March was a pretty good month – and with payday came my lovely OneForAll card, a handy little fella that comes from work (yay benefits!) and I usually spend on make up. There’s a few things I’ve had my eye on, so decided to take the plunge….here are my top 3 March products!
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
I’ve been wanting to try this for a while – I’ve been using Nars foundation since last payday, and while it had a lovely effect on my skin, it’s really started to oxidise badly as I’m coming to the end of the bottle – to the point where it won’t blend nicely and makes me a bit orange around the edges. It can also be a bit tacky to the touch, and means any powder I put on top of it again oxidises and goes a bit orange. I know your first reaction to that is probably “are you sure you’ve got the right shade?” but I even asked the lady in Debenhams to colour match me, and I was fairly happy with it – and I don’t think I’ve got paler since December (though, knowing me, that’s massively possible).
This foundation has made it to the top of most beauty bloggers’ lists – I haven’t found a single review that had bad things to say about it, so with my little One4All card in hand I took it to John Lewis (well, technically online) and purchased the most expensive foundation I’ve ever bought, at £40. I’m not against spending money on foundation, because I’ve found that the more expensive it is the nicer it is for my skin, and the less breakouts I get.
I’m really chuffed with the foundation, I think it’ll be great for the summer, although I’ll probably want something with a little more coverage for Winter again. It has a lovely (silky, so goes well with the name of the brand, right?) feel on my skin, and is lightweight so tbh I don’t even know I’m wearing it. It’s buildable, but I felt like it didn’t actually give me the coverage on my abnormally zitty chin, or on the bags under my eyes. But very happy with the purchase!
2. Real Techniques – Beauty Blender
Again, this is another really good buy. I’d bought the Real Techniques brush set earlier in the month and I’m really not a fan of their foundation brush, but this is amazing Particularly paired with my lovely new foundation (see above). It grips it really well, and helps you spread it across your face (maybe smear, but I never like that word) and because it soaks whatever foundation up, you don’t feel like you’re losing any. For a glorified sponge, it’s a great addition to my make up bag.
3. Nivea Soft Moisturiser
I’ve been using Aveeno moisturiser for my face pre-make up for years, and I upgraded to their oatmeal one which is just a bit too claggy to go under make-up – it makes foundation for lumpy and streaky and means I go into work looking like an oompa loompa, which is not the best of looks.
I was scrabbling around in my make up bag looking for any moisturiser anywhere, and found my travel tub from when we went to Rome, and instantly fell in love. I love Nivea – the smell is so soft, but not too girly – just a nice moisturiser. It smells of suncream and I love it!