Review: New L.A Girl Cosmetics

Hey guys!

I know most of you are excited to see this review as these have gotten a lot of hype over social media the minute Dischem and LA Girl Cosmetics SA announced their release this month on Instagram


I, for one, was really really excited as I’ve seen such great reviews, especially by 1 of my favorite beauty gurus, Kathleen Lights
Having dry skin, anything that has the word “illuminating” in it, immediately gets my attention
There are 16 shades to choose from, so you’re likely to find a good match, as well as a WHITE foundation. It’s Super impressive for such an affordable brand to come out with a white foundation, if which you didn’t know, is used to lighten your foundation, as a makeup artist, this will definitely come in handy. If you struggle to find foundations that are light enough for your skin then this would be great. 
I’ve also seen excellent reviews on the Strobing powders, as we all know that some “drugstore” highlighters can tend to be chalky, chunky and glittery. Here in SA, we tend to have a lack of options at the drugstore when it comes to highlighters

(By drugstore, I mean stores such as Clicks, Dischem and the like)
So, here are my thoughts on these… 
Right off the bat, I was totally blown away by this foundation. 

It provides medium to full coverage without looking cakey or heavy on the skin, and has the most beautiful dewy finish. I doubt people with oily skin would enjoy this finish though, or may need to powder the entire face.
I have the shade Fair and find it suits my skin tone really well (kind of surprised by that actually, as I find it really hard to find foundations that match my skin tone well)
I also found that I needed to lightly powder my T-zone so I don’t end up looking greasy, I don’t powder my entire face so that the natural dewy sheen of the foundation remains where i want it. 
It lasted really well throughout the day and didn’t seem to get oily, even though I do have dry skin. 

It also didn’t cling to any dry patches or emphasize any dryness, I found that it sort of revives my complexion, giving it some life and a healthy glow!
The Strobe Lite Strobing powder is BOMB!

It’s a beautiful reflective powder which blends into the skin, giving it a shimmery sheen, without looking chunky or glittery
I was so chuffed when I realized that this specific shade, 80 WATT, is an exact dupe for the highly sought after Becca x Jaclyn Hill – Champagne Pop!!! 
Side by side swatches below, can you spot the difference???

(With flash and without)


Left is Becca Champagne Pop and Right is LA Girl 80 Watt
Lastly, the brow pencil… This also blew me away after the 1st use

(I think because I’ve been using a chunky brow pencil recently)
The pencil nib is extremely tiny, which makes creating strokes that imitate natural hairs, super easy
It’s pigmented and creamy but has that waxiness which allows it to stick onto the skin and eyebrow hairs

Yet not too creamy to the point where you need to go in extremely light handed to avoid going overboard. 
And…it has a brow spoolie on the other side which is perfect. 
The shade Brunette matches my brows spot on! It’s not too ashy or too warm

There are a variety of shades available so you’re definitely bound to find something that matches you. 

For R85, I think this is a real bargain!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little review

I’ve been using the products for about 2 months now, I’ve used up the eyebrow pencil and need to repurchase, just haven’t been to Dischem in a while

And I love using the foundation any time I need that extra coverage, for nights out, etc

As for the highlighter, I usually only use it when going for a full glam look as it is pretty intense ๐Ÿ˜‰ and just too intense for day to day usage
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Current Beauty Favoritesย 

Hey beauties!
I purposely skipped last months “monthly” favorites post coz most of the stuff I was enjoying I only started used like halfway through the month and didn’t want to post about it knowing that I haven’t tested it out long enough to call it a “favorite”

So I decided it be best to combine it all and compile and “current favorites”

So he warned, some of these stuff might have already been mentioned before.
Let’s start with skincare

Avon ClearSkin Professional- Clarifying Toner Pads

I have been obsessed with chemical exfoliants, they work really well on my skin and these toner pads from Avon are just amazing! They’re really affordable at R92 for 45 pads, and they contain both glycolic and salicylic acids
I only use them once a day, in the evenings and they do a great job at keeping my skin texture smooth and my pores clear

The next product is a staple in my routine and I really can’t live without since introducing it into my routine.


Vintage Beauty Facial Tonic
Featured here is the Revitalizing scent, I also do use and love the Invigorating one as well

I use it after cleansing, as a toner, as a primer before makeup and to set my makeup when I’m done

I also use it throughout the day to refresh my skin.

It’s really soothing and refreshing. It works great to prep skin before moisturizer if you have dry skin and really locks in the goodness.


Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water
I received these as a gift with purchase when I ordered online from Cosmetiques De France

I’ve only ever tried the Garnier Micellar water and while I did love it, it got replaced by my Vintage Beauty Cold Cream.

I like keeping this to quickly remove my makeup when I need to makeup wudhu (ablution)

It’s quick and easy and gets the job done really well.
Now onto makeup ๐Ÿ˜

Let’s start with face/base products


NYX Angel Veil Primer
I’ve recently fallen in love with this all over again!

It’s so smoothing and moisturizing to the skin, a great primer for my fellow dry skinned ladies out there.

It does have some silicone in it but doesn’t feel slippery on the skin and definitely doesn’t dry the skin out like some other pore minimizing primers can do.

I’m not sure if this is available in SA yet, haven’t been to a NYX stand in a while, I got mine from Feelunique.com

Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation

I’ve already mentioned the Bourjois foundation in a previous favorites so I won’t go into in much, I did however buy a mother shade, a shade lighter in 51 Light Vanilla, as far as I know this is only available online from Cosmetiques de France as I’ve only seen the shade 52 and up in store
As for the Rimmel foundation, a new gem in my ever growing foundation collection

I really love this 1. I wanna do a full review on it, so look out for that.

It’s a satin/demi-matte finish. Lasts so long on the skin and looks so good and fresh all day!

It really smooths the skin and minimizes the look of my pores. I absolutely love it and will be repurchasing soon. It’s really inexpensive as well, so that’s a bonus!

*note, I do add yellow colouring to my foundations so that they match me better. Both foundations mentioned above have been adjusted

Cala Makeup Blending sponge

After seeing a few local beauty bloggers rave about this sponge, I decided to pick up 1 for myself.
1st impressions, I was impressed that it was quite soft and squishy and not too dense.

After using it for quite some time, I can say I am really happy with my purchase, it works well to blend foundation and concealer into the skin and leave a flawless finish. I’m gonna be doing a “beauty sponge comparison” post soon, I’m just waiting on my Real Techniques sponge that I ordered to arrive.

RCMA No-Color Powder

If you have dry skin – Get this!
If you have oily skin – Get this!

If you love “baking” – Get this!

If you’re a makeup artist – You NEED this!

This is the best loose powder I’ve tried yet.

It works so well to set the face and for baking. It’s no wonder all the YouTubers have been loving and raving about this.

I got mine from Muse Beauty on Instagram, but I’ve seen a few other online retailers sell it as well. All of them are priced more or less the same.

CATRICE Made to Stay Smoothing Lip Polish 08 What’s your Atti-Nude

This has pretty much been the only lip product I’ve been using for the past few weeks, no lies.

It really does smooth the lips and gives a natural colour to it, like a “my lips but better”

And it does sort of dry down but doesn’t dry the lips or look dry, if that makes sense. 

Also, once it wears off, it leaves a tint on the lips, almost like a bitten kinda look. I love it!


Avon Supershock mascara and MaxFactor False Lash Effect mascara


I’m sure you all know that this Avon mascara is like holy grail status for me. And this Max Factor 1 is pretty awesome as well! But the 2 of them layered ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ omg! Someone actually asked me if I was wearing false lashes!

The result: super long, separated, full, luscious lashes! Nuff said!
LA Girl Gel liner in Dark Brown and E.L.F Cream Eyeliner in Black


I’ve been into Gel liners, can you tell??

I use them both on the inner waterline as well as on the lash line for winged liner.

They’re both equally pigmented, they glide on really well and stay all day.

My LA girl Gel liner in black has started to dry up so I started using the ELF 1 and I really love it.

Max Factor Creme Puff blushes and Bourjois Chocolate Bronzing powder

I got these because of the constant raves from the lovely ladies fromAll Dolled Up

And they did not disappoint! I have the shades 01 Nude Mauve, 05 Lovely Pink and 30 Gorgeous Berries

They have a lively sheen to them without looking chunky and glittery, they are really pigmented as well and the look so gorgeous on the cheeks!

They are a little pricey for a “drugstore” products, so I waited for a 3 for 2 sale on Cosmetiques de France and then snatched them ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for the Bourjois bronzer, I finally found a bronzer that looks good on my skin. Warms up the complexion without looking muddy or orange. Its a matte powder but does have some glitter through it but doesn’t really show up as shimmery or glittery on the skin, so it’s pretty much matte to me.

It’s not overly pigmented to where you have to watch how much you apply but it’s not poorly pigmented either, does that make sense?

Anyway I’ve been really loving it. 

Did I mention it smells so yummy?!

Saved the best for last ๐Ÿ˜‰ highlighters


City Colors Highlight Trio, Physicians Formula Shimmer strips in Warm Nude and Essence Eyeshadow in 01 Snowflake

1st of all, all of these are recommendations from Thataylaa on YouTube

I got the City Color 1 from Muse Beauty

These 3 have just been in my rotation for the past 2 months or so

I don’t use any other highlighters. They are all very finely milled and look very smooth in the skin, not shimmery or glittery at all, which is just my kinda highlight

My favorite way to apply highlighter is wet, as to not destroy the powder in the pan, I 1st pick up some product on my brush and then spritz the brush with a makeup spray and apply

I use the Vintage Beauty Facial Tonic, any makeup setting spray will work, such as MAC Fix +
Doing this intensifies the pigment and makes the highlight sort of melt into the skin rather than sit on top of it.

That’s it for my current favorite products! Shew that was long 1!

I hope you guys enjoyed the post and gave you some insight on products you were maybe contemplating on whether or not to buy.

If you guys have any post suggestions, leave a comment below.

I’d also love to know what are your current favorites so drop me a comment and let me know ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you for reading, if you wanna see more posts from us, don’t forget t subscribe and follow us on Instagram @makeupastorm
Love and makeup โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’‹

Fatima

Battle of The Beauty Sponges

This has been a post I’ve had in mind for way too long
I just needed to gather my test subjects and start testing
So as you can see, I have 4 sponges which I will be reviewing and comparing

Below is an insert with all the names of the sponges

2 can be purchased from Dischem and Clicks and 2 can be purchased from local resellers of international makeup brands like @muse.sa @laboutique.za @makeup_shmakeup
Let’s start, left to right
Artist of Makeup Beauty Buffer
If you didn’t know, Artist of Makeup cosmetics is the brainchild of world renowned celebrity makeup artist, Zukreat

No beating around the bushes, I’m gonna come out and say it, I don’t like this at all!

I had high hopes for it. It looked quite nice, it was designed by Zukreat herself, and I’ve seen people rave about it online

I decided to buy it when my trusty Beauty Blender was on its last stages and needed to be replaced
Most of the makeup sellers on insta I contacted had no stock or were too pricey

So when I saw that the AOM Sponge was cheaper than the Beauty Blender, I said why not?
I got it from Muse Beauty along with 2 other products (if you follow us on the gram, you’ll know what)

Immediately when opening and feeling the sponge, my heart dropped in disappointment
So let me tell you why I dislike it so much
If you’ve been using a Beauty Blender for over a year and switch over to this, you will know the struggle

The sponge is so dense and stiff, it’s not squishy like the Beauty Blender

It’s almost rubbery… almost exactly like the ones you can pick up at Dischem for under R50
I will admit that I was impressed at how much it expanded when wet, but it was still too dense for my liking
It feels like I was beating my face with it, literally
Some love it, not sure why haha, but to each their own!
Moving on…
CALA Makeup Sponge
I bough this after seeing a few local beauty bloggers rave about it

And thought, why not

It’s very affordable and the most inexpensive 1 at just R75
And let me tell you, I was super happy to replace the AOM makeup sponge as soon as I got this
It’s definitely not as squishy as the beauty blender but it’s close

The material of the sponge itself is quite soft

It expands nicely when wet and gets softer

It applies makeup nicely and doesn’t soak up too much product either
It took a little getting used to the shape of it since the tip isn’t quite as pointed

But I love the bottom of it, it’s quite flat and works well to blend foundation into the skin
(It’s available in pink and purple)
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Now, let me just say that I don’t know if this is the same as those sold at Clicks

I bought my Real Techniques Sponge from Lookfantastic, a UK site
It is quite different from the other Real Techniques Sponge I had about 2 years ago, and the packaging is different as well

I also know they changed their brushes as well

So I’m guessing the upgraded their entire line
I absolutely frickin’ love this sponge!

I paid ยฃ4 for it, which is roughly R70

And while it works out to be the cheapest for what I paid

It retails for around R110 at Clicks
This is my favorite out of the lot, it actually topped my Beauty Blender, which shocked me!

Especially for the price!
This sponge is soooo squishy and soft and it feels like you’re patting a cloud on your face ๐Ÿ˜ Lol
It expands really nicely, doesn’t soak up product and blends to perfection
Last but not least
The Original Beauty Blender
I don’t need to got into this much coz everyone knows about the Beauty Blender
The only big difference I can point out between this and the Real Techniques Sponge is that the Beauty Blender feels more rough, if that makes sense

It’s more poreous, like it has more noticeable holes in the sponge

Whereas the Real Techniques one is very smooth to the touch
I will however also admit that the Real Techniques does not last as long as the Original Beauty Blender and starts to tear down faster
On that note, I will continue to purchase the Real Techniques one, even if it means that I will be replacing it more often, I think it would still work out cheaper, if not the same as the Beauty Blender

(That’s if I continue to buy it from the U.K.)
* Let’s say I replace my Real Techniques Sponge 4 times a year and the Beauty Blender once a year, RT = R280 

Beauty Blender = R350 + additional courier costs
Here’s how I would rate them
1st Place – Real Techniques 

2nd Place – Beauty Blender

3rd Place – CALA
I really hope my reviews were helpful
I will be adding another post soon, comparing and reviewing dupes of the Real Techniques sponge and Beauty Blender from @dupefactorie to the originals

Their store opening is taking place in Durban this Saturday 

Be sure to follow them on insta for all the deets, they are also hosting a HUGE Giveaway, which Vintage Beauty has also sponsored towards
Instagram links for all above mentioned accounts below, and of course our blog page, just click on the name and it will take you directly to the page
Muse Beauty – @muse.sa

The Makeup Boutique – @laboutique.za

Dupe Factorie – @dupefactorie

Vintage Beauty – @vintagebeautysa

Makeupastorm – @makeupastorm
Peace out โœŒ๐Ÿผ๏ธ Fatima ๐Ÿ’‹

Current Beauty Favoritesย 

Hey beauties!
I purposely skipped last months “monthly” favorites post coz most of the stuff I was enjoying I only started used like halfway through the month and didn’t want to post about it knowing that I haven’t tested it out long enough to call it a “favorite”

So I decided it be best to combine it all and compile and “current favorites”

So he warned, some of these stuff might have already been mentioned before.
Let’s start with skincare


Avon ClearSkin Professional- Clarifying Toner Pads


I have been obsessed with chemical exfoliants, they work really well on my skin and these toner pads from Avon are just amazing! They’re really affordable at R92 for 45 pads, and they contain both glycolic and salicylic acids

I only use them once a day, in the evenings and they do a great job at keeping my skin texture smooth and my pores clear

The next product is a staple in my routine and I really can’t live without since introducing it into my routine.


Vintage Beauty Facial Tonic
Featured here is the Revitalizing scent, I also do use and love the Invigorating one as well

I use it after cleansing, as a toner, as a primer before makeup and to set my makeup when I’m done

I also use it throughout the day to refresh my skin.

It’s really soothing and refreshing. It works great to prep skin before moisturizer if you have dry skin and really locks in the goodness.

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water
I received these as a gift with purchase when I ordered online from Cosmetiques De France

I’ve only ever tried the Garnier Micellar water and while I did love it, it got replaced by my Vintage Beauty Cold Cream.

I like keeping this to quickly remove my makeup when I need to makeup wudhu (ablution)

It’s quick and easy and gets the job done really well.
Now onto makeup ๐Ÿ˜

Let’s start with face/base products


NYX Angel Veil Primer
I’ve recently fallen in love with this all over again!

It’s so smoothing and moisturizing to the skin, a great primer for my fellow dry skinned ladies out there.

It does have some silicone in it but doesn’t feel slippery on the skin and definitely doesn’t dry the skin out like some other pore minimizing primers can do.

I’m not sure if this is available in SA yet, haven’t been to a NYX stand in a while, I got mine from Feelunique.com
Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation


I’ve already mentioned the Bourjois foundation in a previous favorites so I won’t go into in much, I did however buy a mother shade, a shade lighter in 51 Light Vanilla, as far as I know this is only available online from Cosmetiques de France as I’ve only seen the shade 52 and up in store

As for the Rimmel foundation, a new gem in my ever growing foundation collection

I really love this 1. I wanna do a full review on it, so look out for that.

It’s a satin/demi-matte finish. Lasts so long on the skin and looks so good and fresh all day!

It really smooths the skin and minimizes the look of my pores. I absolutely love it and will be repurchasing soon. It’s really inexpensive as well, so that’s a bonus!

*note, I do add yellow colouring to my foundations so that they match me better. Both foundations mentioned above have been adjusted
Cala Makeup Blending sponge


After seeing a few local beauty bloggers rave about this sponge, I decided to pick up 1 for myself.

1st impressions, I was impressed that it was quite soft and squishy and not too dense.

After using it for quite some time, I can say I am really happy with my purchase, it works well to blend foundation and concealer into the skin and leave a flawless finish. I’m gonna be doing a “beauty sponge comparison” post soon, I’m just waiting on my Real Techniques sponge that I ordered to arrive.
RCMA No-Color Powder


If you have dry skin – Get this!

If you have oily skin – Get this!

If you love “baking” – Get this!

If you’re a makeup artist – You NEED this!

This is the best loose powder I’ve tried yet.

It works so well to set the face and for baking. It’s no wonder all the YouTubers have been loving and raving about this.

I got mine from Muse Beauty on Instagram, but I’ve seen a few other online retailers sell it as well. All of them are priced more or less the same.

CATRICE Made to Stay Smoothing Lip Polish 08 What’s your Atti-Nude


This has pretty much been the only lip product I’ve been using for the past few weeks, no lies.

It really does smooth the lips and gives a natural colour to it, like a “my lips but better”

And it does sort of dry down but doesn’t dry the lips or look dry, if that makes sense. 

Also, once it wears off, it leaves a tiny on the lips, almost like a bitten kinda look. I love it!


Avon Supershock mascara and MaxFactor False Lash Effect mascara


I’m sure you all know that this Avon mascara is like holy grail status for me. And this Max Factor 1 is pretty awesome as well! But the 2 of them layered ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ omg! Someone actually asked me if I was wearing false lashes!

The result: super long, separated, full, luscious lashes! Nuff said!
LA Girl Gel liner in Dark Brown and E.L.F Cream Eyeliner in Black


I’ve been into Gel liners, can you tell??

I use them both on the inner waterline as well as on the lash line for winged liner.

They’re both equally pigmented, they glide on really well and stay all day.

My LA girl Gel liner in black has started to dry up so I started using the ELF 1 and I really love it.

Max Factor Creme Puff blushes and Bourjois Chocolate Bronzing powder

I got these because of the constant raves from the lovely ladies fromAll Dolled Up

And they did not disappoint! I have the shades 01 Nude Mauve, 05 Lovely Pink and 30 Gorgeous Berries

They have a lively sheen to them without looking chunky and glittery, they are really pigmented as well and the look so gorgeous on the cheeks!

They are a little pricey for a “drugstore” products, so I waited for a 3 for 2 sale on Cosmetiques de France and then snatched them ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for the Bourjois bronzer, I finally found a bronzer that looks good on my skin. Warms up the complexion without looking muddy or orange. Its a matte powder but does have some glitter through it but doesn’t really show up as shimmery or glittery on the skin, so it’s pretty much matte to me.

It’s not overly pigmented to where you have to watch how much you apply but it’s not poorly pigmented either, does that make sense?

Anyway I’ve been really loving it. 

Did I mention it smells so yummy?!

Saved the best for last ๐Ÿ˜‰ highlighters

City Colors Highlight Trio, Physicians Formula Shimmer strips in Warm Nude and Essence Eyeshadow in 01 Snowflake

1st of all, all of these are recommendations from Thataylaa on YouTube

I got the City Color 1 from Muse Beauty

These 3 have just been in my rotation for the past 2 months or so

I don’t use any other highlighters. They are all very finely milled and look very smooth in the skin, not shimmery or glittery at all, which is just my kinda highlight

My favorite way to apply highlighter is wet, as to not destroy the powder in the pan, I 1st pick up some product on my brush and then spritz the brush with a makeup spray and apply

I use the Vintage Beauty Facial Tonic, any makeup setting spray will work, such as MAC Fix +
Doing this intensifies the pigment and makes the highlight sort of melt into the skin rather than sit on top of it.
That’s it for my current favorite products! Shew that was long 1!

I hope you guys enjoyed the post and gave you some insight on products you were maybe contemplating on whether or not to buy them.

If you guys have any post suggestions, leave a comment below.

I’d also love to know what are your current favorites so drop me a comment and let me know ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you for reading, if you wanna see more posts from us, don’t forget t subscribe and follow us on Instagram @makeupastorm
Love and kisses โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’‹

Fatima

What’s In My Makeup Bag

 I like to keep a small makeup bag near my makeup collection for easy access, to be able to pull it out and pop a few essentials for when I’m headed out and I know I’m gonna need to remove and reapply my makeup or for touch ups.
I’ve been loving this bag! It has a little mesh pouch in the middle which is attached by a small piece of velcro so if you don’t want to use it, you can easily just pull it out.

  
I like to use that to store my makeup brushes and beauty blender in. It’s mesh so it’s breathable.

And when this little pouch is attached, it creates a division so you have 2 separate compartments in the bag
There’s a lot of space however the bag itself is quite small.

Perfect to pop into your handbag yet big enough for you to take on travel, as it can keep quite a lot of products.
I got this bag from AVON, it came with a set of foot care products, I’m pretty sure it was a limited edition thing Coz I haven’t seen it in the catalogues for quite some time.
These are my makeup bag essentials

  
* Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation

* Bourjois Healthy Balance powder

* CATRICE Liquid Camouflage concealer

* Vintage Beauty Cold Cream (trial size)

* EOS Hand lotion 

* Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara

* LA Girl Glide on Gel eyeliner in Black

* Maybelline Baby Lips in Peachy Kiss

* Milani Blush in Luminoso

* A random brow pencil

* CATRICE Fluid lipstick (lipgloss)

* Some makeup brushes and a beauty blender (powder brush, blush brush and foundation brush (27 Pinkx blush brush) 
(From time to time, brands and products will change, but the actual product eg foundation concealer mascara etc stays the same, these are just my current obsessions and have been in my makeup bag for the past few weeks or so, the foundation and powder image new additions only)
I don’t wear blush and mascara on a daily a basis, however I like to keep it in my makeup bag for “incase”
What is in your makeup bag currently? I’d love to know what products have been your go-to
Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @makeupastorm
Fatima ๐Ÿ’‹