Monday Must Haves: My top five make up hacks

Hello World. Its Monday and time for another Monday Must have post. As the ultimate lazy girl trying to live my best life, today I want to share some of my daily make up hacks which gives me a few extra minutes to spend under the covers.

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Photo credit: @capetourismconnect

1. Concealer
I love a two in one product. I use my Dolce & Gabbana concealer as an eyeshadow & lip primer, I use it to neaten my brow area and recently I discovered I can use it over my dark eyeshadow base, while trying to perfect a cut crease. It makes the colors stand out so much more & it’s changed my eye makeup game.

2. Vaseline
Another versatile product we all love is Vaseline. Besides moisturising, taming fly-aways & making your perfume last longer, my favourite Vaseline hack is dabbing a dot of product over my eyeshadow, for a beautiful glossy lid. The glossy lid is quite on trend now &  you can get this look at home in less than a minute.

3. Colour Correcter
I suffer from dark circles which no amount of sleep will ever fix. Not being one to buy a million products I use my trusty Nyx “Pure Red” matte lipstick under my foundation to colour correct. It’s a win for me everytime.

4.Eyelash Curler
I line my eyelash curler with black liner , so when I curl my lashes I line my eyes at the same time. This handy tip comes from Google & I was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked.

5. Eyeliner

For the past few months I have been without liquid eyeliner. My hack until  I hit the shops, is using an angled brush, spritzing it with setting spray and dipping into my Essence “All about Greys” eyeshadow palette. It gives me perfect, intense winged eyeliner & no one can tell the difference.

Please share your make up hacks with me. As always thank you for reading my beauty Queens & Kings.

Monday Must haves: Slays for days Palette

Hello World! Today I’m Breaking Out a “Monday Must have” eye shadow palette post.  I’ve had this palette since it launched but only recently had a chance to sit down & play around with some new looks. I say new looks because it is new for me as I tend to wear the ‘same old same old’ look on my eyes.

The Slays for Days palette from the infamous Swiitch Beauty has 35 matte & shimmer shades. Said to be a dupe for the Morphe 350s eyeshadow palette it’s easy to see why this is a cult favourite.

What I love about this palette besides the colour pay off, is the versatility. I use my palette to contour, highlight & to fill my brows,besides the obvious use.

Using my cost per wear ratio one pan works out to R 10.00  that’s less than 1 USD or 0.75 cents to be exact. Compare that to the nett weight of 56.2g/1.98oz and it screams affordability.

As always thank you for reading beauties.Will you be getting this palette? Also,share your looks with me ,i’m always looking for inspo!xxx

Monday Misses & Must Haves: Signature Cosmetics

Hello World. It’s been a minute. Today I’m breaking out a “Monday Miss” and “Monday Must Have”.

A few weeks ago I passed a Signature Cosmetics store and thought I’d have a look around.I have never purchased from them before but I’m always on the lookout for a new quality makeup. Their Miss Signature Just Matte and Miss Signature Matte Stick  lipsticks caught my eye.

When I got home I tried the Miss Signature Just Matte lipstick first, oh boy. I now know why Kylie’s Lip kits & Mac’s Retro Matte’s are so pricey. The Miss Signature Just Matte Lipstick had a sticky feel to it, thinking it would go away after a few minutes, I waited a bit longer but to my disappointment it just got worse. My lips stuck together and because of this it eventually took the product off my lips. This is not the best formula & today this is my “Monday Miss”.

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Miss Signature Just Matte Lipsticks 

I then tried the Miss Signature Matte Stick. Now this did not disappoint. The colour pay off is great & leaves lips feeling moisturized. I paired my Miss Signature in the colour “Black” #14 with my Kylie “Dead of Knight” Lip liner as I hate it when my lipstick bleeds & liner just gives me a well-rounded look. I will try to find a more affordable lip liner and update this article.

My next colour was “Dark Purple” #7 which I paired with an Essence lip liner in the colour “Honey Berry”. I am in love with this colour.

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My favorite find “Miss Signature Just Matte Stick’s” in Black #14 & Dark Purple #7

What makes this even more of a gem is the price. It retails for R34-00 each. What!!!!  I picked up two lipsticks on a special they had running for R54-00 What a score!!! I am so excited about this Monday Must Have because as much as I love spending my hard-earned cash on all my cult favorites I can’t resist a good deal. Make-up  that doesn’t cost an arm or a leg , now that makes my heart smile.

Thank you for reading beauties xx

Monday Must Haves: Big Lashes

Hello World. Its Monday and I’m back with another must have item. Who doesn’t love big lashes or a great drugstore brand. Well this product ticks both of those boxes. I have purchased most of the mascara’s from the Essence brand but nothing impressed me as much as the “Big Lashes” range. I’m not a fan of falsies (only because I struggle applying it) but do love a good extension, with this  mascara I feel I don’t need either .

 

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One eye is coated with Essence “Get Big Lashes” & one is not. Can you spot the difference.

 

Description taken from Essence Website: “The fibers of the football-like mega brush even reach the tiniest lashes and cover each individual lash without causing them to stick or feel heavy. the easy application ensures a breathtaking look in an instant! opthalmologically tested.”

I recently just ran out of eyeliner & found this together with an angled brush,  to be a good substitute to create my winged liner. A two in one product, I couldn’t ask for more.

As always thank you for reading. Let me know what you think about this mascara beauties xx

Monday Must Haves: Essence ‘All about Grey’s Eyeshadow’

Hello World. Another Monday means I’m Breaking Out another Monday Must have post Girl! Today I am sharing the Essence “All about Greys” eye-shadow palette with you. I’ve had this palette for over a year now and its the only palette I reach for when I need to do a sultry smoky eye. As always this is another great product from Essence Cosmetics for less. It retails for R89.95 (ZAR) in South Africa. This palette has two matte shades (your transition shades) & six metallic shades.

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Essence ‘All about Greys” eye-shadow swatches

I have used this palette to create a traditional smoky eye, reverse smoky eye, I’ve added pressed glitter to jazz it up a bit more and I have used Vaseline over a simple black lid for a glossy chic look. It is versatile and I love that you can build up the colours depending on the intensity you want.

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I used the Essence “All about the greys” eye-shadow to create these ‘Day to Night time looks’

HotTip: Start with your eye make up first before going in with foundation as there is a bit of fall out which might ruin your foundation if it’s already set.

Thank you for reading beauties! Please share your looks with me, I am always looking for a new innovative way to wear darker eye shadow’s.

Monday Must Have’s: Ooh That’s nice

Hello World. Its time to Break out Girl. Today I’m breaking out another Monday Must have review. As someone who suffers from Eczema I have to be really careful about the products I use for my skin. If I use anything with too much fragrance or with harsh ingredients my skin breaks out in the ugliest rash. Recently my colleague introduced me to ‘Ooh That’s nice’ and their natural products. She couldn’t stop raving about the hair soap she used and I knew I had to give it a try. Started by Georgia another eczema sufferer , she produces a range of soap & bath products after she found that regular soap just aggravates her family’s skin (her husband & son are also eczema sufferers).
Excited to find products that actually cater to my skin condition, I tried out the face oil, body scrub and charcoal mask.

The two products I loved the most was the face oil and charcoal mask. The face oil contains :

*Coconut oil

*Sweet almond oil

*Jojoba oil

*Rosehip oil

*Lavender essential oil

*Mandarin essential oil

*Rose essential oil

*Neroli essential oil

*Frankincense essential oil

Ooh That’s Nice Charcoal Mask

Because of the eczema my face goes through spells of dryness but with the face oil my skin felt moisturised without being too oily. I used this under my makeup & love how nourished my skin felt. I am really impressed with this face oil.

The charcoal mask contains:

*Activated charcoal

*Mandarin essential oil

*Spearmint essential oil

*Frankincense essential oil

The face mask left my skin tingly because of the spearmint I would assume & tight which masks usually do. After a good  ol scrub my face felt like it had a deep clean just like the time I visited a Hamam.

Charcoal Mask

Please let me know if you have tried these products and what you thought. As always thank you for reading xxx

Monday Must-have’s: Matte Lips

How many obsessions can one person have?! After highlighters, my next obsession is matte lipsticks. I have traded my trusty Mac lippies with a Matte finish like Russian Red for long wearing Mattes. Kiss proof? Yes please!!!

I’ve been a big fan of Stila Stay All Day Liquid lipstick until I came across the Mac Retro Matte Liquid. Mac Retro Matte has such a great formula. It’s non-drying and feels like silk on my lips.

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My favorite matte lipsticks & Benefit Porefessional used as lip primer.

Another favorite is the budget friendly brand Essence, who has a great Matte Lip-Gloss.And while trying to get my hands on Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick in Weirdo (a matte black) I came across Pink Cosmetics who didn’t have stock of Weirdo at the time but did have the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in Dead on Knight (described as an intense black on the website.)

Skeptical, only because I’m not a Kylie cosmetics fan as much as I am a Jeffree Star fan, I ordered the lip kit.When I eventually tried it I was so impressed , I’m not sure if it was because of the color or the formula.

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Picture Top Left: Mac Retro Retro in “Aim for Gorgeous. Picture Top Right: Essence Matt Lip Gloss in “Beauty Approved”. Picture Bottom Left: Stilla Stay All Day in “Carina”. Picture Bottom Right: Kylie Lip Kit in “Dead of Knight”

While I love my mattes, I have to take extra care of my lips,   please see a few tips below on how to look bomb wearing matte lips.

1.Depending on my mood I either use a honey (again) & brown sugar scrub or the Shezen hydrating bath to exfoliate.
2. I use softlips to moisturize & then because I don’t have a dedicated lip primer I use my face primer from Benefit the “Porefessional” to prime my lips.
3. A good outline builds a great foundation for bomb looking lips.You do not always need to purchase a liner from the same brand , I use an essence liner with most of my lipsticks. And honestly who can afford to purchase liners for every lipstick from the same brand.
4. Lastly I use an ear- bud & concealer to clean up any mistakes and define lips even more.
5. Realize you look BOMB regardless of what you wearing.

Thank you for reading. If you have a favorite matte lipstick please share it with me xxx