Essence has been one of my long-time favourites for a number of reasons. It is affordable – making it a perfect starter range for teens and those (of us) on a very tight budget. You get all the latest colour trends and the pigmentation is great. You can get it from big chain retailers like Clicks (so no waiting to get to a big mall or speciality store). They bring out cute palettes for eyes that have the word HAPPY in it (who does that?).

The next holiday my teenage niece spends time with her most favourite aunt in the world she will be getting her very first make-up lesson with this beautiful Happy Girls Are Pretty palette from Essence. The best part, she will get to keep it.

My niece will also be the lucky recipient of Essence brushes and lipglosses to get her started. I feel like Oprah.

Happy Girls Are Pretty

If you missed the launch of the Happy Girls Are Pretty collection, you were probably under a rock for the past month.

The collection includes everything from eye palettes to nail lacquers and a very cute heart blush. The eye palettes sold out quite quickly (not a surprise) – so if you are still on the hunt, just phone Clicks and ask which stores still have.

Obviously I bought both eye palettes – but only because my niece would get one. This is my favourite… (and don’t judge me for my obsession with cats).

Remember to check out the competition section to stand a chance to win a little something from me 🙂


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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