Makeup Wars – My Favourite Foundations

This week for Makeup Wars we are sharing some of our favourite foundations and BB creams. I have fair skin that is very dry and dehydrated. Sometimes I can have some flakiness around my nose and on my chin. What I look for in a foundation is a formula that will even out the redness in my skin while covering up some of the hyper pigmentation. I need it to have a natural or dewy finish so it doesn’t cause my already dry skin to look look even more parched. It is important to me that I don’t see my foundation and that it doesn’t settle in any lines or emphasize dryness. Now that you know what I look for, let’s see what I love!

Makeup Wars Favorite Foundations

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream - (Light) This is my go too in the summer. It offers SPF 30 mineral protection, a gorgeous dewy finish, and a nice amount of coverage for a bb cream.

Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation – (#38) This is one of my all time favourite foundations. It has been on empty forever and I need to restock. It has the most gorgeous natural finish and can be worn sheerly or built up for more coverage. It also happens to be waterproof!

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation – (BR10) I still need to try shade B10 to see if it’s a better match but even though BR10 isn’t quite the perfect shade match I still adore the feel and finish of this exquisite foundation. It offers medium coverage that can come closer to full on me.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup - (#3) While this foundation doesn’t look the best on me when my dry skin is really acting up I still love the amazing texture and lightweight feel of this innovative dry oil foundation that offers incredible coverage with a weightless feel.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation - (#118) I had tried this years ago and didn’t think I liked it on my dry skin. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to give it another chance I have fallen for MUFE HD. It offers medium coverage and is a go to for me when I want a foundation I can put on quickly and know it will look natural.

Face Atelier Ultra Foundation – (#1) This is the foundation I use in my professional kit to give my clients a flawless finish. They are always amazed at the coverage this foundation offers while looking and feeling natural. I really need to get myself my own personal bottle of this for my vanity. I’ve never seen a foundation cover so well yet look so natural.

Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation – (S101) This foundation may be pricey but when you want beautiful undetectable coverage with a gorgeous finish this foundation is one of the best.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Time Defying Foundation – (Quinoa Cream) Another beautiful foundation for those of us with dry skin. It doesn’t have a very large shade range but if you can make one of them work the formula and effect of this foundation is truly lovely.

There are certainly many amazing foundations out there and to be fair I should let you know that I haven’t tested all that many. Let’s face it, foundations are pricey. They also are only good for so long once open so if I have a few that are working shade wise I don’t try and find anything new. I wish I could be a foundation junkie and try them all but I am far too frugal! I would love to hear your favourites. Especially if you have fair dry skin like me!

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Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E107 Taupe and Lights E303 Bronze – Matte and Metallic Neutrals You Don’t Want to Miss

My first experience with the Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes and Lights eye shadows was when I purchased the Ellis Faas Spring 2012 Set. Wow! Spring 2012? Was it that long ago. While I loved these products I have totally been neglecting them since the packaging lends them to being stored differently than the rest of my eyeshadows and the colours weren’t exactly everyday neutrals. Well the Creamy Eyes E107 Taupe ($36 US/$43 CAD) and Lights E303 Bronze ($42 US/$50 CAD) are far more neutral and have rekindled my love for the formula and reminded me to dig the gorgeous E107 Lilac Taupe and E305 Lilac out of hiding!

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Ellis Faas Lights in E303 Bronze is an absolutely breathtaking metallic bronze. It is intensely pigmented and can be sheered out for a glossier effect or applied to full opacity for a high impact look. I am always a high impact kinda gal so that is my favourite way to wear it. I love using E303 Bronze on my lid when doing a bronze smoky eye. I think it is probably one of my most complimented looks. Which reminds me… Time to post a look or tutorial on that! The Lights formula does not crease, crack, or fade. It is budge proof and beautiful.

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The Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes formula is an exceptional base. The shade E107 Taupe is a medium brown that retains a bit more warmth than I would expect for a “taupe” but is still very neutral. You can apply these to your lid and blend out into your crease for an effortless everyday eye look that will wear all day or use them as a base for your eyeshadow look to ensure intense colour payoff and all day wear. The formula is very intense in pigment but as with the Lights product blending out is made effortless if a sheerer look is what you are going for or you want to achieve a soft fade into your crease.

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I usually apply these products from the click pen onto the back of my hand and then apply to my lids with a brush or finger depending on my mood. As I have mentioned in prior Ellis Faas reviews I am not a fan of the click pen packaging and associated waste but at least with these formulas I find the click pen packaging to be a little more practical than with some of the other products in the line. I am a huge fan of the formulation and performance of these products and need to train myself to reach for them more often!

Ellis Faas is available at various online sources including Sephora. You can also locate a store near you via their store locator.

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Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Concealers and Correctors

This week the Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday members are sharing our top 10 concealers. To me an important part of concealing is correcting so here are my Top 10 Concealers and Correctors that I use in both my personal and professional life.

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I have categorized this somewhat for organization but these are all multi use products and you need not limit them to the grouping I’ve assigned them. I certainly don’t!

Waterproof Concealers

When you want high coverage that won’t budge a concealer like this is essential. This is the most used concealer in my professional kit.

Under Eye Concealers

Not all concealers can cut it under the eyes. You want to choose a concealer that has brightening effect to wake up your eyes as well as one that has a light yet hydrating consistency that won’t cake up and settle in fine lines while still offering adequate coverage.

Illuminating Concealers

The most famous concealer in this category is the YSL Touche Eclat. It’s a cult favourite and comes in many brightening shade. While the Touche Eclat doesn’t offer that much coverage there are many more highlighting concealer pens on the market that offer the illumination with additional coverage.

Correcter and Concealer Palettes

These products feature not only concealing properties but also correctors for cancelling out the unwanted discolouration that we are trying to conceal. Shades such as peach to counteract blueness under the eyes, yellow to counteract purple, green to eliminate redness, pink to neutralize grey and brown, lavender to add radiance and combat dullness, and orange to counteract ashiness in dark skin tones.

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