Cruelty Free Makeup Brands at Beauty Bay
I am SO happy to be writing another review for one of my all time favourite brands – Natura Siberica. It is no secret that I love this brand, so trying out a new line obviously excites me! As I have been renovating a house the last few months (hense the lack of blog posts!) some new skin care products were just what I needed to make me start feeling like a human again. The Snow Cladonia range is a collection I have not tried before, so let’s dive in!!
“Snow Cladonia, which stays green even during severe Siberian winters, contains Usnic Acid, a unique active ingredient which works to actively restore skin cells and effectively slow down the ageing process.
Natural Vitalayer® gives your skin a smoother texture and improved elasticity by boosting the production of Hyaluronic Acid which deeply moisturises the skin and reduces wrinkles.
Anti-ageing SYN®-AKE and SYN®-COLL complexes regenerate skin cells and stimulate collagen synthesis, renewing the glowing appearance of youth.
Wild Harvested Siberian Ashberry Extract and Organic Wheat Oil beautifully soothe and heal the skin.”
This product is literally perfect for every day use. It melts into the skin and dries down really quickly still leaving the skin super moisturised. There is no greasy residue, and it doesn’t become oily throughout the day either. It is a beautiful base to wear under make up, I only have good things to say about this product!
“The powerful formula of this serum contains concentrated active ingredients from various Siberian plants for enhanced effectiveness. The Snow Cladonia Extract contains the rare Usnic Acid, which works to actively restore skin cells and effectively slow down the ageing process. Snow Cladonia, which stays green even during severe Siberian winters, energizes and helps the skin to resist the external stresses that can negatively effect it.
Extract of Wild Harvested Siberian Dwarf Pine is a wonderful antioxidant, protecting skin from external impacts, while Organic Chamomile soothes and calms the skin.
Natural Pentavitin® improves skin’s smoothness and protective barriers, preventing dehydration and flaking.
SYN®-AKE is an excellent hydrator and wrinkle eliminator, which gives your skin a natural healthy glow.
Within just a couple of weeks of continued use, the serum minimizes wrinkles, leaving your skin looking radiant and noticeably younger.”
So although this is technically a serum, I have also used this product on its own with nothing underneath before bed, and it soaks into the skin (you can literally feel it working!) and wake up with beautifully hydrated skin. An absolute winner!
These two products as a duo are the ideal staple items in anyones skin care routine. They are simple and stunning. Considering my skin is definitely not looking its best at the moment, a day cream that can keep me looking presentable throughout the day at the moment and a serum for overnight to make my skin look like its actually being taken care of is a miracle in itself! The main point here though is the difference in my skin already is amazing, and that is just from using two products from this collection! I can’t wait to try more!!
The Snow Cladonia collection, along with some other products, has also just been launched in Holland & Barratt stores!
I first came across Urban Veda in a Cruelty Free Beauty Box – this was with their Radiance Body Scrub – and was instantly on their website. I loved it, and couldn’t wait to try out more of their collection. They are not your average skincare brand, they combine the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with a modern 21st century twist.
If you’re anything like me when I first saw this I had absolutely no idea, but fear not! They have a “questionnare” that will tell you this, and then you’re off!! Of course because I am never simple I am mix (Tri-Doshic) and they have kindly sent me a combination of products to try out. So let’s dive in!
“Originating 5000 years ago in the Himalayas, Ayurveda’s holistic health and wellbeing system is based on the therapeutic properties of plants. Brimming with plants rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients, our products are uniquely formulated to help maintain skin’s natural balance. Our key ranges help to harmonise environmental factors, to purify, soothe, revive and add radiance. We believe in the value of nature and source natural, fresh, and pure ingredients to create our holistic products.
All our packaging is recyclable, and our bottles are made out of post-consumer recycled plastic. Recycling is like Karma, what goes around comes around. We’re proud of our sourcing provenance and all of our cartons are Forest Sustainability Certified.
Belief in the value of nature means valuing plants as nature intended- all of our products are free from Genetically Modified ingredients, and none contain parabens, artificial colours or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS).
All of our products are certified as ‘vegan’ by the Vegetarian Society. As a holistic brand we don’t, and will never, test on animals.
Neem + Botanics RRP £12.99/150ml
“Our Daily Purifying Facial Wash has been naturally formulated to cleanse and purify oily and acne-prone skin. The key ingredient is Ayurvedic cold-pressed neem oil. This is an excellent antibacterial and antiseptic tonic to help treat blackheads, in addition to reducing excess sebum, breakouts and toxins.
Infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients to minimise pores and reduce shine, Purifying Facial Wash is perfect for treating spots and mattifying oil-prone skin. This Ayurveda-inspired purifying cleanser is packed with clarifying witch hazel and astringent quassia. It also contains antiseptic tea tree and refreshing eucalyptus to cleanse congested skin.
Purifying Facial Wash has a natural, uplifting and refreshing scent. It is a detoxifying cleanser which gently removes makeup and also balances an oily t-zone for a healthy, clear complexion.”
This cleanser makes my skin feel SO clean! It’s strange because it almost feels squeeky clean, but so soft at the same time. It removes any and all make-up and leaves nothing behind. It smells delicious, I have nothing but good things to say about this product!
Sandalwood + Botanics RRP £13.99/125ml
“Gently buff away dead skin cells with our Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish. Supporting healthy skin cell renewal, Soothing Facial Polish is the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin.
Enriched with calming sandalwood, this gentle facial scrub exfoliates delicate skin with the natural mildly abrasive exfoliant of pumice stone.
With healing and detoxifying geranium, hydration-preserving palmarosa and harmonising ylang ylang, this cooling facial exfoliator balances and de-stresses aggravated skin.
Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish is specially formulated for the most sensitive skins, nourishing, hydrating and protecting as it deeply cleanses the pores.”
Even though this is not technically in the same collection as the Daily Purifying Facial Wash I feel like they are the perfect cleansing duo. The teeny weeny grains in this are so gentle and – as the name suggests – soothing, but this product gives such a gorgeous glow and makes my skin feel 10 years younger! Who doesn’t want that!? Plus it smells incredible!
Turmeric + Botanics RRP £18.99/50ml
“Soothe uncomfortable, tight dry skin with our turmeric-infused Radiance Day Cream. Lightweight yet deeply hydrating, this vitality-enhancing moisturiser helps to brighten your complexion and is designed for those with dehydrated, dull and lack-lustre skin.
Enriched with brightening turmeric extract and anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic herbs and botanicals, this natural day cream keeps skin hydrated all day long. Improve signs of hyperpigmentation and lock in moisture with this blemish-fighting blend of natural ingredients. Radiance Day Cream envelops your skin in softness with its luxuriously creamy texture and indulgent formula. It also contains Ayurvedic arjuna extract which has been clinically proven to moisturise and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
This is the most expensive out of the products I have tried from Urban Veda (so far!) and I have to admit I can 100% see why. This is life. This has the prefect balance of being hydrating enough without being overly greasy. It manages to keep any oils away throughout the day making it perfect for under makeup or just to wear all day without turning into a grease ball. It has a lovely light scent and soaks straight into the skin. Literally stunning.
Rose + Botanics RRP £12.99/200ml
“Add a touch of luxury to your shower or bathing routine with our nourishing Reviving Body Wash. Skin conditioning plant extracts help to gently yet effectively cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils.
This hydrating and creamy body wash is specially formulated to respect your skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH level. Cleanse and refresh dry skin with this enriching shower gel – hydrating rose damask, moisturising evening primrose, soothing geranium and repairing rosehip work in synergy to nourish tired and mature skin.
Lather up with our SLS-free formula and drift away with the delicate natural scent of rose and jasmine. A gentle and enriching body wash helping to restore suppleness and promote skin repair.”
“Support healthy skin cell turnover with our exfoliating Reviving Body Scrub. Microbead-free, we instead have used natural milled peach seed powder to gently slough away dead skin cells, revealing smooth, fresher-looking skin.
Massage in using circular motions to boost circulation and improve the appearance of the skin. A gentle formula which won’t strip your skin of moisture, our Reviving Body Scrub is a shower essential for silky smooth skin.
Replenishing rose damask, essential fatty acid-rich borage and regenerating pomegranate work in synergy to leave skin feeling soft, clean and cared for. The perfect blend of omega-rich botanical extracts to pamper dry, tired and mature skin.”
This pair are a match made in heaven. They have a stunning scent and gently cleanse leaving the skin so soft and silky! I say gently cleanse, I have used these before applying fake tan and it was perfect! It removed any traces of old tan or dead skin and gave the best smooth base!
Sandalwood + Botanics RRP £14.99/250ml
“Soothe uncomfortable, tight dry skin with our fast-absorbing sandalwood-based Soothing Body Lotion. Heavenly hydrating, this body moisturiser is specially formulated to calm, care for and protect dry skin.
Enriched with irritation-relieving myrrh, blemish-healing orange, hydration-preserving palmarosa and harmonising ylang ylang, Soothing Body Lotion is a treat to the skin and the senses.
Inspired by the ancient principles of Ayurveda, this calming concoction helps to de-stress aggravated skin and helps to diminish the appearance of redness and inflammation. This gentle formulation helps to smooth and soften delicate and sensitive skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated.”
Here I have, completely unintentionally, left my favourite until last. (I say my favourite but I wouldn’t actually want to have to choose between any of these). It may be the scent – as with the Exfoliating Facial Polish from the same collection I am obsessed with this scent! But aside from that, for someone who is not normally that excitable by body lotions, I am in love with this. It is heavy enough to deeply nourish the skin, but soaks straight in without leaving any residue behind. It may just be me but I also feel super glowy after using this! Its just heavenly.
So! Overall, I think it is safe to say regardless of which collection will suit your skin type and lifestyle these products will not let you down. They aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but they have a ridiculous amount of gift sets and trial sized products to get you started. I love the concept of what Urban Veda are doing here and what they stand for, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of their collections to try!
When I first heard about Bella Forever, it hadn’t even launched yet! A new, exciting, natural and cruelty free brand creating homemade face masks. Pure luxury! Putting my excitement aside, Bella Forever has stunning powder based face masks that not only look stunning, but truly are.
“Bella Forever aims to inspire all women to embrace their natural beauty by using natural products that nourish and rejuvenate the skin, enhance texture, impart radiance & reduce signs of ageing.”
So who is Bella Forever!?
Many beauty products on the market today are not suitable for sensitive skins, including mine. My name is Annabella and I am the natural beauty founder of this flourishing business. My own story was one of fragile skin which couldn’t cope with numerous cosmetics and makeup preparations available on the high street. My skin protested repeatedly showing its irritation with rashes and soreness and I began to notice just how many products used alcohol, mineral oils and synthetic fragrances… and most were tested on animals too
Motivated by a complete lack of 100% natural products available, I started to experiment by creating my own facial masks and beauty products, taking things back to basics in search of beautiful, clear skin. My powder based masks are created with an array of skin types in mind and use only the finest clays and essential oils that are gentle on the skin but work wonders by enhancing radiance and glow whilst tackling other skin sensitivities. All my products are safe for everyone to use and enjoy, including pregnant women. Quality is never compromised and you can trust that I personally inspect everything before despatch.
Time is at a premium for us all. Juggling the demands of our work and personal lives leaves little time to invest in a comprehensive and often expensive skin care routine every day. That is why my masks have been formulated to be quick and easy to mix and apply but the results are simply outstanding. Regular care with simple but excellent ingredients is the key to preventing and clearing skin conditions that invariably become worse with unnatural product additives.
Look forward to rejuvenated and nourished skin, reducing the signs of premature ageing and imparting a pure radiance you’ll love……
Bella Forever – it’s all you need.
So straight off the bat I was in love with the personal touch just from the packaging. These products had clearly been tucked up and wrapped with love. (I’ve even kept the little label!). I have two face masks, but there are 10 to choose from – and I need all of them! On top of that there are multi-mask packs and accessories such as brushes and application sets. Everything about them is just heavenly!
Natural Face Mask for Sensitive Skin
“Natural Face Mask for sensitive and fragile skin. This soothing, purifying clay is known for producing radiant skin. It is perfect for dull & tired skin.”
Deep Cleansing Face Mask
“This is a cooling mask that helps remove impurities and absorb excess oil. The sage essential oil is refreshing and has stimulating properties. The combination of white and green clay moisturises, clarifies and nourishes the skin. Perfect deep cleansing face mask.”
I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite out of these two, they are both just brilliant. Mint Cooler (which is definitely cooling!) detoxifies beyond belief – I can literally feel it working! And Baby Belle? Well, this one is just pure pampering at its’ best. It left my skin so calm and smooth. Also if you’re not sure which masks to choose, there is a “Choose Your Mask” feature on the website to help you decide – tailor made beauty!
– powder-based and therefore never expired as no liquid agent is in it so no parabens and nasty chemicals.
– they are 100% Natural, vegan, organic and cruelty free
– they are child friendly so perfect for sleepovers great fun!
– they are made in UK
– they are perfect for those who have fragile and sensitive skin or people who have vitiligo or rosacea
Is there anything else I could possibly say about these!? Oh yes… use the chat feature on the website to get 20% off! I could cry!
I am so pumped to have found Bella Forever and geniunely excited for Annabella’s stunning launch! Watch this space, I can’t wait to see these stunning masks fly!
I have to admit, when I first saw these products on Beauty Bay I immediately fell for the packaging. So darn cute! But, because they are SO affordable, I honestly wasn’t expecting much from these other than looking cute. But low and behold! I am still shook! These have gone above and beyond my expectations, so why!? Let’s find out!
“MISSLYN is on a beauty mission and is ready to carry you off to the fabulously colorful world of cosmetics. We will make your everyday life a little sweeter with our new beauty favorites, for mesmerizing makeup looks and guaranteed good vibes! Fall head over heels with the snazzy designs, radiant colors and trendy textures and jazz up your makeup with ease! Whether you are going for a sun-kissed, shimmery or matte complexion – Misslyn has all the absolute must-haves all you beauty babes will need, which will give your makeup look that sweet something!”
“In a retro, pop art palette, Beach Please! Bronzing And Contouring Powder is available in a range of complementary colours. Suitable for defining the cheekbones, use sparingly as a contour powder or all over for a subtle bronzed glow.”
“In a retro, pop art palette, Treat Me Sweet Powder Blush is a velvety, buildable blusher available in a range of flattering shades. Ensuring a natural and flawless finish, apply as desired to the apples of the cheeks for a long-lasting and intensely on-trend look.”
So starting with the shade range, each of these comes in 6 shades. Each. 6 blushes… 6 bronzers.. how many brands have 6 shades of blusher to choose from!? I have the bronzer in “Vitamin C!” and the blush in “Let’s Dance Mango Tango!”Also, some of the shades seem to be almost “crossover” shades like a browny blush and a warm bronze. Genius! In terms of choosing shades, Beauty Bay has done fantastically with their descriptions. Each shade explains its’ undertones and shade, which is SO helpful when buying products online.
The part that surprised me the most, was how well this lasts! Working outside means my “no makeup makeup” doesn’t seem to last throughout the day, and while this does fade slightly by the evening it is 100% still there and looking good. It doesn’t break apart or go patchy, and it looks so natural!
I honestly haven’t got enough good things to say about these products, and they have set a very high standard for the rest of the collection! I can’t wait to try more!
First of all I have to say, I have NO idea why it took me so long to try this. The hype around the Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 In 1 has been humongous. I have watched YouTube and googled swatches and for some reason never actually bought it. Until now! As I work outside 99% of the time, I really wanted something that was going to last. There are so many foundations claiming to be “sweatproof”- but lets be honest this is the UK and heatwaves are pretty minimal. Water resistant however, that is what finally got my attention. I get rained on – alot – and having a product that will not just wash off or disappear would be pretty game changing. So! I went for it. Lets have a gander!
Tone wise there are a whopping 29 shades. While a big shade range is awesome, it can also be a little overwhelming when buying online without being able to test them first. That being said, Beauty Bay give epic descriptions of the shades including their undertones, so I was able to narrow it down to Creamy Vanilla 01 and Natural 02. I have to say I am so glad I bought both. Even though these are techincally next to eachother, there is quite a difference in the shade. Natural 02 is perfect for when I have fake tanned, and Creamy Vanilla 01 has the best yellow undertone for when i’m a little “pastey”. Plus, mixing them together in the interim works fine.
“A full coverage concealer and liquid foundation.
Conceal + Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation + Concealer applies seamlessly over the face offering a flawless, matte complexion. Reducing the need for a separate concealer, the richly pigmented formula requires just one layer for a naturally perfected, water resistant veil that covers everything from blemishes and redness, to dark circles and imperfections.”
In all honesty, the claims are bang on. This is definitely full coverage (for me anyway) and initially I missed the slightly lighter concealer under the eye. However, as on a day to day basis I wear more of a “no make-up make-up” look it actually works fantastically. In case the coverage is actually a little too much, I have also tried mixing in an illuminator (No7) or even just a touch of moisturiser and this definitely takes the edge off for a a daily look and blends perfectly. For a flawless look however, honestly this is bang on.
Overall, this stuff is serious. No games are being played here, it is simply epic. It lasts SO well, and while i’ll hold my hands up and admit of not dunked my head in a bucket of water with it on, it has 100% held up in the marvelous British weather. I am hooked!
So! Luckily, I have been fortunate to be sent another of the Cruelty Free Beauty Boxes. I received my first Beauty Box in June 2018 (full review here) and instantly fell in love with everything that The Cruelty Free Beauty Box stands for. A monthly subscription box that includes completely Cruelty Free products for just £14.95 per month (the value inside the box is WAY more!) – plus, if you prepay for 2 or 6 months it is even cheaper! What I loved most about this was the opportunity to discover Cruelty Free brands that I may not have come across on my own. This being said, with Christmas on the way (too early?) the December Box is available as both a subscription box or a gift subscription box, or as a One Off Box for a gift! Use code TREATME for a bonus item!)
On top of this (as if that wasn’t enough) they have added loads of new products for gifts to their shop, including a Men’s range! So with all this in mind, let’s dive in to the November 2018 Beauty Box and see what goodies we have!
“A must have handbag essential this winter! This Rose & Geranium Lead Hand Cream is bursting with the heavenly fragrance of enriching Rose and balancing Geranium pure essential oils. Expertly blended with botanical extracts of Aloe Vera and Calendula Flower with added, moisture-rich Jojoba oil, this 100% naturally fragranced hand cream helps to protect & soother delicate skin & strengthen nails.”
I LOVE this! The scent is absolutely delicious and it feels SO nourishing!
“This Eco Friendly Blending Brush has been carefully designed to work with both concealers and eyeshadows. The long densely packed bristles are designed to diffuse powder, cream, gels and liquids for an airbrushed finish. So whether you use it for your favourite eyeshadow palette & want to create a smokey eye or you just want to conceal an area, it’s the perfect multi tasking brush!”
This brush has been a game changer for me. I’m not a makeup artist – at all – and blending is always a bit of a mission. But! This brush is so soft and makes any look I am trying to attempt look a lot more seamless!
“Clear is a powerful compound which leaves skin smooth, radiant and clear. Using a special blind of 12 herbs and organic bio dynamic alcohol, this tincture is the ultimate blemish control for leaving your skin flawless. With party season just around the corner & the stress of Christmas, Clear is the perfect essential to keep your skin calm & flawless. You can either us the product directly from the applicator or use a cotton bud to apply (preferably eco friendly ones). Don’t make the mistake we did of putting a cotton bud into the tube as the end came off & it’s impossible to get back out! Apply to area & hold for 30 seconds, repeat 3 times.”
While I don’t particularly have any “spots” at the moment ( a rarity in itself) I did have one of those annoying “under the skin” types. I say did, as its gone. I can definitely vouch for this product, a life saver especially with the Christmas events coming up!
“These Matte Liquid Lipsticks will all all day or night. Not only with last, they’re also waterproof! Keep and eye on our website as they’ll soon be some seriously quirky palettes by Spoiled Lips too!”
So I was pleasantly surprised by this, not so much the formula or quality (which I must say is so comfortable and lasts such a long time!) but the shade! While I would usually gravitate towards nude shades, this gorgeous rich brown-red-plum is so wearable and perfect for the season!
“Gently exfoliate & buff away dead skin cells with these Body Scrubs. harnessing the power of naturally abrasive exfoliants or pumice stone & crushed walnut shell powder, this formula is the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin. Exfoliate in circular motions, massaging the skin to help stimulate circulation. Another winter essential that will add a touch of luxury to your bathroom routine! Urban Veda are also making the movement to help our planet, their packaging is made from recycled plastic & they are also recyclable.”
This body scrub is an absolute joy. It is super soft and doesn’t feel like it’s attacking the skin, it just smooths the surface leaving baby soft skin behind. Genius!
As always, I have loved every product I have received in this box. The value as a subscription is just astounding, but now that they have a shop!? Off I go!
In no particular order!!
The excitement I experience when I first heard about the launch of this product was – in a word – overwhelming. I LOVE the Conceal & Define Concealer, so when I heard about this!? Well. I had high hopes, and they were met beautifully.
Full Review & Swatches
The Blush Crush collection is one I have used for some time, but this month I have been loving the gorgeous burnt tone of the “Harry” blush. It is a red toned blush that is so wearable and somehow still seems to looks natural.
Full Review & Swatches
This mascara is not the most over the top false lash effect mascara, but that’s exactly why I love it. It gives such a natural finish to the lashes that is perfect for every day and “no makeup” days. It doesn’t clump, it just glides on and brightens everything up. Plus, this whole collection is so darn cheap!
Another product which isn’t particularly new to me, but these polishes have the most beautiful finish. They are so easy to use, dry quickly, and the shade range is just stunning. Polished Hazlenut in particular has got me this month though, it makes me feel all autumnal!
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This one feels a little vague but there isn’t really on bath bomb that I could pin down! The whole experience of a bath bomb is just sheer genius, and with the weather turning colder and the evenings getting darker, is there really anything better than a bath bomb?
Although I am not usually into single eyeshadows (I do love a good chunky palette!) when the shade is as stunning as this!? I am all over it. I actually received this in a Cruelty Free Beauty Box, and it is amazing! These can be bought individually and there are so many other shades too!
This is a new product for me and has quickly made it into my favourites! It has the perfect demi-matte finish (I would say satin..) and a good medium coverage. Not over the top and still looks natural, super affordable, definitely a winner!
Full Review & Swatches
Yet another Monthly Favourites finishing off with a good face mask! When the weather starts to turn as it has been, I like to steer towards more nourishing masks than my usual detox ones. This is just heaven in a tube. It leaves skin feeling plump and moisturised and glowing!
Here are the products I have been loving in September 2018!
This beautiful little egg is such a joy – even looking at it makes me smile. Not only is it creamy and blendable, but also has zero packaging (other than its’ recyclable box). There are so many shades to find the perfect match – and the “shade finder” on Instagram is just awesome!
Full Review & Swatches
I honestly never thought i would get so enthusiastic about toothpaste. But! As a product that is generally thought to be quite difficult to find cruelty free options, Superdrugs’ own brand toothpaste is just that. It is easily accessible, super affordable, and gets the job done. There are various types to choose from and usually an offer on to make it even cheaper! Go Superdrug!
This palette is so stunning it could geniunely just be used as display – but that would be far too much of a waste! The shade selection is ridiculously pretty, and the highlighters!? Oh, the highlighters…
I actually became obsessed with this cleanser pretty quickly. It is so quick and easy to use – even on lazy days. It lasts SUCH a long time and leaves skin squeeky clean and super smooth. Plus it is darn cheap!
Although I have had this for some time now (April 2018!) it is still one of my absolute favourites. The scent is gorgeous, and it is lasting so well! A beautiful brand from a beautiful person!
This is another product that isn’t particularly new to me, but I still love it. It remains to be the only powder form concealer that I use and is perfect for “no makeup-makeup days”. This is lasting me ages which is a winner for the price.
Full Review & Swatches
Who doesn’t love to finish off with a good face mask!? OK so this has been in one of my “Monthly Favourites” before – but it really is that good! The tube has lasted for such a long time, and for £3.00? There literally is nothing bad I can say about this little gem.
W7 is a brand I came across on YouTube actually (thank you Stephanie Lange!) during my ongoing hunt for affordable Cruelty Free make up brands. I was extremely intrigued by W7, not only is their packaging super duper cute but their products are so affordable! Plus they actually looked pretty decent, so I dived in.
The first product I wanted to try was the W7 Photo Shoot Foundation.
“Photoshoot Foundation is a creamy foundation with a full coverage.
The foundation has the staying power of up to 16 hours and is your go-to “budge-proof” base!”
Sounds dreamy yes? And to be perfectly frank, it is just that. Dreamy. The consistency of this foundation is bang in the middle – not too thick and not too runny. It is super easy to blend and yes – it is pretty full coverage! I tend to steer towards light to medium coverage as I fear the dreaded “cake face” that may accompany a fuller coverage foundation, but this was a pleasant surprise! I wouldn’t say it blanks everything out, but it kind of airbrushes the skin and blurs away imperfections.
The finish I would refer to as a satin-matte. It isn’t dewy, but also not completely flat. It keeps a slight sheen to it that keeps your skin actually looking like skin – just flawless skin! I do finish with a powder around areas that I tend to get a bit oily and they sit absolutely fine on top. And does it last 16 hours? Actually I have no idea, does anyone need makeup to last that long!? But it definitely lasts me a good 8-10 hours which is plenty long enough for me to keep makeup on my face.
It does have a slight scent to it that I can’t quite pin down, but it isn’t strong and I really don’t mind it. The only thing I don’t like about the W7 Photo Shoot Foundation is the packaging. When I say packaging I don’t mean the literal packaging, I actually love the frosted glass with the black (super chic). But, the application method behind this I do find a little tedious. It is just a bottle really, so no doe-foot applicator or even a pump. This can make getting the product out a little long winded, but then it does apply beautifully to the skin. And for the ridiculously affordable price of £6.95 I really am not complaining! A pump or something would be the cherry on top, but even so this is an awesome foundation that has not let me down!