Beauty Favourites 2015: Face

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During the summer I loved my Honeypie Minerals Foundation, which I purchased the full size of. In the colder months or for a night out I prefer my Rituals Gemstone Foundation. For liquid foundations I’ve been using Boots Botanics – All Bright Radiance Balm as a base for a couple of months now, it gives a nice glow to the skin.

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To set my makeup I almost exclusively used MUA’s Pro Base Prime & Conceal Powder, which I actually bought for a Halloween look if I remember correctly. It does a great job though. I mix all the colours and apply it lightly and my makeup stays matte for a while.

A purchase on a whim turned out to be my favourite everyday blush: MUA’s Lolly. A long time favourite of mine, and unfortunately not available anymore, is Catrice’s Multi Colour Blush in Gone With the Wind [Hollywood Fabolous Fourties Limited Edition]. Last year I mentioned my Everyday Minerals’ blushes and they are still products I use on a regular basis.

I think in the last two years, a lot more products have found their way into my makeup routine. Not necessarily on a daily basis, but certainly when I feel like putting on a full face of makeup. When I never seemed to bother with Contouring and Highlighting in the past, I know have a couple of favourites for both categories.

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I would say Beauty UK’s Baked Box Halo 3 is my No. 1 highlighter. I also really enjoy Topshop’s Glow Highlighter in Polish and Illamasqua’s Gleam in Mirage. For highlighters cream products work quite well for me. Not so much for contouring though. I have Illamasqua’s Cream Pigment in Hollow, but although the colour is great I just never really reach for it. Instead my current favourite is Makeup Revolution’s Mono Eyeshadow in Mocha Love, which I use as a contour shade. It is very pigmented and suitable for pale skin.

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Beauty Favourites 2015: Eyes

Long time staples in my make up routine are the mascaras by Essence. They are really affordable but great quality. This year I loved the maximum definition volume mascara as a base and then topped it with the i love extreme crazy volume mascara, as you can see in some of my eye looks from this year below.

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My favourite eyebrow products this year were by Gosh, namely the Eye Brow Pencil in Grey Brown and Defining Brow Gel Clear. Sometimes I mix it up and go back to brow powder, but most mornings I was happy to have my pencil at hand as it was way quicker.

Two more staples in my makeup routine are the NYX’s Wonder Pencil in WP01 Light, which works great on the waterline to make your eyes look slightly bigger and more awake, and the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer to make eyeshadows stay on longer.

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My favourite eyeliners are still Zoeva’s Graphic Eyes. A great colour selection, very smooth in application yet it stays in place all day. I purchased another colour this year called Opulence, a wonderful red liner. My go-to black eyeliner however is the Liquid Eyeliner by Essence.

I finally bought myself the Sleek – Oh So Special palette that I have been eyeing for ages and have not regretted it a bit. Everyday colours with great pigmentation.

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Beauty Favourites 2015: Lips

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In my review last year I mentioned the Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks, which I still love. They are great products for everyday, easily applied, good colour selection and all of that for a small price tag. I wouldn’t say that they are actually long lasting, but that aside I love them and carry them around in my handbag all the time. I’ve recently purchased a new one from their Nude range called Come Naturally. I should probably work on the post I’ve promised last year already.😉

I am also still loving Catrice’s lip polishes that unfortunately left their range and I have no idea why. If you know of any similar products, please let me know in the comments. Another staple is Illamasqua‘s matte lipstick in Shard, it just wears really well and I love the dark red colour.

I am new to LA Splash Cosmetics, but couldn’t help but follow the hype around their liquid lipsticks, particularly Ghoulish. Though it is quite drying after a while, I really like wearing it as it doesn’t need to be touched up all the time. If I learned anything this year about lipsticks then it is that I don’t want to worry about the colour on my lips all the time. I like products (or a combination of products) that allows me just that: Look good without thinking about it. I’ve just recently ordered two more of their Dia de los muertos collection that I should be showing you soon.

I’ve got two Gosh lip liners now and I think they are great quality and definitely worth a try if you come across them in the drugstore. This year I bought Nougat Crisp, a lovely brownish colour that suits the lipstick Nougat by Gosh perfectly.

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Beauty Favourites 2015: Nails

I think I certainly established this year my two favourite nail polish brands, which are Illamasqua and Zoya. Personally I prefer Zoya in terms of ingredients as they are 5-Free and according to my knowledge one of the least harmful ones out there. Besides that they come in a huge range of finishes and colours. I like Illamasqua because they tend to have some really unique colours that I don’t find anywhere else.

If you are looking for a natural remover, I highly recommend you try Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover, a remover that not only smells nice and contains safe ingredients, but also dries out my nails a lot less than your standard nail polish remover.

What are your favourite nail polish products this year?

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Skincare Favourites 2015

Like last year I’ve been testing a lot of new skincare brands and products. In this post I will highlight some old favourites and new found loves.

For ages now I have been using Lush’s 9 To 5 Cleansing Lotion to remove my makeup and I can still say that I love it. I’ve recently bought an Alverde product for a change, but I already know that once it is used up, I will go back to my long time staple 9 to 5. I am also still using my Purechimp – Body Cream for dry areas on my body, like my chins or feet. By the way, they’ve recently also added a shampoo bar to their line.

I found an amazing day cream this year, namely the Radiance Day Cream by Urban Veda. I first got a sample, which made me buy the full size. I love everything about it, the scent, the consistency, the way it moisturises my skin without making it greasy… I could go on, but instead I highly recommend you to try one of their products yourself.

A brand that I’ve known for a long time but only discovered for myself this year is Benecos. Two of my favourite products I’ve tried from them are the Natural Melissa Shower Gel and their Apricot & Elderflower Natural Hand Cream. I like their affordable prices and good ingredients. Further, I am very picky when it comes to scented products, but everything by Benecos so far worked really well for me.

Another great bargain this year comes from Boots and is their Boots Botanics – All Bright Hand Cream. The Boots Botanics line has some gems along them, the hand cream being one of them. I am currently also using their Rosewater Toning Spritz, which is a great product, yet I preferred Lush’s Eau Roma Water for my skin type.

If you are looking for a drugstore body lotion I can recommend the Original Source – Skin Quench Body Lotion: Peach & Apricot Oil which is not too expensive and a great moisturiser. If I don’t get the chance to order a lotion online in advance, this skin quench is my go-to. If I do order, Sante’s Bodylotion Goji Power is also a very affordable option and a product I will happily buy again.

2015 is also the year when I discovered deodorant creams for myself. I’ve heard so much about them that I wanted to see what all the hype is about. I bought Schmidt’s Deodorant in Cedarwood + Juniper, which I really enjoyed. Just recently I purchased a sample of the Natural Deo Company ‘s Clean Deodorant Balm and it works great. There are some more alternatives to be tried in 2016 and I am looking forward to it.

I’ve recently re-purchased an old favourite of mine by Alverde: their Cellulite Serum Gel. It states ‘new’ on the packaging, but I used to buy this years ago and was gutted when they didn’t stock it anymore. In the meantime they had a body oil for the same purpose, but I never liked it. The gel smells amazing and I just love the consistency, slightly sticky after being applied, very moisturising and cooling on the skin. Now, it is up to you if you believe anti-cellulite products actually work, but I simply enjoy using this gel, no matter what.

Overall, a good year for my skincare routine. I’ve found some great products that will stay in my routine and that I can switch in between, depending on my mood and needs.

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7 Shades of Red… Lip products

Steffi from Smoke & Diamonds started a blog series called 7 shades of… where bloggers present 7 shades of one colour in one category, e.g. eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish and so on. Until the 7th December you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour red. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. I’ve linked my previous posts for Green, Pink and Purple and Blue below. I’ve also posted my favourite red eyeshadows recently.

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  1. Essence – Long lasting lipstick in 01 Coral Calling
  2. Catrice – Infinite Shine Lip Gloss in 070 Very Very Raspberry
  3. Catrice – Made to Stay Smoothing Lip Polish in 070 Red-Volution
  4. Sleek – Matte Me Ultra Smooth Lip Cream in 434 Party Pink
  5. Lancome – Rouge in Love in 163M Dans ses bras
  6. Illamasqua – Lipstick in Shard
  7. OCC – Lip Tar Metallic in Black Metal Dahlia

What a classic red lips are… everyone has to love the way how red lips make you feel that bit more glamorous and sexy. I’ve chosen a variety of different shades and textures, because honestly, there is just so much to chose from.

The Essence one is a great one for everyday, easy to apply and very moisturising. I like the Catrice lipgloss especially for a natural summery look. Red-volution works great for a night out, it stains the lips and the colour slowly disappears and is easy to re-apply. Although Sleek’s matte lip cream is called Party Pink, to me it is more of a corally red. It stays on well due to the matte formula, but can feel a little dry after a while. Lancome’s Rouge in Love is one of my more expensive lipsticks, but I have to admit that so far I rarely ever wore it, which is a shame. The formula is lovely, it glides on the lips and stays on well. Especially for fall, Shard is one of my favourite colours and has been featured on the blog a couple of times. Black Metal Dahlia is a similar shade, but the metallic effect makes it very special.

What is your favourite red shade?

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IN and OUT – Night cream #02

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OUT: alverde – Zellaktiv Nachtpflege Blauer Hibiskus (£5.95/50ml)

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What alverde says:

The recipe with the active formula stimulates cell metabolism and promotes the vitality of skin cells. The DNA is secured and plant peptides help to strengthen the skin and protect against harmful environmental influences such as UV-induced skin aging, oxidative stress and free radicals. Valuable anti-aging ingredients reduce the incidence and intensity of wrinkles – for a more youthful complexion. The formula contained in the Day Moist® increases the concentration of natural moisture in the skin and acts as a moisturizer with instant effect. Organic flavonoids provide a fresh, vital appearance.

What I say:

I really liked this product, it did all I wanted from it: It moisturised my skin over night and as I really liked the scent I found it very soothing to apply before going to bed. Although the cream feels very thick while applying and also is very rich, it doesn’t make my face shiny. Not that it would be a big deal over night, but still I prefer the feeling of nourished skin without feeling greasy. If you are looking for an affordable night cream in the drug store, I highly recommend you have a look at alverde’s hibiscus cream.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:
Aqua, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alcohol*, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Beta Vulgaris Root Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Syriacus Callus Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Levulinate, Tocopherol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Levulinic Acid, Phytic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Parfum**

IN: Weleda – White Mallow Face Cream (£9.95/50ml)

What Weleda says:

With carefully selected natural ingredients, this soothing face cream provides moisture and relieves itching. The precious extracts of organic White Mallow and pansy soothe skin prone to irritation. Organic coconut oil and organic sesame oil provide intensive care. Also suitable for sensitive adult skin.

Our fragrance free White Mallow Face Cream has shown in tests to:

  • Calm the skin
  • Provides intensive moisture
  • Relieves itching
  • Strengthens the skin’s protective function
  • Protects against harmful environmental influences

What I say:

First of all, I didn’t notice that this is actually a skincare range by Weleda for babies.🙂 However, as you see above, even in their description it says it is suitable for adult skin as well, so all good. I thought I try this product during winter as it sounds very moisturising and I tend to get really dry skin in the winter month. So far I can say that it definitely delivers on this aspect. What I am not overly keen on is the scent of the product. I am still trying to figure out what it reminds me of, in any case I am not a fan. Luckily, the smell doesn’t linger on the skin once applied, so I can still use the cream.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:
Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Althaea Officinalis (White Mallow) Root Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate.

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IN AND OUT – BODYLOTION #08

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OUT: Benecos – Body Cream love your skin Bodylotion (£4.95/150ml)

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What Benecos says:

benecos natural Body Cream love your skin provides your skin with rich moisture and silky smooth texture, gently caring for your skin with organic ingredients of calendula, wild rose, linden flower and burdock.

benecos Natural Body Cream will:

  • Hydrate your skin
  • Soft smooth skin
  • Delicately fragrance your skin
  • Nicely absorbs into your skin

What I say:

I like the texture of Benecos body cream and agree that it is easy to apply and absorbs quickly. The scent was refreshing but not overpowering. As far as I know this product has now been replaced by a new range of Benecos body lotions and I could certainly imagine trying the new lotions they offer. So far I have tried a couple of different Benecos products and have not been let down. They offer great quality for a reasonable price.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glycerin, Urtica Dioica Root Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Arctium Lappa Fruit Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract*, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Glycerin*, Gluconolactone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Tocopherol, Potassiuim Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum**, Limonene**, Linalool***aus kontrolliert biologischem Anbau **natürliche Parfumkomposition

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IN: eos – Refresh Hand & Body Lotion (£10.50/354ml)

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What eos says:

Eos Refresh Hand & Body Lotion is a cool, hydrating lift for dry skin. Revive your skin and your senses with the refreshing scent of natural cucumber extract, and the fast-acting moisturisers found in this natural, non-greasy hand and body lotion..

Perfect for normal to dry skin. Eos combined a blend of skin-conditioning oils with cucumber and moisturising shea butter to awaken and energise your beautiful skin anytime, anywhere. They even added oat extract, antioxidants and vitamins C and E to instantly enrich and hydrate your skin, and make it feel soft and replenished long after you apply it.

Benefits:

  • For normal to dry skin types.
  • 90% natural.
  • Paraben-free.
  • Phthalate-free.
  • Lanolin-free.
  • Dye-free.
  • Dermatologist tested.
  • Hypoallergenic.

What I say:

First of all, I do like the packaging, it’s quite handy. Second of all, I don’t like the melon smell it has. I’ve read that others compared it to cucumber as well, but I haven’t noticed that at all. If you read this blog for a while you will know that I am just not the biggest fan of very sweet scents. Other than that the lotion is good, it sinks in quickly and still feels moisturising enough for my dry skin.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Water (Eau), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cocoglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisotiazolinone, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT.

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7 Shades of Red… Eyeshadow

Steffi from Smoke & Diamonds started a blog series called 7 shades of… where bloggers present 7 shades of one colour in one category, e.g. eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish and so on. Until the 7th December you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour red. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. I’ve linked my previous posts for Green, Pink and Purple and Blue below.

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  1. Sleek – iDivine Eyeshadow Palette in Respect [LE] – Otis Red
  2. Sleek – iDivine Eyeshadow Palette in Sunset – Top row 2nd from left
  3. Sleek – iDivine Eyeshadow Palette in Sunset – Bottom row 2nd from left
  4. P2 Sun City [LE] – Be electric! loose eyeshadow in 040 N.Y.
  5. Inglot – Freedom System Eyeshadow in 382 Matte
  6. essence pigments – 13 paparedzzi
  7. Sugarpill – Pressed eyeshadow in Love +

I love red eyeshadows! When I was going for more rusty tones in the past like the ones from the Sleek Sunset Palette or the P2 loose eyeshadow, I have started to also really enjoy the boldness of a good matte red eyeshadow, such as Sugarpill’s Love+ and Inglot’s #382. The only problem I have with almost any red any eyeshadow is that they stain. It is pretty tough to remove them and I recommend to keep a good eye makeup remover at hand.

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