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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Dupe or No Dupe: MAC vs. Essence

Hi Ladies

Today I have a possible dupe for the LE MAC Ombre Blush in Azalea Blossom, and it is as affordable as can be! It is from an Essence Trend edition called 'Rock Out', and is currently in store. To find out more about the collection click HERE

Essence Multicolour Blush in Global Icon is not ombre, but it does have two shades similiar to MAC as you can see above. The lightest shade of the Essence Blush throws the dupe off a bit, but lets continue with the swatching. The Essence blush was about R63 I think, so it is totally affordable!

As you can see in natural light the swatches are similiar, with Essence being slightly more shimmery. I tried to avoid the lightest shade when swatching, so that we could compare like with like.

In artificial light the shimmer shines through, and we can really see a huge difference in the two. The lightest shade has the most shimmer (which I tried to avoid), but the other two shades are still way more shimmery than the MAC.

And so... Dupe or No Dupe?

Packaging- Nope
Colour- Dupe in natural light
Finish- Nope, shimmer vs matte

I don't think this is a very good dupe. The colours are pretty similiar if you are sticking to natural light though. So maybe half a dupe? I do like both blushes though, and I definitely think the Essence blush is a good buy.

What do you think ladies?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Shop My Stash! MAC LE Collections.

Hi Ladies

Today on Shop My Stash I have three products from MAC, all LE!

First up, Sharon Osbourne Blush in Peaches and Cream, when I initially saw this blush I thought it was going to be way too light for me, but I actually love it! It is a very soft pink which gives a flushed and healthy look, as if I have just run a mile in high heels!

Next up, Archie's Girls Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me. This is an amazing product, a gold/peach highlighter with built in coral heart blushes! The highlighter is MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl, and the blush is MAC Powder Blush in Foolish Me. I love the idea of having the highlighter and blush together, where you can either use them seperately or together. And how cute is it, I must admit I didn't want to use it and spoil the design!

Lastly, I have the Casual Color Pot from the Playland Collection in Hi Jinks! I have only used this on my lips so far, it was a bit drying, but I love the colour! Your lips definitely have to be in perfect condition, because it will emphasise any dryness. It is important to layer your lips with a moisturising balm first before applying this. I am yet to try it on my cheeks, I tend to stay away from cream blush in summer as I feel it is just too hot and I find powders stay longer, but I will be trying it soon!

Unfortunately nothing for the blog sale today ladies, but there are still some other items, so have a look HERE

While I was overseas and going crazy buying beauty products I didn't forget about you guys! I bought an extra of two products which aren't available in SA, and I will be putting them on my blog sale sometime soon. Have a look at my haul HERE, can you guess which two items I bought extra of?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Polka Dot Shoesday!

Happy Shoesday Ladies!

I haven't done one of these posts for quite a while!

I bought these cute heels from Legit late last year, and I think they are still available. I just love the polka dot design and I love the pop of colour on the strap and side. These aren't very comfortable, but cuteness wins in this case, and I will definitely try wear these more often. I paired it with skinny jeans and a statement tee for a contrast between cute and casual chic.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Essence New Collection In Store Now! Rock Out!

Hi Ladies

I have another new collection from Essence for you today called Rock Out, which is currently in store at Clicks!

My favourite product from this collection is definitely the blush, which reminds me a lot of my MAC Azalea Blossom. I will be doing a dupe post soon, so keep an eye out!

Happy Shopping Ladies!