Liz Earle Skin Tint - Yay or Nay?

You must have seen the newest offering by Liz Earle doing the blog rounds recently. I thought I'll do my take on it as well. 

The ramble 

Okay, so to avoid any disappointment amongst you people, lets get it clear - It's a tinted moisturiser, NOT a foundation. Even Liz Earle does not claim it to be one, so why are there are tonne of people out there wanting it to give full coverage and yada yada yada? 

As consumers, the urge will be to compare it to the highest coverage tinted moisturiser we own i.e. the Laura Mercier one but if you've ever tried making a tinted moisturiser at home, you'll know that this is exactly how it turns out.

Also, as this is the first make-up product that Liz Earle has come out with and being a skin care brand primarily, it is obvious that the product will lean towards your-skin-but-better rather than the opposite. 

What I thought of it...

Coming to the actual product, the packaging is quite simple and minimalistic besides the mysterious deep blue colour with specks of shimmer. A pretty bold take on packaging I must say, as I haven't really seen such deep colours in cosmetic aisles. 

What shade am I?

There are three shades available namely,
  • Bare(NC/NW 15 and above) - Neutral beige undertones. Adapts to pink/yellow/beige skin tones.
  • Beige(NC30 and above) - Yellow/beige undertones. Can cover redness. 
  • Beach(NC/NW40 and above) - Olive/golden undertones. For those tanned or WOC. 
Being of an NC30 skin tone, I can quite easily wear both Bare and Beige, one of the two lightest shades. Because the formula adapts to the skin tone so well, the lightest shade does not look ashy or grey on me, instead brightens my complexion up a notch.  Beige on the other hand, is exactly of my skin tone. 

The look and feel of it

As the name suggests, it is a light and airy tinted moisturiser which you can wear on lazy weekends, on a visit to the corner shop, on a good skin day or when you simply do not want to look made-up. 

The formula of this on the other hand is lush and creamy, pretty much like a regular foundation. However when it comes in contact with skin, it simply melts and adapts to the skin colour. 

Because it's thick, the best way to apply it is using the fingers. Regarding blendability, it is foolproof to the extent that you would need a mirror. 

The finish it imparts is dewy and radiant, not over the top though, just like how natural skin would glow after a facial. It has good longevity besides the dewy finish and does not shift around. 

I personally do not like to set it with powder as then it totally defies the purpose of achieving naturally radiant skin. However I did try powdering it for the sake of it and fortunately enough, it did not cake! 

Surprisingly it gave me quite a decent, light-medium coverage as you can see. You likey? It's obviously not going to give you full coverage, especially if you are suffering from a bad skin phase.

Skin tone compatibility

Those with normal/dry/combination skin types are definitely going to love this, as it is pretty hydrating and you really do not need to wear much moisturiser underneath. 

As for you oilies out there, it might slip around your skin a tad bit more and you would then need to powder it and all that fuss, so try it out before making a purchase. 


It's a Yay for me! I am literally obsessed with any sort of base for the skin so this isn't a surprise. 

Available for £21(40ml) from September onwards from Liz Earle outlets as well as uk.lizearle.com

*It ain't September yet you see hence press sample of course!

Extra Virgin Minerals

The Body Shop will be coming up with a new range of Cream, Powder and Liquid Foundations namely Extra Virgin Minerals.

I currently have the Loose Powder Foundation(14gm) to show to guys. There will be 12 shades in total and I have Natural Vanilla that suits my NC30 skin pretty well. Fortunately it does not have any pink undertones to it like other Body Shop shades I have tried before.

It is 100% pure mineral make-up, contains SPF, is Paraben free, non-comedogenic - meaning although it contains oils, it will not block the pores and will still allow the skin to breath.

That's a lot of goodness your getting for £15 in my opinion.

You get a lot of product in a sifter jar and the packaging it quite minimal and travel friendly.

The powder itself is very finely milled and ultra soft to touch and it immediately melts into the skin on contact. Regarding coverage, it provides a light to medium coverage which is pretty buildable. 

Now, for me I cannot simply use this on its own as a foundation as its too sheer and does not cover the slight pigmentation and uneven skin tone that I have. However, I like to use it over foundation to give extra coverage and pull the look together. 

Unlike other powders I have, this one finishes off with a radiant finish so the face does not end up looking dull.  By radiant, I mean an overall glow and not glitter particles or an oily looking face in any way.

It adapts to almost foundations I have worn it on and immediately reduces redness and uneven skintone along with setting the foundation. I noticed that it does provide coverage when worn on top of a foundation and I love using it as a setting powder.

It lasts quite long compared to my Rimmel Stay Matte and does not require touch-ups hence two thumbs up for longevity

It feels quite light yet moisturising when on and does not clog pores. I can't see it not working with any particular skin type really, unless really oily I suppose. 

If this does not sound like your cup of tea, you have two other varieties to choose from...

Medium coverage, Liquid Foundation for a fresh finish.

And Full coverage Cream Foundation for a matte finish. 

The range sources its Community Fair Trade Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy and Namibia and will be available to purchase from 28th August. 



Eye Make-up Remover - Not a myth after all!

It is quite apparent from the title that I have used numerous eye make-up removers and have failed every single time to find one which actually works.

Especially as I wear eye-make-up on a regular basis, it becomes a necessity to thoroughly sanitise the eye area. Till now I have been using Liz Earle's Eye Bright Lotion (which is pretty much a toner!) around the eyes and although its pretty light, it still manages to fulfil the purpose.

I however have a REAL Eye-Make-up Remover to show you today. It's by Queen Cosmetics and I cannot believe I did not come across it earlier.

The packaging is pretty simple and to the point. You get 50grams of product for £14.50 but trust me, the tub is full to the brim!

To being with, it contains Paraffinum Liquidum, Aqua, Paraffin, Cera Alba, Sodium Borate and Methylparaben.

So this is something I especially need when I am wearing a full-on eye for a day out, for occasions or when I am simply trying out eye-look for the blog. 

I already have fine lines around the eyes(at 23! Yikes :S) and to avoid any further pulling or tugging, this waxy cream is my Best Friend Forever. 

It looks pretty much like wax too isn't it? So, using my fingertips, I massage a pea sized amount of this on the eye lid and surrounding areas and let it dissolve the substance underneath for a bit. Then I simply place a cotton wool, muslin cloth or a tissue and wipe it off. Simples!

If you cannot visualise it graphically, here it is using three eye liner swatches. 

It gives me unbelievably squeaky clean lids and lashes(removes stubborn mascara too!) in a minute. Sometimes I even use it all over my face as I love the instant results this delivers. 

The cherry on the cake is that it also leaves the eye area, not OILY but thoroughly moisturised, meaning I can actually skip on the moisturising part on lazy days et al. 

Queen cosmetics have been specialising in sensitive skincare since 1927 hence you can use this product without worry, if you have super sensitive eyes like me or are a regular contact lens wearer.

This can be bought from queen-cosmetics.com or you can pop into John Bell & Croydon at Wigmore Street in London and have a look at what else they have to offer.


Summer at Accessorize

It's quite a bright, playful and light-hearted summer at Accessorize make-up.

As usual, their packaging is fantastic and always lives up to their name. Below is their Eye shadow palette in Paradise and would make such a lovely present for someone.

It opens to reveal four colourful shades of blues and yellows. They are not very pigmented and are pretty sheer. They have concentrated on the concept of a wash of colour in my opinion, keeping in line with the current weather.

I have tried an eye shadow palette from them before and it was intensely pigmented, so I can see no reason why this wouldn't be unless they have intended to keep it like that.

I tried to create a little something for you guys so you have an idea as to how the colours translate onto the lids and they are quite pretty actually. 

I am not brave to sport bright blues outside home hence I am glad these incline slightly towards the pastel side. 

The nail paints on the other hand are all equally pretty and superbly pigmented. Well nails cannot be sheer right? They have to have a burst of colour for the summer and these provide just that.

Below we have Zesty Orange, Sugar Plum and Sunny Days

Zesty Orange and Sugar Plum give an opaque finish in one coat, whereas Sunny Days is slightly sheer and needs two coats. 

I have to say, this is the most sophisticated yellow nail paint I've ever come across. It's quite soft and pastel hence pleasant to the eye and pretty wearable. 

Being a girly girl however, Sugar Plum is the prettiest plum nail paint I currently own. It gives a beautiful coverage in one go and finishes off with a glossy finish. Love it! 

Have you been liking something from Accessorize lately?


Smoky Eye 101!

There are various ways for creating a smoky eye but this is something I found really useful for beginners or those of you who are not quite fluent in creating one.

I have tried this method quite a few times and although its pretty simple, it complements coloured eyes or those with a hooded eye so well. 

It's dramatic yet chic, not overly done and that is exactly how I like to do it. 

One thing I learnt from here is to pencil in the liner before starting off the shadow. It really helps elevate the look in my opinion. 

My personal favourites for such a look would be:

- Elf Mineral Primer
- MAC Blackground Paintpot
- Matte black eye shadow from any Sleek Palette
- Urban Decay Eye Pencil in Zero
- No 7 Exquisite Curl Mascara

Also, if you want to make a smoky eye more wearable, don't take it above the crease as shown in the video. Simple!


Tantastic Giveaway! *International* CLOSED

I have no idea why I have delayed this so much to the extent that summer's nearly over!

Anyhoo, who needs a reason or a season to tan eh?

So here's a little thank you to the amazing people who take the time to read and comment on my blabber here.

One lucky person shall win all of the 7 products in the picture below.

What are they? (Click on the picture to enlarge) 

- Face and body tanners, After sun creme, Sunkissed Moisturizer, Exfoliator and a Rimmel Foundation. I wasn't sure of the shade, so just choose the most popular one that always goes out of stock. 

How to enter? *mandatory*

- Of course this is for Followers only, so you have to be one.
- For 1 entry, just comment below with your name, country of residence and email address and that's it!

Optional bits...

- If you want 3 extra entries besides the one above for a higher chance to win, then simply tweet about this giveaway, blog about it, link it on your blog or sidebar. Just do ANY of these and include a link of what you did in your comment below. 

Only one comment per person please to avoid the mess. 

Giveaway will end on 21st August 2011. Winners will be announced in the week commencing 21st. 

Hope you like it and good luck :)