Its that time of the year when I have to perform extra good as my university workload doubles and I’m nearing the end of 2nd year. I’m so far behind with reviews and products are piling up in my beauty drawer. With this whole new “You open it you finish it” theory, its seems like my products are taking forever to finish… In reality its just me being really nosy and wanting to try new products. I’m slowly but surely getting through it all. Today I decided to share what’s new in my stash and what I’m currently testing so you can expect more on these products later on.
Firstly on my list; my new stash of Bath & Body Works products all the way from the UAE. I must admit that this is probably the best load that I’ve received for the past 3 times that I’ve gotten Bath & Body Works products from Dubai. I can’t choose my fave because they’re all so different in fragrance. If you want to read previous Bath & Body Works posts just click here , here, and here.
Finding new products to incorporate into my face (skincare) routine is quite a mission. My overly sensitive skin needs a special kind of TLC or else it acts up. I recently took these two new goodies out of my “new products” stash and I’ve been loving it these past two weeks. Thank You Desle, only you would know what works for my skin.
Being an avid Avon user, I purchased a new lipstick, concealer and the Avon BB Cream. I looked at the shade of BB cream once and I don’t know I feel about it. I shoved it back into the box and next week when I find the courage to actually look at it, Ill apply it to my face … Maybe.
I don’t shop at Dischem much but I was looking for a facemask that wouldn’t strip my face and irritate it so I went with this facemask. It looks interesting and it was a cheap one so obviously it went into my basket.
I mentioned my NYX purchases on the blog before but these two products are just looking at me waiting to be opened. Ill play with you darlings real soon!
And that’s a wrap of all the goodies waiting to be used and that I’m currently testing. Thoughts darlings! Are there any products in my stash that you’ve used and are loving/hating?
Its been forever since I last did a beauty product review, I even forgot how to go about doing it. Today I’m talking my absolute favourite lipstick at the moment … If I say its my fave, you know its a goodie. This is by far my deepest and darkest shade of lipstick and a real huge leap away from my hot pinks and reds.
For my regulars, you’d know that I’ve really started loving Avon lately and I buy something out of every catalogue. Usually when I want to see if a pricey lipstick suits my complexion, I would choose a dupe out of the Avon brochure and then make my mind up. I saw a really stunning MAC lippie similar to this Avon lippie but was not prepared to fork out R215 just yet so I went with Avon’s Totally Kissable Lipstick in shade Deep Orchid.
Let me start off by saying that this lippie is so pigmented it’ll last you FOREVER. I don’t use a lip liner when I apply it, I don’t know why but I guess I just don’t feel the need to. The staying power of this lippie is out of this world! When it starts fading during the day it changes colour so you start off with a really intense deep orchid shade and end off with a fuchsia/purple shade.
I love that it has a subtle berry scent to it and a teeny tiny shimmer. To me Its extremely moisturising for a matte type lipstick. I haven’t experienced any drying effect or chapped irritated lips that required licking.
As with any lipstick, there will probably be an oopsie or two. No? Maybe the none oopsie ones are the likes of Dior or Chanel but we’re talking student budget here. There’s honestly only one thing that I didn’t like and that’s how my inner lip (where my lip line ends) didn’t fade like the rest of my lips. It left a dark line along the inner line BUT I did however learn how to fix it. Using the only gloss in my collection at the moment, I took a cotton swab and lined my inner lip with one thin layer of gloss and VOILA!
Let’s get to the budget friendly part of this, the price. To my fellow budget beauty girls, this lippie only retails for R69,99. *Squeeeeeeel* I already ordered 2 more. If this shade is not for you, there’s 9 others to choose from. Pucker Up darlings! :’)
I’m blessed when it comes to being able to review things sent to me, gifted and even buying my own, which means that I seldomly get to finish a product because I’m so excited to dig into the new goodies I get. This is an on going cycle of mine and I end up giving a lot of things away… Well no more! I have this new theory; if you open it YOU FINISH IT. I took this new approach to beauty products very seriously and have finished quite a few products, some completely empty and some with about 1 round of use left.
At the moment to prevent accumulation of empty containers, I decided to share my hit/miss products with you. I feel that “empties” posts are the most informative posts ever so I decided to share my empties for the month of June.
•Garnier BB Cream
The love that I have for Garnier’s BB Cream cannot even be put into words. I’m on tube number 5 ever since starting on BB Cream about 2 years ago. It lasts forever! The best part is that there’s different BB Creams for different skin types.
Would I purchase it again? Absolutely it deserves ☆☆☆☆/5
•Bourjois Shine Lipstick.
This lipstick is the best one I’ve discovered all year. I want a whole bunch of these. Its my most moisturizering lipstick and even made it ontop my top 5 lipsticks. I used the heck out of this product, look what the poor tube looks like. I always end up chucking it in my campus bag because I cannot imagine a day without it. Its my most worn one yet. I’m reviewing some more Bourjois products at the moment and this brand definitely makes it onto my fave beauty brands list.
Would I purchase it again? YES x1000 It deserves ☆☆☆☆☆/5
•Yardley Stayfast Pressed Powder
This powder is definitely one of the best ones I’ve used. I haven’t experienced an ounce of shine since using it. I hit pan so I had to shift over to the Maybelline All In One powder.
Would I purchase it again? YES No doubt. ☆☆☆☆/5
•Yardley 3D Lash Fibre Extension
I’ve using this mascara for about 2 months and I have a love/hate relationship with it. This definitely adds definition and length to ones lashes and doesn’t clump at all. For some odd reason it irritates my eyes when I add more than two coats and my eyes tear. Even with the tearing, it doesn’t run. See my love hate relationship with it?
Would I purchase it again? I’m undecided. ☆☆☆/5
•L`Occitane Hydrating Mist
I love love love this product’s scent. This is actually a great “summer time” product. I just wish my face could stand this product. This is definitely not for people with sensitive skin. My face went red and itchy. I then used the hydrating mist on my legs. Whoooeee what a burst of summer freshness.
Would I purchase it again? No. ☆☆/5 the two is for the scent and how it feels on my legs. Its a bit of an expensive product just to cool my legs down.
The last time I did a monthly favourites post on my blog would have to be ±2 years ago. So I thought why not share my June winter lifesavers with you and shine some light on a few products that may or may not end up on the blog. Seeing that this is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, I thought ‘why not divide it into 2 posts’. This one will feature all my favourite beauty products and the other will feature all my favourite fashion items that I’ve been loving. Maybe Ill do a lifstyle post too.
Avon Lipstick – Deep Orchid
This is by far the darkest shade of lipstick that I own. I have to say that I’m really starting to love Avon again. When this lipstick wears off, it looks like a light purple shade and it ends up looking like a balm stain. The staying power of this lippie is incredible. Its very creamy in texture and its quite moisturizing seeing that its a matte lippie. Would I repurchase it again? Absolutely! Ill maybe do an in-depth review with swatches on this sometime next week.
Balm Balm – Little Miracle Rosehip Serum.
This have been on my winter favourites list since I started my blog. This is definitely my holy grail of face products. When all else fails, I run for this baby. This is a MUST in my beauty routine every winter, read my full in-depth review on it over here and also more about some other great products fro Balm Balm. Its great for people with sensitive skin like me. I’m in love with this products scent.
Pantene Pro-V : Colour Brilliance Serum
As you know in winter one’s hair becomes more brittle and dry and I need to use products that protects my hair from the harsh winter conditions. I’ve recently started using this product along with the entire Colour Brilliance range that I was sent and I’m love love loving it. I’m a heat styling person so every bit of protection that I can get for my hair is a MUST.
Front Cover – Colours of the Cat Walk.
I got this amazing beauty book from Desle. She brought it back from her trip to Qatar. I have to say that its probs the best book that I’ve ever received. As a beauty blogger, I can only do the basics of makeup and this book is my saving grace! It gives you the “how to” on makeup looks. This amazing little book deserves a post on its own.
Victoria’s Secret – “Such A Flirt” Hand and Body Cream.
This amazing hand and body cream is also a gift from Desle. I’ve dubbed her the queen of lotions when it comes to my fave lotions ever used. Ill do a review on this too in the next few days so keep an eye out for it! I wish you could smell how amazing this scent is of this hand and body cream.
Let’s talk Matte vs Lacquer. In February the awesome people over at Revlon sent me a stunning little package and I couldn’t wait to get my claws lips into it. They sent me some fab Lacquer, Matte and Kissable balm stains. If you want to read my thoughts on Revlon’s Balm Stain, just click here.
Now I’m already an avid Revlon fan so I know I can expect nothing but the best. I’ve been trying the much hyped about Matte and Lacquer balms for 3 months so I can give my honest opinion on it and try it out thoroughly. The Matte and Lacquer Balms comes in 20 incredible shades that’s jam packed with triple moisture complex of shea, mango and coconut butter.
The staying power of these balms are AH-MAZING! I had to test them day by day because each shade stayed on my lips throughout the day even with eating and drinking. The colour wore off but the stain remained. I tried the 2 lacquer balms first and I’m in love with both of them!
So I’ve been trying the Vivacious (120) and the Whimsical (115) lanquer balms. Just like the balm stains, the lacquer balms also have the peppermint tingle on the lips. You can go for an intense dark fuchsia shade or a really light pink lip when using Vivacious. With Whimsical there are tiny glitter particles in them that I adore. If I have to differentiate between the two, I’d definitely say that Vivacious is a day shade and Whimsical is more of a night time shade. One thing that I love even more is that these Lacquer Balms are extremely moisturising on the lips.
The two Matte Balms that I’ve been using is Striking (240) and Unapologetic (210). The matte balms are definitely for those that loves a lippie with more of a satin-matte finish. Striking is more of a orange-red shade with warm undertones that lasts round about 5 and half hours. I feel that one has to wait until the entire balm wears off before reapplying it or else you’ll get tiny bits of skin/product on the lips.
Even though they are matte balms, they are quite moisturising on the lips. This should definitely be a staple in every girls handbag… Lippie lover or not. The longevity of the balms will cause it to last way beyond your average lippie which is a total plus in my books. My Verdict.
Lacquer vs. Matte? Well judging from the tips of my balms, you can probably tell which I’ve been using more. I’m a total Lacquer fan but there’s days where I crave a Matte finish. At R120 a pop it should definitely be in your makeup bag. You can find the lacquer and matte balms at stores like Foschini and Edgars.
Thank You Revlon for the awesome birthday prezzie. You darlings rock my beauty world … ALL-DAY-EVERY-DAY!
Long time no “Must Have Monday“? Today I’m telling you all about the latest brand under my beauty radar. I’m a huge acrylic makeup organizer fan, you would know that if you’re a regular reader. So lately I’m wondering around the web looking for affordable options because unfortunately I couldn’t attend the 27Pinkx launch in Cape Town where darlings were spoilt to amazing organizers (Major FOMO and hate that I had my awards ceremony that day). Then I stumbled upon a fab new site called She Wolf Products.
Now She Wolf Products is one of the brands that sells Luxury Acrylic Makeup Organizers, Hair Extensions, Jewellery Storage Units, Makeup Brushes and their very own Branded Cosmetics to name a few. They pretty much remind me of the 27Pinkx brand but for the budget girls.
I’m quite intrigued by their makeup line, especially the lipstick palettes and the makeup brushes… Okay and everything else. So obviously I had to make my ultimate lust have list to show you some of the amazing things that you can buy from the SheWolf online store. When I find a new brand that I love, I make it my mission to report back. Every girl needs some luxury in her life, no? I feel that the founder of the SheWolf products brand, Nadine definitely knows what beauty lovers adores and she customizes each and every organizer to the buyers needs. My fave aspect of some of SheWolf’s acrylic units? The knobs! I L-L-Love it!
Enough with my rambling, check out the SheWolf site for the latest beauty products and must haves!
I bet all of you are already fed up of me mentioning how much I love lipsticks. So I thought why not participate in the awesome Lip Stick tag so that you darlings can see all my fave lippies and what I’ve been loving lately. Next up on my lipstick list? Definitely a huge load of MAC lipsticks.
1. How many lipsticks do you own?
For someone that loves lipsticks, I actually don’t own that much because like all makeup products, lipsticks have an expiry date too so I like to keep them at a minimum and it also gives me a chance to wear all of them. I have round about 30. Not that much hey?
2. What was the first lipstick you owned?
I remember it being a nude Revlon “hand me down” that I got from my mom. That was the only lipstick that I was allowed to wear outside, because apparently lipsticks were for BIG PEOPLE. Boy oh boy how I loved that lipstick.
3. What is your favorite lipstick brand?
If I could afford Dior lipsticks it would definitely be Dior (I cherish the ones I have. Broke student problems) but Revlon wins hands down.
4. What is your most worn lipstick?
It used to be Revlon’s Colorburst Fuchsia in 030 but unfortunately its at its very last and its been discontinued so I’m currently using Bourjois Shine in shade 21.
5. What is your favorite finish?
I’m a huge fan of Matte finishes but I enjoy the occasional gloss finish seeing that I don’t really fancy lipgloss over a lipstick.
6. What was the last lipstick you bought?
It would have to be my Accessorize lipstick in Pink Pleasure Shade 8. I think I fell in love with the packaging more than anything else.
7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?
I have 4 products in my makeup bag at the moment. I love mixing them up. Especially now in winter I always make sure that I have an array of products like a lipbalm to prevent chapped lips, a balmstain when I know that Ill be working through lunch and won’t be able to reapply and obviously a lippie or 2.
8. What is your favorite red lip color?
At the moment its a toss up between my Rimmel 170 Alarm and my Revlon Super Lustrous 69 in Go Chilli.
9. How do you store your lipsticks?
I store my lipsticks in a pink vanity box, until I can oneday find the courage to buy one of those overpriced acrylic boxes.
10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?
I’ve been wanting The Rouge Volupté range of YSL lipsticks ever since I joined Pinterest 3-4years ago. It looks amazing and the packaging just draws me in!