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My Recent Body Shop Re-Purchases

By Saturday, January 27, 2018 0 Permalink 1

Over the festive period, I well and truly milked the specials that all the stores were having. Case and point; The Body Shop. I decided to go in on these three products which are all products I have used and loved in the past.

The Drops Of Light Serum is one I’ve mentioned on my YouTube channel before in an empties video. This is an incredibly light formula that smells like heaven. The packaging is one of my favourite things about this product as it’s a pipette dropper in a glass bottle. Not great for traveling, but oh-so pretty, and I’ve had no breakages thus far. I just love having this in my routine because it just feels so luxurious and leaves my skin feeling and smelling incredible.

The Tea Tree range from The Body Shop is one of my longtime loves. Tea tree is great for blemishes, but the oil in it’s purest form is too strong for the skin. This range has it diluted in many different products to help out with breakouts and I’m a big fan. This clay mask is light and smooth and leaves my skin feeling cleansed. It always helps out with my hormonal breakouts and I’m still a fan.

There’s not much I need to say about the Coconut Body Butter. It is rich and creamy, and smells like coconut summery heaven. This was the first ever Body Shop body butter I was ever introduced to and I still enjoy smothering my body in this.

The Body Shop Cushion Foundation

By Monday, January 22, 2018 0 Permalink 1

This was a first for me. I believe that there are quite a few brands that have cushion foundations, but The Body Shop was definitely one of the first affordable brands to release one. So because this is new to me, I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I definitely have my opinions.

The Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation comes in five shades. I am in the shade “Wanaka Honey 04” which is the second last shade in the range, which is not ideal. There are relatively pale shades, but if your skin tone runs deeper, then this won’t be for you – sorry! I am also not the biggest fan of the cushion itself because it isn’t really a cushion at all, it’s more of a net covering the product inside. On most cushion foundations, you can flip the cushion when it starts running out and it sort of gives it new life. On this one, I find the product quite difficult to get onto my brush because I can’t really dig into it.

Now that the negatives are out the way, here are the things I love. This feels incredibly lightweight on my skin, and I always get compliments when I wear it. This also contains an SPF of 25 which is perfect for the warmer months. I like how compact this is, I like that it has a mirror, and I like that they’ve included beneficial skin care ingredients in the formula. This retails for R360.

Local Love: Lulu & Marula

By Wednesday, January 10, 2018 0 Permalink 2

I love supporting local brands, especially ones that are good! I have followed Lulu & Marula on Instagram for a few years now, and this festive season I decided to purchase a few products; some gifts and this product for myself. The product that I kept for myself was the Balancing Cleansing Balm.

This is a product meant to cleanse your face but also to remove makeup. Which as you guys know, is completely my jam. This is a thick balm that turns into a milky texture when it comes into contact with water. So the way to use this is to smooth over makeup, on a dry face, then add water to turn it milky, and then rinse off with warm water or a damp face cloth.

This is a very thick formula so I find the best way to use this is to slowly add more water as you’re smoothing it over the face. This results in less tugging on the skin. I love the scent; it’s slightly citrusy but nothing overpowering! I do still go in with another step of cleansing (I do this with all my balm cleansers), but this really gets the good bulk of makeup off my face.

Lulu & Marula as a brand is all-natural, cruelty-free, and minimalist in design. Where they can, they use local products and only make small batches of product at a time so that you get something fresh. When my products arrived, they came in a little cardboard box with a handwritten personal note – so cute!

Click the link here to visit their website and check out what else they have. I will be reviewing more local brands on the blog, so comment with any suggestions!

Clinique Minis – Tried & Tested

By Wednesday, January 3, 2018 0 Permalink 1

Just in case you guys didn’t know, when you buy Clinique products, sometimes they gift you with adorable mini’s to try out. I recently purchased the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (blog post to follow!) and received these two products as my complimentary gift.

The Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Mask & Scrub has a descriptive enough title that doesn’t need any explanation. The product itself is a blue-grey paste with fine particles in it that exfoliate the skin. I love everything about this product. The packaging is great because it comes in a squeezy tube which is super sanitary, and it contains 100ml of product which is more than most other face masks on the market. This is a 5-minute mask – super convenient, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed. I would recommend going in with a heavy moisturiser, as exfoliating face masks can leave your skin feeling a tad dry due to it scrubbing off dead skin cells in the process. Retail price: R495

The Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser is a blurring primer and moisturiser. This feels like a thick gel and blurs the appearance of pores. I liked this as a blurring primer, but found the consistency a bit thick for my liking. Recently, I’ve been using this just in the centre of my face where my pores are the largest, and applying my regular moisturiser elsewhere. Love that combo! Retail price: R415

I love brands that encourage you to try out more of their product when you support them. Plus, how cute are these samples?

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless

By Monday, October 23, 2017 0 Permalink 1

She’s finally, finally, finally here! The Maybelline Matte + Powerless foundation has finally hit South African shores and now I can post this on the blog without creating an unfulfilled longing in the hearts of my local readers.

This is an incredibly lightweight formula with a satin finish. This does not dry out my skin or cake up and has a medium coverage (freckles still visible) with one layer, but is definitely buildable for those areas you want more coverage on. It claims to be matte and erase the appearance of pores, but I don’t think it does either of these things fully. It definitely minimises the appearance of pores and leaves my skin looking like a slightly more mattified version of itself. Go in with a concealer if you want to cover up blemishes completely! I personally love the finish and coverage of this foundation.

It does fade throughout the day, so don’t expect this to look fresh for hours, but that is the case with most affordable foundations. I would recommend using a primer with this product as well as setting your face with a powder before bronzing, highlighting, etc.

This is available in 14 shades and retails for R92,95. Overall, I highly recommend this product, and a big fat YAY for these hyped products finally reaching our shores.

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