• ELF Flawless Finish Foundation

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    ELF came to UK, FINALLY! And I decided to try everything. Much to my surprise the flawless finish foundation really went beyond my expectations.

    You get a 25 ml bottle (smaller than most bottles) but you don’t have to worry as the price is small too. I got the shade porcelain (although it says Nude on the packaging!)

    It’s a glass frosted bottle which I wouldn’t expect from a budget brand and it’s got a lid and a pump (it really reminds me of NARS packaging).

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    The texture of foundation is thicker than I normally use but it’s got a lovely cooling effect and it smooths on to the skin beautifully. To be quite frank it does what it says on the box (not the bottle as it doesn’t say, annoyingly) it’s FLAWLESS!

    I used a blending sponge and it’s the best way to use this I think.

    They don’t have a massive shade range but this was fair and I think it’s actually a really good colour match for me.

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    The lasting time on this is about 4 hours but lasts well with powder and setting spray.

    I actually have to admit I was shocked at how great this was. I didn’t have high expectations. How good can it be for under £10? Well extremely fantastically good I can tell you.

    I would go as far as to say that this is comparable to many high end foundations. The closest dupe to the Illamasqua skin finish I can find (if you like that!).

    I have normal to dry skin so I don’t know how this would work for someone with oily skin but it would be great to know if anyone has had the same experience as me.

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    Would you try this foundation? Have you tried this? Do you have a different skin type to me? Did you know that ELF was stocked at Superdrug now?

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    The Ordinary Skincare and Beauty – the goody bag contents

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    Following on from my recent post I wanted to show you the beautiful range of Ordinary products I received whilst I was at the Deciem event.

    I have tried a number of products and I want to go through those I have tried, those I have yet to try and those I already love.

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    Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

    I have been using this for about a week, in the evening, and I can already see a difference! I loved my glycolic cleansing pads so this is a great product to use instead and isn’t as pricey.

    I have smooth skin and the bumps have gone out of the skin, after one week! Amazing

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    Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

    I have already nearly finished a whole tube of this. I really really enjoy it. It’s a lovely thick texture and it’s great in the evening before I use oils.

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    Serum and Coverage Foundation

    I have tried both these foundations a couple of times and I am looking forward to giving a proper review in the future.  If you have the same skin tone as me (Fair Neutral) try the shade 1.1

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    Advanced Retinooid 2%

    I am really excited to try this as I have wanted to try a retinoid product for a while. I have a lot going on in my skincare routine right now so I am saving this.

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    Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% 

    I have heard great things about this product but I haven’t yet tried it. I have to admit I am pretty scared about using too many acids so I will wait to see when I can have this in my routine. It might not be a daily thing.

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    100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

    I love facial oils but I am currently using one from the Ordinary which I want to finish first. I have heard great things about this oil though so looking forward to getting stuck in.

    I haven’t found anything I don’t like yet out of the things I was kindly given but I do have a lot to try.

    Have you tried anything yet?

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    The perfect base partnership with Urban Decay Naked Skin

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    I have been trying to find a perfect base for a while and when I discovered the Naked Skin duo I think I have finally found something close to perfect.

    Naked Skin Foundation £28.50

    I was in Selfridges and I tried a bit of the naked skin foundation in shade 1.0 on the back of my hand and I was so surprised at what that small pump achieved.

    It was a thin consistency, almost watery so I didn’t expect much but when I blended it in it covered flawlessly and felt really lightweight.

    I decided I wanted to try it out in a full size and so I went ahead and purchased the bottle.

    I have now been using this for 3 months and it’s coming to it’s end so I can honestly say this is a lovely foundation for those of you like me who have normal/dry skin. The finish is flawless and slightly luminous without being too dewy.

    Naked Skin Concealer  £19.00

    It was only recent that I decided to bite the bullet and buy the concealer after seeing it hyped on YouTube in 2016. I did want to let the hype die down a little bit before I invested like with everything I see on YouTube. I am so glad I did though. This was a revelation. This is a fantastic concealer, the best I have ever used.

    I picked the lightest shade, fair neutral, for highlighting under my eyes. I always do this and this is very very light (as you can see from the photograph).

    The consistency is lovely and thick and you don’t need half as much as any other concealer I have used. I use only one swipe of the applicator for both sides of the eye which means although I paid more I use less than budget brands so I think it evens itself out.

    Out of the two, I think the concealer is the ultimate holy grail for me right now.

    However, as a team, they work incredibly well and once I have used all my current foundation stash I would definitely consider repurchasing the foundation. As for the concealer – I don’t think I could be without it.

    What is your perfect base? Have you found your perfect base? Have you tried any of these products?

     

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    Review | Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation – Fair Neutral

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    I’m not one to jump on a bandwagon but when QVC had a TSV (Today Special Value) of a set which included the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation that was a product that was being hyped by bloggers and vloggers everywhere, I knew I had to give it a try.

    I will do a review of the whole set overall but I wanted to bring you my review of this after having used it quite a lot over the past month.

    I decided to try the shade in Fair Neutral as I was worried about the other shades being too dark and I don’t mind buying lighter in order to warm up a little I just can’t make it lighter if I get it too dark.

    Claims

    (from the QVC website)

    This lightweight liquid foundation is designed to give full coverage while hydrating your skin, to leave your complexion looking radiant and flawless. With an innovative pipette dispenser this innovative fluid foundation by Tarte is your ticket to a smooth and luminous complexion.

    Packaging

    This comes in a glass bottle with a gorgeous ombre gold to purple lid which you push at the top to take product in to the pipette dispenser.

    At first I wasn’t keen on the packaging and the pipette just fits in to the bottle meaning it can get messy but if you’re careful it really doesn’t matter. Personally I would have preferred a pump but it’s ok.

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    Application

    The product comes with a brush, which is gorgeous but does not work for me with this foundation. It seems to make the product streaky and drying. When I used this first of all as suggested I really thought I would end up selling the foundation.

    I did however, decide to try with a damp beauty blender and using this method has made it ten times better for me. I use two to three drops, depending on how much coverage I want, and dab on the face and blend in with the beauty blender.

    Texture

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    I love really liquidy formulas so this was right up my alley. It’s a very thin watery foundation and dependent on how much you use, gives you a lovely lightweight feel to application.

    If you’re like me and pump on to the back of your hand you have to work quick as it will drip down your hand. If you have tried the Urban Decay Naked Foundation it is a similar consistency.

    Scent

    This doesn’t have a fragrance which I prefer in my base products.

    Results

    Using the beauty blender means this gives a mega flawless light finish. It’s a buildable foundation so layering can give you full coverage if needed. I have to say I don’t need to have full coverage all the time so it just leaves my face looking even and dewy.

    Weirdly there is still a matte sort of finish to it but not so it shows up dry patches (can a foundation be dewy and matte??) on my skin so this is like the perfect look for me.

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    Final thoughts

    I think I may have found my holy grail foundation. I have a few foundations on the go at the moment and I have to admit this has really really impressed me especially as on first try I was ready to pass it on to someone else.

    If you have any foundations you don’t like with a brush I urge you to try a beauty blender or real techniques blending sponge dampened just to see if that helps as with this foundation not only did it impress me so much it has hit holy grail status.

    Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

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