Today i have a bit of a different review for you. Everyone has different skin types and I want to show a variation of reviews that will suit everyone. As you know if you have been reading my posts from the start, that I have what is called a “normal” skin type. This means I don’t have any problems with dry or oily skin, I have a balanced skin type. However I have kindly asked my sister to try out a foundation for you. Now she has combination skin but she suffers more with oily than dryness. We have very different skin types as you can tell so hopefully this will give everyone an idea of what the foundation is like.
The foundation we have for you is the Maybelline Fit Me (Matte and Poreless). My sister had tested this twice and you will see why throughout.
Day Number 1:
My sister explained that she had particularly dry skin on the first try. She had applied a thin layer of the foundation to her skin using a flat foundation brush from the brand Real Techniques. This foundation gave my sister a light/medium coverage but didn’t cover up redness very well. After applying the foundation she had patted a light layer of a powder that she swears by. She let the foundation sit on her skin while she continued to get ready but her face began feeling more dry than it was before, tight and itchy. This resulted her having to remove the foundation completely.
Day Number 2:
On the second day my sister’s skin was combination but more on the oily side. So she decided to try the foundation on again using the same technique as she did the day before. It had applied better that day and mattified completely like it claimed to do on the bottle. However the bottle claims that it was a poreless foundation but pores could still be seen unfortunately. She was happier with the outcome of the application and wore it for the remainder of the day. Over the course of the day she noticed that the foundation began to separate around and above her nose, chin and around the cupid’s bow. Sadly the foundation didn’t meet the expectation that it said as her cheeks went oily/shiny by midday and we can conclude that this foundation did not work well for combination skin.
So I gave this foundation a go too. Now my skin is very hydrated and soft and I don’t generally suffer with dry or oiliness so I had high hopes for this foundation. For the purpose of this review I tested the foundation with the same style of brush that my sister used. The application was easy and it blended well into my skin. But again it didn’t cover all of my blemishes and redness and I love a full coverage finish. After finishing my concealer and powder over the top of the foundation, I noticed that my face started to feel dry. The foundation mattified so well but with the powder over the top it almost sucked some of the moisture from my skin. So I sprayed some setting spray over the top to see if that would bring back some of the moisture and I admit it did feel better. For me the foundation definitely lasted longer throughout the day however towards the end of the day it started to separate around my nose. For me this foundation would be for if I am running out of the house for a short time. I wouldn’t recommend it for a night out.
Lastly I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has come along on this journey with me, I am so greatful for everyone.
I take the Bioderma Micellar Water on a couple of cotton pads and I gently wipe away the product on my eyes and my eyebrows, as I find that if i just use water then I don’t get all of the product off and cleanser sting your eyes.
I then rinse my face in warm water and apply the Sukin Cream Cleanser, lathering it into the skin to take up all of the base make up on my skin. Then I wash it off with warm water on a micro-fiber face cloth.
I then rinse my face again with warm water to open up my pores and I use the Origins Frothy Face Wash to cleanse my face and make sure my skin is completely clean. I then rinse my skin one last time using cold water to close the pores.
I moisturise my skin using the Alpha H Essential Hydration Cream.
ADDITIONAL STEPS (IF I FALL ASLEEP WITH MAKE UP ON THE NIGHT BEFORE)
I think we are all pretty guilty of falling asleep with our make up on at least once, if you haven’t then good on you for being so efficient!
Step 3 changes:
The next day, instead of using the Origins face wash, I use the L’Oreal Purity Clay Mask to get right into my pores to dig out all of the residue from the make up that may have sunk into my skin. I wash the mask off also using a micro-fiber face cloth.
Step 4 changes:
I change moisturiser for a few days to the Sukin Facial Moisturiser as it has natural ingrediants which wont be harsh on the skin and can really help correct the damage.
I just want to have a little rave about this brand I found in Boots called Sukin. This is an Australian brand of skincare and the products are suitable for all skin types. Can I also mention they don’t cost the earth, which is their slogan at the bottom of each bottle.
I’ve tried so many products to help clear my skin but nothing seems to work quite like Sukin does. These products are all 100% vegan and carbon neutral. They are made with natural, organic ingredients. They 100% DO NOT contain fragrances and other chemicals which some skin care products that I have tried in the past have had in.
I have been using their cream cleanser in the morning and at night. It applies so smooth onto the skin and it washes off so easily as well. It leaves my skin feeling so soft. It really reduces any bumps and spot scars, making my skin appear more even and clear.
After using the cream cleanser I apply their moisturiser. It glides on as smooth as the cleanser does and sinks in so quickly to my skin, leaving my face feeling even more soft and smooth like a cloud. It doesn’t feel greasy at all.
I know this may be biased but I feel like my skin has really improved since using this natural brand and I hope that it could help some of you as well.
If you are like me and you don’t seem to get a very good tan in the sun, you just burn and go red, then you may want to find something to give your skin that sun kissed glow. I’m not a massive fan of fake tan as it is not the nicest smelling product in the world so I’ve been using tinted moisturisers to hydrate and darken my skin. My holy grail tinted moisturiser is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula in Natural Bronze and you see results on your skin in the first couple of days.
I was in my local supermarket and I walked past the magazines when I noticed that Marie Claire had a sample of the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion. I picked it up as I had heard some amazing things about this brand.
The front of the bottle states that it gives an “INSTANT HEALTHY GLOW.” Is this true?
I swatched it on my arm to test if it was true and sadly it wasn’t. Nothing had showed up and my skin. So, I swatched it again over the top and the faintest mark came up. I’m guessing I would have needed to lather myself in it to get that instant glow they were talking about.
I wasn’t ready to give up on it then, so I continued using it daily for a week and it seemed to show up a little better. However, it wasn’t reaching the same level as the Palmer’s one by this stage.
The one thing I do love about this tinted body lotion is that it smells perfumed and not like fake tan. This is something the Palmer’s one lacks in as it smells quite like fake tan and mixed with coconut it makes a strange smell. I was so hoping this product would work for me and I’m gutted that it didn’t. However, my hat goes off to them for making it smell so amazing as I have yet to smell one this good.