Monday, 16 January 2017

My Summer Essentials


Hi guys ! Happy Monday . How was your weekend ? Alex had Athletics on Friday night and then suddenly it started pouring with rain , so I took it easy this weekend as I feel a cold coming on - bleh.

Today I'm sharing my Summer Essentials- Yes holidays might be over but these are fantastic products that I keep on reaching for over and over. I split these up into two categories - body care as well as my favourite sweat-proof summer proof make-up essentials. 

Body Care
If you know me personally , you know I'm big on sunscreen and sun protection. You only have one skin - so you don't need to damage it. I love including products with an SPF on my body as well as face and lips .

1. Almay Kinetin Restoring Day Cream SPF 20 
I will be doing a review on this amazing day cream soon - but this is the perfect mix for sun protection as well as anti ageing benefits and is moisture, repairing the appearance of past damage caused by environmental damage. Plumps to visibly reduce appearance of wrinkles and locks in moisture so that the skin feels instantly tighter, rested, radiant and supple, with a fresher, more toned appearance.

2. Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment SPF30
Almay positions their Age Essentials lip balm as a wonder that, via its "anti-ageing core," hydrates and plumps up lips and surrounding skin to minimise fine lines. Whether it does or not, I can't say – most nicely emollient lip balms can lessen the appearance of fine lines around the mouth by virtue of helping to keep lips plumped with moisture . Again - my lips get sun burnt super easily , and when Sinki from Revlon recommended this to me , she wasn't kidding by how amazing it is. I can see myself reaching for this all summer. 

3. Essence Love.Joy.Care hand butter
When I posted about this range last week , I wasn't kidding when I said this hand butter is amazing. I love reaching for this every night or after chilling in the pool to cool down on weekend.

4. Sun Lab Express Spray SPF50
Yes , I'm that person that re-applies sunscreen every few hours and use it daily . This one is super easy to use before hitting the pool - the spray bottle even makes it easy enough for my son (who's 6 ) to apply on his own too. 

5. Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser
Another little known fact about me - I'm extremely lazy when it comes to applying body lotion. These Vaseline lotions makes the proses so much easier - so I can happily say I use this twice a day . The moisturiser hydrates dry summer skin , and the spray cools down warm skin. My favourite two of the range is this one , and the brown cocoa butter one. 

Now onto make-up Essentials. While I don't wear this heavy make-up everyday , this is perfect for those days that your make-up NEEDS to look good - but it's hot as hell outside. 


Summer Proof Make-Up 

1. Essence Glossy Kiss Lipgloss in Berry Kiss. 
I love a glossy lip especially if most of my make-up look is matte. This lipgloss is nice and hydrating and offer a soft sparkly effect.

2. Essence I LOVE EXTREME Volume Mascara Waterproof
While I do use waterproof formula's basically daily - this is the blackest most waterproof formula I have come across. This does take a bit of effort to remove at night , but for swimming , sweating and even crying through a soppy movie - this lasts. 

3. Revlon ColorStay powder
I haven't tried any Revlon powders yet - until I got this in a little Christmas gift pack I got as PR in December. WOW ! I was blown away how amazing this works with the foundation- this powder glides on and makes pores look invisible. This does have a powder puff on the bottom - making it perfect for touch ups. 

4. Revlon ColorStay Foundation Combo / Oily Skin
This was also included with the powder in the press pack - and while my skin is drier at this stage - this foundation along with the powder is WOW ! You will look flawless but natural , and I was surprised that it was still lightweight - but when I removed my make-up at night there was still foundation on me. I'm super impressed. I do reach for the dry skin foundation formula for a more day to day basis , but this stuff is amazing for those days you want to look amazing. 

5. Essence 2-1 Eyeshadow and Liner
You might notice a trend here - but I love easy products that lasts. This eyeshadow is no exception. This does really last an amazingly long time , and Essence has a few colours in the range . I prefer the brown and bronzy tones for my looks.

6. Avon Colour Trend Cream Blush
When I do want a bit of colour on my cheeks - I prefer cream bases blushes on hot days . These seems to last longer and are super easy to blend. I have this one in two colours - this pretty just Pinched pink and a orange/corally shade.

7. Revlon Photo Ready Eye-Art
This is a double ended wand- one side with a fun eyeliner colour and the other side a cream eyeshadow - but let me tell you this lasts forever on your eyes. The colour is pigmented - they apply creamy and smooth and these are rub proof too . 

8. Benefit Ka Brow !
I have mentioned this in a favourite post too - this eyebrow pomade is amazing. This stuff genuinely lasts forever on your brows (and forever in the container since you only use a little bit ) 

Do you have any Summer Essentials you can't live without ?? 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

My Picks from the Essence Love.Joy.Care Range


Hi guys ! Happy Tuesday. Hope you all had a great weekend. Alex is starting Grade 1 tomorrow (and I am running around buying school clothes and marking all his stationary )- so from next week I'll figure out a better posting schedule again. 

Essence recently launched the Love.Joy.Care range - and although the range includes a bunch of cute products - I only picked up two items from the range for myself. The range is designed to make sure you can take care of yourself and give yourself a little pamper after a busy day/week. I did get some of the awesome goodies for gifts for family as well.

The two items that I got was the Sleep Mask and the hand butter - and spoiler alert - I LOVE both. 


Love.Joy.Care Sleeping Mask
This sleeping mask retails for R34,95 and has the softest material ever for a sleeping mask. In December I was struggling to sleep with all the thunderstorms and I'm generally a very light sleeper - so this mask came in quite handy. Now I can't imagine sleeping without this beauty. I will be buying a back up since this is a limited edition range. 

Love.Joy.Care Intensive Care Hand Butter
This amazing hand butter retails for R57,95 - and it's one of the best hand products I have ever used. This hand butter is SUPER hydrating - has a soft vanilla smell but the best part is how quickly this hand butter absorbs. This hand butter is truly amazing - and yes I will be buying a back up of this gem too. 

This range is available mid December - mid January 2017 so there is still time to pick up something from the range if it caught your eye. 

As always - Essence Limited Edition ranges are amazing - so be sure to take a look .

How has your week been so far ? 

Friday, 6 January 2017

December Sample Sunday Rundown

Hi guys ! Happy 2017 . I hope this year will be an amazing year for each and every reader filled with special magical moments. I am really excited to be back to blogging and share posts with you guys. 

So you guys will know the drill by now - 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 freebee. This month there will only be three products as I decided to take Christmas weekend off to spend with family instead.  

So onto this month's exciting items. 




Week 1)
I loved how fast absorbing this Esse Light Moisturiser was especially in this weather but it does an amazing job to moisturize the skin. This does use essential oils - I found the Geranium scent a little overpowering for the first hour or so. I am extremely sensitive to scent but it does fade and go away. 



Week 2 ()
Today's #SampleSunday is one of Avon's new matte lipsticks in Adoring Love - a gorgeous bright pink lipstick. 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. 



Week 3)
Especially Escada is described as a delicious luxurious and purely feminine , designed for playful , spontaneous and glamorous woman of today. The perfume is the perfect mix of floral (but not too florally ) but with a hint of fruitiness. I love trying out new perfume samples - they offer you the chance to try a new scent without committing to something you might not like. 






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Were you back at work again this week ? Or are you only starting again next week ? I started again this week - but so far being back at work wasn't too bad. 

If there are any samples you'd like me to add to the line-up to try - feel free to give me a few suggestions. 

Have a great Friday and weekend guys !


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Essence Advent Calendar Reveal 20 - 24 December

Hi guys ! Hope your having a great week and had an awesome Christmas time spend with family and friends. I had a great festive time.

Today I'm sharing my last update of the Essence Advent Calender. I really enjoyed the calender , and will most certainly be on the lookout for another fun Advent calender to open next year. 

As always , this isn't a full review on the products - but I have written down the ones people wanted mini reviews on and will be sharing that in the new year. 

So onto the goodies :

Day 20 :
Purple Duo Sharpener . I have this one in orange already , but I wanted a girlier version for my work make-up bag. These are amazing sharpeners for your eyeliners .
Day 21 :
Essence Nail Polish in My Love Diary. I already own this colour , but it's a gorgeous colour so I'm glad I have a back up.
Day 22 :
Essence Bling Bling Nail Stickers. I love wearing nail studs studs so these will be used very very soon.
Day 23:
Essence Glossy Kiss Berry Gloss. As I mentioned with the cherry version of this earlier - Essence lipglosses are amazing .  
Day 24: Essence All About Nudes eyeshadow palette. I LOVE the All About Greys one - so I was excited to get the nude version too. I already used this one quite a few times , and as with the Greys one - this one is AMAZING. 

I would like to thank everyone for all your support on my blog this year. I really appreciate every comment here and on social media. This will be my last post for the year, and I will be back the first week of 2017 with some great new posts . I hope you all will have a great 2017 with lots of happy moments . 

Are you planning to make any New Years Resolutions ? 


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Essence Advent Calendar Reveal 13-19 December


Hi guys ! Happy Tuesday . How has your weekend been ? I'm a little late with this weeks rundown - I totally  forgot to post yesterday. Next week Monday will be the last rundown on the calendar as well as my last post for 2016 . 


"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 and a Instagram video as I open it . 

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.  For the people that alreasy requested products - I've written them down and will post them soon. :) 


Day 13 :
Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara . I love the waterproof version so I'm excited to try this one out too. I will be doing a post on my Essence mascara collection soon so stay tuned for a full review on this mascara. 
Day 14: 
Essence French Manicure Tip guides - these will always come in handy for nail art looks. 
Day 15 :
A pack with 5 mini eyeshadow applicators. These come in super handy when I'm using pigments to press onto the lids - so I always love more .
Day 16 :
Essence Play With My Mint nail polish. Swoon - I'm a sucker for minty polishes and excited to try this one out. 
Day 17 :
Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty - The colour is gorgeous and I'm excited to see how it wears.
Day 18 :
Essence Kajal Pencil in Black. I'm kinda meh about this product - I don't wear a lot of black eyeliner in my waterline and I prefer Kajal pencils for that. 
Day 19 :
Essence Lip Brush - Another gorgeous snowflake design brush - I don't own any lip brushes so I'm excited to try this one out. 

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



Monday, 12 December 2016

Essence Advent Calendar Reveal 6-12 December


Hi guys ! Happy Monday. How has your weekend been ? Any one else super excited for this time of the year. 

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 and a Instagram video as I open it . 

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 6 :
10 Gorgeous Christmas gift tags ( not pictured as I already put these to use oops !) 



Day 7 :
A gorgeous blush brush with little snowflakes design on... This is too cute ! 

Day 8:
Essence Sweet as Candy Nail Polish - no surprise there... I love this colour and have been wearing it out and about .

Day 9 :
2 cute hair ties - perfect for the hot summer weather we are having now. 

Day 10 : 
A pack of 12 cute mini nail files - these are perfect to pop out and take in your bag with you for nail emergencies. 

Day 11
Glossy Kiss Lip balm in Cherry Kiss. Essence makes amazing lipglosses - so excited to start using this one.

Day 12  :
Good Girl Nail Stickers - these have cute snowflakes , gingerbread men , angel wings and candy canes. I am excited to use these asap. I will share these in mani's here and on social media soon. 


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

Friday, 9 December 2016

EyeSeeHue Online store and Sephora Sheet Mask Review

Hi guys ! Happy Friday ! Who's excited for the weekend ? I am - I hardly have a Saturday off but now that we are moving into the Festive season I'm off... Yeah !

If you follow me on social media you know I'm in love with sheet masks. As a single mom I value my time - so sheet masks are my special me-time treat . They are quick and easy - I can pop them on , write a blogpost , watch some series on T.V or fold laundry or answer emails at night. After the 20 minutes (I sometimes do leave them on for even longer than that) I massage the extra serum / essence into my skin and voila. 

I usually classify sheet masks into two categories - more affordable options for 2 / 3 times a week when I need a boost and more special me time masks. I love how they address any skin concerns I might have (dry skin ... blemishes ... anti -ageing ) 

I was lucky enough to get sent some of these Sephora sheet masks from a new online store in South Africa - EyeSeeHue . They stock some International brands that are not available in South Africa like Eyeko , Sephora masks and lip balms , Lipstick Queen & some great Too Faced goodies. It's always hard to find reliable trustworthy third party sellers that won't disappear with your money - so it's always great to find a great trustworthy store with great service. 



The store is run by a lovely lady named Andrea Herman . She's also a qualified makeup artist with a major love for any beauty products .  

So onto the Sephora sheet masks I got to try. These masks retail for R120 each (making them on the higher end of my treat masks - but they are worth every cent - these are the creme de la creme of sheet masks ) 


Sephora Avocado Mask 
Sephora Orchid Invisilk Mask
Sephora Pomegranate Invisisilk Mask

These masks are super soft and is made from a little bit of a thicker material that fits the skin perfectly - these ones are a little broader so they will fit any face shape . They are nice and cooling on the face and I love how soft the material is on the skin . 

Of the three I got I love all three for different reasons. I would definitely suggest getting a few to de-stress before Christmas or spoiling yourself after wrapping all the Christmas gifts. 

Do you love sheet masks ? Anything on the EyeSeeHueMake-Up store that catches your eye?
*Products were sent for review *