Sleek MakeUP Blush in Rose Gold Review

Hi my weirdos 🙂

I hope your week has started off well, if not I hope this post makes you blush! Pun intended. I am one of those people that cannot go without blush if I am wearing foundation because I feel like it looks like an empty canvas. The Sleek MakeUP rose gold blush was highly recommended and I had to get it.

Before I get to the review, for those of you that may not know Sleek Make up. It is a European based brand that is cruelty free and has many vegan products.

Their about us page(from their website):


With over 20 years in the beauty industry, Sleek MakeUP has built a loyal following.  As one of the fastest growing brands on the high street, we create innovative, superior performance makeup, with strong pigmentation and high quality at the heart of everything they do.

Sleek MakeUP understands skin tone, catering from fair to dark and everyone in between. We know the importance of looking and feeling good in your own skin, so we deliver prestige products at an affordable price.

Forging an iconic following among makeup professionals and beauty enthusiasts worldwide, with products that aim to make the latest beauty trends truly accessible, there’s something to suit each unique style with Sleek MakeUP.”

Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold review:


Product Description(from website):

Our 10 shade strong blushers are highly pigmented and long lasting, giving you an all over even dewy radiant glow. Our versatile range of shades enable you to create a variety of stunning looks. Blush in Rose Gold is a rosy pink with gold shimmer ideal for all skin tones and offers a golden pink highlight.Available in 10 shades. Store in a cool dry place


€5.99 or $6.54. Retails around R200 from importers in South Africa.

Ingredients(from website):

Mica, Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Pentaerythrityl Teraisostearate, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Chloroxylenol




8g/ 0.27oz. Sleek MakeUP blushes has sleek matte black plastic packaging. See what I did there? Nothing fancy here, a sturdy casing with a rather large mirror inside which is perfect for touch ups. I do like the look and feel of the brand.(sucker for all black anything). It holds 8g of product but is still compact and this makes it perfect for travel as well as everyday use. The only downside is that it is not easy to open which does annoy me at times.

My experience with the Sleek MakeUP blush:

This is a quite shimmery and pigmented blush. It has a firm yet soft texture. I like that it blends out quite nicely and does not look too shiny on the skin. I apply with a blush brush for a subtle look but if I want it to look more prominent I use my finger. The colour is absolutely gorgeous, it’s a rosy pink with gold shimmer. I have medium to deep olive skin tone with yellow undertones and it looks perfect on me, I think it will suit most skin tones.

It applies like a dream and contains no glitter. This makes it suitable for people with larger pores and fine lines. The wear time is good, it can last up to 9 hours with a primer. It illuminates the skin yet is still flattering which is not easy to find in the blush world. I can use this blush without a highlighter and still glow if I apply a bit more.


This is a great dupe for the NARS Orgasm blush with the colour and texture. See below.

Sleek Rose Gold 4

Overall thoughts:

For the price point and pigmentation as well as wear time I think this is a great product. I would rate it a 8/10 because it isn’t that easy to open. Also, the wear time is shorter without a primer you may need to reapply after about 4-5 hours. If you want something to give you a dewy glow finish, this is great, I think for winter it’s really going to light up my face. At the moment, it is my favourite blush, a little also goes a long way.

This is what it looks like on my cheeks 🙂


You can purchase this from However it is not currently in stock. Use my discount code “missdhanusha” for 10% when checking out for any products.


Keep blushin’! 😛

xx Miss Dhanusha 


13 reasons why you should watch 13 reasons why

Hi weirdos,

Happy Sunday! I know the feeling of Monday approaching can sometimes be overwhelming, especially with all these long weekends we have been having. I should be studying but I decided to have a lazy Sunday. It’s not every day you get a break, so why not indulge once in a while?

I am sure by now you have heard of the “new” series on Netflix “13 reasons why.” It has been all over Buzzfeed articles, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere. If you maybe live under a rock, summarized it is about a teenage girl that commits suicide and leaves 13 tapes, one for each person she holds responsible for her decision to eventually end her life.

Now if you haven’t watched it and plan to, you should probably stop reading right here. This post will contain spoilers unfortunately there’s nothing I could do to prevent that. Keep the tissues and chocolate near, this is a a tear-jerker.

Okay, back to the previous paragraph “her life.”

Let that sink in a for a minute..

  1. Hannah Baker(teenager who commited suicide, why are you reading if you haven’t watched it? stop!) had made a decision on her own to end her life. It was her life, her choice and her own decision. I am not condoning suicide, I believe there are much better ways to handle whatever it is life throws at you. But I just want to highlight that at the end of the day, it was her life, hers to own or disown. (She is a fictional character and its based the book 13 reasons why by Jay Asher)
  2. I googled the statistics of suicide, 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide  each year, this is what I found. These children could be someone you know or your own, we need to acknowledge this occurs in reality. A show that targets this is creating awareness about suicide, something we barely speak about. (well I speak for myself  and my social group/family)
  3. At some point in your life you or your friends were bullied or you were a bully. Am I right to say that most of us have experienced some sort of bullying in our lives? During high school I had a miserable time due to others trying to mock me, while I was not suicidal, we can all relate to Hannah in this regard.
  4. While there are scenes of sexual assault and graphic content, it does warn you before those episodes start. When I read other articles about how these scenes were “too real” or too graphic, have you ever watched Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? Every episode depicts this in much more gruesome manners and it’s on its 18th season. So spare me the graphic content criticism.
  5. Look we all know Hannah was completely selfish to leave these tapes behind, but the series does not paint her as a martyr. I specifically remember Marcus saying “she’s an a**hole for leaving all those tapes behind” which she is. Remember if someone had actually done this, they wouldn’t be able to see everyone listen to the tapes or become famous for it. Here again, this is a TV series, it is fiction, the show needed something to keep us hooked.
  6. The show also depicts substance abuse. Let us not forget what causes most accidents, awareness about this is another important factor. Young people also abuse substances and well we should look for these as signs.
  7. I know for a fact mental illness was not really showcased in this show, yes Hannah and other characters probably has some psychological issues, which leaves you to think for yourself if you have noticed these signs from people you know or how depression can lead to suicidal thoughts. It makes you go dig up and research more into it.
  8. Clay the innocent bystander who didn’t notice the signs Hannah had may feel the worst and it is completely understandable although it was not his fault. He just didn’t know. If this doesn’t teach you to speak to someone or ask for help then I am not sure you got the message here. Nobody can hear silence. On another note, Jessica Davis and Courtney Crimsen, who were meant to be Hannah’s friends really did her an injustice. Girls and women should have each others backs especially but instead we are catty and malicious, please, stop, and think for a moment how one kind word has a ripple effect tenfold and vice versa.
  9. Wait, what did Hannah leave for her parents? All these people she blamed at least had the tapes, what did the parents get? This points out what a selfish character she is, this teaches you to revere your parents much more. They deserve some answers.
  10. This one is for parents, I am sure there are times teenagers or kids are silent or you sense that something is wrong but they won’t tell you. If they won’t speak to you, take them to someone they will speak to like a psychologist or maybe even a close family member they are more open with. Maybe just be there for them, maybe support and comfort is all they need unless you suspect they are being bullied or bullying others then you have to get to the root of it.
  11. While not everyone deserved to be on the tapes like Clay, Alex maybe Zach, this shows us how seemingly small things can escalate quickly and also hurt others more than we know. Try to be kind to one another, you really have no idea what they are going through. Also, stop seeking revenge, if you have nothing good to say or do, rather not do or say anything. With cruel intentions comes cruel actions.
  12. This series is not just a great story but a well produced and directed series. I am no film critic, but I am an avid series watcher and I know a good cast when I watch one. Cinematography plays a huge part of why this show got such high ratings, the music and camera angles as well as lighting made the scenes come alive. If it didn’t get you feeling some type of way, you are probably not human.
  13. Lastly, this show really depicts modern day high school, now most of us that are a long way from high school can really see what is like with technology in this day and age. It makes you want to help younger people you think may be experiencing it, it teaches you to be more aware, to be less harsh and mostly importantly observe and empathize others feelings, this is what makes us human, isn’t it?

Clay (Dylan Minnette) and Hannah (Katherine Langford) in ’13 Reasons Why.’ (Photo: Beth Dubber, Netflix)

The executive producer of the show is Selena Gomez, she actually loved the book when it was released 10 years ago. She even wanted to play Hannah Baker back then. I saw an article on the business insider and this was her response to the critics.

“We stayed very true to the book,” she explained to the reporter. “That’s initially what Jay Asher created, was a beautifully tragic, complicated, suspenseful story, and I think that’s what we wanted to do; we wanted to do it justice.”

As for the negative feedback, she says, “Yeah, it’s gonna come no matter what; it’s not an easy subject to talk about, but I’m very fortunate with how [the show] is doing. I’m overwhelmed. I’m very proud of it.”

13 reasons was the second Netflix series I binged watched in two days. I usually watch an episode of each show of different days of the week as they are released. It was thrilling, mysterious and captivating. It also really got me thinking(not as if I am not always thinking too much) this made me feel on a much deeper level.

On my ending note, if you have history of mental illness, depression or suicide, I would not advise you to watch this show. Purely because it may affect you differently that if affected me.

If you have watched 13 reasons why, what did you think of it?

P.S. Selena Gomez just confirmed season 2 is coming, what do you anticipate to happen? I cannot wait! All pictures are taken from the internet.

Be good, do good, see good,

Love ❤

xx Miss Dhanusha 

Lorac Pocket Pro Palette Review

Hi weirdos

Strange I call you weirdos..? If you are new to my blog I suggest reading the first paragraph of a post here which explains it. This week has been great, since it was short I think the weekend being closer just makes the week go quicker. Not that I only live for weekends but that’s mostly when I get to play with make up.(make up junkie status)

Today I reviewing the Lorac Pocket Pro Palette:


Product description(from website):

Go PRO with LORAC! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, Pocket PRO Palette is a travel-friendly PRO artistry palette that includes 1 Matte and 2 Shimmer Eye Shadows from the PRO Palette* – the perfect trio to keep your eyes looking glamorous on the go. LORAC’s velvety-smooth Eye Shadows are ultra-pigmented and packed with long-lasting PRO power so you can easily shade, shadow, line and define, just like a PRO!

*Each shadow size is 3x’s larger than the original PRO Palette shadow for extra-long use and maximum value. The palette itself is 4” by 1.5” – perfect for on-the-go.


Total net weight: 0.18 OZ./ 5.1g. $18. R450 in South Africa.(imported)

Ingredients(from Lorac website):

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Silica, Kaolin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Water (Aqua), Methicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, MAY CONTAIN: Mica, lron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492,Cl 77499),Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Carmine(CI 75470) *MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.



This is the perfect travel size item to get that smokey eye on-the-go or switch up between night and day. I love almost anything that is “mini” sized. It comes in a black velvet finish magnetic pan which feels smooth and luxurious. Bonus points for having a mirror inside, girls who do their make up in the car(while someone else is driving) you don’t need that sun visor. The pan sizes are double the size than that of the Lorac Pro palette, there’s bang for your buck. The only downside is that it can get dirty easily but you can wipe it down.

My experience with the Lorac Pocket Pro palette:

Let’s be honest, I want the Lorac Pro palette but got this apart of a bundle for half the price so I thought why not test the quality of these shadows. When you open this palette you find these 3 gorgeous neutral eye shades. It is small of course, hence the term “pocket pro.”

These shades are so neutral they match with everything. I must admit they look quite different in the pan to when I apply them. They look even better on my skin. Upon swatching them, I found them to be buttery and very pigmented. It is quite silky in texture, it was a little too silky causing it be a little slippery to blend at times. Overall, they were easy to work with.

Nude, Pewter, Expresso from top to bottom
Nude, Pewter, Expresso from top to bottom

The shades are “Nude” which is a light shimmery gold, “Pewter” a bronze shimmer and “Expresso” a dark chocolate matte. I usually use expresso in the crease of my eyelid, pewter in the middle and nude for the inner corner. It definitely creates the perfect smokey eye but can be use differently. Each shade has a rich colour payoff, I am quite impressed with the pigment in these shadows.

What is even more amazing with this particular palette is the fact that they can be used for more than just your eyelids. Nude is the perfect shade for highlighting your cheek bones, it is super shiny so blend it out well. Expresso can be used to fill in your brows and as a liquid eyeliner if you use with water. Talk about an all in one palette! If you are anything like me and always on the move, this palette is everything, pop it in your bag and go!

I always use a wet brush when using these shadows as I usually use it when going out at night and I really like eyes to “pop.” You can apply with your fingers as well but I prefer a brush. They are really rich pigments so start off with a little and then add more if needed.

Overall thoughts:

These colours are a neutral lovers best friend. Not to mention the travel size and versatility of the palette is quite remarkable. There are no negatives about this mini palette. What I can say though is that you can get the Lorac Pro Palette for R950 and it contains these 3 shades. But if you are looking for something for travelling or a beginner then I recommend this. A full 10/10 rating in my books. What I like most about it is that it is not intimidating since it contains 3 shadows. You know where each shade goes and how it can be used differently. It literally never leaves my make up bag, you can tell from how used it looks. Here is a look created only with the palette below.

You can purchase this from Don’t forget to use “missdhanusha” when checking out for 10% off. This product was purchased by me.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know if you have this or the Lorac Pro palette and what you think 🙂

Keep smoking! Your eyes that is! 😛

xx Miss Dhanusha   

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Illuminator Riviera Review

Hello weirdos 🙂

Happy workers day to you busy bees! I hope you are enjoying this day off and the long weekend. I definitely had a good time with family and friends. Today I am catching up on some sleep, series and testing out some new products. I want to review one of my most valuable make up possessions, my favourite highlighter!

I am pretty sure almost every make up junkie loves highlighting their face. When I don’t have time to put on a full face of make up, I throw on some highlighter, lipstick and mascara and I am good to glow! I also think that you could never have too many highlighters but there is one that really stands out in my books. It is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in the shade “Riviera.”


Product Description(from website):

A brush-on highlighter that gives skin the appearance of being lit-from-within. Brush-on Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators to brighten and highlight the face and décolletage for a glowing look.

Shade description – Rose Gold


0.32 oz/ 8.5g for $28. R750 in South Africa from importers.

Ingredients(from website):




It comes in a sleek black gloss flip open compact case with gold print. It is quite extravagant with a mosaic design on it that actually helps pick up product. The case in quite sturdy and easy to travel with. Yes, one cannot leave ones’ fav highlighter at home!

Texture & Pigmentation:

Riviera is a creamy powder texture that is colored and quite pigmented. It has a metallic finish that is great on its own and could work as blush for some skin tones. It is doesn’t look powdery or ashy on the skin.


My experience with the ABH Illuminator Riviera:

When I first got this gorgeous product, of course the first thing I did was swatch it. When I saw how pigmented it is I knew it would not take much effort to apply. I use my fan brush and lightly pick up product and apply to my cheek bones and blend as needed. While it is quite pigmented, it’s not so pigmented that you need to be careful with application.  I don’t usually need to go in twice. I use my finger to apply to my cupids bow, nose and forehead as wells as under my brows. I just find it easier for those areas of the face. It gives a good sheen to the cheeks without emphasizing pores. There is no glitter or chunky bits in it which is great. The colour is coppery but also bit some plum-like tones which make it perfect for Autumn but you know I am going to wear this all year round! It is a unique colour that can be used on its own. It would suit medium to darker skin tones better than fair skin but works on most skin tones. There are other shades in the range I will list below. It last a good 8 hours or so on my skin without a setting spray.

The other shades available are: Peach Nectar(better for darker skin tones) which is an Apricot gold and So Hollywood(better on lighter skin tones) which is a true gold.



My overall thoughts:

This is by the far the best and most unique highlighter I have used. It is a dream to apply and looks really popping on the skin. If you want to “glow for the gods” I definitely recommend it.  While I got mine for half price because it was cracked during shipping(don’t judge the student life), I understand it is a little pricey after being imported, but a little goes a long way. This will last me forever and I can glow 24/7. I give this a 12/10 if you know what I am saying! Anastasia definitely knew what she was doing when she created these babies because I would love to try the other colours. One highlighter is never enough!

If you are on a tight budget I would recommend the Colourpop Wisp highlighter which retails for around R200.

Here is a look I created with ABH Illuminator Riviera:



You can purchase Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Illuminator from Vanity Line on Facebook or vanity_line on Instagram. Amber Millar who is the owner is the sweetest and kindest imported I know! All her goods are authentic. Also, a little birdy told me it’s currently on sale for R500 instead of R750. 🙂

P.S. The first image is from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website, the others are my own.

Until next time my weirdos..

Glow girl! 😛

xx Miss Dhanusha   




Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer Review

Hi Weirdos 🙂

It’s back to school for me(sad face) which means I will not be posting as often as last week but I will do my best. I ran the Cell C day of races yesterday and was wondering if you Joburg folk would like a review on the event as it’s coming there on the 11th June 2017. Let me know in the comments 🙂

Now my main skin concern are my dark circles and while I try to treat it I have not found something that drastically lightens it so I tend to cover it up. Other than lipstick, concealer is my other must have product, if not I really look like a raccoon. So today I am reviewing the much hyped up Maybelline instant age rewind dark circle treatment concealer. It is definitely a mouth full but is it worth the hype? Read on to find out.

Product description(from Maybelline website):

This super-concentrated treatment concealer features a micro-corrector applicator to help instantly erase dark circles and fine lines. Infused with goji berry and Haloxyl™. The eye area appears radiant and refreshed in no time.

Ingredients(from Maybelline website):

G852364 1 Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cyclohexasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylparaben, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Ethylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Peg-9, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetr Apeptide-7. [+/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides] F.I.L. D44980/4


6ml/0.2 fl oz. of product. It comes in a clear plastic tube with a sponge applicator which works upon twisting. You can see the colour from the tube which is good and the sponge applicator is quite easy to use but it is large for the under eye area.


Now I have been using this for a while now and realised that the sponge soaks up a lot of product. Also, it can contain bacteria as you use it directly under the eye. I have opted to remove the sponge, it came off quite easily by just pulling it gently. Becareful if you try this or rather use a scissors to cut it off. However, you can apply the product to a mixing palette then apply to your face if you do not want to remove the sponge. If you don’t mind the bacteria and losing product I guess you can use it as it is.


I quite like the consistency of this concealer. It is smooth and creamy yet quite lightweight. The last thing I want is something thick and heavy on my under eye area. It applies well to the skin on the area.


My experience with this concealer:

I have been using this for weeks now. I have the shade medium which is far too light for my skin tone(I am NC45 in MAC). I apply my orange corrector, my LA girl concealer in Toffee then the Maybelline concealer over as a highlight. I love the way this concealer brighten ups my under eye area. It has a great finish and never creases or dries down the area. It has such a great pigment for a lightweight concealer. I use a beauty blender to blend this out. It is best to apply a little then build upon it if you need more coverage, in this way it doesn’t look cakey or patchy. I have fine lines under my eyes and it doesn’t accentuate them or settle into them. It does dries out pretty fast so you need to blend it out quickly. I used banana powder to set this concealer and it does not have a shimmery look. I also noticed that over time the concealer settles in and matches your skin tone. This product lasts quite long roughly 8 hours and it does not fade in this time. It has a light to medium coverage.

The active ingredients in this treatment are Goji berry extract and the haloxyl. Goji berry are known as the “fruit of longevity” due to their antioxidant and protective properties. Haloxyl in an anti-aging ingredient that has been proven to reduce the discoloration around the eyes. Maybelline claims that this product will not only conceal your dark circles but also treat it over time. My dark circles are genetic and partly due to my diet so I have not seen it lighten up using this product but it may be different for you. As a concealer I love this drugstore product. Below I used the concealer on the left under eye area only so you can see the difference.

Overall thoughts:

This is one of my favourite drugstore concealers, its lightweight highly pigmented formula is a winner in my books. My other favourite is the LA girl concealers which I cannot live without. However, if this actually came in a shade suitable for my skin tone I would not need the LA girl concealers. This is the shade range it comes in below(picture from internet):


There are only 6 shades and nothing for dark skinned people. I really pray they make shades suitable for darker skin tones. It really disgusts me when companies do not cater to all skin tones.

Other than the lack of shades available. I definitely recommend this product. It is probably the best drugstore concealer I have used. I have combination skin so this did not dry my under eye area but if you have super dry under eye area then I do not suggest using this. If you have my skin type and are looking for something that isn’t heavy and doesn’t crease then I suggest this. Ofcourse, if you medium to dark skinned then you will have to use it to highlight.

These are not found in South African stores, another pet peeve of mine when it comes to drugstore brands. I am not really sure why South Africa is the last to get these products but it really is annoying. You can purchase them from This is a 100% authentic store with the best customer service.

Thank you for reading. Let me know if you used this concealer and what you think of it 🙂

Until next post…

Conceal and conquer! 🙂

xoxo Miss Dhanusha 

All about that glow, about that glow, L’oreal Pure Clay Glow mask review

Hi weirdos 🙂

So I am super excited about today’s review because I tried the product today. Hence, this is a first impressions review. I am sure you have seen these masks everywhere by now. I am definitely a bit late on the bandwagon but I am always late so no surprise there. They were really hyped up and I saw it on sale at Takealot and I caved. So is it worth the hype? I also got a sample of the Bodyshop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask which I used with this, kinda multimasking? I will do a quick review of this at the end.

There are 3 masks in the new Loreal pure clay range: Purity mask – deeply purifies, mattifies; Detox mask – cleanses, clarifies; Glow mask – brightens, exfoliates. I chose the Glow mask as this had the best rating when I read reviews.


L’oreal Pure Clay Glow mask review

Product description: 

For the first time, the L’Oreal Paris laboratories have selected three pure clays and combined them with red algae extract, known for its brightening properties. The beaded, creamy texture illuminates tone by exfoliating the skin’s surface without drying it out.A powerful blend of 3 pure clays: Koalin: A highly effective natural clay, known to absorb impurities and excess sebum. Montmorillonite: Rich in minerals, a clay recognised for helping to eliminate imperfections. Ghassoul: A pure clay highly concentrated in minerals renowned to help clarify complexion. Instant and lasting, visible results: Immediately: skin is softer, smoother and brighter. Use for one week: pores feel tighter, skin texture is refined. Use after use: skin is visibly transformed, with an even healthy glow. Tested under dermatological control.


R150 from Clicks, Dischem, Foschini (currently on sale for R123.96 use the link below) –


The size is 50ml which they indicate should be 10 applications. This could be more if you use it on only certain areas of the face. It’s comes in a beautifully designed glass cube shaped jar. I may have just gotten it because the lid is green(kidding), but I love this colour. It is travel sized and quite convenient to take on trips however after my glass foundation breaking(crying face) I am going to keep all glass packaged products at home.

My experience with the L’oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask:

Lets begin with the smell, it has a quite a strong kaolin smell which is a seaweed-like scent. I love the smell of it. The texture is thick, creamy and quite granular. You can definitely feel the finely milled apricot seeds in it that is meant to exfoliate your skin. I used a brush but you can definitely use your fingers to apply the mask. It says to apply a thin layer and leave on for 10 minutes but I left it on for 15 minutes and it worked for me. It dried down quite fast after applying, it did not tingle or anything on my face but it did feel quite refreshing. Washing it off is quite easy, just add warm water and wash off. I am trying to conserve water so I used a wet towel. The skin felt softer and smoother afterwards. My pores look more refined and it definitely made my skin look brighter. I know I usually use things for a while before reviewing but this was really impressive and I cannot wait to use it again. It says you can use it upto 2-3 times a week.

Overall thoughts:

My skin feels refreshed, smooth and soft after using this mask. It also feels tight and looks brighter. I am quite impressed with this mask and would recommend it for anyone who has rough skin or clogged skin or just wants a radiant glow. It also removes excess oil on your face. It does have an overpowering fragrance which some people may not like and sensitive skin may not like this. I would score this a 9/10 because of the strong scent. I am going to try get my hands on the other two masks in the range when I can.


Bodyshop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask:

Product Description:

A mud-textured exfoliating mask which deeply cleanses and detoxifies the skin.

This mask is inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, and its tingling mud-texture works to detoxify and unclog skin that needs to release impurities and toxins to help reveal a healthy looking, youthful glow.

  • Instantly after use: the skin is deeply cleansed and detoxified. Pores appear unclogged. Skin looks smooth and glowing.
  • MADE WITHOUT: Parabens, Silicone, Mineral Oils and Paraffins
  • Blended with 100% vegetarian ingredients
  • Facial after facial: skin appears more youthful, healthy and feels


Bamboo Charcoal, Organic Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea Leaves, Aqua, Kaolin, Moroccan Lava Clay, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alcohol Denat., Camellia Sinensis Leaf, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pumice, Argania Spinosa Shell Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Charcoal Powder, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Limonene, Linalool, Methylpropanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Menthoxypropanediol, Citral, Geraniol, Coumarin, Caramel.


R300 from The Bodyshop or Clicks for a 75ml size.

I cannot really speak about the packaging as I have a sample of it. I tend to usually get samples before buying a bit more expensive products as I’d like to know if they work before dropping hundreds on it.

My experience with the The Bodyshop Himalayan Charcoal Mask:

I immediately felt the slight tingling sensation when I applied this to my T-zone. It is not overwhelming but more refreshing. Bamboo Charcoal is a powerful detoxifying key ingredient which really leaves your skin feeling fresh and unclogs those pores. You can see and feel the little green tea leaves that exfoliate the skin. Looking at my skin afterwards, it looks clearer and refined, also feels tighter. Excess oils have been removed as well.

Overall thoughts:

I would definitely recommend this mask for people with acne prone skin or that need something to control the oil produced on their face. This is one of those masks that is worth splurging on. I would rate this 10/10 because I really felt it work and see the results.

These masks make my skin look so good I don’t want to wear make up out tonight(minus my raccoon dark circles) but then where’s the fun in that?

Thank you for reading once again. If you’re using these masks let me know what you think in the comments section. Please don’t forget to subscribe 🙂


Stay glowing fam!

Your friendly alien,

Miss Dhanusha 

Mac Lightful C Marine Bright Formula Moisturizer review

Hi weirdoes 🙂

It’s Wednesday, hang in there! The weekend is nearby. I actually started training for a 5 km run this weekend. I am not that lazy after all, or so I am trying to convince myself. I meant to release this post yesterday but I got caught up with the series 13 reasons why, not going to lie. This has been the only Netflix series I completely binge watched since Stranger Things. If you’re watching it let me know what you think..

Now for the review today, I am reviewing the Mac Lightful C Marine bright formula moisturizer which I use in conjuction with the cleanser which you can read about here.


MAC Lightful C Marine Bright Formula Moisturiser review

Product description:

A brightening moisturizer that evens skin tone and soothes while offering SPF 30. A lightweight and creamy moisturizer enhanced with our Marine-Bright Formula and Super-Duo Charged Water. Helps to even skin tone over time and soothes while offering broad spectrum sun protection. Skin looks more clarified and brighter both immediately and over time.

 Key Claims and Benefits:
  • Soothes skin
  • Hydrating
  • Improves clarity, radiance and brightness
  • Features Lightful signature fragrance
  • Offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30



50 ml / 1.7 US fl oz. It comes in a white plastic foundation like bottle with a pump. The pump would be helpful if more product was produced. It has the same iridescent design as the cleanser that is silver but reflects neon colours. It is gorgeous especially if you like to keep skincare products on display.


$45 in the US. R650 in SA from Mac stores.


SPF 30/PA : Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.50, Zinc Oxide 4.00, Oxybenzone 2.50 Inactive Ingredients: water\aqua\eau, dimethicone, butylene glycol, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), octyldodecyl neopentanoate, biosaccharide gum – 1, ascorbyl glucoside, sucrose, polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate, behenyl alcohol, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, squalane, gentiana lutea (gentian) root extract, hordeum vulgare (barley) extract\extrait d’orge, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract, hydrolyzed rice bran extract, algae extract, palmaria palmata extract, porphyra yezoensis (algae) extract, silk powder\serica\poudre de soie, caffeine, acetyl glucosamine, polyglyceryl-6 polyricinoleate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, tourmaline, cholesterol, alumina, silica, polyethylene, sodium stearoyl lactylate, xanthan gum, tromethamine, caprylyl glycol, pentylene glycol, hexylene glycol, isopropyl titanium triisostearate, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, citric acid, stearic acid, fragrance (parfum), disodium edta, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, chlorphenesin, mica, titanium dioxide (ci 77891)

My experience with the Mac Lightful C Marine Bright Moisturizer:

I will not deny in the beginning the scent put me off completely. It’s strange that MAC chose to use a strong fragrance. Nonetheless, I tried it and after a while I got over the scent, now I don’t even notice it. It is opaque white and has a somewhat creamy silky lotion like texture that does not feel oily or thick. The finish is slightly semi-matte and it provides enough hydration for someone with normal to oily or combination skin. I do not think this would work well for someone with dry skin. It absorbs well into the skin and creates a great foundation base and helps my foundation last longer.

The SPF 30 is great for me as I do not need to use sunscreen with this as well, the less layers the better. UVA protection is provided by zinc oxide, if applied generously this will provide protection for your face and neck from skin damaging UV light. Not to mention besides the anti-aging sun protection, you’re also getting a good mix of antioxidants, including a form of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside). The “Bright” part of the name describes this daytime moisturizer’s finish, which is thanks to the mineral pigments mica and titanium dioxide. The effect is cosmetic, but this instantly brightened my skin.

One pump of product

Overall thoughts:

This is an excellent lightweight daytime moisturizer with SPF. It gets bonus points for the broad spectrum sun protection. It hydrates the skin and leaves it looking radiant without any oiliness or heaviness. I love that this moisturizer does not turn my face into an oil slick by the afternoon. Paired with the cleanser, my skin has definitely brightened up over time with continued use. It has great ingredients as well as antioxidants not forgetting the pump style packaging keeps those light and air-sensitive antioxidants stable during use. I rate this 9/10, it it weren’t for the overpowering fragrance it has, it would have got the best rating. However this scent quickly dissipates and doesn’t bother me anymore but may be a problem if you have sensitive skin. It wears extremely well under my make up and with added SPF this is my go-to moisturizer.


Thank you for reading. You can before and after pictures of my skin in my previous post here. Let me know what you think of this moisturizer if you have it or tried it. Always get a sample first before purchasing, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Until the next review..

Stay weird 😛

xoxo Miss Dhanusha 

MAC Lightful C Marine Bright Formula Cleanser review

Hi weirdos,

I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend. I’ve basically become a couch potato with my laptop, coffee, food and well WordPress. My new series is Legion, anyone watching it? It is based Marvels Comics character David Haller, it is mind blowing to say the least.

Anyway this post is a review of Mac Lightful C cleanser. You’re probably thinking who buys Mac Skincare? Mac is well known for their make up but never have I ever heard someone mention their skincare to me. I was lucky enough to get this from a friend.
So let’s get into it,

20170417_173021MAC Lightful C Marine Bright Formula Cleanser

Product description:

A thorough cleanser that rebalances, refreshes, hydrates and brightens skin. A deliciously refreshing, creamy and dense foam that gently yet thoroughly cleanses the skin. Enhanced with Marine-Bright Formula and Super-Duo Charged Water to intensify the overall benefits to your skin. Actively cleanses, rebalances, refreshes, hydrates and brightens skin without dehydrating. Rinses super-promptly leaving a pleasant, delicate Lightful signature fragrance.

Key Claims and benefits:

  • Balances skin
  • Removes long-wearing products
  • For all skin types, including sensitive skin
  • Provides radiance
  • Hydrating
  • Non-drying
  • Controls oil


  • Wet skin and lather up a small amount of product with damp hands.
  • Massage all over face with gentle circular movements.
  • Rinse well with water.


The tube is packed with 100 ml / 3.4 US fl oz. It comes in a white squeeze tube with silver lines across it which has an iridescent design that reflects neon colours. It is just gorgeous. The prettiest packaging I have had for a cleanser.


$28 on I did see the range in the local Mac store, it retails for around R750.


Water\Aqua\EAU, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Behenic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Plamatic Acid, Potassiam Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Tourmaline, Silk Powder\Serica\Poudre de soie, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed butter, Cucumis Sativus(Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Morus Nigra(Mulberry) Root Extract, Pyrus Malus(Apple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera(Grape) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sea whip extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Porphyra  Yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Urea, Sucrose, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, PEG-3 Distearate, Fragrance(Parfum), Trisodium Edta, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin C.

  • Caffeine -stimulates and perks up skin
  • Tourmaline – energizes skin and gives radiance
  • Silk Powder – protect skin’s natural moisture
  • Cucumber – reduces swelling and puffiness
  • Mulberry Root – whitening
  • Apple, Grape – Antioxidant
  • Aria – firming peptide
  • Palmaria – seaweed that tones skin
  • Sea Whip – calms skin
  • Rice Bran – deep moisturization
  • Gentian Root – anti-aging
  • Algae – skin lightening
  • Murumuru Seed Butter – youth enhancer
  • Scutellaria – skin restoring nutrient
  • Glycerin – attracts moisture
  • Vitamin C – Skin brightening, collagen production enhancing, tightening, antioxidants
  • Paraben and SLS-free!

My experience with the MAC Lightful C Marine Bright Formula Cleanser:

Well looking at the ingredients, you can see its full of root extracts and other good ingredients. There is a slight fragrance but I barely smell it. It is one good foaming cleanser which feels thick and creamy in consistency and produces a good amount of lather when you use it with water. Trust me when I say you only need less than a pea-sized amount to get a thoroughly cleansed face.

Less than pea-sized amount
After running hand under tap twice

The cleanser spreads easily on to the face and quickly works up a lather.  There’s no tingling or any such effect. It quickly washes off.  After rinsing, my skin feels fresh and completely clean. The cleanser does not leave a residue behind. It also does not make the skin overtly dry or stretchy.  You know, it’s exactly what you think your perfect face wash/cleanser should be like. It definitely tops my list of foaming cleaners/face washes.


I do not have any cons for this cleanser besides maybe that it cannot remove a full face of make up, I usually use a make up remover then use it. I usually have light make up on or no make up so this works perfectly for me.

I have used this for months now and even through summer I would use this cleanser most often it to get rid of stickiness on my face because it doesn’t dry out the skin or leave it strechy like other foaming cleansers.

It does brighten up your skin tone. With more regular use you can definitely see a difference in the appearance of your skin. I do not have acne or breakouts but I do sometimes get pimples on my chin when have been much less frequent to non-existent while using this. This is not granular like a scrub so it has no effect on blackheads/white heads. However it does clean the face thoroughly and soothe the skin.

Overall thoughts:

Considering that I have had this since November last year and it seems to still be seventy percent full, it will last me this whole year if not longer. It expires in 24 months. This shows you that such a little of it goes such a long way. I think for the price point it is worth it. In my opinion, this is a “perfect” foaming cleanser and for all skin types for dry, sensitive, acne prone, normal, combination – everything. For reference I am combination with a slightly oily T-zone. I rate this 10/10. I cannot find one thing to criticize about it.

Here is a pic the beginning of 7th February and 6th April to show the difference in appearance of my skin. No make up on besides lipstick in the April pic.

I use this in conjunction with the Mac Lightful C moisturiser which I will review soonest.

I hope you liked this review please comment if you have any questions.


Love the skin you’re in ❤

Your alien,

Miss Dhanusha  

My all time favourite liquid lipstick- Huda Beauty Liquid matte

Hello weirdos!

I hope you ate more Easter eggs than I did, even one would be more than I had this weekend. Speaking of Easter, bunnies are the cutest animals ever, however many brands still test on bunnies. I am quite ashamed to admit that not everything I own is cruelty free but I do try to keep my purchases bunny friendly unless there is no cruelty free similar product. These are two sites you can check for cruelty free products: and I will of course do a more extensive post about this soon.

Lipsticks are my favourite beauty product, there is something about putting on lipstick even without any other make up that just brightens up your face. I am still obsessed with liquid lipsticks particularly those that dry matte but I will say while there are many formulas out there, this is only one thus far, that I place on a high pedestal for the simple reason that it does not dry down my lips or flake.

The Huda Beauty liquid mattes by far outshine every other liquid lipstick that I have tried. Not only is Huda Kattan an extremely successful make up artist, beauty blogging extraordinaire, influencer and Youtube sensation but she also has her own make up line. At 33, this talented woman has the world at her feet. She is one of my favourite bloggers if not my favourite. You can check her out at-



Product description(website

Introducing Huda Beauty’s latest lip beautifier: the Liquid Matte, an unrivaled take on the liquid lipstick. The tried and true comfort-wear formula is infused with an exclusive complex to help maintain the lips’ hydration. The lightweight formula glides on a thin coat of color that intensifies as it sets to a matte, transfer-free finish with amazing staying power. You might even forget you’re wearing anything on your lips at all! Pair it with a complementary Huda Beauty Lip Contour to set off your look.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates
What else you need to know:
“I created these because I could never find a liquid lipstick that suited my needs. This formula is so light, it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all, but gives you a long-lasting, transfer-free finish in shades to die for.”—Huda Kattan
This product is cruelty-free and free of gluten. Please note: the color’s appearance may vary based on skintone once set.




Each liquid lipstick comes beautifully packaged in a cardboard sliding out carton with transparent plastic outer covering. The biting lips is on the box with the lipstick in between allows you to see the colour from the carton. The lip gloss like tube is square shaped and has a matte look. It is the most stunning liquid lipstick I have owned. It has a doe-foot applicator like most liquid lipsticks. I particularly like the wand applicator which is long enough to give you control of the application. Most people would discard the box for better storage but its way too pretty for me to throw away.



20$ in countries that it retails. R550- R650 in South Africa from importers.


The two shades I own are Famous which is a dark vampy red and Heartbreaker, a pinky bright red. Famous is my ‘famous’ lip colour, it is my all time favourite but both shades would suit all skin tones. It does dry down a shade or two darker post application. The range is quite extensive with nudes, pinks, reds and browns, there is a shade for everyone. She also recently released 4 new nudes.



Firstly the smell of this lipstick is like vanilla cake batter, I love the smell so much. The formula itself is very thin and lightweight but not runny like Colourpop Ultra Matte for instance. It takes about a minute to dry down which makes it perfect for ombre lip looks.  The best part about these lipsticks is it does not cling to dry patches, it looks even whether I have dry lips or not. It does transfer a bit however when you apply a second layer your lips will not look or feel cakey. It is comfortable on the lips and there is no stickiness to it.


It is very pigmented and one stroke on the lips could cover well. Two strokes will give you a full even coverage. It glides on effortlessly and does not look streaky or patchy. Neither does it sink into the fine lines on the lips. If you use a thin layer there is less chance of transference but you still get that “wow” pigmentation.

Staying power:

I applied this lipstick before 1pm and it was still on after 8pm and I was drinking in between. I find this last pretty well on my lips, estimated about 6-8 hours. If you are eating you may need to reapply but when it does fade it does so evenly, it does not crumble or flake off. No liquid lipstick would last you through an entire make out session and I am not sure why people expect it too. It doesn’t last less than 4-5 hours. Ofcourse, using a lipscrub and lip balm would help it last longer, you can read what I use here.

Overall experience and thoughts:

I truly love these liquid lipsticks because they are so pigmented and work effortlessly. I don’t usually need to reapply but if I do then they are easy to build upon. It is the most hydrating and wearable formula I have used. The only other formula I have used that compares is the Limecrime but that was slightly drying and more tacky. I understand it is pricey and not that easy to get ahold of. So is it worth it? I give this a 9.5/10, I think it it could last slightly longer. I would recommend it if you can afford it. If not the closest dupe a friend Nerissa Naidoo suggested is The Balm matte liquid sticks you can purchase from Stuttafords. I personally recommend Rimmel provocalips or Colourpop Ultra mattes it you are looking for a drugstore or budget friendly alternative.

You can purchase Huda beauty liquid mattes lipsticks from, and VanityLine on Facebook.

Here are some swatches on my lips:

Looks created with these liquid lipsticks:

Thank you for reading. Do you own Huda Beauty liquid mattes? What do you think of them?

P.S. I took all these pictures at night hence the flash. Apologies.


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Love your lips ❤

xoxo Miss Dhanusha  

NOMAD Bistro & Bar Review

Hey weirdos 🙂

Finally its the holidays! Shew, I needed a break and I am sure you did too. Happy Easter to all of you. You can expect a lot of posts coming up this week. I am super relieved to finally get time to do more blog posts. Although, I also need to get some studying done.

I was lucky enough to win tickets to the CT Upstaged event on Thursday night, 13th April, at Nomad Bistro & Bar from their Facebook competition. By the way this is the second time I won tickets for this place, I gave the comedy night tickets to my sister as it was her birthday. Everyone that knows me knows I win a lot of competitions, my friends hate me for it but also love me because they usually get to join in whatever I win. It’s mostly music events or other events, I wish I won make up competitions but I haven’t won any yet.


Before we move along, please note that my blog will is more of lifestyle blog, you will get many beauty reviews but you will get reviews on almost anything that I want to write about.

Anyway, the Facebook event page said “Cape Town Upstaged is the Mother City’s amazing music line up for Battle of Bands & Musicians in various genres of Pop, Rock, Jazz & Reggae. It’s music, it’s a party, it’s a showcase of talent where the winner takes great prizes!

Starting 5th April 2017 over 5 Wednesdays. CT Upstaged is in collaboration & sponsorship by some amazing companies and brands like SA Music News & Lifestyle Magazine, NOMAD bistro & bar, That Other Booking Company, The Abstract Aimee Variety Show ; 2oceansvibe Radio, Ginger Snap Productions, A MAJOR Events .”

I also read the reviews on their Facebook page and some were really great reviews but it also had a few bad ratings. Nonetheless, I thought I should give it a chance especially since I saw Inglot SA hosted their Wine & Thrive event there the night before.

I arrived around 10 pm, fashionably late, as usual. There was parking around the corner so that was a bonus. There were people busy talking just outside the door so I took the liberty to walk in. The next second someone knocked on my shoulder to stop me, I had explained I had tickets and then he said “Oh, you’re Dhanusha?” I think this was Mo the owner. I was impressed he knew my name, of all the events I won not once did someone address me by my name.


My friends who I told to meet me there at 8.30 pm were at the bar having some drinks, they had already eaten and settled in. The place was quite busy and seemed to have a great atmosphere with a band on the stage. The bands that were competing were quite impressive, they sounded great, had a good stage performance and had the crowd singing along with them. Music is my first love and you will discover I am quite the music snob. I took my ipod for the car ride over and insisted I get to play music, my friends loved my playlist. Music is the most important thing for any place I visit, if its really bad, I would leave. Thankfully this was not the case, even I was singing out aloud.

Soon after arriving I got my bucket of Savanna at the bar, this was part of the voucher for 5 free tickets, the bartender asked me where is my 5 friends, I had explained they arrived earlier, he said “we take the competition rules seriously, next time have 5 friends.” I kinda want to assume he was joking. Anyway, we got our drinks and sat at a table and enjoyed the show whilst trying to take pictures for this post.


The drinks menu looks pretty standard, they had a special food menu on a chalkboard but on a regular night they have tapas. Beer lovers would be glad they they have craft beer on tap.

The design on the stage is of the world map, naturally as a fan of travel this stood out to me. There was beautiful flowers on the tables in front, I love flowers and appreciated this little touch, the vase is even cuter. Black little frames with pictures on the wall gave the place a homely feel. There were sofas upfront, I love this, every single place I got to I search for the most comfy seats. I am literally Sheldon Cooper(Big bang fans) when it comes to seating. The rest of the decor had the wooden look, it was good that it carried the same feel throughout the restaurant. See slide show below 🙂

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I thought the drop down lights at the bar were also a cool element. They also have some cool designs in the form of traffic signs on the wall which I thought was quite different and encompassed travel into it. The amazing thing about this place is the diversity of the crowd, we met a German musician that traveled throughout the world, even extensively through India and we had a good time chatting to him. Well, I was busy taking pictures and talking, haha.(all about that blog life.)



I was disappointed that the event ended before 11pm, it said on the event page that it would end at 1am? This was not cool. We still hung out a while after the event and luckily Village idiot is literally across the street so we went there afterwards. Anyway, one of the good employees got a band to join us on stage when he saw me pictures. The band also made me drink a tequila shot with them later on, it never gets easier even with the lemon slice.

The owner had come around and asked us if we want tickets to the comedy night or the next Upstaged event next week and I opted for the comedy night as I haven’t been to one there. He handed me 4 tickets, Thanks Mo! I will definitely be revisiting, tapas, comedy and wine? Hell to the yes!

My overall thoughts and experience: Although it was short lived, I had a good time and really enjoyed the vibes here as well as the friendly service. I would rate it a solid 7/10. There was not anything overly impressive at Nomad Bistro & Bar but I would revisit. There are just so many great restaurants and bars in Cape Town. Thanks for having me.

Have you been to Nomad Bistro and Bar? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments section.


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Live life! 😛

Your Alien,

Miss Dhanusha