american haul | review

Real Techniques, EOS, ELF

I like so many other South African girls are lusting over things that aren’t available here which means we have to source them from else where. I was super lucky when a friend of mine from America came down and bought with her a few things I have been lusting after for ages. I thought I would show you what I got and give a little review on each thing (as you can see everything has been used, yolo and all that!)

First up Real Techniques brushes made by make-up artists Sam & Nic Chapman.


All the brushes are made of synthetic bristles which make them super smooth and they are 100% cruelty-free. They come in 3 collections: flawless baseenhanced eyes, and the perfect finish (each brush from the specific collection is colour coded and has the name of the brush embossed on the handle too)



REVIEW: These brushes are my best friends they are so easy to use and clean. All brushes from the range can be used in cream and powder products (cream blush and powder blush), I would definitely look into getting some of these they are great value for money – the core collection which comes with x4 brushes is $18 – R180 that is cheaper than buying brushes at clicks. Now I need to get some of the enhanced eyes collection and I am set. I have the following brushes:

  • Blush brush – this is much bigger than any blush brush I have ever tried which is why I just love it. The brush tip is hand cut into a dome so you don’t get big round circle on your cheeks. I also use this for bronzer.
  • Powder brush – again this is a lot bigger than any powder brush I have, the thing that I love about this one is that all you need to do is put this in powder once and its enough to cover your whole face, it seems to apply the powder sparingly as apposed to a whole lot in one area.
  • Buffing brush – this was the brush I was most excited to try out as it promises a flawless foundation application  and I have never tried any foundation brush in this shape before. It does not disappoint this literally buffs the foundation into your skin leaving the most flawless face.
  • Expert Face brush – I honestly don’t find a difference between this brush and the buffing brush as they are both for foundation, yes they have slightly different shapes but they do the same thing in my opinion.
  • Contour brush – now I am no make-up artist so my contouring skills are not on point but when you do the fish face and apply your bronzer this brush fits perfectly into the ‘cheek-bone’ area plus this brush is great for under-eye concealer.

Next we have E.L.F {Eyes, Lips and Face}, this is a new discovery for me I have seen a few beauty youtubbers using some E.L.F products so I was really excited when my friend bought these for me to try. I would say E.L.F is the equivalent of Essence for us “lower end” drug store products but the range is just insane, have a look for yourself – www.eyeslipsface.comIMG_5876e.l.f. Studio Makeup Clutch Palette

This is the Studio Make-up Clutch Palette that has 32 Eyeshadows, 6 Lip Colors, 2 Blushes, 1 Bronzer, 1 Eyebrow Powder, 1 Eyebrow Cream, 1 Face Shimmer, 3 Dual Ended Eyeshadow Applicators. $15 – R150 {Bargain!}

REVIEW: I am usually not someone who would buy a huge palette like this but I am so happy that my friend picked this up for me. I really love the blushes and bronzer in this they both have gold flicks in which make for the rosiest cheeks, I also like the eye-brow wax a lot although its a little dark for me its a lovely formula to fill in ze’brows. My boyfriend and I went on a little road trip to the garden route and this is all I needed as it has blush, eye-shadows and eyebrow cream it was literally my go-to palette.

IMG_5879I was also spoilt with this 32-colour neutral palette. $10 – R100 {bargain!}

REVIEW: I was so excited to see this and try it out it literally has every neutral colour you can ever need some shimmer and some matt. I have been looking for the perfect taupe and in this palette there are about 4 to choose from and the pigmentation is amazing, they are also very long lasting and don’t end up in the crease.

E.O.S lip balmThe ever popular E.O.S {evolution of smooth} lip balm. $3.29 – R31

REVIEW: I just had to ask her to bring me some of these,  I got strawberry sorbet and summer fruit. These smell so amazing and I just love the applicator so unique and no dunking of the finger. They really do add moisture without being too slimy, love these.

Maybelline Maybelline – Colossal. $5.99 – R60 (yes I know, I was also like WHY are mascara’s over R100 here *shrugs*)

REVIEW: I smiled when I noticed that the packaging is different to the one’s we get here, I am such a maybelline mascara fan and this is the perfect everyday go-to mascara not too much drama like the falsies but as all maybelline mascaras it does not leave any panda eyes or hard lashes.


Lastly I asked for the Rimmel Scandaleyes eye pencil in nude. $3.97 – R40 {yes I know!}

I don’t understand why we don’t get all colours here, its like that with so many brands and its so frustrating because they seem to not have the colours that would be popular e.g. Maybelline Colour Tattoo in South Africa they bought out 6 colours none of which are the most popular – beats me why but maybe they should do a little market research firs.  r a n t  o v e r

REVIEW: This is the perfect nude shade for brightening up the waterline. Its not too bring and has amazing staying power considering it is the dreaded waterline area. The only downside I have found is that I need to sharpen it quite a lot because it is soft Kajal it goes down fast.

Let me know if you have tried any of these and what your thoughts are.