Friday, 28 April 2017

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

I really struggle to find a good foundation. If I manage to find a mediocre one I kind of stick with that for a few months until it runs out and I'm forced to go into Superdrug and try something new. I must admit I'm a creature of habit - I'm a fair skinned, yellow undertone, oily girl, so finding foundations for me is pretty difficult.
I had heard of many YouTubers going on about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation but like I said being oily means I try to stay away from anything that's going to make me any shinier (I also prefer a fuller coverage, whereas this foundation is more light to medium). After snooping around online however, I found the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and found it had many positive reviews. I decided to take the plunge and here are my thoughts.

I must admit I bought this foundation when I fake tanned (shade 54 Beige) but it was a good match. After re-swatching I might also purchase shade 51 light vanilla which seems the perfect yellow-toned shade for when I'm more pale. Going on my 54 shade, I can say the colour is good, it does oxidise slightly but nothing too dramatic. This is more neutral to pink in colour but as I said when I fake tanned it was a good match.

Oil Control:
With any foundation I get oil, I'm THAT oily. With this one I did notice that my oils weren't as bad (I had used a setting powder). The good thing is that if I get oily I can simply use more powder and it goes away without my foundation looking cakey or patchy.

I wear my makeup at 7am until 4pm when I'm at school. That's a long time including touching, sweating and the stress from exams! This foundation does hold up pretty well though. I did notice it came off of my forehead a little, but I am a hair toucher so I can assume its probably from where I'm pushing my hair back. Everywhere else help up great.

How I Apply:
To apply this foundation I used my Real Techniques Beauty Sponge as this is my favourite way of applying any foundation. I am usually heavy handed when it comes to applying makeup so I finding using a damp sponge prevents me looking caked and as if I'm wearing a mask. The foundation applies beautifully and with a lot of coverage. You are left with a dewy finish but as I said before I always set with powder.

Would I Recommend?:
Yes, I would recommend this foundation. For £10 and Superdrug doing 3 for 2 at the moment I think this is a great option. As I said before the darker shades do seem to run slightly pink, but for me being naturally very pale, shade 51 seems like a good option and is what I'm going to buy next! Let me know if you've tried this foundation and your views on it!

Monday, 17 April 2017

My Style: No Black for Once

Top: Primark
Jacket: Miss Selfridge
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Russell & Bromely
Bag: River Island


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

How I Deal With My Oily Skin

For any of you girls (and guys) out there who have combination-oily skin know the struggles. You spend all morning making sure your makeup is perfect just to come home at the end of the day looking like you've rubbed vegetable oil all over your face.
Don't get me wrong I know the benefits of having oily skin, one being the delayed signs of wrinkles - but, that doesn't make any difference when I see half of my make-up sliding off.
I've tried many different ways to help control my oils, so I thought I'd share my tips on how I help to control my oils.

1. Moisturising

You may think that because you have oily skin you don't need to add anymore moisture to your face. However, if you don't moisturise your skin can become dehydrated (yes, you can have oily skin but it still be dehydrated) and when this happens it produces even more oil to compensate. So, every morning and night after washing my face I use a moisturiser, normally oil-free, to keep my face hydrated and prevent the over production of oil.

2. Using a Translucent Setting Powder

My favourite has to be by Laura Mercier. I only use it on my more oily areas to prevent cake-face but this powder really is a miracle in a pot. It keeps my oils at bay all day and allows my makeup to stay flawless. This powder does have a heft price-tag (£30...) but there are some alternatives from cheaper brands such as NYX which do just as good of a job.

3.Oil-Blotting Papers

I don't always use these, but for occasions and holidays I find them to be a life saver. I put them in my purse and when I see my face getting a lil' shiny I whip one out and dab away the excess oil. Put a small amount of powder on and you're good to go.

As you can see having oily skin doesn't have to be the bane of your life. I've learned these small, simple tricks to dealing with my oils over the past few years. If you have any other tips and suggestions feel free to comment below or tweet me @PhoebeeMoon
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