Review: George Matte Foundation in Warm Ivory

George Matte Foundaton in Warm Ivory

As the summer quickly approaches we are all looking to have a fresh looking and matte face all summer long. I regularly pick up essentials in Asda, as the shop is close to work and one of the most convenient for me to pop in, so I thought I would try some of their own brand makeup to see how it stands up against other brands to see if they have any hidden gems.

The George Matte Foundation with Shine Control & Chamomile in Warm Ivory promises to be “Lightweight matte foundation for ultimate shine control. Blends in to the skin effortlessly for eve coverage and natural look.” So how does it shape up?

George Matte Foundation with Shine Control

With simple packaging, it’s nothing exciting really I personally think it’s got that slight sun cream vibe but all in all its not bad. The packaging is easy to use, and should be secure so ideal for travel and to pop into your makeup bag when travelling. Overall I do no mind the packaging, it’s nothing special but feels like a supermarket brand and there are much better packaging from other brands at this price point for example Primark’s PS Beauty range has beautiful packaging for a similarly low price point. This may be simply because I am not the target audience and there is not need for the packaging I like to see, I feel like there is a value in making aesthetically pleasing packaging when looking to expand and create a following for a product range.

I find there is often a fine line between a lightweight foundation and a BB cream, leans towards the side of a BB cream. I’ve tended to apply this with my fingers as I find it works better than a brush or a sponge, and works into the skin easily. This foundation is fairly mind boggling when you initially squeeze some out and start to apply to your face, you expect it to be a high coverage offering but it’s really the opposite. As you rub it in to blend it, it dramatically sheers out. Like I mentioned before I would liken it more to a BB cream and just little more than evening out the skin tone and any blemishes will require concealer.

I think this may be great for the summer, the colour is a great match and will be great for the lazy summer days when you want something but nothing much. A spot of the George Matte Foundation, spot of bronzer, mascara and a lip balm and you will have a perfect light no nonsense, makeup look for the summer. Unfortunately, unlike most foundations these days, especially light wright foundations, this offers no SPF protection so ensure you use another product to make sure your skin is protected from the sun.

All in all, I don’t feel like this is a bad product, but it is not a foundation is a BB cream with no mattifying properties than I have noticed. So, if you want a pale and lightweight BB cream, for only £3.00 at Asda I would recommend picking this up. However, if you want a light weight mattifying foundation, I suggest you look elsewhere.

Gwen

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Review: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

From 12 months ago never really using a NXY product to becoming pretty certain that at some point my entire lip collection may become NXY products, is insane. The big part of this is the fact NXY launched in Boots during the summer of 2016 before making it a much more accessible brand in the UK. I am yet to try any other products in the NXY line but this is my third NXY Soft Matter Lip Cream.

This time I selected a more natural colour, the others I have are very different you can see my reviews for the other two on my blog. I’ve previously tried the deep red/ vampy shade Copenhagen as well as a bright-ish pink called San Paulo. This time I picked up a natural but deep-ish shade, so carry on if you wish to find out how I got on with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes.

I have to say until now I never understood why people complained about the Soft Matte Lip Creams the previous two I have had are absolutely amazing this one left me wanting more really. Although more comfortable on the lips than Copenhagen and San Paulo, the staying power really isn’t there. Within hours the colour is patchy and faded and this occurs even when I am not eating or drinking, where the others last with minimal wear on the lips. I found myself reapplying every two hours and it is simply a pain compared to the others. Fortunately with these been a more natural colour, and the staining properties I have found that it probably doesn’t look quite as bad as some of the others when it fades.

NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream Lip Swatch

The lesson learnt here is to simply that this line is clearly hit or miss, I’ve had two excellent ones, while Cannes has proved to be so-so. The product is not necessarily bad but compared to what I know this line can be I am disappointed. This is simply a case of checking out reviews and reading about before had to check how these once compares.

Gwen

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Review: George Tint N Pout Tinted Lip Oil in Barely There

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So much for only buying what I need in 2017, I’ve fallen victim to another impulse buy this month. However, I have never tried a lip oil before and while picking up bits for dinner I could not resist buying an everyday lip oil.

The George Tint N Pout Tinted Lip Oil in Barely There, promises to “Nourish & Moisture Lips with Marula Shea Butter” which seemed like a great combination to me as you get the benefit of a light lip colour while adding moisture and keeping your lips hydrated. There are 3 colours within this range 01 Barely There the colour I picked here, while the other two I cannot find the shade names online but there is a brighter coral pink as well as a more berry colour so there is a nice but small collection.

The packaging is simple; the thin black tube is simple but hits the mark it is not too bulky and will fit in most makeup bags it. It’s actually really slim and I can fit this in my purse itself, it is a decent sized purse but it’s nice to know how easily it can fit. The applicator is the standard doe foot applicator, which is my preferred type of applicator for these kind of products as it provides accurate and easy application. So, nothing outstanding for packaging, but it doesn’t need anything more.

In all honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect the mixture of never using a lip oil and with no research and little exploration into the George makeup range, I felt as though I had a perfect blank slate to truly look at the product for what it is. I felt immediately apprehensive upon opening the product, resembling a gloss and seeing glitter I wondered what I had got myself in for despite expecting a more glossy texture the glitter really through me off. I used to love gloss but in reality its sticky, greasy and often unpleasant on the lips for any period of time. Thankfully although the lips look glossy and feel a tiny bit greasy over the course of 5/10 minutes the product dries almost completely. And the glitter? Pretty much non-existence, phew! I was really dreading that. I love the fact the glossiness doesn’t necessarily last and its only a short while of unpleasantness.

As for the colour when you initially put the product on it mainly resembles a clear lip gloss, just emphasising your natural lip colour. As it dries the colour really develops and you end up with a really pink lip, still natural looking but the “barely there” statement is no longer true you become aware and its noticeable that you are wearing a pink lip colour. So if you were looking for nude, this is not it sadly but the colour is nice it’s just not what you’d expect for this product. Your lips become stained with a pretty pink colour, that you don’t have to worry about as the colour will stay all day.

All in all I am glad I tried this, it adds a little bit of moisture to the lips nothing life changing but if you want a no makeup day it’s a little more interesting than lip balm. Its also worth keeping in mind that colour develops over time but all in all its not a bad product.

Let me know what your experience with lip tints or lip oils are and would you recommend them?

Gwen

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February Favourites

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So today is the last day of February and that means its February favourites time, let’s see what I have been loving this month.

Although my favourite shampoo and conditioner will always be the TRESemme Salon Silk, I’ve currently been enjoying the Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Shampoo and Conditioner they smell amazing. These live in my swim bag, and I love using them on a Sunday morning after swimming my 2k, it leaves my hair clean and smelling great.

It’s been a moth of rediscovery rather than new ones, after a period of dry skin recently I repurchased the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer. If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time you know this is one of my go-to all-time favourite products that ensure my makeup sits well and it sinks in quickly so it makes makeup easily. Why did I go a few months without it? Maybe you never appreciate something until its gone.

I am always wary to not go on and on about products on my blog, but when you trial something for review you can often end up falling in love with a product. This month I have been loving the Revlon All-in-One Ultimate Mascara, I posted the review last Tuesday and really fell in love with it this month, it truly is an all in one mascara. However, if you want more than my word for it you can read my in-depth review here.

In the December sales I picked up a great bargain with a Ted Baker set half price and I am in love with the body spray I have been wearing this every day. The Ted Baker Pink Body Spray is described as “Sparkling fruity grapefruit, mandarin and mango are teamed with subtle floral notes of neroli and jasmine, while the base of patchouli, sandalwood and musk completes the scent.”, but all I know is that it smells amazing. It’s safe to say me and the women I work with are currently obsessed with it.

What have you been loving this month let me know in the comments.

Gwen
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Review: Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara

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I don’t know if it just me but I am always looking for the perfect mascara, something which does everything in one. I’ve found several mascaras I like but I’ve not yet found one I truly love. With Revlon’s promise of an all in one mascara I simply could not resist. So how did I get on.

According to the Boots this mascara is described as: “Introducing the holy grail of mascaras, the Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara features 5 lash transforming benefits leaving no lash behind, allowing you to achieve: Volume, Length, Definition, Lift, Intense Colour. It’s all about the brush: The revolutionary small but mighty Revlon Power Mini Brush has a hollow core, designed to maximise the amount of formula to the lashes, as well as a unique mini oval shape for easy application, which reaches and covers every lash to create an intense and unbelievable length lash look.”

I love that Revlon really simplified their mascara range, and you now know exactly what you are getting. I love this new flatter mascara tube, with the shape of the lid it’s so simple to unscrew and no more endless twisting even if you’ve got slippy hands.

The brush for this mascara is so small, initially I thought it was a little bit too small however I have ended up loving it. The small brush is amazing, the small size allows you to really work into the base of the lashes giving you a fuller voluminous looking lash easily. The small plastic bristles let you coat lashes in small areas at a time really making sure you coat each individual lash and you can really build it up.

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This is fast becoming my new favourite mascara, allowing you to have softer full lashes with one coat right up to big bold lashes once you’ve added a layer or too. It’s not too bad price wise, with it been £9.99 its definitely higher end of the high street prices but by no means expensive. Next time you need a mascara I would definitely give it a try.

What is your current favourite, drug store/high street mascara? Or just your favourite mascara I would love to know.

Gwen

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Everyday Work Makeup

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When you wake up early every morning, when it is cold and dark sometimes it’s hard to feel inspired to mix things up. I mixed up my makeup bag, and I am loving my current makeup routine so I thought I would take a few minutes to share it with you guys here.

I have to say my morning makeup is one of the most all over thing’s ever, but it works perfect for a work morning where I drink my coffee, watch youtube and get ready. I’m just on the last little bit of the PS Pro Miracle Primer , but I’ve enjoyed using it as a strong base for my makeup. I’m still on my L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory kick, the best colour match and every occasion foundation I have ever tried. Don’t ever change, L’Oreal True Match.

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So, once I’ve got my strong base I start on my eyes, and I’m so into my pinks at the moment creating a basic pink neutral shades I use the Catrice Absolute Eye Colour in 1010 Touch of Rose as an all over the lid colour. I then build up the look to various amounts depending on my mood with the Fleur De Force Quad Eyeshadow in 020 Luna Rose . Finally, I finish up my eyes with the L’Oréal Paris So Couture Super Liner, I so need a new one soon but it does the job.

The next step is to finish off my face, as I like to wait to finish my eyes off first so any corrections are easier. I’m still in love with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and I’ve been setting it with the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Power both of which are strong basics for anyone’s makeup routine. I feel like these last two are in a lot of routines but I just always tend to gravitate to my Sleek Face Form Pallet in Light still for light sculpting after well over a year now it’s still a daily go to, and currently I love pairing it with the MUA Blusher in Cupcake which is perfect for just everyday.

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So, what’s missing? Well brows and Mascara of course, I told you I do these in a weird order but its just how I like to do it. Maybe the weird order is what happens when you haven’t finished your coffee. Sometimes I feel as though Natural Collection is a serious under rated range they offer great products, I am in love with my Natural Collection Brow Pencil the colour is great, it’s easy to use and the spoolie on the other end is endlessly useful. I’m currently trying out the Revlon All-In-One Ultimate Mascara, so keep your eyes peeled as I will post a review shortly.

So that’s it my easy makeup, what are your go to and daily staples.

Gwen

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Review: P.S Pro Illuminating Primer

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I feel as though I am slowly getting back into the swing of things but it’s taken a while to just sit down and make myself write when there are so many other things that need doing. Still one of the best ways to get back into it is reviews, straight forward with a clear plan.

In 2016 I reviewed another Primark Primer, which I really enjoyed but once again I always have to be on the look our for another Primer. To mix things up in 2017 I felt like going for brightening my skin with an illuminating primer, so here is how I got on with the PS Pro Illuminating Primer which is a “Sheer illuminating base gives skin a natural glow”.

The box promises that the Illuminating Primer:

“Gives skin a natural glow without looking greasy. Creates a soft-focus appearance to veil the look of fine lines and pores. Preps the skin for a luminous flawless makeup application. Can also be applied over makeup as a liquid highlighter for normal/combination skin”

I have to say I love the look of the PS Pro range packaging the matte primer had a matte black squeeze tube while this one has a lovely white satin packaging, it’s just that thought into the outside looking smart and reflecting the packaging. In this case the packaging directly matches the product when you squeeze this onto the back of your hand the white cream has this sort of radiance to it, it is not quite glitter but you can see the illuminating products. This is not an instant wow my face is beautiful and illuminated but this adds a radiant glow to your face and looks great in the right light.

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Depending on the foundation you put over the top, you can see the illuminating properties underneath. Yet if you use a heavier coverage you cannot really tell and the primer offers minimal effect. If you want a true illuminating effect is beautiful over the top of foundation using a small amount just adds a glow to the skin, it’s a great long lasting highlight. So actually, if you want a lovely budget liquid highlighter I would totally recommend it.

So as a primer purely as a base, makeup does sit nicely on top of it but I did not feel as though it added longevity and in dry patches my makeup still broke up. This may be the time of year I have chosen to test this as my skin is dry at the moment. I feel as though other primers offer more with smooth skin finishes or a moisturising base.

Overall if you want a primer I’d say maybe look elsewhere but if you want a liquid highlight this is actually a great product and I would definitely pick it up. The PS Pro Illumination Primer is available from Primark for an affordable £5.00.

 

Gwen

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Review: PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation in 00 Porcelain

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Sorry guys this post was meant to be up yesterday but I was too busy playing Sims 4, they finally added toddlers in a free update on Thursday. As a long term Sims lover this was amazing and I did nothing but Sims, so naughty me ended up finalising the post yesterday night when the post was already meant to be live. But hey grab your coffee and start off your Monday morning right as you add things mentally to your shopping list.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that my all-time favourite foundation is the L’Oreal True Match Foundation but recently I have want to try something new and while perusing Primark I stumbled upon the PS Pro range and seeing how pale the foundations got I just couldn’t resist.

According to the packaging the PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation:

“Advanced formula provides all the benefits of mineral powders;

Contains silica, mica, magnesium, copper, zinc, kaolin, manganese and vitamins;

Smooths the appearance of skin imperfections and moisturises;

Provides excellent coverage with a natural finish and weightless feel;

With SPF 15 to protect the skin from the sun”

One of the things that surprised me was how pigmented and thick the foundation is, it’s definitely a full coverage foundation you cannot even slightly question it but this is definitely a longwearing foundation. At this point I slightly disagree with the weightless feel claim, it’s not weighty but it’s not heavy and cakey on the skin it just gives you that completely airbrush skin where you can hide all of your imperfections.

I’ve found the best way to apply this is with a flat bottomed brush, you need less product and it leave a nice natural and full coverage look. I found with a sponge part way through the morning the foundation would break up or it would apply funny. In fact I apply this foundation with the Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation Brush which I reviewed earlier this week if you wish to check out the full post here.

The one downside is that I found that although the makeup itself is not drying when my skin seriously dried out about a week ago it was slightly patchy but after a few face mask, and some tlc it is now applying perfectly again. This is definitely more of a foundation for normal/combination skin.  Still I recommend checking it out wether you want a good budget option, want a nice pale option or just like trying out new foundation, I generally like the stuff I’ve found in the PS beauty range and cannot wait to try out some more in future.

The PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation is available for £4.00 from Primark, this range seems to have loads of colours as well as testers in store if you are curious to try.

Gwen

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Review: Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation Brush

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For the past 18 months or so I have exclusively applied foundation with a sponge, but I wanted to mix it up and try something new. In the past I’ve tried a traditional foundation brush but often found they take too long to blend but I thought this flat top, would be interesting to try. The Kiko Milano website describes the brush as:

“Brush for applying liquid foundations. The special synthetic fibres are soft to the touch and ensure an even and effortless application. The flexible, durable bristles are highly effective at applying the product. The dome shape and quality of the bristles minimize product waste for a flawless result. The black polished aluminium handle gives the brush an elegant and professional appearance. The design is modern and practical, the ferrule lightweight and resistant.”

I really wasn’t sure what I’d think about it, as I love the finish my makeup sponge provides it’s just a pain to wash but I decided to just go for it and see what happens. I initially tried it with my all-time favourite foundation the L’Oréal True Match Foundation, I couldn’t believe the result my skin looked flawless and air brush. The key is to just keep blending and applying in circular motions until everything is even and there are no lines, it takes a few minutes but is well worth the effort my skin has never looked so smooth and even.

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I must say I feel as though application does take longer with the brush and for concealer I still prefer a sponge, but for an airbrushed perfect face without much though I do not see myself ditching the brush any time soon. With a constant motion, it definitely does not feel as though it takes longer. I’ve also noticed that I use less foundation, even with a wet sponge some always soaks in and although there will be some loss of product with the brush it cuts down the amount of product and provides a higher level of coverage. Now the True Match foundation is fairly thin, I’ve also tried it with the much more heavy duty PS Pro Mineralised Foundation (review coming Friday), and this brush still applies flawlessly in fact it proved to be the best form of application for this more heavy duty product.

The Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation brush officially retails at £16.90 but Kiko often have offers on and at the time of writing it is currently available on the website for £11.80, check it out here.

I definitely recommend checking out the Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation Brush, I definitely will be using it every time I apply my makeup for the time being. I love the finish and it hasn’t failed me yet.

Gwen

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Review: Primark PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink

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For someone that a few months ago rarely wore lipstick I have gone completely lip product mad with posts recently, I think it’s just a new-found freedom of actually enjoying lipstick for once. I have been embracing the bold lip recently with the likes of the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copehagen and San Paulo, but I really wanted another everyday colour and while looking at Primark’s beauty section I stumbled across this beauty the PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink.

The foiled box makes in scream luxury or at least not budget beauty, but unfortunately this is where it stops. If done well the lipstick packaging would be amazing but its cheapness can make it seem more like it belongs at this sort of price point. The tube is design in such a way that you press the bottom and it pops out for you to use it, once you’ve applied it you simply click it back in and your lipstick is safe and secure with the lid not coming off in your back. Unfortunately most of the time I have to try a few times to get it to stay in, which is nothing more than a pain in the arse if I’m honest. This could of worked so well but unfortunately it feel short.

The actually product however is a completely different story, it’s a perfect every day pink that really can work with any makeup look with a little bit more to it than your standard nudey pink. This shade of pink is by no way ground breaking there is loads similar on the market it’s a case of finding a formula you love at a price point you are comfortable with at the end. The lipstick itself glides on easily, with a good level of pigment making a simple sweep over the lips all you need to look great. Its also surprising comfortable, the previous primark lipstick I’ve tried was a matte lipstick and although super pretty was very drying. With vitamin e in the formula, this lipstick is moisturising and comfortable meaning you can reapply to your heart content or wear day after day without sacrificing your lips.

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How does it last you ask? With my current stint into the matte lip creams, my heart sank slightly when it had somewhat faded after 3 hours but realistically this is how long I expect a standard lipstick to last especially at work where you are drinking or snacking ect. However transfer is minimal and it fades opposed to cracking off, leaving a pretty pink stain so you don’t necessarily have to put up with obvious wear. This means you do not need to worry about always reapplying, and you could even do a quick and simple no mirror application if you were worried. It layers well, athough you don’t need this for colour in initial application it layers up just was as application on clear lips so you don’t have to worry about patchiness.

I’ve actually fallen in love with this lipstick, its just a shame about the packaging. I’m in two minds to recommend it as it’s a beautiful, affordable and comfortable lipstick but the packaging is a bad finish. It just depends if you can deal with the bad design as it is only £3.00 after all, so maybe there is nothing to lose.

If your curious about other Primark Beauty items or the PS Pro range itself I’ve recently written a review of the PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect which you can check out here. Well worth a quick read if you are into affordable beauty or Primark.

Gwen xx