Friday, 27 June 2014

Customising Foundation

Beauty nars estee lauder

Getting the perfect colour match or finish can be one of the most difficult things to get right when purchasing a foundation. It has a touch of the Goldilocks about it. If you're of medium tone and normal skin type then you're pretty lucky. However, for those of us with very light or dark skin tone, oily or dry skin type choosing the right foundation is much more difficult. But fear not, all those foundations that are just a bit too light, dark or oily can be mixed with others to customise your personal fit. Do you have a foundation that's too light for you? Mix it with the shade that's too dark. Or similarly, do you have a foundation that slips off your face halfway through the day? Then mix it with the one that's too matte.

Nars Sheer Glow and Estée Lauder Double Wear are two of my most favourite foundations but sometimes Nars Mont Blanc is too dark for me and the finish too dewy. Conversely, ELDW is sometimes too matte and flat so I add a bit of Nars to give an extra dimension to the finish of ELDW, and this also improves the longevity of Nars Sheer Glow on my skin.

Another favourite mixer is RBR's Sea Of Tranquillity liquid highlighter. It adds a beautiful finish to ELDW without affecting the foundation's staying power.

So don't throw away those foundations that don't quite match, try a little bit of customisation with other foundations/products. 

Do you have any other tips for customising your base?


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Benefit Ooh La Lift Under Eye Brightening Boost


This post follows nicely on from my previous post where I mention my fatigue and general exhaustedness. I've been interested in eye products largely due to my ever increasing dark circles. I swear by Bobbi Brown's corrector but sometimes it just isn't enough for my very tired eyes.

I purchased Benefit's Ooh La Lift on a whim (I know how to live, me) and I'm not disappointed in it (although I do think it's overpriced at £17.50). Ooh La Lift is an under-eye brightening boost. It contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to perk up tired eyes. The pink, slightly pearlescent 'balm' is applied by dotting the product under the eye and then gently patting into the skin. This gives a lovely dewy brightening effect.

I wouldn't recommend using this as your only weapon in your arsenal against dark circles- it brightens the area BUT it doesn't conceal. For an extra bit of relief keep this in the fridge as it feels incredibly refreshing on tired eyes when cooled.

I'm not enamoured by the packaging though. It's fine when there's still plenty product left in the tube but I think I'll have problems getting the wand to pick up all of this product.

To sum up, this is an excellent soothing and brightening product but it isn't a concealer. I think the price is a bit steep so I'm not sure I'd repurchase this. Have you tried this? Or do you have any recommendations for similar but cheaper products?


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