What’s In My Makeup Box (WIMMB) – Part 1: Lipsticks

This is part 1 of a series mentioned in the title (WIMMB). I will post different parts based on the make up in my box.

As aforementioned, this is about my lipsticks. I have posted about lipsticks before, but this is my entire lipstick collection (not that many, I know lol).

Without further ado…

(From top to bottom)

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Tea and Cookies”.

I’m not really a fan of pale pink and when I initially bought it, I thought it would look a bit different than what is was, on me.

It’s still not a favourite colour of mine, but it will do for the days when I don’t feel like wearing a bold lip.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Jet Set”.

Royal blue is one of my favourite colours and what’s better than having a favourite colour on your lips?

Last time I checked, NYX did not stock a matching lipliner for this particular shade yet, so I have been using an eye pencil as a lipliner. 

Without a lipliner, this lip cream doesn’t last for two long or maybe I’m using it wrong lol.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Stone Fox”.

I love a good, dark grey lip. “Stone Fox” is perfect for that cold, grey winter’s day… any day for that matter.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Foul Mouth”.

This colour is like a mixture of “Jet Set” and “Stone Fox”. 

It has dark purple undertones and it does not reflect the packaging.

NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in “Electromagnetic”.

This shade is just gorgeous. It’s creamy, it’s glittery, it’s honestly a lovely shade.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in “Be My Baby”.

I came across this colour after seeing a beauty influencer promoting it. 

I really liked the colour and decided to purchase it for myself. 

No regrets. It stays on for long and is a nice, nude colour.

The only thing that I dislike about it, is the actual wand. 

You have to hold it a certain way so that the applicator doesn’t erase the colour as you apply it.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in “Firestarter”.

Faaaaaave!!!!! I love this colour.

Every woman should own a good red lipstick and this is mine lol.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in “Nude Thrill”.

I was hunting online for a dupe for Kylie Cosmetics “Candy K” (Most companies that import it here charge a lot) and this came up in a few articles that I read, so I decided to give it a try.

I love the colour and I think it’s quite a close match to “Candy K” from what I’ve seen, but there’s too many cons with this lip product: 

It smells like potpourri (and it’s not very appealing having that smell wafting into your nostrils every few seconds), it doesn’t last at all (it just fades into nothingness after about an hour) and even though it stipulates that it’s “Matte”, it still has a sheen to it that doesn’t go away even after a good few minutes.

Harsh? No.

HONEST.

Avon Mark Epic Lipstick in “Blushing Beauty”.

A pretty Barbie-ish pink. Honestly, pink lipstick is not a favourite of mine, but like with the NYX Liquid Suede, it’s nice for those not-so-bold lip days.

It’s quite pigmented and has a light glossy texture and look.

Avon Mark Epic Lipstick in “Mermaid Tale”.

Yeeees. Teal lipstick is another favourite of mine.

There’s not much to say about this product other than I love it and that I need an endless supply of it.

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Vibrant Shock lipstick in “No To Mainstream”.

This darker green shade is just beautiful. It’s Matte (YES!) and it doesn’t dry out the lips, which is a big plus.

It’s affordable too (Check it out at your local Dis-Chem or Clicks).

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt lipstick in “Perfect Match”.

This is a gorgeous nude-ish colour with pinkish undertones.

Love it.

L.A. Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick in “Poetic”.

A lighter grey lipstick that glides on easily, smoothly … almost like velvet. 😏

L.A. Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick in “Blue Valentine”.

Navy blue. Yes please. 

I am a fan of blue lipstick in general, with the exception of a sky blue shade; it doesn’t suit me at all.

Inglot Matte Lipstick, number 438.

There’s no name on the tube.

I think this is the least favourite lipstick that I own. 

It’s actually more of a burgundy colour and not the red that it looks like in the photo.

This particular Matte lipstick dries out my lips and is hard to apply or rather DRY as you try to apply.

Maybe I just got a bad tube????

MAC Matte Lipstick in “Matte Royal”.

There’s a lot of mixed opinions about this shade on the Internet.

I’ve come across articles stating that it’s a purple shade and I think it’s more of a deep blue with purple undertones yes.

You have to apply this shade a few times because it looks a bit patchy after just one or two layers.

Although I like the colour, I won’t buy it again.

That’s it! All of the lipsticks lurking in my make up box.

Do you own any of these??? 

xoxo,

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Essence Cosmetics Haul!

I have been using Essence Cosmetics products for YEARS.

I love that they are so affordable and are of great quality.

*Keep in mind that affordable is NOT the same as cheap.*

I have come across one too many Essence reviews on YouTube of people acting surprised or shocked that Essence is good quality because of its prices.

Why can’t we buy nice things that are affordable??

When certain things are expensive, it’s not a guarantee that it is of good quality.

Ok, mini rant over.

…Notsurewhenthisturnedintoarantbutokaymovingalong.

Note: I state the prices from Dischem because they usually have the biggest range of Essence products on hand. Takealot.com has a big range as well, but being an online shop, buying= shipping = waiting = patience = something that you don’t have when you want the make up now lololol}.

 

*E S S E N C E  H A U L  T I M E !*


N A I L S

  • Strong and Clean Nail Polish Remover – “02 I am Strong”: R39.95 at Dischem
    • If you like having glitter or effects on your nails, this remover is for you. It cleans your nails effortlessly and the gentle mango scent is a plus.
  • Holo Rainbow Nail Polish – “05 Holo Fever”: R54.95 at Dischem
    • Glitter, glitter and MORE GLITTER!! This holographic glitter polish with a purplish tint will leave your nails looking, well, GLITTERY. And that’s a good thing.
  • The Gel Nail Polish – “31 Electriiiiiic”: R26.95 at Dischem
    • No need to spend hundreds on those gel nails at your favourite nail place. You can achieve the gel look at an affordable price. (Note: I will purchase the gel top and base coat soon!)

E Y E B R O W S

  • Eyebrow Gel Colour and Shape – “02 Brown”:  R59.95 at Dischem and Eyebrow Brush: R32.95 at Dischem
    • A gel that glides smoothly onto your eyebrows and dries quickly, leaving your brows filled in and shaped.
    • The slightly angled brush helps apply the gel effortlessly and is a must have.

  • Eyebrow Fixing Pencil at Dischem
    • I can’t remember the price of this lol. It’s perfect for shaping your brows for a natural look or if you want to keep your hairs in place when you’re about to fill them in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E Y E S

  • The False Lashes Mascara – “Extreme Volume and Curl”:  R54.95 at Dischem 
    • This may be my new favourite mascara!!! It glides on to your lashes smoothly and is clump free. Long lasting and truly gives you that false lash effect.
  •  Waterproof Eyeliner Pen: R54.95 at Dischem
    • My oily and watery hooded eyes needs an eyeliner that will last long and is smudge-proof. The description on this product is “Waterproof eyeliner pen for a precise line. Long lasting. Smudge-proof. Ophthalmologically tested”. There you have it.
  • I ♥ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base: R51.95 at Dischem
    • I haven’t tested this out with eyeshadow yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F A C E

  •  Prismatic Rainbow Glow Highlighter – “10 Be A Unicorn”: R74.99 at Dischem
    • Okay, so I have only recently started using highlighters (still working on my make up game), but wow!! I am in love with it!… Too bad it was end of range :(… but I just got my hands on this gem  ↓↓↓↓↓

(I’m not going to say anything about it here because I never purchased it with the rest of the above-mentioned products. Head over to my Instagram for a closer look :P).

  • All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder
    • Although it comes off as a chalky white, this powder works the same as any translucent powder. I love products with a matte finish, so naturally I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L I P S

  •  Matt Matt Matt Lipstick – “02 Perfect Match”: R46.95 at Dischem and Soft Contouring Lipliner – “08 Big Proposal”: R18.95 at Dischem.
    • I always like a good nude-ish coloured lipstick. (I just saw “matt” and I was like “Yes, let me buy you”). It has a smooth texture and doesn’t dry out your lips.
    • Not much to say about the lip pencil other than it’s a lip pencil. Matches well with the lipstick.
      • I’ll be honest and say I’m not that much of a fan of these two lip products. Maybe it’s the fact that it fades off pretty easily (hmph). Just my opinion, I won’t buy them again. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the teal, greenish colour from the same range. Check it out in a previous post here.

 

xoxo,

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Tutorial: My Eyebrow Routine!

Ah, brows… Everyone has their own preference.

Shaped, arched, plucked, waxed, threaded or as is; whatever your eyebrow shape; your face looks “different” when your brows are done in a new way.

I love thick, natural looking brows. I got irritated with going to different places to get my brows done and ended up with them being way too thin and not the way that I wanted to have them done.

(Money saving tip: Do your brows yourself! … Be careful though LOL).

I will be showing you my (newly acquired) eyebrow routine.

I use two products:

  • LA Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil in GB359 “Blackest Brown” (around R85.00 at Dischem).
  • Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in 02 “Browny Brows” (around R51.95 at Dischem).

The LA Girl pencil has two ends: the actual “pencil” part which is a twist up and the opposite end which is a spoolie brush.

I discovered this product when I went to have my eyebrows done and the beautician showed me the product she used for after the threading.

Shortly after that I went to buy it and I have been using it ever since. (Since September 2017, so not that long LOL, but it is such an awesome product!!)

B R O W  T I M E ! !

My natural brow (ugh, a pimply forehead due to a newly cut fringe and the fact that I have combination skin!)

(Note: Combination skin = Oily T-zone {Forehead, nose, chin) and dry cheeks)

Step 1: Use the spoolie brush to comb the hairs up that are closest to the bridge of your nose.

The arch of your eyebrow should be brushed downwards as well.

Step 2: Draw a firm, but not a harsh line starting at the bottom from the bridge of your nose until the tip of your eyebrow.

Repeat along the top of your eyebrow, but start your line just after the brushed up hairs and draw to the tip.

Step 3: Draw light strokes and fill in your eyebrow, once again only shading in the length and not the brushed up hairs.

Step 4: Focusing on the start of your brows, use the spoolie to brush the bottom line upwards to the top of your brow.

Use gentle strokes.

Step 5: Ensure that there are no more harsh lines and repeat step 4 if necessary.

Step 6: Using the Essence eyebrow gel mascara, apply to the start of your brows and brush the hairs upwards.

Step 7: Use the spoolie to remove any harsh lines/ excess product from the gel mascara.

Once again, use gentle strokes otherwise you will brush the mascara away.

All done!! .. Now repeat on your other eyebrow 🙂

Have you tried the products that I use?

Did you find this tutorial useful?

I hope so!

xoxo,

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Water Conscious – Some Beauty Tips

Day Zero. Water shedding. Drought. Newlands’ Springs. “No 5L bottles of water in stock”.

If you’re in Cape Town, this is reality (for now) – Praise God for the rain that He has provided us with!

Although there has been some rain, we still need to conserve water and it’s sad that it’s taken a drought for some people to realise it!

Anyway, here are a few water conscious beauty tips and products to help you do your share in saving water!

1. Girlz Only Dry Shampoo (400ml) – Dischem (R79.99)*

Using dry shampoo is a great way to revive and freshen your hair in between washes.

Dry shampoo is the way to go especially if you tend to wash your hair daily (oily roots) so that you can cut down on your water usage.

Shake the tin well and spray 20cm from your scalp in short bursts. Massage the product into your scalp and brush lightly with any brush/ comb. *A Tangle Teezer (pictured) is highly recommended as it doesn’t break your hair and is easy on tangles.

This 400ml tin is easy on your pocket as well as our dams. (Meaning that you will use less water).

2. Oh So Heavenly Hygiene Waterless Hand Cleanser – Clicks (R11.99)*

Go to most mall bathrooms and you will see that the taps have been turned off and you have to use “the hand sanitiser provided” to “wash” your hands.

While this is not ideal, especially for us females, there are other ways to give you piece of mind that your hands are being.. cleansed.

Stock up on your own hand cleanser to use after bathroom trips, eating, etc. Clicks’ OSH range is affordable and smells great!

Hand wipes (not pictured) is another product to have that well help cleanse your hands and use less water.

3. Skin Essentials 3-in-1 Facial Wipes (60 wipes) – Clicks (R34.99)*

There’s nothing like wiping an entire face of make up off with a cool, cleansing face wipe… :/

Forgo washing your face if you have little to no make up on and use these 3-in-1 wipes from Clicks instead.

They remove make up, cleanse and tone your face, leaving it feeling refreshed and… well.. clean.

Depending on how much make up you are wearing will determine how many wipes you will use at a time.

Clicks often have a 3 for 2 special on these wipes so swipe some wipes when you can.

4. Basics Silicon Sponge “Silisponge” – Dischem (R29.99)*

When applying foundation/ BB cream, etc, it will require a foundation brush and in turn, you would have to wash those brushes after every use.

Save water (and time) by using a “silisponge” to apply foundation that can easily be wiped clean with a face wipe. No mess, no fuss, no water wasted.

5. Cala Cosmetic Wedges (32 pieces) – Dischem (R39.99)*

If you don’t fancy the “silisponge”, how about these disposable make up wedges?

They are convenient and you won’t have to worry about cleaning brushes or cleaning the wedges, so NO WATER WASTED.

6. JT One “Let’s Glow Girl” Fresh Body Mist (200ml) – Woolworths (R69.99)*

Hot weather leaving you feeling ..hot? Sticky?

Help save water and keep cool by using this body mist.

It smells amazing, absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling refreshed.

There you have it. A few tips to help you save water … beauty wise.

*prices at time of purchase.

xoxo,

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My Favourite Lipsticks!

No, I didn’t place these carefully onto the bed to make it look like I had just thrown them down.

M A T T E/ D A R K  L I P S T I C K??

Yeeeessss pleeeaaase!!!!

As the title suggests, this is all about my favourite lipsticks.

I have an obsession addiction to matte lip products. Lipsticks, lip balms, if it’s matte, I will buy it (within reason of course!)

Currently, I own lip products from:

  • L.A. Girl
  • Essence
  • NYX
  • MAC
  • Rimmel (not included in this review) and
  • INGLOT (not included in this review)

Just from this photo above, I am sure you can see the colours that I really like.. Dark, “uncommon” lip colours.

I say “uncommon” because I don’t see anyone wearing these out on a daily basis (or maybe it’s because I rarely go out or I don’t know a lot of people LOL).

*WITHOUT FURTHER ADO…*

My arm was so stiff. Swatches could be better. Photo creds: Hubby (no thanks to him for not placing the tubes in a straight line :D)

(Note: They are just numbered from 1 to 9 and not ranked as such).

  1. Essence – Vibrant Shock Matt Lipstick – 10 “No to Mainstream” (R46.99)*
  2. NYX – Cosmic Metals Lip Cream – 07 “Electromagnetic” (R145.00)*
  3. Essence – Vibrant Shock Lip Paint – 05 “Nightstalker” (R59.99)*
  4. L.A. Girl – Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick – 825 “Blue Valentine” (R109.99)*
  5. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 17 “Jet Set” (R145.00)*
  6. MAC – Matte Lipstick – 75 “Royal Blue” (R210.00)*
  7. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 18 “Foul Mouth” (R145.00)*
  8. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 01 “Stone Fox” (R145.00)*
  9. L.A. Girl – Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick – 824 “Poetic” (R109.99)*

*These were the prices at the time of purchase.

(Left) I am wearing number 9 from the above list. (Best believe that your girl’s eyebrows are much better now than these past caterpillars).

I am wearing number 6 from the list.

I am wearing number 1 from the list.

My TOP 3 out of the list would be:

  1. Essence – Vibrant Shock Matt Lipstick – 10 “No to Mainstream”.
  2. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 17 “Jet Set”.
  3. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 01 “Stone Fox”.

So what’s your favourite colour?

Do you have any other brand suggestions that have similar colours for me to try out?!

xoxo,

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19 Affordable Hair and Beauty Products

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With so many hair and beauty products available today, it is hard to choose the best options. As the saying goes “if you buy cheap, you’ll get cheap”; it is not always the case.

Here are my favourite hair and beauty products to buy if you are on a budget (kind of 😄)

1. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Facial Wash in Grapefruit

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This usually retails around R75.00, it does clear up spots with constant use and it leaves your face smelling of a sweet grapefruit. (Do sweet grapefruits exist?)

2. L.A. Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick

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These lipsticks usually retail around R59.99. They are available in an assortment of colours and the “matte” is moisturising and does not leave your lips sticky or dry. Each tube has a little extra bit of glossy lipstick (pictured above) which I think is really cute.

3. Maybelline Baby Lips – Dr. Rescue

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Say goodbye to dry, “winter” lips! This usually retails around R29.99. It leaves your lips feeling moisturised with a refreshing menthol smell.

4. Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Make up

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I love Essence products! This foundation type product usually retails around R69.99 and comes in an assortments of hues to complement most skin types. It is long lasting, but I do not know about the “16 hours” … I doubt anyone would leave their make up on that long!

5. Essence I ♥ Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara

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Hello voluminous lashes!! This mascara usually retails around R59.99. It is long lasting and does not clump your lashes together.

6. Essence Gel Waterproof Eye Pencil

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For someone with oily, hooded eyelids, finding an eye pencil that does not smudge or run is just short of a dream come true. This eye pencil usually retails around R45.99. It is by far my favourite eye pencil. I really like the Navy Blue one, but for some reason it seems to have been discontinued. 😦

7. Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow duo pencil

Yaaaas! The day I discovered this product was a very happy day indeed. This usually retails at R99.99. The duo pencil works wonders for the expert or beginner eyebrow “designer”. The retractable pencil is for drawing short strokes of “hair” and the spongy, powdery side is used to fill in your brows.

8. Essence Colour Flash Volume Mascara

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If you are a fan of colour mascara (you know, not black), then you will definitely have fun with this product. Retailing at around R49.99, it gives lashes a long lasting, colour pop that will catch anyone’s eye. (The blue is my favourite :)).

9. L.A. Girl Matte Gloss

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So this is basically a gloss version of the velvet matte lipstick. Retailing at around R59.99, it comes in a variety of colours to suit anyone.

10. Palmolive Gourmet Spa Body Wash

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Strawberry smoothies.. Who does not enjoy them? Unfortunately, this strawberry smoothie is inedible.. or undrinkable. Indeed a luscious scenting body wash/ scrub that will leave your skin feeling fresh, soft and smelling amazing too! I bought this on special for R31.95.

11. Hydra Science Face wipes

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Awesome face wipes for removing stubborn make up or just when you want to refresh your face. Retails around R21.99. (Used to get this at Dischem, but I haven’t seen it for a while).

12. Loreal Studio Line Hair Paste

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If you have short hair to style up or long hair to keep in place, this product which retails around R89.99, is non greasy, long lasting and makes your hair smell great.

13. Loreal Elvive Shampoo

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This shampoo removes frizz and smooths your hair, leaving it shiny and silky. If you have oily hair, perhaps use a bit less shampoo than usual as your hair could get oilier quicker (I know this because I have oily hair). I love the entire Elvive range. Their products work really great! I bought this on special for R45.00.

14. L.A. Girl Compact Powder

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This powder is perfect for blotting up oilyness and shine. It comes with a powder pouf thing and retails at R59.99.. I seriously love the L.A. Girl range!

15. The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturiser

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Looking for a product to rejuvenate your skin in Winter or keeping it fresh without making it sweaty in Summer? This moisturiser is perfect for that and retails at R160.00, plus your face smells like an orange and who can say no to that?

16. Loreal Elnett Satin Hairspray

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Most hairsprays that I have used in the past made my hair sticky and hard to the touch, but not this one. This hairspray leaves your hair feeling soft as if there was no product on it. Sprayed a bit too much? Just run a comb/ brush through that area and it dissolves it. Retails around R89.99.

17. Batiste Dry Shampoo

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I particularly like this dry shampoo because of the enjoyable coconut smell it leaves in your hair after use. It freshens up an oily scalp and gives your hair volume, but remember dry shampoo does not replace actual shampoo! This retails at around R79.99.

18. Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Yuzu Perfume

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If you like green tea like I do, then you will love smelling like it!! The refreshing, citrusy green tea fragrance will tempt you into having an actual cup of green tea. I bought this 100ml perfume in a banded pack with a 30ml perfume for R325.00.

19. Essence Beauty Lip Balm

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This beauty balm gives your lips a light natural pink tint and moisturises it at the same time. A must have in every handbag. It retails at around R39.99.

And there you have it! My personal, somewhat affordable favourites.

xoxo,

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