Friday, 6 July 2018

Hema Natural Skin Foundation #02, natural effect foundation - review and swatch

Finding the right liquid foundation is really hard and it’s even harder when it comes to “daily” use and product for dry or combination skin.
As promised, here’s my first review of some new liquid foundations I’ve tried and been using since my arrival in the UK. 

Hema Natural Skin Foundation is part of Hema’s beauty range and - for those of you who aren’t familiar with this retailer - you’ll be amazed by this brand’s huge catalogue covering a bit of everything. From home accessories to stationery, from food and kitchen tools to bath and beauty item. It’s reminiscent of Flying Tiger but less childish yet still colourful. 
Hema Natural Skin Foundation is a foundation that mixes effortlessly on the skin for a natural effect” and with a description like this and a ridiculous price, I had to give it a go. 

Hema Natural Skin Foundation: product & packaging

Hema Natural Skin Foundation #02 is a liquid foundation with an adjustable coverage and natural finish. Its packaging is really basic: a 30ml plastic tube with minimal design and a transparent panel allowing to understand how much product is left. 

Formula & texture

Its formulation is liquid and hydrating described as “ultra-lightweight” in texture and able to “blend effortlessly”.
It doesn’t contain perfume and it’s dermatologically tested. It sounds no-irritating and so it is.
Hema Natural Skin Foundation is extremely fresh when applied and I’ve found its texture quite runny and tacky. It tends to dry fast but not uniformly and it keeps “moving” while one tries to spread it, thus its coverage isn’t even.
Despite the fresh sensation, it results tacky and its scent is fresh but weird and artificial. The formula seems to have no natural key ingredients and it clogs the pores with a frequent usage.

Hema Natural Skin Foundation in action
No filter, no other makeup or primer on: dewy finish but enlarged clogged pores (forehead), dark circles still evident

Shade & finish
Hema Natural Skin Foundation comes in 4 shades in total. In the e-shop, these colour options are grouped in two shades roses and two of beige, despite every and each foundation is described as “brown” on the same website.
The package has no description or indication of the shade except for the given number. 
Unfortunately, the shop lightening was of no help and Hema Natural Skin Foundation #02 turned up to be a salmon pink with a pink undertone.
The undertone isn’t warmer as expected from a salmon hue, thus it isn’t warm enough to correct dark circles which become grey.
The finish is very natural and surprisingly luminous: this Hema foundation doesn’t contain any reflecting particles but it creates a dewy look, a supple and radiant appearance.

Time to simplify it...

low price,
natural look,
dewy finish,
fresh sensation 

tacky texture,
uneven coverage and drying time,
poor colour selection 

I was looking for an inexpensive foundation to use frequently for an easy and natural makeup look for work, so I used it extremely often with some breaks (no-makeup days) in between to avoid extra stress. 
During the first few weeks, I was quite happy with Hema Natural Skin Foundation’s freshness and hydrating feeling, as well as for the convenient price of my brand new foundation.
The price let me forget about the time I needed to apply it...
I was so happy and positive with the purchase, that I showed A. my new purchase with great enthusiasm while Skype-ing with her.
We were talking about new beauty buys and discoveries, you could imagine my mom’s (no) interest in this part of the conversation...
Back to Hema Natural Skin Foundation: the more I used it, the more tricky it became and my pores started to clog, even in those dry areas where my skin is more sensitive and lacks in hydration.
No matter my conscious and savvy attitude, I had to throw away this foundation with still some product left. Why risking my skin health for a cheap product? I’ve taken the right choice at the end... 
As you can bet, my experience wasn’t positive and, despite I loved the fresh look I had with little sleep.
If you’re curious about it, you can find Hema Natural Skin Foundation in any Hema store or online at 4.25£. Not a good bargain thou...

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Friday, 22 June 2018

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016 - review

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016 has been a purchase drawn simply by an impulse while wandering in Birmingham’s Bullring. 
Let’s admit it: with names like luscious flowers and far islands, I couldn’t stop swatching these matte lip colours and dream of impossible travels...

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid is a range of 17 highly pigmented and cruelty-free lip coloursspecially formulated to glide on effortlessly like a gloss and set with the rich creamy colour and velvety touch of matte lipstick”.
By the given description, these lip colours seem a good compromise but matte lip products are also known to be tricky to use if not disappointing, what about these ones?

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid: product & packaging 

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus is a lip colour contained in an 8-ml tube with a sponge applicator that’s slim and thin enough to allow a nice application.

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016
The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

Formula & texture:
It’s stated that this liquid lip colour by The Body Shop is creamy and velvety, to be more precise Tahiti Hibiscus has a mousse texture that is very light on the skin and applies effortlessly. It doesn’t smudge nor crackle while wearing it.
The formula is really gentle and no-drying with a pleasant and deliciously fruity scent, it’s enriched with fair-trade beeswax and marula oil.
Indeed, this lip colour doesn’t create dry patches nor set into fine lines, but it takes up to 5 minutes to dry completely to the desired finish.
Its formula holds on quite well if you simply drink and it can last 4 or 5 hours with the same comfortable sensation, however it easily fades if you eat as well as transfers.

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

Shade & finish:

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016 has a vivid raspberry red shade despite the tube is quite misleading: it’s maroon and one would expect a colour like that. 
I disagree with bloggers defining Tahiti Hibiscus a dark or an intense red because it has a strong blue/cold undertone and in certain light conditions or camera settings you can see it as a magenta.
Compare the two pictures below, no filters have been applied. 
The finish is matte but bright, never flat!

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016
The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016

airy texture
easy application
no-drying formula
fair-trade ingredients
high impact colours
vibrant finish

long drying time
transfers and fades with ease

The Tahiti Hibiscus Matte Lip Liquid by The ody Shop Bhas several positive points but the slow drying time can be both a pro and a con: waiting is bothering and, in the meantime, one is tempted to adjust the colour by messing around at the end. 
If only it could last longer while eating The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid would be the perfect matte liquid lipstick on the market! I would buy a new one...

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 016 costs 7£ and it’s also completely vegetarian and gluten-free, it’s available online and in store.
All in all, it’s worth to be tried on offer for its high impact colour palette, its hydrating effect, comfortable wear and the green consciousness that’s one of The Body Shop’s trademarks.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Finding the best liquid foundation for dry skin

Foundation is a cosmetic that improves the look of our skin, this is why it's so important as well as so tricky to choose!
Liquid foundation is the most well-known type because it's easy to use and can create an impeccable look by minimizing skin issues like imperfections, scars and even minor breakouts. 
It's available in water and oil-based formulas for light, medium and full coverage.
It doesn't just cover but it additionally evens your skin tone to give you the flawless look you want

Tips the best foundation for dry skin

There are also the so-called “liquid to powder” foundations that endeavour to catch the benefits of both liquid and powder products. But back to liquid foundations...
An important role of liquid foundations is giving hydration or giving and locking it in, perfect for those of us with dry skin. This extra hydration also helps our makeup to set and last longer.
It’s also easier to find a better match to your skin tone with a liquid foundation rather than with a powder one!
In fact, you can always adjust your colour by mixing different shades of your favourite foundation.

Liquid foundation: the benefits

There are two kinds of liquid foundation: water-based and oil-based. So which one is a good choice when purchasing a new foundation? 
The solution relies upon your skin type: in case your skin is normal or dry, you will more likely need an oil-based foundation
These top liquid foundations for dry skin – all reviewed in-depth - have a natural-looking coverage and are less demanding compared to compact foundations. 
If your skin is oily, you should pick a water-based foundation because this type doesn’t feel heavy nor clog your pores (it isn't comedogenic)
The finish of a liquid foundation varies from sheer to full, all depends on your necessities
With highly pigmented formulas, you don’t have to stress about visible dyschromia or imperfections!

The pros of using a liquid foundation

Hopefully, every makeup brand has its foundation line available in different formulas, so it’s technically easy to find the one that works best for you and a shade that’s close to your natural skin colour.
But liquid foundations aren’t solely great for dry skin and its typical lack of moisture, they can fill in fine lines, pores and wrinkles and making them less visible with - as a result - a smoother and younger face.
Another positive note is that liquid foundations are easy to apply: with a foundation brush, a sponge or simply by using your (clean) fingers.
If you have a long-time experience with make-up, you know for sure how important is choosing the correct foundation for your skin. 
With dryness conditions, a liquid foundation will help to have and keep skin moisture all year around.
There are so many brands and so many product options on the market that it’s hard to find just a privileged liquid foundation!
May I help you? I’ve tested some new foundations and they will be reviewed here sooner or later. It’s worth to keep an eye over "Valens.... per voi"…