Saturday, 22 September 2012


Sometimes in life, you have to make a decision. Whether it be large or small, life changing or insignificant, decisions are inevitable.

One thing which I am currently working on is my ability to make choices. I have always been a person who enjoys taking a step back and letting my company decide what they would like. As an easy going person, I can go anywhere, eat anything, drink any wine and I will always have a good time. However, it seems that after quizzing my friends and family, my most 'frustrating' feature is my indecisiveness and the reoccurring phrase 'I don't mind'.

Now, I have taken the decision to work on this. Why should I always follow other people's lead? Let certain people dictate my life and how it pans out. It may take some work, and some self-reminding, however this is something which will be tackled. The words 'I don't mind' will not pass these lips and I will make sure of that.

Now, don't get me wrong, I will not be morphing into Cruella Deville any time soon. It has been made clear that one of my most liked and respected features is my 'niceness' and consideration for others. And, I think that is something which I would never be able to change - it's me! But, in hindsight, I do look back at times where I have been taken advantage of by people 'close' to me, and sometimes you have to take control of your own dignity and the way people treat you.

Making the decision, to make decisions. I could think of worse personality traits, and I can certainly think of people with them, so here's to confidence and strong minds!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Worst Hand Cream - The Body Shop

Two weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge in purchasing a hand cream which was worth the money. It has been stuck in my mind that one of the tell tale signs of ageing is your hands, and, although I am only 23, I am keen to prevent this as much as possible before it's too late!

I'm not usually one to be lured into The Body Shop, however from previous creams and lotions I'd tried in the past, I thought I'd hit the nail on the head. With my latest paranoia of premature ageing, which is ridiculous considering my actual age, I spotted the 'Wild Rose Hand Cream' which states it 'hydrates and helps protect against the appearance of brown spots' - perfect! Alongside this, the cream has an SPF of 15 and contains rosehip oil and Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil which all sounds very exotic and nourishing to me...

In addition to all the ingredients which sound like they would do wonders for your skin, the packaging is another factor which drew me in. I'm a huge fan of the metal, dented tube. It is so simple, yet stylishly industrial at the same time. Oh, and, of course, the pink labelling which adds a hint of femininity.

Now onto the nitty-gritty. I have been using this product for around two weeks and I have to say, my hands have never felt so dry in my life. I know I may sound rather blunt with that review, but there is no other way for me to explain. My hands just feel insanely rough and dehydrated. Rather than the feeling of silk, my hands constantly feel like they need moisture, and although I know it is the cream which is making them this way, I have to use it to banish the thirst for all of 30 seconds. It's a swings and roundabouts situation.

Tomorrow, I will be returning the trusty Boots to purchase a simple, generic hand cream which, I'm sure, will be a lot cheaper. Who ever thought of a hand cream, to make your hands even more dry! Genius.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Current Nail Colour - Essie

As we step into the 'ember' months, it only means one thing (and no, I am not referring to the countdown to Christmas), Autumn is approaching.

I have decided to take a head start and indulge in my first Essie purchase. At £7.99, this is probably the most expensive nail varnish in my collection. But with all the continuous hype which is circulating the online beauty world, I had to give it a try. Whilst 'umming' and 'arring' at the stand, I found myself drawn to the deeper shades of the range. I think it may just be because I am all 'pasteled' out.

The colour which I opted for is in shade 'Sole Mate'. It really is the perfect, deep plum. From a distance, the nail looks black, but once you are close, it transitions into a beautiful, moody purple tone. Dark shades can sometimes look 'gothic' on those with paler skin, like myself, however the purple tones throughout the polish warm up your complexion. This can only be a bonus when entering the cooler months.

I may be one of the minority, but I am a huge Autumn fan. I love the crisp mornings and dark evenings, cosy jumpers and fallen leaves. This nail varnish to me defines this season.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

August Favourites

To conclude the month of August, I have rounded up a few of my favourite products/items to share with you.

Natural Collection Lipstick (Raspberry)
We all shy away from high street make up products, assuming the quality or finish will not compare to those high end brands. Of course, there are many out there that are not even worth the £3.00 spent, but I have to say, I couldn't be more impressed with Natural Collection lipsticks. I have two shades of lipstick from this brand, 'Cherry Red' and 'Raspberry'. The lasting power is second to none, I have gone for dinner and they are still in place and vibrant, I have worn them to work and only topped up once throughout the day, I have gone out for cocktails and not had to reapply (the list goes on...). For £1.99, you cannot fault this product, and I would actually pay a lot more. In fact, I have been more impressed with these lip products than any of my MAC items.
The shade which I haven't been able to part from this month is 'Raspberry'. This is a beautiful, deep pink with a hint of plum. I find this is wearable for any occasion, whether night or day, and it really does add warmth and colour to my face. In addition, this colour is great for summer, but it will also be beautiful for the Autumn and Winter months.

Neutrogena - Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser
As someone who has an oily complexion, I have always avoided moisturising my skin on a daily basis. However I am well aware that moisturising is a key step to any successful skincare routine, especially if you want to combat premature ageing. So, I decided to try out Neutrogena, a brand that have been around since I can remember. I have heard great things about their masks and scrubs, so when I saw the oil-free moisturiser on offer in Superdrug, I saw it as a sign! I have been using the moisturiser on a daily basis after my toner before bed, and I can already see my skin looks more even and refreshed. Another high street purchase which is a must have.

Peplum Tops
When peplum tops decided to make their way onto the high street, I was truly ecstatic. Peplum is the perfect cut for someone like myself, larger hips and a minuscule waist. Finally, I have found a style which is comfortable, flattering and shows off my best bits!

Liz Earle - Cleanse and Polish
So, as an avid blog and YouTube lover, I cannot seem to escape from the name 'Liz Earle'. Of course, when this is the case, you feel that you must find out what the fuss is all about. During this month, I have been testing this product, and yes, I am a convert. Saying this, there is one slight point which does bug me (due to my laziness) and that is how time consuming it is. I do enjoy the process when I am having an early night, but when I have been out for the evening and am ready to drop as soon as I walk in the door, it does seem like the last thing I want to be faffing around with. Putting that one point aside, I don't think I will find a cleanser which makes me feel as clean and silky as Liz Earle, which means I officially have a new staple in my skincare routine. August has certainly been a positive month for my skin!

I have never been a trainer wearing female. Once I left school, I could have thrown a party for the fact I do not have to be seen in sports wear again, but oh how times have changed. I now find myself drooling over... CONVERSE! So, when you see the heading 'trainers' into my monthly favourites, don't be fooled. I am not referring to running shoes, oh no. I am referring to the ever-so cool and funky converse trainer. So, when roaming around the shops, I found a very simple and cheap pair of converse style shoes for only £5.00. I am usually one to go for the 'real thing' however I have always been dubious to buy the real thing in case I never wear them. So, what could be a better idea than to buy the cheap pair, see how much use I get out of them, and then invest? Done! These shoes have been permanently attached to my feet, which means when pay day comes around, I shall be investing in the real deal.

Lets all keep our fingers crossed for a bright and sunny September!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

An Unusual Review

We all love to have minty-fresh breath. The cool, refreshing and clean sensation that you feel when you have a mint or chewing gum mid-way through the morning. Well, if you want everything but these things, Wrigley's Extra ICE White is perfect for you.

I am a chewing gum worshiper, and if I do not have a pack in my handbag, I can feel myself begin to panic. So, when stocking up at the petrol station, which didn't stock my usual flavour 'cool breeze', I had no choice but to opt for the ICE White. And it has now registered why there were so many left on the counter!

Since trying the chewing gum, I have to say they must hold the title for 'least amount of staying power'. The flavour is very mild anyway, and when compared to peppermint or spearmint, you would barely taste a thing. The slight hint of mint which is there lasts approximately 3 minutes, but after that point, you just have that horrible plastic taste from an old chewing gum. That in itself requires you to have another piece to mask it, which results in a swings and roundabouts situation.

Overall, I thought it would be a wise idea to advise those who may be tempted, to NOT BUY this chewing gum. It is not worth the 49p on the price tag, and will last you no time at all. Consider yourselves warned!

Monday, 20 August 2012

V Festival 2012 - Hylands Park

Yesterday, I encountered once of the enjoyable days I can remember. Surrounded by those closest to me, we embarked on the adventure that was... V Festival.

Although this may not be for everyone, I could not think of anything more exciting than enjoying live music, sun, beverages (which may have been on the alcoholic side), my friends and my family. Before my trip, I spent the week before panicking about what outfit I should wear and what accessories and make-up would best fit the 'festival chic' genre, however this did prove difficult with the joys of English weather being as temperamental as ever. I have to say, by the time we arrived and were sipping our first cider, I took a look around and it seemed the fashion side of the event seemed to have gone out the window. It had turned out to be a glorious day, and the majority of the crowd, including myself, were too hot to care.

At any festival, the venue is always large with various tents and stages spread around. This does make it difficult to see all the acts which you have spent months excited over, so we decided to take a step back and just enjoy. Who cares if you don't make it in time to see the whole set of Cher Lloyd?... oh no, my mistake, she didn't complete her set after storming off stage. Anyway, we casually strolled over to the stages/tents which we had time to see, and didn't worry about the ones we didn't, which made the day a lot more relaxed.

As the evening was drawing in, we decided to make our way back over to the main stage, after indulging in some Chinese food, where we found a great spot to watch Tinie Tempa. Yes, we did spend the majority of his set dodging bottles, of God knows what, which were flying through the crowd, but it was well worth it. His enthusiasm on stage was electric and he had every single person on their feet with their arms in the air. He was the perfect crowd-pleaser and I could feel the 'buzz' for the remainder of the evening. Following Tinie, were Snow Patrol. As we all know, their music is a lot softer and the crowd seemed to mellow slightly throughout their performance whilst the sun was setting. And then we had the Grand Finale - The Killers. At this point the sun had set, and it was the perfect way to end an unforgettable day. Everyone seemed to club together whilst singing their greatest hits. And when the faint sound of Mr Brightside began on the guitar, the feeling was unexplainable. A true classic.

I wont go into details about our adventure trying to leave the venue. This proved very difficult, and when spending a day on your feet in, not so comfortable, flip-flops, the last thing you wish for is to get lost.

So, we may have cheated slightly and booked a hotel for the night, but we all have to ease ourselves in somehow right? And, it was the best decision I've ever made. Climbing into a cool, bouncy bed at the end of a tiresome day doesn't get much better.

V Festival 2012 will be a day which will stay with me for years to come. A day of sunshine, laughter and loved ones.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Current Nail Colour - No.7

Today I decided to finally remove the Topshop colour which had been on my nails for 2 weeks. I think it's safe to say that colour is insanely long-lasting and well worth the money...

...But onto this post. I decided to opt for a more 'low key' colour this time, a beautiful pastel pink which had been collecting dust in my nail basket. I purchased this No.7 nail varnish in the shade 'Pinky Pure 160' with the infamous £5 boots voucher a while ago, but it must have been playing hide and seek, or I just completely forgot about it?

Anyway, the reason I was eager to blog about this product so soon after posting a previous 'Current Nail Colour' review is because I cannot explain the sheer disappointment I feel with this product. Yes, the colour may look aesthetically pleasing and 'cute', but the formula itself is shocking. To start with the packing states 'Pigment Rich Colour', well that's an absolute lie. I have never spent so long applying layer after layer of varnish to try and achieve the colour in the bottle. It must have taken me approximately 6-7 coats, no exaggeration, however I lost count. Who has the time to be sitting at home re-applying coats of nail varnish onto each finger, unable to touch a thing until dry?!

Even once I had applied enough coats to achieve a look slightly close to the bottle, I felt as though my nails just felt like gloop and I had to be careful for the rest of the morning with what I touched. You can see from the image attached they are not in perfect condition for freshly painted nails. They look more like 2-3 day old nails with slight wear and tare.

My apologise for the negative post, I just felt the need to vent my anger and share this in case any of you had spotted the colour and thought 'oooh what a lovely, subtle pink'. This product will not give you the look you would expect, unless you are willing to spend well over an hour on tedious re-applications and then long awaited drying process.

As I have spent a whole morning of my weekend trying applying this so it looks half decent, I will be keeping the colour for as long as it will wear, however once this leaves my nails, I refuse to use this again.

No.7, where did this go wrong?

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Year that Changed Britain

Now, I am aware that we are only 8 months into 2012, but we've passed the half-way mark, which means it will be December before we know it.

As cliche as it may sound, this year has truly made me realise what a wonderful place Great Britain is. Through the many celebrations which have taken place here during 2012, we have been brought together as a country and, I think I can speak for the majority of people, I have never been so proud to call myself British.

I have always been a huge fan of the royal family, particularly Prince Harry, and even in 2011 we found ourselves glued to our TV screens awaiting the marriage of Kate and Wills. This year, the Queens Jubilee made a huge impact on the British public, with street parties across the country, crowds gathering across the streets of London to show their support and traditional English foods and beverages being marketed across retail outlets (the list could go on). This alone was enough for me to realise what a fantastic country we live in...

...But then came the Olympics. For months we have been unable to escape this event, and that is advertising alone. Of course, what could be a more perfect opportunity to entice the British consumer? I have to admit, I have never been the biggest follower of sport, however it would seem rude to ignore a once in a lifetime experience which is happening right under our noses! And, with all this new found British pride inside me, I have even found myself edging off my seat with anticipation and screaming at the TV screen. The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was truly spectacular, bringing a tear to my eye, and I have to say, I expect the closing ceremony will be equally as emotional, but mainly because I will be gutted it's all over!

2012 will be a year that stays with us for along time. A year that brought us together as a country. A year that brought other countries to us. A year that made us proud.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Current Nail Colour - Topshop

I've decided to give myself a break from the beautiful lilac colour in my previous 'Current Nail Colour' post. As much as I could wear it continuously, I wouldn't want to out-wear it!

So, I decided to venture over to the Topshop make-up range, which has been oh so raved about across the internet. Initially, I was ready to try out a blue shade, which is new to me, but decided on a vibrant orange/coral. Now, be careful when finding this exact shade, because there are two orange shades which are almost too similar. I opted for the colour 'Causing a Stir'.

Excuse the slightly chipped nails, but on the plus side, I applied this nail colour last Sunday, which makes it a week today, without a top coat! Now, I don't know about you, but for my nail colour to still be in 'almost' perfect condition a week down the line is a first for me.

I have to be honest, when first applying this colour, I wasn't too sure how I felt. When looking through my nail collection, it seems that I have been playing it very safe with lots of 'pretty' pinks/reds/neutrals. It took me a day or so, but I now absolutely love this shade! It gives a pop of colour to any look and is very 'statement', I almost feel as though it has given me a burst of confidence.

At the moment I am working a fairly pale complexion and it looks great, but we all know how amazing vibrant colours look on darker skin tones too. So, in a nutshell, if you are looking for an uplifting, positive colour, 'Causing a Stir' is the one for you.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

July Favourites

I have decided to join the 'Favourites' bandwagon and share a few of my top products from July. Horah!

Estée Lauder - Double Wear Light 
The first item which I will swiftly run by, as I have written a review post for this below, is Estée Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation. I cannot say enough about this, and either can my colleagues and friends - I don't think I've ever been complimented so much in my life - it's almost embarrassing (not). Let's be honest, we all love to pretend we have no idea why we 'suddenly' look so radiant, when really we are high-fiving ourselves in our head and thanking God somebody noticed as we have spent a small fortune.

Soap & Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker (Yummy Plum)
Next on the list is Sexy Mother Pucker in the shade Yummy Plum. And yes, this is yummy. Not in an edible way, but it certainly does make your lips look yummy. I will warn you, as with MAC Plushglass', you will have to get used to the 'tingling' sensation, however I genuinely believe this product does plump and enhance your lips, without the risk of looking like Leslie Ash (I'm a huge fan of Men Behaving Badly, don't shoot me). It is still on the pricier side of high street at £10.00, however they have numerous shades available and putting aside the plumping, they are genuinely pretty lip glosses.

Natural Collection Blush (Pink Cloud)
Here is a cheap and cheerful addition - Natural Collection's powder blush in the shade Pink Cloud. For a fabulous £1.99, you really can't go wrong with this product. It is a beautiful and light-weight powder which gives you with perfect flush of colour. Natural Collection have various shades, which I also own some of, and this is my current favourite. If blind testing, which really wouldn't be advisable if you are planning on leaving the house, I would genuinely believe this would belong to a high-end brand as the texture is so smooth with minuscule particles. I urge you to try!

No.7 Fanomenal Lashes
Last, but not least, in my favourites of July is No.7's Fanomenal Lashes mascara. I have to say, I am a swapper when it comes to mascaras. Once I use one up, I tend to move onto the next new thing. However that doesn't go to say I don't know a great mascara when I use one. Fanomenal Lashes really does enhance every lash from the lusciously long, to the tiny lashes which we don't even know are there. My eyes look wider, lighter and almost glowing (if that is even possible). And yes, I did use my Boots five pound off No.7 voucher when purchasing this, but this is certainly a product which I would have no doubts in re-purchasing at full price.

So, there we have it. You now know which products I've been loving over the last month, and I'm sure they will be joining me throughout August too.

Goodbye July, it's been truly emotional.

Torn Between Lovers

Well... not quite. But almost.

Okay, so following my raving review about Chanel's Vitalumiére Aqua, which I still stand by, I found myself browsing the make-up counters of my local department store, trying to dissuade myself from buying anything MAC. Next thing I know, I am walking out £27.00 lighter with a new Estée Lauder foundation which goes by the name of Double Wear Light.

What a revelation, and why haven't I discovered this before!? Of course, I have heard the name flown around from time to time, but I have never found myself eager to try. When swatching on the back of my hand (awful idea, I know) the lovely lady pounced on me and that was that. My 'can't say no' nature must be plastered over my forehead - I'm a saleswo/man's dream!

Moving onto the foundation, although I have to admit, the texture and consistency doesn't come close to Chanel, the staying power really is on another level. You may remember me mentioning my oily complexion and paranoia of the looking like a disco ball? Banished. I apply this foundation at around 7am most morning's and when I return home from work, with absolutely no touch ups, I still look as fresh faced as first thing in the morning. How is that even possible? I'm even starting to contemplate whether my skin complexion has magically swapped overnight to 'normal'!

The consistency is noticeably thicker when first applied to your skin which, when compared to the luxury of Vitalumiére Aqua, is a slight negative, however this is to be expected with a long-lasting foundation. The description on the packaging states:
"15 hour wear" check
"Lightweight, comfortable make up controls oil and stays vibrant and fresh throughout your active day." check
"Won't clog pores" check (as of yet)
"Transfer resistant, won't 'melt' off through heat and humidity" huge check

For your information, my shade in Estée Lauder Double Wear Light is 'Intensity 02'. I shall now insert the generic image of the packaging.

I have to say, out of naivety, I truly thought no other foundation could make me part with my beloved Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua, but maybe this was just lust? Obviously, I would hate for Double Wear Light to just be a mere rebound, and I will certainly bare in mind the grass may not be greener on the other side. I just hope that if this is the case, Chanel will take me back?

Monday, 23 July 2012

MAC Chatterbox

After pining over MAC's Chatterbox for quite some time, I decided to take the plunge and 'invest'... and I am glad I did!

First of all, I will talk about the colour - a perfect pink which is completely wearable for both day and night. This may be controversial to some, but I have to admit I am not a fan of 'Barbie' shades, especially on myself. Chatterbox is effortless and elegant, however it still does have the ability to turn heads. Rather than a 'bright' or 'baby' pink, I would describe the colour as slightly deeper. A pink with depth, and warmer, almost purple, undertones, which would suit a variation of skin tones, from dark to light.

The finish to the lipstick is 'Amplified', drying to a slightly matte texture, which ensures the colour is long-lasting and extremely pigmented. As much as I love a smooth, moisturised feel to the lip, I have never taken to Cremesheen finishes as I find they slide off my lip after no time. Although the Amplified finish is slightly matte, it really doesn't leave your lips feeling dry or crumbly. That alone is a huge positive!

I ordered the lipstick through the MAC website, which is always a worry considering the swatches are, lets just say, less than accurate. However, after my usual routine of researching blogs and swatches, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

In a nutshell, I really would recommend Chatterbox to anyone who is looking for an everyday, wearable pink with fantastic staying power, and without the Barbie resemblance.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

It's what's on the Inside...

Today I write about beauty. Not physical, but true beauty.

Although I am a self diagnosed beauty addict, obsessed with products, magazines and all things 'pretty', I also believe that there is no such thing as perfection. Having developed a skin condition, Vitiligo, at a young age, I found it hard to feel comfortable and happy with myself for a long time. Now, I couldn't be happier or more content. Not becuase I am vain, but because I have learned to love the things that make me different.

Insecurities can cover many things, for both men and women, whether this be weight, height, body hair or acne, and we will all have insecurites that stay with us for the duration of our lives. What to you may be a huge, obvious imperfection, may to others be unnoticeable, or even beautiful. My skin condition isn't something 'on show', however during my teenage years, made me feel ugly, abnormal and singular. However, through time, and great family and friends, I have learned to become confident about my uniqueness. 

We are all guilty of judging people at the first glance, whether that be in a good, or bad, way. However, I think there becomes a time in everyone's life where you become aware of the important things in life. Anyone can make themselves look beautiful, however it takes a lot for one to become a kind, loving person.

Rather than using make up items to cover up any 'imperfections' or draw attention away from a certain areas, it should be used to complient and enhance your features - something which I have learned over many years. Of course, products are there to be used for the 'feel good' factor, and for times of endulgance, however you should always remember that even if you are the definition of perfect on the outside, your personality is the key.

If you look around, and feel overwhelmed by the fantastic family and friends you have, this is because they love who you are as a person. Not because you look perfect. So, always remember, they will be the people supporting you for the rest of your life. You will also (or may have already) meet that certain someone who decides they would like to share the rest of their life with you - and that is becuase they think you are beautiful, inside and out. Your imperfections will be perfect to them.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Current Nail Colour - Rimmel

Just a light and breasy post for a Sunday!

I made the bold move of cutting my nails (sob). The reason for the 'chop' is because I find it hard for bolder nail colours to look wearable on longer length nails.

I have been a fan of Rimmel 60 Second nail polishes for a while now. I find them affordable, very pigmented and they do genuinely dry in 1-2 minutes. Let's be honest, who really enjoys waiting around, unable to touch anything until your nail colour has dried? I certainly don't.

With the summer trend of pastel and light coloured nails, I have been eager to pick up a lilac varnish. Originally close to purchasing Essie's 'St Lucia Lilac', I decided to just go for Rimmel on the basis I wasn't sure how often it would be worn, and at half the price, you can't go wrong.

The colour is '620 HOW DO YOU LILAC IT?', and I am in love with it. With cheaper polishes, you do have to be wary of chipping, however for the price, let's be honest, you really can't complain! A decent top coat varnish will do the trick for staying power.

Happy Sunday all - my roast dinner is calling!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua - Review

As a true foundation struggler, I have tried endless brands, from high street to high end, however I have always felt as though I haven't found 'the one'. As pessimistic as that may sound, it has encouraged me to continue my search...

I will begin by updating you on my skin type - oily - which is certainly something that does make me self-conscious throughout the day. Constantly checking my face, armed with pressed powder and shine control sheets is a routine which I have become accustomed to. The difficulty with oily skin and myself is that I am a huge fan of the healthy, dewy complexion, however my paranoia of looking greasy means that look hasn't been possible. Until now!

After deciding that my only hope for a 'good' foundation is by going down the high end street, I was magically lead to the Chanel counter by my gut instinct. When chatting with the lady at the counter, who was brilliant, I explained that I am looking for a lightweight foundation, which will work on my oily skin type, yet still give me a flawless image. Instantly, she showed me Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua (Beige 20) which she then applied on my skin. I was sold!

The foundation itself is water based, meaning you do need to give the bottle a GOOD shake before application - this is essential. The consistency is very thin and a little goes a long way. When touching the skin, the liquid feels like silk, so luxurious and almost refreshing! With a light rose scent, the smell is not over-baring and actually rather pleasant. Described as 'ultra light', the coverage is fantastic yet not matte and cakey in the slightest. Obviously areas of extreme redness, such as spots, will need to be corrected with concealer, however the finished look is just beautiful. 

I have tried application with both my fingers and a stippling brush, both working fantastically, but I have to admit, I do think the better finished result is using fingers. I also add, the foundation does have an SPF of 15, which as great as SPF is to have, it initially worried me with regards to photography, however this hasn't seemed to be a problem at all.

I have been using this product for approximately two months now, so a fair amount of time for any flaws to be highlighted - which have not. I must say, I have researched other reviews which have mentions of breakouts. This has certainly not been a problem for me, however, as with all foundations, it may be worth sampling a tester before purchasing if this is a re-occurring problem for you. 

This is a product which I cannot rave about enough. Although on the pricier side (£32.00), Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua is completely worth the money - especially for people who struggle with finding 'the one'.