Essence Ho Ho Ho Christmas Collection 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Essence Ho Ho Ho!
Christmas Collection 2018

Hi Divas

This will be my last post for 2018. Can you believe that the year is practically over? My goodness, what a horrible year it has been, well for me at least. 2018 was not my best year, but God has carried me through it in one piece and I am very grateful for that. Christmas and the New Year are honestly my favourite holidays because they always bring festive cheer and the feeling of new beginnings. I just love seeing all the decorations wherever I go and everyone has that joyful glow. Brands too get into the holiday spirit and release gorgeous Christmas collections every year. My absolute favourite festive collection that has been released in South Africa has to be the Essence Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Edition. Besides the fact that the brand is super affordable, they truly nailed it this time with cute, merry and innovative packaging. I have four products from the holiday edition to share with you. There are eight products within the range including Christmas nail art stickers, nail art stamping set, a highlighter brush and a body and hair shimmer mist.

Essence Oh My Deer Bath Bomb Greeting Card
The bath bomb greeting card is honestly the cutest and most innovative little gift you could have. I love that Essence combined a Christmas card with a lovely scented strawberry bath bomb. It would be a truly thoughtful present to give to someone has you can write a personalized message in the card and give it to any one as the greeting card is unisex and appropriate for any age group. Who does not love a beautiful smelling pamper product? Not to mention the card is so festive and bright you won't need extra trimmings to jazz it up.

Essence Ho Ho Ho! Lip Balm
Essence did really well with the jolly packaging on the lip balm too, as it resembles a Christmas tree bauble. You could totally hang these on your tree and have a fun present hunt. Or you could gift them as secret Santa presents and place them in stocking stuffers. The lip balms are cherry scented and have a slight tint to them. They are quite soft in texture and would be great to whip out at the Christmas table after dinner to touch up your lips.

Essence Ho Ho Ho! Iridescent Powder Highlighter in 01 Twinkle Twinkle
I was quite surprised at the colour choice of this highlighter. Usually brands tend to put out gold and champagne highlighters as these are the common shades that most of us makeup lovers like to wear. Instead Essence went totally out the box and did a full-on pink highlighter instead. I honestly did not think I would like it but I was so wrong! This highlighter is a beautiful holographic pink shade with slight gold and purple shimmers. It reminds me of the Too Faced unicorn highlighters. I actually feel like a unicorn when I wear it. It looks so unique and flattering on me. You can use it as an eyeshadow or blush topper too. It is so pretty, I have been wearing it everyday to work so far.

Essence Ho Ho Ho! Eyeshadow Palette in 01Jingle All The Way
The Piece de Resistance of the whole collection has to be this gorgeous palette. Essence have never released such gorgeous and vibrant eyeshadows before. Theses shades are so pigmented and bright. I love the colour scheme and the size of the pans are much larger than usual. There are 3 mattes, 3 creamy shimmers, 2 creamy satin finishes and one bold glitter eyeshadow. The shades are very pigmented and opaque. The shadows are quite soft therefore, be careful when dipping your brush into the palette. Most of the creamy eyeshadows work better when applied on your lid with your finger as the texture glides on the eyes. The mattes take some work to blend out but with a little patience it would look great, especially in the crease. The glitter eyeshadow is very soft but has some grip to it. It would work best with a glitter eyeshadow primer and applied with your finger. This palette is beautiful and the shadows have the quality of high end brands. The actual palette is made out of cardboard though and comes with a plastic protective sheet for the eyeshadows.

As you can see above the eyeshadows swatch beautifully and are very pigmented. They look amazing on the eyes. There is some fallout with certain shades hence it would be best to do your eye makeup first and your foundation application afterwards. The very top swatch is the pink highlighter. The shade is truly unicorn inspired and I love it so much. Below is a full face with the palette and highlighter applied. I placed a matte terracotta shade in my crease and the dark deep plum satin shade across my lid. For the inner corners I placed the creamy satin gold shade and topped off the outer corner of my eyes with the festive glitter. I placed the highlighter on my brow bone, cheekbones and the centre of my nose. I truly love the way the makeup look turned out. It's so glam and can be worn for any special holiday party.

Essence truly did an amazing job with their Christmas collection this year. The eyeshadow palette was the absolute show stopper. I do wish they came out with some new nail polishes though but they do have nail stickers and a nail stamping set for the manicure fanatics out there. The makeup collection is quite versatile and can be used throughout the next year too. What do you think of this collection? Have you purchased anything and what would you like to see in your stocking stuffer this year? Let me know below!

If you made it this far in the post, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who have visited, read and commented on my blog and social media pages. I appreciate your support so much. I want to send you so much love and blessings for this festive season and for the new year. May you have a blessed and wonderful holiday wherever you are in the world. 
See you all in 2019!!!!

Divalicious Kisses

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  1. I love this collection too. I wanted the eyeshadow palette but it was sold out at Dischem. It looks so beautiful on you!! XXXX

    1. Thank you Salma! The eyeshadow palette is my favourite 💖

  2. Love your eye makeup it's gorgeous!! I managed to get the highlighter brush and bath bomb card. Sadly I didn't get the eyeshadow palette.

    1. And I enjoyed reading all your blog posts this year. Have a great Christmas. 😘

    2. I truly wish the range was sold at Clicks too. More people would have gotten their hands on the palette.

    3. Thank you so much for your support throughout the year 💙💗💙💗

  3. Hello,

    So cute !


  4. Sigh - I'm still sad I missed out on getting this palette. It was in my Takealot cart but they messed up my whole order so I only for the highlight and the cute brush. But the collection was pretty gorgeous. Best wishes for 2019 hun x

    1. Wishing you a stunning 2019 ahead Lynette. Lots of love!! 💖💖💖💖💖

  5. Was a pleasure reading all your posts looking forward to a exciting new year with more fabulous posts from you thank you.


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