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Essence Cosmetics Review: I Love Nude Eyeshadow & XXXL Nude Lipgloss

Hello everyone! How’ve you been? I hope your week started in the right way. These couple of days I’ve been trying to study, but to be honest, it has been hard. It’s like a vicious cycle where I find myself avoiding study time, but at the same time get stressed out because I haven’t studied enough. To take a break from this, the other day I went to Essence Cosmetics. I found a couple of new items from their most recent collection and decided to share them with you! 

Essence Cosmetics is a makeup brand that I really like because of two things: their price and their quality. High end makeup can be pricey. Not all of the time I can save up money to do some big time shopping. Under such situation, I can relay on Essence Cosmetics. Their products are very affordable, and so far, I haven’t encounter any major issues with them. I’ve tried some of their lip and face products, but not their eye makeup. Thus, in this short trip to their store I got my hands on a few of their eyeshadows and lipsticks.

I Love Nude Eyeshadows in Coffee Bean

The first item that I got was an eyeshadow from their new collection, I Love Nude Eyeshadows. I chose the shade Coffee Bean, which is a dark shimmery brown color. I find that different shades of brown are easier to combine with any makeup. Thus, I always find myself going for such color tones when it comes to eyeshadows. What are your go-to eyeshadow colors? Essence describes this product as a “baked eyeshadow with a satin smooth texture…”. To tell you the truth, I don’t really know what a baked eyeshadow is haha, but I really liked it’s finish. This item is very pigmented and true to it’s advertised color. As I first applied it onto my eyelid, the color was immediately noticeable and dark. It was very easy to blend it upwards onto the crease. I only added a bit more onto the lid just to create more intensity. According to the product’s description, it is long lasting. I couldn’t really test it’s durability out because I only wore it for a short time, but I will have to try it out another occasion. I love this eyeshadow and I think it would be great for a dark makeup look. I’m think more like for a nighttime look :)

XXXL Nude Lipgloss in Soft Almond

I couldn’t resist leaving without trying out a couple of their new lip products. I’ve tried their XXXL Matte Lipgloss in Soft Nude, which is a lovely soft pink lipgloss with a hint of brown undertone. My experience using that lipgloss was quite positive, so basing myself upon that, I decided to try out the new XXXL Nude Lipgloss in Soft Almond. This shade looks like a dark rose pink but once you place it onto the lips, it lightens up a bit. I guess the color that you end up with, once applied, depends on the natural color of your lips. Some girls have pinkish lips, other a bit reddish, and so a lipgloss, since it’s not as pigmented as a lipstick, can change it’s color. Moreover, both, the XXXL Matte Lipgloss and the Nude Lipgloss, are very soft and creamy. I was surprised that the nude version is not sticky at all. It’s consistency is quite nice, not too dense and not too light. Since it has a glossy and shiny finish, I think it makes the lips look feminine and soft. Personally, I think Soft Almond can be used for any occasion, either nighttime or daytime. 

Finally, I decided to create a makeup look using both products, just to give you an idea of how they look like and what’s their finish.

Here are the steps to get the look:
  1. To start off with the eye makeup, I like to apply an eye primer first. I used the Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
  2. Using my finger as a brush haha, I dabbed Coffee Bean from the I Love Nude Eyeshadow Collection onto my upper eyelid. 
  3. Next, with a fluffy brush I bleed the eyeshadow upwards onto the crease, creating a softer look.
  4. To add more intensity and to darken up the eyes, I applied more of Coffee Bean only onto the lid.
  5. With a liquid eyeliner I did a small cat eye. I used Dior Style Liner in the color black.
  6. On top of the eyeliner that I previously drew, I outlined it with a copper liquid liner. I used Lance Artliner 24H in the shade 021.
  7. Next, I applied L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara in the shade Black. 
  8. Finally, because I felt something was missing, I lined my bottom eyelid with Dior Crayon Eyeliner in Black.
  9. After I finished with my eyes and cleaned any fallouts, I applied Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in the shade 125.
  10. Because I wanted a dewy finish, I didn’t apply any powder, only bronzer. I used Smashbox.
  11. Last but not least, I applied XXXL Nude Lipgloss in Soft Almond 
Let me know what you think of these products! Have you tried them out? Which is your favorite Essence Cosmetics product?

Here is another review of other Essence Cosmetics products from their new collection :)

Hungry For More

These couple of days I’ve been thinking a lot about my future, so I decided to share some of my thoughts with you. There are times when I wish I could finally reach my goals. I picture myself at the peak of a mountain, looking at the vast sky and thinking to myself “I did it”.  As much as I want to flash-forward into that moment and avoid going through this journey of ups and downs,  and mainly avoid the down parts, sometimes reaching your goal is all about the journey, if that makes sense. 

Not so long ago, my oldest brother graduated from his masters degree and during the ceremony a faculty member gave a speech that has gotten stuck in my head ever since. I can’t really rewrite his speech (and kind of regret not filming it haha), but his main idea was that happiness is a lifestyle. Being happy is not a goal, but the journey itself. Everyday that you wake up, you make the choice to be happy. You decided how to face the obstacles in your path, whether it is with a smile on your face, with optimism, or without. He stated that sometimes it might not be up to us how things turn out to be, good or bad, but it is up to us how we react to them. That point of view sort of threw me off balance because I was frustrated and so focused on trying my best and yet not succeeding, that I had shut myself from understanding and accepting that it takes time for things to happen.

There is a saying, which these couple of days I’ve noticed it repeatedly everywhere, in a blog that I read, twitter, and even my mom has told it to me. This saying goes something like this: “fall seven times, get up eight”. What it means is that life may not be simple and easy. There will be times when you may fail, when reaching your goals get hard, but it’s during these moments that you have to swim and keep swimming against the current. As much as I don’t like to listen when my parents tell me this, but life is all about perseverance. When times get hard, when you are not too sure you are going to be able to reach your dreams, remember that you have the choice to either believe in yourself and keep on keeping on, or let your fears and doubts take over. As the graduation speaker stated, life might not be under our control, but we have control over ourselves, of our reaction to what it brings us. 

Even though I find myself thinking how much I would love to be “successful” or to have already accomplished my dreams, there is and there will be a time for everything. I guess I’m hungry for more, but just like food, you have to eat slowly, take your time chewing it and enjoy every minute of it. You have to enjoy life, enjoy the journey, every minute of it and not get caught up in the down parts.