essence Winter Glow multi-use ombre lipliner

So, this review might be a little late because this item is from essence’s winter collection which was on sale dec/jan but maybe you can find some left over…? Sorry. As I like to remind people every year, february isn’t the end of winter, it’s midwinter. We still have a ways to go into spring, even if spring collections are on sale in january. ๐Ÿ˜„ So winter glow it is.

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So this stick is the essence multi use ombre lipliner. The only available color was white like a snowflake. It’s basically a chubby white pencil with a very creamy texture. Now, essence has dicovered the ombre lips style in 2017. They are also selling some new permanent ombre lip thingys in white and black I think. Had I known that I might have skipped the limited one for those, but alas.

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Swatch in the shade. Color is pure white, not completely opaque. The way essence showed this product on the display it looks like they meant it to go on the outside of the lips, so that your color in the middle faded out into nothing. Problem? Well, unless you’re a ghoul, white isn’t going to fade into your skin color, duh. The obviously right way to wear this instead is in the middle of the lip, leaving the darker color on the outside.

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Same swatch in direct sunlight.

And you know, it works in the middle of the lip. The texture is so creamy, you only have to dab it into the middle and smack your lip around a bit, it blends itself. It also looked fairly good. However, since this is pure white pigment, it has limitations, as you’ll always end up with the color being mixed with white pigment. Imho it works best with pinks and nudes that already have some white pigment in.

So, it was easy to apply, but of course, if you mix two colors together, reapplication is a bit tricky or honestly it just doesn’t happen. So this isn’t a look for all night.

In a nutshell: okay, but not a huge deal to miss. Honestly every product with creamy white pigment can do this. Great if you wanna create pastel lips, since it always mixes with the other color and makes it lighter and more opaque.

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson

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February means a new Viva Glam from MAC. After Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, the new Viva Glam ambassador is Taraji P. Henson and because she is so awesome the lipstick got an extra special packaging. It’s all pink. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Lipstick Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson (matte). As usual, you get the red metal with the signature on. The lipstick itself is a deep raspberry pink with shimmer.

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Swatch in the shade. The color leans more into blue. Honestly I thought I had maybe a thousand lipsticks like this, but it turns out, I have none like it. Not only the shimmer makes it unusual, but it is also a shade darker than what I personally own.

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Color comparisons! On top, the new Taraji P. Henson, which has a matte finish but with pink shimmer, making it less flat. Then the purple Ariana Grande 2, also matte, Pink Pigeon, also matte, Miley Cyrus 1 looks closest in finish, but that one is actually Amplified finish with no shimmer in it. And last I swatched Estee Lauder Stronger, because I had it lying about. ๐Ÿ™‚

Taraji is a deeper, darker pink. That makes it universally flattering on all skin tones.

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Lip swatch.

The lipstick lasted around five hours with eating. It wears off mostly even, it didn’t pull into lip lines. It did however leave one hell of a stain. I could barely get it off again. Despite being matte I didn’t find it drying on my lips (I always apply balm underneath).

Another great Viva Glam! I recommend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Langรฉ Orient Treasure

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Now, if you’ve never heard of Langรฉ, they’re a french consmetics brand. They’re rather more high end, but funnily enough, they don’t give a fuck about packaging. With Langรฉ, all the value is what’s in it. Don’t get distracted by the cheap seeming packaging. So, they have released a small line of perfume as well, not too long ago. It was in 2015 I think. If I remember right it’s three male and three female fragrances, although the packaging itself does not denote ‘male’ or ‘female’. The male ones are shaped like the bottle above, more square and house 100 ml, while the female ones have more of a round shape and come in 50 ml size.

So, Orient Treasure is a men’s perfume. I own a number of unisex and some men’s perfumes and usually I do not distinguish here. You wear what you like, right? Well, Orient Treasure… is almost too male for me. ๐Ÿ˜„

It’s not one of these men’s shower gel scents (which I abhor – boys if you wanna smell clean take a shower!) it’s just the right amount of dirty and woody and stingy. Like the name suggests it is an oriental, but not the warm ambery or vanilla kind. The official notes are ‘Royal Oud, Grapefruit Zest, Intense Leather, Birch Tar’. And that gives a fairly good impression of what it smells like. The oud is there from the beginning, and it is oud-y, but not the so harsh and medicinal edge oud can sometimes have. Together with the leather it ends up a dirty, earthy note, but the birch tar comes through and keeps it from getting too dark or too dirty. I can’t pick out the grapefruit on its own most times, but sometimes I get this metallic tang and that could be it.

I don’t know it it helps anyone but I experience perfumes as high or low and this one is high, but not screeching.

There is not a whole lot of change in the scent. I think there’s more oud in the beginning and more leather in the dry down, but it’s pretty base heavy anyway. Perfume lasts about eight hours and has moderate sillage.

It’s not the slightest bit sweet and yet so pleasant. Orient Treasure is amongst the best men’s perfumes I’ve ever smelled. Sadly I could not get my hands on the other ones by Langรฉ. Rumour says they’re real nice. I did however, purchase two of the women’s perfumes and they are also amazing (review upcoming).

The packaging of Orient Treasure tells us that ‘Director of Creation’ is Eric Fustier and ‘Artstic Director’ is Julie Pauwels.

Real Techniques Brush Set

Believe it or not, but I finally bought my first brushes by Real Techniques. They didn’t use to be easily available here in Austria, but for a couple weeks a big drugstore chain had them. They were limited, but the chain said on instagram they would bring the brushes back if they sold well.

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I chose a set that had a face brush, a cheek brush and an eye brush so I could get a feel of the range. To my surprise the single brushes don’t really have any names or numbers to them? They are simply called duo fiber face brush, duo fiber contour brush and duo fiber eye brush. Okay.

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Pic of the packaging.

Well, you probably already know this, but these brushes are so soft! Wheeee! The face brush is bigger than what I’d normally use, but it works out for me. I use it for all sorts of face powders, mattifying, finishing, what have you, and the brush works with them all.

The contour brush I gotta admit I use for regular brush and not so much for contouring. I tried, and it worked in creating a very loose contour (aka well blended and not too dark) but this has just the right shape for a blush brush to me, so that’s what I prefer to use it for. Works with powder and cream products.

The eye brush is really long and thin. At first I was scared, but it’s really good in the crease to create a defined crease. It can also be used for shaping or highlighting small areas of the face.

Overall, I get the hype now. If I didn’t have enough brushes I would have bought some more. Maybe later. ๐Ÿ™‚

essence play with my mint

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Hopefully winter is slowly giving way for spring soon. What better to celebrate late winter than with pastel nail polish? This beauty here is essence play with my mint. Despite the fact that I own several light blue greens, I have no exact dupe. In this pic I am wearing two coats and no top coat. Unlike the red essence polish I showed a while ago, this one here does not self level completely, making the surface wobbly. It also lacks the high shine the red polish had. So while the color itself is okay and mostly opaque in two coats, it is not the best quality there is and profits greatly from a good top coat. It lasted four days with a bit of chipping.

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Sorry for the impromptu silence. I caught a nasty stomach bug and didn’t have much time for writing or makeup. I hope there’ll be something for next week, but this week (6.-12.) there’ll be more radio silence.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons

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Since I had discovered the brand L’Artisan Parfumeur I was kind of prone to picking up whatever I got my hands on, haha. Many people list La Chasse Aux Papillons as their favorite from the brand so not only did I blind buy it – I didn’t even check for the notes beforehand! Usually when I blind buy I at least do my research first…

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But they had a small roll-on of the EdT, only 7,5 ml. That wasn’t too expensive so I thought whatever. So I rip the packaging open, pour on my wrists (as much as possible with the roll-on) and sniff.

… Is that tuberose?

Oh, no! You see, when people post their “my favorite this and that” lists I try to sample these perfumes to learn. And whenever people listed their favorite tuberoses I tried – and shrank backwards. Tuberose perfumes… they are really quite intense. That’s not the problem, though. I’s that they are suffocating. It’s like a huge cloud of tuberose was decending upon me, forcing me to lie down. So I decided tuberose was not for me, even though I felt that the smell itself was not bad at all.

Back to La Chasse: Warily, I hold my wrist away from my body and decide to just let it sit for a while. Although, from the start on, it is not suffocating at all. Also, this isn’t supposed to be a tuberose soliflore. It’s only one note among many. And it actually does smell quite beautiful. No wonder this perfume is beloved by many.

Half an hour in I am still not getting smothered by tuberose. I count this as a win. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two hours later the smell is already faint, three hours later it is gone. Pity. This is one of my two complaints. No matter when I wear it, it never sticks past three hours. The other is the roll-on. I feel like I’m not actually getting anything out. Maybe this affects the longevity as well. I feel like in an attempt to make sure the roller ball doesn’t splash or the perfume doesn’t evaporate, they made it too tight. I really prefer spray mechanisms and I wish they made their small bottles with sprays instead. As it is, I will stick with the bigger bottles again.

So, what does La Chasse actually smell like, besides tuberose? It smells happy and airy and a tiny bit green. A spring garden with many flowers. Mandarin juice. Ylang-Ylang, and not too little of it. Something that could be linden blossom, if it isn’t an aspect of the tuberose. Orange blossom, probably. I think the orange blossom is dancing with jasmine, but if it does, it is the gentlest orange blossom/jasmine combination I ever smelled. La Chasse smells like sunlight after a long winter, which is kind of why I’m reviewing it right now.

La Chasse Aux Papillons was released in 1999 and is still available. Nose is Anne Flipo.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend

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And here’s the last palette from the Zoeva Plaisir box: Cocoa Blend. This palette was available before the release of the Plaisir box (the other two were new palettes), so it’s not super duper new. You can buy the three palettes in the box (Cocoa Blend, Caramel Melange and Blanc Fusion) or you can buy each palette alone. I like that they’re not forcing you to buy a package if you’re only interested in a certain item in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, the Cocoa Blend was already a blogger’s favorite before the box and I was eager to try it.

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It includes some shimmers and some matte colors. It’s not exactly a nude palette imho, there are some color shadows in it. You could consider it a smoky palette, as most colors are darker than in the other two palettes.

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Swatches in the shade.

The colors are: First one is Bitter Start, a matte vanilla color, the highlighting and priming shade.

Next one is Sweeter end, a shimmery color. The color is hard to describe. It’s sort of a mauve with lots of gold shimmer. Next is Warm Notes, a shimmery ruby red. Next is Subtle Blend, a darker shimmery bronze. Last color in the top row is Beans are White, despite the name this is a matte dark espresso color.

The second row starts with another bronze, Pure Ganache. This is super shimmery and intense. Next one is Substitute for Love, a matte reddish brown. Actually it has a bit of fine shimmer on it, but you don’t see it on the lid. The next color is a darker, but still red toned chestnut brown. This one is truly matte. Next is Infusion, a dark brown with gold shimmer. Last color in the palette is Delicate Acidity, a shimmery mauvey taupe.

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Swatches in direct sunlight.

Overall this is yet another warm toned palette of good quality. The shimmers are great, the matte colors aren’t completely opaque, but workable. You can create a whole array of looks with these eyshadows, most of which are going to end up pretty smoky, though. On me the shadows did not crease and faded only a bit after eight hours.

I like this one. Out of all three palettes I am surprised to say I like Blanc Fusion the best though. The Cocoa Blend will work on a bigger range of skin tones though, since Blanc Fusion is very light. These palettes were my first eyeshadows from Zoeva and I am very pleased with their quality. I might check out some more colorful palettes or see if they have something cool toned (as all three palettes lean warm).

Depending on what sort of colors you want I can really recommend all three palettes.

Essie Oh Behave!

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Essie is releasing too many Collections, I can’t remember what this nail polish even was from. Anyway, it’s two coats of Oh Behave!, no top coat. The polish is salmon colored, with shimmer in gold and salmon. The shimmer is fine and ample and looks frosty sometimes. Quality is the usual great Essie quality, no complaints there. Chipping occurred on day 4.

Combined Holiday and B-Day Gift Haul

I don’t usually receive that many beauty related gifts. But last Holiday season I did get some interesting bits, so here’s my ‘gifts I got in the past month or so’ haul:

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What do you get a person who has been massively obsessed with perfume lately? Perfume! And a book about perfume! ๐Ÿ˜„ The book is ‘Perfumes the A-Z Guide’ by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. It is hilarious and I greatly recommend it. The perfumes are L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme by L’Artisan Parfumeur and Al Oudh, also by L’Artisan Parfumeur. And Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain.

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The naked bottles. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And I sort of forgot to photograph these with the outer packaging: Tom Ford Black Orchid, L’Artisan Parfumeur Mechant Loup and the pretty lipstick is Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Plume. Look at the pretty packaging!

So reviews for all of these will come up… sometime. I’m sorta behind on reviews. ๐Ÿ˜„