L.A Girl Pro Setting HD Matte Spray

I’ve been using the L.A Girl Pro Setting HD Matte Spray for more than a month now and oh my gosh, it’s a keeper! I’m not a newbie when it comes to makeup setting sprays and sadly most of the time I struggle to see any results. Maybe that’s why I still have half-full bottles of previous varieties cluttering up my cupboard space. 

L.A Girl's Pro Setting HD Matte Spray promises a matte finish and that is exactly the results that I see. With other sprays, I normally go with a translucent powder all over my face to get rid of leftover oil. That is after the use of a makeup setting spray.

Also to get rid of that typical mud-like appearance I've seen with the use of setting sprays. But not with this product, my face looks dewy and without shine and the effects are really long-lasting. 

In the images above and below you can see the polished appearance this product gives to my overall look. On my eyes, I've used the L.A Girl Eye Lux Mesmerizing Eyeshadow Palette in Tropicalize - I have applied that beautiful nude shades, see the review I wrote here.

By the end of the day, my makeup is still in place but in case of very hot weather, (I live in Namaqualand, I should know) I'll just blot my face with powder and spritz on a bit of this magical product again. And it fits right into my handbag which makes touchups super easy. So, will I repurchase this spray? Most definitely, along with other high-quality beauty products from L.A Girl Cosmetics.

The L.A Girl Pro Setting HD Matte Spray is paraben and fragrance-free and you can purchase it for just R89.95 over at Dischem.

Images - My Own 


Dr. Pawpaw Shea Butter Balm

Seriously, I like all the variants of Dr. Pawpaw (I have them all) but this one really is the bomb. I’m talking about the Dr. Pawpaw Shea Butter Balm. It moisturizes dry chapped lips and cuticles and it soothes dry cracked skin such as hands, heels, elbows and knees.

I’ve been applying it on my little one's bum after diaper changes and I’ve also been using it on my new pixie cut hairstyle for numerous stylish looks. 

This balm has also become part of my beauty routine at night as it leaves my skin beautifully bright and plump without causing any clogging or irritation. The Dr. Pawpaw Shea Butter Balm is a 100% natural multipurpose soothing balm with natural Pawpaw and Shea Butter. It is fragrance-free, suitable for vegans and not tested on animals

The clear consistency is thicker than normal Dr. Pawpaw balms, it melts onto your skin and it has an earthy, nutty smell of which Castor Oil is prominent. Shea Butter is known for its healing properties, which can be attributed to the presence of several fatty acids and plant sterols such as oleic, palmitic, stearic, and linolenic acids. See more benefits of Shea Butter for skin, hair and health here.

I love the pretty mint green packaging, the plastic is 100% recyclable and the 25ml lightweight tube fits perfectly into my handbag. Of course, it does (insert cough) and I also love the fact that all the ingredients in this product are ethically sourced.

In fact, many women earn their livelihood by working in the Shea Butter Industry, giving it the name 'Women’s Gold'. You can purchase the Dr. Pawpaw Shea Butter Balm for R99.95 at Dischem.

Have you tried the Dr. Pawpaw Shea Butter Balm variant? Tell me about it in the comment section.

Images - My Own 


L.A Girl Eye Lux Mesmerizing Eyeshadow Palette in Tropicalize

I love experimenting with different shades of eyeshadows and I almost always stay away from blueish shades. Which is such a huge mistake on my part, since they really tend to bring out and intensify the warmth of my brown eyes.

The L.A Girl Eye Lux Mesmerizing Eyeshadow Palette in Tropicalize was sent to me recently and I decided to pair it with a nude lip. In the pictures below you can see how my eyes just appear to pop with that beautiful hue of blue on it. Striking right!?

This palette comes in 4 colours, all equally beautiful and highly pigmented. Two lovely shades of blue and another two apricot/nude like hues.

I wear contact lenses and there’s no burning sensation or irritation at all and it last right throughout the day which is always a good thing. The packaging is compact and easy to open just like the rest of L.A Girl's high-quality beauty products. 

The nude shades look so good above the eye and on my brow bone, I love it! Very beautiful end result.

I plan to create many playful looks with this palette this summer and I know that I’ll receive a lot of compliments on it. You can purchase the L.A Girl Eye Lux Mesmerizing Eyeshadow Palette in Tropicalize for just R99.95 over at Dischem.

Check out the other colourful palettes from this eyeshadow range over here. I reviewed L.A Girl's Just Blushing, "Just Dazzle' blush too. See review here.

Images - My Own


L.A. Girl's Just Blushing, 'Just Dazzle' Blush

I’ve been really eager to try the new range of blushes from L.A. Girl Cosmetics, so you can imagine how happy I was when the Just Blushing, 'Just Dazzle' blush landed on my desk. And you know what? I think this blush might just become my all year long go-to blush, let me tell you why.

Apart from being very pigmented I like the fact that it’s not your normal rosy coloured blush, it gives more of a bronze/peachy hue to my cheeks and I really love the look of it. It also has these beautiful illuminating specks of gold in-between, so pretty! The colour also doesn’t fade at all during the day especially when I set my makeup with the L.A. Girl Setting Spray, review on this spray coming soon.

The packaging is compact and easy to open and adds a bit of glam to the rest of my makeup bag. Talking of makeup bags, I desperately need a new (bigger) one. 

L.A. Girl always produces high-quality cosmetics at affordable prices and the Just Dazzle blush is definitely up there with the rest. This blush will last me a long time and I won’t think twice to repurchase this product.

Available at Dischem for R99.95

Images - My Own 


My Sobriety Journey: Part 1

In recent years I have not been a hard drinker. (Insert cough.) Just before I completely went sober I was into what some may call "sophisticated drinks." Like cocktails and craft beer and my favourite, a spicy merlot. However, I must mention that I did go through the gin phase and I’ve indulged merrily in the 1-liter beers that came onto the recent scene. 

OMG, who am I kidding I loved alcohol and there was always something for every occasion. Something tangy and crisp on a hot summer’s day and something stronger like a premium brandy on a cold winter’s night.

I started drinking around the age of 16 and gave up alcohol at 34 and the only time I went sober before that was when I was unemployed during my early 20’s and then again when I fell pregnant. The first time I went alcohol-free was for 8 months, and like mentioned - I was unemployed and without any clear direction at that point. Early 20’s summaries a time when I had lots of heartaches in the romance department, in which case every rejection felt viciously intense. But I was also young without any major responsibilities, and so when I found a job and things were looking up for me I started drinking again because that’s what young people do. They like get-togethers and they basically cannot socialize without any booze.

However, when my sister died 3 years ago my alcohol consumption went through the roof! During that time my heart was drenched in wine, to numb the pain, to cope, to just manage I guess. But I did not manage. I remember during the first 6 months I would lay awake at night and get up to pour myself a large drink. I remember getting up early in the morning to pour myself a large drink. I would drink and feel guilty, sad and angry all at the same time. I didn’t take any other medication, alcohol was my drug of choice.

The sadness totally consumed me when I was under the influence. Here I must point out that I would never drink to the point of being staggering and pathetic, nope I was always groomed, composed and in control. Here I should also point out that writing this is extremely difficult, delving into this period of time is always grim. I guess I want to tell you that I didn’t see myself (and I don’t want you to see me) as an alcoholic, during the last 2 years I would only drink 4 moderate glasses a day and I would only drink 3 days a week – depending on the alcohol availability in which case there was always more on weekends. (Such denial, I know.)

I stopped drinking 3 days after my sister’s birthday, it was on the 23rd of March 2018. On that day I read something on Twitter around suicide prevention and went ballistic! I was in such a rage. Why wasn’t there any intervention, why didn’t I give more attention to my sister’s mental state? (She committed suicide at 19, read more about that here.) Why didn’t I see it coming and why didn’t anyone else? It could’ve been prevented! I was in a state and also under the influence. Because you see, every year around her birthday the days would turn into a destructive pattern of visiting her grave, buying her favourite drinks and having a “party” because she would’ve wanted us to be happy. 

So as you can see, me going sober was basically born out of grieve. I just couldn’t handle all that sorrow anymore and desperately needed another way to deal with everything. And so, today it has been just over 4 months that I’m sober and thus far it’s been going alright. I can be part of birthday parties and other events with alcohol and be completely fine with that. Well, maybe not completely, I had to be very strict with myself in the beginning, using a lot of willpower and such. 

But however tempted I may be, I’ll still choose to be sober as I don’t have to deal with those intense feelings of heartache anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still get sad but because I’m in a clear state of mind I’m more at peace. I know that I need to move on and that there’s nothing I can do about what happened. 

I know that I need to focus on creating a happy and healthy life for myself and my little family. I don’t want my precious daughter to grow up and think that drinking will ease the pain in her life. I have nothing against alcohol and I don’t judge people that drink but for my personality and the things I’ve had to deal with it is just way better to live an alcohol-free life. It is a personal choice.

I’m working on a post about how my new sober lifestyle has bettered my skin, gave me more energy and helped me to lose weight. I’ll also be sharing my fave nonalcoholic drinks, so keep an eye out for Part 2 of My Sobriety Journey.

Image: My Own 
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