Essence Blush up! Powder Blush in Heat Wave

Hello folks!

I am back! Well its been a crazy fun first half of the month with travel and family ….and now I am all excited to blog :). Today lets talk about a blush that caught my eye in a drugstore in Turkey. I couldn’t resist picking up the ombre blush from Essence in the shade Heat Wave. It kind of reminded me of a MAC limited edition ombre blush that was released sometime last year.

Essence Blush up! in Heat wave

Essence Blush up! in Heat wave

Isn’t it a beauty to look at! πŸ˜‰ If your familiar with the brand Essence then you’ll know that they are well known for making fantastic products for really great prices and this guy is no exception! This blush cost me no more than 5$ if I remember correctly.

The blush is essentially 3 different matte shades in one. One end of the pan is orange and the other end is a warm hot pink. The middle section where the 2 shades merge is a beautiful orange pink shade that would look great on many skin tones.

Heat wave close up!

Heat wave close up!

I love how intensely pigmented this blush is! That could be a problem if your not careful though. All it takes to get some color is to gently touch the surface of the blush with your brush. I doubt I will hit pan on this blush even if I wore this every single day! Unlike many intensely pigmented blushes, this one is awesome in the blending department. As for wear time, it gets a gold star in that department too! I did not notice any fading for 9 hours straight πŸ™‚

Swatches from left to right; orange side, pink side and the middle of the pan

Swatches from left to right; orange side, pink side and the middle of the pan

As you can see from the swatches above, the shades are so pretty and they are not as scary intense as they look in the pan. With some blending all the 3 shades impart a lovely healthy vibe to the cheeks.

Another positive about this blush is its packaging.It is sturdy and great to throw into your purse unlike many similarly priced drugstore blushes.

Overall I am really impressed with this blush and I am tempted to label it as a hidden gem from the drugstore! However, if you are allergic or sensitive to talc this sadly may not be for you. The very first ingredient is Talc (as with many powder blushes in the market).

Hope you all are having a great week!

Until next time..ciao!!

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My current travel makeup bag !

Hello folks!

September was a really busy month with lots of work related stuff along with quite a bit of travel sprinkled in! October looks like another travel busy month for me and so I thought of sharing with you guys what makeup items I plan to carry with me for my trip next week πŸ™‚

Travel makeup bag :)

Travel makeup bag πŸ™‚

I really love my old ‘beginning to get tatty’ makeup bag! It is by this Thai brand called Jim Thompson whose products include bags and Β silk textiles with lovely prints. I have had this bag for years and picked it up in Singapore. It is a sufficiently large bag which flattens really easily so you can slide it in between clothes in your suitcase to lessen any impact on your items as your suitcase is thrown in and out of planes πŸ˜‰ Now lets take a look at what is in this bag!

  1. Ck One mascara

I recently reviewed this mascara on the blog. I did not like it initially, but it has really grown on me and I have been using it almost every time I wear make up these days…so it has to come with me on my travels!

2. Β Milani Ultra Fine Liquid Eyeliner

This is an oldie but a goodie! I was introduced to this inexpensive but awesome liner by the Youtuber Emily Noel. I love how intense and dark the liner is! It is perfect for those days when you want to do nothing but liner and mascara for the eyes πŸ™‚

3. NYX Dark Circle Concealer

I find this concealer to be quite under rated…not too many people talk about it ! It is awesome for correcting any darkness around your eyes since it has that perfect salmon peachy pink tone to neutralize any dark circles. It is available in multiple shades so you can chose one according to your skin tone. A dark circle concealer is always a good idea when travelling (which means change in time zones and limited sleep!)

4. MAC Limited edition Creamsheen in Mystical

I always like to travel with a nude/my lips but better shade since those are my go to low maintenance lip options everyday. This is one of my favorite my lips but better shade..It was part of the aquatics collection that came out in the summer of 2014 I think.

5.Tarina Tarentino conditioning lip sheen in Floriculture

This lipstick has one of the best formulas! It is comfortable and lasts well too. The shade Floriculture can be built up to get a dark lip or worn sheer for a pop of color on the lips. At one point, I used to carry a ton of lipsticks (you know ..to change things up!) while travelling and noticed I use 2 out of the zillion ones I bring along and the 2 are most of the time a neutral one and a more berry/red one. So nowadays, I just take 2 lipsticks in these 2 categories!

6. Laura Geller Balance-n- Brighten in Fair

If you have been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that this is my ultimate favorite powder foundation! I love the finish and find it hassle free to travel with!

7. Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette in Dreamy

The formula of this small palette is buttery! There is no other way to describe it πŸ™‚ The shades in the Dreamy palette are neutral (but shimmery) and can be used for everyday looks. I’ll review this beauty in detail sometime soon!!

8. Japonesque Velvet Touch blush in 04

The shade 04 is a pretty dark pink purple shade which is perfect for fall! As a blushoholic I do find it really hard to take just 1 blush with me πŸ˜‰

9. The Balm Cindy Lou Manizer

This has become my go to highlighter! Ever since I got it I have almost stopped using the Mary Lou Manizer since this one looks more natural on my skin.

I carry my makeup brushes, cleansers and skincare stuff in other bags..this bag is usually just for makeup. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my travel makeup bag! If you have any tips on how to travel light, choosing makeup for travel or any related tips do let me know in the comments section!

Until next time..ciao!!