Tuesday, 21 October 2014

La French Pharmacie haul!

Oh boy. Some more French skincare. I just love how much the French look after their skin - it obviously works, because you see a lot of chic Grandmas floating around eating croissants and carrying baguettes. Honestly. My family grew up in a teeny tiny village on the swiss border, and as such my family all appreciates the awesomeness that is French skincare. We weren't there last week for anything fun - but, I did manage to sneak off to the local pharmacy and stock up.

I finally managed to pick up some of the famous La Roche Posay Serozinc. Huzzah! I picked up two bottles because I actually checked a bag in this time, and they're only 6. I'm looking forward to trying it out properly and reporting back. So far, so refreshing and nice. Also from La Roche Posay I picked up a new tube of the effaclar duo + - I'd finished one before, but never got around to repurchasing, but as my chin had been in a mild state of skin peril, I thought it was a good time to do so. I've already noticed a difference, so I shall keep using it and repurchase it more quickly in future. The cicaplast lip balm is also amazing, it is one of the best lip balms I have tried thus far - so moisturising. Amazing. This one is living on my bedside table to use at night. If you have dry lips, give this a go! 

From a brand I've never heard of - Uriage - I picked up an anti-redness moisturiser to try. I will always try anything that promises to cancel any redness. I was also given a sample of the Avene hydrating serum, so have been using the two together for the last couple of days.

Lastly, Nuxe. Nuxe! Makers of my beloved reve de miel. I got one of the stick ones to keep in my bag, and two of the new coloured designs - the pink and the green. I think the pink means love, and the green one is happiness... my french is not so good. The new lids are so adorable - I wish they were always these colours! 

Not from a pharmacy, but I picked up the Sephora formula X polish in Ignite. Perfect for right now, and the formula X formula has not failed me yet. 

Au revoir! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

All matte e'rything

If you know me, you will know that I love me some shimmer, glitter and just general glow. When it comes to highlighter, the more the merrier is my motto, and eyeshadow can have as much shimmer as it pleases.

Sometimes, though, just sometimes, I like to embrace the matte approach. In this look I have used just matte products, and entirely skipped on the highlight. Madness, I know. I did quite like it though... it was a nice change, and felt very modern. 

The stars of the show are the new Naked 2 basics palette (picked it up from Cohorted for a discounted price, score. Love that site, they have good stuff every week), and the Maybelline colour drama pencil in Berry much. The new naked basic palette is pretty dreamy - very similar to the previous one, but with some taupier tones. I smeared the Maybelline colour tattoo in vintage plum all over the lid - very nice, by the way, if you like purples that aren't too purple. It's nice and wearable, and the formula matches all the others in the range. I used cover and primer on the lid, and enjoyed the cool-toned shade thang I had going on. 

Base-wise, the Giorgio Armani luminous silk came out to play... love this. In the summer I used it a lot when mixed in with something really sheer, but I wore it all on its own and really enjoyed it. It's pretty full coverage, and lasts such a long time on the skin. At the end of the day it does cling a bit to dry patches, but I did skip on a moisturising primer in favour of looking matte... Blush wise, I went for NARS douceur, a really pretty natural shade. 

The Maybelline colour drama pencil is pretty impressive for £4.99! Not a dupe for NARS velvet matte pencils, in my opinion, but a nice long-lasting pencil. The only colour that looked good to me was this one, the deep berry shade. 

Are you a shimmy shimmer lover, or do you like the matte look too?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Dior star foundation

Well, well, well. I just couldn't help myself. The foundation looked so exciting, I had heard such good things and basically I needed it because my skin was looking a bit... bluh. I got colour matched to the shade I had guessed - an actual SA who didn't try and make me look orange, what a nice change - which is 011. The second palest, a yellow toned shade that seems to match my skin quite well. When I say match, I mean it cancels out the redness in my face and matches my neck. 

The foundation is thick - not like Laura Mericer silk creme, but not at all watery - and blends into the skin so nicely. I used a buffing brush, and spent about 2 minutes smushing it into my face and blending it all over. The coverage is medium, and a pump and a half gave me all the coverage I wanted on my face. I feel that it's worth noting in the photo above, I was really suffering from a cold, as well as a stubborn breakout on my chin. My nose was so red and peeling - apologies for the TMI - but this foundation managed to cover everything. I am so impressed. I haven't edited the photo here, so I think it has made my skin look pretty decent. 

I did the usual prime/foundation/powder sandwich thing, and it lasted a really nice time on my skin. It faded on my nose - constant blowing will do that to a nose - and my chin first, but it was still hanging on to the rest of my face hours and hours later. The finish it gives is... smooth. Not matte at all, not satin, but not excessively glow-y. I guess pretty natural, but definitely polished, and you can see you're wearing foundation. I would say if you want your skin to look like skin, but on a super good day, this is worth a try.