March First Impressions
Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019
Time is flying by… It feels like just yesterday it was December, but nope, it is April! Unfortunately April brings Autumn with it, which I don’t mind too much, but Winter is not for me at all! Today I am sharing my March First Impressions with you all, initial thoughts on the products I have been trying out.
First up I have the pretty *Jessica Cosmetics Sugar Town Collection which I have already reviewed here.
I was also sent the new *Mavala Heritage Collection and the creme finish shades, Bergen, Walnut Grove and Windsor are absolutely beautiful! I will have a full review and swatches up soon.
It is time for the *Elizabeth Arden X Sparrow Society Gift With Purchase, and you can get this bag, filled with all of these samples when you buy two products, one being a foundation, serum or moisturiser. I love the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex so if you are looking for a new moisturiser, check it out.
There are quite a few decent-sized samples included in the bag, and I am so happy to have a travel sized 8 Hour Cream! The Standing Ovation Mascara does a good job of separating and curling my lashes without being too dramatic, but can be layered without flaking or clumping. I have tried the Superstart Probiotic Cleanser a few times, and it leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped, which is all I want in a cleanser. The Ceramide Capsules and Day Cream are quite rich, and best suited for aging or dry skin types. The Superstart Skin Renewal Booster works as a pre-serum product to increase the efficacy of your serum and has a lightweight liquid texture. The My Fifth Avenue Fragrance is a beauty!
Next up I have an exciting launch from Lush, the new *Naked Skincare! I received four cleansing balms, two facial oils and the innovative 7 to 3 Facial Wipe! My favourite way to use the balms and oils are to warm them in my hands for a bit, and then massage onto my face. These would be great for travel!
I love cleansing balms, and use them daily as my first cleanse, so I was really happy to give these a go. I did find that all of these are best removed with a warm cloth. I love Tea Totaler, it is clarifying, but hydrating with tea tree oil and witch hazel, I also love Like A Virgin, a Cold Cream Cleanser, simple, gentle, and pretty much Ultrabland in a solid balm. Jade Roller is soothing and cooling and Gritti Politti is quite scrubby although nourishing, but I am not sure how often I would use it on my face.
I found the 7 to 3 Cleansing Wipe so gentle but effective, pretty much a cream cleanser in a wipe. The scent is heavenly, with a hint of jasmine, but nothing too overpowering. I do find it a bit slippery to use, as it doesn’t have too much grip, so it takes a bit of getting used to. I like to fold it in half, and rub it across my lashes to remove mascara, and it works like a dream!
The Amazon Primer is a facial oil and primer in one, it moisturises well without being greasy and has an unnoticeable green tinge that minimises redness on the skin. Light Touch is a dry touch oil and best suited to combination to oily skin, it balances sebum and acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-septic.
Burt’s Bees has landed in South Africa, and is available from Takealot. I attended the launch a while ago and was given a few *products. Starting with my favourite, the Vanilla Bean Moisturizing Lip Balm, it smells amazing, is moisturising and has been my go-to since I got it! The Coconut & Pear Moisturizing Lip Balm is just as moisturising, but I am not a fan of the scent. The Lip Shimmers are nice, but not something I would buy myself, they have a minty scent and cooling feel, and I prefer the Caramel shade to the Grapefruit. The Beeswax Lip Balm also has a minty scent and a cool almost tingly feeling, it is moisturising, but I don’t find it as as good as the Vanilla Bean Moisturising Lip Balm. Lastly, the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is great, it does a great job at caring for cuticles, and is going to be a treat this winter! I really want to try a few of the Tinted Lip Balms, and I hope we get the makeup range soon!
I bought two new lippies from Focallure, and the Matte Lip Crayon is lovely, but the Matte Liquid Lipstick is way too drying for me.
Lastly I have a few Armani products. The Luminous Silk Foundation is one of my absolute favourites, and I wish it was available here! Acqua di Gioia is nice, fresh and floral, I expected to love it, but I didn’t find the scent amazing. Armani Code is a bit sweet for me. I love the intensity of Si Passione. I am enjoying the Ecstasy Shine Lipstick in 400, it is pretty much a glossy, highly-pigmented tinted lip balm. Next up I have Eyes to Kill and Black Ecstasy, both great mascaras, with great spoolies and formulas. Eyes to Kill has a two-sided spoolie, one thinner, to curl lashes. Black Ecstasy has a pretty normal spoolie shape, but the bristles coat and separate the lashes so well.
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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