beautyofhistory

A lover of history and beauty searching to link the two together

Month: May, 2013

Weekend Away Travel Packing

Now I don’t know about you but packing your bags to go away for a few days can either be super easy or the most difficult thing. Picking between make up products, skin care products is like trying to chose your favourite child- well not that bad but you get my drift. But here are my choices and I think I’ve chosen wisely, let me know if I’ve missed anything major!

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Revlon Nearly Naked First Impressions

I have resisted temptation as I sit here eager to open this gorgeous new foundation. I have just purchased Revlon’s Nearly Naked Foundation which hit the stores earlier this year. It claims to have buildable coverage which is light and fresh leaving a ‘no makeup makeup’ look! Perfect!

I’m going to be using the remnants of my Embryolisse cream as a base and work it in with my Real Techniques stippling brush. I like to leave my moisturiser to set on my face for a little while before I apply my foundation so in the meantime I shall listen to this beautiful cover of ‘I want it that way’ by Landon Austin and Julia Sheer:

The Application

I’ve swapped my brush to a Real Techniques expert face brush just because I feel that brush has blended the product in better. I have to say the coverage is impressive but will need the extra work of a concealer in some areas. This foundation also smells pretty good! But be warned, if you’re used to any other Revlon foundations being a thicker consistency be aware this one is very liquidy! When I swatched this in Superdrug I spilt about 5 applications worth on the back of my hand!

I have chosen to team this up with my NARS Laguna Bronzer and it is the perfect compliment to the foundation. You could use the Bourjois Bronzer if you are on a budget!

 

The Verdict

Love it! Definitely a day time foundation as the coverage is on the lighter side of medium coverage for me. Perfect if you were going for a lunch date as it is really natural coverage but the staying power is there if you need it!

 

Gold Star Revlon. A company that started in 1932 with a nail enamel has certainly developed in leaps and bounds!

 

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Bluewater Haul

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So a few weeks ago I took a trip to Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent and picked up a few things.

Recently, I have been so impressed with my skills of not falling to impulse purchases and so all of these products I fully planned to buy before hand.

I also had my first experience in a Space. NK store which I loved! My new favourite beauty store hands down! The staff were super friendly and I felt really at ease. It sounds silly but I often feel out of my depth in some big department stores where the counters almost appear to laugh at your inexperience with their brand. But I loved Space N.K for being open and inviting! Big thumbs up!

Anyway, I picked up my cult favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish with the skin tonic along with a travel kit for summer! I took out the two mini sizes of the moisturiser and the brightening mask for myself as I probably wont be using them as much when I travel. However, I will be purchasing the full size of the mask as I love it. After a few uses I can see a difference in the clarity and tone of my skin. I picked these beauties up from John Lewis.

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My first NARS purchase also happened on this trip in Space N.K and I am so happy it was a bronzer. I have been meaning to purchase my first bronzer for so long but never had the guts too. I have very pale skin so I always thought bronzers weren’t for me. Anyway, this beauty did set me back £26 but it is great for really warming up my skin tone without being muddy or orange. If you are in the market for your first or a new bronzer I would definitely consider it. There are some great drugstore alternatives which I will write a blog post on as soon as I get my hands on them.

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation was also on my list to purchase. At £9.99 I think it is a great buy for anyone who loves a dewy, healthy finish to their skin. My only problem with this product is that it is a tad too dark for my skin. I love the consistency and how it looks and the coverage is great and lasts a good amount of time. I will definitely be repurchasing this but in the lightest shade.