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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Tried and Tested: Best affordable lip balm for dry, chapped lips

A while ago, I told you guys all about the Blistex Simplex and Sensitive Lip Balm which really did wonders for my dry, chapped lips – it even reversed the darkness on my lips caused by a lipgloss that I tried out. Anyway, even though I really loved it, I felt that paying +/- R50 for 5ml balm that only lasts me about 2 months wasn’t really worth it. So I set out to find its dupe . And lo and behold, I did.

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Bioderma Sensibio AR BB Cream Review + Rant

For the past 2 years, Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream was my go-to product for everyday use. However, the formulation along with the packaging has been changed and this ‘new’ BB cream doesn’t agree with my very sensitive skin – so it was time for a much needed change. I read about Bioderma’s AR (anti-redness) Sensibio BB Cream online and thought it would be a great fit for my skin so I decided to give it a shot.

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Catrice Ultimate Colour and Ultimate Lip Glow Review

I have never pegged myself as a lipstick kinda girl as I’ve only ever worn balms or lip chubbies – and also never owned a tube of lippie until recently.

A few weeks ago, I found myself browsing through Kalahari’s website and somehow convinced myself to purchase not one, but two lipsticks. The first being Catrice’s Ultimate Lip Colour in Matte About Pink (250) and the other Catrice’s Ultimate Lip Glow.

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LA Colors Chubby Lip Pencil Review

I’ve read/heard about LA Colors products from many beauty bloggers and thought that it was time to try it out for myself. Since it was my first time purchasing, I decided to go small and bought 3 of their Chunky Lip Pencils in different shades of pink – and here’s what I thought of them..

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I purchased the natural pink, hot pink and hot red shades, I think I was more drawn to these shades as they are more or less the shades that I usually use. These Chubby Lip Pencils retail for about R35 at Dischem, but I got them for just R26,95 due to the Dischem Beauty Fair discount.

I think all 3 of the chubby lip pencils produced the same result , so I’m just going to do a general review of the Chubby Lip Pencils. At the end of the post you can view the swatches for each of the shades as well as pictures of the different products.

The chubby is a mix between a lipstick and lipgloss. It’s as pigmented as a lipstick but the finish is more like a lipgloss, in the sense that, it sits on the lips and isn’t really ‘absorbed’ into it – basically, if after 15minutes you wipe your lips it will wipe right off but still leave a slight stain, just like a gloss would.

What I like about these chubbies is that it doesn’t really settle between the lines of your lips – as long as you exfoliate your lips and apply a lip balm before applying the chubby. All of the shades look wonderful on an olive skin tone which generally indicates that it will suit both fairer and darker skin tones.

The chubbies also work wonderfully with lipliners – if you’ve ever watched those short IG videos or Youtube videos and are as obsessed as I am, with how these beauty gurus achieve their amazing lip colour then you should defo purchase one of these chubbies.
I apply the chubby first and follow up with a lipliner in a similar shade and oh my gosh, the result is phenomenal! You end up with this very pigmented and creamy lip colour that you will absolutely love!

The staying power isn’t great though, it will probably last you about an hour before you have to reapply but if you drink/eat, you’d probably have to reapply much sooner than that.

If you don’t already know, I’m all about the packaging of products and unfortunately, the print on the packaging has already faded away and I only have it for like about week or so – I guess it doesn’t really affect the efficiency of the product but I do like pretty, solid packaging so I was quite disappointed.

So yeah that’s it. For the price of R27 or R35 (depending on when you go to Dischem), I think it’s a great buy – fading packaging and weak staying power aside – as it is very affordable, looks amazing on the lips and is fab for blending with other lippies to creat new colours.
But if you’d like something more solid and with greater staying power, check out the Revlon Matte Balm which I reviewed here.

Check out the different shades and swatches below:

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Gettin’ lippy with it

It wasn’t too long ago when the Strawberry scented Labello was the only lip product I owned. But recently, I’ve been more and more obsessed with lip products, so I thought I’d share 3 of my favorites with you.
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Blistex Simple and Sensitive Lip Balm
I recently had somewhat of an allergic reaction to the ingredients in both the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss and one of the Smashbox lip glosses – in general, my lips don’t play well with glosses. Anyway, I tried everything from Maybelline’s BabyLips to Vaseline even Zambuk and plain ol’ olive oil to try and get my lips back to normal but nothing worked. My lips were extremely dry and itchy and the upper one had turned a dark brown -which I’m assuming is an indication that the gloss burnt my lips – and was just horrible and annoying to look at.
Finally, I came across this beauty from Blistex and I kid you not, the next morning my lips were back to their usual self – plumpy and hydrated and no longer brown! IMG_1194
Initially, I was a bit hesitant to pay 40bucks for a balm that looked like it travelled all the way from the 90’s due to it’s rather crappy and lame packaging, however I’m glad that I did purchase it!
Apart from it’s aforementioned lack in visual appeal, it works superbly and always, ALWAYS, makes my lips feel great! I use it every night before bed and throughout the day. I also use it as a lip base for every lip product that I use. I find that since the Blistex balm is quite moisturizing, when used with another lip product, it gives my lips a very hydrated and healthy look and stops coloured lip products from drying out my lips and settling within my lip lines.
This is one product that I don’t think I can live without. And yeah, I’m even willing to pay another 40bucks for it if it means that my lips won’t have another incident!

 

Revlon’s ColourBurst Matte Balm in Unapologetic
I love chubby crayon-like lip products. I find it much easier to slick on than a lipstick and I find that they are quite pigmented too.
This particular one, is very hydrating, brightly coloured, smells minty and long-lasting too.

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Catrice’s Long Lasting Lip Pencil in Red Lip District 050
So, this is the first lip pencil that I’ve ever purchased/used. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never been interested in lip pencils. Perhaps, I thought that it was only for lining lips and wasn’t willing to invest that much of time in my lips where I’d have to line them and fill them in too.IMG_1191
Anyway, this one was quite an impulse buy. I think I paid about R13 for this one during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales on Kalahari  (you can find the lip liner here and even get it for free with the current promotion on Kalahari) and was excited to see what it was like. I wasn’t expecting much and thought it’d be average but it actually surprised me. It is quite bright and red and much, much more moisturizing than I thought a lip liner would be ( I compared this to an Essence one that I bought at the same time, and the Essence one really dried out my lips). IMG_1204-1

I’m not a fan of red lips, so I blended this one into my Blistex coated lips and created a subtle watermelon-red shade which I love. I usually wear the lip liner + Blistex duo when shopping or on a night out in which I amp up the pigment from watermelon red to water ice-cream red. The normal selling price is about R30 and is such a steal! I’m sure it isn’t as wonderful as a MAC or a Bobbi Brown liner but really does produce amazing results at a fraction of the cost and is perfect for those beauties on a budget!

 

Let’s hope that this year, my love for and collection of lip products grows extensively!

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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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DIY: Make your own super, sparkly glitter eyeliner with Essence cosmetics

I absolutely adore glitter eyeliners, but the brands that make them are a bit too pricey for my budget.

One of the most affordable glitter eyeliners is Essence’s Crystal Eyeliner but the glitter in those liners are tiny and are more suitable to be worn in the day rather than at night. I wanted a liner that is super cute, not overdone but that still makes a statement, so I decided to create my own. And here’s how:

All you need is:
A tube of transparent, gel mascara
A glitter pot in any colour
A skinny, eyeliner brush

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I use Essence’s Lash & Brow gel mascara (R29.95), Essence’s nail effect glitter (R29.95) and an eyeliner brush from on old eyeliner.

Method:
Before you begin, ensure that the eyeliner brush is clean and dry. Wash away any leftover product with some baby shampoo or makeup remover and then dry it off with a paper towel.

Dip the brush into the tube of mascara, ensuring that the bristles are thoroughly coated with the gel.

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Now dip the brush into the pot of glitter. Go for a little bit of glitter at a time, if you overload the glitter it will make the task of applying it as eyeliner much more difficult. Just tap off any excess glitter into the pot or cap.

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Apply to eyes (or hand in my case :P)

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Please note that I have used glitter that consists of larger flakes due to the fact that if it gets into the eyes, it will be easier to remove than the mini flakes. Also note that no glitter is 100% safe to use on your eyes, so please be super, duper careful when applying – we wouldn’t want any trips to the ER now would we?

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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