micellar water: all you need to know

Micellar water brands

I’d like to start a new series on the blog where I decode a skincare product and give you all the tea. I will put brands and preference aside and tell you the naked truth about the product. The dirst product I will decode is micellar water. I first came to know about micellar water when it was introduced in the beauty scene 3 to 4 years ago, it was all the range overseas. I remember the first brand that had micellar water in South Africa was Garnier.

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an addition to the bioderma pigmentbio range

Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate

In 2019, Bioderma launched the Pigmentbio range which is aimed to fight hyperpigmentation. There is a new addition to the range: the Pigmentbio C-Concentrate is a high security Vitamin C cure for intense pigment correction.

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battle of the affordable makeup sponges

affordable makeup sponges

The Beauty Blender turned the foundation / concealer application game on its head a few years ago. After that launch, many other brands have come up with their own versions of affordable makeup sponges. Makeup lovers who have used the Beauty Blender say that no other sponge compares to it. However, seeing as I don’t want to shell out hundreds of ZAR for it, I have been using other versions of makeup sponges for a while now and in this post I will be comparing some of the more affordable options.

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low end vs high end // gel moisturisers

gel moisturisers

Gel moisturisers have become the rage over the last couple of years and I’ve fully jumped onto the bandwagon. If you’re a regular reader you would know that I’m all about hydration in my skincare routine and these products offer hydration by the buckets. My first foray into gel moisturisers which focus on hydration was the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, I used this as my moisturiser of choice throughout 2018. I’ve recently started using the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator which is a smilar product but at a higher price. In this post I compare the products and give you my recommendation as to which is the superior product.

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review // rain elevating day serum

rain elevating day serum

Day serums are a class of products that I haven’t really gotten into. Other than the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair which I used 3 years ago, I’ve never been a day serum girl. When Rain launched their natural skincare range and offered me to pick a product to try out, I took the opportunity to pick the Rain Elevating Day Serum to test and see how it fits in my morning skincare routine.

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introducing zuri medical aesthetics

Zuri Medical Aesthetics

I first came across medical aesthetics sometime this year due to its explosion on my social media feed, especially on Instagram. Aesthetic medicine “comprises all medical procedures that are aimed at improving the physical appearance and satisfaction of the patient, using non-invasive to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.” So when Zuri Medical Aesthetics reached out to me to learn more about all they do, I was all in.

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latest empties

empties

I love doing these posts because it gives me a chance to finally empty of the box of empty containers that sits under my makeup desk. It also allows me to be proud of myself for finishing products because it’s so easy for a blogger to always buy new stuff and for nothing to ever get finished. Now that I’m planning to be much more frugal with what I buy in 2020 – I will finally get to see my product stash dramatically decrease, here’s to hoping.

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affordable sunscreen that we all need

affordable sunscreen nivea uv face range

Regular readers of this blog know how I always go on about sunscreen, if you’re new here you can click here to read about my relationship with sunscreen. In a nutshell, sunscreen should be part of everyone’s daily skincare routine, it dosn’t matter if you’ll be going into the sun or not – just. apply. it! My favourite sunscreen of all time is the Eucerin Sun-Gel Cream Dry Touch but we all know that it’s not the most affordable sunscreen. So when I received the Nivea UV Face range, I immediately wanted to try it out and see how it compares.

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my lip gloss collection

My lip gloss collection 2

I don’t usually gravitate to wearing lip gloss all that often, hence why my lip gloss collection is not big at all. It’s really a coincidence that the 6 glosses that I own are from 3 brands – but I do love the symmetry. I’ve published other posts of my other shades of lipsticks in my collection: pink, purple, nude and red.

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the jackie aina palette

The Jackie Aina palette

The Jackie Aina palette shook the beauty world, especially for black women and women of colour, by storm in the last couple of months. I’ve been on a no-buying makeup stance for 2019 but when I heard about this baby, I knew I had to get it.

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bronzer & contour collection

bronzer & contour collection

Bronzer & contour have been the last steps that I introduced to my makeup application, for some reason I always felt intimidated by them and so I steered clear. Having used them for the last couple of years now I can say that bronzer is definitely my favourite over contour because I favour the softer look to my makeup.

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brand spotlight: la girl cosmetics

LA Girl Cosmetics

I think I can safely say that LA Girl cosmetics was the brand that came all the way through for all South African makeup lovers. The brand landed on our shores when social media was picking up and we were becoming easily exposed to international trends. LA Girl landed at Dischem with affordable and on-trend products. Do you remember the scandal when they tried to almost double the price of the concealer? lol!

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