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.


So I went to Boots.


When I used to go shopping with my Mum a few years back, I never understood how she could spend so much time in Boots. Fast forward five years and I now it's obvious. These days I can't go out without somehow ending up in Boots and somehow spending a little too much money.

Today I went in looking for a mascara. I came out with said mascara (though not the one I intended on buying) plus a few other items. Oops.

I couldn't find the mascara I'd gone in to get, so I thought I'd test this one out. I've never heard of it before, I've not read any reviews and I'm worried I'm going to be disappointed. This has a plastic brush as opposed to bristles, that can only be a bad start! Let's hope it proves me wrong.

It was 3 for 2 on Revlon so I also picked up a cream blusher and a Just Bitten balm stain. I have yetto actually try the balm stains. When they were first out I didn't really join the hype. In my eyes they were just like chubby sticks, and I already own a few of those. This is such a lovely pink though and I've been wanting to add something a little brighter to my collection.

On my way to the till, I accidentally ended up with this Sally Hansen polish. I definitely didn't need another pink, so obviously that's what I chose. I'm hoping it'll be a nice polish.

All the things I picked up today are products I've never actually tried before, so I'm hoping that I won't be disappointed.

I want to make 'So I went to Boots' a little feature on my blog. I go in there quite a bit, and often come out with some nice things which I'd like to share on my blog with you. It's not really a haul, definitely not a review, just a 'I went to Boots and this is what I came out with'.