Urban Decay launching in South Africa

Right, so by now most of you who are makeup fanatics know that Urban Decay is about to launch in South Africa. I don’t write about makeup too often, but I do enjoy wearing it and my love affair for it has been growing steadily over the past year or so and I love experimenting with it. Blame it on watching too many YouTube tutorials, but one of the brands that I’ve been coveting for a while has been the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a  rose gold toned palette that includes 12 eyeshadows – 3 matte shades, 3 satin shades and 6 shimmer shades. And it’s absolutely stunning.

Eleanor J'adore - Urban Decay launching in South Africa

Eleanor J'adore - Urban Decay launching in South Africa

So when my family from the UK came to visit over the Christmas period, this palette and some of their make up brushes were high up on my gift wish list. I couldn’t have been more elated when I received my goodies, opened the package and saw the beautiful rose gold packaging stare up at me.

Now, the reason I’m so in love with this palette is because all the shades are really pretty and romantic. And what can I say, the rose gold theme really speaks to my femininity. My foray into the world of eye shadows has always been quite reserved but when I realised the ultra prettiness of this palette, I just knew I had to have it.

Eleanor J'adore - Urban Decay launching in South Africa

The look I created with my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette over the weekend

So now for the good news: Urban Decay is coming to South Africa and from what I’ve been able to gather it looks like it will be available from May, possibly in Edgars or Stuttaford stores. I have no idea what the price point will be, but for the hard-core Naked palette fans, I imagine it won’t be an issue.

There are 3 Naked Eyeshadow palettes in total and I would love to get my hands on the first two as well! Here they are:

Eleanor J'adore - Urban Decay launching in South Africa

 

Eleanor J'adore - Urban Decay launching in South Africa

Aren’t they just stunning? Who ever said neutrals have to be boring?

I see myself trying out loads of different looks with this here beauty. What do you say Girls? Are you a fan of Urban Decay cosmetics and will you making a purchase or 2  (or 10) when they launch in South Africa?

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The Noir Box – A beauty subscription box for women of colour

Eleanor J'adore: The Noir Box - A beauty subscription box for women of colour

If you’re a woman of colour the Noir Box is very likely to get you as excited as I am about this stunning new product. Imagine receiving new beauty products on a monthly basis that have been carefully curated to compliment our skin colour and our hair. Well, that’s exactly what it is – a new subscription box that has been specifically designed for black women in that the products contained therein are selected to complement our skin tone as well as our natural hair.

When I saw what was on offer in the latest box, I simply had to get involved as I’m currently reworking my hair and skin care routine because of my recent move to Johannesburg, where my hair and skin are both suffering as a result of the dry air. So without further delay, this is what I received.

  • Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In H2 Conditioner (full size)
  • Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in the colour Ingenue (full size)
  • Yves Rocher Hydra Végétal Hydrating Micellar Water for Face and Eyes (sample size)
  • Yves Rocher Hydra Végétal 24H Intense Hydrating Gel Cream (sample size)
  • Yves Rocher Hydra Végétal Rich Hydrating Cream (sample size)

The box is curated by the team over at Mzansifro and at a cost of R280 including delivery, they promise to bring us 5 products, some from long established brands and some from new ones, but essentially introducing us to products that we may not have otherwise considered trying out. Some are full sized and others are samples.

I do love that you’re able to cancel your subscription at any time, if for some reason you decide you don’t want to be introduced to new products anymore. What I love even more, is that you’re able to resubscribe at any time. 

Eleanor J'adore: The Noir Box - A beauty subscription box for women of colour

Eleanor J'adore: The Noir Box - A beauty subscription box for women of colour

I’ve honestly not been this excited about a new South African product in a very long time!

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My MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Haul

Eleanor J'adore - MAC Cosmetics lipstick haul

Some might say I’m very late to the party, but I have only recently discovered MAC cosmetics. Of course I’ve always been aware of its existence – I’ve even owned a couple of lipsticks in the past, but it’s over the course of the last few months that I’ve become rather besotted with the brand. You can blame watching too many YouTube make-up tutorials as the culprit for my my obsession,  which has led to my subsequent purchasing of 3 new lipsticks all in the space of a week! That’s a lot for me considering I usually only buy 2- 3 new lip colours over the course of a season.

I’ve just not been able to help myself. I absolutely love how smooth the lipsticks go on, how heavily pigmented they are and how long lasting the colours are.

So without further ado, my MAC lipstick haul colours pictured above from left to right are: Rebel (the purple one), Flat Out Fabulous (the pink one) and Stunner (the red lippie).

I’ve always been in love with bight pink and red lip colours, and have started adding purples into my pallete a short while ago.

Rebel

Eleanor J'adore - MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Haul - Rebel

Flat Out Fabulous

Eleanor J'adore - MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Haul - Flat Out Fabulous

Stunner

Eleanor J'adore - MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Haul - Stunner

How pretty they all are – I’m in heaven!

Here is a swatch of how the colours come off on my skin: Flat out Fabulous on the left, Rebel in the middle and Stunner on the right.

Eleanor J'adore - MAC Lipstick Haul

No doubt these colours will all be making an appearance on my lips in upcoming posts and videos.

Do you wear MAC lipstick? Share some of your favourite colours with me below.

Thanks so much for reading and have a great week Lovelies.

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MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 review

Even though I’ve been blessed with good skin I’ve been  contemplating different ways to improve both my skin  care and make-up routines lately. I say blessed because my skin is rather clear with no marks or blemishes and I hardly ever experience any breakouts. But I do realise that this may not last forever and at some point the natural ageing process could make my smooth facial skin a  thing of the past. I also love wearing make-up and for the last few months I’ve been considering different ways to make my make-up last longer.

So in steps MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50.

After trolling loads of beauty blogs and websites I finally decided to give this primer a try.

What it says

New formula – lighter, weightless and invisible. Lotion-like, skin-protecting cream with SPF 50. Apply under makeup to prime the face before exposure to the sun. Fast absorbing, leaving skin free of any white residual effects. Wear daily to guard against skin discolouration, premature ageing, dryness and other effects of sun exposure. Suitable for all skin types.

What it does

Exactly what is says! I love the fact that it’s a light weight moisturiser and sunscreen in one. Usually I just moisturise my skin with coconut oil, but I’ve also been wanting to incorporate  some type of sunscreen into my daily routine. I’m now experimenting using the moisturising primer first and sealing it with the oil. I do this on the days when I’m not wearing make-up.  On the days I do wear make-up, I apply my oil first as usual, wait for a couple of minutes for it to absorb into my skin and then I apply the primer. A little goes a long way so you really don’t have to use much, only about a pea-sized amount.

It’s amazing as it really does make my pores look smaller, especially around my nose, and it has a slight iridescent finish, which helps to brighten the skin.

Best of all my foundation goes on a lot smoother and does seem to last hours longer.  I’ve been using it for about two weeks and still feel like I’m experimenting with it, so I’ll be sure to give another update in a few months.

What are your thoughts? Do you usually use a primer before your foundation and have any of you used this brand before? 

My favourite beauty products for the month of May

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I’ve decided to do a bit of a beauty product haul this month just to give you a littler further insight into the things that got me really excited over the last few weeks. It consists of make-up, hair and skin products. Some I’ve already been using for a couple of months and others are recent additions to my beauty collection.

LOOKME theLipstick

LOOKME theLipstick

I absolutely adore bright coloured lipsticks and when I saw this bold orange one I knew I had to have it. The brand is called LOOKME and I’ve never heard of  it before. All I could find out online is that it is a Japanese brand. It wasn’t expensive at all so I’m sure I’ll pick up a few more colours in the coming months.

Betty-Lou Manizer aka The Bronzing Bandit

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This must be one of my favourite beauty products ever – an all-in-one bronzer, shimmer and shadow. This is the first time I’ve ever used this type of bronzing product and I’ll be honest, it was the packaging along with the cute name that drew me to it. I’ve since checked out a few tutorials online on exactly how to use it and I am now in love with it. It gives such a lovely sun-kissed glow to the skin, so I’m sure it’s going to see me through the upcoming Summer.

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Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish

Maybelline Colour Show

What an amazing colour! Shade 230 in Downtown Red has such a glam feel to it that I wear it as often as I can. And I love the feminine look and feel it gives my hands when I’m wearing it. Such an elegant colour.

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Smoothie

CD Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie

Finding a really good deep conditioner can be really tricky. Up until fairly recently, I’ve only been making my own deep conditioners, but since time isn’t always on my side I’ve been experimenting with actual product. Carol’s  Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Hair Smoothie honestly lives up to its name. Along with having the most amazing vanilla scent, the smoothie goes on really easily and leaves my hair super moisturised and soft. You don’t have to use a lot of product to get great results either.

Giovanni Smooth  As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner

Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner

I’ve been trying to find an alternative all-natural conditioner that’s equivalent in feel and slip to Tres Emmé Naturals for ages, simply because the Tres-Emmé Naturals range isn’t available in Japan. After having heard about Giovanni products for a long time you can imagine my delight when I saw Giovanni products in Loft one day. I decided to buy a sample size deeper moisture conditioner and tried it on my hair for the first time about a week ago. Let’s just say that this product gives Tres Emmé some serious competition. Review to follow in the coming weeks…

Tsururi Pore Cleanser

Tsururi Pore Cleansing Scrub

I recently found an amazing Japanese facial scrub that works by absorbing into the pores and pulling out impurities. My facial skin-care routine can actually do with a lot of improvement, which is why I decided to get serious by trying out this scrub. Natural ingredients such as Morccan ghassoul clay, salt and charcoal attracted me to this scrub. It states that it rids the skin of the top dead layer that causes skin to be rough and dull and reveals skin as smooth and supple as a boiled egg!  I’m not so sure about the boiled egg part, but it does leave my skin incredibly smooth and moisturised.

Lip Balms

Lip Balms

Currently I’m using 2 lip balms interchangeably: Vecua’s Honey Dew Lip Essence Cream and Rimmel’s Multi Balm in Lychee. Both have subtle aromatic scents and do a god job of keeping my lips soft and moisturised.

There you have it – my current high rotation beauty products. Let me know if you’d like more information on any of these and please share with me below if you think there’s a product I should try. Happy Weekend!

Plum lippy love

Eleanor J'adore - Lippy Collage

Just in case you don’t  know it yet, I’m a lipstick fanatic. Along with big bouncy curls, lipstick is the one thing that adds that glam factor to my girlie look and feel. For the first time since I’ve been living in Tokyo, I recently picked up a Japanese brand called Kanebo. I was more drawn to the mauvish/plummy colour before I actually noted which brand it was, but once I mulled the name over in my head I realised that I had indeed heard the name before at some point. This specific colour is from the Media range, and the colour is simply listed as code: 1823.

I’ll say one thing though, I do love the way the colour just glides onto my lips with only a slight hint of gloss. And guess what? It was only ¥‎900 /R93 /£5.20/ $8.84. Quite reasonable I’d say.

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