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The Drugstore Foundation that EVERYONE is raving about!

If you are a makeup junkie like me that you already know exactly which foundation I’m talking about, if not then let me enlighten you. So I’ve seen many raving over the NYX Total Control Drop foundation be it the Gram or the internet, bloggers have been obsessed with this foundation. I wanted to see what the Whoo- Haa was, and on one of my trips to Jo’burg, I made sure I went to get it!

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

Now that you are fully aware of what I’m talking about, let’s get into all the finer details. I purchased it from Clicks for R220,00 which I thought was a bit pricey for a drugstore foundation; despite the price I was still excited to try it. The foundation comes in those little drop bottles, and its glass and kind of matte which I love. The bottle is really pretty. The bottle however is only 13 ml which is exceptionally small, especially for the price paid. IF you enjoy this foundation, then you will have to replace it very often and it will get pricey especially if you using it everyday.

Because of the drop, using this foundation can be extremely messy and a lot of the product tends to waste and not to mention its extremely unhygienic; I really don’t think a drop bottle was a good idea, i actually prefer a pump bottle for my foundation. Apart from the drop, the formula is really thin so it really doesn’t work well with dry or a combination skin tone. The coverage is light to medium, however I found it more on the light side and I had to build on it quite a bit to get the coverage that I wanted. The formula blends well and it has a very light velvet and matte finish. Once you have build up on the product it looks nice. The foundation however is not enough to give you a flawless finish and blemish free look.

My verdict: Definitely worth a try! I love the finish of the foundation once it has been set, however due to it not working very well with my skin, I will not be purchasing it again.

A Beginners Guide to Makeup

I’ve been asked many a times by friends and acquaintances as to what they should put in their makeup bag as they would like to start wearing makeup but are not sure what they should get and what their starter kit should be like, and at times I’ve been dragged to the store to help with these first time purchases. So yours truly decided it was about time to take matters into her own hands and do a post on this.

You have decided that you’d like to enhance you features a bit, and you think that makeup could help with that but you don’t have the slightest clue where to begin because everything looks right. Now that you’ve decided to look into makeup, you don’t want to spend that much of time and money since you not sure how committed you will be to this relationship. Although you’ve heard so much about how good and satisfying this relationship can be, out of curiosity you’d also like to try out this wonderful relationship and see the direction its heading to.

If that sounds like you, do continue reading.

After much consideration I’ve come up with the beginners makeup kit, which will help you start up your own little makeup kit and well, if it works out (which I’m sure will) then we can build up on these products. These products are very basic but crucial to your kit, I’ve selected only the best without allowing a hole to appear in your wallet.

  1. BB Cream or Foundation 

Garnier BB Cream: R109,95                                                      ; Revlon Photoready Foundation: R289, 95.

Foundation or BB Cream has to be the first item you put into your basket when starting off your makeup kit. I love the BB Cream as it evens out your skin tone, moisturizes and just gives you a hint of coverage especially if you not really ready to take the plunge into foundation. For foundation, the Revlon Photo Ready foundation is amazing, it provides you with a full, flawless coverage for the entire day and at the same time gives you a nice fresh look.

My other picks: Essence Bb cream, Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, L’Oreal Infallible 24H Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me!

2) Mascara


Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless: R139,95

Mascara is essential to your eyes, it enhances your eyelashes and just helps to accentuate your face. if you’ve read one of my previous posts, you’ll be aware of my love for mascara and how much I love the Rimmel Lash Accelerator as it will provide the shortest of eyelashes with length and at the same time helps your eyelashes appear fuller.

If you’d like to make your eyelashes appear curlier and longer then consider investing in an eyelash curler once you’ve figured out the usage of mascara.

My other picks: Please read https://juwairiyabakharia.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/eyes-on-a-budget/

3.  Concealer


Revlon Color Stay: R179.95

If you putting on foundation you have to use concealer to even out the imperfections, as foundation gives you coverage but not the same coverage that a concealer would. Apply concealer under you eyes to decrease the puffiness, and wherever you would like to conceal. I love the Revlon Color Stay concealer as it is an inexpensive concealer that is able to cover up everything that needs to be covered including blemishes and discolorations.

My other pick: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch; L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer Crayon.

4. Eyeliner


Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil: R29,95

This eyeliner is amazing, it lasts really long, its a bold black and it doesn’t smudge. This product is included into your kit since it allows your eyes to appear bigger and brighter and it defines your eyes, this could be applied on your eyes waterline and on the upper part of your eyes.

My other picks: Maybelline The Colossal Kajal

5. Lipgloss


NYX Butter Gloss: 119,95

Every girl knows how essential this product is to your kit, whether you a makeup junkie or a tomboy; a lippie is the essence of your makeup bag. The NYX butter gloss is reasonably priced, they have an amazing range of colors so if you don’t want drama on your lips opt for a neutral shade and on the days you would like to be bold, there’s extremely striking colors. The butter gloss doesn’t dry after a few hours and it also moisturizes your lips at the same time.

My other picks: Revlon Ultra Matte HD Lipcolor; Yardley Liquid Matte Lip Vinyl


6. Translucent Powder



MaxFactor Translucent Powder: R179,95

To complete your look, translucent powder is a must. No it will not make you look like you have another face or you head is heavier. It will finish up your look and set it to last for hours. I love love this Max Factor Powder it just gives me a wow factor once I’m done, it sets my makeup and allows me too look the same for hours. This lightweight setting powder creates a natural-looking, matte finish. Ensure when choosing a setting powder that its not too light as this makes you look like a ghost. If you unsure about your color opt for the colorless setting powder.

My other picks: NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder

And lastly 

7. The triangular Makeup Sponge

wp-1473061220031.jpeg I’m sure you’ve walked pass these in the shops but are unsure what its used for. Well, let me help you with that; these triangular makeup sponges will help you blend all the products you applied on your face. It’s cheap and you get quite a few in a pack, this will help put your look together.

* Optional: Blush

Blush can be added to your kit if you would like to add some color to your cheeks and transform your look.

My picks are: Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush in Pink Rose; Rimmel London Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint; Revlon Powder Blush in Haute Pink.

P.S. Products can be purchases at a local Dis-Chem or Clicks; prices are subjected to change.

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