Essence Makeup Boxes | Review

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Over the past few weeks I've been on the search for cruelty free makeup products and Essence was one of the brands that I came across. I've never bought anything from them before now and I must say I'm impressed. All of Essence's products are really affordable but the quality exceeds the price. 
When I first saw these adorable little palettes I thought they were too cute and since they were only $9 each I thought that I would give them a try. Im so happy that I did because I think they're absolutely fantastic! 

Each Palette includes 6 eyeshadows, a double ended applicator and 2 instruction cards tucked behind the mirror, one card for a day look and the other for night. 

Starting with the Bright Eyes palette.. 

This palette mainly consists of shimmery pink tones with a few neutral shades placed here and there. The eyeshadows themselves are very creamy and apply really nicely. The pigmentation is okay, there are a few that definitely show up but some of the shades are so light that they are barely there (they could be used as a nice highlight though). I don't tend to use a primer because I don't really see a difference between when I use one or not, but these eyeshadows really benefit from the use of a primer or base because it not only helps them last longer but also keeps them looking vibrant. 

Next is the Nude Eyes palette...

Pigmency wise I think this palette tops the Bright Eyes palette. All of the colours show up really nicely and blend beautifully as well. I'd once again recommend using a primer or base before applying these eyeshadows because with both palettes the eyeshadows last about an hour without a primer but with a primer or base they will last closer to three hours.

Conclusion : 
I think overall these palettes exceeded my expectations, they aren't perfect but for the price I didn't expect perfection. They are better than any drugstore eyeshadows that I have ever used in the past which were usually either equal in price or more expensive. Oh, and did I mention how adorable the packing is?! 
These palettes are definitely something to look into if you are just looking for something small to try out and mess around with, but if you're looking for something that will really become a staple in your makeup collection I might recommend saving your money and going for something a little larger and better quality (such as my favourite palette, the Urban Decay - Naked 2 Palette). 

But in the end, I will definitely keep an eye out for when a new Essence palette comes out! 

My Favourite Harry Potter Quotes | Happy Thoughts

Sunday, 9 November 2014

After writing my previous post, I felt inspired to continue talking about Harry Potter because it seemed like a lot of you are Potter Heads as well ( not surprising). This month wasn't the greatest and I've found myself going to the same place that has always gotten me through tough times... Hogwarts. And by reading the series once again I've realized (even more so than I did before!) just how lovely and encouraging many of the things said in the books were . The thing I love most about the Harry Potter series is that it reminds you of what matters, love. If you have that then you are truly set. But sadly that has become a very rare belief and I find it very sad to think about. I don't think I'm the only one feeling this hopeless about school and my surroundings so I thought that these quotes might just help a few of my fellow Potter Heads out! So here they are, some of my favourite quotes from the Harry Potter series. 

1. Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
-  Albus Dumbledore 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2. "Me? Books and cleverness. There are more important things: friendship and bravery."
- Hermione Granger 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone 

3. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.
- Dumbledore to Voldemort 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

4. Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.
- Arthur Weasley 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

5. As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.
- Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

6.  Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
- Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

7. Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
- Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

8. Harry, suffering like this proves you are still a man! This pain is part of being human … the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.
- Albus Dumbledore 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

9.I say there are spots that don’t come off… Spots that never come off, d’you know what I mean.
- Mad-Eye Moody
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

10. “You'll stay with me?' 'Until the very end,' said James.” 
- James to Harry 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

11.  "Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now, students. If they can do it, why not us?"
 –Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

12. . "You're the weak one. And you'll never know love, or friendship. And I feel sorry for you." 
– Harry Potter 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

13. “Things have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always the way we expect.” 
–Luna Lovegood 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

14.  “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” 
– Albus Dumbledore 
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

15. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
- Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I feel better just by reading them again.
Good luck everyone!

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