My Make-up Bag…

The best place to apply make-up in my flat is in the kitchen.  I’ve more often than not got a few of everything on the go – all in the name of research I might add.  My kitchen table has therefore become a mecca of all kinds of delights.  Lucky girl I know, however make-up strewn all over the place is not productive when trying to get ready in the morning or when you have visitors.  Not a bad problem to have granted, but it needed some action.  I had a good sort out this Easter weekend and have narrowed my current make-up regime down a bit – not quite to a bag – more a bag and a little basket – it’s much better nevertheless.

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I had accumulated lots of foundation and other base products so, here is my revised choice for my base make-up – first is the Vapour Soft Focus Skin Perfector.  I have been a fan of this for a while, it’s great for brightening skin and adding hydration, it’s always a nice pick-me-up under foundation.  Next I use the Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation  –  it can be a little shiny for me so I mix it in with the OCC Tinted Moisturiser to matt it down a bit (it also mixes well with the Beauty Without Cruelty Liquid Foundation).  To conceal I have been using the W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Foundation and Concealer stick or a stick foundation sample I have from Couleur Caramel.  I have never been a big user of powder but since I tried rms UnPowder – I have been using it and my foundation does stay on longer (funny that) and has a lovely finish.

That lot is staying at home and in my handbag I have the Vapour Luminous Foundation – I recently got this and have been using it as a touch-up for later in the day.  It is a stick formulation so great to keep in your bag.  The coverage is lighter than the Soft Focus liquid but the texture is less shiny, it gives skin a nice glow.  The Luminous foundation is geared towards a normal to dry skin and and the Soft Focus to a normal/combination/oily – I’m still playing with both textures so will come back with more thoughts.

Now that I have been swayed towards the powder, I have the Studio 78 Mattifying Powder for touch-ups.  It feels so soft, living up to its name Cotton Softness, and doesn’t feel cakey on the skin at all.  If you want more of a polished look this is great as it has a light coverage as well as blotting shine.  I apply it with my EcoTools Retractable Kabuki, which is lovely.

So, that’s my foundation until I start experimenting again.  In my clean out I discovered no less than 6 liquid eyeliners so I’m doing a reminder on all of them and will write it up……



  1. 3rd April 2013 / 2:29 am

    Useful review. I’ve been wanting to try out the Vapour Soft Focus Skin Perfector for a while now. I decided to try Madara first instead but not crazy about it. Look forward to your liquid eyeliner review. That is one thing I have never tried in my life!

  2. loudartford
    3rd April 2013 / 9:10 am

    Glad you like the review – thanks for reading it! I have tried the Madara before and don’t remember being dazzled either – I think it is good if you really don’t like much on your skin at all. The Vapour Skin Perfector does more for my skin for sure. I forgot to say I have 902 which doesn’t have any colour but is meant to help with redness – It can be worn on its own without foundation but I find this is more for brightening, smoothing and hydration, I still use foundation over the top for redness etc. I’ve tried the 903 on a darker skin and it worked really nicely. Also if you are using it under foundation – you don’t need a lot and I let it settle in before I put my base on.

  3. 4th April 2013 / 2:00 pm

    So glad W3LL PEOPLE made it into the bag! 🙂 You’ll be happy to know our Narcissist Foundation Stick was just named best in class by Gorgeously Green. It’s all natural and 60% organic! And if you’re luving foundation powders, we can wait for you to try our Altruist Mineral Foundation. It’s triple milled deliciousness and packed with organic aloe! BE W3LL.

    • loudartford
      4th April 2013 / 8:29 pm

      Looking forward to playing with the Altruist! Shirley put it on me and I really liked it and as I said I’ve never been a huge fan of powders but I’m starting to get them!

  4. Laura
    4th April 2013 / 4:33 pm

    Hello, lovely review. Have you tried the w3ll people stick as a foundation? How does it compare to the vapour stick? Tx

  5. loudartford
    4th April 2013 / 8:37 pm

    Thank you very much Laura, glad you liked the review. I would say that the W3LL PEOPLE stick has more coverage than the Vapour stick and has a drier texture with a matter finish. The Vapour is a bit creamier and more luminous, it is geared towards a drier skin type.

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