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Flormar Perfect Coverage Foudation Review

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I got this Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation a few months ago and I think it’s time for a review!

The foundation comes in a 30mL frosted glass looking bottle that comes with a pump. I think it looks pretty and it’s well designed.

This foundation promises to be full coverage and that it will last for 12 hours. It also has SPF 15 that I think is a plus.

I got the lightest shade available #102 and I must say that this shade is slightly too dark for me. It looks good on me in the summer months when I’m a bit more tanned but when I’m looking a bit more pale in winter, this will be too dark for me.

As for the coverage, it does cover very well but I do own foundations that have a higher coverage, such as the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation and the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. That said, these higher coverage foundations are much more expensive than this Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation and they do look like a bit like a mask when applied. For the price, I am satisfied with the coverage that this foundation provides.

I find that this foundation highlights a bit of the texture on my skin if I don’t wear a primer with it. That said, with a primer on this looks beautiful.

As for longevity, this lasts all day on me and it gets a little oily over my t-zone. If I mix it with some Mac Fix+, it doesn’t get oily at all and I think it’s fantastic.

All in all I really love this foundation when I wear it with a primer and mix it with a drop or two of Mac Fix+. I only wish that it came in lighter shades so that I can wear it all year round.

This foundation costs €11.95 and if you’re in Malta and you want to get this,  there is a Flormar shop in Main Street Paola and another shop opposite Bay Street in St. Julians.

Check out photos of swatches of this foundation and what it looks like on my face down below.

Besos!

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Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation Swatch

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Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation Makeup Look

Lidl Cien Foundation in 020 Natural Beige | Review

My mum recently went to Lidl and told me that their foundation was in stock. She tried it and loved it and encouraged me to go pick one up for myself and give it a go. So I went to Lidl and picked up the Lidl Cien Foundation in 020 Natural Beige.

Lidl Cien Foundation

Lidl Cien Foundation

This comes in a 30ml squeeze tube and the packaging is plastic. I picked up the shade 020 Natural Beige but I can’t say that I did the best of jobs at picking out a shade for myself. Below you can see what this foundation looks like squeezed out onto the back of my hand and blended in. It has a very pink undertone and although it matches me very well, I like foundations that reduce the appearance of my redness. I usually prefer foundations that are less pink than this but not extremely yellow.

Lidl Cien Foundation Swatch

Lidl Cien Foundation Swatch

This has a sheer coverage that’s buildable to a medium coverage and the finish is semi matte. It’s not a greasy dewy finish but it’s not matte either. Very natural in finish which I quite like.

Below you can see a before and after shot of what it looks like on my face and at the end of the post you can see a final makeup look where I wear this foundation. The left photo is my cleansed, toned and moisturised face and in the right photo I’m only wearing the foundation. As you can see, my skin still looks pink but it did even out my complexion and left me with a semi matte, natural finish.

Before and After Cien Foundation

Before and After Cien Foundation

This does stick to my skin nicely, it doesn’t look like it’s sitting on my skin and doesn’t rub off easily. In terms of wear time, it stays put on my face all day but after about four hours of wear I start looking quite oily on my t-zone. If I apply two layers of this for a medium coverage, I start looking oily even sooner. After blotting my face with oil blotting sheets, the foundation stays put and my shine is gone.

In terms of my skin’s texture, this foundation doesn’t blur out my open pores or fine lines. That said, that’s probably asking too much out of a foundation that costs about 4EUR. It also doesn’t have any SPF.

All in all, I can recommend this foundation if you’re looking for an affordable sheer to medium coverage foundation and you don’t have oily skin. If you want to spend more money on a similar foundation, I would recommend the Pupa Milano Anti Eta’ BB Cream. That has a similar coverage and finish but doesn’t make me oily throughout the day. It also has Vitamin E and Beeswax to nourish the skin, SPF 30, and it smoothes out my open pores and fine lines beautifully.

Besos

Lidl Cien Foundation in 020 Natural Beige

Lidl Cien Foundation in 020 Natural Beige

MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation First Impressions

MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation Review

MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation Review

Today I tried out my Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation (in NW20) and thought I’d share my first impressions.

The photo above was taken 2 hours after I applied my makeup and you can probably clearly tell that there’s a situation going on around the nose area. The foundation also gathered on my chin.

I didn’t use this foundation as it seems to have been intended to be used and therefore, the makeup that went on top of it was very patchy and couldn’t blend. I’ll explain!

It would have helped if I had read that this foundation is actually a sheer-medium foundation that’s intended for hydration. It’s advertised as “A foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, thin, elastic gel-serum formula.”

I tried applying it using my Real Techniques expert face brush but I found it really difficult to blend in. I then moved on to using the Real Techniques miracle sponge and it blended it very easily and beautifully. As a thin layer, it looked stunning. Certainly a dewy finish. Very natural and skin like.

I then had the not so brilliant idea of trying to build it up for a fuller coverage. Big mistake. This just made my face look oily.

I thought, no problem, I’ll just powder my whole face as usual.

Another big mistake. The powder just latched on the the very shiny parts of my face making it look really patchy. Note to self: If your foundation looks too oily, either remove some with the sponge or blot it (with oil sheets or whatever).

Yes. So I wasn’t doing too well here.

The rest of my makeup didn’t blend as easily, of course it was because I put on too much of the foundation.

All this said, I’m not put off by this foundation (just yet). When I only had on a thin layer of this my skin simply looked radiant and beautiful. I’d say that this foundation is perfect for days where I want to wear light makeup that I don’t necessarily need to last all day (it did rub off very easily even after my heavy powdering).  If I ever intend to set this with powder again, I’ll try a powder puff rather than a brush. I think it would work better that way.

As for packaging, this foundation comes with a dropper applicator and it’s very liquidy and runny. Initially I thought that it wouldn’t give me as much coverage as I wanted but with the thin layer it gave me more coverage than I thought it would. Certainly sheer-medium but it’s not difficult to go closer to the medium end.

I hope that you found this little first impressions useful even though I still can’t decide whether or not I like this foundation or not just yet. I guess that’s the beauty of first impressions posts 🙂

Other makeup I’m wearing in the photo

  • Ben Nye luxury powder in Banana to set
  • LA Girl Pro Concealer in Natural
  • Mac Mineralize Skinfinish bronzer in Give Me Sun
  • Milani Coral Cove Blush
  • The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer highlight
  • Anastasia brow shadow duo in Brunette
    Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Peach Smoothie, Latte, Cocoa Bear, Mocha and Corrupt as my “liner”
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and some cheap baby falsies that I got from eBay (let me know if you’d like the link)
  • On the lips I’m wearing NYX Maple Blondie gloss

 

Besos!

 

Let’s talk foundation – Day 10 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 22.46.33I love foundation and it’s the base of every makeup look that I do. Which foundation I wear depends on how my skin is – dry, oily (t-zone), blemished, dark, light. In this post I’ll talk about four of my favourite foundations.

The first foundation in the picture is the Mac Studio Sculpt. This is a gorgeous medium to full coverage foundation that has a thick texture and it’s certainly silicone based. This foundation gives me a flawless finish and it’s very dewy. I wear this when I’m going for a very dewy look.

The Mac Sudio Fix Fluid is another great foundation that’s amazing in photos. It has a buildable coverage and it’s very warm. I have it in the same shade as the Mac Studio Sculpt but I find that this one is more yellow. It looks amazing in photos and in the evening but if I don’t have a tan and wear it during the day it can look a bit too yellow on me. One thing to note about this foundation is that it oxidises. Originally I had bought a darker shade but I had to go and swap it for a lighter shade because when it oxidised, my first shade became too dark on me. It’s a good think to keep in mind about this foundation.

The Boots No.7 foundation is the one I wear when I want a perfect look that lasts all day. It’s a very matte foundation and it wears very well — it stays matte all day. This has a very full coverage but when I’m not going for that porcelain doll look, I sheer it out with some moisturiser or BB cream. It still wears very well even when mixed with a moisturiser.

The last foundation is the Bare Minerals Original. This makes my skin look like gorgeous skin rather than looking like I’m wearing foundation. The coverage is light to medium. I wear it with the matching primer from Bare Minerals. Somehow, after I remove this foundation, my skin feels amazingly soft. I don’t know whether it’s the minerals or the primer. But I’m in love.

Do let me know of any foundations that you think I might like, I love trying new things!

Besos!

 

My daily makeup products — Day 2 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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I change up my look quite a lot but these are products that I have used practically everyday since I bought them. I didn’t include a lipstick because I wear different lipsticks everyday and you already know which one is my favourite 🙂

Here’s the list of products and mini descriptions of my relationship with them 🙂

BB Cream: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 23. I mix this in with my matte foundation and it give me some added moisture, SPF and other benefits that come along with the BB Cream. I mainly use it for the moisture and because mixed with my matte foundation, it gives me a more natural finish while staying matte all day.

Foundation: Boots No. 7 Beautifully Matte in Warm Ivory. This is a very matte and very full coverage foundation. I don’t like wearing this by itself because it’s too much, especially for an everyday look. That said, when mixed in with my BB cream it gives me the perfect finish that lasts all day.

Concealer: Mac Pro Longwear in NW20. I’m hopelessly addicted to this concealer. It gives me an amazing perfect natural yet full coverage and doesn’t crease. I love the product but I hate the packaging. It comes in a glass container that can easily break (as I’ve seen online) and the pump isn’t great either. With foundation pumps, I can generally get half a pump of foundation if I need it. This pump is quite stiff so it’s hard to get less than one full pump of product. The LA Girl pro concealer is a very close runner up but the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer certainly beats the LA Girl concealer for its longevity.

Setting powder: Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder. I usually go for this powder or for the Ben Nye Neutral Set powder that’s white and translucent. I’ve been using this Banana powder more frequently lately and it’s because it’s more finely milled and the yellow hue helps with my redness. If I’m being fancy, I use this banana powder on my red areas and the neutral set powder on other areas that don’t need neutralising. Most days I’m lazy and just go in with one powder to set my whole face.

Highlight: The Balm Cosmetics Mary Lou-Manizer. This is certainly my new go to highlight. I used to wear the Sleek highlight from the Face Form palette but I recently bought this and it’s better by a mile. It’s more finely milled, the shimmer is more fine and if used sparingly it can look like a very natural highlight. It’s very pigmented and a little goes a long way. If you want a very highlighted look, you can certainly achieve it with this product as well.

Contour: LA Girl Pro Concealer in Beautiful Bronze. This is my new favourite contour product. I got this recently and I haven’t turned back to my other contour products since. This took me a couple of goes to figure out how to make it work for me as a contour. I found that if I use too much product it can look very muddy and brushes are not great at blending this. I use this by applying it sparingly and blending with my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. It looks very natural on me and I love it.

Blush: Milani Blush in Coral Cove. I am really impressed with Milani products lately. I love this blush and I also love their Color Statement lipsticks. This is moulded into this gorgeous rose. I’ve used this product a lot since I got it and the rose still has it’s shape. It’s a very pigmented product and a little goes a long way. It’s very matte and it’s easy to blend. If I’m being extra fancy I like putting some of the Milani Baked blush in Luminoso over this to give this a sheen. They work really well together.

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown. I bought this product last month and I have since not touched my Sleek Eyebrow Kit. This is certainly my holy grail brow product. Working with this also has a bit of a learning curve. Using too much product with this can make brows look very drawn on. I like using it in areas where I need to fill in and I do so with a very light hand. It matches my brow colour perfectly and I think it looks very natural on me (when I’m not going for a power brow, that is).

Eyeshadow Base: Mac Cosmetics Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. This is a really perfect eyeshadow base for me. I used to use the Urban Decay Primer Potion which used to work well for giving my eyeshadows longevity. This paint pot however, works really well for giving me a blank canvas to work with and it works just as well as the Urban Decay Primer Potion for keeping my eyeshadows in place all day.

Eyeshadows: My everyday eyeshadow look varies a lot from day to day. That said, my skin toned DeliPlus eyeshadow (that I depotted and put in my Z Palette) and the shades Creme Brulee and Latte from Makeup Geek are the start of most of my everyday makeup looks.

Eyeliner: Physician’s Formula 2 in 1 Lash Booster Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black and NYC Liquid Liner in Jet Black. I honestly can’t get enough of my Physicians’ formula eyeliner. It’s the easiest eyeliner I’ve ever worked with. It has a brush tip and the product comes out of the brush itself in the perfect amount. It’s very easy to get a very precise line with this. The only downside to the Physician’s Formula eyeliner is that it doesn’t dry matte. I prefer a matte finish for my eyeliner and to achieve that, I go in with my NYC Liquid Liner in Jet Black for that perfect matte finish. High maintenance, I know.

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama. I’m currently using this mascara. I have other open mascaras that I sometimes use but this is certainly my favourite for wearing by itself. It gives me length, volume and it doesn’t flake up on me. Its downside is that it can go clumpy. I find that it’s best to use a lash comb with this to get rid of unwanted clumps.

And that’s it! I hope that you enjoyed my little descriptions of my daily makeup products. I use… A lot. I love makeup. If you ever meet me and I’m not wearing much makeup, just know that I’m probably having a very bad day.