• Beauty,  Make Up

    Urban Decay You’re Draining My Bank Account!

    Urban Decay, oh Urban Decay. Why is it that I am unable to leave your store without buying something? It has caused me to avoid that area of Sandton like the plague! Alas, you have now moved next to Woolworths, and your reach is inescapable. Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray 118ml – R460.00 “The hydrating, soothing, pore reducing primer spray visibly reduces the appearance of pores, brightens and smooths skin, and replaces lost moisture. Light enough to use throughout the day (without messing up your makeup), Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Spray instantly hydrates and softens skin.” How nifty is the idea of a priming spray? One day…

  • Hair,  Reviews

    John Frieda’s Doing it Right!

    Don’t get me wrong, I really REALLY want to be a salon-products-only kinda girl, but because of my poor financial planning and shopaholic tendencies, that’s just not going to happen. In comes John Frieda, and his range of affordable hair care. I have tried John Frieda products in the past, and have neither loved nor hated them. But recently I purchased the Smooth Start shampoo and conditioner pair, along with the Extra Strength serum, in my eternal quest to find the best quality drug store products, and they have changed the game! Frizz Ease Smooth Start Shampoo and Conditioner 250ml – R115.95 each The shampoo claims to “(hydrate) hair as it…

  • Make Up,  Reviews

    Essence Purchases and Review

    If I could buy an Essence item every time I walk past their stand in Clicks or Dischem, I’d be a happy girl (and more often than not I actually do end up buying something, so I’m pretty content). Essence is an amazing, cruelty-free brand that stocks some of my all-time favourite items, like my Fit and Awake Makeup foundation. This means that I trust them and am always keen to try their new goodies. So here are some that I have picked up in the last few months (okay weeks). I Heart Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara This mascara is a repurchase, actually, it’s a repurchase of my repurchase’s repurchase.…

  • Beauty,  Make Up,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    GrandeLash-MD

    Who doesn’t want long, luscious, thick, beautiful lashes? Boys, that’s who. Because those ungrateful creatures already have them. But as for the rest of us, there’s mascara, mascara primer, false lashes, tinting, extensions and lash serums that all aid in looking less mole rat and more Disney princess. Here are my issues with the above methods: false lashes are a PAIN and not practical for (my) everyday use, tinting doesn’t help with length or thickness, even if it is quite inexpensive and extensions on the other hand cost a small fortune. Serums have a whole unique set of problems. Most of them are quite expensive, and to invest anywhere between…

  • Beauty,  Make Up,  Reviews

    L.A. Girl Cosmetics Purchases and Review

    L.A. Girl was one of those brands that I associated with the frighteningly cheap, non-descript, bulk makeup at Dischem. You know the palettes of 50 eyeshadows for R50? Or the strange lip palettes that look like they either belong in Beauty Value? REST ASSURED, the only thing L.A. Girl’s cosmetics have in common with those from Beauty Value, is that they’re fantastically priced! The (cruelty-free) brand stocks a range of some of the best value-for-money items I have ever come across. They offer everything from mascaras to setting powders, and just about everything in between. After trying out their much raved about BB cream, I was instantly head over heels,…

  • Make Up,  Reviews

    Colourpop Haulin’: My New Guilty Pleasure

    Late last year, and into the beginning of 2018, Colourpop was having a massive site-wide sale. I’m quite apprehensive about purchasing online, let alone from an international store (because customs), but this time, the temptation was too much and I went wild! Colourpop is an online American makeup supplier. Their products are cruelty-free and in the ‘super-affordable’ range (read: dirt cheap). It makes you realise how we as South Africans are getting ripped off in the beauty department. They offer a huge selection of eye shadows, blushes, highlighters and lipsticks, and their range is ever-expanding. They often release limited edition collections and have sales at least once a month (on…

  • Features,  Interviews,  Regulars

    One on One: BurgundyBeautyZA

    BurgundBeautyZA. Between her simplistic, clean-cut flatlays, her down-right frank product reviews and her incredible commitment and consistency, I can’t actually pick what I love most about Simran’s Instagram account. As one of the first people I followed after starting my blog, Simran’s stunning page is one that I will always hold in high regard. In my opinion, she stands out in the beauty community as someone who really does have her followers in mind in everything that she does. Burgundy Beauty is the first Instagram-only review account that I have interviewed for One on One, and this article really capture the essence of why I started the segment. I wanted…

  • Beauty,  Hair,  Make Up,  Monthly Favourites,  Skincare

    Where’d You Go March?

    Where on earth is this year going? It seems that 2018 is speeding by and not much can slow it down. Before I know it, another Monthly Must-haves is due. March was a bit of a blur, but it did see me getting a new dog, a new coffee machine and of course, a lot of new makeup. Here is a little taste of the things that have made my March significantly better. NYX Lip Lingerie in Corset While this liquid lipstick wasn’t a new purchase, it was about ALL that I used on my lips in March. It is the perfect cool-toned nude for my skin, and I have…

  • Uncategorized

    My Name is Megan and I Had a Tanning Disaster

    Once upon a time, a terrible, terrible thing happened to me. It left me ashamed and scarred, unable to face my friends and family. I was 60 shades darker on the skin spectrum, and smelled vaguely of burned biscuits and coconut. Yes… I had a tanning disaster. It all started during the December of 2015. A perilously pale Megan decided to fast-track her way to bronziness by lathering up with some Caribbean Tan tanning mousse (shade A, of course). I had been inside for most of November (exams) and really needed to be able to swim without blinding the others in the pool. A watched a Youtube tutorial or two,…

  • Beauty,  Make Up,  Reviews

    Chanel’s Base vs Catrice’s Serum Primer

    Welcome to a new segment on Perilously Pale! Save vs Splurge is going to be a regular piece on my blog, and it stems from my awful habit of spending exorbitant amounts of money on makeup. Sometimes (okay more often than I’d like to admit) I spend HUGE amounts of money on beauty splurges, and sometimes (okay more often than I’d like to admit), I’m quite disappointed in what the hyped up, luxury item actually delivers. With a lot of my expensive buys, I’ve come across cheap alternatives that do pretty much the same thing. In comes a drugstore alternative to save the day, get it… SAVE?  Anyway, I used…