Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Favourite fragrances

Britney spears believe:

This has got to be one of my favourite perfumes of all time. It is not something a lot of people reach for mainly because it is branded by Britney and her media coverage is not the best but this is such a beautiful fragrance. It is described as a sensual feminine fragrance here are the notes:
guava pulp, golden tangerine, honeysuckle, linden blossom, patchouli, amber, pink praline.
hmm, this perfume is meant for evening wear as it is quite strong but i love it so much i end up wearing it in the day too. Another thing about this perfume is that it lasts on my skin for  a really long time.

Jimmy Choo

I don't actually own this perfume but my mum does and i constantly find myself sneaking in to spritz some on nights out. The fragrance is described as sensual and seductive and is "a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths" according to the website. I'm not the best at describing perfumes but these two are my favourites so far and are just really glamourous scents for evenings out

The foundation debate: Series 2

Here is another batch of foundations I have tried and my thoughts on them, I will list what shade I am, and I am a mac NC20 for reference.

Bourjois healthy mix serum - 52:

 This is my favourite drugstore foundation so far. First of all it smells amazing and gives a healthy satin finish to the skin (and by healthy I don't mean full on oil slick) the coverage is light to medium and shade 52 is a light yellow undertone which I love. The foundation doesn't last for 16hrs as the product claims but still has quite a good staying power. The only reason I am still looking for the perfect foundation is because this foundation does tend to get shiny throughout the day and the coverage is quite light, a really good foundation I just get bored easily and want to try new products.

Bourjois healthy mix - 53:

 I adore the smell of this foundation, it reminds me of summer but the heavy scent is something to bear in mind for people with sensitive skin although I don't find it unpleasant. This foundation gives light to medium coverage although the shades are darker than the serum version and the formula is thicker. This is not a foundation that has good oil control properties though although the finish is supposedly semi matte.

N07 BB Cream for oily skin types - fair:

I really liked this product when I first got it as I found it blurred imperfections and gave quite good coverage. However in winter the lighter shade is way too orange and the oil control is not good even though the product is meant for oily skin I found I had to powder every 2 hours throughout the day.

Revlon Colourstay - 180 sand beige:

 I love this shade of foundation when first applied it is a light beige with golden/yellow undertones. The positives about this foundation are: good colour range, good coverage, long lasting, and quite good oil control as there are 2 foundations to cater for oily or dry skin types so obviously I got the one for oily skin. This foundation oxidises quite a bit and I have noticed that if I put it on in the morning, by the time I get to school it is 2 shades darker, The smell is quite strong and reminds me of paint which I actually quite like but I know some people won’t. Although the foundation claims to be lightweight I find it very heavy and thick and even the finest dusting of powder makes it cakey. The other concern I have with this product is it breaks me out, a lot as in cystic bumps which I haven't experienced with any other foundation and it seems to be just my shade as my friend has the shade 160 buff and hasn't experienced any problems with it but after trying my shade she had the same reaction. I use this foundation for going out as it doens't have as much flashback as my Dior skinforever and lasts well with good coverage.

The foundation debate: Series 1

I still am on the hunt for my Holy Grail foundation after trying lots of drugstore ones and a few high end so I have decided to review the foundations I have tried. My skin type is normal to oily and I look for a foundation to be long-wearing, medium coverage, matte or semi-matte, yellow undertone shades and for it not to break me out. I know I’m a bit picky. Here are some of the foundations I have tried and my thoughts on them, I will name my shade if I can remember:

Natural collection tinted moisturiser - Light:

 LAWD ABOVE do not even get me started on this one definitely the worst I have ever tried it was awful, seriously a hot mess, orange but also grey?? Patchy, streaky, cakey and oily... gross

Max factor experience - I've tried light ivory and raw silk:

hmm interesting shades, the lightest one had a lilac sheen to it and the second shade was extremely pink I prefer a yellow toned foundation, not banana yellow e.g. mac studio fix fluid NC20 but just a golden glow. Needless to say this foundation was not for me and also the coverage wasn't full enough.

Rimmel stay matte:

very orange and a cakey and kind of bumpy finish, overall I'm not keen. With both the Rimmel stay matte foundations I have experienced a stinging sensation when applying and I do not have particularly sensitive skin. Also this foundation oxidised so much and disappeared off my skin very quickly.

Rimmel stay matte mousse - 200 soft beige:

 Weird. Not a lot of coverage but very matte when I have tried to build coverage I just end up with a cakey finish as this foundation sets very, very dry. This dries very quickly so I struggled to get an even finish and ended up looking patchy and streaky.

Rimmel lasting perfection- Ivory:

 Quite a good finish when first applied although it does tend to slide as it doesn't control oil very well and also I found the shade range way too dark and orange even when using the lightest shade.

L’Oreal matte morphose - Golden Ivory:

I actually really liked this foundation surprisingly as I always steered clear of mousse foundations after seeing a lot of girls from my school scraping out dream matte mousse with their acrylic nails and slapping it on with no mirror *shudders* but this foundation gave a lovely soft focus finish and is very quick to work with. The texture is heavier than liquid foundation and up close it did look kind of fuzzy on the skin however my skin felt velvety and soft to the touch. As for oil control this did quite well and lasted for a good 5 hours on the skin. Overall the foundation is very easy to work with and gave a flattering soft focus look to the skin.