Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder Review


Hi Divas

This week we will be flying all the way to Korea again for another K-Beauty product review. Innisfree as I mentioned before is a very popular Korean cosmetic brand that offers skincare and makeup. I love this brand too bits as they mainly use natural ingredients, are paraben free, do not test on animals and they use recycled packaging for their products. The Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder is known among K-Beauty fanatics as their holy grail setting powder of life! I wanted to know what the fuss was all about too and decided to purchase one. I am now on my second tub of this and I love it so much. It definitely deserves holy grail status. Here is why....

Firstly, the product is made up of Jeju natural minerals which control sebum production and absorbs any excess oils. Since this is a mineral based makeup product the powder does not absorb into the skin or creep into your pores. Instead it protects the skin from free radicals and acts as a barrier locking in your makeup from outside environment factors. Mineral powders do not smother your face either. It allows the skin to breath, thus giving it a natural non cakey look while eliminating sebum from the skin. The texture of the product is a soft white loose powder. It is very finely milled and if you shake the tub a little too hard the particles can float off into the air. This is strictly a finishing powder and not a foundation powder. It is translucent on your skin and does not interfere with your foundation or blush shades.


 So how does this perform throughout the day you may ask? Well excellently, let me tell you! I have combination skin and can get quite oily in my t-zone during the Summer months. When I use this powder, I first apply all my makeup products then lightly sweep this all over my face with my larger powder brush. The powder gives a smooth finish on your skin almost like a porcelain doll. It blends all your blush, highlight and cream contours effortlessly together. Your skin looks matte but not flat. During the day your makeup stays locked on your face. Usually my blush and foundation around my nose would wear off because of oils, but this product keeps your makeup from fading and melting off your face. Sometimes if it is a very hot day I have to do touch ups but this rarely happens to me. If you set your makeup with a setting spray then you definitely won't have this problem.

The product comes packaged in a 5g mint green tub with a screw on lid. It has a built in sifter and an application puff. I prefer to use my powder brush to apply the product but if you are travelling and limited to makeup brushes, you could totally use the soft fluffy puff to tap on the powder. I love travelling with this when I am overseas because it is so small and fits into the tiniest makeup bag. You can even keep it in your clutch bag for touch ups later on in the day. The best thing about this product is that it only costs $6/R70. How amazing is that? Usually makeup powders are expensive and don't even do what you want it to do. This is so affordable and easy on the pocket. You can purchase it on Ebay and Amazon. You surely won't be disappointed.


Hope you found this review helpful.
Divalicious kisses.
Xxxx








Ride or Die Makeup Tag

Ride or Die Makeup Tag


 Hi Divas!

Recently everybody and their dog was doing the Ride or Die makeup tag on YouTube and I decided to be annoying and do it too, Hahaha. ;-D It was created by the very famous beauty Youtuber Jaclyn Hill. The tag is all about your holy grail products. Cosmetics that have never let you down and makeup that has been with you through thick and thin and will always be your number one. I have included Korean brands as well as Western brands because you know I am about that ''Cosmetics around the World'' Life! This is quite a long tag so hope you enjoy reading it and find some mini reviews helpful.



1. Ride or Die Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. This is a skincare and makeup product in one. I love that it brightens and lifts my face while creating a smooth and even canvas to apply my foundation.

2. Ride or Die Foundation: Peripera BB cream. This Korean product comes in the cutest packaging you will ever see. I am already on my second bottle. The BB cream gives me the coverage that I need while still looking natural on my face.

3.  Ride or Die Concealer: Rimmel Stay Matte Stick Concealer. This concealer is so creamy and blends like a dream! Unfortunately I have not seen it in stores for a while. Someone please tell me that this is not discontinued. *Crying face*.

4.  Ride or Die Powder: Innisfree No Sebum Powder. Another holy grail Korean product is this very famous Innisfree powder. It's similar to an HD powder which smooths the face and eliminates all traces of oil. It blends makeup well and has a super fine texture.

5.  Ride or Die Contour: NYX Contour Stick. I am not much of a contour girl, but I do enjoy a light application of it on special occasions. I use the nifty NYX contour stick as it is easy to travel with and to apply on the face. You can read my review on it here.

6.  Ride or Die Bronzer: Sephora Collection Shimmering Bronzer on Seychelles Cruise. I love that it contains three shades of colour and can be used as a bronzer or dark blush as well as an eyeshadow. Yay! ;-)

7.  Ride or Die Blush: Too Faced Sweethearts blush in Peach Beach. I feel like my cheeks were kissed by unicorns when I use this blush. Not only is the packaging gorgeous but the blush can be used as a eyeshadow and highlighter too. Read my full review here.

8.  Ride or Die Highlighter: The Balm Mary LouManizer. This is a great universal highlighter and perfect for travel. Read my review on it here.

9. Ride or Die Eyeshadow Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion. I have used many eyeshadow primers but nothing has ever come close to Urban Decay. It is seriously holy grail material.

10.  Ride or Die Eyeshadow Palette: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. This palette has a lot of sentimental value to me as it is the first Sephora product and Too Faced product I ever bought. I love it so much and we will never ever part! Review here.

11. Ride or Die Single Eyeshadow: Essence Single Eyeshadows. I am not much of a single eyeshadow person, but I do enjoy the Essence single eyeshadows. They are super affordable and some of the shades can double up as a highlighter and bronzer.

12.  Ride or Die Eye Liner: Essence Super Fine Liner. No product can create a wing that can cut my worst enemies like this liner. Plus it  retails for under R50/ $5. Hello!!! Review here!

13.  Ride or Die Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara. I love this mascara as it gives bold dramatic lashes which stays put all day. I will buy this mascara over and over again.

14.  Ride or Die Lip Liner: NYX Lip Liner in Pinky. I only use on lip liner and this one by NYX is my holy grail product. It remains in my cosmetics purse and compliments all my lipsticks.

15.  Ride or Die Lipstick: Wet n' Wild Bare It All and Mauve Outta Here Lipsticks. I cheated and chose two lipsticks. These are my favourite as they are light on the wallet and give a beautiful semi matte finish on my lips. They also work with any makeup look. LOVE!!! Review on them here.

16. Ride or Die Lipgloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches And Cream. I am not much of a lip gloss wearer but these glosses smell so good and give a beautiful sheen on my lips.



Thank you for reading!
Divalicious Kisses
Xxxx

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture Review

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture Review


Hi Divas!

I hardly ever do fragrance reviews on my blog. If I do, it has to be something worth mentioning about or something that is very special to me. In last week's post I mentioned one of my favourite Winter fragrances for 2016. I thought I would do a thorough review on the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture as it is quite a beautiful perfume. Guerlain is a brand known for its absolute luxury and elegance. From their packaging down to the actual quality of the product, their brand is worth every penny. Yes, their products do sometimes break the bank and have your wallet crying out for mercy but if you love beautiful things like me, you won't mind saving up and splurging on the finer things in life.


I am not much of a perfume collector. I only own two perfumes right now. This beauty happens to be one of them. The packaging of the Guerlain fragrance is so exquisite. When choosing a perfume, the bottle as to be aesthetically pleasing to me. For me a perfume has to look good on the outside as well as smell great on the inside. When I splurge on something expensive the whole package needs to be appealing to me. The Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture does just that. It comes in a pink and white box with the stylish black evening dress printed on it. Inside the bottle design is a mix of classic and glamour all rolled into one. It has ornate curves on the top of the bottle as well as the cap. There is a pretty pink ribbon attached to it with the Guerlain logo. The black evening dress and perfume name is printed on the bottle too. Everything about this packaging is stunning, sophisticated and graceful.


The charm of the perfume is of cause in its fragrance. The main notes of this Guerlain scent is Bergamot, Rose and Raspberry. The base notes consist of  Patchouli, Tonka Bean and Vetiver. The mix of the citrusy Bergamot, fruity Raspberry, spicy Tonka Bean and woody Patchouli gives this perfume a sexy, fun yet classy tone. It strikes a wonderful balance between sweet, fruity and woody. The fragrance for me is best worn during cold months or on evenings out to complete your glamorous look while not being over the top. Once sprayed it starts out fruity but overtime softens to a sweet smell and fades into a woody scent. I love that it is not overpowering but gives enough punch to make a statement. It lasts well throughout the day and I only need to touch up at the end of the night. I adore this graceful and stylish fragrance. It really is something to cherish and behold.


If you love fruity and sweet scents then do look out for this lovely bottle in a department store near you. Definitely write it down on your birthday and Christmas wish list. Elegance will never go out of style and this 50ml pretty bottle embodies all the charm and elegance that is Guerlain. Have you tried this lovely scent? Let me know below.


Divalicious Kisses
Xxxx

Winter 2016 Favourites

Winter 2016 Favourites



Hi Divas!

So Winter is almost coming to a close in the Southern Hemisphere. I feel like Cape Town could not decide whether she wanted to be fully committed to Winter or not. There were many bitterly cold stormy days but there were also gorgeous hot sunny days too. Nevertheless I am happy that Summer is on its way because South Africans don't do Winter well. We love our sunshine! To end off the season, I thought I would do a ''things I loved'' kind of post. If you remember I usually do a ''things I have been loving this month'' blog post but I think I will wrap three months into one this time round. 




1. To start off I have to mention my favourite Winter perfume for 2016. It has to go to Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire, Eau De Parfum Couture. Long name, I know! The bottle design is absolutely stunning. The scent has floral and fruity notes with just the right amount of warmth for a lovely Winter fragrance. It is sweet and woody at the same time, giving it a sense of elegance about it.

2. Who said you cannot eat ice cream in Winter? Ice cream on cold Winter days are such a treat. I honestly feel like a rebel when I indulge in it. I recently discovered a quaint ice cream cafe right next to a hotdog stand at the Waterfront in Cape Town. They sell the most delicious toppings. So yum!

3. To keep my skin from being dull and losing that inner glow, I used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl. I would mix a pump of it into my daily moisturiser and apply it all over my face. The results of this combo are amazing. My skin looks so radiant and youthful. When you apply your foundation over the moisturizer and highlighting combination, you literally get a lit from within look.  Read my review on the Becca product here.

4. I feel like I have drunk more Bubble tea during Winter than I have ever drunk in the Summer time. My favourite go to flavours are Rooibos tea with cranberries and blueberries, along with Rooibos tea with lemon and passion fruit. Bubble tea is refreshing and delicious. Plus it is so much fun to drink. If you haven't tried it yet, then do yourself a favour and get to a cafe now.

5. Sheet masks have been such a special treat to use during Winter. It kept my face moisturised and nourished. I love to use it at night and wake up to gorgeous flawless skin in the morning. I am seriously addicted to sheet masks. I even got my mom hooked!  Follow me on Snapchat @divadesle, to see more of my sheet mask madness and the different brands I use. You can also read my sheet mask post here.

6. The Too Faced Peach Palette was basically the only palette I wore these past months. I love it sooooo much. There are many varieties of eyeshadows to choose from. This is a warm palette that can be worn all year round. I have been wearing a lot of the rustic brown shades during the cold months. Plus the palette smells amazing and puts me in a good mood when I use it. Favourite palette of life right now!!! Read my review on it here.

7. My favourite Winter lipstick for 2016 has to be Sephora Rouge R17 in Mmmm. I bought this lipstick at Sephora in Qatar. I love the formula of this lipstick as it is hydrating and has a semi matte finish, though it glides on like a cream. The colour is a mix between a sandy pink and lavender shade. I wear it almost everyday and it never leaves my handbag.

8. I got back into the nail art groove again, which is quite surprising since it is Winter. I usually don't do nail art in Winter because my hands are always dry and my nails go brittle and break easily. I started nourishing my hands with The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Miracle Solid Oil (review here) to save my hands from becoming crusty. It did wonders and my nails grew strong and healthy. My creative juices started to flow again and I managed to paint some fun designs. Follow me on Instagram to see more @divadesle ;-)

9. The beach or anywhere near the sea are my favourite places to hang out and enjoy life. Taking long walks on the beach or going for a run along the promenade on a sunny Winter's day is especially enjoyable for me. I swear, you could take a thousand pictures of the sea and not one will be exactly the same. There is so much beauty in the ocean and the horizon. It is just breathtaking and warms my soul! 



Let me know what you loved these past few months below!
Divalicious Kisses
Xxxxx


The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter



Hi Divas!

This week I am reviewing something quite different on the blog. I am a huge fan of foam cleansers, as I feel they cleanse my face thoroughly. I have my holy grail foam cleansers that I use daily as they remove all my makeup and dirt without stripping my face from oils or making it dry. I therefore never gravitate to cleansing oils and butters as I feel that these are not necessary for my skincare routine. I also do not like the feeling of heavy oils on my face so I prefer foam cleansers that can be easily washed away with water. If you have sensitive and dry skin, you might love oil and buttery cleansers because you may feel that it is less harsh than a foam cleanser and it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. I received a box filled with The Body Shop goodies in the mail and one of the products was the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. I had no idea how to use it so I set off and did some research. I then tested it out on my face and here is my review.


The cleansing butter is packaged in a silver tin and holds 90 ml of product. I am not really impressed with this type of packaging, because you have to use your finger to scoop out the product which is not very hygienic. If you suffer from acne it would be best to use a spatula to scoop out the product as not to contaminate the tin with bacteria. Nevertheless the tin is not heavy at all and quite flat so it can be easily packed in your travel bag. This cleanser contains chamomile extracts, along with Shea butter and sunflower oil. Chamomile is widely known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties. By the way do you remember your mom dabbing chamomile lotion on your chicken pox and skin irritations when you were small? I certainly do! ;-) Shea butter of cause is famous for adding intense moisture and containing vitamins and fatty acids just like sunflower oil to nourish your skin. The butter contains fragrances too which are actually really lovely. It has a clean floral smell that is not overpowering but very gentle on the senses.

 The product has a smooth wax type of texture. It is very soft and you can pick up the product easily with your fingers. The cleansing butter melts fairly quickly on skin contact and turns into a oil once rubbed in the warmth of your hands. As I mentioned above I am not a fan of oil cleansers, so I was super sceptical about this product. The one thing that bugs me most about oil cleansers is the fact that I prefer to wash my face with water. I hardly use cleaning wipes and muslin cloths as I feel it is a waste to the environment. As you know, water and oil is not a good combination. So before using this product I was worried that the product would not rinse off well with water and I may need a cleansing wipe to remove the product off my face.


I decided to test this with a full face of makeup. I scooped out a bit of product onto my hands and rubbed it all over my face in circular motions. To my surprise the butter broke down my heavy makeup, from my foundation to my stubborn eyeliner around my eyes. The oil felt very smooth and gentle on my face. It did not irritate my eye area or clog up my pores. Now came the real test, which was using water. After I felt I broke down most of my makeup I then rinsed my face. The water actually removed the cleanser easily. There was no unwanted residue on my skin. I then used my face cloth to dry my face and wipe off any excess eyeliner around my eyes. I was quite impressed with the job the cleanser did. My face looked and felt clean. There was no layer of excess oil on my face.

Since I am not a fan of oil cleansers, I decided to test this out on my makeup brushes. I added some product to my brushes to see if it will break down the makeup and give it a deep cleanse. Unfortunately this did not work well in cleansing my brushes. It left a oil type of residue on them, which is weird because it does not leave a oil residue on my face. I think the oils just clung to the brush fibres with more vigor. So I had to go in a second time and clean the brushes again to get rid of the oil. To conclude this blog post I recommend this product if you are a huge fan of oil cleanses as this one did a great job in melting off makeup and cleansing my face. If you do not have access to water for whatever reason this too is a great product to use with a muslin cloth or cleansing wipes. I personally would not buy this as I am set in my foam cleanser ways but if you adore these types of products definitely check it out.


Hope you found my review helpful.
Divalicious kisses!
Xxxx


Becca 2 in 1 Base Coat and Becca Dancing BareFoot Nailpolish Review

Becca 2 in 1 Base Coat and
Becca Dancing BareFoot Nailpolish
Review



Hello Divas!

Did you know Becca sold nail polishes? Well neither did I! I have only ever seen their amazing highlighters and skin perfectors on the interwebs. When I won a Becca hamper back in the day I was so surprised that they threw in some nail products. I was excited and a bit hesitant to try them as I have my holy grail nail polishes and didn't know if they would measure up. Some high end brands make really atrocious nail varnishes and I was hoping this would not be the case with Becca. I received a base and top coat in one, along with a peach nail polish in Dancing Barefoot. They are both packaged in a standard nail polish bottle along with a brown matte top to match the Becca cosmetics theme. Each polish contains 15ml of product and comes in a cute brown box.


Becca 2 in 1 Base Coat/ Top Coat
Let me start off by saying I was pleasantly surprised by this base and top coat in one. When I applied it as my base coat, it covered my nails as a lovely protective primer. It has just the right consistency and sheen to wear under a nail colour or on its own. Some base coats are thick and lumpy which make the nail polish difficult to dry and causes bubbles. Other base coats have a dry and matte appearance and therefore chip easily under your nail varnish. This one has a perfect consistency to strengthen nails and adhere to you nail polish. When I used it as a top coat it gave an amazing finish to my manicure. Firstly it did not make the colours of my nail polish run as some top coats do. This can be a real pain if you do nail art like me, and your designs get messed up by smudging and colours mixing together. Again, this has a perfect consistency to seal your manicure and lock in the design. It gives a lovely shine and dries fairly quickly.


Becca Dancing Barefoot Nail Colour
This is a pretty pastel peach shade that would look flattering and elegant on any skin tone. The nail polish is quite thin in texture. It can be painted sheer with one layer or build it up with three coats for an intense shade. This one dries quickly too and applies evenly on the nail. The brush is a perfect size to coat your nails without causing a mess. The colour has a lovely glossy finish. These varnishes are especially formulated to last up to 5 days with no chipping. I was thoroughly impressed with this product. My manicure in the photo below lasted at least three days on my nails without chipping. It would have lasted longer if I didn't have to do housework. What can a girl do? I clean the house with perfectly manicured hands ;-)

I am so super impressed with Becca's nail polish range. Both the base/top coat and Dancing Barefoot nail colour are fabulous. I used the base/top coat with other nail colour brands and it works just as well. It is important to note that they are also Formaldehyde, Toluene, Camphor and DBP free.I think these are worth every penny. Have you ever used Becca nail products? What do you think of my manicure? I really like it;-) Comment down below!


Lots of Divalicious kisses.
Xxxx



The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter Review

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
Highlighter Review


Hi Divas!

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer is one of the most iconic highlighters in the beauty universe. It is almost everybody's ride or die highlighter. While I was using this beauty one fine day, I saw I that I  hit pan on it for the first time. I was like hold the phone! I didn't even review this on my blog yet and I already hit pan on this gem. I need to get my life together and do a review ASAP. Luckily I took blog pics way in advance when I first received it. I found them in the archives of my phone and I can now do a thorough review. I know that there are thousands upon thousands of reviews regarding this product, but I want to add my 2 cents as well. Before I start my review I want to say thank you to Tasneem for gifting me this product along with some other goodies for my birthday back in the day. You can read her blog CityGirlVibe here

The Mary Lou Manizer comes in the most cheekiest packaging you will ever see. It's a mugshot of a woman with a retro feel. She probably got arrested for being too damn fine! Or her highlight was blinding everyone and she became a danger to society. Either way, she is not apologetic about anything! She is shinning bright like a diamond. This naughty compact comes with a good size mirror and 8.5g of product. It's a perfect size that can be placed in your handbag. The plastic casing is quite sturdy as well. I have travelled with this compact to the Middle East and it really stood the test of time in my suitcase. It's slim and cute. Definitely one of the favourite things in my makeup bag.

What makes this highlighter so amazing is that it's a three in one product. It can be used as a highlighter, eyeshadow and all over shimmer product. The highlighter has a smooth almost buttery texture. It's not tacky or chunky. It has a silky appearance and glides on the skin without accentuating large pores or scars. The shimmers are so finely milled that it is not grainy or powdery either. The colour is described as a honey toned pigment. Honey tones look beautiful on all skin types. On my skin it gives a gorgeous golden glow. It has a luminous glowing from within shine. It is really stunning on the cheekbones. The result is a crisp illuminating pigment which diffuses light and gives a warm glow. When used as an eyeshadow you can seriously layer on the product. I love that you can build as much golden intensity as you want to. When used with a good eyeshadow primer the luminizer can knock any golden eyeshadow out of the park! Things to note about this compact as well is that it is talc free, paraben free and cruelty free too. How can you not fall in love with this?!


As I have mentioned above, the Mary Lou Manizer is perfect for travel. I have travelled with this compact many times and used it has a highlight and eyeshadow in one. Above is one of my signature looks when I want to look glam but have minimal products available. For my travel glam look, I usually place my favourite bb cream all over my face and fill in my eyebrows with a pomade. I then warm up my crease by lightly dusting a blush and bronzer all over it. To add some glam I place the Mary Lou Manizer all over my lids with a eyeshadow brush. I really pack on the colour for an intense shimmery look. I then add liner and my favourite mascara. For my face, I dust some Mary Lou Manizer on my cheekbones and add some blush and bronzer. I also run the highlighter down the bridge of my nose and on top of my lipstick for a more defined glam look.

I am absolutely in love with this highlighter. It is such a great investment and will last you a really long time. I love finding products that I can travel with and that can be used for more than one purpose. Let me know below if you have used this highlighter. I now know why this is everyone's holy grail makeup product ;-)


Lots of Divalicious Kisses
Xxxx