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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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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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19.06.2015

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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20.06.2015

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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27.06.2015

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.

Nyx: Cruelty-free no more

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Picture by Mike Richardson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeeshowbiz/)

NYX Cosmetics will continue to operate out of their Los Angeles headquarters under the brand’s current leadership team. The brand will become part of the Consumer Products Division of L’Oréal. This acquisition further enhances L’Oréal’s roster of American brands which includes Maybelline NY, Kiehl’s, Essie, Urban Decay and Clarisonic. (L’oreal – Press Release)

Our pending acquisition does not change NYX’s commitment to being 100% cruelty-free and PETA certified. You will continue to get the 100% cruelty-free products you’ve always loved at great prices. NYX proudly stands behind our brand commitment to not test any of our raw materials or finished products on animals. Thank you for standing with us and supporting NYX Cosmetics. (Source: NYX Facebook)

Already in June last year, NYX has been bought by L’Oréal, but I just read about it yesterday. NYX has been one of those affordable brands that continuously promoted cruelty-free products. Now, I know that being bought by L’Oréal doesn’t mean they won’t continue to sell cruelty-free products, but I believe that buying NYX will from now on also benefit L’Oréal, whose animal testing policies I don’t agree with. I know that some people disagree with this and think we should continue to buy NYX to show L’Oréal that we want to buy cruelty-free products and change their mind (see article below as well). I for one believe that if L’Oréal really wanted to be cruelty-free, they could promote this matter and not simply bend to regulations where needed. I decided to not buy any The Body Shop or Urban Decay products either in the past as L’Oreal purchased them. So, sadly I will not buy any new NYX products anymore although I think they have some great stuff for great prices, such as their Jumbo Eye Pencils and lip liners.

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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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Other reviews & swatches:

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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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Although I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I do appreciate the sales and I collected a few that you might find interesting.

Find more online shops with discounts over at Temptalia.

EOTD – 09.10.2014

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ETOD – 14.08.2014

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NYX – Trio Eyeshadow

What NYX says about the Trio Eyeshadows

Three’s definitely company when it comes to this trio of fashionably co-ordinated eye shadow shades in the NYX Trio Eye Shadow palette. Apply your statement shade on the eye lid, blend with the crease colour and finish with the highlight. Includes a dual-ended sponge applicator and mirror for on-the-go touch-ups. Available in 45 eye-catching palette variations.

Trio Eyeshadow in Lake Moss

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Trio Eyeshadow in TS6 Purple/Deep Purple/Prune

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Ingredients

[Lake Moss] Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, BHT, Methylparaben, Propylparaben May contain: Yellow iron oxide/CI 77492, Black iron oxide/CI 77499

[Purple/Deep Purple/Prune] Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Tridecyl Trimelitate, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba)Seed Oil, Bis-Diglycerlyl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, BHT, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May contain: Black iron oxide(CI 77499), Manganese Violet(CI77742), Red Iron Oxide(CI77491), Ultramarine Blue(CI7707), Mica(CI77019), Titanium Dioxide(CI77891), Yellow iron oxide(CI 77492)

NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencils

 

NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencils

What Nyx says: A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly—no pulling, tugging or fading—and come in a rainbow of vivid hues. Some call her chubby. We say voluptuous.

Codecheck: 17 empfehlenswert, 1 eingeschränkt empfehlenswert, 2 weniger empfehlenswert, 3 nicht empfehlenswert, 2 nicht bewertet

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Ingredients:

Bees Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax,  Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) wax, Ceresin,  Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Octyldodeanol , Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, B.H.A, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, and Polyethylene Terephthalate.  MAY CONTAIN:  Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 774992), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007), or Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

EOTD – 19.06.2013

(1) NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencil in #604 Milk (lower part of the lid, inner corner of the eyes and lower lash line as base)

(2) p2 – Eyeshadow #020 rose quartz [far east. so close] (lower part of the lid)

(3) Sleek – Ultra Matte V2 Dark Palette: Pillow Talk (from the crease to the browbone)

(4) p2 – metal eyes eye shadow #040 White Unicorn (lower lash line, inner corner of the eye)

(5) Sleek – Ultra Matte V2 Dark Palette: Highness (top lash line)

(6) Collection 2000 – Lengthening Mascara in Purple (top lashes only)