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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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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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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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New In – Bits and Bobs #01

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  1. Makeup Revolution – Mono Eyeshadow in Mocha Love (£1.00)
  2. Zoeva – Graphic Eyes + in Opulence (£5.50)
  3. LA Splash – Lip Couture Waterproof Liquid Lipstick in Ghoulish (£9.50)
  4. Collection – Work the Colour Matt Lip Butter in 01 Marshmallow Pink (£2.99)
  5. Sleek – Candy tint balm in 070 Jelly Bean (£6.49)

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Ghoulish must be one of the most hyped matte lip creams in the beauty world just now. Supposedly it is a dupe for Lime Crime’s Cashmere, which I don’t own, but going by swatches I’ve seen they are very close. LA Splash describes the product as rich waterproof shades [that] will leave a velvety, matte finish that never transfers. (…) With its innovative formula that glides on as liquid and dries matte (…). It definitely dries down quickly and for a moment it feels a bit uncomfortable on the lips. After that it stays put all day long. When I swatched them on my hand I had to rub a lot to get the stain off with my regular makeup remover by Lush (9 to 5). In the swatch above I showed you MUA’s Tranquility next to Ghoulish so you can see how grey-purplish it is, whereas Tranquility is more of a nude colour. So far the only thing I don’t like about Ghoulish is the scent, it smells pretty strongly of alcohol. By the way, if you are interested in Ghoulish, make sure to check out OG Ghoulish as well and compare their swatches to see which one you want. The OG one I believe was first brought out in a limited edition.

Pink Marshmallow by Collection is a totally different concept, a matte lip butter. Sounds like it shouldn’t work but it does. The stick is very handy to apply the lipstick and feels a lot less drying than most matte lipsticks I’ve ever tried. While application it actually feels very soft on the lips before it dries down a bit. It doesn’t last as long as matte lip creams, but it is good enough during a day at work. I feel this is a great matte lip for everyday as it can be re-applied easily during the day. It is really cheap, which also explains why the lipstick bullet already fell out twice. As long as I remember that it is loose I can still use it without a problem, but it is slightly annoying.

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Although Mocha Love is an eyeshadow, I use it to contour my face. It is super pigmented, therefore you have to make sure not to pick up too much product. It has a really great ashy tone though, which isn’t always easy to find in the drugstore, and for £1 only it gets my thumbs up.

The Sleek Candy tint balm are also a nice addition for everyday wear. As you can see in the swatch above they are very sheer and Jelly Bean has a slight orange tint. It is actually quite difficult to get a picture of it. 😉 The balm is very moisturising and glossy and can be easily applied on the go.

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I’ve been eyeing Zoeva’s Graphic Liner in Opulence for ages. What a beautiful colour! As always the colour glides on and once dry stays in place. I absolutely love it!

Ingredients:

[1] Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Ethylhexyl palmitate, Polybutene, Dimethicone, PHENOXYETHANOL, Propylparaben May contain: (+/-) CI77891, CI77491,CI77492,CI77499,CI15850, CI16035,CI42090,CI77742,CI77510, CI77007,CI19140,CI15985,CI45410

[2] Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg/Ppg-19/19 Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon-12, C20-40 Alcohols, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, [May Contain. +/- CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide)].

[3] C10-12 Alcane/cycloalkane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Propylparaben May contain: CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 15850, CI 45410, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491

[4] Paraffinum Liquidum, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Synthetic Wax, Cera Alba, Candelilla Cera, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aroma, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool [+/- CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891, CI 45410, CI 15850, Tin Oxide, Mica]

[5] Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyisobutene, C30-50 Alcohols, Paraffin, Polybutene, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Fragrance, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (and) Tocopheryl Acetate (and) Retinyl Palmitate (and) Mineral Oil (and) Ascorbyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHA. Iron Oxides[+/-CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 15850, CI 45410, CI 42090, CI 19140]

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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… Matte 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.

I love brown matte eyeshadows, one of my favourite ones is definitely the Artdeco one from the Dita van Teese Classics and Art Couture Collection. I actually have several of the eyeshadows from the limited editions and they are all amazing! Like a Virgin from Too Faced is such a buttery lovely colour, very similar to the P2 one but the quality is soo much better. The MUA palette is very affordable and has a selection of matte eyeshadows with good quality for the price point.

  1. P2 – Matte dream eyeshadow in 180 taupe elegance
  2. Artdeco – Dita van Teese Classics and Art Couture in 520 Brunesque
  3. Too Faced – Eye Love Eye Shadow Collection in Like Virgin
  4. Can you believe it? I did all the swatches and have no idea which eyeshadow I used here. Sorry!
  5. Sleek – Au Natural in Bark
  6. MUA Makeup Academy Professional – Ever After Matte Palette in Truffle
  7. Too Faced – Glamour to Go: Dream Edition Brown matte eyeshadow

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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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7 Shades of Blue… Eyeshadow

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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 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. I’ve also posted 7 Shades of Blue… Eyeliner before.

I love blue eyeshadows and here are swatches of 7 shades that I find particularly intriguing. The first one is by Sugarpill, and to be honest, so far I’ve only used it as eyeliner, I will link a look below. It is a very bright neon blue with some sparkle in it. The blue shade from Sleek’s Sunset palette is one of my favourites when I want a blue highlight under my lower lash line. The same goes for P2’s loose eyeshadow in L.A.. Catrice’s eyeshadow pen from their Coolibri Limited Edition a few years ago is a great base for bright blue eye looks. Sleek has two great matte shades to offer, one is Ink and one is R&B, the latter a bit darker and more intense than Ink. And finally Barry M’s famous Dazzle Dust in Petrol Black. It becomes more intense with a black base underneath and all the blueish shimmer comes out better, see also the swatch I linked below.

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EOTDs – June

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In this look I used Products used my Essence Crystal Eyeliner in Opal Rosy Rush and on the waterline the P2 fantastic chrome kajal in luminous quartz. The eyeshadows I used are a mixture of the Au Naturel and Vintage Romance palettes. Under the lower lashes I used Bliss in Barcelona from the latter palette as a colourful highlight.

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This look used a couple of products by Catrice. As a base I applied the Made to Stay 050 Metall of Honour. In the corner of the eye is the light green from Catrice’s Rumble in the Jungle Quad. Under the lower lashes is OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrate in Slag. On the waterline is the usual, NYX’s Wonder Pencil in WP01 Light. As eyeliner I used Zoeva’s in Good Karma.

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This look uses the Sleek Au Natural Palette to create a pin up kind of look with a dark and bold winged liner (Essence –  Liquid Eyeliner). NYX’s Wonder Pencil WP01 Light on the water line opens up the eye a bit more.

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The main parts of this look are the  P2 –  Fantastic Chrome Kajal in 060 Black Granite on my water line and the bright colours of the Sleek Sunset Palette. It was my first ever palette by Sleek and I still love it to this day. Great reddish shades with good pigmentation.

7 Shades of Purple… Eyeshadow

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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 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.

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What are your favourite purple shades?

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