Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation £29.00 - Link

Make Up For Ever have become renown for their HD Foundation over the years, and since the news of their latest launch the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation which claims to be even more undetectable and perfecting than the original, it was only a matter of time before I'd be adding this to my makeup collection and seeing how it compared to the original. 

The Makeup Forever Ulta HD foundation is designed to look invisible on 4K camera and to the naked eye. The Ultra HD foundation feels like a second skin, but still provides medium coverage, and the light-diffusing formula looks natural and makes skin look flawless and feel moisturised. The exclusive 4K complex guarantees invisible, natural and comfortable makeup, whilst the fluid texture blends in seamlessly and conceals imperfections to unify the skins texture. 

The Ultra HD Foundation is actually a revamp on the original foundation - which I believe is becoming discontinued-  creating a formula that is smoother, silkier and more weightless and perfect for 4K HD video. This for me was one of those foundations that once you have applied you end up spending a good five minutes looking at yourself in the mirror because it looks so good.

Once applied this is such a natural looking foundation, even when built up in areas which need it and creates such an airbrushed look when applied with either my buffing brush or beauty blender. It didn't cling around my nose or chin area which foundations sometimes have the tendency of doing and a little goes a long way, so just one pump can easily cover your face and then still leave some to give additional coverage where needed. 

In terms of formula, I do actually prefer this to the original, I feel that it is a lot easier to work with and settles into the skin creating a satin finish that doesn't fall too matte nor too dewy which is perfect for those with oily skin. I love how this feels on my skin also, it's one of those foundations that provides good coverage and will reduce redness but feels so soft and lightweight you can literally dab your hands along your face and not feel the foundation, unlike some heavy formulas. Lasting power I find this wears for around 6-8 hours on my skin before I felt the need to start blotting around my t-zone which is quite good actually. 

I do recommend getting matched for this foundation as there are 40 shades to choose from, so unless you have tried the original formula it can be so confusing. I was originally matched to the wrong shade in Paris, so got a lighter one from Debenhams but I have found despite my original being a darker shade it does buff and blend out easily to match my summer skin. 

Overall this has quickly become one of my favourite foundations and photographs beautifully, I wore this when I went out to the Eiffel tower for my dinner whilst in Paris and looks so flawless when worn. I think if you have tried the original formula you will love this in comparison.

Have you tried any of the Makeup Forever foundations?

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Monday, 31 August 2015

French Skincare Staples: Bioderma Créaline H2O Solution

Bioderma Créaline H20 Solution - Link

When in Paris there are many tourist attractions you have to visit, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, the Louvre and City Pharma. Yes I think any beauty blogger can agree that the City Pharma is high on your Paris tourist list as they not only stock many amazing skincare brands but the prices are ridiculously cheap. And naturally top of my list to buy was the highly coveted Bioderma Créaline H20 Solution. With so many makeup artists and beauty bloggers raving about this product I knew that I needed to stock up with the double pack.

Bioderma Créaline H20 Solution is described as a soothing non-rinse cleanser and makeup remover. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skins balance, perfectly cleansing and removing makeup from the face and eyes. Designed for those with sensitive skin this formula is alcohol-free and smooths and cools the skin whilst is cleanses. 

You know what I love most about this micellar water? It's the fact that it provide a hassle free way of removing makeup, all you need is a cotton pad or two and a couple of minutes of your time and before you know it your makeup is gone. No faffing around with a Cleanse and Polish if it's late at night, and you honestly just can't be bothered to spend time cleansing your face when you could be spending the same amount of time lounging around in bed. 

What I really like about this is how it feels like water on the skin, yet removes my makeup with ease, even waterproof formulas. In comparison to my trusty Garnier I feel that one cotton wool pad with Bioderma will remove all my makeup whereas I can sometimes be going through three or four pads with the Garnier. This cleanser feels so gentle on the skin, and I feel like my skin hasn't been stripped of anything nor is it left feeling oily despite removing oils, makeup and daily grime. With continued use I have found that it has helped with the overall condition of my skin and my breakouts are less frequent and heal quicker. 

I can see why this now gets so many positive reviews, and why it blows any other micellar product out of the water. I'm glad that this is more ready available with UK outlets such as Boots and Feel Unique, meaning you don't need to hop abroad to get a top up. 

I'd love to know what your French skincare staples are!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Wedding Guest Wishlist: Vintage Tea Party

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Since coming back from Paris wedding fever has definitely hit, and not just because of my own nuptials but in a little over 3 weeks time I'll be attending James' aunts wedding and I wanted to share with you a little wishlist post for what I'd like to wear. The theme of the wedding is vintage tea party which I'm so excited about as I do love a good afternoon tea session and the chance to dress up. 

First up is the Michael Kors Chronograph Watch, now I already own the exact same watch in rose gold, but since getting engaged I'm having a big silver jewellery moment as I can't be sporting different colours. I love the size of this as the face is not too big nor is it too small, and would be a welcome addition to my watch collection.

Next up is another Michael Kors item, the Michael Kors Lana Clutch - not only do I love the envelope style but the colour is just so gorgeous. For me clutch bags can be very marmite, one minute I'm loving them the next I'm thinking where have I put the bloody thing so I love the fact that this comes with a chain strap which means I won't run the risk of forgetting where I have put it. It actually looks quite big also which means I can pop all my essentials in without running out of space.

I am really loving Oasis dresses at the moment, especially this Midnight Pencil Dress, the pattern is just so gorgeous and definitely fits the vintage tea party theme. I actually wore a dress similar to this for my graduation and can safely say this style of dress is so comfortable to wear and a very flattering fit. I love the floral pattern also and I think it just gives the dress quite a youthful feel as I sometimes shy away from pencil styles as I feel that they can be a little ageing or look too much like workwear.  

This one technically doesn't count as I already own it but I would love to team this look with the Tiffany & Co Heart Tag Pendant. I just find that this pendant is so easy to wear and works for casual or smart wear, really perking an outfit up. I actually went for the medium sized pendant and it looks good when worn as it's the perfect size. 

Last but not least are the New Look Chunky Ankle Strap Heels, I am obsessed with the colour and style of these heels. I tend to find that any chunky heel and platform shoe will be more comfortable than your average heel, as I wore a similar style for my graduation. On a plus side these are also a wide fit which means added comfort and I won't have to worry about squeezing my feet into strappy shoes that cut my circulation off - I hate styles that feel too tight!

I'd love to know if you're attending any weddings soon!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Skincare Wishlist with Pure Beauty

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Skincare is something that I have tried to take more seriously over the past couple of years, creating a routine that would help take better care of my skin. However recently I've found that my skin has been acting up a little more than usual which has left me lusting after some new skincare items, and wanted to share with you my Pure Beauty and Dermalogica wishlist. 

Demalogica Special Cleansing Gel is described as a foaming gel which is designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. With the state of my skin right now I'm definitely lusting after this gel, as I'm a little worried that I have been cleansing my skin too hard with harsh products designed to remove oil, which in turn has left my skin over producing oil. I love that it keeps the skin's natural moisture balance which should help hydrate my skin. 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a unique, rice-based enzyme powder that micro-exfoliates dulling debris and instantly leaves the skin noticeably smoother and brighter. So remember how I just mentioned how my skin has been super oily as of late, well it is also dry around my nose and chin so I need something that will gentle exfoliate the skin daily without over exfoliating. Being a powder this is definitely intriguing and something I can't wait to try out! 

Dermalogica Active Moist is a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser that absorbs into the skin without a trace and creates an invisible barrier preventing moisture loss, and is ideal for normal to oily skin. I'm on the hunt for a new moisturiser and this sounds perfect for my skin currently, I've heard a little goes a long way and I like that it prevents moisture loss as I'm just convinced craving matte skin is just causing more oil to seep through my skin, and the fact that this is designed for oily skin is just an added bonus.

Dermalogica All Over Toner is actually aimed for teenage skin with acne or breakout prone skin and is a refreshing and purifying spritzing toner. I love incorporating a toner mist into my skincare routine and since my Lush toner is running out I'm on the hunt for a new one. I like that this is designed for breakout prone skin as it seems that as soon as my skin gets clear it's likes to misbehave and once again I'm left trying to get rid of pesky spots. 

I'd love to know what's on your skincare wishlist!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Lookfantastic August Beauty Box #LFBeautyBox

Look Fantastic Beauty Box £15* - Link

Beauty boxes for me can be very hit and miss, and for that reason I haven't subscribed to a beauty box in a good while. However saying that when you do come across a good box they tend to be really good and definitely worth the money. I love getting that Christmas morning feeling when opening a box to see what goodies await, and I have to say I wasn't left disappointed.

The first item in the box is a full sized Rimmel Wake Me Up Mascara (£7.99), which is designed to uplift lashes. Now I will admit the Wake Me Up range left me a little disappointed when I first tried the foundation, however I am liking this so far. The scent is amazing, never have I owned a mascara that smells so good and my eyes instantly look more awake which is always good when you've had a late night. 

Next up is the Bellapierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder (£12.99) in the shade Snowflake Shimmer. Using 100% pure Mica powder, this beautiful shimmer powder will provide long lasting colour whilst being used as an illuminator. I'll start off my saying this is such a pretty colour, and I love applying this over my finished eye look to just add a bit of shimmer or in the corner of my eyes.

The third item in the box is the Eve Lom Cleanser and Muslin Cloth (£16.50) and I have to admit this was the one item I was most excited by. The cleanser removes daily dirt and impurities while decongesting, exfoliating and tonight the skin, suitable for all skin types. This cleanser melts into the skin and removes my makeup so easily even stubborn waterproof mascara. Once finished my skin feels so fresh and clean, you know the feeling when you can't stop touching your face because it feels so healthy? Yeah that one, and the muslin cloth is just an added bonus!

Moving on, the next item in the box is the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (45p) which was actually formulated for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary in the 14th Century (gotta love a history fact). This facial mist refreshes the skin and lifts the spirits, and to be honest I wasn't so sure about this. This is great to freshen up during the day but to me it just came across as an average facial mist. 

Next up is the Alterna Caviar CC Cream (£8.42) which I have to admit when I first spotted this I thought this was for the skin not your hair. This is described as a leave in complete correction cream that leaves hair perfectly polished. When trying this the first thing I noticed is that it seemed a little on the thicker side but when used this gives your hair a slight hold which is perfect for styling and volume, and I've noticed that I can do a quick curl job on my hair and this helps it last all day. 

Last up we have the Beauty Works 10-in-1 Miracle Spray (£2.39), this spray gives hair the ultimate in nourishment and conditioning and apparently a firm favourite of Michelle Keegan's. This is lighter in comparison to the CC Cream which I prefer for that reason, and I like that this has detangling properties as my hair is such a nightmare when I come out of the shower and this does help my tangle teezer glide through. Again this makes a great styling product which gives hold whilst leaving the hair feeling light, because after all there's nothing worse than a heavy feeling product in your hair. 

What I really like about this beauty box is that you are not tied into a subscription plan unlike many others, meaning you can buy one off boxes when you want for just £15. However there are 3,6 and 12 month subscription services should you want to subscribe and the longer the subscription the cheaper the box. 

Overall I'm so impressed by the Lookfantastic August Beauty Box, with a value of just under £50 this is great value for money. Next month Lookfantastic are celebrating their 1st birthday so I cannot wait to see what treats await!

I'd love to know what your favourite beauty boxes are!