Let me begin by stating the obvious- it’s spring in South Africa!
Now is the time that I dust the ol’ cobwebs off of the bright colours and pastels, and maybe even pull out some floral designs. However, the most exciting part (for me at least) is getting to experiment with new styles and shades of makeup!
First things first, I absolutely adore makeup, but I am no guru. I am not even close! I fall into the ‘abstract’ category, one that was invented for people who can’t be bothered with technical terms and rules, the people who don’t make any sense. I am sharing what I like and what I enjoy, which may be very different to what you like and enjoy, and my methods and ways of doing things may be very different to your methods and ways.
I celebrated the first of September with a ridiculous shopping trip. I was on a hunt for five ‘drugstore’ lipsticks with shades that I thought would look great for that awkward transition from winter to spring, spring in all of its glory and that not-so-awkward transition from spring to summer. Three hours, two shops and one hundred swatches later, I walked out of the mall with a tiny bag of lipsticks, an arm full of smudges and two new loyalty cards.
Now, without further rambling, here are my five choices.
Yardley (Rosy Nude): This colour is pretty darn interesting, in my humble and uninformed opinion. When Yardley named this shade they hit the nail on the head. I can’t even describe it in any other way. It is rosy, but hey, it’s nudey too. That’s it. The actual shape of this lipstick is very different to the rest as it is rounded on top without a point. Do I like this? Not really. The shape of my lips NEED that point the way my heart NEEDS Spoby to be alive (can all the PLL fans please stand up?). However, the fact that the lipstick itself doesn’t dry my fussy lips out makes up for that. A good floral shade for spring, indeed.
Essence (Natural Beauty): Can I just take this moment to confess that I have had a not-so-secret obsession with Essence since I was a tween? How much more affordable can makeup actually get? Now, that affordability comes with a price, of course, and that is that the quality of their products aren’t always the most moisturising or the most long-lasting. Anyway, this shade of pink is so wonderful and for less than R50- you cannot go wrong.
Maybelline (Pink Please): Maybelline took it to another level with Pink Please. You asked for it, you got it. It is absolutely guaranteed that you will stand out, unless, of course, you’re in a Barbie house (in that case you’ll blend right in). This shade is not just for spring, you could pull this off in summer too- if you’re daring enough.
NYX (Paparazzi): This was my first time buying and trying an NYX product and I was more than pleasantly surprised. This lipstick is literally SO creamy and comfortable. There are about a million different shades and I eventually chose Paparazzi after covering my arm with swatches. I don’t recommend picking an NYX lipstick when you’re in a rush. You’re welcome.
Rimmel (Lasting Finish 045): Ever since J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany collaborated I have been a huge skeptic of collaborations. However, Rimmel and Kate Moss restored my faith as they are a match made in heaven! This lipstick is actually just amazing. The shade that I chose is the pinkest of the nude collection. It looks good, feels good and the price is pretty darn good too. I highly recommend the Lasting Finish lipstick and it is perfect for that awkward transition from winter to spring.
Let me know if you have tried any of these lipsticks and which shades are your favorite in the comment section below. I’d love to hear and see your favorites!