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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.

Do you like Collection?

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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?


So today’s post ain’t my usual thing. I usually fill out a few hundred words with fact and opinion but for once in my life I have a question, and I’m openly asking for your help.

Here’s the thing, I cannot for the life of me find my perfect foundation, and I’m really quite desperate to. I know that the perfect base is made up of a number of factors including the tools, primer, concealer etc but while i’m fairly happy with all of that, I just can’t find a foundation which I apply everyday and love the finish of, the feel of and is in an ideal colour for me… Is it just too much to ask?

I’ve been on the hunt for the one for around a year now, and I’ve thought I’d met my match many a time, only to fall out of love as quickly as I fell in. I’m looking for something of light to medium coverage, lightweight on the skin and with a dewy finish and in a pale yellow/olivey tone. Please help me.

I have a few more contenders on my radar, but I have wasted a fair amount of money on the stuff and so before I go out and splash the cash again I thought I’d ask you, my readers, for your knowledge and expertise.

I’m thinking that the possibilities for perfection are NARS Sheer Glow, Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, L’Oreal True Match (New Formula, the old one was too heavy) or the L’Oreal Infallible Satin. Have you tried these? Do you have any shade recommendations?

Comment below or tweet me @abgldwsn with any thoughts and help… desperate times people.


joan collins first base foundationjoan collins first base foundation

My search for the perfect foundation continues, and the current contender comes in the form of this little luxury from Mrs Glamour herself, Joan Collins. For those who don’t know, Joan Collins created a capsule collection of products which she herself uses and loves and this is the base offering. The packaging is sleek and chic as you’d expect and comes complete with gold look accents. The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle with a gold pump and gold text.

First Base foundation* claims to be skincare in a foundation, offering a smooth, flawless complexion with a radiant, natural finish. It contains Re-Age Complex which charges the skin with youthful energy to help increase collagen levels as well as Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and UV filters.

This is a medium coverage foundation which could be built up easily. The formula glides onto my dry skin with ease and leaves a youthful glow on the skin which smoothes over pores and fine lines whilst still feeling and looking lightweight. It lasts for around 8 hours before it begins to wear off.

Perfection in a bottle? Quite possibly, and definitely one to try if you’re on the lookout for the one. Joan Collins Timeless Beauty is available at QVC.

*I was gifted this product in exchange for my honest, unbiased feedback. 

MAC face and body foundationOn a completely unnecessary trip to the new(ish) MAC Store in Brighton, I picked up the Face and Body Foundation. This is a product which I usually associate with Make Up Artists as I know that despite it being a light coverage, dewy finish base offering it can be built up and even cover scarring and tattoos.

I had the woman match me up to a shade and put the foundation on me, I usually buy NC20 at MAC and in this foundation I matched to N2. It’s a light, watery formula which I actually like best applied with fingers (although it makes my skin crawl), this gives an even base and enables me to get the most coverage out of one thin layer and really work it into the skin, I then go over it with a BeautyBlender.

This foundation lasts really well on me, and works just as well for an everyday and an evening base. It’s perfecting while being virtually undetectable on the skin and blending in like an absolute dream. The colour is great for me too.

I’m currently obsessed with trying new foundations in the hope of finding my perfect base, this one is fab but hasn’t stopped my search… do you have any recomendations?

lightweight dewy bases I am a lady who loves to shine bright like a diamond, matte bases ain’t my thang. I’ve got quite a boring face and dry/dehydrated skin and so anything matte looks flat and dull. I always opt for bases with a shine, and i’m quite lucky that i’m comfortable in something fairly lightweight; here’s the rundown of the three best bases for that healthy glow.

For Low Coverage Ladies: The least coverage but easily my favourite of the trio, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser offers enough pigment to blur any uneven skintone and redness, whilst giving the skin a natural sheen with a skin like finish. This also contains SPF so is perfect for a lightweight holiday base.
For The Real Glow Getter: The MAC Mineralise Moisture foundation is a dry skinned girls dream. Enriched with shea butter, this is a base which glides over even the flakiest of skins, providing a light but buildable coverage for a perfected base. This is one which shines and so for oily skins i’d expect it’s a no go, but for dull skins needing a great big boost of radiance this one’s a winner.
For Beauty On A Budget: I picked up KIKO Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation while I was in Paris and it’s been on my face ever since. Easily the most coverage, but with a natural skin like finish similar to the NARS Tinted Moisturiser. This is an absolute steal for under £10 and comes in an extensive range of shades. KIKO, you’re on to a winner.


This foundation is by no means new to me, and is one which I often recommend to friends when they ask my advice before purchasing. I have been through a number of bottles of this in various shades at different times of the year and theres something about it which keeps me going back for more.

I’ve gone about a year without the L’Oreal True Match foundation now, but after picking it up again a couple of weeks ago I felt an instant similarity between said foundation and the recently launched NARS All day luminous weightless foundation which retails at around triple the price.

Here comes the exciting bit… Not only are the two very similar, NARS drugstore counterpart is in fact better for skin like mine and leaves a slightly fresher, more natural finish while boasting the same medium-full coverage as its more expensive sibling. L’oread true match delivers innovative technology to leave the foundation matching up with the skins colour and natural texture meaning the product is suitable for everyone with any skin type where the NARS one is a little drying on dry/dehydrated skin like my own. The foundation comes in a vast array of shades with offerings for neutral, warm and cool undertones surrounding each shade. I have the shade W1 which is the yellow based bottle of the lightest shade (in the summer months I wear w2) and the colour suits me perfectly and leaves a beautiful finish.

Because of my slightly dry skin I do need a primer under this foundation but only because of its texture matching technology. I tend to use either a hydrating primer such as the one from smash box or a luminising base such as the lumi magique also from L’oreal.

Have you tried true match?


Today I decided to have a rummage through my drawer of samples. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with makeup, especially with early mornings when there’s no time to think or be creative. I have a fairly extensive makeup collection but it’s not massive, and I do have a regular turn around of products. I love trying new things however, and often pick up testers and samples when I’m out and about. Sometimes I get back and use them immediately but others I put them in a drawer and wait until I’m looking for inspiration or until I’m in the market to go out and purchase something new. That’s where this post comes in, with the change of seasons I’m looking to change up my routines a little and try out more products.

I have various foundation samples from the new maybelline dream wonder foundation (which I hate) to nars sheer glow and illamasquas skin base and I’m currently battling the two out to choose my next base purchase. I also have a sample of the origins drink up intensive overnight mask which I reviewed a while ago. I ran out and couldn’t get a full size so I picked up another sample (he he). 

I love taking testers of perfumes. At the top of my list is the Stella eau de toilette which is a fairly new release and is a lighter, fresher version of the well loved original. I’ve also got a few from olfactive and evody, all of which are unique fragrances which I really do need to road test. 

I have various lotions and potions which come free in shopping bags or are glued into the pages of Elle magazine and glamour. These are again a great way of trying something before you go out and spend the money on them. 

Most higher end brands will offer samples without a second thought however if they have low stock or at the drugstore you may have to take your own pot and ask them to pop a little bit of the display sample in it. Most places are fine with this.

So my memory is fresh and I’m looking forward to adding to my ever extensive beauty wish list after giving these a try. What have you tried recently? Is there anything you’d like me to review in full?