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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Foundation reviews and Tola's Engagement Party

First of all, this post is long overdue! Oops - bad blogger! Anyway, I've been testing out a few foundations lately and I wanted to let you know my opinions of them.

With my recent E.L.F order I got the Studio Line Flawless Finish Foundation, £6.50, in Porcelain. I'd heard good things about this foundation and was eager to try it. First I concealed with my favourite bargain concealer, E.L.F's All Over Cover Stick, £1.50, which is full coverage, non-greasy, and better than most expensive concealers I've tried. I patted it on with a damp foundation sponge, and was immediately struck by how greasy it was. There's no way you can get away without setting this one! However it disguised my eczema beautifully, and had a nice full coverage, despite feeling like I was wearing a face pack. I set it with a generous amount of powder, and looked in the mirror. My skin looked clear and even, but not as smooth as it does with my regular foundation. I checked my face again around 5pm, and found it had caked and settled into the lines around my eyes and mouth. A quick pat with the sponge and some more powder took care of it. I would recommend this foundation if you have dry skin and don't mind touching it up during the day, but avoid it if you have bumpy or oily skin. I am concerned that this foundation may be breaking me out slightly, (perhaps due to the it's high content of mineral oil) but this could just be down to my weird hormonal skin! 

I also bought their Mineral Foundation in Fair, £3.50. I used it over the all over cover stick, buffing it in with my ecotools powder brush. It provided a beautiful, natural, matte finish. It is fairly light coverage though, so it may be better suited to people with clearer complexions. I like to use it over my foundation to give a little extra coverage and keep it in place all day.

The final foundation I've tried lately is OCC Skin Foundation. I haven't airbrushed it yet, but stippled it using a damp sponge. The texture takes a bit of getting used to, as it's a thin liquid and can feel wet at first if you apply too much at once. Applying thin layers a little at a time seems to work best, giving it buildable coverage. This foundation has a beautiful finish – it looks just like fresh, clear skin - love it! Can't wait to airbrush it. I not only used it on myself, but used it on the gorgeous Tola when I did her make-up for her engagement party!

Tola and I have been friends since secondary school, and she's one of the loveliest, funnest people I've ever met! I managed to snap a couple of pics of our FOTDs, but I soon got caught up in the fun of the day and forgot about taking pics!

FOTD - OCC foundation in Y0/Y1, ELF eyeshadow, BWC Blush & Lippie.

My setup.

Tola's before and after - so pretty!!!
Kett Fixx Creme as concealer, OCC Foundation, Barry M Blush, Yaby Shadow, Barry M Mascara, Revlon Lashes and custom mixed OCC Liptar.

Bonus shoe pic! Seriously how awesome are Tola's shoes? Major heel envy!

It was a very pleasant day, and I actually got quite soppy seeing how genuinely happy the couple were. Congrats <3 

You need to check out Tola's blog here. She is très chic, and always looks fashion forward without flashing flesh, which is refreshing when a lot of girls these days tend to have a 'less is more' attitude about clothing.

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Til next time!



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