The No Foundation Foundation and Concealer

Every time I have typed this title, it was deleting the second 'foundation', but it's correct, Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation* and No Concealer Concealer* likes to repeat words. If you're looking for a medium to full coverage foundation, then this isn't what you want as it's very light coverage, lighter than a tinted moisturiser.

The No Foundation Foundation contains SPF 30, which is going to be perfect for the summer. But in reality, it's a multi-tasking translucent foundation with a high dosage of Vitamin C in there too. If you apply it with your fingers, it's a lot less coverage so I've been using it with a buffing brush and applying one pumps worth. If you're any paler than I am, go for the Fair version, as this is even a tad too dark for me. That's why I'm thinking it will be perfect for the summer, combined with the SPF30 it will match my tanned face. It has all the benefits of a BB or CC cream, as it's a treatment and a cosmetic at the same time. Containing Alpha Lipoic Acid, it emphasises the skin's natural moisture. The finish of the foundation is semi-matte but it will leave you with healthy glowing looking skin.
The No Concealer Concealer is an anti-ageing eye treatment and again, it contains SPF 35. It comes in one shade, which is a bit crap as it's not suitable for most skin tones, but it's fairly neural and I can assume a lot of people can use it. Suitable for both camouflaging imperfections and dark circles, but I would advise to use an eye cream before using under the eyes. I have been using it as an eye primer too, as it really helps smooth out any lines and is a great base. It may be anti-ageing but that's something I'm not too bothered about.

I've really been enjoying these two products, just slapping them on when I'm in a rush on the morning (which is every day).

Luce x

The Bobbi Brown Make-up Lesson

So the other week I had lunch with the lovely girls from Bobbi Brown (where I happened to see Taylor Swift in Bills, sat 3 metres away from me..), but I mentioned that I had never had my make up done at Bobbi Brown. By the next day, this had been changed and I was booked in to have the 'Pretty Powerful' makeover. It was done at the Selfridges counter, with the lovely Amalie who taught me some skills I never had! The look is very similar to my day to day look, but with a little upgrade to it.

I went with the aim to learn how to do winged liner for my eye shape, as well as to try a certain foundation from them. Amalie started by introducing me to some of the skincare bits, including the Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser, Hydrating Face Tonic, Hydrating Eye Cream and Extra Soothing Balm. My skin was extremely dry that day, so she made sure my skin was hydrated before applying the foundation. For concealer, sticking with the Creamy Concealer in Sand and Eye Brightener in Porcelain Peach to hide the dark circles and any redness I had. The foundation I wanted to try was the Tinted Extra Balm SPF25 in Light, which is a very light coverage but also extremely hydrating. I saw it first on Essie Button, who loved it at the time! Followed up with a little powder in Pale Yellow to ensure the t-zone was matte. A tiny little of the Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon was applied on the tops of my cheeks, which I wasn't too sure on, but that's mainly because I'm not used to wearing blush.
Onto the brows, there was a little Eyeshadow in Grey applied through them using the eyebrow brush. I never thought of using a grey eyeshadow for my brows, but after seeing it on Buy Now, Blog Later, I was intrigued. A tiny bit of Heather Long Wear Cream Shadow was applied to my lid, to be used as a primer for the eyeliner to stick. I already own Heather Eyeshadow, which was actually my first ever Bobbi Brown purchase, so I knew I would like that shade. For the eyeliner, Granite Ink Gel Liner and Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush were used to create the perfect flick.
I learnt that with my eye shape, I could create a flick at any angle as it's very universal. But that the trick was to follow my waterline up to my brows as a guideline. This is not new news to me, but to see someone actually do it on my eyes made me realise what it actually means. I learnt that doing little strokes along the lash line, rather than one long one, will be better to create a perfect line. 

Practice makes perfect, so I'll show you my progress soon enough.

Luce x

Lazy Girls Make-Up

I've become lazy, well, lazier. I use the same products every day and rarely change the look, maybe with a sweep of eyeshadow or a bright lip. But I've got the basics down to a T. In the past week or so, I haven't had much time in the mornings to do my make up, so I'm always in a rush. That's why I've neglected my little blog this past week.

After I've washed my face and moisturised it with my pick, which at the moment is a new Jurlique offering, I use Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. I have spoke about this so many times, but I love it and it does everything I need. I'm in the market for a new foundation, which is exactly like this, but isn't this product. I don't apply foundation all over my face, it doesn't go anywhere near my forehead and only around my cheeks and nose area. The shade matches me pretty perfect and I don't feel the need for foundation everywhere. It's a light coverage which can be built up to a medium coverage, but one small pumps worth is enough for the amount I need.
That's where NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer comes in, helping me hide the red marks and blemishes which are popping up around my face. It's the quickest and easier concealer I've ever used, which doesn't get patchy or dry throughout the day. I use my ring finger to blend it all out, as my fingers usually do a better job than a brush would do.
Onto the eyebrows, I comb them through with a spoolie and shade them in with the Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette. I'm scared of when this runs out as it's so damn expensive, but it's honestly one of the best brow products I've used. It's a lot softer than the Tom Ford version I used to use, it also makes them look quite natural.
A dusting of bronzer makes a big difference on my current pale skin, just a sweeping across the temples, cheekbones and under the jawline. I'm not one to contour my face, so this is the closest it's going to get to it. On a daily basis, I reach for Clarins Bronzing Duo* as it creates a soft bronze glow.
Followed up by a few coats of mascara, Benefit They're Real, of course. I have a feeling that in the next few weeks, I'm going to have to pick up a new one of these as it's becoming a little dry. But am I the only one to like a dry-ish mascara?

All of this takes me about 5 minutes to achieve and once I'm sat on the tube, I will rummage to the depths of my make up bag to find a suitable lip balm to use.

Luce x

One Eyeshadow, Two Ways

Say hello to my new love, Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows. I had been wanting this particular shade for about a year, possibly more. I had even had a dream and I was wearing it, I woke up the next morning and thought 'wow that eyeshadow looked good'. Suzie & I popped into the Burberry Covent Garden store, next thing I knew, the eyeshadow was on my lids and I was handing over my card. I walked out a very happy customer.

So I picked up the shade, Khaki, which is a browny green. It makes the green in my eyes just pop and I love it. As in the name, they are quite a sheer eyeshadow but I like that as you're able to build up the colour without going over the top. If you have tried the Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadows, you can keep on blending and blending them forever, they're both very similar. I have been using a Real Technique shadow brush to apply it and blend it out.

For day to day, I have been using it just as a flush of colour across the lid and with a little mascara. Nothing too fancy, just adding a little bit more dimension to my lid. A sheer wash of colour, like the name. However for the days I have more time to spend on my make up, you can build it up to a smokey eye look. Recently I have been doing a lot of 'one shadow smokey eyes' as they're quick and easy. This colour makes it perfect. Keeping it with the sheer wash of colour, just add a little bit more colour to the outer corner of the eye. Add enough colour until you're happy with it. Pop on a little eyeliner and you're ready for a night out.

I'm too scared to go into the shop again as I know I'm hooked on these shadows. Please do excuse my horribly dry skin, this winter hasn't been kind to my skin.

Luce x