bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation

9 May 2018






Ten To Try (February) #6:
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation

Described as
"a natural looking full-coverage foundation that is heat, humidity, water and sweat resistant and provides SPF20 sun protection"

At the start of the month, Meg says...
When I first started this Ten To Try series (why am I talking like it was over a decade in the past, it was like last week) I knew that I wanted to try a new foundation. It can be such a tricky part of makeup to get right and to recommend as everyone is different, and I've always been one of those people who, when asked in a department store what kind of finish they prefer, answers with a resounding "ummmm?" I don't know, okay! Sometimes I like a sheer, dewy base and on oilier days I want more coverage and less glow. One thing I do know is that I always want it to look natural, so let's see how BAREPRO fares...

Packaging
It's not the best for travelling, but unless you're on the go a lot it won't be an issue - I usually do my makeup in the morning and my foundation stays safely at home on my dressing table, so the weighty glass bottle gets a thumbs up from me. Make that two thumbs up, actually, as it comes with a pump (thank you, bareMinerals!) and a well-made lid that doesn't fall off in your makeup bag either.

Texture/consistency
'Creamy' is the word that immediately springs to mind, as does 'thick'... we're talking more double cream than single here! It's the kind of foundation that holds its own when you put it on the back of your hand and won't run all over the place, and it's very matte from the get-go - there's no waiting for it to 'dry down' and lose its sheen. You can see this in the third image, as the few seconds that it took between me swatching the foundation on my hand and snapping a quick photo was all the time it needed to start drying around the edges, almost like it's 'locking' onto the skin which I'm guessing is the waterproof aspect.

Application
When I try a foundation for the first time I like to use my trusty Look Good Feel Better Multi-Tasking Brush initially as I know exactly where I stand with it, and I used one pump to begin with. The first thing I noticed was that it's not particularly easy to work with - I dot my foundation all over my face then start to buff, but I quickly learnt that it's better to work on one area before moving on as you don't get much 'play time' due to how quickly the foundation starts to set on the skin. I found that it didn't glide over any dry patches quite how I would've liked it to and I was having to work quite hard to try and make it look like my actual skin rather than product sitting on top of it, especially around my upper lip for some reason! I genuinely wanted to wash it all off and start again.

I then tried it on another occasion with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and much preferred the application. The finish was still full-coverage but looked a lot more natural and skin-like, and although I found that it looked slightly clumpy in certain areas (e.g. around my brows) that was quickly sorted out with a spoolie and the end result was matte, slightly luminous and almost flawless.

Shade/colour

I have the shade 'Champagne 03' which is a pretty good match for me, even in February with my pale winter skin, although it leaned a little too yellow and I found that it oxidised throughout the day which didn't help with the whole 'looks like makeup not skin' thing.

Results
Despite the amazing coverage, the end result I was left with after applying was overall an unsatisfactory one - I think I'm used to sheerer formulations these days and therefore found the finish a little cakey, dry-looking and in need of a good hydrating mist.

Price
£29

The bottom line
Not for me, in a nutshell! I can imagine that for some people this is the dream foundation - if you love Instagram makeup (or even just a high coverage) that doesn't budge and your skin's on the oilier side, definitely try a sample of this next time you're passing a bareMinerals counter. For me personally it's just too much effort to get it to work, I didn't find it easy to work with and was never entirely happy with the results, so I'll be passing this onto a friend and sticking to my trusty Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream - it's like BAREPRO's lighter, moisturising little sister!

Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches

11 March 2018

















Ten To Try (February) #5:
Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches

Described as
"a high-tech treatment for the eyes which targets the main signs of ageing"

At the start of the month, Meg says...
Institut Esthederm has, in 2018, become one of my favourite skincare brands - I can't tell you how impressed I am with their Intensive Hyaluronic Serum and I've also been loving the matching Intensive Hyaluronic Mask. These eye patches just arrived and I thought they'd be perfect for this new blog series, because as a beauty lover myself I'm always keen to know whether high-end pricier products are actually worth the dough!

Packaging
You get 10 sets of patches in each box, these are individually sealed in foil packets which you peel open to find the patches in a little plastic case.

Texture/consistency
Eye patches are something I use on a weekly basis without fail and, for lack of a better word or phrase, these are some of the least moist ones I've tried. I find that sheet masks and eye patches are usually dripping in product (too much product, sometimes!) and whilst these aren't dry, they aren't drenched in their thin gel-like serum formula.

Application
Super easy, you just take each out of the plastic case and position them underneath your eyes, then you're free to relax for five minutes before removing. I really like to get my money's worth out of products so I usually leave items like this on for as long as possible - e.g. a sheet mask will stay on for at least one episode of Riverdale! - but these really do last for the five minutes that the instructions state, and there isn't much excess to pat in.

Results
One of the ways that Institut Esthederm suggest to use these eye patches is as a 'six week cure' where you use them 2-3 times a week, which is what I did throughout the month of February and I can definitely see a difference - my undereyes look visibly plumped and smooth, and they feel physically toned and tight with no puffiness in sight.

Price
£47.50

The bottom line
As I'm in my early 20s and don't yet have any wrinkles, eye patches are something I use as more of a 'treat yoself, pamper yoself' thing as opposed to actually having crow's feet etc that I'm wanting to combat. If you have mature skin, the spare money to hand and you're wanting to remove the appearance of discolouration and undereye-bags however then I can totally vouch for Institut Esthederm and think you'd really love them! For me, they're nice to have on my bedside table (and even though I know that prevention is better than cure) they aren't a necessity and at this point in my life I think I'd rather find a cheaper alternative (or a couple of slices of cucumber!) and have the fifty quid to spend on ASOS.

Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk & Oat Bath Milk

10 March 2018

















Ten To Try (February) #4:
Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk & Oat Bath Milk

Described as
"Specially developed for reactive and sensitive skin types, it transforms the water into a silken emulsion"

At the start of the month, Meg says...
This is rather the generic statement, I realise, but I just love a good bath. There's an art to creating the best blissful bath (maybe there's a blog post in there?) and although I opt for a shower whenever possible to save water, having a chronic illness and insomnia means that a nice soak can ease painful joints and help quieten my mind. I've really gotten into Crabtree & Evelyn as of late and have fallen in love with the scents this brand offers, so today I wanted to review their bath milk as its been a highlight of my February and it's always a pleasure to share products I love with you all.

Packaging
Even though there's a hefty 500ml of product in here, the bottle manages not to take up a ton of space on the edge of the bath and it's a pleasure to have it on display rather than hiding it away in the bathroom cupboard. I adore the label, everything from the pretty light blue colour to the sweet little sketch to how it's very neat and delicate in appearance - I actually find it very relaxing to look at!

Scent/fragrance
I know I've had a little swoon over how nice Crabtree & Evelyn's fragrances are in this post already, but I need to have another as this smells heavenly. It's the kind of product you open and sniff constantly every time you pass it, the perfect clean scent that's fresh in a really soft way - like brushed cotton sheets or fluffy spa towels.

Results
This doesn't offer much in the way of bubbles (but then again it's a bath milk, not bubble bath!) and instead presents a tub full of warm, silky water for you to dip yourself into. There's a reason why the word 'soothing' is printed across the bottle as this is definitely that, I almost feel like it's a comforting hug and as an eczema sufferer I'm reassured by it being developed for sensitive skin. When I was younger someone recommended that I switch from cow's milk to goat's milk as it'd helpful my eczema - I can't actually remember whether it worked or not, but it means that this containing goat's milk makes perfect sense in my head! Stepping out of the bath and feeling like the product I used has made my skin feel all soft and supple to the point where I don't need moisturiser is glorious, and I definitely get that feeling with this.

Price
£28

The bottom line
Relaxation is really important to me and using this bath milk has felt like I'm treating myself to a proper pamper and truly taking care of myself. Sometimes I want a 'fun bath' with deep purple water and mountains of bubbles but other times I'm looking for something more grown-up, and for that this is absolutely the one.

Soap & Glory Bright + Pearly Vitamin C Radiance Boosting Cocktail

9 March 2018























Ten To Try (February) #3:
Soap & Glory Bright + Pearly Vitamin C Radiance Boosting Cocktail

Described as
"fruit-filled, vitamin-stuffed, super-nourishing serum formulated to boost tired, dull or stressed-out skin"

At the start of the month, Meg says...
As a chronically ill person, I always (surprise, surprise) look ill. Insomnia means dark circles galore, not always being able to eat makes the skin dull and basically, having a body that can't function properly doesn't leave you looking sparkling with vitality. I'm always on the lookout for products that are going to give back the glow - the Tanya Burr Face Illuminator is something I've reached for on a daily basis for ages! - and as I usually go to Soap & Glory for body and bath items, I'm really looking forward to giving this a whirl.

Packaging
Can't fault it - it's travel-friendly plastic, doesn't take up a lot of space in your makeup bag and, as you'll probably come to realise throughout this whole 'Ten To Try' series, I'm a big fan of a pump (steady on) and a beauty item always gets a few extra brownie points if it has one. This pump in particular is especially good as you get a ton of control over how much product actually comes out, and I find it so satisfying to watch the little pink beads burst from bubble-like form to liquid form - simple things, hey!

Texture/consistency
It's basically a clear liquid-gel formula (seriously reminds me of the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Jelly, just way thinner) that has these little pink shimmery beads (which S&G call 'light-reflecting spheres') suspended in it. Once you pump, they mix together to create a sheeny gel that sinks into the skin super quickly.

Application
I tried three ways of applying this (don't say I don't give products a truly good go for reviewing purposes!) and found that my favourite way was using my fingers to put it on after I've done my morning skincare and before I start my makeup. It glides on so beautifully and sinks in like a dream, leaving a really smooth and healthy-looking canvas. I also tried applying it with a brush or beauty sponge before makeup, but found that those just kind of sucked up a lot of product which felt like a waste! The final way I tried applying it was in conjunction with my foundation, and I'm pleased to report that it's an amazing trick - whether you're in a rush or your current foundation is too matte or thick for your liking, the Radiance Boosting Cocktail easily speeds things up and sheers things out without interfering with the longevity of the finish.

Scent/fragrance
One of the best things about this product is the scent, it's gorgeous! Think the sweet zing of freshly cut pink grapefruit combined with cool, invigorating mint and that's pretty much it - it really starts your day off on a happy, uplifting foot and isn't overpowering in the slightest.

Shade/colour
When you first pump the product out it's a very light baby pink, but once you start smoothing the product over your skin it immediately becomes totally transparent.

Results
A radiant complexion with a 'just left the gym' sheen. I thought this might be glittery, but even after applying a generous amount of this under broad daylight whilst looking into a scarily up-close bathroom mirror there wasn't a speck of glitter to be seen. Nor much shimmer actually which I found surprising - this product definitely works more on making your skin look intensely moisturised rather than making your cheekbones look highlighted.

Price
£14

The bottom line
If you're like me and you're partial to adding extra steps to your routine, I can't think of many people who wouldn't like this. Especially if you have dehydrated skin (which most of us do!) as in my opinion this is 75% skincare and 25% makeup - it's like another product in your skincare regime that acts as a moisture-booster to quench thirsty skin and also as a primer before your start 'proper' makeup. If it had SPF it'd be the most perfect product, but even without sun protection it's still something I'll definitely be picking up again in future!
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