Friday, 14 November 2014

Let's Get Naked! [lips]

natural makeup; nude lipsticks; naked

Yes, you read that right! It is time that we take off all the pretence and just get naked! Because let's be honest...who doesn't love getting down to just the nudes! If there is one staple product every woman needs in her vanity it is definitely a nude lipstick. I am sure most of you already got this covered, but give me five minutes to share a few of my favourites with you.

Almay Color & Care Liquid Lip Balm - Rosey Lipped

I am a lipstick girl. I rarely reach for my lipglosses hence I only own four or five of them and of the four or five I usually only reach for this particular lipgloss. It is the Almay color + care liquid lip balm in 800 rosey lipped. I have reviewed this specific product before and will link it down below.

This liquid lip balm/lipgloss has the most amazing scent in the world. I would describe it as a hot fudge scent and if you have any idea how obsessed I am with fudge you would understand that this alone could make me love a product! However it is also a great lipgloss. This slightly pink toned nude adds just the right amount of colour and shine to the lips. They also don't last too bad. I get around two hours of wear out of this guy but you can probably imagine they do not last through eating or drinking. The doe foot applicator ensures easy application and since the colour is a nude if you did run over your lip lines while applying it in public it wouldn't be the end of the world. For a lipgloss these guys perform really well.

almay color + care

L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick - Forbidden Love

I recently went a bit cray with the purchasing of L.A. Girl cosmetics and I can honestly say that I have not even once been disappointed. First I got the L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick in Forbidden Love. I purchased this one first as this sounded like the perfect nude on reviews I read online. Most bloggers described this as a pink toned nude, however I found this one to have quite a distinct brown undertone which would work perfect for your colder months. I admit in the tube it looks pretty pink toned, but when swatched the pink didn't show on my lips at all. 

la girl lipstick forbidden love

L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick - Fling

The Creme Lipstick in Fling however is in my opinion pretty close to a perfect nude. It is very similar to the following two lipsticks, but since L.A. Girl cosmetics are a bargain I am extra impressed by these. Fling is closer to a true nude, but it does not wash the face out at all. Personally I think it makes ones lips look gorgeous and I have been wearing it almost non-stop ever since I purchased it a few weeks ago. 

la girl lipstick fling

Both these lipsticks have a creme finish which sets after a while so it does not feel like the lipstick will move. They last around 3 hours, not through drinks and meals, but are easy to reapply. The pigmentation is phenomenal! They smell a bit like a fruity body wash which isn't that great but you do not notice the scent once it's on the list so I doubt that will be a problem for anyone. The only problem I have with this product is the packaging. It really is not pretty. I don't particularly like the pink curly font on the black packaging and I have a pet peave when it comes to clear caps. Even though the lipstick retracts to level or below the top of the bottom part of the lipstick the clear cap still gets messy. It just makes the whole lipstick look even cheaper. However for R36 a lipstick it is worth the ugly packaging for the treasure of a lipstick inside. Definitely check these out!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in 03

My all time favourite nude lip has been Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in 03. This is one of those cult favourite lipsticks that I can not get enough of. Until I bought the L.A. Girl lipsticks I wore this daily. Now I tend to reach for my L.A. Girl cosmetics on a day to day basis just because they are half the price of the Rimmel lipstick and I safe the Rimmel lipstick for when I go out with people or fancier events. 

Overall I love the packaging, the pigmentation, the 2-3 hour lasting power and the sweet nostalgic smell. It is not as ridiculously cheap as above mentioned lipsticks, but for R85 at Dischem this stays an excellent deal. If you prefer nice packaging you will definitely prefer this one above the L.A. Girl lipsticks...

rimmel kate 03

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick - Maroon

Finally we have the Catrice Ultimate Colour lipstick in 020 Maroon. If you have been reading my blog for a while I am sure that you have seen this lipstick featured in at least one or two of the older posts. I really like this lipstick line of Catrice. The lipsticks are nice and moisturizing, lasts around two hours, does not hold through meals, are really affordable and the packaging is lovely. To make the packaging even more special they have added an indention of the Catrice branding into the lipstick itself which I really like. 

catrice maroon

When comparing Fling (L.A. Girl) and Rimmel Kate 03 they look a lot different in the tube. The Rimmel lipstick looks much darker. However when swatching them you can see that they are almost identica.

Left to Right: 1) LA Girl - Forbidden Love; 2) Catrice - Maroon; 3) LA Girl - Fling; 4) Rimmel Kate 03 5) Almay - Rosey Lipped

All of the above mentioned products are affordable yet excellent quality and I can honestly recommend this to all of you! Which lipstick is your ultimate favourite nude? Let me know in the comment section down below! I love reading all of you comments so much!

Keep well friends!
daisyperson xx

More blogposts these lipsticks were mentioned in...

Almay Color + Care liquid lip balm: Review ||
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick: Lipstick Tag | July Lipstick Favourites ||
Catrice Ultimate Colour lipstick: July Lipstick Favourites | Sarah Hyland Inspired Makeup Look | Winter Makeup Must Haves ||

Sorry I only bought the L.A. Girl cosmetics lipsticks recently so unfortunately they have never been featured in previous posts!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Running Playlist - Power Songs

One of the best motivators during a run is definitely the music I am listening to. It can make or break your run. Getting into the rhythm of a song can make you go for much longer. Over the last 18 months of running I have a quite a list of go to songs that I really enjoy running to. 

Today I will share my "power songs" with you. These are basically the best of the best and literally re-energises me during my run. Just a slight warning...some of these songs may be inappropriate. It is mostly songs I never listen to in general, but their beat is amazing for running to. If you are not into this genre of music just give it a try you might find that it helps your running along as well.

Power Song Playlist!
1. I'm a Machine - David Guetta feat Chrystal Nicole
2. Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Ray Dalton
3. Counting Stars - One Republic
4. Crazy Kids - Ke$ha feat Pitbull
5. Work Bitch - Britney Spears
6. On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons
7. Timber - Ke$ha feat Pitbull
8. Rock the Boat - Bob Sinclar feat. Pitbull
9. Summer - Calvin Harris
10. Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Wanz

Hope you enjoy them!
daisyperson xx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

October Empties!


Finally I am writing one of the posts I enjoy most reading. If a person actually used up a product they must have really liked it or have a very good idea of what they really think of the product. I go through products pretty slowly so I never thought I would really have enough things finished at the same time to write about, but for some reason this month I have just suddenly run out of everything I use frequently. There is quite a few to get through so let's get to it!

essence long wear eyeliner essence get big lashes mascara

Essence long lasting eyeliner pencil in Black Fever

I absolutely love this Essence long lasting eyeliner pencil in Black Fever. It is not waterproof but it is the retractable kind that you don't have to sharpen and I just love that. It just makes life so much easier! This eyeliner is perfect for tightlining and in the waterline, I do use it on my top eyelid as well, but it does smudge after a few hours and can make your entire look a bit worn down. However as a tight- and waterliner this is a must have for only R22! To read a full review click here.
Repurchase? Definitely!

Essence Get Big Lashses - waterproof mascara

I don't reach for this mascara particularly often mostly because I don't like wearing waterproof mascara on a daily basis. At first I didn't really like it, but I have started really liking it lately. It is very volumising and really makes it look like you have a bunch of beautiful lashes. By the end of the day I did have some fall out below my eyes but it was not too bad. I bought it to use around the pool or at the beach but I ended up not really using it that much so unfortunately I cannot comment on the waterproof capabilities of this mascara. I have had it for a year now so it did start drying out a bit. I guess it is time to chuck this one!
Repurchase?  Yes, for the price it is a pretty decent mascara.

empties zambuk lip ice

Lip Ice in Cherry

I love lip ice as I have said in my Lipstick Tag post. It really moisturizes the lips for hours. Sometimes lip products can tend to dehydrate your lips even more, but this one is not like that at all and I have been repurchasing it literally for the last ten years.
Repurchase? I am sure this comes at no surprise...YES! 

Zam-Buk Cherry Lip Balm

This is probably one of my all time favourite lip balms and I have finished multiple of these little tins. As with the Lip Ice mentioned above it is extremely moisturizing and as an added bonus it smells amazing. Can you tell I like Cherry scented lip products??
Repurchase? Already have and already using the next one!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation

This one is a bit random as it is a sample. I got this Revlon Colorstay Foundation sample earlier this year. I hardly ever wear foundation so I actually do not own a full sized foundation...shocking I know! However I did love the feeling of this foundation on my skin. It gives lovely coverage without making you look completely dead and it is very buildable.
Repurchase? I will definitely purchase the full size in the future! Hopefully sooner than later, but being on a student budget it will have to wait until the new year since I need to save up for some running shoes right now!

Pantene aqua light shampoo and conditioner empties

Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo & Conditioner

Moving on to the shower. I have been using the Pantene Aqua Light shampoo and conditioner for the last couple of months after Zoella recommended it quite a few months ago. It smells pretty good, but I did not feel that it made my hair feel any lighter or more volumised as it did with her hair. It's not bad, but it's not great either, so I guess average then?
Repurchase? No, there are so many other shampoos and conditioners to pick from so I will give it a skip for now.

empties nivea cleansing cream wash; nutraderm

Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash for Dry & Sensitive skin

I love this stuff. It is really creamy and soft and just feels amazing on your skin. It does not leave your skin feeling particularly dry after use and leaves the skin soft and clean. I have not had many breakouts since using this so I have nothing to complain about. The only negative thing I have to say about is that it is really difficult to get the last quarter of product out. The massive cap at the bottom is really uncomfortable and in the way when trying to squeeze the last bit of product out.
Repurchase? Yes

Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser 

I love the consistency of Nivea products. They are nice and creamy and easily sinks into the skin. Don't you just hate it when body lotions leave your skin feeling either wet or tacky.
Repurchase? This is yet another product that I have been repurchasing for quite a while now and will definitely repurchase in the future.

Nutraderm Moisturising Cream

I have been using this as a moisturiser for about 5 years now. I like it a lot. It feels very nourishing as it sinks into your skin and it doesn't have a bunch of chemicals and things in that can irritate the skin. If you have slightly more sensitive skin I would recommend you give this a try.
Repurchase? Certainly!

That is it for my very first empties post. Link your empties posts in the comment section down below...I am a real old snoop and love seeing what is in other peoples trash! Guilty little pleasure I tell you!

Keep well blogger friends!
daisyperson xx

Friday, 31 October 2014

Five Favourites for Summer Nails

Favourites for summer nails

Today I will be talking about my five favourite nail polishes for summer. It was really difficult for me to limit them down to five, but I figured showing my entire nail polish collection probably won't be the best idea.

summer nail polish

Yardley - Romantic Ruby
First of all I have my Yardley Stayfast nail polish in Romantic Ruby. I did a whole midweek post on this one claiming that it is most probably the best drugstore nail polish on the market right now and that for less than R50. I will link it here if you would like to read the detailed post. I love this companies nail polishes. I have it in Americano as well which is like the perfect toe nail colour. Basically they stay almost completely chip free for 4-5 days. They apply like a dream. You do need two coats but they dry quickly so that is not a problem. Packaging is not the prettiest but it is functional and you get a whopping 15ml of product which is a lot!

yardley romantic ruby

If you do get this brand where you live definitely give the nail polishes and lipsticks a try!

Essie - Fiji
Next up is Essie in fiji. I think Essie products are quite expensive, but I love the colours they offer and they always have the cutest names. They retail for around R140 for 13.5ml which is quite expensive. People usually say the quality is really good which makes it worth the price but so far this little guy has not been lasting very well. I get 2-3 days chip free out of it which is a slight pain in the behind considering you need three coats for it to be completely opaque and it applies very streaky. The colour is absolutely gorgeous for spring and summer though so I will definitely continue wearing it. Let me know down below if you have similar problems with chipping with some of the other colours or if it is only this one. I wore it with a Revlon basecoat and a Sally Hansen top coat.

essie fiji

Catrice - Karl Says Très Chic
Up next is my Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 57 Karl Says Très Chic. If you do not own this nail polish already you need to get it! It is just the most gorgeous pink. It applies streak free, you only need one coat and it is a steal for only R45 for 10ml of product. The first time I wore it I got at least 4-5 days of wear without chipping. The last time however I got like 2 days. I probably just did more handy work the last time, but it just makes it difficult to give an account of the lasting power of this nail polish. Overall I love Catrice nail polishes so I don't really think one can ever go wrong with purchasing them.

catrice karl says tres chic

Essence - That's What I Mint
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the next guy. It is an Essence colour & go nail polish in 146 that's what I mint. It is extremely cheap retailing for R18 for 8ml and the colour is a gorgeous green toned mint which applies really well with the nice thick brush and you get complete opacity with about two layers. However it does not last and usually has remarkable chipping within 2 days. I love the colour so I keep wearing it, but the struggle I am having with it chipping so quickly is definitely preventing me from enjoying this polish. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend Essence nail polishes but this colour is absolutely gorgeous so if you have patience with nail polish chipping then definitely get this one! Or if you want to try a mint polish because you are not sure whether you will like it then get this one since it is pretty yet cheap.

essence color & go that's what i mint

Revlon - Graceful
Lastly I have my Revlon Nail Enamel in 320 Graceful. This is in my opinion the perfect beige/nude nail polish. It is almost grey but it has enough of a beige undertone that it does not make your nails look dead. This is a very classy nail colour that I would suggest for everyone from people looking for nail polishes suitable for the office to girls looking for something to wear to school. The brush is thin which is nice to get into the corner with but personally I prefer a nice fat brush. It is fully opaque after two coats and lasts between 3-5 days. This polish retails for around R100 for 14.7ml. I think Revlon's nail polishes are too expensive when you compare it to nail polishes for half the price (Yardley and Catrice) with longer lasting power. However I do love the Revlon brand and would therefore not be afraid to recommend this to anyone.

revlon nail enamel graceful

That is it for my Five Favourites for Summer Nails. I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know in the comment section what your number one nail polish is for summer! I would love to know and then try them out as well!

Enjoy the weekend
daisyperson xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Calorie Counting for Noobs

Calorie counting can be a phenomenal aid in losing weight and controlling portions. When I started my journey to beomming healthier and more fit I counted my calories vigorously. I weighed almost everything I ate to make my calorie counting as accurate as possible. This not only helped in keeping me motivated and accountable to eating healthy portions and food it got me in the habit of logging all of my meals. It is pretty obvious...the more you do something the easier it gets. 

In order to count my calorie consumption I used fatsecret, a website you can use to either log calorie intake, exercise, weight loss, add journal entries and interact with fellow members on the same path as you are. I found this website to work extremely well. I prefer the website over the app just because you can only interact with the other members on the website. The app is great for logging your calories as the day goes by and adding your exercise as you do it in the gym or whatever works best for youMyfitnesspal is another great website you can give a try, personally I have never used it, but I have heard good things about it. These kinds of websites make calorie counting a hundred times easier!

Some tips when calorie counting:
  • Always keep track of what you are eating, either log it immediately on the app on your phone or keep a diary of what you are eating and remember to log it at the end of the day. Believe me somedays I can't even remember what I had for lunch only a few hours earlier!  
  • You can even use it to plan your meals out to ensure you keep to the recommended intake. I have never been a good meal planner, but it would be nice to use it in that.
  • If you have the time interact with the people online. They cannot see any photos or names other than those you choose to share so it is a safe zone. The nice thing is that everyone is there with the aim to change lifestyle habits and therefore no one judges you. I have always been amazed at how encouraging and supportive the users are and have become friends with quite a few of them.
  • Always be honest with the amount you have had. It is really easy to lie to the computer but if we want to see results we have to face what we have put into our bodies. I am one of those people who have really poor self control. If I have a chocolate in my possession I want to eat it as quickly as possible and will often end up eating way more than anyone should. Having to log that can be embarrassing. I guess you get forced to face the facts and although that can be uncomfortable it does help to teach you to make better decisions in the future.
  • Increases portion awareness. You are forced to think about the amount you are eating in order to be able to log it. This especially helped to motivate me to not take seconds.
  • After a while you learn more about the better choices to make for example you can eat tons of vegetables without adding many calories but when you eat one chocolate it literally takes the calories of more than half of what you are allowed on a day.
  • The app and the other members keep you accountable.
  • As mentioned above, planning meals and building supportive relationships are further advantages of counting your calories in this way.
However please remember that it is not necessary to make friends with anyone on the app. I enjoy speaking to different people from all over the world, but it is not everyones cup of tea so don't let that discourage you. You can still do this without having to have any interaction with anybody.

So how many calories should you consume?

Deciding how many calories you should take in can be a challenge in itself. I recommend heading over to WebMD where they suggest the amount you take in considering your current weight, height and weight loss goal. I had a rule that I was never allowed to eat less than 1200 calories a day and I exercised for about an hour 4-5 days a week. During busy weeks I might only get to gym only 2 or 3 times but basically just try your best to get your body moving as much as possible. When you eat less than 1200 calories a day you increase your risk of not getting in all the nutrients you need or your bodies metabolism can slow down and go into the so called "starvation mode" which we can go into a bit more in a future post. So never starve yourself! Losing weight can be achieved on a full stomach!

After clicking on the WebMD link you will be asked to fill in some of your details such as your age, height, weight, pant size etc. When you have completed that it will direct you to the "results" which will look as follows. To reach the amount of calories they recommend you consume just click on the block indicated with the red start on the picture down below.

You might find the app or website daunting at first but just keep at it even if it is just to learn a bit more of the nutritional value of different foods and the calorie benefits of healthy food. 

Calorie counting is also not something you have to do for the rest of your life. I counted for about a year with breaks in between. Right now I am not counting anymore as a test to see if I can keep making better choices.

If you have any further questions please leave them in the comment section or send me an email! You can find my email adress at Contact Me.  

Let the counting begin!
daisyperson xx