Showing posts with label essence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label essence. Show all posts

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sample Sunday: Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence & Ultimate Moisture

So excited to be doing Sample Sunday's again because I really enjoy getting into my box of sample products and testing them out! I was really intrigued to try this one especially because
1) it was a 2 step product
2) it's a fairly expensive product
And considering I have super dry skin, anything claiming to boost moisture and quench my skin sounds pretty good to me!

I'll get straight to the point. I was left pretty disappointed by these products. Of course, it was only a sample, so I can't speak to it's long term abilities, so absolutely take what I say with a grain of salt. However I noticed that my skin absorbed the (generous) amount of product I applied within minutes and my face felt dry and as if I had nothing on it within minutes.

I'm sure being able to try this product for a few days would have more of an effect on me, but since I have very dry skin and like a moisturizer that makes an impact on my skin without needing to be reapplied multiple times (especially at this price!!), I don't think I'd consider purchasing the full size of this.

Monday, June 5, 2017

May Empties!

Hey everyone!
Lets talk empties; the products I finished up in the month of May. I love these kinds of posts because 1) you know you're getting a good review of a product when the person has completely used it up and 2) there's just something so satisfying about a fully used up product, isn't there?

I didn't finish too many products this month, but I'm still pretty pleased about what I did use up.

-Benefit 'Porefessional' Primer (small/deluxe sample size)
This primer was just okay for me, and I likely won't repurchase it. I'm someone who enjoys more hydrating primers, so this sillicone feeling type of primer isn't always my cup of tea.

-Essence Lash Princess Mascara
Ugh, I love this stuff so much. How can a product so damn affordable be this good? I already repurchased this!

-Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner
This was a decent brow pencil. Definitely a really good affordable option if you don't want to spend a fortune on brow products (ABH Brow Wiz, why must you hurt my wallet so?)

-L'Oreal Youth Code Skin Recharger Day/Night Cream
I was surprised at how much I adored this face cream. It had a cream texture but absorbed like a gel. Really refreshing to use and hydrating without being greasy. A really solid drugstore choice.

-Olay Fresh Effects 'Out of this Swirled' Exfoliator
Still confused as to if this line is still around/for sale (??) but I loved this. It can be a bit drying, so pair with a good moisturizer, but it exfoliated well and leaves you skin feeling very refreshed and cool.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The BEST Lip Colours for Spring!

When it comes to seasonal makeup, my two favourites would have to be Spring and Autumn, As much as I love my vampy berry lips when the cooler months roll around, I love all the pretty colours I get to play around with in the spring time.

Here are the lipsticks that are pretty much always in my rotation all Spring long:
From Left to Right:

  • Wet N' Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Liquid Lipstick in 'Nudist Peach' 
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 'Baci' 
  • Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in 'Instigator' 
  • Essence Lipstick in 'Coral Calling' 
  • Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 'Vibrant Mandarin' 
  • Nyx Lipstick in 'Vitamin' 
  • Nyx Lipstick in 'Blush' 
Let me know if you'd like lip swatches or entire makeup looks created with any of these! I'm so excited that it's finally spring!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

October Favourites!

It's November!
Hi everyone! I apologize for my little break from the blogging world. I needed to put my focus 100% on my midterms, but now that those have been conquered, I'm back and excited to share what I have been loving all throughout the month of October!

October is my favourite month, mostly because it's my birthday month, but it has my absolute favourite weather as well. I am SO happy to be able to be wearing my huge cozy sweaters again.
Nyx Lip Lingerie in 'Ruffle Trim'
The amount of times I've been complimented on this lip colour blows my mind. It's a really pretty warm brown nude, which used to be somewhat out of my comfort zone, but I've been loving it lately.

Maybelline Fit me! Matte and Poreless face powder
Once my Rimmel Stay Matte powder ran out, I really needed a good, new mattifying powder, so I decided to give this one a shot. I'm not too sure if I like it more than the Rimmel one, but it makes my skin look so smooth and matte, without the powdery, cakey effect,

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
I've been wearing a lot more colourful and shimmery eyeshadows rhis past month, and I needed something I could depend on to keep everything in check. This is a great product to prevent creasing and make sure everything stays where you want it to while lasting all day. I'm using a deluxe sample size and it's nowhere even close to empty, and I've been using it every single day for over a month now!
Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 'Be My Highlight'
I really wish I found this product sooner. This is the best everyday highlighter I have ever used! It looks so natural and glowy, and doesn't accentuate any texture. Plus, depending on how much you apply, you can go from a subtle daytime look to a disco ball kind of glow with ease. All that, AND it's so affordable! There's no excuse not to pick this up!

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
This has been my go to mascara all month when I wanted a more dramatic effect with my lashes. It volumizes like no mascara I have ever used ever. It really does make your lashes stand out. I was so skeptical about if this product would be all that great considering how inexpensive it was, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in 'Amber Rush' 
I heard the hype over this eyeshadow for ages but never really was convinced enough to go pick it up until lately but oh my god, is this ever pretty. It shimmers like no eyeshadow I have ever used before, it's almost breathtaking when it hits the light. I'm so tempted to go buy more shades of it now, it's that gorgeous.

These were the products that I particularly loved in October. I'm so sad that it went by as fast as it did! I had a really great month, and a lovely 21st birthday.

Here's to a great November!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September Favourites!

Yay! It's officially October, which means Fall is in full swing! Also, October happens to be my favourite month (and also my birth month, but that has totally nothing to do with it eheh).

September was a pretty good month for me. School is stressful, but rewarding. I'm also 2 months into my makeup-no buy, which was been a challenge. I'm so tempted to buy things, but it's also pretty satisfying to see my collection get more use.

Since I haven't been buying anything new, my favourites this month are mostly things in my collection I rediscovered my love for (or finally got around to trying). I've also been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone in terms of my makeup looks, which is especially fun now that its fall.

I've been absolutely loving the Annabelle 'Big Show' mascara this past month. It is such a great mascara to use on a day to day basis. It adds a natural looking length and volume to my lashes, which make them look extra fluttery and pretty. It also doesn't clump or flake, so it's pretty much fantastic all around.
 My next favourite this month is actually not beauty related. I've been loving wearing delicate necklaces this past month, especially this one I got from Charming Charlie, which is a pretty pink, opalescent stone. I just love the pretty effect it gives! I wore it almost every day in September.

Scent wise, I've almost exclusively been wearing 'Coconut Passion' from Victoria's Secret. It is such a comforting yet flirty, sweet scent. If you're not crazy about sweet scents, I'd skip this, but if you're like me and you're a sucker for sweet, vanilla-y scents, you'll adore this.
 I've also been getting a lot of use from my BH cosmetics 'Smokey Eyes' palette these past few weeks. This palette is seriously so fantastic for fall. It has some of the prettiest burgundies and purples. I really wish it had some more gold and orange shades, but it still is a great palette to work with. The shadows are also extremely pigmented and easy to blend out!
 This eyeshadow might just be my favourite in the whole world... Photographs really cannot do it justice. Urban Decay's 'Lounge' shadow is addictive. It's a really cool brick red shade with a green shift.
 One of my go-to bold lipsticks in September was pearl finish of 'Wine with Everything' by Revlon. On me, its a really pretty looking metallic orange-red, which I think is absolutely perfect for the fall season.
Of course, I wasn't wearing bold lipstick every day in September. I definitely was wearing more nude lipstick, and more often than not I was wearing 'Cool Nude' from Essence. As the name implies, it's a cool nude lipstick, which is a lot more flattering on the lips than I expected. It looks especially nice when you pair it with a more bold eyeshadow look. 
Finally, I've been really liking to use e.l.f's Ultimate Blending Brush to apply blush. The brush is fairly dense and super soft, and just the perfect size to apply blush. 

That's what I was loving this month! Let me know your favourites in the comments below! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

July Favourites 2016!

July went by way too fast. I seriously can't believe its already August... I feel like just yesterday I was writing about my favourite products of June! As fast as it went by though, I did find a lot of great products this month that have really changed up my makeup routine.
The first thing I've been obsessed with this week is Revlon's matte lipstick in 'Pink Pout'. In terms of drugstore lipsticks, I find that Revlon make some of the best. This is the perfect matte Barbie pink type colour that isn't drying, nor does it accentuate dryness or texture on the lips. I love it! 
I posted not too long ago about Sephora's 'My Beauty Notebooks' that I recently purchased. I've used them a lot this month, but the one in particular that I've been reaching for the most is the one called "Working it". It has exactly what I need for an every day look, with options to make it more nighttime friendly if I choose to. It has the perfect shades for a smokey eye or a brown, natural look. It also has the most perfect brow bone highlight shade that I'm OBSESSED with.
I've raved about the Nyx Prismatic eyeshadows over and over, but how can anyone blame me? They are hands down my favourite eyeshadow formulation in the drugstore. The one I've been loving this month is called 'Liquid Gold', which comes off a little more on the red side than a classic gold, but regardless, it is truly breath taking on the eyes. It looks like a foiled eyeshadow. As all of the other shadows, it is extremely pigmented, easy to blend and long wearing. I love wearing this all over the lid with 'Girl Talk' in the inner corners.  
I adore Essence. They have some crazy good products for such an affordable price point. I picked up the kajal pencil in the shade 'Teddy' mostly because I needed a good brown eyeliner and I was honestly blown away by this. It applies so smoothly, which you wouldn't expect from a $2 wooden pencil. The colour itself is a metallic brown which is seriously stunning. It is not the longest lasting eyeliner I own, but it still holds on for quite a while.
 I've always had issues with face sunscreens. They're either way too greasy, they break me out, or both. When I saw this in store, I knew I had to give it a try because the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration sunscreen is holy grail to me. And behold, another holy grail product for me from this line. It's perfect! It's moisturizing, has that great scent, doesn't break me out, works perfectly under makeup, has SPF 30... What else could I need? The bottle also has a really nice pump too!
Early this month, I was on the hunt for a good body butter because my skin is dry as ever, and dry skin is not a good look in shorts and dresses. I was initially going to pick up one of the Soap & Glory ones, but I had some second thoughts because $20 is a bit pricy for a product I knew I'd go through super quickly. I picked up this one by Bath Retreat in the scent Vanilla Souffle and I'm honestly pretty addicted to it. I was worried that the scent would be a little sickly and overly sweet but it isn't! It is a very sweet scent, but it's also very sexy. Besides that, it does the job! My skin is so incredibly soft since I've been using this! It's amazing to use after shaving your legs.

Those are all the products I've been loving this week! Let me know in the comments what your favourite product(s) were this month! 


Thursday, June 30, 2016

June Favourites!

Is it just me, or did this month go by unbelievably fast? I cannot believe June is already over! This month was great for me in terms of beauty and makeup. I've tried a lot of new products, found tons of new favourites, and I've started testing out lots of new products to review soon! However, there can only be so many products in my monthly favourites, so here are the ones that were the best of the best for me this month! Interestingly enough, all my favourites this month are from the drugstore, so not only are they great products, but they're also affordable!

L'Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in 'Ice'

I was on the hunt for a good drugstore highlighter and let me tell you right now: the selection isn't huge. I was pretty drawn to the L'Oreal Lumi line and I picked up one of their Liquid Glow Illuminators in the shade 'Ice'. I'm planning on doing a full review on this product very soon, so I won't say much now but I will say that this is a really great liquid highlight. I was a little unsure as to how it would look on me, but it looked pretty great in the end!

Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation

I have a full review on this foundation that I will be posting tomorrow, but to keep it brief; this is a great foundation for the summer. It is glowy and your skin looks very radiant using it. As per most of Physician's Formula complexion products, the shade selection is unfortunately (very) limited, but if you are not extremely fair/extremely dark, you can make this work for you.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in 'Stacked Heels'

This month, I was on the hunt for the perfect lilac coloured eyeshadow (but I was also on a budget, so I hit the drugstore). I picked up one of L'Oreal's eyeshadow quads in 'Stacked Heels' because it looked the closest to the colour I was going for. This is a really nice quad. Since it is drugstore, it isn't the most pigmented of eyeshadows, but if you pair it with an eyeshadow primer, it looks great.

NYC High Definition liquid eyeliner pen

I must admit, I really suck at liquid eyeliner. I know they say practice makes perfect, but I've gotten so comfortable with my pencil eyeliner routine, I've never really gotten around to getting in that practice anyway. However after hearing a few people talk about this product, I figured I'd give it a try. I mean, its $3, what have I got to lose? This product is SO easy to use and it looks really really nice. So if you are like me, and are less than talented with traditional liquid eyeliner, give this a try.

Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner

I believe that Annabelle is a brand that we only have here in Canada, but they really are great. Their products are affordable and and really really good. Everyday this month, I've been using their Skinny Brow Liner to fill in and shape my brows. It is extremely easy to use and has just the right amount of pigment. I also really appreciate that it's very easy to fix any mistake you might make while applying it, but once it sets, it wont budge.

Nyx Prismatic Shadow in Liquid Gold

Nyx's Prismatic eyeshadows are simply amazing. They are so pigmented, I can't get over it. The one in particular that I was loving is called 'Liquid Gold' and it honest to God looks like, you guessed it, liquid gold. So if you love gold eyeshadow as much as I do, you need this in your life.

Essence 'I Love Stage' Eyeshadow Base

What's better than a good eyeshadow base? A good eyeshadow base that costs less than $5. You heard me. This eyeshadow base is seriously holy grail to me at this point. It has a concealer-like colour to it, so it will cover up any broken vessels or areas you may want to conceal on your eyelids. It also keeps your eyeshadow from creasing, falling out AND it increases the pigmentation. And all this for $3.49. I mean, what else could you even ask for?

L'Oreal 'Eye Defense' Eye Cream

My dark under eye area is the bane of my existence. However, instead of just complaining about it and trying to conceal it, I've decided to add a good eye cream to my skincare routine to keep the area hydrated and hopefully diminish some darkness. I haven't noticed much yet in terms of making the area less dark, but I do notice that my under eye area is much more hydrated and my under eye concealer looks so much better now.

TV Favourite: Pretty Little Liars

PLL is back! Season 7 has just begun and as usual, I'm hooked. I've been following this show for years and years now, and this is it; it's the final season. I'm hoping for it all to be tied together nicely. 2 episodes into it, and I am already addicted. Can't wait to see how it ends!

YouTube Favourite: ReadySetGlamour

This month, I've been getting back into watching YouTube videos and Michelle honestly makes some of the best beauty videos out there. Her reviews are so honest and her videos are really entertaining and informative. She's also so involved with her viewers on Snapchat and Twitter! Definitely check her out!

Let me know what you were loving in the month of June!