foundation makeup review

So I just wanted to review this product for you. Its the new Dior Forever perfect cushion foundation so it comes in this little refillable compact with the application pad which is like a sponge, and also a mirror. I have always been intrigued by cushion foundations because I always only ever use brush & liquid foundation. I have pretty good skin, with a bit of rosacia on my cheeks and the odd spot (usually bad ones that I can cover with lots of concealer😂), and this foundation with the forever and ever wear primer & the colour corrector sticks is a DREAM!! I was so shocked by the coverage, I am wearing it now and I cannot feel a thing. Its super light and velvety! And, I also have super oily skin like reaaaally oily and this foundation is containing that so I am so pleased, this is definitely now my favourite foundation. (I usually go between Kat Von D lock it, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and both Charlotte Tilbury foundations).

I’ve been seeing this stuff all over the damn place lately and was 100% skeptical about using it as a primer. But earlier this week I was in the men’s shaving aisle at Target, waiting for Devin to pick out razors and this stuff caught my eye. And so for $5.54 I figured, what have I got to lose?

I’ve been wearing it under my foundation for the past three days and oh. my. gosh. The hype is so real! I usually have a problem with my foundation looking really cakey in between my eyebrows, around my nose, and on my top lip and it usually wears off on the tip of my nose after a few hours. But when I use this, not only does it make my foundation lay better and look super smooth on the skin, even in my problem areas, but it keeps it on all. day. long. It smells a little manly at first but otherwise, 10/10 do recommend, pick this stuff up next time you see it!

Review:  Physician’s Formula Cushion Foundation

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear All-In-One ABC Cushion Foundation

What it is:  A compact sponge soaked in lightweight, mineral based foundation
What it does:  Provides convenient, portable packaging for a liquid foundation with protective SPF 50
What it costs:  $17
Where to get it:  Drugstores or online

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QUICK REVIEW

Pros:


- Portable and extremely convenient packaging


- Lightweight, natural-looking formula


- Broad-spectrum sun protection


- Free of parabens, gluten, and fragrances


- Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (does not contain pore-clogging ingredients)


Cons:


- Very limited shade selection


- The packaging is bulky


- Pricey for the drugstore


Would Recommend to:


- People with a medium skin tone


- People with normal-to-dry skin, or people who prefer a natural finish


- People who want a “barely-there” look, light coverage


- People who are looking for natural SPF all in one


Would NOT Recommend to:


- People with fair or tan-to-deep skin tones


- People who require a matte finish


- People who desire medium to full coverage


- People looking for a long-wearing foundation

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MAC Product Reviews and Demos

When it comes to makeup, MAC are undoubtedly one of the most popular brands of makeup, and for many years have been considered the best of the best, the stuff that pros use and the ultimate goal was to have a makeup bag filled to the brim with MAC products. With an extensive range in hundreds of different colours, formulas and textures; MAC is definitely a brand to have fun with, but its popularity can cause some people to doubt its hype. So here’s the answer, are MAC products really worth the hype and where can I see them in action?

MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Strobe Cream is a product that serves as a staple in my beauty bag, it’s perfect for adding moisture and leaves the skin looking super glowy, dewy and hydrated. I like using it under makeup, but you can also use it to highlight. Full review.

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TOO FACED ‘BORN THIS WAY’ CONCEALER SWATCHES

This week I received the entire range of the Too Faced ‘Born This Way’ concealers. There are 10 shades in the collection, varying from the lightest colour ‘very fair’ to the darkest shade ‘deep’. So no matter your skin tone you will find a suitable match within this selection. 

The consistency of these concealers are creamy and smooth - not too thick nor too runny, they’ve got it just right!
I’ve had a brief play with these but I really need to test them out on more clients with varying degrees of skin pigmentation to gain a more concise view as to whether they are as good as they claim.
So far though, I am impressed with them. I personally don’t have dark circles, but the formula does cover my breakouts when they occur. Having tried them under my eyes I was pleased with the results in the respect that the product does not sit in fine lines, nor does it make the eyes appear crepey like many concealers tend to do. 

Too Faced have factored in a blend of colour correctors to counteract dark circles when used under the eyes, resulting in a brightening effect without the visible influence of tiny light reflecting particles. 
Another great aspect to these concealers is that they are oil-free! Perfect for those of us that are Oily, but a bonus for all skin types as ‘oil’ as an ingredient tends to aid creasing in concealers. Once your skin warms up the product under the eye, the oil can often separate from the pigment creating both creasing and caking! This isn’t necessarily a problem for all concealers that contain oil, but it is something I have known to be true for many.

 Here are some other pro features: 

* Coconut Water helps delicately replenish skin’s moisture levels without over hydrating
* Infused with the resilient Alpine Rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity
* Hyaluronic Acid provides long-lasting, skin-balancing hydration for a smoother, more youthful appearance

Guide to the shades: 
* Very Fair - Pale with pink undertones
* Fair - Light with pink undertones
* Light - Golden undertones
* Light Medium - Medium with peach undertones
* Medium - Tan with golden undertones
* Medium Tan - Pink undertones
* Tan - Golden undertones
* Deep Tan - Golden undertones
* Dark - Golden undertones
* Deep - Pink undertones

Side note to the shade guide: Yes the 3 lightest shades appear very similar on the swatch, but it’s the undertones you need to consider when purchasing your shade. They might look the same on the photo but will translate very differently under the eyes if the undertone doesn’t suit / match your skin. 

These concealers are available for purchase worldwide ‘here’ for £21.00 GBP or $28.00 USD. 

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UNDER HYPED: theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer

I love a good tinted moisturiser for days when I don’t feel like wearing foundation or want to embrace my natural skin and that’s where theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer comes in. This super lightweight, hydrating tinted moisturizer does just about everything it can to help make skin look more alive and healthy. The finish is exactly what I like in a tinted moisturiser, it’s got a gorgeous demi-matte finish meaning it gives radiance to the skin, but isn’t matte and dry looking, but not heavy and greasy either. If you have oily skin you will most likely find that because of the finish and hydrating qualities this product is not for you. I’d say this product is best suited towards normal and drier skin types. However, it is important to note that this product can have a tendency to accentuate and “cling” onto dry patches so it is essential to exfoliate regularly when using this product. The coverage is ideal for a tinted moisturiser, it has just the right amount of pigment to help even out the skin and neutralize redness, but still lets your natural skin show through. What really attracted me to this product was the amazing shade range, unlike most tinted moisturisers which often have a universal “one shade fits all” philosophy or simply two shades “light” and “dark” this product comes in seven shades and I was able to find a perfect match for my super fair skin  (the lightest shade is almost too light for me!) Overall I really like this tinted moisturiser and I’m really glad I decided to try it, it’s great for everyday wear and I’ve finally found a match for my skin!

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Shu Uemura “the lightbulb” oleo-pact review (plus a preview of a couple of Fall 2014 “Brave Beauty” products)!

Here’s a quick peek at 2 products from the upcoming Brave Beauty collection, which features intensely strong colors and beautiful printed packaging. But this post is really about the lightbulb oleo-pact!

I’ve spoken about Shu Uemura’s the lightbulb foundation and powder foundation before, but I’m not joking when I say the new oleo-pact launching in Sep 2014 is my favorite of the bestselling series so far.

The original Lightbulb foundation is better for dry skins and dry weather; I loved it when I was traveling in Japan. In warmer weather or on oily skins, it can feel slightly heavy cos of the different oils in the formula, doesn’t really set and has a tendency to shift or smear off after a few hours.

The Lightbulb powder foundation I’m afraid I never quite liked as much because I personally don’t like matte full-coverage powder foundations, and I could never get this powder “glow” with the buffer sponge.

The oleo-pact combines the best of both worlds. It isn’t as dewy as the liquid foundation, isn’t as matte as the powder, and comes in a convenient portable compact for touch-ups on the go. 

Texture:

Satin finish (natural-looking glow)

Lightweight feel; not as heavy as the liquid, but not as weightless as the powder of course

Coverage:

This has less coverage than the original liquid foundation, but it’s still buildable to a respectable medium coverage.

Lasting power: 

I tried this on normal/dry skin in humid weather without any powder and it stayed quite fresh for the whole day (about 10 hours) without oxidizing; no oil-control but it didn’t get dry or cakey on my skin either.

Pros:

  • Sustained natural glow and good skin-evening coverage without being heavy or unnatural
  • Reasonable lasting power for normal-to-dry or combi/dry skins
  • Lightweight and non-greasy feel
  • Skin-conditioning
  • Stays fresh-feeling even after experiencing some humidity and sebum over the day; didn’t bleed, streak, or cake up after sweating even without setting powder
  • Good for normal to slightly-dry or even slightly-combi/oily skins

Cons:

  • Contains oils so it won’t last extremely well on oily skins, although it would do ok on combi skins if set with some powder
  • Won’t be hydrating enough if you are extremely dry
  • The dense slightly-domed bouncy sponge is a PAIN to clean, just like the other lightbulb sponges. 
  • Not enough coverage to cover more prominent blemishes; a separate concealer would be needed
  • Not refillable; I’d like to purchase a refill for a reduced price instead of throwing out the compact and paying full price each time

The Lightbulb Oleo-pact will launch in Singapore on 1 Sep for $75.

Products That I Am Happy I Bought Pt. 1


These products I’ve been using pretty consistently….

The one I’ve been using daily is the Jane Iredale loose powder. As you can see in the picture below I have a little sample one and a bigger one. I had never tried this brand before until I received the little sample in an order I’d made from Beauty Place about a month ago or so. I like that it has an SPF. Granted it’s not a super high SPF (it’s only 20) but I have another brand of loose powder SPF that I carry with me and I usually reapply powder with it (review on that in another post). The way it applies leaves a nice light finish. It’s not super matte. It’s not necessarily super finely milled powder per-se like maybe Coty Airspun but it’s a nice finish powder. The sample I have came in a tad darker color than my skin tone but I make it work. The bigger one that I wound up ordering - because I liked the sample so much - is the perfect color for my skin tone. I would recommend this powder. Kinda pricey but a little goes a long way so it’ll last a good while.

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and the YSL Radiance Awakening are two that I had been anxious to try. I had heard a lot of good things about them. And they have not been a disappointment. The only downside of them is the price. They’re not something that I will be able to make a staple in my makeup routine. So I only use a little so they’ll last. They don’t accentuate any dryness on my skin. They give a dewy glow. They’re both just really good foundations IF you like light to medium coverage. I’m sure if you like full coverage you could probably build them up. As far as performance in a foundation if you’re looking for a lighter to medium coverage and you have occasional dryness I would recommend them. But as far as the price I feel bad recommending them. They’re expensive.

Makeup isn’t once size fits all, so what I may like you may not and vice versa. As I’m progressing in this makeup journey I’m beginning to use more caution on not being so suckered into wanting to buy everything that is recommended. It takes some discerning on what is feasible to you and even to weight out on what you already may have in your collection. Having 20 foundations (which I did not just saying as an example) isn’t necessarily feasible or balanced for most people, especially me. - ❤️ Sarah

Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer + Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

I love using these two together.  Because the foundation is sooo matte, I feel like the smoothing primer really helps it lay beautifully on the skin, especially over dry areas. 

OVER HYPED: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

When it comes to foundation, I’m pretty fussy. It has to be the right formula, finish, coverage, shade range and price for me to love it and sadly NARS Sheer Glow didn’t tick any of those boxes. I was so excited to try this insanely hyped up (and insanely over priced) foundation and in the end I couldn’t be more disappointed, it seems that it is one of those products people either love or hate. For starters, this foundation significantly dried out my skin, exaggerated my dry patches and made my skin look dry and flaky my skin didn’t look dewy or luminous, instead it felt & looked awful. By the end of the day there was barely any foundation left on my face and my extremely oily, and I’m someone with dry skin. Secondly, the coverage was light yet managed to look extremely cakey and unnatural it was also hard to blend and I’d tried multiple different techniques. The shade range was a big let down too, for such a high end, expensive brand I was disappointed to see that even the lightest shade  only just matched my fair skin, well that was at-least before it oxidized. There wasn’t a vast selection of shades for women of colour either. Finally, the price and packaging were another let down, if I’m paying $45 and upwards for a foundation I expect not to have to pay for a pump. So many people love this foundation and sadly as much as I wanted to,  I can’t say I’m one of them. 

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Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Review

Cost: $7 - $10.

Formula: Similar to the Tarte Full-Coverage foundation; more of a mousse than a liquid.

Coverage: Medium - Full (more towards full coverage).

Color: 8 available shades; I’m in the lightest shade (Light Porcelain); I don’t find that it oxidizes much and stays true to color. Surprisingly matches my skin perfectly (which is hard to do since I’m so pale).

Blendability: Dries somewhat quickly and becomes slightly hard to blend out, but nothing too difficult.

Staying Power: 8+ hours of wear time and I’ve still yet to get oily. It hasn’t separated or gotten greasy at all. So impressed!

Best for: Oily & combination skin

Best Applied by: I find that applying with a foundation brush and blending out with a Beauty Blender (or any sponge) works best with this foundation.

Overall Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 out of 5)

Comments: I am seriously impressed with this foundation and will definitely be repurchasing when I run out. I purchased this foundation just because I saw that it was new and had the urge to buy it. I had no intention to make this my permanent foundation but after trying it, I definitely will. It may just be my new favorite foundation.

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Soft ‘Hazelnut’ MakeUp Tutorial

Check out my latest tutorial featuring makeup products that My Beauty Matches recommended for me based on my skin type.
Ordinarily, I would go with my professional knowledge & experience when it comes to products that are suitable for my skin, but so many new brands are popping up and there are always new products coming out that it makes it hard to keep up! And not everyone has the knowledge of a makeup artist, so if it’s hard for me to keep up, then it will certainly leave some of you wondering where to start when it comes to choosing makeup suitable for your skins demands. 

So when I was introduced to www.mybeautymatches.com I was so excited to see everything in one place when it comes to shopping online for Beauty. 
Not only do they have 100′s of retailers, but they have 1000′s of brands to choose from. And they are the No.1 price comparison site for beauty! 
You no longer need to spend hours on the net searching from website to website trying to work out the cheapest option with the fastest delivery time, you can now find the product you want on My Beauty Matches, and they will show you the cost of the product included post & packaging, as well as the delivery times all in one place. AND…. you can buy it directly from the website all on the same page. Genius! 

If you would like to see how it works and how to get started, then check out my tutorial. I explain everything on there in more depth, and I then go on to show you a makeup look you can create using some of the products that was recommended to me via the site! 

You can click here to go and check out the site for yourself!
They also have a facebook page, and a twitter account. 

I was recently sent this ‘Luxe Liquid’ foundation by Glo-Minerals to try out. 
I’ll be honest, I usually write-off many products in my head before I’ve even tested them out, based on whether I’ve heard of the brand or not.
Naughty, I know. 
We are all guilty of it to some degree though, whether it be a unusual food brand, beauty brand, or even a shampoo brand that we’ve never heard of. 
But rather than dismissing unknown prooducts completely, I will always say ‘Yes’ to receiving them. I do find I don’t like the packaging or look of the product then I’m pretty much convinced it’s going to be pants, and usually I’m correct in my premature assumptions. 

So when this Luxe Liquid foundation arrived on my doorstep, I was initially quite intrigued as I really took a liking to the bottle. I like the appearance of the smooth frosted glass, the feel of the gloss printed text, and the shiny Black lid. 
I think the font is sophisticated, clean and it does the bottle justice. 
Presentation and packaging goes a long way when it comes to selling commodities. If the consumer doesn’t like what they see first off, then they are less likely to want to delve further. 

Now, my preference in foundation is mineral based as firstly I have oily skin, so oil based formulas do not favour my skin type. And secondly, many foundations tend to make me break out. 
Powders contain no oils or emollients that could contribute to clogged pores, and I find they help to keep me looking matte throughout the day. 
This isn’t to say mineral makeup is suitable for all oily people, everyone is different, so it really is a case of trial and error. 
This Liquid Luxe foundation is mineral based, but is in a liquid form (hence the name). 

The coverage is sheer to medium; sheer if applied using your fingers, and medium coverage if applied using a foundation brush.
It claims to leave a dewy finish to the skin, but I find it gives me a nice glow, with more of a demi-matte finish. 
But again, everyone is different, so you may find you get more of a dewy finish. 


My preference is to apply this foundation with my fingers as it gives me the most natural finish. I also find I get a ‘soft focus’ appearance to the skin when photographed in this foundation. 
It does claim to have ‘Diamond Powder’ technology, so as light passes through the diamond powder, it is reflected and diffused for a visibly softer, more radiant complexion. And I would agree! 

Luxe Liquid Foundation is talc-free, non comedogenic and fortified with exclusive blend of antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract. It contains an SPF of 15, as well as anti-ageing ingredients within the formula. Thumbs-Up to that!

I do think the foundation is a little on the pricey side, last week it retailed at £32.95, but I see on their website the price is currently at £27.95, which is better but I wouldn’t be inclined to spend more than £25.00 on any foundation.

The shade I sampled was Naturelle