Accidental Dischem Haul: Essence & L.A. Girl

So, there we were on Sunday after a delightful brunch together, innocently browsing a nearby Dischem for essentials, when this happened:

Dischem Haul - Drugstore Beauty Haul - All Dolled Up

Essence 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liner

I’m a huge fan of the one-and-done smoky eye and cream eyeshadows are the best way to do that. MAC “Groundwork” and Maybelline “On and On Bronze” get a lot of use this way in my collection and when I saw these new waterproof eyeshadow pencils from Essence, I thought they might work well for the same thing. The shade I picked up is called “She’s Got the Mauve” and looks a bit like a cream version of MAC Satin Taupe; a silvery, smoky, lilac. I swatched the tester on my hand and it was really creamy and pigmented, and when I tried to remove it with a makeup wipe about an hour later, it took a serious amount of elbow grease to get off. A promising start!

Price: R49.95

Essence Lashes to Impress Half Lashes

Camilla recommended these as very easy-to-apply (and wear) false eyelashes. I really love wearing lashes but being a born-and-bred Capetonian and a very casual person, I feel a bit awkies wearing them anywhere other than a fancy event like a wedding. I feel like these might be a less OTT way to wear lashes more regularly because they’re a flattering, natural-looking style but look very subtle because they’re only a half strip. Does anyone have any other good half or corner lashes to recommend?

Price: R44.95

Dischem Haul - Drugstore Beauty Haul - All Dolled Up

L.A. Girl HD Pro BB Cream

This is my favourite tinted moisturiser of all time and I already have a couple of backups. But its really difficult to find in stock so when I saw BOTH my shades (Neutral in summer and Light-Medium in winter) I snatched them up immediately. If you have normal or combination skin and you’re happy with light coverage, then I can highly recommend these. I’ve never had a single issue with application, it always looks completely natural, it melts into the skin beautifully and the shade range is very impressive. Camilla isn’t such a fan so if you prefer a proper foundation or have dry skin, this might not be for you.

Price: R59.95

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick

I’m a real sucker for a good neutral lip option so when I saw this range, I made a bee-line for the shade “Snuggle”. It swatched really nicely – smooth, creamy, soft and matte, and the perfect rosy nude. Colour payoff is great and, according to a couple of reviews I’ve subsequently read online, the formula is comfortable to wear, non-drying and very long-wearing. If I end up liking it then I’m definitely going to go back for some of the brighter colours because there are a few that I’m already lusting after. “Manic” (purple/fuschia) and “Frisky” (bright coral) have my name all over them.

Price: R59.95

Dischem Haul - Drugstore Beauty Haul - All Dolled Up

L.A. Girl Glide Gel Liner

I’ve heard a lot about these liners so when I spotted the stand I got swatching immediately and fell in love with the smooth, creamy colours. They are mega-pigmented and really do glide on, delivering strong, even colour in one swipe. I haven’t used them yet so I’m not sure how they wear or if they set, but we’ll see. The shade range is enormous and as well as the usual neutrals, also comes in beautiful bright colours like green, purple, turquoise and silver. I stuck to the basics though and bought Very Black, Deep Bronze and Frosted Taupe (which looks like a dead ringer for MAC Powersurge, one of my all-time faves).

Price: R54.95

6 comments on Accidental Dischem Haul: Essence & L.A. Girl

  • Simone Cameron

    I have that exact same Essence stick and I’m obsessed with it! One day I realised i’d forgotten to pack an eyeshadow palette in, found that in my bag and I was good to go. (I do my make up in the car in the morning….lol).

    Those dischem trips become so darn expensive….oi. YOu don’t even have nail polish in there, thank goodness.

    Personally I’ve only used the black gel liner and I find it transfers to my lower line, so that’s the only negative. But it goes on like a dream. I want to go back and get some more colours.

    I’m the same re: lashes. Bought my first set 3 weeks ago, but it’s still sitting in my cupboard. They seem so difficult to put on. Love that BB cream as well. All excellent choices and I can see why you left with the items you’ve chosen ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your pics are lovely. I was trying to figure out how you got Reese Witherspoon under your make up items…total blonde moment.,…and I ain’t blonde…ha ha

  • Prettiful Blog

    The LA Girl lip and eye products are really awesome! and the essence 2 in 1 is amazing, they do not budge, I have three shades, and loving them all!

  • Robynne

    Those gel liners look fab – always on the lookout for a new one that’s good. Also very keen to try that 2 in 1 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing… I’m off to Dischem now!

  • Ayanda Moloi

    The LA Girl PRO hD BB creams are an absolute Godsend.I practically live in my shade *Deep*.I just started wearing make-up (Yay me!) and this product hides minor blemishes and evens out my skin tone without looking like I have too much make-up on.I recently discovered your blog,and I LOVE it.

    • Jules (author)

      Ah thanks Ayanda, so glad you’re enjoying it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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