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April Boxycharm {Unboxing & Review}

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If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I am quite obsessed with my Boxycharm subscription, and with good reason, because the value of the box is amazing versus the cost. You can read about how to sign up over here.

My unboxing is a bit different this month as I have actually used the products for a week or 2 so that I can actually review them for you. Also, I am collaborating with Melanie from Melanie’s Nook, as she has also recently signed up, so she will be sharing what she got in her box (boxes are not identical) and what she thought of the products. You¬†will find the link to her post at the end of this post, so lookout for it ūüôā

The theme for this month was #BohoGlow and I think the ‘highlight’ for all of us….was the highlight. he he. I’ve never owned an Ofra highlighter, so I was over the moon to find out we’d all be getting one in our April box. Let’s dive in ūüėČ Continue reading

NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette – First impressions

I really didn’t want to do this post today…Friday’s should be light posts….like the one I originally drafted for today (Next Friday it is!), but I thought in case these palettes get sold out by the weekend, at least you’d have a shot at getting one if you felt you wanted one.¬†

First off…..I am not into contouring at all. I have tried and it ends up looking muddy, so I figure I’m doing it wrong, I don’t have the right shade, I don’t have the right brush, chipmunk cheeks….whatever, it’s just too much for this busy mom to try and tackle.

One day I was binge watching You Tube videos and I’m not sure who hauled this palette out, but it kind of intrigued me. I think what made it even more appealing was then realising it was not available in South Africa. Crazy I know. I don’t contour, but I can’t get that palette here, so now I want it??? Go figure. THEN I saw the announcement that this would indeed be hitting our South African Shores. I started watching the NYX Facebook page like a hawk. I was camping out at Clicks, so much so that they were like…’please stop wasting your petrol, give us your number. Don’t call us, we’ll call you when it arrives. Capiche?’ The waiting began……

A¬†few days ago I got the call…they only got 8 palettes in and they’d put one aside for me. By the time they called me, on the day of receiving stock, there were 4 palettes left. By the time I left the store later that afternoon there was only 1 left. I will admit, I got a bit of a shock when I saw the price…..EEEKKK…drugstore is supposed to be affordable…cheap… R394 doesn’t feel cheap for a midweek pop in at Clicks. Oh well, moving along.

So I get home and unbox this baby…..

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Hmmm…..now what? I swatched it and was still a bit confused about what to do with everything. Ah, when in doubt….google…you tube…. and then I got a general idea of what to do with this palette. Heck I’d even try to contour.

So there are 8 colours. Top row, from left to right:

Ice Queen – a white highlighter

Soft Light РA matte neutral toned sort of highlighter

Cream – A banana powder

Nectar – A shimmery peach highlighter

The bottom row consists of your bronzer and contour shades:

Tan, Toffee, Sculpt and Hollow.

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These pans all have a lovely soft texture and are very pigmented, but without attacking you with colour. The powder is really finely milled. I feel it blends really well. The one negative…there is a ton of fallout with this product. You swipe and there’s so much loose powder. I see almost everybody online mentions this exact same issue with this palette, but like me, they don’t feel it’s a deal breaker with the palette due to the quality and variety that you get. Another plus is that the pans are removeable so you can replace the colours that you use most frequently without purchasing a whole new palette. I’m not sure if we have the single pans here in SA though. I’ll have to check when I next go to harass the poor ladies at Clicks.

How I used this for my first attempt:

I used Ice queen as my brow, cupid’s bow and inner corner¬†highlight.

The matte powder and the banana powder I used to set my under eye concealer. I also used the matte powder as an eye shadow base.

The peach highlighter on the top of my cheeks…..oh my soul…this is amazing!!! It gave me such a lovely sheen and it was instant. I didn’t have to swipe again and again to get my highlight going. Yes I understand, nobody takes me seriously anymore when I talk about highlighters…..because I love everything. Please don’t make me choose a favourite….please….

I used Toffee to bronze and warm up my face. This shade really impressed me. I’ve always hoped to find a bronzer that makes me see JLo in the mirror. Ladies…let me tell you, today JLo was with me every step of the way….*heart eyes* I loved the way this bronzer warmed up my face.

Sculpt was used to attempt some contour where my big round cheeks are. I think I was very scared of packing it on, so I used a very light hand. I was happy with my attempt and will probably be a bit braver when I next attempt it.

I also used Sculpt in my crease just to warm up my eyes for a simple matte eye shadow look for the office. [Update – ¬†The ‘shadow’ lasted all day. ¬†By 8pm last night I had to remove it, as it was still as I’d applied it the morning. So it speaks to the fact that this is a good quality product.]

I found this palette to be incredibly versatile and despite almost leaving it due to the price, I’m glad I took it. If you’re a beginner with contouring and highlighting….this is definitely a great palette to own. Online, people say it’s better than some high end contour palettes and good value for money, so seeing as I don’t know the value of a good contour palette, I’m going to then say that this is really good value for money.

The butter glosses smelled so good and I loved the swatches, but I am officially broke and will have to wait for Santa to decide I’ve been good and reward me with a few of the shades. There was so much I wanted to buy and try…..¬†*sigh* If I was a rich girl…na na na na na na na na na na…..

Will you be getting your hands on this palette? Have you used it before? Let me know in the comments below.

LA Girl product review (Part 1)

A week ago I was quite inspired and had a clear plan as to what my blog was going to look like with regards to posts and themes. I was going to do all my photograpyhy (if we can call my pictures that), plan, etc….but…you know…life….

I’m a mom of 3 and that’s crazy on it’s own. Then last week we were planning a 60th birthday for my mom in a mere 2 days. More crazy. Then sadly on the day of the 60th my husband’s dad passed away. It was a weekend of celebration and death which was bittersweet. About his death I will say it was a blessing for him to be surrounded by his family and he went peacefully and I hope that will bring comfort to his children and wife that he leaves behind ‚̧

So that’s the update…sorry it’s a bit of a sombre one….

Today I wanted to do a review of sorts of the LA Girl products that I own, but I thought it’d be a bit long with everything, so I opted to break it up into 2 posts. A lot of people I speak to don’t know about LA Girl. I know…say what? SHOCKING!

Okay, okay I’ll admit that I didn’t know about it too…until I started reading beauty blogs and then only I started noticing the stand when I walked into Dischem. Now I can’t NOT go to the LA Girl section when I head to Dischem. It’s an amazing and affordable drug store brand and you could literally kit your whole makeup bag with their products and know you have some great¬†quality products in there.

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First up is the LA Girl PRO bb cream.¬†BB creams are short for beauty balms or blemish balms. When I first started wearing makeup I found foundation too intimidating. For me, a BB cream is the answer to those days where you don’t want a full coverage (good skin days kinda day) or you just want a more even skin tone without feeling like you’re wearing a full face of foundation.

The LA Girl BB cream is by far my favourite one. It’s lightweight, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy at all and it’s also enriched with Vitamin B3, C and E. I honestly get a lot of compliments on how good my skin looks when I wear this, so it’s very natural looking and people assume I’m¬†having a good skin day. A win right?

These come in about 8 shades. I personally mix the fair or neutral shade with the medium one to reach a shade closest to my skin colour.

RSP – R59,95

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Next up are the LA Girl Pro conceal HD concealers in Medium Beige and the Green corrector. Off the bat, these concealers are really great value for money. The regular concealers are great for blemishes and your under eye area and give a full coverage. The ONLY gripe I have is that the product does not disperse evenly through the nozzle/brush tip, but I squeeze and then take what I need with my finger (I can hear you all gasping saying how unhygienic that is….ha ha) or a concealer brush.

The green colour corrector I use specifically for any red blemishes or spots I may have. My cheeks are prone to redness and then also around the nose area from the lovely hayfever and sinus… ¬† Dab this with a very light hand, or you could be left with a tinge of green if not blended correctly. There are a few other options in the colour corrector concealers, but I must admit these sell out really fast and I’ve never managed to get any of the others. I am keen to get the orange for my under eye area.

RSP R45,95

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Here we have the LA Girl Booming Lash Mascara. Okay so I have a bit of a mascara buying problem. I love to try out new mascaras…..at any given time I have about 6 or 7 open. Not good seeing as they don’t have a very long lifespan once opened. Urgh. So I grabbed this at one of the ‘Buy 2 get the 3rd free’ promotions at Dischem and I must say this mascara didn’t wow me.

The brush is really long and I just find that it doesn’t grab my lashes, so it’s a very superficial coat, which is fine for a day at the office when I don’t need my lashes to look ¬†dramatic, but I wouldn’t repurchase this one personally.

I’m not sure what¬†this retails for, but I’m guessing around R59,95.

So the last LA Girl product for today is one of the blush collection palettes in ‘Glow’. As you can see, this palette comes with 2 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. From left to right:

– The 1st blush is a matte coral colour

– The 2nd blush is a lighter pink with a bit of shimmer in it

– A bronzer

– A highlighter

What I love about this palette is that if you literally can only grab 3 items to do your face, this one palette has at least 3 or 4 uses. So it’s a great all in one solution if you’re somebody on the go or even just starting out your makeup collection.

The quality is decent. I did have to swipe a few times for the above swatches, but I prefer that with¬†the bronzer, it’s buildable and not a plonking of brown on my face.

The blushes are way more pigmented than the bronzer, so go in with a light hand. Personally I find the blushes are too bright for my skin tone (I’m allergic to pink on my cheeks), BUT I do mix it with the bronzer and that’s a comfortable shade for me.

The highlight seems very white and chalky when you first swatch it, but as you blend it, it’s actually a beautiful champagne shimmer…GORGEOUS!! The star of the palette for me.

I think this retails around R89,95 and there are 4 different options in these blush palettes for different skin tones.

As stated above, all these products are available at Dischem exclusively. If you haven’t tried LA Girl, you really do need to go and pay them a visit.

What are your favourite LA Girl products?

Part 2 coming soon…..