FENTY foundation – The review.

So I caved. I followed the hype. The hype I usually ignore. I jumped in the bandwagon. Whatever other phrases you may use, I did. I purchased a lipstick and foundation from Harvey Nichols (the only UK retailer to sell FENTY, may I add!!) and thought I’d see what all the fuss was about.

So first let’s answer the question everyone wants to know? Is it worth it? Well, it is good. The price is reasonable. I’d say probably in between your high street and designers but the quality is closer to designer ranges.

The foundation is called #profiltr and is a lightweight matte finish liquid, medium to full coverage and blendable. It comes in a whopping 40 shades so you can see why Rihanna broke the market with it and made the other companies a little sheepish. The trouble I found is that is really hard to match your shade. Online is a bit difficult to compare yourself with, as much as the skin tones are true, all the girls are photoshopped slightly so it is a little deceiving. It’s also not that easy for everyone who is interested in it to get colour matched as the only store is Knightsbridge in London so that’s problematic too.

Once that palaver was over it was ordering and waiting for it and then I got to swatch. The tones are dreamy, very much natural skin tones and a lovely liquid to powder finish. It looks like you have very little make up on. I tend to use it with a brush spreading outwards from the center of my face and then use a beauty blender to remove any brush lines.

It’s now become my day to day foundation and although it’s £26 it lasts longer than some other high end brands.

I also tried a lipstick in the shade “spanked”, which was such a good purchase. So rich and creamy and pigmented. The packaging is chrome and made so that you can stack your lipsticks (and other products!) all together.

The wear doesn’t last as long as I would have liked it to but it’s super moisturising and kept my lips hydrated so I love it for work and events where it doesn’t need to last longer than say four or five hours.

Have you tried FENTY beauty? What’s your verdict?

CA x

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REVIEW – Neutrogena light therapy acne mask

If like me you’ve had troubles with your skin since you can remember you’re probably feeling a little blah when it comes to trying new skincare routines or treatments.

I was very much the same. How many skincare products can you use before you realise you’ve probably spent more money on products that don’thelp or worse cause more breakouts? I’ve tried all the ranges and brands that are suppose to stop any future outbreaks, reduce size of pores, kill the bacteria that causes acne etc etc but nothing overly seemed to work. People always say to let your skin breathe so I’ve tried that too, but letting your skin breathe is kind of hard when you’re insecure about your face because of the acne.

Applying make up becomes a little difficult because let’s face it (excuse the pun) you can never really hide that rubbish. You can see the pimples and you can definitely see if you have any scars whether they be elevated or cratered. It’s a never ending cycle of disliking your face without make up and feeling like people may see that you’ve tried excessively and for quite a while to hide the blemishes.

I’ve tried changing my diet, didn’t make a difference.

I’ve tried chemical peels, aggravated my skin further.

I was at a loss of how I was going to make my skin better and in turn feel better about myself. My mum, as all mums do, cottoned on to my predicament when I was a lot younger than I am now, and has always picked up lotions and potions and tried to make it better for me. So, in turn it had to be her that found my solution.

The Neutrogena light therapy mask sounds a little daunting but it’s a very simple concept. You get a mask that makes you look a little phantom of the opera-esqe and a pod shaped mechanism called the activator. The activator is a set timer that powers the mask for thirty treatments. It’s recommended that you use the mask daily to see more effective results. The mask has a mixture of red and blue lights that target the bacteria that causes acne. When the two colour spectrums come together they displace the make up or the bacteria making it unable to penetrate the skin. It also therefore targets existing acne, killing the bacteria and reducing the spot size pretty quickly.

I’ve been using it for 10 days and I haven’t had a new breakout at all. It’s managing my pigmentation from the acne and rapidly making all my skin the same tone. The only issue is my scars but after 10 days I think it would be overly optimistic to think they would go too. I’m honestly astounded by the results.

I would 100% recommend this to anyone who has acne. Hopefully they’ll create a HomeKit for those who suffer with body acne or blemishes. I should imagine it would also benefit those with certain skin conditions as well.

Light therapy is usually big bucks if you go to a salon, so to have the opportunity to sit at home and do it for 10 minutes each day for a minor cost of £39.99 (you do have to replace the activator after 30 sessions) is a no brainer.

It’s also available all most retailers and stays roughly around the same price mark.

Overall, I think it’s something you should definitely try if you have pains getting rid of the lodgers in your face. They’re moving out.

CA x

Facehate. That’s a thing right?

I am a 24-year-old woman. Why am I still having facial skin care issues at this age? Scrap that, why am I having so many body skincare issues at this age? Because I’m human and not Photoshopped. Not that easy convincing yourself that you’re not that bad-looking though is it?

I have had struggles with my face and skin care routine since I was a young teen. Admittedly at 15/16 I wasn’t as concerned as I should have been about removing my make up and cleansing my skin and with that came blemishes and blackheads. I used to be so insecure that I would sleep with make up on when friends were round, even if I had known them for years, I’d never leave my room without foundation and mascara at least and you’d be lucky if I ever arrived anywhere on time due to it.

I have used more chemicals than you could imagine and probably altered my skins pH levels so many times it doesn’t know what the hell is going on, but I have finally found a regime that works for me and I am rapidly clearing my skin.

Mario Badescu. I had never heard of Mario Badescu until I saw it by chance on BeautyBay when I was looking for make up. I figured I might as well try it considering I’d tried most big brands to little satisfaction (Garnier, Simple, Nivea) and it wasn’t too expensive for the amount of product. My first purchase was the ‘acne starter kit‘ which composed of a toner, a sample of drying cream, an oil free moisturizer and a facial cleanser. I used the cleanser every day and alternated between the moisturiser and toner. The drying cream was used twice a week on problem areas and around my nose (hello oily!) to help dry out spots and blemishes in turn making them go down quicker and removing excess oil from my face.

After about two weeks I started seeing a difference in my face.

I’ve since then purchased the drying cream in a larger tub as it’s brilliant as an all over cream in a thin layer or to spot on areas. I’ve also purchased the drying mask which I put on before I go to bed at night and the buffering lotion which is also superb for acne and blemishes.

I’m still not brave enough to go out without make up but I started this blog on the premise that it would help me improve on my self-love and hopefully help others, so it’s only fair that I do the scary things publicly too! Below is two images, my face when it’s made up to how I like, photo ready and camera angles how I like and natural, no product and lots of imperfections, I’m currently blessed with a few hormone spots and the rest of my face is discolouration, pigmentation and scarring.

 

 

This is the first time I have posted completely make up free with no filters so please be kind! I will learn to like myself for all my guts and glory, right now I’m not quite there but some days, I don’t feel quite that bad either!

I have started venturing into the world of home made skin care and plant based, and will be doing some videos in the upcoming months about my skin care journey and products I am making/using.

However, with all of this, I still believe that the most important thing you and I can learn is to embrace ourselves for what we are, not to penalize ourselves for what we are not.

CA x