Helurrr all you gorgeous people! I have been in absolute awe of the support and sweet words I’ve received since my last post, so I would like to start off by saying THANK YOU.
Now let’s get into it! Today I will be reviewing some of the products that I have recently purchased through various retailers/platforms. (Also due to influence from various youtubers – I’m such a bad/good influencee lol). Without further ado, here they are – in no particular order.
1. Tarte shape tape contour concealer.
It is no surprise that this concealer has been raved about by errbody in the beauty industry so obviously I needed this in my life. Let’s start off with some history on Tarte cosmetics and it’s founder, Maureen Kelly. This amazing company was started in her very own one bedroom apartment in 1999, purely with the need to create a cosmetic line that was not only cruelty free and good for you, but was glamorous and chic. Fast forward 18 years and she has lived up to that! The shape tape is described on their website as “A best-selling, full-coverage, vegan, blendable concealer that instantly brightens, smooths & shapes skin.” They also state that one shape tape is sold every 26 seconds – how crazy is that?! Don’t believe me? Check it out here.
Price: R320 (Their official website does ship internationally, however the associated shipping costs and customs/taxes pretty much end up around the same as ordering from re-sellers in South Africa.) I am not sure about costs regarding other countries but their website sums it all up for you. With shipping costs of R240 and customs/taxes of around R300, I ended up forking out just above R800 for this bad boy. Plus I had to wait a month for it to arrive and I am probably THE most impatient person. They do offer free shipping for orders over R1042, so if you’re looking to splurge then yay for you!
Formulation/texture/coverage: Their claim of full coverage is not to be taken lightly – literally. The tiniest bit of products blends out and covers for days! So I know this product is definitely going to last me a while. It is such a lightweight formula, yet the visible difference is amazing and you don’t even need setting powder. I bought the shade medium (I am an NC42 in Mac Foundation) and the highlight and coverage it provides is gorgeous!
Packaging and a surprise: My package arrived with the nastiest SARS stickers all around the box, but when I opened it…there was a little card with a discount coupon and the sweetest words on the back. Then I found unicorn wrapping paper and I felt all fuzzy inside. The shape tape is 10ml of product and is a pretty decent size tube with a wand to match. I didn’t even mention the best part – a free sample! These are obviously not guaranteed with every order but you might be lucky! I chose the lights,camera,lashes 4-in-1 mascara and it is so adorable! I must say that the little touches they added (and the free gift + discount coupon) made me feel a little better about the amount I spent on shipping and customs.
2. Milani conceal + perfect 2-in-1 foundation + concealer
Whoa that’s a mouthful! Also a very bold statement. Milani cosmetics founded by brother and sister, Laurie Minc and Ralph Bijou is known as a ‘drugstore foundation’. “Inspired by Milan” – they encompass “rich, lush, with more diversity in shade range.” Unfortunately, the drugstores in South Africa don’t stock this brand so I purchased mine from the Makeup Shack.
Price: R289 (I think it was on special but it usually retails for around R300. Shipping was R80 so 10 points for affordability!)
Formulation/texture/coverage: The name in itself promises to be the only thing you need for flawless skin (so no shape tape? Now you tell me!) It feels really smooth on application and blends out really well. It has the best scent I have ever experienced with a foundation – it smells of cinnamon!(I love the smell of cinnamon so I am very biased on the smell lol). The smell does fade (awh man) so dont worry, you’re not going to be a walking cinnabon. (That is a very delicious thought though, ain’t it?) I will say that is it definitely full coverage for the most part but I did feel like I needed my shape tape for my under-eye circles. I do have a really dark under-eye area so definitely a personal preference. My T-zone is oily so I did need to blot during the day, but the foundation wore pretty good.
Packaging: I’m sure this will vary with different re-sellers, I received my bottle in bubble wrap which I loved. Yes, I love bubble wrap, don’t judge me. The bottle is 30ml of product which the norm, and has a pump. The pump has to be my favorite thing when it comes to foundation, so another 10 points! I am the shade 07 – Sand, which is the tiniest bit darker than my actual skin but after highlight, it looks just right.
3. Benefit bigger and bolder brows kit.
This amazing company was founded all they way back in 1976 by Jean and Jane Ford. What was named the ‘Face Place’, transformed into ‘Benefit Cosmetics’ in 1990. Only recently introduced to the South African market through Edgars and Red Square stores, these counters have literally changed my brow game. Not only do they provide awesome products, they give advice on your specific brow/skin concern. While we’re on the topic, thanks to Rubybox’s latest promotion, I got a free wax and brow styling session. The stylist at the Red Square in Canal Walk, Cape Town, Chante was an absolute doll. I am been a victim of over-plucked eyebrow syndrome and this woman was phenomenal! From her personality, to the products and advice she gave me, I left that counter a very happy woman! This would usually cost R145 – with that experience, I am definitely going back next month. I’m sorry, I digress. I just had to mention it! Back to the kit. I got mine from the Benefit counter at Edgars in Canal Walk (I shop there a lot, I know).
Price: R475 (Red Square has it reduced to R403,75 here)You’re getting close to R900 in products so this is definitely a massive save.
Formulation/texture/coverage: The kit includes brow stencils, a high brow pencil (full size), Ka-Brow! (full size in shade 5) and the ready,set, brow! gel (travel size).
- The Ka-Brow! is my favorite brow product ever. It is the cutest thing ever and fills in your brows perfectly with the smallest amount of product.
- If you’re new to this, then the stencils really help with giving you guidance and the brush is the perfect size to do your thing. Trust me, soon you will be free styling because this product is creamy and blends out so naturally – although you can build up the product if you need those dramatic looks.
- The high brow pencil is pink in colour but adds the best highlight under your now perfect brows – it is sooo creamy, makes everything look super clean and blends out so good!
- And the cream cheese frosting on the red velvet cupcake is definitely the ready,set,brow!gel. This little baby is perfect to just seal in your masterpiece and the wand with the dual sided bristles is perfect for sculpting. Those brows ain’t budging until you use your micellar water, girlfriend.
Packaging: The box itself is a pretty tin which makes pack-up-and-go super easy. You know your products are not going to budge in those indented foam inners. The actual Ka-Brow! pot, ready,set,brow! gel and high brow pencil are beautiful just to look at. These are the kind of products you want to take everywhere and show off because they were designed so impeccably. Definitely a good buy for a girl who just wants to have a brow game.
I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on these products. As I mentioned on instagram, my content is not limited to a specific topic/category, so let me know what you would like to read more about and I will be more than happy to do my best. This was a bit of a lengthy post, but there’s so much I wanted to share on these products/brands and I feel I needed to inform people who may be thinking of investing in them.
Remember that you are getting my completely unbiased opinion on these reviews and that all products were bought by me. I’m just going to keep it real.
Thank you for reading