Archive | January 2017

Colourpop haul!

There’s something about a Colourpop haul that just fills your soul with butterflies and rainbows ❤ I’ve spoken about my love for Colourpop before, which you can read about here.  In November last year, I saw that Colourpop was offering free international shipping. I had to jump on it, because once shipping and customs come in to play, Colourpop is not as affordable to us in South Africa as it is to US residents, so free shipping helps a lot to keep the costs down!

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So….what did I get?

1. On a Whim – mini ultra satin lip kit (RSP $18)

  • Magic Wand: Ultra Satin Lip; light nude
  • Mess Around: Ultra Satin Lip; mid-tone greige
  • Stud: Ultra Satin Lip; warm brown terracotta
  • TooLips: Ultra Satin Lip; deepened plum brown
  • Dopey: Ultra Satin Lip; muted pink

These were much smaller than I expected. I’m not sure how many uses I’ll get out of it, but it’s a nice way to test out a range of colours and then order the full size in the one you absolutely love. I can’t comment on the formula or wearing time as I haven’t used these yet.

2. Supershock shadows in ‘Just Fur Fun‘ and ‘I heart This‘ (RSP $5 each)

On first impressions, I do not love these eyeshadows…and that’s a first for me when it comes to the Supershock shadows. I expect them to be very pigmented and these 2 just are not. The swatches above are 2 generous swipes and still, you can barely see ‘Just fur fun’. I had to use another eyeshadow with it after realising the pigment was just lacking. ‘I heart this’ is very glittery to me with barely any colour payoff. I’ll play around with it a bit more though, and report back.

3. Lippie Stix in the shade ‘Cami‘ (RSP $5)

Let me tell you, this lippie stix is the best thing I’ve ever bought from Colourpop. I am in love with the colour and the formula. People say that the matte lippes are drying on your lips, but I find this to be very comfortable on my lips and I just love the colour. It’s more mauve than in my swatch. In the swatch it looks more brown, but I definitely think it has beautiful mauvey undertones and on the lips, it’s gorgeous. I think it would go with any skin tone.

Also the wearing time is good. I had it on for a good 5 hours (through 2 parties), ate and it was still on my lips. It was slightly faded, but still there. My husband has requested that I only wear this on my lips every day. That’s how much he loves it. lol.

On the shipping, I was told my parcel was lost so wasn’t expecting it to arrive. It took a full 2 months to get here. I see people are waiting 3, 4 and even 5 months with the international shipping, so you need to be patient. Customs is ridiculous considering this wasn’t even a $40 or $50 order. Customs and fees amounted to about $18, so keep that in mind when ordering any makeup overseas. Sometimes it’s worth it to rather order from a 3rd party seller here in SA if you want your costs to be predictable.

If you order directly, take advantage of the signup promo where you get $5 off your first purchase! That’s ‘Cami’ for free 😉

What’s your favourite Colourpop product? Or your least favourite?

 

Chelsea Boutique Brow Kit {Review}

If there’s one thing you could not leave home without doing (in terms of your beauty game), what would it be? For me, it’s my brows. They are embarrassing, unruly and patchy! I usually travel with tinted brow gel and a spoolie in my bag for those days I’m rushing to the shop, so I can do my brows in the parking lot or at the till. Where ever….. Don’t judge me.

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a Benefit brow kit for ages now, but the brand is not available in Port Elizabeth and online (Red Square) when I tried to order, I got an error so never bothered again.  When I saw this competition on Life Retreat for a brow kit from Chelsea Boutique, I was so excited, but didn’t think in a million years I’d win. So when I received the email notification about a week ago that I’d won, I was beyond ecstatic!

The package arrived on Friday afternoon and I was like a kid in a candy store. The packaging for this kit is so luxurious. The exterior is made of hard and sturdy cardboard, while inside, all the products are housed in this luxurious velvet sort of interior. Immediately I felt like: Simone, you’re in the big league with this kit! ❤

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The Kit contains:

  • 6 Eyebrow Stencils

  • 1 Duo Application Brush

  • 1 Eyebrow Powder

  • 1 Eyebrow Tweezers

  • 1 Velvet Kit Case

  • A ‘how to apply’ guide

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There are 7 shades to choose from, so there should be a shade for every gal! I chose the shade ‘Cappuccino’ after much deliberation and I’m happy to say that it matches me to a T. The formula of the powder is smooth and finely milled. I haven’t had any fallout when dipping the brush into the powder or on my actual eyes. A little of this product goes a LONG way. I literally just dab my brush in and that’s it. This after I took a nice sweep of product over the weekend and just applied…lesson learnt! lol.

I love good quality, easy brow products. Easy to apply, blend and even wipe away if you make a mistake. This ticks all the boxes.

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The brush is quite nice. I assume I use the other end for eye shadow? Well that’s what I have been using it for and it picks up product nicely. I do wish that the other end was a spoolie. I see they do have a brush like that on the website though. The tweezers are AMAZING! I’m obsessed with my La Tweez tweezer, but this one from CB definitely is up high…maybe even better. It took all the stray hairs out on the first attempt. A really fabulous set of tweezers.

There’s a little guide on how to apply the powder and use the stencils. CB claims the powder is smudge proof and water resistant, as this is a semi permanent powder. I did find that my accidental dark brows on Saturday looked nice on Sunday as if the excess powder had washed away. I’m not sure how semi permanent the powder is supposed to be in terms of how long it lasts, but I personally have no issue with doing my brows daily. If I could skip a day or just add a brow mascara in the morning though, that would be great! I will report back on how long the powder lasts and how often I am touching up my brows and I’ll also include some before and after pictures.

Lastly there’s a gorgeous little velvet bag to store all the products in, which is great to just throw in your bag or for travelling. Add your brow gel and you don’t need anything else. There are also some lash products on their website, the mink lashes are to die for!! I’d also love to try their Brow Gel so may do an order for that in the near future.

Have you heard of this brand or tried it out?

Thanks again Life Retreat and Chelsea Boutique for a lovely prize!

Fushin {Mini restaurant review}

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I spent most of the festive season eating! Hence the diet I’m desperate to start right now, but that’s another post for another day.

My husband and I are really creatures of habit when it comes to where we dine. On the rare occasion we step out of our comfort zone, 9 times out of 10, we end up disappointed and we wish that we just went somewhere reliable. Somewhere where they serve good food. Every. Single. Time.

One of those good food places is Fushin. If you’re a friend of mine (or my 8yr old daughter), you know that our love for Fushin knows no limits. Payday or end of the month salticrax days, when the craving hits, Fushin is the place that beckons us…welcomes us. Seriously, we see the waiters there more than our own family members.

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Fushin has 2 restaurants in Port Elizabeth at the moment, one situated in the vibey Richmond Hill area and the other, the Champagne and Tapas Bar, situated in the Baywest Mall.

I was so excited to learn that Fushin would be opening in Baywest mall, but I’ll be honest when I say, I’m not the biggest fan of the concept of eating in public. I feel we’re eating ‘high end’ sushi, and for that I think an enclosed restaurant would feel more appropriate. I am no food critic or ‘knower of all’, so this is just my feeling. I’m sure the owner had his reasons for the layout, and despite my feelings, we go and do the eat in public thing, because the food is THAT GOOD!

When I say we are creatures of habit, I mean it. Our order without fail:

Starter -as many tempura prawns as we can afford.

Sushi – The Blue Flame and The Peruvian Prince. (They were out of scallops on the day we went, so we opted for the Mexican Tuna instead)

In winter I live on their thai green chicken curry ❤ It’s the best in PE for sure!  

Drinks – A glass of dry white wine for me and some sort of beer for the mister. He claims this craft beer is the best he’s ever had 😉

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Besides being beautifully presented, the food always tastes as good as it looks.

I meet many people that seem to think Fushin is a very pricey restaurant, but I maintain, go to another fish and chips sort of sushi dig, and for fifty bucks you get 4 pieces of sushi, whereas a Mexican Tuna for example is around eighty bucks for 8 pieces. So when you compare the price to the actual quantity, nope, Fushin is definitely not expensive and you’re getting top quality sushi. Wine a smidgen on the pricey side if you’re going by the glass. For R48 a glass I’d like my glass slightly more filled. #JustSaying

My mom only started eating sushi later (like super late, you know, because she’s a fossil now 😉 ) in life, because she was curious as to what her 5yr old granddaughter was so obsessed with. Today my mom only eats sushi from Fushin (it kind of runs in the family), so you have to know it’s THAT good!

We need to share the good spots to eat in Port Elizabeth. I’m just so sick of wasting money on an experience and food that I didn’t enjoy. So I hope if you’ve never tried Fushin before, you’ll give them a try, though seriously, by now…everybody SHOULD have tried Fushin at least once 😉

Have you eaten there before? What’s your favourite sushi spot?

You can find Fushin’s Facebook page here.

 

My top picks of 2016

Every beauty blogger and their cousin by now has uploaded a video or post with their ‘Best of Beauty 2016’, so I’m a bit late on the bus, but we’ll still get to the same destination….right?  Today I want to just share what some of my all time favourite products to use in 2016 were. I’ll try not to make this too long and will go in order of makeup application.

Best of Beauty 2016

Primer – My ride or die will always be the Benefit Porefessional pro balm. It’s glides onto my skin and fills my pores. The balm also mattifies my oily bits which I love. I’ve yet to find another primer that can compare to this one.

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Foundation – I have’t used many different foundations as I’ve found 1 that you’ve seen on the blog before, the L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte foundation. I’m in the shade Golden Beige, though I think that’s my winter shade and I should try one shade darker now in Summer. This gives me a medium coverage with 1 layer and looks very natural on my skin, so much so that people sometimes don’t believe I’m wearing foundation. This foundation is for somebody with oily skin though, or it may look a little dry, but a good mist of setting spray can help with that. (Available at Dischem )

Face powder – After seeing a few good reviews, I got the Yardley loose translucent powder and I really like it. It’s very finely milled and it doesn’t crease my under eye area like other powders do. (Available at Clicks or Dischem) 

Under eye concealer – I’ve seen many reviews on the Maybelline Age rewind concealer and I was praying it would come to South Africa, but it hasn’t. Thankfully I have a lovely cousin in the UK that said I could order goodies and when she comes to SA she’d bring it with her. I love this concealer. It’s not thick and it blends so well. My only issue is that I think the shade I got is a smidge too light for me, so I usually mix it with my other favourite concealer, from LA Girl (Pro HD concealer) that is a bit darker. (Available from Superdrug in the UK)

Eyehsadow primer – I loved the eyeshadow base from Essence. It’s affordable and it does the job.(Available at Clicks or Dischem) 

Eyeshadow palette – This is a tough one as I love all of my palettes more than the next one at some point in time. Only because this was a dream come true, the Chocolate Bar palette from Too Faced has got to be my favourite palette for 2016. The shade selection is great and the quality of the eye shadow is amazing. I’ve said it in a previous post, there’s something in this palette for every type of gal…the ordinary gal and the glam gal ❤

Brow Pencil – I love the MAC brow pencils. They are creamy and blend in really well. Easy to smudge or wipe off if you need to fix a mistake. I just feel it gives such a natural fill to the brows. I wear the shade ‘Spiked’.

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Mascara – There is a clear winner for me, and that is the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. The Roller Lash doesn’t clump, it seperates and lengthens your lashes. It’s just the perfect formula and I will repurchase it over and over.

Blush – Again there is no other contender in this category for me, it’s the Benefit Dallas face powder. (I seem to have a little bit of a crush on Benefit products don’t I?) A bit of a blush/bronzer hybrid, but I just love the flush of colour it gives, with no shimmer and I think it just goes with every single makeup look. I don’t even have to think about it.

Highlighter – This one is difficult. I don’t think I’ve found THE HIGHLIGHTER yet that rocks my world. I was obsessed with my Colourpop one in the shade ‘Lunch money‘. Today I’m in love with the one from my NYX palette called ‘Ice Queen‘. So in 2016 I basically just grabbed whatever was close by…I love all my highlighters on different days.

Lip pencilsEssence lip pencils are my go too pencils in any shade. They are affordable and come in an array of colours. I don’t think they’re the most long wearing lip pencils out there, but I’m not too fussy about that. (Available at Clicks or Dischem) 

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Setting spray – My vote goes for the Me & Youth beauty spray (previously known as Beauty Fix). The ingredients, the lovely rose scent and the dewy look it gives my foundation just makes this a clear winner in my books. Apologies as I seem to have not included a picture of the new bottle and I don’t want to show a picture of the old packaging. Oi.  (Available on the Me&Youth website)

Lipstick – I’m not a big lipstick lover. I’m more a lipliner and gloss kind of gal. My most worn lipstick in winter was definitely from Gosh in the colour ‘Antique‘. Also a reached for lipstick was from Mac in the shade ‘Modesty‘. (Available at Edgars Stores)

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Lipgloss – Another winner from Essence, but sadly this gloss was part of the limited edition ‘All that Greys’ launch and mine is basically finished, so I have no idea what I’m going to do 😦 It’s a nudey pink gloss and paired over a plum lipliner is just amazing! Also paired with grey eyeshadow, it’s simply stunning. The scent is also really lovely. (Limited edition, so not available anymore)

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Hair – I discovered quite a few brands in 2016 and a brand called NAK definitely was the best shampoo and conditioner that I used. It left my hair feeling so clean, nourished and shiny, without it being oily. On the budget side, Aunt Jackie’s range from Clicks is a brand I fell in love with, especially for coloured gals with flyaway hair or knotty hair. The range is affordable and even has a flaxseed oil infused hair gel so it isn’t harsh or drying on the hair. (Available from RetailBox)

That concludes my ‘Best of 2016’ picks! I hope you enjoyed reading it and perhaps we loved some of the same things, or you’ve spotted something you’d like to try? Also if there was something you could not live without in 2016, please let me know below in the comments so I can look out for it ❤

PS I have NO idea why the quality of my picture is so bad. It’s fine until I upload it here. I haven’t had this issue before 😦 If anybody has advice, leave me a comment down below. I’ll try to play around with it and update the post.

EyeSeeHue Makeup haul

My friends who know me, know that I love to enter competitions! I tend to win a few once in a while and they always ask: ‘How are you so lucky?’ My reply is that you have to be in it, to win it! I am a mom of 3, struggling to pay her bills and keep the makeup addiction alive, just like any other family out there in these tough times. If I can try my luck at winning something I could never afford or things I really really wished I owned, why not? Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

In December I don’t know what happened….lucky, blessed, whatever you want to call it, that was me. Okay I don’t win cars or R5000 in cash, but these little prizes make my heart all warm and fuzzy ❤ To me, it’s HUGE! I entered a competition on @JoziStyle to win a R1000 shopping voucher with EyeSeeHue Makeup and one morning, at 5am when insomnia was winning….I decided to check my emails and saw the delightful news that I’d won. I was ECSTATIC. Sephora, Too Faced, Eyeko……EEEKKK….any beauty junkie’s dream spree!

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On Tuesday evening I selected my goodies and by Thursday morning they were on my doorstep…while I was at work! Talk about FOMO. When I got home, I greeted my kids, ate supper and then calmly went to sit down so I could open my package and savour the moment. So what did I order?

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First up was this Sephora face mask set that contains 6 sheet masks. Each mask contains different ingredients and extracts (related to the name) to target a specific skin concern.

  • Orchid  – Anti aging and smoothing
  • Lotus  – Moisturising and soothing
  • Algae – Purifying and detoxifying
  • Rose – Ultra moisturising and brightening
  • Pomegranate – Anti fatigue and energizing (I have 3 kids…much needed! )
  • Avocado – Nourishing and repairing

This set retails for R400.

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EEEEEEPPPPPP I can’t help but feel excited about trying this mascara out! This is a cult favourite, as evidenced by the amount of You Tubers that rave about it and love it. Initially it was out of stock, but the beauty gods knew my heart, because when Andrea contacted me to select my items, there it was, with a shining halo of light….*sings ‘Hallelujah, hallelujah…* So this is the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara and it’s a full sized mascara.  The box promises more volume, more curl, longer lashes and drama! So we’ll see if it lives up to its reputation. The RSP is R330 which is amazing considering it goes for just under that on the Too Faced website.

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The last thing I ordered was the BeautyBlender as I always need more beauty sponges and I was hoping to get a pink one. I got the red one, which I do already own. The sponge is GREAT, really worth it’s price, but the red one bleeds like crazy, so that’s the only thing about the red one that I don’t love. Once its been washed 100 times the colour is really ugly, but it still does its job and I’m not too offended by it…and I won it, so really not complaining, just letting you know what to expect if you get a red one. This has a RSP of R350.

As if winning this voucher was not enough, Andrea also kindly threw in a Sephora Kiss Me lipbalm in Cotton Candy as an extra little gift. It smells amazing and it’s just so freakin cute ❤ My sister entered to win this competition as well and she wanted one of these lipbalms….I’m considering gifting this to her. Pay it forward and all that you know, but this just smells so good….not sure if I’m going to be kind in this instance. lol. The lipbalm retails for R120.

I for one will definitely be supporting Andrea in future as her prices are just so competitive! Seriously go check out the Chocolate Bar palette on her page that I spoke about in my previous blog post. I can’t wait to see what other products and brands she’ll be bringing in next. I’m not sure if she’ll read this blog post, but Andrea, thanks again. Your babies have gone to a good makeup loving home ❤

Do you spot anything here that you’d like a review on or that you’d like to get your hands on?

 

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar review and dupe

Firstly, happy 2017 to everybody! I hope you all had a lovely festive season with your nearest and dearest ❤

I cannot believe that 2016 flew by so fast! My older 2 kids started Gr. 3 and Gr. R yesterday and I just feel as if I’m going to blink and this year will be over too. I’ve made it my goal to NOT wish away any time this year. To live in the moment. To enjoy my kids, my husband, my chaos, my life. I wish that 2017 will be all you want it to be and more.

Okay, so we have the formalities out of the way, let’s get to today’s post. Way back in July of 2016, I shared a blog post about the Makeup Revolution I ❤ Chocolate palette. I also wrote about how I wished I owned the original Too Faced chocolate bar palette. Ladies, I sent that wish out into the universe, and it was granted by a lovely UK blogger named Jo, and her blog is called Flourish & Blotting. I was overjoyed when I received the email from her that I had won the giveaway on her blog and I remain very grateful today still for this amazing win ❤

I apologise that the pictures of the actual palettes together are not identical or actually next to each other, as I took the pictures seperately and have sadly, re-gifted my beloved MR palette so I cannot take pictures of it to match the Too Faced palette.

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My Too Faced palette arrived late last year and I was absolutely giddy with excitement when it arrived (minus the joke my husband made about them having lost the parcel *insert my not impressed face*. When I opened the box, the packaging is sleek, and not as bulky as I expected. It has a magnetic closing mechanism, so you know it’s closed when you close it. Once you open it, you get a whiff of the delicious chocolate scent that just makes you smile. The scent is so delicious though, that at one stage my daughter was regularly taking a swipe of eyeshadow to eat it! I KID YOU NOT! I quickly had to put an end to that, especially when she’d bring her friends around to sample it too???? Oh my soul.

There’s a mirror inside as well which is always great for makeup on the bed, or makeup in the office, etc. There are 16 shades in the palette, a mix of mattes and shimmer shades and the colours are a mix of browns, pinks and plums.

So let’s swatch!

The Too Faced swatches are on the left and the Makeup Revolution on the right. I’ve used the names from the Too Faced palette for identifying the shades.

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As you can see, many of the swatches are almost identical and I actually have 2 that I prefer in my MR palette…..sorry, now my sister’s MR palette. (It really broke my heart, but I didn’t see the point of owning 2 similar palettes 😦 ) The main differences are in the matte shades for me where the MR shades are just a bit chalky when compared to the TF palette, but otherwise MR serves up a really good dupe with amazing quality for the price. The shimmer shades are really pigmented.

In the TF palette, the only disappointing shade for me is the Strawberry Bon Bon. I just don’t find it to be very pigmented and I had to pack a lot on and still didn’t feel I got a good colour payoff. Salted caramel is my absolute favourite colour in this palette for the crease. I just could never find the perfect transition shade for the crease and I now use this shade to start most of my makeup looks.

So if you have the $49 for the Too Faced palette, you cannot go wrong treating yourself to this palette. The shades are buttery, so pigmented and blend like a dream. There’s also a fantastic selection of colours, for the everyday gal, the ordinary gal, the glam gal…there’s something for every gal in this palette 😉 However, if you don’t have $49/R660 for the palette (and you unfortunately cannot win one), you will not regret spending $10/R134 on the Makeup Revolution palette. These prices obviously excludes shipping and customs. They are available through quite a few 3rd party sellers in South Africa, but at a higher cost due to customs and shipping. If you’d like details on where you can purchase either of these palettes, leave a comment below and I’ll try to assist.

Do you own any of these palettes or any other palettes from either brand that you feel is a must have?