August favorites

Like every time I am pretty late presenting you my five top products of the month. After my vacation in Greece (where I'd rather be) I've finally managed to sit down and share it with you guys.

1. UD – 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Heartless / 2. RCMA Makeup – No-Color Powder /
3. Giorgio Armani - Luminous Silk Foundation #5.5 / 4.
UD – 24/7 Water line Eye Pencil Walk of Shame /
5. Essie Nail Lacquer madison ave-hue

Giorgio Armani "Luminous Silk Foundation"
I told you in my Cravings 2016 that the Armani Foundation is one I would like to spoil myself with. Some month later I went out and bought it, which wasn't that easy because I needed to find a place in Austria where I can get it, plus choosing a shade was complicated as well. I ended up purchasing # 5.5 - a shade perfect for medium skin (I self-tan, that's why I use a shade much darker than my natural skin color). It feels light-weight and provides a medium to full coverage if you build it up. Also, it is suitable for all skin types, oil-free and has a matte finish.

Essie Nail Lacquer in "madison ave-hue"
It's funny that I own a ton of nail polishes but I always end up using similar colors (peachy, pinks, blues or black). One of my favorite pinks is called "madison ave-hue" - I am glad that I've won it at a tombola because I am not quite sure if I would have bought it by myself. It contains glitter particles but in a decent way and like most of the Essie polishes this color lasts up to one week on your nails.

Swatches Essie madison ave-hue

RCMA Makeup "No-color powder"
Baking has become an essential methode for me, especially for the area under my eyes because I have oily lids and every mascara that I use will smudge and you can call me "panda". With this setting powder none of these things will happen plus it doesn't dry my skin out like the Laura Mercier one which I still like but if you have dry skin I would not recommend it to you. Furthermore, the RCMA one is more affordable and I like the packaging here better because it can't break that easily.

Urban Decay – 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil & 24/7 Water Line Eye Pencil
Yeah, also this time Urban Decay is part of my monthly favorites because I am a fan of their new products. The first one is the 24/7 water line eye pencil in "Walk of Shame", a beigy color. Personally, I need to put something on my water line, because I always look like a ghost with nothing on it and white never suited me. (We all know: Black makes your eyes appear smaller & older; white brightens your eyes and creates the illusion that they are bigger). I am pretty happy with the beige version because it really lasts for hours and for me it looks more natural than applying a white liner to the water line.
The second eye liner in "Heartless" became one of my favorites because of its icy pink color that will make your eyes pop (inner corner!). I use it mostly on my lower lash line, most of the time on its own and sometimes I will just apply the liner in the middle over another color. Since it is Urban Decay, this liner is creamy, waterproof and easy to blend.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Water Line Heartless Walk of Shame



EOTD: Dark purple

For this week's look I've decided to create something really outstanding using purple as my main color. This time, I am focusing on both, eyes and lips and of course, I am using a purple highlighter too. Since I've struggled with my new foundation palette it took me almost two hours to create this (normally not time-consuming) look but nevertheless I am really satisfied with the outcome.

Purple Makeup look Jeffree Star Abused Artist Palette

Purple Makeup look Jeffree Star Abused Artist Palette

1. Base:
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot "Imaginary"
2. Whole Lid: Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette "Unicorn", crease:Punch Fuschia
3. Water line: Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil  “Walk of shame"
4. Lower lash line: "Unicorn"
5. False lashes: Huda Beauty in “Scarlett #8
6. Mascara: Chanel Dimensions de Chanel "#10 Noir"

1. Foundation & concealer: RCMA Foundation/Concealer Palette VK # 11
2. Baking: RCMA "No color powder"
3. Contouring & Bronzing: Anastasia Beverly Hills Original Contour Kit Light to Medium in "Havana"& Urban Decay Beached Bronzer "Bronzed"
4. Highlighting: Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child Glow Kit in “Purple Horseshoe
5. Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in “Medium Brown

Lips: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick "Abused"

Purple Makeup look Jeffree Star Abused Artist Palette



ABH 'Trust Issues': old vs. new | comparison to 'Veronica'

Due to the fact that Norvina (the daughter of the founder of ABH Cosmetics) addressed the issue that many people said 'Veronica' and 'Trust Issues', both are liquid lipsticks, looked way too similar, she renewed the color of Trust Issues. I thought that's a great occasion to compare them side by side and also give you my thoughts on the newer version of Trust Issues including swatches, so you can make up your own mind.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Comparison Veronica Trust Issues new old

Original Trust Issues: More like a rusty/brownish red
Renewed Trust Issues: Described as a dusty aubergine
Veronica: Described as a taupe mauve

In my opinion, Veronica and the previous color of Trust Issues don't look similar at all, even if they both are brownish - I can still see a big difference. I feared that the current one would look more like 'Potion' because now they are both aubergine colors but my worries were unfounded since Potion is way deeper and darker.

Veronica vs. old trust issues vs. new trust issues

What has changed are both formulation and color in both products compared to other colors of the brand.  I like that because I am not a huge fan of the original formulation since I got to try other brands' liquid lipsticks and now am able to tell a difference. The newer ones dry down better, don't take that long to settle and last longer while the original ones need way too long to dry down completely on my lips, even if I exfoliate and moisturize the hell out of them. Without these steps, liquid lipstick just will look patchy on me since I have dry lips which means that I probably should stick to a normal lipstick. Colorwise I like both versions, the old and the new one.
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