Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation

As we have been experiencing some surprisingly glorious weather in England over the past couple of weeks, I have been on the hunt for a new lightweight liquid foundation. My Revlon Colourstay Foundation in Shade Buff is still my holy grail, but it is starting to feel a little heavy on those warmer days.
Cue the Maybelline Flawless Nude Foundation, which is marketed as an ultra-fine, lightweight formula which can be applied by hand, like a face cream. Maybelline state that the formula is 12 x finer than their #1 Dream Satin Liquid, yet gives a flawless finish. The coverage is natural, yet buildable, and doesn’t give a heavy or caked-on effect. It is encased within glass packaging (love) and has a special teardrop shaped applicator to provide the ‘perfect’ amount of product. It is available in 7 different shades and priced at a reasonable £8.99 online here.
I have been using this foundation on a daily basis for the past couple of weeks within my usual makeup routine – Origins GinZing Moisturiser as a base and a dusting of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder on my t-zone. I must admit, I haven’t been blown away with this foundation at all. It’s extremely thin formula is fairly difficult to work with, and I just don’t get on with its teardrop applicator (pump lover!). Be warned that the colour 10 Ivory is a little on the orange side for us fair skinned girlies too. I have also noticed dry areas around my nose appearing mid-afternoon, but made no improvement when I used a much richer moisturiser.
This product has fabulous reviews and is raved about within the blogosphere, so don’t be put off by my fairly negative views. I would love to know what skincare/ powder products you use alongside this foundation from those who adore this foundation.
What are your lightweight foundation favourites? 

Holiday Beauty Preparation

Last year I put together a post detailing my holiday body prep and aftercare advice (which you can read here), but the steps specifically surrounded my routine the evening before. Since I have just under 3 weeks to go until I jet off to sunny Tenerife, I thought I’d share with you some of the steps in my beauty routine I have already started to take, or will be taking over the next few days leading up to my holiday. 

I have been on a fairly strict health & fitness regime since the start of January, and body brushing/ exfoliation has gradually become a new obsession of mine. Body brushing is great for encouraging circulation, battling stubborn areas of cellulite and improving the skins texture. Not only is my skin noticeably smoother, but it is in great condition for even safe tanning once on holiday. I dry brush in circular motions, in the direction of the heart before I take a bath or shower. 

This year I plan on getting a spray tan a couple of days before I depart, and therefore need my skin to be in tip top condition to withhold that bronzed glow. Daily light exfoliation and moisturiser whilst out there should allow me to get a good 5-6 days before I have to completely scrub off and begin a fresh coat of tanning moisturiser. Those that don’t want the hassle of hair removal should book their waxing appointments a couple of months in advance to receive maximum hair free results. 

Facial skincare before a holiday requires a gentler approach of (chemical) exfoliators, soothing toners, and hydrating moisturisers. Specific face masks targeted at problematic areas are useful a few weeks prior to departure, not only for treatment, but as a confidence booster before you go bare faced. Water is also a key step in achieving great holiday skin, and you should aim to drink around 8 glasses a day to really help flush out your body. Add a piece of sliced fruit (lemon/lime) if you struggle to motivate yourself to drink it plain. 

I re-touch the roots of my hair on average every 6-8 weeks, and always apply colour the week before I go away. I have been a lover of the Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Colour for quite a while now due to their natural flower oils and no ammonia formula. (I have recently switched from their 10.0 Very Light Blonde shade to 10.21 Pearly Very Light Blonde as it is less on the yellow side). Chemically-enhanced hair obviously needs a little TLC all year round, but especially before, and after, suffering in a hot climate. Therefore, hydrating hair masks, treatments and oils are essential to ensure hair is kept strong and healthy. 

I am always sporting a shellac manicure, but allow myself a couple of weeks break every few months to give my nails a ‘breather’. I already have a pretty good nail care routine, but for those that don’t, you could either treat yourself to a pre-holiday manicure/pedicure, or conduct one yourself at home. Simply trim your nails using clippers, and file (in one direction) to the desired shape. Apply a clear protective base coat, chosen colour and a chip-resistant topcoat. Incorporate a hand cream into your routine (I keep one on my desk at work!) as well as a cuticle oil (essential if wearing shellac). 

Do you have any pre-holiday beauty tips? Stay tuned for more sun related posts to come on Beauty Toolkit!
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