What Worked? Beauty January 2017


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful day filled with joy, laughter and of course, family.

On today’s post I like to talk about best in beauty as the title says. I’ve no intention to buy anymore makeup but when I saw these gift sets by Essence Cosmetics on Christmas Eve while I was at Maxi Grocery. I was tempted and lost my self control. Left the store with two holiday gift sets.

First, let’s start off by talking about the packaging of the Stand Out Eyes, cute! Inside the packaging are five amazing makeup products while Shimmer and Shine. It houses six holiday shade nail polishes with a Gel top coat. Each gift set retails for CAD$8.97. These for me were some amazing deals!

Love love makeup products and so I want to start with my favorite part of the month : Makeup


This is the first gift set I picked up at the store. I was drawn by the price tag and also the single eyeshadows were calling out my name. Admittedly, what attracted my attention in the first place was the gorgeous embossing pattern! It looks so luxury and fine.

I don’t remember having the Velvets collection line by Essence Cosmetics, so I’m curious to give these a try.  If I’m not mistaken, this is their Spring 2016 line.


Look how cute these chequered embossment surface is. They’re the cutest I’ve seen from this brand. The texture is buttery soft and very nicely pigmented.

The shades I picked up are Smooth Caramel and Taupe Secret. They’re made in Italy in case some of you are curious to know. They’re available in nine velvety soft color spectrum and now I’ve two from the collection. Individual pan retails for US$2.49 each.


Now let’s see how they fared!

They promise to be silky smooth, which they totally are! They may seem to have a matte finish, but to me these have more like a silky satin finish. There’s no visible shimmer but just to put it out that the finishing does reflect some light.


Super star standout is this Taupe Secret. This is the star of the show in this set. I love love love it!

They do dust a tiny bit, but comparing to other drugstore eyeshadows I’ve tried, this isn’t that bad. Lasting power is decent without primer, but nothing out of the ordinary.

If you’re looking for a budget makeup with neutral color eyeshadows, then these two are a must-haves.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these shades and how they worked for you?


Next is the I Love Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base. The formula is of light rose shade and it works to help eyeshadow long lasting and looking great all day.


The applicator is of doe foot applicator. The formula has very nice consistency and it blends quite nicely.


Look how pretty this swatch is? If you’re in the market for a long lasting and intense eyeshadow base for an affordable price, then look no further. This is made for you!

I’ve been wearing it for a week now and again today. I was out the whole day because it’s a good day for me. Out and about to just soaked in the sun. It’s a gorgeous day!  I’m thankful for today. Sorry I went a little off tangent but coming back to eyeshadow base, this is something I would recommend this to anyone who is new to makeup world and/or to friends who are a collector like myself.


Third is their Eye Pencil. It claims to be a long lasting and this makes me eager to put this to the test!

So, I’ve been trying it for a week now and I’m wearing it today. Really enjoy the dark black color it gives.


I’ve been obsessed with liquid liner for a long while. Honestly, I haven’t been wearing pencil liner for what seems ages. But when I saw this, it sure brings back sweet old memories. I’m excited to try it one more time. I can feel the butterfly feeling, it’s like of a lost love that returns, if you know what I mean.


Sorry about the photo. I couldn’t get the best lighting after sunset. It just refused to focus. Well, this are one of those days. Anywho, here’s a swatch of Black Fever. It glides on like butter with amazing formula.

If you’re in the market for an affordable drugstore everyday eyeliner pencil, that’s the way to go! I like to wear it on my tight lines. Gives my eyes more definition and depth.


I recently reviewed an eyebrow gel mascara by the brand and I’ve been getting lots of use with it. I love how the spoolie comb my brows without smudging. This is just another product that I always have in my makeup collection. I’m talking about this gel eyebrow that really works for me.


I’m happy that they named their polishes besides just numbering them. The packaging is so cute. I can say now that all these colors are something I know I’ll be reaching for them.

These nail polishes have very good formula. The consistency is just nice- it isn’t too runny or too thick. It goes on easily and I’ve these shades for a week with the top coat (when I tested the color swatches) and it only has a minimal chipping. So, I would say it’s reasonably long lasting. I’m quite impressed!










#44 ON AIR

I’ve been wearing this shade since boxing day and it’s been FIVE days and it’s still going strong. It’s just too pretty to take them off. No chipped at all with the Essence Gel Top Coat. Hurray!




It claims to give ultra long lasting gel shine and I agree with their claim.

I’m leaving you here with the color swatches.


There’s so many Essence products out there, I mean I feel like I could continue to talk about Essence products forever. I hope this gave you a feel if you’re new to Essence or help your feet wet with products that actually works.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post on what worked from the beauty drugstores.

Have you tried any polishes from this line? If not, what was your favorite nail polish shade? 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I hope to see you all again on my next post. Bye!

Sharon xoxo


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  1. I love the Velvets eye shadows! So soft and pigmented. I really need to try Essence nail polishes next- the brand impresses me so much! 🙂

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  2. Our Family World says:

    I haven’t tried them yet but you got me interested in getting one of those Black Fevers. A darker tone is always my favorite, it just goes well with my lighter clothing I guess.

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  3. The Essence range looks quite promising and inviting too. Would love to try them out in the New year, thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  4. Elizabeth O. says:

    I had no idea that essence has so many products to offer beauty lovers! I really like the colors of the nail polish. The formula looks pretty wicked too. Glides on perfectly well.


  5. I love that they’re all great products! I’ve never tried anything from this brand before and now I’m convinced. I’d go for that eyeliner and those nail polishes!


  6. Urvi says:

    Thanks for sharing great products. I love the colors of nail polish. Looks nice and glossy.

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  7. harivain says:

    YAY for the Essence Make Me Brow and the eyeshadow base! I love them too!!!

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