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Essence Soft & Natural Foundation Product Review

4 Jul

Essence is famous for its quality cosmetics.

When you’re on a student budget, it’s not always convenient to buy even the higher priced drugstore brands. I know it’s always been said that you should spend a little more on your foundation, as it’s the apparent ‘canvas’ onto which you paint your face. However, desperate times call for desperate measures, so I decided to buy a foundation from Essence. Well known for its vast array of colourful nail varnishes, and its ability to dupe (duplicate) products to a reasonably good standard for the price, I thought it couldn’t be that bad. Right?

I’ve photographed my second attempt of this foundation, and was pleased with the results. It’s their long-lasting Soft & Natural foundation. It does actually give a good days wear when set with powder. And yes, that is my face there & bare (please avoid looking at the enormous crater on the bottom of my face. Probably shouldn’t of mentioned it, but…YOLO?…)

So this is the before…(you can’t really see most of the horrible scars all over my face, thank God!)

I applied a small smudge onto my hand then rubbed it into my face. I have oily skin so don’t mind how oily my skin looks, it always looks like that, with any foundation.

And then this was the result.

This is after applying ONLY a translucent powder to get rid of the oil, and a teeeenny bit of blush so I don’t look so dead. As you can see, the dark circles under my eyes have lifted significantly, it has covers the many scars on my forehead, cheeks and chin, and reduced redness around my nose. I have a pink toned complexion and so I usually look for make up with yellow tones in it to counteract the pinkness, and this one seems to do the trick!

I would recommend this for girls just starting up their make up collection, also for students who are living like hobos in the finance department, like yours truly.

For the amount of money you’re spending, it truly is a miracle product in these hard recessionary times. It gives a large amount of coverage, whilst still giving the natural look. You don’t look completely caked in make up, as it lets your natural beauty shine through. Just make sure you get the colour foundation for your skin tone, this one fits me quite well (02 Sand Beige). You can buy it in Dunnes, Penneys and other drugstores, it’s pretty easy to find. This is their website if you want to take a gander.

Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Rachel x


Simple Brown/Gold Smoky Eye (Day Wear) How To

4 Jul

Hi guys! This is my very first ever make up tutorial. I’ve always wanted to get into doing this but never really had the time (or the guts!). Sorry about the bad lighting,  I’ll improve on this for next time!

So this is a more casual day wear look (or, if you want a more subtle look, it can be used for night time too, just swipe on a line of black eyeliner on the top- magic!) and can be used for most occasions. It’s really simple and easy to do, and looks great on everyone!

The first thing I did was I applied a cream coloured powder base to my eye, to make it easier to blend the colours later on. You can use any cream coloured eyeshadow, or one of MACs paint pots if you’d prefer. Just need a base to make the colours stick longer.

Then I applied a lovely iridescent gold eyeshadow ( I used Woodwinked from MAC) any will do. I used an eyeshadow brush to tap on this beautiful colour to the eyelid.

I then started to blend out the colour with a blending brush. Just use the ‘windshield wiper’ motion (pretty self explanatory?!) along your crease, and you’ll be on the right track!

After that I just dabbed on a bit of a darker coloured matte brown colour (Maybelline Eyestudio Mono in 750 Chocolate Chic) into the corners of the eye, just to give it some dimension. Blend this lightly into your crease too.

Give it a few (thousand, in my case) paints of mascara and voilá! A really easy smoky eye.
These colours work especially well on green eyes, and also brown. Hope you enjoyed!

Rachel x

Browns/Golds really make green eyes pop!