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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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?


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.


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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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


Essence Spring Summer 2017

I recently posted an overview post on the Essence Try It, Love it collection which was really a capsule collection of all the new releases that Essence Cosmetics was planning for the Spring Summer of 2017. A sneak peak collection in all honesty. They’ve finally released all  of the SS17 products in their entirety and I’m going to show you all that’s available in this post. These products are available to purchase now wherever you can find an Essence Cosmetics stand.

-Talk Soon xx

My Must Haves Palettes and Refills

“Four-Colour and eight-colour palettes are waiting to be personalized. There are 20 eyeshadows, 5 blushes and 3 lip powders to choose from with various effects. Also included: A pink lip base for the lip powder, a highlighter and bronzer as well as a fixing powder.”

Empty Four Colour Palette (1.90 euros)

Empty 8 Colour Palette (2.50 euros)

Available in 20 shades
Price: 1.90 euros each

Highlighter Powder

01 Let It Glow

Bronzing Powder

01 Hello Sunshine

Fixing Powder

01 Fix It, Baby!

Matt Blush
Available in 2 shades

Satin Blush
Available in 3 shades

Lip Base

01 All About That Base

Lip Powders
Available in 3 shades

The Cushion Eyeliner
3.80 euros

“Cushion: The mega trend from Asia! The integrated sponge is soaked with a highly pigmented eyeliner texture and dispenses just the right amount for the perfect eyeliner styles-no matter whether you’re going for accurate lines or cool cat eyes.”

01 Black

All About Toffee Eyeshadow Palette
4.95 euros

“The eyeshadow palette offers eight trendy, perfectly aligned colours-from light shades to medium and dark nuances. The soft and long-lasting with various effects allows you to create diverse looks.”

006 Toffee

Volume Stylist 18hr Curl and Hold Mascara
3.80 euros

“The creamy black texture with micro styling waxes provides the lashes with long-lasting volume and incredible curl.”


Volume Stylist 18hr Lash Extension Mascara
3.80 euros

“The diamond shape of the brush contains lengthening fibers to create long, full lashes.”


Lash Princess Sculpted Mascara
3.80 euros

“Dramatic volume or defined lashes-the new mascara with a special tapered brush can do both and sculpts the lashes individually.”


Get Picture Ready Eyeshadow Palette
6.25 euros

“The new eyeshadow palette ensures a ‘picture ready’ look any time and any place with seven perfect aligned nude nuances with a matt, slightly shimmering or metallic finish.”


2-in-1 Highlighting & Contouring Sticks
4.95 euros
Available in 2 shades

“Contouring & Highlighting is as easy as child’s play with the practical duo sticks thanks to its creamy powdery texture.”

Rainbow Prismatic Highlighter
4.40 euros

“The powder in rainbow colours creates an iridescent, multi-coloured prism-glow on the cheeks.”


10 Be A Unicorn

BLUSHplay Sculpting Blush Palette
4.95 euros
Available in 2 shades

“Applied individually, the perfectly aligned blush shades are ideal for contouring, but they can also be mixed and matched for a fresh look.”


Sculpting Eye Pencil
2.90 euros
Available in 3 shades

“The dark colour is ideal for the lash line and for contouring the lid. The light colour is perfect for highlighting the inner corners of the eye and the waterline.”

Eye & Face Palette
4.95 euros
Available in 2 shades

“Colour-coordinated eyeshadows, a blush and two highlighters turn these two palettes into absolute it-pieces for the eyes and face.”

01 Glow For It
02 Rise and Shine

Instant Matt Make-Up
4.95 euros
Available in 3 shades

“The smooth texture with a medium to high coverage and mineral powder pigments mattifies the complexion for up to 18hrs-and feels wonderfully light on the skin.”

Camoflage Full Coverage Concealer
3.10 euros
Available in 2 shades

“Long-lasting and highly pigmented, the liquid-creamy texture reliably covers-up dark circles under the eyes and other skin irregularities. For a natural wide-eyes look.”


Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder
3.80 euros
Available in 2 shades

“The matt texture with a silky -shimmering core creates a subtle sun-kissed look.”

Colour Correcting Liquid Concealer
3.10 euros
Available in 3 shades

“The creamy-liquid texture has a light cooling effect and neutralizes all kinds of skin irregularities. To be applied under concealer.”

Instant Matt Setting Spray
Price: 3.80 euros

“The light transparent spray-enriched with a natural complex of active ingredients-mattifies the skin, sets makeup in place and makes it last longer.”


Colour Boost High Pigment Nail Polish
2.30 euros
Available in 10 shades

“The high-pigmented nail polishes in trendy pastel and intensive colours ensure summery nail styles! The shiny formula has high coverage and offers a smooth finish with just one application.”

French Manicure Perfecting Nail Polish
2.30 euro

“A soft shimmer and subtle French white make the nails look beautifully groomed and natural.”

01 Let’s Be FRENCH

Glam & Care Luminous Nail Polish
2.30 euros
Available in 7 shades

“The new nail polish range strengthens & protects the nails. It also creates a soft glow with light shimmer effects. Contains Kukui Oils.

Out of Space Nail Polish
2.50 euros
Available in 7 shades

“Holographic, iridescent and metallic nail polishes in bright colours ensures a trendy prism-effect.”

Stand Out! 3D Touch Manicure Stickers
1.60 euros

“Simply place the sticker on the nail and apply the nail polish on top to give the nails a trendy 3D effect in designs such as knit pattern and tribal variations.”

01 Stand Out From The Crowd

Glamaxy Top Coat
2.50 euros

“Top coat with multi-coloured particles reminiscent of cellophane creates cool space nails.”

34 Glamaxy Far, Far Away

Anti Nail Bite Nail Polish & Top Coat
2.30 euros

“The bitter taste of the nail polish helps prevent nail biting to ensure long and naturally beautiful-looking nails. For use as a nail polish or a top coat.”


All in One Ridge Filler
2.30 euros

“The base coat evens out ridges and irregularities, strengthens the nails with it’s keratin ingredients and makes the application of colour nail polish easier than ever.”


SOS Protect & Resist
2.50 euros

“The protecting base-enriched with natural ingredients like white tea and tangerine oil-improves the resilience of nails.”


 Shine, Shine, Shine Lipgloss
2.50 euro
Available 13 shades

“The smooth supple texture creates an extreme shine with a wet look effect on the lips. From the nude nuances to intensive colours to prism glow effects.”

Ultra Last Lipliner
2.30 euros
Available in 6 shades

“The soft lipliner with an intensive colour-dispersion is waterproof and last up to 6hrs.”

Fade Your Shade Lipstick
3.50 euro
Available in 2 shades

“As a topcoat, the white and black-red lipstick blends & fades the lipstick colour to create a trendy ombré or ‘bitten lip’ effect with a matt finish.”

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via the Essence Cosmetics website and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Essence™


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.


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.


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.


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