Saturday, 19 March 2016

Foundation Friday: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

When this foundation first launched at the beginning of last year I had absolutely no desire to try it, something about it screamed gimmick. The whole 2in1 foundation/ concealer thing is very rarely ever done right and the doe foot applicator just didn't do it for me.
Add that to the fact that I never have been able to find a shade of Clinique foundation that suits my skin and you can't blame me for avoiding this.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when my skin decided to once again go ape shit crazy on me and break out like it's never broken out before I did what I always do and started searching for a fuller coverage foundation.



On a side note: I had to pay a visit to my doctors because acne at the ripe old age of 32 is just plain wrong and it's starting to get me down! The lovely GP could have cared less really because "skin problems" aren't really an illness and prescribed me Duac, this is after I explained that I already use benzoyl peroxide and it dries me out which is why I can't use it anymore.
Five days into using Duac and my skin is clearer but also drier than a 90 year old nun's vagina so I guess I'm back to square one!
Thank you NHS!

Getting back on topic, I started doing my research and this Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation kept popping up and most of the reviews where all positive so off I trotted to my nearest counter in search of a sample.
I used that sample once and bought the full sized bottle the very next day! I was blown away at how it made my skin look because considering it's full coverage it still looks like real skin and for once they have my shade!
Please Clinique, if you are reading this, NEVER DISCONTINUE THIS PRODUCT!




Shade Selection 
There are 21 shades ranging from very fair to moderately deep however most of them run on the peach/pink tone, that's not to say they don't have yellow tones but theres few and far between.
I was able to find a match with Linen and Golden Neutral would be perfect for when I'm tanned.
From what I can understand the shade range is divided into 3 groups: P is for pink undertones, N for neutral and G for golden however I would say the neutral shades are more yellow and the golden shades are more peach.

Packaging
Bottles nice and what you would typically expect from Clinique but I'm not a fan of the doe foot applicator, for me it just makes it messier and I would have rather had a pump.
Still, it's what inside that counts so I can live with it!

Coverage & Finish
Clinique I don't know how you have done it but you managed to create the most full coverage foundation on the market that still looks natural and skin like!
I need the tiniest amount for it to cover everything, blemishes, un-even skin tone, hyper pigmentation I mean the lot and the best part is that you can't see it on the skin!
You can also use it as a concealer though I choose not to as I love my Urban Decay Naked Concealer too much to give it up but I've tried it under the eyes and it works really well.

Application 
I tried it with a buffer brush and that was way too much coverage for me however it still looked natural.
I liked it with the beauty blender which probably gives the sheerest amount of coverage but I do think a stippling brush works best for this.

Longevity
Think the lasting power of Double Wear and then multiply it by ten and even then you're still not even close to how well this lasts!
I can put this on in the morning and it will look the same, I mean EXACTLY THE SAME when I go to remove it in the evening.
It doesn't budge and that means my blusher, bronzer and any other face product that I'm wearing stay looking fresh too.
Hands down the longest lasting foundation I've tried and believe me when I say I've tried loads!

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Conceal retails at £25 and you can check it out on the Clinique website.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream

RMS claim that their coconut oil is extracted using a special technique (unlike refined or cold pressed) which keeps the lauric acid contained within the product intact. They don't go into detail as to what this process but whatever it is it works because this is infinitely better than the usual coconut oil you cook with.


My preferred method of usage is as a cleanser, it will quite literally melt off even the most stubborn make up in seconds flat and unlike other coconut oils it removes easily without leaving a filmy residue just soft happy skin.
As a facial moisturiser it's okay but I do prefer argan oil for that purpose and while I love using coconut oil as an hair treatment this is  far too premium to waste so get the cheap stuff for that!
Texture wise it's not as heavy as cooking grade coconut oil, feels a lot smoother and not as lumpy so I guess you do get what you pay for here in terms of quality.


So if like me you are crazy enough to spend £12.50 on "fancy" coconut oil then give the RMS one a try!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Kiehl's Creme De Corpse Grapefruit Whipped Body Butter

For some strange un-fathomable reason my skin as been dry this winter, I'm talking sahara dry to the point where it feels rough and feels tight and itchy.
I've always been more on the normal to slightly oily side so I've not adjusted well to this new skin change and I'm not a big fan of putting on lotion because I find them sticky and the application quite frankly bores the tits off me. 
So the fact that I've had to start applying cream to my arms and legs as not been welcomed and I started searching for something that I would enjoy using.



I've know about the Kiehl's Creme De Corpse Whipped Body Butter a while ago but the price tag was keeping me from making a purchase until I found the grapefruit scented version in the Selfridges January sale for £16, bargain!
I'm glad I waited and didn't pay full price! Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely product but at £36 it's so very overpriced for what is quite a basic but very pleasant moisturiser. 



As you can see I kind of looks like butter, like the kind you put on your toast in the morning but thankfully nothing like it in texture.This cream is pretty much spot on and somehow manages to be thick and very moisturising without the sticky or greasy feel that I hate so much. 
It's easily absorbed, makes my skin feel velvety and the grapefruit smells is very refreshing but if I'm paying almost £40 for a body product of any kind I want it to do more, be anti-ageing or something.

This is very simple moisturiser which I will enjoy using up and wouldn't complain if I recieved it as a gift but won't be buying again myself!