Essence me & my umbrella trend edition

Autumn is here and, as usual, the latest Essence trend edition does not disappoint. Essence me & my umbrella trend edition A couple of weeks ago Essence sent me a couple of items from their autumn trend addition ‘me & my umbrella’. The first thing that always gets me excited about their trend editions, is the gorgeous packaging. The details are always so perfect. And the make-up? Still the best budget buys around. The collection includes 4 nail polishes. I received rosewood and dark red. The polishes have a semi-matt, gummy finish that gives a ‘rain boots’ effect. These retail for R45. The product that I was most keen to try is the eyebrow thickener. The eyebrow powder has an innovative sponge applicator to help give you perfectly defined brows. When you get the application technique just right, this product gets your brows looking perfect in no time. It comes in 2 shades; blonde and brunette and retails for R55. The lipstick is my favourite. I love the look of matte lipsticks, but they usually just make my lips look dried out. This one does not! It’s gorgeous. And the dark red shade is perfect for the colder months. The lipstick retails for R50. Also be on the lookout for the luscious rosewood shade. The range includes 2 matte eye shadows and I have been really enjoying the grey. The shadow is velvety and applies beautifully. Shadows retail for R45. I am a huge fan of Essence make-up brushes. They are budget friendly and always super soft. The range includes a gorgeous contouring brush and at only R65, it’s a steal. The Essence me & my umbrella...

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer review

I was really in two minds about posting this review. I prefer to only post about products that I really like and that I would spend my own money on. I am still not sure if I would fork out R850 for this, but stick around and you can decide for yourself. Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer Review Let’s start off with what they say: Lightweight, non-greasy primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, mattifies against oily shine and imparts a silky, luminous finish to skin. H2ORelease™ Complex and Abyssinian Oil help provide intense, sustained-release moisturization that locks in optimum hydration levels. A microencapsulated tint releases upon application to provide neutral coverage while Whu-Zhu-Yu Fruit Extract enhances skin radiance. Naturally-astringent Mushroom Extract reduces pore size and appearance. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens. I received this primer shortly after it launched and I have to say, I was totally underwhelmed after the first use. It felt great on my skin, yes, BUT R850?! It did a good job blurring fine lines and making my pores look a little less huge, but I really didn’t think it was worth that price tag. It also didn’t mattify as much as I hoped. This was in March of this year while we still had lovely warm weather. And my skin could be classified as combination to oily. Then winter arrived with one moerse bang and my skin didn’t know what hit it. All of the sudden my face was tight, dry, sensitive, scaly and blotchy. Not a pretty sight. (Keep an eye out as the products that saved my skin will be...

Lancôme Juicy Shakers

Prepare to fall in love! Lancôme has recently introduced the much anticipated Juicy Shakers and I am head over heels for these little cocktail shakers. So what exactly are these tubes of juicy goodness?! Lancôme has combined nourishing lip oils with beautiful colour pigment to create a gloss that glides on to your lips, leaving them looking and feeling luscious. The formula is not sticky at all. No, really. I know many glosses claim to be, but this one really isn’t. It feels light and silky on your lips and it’s quite addictive. The colour payoff is sheer, but a lot better than I expected it to be and the shine is simply gorgeous. The tube is in the shape of a mini cocktail shaker emulating the Shaker that Lancôme created in 1946. You have to give the tube a good shake in order for the oil and pigment to combine, and then you apply it to your lips using the unique cushion applicator. Everything about this product spells fun; the vibrant shades, the juicy and delectable scents, the shaker and the soft sponge applicator. Juicy Shakers are available in 8 shades, all with their own mouth-watering fragrance. Find them at your nearest Lancôme counter now for R270 each. SHAKE IT! TWIST IT! LOVE IT!...

Bourjois Little Round Pot Nude Edition Eyeshadow

Bourjois launched their new Little Round Pot Nude Edition Eyeshadows at the beginning of this month and they are beautiful. Bourjois Little Round Pot Nude Edition Eyeshadow In true Parisian fashion, the iconic little round pot rejuvenates its style without losing its identity. The Nude Collection consists of 4 pearly/satin, 2 matte and 2 shimmery/glitter shades. I have 03 ORIGINALE which is a a radiant shimmering beige and it is perfection. I love the shade yes, but it is the texture and application that bowled me over. It is soft and silky to the touch and applies and blends like a dream. I use this shadow all over the lid and then add my favourite cream shadow to the crease and lower lid. Even my cream shadow seems to love it as it also applies easier and lasts longer when I use this gorgeous little pot. Next on my shopping list is 06 UTAUPIQUE (a matte taupe), 07 BRUN DE FOLIE (a shimmery dark taupe) and 08 NOCTAM-BRUNE (a frosty brown). Little Round Pot Eyeshadows are available at selected Clicks stores and online from www.cosmetiquesdefrance.co.za. RSP: R125.95...

My Summer Saviour: Bioderma Photoderm MAX SPF50+ Aquafluide

It’s hot. Damn, Cape Town. Enough now. This summer, more than ever before, I’ve made sure never to go in the sun without wearing a good sunscreen. I have been wearing Photoderm Max Aquafluide SPF 50+ a lot. What makes it special? Bioderma Photoderm offers very high sun protection that is suitable for all skin types, including oily and sensitive. The emulsion has an ultra-light texture and a dry touch finish. The “oil free” emulsion is optimised by a complex consisting of 3 powders with matifying properties, and concealing agents for a matt and powdery finish. Cellular Bioprotection® preserves the skin’s immunity, cellular integrity and combats the premature ageing of the skin. Photoderm is also hypoallergenic, non comedogenic, fragrance free, paraben free and water resistant. Aquafluide comes in 3 variants – not tinted, light tint and golden tint. I’m using both the clear and lightly tinted versions.  Both have saved my skin many times over the holidays and it continues to do so. We’re going away this weekend and we will be spending most of it outside by the pool. Photoderm is top of my list of what to pack. I wear the tinted one instead of foundation on days that I don’t want to wear a full face of make-up, but also don’t want to go bare. The coverage is not bad at all, and if set with powder it lasts well. The product itself is very light and it spreads easily. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling suffocated at all. Photoderm really does have a matte finish and I highly recommend you give it a try if you struggle with oily skin. I find that...

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