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Essence All That Greys Palette Review

July 18, 2016

Essence recently released their latest trend edition, All That Greys, which is inspired by the 192os. Also known as the roaring 20s, this period was famous for extravagant parties and the Hollywood sirens who made popular the smoky eye look. The trend edition consists of loose powder, lipgloss, nail polish and stickers, lashes, smoky eye pencil and an eyeshadow palette. I picked up the Essence All That Greys Palette from Clicks to try out.

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The Essence All That Greys Palette

The palette is made from sleek black plastic with an art deco texture on the lid. The palette consists of 7 shades and has a duo ended brush. It has a large mirror that covers the entire inside of the lid. The back of the palette has an application guide which helps you create the perfect smoky eye look.

All of the eyeshadows were quite buttery and I experienced little to no, fall out when applying most of the shadows. The shadows are easy to apply and blend.

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The Colour Range

The Essence All That Greys Eyeshadow Palette is not all greys but consists of a selected range of rose, red and grey shadows. None of the shadows have names but I will describe them to the best of my ability. For the purpose of this review, they are numbered from left to right.

1 – Light rose shade. It has a satin finish and has good pigmentation. As I am quite dark, on my skin tone it looks more like white than a light pink.

2 – Medium rose shade. This shade is not much darker than the first, but it is pinker (and is visibly pink on my skintone). It also has a satin finish.

3 – Rose red shade. This is the darkest rose shade and can be used on the outer corner of the eye. Out of all of the rose shades, this one suits my skin tone the best.

4 – Silver shade. This is probably the only disappointing shade in the palette. It just doesn’t show up very well. It is probably best used as a highlight in the inner corners of the eyes.

5 – Light grey shade. It is super pigmented and blends really well.

6 – Charcoal shade. This shade is also super pigmented. I did experience some fall out with this shade, but nothing major.

7 – Gunmetal shade. Very pigmented and has a satin finish.

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Swatched from the bottom up, 1 to 7.

Longevity of the product

I have oily eyelids and often find that eyeshadows do not last and somehow just “disappear”. Last week I had done a makeup look with this shadow. I used all of my regular products and the only other product I put on my lids was the LA Girl Concealer, which I used as a eyeshadow primer. I applied the first pink all over my lid, the second grey in the crease and the third grey on my outer lid. The look was finished with winged liner using the Essence eyeliner pen and double set with an unbranded jet black eyeshadow. I applied my make up at 6:45AM and took it off at 11PM that evening. I went to work and in the evening I went ice skating and the shadow lasted. It didn’t look as great as it did in the morning but it didn’t “disappear” or smear all over my eyes, creating a panda look. I wish I had the Essence All That Greys Palette when I attended a Great Gatsby themed party last year.

The price and where you can buy it

This is probably one of Essence’s more expensive items as it retails forR96.50, but for 7 good quality eyeshadows, this is still quite affordable. Customers can purchase the range at Clicks and Dischem and if you’re keen on the Essence All That Greys Palette , you’ll need to hurry. Essence’s trend editions tend to sell out quite quickly and as they’re normally limited editions, once they’re gone, you’ve missed out.

I give the Essence All That Greys Palette two thumbs up.

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Avon Freshest Pure range review

November 20, 2013

This Avon Freshest Pure range review is well over due. I’m sure you can tell in the photographs that one of the bottles is empty. The Freshest Pure Range includes the refreshing facial toner, 3-in-1 scrub, mask and cleanser and light moisturising gel, which I purchases a few months ago. Here’s what I thought about them.
Avon Freshest Pure Range Review

3-in-1 scrub, mask and cleanser

This is primarily more a cleanser than a scrub or mask. The exfoliating beads are very tiny and light, so it’s gentle enough to use daily. I never left it long on my face as a mask because I preferred it as a cleanser and scrub. It didn’t dry out my skin and felt it feeling smooth. I would definitely repurchase.

Refreshing facial toner

There’s nothing amazing about this toner. It doesn’t have alcohol and it tones well. It is also safe to use after using a nose pore strip and waxing. If I got it on sale again, I’d repurchase.

Light moisturising gel

Of these products I like this gel the least. It doesn’t rub in well and left my face feeling sticky. Honestly I wouldn’t repurchase it. I have half a tub left and am considering tossing it. Maybe it’s just not right for my skin type, but I do not like it at all.

Cost of the Avon Freshest Pure items

The 3-in-1 normally goes for R80, the facial toner R75 and light moisturising gel R105, but I got mine on sale. I don’t remember the exact prices but the total came to less than R150. These items and the rest of the Avon Freshest Pure range can be purchase by your closest Avon representative. I have a few more review posts on their products so remember to pop back for them.

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Hey Gorgeous Lavender Rose Bath Truffles review

November 13, 2013
bath caddy

I purchased these Hey Gorgeous Lavender Rose Bath Truffles a while back and am finally posting this review. They took a while to get to me because the couriers managed to mess up the delivery by losing my parcel. The ladies at Hey Gorgeous were apologetic and made a new batch of it and the other products I ordered and sent it to me ASAP. Things like this happen sometimes, but it’s great to see good customer service on Hey Gorgeous’s part as they tried to fix it to the best of their abilities.

If you didn’t know, Hey Gorgeous products are vegan and freshly made to order. This means that the items have a shorter shelf life than most conventional products, but they’re good for the environment and your body.

These goodies contain shea butter, coconut butter, essential oils, rose petals and lavender. It is really creamy and smells intensely of lavender, which almost completely overpowers the rose scent. Well that’s at least I think. It melts really easily and left my skin super moisturised and soft. Thanks to my highly sensitive sinuses I find the scent of the lavender rose bath truffles, a bit overwhelming.

hey gorgeous lavender rose truffles

The image on their website displays round truffles, but I received quite big hearts. I’m not sure whether I received the hearts because they’re that shape now or to make up for the delivery mishap.

A whole heart is too much for one bath, as it left me feeling really oil. My skin was super moisturised, but I had to use the shower head to rinse a lot of the oil off. I tried using a half, but find that it still is a bit much, I still have to try using only a quarter. The bath truffles make the tub slippery, which makes it fun to slide up and down in the tub, but not so fun when getting out. I’m accident prone but there’s been no accident’s, which is fortunate. Maybe I’m just being daft by using the whole truffle and that it’s common knowledge that you’re only supposed to use a bit. If I am being daft, let me know in the comments.

Back when I bought Lavender Rose Bath Truffles it, they were known as bath melts. They still go R90 for three truffles and you can purchase them from the Hey Gorgeous website.

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Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color 5.25 Frosted Chestnut

March 15, 2013

When Beauty Bulletin called for ladies to take part in a hair product review, I immediately entered.  I haven’t dyed my hair in over a year. The last time I did, I dyed it dark brown to cover the henna I was growing out. The dye didn’t last due to a hair treatment I used on my hair a few days later. The treatment removed a lot my colour. For some time my hair has been a subtle gradient from brown to reddish-brown mid-shaft and at the ends of my longest layers, black. I didn’t mind because the gradient was only obvious under bright light.

Beauty Bulletin and Garnier sent me the Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color in 5.25 Frosted Chestnut. The Nutrisse Ultra Color dye is a permanent nourishing hair with ultra visible reflects. Garnier has formulated a new conditioner that contains 3 oils and claims to have 8 weeks of anti-dryness. The conditioner contains almond, olive and avocado oil. The top right flap of the box can be removed and stored in my purse so that I can remember the exact shade should I want to dye my hair with the same shade. The box contains an applicator bottle of developing crème, a tube of nourishing color crème and 1 bottle of nourishing conditioner. It also has a pair of gloves and an instruction leaflet.

I chose 5.25 Frosted Chestnut for two reasons. The first being that I couldn’t go much lighter than a medium brown due to the henna in my hair. The second is that I anticipated that Beauty Bulletin would only send one box. Even though my hair is thin, it is long and if I took a vastly different color and the box was not enough I’d end up with blotches. Seeing that Frosted Chestnut is only a few shades lighter than my natural hair color and similar to the henna in my hair, if I did end up with blotches it wouldn’t be obvious.

I washed my hair the night before so that it would be dry and product free when I dyed it. I de-tangled and divided my head into four quadrants and clipping each section up. I started at the roots of the front quadrants, that way if I did end up with too little product, at least my hair on top would cover the blotches.  I used my hands and a wide tooth to quickly spread the product. After I completed the roots of all four quadrants I applied the product to the length. It was enough to cover my hair, but truth be told I spread it quite thinly. If you have long hair get two boxes.

Before I became crazy about hair care, I dyed my hair a different shade almost every three months. So I had become quite a pro at ensuring that I didn’t get any product on my skin, clothes or the floor. Clearly I lost the ability to do that. I managed to get product on my forehead, both of my arms, the basin, the floor as well as my left big toe. Only my big toe still has a slight mark.

The conditioner smells divine, mostly due to the avocado oil. It is also super thick and creamy. I tried using all of the contents in the small bottle, but then I realized that I already had too much on my hair. I still have a little left that I intend on using the next time I wash my hair (never shampoo your hair within three days of dying it).

After styling my hair, I was surprised at how light it became. Honestly I didn’t expect it to lighten much. However, it was shined a very reddish-brown. I did not expect it to have such a red shine and if I knew that, I would have taken the darker brown. The shade is lovely, but it’s just not what I wanted. Fortunately the color settled over the past few days and it’s not as red, but more brown. With the exception of my hair being a bit darker at my ends due to my black dye, which I don’t mind because I need a trim, my hair is one shade. My hair is also not damaged and it feels smooth. Unfortunately my camera makes my hair look darker than it is, but hopefully you can see some difference in these pictures. 

Before and After

I know my hair looks terrible in the before pic. I was not going to blow dry it just to dye it and blow out my hair again.

Check out my rating for Ultra Color on the Beauty Bulletin site here.
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The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter Review

January 22, 2013

I haven’t posted a beauty review for quite some time, but this Body Shop Ginger Sparkle body butter review will be a short one. This The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle body butter was released late 2012, as a part of a limited edition range from The Body Shop. It was a part of their festive collection for the holiday season.

When I first opened the tub, I was overwhelmed by the scent and it slightly irritated my sinuses. My first thought was that it’s terrible. It did not smell like ginger biscuits, but very strong and spicy ginger beer. Now I love ginger beer, but the smell of this body butter was intense. Despite the intense smell I decided to use some on my arms. Once the Ginger Sparkle scent reacted with my skin, it changed. The scent no longer irritated my sinuses and although the smell remained strong, it became subtle. Unlike other body butters or creams, this scent lasts for hours.

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle body butter is thick, smooth and creamy. It is moisturising without being oily. It’s easy to rub into my skin and a little goes a long way.  Although it has sparkle in its name, there is no shimmer or glitter in the butter. I’m not sure about the price, because I was gifted this by the lovely ladies of Beauty Bulletin.

Although it is from The Body Shop’s Christmas range, it is very apparent that it is catered for their customers in the Northern Hemisphere. This is not a summer scent, so it’s not very appropriate for the festive season in South Africa. I’ll be saving this body butter for winter, as I feel it would be more appropriate then. I also don’t recommend wearing it with perfume or body spray, unless the notes compliment the ginger scent.