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.

Blondes have more fun!

I’ve always been curious to know if blondes do indeed have more fun so I went the lighter route with my hair. Deep down I knew it wasn’t true that blondes have more fun which is why when my dad asked me after seeing me in this top, “do blondes have more fun?” my immediate answer was a resounding “NO!”.

The truth is confident women have more fun. Confidence can be aggrandized through social, academic and or professional status. It can also be enhanced through external factors like one’s style, beauty or physical appearance. I for one feel like shit when my hair doesn’t look it’s best, this in turn affects the way I dress and the way that I  act and feel. So when I change my hair, either by cutting it to a chic style, adding extentions or colour, this often changes my demeanor and affects the way I see myself which in turn influences the way others see me. Same goes for when I have bad hair days, I feel miserable and ugly.

Blonde hair for most women is like red lipstick – bold, arresting and sexy! As such, any woman who colours her hair blonde is probably feeling confident and daring and may even seem more outgoing than usual and I’m pretty sure that is why they say “blondes have more fun” but it is in fact a change in a woman’s physical appearance that is responsible for the altered personality or behaviour.

Blondes don’t have more fun, self-assured women do!

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In what hair do you feel the most confident? Short, long, straight, curly, black, red, blonde?

Sunglasses: Lentes & Marcos

Top: TheLot

Shorts: H&M UK

Heels: Legit

Sling Bag: Aldo

 

To Beach or Not to Beach

Happy New Year beautiful people!

Yay to my first post of the year! I’m beyond thrilled and grateful to have this platform to share my love of clothes, style and beauty.

It has been incredibly hot in the Western Cape – even for summer – and so I try to wear as little as possible. This past Saturday, my friend and I made plans to go to the beach and instead of wearing a swimwear, I opted for this casual and summery outfit of shorts, crochet half top and a short sleeved summer cape.

We unfortunately didn’t make it to the beach as it was overcrowded, something to be expected at this time of year. We instead, had a bite at Clubhouse Tapas Bar on Camps Bay, slowly getting roasted by the sun.

The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future and while I’m pleased with the progress I made with the blog last year, I have even bigger goals to accomplish this year!

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Please leave a comment at the end of the page, I’d like to know what you’d like to see more of this year ;).

Short Sleeve Summer Cape: Mr Price

Crochet top: TheLot

Crocheted Sling bag: The Sak

 

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.

x

 

My spring/summer fragrance

I love all things beauty which is one of the biggest challenge of my life. What’s a girl with a penchant for spending to do when she has limited funds?!!! I have been wearing fragrances, expensive ones too since before I was a teenager and have always enjoyed the thrill of having a particular scent associated with me.

The older I got, the more I experimented with fragrances and even though I do not have a favourite fragrance, I have a particular type of scent I love and ones that I absolutely can’t stand.

I always have more than one perfume in rotation, at any given time. To have one perfume to me is like having one arm – limiting. You should be able to change your fragrance like you change your outfit or make-up.

This spring/summer, I am liking the Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Eau de Parfume spray. This scent is light yet rich, infused with violet, damask rose and tart blackberry. I love the subtlety of the fragrance and is why it is my day perfume this season. It was a gift so I’m not sure if and where it is sold in South Africa but you can probably order it  here

Love and kisses!

It’s not even my birthday!

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My birthday was on the 16th of September but I only got to celebrate it on the first weekend in October. Two of my friends flew up from Johannesburg and we celebrated with wine tasting at La Motte and dinner at Pierneef a La Motte.

The thing about getting older is none of the things that excited me a few years ago excite me now. Sure I still want to shake my little tush to Mavado and Vybz Kartel from time to time but partying till the early hours of the morning and drinking (was never much of a drinker anyway) does not do it for me. I am that girl who goes out and is usually the first to want to leave the party. My idea of a fun night out is great food, good bottle of wine, good people and nice music in the background. This idea of fun can be had at home in my pyjamas on my bed!

That said, one of the reasons I like going out is to dress up. I  love it and will seize any opportunity to do so. I love this white bodycon dress from Sissy Boy and I felt very womanly in it.  I love the way it accentuates my curves and the cut outs at the waist add a sexy edge. I felt very much like a “grown woman” in this dress which I styled with white lace up ankle boots from Nine West and a blue bag from Zara.

I completed the white on white look with white nails. The nail polish I used for this look is CND Vinylux.

Wishing you a productive week ahead!

Male models, whiskey and cars – oh my!

I was invited to the Fabiani Spring/Summer 2015 Collection at Crossley & Webb in Gardens this past week, Thursday 10 2015 and even though I don’t do menswear, my curiosity got the better of me.

In the body of the invite sent, I read “It promises to be a stylish evening boasting Fabiani menswear, a glittering array of cars, and the clink of Chivas filled glasses”, and it was exactly that and more…

The light and delicious nibbles, flow of champagne, whiskey, vintage cars and trendy crowd made for the perfect event.  Not to mention, the gorgeous male models looked dashing in their classic, trendy and sporty Fabiani pieces making me temporarily wish I had a man just so I can style him.  Nothing sexier than a well dressed man, with manners of course!

The Fabiani Collection is exclusively available at Fabiani stores.

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For more information on this collection, visit www.fabiani.co.za

Images: Sourced

Strawberry lips

I don’t usually do lip balms because I wear lipstick 99 percent of the time.  Of course I have to moisturise before I apply my lipstick so I either use Vaseline or Mac’s Lip Conditioner and have never seen the point in buying flavoured lip balms because it just doesn’t make sense to me, at least not anymore. I was a fan back in high school, when I lived in the States and was spoilt for choice. My lips were always glistening with balm and sweet, I might add ;).

However, I stumbled on Oh So Heavenly bubble balm on a beauty blogger’s Instagram page and knew I had to give it a try. It looks like eos lip balm and was just R27.95 at Clicks. This particular flavour is called strawberry smooch and the packaging is super cute and smells absolutely delicious. I can’t stop smelling and licking my lips when I have it on .

In terms of functionality, I wouldn’t say it is the most moisturising or conditioning balm. When it comes to taste, I’ve tasted sweeter lip balms but I think it’s a cute balm to have especially if you’re home alone with boo and you don’t have any make-up on and just want to be girly and have kissable and delicious smelling lips ;).

Mr Price to open shop in Australia

I am so happy to hear that Mr Price will be opening in Australia. I love Mr Price and I think their clothes are trendy and affordable. To me Mr Price is like H&M or Primark. I buy Mr Price clothing because their clothes are stylish and reasonably priced but I wouldn’t shop my entire there simply because I like quality and I also wouldn’t want to walk down the street and have someone dressed exactly like me. Because of Mr Price’s affordability, there is no exclusivity and if you want to stand out, I wouldn’t advise you to shop there.

Having said that, it gives me a sense of pleasure and pride to know that an African company can also open shop overseas. For the longest time, it’s always been international companies buying local companies out or setting shop in Africa so it is good to know that a company like Mr Price which started in Durban to open in 440 stores mostly in South Africa can expand outside of Africa to Australia and compete with other international brands like Zara, TopShop or H&M.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors in the heart of Melbourne,” Mr Price managing director, Nicci Lyne said. “We believe fashion is for everyone which is why we offer the latest looks at an everyday great price.”

I salute Mr Price for their bravery but I also wonder why they didn’t choose to expand into other parts of Africa before moving overseas. I also wonder if Mr Price will make it overseas with such fierce competition from international brands like Zara or H&M.

What are your thoughts?

Read more here

Image from BDLive by Michael Ettershank

Fashion Déjà vu

It’s technically spring in September but I think it’s safe to say that spring came early this year; it’s been wet and rainy lately.

This spring, you’ll be glad to know that a lot of last years’ trends are making a comeback so you don’t have to kill your bank account buying a whole new wardrobe to keep up with the latest trends.

Here are nine of last year’s trends that made the cut to this year:

1. Denim on denim – This look has been spotted by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and JLO to name a few. The denim on denim trend has been going strong for the past few years and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon so rock yours with confidence!

2. Denim cutoffs – Those who know me, know I love wearing shorts so I am well pleased about this particular trend. Like the denim on denim, this look is here to stay!

3. Dungarees – This is my least favourite trend and even though I loved dungarees in my younger years, pre-teens. I hate them now. It reminds me of DIY. Wear this trend but don’t expect me to join in ;).

4. High waisted shorts – As much as I love shorts. I love high waisted shorts even more.  I love the looseness (depending on the shorts) and the fact that you can eat till you’re full and not feel uncomfortable if you’ve over eaten. LOVE, LOVE!!

5. Gladiator sandals – This trend has been off and on but 2014/2015 has got this trend by the balls. Pair your gladiator sandals with shorts, tights, skinny jeans or even a dress as worn by one of my favourite fashion and beauty blogger, Shirley from Shirley’s Wardrobe.

These sandals are versatile and perfect for Spring/Summer.

6. Blazer – The blazer is an item every man woman and child should have in their wardrobe. It is the perfect piece to turn your outfit from bland to smart. The blazer is an item of clothing that doesn’t seem likely to go anywhere soon and is a wardrobe must-have, perfect for every occasion.

7. Crop tops – Whether you have a flat belly or not, you can still pull this look off, within reason of course. No one wants to see your belly flab, sorry.  So if you have bulges to hide, pair your crop top with high waisted pants or high waisted skirts. The trick is to let your bottoms cover your bulge.

8. The Fringe –  I’m sure an image of hair comes to mind here but no, this fringe trend has nothing to do with hair. It’s bags, skirts, dresses and even tops. This trend has been in the background for quite some time, but rather obscure. However, this year, the fringe is coming out loud and proud.

9. Bootleg – Another trend I’m not fond of. The bootleg reminds me of the 90’s and is not my favourite trend, so you will most probably never see me wearing a pair. Having said that, I know for a fact that this look can look great if worn well, mostly flattering on tall women. Please do not attempt this look if you are 5 ft 5 inches and under ;).

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment if you want to see more posts like this. xx

Images courtesy of Minq, Shirley’s Wardrobe, Popsugar, WhoWhatWear, MarieClaire