Not good for my bank account, but great for my recently decluttered makeup collection (I had a very cut throat clear out during our recent snow days), I’ve been doing some makeup shopping. I was in need of a new cruelty free foundation to replace my much loved, but not CF, Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and one foundation turned into 6 items falling into my basket. Damn you Beauty Bay! I just can’t resist a haul.
At the start of the month, Beauty Bay were offering 20% off Milani so this was the perfect time to try the Milani Perfect + Conceal 2-in-1 Foundation & Concealer – a foundation I’ve heard YouTubers in the US rave about and is cruelty free. I’m pretty sure this will be too thick for me as an every day foundation, but I can mix it in with a moisturiser to lighten the coverage (and I’m yet to test the shade properly, so it may require my lightening or darkening drops). But I couldn’t leave the 20% off Milani there, oh no! I also treated myself to the Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro. I’ve had the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso for almost 3 years now and I know I love the formula, so really wanted to try out a new shade. Rose D’Oro is still a coral blush, just like Luminoso, but has a more pink tone. It’s also far more shimmery and a lot more pigmented. This definitely won’t be an every day blush as I have been known to go in a little too hard with blush, but it’ll be beautiful in the summer when I don’t have to throw makeup on for work every morning (I’m so ready for 7 weeks off, hurry up July).
Another foundation that I have heard a lot of about is the L.A. Girl Pro.Coverage Long Wear Long Wear Illuminating Foundation. I have a feeling that this is going to be another very full coverage foundation and may need mixing with something a little lighter to get the colour just right but I’m interested to try this as it’s so budget friendly. Honestly, one of the hardest things about buying foundation online is shade matching! But with my new cruelty free stance, I needed a CF powder (why isn’t the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder CF?). Hayley recommended the RCMA No Color Powder to me, and at 85% less per gram than the Laura Mercier powder I thought I’d give it a whirl. I know loose powder is a bit messy to use, but it’s so worth it for the effect it gives under the eye, whilst I still use a pressed powder to set the rest of my face. Side bar: what’s your favourite CF mattifying pressed powder? I have another Rimmel one to get through then it’s time to say goodbye.
The Cover FX Illuminating Prime & Set Kit is a set I’ve been looking at purchasing for a while. I’ve wanted to try the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops since they hit the YouTube beauty scene a couple of years ago but I’m not a big liquid illuminator person so a full size would be wasted on me, but this set was the perfect chance to try it alongside a couple of other products. Alongside the Cover FX Customer Enhancer Drops in Moonlight (a gorgeous silver shade), this kit includes a travel size of the Cover FX Illuminating Primer and a travel size of the Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray which can be bought for £9 on its own. So £22 for this kit is a real steal, saving you approximately £8.
The final product I picked up was the Morphe M139 – a tapered blending brush. I love using my Sigma E40 and MAC 217 to blend shadows through my crease, but I often find that I want a more precise brush to blend with. This packs shadow just in the crease, with the outer bristles blending it seamlessly. This is the only product I’ve really put to the test but honestly I think I’m onto a real winner with this (and it’s CF unlike my other two favourite blending brushes).
I’ve not really tested any of these products enough to give a real opinion on them yet, but you can definitely expect reviews coming up soon. Yes, Essential Twenty and beauty are back in love and I’m going to be talking a lot more about it again.