Thursday, 23 March 2017

My Picks from the Essence Lights of Orient Collection


Hi guys ! Happy Thursday . How has your week been ? I'm still super sick - which sucks - I'm hoping to be better by my birthday next week. 



Oriental beauty express! Let essence take you on an exciting journey into the world of 1001 Arabian Nights with the new trend edition “lights of orient” from March 2017 and dive into the oriental culture. The pulsating bustle around the souks, desert landscapes with magnificent Bedouin tents and the temperamental rhythm of the belly dancers – the unique flair fascinates all visitors. And the oriental look with deep black eyeliner and golden highlights is also impressive. The colour scheme of this bronzing edition is as warm as the Arabian sun with cream, gold, copper and various nuances of red. There are many treasures just waiting to be discovered, including a beautiful bronzer in an oriental design with a matt bronzing texture and shimmering golden powder in the centre. The matt lipsticks in trendy oxblood as well as two additional red tones and the golden body tattoos are particularly eye-catching on tanned skin. The body splash with a warm, floral fragrance

Since I've seen the promo shots from Essence when this collection lauched - I knew there where goodies that I just love and felt I needed in my collection. Luckily on Monday I was walking past a Clicks with the collection packed out - so I knew I had to get the items on my wish list. The collection also has gorgeous bronzers , lipsticks and a fragrance spray (as well as body and nail tattoos . eyebrow shapers and a gorgeous highlight stick ). As always I was most drawn to the eyeshadow palette and the polishes. The limited edition Essence nail polishes and eyeshadow are always breath takingly beautiful in my opinion. 

I wish I needed a bronzer , as the collection does have two gorgeous ones - but sadly I can't justify buying another one for my collection. 


Essence We ♥ Arabian Nights.  R84,95
I love Essence eye shadows - they are my go to eye shadows on a daily base. I love the formula and along with the Essence I love Stage eyeshadow primer my eyeshadow last the whole day. 

This palette includes 6 gorgeous warm toned shades to create a gorgeous nude eye look or a more smouldering smokey eye. The palette has such a gorgeous design on the case - it's really such a stunning palette to look at .

The eye shadows are smooth and buttery - I did find the darkest matte brown shade a little patchy - but nothing too bad to not want to use it. The mauve colour is gorgeous and I can see myself reaching for this palette often. 

Again it's super affordable - so if you like the palette colours - I suggest you head to your nearest Clicks and find them as you know the Essence Limited Edition goodies always sells out super fast. 


 
Swatches of the  six colours - as you can see they are all super pretty. The lightest shade offers the perfect inner corner highlight on the eyes. 




essence lights of orient – nail polish
Colours of orient. Gold and purple with metallic effects as well as rosewood and oxblood with a high-shine finish provide the nails with long-lasting colour and great coverage. Available in 01 golden gate to orient, 02 the sultan's daughter, 03 princess jasmines choice and 04 belly dancing queen. R38,95

01 . The Golden Gate to Orient 
Okay , so I'm not a big golden nail polish fan - I don't like wearing gold colours on my nails except for accent nails. This is such a great white gold colour - which I love since I can't stand yellow golds. I applied two coats of polish in the swatch . I feel this colour will look awesome in the upcoming Autumn and Winter . 
02. The Sultan's Daughter
So this will come as no shocker , this is my favourite colour in the collection. Although it does look more like a pinky nude in the bottle , the colour is such a pretty light mauve pinky colour. I feel like this sums up what I love in nail polishes - and without a doubt I will be wearing this colour a lot more in Autumn. I used two coats in the swatch . 
03. Princess Jasmine's Choice
This was a surprising one for me to like. I don't tend to go for these sparkly almost metallic looking polishes - but this is such a stunning darker purple mauve colour. I love how the tones in this colour compliments me - I will be wearing this one a lot more in winter time. I used two coats in the swatch. 
04. Belly Dancing Queen
This is another favourite - it's such a dark rich berry colour - as I don't like wearing red nail polish - this is a great alternative for me. I love how this colour looks and happy to report this polish doesn't flood the cuticles like some reds/ deep berry colours tends to do. I used two coats in the swatch. 

Did anything from this collection catch your eye ? Are you planning to pick anything up ? 

This The Light of Orient collection is available from Clicks stores - so I suggest if you see something in the collection you like to keep your eyes peeled - as Essence Limited Edition collections usually fly off the shelves. 

Happy Thursday guys !

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray


Hi guys ! Happy Saturday . I know I don't normally post on weekends - but I've been so sick this week I didn't even come too close to my laptop at night to type a post .

I was lucky enough to be one of the selected RubyBox bloggers to try the Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray. I have seen it in Clicks before - but I haven't tried it yet as I though - it's just water right ? Why would I buy a special water to spray on my skin ? Boy oh boy I will admit I was as wrong as can be. 

As I mentioned earlier in this post - Johannesburg has some crazy weather lately - it was cold and raining the one week (which I'm pretty sure is the reason for me being so crazy sick ) - and then back to super duper hot temperatures the next . I think this was one of the main reasons I have been struggling so much with my skin the last few weeks too . My skin wasn't too happy with me.

When I got the parcel with the  spray I was intrigued to try it out. I mean I ALWAYS wanted to try it ... And I was surprised how my skin almost immediately looked healthier (mind you I did use this at night time for the first time - but my morning some small little bumps I had on my skin mostly all disappeared - yeah !) . 

The Avène Thermal Spring Water is perfectly balanced with a optimal calcium / magnesium ratio that guarantees efficiency and tolerance - meaning your skin balance will be restored. 

It's low in mineral content and the presence of silicates makes Avène Thermal Spring Water exceptionally gentle on your skin. 

Now I'm pretty sure the Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray can be used for millions of reasons - and I'm pretty sure you can google them all - but I want to share how I find it useful on myself daily -

  • I start of every morning by spraying my face with the Avène Eau Thermal Spray after washing my face instead of using a traditional toner. I spray and then gently pat it into my skin before continuing with my eye cream , serum and moisturiser - I do notice this step helps my skin stay calm during the day - especially since my skin tends to get all red and irritated during the day if the weather suddenly gets hotter (and I hate sitting with red cheeks during the day for no reason . )
  • After I complete my make-up - I do spray my face again. This doesn't claim to be a setting spray at all - but I feel it makes my make-up stay gorgeous during the day - and I did notice I don't need to do a little blotting or powder my nose during my lunch break . 
  • I use this on my son Alex (he's 7 ) after his after school sport as he tends to get super hot and red from running around the field a million times. He loves how cooling it feels too . We even used it on sunburn (mind you it was a light sunburn on his neck - but it did help it not being itchy or stinging ) He also suffers from a light eczema and this helps his skin stay smooth and patch free.  
  • I use it again at night time after I double cleanse my face to bring some calm back to my skin. I do find that this steps helps my oil I use at night time work 100% better too. 

In the proses of testing the product - I was super sick this week - that meant blowing my nose 100 times a day (that can leave you with a very sore , dry red nose ) and suck moisture from your skin. While I was feeling like death - at least I wasn't looking it . And for me that was such a huge bonus and one of the main reasons why I will most certainly be stocking up on the big bottles (especially since Clicks is having a 3-2 sale on and it's one of the items - yeah ! ) . I can totally see why this was voted the no 1 Facial Water in Europe .

They retail from R139.00 – 150ml - but be on the look out for specials like the Clicks one - that does make it a little more affordable. Or using those Clicks and Dischem points can help too. 

Hope you have a lovely weekend !


I was sent this range to review for RubyBox  - Opinions are my own. 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Avon Make Your Mark - 3 of the new Mark lip products

Hi guys ! Happy Monday ? How was your weekend ? Ready to tackle the new week ?

Avon updated and re-branded some of their make-up under the Mark range that promises loud colour, trendy items , high on impact and big on inspiration. 

I love the new packaging - the black and white is very eye catching and makes you feel fancy using the items - which is a bonus since they are pretty affordable and awesome. As I got these myself - I chose colours I could see myself reaching for everyday - and I prefer some more neutrals for work mostly. 

The three products I chose to try from the new range -
Mark 3D Plumping Lipstick in Mad for Mauve (swoon I really love this colour )
Mark The Bold Lipstick in Bare Impact 
Mark Glossy Tube Lip Gloss in Naturally Nude

Mark 3D Plumping Lipstick in Mad for Mauve :
These lipsticks claim to give you plumper firmer lips with 100% instant moisture. 

I can't say that this lipstick plumped my lips - but then again I've got pretty good lips on my own. I did LOVE the colour in the brochure - and fell instantly in love. The colour is a gorgeous mauve colour - they wear time is pretty awesome ( I drink lots of coffee during the day - and only around lunchtime after lunch do I feel the need to retouch. ) I did find that this lipstick didn't dry out or irritate my lips , Overall I'm pretty impressed and will be getting a few of the plum/berry shades.

These are on special now for R74,90 each or R119 for two. 

Mark The Bold Lipstick in Bare Impact :
I was a little bit disappointed  in the colour - as I expected a nude nude colour , and the colour is more of a browny nude. This was a error on my side - but I do love the formula. The lipstick has retinol in that helps to retexturise lips for a smooth appearance. It also claims to reduce lip dryness by 90% after two weeks . These lipsticks promise a full colour application since the lipsticks are more pigmented than the normal range. 

I do have to agree - the colour I have is pigmented. I have pretty pigmented lips to start with , so on some lighter colours I do wear my Sigma lip concealer underneath - but WOW ! The colour wasn't streaky and the formula is smooth and buttery. I will be picking up some of the pinker shades from this collection too. 

These are on special now for R74,90 each or R119 for two. 

Mark Glossy Tube Lipgloss in Naturally Nude :
This lipgloss claims to give your lips 100% instant moisture as it's formulated with super-fruit extract to lock in moisture. And holy molly this lipstick sticks to this claim 100%. My lips were feeling dry after wearing a liquid lip the previous day , and as it was my off day I just grabbed this lipgloss to pop on as I was heading out the door - this did instantly moisturise my lips - with just a hint of colour. The lip glosses aren't in your face pigmented - but then again with this style of lip-gloss in a squeeze tube I prefer it that way. The lip-gloss has a faint vanilla smell - which I love . You doesn't want to smell like a cupcake ? I will be picking up some more of these too , but will be sticking in the nude colour range here. 

These are one special for R49,90 each or R89,90 for two .


Overall I'm very impressed with the range so far - I will be trying out some of the reformulated eye-shadow inks soon too and report back .

Anything exciting happening on your side this week ? What's your favourite colour lip shade to wear on a day to day basis ?


Thursday, 2 March 2017

January & February SampleSunday Rundown


Hi guys ! Happy Thursday ! And Happy March - Seriously can't believe that it's March already - that means my it's birthday month and next month the blog will be turning 6 . 

I skipped out with sharing my #SampleSunday rundown for January , so I'm throwing them into the February mix today. If you don't know - I started a series on my social media channels last year where I share my thoughts on a sample I have in my collection every Sunday. 

So without too much chit chat - let's jump into them January & February samples :


Chloe Eau de Parfum 
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I'm back with my first #SampleSunday for the year. Today's sample is Chloé Eau de Parfum. This is a soft feminine scent that smells like roses. Not too florally but the perfect girly scent.



Nuxe Face & Body Ultra Rich Cleaning Gel ( )
Today's #samplesunday is the #Nuxe Face and Body Ultra Rich Cleaning Gel . Although this states it's a face and body wash - I only used it as a body was. This was a nice hydrating cleanser but I do prefer the current one I'm using over this. If you are looking for a splurge body cleanser you'll love this one especially if you love the scent of Nuxe products. 
Glamour Hghlight Sticks
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Today's #SampleSunday is another magazine freebie. This month the Glamour magazine has two Highlighter sticks options free. I picked up the Pearl and Bronze shade. These aren't too glittery but over a subtle highlight on the skin. The bronze shade doubles up as a nice bronzy eye look too. The colour lasts a good 5/6 hours on my skin before I need to touch up. I found it best to apply with fingertips instead of just applying on the skin.


Avon Little Lace Dress Perfume 
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Today's #samplesunday is Avon Little Lace Dress. I love the little Black Dress perfume. This is the sweet sophisticated oriental floral version. While I don't love floral perfume I do like the scent. It's a sweet scent but I do like it. 


Neutrogena Hydra Boost 
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Today #samplesunday is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel moisturiser. I did a full review on the whole range on the blog last week- but this product is worth investing in if you have dehydrated combination skin. I 💙 this product and will get the full size once mine and my samples run out.


Avon Bright Start Foundation 
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Today's #SampleSunday is the Avon Bright Start Fresh look foundation. This foundation is lightweight and has a light to medium coverage as it is buildable. I'm sick this week but this foundation did make me look awake and ready to take on the world even when I wasn't feeling it. I'm in the Shade Nude- and will definitely consider picking up a bottle once my BB cream runs out for easy make-up days.

Fairlady Mocha Kiss Lipstick 
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Today's #samplesunday is another magazine freebie. The March issue of the @fairlady_magazine includes a gorgeous lip crayon in Mocha Kiss. The colour is a gorgeous warm brown colour - it leaves a gorgeous stain on the lip as the colour fades but has a pretty decent wear time. Really impressed. 









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How was your February ? Hope you are going to have a great week  .