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I’m so excited to share this product with you just because it’s amazing. I received a press release for this a month or so ago, maybe longer, and waited waited waited for the release date and then bought it the second it came out. That’s how keen I was to get it.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

I’ve never tried Too Faced cosmetics before, well not as far as I can recall, but something about this really captured me as soon as I saw the press release. Perhaps I was imagining a sculpted face, supermodel stylee, either way. I bought it. The packaging is lovely. Up there is the lovely outer packaging. You open that to reveal this box:

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Obviously, it’s what’s inside that’s important though.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Okay, so what you have is a box that closes magnetically, with a mirror in the lid. Then six products, two powder and four cream as follows. Powder Bronzing Veil, Creme Blush, Powder Blush, Concealer, Luminizer and Brightener.

You may be forgiven for thinking that the Brightener and Luminizer sound like they are probably the same but they are not. Take a little look at the swatches of all of the above.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

All lovely soft natural shades, with the luminizer definitely shimmery whereas the brightener isn’t. The main reason I really wanted this kit though was the idiot’s guides that come with it. I LOVE a guide because quite frankly, I’m a cosmetics dunce, the more guidelines the better. These are FAB!

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Of course you can use the products however you wish to, but should you want a bit of help, these are invaluable and they really work.

I wanted to take photographs of these products in use but of course because they are subtle, its hard to make them show up on photographs! I’ve taken some pics anyway to show you, using the “Classic Radiance” card, and I have to say, I really think I look radiant! The last picture in particular shows the light bouncing off the areas with the brightener and I just love the look of these products.

Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review
Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette Review

Other than the Natural Radiance Face Palette, I’m wearing Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation (104), Clarins Pink Coral Joli Rouge Sheer Lipstick, MeMeMe FatCat Mascara and Mac Mega Metal Shadow in Dalliance.

I do have one reservation about this product though I have to say and that is that I do as a rule tend to avoid creme products in pans. They never seem to last long as there never seems to be much product there so I’m anxious that I may not get my money’s worth out of this. If this lasts me a good while it will be £31 well spent but, well, we’ll see.  I do love this SO much I’m half tempted to buy a back up… I have no idea if this is a limited edition item or not so I don’t know what to do!

I love this palette more than I can say! I paid £31 and bought it from Beautybay, who I highly recommend. The order included some fantastic free samples and delivery was speedy.

Gah! I’ve been meaning to do this post for so long! I bought the Double Wear Foundation and Concealer months ago! I have the foundation in shade 1N1 Ecru and the concealer in Light. For reference I am approximately a Mac NW20. I have to admit that this is my third bottle of Double Wear but I’ve never quite got the shade right before and so I’ve never really liked it. This is almost perfect for me.

The frequency with which I wear this entirely depends on the condition of my skin, if my skin is good I wear lighter foundations, if it’s excellent I go for tinted moisturisers and if its bad out comes the Double Wear. Sadly *girl talk warning* since coming off contraception and returning to my natural cycles, my skin is bad for the best part of two weeks of every month and this month sees me sporting a bumper crop of spots on my chin. Which is nice. So it’s Double Wear time!

I am not going to show you my bare skin, no one wants to see my acne, all I’m going to show you is the make up in place. So here we go. Looking specifically at the problem areas. This is foundation with concealer dotted and blended on the problem areas on top. No powder used.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
 Hopefully you can see from those two pics where the spots are but not any redness. It does have a tendency to get a bit claggy looking if you’re not very careful. I think the two products combined do a great job of hiding blemishes.
Here’s another look. This time at the whole face-ish!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I wanted to demonstrate also that although it does look a little flat in these pictures, when in different lights, it still allows some radiance to shine through!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Finally here’s another full face pic. Almost blemish free.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

The wear on this stuff is amazing. I wore all day today and while my mascara, eyeshadow and lipgloss had all long smeared/vanished, the base was still great. Absolutely great. SPF of 10 too. Cons are that it can, if not applied carefully, get a big claggy around dry areas and on your top lip, I have found sometimes if not careful it can look like I have a darker moustache there where it seems to get trapped in the fine downy hair a bit. I’ve also seen (on other people) this put on so thickly it looks like a mask. A shiny mask. If I can see a few freckles still then I feel I’ve not gone too far.

And a final word of warning. Because of the SPF (I think?) this happens if you get near a flash! Hello white face/red chest!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

All in all I wouldn’t be without this stuff, both the foundation and concealer. I rate both very highly, although I do try to not use too often as it’s slightly heavier and duller than I would usually like. If you get bad skin days though, this stuff is fantastic. Not only that but the wear on it makes it a fantastic buy if you never get round to touching up.

I bought my foundation (£25.50) and concealer (£18.50) from http://www.debenhams.com/.

For many years I was a user of mineral foundation, namely Lily Lolo. In the last couple of years however, I’ve found it doesn’t meet my requirements anymore and I’ve returned to more traditional liquid formla in varying finishes. However, I was recently offered the opportunity to try out bareMinerals and was keen to give it a whirl in case it did whatever the Lily Lolo wasn’t doing for me.

What I was sent was the Get Started Kit, in Light.

Bare Minerals Get Started Kit, Light

It’s a good starter kit. It has plenty in it to get you started.

Bare Minerals Get Started Kit, Light

Two pots of foundation in Light and Fairly Light, a pot of Mineral Veil, Warmth All Over Face Colour, Concealer in Bisque and three brushes, one for concealer and two for the powder application, one for heavier coveage and one for lighter coverage. Also included is an informative.

I wish I could tell you I loved this kit, sadly it’s just not for me. Both Light and Fairly Light foundation are the wrong colour for me and give me a fairly orange glow, the Bisque concealer is far far too dark and several shades darker than the foundation and the Warmth face colour is far too dark for me, I think you can just see in the above picture that pot of dark brown powder!

I should point out that I’m not the palest person in the world, approximately a NW20. I also struggled to get the level of coverage I like and the more product I applied the oranger I got! Here’s a little look at my face, it’s a flattering picture colour wise. Trust me, theres a huge difference between my face and chest.

Bare Minerals Get Started Kit, Light

Having said all that I don’t dislike these products. The main problem is the shades I received are not good matches for me. Having had a look at the site I suspect Golden Fair or Fair would be a better match for me and the True or Tropical Radiance face colours would be much better choices for light or fair skinned customers.

I think the finish of the products is nice and similar to that of the Lily Lolo I wore for years, and I was really happy with that, I just seem to prefer a more creamy finish these days.

If you fancy trying something like this, the whole kit is £45 and good value for money, but it would be my personal recommendation that you try shades out at a counter before purchasing, Had I bought this kit, I’d rather upset to have bought the Light kit and find most products in it are too dark!

Rodial Glamtox Eyelight Pen

When this shiny appealling looking product dropped through my letterbox I couldn’t wait to try it out!

I really love the sleek shiny mirrored design of the packaging but as I mentioned in my review of the Glamtox Night the white lettering is really hard to read. Obviously you can read the large lettering easily enough but you can forget about the small print.

That aside, what you get for your £35 is a brush applicator, which you click the end of to dispense product into the brush.  The product itself is an under eye illumiator and concealer and is apparently full of cooling and moisturising ingredients. I have been unable to find a full list of ingredients.

Actually, this product is lovely, the formula is lovely, it has a lovely consistency and its a great shade for me, it is very pale though, I don’t think it would suit everyone. It also does a great job at brightening the eye area.

It’s not all fun and games though because after just a few days use take a look at my under eye area. It’s not for the faint hearted.

Rodial Glamtox Eyelight Pen

Obviously I can’t swear there’s a connection. All I can say is I’ve never had a spot there before.

I stopped using this product immediately and I’ve not gone back to it, which is a shame since it really seemed nice, but I’m afraid I’m allergic to one of the ingredients perhaps but as previously stated I’ve not been able to find an ingredient list.

Nice product, just not for me.

So the weekend has been & gone along with a visit from my sister Lis or Aunty Boo as she’s known to my kids! She wasn’t here for long and I predicted some pretty intense make up application and removal as we tried different combinations but actually that wasn’t the case. I knew what I thought would look good and thankfully Lis agreed so we ended up only running through twice with a few adjustments the second time but I was really pleased with it and I think Lis was too. So without further ado I give you a whole load of photos!

I should mention that it was a concious decision to stay away from the usual neutral eye make up for two reasons, my sister’s colouring for one but the main reason being her wedding dress is pale blue so I felt that greys and silvers would be a better match.

The Before:

Wedding Make Up Practice

The Afters. This was the first run through and we decided to tweak a couple of things the second time round. The flash washed things out a little in these first pics and bought out too much of the shimmer but you get the idea!

Wedding Make Up Practice
Wedding Make Up Practice
Wedding Make Up Practice

So day two, I decided to switch out the MAC MSF (although we both loved it) and try Nars Orgasm instead, for a less disco effect. We also addeda touch of highlighter on the cheekbones and a smidge of contouring. We also added lipliner under the lipstick for longer wear and a hint more colour. The following pics are in daylight so I hope you can see that although the eyes are shiny, they aren’t as shiny as the flash pics made them appear.

Wedding Make Up Practice
Wedding Make Up Practice
Wedding Make Up Practice

So there we have it. The finished look. What do you think? I’m really pleased considering a) how nervous I was about it and b) my total lack of skill.

The products I used for this look are as follows:

Wedding Make Up Practice
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Pebble
Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Powder in Medium
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Light Medium
Elf Eyebrow Kit in Light
Clinique Pore Minimiser Primer in 01
Benefit 10 Powder (just the bronzer side)
Nars Orgasm Blush
Mac Soft & Gentle MSF
Estee Lauder Double Wear Lip Liner in Tawny
Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink-a-Boo
Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Black
Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Liner in Graphite
Mac Subculture Lip Liner
Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot
Bourjois Gris Pailettes Eyeshadow
Mac Silver Fog Pigment
Mac Sweet Sienna Pigment
Mac Fix+

So there we have it. Typing that list up reminds me, anyone got Silver Fog or Sweet Sienna Pigments for sale?

I must also do a special thank you to both Clinique and Estee Lauder who provided several of the products used and several products that weren’t used. I am eternally grateful and it was a great great help. Thank you.

I’ve seen these posts or similar posts on lots of people’s blogs since I’ve been blogging but I’ve not yet managed to get round to doing mine yet.

The following are some of my favourite, most used, but basic, products. So I hope you enjoy seeing them.

Ok so here we go:

  1. Elf Eyebrow Kit – Medium. I’ve been using the wax to groom my brows into shape for a long time. For £3.50 I don’t think you can go wrong. I’ve recently started using the coloured powder to set my brows too and fill in gaps although it took some getting used to, as you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of my blog!
  2. Mac Feeling Dreamy Lipglass. £12. Sadly you can’t get this easily now as it was part of Mac’s Ltd Edition Warm & Cozy collection. A beautiful nude with a hint of pink shimmer. I can’t carry nudes as a rule but this one just works. If I’d have known I’d have bought a back up!
  3. Guerlain Kohl in Oriental Metal £20. Another discon I’m afraid although I think if you google you can still find it in a few places. I actually got mine on ebay I think. I adore the Guerlain Kohls and this one is my favourite… so far!
  4. Mac Pearlmatte Face Powder. I use this every single day almost as a bronzer. It’s perfect to me, the faintest hint of shimmer, but mostly a matte finish, hences the Pearlmatte name. I adore it. Sadly, another one you can’t get now as it was part of the Mac in Lillyland collection. Another one I wish I’d got a back up of!
  5. Chanel Inimitable Noir Mascara £21.50. I was actually given this recently but it’s a product I’ve used a lot in the past. A lovely mascara. Does just what I want it to!
  6. Mac MSF Natural in Light Medium £18. I love this. Use it every day. I’ve heard reports of it being cakey but I’ve not had problems with that at all. I use a HUGE fluffy brush and just add a very light dusting to my face after finishing my make up and it seems to set it well. Sometimes I finish off with a spritz of Mac+ to add a more dewy effect, but mostly I don’t have to.
  7. Superdrug MUA Eyeshadow in #2 £1. I use this pretty much every day as my brow highlight. It’s just perfect and at £1 you can’t complain at all. Ideal product. I also use it on the inner corners of my eyes sometimes.
  8. Sheer Cover Concealer in Light/Medium £19. Well I have mixed feelings about this product. I was sent it to review and I love it. It’s fabulous for blemish covering and as I have lots of blemishes I use it daily. However, the price is ridiculous. Completely ridiculous. Love the product but won’t be replacing.

So there you have it! My top basic items. Do you have any of these or want any of these? I might do another one of these about my favourites that aren’t basics as I have some idtems I love so much I just want to blog about them!

Please excuse the formatting of this post, I have NO clue what happened!

Not so long ago I was asked to try Sheer Cover Cosmetics and I readily agreed.

Sheer Cover make mineral cosmetics developed from Green Rooibos Tea and the range contains no oils, perfumes, dyes or talc and has an SPF of 15.

According to the information I received Sheer Cover is a 4- step system which allows your skin to radiate and gives you a natural luminosity, while providing excellent coverage.  Sheer Cover® goes beyond just covering up flaws, it’s designed to deflect light away from imperfections allowing you to  camouflage the look of dark circles, scars, sun damage, birthmarks, pores and fine lines. Sounds great!

I received the Introductory Kit containing lots of goodies which I will go through and review individually.The Kit retails at £29.99.

Sheer Cover CosmeticsSheer Cover Cosmetics

Firstly lets have a look at the Sheer Colour Compact.

Sheer Cover CosmeticsSheer Cover Cosmetics

This retails on it’s own for £7.95, two lipglosses, one lip colour, three highlighters and a cream eyeliner. The glosses are ok, nothing special but a pretty hint of colour, the lip colour isn’t for me at all, just the wrong shade. However, I do really like the highlighters, especially French Vanilla, very pretty on the brow bone. I also really like the liner. No transfer to my lids and great pigmentation. I don’t think they are worth buying the whole palette for though. the liner can be bought individually, full size for £14.95. A bit pricey, but still a nice product. Ignore the applicator included!

Next, the brushes! Highlighter brush, concealer brush and foundation brush. They look lovely, I love the clear plastic handles, very satisfying! The highlighter brush, is ok, I’ve been using it for precise highlighting and it’s ok. The concealer brush is pretty good, I use it every day, I have a different brush I use for under eye shadows but I use this one for covering blemishes and its more than adequate. The foundation brush is terrible though. It doesn’t do a good job of applying the foundation and it feels a bit horrible. I was staggered to learn it sells for £16.95. I use my kabuki to much better effect!

Next up the Extra Length Mascara. It’s not very good sadly, definitely one to avoid. It adds colour but no length or volume.

Sheer Cover Cosmetics

Next – the concealer! Excuse the big ding in it, I caught it with my finger nail 🙁

Sheer Cover Cosmetics

Love this, it’s a great colour match for me, covers blemishes with ease, blends well, works with the mineral foundation and I’ve used it every day since I got it, regardless of which foundation I’m wearing! In no way is it worth the £19.95 it costs though. Yes, you did read that right. It’s good but for that I expect diamond particles or something.

The cleanser and the moisturiser are ok but not great enough to draw me from my usual brands. I understand there is a primer too, I’d have been better off with that I think.

So lastly, the main draw, the foundation. You get two shades, in my case Bisque and Nude with the idea being you mix to get your perfect shade, If you choose to buy the products individually, you just get one shade and it costs £24.95 for 4g.

Sheer Cover Cosmetics

I found (once I switched to my own kabuki brush) that it applied easily. Coverage was excellent and it gives me a lovely glow.

Sheer Cover CosmeticsSheer Cover Cosmetics

(face also features Sheer Cover lipgloss and mascara). I really truly like this stuff, in particular, I love the glowy effect, or perhaps dewy is more correct.

Ok so to summarise, I think it’s all, bar the mascara and foundation brush, very nice. I really like the foundation and the concealer BUT it’s incredibly over priced if you buy the products individually, I wouldn’t recommend to anyone at those prices. Sorry Sheer Cover. I want to love it and recommend it but I simply can’t, it’s extortionate, even if the products are nice. Now at this point I will remind you that the introductory kit is £29.95 which I do think is bargainous but there’s a catch, in buying the kit, you are tied into a payment plan I don’t really understand so I can’t recommend that either. Shame.

Nice products, wrong prices.

When I was first contacted about Sheer Cover I was sent two kits with the wrong colour foundations for me which I farmed out for guest reviews. I’m still waiting for one but I’m delighted to share with you a review from Paula at Sweet Cheeks Beauty Blog

A few weeks ago i offered to review some Sheer Cover mineral foundation as i have wanted to try this for ages now so when i saw it on this lovely blog i jumped at the chance.

Sooo i got sent the foundation samples and the brush applicator which you use to mix the powders to your correct colour match and then you pour it into the bottom of the brush and pop it in your bag to take with you (Very Handy).
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The colours i got where Buff and Latte, when i mixed these together they where the perfect match for when im not tanned im a MAC NC35!
Sheer Cover Cosmetics
So anyway this week i have been using the foundation and heres what i think:
Now first off i like to have a medium coverage and am always wearing liquid foundation which sometimes i feel too covered, so was super eager to try something that was going to be good for my skin for a change BUT Hmmmm i could not seem to get on with this foundation at all for an everyday usage :/ i felt like i had no coverage at all and that by the end of the day i looked in a way Rough lol
Dont get me wrong it felt super nice and soft on my skin and felt like my skin could breath which was a nice change, but for my job where im running up and down the stairs in the hotel it didn’t hold up at all 🙁
I was super gutted as i wanted this to be soooo good for me and for me to have found a new healthy foundation but there is just no way i could wear this everyday! 🙁 i just didn’t look right.
However…….. i did find that it was excellent for keeping in my bag and using it as a midday touch up for when i got the usual shiny patches when i used my usual liquid foundation and also to lightly set my foundation after applying.
It is a lovely finely milled powder which when applied is lovely and soft and would be perfect for those who are blessed enough to not need make up and can pull off that natural look, but for somebody who likes to feel covered – its just not for you 🙂
on the picture of the swatch on my hand you can see that the foundation does give a lovely luminous finish to it and does cover quite nicely just not enough for me.
I really feel bad for giving a not so good review of this product but i cant do a false review on something im not 100% liking or loving and feel that you lovelies who read this and are thinking of trying it out but like a decent coverage deserve to know before you buy it will not give you the coverage your after.
And like i mentioned this isn’t a totally dissing review i do LOVE it for a touch up midday as it just lifts my face and freshes my make up.
I kept it in my bag all week and have used it none stop when im at work, i have had no breakouts from it and will continue to use it until its all gone.

I would lastly like to say that this is just my opininon and you never know you may actually like it 🙂 xx

06. 04. 2010

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but purples don’t work on me really so I’m trying hard to make them work because I like purple!

Products used:

Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation in light (reviews on this coming soon)
Sheer Cover Light Concealer

Mac Mineralize Blush Duo in Rhapsody in Two

Mac Please Me lipstick

Sleek Palette (original) purple & pinky purple
Sleek Palette (original) gold to highlight
ELF Brow Kit in Medium
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner Rockstar on waterline
Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara

It was a bit more vibrant in real life and less pink. I dunno, I don’t think I can make them work really.