[sponsored] Essence – come to town LE

Good evening guys,

I feel like I have been away for forever. I am really sorry about that! There are so many things going on right now which cause me to have no time for the Blog at all. I promise I will be back 100% by beginning of December.

Today I have a new Blog post for you though. Last week I received a package from Cosnova, sending through some products of the new Essence “Come to Town” TE/LE.

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I was really excited since I am already 100% in Christmas mood and wait for December to come.
By the end of November I will even pick out my Tree and get it delivered so I can start decorating.

Anyway, the “Come to Town” TE is full of colorful products fitting the Christmas mood.

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As you can see, it includes 2 quattro eyeshadow pallets (each 2,79 €), 2 cream blushes (each 2,29 €), 2 lipsticks (each 2,29 €), a shimmering body powder (3,29 €), 3 eye pencils (each 1,99 €), 2 nail polish sets (each 3,49 €), the Lametta topper (1,99 €) and seasons greeting cards (1,99 €).

What Essence sais about the “Come to Town” TE

make a wish! Essence whisks you away to a christmas shopping spree in New York with the new trend edition “come to town”! Beautifully decorated window display, the xxl Christmas Tree in front of the Rockefeller Center and a sparkling sea of lights puts you in the ideal mood to shop for gifts.

This trend edition is a perfect present: the gorgeous color scheme consists of classic yuletide shades like red and green but also silver, gold, beige and pink. highlights include the shimmering body powder with a powdery light vanilla fragrance and two cute nail polish sets with three different colors each – all with a festive gift look that no beauty will want to give away. There are also exciting beauty pieces for your eyes, lips, face and nails. On top of all this, there is a set of five cards so that all girls can send their loved ones christmas greetings.

A wonderful christmas time… with Essence!

on sale from November 2014 to December 2014

 

What was sent to me?

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Cosnova was very kind and send me the 2 nail polish sets, the Lametta topper, the 2 lipsticks, 2 of the 3 eye pencils, the 2 cream blushes and the seasons greetings cards.

Let’s start with the greeting cards. Already when I saw the press pictures I was totally excited and wanted to buy them. You get 5 cards in one set. They are of good quality and super cute. I will definitely use them this year.

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01 Season Greetings

Next up are the products which were obviously most interesting for me. The nail polish set’s and the topper.

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They are available as 01 Naughty Or Nice? and 02 Got My List?

01 Naughty Or Nice? is a warm toned set of three polishes. A bright red/orange which seems to have a pink undertone. It also includes a golden topper and a burgundy red (somewhat dark purple looking in the picture) polish, which looks really pretty.

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02 Got My List? cold toned set with a dark turquoise polish, a silver topper and a bright pink polish.

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The set’s seem perfect as little presents for either a self-made Advent Calender or Christmas itself. I will for sure create some cute designs and review the polishes in a separate post.

01 The Most Wonderful Tree is the nail polish topper which you can buy separately from the set’s. As you can see it is a nice turquoise green topper which looks like Lametta.

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The 2 blushes were kind of difficult for me to photograph and edit. Everytime I tried to get rid of the grey-ish / blue background the colors of the blushes changed. Anyway, those to babies are cream blushes which appeared to be very soft and smooth when I swatched them. I can imagine them not drying out the skin, which is very important during winter. They might even moisturize a bit.

The colors are not really my cup of tea, even though I must say they look very pretty. I might try them once at least and then give them to my younger sister if I won’t use them :)

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right: 01 Is That You, Santa? left: 02 Wrapped In Pink

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swatches of the cream blushes

The Lipsticks are kind of the same thing for me. The colors are too bright and the red Lipstick is not relly the kind of red I would wear, but the went on pretty smooth when I swatched them and will also go to my sister or one of my friends if they want them.

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left: 01 Is That You, Santa? right: 02 Wrapped In Pink

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swatches of the Lipsticks

The eye pencils though are more for me. They are available in 3 colors. 01 Make A Wish02 Naughty Or Nice? and 03 The Most Wonderful Tree (which I did not get).

01 Make A Wish is a pretty golden eye pencil which, I can imagine, would be great for a nice golden eye Make-up for a Christmas Party. It is metallic and went on very smoothly. I love how it looks on the skin and will defenitely try it on the eyes as well.

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02 Naughty Or Nice? is also metallic and very soft. Therefor it went on just as smooth. This is defenitely my favorite! I usually wear brown and bronze tones eye Make-up’s and think this will look super pretty with them.

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The Quattro Eyeshadow (01 Make A Wish and 02 Naughty Or Nice?), as well as the Shimmering Body Powder (01 Make A Wish) I did not get, which is not so bad since I probably wouldn’t have used them anyway.

All together I think it is a cute Winter/Christmas TE, especially for younger girls that are not afraid of bright, popping colors. My favorites would obviously be the nail related products and the eye pencils.

Stay tuned for reviews and nail design with the polish set’s, which I will be posting in December.

Take care,

Mara

☆『マラ』☆

 

 

 

 

 

[sponsored] Rituals no.1

Hey lovelies,

the whole moving and arranging things in the new apartment is pretty exhausting, BUT on Saturday my life has been saved :)

I received a sample package from the PR agency of Rituals, with three great products in it.

Let’s see what I got :D

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Flower Shower Foam

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Get it here

A limited edition of the Rituals shower foams. This is from their Indian Summer line.
The used natural ingredients of White Lotus and Bergamot provide a wonderfully fresh fragrance.

I love these shower foams, because they feel so luxurious on the skin and smell so nice.
I am a big fan of the discreet ones like the one from their Sakura Line which is called Zensation, T’ai chi or this one from their Indian Summer Line.

You just take a little bit of the gel which, when it gets in contact with water, transforms into a rich soothing foam.
There are also lots of other things like Fragrance Sticks, Candles or other body treatments like their body cream or shower oil.

I personally would love to try the candle, since I already own the green tea candle called tea time and I love it.

 

Rituals Flowers of India

 

Mini Nail Varnish – 2206 Seafoam
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Get it here

 

This puppy was also in the package. A nice turquoise long-lasting nail polish with a hint of a golden shimmer in it.
I couldn’t wait to try it and must say I really like the color. The application was also pretty easy even though it took me a minute to get used to the brush. Not that it is a difficult brush to work with, but I am more used to the wider brushes.

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How do you like the color?

Quick Dry Drops

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Get them here

The perfect match for the polish are these Quick Dry Drops which they also sent to me. So far I only tried the ones from Essence, which sadly always make my polishes bubble up. These from Rituals are much better. I tried them twice already. Once with a KOH polish I recently bought and with this polish from Rituals. Both times I used it I had no problems at all and they worked very well.

I saw that they not only sell more colors of polish, but also a nail cuticle treatment, a nail corrector pen as well as a nail polish remover and nail files.

Would love to try the cuticle treatment. I currently use the one from p2 which is ok but I feel a real treatment should do more^^

Have you tried anything from the Rituals product you can recommend to me?
I would love to read your opinion.

 

Have a great night

Mara

☆『マラ』☆