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Best of 2015 – Makeup

As I haven’t blogged very frequently in 2015, there were quite a few discoveries I’ve made in the beauty department that have never appeared on here before. I didn’t want to withhold my new “holy grail” products, so let’s jump right in!

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Base Products

Picking my favourite concealer was a piece of cake this year. The Clarins Instant Concealer is hands down the best concealer I’ve ever come across! It combines high coverage with a silky moisturising base, which makes it perfect for using all over the face. The formula blends in like a dream and stays put without creasing. It is a little expensive, but the 15 ml tube is probably going to last me twice as long as regular concealers, so it’s definitely worth the price tag!

Even though the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer was already in my last year’s favourites, I feel the need to mention it again this year. If any of you out there still hasn’t tried it, it’s safe to say you’re missing out! As far as formula and shade range goes, the Fit Me Concealer is my favourite from the drugstore. Good coverage and a creamy blendable formula set it apart from its counterparts. For around 5€ it’s an absolute bargain!

 

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The Honey Bronzer by The Body Shop was, by far, my most used bronzer of last year. I love that it’s matte and, more importantly, that it comes in very light to dark shades. I have the lightest shade, and for me as a fair-complected girl, it’s the perfect one for all-year-round everyday wear. Only the 16€ price tag made me think twice about buying it (but thanks to their amazing deals, you never have to pay full price at The Body Shop!)

 

L’Oréal released a real gem among the drugstore foundations last year! The L’Oréal Infallible 24h- Matte Foundation combines medium-high coverage with a velvety matte finish that I’ve always lusted after. It’s by no means a flat kind of matte. There is a subtle sheen to it, that keeps things looking healthy and doesn’t rob the face of its dimension. And although it gives my complexion a flawless look, it feels lightweight and doesn’t even look cakey on little dry patches. L’Oréal absolutely nailed it with this formula!

 

It’s safe to say that 2015 was the year of highlighters. The one that worked the best for me is the The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter. The pale pink sheen is perfect on my fair skin tone and it’s very wearable because it doesn’t have any visible shimmer particles in it. What I also love about this is its versatility. Because it’s a creamy liquid, I use it under my foundation, mix it into my foundation or pat it on afterwards for a stronger sheen. Either way, it doesn’t interfere with any other products, it lasts all day and makes my complexion look wonderfully luminous and radiant!

 

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Not only are these Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes incredibly pretty to look at with the colour pigments swirled into the iconic luminising powders. They are also gorgeous on the cheeks, giving a subtle but brightening sheen while adding a subtle flush. I especially loved Mood Exposure, but the temptation to mix and match the shades is too great to resist! I received this limited edition palette from my lovely friend Janet from Jan and Jot and I love her so much for going on a hunt for one of the last palettes for me before they sold out!

 

A budget-friendly alternative I loved last year is the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush. The shade Seductive Pink is a gorgeous rose-y pink that gives a subtle sheen to the cheekbones, almost like the Hourglass blushes, only for a fraction of the price! And don’t be put off by the baked formula – It’s one of the creamiest and most flattering blushes I’ve ever come across!

 

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Lip Products

To me, nude lipsticks used to be danger zone for a long time. Through clueless trial and error, I have somewhat figured out what works for me and MAC Patisserie was my breakthrough discovery in 2015! The fact that it’s a Luster finish makes it super wearable because the formula still lets my natural lip colour shine through. The shade itself is a lovely blend of peach, pink and brown with a subtle hint of golden shimmer. At the moment I consider Patisserie my perfect nude and wear it religiously!

 

One of the best releases of 2015 has to be the Clinique Lip Pop Colour + Primer lipsticks. The formula is one of the creamiest and most moisturising I’ve ever tried, and the shade range made it hard for me to only opt for one. I have Poppy Pop, a bright corally red, and Plum Pop, a medium pink-y plum shade that I love for everyday. Both of them glide on super smoothly and leave a relatively long-wearing and saturated colour.

 

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MAC Soar is probably the most spoken and raved about lip liner of the whole year! It’s strange enough that I hadn’t noticed all the hype before I bought it. I had originally gone to the MAC counter to look for a nude lipstick and the salesperson suggested a combo of Brave lipstick and Soar lip pencil. I ended up loving Soar and wore it mostly on its own throughout all autumn/winter.

 

On the other side of the price range, I’ve liked the Essence Lipliners for a while, but the shade 11 In The Nude was a discovery of last year. It’s a beige-y nude that’s great for layering or even on its own. It’s not quite a 90’s brown but it goes well with the trend and is a more wearable option for pale girls like me.

 

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Eye Products

As my brows are naturally relatively full, I find myself using that as an excuse to skip grooming them. Naughty, I know. Since I finally gave in to the Anastasia Brow Wiz hype, things have changed and I love the subtle difference it makes compared to traditional brow pencils! The teeny-weeny nib makes it so easy to touch up where I need it and helps me get my brows on-fleek. Love it!

 

The Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara has been another highlight of the past year. Although I am usually not in the game for volumising mascaras, this is one I can use on a daily basis without having to fear that I might end up with a clumpy mess. It has a medium-sized, dense traditional wand that distributes the product evenly and is easy to maneuver in the corners. The formula is on the dry side, which I find helps to build great volume at the roots without having to give up on beautifully fanned-out lashes. It didn’t crumble or smudge on me, so what more can I ask for?

 

I have used the W7 Amazing Lash Mascara earlier in 2015. You might have already seen the post in which I compared it to the iconic Benefit They’re Real! Mascara here. Yes, I do prefer it over it’s pricy role model. Yes, it is available for under a fiver. I loved the way it defined, gave length and held the curl. It honestly was the most impressive mascara I tried in a long time!

 

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In 2015 I discovered many different eyeshadow palettes and the Lorac Pro Palette is hands down the best! Being half matte and half shimmery, it has all the essentials from cream to gold, bronze, mauve and some fun shades to spice things up a little. It truly outshines all of my other palettes with its high quality and versatile simplicity. It’s a kind of palette that I could use every single day without getting sick of it!

The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette was definitely one of the palettes I loved to play around with. The shade range includes gorgeous reddish browns, a cranberry, a stunning gold and everything else to complete a warm and sultry eye look. It took me some courage to put some of the shades to use, since they are at a point where neutral merges with colour. However, I ended up falling in love with everything about this palette, especially with such a great value for money!

 

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This compact little Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette might not be groundbreaking, but in 2015 I reached for it a lot more than I originally thought I would. The shade range doesn’t make it too versatile, but it contains many basic shades that I use on a daily basis. Most of the time I create a subtle “nude” look with the first 3 shades, and the darker ones are great for adding more definition, liner and even for my brows. It has become a much-loved staple in my collection!

 

Extras

I love my brushes but the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge changed my whole view of makeup application. It leaves a smooth and almost airbrushed finish on my skin, whether I’m working with foundation, concealer or other liquid/cream products. Another thing I love about it is the shape. The combination of the angled flat side, the tip and the sides make it incredibly versatile for all-over application, getting in the nooks and pinpoint work. It’s an affordable little helper with a giant impact on my makeup!

 

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My favourite fragrance of the whole year was this fancy glass hand grenade filled with floral perfection. With the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EdP the name is the game: The cocktail of freesia, jasmin, orchid, rose and patchouli is frisky, yet feminine and elegant. It’s the kind of perfume I could wear everyday, any day, all year round. I find the scent quite intense, so one quick spritz is enough to enwrap me with a sweet and springy aura all day.

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December Favourites

True to the motto “better late than never”, I am once again the last person on the internet sharing my favourites of December. There were only a few items that stood out to me in that month, but those that did are definitely worth mentioning! Since this is my first post of the new year, I wish you all a happy and successful 2016!

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette

Do you know this type of product that makes you go “meh…” when you look at it but whenever you’re getting ready you seem to reach for it? That’s this collab palette by Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani to me. I still can’t say that I feel overly inspired when I look at it, but instead, it’s extremely easy and effortless to use. Most of the shadows are very daytime-appropriate and combine like a dream. There’s not many high-quality, fool-proof everyday palettes with drama potential like this one!

 

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Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara

This one came in the sexiest little black sequin makeup pouch that was free with purchase. I have only heard good things about Max Factor mascaras, and this is definitely one to check out! The 2000 Calorie Mascara has a densely packed traditional wand that’s just the right size. Big enough to give my lashes a decent amount of volume but not too big for it to smudge all over my lids. What’s most important to me is that it goes on really smoothly and even if I happen to apply too much product, it effortlessly brushes everything out and gives my lashes a voluminous but still fluttery look. I can’t complain about the hold and lasting power either. Think of it as a fool-proof, no-fuss mascara that does a bit of everything.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

When I received this unobtrusive little deluxe sample in my swap with Janet from Jan and Jot, I had no idea what to expect from it. I had never heard of the Almost Lipstick line before and even though I was dying to try some Clinique products, the shade did freak me out a little. When I first tried it on, I realised how sheer, emollient and moisturising the formula is. The name “Almost Lipstick” is quite misleading, it definitely falls under the tinted lip balm / gloss category. Once applied, its super deep shade turns into a sheer red with slight brown undertones that instantly prettifies the lips in a very natural and universally flattering way. Built up, it turns into a great wearable take on the 90’s lip trend. This landed in my handbag this autumn and I have been constantly reaching for it since!

 

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The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

A trusty favourite has returned into my bathroom cabinet! After I have used up a bottle of this, I found myself struggling with ineffective and unpleasant cleansers. I couldn’t bear it any longer so I had to repurchase it! This cleansing oil goes on luxuriously smooth, effortlessly melting away all kinds of makeup. I love how easily it rinses off without leaving a residue! I would go as far as saying this is the best cleanser I’ve tried so far and I’m absolutely not surprised why so many people love it. If you haven’t tried it yet, run and get yourself a bottle (ideally when The Body Shop has one of their amazing deals going on!)

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Body Wash

When it comes to body washes, I like to switch things up every now and then. This shower cream has been in use for quite a while but I have no idea why it didn’t make it into my favourites until now. It leaves my skin feel as smooth as a baby’s bum and the lingering feminine, fruity and floral scent makes me look forward to covering myself in it’s lather!

The Body Shop Moringa Beautifying Oil

TBS Moringa Beautifying Oil I’ve been hooked on body oils for quite a while because they’re super easy to slap on after a shower when all I want to do is putting my pyjamas on and snuggling into my bed. Now that my skin is extra thirsty, I usually can’t be bothered fiddling with body butters, so this Beautifying Oil has been a substitution. I love that it’s a dry oil, that means it’s thin, doesn’t need to be rubbed in forever and feels almost “dry” and not tacky on the skin. The Moringa range is one of the least obtrusive, instead it has a delicate floral fragrance. Things would only get easier, if it had a spray nozzle like some of its counterparts. For the price though, especially when you get a good deal, I’m sure anyone could look past that.

 

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And the winner is…

I want to thank every single one of you who entered my giveaway! I’m glad I can give a little something back in return for all the support and inspiration you have given me. Without further ado, let’s have a look at who this lovely palette is going to! Continue reading “And the winner is…”

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Sweet Treat: Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette + Giveaway!

What resembles a box of the finest Belgian chocolates is one of the newest eyeshadow palettes by Zoeva. By now, Zoeva is very well known for their amazing makeup brushes, but their line of makeup didn’t even get nearly as much attention. This palette is what’s changing the game.

For 17,50€ / £15 / $22,50 you get 10 shadows, containing generous 1,5g of product each – compare that to a single MAC refill that costs 15€ and only contains 1g! So the price point is pretty darn good, but let’s have a closer look at what else the palette has to offer. Continue reading “Sweet Treat: Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette + Giveaway!”

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Lookfantastic Beauty Box December – Christmas Edition

Finally, part three of the Christmas Edition Lookfantastic Beauty Box has arrived. This month, I was expecting a very special box, a treat for myself and something that both beauty addicts and beginners would love to receive as a Christmas present. I’m certainly not disappointed:

 

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Eve Lom
Morning Time Cleanser – 50ml (full size is 55,95€ / 125ml)

Let’s start with the obvious star of the show. This generous deluxe-sized cleanser by the legendary premium skin care brand Eve Lom enjoys a five-star-rating on their website. While cleansing without drying the skin, the active ingredients like papaya fruit enzyme and carrot oil are claimed to exfoliate, brighten and tone. This product is suitable for all skin types and can also be used for a lymphatic drainage massage to obtain a radiant and healthy complexion. I wasn’t able to hold myself off from trying the technique described in the leaflet and I was quite impressed, both by the relaxing massage and the way the cleanser made my skin feel.

 

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Lord & Berry
Pailette Glitter Eye Pencil – deluxe size (full size is 13,95€)

This cute little black eyeliner infused with silver micro-glitter is a really nice product for the festive season and New Years. The colour payoff in a single swipe is not the most impressive but it is buildable and for a rarely used product I can get over that. I have noticed that the colour itself is very smudgeable, but the fine glitter stays in place and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all (I wouldn’t recommend using it in the waterline though). Surprisingly, I really like the soft and elegant twinkles around my eyes, so I can’t wait for a special occasion to see this guy in action.

 

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Wet Brush Squirt
full size is 16,95€

As a person who has never tried any of the Tangle Teezers or Wet Brushes, I’m quite curious about what I’ve been missing out on. The Wet Brush Squirt (the choice of name is a little unfortunate…) is designed to effortlessly brush tangles out of dry and wet hair. Its strong yet flexible bristles topped with extra gentle tips are supposed to prevent tugging and pulling on the strands and therefore help protecting them from breakage and split ends. I really like that this brush is so compact because that makes it so easy to just throw in your handbag or take with you while traveling. I’m definitely going to try this out and let you know what I think of it!

 

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Codage
№ 3 Radiance & Energy Serum – 7ml (full size is 101,95€ / 30ml)

This facial serum is probably one of the most premium skin care products I ever got to try out. It is formulated with protecting antioxidants, detoxifying, radiance-boosting and anti-aging active ingredients. Codage seems like such an advanced brand, I was just checking their website and I found a questionnaire that analyses the “code” of your skin and formulates your personalised serum to perfectly suit your needs – I’m really impressed! As expected, the price tag is super cringe-worthy, so for now, I’m happy to be able to try out this little sample.

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Eyelure
Exaggerate No 156 – 7,45€

I’ve hardly ever experimented with falsies, so these dramatic eyelashes will be passed on to someone who would enjoy them. Eyelure is said to make excellent quality hand-made false lashes and this pair would definitely add some va-va-voom to a glamorous party look.

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Molton Brown
Coco & Sandalwood Body Wash – 100ml (full size is 25,45€ / 300ml)

The last item is a generous deluxe-sized shower gel with “floriental” notes of coconut, jasmin and sandalwood. A luxurious and useful product like this is a very safe but excellent addition.

 

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I think Lookfantastic did an incredible job at arraging their December Beauty Box! The products are super lust-worthy and perfect for the party and pamper season plus you get an amazing value for your money. Massive thumbs up! With the end of the 3-monthly Christmas special edition boxes, my “trial” subscription has also come to an end. All of the boxes I have received managed to positively impress me, so I would love to extend my subscription by 3 or maybe even 6 months. Well done Lookfantastic!

 

What’s your favourite beauty box subscription?

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Christmas-y Lush Haul

Last week, we had the first snow of the season. I agree, there’s a very pristine and delicate beauty in little flakes silently falling from the sky, covering everything with a pure white blanket, but having to put on skinny jeans on top of thermal leggings is no fun. Since I discovered Lush last year (I know, I must have lived under a rock) wintertime also means Lush time for me, because

1) in the colder months I love charging some warmth with a relaxing bath, and

2) Lush releases their Christmas exclusives!
So when I was in the store I had a bit of a shopping spree. I blame the typical “Lush scent” in the air that robs me of every sense of thriftiness, which I have a hard time holding on to anyway. Let’s say it was a late birthday present to myself.

 

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When I walked in, I already knew I was going to get the Rose Jam Body Wash. Even though I enjoyed Snow Fairy, I wanted to try out something different, maybe I felt a little more grown-up this year (even though I believe you can’t grow out of drooling over the smell of candy.) As the name already suggests, the shower gel is rose-scented, but it also contains valuable rose oil and absolute, vanilla essence, nourishing argan oil and goji berry extract. I love the smell of it so far, and if it lathers up and feels as amazing as Snow Fairy did, I think Rose Jam might become another favourite. Continue reading “Christmas-y Lush Haul”

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November Favourites

Another month is coming to an end and that means it’s time for the favourites! I haven’t done one of these in ages, so this is going to be a roundup of the things I have been loving for a longer period of time rather than just this month. So without further ado, let’s have a look at my favourites:

 

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Lorac
Pro Palette

This palette used to be right at the top of my makeup wish list but Lorac is almost impossible to get hold of if you’re not in the States. Lucky me for having an angel as a friend! Janet from Jan and Jot, who btw has an amazing Instagram gallery (check it out here and follow), was so incredibly kind to send me a Lorac Pro Palette in our second beauty swap! In this palette, you get a bit of everything: Warm tones, cool tones, neutrals, a bit of colour, light shades and smokey shades. Half of the shadows are shimmery and the other half is matte and they all are extremely pigmented, buttery and easily blendable. My absolute favourite shades are taupe, mauve, light bronze, pewter and garnet (probably my No 1). I feel like I’ve hit the makeup jackpot! I love it so much, if I could only have one eyeshadow palette, it would for sure be this one! Continue reading “November Favourites”

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Lookfantastic Beauty Box November

I am back on the blog with a brand new look! I love the bright and clean design of the new theme and honestly, some brushing up was way overdue. Anyway, I received the November edition of the Lookfantastic Beauty Box, my most recent find in the world of beauty subscriptions, and I quickly wanted to share this month’s products with you. If you’re curious about the contents of last month’s Lookfantastic Beauty Box, check out my post on it here.

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Continue reading “Lookfantastic Beauty Box November”

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Lookfantastic Beauty Box October

After an overly long hiatus, I am finally back in the blogosphere with a little post on a beauty subscription I have recently discovered. Due to three disappointing Glossyboxes (the German version), I had serious doubts about how much value I really got for my money, because honestly, I was very ho-hum about half of the products I received. My hesitation didn’t last too long and I’m now giving the Lookfantastic Beauty Box a go, to see if I’m happier with that one.

Lookfantastic is a British online shop that features makeup, hair and skin care products from brands like Bareminerals, Shu Uemura, Oskia, REN and many more, plus they offer free worldwide shipping. Their single Beauty Box costs 20,70€ / £15 / $23,25, but with 3, 6 or 12-monthly subscription you get good discounts. It comes with at least 6 products from their website, mostly travel sizes but also full size items.

This month, Lookfantastic introduced a limited edition Christmas Beauty Box Range with gorgeous designs and hopefully amazing contents that will be available from October to December. I took the opportunity and here’s what I got in my October Lookfantastic Beauty Box: Continue reading “Lookfantastic Beauty Box October”

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March Beauty Favourites

I feel like my monthly favourites are the only posts I do regularly. I’m really trying to mix things up a bit but finishing a post takes me ages even though I already have about 20 almost finished drafts. I should probably consider setting up a schedule to make myself work in a certain time frame. There are so many things I want to share with you and hopefully I will manage to work on my posts a lot more regularly.

Anyway! For now I’ve got another monthly favourites post for you with my most loved beauty-related items of March:

Continue reading “March Beauty Favourites”