Essence Makeup | First Impressions + Review

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Beauty on a budget, yes please! I always go back and forth on luxury items and drugstore beauty, but the thing is beauty does not have to be expensive to work. 

Essence Beauty has been on the beauty scene for a while now and from looking at beauty reviews from Tati and Laura Lee raving about the products, I finally broke down and tried some of their products. These samples are *PR so my opinions are all my own. 

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Lets talk highlight, I am a huge fan of glowing, but aren’t we all, the essence pure nude highlighter is a baked highlighter, which I like more for wearing daily because it gives you a subtle glow, but you still are LIT for the Gods. This highlighter is completely build-able and it doesn’t look cake-y when you’re building on the layers. I got the shade 10 ( be my highlight) which is a very beautiful golden champagne shade, this is definitely gorgeous for the summer, over your bronzer, just go crazy with it. This highlighter retails for $4.49 USD I mean SOLD

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I love drawing attention to my eyes, and I’m not completely a “lash girl” ( only for pictures) but bold lashes are my go to. Essences’ “I Love Extreme crazy Volume” mascara, if you love the separated lash look, this is definitely the mascara that you want to get. I have been using this for the past week, and the compliments are non stop. This mascara has a long applicator which allows to get every lash evenly, the bristles are separated evenly as well, so they don’t clunk at all. This mascara pacts on the volume and gives you that full of lashes look. 

I received 2 liquid lipsticks and a creme lipstick, which I’m so glad they sent a nude shade because, that’s literally all I wear in the summer. As a girl who absolutely Loves liquid lipsticks, I have mixed feelings about these products, I got the shades 04 (Showoff) which is a very pigmented Coral red tone & 06 (making a statement) which is a mauve-y pinkish shade. I know that liquid lipsticks can be defined in a ton of ways, but I think of liquid lipsticks as a matte finish, but they are both pigmented shades, and the shades I received were muted which is gorgeous, they remind me a little of the L”Oreal lip paints, which is great. The applicator is short, and comes with a flat doe foot applicator, which I’m used to longer ones, but I can get used to this, perfect for on the go. I really love the shades actually, I just think that calling it “liquid lipsticks” is a little misleading, I think that this product leans towards melted lipsticks or lip paints. None the less the shades are gorgeous and I will definitely more in the future.

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If you tried this product tell me what you think about it?

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I love pampering myself with mani/pedis, especially during the Spring/Summer because all the bright shades can be worn. I’ve tried essence’s nail polish before and talk about a small quantity that packs a punch.  The nail shade I’m wearing is “Club Hopper” which is a very Teal ( blue green) shade and It is so beautiful, The shade with one coat is gorgeous, a second just makes it pop. I really love the shade it’s super pigmented and very wearable in the spring season. 

Well that’s all for my mini haul/ first Impressions, WDYT?  Have you tried Essence Cosmetics? Did you like any of the products shown in the post? Let me know in the comments. Happy Easter

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SAG Awards 2017 | Best of the Red Carpet

Hi Lovelies,

The Sag awards has made its mark this year with empowering speeches, first time winners, Denzel Washington_ well deserved, cast reunions and a lot of fashion. I watched the red carpet before the prestigious award show and all I did is scream “Oh My God” and “Gurrrrll” all show with my Chai tea in hand. The red carpet was nothing less than amazing and I’m here to talk all my favorites.

The theme for the red carpet seem to be not only monochromatic, but lots of pale shades varying from white to fair pink, as well as daring bold colors, and fashion rebels who deviated away from gowns and rocked pant suits, which I love.

Thandie Newton, Sofia Vergara, and the lovely Janelle Monae all nominated women dawned the monochromatic print patterns. I Love when a celebrity wears black and white against the bold red carpet, to me its just very classic. Sofia did something new, usually she wears the Zac Posen fish tail dresses, but she wore something shorter, and fairly tame for her taste, at first I thought it was a bit boring, but then as she talked to Guiliana on the red carpet and I looked at her more and more, I like it more, it was gorgeous and different, she also brought husband Joe with her this time, Go Sofia. Janelle is known for rocking black and White gowns and outfits on the red carpet, but this dress (* dramatic pause*) this dress looked so gorgeous on her. She looked so chic and beautiful, the dress was tailored to perfection, and the embroidery was beautiful AF. I think between all 3 women my favorite had to be Janelle Monae’ she just took the cake and she won along with the cast for Hidden Figures, so Congratulations!!

I love an all white dress, if delivered correctly, and these 3 women never disappoint. Viola Davis, wore a bustier sleeveless gown by Vivienne Westwood, and as simple as it is,  its still beautiful. I love Viola, she shows up to the red carpet every time slaayying life itself. Kerry Washington wore this off the shoulder gown that went to see through at the bottom, she was serving Olivia Pope on a platter, and I was enjoying it. She just looked so good and has to be one of my favorites. Natalie Portman always looks amazing, she is the face of Dior and if you’re a Dior Girl you will never look bad on the Red carpet or any event in general. Natalie knows her style, she is very elegant, and has this regal appeal about her presence. I’ve always been a fan of Natalie Portman, I just love her, fashion, actress, everything wise.

Emma Stone wore Alexander McQueen in this beautiful flower embroidered gown with an illusion paneling, and this was so beautiful. Winner for La La Land, she looked so gorgeous on the red carpet, Any time there’s an award I always look for Emma Stone, her quirky personality is very lovable, and her style is even more fitting. I Love this dress so much it looked so intricate, and I’m a sucker for detailing, and this dress was definitely one of my favorites. Claire Foy was nominated and won for Television series The Crown, which is not a bad show, any show dealing with overpowering royalty, I’m for it. She dawned Valentino on the red carpet and looked as regal as can be. The black chiffon over the color and the collar was beautiful. I loved her embroidery for the neck down, the hem of the dress was nice, I love a gown that’s past your feet, or a really long train. Any ways both women were winners and they looked the part.

The lovely women in black, Octavia, Amy, Sarah, and Kate all walked the red carpet wearing black. Let’s start with Octavia Spencer, a nominee for Hidden Figures, wore a black gown with peplum detailing made by Tadashi. Octavia has always been a women to know her body, all her dresses that she has worn in the past and even at last nights event fit perfect. She always look so gorgeous and with the minimal jewelry and slick hair, it gave me time to admire her styling and beauty. Amy Adams wore a black gown with a plunging neckline, and she couldn’t look more beautiful. She turned a LBD into a success red carpet winner, I love her look. Sarah Paulson, need I say more, she always look amazing she kills it in American Horror Story, she kills it in The People v OJ Simpson, and she’s a winner on the red carpet. Sarah switches her style up and it never fails she wore a sleeveless LBD gown by Vera Wang. Kate Hudson, wore a see through paneling black gown by Dior. As I said, “Dior Girls” never disappoint. I love how Kate wore a slick back hair and minimal jewelry to make the dress the main attraction.

I Love when women come on the red carpet and they show up in a daring color or print. Naomie, Michelle Dockery, Yara, and Sofia Bush all dared to be bold on the Red Carpet. I really loved these women all nominated women slayed in bold shades. I think Yara Shahidi looked the best, I’ve been following her style since Black-ish and just like her character Zoey, she does not disappoint. Yara wore Naeem Khan and everything about this dress was just perfect.

Time for royalty, I saved these lovely ladies for last for a reason. Taraji, Emily, Kaley, and Julie all made a statement in pale shades and embroidery that could make you clutch your pearls. Lets start with Emily Blunt, being that she was on The Devil Wears Prada, I always expect her to dress in all the couture and just slay the carpets, and what do she do, she slays! She wore a very beautiful gown by Roberto Cavalli, and it so gorgeous. She looked so feminine and elegant, not that she doesn’t normally look feminine, she looked like a princess. I love this color on her, its a very seasonal color, and on trend right now. I really like the hem of her dress, as well as the fitting. Kaley Cuoco was styled by one of my favorite stylist Brad Goreski, who styles another favorite Sarah Hyland, Kaley dawned Marchesa in a sheer illusion gown with little detailing, she looked like a fairy tale, gliding the carpet, I loved this look on her. Another favorite was Julie Bowen who wore a gown by J.Mendel, and she looked super sexy, I loved the sheer paneling, and the intricate design detailing along her dress she looked amazing. And lastly, the star, the queen Taraji P. Henson, she was the best dressed on the entire Red Carpet. She wore a mauve embroidered gown by Reem Acra, and she werked!! Everything that she wore I loved the hair, dress, and jewels, she was just perfect. She won for Hidden Figures, which was an amazing, empowering movie for women and anyone, actually. Her speech was so inspirational and I felt every word that came out of this queens mouth, but staying on the topic of fashion. I think…I know she was best dressed, she showed a great amount of skin, everything fit perfectly. I loved everything about her and a style choice, PERFECT, PERFECT, PERFECT!!

Well that’s all for me and my opinion on last nights SAG awards best dressed. If you enjoyed be sure to “LIKE” this post. Did you see the awards? who were your favorites? Did you love Taraji P Henson Reem Acra gown? Tell me who was your favorite in the comments.

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theBalm Cosmetics x Review | Read My Lips

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Hi Lovelies.

Hope everyone had enjoyed the holidays, I recently took some time off to spend time with family and get myself situated for school, but in between I got to try some awesome products, and when I say “some” I really mean a lot. 

I am a huge fan of the balm cosmetics and got to try the read my lips lip gloss (4) POW, VA VA VOOM, BOOM, and HUBBA HUBBA. Now, that I have monologue enough lets begin this review. ENJOY

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I feel like lip gloss has been pushed aside and liquid lip sticks has been conquering the beauty world, but brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills, Kat Von D, and MAC has given lip gloss a platform to bring it back to the fore front.

I stopped using lip gloss, simply because I don’t like sticky lips, I don’t like when my hair swipes my lips, and I love pigmentation #girlproblems. The balm cosmetics have a ton of products that I love, but I’ve always been hesitant about trying their glosses, but all I can say was that I was missing out.

Product

The balm Read my lips lip gloss, is a gloss infused with ginseng and vitamins to give your lips the proper plump of lusciousness and no stick. I am a fan of Ginseng, its good for just about any beauty problem that you have, so if any product is infused with Ginseng BUY IT.

Texture

The read my lips lip glosses got it right with the formula, its not sticky at all, not tacky in any way. Usually lip glosses are very light but the formula is never made to stay on, I wore this lip gloss for a day, Coffee and all, it stayed on for a good 6 hours and I only reapplied once.

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The texture for these glosses were very creamy, and very rich. It glides on thick but it’s still a smooth application.

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Shades | Swatches

All the shades I picked were in the same Reddish/Pink family. I got the shades POW | Hubba Hubba| Va Va Voom | Boom

POW- This shade is a Pink tone | Fuchsia undertone

Boom– This shade is a Berry tone, with a shimmer finish

Va Va Voom- A Berry shade with a Red undertone

Hubba Hubba– A Pink shade with a shimmer finish

All the shades were very pigmented to be glosses, so I was definitely satisfied, you do have to reapply maybe once or twice throughout the day, but for a while the shades are sort of long lasting, and the color stays for id say up to 4 or  5 hours.

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Overall PR

The balm Read My Lips were a great success, it swatches beautifully and is great for when you don’t want to wear a liquid lip, or lipstick. The colors are very pigmented, they last quite a while, so you’re definitely getting your moneys worth. These glosses retail for about $7.50 each do that’s a great price.

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PR products was provided by Notino(Beautyspin recently underwent a name change, but still carries the same great produce.) all opinions are my own.

Be sure to “LIKE” and “COMMENT” if you like my reviews, also comment if you’ve tried these shades, if so which colors? I’ll be sure to post more this week

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Spring x Grunge Look

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Shirt |BURLINGTON– Plaid Top| BURLINGTON – Jeans | Royal Jeans- Shoes |SHOEDAZZLE

Hi Lovelies,

Today I really felt the need to pay homage to the years of Grunge. I was born in 95, so Jumpers, choakers, and plaid were all “IN.” I recently, looked in my closet and picked this out, just because I felt like being kinda dark yet, it is Spring. Trends have came along way, and I really wanted to recreate a look from my time, and make it a little more modern.

What decade of fashion is your favorite?

Studio Gear True Lipstick Collection

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PR Samples- all opinions are my own

I am a true devulger when iy comes to Lipstick. I go from matte to creamy, Red to Nude, and it just feels like I never have enough. Studio Gear Cosmetics sent me there True Lipstick Collection to review,  and this was no dissapointment. Being that this is my first established Collaboration with a great Beauty Brand, the excitement just killed me when I seen there website. The True Lipstick line is a all matte line, and leaves a velvet finish, my smile stretched from ear to ear, because I can never find the perfect matte its either to dry, or not pigmented the way it appears. These shades are above amazing, I will hold these with my life.

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Studio Gears’ True Matte Lipstick Collection is phenomenal. The lipstick line devuted in the summer, and the anticipation of getting the collection was well worth it. I love the collection, the lipsticks are so smooth, pigmented, and wearable throughout the year. Each color has its own personality, and I literally feel like I’m in another scenario with each color. There are so many looks I can do with each color. This line is literally unbelievable.

True Nude:

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True Mauve

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True Magenta

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True Red

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True Pink

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True Plum

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Top to Bottom: True Nude, True Mauve, True Magenta, True Red, True Pink, & True Plum

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The True Lipstick collection is so amazing. They are a velvet Matte, which is up to par with the name. I love that the colors are very pigmented, but because its so matte, but you do have to reapply throughout the day, which is fine. When applying the application is pretty rough against my lips, but the aftermath results in an amazing look, so the finish is worth it. The look of the packaging is amazing by itself, the tube is a velvet black, which is very sexy and good to feel (wierd). I wore the true red all day while shopping, and to me if I’m running around and shopping, if a lipstick is able to keep up thats a plus for me.

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Okay by admitting this, we are friends for life, I dont know if I’m the only one to smell makeup, but I can kind of distinguish my lipsticks & brands by the smell. These Studio Gear Lipsticks smell like Fashion Fair lipsticks, which is the brand my mom use to get, but I do like the scent, it takes me back like maybe 10 years ago ( 10 years old, basically).

The Collection is super amazing, I love the colors, application, Smell. This collection was one of the most fun reviews I got to do. I hope you enjoy this review, because if you do heres another gift, for my wonderful makeup lovers.

These lipsticks cost $18 each, which is pricey, by entering the code (use this code)-> passionforprada you’ll be able to get 10% off your entire purchase!

Have you guys heard of Studio Gear? What about the True Lipstick Collection? If so, whats your favorite color? Be sure to tell me in the comments.

XOXO

Hask Macadamia Oil-Review


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Hi Lovelies, 

So, I’ve recently was selected to review the Macadamia Oil entire collection cue Screams, I was super surprised, at how amazing it worked. Me being a splurger (yep!!its not a word but, I’m sticking to it) on hair products, herbal essence, OGX, Head and Shoulders, etc. Without further or do, let’s get into this hair review (check me out😎)

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I mean the packaging is a YASS!!! from me. Hask Beauty products comes with A Shampoo, Conditioner, Keratin treatment Leave in Conditioner, and a Shine Hair Oil.

The Hask Macadamia oilHair kit is meant to hydrate and protect your hair, as well as, leave your hair smelling like Vanilla ( I mean..SOLD). When I began using the Shampoo, I instantly Loved it. I only used a dab of it, and it lathered my hair in seconds. I usually do a hot to cold wash, just to keep proteins in my hair, but do what ever works for you.

 

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The Macadamia Oil Conditioner requires you to leave it in for 2 minutes before rinsing it out. I did just that, I massaged it for 2 minutes, and it felt really great on my hair, it was not harsh, sticky, or thick. It was very light.

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After a Cold Rinse, its time for the Deep Condition, which you leave in for 10 minutes EXACTLY. Using this really shows results in a matter of minutes. It left my hair super light, and instead of blow drying my hair, its like using this product, I can let my hair air dry instead. After 10 minutes you can rinse again, and began drying your hair.

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(Don’t get distracted by the beautiful models)

Now for the fun part STYLING. Using the Vanilla Nut Shine Hair Oil, you can pick your weapon of choice Flat Iron or Curling Rollers, either way your resulting product will be flawless. I used the shine hair oil on my hair while I straightened it, and the ending product was amazing. Its super rich in texture, so you only need a drop. This oil is a gift from hair Gods. ( I will add pics to my Instagram to show you my results) I really recommend everyone try this hair product, and promise that once you use, you’ll never want to go back to your old hair routines.

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Here is the link to splurge on an amazing product.

http://haskbeauty.com/brand/macadamia/products

Hope you enjoyed my post, like this post, and feel free to comment your favorite hair products. 

XOXO

This post is sponsored by BrandBacker.