means that you don’t have to guess how much product you need every time. I found that one pump of the foam is more than enough to cover my entire face and leave it clean. I go in a second time if i used heavy make up that day just as an added effort.
  • the blemish stick has a lovely smell and truly does wonder on your scars and blemishes (even ones that aren’t acne related).
  • the blemish stick also has a really cute liquid lipstick like applicator which helps you apply the needed amount of product to the needed areas.
  • the blemish stick doesn’t leave a tacky residue on your skin and you can use a cream or moisturiser on top.

 

Cons:

  • while I did truly love the face wash, i felt that due to it’s foamy nature, it left my skin feeling quite tight. If i used the toner right after it relieved that feeling and everything went back to normal.
  • the blemish gel size was quite small. Although the applicator saves you from using more product than you need, I personally think that the tube could go up to at least a 10ml.
  • these products aren’t the best if you have a student budget, they are quite pricey, but with good reason
  • the moisturiser does take quite long to sink into skin. It requires a lot of rubbing in, but once it’s sunk in your skin feels AMAZING!

 

Overall I’m extremely pleased with this range. It cleared our my acne as claimed and left my skin feeling fresh and oil free. I would repurchase these products, the blemish stick especially! I recommend this to any person struggling with acne or someone who wants to get clearer, brighter skin.

 

Also, check out my Instagram page for a quick Thursday Plantation tutorial!

 

Until next time

xoxo

Ash

#Volumefordays

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Getting both our wings even and identical is already a mission, we really don’t need to add full, bouncy hair to that list too!

 

John Frieda, however, took one for the team and took it upon themselves to create a range that is specially formulated for people like us who suffer from limp, dull, lifeless hair. The new Luxurious Volume range consists of a shampoo, conditioner, a thickening mousse, hairspray and a blow dry lotion. While I only tested out the shampoo and conditioner, I’m  more than confident the rest of the range will live up to the bar the shampoo and conditioner have set.

 

 

While the products have exceeded my expectations, there were a few cons along with the pros.

Pros:

  • Use of just the shampoo and conditioner alone gave impressive results in just a month.
  • Results were visible within the first 5 washes.
  • Packaging is very attractive, with that being said, it comes in a convenient 250ml soft  squeeze tube which makes it perfect for travelling and makes wastage minimal since you can literally roll up and squeeze every bit of product out (we’ve all done this, whether with toothpaste or handbag lotion, don’t even lie).
  • Both products smell amazing. Both the shampoo and conditioner have floral, fruity, fresh notes that leave hair smelling amazing even after styling.
  • The shampoo does a pretty good job at cleaning your hair. I generally double wash but with this range my hair felt clean with just a single wash.
  • The conditioner does not have to be left in your hair for ages for it to start working. While I personally prefer to wash and condition my hair first and then continue with my shower, I’ve found that the conditioner does not need to sit more than a minute or two in your hair for it to be silky and smooth.
  • Hair retains sleekness and softness throughout the day even without a serum being applied on.
  • On days where I leave my hair curly, volume persists even with the curling mousses, etc. used on my hair.
  • The conditioner doesn’t weigh your hair down even when you use it as a leave in conditioner.

 

Cons:

  • Pricing. While I do see why the product is quite pricey (considering its size, R115,99 for each for a 250ml), it would definitely not be the right fit for someone on a student budget or who has a low budget in general. I do understand the idea of money for quality, but part of me wishes it was a tad less expensive or the product came in a bigger size for the price.
  • The quality of the cap. I really do adore the packaging. It’s sleek, modern and has a beautiful colour scheme. My issue, however, lies with the cap. While I’m generally pretty careful with all my beauty products (especially the ones I receive to review), sometimes life happens. In this case it fell from my bathroom sink counter and crashed to the floor. I was grateful the damage wasn’t a total train smash, but i was also quite disappointed in the strength and quality of the lid. One of the hinges of the shampoo tube broke on impact and the other was hanging on for dear life.

 

 

After all is said and done, I really don’t think the cons should take away from what an amazing range this is. John Frieda really outdid themselves when creating this formula and there really isn’t any fault that I could find with the product itself. it performed exceptionally well and lived up to it’s claim of touchable fullness and there really isn’t anything more I could ask for from this range.

 

2 Wonky thumbs up for me!

 

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My hair before using the Luxurious Volume range.
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My hair after using the Luxurious Volume range for just 2 weeks.
Check out my Instagram page @the_brown_eyed_ash for a quick hair video tutorial using just my John Frieda shampoo and conditioner, a hair dryer and a hair straightener.

Justine Tissue Oil

Words fail me today as I start my second campaign with @justinesafrica.

Today is officially the start of my 4 week campaign with the @justinesafrica Tissue oil and I couldn’t be happier!

As many of you know, my accident scars are something that haunt me daily and really affect the way I look at my body. If you swipe left 👈, you’ll find an unedited picture of the post recovery burns on my right forearm. As you can see the skin is blotchy, uneven and scarred and with the use of @justinesafrica Tissue oil twice daily, I hope to achieve better looking, more even toned skin.

I will be using the oil on the rest of my accident scars as well, but due to inappropriate placement, I’ve opted for an honest opinion written review rather than a visual one. The oil will also be used on my butt and thighs targeting my stretch marks.

Keep an eye on my Instagram stories and feed for weekly feedback as I put this apparent wonder oil, which claims results after just 2 weeks, to the test!
#justinesafrica #Justine #rubybox