Budget Buys


I love makeup of course most of us want the high end products and think that’s the best quality but of its just not realistic. I believe that you have should have a mixture of both drugstore and the more expensive products and mix it up. You don’t need to go and spend R1000+ rand on an eyeshadow palette there are great dupes out there that really do the trick. In this post I wanted to share drugstore makeup that I recommend and will not disappoint. There are certain products that you really need to invest in. But when it comes to foundations, concealers, eyeshadows and lippies go check out Clicks, Foschini and Body Shop and you will find a whole load of beauties.

Being a makeup artist can mean you spend so much cash on getting your kit right. Plus making sure you have every texture and colour under the sun. Having creamy textures that you can literally paint the face with is a must when it comes to a pro kit. The Makeup Forever Beauty Flash Colour Case is a cult amongst makeup artists but its not cheap at $99. I bought one a while back because it was something I really thought I needed to have because you know all the big makeup artists have it. However along has come a Makeup Forever Flash Colour Case dupe available in SA that is a fraction of the price!! Plus its pretty much the same.

Its been some time since I have really focused on drugstore makeup. With my drugstore tutorial going live this week I thought it would be great to share what I have personally been loving. Its really been a couple of months of loads of new launches and actually I still have loads to get through. I never say no to a mascara or a gorgeous red lippie and I promise you will love my selections.

I have just started working with the brand Catrice for shahnazlovesbeauty and I have to say I like it. I have played around with a couple items quite some time ago and was pretty impressed back then. I got to choose a list of makeup items and thabks to the Cosmetixs team I actually got almost everything on my wish list. As you know I love anything to do with glowing skin so of course highlighters were at the top as well as mascara. I kept it simple wanting to try makeup that I can use to enhance the complexion. If you are looking for a budget brand then this is definitely one you should take a look at.

Introducing L.O.V makeup the sleeker relation to Essence. Its still in the budget region but its a more superior makeup brand with sexy packaging. A few items landed on my desk last month for me to test out and share my thoughts and so far I am quite impressed. L.O.V offers quite a big makeup selection from eyeshadows, lipsticks, foundations and a contour kit. Sadly there are no dark foundations or concealers in the collection. Their eye and brow selection is pretty impressive with a whole range of shadows and mascara’s plus a couple brow kits and even an eye primer.

I am a massive lover of lipsticks its one thing that I can’t live without in my pro kit and when I am out and about on a night out or a girlie lunch so when Yardley dropped off these new lipstick shades (R99.95) I was very excited to try them out. Its not a brand that I would have used in the past but they definitely seem to be stepping up their game with the gorgeous Supermoist lipstck shades that are literally bang on trend with a shade for every skin tone.

I am obsessed with moisturiser and always have been because like my mum I have the Finnish dry legs that if I don’t constantly apply look awful and there is nothing worse than dry legs. I have tried lots of fancy ones but I always come back to the budget brands like Nivea and Dove because they just do the trick. If you haven’t tried the Nivea body cream range then you are seriously missing out.

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My Budget Makeup Picks

This week I am trying to focus on more budget makeup brands, i started off talking about the Revlon foundation on Monday so today are some budget makeup picks that I really like and wanted to share with you.

Its actually the first time I have tried Woolworths own makeup collection W but I really love this pretty powder blush sugar and spice (R160) its a great way to add a healthy flush to the cheek and really brighten up the complexion.

Budget picksI love Max Factor’s mascara’s and the Masterpiece glamour extensions 3-in-1 volumising mascara does exactly what is says.  There is a formula containing volumising prills that makes lashes appear fuller. Its got a great applicator that contains over 30,000 carbon black fibres that is thicker at the top and coats those lashes instantly giving gorgeous volume, plus has a carbon black formulathat really intensifies the lashes (out in July R109.95). Thick lashes is a big trend this season so this mascara is perfect to achieve that look.

budget picks 1The Bourjois Smoky stories quads (R149.95) are not new to the market but they are new to me and I have to say I really like them. I am already a massive fan of the brand so it comes as no surprise that I would love the quads. The palette I got is good nude its perfect for day and then to take to night with the darker chocolate shade to add the smoke and the silver to add to the inner corner of the eyes to give that pop. The shadow blends easily and comes in 4 different shades but this is definitely my favourite one.Budget picks 5I am really liking some of Avon’s makeup products the Boost It mascara (R69.90) is new to the collection and is another great volumising mascara at a really affordable price. It contains an anti-static technology that is clump free giving really beautiful looking lashes.

budget picks 2I love the new body Shop velvet gel pen eyeliner studio gel pens (R120), they glide on beautifully and are so easy to use to line your eyes, add some smoke or just add into the waterline.

Below I am wearing the liner, the blush, a touch of the Bourjois shadow and the Max Factor mascara.Budget picks 4Have you discovered any great budget picks?



Now I am always on the look out for a good budget base that will leave my skin looking dewy and look as natural as possible but to even out my complexion. Yes we all love the expensive foundations but they are more for special occassions so a good budget foundation is perfect for every day use. Revlon have bought out their new and improved Photoready Airbrush Effect foundation and its perfect for that dewy natural looking skin.

The foundation has light filtering technology that creates a flawless looking complexion, with soft focus pigments to create a luminous finish. Its a little pricier than some of the foundations at R220 but it really is a beautiful one.

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My skin looks natural and pretty flawless, all I added was mascara, some concealer and a touch of bronzer to add some definition. Sadly there aren’t loads of shades available nut luckily I got one to match me 004 Nude.

Definite thumbs up from me.

Shahnaz x



Maybelline bold matte lipsticksWith the red trend in mind and a big favourite of mine I wanted to share with you the amazing lipsticks from Maybelline the Bold Matte lipsticks that are amazing. As you all know I love a matt lipstick its a cool texture that always looks so modern and even better when it doesn’t break the bank.

I got my hands on the Matt5 and Matt6 a bright red and a deeper shade of red. In the pic I am wearing matt5 its a brighter red with a slight pink undertone to it. Paired with just a fresh face, some comtouring and lots of mascara you are good to go day or night.Maybelline mattThe lipsticks are really hydrating and lightweight which is definitely the trend for matt lipsticks at the moment and do have a slight sheen to them which gives that extra something to them.

Shahnaz x