26 June 2022


 Once the launch frenzy of FENTY died down here in South Africa 
I popped into the Gateway ARC Store to check out a couple of products
and also take a closer look at what FENTY BEAUTY had to offer.
I've previously reviewed the FENTY Full Frontal Volume & Control Mascara
 which I enjoyed very much read review here

The main aim of my visit to ARC was to check out the Korean brand
ERBORIAN and their infamous CC CREAM,
which I did and quickly reeled back at a R820 price tag.

Over to check out FENTY and the consultant was quick to pick up
on my ERBORIAN disappointment and offered to colour match my
skin with the FENTY EAZE DROP, which is a blurring skin tint.
Before I knew it I was sitting at the ARC bar having the EAZE DROP
matched and applied and I just knew then that I was going to love it.

Rihanna wanted to create a light coverage, easy-to-apply, flexible skin tint
 that instantly evens out your complexion and give a flattering blurred effect. 
Eaze Drop, with hydrating QuickBlur complex, is perfect for a no-makeup
 makeup look, or for when you want to look effortlessly put together. 

They have a great selection of 25 adaptable shade options to 
blur and perfect all skin tones
My shade is number 8 a light medium shade with warm undertones,
which is perfect for winter, but I think I'll get re-matched for summer.

It layers well with skincare or a primer and can be applied easily and gives a
 lovely finish to the skin whether you use your fingers, a brush or a 
beauty sponge.
As the name suggests the product is dispensed with EAZE and the
squeezy container allows control over the amount of drops you use.

It offers a light to medium coverage, it's as light as air and blends
beautifully and more importantly it looks just as good at the end of the
day as when I first applied thanks to its
humidity, sweat, and transfer-resistant formula, which is ideal for
the Durban climate.
It's hydrating, comfortable and weightless on the skin, so much so that
 you actually forget you have any product on. 
I found it to smooth the skin whilst blurring those imperfections and was 
one of the best products that I have ever tried for that no 
make-up, make-up look.
Ideal if you are not an avid wearer of foundation, but just require some
extra help with evening out the complexion.
It's easy to apply and above all, super flattering, especially for a
mature skin.
Rhianna did a good job with the EAZE DROP as it's all she wanted it
to be and I highly recommend you check this product out.





FENTY BEAUTY is available in SA from all ARC Stores 
and selected Edgars Beauty stores.

23 June 2022


This is a throwback to May 2019 when we had URBAN DECAY in South Africa
and I had a store, literally, 5 minutes from my house.
URBAN DECAY is a favourite of mine despite not being their typical age demographic
but who cares these days and UD have lots to please the more mature amongst us.
Sadly UD is now back on my overseas shopping list and this product in particular
I'm nearly at the end of my back-up stash from their closing down sale, which is
a pity, as this is such a great product.
Let me know in the comments below if you have tried this product from
UD and have a good dupe that's available in SA as I would love to know.


I wasn't sure if I actually needed this product in my life or not, but I knew that I 
had FOMO that "fear of missing out" feeling.
So many users absolutely rave about this make-up setting spray and to be honest
 I was curious, but cautious.
On occasion I have been known to be suckered into the beauty hype that surrounds
certain products, especially when the products have been gifted to Beauty Bloggers, 
however it's a different story when you still read rave reviews from bloggers 
that have taken their own cash and bought the product.
So I decided to take the R460 plunge...

URBAN DECAY have become one of my favourite make-up brands over 
the past year and I haven't yet been disappointed with any of 
my purchases or items that have been gifted.

UD currently have several make-up setting sprays on offer, but it was the 
All Nighter
that appealed to me the most and the one that is most coveted by 
other brands.
All make-up wearers will agree that when we apply in the morning, 
our make-up looks good, but sadly the same cannot be said as the 
day progresses and even more so in hot humid climates 
(like Durban experiences in February)
 and this is where a make-up setting spray can really help...

The All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray claims to keep makeup looking like 
its been just-applied for up to 16 hours—
without melting, fading or settling into fine lines.
Developed in an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia, their groundbreaking, tested formula is suitable for all skin types, free of oil and parabens, and
 features patented Temperature Control Technology. 
Yep, this spray actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep
 foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place—even in hot and 
humid or cold and windy conditions and it sounded perfect, 
but did it do all that it claims?

Yes, Yes and more Yes's
it lived up to all the hype, praise and awards bestowed on the product.
There was no transfer, no fading, no settling into the lines and more 
importantly for me no melting, your make-up stays in place literally all day
 and all night if needed.

I must mention here for those people that don't like to spray products 
onto their face, an important point of difference between this setting spray
 and others on the market, the UD spray delivers a calibrated, microfine mist 
that goes on so light, leaves no stickiness on the skin and you hardly feel 
anything on the skin at all.

How To Use:
After applying makeup, shake bottle well, hold 8"–10" away and mist face
 2–4 times, in an “X” and “T” formation. 
Close eyes before misting.
 If you want extra intense shadow colour, less fallout and even longer wear, 
then wet your brush with All Nighter before you apply.

My initial scepticism aside, after one application on a very hot and humid 
February day in Durban, I  quickly realised that I so needed this product
 in my life and it has now become the final step in my make-up routine 
and just for the record I don't regret my 
R460 plunge at all...






Available from URBAN DECAY Boutiques countrywide and online

21 June 2022


 With the advent of Micellar Waters, Cleansing Balms and other
 multi functional cleansers, the use of eye make-up removers
seems to be on the decline.
I for one have always been a fan of using a separate product specifically
 to remove eye make-up, especially when it comes to mascara.
Over the years I have used so many and I have never written a dedicated
post re my favourites.
From all the options available whether it be a lotion, gel, micellar,
pads or bi-phase my personal favourite type of remover is the latter.
(I must make mention though that I do not have a sensitive eye area)

I will post the Pink Links below which will take you straight to my
 original reviews.



I'm starting with a high-end favourite of mine
the Lancôme Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover.

The lipid phase lifts off eye makeup, while the water phase contains
 special emollients to refresh and the condition skin, which I have found
 has become more important to me with age, as the eye area always 
requires more TLC.
What I enjoyed is that despite being non oily, it still did a good job of 
instantly removing not only my eyeshadow and mascara, but made 
light work of my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, which is
 always my benchmark as to how good an eye make-up remover truly is.

This very effective product is worthy of all its accolades and if
 your budget allows, then this is without a doubt an eye make-up to
 seriously consider.
125ml R550



The GATINEAU Floracil Gentle Eye Make-up Remover was my "go to" for 
many years and I revisited the product a couple of years ago
and it was just as good as I remembered and has since become my
"go to" once again.
 This non-oily, non-drying and non-irritating liquid is highly effective.
I was impressed with how quickly it dissolved my eye make-up, even the
 most stubborn of my mascaras, whilst leaving no residue behind rendering
 it an absolute breeze and pleasure to use.
As with most eye make-up removers Floracil is extremely gentle 
with the same pH as tears; which means, no stinging, irritation or puffiness.
 It's also Dermatologist tested and Fragrance Free.
R465 200mls



This remover from YVES ROCHER is without doubt my favourite and my most purchased remover all of time and unfortunately since YR withdrew from South Africa I now have to stock up when on my travels and sadly due to covid my 
stash has depleted.

This is a bi-phase eye makeup remover, so expect to see the two phases
 separate out and remember to always shake well before use, otherwise 
the product will be imbalanced and not be as effective. 
The one ingredient is the Organic Cornflower Water which is renowned for being gentle on the skin round the eye and having soothing properties and 
both are often found in many eye products. 
This product is super quick and easy to use and leaves the eye area feeling refreshed, there's no stinging and no real fragrance to mention 
with this product.
For me it's a winner and I highly recommend if you have easy access to 
Yves Rocher.



If you are looking for a very affordable, yet effective product to remove both
face, eye and lip make-up then you cannot go wrong with the
Micellar Water from GARNIER.
The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a multi purpose product, 
as it removes make-up, cleanses the face,eyes and lips, 
all without having to remove or rinse off. 
How can one product achieve so much...Well it's all down to the
 Garnier Micellar technology in this all-in-one cleanser. 
The cleansing agents attract and capture the make-up and impurities lifting 
them away from skin, leaving it perfectly cleansed and refreshed.
GARNIER now have a couple of variants, but my review was on the original
 pink packaging for sensitive skin.
R75 400mls 

There you have it my favourite tried and tested Eye Make-Up Removers
and there's one for every budget.
Let me know in the comments below if any of these are your "faves" also.

Here's a link to all my Eye Make-Up Remover posts/reviews