I don’t know if I’m the only one but I love taking a peek inside other peoples’ makeup bags. Don’t believe me? Just ask my friend Hildegarde who experienced this first hand. She made the mistake of taking her adorable Zoella makeup bag out of her handbag for touch ups one night after dinner and I pounced and started rummaging through it as one does. Um, one does do that, right? No? I’m the only one then. Okay, so moving swiftly along. I’m sure you have all already seen that makeup tag that has been floating around the internet for years. The tag that a “nosey nancy” like myself enjoys – the “What’s In My Makeup Bag” tag. This post will be a different take on that. This post and maybe even future posts of this nature will be what’s new in my makeup bag. It will show a selection (plus a short review) of makeup and beauty that has recently been added to my makeup bag. Wanna look inside? Keep reading…
1. I don’t often get sent foundations for review because when I do they are normally too dark for my pale skin. But recently I found this budget foundation mixed in with a whole bag of Essence products that were sent to me and the shade is perfect. It’s the lightest shade (01 matt beige) but keep in mind there are only two shades so I guess I got lucky. The Essence pure skin anti-spot mousse make-up is only R69.95 and I know many people can’t imagine using a foundation that cheap and will immediately turn their noses up. If you’re one of those people then just skip this part and start on the next product. Yes, this is intended for young skins, but guess what? I’m 32 and I’m really, really enjoying it. The consistency is soft and creamy and glides on incredibly smoothly even when my skin is having a “Sahara desert” moment. It actually melts into your skin and does a superb job of covering up redness, scaring, pigmentation and blemishes. I was pleasantly surprised.
2. ” Sorry miss, where did you get your false lashes from?” That’s what I was expecting to hear when I first applied this mascara. Did I? No. Now, I don’t want to say I was disappointed by this mascara because that would be a lie. I will rather say I have mixed feelings. I was expecting a lot from this mascara. I mean it is Benefit’s cult, go-to mascara and I’ve heard incredible things about it. So let me start with the things I really like about “They’re Real!”. It has an awesome (specially designed) brush that can be used horizontally and vertically. It lengthens, it curls and it separates superbly and does all that without coating your lashes in a thick goop that looks and feels gross. But… I’ve come to realise after years of trying mascaras, that I like them to also thicken and give my lashes volume. I don’t think the Benefit one does that. Sad face. However, If you’re looking for an everyday mascara that lengthens, curls and separates then this one is for you, Benebabes! R295 from Red Square
3. Black eyeliner is my sweetheart and I’ll shout it from the rooftops. It’s basically the simplest way to take your eye makeup to the next level. The Revlon ColorStay™ Liquid Liner is your NBFF (new best friend forever) if you’re attempting a winged eye. The brush is the perfect size and has the right amount of flexibility to control and helps you to create a precise line. The pigmentation is nice and black, but only after two “coats”. It dries quickly and comes off easily at night. But it does fade quite quickly during the day which is a bummer. While I have your attention let me give you a quick eyeliner tip. I apply my liner starting from the inner corner and I work my way to the end using small, short strokes with a delicate hand. That way you can achieve a precise line and build up the colour as you go. R179 at Red Square.
4. Bold lips? Yes please. I wouldn’t have said that with such assertiveness two years ago but I’ve really embraced the bold lip and shock, horror, even started experimenting more with colour. The Maybelline Bold Matte Lipsticks are glorious! I have “Mat2” which is a seriously boring name but at least the colour is the furthest thing from a shrinking violet. It’s a bright, vivid coral that screams summer the same way an ice-cream melting down your hand does. It’s fun, girly and feels ah-mazing on your lips. The formula is very creamy (surprising, I know!) and applies more like a lip butter than a matte lipstick. It doesn’t feel drying and lasts for about 2 hours on my lips. I would however warn you that if your lips are dry the Maybelline Bold Mattes will accentuate that. Grab an old toothbrush and scrub, scrub your lips! I definitely need to grab a few more of these when Summer hits. R114,95 at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini and all Maybelline stockists.
5. I recently did a post on my favourite makeup brushes/tools and I think it needs to be updated. I added this budget beauty (R30 at Dis-Chem) to my collection and I haven’t looked back since. It’s soft, fluffy and blends beautifully. A blending brush is a must for every beauty girls makeup arsenal and although this brush is ridiculously cheap the quality surpasses the price. Have you tried any of the Cala brushes yet?
6. Some makeup is unimaginative or just very basic, but when it comes to having fun with your makeup I always look to highlighters. In my opinion they do so much for your face. Brow-bone, inner eye, cheekbones, cupids bow or nose bridge? There are so many areas you can “highlight” and a bit of shimmer really goes a long way. I love “Cindy-Lou Manizer” from TheBalm because she’s puurdy. I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but how can you not when that “cover” is just so darn pretty! If you’re a sucker for cute packaging than look no further than TheBalm and Benefit. They win hands down for cutest makeup. Cindy (we’re on first name basis) is pink/peach-toned and brings a bit of warmth to your skin. She adds a subtle shimmer wherever you put her. She’s nicely pigmented, smooth and applies nicely. But as much as I enjoy a bit of Cindy my heart still belongs to her prettier, flashier, champagne-popping sister – Mary-Lou. Sorry, Cinds! R399 from Retailbox