Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Empties #3

It has been months since my last Empties blog post. As with most people it takes quite a while to get through products, but still there is nothing quite as satisfying as completely finishing a product. Of course if you have actually finished a product you probably have a good idea whether or not you liked it. So I have collected my empty products over the last couple of months to share my thoughts on it with you. There is quite a bit to get through so will be keeping this short and concise.

1. Nivea Creme Soft Shower Cream - Lovely neutral scent that left my skin feeling clean and smooth. Great affordable shower cream that I would repurchase again.

2. Dove Deeply Nourishing Shower Cream - Another neutral shower cream that does a great job at cleaning your skin but also leaving it soft and nourished.

3. Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash - This sample that I received in a running gift bag is Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla scented. The scent is truly amazing so if you do see it in the shop I recommend giving it a quick whiff. As with the other shower creams it's a good affordable product and loved the travel size.

1. Pond's Visible Even Tone Daily Lotion from the Flawless Radiance collection - I love this moisturizer and it is hands down one of my favourite day time moisturizers. It feels weightless on the skin and leaves you feeling moisturized for hours.

2. Nivea Dry Confidence Deodorant - I love these deodorants with almost a soapy consistency. It does a great job at keeping BO at bay for most of the day. Would definitely repurchhase it.

3. Yardley Clear Away Soothing Eye Makeup Remover - I have done an entire post where I have reviewed this product before and you can find that here. I love this makeup remover as it effortlessly removes makeup but also does not burn your eyes. An added bonus is the very affordable price tag. Only problem is that it can sometimes be a little bit difficult to find and it is not available internationally.

Now moving on to the good stuff. It takes ages to finish makeup products especially if you like mixing it up like I tend to do. So these were some much loved products, for the most part at least. You can find out what I loved and didn't like about them down below.

1. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Supernatural - You can read more about this product in my July Favourites, but all in all this is a lovely everyday lip gloss that smells amazing and leaves your lips hydrated for hours.

2. Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya - This lipstick has been featured on my blog countless times as it is such an easy shade to pull off. I especially love it in warmer months as it brightens the lips, moisturizes and finishes a look beautifully. I have already repurchased this gem. A tip for fellow South African ladies, every few months Dischem has some nice cosmetics sales and you can always pick up Lip Butters for a mere R45 (original price R145) so definitely keep an eye out for this one!

3. Labello Active Care for Men - Yes, you read that right it says for men. I realise the product pretty much stays the same for men and women, but my dad randomly bought me this one day and he wasn't wearing his glasses so he couldn't see that this is branded for men. Funnily enough that made this lip product even more special for me. Usually Labello tends to dry out my lips quite horrifically, but strangely enough this didn't seem to be a problem with this one and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

4. Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss - This was one of the first makeup products I purchased so it took me quite a while to finish it. Considering I don't wear lip glosses quite that often it is surprising how many of them is featured in this blog post. For the price you pay this lip gloss isn't terrible. It was a little bit sticky but not to the extent that it put me off and the doe foot applicator is almost a little bit too big but in general a very affordable and beautiful lip gloss. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of this lip gloss and I can' find it on their website either, but I enjoyed it while it lasted.

5. Caramel Cupcake by Rimmel - I have used a ton of this product and now it has completely dried out. The lasting power is good and the colour looks beautiful on. I would definitely recommend this nail polish if you are looking for a great nude shade this summer. Read more here.

6. LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer - Another one of the products that just keeps making its appearance on my blog. This is the best concealer for it's price and one I will probably keep repurchasing for years to come. It even made my Top Ten of 2014 so you can read that here. This is just one of those products everyone needs to try. Even if you don't love it it wouldn't have broken the bank.

7. Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever - This is actually the third of these eye pencils that I have finished and I'm making a dent in my new one already. It's an amazing affordable eye liner which works perfectly in the water- and tightline. It's nice and soft and for that reason a bit too smudgy to line your upper lid with. Overall great lasting power and easy to apply.

As you can you tell I have really been loving the products that I have been using lately. What is your absolute favourite product at this moment? Let me know in the comment section and remember to leave links to your blogs!

daisyperson xx

Monday, 2 November 2015

All About the Lashes

Eyelashes are hands down the most important attribute to any makeup look in my opinion. I feel naked and exposed if I don't wear mascara when I head out in the mornings and having dirty blonde hair my eyelashes are pretty much invisible if I don't wear mascara. Being the lash junkie I am and needing mascara to visibly lengthen and create a fuller look I will admit I can sometimes go a little bit crazy with the lashes. Keep reading to find out the result of this craze as well as what you can do to take better care of your lashes.

As some of you might know from my Where have I been post my life has been a little crazy over the last couple of months and I have had minimal time for anything let alone finding time and energy to complete a blog post. I have started a few but just couldn't find the time to take the photos whilst the lighting is good and then put in the hours of editing and so I am slowly easing back into things now that my summer holiday has officially started. Whoop! With being overwhelmed and tired I have been really bad with taking off my makeup properly. I would wash my face but not focus on getting all the mascara off with some makeup remover afterwards and subsequently I would keep applying new mascara over old mascara (YUCK!) which leads to clots and to me picking at the clots. The mascara weakened my lashes and I literally broke off pieces of my lashes while picking off the clots. I was left with weird looking lashes with literally varying lengths, it looks pretty ridiculous.

So in order to save the little bit of lashes I had left and restore the broken ones I've incorporated a few critical lash rules that I force myself to keep to now. Here they are.

1. Always remove old mascara before applying a new coat

I realise this is such an obvious point but I am sure that there is someone reading this who might also be bad at cleaning your lashes perfectly every single day. However doing this basically boils down to preventing clots. If the problem isn't there I won't be tempted to pick at my lashes without even noticing. 

2. Replace mascara that tends to clot with something new

My Maybelline Colossal mascara which used to be my favourite for ages has turned into a nightmare for me. I just couldn't apply it and manage a clot free look. I now use the cult favourite Great Lash mascara by Maybelline which is so lovely and have not been clotting much at all. I also stay clear of cheaper mascaras such as the Essence mascaras as I have felt in the past that they weakened my lashes.

3. Never pull on your lashes or pick at clots

If your mascara happens to be clotted you have a few options that would prevent the damaging effects of picking at your lashes. First of all having a clean spooly brush to run through your lashes after applying mascara has been a lifesaver for me. It makes your lashes look great and it combs out nasty clots. Some days I find that even on squeaky clean lashes my mascara just keeps clotting and not even a spooly can save the situation. On these days it's better to just remove the mascara you have applied and start over. 

4. Scrape off excess mascara

When you pull the wand out of the mascara you're often left with a gloopy wand full of mascara. There is no way you are going to have good looking lashes by using a gloopy wand. Scrape off the excess mascara on the mascara tub.

5. Eyelash serum

I purchased a Mavala Double-Lash Eyelash Serum as this was literally the only eyelash serum available in our pharmacies. It is relatively pricey retailing for R250, but I do imagine that it will last quite long as the bottle is rather big. It's supposed to help give you fuller and longer lashes. I've been using it on and off for over a month now so I haven't used it long enough for a full review yet, but I don't really see much of a difference to my lashes thus far. I will keep you updated however! I am sure that it will make a big difference in the quality of my lashes once they grow out. 

My lashes have not magically grown back within a month, but I haven't been breaking any new ones which is great. At least this action plan of mine is preventing further damage and with time my lashes will grow back to their full potential. I hope you have found this helpful. Leave your eyelash tips and links to your blogs in the comment section below!

daisyperson xx

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Summer Fashion Wishlist

Browsing through online stores are always one of my favourite ways to pass time. It's fun putting together outfits or seeing what is available. I have done a few of these posts before where I feature some of the clothes I wish I owned from a clothing store MRP which sells more affordable clothing in South Africa. This is not a sponsored post I just felt like putting together the bits and pieces I want from their current collection and the response in the past has always been positive so I really enjoy writing these.

mr price summer 2015

This is a collection of the more random things that I have decided to add to my summer fashion wishlist. For some reason I have gravitated towards mostly blue's in this post, but blue is always such a perfect colour for summer. I need to own a denim shirt because I just love the way it looks with outfits and everyone always needs some more cute sandals and shoes.

1. Denim shirt for R159
2. Crotchet knitwear tank for R89
3. Very cute cut out pumps for R99
4. Peep toe sandals for R89
5. Peep toe wedges for R99

mr price summer 2015

It would not be summer if you didn't add a few summer dresses to your collection. I cannot wait to walk around outside carefree with the summer breeze blowing through my hair and feeling the sand in between my toes. These dresses made me most excited for summer.

1. I love how girly this frilly maroon sundress is and R99 is an absolute steal
2. This gorgeous gypsy dress is available for R139
3. Another summer favourite is bright colours such as this yellow dress for R119
4. To make things less risky in life play suits are a fun way to play around with your style and this floral playsuit for R119 is just perfect.

mr price summer 2015

Finishing off cute shorts are essential for summer. I often prefer wearing pants just because I don't like having to clutch your dress when the wind is blowing or having to be careful when bending over.

1. This polka dot shorts for R99 is super cute and a great option for a fun nautical look in summer.
2. The longer denim pants for R129 is a good option if you don't want to show as much leg as often is necessary with the majority of pants on the market but it still looks nice and summery.
3. Finally this aztec print short for R99 is a great option to dress down in the day or even dress up when you are going out in the evening.

I don't know about you but shopping for summer clothes has been so much fun lately. I found some awesome pieces at Pick 'n Pay clothing store this weekend as well, but their website isn't very up to date so I rather went with a MRP one.

I hope you enjoyed this fashion related post. What is you favourite piece and are you getting ready for summer or winter where you live? Let me know in the comment section and leave links to your blogs so I can return the favour.

daisyperson xx

Monday, 5 October 2015

Invisibobble - Original vs Dupe

We all know it is better to prevent damage to your hair than to try and repair it. Once your hair is damaged there really isn't much you can do to reverse that damage. So I have started to try incorporating protecting my hair much more vigorously than before. I have significantly reduced the amount of heat I use on my hair, the types of brushes I use, adding some hair masks and oils and getting rid of damaging hair ties. All of this just to try and prevent my hair from getting damaged unnecessarily. With the Invisibobble promoted all around as being a great way to prevent damage to your hair I wanted to give it a try and see if it would help prevent further damage to my hair. So I purchased the cherry colour to see if it is worth the hype. You get three bobbles for R80 which is really expensive when compared with the general hair ties you can purchase from your grocery store. Taking the price into consideration I was really hoping that this fancy hair tie would be excellent. 

One of the promises of the Invisibobble is that you won't be left with those terrible hair tie lines in your hair when you wear the Invisibobble and I must agree. When removing the hair tie at first you are left with a kink in your hair, but it quickly disappears and your hair is left almost as straight as it was before tying it up. It looks quite nice in your hair, but since I have a red one it obviously isn't invisible, but the clear Invisibobble would be great if that is something you are interested in. Does it cause less damage? I would say definitely, my hair ties are always covered in broken off hairs which is something I never see on my Invisibobble, it also does not make that terrible hair breaking sound you often get when removing normal hair ties. The one thing I don't like is that it does not tie your hair up tightly which is something I find quite important in hair ties. I cannot use the Invisibobble when I go for a run as my hair keeps getting looser and looser and the feeling of a hair tie slipping out is so irritating. I found myself trying to get the bobble really nice and tight around my hair and the result was one of them snapping which is a little bit frustrating when it is actually a really expensive hair tie.

Walking in a local pharmacy one day I stumbled across a dupe of the Invisibobble. It is by the brand Cosmetix who makes a wide variety of hair accessories. The package contains five clear hair ties with a similar shape as that of the Invisibobble but for R30 which means a mere R6 per hair tie compared to the R26 you pay for per Invisibobble. Although I didn't really need more of these hair ties I just had to give it a try as a good dupe is always something everyone needs.

As with the Invisibobble the Cosmetix hair ties are less damaging and does not leave an obvious kink in your hair after wearing it. The one big problem I have with it however is the size thereof. In my opinion the dupe has been made way too big. So in order to tie your hair you have to wrap it around your hair countless times which makes it way too bulky and obvious. It's just too chunky and not invisible at all. It also stretches out much easier than the original product making the whole problem of being too big even worse and as you can see in the pictures they don't really return to their original size although they do shrink a bit after a few hours.

The verdict?

Although expensive the Invisibobble is better than I expected. Be careful to not try to tie it too tight and you will need your original hair ties for sports but at least it means you minimize the time you have damaging hair bands in your hair. Although the Cosmetix dupe version of the Invisibobble is not nearly as good as the original it still is a good option to replace damaging hair ties with. Just do not expect a nice tight ponytail. In the end it all boils down to how much you are willing to pay for a hair tie. Is paying R80 for three hair ties really worth it? Let me know what you think in the comment section down below and please remember to leave links to your blogs as well!

daisyperson xx

Monday, 28 September 2015

LA Girl Beauty Brick |NUDES

la girl NUDES

After waiting for months the LA Girl Beauty Bricks in Nude finally returned! Actually it arrived a month ago, but I've wanted to test it properly before writing this blog post. Nonetheless I am happy to have this blog post up today and with such an exciting palette as the feature.

I posted a long preview post on the Ultra palette back in March when my local pharmacy, Dischem, sold these for the first time. I couldn't get my hands on the nude palette at that time and anxiously awaited their return in August. This time around they luckily had much more stock and I was able to buy this palette for about R80. As this palette is a well known dupe for the famous third Naked Palette by fellow beauty bloggers this is just one of those palettes that you need to own. 

la girl NUDES

As with the Ultra palette the Nude palette contains a selection of twelve eyeshadows this time with nude shades and they are all flipping stunning. The packaging is the same cardboard case with a magnet to easily close the palette and a relatively small mirror. With four matte and eight shimmery shades this palette is absolutely perfect to create gorgeous everyday looks or the current golden eye shadow trend that I will definitely be sporting this summer. 

la girl NUDES

Down below I have added swatches of all of the shadows in this palette. I find the matte shades to be less pigmented than the shimmery shades and I'm not too impressed by shades one and two. The rest however are gorgeous with good pigmentation. The shadows are buttery, easy to blend and has minimal fallout.

la girl NUDES

la girl NUDES

One shade I do miss with this palette is a nice matte chocolate brown to intensify the crease with. So generally I would use the lighter shimmery shades over my eyelid with the lighter matte shades on my brow bone and then finish the look with one of my other matte brown eye shadows. Personally I prefer mixing shimmers and mattes instead of creating a look solely based on shimmers which can overall just be too much.

la girl NUDES

This is yet another hit from LA Girl and I will definitely be getting loads of wear out of this palette in the summer. Let me know if anyone is interested in seeing a golden eye shadow look created by this very affordable palette. Have you tried this palette yet? Do you have any other suggestions for dupes for the Naked palettes? Let me know down below and remember to leave links to your blogs!

daisyperson xx