La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I

Screen shot 2014-02-07 at 22.09.04 I already have so much love for La Roche Posay, having used their Effaclar K & Duo I really can’t get enough of the brand. Having tried so many products to try and banish my acne and breakouts I have to say that no other brand has really every work for me. With a fairly decent price point La Roche Posay offers affordable skincare that works better than many high end creams and lotions out there.

The Effaclar A.I is marketed as ‘Targeted Breakout Corrector’ and is supposed to be used on any localised blemishes and breakouts. Although a fairly small tube you honestly only need the smallest amount. Since using this over the past few weeks I’ve found that any blemishes or spots I get tend to clear up within 1-2 days when I apply this. I can’t quite believe just how incredible it is. It works amazingly on those spots that haven’t yet come to surface, just the smallest amount of product morning and night helps stop the spot getting any worse.

Compared to most other products I love that I can use this under my makeup as well, so if I’m looking to conceal a blemish I know that this will continue fighting it even when I’ve got my base makeup on too. It’s just become one of those products that I just can’t get enough off and combined with the Effaclar Duo my skin has never looked so good. If you’re looking for something to help fight so pesky blemishes you need this in your life!

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Valentines Makeup Favourites

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With January finally being over and everyone feeling a little more cheerful, I find that February is the month when I get my motivation back and with so much going on this month including Valentines Day I thought I would share some of my favourite makeup items that would no doubt help create a a striking Valentines look. I know a lot of people are going for the more romantic look using more rose gold tones (The UD Naked 3 seems to feature in nearly all the valentines posts I’ve seen!) but for me it’s all about a bold lip and a subtle eye look with classic black liner.. So here are some of my favourite products to help you create your perfect Valentines makeup.

Screen shot 2014-02-07 at 22.08.32Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm – Striking The red lip might seem like a bit of a cliche but to be honest I think it’s perfect for Valentines. The Matte Balms by Revlon are amazing, and everyone loves a matte lip. My favourite colour is ‘Striking’ it is a really gorgeous red with a slightly orange undertone but nothing too harsh. The balm goes on really smooth to your lips and the colour pay off means you don’t need to apply too much! The colour slowly stains the lips and you’re left with a matte lip that still feels moisturised and the best part is that the product doesn’t cling to any dry areas. It has amazing staying power and is perfect through lunch or dinner.

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Illamasqua Lipstick – Sangers
One of my all time favourite lipsticks has to be this one by Illamasqua. Not only do I adore Illamasqua packaging but this colour has to my perfect red. Described as being a blood red with a matte finish there isn’t a red lipstick that I love more. I’ve worn this lipstick without lip liner on several occasions and it hasn’t ever bled which I find incredible. You can however enhance the staying power and colour pay off by applying a red lip liner all over your lips first. Despite being described as a matte finish I still find the lipstick to be quite moisturising on the lips and it doesn’t dry out or cling to any dry areas. If you’re looking for a bold lip then it has to be this.

Screen shot 2014-02-07 at 22.08.44 Screen shot 2014-02-07 at 22.08.56e.l.f Cream Eyeliner & Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr – Bronze
My perfect eye look usually starts with the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, I can’t get enough of them. They provide an incredible base for any eye look whether you use them alone or as a base for other eyeshadows. One of my favourite combinations is using the colour tattoo is bronze and then using the e.l.f cream eyeliner to line my lash line. I’ve been a fan of liquid liners for a really long time but I have to say I have converted to gel eyeliners. I tend to use the Real Techniques eyeliner brush and I find that that using a gel liner creates a much more softer look and you have more control over whether you want a think subtle lined look or whether you want to make more of a statement. I also find that the this gel liner has a really nice matte finish rather than the wet glossy look you end of getting from most liquid liners.

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Wedding Diary #5 I’m going to India!

Things have been pretty quiet with my wedding posts but that’s because I haven’t really been up to much wedding related stuff but at the end of this month I’ll be going to India to do my final wedding shopping. i haven’t been to India for about 7 years so I’m really looking forward to going back, but actually feeling quite nervous about the fact that I’ll have to come back with all my final wedding outfits, jewellery, shoes and accessories. It’s gonna be an intense 2 and half weeks of shopping and although I’m looking forward to it I’m also very nervous. I’ll be going with my mum and staying with my gran who is currently in India. I haven’t actually been abroad since my last trip to India so as sad as it seems I’m also really looking forward the whole travel experience despite this not being your average holiday.

Screen shot 2014-02-01 at 22.38.28Whilst I’m India I’ll also be shopping for outfits for after the wedding, although I have been looking at some stuff here I know there will be more choice there and it’s also easier and cheaper to buy fabric in India and have it stitched by a tailor there. I’m really looking forward to devoting all this time to shopping so here’s hoping I find some nice stuff. I’m not sure I’ll be able to blog whilst I’m India (as much as I would love to) I will however keep a diary so I can come back and document my journey and do some pretty epic outfit haul posts!

Since the new year the reality of getting married has really started to sink in, I think as I count down the days I realise just how quick time is going and there are still so many little decisions to make. I imagine that once I’m back from India I will hopefully have decided a secondary colour theme for the reception venue, I’ve been toying between blues and purples as well as peachy and orange tones. I really don’t know at the moment, I guess it also depends on what shade of red my final outfit is..

Right now I still have no idea what kind of outfit I want so I’m taking a huge gamble assuming that I’ll find the ‘one’ when I’m in India. I’m so bad at making decisions lately and I honestly think I’ll be so stressed out trying to make the right decision because to be honest finding the perfect outfit isn’t an easy decision to make.. A part of me can’t wait to be back after my trip knowing that it’s all sorted and I can relax until the big day (.. I wish!) I’ll be sharing snaps of my favourite venue decor and colour themes in my next post!

Screen shot 2014-02-01 at 22.38.47I’m LOVING this purple and red combo.

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Boots Beauty Haul

It doesn’t take much to convince me to try out some new products and whilst I was on the Boots website looking for some La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I and my beloved E45 cream I saw that Revlon were having a 3 for 2 offer and L’Oreal were doing buy one get one half price. I think you can see where I’m going with this. My priority was to get my hands on some Revlon Matte Balms but the rest just kind of happened.

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.12.50L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Eau De Teint Golden Sand £9.99
I really don’t buy much from L’Oreal as it is usually a brand that I end up ignoring. Apart from my the Telescopic Mascara and my recent love affair with the Glam Shine lip gloss it’s not a brand that really does much for me. When I saw that it was buy one get one half price I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out some products. I have to admit it take me a while to decide which 2 products i actually wanted. I had seen a lot of adverts for this foundation but really wasn’t sure but decided to give it a go anyway. Whilst writing this post I have actually only used it once but I do think it’s actually quite good. A very watery foundation that you really have to shake it honestly feels like water on your skin, but once you start blending it kind of melts into your skin and begins to dry – in a good way. I’ll be doing a full review on this soon but from first impressions I actually really like it.

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.13.08 Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.13.23L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder Medium £6.99 (Offer price £3.50)
After much deliberation about which other L’Oreal product to buy I thought it would be worth sticking with the Nude Magique range so I picked up this BB Powder. Now I’m not really into the whole BB cream hype because a. I don’t see the point in them and b. they never have a decent shade selection anyway. So why did I get this? Because it’s the first BB Powder that I have seen (are there others? I honestly haven’t heard of any) Since my Benefit Hello Flawless powder has hit pan and I really needed to repurchase I thought it might be worth giving something else a go. Now I know this is meant to be used as a foundation and not a setting powder but who says you can’t try something new? I decided to go for the shade medium and the minute I swatched it I was amazed it has to be one of the softest powders I have ever tried it honestly feels so creamy which I really didn’t expect. The powder claims to do a whole load of good stuff for your skin but again I’ll be doing a full review on this too as I haven’t used it enough to give my honest opinion. From the initial try I actually think it works quite well as a setting powder over my base, the powder is so finely milled It really has taken me by surprise..

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.14.05 Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.14.18 Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.14.34Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Black £8.99 (Sale price £6.99)
Since I think my L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic is coming to an end (It’s really starting to dry up now) I thought it was about time I gave another mascara a chance. This Big Eyes mascara from Maybelline is a little different to what I would normally go for as it has to brushes. A larger one for the top lashes and a smaller brush for the lower lashes. I usually don’t wear mascara on my lower lashes because it usually smudges but when I saw this came with a smaller brush just for lower lashes I knew I was going to love it. I was worried that it would smudge but after wearing it all day I was amazed at the fact that my mascara had remained on my lower lashes and not smudged at all. I don’t really have much to say about the formula at the moment but on the whole I really think it’s a innovative product and I’m actually really enjoying it. It might be the last of my Telescopic mascara..

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.14.51 Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.15.11Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 22.26.32Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Striking + Unapologetic & Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Vivacious £7.99
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was about these. As a huge fan of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains I knew that I was going to fall in love with these Matte and Lacquer balms. I’m a sucker for a matte lip so I decided to pick up two matte balms and one lacquer balm and I was blown away by these from the moment I swatched them. The colour payoff is amazing and they feel so amazing on the lips. I think I prefer the matte balms but surprisingly the lacquer balm also has really good colour payoff despite me thinking it was going to be quite sheer. I just think Revlon get it so right when it comes to lip products. I know this is going to turn into a unhealthy obsession as I decide I want some more of the colours.. somebody stop me.

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Illamasqua Cream Pigment

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 11.59.54My love for Illamasqua is always growing, and they have to be one of my favourite brands, especially when they put on amazing sales. I had been wanting to try one of their cream pigments for a while, really just out of curiosity. When I saw they had this cream pigment in the colour ‘Emerge’ on sale for £7.50 I just couldn’t resist any longer. I had heard so many amazing things about it but the thing that really caught my attention was the number of people who said this worked as an amazing corrector for dark circles under the eyes. The colour seemed quite pinky and I really questioned whether it was going to work for me but after reading a lot of reviews I was convinced it was worth trying.

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 12.00.00When it arrived and I swatched it, it really did feel very dry which worried me, but then at the same time I knew that my Illamasqua concealer was just as drying and that with a lot of the cream products you really needed to warm the product up. When I got home and decided to give this a go under my eyes a took a bit of product on the back of my hand and warmed it up slightly before applying it my under eyes. After worrying the colour was going too pink I couldn’t believe how well it worked, the pigment blended into my skin covering the darkness and giving a really nice subtle highlighting effect. The pigment almost disappears as you start blending but it makes such a difference.

My collection lasting perfection concealer has taken a back seat whilst I’ve been enjoying using this purely because this corrects and conceals. It doesn’t give the most amazing coverage but in all honesty I don’t know how, but it just works wonders under your eyes. I also use a little bit of it on any other darker areas on my face including around my nose and mouth.

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 12.00.07 Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 12.00.11I can see this becoming a bit of a holy grail product to be honest, I haven’t stopped using it since it arrived and once again Illamasqua have proved what an amazing brand they are. You can shop the Illamasqua cream pigments here.

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e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer

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During my recent e.l.f haul I picked up this Mineral Infused Face Primer, I had tried the original clear version a while back and actually really liked it however it wasn’t long till I caved and purchased the Benefit Porefessional. This time round I realised they now did it in 3 more colours, green, lavender and a creamy golden colour. I was quite interested in seeing the difference between them.

“Radiant Glow is ideal for creating a luminizing effect on dark spots and uneven skin tones.
Tone Adjusting Green is ideal for minimising redness and correcting blotchy skin.
Brightening Lavender is ideal for uneven skin tones and to brighten dull or yellow tones”

After reading what the different colours I did I felt like the best option for me would be to go for the green one, I agree it probably looks like snot on the back of my hand – I’m being honest.. – Having patches of redness and uneven skin tones I thought the green would help balance the skin tone and reduce any harsh redness. I’ve been using this for just over 2 weeks and I have to say I really do love it. The formula is quite runny compared to the original clear one but I still really like it as it blends into the skin as well as creating a nice smooth layer over the skin ready to apply your base. You really do need a small amount as sometimes I find when you apply too much of any primer you find that your makeup almost begins to slide of your skin.

I don’t know whether the primer helps my foundation last any longer but I find that it creates a nice clean base for my skin. It smooths over any pores and actually helps my foundation blend more easily into my skin. At £6 It’s not going to break the bank and I would say it’s worth trying if your looking to try a new primer. I haven’t used my Benefit porefessional since and to be honest I would rather repurchase this.

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January 2014 Favourites

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 11.59.04This month hasn’t been the best of the months, I started of okay but then not long ago I ended up pulling in a muscle in my back which lead to a whole load of other issues and a hell of a lot of pain. Having visited a chiropractor I’m much better but I really haven’t had a chance to mix up my makeup as I spent a week off work and the rest of the month I wasn’t overly bothered about my appearance. Considering the makeup I wear to work is quite simple (or should I say very much non existent) i haven’t really reached for many products so for the first time in a really long time my monthly favourites probably aren’t that exciting. Despite this there are some new (and usual favourite) products that I have really enjoyed this month.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo & Effaclar A.I
The Effaclar range by La Roche Posay is pretty incredible and having started using the Effaclar duo again I have really noticed a difference in my skin and have been getting few breakouts. I use it pretty much everyday, usually only in the evenings but sometimes I give it a go in the mornings too. A new addition this month was the A.I targeted corrector which was a recommendation from my good friend and fellow beauty obsessive Jigna. I found that this was really good on spots and actually helped heal them really quickly without leaving any scaring.

Une Skin Echo Concealer
Considering how much I love my Collection lasting perfection concealer, something that I have been reaching for this month is this Skin Echo Concealer by the brand Une. I haven’t tried any of their other products but this concealer is incredibly creamy and blends so well into the skin. I would say it probably better for under eyes than on any blemishes or scars. As the formula is quite creamy I wouldn’t say it gives high coverage but it does work really well under the eyes if you don’t want something too heavy.

Gale Hayman Bronzing Powder
I have a full review on this here. Let’s just say it’s my favourite bronzer ever.

Essie Grow Stronger
I’ve had this for a while now and considering my nails are often in pretty bad condition I decided it would be time to start taking care of my nails. I haven’t been wearing as much nail polish, and if I do it tends to be pale shades that I know wont stain my nails. The Grow Stronger polish from Essie has been amazing and it really has worked. My nails had always been really weak but I’ve found that this has really strengthened them and helped them grow and become more healthy.

Maybelline Baby Lips
I got this in the Latest in Beauty Glamour Edit box and I was really excited by it. I had heard so many great things about the Baby Lips range and although I don’t really think this has lived up to my expectations I’ve found that I really have reached for this a lot of the past month. The weather has made my lips incredibly dry so I haven’t been wearing much lipstick or any other lip products. This has a great minty smelly and is a clear balm. It’s nice and I’ve used it almost daily this month I think I’ll probably get bored soon.

e.l.f brow mascara & e.l.f cream eyeliner
On the many very lazy days I haven’t filled in my brows I’ve been reaching for the e.l.f brow mascara which has now replaced my natural collection clear mascara. I find that this has just a little bit extra hold and really helps keep a nice shape to my brows. I obviously love using this even when I do fill my brows and as the packaging is clear it does now look really dirty.. which annoys me. But a great product overall. On the days when I have been wearing makeup I’ve been reaching for the e.l.f cream eyeliner which you can read about here.

Here’s hoping next month is a little more exciting..

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L’Oréal Glam Shine Lip gloss

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 12.00.24During a recent charity makeup sale at work I managed to pick up a few of these L’Oréal Glam Shine lip glosses – the makeup up sale was pretty much like a lucky dip and you ended up getting a whole range of products from full size products to a range of testers – At first I really wasn’t sure I was going to like these as to be honest I’m really not a lip gloss person, I always struggle to find a gloss that looks good but isn’t sticky. I don’t tend to purchase many L’Oréal products besides the Telescopic mascara so I was looking forward to giving these a go.

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When I saw the colours I really wasn’t convinced but when I used them I realised they were actually clear and at most give a pale wash of colour over the lips. The first one I tried was 185 Aqua Lychee and despite having a real hatred towards lychees I actually didn’t mind the smell. The formula isn’t sticky or gloopy and although maybe feels a little heavy on the lips the overall finish is really nice, it’s meant to give a plumping effect which I’m not entirely convinced about overall I have to say I like it. It’s a nice small gloss to carry around in your bag as I think the packaging is pretty cute and unlike most these actually smell really good with the different flavours.

I know a lot of people don’t like the heart shaped applicator but it’s actually grown on me quite a lot. I find it’s easy to apply on the lips and sometimes you get applicators or wants that don’t feel good on the lips, whereas this one is actually quite soft. Sometimes I think you end up with too much product on the applicator and you have to wipe the excess off, but really that is just me being overly fussy. I’m certainly impressed, and I’m hoping all the L’Oréal glosses are this decent, because I may just try some others too.

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Illamasqua Sales Haul

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 11.58.22I’m always incredibly excited whenever Illamasqua has a sale, especially as some of the first ever items I bought from them were in the sale. It was a great opportunity to try their products and it pretty much started a ever growing obsession. The sale has 4 categories, £5, £7.50, £10 and perfume, which means you can get some amazing products at great prices. There had been a few products that I had been thinking about purchasing so it was great to see them in the sale.

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 11.58.30Lipstick in Immodest – Sale price £7.50usual price £16.50
I love the formula of Illamasqua lipsticks, having purchased the shade Sangers last year, it is my go to red lipstick, even without lip liner the colour lasts all day and doesn’t bleed. I wanted to try Immodest when it came out with one of their collections but I wasn’t sure it would suit. It looks incredibly bright but when I swatched it, it came out a much softer pink which I loved.

Nail Varnish in Harsh & Grab – Sale price £5 (Spartan and Throb Duo £10) – usual price £14.50
I have to admit I do have a soft spot for Illamasqua packaging, which probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Their nail polishes always look so good and although a little on the pricey side, I have to admit I do love the formula and also the choice of the colours. It’s always worth picking up some shades in the sale and at £5 you can’t go wrong!

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 11.58.37Powder Blusher – Hussy – Sale price £7.50 – usual price £18
I adore Illamasqua blush, I’ve never tried blush that is so pigmented and has such a fine texture that blends into your skin flawlessly. The colour pay off is incredibly you honestly need the smallest amount. I had the shade ‘Beg’ already and I’ve used it so much, it’s such a wearable colour and you can build up the colour as much or as little as your like. Hussy is much brighter but I just couldn’t resist. Considering blush is normally £18 I thought it was well worth picking up in the sale.

Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 11.58.45Cream Pigment in Emerge – Sale price £7.50 – usual price £17.50
Although I had heard a lot about the cream pigments I wasn’t really sure it was going to be for me, but when I started looking more into them and finding out what other people said about them I realised that I needed to try them. When I read reviews for this one a lot people mentioned that they really loved using this to conceal dark under eye circles and that the peachy tone really worked more as corrector. I took the plunge and decided to go for it, and it’s the one product that I’ve been using everyday since I got it. When I initially swatched it on the back of my hand I wasn’t sure at all but when I used it under my eyes I really was blown away, I haven’t used anything else under my eyes since. Such an amazing and versatile product. Love it.

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Pantone Colour of The Year..

Quite a belated post on my behalf but you knew this was coming. Last year I found out how Pantone chooses their colour of the year and as I’m not a huge fan of green or ‘Emerald’ I found the whole idea behind it insane. I just couldn’t imagine how one colour would be powerful enough to filter into a range of different industries and be so prominent. As the year came to an end I realised I actually quite liked the colour, what choice did I have, it was everywhere.

In contrast to my feelings about Emerald last year, when Pantone released the 2014 colour of the year I was beyond excited.

Screen shot 2014-01-07 at 22.09.04I love the colour, like really really really love it. Not just because it’s so pretty but I can see this working amazingly for the beauty industry. Oh yes, I can’t wait to buy Radiant Orchid inspired makeup. You can read the press release here and find out how they picked the colour here.

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I can’t wait to start seeing makeup in this beautiful colour! So exciting!

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e.l.f Beauty Haul

It’s been a while since I purchased anything from e.l.f but I really wanted to repurchase the mineral infused primer, which I had used a while back and had recently got back into using. Although I love my Benefit Porefessional I love the mineral primer from e.l.f as a daily primer, which works really well at smoothing out my skin even when I don’t want to wear as much makeup as usual. Anyway lets get on with the rest of the haul!

Screen shot 2014-01-06 at 21.44.17 Screen shot 2014-01-06 at 21.44.25Nail Polish set £4 each

I’m a huge nail polish fan and I love nail polish by e.l.f I think it’s great quality and really good value. When I saw these sets which have 3 mini’s in them I knew they would be great for my wedding makeup haul. I love anything mini so I couldn’t resist these, especially as they are typical wedding colours. I was going to pick up a nude too but I thought these two were great. Who knows I might go for the nude set soon.

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6pc Eyeshadow Palette £3.75 each

I decided to get these two palettes for my sister in law, I thought they would be great for travel and for every day use too, with a more neutral palette and one with more lilac/purple tones (I’m feeling the Pantone colour of the year this year..) I’m not really a fan of the cheap applicator you get as I usually end up putting mine in the bin, but I love the rest of the packaging.

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Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow £2.40 (Sale Price) – Brown Eyes 2

I spotted this palette in the sale section on the website and seeing as I didn’t have these kinds of colours in my collection I thought it would be a nice little palette to add to my collection. Usually priced at £8 I think I picked up a pretty good deal.

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Mineral Infused Primer (Green) £6 & Daily Brush Cleaner £3.75

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Nourishing Cuticle Pen £1.50 & Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Clear Mascara £1.50

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Dior Holiday Collection

It’s not often I purchase products from high end brands but when I was on the Boots website and I spotted this Dior Palette was £46 down from £70 I knew I had to get it. With a little encouragement from my friend Jigna I knew it would be foolish to let it go as the price was so good. I felt like it would be the perfect addition to my wedding haul.

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Gale Hayman Bronzing Cream Powder | Review

I own so many bronzers that anyone would think I had a problem. I’ve tried so many and I’ve never really found the perfect bronzer, some are to shimmery, some are too light or too dark. I really just needed a bronzer that was only slightly darker than my skin colour and something that looked natural especially I only really use bronzer to contour. I picked up this Gale Hayman Bronzing Cream Powder online – I think it was from Xtras or maybe fragrancedirect.co.uk but it’s been a while so I can’t actually remember. It’s supposed to retail at around £20 but I picked it up for about £4 or £5.

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It is meant to be a ‘Cream Powder’ product but in all honesty it is just a powder, it is soft and really smooth but I wouldn’t say it has a cream texture or finish. It has become my go to bronzer and I really haven’t tried anything like it, the colour is just perfect for my skin tone and it makes contouring so much easier.

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Get Ready With Me | Weekend Edition

So, this was meant to be a video, but my editing skills aren’t really up to scratch, so until I can work on that I thought I would share the stills, enjoy!

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Screen shot 2013-12-21 at 22.04.41 Screen shot 2013-12-21 at 22.05.04I usually moisturise my face with the E45 lotion and then I applied the Benefit Porefessional primer. My favourite foundation lately has been the Bourjois Healthy Mix and apply this all over using the Cosmopolitan Blending Sponge. I love the real techniques brushes but I find that using a damp blending sponge really helps the foundation look flawless.

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I love the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and I use this not only under my eyes but for any blemishes I have as well. I usually do a little triangle under my eyes and then blend it out using the Real Techniques contour brush, the brush is really soft and quite flexible so it works really well for under the eyes.

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My brows are quite sparse and although I don’t like my brows to be too defined I find that as they’re naturally quite dark it helps if they look even so I usually fill them in. Lately I’ve been using the dark brown and the black shade from the Naked Basics Palette. I finish off using the clear mascara from Natural Collection to just set my brows in place.

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I primed my eyes using the Urban Decay primer potion and then took a light shade just all over the eyelid to create a clean base. As I’m going to use eyeliner I wanted to further define my eyes so I used the darker brown shade in the crease and blended this out.

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I think it’s important to highlight under the brows as I find this really lifts your eyes, I tend to use Venus from the naked basics palette.

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I’m a huge fan of liquid liner but lately I’ve really been enjoying using the cream eyeliner from elf, it’s really easy to apply and I love that it leaves a matte finish and it lasts pretty much all day without creasing or smudging.

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Finished my eyes with the Loreal False Lash Telescopic mascara which I love, nothing beats it! I don’t really tend to apply mascara to the bottom lashes, purely because I find it does smudge quite easily.

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I always set my makeup with powder, purely because my skin can get quite oily, it’s usually between the Rimmel Stay Matte powder and Hello Flawless from Benefit.

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My go to blush and highlight are from Illamasqua, I find their blush is so pigmented and looks so natural and I finish off my face by highlighting the cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose.

Screen shot 2014-01-04 at 22.54.57And that’s the finished look! 🙂

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Latest in Beauty : The Glamour Beauty Edit

I came across the Latest in Beauty website early last year but wasn’t really blown away but when I found out they had teamed up with Glamour to create this beauty box which included the HD brows palette I couldn’t resist buying it.

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As the site had 20% off I ended up getting the box for £15 included delivery which I thought was a great deal. I’m yet to use any of the products but I’m saving the brow palette for now (probably going to go into my post wedding stuff box!) and I thought the Philip Kingsley dry shampoo would be great for travel as it’s a smaller size. I think I’m going to try out the face oil and baby lips first.. I thought the box was great value, considering the brow palette can cost around £20 on it’s own and seeing as I needed eye lash curlers I’m so glad I managed to get this especially as I just found out it is now out of stock!

You can check out some of the other stuff on the Latest In Beauty website here.

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New Skincare Products

My skin has been on one hell of a journey over the past 12-18 months. Having suffered from acne my skin has always been the one thing that gets me down, since starting college not a day went by when I didn’t have a full face of makeup. It got a point where I really needed to focus on my skincare but I had no idea where to start. It was only through reading other blogs that I started to get an idea about what kind of products I needed to use. Last year I really got into using different products for my skin and it was only then when i realised a difference in my skin. My skin is still far from flawless, I still get regular breakouts but overall I’ve noticed a huge difference and I’m now determined to focus on having a regular skincare routine. I thought it would be good idea to share some of the new (and tried and tested) products that I’ve started using.

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I’ve mentioned Bioderma, E45 Cream and the Effaclar  Duo on my blog numerous times so I thought I would focus on these 3 latest additions to my skincare. First up is the St Ives Apricot scrub which is ‘Blemish Fighting’. My friend Jigna told me this was on offer so I thought I would be pretty foolish not to give it a go. The only scrub I regularly use is the Avon Invigorating scrub which I love, but I felt it was time for a change. The Apricot scrub has a great formula with tiny little beads that you can really feel when you massage it onto your skin. I really does lift away any dead skin and leave your skin feeling really fresh and soft. With the little beads you can really feeling it working into your skin. My makeup artist for the wedding said that this also works really well if you mix a little into your facewash rather than just using it a few times a week.

The second addition is this Skin Therapy Oil by Palmers. I picked this up a while a go but have only stared using it regularly a few weeks a go. I was thinking about purchasing Bio Oil when this caught my eye instead, at only a fraction of the price I knew I had to give it a go. I wanted something that would help with my acne scarring and although it’s hard to say whether it has made a drastic difference, I have noticed it has lightened some of the scarring and made my skin a lot smoother. I thought it would feel quite greasy on my skin but it actually absorbs into the skin really well and after you’ve applied it, it just leaves your skin feeling really soft. Really loving this and it’s been great through the winter as my skin has been quite dry.

Finally my most recent purchase was the Effaclar A.I which is a targeted corrector for blemishes, it’s supposed to help tackle spots and blemishes and also helps the skin by not leaving and scarring or pigmentation. I purchased this along with the Duo as Boots were having 25% off on all La Roche Posay skincare. I use a tiny amount of this on any spots, and I have found that it does work really well, some of my spots have cleared up really quickly and I was surprised at how well it worked. The only negative I have about this is that it does dry out the skin a little bit which isn’t ideal as there isn’t anything I hate more than having to apply foundation on dry flakey skin, but if it helps ease my spots and blemishes I really can’t complain too much!

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Happy New Year!

This might be quite a wordy post with little or most likely no pictures but I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who reads my blog, whether you’re a regular or someone who randomly came across my blog knowing that people actually take the time to read my blog is actually pretty exciting, so yeah if you’re reading this, you’re awesome.

This new year marks the 1 year anniversary of Process Beauty. I started this blog a year ago as a way to combine my passion of beauty and blogging (I can’t say I was overly passionate about blogging my university work, but looking back I couldn’t have got through those 3 years without it) I loved reading other blogs and watching various youtubers so I thought I would give it a go too. My blog really took off for the first part of the year as I was so dedicated to keeping it updated but as I moved back home and fell out of routine (with everything!) I ended up not blogging for a months. Since starting work last October I’ve become a little more settled so I’ve began blogging again. Moving forward this year I’m hoping to focus a lot more on my blog with more variety in my posts. My wedding diary posts will become more regular and I’ll also have more lifestyle and maybe more personal posts. Of course I will still have my hauls and reviews but I’m really hoping to include more tutorials too.

I hope you’ll follow Process Beauty through the year and I can’t wait to continue blogging and keep you guys updated on what is going to be a very crazy year!

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Wedding Diary #3 Beauty/Random stuff Haul

Thought I would share a few of the things I have hauled for the wedding/post wedding. There’s a lot of stuff that I’m gathering for after the wedding (crazy I know) but I thought it would be a good time to start buying shoes, bags and accessories that I know I will need after the wedding for parties and occasions. I’m not giving too much away so here’s a few items I’ve recently purchased.. enjoy. There’s more to come!

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My Graduation Look

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 21.39.02 Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 21.39.16 Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 21.39.29 Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 21.39.35 Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 21.39.44 Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 21.40.06Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 17.28.07 Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 21.39.53Earlier this month it was my Graduation Ceremony.. Having finished university in June it was so exciting to be heading back up north to Leeds to reunite with my friends. I thought I would share a few pictures of my chosen makeup and the final look. I had to be ready at 6:15am hence why I didn’t have a chance to take a proper photo! I kept my makeup quite simple but chose to go for a pop of colour with the pink, using my YSL lipstick and beloved Illamasqua blush with a classic winged eyeliner. And if you’re curious my earrings were from Dorothy Perkins 🙂

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2013 Beauty Favourites

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Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Primer
Benefit Porefessional

Eye Primer
Urban Decay Eye Primer

Powders
Benefit Hello Flawless & Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics

Eyeshadow
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR

Blusher
Illamasqua Powder Blush

Highlighter
Illamasqua Gleam

Mascara
L’oreal False Lash Telescopic & Maybelline Great Lash

Lips
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Finally.. I couldn’t do this post without mentioning my beloved E45 Cream.

2013 has been such an intense year in terms of blogging.. it was last Christmas that I first decided to set up a blog.. and not long after in Jan 2013 Process Beauty was born. Finally I had the chance to share my beauty obsession. If you’ve been a follower of my blog you’ll know these products were going to be my favourites, although I love trying out new products, there’s only a few that I always go back too! Here’s to another beauty obsessed year! x

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My First Ever MAC Purchase

You may wonder how I can call myself a Beauty Blogger yet I haven’t ever purchased any makeup from MAC (I’ve bought the Fix+ but that doesn’t really qualify!) I often find that I’m quite anxious to visit MAC counters just because I find some of the staff to be a little intimidating, it’s not just at MAC counters but with other brands too. And as MAC don’t often reduce the price of their products I’ve never really known where to start when it came to trying something. One of my good friends Jigna who is a huge MAC lover recommended that i try blushes or lipsticks and when she showed me the shade Riri Woo from the Rhianna collection I almost died. Not only did I fall in love with the colour, but as you can guess I also fell in love with the packaging.. so I took the plunge and went ahead with my first ever lipstick purchase. It’s safe to say it felt like Christmas when it arrived.

Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 21.31.41 Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 21.32.13 Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 21.32.18 Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 21.32.25Isn’t it just BEAUTIFUL!? The colour sums me up pretty well and although I refuse to use it right now, I’m going to save it for the wedding next year, maybe not on the day but I’ll have plenty of occasions to try it out. I’m so glad I’ve made my first ever MAC purchase, I couldn’t think of a better product to start my collection with.

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Top 3 Luxury Beauty (Birthday) Wishlist

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Today is my birthday so I thought it would only be relevant to do a quick post on 3 products that I have been wanting for a while. They’re obviously a little more pricey that my standard favourites but I’m hoping to save up a treat myself to one of them. I’m not going to lie, I want the Tom Ford lipstick just because it will look beautiful on my dressing table. Oh it’s stunning.. I’m in love with the eyeshadow palette from Charlotte Tilbury, the shades are stunning and I probably don’t  need another neutral palette to add to ever growing collection but it’s so pretty! And finally the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua which I’ve been wanting for a few months now. I think I may do a Chanel haul in the new year as part of my wedding purchases so it would be a great time to get the foundation for I’m not yet fully decided.

• Tom Ford Lipstick £36
• Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow in Uptown Girl £38
• Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup £32.

As much as I would love all 3, spending £106 isn’t really an option right now, even if it is my Birthday! What would you guys choose out of the 3? Let me know!

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Avon Nail Art Strips

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I can’t help but love Avon, the way in which I first got into makeup was when my mum used to bring the catalogue home and I used to sit there flicking through the pages and admiring the pretty models. Over the past few years I find Avon to be a little hit and miss, and the ever increasing prices means that I’m usually reluctant to try anything but when I spotted these nail art strips I knew I had to try them.

I picked these up for around £4, and you get 18 strips, which is actually pretty annoying, they couldn’t be decent and give me 20? Saying that I’m yet to go for full application and have only used them on my ring finger. The stickers come in different sizes which is great although some of them are far too big so will end up being wasted. The application is really easy, you just choose the one that you think is the best fit and stick onto your nail, if it’s too large you just cut away and file the rest. They last really well and unlike some nail stickers they don’t start peeling away either, which can be annoying.

Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 21.45.43 Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 21.46.17I’ve used Bedazzled and and seem to get complimented on my nails when people see them. I’m not sure I could pull of the look on all my nails but I think adding it to one nail is a great way to add some drama without going all out. As I loved the strips so much I also ordered Candy Cane, and although I really want to use them, I’ve decided to save them for post wedding.. I think they will look great for parties or occasions.

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 21.23.46 The nail strips are £8 (full price) but if you can get your hands on an Avon Catalogue you may be able to pick them up for half price! With a range of different designs there is bound to be something that suits you.

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Too many neutral palettes?

Like most people out there I can’t resist a decent neutral eyeshadow palette. I don’t often create daring looks on my eyes, I’d probably go as far as a smokey eye but apart from that I can’t beat a nice subtle neutral eye.. and considering the number of the palettes I have, it’s not hard.

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Trio £15

I got this duo in one of the Glossy Boxes and I was pretty excited when I saw it. It seemed like the perfect little palette to have whilst traveling or on the go. I have to say I love the darker shade, it is incredibly pigmented but the lighter shade is full of large bits of glitter.. which doesn’t blend very well. I tend to only use the lighter shade if I’m going out and tend to pat the shadow on, as you can’t blend it at all. I like the idea of the duo but I find it hard to work with. It’s great if you love a bit more sparkle but if you like the more subtle look, then this isn’t for you. You can pick up the trio version of the palette for £15 – I personally don’t think it’s worth it and I wouldn’t purchase this, but it’s been a great duo to try out.

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£7.99

I love this mini palette from Revlon, it has 5 completely different shades that work really well together, again like the Models Co duo these shades also have a bit of shimmer in them, but they’re much easier to blend. They are quite pigmented and for the price, it’s a great high street purchase. The only colour that I don’t really use is the white one, it’s described as a highlight colour, but it’s just too harsh. The other shades however are great, I love the gold shade, especially as I don’t have anything else like it. On the whole I think it’s a great palette to have, especially if you’re looking for something to start with, the black is great to line your eyes with and for the price, you get a really versatile palette that you can create a lot of great looks with.

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£20

Best neutral palette ever. You can read my reviews of this palette here & here.

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£4

Being the cheapest palettes I own, at £4 each these are such a bargain with 12 shades they’re great value for money. The shadows are so pigmented and the colours blend together so well. I know the Undress me too palette is supposed a dupe for the Urban Decay naked 2 palette so if you’re looking for a high street equivalent then this is it. I love the range of shades as there is a real mix of colours to suit every skin tone. Out of the two palettes I have to say I prefer the Undress me too. It’s the palette I always reach for on days when I know I want to create something different. These are worth adding to collection if you haven’t already. You can read my full review and tutorial here.

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Elf Cream Eyeliner | Review

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For as long as I can remember I have only ever used liquid eyeliner.. I’ve gone from the Rimmel Exaggerate, various Avon ones, Collection and lately the Illamasqua precision liner so a while back during one of my elf hauls I thought I would give this Studio Cream Eyeliner a go. I was far too excited when I got it, but the brush it came it with was pretty useless, and at the time I didn’t have a decent eyeliner brush, so after 1 or 2 uses I just put the cream eyeliner to the back of my drawer and didn’t think twice about using it.

As mentioned in my last post I recently got my hands on the Real Techniques starter set and when I saw the liner brush I knew I had to give this cream eyeliner another go. It’s fair to say I haven’t touched my liquid liners since. Although I have a lot of love for the Illamasqua precision ink the one thing that I didn’t always love was that it looks very glossy on the eyes, even when it is dry it still looks overly glossy which is why I have so much love for the cream eyeliner. It is incredibly pigmented but so soft and creamy and the colour pay off is amazing. Combined with my new liner brush I’ve been wearing this liner pretty much every day. It goes on so easily and stays put all day (Considering its about 7am when I put it on and well past 9pm when I come to take it off!) It has the perfect matte finish which I love, and of course with the Real Techniques liner brush you can create the finest line or a bold dramatic look.

I’m so glad I started using this again, I can see this becoming one of my go to products. I’m even tempted to pick up some more shades. I guess it makes me realise sometime you can miss out on a great product if you don’t have the right tools. Prices at £3.75 I think it’s great value and I can see this lasting a really time, especially as you need the smallest amount. Probably one of my favourite elf purchases in a long time!

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Real Techniques Starter Set | Review

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I’ve always been a huge lover of Real Techniques brushes, personally for the price you’re paying the quality is beyond amazing. When I first purchased the core collection, the buffing brush changed the way I applied my makeup and most surprisingly I couldn’t believe how good my foundation looked. Since then I’ve found it hard to love any other brushes as much as my Real Techniques ones. Recently I’ve been wanting a angled brow brush so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pick up this starter set.. (And yes I committed the ultimate beauty blogger sin by photographing my brushes after I had used them..)Screen shot 2013-11-24 at 22.12.34The set includes 5 brushes and retails at around £20, luckily I picked mine up for £15 on Amazon. I fill in my brows on a daily basis so a decent brow brush is essential for me, and this one hasn’t disappointed. The larger blending brush I use for concealer and it’s perfect for concealing any small blemishes and creating a flawless finish under your eyes. I’m not one for using cream eyeliner but since having this eyeliner brush I’ve been converted to using my elf cream eyeliner, the brush allows you to have perfect precision and it makes it so quick and easy to apply. The fluffy brush is great for blending, although in all honesty I haven’t worn enough eyeshadow to comment on it fully, but if the other brushes are anything to go by I know I will love it. Finally the smallest brush of the 5 is perfect for applying shadow under your eyes, I often wear a nude/brown shadow under the eyes and the brush allows me to be quite precise and easily blend out the shadow too.

I can’t get enough of these brushes, for the price you can’t go wrong, and you will not regret buying them.. you need them in your life. Seriously.

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Wedding Diary #2 Finding the perfect outfit

Since the date for the wedding has been set, the one thing that stresses me out more than anything (besides getting married of course!) is finding the perfect outfit. It’s so hard to imagine what kind of outfit I’ll end up going for.. I spend hours on end looking in magazines and online, trying to find something I love. After a while I find everything starts to look the same, and something which I loved 2 days a go, I no longer like at all. This is one time in my life where being indecisive is really starting to annoy me!

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As I’ll be getting my outfit from India, I’ve come to the conclusion that I won’t be able to decide on a style or design till I’m sat in the shop and having to make a snap decision. This doesn’t stop me from spending hours on Pinterest picking my favourites. One thing that I found is that no matter how something looks in a photograph, seeing it instore is completely different, sounds like a obvious thing to say but a photograph or video never does an outfit justice. After a trip to Birmingham where I must have seen at least 20 bridal lehengas I realised how important it is to feel the fabric, see how heavy the outfit is and really look at the different types of embroidery, sounds obvious but I guess in a way I really didn’t consider how much there is to think about.. I’ll be keeping you guys updated when I eventually find my perfect outfit!

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Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation | Review

Considering how much I love my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum you might be quite surprised that I decided to give anything else a chance. Well I did. I picked up this Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation a few months back, I used it once and just didn’t love it at all, it just couldn’t compete with the Healthy Mix Serum so I put it to the back of my makeup collection. Recently I’ve been trying to use products that I’ve put to the back or products I haven’t really given a chance.

Screen shot 2013-11-21 at 21.43.40 Screen shot 2013-11-21 at 21.43.45 Screen shot 2013-11-21 at 21.43.52I picked up the shade 200 Soft Beige and it is every so slightly too light for my skin but it works fine after I’ve bronzed. You really need to give it a good shake and I’ve come to realise that the smallest amount goes a long way. What I find annoying about the foundation is that when you first apply it, it can seem cakey and thick but you need to let it settle into you skin. Letting the foundation settle into your skin makes all the difference, you end up with a flawless finish without it feeling heavy or caking on your skin. I would say it has really good staying power and I found that my skin doesn’t get as oily as quickly. I don’t think I’ll love it as much as the Healthy Mix Serum but I’m glad it gave it a go, and I’ll be wearing it more often, purely because it gives a more matte look to your skin. I find the best way to apply this, is with a buffing brush, it’s one of those foundations that you really need to blend into your skin. Always start with a little bit and build it up as you need.. it’s not one of those foundations that you can be heavy handed with. Overall I’m impressed, for a high street foundation it’s one to try!

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