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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?

 

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.

My top 5 lipsticks

I was quite excited to do this post, because I know I have a problem when it comes to lipsticks….I always choose similar shades. To me they are world’s apart….I had one of these on yesterday and told my husband: ‘I’m wearing such a bright colour today.’…..hmmmm….no Simone, you weren’t. lol.

On the advice of a very persuasive MAC consultant once, I purchased the iconic ‘Ruby Woo’, because she swore I could pull it off. I got home and messaged my sister: Come and pick up a nice new red MAC lipstick after work! lol. I’m just so scared of colour it’s insane, but I am trying to push myself to try new things.

So I thought I’d pick out my top 5 lipsticks and then I’d also have an accurate view of how similar or different my top picks are.

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On trial today:

MAC – Modesty (Cremesheen)

Gosh –  Antique (Matt)

LA Girl – Rendevous (Creme)

Rimmel – Soho Violet (Moisture renew)

Rimmel – Heather Shimmer (Moisture renew)

From bottom to top: MAC, GOSH, LA Girl, Rimmel (Soho), Rimmel (Heather)

Off the bat I’m going to say I really don’t time how long my lipsticks last. I wear a lipliner and after lunch I reapply my lipstick. It’s not a deal breaker to me if a lipstick lasts 6hrs or 2hrs.

MAC

This is a neutral colour lipstick, but leans towards a very light nudey pink for me. This is my favourite lipstick. MAC lipsticks smell amazing…this one I could just sniff all day. I like that this is more pink toned, because my lips are brown. True nude tones can make my lips look a bit ashy. This is a very soft and moisturising lipstick.

Available at a MAC counter. I think this shade has been discontinued 😦 RSP – R210 (at the time of purchase)

GOSH

Okay so maybe the MAC lipstick is my favourite creamy type lipstick and this GOSH one is my favourite matte lipstick. I am obsessed with this shade.  It’s a bit of a chameleon….depending on my make up it can look mauve, it can look brown, it can look pink. It’s just brilliant. This is a matte lipstick, but to me it’s really wearable and comfortable on the lips, not dry like many matte lipsticks feel.

GOSH is available at Edgars. RSP – R110 (at the time of purchase)

LA Girl

Goodness….how many times can I use the words ‘nude’ and ‘pink’ in one post? So this to me is a nudey pink (surprise!). What I love about these LA Girl lipsticks, is that it has a flat top, so I never worry I’m going to break the whole lipstick off if I apply too much pressure like the regular round/slanted tipped lipsticks. This is also a lovely creme lipstick with a nice sheen and it’s really pigmented. There’s aloe, shea butter & vitamin E in this lipstick so it’s really nice and hydrating on the lips. For the price, it’s real value for money.

LA Girl is available at Dischem. RSP – R59.95 (at the time of purchase) 

Rimmel (Soho Violet)

This without the flash looks pink, and with a flash more neutral toned, which I think is the true colour to me. This has a subtle brown tone to it and it feels great on the lips. This was my ‘bright’ colour I wore yesterday…ha ha. I am obviously insane….

Rimmel (Heather Shimmer)

At this point, I give up! I don’t know how to describe these lipsticks anymore without using the words: nude, brown, pink, mauve, neutral. I get it universe….they are all the same shade in different finishes and different degrees of colour pigment…BUT they are totally different. On paper they sound the same, but the pictures speak for themselves right?

The Rimmel lipsticks were both purchased online at some sale for a steal. Sorry I can’t remember the details, but Rimmel products are available at Clicks. 

What’s your favourite colour to wear and your favourite brand? Have you tried any of the above-mentioned colours?

PS Ladies I don’t ask these end questions just for the sake of it. I’d really love to know what you’re loving. I’m always keen to try out recommendations 🙂