Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 

Price: £33.50 for 30ml
You can purchase from esteelauder.co.uk or Debenhams.

The website says: “This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity and nonstop activity. It feels lightweight and comfortable and won’t change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.”

I came across this foundation when looking for one that was suitable for oily skin, I’ve had my fair share of foundations that have turned into an oily mess after a couple of hours and decided I wanted to find one that really did last and could control my oily skin. I think I speak for anyone with oily skin when I say there’s nothing nice about half of your foundation coming off on your hand when you touch your face.

I ventured to the Estee Lauder stand at Debenhams and got colour matched……ish… I’ll explain later. I got to have it put all over my face, which although the application wasn’t great (the girl was very….rushed in her application) I still wore it for the rest of the day to see if I would turn oily.

The first day I tried it was for a friends wedding, it was a very early start (so it was a 4am application), a 6 hour car journey and then it was all rush until we left the wedding at about 10.30 pm.

It applied beautifully, worked well with my beauty blender and gave great coverage. At no point during the very long day did I have to touch up my foundation, I didn’t appear oily and it was not too drying.

The only issue I have with it is that it oxidises on my skin, so although this is pretty close to my skin tone when I apply it after a short time it turns orangey. As I’m the second to lightest shade they do I’m not entirely sure what I plan to do next (maybe try the lightest shade but I feel that may not match my skin tone).

Pros: Long lasting, good shade range, great for oily skin, nice coverage, a little goes a long way and it’s easy to get your hands on.

Cons: Oxidises and no pump.

By far the pro’s outweigh the cons and it is my go-to foundation. If it didn’t oxidise on me then it would tick all the boxes I have. I’m not sure if it’s just me that has a problem with the foundation oxidising as it could very well be my skin that’s the problem. I certainly would (and do) recommend this foundation to anyone that wants full coverage foundation for oily skin.

I am aware you can buy a pump for the foundation, however it would be nice if it came with one already.

I rate this product 9.5/10.

 

 

Origins Flower Fusion Rose Hydrating Sheet Mask

I’m a little bit of a sheet mask addict, I love to try sheet masks out, see how they feel and if they actually do what they say on the packaging. I’ve never used Origins products before so this was a first. Usually I don’t feel like sheet masks actually do very much at all apart from leaving you feeling a little gross (they are also very fun to chase your unsuspecting husband around with) however I had a problem dry area on my face, which is very unusual as I’m oily most of the time. I’d tried a lot of things over the course of a few weeks to get this uncomfortable dry area to go away and nothing seemed to work. One evening I decided to try this as I had been eyeing it up in my drawer and felt like now was the time I needed a “Hydrating” mask.

First thing I will say is if you are very sensitive this isn’t going to be pleasant, I am sensitive and within seconds I felt a burning sensation however nothing so bad that I would pull the mask off and wash my face. I decided to ride it out, what’s the worst that could happen apart from a red face for a few days. Anyway, after a few minutes the burning settled and it was a pleasant experience.
One of the main things I noticed right away was that this mask isn’t as slimy as the others I’ve tried, my hands didn’t feel gross after handling it and I didn’t feel like I was drowning in product.

After removing the mask my face wasn’t red or irritated at all, I rubbed in (gently) any remaining product and went to bed. The next day I woke up and it was a miracle, the problem dry area was gone and so was the uncomfortable feeling I had in that area. I was so impressed I even shared the experience with my husband who’d been aware of my dry area and my attempts at banishing it from my face.

I can’t speak to the rest of the line from the “Flower Fusion” masks but the Rose one gets a massive thumbs up from me and will now feature in my skin care once or twice a month. I will hopefully get around to trying more from that range and from the brand as I’m very impressed.

These masks are £5 each and they are a one use only mask.

You can currently purchase them from Debenhams and Look Fantastic in the UK.

**PLEASE NOTE IF YOU EXPERIENCE SKIN IRRITATION PLEASE REMOVE MASK AND WASH FACE WITH CLEAN WATER, although I didn’t experience any lasting issues I would hate for someone else to follow my example and get hurt**

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed.

 

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer 

Price: £28 + Postage

From:
http://www.qvcuk.com/Tarte-Shape-Tape-Contour-Concealer-with-Quickie-Blending-Sponge.product.227475.html

After watching countless Youtube Beauty Guru’s rave about this concealer I decided to give it a try, although my shade was out of stock for a long time so it was a long wait.
Sadly in the UK the only place to buy (without customs) is QVC and you can only buy in a set that includes the blending sponge.

Before trying Tarte I was using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer, I found it to be good but not as thick coverage as I’d have liked. Although it worked well with my Double Wear foundation.

I was very excited when my QVC order arrived, unfortunately I didn’t rate the sponge and it’s sat gathering dust as I’d rather use my Beauty blender. However the concealer was bright and didn’t oxidise on my skin, when placed next to my Estee Lauder concealer it was much thicker and lighter which suits my very pale skin better.
I’ve used this for a number of months now and I have found that a little goes a long way, it’s very full coverage and provides the brightness my under eyes need.

Lets look at the pros and cons.
Pros

  • Full coverage
  • Light and bright.
  • Great packaging.
  • Easy application.
  • Easy to blend.

Cons.

  • Can only buy in the UK with the sponge.
  • Reacts with my Double Wear foundation.
  • Creases if not set with powder very quickly.

I can’t see myself ever changing to a different concealer as I really like the coverage and colour that this concealer provides. I need to try it with other foundations but my double wear is my go-to foundation, it does seem to react with it, appearing to move or thin the foundation out in the areas that it meets the concealer however if you are careful and don’t apply too far down it’s not noticeable.

Overall I really love this concealer and will be buying more before this one runs out. I think anyone that enjoys full coverage will really like this concealer and it is worth the hype.

Thank you for reading and I’m so sorry for the break, life has been pretty crazy lately however I hope to get back to a normal post schedule.

Emma x

I had a subscription box post to put up but I decided to hold that off a few days and cover a topic close to my heart. I know it’s not beauty or makeup related but the majority of this blogs readers are women and this issue is one that many of us have had to deal with.

In the news you’ll have no doubt heard of the Harvey Weinstein case, this man used his power to sexually assault many women. This issue isn’t just a woman issue, men get sexually assaulted too, however the message I have for you is the same.

I’m 27, in my 27 years I have been sexually assaulted a number of times. The first being at the age of just 11, of those times, 2 have been on the street by complete strangers in daylight. Talking to other women it seems to be common, experiencing something ranging from shouting sexual things from passing cars, someone following her home to actual acts of sexual assault and rape.

Why should we feel we can’t walk in the street during the day alone? Why should we feel scared of being alone at work with a boss or coworker? Why should we put extra layers of clothes on so we don’t “ask for it”?

It had me thinking, why is this happening so often? Then I had a memory of school, if a boy put his hands on you and you told the teacher the response would be “it means he likes you” or “it’s a compliment” or the even more annoying term “boys will be boys”.  So tell me again how having a man in his 50’s groping me whilst I try to walk to the shop for bread at the age of 16 is a compliment?

Many of my friends are either having children or are already parents, I believe the change starts with us. Teach your son AND daughter that it’s NEVER ok to put your hands on another person. It’s never ok to grab at someone or make them feel trapped. Instead of doing what past generations did, which is excuse this behaviour we need to start to say NO.

Shouting sexual comments from a car isn’t going to make the person fall into your bed.

Grabbing at someones body without their permission isn’t ok.

Not accepting no as an answer isn’t ok.

We need to make changes, not in how we dress or only travel in pairs…..we need to teach the future adults that this behaviour isn’t excusable and isn’t ok.

People like Harvey Weinstein aren’t rare, many won’t report someone who gropes them and many don’t know who the person is to report them. It makes it a very scary world to live in, one I’d be scared of raising a daughter in.

Thanks for reading, sorry it’s a more serious topic today.

September’s Glossybox

Glossybox is a monthly subscription box, it costs £10 per month and £3.25 postage per box. Glossybox usually contains 5 beauty products some of which are full sized. Glossybox ships around the 10th of each month.

Contents

Taylors 32 Toothpaste
Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer
MONU Fiji Facial Oil
STYLondon Siligel Blender
Skinfix Hand repair cream

Now lets take a closer look at each product, size and price.

Taylor’s 32 Natural Whitening Toothpaste Fennel & Mint 
Now this smells lovely, it doesn’t smell as harsh as normal toothpaste. I’ve only just started using this so can’t really say if it works yet or not, however it’s certainly more gentle than normal toothpaste and would be perfect for people who are sensitive to the taste of toothpaste. The price is reasonable too, I’d happily replace my normal toothpaste with this if I feel it works.
£5 (full size)

Pixi By Petra – Brow Tamer 
I actually already own this, I love it. I enjoy using it on no makeup days to straighten out any stray brow hairs. I have very sensitive skin and this doesn’t react badly with my skin. I really like Pixi products and have recommended this brow tamer to a few friends who’ve wanted a clear brow product. I will certainly be keeping, you can never have too many back ups.
£12 (full size)

MONU – Firming Fiji Facial Oil 
I’ve not yet used this as I suffer with a mixture of oily and dry skin. Although it may be fine with my dry areas I’m a little scared it might cause a breakout. However I plan to use this once I’ve plucked up the courage. I like the idea of it and have heard good things about this brand.
£26 (not full size)

STYLondon – Siligel Blender 
I’ve seen so many of these types of products on the market, a easy to clean alternative to the beauty blender….however I’ve also never seen a “successful” review of one. I plan to test this out this week on a day that I’m not bothered if it goes wrong. However I do hope it works, I’d love a way to apply my makeup without having to clean for ages to get the blender clean. I’m actually pretty excited to try this out.
£5.99 (full size)

Skinfix – Hand Repair Cream 
My husband will benefit from this greatly. The bottle says it’s safe for use eczema which I’m sure my husband would like to use. I’ve used many hand repair creams over the years as my hands got very dry and damaged from my job which involves a lot of water. I may review the cream separately at a later date after both my husband and I have had chance to give it a good use.
£12.99 (full size)

Summary

I’ve enjoyed this months box, there are a few products I’ve not had chance to try yet but part of the reason I get the box is to try out new things. I’m excited to try the new Siligel Blender and can’t wait to see if the toothpaste works as well as my current one. I’ve liked the very “clear” and “clean” theme of this box with both the pixi brow tamer and siligel blender being clear as well as the toothpaste box and firming oil bottle being white.

Thank you for reading,

Emma x