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March favourites!

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Eeeekkk it’s been ages since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’ve really been loving the following products, so I just wanted to give them a well deserved shout out!

 

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Nose Pore Strips (RSP R29,99)

After I took the combined favourite pictures, I couldn’t wait to use my last pore strip. I opened the pack and realised it was the charcoal one (as it says on the outside…Oi), so it’s the wrong pore strip in the top picture. Damn you cosmetic people for putting them all in shiny silver packaging! This charcoal one is great, but it has ripped my skin at the tips of my nostrils and it burns for a good 2 days thereafter. I’ve tried it about 3 times and each time is the same. So I discovered the Skin Strategy ones from Dischem (2nd picture above) and they are great. They work well, no ripping off of my skin or burning and they are the cheapest I’ve found! 10 strips for 30 bucks? Bargain of note! PS Am I the only one that is intrigued after using a pore strip? Every. Single. Time. Like I want to frame it….so gross I know. lol

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Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette (RSP R700)

This is literally my 4th child. Look at that colour selection ❤ Every single time I have done my makeup in the 2 months since receiving this, I have used it. This is one of the best purchases I have made makeup wise. I love mixing the colours and I find I’ve become bolder in terms of the colours I use on my lips. Usually I’m a nude lipstick kinda gal, but I’ve definitely been rocking pink and burgundy lips lately. Go me!

The brush it comes with is also excellent and offers precision for applying your lipstick. Also the mirror in this palette is amazing! I always wondered why YouTubers say: it has a good mirror. Now I know.

Okay, the bad news? This was a limited edition item, so I don’t think you can get it anymore. I am ETERNALLY grateful for an online friend that bought this when she spotted it as she knew how badly I wanted it and couriered it to PE for me. I paid for it, but I mean, it was a lot of effort on her part for somebody she’s never met ❤

Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Corrective Care SPF 30 (RSP R285)

I recently wrote about 2 Vichy products here, where I confessed to having never used Vichy products before. This cream really impressed me as it’s non greasy, but provides hydration and has SPF 30 in it. I never wear anything with SPF on my face as I find it too greasy, but this is an ‘easy’ cream for my oily face. Also this mattifies the skin and I find it reduces the appearance of my pores.

The Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel (RSP R170)

Last week I gushed about how fabulous this peel is, so it comes as no surprise that it’s included in my favourites and you can read more about it here.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm Peach Kiss (RSP R47,95)

This is a tinted lipbalm, but I find it so moisurising on my lips and I love the subtle peach glossy sheen it provides to my lips. With some mascara and just this lipbalm, I feel like a million bucks 😉 I have about 3 of these floating around everywhere at home and in my bag.

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Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Mattifying Foam (RSP R190)

I was so happy with the Vichy products I was using, that I went out and bought 2 of these cleansers and another product at the current Clicks Autumn Beauty Fair. This cleanser foams so nicely! You just need half a pump, maybe even less if your face isn’t as huge as mine and you cleanse away. The foam doesn’t disappear which I love. You can see it and feel it on your skin. It mattifies my skin without leaving my skin feeling dry at all. I’ve noticed breakout spots don’t stay around for long since I’ve started using the Normaderm range. I am so glad I went with my gut and got 2 of these even though I hadn’t tried it before.

Rimmel Brow This Way Argan Brow Gel Clear (RSP R89,95)

I bought this literally the day before the 3 for 2 promo started at Clicks. That’s what happens when you sneakily buy makeup while your husband is in Spar. #Karma. So bummed when I miss a 3 for 2 promo. Moving on…..

This gel is really nice and I like that it’s infused with argan oil. My brows are not crunchy or hard, they stay in place, but they are natural looking. I also love the brush on the wand. It’s small and precise for easy application of gel onto your brows.

My only con on this would be that it’s a bit pricey for ‘drugstore’ considering it’s only 5mls of product, vs half the price for 8.5mls of another brand. I’ll see how long it lasts me and then I’ll decide if it’s a deal breaker for a repurchase. These come in a few shade options as well.

That’s it for my March favourites! Have you tried any of these? What have you been loving lately in terms of skin care or makeup products?

{Review} The Body Shop

I’ve always been a fan of the Body shop’s body butters and scrubs, but other than that I’ve never really purchased much at the store. About 2 months ago I popped into the store and they were having a promotion on so I decided to pick up the Vitamin C liquid Peel and the Camomile Cleansing Oil.

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The Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel (RSP R170) specifically targets pollutants that are left sitting on the skin at the end of the day. Transforming gel-to-peel technology traps and gently peels off impurities and dead skin cells to unveil healthy-looking skin

  • This transforming gel-to-peel texture peels away dull, tired skin for a happy healthy glow
  • The PH of the gel helps to release surface cells
  • Contains our most potent Camu Camu Berry

This has a runny gel consistency and you apply it to the skin and massage it into the skin for about 20 seconds. I put it onto a cotton pad, then onto my skin and I massage it, as I felt the fluid was really tacky and sticky on my hands where I pumped it in the first place. As you massage you’ll find that you start feeling little bits of skin sloughing off the surface, which may seem a bit strange at first…like am I going to look like Freddy Kruger after this???? I assure you, your skin will still be very much intact. lol.

My skin feels as smooth as a baby’s bottom after using this and I really feel that it releases a ‘glow’ for my skin that lasts a good 2 or 3 days.

A suggestion would just be to apply and massage in sections. Do cheeks, massage, then apply to nose and massage, etc.

The 2nd thing I picked up is the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (RSP R190). I have previously used the Dermalogica pre-cleanse and I thought it was amazing, but not quite in my budget, so I was hoping this was a similar product.

This oil feels like oil when you initially put it on your skin (but not like canola oil). I put it onto a cotton round and then wipe away all my makeup. It does a really good job in removing makeup and especially mascara. Also it leaves my skin feeling like it’s having a moisurising treatment before I wash my face. I personally can’t just use this and that’s it, as I feel I do still need wash my face afterwards to get the oily residue off. After a cleanse my skin feels really soft and moisturised and I think that’s due to the cleansing oil.

There is a con to this product though in that I HATE the dispenser. To get it onto my cotton round is a nightmare as it’s a pump dispenser so the oil goes all over. I find it best to do this at a basin and not sitting on my bed or I’ll have it on my duvet or my clothes. That aside though, it’s a terrific product.

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This picture was never meant to be posted on the blog, so forgive the bad quality, but I also purchased this shaving brush (RSP R135) and the Maca Root Shave cream (RSP R155) for my husband.  He absolutely LOVES it! He says a little goes a long way and he loves the brush to apply the cream. My husband needs to shave almost daily so he is very prone to razor burn and skin irritations and he finds this shaving cream to be really soothing for his sensitive skin. So I’d definitely recommend that next time you head to the body shop for yourself, pop one of these into the basket so they can also feel pampered….and to absolve you of any guilt in overspending. 😉

The Body Shop just launched the Drops of Light range that also includes a liquid peel, so I’d love to try that one as well. Have you tried any of their peels before? Are there any products from The Body Shop that you’re obsessed with that I have to try?

 

#TakeControl with Vichy {Review}

Vichy kindly sent me 2 of their products to trial and I must say, I was extremely excited about getting my hands on these specific products. They form part of their #TakeControl campaign. The aim? To provide skincare products that provide oil control without the dryness. You gals know I’m all over oil control products.

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Vichy is a premium brand of skincare, bodycare, make-up, hair care and anti-aging products. Thermal spa water from the hot springs of the town of Vichy, France, is the only water source used in its formulations. Fancy stuff right?

First up is the Vichy Normaderm Aquagel Hydratant. The claim is skin balance, anti-oiliness and hydration. This product is suited to oily, combination and acne/blemish prone skin.

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Included in its ingredients are:

  • Salicylic Acid which is beneficial in the treatment of acne, so I love the inclusion of this, because I do get the odd spot around that time of the month. This month that odd spot came and went really fast, so I was really impressed to see the Normaderm in action.
  • Another key ingredient is LHA which also has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anticomedogenic properties. The PH balance is similar to that of the skin, which means the skins natural balance is maintained.
  • The addition of Glycerin ensures that the skin retains water and also combats oiliness.
  • This is probably the most exciting ingredient, the Vichy Thermal Water. (Extract below, full article here )

    What made—and continues to make—this mineralizing thermal water so sought-after, is its unique content of 15 skin-strengthening minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium, and manganese. These minerals are gathered as rainwater jets through the magmatic volcanic rock, over 4,000 meters under the earth’s surface! While most mists and thermal waters simply soothe the skin, Vichy’s mineralizing thermal water from the French volcanoes takes it even further, not only soothing the skin, but helps protect it against external aggressors like pollutants and weather. This diverse blend of rare minerals possesses proven fortifying, antioxidant benefits to the skin. Additionally, unlike its counterparts, Vichy’s water helps to rebalance pH, creating a buffer effect that reinforces the skin against these aggressors.

I seriously need to arrange a bath inside that French volcano! Does it not just sound divine? The fountain of youth kind of vibe!

This also acts as a treatment product, as Vichy claims after 4 weeks there’s:
• Decrease of visible shine
• Reduction of pore visibility
• Skin is less prone to re-oiling during the day

Gals, I honestly adore this product. The formula is, as the name suggests, a clear gel formulation. It glides onto my skin leaving no oily residue or stickiness, but leaves me with a really healthy glow. My skin feels hydrated, really hydrated.I will report back after a month or 2 to see if the 4 week claims are indeed valid.

The second product I was sent is the the Ideal Soleil Mattifying corrective care cream. This is a triple action cream that targets blemishes, pores and mattifies the skin. This contains an SPF 30 and that fabulous thermal water mentioned above.

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This has a runny sunblock cream sort of texture. Usually anything with an SPF I usually hate putting onto my skin, because with SPF comes grease (well at least that’s how I feel). Not the case with this cream. When you apply it, there’s not a hint of oil and you can actually feel (by touch) how it immediately mattifies the skin, but the skin does not look dull at all, there’s still a healthy glow. SAY WHAT? I know…impressive stuff ❤ The cream is very light and it absorbs really fast. Incredibly fast actually. I immediately noticed that my pores appear smaller/less visible after using these 2 products.

I test this regularly on no makeup days and I usually survive about 6 hours with no oil. I know you gals are sick of reading this, but I am REALLY oily and I can sweat really fast. At work I’m walking stairs all day (19 of them one way…yes I counted) so I am really testing these products out to the max. Perhaps with less activity and sweating action you may be matte for longer than I am.

These products are honestly amazing. Coupled with my new favourite exfoliator (more on that in another post) at the moment, my skin is glowing. I recently went to a snooty makeup counter where the lady did not look like she wanted to assist me. Eventually she started working on my skin and she commented that my skin felt amazing and she didn’t need to apply a smoothing primer like she thought she would need to. A colleague asked me specifically what was on my bare face when I returned to work after my kids had been sick. Tired, 30 something old mom….and she had no idea I had started using these products just a week before that day. The proof is in the pudding…on the face of the pudding! I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now, but I will have an updated post after a month or 2 to see if it did assist with any of my blemishes.

Clicks has recently started the Autumn beauty fair so they have a Vichy promotion running.  I would definitely purchase these products with my own money.

Note: Even though these products were sent to me, all opinions are my own and honest. 

Have any of you tried Vichy products before? I definitely want to add to what I have, so please hit me with your favourites/must haves in the comment section below.

 

{Review} LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Illuminating Foundation

Was that  a mouthful or what? Yikes.

So this foundation really doesn’t need much of an introduction. LA Girl has a cult following and us SA girls were beyond excited when we found out it’d hit our shores mid February 2017.

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I’m fairly okay with matching my own foundation now, so I popped in to Dischem and saw all of the testers. What’s great is that there is a huge selection of shades, around 16 shades I think. I tried 2 and thought that the shade ‘Warm Beige’ was a good match for me.

What does it claim?

  • It’s ideal for a flawless looking, full coverage finish.
  • Lightweight formula is comfortable for all day wear.
  • Paraben free formula with added anti-oxidants helps hydrate and improve the skin’s appearance.
  • An innovative white foundation mixer to adjust and customize color.

So it is any good?

It applies really nicely onto the skin. I have used a brush and a damp beauty sponge. Both times my skin has had a dewy look to it, very healthy and natural. I’m not a full coverage kind of gal, so I prefer the more sheer look I get with a damp beauty sponge and I also only apply one layer of foundation. Personally I’d say this gives a medium coverage, though I’m sure it’s buildable.

The formula is incredibly lightweight and it feels like there’s nothing on my skin. Gone are the days of having your face feeling like there are layers upon layers of foundation on your skin!

Does it last all day? Firstly I use a mattifying moisturiser, a mattifying primer and I also set the foundation with a translucent powder (you see I am not taking chances!).  I’d say I get a good 8hrs with that method and then my chin and nose start looking a bit faded. I do feel it fades rather naturally, so I have no issue with it only lasting 8hrs or so, BUT I am somebody that battles with sneezing and hayfever all day, so it may just be more wear and tear on my part. The foundation does transfer though, as anything I swipe against my face takes some of the foundation off.

We’re all into gluten free, sugar free and of course paraben free, so that’s always a plus with any of our cosmetic products (Okay I’m actually NOT into sugar and gluten free…let me just be real…lol)

The packaging looks more luxurious than it is. I thought it was a glass bottle, but it’s plastic which is fine. I’m just pointing out what all the fabulous YouTubers would make mention of, because apparently looks are a big deal! Even for your foundation bottle. lol. The dispenser is a pump dispenser and I quite like that as you can control how much product you need. I use 2 pumps and that’s enough for me without any wastage.

A burning question is: How does it work for oily skinned gals? I am VERY oily. Super oily. So I was very nervous about trying this foundation. I had visions of being able to fry an egg on my forehead after wearing this foundation. lol. On a cool day, after about 7 hours I had shine on my forehead, but it wasn’t like an oil slick. On a hotter day, standing in the hot sun, this time reduced to about 4 hours when I saw some shine starting to peep through. That’s not a deal breaker for me though…what are blotting papers for? Just to add, the shine was only on my forehead, I didn’t get shiny anywhere else.

Overall impression? This is a fabulous foundation at a great price! It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re int he market for a new foundation. In winter this is going to be my go too when my skin is a bit drier and can benefit from the more dewy type of foundation.

This foundation retails for R175 and is available exclusively at Dischem. Let me know if you plan to give it a try or if you’ve already tried it, what are your thoughts on it:) I’m a chatty gal, so I enjoy chatting in the comments 😉

Edited to add: If you’re new to foundation, don’t be shy to ask for a tester or let them apply in store. Go about your day and check the foundation after a few hours to see if you like how it wears. Once you’re happy, go back and make the purchase. I’ve wasted tons of cash buying on first test in store and getting home and realising the shade is awful! 

What’s new on my bank statement?

I could say in my makeup bag, but seriously, it’s the bank statement that tells the sad, non fictional story of what you’ve spent on new goodies. I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t even look at my bank account. Balance, schmalance right?

This is not a review post or information post on the products, just a light ‘what’s new’ post.

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1. The LA Girl Pro Coverage HD High Definition Illuminating Foundation in the shade ‘Warm Beige’ (RSP R175)

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Does that name have to be so long? My goodness.

I think I first saw this foundation on Alexa Jayda’s channel last year some time and I knew I wanted to try it. When I found out it was coming to South Africa, I was ecstatic (and so was the rest of the beauty community). I asked the cosmetics assistant (??) at Dischem to please call me when it came in and she did. The problem was, I was sunburnt like hell, so could not test any foundation. I waited a week to fade a bit and then couldn’t resist anymore and got a bottle.

I think I got a shade slightly more tanned than I am (um maybe because I was tanned  when I tested it), but I find I don’t feel the need to bronze when I wear it, because it gives me a lovely tanned glow! A full review on this foundation will be coming soon, but *spoiler alert*…I really like it so far!

2. L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask (RSP R149) 

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I’d seen this all over social media and again, the FOMO hit. I had a Takealot voucher, so I ordered it and it was delivered within 2 days. These masks come in 3 variants, namely, Detox, Pure and Glow (pictured above).

3. The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow revealing Liquid Peel (RSP R175)

Who influenced me to buy this item? I can’t even remember. I just realised all my broke girl problems would be over if I just got off social media. lol.

Anyways, so I popped into The Body Shop when they were running a promotion recently (I think it was 30% off selected items) and instead of making a purchase, the sales assistant kindly offered me a sample of each of the 2 peels to try before I bought. I guess she didn’t realise I’m not a girl that needs foreplay with makeup and beauty products, I’m an easy sell….but nevertheless, I took the samples and tried the Drops of Youth one out that night. The sale was ending on the Sunday, and without testing the Vitamin C peel, I just bought it, because:

A. I wasn’t that impressed with the Drops of Youth one, and

B. The Vitamin C one was cheaper.

However, I must say, I am so glad that I chose the Vitamin C peel…it’s amazing!

4. The Body Shop’s Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil 

I had no intentions of buying a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th item), but the sound of a cleansing oil infused with Camomile just really appealed to me. I was so obsessed with the Dermalogica Precleanse, I wanted to see if this was a similar product seeing as I cannot really afford Dermalogica 😦 First impressions is that this removes my makeup, and especially mascara, brilliantly. On the downside, I think it burns my eyes. I’ll test it for a bit still and then do a review on it if you gals want.

5. Dr Pawpaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm (RSP R95)

This balm is apparently a worldwide favourite. Who knows where I saw that or why I think that, but when I saw it right there at the till point in Dischem, whispering ‘buy me please’, I could not resist. R95, a bit steep for a lip balm, but this promises to be useful for lips, cheeks and cosmetic finishing with a hint of tint and it’s fragrance free. I quite like the feeling on my lips, even after the tint is long gone. It is really moisturising.

6. Dove 100% Pure Cotton Makeup removing wipes (RSP R29,99)

Impulse purchase after watching Kathleen Lights talk about the 100 different types of makeup wipes she likes and owns. I stood there trying to decide between 4 different brands and eventually settled on this one.

Have you gals picked up any of these products before? If you’d like to see reviews on any of these, let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to do a post on it.

 

 

 

My Clicks Haul

For September I decided to put myself on a 2 month ban from buying makeup, but boy was it hard. I don’t think I made it the 2 months…..I don’t know that I made it a full month, but the intention was there. Then I walked into Clicks and they were doing the 3 for2 promo…..goodness….who can resist that? Free makeup!!! Hello!

So I’ll just be doing a rundown of what I got. If  you want a review on anything specific, let me know, but I’m sure I will be featuring a review of some sorts on some of the products in later posts.

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So I stocked up on these Cettua facial masks. They are a Korean skincare brand and if you watch YouTube videos, you’re bound to have heard about how fabulous the Korean skin care products are, so that alone made me really excited to try these out. I picked up:

  • Pore Control Facial Mask – 5 Tea Complex, cleans and refines pores. (I used 1 of these and wow…..it made such a difference in the appearance of my pores. OBSESSED)
  • Brightening Facial Mask – 5 White Flower Complex helps even skin tone and reduce spots.
  • Hydrating Facial Mask – 3 Mineral Water Complex intensely hydrates the skin.
  • Anti-Aging Facial Mask – 4 Marine Complex for younger looking skin.

These retail for R35,95 each, but on the promo I only paid for 2 🙂

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Next I went to raid the L’Oreal section. I wanted to try out a new mascara and that ended up with me thinking, well buy another product and you can get one for free?? What’s to think about?

  • Volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara – The legendary millionizer brush is now arched, capturing every lash. The arched shape perfectly fits the eyelid, resulting in intensity, curl and volume on every lash from root to tip. The wild shiny black formula dresses your lashes in an intense black. Together, they create our ultimate feline flicked eye look. (RSP R189,99)
  • Infallible Fixing Mist – Our first ever make up setting spray sets and extends your just-applied make up look for up to 24 hours. A micro-fine mist for a weightless feel and invisible finish. (RSP R199,99)
  • Colour Riche Lipstick in ‘Organza’ – Its rich formula is enriched with a combination of Omega-3 and Vitamin E and leaves your lips feeling moisturized. (I found this lipstick really moisturizing on the lips and long lasting.) (RSP R159,99)

Next up, I realized I needed face wash. I was really happy with the Johnson’s Oil Control face wash and mine was finished, so I decided to repurchase it. Well….you know, just buy another product, and???? get one for free! You know the drill by now 😉

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  • Johnson’s Oil Control Facial Wash with grapefruit and lemongrass extract. I feel this face wash doesn’t make my skin feel dry and tight. This is also perfect for Summer when my skin is oilier.( RSP R49,99)
  • Johnsons Even Complexion Facial Wash with bursting beads, soy and red berry extracts. (RSP R49,99)
  • Johnsons Face Care Replenishing Night Cream for dry skin. (RSP R64,95)

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Lastly, I previously posted about the amazing Aunt Jackie’s Knot on my watch detangling cream, and while at Clicks I spotted the cream and saw some items in the range that I didn’t know about and also conveniently on the promo.

  • Oh So Clean Moisturizing and Softening Shampoo – Sulfate free, paraben free, no mineral oil and no petrolatum. (RSP R59,99)
  • ‘Anti-Poof’ Moisturising and Softening Conditioner – Sulfate free, paraben free, no mineral oil and no petrolatum. This stuff is just as good as the detangling cream. Knots no more!! (RSP R69,99)

Did you take advantage of the Clicks promo? Have you tried any of the above-mentioned products?

PS Excuse the off centre pictures. I’m working on my pictures that I take with my cellphone and THREE kids trying to be involved/photographer/photo bombing/grabbing/destroying….you get the picture right?

It’s Prime Time

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When I delved into makeup, I found it to really be an educational process. You don’t just slap on foundation and pat some eye shadow on and think: ‘Yes girl, on fleek today!’. It’s about not looking too orange, too pink, too ashy; It’s about blending your eye shadow, transition shades; It’s about the staying power of your makeup. All of this intimidated me to the point of anxiety, but thankfully I follow some really amazing blogs that really educated me in this process and I think I learnt some things as I went along.

I had a colleague walk into my office complaining that her makeup only lasts 2 hours, so what’s the point, she asked? I asked her which primer she used…and all I got back was a blank stare and then she muttered…’What’s a primer?’.  So I realised….she is the type of person I started this blog for, who like me, didn’t really know where to start. I’m not sure I want to say that I’ll be starting a series of posts, but I thought it would be a good idea to start at the beginning and work our way through doing the whole makeup application. Let me know if it’s something you’d like to read.

Today’s post will focus on getting the face ready for makeup application, to get the most out of your makeup application, to last longer, look more airbrushed and polished. Let me say again, I am NOT a makeup expert. I can’t do a wing to save my life, I’m really just trying to learn as I go along, so what I share may be useless to you, or it may be helpful. Apologies in advance….this is a long one.

Moisturising/Hydration

Your face is basically a blank canvas for your makeup. If your canvas is dry and patchy, it stands to reason that your foundation will look dry and patchy and in the end, there’s no point, it just isn’t a good look.

There’s dry skin and there’s dehydrated skin – an important lesson I learnt from Luzanne over at Pink Peonies. For dry skin, you need to moisturise, use a night oil, get your skin feeling smooth and nourished with good quality products, BUT you can use all the moisturiser in the world, if you’re living on caffeine and no water, in an air conditioned office or with a heater on all day, your skin could start showing the effects of dehydration. It can feel tight, itchy, feel irritated, etc.   This happens to me when I’m negligent with my water consumption, then the best moisturisers in the world won’t help getting my skin feeling good, and if they do, it’s temporary. There’s a lot of info on the internet about how to remedy this and which products to use and which products to avoid.

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This is my moisturiser of choice, Visible Difference by Elizabeth Arden. I have an oily/combination skin so I never want to add products that make me feel greasy. This is a lovely thick moisturiser, but it’s really light on my face. I use this every morning before I add my face makeup and at night before my serums/oils.

Primers

If you want your makeup to last longer than 2 hours, a primer is a must have in your routine. It acts as a ‘grip/base’ to make your foundation go on smoother, hold your makeup in place, therefore lasting longer. Have you ever applied blush and gone to check on your makeup a few hours later and either the blush is missing or it’s sitting below your cheeks? Melting off your face? I used to wonder if that’s where I had actually positioned it to start with. ha ha.

There are many primers for different skin types, different uses, different price tags, etc. Smashbox has a whole range of primers that are oil free, colour correcting, hydrating, luminizing, etc. Benefit has a good offering of primers as well for oily skin, a mattifying primer, long lasting primer, etc. Catrice and Maybelline also have good budget offerings, so you don’t have to spend R300 plus on a primer.

I personally need an oil free primer and I like the benefit of using one that minimizes the appearance of pores as well. The one that fits the bill for me is the Porefessional Pro balm from Benefit.

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L-R: The Porefessional Pro Balm (Benefit), Dark Spot Corrector and Primer Water (both by Smashbox), Stay Flawless 15hr Primer (Benefit) 

The Porefessional Pro Balm is so silky soft and glides onto my skin. I like that it makes some of my pores literally disappear and I also find it really helps with oil control when combined with my oil free foundation.

The Dark Spot Correcting primer by Smashbox to me feels more like a light moisturizer and not a primer. I use it after my moisturiser some days, before the Porefessional balm. I have seen no difference with any dark spots/pigments since using this primer. It’s a pity, as it’s not a cheap product.

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White – Smashbox; Brown – Benefit 

The Primer Water by Smashbox I use on lazy days and also when time isn’t on my side. Moisturise, change baby’s nappy. Spray Primer Water, stop older 2 kids from killing each other. Wet my beautyblender, stop baby from making a run for the toilet with my cellphone…..you get it right?  If I’m doing my makeup in the car, I also use this to dampen my beauty sponge for applying my foundation. I bought this because Nikkie Tutorials raved about it as one of her ‘Yes’ products last year sometime, however there are a lot of negative and mixed reviews on this water online.

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The last little 15-Hour Primer from Benefit I have only used once. I don’t like the application process. I’m concerned I’m going to miss spots and not apply it to half of my face. It glides on really nicely and leaves a lovely silky feel to the skin. Perhaps the full size one is a better bet, but this tiny little one I’d rather use as an eye shadow primer.

Eye shadow primers/base

So our face is feeling nice and moisturized, we’ve primed….now we need to prime one more area, our eyelids 🙂 Say what Simone? Yes gals, we don’t want our eye shadow disappearing half way through the day and an eye shadow primer really assists with this.

Another reason I use an eye shadow primer is that before, I found that eye shadow all looked the same colour on my lids. I have some freaky eyelids obviously that absorb colour and everything just goes ashy. This was the reason that I actually hated makeup and never bothered with it….Enter the eye shadow primer! Most of them have a bit of a nude colour tone to them, so they become like a base for my eye shadow and just helps the colour pop a bit more on my lids. If you have really dark lids you get primers that are white that would help the colour show up even more.

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Essence I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow base is by far the most affordable and does a pretty decent job of acting as a base for your eye shadow. This is the one I reach for most for day to day wear to work. It has a doe foot applicator so I just dot it on and blend it in with my ring finger.

Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray is a primer for eye shadow AND concealer, but personally I didn’t like using it under my concealer. I creased so much the day I used it, but that could be due to a lack of technique as I just can’t get my under eye area looking fresh and crease-free. I create creases…..urgh…anyways, I am straying off topic. This is a great primer, but because it’s such a little teeny tiny bottle, I don’t use it much (saving the awesome stuff is a stupid thing to do with makeup.). The doe foot applicator is the perfect size to dab little bits onto your lid as it’s so teeny tiny. I would pinch it’s cheeks if it was a baby….teeny tiny cute primer packaging…aahh Benefit and their packaging ❤

The Hard Candy Eye Shadow Primer I got in a set with an eye shadow palette and with a mini eye pencil. I really like this primer. I used it just yesterday and my eye shadow stayed put all day. Nothing faded. It’s very creamy, blends well and feels smooth on the skin. I have no idea why I didn’t think to try this primer out sooner.

The Body Shop’s InstaBlur Eye claims to be a ‘tinted concealer, primer and colour intensifier’. I’m not sure if I’ve had this too long because it’s really grainy and it seems to create patches on my eyelids. I haven’t used it in a while, so I’m going to check out a few reviews and give this one another try, because I love The Body Shop’s products. *Just googling now and I didn’t realise this doubles as a concealer, so I’m going to give that a try. *

So that concludes our primer talk. If you want us to go into the makeup and and and, let me know and I’ll see what I can throw together 🙂

Do you currently use a primer? I’m looking for a good drugstore primer so if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments section below.