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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Essence One Brand Tutorial: Bubblegum Pink Valentines Day Make-Up

Anyone else single like me but LOVES getting dolled up for Valentines Day?

My horoscope told me that in February I am going to find love and I just wanted to know why someone would make such a joke? Kidding aside, if you have a valentine (lucky you, babe) or if you’re a nacho cheese single pringle like myself then come and put your face on with me in this Essence (somewhat) one brand tutorial. The only things I have to confess about this tutorial is that I forgot to get a bronzer from Essence, Essence does not have my shade of foundation and they only have 3 colour brow pencils. The brown brow pencil is too light for me, the black is too dark and blonde is obviously out of the question. With most tutorials, if you enjoy please leave me a thumbs up and do not forget to subscribe to my channel for more content.

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The Finished Look:

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FEATURED PRODUCTS:

Essence I Heart Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Essence Eyeshadow in  14 Chilli Vanilli

Essence Eyeshadow Blending Brush

Essence Eyeshadow in Taupe Secret

Essence Matt Touch Blush in 10 Peach Me Up

Essence Eyeshadow in Raspberry Frosting

Essence The False Lashes Dramatic Volume Unlimited Mascara

Whoops, Catrice Sun Glow Bronzer

Essence Wish Me A Rose Lipliner

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Poppy Pink

Essence Keep It Matt Compact Powder

Essence Keep It Perfect Fixing Spray

Is it too early for these videos? My back to school series starts on my channel next week! I am so excited to be starting my final year of university before I head off to the big world.

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In Case You Missed It – What I Got For Christmas 2017 & Helping Animals In Need

— DISCLAIMER: I do not intend on bragging in this video. If you know me, you would know that I only make these types of videos for entertainment purposes and because they do well in terms of views around Christmas time in general. If you do not like these videos, please do not feel obliged to watch it —

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I’M BAAAAAACK.

Hello and welcome to a new and improved version of Sincerely, Deeanne. I wanted to get one last video of 2017 out in the open so I thought I’d leave this little video here for you to watch. You know the drill, I would love for you to like my video and subscribe to my channel. My goal for 2018 is to hit 1000 subscribers so if you could make that happen, I would be really grateful.

As much as I love receiving gifts for Christmas, I wanted to give back throughout 2018. Animals have a very special place in my heart. In 2013, my pitbull, Shylow was stolen out of my grandma’s yard while we were away on vacation. I searched and searched, but to no avail. I can only hope my baby boy is in a better place or that he is safe and unharmed. As I am sure most of you are aware, dog fighting is a common occurrence and a sick pleasure a lot of people take part in. I will list a few of the South African shelters down below, if you are able to donate, these organizations are in dire need and are not funded by the state, so money is very tight for them. Alternatively, if you are looking to give a furry friend a forever home, that would be great too.

Animal Welfare Society Cape Town: https://awscape.org.za/

Good Hope SPCA: https://capespca.co.za/

Oscars Arc WOOF Project: http://www.oscarsarc.org/woof-project.html

TEARS: http://tears.org.za/

My wish for you in 2018 is nothing but good health, good times, great memories and the biggest blessings. Thank you for all your support in 2017, I hope to come out with so much new content for you.

 

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Sunset Cranberry Eyes & Glowing Skin Christmas/Holiday Tutorial

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

I am currently lying in bed and wasting away, watching Riverdale because I have work tomorrow until Sunday. Even though it’s my last shift of the year, I still hate standing and forcing people to buy my product, ya know?

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I love warm toned eyeshadows. In fact I’ve always admired beauty guru’s who were able to pull off these intricate looks. I just have to say that I was so impressed with how my eyes turned out in this look and I think my skin looked so glowy in this video. As usual, I would love for you to support me in my YouTube journey (update, we just hit 600 subscribers!) by subscribing to my channel, viewing my content or even leaving a like or a comment.

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Benefit KaBrow in 04 (not featured in video)

The Body Shop Instablur Primer Colour Intensifier

Swiitch Beauty Slays For Days Eyeshadow Palette

Ardell Wispy Lashes

Rimmel London Match Perfection foundation in True Nude

LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural

Essence Matt Compact Powder

Essence Matt Touch Blush in Peach Me Up

Catrice Sun Glow Bronzer

The Body Shops Drops of Glow (this product really failed me as a highlighter)

Catrice Mineral Glow Highlighter

Essence All That Greys Lipgloss in Roaring Red

Essence Keep It Perfect Fixing Spray

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Thank you for all your love and support on my blog, channel and Instagram. For those of you who don’t know, there’s a giveaway happening on my blog account on Instagram (sincerelydeeannetheblog) and it’s running until the 29th of December.

 

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Swiitch Beauty Unicorn Sauce Palette Review & Selena Gomez 2017 Met Gala Inspired Pink Eyeshadow Tutorial

Told you I’d be back with a few looks.

Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve had a great week and that you’re ready to party up a storm this weekend, or if you’re like me you’re ready to relax and have cute Instagram brunch dates (the single blogger life is sad sometimes).

In this video I reviewed the SwiitchBeauty Unicorn Sauce Palette and also recreated this eye look Selena Gomez wore to the Met Gala earlier this year:

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My Thoughts On The Unicorn Sauce Palette ♡:

Shipping & Shopping Experience ♡:

I ordered this palette as part of the Pink Friday sale, which is Swiitch Beauty’s version of Black Friday. I ordered my palette at midnight on the dot and did not experience any problems with checkout or paying for the palette. There was an option for express shipping or normal shipping. I paid for normal shipping and the palette arrived at my house the Monday morning at 10AM I remember that I still wrote an exam that morning and left early so I could get home early. I have to give a big thumbs up to SwiitchBeauty for delivering so quickly. The price wasn’t heavily discounted and I ended up paying around R265,99 in total which is relatively close to R350. Therefore, I’m really not impressed with the so called ‘sale price’ that they seemed to offer.

Packaging ♡:

The packaging of the palette is one of the best in my opinion. It has a holographic finish and looks amazing! The palette contains 35 intensely pigmented, buttery smooth, mythical eyeshadows. The shades range from yellows, oranges, pinks, violets, greens and blues to black.

 

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Swatches and Colour Pay Off ♡:

I have to say that I was relatively impressed with the swatches of the shades in comparison to the Slays For Days Palette. I was not impressed with the orange shade in the Slays For Days Palette but this palette blew me away. I loved the shades I used on my eyes. They blended well and there was only fallout in the palette but not on my face. I was honestly so impressed, that I rated my palette a solid 10/10. I cannot wait to create colourful looks with this palette!

The Completed Recreation ♡:

This is the finished look I tried to recreate from Selena, I really love how this turned out!

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Gold Christmas Inspired Make-Up Tutorial With A Red Lip

It’s been a while.

Hello lovelies and welcome back to my blog. I am proud to announce that I have completed my third year of university (God willing, I really don’t want to qualify for a supplementary exam). I am so ready for Christmas and what better way to kick off the festive season than with a stunning red lip and gold eyeshadow combo?

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I know that not all countries have access to YouTube so for those of you who don’t (or you’re too boring and don’t feel like watching my amazing video), here’s a quick run down of the products used in this video:

♡ Isabella Garcia Day Defense Moisturizer to prime the face.

♡ Benefit KaBrow in 04 for those brows, cleaned up with LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural.

♡ The Body Shop All-In-One Tinted Concealer Primer/Instablur

♡ Decided to give SwiitchBeauty another try, so I used the SlaysForDays Palette on my eyes (the smell still bothers me though).

♡ Eyeliner from The Body Shop (it’s a star stamp liner but I wasn’t feeling that adventurous)

♡ False Lashes are the Eylure lashes (Kimberly Lashes)

♡ Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in True Nude

♡ LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural to conceal

♡ Catrice Cosmetics Sun Glow Bronzer

♡ Essence Cosmetics Matt Touch Blush in 010 Peach Me Up

♡ The Body Shop Drops of Glow highlight

♡ Essence Cosmetics Red Lip Liner

♡ L.O.V Cosmetics Kristina’s Red Lipstick

I have a few make-up tutorials coming your way very soon (I’m trying to finish up my Rimmel London foundation because I hate how it makes my skin look). I actually have one going up on my channel tomorrow so make sure you’re subscribed so you can be part of my little family. I am having a giveaway launching before Christmas which only applies to my subscribers and Instagram followers so be sure to keep an eye out! I have a new Instagram account too, called sincerelydeeannetheblog so please give me a follow!

Love and really missed you.

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Swiitch Beauty Slays For Days Palette | Worth The Hype?

If there’s one thing my readers should know about me, it’s that I’m brutally honest.

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Last month, I ordered the Slays For Days Palette from Swiitch Beauty. If you don’t know, Swiitch Beauty was founded by Rabia Ghoor. She is a South African entrepreneur who left high school in Grade 10 to persue a career in the beauty industry with her own startup named Swiitch Beauty. I love the fact that she is so young and started her own business. More power to you girl!

Swiitch Beauty offers a selection of products which you can find here and I have to say that the selection is quite impressive. I opted for the Slays For Days Palette which offers 35 intensely pigmented, buttery, warm toned shadows. It retails for R350 and I happened to get mine with free shipping.

First off, when the package arrived it was so securely wrapped which meant so much to me because it ensured that the palette didn’t arrive broken and that all the shadows were in tact when they came to me. The packaging of the box is absolutely stunning, with rose gold lettering on the front of the box. Another important note is that this palette is cruelty free. A while ago, Love, Kaylyn wrote a blog post with all the details which you can find here I absolutely love her blog and her aesthetic is to die for!

A question that seems to be on everyone’s lips is where exactly Swiitch Beauty’s products are manufactured. I personally have no idea,  but there has been some talk about people spotting the products without the brand logo from China. I personally do not mind, as long as they are cruelty free and no animals are harmed in the process!

 

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One thing I have to say is that I love the variety of colours in the palette. I love warm tones and I am contemplating purchasing the Unicorn Sauce palette. However, during my tutorial (if you watched the YouTube video above), I complained about the smell of the packaging. This to me was a bit of a problem, as the smell was so strong it gave me a headache.

I don’t know how to pin down the scent but it was obviously so potent that it left me with a wofting headache. I’m going to try to leave it out of it’s packaging so that the scent disappears though.

With regards to swatches, some of the shades did not swatch nicely but on my eye they blended really well and the shimmer shades were very intense even without using a make-up applicator brush.

In my video, I spoke about the correspondence and how quickly the palette arrived so if you want more information on that then please watch the video.

This is the finished look I created with the palette which I am extremely pleased with:

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I did recreate this look in the video so please go and watch it to see how I created this look.

Overall, I’d rate this palette an 8/10 just because I didn’t like the fact that the palette left me with a headache and I do feel that the price is a bit expensive so I don’t know if I agree with the price. In terms of pigmentation and blending I loved this palette so much! Would you like one of these palettes? I’m thinking of doing a giveaway!

 

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VLOG: The Body Shop Play For Peace Event

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post. YAY.

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I am one of those people who get overly excited for Christmas and everything that comes with it. My favourite part is spreading joy and love throughout the festive season. The Body Shop South Africa was kind enough to invite me to their end of year media event and I just have to say that this cause is something which is quite close to my heart.

One of the reasons I love the season of giving is because I myself did not have much to begin with. I grew up in a family where we did not have much, but we had each other and that taught me how to be grateful. My parents worked their fingers to the bone to provide for my brother and I. I’m very grateful for my family and I wish everyone could experience love like that.

The Play For Peace Campaign is an initiative The Body Shop came up with in order to support children in need. For every gift set you purchase from The Body Shop, you contribute to the Peace Play Project, which provides a safe space for children to play and heal. This programme teaches children how to deal with their trauma, cope with their losses and express themselves without violence.

The Body Shop has inspired me to give more this Christmas, which is why I will be embarking on a few charity campaigns this Christmas. To follow my journey, subscribe to my YouTube channel and look out for my Christmas videos coming up.

Please support this amazing campaign by purchasing any selected gift set from The Body Shop.

 

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Review: Garnier Pure Active Intensive 3-in-1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Wash, Scrub & Mask

It’s been a while.

If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that recently I decided to take a break from Instagram and posting almost daily. As a student, my work load can go from “what am I doing at campus” to “I should be paid for writing 2000 word essays and coming in for tests on Saturdays”.

I love unwinding while I write papers so that I don’t feel overwhelmed. Taking care of yourself is an important asset to your mental health and should always be your first priority. Recently I received the Garnier Pure Active Intensive 3-in-1 Anti-Blackhead Wash, Scrub and Mask from Garnier and at first I was a bit hesitant. Being someone with sensitive skin, I wasn’t sure how my skin would react to the product and if it would work.

First off, I have to say that I received 2 products but will be saving my second review for my demo video. If you didn’t know, I have a YouTube channel which you can find here if you would like to see beauty tutorials, reviews and vlogs. I would love if you would subscribe to my channel so you can be a part of my YouTube family.

I used the charcoal scrub as a mask and I have to say I’m really impressed. It didn’t smell too intense but still had a very nice scent. After leaving the mask on for 5 minutes, I washed it off with warm water. Most masks usually leave my skin feeling rubbery and tight after using them and then result in a massive break out. This mask left my skin feeling so soft and smooth. Apparently this product is supposed to tighten pores as well and I did feel it working. I have yet to get the dreaded blackhead break out but I’m so eager to put this bad boy to work! I love the product so much and I cannot say enough good things about it.

SOME MORE INFORMATION:

Retail Price: R102* (price may vary according to retailer).

3in1 wash + scrub + mask. The PureActive range has been specially developed to help fight the appearance of imperfections, blackheads and excess surface sebum.

Is Garnier PureActive 3in1 wash+scrub+mask right for me?

Yes, if your skin is combination to oily, prone to impurities, open pores and shine.

How is it different?

It can be used as a wash, scrub and mask.

1. Wash: enriched with zinc derivative, known for its purifying properties and smithsonite extract, it intensely cleanses and eliminates impurities.

 2. Scrub: it contains pumice, a natural exfoliant, to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.

3. Mask: enriched with white clay, known for its softening and absorbing properties, it helps mattify the skin’s appearance.A tripe mineral power for a triple anti-imperfection action to help protect against imperfections even before they appear.

What’s on your beauty desk? Please leave me any sensitive skin mask recommendations!

Review: The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid (6/12 shades) & Lip Scuff

Life is short, buy the lipstick.

I’ve always been a massive fan of The Body Shop. This year I was fortunate enough to be invited to their Drops of Light event. At this event, they introduced us to a wide range of products The Body Shop had to offer which included the Matte Lip Liquid which I will be reviewing.

As a student, I had to watch my budget as The Body Shop can be quite pricey, and for good reason. The quality of their products are so good, that I feel it is value for your money. These babies retail at about R90 each and recently they had a massive 3 for 2 sale, which I caved and bought 3 more and it only costed me R180. The first 3 I had purchased at the event.

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From left to right: Sicily Iris, Sydney Amaryllis, Paris Peony, Cali Gerbera, Taipei Orchid and Windsor Rose.

The packaging reminds me so much of the Kylie Jenner lipglosses, without causing me to spend my entire salary. With a simple matte black cap and 8ml tube of lipgloss, I feel that it is definitely worth the spend.

The colour selection in this range was what I was most impressed with. I feel that 12 shades are not a lot but the colours they offer are out of this world. One thing I do have to note is that I feel that the colour in the tube is not the same when applied to the lips. In some instances they are much darker and others much lighter. The darkest shade I own which is 019 Sicily Iris, shows almost black in the bottle but then on the lips it’s more of a deep plum, but not as dark. The darkest shade in my opinion would be Sydney Amaryllis which shows up closer to a neon pink/red on my lips.

The only bad thing I can say about this product is that sometimes one coat is not enough, which is normal as I’ve never had one swipe colour pay off before. The other thing I’ve noticed is that when I wear this, it takes a few minutes to dry down matte.

With that being said, I feel that the good definitely outweighs the bad when it comes to these lip liquids. I’ve eaten meals before and still had my lip liquid stay on, I’ve only ever had to reapply maybe once or twice. I love that this is hardly drying on my lips as I do struggle with dry lips so I feel that I have a love-hate relationship with matte lipsticks or glosses because they can be very drying. I feel that these are so wearable and I haven’t tried it before but they should be kiss proof too (provided your significant other does not eat your face off). Lastly I love the smell of these because it is a bubblegum scent and it smells so heavenly. To me, Sicily Iris smells like grape bubblegum!

I do not have swatches of the lip liquids because I am saving that for a swatch and wear test video so people can see for themselves!

 

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The Lip Scuff:

Being someone who struggles with dry and chapped lips, I needed an exfoliator for days when I really need to treat my lips. This lip scuff has a very menthol type of scent and feels like an exfoliating scrub, just in the shape of a lip balm. I love how moisturized my lips feel after removing the dead skin and this prepares my lips for the matte lip liquid. It has not been damaging on my skin and I love how cute the packaging is! That is the item pictured above with the silver cap. I would definitely recommend this as an exfoliator for your lips.

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