Affordable Gem: L.A. Girl Strobe Lite

By Friday, March 31, 2017 0 Permalink 2

This product is undoubtedly one of the best affordable products I have discovered in a while. Highlighters in general are very hard to come by, especially affordable ones. L.A. Girl is a brand sold at Dischem as well as online. They have a wide variety of products, some are hits and some are misses, but this launch is an absolute winner.

This gem comes in twelve, that’s right, twelve different shades. These retail for R149 and for that price, the quality is outstanding. I purchased the shade 50W and it gives my cheekbones a beautiful golden sheen, but you can definitely find the shade for your complexion (there are frikken twelve!). The texture of this is, in my opinion, on par with most higher end products I’ve tried. It is smooth, not at all chunky, and very buildable. One of my biggest no-no’s for highlighters is chunks of shimmer, because a highlight should look like a natural, albeit beaming, glow, rather than glitter on your face. The packaging is where the low price comes from; it is cheap black and gold plastic with no mirror, but with a product this good, who cares about the exterior?

Head to Dischem and grab this product before it sells out because it will be scooped up in no time!

Review: L’Oréal Pure Clay Masks

By Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2 Permalink 2

I was thrilled to find out these clay masks finally hit South African shores. I purchased these masks when I was in the US only to find out that they have now been released in our neck of the woods – yay! These are available for purchase at Clicks and Dischem, as well as online. Retail price: R150.

To start, the packaging is very aesthetically pleasing and feels very good quality because of the glass jar. The price is reasonable for a clay face mask and for the amount of product that you get. There are three different versions of these, targeting various skin issues; a Purity Mask, a Glow mask, and a Detox Mask. I tried out all three and here is what I thought 🙂

The Purity Mask is turquoise in colour and has a gel-like consistency. The scent smells fresh and slightly of eucalyptus. Once dried, it feels tight on the skin and once washed off, it leaves my skin feeling firmer and very fresh. After multiple uses, my pores appeared smaller and my skin appeared more matte.

The Glow Mask is burnt orange in colour and is the only mask out of all three that has exfoliating particles in it. Because of the particles, the mask removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin feeling smooth without feeling stripped.

The Detox Mask is grey in colour and this is due to the charcoal ingredient. I personally love charcoal as an ingredient in skincare because it is incredible at extracting dirt and oil out of one’s skin. This can cause blemishes to come to the surface as a result of the extraction, so make sure to use this a good few days before any event.

All masks take 5-10 minutes to dry which is super convenient. They can also all be used three times a week. A really cool trend that I’ve seen with these masks is something called “multi-masking”, which entails using multiple masks simultaneously. For example, I might use the Purity Mask on my T-zone because of it’s mattifying properties, and the Glow Mask on my cheeks to maintain glowy and healthy-looking skin.

Overall, I find these masks to be very effective and useful considering how affordable they are. Definitely a win from L’Oréal 🙂

MAC Warm Neutrals Palette

By Monday, January 23, 2017 0 Permalink 1

First written post of 2017, WOO! I hope you guys are having a good start to the year so far. Or, if you’re like me, have already failed on at least half your new year’s resolutions, just know that you’re not alone and things will get better 😉

Since posting my last video (Emily Ratajkowski Golden Globes Tutorial), I’ve been getting questions on my MAC palette that was mentioned (and did not show – sorry!). So, I thought I’d do a post on the palette, which one I chose, how much was spent on it, and if I think it was worth it.

There are 15 shades in the palette, retailing for R890, which works out to a saving of R760 (with the refills costing R110, individual shadow sin their own container cost R220). The total cost is quite steep but if you’re a MAC eyeshadow fan, this is definitely worth it.

I decided to go for the “warm neutrals” palette, but they also have the “cool neutrals” palette if that’s more your thing. I prefer warm tones and found that the different combinations that I could create with warmer tones just really suited my complexion. I also love that the palette comes with a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows.

Now, for the shades: (left to right, top to bottom)

Hey / Warm Breeze / Gingersnap / Dark Brew / Dance In The Dark

Brulé / Vanilla Extract / Honey Lust / Amber Lights / Saddle

Lemon Tart / Creative Copper / Butterfudge / Divine Decadence / Unwind

Festive Nail Love

By Friday, December 16, 2016 0 Permalink 1

LOV Cosmetics recently came onto the makeup scene in South Africa as an affordable brand available at Dischem. I was recently sent this vibrant red nail lacquer and it very quickly became a festive favourite. The colour is very opaque, giving a solid enough colour with just one layer. The formula also lasted a decent amount of time (3 days with no top or base coat) on my nails without chipping. Retail price R115, in the shade Scarlet Sunset.

The other nail lacquer that has fallen (joyfully) into my festive favourites, is Wet n Wild’s Ready To Propose. This is a gold shade that makes me feel oh-so merry. Unlike the LOV Cosmetics’ red shade, I would not wear this all year ’round. I do however, think it is perfect for the Advent season and potentially Summer. Retail price: R27,95.

Both very affordable and very good quality nail lacquers. Give these a try if you fancy 🙂