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.


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.




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


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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7 Shades of Pink… Blushes


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 June you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour pink. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. See also my previous post on 7 Shades of Green and my 7 Shades of Pink… Lipstick.

The oldest blushes are the Manhattan ones from a Limited Edition that was released during the Oktoberfest time in 2011. They are baked and very pigmented, I only need a tiny amount when I use them, and I still do when I want some bright pink cheeks. The Sleek blushes, i reviewed them recently here, are the very bright and shimmery Mirrored Pink from the Aqua Collection and Pomegranate, one of my favourite Sleek blushes. I also recently posted about my two Illamasqua blushes, which last really long on me and are again of bright pink colour. Last but not least my Everyday Minerals Blush in Nick Nack, which is a brilliant everyday blush that is subtle, yet makes you look more refreshed and defined.

  • (1) Everyday Minerals – Mineral Blush in Nick Nack
  • Sleek – Blush in Mirrored Pink 846 (Aqua Collection LE) [now available as part of the Eye & Cheek Palette in Dancing ’til Dusk]
  • (2) Manhattan – Zuckerl Rose 55V (Oktoberfest LE)
  • (3) Illamasqua – Powder Blusher in Hussy [also available as part of the Face Palette in Semblance]
  • (4) Manhattan – Gaudi 65V (Oktoberfest LE)
  • (5) Illamasqua – Powder Blusher in Thrust
  • (6) Sleek – Blush in Pomegranate 923 [also available as part of the Eye & Cheek Palette in See You at Midnight]



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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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New In: Sleek Oh so special


Sleek – iDivine Eyeshadow Palette in Oh So Special (£7.99/12×1.1g)

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What Sleek says:

Sleek MakeUP’s legendary i-Divine eyeshadow palettes are 12 shades of super-pigmented, longlasting, mineral based eyeshadow, designed to suit all. Each i-Divine eyeshadow palette contains pearlescent shades, which contain mica particles that highlight and illuminate giving an overall radiant effect. Available in a variety of colour ways, your i-Divine is waiting for you.

Oh So Special includes ultra flattering pink and brown shades that will deliver perfect results no matter the occasion. Take your look from day time chic with matte browns and creamy beiges, through to a sultry evening look with shimmering greys and smoky plums.

OH SO SPECIAL i-Divine encapsulates everything that is fashion forward, sophisticated, and feminine. This exquisite addition to the i-Divine family has been created for all women and the OH SO SPECIAL woman is confident, on trend and courageous with her style.

What I say:


A long time I have been eyeing this palette, but for some reason never actually bought it. Last Friday was the day I just gave in and could not resist any longer. Find below some swatches of this lovely palette and my first impressions.


From left to right: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate

The mix of matte and frosty eyeshadows is quite common in Sleek’s palettes. As per usual, the matte shades are a bit more difficult to work with, but not unworkable. I found ‘Wrapped Up’ the hardest to show up in my swatches as it took me several swipes to get the colour to show up at all. Bow is such a neutral matte colour that it barely shows in my swatch above on the very left, but it is a great blending shade. My favourite colour probably is ‘Gateau’, such a beautiful pink with golden shimmer. Although ‘Glitz’ is a nice colour, for me it is the only colour that does not really fit the rest of the palette. I would have preferred another matte purple or similar instead.


From left to right: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir

Check out some makeup inspiration by Talasia, KokoRiri and Liloo, all using the Oh So Special Palette!

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Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Mica, Talc, Kaolin, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Paraffinum Liquid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propylparaben and Methylparaben, +/- [CI77510, CI 77289, CI 77491, ,CI 77492].

Sleek Blushes


Sleek Blushes (£4.49/8g)

What Sleek says:

Our blushers are long lasting and highly pigmented available in a variety of finishes. Each shade glides on smoothly and enables you to create an array of stunning looks. We offer a wide range of shades to complement any skin tone, no matter the occasion.

What I say:


Mirrored Pink was part of the Lagoon LE in 2013. It is now available in the Eye and Cheek Palette in Dancing ’til Dusk. I love this shiny pink colour, particularly in spring and summer.


Pomegranate is probably my favourite blush by Sleek and is part of their standard product range. It is also available as part of the Eye and Cheek palette in See You At Midnight. I would describe it as a mix of pink and red with a slight shimmer to it.


My first Sleek blush and probably also one of the most hyped ones out there is Rose Gold. Many bloggers compared it Nars Orgasm, which I don’t own, but I will link you some comparisons below.


The Honour blush was part of the 2012 Limited Edition Collection they released during the Olympic Games. It is a brownish red that I personally love to wear in autumn.

Overall I think these blushes are a good option in the drugstore, as they are very affordable and generally also very pigmented. Sleek says they are long lasting, however in my experience they kind of disappear after a while. Other blushes like the ones by Illamasqua or Everyday Minerals last a lot better on me. That being said, I do enjoy using them and think for what they cost they are good quality.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Mica, Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Pentaerythrityl Teraisostearate, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Chloroxylenol May Contain [+/- CI. 77891, CI. 15850, C1 45410, CI. 77360, CI. 19140, CI. 15985, CI. 77492, CI. 77491, CI. 77499 CI 77742]


Sleek Blush by 3 (£10.00/20g)

What Sleek says:

The ultimate cheeky palette offering you three times the impact. Includes three complementary shades, each designed with its own distinctive finish, from rich shimmers to intense matte shades.

  • Available in eight unique colour combinations designed to suit all skin tones
  • Each shade can be used alone, or layered for a unique look
  • Each palette has a versatile selection of shades to take your makeup from day to night and keep it on trend from season to season
  • Set in a mirrored compact, ideal for touch-ups throughout the day

What I say:

The above Blush by 3 is the Sugar one, which includes the blushes (1) Turbinado (2) Muscovado and (3) Demerara. My favourite colour out of the three is the one in the middle, which is also the most pigmented one. I sometimes use it as an eyeshadow as well. The two other matte shades are a lot more chalky and take more effort to blend them nicely. Overall, a handy palette if you are traveling because you have several colours to choose from.

Other reviews and swatches:

Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil , Petrolatum , Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ozokerite, Beeswax, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Red 7 Lake, Iron Oxides (CI77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

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EOTD – 08.03.2015

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EOTD – 23.12.2014


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