Essence Fresh & Fit Up Close and Poresonal

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Up Close and Poresonal on an affordable foundation, and it sure has been quite a while since I’ve ventured into the luminous and glowy side of coverage.
The claims on Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Makeup are simple: fresh, glowy complexion, high coverage without mask effect. If you’d like to see how I got along with it through a long day and take notes to see if it makes it into your to-buy list, just click away!

As you may know, Essence is available in drugstores and does not have (as far as I know) an online shop.

GRWM with some of my current favourites

I was going out with some friends that evening, after filming my mini-haul video, so I decided to record myself getting ready, and use some (plenty) of my current favourite products. Some you’re sick and tired of hearing me talk about, some I’ve done reviews on, some may be a new discovery for you.

I hope you enjoy this video. All the links to the products are down below.

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affordable makeup haul & first impressions

buckle up because this is a long one!
I’ve been collecting a few bits and pieces of affordable makeup brands (supermarket, drugstore, pharmacy, high street), and I decided to do a video where I try several of those products on my face and get to see how they behave throughout the day.

you can find most of the products at your local drugstore/pharmacy, but Feelunique, Look Fantastic and Boots International are always great international references for these kinds of brands (except Essence, Kiko, H&M and Makeup Revolution).

Kiko Smart Dry Nail Laquer

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Look FantasticFeelunique)

L’Oréal True Match Foundation (not many shades at Feelunique, but you can find it at your local drugstore)

Essence 2 in 1 Highlight and Contouring stick

Essence I Love Color Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Essence My Must Haves Eyeshadow 14 – Purple Clouds

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow in Purple Heaven — I couldn’t, for the life of me, find an online store that looked reliable, so check your local drugstore or pharmacy to see if they carry the brand.

Essence Eye and Face Palette 01

Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara

L’Oréal True Match Pressed Powder, again, through Feelunique or Lookfantastic

Essence My Must Haves Highlighter Powder

Essence Strobing Highlighter in let it glow!

Essence My Must Haves Lip Base

Essence My Must Haves Lip Powder

Essence Glossy Stick Lip Colour 02 – clear nude

also mentioned but not worn:
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
H&M Sensorium Eye Color in Cuveè Rose

my birthday makeup and its fails

I was aiming for creamy skin, a monochromatic nude all over eyes, lips, and cheeks, all very paired down, and then a cool set of fluttery lashes. if you can nail it, good for you. here’s what I ended up with.

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lip liner galore

richly pigmented and with a matte finish, lip liners are often disregarded as those things that you don’t actually need, or you’ll think of using once in a blue moon when you’re in the mood for a seamless bold lip with added lasting power.

there is more to these overlooked products, I say! when you’re pouting because you’re tempted by an on-trend colour and you don’t want to dish out all that money for a lipstick you won’t wear that often, these are the babies you should pay attention to.

they are also the perfect tool/product to mix and match lip colours with more ease, tone down some brights, spruce up some lights, and vice-versa.

why, you’re not in the mood for a matte lip? no worries: a lip balm can provide a creamy texture, and a gloss makes your smacker shine on for the night.

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