Essence 'Silky Touch Blush' review

Hi fellow readers :)

Over the last 2 weeks I've had this rotten flu that everyone in Perth seems to have caught. It's a bastard of a flu...I'm so over it! Anyway, enough ranting on. 
As today (in Perth, WA) was the first day of Sunday trading. I decided to suck it up and do some 'retail therapy'. It certainly paid off!

"A  fresh and healthy complexion is the perfect accessory during any season. With this silky-soft rouge, you can create gorgeous, natural-looking highlights on your cheeks. Available in various shades."

 Essence 'Silky Touch Blush' - #20 'Babydoll'
Lately I've been into the 'Essence' makeup range. At first, I was a little sceptical on its quality (considering their extremely low prices). Though upon further research, I've become very impressed. :)
Recently I purchased an Essence mascara. All I can say about it is...FAB. That sums it up in one word. I will definitely be re-purchasing this product.
Today I purchased the Essence 'Silky Touch' blush. And once again, I am very pleased with it already.

The Essence Silky Touch blush is $4.95 for 5 grams of product. I purchased the colour 'Babydoll #20'. If I was to compare it to another blush product, I would say it is similar to Nars 'Orgasm'. 
The blush appears to have warm 'peachy' undertones, also a slight gold shimmer. Very pretty indeed! I was also very impressed with its pigmentation. For a $5 blush, the quality is fantastic. :)

I found that the product applied onto my cheeks quite sheer, though I find that appealing. In my opinion, there's nothing worse than clown cheeks, ugh. ;)

The only negative of this product would be, if you have tanned skin. I believe the blush may be too sheer. Though for the ladies out there (including myself) with creamy, light skin. The product works very well.


All up, I am very impressed with this product from 'Essence'. I would suggest it to anyone who loves 'beauty at bargain prices'. 

Stay pretty xxx

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Help support this little star!

Hi everyone :) 

Today I have a very special blog post for you today. I'd like to introduce a very special little battler by the name of Talia Castellano (taliajoy18). You may have heard of her through Youtube.
She is a beautiful and inspirational  young lady (13 years old) who has been battling Cancer over the last 5 years. As some of you may already realise, she is AMAZING at applying makeup. Probably one of the best I've seen in a long time.
Anyway, this post today will include a video introducing Talia, an example of the incredible skills, and a recent video which includes information about how you can help Talia fulfill her ultimate dream.
Enjoy :)

Stay pretty xxx

influenster VoxBox

Hi girlies,

Just a super short post today regarding a fantastic new website I came across not too long ago.
It is called 'Influenster'.

What is an Influenster?
Community of trendsetters invited to share their lifestyles and show off their influence to qualify for personalized product shipments, special rewards and exclusive deals from the brands they love. Members love testing the latest products, giving insightful feedback, and spreading the word on their favorite finds!

How Do I Get Started?
Registered members "play the game" by unlocking badges that reflect their lifestyle, expertise and power to influence. By earning badges that tell us more about you, Influensters can increase their chances of being selected to receive a themed VoxBox (complimentary packages of products to test & review), rewards (bonus giveaways/discounts) and other special promotions targeted toward our most influential members!
Who Should Join?
If you:
  • Are always the first one to try new products, brands and services
  • Love gabbing with your friends about your favorite discoveries
  • Have a super-active social life both online and off

Then guess what? You could be an Influenster! There’s no fee to join and it takes less than a minute, so what are you waiting for? 

Seriosly, this site is alot of fun. Go check it won't regret it :)

That's all for today!

P.S: I'm not affiliated or sponsored by Influenster or any of the companies mentioned in this blog. 
All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

Stay Pretty xxx

The 411: Mascara vs Mascara

Essence vs Almay

The challenge is on!

Hi again fellow bloggers/readers,
Today I have a special mascara comparison. Brilliant 'bargain brand',  Essence and the 'guardian angel' to sensitive skin, Almay, come up against each other in a fierce challenge. To discover what mascara lives up to (my personal) expectation once and for all! 
..... Well ok, that sounded pretty corny. Lets cut to the chase here.
Firstly, I purchased the 'Essence' mascara from my local Target store, (I believe that 'Essence' is available at most Target stores across Australia).
The 'Almay' mascara was bought at Priceline (Australian makeup/beauty store).
Both stores stock a rather large range of beauty products. :)

*Disclaimer: I am not getting paid for this review. It is solely my opinion of each product I have purchased myself  :)

  • Essence - 'Get Big Lashes', volume boost mascara 
  • Almay - 'One Coat Nourishing' mascara , thickening waterproof

Lets start with a brief introduction on each cosmetic company:

Essence - since its launch in 2002, essence stands for trendy and high quality cosmetics at a sensational low price. how can essence ensure the quality of its products at such low sales prices?
the quality of our products is our top priority!this principle applies to the selection of our production plants as well as for all manufacturing process steps from the very beginning until the completion of our final products. we reveal more on the high quality demands of essence here:
quality instead of advertising spendingsthe essence brand does without costly advertisements using models or celebrities, expensive tv spots or print ads in magazines. instead, essence invests in the development of premium products at a consistently high level of quality.

Almay - Almay was the first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand and continues to lead the beauty industry in firsts.Since 1931, Almay has helped women look and feel their best with good-for-you cosmetics in fabulous shades - all while staying true to our heritage of using pure, hypoallergenic ingredients.Almay was first developed by Alfred Woititz in response to his wife's sensitive skin needs. Alfred, a professional chemist worked in conjunction with renowned dermatologist,Dr. Marion Sulzberger t devise a formula for pure cosmetics.Combining the names of the founders, Alfred and Fanny May, Almay was established in 1931 to produce gentler cosmetics for women everywhere.New ingredients and technologies are stringently tested before Almay uses them in products. In fact, fewer than 500 of the 10,000 ingredients available for use in cosmetics meet Almay's standard for superior performance.

Brush is actually bigger than 'Almay' brush
Thinner brush than 'Essence' brush

RRP = $4.95 (Aus dollar) 12ml
RRP = $20.95 (Aus dollar) 11.8ml

Both mascaras are VERY different in comparison. While both have outstanding positive's, they also have some irritating aspects.
Below I have outlined the positives & negatives of each mascara:



  • Outstanding volume and length
  • Can build up layers depending on how thick you wan't your lashes (No 'glugging')
  • You receive quite alot of the product within the packaging
  • PRICE! (Extremely cheap, only $4.94) :)

  • Long-lasting
  • Fantastic length of lashes once applied
  • Waterproof
  • "Nourishing for your lashes" (according to website)



  • Once applied, will not last 'all day' (pretty good though, probably last from morning to mid afternoon)
  • Not waterproof

  • Quite flaky
  • If applying more than a single coat, becomes somewhat 'gluggy'
  • Rather expensive

My final decision was based on, "what product I am most likely going to use on a daily basis". 
Therefore the winner is...

Essence - 'Get Big Lashes', volume boost mascara!

Don't get me wrong, the 'Almay' mascara was great also. Though in the end, it came down to basic value for money.
For the price, this mascara amazed me. 
I will definitely be re-purchasing it again & again :)

Stay Pretty xx

Vintage Advertisements

Hey again readers :)

Considering I'm now an offical uni student...yay! I might-as-well express a differnt side of myself.

I have always been a fan of vintage things. Such as:
  1. Clothes
  2. Furniture
  3. Decor in general
  4. Most of all...advertisements :)
Rummaging through numerous vintage articles is actually incredibly interesting. You never know what 'weird and wacky' ads you might find.
Just because I'm so nice.....hehe ;) I've included some of my all time favorites, some are just plain rediculous. (...ooh how times have changed...)
Hope you enjoy!

p.s: Stay posted for a beauty hall in the next few days :)

...true true ;)

Soft as a baby's bottom

ok...this is just plain creepy

...well is that right?!

Classic ;)

We're not just a pretty face are we boys? ;)

Stay Pretty xx