Essence Haul {Eyeshadows, Glitter Eyeliner, Mascara & Glitter Lashes}

Essence is one of those brands that offer quality products at an affordable price. Whilst I do prefer purchasing the bulk of my products from higher-end brands, I always look to Essence when I’m in need of a specific eyeshadow or lip pencil to create a look for a special event – because I most likely wouldn’t use these products on a daily basis and I don’t need to feel bad because it was cheap anyway!

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Win: A set of Makeup Brushes from 27 Pinkx

{This giveaway has ended}

20140607-185439-68079098.jpgThe month of May just so happens to be my birthday month, so I thought I’d spoil you guys with an amazing giveaway from 27 Pinkx!

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I have a set of 10 makeup brushes, courtesy of 27 Pinkx, to giveaway to one of you lucky ladies. This set is valued at R420 and is filled with your must-have makeup brushes. With an array of eyeshadow brushes, a foundation brush, a blush brush, a lip brush and a concealer and powder brush – this brush set is all you will ever need. The brushes are packed in an uber cute case, with a designated space for each brush, which makes it simple to carry around and is great for traveling!

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If you’d like to be in the running to win this fabulous set of brushes from 27 Pinkx, then all you’ve got to do is follow these simple instructions:

  1. Follow me on Twitter;
  2. Like GITGH’s Facebook page;
  3. Tweet the following: “I’ve entered to win this fab brush set from @greenhijabgirl and @27Pinkx http://wp.me/p45Xoe-ac“. You can tweet this everyday for bonus entries.

If you are still not satisfied after doing all of the above, here’s how you can earn more entries:

  1. Follow me on Instagram;
  2. Share a link to this post on on Facebook.

 

**Please note that you have until 31 May to enter and the winner will be chosen at random.**

 

Good Luck,

Raeesa

 

 

Tutorial: 4 steps to achieve sparkly, gold eyes with Essence’s Crystal Eyeliner

I love wearing gold on my eyes – I don’t know why, but I just do. In my previous post, I did a review on my 2 purchases from Essence, The Lash and Brow Gel Mascara and the Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush, which I’ll be using for my look today.

 

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To create a look, like the one above all you need is:

  • Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner from Essence
  • Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush from Essence
  • Lash and Brow Gel Mascara from Essence
  • An eyelash curler

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How to:

Step 1:

Curl lashes

Step 2:

Apply a very thiiiiiin line of liquid liner.

Step 3:

Apply a thin line of Crystal Eyeliner in Gold rush on top of your liquid liner.

Step 4:

Finish of your lashes with 2 coats of the Lash and Brow Gel Mascara.

Aaand done! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Raeesa

Essence’s Lash & Brow gel Mascara and Crystal Eyeliner Review

I popped into Dischem over the weekend to grab myself some new Essence goodies, I wasn’t sure what I was looking for but I knew that when I saw it, I’ll know. And I did.

I ended up coming home with the Lash and Brow Gel Mascara and the Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush, and I am extremely happy with my purchases!

Lash and Brow gel Mascara:

You can see right through me, weeeee!

You can see right through me, weeeee!

A mascara and a tamer of unruly brows, all in one. Retailing for only R34.95, it is a makeup bag must-have.
It is packaged in a normal-sized mascara tube with a normal mascara brush, but the fun part is, is that the tube is transparent – so you can see exactly how much product you have left.

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I have this tendency to rub my eyes which causes a black ring around my eyes, making me look like a racoon. But this way, since it’s transparent, I can say goodbye to racoon-me.
I love this product, I truly do. But the only downfall is that it hardens your brows. But I guess it has to, if you want your brows to stay in its’ place.

Crystal Eyeliner in Gold Rush:

Gold, gold, gold!

Gold, gold, gold!

I wasn’t expecting much from this product, only because I once purchased a glitter/crystal eyeliner from Essence’s Breaking Dawn Trend Edition before, and it was useless. It had no staying power, whatsoever, and I never got to use it. But I think Essence perhaps realized their blunder, because their new Crystal Eyeliner range is frikken’ amazing.

When I first tried it out on my wrist, it looked really dull. No real sparkle to it. But on your eyes, it really does sparkle. Check out the images and tutorial here.

My hand looks so awkward here, eek - sorry!

My hand looks so awkward here, eek – sorry!

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The brush is very skinny making the application much easier. The staying power is quite long, as long as water doesn’t touch it.
All in all, for just R31.95, it is an amazing product and well worth the buy. I will definitely be purchasing the other colours soon.

Raeesa

Tutorial: How to achieve the ‘No-Makeup’ Makeup Look in just 4 steps!

Calvin Klein once said: ‘The best thing is to look natural – but it takes makeup to look natural’. And that is so true. I love wearing makeup and creating different looks, but sometimes I just want to look natural, I just want to forget the dark, smoky eyes or bold lips for the day.

So I came up with a great makeup routine, basically my everyday routine for campus, that enhances my natural beauty and which is super easy to achieve. Follow the steps below..

 

Step 1: BB Cream

I like to use a BB cream rather than a foundation, mostly because foundations are much heavier and more likely to cake up rather than BB creams. Using a BB cream is going to provide light/medium coverage making it a great base for a ’natural’ makeup look.

I particularly like Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream, as it has a SPF of 35 and works very, very well with acne prone skin. But if you are working on budget, Garnier’s  Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream is a great alternative, it has an SPF of 15 and is  also appropriate for acne prone skin.

 

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BB cream feeverrr

 

Step 2: Blush

Blush is great at brightening up the face and giving you that ‘just pinched’ look, but don’t go too crazy on the blush. Try to get the least amount of product on to your cheeks by dusting your brush off before apply, or swiping it at the back off your hand.

I have an olive skin tone, therefore I tend to gravitate towards blushes in pink hues – but if you are fair/dark skinned peachy hues will look great on you! My favourite blushes are Smashbox Blush Rush in Peony (I love Smashbox, meep!) and Essence’s Silky Touch Blush in Adorable.

 

Blush Rush

Blush Rush

 

Step 3: Lip balm

I like using a balm rather than a gloss or a stickie, as balms provide lips with a light pigment but a subtle gloss, which is more natural. Most people would use a sheer lipgloss/colourless balm, but I’ve found that because of my skin tone, I have to have some colour as neutral lips tend to really wash me out and make me look dull and boring.

I absolutely adore Labello’s Fruity Shine! I probably go through at least 9 of these beauts each year. They are a staple in my campus bag and if you see me in lecs, I’m almost always reapplying. I just can’t get enough. It’s so great because it has an SPF of 15 and it smoothes and conditions the lips whilst providing a slight shimmery pink tint to the lips.

 

My li[s surely do love Labello!

My li[s surely do love Labello!

 

Step 4: Mascara

I love, love, looove mascara! Mascara is like coffee- for my eyes- it provides an instant pick-me-up, it widens and awakens the eyes and just makes me want to give butterfly kisses to everyone!

I love use Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara, as it doesn’t clump or dry out your lashes. Like half way through the day, if I had to touch my lashes it will be super soft , as if I had no mascara on, and nor would it flake. It also conditions the lashes whilst you wear it, so when you wash it out you would notice that your lashes feel so much softer and silkier. A+.

 

Here's to longer, fuller and healthier lashes!

Here’s to longer, fuller and healthier lashes!

 

Optional Step: Eyeliner

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I don’t ever leave the house without eyeliner, and it’s true! I know it’s not very natural to have a swipe of dark eyeliner on your lower lash line but if I don’t, I just look sleepy and sick, not cool!

On most days, I use Catrice Cosmetic’ Smokey Eye Pencil in 01-Black Earl but sometimes I use Essence’s Stays No Matter What waterproof eye pencil in 02-Stunning Brown, to tone it down a little. I’ve found that both Essence and Catrice Cosmetics eyeliners have great staying power and last throughout the day, unlike Smashbox eyeliners which rub off and disappear after a few hours. Definitely getting more for less, with Catrice and Essence.

 

My first love!

My first love!

 

So that’s it! My ‘natural’ makeup look! Hope you enjoyed the post.

 

Raeesa

The perfect solution for makeup storage

For months, I’ve been nagging my mom to get me one of those Kardashian Make-up Organizers, you know,  those acrylic ones that look so amazing and give you a 360 view of all your make up?

Well, eeeek! She got me one! And so naturally, I’ve already stocked it up with all my make up items, but somehow feel that I need more make up to fill up all the empty spaces.

Here it is:

4 tiers of awesomeness..

4 tiers of awesomeness..

 

So it looks kind off small in the image above, but trust me its not. It is 300mmx300mmx300mm, it is 4 tiers high with 3 drawers and flip top tier – for perfumes and whatever. And I removed those dividers from the drawers, it just was not working for me. What a great organizer! I love it okaaaay. Simply love it.

And have you seen the handles?? It’s these gorgeous little, acrylic crystal handles and they go perfectly with my room.

 

I can not stop fiddling with these handles! Love it!

I can not stop fiddling with these handles! Love it!

 

My mom bought it for either R999 or R1099 (I wasn’t really paying attention, I was just too excited!!) from one of the lady’s she knows at work. Thank God for mothers! And I love you mom!

Here’s a few more images of my new, favourite thing:

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Okay, I’m off to admire my darling little make up organizer now..

Raeesa

 

Stila’s Best of Kitten Set

During my recent shopping spree at RubyBox, I purchased this amazing Stila Best of Kitten set.

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The set contains Stila’s:

  • All over shimmer liquid luminizer in kitten;
  • Smudge stick waterproof eye liner in angel fish;
  • Eye shadow in kitten;
  • Lip glaze in kitten and
  • A super cute make up bag.

I simply adore this set is because it is adds a touch of sparkle without overdoing it, which makes it a must have for this holiday season. Moreover, all of the products are in a neutral shade which works well with any skin tone.

From left to right: Stila's eye shadow in Kitten, Lip Glaze in Kitten, All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten and Smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in Angel Fish.

From left to right: Stila’s eye shadow in Kitten, Lip Glaze in Kitten, All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten and Smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in Angel Fish.

The eye shadow and eyeliner both have great staying power and assists in awakening the eyes.  Whilst the lip glaze adds a touch if sparkle to the lips. Together, these 3 products are great if you want to achieve a stunning everyday look for campus or work, without being OTT.

The shimmer liquid luminizer is my favourite product of them all. I add a tiny bit to my foundation to achieve gorgeous glow and I dab a little to the apple of my cheeks and under my brows to highlight these areas.

Stila’s best of kitten set is a great buy and is a steal at only R289.95. It will make a great edition to your make up collection or will be a perfect gift for a friend or family member!

P.S. I got mine for only R239.95 from RubyBox, thanks to my large sum of RubyRands!

Raeesa