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.


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??? 



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.


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 !*


  • 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!)


  • 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.


































  • 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.










  •  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!

















  •  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.




Dr. Martens Collection!

Hello, Dr. Martens!


Let us just take a moment and think about the awesomeness that are Dr. Marten’s boots.

I have a substantial obsession collection. I love the vibrant colours and patterns that they are available in and don’t forget how comfortable they are. 

Also, I love it when peoples’ eyes literally glaze over as they stare at my boots and ask me “Is that another one?” 😛


Dr. Klaus Martens was a doctor during World War II and after suffering an injury in 1945, he designed himself some boots that had air cushioned soles. 

After having no success in selling the boots, he teamed up with a friend, Dr. Herbert Funck and they started selling. R. Griggs Group Ltd bought patent rights to sell the shoes and business boomed. 

(Excerpt from Wikipedia).

Fast forward to today, these boots, initially meant for doctors are worn all over the world by young and old, men and women alike.


I have 9 pairs of original Dr. Martens boots/ shoes. 

Feast your eyes on this delicious collection.

* L e t ‘ s  b r e a k  i t  d o w n * :

  • 5 pairs of the 1460 Patent Lamper boots:
    • Royal Blue
    • Red
    • White
    • Black
    • Hot Pink
  • 2 pairs of the 1460 Pascal boots:
    • Glitter
    • Limited Edition Dr. Martens x Sanrio: Hello Kitty
  • 1 pair of the 1461 Virginia shoes:
    • Bubblegum
  • 1 pair of the Polley Mary-Jane shoes
    • Smooth Black.

1460 Pascal boot in Glitter

I think that my favourite pair would be..

A L L  O F  T H E M!!!!


If I was forced to choose, then the Limited Edition Hello Kitty pair which I purchased from That Shoe Lady.


To my knowledge, I only know of two places that currently sell Dr. Martens products here in Cape Town.

They are:

I bought the following pairs at Edgars:

  1. 1460 Pascal in Glitter
  2. 1460 Patent Lamper in Black
  3. 1460 Patent Lamper in Red
  4. 1460 Patent Lamper in Royal Blue
  5. 1460 Patent Lamper in Hot Pink
  6. 1461 Virginia in Bubblegum
  7. Polley Mary-Jane in Smooth Black

and the following pairs from That Shoe Lady:

      8. 1460 Pascal Dr. Martens x Sanrio HK

      9. 1460 Patent Lamper in White

Hello Kitty! How cute is that bow?!

So.. The question is:


Photo credit: 1. 1460 Pascal Flower in Black Leather (www.drmartens.com)

Photo: 2. 1460 boot in Victorian Flowers (www.drmartens.com)

1 or 2??




Wish App (#3) AND (#4): iPhone 6S Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Cases

It’s that time again!

And by that time, I mean:

W I S H   A P P   I T E M   R E V I E W  !!!

Once again, if you haven’t checked out my first or second review, I ordered items from the Wish app on 10 January – 13 January (a total of 9 items!) from different stores and they are finally arriving!

From the title of this post, items number 3 and 4 are reviewed.

Screenshot from the Wish app

Screenshot from the Wish app

I ordered the pink case for my phone and I absolutely LOVE it.

The black Batman case was for my husband and he is really impressed with it lol.

The packaging.

Hubby was too excited, so he opened his before I could take a photo of it haha.

I P H O N E  6 S  P L U S  C A S E :

I love the bow detail #bowsFTW

It’s a basic soft, gelish case with glitter, bows and diamante stone detailing on the back.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the case costs R12.00, but shipping costs gets added and the total I paid was R58.91 ($5.00) #affordable.

The only thing that I “don’t like” about this case is the fact that one of the “stones” is a bit skew. (I’m being unnecessary, I know LOL, but hey I paid for this!)

Look at that slightly skew stone. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Overall, affordable, it looks good, fits my phone perfectly and it is a full coverage case.

Get yours here.

S A M S U N G  G A L A X Y  S 8  P L U S  C A S E:

How cute is this built in stand though????

This is a black, rubber case with a gold Batman logo on the back and a convenient built in stand.


As you can see from the screenshot from the app, the case cost R36.00, but after shipping I paid R47.17 ($4.00) #affordableaswell

Overall, it fits his phone perfectly, it looks great and the stand is a definite plus.

Get yours here.



Wish App (#2): Chevrolet Seatbelt Shoulder Pads


Another Wish item has arrived (7 more to go!!) and it is a pair of seat belt shoulder pads for my car.

Screenshot from the Wish app

I ordered this item on 11 January 2018 and it arrived on 27 February. (A day later than it was supposed to because the Post Office does not operate on a Sunday).

They are of very good quality and I would totally recommend it. (Obviously, only if you have a Chevy, but I am sure there are for other cars too :P)

Get your own here.

It looks soooo good!

Salvador gives it his stamp of approval

I am waiting impatiently patiently for the next item!

Hopefully, the Post Office will deliver as planned.

Michiko… Ooh, sparkly…



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.



Wish App (#1): Case for Instax Mini: Hello Kitty

Ah… Nothing like finally receiving that little slip from the Post Office telling you that you have a parcel waiting for you. *almost passes out from excitement*


Okay, so I ordered a few things from www.wish.com and one of the items finally came.

Wish is basically an online shopping website, consisting of many different traders. It is not one big shop.

This is what I ordered on 13 January 2018 (so looooong ago):

Yeah, it’s sold out now. Sorry.

And it came on 19 February 2018!

Too cute!

It’s a perfect fit and is in mint condition.

So I basically waited just over a month and then you must OBVIOUSLY pay for shipping and then I still had to pay a Post Office handling fee *rolls eyes*.


The only niggly thing is that when compared to the photo on the app, the cover I received is more of  a pastel purple than a candy pink (which is what I wanted), but it’s still nice.

You can detach the top part of the cover (left) so that your camera is still protected when you are using it.

I decided to keep the original lanyard on because that one has “Hello Kitty” on it. I mean, come on.

So, since I am new to Wish, I ordered a few things separately hahaha…

*M O R E  W I S H  A P P  R E V I E W S  T O  F O L L O W  !!*

If you haven’t already, check out my Hello Kitty camera review here.



Instax Mini – Hello Kitty Limited Edition

I’m pretty sure that when you log onto Instagram, you will see someone in your feed posting pics of pocket sized snaps, strewn on a fur blanket (I’m that someone, cough cough) next to a quirky, colourful Instax Mini camera.

Yeah, the “polaroids” are indeed an in-thing (Side note: Polaroids are not meant to be shaken. Outkast out here teaching everyone wrong).

Anyway, I am a huge Hello Kitty fan, but I do not own a lot of Hello Kitty stuff (boo hoo).

This is a short review on the awesome Instax Mini Instant Camera: Hello Kitty edition.

My husband gave this to me as a gift one year and bought it off takealot.com on sale and it cost around R799.99 compared to the usual R1200.00

This is the box that it came in:

How cute is this box?!

I got (from top centre to right) a 10pc pack of film, stickers and a lanyard with the camera.

Yes, that is a plaster tin.

The photos are credit card size, but come on! It’s an awesome instant camera.

The quality of the photos are quite good and I like the fact that the camera shows you which lens to use based on the lighting of your environment. Kudos to that!

If you’re a HK fan, then you should definitely invest in one like this.