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.

NEW At Catrice: Spring/Summer 2017

By Wednesday, September 20, 2017 0 Permalink 3

Catrice have released their Spring/Summer 2017 collection – and there’s plenty more where these came from! The collection was inspired by the season’s catwalk makeup looks and as always, at affordable prices. So let’s take a look, shall we?

Eyes

The Colour Correcting Pens are not only for the eyes, but can also be used all over the face depending on your colour correcting needs. These have a medium coverage and come in three shades; yellow (anti-dark), green (anti-red), and lavender (brightening). Retail price: 92,95.

The Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara Waterproof gives a lengthened and defined finish to the lashes. It doesn’t flake off or run under your eyes, and has a deep black colour. Retail price: R79,95.

The Glam & Doll Super Black Liner Waterproof is a black felt-tip liner. It has long-lasting power but is not impossible to remove. Felt-tips tend to dry out quicker than pot liners but for the price, it’s a steal. Retail price: R69,95.

Brow Palette Matt & Glow is a brow palette that offers a natural matt finish, a sculpted finish, and a trendy glow finish. This is due to the fact that there is a matt powder, a wax to shape and set your brow hairs, and a shimmer brown powder. Available in two shades.

Lips

The Ultimate Matt Lipstick comes in five different shades and is completely matt but not uncomfortable to wear. These have a very high colour pay-off and intense coverage, I would recommend using a lipliner with the darker shades. Retail price: 79,95.

The Liquid Lip Powder is a metallic lip product with a matt finish. I’ve never used a product like this before; it dries matt and really doesn’t budge. This product comes in six shades and retails for R79,95.

The Volumizing Lip Balm contains shea butter and gives the lips a slight pink tint. This has slight cooling effect, don’t expect dramatic plumping, but rather something more subtle. Retail price: 89,95.

Nails

The Brown Collection Nail Lacquers come in four different shades. These have a high coverage and high shine effect. Retail price: R59,95.

All Catrice products available at Dischem stores and online at Takealot.com

Rodial Review #6: Brows & Lashes

By Thursday, September 14, 2017 0 Permalink 2

The sixth and final blog post of this Rodial series is upon us. We’re finally on the hot topic of eyes. I don’t know about you guys, but brows especially are a very important part of my makeup routine – gotta keep them on fleek!

I can’t tell you how many times I have walked out the house without putting my mascara on after doing a full-on eye makeup look. So embarrassing. This was a new thing for me because I mostly stick to small mascara brushes with plastic bristles. This has a fatter brush than I’m used to, but I surprisingly am completely on board with this one. This adds so much volume to my lashes without it being clumpy, and it builds so well if you feel like going in with a good couple of coats.

The eyebrow pencil is my absolute fav. I love a pencil that has everything I need; a precise product (no sharpening needed) and a spooly/brush on the other end. There are three shades of this pencil, all with ash undertones, which I wish all brands would do! Big fan.

Rodial Review #5: Micellar Water

By Wednesday, September 13, 2017 0 Permalink 3

Micellar water has been an essential part of my skincare routine for a few years now, and this one was a treat to try. This is the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water with hyaluronic acid and b3.

This is a rose water that removes makeup, helps with impurities and hydrates your skin. Rose water is good for refreshing your skin whilst doing a light cleanse, and Vitamin B3 is good for evening out your skin tone and boosting radiance. The “Dragon’s Blood” (it’s nothing scary, I promise!) is an extract from the Croton Lechleri tree which helps to protect your skin against pollution. Last but not least, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that helps with retaining moisture and anti-aging.

The packaging is clean and aesthetically pleasing. One pump of product gives off quite a bit so you don’t need loads. The smell of this is refreshing and only subtly smells of rose. I do experience a slight tingling sensation when I use this, which my sister didn’t enjoy on her skin. I don’t know how sensitive skin would respond to this, but it says “suitable for sensitive skin”.

Overall, this product does a really good job of removing my makeup. I still go in with an additional cleanser, but I do that anyway, regardless of what makeup remover I use. Always do a proper cleanse! If you like cleansing waters, you’d probably love this one.

To find out more, click here.

Rodial Review #4: Pressed Powders

By Monday, September 11, 2017 0 Permalink 2

And now we delve into the pressed powders from Rodial. The first powder I’ll talk about is their new banana powder. If you’re not familiar with banana powder, it is just a yellow-toned finishing powder to brighten your complexion whilst mattifying it at the same time.

This product suits a wide range of skin tones without it being a translucent powder. The formula of this is very lightweight, it stays true to colour throughout the day (don’t worry, you won’t look yellow!) and doesn’t cake up. It can also be used to “bake” under your eyes if that’s a trend you fancy 🙂

The Instagram Deluxe Bronzing Powder adds the perfect sun-kissed warmth to the skin. This also suits a wide variety of skin tones and has a matte finish. This product is very pigmented so definitely go in with a lighter hand.

Overall, the packaging on these products feels luxurious and they look absolutely stunning on my shelf – looks (sometimes) count, ok!

For more info on Rodial powders, click here.

Rodial Review #3: Airbrush Make-Up

By Thursday, September 7, 2017 0 Permalink 1

As a complete contrast to the previous post in this series, here is Rodial’s full coverage foundation. This is their pot of Airbrush Makeup, and guys it really is full coverage.

Don’t let the size fool you, a little bit goes a long way with this stuff. I’ve been applying this with a buffing brush, which gives it its fullest coverage. If you wanted to thin it out a bit you could always mix it with an oil on the back of your hand first or apply it with a damp beauty sponge. This really packs a punch; there is no need to build this product up, nor is their much of a need to mattify this with powder. I always mattify my t-zone and that is all I do with this. I love this product for nights out when I want my face to look flawless, last a long time, and have zero flashback in photos.

The consistency of this foundation is like a paste and I do find that it can separate around my nose if I don’t wear a primer. It comes in four shades (I wear the shade 03), so again, not a huge shade range, but if they have yours and you’re looking for a full coverage foundation, definitely give this one a try!

For more information, click here.