Product Play 01 | Featuring TheBalm, Wet N Wild

Friday, 4 December 2015

Prepare for some extremely uncomfortable close-up shots of my face. 

Instead of studying hard last month, I went online shopping. A temporary haven to forget about the exams just two days later. Clicking on 'Add to Cart,' itching to type digits and watching it process. A wash of relief and excitement built up in me. My heart fluttered when they arrived, but my wallet cried when it say the price tag. I won't be doing much shopping anytime soon. 

Oh well. 

On a positive note, there is an influx of new products to play with! Hence the name, Product Play! You might be wondering, what the heck is Product Play?

Your confusion is justified. This is the first in the series that even I am uncertain about. My main goal is to play around with these new products, showing you how they look and giving quick reviews as I go along. Some of these products may have more comprehensive reviews in the future, if there are requested or even required.  

Also another way to incorporate relatively 'normal' makeup looks on Hey Bash. For a beauty blog, it's horribly lacking in makeup posts.

I applied Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion as usual. Then used Catrice Allround Concealer in Salmon for my undereye circles. I've been using these products for a little over a year now, and might have to repurchase them soon.

Like I've said before, Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in Shade 2.0 is my favourite foundation. I bought a second bottle and Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral just a few weeks ago. The concealer is a new product that is a tad too light on me. Some days it looks fine, other days I become a soul-sucking poltergeist. That said, the liquid consistency makes it glide on and blend effortlessly. It’s thicker than the foundation but just as weightless. I might have to buy this one shade darker next time.

Once my base was done, I used a product I never thought I would ever use again. A bronzer. I expressed my hatred for bronzer in my 5 Beauty Confessions. Yet my sister picked up the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Deep/Tan and curiosity struck.  I picked it up using a light hand. While it may be too dark for me, it is great for those who want a sun-kissed look.

Yet my favourite product from this bundle must be TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. Where have you been all my life? Sold out. I bought it the second it re-stocked in Luxola, and not a second too late. It sold out almost immediately and there is no guess why. Look at that highlight! The champagne highlighter is so pigmented with flecks of gold shimmer. Just a dust of it with a fan brush is enough to brighten your face. I haven’t stopped using it since I got it.

I set everything with a travel-sized Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. Like my foundation, this is my second bottle because I love Urban Decay’s products. It locks my base for the whole day. I might as well buy the regular version one of these days.

I drew my brows, using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Chocolate and set it with their Clear Brow Gel. I primed my eyes using Too Faced Deluxe Shadow Insurance then used TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette. This also has a cult following, especially among the blogging community. I bought it for the packaging but was surprised with its pigmentation. For this eye look, I just applied Seductive and Sultry. I’ll have a more in-depth review of the palette.

Like many, the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in 01 Black is a repurchase. Though, they have reformulated and repackaged it since I last bought it. This product has revitalised my love for gel liners. It lasts throughout the day, and is as dark as my soul. I topped it off with my usual NYX Full Figured Mascara and line my lower waterline with NYX Wonder Pencil in 01.

While the products have surprised me so far, Wet N Wild have not. Wet N Wild Lip Liner in Brandy Wine is an off-brown bronze with a slight red undertone. For the price, it is highly pigmented but Wet N Wild Lipstick in Cherry Bomb is another story. A dark maroon applied with a brush since the lipstick itself was too hard and tacky. It was uneven with just the bullet. What disappointing first Wet N Wild products.

And that concludes the first Product Play! Which in hindsight, is essentially a normal MOTD just with relatively new products. 

Still, I hope you enjoyed this and want to see more. This way, you will see more of my face without any paint or glue stuck on it. A step for more beauty-related content without losing what made Hey Bash, well, Hey Bash. A place for a neurotic woman-child to discuss makeup and feel good for five minutes.

If you want to see more, and excited to see more, please follow me on Bloglovin'! And don't forget to check out my first international giveaway! Are you excited? Because I am!

So have you tried any of these products? What do you think?


  1. Oooe such great stuff been wanting to try thebalm products

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  2. bellissimo questo make up

  3. I enjoyed this post, it's a great way to showcase new makeup and let us know your thoughts! That is really too bad about the Wet n' Wild lipstick, I love them as a brand so it's unfortunate you didn't get a good one! I also love The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer. I love The Balm in general but that is definitely one of my favorite products and it looks gorgeous on you! Great post! XO -Kim

  4. loving this look! The UD foundation is also of my favs! works so well :)
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  5. You look amazing! That foundation looks stunning, I feel a haul coming on!
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  6. Your highlight! I saw this on bloglovin and I was like "holy crap, how did she get that GLOW"

  7. Gorgeous look! You look amazing!

  8. I am loving the highlighter, I need to buy it myself!!

    Lauren x |

  9. Definitely love this look. Your skin looks amazing!!

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  10. aaah this makeup look is FLAWLESS! so envious of your skin, it's amazing

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  11. All my favourite products in one post and honey, you're absolutely stunning!

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  12. Talk about makeup on point, love it!
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  13. Ohn dear, thanks a lot :D

    Perfect photos! Really :D
    In love with your hair :o

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  14. I'm waiting for a friend to go hit up Sephora and you've just given me a very long shopping list haha. You look beautiful!

  15. I honestly can't stop laughing at your heart fluttered but your wallet cried. Sounds like someone I know aka me, hahahaa. Ok your killing me, the liner is as dark as your soul, lol. Is that the Urban Decay setting spray? I love and use it religiously. Too bad the lipstick was hard and tacky, but it looks great on you. I'd love to try it.

  16. I honestly can't stop laughing at your heart fluttered but your wallet cried. Sounds like someone I know aka me, hahahaa. Ok your killing me, the liner is as dark as your soul, lol. Is that the Urban Decay setting spray? I love and use it religiously. Too bad the lipstick was hard and tacky, but it looks great on you. I'd love to try it.

  17. Amazing makeup haul! Enjoyed reading your reviews! I have to try the Urban Decay brightening potion soon, I love their blush. Nice to see you back!


  18. You look so stunning babe! This is such a perfect make up and look! :) Just beautiful!

    Have a lovely day!

  19. ive never tried any of these items, but I do love urban decay eye liner! :)


  20. Your hair, YOUR FACE *heart eyes emoji*

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  21. oooh! totally lovin' that deep berry hue!

    Jessica |

  22. You're look so badass with your hair like that!

  23. Shame about the wet n wild not working properly. It looks so lovely on though!

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  25. Bash, you are SO pretty, and I love the products you've used in this tutorial - I hate when products don't work as expected though!

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  26. YOu look so beautiful like this ( you always look beautiful but I mean beautiful-er ) Even desserves a break from studying and a shopping spree is a good break and like you said now you have lots of pretty make up to play with ahah :)

    Lots of love , Marianne xxx

  27. Haven't tried these before! I love the look! Not too much and not too little! The perfect balance!

  28. Girl, your skin looks so perfect! I really like that nice, subtle highlight you created. I guess I have to get Mary-Lou Manizer ASAP, lol. Thank you so much for sharing your beauty secrets:) Have an amazing day!


  29. Isn't retail therapy the best? Except for when look at my bank account afterwards, then I end up a little more stressed than I was before, ha ha ha.
    By the way, you are SO gorgeous. Like wow, I am in love with the way that you do your makeup.

    A Northern Light

  30. Great product pics! I see so many of my favorites in there, that UD foundation and setting spray, Mary loumaniser. Great post. x

  31. You really do makeup so damn well and I swear you pull of anything Bash! I always feel inspired by your style and creativity!

  32. This is a great look for you, looking gorgeous!

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  33. You look so cool with this makeup and you are so beautiful!

  34. Not to sound weird but I'm definitely experiencing some major skin envy right now, yours is amazing! It sounds like a huge cliche but it literally looks lit from within, so beautiful.

  35. The Balm sounds amazing! I hope it will be available in South Africa soon! Great makeup look! xx
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  36. Your skin looks flawless! Haven't heard many talk about the Naked foundation actually :) Will pop into Sephora and see if I like the Texture :) Thank you for sharing Bash!

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  37. I can't stop watching at your glowy teint, Bash! Seriously!! So beautiful and I'm glad you shared the products you've been using. Just a question: I have that concealer palette as well and would love to know how I have to use that red shade... :-o

    xoxo Ira