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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Beauty Blogger Tag!

Hello, thanks for stopping by! 

I saw this on the net and I thought I would be fun to do it!
Tag as many beauty bloggers as you would like.
Title this post the ‘Beauty Blogger Tag’
Questions and answers:
1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally curly.
2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I normally do it myself most of the time.  I rarely get it done at a salon
3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
Since I cut my hair in a Pixie cut, I don't have a choice lol
4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I do it on my own. I have only gone to the salon when I received a gift voucher as a gift.
5. How often do you change your nail polish?
I change the polish on my toes every 3 weeks.  My fingernails don't last long at all, so its just clear polish sometimes.
6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
I ALWAYS polish my toes
7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
A good 30 minutes
8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
I apply my foundation, leaving my undereyes un-done.  Then I do my eyeshadow.  Then I do my undereye concealer so it won´t get messed up with the fall out.
9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Lets get real, we all want or need the makeup at time of purchase.  And we probably love it and use it everyday until something prettier catches your eye.  But I also go through my stash every month and rotate the products I use so everything gets used.  I also like to rave about a product if it is really good or works for me on a review post on my blog..
10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Not too often only for special occasions.   I would love to wear them often but I have not really mastered the art of applying lashes, so it takes me really long to apply them.  Half lashes are easier to apply.  I like individual lashes.
11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
On workdays yes.  If I am running late, I will still put everything on minus the eyeshadow.  Going shopping, I like to wear makeup as well.
12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?
Not home alone no.  I let my skin breath.  When I visit family, it depends if I am going to my mom's house then no.  Travelling to see other family members, I think yes.
13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
I don't like to but I do, like if I go fetch take-out quickly. I put on big sunglasses lol.  I have dark under eye circles and look sick without makeup.:|
14. How many high-end products do you have?
Not sure of the number exactly, Most of the high end products I bought, I have used up.  I know that I have two high end concealers, two high end foundations, a few high end lipsticks, and maybe a blush, a highlighter and 2 setting powders.
15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?
Decide when I´m getting dressed
16. How often do you change your handbag?
Not as often as I should.  I am tired and lazy at night and always rushing in the morning.  As a result I make a husband out of my bag and use it until it falls apart.  Then I am forced to change my bag.  Bad I know.
17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I wake up around 6 or 6:20 am and go to sleep at about 11
18. How often or when do you workout?
I used to do Taebo religiously years ago.  But I am super busy at work and always work late.
19. Left handed or right handed?
20. How tall are you?
6.1 I think
21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
i know a few random French words that  learnt when I worked for a French owned company.
By the way, South Africa has 11 official languages, which I think i should learn before I learn any foreign ones..
22. How many pets do you have?
No pets currently. Only ever had goldfish.  I have a daughter which is enough work thanks.
23. How often are you on WordPress / Blogger?
I read other peoples blogs often, but do not post as often as I would like to.
24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
I read the comments posted on my blog yes.  On other peoples blogs, seldom.
25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I have to keep a notebook in my bag, otherwise I will forget.
26. How did you come up with your blog name?
My blog name is a bit long, but I was reading a catalogue from one of my favourite stores and they always have "Health and Beauty Fairs" often.  Not sure if that was a great idea lol
27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
I normally use my Huawei Tablet.  
28. How often do you clean your house?
Once a week
29. What’s your favorite color?
30. Do you swear?
31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Probably sleep since is 11:42 PM

Thanks for reading peeps! I tag anyone who wants to do this tag and be sure to let me know in the comments.


Review : Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Hi All

I cant tell you how long I have been lemming this blush - Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.
Mac MSF Stereo Rose
Nars Orgasm Blush

I like the gold case packaging, and I love what's inside too...

milani luminoso blush review swatch

Milani blushes come with a brush and a mirror which stays in the underneath compartment.

Milani Luminoso Baked Blush is a peachy colour with a flattering sheen.  It is very popular overseas. Makeupalley has rated it 4.5 out of 5 and has rave reviews about how it gives you that perfect peachy pink glow.  People also liken the Milani Baked Blushes to Mac Mineralize skinfinishes and I would have to agree that Luminoso is similar in its slightly shimmery yet pigmented texture.  It is essentially a highlightling blush.

I used this blush almost the whole month of May 2014.


Review : Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque & Dupe

I received some skincare products from a friend.  She received skincare products in a swop from a friend overseas, unfortunately not sold here in SA. She in turn shared the skincare with me.  What a good friend!  From all the skincare I received, the one I have used so far is the ever famous and raved about Queen Helene Mint Julep masque. 

[STOCK IN SG] Queen Helene Bonus 33% Mint Julep Masque 8 oz / Mud Pack Masque 8 oz

The mask is said to be a dupe for the Lush Mask of Magnaminty which costs a  bit more.

Gross, I know, but this is the reality.

Queen Mint Julep Masque was developed by a dermatologist.  
This treatment helps to dry up pimples, rinse away blackheads and shrink enlarged pores.
Apply Mint Julep Masque to a clean face and neck.  
As it firms and hardens within minutes, it draws out impurities from your pores. 
After the masque is removed, your skin will feel clean, refreshed and smooth. 
Even for individuals who are fortunate to be free of skin problems, Mint Julep Masque is a refreshing facial treatment that helps relax tired muscles and ease tension lines on the face and neck. 

I did not try this mask on my neck bit I did use it on my face and under my jaw.  My skin was definitely smoother.  I used it on my daughter as well as she tends to get acne n the sides of her face and on her forehead.  Her face looked clear and brighter after using the mask.  And yes, it is minty, in a good way.

This mask can be bought online and the Lush mask is sold in certain areas in South Africa.  The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque would be a nice staple skincare product to have.  I would like to try the Lush mask just to compare and see is it really an exact dupe or not.

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara.

Hi there

This review is on the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara.  I received mine from a friend as Jordana cosmetics are not sold in South Africa.

This mascara has been compared to the Lancôme Hypnôse Star.


There is a full comparison with photos can be viewed at

The Hypnose Star is supposed to give you spidery lashes if you use too many coats.  To me I feel that's exactly what happens when you use the Jordana mascara.

The formula was a bit wet in the beginning.  With any mascara, you have to wait at least two weeks before it dries out a little, then you get the true nature of the mascara.  I usually pile on the mascara.  With the Jordana Best Lash  Extreme Mascara, I can only use two coats which gives me really nice length and volume.  Any more than that, I will get spidery lashes.

Which one would you choose considering that the Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara is an inexpensive mascara which does the exact same thing as the Hypnose Star, an extremely expensive high-end mascara?


Wet N' Wild Nude Awakening Palette- Review and Dupe Alert

Hi there

Today I want to review a palette that I have used most in the month of May 2014.  The Wet n Wild Nude Awakening Palette was sent to me by a friend.  Unfortunately our Wet n Wild stands here in South Africa do not carry this palette.

I am always so surprised how pigmented the Wet N Wild palettes are.  The palettes are better and more pigmented than the singles in my opinion.

This palette is:-
-Budget Friendly
-Good Pigmentation
-Soft Formula
-Travel Friendly
-Great For Beginners
-Instructional Guide
-Wearable Everyday Colors

The left hand side of the palette is the side that I have used most for work - all four shades.  I use the off white brow bone shade every day, no matter what palette I use on that day. It is perfect for my skin colour.  I also use it on the inner corner of my eyes to brighten them up.  I initially bought the single eye shadow in Brulee to use as an everyday browbone shade, but was a bit disappointed. The browbone shade in the Nude Awakening palette is the bomb.  I know that this shade will get finished first - then what will I do?

The crease shade on the left hand side is also the perfect crease colour and very pigmented.  I apply it with a fluffy crease brush and it is quick and east because it applies a lot of colour on the first swipe.  I also use this crease colour with other palettes as well, so it is a universal shade for me.

The right hand side is also gorgeous and can be used to go from a day-to-night look just to darken up the day look created for an after work function.

And guess what??  - This palette is apprently a dupe for the NAKED PALETTE!
See below.....


UD Naked has 12 shades
Wet N Wild “Nude Awakening” has 8 shades
UD Naked is expensive
WnW is reasonably priced
UD Naked has two matte Shades (“Naked” and “Buck”)
WnW has one semi-matte and one matte
UD Naked has 10 frost shades
WnW has 6 frost shades

There are lots of blogs showing swatches of the Nude Awakenings palette side by side to the Naked Palette and these are very close dupes.  The best part is that the Nude Awakenings palette  is reasonably priced.


Review :Wet 'n' Wild Mega Last Lipstick in Dollhouse Pink

Hi there

Today I want to review a lipstick I have wanted for a while, long before Wet n Wild cosmetics landed in South Africa.  A friend of mine requested it from a friend of hers overseas in a swop and then sent to it me along with other great goodies as a care package / late birthday present to me.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in #967 Dollhouse Pink

I love Mac Lipsticks, they have some of the best lipsticks around with a number of different formulas to choose from.  But I discovered that Wet n Wild Dollhouse Pink is a Dupe for Mac's Lipstick in Pink Noveau for a fraction of the price.

After more research, I found out that Wet n Wild Dollhouse Pink lipstick is also a dupe for Mac's St Germain lipstick

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Dollhouse Pink Lipstick is not a moisturising lipstick, so I always apply lip balm before-hand. These are matte lipsticks.  I apply lip balm before all my lipsticks anyway.  It can also be topped off with a clear or the same colour lipgloss but is not necessary.  But I am impressed with the colour pay-off as it is very pigmented.  

I also have the shade Just Peachy 903C which I purchased when Wet n Wild landed in South Africa. Wet n Wild Shades I am lemming are Don't Blink Pink, Cherry Picking and Bare It All.

Have you tried any of the Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks?