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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All About: Shewolf Products

I love makeup. And whenever I get the chance to post about a new brand out there, I grab the opportunity with both hands! It’s fun for me to write about new brands out there and I’m sure that you guys love reading about them too! ☺️

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So I recently came across SheWolf, a brand started by Nadine Singh, a qualified makeup artist and budding entrepreneur. SheWolf aims to cater for every girl and to create for her a clutter free beauty environment.

Nadine both imports and locally manufactures products and only retails products she herself would use – no cheap, crappy products.

SheWolf has a range of products on offer, including eyeshadow palettes, fake lashes, makeup brushes and even the most coveted acrylic makeup organizers at an affordable price – yup, you may die now.

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If you are interested in purchasing any of the products above or would like to view more products, then head on over to SheWolf’s Facebook page or website. And oh yes, prices range from R35-R2000 and want to hear something even more exciting? Nadine offers freebies with all purchases 😄! How awesome is she??

Happy shopping!
Raeesa

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

 

 

Essence Cosmetics Product Haul

I’ve got a wedding in the family coming up and I needed new beauty products for this special occasion, so I popped into Dischem for some new beauty products.
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I was thrilled when I got there, thrilled I tell you! There was this sale basket – it didn’t specifically say sale, but the goods were definitely marked down – and I picked up a few gems.

1) Essence Eyeshadow in 55 Shrimp Me Up

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I love coral and peach hues. They work super well with my skin tone and they are just such happy colors! So when I saw this baby, I knew I had to have it plus it didn’t hurt that it was only R9.95. Yup, R9.95!

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2) Essence Eyeshadow in 66 Peppermint Ice Cream

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This little one caught my eye because of its shimmer. You may not be able to see it in the image above but it has this wonderful icy, shimmer to it. I wouldn’t necessarily use it on my entire lid perhaps just on the inner corners to bring some life to my eyes. Another great buy at just R8.95.

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3) Essence 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in 10 Sweet & Heart

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Eyeliners are my absolute fav. So when I saw this beaut chilling in the sale basket I was like I got to have you! And now I do! I like the fact that it is double ended so it’s easier to use the two colors together if you wish. The colors are also quite pigmented, check out my swatches at the end of this post. And another one bites the dust at just R9.95. Wooohooo

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4) Essence Pigments in 01 Studio 54

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Now this one was the only one that I can actually use for the upcoming wedding, my outfit is blue with gold accessories, so yeah this one is perfect. These pigments are amazing. I was trying out all the different colors in Dischem but I liked this one the most. It’s more of a glitter gold than a shimmer gold, which I love since I already own a shimmer gold. At R29,95 it is pricier than the others, but it’s worth it – it looks soo good!

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Okay, so in the images it looks more silver than gold – I’m not sure why. Maybe bad lighting? Anyway, check out the swatches below to get a closer look!

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Raeesa

Can’t wait for Catrice Cosmetics new Limited Edition ‘It Pieces’ to hit SA stores!!

The new Limited Edition ‘It Pieces’  from Catrice Cosmetics is set to hit South African stores in mid Jan next year, and I cannot wait for it to arrive! This particular limited edition will make a great addition to my makeup collection! The colours and shades that make up It Pieces are perfect for Spring/Summer and will add a great pop of colour to your outfit!

 

Such pretty colours <3

Such pretty colours ❤

 

Included in this LE is a single  eye shadow quattro, crushed crystal nail polishes in 3 colours, a defining blush and 2 lip colours – all of which look like they going to be amazing! However, I’m most excited about Sun Glow Shimmering Bronzing Powder and the Made To Stay Smoothing Lip Polish which is available in 3 shades.

 

The bronzing powder has a cool 3D embossed zig zag pattern which is supposed to allow for the 2 shades within the compact to blend well with each other and gives the skin a radiant summer glow. Most bronzers I’ve tried are very dark and make me look as if I’ve got dark patches everywhere, so I’m holding thumbs for this one!

 

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Baked beauty!

 

The lip polishes have the colour of a lipstick, shine of a gloss and durability of a balm, 3 products in 1, now that’s what I’m talking about! I usually use my mood lipstick from Dischem as a base, follow up with Labello’s Fruity Shine and top off with my Smashbox lipgloss, so this product gets me really excited.  I’m hoping that the colour does last for the 8 hours that is promised on the packaging, and that the gloss lasts throughout the day. We can only hope for the best!

 

3 pretty colours!

3 pretty colours!

 

Plus, I know that even though im a budget I will defo be able to afford this LE, because all of Catrice Cosmetics’ products are very, very reasonably priced – not as cheap as Essence, but still very affordable!

 

Can’t wait for mid Jan!

 

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

 

Monday Morning Madness: My 3 minute beauty fix

Every Monday, no matter how early I set my alarm, I am late for campus. On a typical Monday morning, I usually rush out of the house with a slice of toast in my mouth and a cup of tea in my left hand, whilst attempting to lock my front door and gate, and trying desperately not to drop anything. Yup, my Monday mornings suck.
I realized what takes up the most time in the morning, is figuring out what to wear and applying my beauty products . Now, I can’t really  not wear clothes or go bare-faced to campus – so, I had to find a way to ensure that these daunting but totally essential tasks don’t take up so much of time.
I decided that my OOTD will be contemplated whilst I’m in the shower – head scarf, top, bottoms and shoes.  One task down, oh yeeeeah!
As soon as I get out the shower, I begin my 3 minute beauty fix. 7 items in 3 minutes – yes, it’s totally possible!
I chose the 7 items that will make the most  impact. Plus, I am going to campus so I don’t want to look OTT or like I just painted my face on, therefore sticking to just 7 items was a good plan.
Each item takes no longer than 30 seconds to apply, I kid you not, and here they are:

1) Dermalogica Active Moist (30 seconds) 

You can’t start a day without moisturizer. You simply can not. No question about it. It’s a sin and a crime and totally frowned upon! Apply moisturizer every day. Every frikken day. More than once too, if needed.

 I usually use different moisturizers depending on the weather. And since it is almost summer, Active Moist works quite well. It’s keeps my skin moisturized all day and I don’t experience any breakouts, which is awesome!
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I apply an almond-sized ( because pea-sized is just unrealistic!) amount of Active moist to my neck and face.
2) Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (30 seconds)
I love this mascara. It lengthens my lashes and creates volume without clumping or making my lashes dry and flaky.
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I apply 3 coats – without allowing the prior coat to dry before applying the next – because I simply don’t have the time to let them dry first.
3) Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten (30 seconds) 
This eyeshadow is heavenly! It has great staying power and achieves the same look regardless if it applied with a brush or your finger.
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I apply a dot this eyeshadow, to the inner corners of my eyes, using my pinky. This helps to awaken the eye, and makes you appear fresh and well rested.
4) Catrice Smokey Eye Pencil (30 seconds)
I can not live without this eye pencil. I never leave home without eyeliner, therefore I never leave home without this beaut!
I just glide this baby onto my lower waterline and smile because I know I will never hear anyone tell me that I look sick or tired. Woohoo!
5)  Smashbox Blush Rush in Peony (30 seconds)
This is one of the best blushes I’ve come across in a long, long time  – it is not too pigmented but neither is it too light. It is the perfect shade.
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I lightly dab my blush brush onto the compact and easily sweep it across my cheeks. Perfectly rosy cheeks in seconds 🙂
6) Lancôme Lipstick in Rouge (15 seconds)
This is a red lipstick. Yes, it is. But take a look at my swatches below. Both swatches are of the same lipstick in the same shade, but the one on the right is achieved by applying a minimal amount and then  blending it in. It still maintains some of it’s color without being overbearing, which is perfect for that just-bitten look.
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7) Softlips Pure Papaya Organic Lip conditioner (15 seconds)
I’ve been using Softlips ever since I can remember. It’s great because it’s super slim and can easily slip into your pocket and it makes your lips feel super duper amazing.
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This particular one, has a yummy Papaya scent, sometimes I just want to eat up my lips, relax..I’m kidding!..Nope actually, I’m not.
After applying my Lancôme Lipstick, I apply two coats of my tasty Papaya Softlips, pop in to my pocket/ bag and then apply it throughout the day. Smooth, healthy lips all day long 🙂

Rae

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