Friday, 18 March 2016

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation and Setting Powder Review

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation

I've now been trying out the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective foundation* (see here)  for a few weeks so I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts with you. The foundation is marketed as a full coverage and long lasting base, however I would say it's still suitable for all skin types as you can decide how much coverage you want. They claim it blurs away imperfections such as: uneven skin tone, dark circles and redness. The foundation has an SPF of 35, at first I wasn't too concerned about whether it did have an SPF or not, however I'm actually really glad it does now for two reasons. First of all, most foundations have SPF 15 and even then it's not really SPF 15 if it's been mixed into the foundation, so having a higher factor is really the way to go. Secondly, whilst I'm a huge believer in sun cream I do sometimes not bother putting it on if it's not sunny outside and this has caught me out on a few occasions so having it mixed into your foundation does take out that worry. However, the downside to the SPF is that it won't be suitable for flash photography.

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation

I'm sure I've iterated how terrible I am at matching foundation or concealer shades (it's the main thing that stops me trying out new products), so when I was asked if I wanted to try this out I went into Boots to test them beforehand. I had looked at swatches online too but there wasn't much information on the best shades for Asian skin but I knew I was somewhere between 25 and 35. So when I did try them out 35 looked much too warm for my skin that's more on the neutral side so I settled for 25. However, when I did receive 25 it was a tad too light on it's own so I was very kindly sent over 35 too.

There are now 8 shades in total, and I would say 25 is for light to medium skintones, it has a slight cool undertone, and 35 is for medium skintones with a very warm undertone. I normally mix an equal amount of 25 and 35, although I was concerned that the undertone still wasn't right but there is a very slight amount of oxidation that helps it blend in with the skin better. I do think I'll go for a mix of three quarters of 25 and one quarter of 35 going forward though as the 50/50 mix was slightly warm. If you didn't want to mix shades you can always use a bronzer to warm up the lighter shade, I did this with my Bourjois bronzer and it actually turned out well, except for the shimmer particles in my bronzer.

For reference I've put up my other foundation shades, my best match is the Bourjois healthy mix foundation in 54 which you can see is in between shades 25 and 35. Estee Lauder Double Wear in 2W1 Dawn is also a good match. YSL Touche Eclat in B50 was too tanned for me but it's close to shade 35 Sand. In Nars I would say I'm close to Punjab, and around NC30.

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation

Onto the application! I don't have any major concerns with my skin apart from a bit uneven skintone around my chin and some redness in my cheeks so I've been applying a light application of this. With a light layer it doesn't cover my beauty spots and a bit of my redness does come though but the coverage can be built up and it does give me a uniform base. The foundation didn't cling to my dry skin, I was actually expecting it to with such a high coverage foundation so that was good, but I do think it applies that bit smoother over a primer on dry skin.

I normally prefer using a pointed foundation brush but I found that a buffing brush or beauty blender (I use an ebay version) worked better with the Vichy Dermablend foundation. The foundation applies really well and it doesn't look cakey at all, infact as overused as the term might be it really does look like skin. It lasts pretty well all day too and might need a topping up of powder if you get oily, but at the end of the day it looked like it had done when I had just applied it. I did try this as a concealer too and it just didn't look right to me, but I always go in with a separate concealer anyway so I wasn't too fussed.

Overall, it's a great foundation for anyone, the high coverage claim might put some people off but with this foundation you can really control how much you want to apply and it's a lot more purse friendly than other similar foundations, especially seeing as it is on offer for £12 here for 30ml. The only drawbacks of this foundation is that it can be hard to get right if the shade isn't a good match and there was also some transfer around the neckline of my top.

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

The second product I got to try was the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder*, definitely one of the unsung heroes in my eyes! The powder is more finely milled than any other and it goes on completely colourless so there's no chance of the dreaded white cast. It sets foundation and concealer really well and softens the whole look. It also has an SPF of 30.

A good setting powder can have numerous uses and I've already used this to experiment with the whole matte lips trend. A lot of my summer lipsticks have a satin or shimmery finish and I don't really get a lot of use from them, but putting this over the top mattifies them instantly without changing the colour. The only downfall of this powder is that a bit of shine can come through so if your skin gets oily quite fast it's perhaps worth considering.

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

The packaging of both the foundations and the powder has a big emphasis on a sleek and monochrome theme. The foundations come in tubes where you squeeze the product out, but the packaging of the powder looks and feels a bit more high end to me. It comes in a see through tub with a powder puff included and then the little sifter where you shake it to get the powder to come out. I did give the puff a go using the 'press and roll' action I've seen in Gossmakeupartist's videos but it's a bit fiddly for me so I use an Nanshy powder brush to sweep it across my face instead. Normally I only powder my t zone but this powder is so light and flattering that I just go for it! The powder is on sale for £11.25 here.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried any of the Dermablend products?

Friday, 11 March 2016

Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream with Glamour

Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream

My search for an affordable eye cream hadn't been going very well at all, so when I heard Glamour were doing a Balance Me edition with an eye cream worth £11 of course I had to go out and buy it, even if it was just to read the 'hey it's ok' section.

However, when I read it was tinted I wasn't too convinced whether it would be that effective as an eye cream or whether it was more reminiscent of a concealer. When I did get to the newsagents I noticed it also said light reflecting particles and my initial reaction was oh no, I don't really want an eye cream that makes me look like I have eyeshadow fallout, but there was no point walking away from the newsagents empty handed. So how did it go?

Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream

First of all, the product comes in a small tube with a screw cap which you remove to lightly squeeze out some product. The packaging is cute but purposeful and hygienic at the same time. You get 5ml of product for £2 compared to the normal price of £10 (see here).

The ingredients in the tinted wonder eye cream include: cucumber seed oil to reduce puffiness and brighten skin tone, rosehip oil to encourage cell growth and renewal, and arctic cloudberry seed extract to protect the skin from environmental damage.

Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream

When I first swatched this on the back of my hand it looked very yellowy, however when I apply this around my eye area it's more of a beige shade. I apply this to my cleansed and moisturised skin, the consistency is quite unusual however as it applies like a lightweight cream at first, however it then becomes quite tacky and I like to pat it on as I would a concealer to make sure it's covering the dark circles (mines are terrible!). I was quite dubious at first at the one shade fits all, however it does blend in very well and the colour is undetectable. I think this would work for most skintones.

Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream

This is the part though where I'm going to say that rather than an eye cream I actually found this to work better as a concealer base for me. First of all, I didn't find it that hydrating underneath my eyes but at the same time my under eye area did feel firmer (I had also dismissed this as just another claim), and it had helped even out the worst of my dark circles. In the description it also states it's perfect as a make up base, so again this leads me to say this is more of a base for the mornings and I would go in with another eye cream for the night.

So there you have it, it might not be the eye cream that I had hoped but anything that helps me with my dark circles is a winner, I'll let you be the judge of that though.

As you can see from the collage above it doesn't completely get rid of the very deep sunken line I have around my eye but it does make it look a bit brighter and less sunken in. However, the most difference is around the rest of my eye, the dark circles are alleviated quite a bit and when I put my concealer over the top it looks a lot brighter and more even. So I would really recommend the balance me tinted wonder eye cream if you hate your dark circles too, or even if you're dark circles aren't so bad you could get away with just using this.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried any Balance Me products?

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Monday, 7 March 2016

International Women's Day

It was whilst I was doing some research for the Chloe perfume review that I uploaded before that the theme 'free woman' really stood out to me, but what was a free woman? It was then that I realised that I wanted to talk about more issues, which you could probably describe as humanitarian, but I didn't think it was be right of me to derail that post. So I thought doing a separate post, especially to coincide with International Women's Day on the 8th March, would really allow me write more about it.

When we hear of strong, independent women making their own path in the media a lot of the times we see famous celebrities or people who were born in perhaps a more affluent or prosperous environment, but I can't stop thinking that it's easy to do so when you have freedom, and I guess that our freedom is something that we take for granted in a developed and safe country, where we have access to education, jobs and a future! Where there are laws to uphold our rights. So on International Women's day on the 8th March why don't we think of those women who go through huge obstacles around the world everyday just to live, because that could easily have been us, we won the lottery and they didn't, should their lives not be celebrated? Should we not lobby for their freedom?

Women around the world go through tremendous hurdles to achieve a better quality of life for their families and their communities, but instead of raising an awareness of this the media deems celebrity reality stars' lives as more important. This is why I try and read news sources regularly as yes I could just pretend these things aren't going on but then how am I any better? It's hearing stories, such as this one of Syeda Ghulam Fatima, single handedly trying to end bonded slavery that open my eyes and make me see the wider world.

It's hearing the plight of this woman who risked it all for a better life for her and her husband that reminds me what it is to be human. I'm not saying I know what the right or wrong answer is but I loved the refugee series by Humans of New York because it was selfless and it showed a side to the story that we don't hear.

Education is something that will have been accessible for most of us reading this, but if there's one thing I know it's that I will never take it for granted my ability to read and write, or even to have a laptop to write on. Education lifts people out of poverty, it gives them a future and hope, yet so many people don't have access to education, to schools, to teachers.

Photo: UN Women/Shaista Chishty

If there is one thing that irritates me however it is when I hear people in full time jobs talking about how 'poor' they are. Yes I do realise that you can struggle to get by in a full time job too, but if you're jetting off on numerous holidays a year or spending all your money on shopping sprees then you definitely don't know what poverty is. 836 million people live in extreme poverty! (Source: unwomen) Imagine wondering how you're next going to feed your family, numerous women are going through this and it's really saddening.

Finally, I know how this can seem all contradictory when I run a beauty blog, but as you will know our beauty blogs aren't every aspect of our life, we all probably have a lot of other things going on so why not use this platform to address other topics? Plus as a women this affects us all, so why don't we share our ideas with each other, just like we would do with a review.

I know this is a somewhat unusual post, but I would like to hear your opinion on this.
Thank you if you read this!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Chloe Love Story - Expression of a Free Woman

Chloe Love Story perfume
Initially when I received this perfume I was thinking the name 'Love Story' suggested a Romeo and Juliet setting, however I couldn't have been more wrong! Love Story is infact about loving and celebrating freedom and femininity, values intertwined within the brand name since it was founded. I, for one, am glad to see a perfume that celebrates women, mothers, entrepreneurs and all the other roles women play. It's a perfume that makes you think anything is possible!

With Mother's Day coming up this perfume is also the perfect celebration of our Mother's (or anyone who holds that role) because they shape us into the women of tomorrow.

Back on to the perfume, thank you Debenhams for allowing me to try a perfume that has such a powerful message behind it!

Chloe Love Story perfume

Chloe Love Story* is described as a clean floral. An orange blossom fragrance with notes of stephanotis jasmine, the flower of happiness. To describe it simply I would have said it's a soft floral that manages to capture that spring glow without being too sweet, but it's so much more than that! It takes popular scents, like Marc Jacobs Daisy, and adds a touch of sophistication to them than takes them from girlish perfume to a classic that would withstand time.  At first I wasn't sure whether it was my kind of perfume (I was still hanging on to the girlish Daisy) but I can honestly say I love it! I wear it to work everyday and I feel like I'm ready for the day, it makes me feel sophisticated and elegant (it had its work cut out!).

When I first apply it I get that rush of white florals, it's more of a refreshing burst though and not heady at all, it's miles away from the sharp perfumes that give the person next to you a headache (I've been that person..not fun). You might be thinking white florals? Orange blossoms are actually from the group white flowers and smell more like jasmine, rather than actual oranges. I couldn't remember what orange blossoms looked like either but after seeing this picture I can remember coming across them many years ago on holiday,.

The initial burst dies down very quickly and I get more of a soft musky undertone that comes through for me, it's described as clean and light and I would definitely agree. It's a very subtle perfume, rather than overpowering, that could be worn at any occasion; whether it's work, shopping, in the evening or on a wedding day which is a popular choice I believe.

Chloe Love Story perfume

Chloe Love Story perfume

The only drawback of this perfume is that I found it doesn't last very long on me, I did have high expectations though as I apply it in the morning at eight and ideally I would have still liked to be able to smell it around six in the evening. I would say a safer bet is that it's detectable on my skin till around midday, although this may be different for everyone else who has tried it.

It may also seem quite pricey at £47 for this 30ml bottle but then again you can argue most designer perfumes are. Plus Debenhams often have sales which include 10% off quite regularly.

Plus, if the above wasn't enough then all you have to do is look at the packaging, it's enchanting! It features gold accents as the main colour theme, with a little handle that you bend backwards to lift the glass circular lid. The 'Chloe' is embossed at the top and the glass bottle has ridges at the back which gives it a bit of glamour. This is all tied together with a very cute ribbon.

Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend Chloe Love Story (see here), it's a classic but romantic at heart. It offers a refreshing take on the whole 'floral' genre, and for me it's my introduction into a classic scent.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried any of the Chloe fragrances or have you got your Mother's day gift sorted?

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