Monday Must Have’s: Essence Liners

Hello World. Time for me to Break Out a Monday Must Have post again.

Today I’m talking about the Essence Lip liners. I started using this when I couldn’t always afford R200.00/14USD/11GBP for a MAC liner. Its overpriced tbh and I feel the Essence quality is as good. I never used to wear lip-liner but my lipstick bleeds. Wearing  good lip-liners prevents bleeding & prolongs lipstick.

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The essence range of lip-liners retails for  R20.00/1.50USD/1GBP each which means I can afford one in every color. As Clicks is forever sold out I use the nude liner under most of my lipsticks & I’ve also been known to use the Essence Kajal Pencil in white as a liner to brighten & change the color of certain lipsticks.

Do you have any value for money items that have replaced your favorites from higher end cosmetic companies? Drop me a comment below. As always thank you for reading beauties.With all my love, F.

 

 

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Monday Must Have’s: Timeless Truth Mask

Hello World. Its Monday and that means I get to “Break Out” another “Monday Must Have” post , girl. My absolute favorite kind of post.

Over the weekend I tried the infamous Hydra Intense Black Charcoal Mask. I received this mask in my BSS Beauty Expo swag bag & was so chuffed when I saw I had received the “Hydra Intense” mask as I suffer from dry skin due to eczema.

Product Description taken from website:

Intense Hydration
Plump up dehydrated skin
Eliminate acne
Bamboo charcoal extract – highly absorbent and deeply cleanses the skin
Suitable for all skin types
Not tested on animals
Fragrance free
Paraben free
CLOTH: Black Charcoal Mask

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I kept the mask on  for 45 minutes. 40 minutes into the mask I started massaging the serum into my skin. It is advised to keep sheet masks on for no longer than 15-20 minutes . When I removed the mask my skin felt tight like a tiger, smooth & super velvety. The best was yet to come the next day when a few people commented on how “glowy” my skin looked and this ,let me just add this was without an ounce of make up on. I’m soooo impressed I’m incorporating this into my weekly beauty routine.

These masks are available from Timeless Truth Mask and usually retails for 69 ZAR but is currently on SALE for 49 ZAR.

 

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Thank you for reading beauties. Please share your favorite masks with me, I think I might just have found my new obsession.Love, peace and happiness xxx

Monday Must Have’s :Solid brush and sponge cleaner by Pink Cosmetics

Hello World. I’m so excited to break out a Monday Must have post, its been a minute.

A few weeks ago Cape Town was host to the first ever Beauty Swop or Sale Beauty Expo. I couldn’t wait to stock up on some much needed items & some ‘must haves”. After reading such good reviews, I decided a “must have” item would be Pink Cosmetics brush cleaner.

I emailed Janet Stewart, the powerhouse behind Pink Cosmetics. My order was processed & I picked it up at the BSS expo. Easy, peasy! What I love about Pink Cosmetics besides the great products obvs ,is that Janet’s passion comes through in her business, and that love spills over to the products she creates. With every order she sends out she adds a little bit of magic, in the form of a free gift( her amazing bath bombs), the care she takes in packaging each item (my order before this came individually gift wrapped)  & her professionalism. They say “God is in the details” & these are the little things that matter to me & will keep me coming back.

Excited to try my purchase of the Solid brush and sponge cleaner in Mermaids Kiss but lazy at the same time I brought out my dirtiest , grimiest brushes ( in my case this happens to be my oval brushes) two weeks later.

 

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The instructions on the website read  “Simply wet your brush or sponge with clean water. Next, wet the top of your cleaner in its container, and swirl the wet brush around on it to activate the cleaning ingredients. Remember, the dirtier your brush, the less it lathers. Rinse and repeat until your brush or sponge is perfectly clean and germ-free.”

I did this four times et voila my brushes are clean, & feels as soft as the day I bought it. It feels nourished & best of all I have tons of product left which means this buy will last me ages. Another plus is that I don’t have to feel guilty about water restrictions as this actually cuts down on water usage. . When I finally reach the end of the product I will do a “cost to use” ratio to see how affordable this product is.

As always thank you for reading. Wishing you a beautiful Monday with all my love xxx

 

Monday Must Have’s: My favourite beauty blogger nominations

Hello World. It’s Monday Must have time again. Today my Monday Must Have post is a bit different. I would like to introduce a few of my favourite bloggers. Recently I was nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Kiki From Vanity to Sanity  ,a make-up addict and soon to be qualified MUA. Yasss girl!
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The Liebster Award exposes you to new blogs & is a great way to pick the brain of those bloggers you consider to be amazing in what they do. You also get to know more about the blogger who nominated you.

Rules of the award:

  • The nominated blogger must acknowledge who has nominated them and also share their links.
  • Share 11 facts about themselves.
  • Answer the 11 questions that they have been asked .
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers whose blog they recommend.
  • Ask 11 questions that they would like those bloggers to answer
  • Let the bloggers they’ve nominated know that they’ve been nominated.

The Questions:

Q:What inspired you to start your blog?

A: I needed a creative outlet & started blogging. It was the best decision I made in my life, and I love that I do it for me more than anything else. 

Q:Who is your favorite beauty icon / celebrity of all time?

A: Audrey Hepburn & Jeffree Star

 Q:In no more than 5 words, what is it that you love about makeup?

A good beat is therapeutic. 

Q:How much time do you spend blogging weekly?

A: 5-6 hours a week

Q:Which is your favorite genre of music?

A: Pop

Q:Which makeup product can’t you live without?

A: Nivea Sun Invisible Protect SPF 30/40

Q;Which person has influenced you the most in your life?

A: Mom

Q:What is your favorite drink?

A: Redbull

Q:How much time do you usually spend on your daily makeup routine?

15 minutes

Q:Which is your next travel destination?

Indonesia. I’m pretty excited. 

Q:Which is your favorite book and why?

A: Dr Eve’s Pillow Book. Years later it’s still so relevant. In a time where women are told how to act, how to behave and who to be, this book allows you to drown out the noise and become a juicy woman. 

And now for my favorite bloggers…*Drum Roll*…The nominees are:

Miss Dhanusha

The Vision of Persephone

Beauty Candy Loves

Not your Average Girly Girl

Sassy From Birth

Sanesh Makeup The Blog

LG Diaries

Chevy’s Beauty

The Urban Slay

An Ordinary Girl

Shamolia The Blog

The questions I want to ask these Beauty Queens are:

  1. What make-up hacks changed your life?
  2. What inspired you to start blogging?
  3. What is your number one holy grail makeup item?
  4. Who is your favourite beauty You-tuber?
  5. Am I the only one who struggles with a cut crease. Okay that’s not a real question! Any tips on perfecting a cut crease?
  6. What do you feel is the number one mistake newbie bloggers make?
  7. Any tips for taking the perfect flatlay picture for beauty reviews?
  8. How long does your daily make-up routine take?
  9. Unicorn or Mermaid?
  10. What is the number one lesson blogging has taught you?
  11. What would you choose in a five product only make up look?

 As always thank you for reading! Go check out the blog/gers I nominated , you can thank me later xxx

 

 

 

Monday Must Haves: My top five make up hacks

Hello World. Its Monday and time for another Monday Must have post. As the ultimate lazy girl trying to live my best life, today I want to share some of my daily make up hacks which gives me a few extra minutes to spend under the covers.

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Photo credit: @capetourismconnect

1. Concealer
I love a two in one product. I use my Dolce & Gabbana concealer as an eyeshadow & lip primer, I use it to neaten my brow area and recently I discovered I can use it over my dark eyeshadow base, while trying to perfect a cut crease. It makes the colors stand out so much more & it’s changed my eye makeup game.

2. Vaseline
Another versatile product we all love is Vaseline. Besides moisturising, taming fly-aways & making your perfume last longer, my favourite Vaseline hack is dabbing a dot of product over my eyeshadow, for a beautiful glossy lid. The glossy lid is quite on trend now &  you can get this look at home in less than a minute.

3. Colour Correcter
I suffer from dark circles which no amount of sleep will ever fix. Not being one to buy a million products I use my trusty Nyx “Pure Red” matte lipstick under my foundation to colour correct. It’s a win for me everytime.

4.Eyelash Curler
I line my eyelash curler with black liner , so when I curl my lashes I line my eyes at the same time. This handy tip comes from Google & I was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked.

5. Eyeliner

For the past few months I have been without liquid eyeliner. My hack until  I hit the shops, is using an angled brush, spritzing it with setting spray and dipping into my Essence “All about Greys” eyeshadow palette. It gives me perfect, intense winged eyeliner & no one can tell the difference.

Please share your make up hacks with me. As always thank you for reading my beauty Queens & Kings.

Monday Misses & Must Haves: Signature Cosmetics

Hello World. It’s been a minute. Today I’m breaking out a “Monday Miss” and “Monday Must Have”.

A few weeks ago I passed a Signature Cosmetics store and thought I’d have a look around.I have never purchased from them before but I’m always on the lookout for a new quality makeup. Their Miss Signature Just Matte and Miss Signature Matte Stick  lipsticks caught my eye.

When I got home I tried the Miss Signature Just Matte lipstick first, oh boy. I now know why Kylie’s Lip kits & Mac’s Retro Matte’s are so pricey. The Miss Signature Just Matte Lipstick had a sticky feel to it, thinking it would go away after a few minutes, I waited a bit longer but to my disappointment it just got worse. My lips stuck together and because of this it eventually took the product off my lips. This is not the best formula & today this is my “Monday Miss”.

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Miss Signature Just Matte Lipsticks 

I then tried the Miss Signature Matte Stick. Now this did not disappoint. The colour pay off is great & leaves lips feeling moisturized. I paired my Miss Signature in the colour “Black” #14 with my Kylie “Dead of Knight” Lip liner as I hate it when my lipstick bleeds & liner just gives me a well-rounded look. I will try to find a more affordable lip liner and update this article.

My next colour was “Dark Purple” #7 which I paired with an Essence lip liner in the colour “Honey Berry”. I am in love with this colour.

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My favorite find “Miss Signature Just Matte Stick’s” in Black #14 & Dark Purple #7

What makes this even more of a gem is the price. It retails for R34-00 each. What!!!!  I picked up two lipsticks on a special they had running for R54-00 What a score!!! I am so excited about this Monday Must Have because as much as I love spending my hard-earned cash on all my cult favorites I can’t resist a good deal. Make-up  that doesn’t cost an arm or a leg , now that makes my heart smile.

Thank you for reading beauties xx

Monday Must Haves: Big Lashes

Hello World. Its Monday and I’m back with another must have item. Who doesn’t love big lashes or a great drugstore brand. Well this product ticks both of those boxes. I have purchased most of the mascara’s from the Essence brand but nothing impressed me as much as the “Big Lashes” range. I’m not a fan of falsies (only because I struggle applying it) but do love a good extension, with this  mascara I feel I don’t need either .

 

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One eye is coated with Essence “Get Big Lashes” & one is not. Can you spot the difference.

 

Description taken from Essence Website: “The fibers of the football-like mega brush even reach the tiniest lashes and cover each individual lash without causing them to stick or feel heavy. the easy application ensures a breathtaking look in an instant! opthalmologically tested.”

I recently just ran out of eyeliner & found this together with an angled brush,  to be a good substitute to create my winged liner. A two in one product, I couldn’t ask for more.

As always thank you for reading. Let me know what you think about this mascara beauties xx