Swatch Saturday: Essence Dark Romance

After seeing many bloggers post photos on instagram recently of the new Essence Dark Romance collection, I decided to check the collection out myself yesterday.

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The collection is described as ‘Gothic glamour’, but my first thought was ‘vampire’! It reminds me a bit of Essence’s previous Twilight: Breaking Dawn collection, except this collection is a bit darker.

Essence Dark Romance collection consists of 2x eye shadow quads, 2x eye pencils, 2x lipsticks, 2x lip gloss ‘effects’, cream highlighter, 2x Velvet mousse blushes, 4x Nail polishes, nail art decorating kit and some body tattoos.

I picked up 4 products from the collection, including Velvet mouse blush in ’01 Painted Love’, Lip gloss effects in ’01 Black Shadow’, lipsticks in ’01 Red Romance’ and ’02 Painted Love’.

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 Velvet Mousse blush in ’01 Painted Love’

essence dark romanceIt looks quite scary in the jar, but I promise you it does blend out a lot! (see swatches below)

essence dark romanceLeft: unblended. Right: blended (sorry it doesn’t photograph well, but you get the idea)
I think this would be a great blush to apply under foundation, for a natural flush of colour on your cheeks.

 Lip gloss effects in ’01 Black Shadow’essence dark romance

I am looking forward to trying this gloss out, it looks interesting! (swatch at the end)

Lipstick in ’01 Red Romance’
essence dark romanceA beautiful berry shade, perfect for winter!

Lipstick in ’02 Painted Love’
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 I already own so many reds and this is most likely a dupe for one I already own. At first I thought it was a blue based red, but it is actually more of a coral-red. (maybe I don’t have one the same! lol)

essence dark romanceTop to bottom: Lipstick in ’01 Red Romance’, Lipstick in ’02 Painted Love’, Lip Gloss effects in ’01 Black shadow’

Have you checked out the Essence Dark Romance collection yet? The collection is available at Priceline stores (not sure if it’s available at Target also)


Winter Warmers: 4 things to get you ready for Winter

As Australia is just past the 2nd week of winter and it starts to get colder, I thought I would show you some of my favourite winter warmers to help you get through the winter chill. winter warmers Winter Pajamas- I live in Victoria and as fellow Victorians will know, it can get quite cold overnight in winter. It’s always great to get cosy in a onsie or flannelette PJs, but if you have a fireplace (like I do) or  have the heater on, you’ll probably prefer PJs that are made of a lighter fabric. Target has some cute Minnie Mouse sleepwear by Arabella Ramsay made from a soft bamboo blend. There are two sets of PJs available and a nightie all in French inspired Minnie designs. Disney Minnie By Arabella Ramsay Pyjamas – Navy Stripe $49*

Hot Chocolate- I am a tea drinker more than I am a coffee drinker, but sometimes in winter I want something a little sweeter. I don’t mind powdered hot chocolate, but my favourite hot chocolate is Lindt Milk Drinking chocolate (Dark Chocolate also available). The tin is a little expensive, but it is totally worth it! Inside the tin are Lindt chocolate ‘flakes’ that you melt into hot milk. The best thing about the flakes, is that you can use them in deserts too! Lindt Milk Drinking Chocolate 210g tin $8.72 from Woolworths winter warmers Soup- I never used to like powdered soups, that was until I tasted the Continental Cup a soup sensations! Their gourmet flavours are so much tastier than the usual (plain) tomato or chicken noodle soup sachets. There are 8 different flavour combinations to choose from. My favourites are Pumpkin with sour cream & chives, and vine-ripened tomato with Mascarpone & basil. Continental Cup a soup sensations 24g $1.29 from Woolworths

Gloves- My hands always get really cold in winter, so I love to wear gloves to keep them warm. There are always many different pairs of cute gloves in stores around winter. I purchased the ones in the top picture from Target last year, so they are no longer available. The Grey/Leather combo seems to be popular this winter and I love these Limited Editions Leather/Wool Gloves- in Grey from Target for only $25!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend, it’s a chilly one here in Victoria!


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