Foundation Obsession: The Confession

It’s out in the open. I am no longer in denial.

I love buying foundation.

I can’t seem to stop. I hear about a good one, see a blog post about a new release or watch YouTube, and suddenly, before I know it, it’s in my basket and on its way to me.

I hate to leave the house without it. It’s my little bodyguard, helping me feel confident and face the day with my head held high.

I’m sure I aren’t the only one out there who keeps buying foundation even though you could give one to each of your friends and still have loads left for yourself!

Let me know what you think to my collection and if there are any amazing foundations I am missing out on. There is a pretty good chance I’ll buy what you suggest…

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
8.5/10

You may have already read my post about this foundation, but if not you can find it here.
I have used it lots more since writing that post and still continue to love it. The range of shades available is perfect for those who struggle to get matched up. It can last all day without melting off or looking cakey as the day goes on. I just can’t say enough how much I love this foundation. There is only one other foundation (so far) that has beaten this one to 1st place, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out which one…

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The Body Shop Moisture Foundation
6.5/10

I think I was a little too quick to make my purchase (shush, we have all been there). Under the lights of The Body Shop I was wowed and encouraged to make my purchase. Plus points: as advertised it is very hydrating and a nice light formula. I found their shade range really good for a high street brand whose foundation retails at £13 – The Body Shop have really make the effort to include everyone. It has SPF15 which is great if you want just a little something on, but sun cover as well. The downside for me is that it’s so hydrating that by lunch time I looked a bit greasy. Now, I have combo skin so it may be the perfect match for you if you have dry skin, but it isn’t one I reach for a lot. I would like to try their other foundation though which might be more suitable to my skin type, because they are just so affordable!

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light
8/10

You already know I am a lover of this foundation. It is my favourite medium coverage base. I have the shade 0.5 which is the lightest shade in the range. I find myself wearing this foundation on reasonably good skin days, since it is a lighter coverage than some of my other foundations. If I’m having a major spot day then I opt for something more bullet proof but I love this foundation for a natural skin-like coverage and cannot recommend it enough.

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Loreal Infallible Matte Foundation
7/10

I bought this originally so long ago, before all the hype about matte finishes, and before I really had an interest in make up. The shade is a little dark for me which is why it got thrown aside, drugstore shades are never light enough for me! I recently dug it out and have enjoyed using it more than previously. It lasts all day more or less, and has a really nice medium/full coverage. It isn’t fully matte and due to the shades available in the UK, I have marked this down but if you haven’t a darker skin tone than mine you will love it as a drugstore alternative.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
9/10
I didn’t think I would be able to do better than CT or Estée Lauder but I have found my holy grail foundation. It’s a really thick consistency when it first comes out the tube but it blends out into a natural medium/full coverage. You get 50ml for £30, so does work out better value than my other faves – Sorry CT & Estée! In the UK you can buy it through QVC who have a range of shades to choose from.

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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint
7.5/10

I don’t need to say much about this beauty because it featured in my recent March Favourites, but I shall say I still do use it regularly. It isn’t my everyday foundation but more of a weekend daily time foundation – when I don’t plan on exerting too much energy! It is excellent value for money and NARS offer such a good variety of shades.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

Time to Talk

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It’s Time to Talk day, in the UK.
This is a nationally recognised day which encourages people to talk about mental health conditions.

I’m no expert, but I do have a personal interest in mental health, and have completed several courses on the subject.

Anxiety. Depression. Eating disorders.
Mention mental health and people don’t know what to say. They would rather ignore than face it.

Having dealt with mental health conditions myself and with it being Time to Talk day, I felt it was a good day to encourage people to talk about mental health, whether you suffer with it personally or know someone who does. Statistics show mental health issues affect 1 in 4 people.

A couple of tips that have helped me:

Talk
Whether it be family, a friend, a neighbour, a colleague, a schoolmate. Whoever you trust. Don’t bottle up your feelings, that’ll only make it worse.

Triggers
Reduce or remove triggers where at all possible. It’ll take time to figure out what sets off your mental health issues, but once you do, you may find improvements if you start to tackle your triggers.

Recovery
It’s long and hard, but you can get there. Remember that it isn’t something that will be fixed overnight, and medication helps to a certain point but it is up to you to look after yourself. There will be ups and downs but that is normal. Make time for you. You deserve it!

Go to: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk for more information