Essence Cheek Products

I’m quite familiar with Essence makeup as I lived in Germany for a number of years, where it is a very popular affordable brand. It has a huge following in Europe and since they first launched a couple of years ago in the UK they have created quite a buzz. Essence are known for having very on trend collections and as I said a very affordable price point. I have written about their UK launch if you’d like to read about it.

I thought I would share with you 3 of my current favourite products.

Essence Makeup

These three powder cheek products from Essence are all gorgeous, I have two blushers and one bronzer to share with you and they’re all perfect for creating Summer makeup looks. Let me know which one is your favourite of the three.

Essence  Blush in HeatwaveEssence Blush in Heat Wave

First up is Blush Up in Heat Wave £3.50 which is just the most gorgeous peachy pink, I love that this blusher has a ombre gradient effect and you get 3 different shades going from a stunning orange to a pretty pink. You can either swirl your brush to pick up all three shades or delicately sweep your brush down one shade to pick up that specific colour. I think the colours are pretty either way they’re pigmented and blend nicely too. Not too powdery or chalky and all three colours are matte so no shimmer in this at all.

Essence Blush in Pinky FlowPinky Flow Blusher

Another of the Blush up Blushers in Pinky Flow £3.50 has the same beautiful ombre gradient effect as Heat Wave but this one is a trio of pink shades from a deep pink to a light soft pink. Pinks blushers are always a favourite of mine and this one doesn’t disappoint, this really brightens up my makeup look and gives my skin a gorgeous healthy flush. This lasts about 6 hours on me, so I think a good amount of time & as with the previous blush its easy to blend and nicely pigmented. I am a huge fan of these two blushers & I like the packaging, its clear & simple and the product looks really pretty too.

There is no shimmer in this blush either but the lightest shade of pink does give a highlighting effect on the cheek, which looks really flattering.

Essence Bronzer in Sun GlowEssence Sun Glow Bronzer

Lastly, the All in One Sun Glow Bronzer* gives you that healthy sun kissed illuminating glow. It has such a lovely mix of shades and it also has some shimmer in it too which I like & its not too OTT just a hint. This bronzer gives a subtle warmth to your skin and is the perfect way to pretend you have been on a Summer holiday without leaving the country. I have also used these individual shades as eyeshadows & they work really well, especially for a bronze smokey eye.

Essence can be found online at www.wilko.com & in a selection of their shops. Also in select Superdrug. Essence also have stands in Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre & Westfield White City.

Let me know if you have tried anything from Essence and have any recommendations for me.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

This Weeks Happy #8

This Weeks Happy

Pear & Apple Tea – This is from Lidl and they have quite a good tea selection, I think I have tried them all (the green tea & lemon is my fave). I love drinking tea & this pear & apple one is nice when it’s left too cool down, I like to add ice & drink it like an ice tea. I think the taste is quite subtle but fruity and for 80p a box you need to try it. Tea is my weakness & I have quite a few cups a day. Let me know what tea you have been enjoying.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester – I used to walk past this beautiful gallery daily when I lived in Manchester & would often pop in and spend an hour looking around. I haven’t been in years & had the urge to visit last week. I had no idea it had undergone a massive £15 million refurbishment, they have added a glass wall so the gallery now feels like it’s part of the park & its so light and fresh inside. They have done such a wonderful job of modernising the space whilst still keeping much of the building as it was.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester

They’ve doubled the exhibition space available and so now have more work on show. I also love that it is free to visit & it is a space that is welcoming and family friendly. You can take time away from the busy city & feel like you’re somewhere tranquil and peaceful. I urge you to visit if you’re ever in Manchester.

EOS Lip Balms – How colourful do these look! I love the quirky packaging of these & the fact that they’re round, its so cute. I have a few different flavours & I adore them all apart from the mint (not a fan of minty lipbalms). I like the Lemon Drop because it has SPF15 in, so it is a good one to have in your handbag over summer. If you have tried any of these let me know what flavour is your favourite.

Primark Watermelon Lemonade Candle £3 – When I spotted this in the home section at Primark I knew it was coming home with me. It smells so summery, I like that it is in an old fashioned jar too (which I will be keeping). It smells sweet & fruity & I want to get the others too, if I remember correctly they had an Apple one & a Lemon one. This one is the perfect Spring / Summer scent.

Mulberry Purse -I switched to a smaller purse over the Winter in a bid to cut down on the amount of store cards, loyalty cards & general crap in my purse but I found I missed my Mulberry. I have resurrected it & I have been loving using it again. I have made sure to only put a few cards back in it & its feels more organised and less cluttered. My lovely husband bought this as a gift for me 4 years ago & the leather still looks and feels so nice, it is really good quality & I won’t be replacing it anytime soon.

Let me know what has been making you happy this week.

Shopping With Zeek

Zeek is a free gift vouchers marketplace app that will make sure you always make good use of your vouchers. You can download Zeek via the App Store or Google Play.
With Zeek you can:

* Sell the gift vouchers or gift cards that you don’t need

* Buy gift vouchers for your favourite brands (like Amazon, Boots, Zara, John Lewis, Primark and much more) at a discount.

Zeek supports physical gift vouchers as well as electronic vouchers (e-vouchers), which can be redeemed immediately in-store and online.

So you could save a little cash buying vouchers or offload any vouchers you receive from an outlet you’re not that keen on. Its a win win, right!

Zeek Phone AppZeek Smartphone App

So when you purchase vouchers via the Zeek App you can get a great deal, many people sell their vouchers with up to 25% discounts, my vouchers were worth a face value of £56 but I paid £49. The app is also very clear at letting you know if your vouchers will be a physical card or an electronic voucher and they let you know if there is an expiry date on them, so you have all the information about the vouchers before you commit to purchasing them.

Zeek kindly gifted me £50* to spend using the App & being a beauty blogger I had to get some Boots vouchers, although I was tempted to get a John Lewis voucher. I bought 2 Boots Vouchers & they both arrived within 3 days of buying them, which I thought was very speedy & delivered via 1st class recorded mail, so secure too.

Zeek Vouchers

Boots Haul with Zeek

I am so excited to use the new L’Oreal La Palette Nude in Beige, I have the Rose one and although I like that one this Nude one is perfect for me. You get 10 shadows & they’re a mixture of matte and shimmer. The colours are beautiful and ideal for creating a neutral smoky eye. Its such a slim palette and you get a mirror in there too.

I have been using the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation since I bought it & I have fallen for it in a big way. I love the medium coverage it gives my skin and the velvet finish. Its so nice to apply and you need the smallest amount, it is a very thin and watery consistency and doesn’t have a pump. I wish it had a pump, but I really like this foundation and it might be the best foundation I have tried.

I had to take advantage of the Soap & Glory cleanser offer, these new 350ml sizes were only £6 and I couldn’t decide which one to buy so I had to get both. I have never tried a cleanser from them & I love that they the Peaches & Clean one has a pump, makes life so much easier. The Peaches & Clean also smells incredible and so many people on Twitter recommended that one to me. The Vitamin C one might be nice for the morning to wake my skin up.

The Rimmel Wonderfull Mascara was a total blind purchase, I haven’t read anything about it but decided the packaging looked pretty & it contains Argan Oil so its nourishing for your lashes & my lashes could use a little TLC. I have used quite a few Rimmel Mascara’s and I tend to like them so I am looking forward to using this.

Zeek Cash for Vouchers

I love Soap & Glory makeup, I’m getting quite a collection of their powder products. I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous WonderBronze for a while, I bought their Love At First Blush a couple of months ago & like that so I thought this bronzing one would be pretty for Summer. Even in the pan it looks so pretty.

The Bourjois CC Cream I am hoping can be my Summer Base – I am looking for something that is lightweight and evens out my skin tone and some of the imperfections. This sounds like a good bet. I have never tried a CC cream before, I love BB creams so looking forward to giving this a go

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Gorgeous Berries – I would have gladly bought any of these new blush releases from Max Factor. They’re baked and all look gorgeous, I settled for this berry coloured one and it looks so pretty on, it is so pigmented and adds not only colour to my cheeks but also a slight highlight too. I am going to wear this a lot as the weather gets warmer.

This is Rimmel Polish in Breakfast in Bed a pretty Spring shade, I love this shade of green & think it looks pretty on fingers & toes. I can’t wait to paint my nails. I like this formula and think it drys so quickly and lasts a long time on my nails. I have a few shades now and think I will pop back and get a few brighter shades, maybe an orange and a bold pink.

So that is what I bought with my Boots vouchers, let me know if you have used Zeek to either sell or treat yourself to some vouchers. I would highly recommend it & as I said it was easy to use and I’m addicted to browsing for bargain vouchers on there now, you can get some very good deals.

If you sign up using this link or use the Promo Code 2q5rjh you will get £5 towards your first voucher purchase.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

50 Things That Make Me Happy

The lovely Hayley who has a beautiful blog all about her gorgeous family (HayleyFromHome) tagged me (challenged me) to think of 50 things that make me happy. I feel I’m quite a pessimistic one might say slightly negative person so I thought this tag might be good for me – to see if I could actually think of 50 things.

50 Things That Make Me Happy

So in no particular order,

1. Chai – I drink tea all day long & love discovering new teas but Chai is my favourite

2. Autumn – I love it when the leaves change colour

3. Museums

4. Castles

5. The night sky

6. Working from home

7. Family

8. Airports

9. Trains

10. Watching TV in bed

11. Crisp, fresh, clean bedding

12. Humous & dips in general

13. My husband bringing me a cup of tea in bed every morning

14. Amsterdam – I adore this city, its so beautiful

15. Snail mail – I love sending & receiving a good old fashioned letter

16. Anything fig scented

17. HEMA – best shop in the world

18. A new notebook

19. Friends – it is the one TV show that will never get old

20. Fairy lights – I have them everywhere

21. Taking photos – When I remember my camera

22. Jam on toast

23. Birkenstocks – Some say ugly, I say comfy

24. My wonderful Mum Linda & our daily phone calls.

25. Pyjama bottoms

26. My favourite Costa ceramic Christmas travel mug that I am still using

27. My makeup collection

28. Lemonade – traditional old fashioned lemonade

29. My cheeky beautiful niece Alyvia

30. Falafel – I could live off them

31. Massive wooly scarves & warm clothing in general

32. Road trips with my husband & taking a picnic

33. Bon Jovi – I’m an 80’s girl at heart & love Jon Bon & Richie Sambora

34. Having my eyebrows done – makes me feel like a new women

35. Into The Wild – Favourite film

36. Trash TV – I do like bad American reality shows & watch them on a Sunday morning in bed

37. Salt & Vinegar crisps

38. Being married – I love being married. Me & my husband John have been a together for 15 years now & everyday is amazing & it gets better and better.

39. Face time / Skype – most of my family & friends live all over the world & I love being able to keep in touch

40. Fresh flowers – Especially Tulips

41. Being a honest, loyal and supportive friend – I try hard to be there for the people I love.

42. Whole Foods – If I could only shop in one shop for the rest of my life it would be here. I love it

43. People watching – I could sit for hours (with a brew) and watch the world go by

44. Buying books – For myself and as gifts. I think books make the most treasured gifts

45. Stationery shops – I need & want all the stationery. Although I have no room for anymore

46. The kindness of strangers – Always comes when you need it most but least expect it

47. Puppies – I love puppies they make my heart swell

48. My Car – Its nothing flash but it represents my decision to downsize & focus on living, instead of earning and spending more money on things I don’t need or want.

49. Savoury snacks – I’m not a sweet tooth kind of girl, but give me all the savoury snacks like crisps & nuts. I am all over those.

50. Hearing my husband sing when he thinks no one is listening – to GnR or Type O Negative. Its priceless

So they’re my 50 things that make me happy. Its quite nice to remind yourself that its mostly the small things that make you happy & almost always things that are free too! Thank you to Hayley for tagging me – it wasn’t as hard as I thought to think of 50 things.

I’m going to tag Amy from Srslylou, Jennie from SailorJennie, Becki from lifelooksperfect and Sarah Temporary Secretary – I would love to know what 50 things make you happy.

Link below in the comments if you have done this tag, I’d love to read them.