What’s new on my beauty desk – The Body Shop, SwiitchBeauty, Fitbit & More…

I have a serious online shopping problem and it is ridiculous.

DISCLAIMER: None of the products in this post are sponsored and all opinions are my own. Please do not use my photographs without my permission. 

Welcome back to my beauty desk. Grab a cup of tea or coffee (or water, if you’re on a health kick like me) and let’s look at some of the things I’ve been keeping for videos, reviews and all that jazz. If you guys would like a detailed video on these products, subscribe to my YouTube channel to find out more or just get my opinion on what I thought about them (I’m filming a full face of new make-up tomorrow and I am SO exited).

Catrice Beauty Kingdom 18 colour eyeshadow palette – Cherry & Nude

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I’m going to be honest, when I heard that Catrice launched a new range of eyeshadows, I wasn’t 100% sold on the idea. The reason for this is that I always felt that Catrice was a little bit too pricey and some of their products are really small. When I walked into Dischem, I HAD to have this palette. Cherry and nude shades are my absolute favourite and I could not ask for a better combinations of mattes and shimmers. The packaging is to die for (obviously, pink is my all time favourite colour) and it photographs so beautifully. This reminds me so much of the Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette and for R270, it’s a steal. One thing I will say is that I do not like the paint flecks on some of the shades, it makes the palette look broken to me or like mould in a sense but other than that, it is CUTE. This product was purchased at Dischem.

Make-Up Revolution Foundation Stick (F10)

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I have been wanting a new foundation for the longest time and when I saw that The Glam Doll Diary did a video review on this one, I knew I had to try it (a bonus that we’re the same shade so I can always count on her reviews to help me found the right shade). I’ve never tried stick foundations before so I’m really excited to see what it’s like. If I’m not mistaken, this foundation retails for R110 at Clicks.

Essence Cosmetics Super Last Eyeliner

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When I was watching a video with the new eyeshadow palettes from Catrice and Essence, I actually came across this baby and for R51, that was a bargain. Apparently the tip applicator glides on effortlessly and I love that because sometimes my eye gets irritated with hard eyeliner applicators. One thing that I will say is that I purchased this from Dischem and I wasn’t impressed with the packaging because it didn’t seem securely sealed. Other than that, cannot wait to test out this bad boy.

The Body Shop Matte Lip Butters

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I hate going into The Body Shop because it is my absolute WEAKNESS. You guys know that I’m a sucker for their make-up products and I love their matte lip liquids, so I was really curious to try these. Although the colour selection isn’t as great as the matte lip liquids, they are really dark and nude which I absolutely love (reds and nudes just look better on me, in my opinion). I’ve already tried the colour Manhattan Marigold and I received so many compliments on it, so I know I’m going to love the other shade.

SwiitchBeauty Matte Bounce Powder

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Thank you Springboks for winning the cup because the flash sale that SwiitchBeauty had was pretty hard to ignore. I got the Matte Bounce powder because I’ve always wanted a translucent powder and I thought it’s about time to jump on the bandwagon. One thing I will say is that the product does look a bit small. Hopefully this product will have me as shook as my bank account is after this haul. Purchased from SwiitchBeauty.

Fitbit Inspire HR

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I know this isn’t a beauty related purchase, but if you guys didn’t know, since June I have been trying to get into shape in terms of my fitness (and that my BMI scale told me I was obese) and recently I got a personal trainer. I purchased cheaper fitness watches before from Takealot and none of them worked. Then I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a Fitbit from Superbalist. Due to the fact that I have never ordered off Superbalist before, I could finally use the code FIRSTBUY! It was a bittersweet moment because I’ve been saving my code for something special and even though it wasn’t much, I still loved it. I;ve been wearing it for 2 days now and I can honestly say it has changed the game for me in terms of how I view my fitness stats. The watch retails for R2099, RIP bank account.

So tell me, what’s new on your beauty desk and which products are you excited to see me test out?

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Beauty For Beginners Series: Beauty Life Hacks

I’ve just finished watching a great episode of Come Dine With me and I have to say, I’m addicted. My heart hurts when I have to write that this is the last feature of my Beauty For Beginners Series, and it has done so well over time. I really want to continue blogging daily and I will, maybe with a day or two off as I am busy studying for exams, I write my mid-year exams which kicks off on Monday but luckily I have great spaces in which I can balance my studies with my blog. Tomorrow I will be uploading my first vlog and it would mean so much to me if you subscribed in the mean time by clicking here xo.

Without any further delay, here it is, my final installment of Beauty For Beginners xo

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  1. You can use your foundation brush to pat on your under-eye concealer if yours does not have an applicator. I have a whole post about Beauty For Beginners Series: Brushes if you’re interested.
  2. If you thought your Beauty Blender was just for blending foundation, you couldn’t be more wrong. You can remove harsh contour lines and remove excess product.
  3. An angled blush brush can be used to contour your face, not just to apply blush.
  4. Messy lipstick edges? Grab your concealer brush to clean it up without ruining the rest of your make-up.
  5. Want your eye shadow to appear more smokey? Try running the shadow below your lash line for a smokey eye effect.
  6. If you need to hide your eyelash glue, try dipping a fanning brush in gel liner and applying it over the glue.
  7. Did you know that if you want a matte lip, you can use a normal lipstick? Simply place a tissue or tissue paper over your lips and apply pressed powder over the tissue. Voila, matte lipstick and it lasts all day!
  8. To appear more awake, use a white eye shadow in the inner corners of your eyes.
  9. To highlight the eye area, add highlighter below the brow bone and in the middle of the lid.
  10. If you want to make your eyes appear bigger, run a nude eye pencil on your lower lash line.
  11. Lipstick can double as a blush if you ever run out. Apply lipstick to your cheekbone and blend into the skin.
  12. To make your eye shadow pop simply cover your lid with white eye pencil before applying the eye shadow.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my series and thank you for everyone who has shown this series so much love. It really motivates me to put out more content on my blog when you get amazing feedback.

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