I know it’s Autumn, so it’s time for fake tan to be out down.. But I still love being a little but more colourful than my natural skin tone! If you like having a bronze look about you, here are some of my favourite bronzers!
I know I’m a little late with my daily blog posts but hopefully, I’ve managed to adjust my routine what with fasting and everything.. So here goes my first post!!
I recently went to Westfield and couldn’t help but stop off at one of my new favourite make up stores: KIKO! They have amazing quality products and for really good value so I couldn’t resist some of their goodies! Fortunately for me, all of the stuff I liked was on offer in their sale section!
The first thing that caught my eye was this ‘Wet and Dry eyeshadow palette in Holi Vibrations’. I bought a few other palettes from this collection which I hauled in a previous blog post and I love them! These colours are perfect for summer! They’re bright but not too bright and the shimmer will look gorgeous in summer along with those lovely pastel colours! They have fall out but nothing major so HAPPY DAYS!
Having tried KIKO’s eye products only, I had a little dabble with these gorgeous blushes they have to offer! I had to get 2 because I could choose! They had a few to choose from but I chose the colours that would suit me beat! I like a subtle blush at the moment (a far cry from my previous look) and these have a beautiful finish.. The beige/gold colour on the end is shimmery so creates a lovely highlighted look!
And just as I was leaving the store, these grabbed my attention! When I tested them on my hand, I knew I’d use these constantly! This lovely lips and cheeks product has a lovely texture and is really well pigmented! They haven’t over-done the pigment because its to be used on the cheek too- I suppose they want their consumers to not look like clowns! I love the texture, the smell (like vanilla!). These completely remind me of Sleek Pout Polishes but are so much better.. In my opinion!
Then I made a cheeky stop to Boots and picked up some non-essential essentials ;)
Let me know what you guys think of this new style of photography!
What products have you tried from KIKO?
I’m absolutely OBSESSED with the ‘no make up make up’ look at the moment! Usually I’m the kind of person who feels bare without any eyeliner or highlighter on my face!
It takes so confidence to go kind of bare faced when you’re used to caking your face with so many products, your makeup drawer looks like a Sephora loot! But I think I’ve cracked it with a very simple formula!
Step A: Good cleanse + hydrating moisturiser = perfect skin – foundation
I pride myself on maintaining my skin an it’s the one thing I never go without doing! Ensuring you take your make up off beautifully before bed and then washing/ exfoliating/ cleansing your face and then applying a hydrating moisturiser, will make your skin shine without the need for moisturiser!
Step B: Concealer + Blending = natural beauty
Everyone has those imperfections which they can’t bare being seen with! For me it’s my dark circles which wearing glasses and contacts have given to me over time! Get yourself a nice creamy concealer and blend as flawlessly as you can to create skin that looks naturally clean! **Avoid putting concealer on scabs and dry patches because it looks blotchy! Try moisturising those areas to help them heal faster, instead :)
Step C: mascara + pencil liner / bright shadow = awake eyes
Your eyes should do the talking in the no make up equation, the reason being that there is no bright lip, or contoured cheek coming up. By using a lengthening and volumizing mascara which will feminise your face. Using a highlighter in your inner corners will make your eyes seem brighter and more awake and by using a pencil liner to rim the waterline, it will add a little drama to your eyes to make your eye colour stand out more. ** Instead of using a black liner, use a brown or soft colour instead as it won’t seem as harsh. Tight line the the top lash line too to make your lashes seem fuller.
Step D: Cream blush + lip liner = a completed gorgeous look!
Cream blusher will look more natural than a bright pint powder blush just because it blends better and looks like skin. It also adds a nice dewy finish to the skin thus, beautifying your flawless face more! Add a simple nude lip liner around your lips to define them an fill in with your lip balm to add a touch of shine and moisture!
Good cleanse + hydrating moisturiser = perfect skin – foundation
Concealer + Blending = natural beauty
Mascara + pencil liner / bright shadow = awake eyes
Cream blush + lip liner = a completed gorgeous look!
Products shown: Garnier Exfo Brush face wash, Illamasqua cream blush in Dixie, Soap & Glory Kiss Ass Concealer in medium, Soap & Glory thick and fast mascara, Tweezerman eyelash curlers, 99p brush, Monu Revitalising Moisturiser, Avon supershock gel pencil in Black
I don’t always wear foundation because my skin has cleared up a lot during recent months! However, I do wear foundation when I feel my skin is looking dull! Which is usually when good old Mr. P comes every month! Yes ladies.. That P!
I use liquid foundation because it is so flawless! When your skin is dull, lacking texture or you need coverage, liquid foundations can really pick your skin up! It’s like a blank canvas to even out your skin!
Mineral or powder foundation is good for when you don’t want as much coverage! If you have oily skin or skin that breaks out, use this because it covers your skin, but doesn’t cake with a heavy layer that stops your face breathing! They don’t give as much coverage but they look really nice and looks like your skin which is perfect for any beautiful lady!
You don’t need to spend tonnes on your foundation and I’m about to show you! I’ll do this in order of highest price to lowest!
Chanel Vita Lumiere aqua:
This foundation!!! O M G! God was happy when this was made! It’s a medium coverage but quite buildable. Has a dewy finish. Goes on easily. Has SPF. Lasts all day. Smells good.. Bad side.. It’s £31! If you want to splurge though, it’s amazing! I really like it! I would say it’s my absolutely favourite foundation ever just because the price makes it feel luxurious.. It’s Chanel!!! If you can, definitely do pick this up! The only downside I can genuinely think of is it’s high price! It also has quite a good colour selection!
Nars sheer glow foundation:
THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! It gives your skin the most wonderful glow! Looks truly amazing! I would recommend for normal to dry skin! If you’re oily, avoid at all costs because this will over shine you! I love the way the moisture lasts all day! It doesn’t wear it out! Again a pricey one.. But then Nars is luxury! They have a decent colour range ad it’s definitely one I reach for!
MAC MatchMaster foundation:
I like this foundation a lot! It’s very different to the Chanel because the consistency, coverage and application all varies! MatchMaster is excellent for people looking for a heavy coverage! I would actually say this is a foundation for people wearing their make up the whole day for a special event! Weddings and parties will now have a flawless queen in them! The foundation glides on but requires quite a bit of blending! The colour range is quite good and as the colour suggests, it does blend in with your natural skin colour! It’s £25 so not as heavy a blow a the Chanel! I would say though, aim to go to a MAC counter or store to get matched up with MAC foundations because you’re never a colour you think you are!
Bourjois healthy mix/ Bio Detox:
Ok I know I’m cheating but technically not! I always use these two together! The healthy mix is great because it has a really dewy finish.. Only thing is.. It has little coverage in my opinion (almost like a tinted moisturiser) and can sometimes makes my skin look dull.. Even though it gives a glow! Hence why, I use Bio Detox! This has quite a brightening effect in my opinion! Where the healthy mix is easily bendable and glides on, the bio detox you have to blend in, but they both work well together to make a satin-like finish that makes your skin look really bright!
Rimmel wake me up foundation:
For the price and the brand.. This is the one I reach for on a day to day basis! As well it being Pixi2woo, Tanya Burr’s, favourite too, it’s amazing! It actually lifts your skin up and really brightens it up! It’s £8.99 and I like the packaging too! This contains a little bit of shimmer which doesn’t actually do anything but I think they would sell better without the shimmer cause 80% of people avoid the glitter!
Barbara Daly moisture foundation:
£7.. £7.. £7! This stuff.. Should be a world record holder! For the value, it’s astonishing! Pick this up from Tesco when you next go and I can guarantee you’ll reach for this every morning! She has lots of other foundations for different skin types! Her colour range is fairly good and I love the spatula applicator cause I’m not shaking the bottle trying to get something out every morning (extra movement in the a.m. Is not appreciated!). The coverage is quite light but you can build it up! It’s so versatile! It doesn’t give a dewy glow at all, and looks like your skin, but better!
Body Shop Virgin Minerals Foundation:
This is the first ever mineral foundation I got! I have the Laura Mercier mineral powder but Mr. A got it in a compact form which although good, is harder to work with (TBH, he has no clue with make up and I gave him a list where I didn’t specify if I wanted loose or pressed). The body shop foundation is lovely! It’s very fine and looks really nice on the skin. It makes your skin look flawless and gives a brightening and matte finish. It’s quite build able too which I learnt recently.. So rather versatile! Use a real techniques buffing brush with this baby and you’re done!! Must say though, it doesn’t last very long on my skin! Which I think is the same with most mineral foundations! I find it wears off after 5/6 hours so perhaps keeping it in your handbag, would help when you need a cheeky too up!
L’oreal Lumi Magique primer:
This stuff has changed my foundation routine! Whenever I wear a light coverage foundation or mineral/ powder foundation, I run towards this for an extra glow! It doesn’t appear over-bearing and I always apply under my foundation because I’m not a fan of in-your-face highlight! I love this primer because it works all through the day. I actually feel like it has a 12 hour staying power because on my skin, it never wears off! (rose gold packaging too! Bonus points!)
Revlon bare it all highlight:
This is my more pinky highlight colour! When I’m feeling like the MAC lustre drops are overpowering, or the Lumi Magique is too cold, I run for this! My mum got this for me quite a while back and I use such a tiny amount, I’ve barely made a dent in it! It’s fantastic as a cheek highlight and for an all over glow under foundation! It’s quite hard to find though, although eBay has a lot of sellers!
So there you go guys! Be sure to check out Tanya Burr on Pixi2woo. She does amazing make up tutorials too! Woo Tanya!
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