Friday, 14 December 2018

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | 10 GREAT BEAUTY GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS


At first my plan was to do a Holiday Gift Guide for specific people like Mum or Dad, and believe me that is coming, but in case you are interested, maybe you have similar taste to me, here are some items I would be happy to receive this Christmas, and by extension most beauty lovers. Personally, I already own a lot of shit so it can be daunting to buy for someone when they already buy everything and get the gift with purchase to boot. So here are some items I don't personally own but would be happy to receive. There is a mix of makeup and skincare as well as some other items that will cater to a variety of budgets.

Huda Beauty New Nude Palette (£56) As a very happy owner of the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette and the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk, I think the New Nude would make a perfect addition to my collection. I really like Huda's eyeshadow formula for both her mattes and shimmers, including the original Rose Gold Palette. The shimmer shades are always so unique that I am never disappointed and with the pinkish mauve colour story this palette will suit so many different skin tones. If you don't have any of the Huda 18-shadow palettes then I recommend Desert Dusk the most out of all of them. The Obsessions palettes are also a great choice and if you want to splurge get The Obsessions Vault (£100) which is currently out of stock but will be in stock soon.



Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powders (£28) Perfect for a glam lover with an oilier skin type, honestly I don't wear makeup that often but when I do I want it to last and this is a cake face powder that controls oil and gives you that perfected look. I think it would be a great idea to get two shades, one for brightening and one to set contours, for me that would be Banana Bread and either Cinnamon Bun or Coffee Cake. If you are buying for someone with dry skin I would recommend the Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (£42) or if you want a glow the Laura Mercier Translucent Glow Powder (£29) is a great option and can also be bought in different shades.


Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit (£71) Of course there are so many skincare sets out at this time of year. but the big news is Drunk Elephant finally coming to the UK. It is an expensive but well-loved brand so this skincare set although pricey would make a nice gift for any skincare lover. People really are investing more into their skincare routines and in this kit you get the Jelly Cleanser (30ml), Lala Retro Whipped Cream (15ml), Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil (8ml), C-Firma Day Serum, TLC Framboos Glyolic Night Serum (8ml), B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum (8ml) and Shaba Complete Eye Serum (5ml). I am sure you have heard of some of these products and if you are put off by the smaller sizes and want to just get a full size product I think the Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil would be a great gift and suitable for all skin types. You can get a 15ml Virgin Marula Oil (£34) or a 30ml Luxury Face Oil (£61).

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Norvina Palette (£43) I have been dithering over this palette for so long, I really think that I spent all of 2017 building my matte eyeshadow collection, and now I am ready for shimmers that will knock my socks off which is why I am drawn to the Huda palettes and the Norvina Eyeshadow Palette in particular. This looks like such an ethereal fun palette to play with that can be used alone as well as with other palettes. So many great shades.


Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum 30ml (£43.45) Fragrance makes a great gift because more often than not they are expensive af, personally after spending a criminal amount of time in duty free this past week (yay for connecting flights, Madrid was lit thanks for asking) I have found a fragrance that I actually like and that is Black Opium it is actually gorgeous. Apparently this has black coffee in it which I do not smell at all, I hate coffee, what I do smell is vanilla without being too sweet and that is a win for me. I am obsessed. As fragrance can be quite personal I do feel like you can't go wrong with vanilla scents, Huda Beauty launched Kayali Fragrance with her sister Mona Kattan and the fragrance Kayali Vanilla | 28 (£84) would make a great holiday gift for anyone as it is designed for layering. It can be used alone or with other fragrances and the packaging is beautiful.


Stila Enchanted Eyes Liquid Eyeshadow Set (£49) Any of the Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadow Sets make a gorgeous glittery gift in my opinion. In this one you get 6 x 2.25ml Liquid Eyeshadows, 3 of which are Shimmer & Glow and 3 which  are Glitter & Glow. You get Diamond Dust (sheer silver multicolour glitter and glow), Smoky Storm (pewter and silver glitter and glow), Plum On (purple glitter and glow - possibly only available in this set), Kitten (vibrant nude pink shimmer and glow), Jezebel (rose gold shimmer and glow) and Pigalle (cranberry shimmer and glow). If you were to buy them individually you would get 4.5ml per product.


Stila Oh My Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set (£29) In this set you get the classic Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows in Kitten Karma (copper-toned champagne), Gold Goddess (antique gold and silver) and Diamond Dust (sheer silver and multicolour). Great sparkly shades that can be used with any eye look.


Stila Shimmering Heights Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set (£29) In this set you get Kitten (shimmering vibrant pink nude), Cloud (shimmering lavender with gold pearlescent effect) and Twig (shimmering warm chesnut). These are all Shimmer & Glow shadows, which means it doesn't have the high impact glitter uniquely found in the Glitter & Glow range which some find easier to work with as the glitters can be chunky and crumbly on some people. I advise using a light hand and taking time to play with products to find how they best work for you.


Bdellium Tools Golden Triangle 15-Piece Eye Brush Set (£90) Brushes is a gift that never goes unappreciated because you can quite honestly never have too much. A few brush brands I am typically drawn to are Sigma Beauty, Juvia's Place and Bdellium Tools. I also have a lot of love for Real Techniques as well, but this particular brush set stands out to me because of the royal blue and gold packaging it is luxe and comes with a pouch which is handy for organisation and travel.


Morphe Babes Faves 15-Piece Eyeshadow Brush Set (£52) A new addition I discovered since the Morphe store opened in Birmingham, slightly less expensive with the same amount of brushes as the bdellium tools set, the brushes here are from the Elite Morphe Collection with super soft bristles and some great blending brushes of all sizes. I, for one, would be just as happy with this gift as well. Although not in stock online they were in store when I went to Birmingham yesterday.


The Ouai Swing Both Ouais Haircare Set (£40) Last but not least, I think a haircare set makes a good gift because a lot of us don't typically splurge on our hair. The Ouai is owned and formulated by the icon Jen Atkin, the products used in this set are used and loved by top hairstylists and celebrities alike. Included in this set is The Ouai Texturising Hair Spray which has been in every beauty guru's favourites at least once, this spray creates volume and a cool-girl lived-in look whilst not drying out the hair or making it crunch, and an extra large bottle of The Ouai Hair Oil, i recently learned a trick of applying perfume to the nape of your neck almost on your lower scalp region as when you sweat you will literally sweat perfume. The same can be applied to hair oil in my opinion and you can never have enough. Plus, everyone wants to smell nice and you can smell nice from your hair to your toes with this.

Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you found some good ideas and even some nice treats for yourself. I can say that my Christmas shopping has been derailed by thoroughly treating myself on the hunt for presents for my loved ones. It is tough. I have some ideas for parent gift guides i.e. for Mum and Dad, if that would be interesting for you guys let me know in the comments. What do you think of these gifts, comment your favourite one below and who knows if it is still in stock I might buy it for you as a cheeky little giveaway. Thank you again, have a great weekend.. Take care.

What gift would you like to receive the most?

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Monday, 10 December 2018

NEW HUDA BEAUTY MELTED SHADOWS SWATCHES & EYE LOOKS


Launching on December 26th aka Boxing Day. A new never-seen-before formula from Huda Beauty the Huda Beauty Melted Shadows, Huda is coming out with 5 different shades, each product is dual-sided, with one side being matte, but not just matte, she describes the formula as smudge-proof, crease-proof, waterproof and foolproof. On the other side you get a metallic side that is a shimmery shade that compliments the matte shade. Retailing for $25, I imagine when they come to the UK most likely via Cult Beauty they will be around the £20 mark. 


The lightest duo is Faux Fur - light bone beige matte and Bamboo Hoops - light gold shimmer. The next lightest duo is Bubble Bath - neutral pink and Pink Champagne - you guessed it a shimmering pink champagne. The one Huda herself demonstrates in her video is Private Jet - warm pinky nude matte and Shimmering Sunset - shimmery champagne gold. A more intense duo is Hot Sauce - pigmented reddish brown matte and Cherry Soda - cherry shimmer with a brown undertone. Last but not least is Silk Bomber - true purple matte and Bubble Gum - iridescent pinkish purple shade, this one is the one that appealed to me the most and her sister Alya demonstrates it in the video. 


You can see them in action above and below in Huda's Reveal Video, it is emphasised that they are created for all makeup lovers, whether professionals, beginners or enthusiasts and furthermore, are incredibly quick and easy to use. Huda creates an eye look in just one minute in her video. My personal opinion is that I am not bowled over, I think the packaging and product is lovely, there are a lot of gold shimmers when surely we all already own a million gold shimmers. I don't find blending powder eyeshadow that difficult and find waiting for creams to set and dry a bit of a pain in the ass, plus a waterproof formula is great but removing makeup is always something I think about when applying makeup so not sure if this is a product I would appreciate. I am eager to learn and see more about these shadows and hope they release more interesting combinations in the future. 


Thank you so much for reading, I am always intrigued by whatever Huda and her team release I think she makes very Instagram-friendly products and I appreciate the thought and purpose behind each release. At the moment, I have no plans to buy these but that might change in the future. Never say never. I would love to hear what you think about the Huda Beauty Melted Shadows, are you interested? Do you have your eye on any particular shades? Silk Bomber and Bubblegum looked the most interesting to me but seeing them on Alya to  be honest was disappointing. Leave your thoughts below and come back on Thursday for a Holiday Gift Guide. Take care.

What are your thoughts on the new Huda Beauty Melted Shadows?

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

LUNAR BEAUTY GREEK GODDESS HOLIDAY COLLECTION REVEAL WITH SWATCHES

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Colour Palette Reveal
Manny MUA revealed his brand new holiday collection on Thursday over on his YouTube channel. His brand Lunar Beauty up until this point only had one product available to purchase, his Life's A Drag Palette. He is following the debut of his brand with five new products all available right now. The collection is called the Greek Goddess Collection with everything themed after Greek mythology, specifically the goddesses for the most part. Included in this collection is a Colour Palette ($48), essentially an eyeshadow palette with pressed pigments, a Greek Goddess Highlighter Palette ($40) and three lip products i.e. one lip gloss and two liquid lipsticks. Above you can see the packaging of the eyeshadow palette which comes in a seriously cool black component with a 3D Medusa head. 

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Colour Palette Reveal
Inside the eyeshadow palette there are 15 eyeshadows, comprising of 8 matte eyeshadows and 7 shimmer shades, 2 satin, 2 pressed glitters and 3 are metallic. In total, there are 4 formulas in this palette which differs slightly from Life's A Drag which possessed 3 different eyeshadow formulas. Each eyeshadow is named after a Greek Goddess and I thought it would be cool to dive into what each goddess represents, as I have always found Greek mythology incredibly interesting and rich. Of course there are bound to be some disputes as to what is true and what isn't but truly this was all information taken from Google including the spellings of the names etc.

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Colour Palette Swatches Eyeshadow
Onto the swatches: Hestia (goddess of hearth, architecture, domesticity, the family, the home and the state) is a light matte creamy white, Harmonia (goddess of harmony and concord) is a mustard orange matte, Selene (goddess of  the moon) is a copper red with intense reflective shimmer, Aphrodite (goddess of love, beauty and fertility) is a maroon matte shade with purple undertone, Hera (goddess of marriage and family) is a golden bronze shimmer, Circe (goddess of magic) is a reddish pink pressed glitter advised to be used with a glitter glue, Clio (goddess of history) is a soft petal pink mate, Iris (goddess of the rainbow) is a rose gold bright shimmer with a silver base, Nemesis (goddess of retribution) is a blue pressed glitter suspended in black, Rhea (goddess of fertility and motherhood) is a warm chocolate brown matte shade, Artemis (goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals) is an orange matte, Athena (goddess of wisdom and war) is a pale champagne shimmer, Persephone (goddess of spring) is a medium toned brown matte, Calliope (goddess of poetry) is a deep dark brown matte shade with a plum undertone and Calypso (goddess of seduction - technically she's not a goddess but this seems fitting) is a brown shimmer with a gold undertone. All of this information is derived from good old Google if it is incorrect I apologise, I hope you found it interesting because I sure as hell did. Greek mythology is cool af.  

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Highlight Palette Reveal
The next product that is also a palette is this Greek Goddess Highlight Palette ($40) designed similarly to the Colour Palette only with a white background to Medusa's fabulous head. This highlight palette contains 6 shades, the formula is described as creamy and Manny stresses that he wanted to create a palette that could be used on a diverse array of skin tones. The layout is similar to the ABH 6 pan glowkits such as Dream Glow Kit, but this palette does contain a mirror. 

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Highlight Palette Reveal
Onto the swatches, each shade here is named after a mythical creature and I will add that to the description as well in case you are interested: Harpy (is a half-human half-bird) is the only duochrome in this collection it is a duochrome peach-pink shift, Muse (goddesses of the science, literature and the arts, also daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne the goddess of memory but there is some dispute about this so let's move on) is a light peach gold, Siren deep rose bronzish shimmer, Pheonix (mythical bird that is cyclically reborn) peach pink shimmer that can be used as a blush topper as well, Medusa (a monster, Gorgon, with wings and snakes for hair who can turn people to stone by looking at them) is a bright silverish yellow shimmer and Sphinx (another monster comprised of the head of a woman, body of a lioness, wings of an eagle and a tail with the head of a serpent) is a deep true gold.

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Highlight Palette Reveal Swatches
Last but not least are 3 lip products including the Selene Lip Gloss ($17)Aphrodite Liquid Lipstick ($18) and Zaya Liquid Lipstick ($18). These are also available in a bundle, where you can get all 3 for $40. Manny stresses in his video that the lip products are limited edition and there are no plans for a restock. The packaging is certainly interesting and unique.

Manny MUA Lunar Beauty Selene Lip Gloss Zaya Aphrodite Liquid Lipsticks Photos Swatches
Zaya, of course, is named after Manny's dog. Selene is a light non-sticky gloss with gold reflective shimmer, Zaya is a nude terracotta comfort matte liquid lipstick and Aphrodite is a true bright red comfort matte liquid lupstick. Swatches can be seen below. The packaging is a gold gradient with gold overspray with a diamond-like object at the top. Manny explains he wanted a component with serious wow-factor and says it looks like a wand. The liquid lipstick packaging is limited edition as are the lip products in general, although I think there is a chance he will bring these shades back, just with his standard Lunar Beauty packaging. He has already revealed that he will have a full range of liquid lipsticks coming in 2019

Manny MUA Lunar Beauty Selene Lip Gloss Zaya Aphrodite Liquid Lipsticks Photos Swatches
Manny explains in detail in his video that the liquid lipsticks have more a silky velvet finish, they do not dry down completely and are not transfer/kiss-proof. He wanted to create a highly pigmented liquid lipstick that feels like nothing on the lips. His liquid lipstick applicator is shaped like a Barbie foot which enables precision lining for the cupid's bow and lip line, the lip gloss applicator is a standard applicator. To clarify the Greek Goddess Highlight Palette and Lip Products are all limited edition, The Colour Palette is permanent


Thank you for reading, at the moment these products are only available on the Lunar Beauty website. The Collection Bundle, with everything mentioned in this post is available for $112 and the Lip Bundle with all 3 lip products is available for $40. Personally, I think the collection looks intriguing, I like the packaging, the colour story of the Greek Goddess Palette doesn't immediately jump out at me and I am not a fan of highlight or lip products in general, so I am not persuaded to buy anything just yet. I think the packaging is beautiful and I appreciate a good theme, I will look at reviews and if this collection comes to Beauty Bay I will  keep an eye out. I would love to hear your thoughts on what you see hear, does anything strike you at all? If you have any personal feelings about Manny following the controversy that occurred this year feel free to share your thoughts and opinions below. Hope you are having a lovely week. Take care. 

What are your thoughts on Lunar Beauty's 2018 Holiday Collection?

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

PART 3 | 30 QUESTION MAKEUP TAG


The last one is here, welcome to Part 3 of the 30 questions tag (found here). from The Beauty Section. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. I hope you have enjoyed it so far, I am currently working on uploading my Berlin post and a holiday gift guide, but they are taking some time to edit and put together. Thank you so much for reading, hope you enjoy this last installment and please answer your favourite questions in the comments below. 

Which celebrity always has great makeup? This is a good question I think Lilly Collins always looks amazing. That is probably more to do with her face than her makeup but I never think she looks too overdone or off at all. I always really like her makeup. 

Do you belong to any online makeup communities? Not that I am aware of.

5 Favourite Beauty Gurus? A tough one, I have noticed lately that I have to be in specific moods to watch certain beauty gurus. Lately I have been feeling quite mellow and am not really into watching anyone who is high energy or especially vivacious. Manny MUA, Carly Bybel, Tati Westbrook and in particular Nicole Guerriero are all channels I can watch no matter my mood. They are all really chill and easy to watch. Angelica Nyquist is a big favourite of mine lately as well. 

Do you like mutlifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? I think everything is multifunctional, I am not that enamoured with cream products in general but I love using powders all over my face i.e. blush and bronzer for eyeshadow and eyeshadow for blush/highlight or bronzer. Lipstick for eyeshadow or as liner etc. It's a lot more fun that way. 

Are you clumsy putting makeup on? Absolutely, mascara inevitably gets all over my face and I am guaranteed to spill translucent powder all over myself and the floor. It's a skill. 

Do you use a primer/base for your eyelids? Yes I do, at the very least I make sure to run my foundation over it, if I am definitely going to do something on my eyes that is more than just bronzer I will use concealer as a base. I just don't like the idea of eyeshadow on my bare skin and it doesn't look as nice or as pigmented. 

How many hair products do you use on a typical day? If a hairbrush counts, then about two. I brush my hair and use my Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer and that is it. 

What do you apply first concealer or foundation? Foundation always. Unless I am using a mineral foundation then I will apply concealer first. 

What do you love about makeup? The aesthetics and the process, I like looking at makeup, swatching it, playing with it, trying out different looks and techniques. I do find it very therapeutic. 

Thank you again for reading, hope you are having a great December so far. Please comment your favourite beauty gurus in the comments below I am always curious to see who people are loving to watch at the moment. Do you have different people you watch in different moods too? See you back here on Sunday where my posts will return to normal. I am still so tired from Berlin, I have such trouble sleeping especially in the company of other people. It's self-consciousness on crack, I swear. Follow my social media if you like and check out my YouTube. Take care. 

What are some of your answers to these questions?

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Monday, 3 December 2018

PART 2 | 30 QUESTION MAKEUP TAG


Welcome back, guys. Here is Part 2 of the 30 Question Beauty Tag that I found on The Beauty Section. I hope you liked Part 1 (read here). Let's jump right in.

Do you have a beauty budget or do you spend freely? I spend freely, if something catches my eye I tend to buy it, both because I will just keep thinking about it until I do and also because I feel like I can party justify purchases because of my blog. 

Do you utilise coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics? Big fan of the 3 for 2 and other deals that you can find at Boots and Superdrug and try to keep a look at for any online sales. I pay attention on Black Friday to see if something I have been eyeing for a while is discounted which this year I did buy the Friendcation Palette on sale and also my favourite Anti-Dandruff Ginger Shampoo from The Body Shop which is a regular purchase for me. 

What type of product do you buy the most of? Eyeshadow palettes undoubtedly followed by foundation. 

Is there a brand that you absolutely can't stand? There are brands I don't personally support such as Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Kylie Cosmetics only because their products or their personality doesn't appeal to me on a certain level. I still report their launches because they are popular brands and I am not here to tell anyone how to feel. Revlon is another brand that I am not that interested in. 

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? Sulfates in shampoos generally if I can, I don't have sensitive skin or allergies so I can usually get away with not paying too close attention but this is something I have been more attentive to recently especially fragrance or parfum which is found in a lot of products and is vague as fuck. 

Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup? I like online websites such as Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay, for stores Space NK, Debenhams and Selfridges have always been my go-to.

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you stick to a routine? I really like trying new products and I keep track of products I have used that have really impressed me as I will inevitably repurchase the products that have really helped my skin. 

Favourite bath and body brand? Nip+Fab make some amazing bodycare products, their shower scrubs are actually fantastic. I also like Dove a lot. 

If you could only buy from one brand which brand would you choose? For makeup this is especially hard but probably Makeup Revolution because they seriously just have everything you could need and their quality is continuously improving. 

What brand do you think has the best packaging? Chantecaille has drool-worthy packaging with a price tag to match unfortunately. 

What are some of your answers to these questions?

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

PART 1 | 30 QUESTION MAKEUP TAG


Hi guys, I am currently on holiday in Berlin but wanted to post something while I was away. I found this tag on The Beauty Section (read their answers here).  It has inspired me to create my own which is something I am going to fully execute next month. As usual, my answers are longer than necessary so I split the 30 questions into three parts which will give me time to sort out all the editing I have to do for future posts. Please tell me your answers in the comments and I hope you enjoy. 

Do you remember your first makeup item? I do and it was the Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless Foundation in Toasty Beige. I bought it on the day I failed my first ever driving test and had an interview for Boux Avenue (which I got). The sales assistant applied the foundation and a few other products on my skin and I instantly felt so much prettier and better. I was 18 at the time. 

Describe your perfect mascara? Any travel size mascara works for me, I much prefer them over full size mascaras and By Terry's Terrybly Mascara is my favourite because it doesn't clump and it is very easy to remove. 

What kind of coverage do you prefer from your foundation? Medium, buildable coverage is my poison. 

Favourite high end brand? I like different products from different brands, I really enjoy the Huda Beauty eyeshadow palettes so for now I would say Huda Beauty. 

What cosmetics brand have you wanted to try but haven't? Pat McGrath and Natasha Denona. 

Favourite drugstore brand? L'Oreal or Maybelline, they both have several foundations that I enjoy and actually match my skin tone as well as mascaras. Although I have to say Makeup Revolution have been seriously upping their game lately. 

Do you wear false eyelashes? I typically don't but weirdly enough more than any other makeup product I get sent false eyelashes the most. I am hoping to change this just to elevate some of my makeup selfies in 2019. 

Is there any kind of makeup you can't leave the house without? I think being comfortable in your own skin is important so I can leave the house without makeup, but if I am wearing any makeup I would have to have foundation, powder (to set my oily skin) and contour. I could never wear just foundation as it would make my face look like a flat disc. 

What is your most cherished beauty product? All of my Urban Decay limited edition palettes are dear to me and also the Master Palette by Mario. I have the two Oz palettes that I just think are so fun and pretty and the Gwen Stefani palette which again is super fun and I have worn to so many weddings. The Master Palette means a lot to me because I actually got it for free, an online friend from the States sent it to me, which is just so unbelievably cool. I feel very lucky and grateful. 

How often do you shop for makeup? It used to be at least once a week but I have calmed down a lot more now, I would say I usually buy at least one product a month. It honestly depends how I am feeling but I have come to the point where I have finally realised that quality is much better than quantity. I have so many palettes and foundations etc. that I hardly ever touch. 

Thank you for reading, I hope to add some pictures when I get back. Expect Part 2 on Sunday evening. I would love to hear your answers to these questions. Hope you are having a great week and if you are interested you can follow me on Instagram where I will try to document some of Berlin in my Stories but I don't promise anything. Have a beautiful week, guys. Take care. 

What are some of your answers to these questions?

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

6 HIGH END FOUNDATIONS ON MY WISHLIST (ALL SWATCHES)

6 High End Foundations on my Wishlist

Originally, a November Goals post was coming your way but it's way too late and I feel like I want to talk about makeup products instead. As most of you know I adore eyeshadow palettes, but  foundations are my second favourite product to try and review. I am constantly searching for a flawless foundation that ticks all my boxes, I am currently trying to get through the many I have in my collection (maybe I will do a post on it if you are interested) but here are six high-end foundations that I have wanted to try out for a long time. If you have tried any yourself please leave a comment below and also feel free to share your recommendations. My skin type is oily/combination and I prefer a natural to matte finish with buildable medium coverage. Shade matches for myself are inserted and I tend to go for medium with golden or yellow undertones.

Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation All Swatches, photo credit: @trendmood1
Nars Natural Radiant Longwear* (£35) Shade: Valencia. I think Nars do the best natural skin finish foundations that are suitable for all skin types. I have oily skin and really love the iconic Nars Sheer Glow*. The Natural Radiant Longwear promises long-lasting (16 hours and fade resistant people), lightweight, luminous coverage. I actually saw this when I was living in the library in the run up to my dissertation deadline, I had gone to the ladies' bathroom to freshen up and brush my teeth in the late hours when I came across a beautiful hijab-wearing woman who had the most flawless skin. I thought for sure she was wearing the Huda Beauty Faux Filter* which because of some shade matching concerns and the fragrance I have been reluctant to try out. She also has oily skin and recommended the Nars foundation to me. 

Jouer Essential High Coverage Foundation All Swatches, photo credit: @trendmood1
Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation* (£34). Shade: Golden Sand. This foundation is known for being good for dry skin types, but it's allegedly full coverage, matte and long lasting as well as packed full of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, chamomile and cucumber which are actually good for your skin. All of this makes it sound perfect for my skin type and foundation preferences, I do believe that Jouer even have 40 shades in their foundation which is fantastic. 

Becca Cosmetics Skin Love Foundation All Swatches
Becca Skin Love Weightless Foundation* (£32) Shade: Noisette. It was a toss between the Becca Skin Love and the Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation. Typically, full coverage foundations are the one for me and I am definitely not ruling out the Ultimate Coverage because I just think with full coverage foundations you get more for your money and they will last longer as you can easily just sheer them out. Skin Love promises to blur your pores and provide an effortless, lightweight, second-skin finish. It is described on the Cult Beauty site as being "medium, buildable coverage" and a "creamy texture", which are huge buzz words for me when foundation buying. 

Makeup Forever Matte Skin Velvet Foundation All Swatches
Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin Foundation (£30.90) Shade: Y405 Golden Honey. This foundation also offers full but buildable coverage with a matte but not mask-like finish. The Ultra HD and HD foundations are some of my favourite foundations and finding a good matte foundation is truly difficult. With my love for their other foundations I feel like this could be a winner. It also adapts to your facial movements, not sure how that works or if that works but foundation settling into my smile lines is the bane of my life!

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation All Swatches; photo credit: nicolesreviews
Urban Decay All Nighter (£29.50) Shade: 7. One of my good friends only wears this foundation and her skin always looks fantastic and really natural, which is surprising for such a full coverage foundation. I love the packaging, I think it is cool and edgy, very Urban Decay. \I have actually tried this one, I got shade matched in store and it is actually really nice. It doesn't feel too heavy and blends so nicely. It is described as a modern matte finish that offers full coverage right off the bat. Kaushal Beauty one of my favourite YouTube people loves this foundation too. 

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation All Swatches; photo credit @makeupbyjesshelfrich
Too Faced Born This Way(£29) Shade: Warm Sand. I don't think I have met a person that doesn't like this foundation, every time I check out someone's skin on Instagram and ask what foundation they are wearing it is this one. It honestly is one of the prettiest looking foundations, photographs beautifully. Like Skin Love it has some cool ingredients like coconut water, alpine rose which is supposed to be brightening and hyaluronic acid. There are 24 shades available in this foundation.

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. I would really like to hear if you have tried, loved, or hated any of these foundations. What foundations do you want to try or have recently bought? Hope you had a great Thanksgiving if you are celebrating, Happy Gurpurab if you happen to be Sikh and if none of that means anything to you then happy weekend! Speak soon. Take care. 

What foundations do you love or want to try?

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