Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Stay in Place Foundation.

Wow. Just wow.

Why did it take me so long to jump on the bandwagon with this foundation?!?

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I have tried many foundations over the course of my makeup fuelled life, and ALL have paled in comparison to this baby.

It literally does everything it says on the tin, and it comes in a fabulous 31 shades in cools, warms and neutrals.

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I went to the Estee Lauder counter and got matched, the girls are very helpful there and I got a sample to take away. Always best to get a sample as you really don’t want to spend a lot of money only to find you don’t like it!
First off this is a full coverage foundation, so if you like yours light this won’t be for you. When they say full coverage they mean it. I have pigmentation and redness on my cheeks from being too harsh on my acne in the past. This covers it and still keeps my skin looking natural.

It claims to be long lasting and oh boy it is, my wearing time is roughly 12 hours and it looks exactly the same at night as it did when I applied it in the morning. I’ve never had that from a foundation, my skin type is oily/normal so foundations’ normally slide off my skin.
I’ve tried a few different application methods with this and I’ve found what works best with me is laying it on with a paddle foundation brush and buffing it into the skin with my Real Techniques buffing brush using stippling and buffing motions. I do a thin layer all over then, if I need more coverage I’ll do another thin layer on top. You’ll need to work quickly with it as it dries fast! I do sections of my face at a time, lay it on, blend, then move on to the next section. There is zero time for faffing because once it’s dry it’s like cement!

If you have dry skin I’d strongly recommend using a really good moisturizer beforehand as this is quite a ‘dry’ formulation, you really need the moisture to help it blend and sit better.
Because of my skin type I rarely need a moisturizer in the morning, but even I find I need something, otherwise the foundation gets very dry and hard to blend. I use Becca rejuvenating primer and find it gives me enough moisture on the skin with the benefits of a primer to make the foundation look its best. I don’t feel like I’m wearing a mask with this on and my skin still looks natural (this is why colour matching is so important!) but because of the coverage you need to put colour back into your skin with blusher/bronzer or both!

If you want full coverage and long lasting I can’t recommend this enough! Just make sure you moisturize and work quickly with it.

I’ve heard that they changed the formulation of the foundation and some people weren’t happy with the new one. I’ve never tried the old formulation so I can’t comment between the two, but I can genuinely say I’m super happy with it and it’s my new favourite.

Lucy.x

*I brought this with my own money and recieved nothing in return for this review.

Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Review

For the bad in me…
 
Oh how I’m glad I found you Bad gal, you made my mascara dreams come true!
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Hello my friends, I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite Christmas presents from my boyfriend, I asked for some Benefit makeup and being the wonder he is, lo and behold, Benefit pressies for me 🙂
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This is what they say…
Sexy, sultry, pure unadulterated black mascara for full, voluminous lashes. It’s as BAD as you want to be! Famously big, bodacious brush coats lashes with our super black formula.
What I say…
This mascara has taken over my Revlon ‘grow luscious’ for the daily wear number one spot. Here’s why…
Pros
Lovely brush, I’ve found it pretty easy to manure, no eye poking incidents!
Nice deep black pigment.
The curl lasts all day until I take my makeup off, so usual wear is 11 hours for me.
I haven’t found it to get flaky, even if I need to add more for a day to night look.
Separates my lashes beautifully.
It removes nicely (I do cleanse with jojoba oil which makes it much easier taking of mascara anyway)
Cons
I have found it to take longer to build the volume I want than my Revlon does.
Does smudge ever so slightly. I do wear my eye liner quite smokey though so this isn’t much of a problem for me, however this might be a problem for others so it’s worth considering.
I do feel though, that the curl lasting longer makes up for it taking  a bit more effort to get some volume.
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How I apply…
I start by curling my lashes then I apply one coat to my top and bottom lashes on one eye then I move to the other eye and do the same, for more volume I just go back and forth to each eye until I’m happy!
 
Do I recommend this mascara?
Yes, at £17.50 it’s slightly more expensive than drugstore but depending on which brand you buy you could be looking at only a couple of pounds more.
 
Here’s where you can purchase from http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/product/view/badgal-lash-mascara
 
Thanks for reading 🙂 Any comments? You know what to do 😉
 
Disclaimer. My boyfriend brought me this with his own money, and I did not receive any free products or money in exchange for this review.