Friday, 28 August 2015

L.A. Girl Matte Gloss Review

L.A. Girl matte gloss

Everyone and their mother has heard of the fabulous products L.A. Girl have produced and at incredible prices too. Some of my all time favourites is from this brand and at a fraction of the price from what you normally would pay. We all fell in love with the concealers, lip liners and eyeliners and don't forget the famous Beauty Bricks which have once again sold out at my local pharmacy (this time I luckily managed to get the nude one though!). The fairy tale however has sadly come to an end for me.

I really didn't believe that L.A. Girl could do anything wrong, but unfortunately these Matte Lip Glosses have proved me wrong. First of all I love the packaging. It looks really nice and the calligraphy is quite cool in my opinion. The shades they had left wasn't my favourites, but I only had time to go to Dischem after they have been selling these for a week and so the nudes and some of the nicer pinks have been sold out. I opted for these two - a red, Secret, and a pink one, Bazaar.

These are essentially lip glosses that dries down to a matte finish. I don't really get why they didn't just call it something like a lip lacquer or even a liquid lipstick as there is absolutely nothing glossy about this product aside from it's doe foot applicator. The applicator is a  nightmare in my opinion. It applies the product unevenly and the applicator is really big so it makes precise application very challenging. I scrape almost all the product off of the applicator to get decent application and would thus recommend you do this too. It really isn't something you could throw in your bag to easily touch up throughout the day without needing a mirror and patience. The scent is rather chemical like which is off putting, but it isn't noticeable once you have it on your lips so it is not too bad at least.

L.A. Girl secret

The pigmentation is pretty phenomenal. The colour pay off you get is really good for the price you pay and the "gloss" quickly sets with a matte finish. This part of the "gloss" I love, but as it is a matte it does accentuate dry spots on your lips as all matte lipsticks do and it is really drying. I put on some lip balm before applying the lipstick to my lips which definitely helps to improve even application and it doesn't accentuate your dry spots so much then, but my lips keeps feeling extremely dry whilst wearing this and dry lips drives me nuts. The thing that I hate most about this product however is that it feels extremely sticky on the lips even after wearing it for half an hour. If I press my lips together they stick. It is so irritating that I have literally not been able to keep this on for longer than half an hour.

LA girl bazaar

This was a big let down for me and a total waste of the R70 that they each cost. I really feel like returning them, but I bought them sealed in a three for two special and so I am not sure what the return policy of Dischem is with regards to this, so if you do know please let me know!

Have you tried these before and did you like them? Let me know down below and please remember to leave links to your blogs so that I can return the favour!

daisyperson xx

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Giveaway #3 WINNER

It is finally time to announce the winner of the Dresslink giveaway! Congratulations to Amalia Appleton! I hope you enjoy your prize ♥ Thank you to everyone that took the time and effort to enter...maybe next time you're the winner! The winner was chosen with which is a website that keeps track of entries and then eventually randomly selects a winner. 

Hope you are all doing well! I am planning to have a proper post up by this weekend! Have been missing blogging a lot.

daisyperson xx

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Where have I been?

Hey blogging friends! I have basically been off of the face of the blogisphere for the whole week now. I only go onto Twitter to quickly read my notifications and have not even had time to like Instagram photos which is one of my favourite things to do. I recently started a new phase of my course at university. That is the final 14 months and the expectations are very high. My week has consisted of four to five hours of sleep a night if I am lucky and lots of time on my feet as I am busy with practical work. This week I will have eighteen hour shifts on Wednesday, Friday and the following Monday, so I can't even promise that this week will be any better.

I don't want to be one of those lame people who regularly complains about lack of time to post their blogs or vlogs. So this is more just me sharing a bit of everyday life with you. I am honestly shaking in my boots afraid for the year ahead. With time flying by it's not long before finals will be here and lets face it that is never a great time in anybodies life. I was on holiday until a week ago and it was so nice to have all this free time to put into blogging, but now that I am back to the grind I need to prioritize a little bit. I love blogging so no I am definitely not going to stop I just think it would be a good idea to reduce posts to one a week. There will probably often still be two posts a week, but if I want to have some time to interact on other blogs I will need to cut the time I spend on blogging. Besides the long hours I need to work I have to study and do assignments, gym, spend time with family, I babysit over weekends, go to church and still have some time left for socializing. I will have holiday break again in November so then I will go back to blogging two times a week. 

Although you all don't necessarily know me personally I do feel like in some weird way this blogging world has connected us and so I kind of like keeping you updated with what is happening in my life. I will still be spending time reading and supporting blogs too! Sorry for this really lame post, and thank you for being such lovely readers and friends.

Have an awesome weekend!

daisyperson xx

Monday, 10 August 2015

Cool Wonder by Kaviar Gauche for Catrice

The new limited edition range of Catrice recently hit our local pharmacies and it is by far the most beautiful one that I have ever seen them bring out. Currently I am trying my best not buy makeup if I already own something similar so I had to restrain myself not to want every single piece. This is such a beautiful Kaviar Gauche range, I probably had sparkling eyes whilst looking up at this.

Although I really wanted to try the highlight and this really cute palette I decided to stick to a single nail polish because let's face it I am a student and I need to save whatever I don't spend socializing so that I can buy some new running shoes in the next few months. The nail polishes retail for R52,95 each which is a really good price. I picked up Cool Wonder, the darkest shade of the four available. 

Cool Wonder is a warm grey with a pastel quality to it. I absolutely love this colour. It is quite a unique earthy colour that is right up my alley. I have been wearing this over the last week and the strangest thing for me was that it literally lasted for seven days. I did do lots of up keeping by touching up the top coat every second day, but considering nail polish usually only last three days on my nails this is not something I am used to. I used the Rimmel Nail Nurse base coat and Omega Crystal Clear top coat which is the products I usually use with all of my nail polishes.

Although the golden tops is almost too yellow in my opinion I do like how different this range look from their permanent range which really adds to the exclusive feel of this limited edition range. The rest of the collection consists of Blurring Powder Pearls R79,95, Gentle Lip Gloss available in two shades for R61,95, Gliding Eye and Face Palette R149,95 and the four different nail polishes which retails for R52,95 each.

I am sure you can tell that I am very impressed by this nail polish and so this is a product I definitely recommend. Have you tried any of the products in this limited edition range? What did you think of them? Let me know down below and as always please leave links to your blogs to that I can give you a read too!

daisyperson xx

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

July Favourites & Disappointments

July Favourites

Another month another favourites. I usually don't do monthly favourites, but lately I have been trying out a bunch of new products and so have found a few new exciting things. I am also adding three products that really disappointed me this month at the end so be sure to hang around for that too!

July was a good month for me. Not only product wise but just generally I felt good and positive and I have been getting a lot of rest which is great for me. I have however picked up some weight again, story of my life, so at times I've been feeling down about that but ever since I have gotten back into my running and gym routine things are looking up again.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder

Moving on to why you all are actually here, the first product I have to share is my Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing powder. I have had this bad boy for ages as this was the first bronzer that I have ever bought and on recommendation by Estée Lalonde. As you probably know The Body Shops makeup is more expensive than your typical drugstore makeup so I try to save this for special occasions. Since I have run out of my daily cheaper bronzer I have been using this bronzer a lot more often and it just reminded me again of why I love it. It is very nice and subtle making it perfect for paler skins and easy to blend. I have shade number three.

Revlon superlustrous lipgloss supernatural

I purchased this Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Supernatural in June even though I am not a big lip gloss fan. I have been loving this lip gloss however. It is so nice to just throw in my handbag on days when I don't really feel like wearing makeup. Because it is a lovely nude it is easy to apply without needing a mirror. It smells amazing, like some sort of vanilla cake or fudge and it is not sticky at all. It feels buttery on the lips and leaves your lips beautifully moisturized.

rimmel moisture renew vintage rose

Another lip product I have been loving is this Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Vintage Pink. I have already confessed my love for this lipstick in my Winter MOTD blog post and you can see it swatched there. I think it is a gorgeous shade and perfect for the colder months we are in right now. The formula and packaging of the lipstick is lovely too. Overall I really love Rimmel's lip products a lot and this is just another one to add to my list of favourites.

essence eyeshadow base

I did a full review on the Essence I Heart Stage Eyeshadow Base here so you can check that out if you want to see it's effects in action. This is a really cheap eyeshadow base that makes a massive difference to the pigmentation and lasting power of eyeshadows. It does also help prevent creasing. The only negative I can point out about the product is that the shade is a little bit too dark for me so I have to concentrate on applying a small amount or I would look a bit weird. But overall a great product and it lasts for ages. A little really goes a long way.

catrice camouflage cream

The Catrice Camouflage Cream is another product that I have done a full review on before and you can check that out here. Although I have always loved this product for it's ability to almost completely eliminate the evidence of pimples I haven't been using it much. For the most part my skin has been very stable over the last couple of months and I don't really even get that one terrible pimple with my periods as I used to. Unfortunately I have been getting more pimples in the last two weeks, you will find out exactly why later in this post, and so it has been necessary to pull this little guy out again. It doesn't work good as an under eye concealer as it is too thick and looks cakey but over a blemish you can't see any redness peeking through and it sets and lasts for hours so you don't have to be paranoid that the concealer has slipped off.

essence express dry drops review

My last favourite of July is the Essence Express Dry Drops. I think everyone and their mother has heard of this little gem before. It's just amazing and if you haven't tried it definitely do. Basically it is an oily fluid that you drip onto your wet nail polish and within thirty seconds your nail polish is basically completely dry. There is almond oil and things in it as well which is great for your cuticles so I like to massage it in afterward. A good product that is affordable and you should probably try it if you haven't already!

Disappointing products of July

dischem shea butter face mask review

This is a very affordable Shea Butter Face Mask by Dischem a local pharmacy or drugstore depending on where you are situated. It retails for R35 which isn't bad and initially I thought the scent is amazing. What I love about this mask is how creamy it is and when you apply it it really feels amazing on the skin. The introductory image of this post is actually this tub opened. However this bad boy gave me really bad acne. It was so disappointing to me. Literally every single time that I apply this mask I wake up the following day with a decent sized zit and on odd places of my face where I don't usually get zits. Furthermore the nice scent also becomes very overpowering once applied all over your face. The whole business just becomes way too perfumy and so I recommend you steer as far away from this face mask as possible. 

catrice eyeshadow single in my mermint

The next disappointing product of July is the Catrice Eyeshadow Single in My Mermint. Although it looks very nice I feel it lacks pigmentation. When I apply it I don't really get the point of it as it honestly makes no difference to a makeup look. If you do manage to get enough pigmentation for the eyeshadow to show it just ends up making your eyelids look seasick. To me this was a big miss. At least the packaging is nice.

edgars design eyeshadow palette

The final product to be mentioned is this Design 12 pan eyeshadow palette that I recently bought (see more here). It is really cheap and I bought it on sale so it literally cost me like R35. I didn't expect too much from it, but some positive reviews definitely raised my expectations. I love the bottom row they are really good highlighting shades. I wore the three shades on the left border and they looked great in my opinion. So there has only really been one shade that I have been really disappointed in. The black shade is really crap. I've never used a product with that much fallout and it honestly feels like it stains your skin. I put it on, it blended horribly it almost feels as if it gets stuck right where you apply it initially and when I tried to remove it I was left with massive raccoon eyes. I had to scrub my eye several times before most of the product was  removed and I could still see some darker pigmentation on my lids. This left my lids and surrounding skin sore, irritated and bright red. The lighter shades are fine, but if you do have this palette stay clear of the black one!

That's all from my side. How have you all been doing? What has been your most disappointing product lately? Let me know in the comment section and remember to leave links to your blogs so that I can read and comment on your blogs too!

daisyperson xx

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