Monday, 1 April 2019


I start every post the same now, sorry it has been a while. The classic excuse is coming: "I have a lot going on in my personal life", which sounds like such a cop out but it is honestly making it hard to focus and even harder for me to stay motivated. There are a few atypical posts I will be sharing after I have done some research on several topics that I think should be discussed more so stay tuned for that. On the positive side, my low buy is going incredibly strong. I didn't buy a single beauty item last month and in the month of March I only bought one. The Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Mineral Foundation (£23). This isn't a review post as I have been using it for just over a week inconsistently but I thought it would be interesting to share my reasoning and experience so far. 

Why I bought it? Space. I returned from Jordan yesterday and truthfully I just wanted a foundation to wear whilst on holiday which wouldn't take up room in my liquids bag. The original plan was to buy a liquid foundation, such as Urban Decay All Nighter or NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation as I have heard good things about both but the NYX Foundation was truly horrible and the Urban Decay All Nighter wasn't available as a sample so that is on the TBC list. Carli Bybel posted a tutorial where she used the Bare Minerals Original Foundation as a finishing powder and she said this made her makeup last forever so that is what I intended to do (see video above). I wasn't aware there was a matte version so when I was being colour matched, the sales assistant informed me that the matte foundation might be a better fit. 

What do I like about it? So far, I like that it is ridiculously lightweight. I barely feel it on my skin and buffing it in feels nice and is a very quick process. The shade range is decent, there are a few colours that I think would have worked for me I opted for Tan Nude 17 as I like to add bronzer and this looked the best in natural  lighting. There is a lot of product and the matte lid is a good touch. 

How does it wear? It doesn't settle into my smile lines! This is an amazing feat, truly. It doesn't really break apart either but my oil does come through. I do think I would like to try the original version to see how the two compare. 

What don't I like about it? The packaging can be messy, much like a translucent powder spillage is likely. My oil comes through, as mentioned. The price point is higher than I would like and I wish it came with a good brush. I use a flat top kabuki brush but I am sure there are better brushes out there to apply this. I am slightly out of touch with using mineral foundations and avoid all cream and liquid products which means I never get a full coverage or perfected look but for the every day more natural makeup that I definitely favour when abroad, if I decide to wear any makeup at all, this is a winner. 

I haven't tried it as a finishing powder yet and I didn't wear it every day when I was on holiday so the jury is still out and an in depth review will be coming in the next month. Thank you for reading my March Low Buy, there are a few things that have caught my eye but I have such a vast amount of makeup that I can never convince myself to buy anything. The hunt for the perfect foundation continues, though, I wish I  could get my hands on Cover Girl True Blend Matte foundation and the Fiona Stiles Matte Foundation. They both look and sound phenomenal. Hope you are having a great start to the week. Happy Monday and April Fool's. See you in my next post. Take care. 

What did you buy this March? 


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  1. I bought a finishing powder! I used to like Bare Minerals powder foundation but then I got over it and much prefer liquid now.

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  2. You did really well to only buy one product! It's a shame that it doesn't come with a brush! xx

  3. i like that the powder doesn't settle into the smile lines but i wish it came with a small brush!

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