Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Over the past few months, Essence has quickly become one of my favourite drugstore brands, often offering budget alternatives to high end brands - like this Benefit Gimme Brow dupe - that pack a punch when it comes to quality.
Picture this, I was stranded at university with just my rose gold blush and a couple of peachy cremes. I had both an orange and pink hole in my train case but was fairly reluctant to spend much as I knew I had both in my collection at home.
Enter Essences's Blush Up! in Heatwave, the perfect ombre of a pigmented pink blended with a vibrant orange (and when I say pigmented I really do mean pigmented!). As a customisable blush shade, it works and as a travel compact, it's ingenious. If you're going to pack one blush in your suitcase this summer, make it this.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
This months edition of My Little Box: My Little French Riviera Box in collaboration with with Sarah Lavoine (June 2015) dropped through the post a little later than usual this month. Though they'd kindnly informed us about the delay, I'd all but forgotten. So when this lovely marine-themed collection of both lifestyle and beauty goodies that marks my fourth box from the subscription service came to my door, I was giddy. Here's the lo down on what I received, spoiler warning:
Monday, 22 June 2015
Top Row: Lizzie // Golden Sand | Bottom Row: Copper // Bittersweet | Right: Rockstar
Lizzie, a shimmery version of MAC's Painterly Paint Pot, makes the perfect no-makeup makeup as it covers areas of discoloration - read: too many late nights - and those dastardly purple veins. Plus it's perfect for fairer skin. Golden Sand is beautiful and boasts a lot more tone dimension than Maybelline's Eternal Gold Colour Tattoo. It gets reached for in my collection a lot more frequently (or am I just justifying having two?). Copper and Bittersweet are very similar shades that, when blended out with a warm eyeshadow in the crease and a little under the eye make the perfect grunge look. Rockstar all the way over on the right is my newest addition. I don't usually go for cool toned shadows across my lid but, if you're looking for a smokey eye in seconds, day-to-night kind of vibe then this is your guy. Add a dash to a blending brush and 'windscreen wiper it' into the crease.
At £6.99 they are a wee bit more expensive than their cheaper, larger, prettier and just generally favoured Maybelline counterparts. But more often than not they're on buy one get one half price at Superdrug or frequently on sale at the end of the season to make way for new shades. Imo, they're more of an extension of my creme eyeshadow phase due to their differing shade range, than the core of it. But definitely worth a look into if you're looking to expand.