Current Obsession | Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation

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So you’ve purchased a new foundation. It’s encased in a heavy duty glass bottle complete with fancy logo. You’ve remortgaged your home just to pay off the hefty price tag and then…it drops! I’m not talking a slight crack, I’m talking foundation, glass and a little bit of your soul splattered all over the bathroom floor. Rational minded people would clear away the mess, shrug their shoulders and move on. I am most certainly not a rational person. I resumed a squatting position and tried salvaging as much foundation as possible whilst picking out shards of glass from my finger tips. After realising that my face could one day resemble that of Freddy Krueger if I chose to apply the foundation, I threw away the remnants and wallowed in self pity with the help of my friend, vodka.

My love for stick foundations began many moons ago with Estee Lauder’s Minute Makeup Creme Stick. The sleek, beautiful gold casing and promise of quick, mess-free application made this a permanent staple in my makeup collection. However like many great things in life, the end drew close for this iconic product and it was discounted from the shelves.

Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Sticks came along and, if I may be slightly controversial, I didn’t like it as much. Perhaps I was in mourning for my first love, but the coverage wasn’t as great. I almost gave up hope on the idea of stick foundations and settled for the fact that I must live in fear when transporting my liquid jars. That was until Makeup Forever (MUFE) came into my life…

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Designed with high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry in mind, the ULTRA HD Stick Foundation (£29.00) is the direct descendant of their ULTRA HD Fluid Foundation. The ULTRA HD formula promises to give skin-like texture with buildable coverage, whilst maintaining complete comfort on the face. The ULTRA HD advanced formula looks invisible on 4K cameras and to the naked eye; which makes this perfect for both professionals and selfie connoisseurs like me.

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Priced at £29.00 for 45g, you actually get slightly more product for your money with the stick version as opposed to the liquid (30g). Despite this, the stick compact is very light compared to its predecessor. The weightless plastic casing makes this foundation perfect for travel or for those who like to carry their foundation with them for touch ups during the day. The lid has a click and close functionality, along with an additional cap which sits directly over the foundation. This ensures that no accidents happen whilst the foundation is swimming around your handbag and also ensures that the product doesn’t get squashed in the lid. Of course, the packaging cannot be mentioned without pointing out the ease of use with this foundation. Grubby foundation marks on your fingers and spillages are pretty much eliminated with this ingenious stick formulation and makes the application as absolute joy.

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What I love most about this foundation is how comfortable it feels on the skin. My skin leans towards the drier side and doesn’t normally agree with stick foundations or concealers. However, the incredibly creamy texture of this foundation makes it not only comfortable, but very moisturising on the skin.

The coverage can be varied depending on how much of the product you apply to your skin. I normally apply two stripes on each of the cheeks, one on the forehead and a dot on the chin; which gives me full face coverage. If I want to sheer out the foundation and give it a more glow-y appearance, I would pop a drop of facial oil onto my beauty blender before blending out the foundation. No matter the choice of coverage, this foundation works well at covering any imperfections on the skin to give a flawless base.

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There’s 15 shades to choose from; which gives a great range of options for women of colour. My shade is Y405 (Golden Honey); which translates to 153 for the liquid formula. The colour matches my skin tone perfectly and doesn’t oxidise throughout the day; which is always a bonus point for me.

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Makeup Forever, like many great makeup brands, are based in the USA, but the full range can be found at Debenhams online and in many retail stores.

You can purchase the ULTRA HD Stick Foundation here

Have you tried the MUFE ULTRA HD Foundation Stick? What are your thoughts?

Setting Your Masterpiece With Skindinavia

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Whenever my husband asks ‘how much longer is your makeup going to take?’, I flash a look of disgust at the question. I feel a sense of accomplishment after completing a full face of makeup. Sad, I know, but it’s hard work! After all, blending, contouring and highlighting all contribute to, what I like to refer as, my work of art. So when my makeup starts to fade and melt away several hours later, a little piece of my heart goes along with it.

I first stumbled across Skindinavia whilst watching one of my favourite YouTubers, Laura Lee rave about its long lasting results. Being a self-confessed beauty hoarder, I knew I had to try it out.

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Skindinavia was founded by cosmetics veteran Allen Goldman. Before establishing the company in 2005, Goldman found inspiration in a Miami nightclub of all places. He noticed that many women in the club were unable to prevent their makeup from melting under the scorching Miami heat. He quickly established that there was a gap in the market for long lasting makeup setting sprays. Together with the help of expert Cosmetologists, Goldman built the technology for a temperature controlled formula that allowed for time-released cooling when in contact with the skin. In 2007, Skindinavia began its journey in the makeup kits of film, tv and theatre artists and has now become a firm favourite for makeup artists worldwide.

So what is the science behind it?

Skindinavia claim that there is a direct correlation between the skin’s moisture levels and the longevity of your makeup. The heat from your skin causes moisture to evaporate, taking your makeup along with it. Extreme moisture loss causes the skin to dry out, therefore causing excessive oil production to counteract the dryness. As a result, your makeup begins to fade and cake in some areas due to frequent touch ups. Skindinavia’s patented technology forms a lightweight and breathable barrier between your skin and your makeup. The time-released formula slowly evaporates throughout the day and reduces the temperature of your skin. Your makeup is guaranteed to last up to 16 hours leaving you feeling fresh and cool. The formula is also hypoallergenic, oil-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic; which means that skin breakouts are controlled.

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The Makeup Primer Spray

Since discovering my first fine line and open pores, I’ve never applied a full face of foundation without a primer. The Makeup Primer Spray promises to provide a fresh and weightless base for your foundation as an alternative to the traditional silicon based gels/creams. The spray bottle is revolutionary and avoids the problem of cross-contamination when using fingers to apply a product. It’s recommended to spritz 2-4 pumps of the bottle in a ‘T’ or ‘X’ shape to ensure full coverage. The ultra-fine mist dries within seconds and doesn’t leave my skin feeling drenched. Infused with vitamins and antioxidants, my skin feels nourished and prepped for the next stage of makeup.

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The Makeup Finishing Spray

The final act to this amazing duo is The Makeup Finishing Spray. This is where the temperature controlled technology comes in and keeps the surface of your skin feeling cool and refreshed. Described as the ‘original authority’ of finishing sprays, it promises to give you that ‘just applied’ look along with a healthy and natural glow. The spray promises to reduce the need for makeup touch ups through out the day so that you can avoid that feeling of ‘cake face’. Applying this product in the same direction as the primer, gives an instant boost for my makeup. Unlike other products, MAC’s Fix + for example; which leaves my skin feeling sticky, this spray does not cling onto any bumps or fine lines.

My first impression?

My first impression upon applying foundation was the smooth application. My skin felt comfortable and non-slippery; which prevents my foundation sliding off my face. As far as staying power goes, my makeup did not budge all day. I’m usually the girl who’s face melts off as soon as the temperature rises, but even testing the formula under the extreme humidity of the London Underground seemed no match for this powerful duo. The oil-control formula was the most impressive in my view. Despite having dry skin, my t-zone usually looks like it’s been slam dunked in a vat full of frying oil by 3pm. This time, however, I didn’t feel the need for blotting sheets or pressed powder touch ups. The formula is very comfortable to wear and the spray bottle reduces my makeup application time.

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You can purchase both sprays directly from the Scandinavia website. Each spray is priced at $29 (approx £19) each, however, Scandinavia have great value sets and promotional offers all year round. They are currently offering free international delivery for items over $50 and two free travel sized sprays; which is perfect for keeping your makeup in check whilst on the go.

Check out the Skindinavia website here.

Have you tried Scandinavia or any other makeup setting sprays? Leave me your first impressions below!