collection cosmetics#facethedaycollection face

I recently got my mitts on the Collection #FaceTheDay palette*, amongst some of the brands other best bits and thought what better way to test them out that to shove them all on my face in one go, wear it for a day and see how I feel. In the above images I am wearing entirely Collection Cosmetics aside from my brows which are Sleek’s Brow Kit in Light.

I started off with the Collection Colour Match Foundation in the shade 1 Porcelain*, followed by the Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 2 Cool Medium*. Following this I filled in my brows before using the eyeshadow shades in the #FaceTheDay palette* to create an everyday smokey look, using the darkest shade to define my lashline and add a subtle wing. I then applied one coat of the Collection Waterproof Volumising Mascara* before using the Bronze shade from #FaceTheDay to contour my face. I then used the blush shade from the palette before swiping on the Speedy Highlight stick* and topping with the highlight shade from the palette for an extra glow. I finished the look with Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in 21 Rosewood*.

Application: I used a beauty blender to apply both the foundation and concealer, as I find that this gives the most natural finish while still making the most out of the coverage offering. I used the lightest shade in the foundation range and it was a little too dark on me, and I didn’t notice it working to match my skintone as the name suggests. Despite this it did blend in well and look fairly uniform across my face. The concealer is a product which I know and love and so I again applied this with a beauty blender over dark circles and redness. The eyeshadows had reasonable pigment and little/no falldown however I did find them to have chunks of glitter as opposed to being buttery and shimmery. The bronze shade was too orange for contouring and instead I had to blend it around the outside of my face for warmth. The blush and highlight products we’re all pleasant to apply and had good pigment. The lipstick was creamy and glided over any dry flaky patches.

Overall Look: The overall look was nice and something which I felt comfortable with, I would’ve liked a more cool toned bronzer to sculpt the face however this is probably personal preference and not something which affected the look too much. My favourite parts were the highlight stick and the lipstick, which is a pinky brown nude which somehow manages to be unlike anything else in my collection.

Signs of Wear: Throughout the day the pigment of the eyeshadow disintegrated and the foundation and concealers oxidized on the skin and started to look shiny – this could, however, be down to me not setting them for the purpose of this post. The mascara didn’t smudge and the blush and highlight stayed put however once the foundation oxidized the bronzer shade was undetectable. The lipstick budged after eating.

I do think that Collection offers cosmetics which are fantastic quality considering the price point however I do think they should cater for a more varied skin-tone and perhaps create a #FaceTheDay palette for Light, Medium and Dark skins as opposed to one shade fits all. This is a look that I would wear again and I will no doubt use some of the products on an everyday basis, particularly the mascara which offers great volume with just one coat.

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best budget concealersBase products are something I have a real love hate relationship with, I love when I find a good one, but I hate the trial and error process and wish that my base would just look perfect every single day. To perfect it I use a mixture of high end and high street products, the latter of which I want to share with you today. I always prefer sharing more budget friendly products on here to ensure that what I recommend is accessible to a varied audience. (Though we all know in no time at all I’ll be raving about a new high end hero! Oops..)

Moving on… I love a good concealer. And by a good concealer I mean a creamy, full coverage concealer with a lightweight feel and cake free texture. I’m hard to please and to remain in my stash a concealer has to tick all of the boxes. I do opt for something targeted at the under-eye area, as dark shadows are my nemesis and blemishes tend to be something I just smear whatever over.

Everybody and their third cousin loves the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (which I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned on here… eh?) and for good reason. We don’t all sing from the same hymn sheet for a lot of products but this one is a real people pleaser in terms of its coverage, longevity (though I’m yet to test it’s 16hr claims) and formula. Shade 2 is a salmony shade perfect for correcting blue tones under the eyes and it’s thick enough to cover up while not setting into a crusty cakey mess.

The Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is a firm favourite of mine and one I know a few of my friends love too. It’s lightweight while still packing a punch in terms of coverage and contains kind to the eyes anti aging ingredients to prevent the product from settling into any fine lines meaning it’s crease free. The applicator is super soft around the delicate area too meaning you can shove on a shed load.

Finally the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer is a new one over on these shores and one I’ve seen a fair few raves over by some of my American faves. This is probably the highest coverage of this tempting trio while being a little thinner in consistency than my collection fave. One to try if you suffer a few pesky blemishes.

Have you got a favourite concealer? Post your recommendations below or tweet me @abgldwsn

Mixing things up a bit today with a fancy video, swish isn’t it?! Recently I’ve been a beauty commuter, applying a full face of makeup on the train and living out of a makeup bag as opposed to getting ready at my dressing table. I’ve become a little bit of a makeup bag maestro, a packing princess if you will and thought I’d show you what’s in my current rotation.

I’m currently finding my MAC Mineralise Moisture Foundation a fave, easy to pat on with a damp beauty blender and a base that doesn’t cling to my dry patches, meaning I don’t have to worry about what it looks like throughout the day. Ideal. I top it up with Maybelline Better Skin Concealer and set it all in place with my beloved Hourglass Ambient Light powder.

Brows are covered by the usual culprit and for eyes I have options in the form of a CT quad or a scribble of her eyes to mesmerise depending on how early it is and how bothered I can be. Blush comes in the form of NARS Silent nude which is basically surgically attached to me and for lips I opt for either peach or pink shades to match.

While I am happy with my current product picks, as usual I’m coveting a number of pretties to stock up my stash and farfetch.com has my luxury beauty needs met.

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I’m desperate to get my mitts on some goodies from Kevyn Aucoin and what better place to start that with some cult classics. My current beauty bag is missing the perfect contour/highlight duo and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Sculpting Powder and Celestial Powder. I’m also on the hunt for something heavy duty and the Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multi use product leaving base needs covered.

Another brand I’m yet to try is BECCA and as a self acclaimed highlighter queen I can barely believe that sentence comes out of my mouth. I just have to get my hands on the Shimmering Skin Perfectors in every type they do. Excessive? Me? Never…

After letting the hype die down a little, I’ve decided that the Artis Oval 6 Brush isn’t optional, I have to give it a go. I can imagine it blending everything to perfection, once I get over it looking like a toothbrush that is…

Finally while it’s all well and good having makeup products coming out of your ears, it’s important to take it off at the end of the day and cult classic Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is well in my radar, and while i’m talking luxury I have to give the By Terry Baume de Rose a go, it’s just like the rules of feminism! (name that film)

*This post contains product placement.

#blushandglow

This little palette has been doing the rounds in the blogger world of late, and because of this has been a nightmare to get hold of. I eventually picked it up with my boots points and was initially impressed by the size of the product and the size of the individual pans.

Blush and Glow is a quad of powder cheek shades, offering everything you need to bronze, sculpt, blush and glow in one handy compact. In regards to the packaging, I think the magnetic closure is a great addition however I would have preferred metal or plastic packaging over cardboard, as this can get ruined very easily. I like the see through panel so that I can see what colours are in there when I’m looking through my collection and the lack of mirror doesn’t bother me at all.

The shades are VERY pigmented, so much so that I ended up looking like I’d rolled in mud upon first application of the bronzer. It’s tiny price point made me go in hard with the brush and I ended up with far too much product for one or even several faces… a light tap will do the trick.

The bronzer is a nice universal shade with no shimmer, making it ideal for both bronzing and sculpting the face and reducing the need for two separate products which is ideal for travel. The blushes are both very wearable shades and can be worn lightly for blush phobes like myself or built up with the exceptional levels of pigment. The highlighter isn’t my favourite as I find the pink toned iridescence too much for my skin, but if you like a pinker highlight over something gold then this is a lovely buttery formula which you absolutely cannot fault for the price.

Have you tried this?

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It seems Collection are going from strength to strength as a brand since the massive hype over their pretty brilliant Lasting Perfection Concealer. They’ve gotten rid of their 2000 and rebranded as a modern, affordable brand for all ages and tastes.

I’m currently trying one million and eight (exaggeration) foundations in the search for the one, and on a recent trip to Boots with my favourite shopping buddy I spent some of my advantage card points on their Illuminating Touch foundation. Now, I didn’t have high expectations for this bottle of tint, I paid a mere £3.99 for it and it only came in a choice of four shades which all looked exactly the same. However I was more than pleasantly surprised with the application, look, feel and longevity of this product. It offers a no shimmer glow, medium coverage and blends just as well as if not better than it’s high end counterparts. The shade 3 is a pretty close match to me, just warming up my skintone slightly and making me look a lot less dull and a little less pale. The One? I don’t want to make that commitment, but it’s certainly slowed down my search and opened my eyes to a new drugstore gem.

Have you tried this?

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Skincare doesn’t tend to be something which I spend a lot of money on. I know what I like and what works for me and luckily *touches wood* my skin isn’t too problematic. I’d describe my skin type as normal/dry and dehydrated, everyday when I get out of the shower it’s gagging for a generous layer of serum and moisturiser and often looks dull. I store my skincare stash in one drawer of the IKEA Helmer storage solution, which I think it meant for offices, but lord knows I have way more beauty products than I do important documents, and at the moment it works for me.

In the morning I’m very low maintenance, opting for a spritz of either the Caudalie Beauty Elixir or La Roche Posay Serozinc before slathering on one of my InstaNatural Serums* and a light layer of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate – which I’ve spoken about before.

My evening routine is where it gets pretty Rock ‘N Roll, I take off my makeup with Bioderma Micellar Water (if i’m wearing heavy eye makeup i’ll take that off with the Amphora Aromatics Eye Gel*) before going into the bathroom to double cleanse with a Hot Cloth Cleanser like the Superdrug Vitamin E one. I’ll then tone using the Instanatural Ultimate Rosewater Toner* or Pixi Glow Tonic (which I’ve run out of… boo) and again use an Instanatural Serum* before applying my new love, the Bioderma Hydrabio Riche. Just before I sleep I pop on some of the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm and I wake up feeling well nourished and replenished.

Other bits and bobs include the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel for when I need a pick me up in terms of perkiness, or when my skin feels clogged up, LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub for a polished pout and a few other toner and moisturiser options for when i’m bored or when my skin gets too used to it’s current rotation.

What are your hero skincare products?

*Products marked with an asterisk were sent to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback

   
    
 
You know sometimes you find a real gem at the drugstore? This was one of those times…

I first tried the Collection Creme Puff in Powder Puff around three and a half years ago when they were first released. I used it up and never purchased another. When I was thinking about posts for this week I remembered how much I’d enjoyed the Powder Puff shade and popped down to Boots to see if they we’re still in existence.

At my local store there were these two shades, Powder Puff and Fairy Cake, but I’m sure there are more in the range. Powder puff is a peachy nude shade while Fairy Cake packs a little more punch and is a brighter pink shade.

The Collection Cream Puffs are a velvety matte finish lip cream. These do look matte on the lips but don’t feel quite as drying due to the creamy consistency of the product. This consistency does mean that they don’t stay put quite as long as something like a matte lipstick from MAC or the NARS velvet matte lip pencils but it does also mean that you don’t have to smother on half a pot of lip balm at the end of the day.

To make these last longer, you could always wear a lip liner underneath on the whole lips, this would also mask the fact that they wear off outwards leaving a lips with a coloured line around them.

Finally, the smell of the Collection Cream Puffs is sweet and vanillary; something which I am a massive fan of, but could easily put some people off.

Have you tried these?

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The Essie Colour Icons Collection is a teeny-tiny gift set featuring three 5ml bottles of the brands cult classic shades. The set comprises of Mademoiselle, Mint Candy Apple and Fifth Avenue all of which are made up of Essie’s traditional high quality formula and the diffusion line application brush.

Mademoiselle is a sheer pale pink, ideal for the natural nail look, as a french manicure pink or for something like a wedding. The polish glides on beautifully however this shade is not opaque, so two coats is more than enough for the desired impact. Tipped as the shade for grown up girly girls, its no surprise this shade made it into the trio as a cult classic, iconic shade.

Mint Candy Apple is a bloggers must have, everyone and their mother has this shade in their collection and I understand why. Mint Candy Apple is the perfect pastel mint sorbet shade, perfect for spring and summer and one that looks nice on both the hands and the feet.

Fifth Avenue is an orangey take on the classic red nail which we all know and love. This shade looks especially good in the summer with sun-kissed skin and looks good on both long and short nails. Probably my favourite of the trio, Fifth Avenue is a must have in every nail-polish wearers collection.

What do you think of this collection?