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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: 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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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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Illamasqua – Pure pigments [Updated]

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Illamasqua – Pure Pigment (£17.00/1.3g)

What Illamasqua says:

Made to be played with. A metallic, high-shine, pure-colour powder that highlights eyes, cheeks and brows. Mix with eye shadow, blusher or use it on its own to intense effect. Bring out your bold side.

Pure Pigment can be applied dry or wet for a bolder colour pay-off. To intensify the colour, apply over a cream texture, as this will hold the colour in place and amplify it. Alternatively mix with Sealing Gel and apply using a fine brush for a shimmering liquid eye liner. When applied with a long bristle brush, Pure Pigment can also be used as a highlighter anywhere on the eyes, face and body.

What I say:

Lovely colours, my personal favourite is Static as it is very versatile. The white base has some blue and pinkish sheen to it. Great eyeshadow to highlight the inner corner of the eye or get some duo-chrome effects on top of other darker eyeshadows. As with most loose eyeshadows you will have to watch out for fallout. Besides that they are easy to apply. They would also be suitable as eyeliners when applied with a mixing medium. You can find some great swatches over at Variolavera.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

MICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS CI 77288, CARMINE CI 75470, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE CI 77510] MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOUR ADDITIVE. COLOURS: INCITE, MARVEL, TINGLE, FERVENT, LUST, BREATHE. INGREDIENTS: MICA AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS CI 77288]

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NOTD – 13.09.2015

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I found these beauties at TK Maxx. When they first came out in 2013 I have been eyeing them and considered getting them. For some reason I never bought them, but when I saw them for £3.00 I could not resist this bargain. And I am so happy I got them. They lasted almost a week without chipping on my nails, which for me is unheard of. Most nailpolishes will have show some signs of wear after 2 days, if I am lucky 4 days.

7 Shades of Brown… Shimmery Eyeshadows

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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 October you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour brown. 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 previously posted about my 7 shades of brown cheek products and matte brown eyeshadows.

All the eyeshadows below have great quality. Throughout they are very buttery and smooth, which makes them easy to apply. I don’t use the Catrice eyeshadow too often, but when I swatched it I remembered how nice it is. Sleek’s James Brown is another colour that doesn’t get enough love, because it is soo beautiful, yet neglected.

  1. Artdeco – Eyeshadow in Pearl 013
  2. Illamasqua – Powder Eyeshadow in Tango
  3. Catrice – The Sydney Collection: Town Hall
  4. Too Faced – Single Eyeshadow in Dirt Bag
  5. Too Faced –Eye Love Eye Shadow Collection in Ever After
  6. Sleek – Respect: James Brown
  7. Sleek – Au Natural in Mineral Earth

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7 Shades of Brown… Cheek Products

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

You might wonder about the selection below, as it includes an eyeshadow and a blush, but I use both of them for my cheeks to contour, therefore I thought this is totally appropriate. 🙂 Illamasqua, Barry M and Makeup Revolution are matte products that I really only use for contouring. Although the Physician’s Formula product is technically a bronzer, I do use it for contouring as well. The other two bronzers I only wear occassionally as I don’t do much bronzing, but they are lovely shades for that purpose!

  1. Sleek – Blush in Antique
  2. Illamasqua – Cream Pigment in Hollow
  3. Makeup Revolution – Mono Eyeshadow in Mocha Love
  4. Barry M – Chisel Cheeks in Medium Brown
  5. Physician’s Formula – Bronze Organics for Fair Skin
  6. 17 – Instant Glow in Pink Bronze Bronzing Rocks
  7. Too Faced – Glamour to Go: Dream Edition Bronzer

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

Nailpolish

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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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EOTD – 05.06.2015

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