Essence All About Nude Palette Review and Look

Last weekend I bought myself the Essence All About Nude eyeshadow palette and have used it every day since.  I had seen a lot of talk about this palette in the beauty blogosphere so the second I saw it at my local drug store I snatched it up.  You get six shadows for $4.99 (CAD).  A deal like that can’t be beat.

The All About Nude palette contains a mix of matte, satin, and shimmery shadows in a nice range of shades.  You’ve got everything you need here including a highlight shadow, some pretty lid shadows, and a couple of darker shades that can be used for liner or to smoke out a more dramatic eye.  I’ve found the matte pink shade (top middle) works really well as a blending/transition shadow in the crease.

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My favourite shade is the shimmery taupe in the upper right corner.  It’s just such a pretty, simple colour that really brightens the eye. It works well on it’s own for a quick one-shadow look and used with other shadows.  My only gripe with the colour selection in this palette is that the two pink shadows are very similar (one is matte while the other has a more satin finish).  It would have been nice to have something different included, perhaps a brown or black or even a wildcard colour just for fun.

Here’s a look I’ve been wearing a lot lately using this palette.  I used the light taupe colour all over the lid, the darker grey colour (bottom middle) in the outer corner and swept along my lower lash line, the matte pink (top middle) in the crease and to blend everything out, and the highlight shade on my brow bone and inner corner.

These shadows are really soft which is a good thing and a bad thing.  The good:  they blend beautifully.  The bad: they are prone to fallout, particularly the darker shadows.  In terms of performance, the shadows are a bit inconsistent.  The darker shadows are really pigmented which is excellent but you have to work a bit to get decent colour payoff with some of the lighter shades.

Overall, I love this palette.  It’s small, it’s inexpensive, it’s versatile, and the shadows perform well.  I will use this palette at home but because of the size I will take it with me on the go too.  I never pack my bigger, more expensive palettes when I travel because I’m so afraid they’ll get lost or damaged in transit but this little All About Nude palette is perfect for the travel makeup bag.

If you haven’t tried out one of these Essence eyeshadow palettes I highly recommend you do.  In addition to All About Nude they have four other palette options.  Don’t be surprised if I end up collecting them all!

Have you tried any Essence shadow palettes?  Which is your favourite?

Softlips CUBE Review + Giveaway!

I am super excited for my very first giveaway here on Today’s Beauty Obsession.  I recently received a couple of the new Softlips CUBE lip moisturizers for review and part of the deal is that one of you will win a Soft Lips  giveaway prize worth $50!   First, let’s talk about the CUBES.  Can we just stop and look at the packaging for a minute?  I love the sleek, clean look of the transparent cube.  These cubes are quite small so they are perfect for throwing in your purse and not feeling too bulky.

Softlips claims these CUBES are 5-in-1 lip care products that hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect, and add shine.  These lip moisturizers are definitely hydrating and replenishing.  But, so are most lip balms.  What makes these CUBES special is that they actually live up to the Softlips name.  These lip moisturizers practically melt onto my lips making them feel soft, smooth, and plush.  And the best part is that these CUBES manage to do that without making my lips feel waxy like some balms tend to do.  I wouldn’t say these CUBES add shine to my lips but they do leave a nice finish - a little something extra.  And the smell…oh my…sooo good.  I have Berry Bliss and Vanilla Bean and both smell amazing.

And now is your chance to win both these Softlips CUBES plus a couple other goodies.  Below is a photo of the Softlips giveaway prize which includes CUBES in Berry Bliss and Vanilla Bean, a clutch purse with zipper chain wristlet, and a purse mirror.

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All you have to do is enter below.  This giveaway will be open until Friday, October 31st 2014 when I’ll announce the winner.   This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.  Good Luck!

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A New Nude Lip

Many months ago I purchased the Sephora Give Me Some Lip set which contains six lipstick/gloss samples.  However, I’ve barely touched this set since I bought it.  I’m going to make more of an effort to change that moving forward and today I am starting by using two of the minis to create a nude lip.  To do this I am using Urban Decay’s Naked Revolution Lipstick, which is probably my fav product in this set, and Buxom’s Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian.

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Top: UD Naked. Bottom: Buxom White Russian

UD’s Naked is basically the perfect nude for me.  It has just the right amount of pink in it to not make me look completely washed out when I wear it.  The formula is fantastic as well and feels great on the lips.  I could easily wear this lipstick on it’s own but to add a little something extra, and to make use of another sampler in the set, I added the Buxom lip cream over top for a nice glossy finish.

I think these two lip products work beautifully together.  Here are a couple photos of the finish look.  The first is in natural light and the second is a couple hours later in harsh office lighting.

I don’t wear a nude lip all that often but I’m really loving this look.  I’m definitely going to try to work this nude lip more regularly into my makeup looks.

Have you tried either of these products?  How do you create your favourite nude lip?

CoverGirl Lashblast Volume Blasting Mascara

At one point, not too long ago, I had five unopened mascaras in my collection that needed to be tested out.  I’ve worked my way through a few of them and the one I’ve liked the most, and am currently using, is the CoverGirl Lashblast Volume Blasting Mascara.

This mascara has two things going for it right off the bat.  One: it comes in a waterproof formula which is all I can wear.  And two: it has plastic bristles which is my favourite type of wand.  The one thing I’m not crazy about with this mascara is the size of the wand.  It’s huge!   What saves this wand for me is that despite its large size, the bristles are actually fairly short which helps achieve a controlled, even application.

The packaging claims this mascara will result in “100% more volume instantly”.   I’m not too sure about the 100% more volume but I do love what this mascara does for my lashes.  It adds volume and length but what I love most is that it evenly coats each lash without clumping leaving you with perfectly separated lashes.

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I don’t get any smudging or flaking with this mascara.  It can be a bit hard to remove at the end of the day but that’s kind of par for the course with waterproof formulas.  Overall, I’ve been enjoying this mascara would be definitely repurchase and recommend.

Have you tried this mascara?  Any other CoverGirl mascaras you’d recommend?

Makeup Storage Reorganization

The way I used to organize my makeup collection was shameful…in that there was no organization to it whatsoever.  I live in a small apartment and don’t have a lot of space to lay everything out nicely so my makeup ended up all over the place.  Literally.  Part of my collection was on my bedside table…

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Part was on a shelf above my bed…

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Part hung on the wall…

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And I’d even resorted to storing makeup in the fruit bowl in my kitchen…

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Well, all that changed last weekend when my bestie got my a bunch of organizational drawers to store my makeup in.  I wasted no time at all getting to work.  And here’s the final result.

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I’ve organized drawers by product:  top drawer for eyeshadow, second drawer for blushes and highlighters, third for lip products, and the bottom drawer for powders.  On top of the drawers are the products I use daily: my moisturizer and eye cream, primers, foundations, concealers, mascaras.  In front of the drawer unit I used a plain glass vase to store my face brushes and a separate unit for my eyeshadow brushes and pencil products (eye and lip liners).

The only thing not shown here is a dresser drawer I also organized that holds makeup I don’t use very often, samples I need to try out, and most of my face products.

It feels so much better having everything in one place.  I literally feel lighter and have less makeup anxiety (yes, I’ve decided that’s an actual thing) knowing where everything is and having it all displayed so beautifully.  It makes getting all dolled up that much more enjoyable.

How do you like to organize your makeup?  Any storage tips/ideas?