MAC vs bareMinerals

MAC vs bareMinerals

You may have seen my review a couple of months ago about MAC‘s Studio Fix Fluid foundation (if not you can check it out here). After two and a half months, it has almost ran out and so I decided to invest in another foundation.

Not that I really had any issues with the Studio Fix – in fact I really liked it – I thought I’d just experiment and see if there was anything better out there.

I’ve heard some really great things about the bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum foundation and the reviews were all raving. At just £3.50 more expensive than the Studio Fix, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Now, the whole idea behind bareSkin is that you feel like your skin is bare. I’ll give it its due, I don’t really feel like I’m wearing any foundation, but the coverage really is really quite light.

Although I will add that it is definitely buildable. But I, personally, don’t really want to be using half a bottle every time I put my foundation on. You can’t have everything though right? I guess that weightless and bare feeling just doesn’t go with high coverage.

That is just my personal preference though, if you’re looking for a light foundation then definitely try bareSkin!

I chose the Bare Porcelain shade, as I am very pale. MAC’s NC10 is just the right shade for me, being the lightest shade available for Studio Fix, and Bare Porcelain was the lightest shade available for bareSkin. However, as you can see in the image, the two colours are kind of different. That is the Studio Fix on the right and that is bareSkin on the left. The bareSkin is really a fair bit darker – not very porcelain.

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However, that isn’t bareMinerals’ fault that I’m as pale as a ghost. The shade isn’t right for me, and that is fine. What is annoying however, is that they call it ‘bare porcelain’ when in my opinion it is far from it. Also, on the website the image of the shade is almost white, yet in real life it is far from it. So I’m pretty disappointed that the name and image is so misleading.

All of that aside though, the foundation itself isn’t at all cakey and gives my skin a nice glowey look – it does what it says on the tin. When used with my Basic Beauty Tools blender (check out my post on their blenders here) it looks flawless and natural. If I could get a lighter shade I’d probably purchase this again as it is a great feeling and looking foundation, but for now it is just a little too dark. If you’re not particularly pale and not looking for a heavy coverage though, this would be a great foundation for you!

Overall I’d give the bareMinerals foundation a good eight out of ten. However, I’m going to give bareMinerals themselves a poor two out of ten for effort with variety of lighter shades and for making the descriptions of the shades so misleading.

Have you got a foundation you could recommend? Especially a super pale one? I’m still on the hunt for good coverage, lightweight and pale foundations (high street or high end), so leave any recommendations in the comments!

Thanks for reading! Look out for a review on the Friction Free Shaving subscription service coming on Friday – it’s an interesting one. Until then, check out my social media links and give my blog a follow if you want to see more from me!

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Mega make-up haul!

Mega make-up haul!

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On Thursday after I was a proper big girl and went for a blood test without freaking out at all (no joke, I was so good about it and I’m still so proud of myself) I decided to treat myself to a load of new make-up bits from Superdrug.

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I started off with the Make-up Revolution 3 strobe highlighting palette, after running out of my previous highlighter. I was really impressed with Revolution’s Colour Corrector palette (you can find my full review on the palette here) and I’ve seen some great reviews on this palette so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve literally only just tried it out, so can’t comment on the longevity or anything, but so far I love it! This has got to be the best highlighter I’ve tried yet. It comes in a rose-y pink colour, a gold shade and silver shade. I used a bit of the pink on the apples of my cheeks and then the silver on my cheekbones and oh my word I looked like a glitter ball. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so glowy and shiny and wow. As if that isn’t enough, it comes in this beautiful rose gold box and the lid is rose gold too. I’m a sucker for rose gold, let me tell you. I love everything about the product. Not to mention the fact that it was just £8!

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I also got the MUA burning embers eyeshadow palette. With Spring here, I fancied some brighter colours, and the pinks and golds in this palette are just perfect. I’ve got a few of the single MUA eyeshadows and I’ve always found them really long-lasting and really pigmented, so I thought I’d try one of their palettes too! I’m really looking forward to spending all day Saturday playing around with the colours and trying some new shades. Again, this palette was just £8 – a great price for so many shades!

After running out of the green shade in my Revolution colour correction palette I needed a substitute, and as I’m loving Freedom’s eyebrow pomade, I thought I’d try out their Pro HD longwear green colour corrector. The corrector worked a lot like a primer beneath my foundation and seemed to even out my skin whilst minimising the redness on my blotchy cheeks. At just £3 I’d say this is a pretty good buy. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that there is a brush attached to the end of the tube, so you can paint it straight onto your face – something I really liked. I’m forever scrubbing make-up swatches and marks off my hands, so it’s nice to be able to apply it straight to my skin.

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Of course, being the lipstick lover I am, I couldn’t order make-up and not buy and lip products. I was only planning to buy one, but accidentally ended up with three products, but I have no regrets. I’m sure most of you aren’t strangers to the Barry M Matte Me Up lip kits, as they seem to be everywhere right now. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers expressing their love for the kits and describing them as dupes for the Kylie lip kits. I have to be honest, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I’m a big fan of the NYX Lingerie line, but these lip kits even beat the Lingeries. Although it is matte, it somehow doesn’t feel dry at all. It feels nice on, it seems to be lasting me well as I’ve been wearing it for six hours now and it’s survived two bacon sandwiches so… I got shade ‘Go To’, which is a gorgeous colour. The kits are just £6.99 at Superdrug, which is a seriously decent price to say you’re getting a lip liner here too. So far, I can’t really fault the kit! I’m not going to lie, Barry M aren’t ever near the top of my list when I think of make-up products, it’s the kind of brand I used to use when I was twelve and knew nothing about make-up (not that I do now, really). However, after my experience with the lip kit, I think I’ll make an effort to explore more of Barry M’s products!

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I also decided to get myself a Tanya Burr lipstick. I’ve tried some of Tanya’s products before, but for some reason never any of her lipsticks. I was mainly drawn to the lipstick because of the packaging tbh. I just love the gold and the ‘Tanya Burr Cosmetics’ on the lid. But the lipstick itself was equally as gorgeous actually! I got the shade Pink Cocoa, with most of the others being very red or very pink – neither of which I’m a big fan of – this was probably the only shade I really liked. It definitely is a lovely shade though, it’s a nice nude-y pink, exactly the kind shade I already own ten of. It also felt really moisturising and creamy, something I love in a lipstick. The product was just £6.99, another really reasonable price. I’ll definitely buy more of these.

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Lastly, I got the Revolution Rose Gold lipstick in the shade Chauffeur, which is a darker pink than the Tanya Burr lipstick. I was really surprised that the lipstick smells quite strongly of vanilla, which is actually really really nice. Again, the packaging was really nice – as I said, a sucker for rose gold. Like Tanya’s lipstick, it was quite creamy, but I did find that it wasn’t that pigmented. I don’t know, maybe it’s just the shade I’ve got, and this is how it’s meant to look, but once on, it wasn’t very defined and looked quite like more of a shimmery pink. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like how it looks on, it’s really nice and subtle actually, but it how it looks on is definitely quite different to what it looks like. Still a really lovely product though, and looks great on!

So that’s all I bought! Look out for some make-up looks featuring these products – I’ll probably post some this weekend. I hope you enjoyed, you can find all of the products over on Superdrug. But for now, i’m off to watch Coronation Street, Broadchurch and then I’m going straight to sleep because this one hour difference has well and truly scrambled my brains. While I’m off catching up on my sleep, feel free to find me on my social media accounts, my links are all here.

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Busy B stationery!

Busy B stationery!

Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to Busy B for sending me a bunch of their products. I’m such a stationery lover so a parcel packed with exactly that was a complete dream for me! So I thought I’d share my excitement with you all, because these products are just too lovely not to shout about.

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I’m going to start off with the pen, because I am actually in love. Not only is the pen itself gorgeous but it comes with a beautiful little case and I mean, just look at the packaging. I think I might just keep it in the box and put it on my wall, because I just don’t want to ruin it (and I will do, lmao). The pen actually matches the notebook, following the same green and gold theme, which I really like. The notebook is really simple, lined throughout, and I can’t wait to start using. It’ll be perfect for planning blog posts!

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I’ve previously mentioned this diary in my February Favourites (go check it out, you know you want to), so I won’t repeat myself too much for those of you that read it. But, it’s a really useful diary. It’s designed for people with super busy lives with its double page weekly schedules, so I like to plan blog posts on one side and then put personal day to day plans on the left. It’s really handy with its pockets and lots of note pages at the back. I also like the fact that it has a little elastic pen holder, because I’m always looking for my pen.

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If you keep a journal then you’re going to love these. These little sticky notes and page markers are going to be great for my bullet journal, and I love how cute the page markers are! The sticky pads are so handy too, they come in a little book with an elastic strap around it, so they’d be great on the go. I really wish I’d known about these while I was doing my A-Levels because I was always losing my page in my notebooks and I used to go through sticky pads like there was no tomorrow!

The best part is, Busy B have currently got 15% off with the code BB15 so you can go get all these goodies for 15% less! So go treat yourself. You can visit their site here, or alternatively you can find them on Amazon, just search ‘Busy B’! Thank you for reading and let me know what your favourite product is in the comments below!

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