Archive | August 2016

It’s Prime Time

Prime time

When I delved into makeup, I found it to really be an educational process. You don’t just slap on foundation and pat some eye shadow on and think: ‘Yes girl, on fleek today!’. It’s about not looking too orange, too pink, too ashy; It’s about blending your eye shadow, transition shades; It’s about the staying power of your makeup. All of this intimidated me to the point of anxiety, but thankfully I follow some really amazing blogs that really educated me in this process and I think I learnt some things as I went along.

I had a colleague walk into my office complaining that her makeup only lasts 2 hours, so what’s the point, she asked? I asked her which primer she used…and all I got back was a blank stare and then she muttered…’What’s a primer?’.  So I realised….she is the type of person I started this blog for, who like me, didn’t really know where to start. I’m not sure I want to say that I’ll be starting a series of posts, but I thought it would be a good idea to start at the beginning and work our way through doing the whole makeup application. Let me know if it’s something you’d like to read.

Today’s post will focus on getting the face ready for makeup application, to get the most out of your makeup application, to last longer, look more airbrushed and polished. Let me say again, I am NOT a makeup expert. I can’t do a wing to save my life, I’m really just trying to learn as I go along, so what I share may be useless to you, or it may be helpful. Apologies in advance….this is a long one.


Your face is basically a blank canvas for your makeup. If your canvas is dry and patchy, it stands to reason that your foundation will look dry and patchy and in the end, there’s no point, it just isn’t a good look.

There’s dry skin and there’s dehydrated skin – an important lesson I learnt from Luzanne over at Pink Peonies. For dry skin, you need to moisturise, use a night oil, get your skin feeling smooth and nourished with good quality products, BUT you can use all the moisturiser in the world, if you’re living on caffeine and no water, in an air conditioned office or with a heater on all day, your skin could start showing the effects of dehydration. It can feel tight, itchy, feel irritated, etc.   This happens to me when I’m negligent with my water consumption, then the best moisturisers in the world won’t help getting my skin feeling good, and if they do, it’s temporary. There’s a lot of info on the internet about how to remedy this and which products to use and which products to avoid.


This is my moisturiser of choice, Visible Difference by Elizabeth Arden. I have an oily/combination skin so I never want to add products that make me feel greasy. This is a lovely thick moisturiser, but it’s really light on my face. I use this every morning before I add my face makeup and at night before my serums/oils.


If you want your makeup to last longer than 2 hours, a primer is a must have in your routine. It acts as a ‘grip/base’ to make your foundation go on smoother, hold your makeup in place, therefore lasting longer. Have you ever applied blush and gone to check on your makeup a few hours later and either the blush is missing or it’s sitting below your cheeks? Melting off your face? I used to wonder if that’s where I had actually positioned it to start with. ha ha.

There are many primers for different skin types, different uses, different price tags, etc. Smashbox has a whole range of primers that are oil free, colour correcting, hydrating, luminizing, etc. Benefit has a good offering of primers as well for oily skin, a mattifying primer, long lasting primer, etc. Catrice and Maybelline also have good budget offerings, so you don’t have to spend R300 plus on a primer.

I personally need an oil free primer and I like the benefit of using one that minimizes the appearance of pores as well. The one that fits the bill for me is the Porefessional Pro balm from Benefit.


L-R: The Porefessional Pro Balm (Benefit), Dark Spot Corrector and Primer Water (both by Smashbox), Stay Flawless 15hr Primer (Benefit) 

The Porefessional Pro Balm is so silky soft and glides onto my skin. I like that it makes some of my pores literally disappear and I also find it really helps with oil control when combined with my oil free foundation.

The Dark Spot Correcting primer by Smashbox to me feels more like a light moisturizer and not a primer. I use it after my moisturiser some days, before the Porefessional balm. I have seen no difference with any dark spots/pigments since using this primer. It’s a pity, as it’s not a cheap product.


White – Smashbox; Brown – Benefit 

The Primer Water by Smashbox I use on lazy days and also when time isn’t on my side. Moisturise, change baby’s nappy. Spray Primer Water, stop older 2 kids from killing each other. Wet my beautyblender, stop baby from making a run for the toilet with my cellphone… get it right?  If I’m doing my makeup in the car, I also use this to dampen my beauty sponge for applying my foundation. I bought this because Nikkie Tutorials raved about it as one of her ‘Yes’ products last year sometime, however there are a lot of negative and mixed reviews on this water online.


The last little 15-Hour Primer from Benefit I have only used once. I don’t like the application process. I’m concerned I’m going to miss spots and not apply it to half of my face. It glides on really nicely and leaves a lovely silky feel to the skin. Perhaps the full size one is a better bet, but this tiny little one I’d rather use as an eye shadow primer.

Eye shadow primers/base

So our face is feeling nice and moisturized, we’ve primed….now we need to prime one more area, our eyelids 🙂 Say what Simone? Yes gals, we don’t want our eye shadow disappearing half way through the day and an eye shadow primer really assists with this.

Another reason I use an eye shadow primer is that before, I found that eye shadow all looked the same colour on my lids. I have some freaky eyelids obviously that absorb colour and everything just goes ashy. This was the reason that I actually hated makeup and never bothered with it….Enter the eye shadow primer! Most of them have a bit of a nude colour tone to them, so they become like a base for my eye shadow and just helps the colour pop a bit more on my lids. If you have really dark lids you get primers that are white that would help the colour show up even more.


Essence I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow base is by far the most affordable and does a pretty decent job of acting as a base for your eye shadow. This is the one I reach for most for day to day wear to work. It has a doe foot applicator so I just dot it on and blend it in with my ring finger.

Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray is a primer for eye shadow AND concealer, but personally I didn’t like using it under my concealer. I creased so much the day I used it, but that could be due to a lack of technique as I just can’t get my under eye area looking fresh and crease-free. I create creases…..urgh…anyways, I am straying off topic. This is a great primer, but because it’s such a little teeny tiny bottle, I don’t use it much (saving the awesome stuff is a stupid thing to do with makeup.). The doe foot applicator is the perfect size to dab little bits onto your lid as it’s so teeny tiny. I would pinch it’s cheeks if it was a baby….teeny tiny cute primer packaging…aahh Benefit and their packaging ❤

The Hard Candy Eye Shadow Primer I got in a set with an eye shadow palette and with a mini eye pencil. I really like this primer. I used it just yesterday and my eye shadow stayed put all day. Nothing faded. It’s very creamy, blends well and feels smooth on the skin. I have no idea why I didn’t think to try this primer out sooner.

The Body Shop’s InstaBlur Eye claims to be a ‘tinted concealer, primer and colour intensifier’. I’m not sure if I’ve had this too long because it’s really grainy and it seems to create patches on my eyelids. I haven’t used it in a while, so I’m going to check out a few reviews and give this one another try, because I love The Body Shop’s products. *Just googling now and I didn’t realise this doubles as a concealer, so I’m going to give that a try. *

So that concludes our primer talk. If you want us to go into the makeup and and and, let me know and I’ll see what I can throw together 🙂

Do you currently use a primer? I’m looking for a good drugstore primer so if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments section below.

Wet n Wild haul

I was watching a video by Coffee Break with Dani and she had all the brushes in the Wet n Wild collection up for review in that video. I needed to try a few of these brushes, but unfortunately the brushes are not available in South Africa. I was determined to get them, so I went onto and put a few items in my cart. Thankfully I didn’t get a chance to checkout, as the very next day they had a 25% off sale off all their items. I picked up a few brushes, and a few other items, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

So Wet n Wild is available at Clicks, but they don’t have all the items that are available internationally. I think they stock most items except the primers, bronzers and the brushes they don’t stock at all.


First up is a palette I got as part of a set. It’s the Comfort Zone palette and it came with an eye liner and a pair of false lashes. All for a whopping $2,50, which at the time worked out to R38. You’ll never find an 8 pan eye shadow for R38, never mind still with lashes and eye liner??? BARGAIN OF NOTE! Okay well then I need to factor in shipping and customs….grrr….but I’ll add another R40 in for the additional charges and I still don’t think it’s a bad price at all.

Off the bat, these eye shadows are so soft and super pigmented! I cannot believe that I haven’t tried their eye shadows before! WHAT WAS I THINKING???? I used this palette yesterday (yes I know you see the smudge marks) and I was shocked at how pigmented these shadows are. Also they lasted (with a primer) all day until about 8pm when I removed it from my face.


Another great thing about these palettes is that you do not need to guess where to put what. If you’re a newbie to makeup, each colour is labelled with where you need to put which colour! How awesome is that? There are 2 different colour combinations, so the left side is one palette and the right side is another palette.

Browbone – a beautiful champagne colour Browbone – a very light bronze highlight
Eyelid – this is my favourite from the palette, it’s a stunning rose gold shimmer shadow Eyelid – a soft olive green that doesn’t seem to offensive when swatched
Crease – a lovely medium brown Crease – A dark green-black colour with slight gold shimmer. The green is not very noticeable when swatched
Definer –  a deep dark brown, but I had a bit (okay A LOT) of fallout with this colour. Doing my makeup in the car was not a good idea with a palette I hadn’t used before. I did go in with a heavy hand though, so lesson learnt. Definer – This is an interesting one as it looks blue, but then you swatch it and it’s a coppery brick colour with this blue ‘overtone’ (is that a word??)

The right side of the palette is a very unique combination of colours. I was positive that I’d never even use that side of the palette, but after swatching it, I may try it out one day. I’m very much a neutral bronze gal, so this would be way out of my ‘Comfort Zone’…..

The brushes….how pretty are these? I mean pink and white ❤ *sigh* I love Dani so I mentally tried to make a note of the brushes she recommended and the ones she said we could do without. I steered clear of the bigger face brushes as she didn’t rate them too highly, but the eye brushes got great reviews from her. I also had a few more brushes, but I didn’t love them so gave them away before I even managed to take pictures of them.

So because I knew I wanted to review these, I have NOT used them. Can you even begin to imagine how painful it’s been to not use these brushes for 3 whole days???

Wet n Wild claims that these brushes are:

  • Cruelty-Free, Gluten-Free, and Vegan
  • Two-toned synthetic Polymax fibers that mimics the consistency of natural hairs
  • Ergonomic Handle for Total Control

Left to right:

  • I love that the angled liner brush is so small, so I feel it’ll give me more control when I use my gel liner, BUT I feel like maybe the bristles are too thick and the end is not tapered enough. I don’t like a thick liner look and if I ever attempt a wing, it won’t give me the sharp wing I’d be going for. For day to day though this will be fine. Perhaps even using it with eye shadow for a smudged liner effect.
  • The large eye shadow brush I love. I just now used it to apply eye shadow to my hand…(yes I’m insane, but I needed to try this brush out) and it picked up the eye shadow like a dream. It also applied evenly and didn’t suck up too much product.
  • The crease brush is the one I wanted most of all. It’s really nice and soft and fluffy so I think it’s going to do a good job blending out that colour in the crease.

These brushes were 75c ($) each, which worked out to about R11 each, but because my package was so heavy, and customs got me, it comes to about R51 each in total. I learnt about estimating package weights big time with this parcel. I could have rather ordered more to spread the shipping costs a bit more.


Also in this delivery were these Wet n Wild glosses. I wasn’t ‘wild’ about them, but at 75c ($) each, I won’t complain too much. The colours looked crazy bright, but the one I opened is colourless on my lips.

There are a few more items from the haul, but I’ll add my impressions of those in another post.

Have you used any Wet n Wild products before? Let me know and make recommendations of things for me to try out.

PS So one of the things I was most looking forward to was hosting a giveaway on my blog. My friends know I am super lucky and I get a lot of grief for the amount of things I win. I always tell them, you’ve got to be in it, to win it! True right? So I want to give back in a way 🙂 It’s not going to be anything glamorous. All items purchased with my own money.One of the Comfort Zone sets with the lashes and eye liner will be up for grabs with a few other bits and bobs. So keep your eyes peeled….with Spring coming up and all, there’s no better reason for a giveaway ❤ 


The ‘Let’s get Personal’ tag <3

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I’m guilty of going back to some bloggers’ first few months of posts to see how they were doing, as some days I feel like I’m talking to myself, nobody is probably reading the drivel that comes out of my mouth from my fingertips. From doing this, I realised that the greats had a rocky start too, no comments, 1 comment….so there may be hope for me yet. Well I have no intention of being one of the greats, but maybe just to have a few regular readers, that would be awesome.

So during my snooping, I stumbled upon this ‘tag’ that was done like 3 years ago, and I thought it would be interesting to do it myself, and perhaps resurrect it if anybody else wanted to do it. Let’s start shall we?

Do you have any pets?

Nope. I’m not really a pet person. I love animals and hate to see them abandoned or abused, but I am terrified of them! (We do have a dog on the property though…and a cat, but both belong to my brother and his wife… technically I don’t own pets, but they’re around me)

Name 3 things that are physically close to you.

My phone, a bottle of water and my hand lotion.

What’s the weather like right now?

I think it’s warm outside, but it’s FREEZING inside my office.

Do you drive?

Yes, but I prefer my husband to drive me around when he can.

What time did you wake up this morning? 

Around 6:45am, my baby is finally sleeping way better ❤

When was the last time you showered?

This morning

What was the last movie you saw?

I watched The Whole Truth and it definitely won’t win any Oscars, but it was fine to watch on a lazy Sunday morning with my husband.

What does your last text message say?

Simone, your instalment on your store card this month is……

What’s your ringtone?

Oh my word, I don’t think I’ve changed it in a year!! Glory  – John Legend and Common

Have you ever been to a different country?

Yes, Uganda and Namibia. All in Africa though, no overseas trips.

Do you like sushi?

OBSESSED. My whole family is. My 7yr old daughter can literally eat sushi every single day. Her 4yr old brother is now also an avid sushi lover. I swear the baby will never taste sushi, it’s way too expensive. Once my husband and I had to share a plate while my daughter thought the sushi belt at CTFM belonged to her at their half price sushi days. Half price….R500 later. We couldn’t afford to eat with our 2 little rascals eating their weight in sushi….

Where do you buy your groceries?

Generally Spar and Woolworths.

Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?


How many siblings do you have?

2. A brother and a sister.

Do you have a desktop computer, laptop or an iPad / Tablet?

I actually own none. The family has a desktop computer. The kids have tablets. Mom has a Samsung S5. I never knew I’d become this person…..

How old will you be turning on your next birthday?

*groan* Really? *sigh* 36……

Do you wear contacts or glasses?


Do you colour your hair?

Once every 3 years, but I’ve found like 3 grey hairs recently, so I have to start getting on top of it 😦

Tell me something you are planning to do today.

I am going to do my nails.

When was the last time you cried?

On Monday, when my sister announced it’s 55 days until her due date. I’m beyond excited to become an aunt!! ❤

What is your perfect pizza topping?

People will think this is weird, but I hate a lot of cheese on a pizza.I love artisan pizzas, super thin crust, minimal toppings. My favorite pizza is from Charlies in Summerstrand, chicken/gorgonzola/avo/rocket and fresh chilli. Technically it’s salami, not chicken, but I don’t eat pork so I ask them to swop it out for me.

Which do you prefer – hamburgers or cheeseburgers?


Have you ever had an all-nighter?

Too many to count, but way way back in the day…… my pre-mama young days….

What is your eye color?


Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?


What do you order at Starbucks?

No Starbucks in Port Elizabeth.

What’s one thing in your closet that you cannot live without?


What’s one thing that most people probably wouldn’t know about you?

I’m OCD about clean hands. I don’t like touching other people’s hands, heck even my dirty kids…they need to go and wash up if they want a hug. lol.

I am afraid of mannequins. *closes eyes* Yes, as ridiculous as that sounds. They make me light headed when I walk too close to them.

Name one thing that you want to do before you die.

See my kids grow up

What’s one food that you cannot live without?

Chocolate is a food right?

What quote / phrase do you live your life by?

When you know better, you do better – Maya Angelou

What’s your number one most listened to song right now?

Right now it’s something by Barney probably…I don’t even register that I’m singing along most of the time.

What kind of style would you define yourself as having?

None. lol. I’m honestly still trying to find it. I love casual and relaxed if I had to say something.

What is your favourite number?


Name two hobbies.

Reading and doing my nails.

Name two pet peeves.

Talking to somebody while they’re looking at their phone and I know they didn’t hear a word I said. I too am guilty of this, though I do try to listen as well…you know when it’s that super important email that you have to send right that moment.

People and their road rage issues. It’s so darn rude and unnecessary. I remember the day my husband’s dad died, we were driving somewhere. We were in no way wrong when this guy starts honking at us for no darn reason. I’m thinking, we’ve just had a death in the family 2hrs ago, you have no idea what a person is going through when you’re being an asshole….. just freakin relax on the road!! When did courtesy and patience become extinct?

What is your guilty pleasure?

Nail polish and makeup ❤ It used to be cloth nappies (???), but thankfully I’m done with spending R600 on one single nappy.

So, have you done this tag? Will you be doing it? If yes, post a link below so I can check yours out.


Online shopping tips

haute-chocolate-styled-stock-photography-august-free-images-1 (1)-01A few years ago, I went a bit crazy with overseas shopping for my daughter’s 4th birthday party. I had a computer and my poor husband’s credit card, I thought it was easy peasy…. buy and pay. Little did I know the dangers of online shopping at the time, and a few months later we received insane credit card statements for thousands of rands purchased at unknown overseas companies. Thankfully the bank reversed it, as it was fraud obviously, but I’m sure it could have been much worse. I get a few messages asking how I purchase items internationally, so I thought I’d do a blog post on it.

A few months ago I discovered Aramex Global Shopper and after reading some good reviews, I signed up. I think I paid around R170 (with a discount code) for the actual account, which is for a lifetime membership. What you get is:

  • Affordable shipping fees – R175 for the first 0.5kgs and then R99 per 0.5kgs after that
  • Currently, about 18 ‘addresses’ around the world that you can ship to, when the seller perhaps does not ship to South Africa (and Kenya or Botswana). From that ‘address’, they ship to your physical address in South Africa. Addresses include Hong Kong, Dubai, London, Milan, New York, Thailand and Tokyo. (Remember you may still have shipping from the retailer to the Aramex address, so look out for free shipping offers within the country you are purchasing from, or if there’s a ‘free shipping above $30 purchases’ offer. )
  • Aramex deals with customs and fees on your behalf, and you settle with them directly, instead of dealing with customs.
  • They insure your parcel for up to $50 (I think that’s the amount).
  • They offer a money back guarantee within the 1st year if you’re not happy with their service. No questions asked.


  • If you go 100gms over 0.5kgs, you get charged the additional R99, which is a bit painful for me personally. Unfortunately the sellers do not give you an estimate of parcel weight.
  • You cannot combine packages to save on shipping fees. You pay per parcel.

I’ve used Aramex a few times now and have been very happy with their service, except my very last order, but they have now contacted me and are keeping me up to date. They are a very good option for shipping international packages. The speedy deliveries have seriously impressed me, sometimes being shorter than some local deliveries I’ve waited for.  So that’s Aramex in a nutshell.

Then to pay for my actual purchases I recommend setting up a PayPal account. You can use PayPal to pay for your purchases and not have to provide any actual card/account information online to the seller. I really like that. Also you can activate/link a few cards or deactivate a card at any time. Also what I really love about PayPal is that they offer you Buyer Protection.

Buyer Protection – If an eligible item that you’ve bought online doesn’t arrive, or doesn’t match the seller’s description, PayPal’s Buyer Protection may reimburse you for the full amount of the item plus postage. Buyer Protection can cover your eligible online purchases, on eBay or on any other website, when you use PayPal.

Once you start purchasing makeup (or anything really) overseas, you want to have the freedom and peace of mind to purchase any sought after brand not available locally and to know you’ll be protected in the event of damages, incorrect goods, etc. If you’re careful and do your homework, you should not be shedding any tears over purchases gone wrong 🙂

Always research before purchasing from an International retailer. Check their Facebook page, Google, etc. for feedback on purchases. I had a friend message me recently about a dress she wanted to purchase. It took me 5 seconds to Google that the dresses were bad quality and also the retailer was a bit dodgy. So please ladies, do your homework.

I’ve used the Aramex and Paypal to purchase from Colourpop, Superdrug and Wet n Wild. Colourpop does ship internationally now, but I find that their flat $25 is a bit much compared to the $13-$15 fee I pay to Aramex. So many International brands are making it easier to purchase their goodies, but compare shipping rates to save a few bucks. I want to place a Makeup Revolution order soon and their shipping fee is lower than the Aramex fee, so I’ll be using their shipping in that case.

Happy shopping ladies and stay safe.

PS If you want to sign up with Aramex, Google for a discount code and I’m sure one should come up. If you are interested, I can also check for you, so just leave a comment below.

PSS Stock photo credit to Haute Chocolate

New brushes from eBay

I’m always on the hunt for new brushes. When I first started using makeup, I used my fingers. *Don’t judge me*

Eventually I decided to dabble in makeup brushes. I watch tons of beauty vlogs and all I want are Morphe brushes, Sigma brushes, Spectrum brushes being my latest brush crush, but I can’t afford those and they’re difficult to get hold of here in South Africa.

Reading blogs, watching vlogs, I still couldn’t understand why the heck beauty bloggers had 1 gazillion brushes. That is………until my brushes got dirty. I bought a few spares….and those got dirty….. Then you realise you need to actually wash your brushes, regularly…..


So a few months ago I saw this really pretty brush set on Pink Peonies’ blog and it was super affordable, Luzanne gave them a good review so I thought, hmmm….why not try and get a set.

I went onto eBay and found a set that looked similar and clicked ‘add to cart’. This seller offered free shipping so $15 seemed like a score for 18 brushes.

The bag is really pretty and I’ve wanted a makeup brush bag for a long time and they’re really pricey. So for that alone the price tag is worth it. I ordered on the 25th of May and I think they arrived here on the 25th of July, straight to my door! That really impressed me. I didn’t have any customs, so that was really great as well! The customs struggle is real here in South Africa.

Luzanne did warn that the pouch would possibly have a strong glue scent, but to just leave it open overnight and it would be odour free after that, and she was correct on both counts.


There are 18 brushes in the set and initially I wasn’t bothered to use any of them except the spoolie one (for my brows) and the big fan brush ( LOVE THAT BRUSH!), but as my usual brushes got dirtier, I realised I needed other options so I started using the eye shadow brushes and I must say they aren’t bad. 2 of them seem to be exactly the same. I didn’t get a dense blending brush and funny enough that is one brush I was looking forward to receiving, but it’s not a train smash. As I attempt to use gel liner as my latest bucket list item, I will be reaching for the liner brushes.

The brushes are pretty to look at and stand out from my usual black brushes and they feel sturdy. I’ve washed these brushes and initially I had a bit of shedding with the eye shadow brushes, but they’re fine now. The foundation brush I use to apply face masks (an awesome tip from a blogger I follow) as I just don’t use those flat foundation brushes for foundation anymore.

I don’t know that if you’re a brush snob you’d love these brushes, but as somebody starting out and to have a spare set of clean brushes, these are really great considering I paid around R225 for the set incl delivery to my door….that’s around R12,5o per brush! You are never going to buy a brush locally for R12,50 anywhere!

I’m waiting for a few Wet n Wild brushes to arrive that’s been at customs for a week now (pray with me people that they just send them through), so I’m excited to review those once I finally get my hands on them.

What are your favourite budget brush brands? Would you purchase these off eBay?

PS My pictures are HIDEOUS. I took these a while ago and obviously didn’t check them after I took them. The brushes are *shocker* dirty and all over the place now so I couldn’t retake the pictures. I also thought I took individual brush pictures. Oops. Apologies for that.


Mascara – when it’s time to say goodbye


Okay so I have a bit of a problem when it comes to mascara…. I want to literally #BuyAllTheMascara! Buying all the mascara may not be the worst thing in the world, but opening them all around the same time, that’s a bit silly.

Why? Well mascara literally has the shortest lifespan of all our makeup products. Apparently a mere 6 months. I think I’ve even read that you should toss after 90 days…..hello?? Hell no….I am never tossing my mascara after 90 days.Apparently once it becomes clumpy, it becomes a breeding ground for all sort of nasty bacteria which I assume, is not so good, being THAT close to our eyes. I do not have enough eyelashes to finish all my mascara in 6 months. 

Generally I like to stick to the 6 month rule, unless I’m obsessed with the mascara and I know it hasn’t been used much, I do try to push it to 7….8….9 months. My mascara however, is out to get me. Very soon after 6 months, I start developing itchy eyes when I wear mascara that should have been tossed 😦 Usually I assume on day 1 it’s allergies, by day 2 the itching becomes unbearable and I pour jugs of eye drops into my eyes….by day 3 it hits me….my mascara *insert weepy mascara stained face* That is exactly what happened this week when I started using my beloved Roller Lash mascara again. I then frantically went to track down my purchase history online and discovered that I had purchased this mascara in September 2015 and I probably opened it around November… making is about 9 months old now 😦  

So a farewell tribute to my beloved Roller Lash…..

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

The reason for this overly dramatic post, is that I think some people don’t know that makeup has an expiration date. Heck some of my friends (I won’t name and shame, but your name starts with a D…ha ha) don’t even know they need to wash their makeup brushes!  ( THE HORROR…and we will address that in another post…) Not everybody has sensitive eyes and can use their makeup for much longer periods…lucky you…I however am not that lucky. So if you are developing seriously itchy eyes, your mascara may be the culprit.

Okay so I’m off to plan how I can use the rest of all of my mascara within the next 4 days before they too take me to eye Armageddon…… Hopefully I’ll stop being so impulsive and maybe have about 3 mascaras in rotation going forward.

My top 3 mascaras based on what I currently have are:

L’Oreal False Lash Superstar (Red carpet black)

I’ve raved about this mascara previously on a favorites post. I love that it has this lash building fiber on the one side and then the actual mascara on the other side. It adds lashes your mamma didn’t give you and it’s super black and dramatic. Love. Love. Love.

Benefit’s Roller Lash

The wand on this mascara is fantastic and unlike any other. It literally grabs and coats every single lash and adds length and volume, but not in a supersized sort of way. Your lashes aren’t chunky with the layers of volume. I also find you can do 2 to 3 coats and it doesn’t get clumpy at all. This is great for a natural look with just one coat, or add more coats to great some more volume.

L’Oreal So Couture Lashes

I bought this mascara a while ago, but never used it. No idea why, because one day I grabbed it in a rush and I quite like this. The formula is a bit thick and I find it doesn’t add loads of length, but this does add volume. I feel like I have double the amount of lashes after using this. This is a chunky volume sort of mascara. (I swear these words make sense in my head.)

Next, I’m keen to try the Telescopic mascara by L’Oreal and then also the Lash Sensational one by Maybelline, though I’ve seen mixed reviews on the latter. Do you replace your mascara regularly or is it something that doesn’t bother you? What is your all time favourite mascara?

Essence lipliners {Review}


I have been on the hunt for these longlasting lipliners from Essence for quite a while. Eventually after complaining on Twitter, Dischem quickly contacted me and let me know that they actually were available in the PE stores. I rushed to Dischem and picked up 3 shades:

  • Berry on my mind (10) – A lovely deep plum shade
  • Yummy Berry (03) – A brighter, but muted red shade (I don’t do bold and bright lips)
  • Girl Next Door (08) – A nude natural shade



These lipliners are great and really affordable. It’s great not to need a sharpener every time you want to wear lipliner. They glide on easily and are really pigmented. Also they don’t feel dry on the lips if you just use it as is.

There are about 8 shades and they are priced at around R26,95. Not bad at all, as I paid over R100 for a lipliner from another brand and it’s awful on the lips. It pulls, looks dry, and and and……  I wish I’d known about Essence lipliners at the time.

The only issue I have is with the Plum shade that seems to break every time I use it. I don’t have that issue with the other shades.

Lipliners are great for:

– Increasing the staying power of your lipstick

– Provides a nice colour/base for a gloss

– Used as is all over the lip for a matte lip look

These liners do not replace the original pencil liners from Essence, so you can choose whichever you prefer 🙂 These liners are available at Dischem and retail at R26,95 each. The pencil is a bit cheaper at around R18,95.

Have you tried these lipliners out?