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.




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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)


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.


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!


[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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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.

EOTD – 14.03.2015

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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.

EOTD – 06.02.2015

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EOTD – 03.02.2015

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I love these loose eyeshadows by P2. They were part of a Limited edition in 2011.

I added this look to Talasia’s Pigmentomania series, where she and other beauty bloggers share their eye looks created with pigments and loose eyeshadows.

EOTD – 21.12.2014

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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 – 13.10.2014



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EOTD – 09.10.2014


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