Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Five flawless bases

Five flawless bases, MAC Waterproof Foundation, Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation, Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

We all love a flawless base, let's face it - it's the key to great makeup - but finding the right coverage and finish can be rather tricky. I find that my tastes often change, in the summer I like to go for something more lightweight and during the autumn and winter seasons I opt for a foundation with medium to full coverage. Despite my preferences changing, I still expect a lot from a foundation, as someone with imperfections including redness and blemishes I want a foundation that not only conceals these but creates a natural complexion. With that in mind I have few favourites that I come to use daily, and have rounded up in my five flawless bases. 

Benefit Hellow Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation is my go to every base for work, this oil free formula provides a light to medium coverage which sets to leave a natural and dewy finish to the skin, without ever looking too shiny. I wasn't too sure how I would get on with this foundation to begin with as I have oily/combination skin, however I can easily wear this for 6 hours with minimal shine, and easily up to 8 during the colder months. This is such a lightweight and comfortable base, which can be built up to help conceal redness and imperfections. If you're looking for the perfect radiant base this is the one for you.

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation is my go to base when I'm looking for something a little more matte, but not to the point where my base looks dull. I know MAC tend to get a bad rap for their bases, with many complaints being that their foundations appear too cakey or cause breakouts, however I've not yet experienced this. This is a medium coverage foundation which provides a flawless base, perfect for when my skin is having a moment, and despite the coverage this looks really lightweight on the skin. The Pro Longwear Foundation packs some serious staying power and if I have a long day ahead then it's guaranteed I'll be wearing this.

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation has been my holy grail foundation throughout the summer, despite being a fuller coverage base this does in fact feel rather lightweight on the skin to the point where you don't feel like you are wearing foundation, and your skins natural glow shines through. Just be careful not to overdo it with this foundation as I will stress that a little definitely goes a long way, and blemishes and redness are concealed with a single buff into the skin. I can't comment on how waterproof this foundation is as I can't say I've been in shower nor have been swimming - well let's just say I've had no contact with water - but this is incredibly long lasting to the point where you don't have to worry about it melting off the skin, and you're guaranteed a flawless looking base all day. 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is anything but sheer in my opinion, but rather a medium coverage base which can easily be built up if you prefer something a little more fuller. This buffs into the skin with such ease and you're guaranteed a flawless base within a matter of minutes with no hint of cake in sight. This foundation provides a semi-matte base, providing a natural glow without ever looking shiny, but I would recommend getting the pump for this foundation as a little goes a long way and that way you won't run the risk of wasting any!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation is a firm favourite of mine when I'm looking for a natural base that conceals any bad skin days. The formula of this foundation is very lightweight on the skin, and looks and feels invisible on the skin, creating an airbrushed finish when applied with a buffing brush or sponge, blurring any imperfections and pores. Once set this foundation provides a natural, satin finish to the skin that doesn't appear too matte nor dewy, which is perfect for those with combination skin. The foundation is incredibly long lasting, wearing for around 6 - 8 hours and during which still remains flawless on the skin, with only minimal shine on my t-zone. 

What are you favourite flawless bases?


Sunday, 4 September 2016

The best of Benefit Cosmetics

LtoR: Benefit Ka-Brow, Benefit Gimme Brow, Benefit Roller Lash, Benefit Hoola, Benefit Watt's Up, Benefit They're Real! Tinted Primer, Benefit the Porefessional matte rescue gel

Benefit Cosmetics were one of the first high end brands that I tried - with the first product being the Sugarbomb boxed blusher to be exact - I always remember being drawn into the fun and rather quirky packaging that made the brand stand out amongst others. To this day they remain one of my favourite brands, I can often find myself visiting my local counter, spying a new product launch or even getting a monthly brow wax and tint. With that in mind I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on the best of Benefit Cosmetics. 

Starting with base products my first favourite product has to be Benefit the Porefessional matte rescue gel, it was tough to choose between this and the original Porefessional - however I think the gel slightly tops my list. As someone who loves to save time in a morning, this product is great as it can be used as both your moisturiser and primer, and once applied creates a smooth base for your foundation. This feels so lightweight on the skin, and being water based I find that this works better with foundations, helping to add hydration into the skin whilst helping to keep oil at bay. This also helps to blur the appearance of pores, meaning that my foundation applies easier without clinging or drawing attention to my pores. 

Finding a great bronzer and contour product that suits paler skin tones can be a pain, as often enough many products appear too dark or too orange. However the Benefit Hoola bronzing power is a firm favourite, whilst also being a blogger holy grail product. This is such a smooth and buttery bronzing powder that blends easily into the skin helping to give a healthy and natural-looking glow. As this is a cool-toned matte product, this is perfect for contouring and a definite everyday product for me. I find that this appears very flattering against my skin tone, and if you don't already I definitely recommend getting this!

Your contour wouldn't be complete without a little highlight, and Benefit do some of the best! A firm favourite is the Benefit Watt's Up highlighter, this is such a stunning creamy golden highlight that applies and blends on the skin so easily. Once applied this looks really flattering on the skin and gives a warmth of dewy radiance without every looking oily. I love that this also comes with a dabber on the opposite end which helps to blend the product into the skin without ruining your base. If you're after a highlighter that is subtle enough for day wear but can be built up for a glow-getting evening look this is the one for you.

Benefit are known as the brow experts so it will come as to no surprise that I've featured not one but two of their brow products in my best of feature. Benefit Gimme Brow has been a staple in my makeup routine since the product first launched back in 2014! If you aren't blessed with thick brows then you definitely need to add this to your basket, this tinted eyebrow gel helps to create natural thicker looking brows and is the perfect finishing step in your brow routine - helping to fill in any sparse areas and set them in the process. A cult favourite with good reason! 

Benefit Ka-Brow is a recent addition to their brow line but in such a short period of time has climbed its way into my heart becoming one of my favourite Benefit products. This all-in-one eyebrow cream-gel easily fills, sculpts and defined the brow in a matter of minutes. The formula is so easy to work with and once applied stays put all day - so you never have to worry about smudging your brows away. The packaging is so darn cute also, and the lid transforms into a built-in angled brush, which is perfect for travelling! If you're a fan of the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade but hate how quickly it dries out - give this a whirl. 

Lastly, let's move onto eye products or if I'm being more specific mascaras. Since Benefit introduce d the They're Real mascara I've been impressed by their offerings and two that really stand out for me are Roller Lash and the they're real! tinted primer. Benefit Roller Lash is the perfect mascara if you're looking for longer and lifted lashes. This instantly transforms my lashes after one coat leaving them curled and looking longer, and doesn't cling together which is always a good thing. Compared to the original They're Real formula this is a lot more lightweight and provides length and volume without weight your lashes down. 

When the Benefit they're real! tinted primer first hit the scenes I wasn't too sure that this was something I needed - but boy Benefit proved me wrong! This is a great multi-use product, which can either be worn on its own or as a primer under your favourite mascara. When applied this gives the appearance of longer and more volumised lashed whilst looking very natural. When worn under the they're real! mascara I find that this helps thicken the appearance of lashes whilst reducing the amount of coats needed, which can sometimes create spider lashes - and let's be honest that's never a good look. This is definitely worth adding to your they're real! family.

I'd love to know what your favourite Benefit products are!

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