Sunday Round Up #6: Blogmas Day #1 and a Face of the Day

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Blogmas Day #1

You may have guessed it from the title, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes blog-wise this week and I am very happy to share some of the things that have been going on with you.

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You guys are amazing! In November I reached almost 300 klicks and it is only my third month of blogging. Thank you so very much for coming back here spending some of your precious time on my blog, you are my motivation to keep going and get a little better every day!

2.
I have been accepted into the Cosnova Blogger Network. Cosnova is the mother company of essence and Catrice. For now that means that I will receive the press releases for the upcoming limited editions and the lists of the new products that will be added to the range in spring and fall. Needless to say I will share those releases with you as soon as the online embargo is off. Today is one of those days and I will show you two upcoming essence limited edition in a post right after this one (give me an hour or two to put it together I still need to get the hang of things…).

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3.
Some time in the near future there will a blog collab between the lovely Bookbeauty and I. It will be a book collab and we decided to play a little with Archangels’ Blood by Nalini Singh. It is my first proper contact with Nalini Singh’s work, I am over 2/3 done and I can tell you it is a really nice read!

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BLOGMAS! Yes, today is the first day of Blogmas on this blog. I will blog every single day until Christmas. I have everything planned out and I hope I can manage to get everything done the way I want. I know it will be a lot of work but I am really excited to get going. The content will be my usual mix of beauty and I don’t know, shall we call them lifestyle topics? You know like books, TV, movies, but also recipes and such. I will also revive the Up Close and Personal category, I’ve been working on a post that I just needed a moment with but I am positive it will go up next saturday. I hope you will enjoy reading Blogmas as much as I enjoy writing for it.

essence Face of the Day Dark Romance II

essence Face of the Day Dark Romance II

essence Face of the Day Dark Romance I

essence Face of the Day Dark Romance I

 

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I believe I owe you a Face of the Day with my new essence Dark Romance quad and here it is. I tried to use every single color in the quad but the blue was a bit strong at first  but when I re-applied the gold and red it almost disappeared, oh well. There is still a slight shadow of it in the crease.
This time around I used NYX Jumbe Eye Pencil in Milk as a base because it is so sticky, then I pressed on the shadows with a firm flat synthetic brush. I used the white as a highlight in the inner corner and under the brow, then I placed the dark gold shadow on the center of the lid and blended the red over the outer corner, in the crease and under the eye. I wear my essence multi action mascara on the lashes, the blush from the green Catrice Art Collection Palette on my cheeks and the essence Dark Romance lipstick in 02 Red Romance on my lips. It is very comfortable to wear, slightly hydrating on my lips as it sets to a semi-shiny finish. The wear time is not as long as any of my dark matte lipsticks like my Kate Moss  107 or my MAC ones  but for the price it’s really fine. Generally it is a really nice lipstick for the 2€ price point.

I hope you all had a great week now on to happy productive new one!

 

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Mini Haul: essence Dark Romance Red Romance Lipstick, Mystery Glam Quad +Swatches

People who know me a little bit and you may have guessed it from my blog title, I am quite partial to the darker side of things. And then essence came around the corner with a (clicheed) goth but goth no less collection aaand I caved and picked up two nailpolishes (reviews and NotDs of those will be up on the sisterhood blog soon!), a lipstick and one of the quads.

essence Lipstick 01 Red Romance

essence Lipstick 01 Red Romance

I always wanted to try one of the new black packaged long lasting, nicely pigemented essence lipstick and there they were two of them in the Dark Romance collection and of course I chose the darker one of the two going by the name of Red Romance. I haven’t worn it yet but it swatched really nicely. It is a nice wine color the way I like them. It has a sheen to it and glides easily on the skin. The scent is quite a classic lipstick scent but not overpowering or overly strong. The lipstick was 1.95€ for 3.8g/.13 oz.

essence Dark Romance 01 Mystery Glam

essence Dark Romance 01 Mystery Glam

The Mystery Glam quad consists of a sheer white golden shimmer, this should be a good highlight color it my work all over the lid too depending on what you are looking for. Then there is a dark shimmery blue-ish green. Colors like this tend to blend into a muddy black-ish cast, losing all of its green shimmer but we will see how it performs on the eye. Next is satin-finished antique gold which seemed to be quite pigmented and last but not least there is a dark blood red with a matte finish this one seemed to be  a little sheerer than the others but buildable (in the swatch above I dipped in my finger three times and layerd the color up). The Quad was 2.95€ for 5g/.17 oz. I have quite high hopes for this quad, the texture was really fine and soft.
Random fact: One of my favorite and most relied upon eyeshadow quad is the essence Over the Taupe quad from the standard range. It is the one I always reach for when I have to look polished and put together but not over the top.

I am out sick today so the promised face of the day with the new products will have to wait until tomorrow but I will include it in the Sunday Round Up.