The Ordinary | High Coverage Foundation

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Good afternoon ladies & gents, it’s been quite a while since my last post. Life has been pretty hectic this last month or so and blogging has taken a back seat unfortunately but here we are with a new post. Heeeeeellllooo, how are you all!?

You will have probably heard of the brand The Abnormal Beauty Company/ DECIEM by now if you are active in the beauty world but just incase you have no idea what I’m talking about then they are a “humble and happy umbrella of good beauty brands” which owns and operates more than 10 different brands such as NIOD, Hylamide, The Chemistry Brand & The Ordinary.

A few of months ago I grabbed a couple of The Ordinary’s skincare items from Asos and I was over the moon with the results so when they announced that they were bringing a high coverage foundation out I HAD to own it!

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The foundation is available in 21 different shades which are then divided into four categories 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones and 3 for darker tones. To give even more variety there are then a second digit ranging from 0 to 3 which indicates the depth. Lastly the foundation has a letter which indicates shade for the undertone you need, P for pink, R for red, N for neutral and Y for yellow.

Hats off to them, I love how much variety there is for their foundation. It is literally super easy to choose your foundation and get it right.

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I headed over to Victoria Health to purchase my foundation, there was about a month  wait due to being in such high demand. I grabbed the shade 1.0N (£5.90) which is fair to light and neutral undertones.

The packaging is minimalistic but yet elegant, the foundation comes in a plastic frosted container again with simplistic design and a pump yay which makes dispensing mess free! The foundation is 30ml which is your standard size but the packaging makes it the perfect size for your handbag with the added benefit of a twist lock for added reassurance.

The Ordinary claim “when applied, the formulations blend in effortlessly with your natural tones and your skin glows. These foundations contain higher pigment levels than the Serum Foundations but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy makeup look that can make skin appear more aged. The texture is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream.”

The picture below is of my skin before the foundation is applied. The current state of my skin is very poor with a bad outbreak on my cheeks and chin.  *sad face*.

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I applied The Ordinary’s High Spreadability Fluid Primer using a single pump of the foundation onto the back of my hand and proceeded to use the ‘Real Techniques Buffing Brush’ to apply it in a circular motion working outwards from the midpoint of my face.

The 1.0N shade is the PERFECT match for my skin as usually with other I have found that I have blend it further down my neck in order not to get a line of colour between the applied area and my regular skin. This foundation claims to be high coverage but once applied i’d say it’s around medium, there are still some red areas around my breakouts but nothing a little concealer won’t fix. This foundation blends really well into my skin and leaves a subtle glow which is much needed right now.

The downside I have found with this particular foundation is that it seems to layer up around my problem areas such as my chin and my nose resulting in a ‘cakey’ heavily applied look. This could be due to the current condition of my skin so I look forward to putting it through it’s paces once my skin is back up to scratch.

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Taking the previous points into account I am overly impressed with this range of shades and how perfect the colour matches my skin. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that has the struggles of finding a foundation to match their skin tone and with absolute steal of a price (£5.90) you have no reason not to go for it, after all it’s cheaper than most of the drug store brands!

Have you tried this foundation ? I would love to hear what you think below or maybe tweet me @beautyandlittle

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Last Minute Ladies Christmas Gift Guide

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Christmas 3 Votive and Holder Gift Set £9.99, ASOS Ultra Fluffy Mittens £10.00, New Look Metal Heel Slingback Heeled Shoe Boot £24.00, Christmas Gift Box GREEN TULIP ETHICAL LIVING £16, GHD COPPER LUXE BLACK PLATINUM GIFT SET £155.00, House of Disaster Pink Hippo Light £35.00, ASOS Metallic Clutch Bag With Metal Bar £15.00, Solid Rose Gold Interlocking Hearts Necklace £89.00 & Spotty China Letter Mug £14.95

I usually always leave my Christmas shopping until last minute which isn’t the wisest idea but thankfully I did mine in November, well the bulk of it so were a bit more prepared this year which has saved me running around like a headless chicken. I’ve complied a guide which is full of different price ranges and gifts that will suit the majority of ladies for Christmas these can all be bought online *hurrah* saving you mowing through busy town centres, which as you know is an absolute nightmare.

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Winter Wish List

I haven’t done a gift guide in quite some time so here it is, I absolutely love reading what other people have on their wish lists it gives me so many ideas of what to buy and often things that I wouldn’t even think of myself. I think that wish lists are great for anyone that has absolutely no idea what to buy for their loved ones, friends or even secret santa, I know I always struggle and would rather know what a person wants.

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Black Buckle Strap Elasticated Block Heel Ankle Boots, NewLook £27.99

Grey Pearl Jumper, Dorothy Perkins £23.90

Wine Sequin Lace Skater Dress, Dorothy Perkins £17.60

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Grey Bunny Ear Slippers, New Look £5.99

Duvet Day Print Cloud Tee and Legging Set, Asos £24.00

Brushed Cotton Fairisle Print Bed Set, Double, Next £40.00

 

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Tonal Weave Throw, Next £30.00

Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set, Beauty Bay £56.95

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette, Debenhams £40.00

What do you have on your wish list?

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Cheltenham Ladies Day #ColourMeMarch

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I had a phone call from the lovely people over at EtailPR wondering if I wanted to take part in their Colour Me March competition to win 2 tickets to Cheltenham Races on the 11th March 2015. The competition consists of doing a blog post containing what you would wear if you went to the races and to try and make it as colourful as possible.

I am a sucker for monochrome so this post was not easy to do, but I headed over to ASOS and found a gorgeous outfit. I absolutely love dresses so that was a no brainer on the outfit choice and I fell totally in love with this gorgeous ASOS Floral Skater Dress (£42.00) which in my opinion is perfect for spring/summer. To go with this absolutely beautiful dress I chose some New Look Carosel Buckle Boots (£27.99) these super cute ankle-less buckled boots would go perfectly with the ASOS dress and because I am absolutely useless in heels. To finish it off I decided to choose the ASOS Leather Shopper Bag with Skinny Straps (£32.00), I tend to carry around quite a few bits in my handbag so this one was a perfect choice size wise.

What outfit choices would you make for Colour Me March? I would love to know in the comments.

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