Friday, September 2, 2011

Back To Basics

So lately I just haven't been impressed by my skin. Yes I may have an array of stunning blushers, bronzers and highlighters to try out every day, however with my dry(!) skin breaking into an oily T-zone only several hours after I had applied my makeup I just knew that a whole 'base' overhaul was required.
Maybe a month or so ago, the lovely Caroline Hirons (of and founder of Give and Makeup) was good enough to take a look at my current skincare routine and help me understand where I was going wrong. Some of the noted problems were the lack of a good cleanser and moisturiser, amongst other brands 'La Roche Posay' was one that she recommended. When payday rolled around, off I went to Boots to buy myself a whole new facial routine!

Physiological Cleansing milk, Physiological soothing toner, Nutric moisturiser.

There was a little offer on in Boots at the time in which if you purchased a moisturiser, you got a cleanser for half price. In all the three products cost me about €40, an amount I really don't mind as there's no point in putting good foundation over bad skin, which brings me to my next 'basic'...
I popped into MAC that day too as the Studio Fix Fluid in NW35 that I was matched to in London just wasn't right for me. It was far too dark- unless I had on fully developed fake tan, which I don't always as sometimes it's developing, fading etc. Thankfully the MUA wasn't one of those that I had experienced that gave the old 'you shouldn't be wearing fake tan, it's impossible to match blah' lecture, and she was happy to sit me down and try out several foundations on me.

NC42, NC41
We decided that the NC's looked much better next to my false tan, and she gave me two samples. She was so lovely, especially since she spent at least 20 minutes with me and I didn't make a purchase! 
L-R NC42, NC41, NW35
I am sure you will agree that the NW35 is so not a good match. Today when I swatched these my tan was developing and as you can see the NC41 looks great next to it!
I aim to wear the NC41 and 42 in the next few days to test them out, so I will post a FOTD so you can tell me what you think.
Do you take care of your basics?



  1. I always breathe a sigh of relief when the mua's in Mac are patient and lovely! Tote agree with you on the skincare routine, I love buying a whole new range to try out when im bored of what im using or its not doing anything! La Roche is really good too, might buy some La Roche bits next, or some Liz Earle maybe :)

    Hope youre well and hope you like those samples! :) x

  2. hope this new routine works better for you! when my skin starts playing up I eliminate one thing at a time, starting with makeup, it's a great way to find the source of my problems! hope the foundation is a better match aswell
    Grace xx

  3. I love la roche posay skincare! good choice :D


  4. hannah, i loved this post. great review of the skincare. I've got a new outfit post. would love to hear what you think. thanks love. xoxo


Let me know what you think, lovely ladies... <3


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