A few weeks ago I was hovering by L’Oréal’s stand in Boots, mainly because I wanted to try the Manga mascara in turquoise. My eye then caught their stock of foundations. In abundance.
Truthfully I have forgotten the last time I bought foundation from the high street (or “drug store” as some of the English bloggers having an identity crisis insist on calling), so I was left bamboozled at the various types L’Oréal alone offers. I’m sure I counted at least five types. Effort!
The hardest issue I have to deal with is a match for my Asian brown skin. Swatching on the back of your hand is not a reliable colour-match method and there is major doubt on the hygiene levels of the testers, so it is always a gamble to buy a whole bottle. There must be a landfill somewhere just full of discarded foundation bottles two-thirds full…
I have tried the much talked about L’Eau De Teint from L’Oréal but the darkest shade Sand is too dark and the next shade up is dipping into pinkish tones when I’m yellow.
Any way as I fleeted between L’Oréal’s various foundations, I kept returning to True Match. After several swatches and confident Honey was the ‘true match’ for me, I was on my merry way. I was won over by the claim that 96% were satisfied this foundation was a true match for their skin tones and also with such a wide selection of shades available, I figured I stood a better chance.
Well I am pleased Honey is a spot-on match. I’m usually a NC42 in MAC, 12 in Illamasqua’s Skin Base, F300 in EX1 Cosmetics and coincidentally also Honey in EVE LOM’s new foundation and tinted moisturiser (reviews of those coming soon).
Firstly I am fond of the shape and design of the bottle. Dispensing from a pump and light enough to stick in my make-up bag are a couple more plus points. Secondly, it applies and blends seamlessly, leaving a soft, matte finish. I apply the foundation at 8am and by the end of the working day, it’s not screaming for a touch-up. True Match is something I have been both surprised and impressed with, and consider it an ideal everyday foundation.
Here’s how it looks on me. (I am extremely tired so don’t concentrate on the bags under the eyes. Gracias!)
At £9.99 for 30g it costs substantially less than my favourite (Skin Base at £27) and best of all, is a true match to my skin tone. That’s a pretty good deal in my books. Have you given True Match a whirl? Let me know what you think!
Grab a spoon, the Body Shop’s latest bath and body collection is so deliciously fruity you’ll be finding it hard to stop yourself from eating it.
As we are coming into season with British raspberries timing couldn’t be more apt with this special edition Early-Harvest Raspberry range which is made up of their iconic Body Butter (£13), Body Lotion £8), Body Scrub (£12.50), Shower Gel (£4) and Eau de Toilette (£8.50).
So why is it called ‘Early-Harvest’? Well these early-harvested raspberries are picked to preserve their skin-boosting antioxidants. Raspberries are my favourite berry fruit so I’m totally enamoured with the products I’ve got to try – the Body Butter and Body Scrub. Lusciously fruity and sweet, if only this was edible.
If you’ve tried the blueberry Body Scrub, then the consistency and texture of the raspberry one is exactly the same – it looks and feels like sloppy jam with the seeds acting as an exfoliant. It’s not your average scrub (there’s no lathering) but the seeds exfoliate effectively against the skin, leaving a hint of a raspberry scent. It makes a change from the usual creamy/sugary formulas and if you don’t like your scrubs with soap suds, then give this a try.
The Body Shop’s new Special Edition Early-Harvest Raspberry Bath and Body Collection is available from 15th April 2014.
All this talk of raspberries has got me thinking…it’s been a while since I’ve made this:
Hello again! I’m sorry for the silence on this blog but last week I was ill with a cold. Great! Any way, I’ve recovered and will be back in full swing with some new beauty posts.
I figured a separate blog on food was a better idea than mixing it up on Just Nice Things. Besides I can’t imagine there are that many foodie fans who will want to read about me singing the praises of the latest body moisturiser.
It’s for fun so if it’s up your street, please visit it and let me know your thoughts. If you like it a lot, then you can follow it on Bloglovin’ so you’ll never miss a fresh update. Thank you!