The Perfect Balance

I struggle with foundation. I am very pale-skinned and most ranges don’t go pale enough add to that my very sensitive skin and my pool of choices becomes very shallow. I like BareMinerals Original Foundation but whilst it’s great most days it can look cakey and clumpy on my skin on bad days when my skin is dry. I love a lot of BareMinerals products as they are extremely non-offensive to my skin and often have great staying power but I wondered if a liquid foundation would better suit my skin on its off-days.

I try to choose products that are as natural as possible and when Liz Earle (whose skincare products are incredible!) brought out a make-up range a few years ago I thought I’d give their liquid foundation a go. It was a lovely foundation with moderate coverage and lovely skincare benefits. I split my foundation days between Liz Earle and BareMinerals happily until Liz Earle ran out of the foundation (I heard it may have been due to ingredient sourcing problems) – I was so annoyed! I had finally orchestrated the perfect routine – BareMinerals gave Matte coverage for shiny days and Liz Earle gave dewy sheen for dry days – but then it was over almost as quickly as it was found. So for many months I looked at other foundations but could not find anything near as good as what I had but then when I almost gave up BareMinerals released their first liquid foundation – BareSkin.

I received a weeks sample of BareSkin from my local BareMinerals counter after being colour matched. The foundation needs to be shaken before use at also contains a serum and it can be layered up to get basic to moderate coverage, although I managed to get quite a full coverage after only a few layers. The foundation is smooth and light on the skin and it didn’t dry out my skin at any point in the day.BareMinerals advise that people use their new ‘revolutionary’ brush to apply this particular foundation. The brush is quite stubby and has a ‘dip’ carved out of the middle that the drops of liquid foundation sit in, you then buff the foundation onto the skin just like the Original Foundation. I hate it when brands try to flog an extra product onto another stating that it works best in conjunction because if one product will only work with another then they should come as a set, in my opinion. The brush is quite expensive and I’ve not had good experiences with BareMinerals brushes in the past as they’ve moulted terribly. However despite their claims for the brush I found the foundation worked very well without it. Overall I’ve been very impressed with the BareSkin foundation and would happily buy it…but I’ve just seen Liz Earle’s foundation is back on the shelves and I’m not sure which one is better…although Liz Earle’s Signature Foundation requires no additional purchase to work its best.

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Rolling my Eyes

I have been in quite a bit pain the past few days (the cold definitely does not help!) but managed to get to the local corner shop today. Even that short trip was quite painful but it was worth it as on the magazine rack was the March 15 issue of Elle Magazine (UK) and free with that addition was the ‘Global Exclusive’ of Benefit’s new mascara Roller Lash. I love Benefit’s products so was super excited – it’s always fun trying something new.

At this point I think I might explain one of the few hurdles I have to wearing make-up. One of my chronic conditions is Sjogren’s syndrome, it is probably not as widely known as the others I have (only one person I have met has ever heard of it before I had it). It’s an auto-immune condition that attacks the body’s ability to provide moisture to parts of the body, e.g. saliva and tears. It is tear production that affects me the most in that I have zero tear production – I have no tears. When I cry I look ridiculous, I make all the sounds and go through all the motions except that I can’t shed one single tear. Whilst the no tears crying is bizarre lack of water in the eyes is incredibly irritating, makes my eyes vulnerable to infection and incredibly sore. This makes my eyes really sensitive. So far I have only managed to find two make-up brand’s mascara’s that I can use without irritation, one is BareMinerals and the other is Benefit.

I’ve had a quick try of the Roller Lash but I haven’t worn it all day yet. It seems to focus on curling the lashes, according to the description on the box, and it certainly does! There would be no need for eyelash curlers when using this mascara. It managed to curl my lashes up high enough for my lashes to touch my eyebrow when my eyes were open. The curl on the lashes when using this product is amazing but unfortunately it does little to thicken them. I have problems with the volume in my lashes as due to the irritation I rub my eye lots and with they’ve been thinner since the conditions started (could be coincidence?) so this wouldn’t address that problem of mine. The Roller Lash is also not waterproof which means I can’t use my eye-drops when wearing it, I should be using them at least four times a day…but it’s just so inconvenient that I often fall short of that target. However, there is certainly no denying that the mascara curls like a ‘good’n’ (sorry, English vernacular – ‘good one’)!

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