Find your perfect match… foundation !!

I have already revealed my favourite fragrances and pairs of jeans so it is high time for my most tested make up essential… foundation. I have tried variety from the cheapest on the market to the most expensive. Sometimes the price is not a guarantee for quality and as you will be able to see on my shortlist some of my favourite foundations are available on the high street. Good foundation must be durable, blend well and never cake or look like a mask… Colour selection is crucial, but over time you can learn to blend different shades to create the best match.

So without further delay that is what I have for you. I have selected five of my absolute favourites (plus that extra special one) and I will present them in a price order from the cheapest to the most expensive one !

My latest discovery that can easily compete with the high-end brands. I love how durable it is and how natural my skin looks. It comes in variety of shades but to get my perfect match I normally mix two shades in equal proportions ivory and true ivory. It offers medium to full coverage and it is ideal for day and night.

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The one I would recommend for everyone to try. The coverage of this foundation is unbelievable, it will cover anything ! Consistency and the feel on your face is like there is nothing there. The only negative is quite limited colour range. From my experience finding the right shade may require mixing different shades…

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This brand is quite new to me and initially I was very caution to try it. I am very glad that I did because this foundation is amazing ! It offers full coverage and can easily cover blemished and dark circles. Shades are quite close to each other and I can easily buy one of three and they will all match !

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Nothing else will give you so much glow and general appearance of health than this foundation. It is a perfect colour match for me (shade Deauville for the reference) but I tend to use it more in summer than winter as it is lighter in texture and it will give you maximum of medium coverage.

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Not cheap but in my opinion worth every penny. It does offer quite high coverage and it lasts forever… I love that you only need a small amount of this foundation to make such a difference to your face. It is probably better for combination skin as it will suppress any shine but I always made it work for me as well.

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Bonus one as it is number six on the list. My shade (number 2) got discontinued some time ago and I do not use it anymore. Very pricy but in my opinion worth every penny. Will last months plus it smells of roses so be prepared to get sold on it quicker than you think !

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That is it for today… I hope you liked it and please let me know if I missed anything off ?

As usual many thanks for stopping by and see you soon very soon !!

Aggie xx

Ps. The cover picture is by Adam Trzcionka our amazing wedding photographer !!

Mirror mirror on a wall… beauty update plus my golden beauty rules

I have been asked lately if I am intended to do beauty on this blog. As there are so many beauty bloggers my initial reaction was not to… But as I know what I like and what I believe in there is no harm in sharing that with You !

My beauty regime is very simple. I do not spend a lot of time pampering or going for facials. I would love to but I am time conscious and there is always so much happening in my work life that beauty treatments never happen. I am very minimalistic but religious in my approach and follow the same routine day in and day out.

I love buying more high-end skin care products but I would not necessary say that more expensive products give Your skin more than these  on a more budget-friendly end. There is a difference in how they feel and the packaging but they can be equally  as good and used appropriately they can make a real difference to Your skin.

So without any further delay that is what I do..

  • Sleep is everything 

Your skin care should start from inside Your body. Not taking enough sleep can lead to many health problems and it will definitely show on Your face.

People that know me well can tell that I love my sleep. Getting up in the morning is and always have been a real issue. I need at least eight hours but duration of Your sleep may differ. What really matters is how You feel after a good night sleep. So number one on the list is to rest appropriately and everything else will follow.

  • Diet without being on a diet

I am not an expert on healthy and balanced diet but I know what my body likes and I try to listen. I have been vegetarian for the last seven or eight years and although I am not a saint when it comes to food I feel and look better with a proper diet in place. I love my fruits and vegetables but I also like carbohydrates so the straggle is real.

Maybe the key is to listen to Your body and eat in a simpler way. Less processed food with minimal or none nutritional value, snacks and fizzy drinks. More fruits and vegetables, quality proteins and unsaturated fats..

Do not treat Your body as a rubbish basket and that will show !!

  • Routine is a key

I repeat this process every day, twice a day. To be more precise what I mean is cleanse-tone-moisturise.. I think the key is the frequency not how expensive the products have been.

For my cleansers I love oils and my current favourite is a drugstore cleansing oil that I have been using for some time now. For the toning anything from Simple will work just fine. For the moisturizer I like to add a touch of luxury. My current favourite duo presented below is to die for. It gives my skin moisture boost like none of the most expensive and some cheaper products did ever before. Both serum and cream are on more pricy side but worth every penny !

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Cleanser Simple Cleansing Oil

Micellar water (currently in use) Garnier Oil-Infused Cleansing Water

Serum HydraQuench Clarins

Face cream HydraQuench Clarins

Favourite perfumes Diptyque TAM DAO

  • Special measures 

I like from time to time to use face masks. Maybe it is just an impression but I feel like my skin likes it too. For blemishes or brightening the complexion.. once or twice a week is a must. Brand of the mask does not really matter. Find something that Your skin enjoys. I have recently tried Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue mask and I would recommend it without hesitation.

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  • Oil as a secret weapon

I am a huge fan of oils You name it I have tried it all.. Argan, castor, coconut I love them all. For my skin, body and hair they are essential. My latest obsession is to put the oil in my hair, leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning. It gives my hair shine and glow. Again, budget or luxury effects are very similar.

  • Scrub it all

I am a firm believer in scrubs that You do not even have to buy it. Use what You have available in Your house. My favourite consists of sugar, Nivea Body Lotion and grounded coffee. Mix it together, message on Your skin, leave it for few minutes then wash it off. The cheapest and the best peeling in the world.

  • There is nothing like water

Stating the obvious but water is so important not only for beauty reasons. If I am thirsty, there is absolutely nothing better than water (maybe coconut water if You do not mind the taste). It helps Your brain staying sharp and concentrated and prevents from early signs of aging. I try to keep a bottle by my side but if You do not mind tap water, there is hardly any difference for health benefits !

So that is what I do on daily basis. Some days are better than the others and from time to time I will cheat and relax my routine a little bit. That is mainly to do with diet and processed food which I may have an occasional craving for..

I hope You have enjoyed this post ! Let me know what do You do for Yourself ? Anything that I am missing ?

As usual, many thanks for stopping by !!

Love,

Aggie xx