I Love Extreme Volume Mascara from Essence Cosmetics

Essence Cosmetics - I Love Extreme volume mascara

Hello, hello!

Readers that have been with me since December will know that my favourite mascara is the Get Big Lashes from Essence Cosmetics in the Waterproof Formulation. I recently tried another one from Essence – I love Extreme Volume Mascara in the new Waterproof Formulation.

Essence Cosmetics - I Love Extreme volume mascara

Here’s what it says on the website:

Extreme volume now in waterproof! The large fiber brush coats every lash for splash-proof volume. Opthalmologically tested.

My lashes are long but stick straight and my eyes are sensitive so many mascaras tend irritate my eyes.

I have seven requirements for a mascara:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

Essence Cosmetics - I Love Extreme volume mascara

How does this mascara measure up? 

To be honest, I think that this mascara just might be even better than my holy grail Get Big Lashes! This mascara meets all seven of my requirements! It is super dark black, and makes my lashes look AMAZING!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!




Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 5 Update & Review

Hello, hello! Can you believe that it is week 5 already?

Project Focus 10 is a Collab that I am doing with three lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy. Here’s the lowdown on PF10:

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Today I’m reviewing the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Burt’s Bees. Here’s what it says on the Burt’s Bees website:

Give your needy nails a helping hand. Nourish and moisturise nails and cuticles with this intensive, natural treatment. A touch of lemon oil makes your nails smell incredibly clean, healthy and beautiful, naturally.

And here’s the ingredient list since it was nearly impossible to photograph it:

prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, tocopheryl acetate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, euphorbia cerifera (candehlla) wax, beta-carotene, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), limonene

My experience: I’ve been really good about using the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream several times every day and I’ve made quite a dent in it as you can see from the photo with the black background (taken this morning). It is keeping my cuticles from drying out and getting raggy which they are prone to do in the dry and cold winter months. I love the lemony scent so much!

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Update on the remaining products:

Project Focus 10 CollabMakeup:

Focus10 Makke-up2

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 1x, I only wore full makeup twice last week, and ended up using my new Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette one of the days.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – used 1x, I’m quite pale this time of year, but when I’m sick, I’m ghostly, so this was a little too warm toned for me, even used sparingly.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4

Makeup Tools:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – did not use

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily

Haircare and Bodycare:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used 1x, I accidentally used a different shampoo one morning

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – used 1x, I accidentally used a different conditioner one morning.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, used 2x, nearly finished the tube, maybe two or three uses left.

Overall: I think I made ok progress despite still being sick over the past week, and not really wearing much makeup unless I was leaving my house to camouflage the plague pallor.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Don't forget to check out my fellow collaborators' posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Custom Scent Blending with Demeter Fragrance Library

I was super excited to receive a box from Demeter Fragrance Library to introduce their Foolproof Blending Kits. The box contained: a Foolproof Blending Duo in Clean Skin and Sunshine, a Foolproof Blending Trio kit in Vanilla Notes (Hawaiian Vanilla, Angel Food, and Gingerbread), a USB key, and a travel sample keychain in the Laundromat scent.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blending

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blending

Here’s the lowdown on Demeter scent blending from the Demeter website:

RULE # 1
There are no rules.
Simply select your favorite scents. Combine. Experiment. Blend.


  • Try combining one from the TOP, MIDDLE and BOTTOM note sections on the
    Demeter Blending Pyramid
  • Experiment with different fragrance combinations and proportions
    Even the order that you apply the fragrances to the skin will affect the
    final fragrance
  • Try combining multiple fragrances from the same row
  • Try combining multiple fruits or multiple flowers
  • Spray each fragrance on separate paper strips. Combine strips and smell in
    various sequences until you find the scent you want to use on your skin.
  • TIP: Use multiple strips of a single fragrance to play with different concentrations

Inside the Foolproof Blending Duo Box, there are two fragrances, Sunshine and Clean Skin, an Empty Bottle to mix your custom scent, several droppers, and a funnel to make your blending process foolproof. Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blending

With my notebook by my side, I began by testing out the Foolproof Blending Duo, first spraying each one separately on my skin and letting them dry down to smell how each scent worked with my body chemistry. Descriptions in italics are taken from the Demeter website, and my reactions are listed after each scent description.

Sunshine – Cotton, warmed by the sun, was the smell that best represented the idea of Sunshine. This is a truly perfect summer scent, it worked great with my body chemistry.

Clean Skin – A blend of orange, lemon, white rose, bergamot peach and vanilla, make for the perfect shower-fresh scent. I LOVE LOVE LOVED this one. Lightly floral and fresh.

The Foolproof Blending Trio comes with three different Vanilla scents: Hawaiian Vanilla, Angel Food and Gingerbread, as well as several blending test strips.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolpoof Blending

Next, I repeated the same process with the Foolproof Blending Trio, taking notes on how each scent reacted with my body chemistry.

Hawaiian Vanilla – Cultivated on the Hamakua Coast on Big Island of Hawaii this unique orchid grows in the wealthiest soil on earth. Hawaiian heat, sweet rains and mild breezes transform Hawaiian Vanilla blossoms into the richest most aromatic vanilla beans in the world. Demeter’s Hawaiian Vanilla is rich in the aromatic scent of the vanilla bean. This vanilla scent beautiful, it goes quite floral on me, and not too “foody”.

Angel FoodThe critical ingredients reflected in Demeter’s Angel Food are egg whites, sugar, vanilla and coconut. The coconut is our own special touch, from a generations old Pennsylvania recipe, passed down through the family of our founding perfumer. This one is very foody, very cake-like and sweet on my skin.

Gingerbread – Demeter’s Gingerbread is a rich, spicy ginger scent, extremely warm and sexy. At first sniff, it wasn’t very gingery at all, but once it dried down, I loved the spicy undertones and the vanilla helped bring it out.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blend

Next I came up with a list of blend combinations that I thought would work, and tested them on the blending strips, on pieces of paper (when I ran out of blending strips), as well as on my skin. I really loved both Clean Skin and Sunshine, so I knew that my base scent would start from that point. I tested the following blends for my base before I started tweaking the scent.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blend

  • clean skin + sunshine –  a summery blend, light, bright and floral.
  • clean skin + hawaiian vanilla – nice at first, then became too sweet on my skin
  • clean skin + angel food – the coconut note is too much for me, and this turns too sweet on my skin. (I have an aversion to coconut scents)
  • clean skin + gingerbread – a wintery blend, spicy and floral
  • sunshine + hawaiian vanilla – a summery blend, light, bright and floral, a little too sweet on my skin
  • sunshine + angel food – the coconut note is too much for me, still have an aversion to coconut scents.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blend

I decided that for the colder months, that the spicy floral scent would work best for me, so I proceeded to mix Clean Skin with Gingerbread, starting with a 1:1 ratio, and gradually increasing the concentrations until I felt that the scent had the right balance of floral to spicy. I let the scent sit overnight, and tested it on my skin again before tweaking the blend further, and added a touch of Hawaiian Vanilla to add a bit more depth to my custom blended scent. The approximate percentage for my custom blend is Clean Skin 50% Gingerbread 40% and Hawaiian Vanilla 10% for a spicy floral scent with a hint of sweetness that is just so me.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blend

Thanks again Demeter Fragrance Library  and Canadian Beauty Bloggers network for this opportunity! #CBBFOOLPROOFBLEND

And finally,  to my followers, thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I received these products from Demeter Fragrance Library in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own and is based on my experience of using these products.