Purging my Stash

Purging the stash

This insane changeable summer weather of late -no honestly, right now it is pouring with rain and grey, yet two days ago I was wandering around in a dress enjoying the sunshine -has been irritating, but those dreary Sundays are perfect for cleaning and organising. Inspired by Stashy from Stash Matters, I decided it was time to get rid of some stuff I simply don’t use and older products that have passed their use by date (in some cases, I am a little ashamed to admit, by quite some margin). Let’s have a look at what is going into the trash.

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Go Bro’nze: Essence 2 in 1 eyeshadow & liner

Essence 2 in 1 eye shadow & liner 01 go bro'nzeA serendipitous little Olympic theme to today’s post with this bronze Essence 2 in 1 eyeshadow & liner. These convenient eyeshadow pens are having a little moment, so I decided to grab this budget version by Essence to test it for myself. 

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NOTW: Meet me at the chimney

This week I am rocking a color from the Essence christmas polish collection, as you might have been able to tell from its name: meet me at the chimney. Now, I have no idea how this semi-matte pistachio polish fits with a christmas theme, but it hasn’t stopped me from loving the color.

essence meet me at the chimney nail polish

The semi-matte effect is rather lovely and actually stays put relatively well on my weak nails: the first small chips appeared towards the end of the second day. Doesn’t sound very long lasting, but actually pretty decent from budget brand Essence as (semi)matte polishes are notoriously tricky. Meet me at the chimney is one of my surprise summer favorites.

Deze week draag ik een kleurtje uit de Essence Kerst nagellak collectie, zoals je misschien al had geraden na de naam: meet me at the chimney. Ik heb geen idee hoe deze semi-matte pistache nagellak bij een kerst thema past, maar ik hou van deze kleur.

essence meet me at the chimney nail polish

Het semi-matte effect is heel leuk en blijft verbazingwekkend lang zitten op mijn zwakke nagels: de eerste kleine chips waren pas te zien aan het einde van dag twee. Dat klinkt misschien niet heel lang, maar is eigenlijk best goed voor budget merk Essence omdat (semi)matte lakjes erg lastig zijn. Meet me at the chimney is een van mijn verrassende zomerfavorieten.


NOTW: Essence What a grey-t night!

Essence 04 What a grey-t night nail polish (2)

Starting this week with another unique shade of grey nail polish by Essence: What a grey-t night! This light grey has an interesting mother of pearl effect that shimmers and adds another dimension to this polish.

Essence 04 What a grey-t night nail polish

There is a fine golden lustre in the polish that makes it look a little more taupe than grey and gives your nails a great shimmer without being too glittery. Unfortunately, this Essence polish doesn’t last very well on my nails, although a decent top coat helps prolong the wear. Still, a great way to test new colors or find these great unique shades for a bargain price.

Essence 04 What a grey-t night nail polish

Deze week beginnen we met nog een unieke grijze nagellak van Essence: What a grey-t night! Deze licht grijze lak heeft een glimmend parelmoer effect dat echt een andere dimensie aan het lakje geeft.

Essence 04 What a grey-t night nail polish

De fijne gouden glans in de nagellak zorgt ervoor dat de kleur wat meer taupe dan grijs overkomt en geeft een mooie subtiele glans. Helaas blijft deze Essence lak niet lang zitten op mijn nagels, maar een goede top coat helpt wel om de lak langer mooi te houden. Toch een leuke manier om nieuwe kleurtjes te testen of unieke kleuren te vinden voor een bodemprijsje.


NOTW: Berry-tale

essence berry tale do you hear the jingle bells purple and golden metallic polish

Just before spring truly arrives and brings along a desire for pastels and bright colors, I want to sneak in a final winter themed nails of the week. My Essence nail advent calender yielded a treasure trove of lovely colors with some pretty amazing Christmas themed names and my favorite combo is berry-tale and do you hear the jingle bells?

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