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Essence Makes Halloween Affordable {COMPETITION}

Essence decided I need to release my inner Leopard… As a fond lover of all things leopard print I duly obliged. A couple of weeks ago they contacted me to partake in a campaign they are doing for Halloween. Yes, Halloween. I am not the biggest fan or supporter of Halloween, but hey, this involved Essence makeup and leopard print. I hardly needed much more convincing than that. The brief was simple, they chose a fun Halloween inspired makeup look and I recreate it using specially selected products for the job.

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Now, this is a beautiful intricate detailed look including wonderful highlighting and contouring (check how the leopard snout pops). Have a look and see how I attempted to recreate this look using everyday Essence makeup products. Here is my step-by-step picture guide. Showing the products before application.

Step-by-step LEOPARD look by Flea

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Final Essence Halloween Look

This is my completed look, although it does not represent the inspiration image entirely, I created this look with fewer products and all of these products can be reused for every day purposes – how awesome!

Halloween with Essence

THANK YOU ESSENCE (AND COSMETIX) FOR CHOOSING ME TO PARTAKE IN THIS CUTE, FUN CAMPAIGN FOR HALLOWEEN AND SPONSORING SUCH AWESOME PRIZES FOR OUR READERS!

For more information on how to win your own Essence goodies check out the competition details below.

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Easihair Pro

I was luckily enough to be invited to the pink media launch of easihair pro hair extensions at the beginning of the month.

Before the event, my knowledge stretched as far as: Hair extensions -

  1. are either clip-ins, bonded or taped to your natural hair.
  2. are expensive.
  3. are incredibly high maintenance.
  4. take ages to be applied.
  5. are not very good at staying in and random pieces end up falling onto the ground at inconvenient times.
  6. start to look a bit washed and worn out after a few weeks of wear.
  7. damage your hair when being removed.
  8. are not very easy to remove.
  9. apparently make you wish that you never bothered with having them put in, in the first place.

So, as you can see from above, I had VERY little experience and knowledge when it comes to hair extensions, until I met Garron Reynolds the managing director of Fascination Wigs, FRIKA Hair Pty Ltd and the newly ‘launched’ to the SA market, easihair pro South Africa. Amongst the hair business, he certainly has some know-how.

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easihair pro has already taken the overseas market by storm, as Garron put it, not all tape-in extensions are made equal. A lot of tape-in extensions which are already on the market have a bad reputation both with the hairstylist and consumer because although they apply well, they have a tendency to “slip” from the root of the hair. If I have to speak to any of my stylist friends they all despise hair extensions because of the above mentioned reasons and possibly why one of the reasons I have never ventured to extension avenue (apart from 2 blue clip-in extensions I had when I was 17 for about 2 days that I completely despised).

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easihair pro was founded by Garron’s brother, Paul Reynolds who lives in the USA and the company still remains a family owned and operated business, with a no nonsense approach. This very approach has won over the hearts of salon owners along with the sheer quality, functionally and durability the extensions offer to both a salon, stylists and consumers alike.

Although I’m still pretty clueless about extensions, I learned the following about: easihair pro extensions -

  1. are tape-ins, with special technology to curb “slipping”.
  2. are pricy but affordable especially as they are reusable – so long as they are looked after correctly.
  3. are medium maintenance. I don’t believe they are the highest maintenance extensions available but if you don’t look after them, in turn, they will not look after you.
  4. are in investment, provided you look after them correctly.
  5. are quick and easy to have applied.
  6. are perfect for endurance of all kinds, exercise is nothing for these beauties .
  7. are quick, easy and effective to be removed.
  8. are perfect for commitment-phobes who can’t decide on long or short, high-lights or low-lights. Quick, simple and effective changes can make the difference to your hair.
  9. look natural. You really can’t tell the difference between your own hair and the extensions.
  10. are the easiest choice for the consumer and stylist when it comes to the demand for high quality hair extensions.

The entire event which was held at Scar in Kloof Street had a wonderful dash of pink, in honour of October being breast cancer awareness month. Featuring pink drinks to pink snacks and it finished off in style with the guests leaving with a dash of pink hair courtesy of easi-pro. For someone, like myself who has never coloured their hair, that was quite a moment and all the better that in order for me to get my 2 dashes of pink – I didn’t need to peroxide my hair first…  I have been sporting my pink hair with pride for the whole month and absolutely loving it! The stylist, Leandi from Scar, who applied my strand split it into two, so I have a pink strand on each side. Quite far underneath my hair so its not in your face but rather subtle and shows a pop of colour when my hair is loose.

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

We were showcased the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful ghd V coral styler which is a limited edition model of the bird of paradise collection. The colours are tropical, bright and happy. This beauty is on sale until 31 October and retails for R2,380. The reason why this beautiful straightener is so special is that all proceeds of this ghd are donated to CANSA. Morgan Taylor nails also treated us to a wonderful shade of Pink, called Let’s Go to the Hop.

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

I am still unsure whether I, personally will try the extensions realm but I do know for sure that if I decide to try them, my only option would be easihair pro.

x flea143

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#ALWAYS BLEND, BLEND AND THEN BLEND SOME MORE

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Guest Contribution : Ciate Shell Manicure

I recently got to take the new Ciate Shell Manicure for a test drive and what a roller coaster it has been.

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Firstly the kit is comprised of an instructional booklet , the cutest little funnel (so that you can put your shell bits back into the bottle) , and a coloured nail polish and in my case what I’d like to call a ‘Barbie’ pink.

This set comes beautifully boxed and my set was called ‘SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS – SHELL MANICURE’ , here see for yourself …

I set out by firstly reading the instruction… Yes I really did! Here is how the application of this set works when doing an accent nail such as my attempt.

Step 1 –

Apply a coat of colour to all nails except the accent nail

Repeat the process

Step 2 –

Pour your shells into the moulded plastic container that forms part of the packaging

Step 3 –

Paint your first accent nail and whilst still wet dip it into the shells, and press the shells down.

Repeat the process

And voila you have a shell manicure just like me …

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Overall, I loved the look of this on my nails.

It was super fun to try and easy to achieve on my own. The nail polish itself lasted for about 3 days before showing tip wear and did not loose its shine. The shells however started dropping off within an hour and to be honest the texture is a little rough for me as it caught on everything.

This manicure however looks ever so pretty and feminine and the pink is just the prettiest and most feminine pink.

I have been stalking Ciate for sometime and I have really enjoyed the product and would love to try a few more in future.

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Ciate Shell Manicure sets are available from Clicks nationwide towards the end of November.

It will retail for R349.95

About the Author, Heather de Bruin of Femme Lifestyle

I am a 40yr old beauty obsessed , creative junkie and totally in love with Jesus. I love to share about beauty, books, fun activities, great food,great places, cats and life in general…

You can follow Heather on Twitter @heatherdeBruin

Disclaimer: This product was given to the author for review purposes. This has in no way altered the view of the product in anyway.

 

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#HANDS DOWN – THIS IS THE BEST MAKEUP ARTIST IN THE WORLD 💋💄

Good Morning Pouter!

As you may or may not know, I love contouring and highlighting. Well, not so much highlighting, but definitely contouring.

I often share photos on our Facebook page showing how I look before and after.

There is one makeup artist and yes only ONE that perfects the whole contouring application. He inspires me with his before and after photos on a daily basis. One can only dream of being as good as he is, when it comes to drawing lines on women’s faces, transforming their “canvases” into works of living and breathing gorgeous art!

He is:
SAMER KHOUZAMI

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The best part? He doesn’t do the whole less is more nonsense, but only because he knows how to apply the more! Fine line people, fine liquid line!

He is touring the world where people can attend his workshops. So if you’re lucky enough to go…. GO!

Follow SAMER on
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I know I’ve had many artists who’ve inspired me with makeup, however, Samer beats all of them put together. Hands down!

I hope I can attend one of his workshops some day!

Go ahead! Get inspired by Samer today!

BeBlessed
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