Valentine’s Day seems as good a reason as ever to celebrate some of my favourite (fruity) floral fragrances. There is just something about the warm weather and cheesy-romance of February that makes it seem a little more acceptable to love the feminine scents (although I wear them year round).
Whether you’re looking for a gift idea or, like me, just appreciate a little pink fragrance: here are my tried-and-tested favourites.
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet
The Miss Dior Cherie fragrance was one of my favourite and first fragrances, but sadly it is now discontinued. Dior has however relaunched their Miss Dior fragrances and updated it in the process, with Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet feeling like the more sophisticated version of my early-20’s favourite. Gone are the caramel popcorn and strawberry notes and enter a more mature fruity – peony combination. My favourite part about this fragrance is how beautifully it wears! It might start out a little strong, but it fades beautifully and last exceptionally well.
Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede
Similar to other Jo Malone fragrances, this delightful floral is both complex and simple at the same time. The opening notes of peony and apple are clean, bordering on powdery but the suede cuts through it just enough to prevent it from going into grandma territory. It’s a true floral with top notes of rose and peony, and in my opinion the more sophisticated version of DKNY’s Delicous Fresh Blossom.
Chloe Roses de Chloe
This perfume smells like a walk through a very fragrant rose garden and is what I wish my own would smell like. It’s a straight-up sweet floral scent with a touch of white musk and litchi. The Chloe Love Story Eau de Toilette is another firm favourite, that is slightly softer and sweeter than this.
The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose
A great budget option, the Atlas Mountain Rose is another intense floral fragrance with just enough hits of citrus to keep it fresh. All I can wish for with this fragrance is that it would last longer on me.
Who says you can’t wear pink fragrances year round? There certainly are enough to try!
I’ve documented my struggles with finding the perfect foundation before (here), but after living with just a BB cream for about four months I started to feel the need for more coverage. So the hunt for the perfect foundation began all over again. For me that would be a medium coverage (but buildable) foundation that is glow inducing, lasts about 12 hours, is undetectable and comfortable even on my sensitive and dry skin. I’ve come to accept though that the PERFECT foundation most likely won’t fit within my budget, so some sacrifices would have to be made.
Enter the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, which manages to cover all my flaws (dark circles included) without being detectable or irritating to my skin. The foundation delivers enough moisture to keep my skin feeling happy, but the finish is very natural and not as dewy as I would have liked. This is however easily rectified with a little bit of facial oil mixed in.
I usually apply my foundation at around 07h00 in the morning and only take it off at 22h00 in the evening and this is where it beat all the previous contenders, as it looked even better after a few hours of wear. My cheeks usually have foundation for breakfast, but this manages to keep the rosy-ness (made-up words are the best!) at bay and only goes slightly patchy around my nose (nothing that my finger can’t touch up).
In terms of coverage, less definitely is more. I usually make around 3 to 5 small dots on my face with the doe foot applicator and then blend in with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush. Then I go back in for concealing should I need to (usually a little bit around my eyes). I’ve found that the coverage is definitely buildable to full but then it takes a while to settle before it starts to look natural. It doesn’t crease like other concealers do around my eyes and also doesn’t feel dry.
With a wide shade range available and ticking so many boxes, I believe that this could be a favourite among many.
In a recent conversation with friends we wondered why so many beauty products names’ could double as porno’s (here is looking at you Nars!). Wet & Wild is an affordable range available at Clicks that I haven’t taken seriously until now. Shout out to Cara Fay for this discovery- Bare it All is a peachy-brown shade and almost straight-up dupe for MAC’s famous Velvet Teddy.
As with most popular drugstore finds, it was a little hard to track down but Tygervalley has recently been restocked.
So I finally broke down of six months (yup, that was half a year!) and started wearing foundation again. I blame the cold winter air for drying out my skin and making it look extra blotchy and red. I remember looking into the bathroom mirror one day at work and rushing over to the MAC counter during lunch just to get something on my face, I was that embarrassed!
I can’t resist a good bargain! Whilst I apply the same principle to my makeup bag as that of my closet – quality over quantity – I find that when you know what you’re getting yourself in to, affordable makeup doesn’t have to mean you’re settling for something sub par. Having said that, as with all makeup brands irrespective of price, not all brands are created equal. And even less so when it comes to their products! Some excell at lip products whilst others might excell at foundations. So to help you demistify the beauty isles of Clicks and Dischem, I thought I would share my all time favourite drugstore beauty favourites.
When Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup mentions a product she loves, I take notice. I think it is because she isn’t a fickle beauty blogger and likes to stick to what is tried ans trusted, just like I do. So when she recently mentioned a new contender for favourite mascara, the Catrice Glamour Doll Waterproof mascara, I took note! Not only is this brand available in South Africa, it is also super affordable and waterproof.
The festive season is such an easy time to go overboard with your beauty look, and if you want to you certainly should! But over the years I’ve often found myself feeling slightly OTT. Family dinners, braais with friends or a board games evening rarely justify a perfect red pout and golden eyes. This time around I feel less certainly is more.
I love my LA Girl The Nudes palette as all the colours are right up my street. I rarely go for the extreme eye looks preferring to use one or two shades at a time. This time around I just blended the golden shimmer close to my lashes, loaded up on tonnes of mascara and added a little bit of festive colour to my pout with a Revlon Super lustrious lipgloss.
Nails is where I go all out. I love the Essence Gel Nailpolish in Nr 14 Do you speak love? It is a lovely vampy red, probably not summer appropriate but I love it anyways! I then covered it in one layer of Wet n Wild’s Waiting for my solo. It is a warm golden-coppery glitter that has both small and chunky pieces. I applied this combo in the car a week ago for my husband’s year end work function and although it wasn’t perfect it lasted a whole week with minimal tip wear! I was so impressed that I repeated the look today.
What is your go-to beauty look for Christmas parties? Do you go all out or prefer a more relaxed approach?
If you’re a fan of Vivianna Does Makeup you’ve likely heard her bleating on about her favourite lacquer, Porchester Square by Nails Inc. Of course I’ve Googled the shade a million times and developed a serious crush on it! I might be wrong but I think Edgars no longer stocks the brand as I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. My search for the perfect greige nailpolish finally ended when I stumbled upon this bargain from Essence.
Their Nude Trends collection includes a number of delectable shades, but Crunchy Cake (weird name, I’ll chalk it up to a bad German translation!?) one instantly drew my attention. The colour is best described as a greigy-lilac and is the perfect year-round colour (it looks darker in the picture). It also happens to be the best dupe for the afforementioned shade that I’ve come across.
I guess we all want the perfect skin always, but the pressure is really on when you’ve invested in an expensive photographer to capture multiple shots of you on your wedding day (or any other day for that matter)!
In general I haven’t got serious problems with my skin, but that being said my skin is far from perfect and I wanted to inch it a little closer to that if possible. Generally my skin is dry and sensitive and lately it has also been lacking in the glow department (thanks to fewer zzz’s) and on the whole it was looking a little dull. Whilst I’ve decided to leave my redness (possible rosacea) to the makeup artist to deal with, I knew I could tackle the previously mentioned concerns.
I think I’ll jump right into it by telling you how much I love Vaseline’s Healthy Hand & Nail. This product is a cult classic for a reason. It absorbes within minutes, leaves no residue and softens your hands and cuticles whislt at it. I will admit to using a heavier hand lotion in the evenigs simply because its winter and my hands can’t behave, but this product is still the one I reach for most. It isn’t heavily perfumed, yet smells pleasant and it definitely beats all its prettier sisters.
Next up is the Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil from The Body Shop. I still had a bottle of their old Vitamin E oil left when this launched, so I only got around to trying this recently. And I am a total convert. I love how it leaves my skin feeling and the fact that it is so light means I can apply it day and night as it absorbes quickly. It also smells divine!
As I always left nailpolish remover shopping until I couldn’t wait any more, I always ended up grabbing the same thing from PnP’s shelf. On a recent stroll through Clicks (as you do) I however stumbled upon the Sorbet Nail Polish Remover and it features a salon style pump. I don’t think I have to explain the convenience of the pump except to say no more spills. It really is worth it!
Next up on my list is something I’ve wanted for a while- the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. If you watch any Youtube beauty channels (Lilly and Anna, I blame you!), this would’ve been on your list too. Now I’m not a fan of online shopping, so I never had one before Foschini started stocking it. I was lucky in that my local Foschini (Tygervalley) had stock when it opened after refurbishment, so I grabbed one.
For a R160 you can get the softest, densest brush imaginable! I use it on a daily basis to apply my foundation. I simply dot my foundation where needed and then start spreading and buffing it into my face with the brush. It makes my foundation application look flawless. I even use it for concealer on my chin and it works like a dream. No fingerprints! You can also use it for bronzer and blusher, but in my experience those thousands of bristles just picked up too much product. Plus, if I only it for one thing, I can wait longer inbetween washes. Which brings me to the only two downsides of the brush. It takes forever to dry and the thick handle means it isn’t travel friendly and won’t fit into my makeup brush holder. But it is still so worth it!