Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

I’ve been thinking about doing a review on this foundation for the past couple months – I’ve seen so many differing opinions on this one. It seems to be like Marmite, people either love it or hate it so I’d thought I’d put my two pennies worth out there too!

The Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (longest name in the history of foundation names ever) comes in 20 shades with varying undertones to suit most skin tones, I say most as even with a massive choice of 20 I am sure there are people out there that would be lighter than the fairest shade and deeper tones the options at the other end of the spectrum.
Nars promises to deliver 16 hours wear while feeling as light as air as well as giving you even skin without the mask look. The packaging is oh so Nars in a sleek frosted glass bottle with a pump….yesssss a pump. thank you the Nars gods you beauties!!

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I picked the shade Fiji which Nars also call Light 5, my usual foundation of choice is Estee Lauder double wear in 2N1 Desert beige and I find this is a pretty good match albeit a touch too yellow but nothing I can’t work with. They claim one pump with cover the whole face in reality I find I need about 3-4 to give a good even base when buffed in but I do like quite a full coverage so I’d recommend starting with 1-2 and building it up. The texture is very light and water like which at first I didn’t like as I’m used to the thickness of DW. Once applied I find my base looks flawless but not cakey or mask like in the slightest and it really does feel very light on the skin while giving a luminous glow to the skin while being matte. I would certainly recommend that you moisturise and use a primer beforehand as it does cling to dry areas so those of you with dry skin may find this foundation wont work for you but if you are on the oily side then I’d give it a go.
I can’t find any SPF information on the Nars website but I have tried this using flash and it photographs beautifully and haven’t experienced the dreaded ghost face flash back which is a bonus.
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The one claim I do not agree with is the 16 hours wear – with a good primer I get about 7-8 hours wear before it starts to breakdown in my oily areas. Some people have said that they have noticed that it can sometimes separate on their skin but I’ve not experienced this and I’ve been using the foundation now for a good couple of months.

I picked it up from my shopping trip in Leeds that you can read about HERE It is priced at £32.00 and Harvey Nichols stock in in store and online

Let me know if you’ve tried this or if there is any foundations I should pick up as I’m a huge foundation junkie!

Thanks for reading!
xxx

Guest Blogger Series part 3: Molly from The Rose Beauty Files

Hi Everyone! I’m Molly from The Rose Beauty Files (Link www.therosebeautyfiles.com) and I’m so excited to be over here on Claire’s lovely blog writing a guest post! If you have never read my blog before, you won’t be aware of my slight obsession with all things Clarins! I love pretty much everything about the brand from the packaging, to the products and I thought I would share 5 of my favourite products with you today. I wouldn’t say these are my top five necessarily as I would find it very difficult to rank them, as I love pretty much everything I have tried! 

 

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• First up are the Clarins Instant Lip Balms. These are a relatively new product in their range and I would describe them as Photoshop for your lips! They are balms in stick form that have a subtle hint of colour and a gorgeous sweet scent. I have the colour 01 Rose which is pictured and it gives a gorgeous and glossy ‘my lips but better’ appearance. There are 6 colours in total: 01 Rose; 02 Coral; 03 My Pink which is a really clever formula as the shade of pink is dependent on each person so it will look slightly different on everyone; 04 Orange; 05 Red which I am desperate to get my hands on and 06 Rosewood which is a dark browny red which is probably the only shade I wouldn’t fancy. They are so creamy and are perfect for popping on in the daytime! If you are not keen on the stick formulation they do make a similar product in a squeezy tube, which is more like a lip-gloss. This has the same effect on the lips and I believe the colour selection is the same too.

• Next is one of my favourite ever moisturisers, the Hydraquench cream! I have had pretty much every product from the Hydraquench range at some point along the lines and I love them all! This moisturiser is perfect for very dry and dehydrated skin as it is so thick and luxurious! I tend to use this in the winter when my skin is at its most dry, I have also used the lighter lotion formula throughout the summer when my skin still needs hydration but slightly less than in the winter. It has a subtle scent that feels very high-end and is not overpowering or off putting. It is a little on the pricy side but I do feel like it is worth it as a little goes a very long way!

• I couldn’t do a Clarins post without mentioning the cult favourite, the Beauty Flash Balm. This is a fantastic multipurpose product that can be used as both a facemask and a primer before makeup. To use as a facemask, spread a thick layer all over the face without rubbing in. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash off to reveal ‘brighter & tighter’ skin. My skin just looks baby soft and smooth when I have used this and recently it has been all I have been reaching for! As a primer, you need to spread a thin layer across the face, again without rubbing in, and apply makeup straight on top of it. It makes your makeup look glowing and you skin feels very hydrated and foundation doesn’t look cakey! It really is a wonder product in a tube!

• To keep this post nice and varied I wanted to mention the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. This product allows you to customize the level of facial tan you have with very minimal effort. This product is very small; you only get 15ml in a full sized bottle. The idea behind this is that you take your favourite facial mosituriser and add a couple of drops of this product before you apply the moisturiser to your face at night. The great thing about this is that you know the moisturiser element will be suitable for your skin type as you can use whichever one you like the best. I had great results from the tanning drops over night but I do have a very ghostly white face! I have found this product incredibly easy to use and I have hardly made a dent in the product after having it for over a year! The only thing I would say is that you do need to wash your hands after using it as I didn’t one time and ended up with a tan-coloured finger nail for a very long time afterwards!

• The final product I wanted to talk about is something a lot of you have probably heard of as it has take the blogging world by a bit of a storm! It’s the Clarins Instant Concealer! This has turned into my Holy Grail concealer! It is so creamy and pigmented yet doesn’t look cakey or unnatural. I use this both under my eyes and on blemishes and it works like a dream! The coverage is great, my mum has actually just purchased a tube of this too, to cover up the occasional cold sore. The only thing I would say about this is that the shade range is appalling! There are only three shades; I am the lightest so if you are incredibly fair then I feel like this could be too dark for you. My mum has just had one week abroad and she is the darkest so I feel like if you had a naturally olive skin tone or are a lady with darker skin, then this product will not be for you as you just won’t be able to find a shade match. I think this is such a shame as the product is incredible and Clarins definitely need to offer more shades to make it available to more of us! The product is £21 but you get 15ml of product and as you only use a tiny amount each time, this lasts a very long time. This is the most blendable concealer I have ever used, even better than the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in my opinion!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and I would love it if you would stop by my blog and say hello! I post daily so there’s always something to read. Thank you again to Claire for having me and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my post. Let me know if you have tried any of these products too and what you think of them!

 

Much Love

Molly

Xoxo

P.S If you would like to follow me on Twitter or Bloglovin’ I’ll leave the links below and I will also leave links to more in-depth posts on the Golden Glow Booster, Beauty Flash Balm and Concealer as I have written some for my blog in the past if you wanted to know a bit more about those.

 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/RoseBeautyFiles
Bloglovin’ – https://www.bloglovin.com/people/therosebeautyfiles-12877335

Golden Glow Booster Post – http://therosebeautyfiles.com/2015/05/15/review-clarins-radiance-plus-golden-glow-booster/
Beauty Flash Balm http://therosebeautyfiles.com/2015/04/19/14-days-of-makeup-favourites-challenge-day-3/
Concealer – http://therosebeautyfiles.com/2015/04/18/14-days-of-makeup-favourites-challenge-day-2/

Guest Blogger Series Part 2: Siobhan – A Handful of Sparkle

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish – A Review by Siobhan from A Handful of Sparkle. 

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Hi guys! How are you all doing? And how is your week going so far? Well this is something very exciting for me, and when the opportunity arose, I obviously jumped at the chance to be a guest blogger here on Claire’s amazing blog. 

No doubt, you will have heard a million and one different bloggers talking about this product, and I know I am very late to the game with my review of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. But, I do have a very good reason!! I have incredibly sensitive skin, so much so that, 2 weeks ago, my sister suggested using my regular moisturiser to hydrate my skin more, by letting the product sink in on its own, rather than massaging it in. And guess what? My skin couldn’t cope with the product and had a massive reaction. It turned bright red, it felt like my face was literally on fire, and it was stinging! All this from a product I had used before. This was why I didn’t want to risk spending £15.50 for the starter kit (100ml pump & 2 muslin cloths) to have a reaction to the product. 

So when I saw on twitter a couple of weeks ago, that for a 24 hour period on the Liz Earle website they were selling the starter kit for £9.50 (the original 1995 price, to celebrate their 20th anniversary) I figured it was about time I gave it a try.

OH MY GOODNESS. I am so glad I bought this. It is amazing. It certainly lived up to all the hype and I will definitely be repurchasing when I’ve finished this bottle! The packaging is very plain and basic, but still looks super high end, while still being middle of the market in terms of pricing. 

I have been using this morning and night since I initially bought it, and the difference in my skin is incredible. I have been struggling with dry skin in my t-zone for quite some time, but this cleanser has completely sorted that out. There have been days where I literally have come home from work late, had no energy whatsoever, removed my make up with this and gone straight to bed. The next day? My skin is no worse off for not using moisturiser. 
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The product itself has a wonderfully thick/clay mask like consistency when you pump it out onto your hand, but then as you massage this into your skin, the consistency changes and it is lovely and creamy. The muslin cloth that you have left soaking in warm water, then gently exfoliates your skin while breaking down any trace of make-up and removing this effortlessly. Your skin feels super moisturised without having an oily residue and because of this, the product is suitable for all skin types. As I mentioned earlier, I have super sensitive skin, and the other thing I was worried about with this, was the scent, as sometimes scented products irritate my skin too. While this product is scented, it is only a very light, natural scent, so doesn’t have any negative impact on my skin. 

All in all, the Cleanse & Polish is amazing and I would highly recommend this to anyone, regardless of skin type! Does anyone use any Liz Earle products at the moment that I am missing out on?? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading guys – and thank you Claire for having me!

-S-

 

Twitter: @sparkledust13

Instagram: @siobhanmarie13

Blog: ahandfulofsparkle.blogspot.co.uk

Flamingo Candles: The Melt Crowd

Hello!
Something a little bit different to my usual beauty/make up posts, today I want to talk about a new subscription box from Flamingo Candles.
I’ve seen Flamingo Candles being talked about for a while now but I’ve never actually tried them – I’ve remained faithful to Yankee Candles up until now!
The Melt Crowd costs £10 and contains 8 wax melts to be used in a burner – the first month includes a free burner to get you started but for me I already own a few (5 to be exact)
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I personally prefer wax melts to candles as I think the scent comes off stronger and as I’m always changing my mind I can swap what scent im burning easily.
So far I’ve used about three of the wax melts and my oh my they are heavenly…..my favourtie is the Pina Colada (of course) it just gives my whole house a summer beach, chilled out vibe which I love! The burner I received is okay, it’s a really dark brown and personally I would have prefered something a little lighter in colour such as a cream or a light blush colour but it does the job.
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If home scent is something you are into or curious to try then the melt crowd is a perfect way to get you started – I am certainly a fan of Flamingo Candles now and will continue to subscribe to the box. The packaging is really cute and I love the fact that the candles are all hand poured here in the UK. I’m already looking at buying some jar candles as I think they will look as amazing back drops and accessories in blog photos.
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If you would like to sign up to The Melt Crowd you can find it HERE and don’t blame me if you spend all your money now on candles! lol

Hope you have enjoyed this post – let me know if you’d like to see more lifestyle type posts in the future?

xxx