Expensive Slap…

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Ever since I can remember I have had expensive taste. My father informs me of this every time I go out for dinner. “I know what you will be getting the most expensive item on the menu” he would mutter (clearly there was no crayfish at the establishments we were dining at). Yes would you believe my expensive taste started over a simple seafood dish otherwise known as a seafood platter, a seafood basket or my absolute favourite term a fisherman’s basket.

This is where I can pinpoint my liking for as my husband puts it… The finer things in life. Unfortunately I am not a wealthy billionaire, although I do my best to buy the essential finer purchases in life. One of my must have “finer things in life” would be fabulous foundation. Foundation is an odd “must have” for me. It possibly stems from an adolescence of wearing blatantly obvious orange foundation all over my greasy teenage skin. You know the type… you see foundation that resembles orange paint metres before the actual wearer becomes visible. I am ashamed to say I spent my teenage years resembling an oompa loompa and that was long before the trend of women actually wanting to look orange surfaced.

However moving on to the point of this page, is my foundation. In the last 10 years I have become somewhat of a connoisseur of foundation. I have used a plethora of foundations from those that hideously slide off the skin or just completely disappear by early lunch. Today I give you the cream of the crop, the base of all bases. Ladies I have you covered (excuse the pun).

For lazy Sundays, the beach, the I am naturally lit from within….

Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint (available at JaneIredale online and selected beauty salons)

This is a great product for combination skin. It comes in a large tube (lasts several months) and like its name suggest it is a dreamy consistency. It offers a light coverage and is perfect for those casual carefree days. It comes in a broad range of colours and feels great on the skin. It looks quite dewy on application and lasts well. This product essentially sells as a tinted moisturiser with an SPF however it is far superior to any product under the same name or even BB creams that I have tried. It doesn’t have that gluggy or oily consistency of many tinted moisturisers. Dream Tint is perfect with a hint of blush and mascara on those off duty days.

The everyday go to coverage….

Lancôme Teint Idole 24 hr Foundation (available instore at Myer or numerous online retailers)

This foundation is fabulous. I bought this product for my wedding in January this year. It retails at just over $50 dollars for a 30ml bottle and you can also purchase the matching primer which is roughly around the same price. I bought both as it was a major special occasion. It boast and I can confirm it has lasting power of 24hrs for me when used with the primer, couple of coats of foundation, powder to set and bronzer (yes it was my wedding day and I bought practically the entire counter!). It lasted extremely well and I didn’t retouch all day. This foundation does give a super natural finish, feels weightless and evens out skin tone fabulously. I love the fact it doesn’t look like foundation instead it gives a radiant look. Added bonus it photographs well under natural light. I would note that without the primer on combination-oily skin it doesn’t have the same lasting power.

The I want coverage and make it full….

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (available instore at Myer or numerous online retailers)

I stumbled upon this foundation while circulating the makeup counters one afternoon. I saw the sign advertising a free consultation plus a 10 day free trial of your preferred shade. I had nothing to lose! This foundation needs to be applied carefully and not liberally for those with a light approach to foundation. Basically a little goes a long way and my 10 day sample pushed into 3 weeks’ worth. However once you master the art of applying this foundation it really provides the perfect full coverage (I would recommend a brush application). Fabulous product for those of us too busy to reapply as this foundation literally does not move. This foundation reminds me of old Hollywood glamour make-up. Perhaps that’s why I would suggest it to glamorous air hostesses working overnight hauls. However, they most likely already know about this little miracle (damn those beautiful hostesses and ability to look amazing after 15hrs of turbulence!).

Images courtesy of Julia’s Beauty Blog

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  1. kassalee

     /  July 21, 2013

    You sound just like my youngest daughter (16 years) – always picking the most expensive item from the menu – even when she could order from the kids menu!

    Been eyeing off the Lancôme Teint foundation for a few months now and good to read your thoughts.

    Lovely to read your blog!

  2. Thank you Kasalee for your lovely feedback. Yes the Lancôme Teint is a great foundation.
    Good luck with your youngest daughter- If she is anything like me that expensive taste gene will possibly be there for life!

  3. Julie

     /  July 21, 2013

    I miss those departments store where you can buy half of the counters and GWP, I agree foundations are one of the most important part of the makeup side of beauty

  4. Congrats on making the Beauty Heaven Shortlist! Glad to have stumbled across a fellow lifestyle blogger who loves to blog about beauty too 🙂 Good luck!

    • Thank you E-von, Yes very exciting!!! I agree nice to find another lifestyle blogger shortlisted also. Good luck and I look forward to reading your blog 🙂

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