Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

After seeing everyone and their mother use the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, I felt like I was missing out on something amazing. A couple of months ago, I decided to make a cheeky Debenhams order and purchase the foundation. But was it worth it?

Ordering foundation online is always a risky business. Or should I say was? At £29.00 a bottle, I wasn't prepared to get the wrong shade.  After a quick Google search, I found MatchMyMakeup, a  foundation comparison website, and popped in the details of my other foundations to find out what Born This Way shade I should purchase.  It recommended, and I ordered, the shade Light Beige and it is a perfect match. I believe they have around 30 shades in total.

The Born This Way foundation is an oil-free liquid foundation, which is a blessing if, like me, you have combination-oily skin. The added bonus of coconut water and hyaluronic acid claims to keep the skin perfectly hydrated and smooth. 

I knew from the first time I tried this foundation that I was going to love it; it has a gorgeous, flawless finish. It's not too matte and not too dewy, and just gives a nice, natural looking glow to the skin.  I have tested application with both a brush and a beauty sponge, and whilst both worked, I much preferred the finish my Real Techniques sponge gave. I haven't found that the foundation oxidises on my skin, however everyone's skin is different so please do not take this as a guarantee that it won't oxidise for you. 

One of my favourite things about this foundation is that is has incredible coverage without being too heavy on the skin.  It is easily buildable; if you just want medium coverage, you can wear a light layer or if you prefer a full coverage, you can build it up.  A concern for me with most foundations is whether it will work with my other products, mainly concealer.  I have too many concealers to count and no word of a lie, this foundation seems to work with all of them, blending easily for that "no make-up" look. 

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I also picked up a travel size of the Too Faced Hangover primer, a new favourite, and I've found that the foundation works best for me and has the best longevity if I use the NYX Angel Veil primer on my nose and then the Hangover primer on the other areas of my face. 

As Winter fast approaches, I'm glad that I've purchased a foundation that keeps me glowing throughout the day, needing minimal touch-ups. I'm sure this will be a staple in my make-up bag for many months to come and I'm excited to try more Too Faced products. 

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Show Girl

In my last post, I mentioned that I'd got my hands on one of Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Lips liquid lipsticks and since purchasing, I’ve been very excited to write a review.  Could this be the best liquid lipstick on the market? Keep reading to find out...

After sending just about every shade to my best friend with an “oh my soul I need” comment, I decided to go for Show Girl.  With changing my hair colour, I knew that the deep, warm berry tone would compliment my new hairstyle and my skin tone for autumn.  The lipstick is so pigmented and just one swatch had me convinced it was the first shade I wanted to try from the collection.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Show Girl
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Show Girl

I want to focus on the product itself, but would I be a blogger if I didn’t say just a little something about the packaging? As my CT collection slowly grows, my makeup drawers just look more and more gorgeous. That deep burgundy purple and the rose gold details...what more could you want? Compared to stores like MAC and NARS, I find shopping in Charlotte Tilbury to be such a lovely experience, and I’m pretty certain that the beautiful colours contribute to the boutique’s ambience and me handing over my debit card to the cashier without any regrets.

The crescent-shaped applicator makes a very welcome change to the usual doe-foot applicator you get in most liquid lipsticks. I find myself often having to use a lip brush to get a more precise application, however with its unique design, this applicator perfectly hugs your lips for a seamless finish. I still used a lip liner (CT's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk) as I would with any lipstick, liquid or otherwise, as everyone needs a little security blanket with a darker lip shade.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Show Girl

I am 10/10 in love with the formula of this lipstick.  It is so creamy, and so moisturising.  The lipstick contains beeswax and hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that is renowned for improving the texture of the skin and with this particular product, giving the lips a fuller look.  Think of it as a contour and plumper for your lips, with very minimal effort. 

I find with a lot of liquid lipsticks that if I need to touch-up, I have to take it off and start again, something you do not want to do when out and about.  With the Hollywood Lips, you can effortlessly build the colour for a more intense vibe, whilst avoiding that dreaded unattractive cake-y look.  Even after drying, this lipstick feels so luxurious on the skin, it doesn’t dry your lips or crack under pressure.  The formula feels so weightless that as the day goes on, you don’t get that horrible thick feeling of product on your lips, but you have that gorgeous intense colour for hours.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Show Girl  
Now, it wouldn't feel right to publish this review without taking the lipstick on a day long test-drive. I popped over to Windsor for a spot of shoe shopping and an Italian lunch with my parents; I ate bruschetta, goats cheese pasta, drank appletiser, and on the way home grabbed a hot chocolate in Costa. My lipstick barely moved. I have fairly full lips, so I do often find that the middle of my lips fade a lot faster than the outer parts, especially when I've had a hot beverage, and whilst I could see a little fading after my chocolate, it was not too noticeable, and with the lipsticks creamy formula, it was easy to just fill in where I needed it! 

If you were thinking of purchasing one of  Charlotte’s Hollywood Lips liquid lipsticks, I do hope my review has helped you decide that yes, you should go for it! I love this lipstick SO much. 

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Nai xo 

Foodies Festival

Last weekend marked the last Bank Holiday here in the UK before Christmas.  The sun was shining; everyone was in a good mood so what better way to spend my time than attending a food festival in London with one of my best friends...