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Review: essence Forget It! 3-in-1 Concealer

7 Sep

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What: essence Forget It! 3-in-1 concealer; a multi-purpose pan concealer. This product is no longer shown on the essence website, but is available at Shopper’s Drug Mart and Ulta. Essence is a German cosmetic brand and is available in most European drugstores.

Price: $3.49 at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

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Colour correctors are a great tool and I don’t think you can ever have too many. I picked this essence one up a few weeks ago and I really like it. It even has a guide on the back that tells you what to use each colour for.

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Formula: It has a smooth, gel-like consistency. Since it’s a pan concealer, it’s thick but not too thick to wear under your eyes. The beige and pink melt into the skin very well, but the green appears a bit chalky.

Pigmentation: All three have great pigmentation when swatching, but fade a bit when applied. You can layer them to a certain degree to build up the colour, but if you add too much the product will slide off. Of the three colours, green had the weakest pigmentation. It kinda just settled into lines after a while, which is not what you want when trying to cover a red blemish.

Longevity of wear: The wear time could be improved; the green and the beige colours faded after a while even after setting them with powder. These would probably wear much better on someone with regular to dry skin, but did not last on me. I had no issues with the pink shade under my eyes.

Packaging: It’s made from pretty flimsy plastic. I kinda feel like if I dropped this once, it would be done for. But at this price replacing it isn’t so bad.

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Overall: Good quality product, worth buying for the pink and peach shades. I would recommend this is you’re just starting out with colour correctors and don’t want to spend a lot.

What’s your favourite colour corrector?

– Julia

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Review: Essence Silky Touch Blushes

21 Jul

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Essence is a German cosmetics brand that has recently (in the past year or so) come to Canada. You can buy essence at Shopper’s Drug Mart locations and their products are very inexpensive. Like, everything is under $5.00 type of inexpensive.

I’ve bought a number of things from essence since discovering the brand and I have been extremely impressed by the quality of everything. My absolute favourite are the Silky Touch Blushes. They’re beautifully pigmented, blend well and come in great colours (a good, natural brown-hued blush is a rare find in a drugstore). The formula is simply amazing.

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The Shopper’s Drug Mart website does not list the prices, but the essence Silky Touch Blushes could not have been any more than $3.00 and they come in four difference colours. Let me just say, these little babies are amazing. Here are my thoughts:

Pigmentation: These are very pigmented, going from pan to face is a no-no. Swirl your brush on the back of your hand before applying, repeat until you have your desired opacity.

Wear: Perfect, absolutely no problems. It’s been extremely hot and humid lately and these last all day with no fading.

Blend-ability: No issues with blending into powder or liquid foundation. I tend to give my cheeks a once-over with my powder brush after applying the blush, just so there are no harsh edges.

Packaging: No problems so far, the plastic is study and the hinge feels solid. I’ve even dropped them while open, and they still survived. Traveling with these might be a bit tricky, but the price is reasonable so replacing it wouldn’t be too tough.

Ok here are the shades:

NATURAL BEAUTY 40

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This is a peachy-brown colour with warm undertones. A slight shimmer shows up in the swatch, but it’s not obvious on the cheek. This one is my favourite! I love this on it own, or with bronzer. It pairs nicely with colourful and dramatic eye looks because it is so neutral. It gives me a very naturally flushed look.

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SECRET IT-GIRL 30

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This is a warm, bright orange-coral with obvious gold sparkles. It looks quite pink in the swatch but it doesn’t look like this in person. It’s a fun blush; perfect for a pop of summery colour. It comes off a bit chalky in the swatch, but it blends fine on the cheek.

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BABYDOLL 20

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This is a mid-tone pink with a hint of berry. It’s the most pigmented of all the blushes, so be careful! It also has a fine shimmer in the swatch, but it doesn’t really show up on the cheek. I haven’t used this one much yet, but I can see myself reaching for it more in the fall.

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ADORABLE 10

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This is a light, yellow-hued pink with a matte finish. It’s kind of like a bubblegum pink, but not as bright.  This one also swatches a little chalky, but doesn’t appear that way on the cheek.

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OVERALL:

These blushes are fabulous, whether you’re on a budget or not.  Anyone looking to expand their blush collection could easily pick up all of the colours. What do you guys think of these?

– Julia

Summer Daytime Makeup: Teal Eyeliner

1 Jul

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Doing your makeup on hot, humid days can be a challenge. You want to look put together, but don’t want your makeup running down your face in an hour. This is the makeup I wore Friday, in 32 degrees Celsius heat PLUS humidity, and it lasted perfectly.

One of my go-to summer looks if coloured eyeliner and the brighter the better. I chose a waterproof eyeliner (and mascara) for this look. I tend to get oily eyelids and liners and shadows end up creasing on me by the end of the day. Waterproof liners are great for absurdly hot days and long nights out because they don’t budge or run. If by the end of the day you suffer from the dreaded raccoon eyes, try switching to waterproof.

Here is what I used:
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EYES: 

MAC Paint in Bare Canvas (not pictured)

MAC Eyeshadow in Patina

MAC Eyeshadow in Wedge

MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom

N.Y.C. Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Teal

essence Eyebrow Designer in 04 Blonde

FACE & LIPS

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Original

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation in 2.0

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna

MAC Blush in Melba

Maybelline Age Rewind Finishing Powder

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Gotta Dash!

BRUSHES

Coastal Scents Angled Blush Brush (from 22-Piece Brush Set)

Coastal Scents Flat Stippling Brush (from 22-Piece Brush Set)

SpaResource Stippling Brush

Coastal Scents Large Liner/Brow Brush (from 22-Piece Brush Set)

Coastal Scents Detail Shadow Brush (from 22-Piece Brush Set)

e.l.f. Mineral Blending Eye Brush

Coastal Scents C153 Eye Shader Brush (old Coastal Scents numbering)

1. After priming your lid, place Patina (or any neutral gold) on the lid.
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2. Blend out with a crease blending brush.
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3. Draw liner on upper lash line. I kept it to the outer third but go as far in as you’d like.

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4.  Blend out the line with a small detailer brush. I kept it to the outer third but go as far in as you’d like.

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5. Draw and blend line on lower lash line.

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6. Blend Wedge (matte colour a few shades darker than your skin tone) into the outer part of the crease to add depth.

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7. Add Shroom (shimmery cream colour) to inner corner and finish with mascara.
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I applied bronzer with a large duo-fiber stippling brush; this gives a naturally bronzed look because it doesn’t pick up as much product as a natural hair brush.  I wouldn’t suggest a shimmery bronzer for doing this, at least not during the day, as it can overwhelm your face with glitter.

I used my favourite matte peach blush to offset the cool teal colour on the eyes and a peachy-coral glossy lipstick.  You could also use a lip gloss if you prefer.

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Overall I really like this look and will definitely be wearing it again. You can change it up by substituting any colour of eyeliner or blush to suit your complexion or preference. So what do ya think?!

– Julia