Face | Hiding The Madness

Hey There Pretties!

Today I write to you, sat on my couch, in the dark watching some thunder and lightening. This autumn weather has been AMAZING and really is my fave time of year!

We are finally mid week! YAY so we can all do the mid week boogie! As I am not working at the mo I will join in for the sake of it, but there is just nothing to hate about a Wednesday! (I am not working because I am a bum, just simply some issues were had at my previous place of work and the surgery I had just kicked my ass just FYI. I am almost healed and have a job lined up, but I will leave that for another day).

I am also in the process of a new project, I am just sorting out the little details and should be able to share with you in the next few days! Another YAY!

However, today will only be a short blog. I am in 3rd day of my Blogging frenzy and wasn’t sure what to share with you all.

This morning I woke up and realised my Doctors appointment was early that expected so I didn’t really have time with gaffing around with makeup so just covered my face, applied a small amount of mascara and rushed out the door.

So, whilst I was deciding what it was I wanted to write about, I thought I would do my makeup all fancy (The downside being I had no where to wear it 😦 ). I took what little makeup I had off and thought that my skin was just dreadful so I decided to write about how I cover my horrible scarring, redness and extra blemishes when my skin is at it’s worst. I have had worse skin than I do now, but it is the first time I have noticed it being too horrible in a while.

I tend to have bad skin when Aunt Flow visits… When I get ill…. or apparently just for fun every now and again. This is not unusual for women and as long as daily routines and effort is put into looking after your skin, you will reap the rewards.

ANYWAY

Ramble over. Here is a before pic…

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And here are the products I used…

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Max Factor Lasting Performance in Fair

ELF Cosmetics Cover Stick in Ivory

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Neutral

And here is the after…

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(I filled in my brows and did add a small amount of blush, but I think you can get the idea of how much different my skin looks).

How did I apply them you ask?

After moisturising and priming I added my ELF Cosmetics Cover Stick FIRST. Yes, you read that correctly. I applied it where the redness was looking most angry. This allows a little extra coverage. I do not blend in, I go straight ahead and apply the Max Factor Foundation over the top, blending in with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I LOVE this brush and the finish it gives my skin.

I then add any extra cover stick where necessary and then just buff in the powder gently. I can’t live without powder. I am not a fan of the dewy finish, I love a matte finish, but just add as much as you feel feel most comfortable with.

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Here is a just a wee cheeky selfie of the complete look I went for.

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And there you have it.

Goodbye for now my loves xo

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Everyday Go To Make Up | Back To School

Hey Dolls,

Hope you are all well!

This post goes out to all the little beauties out there who have recently started back to school or those looking for a quick and easy go to daily makeup. The reason I dedicate it for all the youngun’s out there is because my 15 year old sister has recently started back and described how the teachers are stripping young teenagers of their individuality and unique personalities away.

Going round class by class with nail polish remover and makeup remover and saying only natural coloured hair is allowed. I see the point and how it should be about the education not what you look like, but I also feel that making it about no makeup, no hair, no expression, is going to do the complete opposite to the teenagers in education.

Uniform is in place to ensure that everyone is wearing the same thing to minimise bullying, but every teenager needs an outlet for expression. I don’t what I would have done without a little bit of makeup in school because I suffered with horrid acne, and without that cover up I probably wouldn’t have wanted to leave the house.

I feel education is most important and towards the end of my educational period at my particular school, the education deteriorated and so did my motivation. One of my classes was a complete joke, with one teacher teaching two different levels at the same time, and my complaints led to me having to take time out of my time out of school hours to get the lessons I should have had during school hours.

So instead of focusing on how girls apply their makeup and spending the money on removers, how about focusing on ensuring teachers and students are thriving to do the best they can do? There should be limit on how much makeup is worn, obviously it would be unacceptable to walk in with full on clubbing makeup during the day, but a little bit of creativity could just help someone find themselves. Hell, thats what your teenage years are for! So I am going to show how I wear my makeup when I can’t be bothered or when I going for a more natural and pretty looks..

First things first…. The products. image-7So here I have (In order of application after moisturiser and primer – will not cover the application of my eyebrows)

ELF Cover Stick concealer in Ivory £1.95

NYC 14hr Long Lasting Foundation in Classic Ivory £3.99

Maybelline Super Stay Waterproof Powder in Ivory £5.99

Natural Collection Blusher in Pink Cloud £1.99

-Calvin Klien Cream Eye Shadow In Snake Skin Silver (Poundland)

MUA Matte Eye Shadow Palette in Ever After (Using shades Bare and Smoke) £4.00

MUA Eye Shadow Palette in Heaven & Earth (Using shades Amber Dune)

Essence Waterproof Mascara in Black. £2.50

ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lemonade £1.95

My point was great coverage for a flawless, glowing skin for those who suffer with acne or those pesky imperfections (I still do, so please don’t let it worry you, just make sure you find a really good skin care routine, if you want me to share mine just let me know). You don’t want to piss off you teachers either, so ensure you pick a foundation that really suits your skin colour. I am a rather pale person so I have to swatch with the testers before I buy.

For this look as well, you don’t want to apply tonnes of everything. No Tarantula eyelashes and unfortunately no statement lips.

So a super quick run down of my application.

I used the ELF coverstick to cover my imperfections whether they be large pore or blemishes. Before blending I then applied my NYC foundation. You want to ensure you blend down the neck, towards your hairline and by the ears (we don’t want the lines). It feels slightly heavy but don’t worry about using one or the other if you don’t have those imperfections on your skin, this is about making you look as natural as possible. Dabbing the powder on with my powder brush to start with as to ensure that the base we applied isn’t smudged nor moved around the face the way we don’t want to do. Once that has done, nice gentle circles to finish the application to just finish covering any shines. If you like the dewy look and are comfortable with it – go with it, i’m just very much a powder finish gal.

Then with a cheeky smile gentle apply the blusher on the apples of your cheeks. The great thing about the Natural Collection blusher is that is doesn’t look heavy, you very much have to build the colour up step by step which is great for achieving the natural look. image-11 The Calvin Klien cream eyeshadow was a little bargain of mine and bought in multiple colours. The pigmentation is just perfect to use as a highlighter to heighten the eyes under the brow. Also is great for a little primer eyeshadow primer ;). I applied this with the light matte eyeshadow to bring back that natural finish. I added another MUA pale brown colour in the corners of my eyes, simply to add definition, but this doesn’t need to be done. Using the MUA Matte black shadow, I used this in place of my usual liquid liner. It softens the application just sightly widening the eyes, adding a very subtle definition. The Essence Black Mascara is very difficult to clump your lashes so again it will add a very subtle definition make you feel that bit more comfy (can’t leave the house without mascara). If you already have dark eyelashes, trying using a clear mascara just to add that pop. That way it will look even more natural. image-10 The lipstick is applied like a gloss as is absolutely perfect as it is close to my lip colour already. Matching the lip stick to your skin tone and lip colour is essential to complete the look. It adds confidence and just a little pop to your pout. image-8 image-9

I hope this helps those who struggle with their school. Take a selfie of your natural makeup and take me in them on twitter or Instagram so I can see! Good luck.

Goodbye for now xo

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Face | New Holy Grails

Hey there my pretty, little readers!

Hope you have all been well! I am back to work tomorrow (sob sob) but I have had a lovely week off with my other half and a few of my other favourites. I had the BEST Saturday night out in a long long long time and felt fresh and mighty fine on the Sunday (Bonus!). 

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See, I was feeling and looking fresh!

Also, I am now on FACEBOOK! I have always had my personal account but I know that a lot of my followers use Facebook more than Twitter and I want to make sure I have everything I can for all my new, existing and future followers. Take a look and like like like! 

facebook.com/writtenbytayla 

Anyway, during my time off, I did a few drug store hauls (I am so naughty) but the last few months have been tough and I felt that I deserved a few little treats. 

I will write a full haul in the next couple days and share all that I purchased at the end of Feb but today’s post will literally just be the 3 amazing products that I bought and have found myself loving and now cannot live without in my life. 

I am just going to say that my photography is not at it’s best at the moment, but I am trying to find my proper set up and will hopefully be finding some really good lighting for my vanity.  (Considering I have an ALevel in Photography it isn’t really an excuse, but I want to do things properly 🙂 so please bare with me)

Moving on!!! All you have been waiting for… my new cannot live without products. 

And there they are… 

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. – By Samantha Chapman.

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Superdrug £8.99

Literally THE best face brush I have EVER used. I am in love love love. The hairs do not fall out, they are super soft and the brush is full and thick, exactly what you would expect with the price. I have been back and forwards with deciding whether to invest in some Real Techniques brushes and the price was always holding me back. Do not get me wrong now I have tried the brushes it is completely worth the price, but for me trying something I have never used before at only getting one brush for almost £10 I was slightly sceptical. I am not cheap, but I do love getting value for money and Real Techniques have mastered that. 

When I first used the brush to apply my foundation, I used my favourite, Max Factor Colour Adapt, and had really bad skin at the time. 

I am going to be completely honest with you all right now….OH MY DEAR LORD….I had as close to flawless skin as you can get with the amount of blemishes I had. I genuinely walked around feeling photoshopped. I was so impressed and have used anything else since. If you have also been debating with yourself to invest in a new face brush…I order you to do it right this very second. go go go!!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser

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Bought in Sainsbury’s for £7.99 but it wasn’t on the website, so link to Boots.

I have never heard of Nip + Fab as a brand before, and I am shooting myself for having never finding it before. They offer skin care for both men and women, and products that cater for the whole body. For a while I have been looking for some product for my face that contains Glycolic Acid, and the reason being; It helps fight wrinkles, helps sooth and repair acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation.

Why have I not heard of this before? Well my mum being the amazing lady she is, advised me that for my skin, this would be perfect and for weeks I have been looking for an affordable effective product that does the job. We were in Sainsbury’s just having a look out of pure boredom one day and this just jumped out at us. It was an introductory offer and at half price, I could not give it a miss. It had Glycolic acid written all over the packaging and contains 2%. Which I believe for over the counter, is pretty good. Glycolic acid can be found in chemical peels and plastic surgeons use it in face procedures, so I just had to give it a go. 

It has a very Grapefruity smell which is quite strong, but not off putting, infact is pleasant. Some face products are just awful smelling and just not worth it. It is a foaming facial cleanser so just use this in your usual twice a day cleansing routine. I do remove my makup first with my Nivea Cleanser so my skin gets all the acidy goodness. No stinging, no irritation – just perfect. It does dry my skin out slightly, but hey, thats what moisturiser is for and thats in my routine anyway. I now could not live without it, and will be stocking up!!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum

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Sainsburys for £7.99 in half price introductory offer. 

Part of the same brand and range, I bought this as the price was just too good. This contains 4% glycolic acid and is a serum to be applied at night. I think the higher percentage is better to be applied at night because there is no makeup on the skin allowing it breath. After I have cleansed my face I apply this serum and it has the same smell, so there are not clashing smells – yay. It promised to minimise pore and brighten the skin. Both problems that I have. I am aware that product like these will take a few weeks to start noticing any difference, but my skin has cleared right up and using all the above products and moisturising twice daily but skin feels smoother and the best condition it has been in a long long long time. 

I will continue to invest in this range and will be seeing what else is about. Here is the link to website, and I do advise having a look if you have any type of skin problem. http://www.nipandfab.com/default.aspx

Use this Real Techniques or Nip+Fab?? Let me know, would love to know your thoughts on them!

xo

p.s Here are a few pictures from the weekend, my makeup and I also did the makeup for my sister, Shannan.

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This is a before applying the eyelashes. As she has never used eyelashes, I wanted her to be able to see the difference and make sure she liked them. She is a beautiful little lady 🙂

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I has such sparkly eyes and the lighting in my house is terrible, but like I said I will fixing that!! It was especially bad when I had finished doing my sister’s makeup!

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Face | Foundations I Wouldn’t Buy Again.

Hey there pretty people!

 

How are we this fine Thursday eve!?

I am so sorry I have been MIA this past week, I have had my lovely monthly migraine and it completely wiped me out. If you have read any of my previous posts, you will have noticed that I have mentioned my migraines, and I tend to get them once a month (brought with aunt flow) but recently they seem to have eased right down, but this week they have all caught up with each other and just left me useless. I was even sent home from work on Monday because of it, which has ruined my work record! I have been at my current job for nearly 2 and half years, and only had 1 sick day (from my migraine) and now this half a sick day so I am gutted!!

But if you are ill, you’re ill right?! 

Do any of you suffer with migraine? How do you handle or control them? what is the quickest way you find shifts the pain/sickness/vision loss? Would love to know, I have a really low pain thresh hold so I think it was really mean of my body to make me suffer this much!! I find a dark, cool room, snuggly pj’s and being surrounded but wet flannels and ice packs helps me!

 

Anyway, moving on! 

Today my Mum surprised me with a spontaneous visit to come and say hello with my little sister. It was lovely to spend my evening with pleasant company as my boyfriend works nights, so I spend a lot of time on my own.

She asked me to show her my vanity storage and desk, including the contents of it, and I found my self going “oh my god this is amazing” or “I don’t like this, but you probably will, why don’t you have it to try”. I gave my Mum a good few products to try, and hopefully she comes back with a review of some of them and writes me a guest blog (like she keeps promising 😉 ) and maybe she can give a different opinion to what I have to say. We have quite different skin types, I am combination skin and she tends to have oily skin, which can make a big difference on how we feel about certain products. 

 

So I have written a few reviews on some of my favourite foundations so I think it is about time I shared my opinions on some foundations that I purchased over the past year and didn’t really find myself liking as much as I thought I would. They are all of different brands, and doesn’t mean I don’t like that particular brand completely, JUST this particular product. I will always justify my reviews with my personal opinion and no one else’s. All products have been paid for by my self, unless stated otherwise.  

 

Let’s get the ball rolling shall we!?

 

I am going to start with an E.L.F product and it is one I was really excited to try, so I think maybe it was my expectations were too high.

It was a product I put on my Christmas list, so my dearest mother bought it for me. I tried a small hand sample, as you do, when I went to Cardiff for my birthday and we visited the store, and the little swatch of it I applied to my hand I was SO impressed with. I think it was a bit misleading how the good the coverage was. It was the “HD Mattifying Cream Foundation” and it comes in this little compact.

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I LOVE the packaging, but the product did not do what it said on the tin. waaaahhh! I tend to have my oily skin days, but not regularly, however I found that the days I wore this product it definitely was not mattifying and did not last the whole day. It left my face patchy and slippery, especially around the T-zone area. I tried a few different powders to see there was any problems with certain ones, but had the same result multiple times. I was gutted. I was surprised to see on the front of the lid, it said “oil free”. I don’t necessarily think it’s telling any porkie pies but it definitely did not sit well with my skin. I would however use the remaining amount for a coverage that wasn’t needed all day, such as a night out. It always lasted a few hours before becoming oily, so for short term wear, I would rate it as it had a good coverage to begin with. 

 

My foundation number two would be the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation.

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I found the colouring was a good match for my pasty skin, which is probably the number one problem I have with foundation, but I was let down by the coverage. As I have many many skin imperfections from teenage acne and scarring I do like a good thick, light weight foundation that has a really good coverage. I would recommend this one to any one who doesn’t have problematic skin with minimal flaws and doesn’t might a very light coverage. I found it to be quite runny which is another thing I don’t like with some foundations. The packaging is lovely though so it sits nicely in my drawer. This is one of the products I gave to my mum to try and she doesn’t need or like a heavy foundation the way I do :). I would not mind trying the concealer in this range simply because the colour match was pretty much spot on for me and softer concealers are good for under the eye. 

 – If you have read any of my previous posts, you will have read my review on Rimmel’s Matte Mousse Foundation, which is now one of my absolute faves, so like I said, it isn not the brand completely, it is just this particular product, that I personally don’t get on with. –

 

My final foundation that I am not too keen on would be Maybelline’s Fit Me range. I don’t use many of their products but I have found them to be a reliable brand from what I have picked up in the past. I picked this foundation up on my travels to LA back in 2012, and I on and off use it just to double check that my skin hasn’t changed. Again the colouring matched well but it was a very runny foundation and like I said – for me, that not cool. I find that runnier foundation leave me oily and sticky even with powder to set the coverage. They don’t last all day on my skin, so it’s not ideal if I want to stay fresh faced. This is a product that I think My mum liked though, with her light weight foundations, so again this is just from personal preference. The other problem I had with this is that THERE IS NO PUMP which makes it super easy to get the contents out  the world’s most infuriating thing when you have loads of product left that just will not come out! Grrrrr – one of life’s annoying things.

 

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I loooooove foundation packaging, it always looks so smart. 

 

How do you feel about these products? Let me know 🙂

 

xo

 

 

Finding The Right…

…Foundation!!

 

Has anyone else has the endless fight of finding the right foundation for their skin type? This one product has to do and be so many things, that you are fighting a losing battle!

 

Here is what a foundation needs to be and/or do:

-Match you skin tone; there is nothing worse than walking down the High Street and seeing those girls who don’t have a clue (I’m one of them). They are either a cheesy wotsit or ghostly white! I have, plenty of times, fallen under both categories, mainly the slightly orange side as I have a rather pale complexion!

 

-Easy to blend; you want to be able to apply the product without it being patchy and just overall messy. I have come across some nasty foundations that have dried before even being applied to my face! It wouldn’t blend whatsoever and I ended up just giving up! Not even adding an extra touch of moisturiser can help sometimes.

 

-The right price for you; never shop in the section that you wouldn’t be able to afford regularly. If you are like me, I wear foundation everyday without fail to cover up all the flaws of spots as a teenager. I always avoid the expensive areas because my idea of hell would be finding the perfect foundation with the hefty price tag. I probably go through a bottle a month so nothing more the £15 on the bottle is my idea of ideal. Finding the nice £40 foundation that does the job is all well and good but you don’t want to find that one time you can’t afford it and be left with high expectations. 

 

-The right texture for your skin; Everyone wants something lightweight and that doesn’t melt off of you face after walking briskly to work. I don’t know about you guys but I can get a bit flustered which causes a nice sweaty face. I want something that isn’t too oily but is also thick for a good coverage. If you already have flawless skin, but feel naked without a thin layer of something, you aren’t going to want the thick coverage.

 

-It has to work with your type of skin; If you have oily skin, you don’t want an oil based foundation, if you have blemishes or suffer with spots you are going to want an Anti-Blemish solution. If you have dry skin, a moisturising coverage.

 

There are so many other things to take into consideration, but you do need to find what is the most important for your skin type. Only you can know how your skin will react to certain ingredients. 

 

After years of applying makeup and trying to learn my skin type, I think I have found the one!

 

Every time I need a new foundation, if I feel the need to keep looking, like I know there is something better, I will not buy that product again. I will spend hours in Boots if I need to, testing them on my hands, then if passing the hand test, trying to see how a red patch on my face  is covered.

 

Before I tell you want I found, I am going to tell you a little about my skin…

I have a lot of scars from having rather spotty skin as a child. I would never leave my face alone (bad habits die hard, but I am certainly not as bad as I used to be). Sometime my skin can be quite oily – I think that depends on the weather, drier in the winter and oilier in the summer, but I think that is normal! I can have a bit of eczema down the sides of my cheeks, which might not be itchy but can sometimes look red and irritated. I still suffer with acne (especially during the time of the months, hopefully I am not the only one!) so a prefer a thick coverage that isn’t going to make me feel greasy nor caked in makeup! 

 

Here are a couple pics of the foundation I found…Image

 

Before full application…

I think you can really see what I mean by bad skin. My pore are just gigantic and the redness of my skin is horrible!

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After full application… 

 

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I personally can really see a difference.

 

The Main thing I have trouble with as well as the colour of the product for my I-am-so-pale-I-am-almost-transparent-skin is that lasting coverage is a MUST, and this for me is perfect, I can get home from work, and although it may not be perfect (like I said bad habits die hard when it comes to not leaving my face alone) is it could go back out without reapplying and be comfortable with how I look…

 

So what did I buy… at the cost of £9.99 from Boots, I found this to be reasonable. Having a budget of £15 per month, I think I have really struck lucky with finding it. The reason I have never tried this brand of foundation before, is I have always believed them to hold a hefty price tag, but I am so glad a didn’t resist the urge to look this time..

 

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Ta-Da!!! I think I am in love!!!! The bottle says it all… I am no longer an oompa loompa, and I can leave the house without worrying about getting a little bit sweaty! Despite the thickness of this foundation, it is still extremely lightweight but still thick enough  for that desired coverage!! I do not feel the need to continue to shop around (unless I find a good bargain, I will always try something new) but I have found my new permanent foundation that works perfectly with my primer!

 

Have you tried this one before? Whats your favourite foundation?? Let me know!!

 

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