It’s time for another beauty review en masse, starting with Caribbean Tan Protection in a Can SPF 30 (now just R65 on Kalahari.co.za). Yep, I also had no clue that Caribbean Tan now make their own sunscreen but I’m glad they do – it’s a goodie.
A clear liquid in an aerosol can, this reminds me a lot of NIVEA’s Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist but without the cooling bit, which is great as I don’t really like menthol in my skincare. It leaves your skin with a subtle sheen, as though you’ve just used a light, dry body oil, but doesn’t feel greasy in the least. I also really like its subtle scent – like sun-ripened mangos.
For the record, Tan Protection also claims to make use of ingredients that accelerate the rate at which you tan, but I don’t know what these are specifically.
Next up, let’s take a look at Rimmel’s new Brow This Way Eyebrow Sculpting Kit (R79,95). Available in two shades, Mid Brown and Dark Brown, I was given the former and really like it. You’re looking at a brow wax and powder combo plus a comb and two brushes.
Rimmel reckon you should first use the wax to set your brows in shape, comb them through and then enhance or fill them in with the powder. I took some before and after piccies to show you the result but don’t like the lighting so I’ll be trying again tomorrow and will be sure to update this post.
Another more low maintenance way to get good looking brows is using Brow This Way eyebrow gel (R69,95).
I can see online that it’s available in tinted shades off shore and no clue if they’re available here – I was just given the clear one and I really like it. I’ve tried tinted brow setting gels in the past and found many of them got all around the area outside my brows and made it look like I was in the process of tinting them and suddenly decided to duck from the salon. So ja, for me, clear is good. I also appreciate that it doesn’t look shiny or crispy when it’s dry and really does keep your brows where you want them all day. This is the kind of thing I’d use sans powders and wax on days when my brows already have a nice, dark colour via tinting.
Lastly, let’s talk about L’Oreal’s new True Match Le Blush (price TBA). Each shade comes in a mirrored compact with its own brush. Toss this immediately and use a proper powder brush to create a pretty flush with a satin finish.
Of the two shades I was given Rosewood is the more bricky hue while Candy Cane Pink leans towards the mauve-y plummy-side of life. Both would be best suited to anyone with a medium-to-dark skin tone. (Alas, I’m too pale to pull them off, hence no face piccies.)
Pigment-wise, these are pretty intense so apply them with a very gentle hand. They’re also very buildable as well as blendable and pretty long-wearing.
See anything you like?