The infamous British summer has arrived. Late and unpredictable. What a shocker *insert sarcasm* Still I’m a little unprepared. Thought I would be wearing a jacket, scarf and Minnetonka boots until come Christmas. Honestly.
Ok, so London isn’t scorching at the moment but it’s hot and sticky enough to make me paranoid about my foundation streaking down my face!
I’ve been looking around for a foundation setting mist and there are loads on the market. I have no idea where to start. If you have one that you can recommend do let me know.
I do use Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer in 001 and it has worked with my various foundations so far (Clinque Stay-Matte, Nars Sheer Glow and Shu Uemura Face Architect Smooth Fit Fluid Foundation) – Don’t you worry, I don’t use them all at once. Ha!
Anyway, in this heat/humidity too much product layered up isn’t a good look so thought I’d go back to Laura Mercia’s Foundation Primer as it is a lot lighter than Revlon’s which is quite thick and dries with a powdery-type finish (someone said velvet once to me, clearly they have never felt velvet) with a foundation setting and see how that turns out.
At the moment I’ve short listed the following and I will order them payday Friday next week (whoop!whoop!), test it out and let you know how it holds up. We’ll do it one at a time. Hopefully the weather holds up else it’s pointless trying it on my skin when cold as it doesn’t get too oily.
* Urban Decay De-Slick – Oil Controlling
* NYX Makeup Setting Spray – Dewy Finish / Matte Finish
* Model In A Bottle – Sensitive Formula
If you have tried the above let me know what you thought of them.
Lots of love
All you makeup addicts like me know that mascara completes your look. Whether you wear full-on makeup or not, having a good mascara can literally elevate and complete your makeup to another level.
Sometimes, I wake up late for work and don’t have time to shower but cleanse my face. So I would quickly neaten up my eyebrows and put on two coats of mascara and wham-bam I look like I’m going for the “au naturel” look. Nice!
I like lengthening mascara and I started off using L’Oreal Lash Architect which was great to start with. However, it dried up quickly and crumbled a lot. I look like I had black freckles (I’m black British by the way) – not a good look I’ll tell you that. But, it did do the trick so I carried on using it. Then for some reason they changed the formula and called it 3D, 4D, Carbon … and it stopped doing what it claimed. My friend, at one time loved using expensive makeup and told me about YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils (£24!!) I nearly died at the price I tell you. Still I bought it and I LOVED IT! One coat was all you needed. Gentle strokes and the magic happens. Years later YSL brings out the Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking range and that was (still is) pretty darn good. I raved about it so much I have four ladies using it. It is a little watery and can clump but you have to take excess product off using the tube and literally apply it with feather like strokes from inner eye corner to the outer. It is “captivating” but at £23.50 or $30 for my lovelies over-in-the-states, it’s pretty pricey. Especially as it only lasts 3 months.
So I headed over to Boots when it was time to stock up and randomly waltzed over to the new Benefit counter in Hammersmith and the Rep pointed out They’re Real for £19.50 it’s so not bad at all. The brush is traditional style (although plastic material) with a ball style tip so you can really get those lashes that hide in the corners! It lasts for about 5 months I would say and does what it says on the box. Pretty good for me.
Would I pick one over the other? No
I keep the gold tube for special occasions when I want the dark eyed seductive look and silver tube for everyday wear for the natural look. Gold and Silver – what a coincidence. Ha!
Seriously, try them both my fair ladies and see for yourself. If you apply it correctly you’ll get the right results.
P.S: if you have messy eyelashes that stray north, west, east, south – try brushing them a little, and using your fingertips apply rose water mixed with a little glycerine to your lashes; and use an eyelash curler to bring them all in line.
If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll get back to you right away!! 🙂
Ciao bellas!! xx