B. Even Oil Control Foundation

B Eeven Oil Control Foundation 2

After countless disappointing shopping trips over the years you develop some kind of filter to all drugstore foundation launches – I have only ever found a foundation that’s worked for my skin twice, and even then they weren’t the best match. Should I go on the quest to find an affordable foundation today, I’m willing to wager that 99% out there wouldn’t suit me, rather shocking considering that women of colour in the UK are a demographic with growing spending power, but a brand I’ve recently discovered falling into that 1% is a brand exclusive to Superdrug, B. with their new B. Even Oil Control Foundation* which comes at a steal for just £10.99 – tried and tested on 100 women of different ethnicities and skintones, B. has made sure to create a product that comes in an extended colour range, including Caramel my match, to suit a range of skintones from light to dark.

With shade range covered, what about the formula and finish of B. Even Oil Control? After watching celebrity makeup artist and B. ambassador, Cassie Lomas making over model Nada Adelle and following her tips, I have fallen in love. Its Moroccan argan kernal extract base is infused with skin loving ingredients like SPF 15, antioxidant vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, which attracts water from the atmosphere to the outermost layer of the skin and can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water providing 10 hour hydration, polyphenol rich fractions from the fruits of North American saw palmetto and South American sesame seeds thus feeding the skin and creates this beautiful fresh, glowing, medium to high coverage finish that isn’t too matte. What’s more, the foundation has been clinically proven to control oil while keeping the skin hydrated which is great news for those who steer clear of foundations that give the dreaded shiny face in photos.

The entire B. makeup and skincare range is suitable for vegans and carries the leaping bunny symbol of Cruelty Free International.

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Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup

Estee Lauder Youth Infusing Makeup 1

Serum + foundation = a base with added skin benefits… a formula I’ve found to work for me when I combine Estée Lauder’s Double Wear and Advanced Night Repair serum and it seems that Estée Lauder have cottoned on and taken it that extra step further by creating the Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup* infused with their Perfectionist Serum, a product designed to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. While I thankfully may not need help with reducing lines and wrinkles, I’ve been blown away with this foundation ever since its launch in September – it’s light, has a medium coverage, is a dream to apply as it blends into the skin seamlessly and gives the most beautiful natural glow and satin finish which is everything I look for in a foundation. It couldn’t be further from their Double Wear which has a tendency to look cakey if I’m a little heavy handed with my foundation brush because of its high, matte coverage whereas Perfectionist is easily buildable making it a great foundation to use on a day-to-day basis. With the exception of days when my skin is crying out for some coverage my usual go-to base is NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural but the Perfectionist foundation is all I’ve been wearing lately and it’s been making my skin look like… perfection.

L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds

Loreal Pure Reds 1If you’ve yet to find your perfect red lipstick we’ll blame it on the fact that there are 285 shades of red visibly different to the naked eye – there are just too many to choose from! In an attempt to filter out the noise and help with finding that all important signature red lip, L’Oreal Paris have launched their Collection Exclusive Pure Reds* which will be available across pharmacies from September 2014.

Collection Exclusive by Blake - Pure red lips for the most iconic of looks

Collection Exclusive by Julianne - Lips of a vermillion red from the most exquisite fabrics

Collection Exclusive by Liya - Theatrical red lips for an opera of intensity

Collection Exclusive by Eva - Unexpected urban chic brick red lips

To cover a spectrum of women, L’Oreal Paris have based four lipsticks on their faces, Liya KebedeEva Longoria, Blake Lively and Julianne Moore so you have a lipstick suited for those with olive tones to their skin, redheads, black women and blondes like Blake Lively. Interestingly enough, I quite like the Blake Lively lipstick which could be due to it having warm undertones whereas the one by Liya would complement cooler undertones; Liya‘s lipstick still is my favourite however, it’s a true red that would look absolutely beautiful against brown skin.

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Onto the formula and feel of the lipsticks, I tend to shy away from mattes, namely MAC, as they can be quite drying. However I’m wearing Liya‘s shade while I type this up and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a matte lipstick, rather the formula is quite hydrating for a matte which is down to the jojoba in the lipstick. Granted you’ve given your lips a good scrub with a toothbrush or whatever else you use, there’s no reason why this matte wouldn’t look great. Not to mention the lipstick packs a punch in pigment, so if the idea of a red lip makes you run for the covers you’ll need to shed that fear or follow Karim Rahman, makeup expert for L’Oreal Paris‘ advice, “for a very trendy blur effect, apply the colour with your finger by tapping from the heart of your lips towards the corners”.

Liquid Liner Line Up

liquid eyeliner110000 BC and 2006 are years that couldn’t be more further apart, but the former is the year eyeliner was said to be invented and the latter being the year I discovered liquid eyeliner. Amy Winehouse-esque eyes were big at the time so during break my friends and I would congregate in the school bathroom perfecting our technique, although not quite as garish. But I’ve since been through my fair share of liquid eyeliners, from Collection 2000’s Fast Stroke Eyeliner for a cheap as chips £2.99 to a reasonably priced Super Liner Perfect Slim from L’Oreal. The two still get a thumbs up, but the past few months have seen me test some new contenders below:

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Brown*

Superdry Eye Marker*

NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Koala

Wild About Beauty Line and Define Liner Pen*

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