Friday, 22 August 2014

The High End Foundation Breakdown.

High end foundations are definitely a love-hate relationship. (I love them, my bank balance does all the hate). I've tried my hand and uhh face at many makeovers and samples over the years, heck I've even partied with a pretty penny in exchange for a 30ml bottle on numerous occasions(that might explain the overflowing drawers). Here's a run down of my favourites, just don't ask me to to pick my number one..

1. Chanel Vitalumier Aqua
Oh Chanel. My first real high end Foundation. I love everything about the product: The packaging, check. The formula, check. The Texture, check. The longevity, check. It's comparable to Nars sheer Glow in terms of texture but I find it to be so much longer wearing. It's a great all-rounder and I love the fact that it's not oil based. The shades are limiting: I vary from a B20 - B50 (or 4 out of the 5 shades) depending on my tanning situation from the night before.

2. Mac Studio Fix Powder Foundation
A slight cheat here as I typically carry this around in my bag ready for on the go touch ups, but it does work lovely as a full coverage powder foundation as well. The product itself is  pretty conveniently packaged with a handy mirror and a sponge. Admittedly, not the most hygienic in terms of application but its actually quite nifty - the ultimate "swipe" and go product. 

3. Estee Lauder's Double Wear
Caution! This product comes with extreme high coverage. If you're having a particularly bad day skin day or just want that extra level of full coverage this is youre guy. I'm in the shade 2c3, Fresco. Its about as matte as they come, and although its not one I use all that regularly (I now favour more dewy/natural finishes), it makes for flawless looking skin and probably the only foundation on the planet where I've woken up to a full face of makeup after a night of forgetting to wash my face. Naughty Naughty.

4. Make up forever HD Foundation
Controversially, this is actually my most expensive foundation. (Blame Sephora and their extortionate international prices) It was bought during a holiday to Portugal. It's pretty incredible stuff although I try and limit this as much as possible due to the importation issues. The coverage although it claims to be medium, I would say that initially, it's more of a lighter formula (although can be built to more of a medium level of coverage). It does a good job of covering blemishes but can be a little drying on the skin and I'm in the shade 118 which is great for relatively light skin gals with beige undertones. 

5. Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
The latest addition to the collection. LSK is my go to for filming or for anywhere that I know I need my makeup to last, I'm in the shade 4.5. Last Saturday left me Über impressed after it was applied first thing  (8am to be precise) and took me right through to the early hours of the following morning. The finish is a bit of an oddity: Its dewy but not in the sense that requires a constant touch up with a setting powder. It's just really natural looking. Did I mention that it photographs really beautifully thanks to the no SPF. No white ghost face here.

6. Nars: Sheer Glow Foundation
Last but not least I couldn't make this post without mentioning Nars Sheer Glow. I use the shade Mont Blanc for winter and although it's now far too light for me I'm seriously considering buying it in a darker shade. The texture is b-e-a-utiful, and although labelled as 'sheer', to me this has more coverage then that of the MUFE HD. My biggest bugbear is that even with a primer I really struggle for this to last on my skin but this could be down to my choice of shade.

So there we have it the top hard hitters all with the KDR seal of approval. 3+ years of experimenting rounded neatly into one relatively condensed post. All in the name of research, eh? Looks as though I'll be on beans and toast for the rest of this month..

What's your favourite high end foundation?

Thursday, 21 August 2014

What's inside my makeup bag : The Summer Edition

Oh hello there, bet you weren't expecting to see me.
Seeing as we're half way through summer and after a purchase of a super organised makeup bag curtesy of none other than Tkmaxx (which also bares resemblance in design to a pencil case I once had in my first year of secondary school). What's a better way to blow the cobwebs off my blog?

A quick overview..The bag itself has two main sections which I use to store my face & eye products. The middle section which comes equipped with a zip is perfect for storing smaller slimmer products, and is used for lipstick. For sneaky storage and for those suuuuper organised, you can even use the sections that connect the side sections. All that and still change from a tenner.

To start the Benefit Porefessional Primer, ohhhhh my. A silicone based primer that once applied makes for baby smooth skin with an increase in longevity when it comes to how long my makeup lasts.  Foundation of choice is a toss up between Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Georgio Armani's Luminous Silk depending on where I'm going and how long I need my makeup to last. Both high end choices but if ever there was a justification; summer allows for lighter application and thus rest assured both are used very sparingly. I have a feeling I will be scrapping the last remainders when they run out. For blemishes and under-eye circles it's Collection 2000 Lasting perfection concealer, an oldie but a damn goodie. I use a shade lighter for under my eyes. To set my make up I rely on Mac's Studio Fix powder. Well,a girls gotta get her heavy coverage fix from somewhere.

I bravely opted for "medium deep" with Estée Lauders Bronze Goddess as I am ever the optimist when it comes to gaining a summer tan. I've actually been using the powder brush by Real Techniques which does a great job of warming up the face thus giving the illusion of having a natural sun-kissed glow. No nasty brown lines here. Lastly it's blusher (or blushes), Nars Guy Bourdin blush palette comes with four blushes and an accompanying bronzer and highlighter all housed together in one slim case. Personally, I'm waiting for the day when Nars doesn't include Laguna or Orgasm into every palette but its undeniably nifty for on the go.

For brows, it's all about the brow bar to go from Whitening Lightening. Aren't makeup bags all about having multi-purpose products? Both colours can be used as eyeshadow and the darker colour is great for nose contouring as well. (winner, winner) For a sweep of colour across the lids, there is really only one palette that has been a firm favourite throughout the last few months: Too faced "Natural Eyes Palette". Slightly late to the party on this on. The colours blend like a dream with great colour payoff. The best part? The shadows are conveniently laid out into different eye looks and the palette even comes with a handy look book if you are ever in need of a little inspiration. Talk about convenience. A honourable mention goes to the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in "on and on bronze" a great compliment for blue eyes  and one I reach for if I'm in a hurry. (I.e 5 out if the 7 days.)

Last up (and where I have the most variation), are lip products. Tanya Burr has hit the nail on the head with her range of lipgloss and I am now a proud owner of 8 of them! (Post to come later this week). Chic & Aurora get a big thumbs up from me. I should also note that Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks in the shades Satisfaction, Romance and Boy have been pretty much on the rotate.

It's worth noting that even when carrying multiple choices of Mascaras and lipsticks theres still plenty of room for my daily make up brushes. Well, one choice of lipstick is never enough..

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