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Fenty Beauty Foundation Review

 

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Fenty Beauty foundation in shade 320: R799,99

When I learnt that Rihanna was releasing a foundation line, I was ecstatic! I knew that when it eventually launched I would have to get my hands on it. Living in South Africa means no Sephora, so when it eventually launched all I could just do was watch other bloggers rave about this product with my heart sinking, realizing that I might not get my hands on this product.

Being the determined being that I am, deep down I knew this was not it! I couldn’t just give up that easily after this much anticipation. I had to find a vendor that sold the Fenty line and if I couldn’t get one then I would have to buy it online from overseas which also implicated that I would have to break the bank to pay for shipping. And lets be real; why is shipping so expensive? It’s like online companies do it purposely to make even more money out of us! As if we already not spending an enormous amount of cash on their products.

Okay, back to the review.

After much soul searching, I found a vendor that sold the Fenty line and to top it off she is from SA! How lucky was I? Well, I thought I was but that luck was short- lived when I realized that this would be the first time I’m purchasing foundation online. I’ve always been skeptical about purchasing foundation and concealer online but I was so curious, I was willing to take the plunge but with my fingers crossed. The foundation was selling fast, so I had to make up my mind! This was probably the most tedious part about getting the foundation. I was unsure about my shade because there’s only so much you can see in a picture and video.

I finally made up my mind, and decided on the shade 320.

After a few days, I obtained this product that I’ve been dying for! I’m scared and excited at the same time. Shivering, I open up this package.

The packaging is quite elegant, it also looks nice. The bottle is quite big (30 ml) and its glass which I loved. When I opened it, it had a fresh scent; it didn’t give off the usual foundation scent. I apply the foundation on a fraction of my face. Its drying fast so I need to work around it quickly. The foundation is a tad bit lighter then my skin tone, but apparently it oxides so eventually after a few minutes it got to my shade! I was extremely happy! How lucky did I get? It was the exact same shade of my skin tone. Now, that I’ve spoken about the shade lets talk about the product.

The foundation has medium to full coverage, its quite build-able. It tends to cover and conceal almost everything on the face and if you have nice skin then you probably don’t even need concealer. The product does dry fast so you have to work around it quickly; you may use a brush or blender. I used both, I applied it and spread it around my face with a brush and then used the beauty blender to blend out. It has a lovely scent and it has a very matte- Photoshop finish.

Verdict: I absolutely love this foundation, and its worth the splurge! It literally makes me look like a more refined version of myself!

If you would also like to get your fix of Fenty Beauty, www.makeupshack.co.za is there to satisfy all your makeup needs.

P.S. This post was not sponsored.

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Slaying in my Fenty Beauty foundation

Your guide to applying cream eyeshadow

A couple of years ago, I purchased a cream Essence eyeshadow. It was in a small round tub, and it was a silverish grey. I liked the color when I seen it the first time. This little tub sat in my draw for years, and in the beginning of the year I was packing all my products and I had a look at it; it wasn’t very creamy and unfortunately I had to get rid of it. Something which I hate doing even if I’m not using the product!

After that I stuck to powder shadows, until I seen the Kyshadows in Kylie’s Holiday Edition, and I fell in love! I had to get my hands on these little tubs. After months of saving up I was finally able to get my hands on these products. And yes! It was so worth the wait. The colors and pigmentation are amazing.

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Swatches of the Kyshadow; pictured above is Yellow Gold, Golden Plum and Camo.

When I first tried these products I had no idea that cream eyeshadow cannot be applied the same way that powder shadows are applied, and after an application in less then half an hour the product creased.

I was quite angry and disappointed and I thought something could possibly be wrong with the product. I then thought if this product costs so much it should at least be working, little did I know that I wasn’t applying it properly!  After many failed applications, I decided that I needed to do something about this! There had to be a way for it to look good on me.

After testing and trying out many different methods, I finally came up with something that actually works and guarantees the product to stay on your eyes for an extremely long period of time.

  1. This is the most important rule of cream shadow: apply it using your finger! You may use a small flat brush but for it to actually sit, use your finger!
  2. Apply a concealer to your eyelids, this could be a cream or liquid concealer and then use a damp Beautyblender to blender the product in.
  3. Then apply a dab of eyeshadow primer, just a teeny tiny bit not a little bit more.
  4. Once you have done that, apply an eyeshadow that is the same color as your skin, I used a foundation sponge to apply and blend the eyeshadow.
  5. If you are going to be applying a powder eyeshadow, then you need to apply it in this step. You cannot apply a powder shadow after you have applied the cream shadow, so ensure your apply all your powder products before you apply the cream eyeshadow.
  6. The cream shadow is applied last, using your fingertip to spread and pat the product to how to you want it to be.
  7. I then apply a fixing powder to my eyelid.
  8. Lastly, I use a fixing spray so that it can stay in place.

Yes I know it sounds like a lot of work, but these are some steps that need to be done in order for the cream shadow to stay in place. Once I figured this out, I’m constantly using my cream shadows as I don’t have to work about it creasing.

 

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Above I’m using the shade Yellow Gold.

P.S. Did you find this method helpful?

Makeup Glam: Get this Look

Hello lovies! Not too long ago, I went for a wedding and I did this super glam look which I’ve been meaning to share with you.

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Makeup details:

Eyes: Kylie Cosmetics eyeshadow in Camo on the lid and the crease, and then I used the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel highlighter on the inner corner of my eye to make my eyes pop.

Eyeliner: Rimmel Exaggerated Liquid Liner

Brows: For the Brows I used  Rimmel Brow this Way, I cannot get enough of this product!

Face: Foundation is Artistry in Cappuccino.

Concealer: LA Girl Cosmetics in Toffee

Baking: Ben Nye Banana Powder

For contouring and highlighting I used Artist Of Makeup Contour in Dark and                     highlighter in Medium. To obtain a bit of shimmer I used the highlighter from the               Carli Bybel palette.

Setting: LA Girl setting spray.

Lips: Kylie Cosmetics in Vixen

P.s. Do you love this look? I know I definitely do!

 

Product Review: The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

It’s been a while since I last blogged or reviewed a product. So, here goes…

While I was out shopping recently, I was browsing through the skincare range of The Body Shop until this product caught my eye. It was a neat little bottle of foundation.

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Above: The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

I’ve always loved The Body Shop skincare products, but I wasn’t too sure about their makeup range, although if they were putting in just as much effort into a makeup range the results would be amazing.

Although there was a tad bit of uncertainty in the back of my head, I thought, “Oh what the hell? The worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work as well as another foundation or doesn’t blend as well but then you can just mix it with another product.”

And well being the being that I am, I know that if it wasn’t according to my liking I would most likely mix with a whole bunch of other products till it came to my liking because makeup is expensive and you can’t just throw products away, especially if its still new.

I ended up buying it.

And to my amazement it exceeded my expectations. (Well, I didn’t have a lot of them anyways.)

The bottle was a tiny bit smaller then the usual foundation bottle, but it was quite neat and the foundation easily came out without creating a mess unlike other foundation bottles. I applied it with a brush and then used a damp beauty blender.

The foundation is a creamy formula, its extremely light weight although it can be buildable but it does feel like your natural skin on your face. I wore it the entire day to work and it felt amazing on my skin. It was also able to cover up everything include the redness around my nose which has become extremely visible lately. It covers all the redness and breakouts without it looking too fake. Its extremely natural and it does make your skin look good without you having to plaster on makeup. Its definitely durable and can last the entire day and night if it is set properly without it getting cakey.

I haven’t even mentioned the best part about this product; it doesn’t have the typical foundation smell but rather a really light, fresh scent and this fresh scent is left on your skin the entire day! I literally, cannot get enough of the smell its amazing!

For dewy, fresh and natural looking skin I would definitely recommend The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation.

My verdict: 4.2/5

P.S. I’d love to hear what you think about this product if you’ve tried it.

DIY: Charcoal mask

Hey babes

Charcoal masks are all over the internet and on social media sites! These charcoal masks promises you different and flawless skin and boy! it does live up to those expectations. Long before charcoal masks become a trend I was already experimenting with it and I loved the way it looked and made my skin feel so I made it part of my beauty regiment.

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Throughout the day toxins from around the world we live in clog our pores. Once your pores are clogged it has a negative impact on your complexion. When activated charcoal is used in a face mask it helps to pull the dirt out of your pores and makes them less visible; this leaves your face super fresh and a radiant complexion. It also helps with oily skin, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it super smooth.

Yours truly is here to share one of my favorites which always leaves my skin extremely glowy and fresh.

This mask is extremely easy and you will see a huge difference in your skin.

You will need:

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  • Two tablespoons of activated charcoal
  • enough honey to create a paste

I used the powdered activated charcoal, you can obtain activated charcoal at your local pharmacy, if you do have the capsules you can open it up and use the powder within the capsule, however the capsules are more expensive then the powder.

Mix the activated charcoal with a little bit of honey, add more if necessary until you obtain a paste. Once you’ve made a paste you can apply it directly to your face for about 30- 45 minutes and then wash off. Apply a moisturizer thereafter.

What these ingredients do:

Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro- particles to the surface of the skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne at the same time.

Honey : Honey is a naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention, its full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging. It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow and a flawless complexion. Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Your pores will thank you later!

P.S. if you try out this mask, do let me know if it had the same effect on your skin, and you welcome.

Is the Silisponge the new Beauty Blender?

I’m sure you’ve heard and seen all the fuss about this weird little clear object which resembles plastic and all the beauty gurus have been ravishing about how its changing their game of makeup. I too like most of you seen all this, but I wasn’t sold on a small, weird little plastic hanging my makeup game but being the curious being that I am, I obtained a Silisponge.

When it arrived I was astonished at how it looked, but it felt really soft and extremely cool on my hand. I was extremely sceptical about using it, and it lied on my table for a few weeks until recently, when I was obliged to use it as all my blenders were just washed, little had I known that this small, weird plastic would change my life!

 

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The SiliSponge

 

The Silisponge is at first a bit challenging to use but once you get the hang of it, your face will thank you! I promise! Silisponge uses about a quarter of the amount of foundation that you usually use with a brush or blender, if you apply the normal amount which you usually use you will notice that the silisponge doesn’t work and it won’t blend because there’s way too much product. You have to actually get the hang of the amount of product you need in order for the sponge to work. This see through plastic is made out of silicone and encapsulated in a super- flexible material which called thermoplastic polyurethane, and this allows your products such as foundation, concealer, highlighter or creamy blush not to soak thus using less product.

And that’s not even the best part of the SiliSponge! Unlike your other applicators, its super easy to clean. You can rinse it clean with water and soap, wipe it with a clean cloth or if you in a hurry, you can wipe it with one of  your makeup wipe. That’s the absolute best part of the SiliSponge, you can wash or wipe and be on the go, the moment you are done! Unlike other applicators where you have to wait for hours. The only thing which I don’t like about the SiliSponge is that its a bit challenging blending around the nose and the inner corner of your eye, its going to take a little bit more practise to get the hang of that.

My verdict: Apart from that, I love the Silisponge and I do recommend going and getting yourself one immediately!

 

 

The Konjac Sponge: Your gateway to flawless skin

Hello Dolls.

If you haven’t met the konjac sponge, you need  to re-evaluate your life choices! Yes, I’m serious!

No idea what a konjac sponge is?

Do not fear! Yours truly is about to enlighten you and your skin, and Oh you’re welcome!

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The Konjac Sponge 

That little brown thing (its actually black) in the picture above is how the konjac sponge looks like.

The Konjac Potato or Konnyaku is a native plant in Asia and can be found growing wild at very high altitudes. Konjac contains 97% water, is rich in minerals and low in calories which makes it a natural food source. Konjack is also pH neautral which therefere leaves your skin looking perfectly balanced. The konnyaku is over 1,500 years old and has been used as medicine, food, a beauty product. The Konjac sponge was orginally created for delicated baby skin.

Interesting right?

Apart from the history of the Konjac, it contains an endless amount of benefits:

  • 100% natural fibres
  • Packed with mineral and antioxidants
  • Its non- toxic
  • 100% cruelty free
  • Its made naturally and its environmentally safe

The konjac sponge has literally changed my life and my skin! Its extremely gentle on the skin and works so much better than scrubs and it can be used for daily exfoliation, you may use it with your face wash when washing your face daily. Once you use it with your face wash, whilst washing and exfoliating you will be able to gently remove your makeup, without a hustle. After using a Konjac sponge daily for a week, my skin was much smoother and a bit more radiant. I could definitely feel and see a difference in my skin, after using it just for a week and I know if my skin could speak it would be expressing its gratitude profusely.

How to use it: Soak the sponge in water until its softer and fully expanded. Then remove the excess water by gently pressing the sponge in between the palms of your hand. Use in a circular motion on your face for a few minutes.

If you don’t own one, you need to get your hands on one! Your skin will thank you later. Its a small investment to ensure you have beautiful skin each day. I, honestly cannot imagine how my skin has survived without the konjac all this time!

Konjac sponges can be purchased from http://www.swiitchbeauty.com