4/13/2016

Cravings 2016

Every year there are a few products I’d like to spoil myself with. Today I will show you my list for 2016 based on recommendations, ravings from other bloggers/my favorite YouTubers or just because I am curious about it.



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1. Natasha Denona – Eyeshadow Palette 28 – Purple Blue
Well, $ 239 for this palette may sound ridiculous but if you do the math it is approximately $ 8,5 for each eyeshadow, where an individual shadow from ND costs you $ 27. I really am into purples and metallic shades and when I saw swatches of these shadows I was blown away by their pigmentation. That’s why I needed to have this item and luckily there are just three or four shades that don’t seem to be my cup of tea.

2. Artis Brush - Elite Smoke Collection Brush
I have to admit that those brushes look like you can use them for cleaning your shoes, but it is just an alternative way for applying makeup. The ones by Mac didn’t receive a good review and their Oval 6 is just too small for my needs, so I am saving my money for the Oval 8 or 10 by Artis. The Oval 10 one is made with 250.000 supremely soft CosmeFibre® filaments. With normal face brushes you tend to use more product but that shouldn’t be the case with these ones. The Artis Brushes are suitable for sensitive skin - you can apply powder or liquid with them.

3. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
What’s missing in Foundation graveyard is a product from Giorgio Armani and I’ve heard really good stuff about his Luminous Silk Foundation because it’s lightweight and provides a dewy finish and doesn’t settle in fine lines which is important for me because I have a distinctive smile line where makeup always sets. The only downside I suspect is that choosing the right shade won’t be that easy.

4. Oud Perfume
When it comes to perfume I am very picky and more of a person who likes fresh or oriental scents but one smell that always gets me is Oud. Everytime I am visiting Dubai and entering a shopping center it always hits me because of its intense fragrance which I adore. Since Oud isn’t that cheap it is definitely something you will only buy if you have some extra money left. I showed you my candle with Oud scent here.


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4/11/2016

ABH Spring Collection: Swatches & review

It’s funny that though I am not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks I keep repurchasing them. So when Anastasia Beverly Hills launched her new Spring Collection I had to try a few of them – especially Rio, which is a hot pink and remembers me of “Candy Yum Yum” from Mac only a tad more intense. Since I’m not keen on nudes I skipped the majority and concentrated on Rio, Soft Lilac, Kathryn and CatnipMadison is also a bold magenta but I did not want to go overboard with my order because I also bought eyeshadows and stocked up my brow definers.


Shipping ($ 18) went really fast because I received my purchase within approximately four days with UPS but that’s just a side note. Below you will find swatches and how these lipsticks look on my lips. Compared to their older ones I am 100 % sure that they’ve changed the formula because the newer ones dry down faster which you can see in the picture below as I compared Milk Shake and Sweet Talker with the Spring collection. When I applied them I started with Sweet Talker and Milk Shake, Kathryn was last and you can see that their new shades are already dried down while the other ones are still wet, especially Milk Shake. As always ABH liquid lipsticks provide full coverage, a matte finish and a great pigmentation!

ABH Swatches Spring Collection

But don’t get carried away: it is still a liquid lipstick, so it will make your lips dry – a lip scrub and a good moisturizer are a must before you apply those – and when you eat (the color survived a sandwich but not a pizza) it will fade away and you will get the butthole mouth, so keep that in mind. Next to the typical downsides of liquid lippies I absolute adore their colors for Spring and their new formular.

Soft Lilac
Soft Lilac is a pale violet which is my interpretation of a nude shade
Rio
Rio is a blue-toned hot pink which will make you stand out if you wear it

Kathryn
Kathryn is described as brown berry but it is definitely more on the red side, so if you want
a shade that’s more on the brown side I would definitely opt for Ashton.

Catnip
Catnip is a soft plum which I really enjoy – I wanted this shade since I saw it on Norvina’s account


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4/02/2016

March Favorites

After three years my blog needed a new appearance because I couldn’t stand the old one anymore. So I hope you like the new design … it’s fresher and not as overloaded as the old one - something that was really important for me. But now let’s jump into my beauty favorites of March which mostly regard the face area and which I used on a daily basis but that’s not hard to tell from the dirty products on the picture. Happy weekend for you guys!

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in "Medium Brown" / 2. Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio / 3. Beautyblender / 4. Origins – VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer with Mangosteen / 5. Make Up For Ever – Pro Sculpting Duo in "Pink Beige"

Beautyblender
Yes, I know, this beauty tool is around for ages but I was never convinced that a beautyblender would change my makeup routine but truth to be told: it did! To apply my foundation I still use brushes because it doesn’t take as long as it would with the blender. This little spongy egg is perfect for applying cream contour products, concealer, to set powder in my under eye area … you just get a great and flawless result because it takes away the access. I am really glad that I gave it a go!

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Definer
Eyebrows matter to me! I would rather skip bronzer or lipstick (even if I can’t live without it) than not filling in my brows. I prefer a thicker line due to my heart-shaped face to balance this out. Therefore I’ve tried many products but nothing has beaten the ABH Brow Wiz or their Brow Definer. Since I’ve discovered the last one it became my ride or die product because it has a triangular tip which makes filling in easier and more timesaving. The only downside I experienced was that my two first ones wouldn’t allow me to retract the pencil even though there is still enough of the product left. I already ordered new ones, so let’s see if it’s going to happen again. If you have thin brows I would recommend the Brow Wiz for you rather than the Definer.

Smashbox – Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio
I have to admit when the whole contouring/highlighting trend showed up again last year, I wasn’t a huge fan of it because it is time consuming if you take all the steps everyday, but what can I say? I got hooked up on it. This trio by Smashbox is just great because you get three sticks, one for highlighting, one for bronzing and one for contouring. It also includes a (free) sharpener and an insert with how-to’s for all face shapes. You can use them dry or wet, depending on the look you’re aiming for. The formula is very creamy and glides on smoothly and blends in very well. If you really use them on a daily basis you will probably be through with them soon because they are too creamy and need to be resharpened often. That’s the only con I have to mention.

Origins – VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer with Mangosteen
If you’ve read my Favorites of 2015 post you know that I am a big fan of the Origins VitaZing eye cream and after I received a sample of their tinted moisturizer, I got also drawn to it. My skin isn’t all too happy with the latest weather change so applying foundation during the last couple of weeks wasn’t exactly easy-peasy. Especially because my cheeks decided not to be dry anymore. The Origin one is a great light-weight moisturizer that provides my skin with the right amount of moisturizer.

Make Up For Ever – Pro Sculpting Duo
Last month I stocked up my contouring and highlighting products; a great one is the MUFE Pro Sculpting Duo which comes in a little compact - great for travelling! I am using the shade “01 Pink Beige” for fair to medium skin. If you are familiar with MUFE you know their gel-powder formula that blends in easily. The highlighter has a pink shimmer tone but not too intrusive and even a beginner can’t go wrong with the contour shade because it is buildable and doesn’t look orange or too dark.


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