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Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites

As embarrassing as this is for me to say, I’ve probably got more makeup than I’d be able to use in a lifetime. Hi my name is Nisa and I’m a makeup junkie. I know most of you can relate because if you’re reading my blog, you probably love makeup too. It’s literally an addiction. Wanting to try new products you got excited for the first time you saw it, felt giddy and anxious the first time you opened it, and then depending how it performed felt either elated you’d found your new go-to item or upset as hell you’d just wasted money on that ish. Trust me I know #thestruggleisreal.

I’m on YouTube daily watching tutorials and stalking my favourite social media accounts featuring all these new and exciting products and I just want to try them even though I have enough. It’s a satiation that cannot be satisfied because there’s better, more beautiful, more awesome products that launch ever so often. I love trying new products but I realised there was a huge problem. With me, when I find a product that outperforms the rest, I stick to only using that until something better comes along. This in turn leaving all the products I already own sitting in a drawer and not being loved. So I made a decision to try a new, well not new, a different set of products each day, mixing and matching and getting every single product to be included in the party. I won’t lie, it’s been very difficult since some have been such duds and look so crappy half way through the day and I want to kick myself for being so silly but on the flip side, I’ve found some gems I initially underestimated and maybe didn’t work so well with certain products or looks but I’ve found them to work for me in other ways.

Enough with the babbling. Simply put, this new feature I’m bringing to the blog “Friday Favourites” will encompass the stand out products I’ve loved using throughout the week but going forward might only feature certain products, for instance, “Favourite Drugstore Lippies” or “Favourite Fall Lipsticks” etc. I’ll try to limit them to only be posted on Fridays so we can get another weekly feature up and running in all the mishmash of products I still need to review. If you haven’t already checked out my current weekly feature, “Wishlist Wednesday”, then be sure to do so if you’re interested in up and coming products, new launches and limited edition goodies. I’ve just recently done a feature on the new Essence products that are joining their permanent range here, and I picked up some of my wishlist items today but unfortunately most of the products were either not yet in stock or already sold out. As I mentioned in that post as well, since it will be part of the permanent range, I’m not too fazed that I didn’t get my hands on it as they will constantly be restocking it going forward.

Gosh what is wrong with me. Babbling on again. Like a small kid I tell you carrying on and on and never getting to the point. Without further ado, here are the products I’ve loved using most this week.

Friday Favourites - Bath & Body Works Candle and Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly palette - https://belleblushh.com

First up, obviously, is the palette I’ve been using the most since the day I got it. I did a full review on it here so I won’t go into much detail but I used this palette for graduation and I absolutely loved the way the look turned out. There’s just something about these deep orange shades that go so well with my skin tone. I love it. If you want to get your hands on one, I’m hosting a giveaway at the moment so go check that post out.

I’m obsessed with scented candles. And not just any candles, ones that smell like dessert are my fave. I’ve picked up a couple from Mr Price Home for just R60 and my huge Yankee Candle in Salted Caramel (which I paid a whopping R295 for) is almost all gone. As much as I like the scents of Yankee Candles, the prices just keep on rising and the medium jars are now priced at R339. I actually stumbled across this Bath and Body Works candle browsing laboutique.za on Instagram. This candle cost R250 and it’s way more potent than the Yankee Candles I’ve tried. The outstanding features are the scent and the longevity of the candle. I mean what’s yummier than Cinnamon Sugared Doughnuts wafting through your nostrils. I’ve burnt the candle about 10 times already for about 2 hours each time and it’s barely made a dent in the wax. Had it been a Yankee Candle it would have been half empty by now. Unfortunately, these are all sold out at the moment but maybe if we keep on asking they’ll restock.

Friday Favourites - The Body Shop bronzer and Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation - https://belleblushh.com

Having started a new job recently, I don’t have the leisure of flexi hours and that means rush time in the mornings for makeup. My undereye circles are visible but not very dark so I’ve loved using the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation and skipping out on concealer altogether. It’s full coverage and long lasting so if I set it with powder it’s not going anywhere. It definitely lives up to its claims for 15 hour wear, if not more. As for the hydration part, I always use a primer first and have noticed no flaking, cracking or dry patches when using this foundation. I’m in the shade 3.3 and it’s quite expensive at R445 a bottle and I know a lot of you are MAC lovers which is a bit cheaper but for the coverage, longevity and finish you get outta this one, I assure you it’s well worth it because a little goes a long way. Available from Smashbox counters in selected Edgars, Red Square and Foshini stores.

I picked up The Body Shop Baked to Last Bronzer along with the lightening and darkening drops (which I haven’t had the chance to try yet) when they were having their 3 for 2 sale a while back. I love having an all over glow and just dusting this on the perimeters of my face with my Real Techniques powder brush gets me that look without too much shimmer. I swipe my brush in a number 3 motion from the temples, just below the cheekbones and below my jawline. My skin doesn’t need extra warmth when I don’t use a lighter concealer to highlight so the bronzer, because it doesn’t have a heavy base pigment, just adds a bit of definition so my face doesn’t look too flat. Available from The Body Shop or online for R230.

Friday Favourites - Urban Decay setting spray, Smashbox eyebrow pencil and MAC Extended Play mascara - https://belleblushh.com

It was a very sad day yesterday when I not only used the absolute last few spritzes of my favourite setting spray, the Urban Decay All Nighter, but I also read that the UD launch, which was planned for mid May, might be moved into June. I’m not sure how true this is and I cannot seem to find the original post I saw it on but I was still gutted. This setting spray knocks all others out flat like bowling tenpins over. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘it’s like hairspray for the face’, well let me tell you, this one definitely is. It locks everything in place once your done with your makeup application and IT DOES NOT BUDGE. Long-lasting for sure. I’ll admit though, it does sorta feel a bit sticky and tight on the skin when I first spray it on, but that feeling disappears within a minute or two. It neither makes the skin more dewy nor mattifies it, just locks whatever you’ve done in place. I’ve had this tiny bottle for almost a year now and I usually save it for really hot days and special occasions. I purchased mine from Muse.SA and I honestly cannot remember the price but hopefully when it gets here it won’t be too expensive. I’d really like to try out the other variants they have.

Again with the morning rush, I hardly have time to sit and even out my mismatched brows. There’s a huge chunk of hair missing from the top of my left brow and it looks odd when it’s not filled in. I know eyebrows are not supposed to be twins but they’re more like distant relatives rather than sisters. I’ve used many brow pencils, waxes and powders but this is the first gel based one I’ve tried. I find the gel fills sparse areas a lot quicker than a pencil, less messy than a wax and more long lasting than a powder or eyeshadow. The Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil is dual ended with a spoolie on one side and the ultrafine pencil on the other. It takes seconds to fill in my brows and it’s smudgeproof, long-wearing and water-resistant. I use the shade Brunette and it matches my dark brown hair perfectly and looking completely natural. Also available from Smashbox counters in selected Edgars, Red Square and Foshini stores for R290.

Last but not least is the MAC Extended Play GigaBlack Lash mascara which has become my go to for the lower lashes. I don’t learn do I? Regardless, it’s become my favourite for more than one reason. Not only is it water-resistant, which is the reason I bought it, but it truly gives length to my lower lashes giving that doll-like effect. Due to the size of the brush and the fact that it’s not meant to hold a curl, I prefer not to use it on my upper lashes although it does makes them super long. The consistency is quite thin so even if I added a couple of coats to my lashes, it never looks spidery or clumpy. This mascara retails for R220 but you’d have to check in store as it’s constantly sold out online.

And those are my favourites for this week. This post turned out a bit longer than I anticipated it to but let me know in the comments if you prefer me to do in depth reviews like this or just overviews of the products instead.

Have you tried any of these products before? What are some of your weekly faves?

Thanks for reading!