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 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)

Other reviews and swatches:


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Alverde – Mineral Powder

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  1. 1. Mineral Loose Powder 02 natural
  2. 2. Mineral Loose Powder 01 porcelain
  3. 3. Mineral Loose Powder Transparent
  4. 4. Compact Powder in 010 naturelle
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When I started with makeup, one of the first things I bought was face powder and it is still a staple in my makeup bag as my face gets rather oily during the day. After years of buying Manhattan’s Clear Face Powder I switched to Alverde’s Compact Powder and later on to its loose equivalent.

Alverde is quite an affordable natural cosmetic brand in Germany, being one of the own brands of one of the biggest drug stores, called dm. Some of their products can be purchased online at Amazon.co.uk, however, they are quite expensive there and I would not recommend buying them online.

I’ve used their powders for years now and still do like them. Biggest issue I see is that they only offer two shades and the transparent one, which I believe is being discontinued, for the loose powders and three shades for the compact powder. I moved from natural to porcelain and then mainly used the transparent loose powder as my skin is getting paler and paler the older I get. Admittedly, maybe it has something to do with me moving from one rainy place to another and giving up on going to the tanning salon as well. 😉 Naturally, I have a very light complexion.

All of Alverde’s powders have a sweet scent to it. Personally I actually really like it, but I’ve read in other reviews that some people have actually been put off by it because they felt it was too strong. So make sure you smell it in store first to see if you like it. 🙂 By the way, all of the loose powders are talc free.

When I started using makeup I rarely used a foundation and simply put on some concealer and powder. Nowadays, I usually put the powder on after my foundation to set it and make it last longer. I think all four powders do a decent job at that, however I’ve recently tried some setting powders by Everyday Minerals and Lily Lolo, which I think do an even better job. The transparent loose powder has a slight pink tone to it so I think it looks quite natural and not as white and ghostly as some other powders can.

Overall, the Alverde powders are good products and reasonably priced. If you are younger and want to start with more natural makeup and cosmetics, it certainly is a good starting point as the products, at least in Germany, are easy to get your hands on. I personally prefer the loose powders over the compact one, however on the go the compact powder is just more convenient.



Other reviews and swatches:


1 &2: Kaolin, Mica. Zink Stearate, Silica, Parfum (Essential Oils)**, Isoamyl Laurate, Tocopherol, Tourmaline, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Magnesium Silicate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, [+/- CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77163] [Codecheck]

3: Mica, CI 77163, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil*, Silica, CI 77491, Bisabolol, Hamamilis Virginiana Leaf Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Glycine Soja Oil*, Tocoperhol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Parfum** [* ingredients from certified organic agriculture, ** from natural essential oils; Codecheck]

4: Talc, Mica, Tricaprylin, Magnesium Stearate, Olea Europaea Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil*, Bisabolol, Glycine Soja Oil*, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract*,Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Levulinic Acid, [+/- CI 77891, Silica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77163, Tin Oxide] [* ingredients from certified organic agriculture; Codecheck]