EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation Review

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I am SUPER EXCITED to write this post!! As today I will be reviewing a foundation I can actually state as AMAZING!! The foundation I will be reviewing is called EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation in the shade F300.

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About Ex1

Ex1 was founded by British Asian Biochemist Farah Naz. Like most Asian/olive skin tone women Farah was very frustrated with the lack of high street products available to match her skin tone. Therefore she conducted a two year research program in order to create the perfect foundation for olive skin tones.

For all those that are Asian, Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern, Spanish and anyone else with olive/yellow skin tones this foundation should appeal to you, as I am sure we have all suffered the same difficulty as Farah Naz!!

Packaging

This product is contained within a clear transparent plastic packaging with a copper lid. This packaging does not look cheap, it looks high end and it is travel friendly! I like this packaging as I can see how much product I have left. It also comes with a pump where the foundation moves up while you pump more product out which again is great for showing how much product you have left. The only downfall I have about the packaging is that the pump is not very sturdy sometimes you have to be careful with how the foundation disperses, as it can go everywhere!! However, I have now got used to this and have no problems with it.

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Product 

Shades: The shades available are F100,F200,F300,F400,F500. Not a huge shade range, but lucky for me F300 worked perfectly!! It contains olive/beige and yellow undertones, what I love is that the yellow tones are not too strong and does not make me look like a member from TOWIE! For Autumn, Winter and Spring shade F300 should work great for me. It may be too light for me in the summer with a tan but I will probably purchase the next shade up for then. If you are unsure what shade you could be EX1 have conducted a shade matcher on there website, please click here to find your shade. They have compared there shades to Mac foundation shades which may help some when deciding. For reference I am MAC shade 41 and F300 is a great match for me. Unfortunately, this foundation may not suit pale or pink skin tones, as the undertones are best suited for olive skins and the lightest shade available is not that pale. However the darkest shaden(F500) does run quiet dark and will be great for any african/afro-carribean ladies.

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Texture: This foundation is not too runny nor too thick, it is extremeley blendable. It works well with fingers, sponges and brushes!! My favorite method of application is my Sigma F88 as it gives the best flawless finish.

Skin type: I have combination skin – oily T-zone, with exzema around my mouth and normal skin on the remaining areas – Great combo huh? But this foundation tackled each part! It was hydrating enough to not let my ezeama look flakey and it kept my t-zone looking non-greasy! Therefore this foundation could work for every skin type – dry, normal, oily and combination.

Coverage: I would say this foundation is a light to medium to buildable coverage foundation, which is great as I can wear this in the day time or build it up more for a evening look. I usually use around 2 pumps which covers most my acne marks!

Finish: This foundation is a good semi-matt finish, with powder is more of a matt finish but my face still has a glow it does not look powdery or too matt. This foundation states it is ‘invisiwear’ meaning a natural finish, I believe this is true if you use one/two pumps. However if you are going for a good medium coverage look with three pumps you will be able to tell you are wearing foundation but you will not looked caked up compared to other full coverage foundations. For all you dewy skin lovers – fear not, I dampen my beauty blender dupe and the finish was dewy!

Lasting power: This foundation lasts all day. This foundation can look fresh for about 5/6 hours and can last a good 8/10 hours with just a little fading. I do not have to top up in between with extra foundation or powder!! I have not worn this foundation for more than 10 hours but I can likely see it lasting all day a night with an in between touch up.

 Price & Availability:

I was very lucky to stumble on this foundation in a store which allowed me to test this foundation before purchasing. If you live in London, you can visit Guru Make Up Emporium based in High Street Kensington  for £10.50!! Bargain for such a quality foundation! I can not praise the staff in this store enough, they were very friendly and helpful, I was there forever deciding on make up. What I like about this store is that they allow you to try as much make up as you like, they provide you with a mirror and a selection of make up brushes, I much prefer this as you can take your time trying on as many products as you like without irritating a beauty advisor or queing up for one. But fear not, there are beauty advisers there available to help you still! They also sell other make up brands that are not available in stores in the UK such as Make Up Forever and Ben Nye! I had also purchased Ben Nye Banana Powder when I had purchased this foundation, I will be reviewing this next time.

For online availability you can also purchase this at LookFantastic.Com £10.50 + Free UK delivery.

Overall Verdict: I give this foundation 5 out of 5 stars!! I have never given a foundation such great ratings, but this is now my HG foundation. Everything is great from the price to the quality to the coverage it provides!! I highly recommend this foundation  for all olive skin girls as I believe it is a foundation for all skin types. The shade is the best I have tried, it suits my olive Indian skin tone very well!

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Above: Is a photograph of me wearing the foundation, I have kept the rest of my make up neutral to show you how well the foundation looks. 

Thank you for reading,

Bhavi x0x0

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Beauty Blender Dupe

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never really liked using sponges to apply my foundation. I have seen many bloggers rave about the Beauty Blender sponge but was not prepared to pay around £20 for one. However I have seen dupes on Ebay for 99p! Thats right, you heard right 99p!! Please click here to purchase. What a dramatic difference to the original beauty blender price.

This dupe is a pink sponge that can also be purchased in cream or blue. It is not a complete round egg shape like the original but I prefer that it is not because the dents in the middle allow a nice space for your fingers, which allows a good grip for application. I also love the pointed top as this makes applications under the eyes and nose ever soo easy!

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I think this  beauty sponge does a great jobs with applying foundation, no streak marks! Also for those that prefer a natural look, if you dampen the sponge before application you can create a more dewy finish. However I still prefer using my Sigma F88 Kabuki brush as I find the sponge is harder to wash and takes longer to dry. On the other hand, I love using this beauty blender dupe for applying my Ben Nye Banana Powder. I find my foundation lasts a lot longer and provides a more matt finish compared to a using a powder brush. Great for night outs and weddings as it gives a flawless finish!

I can not make a comparison with the original beauty blender, perhaps when the price has dropped I may try it out.

I would recommend this beauty blender dupe to everyone as for 99p you cant go wrong for giving it go :D. The only negative I have is as mentioned above, the cleaning difficulty.

Has anyone else tried the beauty blender sponge or any dupes

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Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxox

Ecotools Tapered Blush Brush Review.  

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I have always used a round fluffy brush to apply my blush, but wanted to try something new. Especially as I have been learning to contour and a round brush will not be good enough for this.

 I have picked up the Ecotools Tapered Blush Brush from Boots for £7.99 (a very decent price!)

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Firstly, all ecotools are cruelty free and earth friendly. The brush hairs are made out of synthetic materials and the handle is made out of bamboo and recycled materials. Even the packaging is made out of recycled materials. It’s always nice to be earth friendly and it does look super cute!

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This blush brush is tapered; the synthetic hairs are longer in the middle and shorter on the edges. The hairs on this brush are very dense and extremely soft and just the right fluffiness! This brush is very sturdy and I have washed this a few times now and no hairs have shed!

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I really enjoy using this brush, due to the density of the bristles it picks up a lot of my blush/bronzer compared to my other round brushes. Therefore no product goes to waste. I particularly love this brush when contouring, it really does wonders when working with the hallow of my cheeks.

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What brushes do you enjoy using when applying blush/bronzer or contouring?

Thank you for reading

 Bhavini xoxo

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Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H Review

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Hi guys! I have been very intrigued to try out a gel eyeliner as they are very much in trend atm and have heard some good things about them. Today, I will be reviewing the Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H – bit of a mouthful I know! I have purchased the shade 01 Black. I picked this up from Superdrug for £7.99

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This eye liner comes in a beautiful small frosted round tub, you may think that there is such a small amount provided, but I can imagine this lasting a long time as you just need to use a little! Maybelline has also provided a brush, I was not expecting a lot from this brush, but boy was I wrong! This brush is a perfect size,tapered, soft and after a few washes no bristles have shed.

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Maybelline claims this is a very long lasting eye liner 24 hours in fact, I do not wear my make up for 24 hours therefore can not comment to that claim, nevertheless I would say it is very long lasting as I have worn this product for 10 hours and it looks exactly the same as when I first applied it. On me I find this product once dried, it is matt, smudge and transfer proof! I have also worn this in heavy rain over the weekend and 99% stayed on! Another big plus, this gel eye liner does not give me panda eyes!

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The formula is a  smooth gel like texture, it is very creamy and glides on very well. It does dry up pretty quick, I find it dries quicker on my top lid rather than my waterline. The gel eye liner also allows me to create either a natural or dramatic look. What I love most about this product is that the colour is amazing, it is very pigmented, the colour is very intense in just one swipe!

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As you can see, this gel eye liner can be used on the top lid or on the waterline and both of course. I tend to find it takes me a little longer to apply compared to liquid or pencil eye liner. I also find it a little difficult when creating a wing look.  However the end results are much better as this creates a more dramatic look and is much more long lasting. Hopefully with some more practise I can achieve the perfect look!

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 Would I purchase this product again? Deffinialty yes! I may not wear this product if I am in a rush but whenever I have that extra couple minutes and nights out I would reach for this. I am very happy with the end results. I am now reaching much more over for this gel eyeliner rather than my pencils and liquid eyeliners.

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What do you think of gel eye liners? have you tried any? Do you think they are better or worse compared to liquid eye liners? Love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo

Sigma F88 – Flat Angled Kabuki Brush Review

 

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There are tons and tons of brushes out there for each part of your face to natural hair or synthetic hair bristles. This can make it very daunting to figure out what type of brush you need. A year ago, I was looking for a new foundation brush; the Sigma F80 was a very popular choice from bloggers however I felt this round dense brush would not reach under my eyes and small areas very well. I then opted for the Real Techniques Stippling brush; this was my favourite brush up until I purchased the Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush. There is not a store near me that sells this brush; therefore I decided to purchase this from Amazon for £17.95, a little pricer compared to my other brushes but in my opinion its totally worth it!

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As you can see this brush is very similar to the F80. The major difference is that this brush is angled which makes it easier to reach under the eye area and small areas. Making application so much easier with just one brush!

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The packaging of this brush is very sturdy and the handle is just the right length not too long or too short. It comes with a plastic case to protect the bristles.The bristles are synthetic hair which means it is animal cruelty free! I have been using this brush for a few weeks now and after a few washes not even one hair have shed! The fact that it states the brush model on the handle is a great reminder to what brush you are using.

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This brush is very dense with a flat kabuki top, when applied with liquid foundation it will create a full coverage finish compared to using another type of brush. In comparison to the Real Techniques stippling brush and buffing brush you can see how much denser the F88 is.

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R to L: RT Stippling Brush, RT Buffing Brush, Sigma F88

Why I favour the Sigma F88 brush over Real Techniques?

  • Unlike the other brushes the F88 has a dense flat top, and this is what prevents foundation streaks.
  • This brush worked better for me than the real techniques buffing brush because the buffing brush did not work well on my eczema. The F88 allows me to stipple or glide on dry patches rather than buff into them.
  • Even though I love my real techniques stippling brush, I still favour the F88 more because it covers more of my blemishes as it gives me more coverage. However I do use my stippling brush on days I want a light coverage look.
  • Can be suitable for all skin types.
  • The F88 handle length is just right for accuracy.
  • The F88 has an angled brush for extra precision for under the eyes and corners.

I usually apply a bit of foundation on to my face and then I would stipple and buff it into my skin. My foundation does not seem to be sinking into the bristles therefore I am not wasting any product.

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Overall verdict: This brush is incredibly soft and feels lovely on my skin, I have very sensitive skin and this brush did not irritate my skin. I have combination skin; usually some brushes can make my dry patches flake but this not happen with the Sigma F88. The end results are beautiful as this brush helps creates a medium/full coverage yet natural and flawless with out no streaks.

Overall Look

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Products used:

  • Sigma F88 Brush
  • Revlon Colourstay Foundation – Shade Natural Tan
  • Loreal True Match Powder – Shade W7
  • B. Glowing Shimmer Block – Shade 161 Just Peachy
  • B. Cream Eyeshadow – Shade 057 Copper.
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eye Liner – Black
  • Loreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture – Black
  • Loreal Glam Shine Lip Crayon – Shade 912 Sin For Peach
  • Necklace and top from Primark – click here for review
  • Pencil skirt and ring from Forever 21

Have you tried the F88 or any other Sigma brushes??

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xoxo

W7 In The Buff – Natural Nudes Eye Shadow Palette.

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 W7 In The Buff – Natural Nudes eye shadow palette is my current favourite make up purchase. I barely ever apply shadow on, however I thought I should give them a try seeming I have lots of weddings to attend this year.

I am sure you have heard of the brand Naked, their eye shadows are amazing but I did not want to pay £35-40 for a palette. I had come across bloggers raving about W7 in the buff, critics have stated this to be very similar to Naked 2 but for a fraction of the price. Therefore I was very excited to try this; I had purchased my W7 in the buff from Ebay for £6.99.

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The colours in this palette are natural nudes – black, brown, bronze, gold and creams. These colours definitely warm up your face in a natural way. It is subtle yet effective enough depending in how you apply your eye shadow. I love how I can wear these eye shadows for a wedding and at the same wear it simply for work. In addition, it comes with a double sided eye shadow brush!

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Please see below for a swatch test – I am pretty sure there is a colour there to suit every skin tone.

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 My favourite colours are the golden shades such as Caramel and Dust. Please see below photo of me wearing these colours.

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I have used Sand for the inner corners of my eyes. I then applied Caramel on the first half of my eye and then blended in Dust on the last half of my eye. Thereafter I applied Rimmel exaggerate liquid eyeliner on top, eye Rimmel exaggerate eye crayon on the bottom (crayon gives a more dramatic smoky look compared to liquid eyeliner on the bottom) and L’oreal Miss Manga mascara on both top and bottom eye lashes.

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Real Techniques Stippling Brush Review

You can apply foundation in so many ways, with your fingers, sponges, beauty blenders and brushes. Brushes are a common way to apply foundation, but there are soooo many to choose out from. I used to own just one foundation brush for about 7 years, which is the Clinique flat, tapered foundation brush. I am not the type to own a lot of make up tools, but as I had my Clinique brush for a very long time I wanted to purchase something new. I was in Boots where there was a 3 for 2 offer on all make up and tools, so I picked up the Real Techniques Stippling Brush by Samantha Chapman without a thought seeming I had nothing to loose as this brush would be my ‘free’ item. The usual retail price for this brush at Boots is £11.99.

When I got home and tried this product I had no expectations, at first I wasn’t quite sure how to use the brush, but at the back of the packaging it states that there is an online tutorial on how to use the brush. Please click here to review. This was great help and after a couple of times practising, I had mastered it (Huuraaay 😀 !!).

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This brush is great for liquid foundations and cream blushers. I tend to put my liquid foundation in the area needed and then stipple the foundation (stippling is a bit like patting quickly) and then I tend to buff it into my skin in circular motions. Samantha Chapman states on her website that “This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup”.  I can agree this brush does give a nice finish. I have previously used this brush in another review, where you can see photos of the finished look, please click here: Revlon Colourstay Foundation review.

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The bristles feel soft on my skin; they are denser at the bottom and more spread out a little at the top which I like as it gives the brush flexibility and manoeuvre. I have had this brush for about 8 weeks now and I have only lost one of the bristles, which is pretty good.

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I absolutely love the design of this brush, it has a lovely pink handle which states what type of brush it is on the packaging, and for those with lots of brushes this will make it easier to identify what brush is what. Samantha Chapman has three types of brushes and categorises them by colour, Orange – Flawless Base, Purple – Enhanced eyes and Pink – Perfect Finish. But the part that sets this brush aside from the others in the current market is that this brush has a ‘self-standing base’. It has a flat bottom handle which allows the brush to stand on a table. I love this! Especially compared to putting the brush into a make up bag which gets dirty easily therefore helps prevents the bristles from getting damaged.

I want to write a quick comparison with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and my Clinique flat tapered foundation brush. As I know a lot of people do own a tapered brush.

Clinique Flat Tapered Brush.

Clinique Flat Tapered Brush.

As you can see I have used this Clinique brush a lot! But it does a good job. The quality of this brush is brilliant and can not fault it, as I had used this brush everyday for many years and not even one bristle had fell out. The brushes are tapered with the middle bristles being the longest to the outer bristles; this is great for small area’s e.g. – corners of your eyes, nose, upper lip etc and this is something the Stippling brush does not have. However the stippling brush gives a much nicer flawless finish as the tapered brush can leave streaks. Nevertheless I sometimes use these brushes hand in hand with each other for 2 reasons. 1) Stippling brushes are not great on dry skin, as buffing aggravates and highlights dry flaky patches, so whenever I have dry patches I will prefer to use my tapered brush – but most of the time I will still use my Real Techniques brush but I just stipple gently instead. 2) As I mentioned above the tapered brush is great for small areas, so sometimes (when I can be bothered) after using my stippling brush on the larger areas I will then use my tapered brush for the smaller hard to reach area’s. Note: – the Stippling brush does reach the small areas; it’s just not as precise as the tapered brush. Another point is the Clinique tapered brush is nearly twice the price as the Real Technique Stippling brush, costing £22.50 from Clinique.

Lastly, how i clean my make up brushes:  I clean the Real Techniques stippling brush and the Clinique tapered brush in the same way. Every few days i rub anti- bacterial hand wash into the bristles and rinse with warm water, sometimes i soak it to give it a thorough clean. It’s quick and easy to do and by using anti- bacterial products it helps to kill any germs left on the brush. I find the Clinique brush easier to clean but the Real Technique’s brush is quicker to dry.

On a daily basis if I had to pick one brush to use, it will be the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, as it gives you a much better flawless finish when compared to the Clinique flat tapered brush. The next foundation brush I want to try is the Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki brush as this seems to be the Real Techniques Stippling brush rivalry at the moment. Has any one tried the F80?

Bhavini xox