Walking into the Covent Garden Dior store is a treat. Luxury brands are still a novelty for me; the packaging of every product is beautifully designed and the service (for the most part) is second to none. Although one does pay a pretty penny for all these things, a treat-yourself moment every now and then is necessary. Dior is a brand that I would highly recommend as a brand that is worth your hard-earned cash.
One of the first products I was excited to try was the Dior Addict Lip Scrub. This comes in the form of a lipstick packaging rather than a pot, and is entirely edible instead of having to apply it and then wipe it off. The product itself is also slightly tinted, which is one of my favourite qualities because it brings out the natural colour in my lips (don’t let the pink scare you!).
The scrub is gentler than what I thought it would be; it’s more a product that is beneficial over a period of use rather than in one or two uses. This has quickly become a staple in my handbag because it keeps my lips healthy and moisturised, plus it is soooo pretty to look at 🙂
I have been trying many a brow pencil since trying the Anastasia Brow Wiz and none have come close. I bought the Elf brow pencil in America, and although the colour was phenomenal, the pencil itself was quite fat and made precision a bit of a challenge. Then the NYX Micro Brow pencil had the precision but I found all the shades too warm for my hair colour.
All in all, I was searching for precision, a good colour match, and a pencil with a spooly (brush) on the other end. Fast-track to a month ago, I stumbled across the L.A. Girl stand in Dischem, where I had found a gorgeous highlight just a few weeks prior (click here to see that blog post). I noticed that they were now stocking the L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil that seemed to fit the bill. I brought the pencil home and instantly fell in love.
The pencil doesn’t break off in chunks, it has the perfect consistency, and the tip is super fine, making precision a dream. There is also a spooly on the other end to brush out and soften the look, and guys, this baby retails for R85 *pause for effect*.
If you are just starting to sculpt your brows or have the same needs I had, then definitely pick one of these up.
Essence have done it again with a completely customisable palette at a ridiculously low price. As far as I know, essence are the only affordable brand to have any product like this and it is a solid hit for any makeup junkie on a budget.
There are 20 eyeshadow shades to choose from; ranging from shimmery statement shades to rich mattes. There are also lip products, blushes, bronzers and highlights. Each shade comes with a lid, so if you just wanted one palette to swap out your favourite shades into, you could do just that without having any hygiene concerns.
One thing I will say is that the consistency of the eyeshadows is not consistent, but this is true for most brands, especially affordable ones. The shimmer shades can be slightly chalky, but just tap your brush before application to remove the excess, and it shouldn’t be a problem.
Each shade retails at R34,95 and the empty palette also retails for R34,95 (whaaaat). There is also an 8-shade palette, available for R44,95. Essence Cosmetics is available at Dischem and Clicks, as well as online at Takealot.com.
A single palette that provides for every glowing need you could possibly have. Beaming cheekbones? NYX has you sorted. A glistening eyelid? NYX, again, has you sorted. Ladies and gents, this is the NYX Illuminating palette.
The top row of shades are the slightly unusual shades which is why they are smaller. I find these very useful as eyeshadows or as a highlight for festival makeup or any occasion that allows us to get really creative (i.e. Halloween).
The bottom row is where the real magic of this palette shines. There are three sizeable shades that are incredibly useful and versatile. I like to mix these shades, depending on the highlight I feel like going for that day, and I absolutely love it.
This palette is available at Clicks and retails for R354,95. If you have a bigger budget and would find these colours handy, the quality and convenience of this product is worth scooping up.
This product is undoubtedly one of the best affordable products I have discovered in a while. Highlighters in general are very hard to come by, especially affordable ones. L.A. Girl is a brand sold at Dischem as well as online. They have a wide variety of products, some are hits and some are misses, but this launch is an absolute winner.
This gem comes in twelve, that’s right, twelve different shades. These retail for R149 and for that price, the quality is outstanding. I purchased the shade 50W and it gives my cheekbones a beautiful golden sheen, but you can definitely find the shade for your complexion (there are frikken twelve!). The texture of this is, in my opinion, on par with most higher end products I’ve tried. It is smooth, not at all chunky, and very buildable. One of my biggest no-no’s for highlighters is chunks of shimmer, because a highlight should look like a natural, albeit beaming, glow, rather than glitter on your face. The packaging is where the low price comes from; it is cheap black and gold plastic with no mirror, but with a product this good, who cares about the exterior?
Head to Dischem and grab this product before it sells out because it will be scooped up in no time!