November 28, 2015

Current Favorites - November 2015

Since we haven't done that in a long time, let's talk favorites, shall we?
And actually, mu current favorites tend to end up all together on my face most days these days, so I'll walk you through what I'm wearing on this picture.

Foundation: Mac Studio Waterweight (NC15)

I reviewed this foundation recently. There is really nothing else right now in my stash that makes my skin looks better! It's just enough coverage, just enough dewiness, a very reasonable longevity... everything that I like combined in a bottle! So I reach out for it most days.

Concealer : Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (Warm Ivory)

I had not used that concealer in year and suddenly started thinking of it again, so went and purchased it. I have had a few issues with concealers these past months. First, I fell in love with the Maybelline Age Rewind one (even though the shades were a bit too golden for me, I adored the formula) only to discover when I ran out that no retailer was carrying it anymore in my area. So I moved on to Maybelline Fit Me. Didn't like it as much but mostly, it made me break out around the nose very badly. And for some reason, my Estee Lauder Double Wear (another long time favorite) felt too dry and a bit cakey, so I wanted to go back to a more creamy product for Winter.
Bobbi fits the bill.

Blush: Bourjois Aqua in Cocoricorail.

Ah, this liquid blush! I got it at the end of July, and wore it every single day for TWO MONTHS. I hadn't obsessed that much about blush in a long time! 
The formula is really comfortable to wear, especially if you have dry skin, because it doesn't turn to powder and so it never feels or looks dry. I just apply and blend it with fingers and I'm done.
I must say that I tried 2 other shades in that range, though (they have 4) and didn't like them as much. The pink is okay but nothing special, and the beige is so pale it hardly shows up even on my pale skin. So, if you get one, get the corail!

Eyeshadow : By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock.

Now this is a product I resisted purchasing for a year. And really, I shouldn't have. Look how gorgeous it is!

Why did I wait for so long? Well I have a lot of stick eyeshadows from Laura Mercier and Kiko and I found myself not really reaching for them. I found they stayed a bit tacky on my hooded eyes and that was unpleasant. Having to put powder on top to help with that, kind of defeats the purpose of using a cream stick shadow.
But this one is a different story! The shade is complex, has a nice glitter to it, but mostly, you blend it up with a fluffy brush, then it sets and you're done. No stickiness, no creasing, you just look good for the rest of the day. So when I'm wearing it, I'm not wearing anything else at all on the eyes (although I think I'll smoke it up with black for Holiday parties). I definitely recommend the investment - but I read that only this one and Bronze Moon have that great texture, others being a bit more patchy, so be warned.

Mascara : Chanel Le Volume in Rouge Noir (limited edition).

I had never tried Chanel Le Volume mascara before, but I wanted to get the Rouge Noir edition as I thought it would look great with blue eyes - especially after having seen Ruth Crilly demo it.
Now to be perfectly honest, the shade is not very noticeable, it doesn't look much different from black. But I do like the formula a lot - even if I am not crazy about the plastic brush. So I might actually get that mascara again in the future, in the regular black shade.
I know some people complained it is flaking or smudging, but I have experienced none of these issues.

What about you? What are your current favorites?

November 7, 2015

Foundation review #41 : Mac Studio WaterWeight

Many brands released "serum" foundations, aka very runny liquid ones that requires a pipette, over the past year and a half. I had not tried any of them because the reviews I had read, made me think they wouldn't perform well on me in terms of coverage and finish.
This Fall, Mac released its own serum foundation, and this time, reviews got me really interested so I decided to get it. I also got the new foundation brush they launched to apply it.

What the brand is saying."Introducing an innovative foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, elastic gel- serum formula. With a virtually weightless feel, this hydrating formula is extraordinarily comfortable, lasting for hours. With stay-true colour and sheer medium buildable coverage, it softly blurs imperfections such as pores and fine lines. The unique dropper provides you with a drop of perfection. Use the new 196 Slanted Flat Top Foundation Brush for a naturally flawless finish."

My impression on the product.
I have been using this non-stop for a month now, and I absolutely love this foundation.
Yes, it is hydrating and comfortable, even if you are dry and dehydrated. (I am however not really flaky at the moment so can't talk about that).
Yes, it's quite buildable, although I find one layer already gives a nice coverage.
Yes, it lasts very well all day without a primer underneath.
And yes, it does blur all the imperfections and make me look absolutely flawless.
This all with a very nice slightly glowy finish that I find beautiful. See it yourself :

I'm wearing NC15, by the way, and it's an excellent match for me. I have applied with the 196 brush and have not tried any other method, as I feel this foundation really need to be buffed well with this kind of dense brush.

I would definitely recommend this for normal do dry skin, but a warning though: it is silicone heavy. If you have issues with that, stay away.
For me, fragrances are what bother me, and this foundation has none, so that makes it even better.

Have you tried this foundation? Did you like it?

November 1, 2015

Foundation review #40 : Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (hint : not magic, not that great)

I am perpetually on the fence about Charlotte Tilbury's range. Even though I don't like her marketing approach (she makes me cringe) and I think a lot of her products are overrated, I have to admit that some of her products (not all, but some) are bloody good. And her Light Wonder foundation is HG material for me. It's a perfect match, it makes my skin look perfect, it feels great, what more could I want?

Well, sometimes I want/need more coverage than the Light Wonder offers. That's why I was thrilled to hear about the launch of the Magic Foundation, which is supposed to make your skin look perfect and younger. And I ordered as soon as it was released, waited impatiently to get it, and put it on as soon as it landed on my doorstep. I can say I had very high expectations for this foundation

Well, I was quite underwhelmed. I can even say I was truly disappointed. 

Here's why : 
- I applied with a RT buffing brush: this is a product you can definitely not work in with your hands, it has a thick/sticky consistency, a bit weird
- I ordered shade 2, as that's my shade in Light Wonder. The undertone is the same, but it's a bit paler. And so though it matches my neck, I feel it's a bit too pale for my face and my natural color and some redness show through. Which is an issue I should not have with a full coverage product.
- Full coverage? I really think not!!! When I got this I had a few breakouts and scars, redness around the nose, and undereye circles - well, nothing was covered or hidden with just a layer of that foundation. I did add a bit more on some places, added a second layer around the nose, to no avail. Foundations like Clarins Everlasting have way more coverage IMO.
- Blurs everything? Well, for pores I somewhat agree, but it did enhance fine lines I normally don't see on my cheeks. So I don't agree - Light Wonder does a much better job at blurring everything IMO.
- Finish : she says it's dewy, but it's clearly on the matte side. And although it feels very lightweight on the skin, it does feel dry. I tried it again with more moisturizer underneath, as well as with the Wonderglow primer (eh, another product I don't like that much) - but the feeling still wasn't great. I also think it does look dry on me, especially on areas where it has made fine lines more visible.
- The glass packaging is pretty (although fragile) but the plastic pump on it looks cheap. 

So, is it Magic ? No. It's not very different than a Chanel Mat Perfection, in my opinion, excepted it's not scented (that's good at least). I think my face was looking flat every time I tried to wear it, even though I never powdered.

I know everybody is raving about this foundation, but for me, I really think it'snot what it says it is. It is a light-medium coverage foundation for oily skin, with a mostly matte finish. Not something magic that will work for everyone. I don't see how you'd hide rosacea with this unless you put on several layers, and if you're dry, this is going to feel like hell.

October 31, 2015

Anybody still around?

Well, hello there!
I know, I know : I've been MIA for over a year. A YEAR. I don't even know where that year has gone.
What was I doing all this time? Well, I was really busy. Launching my own business, for one - which took and still takes most of my time. And being the bizz-nerd that I am, when I'm not working on the business, I'm following courses or reading books to learn new things that I can use in the business. Or sleeping.
Also,  I have been pairing down my makeup collection and buying much less. When starting the business, I was very cautious with money. Then as things started to settle, I thought it would be fun to spend my fun money on other things. (Designer bags, anyone?). As a result, I felt like I didn't have much to share on here.

But the blogging itch is back. I still don't have much time, and I don't buy crazy amounts of makeup, but I've been shopping for bits and bobs lately (replacing things I used up) and thought I could share my opinions on here again. I have a couple of foundation reviews coming up, a few skincare things I like. Quite a few things I tried and didn't enjoy despite the hype. So I want to tell you about that.
Not promising very regular updates, but I'll do my best.

So, who is still around? Please say hi in the comments, so I know I'm not talking to myself!

September 7, 2014

Current favorite bases

Oh hai! I realize I have disappeared from the surface of this blog for about 3 months. I wasn't planning on such a long hiatus, in fact I didn't plan any hiatus at all. But Summer just flew away.
No vacation for me (first year of building a business means you're poor in both free time and money), and not much time to slow down either. Which I guess is a good thing as it means the business is keeping me busy.

Came end of August and I realized my skin was entering Fall mode already (thanks cold humid end of Summer). And with that, I had no base that fit. And I do need a reliable base when I go out all days to meet clients, right? So I made a bit of shopping and I was actually very lucky to find 2 products that I absolutely love! And I thought it would be great to let you know about them.

1. Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Primer in Shade 1

I think it took me well over 6 months to pull the trigger on that one but OMG, do I love it! Now it's actually a primer, so don't expect any kind of coverage from it whatsoever. Even though there is pigment in it, it won't hide anything. This being said, on a good skin day where you would only wear a light TM, and with concealer where needed, it will definitely work on its own. Why? Because the silicone in it have a fabulous blurring effect. And so despite the lack of coverage, you just look better with it on. It makes the pores less visible and the skin look plumped and pretty. Bonus : it doesn't feel oily or make your skin oily through the day.

So when I'm not up to much, not leaving the office, and am having a good skin day, I will just wear that one with some concealer and a bit of powder on the t zone.

This one is 30ml and retails for £38 on Cultbeauty.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in Fair 2.

I have to say first that I have tried a few other products from the Charlotte Tilbury range and that I wasn't really impressed. But this foundation completely stands out, in fact I'd go as far as saying that it's the best I have tried in a very long time. Possibly in years.
First of all, even though I guesstimated my shade to order on line, I must say that Fair 2 is the best match I have ever had in a foundation (especially since Illamasqua discontinued their shade 125). It's a neutral fair shade with no pink it it, but it's not too yellow.

This foundation feels and smells like skincare in my opinion. It's a light coverage but if you pat on a second layer where you need it, it definitely builds up to medium.
The finish is extremely natural, like a second layer of your skin but better. It holds very well through long days. It's not drying on dry areas or flakey patches (NO ALCOHOL!) and it's not oily on your oilier areas. So I'm confident it will work very well for me through Winter when I'm more dehydrated.
The one thing that could possibly be a problem for some, is that it contains a lot of silicones - but that doesn't bother me.

The packaging is a very hygienic and convenient sleek plastic bottle with a thin pouring nozzel (is that the right word?) so you won't waste any product. Great fact : you get 40ml when most brands offer 30. That makes the price much more interesting.

So this is now my foundation of choice for long busy days of meetings.

See how it's perfect for a business face?  :)
This one is sold on Charlotte Tilbury's website for 38£.

Have you tried a new base recently? How did you like it?