Essence

About–Started in 2001 by female entrepreneur –Came to US in 2008–Cruelty free (some vegan products too)–Available at Ulta, essencemakeup.com Best Product: Micro Precise Eyebrow PencilUnderrated Product: Melted Chrome Eyeshadow Buy: MascarasPass: Complexion products (foundation, concealer) Improve: Foundation and concealer offerings and shades Tried—Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara (review)—Camouflage + Matt Concealer (review)—Lash Princess Mascara & Waterproof—Volume Booster Lash Primer—Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel—Stay 8H Waterproof … Continue reading Essence

Foundation Friday: Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating

Claims–Natural finish–Medium coverage–Weightless feel–Lightweight Price–$6.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com–1.05 oz Shade Range–16 at Ulta –31 at essencemakeup.com–My Shade: 010 Cool Porcelain Pros–Cruelty free–Vegan–Ingredients :: aloe vera, hyaluronic acid–Oil free–Affordable–Buildable coverage–Lightweight–Hydrating–Shade range–Shade match for me–Easy to blend–Natural finsih Cons–Not all shades available at Ulta–Availability (Ulta or online only) Final Thoughts–One layer=light coverage, two layers=medium coverage–I had several active (RED!) breakouts when I tested and I wanted additional … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating

Speed Reviews Volume IV

Anastasia Beverly Hills Loose Setting Powder Highlighters–Perfect, brighten, & set :: lightweight, finely milled :: soft-focus effect :: blurs the look of pores, extends the wear of makeup Price–$19-38 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom (0.21-0.88 oz) Shade Range–5My Shade–Translucent Cruelty Free–Yes & vegan Pros–Mini size for travel and testing :: non-comedogenic :: shade options & universal translucent :: no flashback :: finely milled :: worked on … Continue reading Speed Reviews Volume IV

Mascara Monday: Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes!

Claims–Volume–No smudging or clumping–Defined lashes–Tubular formula Price–$4.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com Shade Range–1 (Black) Pros–Affordable–Easy to remove–Length–No flaking–No smudging–Separation Cons–No volume–Accessibility (Ulta or online only)–Shade range (no brown, brown/black option) Final ThoughtsI love tubing mascaras. My favorite is from Thrive, but it’s pricey so I was hoping this would be similar. (Spoiler–it doesn’t) I got good length and separation, but no volume. I need to use … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes!

Best Eye & Lip Products $5 & Under

—Rimmel Kohl Kajal Waterproof, $3.99 —Essence Eye Liner Pen, $3.99 —LA Girl Gel Glide, $3.99 —LA Girl Ultimate Intense Auto, $4.99 —Wet n Wild Color Icon Single, $1.19 —Colour Pop Single Pressed Powder Shadow, $4.50 —Wet n ¬†Wild Color Icon Quad, $3.99—elf Bite Size Palette, $3 —Essence Melted Chrome, $4.99 —NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, $4.50 —elf Liquid Glitter, $5 —Milani Eye Shadow Primer, $4.99 —Essence … Continue reading Best Eye & Lip Products $5 & Under

Best Complexion Products $5 & Under

Prices on these products vary depending on where you purchase them. I tried to link to where they were priced the lowest, but just know pricing depends on where you purchase. Target and Wal Mart tend to have lower price points for most of these products while Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, etc. usually have a higher price tag. —Wet n Wild Photo Focus Primer Water, $4.99—Wet … Continue reading Best Complexion Products $5 & Under

Essence Camouflage + Matt Concealer

Claims –Waterproof –Matte –Won’t crease or settle into lines –Conceal under eye circles and darkness –Cover up tattoos Price –$3.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com Shade Range –3 –My shade: 10 Light Rose Pros –Affordable –Cruelty free –Paraben free –Smells good –Works with corrector and powder –Full coverage –Minimal creasing Cons –Availability –Shade range Final Thoughts I love the price and the coverage, but the shade range … Continue reading Essence Camouflage + Matt Concealer

Duped or Duped? Finishing Sprays

MAC PREP+PRIMER FIX+ FINISHING MIST Claims–Instant boost of hydration :: refresh & set makeup :: packed with vitamins & minerals :: moisturizes, soothe, and enhance complexion Price (Full Size, 3.4 oz)–$27 at Ulta, Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com Price (Mini Size, 1.0)–$14 at Ulta, Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com Scent Selection–4 (original, coconut, rose, lavender) Pros–Dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested :: LOVE the original scent :: works with powder products to intensify … Continue reading Duped or Duped? Finishing Sprays