B.Flawless Foundation Review

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After seeing this foundation had won awards in a couple of magazines I had to try it for myself. I had never heard of B. before so had no idea what to expect.

After trying a few shades I selected Rose Ivory 020 as it seemed to be my best match. I was impressed with the range of shades available and they also had different foundations for every purpose, it was hard to think of a single person who wouldn’t find their perfect match among these lovelies!

2It says to apply using fingers on the bottle but I always use a foundation brush so I just continued use as I normally would. It matched my skin perfectly and blended in for a flawless finish. It felt really light on my skin but had amazing coverage. It covered all my blemishes and dry spots without a problem.

This foundation also left me with a healthy glow without being shiny. It claims to last 16hours but I have never actually come across a foundation that lasts that long in this heat on me. It has managed a good 10 hours the last couple of days and on cooler days I’m sure it would reach 16 hours easily.

Even though it has a really good coverage my skin still looks like my skin which I love. This has easily become my new favourite foundation, I don’t even need to use a primer under it. It is also really reasonably priced at £9.99 from Superdrug.

This foundation would suit all skin-types and I highly recommend it. In fact at Naked Beauty we are now giving the Naked Beauty Seal of Approval to outstanding products, there are loads of our favourites that we have already reviewed but this will start from today.

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L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation Review

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I was so eager to try this foundation after hearing so many people rave about it. I now also own the powder too but that is another review for later in the week.

First impressions

Everything about this products sounds amazing, it’s going to match my skin colour and texture and it’s going to be awesome, I hoped. It felt really lovely and silky when it came out of the bottle however it is also very runny and I feared it wouldn’t be up to the coverage I was after. My hands are currently way more tanned than my face so ignore the colour match in this photo.

2Application

It did blend really well, I got the Golden Ivory (D1 W1) shade and it matches my skin perfectly. It looked really lovely on at first and I just did 2 coats to build it up to my desired level of coverage. I shared this photo on Friday for my eye makeup but I was also using the True Match Foundation in this, it photographed really well and I felt confident going out in it. It has a really lovely healthy glow that rivals Bourjois’s Healthy Mix foundation.

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2 hours later

I got a shock when I saw myself in a mirror 2 hours later to see that the foundation had now clung to every dry spot on my face making me look ridiculous, I had a bit of a break out recently and so was left with a few dry spots as always. I’m sure this foundation will be great when my skin is in top condition but those days I don’t really need it anyway. I’ll keep hold of it and try it again when my skin is back to normal but for now it didn’t do as desired, sure it matched my skin colour but it hated my skin texture.

What I loved: The healthy glow it gave my skin.

What I liked least: It accentuated by dry patches.

Try it: £9.99, www.superdrug.com

It’s in the Bag! Donna’s kit

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This week we’re delving into our reviewer and my best friend Donna’s gorgeous Ted Baker makeup bag to see what lovelies it holds. It was totally jam-packed with Donna’s favourite products and here is the one’s we picked out to show you all.

8 We’ll start with the lips, this is a Rimmel London lipstick, and I think you’ll agree it is a gorgeous colour. Donna loves that it stands out and lasts an age, I say an age, I mean it lasts all days which is totally an age compared to most!

It has a gorgeous sheen and looks utterly beautiful on and Donna highly recommends this one!

On to the eyes, this mascara is Donna’s must-have, she can’t be without it, even though she has lovely long lashes all on her own! It is Rimmel London Scandal Eyes in black, it’s a really reasonably priced high street mascara but it has been working hard for Donna ever since it came out.

Donna reports fuller, longer looking lashes that last all day, sounds like she’s onto a winner!

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6Next up is Bio-oil, like me Donna uses it for stretch-marks and scars and it works a treat. I found this item when I was pregnant with my son but most of us can admit we have the odd stretch mark, I think they’re beautiful, they show a woman as grown but if you do feel the need to fade them a little this is our go-to product. Always.

It not only smells great, it feels great and does what it says it will do. I definitely saw a reduction in the redness of my couple of stretch marks, that was 5 years ago and I don’t need to use it any more, in fact I haven’t for a long while!

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No7 Stay Perfect foundation is just one of Donna’s favourite bases. She also loves  L’Oreal Paris Matte Moprhose Foundation.

This one gives a beautiful even skin tone that lasts all day. It blends beautifully and matches Donna’s skin tone perfectly.

This foundation has a huge thumbs up from us.

There were loads of gorgeous goodies in Donna’s makeup bag but we’ve saved some for full reviews another time! We’ll finish with a photo of Donna looking stunning!

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It’s in the bag!

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This is the first of sneaky peak into other people’s make up bag’s series. I don’t know about anyone else but I love knowing what other people use and this is the perfect excuse to be nosey!

First up is my bag but we have loads lined up. Above is all my favourite make-up as I definitely couldn’t fit it all in one photo! There is a total mixture of different products. My stand out products that I haven’t reviewed as yet are my Barbara Daily Foundation brush, The Body Shop Cuticle and Nail Oil, and Barry M Red lipstick.

I’ll start with this…

2This foundation brush was from Tesco’s range and was only about £6 I believe but it is by far my favourite brush. It blends my foundation into a beautiful natural coverage with no hassle. It is really soft of the face too. It needs a wash at the moment but that’s really easy, I just soak it in soapy water for a fe hours, rinse and dry and it’s as good as new!

Top tip: Always use a foundation brush, not hands or a sponge!

Next up is The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle oil…

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If like me you seem to have weak nails that damage and dry so easily this is the product for you! It strengthens the nail, smells great and includes a handy tool on the end to fix unruly cuticles! Within a couple of days of using it my nails are looking healthier and stronger!.

The last product I want to talk about is my Barry M lipstick in shade 21

3I love this lipstick so much, it’s not only my favourite shade but my favourite lipstick… ever!

It last’s way longer than any others I’ve tried, it’s a very sexy shade and really stands out. My lips also feel soft after using it, when I finally get it off that is!

Top tip: Use with Barry M lip liner and lipcote for a striking pout all night!

I’d also like to mention how awesome my Vitamin E Penelope Pitstop Makeup bag is… how cute is that?! I love Wacky Races and I have a mug to match too. I like that it’s a quirky, retro design! I keep the stuff I use every day in this so it’s easy to find!

Next week we take a look in Donna’s bag! If you want tp submit your bag for a sneak peak and a link to your blog email me on tams.watt@hotmail.com!

Don’t forget to find us on Facebook too.. there’s a prize going when we hit 200 likes!

The pros and cons of BB Cream, Foundation and Moisturiser

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This post was requested by a friend on Facebook and I definitely feel it is a great idea. There’s so much choice at the moment, but how do you even know whether BB Cream, Foundation or Moisturiser are the right product for you? Here I am going to give a quick guide to the pros and cons of each to enable you to make a decision on which is best for you.

Moisturiser

Pros:

  • Smooths the skin and improves the skin quality.
  • Products are available for every skin type from dry to oily.
  • Should be used as part of a twice daily skin care routine.
  • Provide a great base for foundation and helps it last all day.

Cons:

  • Used alone, moisturiser does not provide any coverage of blemishes.

Foundation

Pros:

  • Provides full coverage of uneven skin and blemishes when used correctly.
  • Available in many different shades to suit all skin types.
  • Comes in powder, liquid, mousse or cream.
  • Many last all day without a problem.

Cons:

  • Can cause blemishes if it doesn’t suit your skin, it is always a good idea to have a foundation free day each week to allow the skin to breathe.
  • If applied to heavily it can look obvious that you are wearing it and that’s not a good look!

BB Cream 

Pros:

  • Comes in a limited number of shades and adapts to your skin colour so it is easier to choose your shade. (Light, medium or dark)
  • Moisturises whilst giving a light coverage.
  • Multi-tasker, can use instead of moisturiser so no need for both which is great for oily skin.
  • Originally invented in 1960 for medical use to reduce inflammation and redness around scars so it is also great for that.
  • Many contain vitamin C and antioxidants which are both really good for the skin.
  • Blend into the skin with no hassle, no nasty foundation lines!
  • Can save money as it can be used as a primer, foundation, concealer and moisturiser.

Cons:

  • The coverage isn’t as good as a foundation when used alone. Best results when a powder is used to set it.
  • Formula is usually quite thick so not always best for acne-prone skin.

I hope this has been helpful and if you have any questions let me know!

 

Oh we do love a good BB Cream! Dr.Jart Premium Beauty Balm – Product review

We can’t all have perfect skin all of the time but we can look like we doDrJart!

I for one wish I had perfect skin without the need for foundation every day. This is why I love BB Cream it does enough to make your skin look beautiful without the need for heavy foundation. But it is so hard knowing which one to chose with the market swamped by them at the moment.

I have had this one in my make up kit a few months now and I love it. It’s perfect for those days that I’m rushing out for the school run and don’t have much time. It also lasts all day in the office and leave the skin feeling soft instead of abused!

The colour also matches my skin tone so well that no-one even notices the difference to when I am wearing foundation. It is gorgeously natural and also has anti-ageing properties.

This BB Cream also has a whopping SPF 40, fab for the fair skinned among us (the sun currently reflects of my legs). Beautiful looking skin and no more sunburnt noses… perfect.

It can also be used as a base under foundation, it primes the skin perfectly. It looks amazing on its own but this option would be good for a night out as it really does help to keep everything where it should be so you can focus on dancing the night away with the girls instead!

What I love most: That it has SPF 40 and performs brilliantly.

Try it: RRP £24 although it is in the sale for £12 at www.boots.com right now!

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Perfect red lips and subtle smokey eyes

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So this is my favourite look for a night out.. and here’s my very handsome husband too!

I thought I’d share my all time favourite look for an evening out with you all. I don’t ever feel myself without late night red lips. I don’t have time to do them during the day but if I did I’d probably always choose them over anything else! My husband on the other hand hates them.. but only because he doesn’t also want red lips. As a result I’ve spent so much time perfecting my non-transferring red lip look.

I have included a list below of all the products I used for this look and I’ll do a quick run down on how I got there. I also styled my hair with GHD’s and covered it in Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Hold Hairspray.

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Step one: Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise. Leave for at least 5 minutes before starting on the make-up, this will give you a perfect base to start with and hold your make-up in place longer.

Step two: Dab concealer over any problem places, blemishes and spots.

Step three: Use a liquid foundation all over that matches your skin tone well. No one wants to look tangoed!  Top tip: Use a good foundation brush rather than hands or a sponge.

Step four: Make a fish face and apply a rosy blusher to your cheek bones, don’t forget to blend.

Step five: Now it’s time to start on the eyes! Use a light grey eyeshadow right across the eyelid and up to the crease using a soft eyeshadow brush.

Step six: Use a darker grey eyeshadow with an angled brush at the corner of your eye, blending it along the crease in your eyelid and the eye line to about half way along.

Step seven: Use a nude colour eyeshadow from the crease of your eyelid to the brow. Blend all the colours gently so that they gradually move into each different colour.

Step eight: Use a good eyeliner to draw a think line right across the top eyelid and half way along the bottom one.

Step nine: Use the angled brush and black eyeshadow to gently go along over the top of the eye-line at the top.

Step 10: Use a pink highlighting cream in the corner of the eye. Apply 2/3 coats of Mascara.

Step 11: Use a highlighter just under the brow and at the top of cheeks also to define those areas.

Step 12: Time for perfect red lips! I use Benefit cupid’s Bow pencil first but I believe this has been discontinued so I won’t go into that for now. But if you are blessed in owning one still you know what to do!

Step 13: Use a red lip liner to line your lips, I also fill in the whole of my lips too as I find it make the lipstick last longer! Cover carefully with red lipstick.

Step 14: My holy grail for red lips is Lipcote, use this over the whole lips and just over the edges a little too, allow to dry and then blot. Reapply lipstick and Lipcote a second time. I like matt lips but you could always add a gloss at this point too if you wish.

Step 15: Spritz your face with The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz to set make up.

Then go have fun!

Product list

Organic Surge Super Intensive daily Mosituriser
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid in Ivory 010
Benefit Cupid’s Bow
Lipcote
The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz
Benefit Coralista Blusher
Benefit Smokin’ Eyes
Benefit High Beam Highlighter
MAC ZoomLash Mascara
MAC Eye/Lip Liner Pencil in black
Barry M Lip Liner in Red (No 3)
Barry M Red Lipstick (No 121)