Friday, 25 July 2014

BB cream: Garnier vs Pond's

Garnier vs Pond's bb cream

When having to choose between foundation and a BB cream I will always opt for a BB cream. I love how it evens out skin tone without making you look or feel cakey. On a day to day basis I tend to only wear concealer so I wear BB creams on days I feel like doing a bit extra or when I am going out.

Let's get down to business. I am going to keep this short and sweet as I am sure most of you would rather like a to-the-point summary of the two instead of a long winded description. 

First let's look at the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector
Price: R70 for 50 ml
Garnier miracle skin perfector
This BB cream is available in Light and Medium. 

Pros
  • easy to blend
  • evens skin tone
  • medium to light coverage - it fades out imperfections without removing them completely
  • very hydrating, sometimes when I shower at the gym I pack this BB cream in as a moisturiser since it is nice and small and moisturising enough on its own
  • SPF 15 UV protection
  • illuminating effect 
  • great for dry and combination skin 
  • affordability
Cons
  • it is quite oily so I would not recommend this for oily skin, they have brought out a new one specifically for oily skin and I have only heard amazing things about it
  • the Light colour is almost a shade too dark for my skin, but it blends easily so with a bit of bronzer in the neck you can easily make it work
  • not a wide variety of colours available
  • packaging is OK
Next up we have the Pond's Flawless Radiance BB cream
Price R70 for 25ml

It promises to match your skin tone instantly, however in my experience it was very yellow against my skin (you can see this in the picture down below). I got quite a fright when I applied it the first time. It did even out but it still did not match my skin perfectly and was very difficult to blend out. Keep in mind that it has light coverage.
Pond's flawless radiance bb cream

Pros
  • SPF 30, I really like this since I am all about wearing sun screen daily
  • evens out skin tone
  • great for combination and oily skin
  • smells fresh and light
  • does not clog pores
  • I love the packaging
Cons
  • light coverage
  • I think it is expensive, you get only a small amount of product and need to use a lot every time since the coverage is so light
  • only available in Beige and Deep
  • dries out skin a bit so I would not recommend it for someone with dry skin
  • did not match my skin tone perfectly
As you could probably tell I much prefer the Garnier BB cream over the Pond's one. Not only because of the massive price difference but also because generally I feel that you get a much better product when purchasing the Garnier BB cream. It's easier to blend, feels nicer on your skin, matches my skin tone better and more affordable since you get double the amount of product for the same price.

Garnier vs pond's bb cream

As you can see above there is quite a big difference in the colours of the lightest shades of both BB creams. The picture on the right shows how well the Garnier BB cream blends while it is very clear where the Pond's BB cream was applied.

Have you tried these BB creams? Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comment section down below!

Thank you for reading!
daisyperson xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

First Impressions: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Today I will be writing a first impressions blog post for the first time in my short blogging history! I have been eyeing the Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipsticks for a while now but was reluctant to buy them because I have heard that they are quite sheer and dry out the lips quite a bit. The two things that I do not like in lipsticks. So when they went on sale at Clicks for R36.95 (normally retail for R145) I thought I might as well see for myself then. I got 060 It Girl which looks like a beautiful coral colour.
 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

What I expect:

- I am expecting that this lipstick will dry my lips out. I have heard it from various sources and the fact that it is longlasting is indicitive thereof.
- Colour that lasts at least 3 or 4 hours
- Colour that stays with minimal eating and drinking, I am not talking about eating a massive greasy cheese and bacon burger with your hands so the sauce is like dripping down your cheeks, just eating whilst trying to save your lipstick. 

When using brands like Revlon I automatically expect a bit more from it. In South Africa they are on the more expensive side of drugstore makeup and their packaging and advertising make them look more luxurious. So if I am paying more and the products get advertised to be excellent then I expect above average quality.

Packaging:

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

I would not say I am impressed with the packaging. Compared to Revlon's other lipsticks this one looks much cheaper yet retails for the same price. The packaging reminds me of the Wet 'n Wild Megalast lipsticks' packaging while being three times their price! It basically consists of a clear outer casing with a black band going around the middle with Revlon printed on it. Then there is an inner part of the lipstick with a coloured lower half and a black upper half where the lipstick comes out. I like that the top half is black, it makes the lipstick look slightly more luxurious. 

I also like that the bottom half is coloured according to the colour of the lipstick so it is easy to differentiate between the different ColorStay lipsticks that you may own. I am sure many people will love this packaging because you can easily see the colour of the lipstick but personally I prefer something a bit fancier. The colour of lipstick itself and the colour of the bottom half of the packaging does not match. After putting it on the first time I am guessing it is because the colour that shows up on your lips looks more like the colour of the packaging than the lipstick.

Application...

So far the lipstick feels amazing on my lips. It feels nice and creamy and has no scent. It definitely is not as sheer as I thought it was going to be. It's actually beautifully pigmented. Application was really easy and I think it looks great on the lips. So far so good! Keep in mind that it does get patchy over dry areas on your lips.

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick It Girl

5 minutes after application...

The lipstick has now settled in and I can definitely feel it starting to dry out. It now has a matte finish compared to the initial creamy finish. Colour still looks great, but the lipstick has already started to accumulate in between my lips around the edges. I do not like when lipsticks does that.Hopefully it will get better!


40 minutes after application...

I have not had anything to eat or drink yet. So far I think the colour still looks the way it did after I applied it, just not as creamy. My lips are definitely starting to dry out noticeably and I wish I can put on some lip balm but I don't want to ruin my little experiment. It seems like the same amount is still accumulated between my lips so let's hope that means it won't get worst! The bit that accumulates can obviously easily be removed with your fingers but I left it just to see exactly how the lipstick is.


One hour after application...

Surprisingly enough it is actually starting to look better. I can still feel that there is product on my lips but it is also starting to look more like a stain. The flash of the camera unfortunately made it look like there was even less product left on the lips than there actually was. So two pictures down you get a better idea of the amount of product that stayed on the lips. The product that accumulated between my lips has actually disappeared. I did not do anything to remove it so I guess I probably ate it without realising! The colour still looks amazing but my lips look really dry and they feel dry as well. I will be having breakfast now so we will see how this goes. It is not going to be a greasy meal, just some oatmeal and banana.


90 minutes after application + eating...

Quite some time has passed now and my lips are starting to get tired of being dry. Surprisingly enough though, being a person who constantly needs to moisturise my lips the dryness caused by this lipstick did not feel as bad as other products that I have used before. I usually need to put on some lip balm after two hours or less. It is uncomfortable if you move your lips around but other than that it is manageable. I would definitely recommend pairing this lipstick with a gloss just to make it more comfortable to wear. It is much worse when you try and rub your lips together because the lipstick creates like a sticky dry consistency on your lips. So rubbing them together kind of reminds me of nails scratching a blackboard just because your lips struggle to move over one another.

As for eating, the Revlon ColorStay lipsticks are definitely not food proof. Unfortunately most of it has gone off while eating leaving my lips with an awkward bit of lipstick left. Not the most glamorous look anyone has ever had! So when going out with friends for a meal remember that you will have to touch up afterwards and probably try and wipe it off during the meal so you don't sit with the awkward bit that is left.


What I like...

- pigmentation
- staying power was good enough, I am sure with a lip gloss and touching up you will get good wear out of this lipstick
- odourless
- easy application

What I do not like...

- packaging is too tacky for Revlon
- could be cheaper (Revlon in South Africa is much more expensive compared to the prices in US dollars)
- drying out of lips but as I have stated this is manageable
- I'm still not completely comfortable with the product that accumulated initially between my lips. I am happy that it went away on its own but I am a little bit afraid that it will happen regularly and possibly look much worse and end up on my teeth without me noticing. When that happens I might not be home and thus not in a position to check my lipstick regularly.
- would have been nice if it lasted through meals, but I guess we can't expect too much of a drugstore lipstick.

Overall I was impressed with the lipstick for the most part. It is definitely not my favourite one and I doubt that I would purchase another one when there are so many lovely drugstore products out there. I would rather buy one of the Superlusterous lipsticks.

Please let me know in the comment section down below what you thought of these lipstick!
Thank you for reading and enjoy your weekend!
daisyperson xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Buttery Lips

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Review

The oh so famous Revlon Lip Butters have now been around for quite a while so I am sure most of you are familiar with these guys. I bought Just Peachy in the summer and fell in love with it. It was my favourite lipstick for months. However I never bought any of the other colours just because I prefer longer lasting and matte lipsticks over moisturising lipsticks like these that do not last very long. However Dischem, a local drugstore, had a massive sale on them and I could pick up three for the price of one. Needless to say I picked up six and decided to share some of the swatches with you.

Their superb hydrating formula makes them an absolute dream to wear. My lips felt softer, smoother and hydrated after I have used them only once or twice. On days when I have misplaced my normal colourless lip balms I reach for these to relief my easily dried lips. According to Revlon they boost lip moisture by 156%, how they determined this exact amount I do not know but the ingredients like mango, shea and coconut butter are all well known for their moisturising properties.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter ReviewThe colour pay-off is sheer in most of the lipsticks. There are some with a colour pay-off leaning more towards medium. The beautiful buttery shine really makes your lips look healthily plump. 

The only things I miss in the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter lipsticks is longer lasting colour as well as the formula becoming too soft and losing its form. As you can see on the photos Juicy Papaya is clearly deformed. After many uses the lip butter's soft consistency tends to push the lipstick towards one side leading to the product messing up the outside of the tube and eventually making it almost impossible to apply. This is really unfortunate as it makes it very difficult to take the lipstick out with you since its such a struggle to apply once its become as deformed as mine. You also need to constantly clean the tube once this has happened.

Let have a look at the swatches!

045 Cotton Candy

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Cotton Candy

I thought this pink was absolutely beautiful in the tube. In the tube it looks like a hybrid of a soft doll pink and a more fushiaish pink. However as you can see below it does not have a good colour pay-off. It is so sheer that you might as well not be wearing anything on your lips.

Unfortunately the flash of the camera made that you can't really see the bronze shimmer it has to it. You can lightly see the bronze shimmer in a circular shape on the photo of the lipstick up close above. I guess some people might like that but I really do not like the bronze shimmer at all.

It's easy to say that this one is my least favourite of the bunch.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Cotton Candy

025 Peach Parfait

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Peach Parfait

I enjoy Peach Parfait, it is a beautiful dark pink and works great on days where I want a very natural looking lip. It also has the bronze shimmer as Cotton Candy (above) has but somehow it's less obvious in this one. I guess it is because the colour is not as light as Cotton Candy so there is not as big a contrast between the peachy pink and the bronze than the soft pink and the bronze. I like the warmth of the colour and it is very easy to wear.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Peach Parfait

027 Juicy Papaya

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Juicy Papaya

This was the very first lip butter I bought a few months ago. Hence the terrible state it is in. Juicy Papaya is the perfect colour for summer giving you a beautiful healthy natural colour. I like that this one has no shimmer in it. If you are someone who does not wear makeup a lot you will definitely love this one, it is really easy to wear and looks great on everyone! Definitely a your-lips-but-better shade and we all love those!

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Juicy Papaya

 050 Berry Smoothie

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie is another shimmery shade but yet again not as noticeable as Cotton Candy's shimmer in real life. I really like the hint of a berry tone Berry Smoothie gives the lips. I was hoping that it would be a bit darker on the lips but nonetheless it still is a beautiful sheer shade. Yet another shade you can throw on with almost any eye look.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Berry Smoothie

085 Sugar Plum

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Sugar Plum

I'm struggling to choose a favourite between Sugar Plum and Juicy Papaya. I guess the safest option is to say that Sugar Plum is my winter and autumn favourite while Juicy Papaya would be the favourite of summer and spring. This lipstick gives a beautiful sheer plum hint of colour to the lips and suits almost every eye makeup look. Without a flash it has a bit of a more purple tint to it, but still very wearable, I adore this one!

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Sugar Plum

 035 Candy Apple

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Candy Apple

Candy Apple shows up really well on the lips surprisingly enough. The swatch down below is only one layer of product. I was hoping for a more blue toned red so I cannot say that I am crazy about this lippie, but if you like a slightly orange toned red this might just be the one for you. Not one of my favourites but that is just because I usually do not prefer brighter lipsticks and I am sort of on the hunt for the perfect blue toned red. Keep in mind that this one does make your teeth look yellow.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Candy Apple

 040 Red Velvet

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Red Velvet

Initially I did not buy this one when I first bought the lip butters at the sale. After reading some blog posts on it and seeing the pictures I just had to have it. Especially after reading claims that it is the perfect red. So I actually went back as soon as I possibly could to go and buy it before it sells out. Unfortunately it turned out that this one was not the perfect red for my complexion. It has more of a blue undertone to it so I prefer it over Candy Apple because it makes your teeth look whiter and personally I like this kind of more. However it applies a bit blotchy. Generally I think it's a very wearable red though. If I could go back in time I don't think I would have bought this one again.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Red Velvet

Below I just added all of the lip swatches in one picture so they can be compared easily.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Swatch Review
1. Cotton Candy 2. Peach Parfait 3. Juicy Papaya 4. Berry Smoothie 5. Sugar Plum 6. Candy Apple 7. Red Velvet

So that is just a very quick overview of seven of the twenty colours in the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter line. Let me know which of the ones you own you like most so I have some references as to which ones to try in the future!

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter swatches

Thank you for reading!
daisyperson xx

Friday, 4 July 2014

The Prettiest of Winter Nails

Is it even possible to not love the Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquers? Their opaque formula, professional brush and beautiful colours are only a few of the reasons I adore these nail polishes. 
 
Catrice ultimate nail lacquers 770 Put lavender on agenda


Lately I have been obsessed with my Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 770 Put Lavender on Agenda. This is just the most beautiful muted purple for autumn and winter. It is relatively dark compared to the colours I usually wear but still has enough colour to liven up your nails. In my experience so far this has been one of the most wearable purple nail polishes that I own and it suits all of my outfits.

It is an opaque formula, but I still prefer putting on two coats just to make it one hundred percent streak free. The brush is wide and flat making application a dream. The brush covers almost the entire nail when applying so it makes it really easy and effortless to apply this nail polish. It dried relatively quickly, I'd say is safe to say that it was completely dry within two minutes.

I was not too impressed with the lasting power. When I wore it a few weeks ago I only put a top coat on but no base coat. It stayed wearable until day number three and was completely ruined with remarkable chips by day five. I wore it again this week but unfortunately I already had a massive chip on my index finger by day two even while wearing a base and a top coat. I patched it up and hoping to get at least another two or three days wear out of this one.

Overall I think these are excellent nail polishes for the price. The packaging is sleek and classic with a lovely formula for even application. And the range has a colour for every personality, trend and season. For R44 this is a definite winner!

PROS
- beautiful range of colours
- lovely brush
- easy even application
- formaldehyde free
- opaque
- affordability
- pretty packaging
- dries quickly

CONS
- lasting power is average

daisyperson xx

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Natural Brows for Blondes and Beginners

essence eyebrow stylist set for blondes and beginners

The thought of having to fill my eyebrows was frightening to me. There is just too many photo's of women who tend to draw clown like brows on their face and to be honest I think that looks more ridiculous than having sparse eyebrows. So for this reason I was very reluctant to buy brow products.

However when someone does a proper job and keeps their brows looking natural I really love the way it looks. So when finding out that essence actually released a brow styling kit especially for blondes I was more than excited to try it out since brow sets for brunettes tend to be a bit too dark for my brownish blonde hair.

essence eyebrow stylist set for blondes and beginners

The 02 blonde essence brow styling set consists of the same plastic holder as the original kit with three stensils and two eyebrow shades as well as an eyebrow brush. Both of the shades are relatively light compared to other brow kits with the darkest colour being a bit more of a dark taupe and I find this one to be a perfect match to my dark blonde hair. I actually think the darkest colour is quite similar to the lightest one on the brunette kit. The lightest one is a bit too light for my eyebrows and I don't really see a difference when I wear it.


essence eyebrow stylist set for blondes and beginners

Personally I don't use the stensils, but I guess if you are unsure of how to trim your eyebrows it could be a useful tool to assist in getting a good shape. I prefer just filling in my brows as they are after a trim of course. I do not draw new eyebrows, I try to only use what is already there. This just ensures that your brows look as natural as possible. 

essence eyebrow stylist set for blondes and beginners

Usually with products you have to be very careful with the amount you use. This one is really nice because you can use a hefty hand without looking ridiculous within a second. This was a major bonus for me since previous products, focussed on brunettes, used to be a big struggle for me to not overdo my brows and end up looking like a scarecrow. When I am running late, which happens often, I always end up putting on too much product on my brows and now finally it looks good when using a lot of product and I think this mainly is because personally I think this colour is a near perfect match.

The brush it comes with is a bit lame. There really isn't much you can do with it. I don't think it's very useful when filling brows at all. I use the Catrice Smokey Eyes Brush instead which works perfectly for brows. The flat angled brush is literally the most perfect brush for eyeliner as well as eyebrows that I have found in that price range. It is almost just as wide as my brows which makes the application even easier.


catrice smokey eyes brush

I do not like the packaging of the brow kit as it is really impractical. You have to remove the top, place it somewhere so you don't lose it and then slide out the whole thing to get to your colours whilst trying not to take out the entire thing because then the stencils falls out etc, etc. It's not the end of the world but it's definitely not very comfortable especially if you are in a hurry. It also makes the whole product look a bit cheap but even though it's not the most attractive looking brow kit it really works very well.

I would suggest this kit to anyone looking for beautiful natural looking brows as well as beginners because this kit is so easy to use. The stencils help but I would rather recommend to fill your brow in it's natural growth pattern. As I have mentioned a good trim is always a good idea though!

When filling my brows I have also been using the Catrice eyebrow lifter pencil to highlight my brow bone. It's not a necessity, but I do think it adds a nice dimension and helps to make the whole picture more rounded off. If you have gone a bit out of the lines of your brows it's also nice to just clean up your brows a bit and get back the desired shape. Down below you can see exactly where I apply this eyebrow lifter and what it looks like after blending it in.


catrice eyebrow lifter

PROS
- very easy to use
- great colours for blondes and they have a kit for brunettes as well as I am sure you all know
- gives you beautiful natural looking brows
- buildable if you want something a bit more dramatic
- amazing price

CONS
- packaging is a let down
- brush is practically useless

Overall I really do love this kit and I have been using it daily since I bought it a month ago! You all need to go try it if you have not already!

I give this product 5 out of 5 daisies hands down!

Daisyperson xx