Pamper Sunday Sephora Algae and Pearl Face Mask Review

Pamper Sunday: 
Sephora Algae and Pearl 
Face Mask Review

Hi Divas!

I was recently reminded that I have a working uterus and my body was clearly taking visible revenge on me for not reproducing. My skin was acting out and I had unsightly breakouts setting up camp on my face. I usually get hormonal breakouts around once a month but this time was a full on revenge party. I truly didn't understand what was going on but I knew I had to give my face some tender love and care. I remembered that I had purchased two masks from Sephora and thought this would be an ideal time to put them to the test. After all I don't just buy sheet masks for the pretty packaging. I would actually like them to work when I wear it too. The Algae face mask is marketed towards purifying and detoxifying the skin. I thought I would start with that one first and see if it would relieve any existing blemishes and stop new ones from forming. I then decided to use the Pearl face mask towards the end of the week to brighten up my dull, dearie and depressed skin.

Sephora Algae Face Mask
Algae extract comes from seaweed. It is known to contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that cleanses and detoxify skin. It protects the skin from free radicals and prevents collagen from breaking down. It keeps the skin hydrated while restoring it. The mask is packaged well with a protective film over it. It is made out of thick cotton. These sheets are thicker than the normal Korean cotton fibres. It fits snug on the face and does not slide or drag down. The essence has a slight chemical sea breeze scent to it. It has a gel like texture as it not runny at all. I like that it does not drip down the face. I do feel that the consistency is slightly drying and not moisturising enough. After wearing it for 30 minutes, my skin did not feel as well moisturised as I would have liked it. The essence soaks quickly into the skin and it does have a cooling effect. I honestly did not see any improvements in clearing up my breakouts. It probably helped a little but I guess it was not effective enough for any real visible differences. Sigh, someone hand me the chocolate! My treat of choice to cure all sorts of PMS ailments.

Sephora Pearl Face Mask
Pearl extracts are beneficial for the skin in that it contains nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. These all help the skin fight acne, treat discolouration, heal breakouts and give vitality and suppleness. This mask is packaged exactly the same as all the other Sephora masks. It is a little smaller in diameter but it does fit my face. It has a slight floral scent but nothing overpowering. The mask feels very comforting and moisturising. Unlike the algae mask the essence is very hydrating and soothing. It absorbs easily into the skin and the texture is not runny therefore it does not drip down the neck. This mask contains a lot more essence in the packet and I like to pat it into my skin when I am done wearing the mask. I love this mask as it brightened up my tired and dull complexion. It evens out my skin tone making it more radiant and refreshed.

Do you like my selfie? Follow me on Snapchat DIVADESLE to see more craziness. Over all I loved the Pearl mask over the Algae one. I would definitely repurchase it and give the Algae mask a skip. I was really hoping it would do wonders for me but it was a total let down. Thank goodness for the Pearl face mask saving the week. Have you tried any of the masks? Let me know below. Now pass me the chocolate! I need to celebrate getting through another revenge period. LOL ;-)

Divalicious Kisses

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara Review

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara

Hi Divas!

 When I first heard the name of Benefit's newly released mascara I was hooked! 'Bad Gal Bang' sounds completely sexy, rebellious and explosive. Benefit Cosmetics are known for their high-quality mascaras. They have cult favourites that most beauty fanatics love. I was very intrigued that they released a new one with such a bad ass name and extraordinary claims, as 36 hour full blast volume. Who wears a mascara for 36 hours? She must be a bad girl, damn. I bought this mascara at a Sephora in Qatar but it is available at Benefit counters in South Africa. While shopping around in Sephora, one of the assistants tried the mascara on my co-worker and it looked absolutely amazing on her. I definitely wanted to try it out for myself. This mascara has been very hyped up across the beauty community but each person has different needs when it comes to finding their perfect mascara. I will be reviewing this product according to what I like as finding the ideal mascara that works for your eye shape and eyelashes are subjective.

The mascara comes in a black, pink and silver trendy design. It is packaged in a matte black plastic tube that has a chic rubber feel to it. I love the edgy designs on the cap as it gives the product a futuristic feel. The actual wand is longer than most standard mascaras and feels a lot more flexible. The brush is plastic and has a sleek and quite tapered design with 300 bristles on it. You kind of wonder if this brush will actually do anything significant for the lashes. Of cause the secret is in the bristle layout and the mascara formula. This mascara contains Pro Vitamin B5 which nourishes the lashes. It makes them stronger and helps them to grow thicker. One of the biggest ingredients that make this product stand way out from the rest is the Aero Particles derived from space technology. I know, your brain probably froze just a a little bit to take that all in, LOL. Apparently, these aero particles are used in space missions and now they are in your mascara. They are one of the lightest materials that aim to defy gravity thus keeping your lashes lifted and not weighed down for a longer period of time. That point when makeup and physics meet.

Bad Gal Bang promises to give massive volume to the lashes without weighing it down. The brush is designed to reach each and every lash across the eye giving it a vava voom effect. It is smudge proof and water resistant too. This mascara has a thick consistency. I find that I can only apply two full coats before it starts getting seriously clumpy. As mentioned above the wand is flexible therefore it can be tricky in controlling precise application. The actual bristles are amazing and definitely reaches each and every lash. The brush lifts the lashes giving it amazing volume and length. I really love the way this mascara performs on my lashes. Every time I wear it I look like I have false lashes on. It truly gives big dramatic eye lashes. The colour is a true black and looks striking on the eyes. As I mentioned the formula is thick and you have to work slowly when coating your lashes. This is not a quick coat and run out the door mascara. You have to take your time when applying it to make sure your lashes are well coated and precisely brushed through. This will give the best effect out of the product. If you work too fast you can end up with clumpy lashes and smudges on your eye lids.

 I have natural long thick lashes therefore I feel this mascara works great on me. It enhances what I already have and gives a false lash effect. It performs really well throughout the day for me. It does not smudge, droop down or run when I exercise. As I mentioned above you have to work slowly and precisely for this mascara to give amazing results. If you have short or sparse lashes, this mascara might not work as well for you. It may give dramatic length but not volume as the formula is thick and it may make your lashes look spidery. This is a good mascara if you know how to work with it and you have a good set of natural lashes to begin with. I personally really like it and enjoy using it on a daily basis.

I hope you found this review helpful.
Divalicious Kisses

Neutrogena HydroBoost Skin Care Range Review

Neutrogena Hydro Boost
 Skin Care Range 

Hi Divas

We are currently in the heart of Winter in South Africa. Cape Town has been wet, windy and quite chilly. I had to switch up my skin care routine to adapt to the change of season. I have combination skin which gets oily in the t-zone area. During the colder months, my forehead and the skin around my mouth can become dry and sometimes flaky. Changing your trusty skin care routine can be a daunting task as finding the right products to work for you at an affordable price point can be difficult. I decided to give Neutrogena a chance as the claims were quite promising and the prices were super inexpensive. I too was drawn to the striking blue packaging in the store. There is something about the colour blue that eludes to moisture and refreshing skin. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost range consists of 7 products all aimed at boosting hydration. I shall be reviewing four products from the range. Each product contains Hyaluronic Acid which is the key ingredient in the Hydro Boost products. It aids the skin in holding moisture thus keeping it hydrated and healthy looking. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in our skin. I love the concept of using these types of ingredients helping increasing our moisture barrier. On to the reviews!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Facial Wipes
I hardly ever use cleansing wipes unless I really have to. I find them rather wasteful. What drew me most to these wipes are that they can remove waterproof mascara and the toughest makeup while giving moisture to the face. Some makeup wipes contain high levels of alcohol and can be pretty drying on the skin. Waterproof mascara is very difficult to remove therefore I was interested to see if these wipes would get the job done. The wipes are quite silky in texture and smell amazingly fresh and slightly sweet. They contain a cleansing lotion which removes makeup effectively. They remove all traces of makeup and waterproof mascara without stripping the skin of moisture. These cleansing wipes are extremely moisturizing. It feels like you already applied a cream after you use it. They do not leave an unwanted residue but they do give moisturisation. The only con I have with these wipes are the quantity. There are 25 wipes in a packet but the average cleansing wipes come in 30 to 40's in a packet. These are pricier than your normal cleansing wipes too. I therefore feel that even though they work amazingly well, they are not economical in the long run.

 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Water Gel
The cleansing gel is packaged in a 200ml pump bottle. I find the quantity quite generous for the price. I therefore feel it is a good budget purchase as you get more product for your coins. The cleansing gel is a little runny in texture. It lathers well with water and removes dirt from the face. It feels refreshing on the skin and does not leave any residue or a tight and dry feeling afterwards. One pump is enough to cleanse your whole face, unless you are wearing a full face of makeup, you would have to double cleanse and go in with a second pump. This is a good every day cleanser but it is not effective enough to remove heavy makeup or thoroughly cleanse pores. If you are someone who is looking for an affordable refreshing cleanser and you don't wear a lot of makeup then this would be lovely for you. I on the other hand, need something more potent to thoroughly cleanse my face and pores as I wear makeup every day. 

 Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Micellar Water
This is one of my favourite products from the whole range. I was really surprised at how well it worked as this was my first time using micellar water. Micellar water is similar to a toner. It contains oil molecules that attract and draw out dirt from your pores. It dissolves and removes dirt while leaving your moisture levels intact. This is unlike normal cleansers that strip moisture from the skin. What I love most about this micellar water is that I don't have to rinse or cleanse my face again. It does a wonderful job in removing any traces of makeup and excess dirt. It is gentle on the skin and feels so light and refreshing. I would definitely purchase this again. The product comes in a 200ml plastic bottle and it would last you a long time as a little goes a long way. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
This is my absolute favourite product from the Hydro Boost line. It totally deserves a big gold star. There are two creams in the range but the water gel variant is the ultimate winner. I have used the gel cream targeted to dry skin but it does not come close to this one, therefore I am not reviewing it here. The cream comes in a standard 50ml tub. It has a soft light creamy texture that melts into the skin. It locks in any serums and essences which you have applied before the last step. The cream is truly hydrating and keeps in moisture despite its light consistency. It lasts well throughout the night and I do not wake up with a dehydrated face nor an over oily face either. My skin looks plump, smooth and refreshed in the morning. I sometimes mix it into my daily SPF moisturiser in the mornings too, when I feel I need a little extra love and care. It blends well with other cosmetics and makeup products. I would definitely purchase this again when I run out. It's a good quality and effective low budget moisturising cream.

 These products do contain fragrance and have no anti-ageing benefits. These are the only true cons from the range for me. Over all I am very impressed with the Hydro Boost line. I recommend it to anyone who suffers from dry skin and looking for something more cost effective. These products have kept my skin moisturised and healthy through this chilly weather. Have you tried any of these products? Do let me know below. I hope this review was helpful. I have been using these products for more than two months now and feel I could give an honest intensive review. Sensing lots of love.

Divalicious Kisses

Urban Decay One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector Review

Urban Decay One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector Review

Hi Divas

The year of 2018 has really been all about expanding my complexion products. I have bought and tried so many new foundations both high and low end. As I have been getting older I have been focusing on having clear, smooth and flawless skin. This of cause starts with eating right and changing up my skin care routine. When you have healthy and radiant skin it definitely affects the way your makeup looks too. When I stumbled on the One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector at Sephora, I truly wanted to give it a try. It was much cheaper than most of the products in the foundation category at the store. This product is described as an all you need one step base combining skin care and makeup. What intrigued me the most were the words ''complexion perfector''. Who doesn't want to have a perfect flawless face? I have seen many Youtubers rave about this product and I was eager to find out what the hype was all about.

Urban Decay describes One and Done as having the best of both worlds in your hands. It has the benefits of skin care as well as foundation coverage all in one. It promises to blur imperfections, even out your skin tone and diminish the look of pores. It contains peptides, vitamins and SPF20 to help treat skin and prevent sun damage. The light diffusing spheres bring radiance and helps remove visible flaws from the naked eye. Finding a base product that has the coverage of a foundation and the benefits of skin care all in one sounds like a dream come true to me. The packaging of One and Done is quite pretty. It comes in a squeeze tube with a metallic ombre effect. There is 40ml of product which makes it 10ml more than a standard foundation. You are truly getting your money's worth. As I mentioned above it is cheaper than most high end foundations at Sephora. The product does come with a pump which is excellent as most squeeze tubes do not. The tube is designed as an air tight product; therefore, you have to squeeze the tube just before pumping it. This will allow a full pump of product to be dispersed out. The packaging is light, mess free and very travel friendly. I totally give it a big thumb up.

There are six shades ranging from light to deep. Each shade is a blanket cover for your skin tone, as the product adjusts and adapts to your actual complexion. Whether you are in the light, medium or deep spectrum, you will find a shade that works for you as the product transforms to your skin colour. I chose the shade medium light as it has a very visible yellow undertone whereas the shade medium has a peachier undertone to it. On first application medium light is slightly lighter than my actual skin tone but it does adjust and settle into my skin throughout the day. The foundation has a very creamy texture. It actually feels like a moisturiser when you apply it. It reminds me a lot of a BB cream. I therefore prefer to use my hands to blend One and Done rather than a brush or sponge. When applying it with a brush or sponge you would have to use twice as much product than if you were to blend it directly with your hands. The consistency is very light and the coverage is sheer. One thing that is very noticeable about the product is that it is very hydrating and feels so comfortable on the skin. You honestly don't feel like you applied makeup at all.

As mentioned above this is sheer coverage like a tinted moisturiser. It will not cover any blemishes, scars or dark marks. You would have to use a concealer and a colour corrector if you want to see any visible coverage in that aspect. What you do see when wearing One and Done is a visible blurring filter on your face. It is weird to describe but there is no coverage yet the face seems blurred and smoothed out. It is quite magical to look at. This product gives you a natural your skin but 10 times better look. When applied with concealer and powder, your skin looks naturally flawless. It looks like you are not wearing makeup at all but you look radiant, smooth and gorgeous. It's crazy but true. This is perfect for women who don't like to wear makeup but want to look flawless. If you are someone who wants light coverage on lazy days then this is excellent too. As you can see in the photo above, my face seems smooth and radiant yet my moles and freckles are still visible. You can also see the sheer coverage around my mouth area. Not every woman desires a full face of makeup every day, this product is great for those moments.

*Who is it for: Women who want a my skin but better look.
*Who is it not for: Women who want full to medium coverage.
*Can I skip skin care: Absolutely not! No matter how much marketing a product gives, always apply your usual skin care before using a product as the skin care benefits are not enough for a visible difference.
*Pros: Perfect for every day flawless complexion and travel friendly. Has skin care benefits and SPF20. It lasts throughout the day and does not flake or rub off.
*Cons: Has a tendency to pull or flake when applied with a drying moisturiser. Make sure your face cream is hydrating before applying this product.

Hope you found this review helpful.
Divalicious kisses