February First Impressions
Monday, 12 Mar 2018
Looking through my February First Impressions it looks like this month was a bit slow beauty wise. Let’s just blame it on it being a short month!
I was recently sent a few tints from *RefectoCil, both the original and the sensitive version. The first thing that impressed me was how quick the process was, I assumed I would have to wait about 30 minutes, but not at all, I was done with the entire process in just 5! The applicator included is also very easy to use, and is pretty mess-free. Although it is mostly for at-home brow tinting, and lashes should be done professionally according to the box, I used them on my lashes, both top and bottom, and I am really happy with the results. My lashes are at least a shade darker (from very dark brown, almost black, to pure black), and because I only did one eye, I could see a difference. Also there was no burning sensation, and no eye watering or irritation. I am going to try these out on my mom this week, she has lighter lashes and brows, so I am excited to see the difference! The results from this tint are comparable to the professional lash tint I had last year, I will just wait and see if it lasts as long.
I picked up a few of the newly launched Aveeno products at Clicks, and I now know why people are so impressed by them! Gentle, soothing and hydrating. My favourite is the Skin Relief Lotion, it is actually almost finished, and may even have replaced my dear Human + Kind Family Remedy Cream!
I have been using these two new additions to the *dermalogica Ultra Calming range for about a month now. The Ultra Calming range was created to support and repair compromised and sensitive skins, and help prevent against further skin issues. The Calm Water Gel is essentially a burst of hydration. It contains two forms of hyaluronic acid, and turns from a gel into a liquid on application, I am not kidding when I say you can see and feel the difference in your hydration levels. We also have the Barrier Defense Booster, a light oil that can be used alone, under your moisturiser, or mixed in with you moisturiser. It soothes the skin, repairs the skin barrier, and reduces inflammation. I will have a full review of these products once I have used it for a long enough time, but if you have dehydrated or sensitive skin, pop in to a stockist and get a few samples. You will love it!
The latest Skincare on Trial are all pigmentation related products. The *Black Pearl Face Mousse Cleanser has a very familiar sweet scent that I love. It cleanses well without being too drying or harsh. These two L’Oreal Revitalift products are meant to target dark spots and clarify and renew the skin. The Night Peeling Lotion is an acid toner that you wipe over the face at night, I was really hoping for a tingle but nothing. The Global Care Day Cream with spf is a nice day cream, but will wait to see results. I also have two serums, the Brighter Concentrate from Lamelle and The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, both have similiar key ingredients, although Lamelle includes additional pigment inhibiting ingredients too. The Lamelle option is definitely superior ingredients and innovation wise, but for pigment fighting on a budget, The Ordinary one is a quarter of the price of Lamelle. The trick with this serum, is that the aim is to prevent pigmentation, not necessarily to reduce it, so it is hard to know if it is working. Lastly, the Island Tribe Anti-Ageing Face Cream, because the best way to prevent pigmentation is sun protection. It is a bit rich, but not too bad, although I would stay away if you have oily skin. I will have a full review on these products in April.
I love Autumn shades, so what better way to celebrate that, than with a Beauty Edit. I will have a full post with swatches of these products, but for now here are my first impressions. From the *Morgan Taylor Matadora Fall 2018 Collection we have the deep purple creme in Danced and Sang-ria and Mauve Your Feet a stunning mauve nude. Both of these apply amazingly well and are completely opaque in two super thin coats. For lips we have Urban Decay Vintage Vice Lipstick in Bruise a stunning burgundy and NYX Lip Lingerie in Seduction. I love both of these shades, Bruise is more hydrating but less long wearing, and Seduction can last all day without needing a touch up yet is still comfortable. The OFRA Highlighter in You Dew You is a gorgeous champagne gold highlighter, I really do think OFRA make some of the best highlighters! Lastly we have the Laura Geller Baked Blush N Brighten in Tropic Hues a shimmery coral blush that brightens the face without emphasising texture.
I have already done a full review with swatches of the MAC Jade Jagger Collection, which you can check out here.
If you are looking for a new scent, check out my thoughts on all of these rose variants from The Body Shop.
Thanks for reading Ladies!
Hi There! My name is Azraa. I am a South African Beauty Blogging, Shoe-Loving, Yoga-Doing, Shopaholic Economist from Johannesburg, South Africa. Welcome to Prettiful Blog- A South African Makeup and Beauty Blog