Diana's Make up World

Products to use up in 2013

Have a quick look on Youtube, and you can see a huge shift in attitudes.

There are less and less haul videos, and more (New Year inspired?) resolutions to use more of what you already have.

Project 10 pan, Make out 2013, I’m a beauty hoarder, and why not, the Nail Polish Lottery club are all here to save us.

2011 and 2012 were big shopping years for me. I have a feeling this is going to change in 2013. My collection is just the right size now, so it is time I should start enjoying it.

Inspired by the Youtube “Products to use up in 2013” videos, I made my list as well. You can watch it here:

On my list for 2013 you’ll mostly find products I really, really love. Almost all of these are star products for me:

  • Lancome Teint Idole foundation
  • No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream
  • Revlon – Pink in the afternoon lipstick
  • L’Oreal Caresse – Cheeky Magenta
  • Laura Mercier lip glace – Pink tule
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable lip balm – 01 honey
  • Eyeshadow I’d like to see pan on one of these eyeshadows: MAC satin taupe, L’Oreal Infailible eyeshadows
  • MAC paint pot in soft ochre
  • NARS Orgasm blush
  • Various perfume samples and full size Thierry Mugler Alien

Products to use up in 2013

Products to use up in 2013

What do you think? How many will I be able to use up by end of 2013?


My 2012 Top 10 Best Buys

Happy New Year 2013!

I didn’t post on the blog for a while, but I keep posting videos on Youtube so make sure you are subscribed to my channel!

These are my 2012 best buys. The ranking is very subjective and personal. Out of everything I bought in 2012 I think these are the best. The ranking is based on the quality of the product and how much I actually used the product.

10 – Lancome L’Absolu Nu lipstick number 102 this lipstick was my first red lipstick. It’s a sheer texture very easy to wear and to build intensity, if you want to. For a first red lipstick, I couldn’t have chosen any better.

9 – MAC Expensive Pink eyeshadow this eyeshadow is a beautiful every day color. It is more than a neutral, but very work friendly.

8 – MAC Extra Dimension Modern Pewter I love everything about this eyeshadow. The color, the formula, the packaging, and again it is a very work friendly everyday color.

7 – L’Oreal Infailible eyeshadows in Magnetic Coral Naughty Strawberry everyone knows these are dupes for Aramani Eyes to Kill. I don’t own the Armani version, but I don’t need to. The formula is beautiful, long lasting, and these two colors were all I wore last summer.

6 – Guerlain Pucci collection brush need I say more than Guerlain Pucci collection? The brush comes in a beautiful Pucci bag that is worth all the money. It’s not the best bronzing brush in the world, but beautiful anyway!

5 – Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm in 001 Honey this quickly became one of my favorite lip products. I carry it in my handbag and reapply without even looking in the mirror. Who needs more?

4 – L’Oreal Caresse lipsticks I think these are the best lipsticks that came out in 2012. They are moisturizing, sheer but buildable, just ideal for spring – summer. The color selection is beautiful as well.

3 – Guerlain Terracota 4 Seasons bronzer in 01 Blondes this is my “holy grail” bronzer. I don’t need to try any other bronzer again.

2 – Shu Uemura UV underbase never leave the house without SPF on! This mousse formula is very easy to apply, non sticky and has SPF 30.

1 – Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation so far, this is the best foundation I ever owned. It’s long lasting, beautiful finish, medium coverage. The only downside is that it has a bit of fragrance and alcohol so be careful if your skin is sensitive. My skin didn’t react, although it is very sensitive.

This is it! My top 10 best buys of 2012? What are yours?

TAG time! What the nail? tag

I got tagged by Judi on Youtube to do the “what the nail tag”.

This is a great tag to watch and I have discovered lots of great polishes by watching what others have answered.

Don’t forget, all of you reading and watching are tagged!

See below my video, the tag questions and answers:

1. You are stranded on an island, you have all the necessary tools such as remover, etc… What polish do you have?

My answer: Sally Hansen Extreme – Blizzard Blue

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Blizzard Blue

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Blizzard Blue

2. What is your least favorite polish?

My answer: two The Balm polishes I have difficulty applying.

The Balm

The Balm

3. Which polish best reflects your personality?

My Answer: Revlon Fashionista

Revlon Fashionista

Revlon Fashionista

4. Which polish could you wear all year round, to every occasion?

Option 1: classic reds

Revlon Red and Essie Red - y set x

Revlon Red and Essie Red – y set x

Option 2: cute soft pinks

Essie and Venique pinks

Essie and Venique pinks

5. What is your favorite polish for your toes?

My answer: Rimmel Peppermint

Rimmel Peppermint

Rimmel Peppermint

6. What color makes you happy?

My answer: All of them! In the video I mention Revlon Fashionista and Sally Hansen Blizzard Blue

7. What is the most unique polish you own?

My answer: I don’t have that many unique nail polishes, but to give an answer I picked L’Oreal Rainy Picadilly. And for some reason I forgot to mention Revlon Fashionista of course!

L'Oreal Rainy Picadilly

L’Oreal Rainy Picadilly

8. Which nail trend do you like best?
a) bright neons
b) soft pastels
c) sultry darks
d) classy nudes

My answer: I prefer the soft pastels and sultry darks.

9. What is the oldest polish you own?

Rimmel Peppermint

10. Which nail polish has the cutest name of all?

My answer: OPI Your Palapa or mine, OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok fine!, L’Oreal Rainy Picadilly and Sally Hansen Commander in Chic

OPI Your Palapa or mine, OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok fine!,  L'Oreal Rainy Picadilly and Sally Hansen Commander in Chic

OPI Your Palapa or mine, OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok fine!, L’Oreal Rainy Picadilly and Sally Hansen Commander in Chic

Added by Judi #11 totally optional to answer, what is your favorite brand of polish?

My answer: Definitely Revlon! They are one of the oldest brands of the market, a huge color selection, good price, good quality and the packaging is so glamorous!

L’Oreal Infailible Eyeshadow Wear Test / Mail / NOTD

If you watch my videos, you probably heard many times how much I like my L’Oreal Infailible eyeshadow, especially the permanent kakhi one.

It is just so convenient to wear for work!

So here is a little video with me testing the eyeshadow wear for 11 hours. (In a typical work day I leave the house at 8am and get back at 7pm).

The second part of the video shows you a nice little package I received from my friend Judi. Please make sure you visit her video channel and blog. She is the ONE nail expert to watch!

One of the things Judi sent is Revlon After Party, so why not have my first NOTD on the blog?

Revlon After Party

Revlon After Party NOTD

What do you think? I am in love with this color!

Top 5 Most Used – April 2012

Top 5 Most Used Products in April

Top 5 Most Used Products in April

I already posted a video for this on Youtube, sorry that I’m so late on the blog!
It’s just that I wanted to take some decent photos for you!

This month I started using more eyeshadow, however no eyeshadows made the list.
Here are the products:

What did you like the most in April?

More photos and swatches here:

L’Oreal Caresse and Color Infailible

Last week I did a bit of spring make up shopping. What to do on a beautiful sunny day at lunch time? Sit in the office or check out the 3 for 2 offer?
Tough decision! (No, not really).

It’s been a while since I bought any L’Oreal products. I don’t really know why, because they do have some good ones. I guess, overall I prefer to pay slightly more and buy MAC or something similar.

This time the new L’Oreal Caresse lipsticks really caught my eye. I guess they are meant as an alternative to the lip butters. From what I could swatch in store I prefered the Caresse ones. They are not as pigmented as the lip butters, but they are buildable and slide on so much better!
See my swatches (I built the color on a bit):

Caresse number 103 Sweet Berry:
This is the perfect natural lipstick color for me. As you will see in the photos, it is a bit dark in the tube, but it matches my natural lip color very closely. I would not be able to wear their “Nude” color and look good. It would be too light for me.

Caresse number 07 Cheeky Magenta:
What is more perfect in spring than a beautiful pink color? It looks electric pink in the tube, but on the lips it’s a much-needed pop of color!

I’ve been wearing them every day for the past two weeks.

Why I love them so much?

  • Beautiful colors that can be applied lightly for a hint of color, or that can be built up for a more daring (still natural finish) look.
  • Lightweight formula and nice finish (shiny but not glossy)
  • The packaging is excellent. On the bottom the actual color and name description, on the top you have different colors depending on the lipstick. The packaging is clear so that you can see what’s inside. Moreover it shuts down really tight, which will make sure that the lipstick will last you a long time. The design looks great, and I love how the logo is on the side.

As I have way too many lipsticks, lip balms, lip glosses etc. in my collection, I thought that the third item should be something else.

The sales girl recommended the Color Infailible shadows and I bought Permanent Kaki.
(Yes I’m the last person in the Universe to buy this!)

This shadow is described as “velvety powder” on the packaging. The website describes it as “hybrid powder” texture. It is excellent quality, I’m in love with it and have worn it most of the past week!
It’s very easy to apply with a flat eye shadow brush. Even without primer it stays on all day and doesn’t fade or crease. If you feel the need, you can tone it down a bit by blending it with a fluffy brush.
I would say it rivals the sold our Maybelline Color Tattoos, and from what I could swatch, I think I prefer this one!

Enough talking, let the pictures speak:

Do you own any of these products? What do you think? What other L’Oreal do you recommend?

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