It’s a wrap with Red Square Beauty

Don’t you just love it when other people do the nitty gritty little tasks on your behalf?

I’m talking about the annoying little things. It might not be the same for you, but most of the annoyances in my life are admin-related mundane little tasks that I view as ‘unnecessary’ but surprise surprise, they need to be done. Filing/keeping documents in a way that means I can find them on the odd chance that I’ll need them for next years’ tax return. Remembering to bin the empty water bottles in my car. Remembering to have my car washed. Sending in reports. Renewing all kinds of things. Changing your address. Blegh.

And of course shopping during the silly season. I love gifts and I love gifting, but because of my spectacularly bad planning and my ability to lose track of the number of days in November and December, I’m almost always in the shops during the week before Christmas.

I’m also the girl that ends up wrapping gifts in boys’ birthday gift paper because there’s nothing else left. Which brings me to my point – not only can you shop for gifts online on Red Square Beauty (click here to browse) and still have them delivered in time for Christmas (I would order them by this weekend to be safe though), you can even have your online purchase gift wrapped. I received one yesterday and it arrived in an immaculate condition – if it was a gift it would have gone straight under the tree.

Red Square gift wrapping service

When Red Square Beauty offered to give me a voucher to put this new service to the test I was only too happy to oblige. I had a chat with a group of girlfriends and asked Twitter for advice on whether they would spend a sizeable voucher on one or two big-ticket items or a handful of makeup staples, and the answer was overwhelmingly in favour of everyday staples.

So I browsed and browsed and became overwhelmed with the choices. I then stopped browsing and thought about what I wanted and started again with a plan: I’ll aim for products that can be used every day, with my specific aim being a flawless, glowing and radiant complexion.

Red Square Beauty #itsawrap makeup look


Here’s what I went with:

To achieve a perfect complexion I went with CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup, R420 (it’s over here). I wanted something super lightweight for summer, and the 3-in-1 function they boast with is that of a serum, primer and foundation combined. Even though the coverage is sheer/medium at best it does a great job of evening out my skin tone while still letting my actual skin show – I’m not a fan of mask-like foundations. To disguise dark circles and any untimely spots that pop up I went with Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, R330 (here) – it’s a cream/liquid hybrid that covers very well without compromising on blendability.

CK One 3-in-1 face makeup and Estee Lauder Stay-in-Place flawless wear concealer

For a hint of colour on what is ultimately a very neutral face, I went with Benefit Lollitint, R385 (here). It’s a very pretty, bright fuchsia shade that leans ever so slightly towards the orchid/purple side, but the product is sheer so all you see is a beautiful wash of colour when you apply it. I tend to shift around my foundation when I apply these kinds of watery tints with my fingers so I often use a stipple brush instead. It also looks amazing when you dab it onto your lips – for that I just use my fingertips.

I pushed myself a little out of my comfort zone by choosing Benefit Sun Beam, R325 (here) as my highlighter and I couldn’t be happier with it. I always go for silvery champagne highlighters but the bit of warmth in Sunbeam is gorgeous – and not nearly as ‘bronze’ as I had anticipated. Phew.

Benefit Sun Beam and Benefit Lollitint

To finish off my super casual summer look I applied a dash of eyeliner, a couple of coats of mascara and the cult favourite Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, R250 (here) in shade 03. All done!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Have I inspired you to do some shopping? Good! Because I have a R1000 Red Square gift card for one reader – entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below. TWO of the entryย options are mandatory, and there are a boatload of additional options that you can complete too if youโ€™re feeling frisky. Open to SA residents only. Tโ€™s & Cโ€™s apply. Good luck!

PS – If your comment says its waiting to be moderated, don’t panic! I need to approve each and every comment manually and I only do that when I’m sitting down at my PC so sometimes it takes up to a day for me to get to them.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PPS – This is my last blog post for the year, I’m taking a bit of a break until mid January. Wishing everyone a happy and safe festive season xx

C x

This is a sponsored post, which means I was compensated for writing it.




  1. Dec 15, 2015 / 4:52 PM

    The Benefit Party Popper Gift set is definitely high on my list!

  2. Pravina W
    Dec 15, 2015 / 6:15 PM

    Benefit Posie Tint

  3. Dec 15, 2015 / 6:53 PM

    I would love to try some Benefit gems, especially their mascara!

  4. Carolyn Augustus
    Dec 15, 2015 / 6:59 PM

    I would definitely get some Elizabeth Arden 8hour cream and Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum

  5. Nicola Meyer
    Dec 15, 2015 / 7:00 PM

    Estee Lauder Beautiful

  6. Bianca Balutto
    Dec 15, 2015 / 7:02 PM

    The first thing I would get is the SMASHBOX Step By Step Contour Kit. It’s been on my list since the first day iv seen it.

  7. Diandra
    Dec 15, 2015 / 7:27 PM

    I have definitely been lusting after Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf!

  8. Janet
    Dec 15, 2015 / 8:57 PM

    The first thing I would buy is the Elizabeth Arden eight hour protectant! A legend in it’s own right and something I’ve wanted for years. Happy holidays to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. rehana seedat
    Dec 16, 2015 / 12:36 AM

    love the The Benefit Party Popper Gift

  10. Dec 16, 2015 / 8:29 AM

    Definitely a blusher or highlighter. I can’t believe the difference it makes!!! I know… I’m turning into a real girl.

  11. Corlea
    Dec 16, 2015 / 8:35 AM

    I have a sentimental connection with Red Square as my mom always bought all het beauty essentials from them.

  12. Annemieke
    Dec 16, 2015 / 8:45 AM

    Nice giveaway! I can think of a few things I would like to get ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. R Fourie
    Dec 16, 2015 / 1:22 PM

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer is on my wishlist and one of the first beauty products I will buy with that R1000 gift card!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Mercialeen O'connor
    Dec 16, 2015 / 1:57 PM

    Love it, wish my pocket could afford some of those beauties!

  15. amanda
    Dec 16, 2015 / 2:09 PM

    i would buy a catrice shine appeal fluid lipstick and pure shine colour lipbalm

  16. Nausheen
    Dec 16, 2015 / 2:25 PM

    Very nice giveaway.

  17. Vivella
    Dec 16, 2015 / 2:47 PM

    I would go for skincare from Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden or Vichy, or would love to also try Benefit Gimme Brow

  18. Naidene Cooper
    Dec 16, 2015 / 4:20 PM

    Definitely Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation in Creamy Vanilla & my go to fragrance YSL Black Opium! Heart them so much and they are both running on Empty!

  19. Santia
    Dec 16, 2015 / 5:55 PM

    I would love to spoil myself with Burberry or Armani perfume.

  20. Michelle Baron
    Dec 16, 2015 / 5:56 PM

    The Benefit Get the Party Started set ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Cornell Botha
    Dec 16, 2015 / 6:07 PM

    Elie Saab Perfume

  22. Lizelle
    Dec 16, 2015 / 9:03 PM

    Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair has been on my wishlist for a while – I’d definitely use it for that!

  23. Ronnae Elliott
    Dec 16, 2015 / 9:31 PM

    Catrice and Essence pressed powder.

  24. Jasmine Ho
    Dec 16, 2015 / 9:43 PM

    I would definitely got myself my favourite mascara LANCOME
    Grandiรดse Mascara #01 Black and maybe treat myself with a good bottle of perfume Chloe Signature.

  25. Ramona
    Dec 16, 2015 / 10:48 PM

    I would the Sisley Black Rose Mask

  26. Rene Groyer
    Dec 17, 2015 / 12:38 AM

    Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge would be on my shopping list.Love this website and the free samples when you checkout.

  27. Christelle
    Dec 17, 2015 / 6:24 AM

    I would by the Bobbi Brown Deluxe Eye & Cheek Palette – to pay the extra will not be a problem, but I just love the combination. :):) enjoy the festive season

  28. christelle
    Dec 17, 2015 / 6:27 AM

    Clinique Aromatics in White for 2016!!!!

  29. Dec 17, 2015 / 8:21 AM

    My first thing would definitely be the new Paco Rabane fragrance – Olympea. The bottle is glass and rose gold, and the fragrance is SO gorgeous!

  30. Hanneri
    Dec 17, 2015 / 8:41 AM

    What a great giveaway! I recently shopped on Red Square online and was impressed with how easy it was. They also offer a great range of products. Winning a voucher to spend on some more items that I have saved to my wishlist, will be a great Christmas gift.

    • Hanneri
      Dec 17, 2015 / 8:42 AM

      So excited about the giveaway that I commented before reading the instructions. On my wishlist is the Benefit rollerlash mascara, Bobbi Brown beach perfume and the new Clarins summer collection bronzer

  31. Remona Engelbrecht
    Dec 17, 2015 / 8:49 AM

    I would buy the Estee Lauder Advance Night repair serum and would really like to give the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer a go. My dark under circle eye bags makes me look like a tired mommy zombie rather than a young zesty full of like 30 something radiant woman. Holding thumbs for this give away.

  32. Linds
    Dec 17, 2015 / 9:08 AM

    I’d love to try any of the benefit products and get a good foundation or BB cream. Love your look in the pic ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Natalie Maritz
    Dec 17, 2015 / 9:33 AM

    loving the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector on you, I would actually really like to try this out. Looks so pretty and so many bloggers rave about the product. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Nasheta
    Dec 17, 2015 / 9:34 AM

    I would love to top up on some Clarins goodies, so the voucher would come in very handy ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Dec 17, 2015 / 10:59 AM

    I will definitely buy myself and also for my dearest mother the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer product. May I also take this opportunity and wish Chantelle and all the Not Another Poppie subscribers and readers a happy and safe festive season !!!!!

  36. Jyothi Laldas
    Dec 17, 2015 / 11:01 AM

    Oh my gourd! I am just moving into my own house for the very first time and every penny has gone into that leaving me nothing to get any goodies with. Really hope I get lucky here! =) Have a great break!

  37. Megs Hartwig
    Dec 17, 2015 / 12:09 PM

    I would definitely add the โ€˜My Burberryโ€™ fragrance to my list โ€“ the scent is one of the most beautiful I have ever smelled.

  38. Simone Cameron
    Dec 17, 2015 / 12:18 PM

    I’d love to try that Estee Lauder concealer and then anything from Benefit. If I was feeling selfless though, I’d get a nice aftershave for my husband. He’s had a hard year and I’d love to treat him ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Dawn
    Dec 17, 2015 / 12:21 PM

    The first thing I would buy is Estee Lauder double wear foundation

  40. Liesl
    Dec 17, 2015 / 12:22 PM

    So excited that Red Square now sell Chanel online, so I’d use it toward a Chanel fragrance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Chelsea Harvey
    Dec 17, 2015 / 12:37 PM

    The first thing I would buy is the Benefit ‘Watts Up’ highlighter. I’ve heard AMAZING things about it and it has been on my wishlist for ages!

  42. Sharleen Deacon
    Dec 17, 2015 / 12:39 PM

    Would be such an awesome spoil. I would get some Elie Saab perfume

  43. Euneen
    Dec 17, 2015 / 12:56 PM

    Pragtige grimering! Op my lysie vir kersfees is die Benefit Rollerlash mascarea en die Smashbox contour kit (en die voucher sal obvs help dat ek nog ietsie ekstra kan byvoeg ;-))

  44. Tracy Jacobs
    Dec 17, 2015 / 2:07 PM

    The first thing I would buy is Benefit roller lash mascara cos I am mad for mascara, then a concealer, perhaps try the one u recommend. Hope u have a fab festive season and relax ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Cirsten
    Dec 17, 2015 / 2:12 PM

    Dreaming about Holiday Blockbuster
    R1,195.00 hinted to hubby, hoping and dreaming to find it under the Christmas tree.

  46. Monique
    Dec 17, 2015 / 2:30 PM

    I would love to try the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. I know you say it is a cult favourite but apparently I am bit out of touch. Never heard of it before! But it looks great.

  47. ursula
    Dec 17, 2015 / 2:35 PM

    I would spend it on Benefits!!!

  48. Nikki Parker
    Dec 17, 2015 / 3:05 PM

    I would buy the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair if i won ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Nicole Jansen van Vuuren
    Dec 17, 2015 / 3:37 PM

    I would head straight to the Benefit counter and buy myself the Lollitint and Sun beam highlighter, I have been wanting to for ages now!

  50. Dec 17, 2015 / 4:56 PM

    I haven’t used make for a long time….life happened, but I have started purchasing my make up items gradually. The CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup will do wonders for my 2 tone skin.

  51. Natali
    Dec 17, 2015 / 7:22 PM

    The first thing I would buy is my mom’s favourite fragrance for her, for Christmas – NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
    For Her Musc Collection Eau de Parfum Spray <3

  52. Carla
    Dec 18, 2015 / 6:10 AM


    I would start with Clinique 3 step system and then pop to the benefit counter for the cha cha tint

    xoxo. Happy festive season

  53. Samantha Muller
    Dec 18, 2015 / 7:19 AM

    Looks like you picked out some lovely items. I would love to try some Benefit products especially their blushes and bronzer!

  54. Nasrene Sheik
    Dec 18, 2015 / 8:07 AM

    Someone stole my bottle of Givenchy Amarige and I’ve been after a replacement bottle so that’s the 1st thing I’d buy.

  55. Jeanelle
    Dec 18, 2015 / 8:16 AM

    Oh gosh, so much to choose from. I need foundation…still using BB Cream!!

    My first choice would be: 3-In-1 Liquid Makeup SPF 8 as it still sounds like a BB Cream…but less teenager-ish…if you know what I mean!

  56. Natalie
    Dec 18, 2015 / 9:25 AM

    Sampar First Hand cream and Givenchy 2 Clean To Be True face cleanser

  57. Nicole Baikie
    Dec 18, 2015 / 10:09 AM

    Benefit Posie Tint

  58. Dec 18, 2015 / 10:15 AM

    I would buy DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom EDP.

  59. CharlieW
    Dec 18, 2015 / 11:21 AM

    Perfume. I’m using body spray at the moment. I’m desperate ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think the sampler box would be awesome as I can try a few before deciding on the perfect one. Fingers crossed x

    • CharlieW
      Dec 18, 2015 / 11:24 AM

      PS Enjoy the break!! May the festive Season and 2016 bring you great happiness, success and love x

  60. Anina
    Dec 18, 2015 / 12:58 PM

    Oe, n serum en n produk om pigmentasie te beveg! Dagdroom ek nou…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Dec 18, 2015 / 1:18 PM

    Ooh! I would love to win a voucher ๐Ÿ™‚ I would definitely buy Givenchy parfum

  62. CarmenH
    Dec 18, 2015 / 1:50 PM

    Benefit mascara ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Elle H
    Dec 18, 2015 / 4:09 PM

    Ooh.. Top of my list is the Smasbox Contour Kit! Need this in my life =)

  64. Dec 18, 2015 / 6:48 PM

    I love the highlighter. Awesome giveaway!

  65. Elizabeth
    Dec 18, 2015 / 8:31 PM

    So glad to find you can buy Benefit online!! It’s not in any malls nearby. So many that I would like to try – Posie Tint, Posiebalm, Benetint, High Beam, They’re Real Mascara, Coralista Face Powder, Hoola and Erase Paste.

  66. Nadia
    Dec 19, 2015 / 1:36 AM

    I would get my hands on a bottle of Si ?

  67. Nancy
    Dec 19, 2015 / 4:27 AM

    If I won a Red Square voucher I will purchase a Holiday Blockbuster train set.Its so gorgeous xxx

  68. Anchen
    Dec 19, 2015 / 8:17 AM

    Iโ€™ve had my eye on the Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzer ever since it launched this summer, plus itโ€™s a limited edition so that’s definitely at the top of my wishlist. A girl can also do with a good mascara (my fav is Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme) or a beautiful sensual floral fragrance like Estee Lauder Modern Muse.

  69. Lizaan jacobs
    Dec 20, 2015 / 6:59 AM

    I would replenish my Ren skincare products

  70. Kirsty Pienaar
    Dec 20, 2015 / 12:44 PM

    Love the idea of using the CK 3 in 1 for a flawless complexion. The Clarins lip tint is a must have for the minimalist like myself. I would love a chance to shop till I drop especially for myself?

  71. Dec 20, 2015 / 5:44 PM

    My #itsawrap wishlist product is the Ladies Sampler Box – Fragrance | , the kind of lady I am my moods change daily and so does my fragrance, one day I want a sweet scent, next day a floral scent and then a fresh scent or fruity scent .so this will be awesome to start my year off with different fragrance notes .Following on Facebook ,instagram and twitter

  72. Rene Keller
    Dec 20, 2015 / 9:15 PM

    I’ve been wanting to try the benefit products you chose but was a bit weary. Think you’ve given me the right push. And will use the voucher towards Dior’s Milly la Foret adore it. Enjoy the break.

  73. Lize Hartley
    Dec 20, 2015 / 10:15 PM

    I’ve been dying to get more Benefit products since discovering their Dallas blush! Gimme Brow and their new Air Patrol eyelid primer are top of the list, as well as a Narciso Rodriguez For Her which I have been lusting after – not only because it has the most exquisite packaging!

  74. Kristi
    Dec 22, 2015 / 10:25 AM

    I am loving the My Burberry scent right now!

  75. Wardah
    Dec 22, 2015 / 1:31 PM

    I love those benefits kits which group like minded products together.

  76. Tanusta Jainarain
    Dec 22, 2015 / 3:55 PM

    I am after Black Opium , wow wat a fragrance!

  77. Dec 23, 2015 / 2:31 PM

    I would love to try the benefit eyeliner or a gift pack would my my dream come true <3

  78. Cathy Badenhorst
    Dec 24, 2015 / 11:44 PM

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, Smashbox Contour Kit and Estee Lauder’s Pleasures Intense

  79. Daniela Cardoso
    Dec 24, 2015 / 11:49 PM

    I am lusting after Calvin Klein’s Euphoria and the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer

  80. Daniela Cardoso
    Dec 24, 2015 / 11:52 PM

    I am lusting after Calvin Klein’s Euphoria and Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer

  81. Cathy Badenhorst
    Dec 24, 2015 / 11:57 PM

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer and Estee Lauder’s Pleasures Intense perfume

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