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Gosh, I don’t know where this year has gone but here we are writing/reading what will be my last post before Christmas. And so it is that I’m reviewing a couple of products from bareMinerals. The Original SPF15 Foundation in Fair and Well-Rested Eye Brightener SPF20. I really apologise for the next two photographs. Call it retro, they are in the style of a beauty blog 2009. No props, just on my table!

bareminerals fair barenminerals fairI’m no stranger to BareMinerals foundation actually, I tried the Get Started in Light back in 2011 (post here!) and it wasn’t a great success on account of the orangeness. I remember the shades just weren’t right for me at all, in particular the concealer which was really dark and orange on me. So I gave up. I don’t know if Fair is a new shade in recent years, or if has always been there, but I had a craving to try a mineral foundation again and discovered  the shade Fair.

As well as the Foundation I also picked up the Well-Rested Eye Brightener SPF20, which is a mineral powder to be swept on around the eyes to help hide dark circles and minimise the look of tiredness. I picked it up to act as a general concealer, both around my eyes and on blemishes. It is a great deal lighter than the generic concealer, Bisque so I hope it might work for me.

Swatches, Fair Original Foundation on the Left and Well-Rested on the right, if you look closely!bareminerals fairTo apply, I start with the Well-Rested. I dust this around my eyes with a fluffy brush, otherwise it sits in all my fine lines, and then I cover redness and blemishes using the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush which I already owned. As soon as I started using this I remembered how much I love mineral concealers. Redness vanishes and it really packs onto blemishes and it never ever seems to budge. I tend to get those hard shiny spots without a head that can be so hard to conceal, this stuff is like magic and I’m annoyed I didn’t try it sooner!

Then onto the Foundation. Again I use a bareminerals brush, namely the Full Flawless Application Brush. The jars are sifter jars so you tip a little into the lid, swirl your brush around, tap off the excess then buff into your skin. A little goes along way. Coverage is extremely good, but stays looking extremely natural. Things to note are a) the longer you wear this, the more natural it looks b) carry a brush around with you, all you need to do is buff again and flawless finish is restored. When I’ve finished applying my foundation, if I can spot any other marks or blemishes I go over with the concealer brush and the foundation, dabbing on only the tiniest amount. I finish with a gentle swirl with a very soft kabuki. It’s just brilliant.

The colour match for me, Fair, is perfect, it’s so perfect that I look spectacularly pale (I am very pale!) but uniformly so, so there’s no skimping on the bronzer and blusher. I need to add a touch of colour back to my face, but in a good way rather than redness!

After immediate application, it can look a touch powdery, nothing I find unappealing, but as I mentioned, over time it settles and become more and more natural. It’s just brilliant.

Honestly I’m completely sold and I can see why the brand is so huge. More things to note:

Immediately after application.

bareminrals fair bareminerals fairI’ve just invested in the Mineral Veil too and will review that in due course. I bought all my bits from Look Fantastic, the Foundation was £26.50 but I bought it during one of their huge discount events, and the Well-Rested eye Brightener was £19.00 but again I bought it with a large discount.

And all that remains is to wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope to see you again when it’s all over! Thank you for reading in 2016!

*Products featured in this review purchase by me with my own money

There I was running out of foundation when, with great timing, the brand new Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation* popped through my letterbox.  Urban Decay All NighterUrban Decay All NighterUrban Decay All NighterI received two bottles and what beautiful bottles they are. They have hygienic pumps and are beautifully stylish.

I received two shades, 2.0 and 2.5. Now the shades are supposed correlate directly with the Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, (my review of that one is here) and I am a 3.5 in that foundation, but despite the shade difference I gave these shades a go. As a guide, whole numbers are warm toned while 0.5 shades are cool toned. As I’m cool toned, I guessed that 2.5 would be the best shade for me.

Swatches: In the next two photos, the shade on the left is 2.0 and on the right is the cool toned 2.5.

Urban Decay All Nighter Urban Decay All NighterWhile the shades look the same in the bottle, actually when swatched and lightly blended you can see that 2.0 is indeed warmer. I’ve tried both shades and 2.5 is definitely the one for me, but both work okay, I’d guess that the 3.5 in this formula would be too dark.

All Nighter Liquid Foundation is designed to give a flawless matte finish that lasts…all night. While the finish is matte, I have found that the finish is far from flat as I hope you’ll see in my last photograph.Urban Decay All Nighter You all know by now my skin is tricky, foundations either work for me or they don’t. They either don’t blend well on my dry patches or they cause me to break out. I’ve had no problems with this one, it applies like a dream (I use the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush for all foundations). I was a bit concerned the waterproof formula might cause me problems, it didn’t and the pigmentation on this one is amazing, you need very little product for a flawless finish. One pump isn’t quite enough for me BUT, if I have plenty of moisturiser on, one pump is plenty! It’s a high quality formula.

I don’t go for a heavy coverage all the time any more, just bad skin days and special occasions, but I can’t be without a fuller coverage foundation and this fits the bill nicely. Only thing worth mentioning is that this does go a bit shiny on me by tea time, using a primer seems to fix that for me and I will stay pretty much flawless till I wash it off 🙂

30ml is £27, it’s not a cheap foundation but if you’re only using one pump at a time, this is going to last for months! Definite recommend, Urban Decay do great bases!

Check out Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation’s 24 shades here.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes

Carrying on with my recent Urban Decay purchase reviews, today I’m blogging about the Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector (£25).

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Urban Decay One & DoneI’m not sure how I’d describe this base product, so lets start off with the official description:

“The best of both worlds, this hybrid complexion cream combines the benefits of a sheer foundation with the coverage of a tinted moisturizer – and our high-tech, weightless formula feels amazing on your skin. One &Done provides all-day wear and covers a wide range of skin tones. But the best part is how it transforms the look of your skin! Light-diffusing spheres immediately help make flaws seem to disappear. Over time, pores appear smaller and skin appears firmer and more radiant”

So it seems to be a BB cream, light coverage, some skincare benefits and some optical blurring.

One & Done is available in six shades, and given their sheerness, these are workable for various skintones. The packaging is a plastic pump-tube that holds 40ml of product but I have to say it doesn’t seem that much when I compare it to my other foundation bottles! Time will tell when I see how long it lasts I guess!

Urban Decay One & DoneThe texture is extremely light, and as you might imagine, sheer, but thanks to whatever witchcraft Urban Decay have used when making this, the coverage on my skin is pretty great. I need concealer on any blemishes and shadows, but otherwise it’s great coverage. For most skins, you can probably skip moisturiser as this is a moisturiser in itself, however for my dry skin, I still need my moisturiser.

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Urban Decay One & DoneAnother aspect of this products witchcraftery is the colour, whilst appearing a little orange hued on my arm swatch, it is nothing of the sort when on my face. The colour is perfect.

I feel like I’m always going on about my skin, but for reference and in case it helps anyone, my skin is very prone to dryness as well as acne, and in addition, I seem to get large cystic spots from lots of products, especially silicones and very rich moisturisers, but this has not caused me any blemishes, and nor does it stick in my dry patches when I apply it.

There aren’t many skin types I would imagine this isn’t suitable for, except perhaps those who require or desire a heavier coverage. If however your skin is plagued with occasional blemishes, don’t just skip this, you might be surprised at the coverage. It is perfect for anyone who wants a light coverage for summer (did I mention SPF20?) or  indeed all year round.

Just to finish up, here’s me wearing it.

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A definite recommend from me. I am wearing shade Light, and I wear 3.5 in the Naked Skin foundation. If you already wear the foundation, there is a guide on the website (In the product description for One & Done) which will tell you which shade would be best for you.

I purchased mine from the Urban Decay counter at Debenhams, where it cost me £25 for 40mls.

Phew, here I am! Gosh, I know its the same for everyone at the moment, but life is a bit hectic, what with illness, parents meetings, visitors, christmas shopping and so on.

But I’m managing to squeeze in a blog post. Here’s my Mac Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation & Pro Longwear Concealer Review. I’m sorry things are a bit Mac-centric at the moment, after a long absence from the brand I’m really having a great time discovering some of their newer products.

I absolutely love Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation and you can see my review here but I like to have more than one foundation in rotation, so I can match according to my skin on the day.

So I found myself at the Mac store, having a consultation to find my colour and perfect finish. I walked away the Pro Longwear Foundation and as the concealer was out of stock in store, I ordered the matching Pro Longwear Concealer online when I got home.

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I was matched as shade NW15 and the first thing I noticed was that the concealer is quite considerably paler than the foundation. (Concealer on the left)

Mac Pro LongwearMac Pro LongwearNow this is perfect for me for reasons that I’ll go into in a moment, but it’s definitely something to be aware of when purchasing. I love my concealers to be paler than my foundation for two main reasons. The first is that when applying to under eyes, or indeed any shady areas of the face, it doubles up as a highlighting product (no shimmer naturally), and secondly, when I’m spotty I tend to layer on my products, often in multiple layers, and things can end up orangey, even if the products I use are the right colour to start with. When layered, it can all end up a bit orange. Using a fair concealer tends to minimise this, and when using it alone on small blemishes, a sweep of Mineralise Skinfinish Natural tends to bring any lighter spots (and once blended its not terribly noticeable anyway) into line.

The foundation promises to deliver up to 15 hours of wear and I’ve been amazed by how well it stays in place, all day. I don’t think I’ve ever had a foundation that looks as perfect at tea time as it did when I applied it at 7.00am. Some don’t even make it  to lunchtime. I’d go so far as to say there have been days I’ve removed this at bedtime and its still looked perfect. The only times I’ve found this varied is when I’ve had a day of touching my face a lot! It also applies like a dream. I can’t say whether it does that thing on my dry nose because since I’ve been using the Mac Primer (review here), that problem is history.

It blends perfectly, no streaks, no dry patches and the concealer blends perfectly into the foundation. In fact I’ve had something of a revelation when it comes to concealer application, thanks to the lovely girl in the Mac Store. I’ve always applied concealer using a traditional concealer brush, like a small paint brush, I just paint on the blemish and then sort of press it in with my fingers to blend. However, the girl in Mac used a fluffy brush, like a fluffy eyeshadow brush. So I’ve been applying with an old fluffy blending brush and its a revelation!!! Works a treat on under eye areas, as well as allowing you to build up on blemishes, which blending it perfectly into your base. Its magic! Oh and the other thing… it doesn’t settle in fine lines at all.

There is however something I don’t like about the Pro Longwear Concealer. It’s incredibly pigmented (a good thing!) and  the tiniest amount covers everything with ease. I’m talking about maybe two pin heads worth to do every bit of my face I want to conceal, but its a pump bottle and pumps out far too much product. There is a lot of wastage. Other than that this has replaced my trusty Cover Fx concealer as my go to. Its a dream, and the combination of both products is amazing.

Coverage wise its sheer to medium, definitely buildable and using the concealer too offers a very high level of coverage on bad skin days or very dark circles.

Here’s me today in a couple of different lights.

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Would absolutely recommend both of these to anyone. Amazing!! Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation is £25.50 and comes in a pump bottle, while the Pro Longwear Concealer is £17.50. I bought mine from the Mac Shop in Exeter, and online.

14. 10. 2015

I have so much make up, its partly passion and its partly just down to being a blogger, but one thing is for sure, as I try new things so often and find new favourites, old favourites get left behind, tucked away in my make up drawers. Today I decided to trawl through my collection and dig out a few old favourites for today’s look, which I wanted to be light and natural and quick (school runs really eat into my beautifying routine!).

Here’s what I dug out.

shop my stashStarting with the No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation.

no7 Stay perfectI did review this on my old blog but sadly the post has been lost somewhere along the way but I love this foundation. It’s been replaced by other foundations I like slightly more, but this is still a great foundation. It’s watery and thin to apply, it looks like it offers no coverage whatsoever, but when you apply it the finished effect is great. Coverage is as heavy as you want it, you can have it sheer, or build it up more for a heavier finish, I like it somewhere in the middle but love that it magically allows my skin to show through but still evens my skin tone and overs coverage for small blemishes (not that I’d ever skip concealer), but this is great stuff. It’s £14.50 and I would definitely recommend.

Next I dragged out the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey.

Clinique Almost LipstickYou can see my original post on these beautiful lipsticks here. These are beautiful sheer lipsticks that offer a sheer tint of colour and a beautiful moisturising  balm like texture. The depth of colour depends on the shade worn and the colour of your lips, and I love how they moisturise without feeling greasy, I can’t bear a greasy feeling lipstick. Lovely Honey is a really natural pink shade on me. Beautiful. It looks like Black Honey is the only shade still available which is real shame but it is also lovely. They are £18 each.

Next is Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara.

Bourjois One SecondeMy original post on this mascara is here, and you’ll see that I absolutely loved it but even then I was aware that things change! I do have a new favourite but I decided to drag this out of its home this morning and try it out and of course I remember why I loved it so much. Its a great, black mascara at a reasonable price and it makes my lashes look great. It’s £9.99.

Finally, I dug out the Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Candy.

clarins multi-blushThe Clarins Multi-blush Cream Blushers are really magic. When you rub a finger into the pan, it feels like powder almost, and as though you are not picking up any product, but of course you are, and the same goes for application, it feels like applying nothing, you can blend them in with the lightest of touches for a lovely flush of colour. Candy is a lovely pink shade. They are £18.50 and lovely for days where you don’t wear finishing powder, although I must add they work very well on top of powder too.

Here’s how I look today, nothing exciting, but it has been lovely to dig out some old favourites! I must try to do it more often!

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Urban Decay naked2Delighted to be blogging about the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I received this to review, in addition to the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation which is my favourite foundation. I’ve actually already reviewed it and I love it, you can see my post here.

Moving on to the Naked 2 palette. I already own the first Naked palette and there’s no denying the Naked palettes just really work. From the varying textures in the palette, to the wearable shades, to the excellent formula both in terms of application and wear time and not forgetting the versatility, Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are just a brilliant idea, taking you from subtle looks to dramatic looks with just one palette, if you are not a makeup hoarder one palette could cover all your eye shadow needs, if you are a hoarder, then get them all!

And lets not forget, so popular have the Naked palettes been they’ve spawned a thousand nude and natural palettes from other brands, and they haven’t stopped coming yet, and its easy to see why.

Naked 2 is filled with taupe toned neutrals, in a variety of finishes, from ultra shimmery to ultra matte, from the softest cream shade to the darkest black and everything in between.

The palette itself is a taupe neutral metal with a satisfying click shut  and a hinged, mirrored lid. Also included is a double ended brush and Primer Potion samples.

Urban Decay naked2 Urban Decay naked2Urban Decay naked2Urban Decay naked2Urban Decay naked2Urban Decay naked2Before I go into the eyeshadows in more depth, a quick word about the brush. It makes a huge change for a brand to included a quality, useable brush with a palette (hello premium brands that include sponge tipped applicators!), and I love Urban Decay brushes and the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is next on my wish list, having had it used on me in store and played about with it, it’s just amazing. So, the eyeshadow brush is great too and more than passable for on the go application.

Moving onto a closer look at the shades and swatches, you’ll see a photo of four shades, names underneath each shade, followed by swatches of the same shades in the same order. Swatches are all on bare skin, no primer.

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Stand out shades for me are Tease, Busted and Bootycall, for no other reason than they are my favourite shades. Pistol was a little disappointing in the swatch, but let me tell you it’s incredible over primer. All of the shades are amazing over primer, if you don’t have Urban Decay Potion Primer eye primer, I’d recommend it, these eye shadows work amazingly well without primer, but they are incredible with. It not only affects the depth of the colour but increases the wear time.

Urban Decay naked2If I had to choose between this and the original Naked palette I’d choose this one purely for the addition of the black, I wear a lot of black eye make up, and not just at night-time, so having a great black, handily packaged with my other shadows is a real bonus for me.

I’m no make up artist, but here’s a subtle little look I wore the other day, along with the Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation.

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Definitely recommend this one. As I say you can’t go wrong with Urban Decay eye shadows in general, but this is my favourite Naked Palette.

You can purchase your own Naked 2 Palette for £38 from Urban Decay online.

*Both the palette and foundation were received free of charge for review purposes.

 

I love Makeup Revolution!  Amazing quality products at amazing prices, in, for the most part, stylish packaging You can read my previous blog posts, its a fact I’m a huge fan. And I’ve got more rave reviews coming up too.

So having been so impressed with the products I decided to give the face products a try recently. Lets just preface this with the fact that I’ve not used a cheap foundation for YEARS, by which I mean anything less than say, £20. I’ve always believed that foundation especially, is the one product you shouldn’t skimp on. However, with the quality of Makeup Revolution products being so high and the prices being so low I decided to give a couple of products a go.  I opted for the Focus & Fix Liquid Concealer  as well as The One Foundation.

Makeup Revolution The One FoundationI’ll talk about the foundation first, I’d heard that this was a dupe for Mac’s Face & Body Foundation and at £4 I thought it was well worth a go.

In terms of shades, there’s a really great selection to choose from, 15 shades in fact. With not having a store that stocks the brand locally I had to purchase online and it wasn’t the easiest to find the right shade, but I googled some swatches and opted for Shade 5, which in terms of numbers I thought would have been too dark, turned out, that shade wise it was a great match for my skin.

Makeup Revolution The One FoundationFormula wise, it’s extremely liquid and promises to adapt to your skin tone, be buildable and offer full, matte coverage.

I found that once on my face it adapted to my skin tone perfectly, or rather it was a perfect match on application, when swatched on my cheek, I could barely see it. Unfortunately, that’s where my praise ends. I’ve worked hard on getting my skin back to good skin recently, and no longer have obvious dry patches that my usual foundations clog in… until I put this on and my skin looked terrible. So so dry looking and patchy, I also found that it slid off quite quickly and sat in my pores making them look much more obvious. I couldn’t make it work for me at all, not even with primer sadly, such a shame. I really feel this foundation would only be suited to someone who had exceptionally flawless skin.

Moving onto the Focus & Fix Concealer.

Makeup Revolution Focus and Fix Concealer Makeup Revolution Focus and Fix ConcealerOut of the six shades available I opted for the second shade, Fair. This concealer promises to hide and conceal, both dark circles and blemishes and offer high coverage that blends easily.  Starting off with the shade, it looked perfect in the tube, but on application was extremely yellow. With my cool, pink toned skin this wasn’t great and as soon as I tried it I knew it wasn’t a great match for me but I persevered. The consistency is weird if I’m honest. It’s incredibly slippery, feels like its full of silicones (I have no idea if it is). It’s not a consistency that I want in my concealer, it doesn’t feel good on my skin at all, and as a consequence of the strange texture it slips and slides as you apply, and is far too sheer to be of any use to all but the lightest of dark circles, its absolutely useless on blemishes.

So sadly, neither of these products were for me. Its not put me off the brand, Makeup Revolution are still my greatest discovery, I just know that in future, I’ll stick with my own rules about not skimping on foundations. Thankfully, when products are so cheap, its not too disappointing when they don’t work out so well, I don’t feel too bad that I spent £6 on these products and they’ve not worked out for me.

I’ve got several more positive reviews to put up about Makeup Revolution products so, really these are, for my skin, the exception to rule when it comes to the brands exceptional performance.

Be sure to check out the website, everything I’ve tried so far has been amazing, except for these two, so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a little shopping spree!

Makeup Revolution

 

 

 

I was applying my foundation this morning and realised it’d make a good blog post because its a fantastic product. I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup a couple of months ago, I shall refer to it as Naked Skin from here on in!

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I’m not sure what drew me to it, I can get really quite bad skin, and all the impressions I had about this product were that it was very light.

To just explain in a bit more depth about my skin, I have ageing skin, I suffer quite badly with hormonal spots,as well as quite extreme dryness on and around my nose. If that wasn’t enough, I am starting to get pigmentation marks around my eyes (up close they look like freckles but from a distance, dark circles) while the skin around my nose and nostrils can be quite red toned.  Don’t I sound lovely!

The official description of the foundation is that it feels as though you’re wearing nothing, has a luminous demi-matte finish with a result that can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as making you look airbrushed.

Starting with the range of colours, the range is excellent with 18 shades I believe. The numbering system really helps to loacte your perfect colour. Warm toned skins should look for shades ending in .0, cool tones finish in .5. I had an in store assistant help me to colour match and we agreed shade 3.5 was absolutely perfect for me. It isn’t a shade I would have chosen for myself, I would have chosen paler, but I have to admit she was right.

On my hand it looks not right at all!

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Its an extremely liquid formula so when pumping out, I would advise not pumping out too much, it’ll run off your hand before you can use it all.  I was keen to see if such a lightweight formula could cope with my redness and blemishes, as well as not clogging in the dryness on my nose. I couldn’t have been more pleased and surprised with the result.

This is a foundation where I find I use the least out of any I’ve ever tried, a little goes a very long way and blends beautifully, even on my dry patches much to my surprise, this is highly unusual and I find with most foundations I require primer on my nose, but this is not the case with this foundation.

Coverage is similarly surprising. For the first time I feel my skin looks as though I’m not wearing foundation, my tones are evened out so that redness is far less evident. Regarding blemishes and spots, I always use concealer, no question, however I’d go so far as to say coverage with this on small blemishes is excellent, bigger blemishes would mean you couldn’t skip the concealer, but as I say, I never do anyway.

It has an excellent wear time on my skin too, lasting a good 8 hours without shiny patches or obvious fading, and as I’m one of those people that touches their face a lot, this has been really tested.

I couldn’t be more pleased with this foundation, its passed my expectations quite considerably, it suits all but my most spotty days. I find its great for days (like today – excuse the hair) where I don’t want to look made up, but it gives such a good finish its also ideal for a really polished make up look.

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I’m just including this next photograph to demonstrate how flawless it is around my nose. Around the sides of my nostrils, around my nose piercing, my skin gets terribly flaky and dry, and foundation makes this look much worse, but it really isn’t the case with this foundation.

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There are only two people I wouldn’t recommend this product to, those with quite serious acne, and those who like a heavily made up finish from their foundations, this looks incredibly natural.

I also purchased the Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder which I will put in another post in due course but suffice to say I’m so impressed I’ve got the Naked Concealer and the Illuminating Beauty Balm  on my wish list.

The Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup is a pricey (but worth it) £27 for 30ml, but do remember, you need to use very little.

I purchased mine from Debenhams.

There’s a lot going on with Elizabeth Arden at the moment and it all looks fantastic so here’s a quick run down of what’s going on, starting with this beauty.

Red Door 25 Eau de Parfum (£78/100ml)

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Elizabeth Arden Red Door 25

Unbelievably, this Valentines Day sees the 25th Anniversary of Elizabeth Arden’s iconic fragrance, Red Door.

To celebrate there’s a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the bottle, available for a very limited period of time only from Harrods.

The packaging is fabulous. The glossy box which lifts to reveal the door bottle seated in a gold base. The bottle itself is stunning, monogrammed and shaped just like a door, but I just love the chunky lid and the red colour of the fragrance.

elizabethardenreddoorThe scent itself is inspired by the classic Red Door Fragrance but with the addition of modern rose extracts at it’s centre. It smells beautiful, with blackcurrant nectar, violet leaf absolute and that rose centre, along with honey, musk and my favourite, patchouli. It’s beautiful and because it’s an Eau de Parfum, it lasts extremely well on the skin.

If you want a bottle of this, you’ll have to move fast, it’s only available until Valentines Day!

Also newly launched are the new Beauitful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks, Matte (£21).

Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick in Bold RedAvailable in 5 shades these velvety, highly pigment lipsticks have gone straight to the top of my wishlist. It’s taken me a long time to admit it but I’m not really a fan of lipstick, the only products I wear on my lips are matte lipsticks or sheer/balmy type finishes, otherwise I go bare (with rare exceptions!), so I’m always looking for new lipsticks to add to my arsenal. These  promise a matte finish, up to 12 hours wear and a huge burst of moisture. Just what a matte lipstick needs, they can often be drying, so I’d be interested to know if these really do moisturise! And that packaging. Gorgeous.

The last thing I had to tell you about is Elizabeth Arden’s new foundation. Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF 15 (£29)

Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin MakeupThis new foundation sounds promising. Anything with Flawless in the title has my attention.  Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin is available in 10 shades and promises a foundation that will last all day. I like the sound of a satin finish as matte can look lifeless, whereas satin sounds softly glowing. Shine should be controlled all day and imperfections  are not just covered, but blurred. What I really like the sound of is that it offers full coverage but has a light texture, long gone are the days where many of us are happy to walk around with mask-like foundation on. We want to look like we are naturally this flawless.

And that’s all my Elizabeth Arden news for now, let me know if anything takes your fancy, but hurry if you fancy the perfume!

*Item received free of charge for review purposes

 

 

 

It’s possible you’ve heard of, or even tried, Clarins Everlasting Foundation but it’s had an overhaul and is set for relaunch on the 15th February.

P1160386Available in 10 shades Everlasting Foundation +*  offers 18 hour wear times, matte coverage as well as an SPF 15.

The first thing worthy of mention is the pump bottle.

P1160387I’m a big fan of Clarin’s Extra Comfort Foundation and that comes in a glass jar which I actually don’t mind, but a pump makes for better hygiene, it also seems to pump out in nearly the right amount, I used two pumps. Sometimes with pump bottles I struggle with getting the right amount and often end up with wastage where I’ve pumped out too much. Not so in this case.

In terms of shades, I opted for shade 103 Ivory, which is the shade I use in Extra Comfort. I found this marginally paler, but it’s not too pale, it actually blends perfectly into my skin, colour wise.

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P1160390The finish was a little tricky on my very parched skin, my skin has some dry and flaky patches which are nearly gone and I did think the finish of this was clogged up a bit in the patches, but it turns out, and it’s not the first foundation that I’ve tried that does this, that when I look in the mirror a short while after applying, it’s settled down and evened out, covering the patches really well without looking patchy.  The longer it’s on the skin, the more it settles.

The foundation  contains bamboo powder which has matifying properties as well giving the foundation its great hold on the skin. Organic quinoa seed extract reinforces the skin’s barrier meaning that while this is a matte finish, you never look dry.

In short, I’m very pleased with this. I’ve always said that Clarins make the best foundations out there and this still holds true. I love how it looks on my skin. I found that although my skin felt comfortable all day, I didn’t quite get 18 hours out of it, getting more like 14-16, but I’m a horrific face-toucher, it’s a miracle anything stays put for 6 hours, never mind 12.

Please excuse the warm glow of the below photograph, it was so sunny when I took it, but it will give you a good idea of how the finish looks on my dry skin.

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I can’t decide which foundation I prefer between the two, Extra Comfort and Everlasting+, but since I’m just about to run out of Extra Comfort, I will happily switch over to this.

Clarins Everlasting+ SPF 15 Foundation launches on the 15th February and will retail at £27.50 for a 30ml glass bottle with pump.

*Product provided free of charge for review purposes.