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MY FAVORITE MAKEUP BRUSHES

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Having good makeup brushes is probably the most important thing when it comes to beauty stuff – you can have the most expensive and lovely foundation, but if you apply it with a bad brush, it’ll look just awful anyway.

The good thing is, you don’t necessarily have to invest in expensive brushes since there are brands like Zoeva and Real Techniques these days. I also tried a couple of brushes from Ebelin (a German brand you can get in the drugstore here), which are very cheap, but not always great. If you are just starting off using makeup or don’t wear it on a daily basis, I would recommend their brushes though – one of them even made it into my favorites! Also, their blending brush is pretty lovely.

A couple of years ago, I’ve sworn by the Real Techniques Stippling Brush and Expert Face Brush to apply foundation, but since the Beauty Blender came into my life, I’ve never looked back. It just looks a lot more dewy and natural on the skin, and even though I also use the Miracle Complexion Sponge by Real Techniques quite often, I just find the original Beauty Blender way better. It’s quite pricey for a sponge, but it’s just so good.

Eyeshadow-wise, I swear by Zoeva. I use the 221 as well as the 227 every single day for my powder eyeshadows. They are perfect for applying, but especially for blending eyeshadows. For cream eyeshadow, I used to apply those with my fingers only, but now I much prefer to use the Zoeva Concealer Buffer. It works perfectly fine and as I never liked it for my concealer anyway, I’m glad it has found its new purpose!

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Speaking of concealers: I normally just use my Beauty Blender, but lately I do a little combo between a brush and a sponge. For that, I always use my Sephora Airbrush Concealer Brush – it’s so nice! Sephora do really great brushes as far as I can tell, but they are pretty pricey, so I never took the splurge and bought another one so far.

The Real Techniques Setting Brush is probably my favorite brush as I use it for two things: applying highlighter and setting my under eye area with powder. It’s quite cheap, very soft and just super handy to have. Another Real Techniques Brush I really like is the powder brush, as it basically covers my whole face and makes setting your makeup very quick and easy. And on top of that, it’s just so soft!

For applying blush, I mainly use my Blusher Brush from H&M. I don’t know if they still do this, but if they do, grab it while you can! I also use an eyeshadow brush from them and it’s pretty nice, too. If you can’t get hold off this one, I would recommend the Blush Brush from Ebelin. The one I got was in a limited edition as far as I know, but also their regular one does the job really well!

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And last, but not least: the softest brush in my collection! The Kiko Stippling Brush (106) is my favorite brush for applying bronzer. It’s amazing! I bought it in the sale (and I even went back and bought another one a day later), because they discontinued this specific one, but they do a very similar one now.

What are your favorite brushes? Let me know :)

 

Beauty Monthly Favorites

BEAUTY FAVORITES | APRIL

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April went by so quickly! While I am on my way home from London, I just wanted to finally do a favorites post again. Even if spring only made a short little appearance this month, I loved to wear a bit more color than usual – especially on my lips.

Lancôme launched their new Matte Shakers a couple of weeks ago and as one of my favorite YouTubers raved about this product a whole lot, I gave in and picked up “Energy Peach“. I googled swatches before deciding which one to buy, but on my lips it’s showing up totally different and quite bright. It’s definitely not a nude or subtle shade, more of a bright orangey-red. The formula is completely different to my other matte liquid lipsticks. It doesn’t dry down completely and is therefore not as long-lasting as others, but that also means that they are not as drying on the lips.

Another lipstick I picked up recently was “In The Flesh” by Wet n Wild. Apparently this is also a dupe for Tom Ford’s “Casablanca”, but I just stumbled upon this on Amazon and liked the color. It’s absolutely gorgeous and wears very beautifully, especially for the price! A lovely everyday and quite long-lasting lipstick for under 4 euro? I’m in.

As the weather gets warmer now, I also use a lot more creams instead of powders. I recently came across this Kiko cream blush in the shade 01 from their Less is Better collection and was very intrigued by the color itself. It applies very nicely with the Beautyblender, even though you need quite a lot of product which is the only downside to it, but for under 10 euro that’s something I can live with. A very lovely shade for spring!

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For my face, I went back to the L’Oreal Pro Glow foundation. I picked this up in New York last year and didn’t like it at all at first, but as my skin is currently not as dry as it has been back then, I really enjoy it now! It doesn’t make me oily throughout the day if I set it and the coverage is pretty good. The only downside to it (which is quite a big one for us Europeans actually): you still can get it only in America as far as I know.

And last, but definitely not least, my favorite product of the month or maybe even the whole year: Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer. Everyone and their mother is talking about this product and when it first launched, it was sold out for weeks! When I was at Ulta during my trip to the US, the sales lady actually laughed a bit when I asked her if they had my shade in stock. After six months, I finally purchased it and oh my lord, that’s hands down the best concealer I have ever used. So far, almost every concealer creased on me and made its way into my fine lines due to my very dry under eye area, but the Shape Tape actually stays put! A very important thing to know though: use it in small doses. It’s very thick and dries down pretty fast, so act quick!

What have you been loving this month?

 

Beauty

TOUR THROUGH MY MAC PALETTES

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MAC was one of the first higher-end brands I tried out when it comes to makeup, so over the time I accumulated quite a lot of stuff. I already showed you most of my MAC lipsticks here, but I never really talked about my eyeshadows or blushes. Even though I sold a couple of lipsticks over the years, I never let go of any of my MAC eyeshadows. I love the color range and the texture of them and how you can combine almost all of the shades in my palette with one another.

MAC is still one of my favorite eyeshadow brands, but if you have the chance, I would definitely recommend to pick them up during a trip to the US. In Europe (or at least in Germany and Austria), they cost over twice as much.

I have a larger Pro palette with two blush pans as well as space for six eyeshadow pans. You could also fill this palette with twelve eyeshadows or 4 blushes, that’s completely up to you. Just a side note: If you think about getting a highlighter and pop them into this palette, it will look a bit weird as the pans are slightly smaller than blushes (why, MAC? WHY?).

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I bought two blushes from MAC and that’s kind of all I need on a daily basis. Melba is a gorgeous soft coral-peach with a matte finish and a nice color payoff. Mocha on the other side is much more of a fall/winter shade with its plum and pink undertones. I loved this especially in October and November last year.

The most important eyeshadow color is right at the top: All That Glitters was my first MAC eyeshadow and it’s still my favorite. It’s a beautiful golden shade which is quite shimmery, but not glittery at all. Satin Taupe is – as the name suggests – a lovely taupe with a beautiful shimmer. I often wear All That Glitters all over the lid and a small amount of Satin Taupe in the outer corner.

Patina is one of my cooler shades from MAC and has a frost finish. It has a beautiful golden sheen to it and even though I think the color payoff could be better, I loooove the shade and to me it’s kind of unique. Woodwinked is a warm brown with a metallic sheen to it and this is one of the few shades I love to wear completely on its own. I guess it would work even better with brown eyes, but I love it with blue eyes as well.

Cranberry is a newer addition to my collection. I wanted this shade for so long, but I never knew if I would be ‘brave’ enough to wear it. It’s a warm plum-shade with a frost finish and its color payoff is almost too good. If you want to do an evening look, you can totally go for it, but it’s also possible to tone it down a bit and make it more ‘appropriate’ for everyday. Antiqued is the only shadow that I picked up on a whim. I swatched it in a MAC store in Chicago last year and fell in love with it instantly. It’s the darkest shade in my collection and a lovely warm brown with a pearl finish. SO lovely!

My smaller palette contains three of my newer shades: Amber Lights, Soba and Sable. Amber Lights is a warm copper shade with a frost finish, which blends and looks like a dream. Soba is a warm brown with a satin finish which I often use in my crease as it’s almost matte. Sable is a warm, darker brown with a frost finish and also gorgeous completely on its own.

As you can see, I mostly buy warm and shimmery eyeshadows from MAC, but as they are not glittery, you can easily use them on a daily basis. Only one spot in my smaller palette is still empty, so if you have any recommendations, feel free to send them my way! :)

 

Beauty

MY 2016 BEAUTY FAVORITES

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First things first: I wish you all a happy new year! After my blog has been abandoned for a couple of months, I finally decided to bring it back to life and tell you all about my favorite beauty things of 2016! I personally loved going through my makeup collection and find all my beloved makeup bits from last year, so I decided to share them with you, too.

I tried to narrow it down to one thing per category, but especially in the lip section I totally failed. Liquid lipsticks were my biggest obsession this year and I could have listed tons of those, but my biggest love was probably the Too Faced Melted Matte in “Cool Girl”. Such a gorgeous shade and the staying power is incredible! As it’s not easy to buy them in Europe, I also wanted to mention my second (kind of liquid lipstick) love: the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”. A perfect nude for everyday and a complete bargain! On days I didn’t want to wear a liquid lipstick, I wore my favorite glossy lipstick from Chanel in the shade “Boy” or my favorite matte lipstick by M.A.C in the shade “Velvet Teddy” (aka the perfect browny nude if you want to feel like being back in the 90ies).

Skincare-wise I had only one huge favorite in 2016: my most loved and used mask from Origins. It’s super moisturizing and a must-have for me during the colder months.

My favorite foundation was by far the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50. It doesn’t cling to any dry patches and lasts through the whole day. Right now, you can only order it directly from the US, but for me it’s totally worth the hassle. For days where I wanted more of a sheer finish, I used the Complexion Rescue by Bare Minerals. As it feels a bit lighter on the skin, it’s perfect for the summer months. By the way: I prefer to use both of them with my Real Techniques Sponge instead of blending them in with a brush.

On days where I wanted even more glow, I used the Strobe Cream by M.A.C. You need the tiniest amount and it can be used under or on top of your foundation. I used it preferably as a cream highlighter as I like more of a natural finish instead of a lot of glitter and shimmer on my face. To powder my face, I used my beloved Ambient Lighting Powder by Hourglass in the shade ‘Luminous Light’. Its price tag is insane, but I never used anything similar to this and there was almost not one day where I didn’t slap it on my face. It’s just so lovely.

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My favorite blush by far has been the Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso” which I bought from Amazon at the beginning of the year. I wore it almost daily in the summer. In the colder months, I loved ‘Brown Sugar‘ from H&M Beauty. Both are great and so affordable!

I tried quite a lot of eyeshadow palettes this year, but if I really think about the whole year, it must be the Cocoa Blend Palette by Zoeva. It’s very reasonably priced and has beautiful shades for some simple as well as more evening appropriate eye looks. As I have incredibly oily eye lids, I ALWAYS need to use an eyeshadow base, otherwise they’ll be gone within a minute. So far I used the eyeshadow primer by NARS, but while being in the US I picked up the Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer by Wet n Wild and never looked back since then. It’s incredible! It lasts the whole day and is super cheap. Only downside: it makes it a bit harder to blend your eyeshadow, but for me it’s totally worth the extra minute of blending.

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And last, but by far not least: my biggest favorite of the year, the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara by Tarte. Let me tell you – this mascara is the bomb! I already repurchased it twice since getting it the first time and will probably never stop repurchasing. It makes your lashes look way longer than they really are and holds the curl perfectly, even though it’s not waterproof.

I will probably also do a little recap of my favorite things besides beauty (which will hopefully be a little shorter than this. Sorry about that), so stay tuned for that. :) What kind of beauty favorites did you have in 2016?

 

Beauty

Das schönste Nude: Tom Ford Lipstick in ‘First Time’

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Der einzige Nachteil an meiner YouTube-Sucht: Man wird verleitet, dumme Dinge zu tun. Beispielsweise, 50 Euro für einen Lippenstift auszugeben. Meine Verteidigung (vor mir selbst, quasi) war jedoch, dass ich es mir wirklich lange überlegte und es ein 10% Rabatt im Douglas Online-Shop gab. Öh, ja.

Der Preis ist natürlich Wahnsinn, die Farbe aber auch! Durch meine sehr blasse Haut sind Nudetöne für mich nicht so leicht zu tragen, da ich oft gleich noch bleicher wirke. Tom Ford’s First Time hingegen ist nicht nur wunderschön matt, sondern passt auch wunderbar zu heller Haut. Durch den pinkstichigen, aber doch zurückhaltenden Ton dürfte er vielen gut stehen. Die Textur selbst ist schön cremig, lässt sich leicht auftragen und ist auch durch das matte Finish recht langanhaltend.

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Ob ein Lippenstift wirklich 50 Euro wert ist, würde ich mal verneinen. Wenn man sich aber in eine Farbe verliebt und sich mal ein bisschen verwöhnen möchte, dem würde ich den Lippenstift wirklich ans Herz legen. Allein die Verpackung ist schon ein Hingucker, aber die Qualität eben auch. Sicher auch ein tolles Geschenk an die beste Freundin, Mama oder für die Liebste!

 

Beauty Lifestyle

Mein perfekter Sommerduft

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Parfum ist schon immer etwas, das einen ganz besonderen Platz in meinem Alltag hat. Ich fühle mich dadurch nicht nur wohler, sondern vor allem hängen an bestimmten Düften auch ziemlich viele Erinnerungen. Deshalb kaufe ich mir eigentlich zu Beginn des Sommers immer ein neues Parfum. Dieses Mal habe ich allerdings ziemlich lange mit mir gerungen, da mein auserwählter Duft noch deutlich teurer war als sonst, aber schon lange auf meiner Wunschliste stand: Jo Malone’s Pear & Freesia. Mit ca. 50 Euro für 30ml sicher kein Schnäppchen, vor allem für ein Eau de Cologne, aber Jo Malone steht einfach für außergewöhnliche Düfte.

Eigentlich riecht es genau so, wie man es sich laut dem Namen vorstellen würde: frisch und blumig, aber dennoch nicht zu süß. Ich bin sehr empfindlich, was Düfte angeht und bekomme schnell Kopfschmerzen, was bei diesem aber ganz und gar nicht der Fall ist. Der Geruch nach Birne ist tatsächlich vorhanden, auch die blumige Note, aber dennoch hat das Parfum etwas sehr Sinnliches und leicht Orientalisches, was sicherlich auch dem Patschuli zu verdanken ist.

Wer sich etwas gönnen möchte und auf außergewöhnliche Düfte steht, sollte es unbedingt mal austesten.

Beauty

My Little Box – Juli Edition

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Vor einigen Jahren sprang ich einmal monatlich dem Postler entgegen, um die Glossybox endlich aufzureissen. Ich fand die Idee einer Beautybox immer toll, den Inhalt der Glossybox aber mit der Zeit einfach immer schlechter. Zum Ende hin gab es nur noch kleine Drogeriepröbchen, die es auch in jedem DM für weniger Geld gegeben hätte.

Als ich dann neulich über eine neue Beautybox stolperte und den Inhalt des Vormonats sah, wurde ich dann doch wieder hellhörig. My Little Box beschäftigt sich nicht nur mit Beautyprodukten, sondern deckt auch andere Lifestyle-Bereiche ab und entspricht zudem auch vom Design her voll meinem Geschmack.

Als dann vor knapp 2 Wochen meine erste Box hier eintrudelte, war ich tatsächlich hin und weg. Die Qualität der Produkte ist super, die Auswahl toll und die Aufmachung ein Traum. Es waren bisher in jeder Box, dessen Inhalt ich auf der Website sah, ausschließlich Produkte enthalten, die ich tatsächlich auch benutzen würde – was bei der Glossybox eigentlich nie der Fall war.

In der Juli Box drehte sich alles um Palmen, Kokosnüsse und einfach Urlaubsfeeling. Enthalten war eine Reisepass-Hülle in Palmen-Design (Liiiiebe!), ein Aprés Soleil Spray mit Kokosnussduft, ein Nagelpflegestift von Weleda, eine Probiergröße vom Surf Infusion Spray von Bumble & Bumble (yaasss!), ein Handgel – ebenfalls mit Kokusduft – und ein wunderschöner, goldener Armreif von Stella & Dot. Obendrein bekommt man noch ein kleines Magazin mit hübschen Fotos, Infos zu den Produkten und – in diesem Fall zumindest – ein paar tollen Rezepten zum Thema.

Für das Abo zahle ich monatlich 17,50 EUR nach Österreich (man bekommt einen Euro geschenkt, wenn man es an eine Büroadresse liefern lässt, sonst 18,50 EUR) und es ist jederzeit kündbar. Wenn ich mir das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis so ansehe, bin ich wirklich mehr als zufrieden. Ich freu mich schon jetzt auf die nächste Box, die hier schon bald eintrudeln sollte. <3