Friday, August 22, 2014

My favourite plum and purple lipsticks!

If you follow me on Instagram (@whimsyisforever), you may have noticed that this season I've been cheating on my signature red lips for something a bit more interesting! Here are the four lipsticks I've been reaching for the most (bonus: they're all super affordable).

1. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 04
My most recent addition, this lipstick is a dark, vampy purple. The formula is quite firm and dry with a matte finish, so it has good staying power. Downside is that it doesn't fade evenly, so be prepared for touch-ups.

2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 120 Cutting Edge
This was my first adventure into darker lipsticks, I bought this tube more than 2 years ago, but I didn't wear it much before now (I was a bit too shy for bold lips in the beginning!). The colour is a beautiful true plum with a satin finish. The staying power on this lipstick is great, I normally only reapply after lunch.

3. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 330 Sloan's Plum
Words cannot describe how lovely this lipstick is to wear, it's just so comfortable! The formula is smooth and moisturising and the colour payoff is excellent. The shade is a very similar to Cutting Edge, but with glossy finish. The unfortunate trade-off for moisturising lipsticks is that the staying power isn't great, but this one fades evenly (no lipliner effect) so reapplication is painless.

4. Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm in 215 Shameless
The big one, the one that put purple lipsticks on the map this year! Every bold lipstick addict I know has this one in their collection! The colour is a bright, bold purple that's not for the shy! The matte finish means that this lip colour stays put for ages but it doesn't feel uncomfortable or dry on the lips. I would recommend lip liner with this one to make sure that you have nice crisp edges (sneaky tip - I use a purple eyeliner pencil!). (This is also the one I'm wearing in the opening image.)

One important thing to remember when you're going to be wearing dark or bold lipstick - make sure that your lips are nicely exfoliated and moisturised first! 

PS All products shown were purchased by me personally.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Be Thankful" Tuesday

If you're a long-time Whimsy Is Forever you might remember that back in the day I used to do a lot of these "Be Thankful" posts, and I think it's time to bring it back! I was about to hit publish on a different post, and then I realised I had already hit publish on 499 posts. So for my 500th post on Whimsy Is Forever, here are some of the things I'm thankful for this week:

All the beautiful friends I have made through blogging! You ladies inspire me each and every day!

Sunny weekends and new leaves on the Stellenbosch oaks that hint of Spring

The awesomeness that is reconnecting with old friends

Getting back into my writing and feeling inspired

Finally starting to feel better after a yucky case of flu!

Finding the perfect new handbag after months of hunting

The fact that I recently passed my driver's license (finally!)

The wonder that is a new, well-fitted bra

Post-exercise endorphins

Rediscovering how awesome short nails are

Reorganising my desk at work and starting the week off with a clean slate

What are you thankful for this week? (Big or small)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Face of the Day

I was going to just post this photo as a FOTD on Instagram, and then I realised I actually want to share with you the products I'm using on a daily basis. Now that I write it all out, it sounds like a lot! However, because I do this routine basically every single day (just swapping products out as I feel like it, eg Garnier BB Cream instead of Catrice, or Maybelline mascara instead of L'Oreal), this face takes me under 10 minutes to do. The only thing that really changes for my everyday face is my lipstick, where I try to wear a different colour every day, but because the rest of my face is quite neutral this is easy to do. (Although this winter, I've mostly been alternating between red, plum and purple on the lips.) I've been trying to subtlely start introducing a bit of highlighting and contouring to my face but I'm still very much a n00b at this, so constructive criticism very much welcome! Apologies that these photos are taken in my lab, it was still too dark at home to take decent photos. (And if anyone from work is reading this, yes, my safety specs went back on my face as soon as these photos were taken!)

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer, applied with fingers
Catrice Camouflage Cream* (on blemishes), blended with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Catrice Light Reflecting Concealer (under eyes), blended with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Catrice BB Cream*, applied with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, then buffed with Burst FD 05 Brush*
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, applied with Estee Lauder Powder Brush
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matt Bronzer (under cheekbones, along nose, on temples), applied with Real Techniques Contour Brush
Estee Lauder Silky Powder Blush in Pink Kiss and Nude Rose, applied with Estee Lauder Blush Brush
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer (along cheekbones, down bridge of nose), applied with fingers then gently dabbed into skin with Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Catrice Eyebrow Stylist in Brow-n Eyed Peas
Catrice Prime & Fine Eye shadow Primer*, applied with Real Techniques Foundation Brush
Stila eye shadows in Bare (base shade), Bliss (lid), Sunset (crease and outer corner), Kitten (inner corner) and Bubbly (centre of lid) (all from the In The Light palette). Bare and Bliss applied with Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush. Sunset, Kitten and Bubbly applied with Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush. Blended with Estee Lauder Blending Brush.
Essence Gel Eyeliner Pencil* in Black (tightlining)
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

Revlon ColourBurst Matt Balm in Shameless
Almay Intense i-Colour Eyeliner in Purple Amethyst (used as lipliner)

Amethyst necklace from Poetry, Squirrel & Acorn Earrings from Offbeat Melody.

And a closed eye photo so you can see the eye shadow that's hiding on my hooded lids.

I've written reviews for a few of these products already but some more reviews are coming up! Stay tuned :)

Are there any of these products that I'm using that you love? (Or hate, for that matter?) Do you also have a go-to routine for your everyday makeup or do you wing it every morning?

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