20 February 2015


Over the years of combatting my oily complexion and experimenting with numerous different foundations in the hope that one day I would find the solution. These 4 foundations I have found to work best to keep me shine free throughout the day. In addition, I do like to use a primer under my foundation to help it last longer. I did a post here which summarises all my primers that in my collection.

YSL fusion Ink foundation

This is very similar to my L’oreal tent magique in a sense that it is both a thin liquid texture that melts into the skin transforming into powder. This gives an airbrushed finish and there is no need for extra setting powder. It has a little spatula wand that places the product on your face before blending it in. I find that using the warmth of your fingers to blend in the foundation to be the best method as you have to be quite quickly. I do warn girls out there with combination oily skin and prone the the random dry patch - This foundation does cling onto it emphasising it. This foundation is gives a lightweight comfortable feel and perfect for days where skin appears to be having a good day and doesn’t need as much coverage. Lasts around 4 hours before my shine starts to break through. I reviewed the L'oreal Teint magique foundation here.

Lancome teint miracle 24h

This is the most heavy foundation that I own in my collection in my opinion but It really does keep your face shine free for the longest period. This is a medium to heavy coverage so there is isn’t a need for me to apply extra concealer. The consistency of this foundation is very thick but it blends relatively easy to give a nice flawless finish. There is SPF in this foundation and I have noticed that there are minor flashback when with flash photography so I would be wary if you are going to an occasion where there are lots of photo taking. Recommend this foundation for more oilier skin or if you want a heavy coverage base. Full review here

Rimmel lasting finish

This is my most recent purchased foundation. I have combination oily skin and I find that this foundation stays put on my face and keeps me looking matte for a long period. I work long hour shifts and after my shift, I do look a little shiny but a nice kind with a bit of a glow rather than oil slick. This is a thick formulation but I find it a bit easier to blend compared with the Lancome Teint Miracle. Medium to full coverage, this foundation masks all my imperfections whilst giving me a subtle dewiness to the skin that doesn’t look too matte. For a drugstore foundation, I am very impressed with this and I have been using it on a daily basis for the past month along with my other January favourites   

Chanel Perfection Lumiere

I used to use the Matte Lumiere but that was unfortunatley discontinued and replaced by this foundation. I seem to reach for this foundation the least compared to the other ones and I actually don't know why. This is a medium to full coverage and it blends very nicely too. Like the name suggests, it does give a subtle glow to the skin allowing for a more natural look to the skin. This foundation is very comfortable to wear and it has a slight delicate scent of roses. Not much to say about this foundation apart from it does its job well and even my mum complimented on how nice my skin looked with it randomly. I did a full review a couple of years ago when I first purchased it here. 

Whats is your current favourite foundation?

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15 February 2015


A day time natural makeup look with a pop of colour to represent the essence of valentines. I think this is a great option for a first date as it is clean and natural keeping the skin looking fresh looking and sweet.


I used a silicone based primer [Maybelline baby skin instant pore eraser] to cover my pores and creating a perfect canvas for my foundation to go on. For foundation, I went for the Rimmel lasting finish as it makes my skin look flawless and adds a hint of randiance without compromising the longevity of it. To add some more definition to the skin, I used a cream based product [NARS multiple in Altai] to contour my face along with [The body Shop honey bronzer] to set the contour colour. To blend out and set all the products, I used [MAC mineralise finish in natural] to finish off.


I do not actually own any pink or purple eyeshadows in my collection, therefore I ended up using an Urban decay palette which had a pink and purple shade. I used my Shu Uemura Eyelash curlers to curl my lashes and applied my [Lancome hypnose doll eyes waterproof mascara]


Back to using my forgotten much loved [Revlon lip butter in Sweet tart] as it is very moisturising and the pink shade is very sweet looking and perfect for valentines day.

What makeup look did you wear for valentines day?

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4 February 2015


I was so excited about this new mascara by Benefit Cosmetics that I went out and grabbed the ELLE magasine which contained the generous freebie for £4 which is an actual bargain considering Benefit products are quite expensive. 

Firstly I actually quite like the cute rose gold and black packaging, although the full sized version is pink and rubber which I do not find attractive in any way. The cute 3g travel friendly mascara is perfect for on the go as its a good size to pop in your makeup bag without taking too much space. 

So the mascara is described as a 'super-curling & lifting mascara' therefore I was super excited to give it a try as my lashes are poker straight and I always have a hard time finding products to maintain my curl throughout the day. This is a non-waterproof mascara which I wouldn't normally purchase as they make my lashes droop like crazy because of the wet formulation, however, I did in the back of my mind have high hopes for this mascara as it is by Benefit and emphasises on the curl power.

The brush allows you to 'hook and roll' your lashes to apply the mascara evenly to every single lash evenly and sepearating them out nicely. I absolutley love this mascara so much but it is such a shame that it drooped after just one coat. The mascara made my lashes look amazing and lengthened just like how I want them to, but it just wasn't right for me because of the formulation and the fact my lashes pointed downwards instead of up. 

I use only waterproof mascaras because they hold my curl and budgeproof for my oily eyelids so I really do feel that if RollerLash mascara came out with a waterproof formula, it would definitley replace my holy grail Lancome hypnose waterproof mascara. Overall, this is a great mascara if you already have long and curly lashes, but its just not for me unfortunatley.

Have you tried this mascara?
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3 February 2015

January 2015 Favourites

Jo malone wood sage and sea salt

This was gifted to me from my boyfriend for christmas and I have been using it constantly eversince. As you can tell by the picture, there is still nearly the full bottle left because a couple of spritz of this is enough. This smells very fresh and I find that it is very lovely for daytime use. I've had a few compliments from when I was out shopping so i know that this quite unique and smells nice to others too. The scent is not too overpowering yet it lasts for quite a long time which is great and I expect nothing less from Jo Malone perfumes.


 Dr Lipp original nipple balm

Cold and windy weather just means my skin and lips are contantly dry. This thick balm has really helped keep my lips hydrated and moisturised. It's thick texture means that it really does remain on the lips for a long time. I tend to put this on before I go to sleep and in the morning my lips are nice and soft ready for my lipstick application. The small plastic tube also allows you to pop it into your handbag effortlessly so it is available on the go when I need some moisture

Rimmel lasting finish foundation - shade 100 ivory

Over the festive period, my skin has broken out quite badly after numerous late nights and consuming a tad too much alcohol for my own good. This foundation has definitley been the only foundation I have used in January. It is a medium to high coverage but it blends into the skin so easily and blends like a dream. The price is very reasonable too so I highly recommend this foundation to everybody. It is a bit of a downside that it is in a glass bottle which does make travelling with it a bit of a hassle. Thumbs up to Rimmel once again for such a great product.

body shop honey bronzer - shade 03

I have just hit pan on this product. Not only is the packaging so pretty resembling honey comb and doesn't dissapear after a few uses, but the colour is really natural and easy to use. I just sweep this on my contour to give a bit more colour to my face after my foundation. The shade is perfect for me as my skin is quite pale and most bronzers look a bit too orange for me. I have totally neglected my favourite NARS laguna for this cheaper alternative. The body shop always has offers out so I recommend picking on of these up to try if you are on the hunt for a nice bronzer.


Rimmel exaggerate lipliner - shade eastend snob

Not willing to part with my money for the Charlotte Tilbury pillowtalk at the moment, I've decided to invest in a well known dupe of it which is this Rimmel one which is so inexpensive in comparison. This colour is so pretty against my skintop and it is so easy to apply. I do have to admit that it is a little bit drying, but I use it in combination with a lipbalm to solve the situation. This colour is perfect for everyday wear. Kind of neutral your lips but better kind of colour.

seche vite dry fast top coat

Chipped nails and dry cuticles are not a good look when the weather is dry and it is hard to maintain your hands to a good standard. However, I have discovered this Seche Vite and I don't think that I would ever go back to any other top coats. This just adds the final finishing touches to any nail polishes giving it that extra shine and long lasting power. I find that when I use seche Vite, my nail polish lasts so much longer and it motivates me to keep my hands nice and moisturised to keep my hands looking in good condition.

MUA powder blusher - shade lolly

Being a big fan of orange shades, I just had to pick up this inexpensive blush by MUA. I have tried MUA eyeshadows in the past and I am truley amazed by their quality for the price. This powder blush I must admit is very powdery and one touch of the brush gives so much fall out. However, it is highly pigmented and applies onto the skin very well and non patchy. It doesn't last as long as my other blushers but it fades nicely throughout the day. For the price of this, I am happy with it and it has constantly been in my makeup bag for the month of january. 

What are your Janurary Favourites?

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