Creating the perfect base

Sunday, 18 March 2018

I've never been huge foundation wearer, instead opting for a BB or CC cream for an everyday make up look. However, I do like to wear foundation at the weekends and particularly for nights out, but I kept finding that no matter what foundation I applied - high end or drug store, it never lasted well on my skin. Until fairly recently, I had a really bad / non existent skin care routine and since I've improved that and experimented with different products, I've really noticed a difference in the longevity of my foundation. Four simple steps leave my foundation looking immaculate all day.

1./Cleanse and tone - Dr Botanicals Cleanse and Tone Cleanser (full review here)
I've raved about this product so many times on my blog, but I just love it so much. I apply this as my first step after showering in the morning. It's so refreshing and leaves my skin feeling really clean, ready for the rest of my skincare steps. I love that it cleanses and tones in one, combining two steps into one, which is perfect for first thing in the morning when you don't want to faff around with lots of different products. Cleansing is so important before applying foundation as it provides a clean surface for the foundation to be applied to, creating a much smoother and healthier look.

2./Apply serum - The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver
After cleansing and toning, I apply a serum. I had always been a bit sceptical about serums and wasn't 100% sure what they did. However, I tried a sample of one last year and really noticed how well it helped my make up to stay in place and I was hooked. I went to The Body Shop to see what serums they had on offer and was recommended the Vitamin C Skin Reviver which I love. It enhances natural radiance and leaves a silky smooth finish, which is a perfect base for foundation. I love the slight scent of orange that The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver offers as it's so refreshing first thing in the morning, preparing me for the day ahead. I think a serum has made the most amount of difference to the longevity of my make up - it's a 'must' in my skincare routine now.

After having applied a serum, I then apply a moisturiser. My favourite is the Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream from The Body Shop. This one is slightly thicker than their normal moisturiser (Vitamin E Moisture Cream) and I find the more intense moisturiser is perfect for my skin as I suffer from slightly more dry skin, especially in the winter. A moisturiser is a 'must' for me before applying foundation (though I know others will disagree), but for me it smooths out my skin, removing any dryness which foundation can often cling to (gross!) allowing for a seamless base for the foundation. I really can't recommend The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream enough, it's been my 'go-to' moisturiser for years and I can't see that changing anytime soon. I've also got my boyfriend hooked on it as no men's products are as hydrating on his skin as this one.

The last step before applying foundation is primer. I always leave about 5 or so minutes after moisturising to allow the moisturiser to really sink into my skin before applying The POREfessional Face Primer from Benefit. I love this primer and have done so for years, having tried others, I've never found them to be as good as this one. It feels so smooth on my skin and leaves it feeling really silky. I like the consistency of this as it's a really lightweight balm, it's largely the consistency that has put me off other primers in the past. Whilst POREfessional claims to minimise the appearance of pores, I don't find it to be as effective as I'd like. However, for me, that's not the main reason for using it. Instead, I like to use it to help my make up stay put, which it definitely does. I really notice the difference when I forget to apply this, my make up doesn't last nearly as long. 

After following these 4 steps, my skin is all prepped and primed for foundation. Since following this routine, I've noticed that my make up lasts all day without oxidising or looking blotchy. I don't follow this routine daily as it's too much for me before work and as I mentioned, I don't wear foundation everyday. However, these simple steps are perfect for the weekend / night out and are key to long lasting foundation.

How do you create the perfect base for foundation?

Products I’ve Bought as a Result of Blogging

Sunday, 25 February 2018

As a beauty lover, I’ve always been interested in trying new products and experimenting with different looks. However, since blogging, my beauty collection has grown rapidly as I’m keen to try out the latest trends and products that fellow bloggers have reviewed or shared. There’s a few products that I’ve bought that I never would have bought otherwise (or at least that's what I tell myself!) - blogging definitely isn't good for my bank account!

This palette has featured so many times on my blog and has become a firm favourite. My love for the Urban Decay Naked palettes have definitely stemmed from blogging. Everyone was raving about the Naked Heat palette before it even came out and I couldn’t help but jump on the band wagon.

Until I started blogging, BECCA wasn’t a brand I was really familiar with. However, I soon came to admire the products and was really keen to get my hands on a highlighter palette as they’re so beautiful. I then saw the collaboration with Chrissy Tiegen and couldn’t resist. I bought the BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette in America last year and I’m so glad I did, it’s such a gorgeous palette and is so incredibly pigmented, I love it.

I’d been using the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder for some years and really liked it, but  as a poor student, I couldn’t afford the Benefit Hoola Bronzer that everyone raved about. Eventually I gave in, eager to see what all the hype was about and purchased it. I’ve not looked back since and repurchased it several times. I love the pigmentation, I love how it suits my skin tone and I love that it’s matte as I also use it to contour - a multi purpose product - what’s not to love?

I’ve spoken about the this quite a bit on my blog lately, so I won’t go on too much. However, this is an interesting one because I’d heard so many good things about the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and yet I’ve been so disappointed by it (find out why here). It just goes to show that just because everyone raves about a product, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you - I've definitely learnt my lesson with this!

I’d never really invested in a foundation because I have quite high expectations from a foundation and worried that if it didn’t meet them, I’d feel like I'd wasted my money. Eventually, I gave in after hearing nothing but good views about the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation and I must admit, I’ve been very impressed, I love it!

Having been an avid lover of the cheap and cheerful Collection Long Lasting Perfection Concealer, I was reluctant to splash out on a more high end concealer. That was until I heard about the Naked  Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer from Urban Decay and I just knew I had to try it. It hasn’t disappointed and I love it, such high coverage and such a large shade range, it’s amazing.

When NYX first launched in the UK, every beauty lover went crazy, including me. However, I held off purchasing anything, instead preferring to see if it was worth the hype. I soon found out that everyone was raving about it and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the famous liquid suede cream lipsticks that everyone was going crazy for. I bought 07 Sandstorm and have since bought others, I love them, such good value for money with such good colour payoff.

I’d be lying if I said these were the only products I’ve been influenced to buy as a result of blogging, but they’re a few that definitely stick in my mind and ones I’m not sure I’d have bought without influence from the blogging community. What have you bought as a result of blogging?

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation | Review

Like most beauty bloggers, I've wanted to get my hands on a NARS foundation for as long as I can remember. However, with a slightly steeper price tag compared to my usual foundations, it was something I never got round to buying, until last month! I much prefer foundations with a higher coverage, so whilst 'Sheer Glow' is a popular choice for many, I knew I'd prefer the 'All Day Luminous Weightless'. I got the shade 'Mont Blanc' which is slightly warmer than my skin tone, but the shade lighter was definitely far too pale for me.

The coverage of this foundation is amazing! As I mentioned, I much prefer having a foundation with a high coverage, but at the same time doesn't feel heavy on my skin - something that is hard to come by! However, this foundation is perfect, I barely have to use any product for it to cover my whole face and it gives a natural look without looking like I've piled on the make up.

2./Staying Power

It claims to have 16-hour wear and whilst I've not tested that, it definitely does last throughout the day or night. If I forget to apply primer, I never have to worry with this foundation as I know it will last without it.

At first I was a little worried that the consistency was too runny for me. However, the more I've worn it, the more I've fallen in love with it. As I mentioned, it's so lightweight and is so easy to blend into the skin that I barely notice I'm wearing it.

As with all NARS products, their statement, simplistic packaging is so beautiful and elegant. This particularly foundation is in a frosted glass bottle, which I absolutely love, it looks so stylish. However, my one criticism is that a pump isn't included. Instead, the lid has a glass dropper, but I find it fiddly to use and it never provides the right product. Instead, I end up pouring the foundation on the the back of my hand, which can often lead to excess product spilling out. I wish Nars would include pumps as standard with their products.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a little on the pricier side, at £32, it's not something that everyone can afford. However, I definitely do think it's worth the money, it's so long lasting and you only need a little bit of product each time so it does go a long way.

If you couldn't tell, I am in love with this foundations all the rave reviews about it are so well deserved and I'm so glad I finally got my hands on it! Have you tried any of the NARS foundations?

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