Launched in 2002, Essence Cosmetics is a new name in makeup that is starting to gather buzz in North America. There is a lot of buzz about with Essence Cosmetics too. They are affordable, accessible and strictly against animal testing. All of these things are big bonuses in my mind. I received the Essence Cosmetics Sun Club All-In-One Bronzing Highlighter, Soft Touch Mousse Foundation, and Metal Glam Eyeshadow. It seems like the perfect combination for a beautiful look.
My first thoughts are that I love the way Essence sees colour. The mousse is a beautiful, natural, light shade. The highlighter is a mix of light and dark bronzing hues. The eyeshadows are three of the coolest metallic hues I’ve seen in a long time. I wanted to run home with them just to try them on.
When you try Essence Cosmetics makeup, you need to remember that this is an accessible drugstore makeup line. This isn’t some specialized luxury line. The eyeshadow looks amazing in the packaging, and goes on much lighter. I found it was much easier to use my finger to apply it evenly.
I found that I could never get the right shade of bronzer for my skin tone. The powders didn’t mix properly to give a shimmering bronzer shade.
The mousse foundation was my favourite of all the products I tried. It was very light and went on my skin like velvet. It had a great feel.
Essence Cosmetics might not be my new favourite collection, but I am still going to stand behind it proudly. I think it would be the perfect line for girls first trying out makeup to play with. It’s a terrific new option for people who aren’t so serious about makeup. It’s quality at a great price point. So if you want something without a big commitment, get ready to have some fun.
When I felt in love with bb creams, I was a convert, but Rimmel’s new Stay Matte Foundation has made me remember what a really amazing foundation can do.
Rimmel has created a foundation that stops every problem I worry about when I put on makeup in the morning. I don’t have terrible skin, but I am far from flawless. Rimmel’s foundation makes me feel flawless.
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Before you start, you should note. This foundation is thick and it doesn’t spread and blend well. If you have very dry skin, you might want to avoid it altogether. It is going to reveal every crack and crease with how dry it is on your face. I would recommend a good moisturizer base, which you should be doing anyways.
As I applied this foundation, I saw all of my flaws slowly disappear. The redness in my cheeks was gone. Annoying blemishes on my chin and forehead were hidden. That weird scar from when I was a kid completely vanished. Best of all, it gave me this lovely matte finish. I didn’t need to apply conceals and powder like I do with other bb creams and foundations. I found that I did need a bit of blush or bronzer to give me some colour, but otherwise, I was photoshoot ready!
I was amazed. I truly never thought I would find a foundation that did everything I wanted in one. I didn’t think this was possible. Excuse me while I wipe away a tear of joy!
I love mascara. I have reasonably long lashes but they’re almost white so I usually go for the darkest mascara I can find. For daytime though that can be a little too dark so for Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Infinite Mascara I tried out the Brown shade. This mascara claims that it’s the daring length and volume mascara. Well it’s definitely got the length part down. With only one coat it darkened my lashes perfectly and lengthened them enough that it looked like they almost reached my eyebrows. A couple coats in I got a few clumps, but for an everyday daytime look, one coat is perfect.
When BB Creams first hit the market, I never thought I would replace my foundation. BB creams were being compared to tinted moisturizers and that just wouldn’t do. I didn’t even give it a fair shot the first few times that I used my first bb cream. Slowly, but surely, bb creams won me over. Nowadays I have an unhealthy number of bb creams.
My favourite part about these bb creams is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get something great. Yes, you can splurge on a luxury designer, but you can also get a great affordable version at the drug store. Here are my most wanted bb creams now, stay tuned as I expand my ever growing collection:
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – It’s amazing when I makeup can do so much, but feel like so little. The Smashbox bb cream feels like our natural skin, only better! Unlike many other bb creams, this little bottle lasts all day long. This is the one I save for special occasions.
Clinique Perfecting BB Cream – I love this bb cream, mostly because I forget it’s a bb cream. I think of it like a foundation. I wear it like a foundation. I love it like a foundation!
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector – This was the very first bb cream I ever tried and it’s still in my top five. I love it because for under $15 you can get great looking skin. Garnier’s BB Cream is like a thin tinted moisturizer. It’s my go to for warm summer days when I don’t want to feel like I am wearing any makeup.
Vichy Proeven BB Cream – Vichy stole my heart with this bb cream because it feels clean on my skin. Everyone knows Vichy for their attention of skincare, so you shouldn’t be surprised that their bb cream is gentle on your face. It doesn’t clog my pores. It’s light enough to be a moisturizer, with the quality of a foundation.
Marcelle BB Cream – Marcelle was my first true bb cream love. This Canadian company made the bb cream that converted me from foundation to bb cream. I will always love this product that is just the right mix of makeup and moisture.
I’ve been using Soap And Glory’s hand and body creams for a while but I’ve never tried their makeup so trying out their Sexy Mother Pucker (best name ever?) Gloss Crayons was pretty exciting.
As with most gloss crayons, the colour you see on your lips is a lot less scary than the actual colour of the crayons. Nudist is pretty much the perfect nude shade for my super fair skin tone. Fucshia-Ristic is a bright pink perfect for spring days and Plum Jam is a sheer wine shade that’s just dark enough for going out at night but not too dark to make me look gothed out.
These crayons go on really smoothly and aren’t sticky at all but they’re seriously shiny. They actually feel more like a lip balm and I forgot I was wearing them after a while. Any lip product that’s that comfortable and non drying is a win for me and I’ll be using these as long as I can.
Remember when manicures were simple? You would wear just one shiny colour on your nails. Now you have a whole list of different options and textures to choose from. OPI’s cool little sister the Nicole By OPI line is getting in on the fun with their new Roughles line.
Nicole by OPI is a little late to the party since everyone else already has a textured nail polish available, so they offered us something a little different. The Roughles nail polish doesn’t just offer a textured colour, but there are flecks of different colour to give it depth. The purple has aqua touches, the yellow has hints of orange and so on. There are many rough nail polishes, but not many have this cool speckled effect when they dry.
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Speaking of the colour, this is possibly the cutest nail polish collection I have ever had the pleasure of owning. The sweet pastel candy colours are perfect for spring. When I did my nail, I felt like I was ready for Easter.
The Nicole by OPI Roughles go on your nails like a dream. They dry really fast and since they have a matte textured finish, you don’t even have to waste time applying a top coat.
I probably don’t need another textured nail polish in my collection, but these Nicole by OPI Roughles are very welcome. If you are looking for a sweet way to celebrate spring, these will definitely do.
There are so many neutral palettes coming out lately and I love them but at some point you want a little more variety. Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette is a great alternative. With shades in the brown, pink and plum families along with matte and shimmer shades; there’s something for every occasion. I love that the base shades (White Chocolate and Champagne Truffle) come in a larger size since those are always the ones that run out first.
Not only are the colours gorgeous and long lasting but they’re made with real cocoa which is supposedly good for your skin. And it actually smells like chocolate! Want a quick chocolate fix? Grab the Chocolate Bar palette and throw on some eyeshadow.
Ardency Inn was named one of the top new beauty lines, so you know we had to try out their new Americana collection to see what all of the hype is about. The collection is full of natural hues inspired by the rock and diversity of New York City. This means that while their older collection have been pretty bold, this Ardency Inn line is pretty safe.
All of the lip colours in the line are naturally coloured. So while they were nice, they didn’t really wow me. Don’t get me wrong, they felt nice on, but it was clearly the no lipstick lipstick look. Even if it does look gorgeous, it wasn’t something to get excited about.
The Primer and Custom Coverage Concentrate was another story. It’s rare when a foundation comes with instructions, but that’s how intense this little bottle is. You can’t use Ardency Inn’s coverage concentrate like your regular foundation because it’s not. You need to use a very small amount with their primer (or your everyday moisturizer). You use one or two pumps, mix it all together, and then apply.
Because you are mixing it with the primer, you get a nice applications and smooth finish. It’s still a very intense coverage. This is more like the kind of foundation they use on photo shoots than you want to be wearing every day. I will probably save it for weddings or big nights on the town.
The other option is to use more moisturizer and less concentrate to give you more of a tinted moisturizer feel than foundation. I think this is a better bet for most. That way it will also be well worth the money because it could last a long time and cover up everything.
It’s not like I need more eyeshadow but when it comes to Kat Von D’s eyeshadow palettes I literally have no willpower and the Esperanza palette wasn’t an exception. The cases alone are so pretty I almost want to put them on my wall, but the makeup itself is worth it. This palette is released just in time for Spring and the colours are perfect for the season.
Esperanza is a little lighter than most of the palettes in the range with a seafoamy green (Archangel), a pearly peach (Galore) and a matte pink (Placebo). The standout though is Dayglo, Once you put it over another shadow it changes it just a little bit. Even with just 8 shadows in the palette, you have options for way more combinations than you would normally have.
At this rate I’m going to need a separate drawer just for my Kat Von D palettes. Or maybe a coffee table to display them.
I’m not one for large palettes, I find that they usually get buried in a drawer until my other eye shadows and eyeliners and lash curlers and mascara. Even if I love the colours, I always seem to forget about it after a few months. Smashbox has introduced their new Full Exposure Palette and it is staying on the top of my makeup drawer.
Smashbox’s palette is a great option for any girl who wears makeup from the pro to the amateur. This big palette includes seven matte eye shadows and seven shimmery eye shadows in complimentary neutral shades. I love it that all of the hues are neutral enough that I can imagine myself wearing them. It’s not like some palettes where you have a few nice shadows, and then one neon blue that just sits there starting at you daring you to try to wear it. Smashbox has given me a whole set of colours that everyone can master, including the shimmer shadows. There is something for every occasion, even for a day in the office.
The Smashbox palette comes with a few fun bonuses too. First there is an eye shape chart to show you how to apply the eye shadow properly on your face. This makes this palette much less intimidating for more inexperienced makeup wearers.
The final bonus just is mini mascara! I mean does it get any better than getting bonus mascara with your palette?
There might be more buzz for some other makeup palettes, but this is my spring must have.