I'd previously got on really well with L'Oreal's True Match Foundation in C2 Vanilla Rose which I ran out of so so I thought I'm give Max Factor's Natural Minerals Foundation in 40 Creamy Ivory version a go. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me and my skin. To me, it feels like a powder and doesn't give the coverage I need. The L'Oreal one really sinks into the skin giving a nice natural sheer coverage.
In any case, these power based foundations are a little messy to apply and I decided to go back to a liquid version I could apply with a brush. I've gone for the APt Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation from Tracey Bell. I couldn't be more pleased with this, yes it is pricey but it feels divinely smooth on and really stays put all day. It's a mineral foundation which allows the skin to breathe. It also contains SPF15 which is great too.
I needed something to replace my favourite YSL Touche Eclat concealer. This is really expensive for I normally buy those double packs for about £16 at duty free shops (living on the Isle of Man I normally get to them a good couple of times a year). A lovely girl on Twitter called @shinygemma recommended I try out Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch which has been great. Obviously, it isn't quite as luxurious as YSL Touche Eclat but it definitely does the job and at around £4/5 it's extremely good value.
I'd heard some really good things about GOSH cosmetics from some of the YouTube makeup tutorials. There was a 3 for 2 offer on at Superdrug and I got Effect Powder Eyeshaw in Spa and two Extreme Art Eyeliners in 08 and 02. They were all very nice and easy to apply. I went for quite subtle colours in the collection and I think they work well if you want to make a day time look a bit more exciting.
I had a lot of Boots points so decided to treat myself to Clarins Soft Cream Eye Colour in 01 which is a really pretty creamy colour. It makes a really lovely highlighter and really helps powder eyeshadows to set. I'd be interested to know how it compares to the MAC paints which I haven't tried yet.
I also picked out a BarryM Fine Glitter Dust in 22 which is a lovely charcoal black with very tiny flecks of gold in it. Using a very small brush I find this works brilliantly for adding definition around the eyes when doing smokey looks. I adore Barry M's range of colours. Just make sure you have a good base on otherwise they can be very messy!
While trying out all the eye colours at Barry M I also picked Supershiny Lipgloss in 2 which is a really nice nude colour. It also tastes very nice! I love the colour but it's a little gloopy to apply. For me, I think it also may be quite drying but the weather is actually probably to blame for that!
Finally, whilst on my little haul in Boots I got a gorgeous nail polish from Revlon called Plum Attraction in 762. I really love berry tones in the winter and this one does just the trick although two layers are best to get the most out of the colour.
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