Essence Colour Correcting Stick

Hey Pretties,

Essence kindly sent me their cute awesome goodies to play with last month. It’s their Colour Correcting Stick, which at that time I didn’t know that they have it. Now, y’all can find these colour correcting sticks at Essence website, Ulta (they’re having BOGO 50% now) or Target.

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Now, let’s get into the review but first,

Let me let you know about my relationship with colour corrector

The first time I received this product, I wasn’t a regular user of colour corrector in any type. The only color-correcting product that I have is the peach corrector from LA Girl. I only use peach corrector because that’s the only shade that I need to correct my skin tone. Little that I know, after I receive these sticks, my relationship with color corrector is about to change once and for all

First Impression

Great job, Essence! I love that this comes in stick form, it makes the application much quicker and easier. First off, the packaging is really cute yet so meaningful, because you can easily identify which one is which. I looove when a brand put their thought for their packaging, especially when it comes from the more affordable brand. Cheap price doesn’t always mean cheap packaging. Second, the formula of this color correcting is really beautiful. They’re very opaque but not crazily pigmented that will alter your concealer or foundation shade. The stick of the texture is more on the dry side but still creamy and easy to blend. My favorite method to apply this is by using my finger to melt and push the product into the skin. Lastly, it doesn’t really need to be set with powder. As for the wear time, I can say that this product stay put nicely on my combo-oily skin for good 8 hours without creasing. Even when I used only this product without topping it of with concealer, it last long and sit beautifully on my skin.

Product details:

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There are 5 shades of the color correcting sticks

Peach : Neutralizes dark spot

I use this in the mix with the yellow one for my under eye area. Hands down my favorite and the one that I use the most out of all five. I like this peach tone so much because it’s more to the peachy pink instead of orange peach. For the no makeup look, this stick has been a great choice.

Yellow : Conceal dark circle

As it’s explained above, I mix the yellow stick with the peach one for the dark circle, especially when I’m going on a full glam look, otherwise I only use the peach one.

Green : Neutralizes the appearance of redness

This is my life-saver on those days of the month when my hormonal acne came up. It covers the acne pretty well

Pink    : Brigtens tired looking skin

I don’t use much of this color, as it goes too light for my current skin tone. I think I will use this more in winter time when my skin is lighter.

Lavender : Eliminates dullness and sallow looking skin

This stick is also almost untouched. Only use it 1-2 times for the past month. Based on the color theory, purple or in this case lavender, is good for eliminating any unwanted yellow undertones on your skin. So if you have warm undertone, I think you will be able to use this stick more than me.

Final Verdict

Do you need all of them? I don’t think so. As you have read above, not all shades are useful for me. I will definitely get the peach and green ones again. If you need all colors, by all means but for me I will stay with what I need.

Is it recommended? Yes, yes, yes.

My combo oily skin loves this stick. It stays put, blends beautifully, not drying, flakey, doesn’t crease or get cakey at all. It also doesn’t separate for a long day usage. It works well with all of my concealer and foundation. For $ 4.49, and the amount of product you get, they’re really worth it. Another plus point for me is that this correcting stick is easy to apply. A little stroke goes a long way 😉

Finally, as I don’t really have many experiences with color correcting before I can’t really say much on how this product compared to the other brands. If you have tried this and compare it to the other brand, please let me know your opinion in the comment section below.

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Essence Hidden Gem

Dear Pretties,

I’m such a lucky girl that Essence kindly sent me their cute awesome goodies to play with. They send me some lippies, eye products, and nail polish (yay me! Believe it or not, this is the first nail polish that I have since 2-3 years ago)

You can find Essence at Ulta or Target, and order online from Essence website. I suggest Essence and Ulta website if you would like to explore the complete set of their products though, because Ulta and Target store (at least the one in my area) doesn’t have much selection. So now let me tell you my thought on these products

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Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in the shade “Nude Love” ($ 2.99)

This is your typical classic bullet lipstick, which if you have been following me for a while, you already know that this is the type of lipstick that I like. It has a really nice formula that’s comfortable on the lips and doesn’t make your lips feel dry. Does it stay put on the lips for a long time? A BIG YES, It does lift up to their claim as long lasting lipstick! My oh my, I don’t even remember when and what was the last lipstick that have this same comfortable formula with great staying power and doesn’t budge, doesn’t smear and dry comfortably not matte. For the price point and the quality of this lipstick, I will definitely get some more shades of this line. Great job, Essence!

Essence Liquid Lipstick ($ 1.79)

Shade : Peach Party (Light pink) and Show Off (bright red)

Pretties, I know I told you at the beginning of the year that I’m done with liquid lipstick because it’s so drying and just not my cup of tea. I’ve heard a lot of mixed review about Essence liquid lipstick that’s why I haven’t really pay attention to this product. Now I can say my very own thought. So here you go. In my opinion, the formula between the two shades isn’t consistent. Both are true to color but the darker shade is more opaque, while the Peach Party is more sheer and you need to build it up to get the color. The texture is more like a lip gloss (reminds me a lot like Nyx butter gloss, but with thicker pigment) It does feel comfortable on the lips, but if you expect it to last long and dry down to matte finished, it won’t. It doesn’t have a long staying power either, which I don’t really have problem with. For such an affordable price, nice color and decent pigmentation, this is definitely a fresh air in the sea of liquid lipstick madness.

The Gel Nail Polish ($ 1.99)

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Shade : Lucky (neon pink) and Island hopping (deep teal)

I got 2 nail polishes from Essence and both colors are my jam. I’m not a fan of nail polish and I can get away without nail polish for about 7 months, but once in a while I don’t mind to pop some colors on my nails. I like both the colors they sent me, it’s so fun for spring and summer. From my experience, these two isn’t the most long lasting one (used to be a die hard fans of O.P.I) With my activities that I don’t consider a heavy work and without top coat application, this nail polish only last 2 days without being chapped. I don’t think that this is a gel nail polish, because it doesn’t last as long.  Does putting on top coat help to make it last longer? If you’ve tried it, please let me know in the comment section below how do you like this nail polish.

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Dip Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($ 2.99)

Essence eyeliner are one of the products that need more love. Seriously. I purchased their liquid liner in the marker form and it’s really good, and this liquid one is no different. It’s very opaque, very black and it stays put. It glides on easily and the applicator is a little more stiff instead of like brush, which I actually prefer because I don’t have the most steady hand. A little downside though, it took a good almost a minute for it to dry down. I still set it with black eyeshadow too. I prefer the marker one over this, just because it’s easier to use. If you love more dramatic look, this one is definitely a great option. It’s so affordable, even cheaper than other drugstore brands, with the same great quality.

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Shade: She’s got the mauve

This is so far my favorite product out of all the items that I got. It’s a pretty grey taupe color, very pigmented and it stays put! Usually, eye shadow sticks are kinda oily and fade away really fast on me because as you know, oily girl problem. I have tried this with concealer as eyeshadow base and with urban decay primer potion. Both hold this eye shadow stick pretty well. It does stay longer if you set the eyelid with transluscent powder. I haven’t played this with other eye shadow a lot, because when I use this type of eye shadow I use it for a quick and easy makeup, apply this all over the eyes, and blend out a little and done.

I ❤ Extreme Mascara

Can I say I love this mascara? I even love it more than my rocket volume mascara, which is now gone (God bless her soul) I was actually plan to get a replacement for my rocket volume mascara when I received this item in the mail. So when I open the package and saw this mascara, I tried it on and yes! a life safer (and pocket safer ;D ) I love the wand, love how black it is, not clumpy, and very volumizing.

What do you think about Essence, Pretties? Have you tried it? Do you like it? What’s your favorite Essence products?

I have another Essence product on the mail from my purchase at Ulta (yes this brand starts to grow on me), stay tune for the other Essence review. And if you wanna know what I got from Ulta, follow me on Instagram and Twitter

Peace Out!

Disclaimer : Essence sent me this product, but I am not requested nor paid to write this review, neither it affect my thoughts about these products. All things said here are my personal opinion and thought. 

February Favorite + March Rotation

Hey Pretties,

It’s that time of the month again to review what you’ve been putting on your face. I start to like doing this kind of post as this reminds me to be more selective in buying products in the future (yeah right, like it’s possible haha…) well, at least I try not to buy everything 🙂

So without further due, let’s just get into them

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Makeup

  1. Tartelette Amazonian Clay

Y’all know that I’m trying to pan this palette this year so no wonder this now becomes my February favorite. I’m doing pretty good in using this palette. Not only because it’s basically a really solid palette for everyday look, but also for the so many matte shades that I can reach for every time I create a look, whether it’s for the crease or to set the eye shadow primer. I do mix this palette with others for some pop of color.

Side note: I don’t do as good with my Lorac palette though. I know I put it on my palette rotation and I did use it for a couple times this month, but my next favorite is the reason why I failed to use the Lorac palette more.

  1. Tartelette In Bloom

I know, I know, I’m terribly late to the hype of this palette. But, what can I say, since I got this on Valentine day I can’t stop using it. It smells so good (kinda similar to the Too Faced chocolate palettes scent) and the colors in this palette, especially the shimmer ones are STUNNING.. I don’t regret at all to choose this over the Tarteist Pro Palette when my husband asked me which one that I want. I feel I can use this palette a whole lot more that the Tarteist Pro, because yes the Tarteist Pro has more shades but it’s more warm tones. I love that the In Bloom palette is more neutral and daily use friendly. No wonder it’s on many people favorite (PS: Kandee Johnson and Kathleen Light love this palette so much)

  1. Too Faced La Crème in Juicy Melons (*)

I am not a fan of liquid lipstick, never was and never will. So, yes even though it’s kinda ‘old style’ I still and will always love conventional lipstick. It’s called lipstick so it should be a stick for the lips, and yes it should be in a stick form J Well, this lipstick in particular is so comfortable on the lips, creamy not greasy and has such a pretty warm pink tone. It doesn’t have the best staying power and I do have to re-apply it throughout the day but I don’t mind at all. I’d prefer to re-apply my lipstick over and over again but my lip doesn’t feel dry and I still can get away without exfoliating them every single day

  1. Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso

Again, another super late hype on a product. I really wanna bang my head and scream “where have I been?” This blush is sooo pretty. Well, I guess I don’t have to say much on this one. Pssst, I’m on the mission to get some other shades from this baked blush line. I do mix this blush with BH Cosmetics floral blush too. The BH blush is more on the shimmery side so I don’t use it as much

  1. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer(*)

Hey everyone, my name is Fenica and I’m a chocaholic. I’m obsessed with this sweet delicious thing since I was a kid. You all know that good stuff about this thing. It’s a chocolate-y brown completely matte bronzer with enough warmth to bring some life to my slightly pale skin during the winter. Who am I kidding? I don’t only use it on winter of course. This bronzer is so good and quite versatile I might say. It’s suitable for light-medium skin tone but even if you’re fair you can still put this on without looking muddy. I use this yummy bronzer for contouring too.

PS: I don’t have any contouring product, always use my bronzers for contouring.

  1. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – Mini Size

I just realized when I organized my makeup I have some mini mascara from my purchases so I’m gonna put mascara in my no buy list until mid of the year. I love this mini size Roller Lash so much. The curve wand is really nice to apply the mascara on top and bottom lashes. It gives nice natural curl even without curling you eyelashes first. I will definitely put this on top of the list of my favorite mascara and probably get the full size once I’ve used up all my other mascaras.

  1. Essence Pure Nude highlight

With my oily skin and big pores, blinding glowy rainbow highlight is not on my attention when I put my makeup on. I produce my own highlight on my skin J but anyway, this nude highlight really got me. It gives just enough subtle glow to balance out my matte products that I cake up on my face. I use this on top of my cheek, and a little on my cupid bow to give that lips a fuller look.

Skincare 

Check my Instagram for picture of these products

  1. Formula 10.0.6 PM Perfector

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If this isn’t a best friend for oily skin girl, I don’t know what is. I bought this at almost the end of January, and I can already see the difference in my skin in about a month using it intensively. It really helps to balance my skin condition. Before using this cream, I always woke up with greasy oil all over my face, yes all over my forehead, cheek, nose, and chin. After using this amazing cream, I notice that it’s only my nose that’s still so greasy when I wake up. It’s great that Formula 10.0.6 sent me some products and this PM Perfector is included so I have backup. A little note, if you have dry skin I don’t think this night cream will do much for you because it doesn’t feel hydrating but it’s soothing and feel tightening when you first apply it. After it’s absorbed it’s just nice smooth skin feeling, and not much hydrating going on.

  1. Treat Beauty Lip Scrub

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Holy Moly if I don’t hold myself I would have chewed this thing up. It smells so delicious, and taste sooo good too. I’m a lazy girl to the core, so if I can do something the easiest way, be sure that I will do it. I’m a fan of winter but I hate that my lips get dry so bad during that time of the year (it’s already above 75 degrees here, so winter is over here in SC) I love this lip scrub as much as I love conventional lipstick, because Treat Beauty makes it in the form of lipstick (the size is 0.5 oz, regular lipstick size is 0.11oz) Just apply this like you apply regular lipstick, well massage and rub it a little more and you’re good to go. Highly recommend this, it’s convenient, easy to use, travel-friendly and of course, smell delicious 😉 (Pssst..they’re always free shipping so you can buy only one product without paying shipping)

NOTE : Sad to say the Laneige sleeping mask and the yoghurt one makes my skin much more oily than usual so I stop using it. On the plus side, this will be a good alternative for the PM Perfector for the dry skin.

Now, as for the products that I’m putting on my March rotation are :

  1. Nyx Avant Pop
  2. Nyx Sweet Cheeks blush
  3. Nyx Strobe of Genius
  4. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation
  5. Maybelline Fit Me concealer

What’s your favorite during the month of love? Is there any of your favorite (or product you don’t like) that’s on my list here? Drop me a comment or two down below

Peace out!

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Mini Haul 1 – First Impression

 

Hey Pretties!

Just want to share a little first impression for my mini haul from Target (because who can walk to Target and not grabbing something from makeup aisle haha…)

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  1. Laneige Goodnight Kit (on sale for $5)

This box consists of 2 masks, one is the water sleeping mask, and two is the Mulberry Yogurt Repairing Mask. I’ve tried both and they felt nice on the skin. Both are on the creamy gel consistency with nice floral scent. I love me some subtle soft fragrance in my products, but if you’re sensitive to smell I don’t think this is gonna be a problem for you.

The water sleeping mask doesn’t really give any plumping effect in the morning like what’s all the hype said but still feel hydrating. For my oily skin, the first time I apply it, it feels a little tacky and not absorbed quickly. I will definitely need to use more of this to know how well it works

The repairing mask gives more instant result. No, you won’t have silky smooth flawless skin in one application (I wish!) but you can see the shrinking pores and firmer skin but not drying. Almost feel like jello feeling – the firm one, not the too much water one (what a worst way to explain it). I like both of this mask so far, but will give you an update once I use them more.

  1. Essence Pure Nude Highlight ($ 4.49)

Holy moly! January wasn’t over yet when I bought this and I broke my “what not to buy in 2017” list. But, in my defense I’ve been wanting to try this highlight since last year but the Target and Ulta near me always out of stock, and when I shop online at Ulta I always distracted by other stuff (good job for knowing what you want and what you need, Nic!)

Anyway, been using this for about 3 times now and I LOVE IT! This highlight gives you the nice sheen glow (not shimmer) on your skin. One thing that I love so much about this highlight is that it doesn’t accentuate the texture or pores on my skin, which what other highlight tends to do to me.

So, if you want a nice highlight that’s not blinding (which I prefer) this one is definitely for you.

  1. Essence Eyeliner Pen

There is nothing really special about this eyeliner. It does have a very thin tip that can give you precise liner (reminds me of Kat Von D tattoo liner) Well, almost all drugstore and high-end eyeliner have the same tip with this one (another reason why I always grab drugstore eyeliner, cause they’re just as good). For the price point that’s on the very affordable side, I can see I might get this one more often.

I think I’ll have to try more product from Essence. What do you guys think? What product from Essence that you like or I should try next?

Thanks for reading, Guys and please check back in about 2 weeks for the update on these products

Peace out!