2015 in review

2015 in review

It’s the end of the year and time to look back! This is the post WordPress prepared, in case anyone is interested in the stats:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Plans for next year

Yay, stats! 😀 it’s not an awful lot of views, but okay. Interesting is that my posting pattern changed completely over the year, when I went from posting every other day to posting on Mo-Wed-Fri. Then my pattern dropped off in the summer as usual and then it turned a little eclectic as my life changed a lot from October to now. The good news is, it’s getting stable again and my goal for 2016 is blogging more regularly again. I will aim for Mo-Wed-Fri again, and if that won’t work, I’ll go for two days a week.

The most popular posts

Last year my five most popular posts were all about lipstick. This year, a post about eyeshadows snuck in! And one about Lip Liners…

These are the most viewed posts of 2015:

YSL Rouge Pur Couture the Mats Fuchsia Fetiche – This was already a favorite post in 2014 and rightfully so.

MAC Lip Liner Rosy Rim and Ruby Woo – This is a new post and gets lots of google hits. Many people want to know which lip liner to wear with Ruby Woo!

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet L’Exuberante and La Diva – Another hit from back in 2014.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Laurier Rose and Caroube – sometimes you do want to see stuff other than lipstick.

Flormar Revolution Perfect lipstick – people pin this on Pinterest sometimes, which is why this post from 2014 still gets views I think.

Which posts to expect in the new year:

More perfume, more lipstick. 😀

How is your year in review? What are your plans for 2016? Is there anything you would like to see on this blog?

Have fun today everybody and see you in the new year!

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Yearning for Spring: Nail Polish Haul

Yearning for Spring: Nail Polish Haul

I don’t know about your location, but here the weather is still drab and everything is grey. 😦 I can’t wait for spring so that I can complain about how it’s too hot again. 😀

So, a little spring nail polish haul was in order:

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I very much wanted the minty green form OPI‘s spring collection Hawaii. But then I also wanted a baby pink so I picked up the mini set “little HULAS“. This set contains four mini polishes, all of them creams. There is the pink Suzi Shops & Island Hops, the minty That’s Hula-rious!, the purple Lost my Bikini in Molokini and the corally red Aloha from OPI.

Comparing it to the set of last Autumn both have a purple and a minty green. But the little Northies were much stronger, the little Hulas are more spring-y in their soft colors. Except for Aloha which is not very soft, but still very fitting in a spring collection.

Then I picked up a turquoise nail polish with black glitter from Flormar, the Black Dot Nail Enamel simply called BD02.

The statement necklace is from Bijou Brigitte. I love the color and that it has a ribbon instead of a regular chain. I think it adds even more visual interest. The downside is that it’s harder to put on (or I may simply be too clumsy).

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Back of the little Hulas set.

What are your spring must-haves?

the Face Base

the Face Base

I almost named this entry “the bare necessities” but none of this is necessary, so I changed my mind. Anyway, this post is to show you my current base makeup routine. I have three stages of makeup:

1. None. Nada. I don’t mean “no makeup makeup”, I mean nothing on (except for sunscreen). This happens a lot more during summer, due to heat & laziness. My tips for that stage are: groom brows and dye eyelashes blue-black. I swear that makes so much difference! I gotta admit  I have been neglecting my poor brows, though.

2. BB Cream all over and done with it. Might add some rouge etc to create no makeup makeup.

3. The full base. When I want to look polished or the skin acts up. My current base items:

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In order of application:

MAC Prep & Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer in Pink. Mostly because I want to use it up. If I was doing a Project Pan, this would be one of the items.

MAC Mineralize Foundation Compact: Holy Grail item. Good coverage, long lasting, does not emphasize dry skin, but does not get shiny either.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer: Photoshop for the skin.

Clinique Airbrush Concealer: undereye concealer. I use this so much the writing has worn off. Coincidentally Lisa Eldridge mentioned this in her latest video and I agree so much. Why change something that works so well for you?

Flormar Brow Powder: Stays all day.

Sumita Brow Wax: This came in one of my last Glossyboxes before I unsubscribed. When I ran out of my brow gel I decided to use this. It’s good, but I think I prefer gel.

MAC Prep & Prime Eye: When I apply eyeshadow I’ll use either this or a cream shadow. This is the only real eye primer I own. I’m not 100% happy with it, but I haven’t yet gotten my hands on anything better. Suggestions?

(For my vacation makeup, I took the same items with me, except I replaced the foundation with Dior‘s BB Creme. I ended up not using the brow items even once.)

 

That’s it, that’s my face base. It’s quite MAC heavy, partly because there are some items that I’ll never replace (Studio Finish Concealer!), partly because some items are left over from the days when I was still learning my way around makeup (the primers, mostly. although it’s possible that after I use up the face primer, I’ll pick up the CC cream from MAC to replace it).

Which are your base items that you always have on hand?

Dior 5 Coleurs Trafalgar

Dior 5 Coleurs Trafalgar

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The new Dior look hit the stores only this week. I immediately fell in love with this quint, 876 Trafalgar.

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Dior have revamped the packaging. Left, the new one, right the old one with the blue CD. Personally I like the sleek black better.

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Top, the old bigger packaging, bottom the thinner new one. Despite the smaller size the amount of eyeshadow stayed the same.

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Swatch in the shade. This time I put the lightest colors in the middle. So we have the brass shade, then the dark brown, the two top shades, first the pink shimmer, then the white shimmer and last the red from the middle.

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Swatch in direct sunlight. All shades except the red contain some shimmer. The red also has a little shimmer, but you can barely tell.

Quality wise, I am torn. I have learned by now that Dior does the very light shades sheer on purpose, but the brass shade also needs several layers to show up properly and the brown shade is harder to work with than the brown shade in the other two Dior quints I own. The red is highly pigmented. Compared to the other companies, most of which have released new quads or quints this year, Dior’s are worse. I mean, in general they are good eyeshadows, but they’re not on top of the game.

However, lasting power is pretty good. I have experienced creasing, but it’s on the less noticable end. All in all, it’s a great palette, the colors are beautiful and the combinations endless.

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Here’s a pic of me wearing it (in rather bad lighting, imagine the colors to be stronger). I put the red shade on the lid and the brass shade in the crease. Then I put the white shade in the corner of my eye and the pinkish one all over to soften the red down. I used the brown as liner in the corner, but it wasn’t as cooperative as I hoped. You can’t see it but I also put the brown on the lower lid, which worked better.

Mascara is Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Eyes; under eye concealer by Clinique. Brows: Flormar brow powder and Sumita brow wax.

Flormar Revolution Perfect Lipstick

Flormar Revolution Perfect Lipstick

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I liked the items from Flormar I picked up a while ago, so I expanded my lipstick collection with this Revolution Perfect lipstick. That seems to be their matte finish line.

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The color I picked is Aubergine Open Call R13.

The desgin on the bullet reflects the design on the cap. Nice detail.

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Swatch. It’s a brilliant pigmented color. The whole range is full of strong colors.

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Comparison swatches. On top Rimmel Moisture Renew Rose Passion, next MAC Goddess of the Sea, then Flormar Aubergine Open Call and last Chanel Rouge Allure Maniac. You can see it’s a lot stronger than Goddess of the Sea and the finish is most comparable to a Rouge Allure.

I’m very pleased with the quality. Despite the finish it did not dry my lips out (unlike the MAC lipstick), and lasting time is good. Only eating and drinking reduces it on the inside of the lips, so I did reapply through the day. At the end I had to use makeup remover to get the stain off.

At a price point between 5 and 8 € Flormar lipsticks are a real bargain. The quality can compare to high end, so I can only recommend them. (They also have a lot of colors that look suspiciously similar to MAC colors so if there’s a certain limited MAC color you missed it’s worth looking through flormar’s offerings just in case. Like, the difference between Aubergine Open Call and Pure Heroine is not very big.)

Flormar

Flormar

There is a new make up store in my town – a brand that I’ve never heard of before. So what does a beauty blogger do? Exactly.

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I bought a lipstick and a brow powder to try the brand.

The store looks a bit like MAC, only cheaper. Some of the products also remind me of MAC products in their concept (like Mineralize powders and shadows, and the lipstick range is similar). The price is more along the line of Rimmel and such. My lipstick cost € 5, the brow powder € 7.

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Pictured: Flormar eyebrow shadow in EB01 and Flormar pretty cream & glaze lipstick in P312 Rose Boom.

I love the designs on the products themselves, while the packaging isn’t anything to text home about. The brow powder has no scent, the lipstick smells of fake vanilla.

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Swatches.

The lipstick is indeed creamy and opaque. It’s not of their long lasting range. It wears off when eating, but not completely. There is no shimmer in it. They have a lot of colors without shimmer, I like that. I also love this particular color, it lights up my whole face, makes me go from Gollum to Disney princess in an instant. The lipstick did not feel drying, either.

(BTW Some of their lipstick colors looked a lot like discontinued MAC colors to me. I can’t say if there are dupes, but it may be worth checking out.)

 

The brow powder is the lightest they offerd out of three colors. I’m not too sure about the color on me, but the darker ones looked like they had a little red in. I really need my brow colors to be on the ashy side. When I put this on in the morning, I could still see some of it in my brows when I removed my makeup in the evening, so that’s pretty good.

 

All in all, the products are comparable to other lines in that price range. I think it’s perfect for teens and people just getting into makeup, because the employees are very willing to explain and show how everything is used, also mentioning with wich tools to apply (which of course they are going to try and sell to you). Plus, it’s not very expensive. They also have a whole lot of nail polish.

A minor complaint: I didn’t get a receipt for my purchase and of course they had packed the wrong color and when I went back they asked for a receipt. 😦 I got the color I wanted in the end, but still. Although I’m sure this only happened because I was there when they newly opened and it was stressful.