Transitioning into Autumn

25 August 2015

Autumn Transition

With summer nearly over and autumn creeping upon on really quick, I'm starting to find it hard to piece outfits together that will keep me warm, cool, and dry all in one without having to look a right mess. I am sticking with colour for this transition but have started to mix in my trusty neutrals to balance out the brightness and swapped the cut offs for some timeless skinny jeans. Now is also the perfect time to invest in a trusty leather jacket. You can layer it over a maxi dress or keep it simple with some jeans and a plain tee.

My make up routine also changes around this time of year, I tend to ditch the gloss and start reaching out for darker tones of lipstick, my nails colour gets darker and I bring out the foundation and blusher which are two things that don't work for me during the summer time. I am also loving the darker brown nudes for this winter, I am currently in love with Mac stone which I am dying for a restock as I decided to skip purchasing it this month. Wine tone lips and Grey nails are my staples so expect to see loads of those in the upcoming months!

Below I have added links to all of my favourite items from some of my favourite high street brands, so just click the images! Let me know what your current go to items are by commenting underneath this post x
      

Review | NARS Lumious Weightless Foundation

18 August 2015

This foundation came around nearly six months ago and has been raved about by so many beauty bloggers so far. I waited a while to purchase this and only caved in early June simply because I had a load of foundation to finish off (it takes me a while as I don't always wear any) and I wanted to see how other people got on with it first instead of it being me to take the plunge and going ahead with buying it.

What Nars say
Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop.



My thoughts
I have combination skin where my face is sensitive, however my t-zone tends to get a bit oily after a couple of hours which is super annoying and as I rarely carry make up with me for a touch up, this has made it a real big struggle for me. Finding a foundation with decent coverage that doesn't allow the oil on my nose to seep through was beginning to seem impossible to find and I know this is a lot of girls problems because you either allow your face to get oily or risk using a foundation that leaves you with a white cast on. So when I came across this I was in two minds if I really wanted to test out another foundation or stick with what I already own.

My first impression of this was why is the foundation separating already? The oil had risen to the top and the formula at the bottom so if you don't give it a good shake before applying, don't bother using it. The packaging is made of glass and and finally has a pump unlike the previous Nars foundations where you would have had to purchase the pump separately. Coming with a pump (thank God) was amazing and so useful whoever it cannot be removed, no matter how hard I tried it just spinned and spinned.  



How well did it work on me?
The foundation when applied does feel very lightweight and doesn't feel like you have anything on either. My skin looked glowy and the shade hid any red tones I usually get under my eyes. The foundation is on the pricier side, and even though Nars claim you only need 1 pump for your whole face (if you're the size of a garden gnome),  you will probably need about two or three pumps to do so but despise that, I'll assuming this will last a while depending how often you use it and if you apply more than one coat as the pumps are pretty small. 

In terms of coverage it is medium lightweight coverage but like I previously mentioned it can be layered or if you prefer a more sheer look, then a damp beauty blender will help you achieve that also. After about 4/5 hours my t-zone does start to get oily but not as much as other foundations make it, so I couldn't really complain and only needed to blot once. Apart from that, it does stay put all day which I can't really fault.


Shade Reference:

 MAC: NC43/44 
Revlon Colourstay: Caramel
DiorSkin Star: 041 or 050
Nars: Syracuse or Tahoe
Maybelline: 240

Overall I would give this a 7/10 as I didn't really see what the fuss was with this product and much prefer the feel and coverage I get from the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser best, despite it being a tinted moisture (feels more like a foundation). Now, I am not saying this wasn't good, It did stay put and didn't feel heavy on the face but I feel like it wasn't something to fuss over when there are probably better ones on the market.  

Review | Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray

2 August 2015


Lately, my skin type has changed and it has taken me a while to adjust and admit to the fact I no longer have an easy and 'normal' skin type to deal with. So I now suffer from an oily t-zone, mainly my nose which is super annoying. I have been on the hunt for a new setting spray that not only keeps my make up on, but also allows me to not have to blot my nose as often.

Urban Decay is majorly known for their amazing eyeshadow NAKED palettes which I must vouch are worth every penny! The De-Slick Setting Spray is oil free and parabens free, as well as having 'temperature control technology' which apparently isn't as complicated as it sounds and only means your makeup won't be as affected by heat (or the lack of). The spray is also meant to deflect any light from the face to not show any shine, which has been a major problem for me when taking pictures lately.

"Mist on this weightless spray to control oil, deflect surface shine and help make up stay up." 
- Urban Decay

My first impressions of this is why are there two lids? But the main point that amazes me is you actually feel it blending and sticking to the makeup which was previously applied to the face. It doesn't feel sticky or anything but it is a nice reassurance that this one may be a keeper. After applying the spray, I checked back on my make up every 3-4 hours to see how it was coping up with the spray and I was actually surprised that I didn't have an oily nose yet. My make up was also intact and still looked fresh.

After a full 11 hours with my make up on, I only had to blot my nose after six hours of applying the spray. Another thing I found really great about this spray is that, if you over do it with powder and get that cakey effect, once sprayed, this does make that less noticeable and gives you a smooth finish to your makeup. 

So like a normal setting spray, you apply this AFTER applying your makeup, and preferably BEFORE putting on mascara so you avoid the ghastly 'Panda Eyes'. I apply mine in a 'square' type of motion so it covers all four corners and then the middle of my inner face. I feel this way everything is fully covered unlike the 'X' and 'T' formation they recommend on the instructions displayed in the packaging.

I would definitely recommend this and I will totally be stocking up on the bigger bottle too once this one has finished and I still see the same results after a month or two. The travel size bottle is pretty big and despite being 'travel sized', it will definitely last a couple of months.

Hope this was some help to anyone wanting a long lasting setting spray or with the same problems I was going though. 

Monica 
xxx

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