The 'Forever' Face - The Basics

When it comes to beauty products, I find it very easy to get set in my ways. Once I find something I like I tend to stick with it until I either, can't afford to re-purchase or I've, shockingly, discovered something new. It's probably why I'd never make a very good beauty blogger, I find it hard to let go of products.

I received a couple of new additions to my collection of every day favourites, and have pretty much stuck with this routine since Christmas.

As my skin is prone to breakouts, I'm always wary of trying out new foundations and moisturisers, always worrying my skin won't like them. Over winter my skin got a little flaky and dehydrated. I switched up my previous offering of Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination Skin and opted for the Dry/Sensitive option instead. I really know how to try new things! 

My go-to base for the past 6 months or so has to be the Liz Earle Signature Foundation. I've raved about this before, so to save me doing so again, I'll link to said post. I apply this using the Sigma f80 brush, which blends like a dream! I tend to use this after the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (not pictured because I'm silly). At first I didn't actually get on too well with the primer, but I think finding the perfect primer/foundation combo can really change things. 

Concealer wise, my By Terry Touchee Veloutee has seen me through almost 9 months of wear. It's nearing the end of it's lifespan and I'm still toying with whether I can afford to repurchase it. It's perfect for under the eye. I also like to use it along the bridge of my nose, as I find it almost works to highlight. The best concealer but it comes with a hefty price tag. For blemishes I've been using the Nars Creamy Concealer in Chantilly. Great consistency, not too cakey and an all round good one. 

Finally, after months of uhmming and ahhing, I received the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. It works really well as a setting powder, and I find it works to combat redness a little too. I sometimes switch this up and use the Bourjois Java Rice Powder, although the shimmer in the second does put me off sometimes. 

I should probably try out new things more often, but these products have been working really well the past few months. I was planning to include my 'forever' mascara, blush etc, but I feel like this post has got a little long, so expect that one coming up next.

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.