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.

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.