Friday, 19 April 2013

Foundations that I can't live without

Hello there!

Thanks for visiting my little blog, today I am going to have a little chit chat about my favourite foundations, I had the images ready for these yesterday but made the ultimate boo-boo and forgot about the most important one - what a doughnut, so I am waiting for the sun to smile so I can retake the pictures!

As I have dry skin with a averagely oily nose and it is a nightmare hunting down the perfect product that will answer all my skins prayers. When I do find one that my skin and I love I squeal with joy and never want to live without it, ever! That said it doesn't stop me wanting to find other options as variety is the spice of life right..or so I have been led to believe.

Here are my ultimate favourites

MAC Studio Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (NW20) - My holy grail foundation for my oily nose. Yes a holy grail product for one area of my face may sound excessive but not when it was ruining my confidence! I set all my foundations with this bad boy (nose only) and it doesn't budge for hours, it zoops up all the oil and looks matte and fabulous! Because it's in a compact, it means I can take it with me wherever I go. If you have not tried it my oily friends, I recommend you do so. ASAP

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation (52) - Not to be confused with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum which I shall talk about in another post. (hint hint) This foundation is light but buildable, leaves me with a dewy finish and it has a really smooth application. It doesn't tug around try bits and looks very natural, I like to use this 'normal days' when running errands, but when I still want to look healthy and glowy. If you have dry skin like me this is a beautiful formula and I really do recommend it, and if you have a oily nose all you need is some powder. It lasts for a good 6-8 hours on my face.

Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation (20) - I love this foundation, OK I love them all, but the reason I love this one is a little different, Vitalumiere is the foundation I use for bad skin days due to it's buildable nature and that I find it ever so moisturising and gentle on my skin on days I need it. It is very dewy (in my opinion, in a natural way) however it doesn't get more dewy the more I apply, and does not look cakey either, it just provides more coverage. I do set the nose area with powder and I am ready to go. For this fact I really believe it's worth it's weight in gold, anyone with a dry skin run to your local counter, get colour matched and grab a sample, you will not regret it. It lasts for a good 6-8 hours on my face.

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint (Pearl) - I reviewed this yesterday, and although it isn't a foundation, I truly believe you can use it as one. I really believe Jouer are under selling themselves by claiming it's a tinted 'Moisture Tint', but I would imagine it's because of it's uber sheer nature, which in my opinion makes it that much more appealing. It's dewy, almost to perfection, provides you with the most natural glow, and just makes you look so healthy while it evens out your skin tone. The glow is so perfect that you don't even want to add anything on top, and from a self confessed cream highlight addict like myself, is a triumph. It's smooth so if you use a concealer on top it will blend like a dream. Very moisturising, and although it is buildable coverage I prefer one application. HG product! It lasts for a good 6 hours on my face.

YSL Touche Le Teint Eclat Foundation (B40) - This is a fantastic foundation, the dewy finish isn't as good as the above foundations but it's still very very good. It almost brightens and illuminates the face, so the intense dewy finish isn't required. I love how it goes on and how it makes my face look, I just can't stop staring at my face (something that doesn't happen often believe me!) however I just don't find it as moisturising as the other ones I use, I still adore this and also like the fact it's so buildable, and how nicely is blends out. I use this on 'good skin days' and although I don't use it as much as I would like to (naughty skin) I will purchase this forever more (big statement hey!) ahhhh dreamy. It lasts for a good 6-8 hours on my face.

So there we are, a rather long winded post about the foundations I can't live without!

What are yours? If by the sounds of things we have a similar skin type, please let me know what you use/recommend!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Pearl + Jouer Moisture Tint Matte Review

Hello and thank you for visiting my little blog!

This is my first blog post and I am really excited to start putting posts together and giving myself an outlet for something I am really passionate about - beauty and skincare. 

Today I am going to talk about my experience with Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Pearl (which I purchased) and the Jouer Moisture Tint Matte which I requested samples of.

I have dry skin, and a averagely oily nose, which makes finding a foundation rather tricky, especially if it's a dewy finish foundation/tinted moisturiser  I ordered Pearl after a lot of research because I didn't want to end up with a product that's wrong shade and to the best of my knowledge there isn't a Jouer counter nearby - Zzzzz, asleep yet?! Anyway I requested (by email) that they would stick in a sample of the nearest shade to Pearl in the matte version to see if it would work on my nose. 

I shall start for what did work for me. 

The Moisture Tint in Pearl was the perfect tone for my NW20 skin, I had heard it was golden which scared me a little, however what I found was it was certainly warm toned with a golden undertone which blended beautifully (I used the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - Real Techniques Brushes are slowly becoming my favourite, but that's another post!) and left with me a really wonderful glow that still looked natural and not too over the top.

It is on the sheer side and can't say it covers spots or redness, however because it applies like a dream and leaves you with such smooth skin, I found any concealer I added on top would just glide on and blend out so evenly. It is in my opinion the best product for that natural glowy/healthy look that I have come across. It was everything I had wished for and more and I am so happy I took the plunge and ordered it. I am also contemplating getting it in the next shade up for those days I use my Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning For Face as I can't bear being without it. 

What didn't work for me.

For reference the two samples I received in the Jouer Moisture Tint Matte were Chamomile and Porcelain. Chamomile was too dark and Porcelain was too light. Typically the two mixed together matched my NW20 face perfectly.
At that point there was so much hype around the Matte version and I really wanted to try it, and I stupidly decided to apply it all over my face to see what all the fuss was about. BAD IDEA! Within minutes of trying it my face felt very dry and tight, It looked so powdery and very obvious as well as very itchy. I literally run upstairs to grab my wash bag so I could wash my face in the downstairs bathroom. It was so dry I also grabbed my Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask and also added my Origins Night-a-Mins around the drier areas.

SO if you are prone to oily skin or combination I really think Jouer Moisture Tint Matte would be a great product for you, and really does soak up any excess moisture on your skin, however with my dry skin that was a really bad idea and my skin needed a good two days of intensive moisturising before it got back to how it was previously. However I have been now using it exclusively on my nose as of course it isn't as Luminizing as the non matte version, but it is still very good.

I am really excited to try more Jouer products, if you use Jouer which products would you recommend?

Thanks for reading!