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June Beauty Review

I bring to you a round up of well curated products that I had the pleasure (or in some instances not so pleasurable experience) of trying throughout June. I attended a few a events, went to Priceline and did some damage here and there. Not to mention target! Overall I discovered some pretty good affordable and higher end beauty bits. I’ve had the month to form my thoughts, so here they are..

 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation | You may have seen my review on this one that I posted on here a bit ago. On my skin, it was sadly a miss. I held high hopes for Luminous Silk. But unfortunately after my experience with it, I can only recommend it to some. More on that here.

 

Australis Banana Powder | I went for seconds – and thirds! That says it all right? This powder is my tomato face saviour! Overall I have an olive complexion. Though my face never fails to give off this

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review

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The longest running award-winning foundation, known to be used by top makeup artists for every celebrity braving the glaring lights of the red carpet. Armani’s Luminous Silk is said to be a cut above the rest – with the brands perfected light bouncing technology and spherical pigments. An understated glow is something this foundation definitely provides, but is it all good stuff? Perhaps for some and not for others. See, I’ve grown to have an acquired taste when it comes to what I consider to be a good foundation – I can thank NARS sheer glow for setting the bar real high. Anyway, this is how it went down on my skin.

The Expectation | A long-lasting medium – full coverage base with a natural luminosity – minus the tacky finish? They were the big selling points for me. It’s not everyday I’m willing to splash out on a $95 foundation. But this baby had to be number one eleven years running for a reason, right?

The Application Initially I tried blending it with my hands, just to get a feel for the consistency. Silly me, I knew I was kidding myself from the get go as that particular method of application has always been my least favourite. In saying that, I know Karima from Shameless Fripperies applies it with her fingers and it looks flawless on her! For me though – not so much. So with that, I took to my beloved beauty blender. This thing never bloody fails me! As expected it applied the foundation to my skin with ease providing a solid medium coverage that could easily be built upon very nicely. The creamy liquid blends well as you have a ton of time before it actually sets. Yes, this foundation does actually set – beautifully might I add.

The FormulaLuminous Silk has a creamy yet liquid consistency as I mentioned above. It applies nicely onto the skin, though I would recommend working in sections with this one. I think the trick is to make sure you prep your skin well before hand. On my ultra dehydrated skin, I couldn’t get away without doing so. If you have normal, slightly oily or slightly dry skin than I do believe you can make this work for you. But if you’re skin leans more toward being an extremity on either end of the spectrum than I’d recommend giving this one a pass. It was a bit of a weird one for me as it looked ever so slightly drying when first applied, only to work its way up to a shine pretty quickly throughout the day. The thing that caught me out though is that I’ve never experienced looking both shiny and dry at any one time with a foundation. You know what, I didn’t mind the shine having such dehydrated skin and all. But while it was oiling up it did maintain that initial appearance that I don’t quite like or desire in a base. In saying that the formula was in no way heavy feeling or looking on the skin. I can definitely see how this has the potential to perform beautifully on less problematic (in terms of hydration/oil levels) skin.

The Verdict | While I imagine this would be lovely on anyone with remotely normal to slightly dry or oily skin, I don’t think it’s much of a hit for everyone else in between. Which is a shame, because despite all else – the stuff holds up on the skin that’s for sure! I’m pretty certain 95% of the product was still on my face by the end of the day. And at one point it did acquire a beautiful glow and luminosity about it. But unfortunately, the finish was an undesirable one on me as no matter what it still looked dry behind that shine. It is worth noting that my blush, highlight and contour all remained vibrant and as even as when I first applied them at the beginning of the day each time I wore this foundation. But I guess with everything you spend that much money on, you don’t want it to be underwhelming in its wonders. You’d expect it to be nothing less than remarkable.

Armani’s Luminous Silk is without a doubt a beautiful foundation for those who have the right skin type to pull it off. I just personally couldn’t justify the $95 price tag for this one. Again, when I spend that much on any type of beauty product I expect straight up goodness. This may be Kim K’s ride or die – but NARS Sheer Glow still stands number one in my eyes.

Have you tried a base from Giorgio Armani’s line of foundations before? I’m certainly intrigued by the brand. I do have an inkling that I’ll  soon discover some holy grail worthy stuff from them if what I’ve seen is anything to go by. I had a feel of one of their primers on my hand and boy did it feel smooth – truly luxurious stuff. One for the wish list that one..

When I’m brave enough to bring myself to splash out that much money on a product again I’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, I’ll be with my $8 Nivea primer and drugstore foundation. You know, to make up for that unjustifiable $95 I said goodbye to. Ha! I’m spent. *Cries self to sleep*

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A YSL Red That’ll Knock Them Dead!

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I love me a good luxury lipstick that’s for sure, but YSL Beauty is a brand I never bothered to delve into. Recently, I’ve gotten lazy with my makeup. I’ve loved doing nothing more than a heavy coat of mascara with a refined and glowing base. If I’m feeling fancy Ill add a sweep of bronzer to give my moon face some definition. Ha! But, I’ve been tricking the world into thinking I’ve actually spent longer than a few minutes on my face with the help of a perfectly defined red lip.

Being winter these lips of mine have been dryer than the sahara desert. So the formula of lipstick I’ve been falling back is surprisingly on I’ve had in my stash for a long while now. Silly me for never giving this more of an opportunity to impress me earlier.

This fiery hot YSL lipstick is the truest of true reds. With an emollient texture, it’s the most forgiving red I’ve been able to pull off on these chapped lips of mine. I imagine this would certainly be a shade to suit an array of skin tones as it’s base is pretty neutral sitting somewhere in between a cool and warm toned hue. It’s one of those stunning editorial shades that instantly make you look a million times better. Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture lipstick is definitely my winter go to when I want to look fresh and polished.

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L’Oreal Cushion Foundation – A Dry Skin Win?

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I have finally gotten my hands on the L’Oreal Cushion Foundation. I have been waiting for this one to hit Australia’s shelves for a while now. I’ve bought it, worn it, and here’s what I think..

THE CONCEPT  The whole idea of a cushion foundation is ingenious. It’s basically a very porous sponge that is heavily saturated with a liquid BB cream/foundation and stored in a compact. Cushion foundations are nothing new to the asian market. It is a Korean invented concept that has actually been around for quite some time overseas. But we all know how it is with the cosmetics industry and western civilisation being way behind.

Nonetheless, we’ve caught on. It’s available and I predict it’s here to stay.

At first I struggled quite a bit with the shade range available to us here in Australia. Non of the shades stood out to me as an obvious match at first glance. I settled for a darker shade to match me when my skin has seen the sun as I was determined to try the stuff and at the time, the pale shades seemed just a little too pink. I wasn’t convinced.

The application of this formula is a dream. It blends seamlessly into the skin. I soon realised that the colours are very forgiving as the formula almost has a translucency to it without sacrificing the quality of coverage. Not being able to apply this particular with my fingers was a compromise I was willing to make upon discovering the ease of application via other methods such as a beauty blender or buffing brush. With whatever tool you choose, you will get a quick and easy blend. I do recommend saving the supplied sponge for on the go touch ups and emergency application only. Nonetheless, the convenience of it being right there in the compact is fantastic!

I adore the formula though do wish L’Oreal would have released the slightly more yellow toned shades here in Australia. I know the shade range in America is much more broad. But as I did mention above the shades are quite forgiving.

This is a foundation I would most certainly purchase again and have in fact already purchased a couple of shades of myself. But being newly introduced to the cushion concept I would l like to see my favourite NARS Sheer glow foundation in action in a DIY cushion kit because that would just be everything and more.

Have you tried any of the cushion foundations on the market? Would love to hear of your recommendations. Do you prefer the westernised formulas over the Korean ones? I really do see myself getting addicted to the concept.