OOTD/Foundation Review

A post of two parts...

First the OOTD!

I am pretty sure you have seen this dress already. I think this post may be its last.

I wore it yesterday to lunch and although a skater style is very flattering after a big meal it also threatened a bum reveal in breezy weather (hence the need for a blazer).

Still I do enjoy a white dress and with Dubai temperatures heading back up to "Uncomfortable" I am definitely on the lookout for it's replacement. I think this shift dress by Topshop may be the one I am looking for (Link!).  It's slightly more classic in shape - although appears just as short on the mannequin....

To order or not to order?

A recent ASOS haul, which resulted in a whole bunch of weird, has made me a bit nervous. I think I will hunt it out in stores....




Dress: Topshop
Blazer: Zara
Bag: Celine (the sunshine bag :)
Sunglasses: Celine
Shoes: I did wear them...leopard print kitten heels from Zara!

The Foundation Review

Make up wise I wore a new blush (MAC Fleur Power - super pretty!) and a new foundation.




I wasn't meant to buy this but somehow I did and the lady at the Giorgio Armani counter in Harvey Nichols was absolutely lovely...so I got the concealer and another blusher as well :)

It's of course the Maestro formula, a foundation billed as the "next generation" of face product, guaranteeing luminosity and skin perfection in a consistency that feels like oil.

At first I absolutely hated it for the following reasons:

1) The feel of the product itself makes my skin crawl. They talk a lot about the magic oils in the promotional blurb but those allergic to silicones note that this contains TONS of them. That's why it does feel a little greasy to apply.

2) The precise science of application (3 mini drops is all you need) confused the hell out of me and I typically applied x3 more than I needed which resulted in major cake face.

3) It's drying - if you don't moisturise well this will cling to those flakes. Definitely one for the normal/oily complexions.

4) If you don't shake this well before application it just won't work. The other tip is to drain the pipette of product before you shake...it's a bit of a process but means that what you use on your face is properly mixed before application.

It has been a learning process for me but once the amount had been worked out, the feel of it dealt with and the skin well moisturised before application, I ended up with the most natural foundation ever. It's like MUFE HD but I feel like it gives a more diffused finish to the skin. I would call it "delicate satin"....not glowy but not flat matte either.

You should know that it won't cover spots and it won't give you full coverage. It will however make you look like you have fantastic skin and it will last a good day (on normal skins) without looking patchy or oxidising. So...if you are looking to spend a lot of money on a natural finish foundation then this is the one for you :)

PS. I got this in number 5 - I am still in my "I-hate-fake-tan-because-when-I-apply-it-I-always-end-up-with-blotchy-looking-feet-and-hands-phase" so this is my skin colour match.

Have you tried this? What did you think? 

96 comments:

  1. That seems like a lot of effort for a foundation! I'm more of a slap on and go :') I'm still in love with that bag though, every post it creeps higher and higher on my wish list. <3

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    1. I know what you mean...I just found another foundation that is totally slap and go and i love that - especially early in the morning :) haha

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  2. Apart from the slightly stressful sounding application, this foundation sounds perfect. I've been looking for one that enhances my skin, rather than covering it completely- would you say this is the ticket?

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  3. Love the bag, very cute. Jelous of the tempreatures in Dubai too.

    Laura-Jane

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    1. Thanks Laura-Jane - that's my name too :) haha

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  4. This post has me so excited for summer & finding the perfect white dress! (Meanwhile there's still snow on the ground here in Toronto LOL).

    The finish of the foundation sounds amazing - but what a pain to mix it so thoroughly before application!

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  5. I love your outfit and your bag!
    It's so bright and yellow, it reminds me of summer :)

    Great post!

    XO
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  7. I love Fleur Power blush :) you should try Dainty too.
    Love the bag x

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    1. I think I have Dainty back in the UK - nothing like a blush that brightens...love!

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  8. This foundation looks interesting! Great review, Laura! Loving the yellow celine bag! they say that when you see yellow your happiness increases by 2%!! I don't know if it's the colour or the brand but it's working xx

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    1. I didn't know that but I can tell you that it's totally true :) Yellow is probably my favourite colour because it makes me happy.....I am just paranoid about getting this bag dirty!

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  9. I love the packaging of the foundation:) x

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    1. Actually thinking about it I do too....it looks nice on the counter :)

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  10. U look great, I don't think I would want to buy that foundation it seems a pain to work with, I love the face fabric&luminous silk though

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    1. I have never tried Face Fabric but I have a feeling I would like it! :)

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  11. That dress is so cute! I'm determined to find the perfect white summer dress this year so I'm on the hunt as well. That bag is just gorgeous! And from the review I just read I will not be purchasing that foundation haha sounds like too much work and kind of scary to be honest!
    xo

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    1. I got that Topshop one I linked to and it's perfect - also not transparent which is always a plus :)

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  12. Ha, ha .. bum exposure (that was funny).

    Although the foundation looks interesting .. I just can't go through that routine. I just like to slap my foundation on and go :-)

    Monica
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    1. I know exactly what you mean - especially when are are talking about early in the morning!

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  13. love your outfit!
    great post! xxxx

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  14. Thanks for the foundation review and more importantly the instructions! I need to follow them, because I think I use too much too and I've never drained the dropper first. DUH! Have a wonderful day!
    Stacie xo

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    1. It's not my tip - I read it online and thought "ooohhhhh" so tried it and i think it does make a difference :)

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  15. laura! you look amazing as usual, and your natural skin tone, honestly doesn't need any fake tan! i am in love with your sunshine bag! i have recently hunted mini luggage in fluro pink after searching for it for a year! cannot wait for a little bit of sunshine so i can take her out :) i am so tempted for yours as well, i am trying to convince myself that i dont need it, well my bank account is quite convinced but i am still not :) have a nice day gorgeous!

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    1. OMG Fluoro pink! I am so jealous! I bet it is amazing - how did you go about finding it? :)

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  16. Pretty outfit, love your Céline. You look always pretty gorgeous, Laura! ♥
    xx

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  17. I loveeee Fleur Power! x And love the dress in this ootd, so sad it is about to retire.

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  18. Thanks for the foundation review, Laura. It seems really finicky to deal with though... I am far too lazy for all those steps!

    xo, alison*elle

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  19. Lovely dress! I'm super jealous that you can wear dresses and heels! Meanwhile, here I am staring out the window at the snow... I was curious about this foundation, but now it just seems like too much work! Looks lovely on you though!

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  20. that bag is gorgeous!

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    1. :) I love taking it out but am petrified that it will get dirty...

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    1. :) thank you! I love it too :)

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  22. Love your celine bags so much x

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    1. :) They are my best investment yet :) haha

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  23. An actual face palm occurred when I read your tip about emptying the pipette. Thanks for the pointer! x Becky

    cosmeticdebris.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I did the same when I read that on a review forum after I tried it the first time and hated it. it definitely works :)

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  24. Sounds like the look of the foundation is worth a little shake! Thanks for the tips.

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    1. It's definitely a lovely natural finish....mind you I tried another one this week that knocks this out the water...By Terry Cover Expert. That is seriously WOW!

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  25. I've always wanted to try this foundation! I love Armani's Luminous silk xx

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    1. I think Luminous Silk still counts as one of my favourite foundations ever... :)

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  26. Love your outfit!! I will try Fleur Power...
    Kisses from Spain

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    1. :) It's a super pretty classic blush - hope you like it!

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    1. :) It is! i get happy looking at it :) haha

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  28. I JUST posted a review of this foundation on my blog. I love it so much - I can't stop raving to friends about it.

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  29. not sure if I would be needing that foundation but you oh my Laura ! You are absolutely stunning in every pictures that you post here and on instagram. Always checking you out pretty lady :)
    I am envious of your Celine bags..you got it going Laura xx

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    1. haha thanks hun! I love my handbags as you know :)

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  30. The yellow Celine is the icing on the cake!
    Have a wonderful week Hun xoxo
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  31. That bag... gah, it's amazing. Love the color! And I keep hearing good things about that foundation, I'll have to check it out. :)

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

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  32. Gorgeous! I love how the yellow bag adds freshness to the cream dress! X

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    1. Thanks Lauren :) I had to wear it out - especially as white is the only colour I am not petrified of rubbing off and staining :)

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  33. LOVE your yellow celine bag! So cheery and colourful. <3

    Love Joyce

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  34. I have very dry skin so unfortunately, I'm going to have to give this a miss! I do love your outfit though - love the (ready to cringe) "pop" of colour you have going on with the bag!

    -Elodie x

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    1. haha "pop"....I almost used that word but you know how i feel about it :)

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  35. In all honesty I think I'd have to pass on the foundation. It seems like too much of a hassle to deal with in the morning for me. I can be quite fussy. :)

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    1. No I completely understand - hassle in the morning is not a good thing :) I tried By Terry Cover Expert this week and it's really slap and go...that might be a better product.

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  36. That bag makes me want to cry it's so pretty. Thanks for the mini foundation review, the formula sounds so interesting! I really want to try some Giorgio Armana products, my friend has one of their matte Lip Maestros and it is AMAZING!

    xx

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    1. you know I have never tried the lip maestros.....now I feel like I should :)

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  37. YOUR BLOG IS AMAZING!!!!!! LOVE IT!

    XX http://rorolovesbeauty.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for reading/saying that Rosina!

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  38. All that effort for a none full coverage foundation no thanks lol.x

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  39. Gorgeous!


    Katie xo
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  40. love the outfit! really want to try that foundation. thanks for the info! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  41. Dear Laura:)
    You better try Shicheido Perfect Refinig foundation:) the one in black square packaging I'm pretty sure that you ll be shade O40 or maybe darker?:)
    I would love to see your review:)
    I'm sure you will love it:)
    Regards
    ~ Ewa

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendation Ewa...my local Sephora stocks that brand so will have to have a look :)

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  42. Absolutely gorgeous outfit! Love the dress especially :) Rachel xxx

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  43. the celine is gorgeous! totally lushing after one :)

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    1. :) can't go wrong with a Celine - I absolutely love the style and still havent got sick of it!

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  45. Great post!

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  46. Love that bag and I really want to try the foundation

    A little bit Unique

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    1. :) It's pretty good .... but I was naughty and bought another one this week and I love it so much more (if I am honest)...By Terry Cover Expert. It's wow!

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  47. I like this celine bag,buy in celine-bags.co.uk

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  49. I love that outfit!!
    Much love,
    Wengie
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  50. Great outfit. Love the pop of colour of your bag. Newest follower :)
    Adela x

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  51. Hi laura, what colour is the armani concealer you use? Thanks!

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  52. How have you liked the SK-ii essence??

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  53. Five reasons to get yourself down to Céline: Not everyone knows about it yet: In typically understated fashion there’s been little fanfare about the opening from the label itsel celineukstore.co.uk ,yeah?

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