Thursday, 24 April 2014

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer Review

            (Please ignore the state of the concealer, it's clearly well loved and pretty much all gone!)

Stila say
'Product Description
An oil-free, high definition, high performance foundation that "stays all day" and delivers a flawless finish. Unique oxygen technology leaves skin hydrated, nourished and helps prevent premature ageing. This foundation glides onto skin, immediately going to work to help minimise skin blemishes and imperfections. This dreamy formula glides onto skin and immediately goes to work to help minimise skin blemishes and imperfection. It is also enriched with an array of skin loving ingredients, and unlike other long-wearing formulas, includes a synergistic combination of botanical extracts that have been shown to help enhance circulation and blood flow, resulting in an increase of oxygen being delivered to the skin and letting skin breathe. These innovative extracts also help to slow down the onset of premature ageing and promote healthy, hydrated and vibrant skin.  
This multi-tasker also contains a creamy, full coverage concealer cleverly hidden inside the cap (along with a handy mirror) that instantly hides blemishes, dark circles and age spots creating an impeccable canvas for flawless makeup application.
Product also comes with a spatula and brush for ease of application.'




I say: Before going cruelty free I was an avid user of the Revlon Colourstay foundation for oily/combination skin. Since going cruelty free I have tried various other products which have not come close! 

This foundation however, I really like. It does stay most of the day as it claims to, although I do tend to get a little oily towards the end of the day. I don't mind this though as that's easily fixed and it stays exactly where it's put, unlike other foundations I've tried.  

As I have oily skin, I can't say for definite what it would be like for dry skin. However it doesn't dry matte - I would probably say it's in between matte and satin. I think it would be fine for oily, combination, normal and maybe even mildly dry skin types. I would say that it's medium coverage, but definitely buildable. I personally find that I have to have a mattifying primer on underneath this otherwise the foundation tends to sit on top of the skin slightly, instead of looking natural like I would like it to. I really love the finish, not too shiny for an oily skin, but still allows me to have a slightly dewy looking skin, which I have not found it any other foundation. I'm so happy that I have found this foundation that I could sing it from the rooftops!

The packaging is pretty cool, it comes with a little spatula that's built into the lid which means you can scrape all the last bits out! No waste, woohoo! It also comes with a concealer which is GREAT! It's pretty creamy, which is perfect for my undereye area which tends to need a little more moisture. Warning though, if it's not set with a powder it WILL crease. It's a pretty good coverage concealer and covers everything I need it too, without looking cakey. 

I purchased this from the website and it was £29.50, which I think is a darn good price, considering the quality of both the products you receive! 

On contacting Stila about their animal testing policies, they replied with this email :

'Dear Natalie.
Stila does not test on animals, and neither do their suppliers. They are owned by a finance company, so no animal testing there either.
The products are vegetarian, but not vegan.
I hope this helps.
Kind Regards,
x '

If you're looking for a new foundation, this is the one!


Monday, 17 February 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation review

: 'long-wearing, skin-perfecting full coverage foundation with UVA/UVB SPF 15 infused with Amazonian clay for better, longer, truer wear. 

Product Performance:
 Achieve flawless skin that looks healthy and natural. This supremely blendable, buildable and full coverage formula delivers up to 12 hours of satin-matte coverage with a weightless texture. Reduce the appearance of pores, discolorations and imperfections and ensure a perfectly flawless complexion every time with this best seller.
Powered By: Amazonian clay: This nutrient-rich, multitasking and total-skin-balancing clay reduces dryness and flakiness, improves skin clarity, elasticity, firmness, and texture while removing oil from the skin's surface for smooth application and wear.'
I SAY: Since I've gone cruelty free I've been searching high and low for a replacement for my beloved Revlon Colourstay.

At first I was applying it with a beauty blender and I had cake face from the get go! It sat in my pores and just looked awful after a full days wear. 

The next day I applied it with a foundation brush and the finish was much better to begin with (images above), but I could still see it on my skin making it look extremely unnatural. This is a very full coverage foundation and it DEFINITELY looks like you're wearing makeup.

I couldn't really say I think it's very buildable as I think you only need a tiny amount for it to be full coverage anyway. I also disagree that it lasted up to 12 hours - if anything so much as slightly touched my face it transferred!

I pretty much disagree with all of Tartes other claims. I felt the foundation on my skin - it was heavy and I just wanted to get it off! And instead of reducing the appearance of pores I think it made mine more noticeable.. which nobody in their right mind would want!

I have pretty oily skin and this does set matte which is always good but in order for it to last longer than an hour I have to set it with powder. I found that it actually made my skin look flakey and cakey (ha!) and just generally not good as you can see in the pictures above! So this leads me to believe it would be a complete car crash on a dry skin type. 

I was bitterly disappointed by this foundation, I was so hoping it would be 'The One!' Even though this was not the case, I would still definitely try other products by Tarte as I really like their ethos. This is what it says on the FAQ section of their website about animal testing: 

s tarte cruelty free? 
Yes. tarte cosmetics is a cruelty-free cosmetics line. tarte makeup and skincare is never tested on animals. 

What are tarte's guidelines for international products? 
All ingredients and finished formulas tarte uses are tested and based on US FDA requirements before being imported to the US. We only work with highly reputable laboratories and factories that meet the strictest GMP standards, which is an international grading scale for cleanliness and the environment for workers that abide by a strict code of standards. We also test each product ourselves to match our quality standards. Additionally, we are an approved PETA participant; they have audited our non-animal testing procedures. '

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

LUSH King Of Skin Body Butter Review

 'If your skin needs some nourishment, this yummy-smelling blend of bananas, avocados, oatmilk and butters will come to your rescue. Avocado's nourishing unsaturated oils get to work with banana's natural emollients and oatmilk's antihistamines to give soothed and hydrated skin. Just smooth the bar over clean, wet skin and rinse off to let the bar reign supreme over its dehydrated subjects.
I SAY: I really like the fact that this includes natural ingredients, it makes me feel like I'm doing a lot of good to my skin. At first I was a little apprehensive as to weather or not this would really work as well as normal body butter. It only took me SECONDS into the first time of using it to realise that it was just as good, if not better! I have never ever felt my skin so soft!  I can safely say that, yes LUSH, my skin was left feeling dewy, flexible (well I'm not so sure about this one.. flexible skin?! What does that even mean?!), soothed and ready to be touched!

It retails at £5.50 which I personally think is a pretty reasonable price. I have used it probably about 5 times and still have over half left.

The smell, I'm afraid I cannot place! But it's not too strong and doesn't last on the skin so I don't feel like it would be too much of an issue for anyone.

I can see I will repurchase this again and again and again and again and... I think you get the picture! 

What other LUSH products would you recommend? 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Real Techniques Foundation Brush Review

REAL TECHNIQUES SAYS: 'The angled cut lets you build the coverage you need for airbrushed, high-definition results:look pixel-perfect even in harsh light ultra-plush, synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-freeself-standing for easy storageextended aluminum handle is light and easy to use'
I SAY: I've tried almost every technique when it comes to foundation application, and that includes a variety of brushes. I'd used real techniques eye brushes in the past and really liked them so when I saw it on iHerb thought I'd give this a go too. 

I'm afraid I don't agree with some of what real techniques says in their description of this brush. Unfortunately, I'm afraid it didn't leave my skin looking pixel perfect in any light, but I don't think ANY brush is capable of that anyway! That all depends on the foundation in my eyes.

I love the fact that it's synthetic and cruelty free, this was the main selling point for me.The brush is cut at an angle, which I actually really like. It fits perfectly into curves of the face like around the nose and eyes which is nice. 

As I mentioned earlier I got this from iHerb. iHerb is a website that is eco-friendly and also has a lot of natural products. I LOVE it, there's a ton of cruelty free brands on there for just about any product you can think of.

If you're thinking of placing an order with iHerb you can this discount code to get up to $10 off of your first order : 
What do you guys think of the real techniques foundation brush?

Monday, 2 September 2013

GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer - Classic

'Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer is a perfect base for all makeup. It fills in fine lines and deep pores in the skin, creating a uniform, matt and silky soft surface, enabling the easy and smooth application of foundation.
The primer can be used after daily moisturiser or on clean skin. The formula is perfume and preservative free'.


I SAY: Perfect base? No definitely not, but I'd agree that it does a pretty good job of filling in pores and lines. Not quite as good as Benefit's Porefessional but at £7.99 for 30ml, I think that can be forgiven. 

Matte finnish? The finish is matte at first yes, but for you fellow oily skined girls out there, this does not keep shine at bay! 

Silky soft surface? YES! This is one thing I love about this product. Its a gel formula so slides on really nicely and my skin feel so so soft after its applied. It does help foundation go on smoother than it would if I had not used it. A tiny bit really does go a long way too so it lasts for a reasonable amount of time. 

There's a very faint smell that reminds me of my childhood and kids makeup...  Major tangent here, but did any of you used to get the Sabrina the teenage witch magazine as a child? And you always got a little freebie that was like makeup or something? Well if you did, the makeup smelt exactly like this primer. That clearly is going to help absolutely no one haha, I apologise! After all that unnecessary nonsense, the smell really isn't that noticeable! 

Now on a serious note, I also like this as GOSH do not test on animals. When I emailed them, this was their response:

Dear Natalie,
Thank you for your inquiry regarding animal testing.  
I can confirm that GOSH Cosmetics does not use animals to test any of
 our products or ingredients. Neither do we commission others to
 perform animal tests. Moreover it is prohibited by European law to
 test cosmetic products or ingredients on animals.'

They also attached me a list of all their vegan products and this primer was on it :)

Pretty good primer really, probably won't repurchase as I'd rather continue to look for something that suits my skin type slightly more, but I would recommend to others with maybe small pores and less oily skin! 


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

LUSH: Retread

LUSH SAYS: 'Retread helps to mend the outer shaft of the hair cuticle by coating and strengthening the hair with oils, fresh fruit and yoghurt. Just use a generous scoop of this heavyweight conditioner and let it get to work. We use jojoba oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin olive oil to add moisture and shine. Fresh cantaloupe melon is in there for its cleansing enzymes, and yoghurt and soya milk for protein and to add extra shine.'

I SAY: I find this conditioner to be nice. Just nice. It conditions, but I wouldn't say it did miracles for my hair. Better than some, worse than others. I've got baby fine hair that breaks easily and I personally don't think it made a difference to that, so if it can't handle my pitiful amount of hair, I doubt it will be of any assistance to those with hair thicker than mine!

I'm not so fond of the smell myself, I really don't even know how to describe it, and I'm not even going to attempt it because I'll just embarrass myself! So I'll just say it's not overpoweringly disgusting, just not to my taste.

The formula is runny rather than the usual gloopy consistency for conditioner, so getting it out of the pot is a bit of a nightmare. I'd get some in my hand and it would just fall through my fingers. Considering that it
 retails at £10.25 for 245g and half of it ends up slipping through your fingers, I think it's overpriced. And it really pains me to say that as I love LUSH! 

One thing that I LOVE about LUSH is their ethos and that they do not test on animals. On the pot it states that it is suitable for vegetarians, but as it contains lanolin I don't believe its suitable for vegans. I could be wrong though, I'm only just getting into all this malarky and could be talking out my arse so don't take my word for it!

Overall, wouldn't purchase again due to the hefty price tag. 


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

I'm going cruelty free!

Hello! Hope everyone's having a lovely week :)

I got back from my second holiday yesterday and I don't know why but going on holiday always makes me think deeply about things and changes I want to make in my life. 

One change I've decided to try and make is to use cruelty free products as much as possible. It can be difficult to work out which ones are cruelty free but I stumbled across this really great website that has a list of all brands that are cruelty free and it also has great posts on dupes for popular products and things like that so if you're an animal lover like me you may like to check it out! ---->

I'm not rich, and I have a pretty extensive makeup collection already, so I'm going to use up all the products I currently have and when they run out repurchase only if they are cruelty free, and if they aren't I'm going to have fun searching for replacements! 

If anyone has any recommendations for great cruelty free products, please gimmie a shout! 

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