Make up and beauty

New Makeup Worth your coins! {2020}

A makeup post, chatting about new makeup??? I know….who am I even? If it’s not a book review, it’s usually a skin care post…. but I’m trying here. Even though I don’t wear much makeup these days, I never lose the itch to play with makeup…and even buy new makeup. I know, it makes no sense, and probably borders on some sort of addictive personality disorder. During the lower levels of lockdown, I scratched the itch, purchased some makeup and I was also sent some makeup. I thought I’d chat about some of my faves and which items you may want to ask Santa for this year….if you’re on the nice list that is 😉

Urban Decay’s Born To Run Palette

This was a lust list item for me for soooooooo long! Every time I saw a friend post pictures of theirs, or a beauty influencer using their one, I’d want to cry a bit. As the stars would align for me one day, Urban Decay had a 50% off sale! FIFTY PERCENT! Ladies…they were practically giving the stuff away! I could not pass it up and ‘added to cart’ faster than you can say ‘add to cart‘.

The colour story of this palette just really grabbed my attention. There are some great neutrals, some rich vibrant warm shades….and then great pops of colour. To me this is such a versatile palette in terms of the shade selection and I find that the quality is also really good. The mattes are really pigmented and blend well, and the shimmers are long wearing and pack a punch. No regrets with this purchase!P. Louise Base

The P. Louise Base

If you’re a long time reader of the blog, you’d know that I spoke previously of being traumatised when I wore eyeshadow and a colleague asked if I was okay, because it look like somebody had beaten me up. I kid you not. I vowed never to wear makeup again after that day! Never say never though….right? I discovered that with the shade of my lids and my dark undereyes, I definitely needed an eyeshadow base to make my eyeshadow work better for me. I won’t lie…you can totally use some of your concealer for this step, but I just love using a dedicated eyeshadow base. Sometimes concealer can be patchy on my lids and also dry.

Nikkie Tutorials as well as many other beauty influencers have raved about the P. Louise base for ages! I spotted it on Shop Betty Online one evening, hubby said: ‘treat yo’self‘… so I did 😉 This gives me such a smooth, flawless base and really makes my eyeshadow pop. Revlon Photoready Candid Foundation

Revlon Photoready Candid Foundation

I’ve wanted to try out the Revlon Photoready Candid Foundation for so long, but never got around to it, because I’m trying to finish what I have. However, I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth and I was ecstatic when Revlon sent over some goodies for me to play around with recently. The Candid Foundation is really great! It looked so good on my skin, not matte, but not dewy….a natural finish is the best description. After 6hrs it still looked really fresh, no cracking or fading….so that was great. This also doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, so it was definitely a winner for me!

I am still trying to figure out my perfect shade, as currently I am mixing 2 shades.

Revlon Photoready Candid™ Anti-Pollution Setting Powder

I’ve got this in the Banana Powder and this powder is so good! It doesn’t leave a cast on my skin, it doesn’t make my foundation look cakey at all and I feel like it has blurring properties as well, because my pores seem non-existent when I use this powder. I love having a more affordable option from the ‘drugstore’ for a setting powder, because my usual go-to powder is a bit on the pricier side.

Eight Hour® X Olimpia Zagnoli Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF 15 in Rose

I’ve already been a long time fan of the Lip Protectant Stick from Elizabeth Arden and honestly, I wear it so often, even with makeup, because I’m not a huge lipstick lover. So I was thrilled when I saw them release the Sheer Tints in collaboration with Olimpia Zagnoli. They come in 3 shades: Rose, Cabernet and Coral….so there’s a shade for everybody! SPF, easy, no fuss and frills…definitely a must have for me.

I still have some more new makeup products that I am testing at the moment, so I can’t wait to share another post like this in the near future with you all! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, or if there are any new-ish makeup products you’ve been lusting over or loving recently.

Disclaimer: This post contains a mix of items I’ve purchased, as well as items received in PR. I am under no obligation to feature any of the PR items in this post. All opinions are my own. 




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


  • Kerry

    HOW COOL THAT I CAN ACTUALLY FULLY ENJOY THESE SORTS OD POSTS NOW? I mean I always did but the appeal is ten times more now obviously.
    I am so keen to try the Revlon Candid foundation. Only heard good things and if you recommend it then I must have it.

      • Donna Moodley

        HEY Moni .. it’s been a minute I know.. enjoyed the post of caus as you keep me up to date with what’s out there. The stick sheer tint is something I’d love to try after reading it on your IG feed yesterday. And that Banana powder sounds so luxurious and you had me at pores haha.
        That palette….awww I’m so in need of one with all this variety… still using the one you gifted me with and I love the shimmers in there.
        I’m still using the Revlon Colorstay Full cover which really works for me and for the price I mean.
        I’m yet to get some high end products but for now I’m ok with it being lockdown and all.
        Nice pics

    • Yolanda

      Love me a good makeup blog post.
      So happy you finally have the Born to run palette 😍
      Also, I’m hooked on the p’louise base and reach for it over other bases.

      Lastly, I need to try this Revlon foundation and powder.

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