Look Post: Dusty Rose

By Wednesday, August 31, 2016 0 Permalink 6

With Spring and Summer right around the corner, I have been loving playing with soft colours, soft fabrics, and dresses that have a length below the knee. I recently found this dress and loved it enough to share it with you guys. I added black strappy heels and a black ribbon choker to this ensemble to add a bit of an edge. This post is an ode to classic beauty. Enjoy! 🙂

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Photographer: Romano De Abreu

Outfit details:

Dress – YDE

Shoes – Dune London

Choker – Lovisa

NYX Haul

By Tuesday, August 30, 2016 0 Permalink 5

NYX is an international cosmetics brand that sells some really incredible and reasonably priced products. My only gripe with them is that their shelves are not known to be re-stocked very often and therefore their products are not always easily accessible. Recently I have been able to get my hands on a few sought-after products and thought I would share some of them with you guys 🙂

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Let’s start with the Micro Brow Pencil. The nib on this is very fine, as the name would suggest, so it is easier to fill in your brows without getting carried away. There is a spooly (like a brush) on the other end so as you’re filling your brows in, you can comb through them too. If you’re a brow beginner, I would recommend this – it’s fool-proof.

The Soft Matte Lip Creams are one of NYX’s most spoken about products. They are also quite hard to get hold of but I managed to grab two shades that I love. I have the shades “Buenos Aires” which is the corally pink shade, and “Stockholm” which is a warm-toned nude. The formula of these is soft and moussy, but they dry matte on your lips. The longevity on these is very good, but you will have to reapply after meals, etc.

The NYX Liquid Illuminator is basically just a liquid highlighter. I like to apply this in one of two ways; as a base under my foundation, or I apply it on top of my base makeup on the high points of my face, i.e. my cheekbones, brow bones, cupid’s bow, etc. I went for the rose gold shade which is beautiful, but there was another shade when I was there that looked a bit too light for my skin tone.

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There was a range of Dream Catcher Palettes and I went for the “Golden Horizon” version. I liked this palette because it had a lot of the shades that I like to wear; mostly warm neutrals and a few stronger colours. I will say that the dark purple shade was a disappointment because it had almost no pigment, but the rest of the shades are very good quality.

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The final product I purchased was their concealer brush. I needed one of these in my collection and I like using this to clean up the lipstick around my mouth if I’ve overdrawn a bit too much or to clean up my brows. I was impressed by this one too.

Next time you’re in Clicks and see a NYX stand, take a gander. You can find some real gems in there 🙂

NEW At The Body Shop: “Down To Earth” Eyeshadow Palettes

By Friday, August 26, 2016 0 Permalink 8

The Body Shop has really been expanding their beauty section in the past few years and when I heard that they were expanding to these specific eyeshadow palettes, I was so happy.

The “Down To Earth” eyeshadow palette range consists of four quad palettes and one palette consisting of eight eyeshadows. What makes this range so cool is that the palettes are completely adjustable in that each shade pops out of the pan and you can basically customise your perfect palette.

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As previously stated there are four quad palettes in the range. The quad that I went for is called “02” and it has four beautiful and very spring and summer-appropriate shades. The quality is very velvety and smooth and the colour payoff is decent too. There is a golden peachy shade, a matte taupe, a beautiful bronze, and a dark, slightly shimmery brown. I love this palette and was very impressed by the quality. I’m working my way up to buying the rest! Retail price: R400.

The larger palette consists of eight shades and the idea behind this particular palette is that you can go from day to night with your makeup using just this palette. So the shade range goes from light, golden and shimmery, to dark and very nighttime appropriate. Retail price: R600.

This range is definitely with checking out and if the price scares you then wait for a sale because The Body Shop has loads!

theBalm Cosmetics Haul

By Wednesday, August 24, 2016 0 Permalink 5

the Balm Cosmetics is finally in South Africa! So naturally, I just had to go and splurge a little on a few of their goodies. A makeup review and tutorial will be up on my YouTube later and will be linked here once it’s up. I purchased four of their products and already owned one of them and here is what I think.

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I’ll start with the Mary-Lou Manizer because that is the product that I originally owned. I have heard many a blogger talk about this product and for very good reason. This is one of my all-time favourites because it gives the most beautiful sheen to your face. There are no chunks of glitter and the finish is a white golden colour. You won’t regret buying this, just make sure you look after it because it is a baked product and thus can shatter more easily than other powder products.

The Balm Shelter is theBalm’s tinted moisturiser with spf18. There are seven shades to choose from, mine is the shade “Medium/Dark”. This is perfect for spring and summer because it offers a hint of coverage whilst providing a little bit of protection from sun. This won’t cover any imperfections on your skin, but it will even out your skin tone. I apply this with my fingers and it gives a beautifully natural finish. I would recommend applying an additional spf product under this, especially in summer, but if this is all you’ve got or you’re in a hurry, it is the perfect product. Retail price: R389,95.

Meet Matt(e) Trimony is an entirely matte eyeshadow palette and I am in love with every shade. The palette as a whole is very versatile and the quality of the shadows is very good. The pigment is strong so go in with a light hand and build up the colour. They are also very blendable. Retail price: R599,95.

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The Bahama Mama bronzer is another product that has been spoken about loads so I knew I had to add this to my collection. It comes in very cute and very travel-friendly packaging (also with a mirror), and is a product that deserves the hype. This a perfect shade for contouring because it has subtle cool tones in it, but is still neutral enough that it can be used to bronze your entire face. Retail price: 299,95.

theBalm has a range of eight cream eyeshadow sticks called “Batter Up” and the shade that I went for is “Moonshot”. This is a beautiful shimmery, light pink colour which is perfect for highlighting but also to use as an all-over-the-lid colour. I swatched them all and this was the one that I liked the most. Initially, when applied, this product is very blendable but as it sits on your skin it sets and does not budge. Retail price: R269,95.

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All these products are available at select Stuttafords across South Africa and the link to the page is here. To visit theBalm’s official website, click here.

Review: Bourjois Air Mat Foundation

By Monday, August 1, 2016 0 Permalink 3

Bourjois is a well-established French brand that sells many products that I love, which includes their foundations. They now have a matte version and as an oily girl, I was all over it.

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The first thing to comment on is the packaging. The product comes in a chic plastic bottle and gets squeezed out at the bottom, which is nice on occasion because you have more control over how much product you use (as opposed to a pump).

The coverage of this is medium to heavy, depending on how much you layer on your face. Even with the heavier coverage, my skin still feels like it can breathe. I did find that I had to powder my face a tiny bit towards the end of the day, but mostly on warmer days and I find that this is the case with most foundations on my skin.

This product does have a scent to it, so if that’s not your thing then this won’t be either. I find the scent doable because it fades once it’s on your skin.

The foundation comes in six different shades, so if you don’t run too dark or too light on the colour scale, you should be good. My shade is 05 Golden Beige, which is right in the middle. If the colour selection is a problem, I would suggest trying out the Body Shop’s shade adjusting drops to create your perfect shade.

For 30ml of product, you’re paying R265,95, which is slightly more up there compared to other foundations, but if you have the cash and enjoy a matte coverage, then give this one a go.