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 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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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.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:


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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Rituals – 4 Color Eye Shadow [Amethyst Collection]

Rituals – 4 Color Eye Shadow: Amethyst Collection

Rituals says:

  • Silky smooth, long-lasting eye shadow
  • Must-have colour collection of matt, shiny, intense and subtle shadows, allowing endless style combinations
  • Pure gemstones achieve uniquely intense colours
  • Natural gemstone powders allow the skin to breathe while leaving the skin feeling sensationally soft
  • The ancient gemstone Sapphire strengthens the “third eye”, thereby deepening intuition and insight, while having a beautiful brightening effect
  • Mild formula: natural gemstones – pure minerals – perfume-free – paraben-free – dermatologically tested

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Rituals – Nail Varnish

Rituals – Nail Varnish

  • Sparkling Coral [LE: Metropolitan Boulevard, 2013]

What Rituals says about the Nail Varnish:

  • Long-lasting nail varnish
  • An easy-to-apply nail varnish with rich and vibrant colour intensity
  • Effortless and accurate thanks to a flat brush, created to achieve an even, glistening finish
  • Rituals make-up contains natural minerals enriched with a blend of powdered gemstones

Rituals – Mini Nail Varnish

What Rituals says about the Mini Nail Varnish:

  • This nail varnish is easy to apply and has a full and rich color intensity
  • Long-lasting nail varnish
  • Easy and accurate application thanks to the flat brush which ensures an even and glossy finish
  • Rituals make-up contains natural minerals, enriched with a mix of crushed gemstones
  • Contains SPF 15