The other day Clicks gave me to a little challenge. Buy make-up to create TWO looks, one for day and another for night, using no more than R1000! Being a budget kweeeeeen, I didn’t hesitate to give it a bash, but I wanted to take it seriously. They have enough gloriously inexpensive brands (hello Essence!) and sale bins to come in under budget in a million way, but I didn’t want to pick out just anything ‘cos I’m a fussy cow. So, I mentally told myself my make-up bag had been nicked out my suitcase and I now had to buy only what I was prepared to use. As a result, I spent so freakin’ long in their store, swatching, re-calculating, taking, putting back, that I think their security guard thought I was a shoplifter. But, at the end of the day, I can now present you with two looks that I really like using make-up I’d be happy to keep.
So, without further ado, here’s the stash:
FOR DAY AND NIGHT
Wet n’ Wild Photofocus foundation in Soft Beige R99,95
Revolution Concealer conceal & define full coverage concealer and contour in C7 R104,95
The Body Shop All-In-One cheek colour in 03 Flushed R144
Smudge Pressed Powder Matte Finish in Translucent (Later, I wished I’d bought a darker colour, but they didn’t have stock.) R59,95
Revolution Flawless Ultra eyeshadows palette R220 (OMG!)
Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara (my fave drugstore mascara on the planet!) R159,95
Essence Step Into Magic colour changing lip balm R35,95
Essence Sun Club Matt bronzing powder in 01 Natural R79,95
Essence My Must Haves eyeshadow solo in 06 Raspberry Frosting (I like a darker, sparklier blush for night.) R34,95
Smudge Gel eyeliner in Black (okay, okay, I liked this so much I used it for day too!) R35,99
Essence Velvet Matte lipstick in 06 Unredsistible R49,95
TOTAL: R1025,59 (I stupidly bought TWO blushes, okay?! This could’ve been R881,59 if I hadn’t snapped up The Body Shop option.)
I was surprised by the quality vs cost of Wet n Wild’s Photofocus foundation. It’s a nice, lightweight pick that gives you a mooi veil, but doesn’t hide your skin away. So many women wear a heavy foundation and that can be really ageing, so next time you’re shopping consider using something lighter (coverage-wise) but ever so slightly warmer than your natural skin tone. When it’s sheer, you can get away with going a bit darker and it’s a great way to get a glow. You can then hide away anything you don’t want to show off with concealer.
As for the Revolution shadows, I was SOOOO impressed, you guys! The quality is brilliant and the shimmery shades are so highly pigmented and buttery that you can literally stroke a pale shade over a dark one and it still represents!
I used the dark matte shades to fill my brows and that helped me save a bundle on brow powder. (Usually, I use Sorbet’s Take A Brow kit which I love.)
When it came to blush I really struggled because I’m hooked on shimmery cool-toned pink and, bizarrely, I just couldn’t find it in store. I ended up getting The Body Shop’s All-In-One cheek colour in Flushed but worried it would be too pale on me (I need PINK and I want it to SHIMMER or I look lekker dood) so I bought an Essence solo shadow in Raspberry Frosting. I don’t know what kind of psycho would want to put it on their eyes but it made for a hella good blush.
Lippie-wise, I had to step away from my beloved Chinese shop mood lipstick and picked up an Essence Step Into Magic Wonderland colour changing lipbalm. Same, same, but different! For my night colour, I chose Essence Velvet Matte lipstick in 06 Unredsistible and I LOVE it! When I don’t have filler in my lips, my bottom one is naturally uneven so I don’t often wear brights because I don’t want to highlight the mismatch. When I’m all pumped up, however, this will be a go to. It’s such a beautiful shade and feels really comfy on your lips.
Right! So are you ready to see the lewks? First up, we’ve got day…
And this is night:
Do we like?!
Now, let’s get crack open that competition! I’m giving away a Clicks gift card worth R500 so you can go on your own little spree. Entering is easy. Use the comments section to tell me which of your make-up items is the one product you’d haaaate to replace with another. Like, imagine that everything your make-up bag was suddenly discontinued. Poof! GONE! What is the one product you’d be most upset about and why. I’d be super keen to know and don’t think I won’t go out and buy those product names that come up over and over again. If it’s awesome, I want to know about it!
Later, I’ll be opening the comp up to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so keep an eye out and… GOOD LUCK!
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to winner Kitso Kodisang.