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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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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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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Mineral Makeup Swatches: BM Beauty


  1. Fairy Glow: Feather Dust Collection
  2. Honey Mist: Velvet Dawn Collection
  3. Naked: Vanilla Rose Collection

BM Beauty say:

Achieve a flawless finish while protecting and caring for your skin with Beautiful Movements Cosmetics 100% pure mineral foundation. Our mineral foundation contains zinc oxide, a naturally occurring mineral which has anti inflammatory properties making it ideal for unsettled and spot prone skin. You can achieve the best skin possible whilst zapping blemishes at the same time.

What I say:

The BM Beauty foundation is available in 8 shades, divided into four collections. Of those I have tried the following 3 shades:

  1. Fairy Glow [fair/medium, pink undertones]: Feather Dust Collection
  2. Honey Mist [fair/medium, neutral undertones]: Velvet Dawn Collection
  3. Naked [light/medium, balanced undertones]: Vanilla Rose Collection

For my skin tone I think Fairy Glow works the best. I like wearing this foundation because it feels like I have nothing on my skin at all, yet it achieves a flawless and dewy look. The product contains little shimmer particles that avoid the very matte finish that most mineral powder foundations offer. I think the foundation wears well over the day, though I usually set all my foundations with (finishing) powder.

The price for the samples is very reasonable at £1.25, whereas the full size is priced with £14.00. The ingredients list is very short and suitable for vegans, which is think is great. Overall I can say that I am really happy with this foundation and definitely consider buying the full size once I used up my pile of samples.

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Mica, iron oxide, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

BM Beauty products are approved by the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) and CrueltyFree. They are against all animal testing and the products do not contain harmful chemicals such as parabens or synthetic colours.

Their products do not include:

  • Parabens
  • Synthetic colours
  • Fragrances
  • Animal products
  • Fillers
  • Petrochemicals
  • Bismuth oxychloride

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Battle of the… Liquid Foundations

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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)

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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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Gosh – CC Cream (£8.99/30ml)

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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)

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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.