All About Primers + Mini Review of MUFE Step 1 Primers 

Hey all! Let’s talk about primers. What is a primer and why do you need one? Basically a primer is a base for foundation or face makeup. It acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup. Depending on your skin’s concerns, a primer can be used to address those problems. Primers can be used to address texture, large pores, redness, you name it, there’s a primer for it. Primers can be layered, and I will address that later in the post. 

My main concern is my large pores and oily skin so I like to go for primers that will help to fill in my pores and help to control my oils and currently I have 4 primers in my stash. 

Unfortunately all of the primers are on the higher end but I know there are a lot of drugstore primers that work just as well so I will try to provide dupes to all of these primers. 

First primer I’m going to talk about is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($54) this is the most expensive primer I have ever bought. It costs a lot more than almost all of my foundations! This primer is supposed to help to smooth texture, control oil, create a smooth base for makeup application and extend the wear of your makeup. It does all it claims except for the pores filling bit, which it doesn’t really excel at. I also don’t find that it controls my oils but in its defense, I’m very oily 😂 it has a lotion-y consistency and is easy to apply. It’s a good enough primer, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing when I run out. My bottle has lasted me over a year so it does end up a pretty good value for money. 

Drugstore dupe: NYX Angel Veil primer. 

Next on this list is the Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. If you’ve been reading my blog you know this is HG status for me. I love love love this primer. It claims to be pore filling, mattifying and help to extend the wear of your makeup and it does all of it and more. It’s a little tricky to apply but once you get the hang of it, it’s an amazing product. When I wear this I’m like oily skin who? 😂😂 of course I do get oily after a while but definitely helps to keep me matte for a really long time and whenever I  don’t wear this, I definitely notice that my oils come through more quickly. A lot of people used to compare this primer to the Kiko Mat Base Corrector primer but that has since been discontinued so if I find a drugstore dupe to this primer I will update this post.

Now on to the review of the MUFE Step one primers. Makeup Forever released 10 primers to target every skin concern you could possibly have, and I knew immediately that I would have to pick two of them up. Reviews were favourable so finally I picked up two of the Step One primers; Mattifying and Smoothing. 

I picked these up in the travel size because it seemed like the smarter thing to do. 15ml/0.5g of product = $17 30ml/1 oz of product = $37; two travel size: $17+$17 = $34. Get it? Lol the cheapie in me had to pick up the travel size because two of it would still be cheaper than one full size primer. I’m getting off topic here. Let’s get back on track. The mattifying primer comes in a dark grey tube and the the smoothing primer comes in a lighter grey tube. They both have a very precise tip applicator (which I forgot to photograph, sorry!) which dispenses very little product at a time, which is good, because it helps to prevent waste. 

The consistency of the smoothing primer is very similar to the Benefit Porefessional which I used to have but have since sold because I thought wasn’t worth the money. It even smells similar to the Porefessional. It’s tinted; but it doesn’t leave me looking ashy, thankfully. The brand describes this as a satiny, non – oily formula that evens out skin texture by minimizing pores, wrinkles and fine lines. Skin looks resurfaced and perfectly smooth for a flawless makeup all day long. I don’t have any wrinkles or a lot of fine lines so I can’t say how it works on them but I do have rather large pores on the sides of my nose. I wouldn’t say it makes my pores look resurfaced but it doesn’t give them a soft focused effect which makes them look like they’re barely even there. And as an added bonus, it helps to keep my oils in check to an extent in the areas in which I apply it. 

The mattifying primer is clear, and is of a slightly thick consistency, just like the Becca Ever Matte. This primer is described as the answer to unwanted shine, fighting against excess oil to ensure a matter makeup result. I do find that it does help to keep my oils in check. It’s not as fussy to apply as the Becca primer and it works just as well. I do think the Becca primer works controls oil a smidge bit longer but it’s not a significant differences. 

Remember I said earlier that primers could be layered? Let’s talk a lot more about that. I use a lot of my primers together. For instance I apply my Hourglass primer to my entire face and apply my Becca primer to my tzone where I’m the most oily (which also has the added benefit of pore minimizing), or I use my Step one mattifying to my tzone to control oil and the smoothing primer to my pores to help minimise the appearance of them.  

A lot of primers rely on silicones to give them a smooth texture; a lot of primers that apply smoothly or claim to be pore filling contain a lot of silicones. However two out of my four primers do not contain silicones and that’s amazing to find, especially for people who either are allergic to silicone or do not like silicone – laden primers. Becca Ever Matte primer and the Makeup Forever Step one madoes not contain silicones: the primary oil controlling ingredient is Enantia Chlorantha bark extract, while the mattifying Step One primers contains a specific Sebustop Vegetal Complex. 

While a lot of silicone primers have some slip to it, my two primers that contain silicones do not have the same consistency. The Hourglass primer is lotion – y while the Step one smoothing is of a thicker consistency. 

I will definitely repurchase the two Step One primers and might even pick up the full size next time. The Becca Ever Matte is love. I will definitely be repurchasing and as for Hourglass, it’s a no for me bruh! 

Ultimately it’s up to you to decide the best primer for your skin concerns and for your preference. I suggest that you do a lot of research and go for what best suits you. 

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation 

Hi guys! So this review should have gone up agesssss ago but a girl has been feeling a little lazy 😂😂 so anyway, just dive straight into this review. 

This foundation is probably the most expensive foundation in my collection so let’s find out if it’s worth the buy. 

I’ve been coveting this foundation for foreverrrrr but couldn’t bring myself to pay with 64 big ones for just a foundation. The name already pretty states that it is luminous so I always assumed it wouldn’t be the best fit for an oily gal like me, but after I watched countless reviews that said it wasn’t so bad on oily skin and that praised the beautiful finish of it, I was instantly sold. 

It comes in a range of shades, 24 to be exact, with about 7 for tan to deep skin. The shade for dark to deep skin is pretty scanty which I find pretty crappy, and I picked it up in the shade 13, which is the second to last shade. Yup. And I’m not even that dark. 

Shade 13 is described on the Armani site as deep with neutral undertones. I feel like the undertones lean more warm because the shade matches me so well. 

“Reveal your inner light. Inspired by charmeuse silk, “The Fabric of Emperors” this luminous foundation glides on weightlessly for a flawless lit – from – within glow”

The foundation comes in an odd shaped glass bottle and it comes with a pump, which I really like. It does have a luxurious look and feel to it, and the bottle has some heft to it. The brand claims the foundation has medium buildable coverage but I find that coverage on the foundation is pretty sheer, which can be built to medium but just barely. I go in with two full pumps but it barely covers the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks. It has a satin finish, which surprised me because I didn’t expect it to set at all. I could even wear it without setting it with a powder because it has an absolutely beautiful finish. I kid you not. The finish on this is a lovely glow – from – within type of finish and it gives my skin a very beautiful glow to it. It leaves my skin looking very natural but radiant when I wear it, you can definitely tell I’m wearing something expensive. 

The shade match is close to perfection, and like I already mentioned, matches so amazingly well. It blends amazingly, is so silky and glides on so effortlessly. I compared the shade to a few of my existing foundations. 

You can tell that the shade 13 is pretty similar to the other shades I wear so I think I did a pretty good job matching myself. 

Now let’s talk about a few elephants in the room.. so this is supposed to be a luminous foundation and I’m an oily girl. Of course I didn’t go into this foundation expecting oil control, and this definitely does not help to control my oils. However I’m not mad about that because it doesn’t claim to control oil. About 4 hours into my day, my oils start to break through around my nose (which is probably almost always the first place on my face to get oily) whether I set it or not. However it is quite long wearing. It lasts me through my 12 work day. I do find that it starts to separate around my cheek area about 7 hours in but that’s not bad at all, because it doesn’t claim to be particularly long wearing. 

Also let’s talk about the price. Is it really worth 64 American dollars? I don’t think so. Yes it has a beautiful finish, I love the lit from within glow but you really don’t need to spend $64 to glow. Also I think the shade range needs some work. There could definitely be anointed the a shade or 5 in between my shade (13) and the darkest (14) which is pretty dark so it includes people who are darker than me but not necessarily the darkest shade. 

I don’t think I will be repurchasing this when I run out, not because I don’t like it – I actually really do, which surprised me because I didn’t expect to like a luminous foundation – but I really don’t think I should have to spend so much on a foundation, and I prefer matte foundations anyway. I really like it and will continue to use it but I would not really recommend it, unless you want to splurge on yourself. 

In this picture that I posted to my Instagram, (are you following me on there? if you aren’t you totally should) I’m wearing the luminous silk foundation. See how beautiful it looks? 

What is your favourite high end foundation? 

Thanks for reading xx 

Hello July… 

Hi guys! I feel like I’ve can saying “happy new month” so often because the year is literally flying. It’s July already and personally I’m excited for July because it’s my birthday month, so for July, I’m hosting a giveaway!! Unfortunately this is only open to Ghanaian residents for now, but I’m hoping to be able to host an international giveaway soon. 

Let’s take a look at the stuff the lucky winner will receive.. 

➰ Morphe 25B Bronzed Mocha eyeshadow palette 

➰ NYX eyebrow gel in the shade Espresso 

➰ Milani Red Vino baked blush 

and finally 

➰ ColourPop Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in the shade LAX 

Now for the rules: 

➰ You have to be following my Instagram @bisfor_beverly 

➰ Repost the picture and hashtag #thefabavenuejulygiveaway 

➰ Tag as many friends as you want. 

Aaaaaand that’s it! 

I will announce a winner on 25th July, which also happens to be my birthday. 

Good luck! 

Issa Review! Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours the Brave palette | Hot or Not 

You know how sometimes your focus changes and you’re into something totally different now than you were a few months ago? Or is it just me? Just me? Ok moving on 👀 so anyway lately I’ve been obsessed with eyeshadow palettes. I recently reviewed the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette and if you checked out my review, you know I absolutely love that palette. I was recently on the Makeup Revolution site and I noticed this palette and I knew I just had to have it and I copped it recently. Enter the Fortune Favours the Brave palette… 

The palette is a collaboration between Makeup Revolution and Jane aka British Beauty Blogger. The palette comes with thirty shades – yes, THIRTY – which guarantees the versatility of the palette. 

Thirty shades of matte, glimmer and sheen combine in one golden palette for an every which way smoky eye. From the brightening base colours to the darkest, most daring shades of navy, black and green and everything in between, Fortune is the most versatile, every – age, every – tone palette yet. 

The pans are pretty small but you get a whopping 30 shades so I don’t really mind so much. 

The packaging is a golden plastic case and you get a clear, full sized mirror and a dual ended brush, and just like with the Modern Renaissance palette, you get a blending brush on one end and a flat brush on the other, which I use to pack shadows onto my lid. 

The individual shades are named but the names are printed on the plastic wrap that covers the shadows themselves. Without that, it’s nearly impossible to tell which shade is which. 

Thrown into the assortment of mattes and shimmer shades are 5 marbled shadows that swatch and apply beautifully. The palette is a mix of neutral tones with some dark purples, blues and greens. The black shade, Blacqua, is an intensely pigmented true black shade. Apply with a heavy hand and risk raccoon eyes! 

Of course like in every palette, there are a few dud shades that I will probably never use but on the whole the palette is a very versatile one that can be used to create a wide variety of looks for various occasions. 

Let’s take a look at the shades in the palette now 

First row

Even the lightest shade in this row, glimmer is so pigmented that it shows up on my darker skin, and in my opinion if a very light shade shows up on my skin tone, that shows how pigmented it is.

Second row

I haven’t gotten much use out of the first two rows because I’ve mostly been using the palette for my day to day work eyeshadow and a lot of the shades are more daring. But can we talk about how gorgeous and intensely pigmented the shades are? These were swatched without a base and they still showed up without having to go in over and over. The shade Tip Top is one of those dud shades I mentioned. It’s quite patchy, doesn’t apply very well and I will probably never get any use out of it. Yes Please swatches more golden but is leans more green when applied. 

Third row

I could not get Latte and Creme to show up on me no matter how many times I swatched them so let’s add that to the list of dud shades that are of no use to me 😂 I do use Creme to set my primer from time to time. Caffeine Fix is a beautiful dark brown shade that I like to use as a transition.  

Last row

This row is one of, if not my favourite for creating everyday wearable looks. I like to pop Sunset Hour and Super Gold on my lid and brow bone. The two shades look similar but are very different when applied. I also really like the final three shades, Winning, Brave and The Revolution. I like to deepen my outer V with either of these shades (or all 3 when I want a bit of drama). Notice how the brand managed to incorporate its name and the name of the palette into the shade names? Smart huh? 

All of the shades last all day and some. I have experienced no fading whatsoever. My one gripe about this palette is the brush!  

The flat side is not half bad, but the blending brush is so scratchy and harsh against my eyes. There is some fall out to the marble shades I’ve tried, Skylight, Golden Coins and Super Gold. Lonely Planet which is also marbled doesn’t have as much fall out and I haven’t used the last marbled shade, New World at all. Sunset Hour also has some fall out, as do quite a bit of other shades but I guess that’s to be expected from a bit of eyeshadows. When using the shimmer shadows in this palette it’s best to do your eyes first before your foundation because it gets quite messy. But the shades are so pretty that I am so willing to overlook that. 

I can’t wait to create some more looks with this palette, which I will post on my Instagram for you to check out, the possibilities are simply endless! It’s love mehn. True love, this palette is definitely a winner in my book. I love it just as much or even more than my Modern Renaissance palette, especially since this is more pocket friendly at only £10. If you can get your hands on this palette, definitely pick it up, it is frickin amazing! 

I’m sorry about the longer than usual post, I just had so much to say lol. If you made it to the end of this post, thank you so much for reading! xx 

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Keep Your Brows in Place with NYX Tame and Frame 

Hi guys! I reviewed the NYX micro brow pencil which I absolutely love; along with it I picked up the NYX Tame and Frame, because I’ve always wanted to try a brow pomade after my disastrous experience with the Kleancolor brow pomade. This is going to be a quick review. I’m a sucker for packaging, and I quite like this one. It’s plastic but is frosted so it gives it a glassy look. I picked it up in the shade espresso, just like with the micro brow, which is the next to last shade, not the last like I originally said. The product looks almost black in the tub but it’s a very dark brown. The swatch is very dark so is pretty scary, but it doesn’t translate to your brows. You can either build dramatic brows with it or a very natural brow, depending on what you want.Top: NYX Micro Brow Espresso.                     Bottom: NYX Tame and Frame Espresso 

The brow pomade is much darker than the pencil in the matching shade. Once this sets, it SETS. It’s not going anywhere, no matter how much I rub my brows, and I love that about it. 

My favourite way to use the Tame and Frame is to use it together with the Micro Brow pencil. I use the micro brow to give my brows definition then fill it in with the tame and frame. The combination is does not budge at all. 

I don’t have it anymore because I sold it in a recent blog sale I had but I really like this brow pomade. 

Thanks for reading xx 

if you have tried this, share your experiences with me! 

Rave Review- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Hi guys, happy new month! Can you believe just how fast this year is going? Blink and we’re already already 6 months in. I haven’t posted regularly lately but I’m going to try to be more consistent. So anyway let’s dive right into this post. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills is known as the brow and highlighter queen and she also makes bomb eyeshadows, most of which are sadly limited edition. When the brand released the modern renaissance palette, and it was permanent, I just knew I had to have it.  Packaging

Personally I’m not a fan of the velvety packaging because I know that no matter how careful I am, I’m definitely going to get it dirty eventually and I’m really not looking forward to that. However it does have a premium feel to it, and it looks quite luxurious. Inside the palette there are 14 eyeshadows, 11 mattes and 3  metallic/ shimmer shades. 

I absolutely love the colours in this palette. They are definitely right up my alley. There is a mix of neutral tones and some reds, berries and orange shades thrown into the mix. The possibilities are endless with this palette, you can create full on glam looks with it or subtle, everyday look.  

The palette is inspired by the renaissance era, hence the less than usual names. 

Brand description: An essential eyeshadow collection featuring 14 shades, including neutral and berry tones. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills’ first permanent palette, Modern Renaissance to create endless looks for daytime and evening. 

The palette comes with a double ended brush, a packing brush on one side and a blending brush on the other 

The palette comes with a nice sized mirror which is good for use on the go. The shades in the palette are listed down below:

Finger swatches

° Tempera is described as a velvety beige with an ultra matte finish

° Golden ochre as an earthy yellow with an ultra matte finish 

° Vermeer as an iridescent shell with a metallic finish

° Buon Fresco is described as an antique lavender with an ultra matte finish

° Antique Bronze is described as a metallic sable with a satin finish

° Love Letter as a raspberry with an ultra matte finish 

° Cypress Umber as a dark coffee with an ultra matte finish 

Brush swatches

Second row: 

° Raw Sienna is described as a neutral amber with an ultra matte finish 

° Burnt Orange as a deep orange with an ultra matte finish 

° Primavera as shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish 

° Red Ochre as sienna with an ultra matte finish

° Venetian Red as crimson with an ultra matte finish

° Warm Taupe is described as an earthy gray with an ultra matte finish 

° Realgar as brick with an ultra matte finish (this looks more burnt orange to me than the shade “Burnt Orange”)

The eyeshadows are very pigmented, even the light ones and pick up very well from the pan. I couldn’t get Antique Bronze to show up on my skin when I swatched with a brush but it’s still pigmented nonetheless, and Raw Sienna is pretty close to the skin of my inner arm, making it a perfect transition shade. 

All the shadows apply and blend so easily; they basically do the work for you because of how easy they blend. They are all buttery soft, especially for a palette that contains mostly mattes. I’ve tried it with both a base and without a base, and each time it performs so well. It lasts foreverrrrr without fading. I get at least 12 hours of wear without fading and creasing, until I take off my makeup. 

This palette is definitely worth the hype, because it is AH-MAZINGGGG. My least favorite shade is Warm Taupe. I don’t see myself getting much use out of them except to probably set my eyeshadow primer. My favourite shades are Love Letter, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Realgar and Primavera. If I had to choose only one, it’ll definitely be Primavera. I love love love that shade. It’s shimmer but not gritty or textured in the least. 

I am definitely impressed with this eyeshadow palette, it is what I expected and more. My only gripe about it is that there is no black shade but Cypress Umber is a really dark brown and that sort of makes up for it. 

So do I recommend this palette? Abso – freaking – lutely! It’s pretty pricey but definitely worth ever penny. If you’ve been considering picking up this palette, I say get it! 

Have you tried this palette? Share your experiences with me. 

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup Review, Thoughts| Shade Fail 

Hi guys, happy new month! So if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I’m a bit of a foundation fiend (view my entire collection here) I’ve wanted to try the cult favourite Estee Lauder Double Wear for the longest time but finding my shade held me back from picking it up. 

Shade Matching                                            Estee Lauder double wear comes in a variety of shades, separated in cool, warm and neutrals, which definitely makes picking your shade pretty easy. But that was where I had a huge problem. For the longest time, Sandalwood 6W1 was the darkest warm shade, and it’s not even that dark at all. Several times I was tempted to pick up a shade from the cool section because I’d seen a lot of people about my colouring use Rich Cocoa 6C1, but I always held back because I wasn’t about to spend a lot of money on a shade based off of guesswork that wouldn’t match me. 

Then they went ahead and released a darker shade after Sandalwood, Deep Spice 7W1. I was going to pick that up then I realised it would be too dark for me. Then I saw they’d released newer shades and a friend recommended that I pick up Nutmeg 6W2 which is a shade between Sandalwood and Deep Spice. I was definitely glad to find a middle ground. 

These are the claims the brand makes about the product: The same long – wear makeup you love, now proven to last even longer. Looks flawless and natural. Feels lightweight and so comfortable, you won’t believe it’s super long wear. Won’t change colour, smudge or come off on clothes. Lasts through heat and humidity. 

Packaging                                                         The packaging is super cute. I really like the glass bottle and the beautiful gold accents. The bottle is small but has a weighted feel to it.

My Thoughts                                                     Now on to my thoughts. The shade range is absolutely amazing, and like I mentioned, I picked this up in the shade Nutmeg 6W2 which is the second to darkest in the warm category. The brand used to boast of 15 hour wear but now they boast of 24 hour wear and this foundation definitely lives up to those claims. I haven’t worn it for that long; the longest I’ve worn it is about 12 hours and it stayed flawless throughout. 

It doesn’t smudge or transfer so go ahead and hug bae while he’s wearing his white shirt. The white shirt ain’t got shxt on Estee Lauder Double Wear because once it sets, it SETS and it’s not going anywhere. It is of a thicker consistency but applies easily. I like to apply it with my Real Techniques expert face brush then go over it with my beauty blender to smooth it all out. It plays well with my current under eye concealers and I absolutely love the finish of it. It does transfer a little when I get oily but it’s so minimal that it’s not even a big deal. 

It has hard core oil control. This is the only foundation that has me looking matte for 8+ hours before I see a little bit of shine peeking through. It is a full coverage foundation but not cakey at all, just try not to go overboard with the powder else you’re on your way to cake face city. 

The biggest pet peeve for me and the millions of other people that use and love this foundation is the lack of a pump. For such a premium – looking foundation and for the price, it would have been nice if they threw in a pump but I’m careful to only pour out the tiniest bit because a little goes a long way. 

Now let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the shade. The foundation is supposed to be warm shade but it gives off cool vibes to me 

I am warm toned but I can make some orangey and red foundations work for me. I compared it to the coolest foundation I’ve ever used (which you should know if you’ve been kicking it with me for a while) is the Becca Ever Matte Shine Proof foundation 

The Becca definitely leans cooler than the Estee Lauder. When I wear this foundation, I look casket sharp. The colour match is pretty accurate but lacks the warm yellow tones that I like in a foundation.  

I took this picture with flash so you could tell the difference between the three foundations and you can see that the Makeup Forever Ultra HD which I reviewed recently is much warmer than the other two shades and it’s a much better match for me and the Becca Ever Matte is the coolest of the three. Sometimes to offset the coolness, I mix it with the Makeup Forever Ultra HD but the cool tones are so strong that my foundation just looks off. 

I really like the finish and the oil control properties of the foundation but I definitely do not like the shade. However I’m definitely willing to give it another shot because I am so impressed by the foundation. I don’t know what I’m going to do with this one just yet but I’ll figure something out. 

If you haven’t tried the Estee Lauder double wear, get you some sis, because this foundation is littttttt 🔥🔥🔥. And best of all it has 24 shelf life so you know this is going to last you a pretty long time. 

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know your thoughts on it! 

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