Kelly Abrahams


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Yardley Even Complexion Foundation in Mahogany

Yardley never disappoints – I simply love this foundation. It feels great, smells fantastic, and doesn’t make me look like a porcelain doll, like most other foundations do. It has the right amount of coverage and feels lightweight on my skin.

The formulation is not too runny or too thick. It absorbs into the skin quite fast. It’s not greasy, nor drying. It’s highly moisturising and gave my skin the perfect glow.

My favourite feature is the fact that this foundation has an SPF, so I don’t need to worry about applying a sunscreen separate to this product.

Whether it works to even out uneven skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots is still in question. I need to use it a bit longer to hopefully see results. Otherwise, I’m very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone looking for a light coverage.

Essence #mymessagesmile! Eau de Toilette

Fresh, fruity and fun!

This is without a doubt my go-to fragrance this summer! It’s fresh and fruity, and reminds me of sunny days and cocktails with my girls. The best way to describe it would be fun in a bottle!

At first glance, I knew this product was going to be a winner. The packaging is super cute. It’s hard not to smile with this product in hand. And, I love that it’s tiny enough to fit in my handbag. Perfect for a spritz on the go!

But, what definitely got me was the lovely, vibrant smell. It is inviting, but not overpoweringly sweet. It has all of my favourite notes; I just can’t stop smelling myself! And, for only R99.95 per 30ml, this fragrance is pretty affordable and, in my opinion, worth every penny.

I’ve always loved Essence products, but this one has me sold. I can’t wait to test out the other fragrances from the #mymessage fragrance collection. I’m sure they will be as amazing as this one.


Guess Girl

Guess has recently launched its new fragrance, Guess Girl – a seductive, floral fruity fragrance aimed at young women in their twenties. This fun, flirty fragrance was created for a youthful spirit with top notes of raspberry, melon and bergamot, middle notes of Brazilian paradise orchid combined with Provencal acacia and lilies, and base notes of Australian sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. Although Guess Girl sounds highly appealing as a fragrance, I didn’t find it appealing in the least.

Even though the fragrance smelled pleasant, I didn’t sense many of the notes described in the perfume. I expected the fragrance to be a lot more exotic and tropical smelling. I was also annoyed at the fact that the fragrance did not last long. I actually struggled to get a decent whiff of the perfume. Most of all, I found the packaging to be rather tacky. It does not complement the smell inside at all, and only looks good when it’s photographed. I also found it to be a tad bit oily on my skin after I applied it.

Fresh and floral, but not my type of fragrance, Guess Girl is ideal for modern go-getters.

Blistex Nurture & Nourish Lip Protectant

Blistex Nurture & Nourish Lip Protectant

If you love the smell of freshly baked cupcakes, then you will love this lip balm. I was actually quite taken aback by the sweet scent of this product, but even more so by how effective it is as a lip protectant. It smells fantastic and works even better.

Small and nifty, this lip balm is perfectly fit for your pocket. It contains lip conditioners olive and grape seed oils, vitamin E and essential minerals to promote lip health. It also has an SPF of 15 to protect and prevent your lips from sun damage and sunburn.

What I love most about this product is that it instantly relieves dry lips and has a calming effect on delicate lip skin. In just a few strokes, my lips felt more soft and supple than before, and the best thing is that the feeling lasted for hours without reapplying the product.

Sounds too incredible? Give it a go and you will see for yourself.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips and Cheeks

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips and Cheeks

This Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge is a 2-in-1 lip and cheek makeup product. Although it seems like the ideal makeup product to have and, not to mention, a total money saver, I found that this product was only effective as pot rouge for my cheeks. It gave my cheeks a beautiful natural pink blush. I found the product to be a bit thick and oily feeling though, which is not what you want for oily skin like mine. I prefer feathery light formulas. This pot rouge was slightly heavy for my liking.

When the pot rouge was applied to my lips, it looked very tacky and fake. I don’t know if it was because of my skin tone, or if it was the consistency of the actual product, but I removed it as soon as it was applied. It does, however, make a good lip tint when it is applied minimally and mixed with a clear lip gloss or lip balm.

I would recommend Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful Pink pot rouge to youthful and playful girls, not only because it is a convenient 2-in-1 makeup product, or because of its funky packaging, but because of its feminine, stand-out pink colour.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Violet Plum

Effortless and high impact, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum is a tug-free, easy to use formula that glides on to shade, define, smoke up and highlight your eyes. This do-it-all formula lasts for up to 8 hours without creasing, flaking or fading. In its eye-popping shade, this cream shadow stick is truly a stroke of genius! Simply swipe and you’re ready to go!

What I really love about this product is the way it has been packaged. In its convenient, sleek, adjustable tube, you will never have to battle to apply this product. Also, the colour is rich and intense, so all you really need is one application. This makes this cream shadow stick worth the time, money and effort.

The Violet Plum shade also has some shimmer to it which I really like. It adds sparkle to any makeup look.

In my opinion, this cream shadow will work great with green eyes. This shade is perfect for any night time makeup look.

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