Friday, 29 November 2013

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

There's nothing I love more than purchasing a new foundation and giving it a test drive. As you all probably know by now, I am a big make-up junkie but it seems my collection has more foundation than anything else. I'v done a few posts on different foundations already (and they were viewed by more than i expected!) so i figured I would continue to give my opinions on whatever I can get my hands on. Check out my reviews on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and on the hugely popular Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundations, let me know if you found them helpful.

Rimmel Match Perfection has been on the market for a year at least and I really am kicking myself that I only purchased it now. I LOVE IT. Which, I am very pleasantly surprised by. If you read my last foundation posts you will know that I am extremely fussy when it comes to what I slap onto my face. I expect a lot; lasting power, enough coverage to hide "imperfections" but not for it to look cakey, a nice dewiness but not for it to make me look even more oily and for it to not oxidize on my shite skin and make it look, well, even more shite. 

I'm not going to excite you all and say this foundation is now my holy grail product. But, it is quite good, especially for the price. In fact, I probably would have paid a lot more for it. It feels like an expensive product on the skin which is obviously quite a lovely feeling from something that is about 10euro. 

My thoughts;

It is a dream to apply and blend, I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush (check out my brush post here for more). It has buildable coverage- I assumed it was going to be really lightweight and not cover anything. I have a fair bit of redness and acne, along with scarring and this stuff really did do a good job at hiding it. I would suggest using a concealer if you have loads to cover, I use Collection(2000).

It lasts a lot longer than any other high street foundation I'v tried. My first time using this was when I was going to work as I knew it was a perfect opportunity to really test its staying power. I worked a 6 hour shift but in total I'd say I had this on for a good 9 hours. Yes, I got a little bit shiny on my t-zone but sure, whats new? I applied powder once during the day which is a fairly standard procedure for the majority of us but asides from that, my face actually looked alright. Shocking, I know.

There's some sort of "science-y" thing to this foundation "advanced smart tone technology" which i'm not even going to pretend I understand... Anyway, it means that the foundation is meant to work with your skin to blend into its natural colour. Or something. How it does that, I haven't a fecking clue. But I did notice it blended fairly seamlessly down onto my neck. Now, as far as I know there's only 8 shades available in this foundation so the "match perfection" thing would want to work! It also claims to be enhanced with Sapphire Radiance to give a light reflecting effect, which I find to be the perfect amount of dewiness. Another little plus is that it has an SPF of 18, which is excellent but not so excellent when taking photographs so be careful.

 Just like the product, the packaging is up there with the higher end products. It comes in a fancy glass bottle with a pump and it doesn't look cheap or tacky at all. What more could you ask for? 

Apologies for these crap pictures!

For reference: I use the shade 100 Ivory which I assume is the palest. Also, I have oily skin with a few dry patches and this foundation works well with both although I have read that it isn't great for extremely oily/dry skin so just be aware of that. 

For a product that's about 10euro - good job Rimmel, good job.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

MAC Lipstick - Rebel

My very first MAC lipstick, how I went this long without even trying one amazes me. They are probably the "go-to" brand when searching for a lipstick and I now understand why. They produce great products that do really deliver. I'm not a huge MAC-head, i'v always wanted to but rarely purchase from them, probably because they can be quite expensive but my view has now changed and I already have plans to buy about 20 more lipsticks and am dreaming about owning an entire eyeshadow palette. Someday Aisling, someday.

For the last few months Rebel was on my mind. I wanted a dark plum lipstick but wasn't really sure if I'd have the balls to wear it. I'v probably seen every single picture on google of people wearing it (and looking amazing doing so) and every single picture of a celebrity (Lily Collins, you babe) rocking a dark lip but I still didn't want to buy a tube in case it looked shite on me. Plus, I couldn't afford to splash 20 squids on a product that I may only use once. 

I am delighted I finally went into Brown Thomas and bought it. I'v worn it twice so far, the first time when I was at home when nobody could see me and then the other day I ventured out of the house with it on, although I was fairly paranoid. Now, I may have actually looked shite to other people but I liked it and sure apparently that's all that matters. 

Rebel is marketed as being a "midtonal plum", not too dark and not too light which is fairly spot on. It looks shockingly dark in the bullet but when applied it isn't actually that dramatic. Rebel is a dark berry shade with hints of shimmer (although I didn't really notice them) and a slight blue undertone which I was trilled with because dark shades aren't usually forgiving towards teeth that haven't been bleached white by Hollywood. It stayed on me throughout the night (although I didn't have any drinks) and wasn't overly drying on my lips but I would definitely suggest making sure your lips are well moisturized before applying any lip product. Hello, Vaseline. 

What I really like about this shade is that it seems to suit just about anyone, no matter what skin tone/hair colour you have which makes this a perfect product to add to your make-up kit if you're a make-up artist. It's also really buildable so if you wanted a less dramatic look, apply with your fingers to sheer it out. Want to vamp it up? Apply it directly from the bullet, which is what I did. I used my trusty No7 lipliner in the shade "nude" underneath, but I will definitely be picking up a lipliner in a shade similar to the lipstick as it would probably be a bit easier to apply then. 

In the picture below I did use a filter on Instagram (shame on me) but it didn't alter the shade too much and I actually think it is more true to the colour than before. I paired it with a very minimal, neutral eye look only contouring the eye (using my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette) and applying a bit of liquid eyeliner and mascara. I'v seen this lipstick paired with more dramatic eye looks and it looks just as nice so you can alter it to whatever mood you're in. I can't wait to pair it with a really dark smokey eye, so keep an eye out for pictures.

Filters are my best friend.

Last week I also got my hair cut, finally! My hair grows ridiculously quick and it becomes a total pain in the arse to wash and keep it looking presentable so I'm much happier now that it's a fair bit shorter. What do you all think? I haven't gone blonde yet as I'm still indecisive about it, and I don't have the funds at the moment.

 You can check out my blonde inspiration post here

As always, you can keep up to date with my boring life over on my Twitter page @ilovebarrystea and if you want more regular pictures of my daily make-up (awkward selfies) be sure to follow me on instagram @ilovebarrystea

Monday, 11 November 2013

Grace's FOTD/Tutorial Attempt

My older sister Grace was heading off to a wedding this morning and needed me to do her make-up. I was more than happy as I hadn't ever done her make-up before and it gave me a chance to test out my new Crown blending brushes (which were amazing! Review soon). 

Grace has blue eyes like myself so usually I would have suggested going with a gold smokey eye to enhance the blue, but she was planning on wearing a grey/silver coloured dress with wine coloured shoes so wanted a slightly pink toned smokey eye. The shades I had in mind were all from my Urban Decay Naked palette, as lately I have been opting for the same colours for myself, however Grace pulled out her Naked 2 palette so I had a chance to play around and start mixing the two. 

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately in the pictures, the colours aren't as vibrant but in person it looked slightly more dramatic. I know a lot of people have asked me to do a tutorial on different smokey eyes and I REALLY want to but I'm afraid I won't be able to explain the different steps clearly. I might consider making YouTube videos just so as you can all see me "in action" because I know its easier to watch a tutorial than read one. Let me know if you think it's a good idea! 

I'll run through a list of the products and different shades I used to create this look and attempt to explain where each shade goes. The key to a good smokey eye is the blending, as we don't want any harsh lines, so I really recommend picking up a decent blending brush. I feel it makes a considerable difference and it does the job quicker. I'm not a make-up artist and have no qualifications at all so I'm not saying this is a perfect way of achieving the "smokey eyed" look but sure, it does a graaaand job. I think!

  • I started with the eyes as I knew there would be a fair amount of fallout and there is nothing more annoying than having to wipe the under eye area clean and then having to apply concealer and foundation all over again.

  •  I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid to make sure the eyeshadow stayed in place all day. 

  • I then applied a tiny bit of concealer over the top to blank out any discolouration on the eyelid. 

T-B: C139, C441, UD Flat shadow, RealTechniques Accent brush.

  • Over that, I went in with the shade Sin, a pearly pink colour from the Original Palette and put it all over the lid, making sure not to bring it up onto the crease.

  • Next I took my Crown C441 brush, with the shade Naked, a matte medium brown and blended it into the crease to lightly contour the eye and blend the above colour. 

  • I took my Urban Decay flat shadow brush and applied Toasted a deeper pink/wine shade, onto the outer corners of the eye, blending it up slightly to create a "winged out effect". You may need to go over this shade a few times to build up the darkness.

  • Again, with the C441 brush and a tiny bit of Naked, I blended away any harsh lines.

  • I then took the shade Busted, a plum/purple colour from the Naked 2 palette on my C139 brush (which is smaller and slightly stiffer than the one previously mentioned) and brought the shade into the socket and really lightly contoured the crease. This is the darkest of all shades used, I thought it was an interesting pop of colour. This step is optional and annoyingly isn't even visible in the pictures!?

  • Yet again, with the C441 brush and a tiny bit of Naked, I blended away any harsh lines. This really does help create a gradient effect from the eyelid up to the brow bone.

L-R: Foxy, Half-Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

  • Using my UD flat brush I placed the shade YDK, a bronzed pink colour, from Naked 2 on the centre of the lid blending in towards the outer corner, to add a bit of glitter. I found this and Sidecar from the Original palette to be quite similar so either one would do. 

L-R: Venus, Foxy, WOS, Naked 2, Faint, Crave

  • To highlight the inner corners of the eye I placed Venus, a pearly shade from the Naked Basics Palette around the tearduct area, and then applied a tiny bit under the brow to highlight the brow bone. I used my Real Techniques Accent brush to do this as it is really tiny and perfect for adding small detail. 

L-R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half-baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

  • Next, using Blackout, a matte black from Naked 2, I applied it along the lashline to create a very soft winged out line. I then went in with L'oreal Super Liner to colour in any space between the black shadow and the lashline. This gives the illusion of thicker lashes and further defines the eye.

    • The black shadow was brought lightly onto the outer corners of the lower lash line and then blended in using Faint, a medium to dark matte brown from the Basics palette. 

    • Grace popped on some mascara (she used They're Real by Benefit) while i defined her brows lightly using the Catrice brow box and the eyes were complete!

    Smashbox Primer, Benefit Porefessional, L'oreal Moisturizer

    • She applied some of my L'oreal Skin Perfection moisturizer to her face and when that had dried I used Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to give a smooth base and to make sure her make-up lasted all day, and all night. Normally, Grace would have used Benefit Porefessional which would have done the same job. 

    Benefit Dandelion & Hoola

    • I applied Revlon Colourstay Foundation, with Collection concealer to conceal any light imperfections and also to conceal under the eye. This concealer was a few shades lighter than the foundation so actually acted as a bit of a highlighter too. Next, I went in with Benefit Hoola bronzer to sculpt her face and Benefit Dandelion blusher to add some colour back into her cheeks. I used a tiny dab of Benefit Highbeam to make her cheekbones stand out.

    • The lipstick Grace used was a L'oreal Riche in the shade "500 Arden Sunset" mixed with a Topshop shade which i think was either "Satin" or "Show Off" to create the red/wine lip to match her shoes. I thought it really complimented her eyes and brought the whole look together.

    T-B: L'oreal liquid liner, Revlon Colourstay, UD Primer, RT Crease brush, Collection concealer, RT Buffing brush

    And there you go! My awful attempt at a tutorial... If anyone could actually follow that without getting bored and learned something please do let me know because I will be happily surprised!

    Tuesday, 22 October 2013

    Howiya Liebster Awards!

    What a lovely little surprise! 

    I am so fecking DELIGHTED to be nominated for a Liebster Award by the lovely Sarah over at Beauty With Brushes. I am so happy I was even considered by Sarah, and wasn't even aware she knew of my blog until now! This little blog started as a hobby but has grown considerably since it began in August. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to put a lot of time into it recently as I'v been working a lot but I will get into a routine and post more frequently. 

    For now, I will get onto the whole reason behind this post. The Liebster Awards is all about sharing new blogs and helping them get discovered. The rule is to nominate blogs with below 200 followers, and I am waaaay below 200 so Sarah, again, thank you for this nomination! 

    There are a few little fun rules of this competition which I have learned from reading Sarah's post;

    - Thank and link your nominator, which I have already done. ;)

    - Post 11 facts about yourself.

    - Reply to the 11 questions your nominator has come up with.

    - Make up your own 11 questions to set to your own nominees. 

    - And finally, link 5 or 11 blogs that you wish to nominate.

    So, I better get cracking with it!

    11 facts about myself; 
    (apologies in advance if these are extremely boring)

    1. I have 5 sisters, which nearly everyone finds fascinating and hard to believe!

    2. I rarely wear any coloured clothes. My mam calls me her "mono-chrome daughter".

    3. This has led to my obsession with white t shirts  I have over 30 and still haven't found the perfect one. Sad, I know.

    4. I have OCD of some kind. 

    5. I have a few strange phobias; a fear of dust and er, bathrooms. I wish I was kidding.

    6. I am sarcastic a lot of the time. So much so that people generally never know when I am being serious or not.

    7. I have 4 pets; 2 ginger cats called BamBam and Carl and 2 dogs called Charlie and Dougal. If you think those names are strange, we have called previous cats Kevin, Fatass, Chelsea and Ruby. We had reasons, I swear.

    8. I have wanted to be an architect since I was about 7 when my mam told me what a person who designs houses was.

    9. I am obsessed with the program Grand Designs. And yes, I do fancy the arse of the presenter Kevin McCloud. Go on, judge me!  I am also obsessed with The US Office. My friend Ailbhe and I would proper cry laughing at that show. It never gets old.

    10. I am a Coeliac, someone who is allergic to gluten. So I can't eat bread and cakes and all those lovely things. I expect lots of pity...

    11. I love rugby. And not just because the players wear tiny shorts. 

    Now onto Sarah's questions;

    1. When did you start your blog and why? I started my blog in August 2013 because I was bored and needed to focus my energy on something I enjoyed and knew a lot (probably only a little bit) about.

    2. What is your most expensive piece of makeup? The soon-to-be-mine Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. That stuff is seriously pricey! 

    3. What brand of brushes do you use? All brands raging from cheap to fairly expensive. If it works, I don't care where its from. I have a great little blending brush from H&M! At the moment, the Real Techniques brushes are a favourite!

    4. What would you describe your style as? Most would describe it as boring! haha, as mentioned I mainly stick to a plain colour palette. I am fairly simple. My usual outfit is a pair of black skinnies, white top and leather jacket/blazer with cons. Or even more usually, a pair of Cantos and  a comfy hoody. 

    5. What is your favourite type/pair of shoes? Without a doubt, My Christian Louboutins. Yes, I have to squeeze my feet into them but the pain is so worth it. 

    6. How & where do you store your makeup and brushes? I usually chuck everything into a big box I have in my room. It's handier to keep everything together so on a busy morning, I can grab the box and I know everything is there. As for my brushes, I keep them in my favourite mug on top of my dresser. Not much more will fit into it though.

    7. What one item is always in your handbag? Asides from the obvious- wallet, passport, glasses and a bit of make-up... Probably chewing gum. 

    8. Do you own more high end or drugstore makeup? Honestly, I think this one is 50/50. I really enjoy to slurge and treat myself to high end stuff. I will save and save for just one item! I also equally love purchasing drugstore make-up. Howiya, Rimmel!

    9. What is your favourite TV show & why? Close call between Grand Designs and The US Office. I'l go with The Office because it will always remind me of one of my best friends, Ailbhe. And it will always make me laugh. Genius writing.

    10. Describe your skin care regime. Oh jaysus, I barely have a regime! For someone with shite skin this is pretty bad, I know. I always cleanse and moisturize. Exfoliate when needed. That's pretty much it but I promise, I will make it better!

    11. Daddy or chips? I'm not quite sure what this question is, but I will go with chips? Assuming its the food. I  do love food.

    My 11 super interesting questions for you;

    1. What has been the proudest moment in your life?

    2. Your most beloved make-up product? Only one now ;)

    3. If your friends described you in one sentence, what would it be?

    4. Nights in or nights out?

    5. Do you love an oul selfie? I will admit, I do. 

    6. What is your wardrobe staple?

    7. What was your blog inspiration? I know mine was 

    8. Your guilty pleasure? Mine is Kevin McCloud. 

    9. Top beauty tip?

    10. How do you like your eggs in the morning?

    11. Are you bored yet? 

    And finally, my nominees; 

    Even Dougal is delighted.

    Disclaimer: I took these photos from Google and I'm not sure if that is allowed. 

    Wednesday, 16 October 2013

    Going Blonde.

    I have been bored with my hair for quite a while now. It's just so plain. I have a few natural ginger/auburn highlights running through it, which gives an alright effect but I have just been desperate to enhance it some more. For ages, I was considering getting some copper highlights, just to make it brighter but I have now decided I want to go full on blonde.

    But I am absolutely bricking it. It can very easily mess up, especially because I have dark enough hair already. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. Do I just suck it up and chance it or do I just stick with my boring mane of hair? 

    I'd love all of your feedback on the topic of going blonde. Did it work out for you or did it go disastrously wrong? Many people have told me that the upkeep can be extremely expensive, because the roots grow out so quickly.  Also, because bleach is often used it can dry the hair out and leave it very damaged. Which is not something anyone wants.

    If you are from around the Dublin area, where did you go to get your hair done? I'v heard a few suggestions as to where do the best highlights but i'd really appreciate more opinions! I'd be willing to pay good money to get the best job done, as it is something i'v wanted for a long time now.  

    Here are some pictures I found online, and are what I want my hair to turn out like. It may be impossible to achieve the same look (especially because all these women are absolutely stunning anyway and can pull it off) and because it looks like they have naturally light ashy toned hair already, whereas mine is more warm toned and red.

    Do you reckon it would suit me? Or would it look kind of shite? All opinions are very much appreciated! 

    Sunday, 6 October 2013

    More Love For Urban Decay (24/7 Glide On Eyeliner)

    So I have another Urban Decay review today. Is it obvious I am obsessed with the brand? Their products for eye make-up are especially fantastic and in my opinion are right up there at the top with the likes of MAC. They are known for their rich pigmented, long lasting shades and these eyeliner pencils are exactly that. 

    These little babies are perfectly creamy and waterproof which is what every eyeliner should be, in my opinion. The colour selection is the best I have ever seen, with 40 different shades ranging from blacks and browns to shocking neon pinks and metallic. There is something to suit everyone and every eye look whether you want something subtle or something bright and colourful.

    I have 2 of the eyeliners, along with one I stole from Mammy's make up bag (sorry). I would definitely use these every single day, depending on what look I am going for. I tend to be a bit boring with colour and opt for neutral shades all the time so the pinks, greens and blues wouldn't be for me however, I wouldn't say no to trying them! 

    The packaging is completely true to the actual colour.

    Zero, the perfect black. I mainly use this when I am doing a full on black smokey eye. It defines the eyes amazingly. I have light blue eyes so tend to stay away from this for daytime wear or when wearing a light smokey eye as it can be a bit too dark and intense and can really close up the eye. (Thank you to Karen for gifting it to me!)

    Bourbon, this shade is absolutely stunning. Its a really nice medium brown with gold glitter running throughout. This would definitely be my go-to shade as the hint of gold really brings out the blue in my eyes. This goes perfectly with my everyday bronze smokey eye using the shades Half Baked, Smog and Darkhorse from the Urban Decay Naked Palette as they are all warm-toned.

    Underground, another go-to shade. This is again, a medium brown but with (from what I can see) silver/taupe glitter running throughout. This colour would be more suited to people with brown or green eyes as the silver creates a great contrast, although, it doesn't stop me from wearing it. I usually pair it with my pinkish plum smokey eye, using the shades Sin, Sidecar, Hustle and Toasted from the Urban Decay Naked Palette as they are all slightly more cool-toned. 

    I am currently lusting after the shades Smog (matches the eyeshadow), which is a brown but with copper glitter particles and Corrupt, another brown but with both reddish/copper and silver glitter. I really need to stop with the browns...

    Available at Debenhams and Urban Decay counters at around 15-18euro per pencil.

    Look out for the 24/7 Glide On gift-sets which I think are usually out around Christmas time at really decent prices. I know there is a complete collection of all the shades but that may have been a limited edition, like their 15th Anniversary gift-set. 

    Thursday, 3 October 2013

    Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

    Urban Decay can do no wrong in my eyes.  Their Naked collection has been one of the most popular collections ever. It includes the famous Original Naked Palette, the Naked Palette 2, the Naked Basics Palette, the Naked Flushed Palette (bronzer, blusher, highlight), the Naked foundation and BB cream, lipglosses, powders and as far as I know, a few Naked nail varnishes with colours matching the Original Palette. Basically, it is the perfect collection for someone who leans towards the more natural or "naked" colour scheme. 

    So far, I have two of the mentioned products; the Original Palette which I am head over heels in love with and the Naked Basics Palette both courtesy of Santa, (thank you). I will post a bit more of a lengthy post on the Original Palette if anyone wants but to be honest, there are already millions of reviews online and I don't want to bore you all. Although I will say, I use both these palettes every single day so that should prove how much I love them.

    Anyway, onto the actual review.  The Naked Basics Palette comes with 6 shades, 5 being a matte finish and then the intended highlighter "Venus" being a slightly satin-y finish. At first glance, I was slightly disappointed there were only 6 shades on offer, with the Original palette containing 12. However, as the name suggests, this is only intended to cover the basic needs of an eye make-up look such as contouring, highlighting and lining the eye before you would go in with extra colour if wanted. 

    Personally, I tend to reach for my Original palette to add a tiny pop of colour because most days I need to brighten up my eyes. However, I have created a look using just the Basics alone which is why I highly recommend this palette. It is perfect for creating a simple eye look, for those days when you just don't have the time to mess around or when you are wearing a dramatic lip colour and need only a slight contouring of the eye to add shape and dimension. 

    The shades in the palette are;

    Venus, a light creamy colour with a satin finish perfect for highlighting the inner corner of the eye and around the tear duct area. I also use the tiniest bit of it on the brow bone to softly highlight that area when wearing a more dramatic eye look.

    Foxy, a yellow toned matte shade which I use as a base colour before I even begin to contour. I find putting a base colour on after primer helps all the other colours blend better. I also use this on the brow bone when I want a more natual highlight. 

    W.O.S, a pink toned matte shade, used in the exact same way as Foxy but more suited to people with naturally pink under-toned skin. 

    Naked 2, the most perfect contour colour. It has a slightly grey tone so creates a more natural contour (shadow). I wish they would release a blusher or face contour in a shade similar to this. It's quite light too so on pale skin like my own it blends in great. 

    Faint, a darker contour colour, it's more brown than grey. I use it all along the crease line if i want a more dramatic effect, or just in the outer edges to help create that winged out "V" shape. This would be great on darker skin tones.

    Crave, an extremely dark and pigmented black shade. It is so hard to get a pure black shadow, without any glitter and one that is pigmented enough to create the desired effect. I mainly use this as a liner when I don't want to overload the eye with gel liner. It gives a real smooth line and is great if you want to define the eye but in a subtle way. I also pop this into the outer corners of the crease to create a dramatic winged out effect. 

    As I have already mentioned, I use this palette every single day and I would recommend it to anyone. It is so handy to have in your make-up bag as all the matte shades you could ever need are all together in a perfectly sized compact. Also, it's perfect to chuck in your handbag and use on the go. There's a mirror in the inside which is great however, it would have been even better if a travel sized blending brush was included as taking out extra brushes while on the go can be a pain in the arse. 

    It is priced at 26euro (the other two eye palettes being 44euro) so I think it is great value for what you are getting. These things last FOREVER too.

    Available at Debenhams and all Urban Decay counters. 

    Have you tried it?
    Have you got any of the Naked Collection yet?
    And will I do a full review on the Original Palette?

    Thursday, 19 September 2013

    Bourjois Healthy Mix Collection

    When I was 13 and started wearing make-up I tried every single drugstore foundation I could find. It suited my budget and back then I hadn't a clue about make-up so would lash anything on if I thought it might hide my face. I think my very first foundation was Rimmel Stay Matte, and was about 5 shades too dark for my pale skin. Embarrassingly, I still wore it (any pictures of that time have been banished forever, unfortunately). I hated the stuff. My face would be a horrible, shiny, orange mess by the time I would arrive home after school. I continued trying out brand after brand, going from Essence to Loreal to Maybelline to Revlon and at one desperate stage, I tried the MaxFactor Pan Stick.

    It was probably about 2 years later that I finally managed to build up my savings to purchase my first ever high-end foundation. I had done a little bit of research but eventually settled on a MAC foundation. I found out the hard way that me and MAC foundations do not get along. I eventually stumbled upon a YouTube video that introduced me to Estee Lauder Double Wear and I have been a devoted lover of it since. However, f you have read my very first post, you will know that mine and Estee's relationship has come to an end and so my foundation journey continues.

    I picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and the Healthy Mix Foundation about a year ago. I was definitely sceptical as I had such a bad experience with drugstore foundations before. To be totally honest, I didn't give these foundations a chance. I applied them both once and realised they would never compare to Double Wear in terms of coverage and staying power so I chucked them in a drawer and forgot about them. I really regret that now.

    Bourjois have created an absolutely beautiful product, in both the serum formula and the original foundation. I think this collection has been the most talked about/blogged about drugstore product EVER, with very good reason. I decided to try these out when I became sick of the "mask" effect I was getting from heavier foundations. I obviously wanted to cover my imperfections and acne but for the little bit of skin that was decent, I wanted to let it shine through.

    These foundations do exactly that;

     They provide buildable coverage. In my opinion, the original HM Foundation gives more of a medium coverage while the HM Serum is slightly lighter, so perfect for those who have only a small bit of pigmentation to cover. At the moment, I am using the original foundation paired with my Collection concealer and it is a match made in heaven. It literally covers everything, and trust me, I have a LOT to cover.

    They provide a healthy complexion. These foundations are very much true to their name. They bring a perfect radiance to the face, giving a dewy, healthy and natural effect. I find the Original to be more of a semi-matte finish, (perfect for oily skin) and the Serum to be more of a dewy finish (perfect for dry skin). The foundation can thank its fruity ingredients for this effect, mainly the Apricot for providing the radiant glow.

    They are extremely light on the skin. So you won't feel it heavy and wont think "my skin can't breathe" while wearing it. Once its on, it really doesn't feel like you are wearing anything at all. I think its always best to apply a heavy duty concealer to pinpoint the areas where you need coverage and then leave the rest of the skin to just the foundation. It will look a lot more natural and always remember, less is definitely more.

    This foundation is the perfect daytime foundation however, I have yet to use it on a night out. Personally I prefer a slightly heavier foundation for these occasions as I want my skin to be completely flawless and I also want to know my foundation won't be sliding all over the place after a night of dancing. This is where the Bourjois Healthy Mix has slightly let itself down. It definitely does not live up to the "16 hour wear" claim. I would say at a push it lasts 8 hours, which isn't bad at all for a foundation that is less than 20euro (I think its around 15euro).

    I also picked up the concealer that matches the foundation, expecting it to be just as good. Honestly, I didn't like it that much. It did the job but not as good as the Collection concealer did, and it's a few quid cheaper. I made the mistake of grabbing the first shade I saw, thinking it looked about right but coming home to find it was a shade darker than the foundation. Which doesn't really work as concealer is meant to disguise things, not bring them to attention by being darker. Maybe this is the reason why I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have. Also, it would definitely be more of an "under eye concealer" than a spot cover up.

    Let me know if you have tried this foundation, although I think almost everyone has.
    Did you find it good/bad/only alright?
    And what is your current foundation? I'd love to hear so I can try them all out!