Green & Gold Cut Crease Tutorial & Thank YOU for 700 Subscribers!

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It’s been a whirlwind of a week.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that this week I have gone back to campus to kick off my second (and final) semester of university. The workload has been unreal and I still have to do some work as soon as I finish up this blog post. However, I wanted to change up my upload schedule and try it on Sundays. I haven’t really seen a staggering amount of views flood in, however, I have officially hit my 700 subscriber milestone! I am so grateful for my little YouTube family and I want nothing more than to create content regularly and make sure that I’m using my platform to uplift and inspire more women in the South African industry.

As it is my birthday month in August, I will be having a 700 subscriber + birthday giveaway, so if you’d like to enter, make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel and following me on Instagram.

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How To: Flawless Foundation + First Impressions: The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow

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DISCLAIMER: This post is NOT sponsored and all links in this post are NOT affiliate, just here to help you out if you would like to purchase.

Foundation is always an essential part of my beauty routine. I particularly enjoy the art of painting my face and creating a veil which can either mask a pretty nasty breakout or accentuate my natural dew. However, foundation is one of those things that can be really tricky if you’re a beginner. Questions that may arise for a first time often include: how do I know what my correct shade is? Why does my foundation turn orange? How do I look more matte if I’m oily or more dewy if my skin is dry?

Look no further, I’ve got you.

In this particular video, I’ve addressed all the issues related to foundation that can take your foundation game from 0 to 100 really quickly. I’ve also decided to compile a blog post to let in on all my tips and tricks, holy grail products and everything you need to know to step up your foundation game.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

A clean face is essential before applying foundation. This is because your foundation is more likely to look less flawless if you’re applying foundation to dirty skin (which could lead to a nasty breakout) or even worse, reapplying a new layer of foundation on top of an previous one.

If you’re an oily girl like me, you’ll know the struggle when it comes to being shiny. When I did my research about oily skin and applying foundation to skin that’s oily (and has not been cleaned), it can actually cause your foundation to turn orange in colour. This is due to a process called oxidation.

Oxidation: A chemical reaction that happens when chemicals in the foundation react to oxygen or excess oils.

In order to remove any dirt and excess oils on my skin, I use my cotton rounds and Garnier Micellar Water which is suitable for even sensitive skin. It retails for about R64,95 for a full size and is available at most drugstores. I purchased mine from Clicks. It removes make-up too so it doubles for when you need to take your face off. I have the on-the-go travel size and it lasted so long, considering that I’ve had it for about 3 months now. I am obsessed with it and it does not irritate my skin because it is perfume-free. It’s excellent for removing make-up, but I’ll have a detailed post on it in the near future. I make sure to clean my entire face, all the way down to my neck, because we’ll be applying foundation there too.

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Something that goes hand in hand with cleaning your face, is getting hair out of it too. The dirt from your hair can get into your skin and can cause break-outs. When applying make-up, always ensure that your hair is out of your face.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE – MOISTURIZE

Now that our skin is clean and good to go for the rest of our make-up application, we need to moisturize our skin. Moisturizer ensures a smooth canvas for make-up application and helps your primer (which is the next step) adhere to the moisturizer, making sure it does not get lost in the skin.

In this tutorial, I moisturized with The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist. You can use a primer water, setting spray or a lotion-type moisturizer. I used to use the Isabella Garcia Day Defense Moisturizer and I’m a huge fan of the African Extracts Day Lotion. If you want a more matte finish, I’d recommend an oil-free moisturizer or setting spray.

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In all honesty, my face absorbed all the mist that was sprayed onto my face. It didn’t really leave me with a healthy glow below my foundation, but did a great job at hydrating my skin like a moisturizer would.

PRIME TIME

Once your moisturizer has settled into your skin, it’s time to move onto primer. Primer is going to work hand in hand with your moisturizer to give your skin exactly what it needs. When buying a primer, a good rule of thumb is to go for something you know you need. Are your pores visible when it comes to make-up application? If so, a pore minimizer should do the trick. A bit oily and want a more subtle look? An anti-shine primer is what you’re looking for. After a little bit of glow? An illuminating primer will help to give your skin a natural glow.

In this tutorial I opted for the LA Girl Pro Prep HD Smoothing Face Primer. I prefer applying primer with my hands, all over my face with a specific focus on my T-Zone and pore problem areas. This minimizes the appearance of my pores and helps my skin look extra smooth.

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FOUNDATION STATION

Here’s the fun part. I love everything about foundations and I’ve been in the make-up game long enough to know exactly what works and what doesn’t. The right tools are essential for the job. There are two types of foundation brushes. A buffing brush helps to push product into the skin. My holy grail foundation brush is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. There is also a flat foundation brush which is great for applying foundation, however I’m not a fan of the streaks it leaves in my face.

It’s important to know what coverage you’re after in a foundation.

Coverage: the opacity or transparency of the foundation (ranges from light to medium to full)

If you want something full coverage, you’d go for a foundation that you’re going to throw on for events or maybe to cover acne scarring. This ensures that the skin doesn’t really show through the foundation. In this video, I used the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation in Warm Beige. I love this foundation with all my heart and soul because it’s buildable and it does not feel heavy on my skin.

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If you’re after an everyday foundation, you’d go for a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer.

BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer: Lighter in texture than a foundation and is often used to even out skin tone.

I used to love BB Creams but I just cannot get myself to wear make-up everyday. I firmly believe that you need to give your skin a break from wearing make-up because wearing make-up everyday speeds up the ageing process and can result in acne breakouts.

To find your shade of foundation, you can ask a skincare consultant to colour match you.

Colour match: Finding your correct shade of foundation through a series of testing colours within your shade range.

I personally hate it when people colour match me because I’ve been colour matched incorrectly twice before and I hate spending my hard-earned money only to waste it on something that is either too light, too dark or just makes me look orange. My hack for finding my correct shade is taking a foundation I know I’m a 100% match in and swatching other foundations next to it. That way, I know one is my perfect shade and that needs to be what I go for. I also find out that there are now apps which help you find your correct shade online. I personally haven’t tried it but I would like to. Would you like to see a video on that?

Next, we’re going to use our foundation brush and just drag all the product on our skin. Make sure to get your neck too because we can’t have our neck and our face being two different colours. In order to ensure even application of the foundation, you want to go in with a damp beauty blender. The one I used in the video is not from Beauty Blender but I remember buying it at Dischem and it does exactly the same job and isn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg.

Damp Beauty Blender: Allows for streak-free blending and dewy finishes.

It’s so important to smooth out products on the skin, because if you applied too much in a certain area, that is where it is going to cake on you.

Cake: Where foundation or concealer sits on the skin and looks visibly thick instead of smooth and seamless.

FLAWLESS FINISH

This is where The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow really shined (literally)  in this video. When finishing your foundation, you can either use a setting spray (provided that you have all your other make-up on) or you can go more matte and use a setting powder instead.

Setting Powder: Blurs fine lines and pores and ensures that make-up stays in place all day.

Overall, my first impressions on the product was that it definitely did its job, only when it came to finishing off my foundation. It didn’t really do anything as a primer.

Have you learned anything new from this video/blog post? If so, let me know. I love creating content that allows me to educate my viewers at the same time.

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Purple & Orange Sunset Eye (Perfect for medium to dark skin tones) | Collab with Nydia Nel

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If there is one thing I love, it’s a dramatic eye look. I’ve done a few in the past, however I’ve never experimented with colour before. I was approached by a fellow South African YouTuber, Nydia Nel on Instagram who asked me to recreate an eye look. I asked her why don’t we both do our take on this eye look so that we can do them for different skin tones (my skin tone is relatively darker than Nydia’s). Needless to say, with a week of preparation and a few struggles here and there, we both pulled it off and I could not be happier with the results. She put a lot of hard work into the video and it really shows in the stunning look she put out. Don’t forget to check her out below and subscribe to her channel!

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For this look, we both had different takes on it. I went a bit more dramatic whereas Nydia focuses on more neutral mauve tones in her look. This is the beauty of make-up, it’s different for everyone. With that being said, I think both looks are definitely a great take on our recreation.

THE FINISHED LOOK:

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MAKE-UP DETAILS:

Eyes:

SwiitchBeauty Slays for Days Palette, Unicorn Sauce Palette, Flicks on Fleek Eyeliner

Beauty Treats LA 24 Rose Gold Palette

Eylure London 140 Exaggerate Lashes

Face:

African Extracts Rooibos Day Cream (not featured in the video)

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in the shade True Nude

LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural

Catrice Sun Glow Bronzer

The Body Shop Drops of Glow highlighter

Beauty Treats LA Heart Love Blusher Palette

Essence Cosmetics Shine Shine Shine lipgloss

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

 

What do you think of the looks? Would you attempt it or is it too out of your comfort zone? I love make-up looks I can recreate, so if you have a suggestion, slide into my Instagram DM’s (I like a challenge!)

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Eyeshadow Tips+Tricks (and a great tutorial)!

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I love eyeshadow. I firmly believe that it can take an everyday look into everyday glam. However, the days of just packing on eyeshadow without thinking about it has long gone. I’m definitely not a make-up artist and I am 100% self-taught, but I have definitely come a long way in terms of make-up, which is why I’ve brought you a tutorial where I break down eyeshadow step-by-step.

In this tutorial, different definitions are broken down which some have struggled with and I have walked you through cut crease methods. I definitely enjoyed breaking this down and I can only hope that my viewers and readers can benefit from a few tips and tricks.

If you do enjoy the video, it helps to simply leave a like so that I can push out more content. Any content creator will tell you how demotivating it is to make videos and have nobody watch them or for it not to reach a wide audience. Even if you only stay for a few seconds or even leave a comment, you really don’t understand how much it makes my day!

In other news, this is the third video I’ve released since I have finished my exams. I have a ton of content ready to go before I go back to university, so your support is greatly appreciated!

THE FINISHED LOOK:

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Did you learn anything new from the tutorial? If so, let me know in the comments x

 

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Enjoy Bath & Body Birthday Celebration – Competition Time!

“Another adventure filled year awaits you”

I love birthdays. No, wait. I love celebrating birthdays. I have always been the person that goes overboard when it comes to celebrating and making the most of someone’s special day because I believe that it’s the one time of the year when people should be given everything their heart desires. However, this year I received a gift on someone else’s birthday.

 

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That’s right, Enjoy Bath and Body was kind enough to send me my absolute favourite range of products, the Good Times Bubbly Celebration range! I came home to such an amazing treat today and I cannot express how grateful I am to be part of their little family. So, what’s in it for you? I thought you’d never ask!

Enjoy is hosting a birthday competition where you can win a shopping spree to the value of R5000 at a mall of your choice. All you have to do is head over to their Instagram or Facebook page to see how you can enter their competition (hint: it’s super easy!)

Happy Birthday Enjoy Bath and Body!

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The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquids Try On & Review

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMO: I have a video on my Instagram which shows you these looks in real time, so if you’re not a fan of pictures then watch my video here

I almost always get asked what my favourite product from The Body Shop is, and my answer is always the same. Hands down I’d always recommend their body butters and Matte Lip Liquids. Being someone who absolutely hates the way matte lipsticks make my lips feel, I always thought I’d never go down that road again after the LA Girl Flat Finish Pigments made my lips so raw that they were sensitive to touch. However, at an event last year for The Body Shop I was introduced to these babies and my life has never been the same. I wear a different shade almost everyday to campus because I love the colour selection. I can also create various looks with them, so if you’d like to see, let me know!

THE 411: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquids are made to apply like a lipgloss and dry to a velvet smooth finish. There are a wide variety of shades and an epic colour selection. They last relatively long and are very lightweight on the lips.

One thing I do have to say about these lip liquids is that looks are definitely deceiving and sometimes the colour looks darker in the bottle than it is on your lips. If you do end up deciding to pick one of these up, please swatch them beforehand to get a feel for the shades.

It’s vegetarian and contains no gluten or carmine. And The Body Shop is cruelty free for all my hunny bunnies!

MY COLLECTION

I have about 9 of the lip liquids, of which I only featured 7 because I cannot for the life of me find the shade Sicily Iris and my 9th lip liquid is part of the metals range and I felt that it didn’t quite fit with my video. I captured each lip liquid in photos for you to see and maybe to inspire you to look into trying one of your own. They retail for R90 each at The Body Shop and available online from the Clicks website.

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I never thought I’d find the perfect nude shade but I have to give this one about 10 thumbs up. This dries to the smoothest velvety texture and is not drying on the lips. I love that this is versatile for lots of skin tones too.

 

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020 Taipei Orchid

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I have no other way to describe this shade except for the perfect shade of baby pink. I’ve worn this look to a number of events because it is so girly and versatile for a number of eye looks. This is definitely my go-to shade and the favourite in my collection.

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The main reason I purchased this shade was because I think that the coral colour is so cute. However, this shade takes really long to dry down and when it does, it tends to dry out my lips a bit more than it should. I’ve also noticed that this shade in particular tends to vanish when I eat meals. Although I’m obsessed with the colour, it isn’t a shade I would grab willingly but rather for those days when I’m feeling adventurous and would like a pop of colour.

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If neon pinks are more your style, I’d definitely recommend this shade. I’ve never had any problems with this shade and I think that this could definitely be used as an everyday shade if Taipei Orchid is too light for you.

014 Sydney Amaryllis

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Not going to lie, I do wish that this red was a bit more vibrant as it borders on a dark pink shade. I still love how this looks though and I tend to reach for this when I wnt a playful red look. Definitely one of my favourites too!

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I forgot to take a photo of the last shade, Tahiti Hibiscus. I love Tuscany Lily because it is so subtle and dark. I think that this would suit different skin tones as well.

Have you tried any of these shades? Let me know which one I should add to my collection next!

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How I Achieved Perfectly White Teeth – Opalescence Go 6% Review & Demo

“Smiles are always in fashion”

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DISCLAIMER ♡: This video is sponsored by Opalescence. As this is my first sponsored video, I hope my audience understands that I have always been honest when it comes to reviews and I could not turn down this opportunity. I am a student and this money would mean a lot in terms of buying my textbooks for university. I would never post about a product I do not believe in, sponsored or not.

When you’re a small blogger, I’m sure you can relate to when you see big celebrities using teeth whitening kits or walking around with dazzling smiles. For me, this has always been something I have always wanted because I am very insecure about my teeth. I have a vein that runs between my two front teeth and that means that the gap between my teeth cannot close fully. When I had the opportunity to work with Opalescence, at first I was really apprehensive. I had to think about it, I did not jump at the opportunity to get money but rather I had to think about the fact that I would be sharing one of my insecurities with the internet (which can be a very evil place at times). Eventually I told myself that instead of moping around about it, why not put a product to the test to see if it genuinely delivers? This is what really motivated me to use it.

At first, it took a while to get delivered to my house. This is because South African customs are the worst. This gave me plenty of time to do my research about the product, checking out other people to see how their experience with the product was and just educating myself in general.

Once the product came to my house, it was beautifully packaged. I really appreciate it when companies go the extra mile to really make you feel appreciated for agreeing to review their product. (If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I love handwritten notes). I received the teeth whitening kit with 10 trays, a teeth whitening toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.

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I have an entire demo video within my YouTube video which shows you how I use the product and how I maintain my teeth but basically…

WHAT IS OPALESCENCE GO?

A perfect alternative to over the counter whitening options. No impressions or custom trays necessary. Easy and quick to use. The gel within the trays contain Potassium Nitrate and Flouride (PF) which helps maintain the health of the enamel throughout the whitening process.

Comes in 6%, 10% & 15% (Hydrogen Peroxide concentration).

Available in Peach, Melon & Mint flavour.

HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT ♡:

♡ Refrigerate the trays before use.

♡ Remove the trays from the pack, a visible L and U are on the package for the upper maxilla and lower mandible. Insert one tray at a time.

♡ Once the tray is inserted, suck down to secure the trays for about 10 seconds before removing the green outer tray. You should be left with a clear tray on your teeth.

♡ For the 6%, you leave the trays in for 60-90 minutes.

THE PROCESS IN PICTURES (FROM MY INSTAGRAM STORIES) ♡:

 

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FINAL THOUGHTS ♡:

At first, I did not see a difference in my teeth. This made me feel very despondent. Then I had to remind myself that it’s a 10 day process and it won’t happen overnight. The only problem I experienced with the kit was that it made me salivate a lot. This isn’t the kit’s fault because it was my body’s way of coping with something that my brain thought was food. After a few days I started getting the hang of it and eventually forgot about the problem. I really saw how white my teeth were and I could not believe it. Even my family started to compliment my teeth without them knowing that I was using something to whiten my teeth.

Have you used this product before? If so, please share your experience with me!

P.S: My Instagram was hacked recently and I made a new Instagram account so if you’d like to follow me it’s @sincerelydeeanne

DISCLAIMER ♡: This blog post is not sponsored, only the YouTube video.

 

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Make-Up Tutorial: Sultry Smokey Eye & Red Lip Valentines Day/Date Night Look

Ah, and as “single awareness day” slowly approaches, Deeanne decides to throw out not one, but two valentines day inspired looks! In case you missed it, I did a girly fun Essence One Brand Tutorial: Bubblegum Pink Valentines Day Make-Up look and today I wanted to do something a little bit out of my comfort zone, so I went into my sultry side and did a sultry smokey eye with a bold red lip!

As usual, shameless self-promo here. If you enjoy watching my videos, I would love for you to subscribe to my channel so you can see more content from me!

 

FEATURED PRODUCTS:

The Body Shop Instablur for Eyes

Swiitch Beauty Slays For Days Palette

L.O.V Cosmetics The Forbidden Volume Mascara

Michelle Ori Feliner

Eylure London Dramatic Lashes 202

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Minimizing Primer

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in True Nude

LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural

Essence Matt Compact Powder

Catrice Sun Glow Shimmering Bronzer

Beauty Treats LA Heart Love Blusher Palette

The Body Shop Illuminating Drops of Glow

Catrice Mineral Glow Highlighting Powder

Essence Lip Liner 14 Femme Fatale

L.O.V Cosmetics Christina’s Red Lipstick

Essence Keep It Perfect Fixing Spray

 

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I think that this week I will try one more make-up look before I start my back to school/varsity series. I am so excited to be going back to university because it is my final year and the year I have to start job hunting. I am nervous but calm at the same time because I know that God has a plan for me. I really want to go into journalism but I have been looking into teaching English abroad.

 

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Signature Scent – Lost In Paradise Exotic Adventure Range

If there’s one thing I was taught at a young age, it’s that your skin should never be taken for granted. When I was younger, I will never forget the time a girl took my hand and made a terribly snarky remark, saying “these feel like hands that do no work”. I politely took my hand back and told her that I cook and clean my house almost every day and every night I would make sure that before I went to bed, I had some lotion on my hands and feet.

Enjoy Bath and Body was so nice to send me a great gift box for Christmas containing a variety of lotions and body sprays. My mom was so over the moon that she decided to take a few for herself, cheeky. One range in particular that I was really excited to try was the Lost In Paradise Exotic Adventure Range. I like the fact that the packaging is colourful with gold detail and hints of pink (my absolute favourite colour).

Included In The Range:

250ml Body Lotion

150ml Body Mist

80ml Hand Cream

The Scent Itself:

The scent of exotic paradise with a vibrant combination of luscious peach, sun-kissed tangerine and juicy red fruits, resting on a perfect blend of wild passion flower and musk.

Fruity and floral scents have always had a special place in my heart. I feel that it smells absolutely stunning and ladylike. I wish I had received or stumbled on this range when I went to Thailand because this would have been the perfect edition to my travel bag.

If there is one thing I personally cannot stand, it’s when my hands are terribly dry. This happens almost all the time when I find myself in aircon venues at my university. The hand cream is perfect for slipping in my toiletry bag for campus when I can feel my hands becoming dry and I love the body mist, because I go to campus in Bellville where temperatures can peak to about 35 degrees Celsius. What a lovely way of having a little escape while I am stuck in the busy world of university!

Prices:

The Enjoy Bath and Body Range can be found at Clicks stores.

250ml Body Lotion R34,95

150ml Body Mist R36,95

80ml Hand Cream R34,95

I am so excited to try out the rest of the Enjoy Bath and Body products and I love the other scents they have on offer. Would you like to see another product from their range?

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CALA Pink Couture Deluxe Make-Up Brush Set Review & Why It’s Perfect For Beginners

Being a beauty blogger and the go-to friend when it comes to make-up and advice, the one question I am almost always asked is which brushes I would recommend when it comes to make-up application. I remember when I first started getting into make-up, I saved up a little bit of my pocket money and went to the drugstore to purchase my first foundation brush. I wanted something which was affordable and looked like it would last me a long time. This is when I picked up the CALA Cosmetics foundation brush, which I still have in my collection today.

I recently ran a giveaway on my Instagram in which I gave away the CALA Pink Couture Deluxe Make-Up Brush Set and after some contemplating, I decided that I wanted one for myself because it looked so pretty! Unfortunately the store I went to was out of stock and I ended up getting one for Christmas from my mom. I am always grateful for make-up and anything I can add to my growing collection!  What I love the most about this brush set is that it comes with a stunning make-up bag which you can store your brushes in for travel. This is so important for me because I need to know that I have somewhere to store my brushes in order to protect them from any damage.

 

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INSIDE THE CALA PINK COUTURE DELUXE MAKE-UP BRUSH SET:

The brush set contains 6 pieces in total, one bag and 5 brushes.

1 make-up bag, pink with rhinestone embellishments (as pictured above)

1 powder brush

1 eyeshadow blending brush

1 eyeshadow applicator brush

1 eyeshadow shading brush

1 liner brush

REVIEW OF THE BRUSHES

One thing I always worry about when it comes to brushes is how long it will last and if the bristles will fray or fall out after a wash. I like to deep clean my brushes knowing that product can make its way right down the brush and cause my skin to break out. When I used the brushes for the first time, they were really good in terms of application. I found the powder brush soft and the eyeshadow brushes dense enough to pack on product and hold onto the product when used in conjunction with other products such as eyeshadow primer or setting sprays.

 

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WHY THIS SET IS PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS

Besides the fact that this set is extremely affordable, retailing at R164,00 in South Africa (mine was purchased at Dis-Chem) it can be used in a number of ways which is great for a beginner to learn the ropes. If I had found this set when I started out with make-up, I would not have thought twice about purchasing it because I feel that I can get so much use out of these brushes and they are not very expensive (some brush sets retail at almost R500 and the brushes are TINY).

The Powder Brush doubles as a blush applicator if you use setting sprays instead of setting powders.

The Shading Brush doubles as a concealer brush for concealing imperfections and cleaning up brows for a sharper and more precise brow.

The Liner Brush can be used as a lower lid brush for smoking out eyeshadow or even lip liner for a clean lipstick application.

THE VERDICT

Even though this was given to me as a gift, I can honestly say that I am so impressed with how these brushes have held up. I have not had any problems with application or the bristles and I feel that this set is affordable, which is something that is so important for me as a student because nobody wants to spend an arm and a leg on products. I mean, unless you’re a serial splurger, then you do you boo.

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What are some of your favourite make-up brush brands? I love finding new products!

 

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