What’s New In My Makeup Bag + Makeup Look

What's New In My Makeup Bag

Ok, so strictly speaking not ALL the products I’m about to show you are currently camping out in my makeup bag…some of them have found a loving home in one of my acrylic makeup storage units.  But we all know what these ‘What’s In My Makeup Bag’ blog posts are about – bloggers usually showcase the products that they like to carry around with them in their little makeup bags.  Well…today I’ll be showing you what’s NEW in my makeup collection – some products I do like to take with me when I’m on-the-go, and others are all snuggled up in my makeup drawers at home.

I guess I could have called this blog post ‘What’s New In My Makeup Collection’ but that sounds so meh…

Anyway, 80% of the products I’m about to show you made their way into my online shopping basket or Dis-Chem basket during the past month or so.  I’ve had a good amount of time to test most of the products (except for 2 but I’ll point them out to you) and so I have a pretty good idea what I like, and what I don’t like about some of these products.

Remember when I said the following in this blog post: “One thing is for sure, I’ll be walking out of Dis-Chem this week with a bag full of new essence goodies to test and review.  Fortunately their products are affordable, so my bank balance should be okay after my little shopping spree.”?  Well, forget I said that – because I popped in to Dis-Chem last week and dropped a grand right there and then (mostly on the new essence and CATRICE permanent range products).  I have no idea how everything tallied up to just over R1000,00 (I even checked the slip) so be warned – all those little items all add up to one big total amount!

I’ll be featuring the other products I bought during the next few weeks on social media, a couple of blog posts and hopefully a YouTube video.  So make sure you’re following me on all my social media platforms to catch glimpses and / or short reviews of the products.  Today I’m featuring just a couple of the new permanent range products from essence and CATRICE, as these are the only ones I’ve managed to use so far.

I hope you enjoy!

CATRICE Prime And Fine Beautifying Primer

This is actually the first CATRICE primer I have ever used, I’ve swatched 1 or 2 of their other primers but either didn’t like the glitter flecks (Anti-Red Base) or the formula (Pore Refining And Anti-Shine Base).  When I first saw the new products were being unpacked at Dis-Chem, I hovered around the sales assistant like a helicopter for about 20 minutes.  As soon as she added the testers to the shelves I was all over them (I always keep hand wipes in my handbag because I always tend to go a bit crazy with the testers and swatching).  The CATRICE Prime And Fine Beautifying Primer (R79,95) was the very first product I swatched and I was so impressed.

It’s a rosy pink primer that contains light-reflecting pearl-pigments and Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate the skin.  During the colder months, my skin tends to look a bit dry and dull, and I’m convinced this primer will give my skin a nice healthy glow during Autumn and Winter.  The primer lightly hydrates and preps the skin, creating a brighter, healthier appearance and a smooth canvas for your foundation.  Don’t worry, the shimmer particles only add a hint of light to skin, nothing too dramatic or shimmery.  The formula absorbs easily into skin and gives your foundation something to adhere to.  Although this isn’t a pore-filling or blurring primer, it does extend the wear of my makeup just a tad bit longer.  I have combination skin, and I find this primer gives my complexion that ‘lit from within’ glow.

L.A. Girl PRO Conceal Green Corrector

Every now and again I have suffer from redness on my cheek area and around my nose.  Piling on concealer can cover up some skin issues, but the results aren’t always flawless and too much concealer accentuates pores and any other skin imperfections.  To cancel out a certain colour, you need to cover it using the colour directly opposite on the color wheel.  A green colour corrector is great for cancelling out red areas i.e. blemishes, rosacea, broken capillaries etc.  I decided to try my hand at colour correcting, so I picked up the L.A. Girl PRO Conceal Green Corrector (R45,95) at Dis-Chem about a month ago.

Holy moly!  The first time I used this corrector I ended up looking like Princess Fiona – even with my foundation on top!  I dabbed a bit of this green corrector on the areas where I needed it i.e. around the nose and on my cheeks and then blended it out with my beautyblender.  My skin definitely had a green tinge to it, but I thought applying a foundation on top would cover it up and give me a flawless face.  Truth be told, at the end of my foundation routine I looked like a martian.  Neal came in to the room to tell me something and his first words were: “What’s wrong with your face?”  It was a nightmare and I ended up having to remove all my makeup to start all over again.  The moral of this story is: You have to be VERY careful with this corrector, it is extremely pigmented and is also a bit difficult to blend into the skin.  But if used correctly, it definitely does counteract discolouration creating an even base for your foundation.

Top Tip: Don’t apply this corrector directly from the tube as it dispenses quite a bit of product, and using too much will show through your foundation.  Rather rub the tiniest amount between your 2 ring fingers, and then apply to the areas where you need it – this will sheer it out and help to blend a bit easier.

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation

I’m always searching for that perfect foundation – you know which one I’m talking about…?  The one that provides the perfect amount of coverage, feels lightweight on the skin, is a spot-on match for your skin tone, blends out like a dream, and lasts for ages.  Well, I’m busy testing this new foundation from The Body Shop, called their Fresh Nude Foundation (R295,00).  I’ll be doing a full review on the foundation soon, so I don’t want to say too much about it in this blog post.  Here’s what I like about it so far: There are 16 shades in the collection, ranging from fair to deep, and I imagine most people will find their perfect shade.  If not, you can always add a drop or two of the Shade Adjusting Drops (reviewed here).  The foundation is enriched with hydrating English rose water and contains SPF15, which leaves the skin both moisturised and protected.  In terms of finish, it gives the skin a very natural glow (but doesn’t look dewy, if that makes sense) and it really does feel very lightweight on the skin, almost like a tinted moisturiser.  That’s all I’m going to say about it for now, because I’ll be doing an in-depth review soon.

CATRICE High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder

Finally!! A highlighter that is both affordable AND part of a permanent collection!  I was so happy to see the CATRICE High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder (R89,95) at Dis-Chem last week, I added it to my basket even before I swatched it.  And when I swatched it, I couldn’t wait to tell you about this gorgeous glow enhancer.  If only I had known about this when I wrote my ‘Affordable Makeup Starter Kit & Makeup Tips For Beginners’ blog post a few weeks ago – if you read that blog post, you might remember I said finding a good highlighter at the drugstore is like finding a needle in a haystack.

The shade is called ‘010 Light Infusion’, which is the only shade available in their new mineral highlight.  I’m hoping CATRICE will be launching more shades soon!  This is a baked highlighter, so you can see there’s a gorgeous marble texture which reminds me of the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish highlighters.  ‘Light Infusion’ is a neutral-toned pearl highlight with finely milled champagne and silver shimmers.  Thankfully there are no chunky glitter flecks in this highlighter, so it looks very natural on the skin.  I don’t think this particular shade will suit all skin tones, but it will look stunning on fair to medium complexions.

Top Tip: If you find your highlighter tends to fade or perhaps some of the shimmers fall down onto the cheeks throughout the day, you can set it with a damp beautyblender or a makeup setting spray.  A damp beautyblender will press all the shimmer particles into the skin, and a makeup setting spray will create a film on top of your makeup preventing fading and fall-out.

Urban Studio PRO Contour Brush

I am so excited to show you this makeup brush – I was browsing the shelves of Dis-Chem (what else is new?) and stopped at the CALA brush section.  I always do this whenever I go to Dis-Chem because I’m always secretly hoping CALA will launch more brushes / different designs of makeup brushes.  I reviewed most of their brushes in this blog post, and since then I’ve been in love with this affordable brand of brushes.  Anyway, I’ve also been searching for the CALA makeup sponge because I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s a really nice sponge, so I wanted to test it out for myself.  I finally found the sponge on a random bottom shelf, and then noticed there was a box filled with makeup brushes on the floor.  I scanned the box out of the corner of my eye, and when I saw the above makeup brush, my heart literally skipped a beat.  The lady who was unpacking the new brushes was a bit further down the aisle, so I went to ask her if she’d mind if I had a look through the box of brushes.  She was very kind and said I was welcome to take a look.

So there I was, practically sitting on the floor of Dis-Chem…going through a box of brushes.  Most of the brushes were replacements for the existing CALA brush line but there were a couple of new brushes from this new brand called Urban Studio.  I absolutely LOVED the look of this PRO Contour Brush (R99,95) and immediately popped it in my basket – it reminds me of the Sigma F77 Chisel And Trim Contour Brush, but it’s angled like the Sigma F56 Accentuate Highlighter Brush.  I looked through the box and saw a travel set of 5 brushes (which looks A LOT like the limited edition Real Techniques Duo Fibre brush set) as well as a single eyeshadow brush that, for some weird reason, I didn’t buy.  I think I was hoping there would be more of these new brushes coming soon, and so I thought I’d just buy EVERYTHING in one go.  Take a look at the whole range of brushes here (excited!!) and what does this set of brushes remind you of?

Anyway, this contour brush has synthetic bristles (cruelty-free) and so it can be used with liquid, cream and powder products.  I like how the brush head is slightly curved (the bristles are not completely angled), so it cups the cheekbones really nicely if you want to apply your highlighter using this brush.  Obviously it can also be used as a contour brush, the bristles are dense enough to transfer a good amount of product, but also fluffy enough to blend everything out seamlessly.  This really is a winner of a brush, and I’m holding thumbs (and toes) Dis-Chem will be bringing the rest of the collection to South Africa soon.

Oh, and I read on the back of the packaging Urban Studio is actually a brush collection that is part of CALA brushes.  You already know how much I love my CALA brushes, so I’m convinced the rest of their brushes will be amazing too!

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eyeshadow Primer

Way back in the day when Benefit Cosmetics products were sold at Woolworths (I’m talking like 5 years ago) I was fortunate to receive a sample size of the Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer (R325,00) as part of a promotion or free gift.  I remember loving the little sample so much and was going to purchase a full size…but then Benefit left South Africa – I was devastated.  So when they came back to our shores end of last year, I started saving up to repurchase some of my favourites.  Now, as most of you already know Benefit Cosmetics products are quite pricey, so it has taken me a bit of time to expand my current collection.  Towards the end of March (I think) Red Square had an amazing promotion where you received 20% off any 2 (or more) products, so I decided to treat myself and splurge a little bit.  I ended up buying products I had been wanting to get my hands on for a very long time i.e. the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, Benefit Dallas Face Powder, and Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer.  Taking advantage of that promo saved me almost R400,00 (and I received free Benefit samples too) – so I was a happy camper!

I purchased the shade ‘Light/Medium’ but there is also a shade for darker skin tones called ‘Medium/Deep’.  Now here’s something I didn’t know about this product: It’s a dual-action primer, so you can apply is as a primer for your under eye concealer to prevent creasing, AND under your eyeshadows to increase longevity and help them stay vibrant to true to colour.  I really should start reading the instructions on the packaging of products…

The pale beige colour of the ‘Light/Medium’ shade provides the lightest tint on fair-skinned lids like mine, so it helps to hide discolouration, imperfections, and redness around the eye area.  I have slightly oily lids (especially during the warmer months), and it also preps the lids for crease- and fade-proof shadow wear. I’ve even used this as a concealer on those ‘good-skin-days’ when I need little to no concealer.

An eyeshadow primer gives your eyeshadows something to adhere to, helping to prevent creasing, smudging, fading, and budging.  Think of this particular one from Benefit as the lightweight sister of the MAC Paint Pots – it has a slight yellow undertone, so is quite similar in colour to the MAC Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’.  I also love the doe-foot applicator because I have total control over how much product I apply, and where I apply it.

If you’re in the market for a really good eyeshadow (and concealer) primer, then I suggest you head over to your nearest Benefit counter in selected Edgars stores or hop on to the Red Square online store.

essence 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Liner Go Bro'nze

If you read my ‘NEW essence Permanent Range Products’ blog post last week, then you will know the essence 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Liner (R53,95) is one of their new products.  A lot of my readers have been tweeting me and sending me messages saying I really NEED TO get my hands on these new chubby pencils, so I took your advice and purchased 2 of the shades.  The one in the photo above is the shade called ’01 Go Bro’nze’ and I must admit, it reminds me so much of my beloved Maybelline 24H Color Tattoo in the shade ‘Bad To The Bronze’ (it’s just a bit cooler in tone).  I recently had to retire my Maybelline pot because it completely dried out after about 4 years and I just couldn’t revive it with my INGLOT Duraline.  Since ‘Bad To The Bronze’ isn’t available in South Africa, I am happy to have found a replacement (it’s not a spot-on dupe, but it’s close enough).

One thing is for sure, these 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Liner pencils DO. NOT. BUDGE.  I am so, so impressed!  They are super longwearing, crease-proof and look absolutely beautiful on the lids.  The shade ’01 Go Bro’nze’ is a gorgeous metallic bronze shade with gold and silver shimmer particles.  It’s one of those shades you can apply all over the lid, blend into the crease using a dense synthetic blending brush and you’re good to go!  When I first swatched all the shades on my hand, I went home and washed my hands about 5 times until it was time to take a shower.  When I got in the shower, ALL the swatches were still there – not even Dettol handsoap could remove them.  You’ll have to use an oil-based eye makeup remover or something like The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil to remove these chubby pencils.  I also picked up the shade ’06 She’s Got The Mauve’ which is a taupe-y gunmetal with a slightly purple undertone, and I find it lasts even longer than the bronze shade.

I’m definitely keen to go back to Dis-Chem and get the slightly rose gold shade called ’02 Peach Perfect’.  You can also purchase the new permanent collection items at Clicks stores (although Clicks doesn’t always stock all the new Essence products) as well as online at Takealot.com.

Top Tip: Don’t apply an eyeshadow primer underneath the essence 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Liner pencils – I found with today’s makeup look (below) the bronze shade didn’t last as long because it couldn’t adhere to the skin.  Just apply the chubby pencils as-is to the lids, they’ll last a lot longer.

GOSH Copenhagen Double Precision Mascara

Not too long ago GOSH Copenhagen sent me a little box containing their new makeup brushes, as well as some of their new products.  The Double Precision Mascara (R170,00) was one of those products, and I started using it about a week ago because one of my other mascaras dried up.  When it comes to mascaras, I have a rule: I’m only allowed to open up a new one, if I’ve finished up an old one.  I remember using a similar double-ended mascara from Maybelline last year, and although I loved it I ended up only using the one end.  And exactly the same thing has happened with this new mascara from GOSH Copenhagen.

The perfume- and paraben-free Double Precision Mascara boasts 2 wands – 1 for volume (upper lashes), and 1 for precision (lower lashes).  The larger brush, which is the ‘volume’ side, adds volume and length but I find the brush is just a bit too bulky for me, and the formula of the mascara is a bit too dry as well (I like a nice wet mascara formula).  I do, however, really like the smaller, thinner wand (the precision side) because it really adds individual definition to each and every lash.  If I had to choose, I’d much rather have long, defined lashes than thick clumpy lashes.  And that’s why I am currently using only the precision side for both my upper and lower lashes, but I find I have to really build up the layers to add a bit of volume too.  When I eventually finish up the one side of the mascara, I’m very interested to see if I’ll be able to use the other side with the smaller brush.  I hope so, because I am enjoying the detail work I can do with the slender mascara wand.  You can purchase GOSH Copenhagen products at Edgars stores.

Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care

So…I was walking around Dis-Chem a couple of days ago, minding my own business, when I glanced over to one of those large metal bins they have at the entrance of the queuing section as you head to the tills.  I couldn’t believe my eyes!  The new Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care (R49,95) balms are finally available in South Africa!  I’ve been waiting for these cuties to come to our shores for quite some time now, and so I quickly scanned the different ‘flavours’ and popped the ‘Strawberry’ one in to my basket.  There was only 1 other flavour available (‘Vanilla Bean’) and I wasn’t really in the mood for a creamy vanilla scent.

Softlips twist-up balms were my go-to when I was in high school, they were the creme de la creme of lip balms and I remember most girls begged their parents to spend the extra few Rands on a Softlips balm (Labello and Lip Ice were too boring back then).  So silly…I know!  Anyway, so this new 5-in-1 balm is quite interesting – it features a little dome shape (reminds me of the eos lipbalms) and promises to hydrate (shea butter), replenish and restore moisture (Vitamins A, C, E), smoothen (rich emolients), protect (SPF15) and add a touch of shine.

The Softlips Cube is quite cute & dainty, and comes in a smaller packaging than the standard eos balms, so it takes up considerably less space in your makeup bag.  I like the screw-top ‘ice cube’ lid because it locks shut with a satisfying ‘click’, so it’s nearly impossible for them to open up in your handbag, travel bag or pocket.

As for the balm itself, it definitely has a smoother glide than the eos lip balms – and most importantly, it doesn’t leave a waxy film on the lips.  The formula is very lightweight and provides a thin layer of moisture, while adding a subtle shine to the lips.  The staying power isn’t bad either, I can get about 3 hours of wear before I need to reapply.  I’ve been using this lipbalm for almost a week now, and I’ve found the more you apply and the longer you wear it, the softer your lips begin to feel (in a way it almost acts as a lip treatment).  This is my new favourite lipbalm and has found a permanent spot in my handbag – I can’t imagine using anything else for the time being.

essence BB Beauty Balm Lipgloss

Another new product from essence, this is their BB Beauty Balm Lipgloss (R38,95) and I’m loving it (in my head I said that in the McDonald’s ad song – haha!).  I’m not exactly sure why this is called a ‘BB Beauty Balm’ gloss?  I guess since the whole BB cream trend, ‘BB’ translates as multifunctional product…maybe?

This gloss contains shea butter and Vitamin E, so it acts as hydrating and nourishing gloss.  I bought the shade called ’01 Keep It Real’ because I feel I can wear a nude gloss with almost any outfit.  This particular shade is great because it’s not too pigmented, and so it just enhances the natural colour of my lips.  The gloss itself has a thicker texture with a weightless feel on lips.  It adds just the right amount of colour with a high shine finish that will give you a glossy pout (with absolutely no stickiness).  I’m definitely keen to go back to Dis-Chem and pick up 1 or 2 more of these BB Beauty Balm glosses (maybe the baby pink shade, and the fuchsia pink shade too).

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Devotion

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage at the moment – and a quality, comfortable, and matte liquid lippie is so hard to find here in South Africa.  I was very excited when I saw a stand showcasing the new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor (R165,00) at Clicks a while ago, and bought 2 of the shades.  If I’m completely honest, I prefer the other shade I own but I just couldn’t find it when I took the photos for this blog post.  And then…I found it the very next day.  *rolls eyes*  So the shade you see above is called ‘Devotion’ and it’s a beautiful light rosy pink that packs a lot of punch.  The other shade in my collection is called ‘Seduction’ and it’s a stunning (and very flattering) nude shade.  It’s not too pink, not too peach, and not too brown – it’s just perfect.

Let’s talk about the formula of these babies: I think describing them as matte (on the packaging) can be a bit misleading because they start out as a really creamy (almost shiny) liquid lipstick and after about 10 to 20 minutes they dry down to a semi-matte finish.  And that’s what I love about them!  They coat the lips with a comfortable velvety layer of colour that feels lightweight and hydrating on the lips.  The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors have the insane pigmentation of a true liquid lipstick, but they don’t feel drying on the lips.  AND unlike so many longwearing matte lip products out there, these don’t set to the point where you need to remove them with an oil-based remover.  They wear for a solid 4 to 5 hours without feathering, cracking, or fading but thereafter you’ll have to apply another layer to top up the colour.  The formula also feels cushy from start to finish, and for all these reasons the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors get an A+ from me!  You can find them at your nearest Dis-Chem, Clicks, Edgars and Red Square stores nationwide – or online at Zando.

What's In My Makeup Bag

And to show you how some of these products look on my face, I’ve taken a photo of today’s makeup look.  Yep, today as in Thursday!  I attended a beauty launch in Sandton earlier this morning and then sat in traffic for 2 HOURS on my way back home because everyone and their auntie is going to the opening of The Mall Of Africa (plus there were 2 accidents on the highway as well).  You should have seen the traffic on the highway this morning and this afternoon – it was insane.  I’m extremely excited about the Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Zara Home, H&M and other interesting stores opening up at The Mall Of Africa but not thaaaaat excited that I’m willing to sit in crazy traffic for 4 hours just to get to the mall.  Anyway, on with the makeup – in the photo below I’m wearing:

♥  CATRICE Prime And Fine Beautifying Primer

♥  The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in ‘Bora Bora’

♥  CATRICE High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder (used to highlight the cheekbones, tip of the nose, and inner corners of the eyes)

♥  Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer (used to prime my eyelids and under eyes)

♥  essence 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Liner in ‘Go Bro’nze’

♥  GOSH Copenhagen Double Precision Mascara

♥  Softlips Cube 5-in-1 Lip Care in ‘Strawberry’

♥  essence BB Beauty Balm Lipgloss in ‘Keep It Real’

What's New In My Makeup Bag Makeup Look

Oh, and I contoured (with a very light hand) using the Urban Studio PRO Contour Brush.  I was going to wear the liquid lipstick from Revlon, but the rosy pink shade just didn’t go well with the eye makeup look.

And that’s it!  Have you tried any of the makeup products I featured in this blog post?  Will you be picking up any of the items next time you’re at the shops?

** Disclaimer: The Body Shop section of this blog post was sponsored by The Body Shop South Africa.



  1. Kelly
    28 April 2016 / 18:33

    Aww these are such awesome products I really want the soft lips cube! Lol I used to love it getting softlips back then just coz it would fit neatly into my pocket without creating a bulge Thanks for the post and honest reviews, as always 🙂

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:19

      You’re welcome, Kelly. I hope you manage to get your hands on the Softlips cube. 🙂

  2. 28 April 2016 / 19:43

    I’ve been using the LA Girl green pro concealer for a while now and i love it for counteracting redness. Also bought the new products from Essence and love them!!! Have you tried the Gloss & Velvet Stick Lipcolour from Essence? I can not (!!!) wait to try the softlips lipbalm, i am obsessed with lipbalms!!! I think i love Cala brushes as much as you do, so i cant wait to get my hands on the new brushes. Thanks for always having such great posts xoxo

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:21

      Yes, I bought 2 x Gloss Stick Lipcolour and 2 x Velvet Stick Lipcolour pencils and I think they’re great quality for the price. 🙂

      Dis-Chem has all the other Urban Studio brushes (I saw them at my local Dis-Chem day before yesterday) so I’m keen to buy one of each – haha! 😉 They are so, so, so similar to the Real Techniques brushes.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts, Melissa. xo

  3. Simone Cameron
    28 April 2016 / 19:45

    Oh my word I know…I went to Dischem and found the essence goodies…I spent R300 on like 5 little items. Then another dischem I got some LA Girl and that was another 3 or 4 hundred bucks. So it definitely adds up!

    Listen I got the chubby stick in ‘she’s got the mauve’….I loved it so much that I made a heart ‘tattoo’ on my hand with it because I knew it wouldn’t fade. I have yet to wear it on my face….but I love it on my hands. Lol. Thanks for the tip re: primer.

    The catrice goodies were not available yet and neither were those make up brushes…that brush looks great! Oh goodness. …wish I didn’t see this. I randomly also grabbed a CALA brush…also looking for new brushes from them as I own most of them.

    I swatches those revlon Matte lipglosses today even though u knew I couldn’t afford to buy more makeup this month. Lol. I swatches a lovely nude colour and a pink one. Perhaps the same one in your pic. I however wiped it off before it dried so didn’t see the matte effect.

    I’m using my merry berry highlighter still…I really love it. How does the Catrice one compare? I’d buy one just for the heck of it though. Lol

    Love your mascara rule! I can’t control myself. I open 4 or 5 at a time… urgh. I actually need to throw some barely used ones out soon 🙁

    Awesome post and the make up looks lovely. What did you end up using on the lips?

    My friend said the traffic was insane due to the mall opening. She was in traffic for 2.5hrs

    • Simone Cameron
      28 April 2016 / 19:47

      Oh my soul…my typos.

      Swatches = swatched
      U = I

      • Luzanne
        5 May 2016 / 17:44

        LOL! Don’t worry – I got you! 😉

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:35

      Yep, you don’t think it’ll all add up to a rather large total amount…and then BAM! 😀

      Bwahahah!!! I also do little heart swatches when I’m at home, not sure why… 😉 I bought the shades ‘Brilliant Burgundy’ (glossy), Radiant Rose’ (glossy), and obviously ‘Peony Star’ (velvet). Whenever something has the word ‘peony’ in the name, I have to get it…whether I think I’ll use it or not. I did get another shade in the Velvet Stick Lip Colors, but I can’t find it – eeeek!

      My local Dis-Chem now has ALL the brushes from the Urban Studio range and I was SO tempted to buy every single one of them…BUT they’re a bit more pricey than the original CALA brushes and we all know I don’t need more makeup brushes in my life. The pricing is so weird, the smallest eyeshadow brush is R99,95 and the large powder brush is also R99,95. I think they messed up the pricing…hopefully!

      The Revlon matte lippies are so lovely on the lips – if you can afford one later down the line, definitely get the nude. 🙂

      The Merry Berry highlighter gives more of an even glowy sheen to the skin, whereas the CATRICE one has more noticeable shimmer particles. Merry Berry is also a bit more gold, whereas Light Infusion is a bit more of a cooler champagne shade. Now that you asked me to compare the two, I think I actually like my Merry Berry highlighter more. But it was limited edition, so the CATRICE one is a great permanent option. 🙂

      I used to have like 7 mascaras open at a time at one stage, and it’s such a waste. I had to throw out so many in such a short amount of time because I’m scared of eye infections and all that stuff. I have A LOT of mascaras that are waiting to be opened & tested…wish I had 6 eyes. 😉

      I used the essence BB Beauty Balm Lipgloss – it’s lovely!

  4. Leigh
    28 April 2016 / 20:31

    Sooooooo excited for the Urban studio brushes! Yay!

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:44

      I saw the entire range at my local Dis-Chem the day before yesterday, and I almost bought all of them… But I need a new makeup brush like I need a hole in the head! 😉 #hoarderproblems

  5. Veronique
    28 April 2016 / 22:02

    Wow! You look beautiful, Luzanne! Loved this post, you are so bad for my bank balance. 😀 xxoo

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:45

      Thank you so much, Veronique. 🙂 Bad for your bank balance, but so good for your makeup collection… 😉 xo

  6. Inge
    28 April 2016 / 22:05

    Loving that inner corner highlight, stunning! Brilliant tip on the Essence shadow sticks, I used one of the lighter ones and it didn’t last that long on my lids. Now I know it’s because I used my Catrice eyeshadow primer underneath. Won’t do that again.

    Your tips are always so helpful !!

    Thanx, Luzanne 🙂

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:47

      My pleasure, Inge. 🙂 I hope my tip worked for you, I haven’t used an eyeshadow primer underneath my essence pencils since, and it has really helped a lot.

      Thank you for popping by the blog. 😉

  7. Taylor
    28 April 2016 / 22:32

    OMG I need that softlips cube and the makeup brush! You have such a knack for finding all these interesting products!! 😀

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:47

      Haha!! Thanks, Taylor. 😉

  8. Olga
    28 April 2016 / 22:34

    You just convinced me to buy one of those Revlon liquid lipsticks, they sound lovely. Especially since they are not drying, but still have a relatively matte finish.

    Going to swatch them tomorrow. Thanx, Lu. 🙂

    xo, Olga

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:48

      They really feel so comfortable on the lips – I hope they expand the shade range with more nude type colours.

      You’re welcome, Olga. xo

  9. Una
    28 April 2016 / 22:47

    NEEEEEEEEEEEEEED that Catrice highlighter!! So happy there’s one available for pale skin tones, it looks beautiful on your skin.

    Your makeup always looks so stunning, Luzanne. So natural and feminine..

    Sending you lots of love,


    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:48

      You really do need it in your makeup collection – it’s beautiful! 🙂

      Thank you so much for the lovely compliment, Una. xo

  10. Megan
    29 April 2016 / 03:06

    So excited for the Urban Studio brushes! I gotta agree with you, the other brushes in the collection definitely remind me so much of the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Brushes.

    I’m also secretly hoping that CALA will launch more brushes/different designs. If they added a Flat Top Kakubi Brush to their collection, I’d die! *heart eyes*



    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:50

      My local Dis-Chem now stocks the entire range of brushes – and they’re absolutely stunning!! 😀

      So true, I’m waiting for CALA to expand their range with like 30 brushes…almost like Sigma Beauty. 😉 A girl can dream…


  11. 29 April 2016 / 08:27

    I’ve tried a couple of these out already, and I love them!

    I actually tried a new thing with the Catrice Beautifying primer – I do my usual skincare routine, then I use a small amount of Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm, rub it in until it’s tacky. Then I go about my usual priming with the Catrice primer. This works with ALL of my foundations, but best with my Estee Lauder Double Wear. My skin glows and looks so flawless and even and smooth and healthy. I’ve had so many compliments on it! I have combination skin, so usually I shy away from anything that will make me look too glowy, yet this just gives that lit-from-within look. <3

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:53

      Sounds like a great idea – I’ll definitely try your tip next time I apply my makeup. I am loving my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation lately, it’s brilliant! I get a nice full coverage, and it sits so nicely on the skin as well. 🙂

  12. Monique
    29 April 2016 / 09:26

    Just grabbed a cup of coffee to read this post and I enjoyed it so much! I also found the Urban Studio brushes just this week and wanted to throw them all in my basket! Love these posts so keep them coming xx

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:54

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post, Monique. 🙂 I saw the entire range of brushes earlier this week and I had to restrain myself – I almost bought all of them. 😉 I did buy one of the sets, the set that has the metallic looking brushes in it. So stunning! 🙂 xo

  13. 29 April 2016 / 10:56

    I cant wait to get my bum over to Dischem to go find those Urban Studio brushes, eeep!

    I have the exact same rule with mascara. Out of all makeup products the one that freaks me out the most, bacteria- and life cycle-wise, is mascara! I only use a mascara for up to 6 months after I have opened it for the very first time. I have a drawer of mascaras that haven’t even been opened yet. That’s why I am holding off on getting Lash Sensational bc I don’t actually NEED mascara – oh the drama!


    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:56

      They are so, so beautiful!! There’s something weird with their pricing, though, a small eyeshadow brush is exactly the same price as a large powder brush. So I think I’ll wait a bit until they’ve sorted their pricing out (or maybe it’s just my Dis-Chem).

      I also have a drawer full of new, unopened mascaras waiting to be tested but my mascara rule is a rule I stick to. 🙂 xo

  14. melissa
    29 April 2016 / 12:32

    Very nice Luzanne , i to overwhelmed when i read you post my baby steps seem useless i love everything you review. love your post hope you have a warm long weekend

    • Luzanne
      5 May 2016 / 17:57

      Thank you, Melissa – I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying my blog posts. 😀

  15. Marlize J
    29 April 2016 / 15:07

    Looking gorge, Luzanne. 🙂

    Im definitely going to get that highlighter, softlips, and Revlon liquid lipstick in the nude shade.

    Waiting for your review on the foundation from The Body Shop before I go out and buy it.

    Have an awesome long weekend, L.

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:05

      Thank you, Marlize. 🙂

      I’ll be sure to post that foundation review soon. 😉

  16. Nthombi Maluleka
    29 April 2016 / 15:32

    whenever I see a new blog post from you, I always get excited!! You make my week when you show us all these new products.

    I need that brush, I hope they bring more of the brand to SA.

    LOL at you sitting on the floor in Dischem. 😀 😀 😀

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:07

      Yay! It makes me so happy to hear that – thank you, Nthombi. 😀

      My local Dis-Chem has most (if not all) of the Urban Studio brushes – so maybe go check at your nearest Dis-Chem.

  17. Iris Fourie
    29 April 2016 / 15:50

    Love your makeup looks, theyre always so fresh and feminine.

    I want that Catrice primer, the makeup brush and the essence pencil. Will go to the shops tomorrow.

    I hope you have a relaxing long weekend, Luzanne.


    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:08

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Iris. 🙂

      I hope you managed to find the products you were looking for.

      I had a great long weekend, thank you. I hope you’re doing well? xo

  18. Ronel Marais
    29 April 2016 / 18:17

    Jy lyk so mooi met die makeup, ek love dit. Ek sal defnitief die Revlon lipstiek, Essence oogomlyner, makeup borseltjie en die Catrice highlighter aanskaf hierdie naweek.

    Ek wag vir jou blog post oor die Body Shop Fresh Nude onderlaag, dit klink soos ‘n wenner maar ek wil eers jou hele review lees. 🙂

    Jy moet jou naweek geniet!



    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:09

      Baie dankie, Ronel. 🙂 Ek sal die onderlaag resensie binne die volgende week of twee op die blog hê. 😉

  19. Qondiswa N
    29 April 2016 / 18:59

    Stunning makeup look, Lu. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:09

      Thank you so much, Qondiswa. 🙂

  20. 29 April 2016 / 19:47

    Great products! The Body Shop foundation sounds nice!

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:10

      The review blog post should be up within the next week or two – there are things I like about it, and things I don’t like about it. 🙂

  21. Talitha ❤
    29 April 2016 / 23:27

    That body shop foundation and catrice highlighter look gorge! 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:10

      They are!! I’ve been using the highlighter non-stop. 😉

  22. Jackie Heijmans
    30 April 2016 / 08:17

    Hei hei Luzanne, jy lyk pragtig hoor!….. ek het die Revon lip produk en ek moet se dit word nie droog nie want daar is sommige van die matte lipstiffies wat baie droog word en dis nie ‘n lekker gevoel op die lippe nie hahaha….veral as mens ouer is hahaha …. ag jong ek was gister by Dischem en Clicks Pavillion en het niks van die ander produkte gesien nie …sal maar later in die week kyk, dalk is dit nog nie ontvang of uitgepak hierdie kant van die land nie ….. en weereens dankie vir jou “input” – jy is altyd so deeglik en eerlik en jy beskryf die produkte so goed….en ek hou van ‘n laaaaang blog hahahahaaaa ….lekker naweek vir jou :)))

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:14

      Baie dankie, Jackie – ek waardeer jou ondersteuning. 🙂

      Ek is die mal oor matte lip produkte wat jou lippe soos ‘n droog karton laat voel nie, en dis presies hoekom ek so baie van die Revlon Ultra HD Matt Lipcolours hou.

      Agge neeeee!!! Ek hoop jou Dis-Chem en Clicks kry die nuwe produkte sommer gou – as ek jy is, sal ek eerder Dis-Chem die meeste check. Hulle het gewoonlik gouer nuwe stock as Clicks.

      Haha! Maak nie saak hoe hard ek probeer nie, ek kan nooit ‘n kort blog post skryf nie. Ek het al so baie kere probeer, maar ek dink altyd aan nog iets, en nog iets, en nog iets wat ek wil sê. 😉

  23. Ursula
    30 April 2016 / 09:37

    You are such a stunner!!!

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:15

      *blush* Thank you so much, Ursula. 🙂

  24. farzana
    30 April 2016 / 09:42

    Luv everything you do, Luzanne. 😀

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:15

      Thank you for popping by the blog, Farzana. 🙂

  25. lindsay
    30 April 2016 / 12:08

    I went out and bought the primer, mascara and lipgloss and I love all three so much! Thank you, Luzanne. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:15

      You’re welcome, Lindsay. I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying your new goodies!! 😀

  26. Sibahle
    1 May 2016 / 16:59

    I wanna try the Revlon lipstick. I bought the brushes you reviewed a few weeks ago (RT bold metal lookalikes) n they arrived on Friday. Online shopping isn’t so bad afterall Thank you for your previous posts about it. It really helped me a lot.

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:16

      Yay!!! You just made my day with this comment – I’m so happy to hear your parcel arrived safe & sound. And even happier to hear you say online shopping isn’t that bad afterall.

      I hope you have a lovely week, Sibahle. 😀

  27. R Fourie
    2 May 2016 / 14:45

    Your eye makeup looks beautiful. Tomorrow is d-day for my Takealot parcel .

    While busy browsing for more Essence the Catrice highlighter went from shipped from CPT or JHB to “supplier out of stock”. The next evening I manage to succesfully checkout with my highlighter and the very next day I saw “supplier out of stock” Your blog is definetely behind this – I am sure of that

    Thank you for all the tips. Keep up the hard work. ☺

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:18

      Thank you so much, Reonette. 🙂 I hope you received all your Takealot goodies, and that you love the products as much as I do.

      Hahahahaaaaa!!! Loved your comment about the supplier being out of stock!! 😉

  28. 2 May 2016 / 19:38

    Oooh, heading off to DisChem tomorrow to check out those brushes! Some great new bits and bobs, but I wanted to leave a comment specifically to say that I LOVE your makeup look in the bottom pic. Eye makeup is on point, and you look gorgeous x

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:18

      Thank you so much for being so kind, Chereen. 🙂 xoxoxo

  29. Akira Naamdhew
    3 May 2016 / 09:14

    I went to Dischem this weekend and reading your post was almost exactly what I went through! Haha I had to pick up the new Catrice and Essence products. I also got the new Catrice Primer plus their Sand Nudes Eyeshadow Palette & the Eyematic Eyeshadow stick (P.S. they’re amazing). I also picked up the Essence 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Liner in Go Bronze, it is honestly just so amazing. Hands down my favourite from what I bought.. I actually filmed a haul video to justify doing that damage to my bank account haha

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:20

      Hahahha!!! So happy to hear I’m not the only one! 😉

      The Essence 2-in-1 Shadow & Liner pencils are bomb.com – such amazing quality for the price tag.

      I often do that too….buy too much makeup and tell myself it’s for ‘blogging purposes’… 😀

  30. 3 May 2016 / 12:43

    I also bought quite a few of the new Catrice and essence products and was surprised by how quickly the rands add up… I haven’t seen the Softlips yet, and I desperately want it! P.S. The LA Girl setting spray is now at Dischem, but the size is tiny for the price! I bought it, but not sure if it is worth it.

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:36

      They add up so fast! And I’m keen to go get some more products…but it’ll have to wait. 😉

      I saw the L.A. Girl Setting Spray and it’s tiiiiny, I won’t pay that much for such a small bottle. It almost looks like a sample…

  31. 4 May 2016 / 23:14

    After I read this AMAZING post, I went to the closest local Dischem here near Tygervalley in Capetown. After struggling a bit I got the Urban studio contour brush, and it works amazeballs!! Also thanks for the tip for working with the LA Girl cover stick, at least I did not turn into the Green mask!! The only thing that I do not like about Dischem and Clicks is that the stock is sometimes sold out. Can’t wait for the Catrice highlight though!!

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:40

      YAAAAAY!!! So happy to hear that, Aléta – the contour brush is definitely a winner! 🙂 Bwahahahaaa!!! It’s so easy to go overboard with that green corrector – I’m a bit scared of it to be honest. 😉

      I find Dis-Chem definitely gets stock a lot faster than Clicks, so I always keep checking my local Dis-Chem store for new stock. The CATRICE highlighter is perfection – I think you’ll love it. 🙂

  32. 5 May 2016 / 08:41

    I am loving these new products, especially the Revlon matte lippie. It’s amazing how Essence and Catrice are always improving their range with new and amazing products. xx
    Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:41

      I agree – essence and CATRICE always give us something to look forward to. 😉 xo

  33. Shannin
    5 May 2016 / 09:22

    Such an exciting post, thanks Luzanne. I also adore the Revlon lip product you mentioned and am definitely going to add some of these products to my takealot basket, I save up my ebucks for this exact purpose :).
    Keep up the great work and looking forward to seeing your next Youtube video.

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:42

      Thank you, Shannin. 🙂 Great idea!!! I should actually also use my eBucks to stock up on CATRICE and essence goodies. 🙂

      Eeeeeep! I want to get a new video up soon! 😀

  34. Euneen
    7 May 2016 / 12:17

    Hi Luzanne! Ek doen vanoggend eers ‘n bietjie opvang leeswerk want die laaste 2 weke was net heeltemal te besig! Ek onthou toe ek op skool was hoe cool dit was om softlips te gebruik, hahaha! Ek was vinnig by Dischem die week net om ‘n paar “necessities” te kry wat natuurlik ‘n paar nuwe makeup items ingesluit het. 🙂 Ek is mal oor die nuwe CALA brushes maar ek stem saam, ek dink daar is definitief iets funky met die pryse. Ek het solank net twee van die groter brushes gekry wat die prys soortvan “regverdig” maar die kleiner eye brushes sal maar eers moet wag. Ek het ook ‘n sofltips cube gekry en die geur daarvan het my dadelik teruggevat na my skooldae! Na hierdie post van jou oorweeg ek ook nogal die Catrice primer alhoewel ek versigtig is vir primers omdat my vel olierig is en soms voel ek asof ‘n primer die situasie net vererger!

    Hoop jy het ‘n baie lekker naweek en dankie vir ‘n pragtige blogpost soos gewoonlik! xx

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:47

      Hallo Euneen! Dis altyd lekker om jou naam in my comments te sien! 😉

      Jy’s heeltemal reg – jy was nie cool as jy nie ‘n Softlips in jou sak gehad het nie.

      Ek was hierdie naweek weer by Dis-Chem en hulle het nog nie die pryse vir die Urban Studio borsles uitgesort nie, so ek weet nie of dit dalk die regte pryse is nie. Dis baie weird…

      As jou vel baie olierig is, sal ek eerder nie die CATRICE primer kry as ek jy is nie… Hy sal jou definitief nog meer van ‘n glow gee – ek het combo vel, en ek vind hy gee net die regte amount glow vir my. Maar ek moet altyd my foundation met ‘n poeier set, of ek hierdie primer gebruik of ‘n ander een. As ek nie my foundation set nie, dan lyk ek heeltemal TE glowy.

      My naweek was verskriklik lekker – dankie, Euneen. Ek hoop jy het ook ‘n heerlike naweek gehad. xo

  35. Lalannie Knoll
    9 May 2016 / 16:17

    Great informative post.
    Thank you.
    I now wonder in dischem looking for stuff on the bottom shelves and get quite excited when I see items that you mentioned. Will defs be trying the essence eyeshadow and liner and catrice primer.
    Looking forward to your review on TBS foundation.
    Keen for those urban studio brushes as well as I love my cala brushes I got after you reviewed them.

    Loe your make-up look – you sure make any make-up look good!

    • Luzanne
      9 May 2016 / 17:49

      Thank you, Lalannie. 😀 I’m sure you will fall in love with those products, especially the essence 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Liner pencil. It’s great quality!!

      The foundation review will be up in the next week or two – as mentioned to Lupe above, there are things that I like about it and things that I don’t like about it. But I’ll list everything in the blog post. 😉

      I think CALA brushes were my best discovery of life – haha!!

  36. Ronnae Elliott
    17 May 2016 / 08:17

    Great review, would love to try the Catrice primer!

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