First Impressions: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, Revlon and more

After the positive feedback I got on my latest First Impressions video (watch here in case you missed it), and because they are so much fun to film, I decided to stick to the concept and do another one.

 

The one thing I need to work on is my language (you´d think I would have learned that by now, with a two year old around that repeats everything) and my rambling. Oh wait, that makes two things. Maybe on my maths as well, to make it three.

 

The finished look
The finished look

 

But without further ado, here is the video and my thoughts on the products.

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Seasonal Makeup Challenge – Summer 2016

In case you missed the Spring Edition, here is the link to the post explaining what the Seasonal Makeup Challenge is all about.

 

Seasonal Makeup Challenge Summer 2016

 

For the rest of us, the rules as a quick reminder:

The rules

„At the beginning of a season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) I will choose some pieces of makeup from my stash and post them here. By the end of that season I shall post how well (or not) I’ve done using them up, and propose new pieces for the following season.“ (The Polished Polyglot)

So without further ado, here is the recap of the Spring challenge and my picks for summer.

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Favorite Face of February 2016

If you are not familiar with the „Favorite Face of …“ series, click here for a little introduction. Short story even shorter, it is the makeup that I wore most during that month, featuring the favorite (as in most used) makeup products.

 

Brown eyes and a bright fuchsia lip. And an awkward face, because... why not?
Brown eyes and a bright fuchsia lip. And an awkward face, because… why not?

 

Even though I don’t celebrate Valentines Day, I feel like February is the month were you really can´t escape the pinks. And even though pink usually looks either washed out on me or like I am trying to to Barbie-Cosplay (I wish I had that waist…), I managed to find a pink lip color I fell in love with to see me through this month.

And once again, I filmed everything for You Tube. Enjoy!

 

 

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Taking out the trash III

Time to throw away my empties once again this year. And because I don’t believe in waiting for New Years Eve to start something new, I figured that would be the perfect opportunity to film my first ever YouTube video!

 

So if you want to see me „ahm“ and „äh“, struggle for words and get sad about Body Butter, click play or watch it here on YouTube.

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Favorite Face of … October

If you are not familiar with the „Favorite Face of …“ series, click here for a little introduction. Short story even shorter, it is the makeup that I wore most during that month, featuring the favorite (as in most used) makeup products.

Many of you will know by now that I am usually not wearing much makeup when working. But as I am home at the moment (read here why), I was able to go all out and enjoy fall makeup at its finest.

Favorite Face of October (1 von 6)
Favorite Face of October

A dark brown-purple smokey eye, paired with bold lips and flushed cheeks was pretty much what I opted for most days. Read more


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Favorite Face of … August

If you are not familiar with the „Favorite Face of …“ series, click here for a little introduction. Short story even shorter, it is the makeup that I wore most during that month, featuring the favorite (as in most used) makeup products.

I have stated numerous times before that I am not ready for fall yet. In fact, I still have a beach vacation coming up in ten days (yay!), so I refuse to turn to fall colors and collections and still cling to my coral lips and shimmery bronzes.

Orange eyeshadow and a natural lip.

At least that is what I thought.
But when I shot my most worn makeup, I realized that I somehow, unconsciously, must have gravitated toward the colors of pumpkin, spice and turning leaves.
Oh well, I seem to have a seasonal makeup heart after all.

Here is how I achieved this look:

A little close up of the eyes:

Orange and brown, definitely fall shades.



1. Makeup used on my face:
To combat the signs of exhaustion under my eyes I literally scraped out the remnants of „Light Peach“ from my MAC Correct and Conceal Palette (Review here). There is barely anything left…
For a base I have been testing Cliniques Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 in 02 for a few weeks. It is labelled anti-aging, being a little richer than I usually would go for, but leaves a pretty dewy finish while providing medium coverage (Review will be up later this month).
To leave my skin a little dewy, something I enjoy a lot more than I ever thought possible, I didn’t powder but only dusted The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer in „02“ on my face where the sun would naturally hit.

MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Pallete, Clinique BB Cream, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer



2. Makeup used on my eyes:
Brown as my eyeshadow base seems still to go strong, and the „lid“ shade from Revlons „Impressionist“ palette makes for a great overall wash of color. (Review here)
This month I went for the color combination brown/orange quite a lot, using Catrice´s „Carrots of the Caribbean“ on the center of my lid.
Orange really makes the blue part of my eye color stand out, but can be difficult to pull off without looking like you suffer from an eye infection. I usually use a black liner to avoid this effect, but went for a dark grey with golden flecks this month (MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in „Black Line“). It almost looks green in the pictures.
Loads of mascara (Revlon 3D Photoready Mascara in „Blackest Black“, review here) and the eyes were finished.
That eyeshadow color is very difficult to match, so I opted for a sheerer lip color like the Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers (Review here).

Revlon Eyeshadowpalette in 505 „Impressionist“, Catrice „Carrots of the Caribbean“, MAC Pearlglide Intense Liner in „Black Line“ and Revlon 3dD Photoready Mascara

So this was my favorite makeup for August. How about you?
What have you been loving last month?
And are you already gravitating towards fall colors?


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Little Häwelmann and Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara

Have your parents read you the story of „Little Häwelmann“?
Maybe they haven’t, it is a german book, written by Theodor Storm for his eldest son. It was an old book when I was little, so it may count as antique now that I read it to my daughter.

It is the story of a little boy that doesn’t want to go to sleep, and when his mother, rocking his crib before, finally falls asleep herself cries out „More, more“ so loudly that the Moon hears him and let´s him travel across the sky on her beam of light several times. But still the child isn’t satisfied, shouting „More, more“, traveling through the woods and all across the world until the night reaches the end.

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara in „Blackest Black“

Sometimes I feel I am related to Little Häwelmann, and many of you out there are too. Because whenever I find a mascara I like, I still feel the need for „More, more“, crying out so loudly that companies hear me and come out with a new one, promising to finally satisfy me.
The last one I tried was Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara in „Blackest Black“.


What Revlon claims:
Lashes look magnified and multiplied with an innovative formula that reflects every lash, creating the look of bigger, bolder volume. Rounded lash-finding brush coats even the tiniest lashes for maximum impact.

Facts:
One tube contains 10 ml of product. As Revlon isn’t available in Germany, I can only access it via Amazon, with prizes varying between 10 and 15 € (see here).
There is only one color, called blackest black and Revlon recently came out with a waterproof version.

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara – The wand

The brush itself is pretty big with many short and flexible rubber bristles. Not my favorite kind of wand, but none that I fear I will hurt my eye with.
When I first started using it, the formula was a little wet, but after two weeks it was perfect: Wet enough to go on easily, but dry enough to stay put and don’t smudge.
I had no problem with Panda eyes, but I have to say that I usually don’t get them very easily. Removal  was a little tricky if I only used my Bioderma Eau Micellaire, but no problem with my TBS Camomille Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (Review here).

Now how did it perform on my lashes? Let me show you some pictures:
1. No mascara, lashes curled

Bare face, bare lashes



2. One coat of Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara

One coat of Revlon 3D Photoready Mascara



3. Several coats in an attempt to build it up

Several coats lead to spidery lashes 



Does it live up to its claims?
Hm.
It sure adds length and volume, it holds a curl and the short bristles work very well in coating even the very small lashes on the inner corner of my eye. But is this „maximum impact“? Maybe it is, but maybe there is more.

Will I rebuy?
Maybe.
Revlon isn’t easily available here, but a lot of you have given me compliments on my lashes during the last weeks, so I guess it is a great, trusty staple to have in my stash to come back to. But it will not stop me shouting at the Moon for „More, more“.

Who do I recommend it to?

If you are looking for a mascara to add some drama to your everyday looks, if you don’t mind a little spidery lashes when attempting to build it up and if you want a mascara that doesn’t break the bank, give this one a go.
But if you are anything like me, no mascara out there will keep Little Häwelmann taking over from time to time.

Have you tried this mascara?
And do you know „Little Häwelmann“?


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When you are running out of time – Revlon Eyeshadow Palette 505 „Impressionist“

I am constantly running late.
Not that I actually AM late in the end (I hate that), but things have gotten a lot less relaxed around here.
The reason… well, you have guessed it. Little Bean.

A few days ago I was just grabbing some necessities when I realized she had left the room.
With my key.
It were mere seconds, but when I went after her, the key was gone, and I had no idea where she had put it.
Did I mention she doesn’t talk yet?

I found the key in one of her toy boxes eventually, along with a spoon and a pair of my husbands socks.
But I digress.

Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow Palette in 505 Impressionist

The point I wanted to make is: I am starting to understand why everyone is so obsessed about palettes!
Grabbing one can save so much time…

So let´s talk about Revlon Eyeshadow Palette 505 „Impressionist“

Fact is, I didn’t pick this palette myself. I got it as a Gift with Purchase in New Zealand.
Usually these things are passed on to my sister, but as the colors were very „me“, I decided to keep it. Sorry, Sis!

What Revlon claims:
Create multiple looks with one easy-to-use palette. Each features a primer, three highly pigmented shadows and a shimmer top coat.

Revlon Photoready Eyeshadow Palette in 505 Impressionist

Facts:
This sleek black palette contains 2.8 g of eyeshadow and retails for 9,99 $ on amazon.com. Sadly, I can’t give you a price in € as there is no official Revlon seller here.

The eyeshadows are very soft and of a satin finish. When applied, they can create a little fallout and are easy to blend.
I find them to lack pigmentation, which is why I prefer to use an eyeshadow primer underneath, but when applied this way they last all day without fading.

The included „primer“ in my opinion is another shadow with a metallic finish. When used under the eyeshadows, it enhances pigmentation a little and changes the texture to metallic. As far as longevity goes, I found no difference when wearing them with this primer or directly applied to the lid.

The shimmer top coat looks pink in the pan and adds chunky, multi-colored glitter to your eyes. This one is heavy in fallout and transferring, so you end up with blue and pink specks all over your cheeks during wear-time.

Left to right: Browbone, Crease, Lid, Lid on Primer, Primer, Glitter Top Coat



Does it live up to its claims?
Most of them.
It is an easy-to-use palette, and the eyeshadows are of good quality, even though not the most pigmented.
You can create different looks with it, depending on whether you use the glitter top coat or the primer.

Eyes created using the colors as described on the package
Close up of the eyes. The colors look pretty similar on the lid.



Will I rebuy?
No.
But this is merely because I own a multitude of neutral colors already and still am not big on palettes.

Who do I recommend it to?

If you don´t have too many eyeshadows yet or are looking for an easy everyday look you can top up occasionally, this one is great.
The shadows are really soft and, due to the lighter pigmentation, don’t require too much blending effort. I can easily see myself wearing them a lot on work days.
The one thing I would invest in though is a separate primer.
As a sidenote:
There are many different color options to choose from, and the general verdict throughout the blogosphere is: The neutral ones are of good quality, the colored ones not so much. So if you are looking at the purple or green based palettes from this line, make sure to swatch them first.
Do you use Revlon eyeshadows?
And are you always on time or constantly running late?


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Favorite Face of … June

If you are not familiar with the „Favorite Face of …“ series, click here for a little introduction. Short story even shorter, it is the makeup that I wore most during that month, featuring the favorite (as in most used) makeup products.

If you are makeup obsessive lover like I am, you are constantly on the hunt for inspiration.
And what better place to find it than other beauty blogs? Sometimes I can’t exactly pinpoint where I found inspiration, but this time it was fairly easy:
Over at Maireems cute little blog, in exactly this post: We will always have red.

Favorite Face of June

Now you know I love my red lips, but the way she described the „effortless Parisian way“ of wearing them sounded so posh, I had to try it.

1. Products used on my face
For the effortless look I went very light with the base, which also saved me time in the mornings (always appreciated!).
– MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light (Review here) on spots, scars and a little around my nose to conceal redness
– Maybelline Mattemaker Powder in „Light Beige“ (Review here) dusted lightly all over my face to take away the shine
– The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer in 02 (Review here) for warmth and color
– Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 (Review here) on top of my undereye corrector, taken down on the cheekbones of highlighting.

Products used on my face: Maybelline Mattemaker, The Body Shop Bronzer, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette

2. Products used on eyes and lips:
To add softness but definition to the eyes, I used a soft base, smudged liner and loads of mascara.
– Clinique Chubby Stick for eyes in „Bountiful Beige“ all over my lid
– MAC Fluidline in „Avenue“ (LE), a soft brown with golden sparkle, smudged close to the lash line
– Revlon Photoready 3D Volume mascara in „Black“ on my upper and lower lashes
– Revlon Super lustrous lipstick in „Really Red“ (Matte) (Review here)

Clinique Chubby Stick for eyes, MAC Fluidline, Revlon lipstick, Revlon Photoready 3D Mascara 

Before we end this post, can we please take a moment and admire the way my hair looks in this picture?
Now I don’t want to sound vain, but this is exactly how I want my hair to look, with silky soft Hollywood waves, no frizz.
But no matter how hard I try, it never looks this way.
This time I did nothing at all to style it, I just undid my bun, brushed it and voila!
Perfection.
Of course the picture was taken just before I headed off to a sweaty workout, on a day when I had absolutely nowhere special to go and the husband was working late. And I guess it will never look this way again…

So what have you been loving this month?
And does your hair play tricks like this on you, too?


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Big love – My jumbo lip pencils

It is no secret that I love red lips.
I recently tried to do a roundup for a „Collection“ post on all the reds I owned, but (don’t judge!) there was just no way I could have fit them all on one picture.

So two things happened:
I put myself on a red lip-whatever spending ban.
No exceptions this time.
I will apply a strict „Two out, One in“-rule, even though it will hurt.

L to R: Astor „VaVaVoum“, Revlon „Striking“,  P2 „Burning Red“, Clinique „Mega Melon“

And I decided to split them up and do a separate post for each subcategory: Lipstick, Lipgloss and, today:

Jumbo Lip Pencils.

Swatches left to right: Astor „VaVaVoum“, Revlon „Striking“, P2 „Burning Red“, Clinique „Mega Melon“



1. Astor Soft Sensation Lip Color Butter in „VaVaVoum“
Aptly named, the color goes on creamy and opaque, drawing attention to your lips.
I love how easy it is to apply (can almost be done without a mirror) and how soft it makes my lips feel, but the creaminess comes with a lack of longevity and a tendency to transfer to your mug/glass/husbands cheek.

Astor „VaVaVoum“



In case you wondered why mine looks so strange, Little Bean approved the color by biting a big piece out of it. At first glance I thought she had bit her tongue and was bleeding.
When applied, the color is a warm, deep red with a tendency to make your teeth look yellow.

Astor „VaVaVoom“, Ostsee 2014

2. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in „Striking“
One of my splurge on Revlon cosmetics back when we visited New Zealand in January this year.
Because you still can´t get Revlon in Germany, you know? Shame!

Revlon „Striking“



Despite being marketed as a matte balm, I can see a subtle sheen when applied. More balm than matte on my lips!
Not drying, but not nourishing either and with a tendency to cling to dry patches, so make sure to moisturize your lips well before you wear it.
It stays put for several hours, doesn’t transfer too much and leaves a pretty stain when fading.
This one is a true red, maybe slightly on the warmer side (can you sense a theme here?) and smells of mint, although I don’t notice any plumping effect or tingling when applied.

Revlon „Striking“

3. P2  True explosion lipstick pencil in „Burning Red“
An impulse buy a few years ago, when we decided spontaneously that I would stay at Mr. Locas over night for the first time and I had no makeup with me. So I said I´d go out and get some candles and quickly grabbed a mascara, some powder and this lip crayon on my way.
Please tell me I am not the only one who would do this?

P2 „Burning Red“

Again a warm red, creamy and not at all drying, but seriously a pain to wear. It never settles, it transfers everywhere and if I drink or touch my face I´ll end up with nothing on my lips, but red streaks on my chin or cheeks.
So why do I still own it? Because I love the color and the subtle sheen it has. And because I love the memories it brings to mind.
So I go through the whole process of blotting, lip pencil and checking the mirror every five minutes just for the sake of wearing it.

P2 „Burning Red“ on my lips

4. Clinique Chubby Stick for lips in „Mega Melon“
This one is a little cheat.
It isn’t a red in the classic way, and it is way sheerer than the ones mentioned above, but I love it and wouldn’t have known where else to fit it, so here it is.

Clinique „Mega Melon“

I grab this one whenever I want a moisturizing, fuzz-free MLBB-color, usually for work. It is worn down to a little stump and I will be very, very sad when it is gone.
No transferring, but no longevity, so I have to reapply every two or three hours. That way my lips stay moisturized, so I don’t mind.
You have seen me wear it before here:

Wearing Clinique „Mega Melon“ on my lips

Do you own any lip crayons?
And is there one makeup product you just keep on buying?


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