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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip colour, R125,95.
Bourjois have taken your stock standard liquid lip colour and injected it with a big dose of silicones. The result? Rouge Edition Velvet, a feather light lip, silky smooth lip colour with a velvety matte-looking finish. In short, the perfect lip colour for winter.
I was given an incredible fuchsia shade called Pink Pong and liked it so much I wore it to the Veuve Clicquot polo. I loved that it’s fabulously pigmented. Also, despite all the silicones, it doesn’t slide off your lips; the staying power is very, very decent. I’m now excited to get into a store and get up close and personal with the other eight shades on offer. I’d love to snap this baby up in a zexy, vampy-looking rooi.
John Frieda Full Repair repairing oil elixir, R110, exclusive to Clicks.
John Frieda’s new oil elixir is pretty much the standard ‘hair oil’ formula; lots of silicone blended with a bit of oil. (In this case it’s omega acid-rich Inca Incha oil which, John Frieda reckons, contains 47 times more omega 3 than Argan oil.) Now I know what you’re thinking. ‘Oh God, yet another hair oil…’ and I agree. They’re pretty much the BB Cream of the hair world right now. Still, this one’s worth your attention if you’re fine haired like me in that it’s fabulously light yet wallet-friendly too. Many of the lighter textured hair oils I’ve tried come in at a killer salon price point. Wella SP Oil Elixer, for example, is awesome, but will set you back over five hundred bucks.
John Frieda Full Repair repairing oil elixir.
The first time I used this I pumped out way too much but slapped it all on my lengths anyway and this is what ran through my head: ‘Arrrgh! You’re going to look like a greasy train wreck the moment you blow dry your hair. You’re totally going to have to try this again tomorrow…’ But, surprise, surprise; my hair looked great and didn’t feel weighed down in the least.
I also like that it’s got a slightly more true-to-oil texture as opposed to feeling like silicone. Not that there’s anything wrong with silicone; that’s exactly what’s doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to de-frizzing, softening, boosting shine and protecting you from heat-damage. Oh! And it smells delish too – almost exactly like Burberry Body EDT.
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer and Matte Balm lip colours, R120 each.
We all loved Revlon’s Colorburst Balm Stain lip colours. I know you’ve got one or two rolling around in your handbag. But now the brand’s extended their chubby stick empire to include two new options; a shiny Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm. Unlike their predecessor, these don’t stain your lips, but they do serve up a nice punch of colour. Also, despite offering two very different finishes, each lippie is incredibly hydrating and infused with Shea, Cocoa and Mango butter.
The colours on my arm from left to right are A and B (both Lacquer Balms) and B (a Matte Balm).
Of the two variants, I’m a fan of the Lacquer. It imparts a nice shiny pop of colour but doesn’t slide off your lips. The matte lip colour looked a bit milky and created little ‘lines’ on my lips but I can’t be sure that’s not exclusive to the milky-type shade I was given. Scent-wise, each shade has a lovely, fresh peppermint smell and a slightly sweet taste taste, but not so much that you’re going to lick them off your lips. Now, as is the case with Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvet, I’m now dying to get into store to check out the other Lacquer Balm shades.
Shiseido UV Protective Compact foundation SPF 30, R395, exclusive to Edgars Sandton and V&A Waterfront.
When I want a heavier foundation that also has fab light reflecting qualities I don’t hesitate to reach for Shiseido’s Radiant Lifting foundation. In short, it’s freakin’ fabulous. So I was super excited to try one of their compacts, in this case the UV Protective formula. It’s one of their international bestsellers and I’d always been intrigued by it, having spotted it in foreign mags and the handbags of all my German besties.
This is currently exclusive to Edgars in Sandton and the V&A Waterfront but the moment it starts flying off the Shiseido counter I’m sure it’ll pop up in more stores.
Aside from offering matte yet natural-looking medium level coverage, it protects your skin from the sun and is formulated with something Shiseido call Profense CEL, which, to me, sounds like a mix of antioxidants. As it is I can spot vitamin E in the ingredients list. It’s also oil and water-resistant.
Anyway, I’ve been using this for a while now and love how easy it is to apply. You can either sweep it on with a powder brush for a more natural look or swipe it on with the sponge which creates a heavier veil that sits very closely to your skin. Just be careful of using the latter application method if you’re oily-skinned like me; too much of it and it can make your pores look a bit more obvious once your skin starts greasing up as the day goes on. The right amount, however, will obliterate them and then you can ‘touch up’ your face throughout the day with a super light blotting powder. (I’m addicted to MAC’s Blot Powder for this.)
In all, this is a lovely compact foundation with great sun protection properties but I still wouldn’t rely on it as my sole SPF. You can’t apply it to every drop of skin on your face – to do so would result in a bit of a weird finish. So be sure to team it with a good facial sunscreen or a moisturiser with a high SPF and you’re all good to go.
NSI (Nail Systems International) Nurture Oil, R78, Dream Nails Beauty salons.
I’ve tried a few nail oils in the past and NSI’s Nurture Oil is one of the best. A blend of five different skin and nail-loving oils (jojoba, soy, safflower, wheatgerm and grapeseed) there’s also vitamin C and E in the mix. I use it every night and love how my cuticles and the skin around my nails immediately drinks it up. I like the way it smells – like a grape-flavoured lollipop! It’s also the perfect after-mani oil and it does a nice job of ‘lifting’ any polish you might’ve got on the skin around your nails.
NSI Nurture Oil.
Last but not least? I’ve discovered that adding a few drops of Nurture Oil to any dried up cream eye shadows immediately gives them a new lease on life. If it wasn’t for this baby I’d have had to toss my beloved Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow/liner in Busy Signal which, sadly, isn’t available in South Africa anymore.
So, which of these li’l darling’s have got your attention?