Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tvakh Colloidal Oat & Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sunguard Gel Review

There are sunscreens and there are sunscreens that do much more than just protecting your face from the harmful rays of the sun. We know many K-Beauty products that do the same. But do we know about any suncare product that is organic, made in India and does a whole lot of other things? I recently found the Tvakh Colloidal Oat & Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sunguard Gel that does many promising things.

About Tvakh Colloidal Oat & Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sunguard Gel:
Tvakh’s Sun protection gel is a physical sunscreen that is designed with SPF infused mineral powders that scatters and reflects UVA and UVB rays, preventing them from reaching the surface of the skin. Enhanced with Beta Glucan enriched Colloidal Oatmeal that provides water resistant, UV absorbent, anti-inflammatory and emollient properties to the formula

Price: Rs.415 

Packaging: Tvakh Colloidal Oat & Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sunguard Gel comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser.

My experience: I love the pump packaging of the Tvakh Colloidal Oat & Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sunguard Gel. The gel is tinted and appears thick when dispensed. However it becomes thin in contact with the skin and spreads evenly. It moisturizes the skin nicely. I am sure the non-sticky lightweight form would be quite suitable for oily skin. For those with dry skin it may not be that moisturizing enough. It has a mild fragrance. It imparts an complexion with a natural radiance. It does not have any major coverage. 

But as a daily use product, it will be great, specially those with oily skin.  It is also suitable for acne prone and sensitive skin. Very few products are manufactured that can be useful for sensitive skin and I am glad that Tvakh has come up with one.It does not become greasy or make the face sweaty after use and the face actually looks glowing for a long time. 

Rating: 4.5/5

Tvakh Colloidal Oat & Carrotseed Broad Spectrum Sunguard Gel is a very good sun care product, specially for those with oily/sensitive skin. Those who do not like to apply a lot of makeup can use it as a base makeup product for a naturally illuminated face.
For more information check here

Pale Foundations & Foundation Shade Lighteners

This is in no way an unique post, in fact it's been done many times and I relied on the information in other people's posts myself in the past, so I'm only adding my contribution to the beauty world, sharing my experience with foundations I found that have a very light shade and that I was able to get one way or another here in central Europe. We don't have anywhere near the selection you can find in North America or Asia, we don't even have the selection that's sold in our neighbouring countries. In fact, if you're looking for a very pale foundation in Slovenia, right now, you can buy very little of them, unless you're buying online. Most of mine are drugstore and I buy them in various types of undertones, finishes and coverage levels, so I hope you find my contribution helpful. I have full reviews of all foundations linked in this post, so you can read about them in detail and see the before/afters.

At the end also I added a list of all other very pale foundations that I was able to find, but I haven't tried them either because I can't get them at all, or I haven't had the opportunity to try them or they are too expensive (I noticed during making this post, it's not cheap to be pale). If you have any other recommendation, please share in the comments, you'll be a great help to me and other readers. 

NARS Sheer Glow Siberia - lightest shade I own, but very yellow
MAYBELLINE Fit Me Luminous + Smooth 110 Porcelain - second lightest, but close to Siberia just more neutral
MAYBELLINE Fit Me Matte + Poreless 100 Warm Ivory - almost the same as Luminous + Smooth 110, no difference on the skin
MAYBELLINE Fit Me Matte + Poreless 110 Porcelain - despite the same name as at Luminous + Smooth, this one is about a half a shade or maybe a full shade darker, but it's a very small difference on the skin due to light coverage. It's more yellow-peachy that both other Fit Mes
BOURJOIS Healthy Mix Serum - I put this one in all my swatches for comparison. It's darkest here, with a yellow undertone.

REVLON Colorstay Foundation normal/dry skin 110 Ivory - lightest pink toned foundation I own and with the most proper pink tone.
MANHATTAN Easy Match Foundation 30 Soft Porcelain - a shade darker than Revlon.
BOURJOIS Healthy Mix 50 - similar to Fit me Matte + Poreless 110 and Easy Match, it's a bit darker once it sets and has a pink-peach undertone.
TONYMOLY Pokemon Cushion - most neutral, but still slightly pink, similar to fit me Matte + Poreless 110

MAYBELLINE Fit Me Matte + Poreless
100 Warm Ivory & 110 Porcelain
Coverage: light-medium
Finish: semi-matte
Undertone: yellow (both)
Price: 8.99 €
If you're looking for a proper selection of pale shades, so far this is one of the rare formulas I've found. In Europe we have several light shades in this line, the lightest is 100 (warm), followed by 102 (cool), 105 (cool) and 110 (warm). I've found just about everything I want in this foundation. The formula is light and pretty much invisible on the face when you blend it, the finish isn't that mask-like matte, instead it's more of a semi-matte and unlike a lot of foundations, it looks nice over pores as it somewhat fills them up a bit, therefore provides a very smooth base. I can't say this is a foundation that would perform well on very oily skin, since it's not matte, neither does it stay semi-matte, as even on me I notice some shine of the forehead on hotter days, but for my normal-combination skin it's great. It's a foundation for those who prefer light coverage, which is exactly what I like so much about it. I have two shades, both European version, since American version comes in a bottle without a pump. Shade 100 Warm Ivory is one of the palest shades I own, it has a yellow undertone that isn't that strong and it's my perfect match. I bought it in Austria because the lightest shade here is 110 Porcelain. The latter is also nicely light, just a shade darker than 100 and it has a slightly stronger yellow undertone. If you're NC10 you can wear both due to the light coverage.

BOURJOIS Healthy Mix Foundation
50 Rose Ivory
Coverage: light-medium
Finish: dewy
Undertone: pink
Price: 9.99 GBP
If you love the Serum version of this foundation, you'll like the newest version of Healthy Mix too. It's another very light formula with an invisible finish, except here you get a nice healthy, dewy finish, which again will suit those who don't have oily skin. Coverage is light to medium, so less than the original version and about the same as Serum. The latter is the only foundation I could use when my skin was dehydrated with dry patches, but since I haven't had those in a while,  I can't say if this one works the same, however, it is very similar, so I can assume it'll work too. Shade 50 Rose Ivory is a new shade they added in the last formula update and unlike 51 it's got a pink undertone. It's nicely pale, about a shade lighter than 51 and as I said it has a pink undertone, which actually isn't as true as at Colourstay Ivory or Rimmel 010 Light Porcelain, since it's more on the peachy side. It's not the lightest shade I own, but it's still very light (a cool version of Maybelline's Fit Me Matte EU version 110) and will suit fair cool skin tones.

MAYBELLINE Fit Me foundation normal/dry skin 
110 Porcelain
Coverage: light-medium
Finish: dewy
Undertone: yellow
Price: 9.95 €
I had a bumpy start with this foundation and it looked horrible on me, but it's the perfect shade for my skin tone, so I of course wear it regardless. Since I've switched to Korean skincare, I found that a lot of foundations I hated, started to look a lot more decent on me, this one included, but it's still not my favourite. It's similar to Manhattan foundation bellow this one and Rimmel foundations in general, meaning the formula is light, but also kind of greasy and it looks terrible over problematic pores, plus sometimes doesn't fully set on the skin and can look very shiny, especially with time. Matte + Poreless version is so much better for most skin types, so I'd say try this one only if your skin is dry. 110 Porcelain is a one of the lightest shades I own and it has a yellow undertone that isn't as strong as at Sheer Glow. It's a smidgen lighter than M+P 100 Warm Ivory, but the difference is not noticeable on the skin. 

MANHATTAN Easy Match Makeup 
30 Soft Porcelain
Coverage: light-medium
Finish: natural, slightly dewy
Undertone: pink/neutral
Price: 9.99 €
Before I found Maybelline Fit Me M+P and Bourjois Healthy Mix, I had to settle for light coverage foundations like this one which does not look terribly pretty on my skin, so I used it to mix with other foundations that I liked a lot more and their shades were too dark. My version is a couple of years old and in the mean time they changed the packaging (it's like Rimmel's now) and pulled this brand from Slovenia, but actually this formula is exactly the same as Rimmel's Match Perfection, which has a fair shade with a pink undertone called 010 Light Porcelain. It's another foundation with a light formula that has a light-medium coverage, but in time it slips into pores and makes the skin texture look so much worse than it is. It's the type of formula that would kind of work with most skin types, just not very oily. Most people's reviews I read are very positive, but I just really don't like this foundation on most days. Shade 30 Soft Porcelain has a pink undertone and it's closest to Bourjois' 50, except a half a shade lighter. Manhattan has other foundations, such as Wake Up Makeup and Endless Perfection, which I believe also have fair shades and I think they are also the same as Rimmel foundations.

NARS Sheer Glow 
Coverage: medium-full
Finish: satin
Undertone: yellow
Price: 38 €
We're getting to the higher coverage foundations and this one is in general the lightest shade I own (though Nars' Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly is the lightest product I own and it's about a shade lighter than this and more neutral). I frequently describe this as my princess foundation because it makes you look almost retouched. In terms of how it looks on the skin, due to the coverage, it's not exactly the most natural looking foundation and your skin texture needs to be in good condition for it to look its best, otherwise it wears off a bit funny. This blends like a dream on the skin and the coverage is high enough that I don't wear concealer often with this one, but the price is so high and the lack of pump is an insult. I find that Revlon's Colorstay for dry skin performs very similar on me. Shade Siberia is as I said one of the lightest shades I own, but also one with the strongest undertone and I was shocked to see how yellow it is the first time I tried it. Due to that I mix it with Revlon since the formulas are so similar and the latter is pink, so I get a neutral undertone. Unlike all the foundations above, this one has a nice staying power.

REVLON Colorstay Foundation Normal/Dry Skin 
110 Ivory
Coverage: medium-full
Finish: satin
Undertone: pink
Price: 15 €
As far as I'm concerned and based on my years long experience with the two performing on my skin, this is an almost the same foundation as Sheer Glow. The difference apart from the shade is that Sheer Glow feels like a high-end foundation when you're applying it, meaning it blends much easier than this one. But both have a medium-high coverage, the same satin finish and great staying power. Despite it being meant for dry skin, I don't find it's best when your skin is dry or patchy, instead it's more suited for normal combination to even oily skin. They have a special version for combination-oily skin which I used to own a long time ago in the same shade, but that one felt more mask-like to me and this version for dry skin has an almost matte finish on my skin anyway. Shade 110 Ivory is the lightest shade of foundations we can get in Slovenian drugstores (I hope I'm not wrong) and it is properly pale with a pink undertone. Out of my pink foundations, this is the lightest shade I own. Mine is the old bottle and the new one (finally!) comes with a pump.

TONYMOLY Pikachu Mini Cover Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++
01 Skin Beige 
Coverage: light-medium
Finish: very dewy
Undertone: neutral, but slightly pink
Price: 10$ 
This was a limited edition cushion, but I've still seen it today at least on Jolse and I think Tonymoly has either the same or similar shades among their other cushion compact, possibly even their BB/CC creams (BCDation Moisture Cover Cushion and Mini Cover Cushion have the same shade name). Korean BB's and cushions have some very light shades, but not many come in a satin or matte finish, instead they tend to be very glowy which can look greasy. This one has a light coverage that just evens out the skin tone and it has this dewy finish that only people with dry skin will like. On a plus side this has a wonderful applicator - truly these sponges apply foundation so flawlessly - and this formula also has a high SPF. Shade 01 is not the lightest out of the ones featured here, but it's still very pale and it's one of the most neutral shades I own. I'd say it's about NC/W13.

Foundation shade lighteners/mixers

THE BODY SHOP Shade Adjusting Drops
Finish: doesn't interfere with the texture of foundation
Shade: off-white pink
Price: 14 €
If you frequently have a problem finding a pale enough shade in foundation ranges, I highly recommend you get these drops from The Body Shop. These works amazingly well, they are an off-white pinkish liquid that has plenty of pigmentation, so one drop lightens quite a lot, for almost two shades I'd say (you can see how they work with each of my darker foundation in the review). Even if you find you need to use a lot of drops, this doesn't interfere or ruin the original consistency of the foundation, they aren't greasy, they don't ruin the foundation's staying power or change the finish. The only bad side is the packaging is remarkably annoying and it's quite difficult to get the product out, so I hope they'll change it to a pump sometime in the future. They are worth those 14 € because then you'll be able to use up all of those miss purchases and also will be able to buy hyped up foundations that don't have light enough shades.

CATRICE Prime & Fine Make Up Transformer Drops 
Finish: greasy
Shade: pale with a yellow undertone, it's a match for Nars Chantilly
Price: 3.49 €
Another lightener and it's leaves a lot to be desired. It works, but it's nowhere near TBS drops in terms of effectiveness. For one it's not exactly light, it's almost like a foundation shade for pale skins by itself, so you can't lighten more than that. You need to use a lot for a decent effect, they are also greasy so they ruin the finish of foundation as well as staying power, but if you need to lighten for a half a shade or maybe a full shade and you don't have any other option, this is ok. Well, passable. I hear a lot of positive things about NYX's drops, but I haven't tried them yet.

Other light foundations I owned and tried

RIMMEL Lasting Finish Nude Foundation 
010 Light Porcelain
Coverage: medium
Finish: satin
Undertone: pink
Price: €10.39
I do not like Rimmel foundations as they always make my skin look so much worse than it is, but a lot of people like them. So if you're looking for a pale, pink toned foundation with a medium coverage, this one is worth trying out. I used it up for mixing with better foundations.

RIMMEL Match Perfection
010 Light Porcelain
Coverage: Light-medium
Finish: natural-dewy
Undertone: pink
Price: €10.39
Same goes here as for Lasting Finish, Rimmel foundation look so awful on my skin, but again, the shade is fair, cool toned, so worth checking out if you're looking for a light-medium coverage foundations.

MISSHA Signature Real Complete BB Cream 
Coverage: light-medium
Finish: dewy-satin
Undertone: neutral/grey
Price: about 17$ 
This is so far the lightest shade I ever found and the most neutral. It's somewhat neutral grey like a lot of Asian BB's, but it fit me really well. The finish was a bit too dewy for me and it didn't set properly for a long time, however, it's BB that looks nice on the skin and covers almost a medium despite the very light texture. It's heavily scented, that might be an issue for some - it's a floral baby powder scent. If you're looking for something very pale, I suggest you try this one. 

THE ORDINARY Coverage foundation
Coverage: medium-high
Finish: satin-dewy
Undertone: yellow
Price: 6.90 €
Actually a lighter shade exists called 1.0N, but I haven't had a chance to try it. Regardless even 1.1N is quite pale, but it's very far from being neutral. This one packs quite a lot of coverage, so I hated it in a normal layer because it looked so obvious on the skin, but blended out well in a sheer coat, it was decent. It's got a satin but also somewhat shiny finish, so it's so fat the only high coverage pale foundation I found that doesn't have an almost matte finish and I'd say it's more for dry-normal skin.

DIOR Diorskin Nude BB Creme
Coverage: light
Finish: matte-satin
Undertone: pink
Price: 37€
The shade of this one is almost the same as at Rimmel foundations, so their 010 Light Porcelain shade, which means it's fair with a strong pink undertone. It's somewhat like Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, but with a satin finish meaning you get the same natural and invisible finish on the skin. The coverage is the lightest out of all the products here, but it still covers enough for my taste. Issues at this one are: 1. price, 2. the older it gets the more it oxidises on the skin and 3. high alcohol content.

Other light shades I heard about:

 1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Stick Foundation - Alabaster ($25)
2. A'PIEU Cushion Air Fit - 13 ($7.00)
3. COVER FX Natural Finish Foundation - N0 ($40)
4. DEBORAH Milano 5 in 1 BB Cream - 00 (10 €. It might not be sold anymore)
5. ETUDE HOUSE Precious Mineral Any Cushion - 02 Light Beige (from $13)
6. ESPOIR Face Slip Nude Cushion  - Porcelain ($38)
7. GIORGIO ARMANI Power Fabric - Shade 1 ($64.00)
8. HARD CANDY Candy Glamoflauge Foundation - Porcelain ($7)
9. HERA UV Mist Cushion - C21 ($45)
10. IDUN Minerals Norrsken Liquid Foundation - Jorunn ($28)
11. ILLUMINARE Moisturizing Mineral Liquid Foundation - Alabaster ($29)
12. INNISFREE Ampoule Intense Cushion - 13 Light Beige ($24)
13. INNISFREE Long Wear Cushion - 11 ivory ($23)
14. KAT VON D Lock it Foundation - L41 Neutral & 42 Light ($35)
15. LANEIGE BB Cushion Whitening - 13 True Beige ($30)
16. L'OREAL True Match Foundation - W1 (12€)
17. MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC10 & NC10 ($29)
18. MAKEUP FOREVER Ultra HD Foundation - Y205 Alabaster ($43)
19. MARC JACOBS Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate - 10 Ivory Light ($55)
20. MILANI Conceal + Perfect 2-in1 Foundation and Concealer - 00A ($10)
21. NYX Total Control Drop Foundation - Pale ($14)
22. TARTE Stick Foundation - Fair/Neutral (€40)
23. TARTE Empowered Hybrid Gel - Porcelain (€40)
24. TARTE Rainforest of the Sea - Porcelain (€40)
25. THE ORDINARY Serum Foundation - 1.0N (€6.7)
26. TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Dinoplatz Cinema City CC Cream (from 18$)
27. TOO FACED Born This Way - Snow ($39)
28. URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Foundation - 0.5 ($40)
29. WET N WILD Photo Focus - Porcelain ($5)

Other lightening products I heard about

1. ALVERDE Color & Care Mix your Make-up (€2.95)
2. FACE ATELIER Ultra Foundation in Zero Minus ($36)
3. ILLAMASQUA Rich Liquid Foundation RF100 (€36.95)
4. LA GIRL HD Pro Coverage Foundation - White ($10)
5. MAC Face and Body Foundation - White ($29)
6. MANIC PANIC Dreamtone ($11.5)
7. NYX Pro Foundation Mixer White ($10)
8. STARGAZER Liquid Foundation, White (£3.50)

Other posts you might find useful:

Monday, 18 September 2017

Tropical Immunity Boost: Day-Glow Antioxidant Fusion

Hello Everyone!  Early fall is in the air here in northern, coastal Maine as evidenced by the smattering of red maple leaves scattered about the woodlands, along with cooler evening temps.  With the change of seasons from summer to fall (and often changing family schedules and heightened stress) many of us can succumb to the cold and flu germs that seem to be lurking about this time of year - just waiting to latch on and make us feel downright crappy. 

By late August, I typically begin to boost my immune system for the upcoming long Maine winter by consuming foods chock-full of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, plus minerals such as potassium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, etc., and plenty of live enzymes from raw foods.  A healthy body builds a robust defensive shield against nasty bacterial and viral invaders.

Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite tropical smoothies that contains many of the nutrients I mentioned above.  It can easily be made in any good quality blender.  The recipe comes from page 158 of my book, "Raw Energy In A Glass: 126 Nutrition-Packed Smoothies, Green Drinks, and Other Satisfying Raw Beverages to Boost Your Well-Being" (Storey Publishing c2014). It's the tall orange beverage in the photo below.  The drink in the smaller, adjacent glass is my recipe for "Aloe & Pineapple Digestive Health Elixir", that can be found on page 161 of the same book - it's perfect for boosting digestive health.  If you like tropical fruits such as ripe papayas, pineapples, and mangoes, then you'll be whipping up this drink again and again!  Kids absolutely love the flavor!  Give it a try, won't you?  I guarantee that your taste buds will be left smiling!

Day-Glow Antioxidant Fusion

Like sunshine on a cloudy day, this glorious golden-orange, tropical smoothie is a supreme source of youthifying enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Great as a refreshing morning beverage or afternoon pick-me-up.  It boosts your immune system, helps keep colds and flu at bay, and helps combat visible signs of aging.


- Fresh, raw juice of 3 oranges, tangerines, or tangelos
- 1 medium papaya, seeded, flesh scooped out
- 1 cup fresh super-ripe pineapple, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup fresh or frozen mango, pitted, cut into chunks
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla flavoring (optional, but adds a nice, rich flavor)

Directions: Put the orange juice, papaya, pineapple, mango, and vanilla in a blender and puree until smooth and frothy, about 30 seconds.  

Serve in glasses or insulated mugs.  This tropical smoothie is rich in natural sugars and fiber, so drink very slowly and "chew" each sip so that it digests with ease.

Yield:  1 large or 2 small servings

A good source of: antioxidants, papain and bromelain enzymes, vitamins C and K, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, natural sugars, and fiber

NOTE:  This blog was written by Stephanie Tourles and the recipe was excerpted - with permission - from her book, "Raw Energy In A Glass" (Storey Publishing, c2014).  The information presented is true and complete to the best of her knowledge. All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of Ms. Tourles. She disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information.  It is for educational purposes only.

Bourjois Contour Edition Lip Liner Nude Wave

This is my second shade of Bourjois' Contour Edition liners. The other shade I have is called Cotton Candy, which you can frequently see in my before/afters in foundation reviews and I love the formula so much, I always planned on getting more shades, but these aren't the cheapest drugstore lip liners. Cotton Candy is a very wearable light natural pink shade, while Nude Wave is a muted rosy brown shade that for some might be close to their natural lip colour.

I've already spoke about the formula in Cotton Candy's review, but it's one of those liners that's quite soft, yet not so much as the old Essence lipliner formula and it is still waxy enough that it retains enough precision and works as a standalone lip product. Pigmentation is great on both shades I own and the application is smooth, without skipping due to dryness. The softness does have a bad side and that is that it's one of those liners that needs to be sharpened often. 

Nude Wave is a muted rosy-brown shade that I just didn't expect will look so boring on me on its own. Regardless it's perfect to pair with my rosy-brown shades, like Golden Rose Velvet in 12 and Makeup Factory Velvet Rosewood. It's actually the colour I've needed for a while and everything I bought was too mauve.   

These are pretty expensive at 6.49 €, but I'm still considering getting the red shade.

Have a great day!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Body Shop- Honey Bronze: Bronzing Body BB Cream

Hello Lovelies,

150ml for €20 it's a bargain for your tan!

Oh my days, this is one blog post I am so excited to write. This rarely happens to me but I wanted to write to this piece after the first use of this product! I was sent this Honey Bronze BB Cream along with a few other pieces from The Body Shop during the summer holidays. I was so overwhelmed with all the pieces I was sent but the BB Cream was sticking out a mile to me. I love tan, I always have and I always will. I also absolutely love Sally Hansen tan for the fact it will cover up every little imperfection there is on my legs when I want to have them out. The BB Cream to me is like a grown up version of Sally Hansen. I don't want to use a comparison piece but that's the closest other product I have tried to this Bronzing BB Cream. It retails at £16 in the UK around €20 here in Ireland.

Let's take a look at some of the facts from The Body Shops website...

NEW Honey Bronze™ Body BB Cream is here to help coax your legs out of hibernation. A new addition to our iconic bronzing range, not only does this lotion give you an instant natural-looking colour, it also evens your skin tone and helps blur imperfections for a more flawless-looking finish. Drizzled with Community Trade honey, and formulated without mineral oil and petrolatum, it keeps skin as nourished as it is bronzed. And with none of that fake-tan smell
  • Evens the appearance of skin tone
  • Conceals imperfections
  • Natural looking tan
  • 24hr moisturisation
  • Wash-off
(thebodyshop website)

Do I agree with all those claims....hell yeah I do!! First off lets talk scent, It must be the scent of honey that I love in this product. I personally don't eat honey so I can't say for sure that's the scent I'm getting but either way I do not smell like a biscuit when I use this product, that's a bonus. I have applied this bronzing BB Cream on my completely pale legs and had stunning results and then I have also used it over tan to really give me a flawless finish. I just cannot get over the finish, it's completely flawless. 

The shade by the way is quite dark, I must point that out and that's exactly what I want. I like to have nice dark limbs when I'm heading out with my gal pals and the legs are out (to be fair any time I have the legs out I want them dark) I apply this cream using a mitt and not my hands, I imagine it's quite awkward to use with your hands so please do try it with a mitt. 

The will be a staple product in my stash I feel, there's always a chance that when you apply a false tan you won't get the exact results you want so I think they by having this in your dresser will guarantee you beautiful pins all the time. It's always so nice to use products that are 100% vegetarian and forever against animal testing. That is something The Body Shop take very seriously and a cause I am more than happy to always support.

Have you tried this product on your whole body? What are your thoughts?

The Body Shop: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

Hello Lovelies,

This post is almost a first impressions post as this foundation has been tested by me around 5 times now. It is the new Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation from The Body Shop. Anyone who is following the blog a little while now will know of my absolute love of The Body Shop as a brand. Every Christmas without fail I stock up on all the latest offerings as part of my Santa presents. Nothing like a new Scrub, Body Lotion and Shower Gel to make a girl feel good.

This package was waiting for me when I came back from few days holiday and I nearly died!

There is not a lot of The Body Shop makeup if I've tried. I've always just invested in the body and skin ranges so this foundation is a real treat for me. I was gifted this in two shades along with a few more treats, one of which the body BB Cream is getting a post all of it's own!! It's just amazing... there's the biggest hint I can give :) 

So let's take a look at the details from The Body Shop website

Combat skin imperfections throughout the day with our NEW 100% vegan Matte Clay Foundation. This lightweight foundation is enriched with skin-clearing tea tree and leaves a breathable, yet full-coverage matte finish. It’s also resistant to water and sweat. Apply with our multi-tasking complexion blender for a flawless application.

Full-coverage, matte finish
Enriched with powerful tea tree oilA
Promotes clearer looking skin
Oil absorbing properties
Ideal for any skin type
Breathable 24-hour coverage

My thoughts on this foundation are that it's brilliant! I am really liking how it lasts on my skin and also the effect it gives my skin when applied. I was sent two shades and I've actually found that the best shade for me to wear with tan on is actually a blend of the two. The shades that I was sent are Tamerza Dune 026 & Moluccan Nutmeg 055 The first one is slightly darker than when I am completely pale but the second is deffo too dark for me to wear even with tan on so a good drop of 026 with a little 055 added gives me the perfect tanned look foundation.

Squeeze Tubes mean you get out every last drop, much better than a glass bottle

I don't have to use too much at all in order to cover my entire face. I use my trusty Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 brush and buff it into the skin. It gives really good coverage and lasts all day. My makeup is always applied at 6:30am and doesn't get taken off until at least 6pm so that's a good 12 hours and it won't have worn off at all. I like to use a pre-cleanse oil before my actual cleanser to make sure it's all off. When they say clay don't be afraid at all. From using it a few times now, I can't say that it clear spots because luckily at the moment I am not too bad for imperfections but its great to know that if I do get a breakout there is a foundation that actually looks to target and heal it.

The Body Shop prides itself on being cruelty free and I am such a fan of their campaign to stop animal testing  and you can sign their petition to encourage others to ban it globally following this link HERE Thanks a million to The Body Shop for sending out these beauty treats and keep your eye on my Instagram its about time I get my bunny ears up in support of this great cause. 

Hey Honey Good Morning 'Honey Silk Facial Serum'

Hi Lovelies,

Today on Mastering  Your Makeup I want to talk briefly about a 'new' product I was sent during the summer. It is the Hey Honey Facial Serum. I received a couple of the Hey Honey products and have really enjoyed trying them out. Today I have decided to say a little about my absolute favourite out of the products I was sent. Before we go any further I'd like to say a massive thanks to Hey Honey for the extra little gift of a really cute honey necklace. I had never seen anything like it before and it's just the perfect little size. It gets noticed all the time!

The foundation of hey honey® products are Honey and Propolis (nature’s most potent antiseptics and antibacterial ingredient). It is the core base of the brand as the healing and nutritive properties of honey are widely accepted in the natural skin care world.
hey honey® is specifically crafted for today’s NO-TIME lifestyle! As well as the nutritional values of honey and propolis, the brand’s skincare and body products combine all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look healthier, longer. (press email)

So onto the product... The Hey Honey Honey Silk Facial Serum! Who better to hear all the facts from than the Hey Honey website itself (  

A light and luxurious moisturizing serum the doubles as an under-makeup primer. Replenishes and protects to improve tone for elegantly glowing skin. 

Rich moisturizers and nutrients such as honey, silk amino acids, sea buckthorn oil, and Vitamin E provide intense moisture for radiantly smooth skin. Wear it by itself or under your day cream. Perfect as a makeup primer. 

All skin types.   

Apply all over face as needed, by itself, or under moisturizing cream or foundation.

It all sounds pretty basic but it's anything but! This serum is possibly one of the nicest elements in my morning skincare routine lately. I 100% use it as a primer, just adding an additional primer to my oilier areas and it works a treat. It's really lightweight on the skin and some day during the summer I just applied the serum and left it really soak into my skin before adding SPF and heading out to the sun.

The scent is really gentle which again is nice as I don't enjoy potent products on my face at all. I find that I spend all day smelling them and then I grow to dislike them quite quickly. It doesn't specify on any blog posts that I've read if testers feel that it works better as a primer for oily or for dry skin foundation wearers as the product itself is suited for everyone. For me there have been days I will use it alone as a primer and I do find i get a bit more shiny as the day progresses but all in all, this product as a serum is a delight. 

The new range consists of day and night moistures, honey body lotion, honey silk facial serum, eye contouring lifting fluid, a propolis & mineral facial scrub, honey cleansing foams, a colloidal gold & honey beauty mask as well as a detoxifying mud mask, Shea butter honey lip balm and hand & foot creams -  all available from pharmacies nationwide and Shaws department stores. (press email)

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