Summer Lovin’: New in Beauty

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Isn’t it the best when you try some new products and they turn out to be AWESOME?! With so many products constantly being introduced into the cosmetic world, there is always so much to choose from. MAKE UP FOR EVER is one of our absolute favourite cosmetic lines so we were very excited to try their brand new launch of foundations and mascara. Read on to discover new products from some of our much-loved brands that were recently launched in stores..

Rimmel London Wonder’Lash Volume Colourist Mascara
I seen the ads for this newest mascara launch for Rimmel and I was intrigued to try it. This mascara is supposed to gradually darken your eyelashes within 4 weeks. Being blond this appealed to me. Natasha doesn’t much care as she doesn’t have this concern. Lucky her. My eyelashes are not completely light, but I feel they could be darker. I figured it would be awesome to not have to wear mascara on my days off. If I don’t at the very least, have any mascara on my eyes, my whole face seems to disappear. Especially my eyes. Not my favourite look. Fair haired blondes with light eyes know what I’m talking about. Even though I have been using it more as a primer under my other mascara, it does work great alone. I find it separates and lengthens more then volumizes. I have only been using it for a week and a half and I do see my lashes tinting slightly. I’m happy with that. It does help. I’m hoping to see even more change in the next couple of weeks.

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IMG_3832 (1)Essence Cosmetics The Gel Nail Polish
Shades pictured above from left to right:
Absolute Pure, So What?, Jeans On!, Be Awesome Tonight!, Feels Like Birthday

This is not the first time we’ve talked about Essence Gel nail polishes and probably won’t be the last. That’s just how amazing these gel nail polishes are. We could go on and on about the colour selection, how well they wear, the shine, the way it looks like a professional manicure and let’s not forget to mention the price of these babies. You can afford to purchase a dozen for the price of 1 manicure! We have purchased a lot of expensive nail polishes and have had expensive manicures and yes they are real nice, but honestly, these polishes are truly amazing. Score!

We were ecstatic when we came across these gorgeous new shades in store. ‘Be Awesome Tonight!’ (the light pink) is such a perfect shade for Summer.

IMG_3838NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend Face & Body Foundation ($54 Cdn)
NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER Excessive Lash Mascara ($31 Cdn

This new foundation is super light weight, transfer-proof and waterproof. We haven’t actually worn it in the water, but it definitely wears extremely well all day long. Even during these HOT summer days. The consistency is very light and fluid-y (is that even a word?) and sheer but if you want more coverage it is buildable. We both really like that it is infused with pro-vitamin B5 which gives lots of hydration (but doesn’t feel heavy or oily) and improves skin elasticity (hello…the more the better!). Overall, we both really love that this foundation gives our skin a dewy finish and looks natural.
MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Water Blend Face & Body Foundation is available in 20 shades.

The Excessive Lash Mascara did not disappoint. We both have a terrible case of what might be classified as ‘mascara junkyx2. Good news for us is, I don’t think we’re alone in that group. 
We both tend to prefer mascaras that give lots of volume and are buildable. You know that real thick look, not gawdy thick, more like voluptuous thick. We love to wear at least 2 coats of mascara. Maybe 3. We’re crazy like that. This mascara is perfect for volumizing without clumping. Big plus. The fibre fusion brush holds the perfect amount of mascara while brushing through the lashes to separate and lengthen. Bam. Beautiful. Love the way this mascara goes on.   

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What beauty products are you currently lovin’? Let us know! 
Laura & Natasha xo

Essence Cosmetics New Long Lasting Lipstick & Gel Eyeliners

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We’ve been fans of the Essence Cosmetic line from Europe since it launched at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada a couple of years ago. Admittedly it took us a little bit to warm up to this new line when we realized every single product was priced under $10. Why so low? Has to be bad quality. Yes, that is our makeup snobbiness sneaking out! At first we thought it must be a line geared at young girls, kids, first timers. But to our surprise with a little more information and research under our belts, and actually trying some products we were more than pleasantly surprised. The quality of Essence products are amazing, the colour selections vast and product choices galore! We are also happy to report that Essence Cosmetics DO NOT test on animals which is always something that we look for in cosmetic brands.

Essence also launches gorgeous limited edition collections every few months. Natasha has purchased at least one product from each collection that has been out over the years. It’s quite impossible not to! The price, selection & quality of Essence products is hard to beat. We have purchased numerous items from bronzers, mascaras, illuminators, lipsticks, nail polish.. we love it all! 

IMG_7891gIMG_78452Lipsticks Pictured Above (from left to right):
#3 Dare To Wear
#7 Natural Beauty
#1 Coral Calling

You can imagine our excitement when we noticed brand new products in the Essence collection! These new Long Lasting Lipsticks stood out to me just from the packaging alone. The bold black case with the coordinating lipstick colour ring around the tube really caught my eye. Along with the pretty imprinted ‘e’ on the lipstick itself. It didn’t take me long to become completely excited once I started trying all of the tester colours on my hand. The smoothness of the application, the brilliance of the colour, the pigment of colours were beautiful! And how can you not get even more excited knowing the price of these lipsticks are under $3.00 Cdn! Natasha and I were like 2 kids in a candy store! These new lipsticks come in 10 bold and gorgeous shades. We had to refrain from carting them all home like crazy women, so we chose 3.  For now. ­čśë

We’ve been wearing Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks over the past few weeks and the colours really do last for hours. They are richly pigmented and don’t dry out your lips at all which is a huge plus with the cold Winter months coming. Essence Lipstick ‘Dare To Wear‘ (swatches pictured below) is a beautiful deep, dark red which is absolutely perfect for the Holidays. I already know it is going to be my go-to Holiday lip staple!

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Swatches: The colour on the far left is #1 Coral Calling (Natasha’s favourite). The middle is #7 Natural Beauty (Laura’s favourite). The colour on the right is #3 Dare To Wear.

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Then we noticed the new Essence Long Lasting Waterproof GEL Eye Pencils. I tried the testers on the tops of my hands and I was like ‘Shut Up!‘. These new Gel pencils are crazy good! For me and my oily eye lids, I’m super picky when it comes to liners. I’ve tried soooo many brands throughout the years and have found a few staple eyeliners that I swear by to this day. However, I just needed to try these ones, just because of the colours, the smoothness of application and the fact that they are long wearing AND waterproof! Hello! Yes, please. So I chose the #3 Urban Jungle and Natasha chose #1 Black Blaze. And I have to say, I’m honestly loving them to bits and have been wearing the Urban Jungle liner almost daily for the past couple weeks. These liners do not smudge or crease and really do last all day long. After applying in the morning, I haven’t had to reapply my liner at all during the day. Essence GEL Eye Pencils are available in 6 beautiful colours.

IMG_7859gPictured Above: #1 Black Blaze & #3 Urban Jungle.

Essence GEL Eyeliners won Allure’s 2014 Best of Beauty Award for ‘Best Waterproof Eyeliner’.
(We knew we were onto something great when we came across this cosmetic line!)

Essence Cosmetics Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Have you tried out Essence’s new GEL Eye Pencils & Long Lasting Lipsticks? We’d love to hear what you think!

Laura & Natasha xo