Friday, 17 June 2016

REVIEW: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

After Wednesdays blog post on 'High Coverage Foundation Recommendations' I promised to feature the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation on Fridays post.
This is my latest daily foundation since getting back from my holiday in May.
I'd heard good reviews on this one for so long and the fact that it was still high coverage (which is what I look for in a foundation) and that it was a luminous finish made me want it even more.

Spring/Summer is all aimed at radiant, glowing skin which I wanted within my foundation for this season. I do find it important to mix up your foundations each season to change your skin finish as each season effects your skin differently.


Full Coverage Foundation Recommendations

Been a rubbish Beauty Blogger this week, but I've been a busy bee!
I thought i'd do a random blog post today on 'Full Coverage Foundations'
For saying its summer i'm still getting lots of ladies ask me about the best full coverage foundations. (Summer should be for lightweight, radiant and sheer coverage foundations you knowww)
But you've probably had enough of me rambling on about radiant skin, although if you still want that finish read HERE on how to prep the skin under your foundation to give you radiant skin even through the heavy coverage foundations that i am about to tell you about.


Monday, 6 June 2016

My Top Recommended Face Primers

For Feature Friday I did a review on my favourite face primer 'Guerlain Meteorites Peales Primer.
Read it HERE to get the full review including what it does and how it works...

Today is a post based on a range of face primers that I recommend which are all great for different skin types.
Getting the right product for your skin type is very important, imagine your skin being dry and you get a primer for oily skin? This will not have the right benefits for you and will probably effect your skin more than you expect.

In my upcoming 'ONLINE MAKEUP LESSONS' which will be released this summer will explain and help identify your skin type within the lesson so that your makeup goes on and lasts like a dream.
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You may be thinking 'I don't need a primer' because... 'I can save money without one' or 'I can keep touching up my makeup' or many more excuses?
I would highly recommend a primer! Consider it more of a skincare routine... something you always need.
Primers are known to keep your makeup lasting longer. Which is a great bonus as you know you don't want to be touching up your face every hour of the day when your makeup is sliding off.
This prepares the skin to grab the pigment you put on top, this is of course how the foundation lasts longer on a primer base than when you don't use one.
Another bonus from a primer is that it helps smooth out and even your skin tone for when you apply the rest of your makeup. This is where your skin type comes into your choice of primer.
Carry on reading to see which primer would be best for your skin.

Ok so let me get started on my favourite primers that I would recommend you all to consider in your makeup routine...
SMASHBOX have a wide range of primers now, also known as the 'Photo Finish Foundation Primer'
With this product their literally is one for every skin tone, so this brand makes it easy.
They have, Original, Light (thinner consistency), Hydrating (Dryer skin types), Blemish Control (Oily, spot prone skin)
More fab extras are considered for - Colour Correcting, Luminising, Pore Minimising, Dark Spot Corrector and I think thats all!
Exactly, there is one for everyone... So I could stop there but there are other amazing brands with all in one primers.
They also now sell 'Primer Oil' and 'Primer Water' if you preferred a different texture, they all work the same.

A great one for Oily Skin/Large Pores (which can be created from oily skin) is 'BENEFIT Porefessional', This one is a thick consistency, more like a paste which goes all over the skin. Although it is thick this product easily blends and absorbs into the skin leaving your skin feeling so smooth and silky.
Benefit also do a 'Porefessional Matte Rescue Primer' now so this would be more for oily skin wanting an extra matte finish which controls the oil all day long.

Do you have one or more of the following?
- Uneven skin?
- Pigmentation?
- Normal-Combination skin tone?
Well the 'GUERLAIN Meteorites Peales Primer' (Which was my last product review) is the one for you, this evens out and corrects your skin tone with the luxurious beads which burst in every pump to leave you with flawless, even skin and a matte effect.

Dry Skin types I would recommend 'GUERLAIN L'or Primer' This is pretty much the opposite to the Meteorites so it is aimed at the opposite skin type more for Dry/Dehydrated skin, wanting radiance and glow to brighten up your skin tone.
This one comes like a lightweight clear gel with Gold Leaf specs throughout the fluid, these burst with hydration and radiance as soon as the pump is applied to the skin.

All these primers are used in the same way. As a base to your makeup which is applied after your skincare routine but before you foundation.
They can be all applied with your fingers as this warm up the product better on the skin and helps absorb straight into the layers of your skin, preparing your skin for the next step which will leave you with flawless, long-lasting makeup.

I hope this has helped you with identifying a primer which is perfect for yourself
Or made you realise you need a primer in your routine. You will see a difference!
Some of these primers do things that your skincare and foundation can't. Primers are made for being applied before your foundation so they know they need to work their magic to leave your face looking amazing!

Love Sophie x


Friday, 3 June 2016

REVIEW: Guerlain Meteorites Perles Primer

So I have touched on the importance of skincare, now I need to introduce the importance of Primers for the skin and before the makeup.
Primers are an amazing base for your makeup which you apply after you moisturiser. All primers have different benefits which I will explain more in Tuesday's Blog Post as that one will be all about primers and my top 3.
This post today is a review on one of my favourite primers which I repurchased to take on my holiday in May. 
So you will learn how good and benefital Guerlain's Metoeorites Primer really is, and it's a brand that no one boosts about enough!

I did work for Guerlain for 6 months last year as their Account Manager/brand consultant. And I will say it was my favourite employed job to date. Of course my buisness in number 1. 
I had the full product training from everything Guerlain sells (makeup, skincare and fragrances) this primer was in my top favourite products from their makeup range.
Not only is the product just amazing but the smell of the meteorites collection is to die for!
All of the meteorites smell like Violets, similar to their 'Insolence' fragrance.

This primer is known as their 'light diffusing pearlised primer'  this means that this will naturally reflect and enhance the light shone onto the face through the foundation. This gives your skin such a healthy radiant glow which is completely effortless, it also has anti-dullness benefits from the ligh deft users which brightens the skin tone.

The rosy pearls plump the skin whilst the formulated powders help neutralise excess oil on the skin and help conceal blemished and uneven skin tone from the pearlescent beads which burst onto the skin then set leaving a long lasting matt complexion.
Now as that may all sound so scientific and that it does so much from one small product but this actually works wonders.
The best thing about it is that it keeps your makeup on COMPLETELY all day/night. I feel it set on the skin which makes my foundation stick to the primer a whole lot better than other primers I have tried.
And this is proven when you try it on a night out, your makeup will not budge.

This is everything we need in a primer, we all want even, radiant, plumped skin and for our makeup to last all day.
Them this is the primer you need.
It's so easy to apply, just pump 2 pumps on the back of your hand or on your fingers and spread it all over the face, leave it for a minute to let the penalises work their wonders and you good to go with the rest of your makeup.
I do use this product in my kit, along with lots of others but I can identify exactly who needs or who will benefit from this product.
I hope this has helped you if you were on the hunt for a primer that actually works, or maybe just gave you an insight to a brand or product that you hadn't considered before.

Keep updated for Tuesday blog posts all about primers and my top rated ones, this of course will be included.

Love Sophie X 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

My 'On The Go' Make-up Bag

A lot of people struggle with what products/tools they need in their handbags everyday.
Some people throw their whole makeup bag in, others just keep a lipstick in a pocket.

Well today I will list my 'on the go' makeup bag as these are the products that I need most throughout the day once my makeup is on since morning.

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