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!
I was thrilled to find out these clay masks finally hit South African shores. I purchased these masks when I was in the US only to find out that they have now been released in our neck of the woods – yay! These are available for purchase at Clicks and Dischem, as well as online. Retail price: R150.
To start, the packaging is very aesthetically pleasing and feels very good quality because of the glass jar. The price is reasonable for a clay face mask and for the amount of product that you get. There are three different versions of these, targeting various skin issues; a Purity Mask, a Glow mask, and a Detox Mask. I tried out all three and here is what I thought 🙂
The Purity Mask is turquoise in colour and has a gel-like consistency. The scent smells fresh and slightly of eucalyptus. Once dried, it feels tight on the skin and once washed off, it leaves my skin feeling firmer and very fresh. After multiple uses, my pores appeared smaller and my skin appeared more matte.
The Glow Mask is burnt orange in colour and is the only mask out of all three that has exfoliating particles in it. Because of the particles, the mask removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin feeling smooth without feeling stripped.
The Detox Mask is grey in colour and this is due to the charcoal ingredient. I personally love charcoal as an ingredient in skincare because it is incredible at extracting dirt and oil out of one’s skin. This can cause blemishes to come to the surface as a result of the extraction, so make sure to use this a good few days before any event.
All masks take 5-10 minutes to dry which is super convenient. They can also all be used three times a week. A really cool trend that I’ve seen with these masks is something called “multi-masking”, which entails using multiple masks simultaneously. For example, I might use the Purity Mask on my T-zone because of it’s mattifying properties, and the Glow Mask on my cheeks to maintain glowy and healthy-looking skin.
Overall, I find these masks to be very effective and useful considering how affordable they are. Definitely a win from L’Oréal 🙂