WINTER MUST-HAVES: Dark Lipsticks

(f.l.t.r. Rimmel Kate Moss #107, NYX Matte Lipstick "Alabama", MAC "Rebel", MAC "Diva", Essence Good Girl Bad Girl LE "#01 It wasn't me")

Hello beauties!
Today I'm doing another winter must-haves. This time it's all about dark lipsticks because don't we all just love wearing dark lipstick in the fall and winter? I know I do.

WINTER MUST-HAVES: Essie Nail Polishes

clockwise: Smokin' Hot, Fiji, Style Cartel, Bahama Mama

Hello lovelies!
Today I'm posting my winter must-haves in the category nail polish. My favourite brand of nail polish is, as you can probably tell, Essie. I've been collecting their nail polishes for a few years now and I barely ever buy any other brand because I just love them so much more than any other drugstore nail polish brand. The brush is amazing, the formula on most of their polishes is amazing as well and they last on my nails forever and barely ever chip.

Tanya Burr - Pretty Lady Lashes // REVIEW


Today I'm going to show you Tanya Burr Cosmetics Pretty Lady Lashes. Tanya Burr recently launched false lashes for her cosmetics line, including a pack of individual lashes as well for those people who like to wear individuals! If you don't live in the UK, the easiest way to purchase them is on feelunique.com because they ship worldwide. Here is a link if you're interested (x).

One Brand Only - NYX // REVIEW


Today I'm bringing you a one brand review about the brand NYX that I'm sure you've all heard of especially because of their blushes and jumbo eye pencils! Recently I have been buying a few bits from NYX from my local make-up store because everyone has been talking about NYX for years and I thought I'd try some products out myself.

CoLab Dry Shampoo // REVIEW


Today I'm bringing you a review of Ruth Crilly's Dry Shampoo Line called CoLab.
As usual, I purchased them online from feelunique.com (here is a link x).
There are 5 different scents in the range, as well as full size bottles with 200ml for 4,48€ and travel size bottles with 50ml for 2,56€. I decided to go with the classic fragrance LONDON and the floral fragrance PARIS.

MAC Cosmetics - Soar Lip Pencil // REVIEW


As we all know, the 90's lip is currently the biggest lip trend, thanks to Kylie Jenner. That's why I obviously had to go out and buy me MAC's Soar Lip Pencil, because people heard Kylie Jenner is wearing Soar and Whirl by MAC. It is such a struggle to hunt down either of those lip pencils, they're sold out basically everywhere. I am still waiting for Whirl to be back in stock. But I wanted to show you Soar anyway, because I know I wasn't sure what it'd look like when I bought it online.

Living with (Social) Anxiety

Today is going to be a different kind of post, no beauty, no make-up, no hair - just me talking to you about a serious topic, (social) anxiety.

It seems that the past few years, anxiety has becoming more and more present and a lot of people suffer from it or know somebody suffering from it. Loads of people on youtube have been "coming out" and telling the world their story of anxiety, panic attacks or depression to raise awareness and let other people know that it can get better - it will get better.

Zoeva Face & Eye Brushes // REVIEW


Today I'm bringing you another review of the Zoeva brushes!

Recently there was 20% off of my local highend make-up store and so I decided to get me some more Zoeva brushes because there have been a few more on my list that I wanted to try out so I thought this is the perfect chance for me to get a few more.

Glossybox November 2014 // UNBOXING



Today I thought I'd share with you my Glossybox from the month of November that the postman brought me today (which I was very excited about, lemme tell ya).

If you don't know what Glossybox is - it's a monthly subscription service that gives you 5 beauty / skincare products either samples or full size products for ~15€ depending if you go for a 3-month subscription or 6-moths or you could also do it monthly and just order whenever you feel like it. I tried it for 3 months now and I'm so impressed that I'll definitely stay subscribed! 

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer // REVIEW


Guess what's coming today. Oh yes, I'm doing it. My review of the famous The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer that everyone and their mama are talking about.

As you can see from my picture up there, it doesn't look like I've been using it a hella lot, but I did. It just comes from using a tiny little blending brush to apply it to my cheekbones (which now I'm using a different brush that actually works way better).

MAC Cosmetics - Rebel Lipstick // REVIEW


Today I'm showing you MAC's very famous lipstick in the colour Rebel (which is also on of their most selling lipsticks in fall/autumn).

The lipsticks cost 19,95€ in my country which is quite expensive if you compare it to the US prices but what can you do? I'm such a MAC lipstick freak that I am willing to pay the price.

ModelCo More Brows // REVIEW


Long time no see, I'm sorry. But today is a more in depth review of the ModelCo More Brows that I got in October's Glossybox. 

This product comes in 2 different shades being light/medium and medium/dark. Mine is in the lighter version they do and it matches my brows like a dream. ModelCo More Brows costs 12€ for 3.5ml (0.12 oz) which is quite expensive to me but it is so nice to work with so I guess in the end it's a fair price that I'm willing to pay when I run out of this one (which is hopefully never, ha).

My MAC Lipstick Collection


(f.l.t.r.: Creme d'nude, Hue, Creme Cup, Pure Zen, Shy Girl, Velvet Teddy, Syrup, Plumful, Rebel, Viva Glam Rihanna, Diva, Flat Out Fabulous)

Today I thought I'd share my MAC lipstick collection with you including swatches on my arm.
I'm not going to go into much detail but I do want to give you a short statement to every single colour in case you are interested. To some I might have a lot of MAC lipsticks, to some it might be a tiny collection but I'm quite happy with it, especially since I got my first MAC lipstick mid-august 2014 and my last one october 17th 2014, so I spent quite a lot of money on all those lipsticks in just 2 months time.

MAC Cosmetics Velvet Teddy vs. Rimmel Kate #30 // COMPARISON


Today's post is yet again a comparison between two lipsticks. This time it's MAC's Velvet Teddy that everyone has recently been loving, thanks to Kylie Jenner and another Rimmel by Kate Moss lipstick in shade 30. I know they don't seem to be the exact same, but they are very similar. You could probably also compare the Rimmel one to MAC's Honeylove because it's a bit lighter than Velvet Teddy is but I don't own that one (yet). I just wanted to give you guys an idea on how they look compared in case you are looking for drugstore alternatives for the gorgeous Kylie Jenner lip look.

Zoeva Face & Eye Brushes // REVIEW


Today I thought I'd share a little review of my first ever Zoeva brushes I purchased. I got two face brushes and two eye brushes because I'm a newbie when it comes to make-up brushes, I do not own a lot of them especially eye brushes. Girls, lemme tell ya, I really need to get some basic eye brushes. I didn't even own a classic shader brush to pack on eyeshadow so it was time to invest in some nice quality brushes for my collection. And as we all know, Zoeva is a brand that has been raved about forever now, especially on Youtube so I had to check them out.

MAC Cosmetics Diva vs. Rimmel Kate #107 // COMPARISON


Today's post is going to be a comparison of the Lasting Finish lipstick by Kate Moss from Rimmel in 107 and MAC's Diva. They are both matte finishes and have been talked about loads of time. Apparently Rimmel 107 is a dupe for MAC's Diva and so I have never bought Diva because I didn't want to spend 19,95€ on a lipstick that looks the same as the Rimmel Kate Moss in 107 that I already owned (which is only around 7€). 

Glossybox October 2014 // UNBOXING



Today my Glossybox for the month of October arrived in the mail. I have to say I already forgot I have a 3 months Glossybox trial so I wondered who sent me something. This months Glossybox is called "Herbstzauber Edition" so it's about fall/autumn. The picture above shows how the box looked inside. 

MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base // REVIEW


Today I'm reviewing MAC's Prep+Prime Lip Base. 

I got mine from Douglas online for 16,95€ and the product holds 1.7g (0.05 oz). MAC's official description of the product is "A colour-free base to wear under lipstick. Adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips. Improves the appearance of applied lip products." - We'll see if that's actually true.

MAC Cosmetics: Lipstick Finishes

Today's post is going to be a guide to MAC's lipstick finishes.
There are 7 standart lipstick finishes (not including their special lipsticks like pro longwear, sheen supreme etc.) which are Matte, Satin, Amplified, Cremesheen, Lustre, Glaze and Frost. Before getting into more detail about each finish, I should probably mention that not all the lipsticks in their own finish will be the exact same. So f.e. not all cremesheens are going to be the very exact same formula as the cremesheens, they might vary slightly. But not let's get to the actual finishes!

Mac Cosmetics - Syrup vs. Plumful // COMPARISON



Today I'm coming at you with my newest MAC purchases, which are the lipsticks "Syrup" and "Plumful" in a Lustre finish. The lighter colour is called Syrup, the darker, more berry colour is called Plumful (but I'm pretty sure you've heard of both of these colours before since they are pretty much classic MAC fall lipsticks including Rebel of course).

Behind the blog

thebeautynovel started out in 2014 just as an outlet for when I was feeling down, to try and create my own little space of positivity and passion; a place where I could talk about anything I wanted and made me happy.