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.

HOW TO MAKE FOUNDATION LAST ALL DAY ( & VICHY FOUNDATION REVIEW!)

Having oily skin can be such a burden throughout the day. There are some days when I wish that I knew what it’s like to have NORMAL skin. If I’m honest, I don’t believe that ‘normal’ skin exists, but if it does and you have it, I hate you. Rather than curl up into a ball and rock back and forth forever and ever, I have been pro-active and found what I’m calling a ‘Power Quad’ (don’t shoot me for the slightly half-witted name) for keeping my foundation in tact for a long day.

I’m usually applying my makeup at around 6am, with a 3-hour commute to uni which includes a sweaty, sooty, smelly ride on the disgusting never-ending void that is the London underground, having a day at uni and then repeating the commute home again in the evening. Sometimes, this means I’m out of the house for a total of 14 hours, and my makeup has to last that length of time too. Most of the time I can’t be dealing with touch-ups, ain’t nobody got time for that.
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So here is my Power Quad: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (fabulously snappy name there), Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation*, KIKO Soft Light Powder and Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray (mine is the travel-size version).

STEP 1 // PRIME
Primers have always been a love/hate thing for me, most of them don’t work on me, some are even a burden to wear as they don’t allow makeup to apply well over the top. The one that I’ve found that works the best is the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Perfecting Primer. There are quite a few negative reviews online for this product (although mostly great ones) and I genuinely think that the negative reviews are down to those who don’t know how to apply it properly. I take a pea-sized amount in my hands and warm it up before applying it to my t-zone area. It allows makeup to easily smooth onto the skin and looks flawless. It’s expensive, but definitely worth it.

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STEP 2 // FOUNDATION
I wanted to do a mini-review of the newly re-packaged Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation in this post. With an expanded range of shades, I can finally find this in the right shade for me (Yay! I’m shade 05 Porcelain). I have to admit, I was excited to try this foundation as I’ve never used Vichy foundations before, however I’d heard great things and I love their skincare. The thing that impressed me most was the pigmentation and coverage, I hardly have to use any of this product to get a full-face-full-coverage look with it, great for helping the product to last. The shade match on me is ever so slightly too yellow, but once I’ve got the rest of my makeup on (bronzer, contour, blush etc.) it’s not noticeable. One thing I have noticed with it though, is that it really does make my skin look FLAWLESS. It’s not cakey in the slightest and the high coverage means you don’t need a concealer – I even tried this when I had a major acne breakout on my chin and the foundation did all the work in covering it. And as for the lasting power? It stayed looking fresh for around 8 whole hours which is a miracle for me. Overall, a really fab foundation – one that definitely rivals my favourite Estée Lauder Double Wear.

STEP 3 // POWDER
I always powder my face, no matter what makeup look I’m doing, where I’m going or the weather. I tend not to re-purchase the same powder over-and-over as there are so so many different ones out there to try, and if I’m honest I don’t believe that I’ll ever find a miracle powder. The one that I’m currently using (and really liking) though, is the KIKO Soft Light Powder. It’s nice and light (as the name would suggest, duh) and does a good job of keeping my face shine-free for a few hours.

STEP 4 // SETTING SPRAY

If I want to give my face that extra chance of staying out for the day, I’ll use a setting spray. I’ve been using the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray for a couple of months now and I’ve been really impressed with it. 

What are your favourite long-wearing products?

To see my favourite foundations for oily skin, click here.

*PR sample from Escentual.

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.