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

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

Concealers, Foundations

Perfect Summer Base

I recently posted a blog post all about the 🌿Artistry Essentials Range 🌿 which is an incredible skincare range that’s nice and light on the skin, perfect for the warmer months. To go with using such nice light skincare, it only makes sense than to use something light as your foundation base. The new CC Cream from Artistry is a great option in my opinion and team it up with their Exact Fit concealer and you’ve got a flawless base without the heavy weight.

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The CC Cream comes in a total of three different shades and can be used multiple ways. The way I personally use it is on it’s own as my base. It has a really gorgeous illuminating effect on the skin and in the sun I honestly found it to literally sparkle it was so brighten for my complexion. It contains an SPF of 50, which I was worried would create flashback but it doesn’t.

The CC cream can also be worn as a priming product underneath a more heavier coverage foundation so you don’t have to worry that your going to be buying a makeup product solely to be used during the summer months. It can be worn all year round if you wish. I will say this make my T-Zone, which tends to get slightly oily in the summer, become oilier quicker so I probably wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin types.

The shade that I have is LIGHT and it’s definitely a perfect match to my skin tone. I personally found it best applied on the skin with a dampened sponge. The amount that you see in the above picture is the amount I use for half of my face. I found that a littleof this goes a long way, and with it retailing for 46.60 euros it really should.

To go with the idea of beautifully flawless, fresh skin, Artistry have released their Exact Fit Concealer. Now I have this concealer in the shade LIGHT and even so it is a tad bit dark on me but I made it work by applying it under my foundation rather than over as I normally do. Just something to keep in mind as you might want to go a shade lighter than what you would normally go for when choosing a shade in this concealer.

The concealer comes in the most elegant of packaging that really is standard for Artistry as a brand. It has a built in mirror and the applicator is a flatten doe-foot. The constancy of this concealer is nice and light however I personally didn’t like it under my eyes. I found it really drying and as the day wore on it started to cake and settle in my fine lines even though it claims not to.

I have tried this concealer for covering up blemishes and it works a dream. Because it has almost a velvety matte finish to it, it doesn’t move throughout the day. So once you cover your spot/pimple using it that it, you wouldn’t be seeing that again until you remove your makeup at the end of the day. A tube of this retails for 27.55 euros and it comes in four different shades as well as a brightener shade which is probably the shade I would go for, for us lighter skin toned girls.

Let me know in the comments below your go to summer foundation/bb cream/cc cream. I personally love the CC cream from Artistry and once this tube is finished, I would definitely purchase it again and again. The concealer not so much though I think I might try out the brightener shade.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

Foundations

Wet’N’Wild Photo Focus Foundation

It’s new.

It’s from an incredible brand.

Its affordable and it looks like its got a shade for everyone.

Wet’N’Wild has released it’s new foundation called Photo Focus which is meant to be the ultimate foundation for perfect photos. It claims to have no flashback, light reflecting pigments and a lightweight feel. The awesome thing about it is that it comes in 5 shades currently but more are to be added to the line in the coming months so I’m sure everyone will have a shade to suit them once the entire range is released. The retail price for it is 6.95 euros and I’ve added images of all the available shades below for you guys to have a look at.

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“Photo Focus Foundation: Formulated with light-adjusting pigment, this foundation guarantees zero photo flashback, perfect every time under any light. Photo Focus Foundation has a lightweight matte finish, its ultra comfortable and lasts for hours with medium-to-full coverage. This foundation is available in five shades: Soft Ivory, Nude Ivory, Rose Ivory, Soft Beige and Golden Beige.”

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via brand PR representative and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Wet’N’Wild™.

Foundations

Flormar Future Historical Collection

A while back I did an overview post about the Flormar Future Historical collection that they brought out at the start of February. I promised you guys that that post was just a sneak peak and that I would definitely be trying to get my hands on some of the products from the limited edition collection. My luck did not disappoint and I have managed to get  the Anti-Blemish Foundation and one shade of the New Age Liquid Lipsticks. I’ve been trying them out and playing with them throughout February and I think it’s about time I share my thoughts on them.

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Let’s start off with the foundation as it’s probably the best product from the collection. It’s main claim is that it’s Anti-Blemish and being bold enough to put it into the name means it has to be. I myself don’t have any major problems with my skin so I can’t really test out this claim however I have found this foundation to be super high coverage, long lasting and it did not break me out what so ever.

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The bottle is glass and comes with a pump to dispense the 30mls of product that it contains. Initially the foundation comes out a shade lighter than your own skin tone but then as you blend it re-adjusts slightly to the right shade. The foundation retailed I think for 11.95 euro and I got mine in the shade 03 Light Ivory

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Also from the range I picked up one of their New Age Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the shade 06 Seductive Cherry. Formulation of this lippie is oh my god insanely good! It applies on very thinly yet even and automatically dries down to a nice velvet matte finish that isn’t drying and completely transfer proof.

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It has your typical doe-foot applicator which I’ll be honest, I found a bit big for getting a nice shape to the lips. Would have preferred a more curved applicator similar to the YSL Glossy Lips applicator. This retailed for 7.95 euros which in comparison to most liquid lipsticks is really affordable.

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The shade that I got is the darkest from the range and to be quick frank the most popular. The collection is still available but I’ve found that in most retailers that have it this shade is completely sold out. It’s a nice cranberry red liquid lipstick that lies between a burgundy and a bright red so it really gives you that old vintage red lip that was worn back in the days of the black and white movies.

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If you want to see what else is available in the collection than I highly recommend reading my overview post about the collection, Flormar Future Historical. Like I said the collection is still available but it’s selling out fast so get a move on it if you like anything from the release.

-Talk Soon xx

Foundations

Rimmel London Fresher Skin Foundation

Foundation is really something that has improved within the drugstore especially in the past couple of years. Before the only decent foundations available were the ones that were from higher end brands such as Lancôme and Clarins. One of my more recent discoveries within the drugstore foundation wise is the Rimmel London Fresher Skin foundation and this is a foundation that is aimed towards people who want that matte finish without compromising on the glow factor.

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It comes in a pot…..not a fan, at all! I have a really bad OCD problem when it comes to my makeup in that I don’t like anything that can promote bacterial growth (don’t even get me started on counter makeup brushes…that are used on over 20 people a day and only cleaned with a simple makeup wipe…-_-).  Packaging aside, the actual foundation is brilliant.

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It has an SPF of 15 and I would give it a medium to high coverage finish. Texture wise it can look quite thick in the pot but it really blends out quite beautifully on the skin. You don’t need a lot and though it looks heavy in the pot it really is quite light and breathable on the skin. I use the lightest shade in the range which is Porcelain but it does come in a large shade selection.

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I found application is best achieved with a sponge (damp) and though it has SPF it doesn’t have any flash-back and photographs beautifully. It currently retails for 9.99 euros but it can easily be found on offer in retailers such as Boots and Pennys/Primark.

-Talk Soon xx