Halloween Reads!

I love Halloween! And I love to read creepy books around this time of the year. I have a few recommendations for you! Not everyone is into really scary books though, so I included some mystery and paranormal books, too. Because there are quite a few books and I don’t want to spoil anything, I’ll try to keep the description short.

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Project Pan Update #1

I started a Project Pan in May, so I thought it would be a good time to update you guys. I have barely worn makeup since my last update. So unfortunately, I didn’t make a lot of progress.


Yves Rocher 360° Mascara


p2 Sunshine Finish Bronzing Powder in Acapulco Sun

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I didn’t make any progress on this. Even when I swirled my brush in this, it felt like there’s barely any product on my brush, therefore it’s quite time consuming to get a good pigmentation. This is not a problem I’ve encountered before with this product. Out of convinience I just used an eyeshadow instead of this bronzer. Just a couple days ago I realised, that the problem might be a “hard pan”, therefore scratched off the top layer, but that didn’t help. Do you have any idea how I can make it work again? Or do you think it’s expired and I shoul just toss it? Please let me know what you think!


Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Tantalizing Taupe


Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara

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I’ve used this a few times, but not a lot. I created some makeup looks for IG, but barely wore makeup out of the house, therefore I just didn’t need to use a brow gel.


Alverde Face Oil

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I used up quite a bit of this product. I usually put a few drops in the ends of my hair, after I washed it or in between washes. I also used it a few times on my face.


Hope you liked this post. Have a nice day!

Lethal Cosmetics Eyeshadow Review

Lethal Cosmetics is a cruelty-free and 100% vegan indie brand from Germany. They have a lovely collection of neutral and colorful eyeshadows, as well as unconventional liquid lipstick shades.

I have tried four eyeshadows:
Afterglow (sheer light blue shimmer)
Ascension (bright blue shimmer)
Backdraft (coral shimmer with golden reflects)
Venom (turquoise shimmer)

Price: You get 1,7g of product for 6€, which is comparable to Makeup Geek in price (1,8g | 5,90€). I can’t compare these brands in quality though, because I haven’t tried Makeup Geek, yet.

Formula & Performance: These eyeshadows feel very soft and powdery. They have a lot of kickback, if you go in with a brush, which isn’t a deal breaker for me, but I wanted to mention it, in case it’s important to you. They apply well with your fingers or a brush. If you wet the brush, the color will be more intense and metallic. However, you don’t need to wet your brush to get a satisfactory color payoff. All shades I have tried blend very easily.
The shades Backdraft, Venom and Ascension are highly pigmented, while Afterglow is quite sheer, but can be build up to full opacity.

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Additional info: The eyeshadows arrived intact and were well packaged, to insure they don’t shatter. The wrapping tissue inside the package was heavily fragranced. The eyeshadows are lightly scented as well, the scent has faded a lot though and is now barely detectable. It’s hard to describe the scent (reminds me of a handmade soap, I once had), but it’s very pleasent. I did not notice any reaction of my skin to the fragrance. The packaging is made out of black and white cardboard. The pans are magnetic and adhere to the packaging via magnetic foil. Therefore it’s easy to pop these into a magnetic palette. I currently store them in their original cardboard packaging, but I would definitely recommend a sturdy magnetic palette, if you want to travel with them, since these are pressed quite softly, I can imagine they crumble quite easily without a robust packaging.

Wear time: I can’t make any assumptions considering wear time, because any eyeshadow stays on my eye lids, even without primer. Definitely check out other reviews, if wear time is a concern of yours.

Conclusion: I had only positive experiences with these eyeshadows and really enjoy using them. I’m definitely interested in trying more shades by Lethal Cosmetics.


Looks I’ve created with Lethal Cosmetics eyeshadows:


Swatches & similar colors in my collection:


I hope this review was helpful. Have a nice day!

The Easiest Colorful Makeup Look | Step by Step Tutorial

One of my favorite makeup looks is a two-toned halo eye, it’s super easy to do and perfect for anyone who wants to incorporate color, but is concerned with blending different colors together.

The nice thing about this look, is that you can combine any colors you like, even if they don’t blend well together, because you just have to blend the colors into the white and not into each other.

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Before You Buy Another Palette…

I recently watched JenLuvsReview’s video titled “The TRUTH About How Beauty Brands TRICK You Into Buying S**t You DON’T NEED!” and I thought it was quite interesting. She talks about common marketing techniques, that will draw you in and make you buy products, you don’t actually need. She made a lot of good points in this video and I definitely recommend to watch it, especially if you’re an impulse buyer.

However, I wanted to add something to the list, that I see as a very important factor, when it comes to unnecessary purchases and that’s palettes. Eyeshadow palettes, face palettes, highlighter palettes, you name it!

I feel like people are instantly drawn to a palette, because they think they save money, when in reality it would be cheaper, if you just buy a single you actually like and need, instead of purchasing a whole palette. Palettes offer a variety of different shades usually at a cheaper rate, than the same amount of single shades. However a lot of times colors within a palette are redundant, or you have these shades already in other palettes, or you don’t even like all of the shades, yet you still want to buy it. Maybe because the layout makes the same colors, you already have, look a bit more interesting. Or there are one or two shades, you don’t have, that draw you in. Or you’re just blinded by the fact, that you pay less per shadow. It’s no surprise to me, why more and more companies release more and more palettes, because they know this, too.

Now, I’m not saying palettes are bad and you should never buy them. However I want to share my “rules”, that can help you with your decision on whether or not to buy a palette. Whenever I see a palette I’m interested in, I follow these rules:

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One Eyeshadow Three Looks

I’ve recently been loving the Lethal Cosmetics single eyeshadow in Backdraft. It’s a pretty peach/coral with golden reflects. I’ve been using it a lot, so I wanted to share some looks I created with this.


Soft Peachy Eyes & Black Lips

 

I wanted to create a blown-out soft eye look. So I mixed three matte shades in my crease: a white, an orange and a pink, to get a similar color like Backdraft, but with a matte finish. I applied Backdraft all over my lid. For my inner corner highlight I used a sheer light blue shimmer.

To add a bit of edge to this look, I paired it with black lips.


Peach & Pink Smokey Eyes

 

For a smokey look I used a matte pink in my crease and outer corner. I deepened the outer v with an imperial red and dark brown eyeshadow. I used Backdraft on the inner third of my eyes. I used a matte white and shimmery champagne on the inner corner. I paired this look with a pink lipstick.


Sunset Eyes

 

I used a matte yellow in my crease and a matte orange in my outer v. This time I lightly dusted Backdraft on my lids with a fluffy brush to get a wash of color and shine. I also very lightly applied a reddish cream shadow as liner and highlighted my inner corner with a sheer blue shimmer.

3 Cruelty-Free Summer Looks

Look One

Base: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Crease: Neve Cosmetics Velvet, Nightlife
Lid: Lethal Cosmetics Afterglow (inner half), Ascension(outer half)
Outer V: Neve Cosmetics Espresso
Lower Lash Line: Neve Cosmetics Bananas (inner third), Red Carpet (outer third), Lethal Cosmetics Backdraft (center)

Blush: Neve Cosmetics Red Carpet
Bronzer: Neve Cosmetics Noisette

Lips: NYX Cosmic Metals Lipcream in Fuchsia Fusion


Look Two

(inspired by Linda Hallberg)

Base: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and Neve Cosmetics Bananas
Crease: Neve Cosmetics Noisette, Croissant, Espresso
Lid: Neve Cosmetics Croissant, Espresso, Etoile, Lethal Cosmetics Afterglow
Lower Lash Line: Neve Cosmetics Bananas, Noisette, Espresso

Blush: Neve Cosmetics Red Carpet
Bronzer: Neve Cosmetics Noisette
Highlighter: Neve Cosmetics Etoile

Lips: Essence Cosmetics Lipstick in Wear Berries!


Look Three

Base: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Crease: Neve Cosmetics Velvet, Diva
Lid: Neve Cosmetics Espresso, Aquario, Catrice My Mermint, Lethal Cosmetics Afterglow
Inner Corner: Lethal Cosmetics Afterglow
Lower Lash Line: Neve Cosmetics Aquario, Catrice My Mermint

Bronzer: Neve Cosmetics Noisette
Highlighter: Essence Nude Highlighter, Neve Cosmetics Etoile

Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Cupcake

Wishlist

Here are some products, that look really interesting and that I might end up buying. Tell me what products you’re interested in, I’d love to know.


(maybe) ABH Subculture Palette

This palette looks very intriguing to me. Looking at the swatches, it seems like I don’t have colors like this in my collection. I also feel like this is a cohesive palette, you can create a lot of looks with. I’m also really into these pops of colors. However, when any product I want to get is super hyped, I like to wait until the hype dies down and see if I still want to purchase it.


LH Cosmetics Mood Crayons

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I like LH Cosmetic’s concept, all of their products are designed to be used on any part of your face or body, which is great, I’m all for multi-use products. Also Linda Hallberg is the owner of LH Cosmetics and she’s just incredible! The newest addition to the LH Cosmetics line are “Crayons”, basically multi-use pencils. They’re 15€ each, which is more than I’d typically spend on one makeup product. You can buy them in bundles though and since I want to get all bold shades anyway, I want to pickup the Mood Crayon Kit for 52€ (10,40€ per pencil).


Nabla Cosmetics Metallic Shadows and Liquid Lipsticks

I discovered Nabla Cosmetics through Jkissa’s videos. They’re a cruelty-free indie brand from Italy. Especially their metallic eyeshadows scream my name.
Shades I’m interested in are: Absinthe, Selfish, Pegasus, Cattleya, Zoe, Lilac Wonder
I’m also interested in one matte shades: Caramel. I’m usually not big on neutral colors. I’m not someone who needs neutrals in tons of different undertones, however I think this shade seems quite unique, because of it’s strong yellow undertone. It reminds me of Melt Rubbish, but this is obviously more affordable.
(6,50€|2,5g each)

I want to try at least one of their new Liquid Lipsticks, too. Black Champagne, a rich black, is definitely a color I want to pick up. Antimatter, a rose-gold, also looks stunning, I haven’t seen a lot of lip swatches of this shades through, so I can’t tell if it will perform well, so I’m not sure if I should get it.  (14,90€|3ml each)


Neve Cosmetics Eyeliners

I have a hard time to decide what I want to purchase from Neve Cosmetics, because I basically want everything.  I’ve already tried a couple of their products and I love their matte pressed eyeshadows, loose pigments and glitters.
I want to try their eyeliners. The shade selection is enormous and it’s hard not to buy every single one. For now I’ve settled for the shades: Narwhal, Serpendipity, Illusion and Reversal. (5,80€|1,5g each)


Lethal Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow and Liquid Lipstick

Lethal Cosmetics is a cruelty-free and 100% vegan indie brand from Germany. They just came out with a summer collection. Eventhrough all eyeshadow colors are gorgeous, I’m just getting Remission(6€|1,7g): a matte peach shade, which is basically the matte version of their shade Backdraft, that I already own. I’ve been really into peach/coral looks right now and this would be a perfect addition to my collection.

I’m interested to see, how well their matte shades perform, I have only tried shimmers by Lethal Cosmetics.

Another eye catching item is their Chimera Liquid Lipstick (17€|5g|0.17oz) in Whistle Blower. I love unconventional shades, but a lot of times they can look very dry and cracked, this looks really nice through, I definitely want to try it.


Urtekram Haircare

I’ve been mostly using natural haircare for years now, but I haven’t found a product I fell in love with. So I searched for some more natural and cruelty-free brands online and found Urtekram.

Rose Leave-in Conditioner  ( 6,95€ | 250ml)

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I like to use Leave-In Conditioners or oils to get some life back into my hair in between washes. This is supposed to moisturize, soften and make your hair more shiny. I have dry and dull hair, so this sounds like it was made for me. I’ll get this as soon as I run out off my current Leave-in Conditioner, which will probably take some time.

No Perfume Conditioner ( 7,95€ | 250ml )

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I also want to try a regular conditioner by this brand, when I’ve finished my current one. For now I’ve settled for this one.


Holographic Nail Polish:

It’s finally time to come out as a holosexual on this blog! I’d love to own some holographic nail polishes, especially now that I have started painting my nail again. There are a few cruelty-free brands that are available here in Germany. I’m not sure which brands I’ll purchase from or which colors I’ll choose, but I know I want to get something holographic.

Color Club (11,45€ | 15ml | amazon.de)
Starrily (13,70€ | 15ml | hypnoticpolish.com)
FUN Lacquer (12€ | 12ml | hypnoticpolish.com)
100% pure (13€ | 14,7ml)
Essence holo rainbow polishes (coming soon)


If you have tried any of the products I mention, please tell me what you think of them!