Saturday, 15 July 2017

No.7 Beautiful Matte Foundation Cool Ivory Review

Everyone knows that foundation is probably the most important factor in makeup because it's the part that creates the initial blank canvas that you then build up to create whatever you want to.

That being said, it's one of the areas that I have always felt the most nervous about:
  1. I worry that I don't blend it well enough
  2. I worry that it'll look cakey
  3. I worry that the foundation will be too dark/too orange/too wrong for me

And number 3 is the biggest clincher for all three of my worries: I just never feel that I am wearing the correct colour for my skin tone. I can never remember if I need warm or cool, and I always get confused about whether foundations are warm or cool, and 9 times out of ten, I end up with a yellow-based foundation when I end up needing a more pink-based one.

So when I saw that No.7's Beautiful Matte Foundation range has Ivory (my general foundation cool) as both cool and warm options, it seemed the perfect opportunity to test both next to each other. And, as the title of this review probably gives away, yes, I ended up getting the Cool Ivory.

 I personally have never come across a range that actually labels its shades as cool or warm, with the same colour in both options, so that was incredibly refreshing for me.

One thing that bugged me a little about this foundation, is the fact that it cost £15 (which is pretty much the going rate for a foundation), but the packaging just didn't feel like £15 quality to me. It felt cheap, and the pump, in particular, feels quite flimsy. I can imagine it breaking really easily, which is a little disappointing.

Okay, so I started off by applying primer. For this, I decided to use my Bourjois Matte Serum Primer purely because it's about to run out and I just want to finish it. I'm not a huge fan of this primer, as I find it quite "flaky" but for the purpose of this review it was fine.

I'll be honest, I don't normally pay much attention to the directions of products like foundation because I think it's a personal preference how you apply it, but for once, I decided to actually follow it. The directions basically say to:

"Dot a little foundation where you need it most, usually your cheeks, nose and chin. Blend into the skin with a foundation brush in a small circular motion, working downwards and outwards from the centre of your face."

I applied the foundation using the F80 Flat Topped Kabuki Brush from Sigma, which is the only foundation brush I ever use, because I love it so much.

The foundation applied really nicely and evenly, blending well. One of my biggest errors is that I have a habit of applying in layers that are too heavy, but I think dotting a small amount on my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose it helped me to only use a small amount. I ended up applying a second layer that I dotted into areas that were still showing a little redness, generally around my cheeks. I also applied more just below my eyes and above the eyebrows because I think I have a slight tan that hasn't got to my eyes (y'know because of sunglasses) so my eyes are a slightly different tone so I wanted to blend the colour out a little.

The result looked like this (before and after of course):

My biggest problem areas are essentially covering redness, predominantly on my cheeks, hiding spots and evening out the skintone. I don't have any major problem areas, as I am lucky to have fairly good skin these days.

But it's easy to see the difference from just a light amount of coverage.

Overall, I am really happy with this foundation. For the small amount used, the coverage was perfect for me and it blended out nicely and my skin feels really nice. It doesn't feel heavy which I absolutely love in a foundation, because I prefer to not be able to feel that I'm wearing any.

The only thing I will say is that for a product that is "oil free", after a while, my skin has started to feel a little bit oily, so I'm not sure I'd recommend this for use during hot weather, despite the promise of SPF 15 on the bottle.

Disclaimer: Although different angles, both photos were taken in the exact same location, roughly 20 minutes apart so with the same lighting in both. The lighting is through a window rather than artificial lighting, and absolutely no filters and post-editing has been applied to any of the photos.

The product was purchased by me, with my own money.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Barefoot Girl Got Married

This is a blog post that I have been trying to write for the best part of the last 12 months, but for anyone who doesn't know: On May 7th, 2016, I got married. 

A year later and I'm not going to lie, I still don't feel entirely comfortable writing this - it's not that I don't want to talk about it, of course I flippin' do, I could talk the ear off anyone who is willing to listen to me rambing on about it. No, my problem is that ongoing fear that no one really wants to know.

So why am I sharing it? Because I realised that I absolutely adore this kind of blog. I like being nosey and getting a sneak peek into the lives of other people, so you know what? I'm going to let you guys into mine too:)

Where to start?

It really is incredibly difficult to know where to start when it comes to talking about a wedding. However, something that I have learnt over the past year is how much people love hearing a back story. How we met, how long we've been together, how we got engaged, so I thought I would start with a little about Mr Barefoot and myself.

We actually first met in the early summer of 2004. I was home from Uni (between my second and third years) and I met him through a mutual friend. I don't really remember much about that one meeting, but I got with someone else, went back to Uni and it wasn't another two years until our paths would cross again.

When we met we were both at difficult times in our lives. Mr Barefoot was struggling to find work, and I was in that post-University, "what the heck am I doing with my life"? Our relationship started with just hanging out and everything happened incredibly quickly.

We've been through a heck of lot in the eleven years since: moving around, new jobs, redundancies, Mr Barefoot went back to Uni and got his Degree, we spent two and a half weeks apart when I went to Canada (honestly the longest we have been apart in the past eleven years).

How did he Propose?

I will just come out and say it: There was no big proposal.

Nope, sorry to break your heart, but it didn't happen.

Mr Barefoot and I simply decided that it was the next step for us, and decided to just do it. To be honest, I initially saw the whole thing as a joke and didn't really think that we would do it.

It wasn't until Mr Barefoot jokingly bought me a ring from a museum for £1.50 that I started to think that maybe this was serious. He even picked a date (our 10th anniversary), which at the time was just over two years away, which - as you can imagine - flew by.

Was it Stressful?

You always hear stories about how stressful weddings are, but to be honest - mine was most stress-free. Of course, there were a few problems as we were let down by suppliers or people we had hired to create stuff for our big day, but other than that, it wasn't anywhere near as bad as I had expected.

Okay, so at times, I struggled to keep everything organised, but it pulled together so nicely, that in the final few weeks I had barely anything left to do and I felt like I must have forgotten something (of which, I am still trying to figure out!)


Sunday, 21 May 2017

What is Beauty - 2017 Edition

Anyone who was a follower of my blog back in the old days, will know that every so often, I used to revisit the question of:

What is Beauty?

I like to come back to this question, because I never look back at any of my past posts until I have written the new one, and it's interesting to see how much I've changed in how I view beauty. 

Beauty is a secret smile. It's the first snowdrop appearing. It's watching the sunset on a warm spring evening. It's seeing someone you love achieve something they never thought they could. It's a kitten exploring the outside world, discovering new things with an innocent curiosity.

Beauty is feeling comfortable in your own skin and accepting yourself for who you want to be, not who society thinks you should be. It's wearing red lipstick and dying your hair pink. It's clashing colours and mixing patterns. It's ignoring the latest fashions and wearing whatever the hell you want.

Beauty is helping someone because you want to, not because you have to. It's being there to just listen, and not saying a word. It's accepting that no one is perfect. It is seeing beauty in people who feel that they have none. It is telling those people that they are beautiful and honestly believing it.

Check out some of my past posts:


Saturday, 1 April 2017

FOTD: Bears Den

After a two year absence from properly blogging, I thought you might like to be reintroduced to my gorgeous mug, so here ya go: this is me and the make up I wore for last night's visit to Nottingham to see one of my favourite bands Bears Den (if you don't know their work, I definitely recommend checking them out, they're kinda folk rocky, and just damned beautiful).

Friday, 2 September 2016

Dear August: Like Ships in the Night

Dear August,

I'm starting to think that we are but ships passing in the night, because yet again you have come and gone and we appear to have missed one another. This is becoming a regular thing and I'm not sure how I feel about this situation, but I fear that this is just how it is going to be between us.

Are we still friends?

Vaguely, but definitely not in the way that we used to be when you brought freedom and opportunities. But, I am learning to accept it now, that although you are a little distant from me, you are still an important part of my life - just like all of the other months. Why am I suddenly accepting that? Because our relationship has changed, it has....dare I say it, grown up!

At 32, I finally feel like a grown up. Who knew!?

This year August, you seem to have brought change - good change, and it was definitely one that was unexpected, but so desperately needed. In hindsight that change has given us both freedom and opened up amazing opportunities, so maybe you were more than I realised at the time August.

But isn't that how life is, we don't appreciate things enough until they are over. And I've been trying so hard to change that this year, because so much has happened and I've done so much that I am grateful for.

I guess what I'm saying is: I'm sorry August, I'm sorry that I ignored you, even though you tried so hard, but I see how amazing you were and I am glad that I had you looking out for me this year :-)

I am so glad that we can finally be friends again.

Love you lots August,

Kat xxx
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