Friday, August 18, 2017

Drugstore Cushion Foundation Comparison.

If you've followed me for a while you know I rave about the L'Oreal Cushion Foundation. Something about the light-weight formula really entices me and I love the cushion concept. Since that launch, there have been a few more hit the market which I have wanted to try, including a couple from the drugstore. I have yet to try a high-end contender, but am definitely open to splurging if my love affair continues. In this post I wanted to compare a couple from the drugstore, as to my surprise, they are actually rather different. I was expecting very similar things from these two, especially in the finish and coverage they both offer, but actually there's a few more differences that I'm excited to share with you.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Cushion Foundation: This product is what started the while cushion craze for me. I wanted to see what the fuss was all about and I'm so happy that led me to this. It's a very light coverage, similar to a tinted moisturiser in that it covers the bare minimum to create a fresh complexion. To apply this one, I like to use a beauty blender to create a natural and flawless finish on the skin. It's definitely a dewy product, so if you have oily skin I probably wouldn't recommend this. Even when my skin is more normal than dry, I can find it gets a tad too oily throughout the day, so I do have to powder; just something to note if you don't have dry skin.

For day-to-day I do think this is a really lovely base option if you're a fan of fuss free makeup and maybe you just wanted a little something on the skin for work or school. You can build this up to a more light-medium coverage, but I would say that's as far as you can go with this product, it's definitely not full-coverage. Even though it's a lighter formula than I'm used to, I do find it stays put well throughout the day and does't oxidise, or wear off to much.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation: This one is £1 cheaper than the L'Oreal, if that sways you at all, and definitely has more coverage. I would say this is a medium coverage straight off the bat, without having it build it up. It's also a bit more satin on the skin, it dries down more than the L'Oreal one, leaving your skin with a bit less sheen, but I don't hate that, especially in the warmer weather when my skin is more oily. If you're wanting to try out a cushion foundation, but don't want to skimp on coverage, I think this is a great option. It still feels very light-weight on the skin and is very nice to apply, it blends into the skin effortlessly.

I'm a huge fan of this in the evenings, especially as it's staying lighter for longer. I don't know about you guys but when I go out I do like to pile on a bit more makeup than normal, and when it's dark out, that's totally cool. In the summer however, if you go out anytime before 8/8:30, it'll still be light out, so any full coverage base I find very detectable on the skin, this however skin manages to look natural and flawless, making it perfect for evening wear.

The technical differences;
Price: L'Oreal £14.99, Maybelline £13.99
Shade Range: L'Oreal 7, Maybelline 7
SPF: L'Oreal SPF25, Maybelline SPF20

On paper, they don't look that different, but in application they definitely do. All in all, I love them both, I prefer the L'Oreal one on the daily as it has a very dewy and lightweight finish, and I like the Maybelline one when I feel like I'm after a more medium coverage base. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Guide To Highlighters.

Aaahh highlighters...the best makeup item ever, right? There are so many on the market these days, from so many different brands, it can be hard to figure out the best one to suit you. I have a fair few in my collection which I bring out on different occasions depending on the look I want to go for, so I've put together a selection which will hopefully cater to your highlighting needs. Okay...desires...not needs...

The subtle glow:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light: These powders from Hourglass are great for those of you who really don't want a heavy highlight. You can easily use them as a powder to set your make up, or concentrate the product on the high points of your face for a natural glow. This is one of the lightest powders they do, so it works perfectly as a highlight. It's very finely milled and the shimmer isn't chunky at all. The champagne shade compliments many different skin tones and is one I reach for when I want a very natural, effortless glow to the skin.

The intense glow:
Becca Champagne Pop: I couldn't do this post without mentioning one which is a real standout, glow to the gods product. For me, this is Becca's Champagne Pop. This is such a gorgeous, peachy champagne shade which packs a punch. It's very buttery, blends beautifully, and leaves the skin with a stunning highlighted glow. This one I reach for in the evenings as it's super pigmented and isn't for the faint hearted. You can definitely blend this out for a more diffused dewy look, but for the most part, it's one I reach for when I want a very blinding glow.

The day-to-day glow: 
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette: For everyday use, I like something in-between the two I've already spoken about. This one from CT is honestly beautiful, it's probably my favourite highlighter ever! It gives you a glow for sure, but it seems to create the most airbrushed finish to the skin - it's incredible stuff. It's more golden than the others I'm mentioning, but I love that in the summertime to create a lovely bronzy, glowy cheek look. I think as it also has the bronze shade, I find myself reaching for this a lot day-to-day as has my cheek needs covered. 

The creamy glow: 
Benefit Watts Up: Cream highlighters are something I love, but don't own many of. This one from Benefit is so so lovely, I went through a phase of wearing this every single day, I was obsessed. It recently took a trip down the back of my radiator, but I'm happy to have it back now!! This looks flawless on the cheekbones, and also as a brow bone highlight. It's the perfect champagne shade - can you tell I'm all about the champagne glow? - and blends beautifully too. I'm not a fan of the little sponge thing on the end, I prefer to use my fingers or beauty blender to blend this out, but the finish is flawless every time. In the summer this is lovely as I tend to reach for creamier formulas. 
The glow-from-within:
Becca Backlight Priming Filter: I'm a huge fan of using highlighting primers, or liquid highlighters, underneath my foundation to create a natural, dewy glow all over. This one from Becca also works great mixed in with foundation to add a subtle glow and to tone down any heavy coverage base. If you're starting out with highlights, this is a great route to go down as it's pretty fool proof and doesn't take much skill or accuracy to apply. I love the glow this one gives, very golden and dewy, and just looks like you have very healthy skin.

So there's my little highlighter run-down. I hope you found this helpful if you're in the market for a new glowy companion, or if you're starting out with makeup and want to pick the best highlighter for you. There are still loads of highlighters I have yet to try, so please leave your favourites down below so I have an excuse to pick up another one...or three!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Foreo Luna vs Clarisonic: The Best Cleansing Device For Your Skin?

We all know how important it is to properly cleanse our skin, especially if you're an avid makeup lover, and wearer, like myself. When brands started to come out with these skin cleansing devices I was excited to know that the cleansers I use everyday could be working that much harder, and penetrating even deeper into the layers of the skin. The two which I see and hear about all the time are the Foreo Luna and the Clarisonic. These are pricey, there's no doubt about that, and for some not necessary at all, but incase you're in the market I wanted to compare the two and share my thoughts. 

Clarisonic Mia: I feel like so many people owned a Clarisonic 5 years ago. They were the first brand to really nail the skin cleansing device and I feel like everyone wanted to get hold of one. They have since released a few more versions of this, some for travelling, and some with various speed settings. I never bought into any others, as with a price of almost £100, I was happy just sticking to the classic Mia. This one does only have one speed setting, but I don't find that too much of a drawback. The size is okay for me, it's not too hard to store, and I like the handle as it makes it super easy to use. 

These days, I really don't reach for this a lot. I have two different brush heads, the normal, and the sensitive, both of which are still a bit too harsh on my skin for everyday use. When I was in my teen days, I really found this made a huge difference in the texture of my skin. I didn't use it everyday, but I still found that my skin was clearer, I had less blackheads, and it wasn't very troubled, I would rarely get a breakout. I never had too many issues with my skin, so this just helped to maintain that. If you do suffer with acne prone skin, oily skin, or have very clogged pores, I would say this is worth it. If your skin is normal-sensitive, I wouldn't suggest this, the bristles are too harsh I find. I also found that the last time I replaced the brush head it turned green after about a week, another reason why I was put off reaching for it.

Foreo Luna Play: This is a fairly new one for me. I've had it for about a year, maybe a bit less, but I already love it way more than my Clarisonic. The silicone bristles make it really gentle and a lot more hygienic as it's so easy to clean. I have the Play, which is their travel size. I wanted to try this one out as it's only £29 so a great price to try before you buy. This isn't rechargeable, so you only get 100 uses out of it (if you use it for the recommended 60 seconds), however they have just released one which is the same size and can be charged so that's a great option if you prefer the smaller size for travelling.

When I first got this, I used it morning and night, everyday, and my skin was super glowy, very clear and smooth, it's the best my skin has EVER looked for sure. If you're skin is normal/combination/dry I think this would be a really great option for you, and as they have many different options at many different price points, you should be able to find the perfect one for you. I'll definitely be picking up the rechargeable one when this runs out.


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

IT Cosmetics CC Cream: Worth The Hype?

You'll all be familiar with this one by now...either you've already tried it, or it's top of your list to pick up next. To say it's been hyped up would be an understatement. Once IT Cosmetics finally made its way across the pond I was very eager to try this well-loved CC cream out myself and see how I liked it. If I'm honest, none of their other products really screamed out to me, except their powder which I do want to try, so I left the Selfridges counter with just this and a couple of samples to try. As this brand is super new to the UK, don't be afraid to ask for some samples of their other products, the ladies are really nice and happy to do that to promote some of their other bits.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream: A CC cream which offers full coverage really appealed to me. Normally these BB, CC, EE creams are more reminiscent of a tinted moisturiser than a foundation, so I'm happy they have broken away from that trend. At the end of the day CC means colour correcting, and what's more colour correcting than a full coverage base? There's a lot going on here, it's a CC cream, full coverage, SPF50+, anti-aging and a hydrating serum. Could they appeal to a wider audience? Behind all the faff lies a really nice, medium-full coverage, hydrating base. The reason why I would say this is medium-full coverage is because you really need to build this in order to get a completely full coverage finish. It definitely doesn't lack in pigment, but compared to some other foundations I have, it's not quite there. That's no draw-back, just something to bare in mind if you LOVE full coverage!

I much prefer using this with a brush, as oppose to my beauty blender, I find it blends better and you get more coverage out of it. Normally I'm all about my beauty blender, but with this one I always reach for a dense stippling brush. To cover my whole face I use 1-2 pumps and the shade I have here (Light) is a great match for my skin tone. In total they have 7 shades available - I believe - which is pretty good for a CC cream. The finish is pretty skin-like I would say. It doesn't completely matte out your face, but it's not a dewy base either, somewhere in between, so I do powder afterwards to keep any unwanted shine at bay. I also found this stays on for a good 6 hours (I don't really wear my makeup for much longer to be honest) so I was pleasantly surprised.

For everyday wear I have really been enjoying this, it's great that is has SPF50 too! At £30 I would definitely say give it a go as I feel it would be very universally pleasing. The packaging is really convenient, I love the pump, it's so easy to use and mess-free. 


Sunday, August 06, 2017

10 Ways To Treat Yourself This Month.

August is my birthday month, so naturally I want to chill out, have a little pamper session every now and then, and treat myself. Even if August is just another month to you, I urge you to do the same, as a little me-time is super important for everyone and can do so much good. Even taking 5 minutes out of your day can be all you need to recharge. I wanted to share 10 ways I love to treat myself when I'm in need of a little mental break, and some relaxation. 

1. Buy some flowers: Flowers instantly cheer me up and put me in a good mood. Every week I try to add some fresh flowers to my home, it's a lovely treat and a great way to end, or start the week. If you have a local flower market, or a favourite florist in your nearest town, make it a priority it visit a few times a month to pick up some fresh blooms. Even the trip itself is a nice way to spend a morning or afternoon. 

2. YouTube binge: I always love to catch up on some YouTube videos on a Sunday, or whenever I have a spare evening. It's so nice to zone out and just watch all fashion and beauty related content, it's such a great way to switch off from the outside world. 

3. Do a face mask: Face masks are my favourite way to pamper myself. They take 30 seconds to apply, and you can get on with other things whilst it's working its magic on your skin. I think face masks are something everyone should do once a week, you deserve it! 

4. Take a bath: Baths are the ultimate way to relax and unwind, and they basically force you to sit and chill for 30 minutes or so. Of course, you can indulge in loads of bubbles, or pop in your favourite bath soak for that added touch. 

5. Get 8 hours of shut eye: I know that we're all super busy, and to some 8 hours of sleep seems like a world away, but please try at least one day a week to get a full 8 hours in. If you struggle getting to sleep, try a pillow spray, or an eye mask to help you drift of quicker. You will feel 10times better I guarantee. 

6. Book a spa day: I love any excuse to sit around and basically do nothing...and a spa day is just that. Go with your mum, or a group of friends, and treat yourself to a massage or a nice manicure before Autumn hits. There are some great deals around these days for spa days, so you don't have a fork out a load of money.

7. Indulge in a luxury candle: Having one or two luxury candles dotted around your house is a great way to add a bit of indulgence to your evening. It feels like a treat when you burn them, as some of them are so bloody expensive, and they really create such a lovely atmosphere, especially if it's a scent that you adore.

8. Get stuck into a good book: I'm definitely a coffee table book gal. I like something I can flick in and out of, nothing too farfetched, and something I can take inspiration from. Urban Outfitters and Oliver Bonas have a great selection of easy-reads, and they make the perfect 10 minute break companion.

9. Buy some new pyjamas: Maybe some new PJ's will be the excuse you need to get to bed earlier, or have that well deserved Sunday lay-in. I don't tend to buy pyjamas, but when I do, it definitely feels like a bit of a treat as how many pairs of matching pyjama sets do we actually need? Never-the-less, they make for the perfect excuse to get cosy after work.

10. Make some baked goods: Baking is something we can all do, and no matter if you want something very healthy, or very indulgent, that can totally be achieved. It doesn't have to be a super complicated recipe, some simple brownies will do, but it's nice to have that treat in the cupboard. I'm a huge fan of cookies, so of course, one in the evenings with a hot chocolate sounds like the perfect treat, no? 

Friday, August 04, 2017

A Mask You Need To Try This Month.

I have been so into face masks this year you wouldn't believe. I seem to have found a new love for them I never quite had before. Don't get me wrong, a good over-night hydrator, or a mask which cleanses out my pores always went down a treat, but other than those two go-tos, I never tried many others. I went on a hunt to find a few new ones to add to my collection, and I came across this Ole Henriksen option which is basically healthy skin in a jar.

Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask: When I was looking for a new mask to add to my skincare stash, I was searching high and low for something which was going to make my skin super glowy. I've tried out a few sheet masks which give me that result, but I wanted a mask I could use more than once. This one caught my eye as the name basically sums up exactly what I was looking for. Something that would give me a glow, and remove any dry skin. It claims to deeply cleanse, smooth and brighten, with the help of sugar, honey and pomegranate. I also feel like this has some kind of Vitamin C agent in there, as the smell is absolutely amazing, like a candied orange sweet.
Lets get on to how it performs on the skin. This isn't the first product from their range I've tried, so I knew that if it was anything like their Truth Youth Serum, I was on to a winner. It's not your typical mask formula, as it has those sugar granules throughout, so it has a face scrub consistency, so you do feel a but strange not rinsing it off right away.

I take a little scoop full and massage it all over my face to really polish away any dry skin. I'm avoiding using the word scrub here, as that sounds very harsh and abrasive, which this mask definitely isn't. The smell hits you right away, and I can tell you you'll want to leave this on for as long as possible as it's such a gorgeous scent. Aside from the sugar, the mask is a gel formula, very reminiscent of honey, but less sticky.

I tend to leave this on for about 15-20 minutes to really let the rosehip oil and pumpkin extract work their way into the skin. Once the times up, I'll rinse away with warm water and facial cloth and my skin has never felt so soft and glowing. If you're on the hunt for a mask which is going to brighten your skin, smooth, lift away any dead skin cells, and that smells amazing, look no further!


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Concealers I'm Loving Right Now.

I like to think of concealers as a best can rely on them on your darkest (of eye-bag) days, and once you find one you adore, it's hard to stray. Over the past few years I've definitely tried my fair share of concealers and I know there's a few cult ones in my collection I will go back to time and time again. Lately, I've been trying to branch out, and see what other concealers there are on the market. There's a good bunch I'll tell you that, so here are some of my favourites.

Borjois Radiance Reveal Concealer: This is the cheapest one I have to show you, but don't let the low cost fool you, it's great stuff. It's very creamy, perfect for under the eyes as it blends beautifully and has great colour pay off. I picked mine up in the lightest shade, to use under my eyes, and I really love how it looks. It's a great Urban Decay Naked Concealer alternative.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: This is one of the first concealers I tried, way back when I was about 15, when MAC was all the rage!! I repurchased it a few months back, and I'm completely smitten with it once again. It's a great one for all over the face I find. It's creamy enough to use under the eyes, but its also very long lasting so works well for blemishes and to conceal around the face.

NARS Soft Matte Concealer: Ah, this is another new one I have been obsessed with, and I'm sure you're sick of hearing about it. I've never come across a pot concealer which feels as creamy, and as velvety as this does - it's gorgeous! I picked it up in two shades, which goes to show how much I bloody love it. It's amazing under-the-eyes, which I wasn't expecting, but it truly works wonders and sticks around all day.

Bobbi Brown Serum Corrector: I tried this after my long love affair with their classic pot corrector. I don't think I like this one as much, but it's still really good and very hydrating. It's the classic Bobbi Brown corrector shades, but in a creamy, serum formulation which is lovely to use and doesn't cake up at all. This is designed to use under another concealer to help counteract any dark shades under-the-eyes. I like to pair it with my MAC Pro Longwear as the formulas layer beautifully together.

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