Thursday, 28 January 2016

My Top 5 Colorpop Products

Hi guys ! Happy Thursday . How has your week been ?

I am starting a little mini series on the blog where I will share my Top 5 products from a brand. First up is one of the most awesome brands I discovered - Colorpop Cosmetics. Colorpop only ships to America at this stage , but I get mine through a third party seller in South Africa. (Meaning it's usually like a 30 day wait from ordering until receiving the product... eeeck ! But totally worth the wait )

My top 5 products include 3 lippies , an eye shadow and blush. So let's jump right into my picks. 

Colorpop Hammered Super Shock Shadow :

Okay first off, these eyeshadows has the weirdest texture. You will get used to using the product after a try or two , the first time it does feel really weird. The eyeshadow has a mousse like texture , and is best applied with fingers. I love wearing this colour on it's own for a nice shimmery brown eye. I would recommend wearing an eye primer with these eyeshadows. 

Colorpop Prenup Super Shock Cheek :
First off the main reason I love this pink blue-toned blush - the staying power. I have to be honest , most of my blushes don't even see midday sadly. This is one I still notice on my skin when I remove my make-up at night. The colour is perfect for me for everyday wear. Again , I would recommend using a stippling brush or your fingers to apply the blush - my favourite way is usually a stippling brush .

Colorpop LippyStix in Bound & Brills :
Okay , so this was hard to round it down to my 2 favourite lippystix . I currently own seven , but these two are the ones I reach for most on a weekly basis. The lippystix has the most amazing vanilla cupcake smell ( Yum !) and the colour's last on me basically the whole day . Which is amazingly impressive for me. The lipstick will transfer onto your coffee cup , but strangely enough the colour sticks to your lips. Bound is the perfect everyday pink , and Brills is a gorgeous purple colour. 

Colorpop Ultra Matte Midi :
The ultra matte range is a long lasting liquid lipstick that dries completely matte. These lipsticks are a little drying for some people (I have super dry lips , but these don't irritate or dry out my lips ) but if you have that issue , a great lip scrub & lip balm solves that problem instantly. Now the reason I love these , these really last the whole day (I don't even put the colour in my bag if I'm wearing it ... I'm that confident it won't budge). These are also transfer proof - meaning it won't leave any lipstick marks on coffee cups ... or your boyfriend / husband. This one is my favourite everyday colour, although I own it in a vampy gorgeous purple too . 

Do you own any Colorpop goodies that you would recommend  ? Or any on your wish list ?

For those interested , I bought mine off Instagram from Only Xiiiaah , but I know Muse.SA and TheMakeUpCrush  also sells them . 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

{Review} Essence Pure Nude Foundation & Concealer

Hi guys ! Happy Tuesday. 

Today I'm sharing my thoughts on 2 new Essence products with you guys that Essence sent me a while back  - since these go so perfectly together. I'm always game to try out new foundations to see how it works on my skin . For the record - I have dehydrated oily skin that tends to break out easily - and the foundation worked amazingly well on my skin. It didn't clog my pores or make my skin break out . It also didn't cling to my drier spots on my face - making it one of my favourites to reach for on casual make-up days . 

The Essence Pure Nude Foundation is a very lightweight light to medium coverage foundation . The consistency of this foundation is very liquid-y , but gives you a nice light coverage - perfect if you aren't a fan of heavy duty foundations . Even though I do prefer medium to full coverage foundations , I do like this foundation on my off days - it looks so natural and feels light and airy on your skin. I love that the foundation has a pump bottle- it makes applying liquid foundations so much easier. My favourite way to apply the foundation is with a damp beauty blender - I have used a brush too but I personally feel a beauty blender gives you a nice even coverage. 

Sick of your dirk circles under your eyes ? Well this concealer is a life saver when it comes to covering them up. This concealer blends easily - which is a bonus if you have a drier under eye area like I do thanks to the creamy slightly powdery texture of this concealer. It's also very user friendly (since it's shaped like a big crayon ) , and very travel friendly too  .

As always , Essence is also super budget friendly for such amazing products. 

The only downside though - the foundation and concealer is only available in three shades. 

The Pure Nude foundation retails for R69,95 & the Pure Nude Concealer retails for R47,95 at Clicks and Dis-Chem stores. 

Have a lovely day guys. xx

*These products was send to me in exchange for my honest opinion*

Friday, 22 January 2016

4 Essence The Gel Polish Swatches and Mini Review

Hi guys . Happy Friday. Hopefully you guys had an okay week... Mine wasn't the best , but you can't win them all can you ?

As I mentioned earlier in December , Essence was kind enough to send me some awesome goodies m, and today I'm sharing 4 of those polishes with you. These are from their The Gel Nail polish . These polishes work great with their The Gel Base Coat and Top Coat - but it's not needed, this works great with normal base and top coat too .

As I mentioned in the post where I reviewed the top / base coat with the colour combo HERE , the colour with The Gel top and base coat does last a good 4/5 days on me, which is pretty impressive. 

So onto the swatches of the 4 polishes I'm sharing with you today - 

Essence Miss Captain 
Essence Miss Captain is a gorgeous teal coloured nail polish leaning to the grey side. It does pull more grey/tealish on me personally , so I think this is one that will look different on different skin tones. I used 2 coats in the swatch above.

Essence My Love Diary
This is a gorgeous rose pink , and while I don't personally love these types of colours on myself - this is definitely a winner colour wise for most people . I used 2 coats in the swatch above.

Essence Rock My World
This dark grey polish is a winner in my books - and the colour I'm sporting this week. I can see myself reaching for this gorgeous polish over and over again , and I'm on day 6 with just minor tip wear on this colour. Bonus ! I used 2 coats in the swatch above.

Essence Va - Va - Voom 
Essence Va-Va Voom is a gorgeous coral matte nail polish. If there is one thing Essence knows how to do amazingly well - it's doing matte nail polishes. Don't get me wrong , the whole range is amazing, but most matte nail polishes end up chalky looking , and Essence formula is amazing enough to not turn out like that. The matte polishes dries pretty quickly too - especially since you can't use a quick dry topcoat to speed up the process.  I used two coats in  the swatch above. 

So which polish of these 4 is YOUR favourite ?? Any fun plans for the weekend ??

*These products was send to me in exchange for my honest opinion*

Monday, 18 January 2016

My Secret to Soft Hydrated Hands

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . How was your weekend ?

If you follow me on Instagram , you would have seen I bought the Sorbet Moisture Infusing Socks a while back - TAKE A LOOK HERE  . A few days after posting that photo and after the lovely Martie from LivingLightley mentioned that she loved the socks and gloves, I decided to go back to Clicks and get the gloves - and I'm so glad I did ( They were on special too - bonus ! ) 

Sorbet is quickly becoming one of my favourite brands ... I haven't found a product from them I don't love. 

I'm already a big fan of all the Sorbet Hand Creams - my favourite being the Age Control one ( pink ) and the Hydrating one ( Orange ) , so I had big hopes for the gloves. The gloves has a layer of gel inside, making sure your hand cream doesn't go to waste and every last drop get soaked up by your skin. I have to be real - the first time you put these gloves on they feel super creepy and gross , especially with the cream on - but after a few minutes that gross feeling goes away . 

So onto how I use them . If I have a special event or want to do it as a treat on the weekend , I slather on hand cream and leave on the gloves for an hour or two and watch T.V or Youtube videos. But mostly I will make sure to use these gloves once or twice a week , and just before bed use the hand cream , put on the gloves and go to sleep and wake up with gorgeous soft moisturised hands. 

Just a little word of warning - even though I LOVE these gloves , I wouldn't recommend wearing them on super hot nights as the gloves are quite thick and warm. These are perfect for cooler nights . 

Now onto my favourite 3 hand creams I like to use from Sorbet : 

Balancing Hand Cream ( Blue )
"Nurture your hands with essential fatty acid rich Starflower Oil , a revitalising infusion of Rosemary , mineral rich Pearl extract and anti oxidant Vitamin E. Stimulate and promote beautiful hands ."

Hydrating Hand and Nail Cream ( Orange ) 
"Deeply nourish dry hands and nails with Shea Butter and the herbal infusion of Calendula oil. Tangerine brings a boost of Vitamin C. Soothe and nourish skin. Feed your hands ."

Firming Hand Cream ( Pink )
"Powerful , antioxidant-rich Pomegranate is known to promote more youthful hands, while the Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E from Cranberry Oil help to nourish your skin. Helps to moisturise and soften "

The Sorbet Hand Creams retail for R30 at Clicks stores as well as Sorbet Salons . I paid about R45 for the Moisture Infusing Gloves (on sale ) .

What is your secret to soft hydrated hands ?

Friday, 8 January 2016

L'oreal Infallible Mega Gloss

Hi guys ! Happy Friday. Hope you all had a great week. 

L’oreal has recently launched the new Infallible Mega Glosses that come in many gorgeous shades various cool finishes. 

The L’Oreal Mega Glosses are described as a “no compromise gloss” that will give a high level of shine to the lips, leaving you with a glossy looking pout without the sticky feeling. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, the formula hydrates the lips whilst providing long-lasting and intense colour. I have to say , this is one of the least sticky lipglosses out there - which is great if you are not a fan of sticky glosses. The gloss lasted about 3 hours on me , that's with drinking insane amounts of water in between in this heat. 

The Mega Gloss has a classy sleek packaging with a black cap and a simply designed transparent tube making it look quite luxurious. And who doesn't love taking out a fancy looking lipgloss when you are out and about ?

The lipglosses also have a unique contoured wand that perfectly hugs your lips . This helps the product spread easily and helps define the cupids bow.

So onto the swatches of the 4 colours :
Xtreme Resist - Bulletproof
Xtreme Resist - Hold Me Close
Cream - Who's the Boss ?
Xtreme Resist - My Sky is the Limit

And for the first time ever ... lip swatches. Please note I'm still new on the lip swatches part - but I'm sure this year I will get better at figuring it out. My natural lip colour is quite pigmented , so while I would usually use a lip concealer before I apply lipstick - for the purpose of these photos I won't be doing that to give you a better idea how the colour will show up on it's own . 

Loreal Mega Gloss Cream - Who's the Boss ??
This is a vampy looking purple , I was surprised how much I love it on as the colour isn't a colour I would normally pick out for myself. 

Loreal Mega Gloss  Xtreme Resist -  Hold Me Close
This lipgloss actaully was super light on me , it does give my lips a nice peachy glow . This is one of my favourite ones as a neutral staple always gets reached for the most .

Loreal Mega Gloss Extreme Resist - My Sky is the Limit
I must admit I was afraid of using this one. In the tube it does look neon pink , but luckily it's a super sheer glossy pink to my surprise. This is another favourite of mine... Who doesn't love a gorgeous glossy pink lip ?

Loreal Xtreme Resist - Bulletproof 
As I mentioned, I don't own a lot of red nail polishes / lipsticks . But this has become one of my favourites over Christmas time . This is a more orangey red but perfect for Valentine's Day coming up soon . This one is more pigmented , you can easily get away with wearing just this is you are not too comfortable with red lips. 

Do you prefer lip swatches for future posts ? Any fun plans for the weekend ?? 

*Some of these product/s was send to me in exchange for my honest opinion*

Monday, 4 January 2016

5 Favourite Neutral Nail Polishes for Work

Hi guys ! First off - HAPPY 2016. I really hope that it will be a truly magical year for each and every one of you . 

Like last year - I will have a few back to work inspired posts for you guys. If you are unlucky like me to be back at work today again - I really hope you enjoy your first day back. 

I know some work environments isn't too keen on bright blue and red and pink nail polishes, so today I'm narrowing it down to share  my 5 Favourite Neutral Nail Polishes with you guys.  Here's a link to my favourites of last year that included different options if you want to check it out. 

piCture pOlish beige
This is one of my favourite pallet cleanser polishes. It's GORGEOUS , long lasting and *swoon* one of my absolute favourites.

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons
It's the second year I'm mentioning this polish and with good reason. This is a great staple in any collection - I'm already on my second bottle .

Morgan Taylor Now You See Me
This is a little darker than the average polish would wear to work ( I love this one in the winter time ) . This is the perfect brown nail polish especially on darker skin tones. 

Essence No Make Up Look Powdery Rose
Okay , I have to admit this amazing polish came into my life about three weeks ago and it's truly an amazing nail polish . This polish dries down to a matte finish , but remains long lasting. ( And it's the one I'm rocking today back at work )  It's the perfect light pinkish finish that gives your nails a pretty healthy looking finish. 

Revlon Sophisticated
This is a great grey nail polish , making it neutral enough for work , yet stylish and as the name suggests - sophisticated. This is perfect to go from boardroom to night on the town too . 

How was your Festive Season ? And having a blast in 2016 so far ?

*Some of these product/s was send to me in exchange for my honest opinion*