As you know I escaped the house by myself the other day and made my way to the chemist where I treated myself to a number of Essence makeup products, so here is what I got.
Essence all-in-one CC cream in natural.
I have been having a bad acne break out on my face for the last few weeks so I didn't want to put full foundation on as if I wear it too often it clogs up my pores even more and makes the breakout worse. I have a Nivea bb cream but I don't like the feel of it much, it dries in too quick as I am putting it on and makes me look a bit orange. This cc cream caught my eye as it says clear & correct for even and perfect complexion. As a bonus it has SPF 30, the only issue was even though it was in natural I was worried it might be too dark for my skin as I am pale as pale can be but I was open to the idea of putting a bit of colour on my face and for €4.99 it was worth a try.
I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it. I had already washed and moisturised my face, normally I put primer on before any foundation but I didn't use any at all. The cc cream was light but covered well and blended in nicely without rubbing off. It doesn't have any overpowering smell, I love how light it feels and it doesn't make my skin feel tight. I wasn't left with that mask like feel you sometimes get with foundation, my face felt soft and moisturised. I normally prefer a matte finish but I love the dewy glow the cc cream gave to my skin. It brings a nice bit of colour to my skin without making me look orange, it looks like I got a bit of sun on my face (I wish!).
Here is my before bare face selfie and my cc cream face selfie..
Something else I have never used before is blusher, I have always thought my cheeks were red enough and I was never keen on highlighting that but as I am all for trying new things I picked one up. I got the Essence Blush Up! Powder blush in 20 Pinky Flow for €4.39.
It looked so pretty and caught my eye straight away, I love pink and I thought this shade was nice and subtle. I wasn't quite certain how much to put on so I just swept some across my cheeks ones and then blended it a bit just to give a hint of pink there.
I needed some new eyeshadow and as Cinderella is all the rage now I thought I would go for blue. I had wanted to get the Essence Cinderella range but it wasn't on display in the shop and only when I was finished did I find out they had it in the back. I picked up Essence 3D eyeshadow in 09 Irresistible Midnight Date for €3.49.
My pictures really don't do this eye shadow any justice, the dark blue is full of sparkle, it goes on light but you can build it up to a deeper colour. The light silvery blue goes well with it to brighten the inner corner of the eye. I loved this its so sparkly and would be perfect for a night out.
I used to have a number of coloured eye pencils but I have none now so thought I would start my collection again. Sticking with the blue I got the Essence Longlasting eye pencil in 17 Tu-Tu-Touquoise for €1.89. I thought this was great value.
I love the pop of colour this pencil gives. It's twists up as well which I really like, goes on easy and has a bit of sparkle in it. I will definitely be buying more of these!
To make my eyes pop of course I needed some mascara. I have only ever been a one mascara kind of girl and I never understood the value of having more then one, but after trying a few different mascaras lately I just want to try them all! I got the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara for €4.09.
I love the design on the tube, it is so pretty and who doesn't want lashes like a princess? I am lacking a bit in the eyelash department so with the promise of extra volume I was hoping this would make my eyes pop and I wasn't disappointed. It made my lashes appear fuller and longer and even picked up my bottom lashes without clumping or smudging. I didn't need to reapply at all throughout the day they stayed full.
To finish my eyes I decided it was time to venture into eyebrow territory. I get my eyebrows plucked every few months but that's about the extent of their up keep. I thought it was about time I got an eyebrow pencil to give them a bit more definition. I got the Essence Eyebrow Designer pencil in 02 Brown for €1.89.
I was worried this would come out too heavy and I would be left with huge dark brows taking over my forehead but I gave it a go and I was pretty pleased with how they turned out, I never realised how faded my brows look when I have makeup on compared to how defined they look now. I will be using this more regularly for sure.
My favourite purchase I got last minute, when I found out they had the Essence Cinderella range, I had to have the Cinderella Highlighting powder. It's so pretty!!
I have never used highlighting powder before but it was so pretty I had to have it and for €4.09 you can't go wrong. I nearly didn't want to use it as the detail in the design is so nice but use it I did. I swept it over the top of my cheekbones, under my eyes, along my brow line, down my nose and a dab on my Cupid's bow. I love the effect it gives, I probably used too much but I just loved it and it's so light going on.
Here is my finished look..
To go along with all my makeup I picked up some eyeshadow applicators for €1.99 and a new blusher brush for €3.49.
Lastly to finish the look I picked up a new nail polish form the Essence Pastels collection, I stuck with my blue theme and went for 07 Bubble Bath for €2.29.
I love this polish, the finish on it is so different it's very soft and almost like the feel of a love heart sweet. I don't think my picture does the colour justice, it's perfect for Spring and I am definitely going to get more of the pastel range.
I really enjoyed doing this makeup haul, it was fun to try out each product and give myself a little makeover. I will definitely be using the cc cream, eyebrow pencil and mascara more regularly. I will need to do another little haul next month I think, I need to get some lipsticks and lip glosses and something I have never tried before is a lip liner. It's fun to try new things and learn along the way, I'm glad that I am rediscovering my love of makeup and I have my Nanny to thank for giving me a few bob towards it all.
What are your go to products that you use regularly?
(I wasn't asked to review these products I bought them myself and wanted to write about them.)