Too Faced Glow Job Review

Radiance Boosting Glitter Face Mask.

So, I’m always up for trying a new skincare product, and when that product is called ‘pink tiara’ and boasts actual glitter in it, I’m 100% in. The radiance boosting part also excites me as due to the amount of product I use on my face, a mask is a god send to brighten up my complexion at times.

The packaging says the following:

  1. Clean and dry skin before use – this I did thoroughly
  2. Using the spatula, mix the mask to activate the glitter formula – to be honest, the glitter formula didn’t change one bit upon stirring. Also, the spatula is not conducive to being able to scoop the very gooey and sticky mask up once mixed. A little curved spoon would be good, with a flat end to spread
  3. Apply liberally. This I did (see picture below). It’s not the glittery pretty mask it boasts on the internet, but I’ve only just applied it, so let’s wait and see
  4. Wait 30 minutes … this I am doing as I type

The scent of the mask is nice. It’s a peachy smell that resembles the other Too Faced peach range. The feel on the skin is a little tingly, not irritating, just a ‘it’s doing something tingle’ if that makes sense. At £42 it is quite high end for a mask, so I am looking forward to seeing the end result. Fingers crossed it is worth it.

The mask dries down quickly. The tightness on the face is just right and the glitter stays put as well, which is a bonus for a glitter queen like myself. The peach smell also remains for the duration and my skin feels warm, tingly and comfortable.

At 15 minutes in my IPhone no longer recognises my face … so it must be doing something. The warmth has subsided a little bit and the tightness intensified, but still very comfortable.

At 30 minutes the mask is set and feels almost rubbery to the touch. It’s not rock hard, so I can still speak and frown (not that I want to frown). The peach smell is subtle now and the tingling has subsided to just a nice warm feeling. Now it’s time to peel it off. The instructions state that you should start from the outer corners and gently peel off. Remove any excess afterwards.

It actually wasn’t too hard to get it off. However I discovered that a section hadn’t dried down as much as I thought so that became a little bit messy. All in all though it did what it said on the box, it peeled away.

Afterwards …

My skin feels a little tight and sticky in places (but that might be because of the areas that didn’t set fully). My skin looks glittery too, which I am not totally against. Once I moisturise, the tightness goes but the glitter doesn’t.

Final thoughts …

This is marketed as a very glamorous product. The packaging is lovely, the scent is nice and the feeling on the skin is comfortable. Is it worth the splurge? I’m not totally convinced but I did really enjoy it. If you want something a little cheaper, try the Sephora masks. If you want to treat yourself however, the Glow Job mask is a good contender for giving your skin a healthy glow. Make sure you let it totally set as it is a real nightmare to get off the skin in its sticky/gooey state. Also be warned that some of that after glow comes directly from the glitter itself. But if you are a glitter kinda gal, then you won’t be upset by this!

Have a great day!

Farsali Jellybeam Illuminator

Having seen this all over the internet, social media and YouTube lately, I really wanted to try it. Getting it to Dubai was a task, but I managed. I already have the Rose Gold Elixir and Unicorn Essence that I love, so the Jellybeam was the missing piece of the puzzle.

Wibble Wobble

When I opened the jar it looked a little weird, wobbling around. The colour didn’t really look like it would have an insane glow just sat there all gloopy in its little pot. However, when I dipped my finger in and swatched it on the back of my hand, the glow was indeed insane! It looked a little rose gold on the back of my hand but with a silvery sheen undertone. **update: after a few hours on the back of my hand it looks a little patchy. However I am aware that it’s not designed to sit on the back of my hand.**

The description on the website says ‘apply to the face for an illuminated look. Can be mixed in with foundation or moisturizer’. This is something I am going to try. I have seen some amazing glow pictures on Instagram of influencers doing this. I also notice that a lot of reviews tell you to use your fingers to apply and tap it to blend it out. There are very mixed reviews on using anything other than your fingers. So I’m going to stick to that.

First impressions of this product is positive. It’s very pretty on the back of my hand and when I dipped my finger in. I hope that translates to my face.

Blue Honey Palette First Impressions – Kylie Cosmetics

It finally arrived! After a very long shipping process (not the fault of Kylie Cosmetics, it was my end). Is it worth the hype? Read on to find out.

I have purchased a few of the Kylie palettes over the last year, and I’ve noticed some subtle changes in the formula that makes it more longer wearing and the pigment in the brighter colours has definitely improved too. This palette is a mix of more vibrant with some muted colours to compliment, so I am excited to try them out.

The Blue Honey palette is what it sounds like: nine ultra-pigmented shadows (of both glitter and matte finishes) with wearable shades like rust, burnt orange, metallic blue, and a lovely teal.

The blue teal (royal jelly) is just a stunning metallic in the pan and the swatch too. I was worried about the transferral to the eye, but I shouldn’t have worried, it built beautifully. It was a little patchy at first but I think that was down to me being very wary of how much pigment was involved.

Another favourite is the Busy Bee colour.

A gorgeous peachy rust that blends beautifully and really warms up an eye look. I used it to warm up my crease and it just wore so wonderfully that I’m going to use it often in many of my makeup looks.

I am yet to create a full look with the palette. It just arrived and I wanted to play with it first. However, I have a brunch this weekend and I will most certainly be giving it the first proper outing it deserves.

First impressions for this palette are very positive. I look forward to showing some new looks soon.

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

I love Charlotte Tilbury products! The quality of them and the way they look and feel on the skin is just pure class. Therefore I was so excited to have time this week to visit the concession stand in Selfridges (London) and check out what’s new and what I’d like to try. I would have loved to get to the CT boutique in Covent Garden, but it wasn’t to be this time. Selfridges is a great second to the actual store though, and the service is second to none.

I’ve used the Magic Foundation in 5 medium before and loved it, but I had recently run out. So I decided to pick up another bottle of that. I love the coverage this foundation gives me, and they gave me some free samples of the primer to try with it too. I will do a day test of both the foundation with the primer very soon.

I also was drawn to the Magic Cream. It is an iconic part of the Charlotte Tilbury brand. Some would say what made the name a household name. I’ve always wanted to try it, but at £70 a jar I had to wait. It is boasted on the website as being loved by models and celebrities and claims to lift your complexion. I’ve tried many samples of the cream and the hyaluronic acid part is what interested me being over 35 and always looking for the next best thing to beat those pesky wrinkles. So I decided that I was going to invest in my face for research purposes (at least that is the story I’m sticking to if my husband asks). I have purchased the cream and I can’t wait to blog on how it works out for me.

The other items I was keen to get my hands on were the new lipstick shades. I adore the gold luxurious packaging of the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. They have a special edition shade to commemorate the Queen and her long serving monarchy, called, funnily enough, ‘The Queen’. It is a rich warm pink matte revolution shade that I cannot wait to try. I also purchased the returning favourite of the limited edition

K. I. S. S. I. N. G. Lipstick, ‘The Duchess’ (which you can see me wearing in the photo below). This is a beautifully buttery lipstick with a gorgeous sheen. It is named after the stunning Kate Middleton. I wore it to a glam event last night and loved the way it finished my look. I also picked up a couple of the soft lip pencils. These glide on and are the perfect compliment to the lipsticks.

The lovely thing about Charlotte Tilbury is the freebies you get when you purchase a substantial amount from them. Good size travel items too. This time I got a mask, a primer and a cleanser to try out. I also got some little sachets of magic eye rescue cream that I am keen to try. I’ve said this before in my previous blogs, but always ask for free samples. Some of my favourite products have been discovered through free samples.

So there we have it and I can’t wait to try it all out. Keep your eyes on the blog for future looks and tests of all these products.

Have a great day.

Too Faced Cosmetics – London Haul

Being in London this week, it seemed rude not to visit the new Too Faced store on Carnaby Street. I am not going to lie, as I got ready to leave the hotel to find the store I was very excited. I had seen the lavish launch all over Instagram back in December, and I was keen to see it in person.

The store itself did not disappoint. You can’t miss it gleaming and glittering in the dingy February gloom. I have to say that Carnaby Street is the perfect location for the brand, it is trendy and laid back in the same breath. The narrow pedestrian style street allows for the wow factor to sink in as you aren’t disturbed by the general hustle and bustle of London. Although I did visit at 10am on a Thursday morning, so Carnaby street was still pretty much sleeping.

The shop itself is beautifully laid out with all the products clearly categorised by theme and I particularly liked the ‘Jerrod Blandino favourites’ at the back of the store, that weren’t Too Faced, but products by other less known brands that were being promoted. This certainly worked on me as you will find out later!

The staff welcomed me warmly. I was served by a lovely Canadian MUA, who didn’t follow me around, but asked if I needed any assistance. I asked her for a couple of products I wanted to look at and she helped me immediately. My main reason for being there was to get colour matched for Born This Way foundation. The lady asked if I would like my whole face done with the product. This was fantastic and I got the opportunity to try some of the other products too, which in turn lead to me buying extra products. She talked me through what she was using and why it was good for my skin tone, texture etc. she used some of the rose oil that was in the Jerrod favourite section as well as the hangover primer. My skin felt and looked amazing, so this little bit of detail had me sold on the product. The MUAs in the store were both so knowledgeable and represented the brand professionally. A definite plus to my experience in the shop.

The Born This Way foundation was matched perfectly and I have to say, having worn it for the rest of the day it stayed flawless. It has more of a natural coverage to it, rather than full coverage. However it is very build-able and so it could be made more full coverage. The setting spray was the hangover 3 in 1 product, which has a light fresh smell and also found its way into my shopping bag.

I had a wonderful time in the Too Faced store. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who is looking for a lovely shopping experience. We spend our time online so much, sometimes some interaction with other makeup lovers is the perfect way to discover new products that we might not have known about. I would also recommend this to both experienced makeup lovers as well as anyone new to makeup and who wants a really good steer on what to get.

My final purchases were:

⁃ Born This Way foundation in Light Beige

⁃ Hangover 3 in 1 spray

⁃ Too Faced Chocolate Gold palette

⁃ Better Than Sex Mascara

⁃ Glow Job Face Mask

⁃ Aerin Rose Oil

– Peach Perfect Matifying Loose Setting Powder

Travelling light … what’s in my travel makeup bag?

Following on from my last blog, where I talked about my top 5 makeup picks, I got to thinking about my upcoming trip to London and what I’m going to take with me. I always carry a little makeup bag in my hand luggage wherever I go, and the mini makeup kit I’m about to share actually was all I had when I went to Baku late last year. I travelled with just a back pack and this makeup bag saw me through the 4 days I was there.

SOS … send supplies.

Iconic pigment sticks are my first absolute life savers when it comes to traveling light. These little beauties can be used as foundation, concealer and contour. That’s exactly how I used them in Baku, and the coverage is just right. To deepen up that contour and give some definition, a teeny tiny Hoola soft matte bronzer from Benefit does the job. It even comes with a tiny little brush applicator (not that I would use that, I took a mini Sephora brush kit instead). Blush, I travel with a Sephora own brand duo in a pink and a apricot colour, they also double as eye shadow and work a treat. My eye pencil is a mini from Makeup Forever called Aqua XL in jet black. It’s soft and blend-able, so you can still get that smokey eye.

The little palette you can see in the picture is just lush! It’s one of the Tarteist pro to go palettes in mini version. The colours are beautiful, with a mix of neutrals in matte mixed with some shimmer shades to pick up a day to night look. Totally blends out and you can create more than one look with this little palette. She may be little, but she is fierce! For mascara I have a couple of minis in the bag, one being the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes in black, and the other being the Benefit Roller Lash, also in black. You can never have too many mini mascaras in your travel bag.

The skincare routine I travel with is a mix of my favourite Lancôme goodies. Whenever I buy a new full size product, I ask for free samples and save them for travel purposes. Don’t be scared to ask when you buy products for samples. Some of my best beauty discoveries over the years have come from free samples. I would love to know what’s in your makeup travel bag. Any beauty hacks that you always use when traveling? One thing that isn’t in my bag (yet), but will be is a small tub of Vaseline. It acts as a lip balm, eye makeup remover and is great on dry skin after being in the aircraft cabin for hours. Have a great day!

Top 5 Makeup Products

I have seen lots of bloggers and YouTubers doing this lately and it got me thinking about my top 5 favourite makeup products. My absolute go to, hands down, desert island picks? It’s a really hard one, but I think I’ve got it … well, maybe.

I decided that I would split this into my top 5 makeup picks and then do a separate top 5 beauty picks in another blog (including skincare).

So, here we go.

Number 1: palette choice!

This took me ages, as I needed to think about day to night. A palette that could give me everything I need. I’m traveling to London this week, so I decided to go with which ever palette made it into my suitcase.

My choice? The Morphe 39A Dare to Create palette. This palette has everything you could want, from 7 amazing base/transition shades to 31 extra eyeshadows that you could literally create any look with. From a subtle pretty peachy day look to a hardcore dramatic cranberry smokey eye, this palette has it all. It’s not exactly small, so you couldn’t pop it in your handbag, but it is beautiful.

If you want to get this palette, you better be quick as it’s about to be discontinued.

Number 2: highlight/bronzer kit.

If I had more than 5, I would be going for separate pieces. However, sticking with the challenge of only 5 items, I have to go for the NYX Born to Glow highlighting palette. Totally affordable and has everything you could need to create a look. I use the darker shades to bronze/lightly contour and there is even a lovely champagne colour that looks gorgeous on your cheek bones and temple to give your face the perfect glow.

Number 3: Lips.

This was sooooooo tough. What do I pick? A gloss, a liquid lip, velvet, matt? The list is endless. In the end I went for a staple favourite of mine. This is what I reach for time and time again, mainly due to its staying power and how stunning it looks on the lips.

My choice has to be the Kryolan High Gloss in the colour Wave. This is stage makeup and favoured by drag queens too, so famed for its staying power and pigment. I picked this colour as it’s so versatile. A beautiful peachy/rose gold colour that matches both a natural day look or a dramatic eye. Just perfect!

Number 4: Mascara!

Easy. Too Faced Better than Sex (or Love as it’s called here in Dubai) Mascara. I love this product. I have such small lashes, and I know that if I pop a slick of this on, my eyes will pop and I’ll feel lovely. If it can make my lashes look good, then it is definitely worth it.

Number 5: Loose Setting Powder.

There are lots of contenders for this one, but in the end my old favourite won. Laura Mercier, Loose Setting Powder is everything and more. If you get just one product on my list, this is it. You’ll never look back. My makeup looks flawless when I use this. I get through tubs of the stuff!

So, there we have it. A mix of drugstore and slightly more high end. I think I’m going to take all these products with me to London this week and see how I get on.

I’ll blog my progress for you to see.

Ps. Don’t forget to grab the Morphe palette before it goes.

Have a great day!

Tom Ford Eye Shadow Quads – first impressions

Sometimes I watch a video on YouTube and get completely and utterly sucked in. I just know that I have to have that item in my life. This is exactly what happened when I watched Tati Westbrook review the new Tom Ford singles. However, it wasn’t actually the singles that caught my eye in that video, $35 per single was just a step too far for me. No, it was the eyeshadow quads that she produced on the video as a price point comparison. The Coco Mirage palette in particular. This palette is also pricey at $85, but that works out at just over $21 a shade. Again, expensive, but if they are as good as they profess to be (and how Tati says they are), then I’m in.

I apologise for the dollar prices in this blog, but I live in the UAE and if I quote in dirhams it will probably confuse even more.

So, I trotted off to Bloomingdales (they don’t sell TF makeup in Sephora in Dubai) and picked up the palette. I also discovered that I had about $50 on my loyalty card (result), so I decided to also purchase the 03 quad in Nude Dip. It’s absolutely stunning! A metallic sheen to the shadows that when swatched dry gives a pretty glow, but once the fixing spray hits – brings it into a whole new dimension of ‘wow’!

So below is my look that I created with a mix of the 2 palettes, and some of my favourite ‘night out’ products.

Base:

  • Farsali unicorn tears elixir
  • L’Occitane precious moisturiser and eye cream
  • Mac plus fix primer
  • Then a spray of the loveliest Avene Thermal Spring mist. I cannot big this product up enough, it’s amazing! Hydrating and cooling. Great for sensitive skin.

Eyes:

  • Stay don’t stray from Benefit primes the eyelids
  • Crease: top right of the Coco Mirage palette. Deepen this up with bottom right. Take the bottom left onto the outer corner and blend, blend, blend. This palette takes minimal effort to blend!
  • I then cut the crease on the inner corner and used the bottom left shade on the Nude Dip, wetting the brush first

Nude Dip Palette

Coco Mirage Palette

  • Water line: Marc Jacobs black eyeliner and smoked out the under eye using the second two shades used in description above.

Foundation:

  • NARS weightless in Santa Fe
  • Concealer: Too Faced Born This Way in Fair
  • Setting Powder: Laura Mercier translucent

Highlight/contour:

  • Fenty Beauty Matchstix in Rum and French Vanilla. Becca in Champagne Pop.
  • Blush: Wet and Wild in Apri-Cot in the Middle

Lips:

Krylon (still the best stay on gloss ever, but then it is stage makeup) in Wave

Eyelashes & Brows:

  • Demi Wispies from Ardell (my right one didn’t sit properly so excuse that on the pic)
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil.

Setting spray: Urban Decay All Nighter.

Verdict? I am really happy with this look. It’s sexy but not over the top. I get worried that being over 35, I could look a little too much. That’s the beauty of these palettes, they are designed for a sophisticated, don’t cake it on kind of look. It looks gorgeous on the eyes and the sheen is so wearable.

So, if you are looking for a high end yet wearable for day and night quad, this is a great option!

Have a great day.

Diversity in Makeup – reaction to Tarte Foundation Launch

Diversity in Make-Up

If we go back to the 1950s, makeup was advertised and promoted based on a very limited shade range. It was also aimed at housewives who had the time to perfect the thick ivory cream foundation base and pink lips. With the austerity of the 1940s on its way out, people had more money to spend and women were wanting to spend it on cosmetics. It was as if the industry was lifting the dreary harshness of war and women were literally painting on a new face.

Avon was launched in the 1950s and companies like Boots the Pharmacy were experimenting with concealer, all be it in one colour, an ivory stick to ‘mimic’ the flesh. As long as that flesh was ivory in colour. The advertising campaigns were predominantly pale skinned women or movie icons of the age, looking chic and coiffed with the look of the day.

Fast forward to 2018. I am a white woman and I love my makeup. I have no problem in creating looks with a vast choice of everything makeup related. But being on makeup brands social media and influencer pages, I recently see so many of my favourite influencers calling out brands, major brands, for their lack of diversity when it comes to shade range for women and men of colour. Rihanna and her Fenty beauty range have challenged the social norm in shade range in 2017, with the launch of 40 colours in foundation. There was a round of applause across the beauty community with this launch, and other brands are following suit. My question would be, why has it taken until now for this to happen?

A quick google search and it reveals hundreds articles written in top magazines about how to find your best shade match for foundation, there are product placement advertisements in magazines focused on top luxury makeup brands pushing their latest product to us. We can get our hands on anything we want in the world of makeup, thanks to international shipping, but still we see the diversity of makeup shades isn’t there.

Now, you may wonder what on earth I’m doing bothering to write this when I have clearly stated that I have no problem grabbing a shade to match my skin tone? The truth of the matter is that it bothers me that in an age where it isn’t acceptable to discriminate, the fact some people can’t access makeup is ludicrous.

Fenty beauty shouldn’t have to lead the way in 2018 and shame other companies into extending their range. The range should be all encompassing. I saw an influencer today say that they wouldn’t be reviewing the new Tarte Shape Tape Foundation due to the limited range, and someone said that she shouldn’t worry as another 10 shades are going to be released. In my mind I’m screaming ‘why do the other 10 shades have to be released later?’ An afterthought. If you haven’t got your entire collection together, don’t release it. It’s not OK to leave people out.

The beauty industry is worth a whopping estimated $445 billion dollars (based on statistics taken from May 2017), with women/men of colour spending more than twice as much than the general market on cosmetics. Yet the diversity in makeup and brand choice for them often leaves a lot to be desired.

At the beginning of this article, I referenced the 1950s and how coming out of a war and austerity meant the beauty industry was starting to flourish. The shade ranges were aimed at pale complexions and housewives with time on their hands. Over time the housewife analogy has faded. We read the ‘Good Housewife Guide’ with a gleeful chuckle at how funny it was to be seen as the pretty little thing your husband came home to at the end of a long day.

“Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.”

Yet the way brands view their target market still seems to be stuck in a time where this was seen as the social norm for women. It’s not OK to be objectified in this way, yet it’s still OK for discrimination to be lavished in other ways? No. No it’s not. Makeup shouldn’t even be in this debate. Makeup is fun, it shouldn’t ever be political.

I work with teenagers of over 60 different nationalities, they are excited by makeup and are enjoying experimenting with it. It’s a right of passage if you like. We grow and we want to be able to wear makeup and high heels. Our expression and freedom of that expression is what makes us who we are. Yet as I sit in my classroom and look around at the students I teach, I listen to their woes for the future and more pressingly, their excitement for the party they are attending this weekend! They are discussing their skin colour, their choice of makeup and they are calling out the brands for the lack of choice. They are telling their friends what to buy and what not to buy. They are watching the beauty influencers on YouTube and Instagram and Snapchat, and they are taking on board what they say. They are scathing in their ridicule for reviews of products that don’t diversify.

They will make their minds up on makeup and the brands that choose to comply with diversity and those that don’t. A makeup revolution is coming, what took it so long?

Over 35 and Foundation

So, as we all know being over 35 means some careful choices when it comes to the base for our makeup to sit on. Now, I’ve made many many mistakes when it comes to foundation. Don’t even talk to me about the Maybelline superstay 24 hour makeup that literally melted off my face about 10 minutes later. But now I’m over 35 I know I need to think about how my foundation sits on my skin and ensure that my laughter lines aren’t being accentuated and that my bags are well and truly covered.

I have to think about blend ability and about oxidization, something I’ve never had to worry about before. Some foundations can really come back to bite you on the bottom if you aren’t careful. I like the idea of some foundations I’ve tried over the years. I’ve really wanted to love them and for them to love me, but it just wasn’t to be. For example, the Dior Forever Perfect makeup. I really wanted it to be ‘perfect’. I was so excited to try it. I wanted it to minimize pores and to be everlasting with a ‘luminous matte finish’ as promised. Alas all it did was sit heavy on my skin and look like I’d had a fall out with a paint roller and a pot of emulsion!

Over the years I have tried BB cream, CC cream, DD cream and good old tinted moisturizer. In my 20s, tinted moisturizer was all I needed. That and a slick of Rimmel Heather Shimmer on my lips and some clear mascara. Ohhhhhh the nostalgia. Although you can leave the scrunchie and ringlet perm right there.

The truth of the matter is that I feel so much more polished nowadays. If only I’d known then what I know now. But isn’t that half the fun? Finding your way. I teach teens, and I try so hard not to say to them ‘you’ll find out’. That would spoil the journey for them.

So, back to it. Foundations. Foundations that I have tried, I love and use daily.

Here are my top 4 foundations for the over 35. Disclaimer: what suits me, might not suit you. Go into stores and ask for samples. Try them out before you spend a lot of money on something like foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Foundation £29.50

On the website it says ‘full coverage foundation that morphs to your face in a weightless texture, for a perfect looking second skin that lasts all day. Available in 15 shades’.

I love Charlotte Tilbury products and was very keen to try this. I got my chance when I got the perfume for Christmas last year and the foundation was a free sample. Result! I tried it for two days and liked it a lot. It was lightweight as promised and full coverage too. So I bought some in medium.

It quickly became a beauty go to. I loved the weightlessness and the colour was perfect for me. My pores were minimized and my complexion was matte and stayed that way all day. This is a definite staple for me and one I continue to use.

Cons: only 15 shades! Come on Charlotte Tilbury, you can share the love with so many more skin tones than that.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation £35.00

On the website it says:

  • Offers full, natural-looking coverage
  • Weightless 16-hour wear
  • Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced formula
  • Builds and blends effortlessly
  • Features the brands Even Tone Technology
  • Designed to instantly neutralize redness and dullness

I have to agree with absolutely everything listed above. I’ve only just started to use this foundation, but it is a firm favourite already. The pigmentation is fantastic. I use Santa Fe, and it matches my skin brilliantly. It is lightweight and full coverage without being caked on. You can build it and blend it really well. My skin can breathe beautifully and gives me a dewy complexion that my makeup can sit on perfectly. I 100% recommend this foundation.

Cons:none that I can see just yet!

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation £40.00

On the website is says, ‘ Inspired by charmeuse silk which is smooth and lustrous, the Armani Luminous Silk foundation is designed to glide on with a lightweight finish which is comfortable to wear. The buildable coverage of this foundation helps to improve texture and blur imperfections, while the variety of shades ensure you can match your skin tone with ease’.

I really like this foundation. It is not as full coverage as I would like, but you can build it really well. It is smooth and it glides on like butter. My makeup always looks absolutely flawless after I’ve used this foundation. My complexion is smooth and almost like velvet to touch. I always use this foundation when I want to feel better on a bad day. This is one of Kim Kardashian’s favourites and I can see why.

Cons: price point! It is not cheap, and because you have to build it up it won’t last as long as some of the other comparably expensive ones.

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation £32.00

On the website is says: ‘Proudly inclusive, Huda Beauty’s 30-strong shade range embraces and celebrates all skin tones. What’s more, the long-lasting matte finish formula is packed with perfecting, blemish-blurring pigments to keep your face looking faultless’.

This foundation is AWESOME! The smell in its own right is just gorgeous. I don’t usually like perfumed cosmetics, but this one is different. It’s subtle and luxurious smelling. It captures the Middle Eastern influences perfectly, and makes me want to layer it on. I was hooked from the second that I breathed it in.

I was colour matched at Sephora, and with 30 shades, believe me, this is a must. I wouldn’t want to buy this online because of the extensive shade range, but I know in the UK that unless you head to Selfridges, you might not have the luxury of being able to buy it accurately offline.

The coverage is full. The only con here is that it can be a little too full if you aren’t used to it. A little goes a very long way and so you’ll need a little rehearsal with it to get it right. But boy when you get it right, it is amazing.

The price is perfect for the amount of product you get. It will last you forever! I use with the Huda primer, and that seems to help it along even more.

Cons: don’t go too hard with this product as a little goes a long way.

So there we have it. My top 4 foundations (for what it is worth). Foundation is so important for that flawless complexion to build your makeup look on (in my opinion). If you get it right, most of the work is done. I know that these foundations are not high street in price, but this is the one area I spend my money to allow me the opportunity to mix up my makeup brands for my looks. Get the base right and everything else seems to fall into place.

Have a great day!