Friday, 29 December 2017

Essence Advent Calendar 2017 Day 15 - 24

Hi guys. Happy Friday ! Hope you had a wonderful week . 

As promised - today I bring the last instalment of the goodies that was in my Essence 2017 Advent Calendar. I really enjoyed opening the calendar with Alex as he was opening his Lego one daily . This is the second year I got the calendar ( for those of you wondering it's totally different from the 2016 version ) . I will be getting another one next year if Essence decides to bring it to South Africa again. I really like the variety of products you get . So onto the last products. 

Essence Nail Polish in The Christmas Story
This is a dark vampy colour - although we have Summertime now - I will be keeping this one for Autumn time as I feel it would be perfect. I generally really like Essence nail polish so I'm sure this one will be a winner. 
Essence All About Matt! Fixing Powder
I have mention this powder before - it really is a favourite of mine. While I prefer loose powder for setting my make-up every morning this is the perfect on the go touch up powder . I go through quite a few of these so I'm glad to have a back up. 
Essence Mini Hand Cream
This is the perfect size to pop into your handbag . I generally love Essence hand creams so I'm sure this cute one will definitely come in handy .
Essence Nail Polish - Santa Clause's Surprise
Now let's get honest - if you know me - you know I hate red nail polish . But this is such a stunning colour. I have worn it in my mani HERE and it's still the mani I'm currently wearing. This is a pretty Festive colour and if you love red's you'll love this one. I'm pretty impressed with the wear time of this one too since red polish is very high maintenance. 
Essence Transparent Lipliner
I haven't used this one yet - but I think it's pretty nifty. I love that this won't alter the colour of your lipstick / lip product but will help with it not bleeding or feathering and making the colour wear better. Who doesn't love that ??
Essence Matt! Matt! Matt! Lippy in Red-y or Not ?
As with red nail polish - I'm not a huge fan of red lippies. This colour is really stunning and if you love red lippies I'm sure you'll love this one. And the packaging is super duper cute too !
Essence Hair Ties
Now secret confession time - I never buy hair ties. I prefer wearing my hair loose during the day - but these hair ties comes in pretty handy . I still use the ones we got in the calendar last year for when I use masks - when it's super hot or I go swimming . So I will definitely use these too. And just look how stunning they are ??
Nail Polish Hello Nice To Glitter You 
This was the second polish I used HERE . I really really love the tone of the gold polish. This colour is more of a white gold nail polish colour which I LOVE . I can see myself using this colour over and over again. 
Essence Finger & Bracelet Tattoos
I'm really excited to try this out. I really love the cute designs and I will use these for my New Years day look .
Pocket Brush with Mirror
This is such a cute product. I needed a new brush for my work bag - so this one will be perfect. And look how cute the rose gold colour is ??? I mean how cute ! I love that it has a mirror in too so you can pop on some gloss after checking your hair. 

I'm also doing a December Photo a Day challenge if you want to check it out. 

This will also be my last post on the blog for 2017 - but I'll be back to my normal posting schedule from next week Wednesday - so pop in them some new reviews. Thanks so much for everyone support in 2017 - I really appreciate every comment , like and email from you guys. This year was really yucky for me - so here's hoping everyone will have an amazing 2018 . I hope you guys stay safe if you celebrate or go out for New Years. 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Essence Advent Calendar 2017 Day 8 - 14

Hi guys. Happy Wednesday.  Did everyone have a great Christmas ? I have been having a great time just relaxing at home with the kiddo .

I will be posting the one more advent calendar post a little later this week - but from next week all posts will be more regular again and I will be doing some great fun reviews for you guys. 2017 was a sucky year for me - so I'm optimistic that 2018 will be a much better year all round. 

So let's jump into the second week goodies from my Essence Advent Calendar. 

Essence Black Kajal Eyeliner
So fun fact - while I wear colourful eyeliner (colourful in my opinion is lavender ha ha ha ) or a nude or white - I don't wear black eyeliner at all. I'm really really trying to try more bold looks - so I'm excited to use this. I use these eyeliners for Halloween to draw any details Alex needs for his Halloween costume and it lasts amazingly well. 
Essence Dual Ended Sharpener
I love Essence sharpeners. They are some of the best and most affordable on the market. I have three now in total - as I love wearing Essence lippy sticks and their eyeliners and they need sharpening from time to time. So really happy to have another one for my handbag too. 
Essence Gift Tags
Essence really included some very cute goodies in this calendar. The set includes 10 gift tags that was perfect to pop onto gifts. 
Essence Balmy Kiss Lipbalm
I love the Balmy Kiss Lipbalms - my favourite colour to date is a light pink called Beauty on the Go! This is the Red version called treat me right. I love how these are such a light wash of colour but looks amazing on and provides great hydration. And this one smells like cherries. Yum ! I don't wear red but I can totally see myself reaching for this one. 
 Essence Eyebrow Tweezers
I mean how cute is the design on these ? And a pair of tweezers are always welcome. 
Essence Brown Eyebrow Pencil
Before I started using Benefit Eyebrow products - I was totally in love with these eyebrow pencils from Essence. And I still am. My hair is a lot darker now so I'm really excited to start using these again. I find them super easy to use and although they don't come with a spooly brush - I really love the formula and lasting power on these pencils. 
Essence Festive Nail Stickers
Can I say YES !!! How cute are these ? If you follow me on Instagram you might have seem quite a few designs the last four weeks where I used different Essence nail stickers - so these are always welcome in my collection. They sparkle up any nail design very easily and is perfect for those who struggle with nail art but want cute nails. 

I'm also doing a December Photo a Day challenge as well as the last 4 weeks of the 52WeeksNailChallenge over on my social media  - so if you want to take a look what I'm doing there. I'll be posting the last part of my calendar goodies on Friday so keep an eye out for that post. 

How was YOUR Christmas ??

Monday, 11 December 2017

Essence Advent Calendar 2017 Day 1 - 7

Hi guys. Happy Monday . Sorry for being MIA for a two almost three weeks on the blog . As I mentioned in my last post - my gran was in ICU and sadly she passed away the same day as my last post. I was extremely close to my gran - so  I needed a little break from social media and blogging - but I'm finally back again. 

This year I got another Essence Advent Calendar for myself and a Lego on for my son Alex. If you follow me on Instagram , Twitter or Facebook I open up and share the calendars every morning on there. Today I will share what the goodies was in the first week of my Essence calendar. 

If there is any of these products you want a review on - feel free to mention them in the comments below. 

Day 1 - Essence 4-1 Nail File : This is one of those cute 4-1 nail files that has a side to shorten , shape , smooth and polish your nails. I like the Festive designs on this - it's pretty cute for doing your nails this time of year. 
Day 2 - Essence I love Trend Nailpolish in Me & My Snowflake : Now if you know me - you know this is such a Lynette colour. I have worn this colour the whole of last week - and this colour lasts amazingly well on me . I did a mani on Instagram  HERE if you want to see the colour in action. But *swoon* this colour stole my heart. 
Day 3 - Essence Longlasting Lipstick in I am Yours ! : Firstly - how cute is the name. This is a gorgeous everyday colour I can see myself reaching for a lot. I love Essence lipsticks and I'm sure this one will be no different. 

Day 4 - Essence Mini Gift Bags : My gorgeous white background photo sadly dissapeared for some odd reason - but look how cute these mini gift bags are. I will be using them for gifts this year but they are sooo stunning.

Day 5 - Essence Heart Shaped Cosmetic Sponges : I've been eyeing these forever in my local Dischem - so I was really happy they were included in the calendar. I will most certainly use these heart shaped beauties soon. 
Day 6 - Essence I love Extreme Volume Mascara : I love Essence mascara - and this one is a favourite. I use the waterproof version in Summer - and this mascara stays on even after swimming and a long day in the sun. This version is just as amazing . And I am excited to have another one in my collection. 
Day 7 - Essence I love Nailpolish - Hohoho My Love
Again - how cute is the name. This is a bright fuchsia pink nail polish - I'm sure this will be another gorgeous colour. I will be sharing a swatch on Instagram and Twitter soon - so keep an eye out if you want to see this colour in action.

I'm also doing a December Photo a Day challenge as well as the last 4 weeks of the 52WeeksNailChallenge over on my social media  - so if you want to take a look what I'm doing there. 

How is YOUR December so far ??

Monday, 20 November 2017

Avon Mark Liquid Lip Lacquer Shine Review & Swatches

Hi guys ! Happy Monday. How has YOUR weekend been ? Sorry for the lack of posts last week - with my still in hospital ICU ( we are going on week 3 ) it's crazy running from work , hospital and school prize givings. 

Avon launched a new liquid lippy - and I was really excited when I saw these. These are like a melted down lipstick - the colour is gorgeous and opaque and the formula is super hydrating and nice and buttery . The formula also has a built- in primer to smooth the lip surface. There are 10 colours in the range - and I will be sharing the three colours I ordered with you . There are more bold fin colours - but I know myself and go for a more neutral lip on a daily basis - so I picked three colours that would suit that requirement. 

So let's jump into the swatches :

This is a gorgeous nude colour. While I prefer more beige-y nudes - this one is perfect to throw on on those days where I prefer a more natural look. 
This pink colour is such a Lynette colour. This is the one I reach for the most - and some days it's a struggle to not just pick this one over and over again. It's such a gorgeous milky pink colour. 
This is my second favourite one. The colour in the tube does look a little darker - this one is more build-able. If you use a little more the colour is a more intense mauve - a thinner layer like I used in the lip swatches gives such a awesome mauve lip.

As you can see it's more brown toned nude. For me personally I prefer a more beige toned nude - but this colour actually suits me better. It's the perfect throw on and go out the door colour that goes with any make-up look. 
As I mentioned - this is my favourite colour by far. This is such a me shade as I love milky pink shades on my lips. 
As I mentioned - this colour is pretty build-able. Put on a little thicker layer to get a more bolder colour - or a thinner layer like I did here for a perfect wash of colour. I love this mauve lip.

Overall the range is pretty affordable too - as they are currently on special for R84,90 each . The wear time is pretty decent too - it lasts a good 3 hours before a touch up is needed. As this is so hydrating and glossy - I don't mind as my lips tend to get chapped easier in the warm summer months - so this is such a perfect lippy for them. Another bonus - as it's already a liquid it won't melt if you forget it in the car - which is ALWAYS a bonus. 

Do you prefer a bolder lip or a more neutral lip look ?

Friday, 10 November 2017

New On My Beauty Desk - November

Hi guys . Happy Friday. How has your week been ? My week was super busy - my gran ended up being admitted to ICU on Monday - so this week has been crazy busy running from one place to the other. On another note - If you follow me on social media you know I was tempted to colour my hair a different colour for a while now ... and I finally bit the bullet and went back to brunette on Wednesday. 

This month I have some awesome new products I am testing to review for you guys. Some are for specific posts I will be doing this month - some are products I really want to try. So without further chatting from me let's jump into the products .

Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in 10 Pink
Can we talk for a minute how cute this looks ?? Look at the pretty ombre and the lovely stars ... swoon - this is blush heaven. I will be doing a few top pink items from brands soon - and you can bet this beauty will be featured in that post. The colour is GORGEOUS too. 
Avon Mark Liquid Lip Lacquer Shine
You guys know I loved the liquid matte version , so I was super excited to try the glossy version . Luckily this didn't disappoint at all. This lipstick is gorgeous , buttery and the colour Blushing has become my go to everyday shade. I will be doing a full review with swatches of the three colours I bought a little later this month too. I got three colours - Blushing , Mauve Over and Nudeitude .

Revlon Ultra HD Lipcolor in HD Pink Cloud
This is another product I got for a series I'm doing later this month on awesome pink products. I usually love Revlon lip products and I'm sure this will be another great lip product. 
Essence Clear Lash & Brow Gel
My beloved Benefit Clear Brow Gel was finished, and when I popped into Clicks I decided to pick this one up . I've only used this a day or two but so far I really like it. 

Essence Holo Rainbow nailpolishes in Holo Fever & Holo Rocks
I will share some swatches in a New Essence Products post soon - but these polishes are gorgeous. Holo Fever looks amazing and the wear time is pretty decent. Holo Rocks looks mindblowingly beautiful - but the wear time on me sucks. It's extremely high maintenance - which sucks - but how beautiful it looks does make up for it. 
INOAR Argon Infusion Oil Treatment  
It's no secret - my favourite haircare brands are hands down John Frieda and Inoar. I bought this treatment as my blonde hair was so dry from all the highlights - and this made my hair soft and smooth. It looks like such a small amount - but I already gotten 3 treatments out of this and there's still enough left for one more. This makes your hair softer than soft and super hydrated. Perfect for a weekly or monthly treat for hair. I bought this little gem from The Beautiful Store .
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick : I have done a full post on them here - but since they landed on my beauty desk at the end of October I thought they are worth another mention. I will be doing a make-up look with my favourite colour of the range pretty soon too - so keep an eye out for that. 
Tara & Jack Le Anti - Wrinkle & Illuminating Mask
A blogger friend - the lovely  Simone from An Ordinary Gal mentioned this mask on Twitter one evening - and I knew I had to get one to try out. No I haven't tried it yet - but I have high hopes for this mask. Tara & Jack masks are amazing - it truly feels like a spa experience. 

Tara & Jack Purifying Mask with Tea Tree Oil :This is another stunning mask I bought from The Beautiful Store . My skin was having a bit of a freak out and while I have some awesome masks for a mini skin freak out - my skin was behaving extremely badly. You know those extremely painful hormonal breakouts. Yup - that happened to me. And it never does. This mask made my skin calmer , less painful and a lot more happier. I will now keep one of these masks for those pesky spot emergencies. 

Overall I'm excited to try some new products for you guys in November. Any particular review you would like to see first ?

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Review on 3 Avon Products - A foundation , bronzer & Setting Spray

Hi guys . Happy Thursday. How has your week been ?? 

Can you believe we are already in November ? It's scary how quickly this year has just flown . I'm extremely excited for Christmas this year (which is a nice change since last year I struggled to get into the holiday mood and about 80% if my Christmas shopping is already done - yeah me ! ) . 

Today I'm sharing a review on three Avon products - a foundation , bronzing pearls as well as a Setting Spray. I really love Avon products - as I find they are amazing quality and not too expensive. And I find they have a great variety of products - so there is always something that will catch your eye.

Avon Bronzing Pearls in Warm Glow
As I mentioned in a Blush post - Avon has a similar style blush pearls which I LOVE . These beads are no exception. I find by swirling a brush into the pearls it offers such a nice bronze to your skin without it looking to muddy or orange. I don't use bronzer everyday - but this one is really stunning and long-lasting on the skin. I do find it works better with a big powder brush or a bigger kabuki brush . 

Avon Mark Prep and Set Spray 
This spray works fantastic to prep as well as set your face. Although I prefer my actual primer for prepping my skin ( I haven't tried it out as a prepping spray yet ) - this works fantastic for locking in my make-up and making it stay in place all day. I do have dry dehydrated skin - so while I feel this suits normal to oily skins better - this still works great - I just need a lighter hand on the spray to make it work for me. So with the warmer weather now I do find it works perfectly to help my make-up not melt of my face and look fresh all day long. 

Avon True Colour Flawless Liquid Foundation in Nude
This foundation is another everyday favourite foundation of mine. It offers medium coverage but is build-able . The formula on the foundation makes it pretty easy to blend out and lasts a good amount of time on the skin too . I think this is the perfect foundation for dry and normal skin types - and if you use a good setting spray and primer it will even be perfect for oilier skin-types. If you are looking for a good everyday foundation that isn't too heavy on your skin - yet still looks natural - this is the perfect foundation for you. 

Have you tried any of these Avon products before ?

*The Foundation and Bronzing Pearls were sent for review - the Prep and Set Spray I bought myself.