Skincare: Hey Gorgeous

Okay, okay. I literally had two blog posts on two other skincare brands lined up before this post, but I was like “I cannot wait to write about this any longer!!”

If you’ve read my previous posts, you would have seen that I’ve mentioned that my skin is a bit problematic.

Gone are the days of the clear skin of my teenage years with literally one pimple during menstruation and the reassurance of knowing that it will disappear easily within a day or two.

Now, in my late 20’s, my “adult” skin is suffering abit. You know, because of LIFE. Stress, unhealthy eating habits, etc.

A few months back, I came across this brand on Instagram and I was like “ooh look at the cute packaging! This looks like something that I need to try!”. (Honestly, I was a tad bit delayed).

I never got around to it then, but I had enough of the way that my skin was and I have literally been trying anything to help my face.

Yes, that is a Hello Kitty inside a weird, but cute cupcake.

Hey Gorgeous Skincare is a proudly South African brand whose cute and aesthetically pleasing products are filled with natural and cruelty free skincare goodness. (Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!)

I went into Foschini at Blue Route and even though their Hey Gorgeous stand is quite limited, all of the products looked tempting to buy!

This is what I purchased (from left from the photo above):

  • Hey Gorgeous Skincare: Banish & Repair Moisturiser – R250.00
  • Hey Gorgeous Skincare: Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub – R180.00
  • Hey Gorgeous Skincare: Activated Charcoal Cleanser – R210.00

Please note that these were the prices at the time of purchasing.

(Side note: Foschini had a 3 for 2 special on for their Hey Gorgeous products so my total was R180 less!)

1. HGS: Activated Charcoal Cleanser

Step 1 of my skincare regimen. Great packaging and smells great too. This cleanser helps to open up the pores and detoxify them of any gunk and nasty stuff.

The cleanser is greyish in colour and the texture is almost like washing your face with lotion.

Your face will literally feel clean. (Well, my face feels clean, so yours will too lol).

2. HGS: Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub

Step 2 of my skincare regimen. This facial scrub‘s ingredients has many advantages and (just to name a few): drawing out of impurities, preventing dryness, anti-inflammatory and tones and firms the skin. (Source: Hey Gorgeous Skincare).

There is quite a lot of scrub (200g!) so it will last you quite awhile, depending on how much product that you use.

3. HGS: Banish & Repair Moisturiser

The scent. The texture. The hydration of my skin due to this moisturiser.

The current third and final step of my skincare regimen. (Side note: I need to get the serum and toner to complete this regimen!… Soon).

The dryness on my cheeks are literally non existent after using this product. My face literally glows!

There you have it. After just over a week of using these three products, my skin is softer, starting to clear up of blemishes/ impurities, a healthy looking glow is present daily and I am literally excited to use these products in the morning and evening.

I will be using Hey Gorgeous products for a long time!

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Have you tried this amazing brand?


Skincare: Neutrogena Hydro Boost

When I hear “Neutrogena”, I immediately picture their ad from a while back featuring Vanessa Hudgens doing that throwing-water-on-her-face move. (A move that if you had to try it, you will get water all over your bathroom floor haha).

Fun fact: Neutrogena is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson Limited who, of course, also produced the Johnson’s Fresh Hydration range

M I N D  B L O W N.

After seeing their Hydro Boost Range hit shelves here in Cape Town, I knew I had to get my hands on them at some point.

I’d seen a few raving reviews about this range and I had to decide for myself.

This range contains hyaluronic acid in their products which among others, helps combat dryness and plumps your skin, giving a somewhat youthful appearance.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost range consists of the following products:

  1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Exfoliator – Smoothing Gel
  2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: City Shield Hydrating Lotion SPF 25
  3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Gel Cream Moisturiser
  4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Water Gel Moisturiser
  5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Cleansing Facial Wipes
  6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Water Gel Cleanser
  7. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Micellar Water
  8. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Eye – Awakening Gel Cream

I purchased numbers 1, 2 and 3 from the above list.

Disclaimer: Please note that all prices mentioned were what I paid at the time of purchase.


1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Exfoliator – Smoothing Gel – R99.95


This product is not just any old face scrub as there is no hard granules of a typical scrub.

It has a pleasant, sweet scent and the texture is indeed a thick, smooth gel.

My face feels so soft after use, so it definitely works as stated on the product.

2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: City Shield Hydrating Lotion SPF 25 – R129.95

To be honest, I have not been wearing any sun block/ SPF products daily as I should be doing.

Terrible, I know.

This seemed like a good product to get because it claims to “protect against pollution and sun damage”.

The lotion is a light blue in colour and once again, the scent is sweet and pleasant.

Your hands will be slightly greasy after applying it to the face, but they tend to be after using any SPF product.

With most sunblocks (that I have used in the past), you would have to apply it more than just once in the morning.

I learnt the hard way with this product after being in direct late afternoon sun for just ten minutes and my nose turned a lovely shade of crimson. That was my own fault to say the least. I had applied a thin layer early that morning.

I will continue using this lotion and see over time if it really does protect my skin more because I do not think that I have been using it long enough to put it to “proper use” yet.

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost: Gel Cream – R129.95


This gel-cream claims to “boost hydration, helps lock it all day for smooth, supple and renewed skin”.

…And it does just that.

This lightweight, cooling gel-cream glides effortlessly onto your face, leaving it feeling refreshed and smooth.

My cheeks do tingle after applying this cream directly after using the smoothing gel. Could it just be a symptom of my niggly, sensitive skin?


Since I only own three products of this extensive range, I cannot really say much.

All three products do work as they claim to so far.

My skin is so soft and hydrated after using these three products.

However, do not depend on these products if you have some breakouts as that is not their purpose to clear your skin.

These products are more pricey, depending on your budget, but if it works then I am willing to pay a bit extra within reason, of course!)

Have you tried this range?



Skincare: Johnson’s Fresh Hydration range


Johnson’s has been around for many years and they have a variety of skincare products. Their Fresh Hydration range is fairly new, but it has taken off on social media (please do some research if you are unaware).

Disclaimer: I have bought all of the products mentioned in this review with my own money. All prices mentioned were what I paid at the time of purchasing.

1. Johnson’s Fresh Hydration (FH): Micellar Cleansing Jelly – R54.95

The micellar cleansing jelly was the first item in this range that I purchased. I had high hopes for this product because whenever you see the word “micellar” you expect stellar results.

Honestly, this product is a miss for me. It does not remove eye make up (eye pencil and mascara, in my case) fully. Maybe after a few scrubs and wipes of the cotton pad), so panda eyes are inbound for me.

The jelly itself is just …awkward to use. You pump out a bit and it either turns out to be too much or too little and then in the case of “too little”, you pump again and then it’s too much = wasted jelly. The only thing I do like about this is its scent.

Meh. I will stick with my trusty Garnier Micellar Water.

2. Johnson’s FH: Water Gel Cleanser – R59.95

The gel cleanser is very refreshing to use.

It cleanses and “quenches” your skin as mentioned on the packaging, while leaving your skin soft and smooth.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a mixture of the sensitive and combination skin types, so my skin is niggly which brings me to the next products. (Note that at the back of the gel cleanser, it states “suitable even for sensitive skin”.

3 & 4. Johnson’s FH: Day Cream SPF 20 and Night Cream – R79.95 each

Both of these creams have a pleasant scent. (I mean it is rose water after all).

The texture is smooth and light and not greasy at all.

Unfortunately, the day and night creams literally irritated my skin. I am talking full on redness, burning and breakouts on my cheeks only.

Sigh. I gave them a rest for a few days and decided to try them after a gel cleanser from a different brand… NOPE.

Same results.


Maybe my skin is “too sensitive” for this range. After all, it does clearly state “Normal Skin” on the front of the packaging and nothing on the back about sensitive skin, unlike the gel cleanser.

I am aware that there are face wipes in this range. I did not feel the need to purchase them as I have the micellar jelly.

In today’s time, everything has become so pricey and skincare products are not cheap. These four products cost me R274.80. Depending on your budget, this can be value-for-money as these days that would be the price for ONE product.

Even though I am not a fan and it did not fully work for me, it may work for you. Every person’s skin is different.


Skincare: Cettua

Looking after your skin is so important and many factors, including genetics, hormones, weather and stress, contribute to its appearance and health.

My skin has been quite niggly these past few months and falls somewhere in between sensitive and combination skin.


[Combination skin usually refers to an oily T-zone (Forehead, nose and/ or chin) and a dry U-zone (Cheeks and chin), but some days my skin is more dry than oily].


**All prices mentioned were what I paid for the products at the time.**

After lurking in a few shops (mainly Dis-Chem and Clicks), I came across this Korean brand at Clicks and instantly felt drawn to its cute packaging and of course, a face favourite: SHEET MASKS! (amongst other things).

1. Cettua: Pure White Nose Strip – R45.95

Those blackheads.. Satisfying, but ewwww, but satisfying.

I think everyone (lowkey, but highkey) enjoys seeing blackheads being extracted (or is it just me? Lol. #noshame)

If you are looking for pure blackhead-extraction-satisfaction, then grab a box of these nose strips.

These are by far the best nose strips that I have used (I have used many over the years). After use, it will leave a bit of residue, but it can be easily wiped off with a face wipe, Micellar water or a dab of face wash and water.

2. Cettua: Anti-Redness Facial Mask – R35.95

This anti-redness facial mask is a winner. As someone who basically “blushes” for everything, this mask is a lifesaver. Its “5 Fruit Complex helps reduce redness” and this is true. My face feels refreshed and cool and no redness in site.

3. Cettua: Hydrating Facial Mask – R35.95

This is my go-to mask for intense hydration. My previously dry cheeks are smooth and supple and no flaky, dryness anywhere.

4. Cettua: Spot Clear Patch – R45.95

I usually only get niggly pimples here and there only around that time of the month.

I have used many methods to zap them, from Oxy’s Emergency Zit Blitzer to toothpaste (yes, it works). I have only used two patches from this box so far and the pimples reduced in size and the redness/ inflammation went down.

Have you tried any Cettua products?


All About My Piercings!


An even number. A nice number. A number that- Okay, the Maths teacher in me needs to take a seat 😀

Twelve is the number of piercings that I currently have.

One, two, three, four….

And another one and another one….

I have a slight obsession with ear piercings. I just like the look of them, tbh.


*Note: The numbers in the photos are just for labeling and not the order in which I got them pierced.

But if you are curious…..

Order of piercings:

  • 6 and 12: Standard lobe
  • 8: Nose
  • 4, 5, 10 and 11: Upper lobe
  • 2: Helix
  • 1: Helix
  • 7: Tragus
  • 3: Upper lobe
  • 9: Scaffold

Pain scale:

  • 0 – What needle?
  • 1 – Was that a pin prick? Meh.
  • 2 – I felt that, but it didn’t hurt.
  • 3 – Okay, that burned a bit.
  • 4 – Maybe I need an anesthetic because that actually stings.
  • 5 – AHHHH! dtgefuiioowopjfhoiap!!!!!!


I am, in no way, a professional piercer or anything along that lines. This blog post is based solely on MY OWN EXPERIENCES. Read at your own risk.

General Comments:

  • It’s better to be pierced with an actual needle and not a piercing gun. A “gun” is likely to cause more scarring and take longer to heal because you are pierced with your jewellery and not a needle.
  • Be prepared for swelling and oozing. Yes. Usually, immediately or the day after you get your piercing, it will be swollen and burning and doing the MOST. That’s because your body is treating your new piercing as an “injury” and it will try and “rectify” the situation, sometimes resulting in your body “rejecting” your piercing = infections, pain, bleeding, discomfort and the jewellery literally pushing out.
  • You need to clean your piercings for at least a month after getting them. Depending on which piercing place that you go to, they should give sell you a bottle of saline solution for the cleaning of your piercing.

All of that just to parade jewellery…

But then it LOOKS. SO. GOOD. #noregrets


*P I E R C I N G  T I M E*

1 and 2: Helix Piercings

Where: Wildfire Tattoo and Piercing, Canal Walk, Cape Town

When: August 2016

Pain Scale: 3

My experience: 

I actually got these two piercings a week apart LOL.

My experience at Wildfire was good. I had a different piercer for each piercing. They are so chilled there, everything is clean/ sterile (as it should be in any piercing and tattoo place!).

In my opinion, it freaks you out/ tenses you up more when you see the needle being unpackaged and then it’s just lying on the tiny side table next to your jewellery and then you are like “Yikes.. NEEDLE ALERT. THEY ARE GOING TO PUT A NEEDLE IN ME AND I AM GOING TO FEEL IT AND I AM PANICKING AND I MIGHT PASS OUT AND-” LOL.


Just no.

Don’t look at the needle then you will be okay. Unless you like seeing needles then you do you.

Both helix piercings burned for a moment, but as soon as it was done, my ear just felt hot.

They took just over a month to heal.


3, 4, 5, 10 and 11: Upper Lobe Piercings

Where: Wildfire Tattoo and Piercing, Canal Walk, Cape Town

When: August and September 2016

Pain Scale: 0

My experience: 

Upper lobe piercings are the best eveeeeer.


Like it was a walk in the park… or into a piercing clinic.

Also, it healed quite quickly as well.


6 and 12: Standard Lobe Piercings

Where: Clicks, Canal Walk, Cape Town

When: Sometime in 2001

Pain Scale: 0

My experience: 

Exactly the same as upper lobe piercings.

Yeah, so my ears were pierced when I was 9 years old in Grade 4.

Clicks at Canal Walk was offering ear piercing (with the beloved piercing “gun”) at the time, so I had them done.

My left ear stung a bit, but I never felt anything on my right ear.

Also, the lady that did it didn’t ensure that they were lined up together so if you have a look at the photos above you will see that the one ear is pierced lower than the other.


7: Tragus Piercing

Where: Wildfire Tattoo and Piercing, Canal Walk, Cape Town

When: September 2016

Pain Scale: 5

My experience: 

This was the worst pain that I experienced during a piercing.

Your tragus is quite a thick piece of cartilage, so you can imagine that there will be a bit more “force” used by your piercer to get that needle through.

For me, the needle didn’t go clean through in one push. It went in and stopped and then the second push stung like crazy.

It took over 2 months to heal and some days it is still a bit niggly.


8: Nose Piercing

Where: Wildfire Tattoo and Piercing, Canal Walk, Cape Town

When: January 2016

Pain Scale: 3

My experience: 

Ah yes, my favourite piercing.

I wanted a nose piercing for sooooooo long and at last I got it in January 2016. The thing with a nose piercing is that your one eye on the side of which the piercing will be will tear up involuntarily as the piercing is happening.

Yes, you will be crying from one eye LOL, I remember exclaiming out of embarrassment “I’m crying! I’m crying!”, but at the time I didn’t know it’s something that you cannot prevent.

This literally hurt for 3 seconds and then it was over. Apparently, most piercing places do not give you a nose ring initially after piercing because it will need room to swell and a nose stud is ideal.

I was told my nose would take 6 months to heal when in fact, it took only 6 weeks. Everyone is different.


9: Scaffold Piercing

Where:  Faith Love Hope Tattoo and Piercing, Plettenberg Bay

When: September 2017

Pain Scale: 5

My experience: 

This is my most recent piercing which I got while I was on honeymoon.

This is my second favourite piercing.

My piercer was so friendly and put me at ease. So basically with a scaffold or industrial piercing, your ear is technically pierced in four places.


After it was over, my husband asked me how it was and the piercer said “Oh, it was a walk in the park” and I wasn’t sure if I had to laugh or cry haha. I think I took that pain like a champ 🙂


The piercings are done. I do not think that I will get anymore…

Tell me about your piercings in the comments!




What’s In My Make up Box (WIMMB) – Part 2: Mascara

To be honest, in the past I did not really care too much about mascara. I did not care for the hype and did not see why women obsessed over it.

I was quite comfortable with my fine, straight lashes and buying mascara did not appeal to me.


My straight, mascara-less lashes.

Yet, here I am … owning four mascaras. (Revolutionary, I know).


My *huge mascara collection. (* = Not that huge).

**All opinions are my own and based on my own experiences with the listed mascaras. What worked for me, may not work for you. All prices listed were correct at the time of purchasing and may differ now.**

  1. NYX XXL Volume and Define Mascara: R139.95

This mascara was my most recent purchase and the most expensive one that I own. I got quite the shock at the wand size.

Apparently, the word “XXL” was lost on me.

Favourable Opinion:

It separates, lengthens and volumises my straight lashes and gives them quite the dramatic effect. This mascara is long-lasting as well.


I rate this mascara as Dramatic on the Mascara Metre.

Unfavourable Opinion:

When applying this mascara, you are at risk of brushing the wand/ tip against your eyelid. (Maybe this is only me due to my heavily hooded eyelids).

[Side Note: Why do some people claim that they have hooded eyelids and then do make up looks for “hooded” eyes, but they actually don’t have it? You have a hooded eye when there is literally a “hood” that covers your eyelid; you would have to raise your eyebrows to see your lids. If you attempt a cat eye and it disappears when you open your eyes fully, then you have a hooded eye. If you can see the full cat eye effect when your eyes are open fully, then….  This is a post for another day].

Okay, I digressed. Applying too many coats of this mascara can result in clumpiness.

Overall: It’s a good mascara and kind of budget friendly, depending on your budget.

2. Essence The False Lashes Mascara – Extreme Volume & Curl: R59.95

Favourable Opinion:

This mascara truly lives up to its name and gives you that “false lash” effect. It lasts me the whole day and makes my lashes look thicker.


Naturally, I rank this as False Lash Effect on the Mascara Metre.

Unfavourable Opinion: I actually do not have anything negative to say about this mascara.

Overall: I love this mascara. It’s definitely budget friendly as Essence products usually are. I will definitely repurchase this!! It works well for me and my pocket too 🙂

3. Essence Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara: R64.95

Favourable Opinion:

Yaaaaaas! Extend those lashes! Those “lengthening fibres” really do pull through with this mascara. My lashes look full and long…but………

Unfavourable Opinion:

I have rated it as both “False Lash Effect” as well as “Clumpy” on my Mascara Metre. It does go clumpy and spider-leg lashes very quickly after a few coats and is a bit worse than the NYX XXL after 2-3 coats.

Overall: It depends on your own lashes. As I said before, I have straight, fine lashes that would need multiple coats of mascara if I was going after a certain look. I do like it for what it does, but I probably would not purchase it again.

4. Essence All Eyes On Me Multi-Effect Mascara – 01 Soft Black: R44.95

Favourable Opinion:

Although this may be the cheapest mascara that I own, do not let that fact put you off. I believe that any mascara should separate your lashes and this mascara does not disappoint. It’s long-lasting (it’s like I have been saying the same thing about each of these mascaras, but I guess that they are all pretty similar).


I rate this mascara as the “False Lash Effect” on the Mascara Metre.

Unfavourable Opinion: Once again, I do not have anything negative to say about this mascara.

Side note: I need to get mascara from a brand other than Essence.

I cannot wait to go mascara shopping!






My Lifestyle Change: RELOADED

In a deleted post from April this year, I started my first “lifestyle change”.

After a few years of getting on and falling off the change-my-lifestyle bandwagon repeatedly, I have finally clambered back on.. and I am staying on.

Am I dieting? No. I am cutting out the foods that have contributed to my weight gain over the years, such as:

  • Milk/ White Chocolate
  • Fizzy cooldrinks
  • Fast foods
  • Some carbs… especially hot chips, etc.

The above-mentioned list and lack of physical activity went hand in hand, resulting in the weight gain.

I also used to comfort eat (eating when stressed, sad, etc) or simply eat out of boredom, but I am getting over that.

I believe that a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body too.

Your body can be fit, healthy and in great shape, but if your mind is not, it can be detrimental for you. (A post of my own experience with regards to mental health will be up soon).


October 2018 vs February 2018. I see some progress 🙂 (Weight wise and the eyebrows too lol).

*Details of my lifestyle change*

My husband and I have started using Herbalife and USN products.

This is what my typical daily “menu” looks like:


  • 30g Plain Instant Oats with 1 scoop of USN Premium Whey Protein: Chocolate Peanut Butter (no milk, sugar, etc added).
  • A cup of Lipton Mandarin Orange flavoured Green Tea (This is my favourite tea!!!!) with half a teaspoon of Herbalife herbal drink with tea extracts


  • 4 Pro-Vita biscuits with low fat/ fat-free plain, chunky cottage cheese and two boiled eggs with some B-Well mayonnaise.
  • 1 grapefruit
  • A cup of Lipton Mandarin Orange flavoured Green Tea/ Water.


  • Herbalife Formula 1 Shake – Cookies and Cream with soy milk/ low fat milk.


  • Grilled chicken breast cubed into a toss salad consisting of tomato, cucumber, lettuce, red onion, avocado and fat free feta cheese.
  • Mixed veg (The frozen bag).
  • Water
[Supper is usually between 6 and 7pm].

We don’t store any luxuries in our kitchen cupboards anymore as we did before.

Removing all food “temptations” is better than trying to train yourself to ignore that slab of chocolate hovering in the cupboard, waiting for you to give in and eat it.

Our “cheat day” is on a Saturday.

This isn’t a day to lose our minds and stuff our faces full of hot chips smothered in tomato sauce.

Healthy eating goes hand in hand with exercising.

I am currently training with Shaun T’s Rockin’ Body videos. It’s fun, but quite intense.

I train 6 days a week with my rest day on a Sunday.

It hasn’t been too difficult when I compare it to previous occasions. I think it’s easier due to the fact that I have my husband doing it as well.

I find it is so much easier with a partner-in-crime compared to if I was doing this alone.

Here’s to a healthier me… and to YOU if you are also changing your lifestyle. 🙂



My Favourite Lipsticks!

No, I didn’t place these carefully onto the bed to make it look like I had just thrown them down.

M A T T E/ D A R K  L I P S T I C K??

Yeeeessss pleeeaaase!!!!

As the title suggests, this is all about my favourite lipsticks.

I have an obsession addiction to matte lip products. Lipsticks, lip balms, if it’s matte, I will buy it (within reason of course!)

Currently, I own lip products from:

  • L.A. Girl
  • Essence
  • NYX
  • MAC
  • Rimmel (not included in this review) and
  • INGLOT (not included in this review)

Just from this photo above, I am sure you can see the colours that I really like.. Dark, “uncommon” lip colours.

I say “uncommon” because I don’t see anyone wearing these out on a daily basis (or maybe it’s because I rarely go out or I don’t know a lot of people LOL).


My arm was so stiff. Swatches could be better. Photo creds: Hubby (no thanks to him for not placing the tubes in a straight line :D)

(Note: They are just numbered from 1 to 9 and not ranked as such).

  1. Essence – Vibrant Shock Matt Lipstick – 10 “No to Mainstream” (R46.99)*
  2. NYX – Cosmic Metals Lip Cream – 07 “Electromagnetic” (R145.00)*
  3. Essence – Vibrant Shock Lip Paint – 05 “Nightstalker” (R59.99)*
  4. L.A. Girl – Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick – 825 “Blue Valentine” (R109.99)*
  5. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 17 “Jet Set” (R145.00)*
  6. MAC – Matte Lipstick – 75 “Royal Blue” (R210.00)*
  7. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 18 “Foul Mouth” (R145.00)*
  8. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 01 “Stone Fox” (R145.00)*
  9. L.A. Girl – Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick – 824 “Poetic” (R109.99)*

*These were the prices at the time of purchase.

(Left) I am wearing number 9 from the above list. (Best believe that your girl’s eyebrows are much better now than these past caterpillars).

I am wearing number 6 from the list.

I am wearing number 1 from the list.

My TOP 3 out of the list would be:

  1. Essence – Vibrant Shock Matt Lipstick – 10 “No to Mainstream”.
  2. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 17 “Jet Set”.
  3. NYX – Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – 01 “Stone Fox”.

So what’s your favourite colour?

Do you have any other brand suggestions that have similar colours for me to try out?!



Lip Colour – Peachy Nudes aka “Candy K” dupes!

If you’re a fan of Kylie Cosmetics’ “Candy K” Lip Kit (without actually owning it, but by admiring the colour on others, lol) and you live in South Africa, then you know/ know of the struggle of paying R800 and above for this gem on online make up shops who import and sell for exorbitant prices. (sigh)

Maybe, I would buy from these sites someday (no, I will not be linking these sites) , but as of now I will enjoy my “dupes” or an affordable version of the expensive product that you wish that you could buy.


I am wearing the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm“.

This colour is definitely my favourite. I feel anyone can rock this colour, regardless of their skin tone.

So far, I only own 6 products of this “shade” (and I will be growing my collection soon lol).


**All prices mentioned below was what I had paid for them at the time of their purchase. Prices may differ now. **

(From left):

  1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm” – R130.00 (Clicks).
  2. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in “Nude Thrill” – R109.95 (Dis-Chem).
  3. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in “Be My Baby” – R124.95 (Foschini).
  4. L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss in “Fleur” – R54.95 (Dis-Chem).
  5. Essence Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss in “Beauty Approved” – R34.95 (Dis-Chem).
  6. Essence Colour Boost Vinylicious Liquid Lipstick in “Woody Rosy” – R54.95 (Dis-Chem).

Any other brand suggestions who sell this colour as well?



What’s In My Make up Box (WIMMB) – Part 1: Lipsticks

This is part 1 of a series mentioned in the title (WIMMB). I will post different parts based on the make up in my box.

As aforementioned, this is about my lipsticks. I have posted about lipsticks before, but this is my entire lipstick collection (not that many, I know lol).

Without further ado…

(From top to bottom)

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Tea and Cookies”.

I’m not really a fan of pale pink and when I initially bought it, I thought it would look a bit different than what is was, on me.

It’s still not a favourite colour of mine, but it will do for the days when I don’t feel like wearing a bold lip.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Jet Set”.

Royal blue is one of my favourite colours and what’s better than having a favourite colour on your lips?

Last time I checked, NYX did not stock a matching lipliner for this particular shade yet, so I have been using an eye pencil as a lipliner. 

Without a lipliner, this lip cream doesn’t last for two long or maybe I’m using it wrong lol.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Stone Fox”.

I love a good, dark grey lip. “Stone Fox” is perfect for that cold, grey winter’s day… any day for that matter.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Foul Mouth”.

This colour is like a mixture of “Jet Set” and “Stone Fox”. 

It has dark purple undertones and it does not reflect the packaging.

NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in “Electromagnetic”.

This shade is just gorgeous. It’s creamy, it’s glittery, it’s honestly a lovely shade.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in “Be My Baby”.

I came across this colour after seeing a beauty influencer promoting it. 

I really liked the colour and decided to purchase it for myself. 

No regrets. It stays on for long and is a nice, nude colour.

The only thing that I dislike about it, is the actual wand. 

You have to hold it a certain way so that the applicator doesn’t erase the colour as you apply it.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in “Firestarter”.

Faaaaaave!!!!! I love this colour.

Every woman should own a good red lipstick and this is mine lol.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in “Nude Thrill”.

I was hunting online for a dupe for Kylie Cosmetics “Candy K” (Most companies that import it here charge a lot) and this came up in a few articles that I read, so I decided to give it a try.

I love the colour and I think it’s quite a close match to “Candy K” from what I’ve seen, but there’s too many cons with this lip product: 

It smells like potpourri (and it’s not very appealing having that smell wafting into your nostrils every few seconds), it doesn’t last at all (it just fades into nothingness after about an hour) and even though it stipulates that it’s “Matte”, it still has a sheen to it that doesn’t go away even after a good few minutes.

Harsh? No.


Avon Mark Epic Lipstick in “Blushing Beauty”.

A pretty Barbie-ish pink. Honestly, pink lipstick is not a favourite of mine, but like with the NYX Liquid Suede, it’s nice for those not-so-bold lip days.

It’s quite pigmented and has a light glossy texture and look.

Avon Mark Epic Lipstick in “Mermaid Tale”.

Yeeees. Teal lipstick is another favourite of mine.

There’s not much to say about this product other than I love it and that I need an endless supply of it.

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Vibrant Shock lipstick in “No To Mainstream”.

This darker green shade is just beautiful. It’s Matte (YES!) and it doesn’t dry out the lips, which is a big plus.

It’s affordable too (Check it out at your local Dis-Chem or Clicks).

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt lipstick in “Perfect Match”.

This is a gorgeous nude-ish colour with pinkish undertones.

Love it.

L.A. Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick in “Poetic”.

A lighter grey lipstick that glides on easily, smoothly … almost like velvet. 😏

L.A. Girl Flat Velvet Matte Lipstick in “Blue Valentine”.

Navy blue. Yes please. 

I am a fan of blue lipstick in general, with the exception of a sky blue shade; it doesn’t suit me at all.

Inglot Matte Lipstick, number 438.

There’s no name on the tube.

I think this is the least favourite lipstick that I own. 

It’s actually more of a burgundy colour and not the red that it looks like in the photo.

This particular Matte lipstick dries out my lips and is hard to apply or rather DRY as you try to apply.

Maybe I just got a bad tube????

MAC Matte Lipstick in “Matte Royal”.

There’s a lot of mixed opinions about this shade on the Internet.

I’ve come across articles stating that it’s a purple shade and I think it’s more of a deep blue with purple undertones yes.

You have to apply this shade a few times because it looks a bit patchy after just one or two layers.

Although I like the colour, I won’t buy it again.

That’s it! All of the lipsticks lurking in my make up box.

Do you own any of these???