I do love to look at the new make-up that’s appearing on the shelves of the drugstore especially the nudes that everyone can get behind. Although some of them are a little odd but I’ll talk about that below. If you’re more into Bright shades then see yesterdays post on Bold Brights – New To The Drugstores. All shade names are left to right.
Sometimes I can be the most boring girl when it comes to make-up, there will be weeks where I just don’t have the time or the inkling to try something new. I’ve not really written any new years resolutions down definitively but I did set myself on the task of trying new thing. Which is where this black smokey eyeliner effect came from. Continue reading “Soft Smokey Black Eyeliner – Get The Look”
Loreal Feria – Violet Vendetta
Lets just say when I get bored , things happen. Good or bad something changes so when I was in Wilko and saw this shade I went for it. This was yesterday and last night my hair looked black with purple roots when it was finished. On the packet it shows possible likeness of shade even on dark brown hair and it’s still violet. Warning to those with already dyed hair it will always be darker than the packet. Fast forward to now and I’ve had my hair cut this morning at Taylor Taylor. My hairdresser didn’t bat an eyelash at the colour but once she’d washed it… twice it now has a gorgeous plum sheen. In the dark it still looks black but I guess this is my transition into Autumn.
Loreal Feria – Dye Process
As hair colours go this was a pretty good one. It comes with gloves that feel like the cheap scrunchy ones but are close-fitting. However mine did split between my thumb and fore finger. I did get it all over my forehead and most of it washed off but the little that was left this morning was hidden with concealer. It did make by hair very shiny and it felt in good condition afterwards. The dye smell is quite strong as it is a peroxide based dye to be able to lift it to add the violet shade. For my length hair I needed two boxes to get a full hair coverage. You do get a decent amount of conditioner with it which will hopefully keep the hair nice & shiny.
I took this photo with flash to show how the hair color looks in day light. I’m pleased with the hair cut, she took a lot of weight out of the hair without loosing much length. I’ve taken the layers around my face higher this time to frame it more when it is down.
If you live in and around Sheffield I would recommend Taylor Taylor. The hairdressers are lovely and this is the first one I’ve gone too where the cut I asked for I actually got. None of that I’d like an inch off and three disappearing!
I can handle warm days but July has been one hell of a hot month. As soon as I wrote the title I had that Nelly song stuck in my head, at least it’s apt. It also makes me feel super old when I realised (checked Wikipedia) that it was 12 years ago!
Rarely do I show anything beyond beauty bits in my favourites but I had to share this one..
These are my new Vans Sunglasses and the were picked up a fortnight ago on what was the wettest weekend of the entire month. However when the sun did shine it was a great relief to have these at hand. At just £7 in the sales it was a bargain that I’ve made use of multiple times. July was hot but this quirky & rather vibrant for me sunnies saved the day.
July Beauty Faves
Loreal True Match Foundation 30 ml £9.99
I had a rocky start with this one and it was pushed aside until I found a perfect pairing (here) that made application and final appearance the perfect pale summer base. It’s a light to medium coverage but I like that it allows your skin to breathe & sweat. This sounds wrong but this means that with blotting paper I can remove the glisten from my face without taking away the foundation as well.
Mac Studio Fix Plus Foundation 15g £21.50
Yes a second foundation in my favourites and we all here less is more for summer makeup but this works. I can use it as a touch up for the above mentioned or on super lazy days all over. It doesn’t get cakey but hold the coverage rather well.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray 30 ml £9
I long loved setting spray that has lasted me a really long time to say it’s only the travel size. I use this every time I do my makeup as it adds a little extra wear time but also softens out any powder products. It’s almost like a soft focus for your face when you use it onto of makeup. I always apply this by spraying it into a brush and applying in a patting motion.
Clinique All About Lips 12 ml £19
A recent within the last month purchase that has just boosted my love for wearing lipstick. I always try to prep my lips before lipstick but if I forget this means no one else has to know. It is a cream you put on your lips and around your lips and it just smooths the skin out. It’s not cheap but it’s a must have.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioner 400 ml £3.89
As always conditioner is bought on a whim for me as and when needed. This one smells really gorgeous so I went with it and I’m glad I did. I only apply this to the length of my hair as it’s a rich conditioner. You don’t even have to leave it on long I can feel my hairs softer even as I wash it off. It might not be a forever thing but that’s the second bottle I’ve bought which is a good sign.
P.s All links are to where I’ve bought them from unless a link isn’t available.
Why I Bought True Match
Lets just start this off my saying that when I bought this Loreal True Match it was a moment of blogging weakness. I had search high and low through the drugstore shelves to find a light enough shade that would suit me. I even avoided this because I’d seen it trickle down through from a rave review on YouTube to every blogger having to buy it, I was a little sick of seeing it. I finally gave in though and swatched it and realised there was a shade that could work. I was happy I took it home, I tried it out and honestly I hated it. I persevered and still didn’t get to a point of applying it and not taking it back off again and going to my fail safe speedy Mac Studio Fix. This happened a lot all the while it was still being hyped and I was still unhappy. It’s that moment you think stupidly “what’s wrong with me?”
How I finally made a True Match?
By this point most with recognise the little tool next to my bottle of Loreal True Match Foundation. If not it’s the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge &to be honest this love affair is a long time coming. Neither of these have been loved up until last week I had a light bulb moment! I didn’t dampen the sponge I was being lazy or genius I’ll let you decide on that one… Whenever I’d applied True Match before it was with my fingers, it’s very thin and even with the pump it runs down the back of your hand while you’re trying to apply it. With the sponge I just applied it straight to it. The sponge does soak it up but you can easily push it more on to your face and any further in still gets used. I dabbed it on to get it to go into the pores on my nose to make them less visible which I couldn’t do with my fingers. I then used the sponge and rolled it over the skin rather than dragging it & moving the foundation it just helped to set it more evenly. Be careful when washing the sponge I managed to make a pigs ear of it and ripped a piece off accidentally so be warned gentle cleaning needed.
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you which side I’ve applied the True Match too as it was super sunny and the room was hot so my skin was quite flushed. The foundation did really well to cover this without masking my skin but still left a hint of colour on my cheeks. It has a natural light finish but enough coverage that I didn’t need to apply concealer. I’m having a week of better skin so not many spots to cover.
Whats you’re favourite foundation tools as I’m on the look out for a new brush to try and I ‘m not sure where to begin? Do I go the Real Techniques Buffing brush route?
To see this as a finished foundation I recently did a Five product Face post.
Loreal True Match Foundation is £9.99
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99