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3.30.2016

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - Review | KMC Beauty



As my everyday foundation I have been meaning to review the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation for some time now, I have owned mine for almost two months and think I have a good idea now on what I like and don't like about this foundation.
Starting with the obvious, it has a pump! So happy about this, pumps on foundation bottles make life so much easier and for that I am thankful. The lid is a pull off but has a very snug fit and won't come loose in your make-up bag.
At first I was applying this foundation with a brush, but I found that the brush strokes were visible on my skin and this was very time consuming buffing them away so I started applying with a damp Beauty Blender instead which made for much more even coverage. On to the coverage itself, I personally don't build up this foundation I only apply one even layer which gives me a medium coverage, definitely not full coverage, if I have a particularly angry blemish the redness will show through so I dot concealer on the affected areas when necessary.
A top tip the lady on the Armani counter gave me was to exfoliate my skin on a regular basis before applying and she was so right. I have oily skin in my t-zone and tend to get dry patches around my mouth and nose, if I don't exfoliate and then apply this foundation you can tell I have dry patches and it actually accentuates them more.
If you use any powdered products i.e. Blush/Bronzer then I found that I absolutely have to set my foundation and concealer with powder first, I use the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, if I don't set with powder then go on to apply my bronzer or blush my foundation will move and this leaves my skin looking noticeably patchy to the point where I will remove all of the product from my entire face and start over. If you are on a time schedule like me this is a huge inconvenience.

The colour I have my foundation in is number 3, I went to get matched at the Armani counter before buying, it's not the cheapest product and I think if you have the opportunity to be colour matched then I would advise on doing that to make sure you have the right shade. The number 3 is perfect for my pale skin that hasn't seen a sunny holiday since 2014, I know i'm long overdue but this is what happens when you buy a house!
If you are oily like me don't let the name 'Luminous' put you off, as I write this blog post I have been wearing this foundation for 11 hours, I have not and never do use powder throughout the day, I don't even take any additional make-up to work with me. My skin is by no means matte at the end of this time however it's not a greasy mess either, I think my skin looks more healthy but if I stroke my finger across the shinier parts of my skin the foundation will move, you could always touch up with powder throughout the day if you felt the need to. There are some signs of where my foundation has worn away which isn't massively noticeable, around the bottom of my nose seems to be the main place it wears away and I also wear glasses which not only leaves marks on my nose when I take them off but they also remove my foundation when I wear them for a long time.

I am on the fence as to whether I want to re-purchase this foundation again, I like it but I don't love it for my skin type. I am definitely open to trying another foundation in the hope of finding my perfect product, I just don't know which one to try next! If you have any suggestions for my skin type let me know.

Find the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation here

3.23.2016

Dose Of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick - Truffle - Review | KMC Beauty



Finally I managed to get my hands on a Dose Of Colors liquid lipstick, I have been wanting to try some of their matte range for ages but they are forever sold out. It was only by chance one day I was on the Beauty Bay website and noticed that they stocked Dose Of Colors and quickly snapped up this matte liquid lipstick in the shade 'Truffle', they also had 'Chocolate Wasted' in stock at the time which is also from their new colour range but I opted out of purchasing that shade as I felt it was too dark for my pale complexion and not really a shade I associate with Spring/Summer.

So lets get to it, starting with application, like most liquid lipsticks it has a dofus applicator which allows for a fairly accurate application, in comparison to my Colourpop and The Balm liquid lipsticks the formula feels slightly wetter at first which is great because if I slip up I have chance to clean it up before it drys, one stroke gives an incredibly opaque layer of colour too.
Once this lipstick drys to a matte finish it isn't completely bone dry it is slightly tacky but not tacky as in your going to get your hair stuck in it or anything like that, even when I tested to see if this product transferred onto the back of my hand it didn't, it wears very comfortably.
This liquid lipstick lasts a long time on the lips, I managed 6 hours with it still looking decent. Bare in mind if your going to eat while wearing this product it may fade off slighly, this happened to me on one occasion but it wore off from the centre and it just looked gradually faded, I imagine with the more bolder colours in the range this may look more noticeable when they wear away. This does not bother me in the slightest, I feel as though it's to be expected when your eating.

Price wise these are £14.50 each on the Beauty Bay website, comparable to the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick price point however I have never tried their range so could not compare the products.
I guess these are on the higher end of the price spectrum when you compare them to the likes of the Nyx Lingerie range (£6.50) which I have not tried yet or the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip ($6.00) which I don't think comes close the formula of this Dose Of Colors lipstick.

Overall I am so pleased with this lipstick, it's my current favourite formula of all the ones I own and honestly if they weren't so difficult to get hold of I would have many more by now, I have my eyes on 'Desert Suede', 'Cork', 'Sand' and 'Stone' for the future.

Find the Dose Of Colors range here and here.
3.15.2016

Lookfantastic Beauty Box March - #LFEXPLORER Edition | KMC Beauty


Back again with another Lookfantastic Beauty Box, i'm sorry that I haven't put out another post in almost a month, I don't intend on making this a habit I have just been transitioning into a new job and that has consumed a lot of my free time as of recent.

This will be the final Lookfantastic Beauty Box edition as I only set up a 3 month subscription and unless I decide to renew later on in the year this will be the last post on these boxes for a while, i'm not ruling out subscribing again I love the Lookfantastic boxes I am just going to have a little break, it's good that they offer you a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription really because then you don't have to commit to paying for the box every month if you don't want too.
Let me know if you like these posts and want them to continue, I may renew my subscription.


Codage Masque Hydratant Moisturising Mask
Sooooo in my little book that tells me everything that's in my beauty box, it says I should have the Codage Masque as shown above and also a Cordage Serum, but I don't seem to have the serum which is a shame. Nevertheless this mask is said to be deeply hydrating which is great for my crocodile skin, although I am oily for the most part I do have some dry patches and I love using masks regularly so I am looking forward to trying this out.
The price point on the Codage range is fairly steep, some products priced at over £100 for 30mls of product. This brand is obviously classed as 'High-end' skincare, this shows in their prices so I can't wait to see if this mask makes a difference to my skin. The full-size of this mask retails at £42 for a 50ml jar.
Find the Codage Masque Hydratant here.


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I have been wanting to try First Aid Beauty for so long now, I am really hoping that this lives up to my expectations. Claims to banish dry skin with no oily residue and is says it is easily absorbed. If I love this it may actually prompt me to buy the full size and maybe more from the First Aid Beauty range as their products are pretty affordable, the full-size of the Ultra Repair Cream retails at £9.
Find it here.


Caudalíe Micellar Cleansing Water
I'm not 100% familiar with this brand but on the Lookfantastic website their range is pretty affordable for the most part. I have mentioned on my blog before that I can always make use of micellar water, whether it's to clean off make-up I have missed in my deep cleanse or even to wipe away swatches from my arms (life of a blogger) I always get through them. But at the same time I never use a micellar water and think wow what a difference, to me it's just more convenient than going to the bathroom and using soapy water if I can put some micellar water on a cotton pad.
This product is soap free and hypoallergenic so if you had sensitive skin you could use this.
Find the full size here.


Lottie London - All Eyes On You Shadow Brush
I will say i'm pretty impressed that they have included a full size make-up brush in this months box, I have seen the Lottie London brushes around on social media but I don't own any and haven't previously read any reviews on them either so I will definitely try this out sometime soon. If I was being super picky I find the neon colour a little garish I prefer all my brushes to be neutral so when they sit in my brush holder they all look nice and tidy.
Find this brush here.


Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm
Another full-sized product by the well known drugstore brand Revlon. I will say that although the shade I received in my box this month is nice, it's a bit too sheer and shimmery for my liking but it's nice to throw in your bag to have when your on the go and just want a touch up however I tend to stay clear from glitter/shimmery lip products, same goes with blushes.
Find here.


Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse
Another brand I am not familiar with and to be honest if I saw the name of this product in a shop or online it wouldn't draw my attention as I have absolutely no idea what it means.
In a nutshell, it's a moisturiser, said to be lightweight and reduce redness and inflammation. Nuxe say it is suitable for all skin types and is quickly absorbed into the skin, I look forward to trying it out.
Find here.

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