Essence This is Nude Lipsticks and Nude Plumping Gloss

Hello!

I love a good nude lipstick and when I saw that Essence had come out with a range of nude lipsticks I was ecstatic! Essence always does a good job with their lip products so I was pretty sure from the get go that these would be good. Thankfully I was not wrong πŸ™‚ I picked up 2 shades from the lipstick range and also picked up a gloss from their nude pumping gloss line.

The this is nude lipstick range comes in 6 shades ranging from a peachy pink to dark burgundy brown shades to cater to various skintones. I picked up the shade 02 Happy which is a nice warm pink and also the shade 06 Real which is a brown based red. I got the shade 06 Big Bang from their line of glosses.

Essence This is nude lipsticks and the nude plumping gloss

The lipsticks have a matte formula but they are really creamy at the same time making it very comfortable to wear. They glide on very smoothly and give a nice coat of opaque color on the lips. The only downside of this formula is that it is not very long lasting on the lips…but that is a trade off I don’t mind if it means the formula is more comfortable to wear on the lips.

I am also not a big fan of the scent. These lipsticks are heavily fragranced and smell like a fruity floral cocktail. The gloss is also perfumed to death. I wish Essence would tone that down or just do away with fragrances in lip products.

Swatches of the Essence This is Nude lipsticks and Nude plumping Gloss

As you can see from the swatches, the shades are beautiful. I really like the gloss color too..it is nothing special but a nice warm pink gloss that is fuss free to apply. The gloss claims to be a plumping gloss but I didn’t notice any plumping effect. It feels very cool and tingly on application that is all there is.

Otherwise the gloss formula is quite nice! It is not too thick and goopy and although it has some stickiness it wasn’t overtly sticky like some other I have tried in the recent past.

Overall, these are some really nice lip products from Essence and is worth the money in my opinion. They all cost less than 5$ and that is an amazing price tag πŸ™‚

Have you tried these new Essence lipsticks and glosses?

Until next time, ciao!!!

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Eyeshadow Palette in Sublime

Hello folks!! I did some wallet damage this black Friday with a couple of makeup purchases πŸ˜€ Pat McGrath was having a really good sale and so I decided to pick up this mini eyeshadow palette she released for those of us who basically don’t want to shell out 125$ on an eyeshadow palette. The Eye Ecstasy palette had 2 color options : a neutral one and a more colorful one. I decided to pick up Sublime since the neutral color story is more everyday usable for me.

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy in Sublime

The palette comes housed in a bag full of sequins which isn’t really my cup of tea. I find it annoying and wasteful and wish she would do away with that style of packaging for her products. The actual palette is housed in a plastic component that reminds me of Japanese school supplies for some reason πŸ˜€ I don’t mind the aesthetic too much since it is different and sturdy enough for travel, however as a luxury brand I expect slightly better packaging. The actual shadows look beautiful and you get five shadows each weighing 1gm.

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy in Sublime comes with 5 shadows

The shades are nothing new and are all shimmers. If you are an eyeshadow junkie you probably have all these shades in your collection. I got this palette more to test out her eyeshadow formula before biting the bullet and investing in her bigger palettes.

Unfortunately, I am not very impressed. 😦 The gold shade fades on me as the day goes by. The light gold, the warm gold and the reddish bronze shade crease too….this is something that never happens to me! Shadows almost never crease on my dry eye lids and cheaper shadows in my collection perform way better. I always use a primer and with a primer these shades were very disappointing..maybe I had very high expectations..after all this is a luxe brand!

Brush swatches of the Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy palette in Sublime

Now I am curious to try her lipsticks, which have good reviews and perhaps try out her ‘special’ formula of shadows which look like duo or multi chromes…on sale πŸ˜€

On another note, I do have a YouTube channel now πŸ˜€ Check out my video review and live brush swatches of this palette on my channel !

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Until next time, ciao!!!

Too Faced Peach Blur Finishing Powder

Hello folks!

I always found finishing powders and setting powders unnecessary steps especially since I have dry skin.Β I finally entered the magical world of finishing powders when I first used Guerlain Meteorites. I absolutely love the blurred/ subtle glow the meteorites provided!Β  Since then I do like to try out finishing powders every once in a while. I loved the packaging of the Too Faced Peach Blur and decided to try it out and now I am hooked!

Too Faced Peach Blur Finishing Powder

Like most of the products in the Too Faced peach line this powder has a subtle scent. However it is not very strong and I can’t really smell it once I have applied the powder on my face. The powder looks pink in the pan and my main worry was if that would translate to a pinkish tint on my medium skintone. Luckily, this powder lives up to its claim of being translucent!

Too Faced Peach Blur

The key to making this work is following the less is more rule. I swirl a nice fluffy face brush all over the pan and swish it onto my face. Done..no second dips into the pan. The powder is pressed hard in the pan and there is no kick up. The effect is a nice subtle airbrush sort of finish. I find the final finish comparable to the Guerlain Meteorites πŸ™‚

I love this product so much! I highly doubt I will finish this powder anytime soon since you need so little but if this runs out I’ll happily repurchase!

Do you use finishing powders? Which ones are your favorites?

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Pact- 02 Beige

Hello folks!

How many times do you fall for cute packaging especially makeup products? I fall for it all the time and K beauty products always tug at my inner cute packaging addict self. The Tony Moly Panda’s Dream compact is shaped like a cute panda and as a lover of Pandas I just had to get this. This is supposed to be a mattifying powder and that is something a dry skinned gal like me rarely needs..but the Panda was too cute to resist and so I got it πŸ˜€

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Pact

I don’t use this as an all over setting powder..I use it under my eyes to set concealer and it works brilliantly for that purpose.It does not settle into fine lines, andΒ  it makes the under eyes look air brushed! It is a nice finely milled powder and the shade I have is 02 which is the yellow and the darker option they have. 01Β  is more pink toned.

Panda’s Dream clear compact in 02 Beige

I have used it this so much that it no longer has the cute panda imprint on the powder. The pic above was taken almost a year ago ..that is how long I’ve been wanting to blog about this powder!!!

Again, since I have dry skin I find that the powder holds up well throughout the day and my under eyes look fab! This powder has good reviews in the Asian Beauty circles so I am guessing this works well as an oil control powder for oily skin folks.

Overall, I love using this as an under eye setting powder. The adorable packaging is an added bonus! What is your favorite under eye setting powder?

 

Le Petit Olivier Cleansing Foam

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I love exploring the skincare aisle at T.J Maxx. I always find interesting brands that are not found in the drugstore or Sephora. It has almost become a hobby to wander aimlessly in the beauty section there :D. One such awesome find several months ago was the Le Petit Olivier Cleansing Foam. I was in the market for a new cleanser and this one was advertised to be soap free and formulated for dry sensitive skin types…so of course it came back home with me.

Le Petit Olivier Cleansing Foam

This turned out to be perfect for my dry and sensitive skin. I experience zero irritation, no redness just clean skin without that super stripped feel. It was gentle enough to use twice a day when needed since it never left my skin screaming for a moisturizer immediately!

It claims to remove makeup, which I am not so sure about since I use this as my second cleanse when I wear makeup and, on days when I wear zero makeup. The only negative of this product is the scent, but it is not over powering which makes this use able. I wish they had left the fragrance out…then this would have been even better for sensitive skin!

I really like that the ingredient list is short and sweet. Here is the Ingredient Deck:

INGREDIENTS : AQUA (WATER) ; GLYCERIN ; PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL ; SODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE ; COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE ; PROPANEDIOL ; SODIUM COCOAMPHOACETATE ; OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL ; ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER ; GLUCONOLACTONE ; CALCIUM GLUCONATE ; PROPYLENE GLYCOL ; PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) ; SODIUM BENZOATE ; CITRIC ACID ; SODIUM HYDROXIDE.

Glycerin is a well known moisturizing agent and I love that it is the second ingredient here right after water. PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil is an emollient which helps condition the skin and keep it nice and soft. Sodium Cocyl Glutamate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Cocoamphoacetate are all foaming agents responsible for giving that nice lather you get without the harshness associated with SLS. Glucanolactone is also another good ingredient in my book. It is a gentle exfoliant which works similarly to glycolic acid.

Overall, I really like this cleanser and would happily repurchase. I am now really interested in exploring other products from this brand too!

Have you tried Le Petit Olivier products?

Until next time, ciao!!

Rituals..The ritual of Sakura Caring Shower Oil

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For a really long time, I have been wanting to try bath and body products from Rituals! On a trip to Spain, I finally got a chance! I found their store and it was magical and a real treat to check out all their products. I have always been a fan of Cherry Blossoms and the Ritual of Sakura does not disappoint with its subtle and elegant scent.

The Ritual of Sakura Caring Shower Oil

This is the first time I am trying out a shower oil and I loved the experience. The oil creates gentle lather upon contact with damp skin and is not drying at all. It leaves your skin wrapped in the gentle scent of cherry blossoms and does not strip the skin. I found it perfect to use during harsh winters.

My only gripe is that the scent does not last on your skin for too long. However, your bathroom is garunteed to smell amazing for a while after your shower πŸ™‚

Overall, this is a nice little treat to enjoy in the shower. I am almost done with my bottle and plan to try out another range. Which is your favorite ritual (scent) from the brand?

Until next time, ciao!!

Holika Holika Holi Pop Velvet Lip Pencil (CR04)

Hello! I love trying Korean beauty products in general since they are effective and fun at the same time. I have not really tried too many lip products from the K beauty world and was pleasantly surprised with the Holika Holika Velvet lip pencil.

The packaging is real cute (as most Korean makeup is) with the polka dots reflecting the color of the actual product. The pencil is twist up (yay!) and for being less than 5 $ that’s impressive. I picked this up a while ago from the K beauty site called Cosmetic Love. Ulta has now started carrying this online which is awesome!

Holika Holika Holi Pop Velvet Lip pencil

I picked this up in the shade CR04 as per the sticker on the side. It is a nice coral color perfect for summer time in particular. Ulta is offering 6 shades in total.

Shade CR04

This immediately reminded me of the NARS Velvet matte lip pencil. The formula is not the same for sure but quite close. I found the NARS Velvet lip pencil to be a bit more moisturizing. However, I think this is still pretty good especially considering the price difference. Holika Holika also wins an extra gold star for being a twist up pencil πŸ™‚ The application is quite smooth and I found it to last very well too. When it does wear off, it wears off in a uniform fashion leaving behind a faint tint which is okay.

Swatch of the Holika Holika Holi Pop velvet lip pencil in CR04

Overall, this a is a fun product and I really like the shade. Now that they are available at Ulta albeit at a slightly higher price than online K beauty stores, I might pick up a few more shades.

Have you tried the Holika Holika Holi Pop Velvet lip pencils?

Until next time,ciao!!