Essence me & my umbrella trend edition

Autumn is here and, as usual, the latest Essence trend edition does not disappoint.

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Essence me & my umbrella trend edition

essence me & my umbrella trend addition

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The lipstick retails for R50. Also be on the lookout for the luscious rosewood shade.

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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.

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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 range is definitely worth checking out. You better hurry to Dis-Chem though now as stocks are limited.

Happy shopping!


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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

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 on the blog shortly). My forehead was so dry that when I scratched it (I know, I know!), I could see the flakes fallen to the floor. Super sexy.

I tried the primer again, and voilà, results.

On my dry skin Hydrablur worked like a charm. My skin appeared smoother and my foundation application was even. Currently I’m using it every day.

In short, would I recommend it… maybe.

If it fits your budget, and you are struggling with dry, patchy and flaky skin, give Dermalogica’s Hydrablur Primer a shot.

Have you tried Hydrablur? I’d love to know what you think.