Monday, 1 September 2014

My Foundation and Brow Routine | #TeenBlogSeries Week 2

Teen Bloggers Anouska Millar and Beth have decided to start a project called #TeenBlogSeries. Its aim is to bring together lots of the teens/young adults in the blogging community. For the next ten consecutive weeks, over 80 bloggers will be writing every Monday at 6:30pm about many different things, all beauty, lifestyle or fashion related. You can view everyones posts by going to the hashtag on twitter "TeenBlogSeries". If you would like to supply products for the giveaway, get involved, or have any questions, please email: anouskateenblogger@googlemail.com.
Today marks the second week of the #TeenBlogSeries. I recieved lots of lovely comments on my first post (you can read that here) and hopefully you will love this post just as much. This weeks topic is 'Foundation and Brow Routine for Teens'.
My Foundation Routine
I have tried and tested many different foundations but only recently found one that I actually like. For the past few years I have suffered with spots, it wasn't quite as bad as acne but it was enough to make me feel very conscious, I was constantly trying to cover up my blemishes which actually resulted in my skin becoming much worse, so when I heard about the Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin foundation I went straight to Boots to try it out. Because it contains Actyl C this foundation actually improves your skin whilst you wear it, and I have definitely noticed a positive change in mine. I should also mention that I have combination skin, I have a very oily t-zone and cheeks but the rest of my skin can be quite dry on some days or extremely oily on others, so this routine is very effective for different skin types.
My current routine starts with the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser primer. I love this primer and it is a great dupe to the Benefit Porefessional, I apply this over my cheeks, t-zone and chin, to minimise the appearance of pores. Using a flat concealer brush, I cover any blemishes with Maybelline Better Skin concealer, this provides great coverage and as it also contains Actyl C it improves and reduces the appearance of spots and blemishes. For under eyes I use the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer, this contains light reflecting particles which illuminates under the eyes disguising those late nights! I like to buff this in using the buffing concealer brush from the Eco Tools flawless face set.
I then take the pink Models Own blending sponge (the orange one is too firm), wet it under the tap and then towel dry it so it remains damp, this sponge is a dupe for the beauty blender and works amazingly. By making the sponge damp it reduces the amount of foundation absorbed by the sponge ensuring you make the most of your foundation. I pump the Better Skin Foundation onto the back of my hand and using the wide end of the sponge dab it into foundation and onto my face. I blend the foundation using the wide end of the sponge and dabbing from the centre of my face outwards, the pointed tip is great for under the eyes and around the nose. This sponge leaves a flawless finish and helps to get the best coverage from your foundation, i definitely prefer it to a brush or fingers! To set my foundation I use the Maybelline Fit Me Powder which I pat onto my face using a large powder brush.
My Brow Routine
Eyebrows are really hard to master, I definitely still haven't mastered the perfect brow. It's way too easy to over pluck and when you finally do perfect one brow it's impossible to match the other. After many occasions with two thin lines as brows I now try to embrace my natural shape and just like to tidy up the little messy hairs. Most of the time I just use tweezers to pluck the messy, out of place hairs, however if I haven't done this for a while I like to use the Nair Facial Wax Strips*, the idea of waxing has never appealed to me and it has always sounded so painful but I decided to give it a try, because these strips are enriched with argan oil it nourishes the skin leaving it feeling soft and it's not painful at all! After watching some brow videos on YouTube I have recently started to trim my brows and I can't believe I haven't done so before, trimming really completes the look leaving your brows looking neat and tidy.
I have jet black brow hair and so I find it very difficult to fill my brows in as I always fear that black eyebrows can look tacky, because of this I try to keep a very natural appearance. Recently I have been loving the No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil. This is one of the only products I have been able to find in black and I love that it is double ended, with a pencil on one end and a brush on the other, leaving a nice groomed finish. The pencil is soft and not too pigmented prefect for creating a natural brow look.
What are your foundation and brow essentials, leave a comment below, I'd love to try out some new products!
// Products makes with an (*) have been sent / gifted to me in consideration for a product review / feature however all opinions are 100% honest and my own //

5 comments :

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post! I have never heard or tried that foundation, but I might have to get it when mine runs out! I have also never tried Baby Skin as a lot of people say it breaks them out?

    I am also taking part in the series, if you want to check mine out too! http://aliceroseblogs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/teenblogseries-brows-and-foundation.html xo

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this post and now I really want to try the Maybelline fit me powder, I love the foundation and the concealer so I might just give the powder a go! I have dark dark eyebrows too but I just sometimes use really dark brown eyebrow pencil instead of black and it works wonders for me! Great post! i am taking part too!
    beautyluxeblog.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  3. I need to try that foundation!!!! Great post ^_^ Found you from the #teenblogseries on twitter ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette ♥

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  4. The foundation sounds so great! I wish I could try it but we only have 4 different shades in my country and none on them is right for me :(. Hopefully they'll bring in more!
    Really liked your post :) xx

    Anu | mylifeasanu.blogspot.com

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  5. Great post! I absolute love the concealer I never want it to run out! I tried the primer a couple of weeks ago but I'm still unsure on what I think to it! I love using brow pencils it's so much easier that using a powder!x
    pugsandflowers.blogspot.co.uk

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