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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Battle of the… Liquid Foundations

dark rituals foundation


dark rituals foundation

From left to right:

  • Rituals – Gemstone Foundation in 1
  • Gosh – CC Cream in Porcelain
  • Witch – Witch Anti Blemish BB Cream
  • Witch – Anti Blemish Tinted Moisturiser in 01 Light

I started wearing more mineral powder makeup this year and particularly in summer I like the feeling on my skin. In winter however, I do enjoy a liquid foundation that also offers some hydration to my dry skin. On a daily basis, the Gosh CC Cream is my favourite as it offers light coverage that doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. For an evening out, the Rituals Gemstone Foundation is my go to foundation. Both Witch products I only use when my skin is irritated and has some blemishes to additionally support my skin in getting better.

In terms of ingredients, these foundations cannot compete with the mineral makeup I showed on the blog before, the Rituals one being still the best one out of the lot. I think in the future once I replace them I might have a look at Lily Lolo’s BB Cream.

Rituals – Gemstone Foundation (£20.50/30ml)

rituals gemstone foundation

What Rituals says:

  • A light foundation that blends perfectly with your skin.
  • Pure minerals give a delicate, soft finish that allows your skin to breathe.
  • The combination of precious stones allows your skin to relax.
  • Skin feels sensational.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • Contains SPF 15.

What I say:

I got some samples of this foundation ages ago and I really liked it, which is why I bought the full size. This foundation has a good coverage and does blur out lines and pores. I would not wear it on a daily basis, for that it feels too heavy for me personally, but when I am going out or generally am looking for a more perfect makeup look, the Rituals foundation is my choice. The texture of the product is smooth and I usually apply it with my Real Technique’s Stippling Brush. For my combination skin I need to powder my face to make it stay in place for a couple of hours.

Available in 6 shades.

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Gosh – CC Cream (£8.99/30ml)

cc foundation

What Gosh says:

GOSH CC Cream is an illuminating foundation delivering five results in one step. Light coverage, moisture and SPF 10 sun protection. CC Cream illuminates skin and evens out skin tone thanks to light-reflecting pigments that hide any skin imperfections. The perfect foundation for a natural glowing skin. The formula is oil-free and made without any perfume or parabens.

CC Cream illuminates skin, gives a light coverage and evens out skin tone.
Adds moisture to the skin and SPF 10 protects against the sun. Thanks to light-reflecting pigments skin imperfections will appear less visible. The active ingredient Gatuline® Radiance keeps skin looking flawless with its anti aging properties that improve skin microcirculation. The formula is oil-free.

– Light coverage.
– Illuminates.
– Helps skin to stay moisture.
– Protects against the sun with SPF 10.
– Anti aging.
– Oil free.
– Perfume and paraben free.

What I say:

I simply apply the CC Cream with my fingers as you can spread it really easily. It makes my skin feel really smooth and soft. Although the product is rather lightweight it still has enough coverage to hide your under eye circles as well as blemishes while it evens out your skin.

Available in 5 shades.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Cytoclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Titanium Dioxide (nano), Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Mica, Oleth-10, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Alumina, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ci 77492/Iron Oxides, Isodeceth-6, Aluminum Stearate, Alumina Oxide, Ci 77491/Iron Oxides, Benzoic Acid, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Simethicone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide

Witch – Witch Anti Blemish BB Cream (£6.99/50ml)


What Witch says:

Witch’s Beauty Balm is ideal for blemish prone skin. It evens out skin tone, smoothes and hydrates whilst providing an immediate visible improvement in the appearance of your skin. SPF 15 protects the skin whilst the natural witch hazel helps keep it clear, leaving you looking flawless, radiant and natural.

What I say:

The texture of the Witch Beauty Balm is very thick, yet it does apply very evenly and blurs out blemishes and pores. I never tried an Asian BB Creams, but they are usually described as a product with thick consistency and good coverage, so I assume this Beauty Balm is actually similar to that. Most European Beauty Balms in recent years have been nothing more than a tinted moisturiser if you ask me. I would say it offers a light to medium coverage and the colours does adapt well to the skin tone. I simply apply this with my fingers, I don’t think a brush is needed for this product.

Available in 1 shade for all skin types.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, CI 77891, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sorbitan Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Stearate, Alcohol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Mica, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Decyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylisothiazolinone, BHT, Sodium Chloride, Natto Gum,Chlorphenesin, EDTA, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499

Witch – Anti Blemish Tinted Moisturiser (£4.99/30ml)

witch tinted moisturiser

What Witch says:

Tinted moisturiser that uses Witch Hazel extract to provide antibacterial coverage while it mattifies the skin. Oil and fragrance free, it eliminates the need for separate moisturisers and foundations.

What I say:

I actually found it quite hard to get my hands on this moisturiser and I found it by accident in a local pharmacy. To be honest, I am unsure if this a discontinued product or who stocks it at this moment in time. The only place I found it online is a pharmacy called Pharmacy2U.

The consistency is rather thick and reminds me of a foundation by Manhattan I used ages ago. It does have a mattefying effect, but it doesn’t last all day for me, I would definitely recommend wearing a face powder on top for it to last longer. I simply apply this with my fingers.

Available in 3 shades (Light, Medium and Dark).

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Aqua, Methyl Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, CI 77891, CI77491, CI77492, CI77499.

The Perfect Palette [TAG]

I really like this tag, I find it very interesting to see what palettes other people use and like the most. I have a small collection of palettes, most of them from Sleek, but I am also a big fan of the Too Faced palettes. With the 10 questions below I explored my stash and really enjoyed putting this post together. If you wanna see more Perfect Palette Tags, check out these posts:

1. Best Packaging

Too Faced - In Your Dreams

Too Faced – In Your Dreams (Dream Edition)

Do I really have to explain this? Just look at the picture… 🙂 I guess this can be called kitsch already, which I am normally not a fan of, but this packaging design is just beautiful. By the way, the inner life includes eyeshadows, blushes and lip glosses that are all great quality. I’m also a fan of the instructions Too Faced provides so that makeup newbies have some help how to use their new product.

2. Best Color Payoff

Sleek - Vintage Romance

Sleek – Vintage Romance

I have several brands I generally like for their colour payoff, namely Artdeco, Inglot and TooFaced. However, this Sleek Palette has a a great colour payoff, especially if you consider that it only costs £7.99 and therefore is a lot cheaper than the alternative brands I mentioned before. I think this Limited Edition is definitely worth its money, particularly if you like purple tones like me.

3. Most Versatile

Sleek Shangri La

Sleek – Respect [Shangri-La Collection]

For me this palette offers quite a variety of eye makeups, as I do like to wear neutrals and orange tones on my eyes on a regular basis. Probably doesn’t work for all eye colours, but with my green-brown eyes this colour selection works pretty well.

4. Best for Traveling

Too Faced - Glamour To Go

Too Faced – Glamour to Go (Dream Edition)

I love this palette for traveling as it includes almost everything you need to create a complete look. Further, it is quite small and doesn’t take up much space. The quality of Too Faced products as always surprised me and the the eyeshadows are super soft and easy to blend. See more of this palette at Blush Over Done.

5. Biggest Regret

Catrice - The Sydney Collection

Catrice – The Sydney Collection (Eye and Cheek Palette)

Luckily I found this palette in the sales section and didn’t pay full price as I am not super happy with it. I like the idea of having palettes for different cities and the design is nice too. Overall however, the palette is a bit bulky, but even more importantly the eyeshadows are not as pigmented as I would have wished. The colour selection is nice and I still use it once in a while, but if I would have to choose again, I would not buy it anymore. See some swatches over at Frau Kirschvogel.

6. Best Color Names

Too Faced - In Your Dreams

Too Faced – In Your Dreams (Dream Edition)

From what I’ve read online, I think that The Balm seems to have quite extraordinary and funny names. I don’t own any of their palettes, so looking at the ones in my stash the ‘In Your Dreams’ palette drew my attention on it again. The names of the eyeshadows suit the topic of the design quite well. Recent Sleek palettes have also been a bit more creative in the naming department.

7. Least Used

MUA Matte Palette

MUA – Matte Palette

I bought it for Halloween, as I thought it might be useful to have some matte colours handy, cheap ones that is, which I wouldn’t mind sharing with people coming over for our party. 😉 I used it for my halloween look, but ever since haven’t gotten around to use it again, so maybe it will get some more love in the future, as the shadows itself were actually not too bad.

8. Most Used

Sleek Au Naturel

Sleek – Au Naturel

This palette is also quite handy when traveling, especially for work when I am doing more natural looks. Unfortunately, my palette by now looks well loved, as all the traveling left its traces, and some of the eyeshadows are now in crumbles. Anyways, good for every day looks, thus probably the palette I used the most.

9. Most Loved

Rituals Amethyst

Rituals – Amethyst Collection

I just love these purple shades and how easily they glide on. See also some swatches in my previous post about the palette. When I first saw it I tried to tell myself I don’t need anymore purple eyeshadows, but some time later I could not resist anymore. Actually, I also bought the Rituals Duo Eyeshadow in Ameythst Impression with very similar colours.

10. Desert Island

Sleek Sunset

Sleek – Sunset

I know, I know, probably I should choose one of the palettes that is the most used and most loved, but honestly… stuck on a nice island I want to have some bright colours that can compete with the beauty of the water and the sun. So, without any question, it has to be Sleek’s Sunset Palette. It is definitely a go-to palette in summer when I feel like having a bright/red look.

Rituals – 4 Color Eye Shadow [Amethyst Collection]

Rituals – 4 Color Eye Shadow: Amethyst Collection

Rituals says:

  • Silky smooth, long-lasting eye shadow
  • Must-have colour collection of matt, shiny, intense and subtle shadows, allowing endless style combinations
  • Pure gemstones achieve uniquely intense colours
  • Natural gemstone powders allow the skin to breathe while leaving the skin feeling sensationally soft
  • The ancient gemstone Sapphire strengthens the “third eye”, thereby deepening intuition and insight, while having a beautiful brightening effect
  • Mild formula: natural gemstones – pure minerals – perfume-free – paraben-free – dermatologically tested

Other Reviews and Swatches:

Rituals – Nail Varnish

Rituals – Nail Varnish

  • Sparkling Coral [LE: Metropolitan Boulevard, 2013]

What Rituals says about the Nail Varnish:

  • Long-lasting nail varnish
  • An easy-to-apply nail varnish with rich and vibrant colour intensity
  • Effortless and accurate thanks to a flat brush, created to achieve an even, glistening finish
  • Rituals make-up contains natural minerals enriched with a blend of powdered gemstones

Rituals – Mini Nail Varnish

What Rituals says about the Mini Nail Varnish:

  • This nail varnish is easy to apply and has a full and rich color intensity
  • Long-lasting nail varnish
  • Easy and accurate application thanks to the flat brush which ensures an even and glossy finish
  • Rituals make-up contains natural minerals, enriched with a mix of crushed gemstones
  • Contains SPF 15