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”

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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?


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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