my favorite Essence products

Hey lovelies,

welcome to today’s post  which will be about one of the most popular Drugstore Brands in Germany.

 

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As most of you might know, Essence is a brand that is often sold at DM or Rossmann here in Germany / Europe, but also around the world. I saw they are even sold in the United States! Another important thing is that Essence is a Brand which is strictly against testing on animals. They also offer good quality products for a fair price.

From my experience I can say that Essence is a good way to try new trends, no matter if it is regarding Make-up or nails. They have a wide range of products and regularly offer Limited Edition products which are always fun to try, but mostly sold out pretty quickly.
I own a lot of Essence products, especially nail polish of course :)

So today I would like to review my favorite Essence products.

 

Make-up related things

Eyeliner

I am a fan of liquid eyeliner. I think it is easy to handle and with a bit of practice gives you a flawless winged eyeliner. My personal favorite are the regular and waterproof eyeliner from Essence.

Top to bottom you can see the regular liquid ink eyeliner and their waterproof eyeliner.

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Sometimes they change the packaging, but as for right now, the eyeliners look like this.

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(pictures taken from the Essence Website)

 

In the past Essence also offered different colors of Eyeliner, the metal glam eyeliners.

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I still own the brown one (01 got a date?, 02 on the go, 03 pretty cool).
I don’t know why they took them out of the shelves, but I am very sad about it.
I especially loved the brown one. Please, please bring it back!

 

Eye Shadow

The next product is their eye shadow.

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Of course I have a few favorites here as well. In the picture (top left and bottom right) you can see number 02 dance all night, which is a super pretty light sparkling eye shadow which I love to use at the inner corner of my eye to brighten it up and give a highlight under my brows as well. It can also be used for blending and is an eye shadow I use regularly if I wear Make-up. The next color is number 23 soul mate (top right) which is a nice brown with a light metallic effect and is nice to be used all over the lid or in the crease. Last is number 77 sandy says hello, also an eye shadow with metallic effect. I am not good at explaining colors, maybe you should check it out at the store, but I guess you could say it is a light copper? This brightens the eyes and I mostly use it all over the lid, top it off with number 23 in the crease and you are good to go.

Another thing you can use all their pretty eye shadows for is creating your own nail polish.

Check out all the pretty colors I picked for that.

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Loose pigments

Next is a product that is also not sold anymore as far as I know. Loose pigments.
I like to use these to get a nice sparkle in the inner corner of my eyes or also to blend and as a highlight under my brows.
They use to offer them in the Limited Editions as well, in the picture you can see 03 a piece of forever (2012 – twilight breaking dawn part 2 LE) and 02 smell the caramel.

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Do you see a trend here?
Another of my most favorite products ever are these two form the 2010 fairytale LE.

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On the left you can see the eye shadow 01 Tinka’s dress and the highlighter powder 01 pixie dust on the right.
Oh darn it, I forgot to take a picture of the Eyeliner that also came in this LE. The name was 02 Tinkas’ dress.

I really love the eye shadow. It is such a light coral-rose color, which makes the eyes look so pretty! The highlighter powder can be used for it’s purpose or also as an eye shadow. Together with the eyeliner this is the perfect spring look.

 

Nail related products

Essence studio nails 2 in 1 cuticle remover and the studio nails nail polish correcting pen.

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I think I don’t have to say much. They do what they are supposed to and they do it well. Also, they smell nice. :P

 

Essence – Show your feet nail polishes

I picked four of my favorites.

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left to right:

26 kiss of the mermaid
27 electric blue
08 divalicious red
30 oceana

They last long, the dry fast and they come in super pretty colors. Electric blue is one of my all-time favorite blue polishes. I own 5 bottles of it haha

 

Effect polishes

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left to right:

24 i feel gritty (sparkle sand top coat)
03 hello holo (holographic glitter)
19 bird of paradise (feather effect)

Each of these represent the effect I really like. I love their new sparkling sand top coat, it works with every polish and ads an interesting sand effect. Hello Holo might be one of my favorite polishes. I never got as many complimnets on my nails as when I was wearing this for the first time. I simply layerd 2 good coats and BAM! there was the crazy holo glitter madness. I love it! But it does distract me a lot from work haha

Last but not least the feather effect. I don’t know if you saw my Instagram post on the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat collection I own, but it shows how much I love the feather effect and the Essence one is a nice affordable version of it. More color mixes please.

 

more effects and regular polishes

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left to right:

07 blue-jeaned
190 kiss me, freddy
171 galactic glam
04 skyfall

I don’t know what to say about these, but I love how blue-jeaned gives a different look and the other are just very nice blue polishes with a lot of sparkle, which I love.

 

Aquatix LE

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left to right:

06 under water love
05 finding Dori

Yes, yes, YES! Essence you have done everything right on these! And may I also mention the awesome fish tail effect stickers? Gorgeous!
Please put them into the regular counter so I can get them all year long.

 

Dark Romance and Love letter LE

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left to right:

02 red romance
05 inkheart

Red romance is such a nice old-darker red matte polish, so pretty. Inkheart is a very good stamping polish, which is why I bought 3 of them to have stock.

 

Nail tape

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I bought these recently and love them. I didn’t necessarily bought them to stick them on the nails and leave them there as decoration, but to create designs with them and take them off to show color below. I will try using them as decoration tape as well. More of these please Essence. Maybe a clear one?

 

Girl, as you can see they offer a super wide range of products for a fair price. Maybe if you have the chance, check them out at your next Drugstore visit. Some shops have the three meter counter which is packed with Essence products.

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I hope you liked today’s post.

Have a great night

Mara

☆『マラ』☆

[SoMoNight] Dracula untold

Good evening everyone!

After two pretty packed weeks I am back to tell you about all the awesome things that happened.
Tomorrow I will publish my post to the DM Marken Camp / DM Camp Beauty which I attended in Dusseldorf past Saturday.
If you can’t wait, I posted a few pictures on my Facebook or Instagram. You are welcome to take a look and follow me there if you want.
Even when I don’t blog I try to keep you up to date on there.

BUT before tomorrow’s post I wanted to tell about the awesome SocialMovieNight to Dracula untold which I joined yesterday in Berlin.

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Robert and all the awesome people from PURE Online did a great job, as usual! They whole cinema was decorated for the movie and even Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon joined to present the movie to us and answer some questions. I loved it!

The movie was great, I loved the 2nd trailer they released and REALLY wanted to be a part of this particular SocialMovieNight. Luckily I was :)
I loved how dark it was and Luke Evans was the perfect match to play Dracula. I got already got goosebumps and shivers all over my body during the first 5 minutes of the movie. I don’t want to spoiler you, so all I say is – if you like this trailer, you will love the movie!

 

As you might already know, when I attend the SocialMovieNight I do my nails matching the movie.
This time I worked with Acrylic nails to create nice long red / black gradient stiletto nails.

What I used?

  • Fing’rs Fashion Normal Acrylic nails

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  • Manhattan Lotus Effect – 45Q
  • Essence LE Dark Romance (the matte) – 02 red romance
  • Astor Nail Artist Check Matte – 3309
  • black shiny hexagon nail glitter

I will show you a mix of instagram and “normal” pictures which I took during the process of making these nails.

At first I used a nail wheel and applied different red nail polishes to see which one is best for the nails I wanted. Since I decided to do stiletto nails, I also wanted to do the Louboutin effect which means to paint the underside of the nail red.
I thought felt that the nails I tried were not the perfect match, they were either too dark or shimmery.

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one coat of each polish

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two coats of each polish

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Keeping in mind that I also had to apply polish on top, which probably would make the whole nail appear darker I choose to use Manhattan Lotus Effect – 45Q, which was the brightest and lightest simple red polish I own.

I wanted to create a gradient effect on the topside of the nails so I picked 45Q as a base as well as part for the gradient, also using Essence’s  02 red romance and Astor’s Nail Artist Check Matte – 3309. At first I wanted to try everything out on the nail wheel, making sure not to mess up on the actual Acrylic nails.

I applied two coats of 45Q on the underside of the nail, let it dry and applied two coats on the topside of the nail as well.
After everything was dry I used a make up sponge, ripping little bits off and applying the three colors in order lightest to darkest.
I wanted the nails to have a dry blood effect combined with dirt which is why I choose to matte polishes for the tip of the nails. And it worked :)

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After the success of that I started filing the Acrylic nails. A looong process to be honest. I think it took me 2 hours.
I held them onto my natural nail to see how to file them and to make sure I don’t mess up I applied little dots to mark where to file.

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After all the nails where done I cut toothpicks in half and glued them on to the fake nails, to make the polish application more easy.
Step by step I started working on the nails. Applying the polish under the nails, letting it dry. Later applying two coats on top, letting it dry. Doing the gradient and carefully applying the hexagon glitter while the polish was still wet. Last step wasn’t so easy, since matte polishes dry hella fast.

Here is the result.

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Since I had to work yesterday, I couldn’t apply the nails at home, which meant taking them to work and gluing them on afterwards before I went to the SocialMovieNight.

Here are the two pictures I uploaded on Instagram

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and some more which I took after the SocialMovieNight when I got home.

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This nail design was so much fun and a challenge. It took a lot of time and I really hope you enjoy it!

Have a great night

Mara

☆『マラ』☆

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You want to win tickets for the SocialMovieNight? Follow the accounts below.

Robert Hofmann YouTube | FB | Instagram | Twitter
SocialMovieNight: FB | Instagram | Twitter

Patrice Bouédibéla: FB | Instagram | Twitter

As always, a big thank you to the team behind Robert – PureOnline: Website | FB | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Most of the pictures at the events are taken by RedCarpetReports: Website | FB

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The week of the reds – day 3 – Essence LE Dark Romance – 02 Red Romance (Matte) / Catrice LE Rocking Royals – C05 of royal blood (Matte)

Hey everyone,

welcome to day 3 of the week of the reds.

Today I want to review two of my red matte polishes.

Essence LE Dark Romance – 02 Red Romance

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This is a pretty dark matte red polish. The application and dry time is very nice.

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Catrice LE Rocking Royals – C05 of royal blood

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This is a lighter matte red polish. The application was also nice.

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In general I become more fond of matte polishes. I think they look special and I love how you don’t have to use a matte top coat to get that finish.

Sadly both were from LE’s, so you won’t be able to get them anymore.

Which do you like better? The dark one from Essence or the light one from Catrice?

Mara

☆『マラ』☆