NEW From Essence “The Little X-mas Factory” First Look & Impressions!

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I recently compiled an Essence press release, showing you the latest products from Essence which you can find here and I thought I’d show you their new Christmas range, just in time for the holidays. I will be walking you through all the products and letting you know my thoughts! All products available from Clicks or Dischem in South Africa and now also available at Ralo Cosmetics.

“Dear Santa! Essence has received all Christmas wish lists and Santa’s hardworking elves are doing everything in their power to prepare the perfect surprise. The result: the new trend edition “The Little X-mas Factory”, which will be available in stores from November to December 2016 to make all your beauty dreams come true. Classical colours like gold or pine green are combined with cool pink. The absolute X-MUSTS are the eyeshadow palette, 2 mini hand creams with Christmassy fragrances and the “shimmering stars”. Seasons greetings from Essence”

DISCLAIMER: I am part of the Cosmetix Blogger mailing list, therefore images are sent to me. All photos were provided by the mailing list.

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Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Eyeshadow Palette: Melting Away! The eyeshadow palette with five shimmering colours creates stunning eye make-up styles – and the pressing pattern on the texture is sure to make your heart melt, too. Available in 01 North Pole Express Delivery for R89,95* The Verdict: I love how the eyeshadow looks. The shimmery shades are absolutely gorgeous for Christmas parties and the melting pattern looks absolutely gorgeous and reminds me of the Kylie Jenner lip kit! I do wish they had come out with a few matte shades for Christmas because one does need balance, however there are matte shades in the previous range linked above.

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Liquid Gold Eyeliner: Golden times. The liquid eyeliner with long applicator creates golden eyeliner styles for glamorous looks. Available in 01 ho-h0-ho for R59,95* The Verdict: I am in love with the packaging of this. It’s sleek, minimilistic and very chic which makes it even better! I do wish that they had more than one shade for example green and silver. Maybe next Christmas!

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Liptint: Under the mistletoe! The liptint stains the lips in a gorgeous bright pink that is sure to last. Available in 01 All I Want For X-Mas Is You. Available for R64,99* The Verdict: Once again, the packaging was a real treat! I love bright pink shades and this reminds me of Benefit Cosmetics’ Benetint. The only let down for me was the price, I feel that it is a bit pricey in terms of the product but it is fairly new so it’s understandable. I try to showcase affordable make-up for students, however you can always hint for one of these in your Christmas Stocking like I’m going to (hint hint, dad).

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Contouring Palette: Fabulous face. The palette contains a dark colour for shading and a highlighter shade to accentuate the features. With a cute gift-bow pattern on the surface of the texture. Available in 01 Elf Yourself! for R69,95* The Verdict: Can we talk about how cute the name of this product is? I love Essence highlighters because they’re not too dramatic but provide that natural glow that will have you radiating throughout the Christmas season!

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory 2-in-1 Core Concealer: Elfin Beauty! An elf-like complexion is not a problem thanks to the concealer – the transparent core evens out irregularities while the nude texture covers up impurities of the skin. Available in 01 – Elf Approved! for R59,95* The Verdict: I am so keen on trying out this one simply because this concealer can do so much. Should I do a YouTube video on a first impression?

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Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Nail Polish: Christmas colours. Gold with a foil finish, white with a light shimmer as well as pink and pine green without an effect are Santa’s favourites. Available in 01  I still believe in Santa Claus, 02 Let’s Take An Elfie, 03 Santa Baby and 04 Meet Me Under The Mistletoe for R44,95* The Verdict: Not only were the names so well thought out, but I am impressed with the variety in this range. Here they offer 2 polishes without effect and that’s great because not everyone is into shimmery nail polishes. I AM IN LOVE. The white shimmer has to be my favourite out of the collection.

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Nail Jewelry Sticker: Bling-bling! The stickers create a golden net on the surface of the nails to turn them into true gems. Available in 01 Santa’s Back In Town for R29,95* The Verdict:  I’ve never experimented with stickers before so I’m very eager to give these a go. I love how simplistic the colours are and how chic the gold detail on it looks.

Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Super Rich Mini Hand Cream: Delicious care. The two hand creams with a vanilla and cookie fragrance come in a practical mini size to pamper the hands of all hardworking Christmas helpers. Available in 01 Holiday Hugs and 02 Mistletoe Kisses for R34,95* The Verdict:  I am obsessed with vanilla lotions and I don’t think that Essence could get this one wrong, I am beyond excited to get a whiff of these next time I make my way over to the counter!

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Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Eau De Toilette: Smells like Christmas. The warm, sweet fragrance is reminiscent of the wintery atmosphere of cozy, beautifully decorated Christmas markets. Chocolate – Cranberry and nectarine in the top note, freesia and peonies in the middle note and caramel, vanilla and tonka bean in the base note are the characteristic ingredients of this eu de toilette. Available in 30 ml, 01 It’s Magic for R114,95* The Verdict: YUM, YUM, YUM! I think what I love most about Essence perfumes are that they look so expensive but are readily affordable and really smell amazing. Looking forward to this as well!

Until next time, and may your weekend be as fabulous as you are xo

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How I Achieved Clear Skin With African Extracts Rooibos Classic Range #SkinLovesRooibos

Hello Beautiful!

I hope your day is as wonderful as you are and that you have a fabulous week ahead of you! Remember Phil 4:13 xo.

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Recently I was approached by Beauty Bulletin to review the new African Extracts Classic Range. This range is specifically suited for combination skin which is the problem that I have. My skin will vary from oily enough to fry an egg on it to dry as a desert.

ABOUT AFRICAN EXTRACTS:

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photo credits: http://www.africanextracts.com

“Inspired By Nature

The authentic power of nature meets the science of contemporary skin care in African Extracts Rooibos Products.

Our Bio-Active Rooibos extract, made in the Cederberg from freshly harvested Rooibos leaves, contains high levels of antioxidants that work at a cellular level to combat the destructive action of free radicals. Caused by environmental factors, such as UV exposure and pollution, as well as lifestyle stresses, free radicals are the primary cause of ageing.

Bio-Active Rooibos, together with plant extracts and vitamins, boosts the skin’s natural defences and helps moisturize and nourish to keep it smooth, soft and young-looking for longer”

THE CLASSIC FACE CARE RANGE:

Refreshing Toner:

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This gentle but effective toner has Bio-Active Rooibos extract, chamomile and witch hazel to gently soothe and refresh without leaving skin tight. Available in a  250 ml bottle. I absolutely love the fact that there is no alcohol in this, therefore my skin never feels dried out or irritated. With certain cleansers there was always a harsh smell and a burning feeling on my skin which made me very skeptical, but with this toner it left my skin feeling clean and fresh without irritation and it smells amazing!

Moisturizing Day Cream With SPF 15:

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This light, delicately fragranced day cream enriched with Bio-Active Rooibos extract and vitamin E is easily absorbed and leaves skin non-greasy and UVA/B protected. Available in a 75ml bottle. They were not joking when they said “delicately” fragranced. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s that my nose is extremely sensitive when it comes to certain fragrances. If the scent is too strong, I tend to get headaches and nobody wants to start their day off with a raging headache. I love that it isn’t greasy at all and I never have a problem with applying make-up over it if I decide to wear make-up that day.

Soothing Cleansing Lotion:

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This light, non-greasy lotion gently soothes away make-up and impurities, while its rehydrating formula contains extracts of Bio-Active Rooibos and chamomile to soothe the skin. Available in a 250ml bottle. I love the fact that this can remove make-up and it’s not a hassle. It isn’t greasy which is great because as I mentioned that I can’t stand a heavy feeling on my face.

Tissue Oil:

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This concentrated skin-care oil is nature’s all purpose remedy with the trusted soothing and rejuvenating properties of sweet almond and grape seed oil, and the antioxidant power of Bio-Active Rooibos extract and vitamin E. Available in a 60 ml bottle. I’m not going to lie, I am not a fan of the smell of this particular product. I was, however very impressed with how visibly lighter my stretchmarks appeared after using this.

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Bring Out Your Bold With The New Labello Bold Blackberry Shine! x RubyBox Beauty

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!

–Where have I been?–

Well, for the past few days I have been preparing for my upcoming exams, including one I am writing tomorrow. Yet, here I am in my room up late at night to bring you this blog posts. Exams has certainly ruined my sleeping patterns!

One thing I hate about exams is that when I get stressed, my skin starts to show it and my lips become extremely chapped. My saviour? The new Labello Bold Blackberry Shine Lip Balm!

Rubybox Beauty approached me a while back to add me to their bloggers database and asked if I would review products from time to time. Being the avid reviewer that I am, I could not turn down such an amazing opportunity. If you would like to check out there website then simply click here — and please note that this review company is only valid to those living in South Africa, however you can still see the amazing website and have a look at the review community.

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I loved the packaging of the new flavour. It was like unwrapping a gift on Christmas! You had to pull the tab open to see the products inside. I loved the vibrant pop of colour and how it was packaged. It was bold (see what I did there…). To see my Bold look that I created, you can view my Instagram post here Labello is currently running a competition where if you buy your pack in store, you’ll find a cellphone number underneath the lip balm on the package and you can send your Bold recreations (outfit, make-up, hair etc.) to the number and stand a chance to win amazing prizes.

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Inside the package were 3 little Labello Bold lip balms, RubyBox was so kind and sent me 2 boxes. In total, I have 6 Labello Bold lip balms, but I won’t be saying anything about where they might be going (Christmas Giveaway, Maybe?). The lip balm itself is small and convenient to pop into your purse, or if you’re a student like me then your compartment in your backpack. The lip balm is a “twist-up” which is great for me because I hate getting lipbalm under my nails when they’re in containers.

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Before I used the Blackberry Shine, I used the Labello Blueberry Blush Lip Butter which is my all time favourite lip balm. Although the flavours are similar, they vary in a few ways.

  • The Blueberry Blush has a soft Blueberry scent, which reminds me of blueberry sweets in a way and if I had no idea what flavour it was I wouldn’t really guess berry at first. The new Labello Bold has a bold blackberry scent, one where if you had a whiff (and trust me I can’t stop sniffing my lips when I have this on) then you would automatically associate the smell with blackberries.
  • The BB Blush is a container, the BB Bold is a twist up.
  • BB blush is lighter in colour while BB Bold is a dark purple colour pictured below.

 

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And to answer the question you may have, yes. This lip balm does leave a tinge of purple on your lips after application (my boyfriend was not happy when I gave him this one after losing his one but I think it’s cute).

Overall, I’m not going to lie. Although I was picked to review this product, I’ll always love Labello as a product because they’re the only lipbalm I use as it doesn’t irritate my lips. I will however leave my thoughts here:

  • I love the packaging: easy to access and store away.
  • Love the colour. Vampy is my go to when winter comes around but is always fun to play with. Perfect if you would like to add colour without going overboard.
  • The smell is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Like, go buy one and sniff it now please.
  • Pricing is about R21,00 which I appreciate as I am a student and don’t always have money to splurge on things that I actually need.
  • Does not irritate my lips. I HATE menthol and other strongly scented lip balms because they tend to make my lips tingle then dry them out.

Let me know what you think of the new Labello Bold, head over to my Instagram too so you don’t miss out on my Labello Bold demo which I will be uploading on Saturday to my IG.

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What’s New From Essence Cosmetics – October/November 2016

Hello and welcome back to my blog, beautiful!

Today is my first press release post from Essence Cosmetics. I’ve been on their mailing list for a while already but I’ve seen how other bloggers do press release and I’m very excited to see how I put my own spin on it. I personally love Essence cosmetics as I feel that they’re good quality with extremely affordable options which are student friendly, so as soon as my dad gets home he has to take me shopping because at the moment, I’m broke.

As of October, the spring/summer season is about to become even more attractive with lots of must-have products that are joining the Essence range. Cool looks with a wow-effect are guaranteed!

I’m honestly very impressed with the new range, I feel that this was very well thought out and that most people who asked for things from Essence will be very happy with what the company delivered.

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2in1 eyeshadow & primer: Primer time! Applied as an eyeshadow, this new 2in1 piece ensures flawless eyelids with a soft touch of light pink or beige – as a primer, it makes eyeshadow last longer. Available in 2 shades: 01 nude beige and 02 nude rose. Retails for R53,95*

Contouring eyeshadow set: Contour the eyes! The eyeshadow duo offers two perfectly aligned shades for contouring the eyes. Easier than ever thanks to the step-by-step instructions! Available in 4 colour combinations: 01 mauve meets marshmallow, 02 brownies with frosting, 03 roses meets mahogany and 04 coffee ‘n’ cream,  Retails for R47,95*

Extreme lasting eye pencil: Stays on. The silky, soft texture of the eye pencil is waterproof, ultra long-lasting and offers a strong colour-dispersion in shades of grey or black. Available in a total of 6 colours: 01 black love, 02 but first, espresso, 03 black midnight sky, 04 night time in the jungle, 05 rockin’ taupe and 06 silky nude. Retails for R38,95*

The metals eyeshadow: Me and metal. Nine colours including extremely dark green, rose gold and silver give the eyes an awesome sparkle with a metallic shimmer. Applied moist, the colour is even more intense. Available in 01 ballerina glam, 02 frozen toffee, 04 deep sea shimmer, 06 rose razzle-dazzle 07 vanilla brilliance, 09 patina glow, Retails for R47,95*

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Rock ‘n’ Doll crazy XXXL volume mascara: Lashes to rock! The specially shaped asymmetric brush with shorter and longer fibers covers each individual lash to ensure XL wow volume. Retails for R53,95*

Super precise eyeliner: Precision work. The eyeliner with an extremely fine brush applicator is ideal for tracing accurate lines as well as creating broad eyeliner designs! Deep black, long-lasting, waterproof – for wow eyes! Retails for R53,95*

The false lashes mascara extreme volume & curl: Extra volume, extra curl, The curl fiber brush ensures maximum volume and curved lashes with a false lash look. Retails for R53,95*

The false lashes mascara dramatic volume unlimited: No limits! The deep black texture and the conic shape of the fiber brush ensures dramatic volume and a gorgeous false lash effect. Retails for R53,95*

Make Me Brow duo eyebrow powder: Brow-maker. Mix and match the two brown shades to obtain the desired colour. The soft powder texture fills in any small gaps and emphasizes the brows. Available in 2 shades: Retails for R53,95*

Rock ‘n’ doll duo stylist eyeliner pen: Dots or lines? The ball-shaped felt tip of the new eyeliner pen makes it super easy to create lines or dots for special, long-lasting eyeliner styles. Retails for R47,95*

Make Me Brow powder pen: Fill in! The delicate powder pigments of the eyebrow pen fill in small gaps and define the brows. Easy to apply thanks to the soft sponge applicator. Available in a total of 2 nuances – one each for blonde and brunettes. Retails for R57,95*

Contouring eye pencil: Well-defined. It’s easy to contour eyes with the two ends of this super versatile eye pencil, which can be used as a liner, eyeshadow or highlighter. Available in two shades for lighter or darker skin types. Retails for R47,95

Eyebrow brush: Frame it. The angled eyebrow brush is perfect for applying various textures like gel or powder on the brows. Also ideal for use with the new make me brow duo eyebrow powder. Retails for R28,95*

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Get picture ready! long-lasting compact make-up: #nofilter! The new compact make-up provides an instantly flawless and even finish. Thanks to the integrated sponge and mirror, the cream to powder texture can easily be applied and blended when you’re on the go. Available in 4 shades. Retails for R76,95*

Camouflage 2in1 powder and make-up: Team player! This practical combination product offers the coverage of make-up and the lightness of a powder. It balances skin imperfections and softly mattifies the complexion. Available in 4 shades: 10 ivory beige, 20 nude beige, 30 vanilla beige, 40 honey beige. Retails for R67,50

Camouflage 2in1 make-up and concealer: Beauty partner: make-up and concealer. The texture offers long-lasting, high coverage to hide all skin imperfections and provides a matte and flawless finish – without a mask-like effect. Available in a total of 3 nuances: 10 ivory beige, 20 nude beige, 30 vanilla beige. Retails for R69,95*

Satin touch blush: Blush addicted! The new, silky-soft powder blush instantly provides the cheeks with fresh colour reflections in Rosewood, Coral or Bronzer shade – all with a light pearl effect. Retails for R47,95*

Light Up Your Face luminizer palette: Strobing star. Applied individually or in combination on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose or above and below the lips, these three highlighter powders with light reflecting pigments accentuate the features with a light pearl, intensive shimmer or golden glow finish. Retails for R76,95*

Get picture ready! Brightening concealer -not pictured above -: For some reason, this image was not available in the press release forum so I could not add it to my image. Covering. The high-coverage texture with light-reflecting pigments makes dark shadows under the eyes disappear – for instantly flawless results. Easy to apply thanks to the ball-shaped applicator. Available in 2 shades. Retails for R57,95*

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Matt matt matt lipstick: Matt matters. The light, creamy texture of the new lipstick range unites a high colour-dispersion with a matte finish. Available in a total of 8 colours: 01 natural kiss, 02 perfect match, 03 wow effect, 04 pink up your life, 06 kiss me if you can, 07 purple power and 08 it’s a statement. Retails for R44,50

Colour and care lipstick: Care for! This new lipstick unites colour and care. The texture contains avocado butter and leaves behind a beautiful, creamy finish in shades like rosewood or berry. Comes in stylish packaging and is available in a total of 8 colours: 01 don’t be shy, 03 life’s my runway, 04 looking good, 06 girls club, 07 rock your lips and 08 stand up for plum! Retails for R47,95*

Matt matt lipgloss:  Meet Matt. The creamy mousse texture of the new lipgloss range provides long-lasting colour with a high coverage and a velvety-matt finish. Available in a total of 5 colours: 01 la vie est belle, 02 beauty approved, 03 girl of today, 04 ready, set, impress! 05 simply be an icon. Retails for R44,50*

Balmy kiss moisturizing lip care: Kiss and care everywhere! The gentle lipbalm contains pampering almond oil to ensure wonderfully soft lips with a touch of colour. Available in a total of four colours. 02 beauty on the go, 03 can’t live without, 04 treat me right. Retails for R24,95*

2in1 lipstick and liner: Matt duet. Lipstick and liner in one – now also available with a matte finish! For defined lip contours and rich colour. Available in a total of 5 colours: 01 beauty statement, 02 make some noise, 05 more is more. Retails for R47,95*

Volume on plumping lipgloss –not pictured above–: Oopsie, I dropped the ball and missed this one. Plump up! Menthol ingredients give this new lipgloss a visible volume effect. Available in pink and red. Retails for R44,50*

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Clean & start nail cleanser: A first. The cleanser removes excess oil and residual dust – for a longer-lasting manicure. Apply on the natural nail and leave to dry before applying the desired base coat or nail polish. Retails for R29,95*

Jewelry top coat: Dazzle nails. With its gold and silver shimmer particles, this top coat turns any nail polish into a true treasure! Retails for R38,95*

Mega last base coat: Mega manicure! The base coat improves the durability of nail polish for a longer-lasting colour manicure. It also protects the natural nail from discolouration. Retails for R29,95*

Super rich super soft hand cream: Handsome! The rich, non-greasy hand cream is concentrated with shea butter that nourishes the skin to ensure smooth, soft hands. With a fruity, floral scent and a practical pocket size. Retails for R28,95*

 

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