Today is a very special day for me – 3 wonderful years ago Neal and I got married. 25 February 2012 is by far the best day of my entire life and I thank my lucky stars that I was able to meet someone as loving & supportive as Neal. We’ll be celebrating by going out to dinner at my favourite restaurant (Kream) and I think I’ll have a glass (or two) of bubbly!
A few weeks ago I was going through all the new makeup products in my collection and was trying to think of a way to include ONLY brand new products in a YouTube video. I initially thought of doing a normal ‘First Impressions’ video but then the idea came to me to apply the products for the very first time, on camera. So a type of makeup tutorial, but also a talk-through first impressions video.
Filming this video was extremely challenging for me, because I had no idea whether the products would work well in general (not to mention whether the shades would suit my skin tone). Also, talking to a camera while applying the products & trying to make sense in explaining why you like / dislike an item, is not as simple & easy as it may sound.
Every single makeup product reviewed in this video is brand new to me, I had never tested or even swatched the shades prior to filming the video. I feature everything from primer to lippie, so make sure you watch till the end (even if it is to hear my tummy make a very loud rumbling sound – haha!). I am also very excited to be featuring a few Kandy Kane makeup brushes, they are super affordable brushes sold by the beautiful South African beauty blogger Marlize.
One thing that I definitely want to mention about the concealer, is that it really irritated my eyes. I have been walking around with a dark cloud hovering over my head, because I’ve been suffering from dry, swollen and bloodshot eyes since Sunday (when I filmed the video) – not pleasant. My eyes are quite sensitive to start off with, but the concealer took it to a whole ‘nother level. You can clearly see at the beginning of the video that my eyes are very red, I almost didn’t publish the video because I felt so embarassed! It could also be the eyeshadow palette but I think it’s the concealer.
I did a bit of research last night and it seems the Clinique Even Better Concealer is suitable for the under eye area BUT it contains Vitamin C which helps to brighten dark spots on the skin over a period of time. I think the Vitamin C caused the sensitivity and irritation. I’m going to try use the concealer on only hyperpigmentation areas from now on and will let you know how it goes (but will keep it very far away from my eye area). I will also use it to clean up around my lips after applying a bold lip product, I find clean-up is a MUST when wearing a dark or red lippie.
If you would like to see me test out new makeup products & brushes for the very first time, while creating a full face makeup look, then click on the video below:
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I am including a list of the makeup products reviewed in the video below, I won’t say too much about each product in this blog post as it’s best to see me apply them & hearing what I love / don’t love about them.
♥ Dermalogica UltraCalming Redness Relief Primer (SPF20) – R 630,00
♥ BioNike Defence Color MAT-zone Foundation (SPF15) – R 145,00
♥ Clinique Even Better Concealer (Buttermilk) – R 220,00
♥ Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue Lip Balm (Coral Crave) – R 34,95
♥ Catrice Prime & Fine Translucent Loose Powder – R 85,00
♥ Rubi Cosmetics Bronzer – R 149,00
♥ L’Oréal Le Blush (Rose In Love) – R 169,95
♥ Eylure Brow Pencil (Blonde) – R 95,00
♥ Eylure Brow Control & Shape Gel – R 95,00
♥ GOSH Forever Eye Shadow Metallic Eye Shadow Stick (Silver Rose) – R 139,00
♥ Essence Stays No Matter What Eye Pencil & Shadow (Whipped White Frosting) – R 44,95
♥ Rubi Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette (Golden Eyes) – R 129,00
♥ L’Oréal Super Liner Blackbuster – R 139,95
♥ Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara – R 63,50
♥ L.A. Girl Lip Liner (Rose) – R 19,95
♥ L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Gloss (Fuschia Drama) – R 174,95
♥ Kandy Kane Flat Top Brush – R 100,00
♥ Kandy Kane Angled Large Brush – R100,00
♥ Kandy Kane Tapered Eye Shadow Brush – R 70,00
SHOPS & SUPPLIERS:
♥ Dermalogica – Dermalogica Concept Stores, Sorbet salons & selected beauty salons.
♥ BioNike – Dis-Chem stores & Dis-Chem online store.
♥ Clinique – Edgars, Red Square, Foschini & Truworths stores (not available in the Clinique online store).
♥ Maybelline – Clicks, Dis-Chem and Foschini stores (won’t be available at Edgars stores) & Dis-Chem online store.
♥ Rubi Cosmetics – selected Cotton On stores.
♥ Eylure – Dis-Chem stores & Dis-Chem online store.
♥ GOSH – Edgars & Red Square stores.
♥ L.A. Girl – Dis-Chem stores and Dis-Chem online store.
Next video is going to be a HAUL video, I have loads of new goodies to show you – even a dry conditioner… Yep, you heard me…not a dry shampoo, a DRY CONDITIONER!
Happy hump day, everyone!