Saturday, 28 March 2015

Empties #2

I haven't posted one of these in ages so instead of posting a really long post I am going to split it into two parts and share the rest of the products soon! A few products have accidentally ended up in the trash already, but here is a few of the products I can share with you. I know that when someone has finished the entire product they must really love it or be very sure why they don't like it. So personally I love these posts and find that little "Repurchase?" line to be the most crucial part.

I'll start with the more boring things and move on to the slightly more exciting makeup bits.

Dove Invisible Dry Aerosol Deodorant

I love this deodorant! It feels great on your skin and smells amazing - not overly scented and it really keeps your armpits dry. Apparently it has been tested on 100 different colours and found to not leave deodorant marks on them. I never noticed any marks on my clothing.
Repurchase? Definitely

Sanex Deodorant

Technically this isn't even an empty. This deodorant was so bad that I am throwing it away before getting half way through it. It leaves your armpits feeling wet and slippery. How disgusting does that sound right?! Not only does it make you feel sweaty even directly after application it also doesn't do much to prevent the good old BO. I'm pretty sure it's not even necessary to say whether I would repurchase it as you probably already know the answer, but for the sake of completeness...
Repurchase? NEVER AGAIN!

Almay Wake Up concealer

I recently did a full review and comparison of this concealer and you can read that HERE. This concealer is supposed to make you look more awake by covering up dark circles. However I found that it didn't really do a very good job at that. The container also make it difficult to be able to use up all of the product. I know it's not a big deal, but I just hate when packaging makes it feel like you are wasting product. It is also expensive compared to my cheaper better performing concealers. I am not sure if these are still available overseas. From what I could find they may have been discontinued, but you can still buy them over here.
Repurchase? No, it is expensive and doesn't work as good as my cheaper concealers.

Essence Long Lasting Eye Liner Pencil in Hot Chocolate

I love these pencils, this is the second one I have finished and I am already busy using my third one daily. The pigmentation is great and it lasts well in the tightline although it is not waterproof. They are very affordable, around R30 now but when I purchased this one it was still about R22. I also love the retractable packaging as it is so much more convenient than having to constantly sharpen it and ending up wasting your product.
Repurchase? I have already repurchased a black one.

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Rosey Lipped

My second blog post ever was a review on these lip balms. I am too afraid to link back to it as it is a terrible post and I still took most photos on my iPhone. Initially I never wore this lip balm. It smells amazing and feels great on the lips, but generally I do not like the wet lip look I associate with lip glosses. However I had a little bit of drama with extremely dry lips after my lips had a reaction to my ZamBuk lip balm. Nothing managed to moisturize my lips except for this Almay lip balm. I wore it non-stop and subsequently I have ran out of it. I am also almost through my Apple A Day one too. I really love that it has basically saved my lips and will definitely reach for it in the future if I struggle with dry lips again. I don't know why it made that strange colour change though!
Repuchase? I am not planning to repurchase this product soon. Although I had a very good experience with it, I still don't wear lip gloss often. If I ever struggle with dry lips again I will most definitely repurchase this one!

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Rubybox Unboxing - Mystery Mix & Review

I love reading unboxing blog posts, but just as much as I love reading them I am also very skeptical about these beauty subscription services. Although buyers get one or maybe two nice products for the most part it seems like the boxes mostly consists of samples, creams and soaps. Personally I would rather purchase those myself than receive it monthly. This resulted in me never being interested in trying a beauty subscription service although it seemed like the most exciting thing in this world.

So on Friday the 13th I was lucky enough to head home during lunch time and whilst driving I received an e-mail from Rubybox promoting a Mystery Beauty Mix special. This special was only available for two hours and very affordable at R50 each! I knew this was my chance to give this service a try without the risk of wasting a lot of money.

With this Mystery Beauty Mix you would receive two full-size products and two skin care samples to the value of R130. Shipping included it ended up costing R100 which didn't seem half bad considering you receive two full sized products. I must add that I received excellent customer service from Kathleen at Rubybox.

After much anticipation I received the box today. As this is my very first beauty box I have ever purchased I decided to photograph the unboxing process.

I like the general look of this box. It is very simple and unpretentious. Upon opening the box your goodies are still covered with a white piece of tissue paper as well as the invoice of your purchase.

So finally I reached my products and to be honest my heart immediately sank into my socks. All I saw was a cream, a soap and a sample - as you would recall all of the things I mentioned above that I always considered as a waste in beauty boxes. I was looking forward to makeup or nail polish. I knew this box was going to contain two skin care samples, but I mainly bought this box because I expected to receive at least a nail polish or a single eye shadow. 

I then realised that the bag is actually one of the two promised full size products. Honestly I don't think this is a particularly pretty makeup bag and since I already own four makeup bags I certainly won't find much use for this one. I like that it has clear sides so that you can easily see the products inside, but other than that it is a little bit boring and there is nothing special about this bag. This product normally retails for R59.95. I really don't like that the most expensive product in this beauty box was an average looking plastic makeup bag.

I took out the sample first as this was clearly the most boring part of the box. This is a Skin Science revitalising day cream. I like that it has an SPF of 20 as I always try to protect my skin from the sun. The full size is available at Dischem for R99-R129

The next item I took out of my box looked like it could possibly be more promising than the first sample. This facial care soap bar contains egg whites, yoghurt, edelweiss, olive oil and rose water. It sounds pretty decent as egg whites are excellent to tighten skin, draw oil from pores and remove black heads according to Erin Monahan. Although this Scandinavian soap bar is probably great for skin and smells lovely it really isn't something I would have spent R39.95 on. Furthermore instructions and ingredients are in Korean so I had to look those up in order to understand the purpose of this soap bar.

After looking up some information on this I have found that it can be used as a daily cleanser or as a facial mask once or twice a week. I don't like messing with my skin too much as my current routine leaves me with minimal breakouts. I will however try this as a mask and see if it ends up being very drying or causes blemishes.

Finally I took out the Botanical Collection Tropical Hand & Nail cream which normally retails for R29.95. This is the second full sized product (75 ml) and apparently has a lovely tropical scent and is easily absorbed into the skin. I am not the type of person that generally carries a massive handbag with me so hand cream is not an essential for me. I am actually considering to just keep this tube sealed so I can give it away as a birthday gift. That way it at least feels like this box had a use.

Overall I am really disappointed with this box. I didn't receive one thing that I am excited about and there was only skin care products and the makeup bag in makeup which I was expecting since they had a nail polish bottle in the picture with the advertisement. 

I think my initial skepticism has now been confirmed. Yes, beauty boxes is a fun little surprise and like a gift to yourself, but I just think it is too gimmicky and essentially a waste of money. Instead of saving up for one product that you really want, you now have four products you'll never use. To me that is a complete waste of money. The only product I will truly get use out of is the hand cream and that wasn't even R30. Considering I paid R100 in total including shipping I actually don't think that this was a bargain at all.

This mystery box was a test for me to see if I want to buy the more expensive monthly boxes, but I am afraid after this I probably won't be buying anymore boxes any time soon!

Have you had better luck with beauty boxes? What is your take on them? Am I being to critical and you think I actually received good products? Let me know in the comment section!

Have a great day!
daisyperson xx

Friday, 20 March 2015

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad

revlon colorstay eye shadow

This week I am reviewing the Revlon ColorStay 16 hour Eye Shadow Quad. This was probably the first ever eye shadow palette I owned and my mom bought it for me even before I got into makeup. At that time it was R165 at Foshini, but I saw today that they now retail for R185 at Clicks, our local drugstore.

I have this beautiful neutrals quad in 500 Addictive. I love all the shades this palette offers, it comes with one matte shade, a gorgeous chocolate brown, and three shimmery shades. The two lighter tones are not extremely shimmery. They have a few specks of glitter in them so it is not as metallic looking as most shimmer eye shadows and I prefer this over the metallic look.

revlon colorstay eye shadow

I like the sleek classic packaging. Nothing too exciting but it looks like good enough quality. Mines a bit scratched so it doesn't look that great anymore as you can see in the photos. It came with some sort of applicator but it must have been useless and ended up in the trash because mine hasn't had one in ages.

Moving on to the more exciting part of the review. I find the pigmentation to be a little bit poor. To get good enough swatches I really had to get in there and rub my finger over it countless times. Down below I have marked the swatch where I didn't build it up with an asterisk (*) and the rest of the four I had to build up quite a bit for the sake of better swatches. 

revlon colorstay eye shadow

You can also see how lovely the shades are. I LOVE 1 and 4 so much. 1 is a perfect brow bone shade. As you can see it almost blends in completely with my skin so it works really nice to blend out the crease colour and highlight the brow. I find 3 and 4 to be a little patchy and it is difficult to blend them out nicely as you will see in the picture below.

revlon colorstay eye shadow

I find that it fades significantly in the first half hour or so but the colour that stays behind on the eyelid lasts well throughout the day. I took the pictures 8 hours after I applied it in the morning and just touched up the crease shade a little bit. I used the lightest and darkest shade to create this look.

revlon colorstay eye shadow

I love the colours and that these shades aren't as shimmery as cheaper brand eye shadow palettes tend to be. However the pigmentation, difficulty blending and patchiness makes this palette more labour intensive and thus not something I reach for on a regular basis. I still like the palette though.

I have been wondering if the other ColorStay palettes tend to have better pigmentation? Let me know if you have tried them! Remember to leave your blog links in the comments so that I can find yours!

Have an awesome weekend!
daisyperson xx

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Sisterhood of the World - Blogger Award

It has been one of those crazy weeks, a terrible week to be honest. I could probably rant for hours. So I will just give you an idea of why my week has been crappy. We have to do a really big and important presentation in class, but it's group work and we were allocated to groups and my group is really lazy so me and a few of the girls have practically had to do everyones part over. 

So when I remembered that I was nominated by the lovely Angelina Rose for the Sisterhood of the World blogger award it could not have come at a better time. I definitely would not have been able to post a mid week post if it wasn't for you Angie! Let's get to answering some questions!

1. Do you have any pets?

I do, she was featured on my blog previously, but I'll add another photo just because I think she is the sweetest little dog ever and I love her dearly! Other than her I don't have any other pets. We've always had birds or fish when we were little and used to rescue baby doves and then set them free when they were strong enough.

2. What one beauty product could you not live without?

This is really difficult. I guess my Maybelline Colossal mascara. I have light eyelashes so they tend to look non-existent if I am not wearing any mascara.

3. What is one food you could live on for the rest of your life?

Chocolate! I guess that isn't food so I guess I will have to go for any kind of pasta then.

4. What are your favourite blogs at the moment?

I love reading Reflection of Sanity by Shireen. I love her writing style and really trust her reviews.

5. What songs are you loving right now?

Just like everyone else I have been loving Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartneys FourFiveSeconds. I am a big lover of anything accoustic so I love it!

Thank you for your questions Angie! So according to the rules I now need to nominate five bloggers for this award, ask them ten questions and then let them know that they have been nominated. So I am nominating:

My questions to you:

1. What was the inspiration to your blog name?
2. If you could buy makeup from only one drugstore brand for the rest of your life which brand would you pick?
3. Tell me a story of a date that went horribly wrong or was just terrible right from the get go.
4. What is the beauty purchase you have been disappointed in the most?
5. Would you rather spend a more money for luxury makeup brands or rather save and buy dupes?
6. What was your first MAC lipstick you bought? (if you have not purchased any MAC lipsticks what was the first lipstick you ever bought)
7. If someone forced you to dye your hair right now, but it is not allowed to be similar to the current colour, which colour would you pick?
8. You are stuck on an island with two guys. One is strong, hot and extremely arrogant. The other is not the prettiest pea in the pod, a little weak but very nice. Which one would you rather camp with?
9. Do you have any fears?
10. Would you say you have mastered the art of liquid eyeliner and if so how?

Please let me know when you guys have answered it so that I can read your answers! Sorry for this quick little post! Hope you guys still enjoyed reading a tiny bit more about me!

If you have any questions you'd like to ask me feel free to leave them in the comments. Don't forget to leave links to your blogs!

Hope you guys are having a lovely week!
daisyperson xx

Saturday, 14 March 2015

I cut my hair!

If you have long hair and have had it for a while you probably know how scary it is to cut even the tiniest bit off. After having had long hair for almost ten years (with the odd trim in between) I felt ready to just cut it all off today. I have been so tired of my hair for the last couple of weeks that I couldn't put off cutting my hair anymore. 

As you can see I chickened out a bit and right before she started I said she should make it a little bit longer than I initially said. I wanted about 5 cm more off than I ended up cutting off. In a way I am glad I stopped her since she just chomped it all off within ten minutes. I don't know if that's normal, but for the price you pay you'd think they would put a little more effort into it. Don't think I will go back there. At that speed my mom could even do it. But I also wish I hadn't chickened out and just went for a bigger change.

Overall it is nice to have it off. It was waaaaaay too long and really just looked terrible and drab. Like a blanket I was dragging along with my head. It is a pretty boring cut now, but maybe I'll go somewhere else and take off a little bit more.

For now I am going to enjoy those awkward moments where you brush your hair and suddenly there is no more hair where you still expect it to be.

Do you think I should cut off a few more centimeters? Let me know!

Have the best Saturday!
daisyperson xx