Friday, 18 January 2019

Dior Forever Foundation

Dior’s forever foundation has had a makeover and has been reinvented into two new finishes, matte and glow.

Firstly the glow.
Lightweight, relatively undetectable on the skin with a light to medium coverage. Its glow is not as glowy as I was expecting. It’s more of a natural satin than a luminous radiance however it feels comfortably fluid on the skin with no caking or obvious settling into fine lines.

There are 31 shade options, which is great although most of these are at the lighter end of the spectrum with only really four shades for a deeper skin tone.
 Longevity is good and it doesn’t feel tacky on the skin as some glowing foundations do, and therefore suitable for all skin types including combination/oily.
 Easy to blend and work with and teams up nicely with either a firm brush or a looser stippling brush.

The matte.
Heavier than the glow and slightly more of a chalkier finish The finish is totally matte and dries off fast. Slightly less forgiving than the glow so if you have uneven texture or fine or deeper lines then it’s more settling on the glow.

 My skin is a little dehydrated at present and I found the glow was more flattering.
 36 shades to select from in this range and a better selection for deeper skin tones.

Both foundations are £37.00 and available here now.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

MAC In Monochrome Collection

With regards to fashion and home interiors, I’m not someone who likes matchy-matchy. I prefer a clashing look with interesting colour combinations and the same is true to a degree with regards to makeup. I can however really appreciate a monochromatic look in makeup. One tone that is applied in light strokes or in compacted layers to show tonal diversity. I think it shows skill to be able to make one tone interesting in so many ways and it adds an almost antiquated beautiful finish to a makeup look, reminiscent of the days when one product was used in a multitude of ways.
 Mac Cosmetics latest limited edition collection, ‘In Monochrome’ is compromised of key cult shades of the same tone but represented in different products.
 In the colour line up you can find a collection in Ruby Woo, See Sheer, Velvet Teddy, Candy Yum-Yum, heroine and Diva.
We have the Diva collection of shades to share with you. This shade range works on all skin tones and can be used to give a soft rosebud effect to the features or a full on sultry intense finish.
 Each shade line-up has eye shadows in various finishes, blusher, lipstick and lip gloss.Colour payoff is bold but workable and the blusher in particular is a beautiful 'just come in from a winter walk'look.

This collection is available now online here and at all MAC Free Standing locations.


Monday, 14 January 2019

Friday, 11 January 2019

Stila Stay all day waterproof brow colour

January always feels like the best time to strip your makeup back a little and put the emphasis back onto your skin and natural features.
 Stila have the perfect brow marker to suit this look if you’re after a natural tint and hair stroke finish.
 It’s a felt tip pen style applicator with a fairly long flexible tip. The liquid applies very naturally and even if you’re a little heavy handed, it’s an easy product to work with and correct.
 This brow marker comes in medium warm and dark as well as light ash, auburn, light brow (which is almost khaki_, and then 4 shades of varying grey shades. Possibly one of the most extensive range of greys I have seen which is fabulous.
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 This brow product is also waterproof and lasts really well on the skin. When selecting your shade, you can afford to go a shade darker that you think you should as the tones come up on the lighter side.

Because this is a very natural finish product you may find you need to team it up with a secondary brow product to get the desired depth. What it’s good at is adding tone and imitating texture. It’s also a good product to experiment new brow shapes with as it lies down subtly and is easy to build.
Sam is wearing the shade in dark here and has also teamed it up with Surratt beauty Brow pomade for extra depth.

You can purchase Stila Stay all day brow colour here for £17.00


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Murad Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment

Over indulgence on sugary food and alcohol at Christmas, late nights of falling into bed without a through cleanse or just the general time of the month breakouts can leave your skin freaking out.
  If your blemish is deep under the skin or hasn’t come to the surface and presented as a white head then it’s always best to leave the area alone.
 When our skin is disobeying us we tend to resent it and be extra harsh on it when in fact now is the time you need to be gentle and nurturing.
Murad have devised a treatment gel, to work with your normal skincare regime day and evening. I have always had a tube of the Murad Rapid Relief acne spot treatment in my handbag for on the go application when I feel something brewing but their latest product, Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment is a more intensive treatment that addresses multiple skin issues surrounding breakouts and acne. Rather than a ‘on the spot’ treatment it’s more of a thin serum.

It contains both AHA/BHA so will work at the top most layers of the skin to loosen and shift dead skin cells, which are often the culprits to blocked follicles. It leads to a smoother, less pigmented skin appearance and the Salicylic will also work hard to de-clog and act as a skin calmer too.
 There are also fatty acids found in Royal Jelly included, which will act as an anti-oxidant, nourish, reduce inflammation and aid skin repair.

So as you can see, this is good for those prone to breakouts or even those who just get a few crop up now and again. You can apply it after cleansing and alongside other hydrating serums such as Hyaluronic. Finish with normal application of moisturiser. You can also apply within your evening routine.

 This comes in a 50ml pump action tube which will last ages and costs £35.00. You can shop here.


Monday, 7 January 2019

Lily does my makeup

Easing us gently into 2019 with a makeup tutorial by Lily.

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