Winter Metallics

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Metallic silver, gold and copper tones are all the rage right now and will keep on going strong all spring/summer long. In honour of this pretty metallic trend, I did a beauty snoop and rounded up some beautiful eye makeup products to review. Witness the fitness right here…


These neutral shadows are a limited edition and come in a solid white palette decorated with gold stars. While the packaging is pretty, the casing isn’t the easiest to open. The case has a big, beautiful mirror, which I love because sometimes palettes are super stingy, giving you only a small strip of mirror. Inside, there are 8 colours, a great mix of browns, nudes and golds. The shadows are smooth, creamy and nicely pigmented and the colour payoff is great. Over an eyeshadow primer, they really pop and last nicely – from morning until early evening. Not all the shadows are the same though, with some of them being a bit chalky and not the easiest  to apply, coming off patchy and uneven. I feel like the palette is missing a light medium matte brown eye shadow for use as a transition shade. The applicator is nothing special, with both sides being the standard sponge applicator. I wish they would have made one end a brush because I don’t use the applicator at all. If you’re interested in this palette, swatch the shades on your hand before to see if you like the texture of the eye shadows. Around R150, available from Dis Chem.

catrice blaze of glory



In a previous post about what products to get rid of in your 30’s, I mentioned glitter eyeliner. While that still stands, I’m not averse to a chic hint of metallic liner. This gold liquid liner from Catrice is the perfect accompaniment to a heavy smoky eye, a simple winged liner look or to glam up your ordinary eyeshadow for a fabulous event. The applicator brush is a very thin and is good for applying a thin line of gold to your look. If you don’t have a steady hand, the pressure squishes the brush tip from being skinny to thick and your line ends up quite uneven. It’s a beautiful shade of gold (it looks slightly more green in the tube but goes on gold) and it brightens up my makeup when I wear it. Whenever I wear it I catch people looking at my eyes to figure out what’s going on. With this liner, I can have totally different look and for around R55, it’s an affordable way to add a little but of fun and glamour to your makeup looks.

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The first time I saw this on a fellow blogger, I went mad. She looked so good and I decided I had to have it. While I prefer more of an understated, matte makeup look for every day, this is SO beautiful for adding a hit of rose gold to your look. I specifically love to use this pencil for a smoky rose gold eye and bubblegum pink lips. I think it would also work well with a gorgeous red lip. The product is dual ended, with a deep brown kohl kajal liner on one side and a rose gold shimmer cream shadow on the other. Both ends are incredibly soft and this makes them easy to blend. Having said that, it’s quite easy to smoosh the tips, so go in with a light hand. Once you’ve applied and blended the cream shadow, it sets firmly in place thanks to the waterproof formula. It doesn’t smudge or migrate and is so long-wearing. The liner also sets, but comes off a lot more easily. Both ends are so highly pigmented and the rose gold shade is just sooooo beautiful. For around R95 (available from ClicksFoschini and even Takealot) these are simply amazing!

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First up, this palette reminds me on my beloved Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I am obsessed with rose gold and I love anything that resembles the pretty rosy metallic. The L.A. Girl Nudes palette is a dead ringer for the Urban Decay Naked  palettes and is even packaged similarly. The 12 rose gold inspired shadows (3 matte, 9 shimmer) come in a sturdy cardboard palette with a small strip of mirror. The applicator has a brush at the one end and a sponge applicator tip at the other, which is fairly useful. I love the fact that there is a nude matte and two matte browns – one light witha hint of pink and the other light-medium. They are perfect for my skin tone and I love using them as transition and/or lid colours. I love a good mix of satin/shimmer and matte, and I feel like L.A. Girl made the right shades matte. I do kinda wish that there were more matte shades on offer, but I’m too mesmerized by the beautiful rose gold shades to care. The shadows last all day (over my MAC Painterly Paint Pot) and are just beautiful. Available from Dis-Chem for only R69. This price point is so amazing, and if you aren’t prepared to drop R650 on a Naked 3 palette, you can get your rose gold fix from this palette. I love.

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Are you loving these pretty makeup colours as much as I am?

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