Bare Minerals | Ready Foundation | Review

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I’m back on the blogosphere! Sorry it’s been a while since my last post, it’s been a super busy few weeks with Christmas and exams but now I’m back and ready to update you guys with new posts, hopefully every week!

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In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Bare Minerals – Ready Foundation. This is a pressed compact powder, full coverage, SPF 20 foundation. Straying slightly from my holy grail Mac Studio Fix Liquid Foundation in NC44.5, although this is my absolute fave foundation, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect powder foundation and have tried the MAC Studio Fix powder foundation, but found that it started making my skin slightly oily after just a few hours of wear. In search of a better alternative, I decided to try out this one.

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Now I’d never tried Bare Minerals products before this one because I felt my skin wasn’t at the perfect stage where I was happy to just use a powder foundation that would be enough to cover the imperfections. Recently the hormone imbalances in my skin seem to have levelled out and, let’s just say I’ve been seeing more “good skin days” than bad :). I thought this would be the ideal opportunity for me to try the Bare Minerals products and completely on a whim, I decided to go for the full coverage pressed Ready Foundation as appose to the more popular, light to medium coverage, “Original – loose mineral powder foundation“. I’m always going to be a full coverage girl so I knew this was the foundation for me!

My shade is R430 which is just about the perfect match to my skin tone which I think is definitely important when picking a powder foundation in particular. With liquids, if the shade doesn’t match exactly there are always ways around it, like mixing it with a moisturiser or a lighter/darker shade of foundation.

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I’ve worn this foundation for a few days now and so far I’ve been loving it! It leaves my skin looking smooth with a slight glowy finish – perfect for a night out! The coverage is great and immediately counteracts any discolouration or scarring. It’s very long wearing which is definitely a plus for a powder foundation and doesn’t transfer!

In a sleek, black and matte compact packaging with a mirror, it makes this product super travel friendly, although there can be quite a bit of fall out after being used a few times.

Although this foundation applies really well with great coverage, one of the downsides is that it really accentuates the size of pores making them look larger than they are. This has slightly put me off using this foundation all over my face, however I’ve started to apply the foundation in areas where I don’t have many pores, and just stick to my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the areas with slightly more pores – this method has seemed to work really well for me 🙂

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I aslo purchased the Bare Mineral Precision Face Brush which applies the product seamlessly with its dense hairs and think it’s the perfect applicator for this foundation! Slightly on the pricey side at £24 just for the brush, which retails just slightly less than the £26 Ready Foundation, I think it’s still worth it for the unique shape and density of this mineral synthetic brush.

Overall I think this foundation serves it’s purpose well leaving my skin looking bright and youthful, as it claims to. However I’m not sure if I’ve found that perfect powder foundation yet, to leave me with a light and natural feeling to the skin. I would definitely recommend this foundation to those with more oily skin types as it definitely does well in keeping excess oil to a minimum. The shade range is also really great!


Have you guys tried this foundation? What did you think of it and what skin type do you have? I would love to know your thoughts! 🙂


Sachita x

 

 

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | First Impressions

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I know it’s been a while since my last post on my holiday to The Canaries, but I’m back in the game after much relaxation and ready to share my first impressions of one of the most talked about, iconic, luminous and weightless foundations out there – Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation. After walking into Selfridges and collecting a few samples to play around with myself at home, I felt that shade 9 was the perfect match for my skin tone and decided to buy it on my next visit which was yesterday! When I was matched at the Charlotte Tilbury counter, I felt at first that it was slightly more on the warm side, but after wearing it throughout the day, the colour grew on me more and more, and the luminosity that was brought out by the foundation, totally overpowered that slight mismatch in colour – so for me, this is the perfect shade!

Magic foundation is heralded as miracle in a tube with it’s flawless, powerless and long-lasting coverage, I can definitely say, it lives up to it’s promises! As a full coverage girl, who has some scarring – I’m always looking for that extra bit of coverage and after a first buff of this foundation into my skin, I can instantly see my skintone looking more even and with it, a subtle glow, blurring out my pores and covering my scars.

The finish of this foundation is demi-matte on me and I have a combination skin type. I feel like I don’t need to wear any concealer on top of the Magic Foundation to cover up any blemishes or scars, I would just add a touch of my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Caramel to brighten up my undereyes for that highlighted effect. It feels comfortable on the skin and stays on for a long time without transferring. Although the end result is a radiant, luminous finish, it sets into a gorgeous, velvety texture.

One of the reasons, I was so drawn to this foundation was because of one of the main ingredients in the formula – Hyaluronic Filling Spheres – For a long time now, I have been researching a solution for minimising acne scarring and the pitting caused by this, and although hyaluronic acid acts as an anti-aging property, it’s a great product for plumping the skin by increasing the collagen production around problematic areas on the face. This is something that immediately drew me in and I was also very intrigued by Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream also containing hyaluronic acid as well a number of natural magical ingredients. Retailing at £70, I thought i’d try out the foundation before I made the splurge, but I may be enticed to make the purchase very soon.

Previously, I would wear MAC Studio Fix Fluid (SFF) in NC44.5 and this has been my holy grail foundation for so many years now! In comparison to the SFF, Magic Foundation definitely has a deeper and fuller coverage, and minimises the look of pores really well. I feel like SFF can have a slightly drying effect on the face as the finish is matte rather than demi-matte like the Magic Foundation, which can sometimes result in flakey-ness around blemishes. The Magic Foundation is great at preventing a dry look and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and luminous all day!

The swatch above shows the Magic Foundation in shade 9 with no blending and the swatch underneath shows how it looks when blended. As you can see, I’m still rather tanned on my arms from my holiday so the colour of the foundation doesn’t match too well on my arms, however i can assure you it looks like a perfect match on the face haha.


Have any of you tried the Magic Foundation or any other products by Charlotte Tilbury? I can’t wait to get my hands on the Magic Cream!


Sachita x

My Everyday Makeup Routine

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This blog post has been highly requested and I have finally come around to writing it. My daily make up routine changes quite regularly and sometimes I tend to use different products depending on my mood and quite importantly, the changes in weather – the weather in the UK is totally unpredictable! I tend to have the same staple items in my make up bag like my primers and setting bases but I love to play around with mascaras, blushes and lipsticks – still gravitating towards the nude shades for everyday.


Step 1 – Prime

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I first spray a light mist of the Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray – For more info on this check out my July Favourites post. Followed by the amazing Smashbox Photo Finish Blemish Control Primer. I take a pea sized amount on my hands and rub it into my face like a moisturiser. My skin type tends to be quite prone to blemishes and honestly this primer is great to minimise and control the oil on my face when I have blemishes. It’s super lightweight and really helps your make up to stay in place all day, paired with the Skindinavia!


Step 2 – Base

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Starting with my holy grail of foundations – MAC Studio Fix Fluid – NC44.5I apply this all over my face with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush from the Core Set. This is a medium to full coverage foundation and it’s very build able so depending on how much coverage I need, I apply accordingly. On a good skin day, I apply my favourite tinted moisturiser – NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser – SeychellesThis tinted moisturiser is really great! It gives a lightweight, “barely there” feeling and great for everyday. It doesn’t transfer, and has a radiant, slightly dewy finish which is perfect for a natural look.

Dusted over with the Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – NC45, it sets a great base with a bit of extra coverage for the redness that may not be perfectly covered up.


Step 3 – Conceal

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My absolute favourite concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – CaramelI apply this in a triangle shape under my eyes and take it along the centre of my nose, the centre of my forehead and a touch on my cupid’s bow. I love the Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush to blend this in and sometimes use a damp Beauty Blender when I want a lighter coverage.

Setting my concealer with the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder, I tend to apply this with my beauty blender and leave it to ‘bake’ until I have finished my eye makeup. By baking, I receive a longer lasting coverage and a more matte finish with prevented creasing.


Step 4 – Brows

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I love using the Dip Brow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown for an everyday brow. The shade dark brown matches my brow hairs perfectly and the smallest amount on a Zoeva 317 Angle Liner Brush picks up the perfect, tiniest amount to complete my brows with two or three dips.

If i’m in a mad rush (most days), I grab the Brow Wizz also by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown. One side has a spoolie and the other side, a retractable pencil. I run this through my brows a few times, filling in the gaps, go over with the spoolie and i’m set!


Step 5 – Eyes – Shadow

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Going for a natural everyday look, I like to take the colour ‘semi-sweet’ from one of my favourite palletes – Too Faced Chocolate Bar. I take this colour (3rd in the 2nd row) into my crease for some definition, using my Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush. I tend to just leave it at that with my shadow for an everyday look.


Step 6 – Eyes – Liner

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Depending on whether I want a bold or subtle liner look that day, I tend to use different products. I love using the cult  favourite INGLOT Eyeliner Gel #77 to create a bold and sharp wing using the Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush. I would set the gel with the L’Oréal Super Star Super Liner – a felt tip black liner with a sharp tip.

If i’m going for a more subtle look, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is a great choice! For a full description check out my July Favourites post.

For my lower waterline, I take the NYX Wonder Pencil and run it across to open up my eyes (July Favourites). The Rimmel Special Eyes Pencil Eyeliner Pencil in Black Magic is so great to go along my bottom lash line and I usually smudge this out with the Zoeva 226 Smudger Brush which is great at creating a natural smokey look.


Step 7 – Eyes – Mascara

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Mascara is a must for me and I love to create a “mascara cocktail” to create the perfect lash look! Check out my post, My Fave Mascaras, for a full review on each mascara.


Step 8 – Contour & Highlight

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After brushing off the excess Ben Nye Banana Powder from my undereyes, I take the Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush with the Sleek Makeup Face Form in medium and use the darkest shade to contour under my cheekbones. I love this brush as it gives such a precise contour!

To highlight, I have recently been loving the Make Up Forever Pro Sculpting Duo and the golden highlight is magical! (July Favourites). I feather that onto the highest points of my face using the Sigma E40 Brush; just above my cheekbones, my cupids bow, the brow bones and the tip of my nose.


Step 9 – Blush

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For blush, my go to, everyday shade is the INGLOT Face Blush #41 (July Favourites). It’s a perfect, natural shade and brings a subtle pop of colour to my, usually tired looking, face in the morning haha!


Step 10 – Lips

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Lipstick finishes off this look with a transformation! The difference my make up looks with a touch of colour on my lips is incredible! I love to go for the nude shades for an everyday look and my favourites are: MAC Retro, MAC Amorous (for a more summery day), Gerard Cosmetics 1995 and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich


Step 11 – Finishing Spray

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Putting the whole look together, my go to Finishing Spray at the moment is the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray but if i’m a bit more on the oily side, I tend to use the NYX Matte Finish Spray. Both are great and leave my make up lasting all day with no movement.


That comes to the end of my Everyday Makeup Routine, hope you guys enjoyed reading! Sorry it was really long, but I didn’t want to miss any steps.

It would be great to know your guys’ everyday makeup routines in the comments or if you like or use any of the products I use, let me know your thoughts 🙂

Sachita x

IMATS LONDON 2015 HAUL

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This was my first IMATS and as usual, I went CRA-ZAYY! My cousin Sapna also came along and we ended up picking up a lot! IMATS is the International Make up Artist Trade Show so every make-up lover’s dream! It comes to London every year and they also exhibit around USA. Have a look at my haul below to see what I picked up from IMATS this year 🙂


Did you go to IMATS this year? What did you pick up while you were there?


Sachita x