How To Spot Fake Makeup


What’s pushed me to write this post is the increasing number of Facebook pages selling fake high-end makeup for ridiculously low prices. It infuriates me that people are being made to believe these products are the real deal. I’m not going to name and shame but I’m going to tell you guys how to establish the real from the fake. 9 times out of 10 these deals are phony. In your heart of hearts you probably already know. Trust that feeling. Trust your gut. 

These ‘offers’ might sound like a great deal but seriously guys, it’s not worth it. These products are usually made in dirty factories. Products have been known to contain urine, YES, URINE – but that’s not all. There have been traces of lead, rat poison and cyanide found in some products. It’s crazy. These products will be going onto your face leaving your skin open to horrible reactions. These people do not care about whether their products are SAFE or not. It’s all about making money. 

The way to remember is thinking about the three P’s. 

1. Packaging – inspect the packaging. Does the font look different? Is the packaging good quality? Sometimes fake palettes come with sponge tipped applicators. These are fake. A high end product would not come with these applicators. Does the product fit properly in the box? Is the product labeled correctly? 

2. PRICE – fake products usually get sold in bulk. So, for example, if you see Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes at a quarter of the price and you can see there are 50 others available too, alarm bells should start ringing. 

3. POINT OF SALE – So many people opt to buy makeup online, which is fine but if you’re not buying from an authorised seller such as the brand itself or any other certified online department store, how do you know what you’re buying is genuine? If you see a deal on EBay or Amazon, check the reviews and see what others say as they’re notorious for having these sellers floating about. Check to see how reliable the seller is. I would definitely be wary of the Facebook pages trying to sell a whole load of products that most people struggle to get hold of, as the products are out of stock on the brand site. I’m referring to the Kylie Lip Kits. Makes you think doesn’t it? 

They’re the main points but if you have the product in front of you – the best way is to swatch like crazy. Most fakes will be poor in terms of pigmentation. The colours will swipe on chalky or faint. Brushes will be rough to the touch. Some can have a strong smell of chemicals. 

I admit, I look at some fakes and I think they look blooming good – you can barely tell the difference. Look closer – there will be. You just need to know what you’re looking for. My personal advice is to only buy makeup from authorised websites or certified stores. If you wish to buy from anywhere else, make sure you research well. 

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Inglot – Matte Lipstick 405 Review


I chose this because the sales lady said this was one of their best sellers so I was eager to try it. I fell in love with the colour. 


Firstly I want to say I love Inglot’s lipstick packaging. They’re not an expensive brand but their packaging screams ‘quality’. It’s not a cheap bit of plastic. It’s glossy, it’s black, it’s chic AND the lid clicks into place. I really hate it when a lid comes off easily. Those lipsticks need to stay away from handbags. 

I think this is one of those colours that would suit most skin tones. It’s a ‘safe’ shade to go for. It’s an everyday colour. If your skin tone is medium to dark, then you’re looking at more of a nude/natural finish. 

If, like me, you suffer from dry lips, then ensure you exfoliate prior to popping this on as it will just catch those dry bits and make them stand out. Not a good look. 

It is extremely pigmented but it just doesn’t last as long as I would like. The colour starts to fade where your lips meet. Maybe I lick my lips too much but eating and drinking only adds to the problem. I suppose you can keep it in your handbag and touch up as and when but I’m lazy. I want my lipstick to last that bit longer. Mine started to fade within an hour of wearing it.

Once it’s on, it doesn’t dry out your lips like some other matte lipsticks do. It contains Vitamin E, Macadamia Oil and Avocado Oil, which are obviously meant to help in that department, however I found I had to wear a balm prior to application.

It’s a budget friendly lipstick for everyday wear but be prepared to reapply. 

Boots Botanics – Hydrating Eye Cream (Organic) Review


This will be a quick review as this product has now been DISCONTINUED. However, there may still be some floating about in Boots (Doha).

It’s such a shame because it’s a good product and on top, it’s a bargain. The ingredients include Rosehip and Almond Oil that really help to hydrate the under eye area. I’m not sure it’s the best eye cream for wrinkles or dark circles but it definitely does what it promises in terms of providing moisture. That’s exactly what I need right now. 

Luckily I bought two. 😀 

How To Control Shine


Before I go on, I want to point out if you do have oily skin, it’s not something that can be changed unfortunately – it is genetic. I know a lot of products make huge promises but the results are all temporary. It’s not all doom and gloom though – it’s all about finding the right products to control shine as opposed to trying to change your skin type. It’s a case of trial and error as everyone reacts differently to products. 

Here are my tips to control shine: 

1 – Avoid creamy cleansers, opt for a gentle FACIAL WASH instead. The ingredient you need to keep an eye out for is Salicylic Acid. This is what helps break down excess oil. 


2 – EXFOLIATE – this will remove dead skin cells and excess oil from your face. Remember not to overdo it as the skin can get confused and start producing more oil. Don’t forget about that essential ingredient ‘Salicylic Acid’.  


3 – Use a CLAY MASK to soak up excess oil and any impurities. 


4 – A good MATTIFYING PRIMER is essential in helping to reduce shine. The same goes for your foundation. Ensure it’s main purpose is to keep your skin looking matte. 


5 – Avoid heavy, rich creams day or night. Switch to a LOTION or a LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURISER. The ingredients you need to look out for are Linoleic Acid and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide). These will help control shine and reduce breakouts. 


6 – BLOTTING is better than touching up with powder. Powder is okay to use once or twice throughout the day but anymore than that can leave you looking ‘cakey’ and even worse clog pores. 


7 – A mattifying SETTING SPRAY can not only lock in your makeup but help to lock in shine too. 


8 – Certain FOODS can make oily skin worse. Try cutting down on sugar and dairy products, yes, dairy products, which can increase oil production. Increase your water intake to flush out those toxins. 

In Love With My Selfie Light…


I love my selfie light. I clipped it onto one of my mirrors (the stand alone kind) and used it for extra lighting. A cheap vanity mirror 😂 but hey – it works. 

The day time is always great for lighting but as the sun sets, darkness looms and you can’t see if your eyeshadow is blended enough or if your brows have been filled correctly. That’s where this baby comes in. 

Make up done. Clip it onto your phone. Take a picture. 😎

Anastasia Beverly Hill – Brow Wiz Review


I’m going to cut to the chase guys – this product is great BUT moreso for us ladies with brows that are so light, they’re barely visible and have gaps that need filling. It really gives you an effortlessly natural look. I bought the pencil in Taupe and I feel it’s the best colour for my brows. 

The pencil comes with a spoolie which is brilliant for blending out any harsh lines. It doesn’t need sharpening – it’s a retractable pencil so you just twist to get more! 

It’s not overly pigmented but I think that’s the beauty of it. I don’t want this to be as pigmented as a creamy eyeliner pencil. The purpose is to create natural looking hairs by drawing them in, plain and simple. This allows you to do that without having to be an expert. It’s a great pencil for beginners. 

The downside, I suppose, is the price. It is expensive but it IS Anastasia Beverly Hills. This brand knows it’s brows. 
Overall – it’s a great buy and well worth the money.

Anastasia Beverly Hill – Brow Wiz Review


I’m going to cut to the chase guys – this product is great BUT moreso for us ladies with brows that are so light, they’re barely visible and have gaps that need filling. It really gives you an effortlessly natural look. I bought the pencil in Taupe and I feel it’s the best colour for my brows. 

The pencil comes with a spoolie which is brilliant for blending out any harsh lines. It doesn’t need sharpening – it’s a retractable pencil so you just twist to get more! 

It’s not overly pigmented but I think that’s the beauty of it. I don’t want this to be as pigmented as a creamy eyeliner pencil. The purpose is to create natural looking hairs by drawing them in, plain and simple. This allows you to do that without having to be an expert. It’s a great pencil for beginners. 

The downside, I suppose, is the price. It is expensive but it IS Anastasia Beverly Hills. This brand knows it’s brows. 
Overall – it’s a great buy and well worth the money.