Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer

Over the last few months I was hell-bent on finding the perfect primer…I sat researching online for hours upon end. Even when I should probably have been doing other things…in fact at times, this obsession probably left my small children crying and hungry—that is the extent of it. Okay, I am slightly exaggerating here, before anyone feels the need to call social services…

With make-up products, the key is finding something that suits your particular skin type: Just because a make-up product looks amazing on someone else, do not expect the same results on your own skin. My sisters have dry/combination skin and use the Laura Mercier Radiance primer and it looks absolutely beautiful on them. At one point, when I was a lot more ignorant about this make-up malarkey, I was adamant that I wanted the same primer. However, I have since come to terms with my skin type. The reality is that I do have oily skin with quite large pores and I need to concentrate on remedying that before prioritising shimmery, glowing skin.

There were a few different primers that seemed to be highly regarded: Hourglass Mineral Veil, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and Benefit Porefessional. I have previously tried the Smashbox and Porefessional primers; they are extremely silicone-y and quite thick, they almost act like polyfiller for the pores. They are definitely effective in creating that smooth canvas, there is no denying that. But, I was questioning how they would affect my skin and whether continuous use would make my skin even worse. The Hourglass Mineral Veil also seemed very silicone-heavy in terms of ingredients, with no skin-nourishing ingredients at all. I wanted a primer that could potentially benefit my skin as well as blurring pores and increasing longevity of my make-up. Yes, I do expect miracles with my make-up. My research directed me to the Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer.

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It has resoundingly positive reviews online, and now I understand why…

This primer includes the following ingredients:

  • Alguronic Acid – this promotes skin’s cell regeneration
  • Salicylic acid – gently exfoliates skin and unclogs pores
  • Lentil seed extract – visibly tightens pores
  • Soybean extract – helps to smooth skin

The primer does also contain silicones (which will help its effectiveness in each application), but I figured that the above skin-enhancing ingredients could actually do something to improve my skin long-term. There seemed to be more to it than just the silicone.

My Experience So Far…

I purchased this primer online from the Feel Unique website for £34; I do not think this is particularly expensive for something that delivers both short- and long-term benefits. I find this primer definitely helps to blur out my pores and make my skin appear a lot smoother. I use 1-1.5 pumps per application and allow it to dry completely before applying my foundation. It does not fill out pores as well as Smashbox Photo Finish or Benefit Porefessional…but I actually do not mind that. The formula is like a light moisturiser…it is not as thick as the aforementioned. Based on that consistency, it is sort of expected that it’s pore-filling properties probably will not be as effective. It does help to make my make-up last longer and it helps to mattify my face. I like that there may also be some long-term benefits with this primer too…and after a few weeks of using it, my pores do look visibly smaller, even without make-up on (I have recently added the moisturiser from this range into my routine…so I do not know which product, or if the combination of both, should be attributed with this feat.)

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A swatch of the primer on Pav’s hand…as you can tell she was being a bit stingy with the blob

I have tried this primer with Estée Lauder Double Wear, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, Giorgio Armani Power Fabric and Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundations and it seems to work well. I have also tried it with Bare Minerals Original foundation and again it increased the smoothness and longevity of my make-up. However, I tried it with my Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 and it made it split and separate on my face…they just were not compatible together. This BB cream does look amazing with the Smashbox primer though…so I have no idea what is in this primer to react so badly to it.

In a nutshell, I am extremely happy with this primer. It fulfills it’s purpose as a primer exceptionally well, whilst also providing added skincare benefits…what more can I ask for?

 

 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review for Oily Skin

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

Lily Lolo Product Haul Review

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!

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Get Glowing!

Hello Guys!

I thought I would share my favourite highlighters with you just in time for the sunny days! These will definitely have you shimmering in the sun.

Number 5: MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish. Perfect subtle golden sheen for a natural healthy look.

Number 4: Illamasqua Pure Pigment, Furore. This is a playful super glittery highlighter. I sometimes use this when I do the ‘strobing’ technique to give just a little extra emphasis to certain parts of my face.

Number 3: Mary-Lou Manizer AKA ‘the luminizer’.  The most extreme highlighter I have come across so far, for the ultimate cheekbone pop. Although I don’t use this daily, it is a must in your make up collection for those ultra glam days.

Number 2: Laura Geller, Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Gilded Honey. This product has been widely raved about on blogs, and its all for a very good reason- It’s phenomenal! Beautifully finely milled baked powder, so it doesn’t give the glittery look and more of a natural build-able glow.

My FAVOURITE, Number 1: Bare Minerals Eyecolor, Pure Gold. I recently discovered how beautiful this eyeshadow is as a highlighter when I went on holiday having left most of my makeup at home. With my limited products, I thought I would try this out as a highlighter- it worked wonders!!

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From top to bottom:

  • Bare Minerals, Pure gold
  • Illamasqua, Furore
  • Mary-lou Manizer
  • Laura Geller, Gilded honey

Pav

xxx

Is your Foundation & Primer compatible?

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This post is for those of you that have real trouble with flaky looking (split) foundation. This can be extremely frustrating, especially for those of you that get stuck in a vicious cycle spending small fortunes of different foundations trying to find one that suits your skin better.

Quite often, this ‘foundation splitting’ effect occurs as a result of using a incompatible primer under your foundation – here I will share a simple trick to help you determine the compatibility of your primer & foundation.

All you will need is a bowl of water and spatular. Simply put a small droplet of the foundation/primer into the bowl of water, and carefully observe what happens next:

  • If the product starts dispersing – the product is water based
  • If the product floats and stays intact – the product is oil/silicone based

The trick is to use the tiniest drop possible, otherwise you may be waiting a while to see the dispersion taking place!

Here is a picture of the Make up forever HD foundation dispersing in the water- this is therefore water-based. It also shows a larger droplet which hasn’t dispersed instantly.

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The holy grail of concealer?

Probably the makeup product most us women can’t live without, the item we would take with us to a desert island, the difference between looking sleep deprived and remotely human – it’s all about concealer!

What is concealer for? Yes you guessed it, to conceal areas needing a little extra coverage. Its as simple as that yet so many of us  misuse this product e.g. as a corrector, highlighter. It really depends on what area of your face needs that extra coverage but always remember – Less is more, instead of piling on the product follow my tips below:

Ok so coverage for your under eyes:

Here you want to study your eyes and define exactly what the problem is. Do you have under eye bags? if so, what undertone do they have? This is where the corrector comes into play;

Blue – Orange corrector

Purple – Yellow corrector

Red- Green corrector

Remember, these are use for the sole purpose of providing color balancing NOT for coverage. therefore keep the product used to a minimum (Unlike those ridiculous instagram videos).

Next, get yourself a concealer that matches your skin tone. The consistency of this will allow you to create a thicker coverage for darker bags or less coverage for those luckier girls. A common misconception is that your concealer needs to be two shades lighter then your face – this can leave your under eyes looking ashy so best to avoid this advice.

The lighter concealer can be applied after as an optional step (but ensure this is not directly under the eye leave a small gap under your eye to retain that natural look).

The last stage is of course to powder- My absolute hands down fave has to be the Laura Mercier secret under eye powder.  – and your done 🙂

On blemishes of the face:

Firstly, again we start with the correcting principle – usually blemishes have a red tone so we would need to balance using a green corrector. After this we conceal using a product that matches our foundation exactly. – Thats all there is to it!

My Favorite Concealers??

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I have three favorite concealers, for three different moods.

  1. BUDGET CONCEALER: Maybelline erase eye concealer £7.99 (low coverage)
  2. WORK CONCEALER: Nars creamy concealer £19.00 (medium coverage)
  3. PARTY-TIME CONCEALER: Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer £38.00 (high coverage)

All three are tried an tested and absolutely fantastic!

 

Hope this was useful for you all 🙂

xxxxxx

How to beat those panda eyes.

One issue that I have always have suffered with is eyeliner smudging under my eyes. Have you ever wondered how some people manage to maintain immaculate eyeliner all day …but you’re left with panda eyes after an hour or two??

Well no more smudged liner for you, I will teach you the tricks to keep your eye makeup looking fresh all day. Seem to good to be true? You’ll be surprised at how many people share this problem- and thankfully there are ways to help!

Firstly you need to understand why your liner is smudging. You can pin point this by trial and error. Try out just top liner for a day (with no mascara) measure the extent of smudging by the end of the day and repeat this with bottom liner and then top mascara and finally bottom mascara. Once you figure out the issue you can narrow down your approach to solving this.

There are three main reasons why your eye makeup is smudging:

  1. USING THE WRONG PRODUCTS: If you are using eyeliners chances are they are not smudge proof and can easily budge around our face.
  2. OILY LIDS: Sounds ridiculous but overly oily lids, or not allowing your moisturiser to fully absorb before applying makeup is a common makeup mistake. The greasy surface is slippery and allows make up to slide around the eye socket and particularly into creases.
  3. DRY EYES: Dry eyes tend to have increased production of tears. This is the eyes way of solving the dry eye situation. This will particularly affect any eyeliner in the bottom water line of the eye.

In order to tackle these points firstly, make sure that you use a great eyeliner. I would suggest a liquid liner which is smudge proof. In order to reduce oily lids all you need to do is apply some translucent powder to set the concealer and absorb the extra moisture. For dry eyes, you can obtain some eye drops from your local pharmacy for dry eyes. ]

 

 

 

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