Essence Cosmetics Ho Ho Ho Palette First Impressions and Swatches!



I am a sucker for warm toned palettes. I love how they can take a look from basic to glam just by layering on a few shades. I was so proud of myself for not buying anything this Black Friday until I walked into Dischem and this palette caught my eye. I can’t remember exactly what it was but I just remember opening the palette and thinking that I HAD to have it!


The packaging itself reminded me so much of the Kylie Jenner palette and the inside reminds me of the burgundy palette. I love how small and convenient this palette is for traveling, as I hate traveling with huge pans because anything can happen and we’ve all seen those airport security videos, right? Warm tones have always been something I’ve been drawn to, even though my goal is to delve into more colourful looks. The palette consists of a reasonable amount of mattes and shimmers and leans more towards reds and browns, although there is one purple shade in the palette.



Here are my thoughts on the palette:

I love the packaging, I think it’s very sleek and convenient for traveling. However, I do wish that the outside was more laminated instead of plain cardboard because I am such a messy person and should the palette get wet, I’m sure it would cause significant damage to the palette and it would look horrendous at the end of the day.

All the shades are lovely and extremely pigmented (the shimmers are exceptionally amooth and buttery), but the glitter (as stunning as it is) tends to fall all over the face and is a little bit difficult to remove. This was the only bad thing I could really say but to be honest, this is expected from shades that have glitter in them. This Black Friday, Clicks was having a buy one get one free on NYX products and I purchased the NYX glitters. If you would like a review on them, please let me know and I’ll be more than happy to film a video on those too!

Here is a close up of the look I created with this palette:



I will be doing vlogmas this holiday season and posting twice a week this holiday season leading up to my What I got for Christmas video which has become somewhat of a tradition on my channel! If you have any video ideas or recommendations, please let me know and I will be more than happy to film your requests.

Have you tried this palette? If so, what were your thoughts?



Essence One Brand Tutorial: Bubblegum Pink Valentines Day Make-Up

Anyone else single like me but LOVES getting dolled up for Valentines Day?

My horoscope told me that in February I am going to find love and I just wanted to know why someone would make such a joke? Kidding aside, if you have a valentine (lucky you, babe) or if you’re a nacho cheese single pringle like myself then come and put your face on with me in this Essence (somewhat) one brand tutorial. The only things I have to confess about this tutorial is that I forgot to get a bronzer from Essence, Essence does not have my shade of foundation and they only have 3 colour brow pencils. The brown brow pencil is too light for me, the black is too dark and blonde is obviously out of the question. With most tutorials, if you enjoy please leave me a thumbs up and do not forget to subscribe to my channel for more content.




The Finished Look:



Essence I Heart Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Essence Eyeshadow in  14 Chilli Vanilli

Essence Eyeshadow Blending Brush

Essence Eyeshadow in Taupe Secret

Essence Matt Touch Blush in 10 Peach Me Up

Essence Eyeshadow in Raspberry Frosting

Essence The False Lashes Dramatic Volume Unlimited Mascara

Whoops, Catrice Sun Glow Bronzer

Essence Wish Me A Rose Lipliner

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Poppy Pink

Essence Keep It Matt Compact Powder

Essence Keep It Perfect Fixing Spray

Is it too early for these videos? My back to school series starts on my channel next week! I am so excited to be starting my final year of university before I head off to the big world.


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

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!


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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.


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?


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!


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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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.


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*


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*


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*


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*


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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