LAURA MERCIER SILK CREME FOUNDATION REVIEW

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After a 5 year relationship with MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid I was becoming more resentful towards it and felt like it was time to break away and try something new. I had heard so much about Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation and so after watching countless YouTube videos, I decided to take the plunge and got colour matched in Selfridges.

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I find colour matching foundations really difficult for my skin tone as I am pale and have red hair, but I don’t have that porcelain/ blue undertone to my skin, and I think peach/rose undertones are really unflattering on me and often leave me with an orange toned face. I much prefer yellow undertones in foundation as you can go quite light, but still have a warm, glowing undertone. Shall I say undertone one more time?

One of the good features about Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation is that the 4 lightest shades all have different undertones – it doesn’t just jump from 1) light to 2) medium etc like some foundations. The colours that are included in the lighter shades are, Soft Ivory, Cream Ivory, Rose Ivory and Peach Ivory. Soft Ivory seemed waay too light and would completely wipe any colour from my face, Rose Ivory was too pinky undertoned, and Peach was too orangey undertoned – so I was happy when I saw that they did a light colour with golden (yellow) undertones in the form of Cream Ivory.

The lady colour matching me said it was the fullest coverage foundation they do, but that it is classed as medium coverage but buildable. When I tried it at home however I would definitely say it is a full coverage foundation as one ‘coat’ completely covered my freckles and any blemishes I had – I also checked on the website and it comes under full coverage, so I guess the lady got confused……

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Despite Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation being a water based foundation, the formula is very gel-like and is quite a thick consistency. At £33 the foundation is quite expensive, but a pea sized amount covered my whole face so I imagine the bottle will last me a while.

This post is going to be in two sections, one of my thoughts after the first few days wearing the foundation and secondly after two weeks. They change a lot.

MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Full coverage without using concealer underneath was exactly what I wanted and exactly what I got.  It gave me a very natural finish, maybe verging a bit shiny – I definitely need to use a setting powder with this foundation.

Once I finished and completed my make up I was very happy with the results. I didn’t have to use a white concealar to bring the colour down (like I had to do with Studio Fix Fluid) and I didn’t have to ‘bronze up’ loads as it did not leave me with a white/ porcelain finish – but with an illumination healthy glow.

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When I went to work I got a compliment straight away saying my skin looks flawless so I was very pleased with that. Overall on the first few days, I was really happy with the foundation and would advise it to anyone who is looking for a high medium – full coverage foundation, with a natural finish, perfect for day and night. I would just say get colour matched properly because the different undertones really make a difference.

 One last thing – I reeally like the packaging of the foundation. It looks really sleek and the squeezy tube makes for a much better bottle than the glass ones with pumps you get, this makes it a lot handier for travelling.

OK – END OF FIRST IMPRESSIONS

SECOND WEEK

From using a thin consistency foundation such as Studio Fix, to going to a really thick- gel like foundation has been hard. I can definitely feel when I have Laura Mercier on my face, it feels quite heavy and you can definitely tell it’s foundation.  Also I have found that for some reason it really enlarges my pores, I guess the gel-like formula just doesn’t sit well in them as opposed to a proper liquid foundation. Which is odd because it is water based foundation. Lastly, I like a semi matte finish and I have to wear a lot of powder to set this foundation as it feels like it’s just going to make me look a bit sweaty. The powder doesn’t blend very easily into the skin, it sort of clings on to the foundation rather than letting it glide over meaning you have to use more. Also unfortunately, I have noticed that when I am not in direct sun light, it is actually quite dark. The photo’s below look like it is my exact colour match, because a big window is right in front of me. When I have looked at myself in the mirror at work or at uni, I think it is about half a shade too dark.

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Before and after the foundation

HOWEVER, it’s not all bad, as I do think this would be a brilliant foundation for the evening when you want a fuller coverage and darker shade which I do need on a night out to avoid the flashback in photo’s that I can some times get.

I tried so hard to love this foundation as it was £33 and gets such good reviews, but I had to be honest and I didn’t love it!

I feel like there needs to be a better system of trying foundations because you just cannot tell properly in the store..

I am overall giving this foundation a slightly disappointing…

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Have you tried Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation – if so I want to hear your experience!? 

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EYEBROW TUTORIAL | BENEFIT BIG BEAUTIFUL EYES

Eyebrows are such a staple part of my look. I could go out with no foundation, no concealer and no mascara, but as long as I had my eyebrows on I would feel happy(-ish!)

I use Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette, in the matte brown shade and a MAC 212 brush to complete my look.

Find out how I make this transition below:

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I’m quite lucky in the sense that my eyebrows are blonde and in the summer turn basically white, so I don’t need to thread them as much as some people. I used to get them done once a month but then I was thrown into the world of being a university student and having no money, so I usually get them done about 4 times a year, (around every 3 months.) A drastic difference I know! But I have realised that they don’t actually need them done that often – although these photo’s might tell a different story! On an everyday basis, you really can’t see the hairs. So here is a step by step guide to how I get my perfect eyebrow shape.

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These are my brows with absoloutely no product on!! Shameful! They have minimal shape and are barely visible to the naked eye.

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I began using a powder to do my eyebrows just before Christmas, before that I used Rimmells eyebrow pencil Hazel for years. Yet I found using a powder gives a much more precise line and you don’t have to faff around with sharpening it etc.. Also I found that Hazel had quite an orange undertone, which was very visible in pictures with a flash especially. I didn’t particularly like that, so I tried a matte brown eye shadow that comes in the Benefit Brown Smoky Eye Palette and have continued using that since. I’m so annoyed that the picture below came out slightly blurred as I didn’t realise until I zoomed in on the computer. Aside from that, my first step is to draw the top end of my brow. I know a lot of people start with the bottom, but I find it easier to define an arch and control the shape by beginning with a line at the top.

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I then draw a line at the bottom to the desired shape, which creates the template to my eyebrow. I like an arch, but still a relatively straight and thick brow with a sharp point at the end. I also like for the point of my brow to be a lot darker than the beginning of my brow and this is an easy way to achieve that.

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With a light hand I drag the bottom line of the brow to the beginning, trying to get fainter and fainter as I do it.

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The next step is my favourite as you just colour in your brow!! Stop ‘colouring’ with a heavy hand about ¾ into your brow …

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Wipe some product of you brush, and gently do upward strokes from the beginning of your brow to create a less harsh finish.

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If you’re shape isn’t as precise as you would like it, a simple trick is to put a concealer/ highlighter underneath and maybe above your brow with a brush. This will stop any out of place lines or smudges from showing and give your eyebrow a flawless finish. (I haven’t blended my concealer in don’t worry!)

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My finished eye brow! Hope this helps, practice makes perfect so don’t be disheartened if it goes wrong.

Products I used:

  • Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette – Matte Brown Shade
  • MAC 212 Brush
  • Collection 2000 concealer in #1 ‘Fair’
  • L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cream Ivory
Whats your holy grail eyebrow product? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at @making___up

AUTUMN/WINTER’13 LIPS

It’s common beauty world knowledge that as you move into Autumn/Winter, the dark shades of your eye and lip palette emerge and this is my favourite time of year because of that. So I was more than happy to embrace the trend a little bit early for my 19th birthday which was in early September.

I was persuaded to get my makeup done professionally at MAC for my birthday evening, and I’m relatively pleased I did…. The lady got the dark lip and eyeliner spot on, but my foundation, contour and eyebrows is another story  ……

However all in all I am pleased I had it done as I have found my favourite eyeliner and lipstick of this season. So in light of this, I have focused on finding you the perfect lip shades for this autumn/winter and here they are:

Firstly I have the lipstick that they used on me, and that I then bought, in MAC. It is from their  Viva Glam range and is number III. This is described as a ‘muted brownish plum’ on their website, which to me is off putting when I hear the word brown. But it is a very beautiful muted plum colour.

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One thing I have to say though, it is very matte. I found on the first time that I wore it, that after a few hours it would become a bit crumbly.. I tried different techniques however, and mixing a slight bit of lip balm and putting it on with a lip brush instead of straight from the lipstick made it better.

The second lipstick I have is of a completely different consistency. Glossy and silky; this deep pink-plum will give you a complete full coverage with your first application. The Bare Minerals Lipstick from their Marvelous Moxie Lipstick range and is in the colour Live Large. It is a lovely creamy formula that looks like you are wearing a clear gloss over the top of your lipstick.

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Definitely more day time friendly than the MAC lipstick, but still a good option for the evening. Live Large is a ‘rosy-plum’ that is not as deep of a purple as Viva Glam is, as it has an underlying red tone.

A similar lipstick in consistency, is from the brand Catrice. And no, I didn’t know that brand existed until I found this lipstick either! I found this lipstick in a drugstore/ pharmacy in Ireland a couple of years ago and it’s stuck with me ever since. It is from their Ultimate Colour range, which promises ‘highly-pigmented, rich shades with perfect coverage and shine’ and it doesn’t let you down. The only negative I would give this lipstick is that it is very watery based, so be careful when you apply as it can easily go outside your lip lines.

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Similarly to the Bare Minerals lipstick, one coat and you get a full application and glossy finish. The main difference between the two lipsticks is the slight differ in colour, as Catrice offers you a plum/purple undertone, rather than a red/rosy undertone like the Bare Minerals. I don’t think they do the exact colour I have any more, which is 160 – Tell Me a Berry-Tale, but the closest one to it is probably 030 Ginger and Fred.

Finally! My last lipstick swatch is from the Collection 2000 Lasting Colour range and is probably the more daring lip colour, because simply it is purple. This lipstick gives opaque coverage, with a natural finish and is perfect for a pop of colour in the day or night. I really really like lilac shades for the day with a very simple eye and I find using a lip brush and lip balm tones the colour down to something slightly more wearable. This lipstick is long-lasting and I even found it a challenge to take off with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which usually can remove anything without a struggle. This lipstick is also the cheapest of them all, retailing at £2.99, and the shade is  no. 10 – Berry Blast.

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Sorry that this post is so wordy – but I really hope it helped introduce you to some new colours for this season.

Let me know what other colours you have found for this Autumn and Winter!!

Shall we all just jump off the bandwagon now and admit that Vaseline isn’t actually that good?

“My lips feel so sore and dry, I really need some Vaseline’ is something that I will be hearing a lot over the next coming winter months, as I do every year. But I want to know when people are going to start using a product that actually works.

Vaseline’s original lip balm supposedly provides ‘long-lasting moisturization’ whilst protecting ‘dry, [and] chapped lips.’  Admittedly putting Vaseline on to sore or dry lips provides immediate relief but I feel that’s all it does; there is no ‘long-lasting moisturization.’

 I always thought that Vaseline was the ultimate lip balm, because I hadn’t tried anything else and  I guess I didn’t really know what to expect from a lip balm. When I was in Boots in the summer however, I picked up Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Nourishing Lip Care. I wanted a lip balm that would keep my lips soft and moisturised whilst I went on holiday because laying in the sun with nothing on them isn’t ideal.. and oh my god I am in love… this is what I want from a lip balm.

In a lipstick style case, you don’t need to get your fingers greasy when you apply it. It’s so beautiful to glide across your lips and I can just feel how it’s deeply moisturising them straight away. Even afterwards when the entire lip product has sunk into my lips, they feel baby soft and look visibly healthier… a feeling I do not get after Vaseline.

So please, please pleeease do not reach for that probably out of date Vaseline you have at the bottom of your bag. Invest in a good lip balm like this one and I promise you it will change your lip life forever.

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NAILS STINC.

First of all I would just like to apologise deeply about the bad pun in the title ….. *tumbleweed* I thought of it and couldn’t resist putting it as the title, even though I’m sure most people didn’t get it or mainly, didn’t find it funny at all……… haha.. anyway…

It always angers me when I buy an expensive product that has had rave reviews and it turns out to be shit.. It happened with a MAC brush I bought a couple of years ago, (yes I’m still annoyed 2 years on…) Aussie shampoo and conditioner and now a Nail Inc nail polish.

 

I should have learnt my lesson the first time really – I bought a Nails Inc polish a few years back and wasn’t impressed about how long it stayed on for but I thought I’d give it a second go.  I’ve had this nail polish for quite a while now, I just haven’t properly used it, it’s called Saville Row and it’s a lovely deep purple colour with an underlining red tone. So I guess an easier way of saying that would be a ‘plum shade’…

I put it on and the immediately I didn’t like it the way it went. The coverage is really uneven and if you get a fraction of more product on one section of your nail, you can really tell, as it does not spread easily at all. However… I put another layer on and it appeared to even out, so I got over that one quickly.

Buuut! After a double application AND a top coat, after just one day it had chipped! ONE DAY! I have a limit of a minimum two – three days (depending on how expensive the product is) before I think it is acceptable for a nail polish to chip. However again… I just painted over it and let it slide, hoping that I had just badly caught or hit my nail on something.

(after 2 days it looks like i’ve been wearing it for 7) also as you can see, the surface is very scratchy.. even though I did not go out/ do anything drastic for at least three hours after I painted it. I expect a smooth, glossy finish for the price.

 I feel like I was really generous with this nail polish, but it just tipped me over the edge when I looked down and saw two nails on my other hand seriously chipped at the top. For a nail polish, which average price is £11, I think it is really disappointing… I know that I’ll be sticking with Essie nail polish, which very rarely lets me down.

It just shows that paying more for a product doesn’t always mean you are getting higher quality..

Have you ever been really disappointed by a product you paid a lot of money for!? Share it so we can all be warned!

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(2) my own.