NEW YEAR, NEW SKIN: MAGNITONE BAREFACED! REVIEW

DSC_0018Last year, Magnitone kindly sent me one of their Barefaced! Cleansing Brushes to try and test on my skin. I have held off on posting my review for a while because I really wanted to give the device a thorough test over time in order to bring you the most well-informed and honest review. Having never owned anything like this before, I was so excited to get started!
DSC_0016MY SKIN TYPE
Lets break my skin down first, my skin type is sensitive, oily and acne prone. There are also times when I get dry patches, particularly around my nose; I have noticed this become more prominent as the colder months have engulfed us.

WHAT I LOOK FOR IN MY SKINCARE
I like my skin to feel squeaky clean, those with drier skin types might like to feel more nourished from their skincare, but I like a good scrub. I travel to and from uni most days (a 6-hour all-round commute) and on the other days I’m at work all day, so when I get home, I like my skin to feel like it has had a good clean. Having said that, I don’t like the tight, dry feeling that can come with a good deep clean, I just like the surface to feel fresh and the pores to feel cleared.

WHAT DOES MAGNITONE CLAIM?
Well first of all, the clue is in the name, the Magnitone Barefaced is supposed to leave you with skin that you love so much that you would go barefaced with. That’s quite a claim. As somebody who likes the full coverage porcelain look, I’m not about to go ‘barefaced’ any time soon, however I’ll take whatever this can give me… It claims to ‘deep cleanse pores, tone, and beautifully condition your skin…’. It has a 60-second timer with 20-second intervals to change the location of the cleanse, for example, 20 seconds for the forehead and nose, 20 seconds for the cheeks and chin and 20 seconds for the neck. The bristles of the brush head are soft and do a good job of cleansing without being too scratchy.

WHAT I USE IT WITH
I have been using, and loving the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel (why do these products have SUCH longggggg naaaaames?) for the past 6-7 months and it’s been doing a really good job of clearing my pores and keeping my face feeling fresh. However once I started using the Magnitone, I noticed that my skin was feeling a bit too clean with it, and that I needed something that wasn’t solely aimed at skin clearing and oil control. So I decided to go for something a bit gentler and I’ve been really loving the Aloe Gentle Facial Wash from The Body Shop. It’s just as clean-feeling, with no scent, but doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight after. DSC_0017HOW OFTEN DO I USE IT?
I started off using the Magnitone Barefaced! every day, at night time, after taking my makeup off. I soon found this to be a little bit too intimidating for my skin and my face soon told me off by giving me a slight bumpy rash around my cheeks, my most sensitive area. I persevered with it but reduced the usage to around twice a week and this is still how often I use it and I’ve found the happy medium. This is not for daily use on someone who has slightly sensitive skin, I found it to become an overload of pressure on any section of the face that didn’t really need deep cleansing as much as some other parts such as the chin or nose.

RESULTS AFTER 3 MONTHS
Having used the Magnitone Barefaced! for the past three months now, I’ve found that my skin does feel clearer, I haven’t noticed any difference in terms of oil production, I’ve read reviews where people have said that their skin became less oily after using it, but I haven’t noticed that. I would say however that my skin is a lot smoother since using it, it definitely feels well-exfoliated after and my skin always drinks up the products that I place on top, my night creams and eye creams do tend to sink in better once I’ve used it. 

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I would recommend this product to anyone who has acne-prone oily skin like myself but I would say this is more suited to somebody who has less sensitive skin than me. I don’t know how this works out on dry skin as I simply don’t have super dry patches anywhere, but this works well on my sometimes-combination skin.
As for comparisons with other skin cleaners like the Clarisonic, I can’t really comment on as I’ve never owned or tried any of them, however with the Clarisonic placed at a slightly higher price point than the Magnitone which costs £70, I would say that if the two products worked and felt the same and left with the same results, I would rather pay less and get the Magnitone, I don’t think that this kind of result should cost more than the Magnitone anyway. It hasn’t done anything revolutionary to my skin, but it is a really nice product. My skin likes it, doesn’t love it, but everyone’s skin is different. Try it out, see if it works for you!

Magnitone Barefaced! Face Cleansing Brush – £70

MY BLOG IS 3!

So today my blog turned three years old! It feels like I’ve only been blogging for five minutes, so I have no idea where the past three years have gone.

I am not the most consistent of bloggers, I’ll be the first to admit, and every year I set myself goals to ‘be a better blogger’, but at the end of the day I just think that I blog because I love it, I don’t want to force it. I love reading comments, the social media interaction with readers as well as emails sent to me, which I find amazing!

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read my blog, my readership has dramatically increased in the past year. It is so very much appreciated, I’ve had such a great year blog-wise and can’t wait to see what the next three years hold. I finish uni this year so once I get my free time back I promise to get back into the wing of things with regular posts! DSC_0004

10 MAKEUP TO-DO’S WHEN YOU HAVE A SPARE MINUTE

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There are so many chores that come along with having a larger than normal makeup collection, some are more pleasurable than others (although still chores…) and some are just a burden. Here is a non-exhaustive list of potential chores to do when you have a spare minute to deal with your (if you’re anything like me) no doubt ever-expanding makeup collection.

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  1. Wash makeup brushes
    This one is a given, but it is possibly the most important and also my most dreaded. Clean brushes are always so nice to use, it’s like getting into nice clean sheets at bedtime.
  2. Sharpen eyeliners & lipliners
    This one doesn’t take long at all and can actually save you so much time in the mornings if you like your sleep like me and then have to do your makeup in 5 minutes flat.
  3. … And empty the sharpener
    Another given, but hey, it has to be done!

  4. De-dust powders, blushes & eyeshadows
    This one is another annoying one that maybe you wouldn’t think of as a standalone job, but “de-dusting” any powder products to get rid of any excess dust that’s sitting on top can really reduce the amount of mess that you make in the mornings when doing your makeup. It also greatly reduces the amount of crap that sits at the bottom of the interior of my makeup drawers.
  5. Clean inside drawers
    That brings me onto cleaning the inside of the drawers. So much crap gathers in these drawers from pencil sharpenings, glitter, blush/powder/bronzer dust, dried mascara, gloopy bits of kohl liner, smears of lipstick… Gross. Making sure to keep these areas clean also keeps your makeup in tip-top shape and it makes getting ready in the morning a pleasure rather than just sighing every time you look at the mess.DSC_0008
  6. Organise & tidy up makeup
    Tidying up your stash really makes the world of difference, it helps you to see exactly what you have, and what you do and don’t use.

  7. Clear out products you won’t use
    On the same note, organising your makeup can help you to see which products you never use and can’t see yourself using. My advice would be to just get rid. If you haven’t used something in the last 6-8 months then the chances are that you won’t use it again. Clearing out these sorts of products gives you so much more breathing space to see the products that you really will use again.

  8. Bring forward any forgotten or less-used products
    Clearing out your stash allows you to see any products that you may have forgotten about or cast aside for “another day”. Bring these items to the forefront of your collection to bring them back into view for the next time you do your makeup. you never know, you might re-discover a product as a new favourite!

  9. Throw away any “stuck” mascaras
    Mascaras are my most-hoarded product. I always just seem to keep them as I always think that they’ll get used. But once I finish one and go to use one of the others, they’ve all dried out. So, I’m trying to make a conscious effort to throw away any stiff or gooey (haha) mascaras and just use ONE AT A TIME.
  10. List any replacement or missing items
    My last tip is the best one… Write a list of all the things that need replacing or that you’ve found to be missing. A few months ago I did this and realised that I was missing a decent brown kohl pencil and it’s now something that I use almost every single day. Go through your lipsticks and note any missing shades or shades that you could possibly stock up on if it’s an everyday nude or something that you wear all the time.

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I hope you liked these 10 tips, let me know if you have any others!

MY FAVOURITE WINTER FRAGRANCES

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First of all, I’ll start off by saying that describing fragrances is SO hard. I could get all technical and get the official press releases of these scents and give you a big spiel about the “notes” and “essences”, but I won’t bore you with all that. What I will say is that these are some SEXY ASS FRAGRANCES. Exactly what winter is about.

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Okay, now that’s out of the way, here’s why I love my two favourite winter perfumes. The first one is DIANE by Diane Von Furstenberg. Classy, feminine, powerful and elegant are all very appropriate adjectives for this scent. It’s more of a daytime fragrance that lingers for the whole day without being overly powerful – it’s one that I love to spray in my hair to make the scent last even longer. If you want to feel like a super-sexy, padded-shouldered, wall street business woman then make this your go-to fragrance.

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My other favourite winter fragrance, and probably my favourite fragrance in general is Tom Ford Noir Extreme. To paint an image for you it smells exactly like those rich Arab ladies stepping out of their chauffeur-driven Rolls’ straight into Harrods. It’s a super-rich smelling fragrance that smells EXACTLY like Selfridges beauty hall (does anyone know if this is the scent that they actually pump into the air-con?!) This is more of a evening or special occasion scent. It makes me feel so sophisticated, travelled, cultured, wealthy and basically anything that’s not exactly me – and I’m totally up for that. I feel like if I could be a fragrance, it would be this one.

Let me know which fragrances are your winter favourites!

A ‘GLOW’ PRODUCT THAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU OILY?!

Everyone always talks about ‘glowing’. How to get a ‘glow’. Foundations that make you ‘glow’. Get ‘glowing’ skin.

But if I’m honest, as a girl with really oily skin, I can’t think of anything worse that having an intentional ‘glow’. Until now. When I swatched the KIKO Glowing Potion Perfecting Serum in the shop, it seemed different to any other ‘glowy’ primer/serum/base that I’d tried before. It offers a glow, without being too dewy or slick. It really dries down quickly without leaving any feeling of tackiness or slip.

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I use it as a primer, on top of my skincare, but underneath my foundation, and I can honestly say I haven’t noticed any difference in the longevity of my matte complexion throughout the day. My skin stays matte with just a slight luminous sheen on my temples and on top of my cheekbones. I don’t tend to use it across my forehead or down my nose as I tend to get oily here pretty quickly anyway. It’s great for someone who might find certain matte foundations a bit too matte, it really does just lift the complexion.

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The packaging is cute, a slim frosted glass bottle with a really handy pump and rose gold lid – doesn’t that just sound dreamy? At £13.90 for 30ml of product I guess it’s not the cheapest, however it is a whole lot cheaper than some other products that I’ve tried and hated. Definitely a recommendation from me if you have skin that’s on the oilier side.

STARTING MY THIRD YEAR OF UNI… TIPS TO MYSELF

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Going into my third and final year of my degree is a daunting thought. Now I’m studying Fashion Journalism so I know it’s not as taxing as perhaps studying medicine or criminal psychology would be, however it does come with certain stresses. I still have no idea what kind of job I wish to have at the end of it – or if I’ll even go into paid employment at the end, I might have to intern for free until something paid comes up. There are no guarantees.
But before the employment (or unemployment) prospect comes to light, I wrote down a few tips for myself on dealing with the stresses that come along with my final year at university and I thought I’d share them here for anyone else who is a stress head like me.

  1. Keep a countdown app on your phone.
    Might seem strange to countdown the days until you are no longer reliant upon education, however it makes me feel good in the knowledge that I don’t have long left until I can be free and my life is finally mine.
  2. Make a conscious effort to stay on top of the workload.
    Every time I go back after a break I make a point of aiming to be better at keeping on top of work and not leaving it to the last minute, but I always procrastinate and it just ends up piling up. I’ve never handed anything in late and it’s always done to the best of my ability, but I always wish that I’d just done it EARLIER to save from panic-writing towards the end of a deadline. This year I’m making a real conscious effort to do work within a decent time frame. WORK DONE = LESS STRESS.
  3. Save money.
    Not exactly a fun topic, or one that I’m enjoying typing out now, but saving money really does save stress. With everyone around my making plans for this holiday, that day out, or even that lunch; all I’m thinking about is my dwindling bank account and increased sense of FOMO. Budget, budget, budget and selling unwanted crap on eBay has become my best friend over the summer and I’ve even got money in SAVINGS. Who knew I could be so proactive?
  4. Socialise. 
    I’ve never been much of a party-er. I like the getting ready process, and the drunk bit, but everything around that is just a bit bluh. But I feel that this year I’m going to need a social life in order to keep me sane. Making an effort to make time for friends over the next several months is high up on my list of priorities. We don’t know where we’ll all be by the time we graduate in terms of employment/location so we might as well make the most of the time that we do see each other every day. *sob*
  5. Use every opportunity.
    Every person you meet, every email you send, every Instagram comment – treat them as contacts. Get talking to people on Twitter, you don’t know who they know who could possibly set you up with someone who has a friend who needs an assistant. And that could be you. And if you don’t get a job, or at least an opportunity, then at leafs you made another friend, right?

Starting my third year isn’t exactly filling me with joy, however I can try and make the best it possibly can be. I may moan to my friends and family, but at the end of it, I’ll have a degree. A DEGREE! And that’s something I never thought would happen for me. And if i can make that happen, then I can make this year a decent one.

MY FAVOURITE PRODUCT FROM KIKO

I’m not someone who likes to spend ages and ages in the morning getting ready. I’m sure my family will disagree and say that I take an age to get out of the door, however I can be up and out the door in around 30 mins, which I think is pretty good (no?). Part of the get-up-and-go process does include a full face of makeup, and I wouldn’t be without my KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyshadow.

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They go on easily, blend easily, make your face look polished and STAY ALL DAY. Shown here are my first 5 shades, however I do now own 10 of them – I just love them THAT much. I also own the high-end version of these stick eyeshadows, the By Terry Ombre Blackstar, but I prefer the KIKO ones by far.

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First of all, let’s talk price. KIKO – £6.90, By Terry – £30. EACH. Okay, so maybe the By Terry has more product inside? Nope, KIKO contains 1.64g of product compared to By Terry’s 1.2g. Go figure. Performance? They both perform about the same, in my opinion, however I much prefer the colour range of the KIKO ones over the By Terry shadow sticks.

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My favourite shade in the range is definitely 05. I’m almost out as I use it everyday. It’s possible that it is my most-used makeup product ever, even more so than any foundation. The bronze-y warm tone really suits my green eyes and looks just as great on its own as it does with a full-on ‘look’. The wearability knows no bounds.

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I can’t rave about this product enough, I use them everyday, have them in 10 shades and would buy 10 more. If they ever discontinued these, I’d have to go into mourning… Seriously.

5 REASONS WHY SWITCHING YOUR PHONE OFF IS GOOD FOR YOU

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So it’s a Friday night and I’m sat in with my phone turned off. Not the typical Friday night of a 21 year-old student, but hey, I guess I like to break down stereotypes. Sometimes my head goes all fuzzy when I look at my phone. I begrudge every text that comes in, every email and every annoying Facebook post from people you don’t really like but you have to keep them as “friends” to keep your mum happy. Today was one of those days, so I’ve decided to switch my phone off until tomorrow (Saturday) morning. And it feels SO good. I’ve made a list of 5 benefits that switching your phone off can do for you…

  1. It allows you to regroup with yourself
    Switching your phone off means not being disturbed, so take this opportunity to run yourself a bath, apply a face mask, watch a film, paint your nails and just catch up on some me-time. Sometimes taking care of number one is a huge stress reliever, and the best therapy money can buy.
  2. It let’s you catch up on work
    The amount of times that I’ve procrastinated in doing work by being distracted by my phone is amazing, if I had the will-power to turn my phone off every time I had work to do I would be about 99% more productive. Turning my phone off tonight has motivated me to tick everything off my to-do list with uni, my blog and other tasks that I’ve been putting off. It’s only one night, just bite the bullet and get shit done!
  3. It calms your mind down
    It can be really overwhelming sometimes if you’ve had a long day full of noise and action, it’s nice to sit down and completely relax and unwind. But oftentimes staring at social media can be just as stressful. Keeping up with your Twitter timeline, making sure you’ve liked all of your friend’s status’ and photos or responding to messages that are hours old and have lost their relevance. Switching your phone off completely takes that pressure away, because as “first world problems” as it sounds, keeping up with social media can be totally stressful.
  4. It gives you a healthy break from interaction
    There can be some days when you feel like you are in a constant conversation online. Sometimes that’s a great thing, interacting with people instantly all over the world is an amazing thing that should be embraced, but it can also slow your mind down from doing anything productive. Being in a conversation all day long isn’t a natural process. You wouldn’t particularly be in one conversation with people like that in real life, everyone needs their down time but for some reason, when a conversation is had online or by text, the break seems to go away. Switching your phone off allows your mind to really switch off from your online-mode and connect with the world in front of you.
  5. It gets your creative juices flowing
    It’s true to say that many creative types don’t own TVs, they read books, newspapers and listen to the radio, mostly. There’s a reason for this. Once our minds are full of too much outside info (I mean in terms of “fuzz” or meaningless information that’s not going to serve us in any way) we lose our creative streaks. Without the distraction of a phone, we have the brain space available to make our own ideas, without influence from outside sources. There is nothing more satisfying than creating something purely from scratch. Switching your phone off can only be a positive thing for your creative juices.

So I’ve been “switched off” for about 3 hours so far this evening, a record by my standards. It’s surprisingly refreshing, the possibilities are endless. To be perfectly honest, the silence is nice and my productivity levels feel higher than usual. Or maybe I’m just hyped up on sugar from that Magnum I just ate… Who can tell?

TOP 5 FOUNDATIONS FOR OILY SKIN

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Sometimes I feel like my skin is the bane of my life, I have very oily acne prone skin and at age 21, is so far showing no signs of calming down. I currently own 22 foundations, most of which are sitting in the bottom of a draw having only been used a few times, however there are a few that I do tend to return to again and again. I’m always eating new foundations as I’m always trying to find my perfect match in terms of colour, consistency, coverage, finish and longevity and whilst I’m still yet to find “the one”, there are some that I really really like. Below are my top five picks.

L’ORÉAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION

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Shade
R1.C1 Rose Ivory
Match – I find this shade to be the perfect match for me, it’s quite pink in tone which is what I look for.
SPFPackaging says SPF 17, although I always wear factor 50 underneath all foundations.
Packaging – Glass bottle with a handy pump, easy to use and hygienic, however a bit annoying to travel with as it’s glass, quite weighty and the plastic cap comes off easily.
Application – Easy application, dries relatively fast, but is easily blended out, not too thick or cakey and has a build able coverage.
Coverage/Finish – I would say this is a medium but buildable coverage, definitely doesn’t look cakey and also doesn’t stick to any dry patches around any blemishes. It has a satin finish on me, however I do always powder that down as I know I will be oily as soon as I blink again.
Wear – This isn’t a particularly long wearing foundation on me, although I don’t tend to find that many are. This foundation does seem to look patchy at the end of the day, with oil break-through on my t-zone.
Overall rating – 3/5 I would say that this is my least favourite of my favourites. However, it is a lot cheaper than my other favourites (except Revlon Colorstay) and I do tend to reach for it often if I am in need of something that doesn’t need to be particularly long wearing.

ESTÉE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR LIGHT FOUNDATION
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Price £29.50
Shade – Intensity 0.5
Match – This shade is ever so slightly too yellow on me, it’s not really noticeable, especially once it’s been powdered and the rest of my face is done, however I do notice it to be a different shade to the normal Double Wear.
SPF – Contains SPF 10, so not much.
Packaging 
– Packaging for this product is great, easy to travel with as it’s so light, the squeeze tube allows for the product to be easily controlled so you don’t use more than you need. One downside is that you can’t see how much foundation you have left in the tube. Some sort of clear panel down the side of the tube would rectify this.
Application – This foundation is so easy to apply, the consistency is really nice, not too thick and not runny either. I find that it blends easily into my skin and doesn’t make dry patches or pores stand out. It doesn’t need too much buffing to blend, it’s quite a seamless application.
Coverage/Finish – Even though the name suggests this is perhaps a light coverage, it certainly isn’t, it’s simply just lighter than the original Double Wear. I would say this foundation is more on the matte side on it’s own, but doesn’t leave the skin looking cake or flat.
Wear – I find that this foundation wears really well on me throughout the day, it’s definitely less of an oily situation on my face than some of my other foundations. I don’t find this foundation to move around a lot on my face throughout the day and it stays pretty matte for many hours.
Overall rating – 5/5 This is possibly dare-I-say-perhaps-maybe my favourite foundation. Of course, I am always testing new ones out, and my skin goes through phases, however I find that I am never disappointed with the finish and wear of this one, even when my skin is going through a hard time. (My skin needs therapy, that’s all there is to it). Considering the price, this is certainly not a cheap product, however I would definitely purchase it again when mine runs out. I would like the product to contain a higher SPF, but that is the only downside I can think of.

ESTÉE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR STAY-IN-PLACE MAKEUP
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Price – £30
Shade – 1C0 Shell
Match – This is a great match for my skin, due to the consistency of the makeup however, I do find I need to perk it up a bit with blush/bronzer.
SPF – Contains SPF 10.
Packaging – The packaging is the biggest let-down of this foundation, it comes in a glass bottle without a pump, so you just have to pour the product out onto your hand which I find to be annoying for a few reasons. Firstly it seems a bit unhygienic, secondly it’s really difficult to control how much product comes out, and thirdly it goes everywhere!!! The glass bottle isn’t the most travel-friendly in the first place, and with an open bottle it seems like a suitcase disaster waiting to happen. The only upside is that the bottle is very old-school glamour and looks great on my dressing table.
Application – This foundation is fairly easy to apply, doesn’t tend to go streaky or leave brush strokes on the face like some other heavier foundations. I do tend to use a buffing brush and a sponge with this, just to make sure the coverage is seamless.
Coverage/Finish – Despite popular belief, I don’t consider this foundation to be too heavy or even extremely full coverage. I do have acne prone skin and I do still use a concealer on top of particularly angry spots. Having said that, I can imagine that this foundation wouldn’t suit those with drier skin types and it probably would come off looking cakey. I really like the finish on this foundation, it’s not totally matte but I always powder and leave the house assured that my foundation will last.
Wear – This is a fantastic foundation wear-wise, I’m always going to have the type of skin that needs powdering and touching up throughout the day, no matter how many shine-free promising products I leave the house with that day. Double Wear however does seem to last all day. I do see oil breaking through by the end of the day if I haven’t touched up my makeup, however the foundation “stays in place”, as it says on the bottle, and doesn’t slide around everywhere.
Overall rating 5/5 I’ll give this one full marks like the other Estée Lauder foundation, I just find that my skin really reacts well to them. This product does have it’s downsides with the less practical packaging and ever-so-slightly more difficult application, however I think that the overall finish and wear on my skin overrides all that, this is definitely a fail-safe product for me and one that I will probably always repurchase.

BENEFIT BIG EASY MULTI BALANCING COMPLEXION PERFECTOR
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– £28.50
Shade  01 Fair
Match – A surprisingly good match for my skin, when squeezed onto my hand it looks too dark and not the right tone, a bit too yellowy, however when buffed into the skin it seems to blend in really well.
SPF – Contains SPF 35 which I think is great!
Packaging – A light squeezy tube, great for travelling and really practical in terms of hygiene. Easy to control how much product comes out.
Application – Applying this foundation is really nice, it seems to blend really easily no matter what tools I use. The consistency is not too thick, but thick enough to allow for decent coverage.
Coverage/Finish – This foundation has good coverage, I still use a concealer on spots and any areas I’m feeling conscious about, but overall this gives me a nice, radiant complexion, without the caking or the product sticking to dry areas. The finish is pretty matte, and does last for quite a long time throughout the day.
Wear – This foundation is (surprisingly?) long-wearing for a considerably “light-weight” foundation that is not advertised as a full-on foundation, more as a BB-type product. I am wearing this foundation as I’m writing this post, and so far I’ve been wearing it for almost 8 hours and everything is still in place as it was first applied, with no touch ups so far. I do have oil breakthrough on my forehead, but comparing this to some of my other foundations, the longevity of this product gets a big thumbs up from me.
Overall rating 4/5 I really enjoy this foundation, I love the handy packaging, the amount of SPF claimed to be in this product, the application process is seamless and the finish and wear is great. The only downside to this product is the coverage, this is definitely not a product that will decently cover blemishes or imperfections, and for the price, I would like to not have to use a concealer with it as well but having said that, it does leave me with some sort of radiance that none of the others do.

REVLON COLORSTAY MAKEUP FOR COMBINATION/OILY SKIN
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 – £12.99
Shade 
– 110 Ivory
Match – This is a great match for me, the best match I’ve found in any drugstore foundation.
SPF – Contains SPF 6, which is hardly anything, it would probably be better without.
Packaging – Very similar packaging to the Estée Lauder Double Wear, highly impractical with a glass bottle and open bottle lid, no pump. Kind of gross to deal with. Not a lover of this type of packaging at all!!
Application – The application process for this foundation, I find, to be really difficult. First of all, the packaging is impractical and hard to use with the open glass bottle, but the consistency of the foundation itself is really strange! Firstly it stinks. It smells horrible, really chemically, a bit like paint – the smell is bad, but it doesn’t necessarily put me off using it as I can’t smell it once it has settled on my skin. The consistency is hard to blend, it almost has a glue-like quality in that its really streaky when you try and blend it out, with a brush or fingers, I’ve found that the only way I can apply this properly with no streaking is if I first dot it around my face and blend it out slightly with a buffing brush, then blend it in properly with my fingers and a sponge. It takes a long time to blend it all in, not a foundation I would grab to use if I’m in a hurry.
Coverage/Finish – Coverage is good, it doesn’t seem to cover most blemishes and I don’t tend to use a concealer alongside this foundation. The finish is nice and matte, without being too flat.
Wear – Wear is great, lasts all day, just as well as Estée Lauder’s Double Wear and is quite hard to remove it all at the end of the day so suggests that it doesn’t really move throughout the day.
Overall rating – 3/5 As much as I really dislike the packaging and the application process, I really like how this foundation wears throughout the day, the shade is a perfect match for me and the price is great.

So that was my top five picks for foundation for oily skin, please let me know if there are others that I should try, like I said, I’m always on the hunt for the perfect foundation, when I feel like my foundation looks good, it can make a huge difference to my mood that day – I am forever grateful for those ever-rare good skin days!