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

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette 

Youtube introduced me to the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, when I first came across it I wasn’t sure if it was going to be “me”. I’m a huge fan of purples and golds, if a palette has a purple in it then usually I’ll be buying it. This one it took me a few weeks to decide if I really wanted to give it a shot, I watched many videos and read many blog posts claiming this palette was a “must have” and one of the best palettes of all time. Obviously I wasn’t so sure if that was true or just paid hype.

I decided to take the jump and buy it, however being in the UK I was limited to either ABH’s website for which I was likely to pay customs or Beautybay or Cult Beauty, which is in the UK. I decided to buy from one of the UK companies, however the palette was out of stock for ages…..I remember waiting and waiting, I even joined the waiting list so I’d be emailed when it was back. I got the email to say it was back and I purchased it straight away. I bought mine in January of 2017, it appears to now be in stock on both Beautybay and Cult Beauty for those in the UK that want to get their hands on it.

Price: $42 (ABH website) / £41 (Beautybay / Cult Beauty)

Number of shadows: 14 (11 matte and 3 metallic)

Front of Palette

Front of Palette

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

 

My Review:

First off I’ll start with the way it looks, I get what they were trying to create when they made the choice to make the outside felt. However because it’s so light in colour it gets dirty and full of the shadows very easily. It’s pretty but not really practical so if keeping your palettes spotless is a big thing to you then maybe this won’t be for you.
The shadows are stunning, there are some great transition shades (Raw Sienna, Warm Taupe and Burnt Orange) but the stand out colours for me are easily “Love Letter”, “Venetian Red” and “Primavera” they can really bring your makeup look to life!
The shadows blend beautifully and you can use them without it getting “muddy”, they are a little powdery so be careful to be gentle with tap off any excess shadow before putting it on to your eyelid.
Since getting this in January I reach for this more than any of my other palettes, I feel like I can create plenty of good, blended looks with this palette. I’ve found I can easily achieve day time or night time looks and I’ve really enjoyed playing around with it.
10/10 and I will be repurchasing when I run out.

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury Scent Of A Dream Review

Good Evening,

I’ve always consistently loved a certain perfume (review on that one coming soon!) but last year I bought some products from Charlotte Tilbury and with it got a sample of her “Scent Of A Dream” perfume. I didn’t really think much about the sample at the time and it sat not being used for a while, until one day I came across it again and gave it a try.

I really loved the smell of this perfume and it lasted for AGES! At the time I was working long days in the salon and smelt of wet dog most of the time, I really felt like I needed a long lasting perfume. I certainly found it with this one. The Charlotte Tilbury site describes it as:

Darlings, I have created a one-of-a-kind ‘floral chypre’ perfume harmony that IGNITES a mind-altering fleurotic frequency. Featuring a blend of JOY top notes including Lemon, Peach and Black Pepper, ‘FLEUROTIC’ heart notes of Jasmine, Frankincense, Tuberose and Violet, plus MAGIC MOLECULE base notes of Fire Tree, Iso E Super, Patchouli and Ambroxan. It attracts LOVE, LIGHT, POWER, POSITIVITY and SEX to the wearer!

I’m not skilled with describing scents but it’s a rich scent, strong but not harsh. I can’t tell you what it smells like, it to me is a very safe smell. I feel like it might be similar to a perfume my grandma wore when I was young as it does remind me of her, not in the old person smell way but the nice, safe, warm way. See I’m really bad at this…..

When I wore it out for the first time I had a few people ask me what it was as they liked it, it’s strong enough for people to notice without being over powering.

Now what I will say is that this is fairly up there in price, at the time of posting this the price list is as follows:
30ml – £49
50ml – £68
100ml – £96

I had to sit for a while and decide which to buy, I’m always reluctant to spend a lot of money on perfume. When I buy a perfume I want it to smell good, last long and be noticed, for that price I want to not smell like me! I feel like this perfume ticks those boxes.

I paid slightly more so that I could get a few samples of other products, after all the perfume sample was what made me decide to buy this perfume in the first place. The down side to that is that the samples are very very small, which when I spent £100 in total on the site I’d have liked a bit more of product to sample.

The perfume arrived fast and in good condition, it was Free delivery.

The perfume arrives in a silk bag which is very pretty, although in my opinion I’d have liked a choice (silk bag or bigger samples…I’d have picked bigger samples!)

Silk Bag

Inside the silk bag the perfume is boxed in a stylish box that is very much in the Charlotte Tilbury style.

Charlotte Tilbury Perfume Box

Now the good stuff, the bottle is stunning. I may actually keep the bottle long after it’s empty as it’s too nice to throw out.

Charlotte Tilbury Scent Of A Dream

So here’s my final thoughts on this perfume,  the bottle is beautiful, the box is stylish and the smell is divine. If you’re a perfume lover and want something that’ll get you noticed then this might be worth the purchase. If you’re not a big perfume wearer then it might be worth buying the smaller bottle or see if you can get to Charlotte Tilbury to try it out first.

I’ll certainly buy it again, although it won’t replace my all time favourite it will certainly be loved, used and is in my top 3!

*This isn’t sponsored, I purchased this will my own money.*