ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Review ♥

Disclaimer: This blog post is in partnership with ESQIDOESQIDO sent me a free product for review. Opinions are 100% my own. Thank you to ESQIDO and thank YOU for supporting my blog!


Hello everyone! I'm happy to be sharing with you today my review of the ESQIDO gel eyeliners. I've previously tried the ESQIDO false lashes (you can check out my review here!) and really enjoyed both the lashes and the lash glue in particular, so when ESQIDO reached out to see if I'd be interested in trying one of their newly released gel eyeliners, I was happy to give it a test run!


ESQIDO's new gel eyeliner comes in both brown and black and sells for $12 per eyeliner. I'm relatively new to gel eyeliners as I'm mostly a liquid eyeliner user, but I think the main reason for this is because I find that many non-liquid eyeliners tend to pull at my eye uncomfortably! While there is a bit of pull with these gel eyeliners, they are miles better than a lot of the pencil eyeliners I've used in the past. These gel eyeliners also come with a sharpener built into the base which I absolutely love. You have no idea the number of times I have come across an eyeliner I love only to find that I can't sharpen it until I find a sharpener that actually fits it. Because of this problem alone, I'm now the not-so-proud owner of 6 sharpeners - eek 😂


I will admit, at $12 per eyeliner, ESQIDO's gel eyeliners are more expensive than drugstore eyeliners I've purchased in the past, however, I do think that the price difference is fair given the superior quality of their gel eyeliners. You might be able to buy a drugstore eyeliner for a couple of dollars, but based on some of the drugstore eyeliners I've tried, it might be unreliable, uncomfortable to put on, and might dry out faster than an ESQIDO liner. Plus, even at $12 an eyeliner, ESQIDO's prices are still much more affordable than high-end make-up products - they're kind of a happy medium between drugstore and high-end.


If you're looking for a brand that has a ton of products across the board, then ESQIDO is probably not for you - they mostly focus on false lashes and are just now introducing their gel eyeliners, however, I don't think that should deter anyone from trying out the brand! I often find that brands that choose to focus on one or a small group of products tend to have better quality products than brands who might spread themselves too thin. I thoroughly enjoyed both the lashes, lash glue, and eyeliners I've tried from ESQIDO.

I hope you enjoyed this little review! Have you tried ESQIDO products? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Dressing Up with eShakti ♥

I couldn't decide what shoes went best with the dress so when in doubt....go with both :) 

I couldn't decide what shoes went best with the dress so when in doubt....go with both :) 

clearly excited about the pockets :) 

clearly excited about the pockets :) 

Dress: eShakti / Watch: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Payless (both blue & nude) / Lipstick: Colour Pop in Joesing

Dress: eShakti / Watch: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Payless (both blue & nude) / Lipstick: Colour Pop in Joesing

This post is a partnership with eShakti. eShakti sent me a product for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am officially in love with this dress. The colors, the design, the poofy skirt - everything! (Bonus features: it can twirl AND it has pockets. Clearly, I was excited). I decided to go simple with styling this dress and didn't add too many extra sparkles and charms. The dress itself is so beautiful, I felt that it needed to stand on its own without the distraction of other accessories! 

When eShakti reached out to me to ask if I'd be interested in partnering with them, I'd never heard of the brand, but now I think I'm hooked! eShakti's website features dresses, tops, and bottoms that you can customize to your specific measurements and style preferences. For this dress, I loved the pattern but decided to change up the style a little bit by making the dress sleeveless and adding a boat neckline. I also customized the dress' size by adding all of the appropriate measurements (i.e. hip, waist, chest, shoulder). eShakti's website had a very easy-to-use explanation of where each measurement was located on the body so this made it much easier to customize!

I had never tried customizing before but I think it'll be something I'll have to do more often because this dress fits perfectly! I was a little worried that the styling changes I made to the neckline and the sleeves might come off weirdly since they weren't the original design of the dress but they actually turned out exactly as I'd pictured them in my head. I am in love with this dress and so happy that there is a website out there that actually makes customizations more attainable for the everyday shopper. I may or may not already be planning my next purchases…don't tell my wallet :)

Have you tried eShakti? What are your thoughts on this brand? 

Thanks for reading ♥

Birchbox: March 2016


As you may already know, I’m absolutely addicted to subscription boxes, and one of the biggest internal subscription box debates I’ve been caught up in is whether I like Birchbox or Ipsy better! I vacillate between the two every month and I'm never sure which one to commit to since there are always on and off months with both subscriptions. Since I was a little fed-up with my Ipsy bags over the last couple of months, I decided to swap back to Birchbox for a couple of months. Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription ($10/month) that sends full-size and sample-size beauty, hair, make-up and skincare products. 


Pinrose: Moonlight Gypsy & Pillowtalk Poet  

While I'm not the biggest fan of the smell on these samples, I do love that these samples are presented in a creative way. These Pinrose samples are fragrance towelettes that you can easily carry around and brush across your skin when you need to freshen up. Since carry-on liquids have to meet a certain ounce criteria and have to be separated into another plastic bag, it can be quite the hassle to bring regular perfume while traveling. I’m excited to bring these little towelettes on-the-go with me without having to stuff them into a separate bag! 


Cargo Land Down Under: Eye Shadow Palette 

As I've mentioned before in posts about other beauty boxes, I try my hardest to indicate in my preferences that I do not want to receive eye shadows. I don't use them very often and already have way too many from beauty subscriptions! I decided to try out these eye shadows anyway and found that they were a little too shimmery for my taste. While I love that the lighter shade is shimmery - I expected the darker shade to have stronger dark pigmentation to it. 


Parlor by Jeff Chastain: Volumizing and Texturizing Conditioner & Shampoo  

Shampoo and Conditioner is something that I typically don’t love receiving in subscription boxes because I honestly don’t care that much about the shampoo/conditioner I use. As long as it smells good and isn’t absurdly expensive, I’m happy. Both of these products smell fantastic so I’m excited to use them the next time I travel (they’re the perfect size!), however, I didn’t love the packaging of the conditioner. Instead of coming in a nice twist-close container like the shampoo, it came in a flimsy plastic sleeve that will be difficult to seal up for re-use.


Ner:D Skincare: Miraculous Brightening Clarifying Face Cleaner 

I’m all about trying out new face products, but this sample was a little disappointing! The instructions say to work the cleanser into a rich lather but I could hardly get even a couple of bubbles out of the stuff! On top of that, the cleanser has a very classic soapy smell which makes it seem like you’re basically just throwing a bar of hand soap onto your face. I’m going to give this cleanser a couple more uses before I make a final judgment but so far, I’m meh on this product. 

Dr. Lipp: Miracle Balm  

Aaaaand here is the star of this month's Birchbox! At first I thought this was just your average lip balm but after following some of the suggested uses on the back - I've actually started using them on my brows to keep stray hairs in place! I love that this product is multi-functional - it makes me feel like I'm getting more bang for my buck! The only downside? This sample is so small - it's hardly an inch tall! Usually I expect to get a liiiiittle bit more out of a sample so I was disappointed by how small this sample was. 


Final Verdict: 

I really wasn't too happy with this month's Birchbox - I received a lot of samples for product categories that really didn't interest me at all! So what's the status of my internal Birchbox vs ipsy feud? I think ipsy might still have a slight edge! While I originally started with Birchbox, I'm now remembering why I switched to ipsy. Though Birchbox has an awesome points system for its shop, the samples I receive are much smaller than the ones I receive from ipsy and usually involve more shampoo/face cleaner type products - which is great if you love these - but if you're like me and you don't really pay that much attention to what shampoo you're buying, it may not be worth the $10 a month. 

Soooooo it's official, after a small spurt with Birchbox again, I guess I'm back to ipsy! I think in the end, Birchbox's samples are just too small for me. I'm happiest when I'm getting a bargain and with ipsy, I feel like I'm (for the most part) getting my money's worth. Next month's review will officially be an ipsy review again! (And maybe I'll be more loyal to ipsy from here on out!)  

What are your thoughts on the ipsy vs. Birchbox debate?

I'd love to hear about your experience! 

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