Maybelline FIT Me Foundation

Sunday, 24 March 2013

This is Maybelline's newest foundation to hit the market. I know I am a little late in trying it but that's because I have been loving Revlon's Color Stay so much that I haven't been using anything else!

FIT Me is a new range of foundation, concealer and powder from Maybelline. It's their first gel foundation with no waxes or fillers and is meant to merge with your natural skin tone with SPF18. Their foundation, concealer and powder fit together using a number system so its easy to find shades that match.

This review is on the foundation only. I chose the shade 125 for me.

I like how they have separated their colour chart into warm and cool tones. If you already know what category your skin falls into then it makes it easier to find your shade. If you didn't know then it also educates you!

Maybelline FIT Me! Foundation in shade 125

FIT Me Foundation with pump dispenser

I like the packaging of this foundation. The design is sleek and minimal with only the shade number on the tube and FIT Me on the cap.
I also love the fact that it has a pump! When foundations have no pump I find that the bottle gets so messy and you always end up using more than you need.

I usually go for cream foundations so it was nice to try out a gel. I did find the consistency a little watery. This foundation blends really well into the skin and leaves quite a matte finish with a slight glow. I thought it looked very natural and evened out the redness on my skin perfectly. I also loved the fact it felt like I had nothing on my skin.
I have combination and this foundation started to look a little flaky on dry patches after about 3 hours and my T zone looked a little oily. If you have oily skin I would recommend using a powder on top.
This foundation isn't as long wearing as I hoped although a little powder did help this.

The coverage is quite light but it is buildable to a medium.

I would like to have seen a few more shades to chose from. I can just about get away with 125 as it is a little bit dark for me but 115 was too light. However for the price it wouldn't break the bank to buy two different shades and mix them together!

Overall I think this is a great drug store foundation if your looking for something with a natural light coverage.

Have you tried this foundation?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Saturday, 9 March 2013

I had been searching for a holy grail bronzer for quite some time and hadn't come across anything that I couldn't live without. I had seen so many bloggers rave about Benefit's Hoola and seen it had won countless beauty awards for being a best seller, I decided I had to see if I was missing out!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer 

Hoola comes in a square cardboard box with a folding magnetic lid, and a real white haired brush for application that you can store in the box.

I like the bamboo design on the box it makes you think of  being on holiday on the beach, which is appropriate considering as your trying to recreate that holiday glow!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer & white haired brush applicator

I much prefer the new flip up lid design on all of Benefit's blushers and bronzers. Having previously owned a few of Benefits blushers I always used to lose the lid! I also found that it used to fall off if I ever carried the product around in my bag or when travelling.

White haired brush applicator included

The brush that comes with the powder is made from real white hair. I did notice some fall out, but it was only slight. The brush is a good shape for a strong contour. If you sweep the brush length ways first to get your contoured line, and then turn it side ways to blend out any harsh edges. I prefer to use a MAC 168 for my contouring but whilst travelling or for touch ups I would definitely use this brush.

The formula is completely matte with a silky finish. I would describe the colour as a warm caramel brown.
The pigmentation is great and you only need to use a small amount to get a warm glow on the skin.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

What I love about Hoola is how perfect the brown is. Bronzer can sometimes be too orange or too muddy. I think this is the perfect balance of brown and peachy tones.

Swatch of Benefit Hoola Bronzer

It would also work for a variety of skin tones from very pale to olive skin tones and maybe slightly darker.
The formula is very buildable and doesn't look cakey or too powdery.

In all honesty I can't really find anything bad to say about this product. The colour is perfect, the pigmentation is perfect and I can see why people rave about it. I don't think I can ever be without it!

Have you tried Hoola?

What are your thoughts?

Let me know in the comments section below!

Spring/ Summer Makeup Trends For 2013

Saturday, 2 March 2013

With spring just around the corner its time to ditch the vampy winter shades and inject some colour into your make-up!
Here I'm going to be talking you through the top spring trends from the catwalks that you can start wearing now!

Matte Lips 

Matte lips where seen all over the runways with the likes of Burberry and Prada going for rich crimson colours. Moschino and Giles went for more of a pinky pop of colour and all kept the rest of the face bare and natural.
Giles SS13
Burberry Porsum SS13

Glowing Skin

This spring is all about the no make-up look. The skin should be the primary feature in this look. You want to try and create a flawless base but still keeping that dewy inner glow. This was seen on the runways of Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Versace to name but a few. To re-create this glow use a highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone and down the bridge of your nose. MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle in my favourite!

Alexander McQueen SS13

Versace SS13

Greens & Blues On The Eyes

Whether it was a bold flick of liner or an all over wash of colour on the lid, blues and greens are the must have spring shade for the eyes. Go as neon or as subtle as you want! Michael Kors and Moschino went for graphic eyeliner and Dior went for full on bold shadow and even added crystals. To incorporate a bit of colour into your make-up routine use a coloured eyeliner in your waterline and smudge out for a subtle pop of colour.

Michael Kors SS13

Dior SS13

Bold Brows

Put down the tweezers...bold brows are still in! Defined but bushy brows are spring hottest accessory with the likes of Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu sporting the trend. Run a brow powder or use feathery strokes with a brow pencil through your brows to create the look. Finish off with a brow gel or clear mascara and your good to go!

Jason Wu SS13
Rachel Roy SS13

What is your favourite spring trend?

Let me know in the comments section below!


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