In the past, I have done Hits, Misses and Empties as a combined post, but they’ve always been a sort of round up of a few different products that I have been trying. I thought that for the new year, I would attempt to do a monthly series of posts sharing my Hits, Misses and Empties for each month. However, while putting my first post together, I realized that it would end up being quite lengthy, so I have decided to split it up into 3 individual posts, appropriately named Hits for XXX (month), Misses for XXX, and Empties for XXX and will share them throughout the week.
Revlon 2-in-1 Compact Makeup and Concealer
Revlon won the hearts of many beauty bloggers when they sent out the crème de la crème of press drops, for the Christmas season. I mean, it’s hard to outdo a Revlon press drop in general, but they set the standard even higher with a beautiful stack of gifts, festively wrapped in red, gold and white. Inside each of the gifts were a variety of their products including quite a few different foundations, but being a complete Revlon whore, I already owned a number of them. However, one that caught my eye was their new 2-in-1 compact makeup and concealer.
I had seen the launch and heard the hype but something about the cream formula stopped me from trying it. In general, cream formulas make my skin look and feel greasy, so I try to avoid them at all costs other than using cream color correctors for underneath my foundation. I won’t lie – I had no intention of actually trying the foundation, until the other day when I looked at all my makeup brushes which are in desperate need of a wash and figured damn it, I am just going to opt for makeup that doesn’t need a brush. Hahaha, I have outwitted my makeup brushes guys, because now I have a badass routine that doesn’t need me to wash any of them (evil laugh).
I was blown away by the coverage that the cream foundation provided and just like every other Revlon foundation, the color match was perfect! I love that their foundation is simplified and if you’re the shade Nude in one of their foundations, you will be the same shade in all of them. I mean, at first, I looked at the compact and was convinced it was darker than their liquid foundations but after applying the cream, I was blown away by how good the color match is. I have also found that Revlon’s foundations don’t oxidize to the point of looking like a Cheese Curl – BONUS!
Upon application, I realized that you really have a good sense of control, building up the coverage to suit your look. You can ultimately go for a “no-makeup” feel that just covers blemishes and spots, or you can build it up to high-coverage without the foundation looking streaky or crumby. The shininess that I was expecting, is dulled by the most beautiful demi-matte finish, which gives skin that glowy-natural look without looking like a polished bulb.
Also, included in the compact is the concealer which is perfectly paired with the cream foundation, to offer a brightening effect for under the eyes. As with the cream foundation, you can build up the coverage of the concealer and the two blend well together, giving a very natural look while still providing optimum coverage.
NAK Haircare Aromas Color
A few (read many) months ago, Retailbox and NAK Haircare sent over a package that had the most phenomenal scent coming from it, and inside held their new Aromas range for coloured hair. Having just dyed my hair, from red to my natural brunette root, I figured it would be a good opportunity to put the range to the test, this month.
Erm, would it be awkward if I admitted wanting to lick up the shampoo? It has such an amazingly sweet-musk scent that gives me childhood nostalgia, remembering eating those little pink Angel Kisses and feeding them to my mom, pretending they were medicine, while I played doctor.
The Aromas range is vegan friendly, and free of sulphates, and parabens. The range also boasts a blend of Argan, Lavendar, Pitcholi and Geranium oils to naturally improve, maintain and protect your color treated hair. You can expect your senses to explode with happiness when you take your first sniff, but do so with caution because chances are you won’t want any other haircare range after trying theirs.
I loved that the pairing of the Aromas shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling weightless, which helped embrace my natural waves. The overall look and feel of my hair has improved quite a bit with more shine, vibrancy and a stunning scent to match!
Want to try the NAK Aromas range for yourself? Head over to the haircare specialist at Retailbox.
Palmers Eventone Suncare
I have finally achieved what I thought was impossible. I made it through summer without getting sunburnt, and I have Palmers Eventone sunscreen to thank for it. In general, I am bad at applying sunscreen but knowing how painful sunburn can be, I don’t want to imagine what it must be like for my toddler, so my resolution was to prevent it from happening all together and of course, if I am going to try convincing my toddler to apply cream before eagerly jumping into the pool, I would have to start applying it on myself too. The main reason for me skipping on my daily dose of SPF is merely because nobody likes leaving home looking like a grease ball!
The Palmer’s range of sunscreen is fast absorbing, offers great coverage and doesn’t leave that nasty looking white residue. It also happens to be water resistant which is always a plus and it doesn’t have that pungent smell that usually accompanies other suncare ranges. I have been using their SPF 50 which is great for the whole family and much to my relief, we’ve avoided any sunburn this season. I also love the spray-on variant, but my toddler has misplaced mine, so I’ll need to pick up another one the next time that I am in town.
The spray-on variant is feather-light and leaves a light misty residue that absorbs after a few minutes. I like the convenience of spraying it all over but always opt for using the cream on our faces anyway. This is definitely a repurchase for me, and always great to have on hand.
CATRICE Prime and Fine Contouring Duo
I am pretty sure that this is my 3rd Contouring Duo from CATRICE – I just love it THAT much! Considering that this is an affordable variant when compared to other contouring palettes on the market, I am always blown away by the quality that this gem packs. The powder blends well, gives great pigment and simply melts into the skin, giving it a gorgeous velvety finish.
The highlighter is very subtle and doubles up as an awesome eyeshadow to brighten up any eye look or can even be worn on its own. Unlike other highlighters, I like that this one doesn’t feature chunks of sparkly stuff but instead offers a buildable highlight that looks naturally glowy and pairs perfectly with the contour.
Kangol Eyeshadow Palettes
Kangol Cosmetics launched their own Ultimate Eyeshadow Palettes of which I own 2 (Graffiti Treats and California Dreams). I have really enjoyed playing with their new Graffiti Treats palette, dubbed the palette of summer, which totally intimidated me at first. We’re all friends here, so I will admit that I may have even considered giving this palette to my sister because goodness, those colours are BRIGHT! But being in the mood to explore, I have really enjoyed playing with my more colorful side.
The packaging of their palettes is very durable, making them great for handbags, and they feature a long mirror for quick touch ups. The palettes feature 12 different colours and a double-ended makeup brush, which isn’t the worst brush ever! I love the metallic finish to all of their packaging – it gives an expensive feel to a rather affordable palette. Yep, these babies only cost R159 and are available at all Truworths stores. Be sure to keep an eye out for their promotions which usually offer a free with purchase or 3-for-2. If you’re looking for something that you can wear every day, be sure to check out their California Dreams palette which is pinks and plums, or if you’re looking to try something new and bold, go on and explore the Graffiti treats range of bright shades. Some colors can be a little chalkier than others but for the most part, the palettes offer great value for money, a wide variety of shadows and all in chic packaging.
And that rounds up my hits for January, be sure to keep an eye out for my next post featuring my biggest misses for the month. Which products did you try this month, that you’re currently loving – maybe I will give them a go in February?