Beauty Haul: What’s On My Beauty Desk?

“Home is where the make-up stash is”

I love shopping. I don’t care if it’s window shopping, online shopping or simply going into a store to browse around and make a mental list of all the items I should start saving for. Unfortunately, I am a student. And I do not own my own car, which not only makes it difficult for me to move around but also limits my time when I do go shopping, just because I have to work on someone else’s time schedule. Another downside to not having my own car is that I cannot have a part-time job which requires me to work during the week. I’ve mentioned before on my blog that I am a product promoter, so I stand in store and market products to shoppers in the hopes that they will buy it and make my company look good. I only work this job on weekends and this job is not permanent which means that only when a promotional product becomes available, I will be able to work (if I meet the criteria of the company).

Now imagine my excitement when I realized I had enough birthday money put away in a fixed account and enough to leave in my personal and splurge on myself? Yes please. I went to Clicks and Dischem (for any of my followers outside of South Africa, these are drugstore make-up stores with a pharmacy and other retail items, equivalent to a Walgreens) this weekend and picked up a few things to add to my collection.

 

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 Eylure London Lashfix Strip Lash Adhesive (Dries Clear):

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I didn’t go into Clicks with the intention of purchasing this, but I do own many pairs of false lashes which often don’t come with adhesive. Not only that but I can’t stand the tiny bottle that comes in the packaging of most lashes as I find them very difficult to work with. I almost always misplace my lash glue and I can’t stand the pre-glued lashes. This seems like a good investment and I noticed that there are also many variants including some that dry black. I chose the clear due to the fact that it’s my personal preference.

Eylure London x Cheryl Flower Girl Lashes (114)

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My lash addiction is the bane of my mother’s existence. I only have a few boxes, yet she can’t stand when I come home with more of them. How could I not pick these babies up? I love how wispy and dramatic these lashes are and they do not look heavy which really ticks my boxes. I think what I love most, and what caught my eye was the featherlight feel. I wear glasses and often find that my eyes get really sore and irritated if I wear heavy lashes. These are re-usable so I will have no problem using them again and there is a mini adhesive in the box.

Eylure London Lashes Designed By Kimberly (118)

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I don’t have a lash addiction… I just love lashes! Picked up my holy grail lashes from Eyelure. This is a brand I swear by and I love these particular lashes because they add length and look fairly natural. I think there’s something about how natural these look on me that keeps me coming back for more every single time.

L.A Girl Pro Conceal in Natural

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For those of you who watch my YouTube channel tutorials, you would know that for a long time I had been using the L.A Girl Pro Conceal in Creamy Beige. I felt that the shade was too close to my skin colour so I went a shade lighter and picked up this baby from Dischem. For some reason I’ve never seen L.A girl in Clicks. I wanted to try a few other products from L.A girl but I was on a time crunch so I didn’t have the time to swatch and browse.

Essence Long-Lasting Lipstick (25)

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I never used to like lipsticks when I was younger and to this day I still find myself wiping it off before I eat. I saw this colour while browsing the Essence Cosmetics section at Clicks and I fell in love. I received a gorgeous package from Essence with never-before-seen products and I’m going to film a tutorial with this bright pink lipstick tomorrow!

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation (303 True Nude)

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I desperately needed a new foundation as my Yardley London Stayfast became really watery and I couldn’t use it anymore. There was nobody in store who could colour match me so a little hack that I found was that if you have a particular foundation already, pick it up and compare it to the other shades in store. Boom, instant colour match with no testing needed. I hope this shade is correct but I won’t be too phased if it isn’t because I’ve been dying to pick up The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops.

What’s on your beauty desk at the moment? x

 

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Bring Out Your Bold With The New Labello Bold Blackberry Shine! x RubyBox Beauty

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!

–Where have I been?–

Well, for the past few days I have been preparing for my upcoming exams, including one I am writing tomorrow. Yet, here I am in my room up late at night to bring you this blog posts. Exams has certainly ruined my sleeping patterns!

One thing I hate about exams is that when I get stressed, my skin starts to show it and my lips become extremely chapped. My saviour? The new Labello Bold Blackberry Shine Lip Balm!

Rubybox Beauty approached me a while back to add me to their bloggers database and asked if I would review products from time to time. Being the avid reviewer that I am, I could not turn down such an amazing opportunity. If you would like to check out there website then simply click here — and please note that this review company is only valid to those living in South Africa, however you can still see the amazing website and have a look at the review community.

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I loved the packaging of the new flavour. It was like unwrapping a gift on Christmas! You had to pull the tab open to see the products inside. I loved the vibrant pop of colour and how it was packaged. It was bold (see what I did there…). To see my Bold look that I created, you can view my Instagram post here Labello is currently running a competition where if you buy your pack in store, you’ll find a cellphone number underneath the lip balm on the package and you can send your Bold recreations (outfit, make-up, hair etc.) to the number and stand a chance to win amazing prizes.

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Inside the package were 3 little Labello Bold lip balms, RubyBox was so kind and sent me 2 boxes. In total, I have 6 Labello Bold lip balms, but I won’t be saying anything about where they might be going (Christmas Giveaway, Maybe?). The lip balm itself is small and convenient to pop into your purse, or if you’re a student like me then your compartment in your backpack. The lip balm is a “twist-up” which is great for me because I hate getting lipbalm under my nails when they’re in containers.

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Photo Credit: http://www.fresh-store.eu

Before I used the Blackberry Shine, I used the Labello Blueberry Blush Lip Butter which is my all time favourite lip balm. Although the flavours are similar, they vary in a few ways.

  • The Blueberry Blush has a soft Blueberry scent, which reminds me of blueberry sweets in a way and if I had no idea what flavour it was I wouldn’t really guess berry at first. The new Labello Bold has a bold blackberry scent, one where if you had a whiff (and trust me I can’t stop sniffing my lips when I have this on) then you would automatically associate the smell with blackberries.
  • The BB Blush is a container, the BB Bold is a twist up.
  • BB blush is lighter in colour while BB Bold is a dark purple colour pictured below.

 

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And to answer the question you may have, yes. This lip balm does leave a tinge of purple on your lips after application (my boyfriend was not happy when I gave him this one after losing his one but I think it’s cute).

Overall, I’m not going to lie. Although I was picked to review this product, I’ll always love Labello as a product because they’re the only lipbalm I use as it doesn’t irritate my lips. I will however leave my thoughts here:

  • I love the packaging: easy to access and store away.
  • Love the colour. Vampy is my go to when winter comes around but is always fun to play with. Perfect if you would like to add colour without going overboard.
  • The smell is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Like, go buy one and sniff it now please.
  • Pricing is about R21,00 which I appreciate as I am a student and don’t always have money to splurge on things that I actually need.
  • Does not irritate my lips. I HATE menthol and other strongly scented lip balms because they tend to make my lips tingle then dry them out.

Let me know what you think of the new Labello Bold, head over to my Instagram too so you don’t miss out on my Labello Bold demo which I will be uploading on Saturday to my IG.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 28 – Hassle Free Spaghetti Recipe

Hi Everyone! In keeping with my Bon Appetit section on my blog, I thought I’d share my favourite spaghetti recipe. Spaghetti is one of the easiest and hassle free meals to make and I love any Italian food. For the next 7 days I will be uploading a recipe a day as I have been very quiet on the blog.

INGREDIENTS:

500 g Ground/Minced Meat (I usually use 1 packet but for 4 guests or more I use 2 packets)

1-2 Onions (for more flavour I prefer using red onions)

1/2  green pepper, diced.

1 clove of chopped or grated garlic

1/2 a packet of spaghetti, depending on how many guests you are serving. My personal favourite is the Fattis and Monis spaghetti.

2 – 4 cans of tomato paste, my personal favourites are the Koo tomato paste or the Rhodes tomato paste cups. Depending on how many people I serve, 2 – 3 people I usually use 2 Rhodes tomato paste cups.

1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 pinch of salt.

PREPARING THE MINCE:

Fry the onion until golden brown, add green pepper and add garlic.

Once the garlic and green pepper are sauteed, add the mince into the frying pan and fry until the mince is ready. I personally love to add BBQ spice for extra kick and hearty flavour. Once ready, it can be removed from the heat.

In a separate pot, add boiling water to spaghetti with a pinch of salt and teaspoon of oil. Once all ingredients are in the pot, boil the spaghetti for about 1–15 minutes or until it is soft, yet firm to chew.

Drain spaghetti into a colander and add it to the mince and mix together. Add tomato paste into the spaghetti and mince and season with a little bit of sugar just for a hint of sweetness and so that the bitterness of the tomato sauce is not too overpowering.

Feel free to leave out the mince if you’re not into mince but personally it’s what brings the whole meal together in my opinion.

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images courtesy of Foodie’s Feed.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s recipe!

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Technical Difficulty

Hi everyone.

As you know I have not uploaded day 13 and 14 of the 30 day challenge and the reason is because I’m currently sitting at the doctor with a really bad migraine and I’ve been really sick for the past 2 days. I’d like to apologize for that and I will be back soon.

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Back To Campus Stationery Supplies Haul 2016

Hello my lovely readers

I am currently typing up this blog post with the biggest headache because I am in the process of reorganizing my room. I don’t know why cleaning always gives me such a headache. Today I’ll just be showing you my stationery supplies for the year and I know it’s January but I go back on the 15th of February and I wanted to start my year off on the right note x

Nothing mentioned below was sponsored and all my stationery was purchased from Pick n Pay unless stated otherwise.

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My glitter pencil case is from Typo and it was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas. It’s not really big but holds everything I need including my  mini stapler and staple remover and I was really impressed.

 

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The second gift from Typo is the A5 buffalo grey glitter notebook which I use as my planner. I use a notebook because it gives me more space to write and plan and I can paste months-at-a-glace planner pages which are basically free printables from my favourite studyblr which you can find here.

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These are my 192 page hardcovers in which I transfer my notes neatly and make them colourful. I really like these book covers which are from Carte Blanche. I do not take these to campus every day and I re-write my notes at home.

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This adorable owl notebook I purchased from CNA and this is where I will scribble down my notes from class and then transfer them to my notebooks at home. I really like the ringbinder type of notebook and this one has those pre-cuts where you can tear out your pages without leaving the ugly marks from the rings.

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My Hello Kitty Tippex correction tape is so small and easy to put in my pencil case. I like how small it is and it’s so adorable!

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My owl ring binder in which I keep my tests and assignments. In the past I have been asked to resubmit assignments and I always misplaced them so I just keep everything in one place because I do not want that to happen again so lesson learned!

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I personally think every student should have a flip file because this stores all my information so if I should lose my backpack then someone can find my student number and email me if they find it. Also, I keep loose notes in here so that they don’t get crumpled and ruined in my backpack.

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My little Tatty Teddy envelope keeps all my loose notes in one place for when I’m in a rush and can’t file everything separately. This is one of my must haves for campus because it’s so convenient.

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How cute are these Hello Kitty pens from BIC? I was so scared these were the gel ink but luckily they weren’t. This was a great deal but I would’ve preferred more black pens though! However, I like taking tests with blue pens.

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I personally love using koki’s in my notebooks because they make my notes neat and colourful and I mean, who wouldn’t want to study from colourful and brightly coloured notes? I’m not really a fan of highlighters because they always smudge so these are a great alternative.

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Sticky notes for little reminders and important notes. I have them in yellow, pink and green.

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The reason I bought this little notebook was for the colourful tabs. I’m an English student and we do a lot of reading so I have to mark up texts and these are perfect for that. Also, the sticky notes I purchased separately are not going to be nearly enough so I’m glad I purchased more.

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How cute are these erasers? I just died and went to heaven when I saw these because I love cupcakes and these are so tiny and cute.

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As a student you have to hand in TONS of paper and most of the time you’re not allowed to bother the staff for a stapler which is why I keep one in my pencil case. I also keep a staple remover because I often have to remove rubrics from previous assignments or I forget to attach a rubric or declaration.

That was pretty much it for my little haul. What are your favourite stationery items?

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My Winter Lookbook (Formal)

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello all my lovely readers, new readers, people who found my page randomly. I just wanted to share my Formal Winter look book with you as part of the new year. I am actually already in Summer here in South Africa so if you subscribe to my channel you’ll be the first to see my Summer 2016 look book which I am so excited to film.

 

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Sincerely,

Deeanne.