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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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’
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.