It’s the 8th of the month which means that it’s time for another Beauty Bag post! This month, blogger and ex-vlogger MammafulZo is talking about the makeup that she’s currently wearing on a day to day basis when she’s running errands with her wonderful family and friends (Zoë’s daughter Lissy also has a blog which you can find here, and her daughter Nicole – who is a makeup artist – has a YouTube channel, too).
“I always use the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating primer because I have very dry and dehydrated skin and this is a lifesaver; anyone who struggles with their foundation flaking etc. needs this in their life! Next up, I cover those pesky dark circles (and believe me mine are dark – I look like I’ve been attacked with a black sharpie!) I use the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque and apply it with my ring finger then blend it in using a Micro Mini Beauty Blender. Again, both of these products are amazing; I never thought I needed a Micro Mini Beauty Blender until I used one and now I couldn’t imagine not using it – it’s great for concealer and corrector or around the nose. Next, I apply my under eye concealer and my HG is the MAC Select Moisture Cover: I’ve used it for years and although I’ve tried others, nothing compares to the Select Moisture Cover for the more, shall we say, mature people, or those with fine lines from dehydration (which I like to pretend mine are ;)) It’s fabulous and doesn’t settle in any lines or dry patches, and again I use the Micro Mini BB for that. At the moment, my skin is awful and I have lots of breakouts so to cover these, I use the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. I have to say if you’re someone who doesn’t have fine lines, this would be the perfect concealer for everywhere, but I can’t use it under my eyes. It is amazing for blemishes though and lasts forever – it has a snazzy pump applicator, too! Now onto foundation and I’ve recently been using the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. It’s a light to medium coverage but if I want more coverage, I add some of the Pro Longwear concealer to it: I buff that in with my beauty blender – again complete life changer right there, love it! I set my foundation with the Makeup Forever HD Translucent Loose Powder which is a sample size my friend gave to me, again great product.
For blush I’ve been loving the Too Faced Love Flush blush in Love Hangover, a gorgeous peach/coral shade and to finish my face I’ve been loving theBalm Mary Lou Manizer highlight. I was never a huge highlight fan until I tried this, but it is stunning. To finish it all off, I’ve been using the NYX Soft Matte lip cream in Antwerp – a lovely coral/pink shade.”
Thanks for sharing, Mamma! You can find Zoë on her blog as well as over on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. You can also find Zoë on YouTube and even though she isn’t active on there anymore, there’s a world of videos on there for you to enjoy – I’ll see you next month for another Beauty Bag! And if you can’t wait until then, you can read the series so far here.
There was once a time when I wouldn’t go anywhere near a red lip, and nor would I ever consider a matte lip – their notoriety at the time for being anything but flattering once terrified me. Fast forward three years in my makeup endeavors and I’m in love with both. Red lips are something I’ve come to embrace and depending on the shade of red, I’ve come to realise how flattering the colour can be on me if I wear it correctly (even if I do say so myself!) As for matte lips, that’s also a trend I’ve come to love; it really makes a lip colour look classy if it’s matte and the lasting power is fantastic. Charlotte Tilbury’s dabble in the world of matte lips is different to others though – instead of being immediately bold and thick upon application, it applies like a balm and then settles to a matte texture. It takes a couple of coats to get the desired effect and though some people have viewed this negatively, I beg to differ. On the contrary, I actually think this is a fantastic quality for a bolder lip colour to possess. It makes applying the lip colour evenly much easier as well as making sure you apply a thick layer so that it sticks around for longer.
I won’t lie to you though: I do tend to find this pretty drying. Due to the product’s balm-like application process, it’s also near impossible to apply it over a lip balm (trust me, I tried it with the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm). The dryness of the product is bearable though and when the lip colour comes out with the pigment it does in the GIF above (obviously the shot with red lips is me wearing the lip colour and the other picture are my natural lips), it really is worth it. The blue undertones to the colour really flatter my teeth and make them stand out as so much more white than they really are and against my skin tone, it’s nice to find a colour that manages to be bold without clashing with my skin tone. It’s a nice change.
For £23 a bullet, is it worth it? Meh, I guess so, but I wouldn’t really go stretching for it if you don’t have the money with ease. The packaging is stunning and the product is great, but I think you’re much better off spending your money on something similar from somewhere like MAC for a much more affordable price tag.
“To start off with, I use the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer – I only started using this quite recently, but I’m absolutely loving it! As someone with a LOT of freckles, I tend to prefer foundation with pretty low coverage (to avoid looking like a total ghost!) At the moment I’m using the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in #51 Light Vanilla, which I apply with the Real Techniques foundation brush. Next I use the Revlon Colourstay concealer (in #02 light pale) under my eyes ad on the tiny scar below my lip, and blend it in with a Real Techniques concealer brush. This has a lot more coverage than the foundation I just mentioned, so I don’t use much at all! Over the top of those I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, which I apply with the Real Techniques powder brush (are we sensing a Real Techniques theme here?)
Woohoo – thanks Em! See you all again in a month for another episode in the series!
The Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation is not only a much more medium coverage finish (and note that the Bourjois concession now tells you if a foundation of theirs is low, medium or high coverage) but the general finish on the skin is much more radiant than I ever found the serum foundation to be. In comparison between the two, I’d almost go as far as to say that the serum foundation is much more like a BB cream finish whereas the foundation is a foundation in its truest form. The serum tends to avoid covering blemishes well and a lot of concealer is required to make your skin look better. This foundation does almost the opposite: it covers so much so that you only need a tiny amount of concealer and you end with a slightly better finish than you would do with the serum.
The two pictures of me above (which are Instagram pictures before they were edited on Instagram) show me wearing the foundation and I think it’s pretty clear that the finish of the foundation is smooth and radiant – I haven’t felt this confident about my foundation-covered skin in a long time. I feel like my skin looks happy when I’m wearing it and that any imperfections are hidden with great success. The colour match is also a pretty nice one too and the range is a fair one, but it in no way rivals the range of Revlon which is pretty disappointing.
Nonetheless, I feel like this foundation is a staple that everyone needs in their makeup bags. If you haven’t tried this already, I urge you to do so if you’re a fan of more medium coverage foundations. I feel like I’m obliterating all of the little sins on my face and I’m not caking my face in it to do so: it’s a great feeling.
The Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara does half of the things in my job description with great success. Separating is what this wand does perfectly and my lashes always look evenly spread across my eyelids after using it, so much so that I’ll use this whenever I use False Lash Effect to give the separated look. It only does half of another job which is to lengthen my lashes. In a sense, my lashes do technically look a bit longer after application, but no more than any cheaper mascara would do for me. There is no great lengthening quality behind this stuff unless you really work at it and apply about five coats of the stuff. Even after that, I had to use a bit of False Lash Effect (for the look in the picture) to make my eyelashes look somewhat more visible than they would be without mascara; volume is something that this little green tube really does struggle to produce.
All in all, I don’t really have much more to say about this stuff other than it’s pretty rubbish for how much it cost. If I could give it one task for the rest of its life? I’d call it a ‘top up’ mascara – a mascara that I’d carry around with me if I was going out somewhere in the evening and would use it to top up the mascara that I had on already. For the subtle effect it gives, I wouldn’t say it’s actually worth using it as a day to day mascara on its own. #disappointing.
Let’s start by talking about the obvious stuff: hand sanitizers. I love me some good smelling hand sanitizer and I definitely went through a phase a few years back when I would use it so frequently that the scent of Soap & Glory Hand Maid was probably my signature scent because people in class would turn right to me the moment they smelled that familiar scent from the back of the classroom. This new wave of sanitizer in my life though is going to change that and especially the gorgeous Fresh Strawberries scent that is already in my sanitizer holder from B&BW on the right hand side of the picture. The scent is such a pure smell of strawberries that I will sometimes just smell the lid of the bottle to be reminded of the gorgeous scent. The same goes with the rest of the sanitizers too even though they’re yet to go into rotation in the infamous sanitizer holder; Dancing Waters is a personal favourite that’s gorgeously fresh.
Something that interested me the moment I got to the till was the Japanese Cheery Blossom spray hand sanitizer that’s pictured on the left hand side of the picture. The idea is that instead of squirting the liquid into your palms from the smaller bottles, you spray the sanitizer onto your hand like a body mist and rub them together. I won’t lie to you: when I first saw this, I thought it would be a crap gimmick and only bought it because I’d never seen something like this before… boy was I wrong. I actually prefer spraying this onto my hands instead of using a gel consistency. Not only is it easier to control how much you’re putting onto your hands because the amount is measured in equal sprays, but the stuff is also much less messy and your hands stop feeling clammy and wet after seconds, which is something that I find isn’t present with the gel ones. I need some of this available in the UK because it’s life changing.
Last but not least was the one thing I bought purely because the smell sounded incredible… Watermelon Lemonade hand cream!? That sounds like the best thing ever! Annoyingly though, I don’t know where they got the lemonade idea from because this stuff smells of pure watermelon and is extremely strong, which makes it easy to measure how much to use because if the smell is too pungent then you know you’ve used too much. Much like most other hand creams, your hands do feel slightly clammy after using it, but not as much as my beloved Soap & Glory Hand Food which I used to be absolutely hooked to so in that sense, this stuff is a successful product as well as a scent.
Oh how I wish we had Bath & Body Works in the UK. Now I’ve tried everything out and have fallen in love with it all, I can’t help but want to go back into there and repurchase some bits as well as try out some new stuff. Annoying, but head down to a B&BW when you’re next in America (I went to the one by Grand Central Terminal) because after all, you don’t know what you’re missing.
This stuff really is the concealer of my dreams. Not only is the consistency thin which means that you don’t feel like your blemishes are caked in crap, but the thin consistency also makes it look seamless and as though your foundation covered the blemishes with perfection (which is most effective when you use a lightweight foundation or a tinted moisturiser, I’d say). I think you can probably see in the decidedly awkward picture of me above that the concealer really does blend into the foundation with absolute perfection and the concealed areas aren’t highlighted whatsoever – this is probably something you would avoid the most with a perfect colour selection.
As for the coverage, I think the picture also demonstrates that it is totally perfect. Not a blemish can be seen with a small dab of this stuff and because it’s such high coverage, only the smallest amount is needed and this really is true when put into practise. I don’t put much more than a baked bean sized amount on the back of my hand and I can cover all of my blemishes; I then probably use a slightly smaller amount than that to do my under eyes, which the concealer is actually perfect at concealing may I add. Take my advice: if you are an inbetween shade, buy the one that is slightly lighter than your face – not only will it work with any foundation that you may own because it’s easier to work with a concealer lighter than your foundation as opposed to darker, but a darker concealer normally draws more attention to the blemish than there was beforehand, especially if it’s targeting redness.
All in all, I’d say that the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer really is my new holy grail concealer and I urge everyone who takes a trip to America to pick one of these up from Sephora. I seriously do not think I will be able to live without this stuff now and so much so than I think I need to put a Sephora order in online the moment I come to the end of the tube. What a dream.