NEW IN: Foundations x2

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There are so many new generation foundations that are floating around the department store counters at the moment. If you tried to buy them all you'd be slightly crazy and a lot out of pocket. Hi. I am addicted to base products and my bank account is looking bleak because of it. Hopefully my little reviews can help you decide which ones to splash out on if you aren't feeling like buying them all like me. Or if you just want to know which to prioritise to buy first.......

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation SP15
Firstly. Longgg name. Definitely not one I'd want to spiel off over and over as a counter assistant. We will just call it Light Wonder. I didn't really know what to expect of the Light Wonder foundation in all honesty. I don't live anywhere near a CT counter, so I ordered blind online. I matched myself using reviews on blogs (I wear light 3 and am a MAC NC25/Nars Santa Fe) and OMG it is amazing. The finish is skin like and for once I don't get that 'sat on the surface' cakey look that most give. You know what I mean right? It properly blends in no matter what tool I've used to apply it, and it doesn't scrimp on coverage either. While yes I'd only class it as medium coverage at best, it just seems to do an amazing job of air brushing your complexion in a way I've never witnessed before. I am addicted to this and it's totally wet my whistle (fab little saying) for Charlotte Tilbury products.

Coverage: Light but can be built to medium
Skin Type: All, 100%
Finish: Like skin, I couldn't even say if this is matte or dewy as it just looks like my skin, but better
Repurchase? Absoloutely. This is my new favourite foundation, it's over taken the By Terry Sheer Expert for me at the moment, with that being a similar close second.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation
This was the one I had massive high hopes for. I actually was expecting this to be like the finish of the Light Wonder, but acutally it is quite different. This foundation is lovely in its own right. It is a very thin consistency, which isn't a favourite of mine as I always feel like I apply more to compensate. But this does however, make for a very light weight feel on the skin. I think where this foundation really excels is in its lasting power. It not only fairs well all day while I'm on an eight hour shift, but it still looks the same, no grease face, no cakey sides of my nose, no patchiness. Just the same as when you apply. I wear B30 the same as all other YSL foundations, it runs the same.

Coverage: Medium, build by letting a layer dry down then reapply
Skin Type: Dry skin will need a moisturising primer, everyone else should be OK
Finish: Velvety smooth
Repurchase? Not really sure at the moment, think it may be causing breakouts due to the fragrance, I'll keep you posted. (Please note my skin is very sensitive to scented products).

Have you tried one of the newer foundations on the market at the moment? Feel free to send me the link to them in the comments, I'm especially eying up the new Estee Lauder one, or maybe Dior Star.. there are way too many to choose, I'll just have to get them all right???

Nivea for Dehydrated Skin


Nivea Pure and Natural Moisturising Day Cream  
I stumbled across this moisturiser completely by accident. I had a sudden realisation that my skin was massively dehydrated and that the reason my make-up wasn't sitting smoothly, and my complexion looked dull was that it just needed some moisture. This was on offer and smelled nice so in my basket it went. 
Boy, am I glad. This moisturiser not only smells fresh and edible, but it gives intense moisturisation that instantly gives a smoother and brighter look to your skin. I now use this as a night time moisturiser because since my skin as cleared up and is rehydrated it can be a little heavy under make- up, for my combination skin anyway. I haven't had a single spot that was induced by this product, nor have I ever spent over £3 on it due to constant offers!

Nivea Oil-Free Moisturising Day Cream
This is the moisturiser I purchased after coming to the realisation that the Pure and Natural one mentioned above might be the reason my foundation was looking a little greasy around 3pm. I needed something that could still give me the moisture hit I needed but was designed for combination skin. It is just lovely. It feels like a middle ground between a cream (too heavy) and a gel (not heavy enough) and works perfectly as a base for any foundation that I choose to use. Again, not ever purchased one of these tubes for over £3. Bargain.

I've also used the Pure and Natural Moisturising Night Cream which was again, fabulous, especially considering the price, but at the moment it feels a little to heavy and oily for my skin, but I bet that during the depths of winter this will be usable.

Have you ever tried a product from the Nivea skincare range? I honestly can't recommend them enough, it feels so much more luxurious than the price would suggest.

A Book Lovers Survey

I'm not too sure where I first spotted this little survey, perhaps on one of my favourite blogs Nouveau Chique. I know you all like hearing me talk about (see me type about???) books, so here we go...


Do you remembered how you developed a love for reading?
When I would get addicted to reading my Sweet Valley twins books and use a torch under my duvet so I could carry on reading on a school night long after my bedtime. Sorry Mum.

Where do you usually read?
All over the place really. In the staff room on my lunch, at night in bed etc. My favourite places to read though are in the sun by the pool on holiday or on the plane on the way to my holiday destination.
Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
I will never be one of those people who can have several books going all at once. I like to read one at a time and I read very fast so if I'm really into it I will read a couple a week.
What is your favourite genre?
I actually surprisingly read a lot of non-fiction. I read historical texts, first hand witness accounts and general coffee table knowledge books a lot for 'light reading', but also enjoy gothic novels such as Frankenstein and Dr Jeykell and Mr Hyde as well as a dystopian novel or too. Oh and don't forget an odd cheesy girly one, or young adult or two.

Is there a genre you will not read?
I never say never as I always said that crime novels were snooze-ville. However, a few summers ago I got hooked on Ian Rankin and my mind was changed. I have always had zero interest in Sci-Fi though, be it films or books.

Do you have a favourite book?

Like many book addicts I could never narrow it down to just one. Sylvia Plath 'The Bell Jar', Mary Shelley 'Frankenstein', All of the Lawrence Rees books regarding WWII, Anne Frank 'The Diary of a Young Girl', Oscar Wilde 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', are literally a small handful. I could chat favourites all day.

What is your least favourite book?
Again, there are many. When you read as many books at I do, you will find lots of them. However, rather controversially I was completely uninspired and disinterested in Jane Eyre. Sorry, not sorry.

What is the longest book you have ever read?
Fellow English Lit students will nod in agreement at James Joyce 'Ulysses'. So. So. Long. Yeah, It was a tough one.

What was the last book you bought?
I actually bought three in one go from Amazon. Two infographic non-fiction beautiful hard backs, 'Information is beautiful' and 'The infographic history of the world' and I also cheekily added Erin Morgensteins 'The Night Circus' after spying it in Tanya Burrs favourites video.

Do you prefer library books or buying books?
I absolutely love the smell of the library and I am addicted to old books, however I like to write my name and the date I started reading inside the front cover, so buying books it is. I also like to dip back into them and re-read a chapter or specific bit of books that I like.

What are you currently reading?
I'm currently leafing through the two infographic novels I mentioned above, however I actually am not reading anything else substancial at the moment, I blame being busy at work and feeling generally uninspired as a person, boo hoo.

So there you have it, me rambling on about books! One of my favourite topics to chat on and on about. If you are similarly enthralled by reading like me, then feel free to do it too, and don't forget to let me know, I am extremely nosey.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet


Chanel foundations are some what of a new addiction of mine. As you've probably all gathered, I am a complete base junky. I am legitimately addicted to purchasing new foundations. This does, unfortunately, mean that more often than not I fall in love with one, and then a new one comes along and steals the lime light. Hence the quite delayed review of the Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation.

The first thing to mention is that the Lumiere Velvet shades actually run darker to the others in the line. I wear a B30 in 90% of Chanel base products, so bought this one without even thinking about it. When I first apply this shade I look only slightly oompa loompa-esque, but fear not, for some reason this foundation dries down around half a shade.

The consistency is very runny, much like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (which unlike this foundation, broke me out awfully), and therefore a) causes quite a bit of wastage, and b) makes it trickier to apply. Some people recommend using fingers with runny foundations however I personally feel that this makes the finished result really patchy and sheers out the coverage too much on a whole. I love the way this looks applied with a dense brush like the Space NK Flat Top Powder brush or Sigma F80. This makes my face look really flawless and like a real life instagram filter.

Although the finish is described as 'velvet' and is being touted as the matte equivalent of the Aqua, it definitely looks like skin. I would say this is suitable for all skin types, and my combo skin can handle it without being powdered, but I would say a little set in the T-zone actually makes it look better for longer (as it does with most things). But yes, I'd be perfectly happy wearing this with no powder on top with little to no worry that I'd look like an oil slick come 3pm.

Overall, this has shot its way into my top 5 current foundation line up and its definitely something that I would repurchase.

Coverage: Medium/Full
Skin Type: All but drier skins will need a moisturising primer
Finish: Skin like but with a velvet look
Repurchase?Yes I would, but its not something I'd stockpile/back-up.

Travel Beauty Essentials


If you are jetting off on a sunny holiday I think we all agree that all you really need are a few bikinis, shorts and a vest with flip flops. However, in reality often my case is stuffed full of countless dresses, heels and a make-up bag to rival that of a make-up artists kit, just in case.

On my last holiday to the French Riviera I took a really small make-up bag with only the essential things that I knew I would use on a daily basis, and I felt so liberated! (Plus if you saw my Sephora haul on my channel you'll know I needed the room in my case for all the things I wanted to bring back!!). Here is a list of my throw in your case and you'll be fine products.

Eyelash Curlers. I think really, these are the most important. When I am sunbathing during the day I really don't want to be sweating mascara down my face (gross but true) so a quick curl of the lashes makes me look less piggy and more like I've had more than 5 hrs sleep (I've not).

A 'does everything' brush. In this case it's one from my eBay set. A pointy one like this is handy as it is precise enough to do concealer yet will also put foundation on in a split second. Something like the real techniques expert face will do the same thing.

A kick ass concealer. I've obviously picked the MUFE Full Cover concealer, but something high coverage yet with also a liquid consistency means you can skip the whole three different concealers for different parts of the face. I also don't wear foundation during the day and am also sometimes to sweaty (or burnt- don't shout at me! I use SPF 50) to so something heavy duty like this is a much more natural alternative.

Eyeshadow Pencils. Yes, another mention for the By Terry Ombre blackstars, definitely the Katie Price of the beauty blogger world at the moment. I love these and lets be honest, who can be bothered faffing around with six different shadows and three brushes, blending for two hours when you could be enjoying an alcoholic beverage and some good company. (Or the buffet, always the buffet).

A matte bronzer. This is a Sephora one, but any will do, as long as there is no shimmer, unless you want to look like a disco ball in the harsher lighting. There are two reasons I deem a bronzer an essential. One is because my face is smothered in SPF 50+ kids suncream so is actually whiter when I return. I dust a bit of this on during the day with a massive brush to make me look more normal. Also, when you tan, your foundation will look too light as the evenings go on, cue: bronzer overload.

Whats the thing that you really couldn't live without on your sunny holiday? Would you be able to cope with just these things in your make-up bag?