Top 5 Current Favourite Foundations

Hi Guys,

Back at you with another post, today I’m going to talk favourite foundations EVER! As a blogger I tend to try out lots of products including foundations and can say that some don’t live up to the hype and some do. Some I try because its a new release from a brand I love and I end up either falling in love or trying to give it away to a friend that can use my shade.

Foundations are tricky and often very personal as I have friends that say they hate ones I love. This has a lot to do with the fact that not everyone has the same skin tone, texture or colour. We all are different and the way foundations are marketed means that certain ones are targeted towards oily skin, dry etc….and for the finish itself such as dewy or matte. A foundation marked for oily skin that is matte may not work for my skin but for my friends it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

So here it goes my Top 5 as of NOW (these are in no particular order)! Also, worth noting this will probably change as new foundations get released this year…

Dior – Diorskin Forever Foundation

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This is pretty much my go to foundation on a daily basis. The great thing about this is that it sits on the skin so nicely and you don’t need a lot of product to get the coverage you need. It is lightweight and has a matte finish but if you add some of those Cover FX Enhancer drops, the highlighter ones you will get a dewy look. It is versatile and the first foundation I fell in love with. There is something about this that makes the skin look better each time you use it.

Side note: I’m a Dior girl in relation to makeup so I’ve had to be super critical of all the Dior foundations and only include ones that are truly great. 

IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC + Illumination Cream

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Technically this product is a CC cream but it certainly does not feel that way when you apply it. To me this a full fledged foundation. This is the illumination version and personally I prefer it to the original but they are both fantastic so you will not lose out either way. What I love about this is that it makes your skin look like skin without feeling like you have foundation packed on. I love that a little goes a long way and it offers radiance and a little glowiness to your face without looking like you are covered in glitter. I find this is a great travel foundation as I pack the mini version in my hand carry on. I just apply a little to the areas I need to and add a bit of a concealer and voila I’m ready to hop of the plane without looking like a dehydrated mess!

Dior Airflash Spray Foundation

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This product is insane!!!! It’s a spray can with foundation in it. I hear you are thinking how does this possibly work as aerosol sprays tend to not give you control of the product. I agreed with this argument initially until I got the lady at the Dior counter to actually try it on me. After that I was sold! Yes, you can spray the foundation directly onto the face and it gives a very fine mist of product that goes on lightly to the skin then you would go in with your brush to blend. However, my preferred method is spraying onto my brush from a reasonable distance and then use the brush to buff in the product. It goes on a dream and gives a flawless finish that evens out complexion and makes the skin smooth. It really does give you an airbrushed look. Every time I wear this people compliment me on my makeup and how good my skin looks.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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This is a holy grail foundation amongst many people including makeup artists. It’s just too good. It is what it says it is luminous and gives a glowy finish. It is buildable so if you need full coverage you can have it and doesn’t dry out the skin if wearing for a full 8 hour day. This was my go to foundation when I worked in an office as it just looked effortless and natural whilst not drying my skin out.

If you don’t like a dewy finish I would not suggest this and would recommend the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation which is the luminous silk counterpart but has a matte finish and long wearing if need to go beyond 6 – 8 hours.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup 

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This foundation sits alongside the super popular Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup but this is much lighter and water based compared to the original. The Double Wear Stay-In-Place can be quite heavy and matte. This version is great for those that need a foundation that is light weight and living or going on holiday where the climate is warm or hot. This is perfect as it doesn’t melt off your face after being in the sun and by just walking about. For me I tend to use a little bit of this and work with my concealers to give me the perfect coverage without wearing too much makeup. It is hard for us girls who want to wear makeup but the climate doesn’t really suit it so you have to be inventive on how you use your products. The finish is beautiful and allows your skin to breathe whilst covering imperfections as well. This is a winner!!!

That’s it! My current 5 favourite foundations….that was harder than I thought to narrow it down. I have many that I do love so it was a tight call in many cases but I have to say I’m pretty happy with the ones I have here now.

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See you next time – the expat xxx

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Obligatory What’s In My Bag Post

Hi everyone,

Apologies I have not posted but I had been down with Bali Belly. Not good at all and I would not wish that upon anyone. Feeling a 💯 better but still shaky on the food side of things. I just want to be careful not to put anything else a bit dodgy in my body.

I did manage to get my video up so if you haven’t already checked it out please do.

This post is a continuation of this video with some more up close lookbook style photos of what’s in my bag. I know you guys got to see some stuff in my previous post. After this I promise I will not go on and on about this bag.

So without further blabbing here we go…

Disclaimer – all images here are the © property of The Expat in Bali. These are not to be used without permission.

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I’m hoping to do more of these lookbook photo series when I talk about fashion items. On a side note this weekend I will be filming something more travel related. Stay tuned for more…

The Expat in Bali

 

 

 

 

Beauty Empties for the month

Hello…

Today I am back with another post and this time its regarding my beauty empties for the month. Although, its not really a month as some of these items have taken me a while to get through.

My next video will cover some of these as well…I am pretty sure I forgot to mention a few when I filmed yesterday. Blame my stupid filming brain. When I film it tends to be a brain dump so I can go all over the shop lol 😜

My first product is the Evo Fabuloso Platinum blonde colour intensifying conditioner. This is the greatest stuff as I have super black straight hair and this is important in keeping the colour in my hair fresh and not lifeless before my next visit to the salon. I only use this once a week after doing a normal wash and once I towel dry my hair then the conditioner goes in next and is left in for at least 1 hour. I try to keep it in as long as possible at least that is what my hairdresser says to do so maybe do it on a day when not out and about. Then I wash it out and dry as normal.

I believe there are other versions not just the platinum blonde one but considering my hair is black and I am blonde now this is the best for me.

You can purchase this and other Evo products through Adore Beauty and is $39.95AUD.

The next item is an all time favourite and is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. The one linked here is the full sized version but I have the travel sized one and its perfect for those on the go. I think it does make a difference particularly in a more humid climate. The humidity and heat requires me to set up my makeup well or else… A little baking for under the eye and under the contour and this setting spray once everything is done does helps make it look less bleh as the day wares on. Its so good I even bought two at the one time to avoid ever going without. The full size is $49AUD and travel I believe is $23AUD from Mecca. Also, not sure about the packing I think it might have changed.

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My next empty is the Sephora eye remover cotton buds. These are from the Sephora collection and are excellent for removing mistakes made with eye makeup. I have used this to fix my winged liner as well as any smudges that occur. People say the tip is hard to break to get the product moving to the cotton but I don’t feel that way but you do need a little force to do so. You can get this from Sephora online and instore for $10AUD.

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The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of those cult products out there. It has such a lovely thick consistency and brightens the under eye area and reduces any dark circles while covering any imperfections. It is what it says it is, and is super creamy but easy to blend out as well.

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I’m not going to repurchase this one as I have already bought the Too Faced Born This Way concealer. I have wanted to try the Born This Way range as people have said its nice and moisturising on the skin. The foundation has to wait considering the list of foundations I currently use. This concealer is creamy like the Nars one and does blend nicely but it might not be as blendable as radiant creamy concealer. I am still waiting for the Tare Shape Tape that everyone is going on about to be available down under at Sephora then I might give that a go next.

I’d say its a pretty good dupe for it. The price is only slightly different with the Nars one coming in at $40AUD and the Nars on is $44AUD.

So thats the list of my empties for the month or last few months. Hopefully you get a kick out of these and I will let you know when my video is up. You will also get a look at my makeup I wear for the day 😎

See you next time xoxo – the expat