Friday, 28 November 2014

Get the Look . . . Essence Cosmetics

Today's post will be a very simple makeup look created by only using some of the Essence products that I own. So technically this could also be a $20 makeup look or even an everyday makeup look for summer.

First of all I started by cleaning my face and removing as much of the residual mascara and eyeliner as I possibly can. Whaaa barefaced me - bet you are all scared now.

In the first photo of this post you can see all of the products I use for this look. As the name of this post cover them up I will also tell you a bit more about them as I use it.

After prepping my face (cleaning and moisturising) I start with my base which only includes a bit of concealer. Right now I am pretty lucky and have minimal spots so I try to get away with not wearing foundation. I applied some of the Essence Stay All Day 16 hour concealer right at the inner corners of my eyes and blended it outward by tapping it in with my ring fingers. This ensures you are not too harsh on the delicate skin below your eyes but also ensures flawless blending.

After the concealer is blended I move onto bronzer. I used the Essence Sunclub bronzer in 10 sunkissed and applied it with the Essence powder brush in the well known 3E distribution. What I like about this bronzer is that I can really pack it onto the brush and it still doesn't look muddy on my skin. At least in my opinion. You can see down below what the bronzer look like when applied and judge for yourself if you think it looks like dirt. I don't think so though.

Unfortunately I only own one Essence makeup brush so I ended up using this one for both the bronzer and blush. The blush I used is the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 10 Adorable. This blush have been reviewed before so be sure to check that post out. I won't say too much about it, but it is a lovely lightweight blush that adds a healthy glow. Very easy to apply since you won't easily struggle with over pigmenting your cheeks with this one.

Next up is the brows. I used the darkest colour in the Essence eyebrow stylist set in 02 natural blonde style. I think it suits the colour of my hair perfectly. I did a whole tutorial on how I do my brows. For the sake of staying true to the task of only using Essence products for this look I used the brush that is included in the set instead of the brush I normally use. Not my favourite brush but it did get the job done. Down below you can see what the product look like.

Moving on to the eyes. To line my water- and tight line I used the Essence long lasting eye pencil in 02 Hot Chocolate. I usually use a black pencil but I have ran out of mine and not yet replaced it. I also applied one of the eye shadow singles in 58 cappuccino, please! I just used my fingers and blended it onto my top lid as well as adding some in the inner corners of my eyes. After that I also applied some Essence Get BIG Lashes volume boost waterproof mascara. I am quite impressed with the performance of this mascara considering it's really cheap. It may seem a bit clumpy in the photos but that is just because mine is up for replacement.

The final touch was applying one of the new Essence lipsticks in 07 Natural Beauty. As with the previous lipsticks I am not a fan. It is definitely better, but not good enough quite yet. The colour is lovely I must say!

And voila that is the final look of this full face of Essence products only.

Now for the before and after next to each other...

Which brand should I focus on next? Let me know in the comment section down below!

Happy thanksgiving and have a lovely weekend! ♡
daisyperson xx

Want to read some more?
Essence blush - click here!
Essence eyeliner and mascara - click here!
Old Essence lipsticks - click here!
Essence brow stylist set - click here!
Essence powder brush and Sunclub bronzer - click here!
Essence single eye shadow - click here!
Essence randoms - click here!

Feeling lucky? click here!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What's been going on??

Most of you probably didn't even notice my absence :) but for the past almost 3 weeks I have basically been MIA on Twitter and Instagram and some of you may have noticed that I didn't post a beauty post last Friday and also not the Health and Fitness post that was due to go up yesterday.

So for those of you who are a bit more nosy as I am - guilty pleasure of mine knowing everyones' business! - this is just a quick life update post from my side. The last three months have been really hectic. I had a part of my university course in which I had to go do some practical work in a small town where I had limited internet access. I did still continue with my regular uploading schedule as I finished the posts in advance but it was still really busy and was followed by finals which as I am sure most of you know is quite a dreaded time in any students life.

After finishing exams and praise the Lord passing them we had a month of practical work left. That meant days starting at 7 am and ending around 6 pm. If that wasn't difficult enough I had to study and work on assignments in the evenings. Needless to say it was quite a mission getting posts up and ready but again I luckily had some posts of which the text was ready I just had to take, edit and then insert the necessary photos.

So all was going quite well until my laptop broke. According to the computer shop my motherboard is fried and to my dismay I lost the photo's of the post which was supposed to go up on Friday. Taking the photos for a post and editing them is always the hardest work, for me at least. I just didn't have the strength to redo them last week. I am so sorry but it is my mission to fit it into this week.

Luckily I am now on summer holidays - whoop whoop - so I should be able to make more time for blogging. So far I have been pretty caught up in social responsibilities including wine, dining and of course getting some much deserved time on the beach :) but I am truly looking forward to getting back to what I really enjoy putting time into.

It is so weird how putting a few thoughts and feelings of a product onto "paper" can make me so happy. 

So yes lovelies that's been my last couple of months! Hopefully I see a bit more of you all soon and remember to leave links to your blogs in the comment section so I can go read yours!

daisyperson xx

Friday, 14 November 2014

Let's Get Naked! [lips]

natural makeup; nude lipsticks; naked

Yes, you read that right! It is time that we take off all the pretence and just get naked! Because let's be honest...who doesn't love getting down to just the nudes! If there is one staple product every woman needs in her vanity it is definitely a nude lipstick. I am sure most of you already got this covered, but give me five minutes to share a few of my favourites with you.

Almay Color & Care Liquid Lip Balm - Rosey Lipped

I am a lipstick girl. I rarely reach for my lipglosses hence I only own four or five of them and of the four or five I usually only reach for this particular lipgloss. It is the Almay color + care liquid lip balm in 800 rosey lipped. I have reviewed this specific product before and will link it down below.

This liquid lip balm/lipgloss has the most amazing scent in the world. I would describe it as a hot fudge scent and if you have any idea how obsessed I am with fudge you would understand that this alone could make me love a product! However it is also a great lipgloss. This slightly pink toned nude adds just the right amount of colour and shine to the lips. They also don't last too bad. I get around two hours of wear out of this guy but you can probably imagine they do not last through eating or drinking. The doe foot applicator ensures easy application and since the colour is a nude if you did run over your lip lines while applying it in public it wouldn't be the end of the world. For a lipgloss these guys perform really well.

almay color + care

L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick - Forbidden Love

I recently went a bit cray with the purchasing of L.A. Girl cosmetics and I can honestly say that I have not even once been disappointed. First I got the L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick in Forbidden Love. I purchased this one first as this sounded like the perfect nude on reviews I read online. Most bloggers described this as a pink toned nude, however I found this one to have quite a distinct brown undertone which would work perfect for your colder months. I admit in the tube it looks pretty pink toned, but when swatched the pink didn't show on my lips at all. 

la girl lipstick forbidden love

L.A. Girl Creme Lipstick - Fling

The Creme Lipstick in Fling however is in my opinion pretty close to a perfect nude. It is very similar to the following two lipsticks, but since L.A. Girl cosmetics are a bargain I am extra impressed by these. Fling is closer to a true nude, but it does not wash the face out at all. Personally I think it makes ones lips look gorgeous and I have been wearing it almost non-stop ever since I purchased it a few weeks ago. 

la girl lipstick fling

Both these lipsticks have a creme finish which sets after a while so it does not feel like the lipstick will move. They last around 3 hours, not through drinks and meals, but are easy to reapply. The pigmentation is phenomenal! They smell a bit like a fruity body wash which isn't that great but you do not notice the scent once it's on the lips so I doubt that will be a problem for anyone. The only problem I have with this product is the packaging. It really is not pretty. I don't particularly like the pink curly font on the black packaging and I have a pet peave when it comes to clear caps. Even though the lipstick retracts to level or below the top of the bottom part of the lipstick the clear cap still gets messy. It just makes the whole lipstick look even cheaper. However for R36 a lipstick it is worth the ugly packaging for the treasure of a lipstick inside. Definitely check these out!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in 03

My all time favourite nude lip has been Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in 03. This is one of those cult favourite lipsticks that I can not get enough of. Until I bought the L.A. Girl lipsticks I wore this daily. Now I tend to reach for my L.A. Girl cosmetics on a day to day basis just because they are half the price of the Rimmel lipstick and I safe the Rimmel lipstick for when I go out with people or fancier events. 

Overall I love the packaging, the pigmentation, the 2-3 hour lasting power and the sweet nostalgic smell. It is not as ridiculously cheap as above mentioned lipsticks, but for R85 at Dischem this stays an excellent deal. If you prefer nice packaging you will definitely prefer this one above the L.A. Girl lipsticks...

rimmel kate 03

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick - Maroon

Finally we have the Catrice Ultimate Colour lipstick in 020 Maroon. If you have been reading my blog for a while I am sure that you have seen this lipstick featured in at least one or two of the older posts. I really like this lipstick line of Catrice. The lipsticks are nice and moisturizing, lasts around two hours, does not hold through meals, are really affordable and the packaging is lovely. To make the packaging even more special they have added an indention of the Catrice branding into the lipstick itself which I really like. 

catrice maroon

When comparing Fling (L.A. Girl) and Rimmel Kate 03 they look a lot different in the tube. The Rimmel lipstick looks much darker. However when swatching them you can see below they are almost identical.

Left to Right: 1) LA Girl - Forbidden Love; 2) Catrice - Maroon; 3) LA Girl - Fling; 4) Rimmel Kate 03 5) Almay - Rosey Lipped

All of the above mentioned products are affordable yet excellent quality and I can honestly recommend this to all of you! Which lipstick is your ultimate favourite nude? Let me know in the comment section down below! I love reading all of you comments so much!

Keep well friends!
daisyperson xx

More blogposts these lipsticks were mentioned in...

Almay Color + Care liquid lip balm: Review ||
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick: Lipstick Tag | July Lipstick Favourites ||
Catrice Ultimate Colour lipstick: July Lipstick Favourites | Sarah Hyland Inspired Makeup Look | Winter Makeup Must Haves ||

Sorry I only bought the L.A. Girl cosmetics lipsticks recently so unfortunately they have never been featured in previous posts!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Running Playlist - Power Songs

One of the best motivators during a run is definitely the music I am listening to. It can make or break your run. Getting into the rhythm of a song can make you go for much longer. Over the last 18 months of running I have a quite a list of go to songs that I really enjoy running to. 

Today I will share my "power songs" with you. These are basically the best of the best and literally re-energises me during my run. Just a slight warning...some of these songs may be inappropriate. It is mostly songs I never listen to in general, but their beat is amazing for running to. If you are not into this genre of music just give it a try you might find that it helps your running along as well.

Power Song Playlist!
1. I'm a Machine - David Guetta feat Chrystal Nicole
2. Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Ray Dalton
3. Counting Stars - One Republic
4. Crazy Kids - Ke$ha feat Pitbull
5. Work Bitch - Britney Spears
6. On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons
7. Timber - Ke$ha feat Pitbull
8. Rock the Boat - Bob Sinclar feat. Pitbull
9. Summer - Calvin Harris
10. Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Wanz

Hope you enjoy them!
daisyperson xx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

October Empties!


Finally I am writing one of the posts I enjoy most reading. If a person actually used up a product they must have really liked it or have a very good idea of what they really think of the product. I go through products pretty slowly so I never thought I would really have enough things finished at the same time to write about, but for some reason this month I have just suddenly run out of everything I use frequently. There is quite a few to get through so let's get to it!

essence long wear eyeliner essence get big lashes mascara

Essence long lasting eyeliner pencil in Black Fever

I absolutely love this Essence long lasting eyeliner pencil in Black Fever. It is not waterproof but it is the retractable kind that you don't have to sharpen and I just love that. It just makes life so much easier! This eyeliner is perfect for tightlining and in the waterline, I do use it on my top eyelid as well, but it does smudge after a few hours and can make your entire look a bit worn down. However as a tight- and waterliner this is a must have for only R22! To read a full review click here.
Repurchase? Definitely!

Essence Get Big Lashses - waterproof mascara

I don't reach for this mascara particularly often mostly because I don't like wearing waterproof mascara on a daily basis. At first I didn't really like it, but I have started really liking it lately. It is very volumising and really makes it look like you have a bunch of beautiful lashes. By the end of the day I did have some fall out below my eyes but it was not too bad. I bought it to use around the pool or at the beach but I ended up not really using it that much so unfortunately I cannot comment on the waterproof capabilities of this mascara. I have had it for a year now so it did start drying out a bit. I guess it is time to chuck this one!
Repurchase?  Yes, for the price it is a pretty decent mascara.

empties zambuk lip ice

Lip Ice in Cherry

I love lip ice as I have said in my Lipstick Tag post. It really moisturizes the lips for hours. Sometimes lip products can tend to dehydrate your lips even more, but this one is not like that at all and I have been repurchasing it literally for the last ten years.
Repurchase? I am sure this comes at no surprise...YES! 

Zam-Buk Cherry Lip Balm

This is probably one of my all time favourite lip balms and I have finished multiple of these little tins. As with the Lip Ice mentioned above it is extremely moisturizing and as an added bonus it smells amazing. Can you tell I like Cherry scented lip products??
Repurchase? Already have and already using the next one!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation

This one is a bit random as it is a sample. I got this Revlon Colorstay Foundation sample earlier this year. I hardly ever wear foundation so I actually do not own a full sized foundation...shocking I know! However I did love the feeling of this foundation on my skin. It gives lovely coverage without making you look completely dead and it is very buildable.
Repurchase? I will definitely purchase the full size in the future! Hopefully sooner than later, but being on a student budget it will have to wait until the new year since I need to save up for some running shoes right now!

Pantene aqua light shampoo and conditioner empties

Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo & Conditioner

Moving on to the shower. I have been using the Pantene Aqua Light shampoo and conditioner for the last couple of months after Zoella recommended it quite a few months ago. It smells pretty good, but I did not feel that it made my hair feel any lighter or more volumised as it did with her hair. It's not bad, but it's not great either, so I guess average then?
Repurchase? No, there are so many other shampoos and conditioners to pick from so I will give it a skip for now.

empties nivea cleansing cream wash; nutraderm

Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash for Dry & Sensitive skin

I love this stuff. It is really creamy and soft and just feels amazing on your skin. It does not leave your skin feeling particularly dry after use and leaves the skin soft and clean. I have not had many breakouts since using this so I have nothing to complain about. The only negative thing I have to say about is that it is really difficult to get the last quarter of product out. The massive cap at the bottom is really uncomfortable and in the way when trying to squeeze the last bit of product out.
Repurchase? Yes

Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser 

I love the consistency of Nivea products. They are nice and creamy and easily sinks into the skin. Don't you just hate it when body lotions leave your skin feeling either wet or tacky.
Repurchase? This is yet another product that I have been repurchasing for quite a while now and will definitely repurchase in the future.

Nutraderm Moisturising Cream

I have been using this as a moisturiser for about 5 years now. I like it a lot. It feels very nourishing as it sinks into your skin and it doesn't have a bunch of chemicals and things in that can irritate the skin. If you have slightly more sensitive skin I would recommend you give this a try.
Repurchase? Certainly!

That is it for my very first empties post. Link your empties posts in the comment section down below...I am a real old snoop and love seeing what is in other peoples trash! Guilty little pleasure I tell you!

Keep well blogger friends!
daisyperson xx