Sunday, 19 April 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

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 Complexion Rescue
Brand: bareMinerals (Their spelling, not mine)

Name: Complexion Rescue

Coverage: Light
Shade: Chestnut (For dark skin with neutral undertones)
Swatch: Great colour match for me.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue swatch
 What the brand says: 'New to our UK collection, a multitasking genius that combines skincare benefits and naturally radiant coverage in one. The best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturiser...with a 215% increase in skin hydration after just one week,* this is a whole new way to think about makeup. This tinted Complexion Rescue gel cream alleviates the need for a heavy foundation, giving a smooth tint to your face and evening out your complexion in the stroke of a brush. Ultra lightweight and hydrating, you won't be looking for face care anywhere else.
Benefits
 
  • Powerful hydration: marine botanicals to help replenish thirsty skin
  • Dewy sheer-to-medium coverage for a radiant, soft, smooth finish
  • Non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 30
  • Mineral electrolytes to help energize skin
  • Heart-leaf globe daisy, an antioxidant, helps protect against environmental stressors

Formulated Without

  • Silicone
  • Oil
  • Parabens
  • Fragrance
Hypoallergenic. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist tested.
 
Wear Time (with/out primer): The wear time on this is significantly improved with the introduction of a primer (I used illamasqua's hydraveil), I looked like an oil slick by the end of the day, when we had the heatwave. The QVC show suggested applying this straight onto skin with no moisturiser unless you are extremely dry, it does perform better the less moisture you have on your skin before hand (think lightweight gels, serums and lotions), but I struggle to rely soley on my makeup for skincare and/or SPF benefits though.
Price (ml): £26 for 35ml

Pros: Extra SPF protection with no flash back
Skin care benefits

Cons: Could benefit from the addition of 1-2 darker shades.
Not be suitable for the oiliest of skin types
Suitable skin types: Normal, Combination (with good prep), Dry.

Ingredients: Titanium dioxide 6.2% Inactive Ingredients: water, coconut alkanes, propanediol, squalane, trehalose, isostearic acid, glycerin, silica, agar, caprylic/capric triglyceride, globularia cordifolia callus culture extract, salicornia herbacea extract, melilotus officinalis extract, coco-caprylate/caprate, butylene glycol, lauroyl lysine, sodium hyaluronate, succinoglycan, polysorbate 60, cellulose gum, polyglyceryl-4 laurate/succinate, sorbitan sesquiisostearate, magnesium stearate, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol. may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides.  
Oxidation: None

Any Other Information: They sell a seperate brush (£24) that's to be used with this product, but I just used my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Expert face Brush (worked the best) or fingers.

Conclusion: I really like this, but the difficulties with what to apply or not prior to application make this a little fussy, and it does require good prep of my combo/oily skin to last all dayIt would be perfect during the winter months, when my skin is more normal to dry. If you are looking for a lightweight summer base, with added skincare properties and have normal/dry skin or are willing to prep combo-oily skin this is definately one to consider.

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

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation!!!

To launch the new series I'm starting on the blog called Aallexxy's Foundation Files (#aallexxyFF), I will be reviewing the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. I have already reviewed this foundation here, but wanted it as part of this series and in the new format, I also review the Soft Velvet Loose Powder in that post so check it out if you haven't already. (Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post)

Back to the series; I will be testing out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and posting my findings. 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.
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
Brand: Nars

Name: All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Coverage: Medium to Full
Shade: Macao
Swatch:
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Swatch - Macao
What the brand says: 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—the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly. Shake, pump and blend in sections for complete coverage that's completely natural looking.
Pure Innovation. Exclusively NARS, always feeling light-as-air, featuring advanced flexible polymers and first-to-market treated pigments.


  • Advanced flexible polymers move with the skin, providing extraordinary breathability and comfort.
  • First-to-market treated pigments weightlessly deliver long-wearing, complete coverage without ever masking for perfected, natural-looking skin.
Even Tone Technology is designed to instantly neutralize redness and dullness, while working long-term to reduce the appearance of discoloration for more even, uniform skin.
  • Gold and green pigments in a perfect 4-to1 ratio optically manipulate how light reflects off skin's surface, evening the complexion for instant luminosity. Green pigments negate redness on contact, while gold combats dullness.
  • Scarlet Spiderling Root Extract helps reduce the appearance of discoloration and reveal brighter, more even skin over time.
KEY CLAIMS
92% felt the foundation provided coverage without masking*
93% thought it felt weightless*
90% said it felt comfortable and breathable*
*based on an independent consumer study after one week of use

Wear Time (with primer/without primer): I get a good 11 hours out of this without touch ups in mild winter/spring weather, with and without primer. My oils do push through a little, to give a glow, rather than an oil slicked look. Haven't had the chance to test in strong summer weather, will update accordingly if I do.
Price (ml): £32 for 30ml.

Pros: It's available in 20 shades and Macao is a near perfect match for my skin.
One pump of this is about half the amount of a regular pump of foundation, so will last a while.
Long lasting (see above)
It comes with a pump
Cons: You need more than one drop for flawless coverage

Suitable skin types: Normal, Combination to oily (if extremely dry or extremely oily skin prep will be key).
Ingredients: Not available on the website (apologies I threw the box away prior to writing this).

Oxidation: Adapts to skintone in a good way.
Any Other Information: Replacing Sheer Matte (No longer available on Nars website, but can still be ordered from ASOS, for anyone who wants to stock up).

Conclusion: I know this foundation seems to have a marmite effect, but I really love it, If you're looking for a lightweight, long lasting foundation that can provide full coverage this is one to bear in mind.
Rating: Love*
I'm still working on the format, so it may get tweeked, but what do you think so far? Do you have any requests of base products you would like to see me review?
Thanks for visiting the blog today.
Alex
*Ratings: Hate, Dislike, Like, Lust, Love


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

SBC; Vitamin ACE Shower Gel, Skincare Gel and Body Creme

If you read this post here you know where my love for the SBC Vitamin ACE range started, I am currently on my second tub of the Day and Night Cream. Vitamin ACE stands for vitmains A,C and E, which is contained in this formula, and is effective for anti-ageing and evening out of the skintone among other things (read post linked above for full details). So when I found out SBC were doing a BOGOF (buy one get one free) on their website for the month of March, I couldn't resist a purchase or two.
SBC Vitamin ACE Shower Gel and Body Creme
I have finished a bottle of the Vitamin ACE Skincare gel (which I bought in a set from QVC), it's great if you don't like the feeling of lotions on your skin as it's so light, but I found it was not moisturising enough for my skin so had to mix it with some oil. I decided to try the Body Creme as this is thicker and would be more moisturising, this is much better for my dry body skin, but not at all greasy. Although I still from time to time add a drop of oil, just to get that sheen/richness I like on my skin once I've moisturised, however this may not be needed in the warmer months as my skin is less dry. I'm also on my second bottle of the shower gel, this is a lovely foaming shower gel and just works well in conjunction with the other products and starts the topical application of the lovely vitamins contained in this range.

I thorougly enjoy using this range, and feel my skin is becoming more even with continued use of these products. We always focus on even skin on the face, but with the warmer weather making an appearance an all over even skintone is on the menu, and this range can help achieve that.

I will definitely continue to purchase from this range, I think I've tried everything except the serum, which is next on my wishlist. Have you tried anything from SBC? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Thank you for visiting today

Alex

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

B Beauty; B Sweet Makeup Collection

Last month I attended the launch of B Beauty's Spring 2015 Collection, B are embracing all things bright and pretty, so the usual coral and pink shades have been amped up for Spring Summer. The collection consists of a whipped mouse textured blush, a moisturising SPF15 lipstick, a Highligting Serum, alongside the launch of a makeup brush range.

B Beauty; B Sweet Makeup Collection
I received one of the 2 shades available in the B Sweet Whipped Blush called Strawberry, it's a soft pink shade, which unfortunately appears a little ashy on my skin tone. This is a lightweight whipped texture that provides a flush of colour to create an instant healthy glow, maybe the other shade Peach (more orange toned) would be more suitable for me. These retail for £7.99 each.

One of my favourites from the collection is the B Sweet Lipsticks, there are 3 shades, I received Sherbet Dip, a gorgeous bright deep pink shade. This gives buildable moisturising coverage, with SPF15 protection, The packaging is also great, think Chanel style where the lipstick pops out at the bottom, but at a more purse friendly £7.99.

Next up is the B Sweet Popping Candy Highlighting Serum, I was initially confused by this product, is it a serum, a highlighter or a primer? I was right to be confused as this is a multi-use product, it can be used as a hydrating serum, a highlighter or an illuminating primer as well as being mixed in with foundation. I'm still figuring out the best way for me to use this, it is lightweight and provides very subtle shimmer, it retails for £14.99 for 30ml.

B Beauty Makeup Brush Collection
Finally and my other favourite is the makeup brushes, I received the travel set, which contains the Powder Brush, Foundation Brush, Eyeshadow Brush and Lip Brush. Good drugstore brushes are hard to find, and Real Techniques have dominated in this area, but I think B can give them a run for their money. These brushes are super soft and I like the travel case with mirror these brushes are housed in. I'm definitely interested in looking at some fo the full sized options, and as with all B products they are Vegan and Cruelty free, this set retails for £17.99, but is currently on sale for £13.49 at superdrug.com.

Have you tried anything from the B Sweet Spring Collection, what are your thoughts?

Thanks for visiting the blog today

Alex