L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss – Swatch & Review

I went in to Dischem a few weeks ago to buy some toiletries when my ever wondering eye rested on the L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss. Having only ever used their concealer, I was hesitant to splurge and decided on only three of their pigment gloss; Stunner, Bazaar and Instinct.DSCN3723 (2)

I love colour so I tend to gravitate towards brightly coloured lippies and even though Stunner and Instinct are colours I already own in Mac Heroine and Chilli, I still chose to buy the glosses.

The first colour I tried was Stunner and I loved it. The purple colour was a deeper shade than my Mac Heroine and in my head I thought “this is what Heroine should look like on my lips”. I also got complimented on the colour and had a few ladies wanting to know what colour it is and where I got it from. Sadly, the second time I tried it on, it didn’t glide on as smoothly as the first time even though I used the same technique of moisturising my lip with a matte balm – nipple cream- before applying the matte gloss. The gloss looked streaky and it appeared as if I had used highlighter on my lips instead of gloss so I decided to use Heroine as a base and also used it to line my lips before applying Stunner and again after. This seemed to achieve a better result but I noticed after two hours, my lips started to cake and I had flaky patches on my lips.

LA Girl Stunner

The second colour I tried was Instinct which is more of an orange colour and this was worse than Stunner. I needed to apply three coats (same with Bazaar) and had to make sure to spread it evenly with the wand otherwise you end up with colour on some parts of your lip and streaks on the other. When you smack your lips together, you notice a stickiness on your lips which if not done with extreme caution will leave you having to wipe off the entire gloss and re-apply.

LA Girl Instinct

LA Girl Bazaar
Bazaar is a darker pink colour but looks similar to Instinct on my lips

Furthermore, when you do wipe off the gloss, it doesn’t wipe easily and comes off in dry patches. You can also get stains from the gloss on your hands and the tube if you’re not careful and it does not wipe off easily. I’ve had to wipe gloss off my hands and the tube a number of times but you’ll probably still see from the picture that there are stains on the tube still.

Overall, the Stunner for some reason is the best of the three colours I purchased and applies better than the other two. However, all three require some effort to make them look good/decent on your lips.

I might add that I don’t have experience with matte lipglosses, the only other matte gloss I have is by Yardley and I also didn’t really take to that so perhaps it’s a “matte lipgloss” thing. I do love all three colours but it’s not something I would advise anyone to put on when they are in a hurry because it takes some time to get it right and you wouldn’t want to leave the house looking like you just had something to eat and didn’t bother to re-apply your lipstick.

The LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss is R59.95 at Dischem.

If you know of matte lipglosses that are amazing, please let me know.

Love and Kisses!

NB: I have only used L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in the lip swatch images shown here. No other product other than nipple cream, to moisturise my lips was used.

Who needs falsies with mascaras like these?

Lashes have the ability to transform your face. You may wear foundation, concealer, blush, lipstick, draw on your brows or even contour but in my opinion, your face is never really made up until you’ve applied mascara or false lashes. They say the eyes are the window to your soul and so it is important to pay attention to that area whenever you apply make-up. I love the drama and alluring look false lashes give your face. You needn’t worry about much else with the right lashes. When I need a bit of eye drama, I use strip lashes BUT I find the application to be quite tedious and so have been on the search for the perfect mascara for quite some time.

My lashes are full and length wise, they are longer than the average, but years of doing individual lashes have affected my lash length and volume and is why I now opt for strip lashes whenever I need my eyes to pop. I’ve found that strip lashes are less damaging to your lashes than individual lashes. However, as much as I love the look strip lashes give, I am impatient and don’t have 30 minutes to spend trying to get my falsies just right. I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials on how to apply falsies but can NEVER seem to get it right the first time. I end up with glue in places glue has no business being.

To make my life easier but still look pretty, I knew I had to find a mascara that would give my lashes a falsie effect without the hassle of applying falsies and so I was encouraged to try Max Factor’s Clump Defy by a beauty consultant at Clicks who had used the mascara herself and being so impressed by what I saw with her lashes, I excitedly purchased the mascara.

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I tried the mascara the next day and it did give me that false lash effect without the clump. However, I end up with mascara smudged on my lids each time I use it. That is the only thing I don’t like about this mascara. Otherwise, I love it and I’m pleased with the result I get at such a reasonable price of R139.95 too.

After I bought the Max Factor Clump Defy, I felt the urge to purchase another mascara. I wanted to see if I could find a mascara even better than the Max Factor Clump Defy and so I came across an Instagram post by Melissa’s Wardrobe on the Lancome Hypnose. Liker of things that I am, I head over to Stuttafords and left the store with Lancome’s Grandoise Wide Angle Fan Effect mascara. This mascara I was told is perfect for not only giving length but added volume too and it did not disappoint. I only bring this mascara out for special occasions and when I’m done using it, I put it back  in the silver packaging it came in – just because I can. This mascara is definitely worth the R439.95 I spent on it.

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I can’t say that I’ll pick one mascara over the other but I can say if you’re looking for a budget buy, rather go for Max Factor because it does the job almost as well as Lancome and for less than half the price. But if money is not an issue and you love packaging as much as I do, I’d say go for Lancome. Not only does it come in a pretty package, it also comes with an instruction guide.

Why wear falsies when you’ve got mascaras like these? Try them, let me know what you think.

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Lashes are a girl’s best friend!

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I disagree, I think lashes are a girl’s best friend and for many reasons too! Lashes are inexpensive and totally enhance any look. Whether you’ve got make-up on or no make-up a good set of falsies can make any girl look beautiful.

I am what you call a “girly girl” or a “womanly woman”. I love playing dress up and I love make-up so when it comes to anything that enhances your beauty, best believe I know all about it. I love getting my lashes done at the beauty spa but quickly realised that not only would they itch, they would sometimes sting when my eyes get teary and are uncomfortable at times. The worst part is not being able to run your hands through your face when you wash and the horror of having clumps of lashes fall out and being forced to make a speedy visit to the spa for a refill so you don’t end up looking like a 50 cent hooker is more than I can handle.

Why do we get our lashes done when they cause such discomfort? I soon realised that as much as I loved the effect having falsies gave me, the discomfort and suffering I had to endure was not worth it. The most disappointing of all about individual lashes/cluster lashes is that they often come off with your lashes and you end up looking ‘eyelash bald’ for a week or so. They also damage your eyelashes in the long run; I noticed that my lashes now seem to be receding in some areas.

However, none of these stopped me from fantasising about lashes and so after watching numerous Youtube videos, I got the hang of “strip lashes”. Strip lashes do not do any of the things I mentioned earlier, they simply enhance and cause no damage to your lashes if done correctly. They also come off easily with no fuss once you’re ready to take them out. So whether you’re going to a wedding, date, birthday party, or just for the hell of it, strip lashes are the way to go. They can also be used more than once depending on brand and how you care for them.

I recently did a fashion post here and felt the need to go the extra mile so I purchased the Clicks eyelashes for just R39.95 in “enhance your eye contour” and “fuller dramatic lashes”.  I used the enhance your eye contour lashes for a more natural look. All you need to apply these lashes are your hands, toothpick, eyelash curler and glue which came with the lashes, in this case.

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False lashes isn’t for everyone so if you’re happy with what God gave you and all you want to do is enhance your natural lashes, use five coats of your favourite mascara and your lashes will go from “bleh”to “wow” with little to no fuss.

If you want to see how I applied the lashes, leave a comment below.