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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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EOTDs – June

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In this look I used Products used my Essence Crystal Eyeliner in Opal Rosy Rush and on the waterline the P2 fantastic chrome kajal in luminous quartz. The eyeshadows I used are a mixture of the Au Naturel and Vintage Romance palettes. Under the lower lashes I used Bliss in Barcelona from the latter palette as a colourful highlight.

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This look used a couple of products by Catrice. As a base I applied the Made to Stay 050 Metall of Honour. In the corner of the eye is the light green from Catrice’s Rumble in the Jungle Quad. Under the lower lashes is OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrate in Slag. On the waterline is the usual, NYX’s Wonder Pencil in WP01 Light. As eyeliner I used Zoeva’s in Good Karma.

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This look uses the Sleek Au Natural Palette to create a pin up kind of look with a dark and bold winged liner (Essence –  Liquid Eyeliner). NYX’s Wonder Pencil WP01 Light on the water line opens up the eye a bit more.

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The main parts of this look are the  P2 –  Fantastic Chrome Kajal in 060 Black Granite on my water line and the bright colours of the Sleek Sunset Palette. It was my first ever palette by Sleek and I still love it to this day. Great reddish shades with good pigmentation.

7 Shades of Purple… Lipstick

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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 July you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour purple. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. Hopefully I will be able to make another post on eyeshadows ad/or nail polishes. See also my previous post on 7 Shades of Green, my 7 Shades of Pink… Lipstick and 7 shades of Pink… Blushes.

  1. Collection 2000 – Lock ‘n’ Hold in 6 Twisted Disco
  2. Essence – Long Lasting Lipstick in 09 Wear Berries
  3. Catrice – Velvet Matt Lipstick in C02 Of Royal Blood
  4. Sleek – Matte Me in 431 Fandango Purple
  5. MUA – Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky
  6. Sleek – True Colour Lipstick in Exxxaggerate
  7. OCC – Metallic Lip Tar in Technopagan

I love purple lipstick and I think even my first lipstick ever was purple. 🙂 I don’t very often wear lipgloss (oups yes, a lipgloss sneaked into the lipsticks…) , but I really like this milky soft purple. My go to colour when I want an everyday suitable purple lip is definitely the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick, it is so easy to wear and touch up during the day. You might remember that you have seen the Catrice Of Royal Blood before in my pink lipsticks. First of all, you probably notice that I really like the colour and second of all, it is just that kinda shade that is in between being pink or purple. Fadango Purple is a great matte bright shade that lasts very well. Kooky is the same idea but a darker blue based shade. Exxxaggerate is another matte shade by Sleek which is a lot more vibrant than on the picture. Great for statement lips! And finally OCC’s Technopagan, an absolutely stunning metallic blue based purple that dries down semi-matte. I absolutely love this colours, but I admit I haven’t worn it very often yet, as it takes some effort to put on seamlessly and it wears off unevenly. What are your favourite purple shades?

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EOTD – 05.06.2015

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EOTD – 18.05.2015 Springtime Grunge

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When I started my eye makeup today I realised that it actually suits the Springtime Grunge series Isadonna initiated on her blog. Bright spring colours combined with dark and blended out shadows on both lash lines and some smudgy mascara. To me that is definitely a springtime version of a Grunge look. I combined it with neutral lips.

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EOTD – 14.03.2015

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This look was actually inspired by Julina March. She posted a purple look on Instagram that I just absolutely loved (see below). Although my look turned out quite different, I am really pleased with it. When applying the eyeshadow I ended up going a lot darker than the look by Julina. Further, I do not have the same lip product she used, so I mixed two matte lip creams that come nowhere near the original shade. I am tempted to invest in Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid lipsticks in 3witches and Purple poison.

New In: Essence – Crystal Eyeliner

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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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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, ACRYLATES/PALMETH-25 ACRYLATE COPOLYMER, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, ALLANTOIN, BISABOLOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TOCOPHEROL, TIN OXIDE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FARNESOL, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

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