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{Review} LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Illuminating Foundation

Was that  a mouthful or what? Yikes.

So this foundation really doesn’t need much of an introduction. LA Girl has a cult following and us SA girls were beyond excited when we found out it’d hit our shores mid February 2017.

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I’m fairly okay with matching my own foundation now, so I popped in to Dischem and saw all of the testers. What’s great is that there is a huge selection of shades, around 16 shades I think. I tried 2 and thought that the shade ‘Warm Beige’ was a good match for me.

What does it claim?

  • It’s ideal for a flawless looking, full coverage finish.
  • Lightweight formula is comfortable for all day wear.
  • Paraben free formula with added anti-oxidants helps hydrate and improve the skin’s appearance.
  • An innovative white foundation mixer to adjust and customize color.

So it is any good?

It applies really nicely onto the skin. I have used a brush and a damp beauty sponge. Both times my skin has had a dewy look to it, very healthy and natural. I’m not a full coverage kind of gal, so I prefer the more sheer look I get with a damp beauty sponge and I also only apply one layer of foundation. Personally I’d say this gives a medium coverage, though I’m sure it’s buildable.

The formula is incredibly lightweight and it feels like there’s nothing on my skin. Gone are the days of having your face feeling like there are layers upon layers of foundation on your skin!

Does it last all day? Firstly I use a mattifying moisturiser, a mattifying primer and I also set the foundation with a translucent powder (you see I am not taking chances!).  I’d say I get a good 8hrs with that method and then my chin and nose start looking a bit faded. I do feel it fades rather naturally, so I have no issue with it only lasting 8hrs or so, BUT I am somebody that battles with sneezing and hayfever all day, so it may just be more wear and tear on my part. The foundation does transfer though, as anything I swipe against my face takes some of the foundation off.

We’re all into gluten free, sugar free and of course paraben free, so that’s always a plus with any of our cosmetic products (Okay I’m actually NOT into sugar and gluten free…let me just be real…lol)

The packaging looks more luxurious than it is. I thought it was a glass bottle, but it’s plastic which is fine. I’m just pointing out what all the fabulous YouTubers would make mention of, because apparently looks are a big deal! Even for your foundation bottle. lol. The dispenser is a pump dispenser and I quite like that as you can control how much product you need. I use 2 pumps and that’s enough for me without any wastage.

A burning question is: How does it work for oily skinned gals? I am VERY oily. Super oily. So I was very nervous about trying this foundation. I had visions of being able to fry an egg on my forehead after wearing this foundation. lol. On a cool day, after about 7 hours I had shine on my forehead, but it wasn’t like an oil slick. On a hotter day, standing in the hot sun, this time reduced to about 4 hours when I saw some shine starting to peep through. That’s not a deal breaker for me though…what are blotting papers for? Just to add, the shine was only on my forehead, I didn’t get shiny anywhere else.

Overall impression? This is a fabulous foundation at a great price! It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re int he market for a new foundation. In winter this is going to be my go too when my skin is a bit drier and can benefit from the more dewy type of foundation.

This foundation retails for R175 and is available exclusively at Dischem. Let me know if you plan to give it a try or if you’ve already tried it, what are your thoughts on it:) I’m a chatty gal, so I enjoy chatting in the comments 😉

Edited to add: If you’re new to foundation, don’t be shy to ask for a tester or let them apply in store. Go about your day and check the foundation after a few hours to see if you like how it wears. Once you’re happy, go back and make the purchase. I’ve wasted tons of cash buying on first test in store and getting home and realising the shade is awful! 

My top picks of 2016

Every beauty blogger and their cousin by now has uploaded a video or post with their ‘Best of Beauty 2016’, so I’m a bit late on the bus, but we’ll still get to the same destination….right?  Today I want to just share what some of my all time favourite products to use in 2016 were. I’ll try not to make this too long and will go in order of makeup application.

Best of Beauty 2016

Primer – My ride or die will always be the Benefit Porefessional pro balm. It’s glides onto my skin and fills my pores. The balm also mattifies my oily bits which I love. I’ve yet to find another primer that can compare to this one.

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Foundation – I have’t used many different foundations as I’ve found 1 that you’ve seen on the blog before, the L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte foundation. I’m in the shade Golden Beige, though I think that’s my winter shade and I should try one shade darker now in Summer. This gives me a medium coverage with 1 layer and looks very natural on my skin, so much so that people sometimes don’t believe I’m wearing foundation. This foundation is for somebody with oily skin though, or it may look a little dry, but a good mist of setting spray can help with that. (Available at Dischem )

Face powder – After seeing a few good reviews, I got the Yardley loose translucent powder and I really like it. It’s very finely milled and it doesn’t crease my under eye area like other powders do. (Available at Clicks or Dischem) 

Under eye concealer – I’ve seen many reviews on the Maybelline Age rewind concealer and I was praying it would come to South Africa, but it hasn’t. Thankfully I have a lovely cousin in the UK that said I could order goodies and when she comes to SA she’d bring it with her. I love this concealer. It’s not thick and it blends so well. My only issue is that I think the shade I got is a smidge too light for me, so I usually mix it with my other favourite concealer, from LA Girl (Pro HD concealer) that is a bit darker. (Available from Superdrug in the UK)

Eyehsadow primer – I loved the eyeshadow base from Essence. It’s affordable and it does the job.(Available at Clicks or Dischem) 

Eyeshadow palette – This is a tough one as I love all of my palettes more than the next one at some point in time. Only because this was a dream come true, the Chocolate Bar palette from Too Faced has got to be my favourite palette for 2016. The shade selection is great and the quality of the eye shadow is amazing. I’ve said it in a previous post, there’s something in this palette for every type of gal…the ordinary gal and the glam gal ❤

Brow Pencil – I love the MAC brow pencils. They are creamy and blend in really well. Easy to smudge or wipe off if you need to fix a mistake. I just feel it gives such a natural fill to the brows. I wear the shade ‘Spiked’.

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Mascara – There is a clear winner for me, and that is the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. The Roller Lash doesn’t clump, it seperates and lengthens your lashes. It’s just the perfect formula and I will repurchase it over and over.

Blush – Again there is no other contender in this category for me, it’s the Benefit Dallas face powder. (I seem to have a little bit of a crush on Benefit products don’t I?) A bit of a blush/bronzer hybrid, but I just love the flush of colour it gives, with no shimmer and I think it just goes with every single makeup look. I don’t even have to think about it.

Highlighter – This one is difficult. I don’t think I’ve found THE HIGHLIGHTER yet that rocks my world. I was obsessed with my Colourpop one in the shade ‘Lunch money‘. Today I’m in love with the one from my NYX palette called ‘Ice Queen‘. So in 2016 I basically just grabbed whatever was close by…I love all my highlighters on different days.

Lip pencilsEssence lip pencils are my go too pencils in any shade. They are affordable and come in an array of colours. I don’t think they’re the most long wearing lip pencils out there, but I’m not too fussy about that. (Available at Clicks or Dischem) 

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Setting spray – My vote goes for the Me & Youth beauty spray (previously known as Beauty Fix). The ingredients, the lovely rose scent and the dewy look it gives my foundation just makes this a clear winner in my books. Apologies as I seem to have not included a picture of the new bottle and I don’t want to show a picture of the old packaging. Oi.  (Available on the Me&Youth website)

Lipstick – I’m not a big lipstick lover. I’m more a lipliner and gloss kind of gal. My most worn lipstick in winter was definitely from Gosh in the colour ‘Antique‘. Also a reached for lipstick was from Mac in the shade ‘Modesty‘. (Available at Edgars Stores)

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Lipgloss – Another winner from Essence, but sadly this gloss was part of the limited edition ‘All that Greys’ launch and mine is basically finished, so I have no idea what I’m going to do 😦 It’s a nudey pink gloss and paired over a plum lipliner is just amazing! Also paired with grey eyeshadow, it’s simply stunning. The scent is also really lovely. (Limited edition, so not available anymore)

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Hair – I discovered quite a few brands in 2016 and a brand called NAK definitely was the best shampoo and conditioner that I used. It left my hair feeling so clean, nourished and shiny, without it being oily. On the budget side, Aunt Jackie’s range from Clicks is a brand I fell in love with, especially for coloured gals with flyaway hair or knotty hair. The range is affordable and even has a flaxseed oil infused hair gel so it isn’t harsh or drying on the hair. (Available from RetailBox)

That concludes my ‘Best of 2016’ picks! I hope you enjoyed reading it and perhaps we loved some of the same things, or you’ve spotted something you’d like to try? Also if there was something you could not live without in 2016, please let me know below in the comments so I can look out for it ❤

PS I have NO idea why the quality of my picture is so bad. It’s fine until I upload it here. I haven’t had this issue before 😦 If anybody has advice, leave me a comment down below. I’ll try to play around with it and update the post.

L’oreal vs L’oreal

My ride or die foundation for the last few months has been the L’oreal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte foundation (24 – Golden Beige). I’ve just repurchased it for the 2nd time. In summer it is perfect for those oily days that I permanently have. In winter though, I wanted to try something that wasn’t as matte, as our skin tends to be a bit drier, so perhaps something with a more dewy look is what I wanted to try. I stumbled upon the beauty fair at Dischem recently and decided, better late than never, so I took the plunge to try a different foundation. I kept it in the family though, and went with the L’oreal Infallible 24H foundation.

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The 24H-matte foundation promises high coverage and it’s apparently a medium texture. To me this foundation provides more of a medium coverage, but I only go in with one layer of foundation, so it could be if I did 2 applications it would be high coverage. That being said though, it doesn’t state: ‘High coverage with 2 layers’. All my blabbering aside , I love the coverage. It’s my skin, but improved. I don’t look perfect, I can still see a few of my imperfections peeping through, but  it looks good and natural. I don’t feel like there’s anything heavy on my face when I wear this and I don’t look cakey. It applies beautifully with a damp beautyblender, but be warned, it dries very quickly. So apply, dab, apply dab. Don’t apply to your whole face and then go in to dab.

I have received so many compliments wearing this foundation, that people think it’s my actual skin. I have to tell them I’m wearing foundation. This definitely has a matte finish. In winter with my skin being drier, this didn’t look dry on my face, but it looked dry to me, so I always spritzed some make-up finishing spray and felt that added a bit of moisture to my foundation. In summer however, this is just perfect! No moisture needed. If you have terribly dry skin, I would not recommend this for you at all though.

So when I went on the hunt for the regular non-matte 24H foundation, I assumed I’d just be able to grab the same shade that I wear in the matte version…..but apparently not. They don’t have the same shades in the different foundations. I went through a few colours and this was the closest match (250 – Radiant Sand) I could find (which when swatching now, doesn’t look so close! lol):

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Top – 24H; Bottom – 24H-Matt

The 24H claims:

  • No transfer
  • No visible imperfections (high coverage)
  • No visible shine
  • No dry out
  • No mask effect

The cons

The no transfer claim isn’t true. I have had to blow my nose and had lots of transfer on the tissues.

Again I feel this is a medium coverage foundation. I even applied 2 layers to see if there was a difference and there wasn’t much of a difference, but again to me, I prefer medium coverage vs looking like somebody with perfect/flawless skin, when we all know that isn’t true.

I had quite a bit of shine after about 5 hours, and it’s winter. So in summer it’ll be way worse.

I don’t know that this lasts for 24hrs (or even 8), because after a few hours I can see it’s faded and I used a primer, a powder and a setting spray. Okay not that I’ll be testing it for 24hrs anytime soon, but still…to not even make 8 hours…..

The pros

This foundation, like the matte one, feels so light on my skin. It doesn’t feel heavy on my face at all.

I love the finish, it’s not matte and it’s not dewy, but somewhere in between. It’s really lovely. I prefer the look of this over the matte foundation for winter.

This foundation contains SPF 18 which is great as I never apply sunblock to my face! I know….. bad….

This foundation is much runnier than the other one, so I think I am going to try applying with a brush instead of my sponge to see if it will give a different finish as a lot of the product disappears into the sponge. Initially I thought something was wrong with it as it seemed to split when I pumped some out, but I realised you need to shake this A LOT before using it.

Which do I prefer? For oil control I recommend the matte 110%! For a more hydrated finish (but have lots of blotting sheets on hand) I’d recommend the regular 24H foundation. The Matte foundation seems to last longer that the other one, a good 8 to 10hrs.  For some, that still would not be long enough, BUT if I’m headed home to finish up grade 2 homework, shower and jump into bed….well it doesn’t bother me too much 🙂 I prefer the Matte foundation as it’s just a bit more reliable in terms of what it promises.

Have you used either of these foundations?

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