A week ago I was quite inspired and had a clear plan as to what my blog was going to look like with regards to posts and themes. I was going to do all my photograpyhy (if we can call my pictures that), plan, etc….but…you know…life….
I’m a mom of 3 and that’s crazy on it’s own. Then last week we were planning a 60th birthday for my mom in a mere 2 days. More crazy. Then sadly on the day of the 60th my husband’s dad passed away. It was a weekend of celebration and death which was bittersweet. About his death I will say it was a blessing for him to be surrounded by his family and he went peacefully and I hope that will bring comfort to his children and wife that he leaves behind <3
So that’s the update…sorry it’s a bit of a sombre one….
Today I wanted to do a review of sorts of the LA Girl products that I own, but I thought it’d be a bit long with everything, so I opted to break it up into 2 posts. A lot of people I speak to don’t know about LA Girl. I know…say what? SHOCKING!
Okay, okay I’ll admit that I didn’t know about it too…until I started reading beauty blogs and then only I started noticing the stand when I walked into Dischem. Now I can’t NOT go to the LA Girl section when I head to Dischem. It’s an amazing and affordable drug store brand and you could literally kit your whole makeup bag with their products and know you have some great quality products in there.
First up is the LA Girl PRO bb cream. BB creams are short for beauty balms or blemish balms. When I first started wearing makeup I found foundation too intimidating. For me, a BB cream is the answer to those days where you don’t want a full coverage (good skin days kinda day) or you just want a more even skin tone without feeling like you’re wearing a full face of foundation.
The LA Girl BB cream is by far my favourite one. It’s lightweight, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy at all and it’s also enriched with Vitamin B3, C and E. I honestly get a lot of compliments on how good my skin looks when I wear this, so it’s very natural looking and people assume I’m having a good skin day. A win right?
These come in about 8 shades. I personally mix the fair or neutral shade with the medium one to reach a shade closest to my skin colour.
RSP – R59,95
Next up are the LA Girl Pro conceal HD concealers in Medium Beige and the Green corrector. Off the bat, these concealers are really great value for money. The regular concealers are great for blemishes and your under eye area and give a full coverage. The ONLY gripe I have is that the product does not disperse evenly through the nozzle/brush tip, but I squeeze and then take what I need with my finger (I can hear you all gasping saying how unhygienic that is….ha ha) or a concealer brush.
The green colour corrector I use specifically for any red blemishes or spots I may have. My cheeks are prone to redness and then also around the nose area from the lovely hayfever and sinus… Dab this with a very light hand, or you could be left with a tinge of green if not blended correctly. There are a few other options in the colour corrector concealers, but I must admit these sell out really fast and I’ve never managed to get any of the others. I am keen to get the orange for my under eye area.
Here we have the LA Girl Booming Lash Mascara. Okay so I have a bit of a mascara buying problem. I love to try out new mascaras…..at any given time I have about 6 or 7 open. Not good seeing as they don’t have a very long lifespan once opened. Urgh. So I grabbed this at one of the ‘Buy 2 get the 3rd free’ promotions at Dischem and I must say this mascara didn’t wow me.
The brush is really long and I just find that it doesn’t grab my lashes, so it’s a very superficial coat, which is fine for a day at the office when I don’t need my lashes to look dramatic, but I wouldn’t repurchase this one personally.
I’m not sure what this retails for, but I’m guessing around R59,95.
So the last LA Girl product for today is one of the blush collection palettes in ‘Glow’. As you can see, this palette comes with 2 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. From left to right:
– The 1st blush is a matte coral colour
– The 2nd blush is a lighter pink with a bit of shimmer in it
– A bronzer
– A highlighter
What I love about this palette is that if you literally can only grab 3 items to do your face, this one palette has at least 3 or 4 uses. So it’s a great all in one solution if you’re somebody on the go or even just starting out your makeup collection.
The quality is decent. I did have to swipe a few times for the above swatches, but I prefer that with the bronzer, it’s buildable and not a plonking of brown on my face.
The blushes are way more pigmented than the bronzer, so go in with a light hand. Personally I find the blushes are too bright for my skin tone (I’m allergic to pink on my cheeks), BUT I do mix it with the bronzer and that’s a comfortable shade for me.
The highlight seems very white and chalky when you first swatch it, but as you blend it, it’s actually a beautiful champagne shimmer…GORGEOUS!! The star of the palette for me.
I think this retails around R89,95 and there are 4 different options in these blush palettes for different skin tones.
As stated above, all these products are available at Dischem exclusively. If you haven’t tried LA Girl, you really do need to go and pay them a visit.
What are your favourite LA Girl products?
Part 2 coming soon…..