Let's talk about foundation

Foundations in my collection: 
Chanel Perfection Lumière 12 Beige Rose, YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat B10, Revlon Nearly Naked Ivory, Nars Sheer Glow both Mont Blanc and Siberia, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Porcelain, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Soft Ivory, Liz Earle Signature Foundation Porcelain

Over a year ago now, I wrote a blog post on my search for the perfect foundation. Now, I'm not entirely sure what happened to that post, as I can't seem to find it anywhere! Nonetheless, I'd like to think of this as a little update on my never ending quest to find the perfect base.

For me, foundation is a necessity. It's one of the few makeup products that I'm willing to splash out on. I'm very self conscious about my skin, so trying to find a foundation that works for me can be tricky. In the past year I've tried a fair few, but in this post I wanted to pick out a select few and talk about why they work/don't work for my skin.

My newest addition to my collection is the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish foundation. Long enough name there? I was torn as whether to purchase this, but a month or so ago I caved. This is a really nice foundation to apply and the colour match is perfect for my skin right now.

I find that, when applying, it tends to dry quite quickly, meaning that you need to work quite quickly to blend it in. Once it's applied this foundation looks lovely but, after an 8 hour shift at work, it doesn't look quite as great. It probably doesn't help that I'm working around steam & hot milk and rushing around on my feet all day, but no matter what primer I team it with, this foundation seems to separate on my face and cling to any dry patches.

I have yet to try it on a day that I'm not working, so I'm really hoping it'll hold up and last the day as I really want to like this foundation.
Next up are two foundations which I find to be quite similar. Nars Sheer Glow and Revlon Nearly Naked both offer quite light to medium coverage with a dewy finish. These foundations can be built up to offer a bit more coverage, but if you're looking for something to really cover those imperfections then these may not be for you.

 These were my go to foundations for the summer. Although I have the Revlon Nearly Naked in the lightest shade, it's definitely too dark to use over the winter. Nars especially was perfect for me. Over the summer I used the shade Mont Blanc, and loved it so much that I re-purchased in a lighter shade in preparation for winter. Sadly my skin has taken a turn for the worse recently and I've needed something that offers a bit more in the way of coverage.

Last, but most definitely not least, is the Liz Earle Signature Foundation. I first bought this beauty about a year ago whilst on the search for something new. It's a lovely consistency, the perfect shade and a great amount of coverage. I used it religiously for around 3 or 4 months and, to be quite honest, I can't actually remember why I stopped using it.

Fast forward a year and it's back. After my dalliance with Bobbi Brown, I headed down to Boots to re-purchase what I can safely call my favourite foundation. At £21 it's one of the cheapest I've mentioned here (second only to Revlon) and it's still worth every penny.

Whilst I may not have found my holy grail foundation as of yet, I've definitely come close with Liz Earle.

What are your favourite foundations? I'd love to know if there's anything else I must add to my ever growing collection.

Treats for the Face

Mario Badescu Buffering & Drying Lotions

I tend to go through phases. One month I'll buy lots and lots of clothing, and other months all I want are new beauty purchases. The last week or so has definitely been about clothes, but before that I accidentally bought a few beauty bits.

I'd been eyeing up the Mario Badescu range for a couple of months, and when my Malin + Goetz treatment eventually ran out, I thought I'd give these two a go. I have yet to use the Buffering Lotion (formulated for under the skin, cystic acne) but the Drying Lotion seems to be working well on any annoying spots that have appeared. I wouldn't say it's any better than the Malin + Goetz, but it's certainly just as good! 

I ordered the Luminous Silk foundation a month or so back, and it's a lovely formula and the perfect colour for me. It's a nice foundation but I'm not completely sold on it yet. I'm still on the hunt for a good primer to use with it, as my beloved Laura Mercier primer isn't doing the best job. It looks lovely when applied, but I'm finding that after a couple of hours it starts to make my skin look kind of scaly? Any recommendations?

I'm definitely very very behind on the Nars blush bandwagon, but this is probably my new favourite. I'd read multiple reviews of Orgasm before and always thought it'd be too bright for me. However, I decided to just bite the bullet and add it to my basket. I'm so glad I did. If you don't use too much it's the perfect coral/pink shade.

There might be another mini 'haul' type post coming up soon, I've been buying a few too many jumpers lately.