Product of the Week: Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

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I had a bit of a stressful time of it last week, and to punish me for all the nasty stress hormones zooming around my body, my skin has decided to be a bit of a dick. Spots are popping up all over the place – and not just little blemishes, but big, lumpy horrors that lurk and hurt for a few days before erupting into a big old mess.

Anyway, a little sample bottle of Estée Lauder Double Wear has saved me this week. I found it at the bottom of my handbag, and it’s been a godsend.

When I apply it in the morning before work, I look a bit chalky in the places where I’ve layered it up (note to self: buy a sodding Beauty Blender already…) but I don’t have to worry about my make up melting off my face. All day long, I can confidently rely on it to stay put and keep my germy little secrets covered. No other foundation I’ve tried is quite so reliable. And for that reason, it’s my product of the week!

Hotel Hair Heaven: Aveda Shampoo and Other Posh Stuff

I don’t know about you, but being a beauty nerd, I always love investigating what’s in the shower whenever I go to a hotel. Usually it’s just a few crappy samples with a name you don’t recognise, but sometimes you can get some pretty cracking stuff. When I went to Newcastle for my boyfriend’s birthday recently, I got to try out some Aveda. And I liked it. A lot.

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Here’s a couple of pictures of the little shelves in the bathroom. Every morning, they were stocked with Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner, a ‘Refreshing Cleansing Bar’ (i.e. posh bar of soap), an ‘Energizing Body Cleanser’ (i.e. posh shower gel), and an ‘All Sensitive’ body moisturiser.

It was all pretty perfect, really. The body lotion spread far but didn’t leave my skin feeling sticky – it sank in almost immediately. The bar of soap left my hands feeling soft all day. The shower gel woke me up with a “zing!” – the scent was so sharp, pepperminty, and delicious. And the shampoo and conditioner? Well, just look at my hair:

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How shiny?! I couldn’t believe it. My hair’s been a bit unhealthy of late, so I was really surprised at it looking like that after just one wash! Not to mention a fabulously fragrant one. If you struggle to wake up in the morning, I’d recommend this in a heartbeat. The minty, herbal smell is indeed most invigorating, as Mr Darcy would say.

Sorry. I can’t use the word “invigorating” without thinking about the dance at Netherfield.

Unfortunately, a 250ml bottle of the Rosemary Mint Conditioner costs £15.50. A litre of the Rosemary Mint Shampoo, £39.00. It broke my heart a little bit. Especially when I couldn’t find it reduced in TK Maxx. Oh well, it’s my birthday soon…

New: Diorskin Star Foundation Review

Photo by dior.com

Photo by dior.com

When boys read woman magazines like Glamour and Cosmo, they’re often confused at the number of pages dedicated to adverts. “Every other page is an advert! I don’t get it!”

But I like adverts. They exude glamour, and the glossy printing ink smells nice. Sometimes, they even come with invitations to claim free 7-day samples of the new Dior foundation.

That’s what happened last week. I toddled down to House of Fraser after work, invitation in hand, and a nice lady put some of the new Diorskin Star Foundation on my face. She also gave me one of those generous little sample pots that always last longer than 7 days, so I was a happy bunny.

As I only wear foundation during the week, I’ve done a 5-day review of my first impressions of this product. To give you a head start, Diorskin Star Foundation claims to be brightening, weightless, long-wear studio makeup with medium to full coverage. Its illuminating mixture was developed, at least in part, for people who like taking selfies. Teehee. You can learn more about the light-diffusing silica beads (etc.) here. It’s really quite hi-tech. Anyway, on to the review.

Day 1. Monday: First Impressions

House of Fraser lady removed my makeup and smoothed some Capture Totale Dream Skin over my face to prime it. She then used Dior’s Backstage Blender Sponge to apply the foundation.

It went on beautifully – apparently it’s recommended that you use a good sponge – and I was really impressed with the results. Imperfections disappeared, skin lovely and luminous, happy days.

If I was nitpicking, it felt a bit sticky – in a similar way to other long-wear foundations like Estée Lauder’s Double Wear.

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Capture Totale Dream Skin. Lovely, tempting stuff – that is, until you google the price tag. Yeowch!

Day 2. Tuesday:

Applied the foundation with a Real Techniques stippling brush, and it looked a bit messy compared to the sponge application.

On the plus side, the foundation didn’t melt off my face on the walk into work, which can happen when you switch from cold morning air to warm morning office.

At 12pm I checked on it – flawless on cheeks, hyperpigmentation and forehead, bit patchy on oily bits – especially on my spots. My concealer could have been causing the patchiness though.

Day 3. Wednesday:

Applied it with my fingers this time. It looked much better and was easier to layer. I didn’t add any concealer to my hyperpigmentation today, and I was right – it is the concealer that makes the texture look weird later in the day.

From today, I’ve decided the coverage on this foundation is definitely more medium than full – it smoothes imperfections and discolouration beautifully, but brand new acne scars and emerging lurkers need a bit more help covering their redness. The foundation neutralises the colour nicely, but they don’t disappear completely.

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Face after Day 1, when the House of Fraser lady applied the foundation. It looked very smooth and glowy, apart from my nose – you can see where I’ve scratched it in the photo! Glasses by Ralph Lauren, by the way :)

Day 4. Thursday:

Applied using a combination of fingers and a denser make up brush, and it looked better still! If I had a sponge that would be the method of choice though. Today I also waited for the foundation to settle for a few minutes before I applied my powder, which made a big difference – it didn’t cling to any specific bits, which was good.

Day 5. Friday:

Up until today, I’d been using the Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer underneath the foundation, in the hope of making it last a bit longer. Today, I decided to do a little experiment, and go primer-free.

It turned out to be the right choice – the foundation lasted much longer, and comfortably stayed on for the whole working day. Perhaps that’s because it was bonding to my actual skin rather than a primer base, which would inevitably wear off at some point. So primer-free, on my oily face, this foundation actually lasted very well!

It could just be coincidence, but my skin is also much better than usual this week, and is calming down nicely. I haven’t had nearly as many spots, and the ones I was suffering with have healed quickly.

So, in conclusion, Diorskin star lasts all day, even without a primer, and may or may not noticeably improve the state of my skin. I’d say I’m sold. Maybe those adverts aren’t such a bad thing, after all?

Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is next month, so I decided I’d do a wishlist for it. There’s not a lot more to say than that, really. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you’re a family member reading this, enjoy the hints – I’ve added links to each item for your convenience. Take your pick! (But pleaseplease get me the eye cream!)

Origins ‘Eye Doctor’ Eye Cream

I’ve had my eye on this (pun not intended) for aaaages. I don’t currently have an eye cream, and as another year goes past, I’d like this one to help me ward off the wrinkles. Or, you know, to make my eye skin nice and soft. Either.

Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner

Oh my god this stuff…I went to a hotel that had miniatures of it, and completely fell in love. Not only did it smell fantastic, it made my hair suuuper shiny and soft. I’m in love. And devastated that it costs £13 a bottle.

Bear Paw Oven Mitt Set, from KinaCeramicDesign at Etsy.

My sister calls me bear claw. I’m not sure why she does that, but I don’t have any oven gloves that aren’t gross and weren’t left behind by the previous tenant. So this is an appropriate gift on two counts!

Lush Grease Lightning Spot Treatment 

This is meant to be brilliant at combating acne. My skin is far from fabulous at the moment, and while I am aware of one cure that definitely works in the short term, it’s really bad for you to be using antibiotics all the time. Not to mention dangerous for humankind as a whole. Anyway, I thought I’d give this a try, as it has great reviews!

Lush Coalface Cleanser 

I need more. It’s brill.

Mean Girls Doormat by BeThereInFive at Etsy

This is made in the USA so probably won’t get here in time, but it’s awesome and I want it. Sadly I couldn’t find any Harry Potter ones on Etsy. If anybody finds a doormat with ‘Sherbet Lemon’ written on it, please, please inform me immediately.

Tangle Teezer Original Professional Detangling Hairbrush in Purple and Pink

Although summer’s over, my hair is still moulting at an incredible rate. I think a kinder hairbrush would probably do it some good. As I haven’t bought a new brush in about 4 years (gross, I know) and I’ve fancied owning a Tangle Teezer for ages, I’d love to get my hands on one of these.

£30 Selfridges Gift Card.

I needs me a MAC haul and I needs it in person. Very pretty please.

I will say now that this is an inspiration tool and not a complete list of items I actually expect to receive. That would be crazy. And no fun, because I’d have no surprises. Teehee.