I love the Vichy Dermablend range, their corrective foundations are amazing. I own 2 already and have 3 more additions to the collection. You may remember I did a review on it last year where I talked about covering up pigmentation on my face. It was good to see two darker colours added to the range although I think there are some in between shades that could be addressed throughout. These have SPF 35, fragrance & paraben free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. These are used to address light - medium flaws.
The three new additions to my Dermablend collection (there's 8 in the range) are Bronze, Coffee & Espresso. All three are warm in tone and very pigmented, a little goes a long way with these foundations. I would suggest using a damp blender sponge to get the most out of these so the application isn't heavy and cakey as these are as I said very pigmented so just using a foundation brush and applying it on might not be the best idea for some. Set with a loose powder for those with oilier skin to get more longevity but I've never had an issue with this foundation 'melting' away. I mentioned before I wanted to give Bronze a try as the two shades before it Nude & Sand were too light for overall coverage but bronze is a little too warm and might need to be mixed to bring down with nude to get an ideal tone.

To get the best coverage it's all about the skin prep.
‣You'll want to make sure the skin is hydrated and if you suffer from any dry patches a moisturising serum may work well, concentrating on those areas with extra care.
‣Apply a blob onto a make-up palette or onto the back of your hand - the hands are always a good choice as your body heat will warm up the product allowing for a smoother application.
‣Take a wet beauty blender / sponge and starting on the forehead begin to pat it on working outwards. Bring it onto your nose, cheeks then onto your chin, jawline and then neck all for an even coverage.
‣If you'd like you can go over with a foundation brush.
‣Want your coverage to be heavier, use the sponge dry.

You can view the Vichy range at Look Fantastic.

Does the Vichy, Dermablend range appeal to you?

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation.

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 0 comments
As mentioned in my Beauty Crowd Haul post, I wanted to make sure that I shared my opinion on this £5 bargain Pro Correct Palette from Freedom Makeup Pro. Freedom Pro is by Adam Minto who also created another great budget friendly brand MakeUp Revolution. Is this palette for us all? Let's get the basics out of the way.

Concealer vs Corrector
Correctors are different from concealers because unlike concealers which conceal, correctors, correct undertones. You may notice you try and cover up a spot, bruise, under eyes with concealers as much as possible but the colour still isn't natural or very uniformed with the rest of your application. A corrector will be the step to help you do this. Within the colour wheel, you'll notice colours that are opposite each other, these colours neutralize the other.

1. The color green neutralizes red, so people with lots of redness such as rosacea need a green corrector to counteract the color before adding their foundation or concealer. Lighter skin tones will benefit the most with these correctors.
2. Darker skin tones have hyperpigmentation and discoloration. They will need neutralizing colors such as oranges and bisques to counteract the darkness.
3. If you have sallow skin (dull, bland, needs a pick-me-up), you will need a lavender/lilac type corrector to brighten the skin.

Freedom Pro says:
Yellow: Use to equalise blue undertones, sometimes found on the eyelid or under eye area.
Lilac: Use to add radiance to dull skin.
Green: Use to balance redness, mainly found around the nose or around blemishes.
Peach: This peachy shade is great at helping cancel out green tones.
Brown: Use to conceal blemishes on darker skin tones or as a contouring cream on lighter skin.
White: Use to brighten or to highlight key areas of your skin such as the top of your cheekbones.

‣ Yellow: Swatched it's very beige in appearance. Ideally yellow is good to counteract blue / purple tones think under eyes, veins.
‣ Lilac: Suited if you want to get rid of yellow on the skin, yellow gets rid of that swallow/dull appearance this shade. (I'm all yellow so this pan wouldn't be enough.) This is a very light pastel tone lilac.
‣ Green: In the pan it looks darker but on my skin it's a pastel green - reminds me of chalk
‣ Peach: In the pan appears more salmon, when swatched outside there's more of a lilac undertone. Under other lighting there's more a salmon than peach tone to this corrector, which is great for those with fairer skin.
‣ Brown: This to me has more of a peach undertone when swatched.
‣ White: This screams, Silver, Sparkles and Studio 54. Definitely not a highlight that's going to win over everyone, it definitely could be used in the inner eye corner if you want that to be bright & light. It certainly can be used as a highlighter.

It's a good palette but I think it's more aimed towards those with cooler undertones in their skin than if you're neutral & or warmer. Colour correctors come in various tones of the colours. You'd need to find ones that suit your undertone not all palettes will work for everyone. When I tested this out I didn't find the tones strong enough, they were too chalky and light for me so even with my foundation applied afterwards it didn't make much of a difference.

Purchase Freedom Pro Correct Palette

Freedom Pro Correct Palette Review

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 0 comments
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments with SPF 15 in Passion and Plum, I was excited to try this cult product. Passion is described as being a rouge sheer tint and Plum well you guessed it, a plum tint. Now they both smell delicious, sweet like and appetisingly pleasing to smell but even better is how it feels on the lips. Smooth application, intensely moisturising with a sheer colour that you can dull down with your fingertips if desired. The colour fade doesn't take away any moisture. The name Sugar is taken from the ingredients, sugar is a natural humectant that prevents moisture loss with oils that include meadowfoam, blackcurrant seed oils and grapeseed oil to help moisturise and protect from free radicals. It also contains beeswax so for vegans it's not advised.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream opening this jar, a whiff of fresh green leaves met me. Reminded me of Spring and Summer fresh smells. It's cooling to the skin, extremely light but moisturising. It gives a light gleam to the skin, I've enjoyed wearing this during the more hotter days as it's light but gives my skin enough moisture. It's said to help anti-aging, boost hydration, soften the skin and keep it's ideal hydration levels. I had some quite dry but irritated areas where I removed facial hair and I used this as it's light, cooling and to see how well it does with it. I found the dry area was left with a nice sheet of comfort it soaked up the cream but left a nice residue on the dry area to keep it happy but the skin was irritated an ingredient at first give it a little tingle and I felt it was going to irritate it more but that might of been because it was still freshly removed so I might not apply it while the skin is slightly irritated but dry areas is a go.

Fresh Rose Cleansing Foam I was skeptical to use this as most of us know that cleansing foams aren't that good for the skin as to make them foam many use surfactants which then strips the skin of it's natural oils increasing the alkaline state leading to premature aging and our skin is more exposed to bacteria. I noticed this has glycerin in which helps to absorb the moisture in the air keeping the skin soft. Surprisingly this doesn't give my skin that stripped feeling (I'm still trying to find it's foaming agent. This might be the surfactant PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate) it pumps out of an easy pump bottle. Smells of roses and leaves the skin with a faint scent of it. The bonus of it all is that my face does not hate it...it seems to actually love it. I use it sometimes with my Foreo Luna and it doesn't feel that my skin is getting overworked. It looks brighter after the cleansing - I have a feeling this cleanser is a pretty penny & I probably shouldn't get too attached and revert back to my Cetaphil...

Fresh is an American company founded in 1991 but even though it has been around for so long, Fresh isn't easy to get here in the UK, their website says you'll soon be able to shop online or you can visit their store on Marylebone High Street, London. Not accessible to everyone but the brand may be worth the visit or online shopping wait.

Fresh Skincare.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10 comments
I love the Vichy Dermablend range, their corrective foundations are amazing. I own 2 already and have 3 more additions to the collection. You may remember I did a review on it last year where I talked about covering up pigmentation on my face. It was good to see two darker colours added to the range although I think there are some in between shades that could be addressed throughout. These have SPF 35, fragrance & paraben free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. These are used to address light - medium flaws.
The three new additions to my Dermablend collection (there's 8 in the range) are Bronze, Coffee & Espresso. All three are warm in tone and very pigmented, a little goes a long way with these foundations. I would suggest using a damp blender sponge to get the most out of these so the application isn't heavy and cakey as these are as I said very pigmented so just using a foundation brush and applying it on might not be the best idea for some. Set with a loose powder for those with oilier skin to get more longevity but I've never had an issue with this foundation 'melting' away. I mentioned before I wanted to give Bronze a try as the two shades before it Nude & Sand were too light for overall coverage but bronze is a little too warm and might need to be mixed to bring down with nude to get an ideal tone.

To get the best coverage it's all about the skin prep.
‣You'll want to make sure the skin is hydrated and if you suffer from any dry patches a moisturising serum may work well, concentrating on those areas with extra care.
‣Apply a blob onto a make-up palette or onto the back of your hand - the hands are always a good choice as your body heat will warm up the product allowing for a smoother application.
‣Take a wet beauty blender / sponge and starting on the forehead begin to pat it on working outwards. Bring it onto your nose, cheeks then onto your chin, jawline and then neck all for an even coverage.
‣If you'd like you can go over with a foundation brush.
‣Want your coverage to be heavier, use the sponge dry.

You can view the Vichy range at Look Fantastic.

Does the Vichy, Dermablend range appeal to you?

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation.


Friday, July 31, 2015 • 0 comments
As mentioned in my Beauty Crowd Haul post, I wanted to make sure that I shared my opinion on this £5 bargain Pro Correct Palette from Freedom Makeup Pro. Freedom Pro is by Adam Minto who also created another great budget friendly brand MakeUp Revolution. Is this palette for us all? Let's get the basics out of the way.

Concealer vs Corrector
Correctors are different from concealers because unlike concealers which conceal, correctors, correct undertones. You may notice you try and cover up a spot, bruise, under eyes with concealers as much as possible but the colour still isn't natural or very uniformed with the rest of your application. A corrector will be the step to help you do this. Within the colour wheel, you'll notice colours that are opposite each other, these colours neutralize the other.

1. The color green neutralizes red, so people with lots of redness such as rosacea need a green corrector to counteract the color before adding their foundation or concealer. Lighter skin tones will benefit the most with these correctors.
2. Darker skin tones have hyperpigmentation and discoloration. They will need neutralizing colors such as oranges and bisques to counteract the darkness.
3. If you have sallow skin (dull, bland, needs a pick-me-up), you will need a lavender/lilac type corrector to brighten the skin.

Freedom Pro says:
Yellow: Use to equalise blue undertones, sometimes found on the eyelid or under eye area.
Lilac: Use to add radiance to dull skin.
Green: Use to balance redness, mainly found around the nose or around blemishes.
Peach: This peachy shade is great at helping cancel out green tones.
Brown: Use to conceal blemishes on darker skin tones or as a contouring cream on lighter skin.
White: Use to brighten or to highlight key areas of your skin such as the top of your cheekbones.

‣ Yellow: Swatched it's very beige in appearance. Ideally yellow is good to counteract blue / purple tones think under eyes, veins.
‣ Lilac: Suited if you want to get rid of yellow on the skin, yellow gets rid of that swallow/dull appearance this shade. (I'm all yellow so this pan wouldn't be enough.) This is a very light pastel tone lilac.
‣ Green: In the pan it looks darker but on my skin it's a pastel green - reminds me of chalk
‣ Peach: In the pan appears more salmon, when swatched outside there's more of a lilac undertone. Under other lighting there's more a salmon than peach tone to this corrector, which is great for those with fairer skin.
‣ Brown: This to me has more of a peach undertone when swatched.
‣ White: This screams, Silver, Sparkles and Studio 54. Definitely not a highlight that's going to win over everyone, it definitely could be used in the inner eye corner if you want that to be bright & light. It certainly can be used as a highlighter.

It's a good palette but I think it's more aimed towards those with cooler undertones in their skin than if you're neutral & or warmer. Colour correctors come in various tones of the colours. You'd need to find ones that suit your undertone not all palettes will work for everyone. When I tested this out I didn't find the tones strong enough, they were too chalky and light for me so even with my foundation applied afterwards it didn't make much of a difference.

Purchase Freedom Pro Correct Palette

Freedom Pro Correct Palette Review


Thursday, July 30, 2015 • 0 comments
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments with SPF 15 in Passion and Plum, I was excited to try this cult product. Passion is described as being a rouge sheer tint and Plum well you guessed it, a plum tint. Now they both smell delicious, sweet like and appetisingly pleasing to smell but even better is how it feels on the lips. Smooth application, intensely moisturising with a sheer colour that you can dull down with your fingertips if desired. The colour fade doesn't take away any moisture. The name Sugar is taken from the ingredients, sugar is a natural humectant that prevents moisture loss with oils that include meadowfoam, blackcurrant seed oils and grapeseed oil to help moisturise and protect from free radicals. It also contains beeswax so for vegans it's not advised.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream opening this jar, a whiff of fresh green leaves met me. Reminded me of Spring and Summer fresh smells. It's cooling to the skin, extremely light but moisturising. It gives a light gleam to the skin, I've enjoyed wearing this during the more hotter days as it's light but gives my skin enough moisture. It's said to help anti-aging, boost hydration, soften the skin and keep it's ideal hydration levels. I had some quite dry but irritated areas where I removed facial hair and I used this as it's light, cooling and to see how well it does with it. I found the dry area was left with a nice sheet of comfort it soaked up the cream but left a nice residue on the dry area to keep it happy but the skin was irritated an ingredient at first give it a little tingle and I felt it was going to irritate it more but that might of been because it was still freshly removed so I might not apply it while the skin is slightly irritated but dry areas is a go.

Fresh Rose Cleansing Foam I was skeptical to use this as most of us know that cleansing foams aren't that good for the skin as to make them foam many use surfactants which then strips the skin of it's natural oils increasing the alkaline state leading to premature aging and our skin is more exposed to bacteria. I noticed this has glycerin in which helps to absorb the moisture in the air keeping the skin soft. Surprisingly this doesn't give my skin that stripped feeling (I'm still trying to find it's foaming agent. This might be the surfactant PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate) it pumps out of an easy pump bottle. Smells of roses and leaves the skin with a faint scent of it. The bonus of it all is that my face does not hate it...it seems to actually love it. I use it sometimes with my Foreo Luna and it doesn't feel that my skin is getting overworked. It looks brighter after the cleansing - I have a feeling this cleanser is a pretty penny & I probably shouldn't get too attached and revert back to my Cetaphil...

Fresh is an American company founded in 1991 but even though it has been around for so long, Fresh isn't easy to get here in the UK, their website says you'll soon be able to shop online or you can visit their store on Marylebone High Street, London. Not accessible to everyone but the brand may be worth the visit or online shopping wait.

Fresh Skincare.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015 • 10 comments