Clinique Pep-Start range {Review}

Wow, can you hear the echo in here? Where have you been Simone?? Well, life happens…offices get petrol bombed. Okay, not really, but my office building did. I do most of my blogging and even my pictures from my office during my lunchtime (of course ūüėČ ), so without access to my office for 2 weeks now, I’ve just been on a bit of a go slow.

I have loads of post ideas and plans for the blog, but right now, I just don’t have the time to take my photographs that I need and also I’m waiting on a few deliveries for product reviews. Do people not realise if you order now or get notified you’re being sent something, it should appear by tomorrow? Go figure….

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Today I wanted to chat to you about the Clinique Pep- Start range. I was quite excited when I spotted the Hydroblur moisturiser in some glossy magazine. It’s probably the only product I saw, because I’m sure 3 seconds after I opened the cover of said magazine, one of my gazillion kids came to destroy my peace…..but anyways, my kids are a post for another day. So walking through Edgars in December, I spotted the moisturiser and I did let out a bit of a whoop. As luck would have it, the moisturiser came in a set that contained 3 products in total and I had to have it. Januworry what?

Pep-Start‚ĄĘ HydroBlur Moisturizer (50ml)

During¬†December the struggle is real when you have an oily t-zone, so I’ve been on the lookout for an oil-free moisturiser for a while now. Not only is this one oil-free, but it promises¬†to¬†instantly blur imperfections (pores and fine lines) while providing all-day hydration. The HydroBlur also promises to give your skin a matte finish. Another benefit ¬† is that you can also use this as a primer under your makeup or just as is, on makeup free days.

Does it do what it claims to do? I love the texture of this moisturiser. It’s lightweight and glides onto my skin easily. It’s not a cream and it’s not silicone, it looks like gel but isn’t sticky? (Sorry I’m still learning to describe things) Does it blur my pores? Very slightly it does, but I have huge pores, so it could be that there is no product in the world able to deal with all of this *outlines face*. I find on very hot days I do have shine peeping out around midday on my forehead, so it does not mattify my skin all day. It does however go on really smoothly and I find it does create this smooth canvas for my makeup, though I do still use a primer on top of it. Another thing is that I’ve worn this as is on no makeup days and I’ve had people out of nowhere tell me my skin looks good and refreshed. Lastly there is no scent, which is great as scented products always have my hayfever going crazy.

I am very happy with this moisuriser, even if it doesn’t do absolutely everything it claims to do. In Summer this is a winner for an oily gal like myself.

Pep-Start‚ĄĘ Eye Cream (7ml)

Being a mom of 3, I don’t have to tell you, but¬†I always have puffy and tired looking under eyes, so I was quite excited to try this out.

What is it supposed to do? Just 3 seconds to look wide awake, refreshed. Hydrates, brightens, perks you up. Its cool touch and de-puffing tip help keep eyes looking fresh. Smooths the way for makeup, too. Have it on hand. Ophthalmologist Tested.

Does it¬†do what it claims to do? Firstly it has the same non-existent scent that the moisturiser has. It’s very lightweight and glides on. A little goes a long way, so even though this is only 7ml, I’ve used it quite a few times and there’s still some left. I do feel that it smooths out my undereye area and hydrates it without being a heavy thick creamy sort of eye cream. I also find that under my makeup, it looks good and minimises the creasing. Wide awake? Once I get more sleep, I’ll get back to you on this one. This was a lovely find, though I don’t remember to use it all that often. #MomLife

Pep-Start‚ĄĘ 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser (30ml)

Exfoliating, but not exfoliating is a thing now. Huh? Apparently those rough huge beads we’d try to dig into our skin to exfoliate was not the best thing. We can exfoliate, but it needs to be gentler and finer on our skins. So I was anxious to see what the texture of this was, because I’m all about no big exfoliating beads.

What is is supposed to do? By combining gentle cleansing with exfoliating power, this 2-in-1 formula takes away dirt, dulling dead skin cells, excess oil and impurities to give skin a smooth finish and a radiant glow. Preps skin for makeup. It is gentle enough to use twice a day.

Does it¬†do what it claims to do? I really like this exfoliator. The beads are so super fine, you barely know it’s there. It doesn’t tug at the skin or irritate it. My skin doesn’t feel tight after using it, it feels clean and refreshed. I do believe the claim that you can use it twice a day, as it’s not harsh at all. There’s also no scent to this product, so yay, no sneezing.

This pack retailed for R395, but on the day I bought it there was a 25% off deal so I paid around R295, which I think is a steal for all these products.

Have you tried this range yet? Or anything else from Clinique that you either loved or hated?

Shopping with Pink Cosmetics {International brands}

I first came across Pink Cosmetics after I joined a beauty page on Facebook. I was intrigued, because I LOVE the colour pink! So already I knew this was a website after my own pink heart ‚̧ Pink Cosmetics is owned by Janet, who is a qualified beautician. She makes the most GORGEOUS bath bombs, soaps and hair products, amongst other things. PINK¬†stands for:¬†Perfectly Inspired by Nature‚Äôs Knowledge, so with this knowledge, she ensures that her products are paraben, sulphate and petro chemical free!

All this is obviously great right? But it gets even better….Janet is an importer of international makeup brands as well! Most¬†brand you can think of, she stocks. Needless to say she’s a very popular lady on the group. She’s also known to go the extra mile with speedy deliveries and sometimes a little extra goodie in the package which is appreciated. A LOT.

In December last year Janet was advertising the Tartelette In Bloom palette on the group and I was smitten. I went and researched it, stalked it online, looked at swatches….I was in love. I fell hook, line and sinker. The only problem is I had treated myself to way more birthday presents than I told my husband about….lol…so I could not justify the purchase. Every once in a while I went to peep at the link, and that darn palette was still there.

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I was watching the Kathleen Lights ‘Best of beauty 2016’ upload and this palette made the cut. I was even more smitten….if that’s possible. If Kathleen loved it, I HAD to have it! Sometime at the beginning of January I think, I must have been drunk and went and drunk dialled the palette on the link….declaring my undying love and telling it how I just could not forget about what we never had. Janet messaged me and said she had the palette in stock and and and…… it didn’t take much convincing, throw in free shipping and a deal I could not refuse, I told her to invoice me.

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It arrived¬†shortly after she opened for business in January and I was so surprised to see an extra little goodie for me on top of the excellent service! The SLMissglam beauty sponge ‚̧

The palette….the packaging feels luxurious and sturdy and it looks very high end¬†with the gold and shades of pinks and purples on the outside. When you open the palette it has the faint smell of chocolate, very much reminiscent of the Too Faced chocolate bar palette that I chatted about here. It has a large mirror which I quite like. There are 12 shades, 3 shimmers and 9 matte shades. These matte shades are so smooth and soft…almost satiny. Definitely not dry and chalky like some mattes can be. The shades are also nicely pigmented. This palette was definitely money well spent ‚̧

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Image taken off the Tarte website.

I’ll give you a quick rundown of the shades row by row, left to right:

Charmer – a matte vanilla shade

Jetsetter – a matte milk chocolate brown

Rocker – A taupey shimmer? This may be my favourite colour in the palette

Smokeshow – A cool toned matte dark chocolate brown colour

Flower child – A cream matte shade

Smarty pants – Shoot how do I describe this one? A matte caramel shade?

Firecracker – I’m a shimmer ho…I won’t lie. This gorgeous bronzey copper shade is so divine!

Activist – Also a dark chocolate brown matte shade, but slightly warmer toned than Smokeshow

Funny girl – A shimmery champagne shade

Sweetheart- Gorgeous matte pinky peach shade

Rebel – A matte terracotta shade?

Leader – This is also a brown matte shade when swatched, but it has brick red kind of undertones.

This is such a versatile palette and you literally don’t need anything else. You can do day time looks, natural neutral looks, more glammed night time looks with a smokey eye. Literally anything. I really love this palette and I have a feeling it’s going to be my favourite for a while ‚̧

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I’ve had a chance to try the sponge out and I really like it as well. It’s very soft and swells a lot when wet. It blends my foundation nicely. You’ll notice it also has the smaller flat part at the tip which is great for your under-eye concealer and powder.

So gals, that was my experience with Pink Cosmetics (I believe a name change may be on the cards). If you’re looking to shop for international brands, and you’re scared because so many people are selling FAKE MAKEUP, rest assured, you can shop with confidence on Janet’s website ‚̧

Do you own the In Bloom palette? I’m dying to try the shape tape concealer next! I believe it’s the holy grail of concealers. Have you tried any Tarte products?

 

 

 

Colourpop haul!

There’s something about a Colourpop haul that just fills your soul with butterflies and rainbows ‚̧ I’ve spoken about my love for Colourpop before, which you can read about here. ¬†In November last year, I saw that Colourpop was offering free international shipping. I had to jump on it, because once shipping and customs come in to play, Colourpop is not as affordable to us in South Africa as it is to US residents, so free shipping helps a lot to keep the costs down!

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So….what did I get?

1. On a Whim – mini ultra satin lip kit (RSP $18)

  • Magic Wand: Ultra Satin Lip; light nude
  • Mess Around: Ultra Satin Lip; mid-tone greige
  • Stud: Ultra Satin Lip; warm brown terracotta
  • TooLips: Ultra Satin Lip; deepened plum brown
  • Dopey: Ultra Satin Lip; muted pink

These were much smaller than I expected. I’m not sure how many uses I’ll get out of it, but it’s a nice way to test out a range of colours and then order the full size in the one you absolutely love. I can’t comment on the formula or wearing time as I haven’t used these yet.

2. Supershock shadows in ‘Just Fur Fun‘ and ‘I heart This‘ (RSP $5 each)

On first impressions, I do not love these eyeshadows…and that’s a first for me when it comes to the Supershock shadows. I expect them to be very pigmented and these 2 just are not. The swatches above are 2 generous swipes and still, you can barely see ‘Just fur fun’. I had to use another eyeshadow with it after realising the pigment was just lacking. ‘I heart this’ is very glittery to me with barely any colour payoff. I’ll play around with it a bit more though, and report back.

3. Lippie Stix in the shade ‘Cami‘ (RSP $5)

Let me tell you, this lippie stix is the best thing I’ve ever bought from Colourpop. I am in love with the colour and the formula. People say that the matte lippes are drying on your lips, but I find this to be very comfortable on my lips and I just love the colour. It’s more mauve than in my swatch. In the swatch it looks more brown, but I definitely think it has beautiful mauvey undertones and on the lips, it’s gorgeous. I think it would go with any skin tone.

Also the wearing time is good. I had it on for a good 5 hours (through 2 parties), ate and it was still on my lips. It was slightly faded, but still there. My husband has requested that I only wear this on my lips every day. That’s how much he loves it. lol.

On the shipping, I was told my parcel was lost so wasn’t expecting it to arrive. It took a full 2 months to get here. I see people are waiting 3, 4 and even 5 months with the international shipping, so you need to be patient. Customs is ridiculous considering this wasn’t even a $40 or $50 order. Customs and fees amounted to about $18, so keep that in mind when ordering any makeup overseas. Sometimes it’s worth it to rather order from a 3rd party seller here in SA if you want your costs to be predictable.

If you order directly, take advantage of the signup promo where you get $5 off your first purchase! That’s ‘Cami’ for free ūüėČ

What’s your favourite Colourpop product? Or your least favourite?

 

Chelsea Boutique Brow Kit {Review}

If there’s one thing you could not leave home without doing (in terms of your beauty game), what would it be? For me, it’s my brows. They are embarrassing, unruly and patchy! I usually travel with tinted brow gel and a spoolie in my bag for those days I’m rushing to the shop, so I can do my brows in the parking lot or at the till. Where ever….. Don’t judge me.

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a Benefit brow kit for ages now, but the brand is not available in Port Elizabeth and online (Red Square) when I tried to order, I got an error¬†so never bothered again. ¬†When I saw this competition on Life Retreat¬†for a brow kit from Chelsea Boutique, I was so excited, but didn’t think in a million years I’d win. So when I received the email notification about a week ago that I’d won, I was beyond ecstatic!

The package arrived on Friday afternoon and I was like a kid in a candy store. The packaging for this kit is so luxurious. The exterior is made of hard and sturdy cardboard, while inside, all the products are housed in this luxurious velvet sort of interior. Immediately I felt like: Simone, you’re in the big league with this kit! ‚̧

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The Kit contains:

  • 6 Eyebrow Stencils

  • 1 Duo Application Brush

  • 1 Eyebrow Powder

  • 1 Eyebrow Tweezers

  • 1 Velvet Kit Case

  • A ‘how to apply’ guide

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There are 7 shades to choose from, so there should be a shade for every gal! I chose the shade ‘Cappuccino’ after much deliberation and I’m happy to say that it matches me to a T. The formula of the powder is smooth and finely milled. I haven’t had any fallout when dipping the brush into the powder or on my actual eyes. A little of this product goes a LONG way. I literally just dab my brush in and that’s it. This after I took a nice sweep of product over the weekend and just applied…lesson learnt! lol.

I love good quality, easy brow products. Easy to apply, blend and even wipe away if you make a mistake. This ticks all the boxes.

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The brush is quite nice. I assume I use the other end for eye shadow? Well that’s what I have been using it for and it picks up product nicely. I do wish that the other end was a spoolie. I see they do have a brush like that on the website though. The tweezers are AMAZING! I’m obsessed with my La Tweez tweezer, but this one from CB definitely is up high…maybe even better. It took all the stray hairs out on the first attempt. A really fabulous set of tweezers.

There’s a little guide on how to apply the powder and use the stencils. CB claims the powder is smudge proof and water resistant, as this is a semi permanent powder. I did find that my accidental dark brows on Saturday looked nice on Sunday as if the excess powder had washed away. I’m not sure how semi permanent the powder is supposed to be in terms of how long it lasts, but I personally have no issue with doing my brows daily. If I could skip a day or just add a brow mascara in the morning though, that would be great! I will report back on how long the powder lasts and how often I am touching up my brows and I’ll also include some before and after pictures.

Lastly there’s a gorgeous little velvet bag to store all the products in, which is great to just throw in your bag or for travelling. Add your brow gel and you don’t need anything else. There are also some lash products on their website, the mink lashes are to die for!! I’d also love to try their Brow Gel so may do an order for that in the near future.

Have you heard of this brand or tried it out?

Thanks again Life Retreat and Chelsea Boutique for a lovely prize!

Fushin {Mini restaurant review}

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I spent most of the festive season eating! Hence the diet I’m desperate to start right now, but that’s another post for another day.

My husband and I are really creatures of habit when it comes to where we dine. On the rare occasion we step out of our comfort zone, 9 times out of 10, we end up disappointed and we wish that we just went somewhere reliable. Somewhere where they serve good food. Every. Single. Time.

One of those good food places is Fushin. If you’re a friend of mine (or my 8yr old daughter), you know that our¬†love for Fushin knows no limits. Payday or end of the month salticrax days, when the craving hits, Fushin is the place that beckons us…welcomes us. Seriously, we see the waiters there more than our own family members.

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Fushin has 2 restaurants in Port Elizabeth at the moment, one situated in the vibey Richmond Hill area and the other, the Champagne and Tapas Bar, situated in the Baywest Mall.

I was so excited to learn that Fushin would be opening in Baywest mall, but I’ll be honest when I say, I’m not the biggest fan of the concept of eating in public. I feel we’re eating ‘high end’ sushi, and for that I think an enclosed restaurant would feel more appropriate. I am no food critic or ‘knower of all’, so this is just my feeling. I’m sure the owner had his reasons for the layout, and despite my feelings, we go and do the eat in public thing, because the food is THAT GOOD!

When I say we are creatures of habit, I mean it. Our order without fail:

Starter -as many tempura prawns as we can afford.

Sushi – The Blue Flame and The Peruvian Prince. (They were out of scallops on the day we went, so we opted for the Mexican Tuna instead)

In winter I live on their thai green chicken curry ‚̧ It’s the best in PE for sure! ¬†

Drinks – A glass of dry white wine for me and some sort of beer for the mister. He claims this craft beer is the best he’s ever had ūüėČ

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Besides being beautifully presented, the food always tastes as good as it looks.

I meet many people that seem to think Fushin is a very pricey restaurant, but I maintain, go to another fish and chips sort of sushi dig, and for fifty bucks you get 4 pieces of sushi, whereas a Mexican Tuna for example is around eighty bucks¬†for 8 pieces. So when you compare the price to the actual quantity, nope, Fushin is definitely not expensive and you’re getting top quality sushi. Wine a smidgen on the pricey side if you’re going by the glass. For R48 a glass I’d like¬†my glass slightly more filled. #JustSaying

My mom only started eating sushi later (like super late, you know, because she’s a fossil now ūüėČ ) in life, because she was curious as to what her 5yr old granddaughter was so obsessed with. Today my mom only eats sushi from Fushin (it kind of runs in the family), so you have to know it’s THAT¬†good!

We need to share the good spots to eat in Port Elizabeth. I’m just so sick of wasting money on an experience and food that I didn’t enjoy. So I hope if you’ve never tried Fushin before, you’ll give them a try, though¬†seriously, by now…everybody SHOULD have tried Fushin at least once ūüėČ

Have you eaten there before? What’s your favourite sushi spot?

You can find Fushin’s Facebook page here.

 

My top picks of 2016

Every beauty blogger and their cousin by now has uploaded a video or post with¬†their ‘Best of Beauty 2016’, so I’m a bit late on the bus, but we’ll still get to the same destination….right? ¬†Today I want to just share what some of my all time favourite products to use in 2016 were. I’ll try not to make this too long and will go in order of makeup application.

Best of Beauty 2016

Primer – My ride or die will always be the Benefit Porefessional pro balm. It’s glides onto my skin and fills my pores. The balm also mattifies my oily bits which I love. I’ve yet to find another primer that can compare to this one.

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Foundation – I have’t used many different foundations as I’ve found 1 that you’ve seen on the blog before, the¬†L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte foundation. I’m in the shade Golden Beige, though I think that’s my winter shade and I should try one shade darker now in Summer. This gives me a medium coverage with 1 layer and looks very natural on my skin, so much so that people sometimes don’t believe I’m wearing foundation. This foundation is for somebody with oily skin though, or it may look a little dry, but a good mist of setting spray can help with that. (Available at Dischem )

Face powder – After seeing a few good reviews, I got the Yardley loose translucent powder and I really like it. It’s very finely milled and it doesn’t crease my under eye area like other powders do. (Available at Clicks or Dischem)¬†

Under eye concealer – I’ve seen many reviews on the Maybelline Age rewind concealer and I was praying it would come to South Africa, but it hasn’t. Thankfully I have a lovely cousin in the UK that said I could order goodies and when she comes to SA she’d bring it with her. I love this concealer. It’s not thick and it blends so well. My only issue is that I think the shade I got is a smidge too light for me, so I usually mix it with my other favourite concealer, from LA Girl (Pro HD concealer) that is a bit darker. (Available from Superdrug in the UK)

Eyehsadow primer – I loved the eyeshadow base from Essence. It’s affordable and it does the job.(Available at Clicks or Dischem)¬†

Eyeshadow palette – This is a tough one as I love all of my palettes more than the next one at some point in time. Only because this was a dream come true, the Chocolate Bar palette from Too Faced has got to be my favourite palette for 2016. The shade selection is great and the quality of the eye shadow is amazing.¬†I’ve said it in a previous post, there’s something in this palette for every type of gal…the ordinary gal and the glam gal ‚̧

Brow Pencil – I love the MAC brow pencils.¬†They are creamy and blend in really well. Easy to smudge or wipe off if you need to fix a mistake. I just feel it gives such a natural fill to the brows. I wear the shade ‘Spiked’.

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Mascara – There is¬†a clear winner for me, and that is the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. The Roller Lash doesn’t clump, it seperates and lengthens your lashes. It’s just the perfect formula and I will repurchase it over and over.

Blush – Again there is no other contender in this category for me, it’s the Benefit Dallas face powder. (I seem to have a little bit of a crush on Benefit products don’t I?) A bit of a blush/bronzer hybrid, but I just love the flush of colour it gives, with no shimmer and I think it just goes with every single makeup look. I don’t even have to think about it.

Highlighter – This one is difficult. I don’t think I’ve found THE HIGHLIGHTER yet that rocks my world. I was obsessed with my Colourpop one in the shade ‘Lunch money‘. Today I’m in love with the one from my NYX palette called ‘Ice Queen‘. So in 2016 I basically just grabbed whatever was close by…I love all my highlighters on different days.

Lip pencilsEssence lip pencils are my go too pencils in any shade. They are affordable and come in an array of colours. I don’t think they’re the most long wearing lip pencils out there, but I’m not too fussy about that.¬†(Available at Clicks or Dischem)¬†

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Setting spray – My vote goes for the Me & Youth beauty spray (previously known as Beauty Fix). The ingredients, the lovely rose scent and the dewy look it gives my foundation just makes this a clear winner in my books. Apologies as I seem to have not included a picture of the new bottle and I don’t want to show a picture of the old packaging. Oi. ¬†(Available on the Me&Youth website)

Lipstick – I’m not a big lipstick lover. I’m more a lipliner and gloss kind of gal. My most worn lipstick in winter was definitely from Gosh in the colour ‘Antique‘. Also a reached for lipstick was from Mac in the shade ‘Modesty‘. (Available at Edgars Stores)

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Lipgloss – Another winner from Essence, but sadly this gloss was part of the limited edition ‘All that Greys’ launch and mine is basically finished, so I have no idea what I’m going to do ūüė¶ It’s a nudey pink gloss and paired over a plum lipliner is just amazing! Also paired with grey eyeshadow, it’s simply stunning. The scent is also really lovely. (Limited edition, so not available anymore)

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Hair – I discovered quite a few brands in 2016 and a brand called NAK definitely was the best shampoo and conditioner that I used. It left my hair feeling so clean, nourished and shiny, without it being oily. On the budget side, Aunt Jackie’s range from Clicks is a brand I fell in love with, especially for coloured gals with flyaway hair or knotty hair. The range is affordable and even has a flaxseed oil infused hair gel so it isn’t harsh or drying on the hair. (Available from RetailBox)

That concludes my ‘Best of 2016’ picks! I hope you enjoyed reading it and perhaps we loved some of the same things, or you’ve spotted something you’d like to try? Also if there was something you could not live without in 2016, please let me know below in the comments so I can look out for it ‚̧

PS I have NO idea why the quality of my picture is so bad. It’s fine until I upload it here. I haven’t had this issue before ūüė¶ If anybody has advice, leave me a comment down below. I’ll try to play around with it and update the post.

EyeSeeHue Makeup haul

My friends who know me, know that I love to enter competitions! I tend to win a few once in a while and they always ask: ‘How are you so lucky?’ My reply is that you have to be in it, to win it! I am a mom of 3, struggling to pay her bills and keep the makeup addiction alive, just like any other family out there in these tough times. If I can try my luck at winning something I could never afford or things I really really wished I owned, why not? Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

In December I don’t know what happened….lucky, blessed, whatever you want to call it, that was me. Okay I don’t win cars or R5000 in cash, but these little prizes make my heart all warm and fuzzy ‚̧ To me, it’s HUGE! I entered a competition on @JoziStyle¬†to win a R1000 shopping voucher with EyeSeeHue Makeup¬†and one morning, at 5am when insomnia was winning….I decided to check my emails and saw the delightful news that I’d won. I was ECSTATIC. Sephora, Too Faced, Eyeko……EEEKKK….any beauty junkie’s dream spree!

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On Tuesday evening I selected my goodies and by Thursday morning they were on my doorstep…while I was at work! Talk about¬†FOMO. When I got home, I greeted my kids, ate supper and then calmly went to sit down so I could open my package and savour the moment. So what did I order?

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First up was this Sephora face mask set that contains 6 sheet masks. Each mask contains different ingredients and extracts (related to the name) to target a specific skin concern.

  • Orchid ¬†– Anti aging and smoothing
  • Lotus ¬†– Moisturising and soothing
  • Algae – Purifying and detoxifying
  • Rose – Ultra moisturising and brightening
  • Pomegranate – Anti fatigue and energizing (I have 3 kids…much needed! )
  • Avocado – Nourishing and repairing

This set retails for R400.

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EEEEEEPPPPPP I can’t help but feel excited about trying this mascara out! This is a cult favourite, as evidenced by the amount of You Tubers that rave about it and love it. Initially it was out of stock, but the beauty gods knew my heart, because when Andrea contacted me to select my items, there it was, with a shining halo of light….*sings ‘Hallelujah, hallelujah…* So this is the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara and it’s a full sized mascara. ¬†The box promises more volume, more curl, longer lashes and drama! So we’ll see if it lives up to its reputation. The RSP is R330 which is amazing considering it goes for just under that on the Too Faced website.

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The last thing I ordered was the BeautyBlender as I always need more beauty sponges and I was hoping to get a pink one. I got the red one, which I do already own. The sponge is GREAT, really worth it’s price, but the red one bleeds like crazy, so that’s the only thing about the red one that I don’t love. Once its been washed 100 times the colour is really ugly, but it still does its job and I’m not too offended by it…and I won it, so really not complaining, just letting you know what to expect if you get a red one. This has a RSP of R350.

As if winning this voucher was not enough, Andrea also kindly threw in a Sephora Kiss Me lipbalm in Cotton Candy¬†as an extra little gift. It smells amazing and it’s just so freakin cute ‚̧ My sister entered to win this competition as well and she wanted one of these lipbalms….I’m considering gifting this to her. Pay it forward and all that you know, but this just smells so good….not sure if I’m going to be kind in this instance. lol. The lipbalm retails for R120.

I for one will definitely be supporting Andrea in future as her prices are just so competitive! Seriously go check out the Chocolate Bar palette on her page that I spoke about in my previous blog post. I can’t wait to see what other products and brands she’ll be bringing in next. I’m not sure if she’ll read this blog post, but Andrea, thanks again. Your babies have gone to a good makeup loving home ‚̧

Do you spot anything here that you’d like a review on or that you’d like to get your hands on?