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Thursday 31 March 2011

Estee Lauders Double Wear

I can't help noticing that a lot of beauty bloggers rate Estee Lauders Double Wear as their Holy Grail foundation. When I'm reading posts about the best foundations (which I probably spend waaay too much time doing) there always seems to be more comments about Double Wear than any others…

It got me thinking that I should do a little review on it because it's a foundation I've used on n off for about five and a half years It was actually the first high end foundation I ever bought and I fell in love with it pretty much immediately. I'd called into Boots and the sales assistant at the Estee Lauder counter gave me makeover. I was so impressed that I bought the the foundation, concealer, lip gloss and makeup remover… Unfortunately I could never quite recreate the gorgeously flawless look she managed but I still adore the products! Me wearing Double wear today without concealer, powder or bronzer. Oh and I'm also wearing my new Accessorize eyeshadows which I really really like! :)

The first thing I noticed about Double Wear is that is goes on like paint. And not just any paint but one of those high quality one-coat-covers-everything paints that are totally goof proof. A teensy amount goes a very long way so my one and only complaint about this products is the bottle - it’s a regular glass bottle with a screw top lid which means you have to pour out the required amount of foundation. I can't even tell you how many times I've accidentally poured out too much and I hate wasting anything so find this really annoying!

I'd describe this as full coverage cos I can generally get away with using this over my entire face without bothering with concealer (yay!!) The finish is an almost powdery matte look but not that horrid unnatural "matte mask" that some foundations give. The application is easy but a little word of warning! - This sets quite quickly so if you like to spend a while slowly blending your foundation in different areas then I reckon you'd be best applying this in small sections to ensure it doesn't dry patchily

Talking of dry… When my skin has gone through dry phases in the past I've generally avoided this foundation as the thick texture and matte finish have a tendency to cling to flaky, dry areas. But of course the flip side of that means that if your skin is particularly oily this is totally fantastic for ensuring that you stay shine-free all day

At the minute I have this in 3 different shades (pale almond, ecru and fresco) which is pretty incredible in itself cos I generally find it extremely difficult to find foundations light enough to match my skin tone so the fact that I've been able to use 3 is awesome :)

As you can probably tell I rate this foundation really highly and would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants full long lasting coverage ♥

Tuesday 29 March 2011

Quick fix for feet - Liz Earle

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with good weather! When my local weatherman said recently that it was gonna be sunny with very little chance of rain I couldn't help letting out a little cheer but it was only about a tenth of a second before I started thinking about my pasty white legs that haven't seen the light of day in about 6 months and my poor neglected feet which have been stuffed into thick socks and comfy boots all winter...

It's hard not to be a teensy bit jealous of those girls with a year round tan who are wise enough (and rich enough) to go for pedicures every other week… I generally leave things to the last minute so when I fancied wearing my gorgeous new Birkenstocks recently I had to go to town on my feet with a pumice stone, foot soak, foot cream, nail file and nail polish… although they looked a bit more respectable I certainly wont be getting requests to model toe rings or anklets any time soon During my little quest for perfect feet I came across a couple of superb products, one of which was the Liz Earle Foot Repair Mousturiser. This stuff is easily one of the best creams I've ever used; it smells deliciously invigorating, is quickly absorbed and left my feet feeling smooth as a babys bottom. Dunno about you but I've found that I don't really shop for specific foot products

I usually just impulse purchase the stuff based on my opinion of the rest of the stuff from the range, whatever is on sale or *shock horror* whatever has the cutest packaging From now on I reckon I'll put a little more thought into my foot care routine… Possibly starting by actually having a foot care routine :)

Bourjois Smokey Eyes Trios

As much as I love Myface, Urban Decay, Too Faced etc I hate paying £10-£15 for a single eyeshadow! I'm always on the lookout for fairly inexpensive but fantastic quality shadows that I can use to play around with, which is why I've been so impressed by these little Bourjous trios…

The colours are extremely pigmented but because they’re baked you can just touch your brush to the product and apply a little swipe of colour for a subtle look or build the colour for seriously smokey eyes! Oh and talking of colours they've only gone and combined 3 extremely complimentary shades so you can get a complete purple/green/brown/blue/silver (there’s 8 trio colour options in total) eye look for £7.99. Not too shabby :)

Violet Romantic (06)

Mordore Chic (03)
I hadn't actually noticed this before but I seem to have become a bit of a "makeup tool snob" and always chuck the little sponge applicators from these kinda sets straight into the bin. I'm not even sure why but I figured I could use the applicator with this one to see how well it worked and was well pleased with the end result!

I hate lugging around loads of products and tools if I'm heading out anywhere so if I can use the sponge applicator instead of my usual 3 makeup brushes it'll be dead handy!

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Foundation Heaven

When it comes to things like eyeshadow and blush I generally don’t even give the Rimmel counter a second glance but for fantastic drugstore foundations the brand has always been firm favourite of mine!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I’m definitely a foundation addict; I own dozens of different types and am constantly on the lookout for the perfect one (even if I found it I’d probably still try a new foundation every week in the hope of something better coming along!) so I figured I’d give you a quick rundown of some of my favourite Rimmel ones… you can select the links below or just scroll down n select the one you fancy :)

I know some people are lucky enough to be able to say their skin is normal, combination, oily etc but mine changes incredibly frequently so I have a different foundation for every situation ♥

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation
Rimmel Recover Foundation
Rimmel Renew and Lift Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

Best for : Anyone who wants medium/full coverage that lasts ages

Why : I’ve actually never worn this for a full 25 hours (I’m waaay to lazy to stay away from my bed for that long!) but I can say with certainty that on the days I’ve applied this over a primer it’s looked extremely fresh and pretty even after about 14 hours. Also, as it fades it manages to fade at the same rate all over my face so I don't end up with that horrid patchy finish come 7pm...

Coverage : Medium/full. For anyone who already has flawless skin you could probably opt for something with less coverage cos this feels fairly heavy on the skin compared to some other Rimmel foundations – it’s not uncomfortable but when I apply this I definitely feel like I’m wearing makeup! I've found that this takes a little while to completely "set" so I usually apply it and then faff around with anything else that needs doing before I start applying the rest of my makeup :)

Price : Around £6.99

Rimmel Recover Foundation

Best for : Anyone with fairly good skin who likes a slightly shimmery finish

Why : This gives a gorgeous radiant glow to the skin but the coverage is quite light so I wouldn’t opt for this if my skin has a lot of blemishes or redness (which is often the case unfortunately) I know a lot of people much prefer a nice matte finish to their skin but this is loaded with teensy tiny glitter particles so might not suit everyone!

Coverage : Light. As someone who has suffered from acne this is the kinda product I always wanted to use but there were maybe only a few days each month where my skin behaved well enough to allow me to get away with such light coverage. The end result is flattering, subtle and gives a lovely luminosity to the skin which I really like but if you’re after a decent coverage foundation then I don’t recommend this one

Price : Around £7.00

Other stuff : According to the packaging this gives all day coverage but I don’t think that’s the case. I usually find that I have to reapply this to my t-zone after about 5 or 6 hours

Rimmel Renew and Lift Foundation

Best for : Mature skin

Why : This foundation includes a hyaluronic serum which is s’posed to help smooth and firm the skins texture. Also, it’s quite hydrating and with more mature skin having a tendency to look and feel drier than younger skin I reckon that can only be a good thing!

Coverage : Medium. Although this gives lovely coverage and does a great job of disguising blemishes it still manages to look extremely natural and non-cakey. I have no complaints at all about the level of coverage but I’ve found that it doesn’t last as long as some of the other Rimmel foundations I’ve tried. If I know I’m gonna be heading out straight after work I don’t apply this in the morning cos I know it will have faded by 5pm. Even though this is designed specifically for more mature skin I actually really love the end result and wear it frequently!

Price : Around £8.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Best for : Oily skin

Why : This Gives a fantastic matte finish which actually holds up well against greasy skin that’s determined to ensure you have a ridiculously oily t-zone by lunch time (yep, been there plenty of times)

Coverage : Medium. Depending on the rest of the makeup I intend to wear sometimes only a matte finish will do. I love how I can get up with horrible greasy skin, wash my face, apply this and know that I’ll still look shine-free by the time I leave work at 5pm. Also feels very light on the skin so I'm not in a hurry to take this off as soon as I know I wont be leaving the house for the rest of the evening

Price : Around £5.99

Other stuff : This is fragrance free and contains chamomile and cucumber so is great for sensitive skin. The squeezy tube is good for getting the exact amount of product so there’s very little chance of wasting any :)

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Best for : Dry skin

Why : This is extremely hydrating and doesn’t “set” in the same way that a lot of foundations do so I never have to worry about it drying and then gathering and caking around the already dry patches of my skin

Coverage : Medium/full. Although I love the actual coverage, which does a good job of hiding blemishes and dark circles, I’ve also found that this leaves a dewy finish to the skin so if I’m particularly oily (often the case with my annoying t-zone) then I just look greasy. Also tends to sink into my pores after a few hours so if my pores are being problematic and noticeable I definitely don’t opt for this foundation! I like the texture which is seriously creamy and very easy to blend

Price : Around £8.99

Other stuff : The variety of shades available is a bit rubbish. I know this is supposed to adapt to your skin tone and work with your natural colouring but there are only 6 shades available and I dunno about you but I can’t really see how everyone falls into one of only 6 skin colours! The SPF 15 is a nice bonus though :)

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Best for : Everyone

Why : Whether my skin is annoyingly dry, oily, spotty, blotchy or just plain dull I always find that this foundation looks fab and I’d definitely consider it one of my all time favourites

Coverage : Medium. The coverage this gives is extremely natural and I love how I don’t look too dewy or too matte. Even after a late night I find I only need a teensy bit of concealer around my eyes cos this does a great job of hiding those horrible blue-ish half moons that appear under each eye

Price : A bargaintastic £6.00

Other stuff : There are only a handful of foundations that I’ve fallen in love with over the years and this is one of them. Even when I have dry sensitive patches around my eyes and cheeks this doesn’t irritate them and if I’m in a rush and don’t have time to pick n choose specific makeup products then this is always a reliable option. Oh and the little squeezy tube is quite handy as I’m a clumsy oaf so there’s no chance of this breaking if (of course I mean when) I drop it

Giveaway winner

Thank you to everyone who entered my little giveaway! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading all the beauty tips. I’ve copy/pasted them into a word doc so will probably do a separate post listing them all cos they’re really original and inventive

Some of the slightly stranger ingredients included : baking soda, potato slices, crystallised honey, toothpaste, grapes, olive oil, chopped garlic, boiled tea leaves, club soda, beer and a really cold shower (even just thinking of that gives me goosebumps!)

Anywho the winner is the lovely Miss Syukur from Beauty Itch CONGRATS!! - an email is on it’s way to you :)

Thanks again to everyone who entered! I’ll be posting another giveaway fairly soon, probably around the end of the month when I’ve got time to do a little shopping ♥

Thursday 17 March 2011

Almay goodies

For someone who is a teensy bit obsessed with makeup it’s probably hard to believe that I didn’t actually wear any until I was about 18 (even then it was only a quick dusting of powder!) I played around with it in my bedroom but was too much of a tomboy to wear it on a daily basis :)

That was until I discovered liquid foundation – possibly the greatest thing since sliced bread I reckon – and saw the difference it made to my complexion… I was hooked pretty much straight away. One of the first bottles I remember buying was by Almay as it was one of the only brands that sold shades light enough to match my skin!

I’ve kinda drifted away from the whole Almay range since then but figured I’d order myself some goodies online recently. When they arrived I was reminded why I absolutely loved this brand for so long!

So far I love all the products except for the foundation; though to be fair I’ve only worn it twice so will give it time to make a good impression before I review it ♥

Intense-i-color for browns (01)

Pure Blends blush in bouquet (100)

Lip Shine SPF 15 in Latte (06)

Intense-i-color eyeliner in purple amethyst (001)

Nearly Naked Makeup in ivory (120)

Monday 14 March 2011

FOTD a bit 1990s bit I’m liking it :)

I recently picked up some Miss Sporty So Matte foundation, the quality of which has already seriously impressed me! (gonna do a full review after I've used it for a couple of weeks) Using that as inspiration I opted for a fairly matte look today; I even avoided using a shimmery blush *le gasp!*
Anywho, I figured the foundation was worth a mention cos I did my makeup just after 6am and took these pics at 10.30pm just before I got a shower… As you can see it has actually stayed fairly matte throughout the day and although there’s definitely some shine on my forehead it’s nothing a little powder wouldn’t sort out. Pretty decent result for a foundation that only cost £3.49 I reckon! :)

Face :
Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch concealer (2 natural)
So Matte Perfect Stay foundation (01 light)
Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks (peach melba)
Sleek blush (pixie pink)

Eyes :
NYC eye cube (tony)
Bourjois Petit Guide de Style (14 Mauve à Croquer)
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner (blackest black)
Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara (black)

Lips :
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (sex machine)
Vaseline (my lips have been ridiculously dry recently!)

Sunday 13 March 2011

AVON Color Trend lip and cheek balm

As a general rule I opt for simple pale pink/peach powder blushes but there was an offer on all the AVON Color Trend stuff a while back so I decided to get a couple of the lip and cheek balms (partly cos I’d heard so many good things about the Eyeko Fat Balms and these looked similar) and I was really impressed by the quality

I got Powder Pink and Icy Petal (in the pic above) and I’ve actually opted for these almost every time I’ve worn a dewy finish foundation over the last few weeks. I think the creamy texture works well for a nice natural radiant glow and if I’m heading out for the evening I’ll usually swipe a little shimmery blush on top of these
Icy Petal and Powder pink

I love that they come in little twist sticks (like giant lipsticks) as it makes them seriously easy to apply! Just a quick swipe of the cream and a little blend with my fingers and I’m all set. Also, the colour is really buildable so it means I can go for a fairly sheer coat if I’m wearing more natural makeup or I can add to it if I want more colour

The staying power is fairly average and I’m too lazy to constantly reapply my makeup throughout the day so I’ll generally add a light dusting of the ELF HD powder which does a good job of keeping these from fading too quickly!
Admittedly they’ll probably never take the place of my regular powder products but I think it’s always good to have a nice alternative ♥

Revlon Colorstay concealer

Happy Sunday all! Hope your weekend has been awesome :) I’m working my early shift tomorrow (8-4) so figured I’d lie in the bath for a while and have an early night… But not before I embark on a little rant about this concealer!

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll probably have noticed that I’m a massive fan of quite a few Revlon products so I generally expect pretty good results from their stuff and seeing how I love the Colorstay foundation I figured the concealer was almost guaranteed to be good

Unfortunately I was completely wrong and I’ve found it to be a bit rubbish :( It comes in a twisty dispenser pen so you turn the bottom and the liquid comes out of the tiny holes at the end. The problem is that even if I only twist it once loads of liquid comes out so I end up wasting a lot; I don’t think it’s good value for money

I'm not really a fan of these applicators...

The colour is good and is actually a great match for my skin tone but the coverage is dreadful. When I use this on my under eye circles (which is what it's designed for!) it only lightens them slightly so basically works no better than a medium coverage foundation. As for blemishes – I wouldn’t even consider using this to hide them again cos it doesn’t help disguise the redness and the staying power isn’t particularly great so any blemishes usually end up really noticeable after a few hours

As if that wasn’t bad enough it also ends up looking quite cakey! The areas under my eyes aren’t particularly lined or dry but this seems to seep into the smallest cracks and crevices and makes me look older, which isn’t really what I’m aiming for :)

Overall it’s not the worst concealer I’ve ever bought but I found it really disappointing and I’ll definitely not be picking this up again

Saturday 12 March 2011

Little drugstore haul

Evening all! Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend, I’m soooo glad it’s Saturday. Haven’t really been up to much myself though I seem to have moved into the cinema – saw Rango (wasn’t bad) The Rite (totally rubbish) and Unknown (really good) and did a little shopping so it’s been a fairly nice relaxing weekend. My favourite kind :)

Aaanyway... There are a few drugstore brands that I used to swear by as a teenager but haven’t been using as much recently so I picked up a few goodies from each range. Oh and I’ve been on the lookout for a great concealer so grabbed a couple whilst I was in Boots. I’ve tried quite a few different ones recently but haven’t been overly impressed by any :(

Miss Sporty So Matte foundation in light (01)
Ohh! blushed again in Sienna (003)
Hollywood lipgloss in Miami Street (303)

Collection 2000 Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner in Purple
Lasting Perfection 16 hour foundation in Vanilla (01)
Illuminating Touch light diffusing concealer in Natural (2)

Natural Collection concealer in Fair
Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba
Moisture Shine Lipstick in Candy Mist

Neutrogena Popped Spot Solution. This just seemed like the best idea ever so I had to pick it up! I'm absolutely terrible for picking at spots even though I know I should just leave them be... Hopefully this will save the day next time I do ♥

Friday 11 March 2011

How much is your face worth? 2 versions

I’ve been loving all the “How much is your face worth?” posts that I’ve read recently… It’s so interesting to see what other people use on a daily basis and I nearly fell off my chair when I saw one for over £300… Seems scary when you think of it like that!!

I rather like bright eye makeup (partly cos I usually wear my glasses so I always opt for something that stands out) so figured I’d do two basic looks, both with bright eyes/pink lips… the only difference being that I’d only drugstore goodies for one and only high end goodies for the other :) Oh and I took each pic after I'd been wearing the makeup all day to give an idea of how it holds up! (apart from the lip stuff which I had to reapply)
Smashbox photo finish primer £29
Dior nude foundation £29.50
Estee Lauder disappear cream concealer £17
Too Faced ooh la rouge blush £13
Urban Decay brow box £16
Urban Decay Deluxe Palette £23
Bobbi Brown mascara £18
Lancome Artliner £19.92
Urban Decay lipstick in Jailbait £12.50
Too Faced lipgloss in Lilac £10
Total : £187.92

My makeup using the more expensive stuff

Primark prime of your life £3
NYC natural matte foundation £3.95
ELF tone correcting concealer £1.50
MUA blush £1
MUA eyeshadow in brown (for my brows) £1
MUA eyeshadows (shades 2, 5 and 6) £3
Natural collection mascara £1.99
NYC liquid eyeliner £2.99
17 shine on lipstick in sweet sizzle £3.49
Miss sporty lipgloss in 22 £1.99
Total : £23.91

My makeup using the less expensive stuff

My current skin care routine

I’m probably not the only person who suffers from “grass is greener syndrome” – Every time a new product is released I’m totally won over by the awesome ads and pictures of people who couldn’t possible have so few pores/lines/spots etc… and I end up buying and trying new goodies
I’ve been good recently and have stuck to the same products for ages; they seem to be working well for my skin and I guess that’s all I can really ask of them :)
Morning products
Clean & Clear Fast Action Daily Wash
Clinique All About Eyes
Lancome Genifique
Freederm Zone Balancing Moisturiser
To remove my makeup : St Ives Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes / Bourjois Maxi Format eye makeup remover
Evening products
Clean & Clear Fast Action Daily Wash
Clinique All About Eyes Rich
Lancome Genifique
Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream
Random (for use when I need them!)
No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator
St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream 5% UREA

Monday 7 March 2011

Forgotten foundations (Revlons Photoready)

Revlon Photoready in Vanilla - the lightest shade I own

The lovely Chic Beauty Blogger recently got me thinking about foundations that I love but kinda forget about for long periods of time… A good example is Revlons Photoready. I think this stuff is amazing but for some reason it always ends up being pushed to the back of my drawers and only gets plucked out when I remember how much I like it (fairly infrequently unfortunately!)
I know loads of people have commented that this leaves them looking really sparkly and glittery and I dunno if maybe I’m just a much bigger fan of sparkles and glitter than I realised but I haven’t found that at all! I actually really like the finish it gives and although the coverage isn’t full enough to hide my dark circles and blemishes it’s nothing a little concealer can’t help with :)

I have it in two different shades cos I find that I sometimes prefer a slightly warmer finish and my skin tone changes throughout the months from pale to, er, really pale

Photoready in Shell - slightly warmer shade

Although I wouldn’t rate this quite as highly as Revlons Colorstay, which is one of my all time favourites, I still love using it and find it easy to apply, long-lasting and non-irritating (a few foundations I’ve worn recently have left me with little bumps under my skin – kinda gross really)

Have you tried this and been won over? Or do you prefer Colorstay? ♥

Sunday 6 March 2011

Fresher, clearer, younger-looking skin? Yes please

I picked this up a few months ago cos I like a lot of the No7 goodies and in my book anything that promises “fresher, clearer skin in just 4 treatments” has gotta be worth a try :)

At £11 it’s actually a bargain compared to a lot of the other microdermabrasion kits that I've tried. Unfortunately the packaging is dull, the scent is dull and even the look of the actual cream is, well, dull… but as far as I’m concerned it’s definitely something I’ll buy again

This works like most scrubs; there’s a thick creamy liquid and lots of little particles which are nice and evenly distributed in this formula. The particles - or micro-crystals as their called on the bottle - are extremely small so I was worried this would just irritate the dry patches of my skin but it’s actually helped even out my skin tone! My oily T-zone has been a lot less oily recently and I’ve noticed fewer dry patches even though I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors in the freezing cold (usually wreaks havoc on my cheeks)
What I love about this is that I could see results from the first use, my face felt incredibly clean, smooth and soft and my foundation went on seriously easily. I’ve been using this twice a week for the last while and I’ve noticed a real improvement in the texture of my skin

I reckon this might be a bit too harsh for anyone with sensitive skin and thanks to the teensy grains in the product I think it’s worth being really gentle the first couple of times you use it to see how well your skin reacts. I can’t stress enough how little product you actually need to use each time! I use an amount the size of a 5 pence piece for my whole face so even though I’ve had this bottle for months there’s still loads left ♥

Chanel Pro Lumiere foundation

I was chatting about foundations with a friend of mine recently (her skin is always glowing, flawless and absolutely beautiful. Lucky sod) and although we agreed on most products our opinions of the Chanel Pro Lumiere differed entirely so I figured I’d give my 2 cents worth… It’d be interesting to know if you’ve had the same experience if you’ve used this too!

Firstly, as with all Chanel foundations, I love the bottle (simple, elegant and has a pump dispenser) and hate the smell (strong, chemical and totally unpleasant)

Secondly the texture is fantastic – when I first applied this to the back of my hand it was so runny I figured the coverage would be very light, as is often the case with more liquid consistencies but nope, the coverage is medium and can even be built up around more, ahem, troublesome areas :)

Thirdly the actual finish of this foundation is lovely and natural. It manages to hide my blemishes, dark circles and other undesirable areas but doesn’t look heavy or cakey at all. That being said it’s most definitely a dewy finish so if my skin is particularly oily I completely avoid this foundation cos it just makes my t-zone look like it’s been slicked with baby oil

Last of all I’ve always found that this lasts really well. I usually try to avoid wearing my makeup for more than about 12-14 hours but I’ve worn this to work and then headed out for a few drinks afterwards and it’s held up beautifully. Also, it doesn’t go patchy throughout the day even if I don’t bother user a primer

As you can probably tell I rather like this foundation and would definitely recommend it :)

Thursday 3 March 2011

Best drugstore foundation I’ve found this year

I’ve suffered from pretty severe acne around my chin for a looong time but thanks to a combination of products prescribed by my doctor and a new skin care routine I don't have any spots for the first time in about 5 years. Seriously. Not one *cue happy dance*

This is completely new to me so as you can probably guess it’s been the perfect excuse to try using some of the lighter coverage foundations that I’ve picked up but not been confident enough to wear!

I came across the Myface range in Boots about a year ago and I've fallen in love with a lot of the products (I’ll do a review of some of their other awesome goodies sometime soon) The prices are pretty reasonable and I haven't been disappointed with any of the items I've bought; gotta be a good sign, eh?

One of my favourite purchases so far has been the foundation cos I was just blown away by the quality. The coverage is light to medium and it’s not particularly buildable so if you fancy a fuller coverage then I definitely don’t recommend this

However if you want something that gives a sort of soft focus, airbrushed, non-cakey look to the skin then this could be worth a try. The texture is quite light and runny so it's extremely easy to blend whether you use a foundation brush, sponge or your fingers!

What I really love about this foundation is the dewy radiance it gives. It’s not chalky or mask like and does a good job of evening out the skin tone for a flawless finish while still looking natural. I don’t particularly like extremely matte finishes as I think it drains the face and then you have to work extra hard with blushes, bronzers and highlighters to make the face look more youthful, fresh n natural so this foundation suits me perfectly

I know it’s only March but this is definitely the best new foundation I’ve stumbled across this year and I can see myself buying it again and again. I haven’t come across many other reviews for this foundation and I think the whole range is totally underrated so do let me know if you've been won over my the Myface brand too! ♥

P.S. This is the original post by Audrey that made me go out n buy this!

Wednesday 2 March 2011

Zoe being adorable

I’d intended to be snuggled up in bed with a cup of tea watching QVC right about now(Elemis beauty stuff from 12-2 woo!) but I just had to post this picture of my dog Zoe. I think she has the cutest face – kinda like a little teddy bear or something :)

My top 5 liquid liners

I’m a massive fan of liquid liners and have tried dozens, if not hundreds, of different ones over the last few years. Unfortunately some of them have been completely rubbish and ended up in the bin after only a couple of uses but I have some firm favourites that I’ve bought again and again!

I figured I may as well put together a little list of my all time favourites… these are liners that are easy to apply (well as easy as a liquid liner can be to apply I guess!) properly black – not that horrid washed out grey look that some “black” liners give – long lasting, smudge proof and extremely precise

Only one high end liner has made it into the top 5 and it’s not cos I have anything against the premium beauty brands or anything; I’ve just found a lot of the drugstore ones are far more user friendly :)

You'll probably notice I prefer the little felt tip applicators to the brush style which is why there's only 1 brush in my top 5!

5th - N.Y.C Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black

4th - Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner in 001 100% black

3rd - L'Oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss in black

2nd - Lancome Artliner in Black

1st - Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black

Do you have any favourites that I haven't mentioned? Or are you a big fan of the same ones? ♥