Elle Beauty Awards Review(Make-Up)+Giveaway

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I recently got to attend the prestigious Elle Beauty Awards held at the Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre, where the winners in every category were announced. The winners of every category are carefully chosen by industry insiders, plus the public also gets to pitch in and vote for their favorites a few months before the awards, so these products are not only loved by editors, beauty bloggers and salon therapists, they are also loved by the public! Some of the winners were a no brainer to me(hello the Clarisonic is like the coolest thing since sliced bread), and I have reviewed or tried most of them before already. Some products were however a new discovery for me, and today I am sharing with you my thoughts on them. Plus I am giving away an amazing hamper worth R2000 with 5 of my favorite winning products in them!

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Because there are so many products to get through, I divided it into 3 categories- Hair and Body, Skin Care and Perfume and Make-up. There are 15 products to share, so I know it can be overwhelming. I’m going kick things off today with the Perfume and Make-up bit, tomorrow the Hair and Body, and finally the Skin Care. These products won for a reason, and that’s because they are the best of the best in beauty town. So make yourself a cup of tea, grab a chair, and take a notebook to write down the ones that catch your eye(there should be a few!).

Whats up for grabs are these 5 guys which won in their selective categories. It’s very easy to enter, because Zebra Square is spoiling you with these goodies, all you need to do is follow @zebrasquaresa on Twitter and Instagram(if you have it)-@zebrasquare001. Please comment on this post with your details(commenting on any of the 3 posts related to Elle Beauty Awards is fine, its just so I can find you if you win). These products are amazing and anyone would be so lucky to win them!:)

Up for grabs, yay!
Up for grabs, yay!

Now onto the reviews ๐Ÿ™‚

Fragrance And Make-Up

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Mascaras and Eyeshadows Winner- Lโ€™Oreal Miss Manga Mascara– Up For Grabs!

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All of the beauty babes are more than familiar with this mascara, as its become a bit of a cult product. It arrived on South African shores last year, and really this mascara divides people into 2 categories- you either love it or hate it. On the pro side for me is that it adds volume to your lashes, plus it comes in 3 cool shades-blue, purple and the original black. On the downside, its wand might not be for everyone. It goes for R140 and it beat out long running favorite such as the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lash Enhancing Mascara and the Lancome Grandiose Mascara. This product should definitely make you sit up and take notice of it next time you are at the shops!

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Blushes Winner- MAC Soft And Gentle

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This is a product which I had at home myself, and it is one of those products that makes you use the emoticon with the heart eyes. I have been in love with it ever since laying eyes on it in February, and it is the perfect highlighter and illuminator. The only other product that comes even close to it is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick(which it beat in the awards), and its something that has become a staple in my beauty arsenal. As the MAC Senior make-up artist Keegan taught us at a MAC masterclass, you apply this to your cupids bow, down the ridge of your nose and at the top of your cheek bone, to get that perfect, natural glow. I have every praise in the world for this little guy, no wonder it won!

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Nail Colour Winner- OPI in Taupe Less Beach

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This was a new product to me as I have never tried OPI before. I enjoyed the texture and quality of the product, but for me the colour is a bit boring.It beat my favorite Essie For The Twill Of It, and while I admit the quality is great, I just wish it was another shade of OPI that won.

Fragrance Winner-Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire– Up for Grabs!

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I enjoy Thierry Mugler fragrances, and you are usually an Angel or an Alien kind of gal. I love my Angel so much its become one of my signature scents, but this version of Alien had me in second thoughts about my Angel-or-Alien choice. Its is nowhere near as heavy as the original Alien, but is rather light and fruity with a lot of top citrus notes. An interesting and intriguing addition to my beauty desk.

Foundation Winner- Clarins True Radiance

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This was also a new try for me, as I havenโ€™t experienced a Clarins foundation yet. I have worn it a couple of times now and so far what I’ve experienced is that the foundation leaves a lovely, soft glow on your skin and doesn’t dry it out. I will be doing a full-on review of this as soon as I have tested this baby out properly.

Lipstick WinnerRevlon Colorstay Moisture Stain(not pictured)

I havenโ€™t tried this personally yet, but I have heard great things about this lippie. If it is anything like the ColourStay Balms that I love, it’s a winner!

Don’t forget to enter to win that R2000 hamper, you don’t want to miss out!:)


  • Reply Marcy Loubser April 1, 2015 at 8:57 am

    luv luv luv this prize from Zebra square, fragrance and make up… Clarins true radiance, Mac soft and gentle, Theirry Mulger Alien Eau Extraondinaire = happiness ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Yasmine choudhry April 4, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      What an amazing night. I love seeing what products have won being a beauty junkie.
      Twitter @yasminec9
      Instagram beenu54

  • Reply Elsandra April 1, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I followed @zebrasquaresa on twitter – @elsandra9

  • Reply Sasha April 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I followed @zebrasquare on Instagram..

  • Reply Yadhna April 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Followed on insta:-)

  • Reply SuperMommy April 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Following on Twitter (@malieappleton) and Instagram (amaliaappleton)

    My e-mail: amalia.appleton@gmail.com

    Holding thumbs and toes hehe xoxo

  • Reply Samantha Victor April 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Followed on IG and Twitter! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Simone Cameron April 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I agree with you on that Opi nail polish. Very uninspiring colour?? I will look out for that mascara though!

    Following on twitter and instagram. @GA_Simone (Twitter)

  • Reply Shantel Govender April 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I followed @zebrasquaresa on twitter and @zebrasquare001 on Instagram

  • Reply Amy Robinson April 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    OMGosh what a giveaway!! Followed @zebrasquaresa (@amyleesweety23) Love these products! amyleesweety23@gmail.com xx

  • Reply uraysha April 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Wow!!! Followed on both media- @Uraysha – uraysha@gmail.com!

  • Reply Naidene Cooper April 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Following on Twitter and Instagram. Fingers crossed. Simply Amazing products!

  • Reply Naidene Cooper April 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Following on Twitter and Instagram. Fingers crossed! Simply Amazing products!

  • Reply Jess April 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I followed on Twitter @clickety_clack_ and on Insta as new_girl_0 I love the Moroccan Oil range I would love to win this hamper! xx

  • Reply Leigh April 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Havn’t tried all of these awesome Elle Beauty Awards Winners but they are definitely going on my “Must-buy-when-I’m-not-Broke-or-find-a-rich-man” list ๐Ÿ˜‰
    …That’s the day I will get to say “I’ll Take It All!!!” =D
    Maybe I will even throw an extravagant event with Zebra Square ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe
    but for now I will be just Following the awesomeness on Twitter and Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Samantha Inderjeeth (@sassy_sami) April 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    oooh what a fab prize…I follow on Insta and twitter..;)

  • Reply Meagan April 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Followed @zebrasquare001 on Instagram!!! Absolutely love your blog! <3 xxx

  • Reply Yonel Kruger April 1, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    mee lickey!

  • Reply depashni marie April 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Wow…what an awesome prize following both on twitter and instagram

  • Reply BarbieBeautySA April 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I am following @Zebrasquaresa on Twitter and Instagram.

    I absolutely heart Dr.Hahushka Prducts.

  • Reply yaseera khan April 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Yay done done done following on both platforms! Yase_khan

  • Reply Thembi Ntsume April 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    OMG!!! These products look AMAZING!!! Would love 2 try all of them…Please & Thank You :-)!!!

  • Reply Laura April 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    What a great prize! I follow Zebra Square on both Twitter and Instagram (@rockthatfrock on both)

  • Reply Tanusta jainarain April 1, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Followed on twitter ( @TanustaJ ) and instagram ( tjainarain ) heard only good things about these products , always dreamed of owning a Thierry Mugler fragrance as well as at least 1 Mac product

  • Reply Bronwyn April 1, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Ooh!!!!!!!! I followed on Instagram as Mother City Mom ๐Ÿ™‚ and my mail is mothercitymom@gmail.com. I’m in love with the Miss Manga and the others are basically a list of things I’ve been eyeing for ages ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Cornell Botha April 1, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Following on Twitter and Instagram!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply sharleen deacon April 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Great prize! Love them all. Following on twitter and instagram

  • Reply Desiree April 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Followed on twitter (@DesDewing22) and instagram (desireedewing0)

  • Reply Hazel whitehead April 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I followed @zebrasquaresa on twitter and @zebrasquare001 on Instagram

  • Reply Megan Kelly April 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Following! ๐Ÿ™‚ @bb_blogza FABULOUS prize hun!

  • Reply Olivia April 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    wowwww what an awesome prize! Im keeping my fingers crossed, I have my eye on some favourites, tha OPI nail polish and Loreal Mascara are MUST HAVES! Im following @zebrasquare001 on twitter and instagram as @Olivejay101

  • Reply theblondemommy April 1, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    What a lovely selection of goodies! I swear by Moroccanoil products and now you have me all intrigued by the MAC blusher.. =)
    Just followed Zebra Square on Twitter – @Ellelicious_ and Instagram – @thatblondemom

  • Reply Tracy Jacobs April 1, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Fab giveaway! Wow! Following on Twitter and Instagram. Would love to try L’Oreal Manga mascara , I read its incredible ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply sophiajunaid April 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Following on twitter @sophiasheikadam and instagram @sophiasadam ๐Ÿ™‚ awesome giveaway

  • Reply Cathy Badenhorst April 1, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    deserving winners and fab products ๐Ÿ™‚

    following on twitter @cathybadcar
    following on instagram @cathybadcar

  • Reply Daniela Cardoso April 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    such awesome products ๐Ÿ™‚ following on twitter @dubbismurf and instagram @dubbiesmurf

  • Reply Lizna April 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Followed on instagram (@piecesinpink) and twitter (@piecesinpink) one of my fav products made the list, Miss Manga mascara <3

  • Reply Lalannie April 2, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Such a great giveaway – and this is exactly why I follow beauty bloggers… they take the mystery out of the many products!!! Following @zebrasquaresa on instagram.

  • Reply beautyqueen8 April 2, 2015 at 7:01 am

    love all the products, followed ages ago @candyangel88

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  • Reply Zandile Dlamini April 2, 2015 at 7:54 am

    This hamper looks amaaaazing! I am crossing fingers.

  • Reply Gina April 2, 2015 at 8:35 am

    What an amazing prize! Followed Zebra Square on Twitter (@Gina_and_Tonic)

  • Reply Jackie Katzen April 2, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Followed on Twitter @JaxxLisa
    Would love to try the Manga mascara

  • Reply Leigh April 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Havnโ€™t tried all of these awesome Elle Beauty Awards Winners but they are definitely going on my โ€œMust-buy-when-Iโ€™m-not-Broke-or-find-a-rich-manโ€ list
    โ€ฆThatโ€™s the day I will get to say โ€œIโ€™ll Take It All!!!โ€ =D
    Maybe I will even throw an extravagant event with Zebra Square hehe
    but for now I will be just Following the awesomeness on Twitter (@Leigh-Christyn) and Instagram (Leigh.Christyn)

  • Reply Abigail A April 2, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Following on Twitter and Instagram…what an awesome prize!

  • Reply Jeannette Wentzel April 3, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Followed on Twitter. These products are all amazing and i would love to try the OPI in Taupe Less Beach. I have not found it in my local Dischem / Clicks yet. ๐Ÿ™


  • Reply Nicola Meyer April 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Following on Twitter @NicolaLMeyer – fabulous products!

  • Reply rehana seedat April 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I followed @zebrasquaresa on twitter @rehanaseedat awesome products!

  • Reply rehana seedat April 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    REHANA SEEDAT I followed @zebrasquaresa on twitter @rehanaseedat awesome products!

  • Reply Carol April 7, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    These products seem amazing. I would love the opportunity to try these.
    My instagram: @carriesam28

    Thanks for this post, now I know which products I can give a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jade April 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I followed on Twitter, you can contact me on Twitter too ๐Ÿ™‚ @jadeabbott

  • Reply Nicola Meyer April 9, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Following on Twitter

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