Garnier BB Cream review

I’ve tried a few different BB creams and this one is definitely my go-to one at the moment.  I’d tried Garnier BB cream quite a while back when it first launched and I managed to get some in Singapore. I was … Continue reading

#SuperGorgeousApril photo-a-day challenge

I’ve often seen people take part in photo challenges on Instagram but I haven’t ever done one myself. This April I decided to take part the Super Gorgeous April photo-a-day challenge. Basically Alice (Supergorgeous on Instagram) posted a pic with a … Continue reading

Besotted with this primer

Revlon Perfecting Primer

Primers are still a bit of a new concept for me. My skin is very sensitive, with occasional breakouts, and the thought of layering more than 2 products on it still freaks me out a bit. Too many bad experiences with make-up and skincare products during my teens and 20s have left me wary of applying anything more than a basic moisturiser and foundation. Funny thing is, in my 30s I’ve learnt that it was more a case me using the wrong products for my skin and not looking after it properly that resulted in all those unwanted breakouts.

I have oily skin, that is also temperamental at times and can dry and sensitive, and am always on the lookout for products that will leave it with a matt finish. I’m tired of getting to halfway through the day and my eyeshadow has creased, my mascara has left lines on my eyelids and I have a shiny nose. Surely there must be a way that I can get to 4 pm with make-up that still looks freshly applied?

I’ve seen the Revlon Photoready primer on a few beauty blogs. I decided to try it out and chose the perfecting primer in the range – there is also a colour correcting one but I don’t really need that. I applied it for the first time and could immediately feel a soft matt finish. I applied my make-up as usual and went on with my day. Much later that afternoon I took a look in the mirror and to my surprise my make-up still looked great AND freshly applied! A few days later I went to yoga in the evening and was amazed to see that my make-up still looked great when I got home after the class (in general I try not to gym with any make-up on so that my pores can breathe, but on this particular day I hadn’t removed it before yoga). Liquid liner also stays in place all day which is such a relief because I always battle with that.

I have been using this primer for 2 weeks now and am in love with it! Applying more than 2 layers of products no longer freaks me out as much and I haven’t had any breakouts. I am so happy with it I even went out and bought a second one in case it is limited edition and I won’t be able to get more. It sells for between R179 and R199 and I found it at Dischem and Clicks.

Take a look at 27Pinkx

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Delicious snacks for high tea

Delicious snacks for high tea

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Best cappuccino I’ve had in ages

Last week Monday I was treated to high tea at the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa by 27Pinkx for their press launch. I was greeted at the door by the lovely Jen Su and Danielle Franco and handed a welcome glass of orange juice. I helped myself to some of the delicious snacks and found a seat at a table decorated with the prettiest flower arrangements.

Jen Su introducing 27Pinkx

Jen Su introducing 27Pinkx

Jen Su introduced Khatija and Anjum, sisters who own 27Pinkx, and gave us some background info on them. These ladies are absolutely breathtaking in person and have really come far from growing up in a small town in Limpopo to running their online store that showcases these fabulous luxury products.

Anjum and Katija with Danielle

Khatija and Anjum with Danielle

27Pinkx was created with one simple mission in mind: to bring a little piece of Hollywood luxury to women throughout South Africa. They produce exceptional and stylish make-up, storage items and tools at affordable prices.

Palettes

I’ve seen 27Pinkx’s products on their site, but that’s never as exciting as seeing them in person, being able to touch them and do some swatching of the shimmering shades. The eyeshadows are super rich in colour, have a great shimmer to them and each palette contains 10 shades in 1.

Products

Krassi Toma did make-up tutorials on two models, one had sultry lips and the other smoky eyes – two looks I believe every woman should try at least once. When he finished the smoky eyes he blew pigment off a piece of paper across her eyes. It left a faint sparkle over her eyes which caught the light perfectly. A very clever tip! But you would need a friend to help you out with that.

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Super sultry lips

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Krassi working his magic

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Lovely sparkles across her smoky eyes

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You can shop online at 27Pinkx and you don’t have to pay anything for shipping! It is absolutely free in South Africa. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

These items are definitely on my wishlist:

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Thank you Danielle and 27Pinkx for the invite and lovely tea.

 

 

Absolute Nude

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absolute nude open

Nudes are always my go-to colour for my eyes when applying make-up. Occasionally I’ll feel adventurous and choose a gunmetal or cobalt shade for a little drama but most days I find myself either wearing a light nude with a bold lip or an intense brown with light lips.

As soon as I saw this Catrice palette in Dischem the other day I knew I had to have it. It has a great selection of nudes to choose from and they have a lovely shimmery finish. At the end of the day I find this eyeshadow hardly creases in my eyelid and  still looks relatively freshly applied which is fantastic!

This palette is on sale at the amazing price of R64.95.

Today I’m wearing…

Today I’m wearing…

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 Catrice Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds in Brown Sugar Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara Top Shop Cream Blush Avon Ultra Glazewear Lipgloss SPF 15 in Rich Raspberry

What is the difference between BB, CC and DD cream?

What is the difference between BB, CC and DD cream?

While browsing through the sale racks at Woolies the other night a very polite lady started chatting to me about accessories and somehow we started chatting about make-up. I told her that I have very sensitive skin and have a real problem finding products that don’t irritate it or make it itch. She has the same problem and struggles to find products that don’t leave her face feeling like it’s caked in make-up. She’s looking for a product that provides light coverage and leaves you looking like you’ve got a flawless complexion all day. I started telling her about BB and CC creams and how I’m a firm believer in them. More and more people ask me what the difference is between them and I came across this article last night that does a pretty good job of explaining it.