essence “Happy Girls Are Pretty” collection

If you’re a regular around the Clicks aisles, I’m sure you’ve seen this new collection from Essence on the shelves already, if not, I’m here to give you the scoop. Keep reading until the very end of this post – I promise, it’s worth it…hint, hint, nudge, nudge…

I was lucky enough to be sent some of the goodies from the “Happy Girls Are Pretty” collection and then decided to buy one of the lippies to round things off – it just didn’t feel complete without one, call me crazy.

The first item that caught my eye was the eyeshadow palette in 02 Happiness Is…Following Your Heart (around R67,50). I love that this palette is dinky and compact but has all the neutral colours that you need to create a pretty eye look, from a sheer dusky pink to a deep cocoa brown. The colours are silky smooth and a pleasure to apply to my peepers. The alternate palette is called 01 Happiness Is…Seeing Your Smile and has more apricot, pink and grey colours.

Happy Girls Are Pretty Eyeshadow

This handy sized contour set (around R63,50) is up next. Now to be honest, I’m pretty scared of contouring. I’ll throw some bronzer on and add some highlighter but I haven’t mastered the art of chiseling out my cheekbones or making my double chin disappear. If you’re a beginner like me, I think that this could be the perfect starting out kit. The two powders are finely milled and not overly pigmented which helps when it comes to covering up mistakes. The highlighter isn’t the most shimmery I’ve ever laid my eyes on, but it still offers a lovely subtle sheen for more natural make up days.

Happy Girls Are Pretty Contour Set

When Essence brought out their Merry Berry collection, I went straight for the highlighter because of the beautiful star embossing. Well, they’ve done it again in the “Happy Girls Are Pretty” collection. Aptly named, 01 You Sweeten My Day (around R57,95), this multi colour blush and is such a treat to add to your make up collection. There is a lighter dusky pink which is great for those of us who aren’t massive blush wearers, and a darker shade that I think will look lovely on most complexions. Why not mix it up and combine the two?!

Happy Girls Are Pretty Blush

I never ever have a nail file in my bag and so when one of my nails snag, I really have a problem. And let’s be honest, having your nail catch on everything is a real pain! One of the reasons that I don’t carry a nail file in my handbag or make up bag is because I hate how all the nail dust comes off the file and goes everywhere – yuck! Essence saves the day with this super cute nail file in 01 Keep Calm and Be Happy (around R34,95) which comes in a really handy little case that clips open and closed. Its two sided with one side’s grit being more course than the other so you can shorten and shape your nails on the go. Oh, the heart decals don’t hurt either.

Happy Girls Are Pretty Nail File

Next up is this sheer lipbalm in 02 Live, Laugh, Love and Repeat (around R44,50). This soft pink tone is so beautiful and really compliments the other items in the range. These lipbalms add a subtle colour to your lips whilst keeping them soft and smooth and perfectly kissable. There is a second shade called 01 Pretty you! which is a lovely rosewood colour.

Happy Girls Are Pretty Lipbalm

There are also five nailpolishes in the range: 01 Make Me Smile, a solid white; 02 Happy Girls Rock, a gun metal grey; 03 Enjoy The Little Things, 04 Just Happy! and 05 Pretty You! are all subtle shades of pink and 06 The Choco Side Of Life a rich chocolate brown. Last but not least, there are two ultra slim eye pencils: 01 Happy Girls Rock which is a cool grey and also 02 The Choco Side Of Life which is a lovely dark brown.

Now for the best part – I am giving all of the Happy Girls Are Pretty make up items photographed in this blog post. So to recap, that includes:

Eyeshadow palette in 01 Happiness Is…Following Your Heart

Contour Set

Multi Colour Blush in 01 You Sweeten My Day!

Nail File in 01 Keep Calm and Be Happy

Sheer Lipbalm in 02 Live, Laugh, Love and Repeat

As well as a lovely Essence make up bag

All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Remember, the more steps you complete, the better chance you have at winning!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition runs until 12am on 21 February 2016. Winners will be announced on both Twitter and Facebook. Unfortunately this competition is only open to those residing in South Africa.

This Essence collection is exclusive to Clicks.


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  • Reply
    Megan Hartwig
    February 15, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Lovely giveaway 😉 xx

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    Yashmitha Padayachee
    February 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

    OOOh, new to the blog, just seen you on Mamahood. This is the sweetest range ever, I’m in love with the “Sweeten my Day” Blush!!

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    February 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

    The Colour and packaging on this range is beautiful! It stopped me dead in my tracks ,when i rushed past it last week in Dischem!


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    Kim Robinson
    February 15, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Love these colours, perfect for a soft natural look. Would love to win them 🙂

  • Reply
    February 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I will definitely head to clicks to bag these items!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    February 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I have this huuuge obsession with contouring products! Does it work on pale skin? Because I am probably the closest thing to a ghost!

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    Leanie Foot
    February 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    This range looks great, i will definitely check out the nail polish colours

  • Reply
    February 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    awesome giveaway!

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    Amanda Ramguthee
    February 16, 2016 at 8:04 am

    What an awesome giveaway… Hope to win

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    Simone C
    February 16, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I got the other eyeshadow palette, but I hear this is actually the nicer one of the 2, so would love to win it!

    Awesome giveaway 🙂

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    Chicara - Lipgloss Kisses
    February 16, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Such pretty pics! Love the roses 🙂 x

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    sarah raine
    February 16, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Perfect thing to start a make up (war paint) collection!

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    February 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Oh my goodness Sarah, these photos are SO beautiful!!! <3

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    Fathima Mahomed
    February 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    WOW…. This is Epic….I’m a Big Fan, would love to add to my collection. RT @fatzzzzzz Facebook: Fathima Mahomed Instagram: @faa7866

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    Roxanne Appleby
    February 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Not only the range is absolutely beautiful, this whole post is amazing! Essence makes up a big part of my makeup collection – and this post is a good enough reason for this. Lovely giveaway as well. Good luck to all the entrants! x

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    Ronnae Elliott
    February 19, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Awesome prize!

  • Reply
    February 19, 2016 at 11:32 am

    What a stunning stunning giveaway <3 <3 <3 <3

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    Roxanne Chutthergoon
    February 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Such a lovely giveaway! Hope I am the lucky one…it is my birthday next week and it would be such a lovely gift to me 🙂

  • Reply
    Hlelile Vinkhumbo
    February 20, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Such an amazing giveaway. Would love to be the lucky one

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