November Faves 2016! {FAVOURITES}

Guys, it is DECEMBER. DECEMBER. What. It is December. How?

Since we moved houses two months ago I have been rediscovering old loved products and finally getting around to trying out product samples that were sent over. I have been sorely neglecting trying out new products over the last while! So without any more rambling, here are my November Faves for 2016.

 

November Faves

 

 

Eucerin DermoCapillaire Urea Shampoo 

November Faves

Shewee. I have started typing this paragraph so many times but it keeps turning into a full on blog post. I am LOVING this shampoo for so many reasons and am already onto my second bottle since I got this in October, and it is totally my go to product. The active ingredients are 5% Urea, Lactate and Polidocanol. This is only R100 for a 250ml bottle which is an absolute STEAL! I won’t say any more though as this shampoo deserves it’s own blog post..

Eucerin AntiREDNESS Concealing Day Care 

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How clever is this? I mean really, why don’t all companies do this?
This is, in essence, a daytime moisturiser, but the green colour cancels out most redness of your face caused from blemishes and even mild forms of rosacea. I significantly noticed a difference to my make-up application when I used this. And even better, the moisture boost added a really dewy look to the overall look of my foundation.

CATRICE Deluxe Glow Highlighter 

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One of the most anticipated products from the latest CATRICE capsule range. This three piece trio is all you need for a gorgeous and subtle Summer shimmer. The shades are in champagne, rose and bronze which are each infused with fine shimmer particles that reflect in the sunlight. Helloooo, vampire season. Also, this baby is R79,95 – where else can you get a proper good quality trio palette for that amount of money!

Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara 

November Faves

I have reviewed this mascara over on Becoming You and I seriously could not stop raving about it. It is a perfect 10 in my book. From the great quality mirror on the tube (I never ever thought I would be one to use mirrors that come with the packaging), the wand is incredible and the final result is one of super long and volumised lashes. Better yet, the mascara lasts really well and does not flake off at the end of a long day.

If it wasn’t for the hold L’Oreal Telescopic has on me, this may very well be my favourite drugstore mascara.

Healthing Earth Marula & Neroli Body Balm 

November Faves

I have such a small tub of this amazing stuff that it is killing me to use it but I just cannot stop. The Healing Earth balms contain some powerful indigenous ingredients and crazy delicious aromatherapy oils which ensures the skin retains a high level of moisture and a youthful and healthy glow. I tend to stay away from any kind of balm because the stickiness bugs me but this one just melts into your skin and leaves the most divine scent. The range contains a few different options but the Marula & Neroli balm is the relaxing one – BEYOND NEEDED. Trust me, give this a try.

NIVEA 3-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Wipes 

November Faves

Since discovering the miracle of Micellar Water, I have pretty much stopped using face wipes altogether. I recently started using them again and I felt like it was the most luxurious thing to just clean your face so easily. I still love the easy-to-use Micellar Water but face wipes are just so darn easy to use. You can keep them next to your bed and clean your face without your feet needing to touch the ground.

I especially love the Nivea wipes, and even more than that they have two options which are just as great as each other. The Gentle Cleansing Wipes and the Refreshing Cleansing Wipes are two of my best friends at the mo’. They come 25 in a pack which will easily last you a month (give or take a few non-make-up days). They are also a great option to have in your handbag at all times if you ever need a quick freshen up.

And that is iiiiit for November Faves. Wow. Who knows if there will even be a December Faves for me as I will be jetsetting it up in London with my mom and siblings! Maybe one detailed yearly favourites post would be best? Let me know what you think! 

Rayne XX

 

November Faves

essence S/S ’16 range {RANGE REVIEW}

The essence Spring Summer 2016 range has hit South African pharmacies (drugstores, if you will) and, as per usual, girls have been going mad.

A few weeks ago the Cosmetix ladies started posting sneak peek videos of the essence S/S ’16  onto their Snapchat & Instagram stories and I was SO keen to see what was coming.. there seemed to be a LOT of lip products, metallics and matte effects involved. Dreamy eyes inserted here..

 

I purchased a few products as soon as they hit shelves and I was lucky enough to receive a few products to try out. I’ll be showcasing my absolute faves in today’s post as there are so many new releases we would be here forever if I gave you the lowdown on all of them..

 

contouring eyeshadow set

omg. Guys. I was like nee man when I saw this. The Kim K craze has gone TOO FAR if we are now contouring our eyeballs! But lo and behold. This nifty little kit is exactly what a gal with hooded eyes – ala Rayne – needs in her life. There are four colour combos which suits any and all skin tone and eye shade, and you lightly contour around your eyes. This enhances the depth and gives them an overall look of being bigger and brighter. Exactly what we would need in our lives as we near holiday partay season. Hip hip hooray! R54.95 per duo. 

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matt matt matt lipgloss

The one product that I couldn’t get off my mind. As soon as I saw this on the Cosmetix Snapchat I was all about these. Creamy matt lipglosses are still huge right now even though we are nearing Summer. I have seen mixed reviews on these thus far but I am totally on the loving side. The shade selection is small yet gorgeous and the consistency is thick and pigmented. I would definitely call this more of a mousse lipstick than a lipgloss. Possibly the lighter shades are less pigmented and more lipglossy, but not shade 03. R44,50 each

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matt matt matt lipstick

These lipsticks are very similar in consistency to the previous essence gel lipsticks. They finish into a matt look but still sits comfortably on your lips. All you could want from a matt lippy. Shade 02 perfect match is the perfect taupe nude and I have my eye on 08 it’s a statement – a beautiful deep shade which really is a statement shade! This range has 8 shades, retailing for R44.50 each. 

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camouflage 2in1 make-up & concealer

I don’t use any foundation products from the essence range – although I do love the mousse concealer – so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The coverage is that of a good quality BB cream. It covers blemishes and alleviates redness nicely. I would however still use a concealer on top of this just because I have really bad pigmentation under my eyes. But I think anyone with normal eyes would find this fine as is. R69.95 for a 30ml tube. 

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light up face luminizer palette

For me, this is the crème de la crème of the entire range. A three shade luminizing palette consisting of a golden glow shade, a light pearl and an intensive shimmer, what more do you need? You can basically use this palette for highlighting cheekbones, your cupids bow and brows. Everything you need right in one trio. The reason for the perfect shimmeryness is that each shade contains light-reflecting pigments. You can get this amazing trio for R 76,95. 

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gel nail polishes

I have said it before and I’ll say it again. I just don’t do nail polish. I have the painting skills of a three year old, brittle nails and shakey hands. I only get my nails done or else they are scraggly and horrid looking. But I freaking LOVE these latest shades from essence! Look how preeeetty. These are my favourite three from the latest releases; more than a feeling, perfect match and royal blue.

Also, I did feature the XXL nail thickener in my last Favourites post. The clear polish is fine because no one will know if I have “accidentally” painted up to my first knuckle and it slightly errs my biting abilities. The gl polishes are only R29.95 each. I mean really. 

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satin touch blush

I am such a fan of the essence blushes. I am loving matte face and lip products – did I mention that? But there is something about a satin blush that just adds a pop of health to your cheeks. This satin touch blush is available in three shades – bronze, coral, rosewood – and is the perfect addition to your Summer make-up bag. The colours don’t last as long on your face as you would like, but the colour payoff makes up for it. Who cares if you have to reapply your blusher once more in a day? They retail for R47.95 a pop.

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And that is it for my essence S/S ’16 top picks! One last shout out to the the false lashes mascara dramatic volume unlimited mascara and the the metals eyeshadow which are also incredible and long lasting.. but I just could not allow myself to feature almost every single product from the range 😉

 

Have you tried the range yet? Are there any other products from the essence S/S ’16 range that I should review?

 

Rayne XX

 

essence S/S '16

Waste Less Africa… and then my sister started a blog.

A few weeks ago I posted how my mom had started a blog. And she is hysterical. Seriously guys, if you did not check it out last time I posted, go check it NOW. She moved to London a few months back and the escapades she gets up to are so brilliant to read that I barely remember to miss her.

Anyway, on the exact same day, my sister started a blog. I am obvs such a role model to the both of them that they had to follow in my footsteps. Now, my sister’s blog – Waste Less Africa – is all greeeen. All about how you can do little things to help alleviate our carbon footprint in society. If you know her personally, this would come as a big surprise. She isn’t a plastic bag advocate or someone who dumps their rubbish on the beach, but she is just a “normal” person. Well, in the last few months she has made some lifestyle changes. Here are just a few;

 

  • She doesn’t use plastic bags. At all. She either has a material bag in her handbag or else she will happily carry four pineapples and three apples from the store to her car.
  • She is now a pescatarian. The meat industry has a HUGELY negative effect on the environment and she just totally went cold turkey one day and stopped eating dairy meat. Apart from one incident where my gran fed her food with bacon and she claims to have had nooo idea it was in there. 
  • Her toothbrush is made of bamboo.
  • Her straws are made of glass. They also go everywhere with her. These and the bamboo toothbrush were purchased from Faithful To Nature.
  • She mixes coconut oil and peppermint oil to use as toothpaste instead of normal “plastic contained” toothpaste.
  • She refuses plastic utensils and she has bamboo sets which she generally always has about her person.
  • And even better. She is pretty addicted to coffee and has an eco-cup which goes everywhere with her – she would rather not get a takeaway coffee at all than use a disposable cup.

 

Waste Less Africa

 

All of these and more… how damn easy are they? It is the biggest cliche in the world but can you imagine if even 10,000 people made these changes? The world would – maybe not improve and undo the damage – but it would significantly slow down the current deterioration.

And I promise you. My sister isn’t a crazy. Her name might be Khaya but she isn’t a hemp-wearing, soap-making stereotype. When did it become un-cool to be Earth conscious? Wasn’t it the biggest trend last year? All it takes is super small changes. If you want some easy-peasy inspiration then definitely keep an eye on my sister’s page – she is such a little inspiration!!! Her blog slogan is “Changing the world, one refused straw at a time”.

PS; she is still a newbie okay. So ignore the Waste Less Africa homscreen and click straight onto the ‘Blog’ section to hear what she has to say.

 

Rayne XX

 

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Current Face Baking Routine {No Carbs Involved, sorry!}

My face baking routine is a simple one. Seriously. I don’t do that all out, six coats of concealer and one sprinkle of powdered unicorn horn palava. 

 

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However, it is easy peasy and really does add an extra layer to your under eye area. Helping me to conceal these dark circles that I inherited from my dad!

 

You need only a few products, these are my chosen favourites for this exact routine but you can use whichever products works better for your skin texture.

Primer – I have way too many favourites but am currently using the Australis ‘The Original’ Primer.

Foundation – the Revlon Age Defying DNA Advantage Foundation was used for this pictorial. It is not my favourite of the Revlon foundations but it is great as an every day easy-to-blend option.

Loose Powder – The essence Stay All Day Translucent Fixing Powder is one of my all time favourites at the moment. I started off fighting with it but seriously, power through and figure out how to work with it. Your face will thank you! The texture is great for baking as the fine granules of powder also go very compact when you use a damp beauty blender in the tub.

Setting/Blending Powder – Another Revlon. The Photoready Translucent Finisher powder is also a current fave – you can see my full review on it here – It is sooo finely milled and not at all cakey on your skin, basically perfect for baking as you have a few extra layers on.

Beauty Blender – Or, to be totally PC, mine is the UBU Blender Baby from Clicks and this thing works like a charm!

Setting Brush & Powder Brush – My all time favourite setting brush is the Real Techniques one and my powder brush choices would be either the GOSH Powder Brush or the Sigma F30 Large Powder Brush.

 

Baking Routine

 

The application process is easy peasy. Apply your primer and foundation as usual (primer is not a necessity).
Then apply your concealer in the usual upside down triangle shape. Blend out as far down your face and diagonally up your cheekbones.
Dip your damn – not wet – beauty blender into your loose powder and dab a hefty amount of powder onto the blended concealer.
Sit for 10 – 15 minutes. This is the most complicated part. Most people don’t have the time to sit around doing nothing.
Blend the loose powder out with your smaller brush. Then use your compact powder to set your entire face. And voila! The result is a high coverage nearly-flawless face.

 

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Obvs people don’t have extra minutes to just throw away in the morning.. but it is well worth the fifteen extra minutes if you have somewhere special to go.

 

Rayne XX

 

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Dr. Dermal Texture Correction Pads & Plasma {REVIEW}

Dr. Dermal Texture Correction Pads & Plasma

As most of you know, I am currently one of Kathryn from Becoming You’s Beauty Babes. This entails a few of us ladies reviewing products on behalf of Kathryn.
My review on the Dr. Dermal Texture Correction Pads and matching plasma has been one of my favourite products to review thus far. Because there are 6 of us Beauty Babes submitting posts for once a week, you may have already read my review on these pads, but I just had to include them on my own blog. 

 

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I have wanted to write up this post for weeks, but I wanted to wait until I had used these corrective face pads for a full month before writing up a proper review.

I was quite excited to try these. One of my main skin concerns is an uneven skin; I have blind pimples and smaller bumps scattered here and there.  As I am more into make-up, I didn’t even know that such a thing as Texture Corrective Pads existed. Advertised as “A hyaluronic acid infused pad containing anti-oxidants & glycolic acid. Improves skin texture, reduces pore size and congestion and leaves skin rejuvenated.”

First impressions were quite shocked at the intense smell. Like acidy vinegar! And I must put this on my face? It also burned in certain areas and I couldn’t figure out why as I didn’t have any open skin and it seemed to burn in odd places that didn’t look like there was anything going on in that area. I got my boyfriend to also use one and he also complained of pain. Usually I would immediately stop using any product that slightly irritated my skin, but the pack of the packaging noted that a “tingling or stinging sensation is normal”. So there you go.  You would use one corrective pad per use and then one sachet of the plasma will give you two nights uses.

The next day…. Oh my bloody heck. I wanted to RIP MY SKIN OFF. And I am not even slightly exaggerating. The only feeling I can compare it to is when I had microblading done and the delicate skin around my brows flakes off. This was like that but more painful. I also had two random splotches of dry skin on cheek when I never ever get dry patches. And especially never in the middle of my cheeks.

 

Texture Correction Pads

 

I went onto Snapchat and asked other beauty bloggers’ opinion on whether I should use it again or not. The packaging did say it is normal… but I was seriously hating my face. I didn’t put anything onto my face that would irritate it, but it itched and pained everytime I moved my facial features. For the record, I did try to get hold of Dr. Dermal via Twitter and ask their advice but I received no response over two days.

My boyfriend then told me that his face had no painful reaction at all. I found this really intriguing because he has struggled with cystic acne his entire life whilst I have had quite manageable skin, therefore shouldn’t it benefit him even more? I decided to not use a pad on the second night, I was just way too sore.
Texture Correction Pads

 

On the third night I decided to brave it out again. This time I remembered the plasma that goes hand in hand with the product, but it is also not a need-to-use product. The next day I still had the crazy red patches – seriously, even people at work were asking me what was going on with my skin! – but over the next few days the dry patches went away and the pain was entirely gone a week later. Then my skin looked better than ever before. I know I sound like an A-grade drama queen in this review, but I couldn’t believe how amazing my skin looked! After a few days of crazy pain and worrying, then suddenly my skin is this dewy amazingness. It looked so healthy and glowy.

I will 100% put the pain down to the fact that I did not use the plasma with the Texture Correction Pads. As I mentioned above, they do not NEED to go hand in hand, but obviously for certain skin types this is the only way to go. Another thing to note is that the instructions are quite strict on the fact that you should not expose your face to the sun once you have used the pads. Your skin is super delicate after using it. For this reason I would recommend using them in the evening and letting the magic happen during the night.

I’ve since then run out of the plasma so I have had to give the pads a rest and my face is absolutely craving them! Definitely getting my hands on them again soon – they are well worth the price tag of R475 for 30 pads. If you do the maths, it is less than R16 per night. Now that doesn’t sound so scary, does it?

 

Rayne XX

EDIT: Within 10 hours of publishing, the Dr. Dermal company got in contact regarding the non-response on Twitter. They clarified my query and assured me that they are very active on their Facebook and Instagram profiles!

 

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