Foundation review after seeing Nikkia Joy videos…

Oh my goodness, I never thought I would be brave enough to actually buy a high end foundation but I have heard Nikkia Joy (one of my absolute favourite YouTubers) rave about this so much that I gave in and decided to try it myself. I am of course talking about the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and wow is it amazing!!!


I am in the UK and buy the majority of my make up from the store Boots, and so this 30ml bottle cost me £32.50! This would usually be far too expensive for me to even consider but I am so glad I did because it works so well and I honestly do believe it is worth the money.

I have oily skin but I have now found a skincare routine that works so well for me that I rarely have any issues such as spots or blemishes so I like the fact I only need a small amount of this product as I don’t need a full coverage foundation, however if you need something that is going to cover up things like that, this foundation can definitely be built up without looking cakey.

One of the main things I love about it, is that it comes in 50 different shades! Which means everyone is pretty much guaranteed to be able to find one that is perfect for them. However, as it is so expensive, I definitely recommend going to an Estee Lauder counter and having a colour match done just to make sure you definitely buy the right one.

As soon as I apply it to my skin it feels soft, it is really easy to blend (I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) and it leaves my skin looking absolutely flawless. I also find that it completely gets rid of any shine that my lovely oily skin likes to give me and stays like the for the entire day, which is exactly what I need as I am far too lazy to be touching up my make up throughout the day. 

The only negative I have about this is the actual bottle itself. It is in a stunning frosted glass style bottle which looks incredible, but as it has no pump or other form of applicator, it is a bit of a nightmare to actually get out of the bottle. The only thing I have found that works is to carefully pour a small amount to the back of my hand and use my finge

r to wipe any excess that is on the rim of the bottle and apply that to my face as well (for £32.50 there is no way I am wasting even a drop of this stuff!)

Overall though, this is definitely a foundation that I would highly recommend, even if it is just used for special occasions in order to make the bottle last longer and prevent having to spend out on it too often.

Thank you so much to Nikkia Joy for putting it in so many videos which is what convinced me to look into it in the first place.

As always thank you for reading and
please leave a comment if you have tried this product yourself and let me know what you thought of it. Also let me know of any foundations you have tried and think are worth me testing out on my oily skin as well 🙂


Drugstore/affordable make up and skin care recommendations

I am going to apologise in advance for the long post but I wanted to share with all of you my favourite skincare and make up products that I have been loving lately.

I could keep it brief and just list them, but I would like to explain why I like each product and let you know how much they cost me, so that you know straight away how much money you are looking at spending if you are interested in any of them for yourself, or someone you know.

All prices will be from the UK store, Boots because that is pretty much the only place I buy make up from at the minute.

Also, just so that you all know, I have oily skin and so these are all the products that I feel work well with my skin type.

I think the easiest way to do them would be to mention them in the order I would use them, so here we go…


For me, the best way to remove my make up is by using the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. This is because they are so gentle on the skin and they remove even waterproof make up, without leaving my face feeling dry or sore (even when I have to really scrub at my eyes to get off long wearing eye liner or mascara). I also use these in the morning before my toning cleanser (which I will talk about next) to really ensure my skin is completely clean. £3.29 20170721_194414-e1500667090769.jpg

Next I use my Simple Kind To Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser. Oh my god, as soon as I have put some of this on a cotton pad and wiped it over my face, my skin feels amazing! For me it does exactly what it says on the bottle and I would highly recommend to anyone with an oily skin type. £5.27

20170721_194443.jpgOccasionally I will also use this Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil in the evening. It says on the bottle it can be done daily but I prefer to use it only 2-3 times a week. I know a few of you will think I am crazy for putting more oil on my already oily skin, but it is a little known fact that the drier oily skin becomes, the more oil it produces in order to make up for it. So for all of you other oily skin types, if you keep your skin hydrated, it will actually feel the need to produce less oil. I also love the fact you only use 2-3 drops so I’m pretty sure this bottle will last me forever, especially since I have been using it for over a month and it looks no different to when I bought it, the level doesn’t seem to have dropped at all. £6.99

20170721_194544.jpgMoving on to make up, the L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Matte foundation is amazing. I am able to put this on in the morning and it will last me a good 10 hours with no touch ups, if not more (except my nose, for some reason everything rubs off of that no matter what I have tried so far). It is also amazing at keeping the shine off of my oily face (again, except my nose). £8.99

20170721_194627.jpgFor my blush I am in love with this one I purchased from No7 in the shade Peach Velvet. It is extremely pigmented and so a little goes a long way, meaning that this is another product which doesn’t seem to be going down even though I have been using it for 2 months now. £9


20170721_194656Before applying my eyeshadow I have been putting on the Magnif’eyes eye primer by Rimmel and my goodness it is brilliant. My eyeshadows are so much more pigmented and last me all day whereas without it the colours are a lot less noticeable and start to rub off after 4-5 hours. £4.99

20170721_194714.jpgFor my lips I have been testing out a few liquid lipsticks (as these are the only lip products I like) and no matter what I have bought, I can’t find anything that compares to the MaxFactor Lipfinity liquid lipsticks. They last all day without transferring, no matter how much I eat, drink or kiss my husband. They dry completely, but because the black stick is a gloss that makes the colour last longer, it makes it so light and comfortable on the lips. £10.99

I have a lot more make up that I use but these are my all time favourites. I know that not everyone will agree with the things I have put, but these are just my personal opinions based on my experiences with each product.

I hope you find this helpful and see some products you would like to try yourself. Please leave a comment if you have tried and liked any of these yourself or even if you know of any items you think I should try as I am always looking for new products to test out.