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Makeup Forever HD Foundation Review

I had to review this foundation as it really is one of my favourites both for makeup clients and for myself. This is my “going out” foundation of choice.   I love so many things about it:

  1. It feels light on the skin but gives flawless coverage and you can wear it sheered out (or mixed with a bit of moisturiser) for lighter coverage or build it up for a full coverage.
  2. It photographs beautifully! This along with my Chanel Vitalumiere is an absolute essential in my kit for my bridal clients or for photoshoots as there is no SPF so it won’t cause flashback and make you look paler than you are.
  3. The finish is not completely matte, it still gives a lovely sheen to the skin.
  4. It does a fantastic job of covering skin imperfections with only minimal need for concealer and skin looks absolutely flawless.
  5. There are 25 shades so you will be well able to find one to suit you.


It is most suited to Oily/Combination skin but if you have some dry patches, you can use it, just be sure to prep the skin well (exfoliate, moisturise and prime with a good primer such as Smashbox Photoready)  If you have oilier skin, be sure to set it well with powder, and bring a compact with you for touch-ups as it can appear a little shiny across the T-Zone.

I find it’s best applied a small bit at a time with a stippling or buffing foundation brush rather than a flat one.  This gives the most flawless coverage.

If you have very dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend it as it can cling to dehydrated areas. You would be better off using Chanel Vitalumiere as that is great for dry skin.

I did a wedding at the weekend and used the Makeup Forever HD foundation on the bridesmaids so I thought I’d put a pic up of them instead of me since you all must be sick looking at me lol!  You can really get a good idea of how the foundation looks from this.  I used the shade 127 on Miriam (below) as she was quite dark, it’s similar in colour to MAC NC30.

MUFE HD foundation in 127
MUFE HD foundation in 127

Also just a note to say that before you buy a foundation, particularly a high end one like this which costs the guts of €40, make sure you get a sample and try it for a few days before you buy it as what suits one person, may not necessarily suit another 🙂

So will you be trying this out or is it already a favourite of yours?  Let me know below 🙂

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation Review

My foundation reviews seem to be going down well with my followers on Facebook & Twitter so here’s another one I love, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.  This is my go-to foundation for everyday wear and for a pharmacy branded foundation, it’s really good I must say.  It gives a gorgeous luminosity to your skin and doesn’t make it look matte and lifeless which is what I love about it. This is the kind of coverage that I personally prefer.


It looks fab on dry skin and gives it a lovely healthy glow but I wear it on my combination skin with no problems.  If you have very oily skin, you would want to set this well with powder.  Because of my oily nose I usually have to powder over to set it down my T-Zone but I leave the rest of my face as it is for a glowing effect and it lasts really well.


I have literally got through bottles of this!  It’s around €12 – €14 depending on where you buy it.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that Bourjois actually owns Chanel cosmetics and a lot of their makeup is pretty identical, including their foundations!  Now, there are more high grade ingredients in their Chanel foundations so they are not exactly the same as such.  But they are  made in the same factory using the same production methods so you are still getting good high quality products!  🙂

Have you tried this foundation?  What did you think?

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Revlon Colourstay Foundation Oily/Combination Skin – Review

I have been loving this foundation lately so thought I’d do a review on it.  Revlon Colourstay is a full coverage liquid foundation (so quite heavy on) with a similar feel and coverage to MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid, so if you like that, this would be a good one to try.

Revlon Colourstay Foundation

It comes in two formulations, one for Oily/Combo skin and one for Normal/Dry skin so be sure to pick the one that suits your skintype best.  What I really love about these foundations are that they come in a wide range of colours and there are great pale shades to suit Irish skintones perfectly, not something you get with all cosmetic brands, particularly the “pharmacy” brands.


Below is a before and after of me wearing the foundation, you can really see how it evens out my skintone and hides redness

Before After 2

This gets a big thumbs up from me but I think it is more suited to wearing at the weekend or nights out when you want a heavier coverage that lasts.  Once you set this with powder, it doesn’t budge for the day.  Also it’s at the higher end of the price scale for a “pharmacy brand” at €18 so you wouldn’t want to be going through too much of it!  It’s available from Boots and Superdrug and Superdrug often have it on offer for much cheaper than normal so just look out for that.

Have you tried Revlon Colourstay?  If not will you be giving it a go?

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L’oreal Nude Magique – Eau de Teint Foundation

Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t posted as much as I’d like to have done on here lately, I’ve had a lot on, not least being kept busy trying to organise my daughter to prepare for her Leaving Cert exams as well as College applications.  It’s all very stressful – more for me than her, that’s not right is it?!

Anyway, I thought I’d start reviewing more foundations for you, since I have a ton of them in my kit and I know what a pain it can be to find the right one!  Up for scrutiny today is L’oreal’s Nude Magique – Eau de Teint Foundation.

L'oreal Eau de Teint
L’oreal Eau de Teint


It comes in a small bottle and you just pour out the required amount and apply with your fingers.  It’s quite liquidy and runny as you can see from the pic below.  You have to give the bottle a good shake before you pour it out too.


However, it does provide amazingly good coverage for such a lightweight liquid product, I applied  a second layer to my skin though which I’d advise if you want to build up more coverage.  It dries to a powdery finish and doesn’t appear super shiny like I expected it to!

Left: Before Right:After
Left: Before Right:After

If you like the natural look and feel of a tinted moisturiser but need a smidgen more coverage, then this is a great foundation for you.  It lasted well and I would use this if I was in a hurry or had to run out to the shops or go exercising or something and didn’t want to bother with the whole palaver of applying a thicker foundation, concealer, powder etc.  You can also use it as a base for powder foundations, it would work very well for that actually and give it something to “cling” to.

The only thing I disliked about this was the bottle.  There’s no pump on it!  What the hell L’oreal??  One false move and this is going EVERYWHERE! Also, you really have to be careful pouring it onto your hand (which I’d recommend as opposed to your fingers so you can work in more product) cos it kind of… dribbles down if you don’t scoop it up quickly! Using a sponge is not great either since it’s so liquidy that the sponge just soaks all the product up.

This is available from all large pharmacies and supermarkets and is around €13 so good value.  I’d definitely recommend this for your light “no makeup” days or for someone with good skin who just wants to even out their skintone.

Have you tried this?  What did you think?

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GOSH Cosmetics Review & Makeup Looks

Recently, I was very kindly sent some makeup from GOSH Cosmetics to try out and review.  I am already a fan of GOSH Cosmetics and have some of their stuff in my kit, my favourite being their Silicone Primer (which is a great dupe for the Smashbox one) and Brow Palette.  I have to say I was very impressed with what I got.  GOSH Cosmetics is a Denmark-based cosmetics company and you’ll find them in some of your local pharmacies.  They have a wide array of makeup from eyeshadow palettes to lipsticks, liners, glosses and mascaras.  All with matte, shine, shimmer and glitter finishes in all the latest colours so you can keep up with trends without spending too much.  As far as price goes, GOSH would be at the higher end of the pharmacy brand prices but the quality of their makeup is excellent so you do get what you pay for.

So onto the products:

GOSH Cosmetics
GOSH Cosmetics

I received (L-R) BB Cream, Velvet Touch Lipstick, Catchy Eyes Mascara and the Smokey Eyes Palette (excuse the fingerprint marks!  I had a good maul of this before I reviewed it and then couldn’t get them off!)

BB Cream 02 Beige €12.45

I’m a big fan of BB Creams and this one didn’t disappoint at all and has actually taken its place in my makeup bag as my go-to foundation for everyday use.  I love the creamy texture of this and how it gives such great coverage for a BB cream, as well as feeling so moisturising on your skin.  It also has an SPF of 15.  This really lasts well during the day too and gives a beautiful dewy finish to your makeup.

Velvet Touch Lipstick – 43 Tropical Pink €8.05

Personally, frosted shocking pink lipstick is not really my thing 🙂 but despite that, there’s no denying what a good lippie this is.  It has a long lasting formula but it doesn’t dry your lips out and it comes in lots of different colours so there’s one to suit everyone.  I’ve tried this on a younger client and it was absolutely perfect for her, she really loved it.  If you’re looking for a nice long wearing lipstick for a night out that won’t dry your lips and requires minimum touch-ups, then this is the one for you.

Smokey Eyes Palette – 04 Blue €10.95

This is a palette of 4 eyeshadows from light bluey grey to mid tone greys to dark charcoal colours, all in a satin or matte finish.  It has a plastic overlay with a diagram to show you where you should apply each colour so it’s pretty foolproof.  The quality of these shadows is very good and I was quite surprised considering its not a high end brand.  The colours blend together well, are not at all chalky and have great colour payoff so I’ll be stocking up on a few more of these for my kit.  You could wear this toned down for daytime or totally smoked up for night so it’s a very versatile palette.  Loving it 🙂

GOSH Smokey Eyes Palette
GOSH Smokey Eyes Palette

Catchy Eyes Mascara – Black €7.05

This is a really nice mascara and gives great length to your lashes as you can see in the pic below.  It has a rubber bristled wand with a curve in it that gently curls your lashes for a wide eyed look.  This lasted really well and didn’t flake off and for the price, it’s one I’d really recommend you pick up.

GOSH Catcy Eyes Mascara & Smokey Eyes Palette 04
GOSH Catcy Eyes Mascara & Smokey Eyes Palette 04

Here is a pic of me wearing all the products mentioned for a more daytime look:

Left: in natural light Right: with flash
Left: in natural light
Right: with flash

I also used them (along with other products) on a client of mine for a night out which resulted in a smokier look:

Smokier Look for a night out
Smokier Look for a night out

Have you used Gosh products yourself?  What did you think of them?  I’d love to know, so leave me a comment below 🙂

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Makeup Tips for Teenagers & Perfect Makeup for Debs/Prom

When it comes to wearing makeup when you’re a teenager, you have you pick of looks to choose from since your skin is young and you can get away with wearing little makeup or going all out for a really glam look.  I’ve put together a few examples of looks I’ve done on my teen clients which would be great for either everyday wear or for a Debs/Prom as well as some general tips for wearing makeup.

Foundation Tips for Problem Skin

If you suffer with Acne, you don’t have to cake your face in thick liquid or cream foundation to cover it.  The key to a flawless natural look is to wear a light foundation or BB cream and get a good concealer to go over any red areas or spots.  Even if you suffer from Acne you can cover your spots without trowelling on the slap.

I did this look for Claire to show her how to cover her skin in a natural way.  She is a beautiful girl but wanted to feel a bit more confident with her skin so I covered her skin with MAC’s Face and Body which is a really light foundation and then spot concealed with my concealer kit from Makeup forever (Catrice do a cheaper version of this also) and you just use a pointed concealer brush to go lightly over each spot then powder over lightly to set.  I kept the rest of her makeup really natural with just a light wash of shadow and some liner, mascara and a smudge of lipgloss.

Natural Look on Claire
Natural Look on Claire

Then for a night out for her graduation we did a gorgeous Cranberry/Purple look which made her beautiful Green eyes pop! Claires eyebrows are the perfect shape so I just brushed through with a brown powder shadow which looks much more natural than those drawn on black eyebrows I’ve seen lots of girls wearing!

A defined eyebrow looks fab and really frames your face but these drawn on “check marks” on your face are far from a good look!  If you’re not sure what to do with your brows there are plenty of tutorials for filling in eyebrows on Youtube so check them out and get yourself a good angle brush and brow palette.  I love the one from GOSH cosmetics.

Dramatic look
Dramatic look


For Laura I also did a natural look which I used a bronzy brown liner to compliment the light colour of her eyes and she looked really stunning.  This would be perfect for wearing at the weekend or even on a night out.


Natural Makeup on Laura
Natural Makeup on Laura

Then for a more glam look, we went for a more dramatic but pretty glitter eye which would be perfect for a Debs and was quick and easy to do!  We went for a nude lip which is always best if you’ve got loads going on with the eyes.

Laura Dramatic Look
Laura Dramatic Look

Of course if you want to go all out and try something really different that looks great too.  For Kristina I did this really dramatic Metallic Winged Eyeshadow look using Black and gold eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Naked Palette as well as some Silver eyeshadow on her inner corner, I just intensified them by applying with a wet brush.


Also for a Debs/Prom you can’t go wrong with a classic “Red Carpet” look of light eyeshadow with winged liner and a Red lip.  That looks really fab for a night out also.

Here are some of my fave celeb Red Carpet looks which would be perfect for a Debs/Prom.

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If you’re still struggling with doing this yourself, give me a shout on my Facebook page.  I am taking bookings for the 2013 Debs season but places are filling up quickly!  🙂

Which look do you like best??

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Oily/Acne Prone Skin – Best Foundations & How to make your base last all day

I’ve been asked this question a few times; Which foundation is the best to use if you have oily/acne prone skin and how do you get it to stay on for the day?

The answer to that is; It’s all in the prep! Basically you need to use a good primer to mop up the oil and give your foundation something to stick to so it doesn’t slide off your face by lunchtime. Then, rather than caking on the foundation to cover spots or redness, you need to put a light layer on and go back with a dry (rather than creamy liquid) concealer and conceal over the spots you want to hide, and set all with powder, lightly applied.

Here are a couple of products from each category that, when used together are great for oily skin:


La Roche Posay, Effaclar Active Mat moisturiser – Although this is technically a moisturiser, it works very well as a primer for oily skin. Just use it where needed (generally the T-Zone) and it will create a great base for your makeup.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer – Does what it says on the tin, one of the best primers out there but pricey. This would be worth the investment if it were for a special occasion like your wedding or especially if you were getting married abroad and worrying about your makeup sliding off in the heat.


Basically any foundations that are Oil free (water based) will be suitable for oily skin

Makeup Forever Matt Velvet + Foundation– This is my go-to foundation for oily skin, it works like a dream and keeps any oily areas matt for hours. I use this myself on my combination skin and find it really great.

Revlon Colourstay for Combination/Oily skin– This is a great cheap foundation which again, works really well.


The best concealers for spots are ones with a “dry” consistency to them and contrary to what you might have heard, the colour should not be a shade lighter than your foundation as this will only highlight your spot! The colour should obviously match your foundation to blend everything in.

MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer – you only need a dab and it’s great for covering spots.  Don’t use under the eyes though, you need a concealer with a creamy finish for that.

Vichy Dermablend Stick Foundation – This works great as a concealer and is excellent for covering redness.


Powders will set everything and make sure the foundation, as well as the concealer, stays in place and doesn’t melt off. The trick is to only use on the places you need it so you’re not caked in powder (don’t forget to powder over any areas you used concealer also). Use a velour puff and roll the powder into the skin, then dust off any excess with a large fluffy brush.

MAC Blot Pressed Powder – This is my favourite powder to use, it absorbs all oil and keeps you matt for hours. I get through tons of this between my own use and use on my clients!

Rimmel Stay Matt Powder – This is a good cheap version of Blot powder, while it’s not as good, it does the job if you’re on a budget.

Good loose powders are: Makeup Forever HD Powder or MAC Prep & Prime.

Follow those steps your base will be flawless and shine free for hours.

If you need to control shine during the day use blot papers rather than adding more powder. See my post here on how to touch up your makeup during the day.