Sunday, 24 August 2014

My Concealer Collection!

Today I wanted to share something different and show you my concealer collection. Its something we all use and have in our makeup bags and there are lots of different types used for different things too show I wanted to show you the main ones I use day to day. (sorry the pic quality isn't the best)

So at the top we have the MUFE Camouflage Cream Palette, it does come in different shades too. As you can tell by the name it is a cream concealer and I mainly use this for pin point concealing, this means using it with a small brush to cover any odd blemishes. This concealer is good for this as it is pretty full coverage. You could sheer this out with a damp sponge or moisturiser though if you like. the green shade is also perfect if you have any redness as this can be used as a base to cancel out that redness then you can conceal over it. It has good staying power too and can be used of any skin type.

Next is the MAC Mineralize Concealer. This is a really nice one for under the eyes. Its really moisturising and keeps the under eyes hydrated all through the day. I think this is a great one for more dry skin like mine plus its really comfortable and doesn't sit in any lines or cake up. Its a more sheer concealer which is why its nice for the under eyes as the skin is very thin and delicate in this area. I use this as my every day concealer when I want just natural makeup its the same colour as my foundation and it just evens everything out and brightens my eyes and has a really flawless glowey finish on the skin.

Now we have the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This is a very long lasting concealer and quite versatile. Its not too heavy for under the eyes which is mainly where I use it but its a little more coverage than the last one. I think this is suitable for any skin type too. I use this when I want a little more coverage if I have darker under eye circles, I find it does stay all day and doesn't settle in lines or cake up either. Its not as moisturising but it does dry out your under eyes. I also use this if I am only using a tinted moisturiser instead of a foundation, I will use this over areas I need more cover such as the cheeks chin and nose.

Then we have the Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer. As you can tell from the name this is also an under eye concealer, it a more sheer cover concealer again I think this is suitable for any skin tone. Its very comfortable under the eyes however I do find this can dry and settle into fine lines if you have it on for a long time. I don't wear this one as much but it does brighten the under eyes and does have a really nice effect. I wouldn't use this to conceal any blemishes as its a little sheer but is does hide dark under eye circles and and redness like I have just below the eyes.

Next to last is a very popular concealer, its the MAC ProLongwear concealer. Again suitable for any skin type too. This is a full coverage concealer, and even though I find it a little heavy for the under eyes I know many people do use it in this are as it does not crease or sit in any lines. It also has amazing staying power. This is a great concealer for priming the eyes for eye shadow, firstly because it gives you an even base and cover any veins etc what show through. Secondly because it brings out the pigmentation of the eye shadow, making it stay all day to without creasing. Another popular way of using this concealer which is what I mainly use it for is when doing a strong highlight and contour look. I use this as my highlight and I find it really effective as it gives such a flawless base. It has great staying power and a little goes a long way. You could also use this to cover blemishes as long as it matches your foundation shade, you could also add this to a bb cream or tinted moisturiser for more coverage, or the opposite and mix with moisturiser to sheer out. This can be used in so many ways its great which is why it is so popular.

Last but not least is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer. The texture of this reminds me a little of the Pro Longwear. Its again quite a thick consistency and fuller coverage. It can be used for the under eyes, however on me I find this a little to thick for every day so I tend to sheer it out with a damp sponge. Again I think its great to use when highlighting and contouring it gives you a nice flawless finish but I don't find this as long lasting. You can use this too for covering blemishes as long as it matches your foundation. You could even add this to a tinted moisturiser for more coverage. I think the packaging for this product is great as you only squeeze out as much as you need so there is no waste. This is good for any skin type and is really good quality for a drugstore product.

So that's my concealer collection, feel free to share yours below too :)
Zoe x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Make Up Forever HD Foundation!

Hey there, I haven't been able to do a post for a little while I had a busy weekend last week so I missed a week out. Also if you may have noticed I have decided to take off the adverts from my blog, I feel like they are quite distracting and to be honest I just want my blog to be a place which is personal to me, where you can come and read and share ideas all about beauty without having annoying adverts flashing at you. So little rant over I thought I would do a little review on this foundation I have owned for quite a few months now. I feel like I have tested it for long enough to do a review on it, and I know its a foundation allot of you are interested in so I hope you like it.   

So this is the Make Up Forever HD Foundation, Its not very easy to get in the UK as I don't think it is stocked in shops so I purchased it off the internet. If you google it there are a few websites you can buy it from just research what shade you will need. It is quite an expensive foundation and I no it is used by many makeup artists especially on those who are on TV as it works really well with HD. However I use this as my normal foundation, If you know me at all you will know my one true love is the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation however this is my number two go to.

First off I really like the packaging its really sturdy but light weight which makes it great for travelling. It also has a pump applicator  which is really good as unlike some pumps with this I can pump out as much or little as I like. The actual foundation itself it has a really nice texture and its really easily blendable on the skin. I would say its medium coverage which can be built up to full coverage or you can also sheer it out with moisturiser or a damp sponge. Its not heavy or cakey on the skin which is why it works so well on TV you can get the cover you want without it looking like you have anything on. It is oil free and more of a semi matte finish, its not really dewy nor is it supper matte it just looks like natural skin. Its a lovely foundation for more oily skin tones due to it being more matte I find with more dry skins you need a well moisturised base to start with.

I personally have quite dry skin and it works really well on me if I moisturise well first. I use one pump maybe a little more if im going out and I get full coverage with that. This really does have great staying power even when its hot it doesn't get shiny it looks the same whatever weather. This is my go to foundation if I need it to last all day or on a night out as it doesn't budge. I don't have to set with any powder, if you are more oily you may want to a little.

Overall its a lovely foundation which just looks like your natural skin and creates a flawless base. it has no spf so is great for pictures and its really comfortable to wear and it lasts all day. If you use this to share your thoughts on it below too!
Zoe x


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid!

Hey, im back today with another little makeup look, Im wearing my new Illamasqua lip product so thought I would show you what it looks like, as I did a little review on it not long ago but could get any swatches to look right. If you want to read that post it is here. Its really summery and long lasting so here is my simple look.

L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation
Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Lover
GOSH Sun Powder Highlighter

I applied the BB cream all over my face to even out my skin tone then added the foundation where I needed more coverage. I then concealed under my eyes to create a subtle highlight. I set everything with the loose powder. I contoured with the bronzer along the cheek bones, around the forehead and the chin then applied the blusher onto the cheek bones and blended. I finished with a bit of highlighter on top of the cheekbones.   

Benefit Brow Zings
Benefit Gimme Brow
Skin coloured Matte Eyeshadow (don't know the brand)
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Avon Black Kohl Eyeliner Pencil
Maybelline the Falsies Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes

I first did my eyebrows just with the brow powder then set with the gimme brow. I applied a skin coloured eyeshadow over the eyelid to even out the colour. I then applied a little bronzer in the crease just create some definition. For eyeliner I used the pencil to draw a rough line then smudged it out into a flick with an angled brush. For the under eye I simply lined roughly with the pencil again and smudged out with the bronzer on a small brush. To finish I applied mascara on top and bottom then applied false lashes.

Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Surrender

I applied one coat first then let it set before applying one more layer. Once this is dry its not budging its great and I love that its matte as its a little bit different to what I normally wear.

So that's my Sunday face today, its really simple and pretty and perfect for summer time. Hope you like it!

Zoe x

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