When I received Maybelline’s Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara, I was excited by the prospect of a plumping and lifting mascara that gives you a winged look. Long lashes and a winged eye without liner – what else could you want, right?

My thoughts

Maybelline describes the brush as “the short bristles of the unique wing brush add volume and lift, while the long bristles stretch lashes for a winged look that’s as fearless as you“. They also suggest that you start at the root of your lashes, holding the brush with the bristles facing upward and use the longer bristles on the outer corner of your eye to stretch out your lashes. I tried it and it works. You have to switch hands and the brush positions for each eye, otherwise the wrong side of the brush does the outside lashes.

When I first opened it, I was quite surprised by the brush. The brush is more of a comb, with three rows of tiny teeth in the centre. The comb is curved so it hugs your lash line, depositing pigment onto the base of your lashes. It really gets your roots, so it kinda makes you look like you’re wearing eyeliner. 

The best thing about this mascara is that you don’t need to use an eyelash curler. When I apply it, I hold the brush just above the base of my lashes for about 10 seconds and I have the perfect curled lashes! The formula is also super duper. It doesn’t flake and washes off easily. 

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What I don’t like

If you’re not careful from the get go, and even after a couple of coats, your lashes can clump together. But if you take the time to comb them through you should be ok. If not, it’s game over, because the formula sits at the base of your lashes and sticks them all together. 

Overall, I really like this mascara. It definitely gives me length and lifts my lashes. Even though this was a media sample, I would repurchase. Available for R149 (on special for R119 at Takealot here) at Clicks, Dis-Chem and Foschini stores. 

I love it when a cosmetic company nails a product! Let’s be real – no company does everything brilliantly. Said company is Maybelline, and I’m currently completely obsessed with their new Master Strobing Sticks.

Which shade for you?

There are 3 shades – Light (Iridescent), Medium (Nude Glow) and Dark (Gold), for each respective skin tone. Even though the Medium is too dark to highlight my cheekbones, it works so well as a contour on my hairline, giving me a nice dewy finish. My friend, who has a yellow toned, tanned skin looks amazing when she uses the Medium on her cheekbones and collarbones. She even uses the gold on her shins to give her legs a gorgeous glow.

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Why I love them so much?

The texture. Besides being as smooth as butter, the texture is incredibly light and isn’t sticky in the least – it feels like you’re not wearing anything on your skin. The formula is brilliant in that it doesn’t emphasise any skin texture such as fine lines or pores. It gives you the most incredibly natural and beautiful glow – no sparkle in sight. You can go in lightly and blend, blend, blend for a natural all-over glow, or layer up for more of an intense strobe effect.

Application. What could be easier than removing the lid and drawing onto your skin? The sticks are super creamy and so easy to blend, basically a dream to use.

The colours. The 3 shades are perfectly suited for dark, medium and light skin tones, and you can easily find one that would suit yours.

The price. The best part is how affordable they are. At around R160, you get a top notch product that rivals other higher end highlighters.

Packaging. The stick is so convenient, and fits anywhere, even in the tiniest of clutch bags.

The only thing I don’t love is that they don’t last too long. In saying that, just like lip gloss versus a matte lipstick, obviously the drier the formula, the more staying power it has. I don’t want ashy, shiny cheeks, so I will gladly put up with reapplying. Besides, the compact size is perfect to throw in your handbag.

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Should you try it?

Absolutely! This Strobing Stick is my new best friend. She makes me look dewy, fresh, awake and radiant. And she’s priced so well!

Available from Clicks, Foschini, Dis-Chem and selected Pick n’Pay stores.

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This post is going to be short and sweet, just like the amount of time it takes for me to get gorgeous eyebrows with Maybelline’s Eyestudio Brow Drama Pomade Crayon.

When I use eyebrow pencil, it takes a bit of time because lines all over your face aren’t sexy. You gotta be precise. Not with the Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama Pomade Crayon. It tames and shapes brows with little technique needed and requires almost no effort.

What is it exactly?

It’s a smooth, creamy, pigmented, wax crayon that applies easily to your brows, which you then comb through. It has a soft consistency but it won’t melt on you. It has amazing staying power and usually lasts me from morning until evening. My brows don’t need a complete overhaul so just a little touch of this and I am set.

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How do you use it?

Comb your brows with a spoolie. Run the crayon through your brows. Brush with a spoolie one more time and then set with a clear or tinted brow gel. I love to use L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper in Light/Medium. It beats any other brow gel out there when it comes to price, formula, ability to hold brows in place, and convenience of brush size. The formula contains fibres which helps to thicken your brows and the hold is so strong, it lasts all day. Read my full review here.
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Should you try it?

Absolutely! It’s so creamy, pigmented, quick and easy to use, and inexpensive – perfect for every day use. In saying that, I would only suggest it to those with thicker and fuller brows. Because of the blunt, fat crayon end, it’s impossible to draw in fake hairs. The blunt edge also can’t help you get a thin, clean line at the tail of your brow. If you just want to darken your brows a bit or fill in sparse areas, this is a great product. Available in 3 shades (dark brown, light brown and blond) at a RRSP of R129.95 only at Clicks.
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I’m super into beauty hacks and I always recommend to my clients that if you only have 3 minutes to get ready, the four items you really need are blush (or bronzer for those who don’t like actual colour but want something to define your cheeksmascara, a tinted or clear eyebrow gel and a lip gloss. Now, this can vary according to what you most need and your four things could include a bit of concealer, but the combinations basically revolve around the essential items I’ve just mentioned. With your eyes, lips and cheeks defined, your look is complete.

Finding most makeup essentials is usually a breeze for me but for some reason, finding a blush that suits me induces a Bermuda Triangle-like state. They’re either too sparkly or too pink or too orange and then I just get fed up and leave whichever makeup counter I’m at. Blush is not something I like to dabble in. Lipsticks – any day. Bronzer – no problem. Blush – eeeeeek!

With the launch of their new Face Studio blushes, Maybelline have set my heart at ease and I no longer feel anxious around blush. Because of the extensive range of (perfect) colours available, I have found a new friend that I’m sticking to.

I got 5 colours, and I’m mesmerized by just how pretty they are. Coral Fever 90 is a beautiful, iridescent, golden, spicy orange shade, Peach Pop 100 is a matte melon orange shade, Cosmopolitan 60 is a fun, matte, creamy peach shade, Rose Madison 70 is a very cool toned, pretty pink and Dare to Pink 80 is a vibrant, intense rosy pink. The shades range from soft and demure to bold and bright, so there’s something for everyone and every skin tone.

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Besides being gorgeous, they wake the skin up without feeling too loud or too bright. The colours are are really nicely pigmented and they stay true and don’t oxidise. The colour payoff is wonderful, and is comparable to my higher-end blushes. They last well, with an average 6-7 hours before needing a touch up. Overall, I love everything about these blushes, especially the healthy glow they produce.

The blushes come in sleek, black, slide-open containers that click neatly into place when you’re done. The packaging can be quite irritating, especially on days where you’re busy thinking about other things and forget how to open them. I’m interested to see how well this new packaging holds up. In my experience, drugstore brands tend to skimp on packaging, and with use, all my drugstore products (containers) inevitably break.

You can get your hands on these new babies at Dis-Chem, Clicks, Edgars, Pick n PayFoschini stores for R99,95.

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Hi Lovelies,

You probably love beauty a little bit more than the next girl (that’s why you read my blog), and you want to know what’s out there, what’s new and what’s launching soon. On that note, check out the latest products that are available this month…

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Bionike Defence Body Extreme Definition Body Reshaping Day Treatment (you’ve already burnt 50 calories just saying the name!) is a silky emulsion that has a rich (but not greasy) texture that improves skin tone by treating localised fat deposits. The exclusive Top Define ComplexR contains seaweed to boost key metabolic elements to improve skin elasticity, smoothness and firmness and effectively helps to counter blemishes caused by localised fat deposits on the abdomen, hips, legs and arms. The combined action of the active ingredients included in the complex assists in the reduction of fat deposits by stimulating fluid drainage through massage. How to use? Apply twice daily to the affected areas by massaging it in, and you should start to see results within a couple of weeks. Want to take it a step further? Encourage the drainage process (via your bladder) by increasing your intake of good old H2O. Also, sweating is sexy (swexy) so get your workout gear on and get moving!

Available exclusively at Dis-Chem pharmacies nationwide for R195

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 Berry Bomb, Strike a Rose, Minty Sheer,  Pink Shock, Fierce & Tangy, Oh Orange

Following on the success of Baby Lips comes Maybelline Baby Lips Electro. Dubbed as 8 hour care with a neon kick, these tinted lip balms come in 6 variants. Of the 6, I like Pink Shock the most. It smells just like raspberries and leaves my lips the prettiest pink shade. I like wearing Pink Shock on days when I just want a sheer hint of colour, so for those of you hesitant to rock a full red or pink lip, why not start out with a wash of colour from Baby Lips? For my thoughts on the original Baby Lips, click here.

Available at selected Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini & Edgars stores for the RRSP of R29.95

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Lancôme has released the third instalment in the La Vie Est Belle series – La vie est belle L’Absolu de Parfum – and it is beautiful! Lancôme launched La Vie Est Belle (Lancôme’s first gourmand iris) in 2012, which was followed by  La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Toilette (Lancôme’s first gourmand magnolia) in 2014. Finally, La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu is launched, more intense and more luxurious than the previous ones. Described as a new exceptional olfactory signature, combining the flower of happiness, the Iris, with a delectable accord of gourmand ingredients. With notes of  black currant, pear, sweet iris, orange blossom, jasmine absolute, Damascus rose, tonka bean, praline and cashmere, La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu smells incredible! Decadently sweet, without being too overpowering. A full review is coming soon!

La Vie Est Belle retails for R1050 for the 40ml bottle

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If you’re a fan of Vichy, you’ll be happy to know that they have launched 2 suncare BB creams – Vichy Capital Soleil BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF 50+ and Vichy Capital Soleil BB Tinted Dry Touch Face Fluid SPF 50+. These BB creams offer very high sun protection thanks to a formula enriched with Mexoryl XL which helps to protect against sun damage, brown spots and sun induced premature skin ageing.

The Tinted Velvety Cream is for dry/sensitive skins and has a rich, soft, buttery texture, so it gives you that dewy look. I have dry skin with an oily T panel and found that this BB cream was a bit too oily for my liking. By 12:00 it looked as if my makeup was melting off. Granted, I was sightseeing  in sweltering Rome, so maybe that had something to do with it. Perhaps setting it with powder would do the trick? On the plus side, it delivers a shot of hydration thanks to everyone’s favourite ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid, alongside the Vichy Thermal Spa Water. The Hyaluronic Acid also helps the skin to appear plumper, smoother and softer. In addition to being a tinted sunscreen, it performs quite a few functions. Its boosts luminosity booster thanks to the long-UVA, it evens the skin and produces a radiant effect via the action of high-coverage pigments, smooths the skin thanks to silicone gum.

The Tinted Dry Touch Face Fluid is for combination to oily sensitive skin. It has a beautifully light yet silky texture that sinks into the skin really easily. It contains Vichy Thermal water that helps to soothe and fortify the skin. This formula is a bit more matte than the Velvety Cream, but I find that both of them transfer. This BB cream is also an multi-tasker in that it provides UVA-UVB protection, boosts luminosity thanks to the long UVA filter, it evens out skin and produces a radiant effect via the action of high-coverage pigments, and it mattifies the skin thanks to silica and corn starch.

Both have a gorgeous, light, summery fragrance and both feel amazingly comfortable on the skin. Being BB creams, they won’t meet your needs if you’re looking for a heavier coverage (they are basically tinted sunscreens). Another thing that I must mention is that if you don’t have reasonably tanned-slash-beige skin, these BB creams won’t suit you as they only come in one shade, ‘Natural Tan’. Sad face. If you’re looking to buy a tube, I would suggest that you try the colour out beforehand. If you are tanned and are looking for a sun protection product to perfect your skin and reveal your summer tan, then this is definitely a product worth trying.

You can find them at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks and Red Square stores at R279 a pop

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MAC has collaborated with the gorgeous, legendary actress Brooke Shields for a new collection called (you guessed it!) the MAC Brooke Shields collection. Out of the entire truly gorgeous and wearable range, the MAC Gravitas Brooke Shields Eyeshadow Palette is my favourite. It includes fifteen eyeshadows that range from pale, white-beige to gold to various shades of brown, plum and matte black. The palette contains some permanent shades as well as some new shades. The palette retails for R1200 but before you reel from shock, it’s actually a reasonable price for 15 full eye shadows. If you had to buy each of them individually, the price would be much higher.

The MAC Gravitas Brooke Shields Eyeshadow Palette is sold out online, so be sure to check out a MAC store if you want to get your hands on one of these pretty palettes

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Not really new this month (but new to me!) and definitely worth mentioning is this amazing Body Polisher from the Body Shop. It can be used to replace your favourite loofah or shower pouf and works like a charm! It is more effective than a regular shower pouf because it is slightly more abrasive (but not too abrasive) which helps to exfoliate. I bought it to use while in Italy (because even though you are in a different country, your beauty regime doesn’t stop!) and was molto impressionato (very impressed for those who don’t speak Italian ;). Even though I am firmly back on South African soil, I will definitely repurchase this super shower accessory for 5 reasons: 1) it’s the best way to shower and exfoliate at the same time 2) it takes up very little space (so great for travel) 3) it can be used either scrunched up, like a sponge, to wash and exfoliate or it can be stretched out and used on hard to reach areas like your back 4) it dries in no time (also perfect for travel – no one likes a soggy anything when they’re travelling) and 5) it comes in a variety of different colours (colour is a very personal thing).

The Body Polisher is available from the Body Shop for R49 in aqua, orange, lilac, pink, cream, white and green