Happy FriYAY bellas,
Yes I know this post is overdue but after a long week all I want to do is crawl into bed and sleep and have happy dreams about touring the world and buying lots of makeup. Not the most creative ideas for the weekend but eh, what’s a girl to do on an empty stomach. Thankfully the last couple of days have been better than anticipated but with the late night snacking when hubby returns from prayers, I’m not sure if I’ll be losing any weight this Ramadaan. Gotta start early for that summer bod *hides away shyly*.
Today I’ll be sharing with you some of the items I’ve been enjoying during the last month. I’ve mentioned before that I have been rotating my makeup on a daily basis to try out new combinations and also retry products I haven’t loved off the bat. I also get to see how it fares throughout the day, weather, stress and excitement included. There have been a few standouts so let’s take a squiz at them.
I picked the Milani Rose Powder Blush ($8) up along with a Milani Baked Blush but I have hardly dipped into that one to give my honest review as yet. This one on the other hand, stole my heart immediately. The Milani Rose Powder Blush in Awakening Rose is one of three limited edition shades launched for summer. It is a deep, dusky pink with an iridescent pearl finish. There is no visible sheen or shimmer on the cheeks, just a luminosity for a natural flushed look. The surface of the powder is embossed to mimic a rose which makes this blush a feast on the eyes. I was scared to dip in too hard the first time in case I dented or damaged the pattern but it is quite firmly pressed. This means no fallout and the ability to use the blush multiple times before it will start to look less pretty. I’ve used it about 20 times and it still looks brand new. The powder is a bit drier than other formulas but it still blends beautifully to sit atop the skin and last the entire day. I’d really like to add more shades of these to my collection. I picked the Milani blushes up from @themakeupcrush for R240 each.
I’ve had the Essence Liquid Ink (R42) for a while and always find myself reaching for them when I’m in a rush (practically every day). These are no mess, no fuss liquid eyeliners with a thin brush for ease of application. They are pitch black and fully opaque with no smudging, flaking or cracking. I use the Essence Gel Eye Pencil R42) for the days I’m looking for a wide eyed look and apply the white pencil to my lower waterline. The gel formula is smooth, creamy and easy to apply. This lasts in my waterline for most of the day but I haven’t been able to get my hands on the black one because it is always out of stock. I’ve been using the black Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil (R27) instead. It lasts throughout the day with minimal smudging but I love how easy it is to blend with the eyeshadow colour I use for my undereyes for a little bit of smokiness.
No surprise here. The Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (R335) continues to rock my world. It made it to my favourites post 2015 here and I’ve attempted many other mascaras but they always fall short. I’ve been keeping the deluxe size in my makeup bag to do touchups during the day when other mascara’s fail me and my lashes don’t hold a curl anymore. The formula is so amazing that it takes a truckload of coats before it starts to look clumpy. The MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara (R220) is another untouchable in my book. Nothing makes my lower lashes more prominent than this mascara. A single coat triples my lower lashes in length while doubling it in volume. There’s nothing more to say than it’s spectacular. You can read more about it in a previous favourites post here.
With the cold, dry weather I’ve actually been enjoying using cream highlighters (Yay me!). I use the Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter (R425) beneath a powder one when I’m looking for my highlight to pop and blind those around me. I smooth the LA Girl Velvet Contour Stick (R100) in Luminous over my cheekbones and high points on my face using my fingers to give a subtle glow and add some extra dimension to my face.
Along with trying new makeup, I’ve been experimenting with mixing foundations as well. I usually use the back of my hand since I misplaced my Paw Palette but I’ve finally found it again. I got this a year ago from Muse.SA and it makes mixing products so much easier and more controlled without any mess. Because it’s made from plastic it is easy to clean (I just wipe it off with a wet wipe) and very sturdy. It also has an adjustable strap to attach it to your wrist for even more stability. It comes in various shapes, sizes and colours (even glitter) but the white bow was the practical one to get in my opinion.
I’ve been looking a bit worse for wear lately since I haven’t been getting much sleep. The LA Girl Pro HD Conceal Correctors (R46) have been a lifesaver. I use the green to cover the redness on my breakouts and around the nose area when I have the sniffles and the orange one to conceal the darkness under my eyes. I usually reach for a lighter shade of orange but since the dark circles are more blue than usual, this is the only corrector deep enough to remove the ashiness and prevent the shadows from peeking through. The L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base (R190) is the most recent addition to my primer collection (you can view some of my others here) and I’ve been loving it. It has a gel-like texture and is thinner and silkier than other primers. I almost feel as if it melts into my skin while sitting on top and creating a barrier as well. I haven’t been sweating much since it’s winter so I’m not sure how it holds up to addressing oiliness but it hasn’t clogged pores, given me breakouts and it holds my makeup in place for hours along with a setting spray.
I received the Soap & Glory Daily Smooth Body Butter (£9) from my friend/mentor when she visited the UK a couple of months back. I told her I wanted to try something from the brand and now I know what all the fuss is about. It is a thick cream with the most delectable scent. Infused with Rosehip Seed Oil and Cocoa Butter scented with Mist You Madly’s beautiful fragrances, it tackles dry skin, moisturises and leaves the skin with an alluring fragrance for hours. I’m definitely excited to try more from them.
Lastly, I’ve been obsessed with scented diffusers for the last couple of months and have tried many different brands. The Air Scents Reed Diffuser in Vanilla is potent enough to fill my entire room and it’s very affordable at R50 for 100ml. The two more expensive ones I’ve tried have not been as pungent and start to grow algae-looking-like things in the bottle in a week or two. How gross is that? I really enjoy this one but the next one on my list is from @Home.
What have been your favourites for the month of May?
Hope you have an awesome weekend!