Understated: Essie Cashmere Matte collection

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A new year brings new polishes. Fresh for January 2015, Essie introduces Cashmere Matte, a six-polish collection with satin matte textures and subtle micro-iridescent finishes.

Nudes are always good to have on hand, and although we’ve seen matte before, a matte polish with an iridescent finish is something new. Not all the colours have it, but for the ones that do, this finish really brings something to the table.

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This mauve shade has a subtle iridescent velvet tinge to it, which gives it a bit of spark. This one is a great everyday kind of colour, perfect for the office, but fun enough for a night out. Two coats was good enough for an opaque finish.

wrap me up

Wrap Me Up

I was instantly attracted to this one right away, because I love a good off-white neutral shade. Although I did find the colour gorgeous, it took three coats for it to appear opaque, and even then I felt like I could have gone over it with a fourth.

JUST STICHED

Just Stitched

I am obsessed with this shade.  In the bottle it looks kinda meh, one part boring, one part too little-girl pink.  Once its on though, it transforms into the most gorgeous neutral pink, like ever. The matte finish on this leans to the side of a pearlescent finish, but look closely, theres some holographic blue in there, just enough to add that extra kick, let-me-get-my-face-right-up-to-those-nails kind of effect.

ALL EYES ON NUDES

All Eyes on Nudes

This cappuccino-coloured shade is the perfect matte nude.  In fact, it’s so nude that it basically matches my skin tone.  I’m quite pale, so its not that noticeable on my skin, but if you are darker than me (which I bet most people are), this would look beautiful on nails. Two coats were good enough for an opaque finish; a great “I’m not wearing any polish, but I totally am” kind of lacquer.

Coat Couture

Coat Couture

A deep purple, almost grunge grey shade with a iridescent blue tinge. I actually have Lululemon pants that are pretty much the same shade as this.  As one of the two darker colours in this collection, this one is very season appropriate, but neutral enough to wear year round. I used two coats to get it fully opaque.

Spun in luxe

Spun in Luxe

The darkest shade in the collection, this not-quite-black shade has a hint of blue in it, making it unique.  Pair it with a high-gloss topcoat to really bring out that blue shimmer.

All of the shades aside from All Eyes on Nudes and Wrap Me Up have an iridescent tinge to them.  In the past I haven’t been a huge fan of the matte craze, but this collection has me changing my mind. They are rather fast drying — just polish and go.  Plus, the extra little bit of kick really changes up the whole look. My favourites from the collection were definitely Just Stitched and Comfy in Cashmere.  I really wanted to love Wrap Me Up, but I found the formula to be a bit too thin for my taste.

Are you excited for Essie’s Cashmere Matte collection?

Please note, I was sent these products for review purposes, however, all opinions are my honest own :).

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Brows made simple: CoverGirl Bombshell Pow-der Brow + Liner by LashBlast

TitleIf there was one beauty trend that was a memorable one in 2014, it was all about the power brow. Two words: Cara Delevingne.

I feel like tons of brands have come out with/are coming out with brow products designed to make filling them in simple. Benefit released Gimme Brow last year, which is a tiny little wand that you brush on your brows filling them in, making it pretty much food proof. Well, the brow trend is continuing into 2015 with many more brands releasing products that make those oh-so-important strips of hair above your eyes more polished.

Being released in January 2015, CoverGirl Bombshell Pow-der Brow + Liner by LashBlast is a velvety loose powder in liner form that you sweep on your brows, instantly filling them in.  CoverGirl seems to be killing it with the new product releases, this one especially included. Usually I use a brown powder with an angled liner brush, but this thing totally combines the two products in one. Lightly dab the applicator across your brows and they are instantly filled in. By using this product, it’s less harsh than a gel or powder, making them appear more natural.

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As you can guess by the name, it does have a dual power, as you can also use it as an eyeliner. I want to keep it strictly for brows, but I have been into brown liner lately anyways, as its not as harsh as a black with my blue eyes. It’s available in four shades: Blonde, Medium Brown, Dark Brown and Black. Remember, rule of thumb is that you go a shade lighter than your brow colour. You want to fill in the sparse sections, creating more a shadow effect as opposed to actually making them darker.

Overall, I am loving this product. The applicator makes this so easy to use and it really does fill in my brows with ease. I do have to admit that it did take some trial and error, but for a drugstore product, this one is a must (and this coming from a girl who loves Benefit Gimme Brow). The only downfall is that because it’s a loose powder in the pot, once you start sweeping the product, there does tend to be some fallout, so fill in your brows before applying your foundation.

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Keep an eye out for this one, you need it!

Want to win one for yourself? Enter my P&G Beauty 12 Days of Beauty giveaway!

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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12 days of beauty! P&G Beauty giveaway

12 days of beauty

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….

Oh December. Between keeping everything moisturized, glamming up for the holidays, and just trying to stay warm, it’s a month of a lot of things. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed some photos with P&G Beauty products.

Us Beauty United bloggers were sent some must-have winter essentials as part of the 12 Days of Beauty from December 8 until December 19, which included new items launching this month and next to create a series of photos showing how we do the holidays. From party prep to pyjamas all day, this challenge was easy since the items sent are ones that I normally use on a daily basis.

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In the spirit of the holidays, I want one lucky winner to participate in the 12 Days of Beauty as well.  I’m giving away one P&G Beauty prize pack, which includes the following:

  • Olay Sensitive Body Wash (part of the Olay Body Sensitive gift set)
  • Secret Oh La La Lavender Clear Gel Deodorant (also in this year’s Secret + Olay holiday gift set)
  • Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream Fragrance-Free (featured in this year’s Olay Regenerist gift set)
  • Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner
  • Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
  • Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2-minute Moisturizer Scalp & Hair Treatment
  • Clairol Hair Colour Coupon
  • Crest Flex-Fit Whitestrips
  • COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara in Very Black
  • COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Powder Brow & Liner Medium Brown

Entering is super easy, fill out the Rafflecopter below.  Contest ends December 22, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents only. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

 

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