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Beauty Favourites 2015: Face


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.


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.


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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7 Shades of… Green

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 May you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour green. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. Previously there was a 7 Shades of… post and one on 7 Shades of… Orange.


(1) Catrice – Velvet Matt Eyeshadow in 060 Moss Wanted Colour (2) Sugarpill – Pressed Eyeshadow in Acidberry (3) Concrete Minerals – Mineral Eyeshadow in Living Dead (4) Lily Lolo – Mineral Eyeshadow in Cosmopolitan (5) P2 – Metal Eyes Eyeshadow in 020 Taupe Elephant (6) Catrice – Absolute Eye Colour Mono in 410 C’mon Chameleon! (7) MNY Maybelline – My Shadow Eyeshadow

(1) Catrice – Velvet Matt Eyeshadow in 060 Moss Wanted Colour

I have recently reviewed this eyeshadow as I really am impressed with its texture. It feels incredibly smooth and has a great colour payoff. Great allrounder that works really well as the focus of a makeup.

(2) Sugarpill – Pressed Eyeshadow in Acidberry

I never thought I would like this colour as much as I do, but it is a beautiful bright green shade that works well on its own or as a pop of colour. Amazing colour payoff and a really unusual colour that will be hard to find in the drugstore.

(3) Concrete Minerals – Mineral Eyeshadow in Living Dead

A colour that reminds me of a really nice lawn in summer and I feel this colour is very unique. I do love the Concrete Minerals eyeshadows and I reviewed them previously here on the blog. I find they last very well on me during the day.

(4) Lily Lolo – Mineral Eyeshadow in Cosmopolitan

Although Lily Lolo eyeshadows are not my favourites in general, I really do like this matte green olive shade. Really good colour pay off and you can never go wrong with a good matte eyeshadow.

(5) P2 – Metal Eyes Eyeshadow in 020 Taupe Elephant

Unfortunately, this shade is not available anymore. I have a couple of the P2 Metal Eyes Eyeshadows and really like them. I believe they were replaced by the Metal Black Eyeshadows recently.  Great colour for the corner of the eye or under the eye to make a green makeup pop.

(6) Catrice – Absolute Eye Colour Mono in 410 C’mon Chameleon!

Often compared with Mac’s Club, this eyeshadow indeed is a chameleon and changes from green to brown. These changes of colour work a lot better on a black base.

(7) MNY Maybelline – My Shadow Eyeshadow

This is a pretty old eyeshadow that is not available anymore. The MNY line was very affordable and I have a couple of shades that I really like. I usually use it in the crease of my eyes together with some lighter green eyeshadows.


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Mineral Makeup Foundation: Comparison

After having tried mineral makeup of four different brands over the last couple of months I would like to compare the different products and give you my thoughts on them. At the bottom of the post I linked you the previous articles again.


  1. 01 Lily Lolo – Concealer in Barely Beige
  2. 02 Everyday Minerals – Jojoba Base in Alabaster
  3. 03 Honeypie Minerals – Light Foundation
  4. 04 Beautiful Movements – Mineral Foundation in Fairy Glow
  5. 05 Lily Lolo – Mineral Foundation in China Doll

I find it pretty hard to capture these foundations in an image, but what the hell, I’ve tried. What the picture above shows well I think, is the difference in the finish of these foundations. I enjoyed wearing 03 and 04 the most as they make my skin look very dewy and natural and not as matte and cakey as some foundations do. I wear a powder on top of my foundation all the time to make it stay in place. Most of the time it is Alverde’s Mineral Loose Powder Transparent that I reviewed before.

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I never realised before that the Everyday Minerals foundation is more expensive than the other ones. They do have the largest range of shades available, however, I have read online a couple of times that they tend to change the formulation of their products and the shade names as well. This could get annoying if you have found your perfect shade and then it is discontinued all of a sudden. In fact, when I looked at their website today I could not find the shades that I have been using. I like the product, there is nothing wrong with it, but I find myself grabbing for the other mineral foundations more often. I think it has the lightest coverage of all the tested products and is probably best for someone who usually would wear a BB Cream or similar and likes a natural look.

If you are looking for a full coverage foundation I think Lily Lolo is your best bet. You have to be careful though not to apply too much product at once, as it can look a bit chalky then. The finish is very matte and last throughout the day. This was the first mineral foundation I ever tried and I was really surprised how much I liked it back then. Nowadays I have to admit I personally prefer the ones from Honeypie Minerals and BM Beauty.

When checking the Honeypie Minerals website today there were no samples available anymore. I am not sure if that is just the case at the moment or if they decided to stop sending out samples completely. That would be a shame though, because although their sample packaging is not my favourite, samples are so helpful in deciding which shade to go for and if the formulation suits your skin. Nevertheless, this is a great foundation when you like a medium to full coverage foundation as it is very buildable. I like the way this foundation wears throughout the day and that it evens out my skin and looks very natural doing so.

[Update: 03.02.2015]

I like the BM Beauty foundation when I want to achieve a more dewy, healthy look with my foundation. When I go out and want a flawless look, I know I can rely on this product. The biggest downfall with BM Beauty’s foundation p-;is the very small colour range and not everybody will find a suitable shade. It wears well throughout the day and I don’t feel like wearing heavy makeup at all, which is something I tend to get with liquid foundations.

Overall I think that BM Beauty, Honeypie Minerals and Lily Lolo are all very affordable and great products. I think the ingredients of all four brands are really good and I feel very safe using them. All of the foundations are easy to blend and wear well during the day. Personally, I think I will re-purchase Honeypie Minerals and BM Beauty as full size products.

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Lily Lolo – Mineral Eye Shadow


From left to right: Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Shimmer, Pixie Sparkle, Green Opal, Khaki Sparkle, Cosmopolitan (on black base)

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What Lily Lolo says:

Highly pigmented Mineral Eye Shadow for a long lasting and durable finish. Create sheer or intense washes of colour, with shades which work both wet and dry. A vast shade range available in pure loose powder, which are very gentle on the eyelids.

  • Lockable sifter means no spills or mess
  • Natural and gentle formula
  • Strong and vibrant mineral pigments
  • Silky and creamy consistency
  • Vegan friendly except for Gold Digger, Golden Lilac, Hush & Black Sand
  • Non-comedogenic

What I say:

I definitely recommend using these eyeshadows with a base, as otherwise I find their colour is not coming out as intense as in the pot. I’ve seen other swatches without primer or base that had great pigmentation, for me whoever this didn’t work. You can also apply them wet to intensify their colour. Lily Lolo has a range of mostly natural colours on offer, my personal favourites being Pixie Sparkle and Khaki Sparkle. I think the product is affordable as you receive a good amount of loose eyeshadow that will last you some time. The eyeshadows that I own still have the old packaging so I can’t tell you how the new one has changed and/or improved. I find the old packaging a bit bulky, but workable. The pot comes with a sifter, which helps to avid a complete mess when opening the pot.

Price: £5.99 for 1.5g – 4g


From left to right: Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Shimmer, Green Opal and Pixie Sparkle (on bare skin)



EOTD using Khaki Sparkle, Cosmopolitan, Green Opal and Vanilla Shimmer.


Vanilla Shimmer [Codecheck]: MICA [+/- CI 77491 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)]

Green Opal [Codecheck]: MICA, SILICA, TIN OXIDE [+/- CI 77288 (CHROMIUM OXIDE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)]

Cosmopolitan [Codecheck]: MICA [+/- CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDE)]

Khaki Sparkle [Codecheck]: MICA [+/- CI 77491 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)]

Pixie Sparkle [Codecheck]: MICA [+/- CI 77288 (CHROMIUM OXIDE), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77510 (FERRIC FERROCYANIDE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)]

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Beauty Favourites 2014



This year I really discovered mineral makeup for myself. Often it works better for me than liquid foundations and lasts a lot longer. I particularly enjoyed using the BM Beauty Foundation in their sample sizes I bought, which I already reviewed for you. My favourite concealer is also from the mineral makeup section and I hope to make a blog post about it for you soon, the Mineral Concealer by Lily Lolo.


This year I fell in love with Everyday Mineral Blushes and bought three overall in the shades Nature’s Sweet Side, Nick Nack (which you can both see above) and Disco Inferno. They are very pigmented and a little product goes a long way. Big plus for me is that they last better on my skin than any other of my blushes, hello Sleek, I am looking at you.


I am still using my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, which I think will go off soon. I always liked it but recently it doesn’t extend the longevity of my eyeshadow as much as it used to, but as I said, I think it is due to the product getting old. I found the Concrete Minerals’ Electric Eye Primer to work better to enhance eyeshadows with some shimmer, duo chrome effects or glitter in it.


Concrete Minerals’ Zombie Girl Collection was one of the most used eyeshadow (sets) in my stash this year. You can create lovely natural looks and I think my favourite colours are ‘Blood and Guts’ and ‘Graveyard’. I posted some swatches earlier this year.


I found some great eyeliners in the Zoeva Graphic Eyes (in the picture above from left to right: 01 Female Attraction, 02 Good Karma, 03 Mr. Marvelous and 04 Rock’n’Roll Bride) as they are super creamy to apply but once they have dried they stay in place. The colours are just amazing and I am very tempted to buy some more as they released some new shades late this year.

Another mineral makeup product I really enjoyed this year is the Everyday Minerals’ Mineral Eyeliner in Smokey. Back in the day my favourite eyeliner used to be Maybelline Liner Express, I really loved the felt tip, but now I am quite happy with my alternative. I also found a liner by P2 last week or so, which has a similar applicator to the Maybelline one, so we shall see if it wins me back next year. Find below some looks where I used the Everyday Mineral Eyeliner.

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I definitely loved my Catrice Lip Polish in Megan Fuchsia. I liked its effect so much that I bought another colour recently called Red-volution. It has an amazing finish that I can only describe as wet-looking. Once it dried off a little bit you are left with a stain on your lips. Therefore it is great to wear everyday because it does not need much touch ups at all. The texture and finish reminds me of Yves Saint Laurent’s Glossy Stains, though I actually prefer the ones by Catrice, not to mention that they are a lot more affordable.

For matte lips, I really do look Illamasqua lipsticks, and my absolute favourite colour is called Shard, a dark plum kind of colour that applies well and stays on for quite some time. Catrice has some nice lipsticks with a matte finish as well by the way, this year I loved the Velvet Matt Lip Colour in ‘Pink Punk’ and ‘Of Royal Blood’ from their Rocking Royals Limited Edition.

Another great find this year are the Essence Longlasting Lipsticks. They are great lipsticks for everyday use as they have a nice selection of wearable shades that feel great on your lips. And although they are very moisturising they still last well on the lips and can be applied without much effort on the go.

I have posts planned on my Essence Longlasting Lipsticks and Illamasqua Lipsticks, so I will try to post them soon so you can find more information and swatches about my favourite lipsticks. Below some swatches of the above mentioned lipsticks:

  1. Illamasqua – Lipstick in Shard
  2. Catrice – Velvet Matt Lip Colour in  Of Royal Blood [Rocking Royals LE]
  3. Catrice – Velvet Matt Lip Colour in Pink Punk [Rocking Royals LE]
  4. Essence – Longlasting lipstick in Coral Calling
  5. Essence – Longlasting lipstick in Wear Berries
  6. Catrice – Lip Polish in Red-volution
  7. Catrice- Lip Polish in Megan Fuchsia


EOTD – 12.09.2014


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Mineral Makeup Brands Pt. 2 – UK Summary

In the last posts we had a look at different mineral makeup brands available in the UK. In this post I would like to summarise some of the main points to help you making a decision, which brand suits your needs the best. Personally I have only tried Lily Lolo’s foundation so far and really liked it. Looking at the different brands I decided to order some samples from Honeypie Minerals as well, as they are very affordable and are free from a lot of harmful ingredients. I will add some swatches once I received the samples.

Generally I would say that Lily Lolo is the most known company and therefore it is probably the easiest to find swatches for their products online. They also have the biggest range of products available at the moment. Particularly when looking for swatches from Glam Colour Cosmetics and Honeypie Minerals I had difficulties finding any information. Therefore, buying trial sizes first is especially important.

Product Range:


Ingredients (*):


Honeypie Minerals and Glam Colour Cosmetics are excluding a lot of typical ingredients to be found in foundations. If you have sensitive skin you might want to look at their products first. However, I think that all brands actually do offer great alternatives to traditional foundation, the majority avoiding any additives, alcohol or Petrochemicals.


As you can see in the table above, Glam Colour Cosmetics and Sampure Minerals have the shortest ingredients list for their products, so if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin it might be an idea to start with them before testing other foundations with additional ingredients. Also, these two brands are free from a lot of typical ingredients like Bismuth Oxychlorid known to be allergenic to some people.



As you can see all these brands are cruelty-free and vegan (Lily Lolo having some products that are NOT vegan). If you are looking for a product range that is also halal, you should have a look at Elemental Beauty, Glam Colour Cosmetics or Sampure Minerals. All brands are offering sample sizes of their foundation with Honeypie Minerals offering the cheapest way to try different colours at £0.99 and free shipping in the UK.  Barefaced Beauty and Lily Lolo offer the biggest range of foundation shades, but Elemental Beauty, Glam Colour Cosmetics and Honeypie Minerals also do have a wide selection of shades to choose from.

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(*) Notes on foundation ingredients:

  • Allantoin: By-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective anti-irritant.
  • Bismuth Oxychlorid: The standard primary ingredient included in most powders that are referred to as “mineral makeup.” The claim for bismuth oxychloride (which is also known as synthetic pearl) is that it is all-natural and better for skin than talc. In fact, in many ways talc is a more natural, unadulterated, pure ingredient than bismuth oxychloride. Bismuth oxychloride, which seldom occurs in nature, is manufactured by combining bismuth, a by-product of lead and copper metal refining, with chloride (chlorine compound) and water. It’s used in cosmetics because it has a distinct shimmery, pearlescent appearance and a fine white powder texture that adheres well to skin.
  • Iron Oxides: Compounds of iron that are used as colorings in some cosmetics.
  • Kaolin: Naturally occurring clay mineral (silicate of aluminum) that is used in cosmetics for its absorbent properties.
  • Mica: Earth mineral included in products to give them sparkle and shine.
  • Parabens: Group of preservatives, including butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and ethylparaben, that are among the most widely used group of preservatives in cosmetics.
  • Rice Powder: Rice Powder has been used for generations and is known for its oil-absorbing properties. Known for its ability to help makeup last longer and leave a silky finish on the skin (…)
  • Talc: Naturally occurring silicate mineral (any group of substances containing negative ions composed of silicon and oxygen) of magnesium.
  • Titanium Dioxide: Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics.
  • Ultramarines: Inorganic pigments (of various colors) permanently listed by the FDA for external use only, including around the eye area.
  • Zinc Oxides: Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics.

ETOD – 14.08.2014


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Mineral Makeup Brands UK: Lily Lolo

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Lily Lolo is a British brand offering an expertly formulated range of high-performance, high quality mineral makeup must-haves to help you achieve flawless natural beauty.

Our products are free of any parabens, synthetic perfumes or dyes and we are proud to be BUAV approved. Whether your skin is dry, oily or anywhere in-between, Lily Lolo makeup will give you a light, flawless and seamless finish without clogging or irritating.

Launched in 2005 by founder Vikki Khan and named after her two sisters Lisa (Lily) and Lorraine (Lolo) (…). Made from pure crushed minerals and containing no harsh chemicals, dyes or fillers, mineral foundation is not only gentle on the skin but also contains zinc oxides which have healing properties – perfect for those who suffer breakouts or have sensitive skin.

Some of the many benefits of mineral makeup are: 1.) Natural – Mineral makeup looks natural and feels almost weightless on your skin. 2.) Long Lasting – Mineral makeup has excellent staying power and is virtually water and sweat proof. 3.) Sun Safe – Contains natural broad-spectrum sun protection.

Product Range:

  • Blush
  • Brushes
  • Bronzer
  • Concealer
  • Corrector
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eye Pencil
  • Eye Primer
  • Foundation
  • Finishing Powder
  • Illuminators/Highlighters
  • Lipstick
  • Lipgloss
  • Mascara
  • Shimmer

Colour Range:

The foundation comes in 18 different shades that are divided into Neutral, Cool, Warm and Olive.

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The colour range is very muted and includes natural, earthy tones. The majority of eyeshadows include some shimmer. Overall I would say the colour range is rather limited, but good for someone looking for very nude or neutral makeup products.


The foundation consists of MICA, ZINC OXIDE [+/- CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDE)]. Lily Lolo claims that “When developing new products we work with cosmetic scientists to ensure that the ingredients used are naturally derived, and we ensure that we steer well clear of any harsh chemicals and certainly controversial ingredients. The natural ingredients are generally refined or processed in order to be safe for human use, and to ensure they work as efficiently as possible in cosmetic use.” and “none of the Lily Lolo range of cosmetics contains parabens, fragrances or fillers.”.

  • Cruelty-free [BUAV and PETA approved]
  • Paraben-free
  • 95% of our products are vegan friendly
    • However we have a small selection of shades which contain Carmine: (Pressed Blush – Burst Your Bubble & In The Pink, Pressed Eye Shadow – Peekaboo, Mineral Blush – Candy Girl, Clementine, Flushed, Ooh La La, Surfer Girl & Beach Babe, Mineral Eye Shadow – Gold Digger, Golden Lilac, Black Sand, Lip Gloss – Bitten Pink, Scandalips, Cocktail & English Rose, Lipstick – Passion Pink, Parisina Pink, Intense Crush, Demure, Romantic Rose, Love Affair, French Flirt & Desire.
  • 90% of our products are made in the UK, with the rest made in Europe.

Price Range:

Between around £3.00 – £15.00.


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Mineral Makeup Swatches Everyday Mineral and Lily Lolo


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  1. 01 Everyday Minerals – Shell Blanc
  2. 02 Everyday Minerals – Alabaster
  3. 03 Everyday Minerals – Cream
  4. 04 Everyday Minerals – Finishing Dust
  5. 05 Lily Lolo – China Doll
  6. 06 Lily Lolo – Candy Cane

I recently started using my Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup Samples again and fell in love with how it made my skin feel during summer. I decided to order some more samples from Every Day Minerals (Light Jojoba Base Starter Kit) to see how different brands compare to each other and which one I like best. Today I wanna share some swatches and facts on the different brands.

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Everyday Minerals says:

Expertly blended using premium crafted micas with added jojoba esters. Blends perfectly to create a feather light aura like quality to your skin. Jojoba esters have a buttery yet light texture, which makes this Base so unique. Did you know that Jojoba is a natural source of liquid wax esters, but is usually sold as an oil.

Our products are always vegan and cruelty free. We have signed with Leaping Bunny & PETA .


Jojoba Bases [Codecheck]: Mica (CI 77019), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Esters. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Finishing Dust [Codecheck]: Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

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Lily Lolo also offers starter kits like the Mineral Starter Collection (e.g. in Light) for £13.49. However, when I ordered the samples I just chose three individual foundation colours in the sample size, for £1.49 each. Unfortunately one of the colours is already empty and I can’t even remember the name of it.

Lily Lolo says:

  • Contains a naturally occurring SPF
  • Contains light reflecting mica, perfect for minimising blemishes and fine lines
  • High performance and water resistant
  • Oil free, suitable for all skin types
  • Active antibacterial ingredients
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Ingredients:  [Codecheck]