I’ve mentioned before in a prior blog post that I have discoloration around my mouth and under my eyes. Those areas are a darker Brown than the rest of my face. The way I hide this is by colour correcting using an orange corrector. My go to corrector is LA Girl Pro Conceal Orange Corrector, however recently it ran out and I only realised on a day I had to go out. I wanted to find an alternative I could use where I could buy it locally on my high street so headed for Superdrug. I’ve heard of people using lipstick so opted to look for a deep orange lipstick. The reason I didn’t look for a Colour Corrector is because the ones I’ve seen in Boots and Superdrug tend to be too light orange for my skin tone. Luckily I found a really good deep Orange Lipstick from Collection for only £2.99 in shade 3 Mango Crush.
I’m a big fan of the Bellepierre brand as the Compact Mineral Foundation is a permanent staple in my make up bag. I have a few other Bellepierre products so today I am going to review two of the Bellepierre blushers. The blushers come in a sifter jar which is convenient so you do not lose too much product, and especially necessary in my opinion as the blushers are loose powders rather than compact.
00When the season changes I like changing my make up so this time I’m starting with my blusher. I prefer deeper shades for colder weather but warmer shades for Spring/Summer. I saw Clinique’s range of Cheek Pop blushers and fell in love with the packaging. The daisy design is so gorgeous and just seems so perfect for the Spring Season. I chose the Shade Berry Pop as it seemed more bold then the other colours so I thought it would work better for deeper skintones.
Estee Lauder is a brand which is known for catering to all skin tones. The Double Wear Foundation range for example has over 30 shades ranging from cool, warm to neutral so there is so much to choose from. I felt unsure about the shade to commit to so fortunately Estee Lauder are happy to provide a sample. They used a device that took three photographs of my face to decide on my shade. I was matched to Bronze 5W1 but they did not have it in stock since its a newer shade so they recommended that I tried Henna 4W3.
I heard great things about Bobbi Brown particularly about how the brand caters for so many skin tones. I love using my current foundation which I’ve written a post about before from Smashbox, but thought I would try something new. I decided to go with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick.
I have only used liquid or powder foundation in the past so this is like something in between which seemed interesting and also it comes in 24 shades which is great. I was tested with 4 shades applied to my skin. I was undecided between two shades but was advised to go for shade 5.5 in Warm Honey. Unfortunately, once I tried it at home with day light as opposed to store light, it looked a little too dark for me and had a somewhat Orange/Brown undertone. However, my skin is slightly uneven in tone so I decided to use both foundations that I had. I used Bobbi Brown on darker areas like around my mouth and chin and as a contour on my cheeks and forehead and applied Smashbox Foundation everywhere else. This worked great and the shades of both foundations blended seamlessly.
I like the texture of the Bobbi Brown Stick. It is smooth and lightweight and the product is buildable without leaving a cakey texture. Another thing I love about the stick is that it can be used as a concealer for small areas like on blemishes or under the eye aswell as a foundation for full coverage. The creamy texture leaves a smooth finish and despite my oily skin type, I do not feel like my skin feels heavy or greasy after application. If you have very oily skin however, I would advise using a finishing powder to complete the look.
The foundation is so compact that you can just pop in your hand bag and touch up your make up wherever you are which is so handy. I definitely recommend this foundation, it’s priced at £29.50 but I know for sure this product will last long as only a few strokes of the product on your face is required for full coverage.
I have sensitive skin which at times break out in spots. This is why I am especially diligent about removing my make up before sleeping. I’ve found makeup wipes are too strong on my skin and I feel a mild stinging sensation. Then I remembered I heard about people using baby wipes. It sounded random but I thought why not try it out since my sister suggested it too. I bought a pack of Johnson’s Baby Gentle Cleansing Wipes from Boots.
They are available everywhere from Supermarkets to Drugstores and are priced at under £2. I usually shower or wash my face after using the wipes so I use it to remove stubborn makeup like heavy foundation and eye make up beforehand. I feel no irritation on my skin and can use it regularly. This is a really easy, cheap and quick solution to make up removing for sensitive skin so I recommend it.
Sometimes our skin needs a pick me up but it’s hard to find the time. I always notice when my skin is tired and needs extra care when my makeup doesn’t set properly. That is why I love using the wonderful range of 10-15 minute face masks from Superdrug. I’ve tried quite a few so will write about my favourites. They also have a range of self heating masks but I wouldn’t recommend them for sensitive skin as the one I tried was too strong on my skin so I wouldn’t use it again. All the face masks are 99p but they currently have a 3 for 2 offer.
SUPERDRUG YOGHURT SMOOTHIE MASK
SUPERDRUG SUPERFRUITS EXFOILIATING MASK
SUPERDRUG SUPERFRUITS CLAY MASK
SUPERDRUG DETOXIFYING DEAD SEA MINERAL MASK
SUPERDRUG DEEP CLEANSING FRUIT MASK
SUPERDRUG DEAD SEA PURIFYING CLAY MASK
All available at Superdrug
The product I’m going to write about is my ultimate must have. It is called Bellapierre and it is a 5 in 1 Compact Mineral Foundation. The 5 properties the product can be used as are a Concealer, SPF, Foundation, Finishing Powder and Setting Powder. The foundation is great because it is good for your skin since the minerals allow your skin to breathe and also gives great coverage if like me your prone to spots or acne scarring. The product I use is the compact version but it’s also available in a loose powder version. What I love is that it comes with a great colour chart so it’s easier to find a shade that fits every race. My shade is Maple.
It’s a little pricey at £39.99 but I find that it lasts long since I tend not to need to reapply since the coverage is so effective. It blends in with my skin colour effortlessly. I occasionally breakout with spots which leave me with acne scarring which I hate. So the way I use this product is that I apply a little powder directly onto the scar first as a concealer. Then I apply the whole foundation over it. It really covers the scarring and blends in very effectively without causing irritation to sensitive skin. I’m always self conscious about acne scars left behind so I love how much coverage I get with this foundation. I’ve found products I have used in the past left a cakey texture or greyish colour but this works well with my skin tone. I have been using this foundation for years and it is my favourite product.
The Bellapierre Compact Mineral Foundation is available direct from the website http://www.bellapierre.co.uk
You can also order it for £34.99 from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk
I’m based in London so it’s available in store at House of Fraser.
I am a newbie when it comes to contouring but I wanted to give it a try. I decided to try the Contour Kit from Sleek MakeUp because I liked that it had three different kits designed for Light, Medium and Dark skin.
I picked the Medium Shade and the Medium kit is ideal for the Indian Skin tone. It comes with two shades, one to sculpt and one to highlight. I really liked how the texture of the darker sculpting powder was matte because I felt this worked better on my skin since I have oily skin naturally. The powders are highly pigmented so a little bit makes a big difference. I blended it with a big fluffy brush since I felt this helped blend the colours more seamlessly. The highlight is a warmer peachy tone when applied on skin which is great since it works so well with my natural warm indian skin tone. I was afraid the powders would look mismatched and uneven but the colours actually blended wonderfully together, leaving my cheekbones, jawline and nose beautifully contoured. The kit lasted hours and remained matte throughout the day. This is a great kit for those of you like me who are new to contouring.
I really love Blushers. It adds the finishing touch to my make up and leaves me with a youthful radiant touch of colour. However, finding a blusher shade to suit my skin tone is difficult since they are either too pink so it looks completely unmatched or its too dark and looks more like bronzer! After a lot of trial and error I finally found a few fantastic ones that are great for Indian, tan and olive skin. So here are my top 5.
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I have always been nervous with regards to using liquid foundation for two reasons, one is the fact I have oily skin so it was a concern my skin would feel greasy and reason two was about finding a colour that matches, since Indian skin tones are hard to find shades for. However I heard about an oil free foundation from Smashbox so I decided to write about my experience using Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear Hydrating Foundation.
I went in store to Boots and I was colour matched to shade 3.2. The product is quite expensive at £29.00 but the size of the bottle is quite good and you only need a pump or 2 which is enough for your whole face. I found the colour looked a little more yellow on my skin than I’d want ideally but it blended in better when I used less of the product for a lighter coverage. The texture is light and did not feel heavy on my skin and set on my skin with a matte finish. The oil control was excellent throughout the day and suited my sensitive and naturally oily skin. I’ve used a brush to apply the foundation before, however I’ve found it blended better when I used my fingers to apply it. I really like this product and I’m glad I tried it. It gives me long lasting coverage and my skin looks hydrated while still remaining oil free.
As I’ve mentioned before I have Oily skin. It’s tough as the day goes on to try and maintain a nice matte finish especially on particularly warm days. Thankfully there are now wonderful products out there called finishing/setting powders which are designed to help set your make up and complete your look. The powders are translucent so can be universally used by all skin tones and are meant to be light in texture just to set your make up to finish your look. I was out purchasing my favourite eyeliner from Gosh (mentioned in previous post https://southindianmakeup.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/gosh-cosmetics-velvet-touch-eye-liner-and-eye-shadows/) and came across a setting powder and thought I would give it a try. It is called Gosh Velvet Touch Prime’n Set Primer and Mattifying Setting powder and I purchased it for £6.99 but it is usually £9.99.
Even though its a two in one product I personally do not use it as a Primer and only use it as a setting powder. The pot comes with a sieve that you can rotate which is handy since it prevents spills or too much powder coming out. So once I completed by normal foundation routine I lightly dipped by brush into the powder and blended it over my skin. It blended in easily with my skin without affecting my foundation or making it appear cakes or patchy and instead, gave me a matte polished look. Throughout the day I didn’t need to reapply my makeup and it controlled shine completely. I highly recommend this Setting/Finishing powder since its a great price and actually works well and lasts all day.