I’ve found my new saviour. After my Max Factor Face Finity ran out last month I didn’t think that there would be anything that could live up to it but after hearing the raving reviews on this foundation I thought I’d branch out and give it a go. I’m so glad I did because this has quickly become my new favourite foundation. I have the shade N1 which is a perfect match and I like the way that there are so many different shades with varying undertones. It has a satin finish (I say that but I don’t know if it’s actually correct) and gives a natural skin like finish. I usually go for matte foundations so this one, for me, is more on the dewy side and I’m completely okay with that. It doesn’t make my skin greasy or oily and actually helps to control the oil. It lasts all day without the need for concealer touch ups and when I apply it I only use one pump and it covers my entire face, and the coverage is amazing, full to medium. I can’t rave about this foundation enough and if you have a space in your collection for a new product, give this a try because you won’t regret it.
The final face fight, I know shed a tear, is all about the brushes! I love brushes to the point where I’ve had to stop myself from buying more because it will just be an unnecessary purchase. I’ve picked my most used brushes, one from each ‘application category’ and I’ll be putting them against each other to see which is my favourite. Let’s begin!
First up is foundation and let’s start with the Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques. I’m very fond of this brush. It’s the brush that I never adore but it’s always there when I want my foundation to look a bit more natural. It’s soft but dense so it buffs in really well but sometimes it can be a little bit too small when I’m in a rush. Then there’s the Sephora 49 Brush. I love this brush. Some people find that these types of brushes ‘paint’ the foundation on instead of buffing it into the skin but I like the flawless finish that this brush gives me and paired with the L’Oreal True Match foundation it’s like perfect skin in a bottle.
Eyes eyes eyes! The first eyeshadow brush I ever got was the Mac 242. I love this for packing shadow onto the lid and it’s especially great with pigments. The Mac 217 is infamous in the beauty world for being amazing and it’s definitely worth the hype! It perfectly puts product in the crease and blends out edges beautifully. I don’t know what I ever did before this brush. Another similar blending brush is a little fluffy brush I got in an Avon kit about eight years ago and it’s a nice, soft and reliable little brush.
To finish with the rest of the face brushes is the Real Techniques Blush Brush which I use for bronzer. As with all of these brushes it’s really soft and fits well into the hollows of my cheeks to contour and is also big enough to give an all round bronze. Last but not least is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I used to use this for foundation, and I really liked it as it made everything look really natural, but now I use it for highlight as it doesn’t apply too much product and make the face look too shiny.
Who’s come out on top? I think that the Mac 217 has literally changed my life so much that it has to be my favourite brush.
Next up in the ‘face fights’ series are face masks. Over the past year I’ve tried out a fair few face masks to try and combat my oily skin and I’ve narrowed it down to three, so let’s put them to the test. First up is the No Clogs Allowed Mask by Soap and Glory for oily/combination skin. This is a warming mask so you put it on, then wet your hands and rub over the mask which warms it up. The warming effect is nice and soothing but in some areas where the mask is a little thicker it can be a little too hot. The consistency is very odd, quite watery but a little gritty. It does say shake before use but even then there’s still a lot of thin liquid.Unlike some of the other masks it doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on my skin other than getting rid of some of the oil. Next is another Soap and Glory Mask, The Fab Pore. This is a thick mask with some ‘beads’ in it which burst when rubbed into the skin. You leave it on for 15 minutes before washing up and it’s for all skin types. When on the skin this mask is very relaxing and cooling and leaves my skin feeling fresh and seems to keep spots at bay for a few days. The problem is it doesn’t seem to have any long term effects on the skin. Finally it’s the Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask. I really like using this mask as it’s quick (you only leave it on for three minutes) and isn’t too messy to use as it’s in a tube, unlike the second Soap and Glory one. It keeps the spots at bay and feels like it draws all of the badness from my skin. This has to be my favourite mask because it suits my skin perfectly and so far we’ve had no problems (fingers crossed this continues).
I’m a big mascara junkie. I don’t buy many or have lots at any one time but I rarely ever stick to one. I just like to test the waters and see what I’m missing out on. Let’s crack on! First up is the Seventeen Back Lash Mascara. I got this free when I spent over I think it was £10 and it isn’t that bad. When I say that, I mean it’s not bad layered underneath other mascaras. On it’s own it doesn’t give the volume that it promises and it doesn’t do anything for my bottom lashes but for a freebie you can’t really complain. Next is the l’Oreal Telescopic Mascara which I was given by a friend who wasn’t really getting on with it. I really like this mascara. It’s super lengthening and is perfect for applying a more volumising one on top. It’s clump free but I don’t put it on my bottom lashes as it makes them look like creepy spiders, urgh. Last, but certainly not least, is the Clinque High Impact Mascara which I got free in Glamour magazine ages ago. This. Is. Incredible. When it says volume, it means volume. It makes my lashes look the best they’ve ever looked and I am in love. The only downside is that when this runs out I don’t think that I can afford to get a new one *cry face*. This is definitely my favourite out of all three but what I do if I’m going on a night out is put them all on and they make my lashes look insane. I am such a rule breaker.
|Virgin Vie, Sleek, Soap and Glory|
Time for the lipsticks! I was never the biggest wearer of lipsticks but over the past 12 months I’ve built up a nice little collection so let’s get going. First up is my Kiko Smart Lipstick in 902 Pastel Pink. I bought this whilst I was in Barcelona in the summer and I’m so glad I did. It’s pretty much the same as my natural lip colour so when I put it on it’s a my lips but better kind of thing. It was super cheap (just €3) and is balmy and lasts a decent amount of time on the lips. Next up is the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 28. This was the first lipstick that I ever bought because I thought it would look good on a night out. It’s not a matte formula but I’d say it’s 90% matte with a little bit of shimmer and not as drying. I don’t wear this that often but when do I wonder why I don’t because it gives a pop of colour that is really flattering. The second lipstick I ever purchased was the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Heather Shimmer. I bought this thinking it would be a good nude but it’s quite a bit darker than my normal lips. It takes me quite a while to apply this as if I do a ‘one sweep’ motion it goes on a bit too dark and looks like a crayon, weird I know, so I have to use a lot of coats to dab it on. However, when it’s on it looks really nice, a bit Velvet Teddy-ish, the only problem is that it doesn’t last too long on the lips. Another nude in my stash is the Rimmel Lipstick in Pink Nude. I’d say that this was more coral than pink but it’s a really good lipstick. The colour is flattering, similar to the Kiko one in terms of application and lasting power. The only thing that lets this down is the fact is has quite a pearly finish and sometimes looks a bit strange on the lips. Last but not least is Mac Shy Girl Lipstick. This is such a beautiful coral colour that sits nicely on the lips. This is my go to smokey eye lip as it looks gorgeous. The only problem with this is if it’s not dabbed on it can look a little streaky. The winner of this is a tie, I just can’t choose, between Kiko and Mac. I use them both so much as they are both beautiful colours with my favourite type of formulas.
|28, Heather Shimmer, Nude Pink, Shy Girl, 902|
Today is not just any face fight, it’s a special birthday face fight! If you didn’t guess my birthday is today and I thought that because palettes are my all time favourite thing this is what I’d put head to head to see who comes out on top. First palette on the list is my Virgin Vie Palette. It is nearly an all matte palette with just one shimmer shade. When I first received this palette I used it not stop, mainly the oranges and the browns. My favourite shade is the shimmer shade and reminds me a little of amber lights from Mac. The most used shade is the light brown as this is what I use to do my eyebrows, it’s a good colour that’d not too light or too dark. Next up is the Sleek Brights Palette. I bought this purely for the fact that I thought this would make a great addition to my fancy dress wardrobe. The pigmentation is insane and there is a good mixture of colours so, especially for fancy dress, you can really do anything. The Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette is next and as you can tell from my multiple posts about it in recent weeks I am in love with this thing! The mix of mattes and shimmers, the shade range and the insane pigmentation. My favourite shade is Sonic, it’s different and colourful but not OTT that you couldn’t wear it everyday. The Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette is one of my most used. It’s a really handy travel size and the mix of mattes and shimmers makes it perfect for everyday or a night out. My favourite shade is push up, it’s a rosy copper which is stunning all over the lid and also works in the crease. Finally it’s the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. My first ‘proper palette purchase’ and it was a goody. Good for a natural day look and even though I’ve had it over a year I’m dying to use it on a night out and see how it turns out. My favourite shade is liar because in some lights it turns from a shimmery brown to a stunning plum/ purple shade. My most used shade is strange, the perfect highlight colour. I can’t pick a favourite but as I said before my most used is Too Faced, but not Vice 3 is making a catch up!
|Natural Eyes, Naked 3|
|Virgin Vie, Sleek, Vice 3|
Face fights! Foundations! I have serious foundation problems, my skin can get quite oily and a lot of the ones I’ve tried turn me into one big greasy chip. Here is the base of my face-drobe and let’s dive in. First up is the Rimmel Match Perfection in the shade 101 Classic Ivory. I went through a phase about a year ago where I only ever wore this foundation. But then my skin decided to get really oily and now this one doesn’t last very long on my skin with separating which makes me really sad. However the colour is an amazing match, hence the name I suppose, and I still wear it when I know I’m having a short day. Next up is the Rimmel Matte BB Cream in Light. Me and this little fellow have a roller coaster like relationship. When I first got this last spring I thought it was the best thing ever, really light, perfect colour match and lasted all day. Then after a little bit of usage things started to go wrong. My face got really oily it looked orange on my skin and it didn’t seem to offer any coverage. I haven’t used this in a long time but when the warmer months roll around I’m going to give it another try but if it doesn’t work I might have to bid farewell. My oldest foundation in this mix is the Rimmel Stay Matte in the shade 100 Ivory (kind of a Rimmel theme in this post). I am in love with this foundation! The texture is light, the colour is such a perfect match and it stays put on my face, for good. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing wrong with this foundation and the fact that it’s SPF free means on a night out there is no fear of flashback face, winner! Finally is the Max Factor Face Finity Foundation in the shade Light Ivory. I bought this just before I went on my summer holiday because I wanted something really long lasting and I’d heard good things about this one. This is such an amazing foundation. I used to just wear it on a night out but I’ve bumped it up to everyday as well because it’s that good of an all rounder. I’m really upset because I’m coming to the end of this one, which shows just how much I love it. It lasts all day and the coverage is the best I’ve ever used. I think that overall my favourite foundation has to be the Max Factor one for the fact that I wear it so much and I don’t know what I’d do without it.
This week in the ‘face fights’ series is the battle for the best concealer. I’m a huge fan of concealer and am constantly on the lookout to find the best one to cover up the suitcase sized bags I have under my eyes. The first concealer on the list is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. The first time I tried this I was like ‘No, not for me, too shiny’ but then when I stopped using it as a cover up and used it as a highlight I quite liked it. How I use it is I put one of the other concealers under my eyes and then put a large triangle to the bottom of my nose and the top of my cheekbone to highlight a bit and it works fine. Next up is the Revlon Colorstay concealer which is possibly my biggest lifesaver. It makes my face glowy and awake and is really easy to use with the doe foot applicator. The formula is really creamy and gives high enough coverage to just about get rid of my dark circles, but on some days it’s shiny tendency draws attention to them accidentally. The Seventeen Phwoarr Paint is my dark circle life saver. One swipe and they disappear and it is just insane! The downside of this concealer is that it sometimes separates on blemishes and makes me look like I have a skin disease, but tired eyes are a thing of the past. Last but not least is the Mac Pro Longwear concealer. The coverage is insane, it’s my perfect colour and the texture is light but it gives a heavy coverage. The only problems are the price, little bit too steep, and the pump, why pump why do you dispense too much product! The winner of this debate is probably the Mac Pro Longwear concealer for the fact that it’s a good all round product which stays put all day and the downsides in the grand scheme of things are that bad, although it is closely followed by the Revlon one as it is a good dupe.
|L-R: Rimmel, Revlon, Mac, Seventeen|