Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Please be warned some of the images you are about to see may be disturbing ha ha!
This is me in all my bare faced glory. I took these to show how well this foundation covers and still looks quite natural. I've got a mixture of acne scarring, red spots that have scabbed over, bumpy spots, you name it I've pretty much got it. It's hormonal and only affects my jaw area fortunately but it does affect my confidence so make up is essential if I'm going to go out of the house.
So here we go. Nothing but a dab of moisturiser...
I've applied the foundation all over my face with a dampened cosmetic sponge, then used the sponge to stipple over the areas where I need more coverage. This foundation doesn't rub in well so stippling is the way to go.
Swatch comparison. The "Fresco" shade (far right) was apparently my colour match at the Estee Lauder counter. I said I was sure I was more "Shell" so I walked away with a sample of each. Fresco was so hillariously orange I think that the woman was matching the foundation to my spots rather than my skin? Shell was much better but still a bit orangey. The Revlon colour was perfect and I've also shown my concealer which is the best I've ever found and is only about £5 in superdrug. You can see how fair and cool toned it is (far left).
Me Me Me Concealer - Superdrug. It's a liquid concealer, blends beautifully and is reasonably cheap. I use it under my eyes, to conceal spots and under my brows as a highlighter. It's amazing.
Concealer now applied, It now looks like I have lovely fresh clear skin, oh I wish! I love how the coverage is great but still allows my freckles to show through.
A teeny bit of powder and blusher gives a healthy glow!
My new mascara £2 Primark. Is supposed to be like Benefit's Bad Gal and it is great at lengthening and thickening. The colour is very black and the tube being, for want of a better word - squidgy allows you to get to the bits you normally wouldn't be able to. My only complaint is that it does crumble a little so you need to keep an eye (lol) on it!
That's better! Ready to face the world!
I couldn't resist this shot with Dylan and one of our cats, Abby playing on the bed.
I hope that's given you an idea of the coverage and the colour. It's not the easiest to apply but once you have a knack it's straightforward enough and I don't think it's much diferent to any other long wear formula in that sense.
It certainly stopped any shine breakthrough which is really something for me. I don't feel like I'm wearing heaps either and it doesn't crack or sit in my lines as much as others have.
So I'm really pleased. It was about £10 but I had a £2 voucher for Revlon at Boots which made it a little cheaper. Compared to the Estee Lauder Double Wear I'd say it's not quite as good in terms of coverage and you do use slightly more due to that but at half the price I'd say it's still better value and since the colour is a better match for me I'll be sticking with this for a while.
Although I'm open to any other suggestions. If you've found "the one" please let me know.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
I'm really pleased at how flattering they are and how comfortable I felt.
Friday, 26 March 2010
Today's outfit was based solely around the fact that I wanted to try out my green eyeshadow. I'm wearing dark green over my black eyeliner to soften it a little. My eyeball area is yellow and then I've attempted to define the outer corner and socket crease with a lush grass green. I'm happy with the look although the photo makes it look less dramatic than it really is.
I have worn this jacket for the last few days now, but hope that's not a huge crime as it's been worn as a coat rather than a cardi if that makes a difference!
This is the first time my wedges have been out and about thanks to it now being officially alright to wear them with tights, and I'm delighted to report that not only am I able to walk quite competently but they are the ridiculously comfortable also.
Dress - £5 Primark, top - £2.50 Primark, Boyfriend Jacket - £1 Primark via Bootsale, Wedges - £7.50 Debenhams sale. My nails are painted a coral which matches the flowers on my dress.
The photo today was taken outside in the garden to take advantage of the gorgeous sunshine we have had here today.
Have you been brave/mad enough to step out in sandals yet this year?
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
It was to great delight that I spotted these beauties in Internacionale, reduced to half price in the sale AND on a "Buy one, get the second half price" offer. The two came in at a very reasonable £2.70.
The first is more shimmery muted shades while the second has pretty high pigment considering the price. The photo of my hand demonstrates this, each blob was just a quick swirl with my finger then dabbed on. I'm looking forward to stepping out with some spectacularly colourful eyes so watch this space.
Boyfriend Jacket - Primark via Car Boot Sale £1
Nude top - 10p jumble sale
Cream lace top worn underneath - 10p jumble sale.
Denim jeggings - £3 Sainsburys Sale.
Boots - Primark £15.
The two bracelets were gifts, the cream bangle was part of a huge bundle from the Topshop Sale for £1 and the necklace is the one I made myself.
The subtle details that make this outfit more interesting didn't really photo well, the chiffon frill down the top, the lace peeking out at the neck, the gorgeous detailing on the necklace's ribbon, but these little things made it just as interesting as my rainbow palette anyday.
Do you wear colour on your eyes? I'd really like some suggestions to ease me in gently!
Monday, 22 March 2010
The buttons, lace and the blue, green and gold cord are Hobbycraft and were pretty cheap. The beads have been in my box for years. The tiny beads are threaded on elastic so the bracelet can just be stretched on and off.
I'm really thrilled with both pieces and can't wait to wear them.