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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Kat Von D | Beauty Haul & Giveaway

Since watching LA & Miami Ink I have forever been obsessed with Kat Von D, who isn’t?! So when I saw that she was bringing her own beauty range out I was so excited BUT there as a down side, I would have to order from America which comes with customs fees so when Debenhams announced last year that they would have Kat Von D’s range online exclusive to them my dreams had come true.

With my birthday approaching next weekend my husband said that he would get me a couple of bits from Kat Von D *dances* I was over the moon. Scrolling through Debenhams website again for the millionth time after previously eyeing up what I wanted I grabbed the Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette £37, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick £17 and Lock It Foundation £27.

Being pale is always a problem when your looking for foundations on the high street as most of them for me are warmer tones so they have an orange tone to them, I tend to have to lighten them or look for high end makeup brands. With that in mind I picked up the Lock It Tattoo foundation in the shade 41 neutral, which is her lightest shade and looked like the colour would match my skin tone online.

I was so excited to try this out as i’ve heard great things about it especially after reading Caitlin’s post ‘The Base That Will Not Budge’ over at Through The Mirror, Kat claims that “Lock-It’ foundation is the only long-wear liquid formula we can count on to create a perfect canvas. With one pump it will even out discolouration, stop shine and hide blemishes, offering amazing coverage that’s so long-wear you can go a full 24 hours without re-applying.” sounds like the perfect foundation right?!

I blended the foundation onto my skin using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and honestly it’s practically a shade from white, the foundation is incredibly pale and far too pale for me which NEVER happens! I looked drained and ghostly. Once fully blended into my skin after 1 pump the coverage was about medium I would say, even though it claims to be full coverage, I could still see redness from spots so a second coat might be better. The foundation sank into my pours clogging them rather than covering over them and didn’t really live up to my expectations, which I was gutted about, I don’t think it was the right foundation for me. On a positive note though I do absolutely love her packaging, the plastic container is a nice touch making it handbag friendly!

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Another absolutely beautifully packaged item from the Kat Von D beauty range I picked up was the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Exorcism which is a beautiful deep purple. I absolutely adore my dark lipsticks, it’s pretty much all I wear now a days, so this was definitely a must into my basket. The lipstick glides across my lips with a doe foot applicator without any pulling, the formula is really creamy drying matte in seconds! What I love most about this liquid lipstick is that it is SUPER pigmented, only one swipe is needed across your lips for an intense colour which last all day long without highlighting any dry patches. I definitely need to get my hands on more shades, especially the shade Woolfe.

Head to the end of the post to enter the giveaway to win your own Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in your choice of shade!

Lastly I picked up the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette which i’ve been lusting over forever and possibly the main reason for the order. The palette is a hard cardboard base as opposed to the usual hard plastic containers eyeshadows are usually in, I was quite worried as I thought it would get ruined but the case is super sturdy and has a magnetic lid protecting those beautiful eyeshadows.  The palette consists of twelve matte shades which include neutral, warm and cool shades split into three quads consisting of base, contour, define and highlight shades.

Neutral Shades: Laetus, Samael, Solas and Lucious

Cool Shades: Lazarus, Saleos, Shax and Liberatus

Warm Shades: Ludwin, Succubus, Sytry and Latinus

The palette comes with a little leaflet on how you could transfer your eyes through the art of contouring which I find super handy because i’m absolutely useless when it comes to using eyeshadows, so it’s a great palette for beginners.

Each of the twelve shades allow you to create both day and night looks in one palette *dances* with each blending beautifully with their buttery formula and super pigmented powder giving you those dramatic eyes you’ve been lusting over. I would definitely recommend this palette to all you beauty addicts, it’s a must have in my eyes.

As a huge thank you for reaching 1k followers over on my Twitter I am hosting a giveaway that you can enter below to win your own Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick of choice! 

Terms & Conditions:

Entrants under 18 please seek permission from parents

Giveaway ends 25/05/2017 00:00, winner will be announced and have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be picked. Item will be shipped once giveaway has ended & winner has picked shade.

ALL entries will be checked and verified, with any incomplete, false or duplicate entries being removed.

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What’s on your Kat Von D wish list?

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Nip + Fab | New Beauty Range

If you have never heard of Nip + Fab before then they are a skincare company that are well known for their cutting edge ingredients in their skincare ranges, I personally have never tried their range before but have always read fantastic things about them. Nip + Fab have recently released their own make up range about a month ago which I was pretty excited about especially after seeing it all over their Instagram, at the moment you can only buy it off their website directly or Superdrug‘s website.

“Discover our range of makeup staples that will guarantee you #Nofilter status in no time. From easy-to-use contouring palettes to create those killer cheekbones, an eyeshadow palette for mesmerising eye definition through to flawless foundation shades that you can custom-make, heads will turn at your #Makeupgame.”

I headed over to Superdrug’s website and had a flick through what they had, they currently have 3 for 2 on their products so I literally wanted one of everything but I had to limit myself *sobs* so I grabbed their foundation in shade 10 (£12.95), concealer in shade 10 (£8.95) and powder blush set in blush 1 (£8.95).

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First up is the Nip + Fab foundation, not having the products in store makes it incredibly hard to buy without testing it out before hand *sad face*, I picked the foundation up in shade 10 which I believe shade 5 is the lightest, though on the website photos it looks like 10 is lighter than 5.. you see my problem here. The good thing about these Nip + Fab foundations is that they also do a lighter and darker foundations drops (£12.95) so you can just add a couple of drops in and make your own shade.. magic!

When I first applied this foundation I noticed that it has a warmer tone to it rather than the cooler tones I tend to go for but once applied it gave me that much needed vibrancy that my regular skin tone lacks. The foundation is medium coverage, it blends incredibly well and manages to cover over all my imperfections nicely without any need for a second coat leaving me with a flawless matte base.

The foundation is so lightweight I even forget i’m wearing any which is perfect for me because there is nothing worse than it sitting heavy on my face all day especially with summer coming up. I’ve found that at the end of the day i’m left without an oily t-zone and no need for a top up, a win win in my eyes! This has definitely got to be my new favourite foundation as of yet!

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I grabbed Nip + Fab’s concealer in the shade 10 but i’m in the same dilemma with that in terms of shade as again it is a warmer tone. The concealer is light weight and not heavy on the eyes but provides full coverage, it’s so great it even covers over my horrendous black eye bags.

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Lastly I grabbed Nip + Fab Blusher Palette in Blushed 1, which comes in four beautiful pink and coral shades, Flamingo, Cocktail, Whisper and Velvet. Each of the shades are buttery and beautifully pigmented leaving a soft and subtle glow to my pale skin, absolutely perfect for summer.

I would definitely recommend that you head over and treat yourself to some Nip + Fab bits, you won’t regret it!

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Revlon ColourStay Foundation | A Must Have!

When it comes around to that time to buy foundation I always dread it because I struggle buying my shade, being pale most of the lightest shades from drugstores are ivory and tend to have a slight warmer tone to them which I need more of a cooler tone so I tend to go to the more higher end foundations, the only drugstore foundation that i’ve yet got on with is the Boujour Healthy Mix.

I have used Revlon’s Colour Stay foundation in the past, the version without a pump, but it really didn’t get on with my skin, I don’t know if it was a bad batch or something but I found it impossible to blend and it was so thick. A couple of weeks ago I was wandering round Boots swatching different foundations and came across ColourStay again, I tried the pump version and this seemed better suited for me.

Revlon’s ColourStay foundation (£12.99) has 35 different shades and all suitable for all skin types covering dry/normal and combination/oily.

“ColorStay™ Makeup now with a convenient pump applicator for mess free application. Flawless, matte coverage that lasts up to 24 hours.”


I picked up combination/oily in the shade ivory, as i’ve mentioned above ivory tends to be warmer, but this is definitely toned down, it is better suited for my skin without being ghostly white. The foundation is quite thin, which one pump does my whole face sometimes less than that, it is really lightweight and provides medium coverage which is easily buildable without getting that cakey look.

I tend to have quite a bit of redness and dark circles, this foundation works wonders to even out my skin tone leaving me with a fresh and matte looking base. I can honestly vouch for the foundation being long lasting, I can apply the foundation approximately 3pm and work a 12 1/2 hour night shift and it’s still perfect in the morning without looking oily making me look better than I feel.

This honestly is my new favourite and will always have a spot in my makeup bag.

What’s your favourite drugstore foundation?

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Mini Boots Haul

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Having a Boots store literally just down the road does me no favours for my makeup addiction! I am forever walking round the store with Scarlett getting bits and bobs, I literally can’t help myself. I have been on the look out for a new foundation as I currently use Lush Colour Supplement in Jackie Oates but it doesn’t really provide the coverage I would like when my face breaks out. I stumbled across this Bourjois Healthy Mix in Light Vanilla (£9.99) which is their lightest shade, I swatched it in store even though there were no mirrors and bad lighting it looked pretty good so I grabbed it.

As many bloggers will know it is a huge pain in the arse when you buy something you want to review on your blog but you can’t use it until it’s photographed but I managed to get around this because it’s pumpable (YAY). I got home and tried it out straight away, I instantly liked how it wasn’t too thick and creamy compared to some foundations as that can feel quite heavy on my face and look cakey for my liking.  I also love how this foundation provides me with a lovely full coverage from just one pump for my whole face and yet it looks really natural adding a subtle healthy glow.

I also picked up the Bourjois Colorband (£5.99) in the shades Brun Dadaiste and Beige Minimal I bought these after seeing them being used on a bloggers Youtube video, which I can’t remember for the life of me but I adored the colours. When I headed to Boots they had a 3 for 2 offer on all Bourjois products so I swatched these and instantly fell in love with the pigmentation, it was simply stunning. These Colorbands have a lovely creamy texture which glide over your eyelids effortlessly staying put for hours without the need of a eye primer and are crease free what more could you want?!

I am not a huge eyeshadow wearer I usually opt for a winged liner and plus I am also totally useless at blending! though I have found these Colorbands to be fantastic making my life so much easier too, they are super easy to blend leaving your eyes looking amazing in a couple of seconds.

I would definitely say that was a successful mini haul and I shall be purchasing the other shades at some point!

Have you tried any of these these? What did you think?

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Bare Minerals | Bare Skin Foundation

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Bare Minerals | Bare Skin Foundation (RRP £26.00)

I have read quite a lot of good reviews regarding Bare Minerals as a company and their Bare Skin foundation so after receiving an offer to try a sample of their foundation I headed to House of Fraser in Manchester to get a colour match. The staff were lovely and welcoming, i’m always super shy when meeting new people but she was lovely and she matched my skin to bare porcelain giving me a small sample tube of the foundation also.

“Our first ever mineral foundation and skincare serum in one. This ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin.”

This foundation is not like any other it is a tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one, with the added bonus that it is natural! NO parabens. Now to the review.

When I got the sample home I instantly tested it as I had already been wearing M.A.C. Studio Fix SPF 15 all day so when I had the colour match I just had it tested on my jaw line. Upon first impressions the foundation was quite watery and thin which is not what I am used to when using foundations I was not sure whether this was a good or bad thing.

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It is suggested that you start with one drop buffing it onto your skin and then repeat for your desired coverage, though I found that after 4 or more drops dark circles and spots were still visible. I also found that after moisturising and using face primer there were parts of my face that looked flakey after applying the Bare Minerals foundation which does not happen usually. I must say that I am quite disappointed that this foundation did not work for me after reading the good reviews and the description of the product.

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Overall, Bare Minerals did not work for my skin, I am not sure as to why but after several attempts of application on different days it does not seem to like it. The foundation did not cover over those pesky dark circles, spots, red patches and leaving my face with some dry flakey patches as you can see in the photos.

2/5

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Have you tried Bare Minerals before? What did you think? I would love to know.

Click on their logo below to head over to their website.

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Latest In Beauty Box

I stumbled across the user ‘Which Beauty Boxon Instagram, she reviews the most popular beauty boxes on offer in the UK and after scrolling through all the different types of beauty boxes I instantly fell in love with the Latest In Beauty Box which was a collaboration with Glamour Magazine. It included fantastic luxury samples as well as a free 12 month subscription to Glamour Magazine.

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So what was in the box?

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 30ml

Eyeko Eye Makeup Remover Wipes x10

Phillip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence 60ml

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer 30ml

James Read Sleep Mask Tan 25ml

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara 12ml Full Size

Maybelline Stripped Nudes Lipstick 24m Full Size

Glamour Magazine Subscription

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First up is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (RRP £14.75 100ml full size) this product works absolute wonders for my skin it literally does what it says on the tin. Phase one of the application consists of cleansing your face to remove any remaining makeup which follows on to the second phase which is polishing, this is where you polish off the cream using the Liz Earle pure muslin cloth, this dislodges dead skin cells leaving behind clean, soft and radiant skin. This product literally leaves my skin as soft as a babies bottom, you can tell instantly that your face has been cleansed from any grime that has built up throughout the day. I would definitely buy the full sized product and recommend it as part of anyones daily skin routine.

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When I saw that the box included Eyeko mascara off wipes (RRP £6 x10) I was pleased as unfortunately I am forever running out of makeup wipes. These sound fantastic as they contain olive oil and aloe extract conditioning and soothing your eyes, even better they are paraben, sulphates and phthalates free. The packet mentions that they are ‘quick and easy’ and wow they literally are, I am usually scrubbing my makeup off for a good 5 mins  with standard makeup wipes but with these you hold the wipe over your eye for a few seconds and then wipe away your makeup. Within two wipes my mascara was off, I had wiped the whole of my makeup off within a minute which is great. Will I be buying these again? probably not as even though they are fantastic they are a little pricey for 10 wipes.

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I am forever trying out different hair products to prevent it becoming damaged, when I read up on the description of this Phillip Kingsley Daily Defence Spray (RRP £6.50 60ml) and saw that it mentioned “spray into wet hair to detangle, add shine and get rid of fuzz”, I had to try it out. My hair is constantly a tangled mess which is a huge pain as I spend a good half hour each day trying to de-knot it. I used this product on my wet hair and let it to naturally dry. Upon first impressions it smelt absolutely gorgeous, I am used to awakening with knotted hair no matter what I do to it the night before, but with this product it was not the case my hair still felt smooth and barely a knot in sight. I would definitely buy the full sized product once I have used up all of this and would recommend anyone to try it.

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I have always used moisturiser as a base for my foundation and was recommended to use primer as well, as my skin routine I used Aveeno daily moisturising lotion and then applied the Laura Mercier foundation primer (RRP £29 50ml). This was a lightweight cream which was easily applied and non sticky, once my foundation was applied it minimised the look of my pores which I have always had a problem covering up. The primer also put a stop to the need of multiple touch ups even when running round after my 6 month old little girl, in my opinion this is fantastic and I am really happy with the outcome, I will be purchasing the full sized product when this is empty.

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This James Read sleep mask tan (RRP £25 50ml) contains a touch of self-tan with all the benefits of skin care essentials such as Aloe Vera and Cucumber leaving your skin moisturised, soothed with the added bonus of a golden glow. You use a small amount of this blending it over your face, jaw-line and neck and applying any remaining product over your ears. I am not keen on using self-tan however I tested it on my hand with a small amount and left it over night, the coverage was great and it was a nice subtle tone.

3/5

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I was grateful that the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara (RRP £9.99) was in the box as a new one was needed so that was a great bonus. It states that it gives “360° volume the second it’s applied. The wonder wand’s unique brush coats every lash, ensuring clump-free definition”. I quite like this product as it pretty much does what it says however my lashes seem to clump together so unfortunately I am still on the hunt for a five star mascara.

4/5

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Maybelline Stripped Nudes Lipstick (RRP £6.99). I was excited when I saw this in the box, I am in love with nude colours at the minute. This product smells of coco butter/vanilla, it makes you want to eat it. I love how the texture feels it is nice and creamy therefore easy to apply however after a few hours the lipstick dries and if you have dry lips like me it does not look great.

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Also received with the Latest In Beauty box was the Glamour Magazine subscription this was a digital copy that was downloadable using the code that was given on the leaflet inside the box, this gives the user a 12 month subscription. The box was well worth getting with £83.47 worth of products for £15.99 it is an absolute bargain. I will definitely be purchasing the next box from them.

Have you received a Latest In Beauty box? What are your opinions on the products included?

Head over to their website and pick your own beauty box up via their logo below!

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M·A·C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation

M·A·C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation 30ml (RRP £21.50)

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I’ve always had problems matching a foundation to my skin which either dried my skin out, looked greasy or just didn’t match my skin tone. I had a few recommendations to try M.A.C. foundation so I decided to go to Selfridges M.A.C. store to get a colour match which they matched it perfectly.

My skin tone was NW13 and decided to go for the Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 as I really liked the outcome of this when the colour match was done. I thought that I would review this product further for anyone who has not tried M.A.C. before or would just like a good foundation.

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After using this product for a number of weeks I have been extremely satisfied, I have found that it gives a fantastic coverage giving a smooth look to the skin. Unfortunately I have quite blotchy skin in some areas and get spots so I have found this foundation also fantastic for covering all those pesky areas, even without concealer which is brilliant!

I have always found that after using this product my skin looks fresh and vibrant giving it a lovely matt finish. An added bonus this foundation ticked all the boxes that most did not fulfil.

5/5 

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