Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Review

Urban Decay Perversion
Mascara & 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil
Review


Hi Divas

I hardly show case any Urban Decay products on my blog therefore I am so excited for this review. I bought the Perversion mascara and 24/7 Glide on Pencil at Sephora because it was sold as a duo. Again, I was standing in a queue and couldn't resist throwing this combo in my basket. I purchased these last year but am only using it now. I have seen many big Youtubers using the mascara in tutorials and raving about it. I know from reviews and experience that higher end mascaras and eye liners are usually not as great as drugstore products. Higher end mascaras tend to get clumpy and dry out easier. Higher end eye liners tend to have a shorter life span too as they break easily and are not that durable. I mostly buy my mascaras and eye pencils at Clicks from affordable brands like Essence, Maybelline and Rimmel. How do you feel about the difference between higher end and drugstore mascaras and eye liners. Do you notice a difference or is it all in my head? LOL! On to the review. ;-)


Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
This mascara is described as a lengthening and volumizing product. They promise ''Bigger, Blacker and Badder'' lashes in one sweep. That tag line totally sounds like an action hero in a movie, hehehe. The mascara is packaged in a gunmetal colour wand with the iconic urban decay purple brand name on it. The product is quite big compared to other mascaras I have used. The tube is thicker but not heavy as it is made out of plastic. The actual wand is large in size too compared to most mascaras. There are many bristles layered in a zigzag pattern to coat and reach every eye lash. I have super big eyes so the size of the wand is not a problem for me. I think if you have particuarly small eyes, you might find it hard to control the wand without smudging product on your face.

The formula is made up of Hairdensyl and Honey extract to stimulate hair growth and nourish the lashes.The texture of the mascara is creamy. The product glides really well onto the lashes without clumping. There is a definite sign of lift and volume in my eye lashes with just one coat. You can layer this mascara too and it won't smudge or cluster the lashes. The bristles separate the lashes well giving that false lash look. I do not wear false lashes at all so this mascara is perfect for me to create that effect.  I love how this mascara makes my lashes look and feel. The formula is not heavy or sticky on my eyes. It does not dry out my lashes or cause irritation and flaking. My eyelashes look beautiful and I love the glamorous effect it gives when you layer it. The colour is a true black and looks flattering on the eyes. I love this mascara and recommend it if you are looking for a dramatic glam look.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion
I had no idea that there are so many shades available in the 24/7 collection. When I looked on the Sephora website, I counted 35 pencils all in an array of colours. I think it is really great there are so many varieties to choose from. I have the true black shade in Pervasion. I am so super impressed with the colour of this liner. It is one of the truest black shades I have ever seen. It's a deep intense black that reminds me of Kohl and charcoal liners which women in ancient Egypt and India would use to adorn their eyes. This is a super creamy eye pencil that glides on like butter. I have never used such a soft and creamy eye pencil before. The liner applies smoothly on the eyes. The formula is quite soft therefore pressing too hard can cause smudges. You need a controlled hand if you want to achieve a perfect winged liner. Since the product is so creamy when you apply too much pressure it is difficult to control the application of the liner. I recommend using a light hand when drawing a wing.

So how do these pencils perform throughout the day? It lasts pretty well. There are a few smudges under my eyes but nothing too major to complain about. With a setting spray the liner lasts long with minimal smudging. You will need an eye makeup remover to thoroughly cleanse any traces of the product on the eyes, as a foam cleanser is not enough to remove all the product. When it comes to packaging the pencils are made from soft plastic and paper. You will need a good sharpener for the pencils as it is not a twist up liner. I would have preferred if the liners were in a twist up casing as the texture of the pencils are very creamy. This makes it difficult to sharpen because you feel you are sharpening some of the product away. Also, beware of not sharpening to much or the tip may break off.

*****
I adore the mascara and would definitely purchase it again. It lasts all day and is easy to remove with a foam cleanser. The 24/7 Glide on Liner performed well but I probably would not repurchase it. I found the texture a little too creamy for me. I personally prefer a slightly stiffer eye liner when it comes to texture. If you like creamy liners then definitely purchase this one. You will love it. Have you tried any of these products? Let me know below!


Hope this review was helpful. Thank you so much for reading.
Divalicious Kisses.
Xxxx








Sephora Collection Makeup Haul

Sephora Collection Makeup Haul

Hi Divas

As most of you may know, I have been to Qatar many times. On each trip I do a crazy shopping haul and purchase things that are not available in South Africa. One of my first and most important stops is SEPHORA!!! I remember the first time I was in a Sephora store back in 2013. I was so excited and overwhelmed, I didn't know where to start and what to buy. I was on a budget too and had to be wise on what I spend my money on. The Sephora Collection brand stood out to me because they had an array of cosmetics all at affordable prices. Each time I went on my little trips I would buy a product from the Sephora counters. The Sephora Collection brand never disappointed me. I feel that this brand has excellent quality and deserve more hype and praise than what they are getting now. I would like to share some of my absolute favourite products from the brand with you.This is going to be a LOooooong review, so get your coffee and your snacks! ;-)



Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Powder: This is one of my favourite products from the Sephora brand. I love it so much that I am on my second powder compact. The product is described as an ultra light foundation that gives a smooth and air brushed complexion. This is a baked powder infused with green tea extract and radiance boosting minerals. It is designed as a powder foundation that gives a flawless finish with a no makeup, makeup look. I have the shade Light Nude as I bought it as a brightening setting powder and not to be used as a foundation. Since the actual pigment powders are so finely milled, I prefer to lightly sweep this under my eyes on the top parts of my cheeks and top of my forehead and chin area. All the places I like to highlight I would dust this powder on my face for a natural radiant glow. It truly is amazing. It gives my face an airbrushed look and sets my makeup without caking up. The packaging is solid and with 7g of product it lasts a really long time.

Sephora Shimmering Bronzing Powder: I admit that I bought this bronzing compact mainly for the packaging at first. I couldn't resist the beautiful orange sunray design on the compact and inside the case. To my surprise, this turned out to be a wonderful multi purpose bronzer. I chose the shade Light Seychelle Cruise as I didn't really know what to expect and I am not much of a bronzing person since I am tan already, LOL. I use it to give a sun kissed glow to my cheeks and as a lovely warm toned eyeshadow. The bronzer comes in three different colours. There are two tones of brown and a lovely shade of a rosy pink. There is also tiny specks of shimmer in the product. It is so small that it hardly shows up on the face. It does give a pretty radiant glow though. When you mix all three pigments together you get a natural warm sun kissed colour on the skin. The bronzer works perfectly on the eyes as a transition shade too. I have already mentioned that the packaging is beautiful but the compact is great for travel as it is durable and comes with a good sized mirror. I definitely recommend it and would buy another one if I ran out.



Sephora Colourful 5 Shadow Palette: If my memory serves me correct, this was one of the first products I bought from Sephora. The eyeshadows are from the Colourful 5 collection. There are 8 palettes in the range all consisting of 5 shadows. I chose the Pale to Rich Taupe palette which is a neutral toned compact filled with brown and skin toned eyeshadows. There are no names for the eyeshadows so I will refer to them by colour. The darkest shade is a rich matte chocolate brown great for the crease and lower lash line. There are three satin shades consisting of a golden brown with slight glitter specks in it which can be used on the lid or crease for a smokey eye. There is a beautiful satin taupe shade that has purple and brown undertones and looks lovely on the lids as a sultry look. The next satin shade is a creamy champagne shadow that would look flattering on any skin tone. It is my favourite eyeshadow in the palette. The last shade is a full on glitter pearl eyeshadow which can be worn as a topper over the champagne satin shade or as an inner corner eye highlight. The quality of the shadows are wonderful. They are pigmented and blend easily. I will do a more in depth review on this palette at a later stage.

*I have used all the Sephora products for this makeup look. I started off by setting my foundation with the Sephora baked face powder. On my eyes I applied the eyeshadow palette for a glam smokey look. For my transition shade I used the bronzer and for my brow bone I dusted the baked face powder all over it. I coated my lashes in the Sephora mascara and dusted my cheeks with the bronzer as well. For the lips I used the beautiful R61 cream lipstick. *


Sephora The Mascara Volume, Length & Definition: This is a mini version of the actual mascara. I picked this up while waiting in the queue at Sephora. They usually have travel size products at the till area and I just couldn't resist this little cutie. This mascara promises to give length, volume and define your lashes all in one sweep. I have the colour 03 Ultra Black. This size is really great to travel with and throw in your purse. It gives lovely volume and definition to my lashes. The shade is a true black and coats the lashes really well. I like the size of the wand. The brush is thick and filled with bristles which grab the lashes easily and gives good volume and lift. This is not a waterproof mascara and has a tendency to smudge before it dries. Make sure your mascara is completely dry before you attempt to place any eye makeup on the eyes or setting spray. I have exercised in this mascara and it does not run or flake. It also removes easily with a cleansing face wash. I recommend this mascara for travel. It's a good mascara for a quick fix but not for a glam night out.

Sephora Rouge Cream R61: I love Sephora lipsticks. They are seriously good quality. They have an array of shades to choose from. Each colour is highly pigmented and rich in texture. The formula of the creams are beautiful. It glides on the lips effortlessly without it bleeding or smudging everywhere. The creams feel comfortable on the lips and give a slight shine. Your lips will look plump and vibrant. I have the shade R61 Lucky One, which is a deep pink rose. It's like a browny pink tone and looks very flattering on the lips. This is my second lipstick from the Sephora Collection and I totally want to purchase more. The packaging is a sleek black plastic case with the Sephora label in bold silver letters. The design is stylish yet sturdy. It won't break easily and looks lovely displayed on a vanity table.


Let me know if you tried any of these products below. Thank you so much for reading.
Lots of love.
Divalicious Kisses!
Xxxx

Netflix Shows I watched and Totally Loved!

Netflix Shows I watched and Totally Loved!


Hi Divas

Since Winter is upon us in the Southern Hemisphere, what better way to spend those cold grey days cuddling on the couch watching our favourite series. By cuddling, I mean holding my pillow tightly with a cup of  hot chocolate all by myself, LOL. I have been loving Netflix lately and found some really great shows to watch. When it come to series and films I like to expand my horizons and watch things that are not so mainstream sometimes. I feel like if you only stick to what you know, you miss out on what the rest of the world has to offer. Besides the obvious Hollywood shows there are many popular shows from other countries that have really intrigued and surprised me. I would like to share these with you along with some not so original favourites. Here we go....




1. Good Morning Call: This is one of the best series I have ever watched. If you like all things girly, romantic and kawaii then this is for you. The story is based in Japan and draws inspiration from a popular Manga with a similar name. A clumsy and silly girl named Nao has a huge crush on the all popular high school hunk called Uehara. They accidentally sign a lease for the same apartment and to their surprise have to end up living together because they have no other option and are desperate for accommodation. Nao is absolutely in love with Uehara and feels completely shy and self conscious around him while Uehara is an aloof , haughty and unapproachable guy towards Nao. This show is hilarious and so much fun to watch as you follow their journey throughout the year of trying to live in the same space with each other. It's a sweet, comical and fun show.

2. Dexter: Oh my gosh guys, I had no idea that I could love a serial killer so much. Dexter is a show that seriously messes with your mind. There are 8 seasons and each one has you hooked to the core. Dexter is about a serial killer who lives by a moral code which his adopted father Harry taught him. He only hunts and kills people who ''deserve it'', such as murderers, rapists and fellow serial killers. Dexter has a constant need to kill but he is not a monster. He knows he has a problem and tries to keep it under his control. He loves his family very much and would do anything for them. In a way you feel sorry for Dexter and you are always rooting and cheering for him to succeed and not be caught by the police. Like I said the show messes with your mind!

3. Pretty Little Liars: Every body and their dog watches this iconic series. I say it's iconic because it is one of the most popular shows of this era. Even my mom asked me one day if they ever found out who that stalker, ''A'', is. I swear I nearly spit out my tea!;-) If you don't know the story by now, it's about 5 high school girls who go through an horrific tragedy. Their all popular and leader of the pack friend, Alison goes missing and is believed to be dead. The remaining girls all get stalked and harassed by a person named ''A''. At first they think it is Alison herself coming back to haunt them but as time goes on the story as so many creepy twist and thriller turns you just don't know who A is any more and if there is more than one A or not. It's an amazing show that will keep you hooked.

4. Drop Dead Diva: This show is really cute and super sassy. I admit, the only reason I clicked on it was because it had the word 'Diva' in it. Superficial, I know! The story is comedic, filled with drama and a touch of fantasy. Deb a ditsy model and Jane a highly intelligent successful lawyer both die on the same day. Deb refuses to accept the fact that she has died and presses an unauthorised button in heaven which sends her soul straight down back to earth but only to find out she entered Jane's body instead. The drama unfolds as Deb tries to deal with her new curvaceous figure, highly intelligent brain and high power job. She desperately wants to convince her fiance Grayson who she really is but fails every time. This series does a great job in balancing comedy with serious lawyer case story lines.

5. The Lizzy Borden Chronicles: Why is there only one season of this? I just cannot deal! If you cannot stand blood and gore then this show is not for you. The story is based on a real life woman named Lizzy Borden who was accused of murdering her parents back in 1892. She was infamous for being the town serial killer. She was never found guilty for the murders and lived an ostracised life with her sister. The series runs wild with this storyline and there are many twist and turns which make the show so juicy. Christina Ricci plays the scary female lead and does an excellent job. Christina is so believable in her role, it literally brings chills up my spine.


All images sourced from Netflix.com


6. Siyaasat: If you enjoy historical dramas then you will like this one.This is a Hindi serial that is based in ancient India during the Mughal Empire. The plot revolves around a Prince, Salim, who falls in love with a beautiful and intelligent commoner named Mehrunissa. Throughout the story they have to fight for their love while dealing with political turmoil within the royal family. It's a story about forbidden love, endurance and political deceit. What I love most about the series is the beautiful costumes and palace decor that is portrayed. It is interesting to learn what people wore and found fashionable during that time. Also how people lived and their relationships and customs which are so different in today's world.

7. The Bates Motel: Based on the iconic Alfred Hitchock movie Psycho, this series follows the life of Norman Bates before he became the infamous shower killer. Norman is a quiet and introverted boy who has an unusual attachment to his mother. He seems to have psychotic breakdowns where he commits murders but does not remember what he has done when he wakes up. His mother Norma played by Vera Farmiga is not the most stable of people and she has a great  impression on the molding of her son. This series is filled with thriller, intrigue and suspense. Vera Farmiga's performance as Norman's mother is particularly amazing.

8. How to Get Away With Murder: If you haven't watched this show, where have you been? Viola Davis deserves like 100 awards for her portrayal as Annalise Keating. Annalise is a highly successful lawyer and lecturer at a prestigious university. She has a team of law students who intern and research for her. They get caught up in a web of murders,  infamous law cases and dirty secrets. The more the students try to clean up the mess, the more they get entangled in a bigger and tighter web. Viola Davis manages to play Annalise as a super intelligent, no pushover, sexy yet venerable woman.This is a show that should not be missed.

9. Jane The Virgin: To be honest I did not think I was going to like Jane The Virgin as much as I do now. I thought this was going to be one of those cliche Hollywood series with crappy gag lines. Um, hell no! This show is hilarious and worth the watch. It is all about a Catholic Jane who promised Chastity to her grandma until the day she gets married. On one of her random gynaecological appointments, her drunk and emotionally unstable gynaecologist accidentally artificially inseminates her. Jane ends up falling pregnant while still being a virgin. This show is hilarious as it follows Jane trying to explain to her family what exactly happened and her preparing for motherhood. It has a telenovela style of writing and directing which makes the episodes even more juicy and fun to watch.


Let me know what your favourite shows are at the moment below. 
Thanks so much for reading.
Divalicious Kisses!
Xxxx

Essences Gel Nail Polish Manicures in 08 Whatever! and 03 Give Me Nude, Baby!

Essences Gel Nail Polish Manicures in
08 Whatever! and 03 Give Me Nude, Baby!


Hi Divas

 I am so excited to do a blog post today. I have been wanting to blog for a while but I was having Internet problems with my service provider. Thank goodness things are up and running again and I can finally connect to the world wide web. This week I want to share two nail polishes that my mom and I picked up on one of our Sunday shopping trips. We always stop at the Essence stand when we go shopping to see what is new and popping in the cosmetics department. Essence always has great quality and affordable products. I decided to buy a white nail polish as I have ran out of my old one. My mom bought a beautiful pink nail varnish and I of cause had to borrow it for ''research'' purposes, LOL. These polishes are all part of the Essence Gel nail polish family. They have an extensive range of shades and the price is under R50. On to the reviews...




Essence Gel Nail Polish in 08 Whatever!
This is a pearlescent baby pink nail varnish with a slight duochrome finish. It has a purple sheen to it when displayed in the sunlight. The consistency is a lovely balance in that it has a medium thickness. On the first application the colour covers the nail really well and you can see the slight purple duochrome shade shining through as it reflects the light. If you want a sheer application then one coat would be enough for you. I proceeded to apply the second coat but with a much thicker stroke. At this point the polish leaned more to the baby pink spectrum and the duochrome sheen faded slightly. On the third coat the duochrome was hardly visible at all as you can see in the photo above. My manicure looks like a solid baby pink. I love that you can build up the shade to the intensity that you want. You could play around with the polish to create your desired affect. I think this polish is really beautiful on its own. I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a pretty pink girly shade.


Essence Gel Nail Polish in 03 Give Me Nude, Baby!
This is a white nail varnish with tiny gold specks of glitter in it. The specks are so tiny that it gives off a shimmery finish without looking like a chunky glitter mess. The glittery specks can only be seen up close but is not visible on the nail from a far. In the sunlight the nail shines like an iridescent white polish. It looks beautiful and very ethereal. Upon first application the polish is thick in texture, yet it applies really sheer. This nail polish is not opaque at all but leans more to being a nail topper than an actual white base. Since the polish is thick but applies sheer you need quite a few coats to get the desired white effect you see above in the photo. The polish also takes a while to dry since it is gooey in texture. I recommend applying a solid white base first and applying a top coat of this on top. You cannot use this polish to stamp or draw nail designs as it is way too sheer. This is a lovely polish but it is not a necessity to have in your collection. I think it makes a great nail topper though.

*****

Have you tried any of these polishes? What do you think of my manicures and which is your favourite one? Let me know below. Thank you so much for reading!


Divalicious Kisses
Xxxx


Pamper Sunday: What is a Hydro Gel Mask? Koelf Gold Royal Jelly Review

Pamper Sunday:
What is a HydroGel Mask?
Koelf Gold Royal Jelly Review



Hi Divas!
I am aware that you guys are just getting over the sheet mask craze but have you heard of Hydrogel masks? I know, I can't keep up either! Well hydrogel masks are the new skin care craze to hit the cosmetic industry by storm. It all started in Korea (because that is where great skin care exist) and is at this very moment slowly seeping into a store near you. For those of you who know me, I am a sheet mask diva! I use one every Sunday and I got my mom hooked too. I swear I can never go back to a two step skin care regime after trying Korean products. Those days are gone and moved on. You can read my sheet mask review here, where I explain what they are and their benefits if you are interested.

What is a Hydro Gel Mask?
The difference between a hydrogel mask and a normal sheet mask is in the material. Sheet masks are usually made out of cotton fibres that are soaked in essence. Hydrogel masks are made up of water and essence turned into a gel or jelly like substance. This texture holds twice as much moisture and nutrition than a normal cotton fibre mask. As you wear it, the gel slowly melts into the skin. The hydrogel mask also adheres to the skin much better and you can go about your daily activities with no fuss. Normal sheet masks do not stick to the skin easily and you need to tilt your head sometimes to have them stay on. Hydrogel masks can be worn for up to 45 minutes because they hold more moisture, whereas sheet masks are worn for 20 to 30 minutes because they dry out quicker. The hydrogel mask essentially has the same benefits as a sheet mask. They both give moisture and nutrients to the skin but are made up of different components. I would say that a hydrogel mask is a higher end version of a sheet mask.


Koelf Gold Royal Jelly HydroGel Mask Review:
 My skincare stash consists mainly of cotton sheet masks. I was very excited to try this mask because it was my first experience with a hydrogel and I have never used the brand Koelf. Koelf falls under the Korean skincare brand Petitfee who are famous for their face masks and hydrating eye patches. I chose the Gold Royal Jelly mask because it claimed to provide moisture as well as improve elasticity to the skin, aka decrease wrinkles and prevent ageing. ;-)  Some ingredients consist of green tea and mugwort extract. All beneficial in hydrating and soothing the skin. The mask has beautiful gold packaging but unfortunately has no English instructions. Also the tagline, ''The mask of Elves'' is hilarious to me and I have no idea why that tag line is there. What do elves have to do with hydrogels? Do elves have beautiful skin? Hahaha, I have not got a clue. Any way all my information I got online and not on the packaging.

The mask comes with plastic covers on both sides to protect it. The texture is soft and jelly-like, so do be careful to not tear or break it when you apply it on your face. The hydrogel is gold in colour and is made up of two parts. One is for the top half of the face, the other for the bottom and there are extra pieces for your eyes and nose. I like to use these extra pieces on my neck. The actual mask fits very well on the face but it does feel kind of heavy. It does not stick as well as it claims. So I end up laying on the couch any way and not doing other activities. The mask can definitely be worn for 45 minutes or more. It is very moisturising and feels so soft on the skin. When you are done you can pull it off and pat the extra serum left in the gold packet onto your skin. The mask feels very luxurious and super hydrating. My face is left soft and looks radiant after use.  I cannot comment on the anti ageing claims as I have not used it long enough to see any visible effects. It will revive tired and dull skin, thus making you look more youthful and vibrant.


 Do I recommend HydroGel Masks?
Yes, I do recommend these masks. They feel very moisturising and rich on the skin. Do I think they are better than ordinary sheet masks? No I don't. While hydro gels feel super luxurious, I think that cotton sheet masks give me the same hydration and skin benefits. It would all depend on what mask you personally prefer. I enjoy using both but would probably stick to sheet masks because of the price difference. Hydrogel masks can cost twice as much as a regular sheet masks. If I see a hydro gel mask I really like I would definitely buy it but I don't think it is a necessity. Have you tried any hydro gel masks? Let me know below! Hope you found this review helpful.




Thank you so much for reading.
Divalicious Kisses!
Xxxx

9 Makeup Hacks That Probaly Won't Change Your Life. But They Are Helpful!

9 Makeup Hacks That Probably Won't Change Your Life.
But They Are Helpful!


Hi Divas

Welcome back to my blog. Yes I know it has been a while since I posted anything meaningful on here. To be honest I struggled to get back into the blogging groove. Easter happened and I was doing shows and didn't have the motivation to blog. I have since shaken off that negative energy and decided to get back into the swing of things. Also, I totally forgot that this month my blog turned 5 years old. Whoop Whoop!!! Happy Birthday to Diva Desle ;-) Any way to brighten things up on this little space of mine I thought I would do a fun post. This week I am sharing some great and crazy makeup hacks with you. Hope you like them.



1. Create your own Tinted Moisturizer: If you have natural glowy skin and want a light coverage base on lazy Saturdays, you could totally create your own BB cream. Mix a drop of your foundation and moisturiser and blend it on your face. You will enhance your natural beauty and look like you have flawless skin. Of course be careful what foundation you use. Preferably pick one that blends out easily with your hands and does not cake up or become chunky.

2. Control Oils With Powder Before Foundation: If you struggle with oily skin and your makeup tends to melt off your face here is a quick hack for you. Before applying foundation, dab a little bit of translucent powder on your t-zone. Make sure you do a light layer so that the powder is not visible. This will create an extra barrier for your oils to seep through before it hits your foundation. If you know you are going to be out in the sun all day and your trusty makeup primer is nowhere to be seen, then this is a great trick.

3. Swatch Lipsticks On Your Finger Tips: When swatching lipsticks in stores don't swatch them on the back of your hand. Swatch them on the tips of your fingers. It has a similar appearance to your lips. I know, like who knew?! This will help you in making those super tough life decisions.... Coral red or Coral pink?

4.  Use Sticky Tape To Spot Clean Your Eyeshadow Brushes: So you are in a hurry or you went on a business trip and only brought one eyeshadow brush with you, don't fret. Miraculously you got some sticky tape lying around, LOL. Take a piece and use the sticky side to clean off any eyeshadow you used before. Gentle rub the bristles on the adhesive side and watch how easy it is to clean your brush in seconds. This is great if you only have one brush to do a whole eye look.Yes the struggle can sometimes be SO REAL.

5. 3 In 1 Look With Lipstick: Did you know you can use lipstick as a cream eyeshadow and not only as a blush. Yip it is true folks! It gives a natural flush of colour on your eyelids when you blend it out with your finger. I have done this before and it seriously works. Say you at the gym or in a random parking lot looking like a walking corpse. You see a cute guy walk pass and you want to look semi decent when he sees you. Just grab that pink lipstick and plump up your lips, cheeks and eyes. Viola semi goddess in seconds ;-D Do remember obviously creamy formulas blend out better than mattes. Also a light sheer pink or nude colours look more flattering on the eyes. Make it work for you girl. *wink* ;-)

6. Make Your Own Colourful Liquid Eyeliners: This hack is for the adventurous spirit in you! Scrape off some coloured eyeshadow of your choice and mix it with eyeshadow primer and a bit of Vaseline. Blend it with a brush and draw it on with an eyeliner brush. You can also spray some MAC Fix Plus to make the product glide on easier. Great if you are at a festival or music concert and want to jazz up your makeup.You don't need to spend money buying 10 different colour eyeliners. Make your own when the occasion arises.

7. Match Your Concealer Shade With Your Inner Arms: This one blew my mind away too! The skin on your inner arm is usually a true indication of your actual skin tone as it has not been touched by the sun. If you want to conceal blemishes and scars (not highlight your face) then match your concealer shade to the tone of your skin on your inner arm. The shade that matches you the most will be perfect to conceal imperfections and still look natural and not overdone.

8. DIY Highlighter Brush: If you have fluffy brushes and struggle to control the amount of highlight you put on your face then this hack does the trick. Take a hair pin and place it towards the middle of your makeup brush hairs. It will cause the hairs to taper and create a perfect shape to apply your highlight. This is great if you are travelling and you only brought minimal makeup brushes along with you. You might be out of control when using a fluffy brush and end up looking like a glittery unicorn if you don't restrain your overly excited hand. It seriously works!

9. Craziest one yet! Make Your Own Face Setting Spray: If you have seriously sensitive skin, this last hack is just for you. Most setting sprays contain chemicals that might aggravate your skin if you are allergic to the ingredients. To prevent your skin from becoming irritated and full blown angry with you, mix a few drops of Aloe Vera gel with some purified water in a bottle. Use a 1:3 ratio and shake it up. Viola, you have a refreshing makeup spray. You can even add a few drops of rose water, lavender or witch hazel to give your spray a lovely scent and kick to revive the skin. This spray will freshen up your makeup and revitalise your face. Make sure to use purified water and not regular tap water as this spray will contain no preservatives and won't last as long as store bought spray. 

*****

Do you have any makeup hacks you want to share with me? Comment down below.

Thank you so much for reading. 
Lots of love. 
Xxxx

My Morning Skin Care Routine 2017 (featuring Korean Skin Care)

My Morning Skin Care Routine 2017 
(featuring Korean Skin Care)


Hi Divas

Firstly I want to apologise for my complete absence on the blog. I have been travelling the Middle East again and doing shows. Unfortunately during that time I suffered severe insomnia and my brain just wasn't functioning properly at all. When I came back from my trip I really needed to sleep and rest. I wanted my body to get back to its normal sleeping patterns. I don't know if I will ever recover from the sleep I lost but I definitely feel much better and more energized. If you follow me on Instagram you can see some photos I posted from my trip. I won't be doing a blog post on it as it was a short trip and I didn't do anything exciting besides work. Now onto the blog post....

When I wake up in the morning the very first thing I do is go to the kitchen to make me a strong cup of coffee, with no sugar. I swear I can't do life without that first cup to kick me in my soul. I am not a morning person at all. So don't even think of trying to have a conversation with me when I just woke up. It's never going to happen, ever! LOL. About two months ago I shared my night time skin care routine with you. You can read that post here. This time I want to share my morning skin care routine too. It is not as extensive as my night routine though. I do most of my deep cleansing and moisturising in the evenings. I love to leave serums and creams on my face overnight to really soak in and do its magic. Since mornings are usually such a rush and a complete blur for me, I keep my skin care steps very simple.


My 4 Morning Skin Products:

1. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner: As most of you know this is my holy grail toner of all time. It cleanses and wipes away oil and grime while controlling sebum and balancing the PH levels of my skin. I do not wash my face with a foam cleanser in the morning as I don't feel the need for a deep cleanse. This toner is sufficient for me to purify my face. Read my review on the toner here. (Available on Amazon and Ebay)

2. Goodal Waterest First Essence: Korean skin care consists of essences which are lighter than a serum but is packed with ingredients that are beneficial to the face. I like to use an essence that contain niacinamide as it is proven to brighten the skin tone and help prevent ageing. The Goodal essence contains brightening and moisturising ingredients that penetrate deep into my pores which gives me a healthy and youthful glow. It is such a pick me up for tired and dull skin. (Available on Amazon and Ebay)

3. Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF30: I have tried many different moisturises with SPF but none work as well as this product. I always come back to this cream no matter the season. It blends wonderfully into the skin without leaving the face greasy or with a white residue as some SPF creams do. I like that it is light on the skin but moisturises really well. It works great with all types of foundations. It does not separate my makeup, make it oily or cakey. This is truly a holy grail day moisturiser for me.

4. Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist: When my face is feeling dry or tight I like to spritz this mist all over my face. It revives the skin and adds extra glow and hydration. The great thing about this mist is that you can spray it anywhere and anytime during your skin care routine. Sometimes I use it before I apply moisturiser and sometimes I apply it after my makeup to revive the skin. Plus the packaging is super duper cute. How could you not resist this?! Tony Moly is available at Sephora, Amazon and Ebay.


Hope you enjoyed my mini reviews on these products. What are some of your holy grail morning products that you love to use. Let me know below!



Divalicious Kisses
Xxxx