Make-up favourites of the week

Ladies, if you are a Concealer geek like myself and are looking for a full coverage, non-cakey cream concealer for very dark circles or to cover acne scars/blemishes, then try the Starter Kit by Vichy Dermablend that comes with sample sizes of their stick concealers so you can mix and match the shades or find your perfect one without forking out for the full size one. These are highly similar to MAC's Studio Finish Concealer. 

I have been constantly using these products from my make-up stash and it was high time they were featured here. First up is is the super lush brush from Cover FX. This is their Power Brush if I am correct made of synthetic hairs  but it is the densest brush I have come across till date and has a unique shape, that is longer and narrower than other brushes making it pick up a tonne of product. Great for all over face and body bronzer as well for less pigmented products. 

When it comes to the cheeks, I have been loving softly lit, glow from within, radiant blushers instead of the in your face matte blushes. A perfect combination to achieve a soft focus glow on the cheeks is Sisleys Phyto Blush Eclat in Pinky Rose and Clinique's Fresh Bloom All Over Colour in Peony Blend. If you cannot stand chunky, glittery powder highlighters then this one by Clinique is what you should go for as it doesn't exaggerate pores and glides on beautifully. It compliments Sisley's barely there pinky flush quite well!

For the eyes, Clinique Lid Smoothie is the newest addition to my favourites. Keeping in line with my natural preference for make-up these days, this one's creamy enough not to look cakey and creases very little. It's somewhere in between MAC's Paint Pots and their Eye Paint's. My favourite at present is a washed out blackcurrant shade called 'Currant Affair'. Just perfect for this season!

Soap & Glory's eye shadow palette has also been calling out to me lately as you just cannot go wrong with the neutrals in here. Plus their quality is brilliant, pretty similar to the dreamy texture of DKNY Eye Shadows hence I love wearing them in the cold weather. 

An unusual favourite is the Barry M liquid liner. I have this from years and ditched it in the middle as it is difficult to use especially with its super fat applicator. However, after years of practice I do like using it now and the colour is such a gorgeously intense carbon black. 

A bit of a Clinique-heavy post this is becoming isn't it? I have been loving the modern revamp they have given to their existing line of make-up products recently.

The shade I've been digging lately in their Chubby Sticks is is Woppin Watermelon. It's an innocent, baby pink. Almost on the edge of looking tarty on tanned skin but manages to look girly and sweet. It's quite a teenager shade this one is but I love it for how fresh and young this makes me look.

Scrumptious Rituals Bath & Body goodies

I have been loving some Rituals Bath & Body products lately. They are so underrated, unhyped yet totally worth replicating the spa environment in the bathroom. All of them, regardless of what scent family they belong to, smell delicious and are super effective at calming down the nerves, getting rid of stress and clearing your thoughts.

Yogi Flow Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil Foaming Shower Gel is something you have to try out to believe how different it is to regular body washes. You only need an almond sized amount with this and it literally works up enough foam for the entire body! Plus, it so hydrating and smells of roses and almonds in the bath for hours which I love.

My other recent favourite from Rituals is the Yogi Secret Holy Basil & Fresh Mint Foot Scrub. It smells so minty I just cannot explain! Plus, not being a fan of such strong crisp scents, I still kind of like the freshness it brings along especially when used on the feet. I used it for an at home DIY pedi recently and the warmth of the bubbling water and the cooling sensation of this together relieve tired feet quite well. 

Have you tried any at-home spa products that you swear by? Let me know!


My Top 5 Foundations in 2012

I am pretty fussed when it comes to Foundations and give them the hit or miss status in 5 minutes however this year I was pretty lucky to find some of the best Foundations I have come across ever. Now how I describe my skin is haywire. Combination, mostly with an oily t-zone, dry chin and upper lip area and sensitive cheeks prone to whiteheads and breakouts.

I am an NC30 in MAC, the typical olive-yellow skinned Indian who's always looking for golden toned foundations. If you can relate to the above, you might just like these picks :)

1. Burberry Luminous Fluid Foundation - I did not get off to a very good start with this but only started loving it mid-year when I noticed how beautiful it was. This particular shade is a great dupe for MAC's NC30 colouring and quite yellow so stay clear if you have any other undertones to your skin. Besides that, the coverage is medium and buildable, it's nice and thick like Studio Sculpt by MAC and makes skin look moderately radiant. It requires setting with powder but stays up to 7 plus hours otherwise as well. Perfect for dehydrated skin and for the colder months.

2. Clinique Stay Matte Oil-free Makeup - As you can probably tell at a glance, this particular shade is beige-pink than yellow but it somehow adapts to my colouring quite well. I reserve this for when my skin's breaking out or I have blemishes. It's great for sensitive-oily skin and if you want light to medium coverage. Albeit for troubled skin, it does not look cakey or mask like and sets to a demi-matte finish, providing glow only in the right areas. Its was my best bet this year to wear in humid climates on a holiday as it's foolproof for that purpose.

3. Cover FX Water Based Foundation - This according to me is a love child of MAC's Face & Body (minus the separation) and MUFE's Face & Body Foundation, albeit with more coverage. It's a dream to apply and blend even without a mirror to be honest. The coverage is medium on its own but can be built up to full covering all blemishes and scars as the brand is known for that purpose. If I am correct, this feels the lightest on the skin from all of these and although is satin-dewy in finish, has never broken me out. This particular shade leans more towards a NC35 and has a tendency to very slightly oxidise during the day.

4. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H - Aah the controversies child. I cannot wear it regularly as the presence of Alcohol quite high in the ingredients list breaks me out within hours of wearing the Foundation. Regardless, my sister's all fine with it with her explanation being, the longer you wear it, the more your skin becomes immune to it eventually resulting in no breakouts. The finish and texture of this for me is to die for. You really cannot get something better under £30 than this baby. It gives a soft focus, demi matte, almost airbrushed finish that needs no powder to set. It's photo friendly, super long lasting and full coverage without feeling heavy or looking cakey. This particular shade is more of an NW30-35 but does not look odd.

5. Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation - Another Foundation warrior that battles through almost any climate in the world without budging an inch. Does not contain any oils or fragrances and is rather stuffed with SPF of 30 making it a skin lovers dream. It's medium to full coverage and if applied with a flat top foundation/buffer brush, can make skin look flawless. Apparently, Miss Jolie used it to cover her tattoos for a movie. The finish is demi-matte to slightly luminous depending, depending on how your skin type is at the time of application but none the less, a keeper for those with sensitive, oily or combination skin who want a full coverage Foundation for every day wear.
I am a Foundation hoarder. Tell me your favourite Foundations this year and I'll use it as a reason to collect some more!