Monday, 5 December 2016

Essence Advent Calendar Reveal 1-5 December


Hi guys ! Happy Monday. How has your weekend been ?

Today I will be sharing my Advent calendar rundown with you guys - I'll be posting every Monday to share the goodies I got in this lovely calendar. I'll be posting the goodies I got the week before Christmas just after Christmas . 

"Ho ho ho! The countdown is on – not long to go until the first door can be opened! With the limited “advent calendar”, essence is offering bestsellers and exclusive products in their original size. There’s a cute quote as well as an essence must-have for the eyes, lips, face or nails or a cool tool or accessory hidden behind each door. The large, beautifully decorated box looks like a Christmas present, so it’s a perfect gift for your best friend, sister or even to yourself! Merry Christmas… with essence!"

The Essence Advent Calendar is available from Dischem stores for R415 - although both Dischem stores close to be have them on sale for R375 currently. That works out to about R17,30 per item. The calendar includes 24 FULL sized products - most in special edition holiday packaging. As there was a few items I wanted to try - I was excited when I was gifted this beauty by my mom . Each day also includes a little quote - which is a fun way to start your day. 

If you follow me on social media - I'm sharing a quick snapshot every morning on Twitter and Facebook. 

I won't be doing a full review in this post - but if you are curious about any of the products feel free and I'll gladly do a mini review of the ones requested. 

Day 1 : 
Essence Extra Long Lasting Eyeliner Pen Black
This is a great eyeliner pencil - so far my favourite eyeliner pen I discovered. 

Day 2 :
Essence Balmy Kiss Moisturising Lip Care in 02 Beauty on the go 
I'm was super excited to try this one and I'm not disappointed - I LOVE it !

Day 3 :
Essence All About Matt ! Fixing Powder
I already LOVE this powder - and I forgot how much I liked it. 

Day 4 :
Essence The Gel Nail Polish in 14 Do You Speak Love ?
This will be in handy when I start Christmas mani's from next week

Day 5 :
Essence Kajal Pencil in White
This was another one I was excited to try - can't wait to start using it. 

Do you have an Advent calendar ? Any of these products you would love a review on ? How was YOUR weekend ?? 


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

November Sample Sunday Rundown


Hi guys ! Happy Tuesday . How has your week been so far ? Mine has been crazy busy - but luckily it should calm down soon ? Who's ready for the holidays ? I know I am.

So as I mentioned, I'm doing a #SampleSunday on all my social media channels every Sunday - where I do a mini review on a sample sized product or magazine . 

So onto this month's exciting items. 

Week 1 ( )
This #SampleSunday is a magazine freebie. Glamour Magazine has 4 different beauty related products free this month and I'm sharing swatches of the two options of nail polishes that was available. (The other items where a mascara or Kiss false nails) The pink duo is my favourite but the red and nude are great colours. The polishes has a bit of a chemical smell and was a little goopy (my red and nude set) . Overall these were okay - nothing mind blowing amazing. 
Week 2 : (  ) 
My #SampleSunday this week is another cult favourite - Benefit thePOREfessional. An amazing pore smoothing primer that improves the wear time on your foundation - it's my all time favourite primer and I already own the full size. 
Week 3: (  )
Today #SampleSunday is another magazine freebie. The Cosmopolitan has an awesome little white or pink usb cable with three cables free this month making this the perfect addition for someone busy and on the go. If you haven't grabbed a copy yet- I would really recommend this one. This is amazing to pop into your handbag for those days that your phone might die on you at work. 

Week 4: ( )
Today's #SampleSunday is one of Avon's new matte lipsticks in Au Naturale- a gorgeous peachy nude. The lipstick has a gorgeous matte finish without drying out your lips at all. Which is great for any matte formula lipstick. The wear time is about 3/4 hours before you need to touch up - which isn't bad as this lipstick is pretty affordable and easy to pop into your bag. I will be showing a few more colours in the future - so if a nude lipstick isn't your cup of tea I have a few bolder shades coming up too. 

I will continue in December  - so if you are not following me on one of my platforms - I'm sharing the links here too - feel free to give me a follow. If I'm not following you on Instagram yet - please leave your Instagram link in a comment and I'll give you a follow. 


Anyone have exciting plans for this week ? Or any good samples I need to try and get my hands on ?

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Essence All About Greys Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review


Hi guys. Happy Wednesday . How has your week been so far ? Mine has been pretty chill in general but the rest of the week will be a bit busier.

A while back Essence sent me this palette - and while I showed it a ton over on Instagram - I wanted to do a review on the blog too as this is a really stunning little eyeshadow palette. 




They do have 5 in this range - Roses, Greys , Nudes and Bronze & Vintage - and while I usually tend to gravitate towards more nude colours I love grey nail polishes and decided why not try this palette I was sent. I was pleasantly surprised - the colours are all pretty neutral and everyday wear friendly - they aren't glittery (although there sparkly shades has a subtle sparkle I won't say it's a glitter. ) 

There are 8 shades in this palette - the top row is more grey toned while I found the bottom four shades to be more nude / taupe coloured . 



The formulation on these eyeshadows are very smooth and buttery - the apply super easily and they are very pigmented - even the lighter shades. These don't have a chalky feel that you sometimes get on more budget friendly palettes which is a HUGE bonus. When I use the Essence eye primer with these eyeshadows they do last a good  11/12 hours on me . (I have normal / drier eyelids for the record)  I find the Essence eyeshadow primer amazing to make my eyeshadows last longer so if you have oilier eyelids give that eyeshadow primer a whirl too. There isn't any fall out when you use these eyeshadows - which I know was a worry of mine when I used this the first time. 

The colours can be vamped up or kept on the more natural nude side which I find is pretty awesome and this palette has become a real winner in my collection . The first row is mostly matte colours with one shimmer / satin shadow and the second row has a bit of a sparkle but isn't glittery or gritty at all. 

So of course I wanted to give you guys super cute swatches - so here's some close ups of the palette colours. 


Essence All That Grey First Row Shadows


Essence All That Grey Second Row Shadows

These eyeshadows retail for around R89.95 so it's pretty affordable for this little palette. 
How has YOUR week been so far ? Have you tried this palette or any of the others ?? 

*This palette was sent as PR earlier this year but opinions are all my own*

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Perfect Date Night Look with Revlon Unforgettable Encounter


Hi guys ! Happy Friday . The last two weeks totally caught me off guard - I'm a little busier than usual so sorry for the lack of posts this week guys. Hopefully after next week everything will calm down a bit and I can share some more fun posts with you guys.

I got this gorgeous Revlon Unforgettable Encounter perfume I while back and couldn't wait to start playing with it. I decided to do another fun Date Night Look for you guys - this will be another perfect combo for Christmas parties or just going out with someone special. 

Revlon Unforgettable Encounter does have a very sensual grown-up scent - I find this perfect for a smarter date night . You feel sexy and sophisticated wearing this gorgeous scent. I decided to pair it with a bold red lippie and a stunning red polish to finish of the look. 

Some more info on this scent :

"It’s a heady floral fragrance that opens with fruity top notes of peach, nectarine and juicy litchi. At the core is romantic rose and an intriguing blend of violet and pineapple. Deep woods, oakmoss infused with vetiver and the sensual signature white musk finish off this unforgettable fragrance."


Revlon Love Is On Lipstick

This comes in special edition packaging which is a slick black with red metallic accents including the word “love” inscribed on the outer barrel. Inside the the mantra “I attract love” in 6 different languages appears on the barrel. One of things that might make it a deal breaker is that this lipstick is scented. I'm super sensitive to scent it didn't bother me. The scent also fades after about 15 / 20 minutes - and then starts fading so you won't notice the scent the whole night. 

The Revlon Love Is On his is a full on cherry red shade that’s absolutely stunning with incredible pigmentation on a single swipe that’s completely opaque. The colour remains vibrant and strong for a solid four hours. When it fades it did leave behind a pretty soft stain on the lips.  Super Lustrous Lipstick has always had a beautiful texture and glides on so smoothly and is light weight. 





Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy - Queen of Hearts 
Of course when you are going all out you might as well go all out with red nails too. This is one of my all - time favourite red nail polishes . The formula is smooth , pigmented and lasts pretty well on me. One of the reasons I hate wearing red nail polish - chips are very noticeable on a darker colour. This polish stays about chip-free on me for 4/5 days - which I find awesome since I'm very rough on my nails. I used two coats coats to get this colour opaque and used it with the Gel Envy Top Coat too. 

Another great thing about these products - they are all affordable. Let's be real - we all like to dress up and look stunning - but you don't want to spend millions on a fun look. 

Do you prefer a soft and girly date night look or a more sexy and sensual look ?? I prefer both - for different occasions. 

How has YOUR week been ? Any fun weekend plans ?


*The Revlon Unforgettable Encounter Perfume & Love Is On lipstick was received as PR. All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Some New Essence Nail Colours


Hi guys ! Haw happy Tuesday . How has your week been so far ? 

Last week I got another awesome little PR package from Essence - and the polishes was calling my name so I know I just had to swatch them as soon as possible. 

I got six shades I will be sharing with you today. 

Essence Pretty Cool Life
This colour looks more grey in my photo - but it's a stunning murky green colour. While this isn't a colour I can see myself reaching for often - it's still gorgeous and I might reach for it more when I get more of a tan in December. Shown above is 2 coats of polish. 

Essence Perfect Pair
As you know I'm a sucker for gorgeous pink polishes - and this one is no exception. This is a gorgeous peachy pinky colour that has a great formula and is opaque in two easy coats. 

Essence Dreaming of Love ?
How cute is the name of this gorgeous pink. Again - I love this darker pink so I can see myself reaching for this one a ton in the future. Again  a great formula and the polish was opaque in two coats. 
Essence Gossip Girl
I was pretty sure I owned every single Essence grey polish until this beauty landed on my desk. Again - I love wearing grey nail polish and this one won't be any different . I feel grey is like nude polish - it just goes perfectly with everything. This polish was super pigmented and opaque in 1 coat. Who doesn't just love a one coater ?

Essence More Than A Feeling
This is a gorgeous deep berry colour . With Christmas and the Festive season fast approaching I can see this becoming a firm favourite since I don't really love wearing red polish myself. This was another SUPER pigmented polish - this is only one coat . Great formula and pigmentation . 

Essence Royal Blue
A lot of you might not know this - but before I got into nude and grey nail polishes I loved blue nail polish. My collection has tons of blues and while I might not reach for them often anymore - they hold a special place. This one might change me not wearing blue that often. While we are moving into summer - I love wearing darker shades lately - and this is another one perfect for the festive season coming up . This was another super pigmented polish - and again another one coater. 


Which one of these six are YOUR favourite ? I love how Essence nail polishes are super affordable - so you don't feel too bad adding a few shades to your collection. 

* Products were supplied by PR to review - opinions are my own  *

Thursday, 3 November 2016

October Monthly Favourites


Hi guys ! Happy Thursday . How has your week been so far ? Mine has been crazy busy - I do hope it calms down a little bit from today.

Today I will share my first ever monthly favourites post. October was a crazy busy month for me , so I stuck with products I knew worked and loved. These are the 8 products that I reached for most .




Benefit Ka-Brow! & Benefit Ready, Set , Brow !

I  have to admit - I was one of the people that couldn't understand the hype about Benefit Brow Products. I love my Essence eyebrow pencil and I have always been super happy with it.  Then I decided to buy myself a little set on Red Square ( I got the Bigger & Bolder brows set ) and been addicted to the Ka-Brow! from day one. This is an amazing cream gel brow colour with a brush (so no need to carry around an extra brush ) . It's sweat proof and still looks amazing after a day running errand and swimming. I use this in combination with the clear brow gel - and I can see myself picking up these two products again when my current ones run out. They might be pricier - but my eyebrows look amazing everyday.



Skin Strategy Soothing & Calming Face Mask 

If you follow me on social media - it's no secret I'm addicted to sheet masks. They are easy to use (just pop them on for 20minutes and chill )  and so relaxing. While I love a few brands - one of my favourite sheet masks is this one from Skin Strategy. I use these as a everyday sheet mask - meaning my fancier ones I keep for a weekly indulge session - but since these are pretty affordable I don't mind using them twice a week . The are very hydrating and calming on the skin. I buy these in a box of 10 at Deschem for under R120 . I have been repurchasing these for the last 4 months non stop - so I can't see my love for them fading anytime soon. 



Essence All About Matt! Oil Free Make-Up in shade Vanilla

I already did a full review on the foundation HERE . I love this foundation - the formula is lightweight but it does cover imperfections without being heavy or cakey. Application is great with a brush or beauty blender or make-up sponge - both give a smooth finish.  

I do set the foundation with a powder - but after that I'm set for the day . The foundation can be build up for more coverage - but I feel one layer gives amazing coverage. The foundation doesn't leave you with a flat matte look - which is what I prefer. I still want to look alive .

Essence Mosaic Blush in Miss Floral Coral 

These Mosaic Blushes are super pigmented. I haven't gotten round to getting myself the super pinky one - but the coral shade is perfect for springtime . A little goes a long way and the blush lasts pretty decent too - on me it lasts about 7/8 hours before fading gracefully. I'm actually surprised that I reach for this blush so often - but the shade is so gorgeous and flattering . 



Essence 2-1 Eyeshadow & Liner Waterproof in shade She's Got the Mauve

Now one thing I hate admitting too - I am SUPER lazy and not in the mood for make-up most mornings. These pencils fits perfectly into my life. These pencils last THE WHOLE day without fading and still looks perfectly applied after a long day. I swipe one of these pencils on my eyes and voila ! A gorgeous eye look without any effort. This colour is my favourite one by far and the one I reach for almost on a daily basis. 




Essence All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara

I love Essence mascaras. They are SUPER affordable and I seem to like them all. But my all time favourite one without a doubt is the Essence All Eyes on Me. I bought about 7/8 tubes of this mascara since discovering it and the formula never disappoints me. It's waterproof (but not to the point that you need to scrub at night ) and it gives you the most soft natural looking lashes. I can't see myself being without at least one of them open in rotation . 




Lush Vanillary Solid Perfume
I did a full review earlier this year  HERE and it's still one of my favourite daily scents. I hate wearing a too strong scent during the day - and this is the perfect solution for me. The scent lasts amazingly well - and it's perfect to just throw into your bag for any touch ups. The scent isn't too overpowering either . I'm extremely tempted to get me a Dirty scented one for over the December holidays as it's a quite minty scent . 

What are some of YOUR favourites for the month of October ??