February Favorites

Better late than never I sat down and summed up my February Favorites which mostly feature skincare this time. Some products were items I received in my advent calendar from Niche Beauty along with Christmas presents. Trying new products you would not get your hands on because you are not familiar with the brand, can’t find reviews of the item or just because you don’t have the time to combed through a website is the number one reason for me (besides the fact that I like to spoil myself) to buy such calendars or beauty boxes - remember those times, when Glossybox was still fabulous and not a monthly summary of products you get at the Drugstore? Yeah, I kinda miss it too!

Michael van Clarke - The No. 1 brush
Who would have thought that one of my favorites will include a hair item one day? Me neither, but it’s happening! I’ve skipped applying any hair conditioner for years so my hair thanks me with being tangled and hard to brush through, so when the TangleTeezer arrived on the beauty market, it became my savior. Nevertheless, due to the fact that I carry enough makeup related stuff with me when I am traveling, I wanna save space and don’t wanna bring two brushes with me. I know now why it is called ‘the No. 1 brush’ because it is just fabulous - it detangles and styles your hair, no matter if they are wet or dry (other than the TangleTeezer). The product is handmade and available in three sizes - small (which I own), medium and large. The pins are made from Japanese nylon and super flexible.

Oskia London - Renaissance Hand Cream
A beauty item that I always carry around is a rich hand cream because my hands used to get dry during the day, also because I wash my hands a thousand times in 24 hours (hello Monk!). This one is from Oskia, a brand I’ve never heard from before, smells like rose and chamomile and contains e.g. Shea butter, pomegranate extract to soothe and reduces inflammation. It also softens and nourishes, minimizes the appearance of age spots and dryness. It is made for dry and mature skin and perfect for cold winters plus it’s not sticky. At first I was surprised on how thin the texture is. This one is sitting on my bedside table and it provides my skin all night long.

Elizabeth Arden New York - Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm
I am not only blessed with dry hands, but with dry lips as well - and no, I drink enough water during the day, around four or five liters sound enough for me. This lip cream is designed to strengthen the moisture barrier and to make your lips look healthy again. It is recommended to use it before going to sleep or when needed, but I use it only at night time because Vaseline doesn’t hydrate my lips that long. The repair lip cream from Elizabeth Arden does and I don’t need much of it plus it is not sticky at all. I know that the little container isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but since I use it at home, my ‘fear' of an unsterile jar isn’t that big.

Marc Jacobs - Decadence Sensual Shower Gel
First things first: This shower gel is the most expensive item in my favorites category this time and honestly, I didn’t want to purchase this by myself because even I have a price limit when it comes to makeup or skincare (believe it or not). So last Christmas, where I also received the Marc Jacobs perfume in Decadence, was a great occasion to make ‚insolent’ wishes. When it comes to shower gels/creams that are highly perfumed I always fear that they will dry out my skin, which is not the case here. The gel has a strong scent (in a positive way) which fades a little when applied to your skin, but still lasts for hours. I would recommend using a neutral body milk/lotion afterwards so that you or the individuals around you are not overwhelmed by the scent.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill - Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Champagne Splits
I own one of four Champagne Splits, mine is the color Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse. The idea of it is that you get one highlighter and one blush, something that I don’t use because of facial erythrosis, but nevertheless, I sometimes use it as an eyeshadow or in summer as blush if I am (fake-)tanned and wanna achieve a sunburned look.
Pamplemousse is a coral pink and sort of matte, but still has a little shimmer to it. Prosecco Pop can be described as a medium warm gold, while Champagne Pop has a pink undertone in it and is more of a white gold. With the Splits you get 7.95 g of product. Unfortunately this is a limited edition but you can still get them at some Sephoras or online at Cult Beauty for example.

Pamplemousse | Prosecco Pop



EOTD: Smokey Halo Silver (Nachgeschminkt)

This time I wanna share my look for the Der blasse Schimmer and Shade of  Natures "Nachgeschminkt"-Series. For April we are using the template of Sabina Hannan’s Smokey Silver Halo Eye Makeup Tutorial. I’ve haven’t had the best time recreating this look since I don’t own some of the key products e.g. for the halo effect but I’ve tried my best. For this look I also used my self-tanner since silver can look too ‘cold‘ on me because of my lighter skin tone. Overall I really had fun doing a recreation after a long time even if I don’t think that this look suits me!

Smokey Halo Silver Makeup look


1. Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
2. Whole Lid: 65V Smoke (Natasha Denona Palette), crease: Morocco (ABH Shadow Couture Palette), outer corner: Noir (Same ABH Palette), Going over Smoke with 04M Chromatic (ND Palette); inner & outer third: Smoke (don't forget to blend)
3. Water line: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
4. Lower lash line: Smoke; Chromatic in the middle
5. False lashes: Huda Beauty Lashes in Farah #12
6. Mascara: MUD Make-up designory Mascara Voluminizing

Smokey Halo Silver Makeup look

1. Color Correcting: Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Green
2. Foundation: MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation # NW35
3. Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in #NW 25
4. Under Eye Concealer: it cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer in Medium*
5. Baking: RCMA No color powder
6. Contouring: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in light*
7. Highlighting: Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Kit in Dripping in Gold
8. Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate*

1. Lip liner: MAC Lip pencil in Currant
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid lipstick in Veronica & Kathryn

*Made in China



Review: Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 28 Purple Blue

This eye shadow palette isn’t just your average ordinary palette, nope, for me it is THE palette. It was also featured in my cravings 2016 but since it is just a little bit pricey, I wanted to take my time, read as many reviews as I could and see if I still want this precious thingy. After some time had passed and I made sure that I 100 % want and need (but, to be honest: who needs 16 eye shadow palettes?) I placed my order on Beautylish last year and haven’t regretted it for even a single minute.

Natasha Denona* provides a huge range of makeup products and is now also available at Sephora. If you like some colors but don’t want to splurge on the whole palette, you can get them individually. What you get in this palette are
four duo-chromes
nine mattes and
fifteen metallics

The shadows are highly concentrated, rich of pure pigments, contain a large quantity of real crushed pearls and are based on Mica°.
The texture of the eye shadows is buttery and easy to blend; they are water resistant, long lasting and provide full coverage. For the application I like to use a fluffy or not too flat brush to get the best results of the product. When I use the duo-chrome ones I apply the color with my fingers - Natasha recommended this method as well.

Natasha Denona Palette 28 Blue Swatches 70P Cool Plum, 75P Satin Skin, 40M Lavender Gray, 32P Deep Slate Gray
70P Cool Plum, 75P Satin Skin, 40M Lavender Gray, 32P Deep Slate Gray
Natasha Denona Palette 28 Blue 49M Vintage, 23P Smoky Plum, 28V Electric Violet, 82V Nina's Orchid
49M Vintage, 23P Smoky Plum, 28V Electric Violet, 82V Nina's Orchid
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Blue 28 63M Oxide, 51M Rosewood, 22M Maroon, 24V Aubergine
63M Oxide, 51M Rosewood, 22M Maroon, 24V Aubergine
Natasha Denona 28 Blue Swatches 52M Golden Beige, 60M Golden Rose, 80M Piggy, 05 Calypso Blue
52M Golden Beige, 60M Golden Rose, 80M Piggy, 05 Calypso Blue 
Natasha Denona 28 Blue Swatches 09M Quick Silver, 11V Steel Blue, 11M Metallic Steel Blue, 65V Smoke
09M Quick Silver, 11V Steel Blue, 11M Metallic Steel Blue, 65V Smoke
Natasha Denona Blue 28 Swatches 03V Deep Pacific, 84V Powder Blue, 92M Petroleum Blue, 89V Koh Tao
03V Deep Pacific, 84V Powder Blue, 92M Petroleum Blue, 89V Koh Tao
Natasha Denona Blue 28 Swatches 12M Glaze, 38M Gray-Brown, 04M Chromatic, 01V Navy
12M Glaze, 38M Gray-Brown, 04M Chromatic, 01V Navy
If you call a Z-palette your own, you can take your desired shade out of the ND one (but be very careful) and you can easily stick them back in the original palette. I compared the size of the shadows with other ones from different brand’s palettes and I could not find one with a shade more than 2 g (0.07 oz), where the size of the ND one is 2.5 g (0.008) each piece. So you get quite a lot of product.

I know that the first examples of her palettes included Parabens but they’ve changed the formula and people were irritated that Talc is listed as first ingredient on some shadows. That’s a fact that doesn’t bother me because if you look on the ingredients list of e.g. MAC’s, ABH’, Urban Decay’s eyeshadows Talc sometimes is listed first as well. Furthermore I’ve once read that due to the European law it needs to be listed first, if Talc is included because it can cause sensitivity. (I’ve searched on the website of the E.U. as well but could not find any information about that).

The swatches speak for themselves - the mattes don’t have that full-coverage pay-off you’d expect but I came for the metallics and duo-chromes and their color pay-off is amazing. I know that some people complained that there are no transition colors, but you can use cool plum 70P, satin skin 75P, golden rose 60M and piggy 80M instead. Depending on the look I want to achieve I use the matte blue tones for transition as well. Sure you have fall outs, especially when it comes to the metallics or duo-chromes.

Like I said: I am a big fan of this product even if I don’t use the matte shades often but I knew that beforehand. Would I recommend this palette? Yes, IF you are a makeup artist or a makeup junkie like I am. On the other hand: If you don’t use makeup on a regular basis or are not keen on experiments, you won’t be happy because the price will not pay off. The Purple Blue & the Green Brown palettes retail for $ 239 dollars, excluding shipping and possible customs charges, so if you break it down on each shadow it’s $ 8,43 a piece. A foiled eye shadow from Makeup Geek retails for $ 10.

Made in Italy
Paraben Free
Not Tested on animals

*Natasha Denona is an internationally renowned makeup artist and trendsetter. Natasha launched her career in makeup in 1996, forming her own modern style and innovative approach. […] Always the inventive entrepreneur, Natasha went on to develop the original Natasha Denona Makeup Line – comprising advanced products of the highest quality, noted for their exceptional user-friendliness.

°Mica is a group of silicate minerals that are widely distributed in different types of rock. Mica often occurs as flakes, scraps, or sheets, and has been used by humans since prehistoric times. Because Mica come from the earth it may contain trace amounts of heavy metals. The levels of heavy metals in Mica are regulated by the FDA, and the small amounts that may eventually be in cosmetic or personal care products do not pose a risk to human health. [http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/mica-0]

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