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Paige, 20, psychology student and beauty enthusiast. Naturally resemble a chicken nugget, use makeup to disguise myself as a regular person. If you'd like to contact me, my blog email is jabbatofabba@gmail.com

Monday, 31 October 2016

Holy Grail Foundation - Too Faced Born This Way

For so long I said 'you know what? I don't need a high end foundation, drugstore foundation works for me and I'd rather spend my money on other things'. I'm here to tell you that I was so very, very wrong and that Too Faced have shown me the error of my ways.

Since starting my job I've spent entire shifts looking longingly at all of the beauty counters and their offerings, whilst promising myself that I don't need a new base, that I'm good with my trusty Rimmel. Then one day I bit the bullet and asked the lovely lady who worked for Too Faced to match me up. I was originally torn by that and the Bareminerals Serum foundation, but the promise of long-lasting medium to full coverage for a similar price won me over.

As she applied a primer (the Laura Geller alternative to the Hangover Primer which she didn't have to hand) she promised me that dry skin patches would be a thing of the past with this foundation, and I didn't believe her for a minute. There was no way that an oil free full coverage foundation wouldn't make my already dry skin look dry.

I was proven wrong, even after applying it with over my Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighting Primer (which I may come back to in another post, hint hint) which can by the teeniest bit drying.

On the website, Too Faced claims:

  • ''Medium-to-full undetectable coverage
  • Oil-free
  • Coconut Water helps delicately replenish skin’s moisture levels without overhydrating—for the look of radiant skin
  • Infused with the resilient Alpine Rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity
  • Hyaluronic Acid helps balance skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance'

My skin looks F L A W L E S S after application, and you really don't need a lot to achieve that look. It doesn't crease under eyes, and it sets to a pretty much matte finish. I am so in love with this foundation, I feel like a changed woman. Yes, £29 is a lot for a foundation, but if like me you like to have a bit more coverage sometimes, for example on nights out, and you want it to last, then this is for you. When I say it lasts, I really mean it lasts. There's a nightclub where I live which stays open til 5am, and it is literally a sauna in there. My foundation remained flawless until after I left the club and physically took it off with a cleanser. For those of you who know which place I mean, that's a victory and a half.

Even the packaging is lovely. It feels luxurious (which it should, for the price!). The shade range in the store I bought it from was lacking somewhat. The shades were all on the yellow toned side, and the lady told me the shade I got (porcelain, the lightest shade they stocked) was more on the pink side, but it is still a little bit yellow on my to be honest. It's not too bad though, and I can forgive it as it looks so lovely when applied despite the undertone. The Debenhams website has a lot more shades - 18 I think-  ranging from pale to dark skin tones though, so they are trying to cater for all.

I've thrown in a classic half-face photo so you can clearly see the level of coverage from just a light layer. I used under half a pump for this but it's definitely buildable to full coverage. Unfortunately I decided to take the photos at night as I'm going away for the week but wanted to get this post up anyway so the photos aren't great thanks to the abysmal lighting in my house but hopefully you can see the effects anyway.
Before and after using half a pump of the foundation. While the photos aren't great you can see it as evened out my skin tone and covered any redness and blemishes, although not my pesky moles.

A very awkward and bad photo taken outside my bedroom where the lighting is slightly better. You can definitely see the difference though.

For effect I'm adding in a few photos that I took on Saturday night for a Halloween look I did. The foundation photographs beautifully and lasted throughout the night.

This is the first Two Faced product I've ever purchased but I've definitely got my eye on a few (or maybe more) other products, including the Christmas sets (no, Paige, you don't need more
eyeshadow palettes!)

Any Two Faced products you recommend? Have you tried this foundation?

See you again soon!


Thursday, 13 October 2016

October Glossybox - Esteé Lalonde edition!

Hello lovelies,

I know I've been silent for a little while but I'm back now. this time with another Glossybox review.

This one I was very excited about, because it was in collaboration with one of my absolute faves - Esteé Lalonde, who is a beauty/lifestyle youtuber and an overall babe, and I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

The first product in the box is a 'Lip Parfait' by Trifle Cosmetics. It's a pretty, everyday nude lip cream. It's super comfortable on the lips as it's full of vitamin E for hydration, and apparently the pigments are coated in silicone to stop it becoming dull or feathery. It's a creamy matte finish, and it's a really nice lipstick to bang in your bag and keep for those 'no makeup' makeup days. It retails for £12.95, which is the price of the box itself! 

The second product is a deluxe sample of The Body Shop's 'Drops of Youth Concentrate', which is a potent anti-aging serum which softens, brightens and smooths the skin. I applied it this morning after an exfoliator (which we'll get to in a minute) and my skin felt so smooth and lovely. You apply it morning and night under moisturiser, and it retails for £25 full size. 

Next is the 'Secret Flush, Soothing Cream Blusher and Lip Stain Duo' from Universal Cosmetics. You can use this as a cream blush to add a pretty natural flush to the skin (which admittedly I'm still yet to try) and you can use it as a lip colour, which I have done and it's a really pretty pink when applied to the lips. Plus, who doesn't love a convenient 2 in 1 product that you can throw in your bag? It retails for £15.

Top - Lip Parfait
Bottom - Blush and Lip Stain

Then we have the exfoliator I mentioned before, the 'Honey and Camelina Facial Exfoliator' from Bee Good. It's recommended that you use it once or twice a week, and it's suitable for all skin types but specifically good for dull or congested skin. It's exfoliating, hydrating and calming for the skin, as it contains lavender to exfoliate, wheatgerm oil to soothe and moisturise and propolis to balance the complexion. I actually completely forgot to photograph this with the others because it was in my bathroom from this morning, sorry!

Next is the PS... Pro 'HD Mascara' in black, which claims to define, volumise and lift the lashes, with a flexible rubber brush to help you get from root to tip. I didn't try this when I tried some of the other products from this range so I was interested to see if this was any good. I used this mascara, and while it wasn't my favourite mascara ever. it does define and lengthen the lashes and it's clump free, so if you're looking for a nice natural eye look then maybe this is one for you. It retails at £3.  

The last product in the box is an interesting one. On the front of the bottle it says 'New Beauty Shampoo', and that's as much as we're allowed to know. According to Esteé, a well established brand is revamping their products, so she managed to get us a cheeky sample before this happens. I'm yet to use it but if anyone knows haircare it's Esteé, so I'm expecting good things! Also, on the back it does say the name of the parent company which narrows it down as working in Debenhams has helped me know which brands are owned by which company but I don't want to speculate, so I'll leave it up to you. 

Overall I was pretty happy with this box and I'm excited for the next!

Hope you enjoyed and I promise I'll be back again soon, I'm really excited about some of the products I have to write about so look forward to it.

Paige x