A little while ago, Clicks sent me a box of beauty goodies to try, and while I’d tried a few of them before, the majority were brand new to me. Chances are there are some products that you’ve haven’t tried, either, so here are my mini review of everything in the box.
There was a sample of Michael Bublé By Invitation Pour Femme EDP (R445 for 50ml). I adore the smell of this in the bottle, as it has notes of jasmine and peony, but sadly it just didn’t settle well on my skin. If you love warm, floral scents, pop into store and test this one.
Sorbet Cuticle Oil (R95) is an absolute winner! For a formula rich in many nourishing oil, the texture of this oil is incredible. It absorbs so quickly, leaving no greasy residue behind – I normally only apply cuticle oil at night as I have an absolute loathing of having oily hands and fingers.
Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray (R69.95) is one that I’ve tried and loved before. Wet n Wild is such an underrated brand, especially because the quality is so good for the price point. This setting spray hydrates the skin and keeps makeup in place all day. It also works well to refre4sh makeup during the day if you need a pick me up.
SVR Sun Secure Blur Mousse Cream (R250) is a summer staple for me. The blurring action means that (if my skin is behaving) I can get away without wearing foundation. But if you need to wear foundation, the formula is lightweight enough you can apply makeup over the top.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule-in-Serum Supercharged Booster (R159.95). I haven’t used Neutrogena products in years, but this reminded me how good the Hydro range is. The formula contains encapsulated hyaluronic acid, as well as antioxidants to hydrate and protect the skin for up to 24 hours. The texture is super lightweights and doesn’t pill under other skincare.
Max Factor Miracle Prep Lip Scrub (R159.95) is a bit of a princess product, but useful if you are a fan of matte lip formulas. The dual formula gently exfoliates and hydrates your lips, creating the perfect canvas for lipstick. I’ve been using this more than I thought I would, and it has made wearing matte formulas so much easier.
I love how far false lashes have come. Now we can get serious full-on volume without the uncomfortable weight on our lids. The Sorbet All of a Flutter Length & Load Artificial Lashes (R60) is no exception. These dramatic lashes are so feather-light, you can barely feel them,.
I never saw the point in having loads of makeup brushes until I got loads of them. Creating beautiful, intricate eye shadow looks really does come down to having good brushes. I am normally a Real Techniques only girl 9also available at Clicks), but the Beauty Crush brushes really give them a run for their money. I’ve been using the Pointed Powder Brush (R79.99) and Beauty Crush 4 in 1 Cosmetic Brush Set (R109.99) for a while now, and am so impressed with them. They are soft and easy to use (I mean they are a comfortable weight), and they clean well, with minimal shedding.
If you want to start a makeup brush collection or want to try new shaped brushes, you won’t find better at this price.
I had actually been eyeing the Nyx Machinist Shadow Palette in Steam (R449.95) for a while before I was sent it. I honestly don’t need another eye shadow palette, but now that I have this one, I would highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a versatile palette that will work for every day and special occasions.
The 12-shade palette contains 3 mattes, 6 shimmers and 3 glitter shades. The textures are soft and creamy, and have hardly any fall-out on application. The colour payoff is incredible, too, which means this palette will last you years!
The colours are all so wearable; you won’t have one you don’t use, so R37.50 per shade is not a bad investment.