Friday, 26 September 2014

Products I Regret Buying - Nails

makeup regrets

This weeks post is all about the nails. Luckily they were inexpensive, but maybe some of you might find these quick reviews and the reasons I did not like them helpful.

Essence Colour & Go in 111 English Rose R24.95

This is such a beautiful colour which is easy to wear with almost anything and works really well for an everyday colour. I also really love the brush, it's broad and thick and covers almost the whole nail in one stroke. Maybe after hearing great things about the Essence nail polishes I expected too much, but this one really disappointed me. It literally chipped after only one day and not only chipped but it came loose from the nail and I could easily peel the entire nails polish off. They have really nice colours in the range, but nail polish that does not last drives me nuts so I am not keen on trying any of the others. My Sally Hansen Top Coat did not help either.

Essence colour & go english rose

Essence Gel-Look Topcoat R29.95

If you have all the time and patience in the world this topcoat might be for you. First time I tried it over the nail polish mentioned above it made a bunch of bubbles on each nail. For me painting nails is such a mission - waiting for it to dry, not screwing it up and then only applying the top coat and having to wait for that as well. Because of this I never even tried this top coat again until I wrote this post and felt like I had to give it another try.

I tried it again over my completely dried Catrice nail polish, but only on one nail just in case something goes wrong. It took over ten minutes before it was dry!!!! Me being the impatient cluts I am started "testing" it to see if it was dry and pulling on my clothes without thinking and yes I ruined my entire nail. It even moved the dried polish underneath it. The half that got away unharmed doesn't look particularly shiny or gel-like as the product promises. If you have a lot of time this might be for you, but I don't like waiting around for nails to dry so this one was not for me.

essence gel-look top coat

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat R80

A few months ago I wrote a full review on this product. If you would like to read about the reasons I regret buying this top coat click here.

sally hansen top coat

Please leave comments on what you thought of these products if you have tried them yourself. Have you had better experiences? Or do you have any suggestions of other colours of these particular products that you found worked really well? I would love to know what you think of the rest of the Colour & Go nailpolish range!

See you next week!
daisyperson xx

Friday, 19 September 2014

What's in my makeup bag?

What's in my makeup bag

This is basically the makeup I pack in to apply after early morning post gym showering. On this particular day I kept my makeup very natural as you can probably tell. Most of these products form the staple of my basic makeup look every single day. The concelear and bronzer showed up a bit more orange toned on this particular photo due to editing so just keep that in mind. The rest of the picture in this post is true to colour.

I bought my makeup bag for R45 on the Woolworths 50% off sale. I was so happy that they had makeup bags on sale because the two I already owned (on the right side of the picture below) was way too small and none of my brushes was short enough to fit. Not only that the one started looking really terrible as you can see! The new bag is the perfect size for my needs. I still have loads of space left even after filling it with all my makeup for the day.

makeup bag

Let us have a look at the specific products I packed in today. I do not wear BB cream or foundation on a daily basis but when I go gym I always pack in a BB cream because I feel that it doubles as a moisturizer and it hides some of the redness on my flushed post workout cheeks. Initially my moisturizer was a big old pot of Nutraderm and it was just too big to fit into anything so I had to use my BB cream as my moisturizer on those days. Luckily I now own Ponds Day Lotion that is small enough to easily pack in.

I use the Essence Sun Club bronzer in 10 sunkissed almost everyday. I prefer my Body Shop honey bronzer but since the Essence one is a third of the price and still works perfectly I rather save the Body Shop one for special occasions. 

essence bronzer

I apply my bronzer with my Essence Powder Brush. It is not the most beautiful looking brush I have seen in my life but it works really well and retails for around R50 which is an absolute bargain. I used this one for my blush as well until I recently purchased a new brush to apply blusher with. Up to date I have not had any issues with this brush and I have never seen any hair falling out.

essence makeup brush

The Wet N Wild Coloricon blush in Mellow Wine is a highly pigmented matte blush with quite a reddish look to it when swatched. Since the previous review I have fallen even more in love with it. At first I struggled quite a bit with over applying it and easily ended up looking like a clown. I had to take tissues to remove excess almost daily, but now I have gotten the hang of it and if you kind of dab it on with your brush and not swipe it, it goes on perfectly. This lovely number retails for about R60 at Clicks.

wet n wild mellow wine

I apply blush with my newest brush, the Barbara Hoffman blush brush. It is slightly tapered and I think the red wood handle is just gorgeous. It retails for R80 at Dischem. I have never really seen these brushes featured on any blogs but so far I am really enjoying it. I would probably purchase some more brushes in the Red Wood series in the future.

cheap makeup brush

The concealers I am using is the Almay Wake Up concealer for under my eyes, the Catrice Camouflage Cream I bought on recommendation of Lipgloss Kisses and then the Max Factor Pan Stik. 

I use the Almay Wake up  concealer under my eyes. It offers light to medium coverage which usually is not enough to cover my damned dark circles completely but it does brighten up my under eye area quite a bit.

almay wake up concealer

catrice camouflage cream 
The Catrice Camouflage Cream is a miracle worker. I usually use this on the dark circle areas that is still prominent after I concealed it with my Almay concealer. I would not wear this for the entire under eye area as it is quite thick so it can easily look cakey. However the fact that you can really pile this one on makes it perfect for pimples. I did a full review HERE.

The Max Factor Pan Stik is actually a full coverage foundation. I find it too thick for my needs so I use this one as a heavy duty concealer. This was my main heavy duty concealer until I recently purchased the Catrice Camouflage Cream. I did a full review on this one HERE. I still love this concealer and use it almost daily.

On my eyes I use the Essence Longwear Eyeliner in 01 Black. I use this to tightline and line my waterline. For a full review head over HERE. It is such a lovely liner! 

My favourite mascara at the moment is the Maybelline One By One mascara that I bought on special for R80 at Dischem, they usually retail around R120. I love the packaging, I love the product and I love the price!

maybelline one by one mascara

As you have probably already seen on my Natural Brows for Blondes and Beginners post I use the Essence brow styling kit in 02 blonde and the angled brush of the Catrice smokey eye brush to fill in my brows. So those two always go where I go.

essence eyebrow kit

zam-bukI basically grew up using Zam-Buk lip balm. They are cheap (this tin was R5), smells amazing especially since they brought out the Cherry flavoured one and they are perfect for rehydrating your chapped lips. 

When packing in my makeup for the day I always put in at least two lipsticks just to be safe. Today I packed in two of my favourites. The Maybelline Colour Sensational lipstick in Peachy Scene and the Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum (a winter must have!).

revlon colorburst lip butter berry smoothie maybeline colorsensational peachy scene

I hope this didn't get too longwinded! Please leave a comment down below! I love reading them!

Enjoy the weekend!
daisyperson xx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Liebster Blog Award

I am sure most of you are aware of the Liebster Blog Awards. Basically it is a blogger tag where you answer 11 questions another blogger tagged you to  answer and then tag 11 bloggers to answer 11 questions you ask. As a midweek little extra I decided to answer some of the questions I was tagged to answer.

The Rules...
  • Thank the person who nominated you by linking to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominator gave you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
  • Create 11 questions for your nominees.
  • Let your nominees know by getting in touch with them.
I was tagged by The secret life of a makeup addict and Beauty by Kayla G. Thank you ladies! I decided to rather answer both of these two lovely bloggers answers on the same post just to be more effective.

So first off we have The secret life of a makeup addict's questions:
What is the feature you like the most about your face?
Probably my eyes. My face shape is way too broad and my lips too thin to pick those!

What is the one product that makes you feel instantly more confident?
I am sure most girls will agree that mascara is one of the most important steps when doing your makeup, so I am very tempted to say mascara. However when thinking about it a bit more I have to say it actually is my concealer. Whenever I don't wear concealer I find myself feeling much more self conscious throughout the day.
When did you start wearing makeup?
I have been wearing mascara probably since I have been 16. My very first mascara was the infamous Maybelline Great Lash mascara. I added some concealer when I was 17, but only really got into makeup when I was 20. Shocking I know!
What color looks better with your eye color?
I tend to lean more towards natural colours. Colourful eye shadows just never really work for me. I love it on other people but personally think I just end up looking kinda trashy.

Do you prefer powder or cream products?
I'm a powder product girl when it comes to blushers, bronzers and eye shadows. However foundations and concealers need to be creamy in my opinion.

Favourite skincare brand?
At this moment I am really enjoying my Pond's products. I am using the Flawless Radiance line right now.

If you have to pick just one makeup item, what would it be?
Wow this is a hard one! No look would be possible without mascara, concealer and lipstick at least. So I guess if I could only pick one it would have to be mascara. My eye lashes are quite light so if I don't wear mascara they are practically nonexistent.

What was the makeup product that disappointed you the most?
I have had many bad experiences with makeup products and you will hear more about them on my blog soon! The latest product I have been very disappointed with is the Essence 2-in-1 eyeliner pen I bought recently. If you would like a more detailed review on this eyeliner let me know!

What are your passions beside makeup?
I love people and caring for people. My day would not be complete if I did not spend it with the ones I love.

What is your fave makeup artist?
Sinead Cady, I love how she simplifies things and breaks it down into the most obvious steps.

What is the thing makes you proud about yourself?
I always stick to what I believe in and I don't allow people to force me into doing things that I have previously decided I won't do.

What do you like to accomplish in the next year or so?  
I would love to be successful in my studies and to give my absolute best in it. I often procrastinate when having to study and wish I could just stop and give my absolute best.

Thank you for your questions! Next are Kayla's questions:

When did you first start wearing makeup?
See question 3 above :)

How old were you when you had your first boyfriend?
Well the first boyfriend I ever had was when I was six years old. After a week of "dating" aka spending time on the playground together we kind of just forgot that we were a couple. The first real boyfriend I had or well the first big love was when I was 17 years old and we were together for over two years.

Favourite drugstore product?
Why is this so difficult to answer! When I read this tomorrow I will probably think of one I love even more, but at this very second of my life I am going with my Wet 'n Wild blush. It's just so beautifully pigmented and soft. It is difficult not to adore it.

Skincare routine?
Honestly I hardly have one! I use a Yardley makeup remover and then I either wash my face in the shower with my Nivea face wash or in the basin with my Pond's face wash. I usually use the Pond's Flawless Radiance line. It has a serum, under eye cream, night cream etc. I am very guilty of going to bed with makeup when I am really tired though...I know it's terrible!

Are you outgoing or shy?
I am quite shy and generally a rather private person until you get to know me. Once I am comfortable or have had a glass of wine I am quite a laid back and easy going person.

Do you like being a beauty blogger?
I have not been blogging for very long but I do enjoy it. I find it to be a nice way to break away from life and I also love reading the posts and opinions of other girls who love makeup as much as I do since most of my friends don't really care that much for makeup in general. I have started to convert my sister luckily so we like going drugstore makeup shopping together now.

Do you have a YouTube channel? (link it) 

Favourite chocolate?
I am a chocolate freak. I can literally eat slabs and slabs and slabs of chocolate in one night! My favourite chocolate is the Cadbury Bubbly chocolate in the white and brown chocolate one. I actually decided that it was my new favourite chocolate only a week ago. I do also absolutely love the Milka chocolates though! They are more expensive here so I would generally rather buy the Cadbury one. Wish I could get my hands on more Milka chocolates!

Thoughts on Australian makeup prices?
I have no idea what makeup costs in Australia, but when comparing the South African makeup prices with the US dollar then makeup is much more expensive here! And we don't have the added advantageous of couponing and regular specials.

Overhyped/Overrated product?
Rimmel Apocalips, this product was raved about by almost every single beauty guru. It is quite nice and the unique formula is interesting. Personally I'm just not that fond of the texture on my lips and it always feels like it will get messy really easily. I have probably only worn mine twice and I have had it for a year. It is not a bad product I just don't think it was worth the massive hype about it.

Favourite season?
I love spring. The blossoms and new flowers are breath taking and I love the types of clothing you get to wear with in-between-weather!

My questions to the ladies I tag...
1. If you could choose one word to describe yourself or that other people would use to describe you what would it be?
2. What is your blog about? Is it beauty related or lifestyle?
3. How did you choose your blog name?
4. What has been the most challenging thing about blogging and for how long have you been blogging?
5. What according to you is the biggest makeup mistake a girl can make?
6. Yes or no for the use of blue eye shadow?
7. Lengthening or volumising mascara?
8. What is your holy grail drugstore mascara?
9. Who is your celebrity crush or who do you think is really cute?
10. What do you love most about the country you live in?
11. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I tag...

Please let me know when you have answered the questions so I can read your answers!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Budget Beauty: Fashion Edition

I have never planned to post any fashion related posts on my blog, but whilst paging through the Mr. Price website I had the urge to build an outfit. Turned out it was even more fun than I expected and I decided to post it on here as a type of outfit inspiration.

Mr Price is a very budget friendly clothing store in South Africa. Their quality is not the best but they do have a wide variety of styles that according to me suits  various different types of personalities and budgets. The only problem is when shopping at the actual store the clothes sells out so fast that you don't always find what you were looking for if for instance you saw someone wear something and you want to go buy it as well. Down below I made a collage of the outfit I put together with their names and prices as it is on the Mr. Price website. I did post links to the different items at the end of the post.

I would easily wear this as a casual outfit to class, shopping or when going out with friends. Unfortunately they didn't have any black belts that I like as much as I like the brown one so I put the brown belt in but I would actually wear it with a black belt.

I love the Aztec print tank top. It is so pretty and it would be perfect for summer here in South Africa with a pair of denim shorts and sandals. However since we are still transitioning into spring I would wear it with a pair of skinny jeans, pumps as we call it but I think it is generally better known as flats and then throw in a black jersey in case it gets a bit cold.

Don't you just love the cute quilted bag? I am loving the backpack trend that is going on right now. It is so much more comfortable than weighing down one shoulder with a massive handbag. I usually opt for a small cross over bag in general but the backpack would be a nice deviation from what I usually wear.

The pumps/flats are just normal black pumps but the added mesh detail does give it more of a summery feel and I am sure the fresh breeze would feel great on sweaty feet on warmer days.

The outfit totalled at R490, that is round about $46 which according to me is an absolute bargain for an entire outfit. Would you wear this outfit? What jewelry would you add?

I really enjoyed writing this post, but if it is not something you guys like then I obviously don't want to keep posting similar posts! I would appreciate it so much if you could leave a comment telling me if you are for or against a few more fashion posts in the future?

Looking forward to knowing what you guys think of this!
daisyperson xx

Click here for links to mentioned clothing:

Friday, 5 September 2014

Back to School Makeup

It is that time of the year again for all of my American readers. Time to get back to reality and back to school. I still remember how horrifying the evening before a new school year was. I hardly got any sleep due to excitement to see my friends and a little bit of anxiety about the unknown. Usually however the first day always turned out to be one heck of a party and it is nice being surrounded by so many friends on a daily basis. I would never say I miss school, but I do miss that support structure of friends I got to see every single day.

Most of the schools in South Africa require that you wear a uniform. Luckily we had a pretty modern uniform compared to other schools and it was actually really nice to wear it. No struggles with what to wear which one sometimes miss strangely enough. Since we wore uniforms the rules about hair and makeup was really strict. You could literally barely get away with wearing mascara. So this world of makeup looks for first day of school is quite strange to me and that might be the reason some of you may find my Back to School Makeup look a bit boring. However this is what I would have worn. It is very simple and basic because I would have tried to wear my makeup as natural as possible.

Back to school makeup

This foundation is an absolute dream to wear. It doesn't feel like you have a bunch of makeup clogging your pores and it stays pretty much perfect for the entire day. I applied it with my finger tips by dotting it on my cheeks, forehead, nose, chin and neck and then blending it in with my fingers. The one I have is a sample as you can see. I just wanted to give it a try as I normally do not wear foundation daily, but I absolutely love this foundation and will definitely purchase it in the future!

Next I put on my concealer. This is quite a light weight concealer. Some days I love this concealer and other days I really do not enjoy wearing it. Usually with foundation it offers enough coverage but on other days when I am only using concealer and no foundation I find it necessary to add a heavier coverage concealer under my eyes as well. When applying concealer I apply a bunch underneath the entire under eye area and then I dab it in with my ring fingers from the outer corners of my eye to the inner corners.

I apply my bronzer in the typical 3E method with my Essence Powder Brush. I like that this bronzer is quite light and that it doesn't show up orange on my skin or look muddy. It is so easy to have your bronzer look like dirt when you are quite fair and use a relatively dark bronzing powder. I highly recommend the Body Shop Honey Bronzer for anyone with fair skin! It is a bit pricier so I decided to rather add the bargain bronzer in a school focussed "tutorial" since I really can't tell if there is much of a difference between the two in any way!

This blush has been featured on my blog before so if you want a detailed review of it click here. I use my Sarah Hofmann blusher brush to apply it. It is a very pigmented blush so be careful not to have a heavy hand and end up looking like a clown. I kind of like dab the brush against my cheek over the area that I want my blush to be in order to have better control of the amount I apply.

I use my Catrice smokey eye brush (featured here) to apply this to my brows. I did a whole post exclusively on how I do my brows so that they look natural but prettier so if you would like to read that click here. This is a lovely brow product offering lots of control over how prominent you want your brows to be. These colours are great for lighter hair but they do have one with darker colours for brunettes.

I cannot imagine not having a Maybelline mascara in my makeup drawer. Personally I think they make the best mascaras for the price and for that reason I will always recommend them. I really enjoy the One By One mascara, but I do think I actually prefer the Colossal one as it offers a bit more volume than this one.

Peach Parfait is the perfect colour for a natural every day look. It is also very moisturizing and I like that it is glossy without having to add a lip gloss. They are quite pricey where I live though. I bought mine on a three for one special so it was an absolute bargain. Any nude or your lips but better lippie would be perfect.

Obviously you can add things like eyeliner. This is just a basic back to school look that I often put on when going to class in uni.

I hope you enjoyed this look! Post links to your back to school makeup looks in the comment section and tell me what you would add to make this look more suitable for yourself and your personality!

See you all soon
daisyperson xx