Loreal Paris nude magique cushion foundation review

Loreal Paris nude magique cushion foundation
Loreal Paris nude magique cushion foundation

The concept of a cushion foundation is not a new concept, Lancôme have had one going for a while now and while I have always had that on my lust list I haven't yet bit the bullet and purchased it as it seems somewhat of a risk buying something so innovative. 

When Loreal bought out their version in the USA I was highly anticipating a launch over in Blighty and when it finally did, I snapped one up right away. It wasn't the cheapest for a high street foundation but still a fraction of the price of the Lancôme one so I was happy to take the risk.

The product itself is impressive, it is basically for those who don't know, a sponge soaked in foundation with an applicator. It reminds me of those wet sponges post office workers have for moistening stamps. Just me?! The applicator has had a major slate from the blogging world as I think it's second nature to disregard any kind of complimentary applicators or tools however I gave it a fair trial and didn't think it was the worst little sponge, I do however prefer to use my real techniques sponge.

The product is perfect for summer for several reasons. Firstly, it's so portable it's easy to travel with safe in the knowledge that it's unlikely to explode. Secondly, the coverage is something I've not quite experienced with any other foundation. It is so lightweight but offers a good coverage. The sponge makes it easy to not overdo it and allocates the right amount of product every time. There is nothing worse than feeling clogged up and sweaty in the summer due to a heavy foundation so this really was a breath of fresh air!

I have one serious problem with this product and that is that it just doesn't last more than a couple of weeks without drying out a bit and never quite gives the same effect as when you first apply the product which to me is hugely disappointing!!

Have you tried the Lancôme one? Does it have this same problem as I would love to know. 

Graphic monochrome liner featuring maybelline master ink

maybelline master ink eyeliner monochrome sixties

I've been admiring monochrome graphic eyeliner for a while now and lancomes white eyeliner have been near the top of my lust list, so when I noticed that Maybelline had this master ink eyeliner in white and matte black I felt my creative senses tingling!! These are also under a fiver each and boots currently have buy one get one half price on Maybelline products so

Favourite skin base combination - springtime

favourite base combo dior maybelline spring
Lately, my skin has had an agenda of its own. Its dry in areas and oily in others and quite frankly has been a nightmare!

As a result my whole regime has needed a shake up and while I am still on the hunt for the moisturiser dreams are made of and still trying to pin point what exactly has been the cause of my skins sudden rebellious turn I have discovered my dream foundation and concealer.

Dior Forever foundation is a medium coverage foundation and offers a slight matte finish so I wasn't expecting this to work with my skin currently, it was purchased on a whim when I just lost control of the purse strings and fell for every word the lady at the make up counter was telling me. In conclusion, it shouldn't work with my skin right now. Miraculously, it really does!

Every other foundation in my collection right now bunches up and ends up patchy by end of play with exclusion to my holy grail Chanel Vita Lumiere, problem being that my sun depraved winter skin does not match my Chanel Vita Lumiere as it was purchased last summer. After test driving the Dior Forever foundation I can honestly say the finish is velvet like, bouncy and flawless and feels comfortable and not too claggy on the skin. I also cannot deny that the bottle is the most fancy packaging ever and makes using this foundation feel like a real treat.

As for concealer, I've always been an advocate for stick solid style concealers to cover blemishes as they're so heavy duty they leave no hint of redness. This is all well and good but when your struggling with a partial cornflake cake face the last thing you need is something drying in texture. After watching the 24hr  super stay concealer by Maybelline on a Youtube video and seeing the instant results I knew I had to try this! I was not disappointed, this stuff is the best for covering blemishes, its consistency is like nothing I have ever tried. Whilst creamy in texture it can certainly hold its own and after 30 seconds this stuff sets in place and does not budge. I tried this as an under eye highlighting concealer and I would say to stick to a lighter coverage concealer for under eyes as this is too heavy duty and did crease under my eyes but I never expect one concealer to cover angry red blemishes and highlight anyway - Who does?

So if your really looking for base that will break the mould, try these!! The Dior Forever foundation is a higher priced luxury item at £33 but I think it is worth every penny and when paired with the super cheap concealer you will be laughing.

Like I said, I am still on the hunt for some super hydrating skincare products and am trialing a Sanctuary overnight mask but I would love to hear what works for you, especially as a day moisturiser so please let me know your thoughts!

Birch Box - Happy Birchday!!

Birch Box September - Happy Birchday!!
Its Birchbox time again and after feeling a little lacklustre about the last box I have been completely won over again by Birchbox this month... they have really pulled it out of the bag (or box).

Seventeen's hidden Gem

Seventeens hidden gem - define & conquer contour kit real techniques setting brush

Seventeens hidden gem - define & conquer contour kit
Contouring is not my forte and to be honest I get quite scared when I see someone in 'real life' with a face full of heavy contour. I know I'm not alone when I say that the whole trend is a bit daunting, however, Seventeen have come

New favourite candle for Autumn/Fall

DW Home Inc Molasses + Tobacco candle

DW Home Inc Molasses + Tobacco candle
I am definitely one of those people who have a candle burning at all times in my house and although a lot of people find candles to be overbearing and headache inducing,

Birch box August - #beautyjunkie

Birchbox August #beautyjunkie
It's Birchbox time again! the time of the month where I review the popular subscription box. Augusts was O.K, some real gems in there and some other items