The Base – Primer, Foundation, highlighting and concealing
When it comes to finding your holy grail foundation, especially high end, my advice to you, would be to always try before you buy, wherever possible and especially if you’re already investing your hard earned cash in some of the brands other products. For example, I already knew that I wanted the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Complexion Highlighter, Limited Edition, but I’d also heard great things about two of their foundations. The first being the YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation (new Formula) and the second being the YSL All Hours Foundation.
I couldn’t decide which foundation I wanted, because they both have glowing reviews. I didn’t know which was right for my ever changing complexion and both of them might break me out, which is a problem I encounter all too often when trying new products, especially foundation.
I explained my issues to the lovely lady at the YSL Counter in the John Lewis, Nottingham store and she was more than happy to help. She sat me down and we had a lovely little chat, I bitched about the state of my skin for 10 minutes and she colour matched me, which was a hell of a chore, because I am fussy AF. She was more than happy to pour out two little samples of each foundation for me, to see which I preferred, turns out I love both, so ill be going back, once the samples are empty of course, to purchase both of these foundations.
The Teint Touche Eclat Foundation is perfect for a lighter, day time finish and the All Hours Foundation for a more high coverage, evening foundation, perfect for the office Christmas party, you might lose your dignity, but your makeup will look bangin all night long.
My thoughts on both foundations
When I first applied the Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, I was blown away and found myself oohing and ahhing, literally! I was sat at my mirror, like a total plonker giving my dog a full and detailed review. In all honesty though, this foundation goes on like an absolute dream, a little really does go a long way with this product. Previously I had been using the Estee Lauder Double wear foundation, but after almost 10 years, I was finally over it, its okay for younger skin, but it clings to fine lines and dry patches so badly, it honestly makes my under eyes look crusty, the YSL foundation does not do this, in fact, it makes me look five years younger, it feels like water and my skin, still feels like MY skin after application, just a lot more even and positively glowing! It doesn’t sit in fine lines and it doesn’t crease (hallelujah!) I’ll add that I’m feeling somewhat salty towards Estee Lauder, as when I explained the problems I was having with the product, the woman on the counter insisted that it does NOT dry out under eyes, nor does it sit in fine lines and the problem was my skin and how dehydrated it was! I have not invested, time, money and water into my skin, to be told its “dehydrated” I came for foundation, not insults, sweetheart, bah bye!
Much the same as the Teint Touche Eclat foundation, the All hours foundation had me shooketh to the core (Oh jesus, she’s at it again, using vocabulary, designed for youths) its pretty similar, although this one is higher coverage and did a better job, at covering blemishes. Id highly recommend both foundations though, depending on the level of coverage you’re after.
Tanya Burr Highlighter
Ive been through a few of the more expensive highlighters in my time and whilst I loved them, I found it very difficult to justify spending my cash on some of the eye-wateringly expensive ones on offer. So when I heard great things about Tanya Burrs Chasing the Sun Champagne Illuminating powder
I knew I had to give it a go, that and I was skint and needed a replacement, for under £10.
I wasn’t at all disappointed with this highlighter, the glow can be as intense or as subtle as you like.
The finish isn’t powdery and gives a beautiful glowy sheen, I honestly can’t tell the difference between this and some of the high end illuminating powders. The only real difference would be the packaging, which is a bit crappy and made of plastic, the design on the front has pretty much worn off now, but to be honest, I didn’t expect ‘By-Terry’ quality packaging for such a low price point.
L’Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt mascara
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the L’Oreal Paris False Lash sculpt Mascara, is, in my opinion, the best mascara available on the high street. Previously, I would have said Benefit, ‘They’re real’ mascara, but this is better and half the price! If you’re looking for a really good volumising and sculpting mascara, for around £10, I’d seriously consider this one.
The Palette that has seen better days
Introducing the most pathetic, worn out and downright disgusting eyeshadow palette to ever grace a blog, I am truly embarrassed, but its the only one I own! I know, I know, am I even a real blogger?! I only own one palette, as generally, I’m a neutral shades, kind of girl, however, recently I’ve been really into playing around with some different looks! I promise I’ll take the plunge and buy myself some beautiful new eyeshadow palettes, but which ones!! Let me know your favourites in the comments below!
To create my wintery smokey eye, I used this rather sad Makeup Revolution Palette. Starting with a burnt orange in my crease, for the transition shade, a dark brown in the outer corners and just a smidgen of burgundy in the middle of my eyelid. I then added some of the Tanya Burr Highlighter to the inner corner of my eyes and to my brow bone, using my ring finger.
L’Oreal Paris Lipstick
Finally I finished off the look with a choice of two L’oreal Paris Lipsticks, the first being an easy to wear shade, which I had to include, because I love it and the second shade I like to call my ‘wearable red’.
Im a huge fan of L’Oreal Lipsticks, I own far too many of them, except for the Balmain collaboration, which I’ve been struggling to get hold of in store, I did have one, but I lost it about two days after I purchased it, gutted!
The finished look