23 Apr 2015

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in 32 Light Beige

Hey lovelies! I've been so bad at posting regular reviews, but I've just felt awfully uninspired lately with everything that's been happening and changing around here; and since blogging is something I do for my enjoyment, I simply don't blog when I'm not feeling it. But anyway, I'm back and today I've got a review of the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream for you! This is the second CC cream I'll be reviewing; the first was the Banila Co It Radiant CC cream that I reviewed almost exactly a year ago, but as you will soon read, these two products differ like night and day. For the record, CC stands for Colour Correct or Colour Control and as such CC creams can be used both as a makeup base or as a foundation depending on whether they provide any coverage or not. I bought mine at Clicks for around ZAR140 for 30ml, which is pretty affordable. There are four shades to choose from, sadly none of which are suited to darker/non-Caucasian skin tones. I got shade 32 Light Beige but I'm thinking 31 Ivory might be better for the upcoming winter months, although I must note that all the shades tend to cater to warmer skin tones, so if you have pink undertones you might battle to find a shade that works for you.  My skin is neutral, which means I have both warm and cool tones and I only just mange to make this work on me.

What it promises:
"The next generation of foundation! Combining:
Thanks to its 3 colour correcting pigments that smooth away imperfections
. APRICOT pigments > anti-fatigue
. GREEN pigments > anti-redness
. WHITE pigments > anti-dark spots
24 hr hydration
SPF 15

Result: luminous complexion & flawless skin in one step." 




Plastic tube with a pointed nozzle, which is fine, except for the fact that product tends to run out of the nozzle and into the cap which, as you can imagine, causes quite a mess and, consequently, succeeds in disturbing my delicate sensibilities as I am a self-confessed clean freak.

Texture & Scent:
The texture is very light and runny which is typical in light to medium coverage products and it has a pleasant fruity-floral scent that lingers for a short while after application. It is quite opaque, so I'd say it falls more under foundation-type coverage rather than tinted moisturiser. I find that this product applies well with fingers, beauty sponges and foundation and stippling brushes.


My thoughts:
From the moment I tested this at the Bourjois stand I knew it was going to be one of my favourite foundation-type products. It feels light and breathable on my skin and has a lovely, natural finish that is neither too dewy nor matte, which makes it good for all skin types. I would however suggest that oily skin types use a powder to set this product as it might turn a bit shiny by the time midday strolls along. I think this is a particularly good product for ageing skin that tends to be on the dry side and an absolute gem for winter months. As far as the colour correction claims, it performs well and covers the redness on my cheeks and around my nose, but doesn't do anything whatsoever for pigmentation spots. The 24 hour hydration claims are also a bit over-the-top, but I won't nitpick too much as this CC cream really is deserving of all the praise it's been getting. Definitely recommended!


18 Mar 2015

The (Pretty Big) Reason I Dyed My Hair Brown Again

Surprise! I'm a brunette again!

I'm not gonna lie, I loved being blonde. It took me two years of growing out my natural hair after colouring it every shade between jet black and auburn brown from the age of 15, so when I had to make the decision to go darker again I was more than a little sad about it. Yes, going blonde tested the absolute limits of my hair's health and the damage done to it almost reached a point of no return, but it was such a refreshing change from the same ol' brown I'd gotten used to.

Thing is, the reason I went brown has absolutely nothing to with my hair's health or personal taste, but a rather big (and to many people a very unexpected and perhaps shocking) decision that my husband and I have made. We've decided to return to Korea and this time we're not coming back to South Africa.

After living here for the past seven months we've realised three important things:

1. We simply cannot adapt here. Most of our adult lives have been spent in Korea and we no longer feel like we fit in or belong here. Too much has changed since we left the previous time and we simply aren't willing to live in the current circumstances. I think once a person has experienced a certain type of lifestyle, it's hard to go back. I will always love this beautiful country, it just isn't my home anymore.
2. Sometimes you need to learn a lesson the hard, painful (and very expensive) way before being propelled to make better important life decisions. Despite our best intentions to settle here, we just couldn't fall into a particular type of life that isn't meant for us. We bought a house and lots of furniture and spent a lot of time, money and heart trying to build a life here and at the end it was all for nothing. Yes, I've cried about it, but I'm not one to dwell on the negative. I'm just thankful that we're going through this now, rather than later in life.
3. There's no exact recipe to life. You've gotta do what makes you happy. We aren't all meant to live the exact same life, different things work for different people and that's okay.

So yeah, in a few months my husband, myself and (of course) our three cat children will pack up our lives again and move to the other side of the world. "So what the hell does moving have to do with dyeing your hair brown?" you may ask. Well, Korea sucks at dyeing hair blonde. Simple as that.  :)


19 Feb 2015

Review: NYX Matte Lipstick in 'Shocking Pink' & Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Addis Ababa'

As a former lipstick-hater I think it's time to finally admit that I am now obsessed with the stuff! It has taken some time and experimenting with different brands and types, but I've finally found my happy place when it comes to lippy. Firstly, let me say that NYX is one of my favourite drugstore makeup brands out there. Their prices are affordable and the quality of their products is just superb and often on par with high-end brands like MAC. Today I'll be reviewing their Matte Lipstick and Soft Matte Lip Cream (I prefer matte products because of the staying power and the fact that less shine means fuller-looking lips). As far as I know NYX is available in South Africa at selected Clicks stores only.

What it Promises:
The Lipstick
"NYX Matte Lipsticks are highly pigmented, richly formulated and long-wearing. The formula glides on smoothly and stays put with a non-drying matte finish."

Bees Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla)wax, Ceresin, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Octyldodeanol, Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Oleyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Bis-Digylceryl Polyacyladipade-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, B.H.A, and Fragrance. MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 77492), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), D&C Red No.6 (CI 15850), D&C Red No.7 (CI 15850), D&C Red No.27 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410), FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090), or D&C Red No.36 (CI 12085).

The Lip Cream
"Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip colour that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing."

What it is: Highly pigmented, matte lip cream
What it does: Creates various matte lip looks
How to use: Apply directly to lips, or over lipstick. Apply with lip liner to define outline of lips.

Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone,Beeswax, Glyceryl Behenate / Eicosadioate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone /Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isohexadecane,Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum. May Contain:CI77019 (Mica) / CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI15850 (D&C Red 6 Na.Salt), CI15850 (D&C Red 7 Ca Lake), CI15985:1 (FD&C Yellow 6 AlLake), CI19140:1 (FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake), CI45410 (D&C Red 28 AlLake), CI77491 (Iron Oxide Red), CI77492 (Iron Oxide Yellow), CI77499(Iron Oxide Black), CI77742 (Manganese Violet), CI77891 (TitaniumDioxide).

Both products come in standard black plastic packaging, no fuss or frills.

Texture and Scent:

Both the lipstick and lip cream have a really moisture-rich and creamy texture, which I love, since matte lip products tend to be a bit on the dry side and as such can be a bit difficult to apply- not to mention the drying effects on your lips. I wouldn't call these products full-on matte though, but rather creamy-to-medium-matte finish with an ever-so-slight shine that disappears after the product dries. While the lipstick doesn't have any discernible scent, the lip cream smells deliciously sweet and reminds me of candy floss and marshmallows- yum!

My Thoughts:
These two lip products are my all-time favourites to date! I love combining the two shades (as seen above) for a lovely bright lip that I've finally been able to pull off with confidence since going blonde.Their creamy texture is so kind on dry lips and the lip cream is actually quite moisturising. My favourite thing about them though is the fact that they wear unlike any products I've tried before. Even after eating and drinking this stuff manages to stay put and still look great which is fabulous to say the least! It takes a really special kind of formula to achieve this and NYX have accomplished this perfectly. I also love the fact that they're very pigmented, so what you see in the packaging is literally what you get. The shades available are so lovely, but unfortunately South Africa only imports a limited range which is a bit disappointing. All in all I simply cannot fault these two products and would highly recommend them to anyone.


2 Feb 2015

Review: Essence Soft Touch Mousse Make-up- 02 Matt Beige

Hello lovelies! Today I'll be reviewing the Essence Soft Touch Mousse make-up. I've never tried a mouse foundation before, because I'd always imagined it would come out looking cakey and flaky on my skin, but at only R65 for 16g at Clicks, I thought I might as well give it a shot. The range comes in five shades: 01 Matt Sand, 02 Matt Beige (the one I bought), 03 Matt Honey, 04 Matt Ivory and 08 Matt Vanilla.

What it promises:
"The make-up range with a super delicate mousse texture gives your face a smooth and natural-looking matt complexion while allowing your skin to breathe freely."


Standard glass pot with a screw top. Nice for dipping your brush, but not very hygienic if you use your fingers.

{Tip: Use a stippling brush, like this one for best results.}

Texture and Scent:
There's a very slight chemical scent to this stuff, almost like methylated spirits which I don't really like, but the bouncy, light texture is really lovely! It applies beautifully- even on dry, flaky areas and mattifies oily areas and leaves my skin feeling velvety soft.

My Thoughts: 
I have a serious love-hate relationship with this foundation. On the one hand, I feel like it has the best texture that I've ever experienced in a foundation as it has the ability to look great on every single skin type and texture. The finish is gorgeous and the price is a steal, but damn it, there are some flaws that are absolutely detrimental to this product. Firstly, the shades are way too limited and either cater for very warm/yellow skin tones or very cool/pink skin tones, but never neutral tones like mine. The shades are also a bit artificial-looking, so even if you do have a very warm or cool skin tone, you'll probably also have a hard time finding a shade that works for you. The second flaw is the fact that this stuff oxidises real bad. I am left with orange skin by noon which makes me feel awfully Jersey Shore-like. Um.... no. Just no. The last flaw was the ultimate kicker for me and that's the fact that this stuff is terrible for your pores. I broke out almost instantly and it took weeks to undo the damage. If you are prone to comedonal acne this product is a serious no-go.

I was left very disappointed with this mousse foundation as it has so much promise in terms of its texture and ability to work on dry, oily and normal skin types, but the composition is, sadly, very slap-dash and uninspired and it shows in its performance and quality. Not recommended.

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