I thought it would be a good idea to show you the beauty stuff I bought during the month, since I got such cool stuff!! If you like, I'll do this near the end of each month, then you can get ideas of what stuff to try and not to try.
I'll just warn you here that there are a lot of pictures...
First off, I got some nail polish :
The first two I got from Clicks on a special for R15.00 each. They are both really nice colours, and I love the fine glitter in the topcoat. They last really well too, so it wasn't a bad buy. The bottom two come from China Mall (which may be my favorite place to shop at the moment!!) and I got them for R10.00 each. The both work really nicely as well, though they aren't as thick as the essence ones. The purple base in the glitter applies almost transparent, you don't really get purple with it at all, so it works well as a top coat too. And the glitters are different sizes, so it adds a little dimension. The mother of pearl one will work great with a french mani!
I got this eyeliner at China Mall for R14.00. It works fabulously! It has a tip like a felt tip pen, and you can actually draw different lines with it by just altering the pressure of your hand. These type liners have been everywhere lately, but because I'm not a big fan of liquid liners, I didn't want to buy a brand name one and not use it. The only thing this one is not is waterproof, despite the fact that it claims to be on the packaging. But that really doesn't faze me!!
It applies really easily, no fuss, and you can get into the little corners of the eyes with no problem. I also don't smear as much with this as I do with liquid liner, but that is only my experience.
You can always try it and let me know what you think!!
Then I got this Makeup Forever cream eye shadow for the Salon from Metropolitain cosmetics in Sandton. This is waterproof and very long lasting, but is is on the expensive side. Makeup forever is a huge brand in the UK and US, so obviously it comes with a price tag here in sunny South Africa! But it is awesome makeup for clients.
With the flash on, you can't really see the incredible shimmer and lovely silvery colour of this product. I tried to take a pic without the flash, but it still doesn't do justice to the colour. You'll have to book a makeup session with me to appreciate this product! It applies really smoothly and the colour really lasts a very long time. Seeing that metallic is in, this was a great buy!
I got this perfume from China Mall. It is oil based so it lasts forever!! The scent really doesn't fade during the day! This one smells like Hypnotic Poison, and this particular size sells for R80.00. I have been using mine non stop since the beginning of the month, and it still has plenty of product in.
The guys that sell this are Egyptian, and bring the perfumes into the country from Egypt, which has been known for its scented oils since the Pharaohs, which is a long time!!
They come in many different sizes and scents, so chances are you'll find your favorite one there!!
Anyway, it is called a crease or pencil brush, and you use it to apply colour to your crease. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check out this post of mine.
The other brush I got with an Avon order for, get this, R5.00! They had on a massive Christmas sale, and this brush was part of the savings. It has a smokifier end and a small domed end. I'm not so crazy about this brush, because the bristles are kind of hard and it's tapered to a weird angle, but heck, it was R5.00!!
I'm also not a huge fan of the smokifier end, because I can use my new pencil brush for the same thing, and it has better results.
I'm now going to proceed to rant about my new favorite makeup brand in the world, so you have had fair warning!! Inglot is a marvelous place!! It's a Polish brand and compares to the best brands in the industry. Some folks have even given up MAC for Inglot. The colours are extremely pigmented, long lasting, and can be used wet or dry. This is probably going to be the makeup brand of choice in my little Salon.
First up, I got this face primer. It is applied to the face first, before the rest of the makeup, to make the makeup last longer and better. This is really affordable for everyone, if you are a makeup artist or not. It retails for R100.00. The product is really smooth and works incredibly!
I have some on my hand above here, but it didn't show up very well. Sorry about that! It is transparent and hes the density of Vaseline. It subtly moisturizes the skin, and I think this is going to work really well on girls with drier skin, but for me, who has oily skin, it works like a charm too!
Foundation sticks to it beautifully, and really does last longer. You basically just apply a very small amount of it to your face like you would cream. But you just need a drop of it, a little goes a long way with this product.
I got this lovely palette from Inglot too. This is part of their freedom system, where you pick the colours that will be in your palette. They have many different shapes and sizes palettes, and I went for the magnetized one, because they can stack, and takes up less space in my kit. I have two matte colours here, and three shimmery ones. I'm sorry that I don't have their numbers for you, I'm too lazy to get them out of the case and write them down!!
There are more colours to choose from than you can imagine! I just got these more neutral ones to try out first, and because (as I've mentioned before) metallic's are really in at the moment. These colours are incredibly pigmented and apply like a dream. They can also be applied wet, which brings out the pigment and shimmer even more.
When applying wet, DON'T wet the product directly, rather spray a little water on the brush, so it is damp (not dripping wet!), and pick up the product with the damp brush.
Here are some close up shots:
Then I got these creams from Avon on the special I mentioned earlier. I ordered the day cream too, but due to the special price, they ran out of stock, which sucks, because I HATE using different night / day creams together. With the rest of my face care I really don't mind mixing and matching, but I really don't like mixing up the creams!! Anyway, enough moaning. I love the Ageless Results range from Avon. The creams are rich and smell lovely, and the eye cream is one of those things I can't be without. I have been using it for years now, and I love it.
These retail for around R160.00 each, I usually get them on special for around R120.00 / R110.00, but this time they sold for, are you ready for this??, R30.00 each!! see what I mean with HUGE sale? That is why the day cream got sold out so quickly, because out there in the world are women who only use day cream, and not the night cream with it. (shakes head sadly) Well, it probably is better than those women who don't use any cream at all... :)
Then my bestie (too much Big Bang Theory!! Who doesn't love Amy?) Liani, cleaned out her makeup kit, and gave me all these goodies! Don't you love good friends and makeup? :D Love ya buddy!!
Lastly, I got this great special effects kit from none other than Hollywood Costumes in Krugersdorp. Did I have a blast "burning" my hand!! You really do have to come visit me on the couch and experience some "wounding"!!
I also got a whole range of foot care things for the salon, but I was too lazy (again) to get up and go take pictures. But know your feet will be pampered if you come for a pedi. I just have to mention my bright pink nail clipper! How I love that!!
Now, I hear you saying : "But Yolandie, the month still has 5 days to go! You can't honestly tell me you won't buy some more cosmetics!!". This may be true, young padawan, but do not fear, I'll post the rest next month!! :D
Please let me know what cosmetics you buy or have bought, and what you thought about it. Maybe you can help me buy cool things too!! And you know I love hearing from you!