Dove’s Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Review 

Before I started wearing a scarf full-time, I had hair that was thick, bouncy and full of volume, however, due to the constant downward pressure that my scarf applies to my scalp, I’m now left with hair that lacks volume and that is much thinner than before.
So, naturally, when Dove sent me their Oxygen  Moisture Range to test out and review, I was really excited to see if it will make any difference to my hair whatsoever!
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Tutorial: 4 steps to achieve sparkly, gold eyes with Essence’s Crystal Eyeliner

I love wearing gold on my eyes – I don’t know why, but I just do. In my previous post, I did a review on my 2 purchases from Essence, The Lash and Brow Gel Mascara and the Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush, which I’ll be using for my look today.

 

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To create a look, like the one above all you need is:

  • Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner from Essence
  • Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush from Essence
  • Lash and Brow Gel Mascara from Essence
  • An eyelash curler

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How to:

Step 1:

Curl lashes

Step 2:

Apply a very thiiiiiin line of liquid liner.

Step 3:

Apply a thin line of Crystal Eyeliner in Gold rush on top of your liquid liner.

Step 4:

Finish of your lashes with 2 coats of the Lash and Brow Gel Mascara.

Aaand done! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Raeesa

Essence’s Lash & Brow gel Mascara and Crystal Eyeliner Review

I popped into Dischem over the weekend to grab myself some new Essence goodies, I wasn’t sure what I was looking for but I knew that when I saw it, I’ll know. And I did.

I ended up coming home with the Lash and Brow Gel Mascara and the Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush, and I am extremely happy with my purchases!

Lash and Brow gel Mascara:

You can see right through me, weeeee!

You can see right through me, weeeee!

A mascara and a tamer of unruly brows, all in one. Retailing for only R34.95, it is a makeup bag must-have.
It is packaged in a normal-sized mascara tube with a normal mascara brush, but the fun part is, is that the tube is transparent – so you can see exactly how much product you have left.

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I have this tendency to rub my eyes which causes a black ring around my eyes, making me look like a racoon. But this way, since it’s transparent, I can say goodbye to racoon-me.
I love this product, I truly do. But the only downfall is that it hardens your brows. But I guess it has to, if you want your brows to stay in its’ place.

Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush:

Gold, gold, gold!

Gold, gold, gold!

I wasn’t expecting much from this product, only because I once purchased a glitter/crystal eyeliner from Essence’s Breaking Dawn Trend Edition before, and it was useless. It had no staying power, whatsoever, and I never got to use it. But I think Essence perhaps realized their blunder, because their new Crystal Eyeliner range is frikken’ amazing.

When I first tried it out on my wrist, it looked really dull. No real sparkle to it. But on your eyes, it really does sparkle. Check out the images and tutorial here.

My hand looks so awkward here, eek - sorry!

My hand looks so awkward here, eek – sorry!

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The brush is very skinny making the application much easier. The staying power is quite long, as long as water doesn’t touch it.
All in all, for just R31.95, it is an amazing product and well worth the buy. I will definitely be purchasing the other colours soon.

Raeesa

Can’t wait for Catrice Cosmetics new Limited Edition ‘It Pieces’ to hit SA stores!!

The new Limited Edition ‘It Pieces’  from Catrice Cosmetics is set to hit South African stores in mid Jan next year, and I cannot wait for it to arrive! This particular limited edition will make a great addition to my makeup collection! The colours and shades that make up It Pieces are perfect for Spring/Summer and will add a great pop of colour to your outfit!

 

Such pretty colours <3

Such pretty colours ❤

 

Included in this LE is a single  eye shadow quattro, crushed crystal nail polishes in 3 colours, a defining blush and 2 lip colours – all of which look like they going to be amazing! However, I’m most excited about Sun Glow Shimmering Bronzing Powder and the Made To Stay Smoothing Lip Polish which is available in 3 shades.

 

The bronzing powder has a cool 3D embossed zig zag pattern which is supposed to allow for the 2 shades within the compact to blend well with each other and gives the skin a radiant summer glow. Most bronzers I’ve tried are very dark and make me look as if I’ve got dark patches everywhere, so I’m holding thumbs for this one!

 

Baked beauty!

Baked beauty!

 

The lip polishes have the colour of a lipstick, shine of a gloss and durability of a balm, 3 products in 1, now that’s what I’m talking about! I usually use my mood lipstick from Dischem as a base, follow up with Labello’s Fruity Shine and top off with my Smashbox lipgloss, so this product gets me really excited.  I’m hoping that the colour does last for the 8 hours that is promised on the packaging, and that the gloss lasts throughout the day. We can only hope for the best!

 

3 pretty colours!

3 pretty colours!

 

Plus, I know that even though im a budget I will defo be able to afford this LE, because all of Catrice Cosmetics’ products are very, very reasonably priced – not as cheap as Essence, but still very affordable!

 

Can’t wait for mid Jan!

 

Raeesa

Tutorial: How to achieve the ‘No-Makeup’ Makeup Look in just 4 steps!

Calvin Klein once said: ‘The best thing is to look natural – but it takes makeup to look natural’. And that is so true. I love wearing makeup and creating different looks, but sometimes I just want to look natural, I just want to forget the dark, smoky eyes or bold lips for the day.

So I came up with a great makeup routine, basically my everyday routine for campus, that enhances my natural beauty and which is super easy to achieve. Follow the steps below..

 

Step 1: BB Cream

I like to use a BB cream rather than a foundation, mostly because foundations are much heavier and more likely to cake up rather than BB creams. Using a BB cream is going to provide light/medium coverage making it a great base for a ’natural’ makeup look.

I particularly like Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream, as it has a SPF of 35 and works very, very well with acne prone skin. But if you are working on budget, Garnier’s  Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream is a great alternative, it has an SPF of 15 and is  also appropriate for acne prone skin.

 

BB cream feeverrr

BB cream feeverrr

 

Step 2: Blush

Blush is great at brightening up the face and giving you that ‘just pinched’ look, but don’t go too crazy on the blush. Try to get the least amount of product on to your cheeks by dusting your brush off before apply, or swiping it at the back off your hand.

I have an olive skin tone, therefore I tend to gravitate towards blushes in pink hues – but if you are fair/dark skinned peachy hues will look great on you! My favourite blushes are Smashbox Blush Rush in Peony (I love Smashbox, meep!) and Essence’s Silky Touch Blush in Adorable.

 

Blush Rush

Blush Rush

 

Step 3: Lip balm

I like using a balm rather than a gloss or a stickie, as balms provide lips with a light pigment but a subtle gloss, which is more natural. Most people would use a sheer lipgloss/colourless balm, but I’ve found that because of my skin tone, I have to have some colour as neutral lips tend to really wash me out and make me look dull and boring.

I absolutely adore Labello’s Fruity Shine! I probably go through at least 9 of these beauts each year. They are a staple in my campus bag and if you see me in lecs, I’m almost always reapplying. I just can’t get enough. It’s so great because it has an SPF of 15 and it smoothes and conditions the lips whilst providing a slight shimmery pink tint to the lips.

 

My li[s surely do love Labello!

My li[s surely do love Labello!

 

Step 4: Mascara

I love, love, looove mascara! Mascara is like coffee- for my eyes- it provides an instant pick-me-up, it widens and awakens the eyes and just makes me want to give butterfly kisses to everyone!

I love use Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara, as it doesn’t clump or dry out your lashes. Like half way through the day, if I had to touch my lashes it will be super soft , as if I had no mascara on, and nor would it flake. It also conditions the lashes whilst you wear it, so when you wash it out you would notice that your lashes feel so much softer and silkier. A+.

 

Here's to longer, fuller and healthier lashes!

Here’s to longer, fuller and healthier lashes!

 

Optional Step: Eyeliner

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I don’t ever leave the house without eyeliner, and it’s true! I know it’s not very natural to have a swipe of dark eyeliner on your lower lash line but if I don’t, I just look sleepy and sick, not cool!

On most days, I use Catrice Cosmetic’ Smokey Eye Pencil in 01-Black Earl but sometimes I use Essence’s Stays No Matter What waterproof eye pencil in 02-Stunning Brown, to tone it down a little. I’ve found that both Essence and Catrice Cosmetics eyeliners have great staying power and last throughout the day, unlike Smashbox eyeliners which rub off and disappear after a few hours. Definitely getting more for less, with Catrice and Essence.

 

My first love!

My first love!

 

So that’s it! My ‘natural’ makeup look! Hope you enjoyed the post.

 

Raeesa

Why you shouldn’t be using Faiza Beauty Cream

The problem with women is that we are never happy in our own skin. We are always wanting to change our physical appearance to conform to what society thinks is beautiful. We don’t appreciate what God has blessed us with, and probably never will. We can not agree or accept that beauty includes every shape, size and colour. And I think this is the main reason for the unfortunate success of Faiza Beauty Cream in South Africa.

What I call : The Killer Cream

What I call : The Killer Cream

In Durban, girls have gone crazy for this cream. And not so that it can remove their pimples or dark marks, but because it makes their skin fairer with continued use.

This cream works, it provides results within days of using it with no side effects in the short term, but what about the long term?
How can this cream work so fast? Other products which cost hundreds and maybe even thousands of rands need at least a month to show its results, but how does Faiza Beauty Cream work so fast?

The product has been on the market for only 13 years, no one knows what is contained in this product and it isn’t even dermatologically tested. Some people have even said that it contains Mercury – which is highly possible, as this could be the explanation for the fast and effective results from Faiza Beauty Cream. But yet, no one seems to be bothered by this.

If you are paying R50 for a product, which is produced in Pakistan from ingredients unknown to you, isn’t dermatologically tested but somehow provides such quick and amazing results, how do you not have questions? How are you okay with using it day after day? What if it does contain Mercury? What if as time goes by, it blackens and burns your skin? What if it starts to affect your health and your organs? It is obviously stripping your skin layer by layer, that is how it whitens your skin, and have you ever thought that this may make you more susceptible to skin cancer? How do you continue using it without these concerns?

Ladies, I know that living in today’s world is tough, but why would use such a product on your skin? There are so many unknowns and so many things that could go wrong, so why would you want to chance it?

Is your beauty in the short term more important than your health in the long run? Ask yourself that question the next time that you decide to put that possible killer cream on your face. And remember we all are beautiful, and if we truly believe that then we can change what society considers beautiful.

Raeesa

Have you checked out Rubybox?

I discovered Rubybox at the beginning of this year and since then I have purchased many times from them and even got my sisters and other family members hooked on.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! Their beauty store is stocked with great brands such as Soap & Glory, Urban Decay and

Skin Science, amongst others.  Furthermore, they are  frequently having flash sales and offering free samples with your purchase.

They even have this cool points system – whenever you make a purchase, write a review, refer a friend or have a birthday you earn RubyRands which can be redeemed against future purchases. 1 RubyRand=1 Rand. Plus, you get an awesome R50 coupon just for creating an account, say whaaaat?!

There’s also the monthly RubyBox subscription that they offer, for R119 a month you receive a box filled with 5 surprise products. The products are suited to your beauty needs, dependant on the information you fill in on your beauty profile. I, personally, am not a fan of surprises ( I get anxious and totally cray cray just thinking about getting surprise items) so I’m not signed up for it. However, my sister is, and she always has great reviews about her boxes.

So we know the beauty store stocks great products, the points system is off the charts and the monthly Rubyboxes are great but what about their service?

Well, recently I made 3 purchases from the beauty store. Unfortunately, when my first order arrived I was totally disappointed.The eye shadow compact was totes ruined,  I’m guessing it got damaged whilst in transit as the package was not marked fragile. Anyway, as soon as I realised it was damaged I tweeted and emailed Rubybox and I received a reply immediately from their twitter account. Soon after, someone from customer services contacted me and assured me that they will be sending a new eye shadow compact through. And they did , wooohoooo! The other two orders arrived a few days after the first one and I had no issues whatsoever.

So, if you don’t have an account with RubyBox or did not even know they existed until now, click here to check them out- it’s worth the data usage, I promise!

Raeesa