Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Review

I have an inexplicable love for Smashbox products, I don’t know how or when it started, but I just do! And this BB cream has just took the intensity of my love to a whole other level!

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So what is it and how does it work?
Well like most BB creams, it’s formulated to perfect, prime, protect, hydrate and control oil. It’s basically a tinted moisturizer with the added extra of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid which aids in the skin’s regenerative processes. This beaut even promises to reduce wrinkles and fine lines in just 4 weeks and it has an SPF of 35.Say whaaaaaat??

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That’s all cool, but does it deliver what it promises?
Yes, yes, yes and a thousand yes’s more! It is frikkin’ amazing. The first day I wore it to campus, I received many compliments from my friends and classmates. Everyone commented on how brilliantly my skin was clearing up. Now, keep in mind, that I have acne scars on my cheeks so when I applied the BB cream, it covered it up but in a natural way – it looked as if the scars got lighter and as if I wasn’t wearing anything on my skin.

So basically, it offers sheer coverage with a natural finish. Some say it offers a matte finish and others, a more dewy finish, but I honestly believe that it all depends on what you wear under the BB cream. I apply both my facial oil and sunblock before applying the BB cream so I guess this is what results in the natural finish on my skin.

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Above is a little bit of the BB cream in Light/Medium and below is what it looks like once blended, it’s almost undetectable but the effects are so evident. Love it!

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And is it suitable for acne prone or sensitive skin?
See, hmm, I’m not too sure if it is. As you know, I have extremely sensitive skin that is wildly acne prone and I have been using this product since Feb. However, the product that I was using since Feb, was my sisters and on Saturday I bought my own. So, up until Saturday I never had any issues, no breakouts, no itchiness or redness, basically no side effects. But ever since Saturday, I’ve got two pimples and my skin is super itchy. So yeah.
If you do have acne-prone skin, you might want to stay away from this product!

Hmm, okay so do you think it’s worth it then?
Definitely! There’s no question about it. It’s a great multi-use product with so many benefits and is perfect if you are an on-the-go type of girl. It’s simple, easy and natural and I love it! And for only R390, it’s a must have!

Here’s to pretty skin ❤️
Raeesa

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Stila’s One Step Correct Review

I bought the One Step Correct from Stila a month or 2 ago and I am convinced that it is made with a little bit of magic!20140307-191841.jpg

So what is it and how does it work?
Well, it’s basically a primer, skin brightener and a color corrector but with an amazing triple-swirled helix formula that makes all the difference.
The formula contains a Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex which is said to hydrate and balance the skin, diminish the look of fine lines, minimize pores and control oil. Ooooh, fancy!

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20140307-183904.jpgCan you see the 3 colors in the images above? Yup? Okay, so that’s the triple-swirled helix that I mentioned above. Each color in the swirl serves a different purpose:
Green: minimizes redness;
Lavender: counteracts sallow undertones and
Peach: brightens, illuminates and diminishes the appearance of sunspots.
Pretty smart, hey?

That’s all cool, but does it really work??
Well, on the packaging it promises to ‘immediately improve skin tone, even out your complexion and helps to smooth fine lines.’ and honestly, it delivers just that, well except for the fine lines thing because I didn’t have any to start off with so I wouldn’t know, but it definitely improves skin tone and the complexion.

The first time I used it, I could immediately see the difference in my skin. It looked much more even and brighter than before, which was great considering my skin was very dull due to acne scars 😔.

I’ve even noticed a difference in the size of my pores – I had very large pores around my cheek area and these have decreased in size after I started using Stila’s One Step Correct.

So yup, it really does work but don’t expect it to cover up acne scars or other marks, it’s just a corrector not a foundation or concealer.

And is it suitable for acne-prone or sensitive skin?
OH MY GOD, yes! I have both acne-prone and sensitive skin and it works so well with my skin. I have experienced absolutely no breakouts from using it, whatsoever. I promise! And I’ve been using it for a while now, I use it every morning, without fail, on a cleansed face before applying my sunblock and it’s amaze!

So it’s worth it then?
Definitely! It retails for about R375-R385 which is fairly priced for a product that actually delivers what it promises. It’s certainly a product that you won’t regret buying! You should try it out ☺️!

Here’s to bright and even-toned skin, lovelies!

Raeesa

Retail Box: SA’s Online Professional Hair Care Heaven

Up until recently, I thought Retail Box was one of those beauty boxes that people subscribe to, you know, like RubyBox and Delish Box? So imagine my surprise when I found that these guys are actually an online store providing us with the amazing opportunity to purchase professional hair care online! I know, I die! I have been stalking their website ever since and simply can not wait to receive my allowance to make my first purchase – yes, I said allowance, I am a student after all!

Here are a few of their goodies that caught my eye and that have made it to my wish list:

 

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1. Tangle Teezer  in Compact Goddess: R260

2. Invisibobble in Crystal Clear: R80

3. Morrocanoil Glimmer Shine Spray (100ml) : R280

4. ghd Paddle Brush: R99

5. ghd IV Lavender Styler: R1820

 

Just a few more days before I can begin shopping! So eager, teehee! Btw lovelies, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter here and Retail Box here 🙂 Happy shopping!

 

Raeesa

The Victorian Garden’s Lavender and Myrrh Facial Healing Oil is a must-have for damaged, scarred and acne-prone skin

I’ve been looking for a serum/facial oil to lighten/remove all the marks left behind from previous breakouts, without causing more breakouts. And lo and behold, I discovered this little beaut on Faithful To Nature’s website.

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This facial oil is amazing. It truly is. I have had marks on my skin – red and brown marks – that refused to go away no matter how many home remedies I tried. But once I started using this facial healing oil, my marks have started to lighten as the days go by. I also love that even though this is an oil, it doesn’t bring up any new pimples whatsoever. And if I do happen to get a pimple, I just dab some of this magic oil on to it which helps to calm it and decrease in size.

This oil is perfect for acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, oily skin or dry skin. It really does help to rejuvenate the skin and restore your skin’s texture over time – it’s a healing oil not a miracle worker!

I use it at night, applying 3 drops to my entire face, an hour before I sleep. I don’t ever sleep, straight after applying this oil because it will just rub off into the pillow which is defeating the purpose of using the oil.
I used to also add a drop to my foundation to give my face a glowing effect. But thankfully, I don’t find the need to use foundation everyday as I am much more confident and not so wary of my now not-so-visible marks. Yay me!

This little darling is packaged in a 12ml bottle and has a dropper attached to the cap for easy application.

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I’ve been using it for a month now, and still have about 3/4 of the bottle left – so not only does it work, but it lasts long too. And for only R74, it’s a bargain! Try it out for a month or two, and honestly, you will see results! You can purchase it here or here!

Raeesa

Essence Cosmetics Product Haul

I’ve got a wedding in the family coming up and I needed new beauty products for this special occasion, so I popped into Dischem for some new beauty products.
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I was thrilled when I got there, thrilled I tell you! There was this sale basket – it didn’t specifically say sale, but the goods were definitely marked down – and I picked up a few gems.

1) Essence Eyeshadow in 55 Shrimp Me Up

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I love coral and peach hues. They work super well with my skin tone and they are just such happy colors! So when I saw this baby, I knew I had to have it plus it didn’t hurt that it was only R9.95. Yup, R9.95!

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2) Essence Eyeshadow in 66 Peppermint Ice Cream

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This little one caught my eye because of its shimmer. You may not be able to see it in the image above but it has this wonderful icy, shimmer to it. I wouldn’t necessarily use it on my entire lid perhaps just on the inner corners to bring some life to my eyes. Another great buy at just R8.95.

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3) Essence 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in 10 Sweet & Heart

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Eyeliners are my absolute fav. So when I saw this beaut chilling in the sale basket I was like I got to have you! And now I do! I like the fact that it is double ended so it’s easier to use the two colors together if you wish. The colors are also quite pigmented, check out my swatches at the end of this post. And another one bites the dust at just R9.95. Wooohooo

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4) Essence Pigments in 01 Studio 54

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Now this one was the only one that I can actually use for the upcoming wedding, my outfit is blue with gold accessories, so yeah this one is perfect. These pigments are amazing. I was trying out all the different colors in Dischem but I liked this one the most. It’s more of a glitter gold than a shimmer gold, which I love since I already own a shimmer gold. At R29,95 it is pricier than the others, but it’s worth it – it looks soo good!

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Okay, so in the images it looks more silver than gold – I’m not sure why. Maybe bad lighting? Anyway, check out the swatches below to get a closer look!

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Raeesa

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

If you suffer with a dry, itchy and flaking scalp along with oily hair, consider trying Head & Shoulders’ Dry & Itchy Scalp Care

An itchy and flaking scalp paired with oily hair, is just not on! You don’t want to be at an event and then have an urge to scratch your scalp and risk having all the flakes fall onto your amazing new black dress -ugh! To avoid all this drama and unnecessary embarrassment, I suggest you try this little darling out. The results are truly phenomenal.

 

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I have been suffering with all of the above for the past year or so, and I had tried every single shampoo on the shelf, including baby shampoo, but nothing worked.

My scalp was itching like crazy and it was so  flaky, and then I’d touch the top of my head and it was oily – and I couldn’t understand why- I was washing my hair everyday, but still no change. I had no idea what was going on. Like how can my scalp be dry but hair be oily? It was just totes annoying.

 

 

I spoke to my hairstylist and she said that I need to try a professional hair care range etc etc and it was obvi that she was trying to convince me to buy it right there and then.

But being a student, I was on a budget and rather unwilling to spend a sh*t load of money on a product/s that I wasn’t even sure would work, so I told her I’d get back to her. And thank god I never had to resort to such expensive products, because a few days later my mom and I popped into Dischem. We decided to visit their hair care aisle to see if it stocked anything that could possibly help with all my hair issues and, lo and behold, there it was – this amazing genius ‘Dry & Itchy Scalp Care’ formula from Head & Shoulders – sitting on the shelf, waiting for me to take it home.

 

 

I had my reservations about the results that it would produce, but after about 5 washes my hair was healthy and normal again. No itchiness, dryness, oiliness or flakes. Just normal, clean, great smelling hair. Truly great. I tell you.

 

But bear in mind that these results are achieved only with continuous use. If you stop using it, all of your unfortunate hair issues will make it’s way back into your life. So in my opinion, stock up on this baby! Buy at least 4 or 5 at a time, it sells for only R34,95, making a simultaneous multiple purchase possible. Oh yeaaaaah!

 

Hope you are having a happy hair day!

 

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