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So pay day was last week, so I thought I would treat myself to some things I had my eye on whilst poor. Here’s my makeup haul 🙂

 

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So for everything pictured I headed into Boots to get. I got the oily gals version of the Bourjois Happy Light primer, the Happy Light Base Serum Matite, and their cream bronzing primer. I also picked up their Universal Illuminating powder to give it a go aswell, as it’s been compared to the Hourglass powders by some and is a quarter of the price and Bourjois was on 3 for 3 happy days. I got a Barry M eye Kohl in No 28 I really like their liners and they’re cheap too. Oh and some E45 moisturiser cos ya gots to keep your skin in check!

And I couldn’t walk by the Sleek stand without having a nosey. So got their new eye shadow palette in Garden of Eden, some amazing green and brown shades in this, roll on Paddy’s day 🙂 I also got a Matte Me Lip Cream in No 431 Fandango Purple and since Sleek is on 3 for two at the minute like Bourjois I was able to grab a Blush By 3 Palette in No 369 Pink Lemonade too.

I also bought the Ben Nye Cameo Powder online and am loving it!

Ben Nye Cameo Powder

My cheeky Zara purchase came on this miserable Monday too to make me feel a bit better:

Zara Spring Bag 2014

This is a little bag perfect for a night out from Zara’s new Spring range for 2014. It’s navy “leather” with square studs and has a flap over to close.Is it really bad that I bought this bag to match my Louboutins, that are still in the box and I’m afraid to wear? Maybe having this might entice me to get them out of the box and bring them for a test drive…

So quick little makeup haul for you of my weekend purchases, don’t judge 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Gemma

xxx

Today’s tale children is one of sorrow and woe 🙁 . I actually put my name down at the Nars counter in Brown Thomas for the latest limited edition offering from Nars “The Narsissist Palette”to be sure we got my hands on it. I got the call and high tailed it down when it was in stock and adopted it gladly for a surprising price tag of 55Euro. I thought this was pretty reasonable for Nars considering you get 15 shades in the palette and a single eyeshadow of theirs can set you back 24 quid.

 Narsissist Palette

The Palette itself looks amazing in the typical Nars black packaging. A large mirror in the lid, and a multitude of neutral colours inside that any makeup lover would love. The shade names and explanation of the colours are as follows:

  • All About Eve I :Flesh coloured neutral
  • Madrague II : Caramel matte colour
  • Fez : Cocoa Colour
  • Bali :Neutral Colour
  • Coconut Grove : Deep brown
  • Madarague I : Cream Matte
  • Nepal : Sheer rose colour
  • Ashes to Ashes : Shimmery brown with a violet base
  • Brousse II : Violet
  • Mekong : Espresso shade with gold flecks
  • Belissima I : Beige with gold shimmer
  • Lhasa : Lavender Grey
  • Bad Behaviour : Pewter Colour
  • Dogon II : Black Charcoal
  • Pandora II : Matte Black

Narsissist palette swatches

These colours in the packaging look amazing and some are even sold as separate colours in the permanent line (Coconut Grove is a cult fave). But this palette as a whole is so disappointing. Alot of the colours are very wishy washy (Belissima I is a particular one of these). The matte black is matte and black and does what it’s supposed to do, but you can get that in any palette or pan and be happy with it rather than having to fork out for this palette. Colours like Ashes to Ashes and Nepal are impossible to blend and just end up looking like dirt on the eye if you want to do anything other than wear them as a lid colour or dare to blend them into a crease colour.

Alot of the colours are quite sheer as you may see above from my crude swatches, so maybe if you are new to makeup this might be a good palette as the colours are not too scary and the more pigmented ones would work for liners until you are brave enough to use them as full on lid colours 🙂 To be honest though there are way better alternatives on the market. The Naked Palettes from Urban Decay kick the Narsissist Palettes arse!

To say I am unhappy to have bought this would be a lie, but I am coming at you from the perspective that it means I can give you an honest opinion about it. It also means this palette can be added to my ever growing makeup collection…come on its limited edition I’m not going to throw it out :).

So there you have it a rather disappointing buy from Nars, I don’t think I will say this very often, well I hope I don’t, cos it ain’t cheap!

Thanks for reading guys. If anyone else has purchased this and wants to give their two cents by all means write it in the comments below.

Gemma

xxx

 

 

Top 5 Red Lipsticks

I love a red lip and I thought this was an appropriate time of the year to talk about my top 5, with Valentine’s Day only around the corner. I am not a romantic soul, but any excuse to wear a red lipstick and I am all over it, so keep reading to see what are my favourite red lipsticks are from my stash 🙂

Lime Crime Velvetine

First up is Lime Crime’s Velvetine. This is a bizarrely wonderful product. It is so opaque and creamy in texture. The colour is nearly over whelming when you first use it as it has so much colour pay off in lipgloss form, but once you get used to it it’s a fab product. It is a beautiful rich red with the blue undertone we want so our teeth look whiter:

Lime Crime Velvetine

The finish of it is in the name it definitely. It has a matte velvet look once it dries and once it dries it is not budging. It is on your lips to stay, so you can kiss all you want (bleh) :). I’ll admit, I bought this because of the hype around it and have to say I’m glad I did, it is a welcome product to my ever expanding make up collection.

My next red love is Mac’s Ririwoo.

Mac Ririwoo

This is basically Rubywoo in rose gold packaging for an extra 4 euro, but I just couldn’t resist, I am drawn to shiny things. Ririoo has a “retro matte” finish according to Mac. I construe this as being a matte lipstick but not so matte your lips crack from the dryness so it is easy to wear as it doesn’t have a complete matte finsh:

Mac RiriWoo

This is a very similar red to the Velvetine, rich and pigmented with a blue undertone that I think would be suitable for all skin tones. With this lipstick however, you have the choice of how deep you want the colour in accordance to how much you add, if you use a lip liner underneath and if you if you diffuse it with your finger or a brush for a lighter  day appropriate application. Mac really do make fab lipsticks and this is probably one of their most popular ones and with owning it I can see why.

Third up on my list is a red for the people who aren’t really a fan of the traditional bright red. This is Nars’ Joyous Red.

Nars

This is a hybrid of colours, which I know does not look very appealing in the tube, although it does have the lovely smooth black packaging to compensate :). This is an unusual lipstick, it is semi-matte with a satin/glossy finish. The colour reminds me of Autumn, it borders on brown and red which I think is a great option for a day time lip. Again can be worn full on:

Nars Joyous Red

Or muted down with a just s few dabs added and using your finger to work the colour into the lips. I think this is a lipstick that looks fab on pale skin and older ladies who still want to rock a bold lip with out going full on Marilyn with it. I wear this lippie quite alot to brighten up my makeup without having to put too much effort in and the formulation is beautiful, it fades away really nicely so is great for wearing to work. Not a traditional choice I know, but I thought not everyone likes bold red so why not mix it up a bit.

Next on the list is my very loved Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple. I was obsessed with these when they first came out and have quite a few.

Revlon Lip Butter

I love the packaging as much as I love the product inside (I am a sucker I know). These are like a lip gloss, lipstick and lip balm in one:

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

They are so nourishing and easy to apply but are quite pigmented and long lasting to boot. Candy Apple is a lovely,youthful, vibrant glossy red that is not too over the top. I think this would be great for anyone really, particularly anyone who is scared of red lipstick but really wants to experiment. The lip butters in general and their colour range are a great place to start incorporating colour into your makeup routine as they are easy to maintain on the go, can be worn sheer or full on and are very mistake forgiving. I would recommend them to anyone.

Last on my voyage of reds is a bit of a special one, but I could not talk about my collection without adding this one in for good measure 🙂

Tom Ford

This was actually a Christmas pressie from the boyfriend along with the gorgeous eyeshadow quad mentioned here This is Tom Ford’s lip colour in “Cherry Lush”. The name say it all, this is a opaque, not too glossy cherry red colour but again with a slight blue undertone, that will lasts a long time and fades beautifully throughout the day (or night):

Tom Ford Cherry Lush

The packaging is so luxurious too. Black, gold and sleek that feels heavy in your hand. Can that justify paying 46Euro for a lipstick? Absolutely not. But will I do it again? Probably! I adore this lipstick, I love the colour, I think anyone could wear it and I think for a treat or present (hint hint Valentine’s Day present), this is a fab lipstick that really is pretty amazing. Well done Tom!

To maintain your lovely red pout, make sure to always give your lips a good ex foliate and add a slick of lip balm while doing the rest of your makeup. Line the lips with a similar colour of lipliner, this gets your lip line just right and you can even it out if it’s a bit wonky like mine, although I didn’t use one for the pics as I did not want to compromise the colours. Also do the blot, repeat step. Use a lip brush to fill in your lips with the lipstick, use one layer of a tissue, put it up yo your mouth and with a brush and some translucent powder blot lightly over the lips with the tissue on top, taking up the excess product. Then, apply another layer of lipstick out of the bullet and you’ll be good to go.

So there you have it, some red goodies to get you in the festive mood for this coming February the 14th whether you are celebrating with your other half, your friends or family, why not rock a red lip and get into the spirit of things. It is a Friday after all, I think Friday is worth celebrating even if Valentine’s Day isn’t 😛

Thanks for reading

Gemma

xxx

January Favourites 2014

So it’s a new year a new blogpost and my first of many monthly favourites (I hope) . With it being January a couple of my Christmas presents have made the cut this month along with a few other bits and pieces. So lets get started 🙂

First up is my favourite eyeshadow palette of the month. Why is it my favourite? Well its been pretty much all I’ve been using except when I am testing other products here and there. It’s definitely seen me through a few smoky eye looks when going out through January:

Tom Ford Quad

This is the Tom Ford 05 Silvered Topaz eyeshadow quad. I know I know ridiculously luxurious and overpriced (70 euro) in Brown Thomas but isn’t it pretty? And I can justify it since it was a gift….I suppose.

Tom Ford Swatches

These eyeshadows are a dream to work with they are super blendable and super pigmented too, but in an understated way, the swatches above do not do them justice at all. If your ever in Brown Thomas with time on your hands, go to the Tom Ford counter and have a play, it’s worth it 🙂 The glittery one on the top is literally like putting a glitter pigment or liner on but with no fuss, glue and no fall out. I go medieval and just whack it on over my completed eye look with my finger, can’t fault it. If your a makeup fan I insist you get some Tom Ford in your collection, you won’t be disappointed.

Next on my list is the list is a much more purse friendly find from Wet n Wild. If you haven’t heard of this brand yet. It’ an American brand that have set up shop recently here in Ireland. They can be  found in most Dunnes Stores throughout the country and stock some great affordable treats. This in particular has been my go to lippie for work this month to make me look less dead in the mornings, you can see it’s been well loved and I only have it a couple of weeks:

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Wet n Wild Lipstick

This lipstick cost me (I kid you not) 2.99Euro in Dunnes. It’s a gorgeous pigmented, creamy matte, mauvey pink that is easy to apply and lasts hours on the lips. Even when it fades you still have a hint of colour left over which I love this.

                                                                    Swatch

Name of Lipstick

I can’t get enough of this lipstick and will be stocking up on more colours very soon. We are loving this brand at Chatterbox and I see more of their products on our blog in the future. If you are looking for a guilt free makeup shopping trip, check them out.

My skin favourite of the month is the Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion:

Butter Yourself

I love this stuff! It smells like coconut with the hint of the known and loved Soap & Glory fragrance. You use it after showering while you skin is still damp. Kind of like the Nivea In Shower Moisturiser but you don’t rinse it off. I love this because you can still feel the moisturiser on your skin and it still smells intense as you are not washing any of it away.

Moisturiser

It’s creamy and luxurious and I can’t get be without it now. I am going through this bottle very quickly indeed, I will be repurchasing for sure. I got this in the big Soap & Glory Bumper pack at Christmas, but you can buy it on it own from Boots for 14euro.

Next on the list is not a beauty product, but it is something you will have seen in many of myself and Anita’s posts in the month of January:

Diptique Candle

It is an amazing Diptyque candle. This is in the scent Mimosa which my boyfriend kindly bought me for Christmas because I wouldn’t stop rattling on about them. It is nearly like a bloggers right of passage to have them in your photos :). I first smelt this scent when I worked in the amazing Siopaella  in Temple Bar. Ella used to have the roomspray with the same scent wafting about the shops. Diptyque is not cheap, this mini candle will set you back 24Euro in Brown Thomas or House of Fraser. The scent is described as “A journey of the senses, it recalls of the French Riviera where mimosas, brimming with the scent of hay and honey”. Can’t say I know much about that, but I know it smells yummy and I wish it came in a perfume. It is for sure a luxury product and we definitely burn them very carefully but even just leaving it on my vanity in my bedroom I can smell it when it is unlit, so it nearly doubles as an air freshener (nearly)!

My next favourite is another smelly item:

Elie Saab

Elie Saab perfume. This is my second bottle, I ran out close to Christmas and restocked in the January sales because I couldn’t be without it. This is an unusual perfume and it’s not for everyone. My mother for example thinks its one of the worst things she has ever smelt. It is orangy,with hints of jasmine and honey. It’s quite a sharp smell when you spray it first, but if does die down on the skin. This is more of a musky fragrance so if you prefer a more flowery scent, steer clear of this. You can buy it in Debenhams and prices start from 51 euro for the eau de parfum.

I have a hair thing next on the agenda:

V05

The V05 Plump it up. It is a dry backcomb spray, that helps…well plump it up. I am not the greatest with my hair. I have alot of it and its quite long so find it hard t0 manage. I spend an hour on my makeup going out for the night and then I leave myself 10 minutes to try sort my mane out. I usually just dry it and curl the ends. My hair is soft when first washed so backcombing can be a bit difficult but this stuff helps with that. You spray it in the roots and it gives them a bit more texture so you can backcomb and it lasts rather that just falling flat. It also doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue so I can usually get the next day out of my hair too before having to wash it. I bought this in Boots. On its own it is 4.59Euro, there’s usually some kind of deal on that you can get 3 for 2 or 2 for 7Euro on their stuff though so keep an eye out.

My next favourite is an old and trusted one that I have dipped in and out of using for many years:

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

The Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I always have this in my makeup drawer and my hand bag for touch up emergencies. It is lightweight, translucent and gives very little coverage. Sometimes I prefer a no coverage powder if I am using a more full coverage foundation which I have been this month, hence I have been using this powder more or less everyday in January. This stuff is cheap too and easy to come by. Alot of pharmacies and shops stock Rimmel.It will set you back about 6 quid, not bad at all.

Second last on my list is my eyelash curlers. Boring I know, but I really really love my eyelash curlers 🙂 I have short, boring and very straight lashes so without them I would be lost:

Shu uemura

I own the Shu uemura gold (and silver) curlers and I will admit that having used these and used cheap ones in the past I will say with investing more money in them you do get a better product that does the job very well and lasts much longer too. Shu uemura are a cult brand when it comes to their eyelash curlers and I can really see why. You can buy them in Brown Thomas at their counter for 20 euro, it’s worth it though I promise 🙂

Last on my list of lovelies is my fashion favourite of the month. This was my “main” pressie from the boyfriend that I knew I was getting and picked out myself and I am very glad I did:

Michael Kors Selma

I am the proud owner of the Michael Kors Selma in brown. I’ve had my eye on this bag for a while and I was kindly gifted it for Christmas. It can be bought in Brown Thomas, Harvey Nicholas or the Michael Kors Shop in Dundrum Shopping Centre, although when I was buying this I had to get in in Harvey Nicks, they didn’t have it in the flagship Michael Kors store, weird?!

I paid 390Euro for this, well he did :). It is the perfect sized bag for me. I am a bit of a child when it comes to carrying things, I hate lugging things around. This bag is big enough to fit all my “necessities” in without being overbearing and hard to manage. You can also hold it in the crook of your arm or it has a sturdy enough over the should strap that can be used when your arm needs a rest. I like the classic shape, colour and look to this bag too as I do find some of the Michael Kors stuff can be a bit too busy for my particular taste. It has plenty of storage inside with side pockets that fit your phone nicely and your lipstick,lip gloss,powder. you get the idea. And it does come in a multitude of different colours I just went with the brown to be a grown up.

Inside bag

The pockets mean your lovely bits n bobs don’t go missing in the bottom of your bag with all the lipsticks,lip glosses,powders that you put in last week but aren’t using at the minute 🙂 I love this bag overall, the leather is nice and sturdy and easy to maintain and it’s not too horrific of a price (like a Chanel 2.55…ahhh one day I will own you).

So this sums up my faves of the month of January, hope they have given a little bit of shopping inspiration if you’re that way inclined.

Thanks for reading and I hope that February has loads of lovely things in store for everyone.

Gemma

xxx

moisturizer-for-oily-skin

So if you have read my previous post on my favourite foundations of the moment, you will know I have oily skin. I am in my late 20’s and get spots like a teenager, apparently it means I will have less wrinkles in the future? I don’t know if it’s worth it though. Through the years I have picked up some little tips that help keep the oiliness at bay throughout the day and wanted to share them with you. They may be obvious to lots of people, but it is always good to spread the knowledge just in case 🙂

I’ll start with skincare. I always use a rich night cream going to bed. I know oily skinned people would be advised not to do this but I think we need moisture too so the night time is a good place to do it. If I am dealing with a really big break out I use Sudocrem as my nightcream,it helps dry them suckers right up! But for during the day, I always use an oil free moisturiser:

La Roche Posay Mpisturiser

I love this Sebo Regulating Effaclar Mat Moisturiser from La Roche Posay. It has a gel like formula that if you weren’t horribly oily, you could use it as a make up base day to day. It is meant to help with large pores too. I cannot really confirm this, I haven’t noticed any difference. You can pick this up in most pharmacies and Boots stores for around 15 euro.

If I am going out for the whole day and night and know I won’t have much time to pay attention to my makeup, I use Milk of Magnesia on my face instead of a moisturiser.  I am sure some of you are thinking what the hell? This is for an upset tummy you can’t put it on your face? Well I am here to tell you it works! Milk of MagnesiaI apply a really light layer with a cotton pad primarily to the middle of my face and just dab my cheeks with whatever else is left on the pad. This stuff is white so be really careful with it, and always shake the bottle before use. I do not know the science behind it but it works, simple as that, it can also help with drying spots up too, bonus! You can buy Milk of Magnesia everywhere and it is cheap as chips, I recommend that every oil faced girl always have this in their makeup drawer, it’s brilliant!

So next is primer:

makeup primer

I am a primer fanatic, for my skin and my eyeshadow. I have tried a fair few silicone based primers and then more “balmy” ones. I do not mind the silicone ones, I quite like the Inglot one pictured here priced a 22 Euro, it is smoothing and does an ok job with prolonging the oiliness. My favourite of my stash has to be the Benefit Porefessional. It has a ridiculous price tag of 34 euro (Benefit are renowned for their silly prices), but I really do like it. This would be classed as a more balmy primer and it is nearly skin coloured but rubs in to the skin and vanishes, it is diffusing too so helps with minimising the look of larger pores . Under make-up it is fab,  but you can also use it over it to help smooth out anything that needs to be smoothed out.

When it comes to eye primer, I tend to stick to the Urban Decay Primer Potion (20 euro in Debenhams). I have bought a ridiculous amount of Urban Decay eye shadow palettes over the years so I have lots of little bottles of primer potion knocking about as you usually get a small sample with a palette, so I have yet to run out. This would be of a similar consistency to the Porefessional with the same colour tone but disappears once rubbed in. You need a teeny amount of eye primer, the rule of thumb is the less you use the better it works so use just enough to cover the lid with a thin layer. It really helps prolong your eye-shadow, so if you tend to get a crease line  on your eyelid throughout the day, give a primer a go and you will see the difference!

So you have primed your face, added you gorgeous make-up,  and want to make it last longer? You need a powder to set it:

powders

I have a whole host of them knocking about my make-up drawer. For normal going to work use I tend to stick to the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressesd Powder (5.99 Euro in Boots). This is a light powder with no coverage so does not cake over your make-up and does the job of mattifying the face well, and it’s cheap what more can you ask for! For going out I use the Mac Studio Fix (31.50 in Brown Thomas). This is definitely much more expensive, but it is a powder foundation so gives much more coverage and is not too weighty on the skin if you use a light layer. It contains silica and talc which help absorb excess oil so less touching up throughout the night is needed  which is why I do all of these steps in the first place :). There is so many types of powder to choose from though these are just the two I tend to go back to again and again.

So powder is on, could there be another step? Maybe just one more for good measure. I am a huge fan of finishing sprays:

Finishing Spray

They help prolong your make-up, they have active ingredients that help your skin and they get rid of the powdery look that tends to happen when you are trying to get rid of the oiliness 🙂 My favourite is the Urban Decay de-slick Make-up Spray (28 Euro in Debenhams).  Urban Decay claim that this lowers the temperature of your make-up to help it stay put. My make-up definitely stays put and the spray is really fine so it doesn’t disturb the work you have already done, and it is another step to help control the oil for a decent period of time. I like using this to wake up my make-up during the day too when it is looking a bit tired. Spray a light layer of this and it looks a bit more alive and refreshed.

I have a couple of other random things that I sometimes throw in as well ( because I haven’t got enough already right?).

Blotting PaperBlotting paper

Blotting paper! These are great for touching up through the day ( I bought these Catrice ones in my local chemist for 3.49 Euro). I recommend getting ones without any type of coating on them as some of them are covered in talc which adds white splotches to your face. You just dab your face with the piece of paper and it soaks up any excess oil you might have without moving your beautifully applied make-up.

Finally is a really random one for you:

Lah Potion

The Anastasia Lash Genius (14 pound on Cult Beauty) is a clear gel that you put on after your mascara to seal it in and stop panda eyes. Now I know waterproof mascara is meant to do this, but for me personally it doesn’t always cut the mustard, so this is just an extra insurance policy for me to help keep my mascara in place all day. I feel like it really  helps and blackness under my eyes at the end of the day is now a thing of the past!

So these are a random group of things that I use (not always together) to help prolong my make-up, prevent creasing, smudging and general oily skin shenanigans. If you have reached the end of this blog post I commend and thank you 🙂

Gemma

xxx

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I am coming at you today with a few of my favourite liquid foundations of the moment. I tend to have a lot on the go at any one time testing them out and seeing how they fair. I have not got the best skin. It is overall very oily with some random dry patches and I tend to get breakouts quite alot, so for me foundation is pretty important and I use it everyday to even out my skin which has pink undertones . I would be an NC20 in MAC.

The first of the foundations I want to talk about is the purse friendly Revlon Colorstay which you can pick up in nearly all Boots  and on their website for close to 18 euro.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Oily/Combination Skin

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Oily/Combination Skin

Sigma Flat Top Kabuki Brush

Sigma Flat Top Kabuki Brush

This foundation comes in two formulas oily/combination and dry. Of course I use the oily/combination version. It’s thick in consistency so you don’t need a whole lot and it dries to a matt finish. It’s medium to full coverage depending on how much you build it, so if you want a light layering maybe for work or just for daytime, I suggest adding a little moisturiser to it to loosen it a bit. I don’t feel doing this adds any more oil (to my skin anyway). My favourite way to apply this foundation is with a flat dense kabuki brush or with my fingers, for a lighter layer. Working it into the skin with a dense brush tends to make the product work better for you and cover any large pores so less concealer is needed. I really like the Revlon Colorstay and feel it wears pretty well on me throughout the day and is good for nights out as it only has an SPF of 6 so doesn’t have much or any flashback in photos 😉 I think it will always be in my arsenal of foundations.

The next foundation I want to chat about it a pretty new one to my collection and it is the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. I picket this up on Cult Beauty for 30 pound so it would definitely be classed as a “higher end foundation”.

Jouer Moisture Tint

Jouer Moisture Tint

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

As the name implies this is a mattifying foundation but has all the benefits of a moisturising foundation. I would class this as a heavy duty tinted moisturiser with light but build-able coverage. It is oil free and fragrance free so good for any of you sensitive oily ladies out there! The texture of this foundation is like nothing I have ever used before, it is nearly like a gel which makes it very easy to blend. I tend to use my fingers if I am in hurry with this or a Real Techniques Buffing Brush as its not very dense and distributes the product nicely. I really like The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, it wears well, however it is not great over blemishes, it can cake around them so you have to be careful of that when blending it. This had an SPF 15, so it is suited better for day wear. I wear the shade Linen.

Next on my list is the MakeUpForever Mat Velvet +. You can buy this from the MakeUpForever shop in Clarendon street in Dublin which I am lucky to live quite close to or on their website for 35 euro (again another high end foundation).

MakeupForever Mat Velvet +

MakeupForever Mat Velvet +

Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush

Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush

The bottle in the picture above is empty, so I guess that’s a sign I like this foundation :). This is my” I’m late for work” product. Squeezable bottle, medium coverage and lovely to blend, so doesn’t need much attention.  It is oil free and water resistant so lasts pretty well on the skin throughout the day with a light layer of powder on top. It doesn’t tend to oxidise on my skin which is brilliant. It does not have an SPF so if you want to protect yourself layer it up underneath. I apply this with fingers in a hurry or a dense kabuki foundation brush. I find the brush really helps gets the product into the skin. I may have to repurchase this, I’ve talked myself into it 🙂 I wear the shade 30.

My final choice of the minute (although I could ramble on for hours) is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light. You can buy this in Debenhams or any other place that has an Estée Lauder counter. It retails for 36.50 Euro. Another pricey one I know sorry, I must be going through a phase Surprised.

Esteé Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Esteé Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Real Techniques Expert face Brush

Real Techniques Expert face Brush

This is my heading out on the town foundation. I also own the original Double Wear in the glass bottle which I love  but it is much harder to work and I am lazy so the light one is better for me. Don’t be fooled the word “light” in my opinion does not mean a lighter coverage foundation, this is a full coverage foundation and is hardcore stuff so needs to be used carefully. I apply it in light layers, letting each one dry as I go with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It is a wet foundation and applies shiny to the skin, but sets quick and stays really well throughout the night. Honestly, only if I am in a really hot place or out til’ all hours of the morning do I really feel the need to touch up. This foundation covers like a dream, and is great in pictures even with an SPF of 10. I wear the shade 2.0 Intensity. This is not my colour match its probably about 2 shades darker, as I would have false tan on wearing it.

These are just a few of the liquid foundations I am using at the moment. I tend to vary my foundations depending on where I am going, if I am wearing tan and how much coverage I want that day. I will never be the girl who just has one foundation and sticks to it. However I think Revlon Colorstay and  Estée Lauder Double Wear Light will be in my collection for a long time to come, as well as Mac Face and Body which I always keep a hold of for the summer time as it can be used on the face and any other body parts that might need an extra bit of coverage.

As I have oily skin I always prep my skin with primer and set with powder, my next blog post will go into more detail about this so keep an eye out for that 🙂

Let me know if you have any foundation suggestions for oily skin, I am always on the look out and have a shopping problem so would love to know.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Gemma xxx