As women of colour it is sometimes hard to find foundations with the right undertones or coverage and unfortunately sometimes the right shade. For the last four years I have tried a number of foundations and come across a selection of foundations I like.
My ultimate favourite foundation is the Mac studio fix fluid. This foundation has been used by many women of colour and is a go to for me when I want good coverage and I want a foundation that will stay matte for a good amount of time. It is affordable as it retails at just £24.50 and has a massive range of shades.
My favourite drugstore foundation is the Black Opal true colour stick foundation. This was the first stick foundations I used and so far the best. It gives full coverage and it blends very easily with a beauty blender. It retails for just £8.99 and can be found in drugstores or online. The only downside of this foundation is that it isn’t the best for oily skin as it doesn’t stay matte all day and needs touch ups to keep it looking fresh
The next best drugstore foundation I’ve come across is the NYX ‘stay matte but not flat’ liquid foundation. I came across it one day and it has become my go to when I want to use a matte foundation, but don’t want to use my high end ones. It retails for £7 and is quite good for the price. The only downsides to this foundation is the coverage which is buildable and also the foundation separates when left alone and needs to be shaken rigorously every time before use.
The third drugstore foundation I like to use is the Kiko skin evolution foundation. I came across this in secondary school and I really liked that it was affordable and did what wanted it to do. This foundation retails for about £13 and it’s honestly very good. The only thing is that… Kiko doesn’t have a huge shade range for women of colour and still haven’t introduced more shades after so many years. So they have stopped getting my support.
My favourite high end foundation is the Fenty Beauty foundation. This foundation is very similar to the MAC foundation, it stays matte for a long period of time and has full coverage. One thing I’ve heard many complain of is that this foundation oxidises but I don’t believe this is the case. Its just like all foundations, when you see the foundation in a bottle or swatch it on your hand it may look a certain tone to you. It will always look different once you have out it on your face and blended it. This is why I feel that when you go makeup shopping its important to go with a bare face so you can try out products directly on the skin. This foundation retails for £26 and I definitely recommend it.
Estee Lauder double wear foundation is another high end foundation I love. It stays matte all day and has a medium buildable coverage. This foundation has a great shade range and retails for £33.50 which is a little pricey but it is worth it.
These are a range of foundations I have tried and love. Comment below your go to foundations!
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Following a poll I did on instagram the majority of you wanted to know about the makeup and skincare products I got on my trip to the USA.
I’ll fill you guys in on the products, why I wanted them, a brief review if I’ve used them and also where you can find them in the UK.
The first product I got were the Ardell Wispies, I have heard so many great things but I hadn’t had the chance to try them so picked them up on a trip to Target! I love how these lashes looked, I use them when I want a subtle look. These lashes can be found in Boots, Superdrug and most drugstores in the UK.
The next product I got was the Valjean Labs Glow Facial Serum with Vitamin C and Magnesium. I got this product from TK Maxx and I have heard many good things about Valjean Serums in the past. I have been using the serum for about 4 months and I have seen a clear difference. My skin tone is finally starting to even out and I’ve definitely had a nicer glow but with all my skincare it is combined with keeping myself hydrated and watching what I eat (most times :)). This serum can be found online on eBay, amazon and urban outfitters and they have many other serums to suit different skincare needs.
Another product I got to add to my makeup routine was Magic Collection Rose Water Hydrating Mist. This mist can be used for the face, body and hair but I use it on my face. I got this from a drugstore and I use it before my setting spray to bring moisture to my face and make it less cakey/powdery. This brand cannot be found in the UK but there are many other brands of rose water available.
On my first trip to Sephora I had planned to buy a few things (fenty) but a lot of them were not in stock. A product I did purchase was the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer which is oil-free and pore minimising. As I have oily skin I though that this primer would be best for me but it is not as great as I thought. After a few hours my face gets oily. To make it more effective I use it with milk of magnesia and powder. The primer can be found in Boots, Debenhams and Selfridges at Smashbox counters.
The final and best product I bought was T.N Dickinson’s Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel has honestly been the best thing and was recommended to me by a beauty consultant in Macy’s. I’d heard good things before so I decided to try it out. For the last four months of using witch hazel my skin has cleared up completely. It helps prevent spots from excess oil and keeps the skin clear. I use it as a toner both in the morning and evening after cleansing my skin. Pure witch hazel can be found online or in Boots.
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I know it’s been a while but I’m back with a review on Aviela skincare. I was sent four products: the Shea butter Lip Balm, the Shea butter Hand cream, the Shea butter Foot Cream and the Shea lip butter.
Aviela’s main aim is about “making natural skincare products using high concentration of unrefined Shea butter, blended with other natural oils to offer optimal benefit to the skin”. Shea butter has many properties that are wonderful for the skin; Shea butter is 100% natural and can be used for skin and hair, it is also called the woman’s gold.
Aviela’s Shea butter is sourced from Ghana.
I can tell you now that I have been completely impressed with Aviela’s products. here are my individual thoughts on them:
This lip balm has an amazing vanilla scent. It contains all natural ingredients and after using it for just a few days the texture of my lips began to change. It kind of works like carmex with a tingly feeling, but if you’re like me and found that carmex was too much then this is perfect. It is easy to carry around and long lasting. This product retails for £3.90.
I can definitely say that this is my favourite Aviela product, it’s compact and has literally transformed my lips. From being quite dry and cracked, the consistent use of this lip butter has caused my lips to be much, much softer. It has a lovely mint chocolate smell. I let one of ,my friends try this product and he loved it so much that he took mine and made me get him his own. I also purchased another one for myself because it’s literally that good. This will now be my go to lip product. The only thing is that it’s best to store the lip butter in a bag rather than in your pocket because it melts easily. This product retails for £4.00.
Again this is one of my favourite Aviela products. This hand cream is so smooth and silky and keeps your hands moisturised for a long period of time. It doesn’t give your hands the sticky feeling that some hand creams do after use. It’s great for those with dry hands and it smells great too. This product retails for £8.00
Aviela’s shea foot butter is amazing for dry feet. It helps to keep your feet and heels smooth. The Tea tree oil in it heals scar tissue and fights inflammation. The product lasts all day and is not greasy. I use this most time before sleeping and over time the texture of my feet completely changed. I would highly recommend this for those who struggle with dry skin on their feet. This product retails for £12.00.
I hope you guys have found this review informative and purchase some products: https://aviela.co.uk/
On another note I know I’ve been AWOL for a while but I’m back now and have some great content and things to share with you guys!
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I know its been a very long time since anything was posted and literally the only excuse is life. University started and a few personal things came up; But now the blog is back and we have loads of content to share. I have reviews coming up from the highly awaited Fenty Beauty, Black up cosmetics and Aviela Skincare. I also have loads of advice posts and I can’t wait to share all the products I’ve been trying out and also all the skills I’ve learnt! I just want all of you to remember that you are Queens and that you can do anything you set your mind to! SEE YOU IN MY NEXT POST XXXX
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Hey guys, welcome back to our blog. It’s been a while because we have been moving into uni, but now we’ve settled down its time for some new content.
I’m going to share with you guys all my favourite Autumm/Winter lippies so you can slay this season. They are all affordable and all great for women of colour. I’ll also be telling you guys some ways to spice it up and make the lipsticks pop!
1. The first lipstick is sleek ‘Smother’, this is a glossy lipstick that had a dark pink look. It’s great with a darker liner to make it look more fierce!
2. The next lipstick is one of my all time favourites! It’s Mac’s ‘Antique Velvet’, this is a matte reddish-brown lipstick and it’s s great nude for darker women of colour. I usually wear it with a darker brown liner to give it more depth. To spice it up I sometimes use the Kyle metallic lipkit in ‘King K’ in the middle to give an ombre metallic look. I promise you everyone will be asking about it.
3. My third favourite is Make up revolutions ‘Make me tonight’. Just as suggested in the name this lipstick is great at night time. It is a glossy dark purple and it doesn’t really need any additions to it.
4. My fourth colour is Mac’s ‘Instigator’. This is a dark purple like the previous lipstick but it is matte. The great thing I love about this lipstick is its longevity and it also has the ability to stay on through eating 🙂
5. My goth favourite color is Make up revolutions lip lawyer in ‘Vamp’ this lipstick is one of my favourites. It’s an extremely matte dark purple and to spice it up I again use a metallic lipstick is the middle which turn purple and automatically gives me a sparkly purple ombré. This is great for nights out and looks great with a silver smoky eye 😉
6. My final favourite is another of Make up revolutions lip laquers but I’m the colour ‘Black Heart’. This colour is a very dark purple which is basically almost black. It’s great for a winter gothic look and also looks great with ombré.
That’s it on my favourite winter lipsticks. I hope you guys try these out. They are all affordable with lift of them being under £10 and the quality is pretty good. Thanks for reading 🙂
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