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Wet ‘n Wild Coloricon Trio Eyeshadow

I was sent this lovely little palette to review earlier this year, but fell instantly in love with it and it quickly became a  permanent fixture in my makeup bag. So much, that I had forgotten to write a review about it. So when I was using it once again Friday morning, I realised that it is very close to hitting pan, and that I should tell you how I have been experiencing it.

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Now let me tell you why I love this little palette so much.

  1. The colours are simply beautiful.
  2. It blends easily without a fuss.
  3. No fallout of product at all.
  4. It does last a long time. Seeing that I have been using mine for nearly five months every day and it still has not physically hit pan yet.
  5. The shades in this palette are right up my alley and I have been able to pull off many different looks with it.
  6. It lasts most of the day, but I have found that if I apply an eyelid primer that it extends my wear to the whole day.

As you can see they are marked eyelid, browbone and crease. I have tried applying it as they indicate and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I prefer to wing it each day and see what looks I can come up with.

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I know this picture does not do a lot of justice as the lighting is just so bad, but as you can see I used the browbone and eyelid shade to create this look. It is a very natural everyday look for me. And I use the crease shade a lot when I want to add a subtle smoky eye. The gold undertones in the brown is just perfect.

Anyway, I will definitely be repurchasing this product. You can find all Wet ‘n Wild products at Clicks stores nationwide and this little gem will only set you back R49-95, which is great value considering the great quality.

Till next time

Leandra

Ps: This products was given to me for reviewing purposes and has not altered my view of the product whatsoever. 

 

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Beautiful eyes with Catrice in 6 easy steps

I love doing my eye makeup. Even more so than my lips or my cheeks. I always feel that when my eye makeup is perfect, that everything else will fall into place. In this post I will explain to you how you can have beautiful eyes using only 6 Catrice makeup items.

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Step 1: Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base (R62-99) – This is such a lovely product to use as you only need to apply a little bit of product. It actually enhances the colour of your eyeshadow and it makes your eyeshadow last longer.

Step 2: Catrice eyebrow set  (R89-95) – Fill in your eyebrows using this product. There are 2 colours, one for blondes and one for brunettes and it also contains a little tweezer. It is perfect for everyday use.

20150905_100949Step 3: Catrice Absolute Rose eyeshadow palette in Frankie Rose to Hollywood (R89-95) – This 6 pan eyeshadow palette contains lovely colours which can easily transform from day to night. The colours are highly pigmented and blends easily while they last the whole day.

Step 4: Catrice Velvet matt smokey Eyes Pencil in 020 Avockhaki (R44-95) – This pencil is dual ended with the pencil being on the one side and a little brush applicator being on the other side. It is matte and the colour payoff is amazing. It blends and smudges easily and this khaki colour compliments the rose eyeshadow colours perfectly. Perfect for daytime use.

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Step 5: Catrice Made to stay inside eye Khol Kajal (R49-95) – I prefer to use black eye pencils for a night time look. It is retractable and waterproof. This product glides on smoothly and stays put the whole day which is great. I just hate it when my eyeliner creep into the corners of my eyes after a few hours. This product is wonderful as it eliminates that problem entirely.

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Step 6: Catrice Jet Lash Speed Volume Mascara in Ultra black (R74-95) – I love this mascara. The arrow shaped applicator does a great job at seperating and lengthening my lashes while giving me the desired volume I so desperately need. The deep black colour makes my lashes look really defined and beautiful. I am already using my second tube of this lovely mascara.

There you have it. Six products you can use from Catrice cosmetics which can be easily transformed from day time to night time looks. I have been using all of these products for a few months now and they are great quality and they all cost under R500, which is great value.

Chat again,

Leandra

Disclaimer: Some of these products were given to me for reviewing purposes, yet it has not altered my views of the products at all. 

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Catrice Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette – 010 Frankie Rose to Hollywood

There is something magical about eyeshadow palettes, you get so many colours with different effects and it feels like one can never have enough of the lovely colours that makes our eyes pop.

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Housed in a plastic container, this pan contains 6 shades that goes from light to dark. Along with the palette you receive a dual ended applicator, one side being a sponge applicator and the other side being a small brush. To be honest, I never use the applicators provided and use my own eyeshadow brushes.

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The colours in this palette is simply beautiful and you can create so many different looks with it. It is hard to capture a picture of the colours that does it justice, so I ended up not including the swatch pictures, because it does not look they way it looks on your eyes.

Varying from light to dark, the colours range from pearly, to matte to shimmer. I have been loving all of these colours and use it basically every day, the only colour I find hard to ‘relate to’ is the dark colour on the far right. I have been struggling to blend the maroon shimmer colour perfectly.

This palette is highly pigmented, smooth on application and very easy to blend, the only problem I am finding with it is that I experience a lot of fallout of product. In the pan itself, but also under my eyes while applying it. So my only tip would be to keep your concealer and setting powder at hand when you apply this product as you might have to follow up with a touch up after applying the eyeshadow. Will it keep me from using it? In no way, no. With such lovely colours it is not a deal breaker with me.

The longevity of this product is quite good, but I have found that if I use it combined with the Catrice Prime and fine eyeshadow base, that the colours seems to stay on longer and that the base just makes the colours pop a little more.

For a budget item, this is definitely a good buy. You can find it at Dischem stores nationwide and it retails for R90.

Love,

Leandra

Disclaimer: This product was given to me for reviewing purposes, and has in no way altered my view of the product.

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Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate

When Clarins say ‘super’ in the product’s name, then you know they are meaning serious business. Allow me to deliberate a little bit.

Clarins created this product to act on all visible signs of ageing around the eyes, from Dark circles to Crow’s feet to Puffiness and Deep wrinkles. I struggle with crow’s feet, discoloration, age spots in my eye area, dark circles and puffiness and thought I am probably the best guinea pig for this products.

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This product is housed in a red, pump action bottle with 15ml of product. The consistency is a white, super light, gel like cream that glides on. They say you apply it twice daily around the eye area from temple to temple, so I envisioned me having a pair of spectacles on my face, and all the areas where the spectacles would cover my skin, would be the total eye area I would cover with this product daily (Take note, you apply it everywhere around the eye area, not just the bottom of the eyes, but the top as well).

This products contains the following ingredients:

  • Organic Harungana Leaf extract helps smooth wrinkles and crow’s feet.
  • Albizia extract brightens dark circles.
  • Guarana extract helps reduce puffiness.
  • Cassie Flower wax instantly smoothes.
  • Cupuaçu Butter nourishes.
  • Golden Pearls illuminate eye contours.
  • D-Panthenol enhances lashes.

Did it work? Yes, yes and yes. I started to see visible results in only 4 days. I am already at day 16, but haven’t had time to take a new picture of my eye area yet. Here is a picture comparing my before picture and my results at day 4.

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Both are my right eye, I think the angle of the pictures were taken differently. The results are staggering and it is actually hard to document it properly in a picture.

The skin around my eye area is less resilient (for a lack of a better word). To explain that statement I would say that my skin under my eyes was not the delicate flower it was supposed to be, it felt more like a rough patch. Now with using this product my eye area is soft to the touch, velvety, less blotchy and definitely just looks better.

It literally feels to me like this product erases a thin layer of damaged skin each day, over time fading away all the imperfections. I am impressed and will definitely recommend this product to anyone experiencing the same issues than me.

You can find them at Clarins counters nationwide and they retail for R825 for 15ml.

Love,

Leandra

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#EMPHASISING THE EYES – It’s All About The Eyes

 So the makeup application rule goes as follows:

Either make your eyes or your lips the focus point of your face.  Not both at the same time.  However, Samer Khouzami or Scott Barnes are makeup artists who know how to bring those two features together in the most cohesive and beautifully blended way.

This post is about the eyes.  Now be warned, for most people who don’t use a lot of liner, don’t try this look if you’re not a heavy makeup user, or as your first day time experiment.  I do this look often, but if you’re a minimalist, wait for an evening event, or practice on a weekend.

Right. Let’s start….

  • Start with foundation.
  • I contour the top of my forehead and my chin to ‘shorten’ my face as I have a long face.
  •  Define the cheekbones and I didn’t contour my nose on the side, but rather on the top.  This is where the sun would naturally ‘tan’ your face.  Gives it a less harsh contoured look.
  • Blend out.
  • Blend Blend Blend.
  • Blend out.
  • I applied my Kryolan foundation.  To make a look ‘flawless’, brush your moisturised skin with some makeup powder, and then apply your foundation.  This will make it stick and give it a more velvety look.
  • After you’re done with the foundation, contouring and blending process. Set with the Derma Color Fixing Powder from Kryolan.  
  • Time to highlight the brow bone.  Use a light shimmer or matt light color to do this.
  • Highlight the inner corner of your eyes.
  • With a round edge brush, simply add a warm brown shade in the crease of your eye.  It must not look extremely contrasting, but rather make the color as ‘natural’ as possible.
  • Move the brush from the inner crease corner out past your eye.
  • Carry on with the crease color down under your bottom lash line.  
  • Time to line the eyes,  I love to use the Kryolan paint pot with a tapered eye liner brush.  Make sure its clean, so that it’ll make gliding a lot easier.
  • Slightly pull your eyelid towards your hairline and start with the lining from the inner corner of your eye and with a steady hand, draw the line, going well past your eye.  This takes practice, to make it look right.  The trick is to have a light hand, more so than a steady one.  Let your lashes guide you.
  • At the end, don’t stop, pull the brush up and out.  This will give it that ‘feathered’ look.
  • Top lash line done. 
  • Now line your inner water line
  • And apply liner under the lash line too,  Starting from the inner corner out over connecting to the outer corner.
  • Fill in between your lashes if need be to avoid empty spaces.
  • Start with mascara, first on the top before applying it the conventional way from the inside.  I first do this as it adds volume. I also move the brush around from all angles, ensuring that each lash is coated.
  • Time for brow shaping, I like to brush my eyebrows before I shape them, which is what any makeup artist should do.
  • Using a matt dark brown eye shadow, begin from the outer half of the brow and extend the brow line by using a tapered brush.  I may have black hair, but I use a dark brown, as this doesn’t make the brows look too harsh or tattooed on.
  • Now draw a line underneath the inner brow line.
  • Blend that line upwards and make a neat brow shape. 
  • My next step is the lips, choose a subtle color, you can either use a lipstick, gloss or balm.  As long as it has a slight shine to it.  I believe a slight shine on the lips finishes the makeup look.  You can have a full face of makeup, but if your lips are dry or untouched by some product, it throws the whole face off and comes off across as unfinished.
  • Kryolan lipgloss.
  • Topped with a bit of MAC lipstick.
  • Start with the blush.  
  • You don’t have to make a funny fish face to apply your blush, because that it not how you look naturally.  Throughout most of the day, you may have a slight smile, or serious face.  That’s all you need.  Sometimes if you ‘fish face’, you can distort the look once you relax your facial muscles.
  • Start from the apple of the cheek up towards your ear.
  • Blend
  • Bend
  • Lashes applied   

There you have it.

This whole process probably takes me about half an hour, but I have done it in 20.  BUT! If this is your first time and you’re not used to making long cat eye lining looks, I recommend you to practice!

Another tip to remember is not to use those normal liquid eye liners for this look.  The liquid causes mistakes to happen quickly, opt for the paint pots and a brush.  Its paste consistency works far better.  There is more control with it.  I only use liquid eye liner to cover the eyelash glue once its dry.

If you’re applying makeup on a client, make sure to smooth out the foundation to the ears and down the jaw to the neck line and set with powder.  Take a photo, with a flash and without to see if some ‘blush’ is needed on those areas.  You don’t want it to look like a mask.

Remember that you are working with your or someones face, so you are seeing the gradual change, but a photo shows you the instant end product.  So take photos! Take selfies and judge it from there.

MuchLuv, BeBlessed

Sandylashxx

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