Current Foundation Situation

I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m a foundation junkie. I like trying new things and discovering what will work and what won’t and what is worth the price and hype and what isn’t. I’ve used several foundation in the last year and this is what I have currently in rotation. I’ve reviewed all of these foundations, except for the Revlon Colorstay so I’ll just talk briefly about them to give you a general overview. I’ll also link the ones I’ve reviewed so you can check it out if you would like. 

All of these brands are brown girl friendly and there is a wide selection for women of colours and deeper. Melanin for the win! And a big nod to these brands for considering us and not making us an afterthought like some others do. 

First foundation I’m going to talk about is the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. This was the first high end foundation I ever splurged on, and the one that piqued my interest for higher end makeup. It comes in 20 shades and my shade is New Orleans. There are 2 more shades darker than this, so quite enough to choose from. Most of NARS’ foundations run warmer which suits us of the deeper variety with warm undertones. New Orleans is such a great match. It leans orange when swatched but that does not translate when applied. No oompa loompa over here. It’s one of my favourite foundations. In fact it was my favourite til I started using my new favourite, which I’ll talk about soon. It’s suitable for oily skin, dries to a soft matte finish and wears for hours. It’s also worth mentioning that it comes with a pump which is definitely appreciated. 

Next I’ll talk about is Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation. This is one of the most popular foundations ever and it has a cult following, and for good reason too. It comes in a wide range of shades, although in the UK, where I got mine, the range is not as extensive as the US. Still, there are 3 shades darker than mine (Ambre). I believe it comes in 20 shades in the UK and EU compared to 40 for the US so if you feel like you fall in between shades in a lot of foundations, definitely consider getting yours from the US. It’s one of the only foundations that actually leans yellow and not orange. It matches me really well, just my All day luminous. It dries to a satin – y velvety matte finish, is largely transfer resistant and controls oil really well. This also comes with a pump. 

Maybelline Fit Me: I reviewed this recently and you probably know that I didn’t like this very much. I expected to like it because a lot of people do but it just didn’t wow me. It also didn’t help that the undertones were wrong. My shade, Mocha, is the darkest in the range and I’m not even considered that dark when it comes to skin tone. It dries to a satin finish, transfers like crazy, does not leave me neither matte nor poreless. My biggest peeve is that it doesn’t come with a pump. Boo. 

Next on the list is Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. This foundation comes in about 12 shades, with the darkest being Soft Sable. I got the next to darkest, Tawny, to mix with another Covergirl foundation, the Outlast Stay Fabulous. Drugstore foundations tend to lean neutral as they get darker and the Outlast Stay Fabulous was no exception, reason why I got Tawny to mix it in with Soft Sable to bring a little golden to better match me. I like them okay. They’re not great but for drugstore, they’re fine. I feel like Ready Set Gorgeous is a much better foundation than Outlast Stay Fabulous, which has sheerer coverage so I do plan to get Soft Sable to wear on its own. The range is not as extensive as some of these others that I’ve mentioned, however if you do want to try a Covergirl foundation, the Queen Collection has a wide range by a dark skin woman for dark skin women. 

Next on the list is Becca Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation. With a name like that you’d expect it so be a godsend for oily girls but if you read my review you’d know that I didn’t like this foundation at all. Even after writing the review, I tried to give it another shot but I still don’t like it. The colour I got, Sandalwood, was a good match but the undertones were just wrong. There’s a pretty wide range for darker skin. There are 3 shades that are darker than Sandalwood. It dries fast, coverage is light and only build up if you want to look casket ready. For how much I love their ever matte primer, this foundation was a fail to me. 

The final foundation I’m going to talk to talk about is the Revlon Colorstay. This is probably one of the, if not the most, popular drugstore foundation. It comes in two formulas for normal/dry skin and for combination/oily skin. Of course I got the combination/oily skin formula because I am an oily girl. I picked this up in the shade Cappuccino.There is such a huge jump from Caramel which has warm undertones to Cappuccino, which has red undertones and I wasn’t about to buy two to mix. Thinking about it, I should have got Mahogany because that seems to have warmer undertones. I never reviewed this foundation because I lost the photos I took and I really didn’t feel like taking new ones. This foundation is everyone’s favourite because it supposedly lasts a crazy long time and controls oil so well. That was not my experience at all. I wasn’t impressed by this foundation. The wear time is just okay, the colour, of course as I’ve already mentioned was not the best and it doesn’t control my oils as well as thought it would. I’d definitely pass on this foundation. In fact I barely use it but my mum seems to love it so she’s the only one that uses it. I should also mention that the bottle I got came with a pump. It’s of a thicker consistency and it’s one saving grace is that it is easy to blend. 
If you made it to the end of this post, thank you for your attention and for reading! Comment below what your favourite foundation/s is/are and any recommendations you may have for me. 

xx 

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Products I Regret Buying

I never thought I would have to write this particular post, but it’s about time I did, because let’s face it, not everything we buy turns out to be so great. Now some of the products in this post may surprise you cos I might have spoken pretty well on them, but frequent usage has made me realise that they actually weren’t so great at all. So without further ado, I start with…

1. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation

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Yes shocking right? Because I spoke so glowingly of this foundation when I reviewed it first but after wearing it a few times, I decided that I do NOT like this at all. First the undertones are off. I got this in the shade 365 Soft Sable and the undertones are too neutral and somehow this foundation manages to make me look flat. Coverage is super super light and contrary to what I thought, it can’t be built up, so it’s definitely not going to completely cover acne scars or hyperpigmentation. So unless you have near perfect skin, please stay away from this foundation. I haven’t used it in forever but my mum seems to like it so she’s the only one that uses it now.

2. BH Cosmetics Party Girl brush set

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These are the very first brushes I tried, and while I was impressed at first, I now realized that I am not a happy camper. The brushes are soft to the touch, but for some reason that is the only thing I like about them. And I think a lot of the brushes, individually, are very crappy. The blush brush is total rubbish. I literally have to run it over my blush over 5 times to get it to pick up any product, and when it finally manages to, there’s fall out EVERYWHERE. Ugh. And the angled brushes are not stiff enough to be used to apply any kind of creme or gel formulation. Eyeshadow brushes are just meh. The only brush that I would say isn’t as bad is the powder brush, but hey it’s hard to mess up a powder brush huh? The redeeming qualities about them are that they are very easy to wash and retain their shape well. There is also minimum shedding. Save yourself some money and invest in another brush set.

3. Colorbox Pro Beauty Blender

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This is not so much the on the use as it is on the quality because I LOVE this beauty blender. It’s affordable and blends flawlessly. BUT. It is of such poor quality omg. It ripped the first time I washed it and the tear has just gotten bigger with every wash to the point that it’s falling apart after barely 4 months. Definitely not repurchasing, because it doesn’t make sense to keep spending 25 cedis on a sponge that isn’t going to last. Oh and did I mention that it’s a bxtch to clean? It stains really easily. No likey.

4. LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints

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I definitely made it clear from the very beginning how crappy I thought these were. 7+ months down the line and I still think they’re crap. I really do not see what everyone was raving about because these are just horrible. Aside from the cooling sensation which I like, this is like the worst lip product I have ever tried, hands down. I’m just going to toss these because I can’t see anyone liking them. Ugh.

5. LA Girl Pro Setting Powder

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I loved this when I first got it. A lot. But it doesn’t seem to work as well for me anymore, which sucks big time. It doesn’t keep me matte for as long as it used to, and for some reason whenever I use it to set my Maybelline SuperStay, it looks so cakey, which does not happen when I use the SuperStay on its own. And it’s so tiny I’m running out already (but on the upside I could probably post my first empties post so yay) I don’t think I’m going to be repurchasing.

Please note that these are my experiences with these products. That’s not too say they won’t work for you because they didn’t work for me, so you can still go right ahead and try them if you want to.

Ever regret buying and products? Share your experiences with me

Beverly xx

Maybelline SuperStay

Hi guys!

Doesn’t it seem like our obsessions change at a point in time? Like I was (and still am) a die hard lipstick fanatic. Now my obsession has changed to foundations. I am obsessed with finding the right foundation. I see the word “matte” in a foundation and my heart starts to sing. Anyway back to the topic. So I finally tried the Maybelline superstay. I don’t know why it took me so long to. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think it’s about to be discontinued?

As with all my foundation posts, I’m going to review this based on coverage,  finish and staying power.

For reference I have combination to oily, acne prone skin with a super oily t-zone and hyperpigmentation, so I prefer full coverage foundations.

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This little guy claims to have micro – flex formula for 24hr wear. Who wears their foundation that long?! Now can we talk about how miserable the shade range for dark skin is? I got this in the shade cocoa which is the darkest in the range and it’s not even that dark! So if you’re darker than I am, sadly there’s no match for you which I think really sucks.

The claims:
• Withstands heat, sweat and humidity
• No transfer: won’t rub off
• Flexible, breathable, all day comfort
• Oil free – non pore clogging
• Suitable for all skin types

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Right off of the bat I should say this this DEFINITELY transfers. I honestly don’t know why Maybelline claims it doesn’t. And I was finally looking forward to hugging my boyfriend without leaving brown stains on his shirt but sadly that wasn’t the case. Sorry boo! 😂

COVERAGE:

Maybelline claims this is a medium coverage but this is easily a full coverage foundation to me. The level of coverage in one layer is mind blowing. I don’t even need to add a second layer and I definitely do not need a concealer after. However I have noticed that it does turn a hair darker when it oxidizes, but thankfully it doesn’t make me turn orange. It does tend to look a little mask-y when you layer too much so I’d be careful about that.

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It seems to be neutral but leans more yellow, and so it matches me perfectly. It makes me realise even more just how neutral my CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is.

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SuperStay cocoa, Outlast Stay Fabulous soft sable, Ready Set Gorgeous tawny

FINISH:

Dries to a complete matte finish which I absolutely love. It doesn’t dry too fast but definitely faster that my CoverGirl foundations. It’s also of thicker consistency than my CoverGirl foundations. However it spreads and blends easily, no matter the tool you use to blend your foundation. I did find that a sponge provides better coverage compared to my beloved expert face brush.

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If there’s one this I absolutely hate about this foundation, it’s the lack of a pump. Why would you do that Maybelline? This causes major wastage, if you end up pouring more than you need.

STAYING POWER:

I tried this in different situations to test the staying power, and each time I was impressed. I wore it without a setting powder, without a primer and with both a primer and a setting powder. It definitely lasts much longer with both the primer and setting powder, but thing is no matter how much I blotted, I still looked made up. I could have easily reapplied my setting powder and I would look freshly made up. Oil control was better managed when I used a setting powder. Without setting with a powder, I feel my nose get shiny by the 4 hour mark which is pretty impressive.

IN SUMMARY:

This is definitely a winner in my book, and I highly recommend that you try it, if you haven’t already. I am going to get backups just in case it’s really going to be discontinued! Definitely Holy Grail status to me!

Have you tried this? Share your experiences and Holy Grail foundations with me!

Beverly xx

One Brand, Two Foundations: CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous & CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous | Review and Comparisons

I’m pretty excited to do this review cos I’ve been using these foundations a lot lately and I think it’s time for me to share my thoughts and experiences with them. From here on, I’m going to refer to Ready Set Gorgeous as RSG and Outlast Stay Fabulous as OSF. Too long for me to keep typing. These companies just keep making product names longer and longer. Ok I’m deviating. Let’s go!

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Left Ready Set Gorgeous, right Outlast Stay Fabulous.

I got RSG in shade 315 tawny, and OSF in shade 375 soft sable. Why not get them in the same colour? Well cos tawny is a tad lighter and soft sable is a tad darker. So I mix 2 parts tawny and one part soft sable to get a colour that’s a perfect fit for me. And why not just get the same type of foundation? Because I wanted to try both, so I got them both! Anyway as before, I’m going to review these based on coverage, finish and staying power then deliver my verdict.

Before I continue, I’ll state once again that I have combination to oily skin, with a very oily t-zone. I have no dry patches, but I have acne scarring, acne prone skin and hyperpigmentation, so i prefer full coverage foundations. Yes I have a lot of problems 😥

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CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 375 Soft Sable

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CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous 315 Tawny

RSG comes in a squeeze tube and OSF comes in a glass bottle with a lockable pump! ☺ They both have a weird perfume-y smell. It’s not too bad but it’s pretty unusual the first time you smell it

COVERAGE:

I would consider the coverage of RSG to be medium to full, and OSF to be light to medium. But mixed together, I get a level of coverage that is so amazing and does a fantastic job of evening out my skin tone. However on it’s own, OSF is light and I need 3 full pumps to even my skin tone, and still have to go in with a concealer after. With RSG, 2 small squeezes is what I need to cover my face. No need for a concealer. They can both be layered easily, with no cakiness of any sort. RSG wins this round

FINISH:

I was expecting them both to be matte, cos that’s what all the reviews I read before getting these said. However I find these are definitely NOT matte. Not in the least. I had to set with a powder because I wanted a matte finish. I did find that RSG was a little more of a demi – matte finish, in comparison to OSF, which is more of a satin finish. RSG wins yet another round.

STAYING POWER:

I wasn’t very impressed with the staying power of these. I was expecting to be blown away. Probably I had super high hopes cos of all the rave reviews I had seen.  I tried them out without a powder and I found them to both last just over 4 hours before they started to fade. With a powder, it was phenomenal. No kidding. I can get 8 hour days and still look made up by the end of the day, with absolutely no touch ups, only blotting my ever-oily t-zone with a tissue. Without a powder, oil control is pretty meh but with a powder, it’s fantastic. My oil is kept at bay for ages and my nose doesn’t get shiny until the 5 hour mark, which is just great, if you know me and how shiny my nose always is. It’s a tie between OSF and RSG.

I tried applying these with my Colorbox pro big mama beauty blender and my real techniques expert face brush, and I find that the RT brush does a better job of applying, and I use less product. I do wish these were waterproof. It’s not cute leaving brown stains on my phone screen and on whatever I touch x_x

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Left Ready Set Gorgeous 315 Tawny; right Outlast Stay Fabulous 375 Soft Sable

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I feel like OSF has neutral undertones, and RSG has yellow tones. Since my undertones are more yellow than neutral (although I’d rather wear neutral undertones than cool ones, those make me look ashy), mixing them together gives me subtle yellow that’s not too over the top.

IN SUMMARY:

I love both of these foundations and yes, I highly recommend them. The finish is very natural and it lasts and lasts, fading evenly. A definite repurchase, it’s worth every cent! These deserve Holy Grail status! Now if only I could find my perfect colour…

Whew! This has been a REALLY long review! Have you tried these? What is your favourite foundation?

Beverly xx

Haulin’ It: Makeup Ghana Connects Booty

I am officially on a no-buy. And I mean it this time. Every time I impose a no buy on myself, I cave and get myself new stuff. I need help 😿

On Good Friday, I decided to get a few things that I’ve needed for a while (note: this was before I came up with the no-buy) so off I went to the Makeup Ghana Connects Good Friday sales. And these came home with me

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Elf matte lip colour in rich red
CoverGirl ready set gorgeous foundation in 315 tawny
LA Girl pro HD setting powder
LA Girl pro conceal in fawn, mahogany and an orange corrector
Colorbox cosmetics pro big mama beauty blender
Colorbox cosmetics Ohemaa strip lashes
Colorbox cosmetics pro eyelash applicator
CoverGirl outlast stay fabulous foundation in 375 soft sable
Colorbox cosmetics pro beauty blender mini me

Whew! I must have typed the word “pro” about a million times!

Now you see why I’m on a no buy?! Most of these, I’ve wanted for ages so I’m happy I got them now, especially on sale. Who doesn’t like to save a little money? Of course, I’m going to review these individually and give you my thoughts on them so look forward to them!

Any of these that you’ve tried?
Hugs,

Beverly xx