Friday, April 17, 2015

Filthy/gorgeous-MAC Pro Longwear foundation review

MAC Pro Longwear foundation review

The reason for the title of this post being Filthy/Gorgeous is that every single bottle I see of this foundation is absolutely filthy looking!  It really is not a pretty looking foundation on any dressing table.  It even looks manky in the bottle-like it has separated in the glass vial.  Although it has a great pump, the actual foundation seems to get everywhere!

But it's absolutely gorgeous on so I wanted to share my thoughts with you on the formula.

This is quite a cult formula that has been around for a long time.  I have never thought about trying it before until I was watching a Sharon Farrell video about make up for oily skin and she recommended it as being a great long lasting foundation.  My skin has really changed since my cancer surgery last year-it's now super oily and I get lots of hormonal breakouts round my jaw so I need quite a lot of coverage to feel confident.

There are things I love about this foundation and there are things I am not fond of.  But overall this is my favourite foundation to date.

Who will love this foundation?

Girls (and boys-I don't judge) who like very long lasting foundations and like full coverage.  Air hostesses.  Anyone who works in a warm climate.  People who prefer matter rather than dewier finishes.

This is definitely full coverage and I have found it sits well over both 'matte' and 'radiant' primers.  Equally it applies well with either a foundation brush or fingers.  But it is an absolute shit to get out of foundation brushes.  It's such an 'adhesive' foundation in that it welds to the skin, that it also welds to the bristles of any make up brush.  Normally I use a foundation brush two days in a row before washing it but with this formula, by the second day, the residue foundation left in the brush has stiffened into the bristles making the application difficult.  So I am only getting one days use out of a foundation brush when I use this before I need to wash it.  And I wash the brush as soon as, because the longer the formula sits in the bristles the harder it is to get it out.  I find I have to use both baby shampoo, a solid brush cleanser AND a Sigma brush cleansing glove to get all the foundation out.  And you will know if you haven't got it all out because when the bristles dry they will feel horrible.

Ok so by this point you are probably thinking 'Jesus Christ what a palava' but I promise you the coverage and finish is worth it.

This is definitely one of those foundations that looks better when it has had 20 minutes to warm up and sit on your skin.  It looks more flawless the longer you wear it.  That does not mean that you can't powder immediately or that it is tacky on application, it just seems to improve with time.  It doesn't settle into pores or fine lines and it keeps oil at bay longer than any foundation I have tried.  It's more on the matte/satin side-it's not dewy enough to be 'plastic skin' (still a foundation goal for me but I feel like I would just look greasy) but its not matte/flat.  It's quite a 'liquid' formula so it does blend very easily and seamlessly and you have a bit of time to ensure you have blended thoroughly before it sets on the skin.  It does contain SPF but only SPF10 so you shouldn't experience any flashback in photography (I have read somewhere that unless the SPF is higher than 20 you shouldn't get 'ghost face' in flash photography although I am such a granny I can't remember the last time I was photographed at night)

This foundation has been an absolute godsend to me whilst my skin has been so crap recently and I think I will forever have a bottle. more thing! You must double cleanse your skin at night to ensure you remove this fully as it does weld to the skin (in a good way obvs) Use a good oil or balm to ensure you really get the foundation off and a flannel to remove the cleanser. You will be shocked how much foundation was still on your skin at the end of the day and comes off on the flannel!!

Have you tried this MAC foundation?  I would love to know if you love it as much as I do?

Pro Longwear retails for £25/$32-I got mine online from Nordstrom

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

YSL Palette Lumiere De Jour and Touche Eclat Blur Primer review

YSL Palette Lumiere De Jour and Touche Eclat Blur Primer review

YSL Palette Lumiere De Jour and Touche Eclat Blur Primer review

YSL Palette Lumiere De Jour and Touche Eclat Blur Primer review

I have to say I have been finding YSL a little hit and miss these days-some massive hits with me were the Fusion Ink foundation, the YSL Voulpte Tint in Oil and the Babydoll Kiss and Blush but I was really upset about the formula of the uber expensive YSL Couture eyeshadow palettes and the price versus quality of the packaging.

Today I'm talking about a good and a bad new launch.

The good is the Touche Eclat Blur Primer which is the very fancily packaged tube with the gold flecks.  It's glass (which presents certain danger for butterfingers like myself), gold and luxurious.  The primer belongs to the Touche Eclat family and the gel formula is designed to infuse light, blur imperfections and add radiance to the skin.

Although the gold flecks are visible when the gel is pumped onto the hand, the formula is completely transparent on the skin.  Where the gold goes I am not sure!

The first time I used the primer I did think it was quite heavy in texture and I suspect it's laced with silicone.  What I didn't see though was that instant 'blurring' effect you get with something like Smashbox Photofinish which I would have expected given the heaviness of the texture.  It does have that velvety and almost slippery feeling on the skin.  Although it sounds like I am not really selling it, this does settle down though after a minute or so and your skin feels very smooth.  After I applied my foundation I have to admit my skin did look quite radiant and glowy without being oily and my foundation sat well on top of it.

So the Blur Primer is a thumbs up so far.  If you're a seriously oily skinned girl it might be better to skip this but for combination/normal/dry skin types it should work well.

The YSL Palette Lumiere De Jour is not what I thought.  First up I actually thought I was buying the Touche Eclat Blur Perfector compact which I had seen reviewed in the UK as a 'touch up on the go' product in a pretty compact but what I have actually bought it this supposed finishing powder instead.  But I just don't get it.  The powder is finely milled and quite hard to pick up from the pan and the only effect I see on the skin is an overdose of silver glitter.  And it's not an overspray either-the glitter right through the compact.  Using it as a highlighter doesn't seem to 'work' either as the powder doesn't have any underlying shimmer to it, I just look like I have random flecks of glitter on my face.  I can't see this for sale anywhere in the UK but it does seem to be available in the US/Canada.  Anyway, I would stay clear.  Yes the packaging and the pan itself is gorgeous but this seems to me to be a pointless glittery powder.  My understanding is that it is supposed to be a setting powder with a luminous rosy glow but it just isn't ticking any of my boxes.  Every time I use it I feel disappointed.

I picked these items up from Bloomingdales in Dubai Mall. 

What I feel like I am learning about YSL is to stay clear of the limited edition products and stick with the tried and tested.  Have you tried either of these products?  Are there brands that you feel do great 'staples' but substandard limited editions?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lip Six

Happy Monday!  I think this is my favourite lip six so far of 2015!

Top row (L) Urban Decay revolution lipstick in Illicit (LE) (R) NARS semi matte lipstick in Funny Face

Middle row (L) Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Coachella Coral (R) Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in 15 Sensible

Bottom row (L) YSL Babydoll Kiss and Blush in Rouge Effrontee (R) Burberry Lip Cover in Primrose Hill Pink

Pick of the week?  Funny Face!!!!  Oh how could I have forgotten about this lipstick?  It is an insanely gorgeous colour.  I feel like I need a back up?

Which is your favourite?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

MAC Viva Glam lipstick 2015-Miley Cyrus

MAC Viva Glam lipstick 2015-Miley Cyrus review

MAC Viva Glam lipstick 2015-Miley Cyrus review

MAC Viva Glam lipstick 2015-Miley Cyrus review

The latest MAC Viva Glam launch sees them teaming up with Miley Cyrus.  Now whilst at 34 (35 now dammit) I can't say I aspire to be or admire Miley Cyrus but having seen a few shots of this shade online and concluding this was right up my street I found myself clutching yet another MAC lipstick to add to my already 70+ strong collection.

If you're not familiar with the Viva Glam concept let me bring you up to speed.  Viva Glam is MACs  lipsticks range, established in 1994, created to directly confront and raise money and awareness for AIDS at a time when the disease dramatically affected the fashion makeup communities, and was greatly stigmatized as a gay disease.  It's first 'spokesperson' was Ru Paul and it's second KD Lang.  And over the years a fair few icons have been involved with the project-Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Cyndi Lauper, Nicki Minaj, Mary J Blige, Elton John, Pamela Anderson-the list goes on and on.

100 percent of the proceeds of every VIVA GLAM product go directly to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

There are now 6 Viva Glam lipsticks in the permanent range and then the celebrity collabs which are limited edition.

The Miley Cyrus shade is a vivid pink in an amplified creme formula-one of my favourite formulas for its opacity and creaminess.  This is definitely my go to hot pink for Summer this year!

Do you own any of the Viva Glam shades?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer in 070 Carnelian

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer in 070 Carnelian

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer in 070 Carnelian

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer in 070 Carnelian

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip Lacquer in 070 Carnelian

So far my reviews of Gucci's make up line have focused on the single eyeshadows which I believe are very much one of the 'best' products in the whole line from reading other reviews but I have to share my thoughts on the Demi Glaze Lip Lacquer in Carnelian because I really like it.

I've been to the Gucci counter in Dubai about 5 times now but never picked up a lip gloss.  I own oodles of lip gloss.  I didn't need more.  I did however buy my best friend Danielle one for Christmas and she said it was really nice.  Then when one of my other best friends Sylvia was here recently I bought her one for her birthday too-this shade '070 Carnelian'.  Because Sylvia doesn't have a blog and doesn't have the beauty blogger issue of having to photograph everything before we use it, she used it the same day I gave it to her.  And I borrowed it.  And the next day went and bought my own.

Ok so packaging first-square heavy plastic clear tube with a Gucci G embossed black lacquer top.  Doe foot applicator.  Looks swishy and you wouldn't mind getting it out in public.

The formula is brilliant-absolutely no stickiness at all.  The finish is described as 'demi glaze' which to me sounds like something that should be on a doughnut.  I would describe demi glaze as glossy and semi opaque which I guess doesn't sound as fancy pants as demi glaze admittedly.  It fades nicely, there is no puckering of the gloss around the lip lines and it feels extremely light and hydrating on the lips.  Another Gucci term is that these glosses have the 'signature blue chocolate' fragrance-have you ever seen blue chocolate?

There are 18 shades in the range-some look packed with glitter which I have avoided but I would love to see swatches of them.  They retail for $32 in the US and £25 in the UK (and scandalous amounts of money here in Dubai) but if you are into your high end lipgloss I would definitely recommend checking these out.  In Dubai you can now buy Gucci in Harvey Nichols Mall of the Emirates, Sephora Dubai Mall, Paris Gallery Dubai Mall and I saw it recently in Terminal 1 Dubai airport.