Last weekend, my boyfriend and I travelled up to Birmingham. We strolled around the Christmas market, made a trip to Cadbury World and visited the Bullring to do a bit of shopping. I didn't go too crazy as payday isn't until Monday so my funds are limited at the moment and I still need to do a lot of Christmas shopping, but I did treat myself to a few new bits while we were there. We also bought some chocolate at Cadbury World as it was cheaper there and some sweets in Selfridges.
I LOVE the two peplum style tops from Forever 21. I wore the white one to go out for drinks and dinner with my boyfriend on Saturday night in Birmingham. They're really flattering on and look great paired with black skinny jeans and heels.
The TK Maxx outside the Bullring was absolutely huge - the biggest TK Maxx I've ever set foot in! There were stands crammed full of beauty products - shampoos, conditoners, makeup, fake tan, eyelashes and all different brands including Paul Mitchell, St Tropez and Jemma Kidd. I could of walked around there all day! I very nearly bought a Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner but we were getting the train to Cadbury World straight after and we didn't want to carry them around all day. I picked up 'It's a 10' which is a leave-in hair treatment. A lady in the store actually told me how amazing it was, and after a quick search on makeupalley I decided it was definitely worth a try. I also picked up a pair of eyelashes for £2.99 and I bought the Limited Edition Pink Bubbly Vaseline in Boots for £3.49.
'Who is the Boss' was part of the Wedding 2012 collection and it's one of the many Essie shades I've picked up recently, which featured in my latest nail polish haul. It's a creamy, blue-grey which is pretty without being too 'in-your-face.' I applied two coats for an opaque finish and finished off with a coat of Seche Vite.
'A sheer, lightweight, buildable foundation that can be worn by all skin types but especially those with acne prone, sensitive or oily skin. Providing broad spectrum SPF 20 UVA/UVB sunscreen protection from the harmful, damaging rays of the sun, Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer features an antioxidant vitamin complex that acts a free radical scavenger to protect the skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment.'
. I have the oil-free version of Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer, but they also have the original, an illuminating version and the most recent addition to the collection is the créme compact. There are 10 shades available in the range to choose from so it should be relatively easy to find a shade which suits you. I opted for Bisque, which is a good match although I could probably go a shade darker for when I'm tanned. The tinted moisturizer is packaged in a 50ml squeezable tube which is compact and allows you to easily control the ammount of product dispersed.
It's very creamy in consistency. I like to apply this with my Real Techniques buffing brush as it really buffs it into the skin and gives you a touch more coverage than if you were to apply it with your fingers.The coverage is light to medium. If you like a full coverage, this won't be for you. It evens out your skin tone and gives a very natural, dewy finish. If I have any blemishes or imperfections I want to conceal, I just add a touch of concealer. I like to set this with a dusting of powder to increase the wear time as I find I start to look shiny after about 3-4 hour's wear. The oil-free version will not mattify skin or combat oiliness, it still gives your skin a radiant glow.
I love this tinted moisturizer and I've definitely found myself reaching for it a lot, these past months. The only downside is the cost. A tube of this will set you back £33 - definitely the most I've ever spent on a foundation or face product. However, you do get 50ml of product which is 20ml more than a standard 30ml foundation, and you need a small ammount of product so a tube should last you a good few months.