My All Time Favourite Foundations

Beauty

Finding a foundation which works well for your skin, lasts a long time and doesn’t cost a bomb can take time and a lot of effort experimenting with different brands in order to find your one true love. After many years of buying a multitude on foundations and testing them out I can finally say I have found my two favourites…

MAC Studio Fix

MAC Studio Fix Foundation  has been in my collection for just over a year now, I have no idea what I did before it because this has been a game changer. I always used to think that the likes of Loreal and Rimmel were just as good so I was reluctant to pay nearly £25 for a bottle of foundation which wouldn’t last that long. I eventually caved and bought my first bottle as a treat to myself, and love and behold I fell in love with it!

It blends really well into your skin, it gives great coverage, it doesn’t look cakey and it last for pretty long time! What else could you want from a foundation? I am now on my second bottle (the first bottle I bought was more of a summer skin shade so I went a shade lighter for the winter months). This foundation is my special occasion foundation, whenever I’m going out and need my base to look good and last for a long time.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is my dupe for Mac Studio Fix, it works in exactly the same way, but is less than half the price! I was lucky enough to receive this from Influenster to try out, this foundation necessarily wouldn’t have been one I would have picked up myself but I am so glad I got to try it out! I find this one more hydrating on my skin and gives a much fresher glowy base. Coverage wise I would say they are both fairly similar along with the longevity of the formula.

This is my every day foundation, of course I was reluctant to test it out for a whole day at work, but it worked great for my skin!

Even though I have found the two foundations that work for me, I still have quite a few in my collection which I can’t seem to throw away (just yet). I think it is still good to experiment with different foundations on days where you can deal with a make up disaster as your skin might have changed and a little switch up could be good for it.

What are you go to foundations?

Victoria xx

Bourjois Influenster Box

Beauty

When this little box turned up on my doorstep I was rather excited, this is the second box I have revived free from Influenster. Influenster is a website (app) where you can review your favourite products and you can get picked to review brands by receiving the products free. This box contains some rather lovely Bourjois goodies which all look amazing!

When I opened the box I really did not expect to see this many products! I have only ever tried on concealer from Bourjois and that was it, now I have had a full chance to try loads! The box contained a foundation, concealer, blusher, mascara and 3 metallic lip creams.

The foundation has been on my list to try for quite a while, but I’m always hesitant about trying new foundations because I need them to last and hold up throughout the day. I was so presently surprised after trying this one out!

It has really good coverage and blends lovely, it doesn’t even look like you have foundation on which I really like. The bottle says it lasts for 16 hours, but I have only tried it for about 10 hours and I’m pretty impressed with it. I have been wearing it every day for work since receiving it instead of my trusty Mac foundation and don’t plan on switching back any time soon.

They also sent the matching concealer which once again I am really impressed with. I already own the Radiance Reveal concealer and love that, this one lives up to the same high standards!

This mascara is my go to right now, it’s the only one I’ve been using for about 3 weeks! It gives so much volume and length and makes your lashes look like supermodels!

The eye shadow palette is really pretty and I love concept of only have a few shades but I tend to stay away from cool tones, that being said I have worn this once so far and I didn’t totally hate it on me. With a little bit of a warm toned brown added I can make it work for me!

The metallic lip creams are less up my street, I would have much preferred the lipsticks instead because I just won’t get the wear out of these. I may wear the pink one over Christmas but dont hold me to it!

The product itself is really soft and they glide on really easy making for great application.

Have you tried anything from Bourjois?

Victoria xx

November Favourites

Beauty

Happy DECEMBER!

Blogmas day 1 is here! I am going to publishing a blogpost daily between now and the big day, today’s blogpost is about everything I have been loving in November…

Essence Candle

First up is this huge candle by Essence, picked this up from B&M Bargains for only £3.99 which is super cheap for a candle that big, it really reminds me of the Bath and Body Works ones, which I can’t get a hold off! It actually smells really strong which you wouldn’t expect for a candle that cheap, it makes my room smell so autumnal!

What’s In It For Me?

This scrub has to make it into my favourites purely because of the smell, if you read my blogpost last month about it then you’ll will already know how much I love this!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

At first I was a little unsure about this Cleanser, but my skin has been so good recently and I think it could be down to this Cleanser! It just feels so refreshing and gentle on my skin yet it can remove all my make up! I like to do a double cleanse with it just to make sure all my make up is off. I will definitely be repurchasing another bottle of this!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Nail Polish glitters & gold

This is such a beautiful golden glitter perfect for the festive season, I have been wearing it none stop over the past month on top of burgundy, nude and multiple other colours.

Bourjois Push Up Mascara

I have only just received this mascara in my Bourjois Influenster Box but I have been wearing it constantly! It makes my lashes so dark and Voluminous and makes my lash line really defined!

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz

This was another Glossier item I was a little unsure off when it first arrived but OMG I cannot go a day without it! I apply this on top of all my other make up and it literally makes up face so glowy! I am obsessed!

Glossier Boy Brow

This has been non stop on my eye brows, I initially tried it on its own and it looks great and really makes your brows look full but natural. But I also like applying it to set my brow pencil.

My Makeup Brush Set

I was lucky enough to be sent a whole set of oval make up brushes to test out. So far I have only used the foundation and concealer brush as I was a little unsure about using the others with powder products. The foundation brush is really soft and does a great job at apply foundation without making it look cakey.

Co Lab Dry Shampoo

I’m back to to my old favourite, Co Lab dry shampoo in the scent Tropical. I love these dry shampoos as they don’t leave white marks in your hair, I always used to forget that I had sprayed them in and walk out with grey hair, but that doesn’t happen with these ones!

Did you see any of your favourites here?

Victoria xx

Spring Make Up For Work 

Beauty

Hello, today I thought I would share some of my favourite drugstore products and use them all in one look for a day at work. 


Base 

I have been obsessed with the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer the past few weeks, I find it gives my skin a really healthy glow and creates a smooth base for my foundation to sit on. 

For foundation I have been trying out Loreal Infalliable Total Cover which I think everyone has tried by now. To be honest I don’t really see a difference between the normal one, but I have it so I use it. I have been applying my foundation with a brush, so I try and use the smallest bit of foundation squeezed onto my hand so I get a really natural look. Now it’s summer I want fresher looking make up with more of a glow. 

The concealer I have been loving is by Bourjois and it is the Radience Reveal Concealer. This is a really creamy formula and gives great coverage without going cakes or drying. 

The next item I have been raving about so much over on my Instagram (@toriiitoriii), the Seventeen Instant Glow cream bronzer. I bought this last year and hadn’t really used it until this past month. I love using this to bronze my forehead and give a little bit of definition on my cheeks before I actually use powder bronzer. 


Powder/Cheeks 

To bake my under eye concealer I use the MUA Skin Define Powder, this sets under my eyes and stops any creasing during the day. It is a translucent powder so it doenst add any colour. Then to set the rest of my face I use my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder which is also translucent. This really does set your face for the whole day and stops any oil/shine. 

I next picked out an old palette from Sleek, this is the Face Form Contouring & Blush palette in light 373.  I used the bronzer as this gives a really pretty light bronze to the cheeks and is easy to build up. I then also used the blush as this is a dupe for Nars Orgasm. For highlighter I used a new palette from MUA LUXE Radiant Illumination Highlighting kit 2. I used the bottom left pink pearl colour as this created a really nice shimmery shade which gave a lovely summery glow. 


Eyes 

For my eyeshadow I used the most gorgeous palette from MUA,  it is the Burning Embers palette. I chose pretty light neutral colours as I didn’t want anything bold. I build up the crease by using the soft brown and then the dark brown followed by he shimmer champagne colour on the lid. 


Lashes, Brows & Lips 

On my eye brows I used the MUA LUXE brow pomade to create definition and create a bolder brow. To set my brows I used Loreal Brow Plumper

For my mascara I used Loreal False Lash Superstar which creates loads of length and volume. 

And to finish up on my lips I used Tanya Burr Pink Cocoa  which is a really pretty pinky nude shade. 

What are your staple items for your daily make up routine? 

Victoria xx