A few weeks ago Nisa from Belle Blushh emailed me about blogging and since then we've struck up so many great email conversations. When I had the thought to do this series I immediately knew that she had to be one of the bloggers in my series. Here's Nisa's 5 Products:
    When I was asked to write a guest blog post about my ‘5 favourite products’ by Charlene, I was so elated and excited… until I actually sat down to think about it. I started wearing makeup less than a year ago so I’ve been on a rampage for the last couple of months to collect and try out all the gorgeous beauty products I see on social media and read about on my favourite blogs (since I’ve missed out on it for the last 28 years). To pin down only 5 products in my extensive collection was a task beyond measure. So one night I lined up my products in each category (lips, primer, etc.) and eliminated until I got down to my 5 favourites. All of these were no-brainers as I tend to find myself reaching for these more than others and I’m dreading the day I run out of these specific products.
    First up is the MAC Complete Comfort Cream. I bought this with a gift voucher I received for my birthday and never thought I would walk out of the MAC store with skincare instead of makeup. 
    I had constantly been complaining about how cakey my foundation looked on my dry AND dehydrated skin regardless of whether I used primer or not. The lady at MAC recommended I use the cream as a replacement for my current moisturiser and from the first application I noticed a huge difference. The MAC Comfort Cream is formulated for severely dry skin and claims to relieve, sooth and calm any itchiness, redness and irritation because of its plant and marine based ingredients. The cream is very thick in consistency but it absorbs completely into the skin without feeling oily or greasy. Even though it is targeted at dry skin, it can be used for any skin type since it doesn’t clog the pores, including those with sensitive skin. It retails at MAC stores for R380 for a 50ml tub and all I need is a pea-sized amount to rehydrate the entire face and neck area to leave behind smooth, plump and glowing skin.
    Then on to my second tub of Catrice’s Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner. Catrice have about 5 different face primers and I like this one the best for various reasons. The formula itself is like a fluffy pillow of mousse and I prefer a waxier primer because it creates a barrier between my skin and all the makeup I apply above it. This primer smooths out all imperfections and fills the larger pores above my lip and around my nose whilst cancelling out any redness I have as well. I do find I tend to use a bit more than any of my other primers as it is thicker and not as easy to spread on the skin because once you start massaging it in too much, it can create tiny white flecks which need to then be dusted off. It’s also a great inexpensive option for those on a budget as it only retails for R70 for a 14g tub from Spree online or Dischem.
    Another holy grail product I absolutely love is MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade. I initially only picked up this highlighter because of the newly released packaging and limited edition woven pattern in the Lightness of Being Collection which I reviewed here. Every time I use it though, I fall more and more in love with it. I think it’s a phase I might be going through, but the plastic looking cheekbones are something I aim for when going out. I feel it slims the face down and draws attention to all the places I want to stand out. It is very pigmented and opaque and I only require a few dustings to achieve the look I am going for. I paid R450 for the MAC Limited Edition Lightscapade (9g) but it is part of their permanent range and retails for R305 (7g) at MAC stores.
    Then this was a tricky one and I could not decide which of the two I loved more. The Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Waterproof and the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof is a must for every makeup artist working on brides. Both of these mascaras were recommended to me by fellow beauty bloggers when I was on vacation and needed a waterproof mascara for swimming. I find myself alternating between these two for weekends and special occasions because they hold the best curl after I use my Ardell Heated Eyelash Curler for my pin-straight-Chinaman lashes (thanks Grandma). They are sometimes a pain to get off after the day is done and I have pulled a couple of eyelashes out but totally worth it since they don’t smudge, budge, transfer or bother. I’ve bawled my eyes out on numerous occasions wearing these mascaras and even though my eyes are red and bloodshot, the mascara looks as if it has just been freshly applied. The Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Waterproof retails for R130 and the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof retails for R115 at Clicks or online at Spree.
    Lastly is a very unconventional beauty product and I thought long and hard about whether I should even include it in this post. But since I use it every night in my wash off regime, I’m going to share this tip with you. If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you might have picked up that I am a habitual lip biter, every day without fail. As you can imagine, lips that are pierced, shredded, torn, painful and left bleeding only with scabs to form afterwards. This was a problem for me until someone suggested using nipple cream as lip balm when I gave birth 2 years ago. I haven’t looked back since.  I tried many different types but the Lansinoh HPA Lanolin is by far the best. It is made from 100% lanolin, a waxy substance extracted from sheep’s wool. It is used to relieve chapped and cracked nipples in breastfeeding mothers. I apply just a dab every night before bed and the warmth of my skin allows it to smooth evenly between my lips. In the morning I wake up with perfect looking lips that are plump and soft. If there was any product I would swear by it would hands down be the amazing powers of the Lansinoh HPA Lanolin that is available for R94 (10ml) at most pharmacies and Dischem in the baby aisle.

    Thanks for reading and thank you again Charlene for having me here. If you would like to check out any of my other blog posts, please head over to http://belleblushh.com or stalk me on the following social media platforms:
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    Belle BluSHH

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