Everyday Foundation ♡

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Trying out new foundations is always exciting and I love when brands come out with new ones, especially when the range includes fair shades! However I have to admit, when it comes to everyday wear I can’t help but stick to my two absolute holy-grail foundations that I know will look lovely on the skin and last the whole day and night! I have to give a mention to two foundations (well technically one is a tinted moisturiser!) as I love them both for different reasons, and wear them both for different occasions. I love wearing something light and glowy during the daytime or for an everyday makeup, but for long wear foundation for an event or special occasion where I know I’m going to be photographed, I prefer something more matte with a higher coverage. IMG_0373

Everyday wear – Perfect Potion Tinted Moisturiser in ‘Beige’

For a light foundation to wear everyday which still lets your skin shine through, I like to use this tinted moisturiser by Perfect Potion (in ‘Beige’) which also has SPF 15 to provide sun protection. It evens out my skin tone however any blemishes will show through, which I prefer for during the day as I can conceal them with my trusty concealer but the rest of my skin doesn’t look like it has tons of foundation. This tinted moisturiser has a lovely glow and after trying it on all different skin types, it seems to suit a range of tones and both dry and oily complexions. I also love this because it eliminates one more step in your makeup routine as this is a moisturiser and base all in one, I just like to put some of my Rimmel Stay Matte powder over the top and it lasts all day.

Long wear/Special occasion – L’oreal Infallible foundation in ‘Rose Beige’ (145)

This foundation is absolutely incredible for full coverage and long-lasting wear. The finish is completely matte and leaves your skin looking perfect and flawless. You only need to use a small amount of this foundation and buff it all over your face, starting with the areas you want the most coverage (usually the centre of the face). I use my Real Technique’s expert face brush and I love the finish this gives, it photographs well and looks flawless for a super long time. After powdering, I hardly ever need to touch up and reapply powder, this really is my ultimate long-wear foundation (and it’s drugstore!)

Comment below what your favourite everyday foundation is! ♥

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2014 Nail Polish Awards ♡

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Throughout 2014, I loved lots of different nail polishes. From deep and dark purples to pastel blues, I definitely went out of my comfort zone on a mission to find the perfect shades for my fair skin! Having such light skin, it can be difficult to find colours and tones that bring out the warmth in my skin rather than making me look even paler! However, I’m glad to say I found some real treasures this year – not only in the shades, but also in quality and durability!

So here are my 2014 Nail Polish favourites…

My season essentials (from left to right):

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Autumn – OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘Pamplona Purple’ – a warm, rich purple. All of these beauties deserve an award, but this one in particular is just incredible. You only need one coat, and the formula is really easy to apply and super glossy…no top coat needed!

Winter – Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Merino Cool’ – a cool-toned mauve, grey. This unusual shade was definitely well loved during winter… the colour reminds me of hot chocolate, and looks lovely on all skin tones! All of the Essie nail polish formulas are really smooth and opaque, and long lasting!

Spring – L’oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish in ‘Flashing Lilac’ (828)  – a bright, fun fuschia with a sheer finish. This bright pink is super fun and surprisingly suited my completion really well! I find it difficult to wear hot pinks, but this cool-toned shade was perfect!

Summer – Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Bikini so teeny’ – a very opaque pastel, baby blue. One word…wow. I never imagined a pastel blue would look so pretty and chic! This opaque colour is the perfect combination of baby blue with a hint of purple, creating a unique pastel shade which I absolutely loved during summer for something different.

My most worn shades (from left to right):

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Favourite pastel – Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Go Ginza’ – a super opaque baby pink! This last year particularly, I loved my pastels and this pretty-in-pink shade complements my skin tone perfectly and applies really smoothly for a pastel nail polish.

Best clear – Sally Hansen X-treme wear Nail Colour in ‘Invisible’ (100) – this has been a long-time favourite, it creates a long lasting shine and dries really quickly. I use this as both a base and top coat, and it makes my nail polish smooth, durable and really glossy.

Overall most worn – OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘The Thrill of Brazil’ – a rich cool-toned red which I wear all year round. It is a dream to apply, with an amazing formulation…absolutely no clumps! The colour is beautiful and an essential for every skin tone.

I absolutely recommend all of these nail polishes, especially for fair skin tones. Comment below and let me know what you’re favourites have been for 2014! ♥