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.


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.




7 Shades of Blue… Eyeliner


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 8th August you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour blue. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. I’ve linked my previous posts for Green, Pink and Purple below.


The For You Eyeliner is pretty old and I don’t think the brand even exists anymore, but I used it very often back in the day. Even though it is old it still works well and didn’t dry out. I still sometimes use it on the waterline to brighten up the eye when creating a blue makeup look. The Essence Eyeliner is so beautiful. I already raved about it here. The 2True Liner was a cheap buy when I had to watch my budget. Nevertheless I think it is a decent liner and I really like the bright colour. Bourjois’ Neon Blue is indeed very bright and works well on my water line. Admittedly I don’t really use the liner by The Body Shop, it was a gift that came with a magazine I bought a while back. The only use I have for it at the moment is as lip liner for my Illamasqua lipstick in Disciple. 😀 I really like eyeliners by Gosh, because as their name suggests, they are very velvety and smooth to apply. Beautiful petrol shade with a bit of a sheen to it. Last but not least is Lush’s Liquid Liner, which is one of my favourite eyeliners ever. I hate the packaging, because I would prefer to apply the liner with my own brushes, but the shade is absolutely stunning!


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7 Shades of Purple… 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 8th July you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour purple. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. I’ve previously already showed my 7 favourite lipsticks. See also my previous post on 7 Shades of Green, my 7 Shades of Pink… Lipstick and 7 shades of Pink… Blushes.

  1. Rituals – 4 Color Eye Shadow: Amethyst Collection [2nd from top]
  2. P2 – Metal Eyes Eyeshadow in 060 Lilac Butterfly
  3. Gosh – Effect Powder in Butterfly
  4. Kiko – Colour Sphere 41 Violet Black Melange
  5. Sleek – Bliss in Barcelona [Vintage Romance]
  6. Essence – Loose pigment in 02 Alice had a vision again [Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2, LE]
  7. Sugarpill – Poison Plum

This was so hard, because I love purple eyeshadow and had way too many shades to choose from. But I went for a couple of different shades from matte to shimmery and from pale to very bright. I love the Amethyst Collection by Rituals and one of their colours had to join the selection. P2’s Metal Eyeshadow is a great colour for the corner of the eye or under the lower lashes when creating a purple look. Similarly, I usually use Butterfly under the lower lashes in a purple look or as a highlight in a more nude look. Violet Black Melange is a great crease colour for purple looks. It darkens up the crease and gives some depth. The same goes for Alice had a vision again. Bliss in Barcelona is an allrounder and Poison Plum is a classic purple shadow you shouldn’t miss in your collection.


What are your favourite purple shades?


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Some thoughts on… Cruelty-free Cosmetics III – Makeup

Last time we looked at products for body- and haircare but now it’s time to dive into the world of makeup. If you are just about to switch to cruelty-free and vegan products, you will get to know a wide range of amazing new brands and products to try out. I will list some of my favourite ones below, along with some of my Pinterest boards where I collect brands that are interesting and worth checking out.


In German drugstores you can find Alverde, Alterra and Terra Naturi, all three of them are drugstore’s own brand available for very little money. More and more wholefood stores in Germany also carry Sante Cosmetics, Lavera and Benecos, all three of them being natural products as well. In the UK you can have a look at B. Makeup by Superdrug or Natural Collection by Boots. If you prefer to buy brands from the drugstore instead of online, also keep your eyes out for Sleek Makeup and Gosh Cosmetics, both of them are cruelty-free and have some great products available.

In terms of makeup I highly recommend checking out mineral makeup brands, who are more often than not cruelty-free if not even vegan. You can find a whole series of brands I looked into on the blog. My personal favourites are BM BeautyHoneypie Minerals for foundation, Concrete Minerals for eyeshadow and Everyday Minerals for blush.

Illamasqua, Sugerpill and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) will deliver when you are craving colourful products with great quality. I’ve never tried Lunatick Cosmetic Labs myself yet, but I am very tempted. They offer cruelty-free, vegan and talcfree products with amazing horror, goth kinda design.

As you can see there are plenty of options and it depends on what you are looking for really. Have a look at my Pinterest board below to find some more inspiration.

Makeup Brushes


If it comes to cruelty free makeup brushes you will find a large selection available. Personally I am a fan of ECO tools, Cala and Real Techniques brushes, but there are plenty more brands offering synthetic bristles. You will find that a lot of mineral makeup brands also offer their own brush range. Some brands to look out for are as well are Bdellium who has a range of vegan bamboo brushes, Zoeva who has a vegan collection, Alimapure, Everyday Minerals and Neve Cosmetics. I should probably try and make a review of the brushes that I own soon, to give you a better idea of their quality. 🙂



I love nailpolish! This has been one of the most difficult topics for me to research, because not only did I want to find cruelty-free products, and believe me there are plenty, but also as chemical-free as possible. In the end, I recently decided that from now on I want to focus on buying nail polish by Zoya, because I believe that they are probably the best choice out there at the moment when it comes to being cruelty-free and as chemical-free as possible while offering a great colour range and innovative finishes. My favourite nail polish remover at the moment is by Fresh Therapies. Check out my blog series on less-toxic nail polish for more information.

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Gosh Effect Powder [Updated]


GOSH Effect Powder, Butterfly



GOSH Effect Powder, Blaze



What Gosh says:

This multi purpose product will awaken your creativity! GOSH Mineral Colour Pigments can be applied in various ways; Apply as eye shadow, high lighter, combined with lip gloss, lipstick or even try to mix it in body lotion. Go play – sky is the limit! Perfume free. Comes in 6 colours. TIP: Vanilla Pigment, Gold Pigment, Tan Pigment, Pink Melon Pigment can be used as an eye shadow, highlighter, blusher or bronzer wet or dry (dab on with short strokes), or blend in your lip gloss, face cream or body lotion for a nice glow. Baby Doll Pigment NB: Not for use in eye area can be used as blusher wet or dry (dab on with short strokes), or blend in your lip gloss, face cream or body lotion for a nice glow. Apple Green Pigment NB: Not for use on lips. Use as an Eye shadow wet or dry (dab on with short strokes).


Mica., Aluminium Oxide, CI77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI77491/Iron Oxides., Dimethicone

New In: Gosh Lip Liner in Nougat Crips


Gosh – Velvet Touch Lipliner Waterproof in Nougat Crisp (£4.99/1.2g)

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What Gosh says:

This soft and flexible Lipliner perfectly outlines lips with intense, waterproof colour pigmentation, preventing lipstick from bleeding onto the skin. Completely free from mineral oils and packed with vitamin E and Jojoba oil that keep lips in perfect kissable condition. Perfume free.

What I say:


Left: Lip liner in Nougat Crips; Right: Lipstick in Nougat

Works perfectly with my Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick in Nougat (£6.99), which is amazing by the way. So creamy, smells sweet and yummy and is so moisturising. The Nougat Crisp lip liner is basically a matte version of the lipstick. I am pretty sure I will buy the lipstick again once it is empty and now I have the perfect companion for it. This is my second lip liner by Gosh and like both of them a lot. They are creamy enough for easy application, yet they do set well and make my lipstick last longer. Besides that the Velvet Touch Lip Liners are cruelty-free and vegan. What more do you want? 🙂

Other reviews and swatches:

EOTD – 14.03.2015

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Products used:

This look was actually inspired by Julina March. She posted a purple look on Instagram that I just absolutely loved (see below). Although my look turned out quite different, I am really pleased with it. When applying the eyeshadow I ended up going a lot darker than the look by Julina. Further, I do not have the same lip product she used, so I mixed two matte lip creams that come nowhere near the original shade. I am tempted to invest in Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid lipsticks in 3witches and Purple poison.

EOTDs from January

In January I haven’t really posted any of my eye looks and unfortunately I cannot remember all the products I have used. Therefore I decided to make a combined post and note down some of the products that I do remember.

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EOTD – 21.12.2014

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Products used:

Battle of the… Liquid Foundations

dark rituals foundation


dark rituals foundation

From left to right:

  • Rituals – Gemstone Foundation in 1
  • Gosh – CC Cream in Porcelain
  • Witch – Witch Anti Blemish BB Cream
  • Witch – Anti Blemish Tinted Moisturiser in 01 Light

I started wearing more mineral powder makeup this year and particularly in summer I like the feeling on my skin. In winter however, I do enjoy a liquid foundation that also offers some hydration to my dry skin. On a daily basis, the Gosh CC Cream is my favourite as it offers light coverage that doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. For an evening out, the Rituals Gemstone Foundation is my go to foundation. Both Witch products I only use when my skin is irritated and has some blemishes to additionally support my skin in getting better.

In terms of ingredients, these foundations cannot compete with the mineral makeup I showed on the blog before, the Rituals one being still the best one out of the lot. I think in the future once I replace them I might have a look at Lily Lolo’s BB Cream.

Rituals – Gemstone Foundation (£20.50/30ml)

rituals gemstone foundation

What Rituals says:

  • A light foundation that blends perfectly with your skin.
  • Pure minerals give a delicate, soft finish that allows your skin to breathe.
  • The combination of precious stones allows your skin to relax.
  • Skin feels sensational.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Contains SPF 15.

What I say:

I got some samples of this foundation ages ago and I really liked it, which is why I bought the full size. This foundation has a good coverage and does blur out lines and pores. I would not wear it on a daily basis, for that it feels too heavy for me personally, but when I am going out or generally am looking for a more perfect makeup look, the Rituals foundation is my choice. The texture of the product is smooth and I usually apply it with my Real Technique’s Stippling Brush. For my combination skin I need to powder my face to make it stay in place for a couple of hours.

Available in 6 shades.

Other reviews and swatches:

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Gosh – CC Cream (£8.99/30ml)

cc foundation

What Gosh says:

GOSH CC Cream is an illuminating foundation delivering five results in one step. Light coverage, moisture and SPF 10 sun protection. CC Cream illuminates skin and evens out skin tone thanks to light-reflecting pigments that hide any skin imperfections. The perfect foundation for a natural glowing skin. The formula is oil-free and made without any perfume or parabens.

CC Cream illuminates skin, gives a light coverage and evens out skin tone.
Adds moisture to the skin and SPF 10 protects against the sun. Thanks to light-reflecting pigments skin imperfections will appear less visible. The active ingredient Gatuline® Radiance keeps skin looking flawless with its anti aging properties that improve skin microcirculation. The formula is oil-free.

– Light coverage.
– Illuminates.
– Helps skin to stay moisture.
– Protects against the sun with SPF 10.
– Anti aging.
– Oil free.
– Perfume and paraben free.

What I say:

I simply apply the CC Cream with my fingers as you can spread it really easily. It makes my skin feel really smooth and soft. Although the product is rather lightweight it still has enough coverage to hide your under eye circles as well as blemishes while it evens out your skin.

Available in 5 shades.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Cytoclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Mica, Oleth-10, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Alumina, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ci 77492/Iron Oxides, Isodeceth-6, Aluminum Stearate, Alumina Oxide, Ci 77491/Iron Oxides, Benzoic Acid, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Simethicone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide

Witch – Witch Anti Blemish BB Cream (£6.99/50ml)


What Witch says:

Witch’s Beauty Balm is ideal for blemish prone skin. It evens out skin tone, smoothes and hydrates whilst providing an immediate visible improvement in the appearance of your skin. SPF 15 protects the skin whilst the natural witch hazel helps keep it clear, leaving you looking flawless, radiant and natural.

What I say:

The texture of the Witch Beauty Balm is very thick, yet it does apply very evenly and blurs out blemishes and pores. I never tried an Asian BB Creams, but they are usually described as a product with thick consistency and good coverage, so I assume this Beauty Balm is actually similar to that. Most European Beauty Balms in recent years have been nothing more than a tinted moisturiser if you ask me. I would say it offers a light to medium coverage and the colours does adapt well to the skin tone. I simply apply this with my fingers, I don’t think a brush is needed for this product.

Available in 1 shade for all skin types.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, CI 77891, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sorbitan Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Stearate, Alcohol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Mica, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Decyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylisothiazolinone, BHT, Sodium Chloride, Natto Gum,Chlorphenesin, EDTA, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499

Witch – Anti Blemish Tinted Moisturiser (£4.99/30ml)

witch tinted moisturiser

What Witch says:

Tinted moisturiser that uses Witch Hazel extract to provide antibacterial coverage while it mattifies the skin. Oil and fragrance free, it eliminates the need for separate moisturisers and foundations.

What I say:

I actually found it quite hard to get my hands on this moisturiser and I found it by accident in a local pharmacy. To be honest, I am unsure if this a discontinued product or who stocks it at this moment in time. The only place I found it online is a pharmacy called Pharmacy2U.

The consistency is rather thick and reminds me of a foundation by Manhattan I used ages ago. It does have a mattefying effect, but it doesn’t last all day for me, I would definitely recommend wearing a face powder on top for it to last longer. I simply apply this with my fingers.

Available in 3 shades (Light, Medium and Dark).

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Methyl Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, CI 77891, CI77491, CI77492, CI77499.