Saturday, 21 June 2014

Everyday Essentials: Base


The second instalment in my everyday essentials series is all about base products. Something that comes up a lot when people transition to more natural products is finding suitable make up options and I do think it is a very tricky subject.

It is undoubtedly much more difficult to make nice make up products without all of the silicones and conventional ingredients we are used to. The green beauty market in my opinion is improving by the day but when it comes to make up we are not quite there in yet, liquid foundations in particular are a big gap in the green market. With that said here are some options that I use on an everyday basis that I am very happy with and would recommend.

Primer:

Having dry skin I tend to find that foundation and concealer can cling to any dry patches of skin I have and looks really unsightly by the end of the day. I find that a good skincare routine mostly takes care of that but I also love the Studio 78 primer which is a very beautiful, hydrating and slightly illuminating primer which is great for drier skins. This can also double as your highlighter thanks to it's pretty golden shimmer, I like to apply on the areas I would highlight such as tops of cheek bones and brow arch. 

Foundation:

Such a tricky subject, as I said I have yet to find a liquid foundation I like so I use the Ren Satin perfection BB cream. If you have fair to medium skin that is on the darker side then this is a good option for you, I find application of this is key and I use the Real techniques flawless face brush to stipple on and blend, if you use too much I find it can oxidise a little but nothing too dramatic. This is a cleaner brand but not one that is completely natural. For everyday make up especially for work I love a mineral foundation, if you can learn to love loose powders you will always be spoilt for choice for colour and finish. I am currently using the Inika mineral foundation which gives a nice semi-matte finish and feels very light, I like Inika because they are bismuth oxychloride free, Vegan and have a pretty good shade range. I have shades 3 and 4, I haven't swatched them here because they will probably get an individual review. I love to apply this with my Nanshy face brush which gives great coverage without being heavy.  

Concealer: 

I use both cream and mineral concealers, I find mineral concealers and correctors can be fantastic for covering acne and pigmentation whilst creamy concealers are better for under the eyes. I currently have two cream concealers that I am using and both are near the end of their life and have been well loved. First up is the expensive option, the infamous RMS un-coverup when I reviewed this back in August last year I had been using it a little while and only now have I reached the bottom of the pot, this is an investment product without a doubt but I think it's very good value for money when you think about how long it lasts. I have shade #22, it's probably a little dark for me in the winter but I tend to use this more in the summer months anyway. I like this as a light base or concealer and it has very good pigmentation. I mix it with a small amount of the lip to cheek in smile to make a salmon toned concealer for under the eyes, that tip is not mine originally but I can't remember where I read that Rosa Marie swift did it and since trying it I really do find it works to cover the blue under the eyes. My next cream concealer is from Essential care and is slightly more on the yellow side to RMS un-coverup I have the shade fair, I like the fact that this comes in a tube for travel and touching up and this is the one I always carry in my bag as is it a lot lighter when compared to RMS glass jars, it is also around £10 cheaper than RMS for very good quality organic ingredients which are in my opinion very much comparable to the un-coverup. This doesn't work as a light foundation in the same way though it is slightly thicker in consistency so really only works as a concealer, I have really enjoyed it though and would buy again, shade range is limited though. For setting my cream concealer I have to mention my favourite Real techniques setting brush, I have two of these brushes and I just find them perfect for getting to those creases under the eyes where concealer naturally tends to settle. The two powder options I have are from Lily Lolo and it's their concealer in Barely Beige and their corrector in blushaway. Both of these are very affordable and last a long time, the concealer works really well over the top of the cream ones previously mentioned if you need something a little extra or for setting and the corrector is perfect for covering redness, the green tinge works brilliantly on spots and imperfections, I like to use a fluffy Bdellium brush to apply it where needed blending well. 

Setting powder: 

I currently use the Lily Lolo translucent silk powder it is very light so works well under the eyes, if you are looking for something mattifying I don't think this is for you but as a setting powder to hold everything in place it works very well. I have had this a couple of years now and never seem to come to the end of the pot, I like to apply it on the face with the Inika Kabuki brush which has really soft and gentle bristle so it doesn't disturb the make up as you apply it, I bought this brush originally for applying my foundation but now I much prefer it for setting or bronzing. 



If you have any suggestions for any other products you would like to see added to my every day essentials series please let me know and I will do a post for you. Also feel free to let me know what your everyday essentials are in the comments, I love a nosy in people's make up bags! 

Ana x


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  1. Fancy trying the primer. Not a fan of REN's BB Cream. The colour is just not quite right for me. Love RMS Beauty 'Un' Cover up & their 'Un' Powder x

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    1. I will have to try the "un" powder, I have heard a few people say the bb cream doesn't quite match them but I quite like the shade on me, it's always tricky when a product has to match lot's of skin tones I guess Xx

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  2. I actually haven't tried ANY of these! I'm intrigued by the Studio 78 primer though and I've been meaning to try the un-coverup for ever. Initially I was waiting for them to release a lighter shade, but even that's been out for a while and I still haven't sprung for it! One of these days :)

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    1. I think RMS is a worthy investment if you find a shade you like and get on with the texture, I would recommend the studio 78 primer it's very different from anything else I have tried Xx

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  3. Great post Ana :) I really want to try the Studio 78 primer now, sounds amazing for dry skin! x

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    1. It is very nice and quite unique I think, it's a brand I really like :) Xx

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  4. The primer sounds really good! Love the RMS un cover up but I'm with you that I'm really struggling to find a liquid foundations, mineral foundations don't do it for me! x

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    1. Such a toughie, I learnt to love minerals as my skin was reacting to everything else but I do miss the finish of a liquid foundation and would use a conventional one for special occasions especially if you have good skincare underneath I think it's fine! Xx

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  5. All of these products look really great. I had never heard of Studio 78 before you mentioned it, I am going to have to try it! And the RMS uncover up!

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    1. Studio 78 is available your side of the pond at quite a few retailers it's not very well known but has some great products :) Xx

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  6. LOVED this post! Definitely intrigued by that primer...great comparison swatches. Been wanting to try Lily Lolo products forever too.

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    1. So glad you found it useful, the primer is very unique :) Xx

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  7. Today is the day of spamming you with my comments :)) #sorrynotsorry Great post as usual and I love your photos, especially the first one! :) Have a great day love! :) xx

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