Another day means another foundation review! Apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks I’ve been super busy and it seems by blog has been neglected in the process.
I’ll be honest I’ve never really been interested in powder foundation before but heard such good things about Bare Minerals I thought its only fair I give it a go. I’ve never really understood the concept of powder foundation or believed it could provide the coverage of a liquid foundation. This however has potentially changed my mind!
I’ve been wanting to review this for a while but unfortunately I needed a week in the sun before I could even contemplate wearing the shade I had been matched up to. Either Boots had really bad lighting or the assistant mistook me for an oompa loompa! That said the shade R350 is the perfect shade for when I’m on holiday which you can see from my picture is more like the colour of bronzer.
Bare Minerals have a brush specially designed to use with this foundation however it’s pretty pricey and as long as you have a flat topped brush it will do the trick. I like to use either a Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Real Techniques Kabuki Brush to buff into my skin and build coverage.
The coverage can be anything from natural to full coverage and you can build up gradually, in fact I was surprised how full coverage this could be. I personally really like this foundation for holidays what I love is that it’s like your skin but with a smoother more even finish. Like your skin but better!
Now for cons! If you have blemishes or spot prone skin this foundation isn’t going to look as great or provide the same finish as liquid foundation. I love this foundation for good skin days but it’s just not in the same category as a liquid foundation for covering blemishes and it can get a little cakey if you keep trying to cover them.
As for staying power this holds up pretty well when teamed with primer. A few blots are needed throughout the day but what oily girl doesn’t! After a busy day in the office I still look presentable so this passes the test.
So my final thoughts on Bare Minerals Ready Foundation…If you have relatively good skin this is a really nice foundation that will provide a flawless finish, buildable coverage and its quick and easy to apply. If your super oily and spot prone I would stick to liquid foundation I really like this foundation but I’m not a powder foundation convert by any means!
On a slightly lighter note than my previous post last night saw me get glammed up and head out for cocktails with my friends. You can read all about my bank holiday look below.
To start I prepped my face with my favourite moisturiser Dermalogica Active Moist which is perfect for oily skin. I then applied Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer to create a smooth base. For foundation I used Mac Studio Fix Fluid which is my go to for nights out and applied with a damp beauty blender. I used the shade NW30 to add some warmth to my skin.
I brightened the under eye area with Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach and a few drops of Macs Lustre Drops on the cheek bones to highlight. I set my foundation and concealer with Mac Studio Finish Powder in NC42.
I have green eyes and I find that the best colours to accentuate them are brown or bronze shades. I chose to use Mac Amber Lights all over the lid and used a Collection Gel Eyeliner to tight line and ran across the lid to create a subtle winged look .In the waterline I used A Rimmel black kohl liner and lashes was my go to Chanel Le Volume Mascara! For my brows I used Mac’s pencil in Spike and Brow Gel in Show off.
To contour I used a Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Give Me Sun which I picked up from Mac on Wednesday which is really lovely. I wanted to create a warm rosy look so applied Bobbi Brown Pink Coral Shimmer Blush to the apple of the cheeks and a healthy amount of Macs Soft & Gentle highlighter on the cheek bones,down the nose and on the cupids bow.
To compliment the bronze eye shadow I opted for Macs Please Me lipstick which is a soft girly pink. The matte finis is perfect for nights out as it doesn’t budge.
I usually wear my hair down for nights out but fancied a change last night and wore my hair in a chic up do using my Balmain B-Loved. I washed my hair earlier that morning and left to dry naturally.
To start I teased my hair and sprayed short bursts of Schwarzkopf Got2b big sexy hairspray to create volume at the crown. I put my hair in a low pony tail and looped through to create a bun letting any loose bits fall down to frame my face. Clipping the Balmain B-loved over the bun I had just created I then swirled it round to create a large chignon and pinned into place. I sprayed this with hairspray to hold and pulled out a few bits from the bun to give it a messy look.
Another day means another foundation to review and this one is gradually climbing to the top of my make up bag. The foundation I will be reviewing is the Clinique Stay Matte liquid foundation and its fast becoming my go to foundation each morning. I first bought this foundation when it first came out about 2 years ago and had heard it was going to replace the ‘Superfit’ foundation which was firm favourite with me and my friends. In fact this was my HG until I started wearing the Chanel Pro-Lumiere but again this was another one that was discontinued.
So I’ll start with the packaging which Iove. The foundation comes in a plastic squeezy tube which is a really nice change from the usual glass bottles this means it doesn’t weigh down my make up bag and you can control the amount of product perfectly without getting it every where. (Hurrah! Take note MAC!)
I have this foundation in 2 shades the lightest one being 9-Neutral which is perfect for winter and also the shade 14-Vanilla for the summer months which is slightly more golden. In terms of shades they aren’t as yellow as some of MAC shades and the 2 shades I own are definitely a more neutral tone. I actually really like neutral shades as I find sometimes MAC foundations can be too yellow or too warm and I end up having to mix them. I would recommend getting matched up at the Clinique counter or using Findation.com to help find your shade-I will pop the link to Findation below.
The consistency of this foundation is very much like the MAC Studio Sculpt which for those of you that don’t know is a gel based foundation- so its not as runny as your average liquid foundation. I have applied this foundation many ways but again find that the most effective is with a damp Beauty Blender. This foundation is sheer to medium coverage and using the Beauty Blender I am able to get a more medium coverage and can build this up really easily.
I have been using this foundation for the past week and I’ve fallen in love with it all over again! It feels creamy to apply and comfortable on my skin and provides enough coverage to cover my blemishes as well as being flawless. Don’t be afraid of the matte in the name this foundation is by no means heavy or powdery.
Stay Matte is still a foundation I would definitely recommend for oily skin if teamed with the right products. I will be posting a blog soon on how to get the most out of your foundation.
Over all I’m really happy with this foundation and could well be on the way to earning HG status. I think it’s a really good all-rounder and would also recommend this for someone with normal/dry skin again if teamed with the right products to suit your skin type.
Have you tried the Stay Matte… What did you think?
Monday has arrived again and whilst the sun may be shining it still doesn’t change the fact that its Monday! We all go to bed on Sunday with the best intentions of starting a fresh when we all know that when monday comes your gonna hit that snooze button and squeeze every last bit out the weekend. Which is usually followed by a mad dash to leave the house to get to work on time. Sound familar?
Being a girl this means that despite the Monday morning rush I still like to go into work looking presentable and not looking like i’ve just rocked up out of bed.
Here are my favourite products to beat the Monday morning blues and still make it into work on time.
Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Cream (Intensity 2)
I love the creamy consistency of this, the coverage is sheer to medium and really brightens up my skin hiding the weekends sins! I apply this with a real techniques buffing brush which gives a quick flawless application.
Mac Pro-longwear Concealer
My go to concealer for every day- It does what is says on the tin!
Studio Fix Powder
Perfect for adding extra coverage and setting the BB cream especially if you do have oily/combination skin.
Diego Dalla Palma Special Tanning Cake
I love this bronzer for both contouring and an all over glow. The matte finish makes it perfect for contouring and i’m surprised there is not more rave reviews on this product. You can pick up Diego Dalla Palma products from M&S beauty halls.
Mac Blush (Harmony)
A lot of people use this to contour but I find the its too light for contouring on my skin. This blusher is subtle but perfect for adding a hint of colour and a natural bronzed look.
Eyes & Brows
Chanel Le Volume Mascara
Combined with my Mac lash curler this mascara makes my lashes pop and my eyes look bigger and more awake.
Mac Brow Gel-Show off
I adore this gel! Its perfect for on the go and keeps my brows in tact all day without making them look stiff or clumpy unlike some of the other brow gels on the market. This product is massivley under rated in my opinion its one of my HG products.
Mac Creme De La Femme Lipstick
Lipstick can change your whole look! I love this berry coloured lipstick to brighten up my make up without being too over the top for work!
Mac Electro Lush Lipglass
This is the perfect match for my lipstick. A swipe of this and we’re good to go.