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TOP 7 SPRING NUDE LIPSTICKS [PART 2]

So in a recent article, I cultivated my top seven most universal nude lipsticks to go for this spring. However, I knew that there was still such a range of nude lipsticks that were not mentioned in the post – so today I’ve written a new top seven edit that will suit all skin tones!

If you’re looking for a little makeup inspiration this spring, you can click over to my last Top Seven Nude Lipsticks post which goes into more detail as to what the current mood is for this season.


1.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick – BALMAIN Limited Edition 469 ‘Fever’

One of my most reliable spring nudes! This is the lipstick you reach for when you just want to look vibrant, fresh and awake. The perfect pick-me-up nude.

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Current Price: £12.99

Colour: Orange nude

Opacity: Medium/Full

Finish: Moisturising, Matte

2.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick – BALMAIN Limited Edition 650 ‘Power’

This deeply rich chocolate brown lipstick is the perfect candidate for every skin tone. Depending on your undertone this will either act as your eventful dark lip or a mysteriously glamours nude.

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RRP: 12.99

Current Price: 3.90

Colour: Dark Chocolate Brown

Opacity: Medium/Full

Finish: Moisturising, Matte

3.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Nude 986 ‘Melted Chocolate’

‘Melted Chocolate’ is a well fitted all-time nude you can use for both a smokey eye and a natural look. The ideal all rounder nude.

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RRP: 6.99

Current Price: 4.49

Colour: Chocolate Nude

Opacity: Medium

Finish: Satin

4.

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick -‘Teddy’

For those who prefer a matte finishing liquid lippie, look no further. ‘Teddy’ divinely provides for the ’90s makeup admirers, filling the voids with a cool toned, chocolate brown.

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Current Price: 7.00

Colour: Cool Toned Chocolate Brown

Opacity: Medium-Buildable

Finish: Matte

5.

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick -‘Ruffle Trim’

This nude is adaptable for all seasons. A fabulous yet polished everyday nude that is also excellent for work environments.

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Current Price: 7.00

Colour: Peachy Pink Nude

Opacity: Medium-Buildable

Finish: Matte

6.

NYX Butter Lip Gloss – ‘Praline’

If you’re someone who’s just ran out of your Gloss Bomb and has been on the hunt for a dupe, or has just been searching for a flawless nude-pink-gloss, Praline is as close and affordable as it gets. Its luxurious texture and impressive colour pay-off is what makes this lippie a great nude gloss to always keep in your handbag.

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Current Price: 5.50

Colour: Cinnamon Pink

Opacity: Sheer-Medium

Finish: Moisturising, Glossy (non-sticky)

7.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Matte Nude Lipstick – ‘Inclination’

This Iconic Matte Nude lipstick lives up to its name by suiting any makeup look in the book. From experimental to the  signature looks, this is your go-to peachy nude.

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RRP: 3.00

Current Price: 2.00

Colour: Deep Peachy Nude

Opacity: Medium-Buildable

Finish: Satin/Matte


Well, that is all for part two of the spring lip edit. Be sure to let me know if you’ve found any favourites from this list in the comments section below! 🙂

If you’d like to see any more makeup looks or chat about certain looks for the season, with questions, for makeup advice etc. – you can contact me through my Instagram where I post more frequently: @stacyjang_

to read the article on this look, click here

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

lots of love,

REVIEW: FENTY BEAUTY MATCH STIX (Matte & Shimmer)

Since it’s big launch in 2017 it’s no doubt that Fenty Beauty has vastly become one of the most sought-after and most followed makeup brands in the beauty industry. Created by the renowned Singer and now Beauty Mogul, Rihanna, the efficiently sleek and well thought out designs of the products have already carved out a separate avenue for the brand. Creating an inclusively individual image that empowers women around the world to enhance their truest selves and inner beauty with their unique formulas, this including the Match Stix sets that launched together with the revolutionary Pro Filt’r Foundation back in September of 2017.

In this post, I will be reviewing the Fenty Beauty Matte and Shimmer Match Sticks.

Skin & Shimmer Match Stix by Fenty Beauty

Product’s Claims:

Meet the magnetized longwear makeup sticks that come together in two light-as-air finishes and a shade lineup to satisfy your every need: MATTE Skinsticks conceal, correct, and contour. SHIMMER Skinsticks highlight, blush and enhance—so you can mix and match, magnetize and multiply.

With Match Stix MATTE Skinsticks, conceal, correct, and contour in 20 shades obsessively fine-tuned and tested to look good on the full spectrum of skin tones.

Made to layer, the buildable cream-to-powder formula is weightless and super easy to blend but also stays put. No creasing and caking when you apply it—so even the delicate undereye area is fair game.

REVIEW

Texture & Finish: Matte (go figure)

MATTE SKIN STIX:

The Fenty Beauty team we’re telling no fibs when they brought out their matte matchsticks, as the finish of these truly are what it says on the tin. The texture of the (matte) matchsticks is really like nothing else I had tried before. When swatching them I couldn’t help but think “gee, have they truly invented an entirely new makeup product?” I kid you not.

With these, you just cannot help but compare them to foundation sticks as they are for skin coverage. And like most foundation sticks we’ve been introduced to over the years, you’d expect the texture of these to just feel like foundation on your skin.

What Fenty Beauty did with this was try to eliminate that feeling of texture on your skinlike second skin. It does take a bit of getting used to, but it’s only now that I could really understand the purpose of this product. A lightweight feeling matte skin stick that can flawlessly cover-up and sculpt your face in a way that looks like your skin. Genius. Depending on the shade you pick up, you can use this as a foundation, contour, under-eye brighter or concealer – works nicely either way.

Dry Skin Tip: Prime well with a good regular moisturiser and you won’t face issues with the finish of these.

SHIMMER SKIN STIX:

The texture of these beautifully opaque highlighters is also like nothing else I’d seen before. The closest comparison I could give I guess would be the Stila putty highlighters texture wise. Because of this, it actually makes the shimmers blend well and melts so seamlessly into the skin. You have more control to either go natural with a little applied, or luxurious without it looking blotchy of which sometimes, some highlighting powders can do that. This, I would call safe for anyone who wants to get into highlighting, but doesn’t need to look too exaggerated. It’s a very flexible product that can be perfect to wear, no matter the reason or season.

Coverage: Medium to Full

MATTE SKIN STIX:

(As a concealer) Using matte skin sticks will make your concealer process easier than ever. I say this because by warming up the product onto your hand first, you enable the product to go on your skin with a fuller opaqueness. Therefore you have no need to keep applying it like the hassle you may with liquid concealers sometimes. You will also be pleased to know you have more control over the type of coverage you want with this. After getting used to how the product worked, I found it pretty easy for me to achieve full coverage with a minimum of two swipes.

SHIMMER SKIN STIX:

Depending on how much shimmer you like, it can easily go from being a clean and fresh glow to a vibrant and pearly shimmer. Both are beautiful results, Its really all up to your preference. Same goes for the shimmery blush skin sticks.

Best Application Method

MATTE SKIN STIX:

This may be an ironic suggestion, but I truly learned how the product worked by watching Rihanna’s Vogue tutorial. I suggest this because there’s no better person to show you how these products actually work, than the creator of the product themselves. She first warms up the product on her hand, applies a swipe underneath the eyes and pats in the product as she blends – this is key. I tried and perfected the exact same techniques and since then I’ve loved the matchsticks since.

SHIMMER SKIN STIX:

Apply the product to your brush first, then blend it onto cheeks/cheekbones. This will give you a flawless result without looking too overdone allowing yourself to add more as you go. Or even apply some onto the back of your hand, then take the shimmer from there.

Lasts Up To 10 Hours (maximum)

MATTE SKIN STIX:

Just like any other product, it works differently for everyone when it comes to lasting. I do believe that if the product is well blended, you shouldn’t have any issues. But, I would suggest to any glasses wearers if you’re using this: double set under the eyes (Sides of the nose area, avoiding the slope) with powder to prevent movement after a few hours.

SHIMMER SKIN STIX:

I’d say that the shimmers will last you up to about 8-9 hours if you’re lucky. This also depends on whether you applied it first or last in your makeup routine as it will naturally fade over time. It’s not too noticeable to the point of disappearing though, you’ll still be glowing.


Pros:

  • Nice shade range
  • Lightweight in feel and texture
  • Beautiful formula
  • Easy to apply once practised
  • Compact and very easy to travel with
  • Lovely coverage & finish (it is matte however depending on how you prime, anyone can use this)
  • Has a beautiful colour range of shimmers
  • Very versatile to use – for example, eyeshadow, highlight, lipstick etc.
  • Easy to clean, keep and maintain

Cons:

    Can have trouble lasting very long depending on how it has been blended in
    [Matte] Can separate if applied like a regular concealer (read my application method suggestions to help avoid this.)

Final thoughts

What I find simply amazing about the Match Stix is that they’re so, incredibly versatile to use. The variety of looks you can create with these alone is just endless. And as a makeup artist, I’m so appreciative of the fact that their compact and magnetic design makes it much more convenient to collect, pack and travel with. Depending on which shades you choose, you’re free to use these as your foundation, concealer, contour, blush, eyeshadow and even lipstick. What’s not to love?

This is just an example of innovative makeup creativity with thoughtfulness put into it. Thank you to Fenty Beauty for believing in that from the get-go as it truly shows.


If you have not viewed Rihanna’s 10 Minute Glam Video with Vogue already, below is a link to her guided tutorial on how she applies the Match Skin Stix:

https://youtu.be/KONe4SNFA64


To shop the single Match Stix retailing for £21, click here.

To shop the TRIO SET retailing for £46, click here.

(The TRIO SET includes the Concealer, Contour & Highlighter in the shade of your choice all in one package.)

Shop and browse the full Fenty Beauty Match Stix range in all shades & shimmers by clicking here.

TOP 7 NUDE LIPSTICKS TO TRY THIS SPRING ‘19

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. So, spring is finally on the horizon, so I thought why not cultivate my top 7 nude lipsticks perfect to rock this spring season of 2019.

The mood board for this edit is based on the flower child nostalgia from mainly the ’60s, throughout the late ’70s. Think peachy nude lips for the classic woman with a signature wing, pale nude lips for the daring that would always sport a 60’s smokey eye and the rose nude lip for those everyday effortless gals who would only look chic at all times.

No matter which ‘stage’ you’re at in the makeup game you can never go wrong with a simple but enhancing nude lip. And although a classic nude is suitable enough to be worn all year round – in my opinion – Spring is most definitely THE season to seize.

Optional Tip: Use this mood board as makeup inspo to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with the many varieties makeup brands have to offer you for the perfect nude lip this Spring!

In this edit, I will be sharing 7 of the most popular and fresh nude lipsticks you can look out for to freshen up and become your classic 2019-go-to-nude this season.


Look No. 1 – The Peachy Nude Lip

This lipstick is for those who almost cannot leave their house without at least lashes or eyeliner, thus needing a partner in crime to complete your look whilst still keeping that sense of youthful flair! In this case, a peachy nude is a way to go.

Below is a couple of some of my top peachy lip options, depending on your personal undertones and texture preferences:

1.

NIP+FAB Matte Liquid Lipstick, ‘Cinnamon’

This peachy nude applies like a gloss and dries down to a plush matte finish. With a non-drying formula.

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Colour: Peachy Nude

RRP: £7.95

Opacity: Full

Finish: Matte

2.

L’Oréal Paris Glitter Fever Lipstick 259 ‘Nude After Party’

This lip complete with a nude pink or clear lip gloss over top would look absolutely gorgeous! A subtle show stopper. 

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RRP: £6.99

Current Price: £4.99

Colour: Pale Pink Nude

Opacity: Sheer/Medium

Finish: Sheer Shimmery [satin]


Look No. 2 – The Enhancing Nude Lip

Sometimes all a girl wants is a signature lip to depend on, to pull out of their handbag under any circumstances and instantly feel better. A signature enhancing, defining and mood lifting lip should be in everyone’s makeup bag. Think of that iconic scene of Holly Golightly, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, (played by Old Hollywood Star, Audrey Hepburn) applying that one last swipe of lipstick before her ultimate confrontation (of love lol). Now, that is exactly how The Signature Chic woman starts her every day – her way. My top enhancing nude lip picks for the ladies of fabulousness:

3.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Exclusive Lipstick 620 ‘Julianne’s Nude’

Find the perfect nude with this flattering ‘pink-nude’. The faintness of pink will always guarantee you the finish of the perfect pout. Julianne’s Nude carries just enough balance to suit all skin tones and works amazingly on fairer skin tones. 

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Current Price: £5.99

Colour: Pink Nude

Opacity: Medium-Full

Finish: Hydrating & Creamy Satin

4.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick 61 ‘Angel Pink’

Infused with vitamin E, this rich pearly-pink nude adds vibrancy and fullness to the lips. Like the name says, it is the ‘Angel Pink’. 

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RRP: £7.99

Current Price: £5.81

Colour: Pearly-Pink Nude

Opacity: Sheer-Medium

Finish: Moisturising, Comfortable Pearly


Look No. 3 – The It Girls’ Go-To Pale Nude Lip

I simply believe that there are a time and a place for the ‘dead’ lip look. I certainly love it for those occasions where you feel like wearing more than just one eyeshadow. This nude is for the smokey eye wearers, the 60’s makeup emulators and the cut crease slayers. To those that want to tell a story with their eyes – a complementary pale nude lip is your perfect companion:

5.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche ‘Nude’ Lip Palette

What could be better than owning a perfect nude lipstick? Owning a perfect nude lip palette! This travel-friendly compact comes in a gold packaging with a suitable mirror inside, allowing you to apply this whenever and wherever. The compact gives you the luxury to choose from six pink-to-nude-brown lip options, handing you the freedom to mix, match and create your custom lip shade. 

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RRP: £14.99

Current Price: £4.95

Colour(s): Pink Nude-Brown Nude lip options

Opacity: Medium

Finish: Satin

6.

NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick 02 Beach Casual ‘Sand Nude’

Channel your inner 60’s spring chicness with a pale nude like ‘sand nude’. Worn best with red eyeshadow looks, pale toned eyeshadows and of course a cat eye. 

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RRP: £3.75

Colour: Warm Pale Nude

Opacity: Medium/Full

Finish: Velvet [Matte]

7.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick – BALMAIN Limited Edition 647 ‘Urban Safari’

Embody the supermodel bombshell look with this exclusive and luxurious matte nude in collaboration with Balmain, designed by Olivier Rousting. (This is best worn with a lip liner to create more definition.) 

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RRP: £12.99

Current Price: £6.17

Colour: Pale Nude

Opacity: Medium-Full

Finish: Moisturising Matte


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Well, that is all for this curated spring nude lip edit! Be sure to let me know in the comments whether you liked some of the options I chose or even if you would like to see more curated lists of other makeup products like this. I am always open to suggestions 🙂

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY 💗

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

There are so many simple things you can do to leverage your Valentine’s Day! Below is my small list of simple suggestions that I personally enjoy doing on this annual holiday:

1. Take time to be thoughtful and help others

This obviously doesn’t have to be too extreme but something as simple as accompanying someone with their bags, a friend with homework or your family with even dinner can be so helpful and appreciated.

  • 2. Be alone, treat yourself to your favourite old school playlist and have a pamper day/night
  • Face masks, Gossip Girl and Ben & Jerry ice cream can do no wrong in my book!
  • 3. Write cards/notes and get creative!
  • Later today I’ll actually be crafting some Valentine’s Day cards with my little brother. If you have kids or small siblings, doing something like can be a lovely way to encourage them to selflessly love more and appreciate others by creating cards out of their consideration.
  • 4. Go out and buy yourself flowers
  • This may seem a little far at first, but I’m not kidding when I say that having a fresh set of £5 flowers can just instantly change the mood of your aura and not the mention the aroma of your own home.

    5. Bake or make your favourite meal

    They say food is the window to the soul… And as part of the love yourself mantra. A favourite meal/take out or set of cookies can be a perfect way to treat yourself on a day like Valentine’s Day! I’d probably buy myself a birds pie lol.


    Make sure to take the time to share and give love today! 😊

    Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

    REVIEW: GLOSS BOMB UNIVERSAL LIP LUMINIZER – “FENTY GLOW” BY FENTY BEAUTY

    Gloss Bomb. The name of one of the most raved about lip glosses since it’s launch in 2017, Fenty Beauty created and brought back the experience and excitement in lip glosses: The Universal Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer.

    Now being sold in 3 different shades, (Original) “FENTY GLOW”, “DIAMOND MILK” and “FU$$Y” the gloss bombs have brought a new and fresh dynamic to everyone’s lip gloss game. Consider it the 21st Century version of every lady in the 30’s classically owning and applying their red lipsticks out in public. This is the definition of what the gloss bomb exudes and in this edit, I will be reviewing Fenty Beauty’s original gloss bomb from their collection in: “FENTY GLOW”.

    REVIEW

    FENTY BEAUTY GLOSS BOMB LIP LUMINIZER: “FENTY GLOW”

    Product’s Claims:

    THE stop-everything, give-it-to-me gloss that feels as good as it looks: Gloss Bomb delivers explosive shine in one perfect rose nude shade handpicked by Rihanna herself, FENTY Glow. We’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone.

    One luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand gives lips more to love, while conditioning Shea butter enriches from within. Lips look instantly fuller and smoother, with a non-sticky formula that’s super shiny and has an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of.

    Drench lips in the FENTY Glow – it’s the ultimate finishing touch to every look.

    Texture & Coverage: Noticeable-light

    Fenty glow gloss has this beautiful rosy nude sheen that enhances the lips just enough to look fresh and polished. The texture has a very smooth, luxurious and non-sticky feeling. What I really like about this is that the gloss applies and sits smoothly, right from the moment you put it on to the moment it fades away at the end of the day. It allows you to re-apply with no flakes of residue that normal lipglosses can naturally do sometimes. This gloss also has a very pleasant and lightweight scent of which I couldn’t figure out what it was when I first tried it. It’s quite nostalgic and sweet with a clean and modern essence to it.

    Best Application Method:

    The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb. Seriously. I’m slightly obsessed with is the XXL Applicator Wand. This, no doubt is partially the reason for the success of the Gloss Bomb. It makes everybody’s lip-application so much easier by not needing to reapply as much due to the amount of product that you get from the wand. Self-explanatory, I know, but I really wanted to highlight the appreciation I had for the wand design made for this product.

    Lasts Up To 6 Hours (maximum)

    Now, I know that naturally you will be expected to re-apply the Gloss Bomb throughout the day. Either because you wanted to revive your lips or because you’re just obsessed with applying the gloss as it’s really satisfying to re-apply. Six hours is actually a really long time for a gloss, let’s not forget that normal lipglosses can fade within or up to (approx.) three hours. So 6 hours is quite impressive in my opinion.

    Tip For a Long Lasting Lipgloss: Prep the lips by exfoliating and moisturising your lips if you wish before finishing with the gloss bomb.

    3 Best Lipstick Colour Options to Wear With the “FENTY GLOW” Gloss Bomb:

    A Traditionally Nude Lipstick – This is one of the most classic ways to enhance a nude lip. A fitting lip combo for the colder months, keeping your lips looking plump and feeling hydrated.

    A Coral lipstick – Perfect for the Spring! A coral glossy lip will brighten and bring out your youthful side, giving you a perfectly full yet natural look to the lips.

    A Pink Nude Lipstick – This will be the perfect base for that classic but also glamorous result. A lovely combo to wear with a glam makeup look.

    Pros:

    • With 10ml of product, the Gloss Bomb is the perfect minimal lip option to wear on no-makeup makeup days, naturally enhancing your lips to look full and fresh.
    • Its sheer pigment gives you the versatility to wear it alone, or on top of lipstick to give a rosy radiant sheen.
    • Has a very moisturising texture, infused with shea butter to safely and smoothly soften and hydrate the lips with ease.
    • Beautiful packaging – I mean, who wouldn’t want to take out such a sleek and modernistic lip product out of their handbag.
    • The XXL doe-foot applicator ensures a luscious and opaque sheen every time.

    Cons:

    • [None]

    Final thoughts

    There is nothing more satisfying than applying the first couple swipes of a new lipgloss. And now with the Gloss Bomb consider the experience to make you feel extra glam and special. £16 is more on the high-end high-street price range, but if you think about it – to get 10ml of a concentrated gleaming gloss that will last you a long while is a quality to me. What I probably love the most about this product is that it just adds a healthy radiance to the lips. Instantly looking fresh and awake even on the days you’re not wearing any makeup at all. And that’s a win. Knowing that your lips will instantly gain a nourished, clean and gorgeous sheen whilst feeling comfortable in your own skin all in one.

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    REVIEW: L’ORÉAL TRUE MATCH SUPER BLENDABLE FOUNDATION

    True match is undoubtably one of, if not the most definitive of all drugstore foundations. Growing up, I’d watch my mother smoothly apply her L’Oréal foundation in the early mornings. Her makeup routine always began by reaching for the L’Oréal bottle in her unbelievably clean makeup bag. Before all the overwhelming skin makeup options we have today, back in the day, L’Oréal was always that foundation women could depend on, and with good reason.

    In this edit, I will be reviewing this ultimate classic. The L’Oréal True Match Foundation.

    L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Foundation

    Product’s Claims:

    The new formula contains 3 new shade enhancers for shade matching precision. Skin perfecting pigments and the ultra gliding creamy texture gives a homogeneous finish. Even better colour matching, and more luminous and radiant skin than before. Even longer wear and better comfort. All you see is your skin at it’s best.

    REVIEW

    Texture & Finish: Satin

    Out of all foundations I’ve used luxury, high-street & drugstore, this one is one of the best of all texture wise. What I love about it is that it’s more concentrated in pigment than it is full in texture, allowing you to have a nice and even canvas with a lightweight feel to it.

    It’s finish is more satin than matte or glowy, meeting in the middle for those with oily or dry skin. I actually like this because I can decide if I want to look more natural or fully refined and matte. It’s like it mimics the natural texture of your skin in a more clean and polished way.

    Coverage: Medium-buildable

    I almost wanted to write that it was light in coverage, but that’s actually more in texture than in pigment. This foundation cleverly gives you the illusion of a more flawless skin as if the foundation is invisible. It is definitely buildable and can be reapplied over and over again, yet still keep its freshness on the skin.

    I prefer this type of coverage as it values the true goal of making my skin look natural like my real skin but also polished and enhanced.

    Best Application Method:

    Apply about one full pump onto the back of your hand and take a buffing brush. Dot the foundation on areas where you would like to evenly distribute and blend then buff into the skin. This will give you a very airbrush like finish with an overall awake and brightened look.

    Lasts Up To 10 Hours (maximum)

    I have a combination-oily skin type and for a drugstore foundation, I have to say that it lasts a lot longer than I expect sometimes. Not to mention that this is without even priming using a matte product. I’ve worn this out from mall shopping to attending weddings with this foundation and (touch wood) this product hasn’t turned me into a disco ball in public. The most I’d do is re-apply my compact face powder here and there but that’s all.

    Oily skin tip: It’s one of those foundations where if you powder it well, you’ll stay flawless throughout the day, and best of all – you won’t experience any foundation transfer to your clothes.


    Pros:

    • Beautiful range 23 shades (amazing undertones with a brightening effect)
    • Lightweight in texture and rarely transfers onto clothes
    • A wonderfully balanced formula that sets perfectly
    • The sleek design in a glass bottle protects and allows the foundation to last longer
    • Stunning coverage in a way that brightens your look
    • Silky in the application, perfect one-step formulation – no need to highlight separately
    • Bargain base rrp per 30ml. Good value for money

    Cons:

    • If not blended into the skin well, this could cause the foundation to not set nicely.
    • Shade range can be confusing, make sure you invest time in picking your ‘true match’.

    Final thoughts

    This is a foundation you can always go to if you’ve either ran out of your current one or things aren’t working out with a new one. It is going to do well by you and serve its purpose well, at an amazing price at that. In the midst of so many new foundation launches left, right and centre, it’s refreshing to know that L’Oréal decided to not only re-launch this amazing foundation but they also kept their formula simplicity with this foundation.

    This was the very first foundation I tried out as an aspiring makeup artist, without much understanding that it was a product that could bring out your true beauty without being full coverage. I can nostalgically remember my mother and aunties chatting away about makeup and bringing up L’Oréal. It just delivers every time without some of the fuss some foundations bring, of which sometimes, that’s all you really need and want in a complexion foundation and simple makeup routine.

    Price: £9.99

    Shop the L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Foundation by clicking here.

    REVIEW: L.A. GIRL PRO HD CONCEALER

    If you’re someone who knows anything about makeup, you’ve probably heard of the makeup brand L.A. Girl pop up in conversation with a makeup artist or in almost all the earliest makeup tutorials on YouTube. The best-selling £5 concealer over the years has cultivated a dedicated following not only because of its affordable price but thanks to its variety of 43 shades (including correctors) that has made it so iconic.

    In this edit, I will be reviewing the very dependable and cult classic, L.A. Girl Pro High-Definition Concealer.

    Product’s Claims:

    L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Concealers are crease-resistant with opaque coverage in a creamy, yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing concealer formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. Our concealers provide complete, natural-looking coverage, even skin tones, cover dark circles and minimize fine lines around the eyes.

    REVIEW

    Texture & Finish: Satin

    It’s balanced and not too thick texture is one of the main reasons why it’s so easy for anyone to use. It’s not matte nor is it glowy, giving you the chance to decide what kind of finish you’d like to have with how you set it. I’ve tried out matte concealers before and if I had to choose between satin and matte textures, satin would be the most ideal. This way you have more time to blend and perfect it before it dries down. The concealer isn’t drying at all and can work wonderfully no matter what skin type you have.

    Coverage: Medium/Buildable

    This concealer can build up to very full coverage, however, it settles and works best when not too much is applied. One thing I do admire about this concealer is that you can apply a lot of it and it won’t separate due to its balanced texture. It can be used for both a no-makeup makeup look or a full glam which adds great value instead of buying separate concealers.

    Best Application Method: Warm up the product onto the back of the hand before applying first. Then selectively conceal with a smaller brush or with its own applicator brush. This will help avoid separation of the product if it’s new or you haven’t used it for a while.

    Lasts Up To 12 hours (maximum)

    I have oily skin so I know it’s different for everyone. But honestly speaking, this concealer rarely moves around and even on the twelfth hour of wearing it. Also depends on what kind of foundation you’re wearing with it.

    Pros: 

    • Outstanding shade range (good undertones)
    • Affordable
    • Easy formula and nice to work with
    • Long lasting
    • Covers up and brightens very well
    • Lightweight

    Cons:

      The packaging can be problematic sometimes (example: experiences of not being able to receive the product through the brush applicator)
      Separation of the product can cause fluid to build up if it’s not used for too long

    Final thoughts

    What I love about this product is that, whether you’re a professional makeup artist or a makeup beginner – this concealer is perfect to use for both parties and everyone in between. There was a time where I didn’t have many concealers shades to choose from in the local drugstore or high-street. L.A. Girl was really one of the first drugstore brands to ever expand their concealer shades to suit just about every skin tone. So not only are you getting good value for money, but the actual product is amazing compared to some concealers that just may not deliver the basic requirements of a good concealer.

    If anyone’s on the hunt for a new and simple concealer, look no further. L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer is and will always be an affordable essential go-to.

    Price: £5

    Shop the L.A. Girl Pro High-Definition Concealer by clicking here.

    REVIEW: L’ORÉAL INFALLIBLE TOTAL COVER FOUNDATION

    L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation:

    Unlike their classic medium coverage True Match Foundation, The L’Oréal infallible Total Cover fills in the missing piece for those who prefer a much fuller coverage with a matte texture. The very simplistic packaging works practically well as this has a thicker texture compared to L’Oréal’s usual liquid foundations that come with a pump dispenser.

    Containing 35g of product, the total camouflage coverage foundation comes in 7 different shades, ranging from (the lightest shade) ‘Light Sand Nude 9’ to (the darkest shade) ‘Cappuccino 33’.

    Product’s Claims:

    Discover Infallible Total Cover Foundation for a flawless, full coverage base that lasts up to 24 hours. The zero compromise, camouflage formula covers everything from blemishes, redness and tattoos without the overload, while the matte finish leaves you with an even, shine-free base.
    No compromise. No transfer. No overload.

    REVIEW

    Texture & Finish: Matte

    A little goes a very long way with this foundation. I must say, treating this like a regular liquid foundation can cause this to separate on the skin quite quickly. I have combination-oily skin, and on me, it seemed to have gotten oily after about 6 hours of wearing it alone (set with powder of course). I would highly recommend thinking of this as a thicker textured concealer rather than as a foundation. I found that by using it this way – I hadn’t needed as much as I was used to. This resulted in a more clean finish, avoiding that cakey textured feeling.

    Coverage: Medium to Full

    This foundation covers up well when less is applied ironically. If you do go in with a lot, as I mentioned before – the foundation is most likely to separate and go thin. But I don’t doubt that this foundation can very well cover up almost anything.

    Best Application Method: Using a Small Concealer Brush to Apply Prior to Blending

    From experience, it’s best to apply this onto selected areas of the face first and then blend. Using patting and lightweight buffing motions with a smaller foundation brush work best with this foundation I’ve found. Just like how you would treat applying a concealer, you’ll get the best results this way.

    Lasts Up To 12 hours (maximum)

    Depending on the type of primer that you use, the foundation can generously last up to 12 hours as it can get very oily and develop transfer.

    Pros:

    • Covers amazingly well
    • The colour match is great
    • Perfect for concealer usage and spot concealing
    • Lasts long if set well with powder
    • A lot of product comes with this foundation so it should last you a while

    Cons: Transfers easily

    • Only lasts up to 12 hours (maximum)
    • Lacks in the shade range (my shade: ‘Cappuccino 33’ is their darkest)
    • Gets oily quite fast
    • Can separate if too much is applied

    Final thoughts

    I totally loved the idea of this foundation. It can cover up any spots and hyperpigmentation so nicely, however, using this as a foundation alone has definitely caused way too much blotchiness and separation to be applied as one. Which is why I actually use this as a concealer instead. This way I have more control over the product and where it’s going. I’m currently using this foundation mixed in with another water-based textured foundation from Primark Beauty.

    Since mixing the two foundations together I’ve found no problem within the end result at all, it has rather become my perfect combo for my skin. So I think that it all comes down to the actual texture which can take a turn depending on how much of it you use (as mentioned before).

    So, if you are considering buying this, I’d highly recommend using this as a concealer as opposed to a full face foundation. You’ll then perhaps be more likely to get more usage out of the product in the end. But give it a go and see how you like it, I know that a lot of people get on very well with this foundation – so like most foundations, it’s down to preference.

    Price: £9.99

    Shop the L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation by clicking here.

    2 MOODS: MATTE & GLOSSY EYES (Neon Purple Edition)

    Before we get into this edit I just wanted to thank you all very much for the love on my last blog post! I’m thrilled to know that you also liked the look as much as I enjoyed creating it.

    So, for this edit, I created two different moods: a matte look and a glossy look!

    Now to act as a canvas, I included a smokey neon purple eye-look to wear with both versions. I’ve always been quite fascinated with glossy eyes although, I don’t really wear it on myself often. Not necessarily because of the results of glossy eyes, however, but actually because of the colour combinations that are most suited to them if that makes sense. Kind of like, defining the story you’re trying to tell with glossy eyes without overthinking it.

    So in this look, I purposely chose one of the most vibrant and brightest options I could think of to show well with. Ending up possibly being a perfect look for the spring season of 2019.

    THE MATTE LOOK:

    I also did a soft-smokey liner with dark purple eyeshadow in this look. Applied on top of a diffused neon purple using Urban Decay Full Spectrum‘s purple with Too Faced Cat Eye‘s Bright Purple. (Lots of purples.)

    I blended the shape of the eyes more Biba inspired, with a little 70’s nod to add to that vibrantly relaxed vibe for the spring. I liked the outcome.

    THE GLOSSY LOOK:

    I first darkened the wing, replacing the dark purple shadow with a black eyeshadow.

    Then, I simply reached for my trusty lip balm by Vaseline (not using a lot) and applied some onto the back of my clean hand. I took my flat shader eyeshadow brush to pick up the product and started patting down the ‘gloss’ from the lash line upwards (avoiding the crease and lashes). Made a few more adjustments by adding more if needed and voilà!

    Doing this taught me that depending on the quality and texture of your eyeshadow, the gloss can either brighten or darken your eye look. In this case, I went for the most vibrant purple possible which resulted in a just as clear and colourful look endwise.

    PRODUCTS USED:

    SKIN:

    Foundation – L’Oréal True Match Foundation in 8N Cappuccino

    Concealer – L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in ‘fawn’

    Contour/bronzer – Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in ‘Chestnut’

    Blusher – L.A. Girl Pro Orange Corrector (also applied around the eyes)

    EYES:

    Palette 1: Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

    Palette 2: Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

    Mascara: E.L.F. Lengthening Mascara

    ‘Gloss’: Vaseline Lip Balm (also applied on the cheekbones)

    LIPS:

    L.A. Girl Pro Orange Corrector (applied on the centre of the lips)

    Primark Beauty Nude Lipstick (patted on top for a ‘transparent’ finish)

    Vaseline Lip Balm


    Well, that is all for today’s makeup mood!

    Would you rock glossy lids in 2019? I think I might actually get into wearing more glossy looks throughout the spring-summer of 2019. I know that it’s quite abstract, but I suppose that’s why I like the look so much 🙂

    Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

    MAKEUP MOOD: PINK + RED 80’S ALLURE

    Inspired by Fenty Beauty’s ‘uncensored’ Stunna Lip Paint (worn in this edit) I wanted to push myself a little further out of my comfort zone and add some clashing yet complimenting shadows for my eyes, specifically for the liner. I achieved this by thinly tight-lining the top lash line of my eyes with black eyeliner, gradually blended in with black eyeshadow to intensify and applied purple eyeshadow to set with.

    I thought that a touch of purple would really add to the 80’s glam nod that slowly started to show through in contrast to the softness of the pink shadow I had initially.

    Kept the skin simple with not too much foundation applied to give a very fresh approach and mixed in my powder bronzer and blush for a more believable flush on the tops of my cheekbones.

    PRODUCTS USED:

    SKIN:

    Foundation – L’Oréal Total Cover Foundation in ‘Cappuccino’ & Primark Beauty My Perfect Color Foundation

    Concealer – L.A. Girl Pro Concealer in ‘Cool Tan’

    Powder – RCMA No Color Powder & KIKO GreenMe Bronzer in ‘Raw Sienna’

    Bronzer – NIP+FAB Contour Palette in ‘DARK’

    Blush – Mary Kay Blusher in ‘Cherry Blossom’

    EYES:

    Blush – Mary Kay Blusher in ‘Cherry Blossom’

    1st Palette – Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

    2nd Palette – Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

    Mascara – Technic Lengthening

    LIPS:

    Stunna Lip Paint in ‘Uncensored’ [review coming soon…]

    I Know this is quite a romantic, Valentine’s Day looking makeup look. But, I hope you all got a bit of an up-to-date glam inspo for Valentine’s Day 2019!

    I’m currently loving this idea of eyeshadows as the liner. And although I know this is not so new, I feel like this just really gives a modern dynamic of softness yet sleekness to the eyes. Not to mention it takes a significantly shorter amount of time to apply than eyeliner.

    I have gotten a few questions on how to achieve a soft liner without the eyeshadow looking grey in the undertone. So, if any of you would like for me to film a dedicated tutorial on that – do let me know in the comments below! Xx

    Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,