1. Today’s “Metal-o-gram” lips. I combined Inglot’s Freedom System #90 lipstick and Illamasqua’s  Pure Pigment in Static, creating a hologram-metallic effect. Mixing liquid lipsticks and powder pigments has become an obsession! Can’t wait to try out more combinations.

     
  2. Sugarpill Cosmetics Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux - review.

    It’s been months since I bought this little makeup gem and I’m so in love in it from the first day.

    It comes in a no-sifter high quality jar that holds 5 grams of product (which will last for ever). The cardboard box has an awesome girly design and fits the jar perfectly. Goldilux is a tremendously intense saturated gold shade, pure and with no undertones. Applies evenly with no fuss, has no fallout and adheres to the skin all day with or without a primer (although I always use my favorite Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer). The pigmentation is insane and the shade dominates the entire look in every possible combination. I haven’t found a fault in this product, so therefore I love love love it!

    The official website offers a description next to the product: “Brilliant, highly-reflective metallic gold with breathtaking shine. The brightest gold you’ve ever seen. The micro-fine particles are super tiny, so this looks amazing sprinkled all over as body shimmer too.” 

    Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Bronze Powder, Copper, Zinc, Silicon Dioxide, Silica

    Goldilux is not only cruelty-free but also vegan. Sugarpill Cosm. is an indie company (not owned by a larger parent company) and they don’t sell in China.

    I highly recommend this product, esp it you are searching for a perfect vegan gold eyeshadow with intense pigmentation and a high quality formula. :thumbsup:

     
  3. Today’s makeup look “Royal Pink”. Products used: eyes - Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer, Detrivore Cosmetics Paradoxia, Sugarpill Cosmetics Chromalust Loose eyeshadow in Goldilux, Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fire Opal, Alverde Gel Eyeliner 01 and Essence I LoveExtreme Crazy Volume Mascara; brows - Kryolan Aquacolor 070 + Essence Pigment Paparedzzi; face - Lavera 2in1 Compact Foundation - Honey and Meow Cosmetics Egyptian Treasure Isis Blush; lips - Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick 09 + Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipgloss - Very Berry.

    Haircut and color - Polypus Hair Studio.

     
  4. "Hypnotize and conquer" makeup look. Done with two amazing pigments I neglected lately - Just Pure Minerals Bohemian Chic (my all-time favorite emerald eyeshadow) and Essence Cop & Copper (best drugstore copper eyeshadow ever). Mascara - Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara. Eye pencil - Illamasqua Medium Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E. 

    I’m so addicted to metallic eye shadows, I could wear them every single day.(*⌒ヮ⌒*)

     
  5. "5 more minutes, dear" makeup look. Featuring the amazing: Concrete Minerals Electric Primer, Meow Cosmetics Egyptian Treasure Collection eyeshadow in Miw and Asp, Illamasqua Medium Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E., Illamasqua Lipstick in Growl and Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux.

    I feel my makeup powers are healing again woohoo! ヽ(゜∇゜)ノ

     
  6. Wearing some of Meow Cosmetics eyeshadow from the Egyptian Treasure collection.

    First photo: Sand Dune (inner corner and top eyelid) and Obelisk (outer corners and crease). Second photo: Tutankhamun (outer corner and crease) and Sugarpill Loose eyeshadow - Goldilux (inner corner). Third photo: Ancient (outer corner and bottom eyelid), Pharoah (top eyelid) and Tutankhamun (inner corner). Base: Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer - the best vegan eyelid primer ever! Mascara: Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara. Eyeliner: Alverde Gel Eyeliner 01 Schwarz.

     

  7. Sneak peek: Meow Cosmetics Egyptian Treasure Collection

    I finally got my newest order from Meow Cosmetics today! They are my favorite indie mineral makeup brand. Two weeks ago I ordered the Egyptian Treasure Collection (all samples, for many reasons like the expensive shipping for fullsize products and high custom charges in my country). I’ll do a full review soon when I try out every single one of these, so I’ll just leave you here with these photos for now. Enjoy. ;)

    Glow Powder: Immortal, Blush: Cleopatra and Isis. (Isn’t Cleopatra beautiful???)

    Scarab, Hieroglyph, Asp, Miw and Treasure.

    Ancient, Sand Dune, Pharoah, Obelisk, Ra and Temple.
    I also have two more eyeshadows from this collection: Tutankhamun and Royal, but I’ll swatch them later. Stay tuned for a thorough review soon!

     

  8. Food: White basmati rice with vegetables and tatsoi salad

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    I love rice, esp basmati rice. It’s my favorite kind. It’s a unique type of rice originating from India. I usually use it for very fast and simple dishes like this one I made the other day. Takes only 8 minutes to cook! I also used my new china rice bowls and decorated chopsticks.

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    The recipe is quite simple: cook the rice with some salt added into the water. Stir fry the vegetables in a wok (if you don’t have a wok, like me currently, use any small pan you have) with a bit of coconut oil (I always use it when I prepare my vegetables in a wok or pan because it remains quite stable on high temperatures.) and a bit of onion. Add water until absorbed, then some tomato sauce and seasonings (I used some pepper based seasoning from Turkey and turmeric, of course).

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    You can use any vegetable mixture you like. I used a typical asian cuisine mixture: bamboo shoots, mung beans, Judas ear mushrooms (Auricularia auricula-judae), corn cob and carrots. Serve fresh and hot! This meal takes only 15 minutes to prepare, and you can cut the cooking time preparing the vegetables and rice in separate pans.

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    As a side meal (or a salad, to be precise) I used a gorgeous little herb I found in the supermarket recently - tatsoi. It also has an asian origin (China or Japan, I found different infos on the web) and it’s filled with Vitamins A, C, beta-carotene, calcium, folic acid, fiber and phytonutrients. These products are very good for you skin, esp vitamin C and phytonutrients which can act as antioxidants. I’m mixing some fine extra virgin olive oil from Hvar, hemp seeds, linen seeds and sunflowers seeds into it to make the salad more delicious and nutritious.

    It’s also important to drink a lot water to keep you skin plumped, fresh and looking younger, which I’ve been doing more thoroughly recently. I’m also using a luxurious anti-aging vitamin C serum in my skincare routine for the last few weeks which I’ll review in the near future. All I gotta say - worth every penny.

     

  9. Best and worst beauty products of summer 2014

    I’ve tried lots of new products this summer but these two products stood above and underneath everything else. Here’s a short review about the worst product of this summer: Alverde Gel Eyeliner in 01 Schwarz (Black) and the best: Everyday Coconut Face Wash.

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    Alverde Gel Eyeliner has a thin, almost liquid consistency although it’s advertised as a gel eyeliner. The jar is small and contains 8 grams of product. This has to be by far the worst eyeliner I ever tried: it doesn’t last long on my eyelids (an hour or two until it starts to crackle and fall off in pieces, instead of gracefully fading away) and washes out with just pure water. However, because of it’s thin texture it applies easily, with no clumps and the opacity is good. But since I’m always looking for an eyeliner that will last all day, this was a total disappointment. The price is a little over 3 Euros in dm drugstores.

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    Everyday Coconut Face Wash is a product I recently purchased on www.iherb.com. It’s a dark liquid with a strong scent (which reminds me of lavander) and it has a liquid consistency. This is probably the best face wash I’ve ever tried - lathers easily, a little goes a long way, removes all makeup and impurities with ease, leaving a squeaky clean skin +  doesn’t dry out my skin. Also works amazing as a makeup brush cleaner! It doesnt’t contain synthethic fragrances, GMO, soy, gluten or any animal by-products. The packaging contains 354 ml and cost a little under 8 US$ (+ shipping) on iHerb. I highly recommend this!

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    Both products cruelty-free and vegan!

     
  10. Banana, avocado, coconut milk, chocolate and hemp seed smoothie.

    Making smoothies in the morning is not just a preparation of a delicious and healthy breakfast - it’s also a fun activity in which I play with different tastes, textures and colors. Recently I made a yummy banana-based smoothie which also contains raw avocado slices, hemp seeds (one of my favorite kinds), coconut milk (delicious and nourishing) plus some chocolate to make everything sweeter. I usually use 1 whole fruit, but avocado is rich, creamy and filled with good fats so I always put only half of one piece into my dishes and store the other half in the fridge for later. I’m thinking about making a blueberry smoothie next, since I’m all about antioxidants in my diet lately. Gotta stay healthy, ‘can’t catch a flu!

     
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    OVER HYPED: OCC Lip Tar

    OCC were one of the first brands to start the lip lacquer not a gloss/not a lipstick/not a stain phase in lip products and now just about every brand you can think of is doing their own variations. If you’ve ever read anything about makeup you’d know the OCC Lip Tars get a lot of a hype and quite frankly I can’t quite understand why. No matter how little or much product I use and no matter what technique or tool I use to apply them they bleed, feather, smudge,  smear, don’t last long, dry out and irritate my lips, accentuate flakiness, apply unevenly, fade unevenly, have an overpowering smell and the packaging has a tendency to leak everywhere. I have tried many shades from dark to light and bright thinking certain shades just may work better than others but the result is always the same and I always remember why I don’t like them. I think these are a major disappointment and I’m annoyed I wasted so much money on them. I much prefer products like YSL Glossy Stains, Maybelline Color Elixirs and Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips.

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    I thought I was the only one! Also disliking OCC LT :(

     

  12. Sleek Makeup: Blush By 3 in Pumpkin & Blush in Rose Gold

    Sleek Makeup is one of my favorite budget makeup brands. It’s a shame they are not sold here because I’d probably own all of their products (except their lipsticks, I wasn’t too crazy about those before…). So today, I’ll be doing a review on their blushes which are true jewels, esp when it comes to their pigmentation and longevity.

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    Rose Gold is probably their most famous single blush. It has a pink base with golden shimmer. Although the shade is absolutely beautiful and would suit all skin tones, I’m not crazy about it’s texture. It’s probably because of the gold particles in the blush - it often gets grainy and applies unevenly. Or this could probably be because I purchased my RG as a second hand blush. Does anyone have these problems with their Rose Gold? It’s packaged in a matte black plastic box which is sometimes a pain in the butt to open but it’s not impossible. It’s a good blush all in all - but definitely not one of my favorites because of the texture and packaging.

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    The Blush By 3 palette in Pumpkin is a whole different story. The packaging is almost identical to the small one, but opens with ease; plus - also has a mirror like the little one, except this one is far larger and more usable. This palette is amazing for travelling because you get 3 totally different blush shades. There’s Lantern - a neutral toned red/berry shimmer shade, Squash - a cool toned bubblegum pink shimmer shade and P Pie - a pure orange matte shade. I have only one complaint for this palette - the chalkiness of the orange shade. Although it’s super pigmented like the rest of them it’s quite dry and sometimes applies unevenly. The other shades apply like a dream and a little definitely goes a long way with these. They last through the entire day on my skin and I’d recommend this palette to everyone diggin’ these shades. You can also combine them to achieve different unique shades and effects (I like mixing Lantern with P Pie because they suit me best since my skin has a lot of yellow pigment).

    Swatches:

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    Heavy hand swatches of the Pumpkin palette. L-R: Lantern, Squash, P Pie.

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    Hand swatch of Rose Gold. (I used different cameras for this post, so some shades are looking lighter or less intense like RG here.)

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    Left: Rose Gold, right: Squash.

    The price for these babies are: 6.99 US$ + shipping for Rose Gold and 14.99 US$ + shipping for the Blush By 3 palette. The smaller blusher contain 8 grams, and the blush palette contains 20 grams of product.

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    The ingredient list for Rose Gold: Mica, Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Pentaerythrityl Teraisostearate, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Chloroxylenol May Contain [+/- CI. 77891, CI. 15850, C1 45410, CI. 77360, CI. 19140, CI. 15985, CI. 77492, CI. 77491, CI. 77499 CI 77742].

    The ingredient list for the Pumpkin palette: Mica, Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisosterate, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE(CI 77891), D&C RED NO.7(CI 15850:1), D&C RED NO.30(73360), YELLOW IRON OXIDE(CI 77492), RED IRON OXIDE(CI 77491), BLACK IRON OXIDE(CI 77499), MANGANESE VIOLET(CI 77742).

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    Sleek is cruelty-free (not sold in China!) but they are not an entirely vegan brand. I did some quick research online and found this link. So, about half on Sleek’s product is vegan and yes - these blushes above are all vegan. :)

     

  13. Lush Let The Good Times Roll

    Lately I started using “traditional” face and body scrubs because chemical peels weren’t so super effective for my skin. While I was shopping in Lush for their bath bombs a few months back, I noticed the awesome scent of Let The Good Times Roll scrub (which reminded me of butter cookies) so I decided to grab a small piece of it to try out.

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    It’s actually far from a “traditional” face scrub - it’s completely solid and looks like a cake at first (it even smells like one too!). But when you apply it on a wet face, it becomes creamy and exfoliates like a boss. I wouldn’t recommend this to sensitive skin because there are far more gentle srubs out there (feel free to check out my "Favorite cruelty free & vegan exfoliating products" post). The scent last quite long on my skin (for almost an hour after), so if you are sensitive to scented products, even natural ones, I’d suggest skipping this one. But the result is awesome: it leaves a completely smooth and clean skin and is also quite suitable for my combination skin (with oily T-zone).

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    The ingredients are: Maize flour (Zea mays), Glycerine, Talc, Water, Corn Oil (Zea mays), Corn Meal (Zea mays), Cinnamon Powder (Cinnamomum cassia), Fragrance, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) and popocorn. I have no ide why it smells like Petit Beurre cookies if it’s made almost completely out of corn plus some gardenia extract…

    The price for 100 g of Let The Good Times Roll is 12.50-12.95 US$ but I always get 50 g for a little over 6 US$ which is quite affordable and last for almost 2 months. A bonus info: this scrub is cruelty-free and vegan. ;)

     
  14. Since I won’t be doing a “Current beauty favorites” post these days, I decided to do a short summer beauty favorites post for you guys. Here are some of my old and new favorite products: 

    SPF creams: Alba Botanica SPF 30 Hawaiian Sunscreen and Kiss My Face Face & Neck SPF30 Face Factor - full review here

    Self tanning lotion: Alverde Selbstbräunungslotion - a lightweight and effective lotion to make your skin tanned without burns or bikini marks

    Deodorant: Alverde Minze Bergamotte Deo Roll-On - an aluminum-free formula, delivers 8 hours of protection with nice minty herbal scent

    Makeup: e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen - precise, pigmented and easy to apply, Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in 24 Carrot Gold - opaque, longlasting orange lipstick which goes amazing with tanned skin and Meow Cosmetics Firefly Bronzer in Teenie Weenie Bikini - one of my all time favorite bronzers which has tons of rose gold and bronze shimmer particles and looks amazing on both fair and tanned skin (also a dupe for Illamasqua Powder Metal in Thalia - discontinued)

    All product are cruelty-free AND vegan. ;) 

     

  15. Delicious breakfast: Mango, banana and orange smoothie

    Making breakfast isn’t always easy because I try to make a different recipe each morning. But lately I’ve been hooked on smoothies because they are super easy to make and I can combine different ingredients or simply stick to one if I find it perfect. Mango, banana and orange is a perfect combination for me, it’s very nourishing and b far the most delicious combination I’ve tried. 

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    For a complete meal I combine 2 bananas, 1 orange and 1 large mango. No milk required (I usually put soy or coconut milk in these) but a bit water could be added if the mixture is too thick. I also like to add ice cubes inside, esp now when it’s hot outside… Cheers!

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