Today we’re talking a difficult, yet necessary topic: choosing my favorite eyeshadow palettes. Was it a hard task? Of course. Palettes are my number 1 favorite makeup product to buy, try and use. Eyeshadow was my first love. Even when I wasn’t that much into makeup, eyeshadow was the first makeup product I started using regularly. I loved the colors and I loved trying out new combinations. Hence my love for palettes. If I had to pick 5 palettes that I would repurchase in a heartbeat, I would pick these.
I am not over the liquid lipstick trend. I just love a lipstick that lasts all day and doesn’t need any touching up. Especially in the spring and summer time, liquid lipsticks are my go to. The lipsticks won’t bleed, come in unusual colors and wear all day. These are my 7 favorite liquid lipsticks, both in color and formula.
Favorite liquid lipsticks
Not only my makeup changes with the seasons, but also my preferred nail polish shades. As trends change and as my tastes changes, so do my favorite nail polish shades. Since I last did a fall nail polish favorites 3 years ago, things have definitely changed. Not a single of the polishes that made the cut then, made it now and some have since been decluttered. Here are my 6 fall time favorite nail polish shades.
Favorite fall nail polish shades
If there is one brand that I love for nail polishes it is Catrice. There are a few others of course, but when it comes to affordable brands that are readily available to me, then Catrice would be my pick. It is hands down the brand I have the most polishes from and that is why I also have quite a few favorites. I picked 10 of my all time favorite Catrice polishes. This is them.
Favorite Catrice nail polishes
Time to show you my all time favorite concealers! This is a make up product I love trying out. More so than foundation if you’d believe that. And I especially like drugstore concealers, but just for good measure I threw in a few high end favorites as well. This is a list of favorites that keeps on changing, but I thought I’d try and be tough on myself and pick my 5 absolute favorite concealers.
My 5 all time favorite concealers: any in here that you favor as well?
If you’re a nail polish freak like me, you try out many different nail polish brands. From the cheapest discount budget store brands to indie nail polish to very high end, I have tried anything and everything under the sun. I like trying new nail polish, but there are a few brands that over the years truly stole my heart. And no… they are not only high end brands!
In fact, there are two very budget proof nail polish brands that are part of my favorites: Barry M and Catrice. But most of my favorite brands are true nail polish specific brands. So brands that do not really do any other make up, but focus on making nail polishes. These types of brands tend to be a tad more expensive, or less easily accessible, but I find that they are well worth the hunt and price tag. Below I will explain to you what I like about the brand and show you three of my favorite colors from each brand.
Barry M Gelly Hi-shine Nail Paint in Blue Grape
Barry M Textured Nail Paint in Kingsland Road
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Espresso
Barry M does some fabulous nail polishes. Especially their Gelly Hi-Shine line is a stunning line of nail polishes that also has a really good color selection. It is also very affordable: around 4 pounds a piece, with plenty of sales on at Boots or Superdrug. I always pick up a few whenever I am in the UK. Why I like them so much? Great colors, good lasting power and a brush that is really easy to use.
Catrice Million Styles Million Dollar Baby
Catrice Coolibri Virgin Forest
Catrice Thrilling Me Softly Discreet
From Catrice, I particularly like their limited edition nail polishes. Ever since they changed the formula and the brush however, I haven’t been too thrilled about the brand. Prices go up, but quality has been sacrificed. I remember these costing no more than 2.50 a pop and so I have hung on to most of my old Catrice collection, as I liked that better. They do have some interesting shades that are part of LEs which is why I tend to favor them. My favorite all time glitter top coat is from the Million Styles Collection and one of my favorite neutrals and toe nail shades are also from older limited editions.
OPI Don’t Bossanova me Around
OPI Mariah Carey The Impossible
OPI Every Month is Octoberfest
My all time favorite nail polish brand? OPI! No doubt about it. I have quite a few of them by now and even though I no longer purchase shades from their regular collection, it is what made me fell in love in the first place. These polishes last the longest on my nails, I love their shade range and innovative collection and overall I have only found 2 polishes that I didn’t like from them. Shown above is one of my favorite neutrals, my favorite ‘innovative’ idea: liquid sand and my favorite vampy red nail polish.
China Glaze Bing Cherry
China Glaze For Audrey
China Glaze Strawberry Fields
It’s a shame that China Glaze isn’t readily available in stores. Apart from OPI polishes, these tend to stay the longest on my nails and I love their brush too. I don’t find their collections as interesting as OPI which is why it isn’t my ultimate favorite, but I think that might be because I can go and check out OPI in stores. My favorite China Glaze polishes are cult favorite For Audrey, one of my favorite straight up reds: Bing Cherry and the prettiest summery pink shade you will ever find in a nail polish.
Essie After School Boy Blazer
Essie Cute as a Button
Essie Coat Azure
Finally there is Essie. Essie is a great brand, but I have only gotten real access to it for a short while. I find that the cheaper, drugstore version of this (which is on sale mostly where I live) has not as great a quality as the salon versions, but it still works a charm. When it comes to neutrals Essie is usually your gal, but I like a few of their more out there colors. After School Boy Blazer is the best blackened blue you will ever find. Cute as a Button is the best coral shade I own and one of my favorite blues is Coat Azure which came in a spring collection set.
What are your favorite nail polish brands?
I try out many different beauty products. From make up to skincare and from hair products to bodycare: I love trying new things and am always in for trying out new lines. Despite all those trials and loving every minute of it, there are a few products that will always stand out for me. Those are the products I will always come back to no matter what and that I always repurchase or keep back ups off just in case: my tried and true.
Soap & Glory Handfood
We’re starting off this post with my all time favorite hand cream. This smells nice, nourishes my hands and is absorbed quickly. Such as shame I only buy this when I’m in the UK. I wrote a full review on it here.
Decubal foaming face wash
You know a product is a long time favorite when you first mentioned it in a blog post almost three years ago and still use it. This foaming face wash is very gentle but gets the job done. I wrote a full review two years ago.
Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze hair mask
I am not much of a haircare person and from all beauty products I tend to change them up the most. I am not too loyal to any haircare brands in particular and when it comes to my hair anything that does not require heat is fair game. The first ever haircare product that I tried that I felt really made a difference for my hair is this hair mask by Lush. I reviewed it last year.
A classic beauty product I cannot live without is Nivea cream. Just the plain variety. I pretty much use this for my every day run of the mill skin issues. I love using it as a cuticle cream and any dry patches on my knees and elbows in winter time. Whenever I am traveling I always make sure to take a mini because this cream can double as a hand cream, foot cream, body lotion and what else you might want to use a cream for. I never reviewed this yet but I’m pretty sure you all know what this does and it smells heavenly.
The Body Shop Aloe Vera Calming Toner
My favorite toner in the whole world is this one by The Body Shop. I used this for years on end until I discovered micellar water which I now favor over this. However, I still keep a bottle on hand, just in case the entire micellar water hype is phased out and the products start disappearing from the stores. I reviewed this product along with the facial cleanser.
Lush Flying Fox shower gel
Of course my favorite shower gel should not be left out of a tried and true products post. The smell of this is not for everyone I guess, but I love using this for night time showers. I always sleep like a baby after using this. I reviewed this about a year ago.
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer
When it comes to skincare I am very picky. I have sensitive skin and thus allergic reactions are always a possibility whenever I try something new. I bought this and after it ran out immediately repurchased it. This is so refreshing on the skin and a great morning moisturizer as it truly wakes you up and gives you that extra morning boost. I have not yet reviewed this as I didn’t have a chance to take any good pictures before and currently I am working on using up other skincare products first. But you can be assured that the minute I open up this new jar, I will be writing that review.
Lush Angels on Bare Skin
One of the very first reviews I ever wrote was on this product. I use this cleanser only a few times a week for a bit of a scrub. I have found this really cleared up my skin and when I use this I get fewer spots and zits. The review for this is by now almost 4 years old. Perhaps I ought to redo it?
Dove Invisible Dry deodorant
Deodorant is a bit of a boring product to talk about, but it took me ages to find one I liked. I used this spray on deodorant by Dove for ages before switching to a different type altogether. However, I still keep this around, but no longer use it on the daily. This now lives in my gym bag and at work, for those quick spruce ups in between.
The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover
Finally I would like to show you a cleanser that I am currently trying to find a cheaper alternative for. I used to love the Sephora waterproof make up remover, but then Sephora left The Netherlands and they took my favorite make up remover with them. I found a great alternative in this one by The Body Shop, but at €12 per bottle I find it a bit steeply priced as it is twice as expensive as the Sephora one. I am currently trying out one by Kruidvat which is super cheap and I am about to try one by Garnier.
What are your tried and true beauty products?