Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Foundation Review

Hello beauties! I hope you’re all doing well. So I recently did a Benefit Haul which I picked up some great products, but I’m going to be talking about their Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Foundation.

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Our new oil-free brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion you can believe in. It’s you…just more luminous & healthy looking.

Review
This is completely different from my Mac Studio Fix Fluid that I’ve been using for quite a few months. It’s alot thinner in consistency and is more of a medium coverage foundation. When i first applied it to my hand, I was very surprised at how runny it was. The Mac foundation is quite thick which is great for a full coverage, but I’ve noticed how radiant my skin looks when I’ve applied it from having a medium coverage rather then a flat fuller coverage. This is great because it doesn’t look cakey in the slightest. Obviously if you do cake it on, it’s going to look cakey, but I’ve always been told, less is more!
It’s actually turned me from using foundation everyday to just pop out, but to try out a BB cream I haven’t worn for ages because I’m so used to a full coverage. I brought that BB cream ages ago and I just couldn’t bare my face without a full coverage, so it’s actually brought out my confidence a bit, thanks benefit! Because of this, my foundation Is gonna last even longer then usual! While I’m on the subject of it lasting ages, this foundation does last all day at work. Even now it’s getting a bit warmer, I only need to touch up on my dinner breaks at work, mostly due to my vanity! But i did need a touch up of powder on my more oilier areas.
The bottle is great too. It pushes out every last drop of the foundation so you aren’t left with product on the side of the bottle and you can’t get to it! I hate nothing more then having  to throw a bottle away when I can still see product on the sides. I’ve noticed that I’ve had alot less break outs since using this. It might be down to not having a fuller coverage so my skin can breath better… Or it could be a number of other things!
This foundation blends very well and covers my blemishes very well, although I don’t have many blemishes, I think for anyone with bad achey it might be a different story. It evens out my skin tone while giving me a natural glow, but not an orange glow thankfully! My natural skin just shines through. It feels like a second skin and sometimes I forget I have it on! I love how this foundation is dewy nor matte. I’m so used to matte which can dry out parts of my face, it’s a nice change!

Conclusion
Although I’ll always go back to my Mac Studio Fix Fluid foundation for nights out or special occasions when I require a fuller coverage, this will be a great everyday foundation for me. The only downside I see is that they only do 9 shades. Brands these days like Mac offer so many shades for that perfect match, I think other brands need to do the same! Although my match was great, I think they could definitely cater for a wider audience! This foundation is £24.50 for a 30ml bottle which is a bit pricey, but it’s worth it.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Any other foundations you recommend me trying? Let me know!

Avon MagiX Multi Benefit Illuminator

Hello beauties! I hope you’re all well. So I’ve been using this illuminator for a while now, and I actually wrote a review on it… But it got deleted! Never mind, you’re getting it now! I brought two of these in a recent Avon Haul.. Why two? Because it’s amazing.. Frankly!

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Liquid highlighter, formulated with special light reflecting particles to give skin a radiant and illuminated appearance. With HD Finish Complex to blur the appearance of pores, lines and imperfections.

Application
Apply to brow bone, bridge of nose and chin for a glowing look. Highlight cheekbones by applying to the highest point and blending outwards. Define lips by applying to Cupid’s bow. Gently dab on under eye area to camouflage dark circles.

Review
I’ve mostly been using this for the dark circles under my eyes. Every now and again I’ll use it as a highlighter… But I think this product really shines for me when I haven’t had much sleep! Which is hardly ever since I hate going to bed early..
The thing that attracted me to this is that it doubles up as a concealer, which made me quite curious. I’ve always been under the impression that you keep your highlighters away from your imperfections… But this one is different. It totally works both ways! This isn’t glittery like other highlighters too, it leaves you with a subtle shimmery glow.
The applicator is great. It allows you to be very precise, which is especially good when highlighting. The formula is very creamy and light, but buildable.  It doesn’t cake, which is especially important when using it under your eyes.. No one wants to look like they have bags! It doesn’t dry out your skin, which is great for me since I have dry skin prone around my eyes. If you use liquid or mineral/powder foundation the Illuminator works well under both.  Not only does the formula have coverage, but it has a little iridescence, which helps facilitate in the coverage and brightening under the eyes.

Conclusion
This has become a staple in my makeup routine. I can’t do my make up without it! My eyes look so awake when I cover up my dark circles, and it highlights my cheek bones to sculpt my face. I love a good multipurpose product, and this is one of them! It is currently available from Avon for £8.50 but they can usually be found in some deals they have in the avon brochure. I couldn’t be within this gem! I would go as far as saying it’s a dupe for Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. I used to buy that quite a lot and loved it. The only problem is the price. It’s not the sort of thing that I could keep repurchasing…Although I’d love to! This is a purse friendly dupe!

Have you used this? What do you think? Any highlighters/concealers you have been loving lately? Let me know!

What’s The Difference Between BB, CC & DD Cream?

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I get asked about the difference between BB, CC & DD creams quite a lot. So I thought I would do a post about it for everyone that might not be too sure. These tinted creams have been around for a while now and have taken the beauty world by storm.

BB Cream

A little bit of information..
BB stands for Beauty Balm and it was originally developed in Germany. It was the start of many tinted creams. It was developed to be used for skin care following a cosmetic surgery procedure. It used to stand for Blemish Balm, until it hit the US, and there is was renamed. It firstly caught on in Korea, and then became a must have beauty product in most of East Asia. The product is alot different in Korea then the western version. They tend to be thicker with higher levels of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for more opaque sun protection, and foundation-like coverage. They also produce a whiter appearance on skin. Western BB creams are more like a tinted moisturiser. Some people actually use it as a primer to get a fuller coverage, rather then switching to a heavier foundation.

What are the benefits?
It’s great if you have good skin and just want to have a bit of a glow. It provides some amount of coverage but leaves a more sheer finish. Obviously it all depends on different brands formulas, but what ever country you purchase this in, the popular benefits form using it is daily sun protection, skin lightening, extra hydration, and some have anti aging ingredients. Pretty much an all round product! Perfect for everyday use. I wouldn’t stop using your usual anti aging creams though, because there isn’t usually alot of anti aging ingredients in them. Use them as a supplement, not a replacement!

CC Cream

A little bit of information..
CC stands for Colour Correcting. After the beauty world exploded with its sister formula BB,  CC was created for those people that cried out for the same benefits, but with a fuller coverage. The first CC cream appeared in 2010 by the product of a Singapore-based brand Rachel K. They usually provide more coverage then BB creams, but this isn’t always the case.

What are the benefits?
It provides the same multitasking benefits as BB cream. They also contain ingredients that can cover flaws such as dark spots and redness, give life to dull complexions, and even out skin tone with light diffusing particles, while still feeling light weight.

DD Cream

A little bit of information..
DD stands for Daily Defence, but they are also sometimes known as Dynamic Do-All and Dermatologist’s Dream, depending on the brand. It’s the latest in this trend that isn’t as recognised as it’s predecessors.

What are the benefits?
They are supposed to provide more coverage then BB, but with more anti aging benefits then CC. They can also protect the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss, which is great for people with dry skin. But it’s stronget power is its anti aging claims. They usually have some combination of botanical oils, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides. They are best used by people who want to focus on improving tone and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles overtime.

What BB, CC & DD creams have you used? Any you can recommend? Let me know!

Finding Your Foundation Match Online

Hello beauties! So i did a post recently about How To Pick The Perfect Foundation. It went down very well, but i had a comment from Gwenllian Branwen telling me that you can actually find your match online too! Whenever the sales come about online, I’m always really annoyed that i can’t take advantage of the Foundation offers if i haven’t tried out that brand of foundation before. So i thought i would bring this to the attention of the people that didnt know about it and give you my opinions on the sites. I wanted to compare a few website to see what the results gave me, because they are all going to be working off different algorithms. I picked the first 3 that came up on my Google search.

I first tried Findation. This site let’s you insert multiple foundations you have tired before and have been a match for you. I first only put in one match to see how that would work out. I put in Boots No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation – 43 Calico. I went looking for another foundation i know suits my skintone which is Mac in NW13. It actually came up with 3 different mac shades. NC15, NW15 and NW13.
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I didnt see any other ones i know are a match for me, so i decided to add one more to see what the results would show then. It does explain that for best results, tell us at least one more shade you’ve used before. So i did. I put in MAC — Studio Fix Fluid NW 13. The shades were still quite varied so i decided to put another which was Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 – 40 Light Ivory.
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After this most of my matches came up with either Porcelain or Ivory, which i kind of expected, although there was a Sand and a Beige that came up which i would think would be way too dark for me. Its hard to tell to be honest because they dont give you a swatch to look at, just a shade name. It also only gives you a run down of the product from what the brand says and no personal opinions. It’s pretty useful for those brands that don’t go by the usual names of foundations.

The next Website i checked out was Temptalia. You can start from scratch on this one or you can add current matches.
I decided to start from scratch first to see how it worked out.
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The first question i was asked was What is your primary Undertone? It explains the different undertones and tells you how you can find out yours, which is very useful if your not too familiar with undertones. So since i have Blue veins on my wrist, i am a cooler Pink undetone.
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The last question it asks you is what skin tone you have. It gives you 9 options ranging from Fairest to Deep Dark. It gives you examples underneath of the different shades that are associated with Skintones, and also a list of the different undertones and then a run down of the different skintones with examples of popular matches. I couldn’t make my mind up between Fairest and Fair because i wasnt a match for the Mac in either. Fairest was giving me NW10, and Fair was giving me NW15. So i decided to just pick the one nearest to NW13 which would be NW15, that being Fair.

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Going though my matches, i then saw Mac Studio Fix Fluid NW15, NW13 and NW10. This is is going to be useful for someone that is completely new to the world of foundation and wants to know about the different shades they should look out for, but i wouldnt really recommend choosing a shade from this section because they vairy quite a bit, even when you put your actual match for one brand and foundation, it still seems to give you different shades in the same!
The second option is to use an existing foundation you use to get matches for other brands. I put in the current one I’m using which is MAC — Studio Fix Fluid NW 13. Since it didn’t seem to like me putting my No7 foundation in. You can filter your results by what finish, coverage and price which i think is really handy since people have favourites.

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I noticed while looking through my matches that in the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation, i was matched to 6 different shades! Not very accurate if you ask me as from just looking at the swatches I can see that all of them except ivory would be too dark. I like the swatches sk you can compare though unlike Findation. I prefer Fination’s method of adding a few different brands to get the best match though. It gives you a description of the product, but again their is no personal opinions.

The next website i went to was Match My Makeup. This one you only have to enter what you currently use (if its a match, of course!) Again i entered MAC — Studio Fix Fluid NW 13 as they didn’t recognise Boots No7. The selection seemed alot better then Temptalia. I got a couple of matches where i had a few shades in the same foundation, but they were all quite similar.

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It gives you a little swatch to look at, like the ones you would see in the drugstores which is useful. The one thing i enjoyed about this one is that you can see what the brand says about the product, and what they said about it too which is what i like. You can’t always just go by what the brand says, which is why we do our beauty blogs.. to give you our opinion on what its really like! The one thing that annoyed me however is that when they had a few shades of the same foundation in your results, they werent next to eachother. It might be me being picky, but thats just how i felt.

Overall I feel that they all have their good points. But I don’t think I’d completely trust a match on their to purchase a brand of foundation I’m not too familar with online, since they can be so varied. I like how you can put multiple matches into Findation so you have a more accurate match, I like how you have large swatches on temptalia and how you can filter your results for different finishes, cost and coverage and I like on Match My Makeup that they give your their own opinion on the product. I think they can all learn from one another. On the plus side, I like having an idea of what to look for if I was to try a new brand. Every cloud has a silver lining! I may actually go into store and try out some of the matches they have all recommended me if you would all be intersted in a follow up. I’d be quite intersted to be honest, especially with the Beige and Sand matches!

Have you ever used one of these websites? What were your experiences?

Mac Studio Fix Fluid Review

I’ve been meaning to write this review for a while now. I brought this back in October for my friends wedding because I wanted a great quality foundation that would last me all day. I was a bridesmaid so I was going to be in a lot of pictures, so I needed to look my best! I went to my nearest Mac counter and spoke to a professional. You can read about my first ever Mac experience here and also check out my Mac haul.

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The liquid version of our all-time classic Studio Fix foundation. Provides medium buildable coverage and flawless natural-matte finish. Includes SPF 15 for everyday sun protection. Oil-free and long-wearing.

Review
We’ve all heard the Mac hype. I’m not really much for hype to be honest, because alot of the time it always end up overrated. I think that’s why it took me so long to actually dive into the world of Mac, as well as the price. A friend of mine that was doing the make up for the wedding told me I should check out Mac’s foundation, so that’s what I did.. Obviously!
This is a medium to full coverage foundation that is easily buildable with a semi matte finish. I’ve been using this for over 2 months now so i think I have a pretty good idea about the product. To start with, the thickness of the foundation really scared me. I though it would leave my face looking cakey, but if you use it correctly it looks amazing. Some people have a problem with how thick the foundation is, but this is why I love it because it gives such a full coverage. If you are a lover for light, dewy, glowing skin then I wouldn’t recommend this foundation for you.  This is when a good buffing brush comes in handy.
It’s lasting power is pretty impressive. I have noticed after a full day at work I require a few touch is around my nose and on my chin (the oily parts of my face). Despite this, I am extremely impressed with this foundation. I use Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer underneath and I apply my foundation using a Real Technique buffing brush and it always leaves me with a Flawless finish. I finish my look with Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder on my oily areas. I’d love to be able to use all the mac products they recommend with this foundation, but it’s all too expensive to buy at once! Maybe one day I will build up my mac products, but for now this is gonna have to do!
The only thing that annoys me about this product is that it doesn’t come with a pump. The woman on the Mac counter told me that she would put one in for me, but I got home and there wasn’t one on. Thankfully though, I still had an empty bottle of Max Factor foundation and after cleaning it up, that worked perfectly!

Conclusion
If you have dry skin I would definitely stay away from this foundation. But because I have combination skin, it’s perfect for my oily bits. The semi matte formula would just stick to all of your dry patches which isn’t a good look.

How to pick the perfect foundation

I remember when I was a kid and I was totally clueless that my foundation just didn’t suit my skin type or even match. It didn’t help that I couldn’t afford the Department Store brands where you can actually get matched up by a make up artist, that’s the only downfall of drugstore brands. But it you know what your doing, and hopefully you will after this post, you won’t be as clueless as I was!

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What makes a perfect foundation?
First things first… The right foundation shade will dissappear onto your skin. Meaning that it’s the right colour for your skin tone. There is nothing worse then buying a bottle of foundation and it being  a shade too dark or light for your skin. Not a good look. It also shouldn’t settle into fine lines or pores. It should also cover up any redness or unevenness without looking obvious.

Do your research
I research all of my foundations before I buy them, especially high end. There is nothing better then reviews from the beauty blog world for unbiased opinions. The blogger will usually answer questions too if you want to know something about the foundation. (I always make sure I answer my questions I hope other people do too!)

Have a clean canvas
There is no point going to buy a new foundation with a face full of the stuff on, because you won’t get a true colour. Always make sure you properly clean, cleanse and exfoliate your skin to get the most accurate colour.

Know your skin type
Foundations are formulated for different skin types, so knowing yours is important. The different types are oily, dry, combination, normal and sensitive.
If your skin is oily, look for words like “oil-free,” “oil-control” or “mattifying” on the bottle.
Women with dry skin should look for moisturizing foundations with “hydrating” or “moisture-rich” wording on the bottle. Foundations containing glycerin glide on easily.
For combination skin, determine if you’re more oily or dry and go from there. Cream-to-powder bases work great for combination skin. Mineral foundations work well on all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

Decide what coverage you want
I personally love to have a full coverage because i have some spider veins around my nose that I just have to cover up. If you have good skin but just want to even out some imperfections, then a light coverage is for you. If you have blemished or uneven skin tone then choose a medium coverage. Medium coverage can be built up for a fuller look (but always check if your choice can be built up because not all do this well!)

Always make sure you try before you buy!
I wouldn’t dare leave a shop with a new foundation without even trying it. Foundations can look very different in the bottle then it does on your face. Always make sure you take advantage of those samples that are available to you in drugstores. But if you can afford Department store make up, ask one of the make up artists to do a colour match for you. They will usually apply the foundation and then you can shop around and see how you feel about it and then come back later. There is no better test then wearing it for a couple of hours!

How to test out samples in Drugstores
The first thing I will say is don’t apply foundation to your hand for a colour match. Your hand and your face will most likely have totally different tones. I see so many people, kids and adults, applying fountain to their hands. Why not apply it to the place your gonna actually wear it? I usually use my jaw line. I tend to pick 3 shades and see which one disappears. When you think you have the one, try it on a large area of your face. I always take a compact mirror with me when shopping for foundation so I can go outside in the natural light to check out the shade. The lights in drugstores can be harsh, so always choose the shade that passes the natural light test.

I hope you have learnt something from this post and if you have some tips for me I’d greatly appreciate them! We never stop learning, and I’m constantly learning new tips! I’ll keep you updated if I find anything else useful!

EDIT: I’ve received some other really great tips in my comments so I thought I would share them with you!

beckinablog said that if she doesn’t want to try them on her face, she gets a tester of a shade she already knows is a match for her and compare the old foundation to the new one. Great for if it’s a spur of the moment purchase when you already have a full face of make up on.

gwenllianbranwen also said that there are also loads of websites that you can type in foundations you match and then they suggest over brands and the colours you suit.

Clutteredcloset had one idea that I’m disappointed in myself for not thinking of. Carry around an acrylic pot to take samples away or if a counter has no samples, they can put it in the pot for you to take away! Brilliant idea! Stock up your acrylic pots girls!

Keep them coming, I’ll tag everyone that I think is a really good tip!

Review: So Susan Cosmetics Concealer Quad

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I received this in my June Glossybox. I’d never heard of this make before, but that’s the whole point in glossybox, trying out new brands. This Concealer Quad has four different shades that can be mixed together to create a match for your skin tone.

Review
I usually use concealers under my eyes as I don’t tend to have many spots these days. I found using this i really had to work hard get the coverage i wanted, where as the stick cover ups i use its so much easier. It’s very light weight which is good for these hotter days, but the texture is also really dry which isn’t that good for me. It didn’t last that long too, and I found when I tried to reapply, it doesn’t work well when I have set my foundation because the formula is so dry it doesn’t mix well.
Conclusion
I was really disappointed with this I must say. If you have dry skin then this is your worst enemy. Makes your dry skin stand out a mile away. Although if you have oily skin this would be good for you. I just hated how much hard work it was to get a decent colour out of it. I wouldn’t mind it taking so long if it stayed put a big chunk of the day but it really doesn’t. Just a couple of hours till I had to reapply and that was a nightmare too. All in all, I wouldn’t purchase this.

Did you receive this in your June Glossybox? What did you think? Let me know!