Archive | September 2016

Is the Catrice Glam & Doll a dupe for Benefit’s Roller Lash?

Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara has got to be my favourite mascara in the world. You can read about my love for it in my June Favourites post.  I sadly had to dispose of it a few weeks ago as it was past it’s 6 month shelf life and it started making my eyes itch. Now my sister likes makeup, in fact she was the makeup sister between the 2 of us….and now I’m the crazy makeup obsessed one….I have no idea how that happened.

Anyways, my sister is also a major budget type gal. She is not going to spend R300, R200 or probably even R100 on a mascara. She doesn’t get why I spend Rx on mascara, lipstick, etc. when there are many good affordable options out there. I felt it was my duty to expose her to Roller Lash, albeit, one that technically needed to go into the trash can, exposure nonetheless. So I was like, just try this once and then throw it away. Needless to say….she called me and apologised for her horrible judgey ways of my love for pricey mascaras. She now also loves Roller Lash, though I’m guessing it’s going to be more like a stalker type of infatuation….from afar….

Sorry that intro was a bit of a rambling, okay, so I saw a blog post recently and there was an insinuation that the new Catrice Glam & Doll was a dupe for the Roller Lash mascara. If I could find a dupe for half or a third of the price, I needed to try it out!

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I don’t know why, but I battled to photograph the wand of the Catrice mascara, so I hope these pictures will do. 

As you can see, they both have a long curved wand, but if you look closely you can see that the Catrice mascara has less space between bristles compared to the Roller Lash. The Roller lash to me feels like it’s literally hooking and coating each lash, which is what it claims to do. Roller Lash doesn’t clump at all. I can do 1 coat or 3, I have never gotten any clumping with it.

The Catrice mascara does not have that ‘hook and coat’ feeling when I’m applying it. This mascara definitely adds length, but I find the formula to be a bit thicker than the Benefit one, so I do feel a 2nd coat already starts feeling a bit thick. With the bristles being so close together, I feel like it over coats my lashes? I’m getting product on one lash from 4 bristles. On the plus side, this doesn’t flake at all.

Do I think it’s a dupe for the the Roller Lash mascara? No I don’t.

Do I think it’s a decent mascara considering the price? Yes definitely. I grab this to wear to work most days.

Do I think it gives a ‘Glam and Doll’ effect? No not really. I was expecting a bit of more of a ‘doll eye’ effect to be honest, which is not the case.

Roller lash retails for R335 on Red Square online here. You can get a mini for R165, which is a great way to test it out and the mini lasted me for quite a while.

Doll & Glam retails for R79,95 at Dischem.

Have you tried either of these mascara’s out? What is your current favourite? I’m always looking to try out new mascaras, so leave your suggestions below.

Roller lash picture credit – Post by Molly King for http://www.nubimagazine.com.

 

 

 

Friday’s Yay or Nay?

So whether you thought this ‘series’ of posts was a good idea or not, you know, it’s my blog, so I don’t really care. I think it’s a good idea, so I’ll go with it. lol. Just kidding….I’m writing this in advance, so I really hope somebody thought this was a good idea…or I guess I’ll be trashing the 5 Friday posts I have lined up 😦

Assuming the idea was well received, let’s get to this week’s pick…..

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This week I’m talking about a super impulsive and expensive buy, it’s the Smashbox Always Sharp Clear Lip Liner.

WHAT IS IT?

Stop lipstick from stepping out of line with our new clear lip liner. Inspired and engineered to work with our new shades of Be Legendary lipstick. With a see-through finish, reds retain their vibrancy and pinks don’t lose their pop. Plus, a transparent lip liner is universal and works with every skin tone—and you can apply it without a mirror. This liner glides on easily to define lips and create a barrier that prevents lipstick from feathering and bleeding. Think of it as a fool-proof primer for your pout and the perfect partner for any lipstick in your makeup bag.

What attracted me to this liner:

  • It’s from Smashbox……<3
  • A clear liner is essentially a universal liner, so no more rummaging through 20 different pencils looking for the perfect liner.
  • It has a ‘twist and it’s sharp’ mechanism in the cap, so I thought that was pretty cool. You’d never need a sharpener again!
  • It had just come out, so I wanted to be ahead of the pack. You know, my pack of one.

Okay so what do I think? At R255 for a liner that, to me, doesn’t extend the wear of my lipstick, what do you think I think? I think I just tossed money down the drain. I never even reach for this lip liner. I choose to rummage through my 20 Essence lip pencils instead, that together cost me what this one liner cost me.

If I think of using it as a primer and a liner that prevents bleeding, then I think it’s fine, but definitely not a must have in your makeup bag, and definitely not for that price, so it’s a nay from me unfortunately.

Have you used this before? What’s your favourite lip liner?

Rating: 2 out of 5 

RSP R255 and it’s available online here on Red Square. 

Shopping with Aliexpress

I blame Luzanne from Pink Peonies for putting Aliexpress on my radar. I thought I’d try them out with a small purchase, so if I lost money, I wouldn’t be minus a bond payment.

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So what did I get?

Heart shaped brush cleaning ‘mat’ – $1,38

I’ve always wanted a brush egg or a brush cleaning mat, so when I spotted this, I had to give it a try. It’s heart shaped!! Super cute is totally a reason to make a purchase right?  I tried it on some of my brushes yesterday and I really can’t complain for +/- R20. My brushes were clean and it got the job done.

Brush egg – $1,23

Seeing as these items were so affordable, I thought I’d try more than one variation of the brush cleaning ‘egg/mat’ options on offer on the site. What I love about this smaller one is that the grooves are quite deep so they really get into the bristles of the brush to give it a good clean.

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All in all I was really happy with both of these, as they got my brushes much cleaner than when I just use my hands.

3 in 1 Mascara shield – $0,49

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I can’t even answer the question you’re probably asking…Why Simone? It was 49c (about R8) for petes sakes….seemed as good a reason as any to buy it. I tried it once, I got mascara all over my eyelid as if I was a 3 year old. I just don’t have an explanation for this purchase.

Smartphone Selfie Flash – $2,80

Okay so this is the one I was MOST excited about. I wish I bought more of these as gifts, because I really love this. My sister will tell you, I’m not a selfie person at all, and I’m not saying this flash has converted me, but I do like my selfie attempts a bit more since using it.

It comes with a small USB cable which is for charging it and then it connects to your phone via your earphone jack (is that what it’s called?). On the right side it switches on and off, and on the left side it has 3 settings depending on how bright you want the light.

I’ve only charged it once, but haven’t had it die on me yet. I reckon this must have gotten popular as it now retails for $6,99 and there’s nothing in stock.

Some points about using Aliexpress:

  • Always check the ratings/feedback of the seller you want to purchase from.
  • I would not buy any makeup from the site, as I’m 99% sure most of it is fake/knock off versions of more popular brands.
  • I purchased these 3 items from 3 different sellers, which meant that I had to wait for 3 different packages to arrive. I’d suggest you look if one seller has a few items that you are interested in buying.
  • The waiting time is long. I waited about 8 weeks for 2 of the orders and then about 10 weeks for the last one to arrive.
  • Look for sellers that offer free shipping. All the items I bought came with free shipping and on top of that, they came directly to my post box at home.

All in all, I’d definitely purchase off the site again 🙂

Have you ever used Aliexpress? What are your favourite online shops to buy from?

 

 

{Hair care} Let’s get Noughty

Curly hair problem #298 – You have two styling options: Ponytail and bun.

This is definitely the story of my life. Maybe our curly hair problems will be a thing of the past once Noughty’s hair care range hits the shelves?

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I was so excited to hear about the new Noughty 97% Natural hair care range that will be hitting the shelves at Clicks later this month. As a ‘coloured’ gal, I know the struggle of hair that’s not straight enough, not curly enough, so it fills my heart with warm fuzzy feelings to know that there’s a hair care range coming, that wants you to embrace your natural hair.

Whether you want to fight frizz, battle product build-up or simply define those curls, Noughty haircare products are designed to make a real difference to your locks and are suitable for all hair types including extensions.

These products are made in the UK and contain high quality ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, sea kelp, blue mallow flower and argan oil. Noughty’s natural ingredients pack a punch, for hair that feels and smells as good as it looks. Plus it’s gentle enough for the whole family and very affordable. As a mom of 3, and especially with a 7 year old daughter with A LOT of curly hair on her head, this is music to my ears.

I love the addition of argan oil in hair care products I use for myself or for my daughter. It’s really nourishing and has the ability to soften the hair and treat split ends. The ingredient I’m most excited about though, is the blue mallow flower, and I promise it has nothing to do with the fact that it’s related to the ‘Marsh Mallow flower’. The blue mallow flower’s botanical name is Malva Sylvestiris and it apparently has anti inflammatory properties, so this will really soothe the scalp. My daughter has a very sensitive scalp, so this may be a great addition to her hair care regime.

A huge trend in hair and beauty now is to use products that are cruelty free, and here Noughty is on point, as they don’t use any animal derived ingredients, so their products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans AND they do not believe in testing any of their ingredients on Bambi, Lassie or Skippy. Isn’t that great? The products are also FREE from petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates and silicones.

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There’s a variant for all hair types:

  • Rise and shine – Normal or dry hair
  • Care taker – Dandruff or sensitive scalps
  • To the rescue – Frizzy damaged hair
  • Wave hello – Curly or wavy hair
  • Detox dynamo – Detoxing or removing product build up

The new Noughty haircare range will be launching in selected Clicks stores nationwide from September. It will retail at R149,95 for 250mls.

Are you excited to try out anything from this range? I’m definitely keen to try ‘Care taker’ and ‘To the rescue’.

 

 

 

Current wishlist

I don’t know why I can’t wish for a R20 pack of hair ties or a R59,95 lipstick. Why do wishlist items always have to be things that we know we’ll never get unless we rob a bank? lol. It seems so counterproductive, but moving along….

Last year the 2 things I most had my heart on was a Makeup Organiser and a Glampalm Curling Wand. I never managed to get either of them and eventually chopped my hair off as I came to realise I’d never have Kardashian like waves….but I guess, let’s not kill the dream. Maybe one day I’ll lump all my wishlist items together, decide which one I really want….and go for it!! Also…now my husband has a go to place if he ever wants to surprise me….*whistles into the air*

I had never heard of Pandora before, until I saw this post by Aisha Baker. It was love at first sight. The pictures for the brand are stunning and the jewelry is just breathtaking. I’ve honestly never in my life felt the need to own any other rings besides my wedding rings, so much so that when I sent these pictures to my husband he was very confused. He replied: But you have wedding rings? *rolls eyes* Sometimes I think he gets me, other times….*sigh*

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Image taken from Pandora’s website

These rings ladies? I can’t even string a coherent sentence together when looking at this on my screen. ❤ They say a picture paints a thousand words, so I don’t think there’s anything that I need to add. I also love Pandora’s concept of being able to mix, match and stack items and their charms are also absolutely stunning! They have items in different metals, gold, two tones, silver, etc. Definitely check the site out and let me know if you end up getting anything…..you know, so I can plan to steal it from you.

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Image taken from Makeup Geek’s website

Next up is the Makeup Geek and Kathleen Lights Highlighting palette collaboration. I just love that she put this palette together with the intention of it being suitable for all skin tones. Some people have complained that it’s not right for fair skinned people, but I don’t understand that, as Kathleen is very fair and the palette is beautiful on her too. As you can see there are 3 different shades.

Shades Included in the Palette

  • Nightlight— light gold with a reflective luminous finish.
  • Starlight—rosy pink with a reflective luminous finish.
  • Sunlight—soft copper with a reflective luminous finish.

Makeup Geek does not test on animals so this palette is cruelty free ❤

Next, there is a painful part of makeup, and that pain starts when you realise that you’re running out of clean brushes. Hence why I currently have about 50 brushes, if not more. I realise now why these beauty bloggers and vloggers have 1000 brushes….they hope they never run out of clean brushes. The struggle is real people.

So now the brushes are clean, where to put them so that they don’t pick up any dust or fall onto the floor? I end up throwing them all onto a small towel, lifting the towel a bit so the bristles of the brush are at a slightly lower angle than the handle to ensure no water gets trapped where the bristles join the handles. It then becomes about finding a good spot in the sun where my kids can’t get to them, and also ensuring that brushes are not overlapping and just lying in a pile. I really can’t believe these are my problems in life, but they are. lol. Enter the Sigma DRY’N SHAPE® Tower…..

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Image taken from Sigma’s website

The PATENTED Dry’n Shape Tower® – Face and Eyes was specially designed to completely dry and shape your most dense face and eye brushes faster than ever before while holding up to 44 brushes at once.

-Holds up to 24 eye brushes and 20 face brushes

-Includes 3 bases and 2 connectors

-Disassembles easily for compact storage

-When combined with Dry’n Shape Tower® – Eyes can hold up to 92 brushes

All your brushes would be in one place and I also like the inclusion of the brush guards at the bottom to shape the bristles while they dry as I’ve been disappointed by some expensive brushes that go gnarly after being washed. I am not sure if this is available in South Africa though, but I’m sure somebody would be able to import it for you or you could buy it directly from the Sigma website.

Another thing I didn’t realise was a problem when I started my modest makeup collection….was STORAGE! I thought if I had 2 nice sized makeup bags, I’d be swimming with the big dogs. Apparently not. A makeup bag is no place to be storing your makeup and especially not when it appears you need 17 makeup bags. YIKES.

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Image taken from Lilli Makeup Boxes Facebook page

Lilli Makeup Boxes is a newer brand available that I’ve seen pop up all over social media recently. What I love about these perspex organisers, is that there are so many sizes and variations to choose from, and as a result, there’s an organsier to suit every pocket (which is actually part of the brand’s mission)! Another thing that I like is that she offers a laybye option for us poorer folks! I’ve already told my family I’ll be doing the laybye and for my birthday in December they can settle what I owe and that’s their contribution towards my gift. Hello….a win win right??? You can check out the rest of the items available here.

I don’t want this list to be too long, so I’m going to divulge my final pick. I’ve battled the last few months to pick a foundation that matches my skin tone 100%. There’s nothing worse than spending 300 bucks on a foundation and realising you actually can’t use it. The Body Shop comes to our rescue here with their ingenious range of Shade adjusting drops in Darkening and Lightening.

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Image taken from The Body Shop’s website

You wouldn’t settle for Mr. “Almost right” so why do it with your foundation? Our Shade Adjusting Drops help turn an almost there shade into the perfect one.

  • LIGHTENING DROPS
    If you have light to medium skin you may find your foundation looks too dark or orange. A concentration of white and pink pigments in our Lightening Drops helps neutralise yellowness while lightening. Simply add a drop to lighten light to medium shades. • For use with light to medium foundation shades • Transform an “almost right” foundation shade into the perfect one  • 1 drop = ½ a shade lighter • Works with most liquid foundationsDARKENING DROPS
    If you have dark to deep skin you may find your foundation looks too light or ashy. A concentration of black and red pigments in our Darkening Drops helps darken while keeping the natural depth. Simply add a drop to darken dark to deep foundation shades. • For use with dark to deep foundation tones • Transform an “almost right” foundation shade into the perfect one • 1 drop = ½ a shade darker • Works with most liquid foundations.

These retail for R300 each and I definitely think if you’re a makeup junkie, you should have this in your makeup bag!

What’s currently on your wishlist?

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Is there Power in Makeup?

So today I’m not talking about a product I love or hate. I want to say I’m straying off course, but whose course? This is my blog so I set my own course…right? I had this thought spinning around in my head and I thought it would be interesting to see how others felt about this topic.

I’m sure by now many of you have seen the video by Nikkie Tutorials titled The Power of Makeup? If not, check it out here. What it’s about is how makeup can transform you, highlight features you love, hide or distract from features that you hate.

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Okay so nobody should be hating on themselves, but as women , we know it’s inevitable. I hate my nose, my scarring, my small eyes, my small mouth…..you catch my drift. We all have something that we want to fix, hide, highlight, etc. I used to be one of those opinionated (read JUDGEY) women that would be like: Why does she wear so much makeup? Why does she wear makeup every day? Well now I know….she likes it. She doesn’t need to give me or anybody else a reason. It empowers her, whatever the reason is….let the makeup wearer wear her makeup in peace!

I attended a birthday event over the weekend and I was not feeling it. I’ve gained so much weight, I’m not comfortable in my own skin, but you know what…my makeup game was fierce and it definitely empowered me to not allow my weight to get me down. To me, that’s what I personally love about it.

Then on the other side of the coin, we read about Alicia Keys’ stand against makeup…. #nomakeup movement. After feeling like she always had to hide behind makeup and hide who she really was, she decided she is going au naturel and penned this letter that you can read here. Her letter makes a lot of sense, but I’m guessing as a celebrity she faces a lot more scrutiny than us regular folks which has made her feel this is how she gets her voice across. I appreciate her natural beauty and the raw images from the photo shoot. They’re still stunning. With the right angle, blemishes and all, I’m guessing some wonderful photographer could also highlight my natural beauty that my poor obviously blind husband seems to think I have.

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(RCA/PAOLA KUDACKI)

I know many women that don’t wear a stitch of makeup and I think they’re stunning, real life friends, acquaintances, celebrities. Let me just say: NOBODY NEEDS MAKEUP. If makeup isn’t your thing, that’s great. You’re saving a lot of money believe me!! Stay away from the insanity 😉

Do I feel like makeup is a mask that I hide behind? Definitely not. I’m sure there are people that will think or say: Well we know that’s not what she really looks like. Do I care? Hell no. It’s a tough world out there, if I feel good wearing makeup, as fake as what anybody thinks it it, your problem, not mine. Makeup lifts my mood…I find it therapeutic, heck even a bit artistic, but I wear no makeup more than I do actually wear makeup. Depending on my mood, depending on time constraints, depending if I have any clean brushes available (ha ha)…….that’s how I determine what the look of the day is. Kim K glam (just kidding) or chic hobo (just kidding again…okay not kidding).

Is it a problem that I feel prettier on the days I wear makeup? I don’t know. I don’t think it is. You fit into a certain size jeans…that validates some people. The way your hair is styled or coloured….your shoes. Training, healthy eating, a Big Mac…..everybody has something that makes them feel good about themselves. For me, right now, makeup is fun, so I embrace and enjoy it, but I definitely don’t hide behind it ❤

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What are your thoughts? Power of makeup or #nomakeup?

 

Friday’s yay or nay?

I like to purchase random items….my whole family will just collectively do an eye roll and mock me straight up about some of my purchases that get delivered. I was an unemployed student back in the VERY LATE 90’s…an infomercial’s dream viewer. The amount of crap I got my poor dad to buy…oh bless him. So I had an idea where I thought Fridays could be about some of these items that I just can’t stop myself from buying…a ‘Yay or Nay’ series and I’d give it a rating depending on how I felt about the item. Good idea…bad idea?

Seeing as you can’t actually reply,  let’s jump into our first ‘Yay or Nay’……….

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When I saw this being advertised, I knew that I would be all over it, like white on rice! Judging from the amount of times I got tagged on posts advertising this, it appears that my friends also know me very well. A nail polish bottle holder??? Why was this not invented sooner???

I LOVE to paint my nails. I love to add glitter, polka dots, heck I’d put the kitchen sink on my nails if I could….the crazier, the better. If you’re a fan of DIY nail painting at home, you know the struggle one faces when trying not to drip the polish all over the floor, bedding, your lap or table. It’s a real real problem. #ThirdWorldProblems. So when I saw this, I knew that the nail polish gods were smiling somewhere, because this has to be the perfect solution…..or is it?

Off the bat…..I  love the bright colour…it’s hot pink, what’s not to love? This particular brand also comes in a  beautiful minty aqua colour. This holder is super cute and the bright colour makes me smile.

You can see that there are 2 knuckle buster type holes at the bottom, and that’s so you can slide the holder onto 2 fingers. You then have the nail polish right above the nails you want to paint, so it essentially eliminates that ‘where am I going to put the bottle to give me enough time to swoop across to my fingers without dripping all over’ problem I end up having. This definitely helps me, because I love to paint my nails at night in bed after the kids are asleep. I do think this is better suited to when you’re painting your nails on a flat surface like a table or a desk, because I find with no firm surface, I tend to have no control over my hand and end up swaying my hand sideways, which I’m guessing could cause the nail polish to run out or perhaps even cause the bottle to fall out, which would be a nightmare. This didn’t happen, but I felt like a drunk person that had to keep remembering to pretend I’m sober and walk on a straight line. You all remember those days right? *insert embarrassed face emoticon* The bottle doesn’t budge though, despite how intoxicated my hand is, so that’s great.

Also it’s a bit bulky on your hand, so I have to literally peep over the holder to see my nails that I want to paint. I was wondering if they couldn’t make this a bit smaller, but if I consider how big a Morgan Taylor bottle is, to ensure it fits all brands of nail polish, this is the size it needs to be. I do just think it’s something I have to get used to.

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I tried quite a few different bottle sizes and shapes and they all fit perfectly, which is great.

To me, I think it just takes a bit of practice to get used to having this holder on your fingers. All in all I think it’s a great innovative addition to the home manicure process. So it’s a YAY for me on this one and I don’t regret purchasing it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 

RSP R129 available here on Takealot. 

Would you buy this?

PS Only a few more days to enter my Spring Giveaway here

PSS What do you think about the ‘Yay or Nay’ Friday idea? Yay or Nay? Let me know about any gadgets you think I have to have or ones I should definitely skip.

PSS I used the word ‘yay or nay’ way too much in this post….lol. Apologies.