Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review for Oily Skin

foundation, Make-Up

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk…the name ring a bell? I am sure it does as it has been everywhere, and actually for quite a long time – I admit I am very late to jump onto this particular bandwagon. Kim Kardashian loves this foundation, and over on our side of the pond, the beautiful Michelle Keegan swears by it too. I had to try this legendary foundation for myself.

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Giorgio Armani’s iconic Luminous Silk Foundation

Pros

  • Lightweight and does not look cakey
  • No SPF means no flashback
  • Dewy, glowy complexion

Cons

  • It is extremely expensive, retailing for £40 in the UK
  • Can get very shiny on oily skin

 

My Experience

This foundation looks amazing when first applied – it provides beautiful glowy skin and it just fuses onto the skin to look quite natural. I was a shade 6 (I am NC 30 in Mac and 3W1 Tawny in Estée Lauder); this was a beautiful match for my skin tone. Although I must admit, when I first put it on it looks like a bit of an odd, almost dull, slightly greyish colour. Once all of the highlighter, blusher, bronzer and whatever else has been applied over the top…the colour is a lovely healthy warm shade. At this point it was all looking extremely promising…had I found my HG foundation?

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I have swatched this on my palms as the skin on my hands is horribly dry at the moment…this shade blends in quite nicely onto my NC30 skin.

Not quite.  I found my face was getting shiny after a few hours, it was such a shame. This foundation looks amazing on my sister, who has dry skin; her pictures come out beautiful as well. Part of me was still so adamant that I could make this foundation work for my skin that I contemplated buying the Luminous Silk Powder Compact along with it: It can be used to set the foundation as well as blot during the day. The sales assistant assured me that you can apply the powder multiple times during the day and you still will not get a caked-up look as this powder is very sheer. I did try powdering this over my foundation once the shine had started coming through and it does make a difference – but I feel I would need to powder quite regularly to keep the shine at bay. I was recommended shade 4.5 in this powder. It retails for £38 but this is only for the refill…to buy the plush Armani compact case to store it in, costs an additional £18. Because this is the best Armani foundation for flawless photos, the sales adviser still recommended this foundation for occasions (despite my oily skin) and advised the use of the powder to quell any shine that decides to creep through. Although, this is an option, at a combined price of nearly £100; I decided there must, surely, come on be another foundation option on the market which can offer me a shine-free, healthy and flawless (or at least less flawed) complexion. So I have decided to continue my search…I am thinking of trying the Power Fabric Foundation by Armani next. It is one that a different sales person at Armani recommended for lasting, shine-free coverage and apparently it is a less cakey alternative to Estee Lauder’s Double Wear. Sounds like it could be a contender…

Jas xx

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte – Nude Love Collection – Crush, Sugar Mama and Girlfriend Review & Comparison with Bombshell/Venus

lipsticks, Make-Up

My relationship with Huda’s liquid mattes so far…head over heels in love with some of the colours in her initial offering (Venus, Trendsetter and Icon.) Then I ordered one of the special effects shades, Socialite; a shimmery, peachy, pink which I was not bowled over by.

However, I was confident that I would love any of the nudes released by this brand so I ordered 3 out of the 4 new shades that released as part of the Nude Love Collection; Sugar Mama, Girlfriend and Crush. I could not get hold of Wifey as it was sold out on Cult Beauty…it seems to be in high demand! I was eagerly anticipating my parcel…

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Top to Bottom: Sugar Mama, Girlfriend and Crush

Pav kindly tried these colours on for me…I have posted pictures below with a short description of each colour:

Huda Liquid Matte Sugar Mama

Sugar Mama—a warm peachy nude.

Huda Liquid Matte Crush

Crush—the lightest colour of the three. A very light nude with cool, pinky undertones.

Huda Liquid Matte Girlfriend

Girlfriend—this was a lot lighter than I had anticipated. It is a light, very warm brown—with yellow undertones.

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It was all so promising…

3 swatches huda

Top to Bottom: Sugar Mama, Girlfriend and Crush

I would say that Crush, Sugar Mama and Bombshell are extremely similar in the undertones and hue…in fact, Crush and Sugar Mama just look like lighter variations of Bombshell, with Crush being the lightest shade.

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Left to Right: Venus, Crush, Girlfriend, Sugar Mama and Bombshell. I think Crush, Sugar Mama and Bombshell look like light, medium and dark versions of the same colour.

Verdict

These new colours are lighter than the lightest nudes in the previous product offering by the brand—Bombshell and Venus. Bombshell and Venus were nudes that were still dark enough to wear with minimal make up, and were able to make my face look more polished regardless of the amount of make up I was wearing. But in my opinion, when a nude gets light enough, it becomes the kind of colour that looks best with a full strong-eyed, bronzed look; I feel these new shades that I purchased fall into this realm.

They are the kind of very muted, light colours that look amazing offsetting a face of full make-up, but they are not colours that you wear on the days when you have little or no make-up on. The application of these was also a tad streaky I found (Crush, in particular )…which was not the case with her previous shades. Crush is pale and chalky on me so to avoid it washing me out I would need a very bronze, warm, full face of make up to make the colour work. Also, I like to draw a little around my lips to make them look bigger, and these shades are a little too light for that trick to have any impact. I am sure I could use these to mix and blend with other Huda shades that I have, to make them a bit lighter and experiment…but I wouldn’t intentionally pay £18 each, for this particular use. I have seen that a recommendation from the brand is to use a darker shade of liquid matte to line the lip and to use these lighter colours in the middle for an ombre look; again that does seem like a faff and not something that instantly appeals to me. I still love the formula; it is long-lasting, wears well and feels comfortable.

Pav liked Sugar Mama out of these 3 shades…she has NC35 skin and I have to agree with Pav on this one. I guess Sugar Mama is the warmest…(healthiest?!) looking colour of the 3—compared with the other 2 you do not need loads of make-up with this one. It is the nicest and most flattering of these 3 nudes. Girlfriend and Crush are pretty with the right make-up—but would look awful with the wrong or too little make-up. I think Crush is probably too light for any skintones above MAC NC30, it may look too washed out. Bombshell, Trendsetter and Venus are definitely more versatile nudes which will flatter a greater range of skin tones.

Next time Huda releases any more colours, I think I will have to test before buying…as these were a lot lighter than I was expecting…you live and learn.

Jas xx

Lily Lolo Product Haul Review

Make-Up, Natural Beauty Products, natural make-up

Hi all, as I mentioned in my previous post I went a little crazy recently when I discovered this fantastic, all-natural make-up brand…I was extremely excited to find a UK company specialising in natural make-up. The sheer fact that a lot of self-confessed make-up junkies in this country have never heard of this brand, highlights how little natural make-up has flourished on these isles.

Lily Lolo do not use use a lot of the nasty ingredients typically used across the make-up industry; no parabens, silicone, talc or mineral oils. Plus, they have kindly chucked in some excellent, nourishing ingredients into a lot of their products. The lipsticks have lanolin so are extremely moisturising; the illuminator includes argan oil, a superfood for skin. Whereas the brand’s eyeliners are infused with jojoba oil and other conditioning ingredients to make them perfect for sensitive skin.

I wanted to try their entire make-up range; every single type of item that I would wear on a normal day, everything from a highlighter to a lipstick. Luckily for my bank balance they do samples of some of their products for £1-£1.50, so I opted for these where I could. In the end I ordered: A colour correcting powder, Peepo (£9); a loose mineral blusher, Sunset (£9); a loose mineral bronzer sample, Bondi Beach (£1.50); a loose mineral highlighter sample, Star Dust (£1.50); a brown eyeliner pencil (£7.50); a lipstick, Intense Crush (£9.50); a mineral foundation sample, Butterscotch (£1.50); a powder brush  (£11) and two finishing powder samples (£1.50 each), in tinted and matte variations, Flawless Silk and Flawless Matte. I also wanted a mascara but there was a two-week wait on that item!

lily lolo haul

My Peepo box looks a little worse for wear as my toddler seemed intent on opening (destroying) all of mummy’s nice new boxes…

Verdict on Individual Items

  • Corrector, Peepo: After I ordered this I realised Lily Lolo also do a creamy concealer which I would have probably preferred. Although this does look quite yellow in the pot, it does cover my under-eye darkness to a certain degree and I will continue to use it. It obviously has nowhere near the coverage of my Kevin Aucoin concealer but I didn’t expect it to; I wanted this product for days where I don’t need flawless make-up.
peepo

Peepo corrector for dark circles and pigmentation

  • Loose mineral blusher, Sunset: I am not in love with the shade I picked. It is quite a dark pink and I would have preferred a more contemporary colour. I do, however, think this colour would look quite nice on darker skin tones. Longevity- and pigment-wise it provides a good, buildable coverage.
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This blush in Sunset is a very dark pinky, red-y, browny colour to me and I am kicking myself for not picking one of the other beautiful alternatives.

  • Loose mineral bronzer, Bondi Beach: Beautiful, shimmery bronze colour; a good colour for my NC30 skin. It stays put quite well throughout the day.
  • Loose mineral shimmer, Star Dust: This is an extremely subtle, natural highlighter which you could probably build up if you prefer. I find it’s too lightly pigmented for days when I would want a full make-up look…but nice for everyday make-up.
swatch

Top-Bottom: Sunset blusher, Bondi Beach bronzer and Star Dust shimmer (which is barely visible in this picture…)

  • Lipstick, Intense Crush: A beautiful, wearable, light pink/peach colour. I am extremely happy with the colour; and for me, that largely determines whether I will ever wear it. It is not too bright and is a muted enough colour to wear on a daily basis. In terms of the formulation, I am impressed. And I am not easily pleased when it comes to my lipsticks, let me tell you. It is a highly pigmented, creamy matte colour, with a subtle shine. It feels so moisturising on the lips and the staying power is actually better than I expected too!
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A beautiful, creamy, matte, highly-pigmented lipstick – Intense Crush

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Take a look at the ingredients in this lipstick…

  • Eyeliner, Brown: The black coloured one had a waiting list, but actually I prefer brown anyway. Again, I am surprised at the pigmentation of this product. It also lasts quite well, and doesn’t smudge too much in a really bad way…basically it is not all over your face by the end of the day, just to reassure you.
eyeliner

A bold, creamy, brown eyeliner

  • Powder brush: I haven’t really tried any expensive brushes so I cannot compare this brush to high-end alternatives. I do however, use EcoTools brushes, and this one is so much softer and silkier. In fact, I want to purchase a few more.
  • Finishing powder, Flawless Matte: I used this after moisturiser and before the mineral foundation…it has kaolin in it which absorbs oil so when layered directly over moisturiser it should mean a less slippery surface for the foundation to adhere to. It worked! My make-up lasted around 6 hours; despite not using any primer or finishing powder over my make-up.

Note: I have not yet tried the Flawless Silk finishing powder (which looks a little pink..!) or the mineral foundation.

Overall Opinion

Wow, I am blown away. I had almost accepted low coverage and weaker pigments as a given, but still wanted to try these product because I thought they would allow my skin to breath. I was wrong. These products combined (I wore with my Bare Minerals foundation) provide a nearly flawless look. Based on performance alone, these rival normal, chemical-ridden, high-end make-up products. Peepo didn’t entirely get rid of my dark circles…but I think I am meant to combine with a mineral concealer – I was under the possibly wrong impression these performed the same function. But, to be honest, I am happy with the coverage Peepo alone provides for the everyday make-up that these products were intended for.

My make-up (minus lipstick) lasted around 5-6 hours – which is pretty good. My Bobbi Brown BB cream (with a primer) typically lasts me for less than that. I think it could have been the Flawless Matte foundation placed in the order that it was, that made all the difference.

In conclusion, I am in love with Lily Lolo. Affordable, nourishing make-up that is free of so many nasties that are prevalent in make-up these days. This company is a breath of fresh air and I am sure they will go from strength to strength as more people find out about their gorgeous product offering.

Jas xx

My First Foray into All-Natural Make-Up…

Make-Up, Natural Beauty Products

I am on a quest…two things that I am trying to find. Firstly, that perfect set of medium-full coverage make-up products to make me look airbrushed and look my best for those photo-ready occasions. A set of go-to wonder products that just work on my oily/combination skin, for days when I need my make-up to last and look flawless. Secondly, I want to amass a selection of completely natural, no-nasties make-up. Products which help to perk me up and improve my complexion, but do not have to be as long-lasting or full coverage. I would like make-up for everyday use that does not clog up my pores and which could potentially even improve my skin over time…I don’t ask for a lot do I? 😉 I haven’t got a massive budget…so I want to love every product I get…rather than get loads of different options. I can’t afford to buy a whole heap (2 heaps even) of expensive items – I want to be able to achieve the above while purchasing the fewest number of products possible.

Some of the high-performance items that I am contemplating…(after a lot of research!):

  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (in shade 6)
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (in shade 3W0 Warm Creme)
  • Dr Brandt Pores No More Primer
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (not sure about colour yet)
  • Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

The all-natural, no nasties make-up that is looking good to me:

  • Lily Lolo – the entire range looks impressive and extensive… And they sell samples 🙂
  • Inika Pure Primer
  • Ilia Illuminator – Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  • RMS Buriti Bronzer
  • RMS Living Luminizer
  • Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton Beauty Boosting BB Cream
  • Williamspro Zero Powder

I do not know a lot about natural make-up products…I have only just stumbled onto the concept and am looking to take my first step into this magical new world. The trigger for me is that my skin is looking worse than ever before. Surely, all of these harsh chemicals and additives, although they may provide short term results, could be dramatically harming our skin in the long term. I feel like I need to do something now, as in right now (yes, I have literally just made an order on Lily Lolo in the last few hours..! ) to prevent any further damage to my skin. ‘BB creams are fine though right? They aren’t as heavy as foundation, so my skin is able to breath.’ Wrong. I used to think like this. But when your BB cream contains silicones your pores are getting clogged…even on your no-make-up days.

I am looking for natural products free of silicones, parabens, silica, talc. It is so much harder than it seems – these ingredients are everywhere. It seems like the Australians are miles (light-years in fact) ahead of us on this…so many big players are Australian, which can make products difficult to get hold of here and expensive to ship :/ I then stumbled across what could be my saviour, Lily Lolo. A rare UK-based company specialising in cruelty-free products with all-natural ingredients, and they are very reasonably priced too with outstanding reviews!! I do not understand why I have never heard of them before now – they look really promising.

Me and Pav (she is looking for an alternative, natural make-up routine too) are looking forward to trialing some of the products mentioned above over the coming weeks/months…

Jas xx

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks Special Effects – Socialite Review

lips, Make-Up

Ok so I am obsessed with Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks…I mentioned my fave colours so far in this range in a previous post. So when Huda released the new Special Effects shimmery colours…I knew I had to sample. Would it be a chance to add to my holy grail collection of liquid lipsticks..? The answer, for me, was no. This was a massive disappointment for me. I had been eagerly anticipating my Cult Beauty order and I had almost assumed that I would love this product as much as some of Huda’s previous lipstick offerings…this did not happen.

There were 2 colours in this range: Showgirl and Socialite. Showgirl is a cool shimmery red, while Socialite is a soft peachy pink with rose gold shimmer. In the promo pics released by the company Socialite looked beautiful and the colour seemed more up my street. I did not think that Showgirl would be that wearable (and in hindsight, I think that was a good call that I made.). I guess it presented a new step in the liquid lipstick phenomenon…from matte to shimmery.

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Ah it all seemed so promising…

Verdict

I was not impressed with this lipstick…it was a huge let-down. I felt that the colour was wishy-washy—it doesn’t pop on your lips as much as a matte one. You cannot draw over your lips with this because the colour is not as defined; you can’t make your lips look fuller with this. Also, I realised that the matte colours do a lot to make our lips look their best…but this shimmery one almost highlighted every wrinkle in my lip. Maybe because I have dry lips it didn’t work for me? Also, to be honest, mattes are a modern movement in colour. Shimmery/frosty colours were what the matte colours were moving away from—so for me, these special effect colours do not look cutting edge or new in any way. I say this after having wasted the money purchasing the item…

My sister, Pav, also tried this…

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Pav trialling Socialite…

I think it looks really nice on her in this picture (a lot better than it looked on me!) but she said she will probably not be wearing Socialite (or shimmery colours in general) as she thinks mattes still suit her better. Although she liked the idea, sadly, she was not a convert either. She also felt the colour was less pigmented than what you would find in a  matte.

I would say buy these special effects colours with caution…they are not as flattering as their matte counterparts. If you are intrigued though, if possible, try the colour on before purchasing.

This has not put me off the Huda liquid lipsticks and I will definitely be getting hold of some of the new Nude Love Collection. I love her original nudes…so hopefully it cannot go this wrong next time…fingers crossed…

Jas xx

 

 

 

W7 Cosmetics – It’s Magic! Make up Remover Cloth Review

Make-Up, Skincare

A friend of mine recommended this to me – (thanks Leyla!!) I normally use cheap wipes to take off my make-up; spending loads of money on expensive ones doesn’t even enter my mind. It is bad though, we are happy to spend loads of money on the make-up itself, because we want to look our best, but scrimping on wipes could potentially ruin skin long-term. According to this article from Marie Claire, we should actually be washing our face after using the make-up wipes because of the harsh chemical residue they leave on our face… (I haven’t been doing this…oops.) So surely, just using water should be much kinder and far better for our delicate skin.

open w7

The cloth comes in an elongated shape…there is quite a lot of surface area here to clean your entire face.

So this ‘magic’ cloth just needs warm water and it can be used to wipe off the day’s make-up – including waterproof mascara!! It is reusable and can be picked up on the internet for around £3-£4. I have purchased 3 of these (I will buy 1 or 2 more if I find I need them)…with the intention of chucking them in the wash after every use. I do laundry every 2-3 days (with 2 small children it is unfortunately an endless cycle of laundry…) & at last there is a benefit of this incessant washing for me! I guess compared to someone who only does laundry once a week or so, I am better placed to continually have a fresh cloth to hand. So my plan is to wash them quickly by hand and then chuck straight into the machine. I also use Dettol Laundry Cleanser in each wash…which kills off all the bacteria in my wash – I guess this will help the cleanliness of these cloths for me too.

Another benefit is that in theory, you should never need to buy make-up removing wipes or lotion ever again…so that should save a lot of money in the long run 🙂

When I searched the internet, this product did seem to have amazing reviews overall…that is always a major pull factor for me…I just had to try them. But how did this potential wonder product fare…?

Day 1

Make-up applied on day: Primer, BB cream, Setting Powder, Waterproof Mascara, Cream Eyeshadow Stick (as eyeliner), Liquid Lipstick, Highlighter, Blusher

How easy was it to take off? I am quite lazy when it comes to taking off make-up, I just quickly wipe off what I can before I get bored lol. It took off pretty much all my make-up. My waterproof mascara came off better with this than any other remover or wipe…I normally always have a bit of black residue around my eyes (which is more obvious the following morning :0 …) I still had a tiny bit of shimmer from the cream shadow stick – but it was only very slight. And maybe that was due to me not being as thorough as I could have been. Overall, I am very impressed with results 🙂

Day 2

Make-up applied on day: Primer, Estée Lauder Double Wear (this stuff is extremely full coverage..!), Setting Powder, Waterproof Mascara, Cream Eyeshadow Stick (as eyeliner), Liquid Lipstick, Highlighter, Blusher

How easy was it to take off? So I thought I would try this cloth once more before giving my verdict and I upped my make-up a bit – to make it more full coverage I used Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I would say the previous day when I used the cloth to take my make-up off – everything had slid off quite a lot by the time I actually used it. But this time, I had a full face of make-up still on (this EL foundation seriously doesn’t budge!!) Again though, I was so impressed. Waterproof mascara – gone so easily 🙂 This time there were no shimmery specks near my eyes. Also, I find my skin feeling a little bit irritated and sensitive after using make-up wipes (or make-up remover-soaked cotton pads), but with this my skin just feels clean and for some reason tighter?!

Verdict

I think the fact that it can take off waterproof mascara with ease says it all really. That is the big pain when I remove my make-up – and, for me, if it can tackle that so well, it is an fantastic product 🙂 As I mentioned before, whenever I look in the mirror in the morning – I can, without fail, detect some of the previous day’s eyeliner/mascara – after using this cloth I no longer have that problem – that is how good it is…

I also think, if you can be bothered, using the cloth with filtered or boiled but warm water could be even better, as it would be an even cleaner substance that you would be rubbing into your skin (as opposed to tap water.) It is an amazing product & if you, like me, do regular laundry anyway – it would be so easy to incorporate these little babies into your life/make-up routine.