Another day, another foundation.
Truth be told, it’s been hard lately deciding which foundation to reach for in the morning (sad story, I know). Lately, it’s been getting much harder since there are so many stellar ones out there. Take for instance Make Up For Ever’s new Matte Velvet Skin full-coverage foundation.
Officially released at the end of July, this foundation, available in a staggering 40 different shades, delivers a matte finish that will last you all day. Housed in a squeeze tube (meaning you control the flow of product), this foundation glides on the skin leaving you with a comfortable shine-free wear that isn’t heavy or cakey. In fact, it feels so natural that you’ll probably forget you’re wearing anything at all.
The brand gave me the option of choosing a shade and based off their shade chart I chose R230, which actually matched my skin nicely (it’ll look even better as I start to lose some of my summer colour). I have applied this with both a Beauty Blender and a domed foundation brush and it delivers a vibrant skin look almost instantly.
The formula of this foundation includes their innovative Flexi-Fit Complex that allows the lightweight, oil-free formula to bend and breathe with the skin. The amino acid-coated pigments adhere to the skin for long-lasting coverage that really does look flawless and natural on the face.
This foundation retails for C$48, which I find is about average for higher-end foundations. I do like this one better than their Ultra HD, which everyone seems to rave about (I just it doesn’t wow my skin – if that makes sense). I really loved how this made my skin look and feel (especially the feel part since it dries down nicely and doesn’t feel heavy). Next time you’re in Sephora I would definitely make sure you check this foundation out and even ask for a sample of it. I’m sure you’ll love it!
Also, check out my latest IGTV video where I did a first impressions on this foundation.
Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.
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I get to try out a lot of different skincare.
Although I used to be more brand conscious, as of right now, as long as it works for my skin, it doesn’t matter what the brand is or the price point. I rotate out products every few months as I use them up, and always get so excited to receive new stuff from brands I don’t use on a regular basis.
I’ve tried out stuff from Vichy in the past, but when they sent over some of their Purete Thermal goodies, I whipped them out that evening for use. Although they have tons of body care and skincare lines and products, I was really intrigued by the claims on the five items they sent my way.
First up were the Purete Thermale Makeup Removing Micellar Cleansing Wipes. I always use a micellar solution to remove my makeup since I find it does an awesome job of removing makeup efficiently and effectively. Although I tend to use a solution and a cotton round, I do like using wipes every so often, my only real qualm with them being that they don’t last as long as a liquid product. These wipes are billed to instantly cleanse in one step. They remove impurities and makeup from the face, eye, lip, and even waterproof makeup. The formula includes Vitamin E to sooth and refresh skin. These actually do a pretty good job of removing makeup, although I don’t believe the waterproof claim. My makeup came off relatively easy with these and it was nice to wipe my face down with this prior to my cleanser (usually I just wipe my eyes with a makeup remover rather than my whole face).
These retail for C$14.97 and I would totally recommend them. They are on the pricey side for 25 wipes, so I wouldn’t use these every day, but for days where my makeup is little more done up than usual, these would be good to bust out.
Once my makeup is off, I’ve been reaching for the Purete Thermale Cleansing Gel. I’m gonna say it right here, I love this stuff. I pair it with my FOREO Luna and it lathers up into the most incredible cleanser that really does prep my face for the rest of my skincare. This retails for C$26 and the cool part about it is that it cleanses away all impurities and pollution residue for soft and radiant skin. Now I know what you may be thinking, pollution residue? I didn’t think this was truly a thing (hello, I live in Winnipeg), but after going to New York for a couple days this past May, my skin got so bumpy and irritated from the air pollution that this definitely would have come in handy (I’m going to do a whole separate post about that coming soon).
This cleanser contains a Purisoft technology that includes moringa seed extract, which cleanses all impurities, including pollution particles, dust, and excess sebum. It also reduces the effects of hard water on the skin. The gel foams up nicely and really delivers a deep clean on the skin, removing it of all dirt, makeup, oil, etc. I love this cleanser and highly recommend it.
After I use my toner and eye cream, I’ve been grabbing the Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Serum (C$42.95), which is a serum that recharges dry and dehydrated skin with intense hydration. The serum has 97 per cent naturally-derived ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, fortifying Vichy mineralizing water, and plant sugar mannose, leaving skin feeling hydrated for up to 48 hours, even under environmental stresses or pollution.
After applying that serum I reach for the Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Water Gel (C$39.95), which is a gel moisturizer that transforms dry and dehydrated skin with intense hydrating. It also has 97 per cent naturally derived ingredients, including the same things as the serum. This moisturizer leaves your skin looking fresh and it feels comfortable and hydrated. I don’t usually reach for a gel moisturizer, but I don’t mind this one. It applies really nice on the skin, gliding on your face and then absorbing quickly.
Finally, to end the skincare routine, I reach for the Vichy Mineral 89 serum (C$39.95), which is a pure and powerful formula that is concentrated with 89 per cent Vichy Mineralizing Thermal water from French volcanos and associated with natural hyaluronic acid. This serum hydrates and strengthens skin, protecting it against daily aggressors like weather changes, stress, fatigue, and pollution. After regular use, dull, damaged skin is hydrated, plumped, fortified, and quenched for a healthy glow.
Vichy recommends using this daily for best results. I’m actually surprised by how reasonably priced this product is as it is very popular and does amazing things on your skin. In the line up of products, Vichy does recommend using this after your cleanser to fortify your skin, so I guess it would replace a toner, however, I’ve been using it after my moisturizer as a last step and have been enjoying how it makes my skin look and feel once my skincare routine is over.
I’ve used Vichy products in the past and have always been impressed with their stuff. I have a few more in my collection that I haven’t even had the chance to try out yet (I seriously have so much skincare to get through), but when I received for these products I couldn’t help myself, I had to bust these out and give them a try right away. I’m glad I did since I found some all-stars in here and compared to other brands and the prices on these are amazing.
Have you tried Vichy skincare?
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I’m not that picky when it comes to blushes.
Hey, if it does the trick, then it does that trick, am I right? Anyways, I am a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line, I was excited to try out some of her new Pretty Youth Glow Filters.
Available in two shades, these are a cheek duo consisting of a cream-to-powder blush and highlighter duo that is designed to give you a youthful, fresh complexion. The brand was amazing and sent me both shades, Pretty Fresh (coral) and Seduce (pink), and the first thing you’ll notice about these beauties when they are on is that they are very faint. They also sent along the Cheek Hug brush which is designed to fit the contours of your cheeks, so I’ve been using that with these to create a natural-looking flush.
The formula in the blush and highlight is a rubbery wax that blends out to a dry-touch feeling. The colour doesn’t go on harsh, but rather very sheer. Although the compact for these are stunning, be prepared to get them messy quite quickly due to the formula and the way the you apply them on the brush.
Okay, so I really wanted to love this product, and although I don’t like a harsh blush, I did find the formula to be too sheer for my liking. Since it’s a gel, I found it a bit inconvenient to get it on the Cheek Hug brush. I had to practically dig the brush into the pan to pick up any colour and even then, it seemed to smudge all over the compact. The highlight in these are even more sheer than the blush. I used my finger to apply the highlight since I found the brush too thick to concentrate the product on the areas I wanted highlighting.
You can kind of see the product in the photo above, but it’s definitely on the sheer side. Truth be told though, I always go in with a light hand for my blush anyways, so that didn’t really bother me. The part I didn’t love was the actual formula. Don’t get me wrong, it feels amazing, but when it comes to the actual application of it, it was hard to get onto the Cheek Hug brush and I don’t really have another brush that would do it justice.
These retail for C$50 and can be found at high-end department stores like Nordstrom. They are limited edition and the brand does offer up kits with the compact and the brush for $75. I’ve tried a number of products from the brand and although I’ve loved everything thus far, these Glow Filters just don’t do it for me at that price point. I think that if they were a normal powder formula, rather than the gel, they would work a little better. If you are looking for that glow from within look, then these are perfect, but if you want something a little more noticeable, then I would skip them.
Have you tried the Glow Filters by Charlotte Tilbury?
Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.
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