essence reviews

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Scinic Aqua All in One Ampoule Review

An Ampoule is (often) a heavily water based gel that replaces multiple steps of your skincare routine following your toner. Ampoules can be any consistency from almost water to a sticky gel depending on the type you buy. They are mainly marketed as moisturizer replacements, but can include many properties such as acne-fighting, hydration, brightening, and so on. 

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RECOMMENDED USE: Apply appropriate amount to clean face and tap lightly to absorb. Best used to hydrate oily, dehydrated oily, and combination skin.

First Impressions: My first thought opening this product was ‘wow, so much for the price’! The product comes with a small plastic scoop that can’t spread the product, but I didn’t mind as much because the product is mostly water and fine to spread with your own fingers.

Overall thoughts: USE LESS THAN YOU NORMALLY CONSIDER ‘LESS’. This product is truly amazing and requires SO LITTLE to work.It dries FAST and controls your sebum ALL NIGHT!  You can feel it on your face as it dries into an extremely thin elastic layer on your face but it’s neither uncomfortable or restricting and in fact, imo, feels fresh. The heavily the layer you apply the heavier it dries and the less your face can breathe overnight.

The product contains small micro collegan beads which absorb quite easily with light face patting. It might not look like a lot but your face is plump as hell in the morning. 

I personally would not put anything on top of this amouple.

The power of water is truly amazing! Your face will be plump and bright, and the results last longer the longer you use it consistently!

Overall rating: 10/10

Would buy again: Yes, but honestly I don’t see this bottle running out anytime soon. One bottle can easily last you a year or more.

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5 Of The Best Essence Cosmetics Products

So if you’ve been reading Makeup Tips for a while you probably know about my long lasting love for Essence Cosmetics. The European beauty brand is filled with hundreds of great products at super affordable prices, some of which are staples in my daily makeup bag. Trying to choose just one of my favourite products, never-lone just five of them is like picking a favourite child, but after much consideration here are five of my favourite Essence products that you MUST try. 

Essence Eyebrow Stylist Kit

This is one of my all-time favourite eyebrow products and beats out so many high-end brands. I tried this on a whim and don’t regret it one bit, the colours are cool-toned (no need to worry about orange brows!) and the powders have just the right amount of pigment so you don’t overdo it. This is a staple in my makeup bag and for the price you simply cannot go wrong.

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Essence Lip Liner Swatches

Essence Lip Liners top to bottom: 01 Soft Rose, 03 Hot Chocolate, 04 Honey Bun, 05 Soft Berry, 06 Satin Mauve, 07 Cute Pink, 08 Red Blush, 10 Femme Fatale, 11 In the Nude

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UNDER HYPED: Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set

Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set Review. Brows are my favourite feature to accentuate, they frame the whole face so get them wrong and you’re screwed, get them right and you’re makeup will fall straight into place. I’ve tried thousands of brow products and whilst I prefer the precision that pencils give sometimes nothing beats the softness of a powder. Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set contains my all time favourite brow powders and for the price you simply can’t go wrong. The powders are perfect, not too soft, not too dry and contain the perfect amount of pigment. They blend so easily, stay in place and give a super natural result. Lastly, the powders are cool toned, I’m not a fan of warm toned brow products and I think unless you’re a warm brown or a redhead they aren’t the slightest bit flattering so I couldn’t be more pleased about the fact that these are cool toned brow powders available at the drugstore. I don’t care much for the stencils or the brush included, but the powders (and the price) are amazing. PS: Originally there was only one shade available that only matched those with dark hair but now there’s a shade for blondes too!

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Essence Metal Glam Makeup Collection Review + Swatches

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Essence Tribal Summer Makeup Trend Edition Review

Essence Tribal Summer Trend Edition Collection

The Essence Tribal Summer Trend Edition Collection is a summer themed trend edition which is currently available at select Target stores across Australia.

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Everyone seems to be getting a “transitioning into fall” mani, but since there’s already a blanket over my bed, I am omitting the transition and going right to catch the fall spirit in my nails. I love it even if it is super simple! Please don’t mind the flakies on the skin, they just get everywhere.

I am also using this post to start a new blog series, the mini-reviews! I don’t have as much time as I used to, but I still want to share my finds with you. So, Mini Review #1: Essence polishes. I love them for their formula, their wide brush and most importantly, because they are 5-free. And they are cheap. Essence is definitely the top brand in my polish stash. Here you can see two coats of Walk on the Wild Side (a green shade I usually gravitate to when the colder months arrive) with another two coats of Night in Vegas (a fiery flakie topper). Oh, shiny!


The Whitening Story (plus New Laneige White Plus Renew Products and BB Cushion!)

If you’ve never lived in Asia, you might find it odd that “whitening” is a big thing in skincare here. It frequently out-sells color cosmetics and other skincare lines for many of the brands.

One thing you need to understand is that “whitening” in Asia generally doesn’t carry the same stigma that it does in the West. It doesn’t stem from the same concept as some Western skincare brands in the early parts of the 20th century, where “white skin” was associated with superiority and women of color were often sold skin-lightening products and encouraged to change their appearance.

Many East Asians ARE very fair-skinned to begin with, and culturally, we grew up associating porcelain skin with unblemished beauty and well-preserved youthfulness. So if you ask many women here, it’s more about achieving (or mimicking) pristine, perfectly-preserved skin that looks like it has never been exposed to any photo-aging and environmental damage, than about emulating other races. (That’s why you’ll see most women here buying sun creams and foundations with as high an SPF factor as we can find.)

Ironically, in modern days, a tan, golden appearance is more associated with Western ideals and pop culture!

Long-winded story aside, the 2 powerhouses where the most popular whitening ranges originate are Japan and South Korea. And every Spring, we usually see a bumper crop of new whitening products launched.

The latest “thing” among many of the whitening ranges this year are groups of active ingredients that work together to treat 3 forms of discolorations. Redness (flushed skin, capillaries), darkness (melanin), and sallowness (poor circulation etc). Japanese brand Shiseido’s new White Lucent serum promises the same as Laneige, although the pricing and ingredients used to achieve those vary slightly.

Laneige introduces 3 new products that contain the new “melano-crusher” complex.

  1. The updated White Plus Renew Original Essence (S$76 for 40ml): the serum contains the highest concentration of the whitening complex and is used day and night before moisturizer and sunblock. 
  2. The White Plus Renew Capsule Sleeping Pack (S$42 for a pack of 16): These fun little portable vacuum-sealed pods contain a white cream suspended in a clear gel. Open one, mix up the cream and gel using the spatula that comes in the box, and apply in place of moisturizer twice a week as an intensive treatment before bed.
  3. BB Cushion SPF50 PA+++ (S$65 per box with 1 case and 2 stamp pads): The latest iteration of the super-popular BB cushions (portable little stamp-pads soaked in a lightweight BB cream) come in 6 shades; the 4 above, plus 2 darker shades for tanned skins. The texture and finish is dewy, with light to medium coverage depending how you apply it (pat for higher coverage, rub for lower coverage). The new version give the same glowy perfected skin finish as the Soothing BB Cushion, but includes the new whitening complex for added skincare benefits. 

My favorite out of the 3? It’s hard to say since I haven’t had a lot of time to try each of them, but here are my first impressions.

  • Essence: Very fresh and soothing to use; the ingredients and the science behind it sounds promising, but I’ll have to use it for a longer period of time to say if it can really repair and sooth the skin as well as promised, but so far so good!
  • Capsule Sleeping Pack: Super fun, and feels extremely soothing and luxe on the skin, but I have to say a single capsule easily contains enough product for 2-3 uses, so it’s a bit of a waste unless you’re traveling and want something portable. You can try to use some and store the opened capsule in the fridge for another day, but I probably won’t recommend that because some ingredients can degrade with air exposure, so you won’t really be getting maximum efficacy if you do that. Great as a special treat before special occasions though!
  • BB cushion: I don’t need to say all that much about this; it’s a huge hit in Asia because of the amount of coverage it gives, and how convenient it is. (A multi-purpose skincare-slash-base with SPF50 PA+++, in a portable compact so you can touch up through the day; no brainer for all the lazy girls who’d rather sleep in than apply serum, lotion, sunblock, primer, foundation, etc). I do have to say this is better for normal to drier skins, as it doesn’t really “set”, and can rub off on oilier skins. 

Shade reference: (this is an approximation, so do make sure you test it out and check in daylight before purchasing!)

NC15/NC20 - 13

NW15 - 14

NW20/NC25 - 21 (this I can guarantee cos it’s my shade!)

NW25/NC30 - 23

NW30-35/NC35-37 - 31

NW40/NC42 - 33

The shades are quite forgiving, but I’d say if in doubt, go one shade darker. If you go lighter, you might get a white cast that’s more obvious because of the high SPF. And I do have to say the shade range isn’t quite large enough for women with darker skins, even though 6 shades is pretty impressive compared to most Korean/Japanese brands which carry about 2-3 colors max in their BB ranges.