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.




New In – Bits and Bobs #01


  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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7 Shades of Blue… Eyeliner


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.


The For You Eyeliner is pretty old and I don’t think the brand even exists anymore, but I used it very often back in the day. Even though it is old it still works well and didn’t dry out. I still sometimes use it on the waterline to brighten up the eye when creating a blue makeup look. The Essence Eyeliner is so beautiful. I already raved about it here. The 2True Liner was a cheap buy when I had to watch my budget. Nevertheless I think it is a decent liner and I really like the bright colour. Bourjois’ Neon Blue is indeed very bright and works well on my water line. Admittedly I don’t really use the liner by The Body Shop, it was a gift that came with a magazine I bought a while back. The only use I have for it at the moment is as lip liner for my Illamasqua lipstick in Disciple. 😀 I really like eyeliners by Gosh, because as their name suggests, they are very velvety and smooth to apply. Beautiful petrol shade with a bit of a sheen to it. Last but not least is Lush’s Liquid Liner, which is one of my favourite eyeliners ever. I hate the packaging, because I would prefer to apply the liner with my own brushes, but the shade is absolutely stunning!


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New In: Essence – Crystal Eyeliner


What Essence says:

sparkling moments… the long-lasting, gel-based texture of the crystal eyeliner with a high pigmentation creates amazing and luxurious glittering eyeliner styles! extra tip: if you’re going for amazing wow-highlights, the eyeliner can be used as a topping on your lashes, too! the brush applicator guarantees an accurate application. available in a cool clubbing packaging.

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What I say:

I wanted these two crystal liners for so long, but was never able to find them in a drugstore when I was in Germany. Lucky me when I went to Budapest and finally could get myself some holographic goodness called 06 Opal Rosy Rush and 07 Opal Blue Heaven. On the picture above I swatched them for you on bare skin (very left) and on several eyeshadow sticks to show you their effect. From left to right I swatched it on: Bare Skin, Catrice – Eyebrow Lifter in 010 Lift Me Up, Scotty!, NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencil in #604 Milk, Rimmel – Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in 008 Blackmail, NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencil in #623A Purple Velvet, Gosh – Forever Eyeshadow in 06 Plum, Catrice – Eye Shadow Pen in C04 Exotica [Coolibri LE], Catrice – Eye Shadow Pen in C02 Birds Flying High [Coolibri LE].

I love their holographic effect and think they work well on eyeshadow sticks or even other eyeliners. The only problem I have with them is the application itself. I hate these flimsy brushes they come with as it makes it quite difficult to apply a thin and even line. I tried using an angled brush to pick up the product from the liner and it works better for me. Below you find to EOTDs where I used the liners on top of eyeshadow, respectively on top of a black eyeliner.

By the way, you can by Essence in the UK at Wilko’s and they have a store finder on their website as well if you want to find out if your store stocks their products.


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Mineral Makeup DE: Andrea Biedermann

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Andrea Biedermann is a mineral makeup company is based in Massenbachhausen, Germany and offers a NATRUE certified cosmetic products.

Product Range:

  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Brushes
  • Concealer
  • Eyeshadow
  • Foundation
  • Powder

Colour Range:

  • Blush: 8 shades
  • Bronzer: 9 shades
  • Brushes
  • Concealer: 47 shades
  • Eyeliner: 5 shades
  • Eyeshadow: 21 shades
  • Foundation: 54 shades
  • Powder: 9


The mineral foundation contains the following: Titanium dioxide, Mica, Silica, [+/- CI 77491 (Iron oxides), CI 77492 (Iron oxides), CI 77499 (Iron oxides), CI 77007 (Ultramarines)]

Price Range:

1,00€ – 29,90€ (Around £4.60 – £21.00)

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Sleek – Eau La La Liner

Sleek Eau La La Liner

I was very excited when Sleek released the Eau La La Liners and immediately bought one in the colour Melba. I was impressed with the swatch, however shortly after I bought it the lead came off. I can still use it, but it is quite annoying, because I have to be careful that the lead stays in the packaging. Though I was dissapointed I thought I give those liners another try and bought one in the colour Cobalt Blue. Unfortunately I have the same issue with it, the lead just fell out immediately after I first opened it. Although I like the idea of the liners that can be used on your eyes and lips and come in a big range of colours, I am not satisfied with the quality of the product.

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