Up to 25% discount on Foschini For Beauty – 01/05
3 for 2* at The Body Shop – 29/04
Meet Dermalogica Kit on special for just R349 – this month only
Free deluxe mascara with any Smashbox eye purchase from Foschini for Beauty & Red Square
Sparrow Society bag free with the purchase of two Elizabeth Arden products* – 06/05

April Monthly Faves & Fails!

April Monthly Faves & Fails!

Today I’ll be sharing a few of the products I’ve loved during the last month. As you know I’ve been rotating my makeup everyday to try new looks and combinations whilst also not allowing the money I’ve spent to not have been a complete waste. No doubt there are some products that are way better than others and there’s just no chance they’re being overtaken anytime soon so I’ve left those categories out completely. So without any further ado, here are the products I’ve enjoyed reaching for during the month of April.

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation – R185

I’d been wanting to try the L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation ever since it launched last year. I don’t have oily skin but my t-zone gets a bit slick on hotter days. I’d swatched it in store but it always looked cakey on my skin and I could never find a perfect shade match. Then I tried out some at my friends house, used a primer and everything and it looked horrible. It clung to my dry patches and I looked like I had… cakeface? Nope that’s an understatement. So I scratched it off my wishlist. Then I saw Nicole Guerreiro always raving about the L’Oreal True Match Foundation and I searched high and low to find it. The packaging we have here in South Africa is different from the US where theirs looks more like the milk bottles the milkman would leave on your doorstep. Still, the shades were so limited it was really hard to find a match for my skin tone. When Dischem had their Beauty Fair a few months back, they had a 3 for 2 promotion on L’Oreal products. I picked up the L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation in Golden Beige along with the Infallible Mattifying Base and Infallible Fixing Mist. I’m still trying out those two so keep a look out for reviews to come. The L’Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump which makes dispensing the product easy with no mess, no fuss. It’s also more hygienic than compacts or mousse pots. The foundation is a bit thick so there is a chance of it clogging but touch wood, that doesn’t happen. The shade is a good match to my skin tone and makes me look a bit more tanned. Since I wear hijab I can pull off any shade of foundation since no one can see whether it matches my neck or not. Since my hands are tanned from driving, it looks pretty similar. As I said the foundation is quite thick with medium to full coverage. I didn’t experience any clinging to dry patches and my skin has gotten really dry with the Roaccutane I had been on. It’s not fully dewy either so I like that about it even more. I use a BeautyBlender to apply my foundation and it doesn’t set too quickly which gives me ample time to blend it out. It doesn’t dry completely so I always set it with a powder afterwards to prevent shifting. My makeup has lasted throughout the day and I’ve worn it for a maximum of 11 hours so the claims of it being a 24H foundation seems possible if set right. It’s not waterproof or sweat proof so on those hotter days I did have transfer when I didn’t blot and it started looking a bit patchy around my nose. Overall I think this is a good all round foundation for all skin types IF set properly with powder. The shade selection is a bit limited but at such an affordable price for foundation, it’s worth checking out.

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ColourPop Blush – $8

I picked this up from Lipsticklure on Instagram a while back and I’m absolutely smitten with this blush. I usually prefer powder products but the cream to powder formula of the ColourPop blushes are just awesome. The blush is very pigmented and long-lasting like you cannot believe. Throughout the day my blush colour is the first to fade and with this it looks freshly applied after the 7 hour mark. I did struggle a bit in the beginning because my blush brush would not pick up any colour and I would use my finger to apply it. I’ve since found using a denser brush, like my Real Techniques Contour brush picks up the perfect amount of product and makes application and blending a breeze. I prefer a flushed look so I don’t just apply the blush to the apples of my cheeks but rather in an upward sweeping motion towards my temples as well. You can order ColourPop products directly from them or from third party sellers on Instagram. They usually range between R140 and R180 which is reasonable considering shipping and custom costs included.

Huda Beauty Lashes – $16

I’m not a fan of wearing false lashes. I love the way it looks but I suck at applying them. I either stick them on skew with gaps in between them and my real lashes or they flail helplessly when I haven’t applied enough glue or haven’t waited long enough for it to get tacky. Before I continue, can someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE create a lash glue that doesn’t require waiting. Ok rant over. I bought two styles in the Huda Beauty Lashes to try out in Monique and Claudia. I’ve worn Monique a couple of times, first time was to my graduation, and I definitely prefer it more than the Eylure ones I like. Monique is very sparse and natural looking but they are so long. I trimmed from the long side as I was measuring to make it look a little less crazy. The lash band is clear and super thin so it’s easy to maneuver it according to my eye shape. I use the Duo Lash glue from MAC so I struggle if it’s not tacky but once the lashes are on they look gorgeous. They lift my eyes, giving a sultry look with the feline shape and my lashes look long and fluttery. The style suits me perfectly because I also don’t get that heaviness I usually feel with fuller lashes. I haven’t tried Claudia yet but they’re more dramatic than Monique. I’ll have to wait for a special occasion to come round. I picked these up at R350 per set from laBoutique.za and they’re reusable.

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L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara – R199

I love trying new mascaras and this one did not disappoint. I have very short, straight lashes and this mascara lengthens without clumping. It is formulated with special fibres to extend your natural lashes and I like how pitch black the mascara is. I do have to curl my lashes beforehand in order to see the effect. Available from Clicks & Dischem.

Revlon Lip Butter – R125

These have been phased out from stores and you could probably find them in the clearance bins at Dischem for about R60 now. My favourite shades are ‘Pink Truffle’ which is a mauvey-brown and ‘Sweet Tart’ which is a bright pink. They are very creamy and moisturising on the lips and last a good few hours before fading. They smell like cake (Yummy!) and are fully opaque on the lips. Would love to get my hands on some more shades as the other ones I have are too light for me.

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Benefit Do the Hoola Kit – R455

Nope not all of these made it to my favourites this month but I wanted to do a mini review on the kit. The box contains 5 deluxe sized samples from the Benefit range and comes with a tips & tricks leaflet and full sized mirror. I picked this up to try the Hoola bronzer and I figured why pick up a full size when I could try a few little ones. The Hoola bronzer was a hit. The yellow-toned bronzer is the perfect shade for me to contour and I used my Swiitch Beauty Contour brush that I reviewed here to chisel out those cheekbones. I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t show up so the first time I used it I packed on wayyyy to much. Now I just lightly dust my brush over the powder to give a sleek shadow to my cheekbones, jawline and nose.

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The other products contained in this kit were a bit of a bust for me. I’ve already got a They’re Real mascara and whilst it isn’t bad, I prefer Benefit’s Roller Lash over it. The Dew the Hoola Luquid Bronzer is meant to be used as a cream bronzer on the face and can be used on the body as well. It doesn’t blend out easily, is very sheer and looks patchy after being set. I think it might also be suited to fairer skin tones. The Hoola Ultra Plush Lip Gloss is a sheer, nude gloss that contains tiny, gold shimmer particles. It’s not very thick but didn’t do anything for me when I wore it. Lastly, BeneBalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, whilst not a total fail, is kinda more on the meh side. It claims to condition with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate but it doesn’t last past the hour mark with me. I do however like the subtle rose scent and rose-tinted colour it imparts. The kit is available on the Red Square website and at Benefit counters in selected Edgars stores nationwide.

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L-R: L’Oreal 24H in Golden Beige, Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle & Sweet Tart, Benefit BeneBalm, Benefit Hoola Bronzer and ColourPop Between the Sheets

And that lovelies were my favourites for the month of April. What were yours? And have you tried any of these products before?