It’s that time of year again. The leaves are starting to turn, the mornings becoming more fresh and the winter boots have made their first appearance since the beginning of last spring! Even though I’m a summer girl at heart, Autumn is good for so many reasons; the colours, the fashion, the crisp blue skies and the cosy nights in with candles burning away slowly.
Even though all these things give me an immense sense of joy (I’m not even exaggerating – I’m all about the ‘Hygee’ life these days!) this unfortunately is also the time of year where my skin and my foundation seem to lose compatibility.. We’ve all been there, you’ve spent half an hour doing your makeup, then stepped into a different lighting and realised your face is a completely different colour to the rest of your body! It happened to me this weekend. I’ve not fake tanned for a while as I’m usually covered up nowadays anyway, what with Summer being over and pregnancy in full flow, so I applied my usual foundation and the rest of my makeup before heading to Cardiff for the day. Before I left the house, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.. Well let’s just say thank the lord for instant tan because those white glove hands were offensive! When we got to Cardiff I headed straight for Debenhams (after detouring through Zara – obvs) and towards the Illamasqua counter. If you’ve followed for me a while then you’ll know that I adore Illamasquas Skin Base Foundation. It was one of the first higher end foundations I purchased and even though I’ve dabbled with others over the years, I also seem to go back to that one.
If you’ve never used any Illamasqua products before I honestly advise you to check them out! They have a massive array of foundation shades to choose from and the majority of their products are vegan and cruelty free, including the Skin Base foundation. In the Summer months I wear shade 10 and the shade I purchased on the weekend is 7.5 which is perfect for me. Both these shades have yellow undertones, I tend to stay away from foundations with pink undertones as I personally have a more yellow complexion, so they make my face appear a different colour to the rest of my body. If you’re unsure what undertone you are, the Illamasqua staff are always so helpful and will happily do a shade match for you in store, so you don’t have to worry about getting home and realising you’ve picked the wrong shade! Of course if you live in a nice hot country like Australia then none of this will apply to you, but if you live in rainy little Wales like me, or anywhere in the UK for that matter, then you’re probably going to relate to my white gloves moment on some level. On the plus side I’d make a great Michael Jackson impersonator!