March ’13 Beauty Favorites

I know, I know I once said I wouldn’t do monthly favorites because I couldn’t for the life of me remember what I used over the month. And then it dawned on me: The Lord in his great wisdom has given us that funny white stuff with those sticks to smear color on it, and what can I say I made use of it and here we are 🙂

 Perfumewise this month has been a transition from the warmer winter-scents to my favorite spring fragrance.
The first on the left is Kylie Minogue’s Pink Sparkle (head: grapefruit, peach, lily of the valley; heart: champagne, gardenia, jasmin; base: musk, vanilla, vetiver). To me it smells like a warm sweet scent, somewhere in the middle between floral, fruity and hint of gourmande.
The one in the middle is Miss Sixty’s Rock Muse (head: plum, gooseberry, red currant, grapefruit and bergamotte; heart: jasmine, tea, heliotrope, rose; base: sandal wood, basmati rice, vetiver, patchouli, musk). Still warm but not as sweet as Pink Sparkle. And on the far left one of my all time favorite perfumes dkny be delicious fresh blossom (head: grapefreuit, cassis, apricot; heart: lily of the valley, jasmine, rose petals; base: apple, light woods). Looking at the composition of this I have no idea how this is called ‘fresh blossom’  or why it smells so floral to me. Either way it does and it is one of my favorite spring/summer scents. It is so fresh and lovely, quite potent, so a little goes a long way and it lingers all day on my skin. I’m really excited to wear this more.

 On to nailpolishes: I loved to wear the combination above! I used essence color and go 140 go bold as a base color and essence Oz The Great and Powerful cracking top coat 02 Winds of Change on top. This was actually born when I looked up the opening date for Iron Man 3, the gold with the shattered red on top screams Iron Man, no?

 The other three colors that I wore a lot were all by Catrice (officially my favorite nailpolish brand of all time):
875 All I Can Blue – The brightest most stunning blue I have ever seen with a hint of purple
C03 Madame Butterfly (from the Neo Geisha Collection) – such a beautiful muted pink-red
900 Steel My Heart – This is a brushed metal effect polish. It has a purple-y grey base with a lot of green and blue glitter. It dries matte and textured and I just love the effect of matte gritty-ness with the blue and green glitter catching the light, such a beaut! Too bad they kicked this from the new standard range…

 My most-worn lipsticks of the month are both by Rimmel and not available in Germany anymore. This is the second brand after Revlon in two years that pulls out of the German market just before they put out a boat-load of brilliant products (I think Rimmel is still available via asos.com but I am just not comfortable buying make up I don’t know online).
Oh well, back to what I actually wanted to blog about!
The lipstick on the left is Lasting Finish by Kate in 16 a light, bright opaque peachy coral. The lipstick contains 4g (0.14oz), it has a light sweet scent to it that is not noticeable once on the lips. It is not drying and lasts roughly 3-4 hours on me.
On the right you can see the beauty that is Moisture Renew Lipstick in 180 Vintage Pink. I could kick myself that I never actually shelled out the 8€ that those babies cost until it was too late. The formula is brilliant: buttery, smooth and super moisturizing and despite all that butteryness they don’t move all over your face but actually stay put.
I picked up two different colors of the range and they both behaved the same way (two is not enough to tell whether a formula is consistent but still…) If you have dry lips like me these will come as a godsent!
Vintage Pink is a purpley mauve, and on me it is actually a little bit like ‘my lips but better’. Despite my very pale skin (MAC nw 10) it is not harsh against my skin if anything it brightens my complexion the way purples tend to do on me.
If you can get your hands on these, and you need a new lipstick check them out, they are worth a look.

 After being stuck on bebe young care chapsticks for over a year I gravitated back to my blistex this month. I enjoy the thin but extremely moisturizing formulation a lot. I use the Lip Relief Cream before bed and the Lip Tone throughout the day. They are cooling and a little minty but don’t sting my lips. They also work very well under lipsticks I find.

 I wore excessive amounts of eyeliner this month and skipped the eyeshadow almost completely. The Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencils (Black Fire/Brown Blaze) were with me for the ride. They have a very soft, gel-like texture and just glide on without tugging. After a few seconds they set and won’t budge all day. I believe Covergirl makes a similar pencil (Liquid Last?). I love them, again if you are on the look out for a good new pencil liner take a look! Another plus is that the Brown Blaze one is actually rather cool toned and not too red at all. I had problems before with brown pencils that were too red and made me look like I had a sore eye.

 My most worn mascaras this month were the Max Factor 2000 Calorie when I was in a hurry ( it has quite a dry formula, gives instant volume, holds the curl and I generally don’t blob with it) and if I had a little more time I used a combination of Maybelline The Rocket and Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof. On its own I didn’t like the Rocket at all: It gave volume and length allright, but my lashes drooped within seconds, enter the FLE. I don’t like this mascara. There is only one eye make up remover that gets it off but it takes time, and I really can’t be bothered. Anyways, to save the Rocket I dug the FLE out and applied it only to the roots of my lashes and then the Rocket on top and what can I say? I never had lashes like this before in my life: all the staying power of the FLE + the volume and length of the Rocket = thick, fanned out, ultra long lashes, holy crap! I would never recommend each on their own and much less would I recommend to buy them both together (what a waste of money!) but if you happen to have both, try and combine them, you might like what you find! (oh, the Covergirl Lash Blast is the same as the Max Factor FLE, but I’m not sure whether they do a 2000 calorie mascara version too [they should, it’s brilliant])

 Most worn blush for months and months now has been MAC Darkly My Dear. If I ever run out of this I’m gonna cry! But for now it is the gift that keeps on giving, you can barely tell that I touched it at all and I wear it almost every single day. This is another product that seems so dark in the pan but actually brightens my complexion and gives me a nice flush. After what has to be two years I’m still very much in love with it.

And last but not least my favorite hand cream of all time. And yes it says Limited Edition and no they don’t do this anymore. It smells like ripe mangoes, it is moisturizing, it does take a moment to sink in but for the scent alone I don’t mind giving it that moment. It is a 100ml tub and it will take me a while to go through this but I already dread the day I am done with this.
This year’s scent they brought out is a berry scent. And it is a nice scent for a berry scent, but it is still a berry scent which I just don’t like. Lord help me I just don’t. I know my best friend loves it and I’m happy for her, but can I just have my mango-scent back, please?

Looking back on this post I have come to the conclusion that my super power is to write the world’s longest, most ramble-y blog posts. If you made it until down here you should receive a medal or something, if you even enjoyed yourself a little bit it would make my day if you left a comment telling me so.
Either way thank you for reading! Have a lovely day!

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Picture Post: Make Up Mess Vol. II (+Mini Reviews)

 Time to unclutter my make up bag again. Usually only products that I’m either using on a regular basis or that I want to use more regularly end up in my bag, and every now and again it is time to throw out stuff that I’m not using, so here we go: (As per usual click on the pics to make them larger!)

 Bases and Primer:
I am using Max Factor Soft Resistant Make Up in 1 Light again and I’m loving it: It gives me more coverage than my beloved MAC Matchmaster which I need every now and then. It is light enough and long lasting AND it works as a great eyeshadow base, too: win-win-win situation!.
My concealer is still the Rimmel Match Perfection in 010 Ivory. Not much to say other than, that it is again light enough, it lasts all day without creasing or getting blotchy and has enough coverage for me.
The essence I heart stage base and my beloved NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk will leave my bag for now, simply because my foundation does what these two do just as well. But since I really like them I’m sure they’re gonna make a glorious comeback.

 Blushes and Bronzers:
I’m loving my essence Miami Roller Girl Blush which is my super-bright option at the moment. If I want something more subtle I’m going for Catrice Defining Duo Blush 020 Peach Sorbet which comes out more orangey- peachy on my cheeks. This one has been discontinued but Catrice brought out a very similar color in the new standard range. Catrice’s blush formular is flawless; highly pigmented, silky soft and it lasts a good 7 hours on me. The little round pot is from an alverde limited edition. It comes out more pinky- peachy on my cheeks but it is considerably less pigmented is therefore booted from my bag.
My favorite bronzer is also from Catrice (Sun Glow in 010 Light Bronze). It is completely matte, not too orange and buildable. I usually use this as a blush- stand in or as a contour powder. It stays.

Lips:
essence Cherry Blossom lipstick pencil in 01 Cherry Cherry Girl. This should be still available even though it is limited edition. It is a coral- orange- red lipstick with a matte finish. It is fairly opaque in one go and despite being matte it is not drying at all (at least for me). I love how easily this applies since I usually mess up when I wear bright lips but this is great. 
The only slight downside is the strong sweet scent but since it is not noticeable once the lipstick is applied it is not too bad. This one stays!

 Lashes:
 My two mascara options of the moment are the Rimmel Extra Super Lash waterproof and the new essence multi action blackest black. One is a great love the other is massive let down.
Let’s go over the let down first: I hate the essence mascara 😩 It may be black but it is not holding the curl at all. The second I apply it my freshly curled lashes droop and fall back into their usual super-straight state. Every other multi action I tried was great (and is not in the standard range any more) but this is really awful. I can’t even tell if it is lengthening or volumizing, because my lashes become pretty much invisible with this.
The Extra Super Lash waterproof on the other hand is BRILLIANT! It holds the curl all day, it defines, lengthens and volumizes my lashes in one go and I never want to be without it anymore. This one stays, the other one goes, maybe directly to the trash can, I haven’t made up my mind yet…

 Eyeshadows:
essence Marble Mania 02 Let’s get twisted. Lovely shimmery dark taupe. This one goes for now.
L’OrĂ©al ColorAppeal Trio Pro 350 Pure Silver. Lovely, glittery silver trio. This one also goes for now.
essence pigments 20 black sparrow. This is apperantly a dupe for MAC Bluebrown pigment. Haven’t tried it yet. It stays. (Can’t wait to play with it!!)
MAC Club. This one needs no further comment. I use this on a daily basis at the moment, it SO stays. 😀
MAC Vapour. My base color of the moment. Velvet finish, light peach with a slight blue shimmer and clear glitter. The glitter doesn’t really show up on the eye but the duochrome didn’t need it in the first place in my opinion. It is super brightening on my eyes and also super lovely as an inner corner highlight. If you couldn’t tell this also stays 😀
Rival de Loop 04 hot chocolate. This one keeps reappearing in my bag and it has a considerable dent in it. For now it is leaving me, but it will be back I know. It is a subtly shimmery taupe, not too dark to be nsfw, I use this either alone when I just want a wash of color or with a darker shade in the crease to smoke it out. I love how it is just red enough to bring out the green in my eyes.

Brows:
Catrice Eyebrow Set. This one is an every day- staple, it stays. Not much to say about this, it is not too red, it doesn’t make my brows look too fake and drawn-on, all around love it and expect to hit pan on this every day now.

 Pencils:
I love pencils in all shapes and sizes and I finally found my perfect eye pencils in the Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencils. I own them in Black Fire and Brown Blaze. The formula is amazing: It is very soft, almost gel-like and it glides on effortlessly. After a few seconds it sets and from that moment on it won’t budge until I take it off in the evening. I’ve been looking for pencils that I can use on my upper lash line that won’t drag on the skin and these are perfect! What I also love is that the brown is not too red. I have a brown eyeliner pencil that makes my eyes look positively blood-shot.
Also in this picture is another Max Factor pencil a Kohl Kajal in 090 Natural Glaze. It is a skin-like color that I use if I don’t want to use a black or just to brighten my eyes.
Another one of my all-time faves is my MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil. Invincible on the waterline and extremely black, I’m so glad this is in the standard range now!
And another brow product smuggled itself on this picture: The Catrice Eyebrow Stylist in 030 Brow-n-eyed Peas. I just started to use this again. It is a subtler than my eyebrow powder, I quite like it.
All of these are staying!

Tools:
These are the brushes and things that I use on a daily basis. This is pretty self-explanatory, right? All of these are staying except for the large powder brush, because I switched back from dusting my bronzer on to pack it on with the brush on the far left.

This concludes my ridiculously long Make Up Mess post, but I felt like I owe you guys after not having posted in what feels like forever… so yeah!
Have a great week, everyone!

Make Up Mess

Make Up Mess!

 Das passiert wenn ich ĂŒber mehrere Wochen hinweg nicht meine Kosmetiktasche aus- und aufrĂ€ume, oops! (Wenn ihr die Bilder anklickt könnt ihr sie euch wie immer in groß anschauen, wenn euch denn danach sein sollte)

Zeitweiliges LieblingsparfĂŒm DKNY Be Delicios: Fresh Blossom

Clutter and Dust

Foundations+ Eyeprime+Pinsel= Mess

Durch das Chaos zur Ordnung

Jep, ich habe alle diese Pinsel benutzt, irgendwann, öh…

Drei Mascaras, weil ich mich offenbar auf eine nicht einigen kann…

Schwarz und Weiß

Splash of Color

Wangenprodukte (Redhead hat den Suede Blush abgelöst)

Random (Dailies+ Creme d’Nude)

Alles all!

Beauty comes with dark thoughts- Meine ‘Liebhaber’ der letzten Wochen

Okeydokey, inspiriert von meiner wieder entdeckten Leidenschaft fĂŒr Make- Up und Kosmetik und den MĂ€dels von Frag die Gurus (http://www.fragdiegurus.de) habe ich mich mal drangemacht mir zu ĂŒberlegen welche Produkte mich in den letzten Wochen intensiv begleitet haben und die mich qualitĂ€tstechnisch besonders ĂŒberrascht haben.

Wella System Professional Color SaverNachdem meine Haare nach einem FĂ€rbeexperiment wieder von gesund und glĂ€nzend zu trocken und strohig gewechselt waren, fiel mir ein das ich noch einen Tiegel dieser Haarmaske im Schrank hatte. Also habe ich angefangen sie zu benutzen. Da sie in der vorgeschriebenen Anwendung zu schwer und reichhaltig fĂŒr meine Haare war, habe ich sie wie einen normalen Conditioner verwendet und sie hat sich phantastisch bewĂ€hrt: Meine Haare sind wieder seidig und weich und duften zu dem noch nach diesem speziellen Frisörgeruch den ich so liebe. Zwei Daumen hoch!

Max Factor by Ellen Betrix Soft Resistant Make Up


Ein Grund dafĂŒr warum ich mich wieder gerne mit Make Up beschĂ€ftige ist dieses hier. Durch den Winter und die damit einhergehende Abstinenz der Sonne, bin ich so weiß wie eine Wand. Meine Haut war schon immer sehr hell, so dass ich Probleme hatte, ein passendes Make- Up zu finden. Dank eines Tipps von Guru xKarenina (http://www.youtube.com/user/xKarenina) habe ich dann dieses Make Up von Max Factor entdeckt. In der Farbe 01 light ist es zwar immernoch ein bisschen zu gelb fĂŒr meinen Hauttyp, aber das lĂ€sst sich mit dem passenden Puder kaschieren. Es hĂ€lt gut und wird nicht fleckig. FĂŒr meinen Geschmack könnte es noch ein bisschen besser decken, aber auch das ist kein großes Problem. Ich bin im Großen und Ganzen sehr zufrieden damit!

Max Factor by Ellen Betrix False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara


Nach der ewigen Suche nach einer Mascara, die meinen störrischen Wimpern ein bisschen Form und Leben einhaucht, bin ich auf diese Mascara gestoßen und bin auf der einen Seite ganz verliebt auf der anderen Seite nicht hundertprozentige glĂŒcklich.
Verliebt bin ich, weil diese Mascara wirklich traumhafte Ergebnisse zaubert, der Claim ‘False Lash Effect’ ist nicht ĂŒbertrieben!
UnglĂŒcklich bin ich weil die Waterproof Version der Mascara sich trotz speziellem Augen Make Up-Entferner Ă€ußerst schlecht wieder entfernen lĂ€sst. Nur mit dem sehr Öl-haltigen von Rewe ging sie leidlich herunter, essence und Diadermine haben klĂ€glich versagt (und selbstverstĂ€ndlich steht der Rewe- Entferner bei meinen Eltern und nicht hier ): )
Sobald ich aber die Waterproof Version aufgebraucht habe werde ich mir die wasserlösliche Version zulegen und wenn die nur halb so gut ist habe ich schon nichts dran auszusetzen.

Maybelline Jade Color Sensationals Pearly Nudes 822 Rose Pearl


Leider habe ich fĂŒr diesen meinen neuen Liebling kein passendes Foto gefunden. Aus der Color Sensational Serie hat mich bereits die Nummer 140 Intense Pink ĂŒberzeugt, die ich im Sommer oft getragen habe. Da ich aber ein bekennender Fan der Nude Lips bin, habe ich mich ĂŒber die neue Serie sehr gefreut und bin auch direkt fĂŒndig geworden. Rose Pearl ist ein helles frostiges Rosa, das weder zu tot noch zu Pink aussieht und sich perfekt fĂŒr den Alltag eignet, vielleicht lade ich morgen noch ein Swatch auf den Lippen hoch, da es im Moment schon dunkel ist.
Er hÀlt gut, duftet phantastisch und trocknet die Lippen nicht aus.



L’OrĂ©al Blush Minerals 70 Soft Coral

Ich bin generell ein Fan von Mineral Make Up und bei dieser Serie tut es mir besonders weh, dass sie nicht mehr produziert wird. Der Blush von L’OrĂ©al hat den perfekten golden-coralligen Glow den ich so liebe und er lĂ€sst sich super einfach verteilen. Er liefert ein dezentes, schimmerndes Finish und hat mir durch den Winter geholfen. 🙂

Manhatten Black is Back (LE) Khol Kajal 01 Smokey Black

Diese LE ist schon so alt, dass es gar keine Bilder mehr dazu gibt. Es ist ein simpler Khol Kajal Stift mit einem kleinen SchwĂ€mmchen am Ende. Das besondere das intensive Schwarz, die cremige Textur und der phantastische Halt auf der Wasserlinie und auch sonst. Da ich mal wieder mit diversen Variationen von Lidstrichen experimentiere bin ich wieder auf diesen kleinen Zauberer gestoßen, der brav alles mitmacht was ich von ihm verlange. Leider schrumpft er auch immer mehr und ich bin bald genötigt mir einen Ersatz zu suchen.

Ich hatte es angedroht, hier ist es und es wird wahrscheinlich nicht der letzte bleiben. Ich hoffe ihr habt euch nicht zu sehr gelangweilt. 🙂