Review: Essence lipstick (12, Blush My Lips)

I am so tired these last few days and writing a lipstick review wasn’t my idea of relaxation but I had to do it.

Not so long ago I purchased Essence’s longlasting lipstick – shade 12, Blush My Lips. It blew me away – just love the way it stays still for hours, love the candy-like color and the amazing texture.

Let’s talk about their longlasting lipsticks first. Here is the description from the official Essence website:

“The lipsticks provide your lips with intensive color for several hours without drying them out. You’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for – from bright pink to intensive red and chilled-out berry to subtle nude shades. The essence logo on the texture and the matte, black packaging with a ring of color to match the actual color of the lipstick are true eye-catchers!” 

I can confirm, every word written above is true.

The lipstick packaging is classic. Black with wring of color that matches the color of the liptstick itself. Also, the colors are very different and can satisfy every girl’s taste.

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The texture is smooth but also matte, and it’s extremely durable. After you apply it, you can go out and have a few drinks without having to worry is your liptstick still on. You don’t have to go to the rest room and apply it time after time. That’s my favorite thing about it. I, simply, hate when I’m busy that day and have to find some time to take care of my makeup too. This is the chicest and easiest way to be safe you’re lipstick is still on and still looks like it did when you applied it.

Like always, it’s good to mention the affordable prices, which guarantee a quality product.

If you’re looking for a nice, smooth and matte lipstick that lasts up to several hours – this is the right one for you.

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I absolutely love everything about it.

And this is how it looks on me:

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Photography – appreciating ordinary & not so ordinary things in life

At the very beginning, we have to go back in time. People were always trying to find a way to capture an image, to have a certain moment or person immortalized. A lot of experiments were needed and they all led to that moment in 1826 when Joseph Nicephore Niepce managed to capture a permanent photograph of a camera image. He used a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris. It was the photo of the view from Joseph’s window. 

Basically, people always had the tendency to capture everything they like or see, or what’s in that particular moment important to them. 

It took ages and ages for camera to hit the markets for “ordinary” people to possess them. But those old pictures have some special charm about them. When you find parents’, grandparents’ old photos, you get that special vibe – the one you can never get while going through photos in your phone nowadays. 

However, technology improves each day and so do cameras and with cameras, phones improve too. 

Now, it is mostly used used to take a picture of ourselves, and with launching of Instagram – pictures of the food we eat (I’m on Instagram (2 weeks or so) and haven’t uploaded a photo of any meal I had). 

With technology improvements, photography enthusiasts get more option to take a nice, meaningful photo. 

Like: 

Enjoying a peace and quiet during a hot, summer day:

Season changing, fall colors that start appearing, winger magic: 

Finding a cool place: 

Buildings etc. 

(All photos above are mine.)

To sum it up, in the end it doesn’t really matter what is the picture about. We all want to capture something, it can mean something to us only, or to entire world. Someone’s a professional, takes photos for a living, someone’s doing it because they see something cool and just wanna freeze that image in time. It can be snow, rain, sunshine, ordinary flower, travelling photo, but we all must stop and think how wonderful it is to have the ability to appreciate everything around us. 

2014 Emmys: Best and worst dressed

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Monday night (August 24, 2014) at NOKIA Theatre in LA. This is the first time the ceremony wasn’t held on Sunday Night. 

I couldn’t wait to see all the gowns on the red carpet. There were no big surprises, trashy dresses or people craving attention and I loved it. 

The red carpet at this year’s Emmys was dominated by red, nude and white gowns. 

Sofia Vergara was simply stunning – as usual. Absolutely love her and love everything she wears. She’s one of those women who pull off the sexy, but not trashy look. 

Game of Thrones actresses Lena Heady and Natalie Dormer were both stunning and loved that dresses. 

Allison Williams was amazing. The dress was cute, elegant, sophisticated, and I loved the colors.

Sarah Hyland who appeared in awful dress at VMAs, was cute and elegant last night. 

When it comes to worst-dressed celebrities, there was no doubt about that – Lena Dunham. Have no idea why would she put on that awful dress or what is should represent. Mayim Bialik wore a blue gown that only managed to age her. And that’s never a good thing. 

Kerry Washington wore unflattering dress – and that was one of my biggest surprises about Emmys. She’s one of the most stylish actresses today and expected more from her. Kerry Washington can do it better, that’s for sure. 

Laverne Cox wore a white gown but something was just off about it, while Kate Mara’s dress was just messy. Too many things going on, just not right. 

All in all, it was a good night for Emmys, lots of great gowns. Wasn’t easy to divide them on best and worst. 

However, need to express my disappointment for Game of Thrones not winning anything. Not fair. 

Anyway, below you can see the gallery of best and worst dressed at 2014 Emmys. 

2014 VMA: Best and worst dressed

The 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. 

Like always, red carpet is the most interesting part of the event. MTV concentrated on their reality shows long time ago, which pushed music out of the primary position. 

The red carpet showed us various looks, most of them were between bad and the worst. 

Beyonce looked flawless, and Miley Cyrus was a surprise of the carpet with her demure look. 

Jennifer Lopez was stunning. The woman is 45 years old and looks way better than girls half her age. 

Coming up with the Worst-dressed list was such an easy job. Amber Rose appeared practically naked, Katy Perry in denim outfit looked horrible and Kim Kardashian didn’t impress either. Ariana Grande looked literally like a prostitute and Lucy Hale wore almost nice outfit, but something was just off with that skirt or it just didn’t look nice with the top.

Here’s the list of 10 best and 10 worst-dressed celebs at the VMA:

 

 

Vanity Fair’s 2014 International Best-Dressed List

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

The International Best-Dressed List was founded by fashionista Eleanor Lambert in 1940 to boost the reputation of American fashion.

The List is revealed in Vanity Fair for the last decade. It contains the most polished, stylish dressers from all parts of public life (politicians, royalty, designers, singers, athletes, businessmen).

Those who appear multiple times on the list are considered to be entered in the Hall of Fame.

For this occasion, marking a full decade of publishing the International Best-Dressed list, Vanity Fair has created a website where voters can see who was on the list for the past ten years.

2014 INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST

It’s divided in 6 categories: women, men, couples, originals, professionals, and editors’ picks. Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Pharrell, Karlie Kloss. Kate Middleton, Karl Lagerfeld are just some of numerous celebrities/public figures who made it to one of the most popular best-dressed lists.

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Blake Lively’s Preserve is here – review

In a mission to prove the world she’s not just Serena Van der Woodsen, that’s more than actress and Ryan Reyonolds’ pretty wife, Blake Lively is moving on. And she’s doing it with style.

She launched her own website (two days earlier). The moment she announced the Preserve site, it was immediately compared to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.

The fact is: Preserve is a younger, cooler, affordable and more relatable version of Goop.

Let’s go back to beginning.

Letter from the editor?

I loved it. She starts by being humble and modest, saying she’s no editor, artisan or expert. Declares herself as a student, not a teacher. And practically says – not trying to make you love something or buy something, this is what we picked, hope you like it. It’s down-to-Earth and most certainly not arrogant.

What is Preserve?

In Blake’s words from editor’s letter, Preserve is part magazine, part e-commerce hub, part philanthropic endeavor and above all, a place to showcase the power of imagination, ingenuity, quality, and above all, people. Preserve is a creative space.

Design?

The website’s design is youthful and it really is typical Blake. Sweet, sophisticated and simple.

Content?

Preserve contains “people, stories, essays, videos and goods” which are meant to inspire people’s home, style and tongue.

 

Charity?

The Preserve team has set a goal of giving 5,000 children a meal, 2,000 children a blanket, and 2,700 children a warm hoodie – all across United States. Also, the site is partner with The Covenant House (protecting and serving homeless, trafficked and youth).

Covenant House served more than ONE MILLION kids over the last four years.

EACH purchase in taste, style or home works toward Perserve’s  meal, clothing or blanket goal. In its first year of operation, Preserve will donate 5% of every purchase in taste, style, and home to The Covenant House.

Shop?

There are 4 categories in shop section: Ladies, Gents, Home, and Taste.

Ladies – the offer contains necklaces, studs, wallets, rings, bangles, organic hoops, swirl stone cuffs, earrings, tops, maxi dresses, hats, skirts, pants, bags.

Gents offer: wallets, bandanas, T-shirts, bow ties, ties, hats, watches, jackets, jeans, messenger bags.

Home: salt boxes, jar candles, spoons, cocktail muddler, bowls, cups, cutting boards, platters, vases, aprons, pillows etc.

Taste: Ketchup, mustard, summer smoke salt, lemon flake salt, vegan and all natural hot fudge, bloody Mary mix and many more.

Prices?

The prices vary – there are inexpensive and expensive stuff. The offer is pretty good, there’s something for everyone and if you don’t have too much money you can still find something for yourself.

Verdict?

I like the website. It contains the stories about interesting people, recipes, and different style. Preserve got everything covered, from the life of “an ordinary person” to exotic and luxury things. The same is with their Shop offer.

Articles like Art of Letter Writing make you think of times when technology didn’t occupy our lives, when writing and receiving letters had a deep, profound meanings.

Preserve vs. Goop?

Considering how unrelatable Goop is, and how expensive everything is on there, Preserve is definitely on a right track to become more popular.

You can visit the website here: http://preserve.us/

 

 

Review: Essence hand creams

Finding a perfect hand cream isn’t as easy at it sounds. They have to moisturize, care, repair our hands, contain vitamins and have a nice texture, smell.  Considering how hard it is to find such a thing it’s a right time to do the review of two great hand creams I found.

ESSENCE 24h hand protection balm

The pack is like most Essence products – cute. The tube is pink.  The cream smells great.
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Texture is creamy, not oily. It’s absorbed quickly and gives immediate smoothness to your skin.

This hand cream is recommended for dry hands. Repair formula with shea butter and coconut oil moisturizes hands. It also protects them from dryness for up to 24 hours.

It is efficient. After using this cream, hands lose dryness. The difference is noticeable.

 

 

ESSENCE 2 in 1 hand and nail balm

The pack is yellow.

The cream smells very nice and kinda fresh.

Texture is nice and creamy. It is absorbed fast.

This cream contains yogurt extracts and calcium which protects and cares for both hands and nails.

Hands are moisturIMG530ized, silky and smooth.

The cream does not make hands oily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love both of these creams and recommend them to everyone. They provide an excellent care for hands and nails.

If you’re after a cream with nice texture which is absorbed quickly, without leaving oily hands, these are the right choices for you.