REVIEW: Proaura Vitamin C Serum with Astaxanthin – Perfect skin in three days!

It’s always hard to try a product that you’ve never heard anything about and especially if it is new to the market.  Have no fear!  That’s what I’m here for, I’ve tried and tested the Proaura Vitamin C Serum and … Continue reading

REVIEW: L’Oreal True Match Mineral Foundation

L'oreal True Match

I’ve started using L’Oreal True Match Mineral Foundation and I am loving it!  I decided to switch to a mineral powder because my pregnancy is making my skin super spotty.  Ok, that’s actually a complete exaggeration…my pregnancy is making my … Continue reading

Review: Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream

Olay Regenerist Luminous

Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream is another great moisturiser that I discovered on my quest for the perfect product for hyperpigmented skin.  Now, I have to admit, when I read the word “luminous” on a skincare product, it … Continue reading

Nimue Skin Technology – for Hyperpigmented Skin

Nimue Skin Technology

I’m constantly trying new products designed to reduce the look of pigmentation or even out skin tone.  Recently I got my hands on the Skin Health Starter Kit for Hyperpigmented Skin from Nimue Skin Technology. I have been using this … Continue reading

Beauty: The Best Concealer EVER!

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I had heard people raving about the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer (that’s a bit of a mouthful), but I had never actually tried it before.  With it’s promise to conceal flaws, imperfections and blemishes, for up to 16 hours – and a 6 euro price point – I had to give it a go!

It is AMAZING!  If you’ve read previous posts of mine you’ll know I like a full coverage concealer for under my eyes!  I have never found a “drugstore” concealer that does that for me … Until now!

  Note:  I haven’t used it to cover up any spots or blemishes like that, because I generally don’t like to put makeup on them! :/  They seem to last longer for me if I cover them up!  All  I can comment on is how well it works for the eyes!

The Good Things:

  • COVERAGE:  It has a thick and creamy consistency and it blends really well.  You can also apply a second layer for a flawless finish.  (BTW: I always apply concealer AFTER everything else, I don’t know if this makes a difference to the end result)
  • NO CREASES OR ‘CAKEY-NESS’:  It doesn’t cake or accentuate fine lines – which usually happens immediately with other concealers I use.
  • LONG WEARING:  I don’t know about the 16 hours of perfection, but I do know that I put my makeup on one morning and wore the same makeup out that night – and, you know, I looked OK! Haha

Below, I have used that scar on my arm as an example again.  I’m using the shade ‘3 Medium Warm’.  As you can see it blends beautifully, the coverage is really great too.

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This is a comparison with Benefit’s Boi-ing Concealer which is FOUR TIMES the price of the Lasting Perfection.  Boi-ing is a perfect example of a concealer that (for me) doesn’t blend well, gets stuck in creases and cakes.  It didn’t photograph too well, but if you look closely you can really see it in the lines of the skin on my arm.

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The ONE Bad Thing:

This is kind of a weird one, but it’s the packaging!  The ink comes off the tube on your hands!  I’ve ended up with big black smudges and for ages I didn’t know where it was coming from.  So be careful!  You might want to use nail polish remover or something to strip the ink off the tube.

So, that’s it for my review.  If you’re in the market for a new concealer – go out and get this one!  I absolutely love it – definitely my new favourite!

Thanks for reading!

Clinique Even Better: Makeup to Cover Hyper-Pigmentation, Acne Scarring and Age Spots!

If you are concerned about hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, acne scarring or age spots – these may be your new favourite makeup products!

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The Clinique Even Better range has been a long-time favourite of mine. As I have mentioned before, one of my main skin concerns is sun damage! I grew up in a very sunny country and I was very naughty and rarely wore sunscreen! However, some years back I visited a Clinique counter had a consultation and thus discovered Even Better. In this blogpost I’m reviewing two products from the makeup range.
Photos demonstrating results are at the bottom of the Page!
(I’ve actually used a scar on my arm to show results for this as I think it’s much more obvious than my face!)

Even Better Foundation SPF 15

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Skin Types: Combination Oily, Dry Combination

Coverage: Medium to Full

Benefits: Evens and Corrects Skin Tone + Contains SPF + Oil Free!

This foundation is the one that I always go back to – I even wore it for my Wedding day! There’s something amazing about this makeup – it actually contains ingredients to treat your skin problems as well as conceal them!

Within 4-6 weeks of using this product you should see a more even skin tone, diminished age spots and improved clarity! The SPF also means it protects against future darkening. Amazing!

I can say I definitely see a difference in my own skin when I’ve been using this product, so much so that I’ve stopped wearing it daily and have been using a BB cream instead!

TIP: If you are concerned with Acne you should use your fingers to apply the make up rather than a brush – far more hygienic!!

Even Better Concealer

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Concern: Dark Spots and Discolourations

Skin Type: All skin types

Coverage: Full

Benefits: Brightens and Conceals

I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this, and if I had read online reviews before buying this — I probably never would have found it! BUT a lot of the reviews seem to be from people with skin concerns such as bags/wrinkles that have simply not understood what this product is for! I would say that this product is for you ONLY if you are trying to conceal pigmentation and dark spots!

This concealer works really well, one thing I will say is that you need to warm the product between your fingers or on the back of your hand before use as it’s quite stiff. If you’ve warmed it first, it blends perfectly!

Here are the results you can expect to see. This is just one application of foundation, you can obviously put less or more on depending on the coverage you need.

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I hope you found this useful, definitely let me know if you try it! Thanks for reading!!