Sunday, 16 January 2011

Guerlain Lingerie de peau

So Lingerie de Peau and I set about our love affair early this summer. After trying many many foundations and reading a lot about this product and was keen to give it a try, due to claims it gave a skin like finish. This was something that i was looking for as I have more fuller coverage foundations and also lighter coverage ones and tinted moisturisers. So off I hopped to a Guerlain counter and was colour matched with a little help to the correct shade to my tanned summer skin. I walked away happy.

Now, my skin is fairly normal and can lean towards oily on my t zone. I apply it with my Sigma flat top F80 brush and I feel that this gives me a medium coverage. This is all the coverage I need really as my skin is only really problematic on my chin (damn you hormonal acne) and that can be covered with concealer if needed. This foundation gives my a glowy natural finish that I find looks like my skin only slightly better. It bonds well with my skin after blending and sinks in to create a smooth finish.

My only downside is its staying power, and being a lover of a foundation that is long lasting without the need for powder, (YSL Teint resist and Estee Lauder Double wear light), this is something I feel I have to compromise on with the Guerlain. I do powder it and have dabbled with the Guerlain Les Voilettes Mineral loose powder, but at the moment its my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil thats getting the most love. The powder helps with the staying power obviously, which will then make the product last the most part of the day. 

Now in the winter my shade has lightened from 04 to 03 so obviously I had to buy that shade as well, so at £33 my purse is considerably lighter and so is my foundation! £33 is expensive I know, and even still, I'm on the look out for something even better (I can't help myself!), but for the time being, this is my holy grail due to the natural finish this gives my skin with a lightweight consistency.

Any recommendations for anything to try next in my hunt for perfection?

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Sigmax brushes

So I'm a bit of a fan of Sigma brushes. I find them to be a cheaper alternative to Mac brushes but just as good quality. So when Sigma launched their new Sigmax range of synthetic brushes I was keen to try them out. I like brushes that are dense to buff products into my skin as they give more of an airbrushed finish. 

I purchased all of the above brushes as part of a set as they were slightly cheaper than buying them all separately. I got them from the Sigma website in the US and for these three brushes including shipping to the UK, it wasn't too expensive at all (can't remember how much, but they are still on the Sigma website.) 

The F80 is the flat top kabuki (top of the picture) that I use to buff in my foundation. This provides a flawless finish and is fairly dense to allow the product to sit on top of the brush, thus wasting less product. 

The F82 is the round top kabuki (second in picture). It can be used for many purposes but I use it for buffing in powder, to set my foundation or for cream blushers. This one is the most densely packed of the three and I imagine it would be great with mineral foundation.

The angled top kabuki is the F84. this is a great contour brush and I use it with bronzers and cream bronzer products. 

If I was to only have one of these brushes it would be the F80. I love how it blends my foundation and is sooooo soft! It could also be used as a chisel brush to contour as it has a flat top edge to it. All of these brushes are so soft and are great quality. I have had no problems with shedding and they wash well. I am pleased to have all of them in my ever growing collection. Has anyone tried any of these brushes?