22 August 2019

MY TOP 3 CONCEALERS {AUGUST 2019}

Concealers just like mascaras can be a bit of a "hit and miss" affair for most of us
and I've had my fair share of "misses".
As with mascaras we are demanding so much more from a concealer, we want it
to conceal darkness, cover up redness, camouflage spots, freckles and blemishes, illuminate, moisturise, be a perfect colour match, it mustn't settle in our lines and wrinkles, in a nutshell we are demanding that it literally eradicates every flaw that we don't like to see on our face.

What works for one doesn't necessarily work for all and over the years I have found that these top 3 concealers work best for me, depending on what I'm looking to conceal, bearing in mind that I'm not discussing any coverage of spots or pimples, as I don't have
any to cover.

This list is always work in progress and as I discover new concealers, that I love then,
 the list will change and I'll update you over time.
As always follow the Pink Links for my original reviews
*N.B. Prices may have changed*

1.

Collection 
Lasting Perfection
Concealer

Unfortunately this concealer is not available in South Africa and I only got to hear
about via UK beauty bloggers and all the hype is justified.
It's long wearing, conceals well, non drying, transfer proof, water resistant and best of all its as "cheap as chips".






2.

Benefit
Boi~ing
Industrial Strength
Concealer


In my opinion benefit are the best when it comes to concealing, so if you're not sure where to start then pop along to a benefit counter to check out their super selection of concealers for literally all concerns. 
INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH CONCEALER which, as its name suggests,
 is a full coverage "conceal it all" type of product and it's my favourite.
This is my "go to" for those serious under eye cover up situations, especially after late nights or the redness around the nose or to cover up broken capillaries, pigmentation
etc.



3.

benefit
Airbrush
Concealer

I did say that benefit are the best where concealing products are concerned and here's another of their magic creations.This is my first choice for everyday concealing under the eye area, as this creamy, soft to the touch, lightweight, sheer to medium coverage concealer melts into the skin seamlessly and doesn’t crease, cake or crack, perfect for under the eyes.



Other reviews you may like to catch up on...










21 August 2019

WHAT'S ON MY UK BEAUTY SHOPPING LIST {RE-PURCHASES}

Having always had a passion for skincare, make-up and haircare I find myself with a never ending beauty shopping list on my phone of products that are not available in SA.
 It's a list that is continually being added to and then when I get the chance to find a cosmetic mule i.e. my London Kiddiewink or I travel overseas, then the list gets shorter, but generally not for very long.

Fortunately I'm off overseas mid September and I thought you might like to know what products are on the re-purchases list.


I will also be posting my list of products that are either new launches or products 
that I've just been dying to try.

I will add the Pink Links to my original reviews on these products.
N.B.Retail prices may have changed since my original review.


1.

BYTERRY
BRIGHTENING
CC SERUM

There was absolutely no hesitation in adding this product from BYTERRY to my 
shopping list. Last November I bought this set of 3 CC Serums from SPACENK
and it allowed me to try 3 of the 4  serums available and
whilst I enjoyed using all of them, for me the stand out was the Sunny Flash, however
if money were no object I would happily re-purchase them all.

To read my full review




2.

THE ORDINARY
AHA 30% + BHA 2%
PEELING SOLUTION


For me this is THE STAR product from The Ordinary and deserves its place on 
my re-purchase shopping list and whilst I do use other exfoliants and peels, its this chemical one that does the best job and I tend to only use once every 3-4 weeks.


This a review that you definitely need to read





3.

CAUDALIE
BEAUTY ELIXIR

On my last overseas trip I bought two of the 30ml Caudalie Elixir not knowing 
whether I would like it or not, but I had a strong "beauty feeling" that I would.
I can honestly say that I didn't just like it, I absolutely loved it 
and replenishment stock is urgently needed, as my 2nd spray is dangerously low.





4.

PIXI
GLOW TONIC

After trying several exfoliating toners including the REN Ready, Steady, Glow
 and ALPHA H I keep on reverting back to my PIXI Glow Tonic, as it just seems to suit 
my skin better than any of the others that I've tried.
As always I'm constantly trying to find new favourite products and until I find another
exfoliating toner that's better, then back up stock of my beloved PIXI will be purchased.






5.

AUTOGRAPH
MULTI BRONZER

This Multi Bronzer from Autograph at Marks & Spencer Beauty, I received it in my 2018
 Beauty Advent Calendar, has been so well loved and used,that it's down to the pan and all but finished and this is the one product that I will miss the most until a back-up arrives.



Let me know in the comments below if any of the above are your "faves" also.




18 August 2019

CLARINS WONDER PERFECT MASCARA 4D REVIEW

My first job, when I landed here in South Africa back in 1983, was with the relatively then unknown French brand Clarins, and having worked for them for several years I can't help but have a beauty soft spot for this brand, but Oh My! how its changed since then.

Back in the day they didn't have a make-up collection, they were very salon focused
and let me tell you as permanent travelling Promotional Consultant it was hard work convincing customers of the virtues of this wonderful brand.

After many years of personal use I now enjoy reviewing many of their products in order to let you know whether they're worth a purchase or not and to be honest I don't think I've ever given a Clarins product a bad review.

The latest mascara addition to their make-up line up is their 
WONDER PERFECT MASCARA 4D
I have to say, the 4D in its name grabbed my attention and I was curious as to what
 Clarins had to offer with this product.

This really is a do-it-all, all-in-one mascara that curls, defines, lengthens and volumizes for that bold wide-eyed look, hence the 4D name.

The intense carbon-black mineral pigments give a long wearing colour whilst the inclusion of filmogenic Rose Wax ensures a long lasting hold. 

Clarins exclusive Lash Boosting Complex protects and promotes visibly thicker, longer-looking lashes even after you remove your mascara, however I can't comment on this, as it will only be noticeable over time.



The design of the precision sleek brush makes sure that no lash goes uncoated, which is soo important for those of us with sparse lashes.The wand is comfortable (a must for me)
 and lightweight in the hand.

After the first coat of mascara I was hooked, its buildable, doesn't flake or smudge
however being a moist/wet kinda mascara and considering the curl and length it gives I did 
need to do a little cleaning up afterwards but it's worth it for the overall look and finish.



CLARINS
WONDER PERFECT
MASCARA 4D 

8ml


Available in 2 Shades
01 Perfect Black
02 Perfect Brown
R

360

£

22



29


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