Friday, 22 January 2021

Barry M Fresh Face Collection - Review & Swatches

 If you read Kathryn's Loves frequently, you will have realised I haven't been around for a few months. That is because I contracted COVID and since then I just haven't felt 100% well. I also suffer from severe endometriosis, for which I was supposed to have my third surgery last year, but of course that got cancelled too. So I had to take some time away from my blog, and I sure have missed trying new products and letting you guys know whether they are worth purchasing or not.

For my first post back, I have the Barry M Fresh Face collection, which was released about a week or two ago. The collection consists of three products - the Barry M Fresh Face Illuminating Primer, the Barry M Fresh Face Foundation and the Barry M Fresh Face Cheek & Lip Tint. The products come in pretty and clean pink and white packaging and are priced slightly lower than most high-street beauty brands.

First up is the Barry M Fresh Face Illuminating Primer, which costs £6.99 for 35ml and there are two colour options available - Cool and Warm. As I have cool-toned skin, I opted for Cool. If you are unsure how to tell your skin tone, it is fairly easy - if your veins show blue through your skin and your skin leans more pink, red or blue, you are cool toned. If your skin leans more peachy, yellow or golden you are warm toned and if you have a mixture of the two then you would be neutral. During these strange times, when online shopping for makeup is the only way, this can really help you order the right products. This illuminating primer contains Aronia Berry, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to help brighten the skin and keep moisture locked in, which is essential during these colder months. The Cool tone Primer is blended with silver pearls and the warm, golden pearls to complement the skin. Once applied to the skin, this feels instantly cooling and refreshing and I did wonder whether this would contain any noticeable shimmer, which it doesn't - so if you are someone who doesn't like a shimmery finish but still wants a more radiant, healthy looking skin, then I would definitely recommend this primer. I find it moisturising without feeling thick or heavy on the skin, and my foundation applies beautifully as it has a slight mattifying texture to it.

Moving on to the Barry M Fresh Face Foundation, this retails for £7.99 for 35ml, which again is an excellent price for a foundation. There are 20 shades available, which for a drugstore brand, I think this is very acceptable as the shades go from light to dark, with a good amount of variants. I know Revolution have a lot more shades available for their foundation products, but this is definitely a step in the right direction for Barry M. I opted for shade 2, which suits my light, but not super light skin-tone. The formula contains the same stand-out ingredients as the Primer, so Aronia Berry, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid and so it does feel fresh and lightweight on the skin, even though the texture is slightly thicker. I found that this Foundation applied better using my fingers than my Beauty Blender, with it being a lighter product, but I was really impressed with the finished result - it is classed as a light to medium foundation, and whilst it is more on the light side on the first application, it definitely covered up the redness on my cheeks, chin and forehead. My skin looked and felt healthy and throughout this pandemic I have been wearing a lot less makeup and so I have been reaching for more lighter to medium coverage foundations. 

The final product in this new collection is the Barry M Fresh Face Cheek & Lip Tint, which retails for £4.99 and you get 10ml, which is definitely enough for a cream lip and cheek product. There are five shades available and I opted for Peach Glow, (a peach shade, surprise!) and Summer Rose, a pretty medium pink shade. Cheek and lip products can sometimes be pretty hit or miss - sometimes they are too sticky for the cheeks, but I think Barry M have done a great job with this formula. Whether you apply them to the cheeks or lips, they are so easy to blend into the skin and a little goes a long way, leaving a tint on the cheeks and lips even when you have had a drink or eaten lunch, so their staying power is pretty commendable. As with the Primer and Foundation, this formula contains those three brightening and hydrating ingredients and so they keep both the cheeks and lips from drying out - which again, is perfect for this time of year! The other shades available are Blackberry, a deep plum, Deep Rose, a darker, warmer pink and Caramel Kisses, a warm nude. 

So, there it is, my first blog post back. I have always posted around 5 times per week, but whilst I get back into the swing of things, I am aiming for 1-2 times per week. I am super glad to be back and would really appreciate your feedback in the comments below.

You can find the Barry M Fresh Face collection online at Barry M here.

All the Loves,

Kathryn xxx

Monday, 24 August 2020

KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait Liquid-To-Powder Foundation Review

I won’t lie, I have tried products from this brand when it was Kat Von D, however, I never bought a product because it was her brand, just when someone had really recommended something and to be quite frank, her as a person put me off trying other products. But it has now been taken over by someone brand new and renamed as KVD Vegan Beauty – hurrah! 

Therefore, I really wanted to try something from the brand which I haven’t previously and so opted for the KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait Liquid-To-Powder Foundation. It retails for £28.00 for which you get 30ml of product and there are 40 shades to choose from, so I went over to the trusty Foundation Matrix and it estimated I should be Light 012, and so that is what I ordered. (At the time of writing this, and I imagine for many months to come, makeup has been taken off the shelves in department stores, and so you cannot get colour-matched nor can you try out products, which makes me really sad, but I know it is not important in the grand scheme of things!).

The KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait Liquid-To-Powder Foundation comes in a cool-looking white bottle, which you need to give a good shake to before use. You unscrew the cap to reveal a small pointed nozzle, and you squeeze the rubber part of the bottle (where the foundation shows through) to release it. Remember to go careful, you don’t want to be covered in foundation! 

Upon first use, I immediately noticed how well it covers my redness and enlarged pores, especially for a medium coverage foundation. To say it goes from a liquid to a powder finish, it is very lightweight and comfortable to wear and I found that I didn’t need to wear a setting powder as if I did, it would be too much of a powdery look for me. I also found that this was long-lasting, which is a plus, and gave a matte finish – I tend to normally prefer a more dewy, luminous finish with my foundations but at the moment with the warmer weather, I have found my skin needs something more mattifying and so this has been a superstar for that!

The KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait Liquid-To-Powder Foundation states that this foundation is for those with normal to oily skin, and if you suffer from oily skin, I would definitely recommend you trying this out, as it helps massively with my T-Zone which normally gets shiny later in the day, but this has combated that amazingly well. If you have dry to super dry skin, then I would say give this one a miss and try something more hydrating rather than mattifying. 

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Trying Out Avon Makeup For The First Time In Years

I used to love flicking through the Avon catalogue when I was a teenager as it was my only real access to makeup and beauty at the time (I’m 36, so back in the day, makeup was nothing like it is now). During lockdown (yes, lockdown has a lot to answer for when it comes to all my makeup purchases!!!!), my neighbour asked if I would like to take a look at her colleague’s Avon catalogue. Yes, yes, of course I would, take all my money now! I did get most of these items on some kind of offer, but their offers change all the time, so I will be stating the full price the products are on the website. However, I found some real gems and so here are some of my favourites from my Avon order… 

Also back in the day, Lauren Conrad used to be an ambassador for Avon’s Mark line and we couldn’t get it here in the UK at the time, so when I was flicking through the catalogue I decided to try out a few products. The first is the Mark Show Glow Glow Powder Highlighter (okay, so this is going well as I can’t even find this on the website anymore! Maybe it will return.) in the shade Pink Sand. It comes in black and rose gold packaging and the shade is a champagne pinky tone, which is right up my street. This is a delicate highlight and so if you are wanting a full blingy look, this is not the highlighter for you, but if you are wanting a pretty glow to the skin, then I would definitely recommend trying this out as it is great for lighter skin tones and is very wearable.
 Carrying on with highlighters, (I am such a sucker for a highlighter), we have the Mark MagiX Finishing FX Stick (RRP £6.00). I opted for the shade Ice Princess, and there are others available, but I adore this sweet light pink with a hint of gold colour. I have really been loving cream products this past few months, and this works beautifully on the cheek bones, giving the skin a healthy glow, but a more natural finish that isn’t cakey or heavy on the skin. The FX Stick comes in a twist-up container and you get quite a good amount of product for your money. 

As I hadn’t tried anything for such a long time, I wanted to order a variety of items including a mascara, and so I opted for the AvonEuphoric Mascara in the shade Brown Black (RRP £9.00), and is also available in Black and Blackest Black but as I am quite fair, I wanted to try a lighter shade for a change. It comes in cool colour-shifting packaging and the wand itself is in an hourglass shape, which reminds me a little of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, except with more bristles. I am really impressed with this mascara, the formula is creamy and doesn’t flake or budge and it coats my lashes evenly, adding volume and length.

 Next up is the Avon True Eye Enhancing Shadow Crayon (again, I cannot find this on the website at the moment), in the shade Soft Peach. I really enjoy using eyeshadow crayons for quick pops of colour on the eye when I don’t have time to use regular eyeshadows as they are super easy and quick to use. The formula of this one is soft and creamy and is full of shimmer to give a gentle metallic look and the soft peachy pink is a really pretty colour. I would definitely try out more of these if I could find them online.

Another item from the Show Glow collection is the Mark Show Glow Glitter Flix Stick (RRP £4.50), which is available in Flickering Pink and the one I have here, Flickering Gold. I do think next time I place an order I will definitely pick up Flickering Pink as these are gorgeous! They come in rose gold packaging and add a wash of shimmer to the eyelids, but with extra pieces of glitter too, so you get a really quick, yet effective look for under £5.00, which I think is a bargain. Just like the other Shadow Crayon, this is super soft and creamy, and they glide onto the lids effortlessly, so you are not pulling on that delicate eye area.

As I have mentioned in other posts recently, I am loving a lilac eye look at the moment and so another item I ordered is the Mark 18HR Artist Eyeshadow Ink in the shade Lasting Lilac (RRP £6.00). There are seven shades to choose from, and I would definitely pick up some more as they were on offer for £3.50 when I ordered mine. These little glass pots contain beautiful creamy eyeshadow which again is so easy to apply, yet always really effective. The shade Lasting Lilac is a pretty slightly metallic shimmering lilac with an undertone of silver, and I adore it! The formula doesn’t budge and stays in place throughout the day, and neither does it fade, which for someone with hooded eyelids, is a real bonus!

The final item I chose is the Mark Perfect Brow Crème Gel Pot (RRP £7.00), which I ordered in the shade Light Brown, and there are five shades to choose from. Normally I would go for a medium brown, but this looked quite dark in the catalogue and it works really well for me. You get a good amount of product and it is a pomade formula and so a little goes a long way. I find this easy to apply on the brows, and it doesn’t harden when it sets, so it looks nice and natural, and I find that it stays in place throughout the day and I had no issues with it wiping off or sliding down my face. Always a winner!

You can find Avon online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx