2012 - The Year of the Foundation

I'm pretty sure everyone is constantly on the search for that one Holy Grail item. For me, 2012 became the year of the foundation. I'm still currently on the search for 'The One'.

I started off the year wearing No7 Stay Perfect Foundation. At £14 it was fairly inexpensive (in comparison to more recent ones anyway). It was alright, though even the lightest shade was too dark for my skin tone in winter months.

I then came across a sample of Chanel's Perfection Lumiere. I absolutely loved this foundation for a good few months, but after a while I found it made my skin look dry. Plus, once again, the lighest shade was just too dark. I still like using this foundation, but at £36 (and after repurchasing twice) I don't think I'll buy it again.

I thought I'd found my perfect foundation in the form of YSL Le Teint Touche éclat in the summer. The colour was great, the formula felt so light on the skin, and it made my skin look pretty great. Unfortunately, it seemed to break me out a bit. Initially I refused to believe it was the foundation, but after a break from using it, my skin seemed to clear up a bit. I still use this from time to time, but I just don't trust it anymore.

The Liz Earle Signature foundation is the best shade I've found for my skin so far. At £21 it was cheaper than the two foundation I'd bought previously, and I was actually really impressed with this. The coverage isn't amazing, but overall it is a really nice foundation. I just felt that something was still missing.

This leads me onto my most recent foundation. A few weeks ago, after reading extensive reviews, I purchased Laura Mercier Silk Creme. I love it. It looks wonderful when first applied, covering any blemishes and with great coverage. Sadly, I find that even with a primer, after a few hours of wear it starts to look a little cakey, something I really didn't expect. I still really like this, but it's just not perfect.

I dread to think about how much I've spent on these foundations over the year (especially since I've repurchased more than one of them). It looks as though 2013 will turn into the second year of my foundation hunt. If people have any recommendations I'd love to hear them!

What's in my makeup bag?

Mascaras: No7 Exquisite Curl & Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp
Liz Earle Signature Foundation in Ivory
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Topshop Crescent Moon Highlighter
Liz Earle Moisturiser
Mac Lipstick in Hot Gossip

I've done the generic 'What's in my bag' post, so I thought it about time I accompany that with the 'What's in my makeup bag'. Equally as generic but with one added word. I joke, but I actually really love these types of posts. I'm just so nosey!

My makeup bag is a Benefit one that I received as a birthday present this year. This is the makeup that I generally carry round with me on a day to day basis, although the lipsticks in there change daily.

Have any of you done one of these posts? I'd love to read!

Accidental Purchases: Liz Earle Signature Foundation

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser
Topshop Highlighter - Crescent Moon

So on Saturday, I accidentally ended up in John Lewis and Topshop and accidentally ended up buying a few bits. 

The first of these being my Liz Earle Signature Foundation. I've been on the hunt for a new foundation recently. I loved the YSL foundation and how it looked, but like a lot of other people, I have a feeling it was breaking me out. 

I then went back to using my Perfection Lumiere, but I think as I'd been using a much lighter foundation previously, it felt too drying. 

Whilst I was in John Lewis I popped over to the Liz Earle section and came across their foundation. I think what drew me in the most was how light it was, I can never seem to find foundation light enough for my skin.

I usually prefer a foundation with a heavier coverage. The Liz Earle Signature foundation is more of a light to medium coverage, and doesn't really cover imperfections all that well. However, the formula is lovely. It glides onto the skin and feels really light. I applied mine with the Real Techniques angled foundation brush. I'm not too sure how well I'll get on with this foundation if my skin has a few more blemishes, but right now it's actually really nice. I wore it for 8 hours at work yesterday and it didn't feel as though it needed re-applying at all.

Overall I'm pretty happy with this foundation, but I don't think my search for the perfect one is over yet.