Tuesday, 22 July 2014

July Rubybox Review

Bonjour everyone!

I received my July Rubybox last week Monday! I have tried all the products for the last week or so and here is what I can say about them :

 Woolworths Long-lasting Lipstick:

Another red lipstick I can add to my collection (one can never have enough right?)! It is a very bright red  (rich pigment), easy to apply and it feels really nourishing on the lips. The only negative thing I have to say is that the title is a bit misleading. It is not very long lasting, the formula is non-drying so it doesn't get flaky but it does wear off easily. 

Lanolin Agg-Tval Swedish Egg White Facial Soap

I just have to say! I am so glad you don't have to hear my pronunciation of this brand!
Anyway! Did you know egg white is a classic treatment to tighten pores? I didn't! Now, I am not going to try and apply actual egg white on my face (gross!) but I was willing to try this protein rich, rose scented soap!
 When it comes to washing my face, I usually stay away from bar soaps because they make my skin feel very tight and dry. This one is not so bad! I haven't notice a big improvement with my pores yet. But let's be fair, I have only been using it for a week so I am still going to give it some time! If works well in the long run, I will definitely let you know dear readers!

Rubybox Smoothing Foot File

This is a very good tool to have! Perfect for pampering time! Just soak your feet in water and start to buff, focusing on the rough areas.When you are done you can also use some feet lotion and tadaaa! Your feet will feel super nice and smooth! I didn't own one so I was very pleased to receive it in this month's box!

Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Fragrance

I am not a big fan of perfume samples!The main reason is that I am very picky when it comes to fragrances.When I do get samples, 9 out of 10 times I will not like it!
I also find reviewing perfumes difficult! I am just not good at identifying or describing smells.
Luckily for me, Rubybox does send a little flyer with the product's descriptions!

"Sparkling grapefruit and dazzling freesia burst open in this delightful fragrance. Give it a little time and tea rose and Champaca flowers will come to the force,lastly enjoy the lingering effects of musk and cashmere woods".

Wow! That sounds really fancy doesn't it? In my view, it just smells like citrus, which is not really my cup of tea, but then again it might be yours! :)

Rubybox is having an awesome special at the moment: your first Rubybox at 99c! It is ending soon though so go check it out if you are interested! rubybox.co.za

Hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried any of these products? Did you like them? Let me know in the comment section below!

'Till later, aurevoir!



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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Zombie & Vampire Makeup Look

Bonjour everyone!

I spent last weekend with my very good friend Lisa and we decided to play around with my special effect makeup! She became a vampire and myself, a zombie. It was so much fun! I have tried  the vampire makeup on myself a few weeks ago but I wanted to test my abilities working on someone else's face. It turned out great and looked pretty scary!


You will find all the information about the vampire look in my previous article here : 

For the zombie look, here are the products I used :

Foundation : L'Oreal Advanced never fail makeup (18Hr) in the color 603 Classic Ivory

I apply it all over my face and down my neck to make it look really pale.

Ben Nye Bruising wheel (Click here for the picture)

This is an awesome product to have if, like me you are starting to experiment with special effect makeup!
It is a palette with 6 different shades of creamy makeup : Yellow CL-5, Blood Red CL-14, Purple CL-18, Dark Burgundy FX-5, Midnight Violet FX-7 and Sallow Green FX-11. This range of colors allows you to create exceptionally hideous bruises. The makeup has an intense pigmentation and a smooth formula for a consistent application (I use a sponge) and is super easy to blend.

Black eye-shadow (matte)

I apply it all around one of my eye to make it look like it is "caving in".

Contact lenses (bought them online here)

I used two different one for this look.On my left eye, I used a white lens with a black outline circle and a full white one on my right eye.

Blood: Fleet St. Bloodworks Fresh drying blood. 

You can have fun with the fake blood and apply it wherever you like. I only used it around my mouth and on my lips.

I hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to leave a comment below!

'Till later, aurevoir!



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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Favorite Makeup Brushes

Bonjour Everyone!

This week I decided to share with you my current favorite makeup brushes! I have been using these brushes everyday for months and I literally cannot go without them! 

Brands: 1,2&3 Real Techniques / 4,5,6,7&8 Make up for you (all are synthetic hairs)

1. Expert face brush
I have mentioned it in my previous post (June Beauty Favorites) and I will say it again: this brush is AMAZING! It blends the foundation like no other brushes I used before! A must-have!

2. Setting brush
I use this one for two purposes. First to blend concealer on areas like my forehead, cheeks and chin. The hairs are really soft so it feels like you are really blending the product, not removing it with the brush. I also use it to apply setting powder on my lips (to set lipstick) and under my waterline (to set eyeliner/pencil)

3. Shading brush
I also use this brush for concealer but specifically for the corners of my nose. You know...? Sometimes you just need that small tool that can get in there! Well, this one does a perfect job! 

4. Lash brush
"Lash brush" is the name written on this one but I use it to blend eye pencil on my eyebrows. Extremely helpful!

5. Sponge applicator
I was never a big fan of sponge applicators! I think it is because I always used the small ones that come with the product you buy (like this). Let's face it, they are not really practical! But let me tell you, the long handle changes everything! It so so much more comfortable to use and I feel like the sponge absorb the eye shadow and helps preventing any fallout.

6. Fluff brush
A fluff brush is always perfect for blending eye shadows. For example when you want to blend a dark color on your eyelids, or if you are working with two (or more) colors.

7. Powder brush
I always finish my makeup by applying some setting powder all over my face. Nothing better than a big and fluffy brush like this for it! You can also use it for powder foundation.

8. Contour brush
I am not the best at applying bronzer or blush. Contouring in general is just not my thing! An angular brush like this one really helps! The shape makes a huge difference!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post! What are your favorite brushes? Let me know in the comment section below!

'Till later, aurevoir!


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Thursday, 3 July 2014

June Beauty Favorites!

Bonjour everyone!

Can you believe June is over?! It is insane how time flies! So, on this first week of July I decided to share with you guys my June beauty favorites!

Clarins Daily Energizer Cream-Gel

I have previously used another product of this range - the daily energizer cream and loved it. I finished it about 2 months ago and decided to try the cream-gel. It is basically the same product, only the texture is different. You probably guessed it, this one is a little bit more jelly-like. This range from Clarins is mostly aimed for younger skin and works great if your skin tends to be oily like mine. It hydrates your skin without making it shiny and dries super quickly! I apply it every morning after using my cleanser and toner.

Yves Rocher Pure System Stop Blemish Lotion

I bought this online on Spree a little bit more than a month ago (See my Spree haul here) because I had quite a few blemishes on my face. I have been using it ever since and I am extremely pleased with it. I mentioned it before and I will definitely write a full post about it. Aloe is an amazing plant with so many health benefits! I find blemish-prone skin products can be really harsh on the skin but this one really feels different! Don't get me wrong it does fight the annoying pimples but it also hydrates your skin well and the aloe helps with healing your skin. Having said that and knowing some of the ingredients (alcohol amongst other), I would not recommend it to people with dry or sensitive skin.

Yves Rocher Apricot Fruity Face Scrub (Botanical based ingredients- Paraben free- No animal ingredients)

 If you have an oily skin like me, you would agree that sometimes your pores just feel all clogged up especially around the nose, forehead and chin areas. Well, this product definitely helps! I must warn you though, it might smell yummy and sweet but apricot scrub is very hard on the skin! It can be really damaging (basically create micro cuts all over your face)! It is not a product to use everyday! I use it about once a week, maybe less, and focus on the clogged up areas as mentioned above. Also... Don't push too hard while rubbing the scrub on your face - be gentle! The product is enough to do the job, no need to add extra power!

Neutrogena Lip balm- Protection 6h 

This product is AMAZING! I bought it in a pharmacy while I was in Paris. It was winter so my lips were seriously suffering! If you have dry or even damaged lips don't look any further! This baby is what you need. It will nourish your lips and heal everyday cracks or little cuts in a couple of days. The texture is very different, it really feels like you are applying cream on your lips! My lips are fine now but I still use it every morning as a "primer" for hydration. After applying it, any lipstick will glide on your lips like butter!

Maybelline Color Tattoo (On and on Bronze) 24h & Bourjois Color Edition 24h (6902 Gold)

These two are similar products, both of them are great eye shadows that you can also use as tinted primers.They last really long and are super easy to apply. For me the main difference is the texture. Maybelline color tattoo is a gel-cream eye shadow. Basically it is a thick cream, very pigmented and it stretches and blends very easily on the eyelid. On the other hand, Bourjois Color Edition has a cream to powder texture meaning that it applies smoothly, but still keeps the powdery feeling of an eye shadow. I couldn't decide which one is my favorite because I have been using them equally throughout the month of June!    

       Top: Bourjois Color Edition Bottom: Maybelline Color Tattoo          

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat

Incredible, luxurious concealer/highlighter! Need I say more? This is a classic and I finally own it thanks to my awesome best friend! I love to use it for nights out for a flawless "photo-ready" makeup!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Forget about the flat foundation brush! If you are looking for good quality brushes at an affordable price than go for Real Techniques. I have a few but this one is my all time favorite! It works beautifully with any type of foundation and really does the job. Effortless, perfect finish every single day!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Feel free to leave a comment below!

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Vampire Makeup Look


Bonjour everyone!

Last weekend I decided to try another "freaky" makeup look! As I mentioned in one of my latest posts: I am slowly but surely starting to try some special effect makeups! I have been fascinated by it for a while and I thought: "Why not try it?" 

So! After the half skull look (see it here) I really wanted to try and do a vampire! 

Below are some photos of the final result :

     without flash

with flash

Teeth close up

Products I used

Foundation: L'Oreal Advanced never fail makeup (18Hr) in the color 603 Classic Ivory.
This is a normal foundation, the color is too pale for me to use in my everyday routine but it was perfect for this purpose and still looked "natural". For a more dramatic look, you can use white or a very light grey face paint.

Setting powder: Rimmel Stay matte pressed powder in the color 001 Transparent.

Eyes makeup: Black and dark purple eye shadows (both matte), I also used a little bit of the purple eye shadow as bronzer (on the hallows of my cheeks). Liquid liner (black), eye pencil (black) and false lashes (Eyelashes Fantasy- Fuller dramatic lashes from Clicks).

Teeth: Custom Designer Dracula Fangs by Dracula house in the size medium.

Contact lenses: Yellow and black (I bought them online here).
Did you know that contact lenses have a specific side-up when applied to the eyes? I didn't! I first put them on and it really felt uncomfortable because the lens kept on moving across my eye! I realized (after a lot of tears and frustration) that they were the wrong way around! Anyway! Maybe it only applies for festive lenses? If you know more or had a similar experience please do let me know in the comment section below!

Blood: Fleet St. Bloodworks Fresh drying blood.
The make up artist at the shop actually told me that it is the blood they used in the movie Sweeney Todd!
I was obviously sold immediately!
Like the description mentions, it is fresh blood, meaning it is very red! If you are looking for a darker looking blood, I would suggest you get one called "coagulated blood".

For a detailed tutorial, go check out the very inspiring Lex Fleming's video :

And, if you are into special effect makeup and you live in Cape Town, you need to go check out Masque (their Facebook page here)! It is a warehouse where I am pretty sure you will find everything you are looking for when it comes to this type of makeup! I did! Plus, they are really friendly and helpful!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Feel free to leave a comment below!

'Till later, aurevoir!



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