Make up and beauty

Budget beauty and mini review

I can’t walk into Clicks or Dischem without checking out the budget offerings at the make up section.  I have a big problem… I lured my husband to Dischem under the pretense of us needing formula for the baby. He said he could see how I could confuse the make up section and the baby section when he saw we were standing in front of a stand called ‘Physicans Formula’ ???????? Thankfully my husband knows the demons I battle.

So I picked up a few random items this weekend….lets take a look.


Nail polish….*sigh* Can you ever have enough nail polish? At this stage I could probably open up my own nail salon.

Essence The Nudes in Nude sweet nude (10)

This is a stunning metallic bronzey nude. I’m obsessed with this colour and already used it this weekend. Metallics are all the rage at the moment, with Colourpop even releasing metallic lip items (that are sadly already sold out), so this nail polish is perfect for the season.

Wet n Wild in Yo Soy (E458C)

This is definitely not a colour I already own. It’s literally like a nude soy colour if that makes sense? I really like it and matched it with the metallic essence shade above over the weekend.

Essence Gel Polish in Serendipity (37)

I would describe this as a really pretty lilac-grey type colour? In the store I couldn’t quite figure out if it was grey or purple….at home I swatched it and a grey lilac is what it looks like to me.

Essence Gel Polish in I ???? my blue jeans

This is a stunning matt navy blue polish. I’ve been dying to pair this with either a light grey or peach accent sort of situation.

All these polishes applied beautifully with 2 coats.

Essence make me brow gel mascara in browny brows (02)

I’m always looking for good brow products and I’ve been reading that this is quite comparable to Benefit’s Gimme Brow at a fraction of the price. Your make up is only as good as your brow game! I love the brush of this, it’s really the perfect size to coat your brows and the colour is PERFECT for my dark brown brows. I do believe this also comes in a blonde brown as a lighter shade. I still use a gel over this, because I seriously have the world’s most unruly brows, but if pressed for time, I think this is the only item you’d need in your make up bag.

I’ve been on the hunt for the new Essence lip liners, but alas…PE just doesn’t seem to stock it 🙁  I just grabbed one of their regular ones in Satin Mauve (06).  A lip liner is really awesome at extending the wear of your lipstick and Essence gives you an amazing product at a really good price. You can afford to get one in every colour.


Next up is this Flannel facial cloth from The Body shop. My sister in law recommended it to me, and TBS was having 20% off on it, so obviously it was meant to be. I wasn’t quite sure if I needed this, but I decided to give it a go last night. I had already washed my face twice and used my Garnier Micellar water to remove my make up. I admit I did a bit of a half arsed job, but I still thought my face was reasonably clean. I rinsed the cloth with warm water and gave my face a wipe…..hmmmm…..make up residue! Oops. My skin also felt really cleansed and soft after I used this cloth. So I’m very happy with this purchase. It retails for R65, but I paid R52 with the promotion that was running this past weekend.


Lastly I picked up these nose pore strips from Clicks. Oh boy….. mixed feelings about this. It did an excellent job in ‘perfecting’ my nose, my nose was so smooth after using it, BUT I think I lost some skin with removing this. I have some tender red spots on my nose this morning. It actually burnt when I washed my face. I’m not sure if I used it wrong or if this was just too heavy duty for my needs. I’ve used pore strips before and didn’t have this problem. So I have a pack to get through, so if I chance it again, I’ll report back if I still have a nose or not.

Well that’s it from me. If you’re interested in any specific kind of posts, please comment below and let me know…and even if you just enjoy reading, say hi below and leave a comment 😉

All these products are available from either Dischem or Clicks and range from R17,95 to R44,95 each.


I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


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