Reviewing the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray

Heyyy my loves! It’s BEEN A WHILE since I’ve blogged and reviewed a product for you guys! Your girl drowned in assignments, she got engaged, she went through a whole bunch of things but i’m glad to be back here and doing what I love. I hope you guys like the new look of the website and I cant wait to bring out more content! So without further ado, let’s get into the review!

The Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial spray as well as other skincare products under Mario Badescu have been all over social media for as long as I can remember. This facial spray however has been under the public eye the most and so I thought to buy it and see whether it will make a difference to my skin. Skincare is really really important to me and is something that needs to be spot on for me to be comfortable and confident when wearing makeup. I like my skincare to be natural, organic and to give me fast results without being harsh or drying to my skin. I have combination skin, however in the winter it tends to be overall more on the dry side, Hence, I like to use oils and moisturisers and hydrating products.

WHAT IT CLAIMS

A refreshing, hydrating mist for all skin types. Created with a blend of fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater, it lightly refreshes skin whilst boosting hydration and relieving dehydrated, tight complexions.” (Description from Beauty bay)

WHAT IT DOES

I’ve got to be honest, I had to do some research to see what its actually used for, or even when you should use it. From a quick search from other bloggers, you could use this after moisturiser, as a setting spray, or as a hair mist, it was just unclear as to how it would work for me and that’s frustrating. I first tried it out a setting spray, spritzing it on my face like how I would normally use a spray when I’ve finished my makeup. It didn’t work. After a few spritzes, it felt heavy on my face and if I hadn’t have blended it in it would have sat on top of my makeup. So for me, it was terrible as a setting spray.

I then used it in my night time skin care routine, just after moisturising, spritzing it on my face and patting it in with my hands, to see if it would help in hydrating my skin. I noticed a slight difference with my skin feeling a lot smoother as ive just toned it and slightly firmer in some areas for example my cheeks and forehead. I would have liked to see my skin looking refreshed as it claims and feeling hydrated but unfortunately it didnt.

Overall its a nice product, but not a product that i couldnt live without as it just doesnt make the difference that i want it to make. I got my 30ml bottle for under £10 from Harvey Nichols, its an inexpensive product that you could easily try and test out in different ways but overall, its just a “meh” facial spray for me!

Let me know your thoughts about the facial spray in the comments below, or any other products you’ve tried in the Mario Badescu range, i’d love to know!

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

 


 

Laura Mercier Flawless fusion foundation review

Hey my loves! Its been a while since i’ve done a product review and i thought what better product could there be than the new Laura Mercier flawless fusion foundation that ive had my eyes on for quite some time. Ive seen many influencers put the “15 hour wear claim” to test and it looks very promising.

If you guys didnt know already, over the summer i put a stop to foundation. Mostly because due to breakouts and the feeling of foundation on a hot summer’s day was enough to embrace my bare face. I’ve really been loving the skipping out foundation routine, so the foundation has to be pretty phenomenal to persuade me to start wearing it again!

This foundation claims to provide ” all the wear, all the coverage, without the weight”. It’s high performance wear thats ” sweat, humidity, water and transfer resistant” with a weightless texture that feels like “second skin”. When i came across this i felt like it fit the description of what i need. A second skin feeling so i wouldnt feel weird wearing foundation again but giving me enough full coverage.

My shade

I brought home two testers, one was in the shade Buff and the other Macadamia. After trying buff (the darker shade), it matched perfectly with my forehead but in different lighting it was too dark for the rest of my face. Macademia looked too light when swatched on to the skin however when blended in and after highlighting and contouring it balanced in nicely. So I went ahead and bought Macademia to test how I feel about it, whether it does really feel like second skin and if it lives up to the long lasting claim!

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• At 7am i applied the foundation using my all time favourite Morphe M439 and using a beauty blender after. I set my under eye concealer, nose, the area under my nose my forehead and smile lines which are the places i tend to get oily throughout the day. I finished off using my Nyx dewy setting spray

• Throughout the day i felt like i could touch my skin without my skin feeling tacky or any foundation rubbing off and it felt like an invisible smooth layer. It also covered up the redness around my cheeks and nose very well and didnt budge

• I did notice my nose getting oily even after setting with powder but the rest of the face was perfectly intact. 10 hours in and i didnt feel like i needed to take my makeup off. A childish word yes but my skin didnt feel “icky” (thats the only word to describe it😂)

• At the end of the day about 9pm so thats  14 hours of wear i noticed the foundation seperated on my nose and i could see skin peeking through but honestly it wasnt a big deal for me. I was still happy about how it kept my oiliness at bay and how it felt so lightweight! I would never wear foundation for more than 14 hours anyway but i was still pleased with how it held up🙌

Final Verdict

Overall, i think this foundation lives up to its claims and its made me excited to wear foundation again. I didnt feel as if there was a heavy layer on that would transfer everywhere and it was super lightweight. I cant emphasise it enough!. It looked and even felt like soft even supple skin! I think its a great buy and would definitely recommend to grab a couple of samples, see how the shade looks like in natural light, in low light or sun light and give this foundation a go! It might just become a staple in your collection❤

Do let me know if you have any further questions and i shall see you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

Purple makeup look

Hey my loves! Since we’re heading towards the festive season i thought to create a colourful purple smokey eye using the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette. If you havent already read the detailed review i’ll link it here, and as mentioned before i really wanted to experiment with this palette as its not something i reach out for everyday but i really love how the looks using this palette have come out so far!

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FULL PRODUCT DETAILS:

BASE

  • Dior skin star foundation in 020 mixed with Too Faced Born this way Foundation in Warm Nude (a pump of each I use very little foundation)
  • Cream Contour using the sleek contour kit in medium and Cocoa matchstix from Fenty Beauty
  • Maybelline age rewind concealer in Nude
  • Too Faced born this way concealer in Light to highlight
  • Kat Von D shade and light face palette to contour and set the under eye as well as the rest of the face
  • Mac blush in Peaches
  • Iconic London strobing stick in Glow with Kiko Milano water eyeshadow in 208 on top for a powder highlight

EYES

  • Kiko Milano eyebrow expert kit in Medium and the LA girl Pro Conceal to shape the brows as well as using it a base for the eyeshadow
  • Eden, Amber and Oud from the Huda Beauty Eyeshadow palette used in the crease
  • Amethyst and Royal used in the centre and Nefertiti used in the inner part of the eye
  • Demure Lashes in Adore
  • Benefit rollerlash used for the lower lashes

Lips

  • Boldly Bare lipliner by Mac with Hepburn Honey by Charlotte Tillbury applied on top

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See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

 

Fenty Beauty

Fenty beauty by Rihanna took the internet by storm. I am a little late on the fenty beauty hype because i wanted to take my time and figure out what i wanted and let the craze die down so i can have a relaxed shopping experience at Harvey Nichols.

Oh boy was i wrong. I really tried being patient waiting to get myself colour matched for the foundation i’ve been seeing countless good reviews on. Apart from it drying quickly and a slight shade change once applied i havent seen a single bad review, and in the beauty world thats a massive achievement. So sadly i couldnt get the foundation. However, for the past couple of weeks ive stopped wearing foundation and after applying primer i go straight in to highlight and contour and i really love how it looks so overall im glad i got the match stixs!

Before we get into the review, can we talk about the packaging. Its different and edgy and i love the soft pink that contrasts it all ( which sort of reminds me of KKW beauty) The idea of having magnetic sticks is genius and something i havent seen before. Its practical as i dont have to worry about losing any of them. The packaging for the gloss is so luxurious, i love the hexagonal shape and how its distinct from the rest. Clearly a huge amount of effort has gone into this and it mirrors Rihanna’s personality beautifully, as being edgy and feminine and perfect really😩

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Pictured : Gloss bomb, Match stix in Cocoa, Match stix in French Vanilla

Match stix’s

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This is how i contour and highlight on an every day basis with no foundation. Since i had no patience whatsoever to get myself colour matched for these (typical me), i took it upon myself to find the perfect shades. AND ITS SPOT ON! I needed a contour shade that wasnt too ashy/neutral or dark and a highlight that was brightening. Im not too keen on stick highlights as i’ve had some experiences with some being harsh and dragging my under eye. These are super creamy, i didnt feel as if it was pulling my skin and its very very easy to blend which i was so happy about. French Vanilla is a perfect under eye highlight.

When compared to the NYX wonder stick in medium; the contour stick ive been using for years, Cocoa is a lot warmer and intense and needs more work blending out. I use a real techniques stippling brush which is more than enough for the Nyx contour but with cocoa i have to use a beauty blender to buff it out. Ive become so used to the subtleness of the Nyx contour stick that cocoa makes me look like a bronzed sculpted goddess and im kind of living for it. I might prefer this over the NYX!

I do love the warm intensity of it but i wish the stick itself had a more pointer edge to create a precise line like the NYX wonder stick. It just makes life a little easier and instead of the contour looking thick it looks sharp, sculpted and clean.

The Gloss bomb

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How luxurious and yummy does it look im obsessed. I havent worn gloss since i was about 12 so i was curious to see myself wearing gloss again.  It has a fruity smell which i dont really appreciate as  i prefer non scented makeup but that was the only thing i didnt like. It retails for £16, its a high end gloss and i guarantee you could easily find a drugstore gloss with a rosy finish. It didnt feel sticky and awkward on my lips throughout the day and it has a gorgeous shine which got me quite a few compliments!

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That wraps up my review, let me know if you have any questions about the products❤

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x

The Draping technique

Otherwise known as contouring with blush and was the technique created by the founding father of contouring, Way Bandy

The legendary celebrity makeup artist of the 70’s worked with the likes of Cher, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor amongst other high profile Hollywood celebrities and was once called one of the greatest makeup artists of our time. As well as being the highest paid makeup artist for film and commercials, Bandy also wrote books explaining his techniques to achieve heavy yet clean looking makeup (books that i really need to get my hands on😩). I would recommend anyone who enjoys vintage makeup, a bit of history or wants to delve into old school makeup then these books are a great choice!

One of his techniques that was recently brought to the public eye by Marc Jacobs in 2016 was the Draping technique. In simple terms, its contouring using two different shades of blush, one light and one dark to create a contour. It focuses on sculpting your facial features and not your face shape, which is why people contour. Its a way to bring out the natural “drape” of the face and “draping” the angles of your face with colour. So without further ado, i shall stop obsessing about Way Bandy and show you what products i use, what sort of occasion i would wear this and how it looks on me.

The key to this look is using TWO blushers, one light and one darker. If you dont then it really will look like you’ve been slapped (not a good look, i assure you). 20170824_151213.jpg

This took me about 3 minutes, i have no other makeup on except two blushers and cream highlight. I used the Fleur power blush from Mac ( any pink blush would be fine too) as my “contour”. Sucking my cheeks and applying it in the same way as i would contour. Then i used Peaches from Mac and applied this higher and blended them two together to create a flushed, chiselled look. You can also use a cream blush and create a line with your ring finger, blend that out and use powder blush thats a shade lighter to blend the two together. A blush palette would work great too instead of using seperate compacts.

The draping technique has been a god send over the summer, i tan really quickly and i dont necessarily want to contour on top of it (because im that rare person who HATES getting a tan). I normally drape when i have that “i only have 5 minutes” to do makeup and its worked beautifully. So using blush to chisel my potatoness (a made up word) has become a much loved technique and its become my mission to get everyone else to drape! You can definitely play around with the intensity from looking fresh and summery, as if you were running across a field to looking like you’ve come out of a 70’s disco. Either way, Bandy has created a beautiful natural alternative to contouring❤

Let me know if you’ve tried the draping technique and make sure to enter your email on the homepage so you never miss a post

See you in my next post!

Love from Sahibah x