Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Makeup Revolution Foundation Stick




After the launch of their new concealer which I have been using on a daily basis (I write a post which you can read here), I had high expectations for their new fast base foundation stick. The brand put emphasis on the creamy aspect of the foundation, and that was what drew me in it. I have previously found that creamy products have worked best with my dry skin, as matte products can feel dry and feel uncomfortable on the skin. This claims to have a more satin finish which also ticked a box as I like a more dewy finish.

I bought this in the shade F3 which is for fair skin with pink undertones, it is a good match but a little bit too light so I would maybe go for F5 next time. I once again was impressed with the shade range which includes 18 shades with all different undertones. The concealers and foundations are supposed to marry up in numbers which is very handy.

The day I bought this I literally could not wait to wear it. When I touched the texture of the foundation it was extremely creamy and felt a little bit oily in texture. This has an easy to apply twist stick which is very handy. I apply this straight onto my skin with strokes covering my entire face. I find that it does easily blend into the skin when using a damp beautyblender to apply this. The problem I have been having is that when I blend it in, I feel like it sits on the surface of the skin. If I touch my skin even 10 minutes after application, my skin feels greasy as it has not absorbed into the skin at all. I have different tried primers, setting sprays and my trusty setting powder but none of them seem to make a difference.

The actual wear of the foundation is not too horrific, once on the skin it does last a good amount of time. As I have said my skin is very dry at the moment, and it does still cling to my dry patches which is never a positive aspect to any product. I struggled with building it up and getting it to not look greasy due to the texture being so creamy. I am not sure what type of skin this would be best for, as with oily skin I feel like you would just look very shiny. I think if you have just a normal skin type this would probably be okay as it shouldn't look greasy and may sit better on the skin. It definitely offers more of a satin finish which is what it states, and it does give a slight glowy edge to the skin which I like.

I totally get where Makeup Revolution was trying to go with this. For £5, this is an okay foundation. You will probably guess though that overall right now I am disappointed with how this foundation looks on the skin. I would love them to bring out a foundation with the same consistency as the concealer. I totally get that a new foundation with a creamy consistency and a satin finish is needed on the drugstore market, and that was the reason I snatched it up so quickly. I have read many reviews of this foundation from both bloggers and on Superdrug's website, and I have not seen anyone who has said that it is a must have product. One of my friends also messaged me to say she was disappointed in the finish and wear on her skin. I am totally going to try this again once my skin is a lot less dry, and hopefully I will have a better outcome. Overall, unlike the concealer which I could not get enough of, this foundation has disappointed me. I think it is important to stay real and still blog about disappointing products which I would not necessarily recommend.

Lucy
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Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Ordinary Haul


So with my skin changing at such a fast pace, I thought it was time to step up my skincare range. Since The Ordinary launched I have tried quite a few of their products and I have always been impressed.

So my biggest skincare issue at the moment is dehydration. I thought I needed to invest in some products to really add some hydration back into my skin. Hylauronic acid 2% + B5 (£5.90) seems to have been my perfect answer. The formula claims to have different size molecules which are suppose to help penetrate instead of sitting on the surface of the skin, therefore adding hydration to all the layers of the skin.

To add some more hydration I picked up the 100% plant derived squalane (£5.50). This contains a high level of emollients which are suppose to once again be great at providing hydration but also prevent any loss of hydration already in the skin. Squalane is non-comedogenic which is supposed to reduce potential breakouts.

I have previously tried one of their primers when my skin was much oiler and I enjoyed using it. This time I decided to order their high spreadability fluid serum (£5.50), this is a fluid serum which comes with a peppet. This acts as the perfect last step before adding any base makeup products; therefore I want a light, hydrating primer which is going to be perfect for my makeup to settle on to. I have tried this quite a few times and I am enjoying using it. It is a little bit thicker than I thought it was going to be, but it does work well especially for drier skin. This contains silicon which is supposed to be the stand out product, as it adds a little bit of glow and life back into the skin.

Once again when I had oiler skin I tried their full coverage foundation which I thought was a good foundation, I wrote a whole blog post about it here. This time round I decided to try the Serum foundation (£5.70), which offers a lighter medium coverage. This shade range is fantastic and comes in 21 shades, I choose the shade 1.1P (light skin with pink undertones). This applies easily across the skin with my beautyblender and blends well into my skin. This has a semi-matte finish which has occasionally clings to the dry patches on my skin, but all of my foundations have been doing this at the moment. For the price this is a good foundation and I think this will be a go-to foundation in the summer for me, it contains SPF15 and it is lightweight enough for it not to feel too heavy on the skin.

This Natural moisturising factors + HA was one of the first products I ever bought from the brand. I originally bought this in the 30ml size as I wanted to trial it to see if it suited my skin or not. When I re-bought it this time round I got it in the bigger 100ml size and it cost just £6.80, which is such great value for money. The formula to this moisturiser contains 11 different amino acids which are aimed at helping the skin in lots of different ways. This also contains hyaluronic acid which is once again a hydrating agent. What I like about this is that it doesn't have a greasy texture. It has a smooth creamy consistency which is quite thick but still applies well to the entire face.

Have you got any skincare recommendations from The Ordinary?

Lucy
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

One Month on Roaccutane


So I have been on roaccutane for one month now, and I thought it would be helpful for others who are considering going on the medication to give monthly updates. If you want to find out all about how I first got the medication and the process, I have put it in a post which you can read here. This is my first month's diary week by week as to how I have found it and the side effects so far.

In the first week I was prepared for my skin to 'purge'. To be fair my skin was much better than I thought it was going to be. I don't think my skin particularly purged, my skin broke out just as it would normally on a weekly basis.

In week two this is when my lips started to take their toll, I rushed out and bought a variety of different lip balms as I needed one in every handbag and pocket. I then noticed my skin becoming more sensitive than usual and put into place a very basic skincare routine which I will do a post on in a few weeks when I am sure my skin has not reacted to any products. What I can say is that there have been two products which my skin has not reacted to. One being Glossier's jelly milk cleanser and the other is La Roche-Posay's hydrating cream cleanser.

Week 3 was when I noticed that the tablets were really starting to kick in. On a night shift at work I went to the toilet at 2am in the morning, and I had to hold back my tears. My nose has really become dry and flaky, and has gone red as I have had to regularly exfoliate. I look like I have sunburn as the area is so delicate. When I looked into the mirror my foundation has clung to every dry part of my nose, and every follicle could be seen. I have been using two moisturisers and a primer before applying any makeup but it really doesn't seem to have had much effect. I also noticed the areas surrounding my lips becoming extra dry and big chunks of skin clinging on for dear life. During this week I noticed that my hair and scalp had become drier. I usually wash my hair every other day due to me feeling like it looks and feels greasy. However, I can now go at least 4 days with me still feeling that it looks okay, which to be fair has been great.

I think this past week has been the worst in terms of the dryness of my skin. My nose has continued to flake and it has become very sensitive to anything which I apply, this has now spread to under my nose. My problematic area of my acne has always been my chin and nose. I had huge clusters of pus filled spots to my chin and this was all hormonal. I got the occasional spot on my forehead and cheeks, but they were never a big issue. However, I have definitely seen a reduction of big spots around my chin. I have had some big under the skin spots which have been very itchy, and trying to leave them has been very difficult. I never thought that I would not be wearing makeup during this process, but I have not been enjoying applying makeup as the end result has been frustrating as everything I apply seems to just sit on top of the skin. On all of my days off I haven't been wearing any makeup at all. At work, I have been wearing it as it makes me feel more confident, but as soon as I get home it gets completely taken off there and then. On Friday, I wore 'going out' makeup for the first time since I started the medication. It took me about an hour to do my entire makeup as I did it slowly and carefully, and it actually looked okay. However, as I write this on Sunday evening my skin has seriously freaked out. I have broken out with three huge spots to the side of my head, and another two on my cheek and chin. This is all down the right side of my face which is strange. Hopefully, this will clear soon as I felt as though my skin was really improving. My lips have been the main problem though. The side of my lips have split and if I open my mouth fully it can bleed and it is very sore. My whole lips and surrounding areas are just flaking off, and unfortunately I think that is the way it is going to be for the next five months while I am on this medication.

Overall, this month was everything I expected. I had done a lot of research prior to going on to roaccutane so I was very much prepared. The only thing I have struggled with is the sensitivity of my skin, some days when washing my face it feels like I am having a chemical peel and it can really tingle and be painful. However, here's to month two and seeing what it has got in store for me.

Lucy
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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer


(C3 top and C4 bottom)

So thanks to Holly Boon whose YouTube videos are sensational at the moment, the second she uploaded her review video of this new concealer I instantly clicked the link. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Makeup Revolution conceal and define concealer. It has been compared to lots of different high end well known concealers such as Nars' creamy concealer and Estee Lauder's double wear. I love concealers they are one of my favourite makeup items as someone with areas of blemishes that I want covering up, I want a product which is going to do just that. What everyone was very excited about with this range was the large selection of shades. There is 18 shades which I think is fantastic, in 2018 everyone should be able to buy a concealer that matches their skin. I don't know what these companies who bring out three shades (cough, cough Collection) are thinking, there must be so much more profit in providing a range for all. Makeup Revolution has since announced that there are going to be 30 shades in this range in the new future.

As always I got pulled into this hype mainly due to it being a high end dupe and the price. It costs just £4, yes just £4! Sophiedoesnail did a really good swatch video and review. I find her great to watch as she is fair skinned like me, and I found it super helpful to try and find my shade. I settled on the shade C4 originally as it is for light skin tones with a neutral undertone. This is a pretty decent match for my skin but it is a tiny bit too dark. I think this is due to the undertone being very prominent which I cannot complain about, but I am a mix of neutral and pink undertones. I have been using this for at least 6 weeks now which I think is enough time to give a detailed review, I literally bought this on its first day of sales. About 4 weeks ago when shopping in Superdrug I decided to get a back up, due to the C4 having the slightly too dark undertone I picked up C3 which is for fair skin tones with pink undertones. The undertones to this are perfect for me, much better than C4 but it is a little bit too light. However, I find this works well with my lighter foundations, and C4 works well for my darker foundations. I think next time I should probably try out C5 as that is for light skin tones with pink undertones, however when I have looked at swatches it looks way too dark. I will have to swatch in store and see what it looks like in real life.

This is a lightweight concealer which applies sooo easily. It comes with a big doe foot applicator which I love, you can hear that the bottle contains a vacuum when you pull the applicator out which will keep it from drying out. The size of the applicator means you can easily get it in all the areas you want it with no fuss and it takes very little time. This has a very creamy consistency which I love as it glides over the skin without needing to drag the product in anyway. Due to its consistency it has been compared to Nars' radiant creamy concealer, and I have just swatched them next to each other and they are very similar. The Nars version it is a little bit thicker, whereas the Makeup Revolution one has more fluidity to its texture. Both of these are high coverage which are buildable without looking cakey. I think this Makeup Revolution concealer is a dupe for the high version. The only difference is that the Nars one has a little more of a radiant finish, whereas the Makeup Revolution has a demi-matte finish.

I have tried soooooo many concealers over the years, and I am definitely a good candidate to try out the full coverage and long wearing claims. When I am at work from waking up to walking through the door at night, my makeup is on my face for 14 hours. This stays in places for a good 5-6 hours before any wear can be seen.

I think this would be fine for all skin types. When I first bought this my skin was dry with some oily areas, and I was honestly telling everyone to buy it. I was literally wearing it everyday and that was the reason why I went for a backup. Since then my skin has got very dry due to my medication, and I have noticed that is has been collecting in areas of dry patches. To be fair, I have found that all my base products have been doing this so I do not think it is necessarily this product.

I have seen a lot of discussion surrounding the amount of product you get in this concealer bottle. Looking at the glass bottle you would think that it would contain a lot of product, when in fact it contains 3.4ml. In comparison with other concealers such as the Estee Lauder double wear which contains 7ml, and Nars' creamy concealer which has 6ml, so in the grand scheme of things it does contain a lot less product. I then went on a little mission with all of my other drugstore concealers, as I was intrigued to see how much they all contained. To my surprise my Sephora full coverage contained only 2.5ml, Seventeen stay time has 7ml and Colourpop no filter has 4ml. It is interesting as I never really look at the amount each product contains, but for £4 I think Makeup Revolution have had to make a cut somewhere to keep the product cheap. Therefore, you are obviously going to use it up quicker, hence me saying I bought the back up so soon. However, I still think buying two at £8 and having 6.8ml is still a bargain.

You can probably tell I have really enjoyed using this concealer, and it is by far one of the best drugstore products from any brand to be released in a long time.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Glossier Priming Moisturizer


I bought this months ago in my first ever Glossier order. The Glossier priming moisturizer is part of their phase 1 skincare set which costs £35 (saving £8), which also includes the balm dot com and jelly cleanser. I recently put up a post about their jelly cleanser which you can read here. I have been using this for a good month or two now, and I have to say I have really enjoyed using it.

It has a cream like consistency just like a moisturiser would. This is what contributes to it feeling as though it has really sunk into the skin. At first I was a little dubious about this as many people said to skip the priming moisturiser and go straight in with their priming moisturizer rich, but when I originally ordered this my skin did not need as much priming as it does at the moment. My skin is very dry currently, I apply this after my two moisturisers and it adds the last step to try to keep my base makeup looking the best it can. It evens the skin tone, but also you are able to layer it up if necessary without it feeling too thick on the skin. I have been adding an extra layer onto the areas where my skin is particularly dry to try and prevent my foundation from flaking, budging and most importantly creating an even application.

One of the things I love about Glossier is their simplicity. They contain simple ingredients and are not pumped with lots of parabens and fragrances, which often upset my skin. All round this is a great product, which I have very much been enjoying using. It is definitely a multi-purpose product. I read in the reviews on the Glossier that many people use this just as a moisturiser day and night. Like I have said, I use this as the last stage before applying my makeup, as I think it is a little bit more than just a moisturiser and it creates a good canvas. It has a much runnier formula than what I am used to but that creates a slightly tacky base. All round for £18 each, I think this would work well on all skin types and I will be recommending it to my friends.

Lucy
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Sunday, 25 March 2018

La Roche-Posay Skincare



With my skin turning into what feels like a desert at the moment due to my medication, I was in desperate need of some skin saving products. I have used La Roche-Posay many times, and I have always been impressed. The pricing to their products stand somewhere in the middle of drugstore and high end.

I did quite a bit of research into what products would work best for my skin. Katie Snooks has been an absolute life saver and in this video talks about how La Roche-Posay have created a range for people who are on medication for their acne. It contains ingredients which are not going to be too harsh on the skin or cause any side effects.

I was in desperate need of a cleanser which wasn't going to strip my skin of any hydration which it may have left, and if possible add some moisture. I have been using the Glossier jelly cleanser and I have really been enjoying using it, however I needed something to go alongside it which had a lighter texture. The effaclar H cleansing cream states its target audience is skin made fragile by over drying treatments. That is the definition of my skin in one sentence. I have been using this for 3 weeks now morning and night and I love it. It is a light textured cream which lathers in your hands, I then apply it to my wet face and cover my entire face. The cleanser eliminates impurities without over drying or adding any uncomfortable tightness to the skin.

The effaclar H moisturiser has been working hand in hand with the cleanser. After drying my face after using the cleanser, I then apply the multi compensating soothing moisturiser to my entire face. I need something which is going to add as much hydration and moisturiser as humanly possible. This is targeted for weak and fragile skin. I like this a lot, it has quite a thick creamy texture which does add hydration. However, I use this in combination with my Kiehl's ultra facial oil-free cream as it is not quite enough on its own.

I have never owned Elizabeth Arden's eight hour cream, but I imagine it to be just like this La-Roche Posay cicaplast baume B5 which is a soothing repairing balm. This is a double action cream which soothes and protects skin which is irritated and sensitive. It is an all round product to keep in the bottom of your handbag for when you are in need. You can use it on your face, hands, lips and body. During the day I have found that my lips and hand are what have been taken the brunt of the side effects of the medication, and I can apply this for some quick relief. It is not too thick or rich which is great as it rubs into the skin easily.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Benefit Badgal Bang Mascara




 



Well there’s no denying Benefit went all out with the launch of their latest mascara. There was bloggers whisked off to the Maldives and they only discovered themselves whilst on the holiday what the launch was for.

I have to say I was a little underwhelmed when I heard it was another mascara. However, the Benefit mascaras are definitely what put the brand on the map. Me being me I wanted to try it out, like any launch which has such hype surrounding it. If you have been a reader of my blog since the start, you will know how much I struggle to find great mascaras. I only have a few in my collection as when I find one that I like, I stick with it until it has run out. My most recent go to has been the L’Oreal Paradise. My lashes are long but sparse so I need one that gives me the most volume possible and this does the job perfectly.

The Benefit Badgal Bang mascara states to do literally everything you would want in a mascara. It promises to lift, lengthen and add lots of volume. A bold claim which I wanted to put to the test. Now this mascara also claims to contain brand new, never before seen gravity defying ingredients which are suppose to not weigh your lashes down. It states it is a “gravity defying formula containing aero-particles one of the lightest materials, derived from space technology”. It all sounds very new and exciting.

So the most important part of a mascara for me is the wand. I think the wand is what makes a mascara a hit or miss. This one is much thinner than what I had imagined. It is in a slight cone shape which starts thicker at the top and finishes smaller at the tip. I do not think the bristles are particularly long but they differ in size along the brush. I find that the bristles grip the lashes well which helps to build length from tip to root. I also find curling my eyelashes before application definitely helps to build the volume.

A downside to this product is how wet the formula is. After I apply it I have to ensure I leave a good few minutes before adding any setting spray as it easily smudges. This can also cause smudging when first applying, and the formula can end up catching on my eyelid which can be hell of annoying when I have spent 20 minutes trying to get the perfect blended eyeshadow. Therefore, I know that I have to apply it in smaller amounts and build it up to prevent any smudges from occurring.

This is a nice mascara that does work well at building length and volume. However, I am not particularly raving from the rooftops about it. I do not think it is quite as revolutionary as it makes out, and it is not a product which I would tell my friends to run out and buy. It's a good mascara which does the job, but it still does fulfil my dream mascara expectations.

Lucy
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