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R is for Ralo

Ralo Cosmetics kindly sent me some goodies to review, now I have already reviewed one of their nail polishes here.

Ralo Cosmetics is great for anyone that is looking to explore and play with makeup without having pay high store prices. The quality, as I’ve said before rivals lots of drugstore type brands. Ralo Nail Polish

This time, they sent me their Rich Metallic Finish, Professional Nail Polish. The bottles seem slightly more sturdy than the previous one I used and the brushes are extremely fat so its easy to paint your whole finger in one stroke which can sometimes be problematic on your smaller width nails but I coped, I’m sure you would too as it just takes some manoeuvring the brush to get it 100% right, the colour is highly pigmented and you can probably get away with one coat depending on how well you paint the first time, I had to use 2 coats and this time I used a top coat as there is a metallic finish to this colour, unlike previously when it was a matte pink. The nail polishes retail for R39.50 and you can find these online or get them in store. Ralo Lip Gloss

I was also spoilt with some mega shine lip gloss – now the packaging on these is quite deceiving, it looks really cheap and nasty but the lip gloss lasts for ages and leaves a nice tinted shine to the lips for ages.My favourite go-to shade would be shade 20 in Dusty Pink.  These retail fro R29.50 and you can buy these online or in store. Ralo Lipstick

Lastly, they sent me some lovely lipsticks. These lipsticks are called Diam and its easy to see by the adorable packaging! Elegant diamantes make them look ever so glamorous when you whip them out of your handbag for a quick touch up. My favourite shade so far (I haven’t had much time to wear these as I’ve been quite ill lately) has to be Code 60 – Sunset Boulevard which is an awesome cherry red that leaves your lips with a lovely matte finish. They do run slightly, so its important to line your lips with a pencil to avoid them from spreading to your face! These beauties retail for R44.50 and are also available online or in store.

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review purposes and have in no way affected my view of these products.

x flea143

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Lead in Lipstick – What is all the HYPE About?

Helloooo Poutlings

As a beauty product enthusiast (one may say “hoarder” but I am a makeup artist, so it’s ok!) lipstick is one of my very favourite things in the world. At any given moment I have a bare minimum of 5 tubes rattling around in my handbag… and another 500 at home. When I buy a new one, (which I do often), I consider the colour, the texture, the packaging the longevity of the formula and sometimes, let’s be honest, just how luxurious it looks and feels. What I am definitely not thinking about, however, is what actually goes into it.

I was momentarily dismayed last year by a number of studies conducted by the FDA that found significat amounts of lead in at least 400 lipstick formulas, but it mostly applied to the “drugstore” brands, with a few exceptions.


I thought, because the lipsticks I buy generally cost upward of at least R200.00, they must be lovingly crafted with safe, healthy ingredients in Narnia by cuddly dexterous animals wearing vests. Ignorance is bliss, babes, and there was no substantial evidence to say otherwise.

But my warped logic has been compromised: I received one of THOSE emails, you know, THAT email, that people forward not sure if it is true but they want to warn you anyway. The email claimed that all lipstick contained enough lead to kill you, well maybe not that much but enough to kill you sometime in the near future. So, I did as Fi does and researched.

“Good Morning America”, a television show in USA tested 22 types of lipstick and found that a serious majority – over 55% – contained traceable amounts of lead, regardless of the colour, brand or manufacturing origin.

Still, I’m not going to surrender my Guerlain Rouge Automatique in favour of some TV show somewhere in the world just YET. The FDA assures us all that trace amounts of lead in lipstick, the levels of which have actually dropped over in the past year of 2012 cannot harm you. You aren’t eating that shit straight out of the tube, are you? I hope not. But if these statistics are freaking you out, nonetheless, you can count on brands like Tarte, ILIA Beauty, Jane Iredale and Vapour Beauty for completely clean, lead free alternatives to what you might otherwise pick up at Clicks or Dischem.

…and I suppose South African cell networks would love to blame these findings on the poor cell phone reception at times. haha.

x flea143


Lead in Lipstick Overview: Policy, Toxic Substances in Cosmetics, Tests, Recommendations, Stakeholder Initiatives & More http://krilloil.com/blog/lead-in-lipstick/

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