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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.

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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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Beauty Favourites 2015: Lips

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In my review last year I mentioned the Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks, which I still love. They are great products for everyday, easily applied, good colour selection and all of that for a small price tag. I wouldn’t say that they are actually long lasting, but that aside I love them and carry them around in my handbag all the time. I’ve recently purchased a new one from their Nude range called Come Naturally. I should probably work on the post I’ve promised last year already. 😉

I am also still loving Catrice’s lip polishes that unfortunately left their range and I have no idea why. If you know of any similar products, please let me know in the comments. Another staple is Illamasqua‘s matte lipstick in Shard, it just wears really well and I love the dark red colour.

I am new to LA Splash Cosmetics, but couldn’t help but follow the hype around their liquid lipsticks, particularly Ghoulish. Though it is quite drying after a while, I really like wearing it as it doesn’t need to be touched up all the time. If I learned anything this year about lipsticks then it is that I don’t want to worry about the colour on my lips all the time. I like products (or a combination of products) that allows me just that: Look good without thinking about it. I’ve just recently ordered two more of their Dia de los muertos collection that I should be showing you soon.

I’ve got two Gosh lip liners now and I think they are great quality and definitely worth a try if you come across them in the drugstore. This year I bought Nougat Crisp, a lovely brownish colour that suits the lipstick Nougat by Gosh perfectly.

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IN and OUT – Bodylotion #05

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IN: SANTE – Bodylotion Goji Power (£/150ml)

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What SANTE says:

The SANTE Goji Power Bodylotion pampers your skin with extracts of organic goji berries and organic lime, leaving it silky smooth. The combination of valuable organic camelliaoil and organic cupuaçu butter provides additional moisture to leave your skin feeling wonderfully smooth and supple.

  • Vegan
  • Lactose Free
  • Gluten Free

What I say:

This body lotion had definitely a very strong lemon scent to it, so if you don’t like that I don’t think you will get along. Personally, I do enjoy the fresh scent of lemon, though I do think it fits better into summer than winter. The lotion sinks in very quickly and so far I am really happy with it.

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua (Water), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Alcohol denat.*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Isoamyl Laurate, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Parfum (Essential Oils), Sodium Lactate, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter*, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract*, Lactic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral

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OUT: Organic Surge – Super Rich Body Butter (£15.75/150ml)

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What Organic Surge says:

This sumptuous, Super Rich Body Butter simply melts into your skin. The luxurious formula is enriched with skin-conditioning aloe vera and pure plant extracts, and is packed with ultra-moisturising cocoa and shea butters. Infused with nourishing, delicately fragrant nourishing lavender and geranium essential oils.

What I say:

What can I say… My boyfriend absolutely hates the smell of Lavender and whenever I used this body butter he kept complaining, so I stopped using it. Besides that, I really didn’t like the consistency of the product. Other body butters and marmalades that I have tried in the past were melting more quickly on the skin, whereas this one needed more effort to get it spread evenly. I am still not sure what to do with the left overs of this product, because I really don’t just want to throw it out. Maybe I try to use it as a foot cream or for very dry spots and not as a complete body lotion. In the meantime I started using the Original Source – Skin Quench Body Lotion: Peach & Apricot Oil again, which I have reviewed previously.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Aqua, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter*, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) butter*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin (Veg)*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicapryl Carbonate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Cera Alba (beeswax), Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil*, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract*, Vaccinium Myrtillus Bilberry) Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Flower Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rose) Fruit Extract*, Viola Odorata (Violet) Leaf Extract*, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Citric Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Citronellol, Citral. *ingredient from organic farming. Naturally occurring within essential oils.

Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife. 98.5% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 55.9% of the ingredients are from Organic Farming.

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EOTD – 21.05.2013

What I used:

(0) Too Faced – Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer

(1) p2 – metal eyes eye shadow #010 Blue Bird (lower lid)

(2) p2 – metal eyes eye shadow#060 Lilac Butterfly (crease)

(3) p2 – metal eyes eye shadow #040 white unicorn (below the brows in the inner corner of the eye)

(4) Rimmel – Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude (lower waterline)

(5) p2 – fantastic chrome kajal in #020 wild amethyst (lower lashline)

(6) Lush – Emotional Brilliance Eyeliner in Motivation (upper lashline)

(7) Kiko – Ultra Tech Curve Mascara (top lashes 1 coat)

(8) Essence – maximum definition volume mascara (top lashes 1 coat)

(9) Clinique – Bottom Lash Mascara (bottom lashes)

(10) Maybelline – FIT Me Concealer in #15 Fair (under the eyes)

INGREDIENTS:

(0) Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethylhexanoin, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Mica. (+/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

(1) MICA, TALC, ZINC STEARATE, NYLON-12, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, SILICA, P-ANISIC ACID, TIN OXIDE, CI 77499, CI 77891, CI 77510

(2) MICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ZINC STEARATE, NYLON-12, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, SILICA, TALC, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TIN OXIDE, P-ANISIC ACID, CI 77891, CI 77742, CI 77007, CI 77510, CI 75470

(3) TALC, MICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, ZINC STEARATE, NYLON-12, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, P-ANISIC ACID, TIN OXIDE, CI 77891, CI 77163

(4) ISODODECANE, HYDROGENATED POLYCYCLOPENTADIENE, POLYETHYLENE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PARAFFIN, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, PERFLUORONONYL DIMETHICONE, POLYBUTENE, SILICA, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL GLYCERIDES, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, TALC, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, POLYURETHANE-11, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TIN OXIDE, BHT. [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR/+/-: MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ALUMINUM POWDER (CI 77000), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), CARMINE (CI 75470)].

(5) ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, MICA, POLYETHYELENE, SHELLAC CERA, SQUALANE, RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA, CERESIN, CERA ALBA, RHUS SUCCEDANEA FRUIT CERA, CI 77891, CI 77007, CI 77499

(6) Rose Petal Infusion, Water, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tin Oxide, CI77019, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

NewIn: NYX Products

NYX Blush in #11 Taupe

NikkiTutorials compares her favorite blusher NYX Taupe with MAC Taupe. She uses this blush for contouring, which is why I decided to give it a go as well. Absolutely love it, especially during winter when I am extra pale.

NYX Lipliner in (from top to bottom) #817 Hot Red, #836 Bloom, #838 Purple Rain and #54 Pale Pink

Interesting comparison of NYX Lipliners with the ones by Mac at Crueltyfree Kit.

NYX Jumbo Eyepencil in #604 Milk and #623A Purple Velvet

 

EU goes cruelty-free

Today a new EU regulation has taken affect, which bans the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing within the EU.

The announcement at BUAV’s website describes the regulation as follows: “After 11th March, no company can carry out new animal tests for cosmetics purposes outside of the EU for products to be sold in the EU. Cosmetics companies can, however, continue to sell in the EU products with ingredients that have been animal tested in the past.” (View Source)

The Independent has a more in-depth article called ”Today the EU goes cruelty-free, but is the beauty industry’s commitment more than skin deep?” (View Source)

More information:

BBC.co.uk (11.03.2013)