A Nude New Year – MAC Pure Zen

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Happy New Year! I am incredibly excited about 2015 as it’s the year I’ll be getting married! Can’t wait to create lots of wonderful memories. To say I am excited is an understatement! I have been doing lots of ‘Wedding things’ and have thought about filming some YouTube videos to document my wedding journey – let me know if this is something you would like to see.

Seeing as it’s a brand spanking new year, I’ve also been breaking out all my nude lipsticks and I particularly love this combo of MAC Pure Zen with No 7 Precision Lip Liner in Nude. Lining lips is a must for me as it creates a much nicer shape and they look also look a lot fuller and plumper. I love the peachy coral tone of MAC Pure Zen – it’s a nude that just does something when worn. The creme sheen formula means that it’s quite moisturising and glossy on the lips – ideal for the cold winter months.

My base is YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat – aka dewy skin in a bottle.


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YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review


YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

I’ll keep this short and sweet – the Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation is beautiful. I’m shade B50 and the colour match is spot on. It’s a medium coverage foundation which evens out my skin tone nicely without completely masking my freckles – see photos above.  I was actually quite impressed with the coverage – even though it’s medium coverage it doesn’t look cakey as YSL have used a soft focus gel in the formulation rather than an opaque powder which tends to mask the skin. If you want a lighter finish just use less than a full pump. It feels lovely and light on the skin, blends easily and gives my skin a natural radiance without being too dewy or greasy. It lasted 8-9 hours on me and I didn’t need to touch up.  It’s not as dewy as Vitalumiere and is similar to Vitalumiere Aqua in terms of a semi matte finish.  Even though it’s SPF19 I haven’t experienced any flash back and damn, it does photograph well.

I’d say this foundation would suit all skin types except really dry or really oily skin.

Love that it’s available in a whopping 22 shades which have been split into 3 groups depending on your skin tone -rose, beige and gold. When the sun actually re-appears in London, I’ll probably have to pick up BR50 which has a more golden undertone. The glass bottle and gold cap screams luxury and we all know I am a sucker for that.

It gets a massive thumbs up from me and has earned a coveted place on my beauty shelf.

A fabulous foundation.

Available for £30.50 at Boots and Sephora.


YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Sam Loves

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation

Sam Loves YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation


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