01, 02, 2017

New to the team

Happy February, everyone! Recently I’ve really stepped it up in the beauty department. If you’ve followed along with my blog for quite awhile now, you’d know that I went through multiple makeup purges. Don’t get me wrong – I still have tendencies to impulsively buy new makeup – but instead now I always buy within my needs and only select products I know I’ll actually get wear out of. I ran out of some favourites, however this time around I decided to give new ones a go.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
When it comes to high-end makeup products, I like to get my money’s worth. It’s rare you’d see me jumping from one foundation to another. For the last 4 years, Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation was the only foundation I believed worked for my skin. I loved it to bits, but had finally felt like I outgrew it and was ready to try something new. Originally going into Sephora, I had nothing in mind that I was curious to try out. I solely let the woman who colour matched me decide based on my skin type and budget. I’ve already heard many raves about this foundation so I went ahead with it. If you have tried out the Marc Jacobs foundation you’d know that it’s a very lightweight coverage. So when I made the jump to MUFE’s Ultra HD foundation (in shade Y315) it really did change things up with more coverage, yet in the most natural way possible. It doesn’t fully mask acne scars, but personally doesn’t bother me since it still makes my skin look much more even.

Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner
This liquid eyeliner isn’t exactly new to me, but it’s been years since I used this one from Eyeko. For the last few years I preferred the more natural look of a gel and pencil eyeliner. I thought I’d stir things up for the occasional days when I feel like going a bit more bold with my eyeliner. This was originally not my favourite choice when it came to liquid liners, but I thought I would take advantage of a sale Eyeko was having during the Christmas season. I don’t know if the formula changed since I first owned it many years ago, but I found this one to work much better than what I remembered. It has a lot better staying power and this time around it’s definitely waterproof.

NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade
As you may or may not know, the NYX Brow Gel has been a long time favourite of mine. It has always lived up to the claims of being extremely sweat and waterproof. However, the one thing that irks me at times is the tube packaging. Yes – it helps with sanitation, but the product can tend to dry up (depending on the season as well) in the tube at times which makes it unpredictable with the amount of brow gel that gets squeezed out. I wasn’t sure if their Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade was the equivalent or alternative, but I was curious about it being in a pot instead. The first time using the pomade I didn’t expect the product to be so soft that I ended up jabbing a hole in it with my brush. Even so, I don’t consider that a flaw – just thought I would mention it needs to be handled it with care. After using this for a week, I can say it’s not as budge-proof as the Brow Gel but I still really like it anyways for when I don’t want to spend too much time doing my brows.

KATE Lash Maximizer by Kanebo
I’ve always read around that an eyelash primer can really step up the game. It took me awhile but I finally got my hands on one! Of course I had to pick up a Japanese brand since they’re always the masters at making short sad lashes look longer and more voluminous. Since this is my first time owning an eyelash primer I have nothing to compare it to, but I have to say I love the results. A few years ago I used to use RevitaLash; and with the KATE Lash Maximizer primer I pretty much get the same look that the lash treatment did. Along with the white base there are small fibers that look like actual hairs (kind of freaked me out at first) in the primer to help lift and give more volume. I’m pretty much happy that I can finally use mascaras that aren’t always waterproof!

Essence Makeup Matt Matt Matt Lipstick
Whenever I want a cheap but great quality beauty thrill, I can always rely on Essence for that. Their Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks have been doing a bit of a circulation around on my Instagram so I needed to go experience it for myself. There are 8 shades to choose from but I had my eyes set on shade ’02 Perfect Match’ from the beginning. I must say I’ve been on a winning streak recently when finding all the My-Lips-But-Better shades. What’s cool is that this lipstick pretty much nails 2 colours in one. When applied with one or two layers it’s a soft pinky brown nude, and with a third layer or more it’s a much more opaque mauve tone.

If you’ve tried any of these products, let me know your thoughts!

38 responses to “New to the team”

  1. No I haven’t tried any of these but I will definitely check out the essence lipstick next time I’m at the drugstore!

    xx, rebecca

  2. Samio says:

    I’m the same as you and now only tend to buy within my needs when it comes to makeup but I am also needing to replace a few favourites that have ran out. I’ve heard good things about Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation and I like the sound of it being a good coverage but natural looking. I also like the sound of the Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner. I’m obsessed with their brow gel and have had a couple of their mascaras which I’ve liked but I’ll to give their liquid liner a go next too!


    • Stacey says:

      That’s awesome! I found that throughout the years before I’d buy palettes and other products I only touched once…a lot of money down the drain basically. If you end up trying out any of those products I’d love to know your thoughts!

  3. KarenH says:

    I’m curious about the MUFE foundation. I will try it!


  4. Yiota says:

    I love Essence but I haven’t tried the Matt Matt Matt lipsticks. They have lovely shades but I own a couple of their Sheer & Shine lipsticks so I didn’t bother purchasing more, but now I want to try them since I read many reviews about them! x


  5. Great additions, I’ve always wanted to try an eyelash primer, but, just as you before, I always end up prioritizing other makeup purchases, also the only one I used to know was from Dior, so quite pricey for an additional step into my routine! I’ve never heard of this one before, but it truly sounds lovely! The NYX Time & Frame Brow Pomade has been on my wishlist for so long, I should probably go ahead and try it!!


    • Stacey says:

      The Dior one is also far from being on my budget so I’m glad to have found such an affordable one – can always count on Japanese brands for price and high quality!

  6. I love mat lipsticks, and the colour of the Essence one is gorgeous!

  7. yuka says:

    I really want to try that matt matt matt lipstick!


  8. alya says:

    Great post! I love matte lipstick, but I find it always dries my lips out so much!

    Alya / moorizZLA xxx

    • Stacey says:

      This one won’t though! I always get dry lips with matte lipsticks but this one has a lot of moisture and although it says matte, I don’t think consider it completely matte 🙂

  9. The lipstick looks so lovely though?! And I love the name hahah, best way to annoy anyone, lol! Also love the idea of 2 shades in one! Xx


  10. I always have to use water proof mascaras so it’s good to know theres something that could give my lashes a break!


    • Stacey says:

      Same! I have pretty straight lashes so waterproof has always been my friend. It’s nice to know that there’s more option out there now!

  11. I have loving your flat lays lady! Really pretty! I’ve heard the HD foundation is like one of the best, but I’ve yet to try it out. Definitely need to! Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

  12. I so much love essence products. And I agree with you about foundation – I always try to spend more on it. I would like to try Make up Forever one 🙂

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  13. That lipstick has such a beautiful shade! Gotta check my Essence counter!

  14. Kay says:

    I actually haven’t tried any of these, so thank you for the inspiration, hun! 🙂 You are right, Essence is a fab brand and I love how affordable their products are. I actually haven’t tried their lipsticks yet, though, but I’d love to give them a shot! Heard fab things about the formula and I love the look of the shade you picked! Thank you for sharing. 🙂 xoxo <3


    • Stacey says:

      I’ve tried their lipsticks in the past and didn’t like the formula then – however, they really improved on it and I love it!

  15. I love how the Ultra HD looks very natural! 🙂

  16. These products all sound fabulous. I’m really curious to try that foundation, it sounds perfect!

  17. The Nerdy Me says:

    I enjoy Essence as well. I haven’t tried this product but I really do want to now, it does sound great. 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  18. I haven’t tried any of these but everything looks great! I’ve curious about the MUFE foundation but I went with the sick version instead which I love by the way. The shade of the Essence lipstick looks great! x

  19. I have been wanting to try the makeup forever HD foundation for years! I definitely need to stop procrastinating and take the plunge. I am also keen on trying quite a few Nyx brow products, they have some interesting ones in their range.


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