FACE OF THE DAY: #FOTD

Today’s post is just a quick face of the day post but before I get on to that I just want to let you all know that I am cutting back on blogging for the summer. I have been blogging for about two and a half years now and I really enjoy it but it is time consuming. What I enjoy most is the interaction with like minded people on my blog as well as on twitter and through reading and commenting on other blogs. I really enjoy the comments and replies and getting and giving feedback. It’s nice to know that I’m not nuts and that there are loads of other people out there who are as mad about all thing beauty and fashion as me. Unfortunately there are so many things I want to do with my evenings and weekends that I am finding it hard to keep up with regular posts. But since I love it so much I plan on doing simpler outfit of the day, face of the day kind of picture posts on twitter (@Ahsuretislovely) and Instagram (@ahsuretislovely). I haven’t been using Instagram before now but that will all change now as I think it will perfect for posting pics with the list of products or clothes. If I come across a product that needs a proper review then I will indeed do a full post and it’s more than likely that when the summer is over and the evenings are long and dark, I will be back blogging regularly.
So here is today’s face of the day:

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Products Used:
MAC Prolongwear Foundation
Clarins Instant Concealer
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
Isadora Face Sculptor Palette
MAC Omega Eye shadow: Brows
Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Bronze as a base
MAC Mineralise Eye shadow Summer Haze
Maybelline Big Eyes Palette in Brown
Clarins Gold Eye Pencil: waterline
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
MAC Soar Lip Liner
MAC Brave Lipstick

Why does it always looks like such a long list when you think you have done a basic and simple look?

CLARINS INSTANT CONCEALER: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Clarins Instant Concealer

I’ve been meaning to try this concealer for ages now. It’s been around for a while and bloggers have raved and raved about how amazing it is. I usually use the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer for everyday use and reserve a more expensive one for nights out and special occasions. The high end ones that I have been using are MAC Prolongwear and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer but I am scraping the last dregs out of the NARS at the moment so instead of repurchasing it I decided to give the Clarins Instant Concealer a go. I bought it last weekend and I have been using it every day since. I bought shade 1, I had intended in getting no 2 but when I swatched them, 2 was just too dark.

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The dark circles under my eyes are my main area of concern when applying concealer. I also like a bit extra coverage at the sides of my nose as some foundations don’t always cover the redness there. As a bit of a habit I use a tiny bit in my cupids bow and on the centre of my chin, more as a subtle highlight than anything.

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Clarins Instant Concealer’s “skin-smoothing formula visibly conceals dark circles for a brighter even and refreshed look throughout the day” or so it says on the box. I would say the formula of this is lovely and creamy and a little goes a long way, so this 15ml tube should last me for ages, which is why I am happy to use it every day over the cheaper Collection concealer. It does definitely conceal my dark circles as you can see in the pictures below. You can also see in the bottom left corner of the pictures that it covers the red vein at the side of my nose. It brightens and highlights the area really well. I don’t find it drying at all and it lasts all day with little to no creasing depending on the foundation I used, Este Lauder Double Wear Light tends not to crease at all but I am wearing the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Finish in the pictures below. If it does crease it’s easy to smooth out the creases with my finger and it looks fine again.

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(L-R) 1st: Before – no products at all; 2nd: After – just concealer; 3rd: Full makeup – foundation, powder, & highlighter; 4th: 6 hours later.
There you have it, it’s a really great concealer and I probably will repurchase it even though its €25 but I won’t have to for a long time. Have you tried this yet? What is your favourite concealer?