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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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Zoya – Nail Polish Swatches


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Zoya Nailpolish (£10.50/14ml)

About Zoya:

Art of Beauty was founded in 1986 by Zoya and Michael Reyzis. They had a shared vision, which evolved from a small nail salon into a spa focusing on natural nails, skin care and alternative European herbal treatments. (…)

Zoya, originally a classical pianist in Russia, earned her Cosmetology license in 1979 when she and her husband Michael immigrated to the United States. While pianist jobs were limited, the world of cosmetology offered a new profession and a means by which to build a new career. Through Zoya’s hard work, and a demand for quality and healthy, natural ingredients for her clients, it became evident that there was a need for the perfect products. Responding to his wife’s requests. Michael, an advanced chemist, developed and patented unique products such as anti-wrinkle treatments and shampoo and conditioning treatments for the salon & spa. He also created the first working fast drying topcoat and the longest wearing, toxin free natural nail polish, revolutionizing the nail industry. (…)

What I say:

First of all, Zoya has the least toxic nail polishes that I came across so far. They are not only 5-free, vegan and crueltyfree, but from looking at the ingredients on Codecheck they are the least harmful.

I have five of their nail polishes myself and really love most of them. Zoya has an incredible range of colours and finishes and as you can see I have tried different ones from their normal, matte, satin and pixie dust range.

  • Pixie Dust Carter: royal purple with a strong magenta sparkling, matte and textured finish.
  • Satin Brittany:  rose mauve cream in the exclusive Satin (hybrid between matte and glossy) finish.
  • Matte Velvet Posh: Matte Ruby Red Shimmer.
  • Cheri: Rich rose-mauve with warm red undertones and strong golden shimmer.
  • Pippa: ultra-bright, sunny and cheerful medium lemon yellow creme (works well with Neon hues) with a cream finish.

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I love all of the above nail polishes besides Pippa. In comparison to the others, the formula seems to be on the thicker side and I just couldn’t get an even finish with it. That being said, I am a big fan of the matte and satin finish, both of them look really elegant and the formula allows for strike free application. Most nail polishes don’t last on my nails very long without chipping, so I’d say the above usually make three days, which for me is pretty good. Pixie Dust is more of a sand style formula, it has the most beautiful shimmer to it though and lasts a bit better on me than the others. This is why I am generally a fan of sand style nail polish.

Did you try Zoya nail polishes yet? Which one is your favourite?

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

[Carter, Posh] Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sterikonium Hectolite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrane / Acrylates Copolymer.

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Illamasqua – Pure pigments [Updated]

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Illamasqua – Pure Pigment (£17.00/1.3g)

What Illamasqua says:

Made to be played with. A metallic, high-shine, pure-colour powder that highlights eyes, cheeks and brows. Mix with eye shadow, blusher or use it on its own to intense effect. Bring out your bold side.

Pure Pigment can be applied dry or wet for a bolder colour pay-off. To intensify the colour, apply over a cream texture, as this will hold the colour in place and amplify it. Alternatively mix with Sealing Gel and apply using a fine brush for a shimmering liquid eye liner. When applied with a long bristle brush, Pure Pigment can also be used as a highlighter anywhere on the eyes, face and body.

What I say:

Lovely colours, my personal favourite is Static as it is very versatile. The white base has some blue and pinkish sheen to it. Great eyeshadow to highlight the inner corner of the eye or get some duo-chrome effects on top of other darker eyeshadows. As with most loose eyeshadows you will have to watch out for fallout. Besides that they are easy to apply. They would also be suitable as eyeliners when applied with a mixing medium. You can find some great swatches over at Variolavera.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

MICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, TIN OXIDE AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS CI 77288, CARMINE CI 75470, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE CI 77510] MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOUR ADDITIVE. COLOURS: INCITE, MARVEL, TINGLE, FERVENT, LUST, BREATHE. INGREDIENTS: MICA AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS CI 77288]

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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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New In: Benecos Eyeshadow in Happy Hour

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Benecos – Natural Mono Eyeshadow in Happy Hour (£3.95/2g)

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During a recent order at Ecco-Verde.co.uk I just couldn’t help myself and ordered the Benecos Natural Mono Eye Shadow in Happy Hour for £2.19. When it arrived, I got so excited and wanted to open it immediately. Unfortunately the lid was a bit stuck and when I managed to open it, I dipped my finger in it, as you can see in the picture above.

The colour is a nice mauve tone that actually can look kinda reddish depending on the light, a bit like a plum. The eyeshadow is very buttery and easy to apply. I did notice though when I used it with other colours that it kind of ‘disappeared’ and didn’t blend into the other colours. I am not sure if that was a only in combination with a particular eyeshadow or generally happens.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

TALC, MICA, KAOLIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL*, RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL*, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, P-ANISIC ACID*, TOCOPHEROL*, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL*, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77742, CI 77491, CI 77007, CI 77492, TIN OXIDE, CI 75470]
* CERTIFIED ORGANIC
** NATURAL FRAGRANCE

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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7 Shades of Blue… Eyeliner

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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.

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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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