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ESSENCE IS ROCKING IT THIS SEASON!

GOOD MORNING MY FELLOW POUTERS!

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I am proud to announce that I am now a owner of these super cute little fragrances, because I WON the Essence #MYMESSAGE competition on Facebook!

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Essence has always been one of my go to brands when I want something really nice to pamper myself with, that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! They were holding a competition last month for their new range of fragrances called #MYMESSAGE, and I won a nice hamper of these 5 brand new fragrances all thanks to the Essence team, and they were delivered to me straight to my front door!

Personally I usually lean towards the sweeter notes, but with this range it was actually a pleasant surprise that the Luck fragrance was my favorite…it has a more masculine scent, which lingered all day long! My brother funny enough thought it was a unisex perfume!

The 5 fragrances in the range are:

LUCK

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Wow

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SMILE

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LOVE

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KISS

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Looking good this summer is one thing, but smelling great is now at the top of my list too, and thanks to the Essence team I no longer need to find my fragrance of the season, its definitely LUCK from ESSENCE!

These also make a great friendship gift as you can write in a name or a message at the back of the box!

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You can find yours at a Clicks outlet near you and many other exciting things like these for this spring time pampering:

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Till next time lovelies!

XOXO

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Catrice Allround Cover Stick

Because I suffer from dark circles, I always keep concealer with me and use it religiously on a daily basis. But, I have been stuck using the Catrice Camouflage cream for such a long time,  that I did not even notice other products in store. So when another Catrice concealer came along, I was excited to test it.

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It comes housed in a slim, retractable tube with a cap. It is best being retractable as it is much more hygienic, but the product does not retract all the way back into the housing, so in the beginning you need to recap with caution or else there will be product everywhere.

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The formula is creamy, applies smoothly and blends evenly.It did a good job of covering up my dark circles and imperfections, however it did not sit as tight as I would have liked it to. I think my dark circles are just so bad that I need something that packs an extra punch to conceal them and keep them concealed the whole day . If I have to choose between the Allround Coverstick and the Camouflage Cream, I’d rather grab the Camouflage Cream.

But, if you want a coverstick to just cover mild imperfections, this is the product for you. They retail for a mere R52.95 and you can find them at Dischem stores nationwide.

Love,

Leandra x

Disclaimer: This product was given to me for reviewing purposes and has in no way altered my view of the product.

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Wet ‘n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color

Over the past few months I have been getting a little more up close and personal with the products that Wet ‘n Wild cosmetics have to offer. I have been quite hesitant to give budget beauty items a try as it can be a clear hit or miss situation, but Wet ‘n Wild has not disappointed me yet, and I find that their products are a Hit for me 98% of the time.

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The brush of this nail polish is long and slim. I like it when nail polish brushes are long, it gives me extra room to work with and application is easier and a lot less messy. The formula is opaque, but the colours are highly pigmented. It applies evenly and I only need to apply 2 coats to get the desired finished.

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The main question here is whether it dries fast, and my answer is yes. It dries faster than other nail polish brands out there. Useful tip, I pop my nail polishes in the refrigerator 20 minutes before I use them, it helps for the product to apply easily and dry faster.

One thing I must mention is that it tends to stain nails especially with the darker colours, but these days everyone is applying base coats before hand so that should not be a problem if you are part of the latter. Just a heads up.

In conclusion, I find this product to be another HIT for Wet ‘n Wild and pop these in my shopping trolley each time I spot them in store. You can find them at Clicks stores nationwide. They come in 7 shades and they retail for R44.95 each.

Chat soon,

Leandra

Disclaimer: These items were given to me for reviewing purposes and has  in no way altered my view of the product.

 

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John Frieda Repairing Oil Elixir

I am very happy to be reviewing this product as it has brought me a lot of joy in the past six months.

It is the John Frieda Repairing Oil Elixir for hair. It repairs hair that are damaged, almost instantly. Let me tell you that a little while back my hair was really out of sorts and I tried everything, until I remembered I have a full bottle of this that I received as a gift from a friend.

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You apply it to damp hair and it is instantly absorbed. It doesn’t weigh your hair down or make your locks feel heavy and volume-less. You also will not suffer from greasy hair halfway through the day.

You only need one squirt and you are set. And on the plus side it also protects your hair against the heat from styling. It is also safe to use on colour treated hair ( I am living proof because I am a brunette naturally and is grey now, and my hair has never been in a better condition since I started using the right products). After styling it leaves my hair smooth, bouncy, shiny and very soft (What more can a girl want?).

They come in a 50ml bottle and one squirt goes a long way (my bottle is 6 months old and I use it on a daily basis and it is not nearly half yet which is great value). You can buy them Clicks stores nationwide and they retail for R109.95.

Chat to you soon
Leandra x

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#EMPHASISING THE EYES – It’s All About The Eyes

 So the makeup application rule goes as follows:

Either make your eyes or your lips the focus point of your face.  Not both at the same time.  However, Samer Khouzami or Scott Barnes are makeup artists who know how to bring those two features together in the most cohesive and beautifully blended way.

This post is about the eyes.  Now be warned, for most people who don’t use a lot of liner, don’t try this look if you’re not a heavy makeup user, or as your first day time experiment.  I do this look often, but if you’re a minimalist, wait for an evening event, or practice on a weekend.

Right. Let’s start….

  • Start with foundation.
  • I contour the top of my forehead and my chin to ‘shorten’ my face as I have a long face.
  •  Define the cheekbones and I didn’t contour my nose on the side, but rather on the top.  This is where the sun would naturally ‘tan’ your face.  Gives it a less harsh contoured look.
  • Blend out.
  • Blend Blend Blend.
  • Blend out.
  • I applied my Kryolan foundation.  To make a look ‘flawless’, brush your moisturised skin with some makeup powder, and then apply your foundation.  This will make it stick and give it a more velvety look.
  • After you’re done with the foundation, contouring and blending process. Set with the Derma Color Fixing Powder from Kryolan.  
  • Time to highlight the brow bone.  Use a light shimmer or matt light color to do this.
  • Highlight the inner corner of your eyes.
  • With a round edge brush, simply add a warm brown shade in the crease of your eye.  It must not look extremely contrasting, but rather make the color as ‘natural’ as possible.
  • Move the brush from the inner crease corner out past your eye.
  • Carry on with the crease color down under your bottom lash line.  
  • Time to line the eyes,  I love to use the Kryolan paint pot with a tapered eye liner brush.  Make sure its clean, so that it’ll make gliding a lot easier.
  • Slightly pull your eyelid towards your hairline and start with the lining from the inner corner of your eye and with a steady hand, draw the line, going well past your eye.  This takes practice, to make it look right.  The trick is to have a light hand, more so than a steady one.  Let your lashes guide you.
  • At the end, don’t stop, pull the brush up and out.  This will give it that ‘feathered’ look.
  • Top lash line done. 
  • Now line your inner water line
  • And apply liner under the lash line too,  Starting from the inner corner out over connecting to the outer corner.
  • Fill in between your lashes if need be to avoid empty spaces.
  • Start with mascara, first on the top before applying it the conventional way from the inside.  I first do this as it adds volume. I also move the brush around from all angles, ensuring that each lash is coated.
  • Time for brow shaping, I like to brush my eyebrows before I shape them, which is what any makeup artist should do.
  • Using a matt dark brown eye shadow, begin from the outer half of the brow and extend the brow line by using a tapered brush.  I may have black hair, but I use a dark brown, as this doesn’t make the brows look too harsh or tattooed on.
  • Now draw a line underneath the inner brow line.
  • Blend that line upwards and make a neat brow shape. 
  • My next step is the lips, choose a subtle color, you can either use a lipstick, gloss or balm.  As long as it has a slight shine to it.  I believe a slight shine on the lips finishes the makeup look.  You can have a full face of makeup, but if your lips are dry or untouched by some product, it throws the whole face off and comes off across as unfinished.
  • Kryolan lipgloss.
  • Topped with a bit of MAC lipstick.
  • Start with the blush.  
  • You don’t have to make a funny fish face to apply your blush, because that it not how you look naturally.  Throughout most of the day, you may have a slight smile, or serious face.  That’s all you need.  Sometimes if you ‘fish face’, you can distort the look once you relax your facial muscles.
  • Start from the apple of the cheek up towards your ear.
  • Blend
  • Bend
  • Lashes applied   

There you have it.

This whole process probably takes me about half an hour, but I have done it in 20.  BUT! If this is your first time and you’re not used to making long cat eye lining looks, I recommend you to practice!

Another tip to remember is not to use those normal liquid eye liners for this look.  The liquid causes mistakes to happen quickly, opt for the paint pots and a brush.  Its paste consistency works far better.  There is more control with it.  I only use liquid eye liner to cover the eyelash glue once its dry.

If you’re applying makeup on a client, make sure to smooth out the foundation to the ears and down the jaw to the neck line and set with powder.  Take a photo, with a flash and without to see if some ‘blush’ is needed on those areas.  You don’t want it to look like a mask.

Remember that you are working with your or someones face, so you are seeing the gradual change, but a photo shows you the instant end product.  So take photos! Take selfies and judge it from there.

MuchLuv, BeBlessed

Sandylashxx

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