1. Current makeup favorites. Featuring Catrice, Illamasqua, Just Pure Minerals, Meow Cosmetics, Victorian Disco Cosmetics, Concrete Minerals, Hello Beauty, Golden Rose, Everyday Minerals and Ecotools products.

    Since I’ve dyed my hair blonde again, I can finally wear all those peachy orangey shades of makeup I’ve been avoiding during my short red haired phase. Last few weeks I’ve been reaching for Catrice Defining Blush in Love & Peachy. It’s a pure dupe for Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Rude, but much more longlasting on my skin (Rude used to fade after couple of hours) and cheap as dirt (less than 6 US$, while Rude is 32 US$). The formula is vegan and also contains tocopherol (vitamin E) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

    I’ve finally got my favorite eyeshadow primer of all time again - Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer. It was reformulated recently and now 100% vegan, plus it does and AMAZING job on keeping my eyeshadow fresh all day.

    I have been using A LOT of mineral eyeshadow lately, completely ignoring all of my palettes. It’s true that mineral eyeshadow gives more pigmentation, depth and awesome effect than regular shadows. Thanks to a friend of mine, I’ve discovered Victorian Disco Cosmetics. She gave me samples of Angry Italian Vampires, I’m 100 Years Older Than You But That’s Okay!, Undercity and Hero Class. All of them are silky, easy to blend and give great color payoff. Just Pure Minerals Snow is a matte opaque white eyeshadow and I’ve been using it a lot to highlight my eyes ,plus it makes a great white eyeliner mixed with a sealing gel.

    Eyeshadow swatches; L-R: Victorian Disco Cosmetics Angry Italian Vampires, I’m 100 Years Older Than You But That’s Okay!, Undercity and Hero Class, Just Pure Minerals Snow. All swatched dry, with no primer or sealer.

    Other powdery products that made their way into this collection are Meow Cosmetics Firefly Bronzer in Teenie Weenie Bikini (it’s been a favorite of mine last 2 years ever since I got a sample baggie and now I’ve FINALLY got the full size), Kiss My Sass Suntan Bronzer (almost matte medium light bronzer which is quite long lasting on my skin) and Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Furore (my all time favorite highlighter, has a bit more vanilla/champagne-ish base color than I’d prefer, but still amazing and lasts all day).

    Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipstick are a dream. I hardly use my other lipsticks next to these since their are velvety, 100% matte, apply nicely, opaque and not drying at all. I emailed the brand and they told me they don’t test on animals and the Velvet Matte Lipsticks don’t contain any animal by-products.

    Lately I’ve been slightly obsessed with sponge applicators. I’ve tried a couple of these (like the RT Miracle Complexion Sponge) but my favorite so far is the Hello Beauty sponge. It’s quite dense, makes even heavy coverage foundation extra light, blends the makeup effortlessly, is super cheap and could be used many many times. My cat got her paws on it a few times so far and it ended shredded into microns, so I have to hide it on high shelves and she’s not permitted to go into the bathroom again. The 3 of us are moving now, so I wonder if she’ll steal the sponge in the new bathroom. :3

    And finally - makeup brushes. Ecotools has been my favorite brush brand since I started blogging almost 3 years now. They offer super soft, vegan and versatile brushes and I have the most of their range. Everyday Minerals brushes are quite dense, soft and the Flat Top Brush & Angled Blush Brush blend face powders and blushes with ease. My friend said the EM brushes remind her of Sigma brushes when it comes to density, softness and general quality although I’ve never used Sigma so I can’t confirm.

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