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 🙂 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.
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.
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 🙂
Have you tried these new Essence lipsticks and glosses?
I always found finishing powders and setting powders unnecessary steps especially since I have dry skin. 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! 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!
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!
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 🙂
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?
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.
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:
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!
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.
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 🙂
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?
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!
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.
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 🙂 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.
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?
Hello! I always like to check out the Kiko Milano website every now and then to see what their latest limited edition releases are. I think they do a good job with the packaging for many of their limited releases. The Sicilian Notes range is no exception. The 2 eyeshadow palettes in this range immediately caught my attention! The layout of the shadows is gorgeous and the outer packaging looked super elegant too!
The outer box is so pretty too with the lemons! The palette is made in Italy. They had 2 versions of this palette and I decided to go with the more neutral of the two called the Valley of the Temples. I picked this palette up during a trip to their NY store but recently I saw that this is available at Ulta too.
Now you know why I fell for this one! The layout is super gorgeous! There are 10 shades total, out of which 5 are matte, 1 is almost matte but with small micro glitters and the rest are shimmers. These shadows are very soft in intensity. I really like the mattes in this palette, they are easy to blend and pigmented. The shimmers are okay except for the gold shade which was a big disappointment. I found it a bit sheer and the fallout is insane. I had so much glitter under my eyes the day I wore that shade even though I always use a primer.
The shades are swatched with a brush clock wise (from the wrist up) starting with the matte pinky beige shade. The gold shade is not very intense in the swatch either. Another issue I have with this palette is the hard pan that instantly formed upon contact with my brush. It happened with almost all the shades but is most obvious with the darker matte shades.
Overall it is a decent palette which can give you good everyday looks. I am not a fan of the hard pan that has formed from touching it with a clean brush. For 25$ I am not sure if I would pick up the other variation that they have. I would wait for an offer to grab this one!
Have you tried this palette or any of the other products in the Sicilian Notes range?
How often do you buy makeup and then forget to open it or just sit and admire it but never use it? I am guilty of the second misdemeanor, and this blush from Gosh Cosmetics was one of my victims. I picked this up when I went on holiday to Europe many moons ago, and it just sat there in my drawer and I always picked it up and admired it but never got around to using it. Thankfully that changed! The last 6 months I have used this quite often and I absolutely love it!
Excuse the scruffy lid in the picture. The security label left a pretty sticky mess on the lid which just refuses to come off. Gosh cosmetics, is a Denmark based cosmetics brand and I think they are available in Canada but not the US to the best of my knowledge. I have heard good things about the brand so decided to try their blush out when I saw their products in Europe. I must have paid around 10 Euros or something for this blush, which isn’t too bad.
The packaging is quite sturdy and perfect for travel. The first quadrant is the lilac shade which is matte followed by the lovely warm pink shade which is also a matte. The next shade is the orange/coral shade which has some gold shimmer bits in it and the last quadrant is a matte rosy brown shade. Each quadrant is big enough to fit a standard size blush brush so you can use these shades individually. However, I love to use this all swirled together. It looks very healthy on the skin. It gives the perfect sheen on the cheeks without highlighting pores and it lasts all day. I love the natural flush it gives my cheeks.
Overall, I am very impressed with the blush. I would love to try more products from the brand. Have you tried Gosh Cosmetics products? What are your favorites from the brand?