1. Take a look at any “beauty guru” over on YouTube and you’ll sit there watching them apply their makeup with at least one Real Techniques makeup brush. These brushes have a cult following, and with good reason I might add. The quality usually surpasses the price and that’s why RT brushes fly off the shelves. I only own one Real Techniques brush and I love that little thing as much as a mother loves her first born child. Okay, perhaps not that much, but you get the idea *wink*. Thanks to my friend Ali (Seams & Silhouettes), I’ve now added a second (beautiful) Real Techniques brush to my collection. Have you spotted the luxurious (slightly more expensive) Bold Metals collection over at selected Clicks/Foschini stores? These magical metal tools sport long, elegant, weighted handles and unbelievably soft bristles. My brush, the Oval shadow eye brush is large and fluffy and works perfectly for all over lid application or for blending out shadows. R300 on Takealot
2. I’ve only been reaching for one blush over these past few weeks and that blush is this illuminating one from Catrice. I’m not only besotted with the embossed chevron pattern, but also with the actual shade. Plus it has the absolute cutest name to boot – Kiss me Ken. All together now – Aaaah, sweet! These illuminating blushes combines two different colour-intensities with a subtle shimmer and a light pearl finish. The texture is smooth and soft and the product itself is nicely pigmented. I find that the delicate pink shade is perfectly suited to my pale skin. It gives my cheeks a healthy, natural colour. An absolute winner from Catrice. R 69,95 at Dis-Chem.
3. Yes, yes I know Elf aren’t in South Africa… yet. A little birdie over on social media has revealed that Elf will be in S.A very soon. I’m holding thumbs that soon means within the next three months. When my sister popped over to America last month. Um, I love how I say pop over like it’s something she does on the regular. Anyway, I compiled a list of Birthday wishlist items (naturally) for her to take along on her trip and she successfully checked everything off my list *big grin*. One of the items on my list was this Elf HD under-eye setting powder. If you follow Rayne over on Snapchat (makeitraynex) then you might have seen this gorgeous girl rave about this product. She was able to sell me on the powder before I even tried it out. Yes, I can concur that it definitely lives up to the hype. It sets your under-eye area beautifully without creating a chalky, powdery mess. My under eyes can sometimes be a bit dry and often setting powders accentuate wrinkles but this Elf one is so smooth and finely milled that it disappears into the skin, but at the same time sets your concealer for the whole day.
4. Beautifully maintained hands and nails are something all women aspire to I think. I’m always trying to moisturise, file, buff and fix my nails and cuticles. I have a problem with dry cuticles and any product that promises to solve this issue is ranked highly on my “must try” list. So naturally when this hand/nail mask arrived from Skin Republic it moved to the top of my blogging pile. I recently tried out their face masks (see review here) and I was quite chuffed to have the opportunity to try out these new nail masks. How cute and clever? These finger slip-ons (with cute polka dot pattern) contain a blend of Argan oil, plant extracts, Shea butter, coconut, vitamin E and collagen. A cocktail of ingredients to help strengthen your nails, moisturise cuticles and aid in nail growth. The best part is that you can still type and go about your usual business while wearing them. Convenient and easy! R42.99 at selected Red Square, Edgars, Dis-Chem and Clicks stores.
5. Scrub? Yes. Blackhead clearing? Yes, yes and yes. My name is Chicara and I’m not (okay, only a little) embarrassed to admit I have a problem with blackheads. Eek! I once read somewhere that it’s impossible to get rid of blackheads and I’m not going to lie – I almost cried after reading that. However, I’m never going to stop buying or using products that are labeled as blackhead busters. I was recently sent a box of Clean & Clear products and this blue scrub immediately jumped out at me. I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference in blackhead reduction, but it’s almost like this scrub as forced some of them closer to the surface of the skin. Sorry for the overshare. I’m not a huge fan of the scent, but I love how smooth and soft my skin feels and the exfoliating micro beads are gentle enough for daily use. R49.95 at all major retailers.