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.

What's in my makeup bag?

Makeup bag - Paul & Joe
 Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, YSL Rouge Voulpté in Nude Beige, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, Revlon Cream Blush, Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc,  Lancôme Hypnose Doll EyesOrigins Plantscription ConcealerBy Terry Touche Veloutee

I did one of these posts a while back, but the contents of my makeup bag has pretty much all changed since then. First off, I am in love my with my makeup bag. Not only is it covered in cats, it has lots of little compartments so everything has its place.

I love my Laura Mercier Primer, I've not been getting on with the foundation lately, but I still find the primer to do its job very well. Paired with my Nars Sheer Glow it's a dream team. I have the foundation in both Mont Blanc and Siberia (for when my already pale face is even paler). 

Concealer wise, I've been using my Touche Veloutee religiously at the moment. Why I thought it necessary to spend £35 on a concealer, I really don't know, it's something I'd rather forget. It's great though! I tend to use this under the eyes, then use Origins Plantscription for concealing blemishes. 

When it comes to eyes I'm a bit of a novice. I love a good mascara, but anything else and I don't really know where to start. I'm twenty years old yet still find it impossible to apply eyeliner. The Naked Basics palette is right up my street. I use it on the off chance I decide to apply eye shadow, the black shade makes a great eye liner (I can just about work with powder) and I use the shade 'Naked 2' for my brows.  

At the moment I'm really enjoying the Lancôme Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara, I love the tapered wand and it applies really nicely.

I love my YSL lipstick, it's the perfect nude colour, I tend to use this or MAC's Peach Blossom for everyday wear. I also tend to pick natural blushes, and I love Revlon's cream blush in Pinched at the moment.

I'm one for routine, so the products I use tend to stay the same for quite a while. Do you like to switch up your makeup routine or keep it the same?