New Life Changing Eye Makeup

I mentioned in my New Year’s Resolutions post that I was going to look after myself better and one of the things I wanted to work on was my appearance. I often have a tendency to wash and go without taking the time to blow dry my hair or apply makeup. Since I received my Naked eye palette from Andy at Christmas, I have found a new found enthusiasm for trying to look my best.

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I am starting to make time in the mornings to make myself look presentable and today I thought I would share the products I have been using on my eyes:

  • The original Naked eye palette – mostly a combination of these three shades (Virgin, Sidecar and Darkhorse).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lashes eyelash curler in Rose Gold – beautiful and worth every penny so far.
  • Urban Decay Perversion eyeliner pen – stays place ALL DAY. Can be hard to remove, especially if you smudge your line when applying it in the morning but great it you get it right!
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara – very volumising, a great true black colour but my lashes can get clumpy when applying it. I think this is because of the bristles on the wand so I probably won’t repurchase it when it is finished.

Have you tried any of these eye makeup products and would you recommend them? I would say my Naked eye palette and the Life Changing eyelash curler are my favourites. Bx

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Estee Lauder Foundation – First Impressions

Last year (OK it was only November but it was still last year!), I purchased the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation as I have read lots of reviews about it and wanted to see if it was worth the hype.

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I was using the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation however, as much as I like my complexion when I wear it, I just don’t think it has the staying power or coverage that I need. So I thought I would try the Double Wear foundation as I heard it is great to meet these two needs.

When I applied it, even with a good moisturiser, my skin did look slightly patchy up close. It is fine from a normal distance, e.g. friend width apart! but probably not as attractive for ‘friends with benefits’ closeness. Oddly enough, the finish did improve with a translucent powder on top. I used the Mac Mineralise Skinfinish natural powder in shade medium.

On camera, I think the finish looks quite natural but it could do with a slight dew or glow as it is a tad too matte. I will continue to use it until it is finished and might try a different powder with a subtle shimmer to give a warmer appearance in the meantime, but I think I will definitely shop around when the bottle is empty.

One pro of this foundation is that it has staying power. It lasts all day and can be tough to remove without a decent cleansing routine. I have to start with a face wipe before using my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

One con of the Double Wear is the packaging. The bottle doesn’t have a pump or pipette which would be useful when applying in a rush or in an early morning blur. I am always slightly paranoid that I will spill it everywhere and I have to make sure that my kids don’t get hold of it as I imagine it will stain our carpets and soft furnishings if they do.

Overall, I would say that my first impressions of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation would be great for coverage and longevity but a bit matte in appearance. Have you tried Double Wear? What are your thoughts on the foundation? Bx