Archive | October 2014

Essence Eye Products: Review, Swatches, and Makeup Looks!

Hi Crazies! 😀

Even though I went to bed at 1 in the morning, I got up early to make sure i posted today. 😛 😉

Today’s review is of some new Essence eye products. I’ve never tried Essence, up until now, so when I received the products I was VERY excited!

So, onto the review!

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All of the products!

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The first product I got into was the eye primer.

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The I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow Base:

In the picture, I swatched a dark brown eye shadow without the primer is on the left, and with the primer is on the right. You can see the big difference! First off, I LOVE the simple, cute but practical packaging. It’s very easy for me to store in my makeup collection. The texture of the primer is medium/light weight, so it’s easy to just slip on the eye with the awesome wand applicator. (which I love as well. Wand applicators are very easy to work with). The primer also gives a bit of coverage, and it really grab onto eye shadows really well, which is surprising, because a lot of light-weight primers don’t always grip the eye shadows you put on top.

Overall thoughts:

Smoothness: 5/5

Quality: 5/5

Packaging: 100/5 😀

Long Lasting: 5/5

I would highly recommend this primer!!

Onto the 4 six-color eye shadow palettes:

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Essence All About Nude Palette

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Natural light

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Flash

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Essence All About Sunrise Palette.

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Natural light.

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Flash.

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Essence All About Paradise Palette

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Natural light.

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Flash.

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Essence All About Candies Palette.

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The Essence All About _______(Eyeshadow) Palettes:

First off, the packaging: Oh my gosh, it’s so awesome!!! The eye shadows are a great size, the palettes are very well put together with that nice, simple, cute and convenient packaging. The All About Nudes Palette is really nice, and I think it would be perfect for travel. You could easily slip it in your purse or travel bag, and you have a great variety of colors for everyday looks, and with the darker ones, you could create an evening look. The All About Sunrise Palette I think is my favorite. The eye shadows are super smooth, and are super silky. I especially love that reeeally pigmented gold shade! 😀 Again, this would be a nice palette for travel for the same reasons. The All About Paradise Palette is my other favorite. And you know why! The super bright and pigmented fun colors! Again, the eye shadows are like silk, and they last really long! The All About Candies Palette is really great if you want to add color, but keep your eyes light and open at the same time. Although, the overall quality of the eye shadows are good, the Candies colors didn’t swatch as pigmented as the rest.

If I could only choose two of these palettes to have, I would choose the Sunrise Palette, and the Paradise Palette. (but I still love all of them) 😉

Overall Thoughts:

Pigmentation: 5/5 (exception: Candies Palette: 4/5)

Smoothness: 5/5

Long Lasting: 5/5

Packaging: 100/5 😀

Here are some makeup looks I did using the palettes:

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For this look, I used some of the shades from the Sunrise Palette.

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For this one, I used some of the Candies eye shadows.

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And for this one, I used all of the shades from the Paradise Palette.

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Next product!

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Daylight.

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Flash.

The Essence Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencils:

These eyeliners are my new favorites!!! They glide on super smooth, and once you put them on, they set and don’t move for the rest of the day. Amazing!! In the picture, you can see they sent me a brown, a gray, a black, a blue, a teal, and a green. The blue was the only one that swatched a little patchy, but’s that the only flaw in all. 🙂 My favorite shades are the teal and the green! First off, isn’t that teal shade to die for? It’s so pigmented and gorgeous! My new everyday makeup look staple is the green eye liner. I line my eyes with it everyday to make the dark green in my eyes pop. The colors are all gorgeous, and I’m really impressed with these eyeliners!

Overall thoughts:

Smoothness: 5/5

Pigmentation: 5/5 (exception: blue pencil: 4/5)

Long Lasting: 1oo/5 😉

Packaging: 5/5

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They also sent me 2 liquid eyeliner pens!

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The Essence Liquid Eyeliner Pens:

The one on the right is the Essence Waterproof Eyeliner Pen, and the one on the right is the Essence Extra LongLasting Eyeliner Pen.

My favorite of the two is the Waterproof one. (the one with the blue lettering). It’s a little more black. The Extra Long Lasting pen is SUPER long lasting for sure, but it seemed to dry out very quickly, as where the waterproof one is really nice, and didn’t dry out after a few uses. They are both really smooth and I love the pen tip, and they stay on all day, but the waterproof one beat the long lasting one when it comes to pigmentation.

Overall Thoughts:

Pigmentation: 5/5 (exception: Long Lasting Pen: 4/5)

Smoothness: 5/5

Packaging: 5/5

Long Lasting: A Million/5 (seriously)

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The Essence Metal Glam Eye Shadows:

These are so fun! Each of them are super smooth, and pigmented. My favroite is the brown shade, because I don’t have anything quite like it, but I love both of them. And the packaging deal is consistent: Super cute and very practical at the same time.

Overall Thoughts:

Pigmentation: 5/5

Smoothness: 5/5

Packaging: 5/5

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Bare lashes.

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With one coat of the mascara.

The Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara:

I. Love. This. Mascara! It’s amazing! As you can see in the before and after pictures, this mascara is super lengthening, and very black, and it has no clumps. So if clumps bother you, but you still want lengthy lashes, get this mascara.

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No mascara…

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With one coat of this mascara.

The Essence Lash Mania Reloaded False Lash Mascara:

I now use this mascara everyday! It’s awesome! It’s super black, and really defines your lashes for the false lash look. I also love the shape and size of the wand.

I LOVE both of the mascaras, and since they each create a different effect on the lashes, I can’t choose between them. 🙂

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And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed my review! CLICK HERE to check out all of the Essence products.

Well Essence is definitely a new favorite brand for me! I was so impressed by all of the products! I highly recommend them.

Have an amazing, beautiful day!

Xoxo Ava 😀 ❤

Disclaimer:

These products were sent to me, I did not buy them. However, the review is all my own thoughts. These pictures were not edited in anyway.

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Just Letting You Know…

Hi crazies! 😀 I know that I’ve been posting a lot less often then I usually do, and I want to apologize for and explain this. For the past couple months, I’ve been in an operetta which is very fun, but also very time consuming. My last show is on Sunday,  and then on Monday, I will be out of town for a few days… And starting November first, I’m going to be moving, so that will be busy and stressful as well. I’m trying to post whenever I get a free hour. But if there are large gaps in between me posting, now you know what’s going on. Again, I’m sorry for being bad with posting. I have a couple of reviews, and tons of looks to put up! It really irritates me when I miss another day for posting. So sorry!
But now you know!
🙂
Thank you for reading!
Have an amazing, beautiful day!
Xoxo Ava ❤

Born Pretty Store Eyeliners: Review, Swatches, and LOTD!

Hello Crazies! 😀

Today’s post is a review I’ve been planning to do for a while, and I’m finally putting it up! 😛

This review (as you saw in the title) is for the Born Pretty Store Eyeliners.

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They sent me 3 shades, Black, Brown, and Silver. These eyeliners are shimmer/sparkle eyeliners.

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In daylight.

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Flash.

As you can see, the silver has a pearl finish, the brown has a shimmer finish, and the black is more glittery. They all swatched very smooth…although when I swatched them on my arm, as you see here, they didn’t seem very potent….Until I put them on my eyes!

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For this look, I smudged the black thickly on my upper lash line, and in my waterline. The brown I applied in the crease and lower lid, and blended it out with a magenta shade to add a color factor. These eyeliners can also be used for eye shadow bases, and they prove to work very well both as eyeliner and eye shadow. And the silver is applied on the inner corner.

My over-all thoughts:

The Black Pencil: 

Pigmentation: 5/5

Smoothness: 5/5

The Brown Pencil:

Pigmentation: 4/5

Smoothness: 5/5

The Silver Pencil:

Pigmentation: 4/5

Smoothness: 4.5/5

So as you can see, I really love these pencils, and think they’re great for both eyeliner and eye shadow uses! I definitely recommend them.

Go check out the 4th Anniversary Sale at BPS! CLICK HERE!! 

I hope you enjoyed this review!

Have an amazing, beautiful day!

xoxo Ava 😀 ❤

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Disclaimer: These products were sent to me, I did not buy them. However, the review is truthfully, and totally my own opinion. (none of the photos in this post were edited in any way). 

LOTD: Ultimate Dramatic Fall Makeup!

Hi Crazies! 😀

Today’s look is super bold and dramatic, with dark eyes and lips. To add a more modern spin on the winged-out smokey eyes, I added a pop of metallic gold. Metallics are a big trend for Fall 2014, so adding pops of metallic in your makeup will look amazing!

Be warned, this is one of my more dramatic looks, but hey, as I said in the title, this look is my ultimate dramatic look for Fall this year!

Onto the pictures!

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Woohoo! Those braces be clashin’!!

 

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So, I hope you all enjoyed this super-dramatic, perfect-for-fall look!

Have an amazing, beautiful day!

xoxo Ava ❤ 😀

LOTD: Spring Into Fall-Time..

Hey Crazies! 😀

How was your weekend?

Don’t worry, I have a LOT of Autumn inspired looks coming soon!

So, Today’s look is actually quite Spring-time-ish, but I wanted to post it anyway. I used the Urban Decay Electric Palette-once again-and the colors I featured were Freak and Urban. Urban, (the bright, rich purple in the palette) didn’t show up very well in the pictures because the lighting was really bright when I took the pictures.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this uh.. ‘Spring in Fall’ look… 😉

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I hope you liked this one!

Put makeup look requests below please!! 🙂

Have an amazing, beautiful day!

xoxo Ava ❤ 😀