Friday, 24 July 2015

Aallexxy's FoundationFiles; Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference: in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Brand: Charlotte TIlbury

Name: Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Coverage/Pigmentation: Medium
Shade: Medium-Dark

Swatch:
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Swatch
What The brand says: This is a secret that silver screen sirens have kept to themselves for years – and once I share it with you – so will you! With FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW you can slim, sculpt, shorten, trim and highlight your features. It’s amazing what clever shading and highlighting tricks can do to your facial framework - it’s an illusion that I use all the time, particularly for red carpet scrutiny, and my clients can’t get enough of it. Take what you were born with and maximise your assets with FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW!
 
This shade is perfect for medium to dark skin tones, or deep tans, to contour features and mimic a sun-kissed complexion.
• The bronzer is the perfect universal blend of pearl and pigment to contour features and mimic a sun-kissed complexion.
• The highlighter is built up from a golden base that flatters any skin tone, and uses Light Flex Technology to capture light and radiate it out for a luminous complexion.
• Colour-rich pigments are rolled into elastomer pearls that smooth & buff the skin for excellent blendability & perfect colour uniformity.
• Paraben-free


Wear time (with/without primer):
Price (ml): £49 for 16g

Pros: Gorgeous packaging
Highilight shade very flattering for darker skintones
Travel friendly
Cons: Contour/bronze shade is not dark enough for it's purpose
Contour shade is not matte
Pricey

Suitable Skin Types: All
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Oxidation: N/A

Any Other Information: The sculpt shade in this palette has shimmer running through it and it's warm toned , however the shimmer is not that evident on the face, none the less if you prefer a matte cool toned contour this is not for you. I did not think I would like the highlight shade, as it looked too orangey gold for my liking, but on the skin it creates a gorgeous, glowy sheen, that I think would look even pretty the deeper your skintone is.

If you contour with a liquid/cream product and then apply this after, you obviously won't need it to be as deep, and this can help set your contour as well as add a subtle glow to your features. But as you can see from the swatch above, the contour/bronze shade is not very deep at all, it does create a very subtle shadow when applied to my face, but does not bronze my skin.
Conclusion: I'm a little frustrated that it's taken so long after the original was released to produce a darker shade and on top of that the shade is just barely deep enough for me to actually contour or bronze with. I also bought the Powder and Sculpt brush which is often referenced to be used with this, but in order to build up the colour on my face quickly I end up using an angled more densely packed brush, however the Charlotte Tilbury brush is perfect for the highlighting portion of the palette. I think those no darker than an NC48ish and/or Asian skintones may benefit from the sculpt shade if you like a very subtle contour/bronze, while the highlight shade is more suited to a variety of skintones.

Personally there are more affodable options that will do a better job on deeper skintones, however I cannot fault the feel of the powders and the packaging, also the highlight shade is gorgeous, for this it gets a like rating. But if I was to rate the shades in the palette seperately, the sculpt shade gets a dislike rating and the highlight shade would get a love rating, so I split the difference.

*Rating: Like

*Ratings; Hate, dislike, Like, Lust, Love

Friday, 17 July 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; House of Glamdolls Glambase Wheel

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference: in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

House of Glamdolls Glambase Wheel 2
Brand: House of Glamdolls
Name: Glambase Wheel

Coverage: Light - Full
Shade: 2

Swatch:

House of Glamdolls Glambase Wheel 2 Swatches
What The brand says: Created by David Horne, The GlamBase Wheel is a mixing revolution for complexion enhancement. The wheel contains 6 shades that have been blended for easy complexion perfection every time. The GlamBase Wheel 2 is presented in a windowed compact. 35g;
1. Radiate: The centre shade Radiate is a copper iridescent cream highlighter.
2. Caramel: A cream pigment designed to illuminate and lift features.
3. Toffee: A cream pigment designed to use as a lid neutral base and to highlight and sharpen features.
4. Chestnut: A cream pigment designed to use as a mixing beauty base shade and to shape and sculpt features.
5. Truffle: A deep neutral pigmentation concealer designed to conceal pigmentation and enhance the complexion.
6. Shadow: A deep olivine brown concealer and contour.

Wear time (with/without primer): The wear time on this is good on my combination skin, you will need to touch up through the day, to keep it looking at it's best even with a mattifying primer. Although when my oils do push through it gives more of a glow than an oil slick look.
Price (ml): £25 for 35g

Pros: Great for travel
6 Shades in one compact
Multi-purpose i.e. concealer, contour, highlight, base etc.
Reasonably priced
Will last a long time
Compact and lightweight
Great for Makeup Artists
Cons: No ingredients lists on the website
Suitable Skin Types: All, extremely oily skins prep accordingly.

Scent: A lightly subtle floral scent that I can only smell when i stick my nose in the palette and not on my face.

Ingredients: Not stated on the website, on the back of the product, but each shade has a slightly different ingredient list.
Oxidation: None

Any Other Information: I was initially scared of the Shadow (olive Green Brown) shade in this palm sized wonder, but I got a tip on Instagram from David Horne himself, who suggested I mix it with the more red based shades (Truffle or Chestnut depending on your skintone) to make the perfect neutral contour shade. Which made perfect sense, once he said it.

This palm sized compact is lightweight with it's plastic packaging, but secure due to the screw top lid, with a clear pane you can see the product through. The radiate shade is also perfect for the current craze 'Strobing', aka highlighting, on darker skintones for that lit from within, hit by the light in the right places glow.
Conclusion: This is a great product if you love highlighting or contouring or if you struggle to find your base shade, it has everything in it for a flawless complexion, all you need in addition to this is powder. I think this is a great buy for it's multi-purpose function and practicality, there isn't a single shade in this that I cannot find a purpose for, which is unusual for a palette you haven't personally picked the shades yourself.

*Rating: Love

*Ratings; Hate, dislike, Like, Lust, Love

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation and Seamless Buffing Brush!!!

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference: in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

Bareminerals Blemish Remedy Foundation and Seamless Buffing Brush
Brand: bareMinerals

**Name: Blemish Remedy

Coverage: Medium - Full
Shade: Clearly Almond 11 - Dark skin with neutral undertones (darkest shade available in the UK)

Swatch:
Bareminerals Blemish Remedy Foundation Swatch
What The brand says: A gentle yet effective, creamy, weightless, non-drying, mineral powered foundation that conceals imperfections and helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and pores for clearer-looking skin. Formulated with Aspen Bark and Tea Tree Oil to help promote clearer, healthy looking skin and Aloe to help soothe and hydrate the skin. It will help to reduce the appearance of redness, while controlling oil and shine; 100% of the 102 women included in a clinical study noticed a reduction in skin oil after 6 weeks of use and 92% experienced a significant reduction in pore size appearance.
Application is recommended with the newly launched accompanying Seamless Buffing brush for best results, and apply using the Swirl, Tap and Buff method.

Wear time (with/without primer): This foundation has very good wear time, by the end of the day if I do not touch up at all my oils do push through, but gives me a glow rather than an oil slicked look. Being a powder foundation also, touch ups are super easy, if you are willing to carry the foundation around with you. Otherwise your usual touch up powder will work just as well
Price (ml/g): Foundation; £26 for 6g
Seamless Buffing Brush £24

Pros: Extra shades available in the USA
Formulated for blemish prone skin
Contains skincare ingredients
Cons: 10 shades; Not enough shades for darker skintones
Brush is sold separately, meaning initial outlay could be expensive

Suitable Skin Types: Acne prone, Oily, Combination, Normal
Ingredients: Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Salicylic Acid, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Soil Minerals, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid. May Contain (+/-); Mica, Titanuim Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499).

Scent: Light, sweet smelling, but inoffensive. Dissipates quickly on the skin.

Oxidation: None

Any Other Information: The newly launched accompanying Seamless Buffing Brush is a densely packed kabuki style brush with a chrome silver handle, it's a synthetic brush that's very soft on the skin. I wouldn't say it's essential, as long as you have a kabuki/buffing style brush that fits nicely into the circular opening of the foundation. Even though this contains skincare ingredients, some which are quite high up the ingredients list, if you have severe blemish prone skin I would still consult a professional (which I am not) and continue your usual skincare routine.  (Although you can use this foundation even if you do not suffer from blemish prone skin).
Conclusion: Being an avid liquid and cream foundation lover I've surprised myself that I like this, but I think it would be great for the summer months, and it can be used to set liquid foundations/tinted moisturisers when used with a powder brush. I have the odd blemish here and there, so it's nice to know a daily foundation can benefit my skin even if only in a small way, and compliment my skincare routine rather than hinder it. I'm hoping bareMinerals will extend the shade range, as there previous foundations come in 20 shades, even though some of these still lack WOC friendly shades. This launches in September and will be available from bareminerals.co.uk, among the other usual department stores that stock the brand.

*Rating: Like
*Ratings; Hate, Dislike, Like, Lust, Love
**Pr Sample

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; Fashion Fair True Fix Foundation

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram,Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference:in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

Fashion Fair True Fix Foundation
Brand: Fashion Fair

Name: True Fix Foundation*

Coverage: Medium - Full

Shade: Divine Chocolate
Swatch:
Fashion Fair True Fix Foundation Swatch
What The brand says: These two complementary cream shades are smooth, easy to blend and provide maximum coverage. This foundation creates a semi matte finish to minimize imperfections, promote even skin tone, and conceal problem areas. The cream shades leave a semi matte finish. Available in 30 shades in 15 compacts.
Wear time (with/without primer): The wear time on this is great on my combination skin, while not beeing heavy or cakey and still looking like skin, although you can build this total coverage if needed.

Price (ml): £23 for 14.5g
Pros: 2 shades in one compact
good shade range
Travel friendly
Adapt it to your shade all year round
Cons: UK accessibility

Suitable Skin Types: All (extremely dry may need to prep skin accordingly)

Ingredients:
 

Oxidation: None
Any Other Information: This foundation is housed in a mirrored compact with a puff included, I tend to use a damp beauty blender to apply or a buffing brush, you can find Fashion Fair in select Boots stores, boots.com and debenhams.com.

Conclusion: This is a great cream foundation, that can be built from light to full coverage, or used as a concealer. Having 2 colours in one compact is genius, as most women of colour have at least 2 different tones on their faces, plus it's adaptable to the seasons. For the price of this foundation you get a lot out of it for your money.  
**Rating: Lust
*PR Sample
**Ratings: Hate, Dislike, Like, Lust, Love

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; L'oreal True Match Foundation

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram,Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference:in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

L'oreal True Match Foundation
Brand: L'oreal

Name: True Match

Coverage: Medium - Full
Shade: N8 Cappuccino

Swatch:

L'oreal True Match Foundation Swatch
What The brand says: Following research into the skin-tones of women from around the world, the L’Oréal Laboratories have developed a unique palette of 23 skin-true shades in warm, cool and neutral tones. The result for L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation is a natural looking, skin-true colour without tide-marks and outstanding coverage without caking, that automatically adjusts to the texture of the skin to create a flawless finish, Oil-free and non-comedogenic. True Match Foundation has a micro-fine, creamy texture that contains 3 light, non-greasy oils. You can build up layers of L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation coverage for a made-to-measure finish. L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation gives outstanding coverage without caking. L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation conceals imperfections, without caking : its micro-fine, creamy texture blends perfectly with the skin's texture.
Wear time (with/without primer): It lasts well on my skin with and without primer, I did get the obligatory shiny nose after a few hours, and a touch up was required to keep the foundation looking it's best, but was not essential.

Price (ml): £9.99 for 30ml

Pros: 18 Shades
Inexpensive
Different undertones are catered for
Buildable coverage
Blends with skintone
Cons: No ingredients list on the website or packaging

Suitable Skin Types: All
Ingredients: None on the website or packaging

Oxidation: None
Any Other Information: Its available in boots and online as well as other drugstores.

Conclusion: This is a really nice inexpensive foundation, that has a great shade range, the colour match was great and it was truly a creamy formaula, but not oily.
*Rating: Like
*Ratings; Hate, Dislike, Like, Lust, Love

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Aallexxy's foundationfiles; Mac Prolongwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram,Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference:in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.


Brand: Mac Cosmetics

Name: Prolongwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation*

Coverage: Medium - Full
Shade: NW45

Swatch:

What The brand says: A tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 24 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.
Wear time (with/without primer): I obviously did not test the 24 hour wear claim, but this has very good staying power alone,  although I did still get a shiny nose. However with the introduction of a mattifying primer, wear time improved slightly, but more notably my shiny nose issues were significantly reduced. This foundation requires minimal touch ups (without primer), if at all any (with primer).
Price (ml): £25.50 FOR 25ml

Pros: 16 shades
You only need a small amount 
Cons: Can look heavy if you apply too much
Only 25ml
No Ingredients list on website
Suitable Skin Types: Normal, Oily, Combination

Ingredients: Not on the website (To be updated if on packaging)

Oxidation: None

Any Other Information: I am not usually an NW45 in Mac, so this is too red for me, so I have to highlight to counteract that. However it's not as bad a colour match as usual, one because it's summer, and 2 based on a couple of reviews on the mac website it appears these foundations run lighter than usual. So get colour matched if you are interested.

Conclusion: Considering I'm not a macaholic, I'm surprised how much I like this foundation. I was a little worried from the brands description, about the repelling moisture part, that it would be too drying on certain areas of my combination skin. I did not find that to be the case, this however is a medium to full coverage heavy duty foundation, and one I will personally reserve for going out, and summer months, but not necessarily day-to-day wear.

It is lightweight on the skin, especially for the flawless look it gives. If you are in the market for a longwearing high coverage foundation, or one for special occasions that photographs well you can't go far wrong with this. You can also get it here and here.
**Rating: Lust
*Pr Sample
**Ratings; Hate, Dislike, Like, Lust, Love

Monday, 15 June 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; black|Up Paris Cream to Powder Foundation

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference: in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

black|Up Paris Cream to Powder Foundation

Brand: black|Up Paris

Name: Cream to Powder
Coverage: Medium

Shade: NFC 09

Swatch:
black|Up Paris Cream to Powder Foundation Swatch
What The brand says: This foundation is a true must have. When applied to skin, its unique creamy texture transforms into a silky powder with an impeccable matte finish. Its formula enriched with latest-generation matifying powders gets rid of sebum in a blink of an eye. The complexion looks smooth, radiant with a perfect velvety finish.

Its unique texture is very easy to apply with a sponge or a brush and is completely buildable, from a light powdery veil to complete coverage.


Wear time (with/without primer): This has great wear time on my skin, with and without primer, even a mattifying primer did not extend the wear time, my nose still got oily which is typical for me.
Price (ml): £29 for 0.28 oz

Pros: Oil Free
Paraben Free
Fragrance Free
16 Shades
Cons: Accessibility
No ingredients list on the website
Suitable Skin Types: Normal, Combination and Oily.

Ingredients: None on the website or the product itself.
Oxidation: None

Any Other Information: Housed in a mirrored compact, with accompanying sponge. Available from blackup paris website here or Debenhams.
Conclusion: This is a really nice foundation, that's great for the warmer months, it has great wear time and a good shade range. It's buildable, but I think most will get good medium coverage out of this. It can be a bit stiff in the compact, so fingers might be needed to warm the product up for application.

*Rating: Like
Ratings: Hate, Dislike, Like, Lust, Love

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Deciem; Hylamide SubQ Eyes Advanced Serum

I continue my exploration into the Deciem brand with a skincare launch, Deciem have only been allowed to release this recently, due to previously working for a skincare brand. As you can imagine I was excited, if you have seen this post here and here, you will know that Deciem plan to redefine the beauty world one product launch at a time and they are certainly making waves.

Hylamide SubQ Eyes Advanced Serum
I have to say I don't often pick products based on there anti-ageing claims, even though I'm 30+ years old I often get mistaken for being younger, so I don't see dramatic results when I use anti-ageing products. However, we all know one of the first places those wrinkles appear are around the eyes, and I'm trying to stave them off as long as possible and maintain what I have, plus combat some dehydration that I have been professionally informed is currently present. Don't get me wrong, I am happy to grow old gracefully, but my main concern with my eyes is actually my eyelids. I've noticed with time they are becoming more droopy, where I was once wide eyed and bushy tailed, I am now just bushy tailed lol!!!



Anyway onto the product; SubQ Eyes is a high-strength serum concentrate that uses a wide array of peptides, plant saccharides and active technologies to rehydrate the fragile eye area below and above the surface, while targeted technologies visibly improve fine lines, crow's feet, puffiness and dark circles. Claiming to give immediate results, and continuous results within days and weeks of use. It's a thick off white serum dispensed through a dropper contained in a small glass bottle, it's easily absorbed and a little goes a long way.



I have to say I did not see immediate results, but like I said I don't have that many wrinkles, I did stop and restart using this and noticed a difference. I don't think anything is going to completely revert my droopy lids, and this makes no claims to do that, but in terms of prevention I like this serum. It costs £27 for 15ml, which when you consider the science and high level ingredients behind it, it's very reasonably priced compared to it's competition in today's market. It is available on the deciem website and boots.


Have you tried anything under the Deciem umbrella?


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Alex