Make Up Collection: Single Eyeshadows & Pigments

Make Up Collection: Single Eyeshadows & Pigments

I thought it would be time for me to show you another part of my make up collection. There are only a few parts left and then, in the course of roughly one year, I will have shown you my entire make up collection in a bit more detail. Today I will show you my single eyeshadows and pigments. I don’t have that many single eyeshadows anymore as I have depotted most of them and put them into Z-palettes. There are a bunch that don’t fit snuggly into Z-palettes as they are too high or because I didn’t have any space left in the palettes anymore. So these post features my remaining eyeshadows and pigments. I have also swatched all of these for your viewing pleasure.

Overview of mono eyeshadows

Overview of loose pigment eyeshadows

Bourjois: 48 Vert Pétillant, 71 Or Raffiné, 16 Ambre Nude, 05 (nameless) & Famous Eyeshadow Shimmer in Shade 7

The green Bourjois eyeshadow is the oldest one in my collection. I’ve had it since I was a teenager. I know make up has an expiry date, but the shadow smells, feels and looks fine so I’m still using it.

Accessorize: Cocoa, Molten Copper, Golden Caramel & Famous baked eyeshadows in Shade 5 (purple) & Shade 1 (green)

These are impossible to depot. They are round and dome shaped, which makes them unsuitable for putting in the very narrow Z-paletets. They are super pretty though. The green eyeshadow got busted when I dropped it while taking these pictures :-(. Luckily most of it is still in tact.

Yves Saint Laurent Ombre Solo Double Effect in Shade 1, Chanel 70 Platine, Benefit Fishnets

Again these three are oldies but goodies. As you can see the YSL and Chanel shadow have been well loved. I used to wear these all the time when I first started wearing make up on a regular basis a few years ago. The Benefit one is a super dark and pigmented eyeshadow which is hard to work with. It’s very easy to go too dark with it and the texture is creamy and powdery at the same time, but it’s great for a dark brown smokey eye.

Gosh Waterproof eyeshadow sticks in Love that Real Gold, Love that Champagne, Love that Copper

I bought these three on sale at my local drugstore. And they truly are waterproof. Great for hot weather or when you want to go swimming or know you’ll be out in the rain for hours. These simply won’t budge.


Top row: Gosh eyeshadow sticks in copper gold and champage, Chanel Platine, YSL light pink & dark pink, Benefit Fishnets, Famous Shade 7, Famous baked eyenshadows in Shade 1 and Shade 5.

Bottom row: Bourjois 48 Vert Pétillant, 71 Or Raffiné, 16 Ambre Nude, 05 (nameless), Accessorize in Golden Caramel, Molten Copper & Cocoa

Barry M Dazzle Dust & Gosh Effect Powder

Left (bottom to top): Barry M Dazzle Dust in 90 Pearly Mauve & 88 Winterberry, Gosh Effect Powder in 05 Plummy & Mink

Right (bottom to top): Gosh Effect Powder in Glamour, Meringue, Azure & Apple Jam

I’m not huge on loose eyeshadow, but I of course wanted to try them. I found the Gosh pigments all on sale at my local drug store. The Barry M ones I bought in England.

Swatches (f.l.t.r.): Barry M Dazzle Dust in 90 Pearly Mauve & 88 Winterberry, Gosh Effect Powder in  & Mink, 05 Plummy, Glamour, Meringue, Azure & Apple Jam

MAC Pigment samples

Left row (bottom to top): Pink Pearl, Kitchmas, Bright Coral, Melon

Right row (bottom to top): Copper Sparkle, Cocomotion, Old Gold, Golden Olive, Mutiny (blue)

Like I said I’m not one for pigments, but I was willing to try them. I bought these 9 pigment samples from MAC pigments online from a store called The Body Needs. I think I paid 15 euros including shipping for these 9 shades. Less or roughly around the price of a full sized pigment. And since a little goes a very long way with these, having only a small jar will still give you enough of product to try out and make some great looks with.

Swatches (f.l.t.r.): Mutiny, Pink Pearl, Kitchmas, Bright Coral, Melon, Copper Sparkle, Cocomotion, Old gold, Golden Olive

Do you like using pigments? If so, then please tell me how you use them, because every time I try I end up making the worst mess of myself and my workspace!

NOTW: Festive green nail art creation

NOTW: Festive green nail art creation

I suddenly had this idea for making a new nail art creation. Again, it’s something very simple nor is it super fancy, but I think it’s cute and the colors are a perfect match to the time of year.This is the result:

As you can see I went with a seafoam green base coat, added a single stripe in a deep forest green and topped it with a glittery green topcoat. I think the glitters add just enough sparkle to make this a festive nail look and the greens are great colors for this time of year. Wouldn’t you agree?

Here are the products I’ve used:

Base coat: Etos Nail Hardener in Very Strong

Top coat: Seche Vite Fast Drying top coat

Colors: OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean collection LE), Gosh Forest Floor (also LE, but I don’t know the name of the collection), Essence Nail Art Twins Glitter Topper in 06 Edward.

There you have it! I saw a really cool and cute winter themed nail art tutorial on youtube the other day, so I’m hoping to make that next week or whenever I feel like getting creative again.

Make Up Collection: Eyeliner, lipliner & every day things

Make Up Collection: Eyeliner, lipliner & every day things

Okay peeps, so far so good. We are almost done with the first drawer of my make up stash. Up next will be eyeshadows and I have a ton of those, so stay tuned for that. Right now we’ll focus on eyeliner, lipliner and my every day things such as mascara and eyeshadow primer. Ready? Here we go!

Every day stuff:

Maybelline One by One Mascara in black

Bodyshop Eyebrow gel

Urban Decay Shadow Primer Potion (I prefer this one)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Garnier Roll-On with caffeine

Benefit Ooh La Lift (I sometimes use this instead of concealer)

Benefit Eyebright (great highlighter)


Too Faced Lip Insurance (like shadow insurance, but for lipstick)

Too Face Borderline (a transparent lipliner)

Essence lip liner in: 08 Red Blush, 07 Cute pink, 06 Satin Mauve, 09 Nude Coral, 01 Soft Rose

High end eyeliner & eyebrow stuff:

These are my favorite and most used liners and therefore in pretty standard colors.

MAC eyeshadow in Omega (I use this as brow powder)

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium to Dark

Dior Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof in black

Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil in blanc

MAC Chromagraphic Pneicl in NC15/NW20

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in 01 Onyx & 02 Coffee

Guerlain Kohl me Brown 03

Drugstore eyeliner:

More fun colors that I use less often, that’s why I bought them cheap.

Gosh Velvet Touch Waterproof Eye Liner in 002 Girl Power & 005 Golden Cadillac

Essence Kajal Pencil in 14 Hola Chica, 11 Cool Breeze, 16 Check me out, 13 Nightfever

Etos Kohl Pencil in 050 (silver)

Essence Black Mania Carbon Black Gloss Eye Pencil

Essence 2 in 1 Kajal Pencil in 08 Mix & Match, 06 Flirty 7 Hip, 07 Light & Bright

The Body Shop 01 Hot Brights Eye Liner

Eyeko Line & Shine Duo Colour Pencil for Eyes in Electric Purple/ Plum

Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in 11 Go Wild, 05 C’est La Vie, 10 Almost Famous, 02 Hot Chocolate

HEMA Perfect Eyeliner Twist Up Pencil in pink

High end gel liner:

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Shimmer Ink in 14 Ivy

MAC Fluidline in Dark Diversion, Dipdown and Blacktrack

Drugstore gel liner:

Catrice Gel Eyeliner in 030 In Love With a Robot

Essence Gel Eyeliner in 01 Barefoot Through the Moss, 04 I Love NYC, 03 Berlin Rocks

Q: Next part will be eyeshadows. What would you like to see first? My: single shadows, MAC palette, Z-palettes, 88/ 120 palette, small palettes or duo/trio/quatro/quintet eyeshadows?

Let me know in a comment below!

P.S. I will devote a day to trying to make videos in the next few days. So that favorite lip products vid will be up some time next week!

Budget Proof Make Up

Budget Proof Make Up

This post is triggered by a comment Alison left last week on my post on Benefit Cosmetics. Benefit is indeed an expensive make up brand. No matter where you are located. Therefore, it is always a good idea to try and find cheaper alternatives.

Drug store brands from around the globe often offer some very good products for only a fraction of the price you pay for high end brands like MAC, Benefit, Chanel or Dior. You do have to be a bit of Sherlock to find them, but if you’re patient you don’t have to spend a fortune to find some fun make up to play with. Cheaper make up brands are cheap and definitely have some good quality products. However, not every single thing from every single brand is as good. (This is even the case for the more expensive brands.) Since it can be a bit hit or miss, I thought it would be nice to list some tips for buying cheap(er) make up.

Some of my drug store make up

Tip #1: Mascara

Mascara definitely doesn’t have to be expensive. I used to use the Dior Iconic Show Extreme for about a year which costs over 30 euros. Earlier this year I decided to find a cheaper alternative, because I had heard that drugstore mascara are as good as, or sometimes even better, than high end ones. After trying 5 different mascaras I came to the conclusion that I like the Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Mascara but also the newer One by One mascara  is one of my favorites. These mascaras both retail for around 13 euros, but drugstores often have promotions and then you usually pay no more than 10 euros: a third of the price of the Dior one!

Tip #2: Eyeshadow & Eyeliner

My favorite make up product would have to be eyeshadow. You could start your own collection of MAC eyeshadows, Dior palettes or swear by the 24/7 liners by Urban Decay. But if there is one thing that DOES NOT have to be expensive it’s eyeshadow and eyeliner.

The only eyeliners I have that are high end are the black & brown ones I use most. But if I feel like busting out a different color, which I probably only use once or twice a year, I don’t feel like spending 20 euros on a pencil. Instead, I bought a bunch of cheap once from a brand called Essence when they were on sale at my local drug store. They don’t stay put as well as the more expensive ones, but you can always set the eyeliner with a bit of eyeshadow or powder to make it last longer.

For eyeshadow I don’t even know where to start: there are simply too many options. As long as the pigmentation is good, and the eyeshadow isn’t too chalky, you’ll be able to work with it. For cheaper brands I tend to find a great variety of quality even within the same line though. So make sure you swatch and test things in the store. Some brands to look out for: NYX (online, or in stores in the US), Catrice, Essence, Gosh (when on sale), and the notorious 88 palettes (or other variations). You get 88 eyeshadows for less than 20 euros. I have a 120 palette myself, which is great and only cost me 22 euros.

Tip #3: Lipgloss & Lipstick

I’m not too big on lips. My lips have a lot of pigmentation, making it difficult to work with lip products. That is why I don’t want to spend too much money on this. Most of my lipsticks and lipglosses are by drug store brands. My favorites: Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks & lipglosses and Rimmel lipsticks (the purple ones, NOT the other ones). Good color selection and the lipsticks have a nice texture, go on easily and great pigmentation.

Tip #4: Blush & other face products

My favorite blushes are the boxed powders by Benefit. But there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there. ELF is a budget brand (only 1 euro/ dollar/ pound) and their blush in Glow is one of my favorites! NYX also has some very nice blushes, but I prefer their cream blushes along with the new Maybelline Dream Touch Blush. But also NYC’s colorwheels and BeautyUK blushes are very nice to work with. Another UK brand that is worth mentioning here is Sleek. They have a dupe for NARS Orgasm (Rose Gold). You get a lot of product, the blush is super pretty and only costs around 5 pounds.

Tip #5: Nail Polish

My other make up addiction is nail polish. THE budget brand for nail polish is Catrice. At only 2.50 euros per bottle and a great color selection this is the best nail polish brand out there if you ask me. Also, UK brand Eyeko had some great colors and cost only 4 euros. For nail polishes it is also worth checking online stores, as expensive brands such as OPI can cost only a fraction of the price you pay in The Netherlands.

Tip #6: Try finding dupes

Cheaper brands also make products that are very much like some of the high end ones. I already mentioned the Sleek blushes, but there is way way more. Catrice has a nail polish which is an exact dupe for a much sought after Chanel polish. Accessorize and Famous (UK brands) have mineral/ baked eyeshadow dupes for MAC and British brand Me Me Me have dupes for the Benefit boxed powders, Benefit’s famous Benetint and Posietint, as well as Bobby Brown’s shimmer bricks.

On youtube you can find people talking about dupes. My favorite? Wayne Goss, aka Gossmakeupartist. He compares not only the price, but ALSO how much product you get. So make sure you check him out. If you are interested in some of his dupe videos you can check his channel.

List of drug store/ cheaper brands mentioned: (incl. links to websites/ webshops)

  • ELF – Available at Target or online
  • ME ME ME – Available at Super Drug in the UK.
  • Sleek – Available at Super Drug in the UK, or online via their websites and numerous webshops
  • Beauty UK – Available at Super Drug in the UK.
  • NYX – Available in stores in the US, in Europe only online.
  • Catrice – German brand available in NL at Kruidvat.
  • Essence – German brand available in NL at Kruidvat.
  • Maybelline – not per se budget proof, but my drug store has plenty of offers. discounts for this. Selection varies per country.
  • Rimmel – not per se budget proof, but my drug store has plenty of offers. discounts for this. Selection varies per country.
  • Gosh – not per se budget proof, but my drug store has plenty of offers. discounts for this. Selection varies per country.
  • Accessorize – Available at Super Drug in the UK.
  • Famous – Available at Super Drug in the UK.
  • 88 palette/ 120 palette – Available through Coastal Scents, Ebay, Boozyshop (NL), etc.
  • NYC – Available in US drug stores, in The Netherlands at Kruidvat.
  • Eyeko – Available at Super Drug in the UK. Or via their website: shipping within Europe is free of charge.

Not all brands can be found online and are only available in certain countries/ groups of countries, but with a bit of a google search you’ll be able to find webstores that stock brands you have never even heard of and at a price which is cheaper than in the stores. Just beware of Ebay.