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    Beauty

    red lipstick collection

    I have such a love hate relationship with red lipstick, I love how it looks on other people but not so much on me. I never gravitate towards it when buying lipstick or when choosing a lipstick to wear for a particular day. Be that as it may I have collected a number of red lipstick in my collection because I have that feeling at the back of my head that eventually I will fall in love with this colour on my lips. This is the 4th installment of my lipstick collection, I’ve posted articles on my nude, pink and purple lipstick collections.

    Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm (Femme Fatale) I remember when Revlon came out with these a few years ago, they were so popular. If I remember correctly they were the first affordable brand in SA that sold these chubby sticks. I use this balm on my no makeup days when I want a colour on my lips without being too extra. I do need to reapply it frequently throughout the day which is expected because it is a balm. It has a minty/menthol smell which I find refreshing.

    MAC Cremesheen (Brave Red) This is the latest addition to my collection, it was a birthday gift from my friendo Lebo <3. I love this red and more importantly I love the formula, the Mac cremesheen formula has always been a winner in my eyes.

    The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid (Tahiti Hibiscus) I really had high hopes when I bought this lipstick but they were dashed. On the positive side: the colour is good, I love the velvety application and I love the smell, on the negative side: the application is patchy and the staying power is non-existant you need a really good lip pencil base in order to get great results.

     The BodyShop Matte Lip Liquid

    MAC Retro Matte (Ruby Woo) This lipstick was such a peer pressure purchase! I thought that since everyone and their cat loved Ruby Woo I would too and boy was I wrong. I’ve tried to make this lipstick work on my lips so many times but it just doesn’t. I’ve gotten to a point where I have given up and have accepted the fact that Ruby Woo is not for me.

    Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colour (Spotlight Red) I haven’t worn this lipstick much at all to be honest, it is just one of those that hang around in my collection and never get any wear time. However, I can vouch for the Wet n Wild Mega Last lipstick formula, finish and staying power – all of them are a 10 out of 10!

    Woolworths Longlasting Lipstick ( I don’t know the colour name) This is such a comfortable lipstick, I love the colour payoff and it has lasting power. I wore this lipstick on Valentine’s Day (pictured below) and I loved it!

    Red lipstick on black women

    Which red lipstick is your favourite?

    Lifestyle

    my favourite summertime items

    Favourite summertime items

    I took a 3 week break over December to spend with my family and friends. I was in full on relaxed mode and was not wearing any makeup. There were a few items that were my favourites, these items made me look put together even though I was very chilled. In this post I share some of my favourite summertime items. Read more…

    Beauty

    my morning skincare routine

    Morning skincare routine

    In  2017 I shared my evening skincare routine on my YouTube channel and on the blog. In the video I mentioned how I put a lot of effort into my evening routine more than my morning routine. I feel that in the evening my skin needs extra care because it’s dealing with all the dirt, grime & makeup from the whole day. In the mornings I keep it simple and do a few steps before applying my makeup – I am usually very short of time in the mornings so a quick morning skincare routine is right up my alley.  Read more…

    Beauty

    how to // take care of your skin when travelling

    skincare when travelling

    If you are a loyal reader of my blog you would know that I am hectically into taking care of my skin, and this means keeping to my tried and tested routine consistently. Travelling and being away from home has the possibility of throwing my routine off course and derail any improvements that I have made so far. So if you’re like me and want to keep to your routine no matter where you are in the world, I have come up with some tips and tricks to help you maintain that goal. Read more…

    Beauty

    face and body product empties

    face and body empties

    I love the feeling of finishing a product, be it a makeup, bath or body product, I get such a sense of accomplishment. I also feel that as a blogger, the best reviews come from the products that you actually use till the bitter end, then you can truly tell how the product treated your skin and have a better sense on whether to repurchase or not. I have a number of empties that have accumulated over the last 2 months and I want to share my thoughts on them and whether I will be repurchasing or not. Read more…

    Beauty

    low end vs high end // brow pencils

    eyebrow pencils

    All makeup lover knows that brows are everything and can either make or break a look. A lot of us need a bit (or a lot of help) in the brow department; we have to fill them in to get them looking fleeky. I have gone through a lot of brow products; it’s an ever evolving process. There are many different kinds out there from powders, pomades, pencils, crayons and so forth. I own all the the above listed, but in this post I want to concentrate on brow pencils. The aim of these types of posts is to save you guys some coins and give you alternative low end products that are just as good as the high end ones. I’ve done this type of post previously for mascaras and setting spraysRead more…