Bellepierre Blush in Shades Autumn Glow and Suede

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.

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Clinique Cheek Pop Shade Berry Pop Review

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.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup

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.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick- Ideal for Light, Medium and Dark Skintones

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.

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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.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is available at
SEPHORA (if buying in USA)

Quick Make Up Remover Tip- Baby Wipes

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.

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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.

Amazing Quick Fix Face Masks from Superdrug

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

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The texture of this mask is so smooth and is like putting face cream on. It smells of sweet fruits and vanilla which is lovely. It contains cocoa butter and honey so it’s really nourishing for your skin. My skin felt so soft after washing it off and my make up blended easily afterwards. The mask is really gentle to use regularly even for sensitive or acne prone skin.

SUPERDRUG SUPERFRUITS EXFOILIATING MASK  

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This is my go to face mask when my skin gets really oily. If you have spots I wouldn’t apply this until they have gone as it could irritate the spots and make it worse. But once the spots have gone this is a good mask to control oil to stop anymore spots occurring. It’s nicely scented with berries such as Blueberry, Cranberries and Raspberries. It is really cleansing and I am left with my skin feeling a lot more oil free. The exfoliation texture is mild but effective.

SUPERDRUG SUPERFRUITS CLAY MASK

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Full of fruit goodness this mask is refreshing and invigorating. The clay is great as it helps remove oil and dirt from skin so your left with clear matte skin. It contains dead sea salt which removes impurities, and nourishes skin with Acai Berry, Goji Berry and Pomegranate. These ingredients are excellent antioxidants. It may be too strong for very sensitive skin so I would not recommend to everyone.

SUPERDRUG DETOXIFYING DEAD SEA MINERAL MASK

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This mask is Lavender scented   so I highly recommended you use this at night since lavender is an excellent sleep aid. This mask is ideal when you’ve had a stressful day and need a relaxing treatment. It contains seaweed which is rich in nutrients and the dead sea minerals purify your skin. This left my skin looking vibrant and brighter and I had a great nights sleep after using it.

SUPERDRUG DEEP CLEANSING FRUIT MASK

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This is a great brightening mask and lifts up a dull completion and leaves it looking radiant and fresh. It contains Peach Kernel oil so I would recommend this for those with dry skin. It is a very hydrating and nourishing mask and is ideal for dry skin as its very moisturizing. The natural clay contained in this mask draws out impurities and the scent of fruit is really refreshing.

SUPERDRUG DEAD SEA PURIFYING CLAY MASK

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This mask is perfect for spot prone skin as it contains witch hazel. Witch hazel helps sooth irritated skin and deeply cleanses pores. Clogged pores and oily skin tend to lead to spots so I highly suggest those with acne prone skin or/and oily skin use this mask weekly.  It really works for me as I’m left with oil free skin and I noticed I do not break out in spots as much when I started using this mask. It contains eucalyptus which leaves skin feeling  cool and the lemon it contains helps brighten skin and helps for blemish prone skin.
So these are my favourite masks and I highly recommend using it when your skin needs some looking after.  It just takes 10 minutes of your day and it can help revive and refresh your skin, making it feel and look healthy again. With a price tag of under a £1 there’s no excuse not to try them out!

All available at Superdrug


Bellapierre Mineral Foundation Review (Ideal for all skin tones and acne prone skin)

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.

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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.

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Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit in Medium (Ideal for Indian Skin tone)

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.

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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.

Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit available in Light, Medium and Dark is priced at £6.49
It’s available at Boots in store and online http://www.boots.com/en/Sleek-MakeUp-Face-Contour-Kit_1395740/
It’s available at Superug in store and online http://www.superdrug.com/Sleek/Sleek-Face-Contour-Kit-Medium/p/608335

My Top 5 favourite Blushers – Ideal for Indian, Tan and Olive Skin

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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The first one is from Bobbi Brown in shade Tawny. This is a wonderful Blusher, the texture is smooth and glides onto cheeks effortlessly. There is no shimmer so you get a nice matte finish. It is priced at £19.50 but since it’s highly pigmented a little goes a long way. This is an ideal blusher if you are looking for a subtle natural but noticeable look.
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The next one is great for everyday wear since its so subtle and light. It’s called Rimmel London Lasting Finish Mono Blush and it is excellent value for money being priced at £3.99. The shade I recommend is called Live Pink. It has a mild shimmer and is easily buildable because of its light texture. I found this blusher to be long lasting and I don’t have to apply too much for it to be noticeable.

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My next recommendation is a Mineralize Blush from MAC in the shade Gleeful priced at £22.00. This blusher is very versatile since if applied lightly, it’s great for day wear but if applied with a heavier hand it can create a beautiful evening wear look. It has a mild shimmer and enhances cheekbones so I really love the effect this blusher has on my skin. It is very pigmented so will last ages before you need to buy a new one, so despite the price tag being high it a worthwhile investment

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Next is the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in the shade Rose Ambre priced at £7.99. The texture of this blusher is baked and its a fine, light powder which makes it easy to blend into skin. It’s a nice peachy pink shade so is ideal for medium to dark skin tone. This blusher also has a soft scent of roses which is really nice and comes with a brush included which is handy for when your on the go. I’d highly recommend this blusher.
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My final favourite is L’Oreal True Match Blush in shade Rosewood priced at £6.99. The powder has a silky texture which feels smooth when applied to skin. It gives a healthy, warm glow and enhances the cheekbones. I found it easy to blend this blusher  and it lasted all day.
So that’s my Top 5!  These blusher are all fantastic and great for medium to dark skin.

Where to buy

Bobbi Brown Blush Shade Tawny available at Debenhams
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Mono Blush in Live Pink available in Superdrug and Boots
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush in Shade Gleeful available directly from  Mac Cosmetics online
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in Rose Ambre available at Boots
L’Oreal True Match Blusher in Rosewood available in Superdrug

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear Hydrating Foundation

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.

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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. 

You can purchase Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear Hydrating Foundation in store at Boots
Online directly from Smashbox http://www.smashbox.co.uk/

Gosh Velvet Touch Prime’n Set Primer and Mattifying Setting Powder

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.

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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.

You can purchase Gosh Velvet Touch Prime’n Set Primer and Mattifying Setting Powder
In store at Superdrug