Sunday, November 08, 2020

Five favourites - Foundation

Today I thought that I would start a little series on here, and I thought I would talk about five of my favourites from different categories. Sometimes it will be brands and sometimes it will be specific types of products. A little about my skin, I have very dry skin and I love a good glowy finish. However there are a couple of matte finishes as I wanted to do a nicely rounded collection of products that I really do love. 

No7 Lift and Luminate foundation - 
This is a product I picked up upon recommendation from Kathleen lights initially. Since then they have actually reformulated this product and I like the newer version even more.  It's just the most beautiful natural finish, luminous looking foundation. I honestly wish I knew about this product when I was in school as it is just the perfect everyday base. 

Dior Forever skin glow -
Now this one isn't cheap, but it is really beautiful. If you're in the market for a more satin finish foundation this si the one for you. The only issue I have with this one is the shade featured in these pictures is the lightest one. It does match me when I am tanned however when I'm pale this is definitely a shade that I cannot pule off without the dark line of doom on my jawline. 

Nars Radiant Longwear - 
I think this is my favourite out of the bunch. This is definitely the most glowy out of the five I'm mentioning today. This is possibly my favourite foundation I've ever tried. Although it' beautiful and glowy it lasts really beautifully and deals perfectly well with a full eight hour shift when I'm at work. (which is in a pub so it gets a little hot sometimes) 

Huda Faux Filter - 
I honestly wasn't sure whether I was going to love this one however, I am honestly a little obsessed with it. It's a super high coverage matte foundation. The only thing with this is the fact that it is a highly scented product, for me I don't have any trouble with the scent. It doesn't break me out however I do know it does break some people out so beware of that. If you can deal with the scent however this sits really beautifully on the skin. 

UOMA Beauty say what foundation -
This is another matte foundation, which I cannot quite believe I've mentioned two in this selection who even am I! This one still has great coverage, however it isn't quite as high coverage as the Huda. This one however doesn't have the scent to it so that is definitely a positive. Overall this one has a beautiful matte finish however isn't drying on the skin and doesn't sit in any dryness or lines. 


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Brands I want to try more from.

Once again its been a while, I honestly don't know why I keep neglecting my blog but I have just been so insanely busy lately. However I have decided I need to take out more time for myself and the thin gs I love. One of those being blogging so I am hopefully back, I honestly have so many ideas I didn't know where to start so I just picked a random post and started writing. So without further ado here is my first post back!

There are honestly so many brands right now that I am either lusting over or wanting to try more from so today I thought I would share with you some of the brands I want to try more products from. 

Dior - I have only tried the forever foundation range from Dior and I really enjoy both the formulas, especially the glowy one. In terms of products I have my eye one, Id love to try the backstage range. I've heard fabulous things about the foundation as well as the face and eye palettes which all look absolutely stunning. 

Anastasia Beverly hills - I have tried a billion Anastasia eyeshadow palettes, but other than the bronzer which is fairly new to my collection I haven't tried anything else from the brand. Products I want to try include the luminous foundation, the dewy setting spray and the eyeshadow primer all of which I've heard amazing things about.  

Fenty Beauty - I absolutely love the gloss bombs and the bronzer, I must admit I don't love the hydrating foundation. This being said there is so much I want to try from the brand, I've heard amazing things about the shade sticks and the matte lipsticks as well as the concealers. 

Charlotte Tilbury - I've tried very little from Charlotte Tilbury, but I am currently obsessed with the Hollywood flawless filter for under my foundation. I have also tried the magic foundation and the lip liner in Pillow talk both of which I really enjoy. Products I'd love to give a go include the new bronzers and the cheek to chic blushes which look so incredibly beautiful on everyone I've seen use them. 

Chanel - I have actually only tried one product from Chanel and that is one of their beautiful velvet lipsticks. To me Chanel is just so luxurious in packaging an I've heard great things about their formulas. Products I would like to try include, the bronze universal which I've honestly wanted for about 8 years and their foundations which I have heard fabulous things about. 

P Louise - The P Louise base is honestly one of my favourite shadow primers of all time. Apart from the bases, which I have in about 10 shades I haven't ever tried anything else from the brand. Products I really want to give a go are their eyeshadow palettes which I feel like I am seeing all over Instagram at the moment and their recently launched brow range which looks absolutely amazing.  

Suva Beauty - The final brand in today's line up is Suva of which I have only tried the Hydra FX liners which are honestly one of my favourite products in my collection right now. Products I want to try include their matte liquid lipsticks which I've heard fabulous things about from Beauty news and the eyeshadow palettes which look fabulous. I did also want to mention the new Hydra FX palettes however I feel like that is slightly cheating as I have already tried the formula. 

So that's it for today's post, I'd love to know what brands you are looking to try more from. 

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Fabulous products of the month - July

Hi guys and welcome back.
Today I thought I would talk about all the products I have loved over the past couple of months, this is definitely going to be bigger than a standard favourites due to the fact that I haven't thought about my favourites in such a long time due to not blogging and filming. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood flawless filter - 
This has without doubt  been my absolute favourite of the time I've had off from blogging, why did no one tell me how absolutely incredible this product is. I have the driest skin ever so having something this beautifully glowy under the foundation makes me look actually healthy! 

Nars Natural radiant longwear foundation - 
Bet you can't guess what type of finish this one has... If you guessed glowy congrats you win nothing! I am constantly on the hunt to better my foundation collection and I am really happy with this addition despite being glowy it is amazingly full coverage and builds beautifully without caking round dry spots. I almost feel like this is the sheer glow for grownups. 

Dior Forever skin glow foundation - 
Again another glowy base, this one has a little less coverage than the Nars coming in a a more medium to buildable. Like the Nars one this doesn't cake or cling when built up however it is a little more luminous. I also find that despite this shade being the first warm shade it is too dark and too yellow toned for me when i dont hav any fake tam on and am living my best Caspar the ghost fantasy. 

Urban Decay stay Naked powder -
If you'd have told me three years ago I'd be putting a pressed powder into my favourites I would have never believed you. I have realized that powder does have it's merits even on Sahara dry skin like mine. I use this to set under the eyes and the nose to stop my makeup moving and to prevent the transfer of mascara from my bottom lashes to my undereye which is my biggest annoyance when we are talking makeup. This has a little coverage and just smooths and sets the skin beautifully without adding too much and making your face a cakey dry mess. 

Glossier Cloud paints - 
I have had these in my collection for such a long time however I have never consistently reached for them until the last couple of months. I've been particularly enjoying the shade Dusk which is a beautifully brown toned peach which works with just about any eye look. I love to apply these with a stippling brush as this applies them seamlessly and helps them to look more natural. 

P Louise Base'ic bases - 
Now I do love these products as bases however this isn't the reason they have made into my favourites this month. The reason I love them is to use in the water line. I've been on the hunt for some super high pigment pastels and these really fit the bill. I've never had any sort of irritation from using these in the waterline and once they're on they are stuck fast and are going to be super all day no matter if you are part of the watery eye club or not. 

Huda Beauty Matte and metal paints and Stila Suede and Glitter and glow liquid duo -
If you are a lover of cutting the crease you need both of these products in your life, the Huda shimmer side is more of a full pigment liquid shimmer shadow whilst the Stila is a glitter topper type product however that is probably the only super obvious difference. In terms of lasting power these are really amazing even on my oily lids. I definitely always want to use a separate brush to apply however if you don't want to you don't need to I just prefer the extra preciseness (Is this a word?)

Kaleidos Futurism palettes - 
If you haven't tried Kaleidos shadows you need to get round to it and try them as they are absolutely gorgeous. They blend so beautifully and are just incredibly easy to work with. The pigmentation, especially of the metallics is so intense but can be sheered out if that is the look you want from it. Although the palette featured in the photos is the sci-fi green palette I absolutely love all five of the futurism collection. 

Linda Halberg Spectral palette -
So it isn't hard to tell that i'm currently completely obsessed with pastels and the Spectral palette is the most beautiful mixed pastel palette. I feel like currently the large amount of pastel palettes are focused on one colour so I love the fact that this is mixed. The formula is absolutely beautiful. Even the deep purple, which can often be hard to work with is beautiful.

Fenty Beauty Gloss bomb - 
I am obsessed with gloss right now and the Fenty glosses are by far my favourite, they're incredibly comfortable, super pigmented and smell absolutely incredible. They aren't sticky at all, meaning there isn't any sticking of the hair like some glosses we used to use; I'm looking at you Lancome juicy tubes. The only thing I would change about these glosses is an extension to the shade range in some super beautiful bright colours!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Where have I been? and what's going to happen with Coleoftheball

The fact I ever felt like I could deal with third year of university, two part time jobs and a blog is quite frankly laughable. However I'm done now, thanks to corona I've found myself one job down and University is completely over minus graduation currently. I cant even begin to describe how heartbroken I am that I've lost the last six months of my university experience however unfortunately it's just the way the cookie crumbles. That being said exams are done and I am so incredibly proud of myself for pulling off a 2:1. I cannot honestly begin to tell you how excited I was when I opened my grade, I had to get my mum to check it for me to make sure I wasn't dreaming.

I have honestly found myself really missing blogging and youtubing in general, but logging back on I can see it isn't what it used to be. That being said, part of that makes me a little happy. It seems more like the old blogging where there is no pressure. I'm not going to come on here today and say I'm going to be posting five times a week and uploading seventeen youtube videos a day however I'm hoping with everything that's going on right now and the fact I work behind a bar meaning i work random times, so im probably going to have days i am not in work till the evening and I can have the day to write and film I'm going to have some time to invest in getting back into blogging. I'm not going to limit myself to one particular genre, however we all know that I love my makeup and although my passion for blogging simmered out a little due to life my passion for makeup has never faded. 

It's going to take some getting used to and it seems to me there's a massive reduction in how many people are blogging as most seem to have moved over to youtube or just don't write in general anymore. I'm not here to make money I want to talk about whatever I want. I want to talk about slimming world and being disabled as well as makeup and if people don't like that, it's totally fine. I'm going back to the way I used to use my blog as my only little internet diary, chattering about whatever I want whenever I want. 

I hope you stick around and here's to the future of Coleoftheball.