The Best Foundations For Foundation Haters | The Weekend Post #2

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If you’re anything like me, then you’ll hate the feel of foundation on you’re skin, yet you still own excessive amounts of the stuff. Having said that, I’ve come across a selection of foundations that feel lightweight and comfortable on your face, almost like you’re not wearing makeup at all.

If you’re all for the super light coverage, but something that skin evens out your skin tone and leaves you with a dewy finish, then you’ll love something like the No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation. This stuff is probably one of my all time favourite foundations, and the one i’ve worn to all my special events such as prom. If you like the finish that this one gives, but you want something with a little more coverage, then the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. This gel-formula applies seamlessly and surprisingly covers a fair amount.

Like most over people, I’m a big fan of the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (blog post here). I love the fact that it’s quick to apply, has probably the best coverage out of the lot, but leaves your complexion looking dewy and, like the name suggests, glowy. A perfect option for summer, and one that is well worth the hype. Something similar, yet with a rather deceiving name, is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation. Defiantly more of a medium/buildable than ‘nude’, this one again, gives you the coverage, but is super comfortable on the skin and actually looks very natural. A new favourite of mine recently.

Last but not least, on to some old favourites. L’oreal’s True Match has always been a winner. It’s a little more on the satin/matte side than the others i’ve mentioned, but still manages to feel lightweight on the skin. It does have a tendency to cling to dry patches however, so I recommend moisturising well first before applying if you have more dry skin. Maybelline Fit Me was a love of mine right after my ‘Dream Matte Mousse’ phase in my early school days, during the time when everyone and their mother used it, usually a couple of shades darker than their skin tone in order to achieve the oh so famous foundation line along your jaw – how lovely. Fit Me is a great light coverage option, with matching concealers and powders in the range (both of which I also have and love). A great choice for makeup newbies.

Glow For It | The Bronzer Edit

IMG_0565 Whether you prefer matte, shimmer or a bit of a sheen, I guarantee there’s a bronzer out there that’s perfect for you, and which’ll make you look hot under the summer sun. I’ve thrown together a few of my favourites, mostly drugstore, but with a holy grail mixed in for good measure.

L’oreal Glam Bronze // L’oreal is one of my favourite drugstore brands as it is, but their bronzers are defiantly up there close to the top spot. Their Glam Bronze includes 3 shades from dark bronze to a rosy pink, leaving the skin looking radiant and with that ‘glow from within’ look. What’s more, the compact includes a mirror and a little brush, making this one great for travelling and carrying in your bag!

L’oreal Glam Bronze Matte Bronzer // Yet another L’oreal (can you tell that I like their bronzers?). This time i’ve picked one of my favourite matte powders. The cool tone makes this one ideal for contouring, or alternatively perfect for an all over the face bronze as the shade isn’t too deep.

Gosh // I have used this product to death over the years, to be honest i’m surprised it’s lasted me this long. Again, this bronzer includes a variety of different shades, something that creates the perfect tone when all mixed together. The added shimmer reflects light beautifully, instantly making you look like a golden goddess. Beautiful.

Benefit Hoola // Last but defiantly not least is Hoola by Benfeit. Understandably this is my all time favourite bronzer. This is another matte bronzer but is the perfect cool tone for pale skin like my own. You can tell from the picture that I am soon going to have to make a trip to Boots to pick up another of this beauty. Again, a great one for contouring and for a all over tan.

April and Mid May Favourites

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So i’ve been MIA for the last month or so, what with exam stress and life in general getting in the way, it’s meant that i’ve abandoned my little blog for what seems like too long. Hence why now I thought it’d be a good chance you bring you lovely lot all up to speed with some of the things that i’ve been loving lately.

Let’s start with skincare shall we, and i’m not sure whether or not i’ve mentioned this first product on my blog before. It’s the Garnier Moisture + Matte Moisturiser from their Moisture Match range. My skin tends to be on the combination side, with dry patches appearing here and there I can’t skip the moisturiser step in the mornings. However, my T-Zone tends to get very oily throughout the day, so I can’t be dealing with greasy products emphasising the oiliness. That’s why I love this product. It hydrates the skin but leaves it feeling matte, making a great base for foundation.

Micellar Water’s seem to be the talk of the blogging/youtubing beauty community as of late, and i’m no stranger to their makeup removing and cleansing abilities. The Garnier one has always been a favourite of mine, so when I saw that they came out with a green version (targeting at combination and sensitive skin) I was all for giving it a try. Not going to lie, it doesn’t seem to be much different than the original for me, both doing a great job at removing my makeup. However, still one i’m obsessed with and one that’s well worth the try if you haven’t already.

I love nothing better than a good old hand cream, so when i saw that Marie Claire had Neal’s Yard’s Geranium and Orange hand cream free in their May Issue, I went straight down to Tesco to pick up my own copy. This is probably the most gorgeous scent, one that leaves you relaxed and feeling like you’ve just come back from the spa. Not to mention the cream itself leaves your hands smooth and soft. Love this one.

Makeup time, and one to one of my favourite discoveries probably of the year. I’m talking Mac’s Patisserie Lipstick. This is the perfect nude on my skin tone and one which goes with anything you throw at it. Defiantly a new staple in my collection.

New foundation alert..well new to me anyway. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Nude is one that I picked up fairly recently and one that i’ve been giving a go for the last week or so. So far so good. I love the finish it gives to the skin, medium coverage but still looking natural and slightly dewy. I’ll keep you updated!

And last but not least is a Barry M Jelly High shine. In the shade Sugar Plum, this is probably the most gorgeous bubblegum pink shade I have ever come across, and what’s more, it’s in my favourite nail polish formula of all time. I can already tell that this is one that I’m going to constantly be wearing on my nails this summer.

What are you current favourites? I would love to know and maybe try out for myself!

The Best Drugstore Lipsticks? | Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks Review & Swatches

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IMG_0462I love nothing better than a new lip product launch, especially when it comes from the drugstore. Hence why I had to go straight to Boots when I heard about the new Revlon HD Lipsticks. Claiming to have “Revolutionary wax-free gel technology for true color clarity in one smooth swipe”, I was all for these. I picked up 3 shades out of the total of 20, partially because of the 3 for 2 deal that is currently on in Boots. Although they have a great shade range from nudes to brights, my local Boots only had 6, so I was limited on shades to chose from. Having said that, the ones I picked up are gorgeous, and defiantly colours that will see me nicely into summer.

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What I love most about these lipsticks is the fact that they feel so lightweight on the lips, yet still giving you a full opaque colour. Not only that, but they smell and taste great! However, the one drawback being that they don’t last that long, meaning you have to reapply quite a bit throughout the day, though that’s expected when wearing a more moisturising texture, in comparison to a matte. Perhaps why some of you would prefer the nuder shades from the range, as they don’t look as noticeable if they wear off.

For £7.99 these are great, and defiantly a product which I know I am going to get a lot of wear out of. I might even take another cheeky little stop to Boots to pick up a few more shades!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation | Review and Swatches

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This has been something on my shopping list for a while now, but i’m not going to lie, the price tag was the only thing putting me off, especially with my student budget. But during some late night online shopping I took the plunge and made a cheeky little order with Space NK. “Sheer Glow” is something that stood out to me with this foundation. Something that’s not going to be too heavy on my skin and at the same time giving me a ‘glow from within’ kind of complexion. I think this would defiantly be a winner for a few people, and I know now why there’s so much hype surrounding this product. The satiny finish leaves skin looking dewy, but not too shiny, perfect for those with more combination to dryer skin types.

Nars’ description of this product goes something a little like this; “Sheer Glow’s silky fluid delivers immediate hydration, evens skin tone and leaves the skin brighter and more radiant. Used daily, your skin’s texture improves over time, becoming softer, smoother and more luminous. Sheer Glow foundation provides weightless and buildable coverage, with a natural reliant finish”.

I think Nars hit the nail on the head, although i’m not completely convinced about the ‘softer skin over time’ statement, defiantly something i’ll have keep my eye on. I defiantly have noticed this is a buildable foundation, applied lightly giving you sheer to medium coverage yet layered up can leave skin with a fuller coverage. That’s what I love about this foundation, the fact that it’s great for all occasions. Perfect for an everyday lighter look, yet still ideal for more full coverage, occasion kind of look.


Summary//

My Shade – Mont Blanc (Light 2)
How I Apply – Real Techniques Bufing Brush
Lasting Power – On me, around 6-8 hours
Shade Range – 20 shades in total
Coverage – Medium to full
Skin types – Perfect for combination to dry
SPF? – No SPF (great for flash photography)
Finish – Satin

Down Sides//

The only down sides I would have to this foundation is 1. THERE’S NO PUMP – Why oh why Nars is there no pump. I mean yeah, you can buy a pump for around £3 at Space NK, but this foundation isn’t cheap, let alone additional cost of having to buy a pump. Just a little feature that I think would make a lot of people much happier. And 2. I would like to see maybe a few more shades in the range. Although 20 does seem like a fair few, but their mostly all yellow toned, not great if you have a naturally flusher looking complexion.

Overall this is a foundation that I am seriously in love with. Defiantly one I’m sure i’ll be using a loving for a while to come.

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The Weekend Post #1 | 5 Blogs Worth Giving a Read

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What’s better than a nice little read this Easter Weekend, apart from the obvious Netlix whilst stuffing yourself with as many Easter Eggs as you possibly can. If you opt for the first of those two options, then I have 5 fabulous blogs that are defiantly worth a read…

ViviannaDoesMakeup // I love this girl. I’m already obsessed with her Youtube videos, so when i’m up to date with all of her latest uploads, I love nothing more than a good old gander around her site. It’s defiantly the one-stop for any girl’s beauty needs. What’s more, I love her style, defiantly one to check out.

CoutureGirl // This blog popped up on my screen whilst I was browsing through Bloglovin’ one day. Not only are her posts great, but her photos are amazing. Seriously a blog that I find myself lusting over time and time again.

Lipssofacto // Yet another blog that I randomly came across. Meg is a British blogger whose blog has been recognised by the likes of Vouge and InStyle. Another great option if you’re wanting to know anything beauty related.

NouvelleDaily // This is a great blog for anything regarding beauty and style. If you’re looking for inspiration for not only your personal style as well as home interiors, then this one is for you. Her chic and modern style with a hint of retro thrown into the mix instantly catches my eye. Ghostparties is also another great option if you’re look for great interior posts.

CareerGirlDaily // Fitness, Fashion, Food, Beauty and Home. This blog has it all. Lifestyle blogs aren’t something that I tend to go for when it comes to reading blogs, only because Beauty is my passion. However, something about this blog makes me want to keep on reading. Any other great lifestyle blogs? I would love to get into a few more!

March Beauty Favourites

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Yet again, another month has flown by. (Seriously though, it felt like Christmas was last week!) So it’s March Beauty Favourites time, a round up of all my favourite products from the month of March, and boy have I got some crackers for you.

Starting off with my most recent purchase, the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. Like most things, I’m late on this one. I’ve never tended to wear a shadow primer in the past, probably why I always ended up with creased eyelids and non-existent shadow by the end of the day. So I was really excited to give this cult product a go. I really love it. It blurs out my eyelids, giving them a blank canvas to apply eyeshadow. Not only that, but I find my shadow looks the same hours later, something that is always a plus.

Next up are two products that I have recently reviewed here on my blog, so i’ll leave it short but sweet. The No7 Instant Radiance Cream Highlighter is something i’ve been using religiously this month. It leaves you with a gorgeous sheen to the areas where applied..I just love it. (I talk a little more about it here – https://hautebeauty1.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/the-cream-highlighter-that-beats-them-all/ )

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge has also been a winner for me. It applies foundation like a dream, a great option if you’re wanting a really flawless looking base. (The review – https://hautebeauty1.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/real-techniques-miracle-complexion-sponge/ )

Now I’m a girl who likes a nude nail, I think it looks clean and chic, as well as going with any outfit you throw on. The Maybelline Super Stay polish in the shade 130 Rose Poudre is the perfect pinky nude. Not only does the colour look stunning, but the formula is so long-lasting, and the addition of the wide brush makes it so easy to apply.

If you’ve had a chance to take a peep at my Kylie Jenner Lip Combo post (here – https://hautebeauty1.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/the-kylie-jenner-lip-combo/ ) then you’ll know that I’ve been a super fan of the  Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in the shade Eastend Snob. However, over the last couple of weeks I’ve also been liking pairing it with a slightly lighter lipstick, in the form of Max Factor’s Stardust Pink. The liner is the perfect ‘your lips but better’ base, and the addition of the lipstick over the top looks so pretty and perfect for spring.

And last but not least is a product that I discovered a few months ago, and to be honest i’m surprised I haven’t mentioned before. It’s the Which Stick. This is a spot stick formulated with Which Hazel, targeted at treating spots and blemishes when they first appear. I love this stuff. I do think it makes my breakouts clear up a lot quicker than if I wasn’t using the product at all, and it’s so easy to use meaning it doesn’t take up a whole load of time during your skincare routine.

What are your favourite products this month? I would love to know:)
Thank you for reading – Emilia