Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Review

Hello everyone and welcome back. Today I have another foundation review for you. Foundation is one of the products I have the most difficulty in finding the one. I have awkward skin that foundation doesn’t like to stick to and it has a tendency to wear off pretty quickly. My skin has got better in the past year or so as it’s not as oily as it used to be, but it’s still awkward!

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Review

I have a soft spot for Becca products. I adore the packaging and I love buying them as a treat (when QVC have bundle deals on!) I got this foundation with a number of other products and have been trying it out on and off for a couple of months now. Here are Becca’s claims of the product –

“Veil your skin with foundation coverage that feels water-light, while it evens and perfects the complexion. Each weightless Fluid drop imparts subtle luminosity that blues imperfections and creates a soft focus glow. In a range of flexible shades with light, buildable coverage, Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation imparts a healthy, natural glow”

The outer box is standard Becca packaging, a beautiful metallic gunmetal with white and silver text. The bottle is a weighty frosted glass with a gunmetal lid, and you dispense the product through a dropper. The dispenser isn’t my favourite. You have to part unscrew the top, and then a button pops out which you press down to bring the foundation up into the dropper. It’s a little fiddly and not the quickest way to dispense, and the lip of the bottle gets messy very quickly.

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Review

The foundation is quite thin, but it’s not as runny as I was expecting it to be. When you put it on the back of your hand it doesn’t really move, I was expecting a very thin, watery product.

I find this gives me a nice medium coverage. I have had a little difficulty with getting this to blend nicely on my skin. I’ve used the Becca Backlight Priming Filter as a base which I thought would be perfect for this foundation but I found that it doesn’t blend well over the top. I’ve also used the Becca First Light Priming Filter over the past few days and have found that it performs much better on the top of this primer.

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Review

I was expecting a very natural finish from this foundation but on me, I have found it does look quite makeup-y, in the sense that you can see it on the skin and it doesn’t really blend in as well as I was expecting. You can only tell when you’re up close, but it’s not the finish I was expecting. It doesn’t have the glowy finish I was expecting either, and you can see signs of wear within a few hours of wearing.

Overall, this isn’t my favourite foundation. It’s nice to use if you’re only wearing your base for a few hours and you want something to just even out the skin, but I can’t really get it to work well enough for me. It’s not a product that I can see myself repurchasing.

Have you tried this foundation? What were your thoughts? Any tips on getting it to work better for me? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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May 2018 Empties

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. Today I have a slightly late May Empties for you.

May 2018 Empties

This one is makeup heavy instead of skincare for a change, let’s get started.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Absolutely love this primer, but I really wish it wasn’t as expensive as it is. I know it’s not super luxury pricing but £34 for a primer is pretty high in my opinion. I always buy this from QVC when they have a bundle deal on so I can justify it then!

Repurchase? Yes

Beauty Pie Super Luminous Concealer

Beauty Pie super luminous concealer

At first I wasn’t overly keen on this concealer but I realised I was using too much and that’s why it was creasing so much. I find this a great under eye concealer and it really helps brighten the area.

Repurchase? Yes

Beauty Pie Superbrow Precision Pencil

Beauty Pie superbrow precision pencil

This has been in so many of my empties posts so I’m not going to go on. Best brow pencil ever. And super cheap.

Repurchase? Of course!

Beauty Pie Moisture Lock Wondergel Lip Liner – Rummy Pink

Beauty Pie moisture lock lip liner

This is so small now, I can’t use it anymore! This is my everyday lip liner. I use it to fill in my lips and add a bit of balm over the top, it’s a perfect my lips but better shade. It’s doesn’t dry my lips and applies so easily.

Repurchase? Yes

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream

Elemis pro collagen marine cream

I do like Elemis day creams but I don’t really like to pay a fortune for a moisturiser, especially when the full size of this comes in a pot which doesn’t keep the ingredients fresh. This is a lovely moisturiser but I doubt I’d buy the full size.

Repurchase? No

Tigi Blow Out Golden Illuminating Shine Cream

Tigi blow out illuminating shine cream

Ah Tigi, you do make my favourite hair products. I love everything about this product and it really helps to tame my unruly hair.

Repurchase? Yes

That’s all for my May empties. What did you guys use up last month? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

Hello everyone, I hop you had a great weekend. I’ve wanted to try a new face mask from The Body Shop for quite a while, and I managed to get this in the Latest in Beauty Sunday Times Style beauty box.

I love the packaging of this face mask range. The outer box is simple and understated, and the jar itself is a heavy brown glass with an oversized lid. These always remind me of old apothecary style packaging.

The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Mask

Here are The Body Shop’s claims –

“Inspired by Japanese traditions, our creamy gentle exfoliating mask contains antioxidant Japanese matcha tea, anti-pollution dandelion extract and skin soothing aloe vera to reveal skin that feels deeply purified and protected against the adhesion of pollution particles.”

My skin is back to being as awkward as ever, hormonal acne constantly, scarring left from no matter how small a spot and rosacea. It has stopped being super oily which is a help but it’s just unhappy at the moment!

The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Mask

This is a green creamy mask, that feels almost like a mousse, and has very fine exfoliating particles. The scent is amazing. It’s a very fresh, green scent and I find it very soothing.

The mask doesn’t dry on the skin, and it is really easy to remove. I like to remove it with a warm, damp wash cloth, and once removed, my skin doesn’t look angry and red like it does with pretty much every mask I have used lately.

The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Mask

I’ve been really enjoying using this mask, I only use it once every week or so as I always forget to use masks, but when I do, my skin feels great after use and very soothed.

Have you tried this mask? Let me know your thoughts. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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May 2018 Favourites

Hello everyone. You may or may not have noticed that I have had a break for a couple of weeks from my blog and social media but now I am back with my monthly favourites!

Sienna X 1 Hour Self Tan Mousse

Sienna x 1 hour self tan mousse

We have had quite a bit of unseasonal sun in the UK lately, and I am not one to sit in the sun so I’ve been faking it! This tan is really impressive, I leave it on for maybe an hour & a half and I get a great coloured tan that lasts all week. It scrubs off really easily and doesn’t have that horrible fake tan scent.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

I’m not sure if I’ve featured this before? I had been nursing the last little bits of a bottle and was gutted I’d finished it, but couldn’t bring myself to spending over £30 on a new bottle. However I got this as part of a deal on QVC so I felt better and have been wearing it nearly every day since. It’s a lovely light primer that helps make the skin look more alive.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup

Well this one is out of the archives! This has been my weekend foundation. It’s got a lovely light texture, gives a medium coverage and feels like you’ve got nothing on. The downside of this is that it doesn’t last all day so I don’t wear it for work but for the weekend, it’s brilliant.

Real Techniques Powder Bleu B01

Real techniques powder bleu brush b01

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the softest brush I have ever used. It’s divine. I’ve been enjoying using this to apply bronzer as it’s not tightly packed, it applies product lightly and you can build the colour up.

Doll 10 Lipstick – Diva

Doll 10 lipstick diva

Since having Invisalign lipstick has not been my friend. It goes all over the trays and is so hard to get off. I’ve however learnt that it’s actually matte, darker lipsticks that are the problem. Light nudey shades in cream finishes don’t cause as much of a problem. This lipstick is very comfortable, the shade is beautiful and it doesn’t dry out my lips.

That’s all my favourites for this month, what products have been your favourites? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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April 2018 Empties

Hello everyone, hope you have all had a great bank holiday weekend! Today I’m sharing with you my April empties, used up quite a bit throughout April so let’s get into then!

April 2018 Empties

Elemis Superfood Day Cream

I didn’t like this too much at first, but I ended up really enjoying this. It’s a very lightweight moisturiser that sinks into the skin quickly, and makes a great base for makeup.

Repurchase? Possibly.

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel

I really enjoyed this cleanser. It’s very gentle, has good ingredients and did no irritate my skin. Only problem for me is that I got through it quite quickly. Only used a pump in the morning and a pump in the evening, and it lasted around 8 weeks.

Repurchase? Yes.

Lanolips 101 Ointment Peach

This is one of my favourite lip balms. It’s a thick, almost barrier like lip balm and it lasts a really long time.

Repurchase? Yes.

Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan

This was ok. Yes you can wash off after ten minutes but it doesn’t develop to give much colour. I do like everything else I’ve tried from the brand, but this one is a bit of a miss.

Repurchase? No.

April 2018 Empties

Soap & Glory Rich and Foamous Body Wash

I loved this in winter, the scent is delicious! It’s a nice shower gel, does the job and lasts a really long time.

Repurchase? Not at the moment.

L’Occitane Amande Supple Skin Oil

If you like the smell of almond, or marzipan, you will love the scent of this. It’s a beautiful body oil, sinks into the skin very quickly and leaves the skin feeling nourished and not sticky at all.

Repurchase? Yes.

Wella Brilliance Shampoo

This huge bottle literally lasted me a year. It’s expensive, but for a bottle to last a year it’s worth it. The scent is incredible, and it’s the only shampoo where the scent lasts in the hair. It helped protect my colour and is all round a fantastic shampoo.

Repurchase? Yes.

Tigi Urban Antidotes Level 2 Conditioner

If I’m in need of a conditioner, this is the one I always go to. It’s not too heavy, smells delicious, it’s a great all rounder.

Repurchase? Yes.

And that’s everything I’ve used up in April. What products have you used up? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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April 2018 Favourites

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. Another month has gone by so fast, and here we have my April favourites!

L’Oréal Extraordinary Cleansing Oil

L’Oréal extraordinary oil cleansing oil

I ran out of my absolute favourite Vichy Pureté Thermale Cleansing Oil and could not find it in stock anywhere, so this is what I chose as a replacement. It’s a decent cleansing oil, takes my makeup off super quick. It’s nothing special ingredient wise but I love how easily it removes makeup.

Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer

Pixi flawless and poreless primer

This is the best primer I’ve tried for a while. It helps fill in the pores, but it’s not one of them super thick primers that you have to press into the skin. I use a pea size amount and use it on my chin, cheeks and forehead, and I find it really does help to smooth the skin.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

It Cosmetics superhero mascara

I have really enjoyed using this mascara, it’s quite a dry formula which is buildable, so I can use a smaller amount for day time wear at work, but it’s easy to build up volume.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Splendore Shimmer

Stila stay all day liquid lipstick splendore shimmer

When I got this I thought that it was going to be slightly over the top, 80s shimmer. However, it comes off very subtle and it is actually wearable and day time appropriate! Wearing lipstick is difficult because of my Invisalign, but the Stila liquid lips are one of the only lipsticks that don’t transfer all over my trays!

What are your favourite products this month? Let me know in the comments. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Palette Review

Hello everyone. Today I have for you my thoughts on the IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi palette.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve bought a face palette, I have a tendency to buy single items for the face as palettes generally don’t contain colours that I will use, but this one looked like I could get use out of all the products. This is available from http://www.qvcuk.com and retails for £32.00 for a total of 24.58g of product.

It Cosmetics Your Je ne Sais Quoi palette

The outer box is a beautiful, metallic millennial pink with white and black text, it’s simple but pretty. The palette itself is a hard plastic, which is metallic pink. It looks like metal which is pretty cool. It has a huge mirror that self stands so you can actually use it, and contains four products – Bye Bye Pores Blush in the shade Je Ne Sais Quoi, Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder, Sunshine in a Compact in the shade Warmth and finally, Perfect Lighting Luminizer in the shade Je Ne Sais Quoi.

It Cosmetics Your Je ne Sais Quoi palette

The powders are extremely soft, and they don’t hold huge amount of pigment, so you can’t go overboard with these products. I’m going to break down my thoughts on each pan individually.

It Cosmetics Your Je ne Sais Quoi palette

Bye Bye Pores Blush – At first glance, I thought this blush was going to be way too bright, but the pigment is quite sheer, allowing you to build up colour gradually. The shade comes off on the skin as more of a pastel coral pink, which is great for spring / summer.

Bye Bye Pores Pressed – This is probably my favourite product in the palette. This is a beautiful finishing powder. It really does minimise the look of pores and sets foundation in place, helping it to last longer.

Sunshine in a Compact – On finger swatches, this looks quite inadequate, but it applies much better to the face with a brush. It has a slight hint of red to it, and is a little dark for my skin tone, but again, it’s buildable so I can get away with it.

Perfect Lighting Luminizer – I don’t personally like super metallic, over the top highlighters, I find them quite ageing on my skin. This highlighter is very natural looking champagne colour, and just adds a light sheen where applied. I really like the finish of this.

It Cosmetics Your Je ne Sais Quoi palette

Top to bottom – Bye Bye Pores Blush, Bye Bye Pores Pressed, Sunshine in a Compact, Perfect Lighting Luminizer

Overall I this this is a great palette if you like a more subtle finish from your powder products. I have been reaching for this daily since I bought it and have no regrets. I’m likely to run out of the Bye Bye Pores Pressed first, and I will for sure be repurchasing this.

Have you tried any of the products in this palette? Let me know your thoughts. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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