Concealers, Foundations, Highlighter

New Releases from L’oreal

It’s been about a month since I’ve last sat at a computer to write a blog post and can I just say it was a break that was very much needed. I managed to have a nice relaxed few weeks that didn’t have me constantly checking my social media or checking to see if my scheduled post went up on time. Now that those weeks are finished however I’m ready to get back into what I enjoy and that’s writing about makeup.

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During my weeks off I picked up a lot of new releases especially from L’oreal Paris because they seem to be bringing out a new product every other week. I’m going to start off with the one product out of the releases that I picked that I liked. This is the L’oreal Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops in the shade 01 Sparkling Love.

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This is a stunning liquid highlighter that looks like liquid gold on the skin. It has a dropper tool as it’s applicator and you get 15mls of product in the bottle. It’s so easy to apply and I found using a small damp sponge with it gives the best result finish wise on the skin.

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I have a very much love/hate relationship with the Bonjour Nudista Awakening Skin Tint. This is marketed as a BB Cream however I find it more like a tinted moisturiser except it is so dry looking on the skin. I found the texture of it a bit like a gel and when applied on the skin it literally enhanced every pore & dry skin patch available. I didn’t like it at all.

That said, I did mix it with a serum/moisturiser/hydrating primer (only one of these at any one application) and it applied so beautifully. It really gave a gorgeous dewy finish to my skin that looked so perfect for the summer weather we’ve been having recently. See what I mean about the love/hate. I hate it on it’s own and love it mixed in with other products. I do however think that this product is not worth the purchase as I have other tinted products that give me a gorgeous dewy look to my skin without me having to mix them with anything.

SAM_4661 To go with the skin tint I decided to pick up the Infaillible 24H Concealer Pomade. This has been compared to the Nars Velvet Matte Concealer by a lot of my favourite bloggers and influencers. I HATE this concealer. It’s so thick and drying regardless of how you use it. I’ve tried it under the eyes-it creased. I’ve tried it on blemishes-it wiped off. Not only that it felt and looked very heavy on the skin-almost like it was sitting on top of it rather than look naturally sunk in.

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Let me know if you’ve tried any new products (from any brand) recently that I just have to try so I can check them out.

-Talk Soon xx

Foundations

Maybelline Dream Satin Foundation & Mist

I find it so hard to find foundations that I like and that actually match my skin tone. I’m pale, and by pale I mean vampire pale so most brands tend to not have my foundation within their range. I have been using those colour correcting drops in white to lightening most of them but it is nice when I can just use the foundation as is without having to add anything to it.

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This is exactly what the new Maybelline Dream Satin Foundation does for me. I can pick up the bottle, pump out two pumps, apply it and be done. The match is perfect as it should be seeing as they have released a whopping 22 shades within the range. Major pat on the back to them for that. The shade that I’m using is 03 True Ivory and for once it’s actually not the lightest shade, there are two others before it.

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Formulation wise I find this foundation to be quite gel-like in consistency. It’s thick to apply but not heavy whatsoever. It gives really high coverage but I found you can definitely sheer it out with a sponge or if you want it lighter still, add a drop of your fav moisturiser to it and you’ve got the perfect BB Cream. I found the finish of it to be semi-matte. By that I mean it looks and feels matte but it doesn’t make you look flat at all.

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Maybelline has also very cleverly released a Dream Satin Mist as a company product to the foundation. The mist has a luminous finish to it so when you spray it over the foundation it makes the foundation have a dewy finish instead of a semi-matte one. I love the sprayer of the bottle, it disperses a really fine mist all over the face. I don’t like the smell of it however, it’s a bit chemically for my tastes but that won’t stop me from using it.

The foundation retails for 12.99 euros and the mist for 10.99 euros but you can definitely find these on a buy one get one half price offer in Boots. That’s certainly how I got them. Let me know what you’re current fav foundation is :0

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers, Foundations

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation

I’ve never been a fan of Rimmel London foundations. I’ve always found them too light in coverage for my skin. That said, recently I’ve been seeing the new ad for their latest foundation called Lasting Finish Breathable and the ad did exactly what it was designed too and that is it captured my attention and my interested was peaked. It peaked so much that the next day I headed straight to Boots and picked it and the matching concealer to it, up.

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The foundation comes in the exact same glass bottle all Rimmel foundations do except this one has a silver lid to it. On the bottle the many claims say that this foundation lasts for 25 hours (*rolls eyes*) and is medium coverage. I have to say I really like this foundation. It has a nice light texture to it that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Coverage wise I would say it’s light but it can definitely be built up to the medium coverage that they claim it has though you do need to use quite a lot of product to get it there.

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The only two things I don’t like about this foundation is the longevity of it and the applicator. This does not stay on the skin for 25 hours, not even close to it. At most I can keep it on my normal skin for roughly 6 hours before it begins to slowly disappear (have no clue where it goes). As for the applicator, it’s got the same issue as the dropper applicator of the Primark/Pennys Velvet Finish Foundation in that when you pull it out of the bottle it’s covered in product, so when you go to put it back in, the product on the applicator goes over the sides of the rim of the bottle. Disaster.

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The matching concealer to the foundation is simply beautiful. It’s what the foundation should have been. It’s got a nice light texture that blends beautifully into the skin and looks lovely under the eyes as well as over blemishes. The coverage of it is a nice medium and can definitely be built up to full by added thin layers. The sponge tip is nice and soft, though it doesn’t work at all for blending it out.

SAM_4157The only real issue with the concealer is it’s packaging. You have to make sure that you hold the concealer by the white bit above the plastic lid when trying to open it. If you simply hold it by the tube, it will cause you to squeeze it and send product flying everywhere so I do wish they had put a screw on cap instead of a clicky one. I have this concealer in the shade 100 Fair and I believe there is six shades in total. Price is 7.99 euros.

I honestly think that if you’re looking for a foundation just to wear going into town or running quick errands than this is a nice choice especially for the price (10.99 euros). The concealer is a great option in my opinion if you’re looking for a new one to try, I highly recommend it as it gives great coverage and doesn’t have any real flaws other than it’s packaging design.

-Talk Soon xx

Foundations

Primark/Pennys Velvet Finish Foundation

I genuinely find it so rare to find a makeup product that I don’t like probably because makeup has really come a long way in recent years and the days of plastic feeling junk being popped on our faces is gone. That said sometimes it does happen that I pick up a product, thinking it’s gonna be brilliant only to be sorely disappointed. This happened with the Primark/Pennys Velvet Finish Foundation. I need to state for the record that I love Primark/Pennys makeup products and have so many positive reviews of their products here on my blog so this review has got nothing to do with the fact that the product came from Primark/Pennys. I feel like I needed to say that because a lot of people think that anything from Primark/Pennys is going to be crap because it doesn’t have a corporate umbrella backing it. Not true, but I digress, let’s talk about this foundation and why I didn’t like.

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The foundation has a lovely price tag of 6 euros and that’s probably the only good thing I’m going to say about it. I hate the packaging. It comes in a fairly hefty frosted glass bottle and has a dropper applicator to get the product out. This becomes so messy because the product tends to cover the entire dropper and so when you go to put the dropper back into the bottle, any product on the sides of it will pool out around the rim of the opening. It honesty drives me up the wall because it’s not only messy but you’re wasting so much product!

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With regards to the foundation itself I didn’t like it either. It highlighted every pore, every dry patch of skin, every fine line around my eyes and nose and it looked so patchy even after blending for a good solid half hour. I tried applying it with both a dampened sponge and a brush and both gave the same result. Not only that but this also look really heavy on the skin and almost like I covered my face with a mask of foundation.

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever tried such a bad foundation and highly recommend you stay clear of this should you see in stores. Let me know if you’ve tried any bad foundations lately-just so I can stay clear of them! Wasting money is not fun at all. Oh and by the way, I got this in the shade Porcelain which was actually a colour match so I was double disappointed.

-Talk Soon xx

 

Foundations

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

These days everybody seems to be in this constant race to review the latest new product launch and while that’s all well and good, it can cause the internet to become slightly over saturated with the same content at the same time. Though I love to try out new products and I have been guilty of marking release dates on my calendar, I do want to take a slight break of sorts from it all to simply step back and review some old favorites that are still purchasable. For today’s post I want to review one of my favorite foundations and that’s Urban Decay’s Naked Skin.

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I purchased this foundation way before there was even talk about the development of the newer version which is the All Nighter Foundation. I still haven’t tried the newer version and that’s simply because I’ve always loved this version. Why fix what isn’t broken?. This foundation comes in clear double glassed acrylic bottle that has 30 mls of product in it. You can clear see the colour of the chosen shade through the bottle and it’s also printed on the base. My shade is 0.5 which is also the lightest in the range.

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The bottle has a pump which automatically gives it major brownie points as I dislike foundations that come in jars or without a pump. The texture of this foundation is very runny and you do have to give it a good shake before use to ensure that the pigments in it are distributed evenly throughout the foundation’s solution.

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On the skin this foundation feels and looks very light, almost like your natural skin minus the spots and pores. Coverage is light but it can definitely be built up to medium with another coat. I did find this foundation to oxidize slightly but that can be fixed by either going a shade lighter, or in my case where there is no lighter, mixing it with a white foundation base.

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Price wise this foundation isn’t cheap. retailing at 34.50 euros but like I said it has lasted me quite a while and there’s still quite a lot of it left at least another 6 months worth. A little of this goes along way thanks to the texture of it, it spreads quite nicely.

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers, Face Powders, Foundations, Highlighter

Some Love 💓 for L.O.V Cosmetics PT•1

L.O.V Cosmetics is a brand that has only really been available in the last year here in Ireland. It’s stocked in almost every Shaws Department Store nationwide except unfortunately the Waterford store, which is the main reason why I haven’t featured it before. Still, that hasn’t stopped me from oohing and aahing over their gorgeous looking products over on Instagram and I was absolutely delighted when a massive parcel with my name on it arrive in the post containing a selection of their amazing products.

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Within the L.O.V Cosmetics range, there is three different options available for foundation. The Undressed 12H Moisturizing Foundation is probably what I would consider their light to medium coverage option. I personally really like this foundation, it’s very lightweight and blends out flawlessly with both brushes and sponges. The shade that I own is 040 Honey-Moon and in all honesty this was way too dark for me especially because it’s the third shade option out of four and I normally tend to be the lightest shade available.

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That said I did still try out this foundation, just around the house and found it very nice as an everyday foundation. Something just to pop on and be out the door. You do get your standard 30 ml amount of product in the tube which I have to say is not the most secure of packaging especially if you plan on travelling with this stuff. Finish wise it’s got a nice dewy effect to it and in terms of longevity, I found it lasted the 10 hours or so that I had it on without any issue whatsoever.

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Moving on to the next step from foundation and that is concealer. This is the EffectFul Concealer Pen and to be honest I’m absolutely in love with this product! Move over Maybelline and Burberry cause they got nothing on how good this is. This concealer is an absolute life-saver for anyone who suffers with dark circles under their eyes. As it is a brighten concealer is gets rid of those shadows without creasing and without feeling heavy. This concealer isn’t made to be used on blemishes so if that’s what your after I do not recommend this, but for dark circle suffers it’s a must.

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The sponge tip applicator is probably the best thing about this concealer as it makes the product go on so flawlessly, almost as if it’s airbrushed. It also ensures that just the right amount of product is applied. Comparing this to the Maybelline sponge tip, I definitely prefer this one as it doesn’t get as messy and unhygienic as the Maybelline one does.

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Last of the base products that I have to show you guys is the L.O.V Cosmetics Perfectitude Translucent Loose Powder. Whoever designed the packaging of this product needs an award of recognition for their amazing work. It comes in the traditional jar that most loose powders come in but this has an added sifter AND LID! It’s not messy to open, apply or travel with like 90% of loose powders tend to be.

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It also has a handy and very soft fluffy powder puff which does apply a bit too much of the product in my opinion but works great when you have nothing else to use. The actual powder itself is very finely milled in texture and gives almost a velvet finish to the skin. I will say that this powder does have both Talc and Silica as ingredients so it will give a bit of a white cast in photos and high lighting.

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I personally tend to like to do my brows straight after I finish my base, because no matter how light or heavy I am with my eye makeup, I like a very natural looking brow. Brow products can be very hit and miss especially when they come from very affordable brands such like L.O.V Cosmetics. This product is an exception though because not only is the colour of just the right amount of ashiness so that the brows don’t look too warm but it’s also got a great shape to the tip of it and a spoolie brush at the end. All in all a great brow product in my opinion.

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I have the L.O.V Cosmetics BROWttitude in the shade 230 Chocolate and as far as I know it comes in three other shades which can be suitable for both blondes and brunettes.

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This next product is actually a bit of an odd one because it’s actually a cream eyeshadow however I’ve found it way better and more faltering as a cream highlighter for my cheekbones. Makeup is makeup guys and you should be allowed to break the rules when it comes to products and where they should be applied.

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This is the L.O.V Cosmetics Metal Cream Eyeshadow in the shade 100 Metal Rose and it’s a gorgeous soft iridescent pink shade that I think will falter most pale complexions. If you’ve got darker skin then it will also look nice but it will just be a more intense highlight. With it’s doe-foot applicator it’s super easy to apply and blends out really nicely. I also found it great for layering, in that it doesn’t cake or get clumpy when a powder is popped on top of it.

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I have also tired this out as an eyeshadow and personally wasn’t the biggest fan of it unless you’re planning on wearing it solely on it’s own. This is simply because I found whenever I went to blend it with my brushes, it tended to lose a bit of it’s intensity pigmentation wise and so didn’t really give the true colour payoff that it does when applied as a highlight.

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For the final product in todays review, I have one of the L.O.V blushes in the shade 050 Mystic Sand and this is a stunning burnt reddish brown shade that warms up the cheeks to look like you’ve been slightly sunkissed. Pigmentation is a bit overloaded so use a light hand when applying this product but otherwise it blends flawlessly and lasts all day.

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I will have a Part 2 and maybe a Part 3, reviewing more products from this line simply because I was so luckily sent quite a bit and I think trying to fit them all into one review would be a bit tough. These are all the base products and I think that I’ll probably have a review for the eye products that I got and the lip products too. Have you guys tried this brand yet? Let me know 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Foundations

Isadora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer

I’ve been on a mission as of late in trying to find the lightest base possible for the hot summer months that are supposedly meant to make an appearance any day now in Ireland. My favourite so far has been my recently reviewed CC Cream by Artistry (link below) however that one isn’t the easiest product to get nor is the cheapest by any means.

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I’ve seen a lot of people raving about the Isadora Cover Up foundation and concealer on twitter (follow me: @SooSoBeauty) and so I thought it was about time I put my bottle of it to the test. I will let you guys know that I have this foundation in the shade 64 Classic Cover which is way to dark for my skin tone but I tried it out anyway just so I could see what the formulation and longevity was like.

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The foundation comes in this nice squeezy tube bottle that has a pump which automatically gives it major brownie points in my book. The texture of it when I initially pumped it out was very thick but it sheers out nicest when you apply it with a dampened sponge. I haven’t tried applying this with a brush yet but I don’t think I will as I think it will just go on to thick, and why fix what isn’t broken right?

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This foundation lasted all day on my skin and it definitely has a medium coverage that can be built up to a high coverage fairly easily. I personally found it nessacary to use a concealer with it but I thin if you don’t suffer from any dark circles (which I do) or blemishes then you can most certainly skip the concealer step with how high a coverage this foundation has.

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Finish wise it definitely had a bit of a dewy shine to it that I personally like especially during the summer. I think with a nice powder though even oily skin peeps can get away with using this foundation nicely. A bottle of this foundation retails for 19.95 euros which is definitely affordable when compared to the 46 euros of the Artistry CC Cream and is available in Shaws Stores here in Ireland & at Isadora counters International.

-Talk Soon xx

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