Monday, August 3, 2015

Life update - sprained ankle and dental surgery

I just wanted to hop on here quickly, to give you all a Little update.

I have been dog-sitting for the past few days, hence the reason for the lack of posts. I fell Down a flight of stairs the other day, and sprained my ankle. I was pretty Lucky though, it could have been a lot worse. I actually can't help but laugh at myself, I'm pretty sure it looked hillarious.

Tomorrow is the big day, where I'm getting 3 wisdom teeth surgically removed. I'm really nervous, but at the same time I am looking forward to it being over.

I'm still trying to recover from my depression, I'm finding a bit harder this time, but my overall mood is pretty good.

So yeah, that's just a quick update. This week is going to be rough but in a couple of days, when everything is over, I will be feeling a lot better :)


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Essence all about chocolates review

Today I have my last review of these "all about" palettes. It's the "all about chocolates" palette. I have also reviewed the "all about nude" "all about romance" "all about sunrise" and the "all about spring" palettes. These palettes are being discontinued, and replaced with new 8 pan versions. I'm sad to see these leave, but also very excited to try the new ones.

Price: £3,45 or about $3,77 at

Packaging: I love it! the clear plastic packaging looks really nice, and it feels really sturdy. You get a lot of eyeshadow, and there is no waisted Space, no applicators either! You do not get a mirror either, but seriously, how many products with mirrors do you need? you probably have enough of those anyways. You get 8,5 grams of shadow divided between 6 shadows.

At a first glance, this palette looks quite cool toned. But upon swatching it, I found it to look a Little warmer Against my skin. Applied to the lids, the colors are quite neutral, leaning on cool. You get 1 matte pale cream color and 1 satin/shimmery champagne and the rest are somewhere in between satin and metallic. These are all very subtle neutrals and once Applied to my eyes most of the darker colors look pretty much the same.
I really really like the matte pale cream color, but I wish that the darker colors were a little more different from eachother. I would have liked to see a matte dark chocolate shade or a warm cocoa shade. No matter what colors I use, I find that the eye looks turn up, pretty much identical. So I would say, that this palette isn't all that versatile. With that being said, I do actually really like the finished result it gives. I think this is a great little everyday palette, for beginners as well as the more experienced users.
I still prefer my "all about sunrise" as I'm much more into the warm neutrals. But I definately recommend this if you are into more cool toned neutrals and if you want something affordable that's still great quality. It's a great little palette for throwing in your weekend bag, and it won't take up much space.

Have you tried any of these little palettes? how do you feel about them getting discontinued? let me know.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Essence Urbaniced trend edition preview

 Sorry for being gone for a few days, I'm still lacking a lot of energy and I find it hard to do even the simplest tasks. But today I have a preview for you. The Essence Urbaniced trend edition. It will be available in stores from September to October. I don't think I will be getting any of these products, they just don't speak to me that much. But what do you think?


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Essence nude gloss review

 I'm super super pleased with all the "nude" products Essence has been lauunching this past year. So I thought I would try one of the nude glosses. I do have to say, that I'm more into the medium nude Shades, rather than the super light beigey nudes. And Essence do have a lot of those super light Shades in this Collection, so I would love to see some darker versions as well.

Price: €1,95 or about $2,14

Packaging: The packaging is the same as their lonlasting glosses (so sad that those are discontinued) I really like the packaging. The doe foot applicator is great, and I don't think this looks like a cheap lip gloss at all. Very pleased with the packaging. You get 5ml.

This is the darkest color from the XXXL nude gloss Collection, 06 Soft almond. It's a sheer, creamy browny nude color. It's not too warm toned and not too cool either. On my skin it looks quite dark, but once Applied it looks a bit lighter. It has just the right amount of pigmentation for me. I don't want my glosses to be too sheer and I don't want them to be crazy opaque either. This is sheer, yet pigmented enough to get the color I want.
I was expecting this gloss, to be the same formula as the longlasting glosses, but it's not. The formula is the same as their original XXXL glosses, wich is a lot less sticky, but also wears off a lot quicker. It's a much more comfortable gloss, than the longlasting ones, but the staying power is not that great. I don't mind it too much, as I really really like the color and I like how comfortable it is to wear. I just have to reapply it quite often.
I haven't noticed much of a scent with this one, maybe just the slightest sweet scent, but it's not noticable once Applied. Wich is good if you hate scented lip products. And this does not have a taste to it either. I really really hate when lip products taste of perfume or even just have a sweet taste, so very pleased with that.
I definately recommend these glosses, to anyone looking for a comfortable, affordable everyday gloss. I will be getting a lot of use out of this one. I'm not sure if I would try any of the other Shades though, they look quite pale, but if Essence came out with something similar to this shade, I would definately pick it up.
Have you tried these glosses? what do you think?


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Essence all about romance

These palettes will be discontinued, when the Essence fall Collection launches. So I thought I'd better get the reviews out, while there's still time to purchase them. I have already reviewed the "all about nude" and "all about sunrise" and the limited edtion "all about spring" palettes. And I still have the "all about chocolates" to review as well.

Price: £3,45 or about $3,77 at
Packaging: I love it! the clear plastic packaging looks really nice, and it feels really sturdy. You get a lot of eyeshadow, and there is no waisted Space, no applicators either! You do not get a mirror either, but seriously, how many products with mirrors do you need? you probably have enough of those anyways. You get 8,5 grams of shadow divided between 6 shadows.
This palette is a Little hit and miss for me. The quality is really nice and the texture is soft and smooth, but the light Shades look too similar once Applied. I really really enjoy the champagne shade and the dark plummy shade. But I wish the mint shade was even more minty and I would have liked something else instead of the white. But this is just personal preference.

I did enjoy using this palette, and I did come up with 2 looks that weren't too similar, but I feel that this palette needs a little more diversity. I really really wanted to like this palette. But it's not going to be a must have palette for me.
If you like these types of colors, you will love this little palette. But for me, it's just not that special, and I'm probably not going to reach for it all that often.

I can't wait to see the new 8 pan palettes that Essence are launching this fall. I feel like there might be more looks to accomplish with the extra 2 shadows added. Hopefully the texture and quality will be the same, or better.
But this palette is a miss for me. If you want to try one of these palettes, I really really recommend the "all about sunrise" palette. It has amazing pigmentation and beautiful sunny colors.

Have you tried any of these palettes? will you be trying the new 8 pan palettes when they launch?
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