foundations

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.

 

  

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?



Pinch punch last of the month (Erm?). Today is the last day of February, meaning were almost three months into the year.. Crazy. This month has been busy for me, with this little slice growing and university getting pretty full on, I feel like I’ve barely blinked. But while I’ve been typing thousands of words and trying to maintain an ordinary life and some sort of balanced diet I have of course been wearing makeup and trying out new products, these are my pick of the pack.

1. Burberry sheer eyeshadow in Pale Barley – I reviewed this back in January and still am completely bessoted with it. Great for everyday, for a simple shade to work with liquid liner and for blending with darker shades for an evening smokey eye.

2. MAC Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown – I’ve started using this again to fill in my eyebrows. It took me a while to make the swap from my trusty omega, but now that my hair is slightly darker I feel I can again pull off this once adored shade. Brow game strong.

3. MAC Blush in Harmony – I love this for a natural look for everyday. I feel as though this cool taupe shade suits me way more than the typical corals and pinks. It’s also fab for contouring.

4. Maybelline gel liner in Intense Black – this has made my life so much easier, gone are the days of wonky lines and smudged felt tips and here are the times of liner that I’m not ashamed of leaving the house in. I’m never one to speak too soon but this might hold holy grail status.

5. L’Oreal The Concealer in No.2 Vanilla – this is again something I’ve already spoken about. This concealer is full coverage while not being cakey or heavy like it’s competitors. I love this for both under eyes and on any blemishes or redness. It’s been compared to the NARS creamy radiant concealer, definitely one to try.

6. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Iberico – I’ve really taken a shine to this bright, bold lip option this month. It’s a straight up orange, verging on orange toned red but more like red toned orange. The impact of the shade makes lips appear bigger and fuller. Kylie who?

7. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – I’m coming to the end of my sample size now after pretty much everyday use since picking it up with this months Elle magazine. As I mentioned in my review, this offers length, curl and hold and is great for both day and night.

8. Mitchum Advance Deodorant Stick – glamorous I know… This is brilliant though. It offers a fresh scent and all day sweat and odour control. I like the stick form aswell because it doesn’t apply wet or sticky like roll ons.

So that’s it for another month. What products do you like?

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First things first, I’m a natural blonde. And while I love it on a summer holiday, I just find that brown hair suits my colouring a lot more, and is a colour I feel much more comfortable sporting on my head.

I have dyed my hair brown several times, and darted between brown and blonde, and even ombré, before. But now I have decided that I do prefer being a brunette, and here’s how I achieve it…

I have had various shades of brown hair in the past, from mousey light shades to deep shades verging on black, and have now found a happy medium in the L’Oreal casting creme gloss in Medium Brown. This shade does come out darker than I expected, but I do love the result. The great thing about this colourant is that it contains no ammonia and is semi permanant , meaning that regular root coverage isn’t going to damage the hair too much.

Saying that, this colour does not wash out. I would say definitely do not use this if you’re expecting to return to a natural blonde colour after the suggested 28 washes as this will not happen. The colour fades, but it just becomes lighter and more brassy, it is not a wash on wash off colourant.

If you are wanting brown hair though, this product is easy to use and can be done yourself (I get my boyfriend to do it… It’s that easy) and simply involves mixing the colour creme with the contents of the larger bottle, applying it, waiting and then washing it out with the conditioner provided. And before you know it you’re a new woman with glossy, healthy feeling coloured hair.

I do highly recommend the casting creme gloss and have used several of the other shades from the range but I think that this one is my favourite.

Do you dye your hair at home?

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Now if there’s one place I have no willpower, it’s the aisles of Boots and Superdrug. Their special offers and consistent new releases keep me coming back for more and I cant help but leave with a heavy carrier bag and a much lighter purse.

I do think that the drugstore has some good competitors for high end gems and I love taking home a bag full of new goodies to try, especially when I haven’t broken the bank too much in the process.

On a recent trip I was reasonably restrained and only picked up five products, all of which were new to me and ones which I hadn’t tried before so trying them out was particularly exciting and I thought I’d share my thoughts with you…

First in my basket were the two Maybelline products which were on a two for £10 offer in Superdrug. I picked up the Colossal Go Extreme Mascara in Leather Black and the Colour Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige (ooh leather). I have tried a fair few of the original Colour Tattoo’s from Maybelline but the new leather effect interested me and the colour Creamy Beige was right up my street. I am more than impressed with it. It goes on smoothly just like the original formula and is easily applied with fingers, the consistency is slightly different and I can’t quite put my finger on it but I think it may be slightly matte in finish and is slightly creamier to the touch. The Colossal Go Extreme Mascara in Leather Black also gets a thumbs up from me, just as every other Maybelline mascara does. It’s thickening, volumising and gives that false lash effect which we all covet. The colour, again, is slightly matte and is very black.

Next to make it’s way into my mitts was the L’Oreal True Match Concealer from the well loved True Match range which claims to hold the perfect match for every skintone with – now, I don’t think this is possible however the shade 2 ‘Vanilla’ is a perfect match for me and it is a good concealer for both under eyes and for blemishes or redness.

Finally were two of Superdrug’s own brand ‘Naturally Radiant’ skincare items which were on a ‘better than half price’ offer, meaning I got the pair for less than six pounds. I picked up the Hot Cloth Cleanser – a creamy cleanser which comes with a muslin cloth, and the Glycolic Peel – a gel which you leave on over night which renews and refines the skins surface using Glycolic Acid and AHA’s. Both products have impressed me so far, the cleanser melts down makeup with ease and is easy to remove with the provided muslin cloth however if you had particularly sensitive skin i’d recommend a flannel which would be less abrasive.  The glycolic peel did exactly what it said and refined the texture of my skin meaning I woke up with plump, smooth skin without the dry, flaky patches that I had previously.

Overall, a successful trip to the drugstore resulting in lots of new loves and fantastic product in my collection.

What are your favourite drugstore items?