Snap Review: Essence Make Me Brow 02 Browny Brows

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Easter weekend.

As far as eyebrows go, I’m quite happy with mine. Thank goodness bold brows are ‘in’ at the moment because as I might have mentioned, mine have previously been compared to Rock Lee from Naruto although they aren’t that bad on camera if I am wearing makeup. If I am wearing a full face though, my eyebrows can look a bit bare. Again, it’s not a major issue as I have a full fringe which covers most of my brows.

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All in all, there isn’t much of a reason for me to be trying brow products but I really want to try out the Glossier Boy Brow and wanted to at least be sure that a brow gel type product was what I wanted first. I heard surprisingly positive reviews for this Essence brow product so I went and bought it to try.

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Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara costs only £2.50. I KNOW. If your local Wilko stocks this it might be worth your pocket change but unfortunately, mine does not. Wilko does offer free collections from their stores, though, so that is how I got my hands on this to try. A bit strange, to pop in just to pick up a £2.50 order, but oh well.

I have the shade 02 Browny Brows. It comes in a very small 3.8ml/0.12 fl.oz tube which is quite simple in design. Let me emphasise – the tube is probably the size of the average finger. Not mine, though – I have small hands that people insist on wanting to compare theirs to. Anyway, I always think products are smaller than I expected when I see them in person, it’s so strange.

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The applicator is simply a short spoolie with very short bristles. I haven’t found it to pick up too much product.

I found this brow mascara to be great for my type of brows that don’t need much help. If you want an extra gel after you finish using a pencil, this may also be ideal. It is not incredibly pigmented as you can see from the swatches below but it fills in my brows quite subtly and doesn’t fix them too firmly – they feel a little stiffer and that’s about it… Honestly, I’m quite sure no-one would notice the difference but I like this subtle change.

They also last surprisingly well, keeping their hold all day despite be being oily and sweaty and when I say all day, I mean 9 hour days at uni. My brows do feel noticeably softer by the end but I can still feel that the product is there.

Overall, I think this gel is definitely worth a try for its tiny price tag. It’s best used on brows that are already fairly full unless you want to use it as an accompaniment to your favourite pencil.

Until next time,

X

Review: B Refreshed Essence Lotion

These days, I am not really into testing skincare as much as I was. I’m quite content with my routine and satisfied that nothing is breaking me out, so I’ve just had the same products on rotation. The only problem I can’t prevent is hormonal breakouts but I can make them less devastating and ensure they heal okay.

What I’ve found very useful is my discovery of the light layering technique in terms of hydrating the skin. Instead of using few heavier layers, I have been playing with the idea of patting in multiple layers of light, watery liquid essence-type products and wanted another essence to do this with. I had samples of Etude House Collagen Essence which I quite liked and I also have a LJH TeaTree90 essence which is too expensive and precious to just slather on all the time in multiple layers.

So, in this product category, B Refreshed Essence Lotion is really the only UK drugstore option at the minute. It comes in a generous 140ml for about £6.99, and is often on offer at Superdrug so make sure to keep an eye out – this includes buy-one-get-one-free!

From the website:

B. Refreshed is a lightweight, soothing essence lotion. It replenishes skin with 12 hour intense moisture.
Instantly soothes – Allantoin helps to soften, protect and soothe.
Softens and smoothes – With naturally derived Algae Extract.
12hr hydration – Packed with Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise deep down.
Dermatologically approved.

Here are the ingredients:

Aqua, Isopentyldiol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross polymer, Fructose, Urea, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Polyglutamate, Parfum, Sodium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Maltose, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Algae Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, CI 61570, CI 47005

It comes in a pour bottle which has a small hole at the top so not too much splashes out. I would absolutely love a pump or a dropper but for this price, I am fine with it.

It has a clear, thin and runny texture which I was looking for and was happy with, but there was a tacky feeling which I did not like as I patted it in. It also had quite a perfumey smell that lingered as I was patting it in – not unpleasant, but I feel that it really isn’t appropriate for this type of product. If it were to have a scent at all it should be calming and not likely to induce a headache. I don’t have a sensitive nose but this might be off putting for those who do – it’s certainly stopped me from reaching for this as much as I might do otherwise.

In short, yes, it does the job and lightly hydrates the skin, but Superdrug haven’t quite captured the essence of the essence in the finer details. I’ll persevere whilst I go through my supply and have been soaking mine in sheet mask tablets to use up more of it. I’ve also discovered Muji’s Moist Essence Lotion which is a pricier UK alternative and seems to tick the boxes so far, so perhaps I’ll try it out.

Thank you for reading! Until next time,

X


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