Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set Swatches and Review

One of the products that I love in applying to my eyebrows are powder ones and when I saw Essence has one I told myself to get one and never skip this gem.

Upon opening the product there was eyebrow stencils and an angle brush. When you are just starting at makeup the best way in grooming eyebrows is by applying powder before going to gel cremes or pomades as they call it today.

Packaging : Contains two powder shades housed in a small oblong shaped plastic container. (Not shown in the picture) An instruction guide and 3 eyebrow stencils.

The shade that I got is (02) Natural blonde style which is the lightest of the two shades available. I chose this shade instead of the darker one because my eyebrows are sparse and thin and I don't look good on darker shades. The powders are placed in a plastic tray which is not good. It usually slips through my fingers whenever I try it so do be very careful if you're going to use this. Though you think it's great for traveling but I suggest don't because the lock on the container becomes loose as you use it in the long run. The angle brush picks up tons of shadows that you need to tap off the excess because there'll be fall outs.

This is what it looks like, the powders are so buttery, soft and pigmented that it tends to get messy and you need a light hand if you're using the given brush which means if you drop it there's a tendency the powders will crumble. 

Overall, I love this product for beginners that are starting into makeup this is a good one but to those you are used to doing makeup I suggest don't. The powders are pigmented, soft and buttery that's easily blended though it easily comes off just by wiping with your fingers so what more if you're oily skin? It would easily comes off too. Affordable price but not good for traveling, I wish they would encase it in a small compact for ease of use.

How about you? Have you tried Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set? Tell me what you think.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Mary Ann

Disclaimer : I bought this product with my own money. I was not paid, influenced nor affiliated with this company. All written on this post is my utmost honest opinion.

Product Name : Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set

Product Edition : Permanent

Product Shades : (01) Natural Brunette and (02) Natural Blonde

Available in all SM beauty stores and Watsons

My Top 3 Favorite : Multi-Use Products

Hello, everyone! Time for "My Top 3 Favorite" and this time I'll be talking about Multi-Use products. When I say Multi-use it means you can use it in more ways. In other words, the product can be use as highlighter, bronzer, primer or base or sometimes as a blush or a gloss or lipstick.  I only use products that can be applied on the different parts of my face except on my lips which I rarely use. I only applied lip balm, lipgloss or lipstick on my lips and nothing else. Before we continue, I've already posted some of My Top 3 Favorites : Face Primer Part 1 and Part 2Eye Primer and the latest is Eye Base

Here are the products that I considered as my multi-use products.

Left - ELF Shimmering Facial whip  shown here is the shade Spotlight which is still available in their permanent line which can be use as a highlighter or just for a few drops because this one is so shimmery an illuminator by mixing to your favorite foundation and on Right - is the ELF All Over Cover Stick  shown here is the shade Toasted which sad to say they discontinued it. I use this as a cream contour or sometimes as a cream highlight just by applying it on the top of my cheekbones very lightly or I use this as an eye base. 

Next one is the only cream color base that I have (as of the moment hahaha, because I am planning to add more CCB in my makeup treasure-trove - it's on my wishlist Pearl, Hush and Shell) This one is really a multi-use product (as seen on the MAC website) I use it as a highlight or a blush (depending on the shade of your CCB) or an eyebase.

The shade that I have is Seaside from the MAC Me Over Collection, the shade is a rosy-peach with shimmer.

Last but not the least - MAC Paint Pots  shown here are the shades Eclaire, Rubenesque and Nubile. I use this as an eye base or sometimes as a primer. At times when my eyelids doesn't gets oily especially during colder season, I tend to wear this as a primer and base in one without a problem of creasing and fading. I'll be posting a different blogpost of my collection of these paint pots.

Overall, having multi-use products helps a lot in many ways. Travel friendly because you don't need to bring a couple of products just for getting a FOTD or EOTD. It saves times because you can perform in applying makeup on your face in one step instead of two or three steps and money because you won't have to spend so much money in buying products for each makeup step like bronzer, blush or eye look.

So, do have multi-use products? Do share them to me buying writing on the comment box below.

Thanks for reading!


Mary Ann 

Disclaimer : I bought them with my own money. I am not paid, influenced nor affiliated with the company. All written in my blog is in my utmost honest opinion.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

And now, The Glammy Goes to..... Essence!

Essence products are one of the makeup brand that I really love and enjoy using. They have wide variety of makeup products from primers, foundations, powders, bronzers to blushes and nail products. I've posted some of the Essence products but then, I've realized that I haven't given it a little more love. And so, I've decided to show more love by posting some of the products that I've come to treasure in my heart. One of them is an eye shadow base - from the title of this post you might already know what it is.

Essence Stay all day in Glammy goes to (02)  - is a shimmery silver champagne that sometimes becomes goldish shade.

Packaging : Comes in a small glass like plastic jar with a dome lid.

Net Weight : 0.19 oz or 5.5 grams which is a lot bigger and contains more product compares to MAC paint pots that weighs 0.17 oz or 5 grams.

Overall : I find this a lot cheaper and affordable product but doesn't have a lot of shades available and a lot of them are shimmer or glitter finish. The texture is a little patchy and better use your fingers when applying the product because it tends to dry easily. It's not that creamy compared to MAC so you have to dig in your ring finger and let its warmth pick up the product though it may have some misses it's forgivable because other eye base don't have some of the shades they have and also because of their price range. I suggest you primed your lids first before applying this base whether you have oily lids or not. But after applying an eye shadow on top of it, wow, it gives the color of the shadow a lot brighter.

Have you tried Essence's Stay all Day eye base? What shades did you pick up?

Thanks for stopping by.


Mary Ann

Disclaimer : I bought this product with my own money. I am not paid, influenced nor affiliated with this company. Everything written is in my honest opinion.

Product Name : Essence Stay All Day - (02) Glammy Goes to...

Product Edition : Permanent

Peppermint Crinkles' Approval : 3/5

My Top 3 Favorite : Eye Base

Hello, everyone! It's been a while now since I've posts My Top 3 Favorite and now, continuing on. In case you want to check out my first 3 of My Top 3 Favorite : Face Primer Part 1 , Part 2 and Eye Primer. Like I've said in my previous posts of how oily my lids are that it's hard for me to let the shades of my eye shadows to pop because just for a few hours it just fades. So, aside from using an eye primer I need eye bases too. Of all the bases I've tried, I found quite a few to my liking.

Clockwise from top left - NYX eyeshadow base (a special mention), Milani shadow eyez, Maybelline color tattoo and NYX Jumbo eye pencils.

Milani Shadow Eyez  - consists of different shades from champagne, neutrals to bold and dark shades. Before it only consists of satin and shimmer shades but lately after Milani had introduced more limited edition matte shades but decided to included in their permanent line which I was so happy!

Maybelline Color Tattoo - they have two sets of range - one consists of shimmer shades and I think a year ago they introduced Leather Collection that consists mostly neutral matte shades that their take on the famous MAC paint pots. They also did release some limited editions ones which I wish they would included in their permanent line because a lot of it are more matte shades. Later this week, I'll be posting my treasure trove of color tattoos. 

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil  - this have tons of different shades for every eye looks, too many that you can find shades comparable to high end brands. From white, champagne, brown to bold shades with mixture of matte and shimmer finish.

NYX Eyeshadow Base  -  this is a special mention, it only has 3 shades available (white, skintone which is shown above and pearl) sad to say it's been discontinued. I only have the white and the skintone.

There are also my other favorites eye bases, because of trying other brands which I also come to love. 

Clockwise starting from the top left - Sleek Molten Metal, Mememe Dew pots, Essence stay all day, MAC paint pots and ELF duo eyeshadow cream

I'll be posting swatches and reviews on these in my next coming posts. So, do watch out for them.

Overall, I love them all. Did I mention that a lot of them are cream formulas so definitely they tend to crease if you put too much on your lids and especially to those oily eyelids folks. But with just a little of them, because it's so pigmented that it'll give your eye shadow an oomph! So, a little goes a long way.

Do you have eye base favorites? Love to know them and try them too!

Thank you for dropping by! 'Til next post.


Mary Ann

Disclaimer : I bought them with my own money. I am not paid, influenced nor affiliated with this company. Everything written here is in my own honest opinion.

Monday, June 6, 2016

My Top 3 Favorite : Eye Primer

Hi, everyone! As you know I have a very oily lids that I have creasing problem and fading problem of eyeshadow without even last for half a day. In my last post  I have emphasized about how face primers are important and that includes eye primers. During those firsts that I've tried makeup - applying eyeshadows particularly, it tends to crease and the color fades. Tried every brand but it always ends up creasing or fading. Many times I've heard beauty gurus talked about eye primers and yet stubborn me, I kept on ignoring. Until, I've tried one. And that, I've learned the hard way. Of course, I didn't just stick to one eye primer but tried a few and here are they that I've come to love.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Original and Champagne (left portion), Urban Decay Primer Potion (top right portion) and ELF eyelid primer (bottom right potion)

Swatches (with added direct lighting) From left to right - Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Champagne and Original, Urban Decay Primer Potion and ELF eyelid primer

Swatches (with lesser lighting) From left to right - From left to right - Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Champagne and Original, Urban Decay Primer Potion and ELF eyelid primer

What about you guys? Do you have oily eyelids? Do you use eye primers? If so, what are your favorites?


Mary Ann

Disclaimer : I bought them with my own money. I am not paid, influenced nor affiliated with this company. Everything is written in my honest opinion