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This is the Perfect Dupe for Huda Beauty’s Eyeshadow Palette

If you don’t who Huda is or the brand Huda Beauty, then you are definitely living under a rock! Huda Beauty is a makeup brand created by beauty mogul Huda Kattan, her makeup line is extremely diverse from lip liners to liquid illuminators. Her eyeshadow palettes are definitely a must have item in any beauty lovers collection and I’ve found the perfect dupe for you.

The Original Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette VS Huda Beauty Remastered Palette (Source: allure.com)

One of the first products she launched was an eyeshadow palette called The Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette, a year later and another palette which was very similar was launched, however it was called the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette. Now finding a palette has been quite challenging but I’ve managed to obtain a very similar one that doesn’t break the bank.

Now if you are familiar with the Huda Beauty brand, you ought to know that the products are extremely pricey, and an eyeshadow palette goes for +- R1 200, 00. Now I love makeup and you can literally sell me anything makeup related, but splashing that much of my hard earned money on a palette! That is just a complete NO! If it was a face product such as foundation then that’s a different story. So obviously I was curious and I really wanted to try it out but the price tag was holding me back. After spending alot of time searching, I finally found a palette on Makeup Shack that was quite similar and it cost like quarter the amount of the Huda Beauty palette. The Bad Habit Aphrodite palette is literally the perfect dupe and it costs only R499,99; like I could buy two palettes for the price of one Huda Beauty palette and I would still have change for some really expensive coffee plus cake! The pigments are to die for and I can’t even describe the shimmers! Its like glitter on your eyelids!

The Bad Habit Aphrodite Palette

The palette was introduced just after the original Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette was introduced, and even though the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered was introduced afterwards the shades and colors are still extremely similar and really relevant.

If you would like to check out or shop this gorgeous palette, I’ve added a link for you – https://makeupshack.co.za/collections/bad-habit/products/aphrodite-eyeshadow-palette-by-bad-habit?variant=45455392905

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This Is Why Sheet Masks Need To Be a Part of Your Skincare Regiment!

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Masks- R49,95

I didn’t realize what I was missing out on, until I tried a sheet mask. If your skin is looking a little dull or feeling really dry then you need a sheet mask in your life. Sheet masks are these amazing pieces of cloth almost tissue like this is soaked into product and then applied to the face for a short period of time- the results are your skin looks extremely rejuvenated and it feels almost new and the best part is that you don’t have to spend forever wiping it off!

A sheet mask is like being your own beautician in the comfort of your home, without having to change or spend a hefty amount of money. Sheet masks are an extremely inexpensive way of treating your skin to get that glow. A sheet mask can be bought at a store or pharmacy and then applied to a clean face, every week or every other week. I prefer the latter.Once time has lapsed and you’ve taken out the mask, you can pat all the extra serum into you skin. The sheet mask is filled with serum such as hydraulic acid and vitamins, and when applied to the face it deeply penetrates the skin as it is left on the skin to soak in; its like applying 5 nights of serum but all in one go!

These babies give such amazing results to your skin all at once; its like an extremely fast way of making your skin look “wow”. Unlike applying a usual mask on your face which tends to dry out your skin as the ingredients have to dry out on the skin in order for it to work, whereas a sheet mask tends to keep the skin hydrated and nourished. The sheet mask you would choose, depends on the outcome you would like to achieve from the mask for e.g brightening, firming or hydrating skin. I love using a sheet mask for hydration and to make my skin appear plump. Garnier has some amazing sheet masks, which will not break the bank!

Have you tried sheet masking? or is sheet masking already part of your regiment?

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Why I wish I started wearing sunblock sooner!

When I thought of sunblock, I only thought of it as something that I would wear if I was going to be in the sun for a while for e.g. going for sport or going for a swim, little did I know that I had the complete wrong mentality. I literally thought sunblock was only to be used when I done the likes of the above activities, not realizing that each time I stepped out of the house I am in contact with the sun which is therefore affecting my skin.

I did not realize the damage that was being caused to my skin all these years that have gone by, not to mention the probability of cancer which had not dawned on me for an instant! Each time I look in the mirror and I am blinded by my hyperpigmentation and sunspots and I am filled with regret. I keep regretting this one little thing, which seemed like a little thing but years later I realize that it was actually a big thing.

There is no age limit or specific age when wearing sunscreen, but I do suggest you start wearing it at the soonest. Sunscreen will protect your skin against harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. These harmful rays can be divided into two forms, namely: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are associated with aging and can help your skin look older, it also can pass through glass so you are exposed to UVA rays even when you are sitting in the car. UVB rays causes your skin to burn and change color. Both of these harmful rays could cause cancer. Skin that is exposed to the sun could become sunburnt and damaged; discolorations, dark spots as well as hyperpigmentation are just some of the downfalls.

I love the Xeroderm Sunscreen, its super affordable, doesn’t make your skin look pale and goes really well underneath makeup. If you would like to try it out, you can shop it here-
https://clicks.co.za/xeroderm_spf40-sunscreen-100ml/p/270071

If you’d like to maintain an even skin tone, then I suggest you start wearing sunblock immediately! Even when its rainy! Yes, you heard it right! Wear sunblock even when its rainy as ultraviolet rays can penetrate through the clouds and is more likely to cause even more damage to your skin.

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This DIY Hair Mask will give you Healthier, Shinier and Smooth Looking Hair Instantly!

(Source: today.com)

Yes, you read that right! Healthier, Shiner and Smooth looking hair may seem like a myth to some, but it shouldn’t! You also shouldn’t have to use hundred of products that contain chemicals and preservatives in order to obtain these results, that is why I’m going to be sharing on of go-to masks when my hair looks dull and sad.

I love this mask not only because I already have all the ingredients in my kitchen but also because it usually works wonders on my hair. You going to need two ingredients for making this mask, and I suggest you put on this mask when you gonna be at home for a while as it takes some time to get dry.

To make this mask, you will need:

  • 1 egg ( You can increase the amount of eggs, depending on your hair length,I use 2 because my hair is longer)
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Beat these two ingredients together and then apply to dry hair. Leave on for about 45- 60 minutes. The mask will dry on your hair and that’s when you can wash it off with shampoo and conditioner.

Let me just break down the benefits of these two ingredients:

Egg:Egg yolk contains sulfur and this helps stimulate and nourish the scalp. The yolk contains fat and this helps to make your hair soft. Eggs are also extremely good for dry hair as they contain a lot of protein and the protein helps to nourish and allows your hair to shine.

Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise contains egg yolks, vinegar and oils which actually help to nourish and moisturize your hair. Because it contains an amino acid, it also helps with healthy hair growth. The vinegar inside the mayonnaise helps to seal in and maintain the color of your hair.

Now this may smell a little bit weird and it will feel even weirder but with all these benefits, why not try it? I mean what do you have to lose? Once you have washed your hair, it will feel like you have a new set of hair on your head. I promise! This mask will make your hair feel amazing, and it will look so much healthier, shinier and fuller. Your hair will be thanking you later!

If you do try this mask, let me know if works just as well for you as it does for me.

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How I wash my Makeup Brushes without breaking the bank!

I absolutely love using my makeup brushes to create gorgeous looks, but cleaning them can be such a tedious task! I absolutely hate cleaning my brushes. Sometimes I feel like buying more brushes so I don’t have to clean my already used ones, but then reality hits me and I realize no matter how much more brushes I own I will still have to wash them.

Not washing your makeup brushes means that your favorite brushes remains dirty, makeup also tends to remain within your brushes and especially if product has been left for while will stain your brushes. Also not forgetting that reusing the same brush is extremely unhealthy as the bacteria in the brush increases and this could cause breakouts.

This is why its so important to wash your brushes regularly! There are many ways to wash your brush but running them under a tap and using your hands to cleanse the brush does not clean the brush and often residue is still left in the brush, so technically your brush is not actually clean. A cleansing pad should be used alongside a product to really get into that residue. There are lots of different products available on the market to use to cleanse your brush. I personally do not want to break the bank or my wallet just to get a little something that will cleanse my brushes, and that’s when I discovered Baby Shampoo. Yes, Baby Shampoo!

I mean my brushes are just as delicate as a baby’s hair, so why not use baby shampoo? Baby shampoo is extremely inexpensive, is extremely gentle on those bristles, cleanses the brushes thoroughly while still maintaining the softness of the hair on the brush. And also my brushes have such a gentle fragrance once I’ve washed it, which I absolutely love! I love the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, which can be purchased from literally anywhere.

Makeup Brush Cleansing Mat

I usually wet my brush and then I will apply the shampoo on it, thereafter I will cleanse it using a cleansing pad. I usually gently scrub it on the cleansing pad until all the product is gone, afterwards I rinse the brush with clean water and then squeeze the water out. I then leave it on a towel for a few hours to dry.

**The cleansing pad can be purchased from Dis-Chem for R49,95.

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3 Brow Products to get your Brows On FLEEK

Brows are extremely important for completing any look; your brows define your face and adds more definition to your face. Even if I’m not wearing any makeup, I make sure I leave the house with my brows done because its just so important. Its like a complete look on its own!

Choosing the right brow product can be extremely daunting, especially when you are new to the brow game. I have selected three of my all time favorite brow products which have always been there for me to ensure that I always have a good brow day.

1.Rimmel London- Brow This Way Sculpting Kit

Rimmel Brow this Way available at Clicks: R109,00

This has got to be my all time favorite brow kit. My first brow kit that I’ve ever purchased and I still love it just as much as I did when I first tried it. The kit is extremely small which makes it compatible; it looks like there is not a lot of product but this little kit will last you forever! Like literally forever! It also comes with a little spoolie and double- sided brow brush so you don’t need to buy an additional brush. The kit comes with a brow powder plus a cream brow product. You can apply the powder first followed by the cream or vice versa; I prefer the powder followed by the cream for a more defining brow. Once applied, it lasts for hours not to mention that it won’t budge. If I could use only one brow product for the rest of my life, this would be it! Need I say anymore about this product?

2. Benefit Cosmetics- Precisely, My Brow Pencil

Benefit- Precisely, My Brow pencil available at Foschini: R375,00(Source: Cultbeauty UK)

Benefit Cosmetics always kills it with their packaging. This product is just so gorgeous! It’s so aesthetically pleasing that I didn’t want to use it. Eventually I did, and boy! Wasn’t I pleased with the outcome! A brow pencil general takes a little bit of practice but with this brow pencil, it’s just so easy to use. The product comes with a spoolie on one end and the brow pencil on the other. The pencil is extremely thin, so through a few strokes one can easily achieve a natural brow. With this brow pencil, its extremely easy to imitate the shape of the brow and also level up your brow game. The product stays on your brows for hours and it doesn’t easily smudge. It is a bit pricier then regular drugstore products, but its definitely worth it.

3. NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade

NYX Tame & Frame available at Clicks: R 154,95

This is one product that I didn’t initially like, but its definitely a product that grows on you. The more I used it, the more I enjoyed it. It is a little bit more difficult to apply as pomade tends to get hard, but with the right eyebrow brush it becomes easy to apply. The pigment is extremely rich and pomade blends really well with your natural hair color. It lasts forever on the brows, the formula literally doesn’t budge and its waterproof! This brow product is guaranteed to give you instagrammable eyebrows!

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The Drugstore Foundation that EVERYONE is raving about!

If you are a makeup junkie like me that you already know exactly which foundation I’m talking about, if not then let me enlighten you. So I’ve seen many raving over the NYX Total Control Drop foundation be it the Gram or the internet, bloggers have been obsessed with this foundation. I wanted to see what the Whoo- Haa was, and on one of my trips to Jo’burg, I made sure I went to get it!

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

Now that you are fully aware of what I’m talking about, let’s get into all the finer details. I purchased it from Clicks for R220,00 which I thought was a bit pricey for a drugstore foundation; despite the price I was still excited to try it. The foundation comes in those little drop bottles, and its glass and kind of matte which I love. The bottle is really pretty. The bottle however is only 13 ml which is exceptionally small, especially for the price paid. IF you enjoy this foundation, then you will have to replace it very often and it will get pricey especially if you using it everyday.

Because of the drop, using this foundation can be extremely messy and a lot of the product tends to waste and not to mention its extremely unhygienic; I really don’t think a drop bottle was a good idea, i actually prefer a pump bottle for my foundation. Apart from the drop, the formula is really thin so it really doesn’t work well with dry or a combination skin tone. The coverage is light to medium, however I found it more on the light side and I had to build on it quite a bit to get the coverage that I wanted. The formula blends well and it has a very light velvet and matte finish. Once you have build up on the product it looks nice. The foundation however is not enough to give you a flawless finish and blemish free look.

My verdict: Definitely worth a try! I love the finish of the foundation once it has been set, however due to it not working very well with my skin, I will not be purchasing it again.