Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – £36.50.

I can’t actually believe how long it has taken me to finally purchase this foundation. It has been in my wishlist for as long as I can remember but I just never got around to buying it until now. I have read countless reviews on this foundation, mostly positive, and I just had to try it and give my thoughts on it. Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is an extremely natural looking, silky soft and lightweight fluid foundation. What made me really want to purchase this foundation is Amrezy. I mean c’mon… She is such make up goals, no? Her skin always looks absolutely flawless and I need that kinda flawless-ness in my life. Y’know what I mean? If it’s good enough for Amrezy, it’s good enough for me. The Luminous Silk Foundation is oil free (oily skinned girls – can I get a hell yeah?) and the finish is a kind of soft focus, demi-matte dream. It is a beautiful middle ground between matte and dewy and I bloody love it. I have to admit that I was a little weary of what to expect from this foundation finish wise but I was very pleasantly surprised. I have incredibly oily skin and I try to avoid foundations with a dewy finish because y’know, shiny grease ball face but I also don’t want a foundation that will make my skin look too flat. I found that this foundation held up quite well throughout the day, even on my skin. I did have to do some damage control throughout the day with some blotting but that’s too be expected with my skin and most foundations I use/have used. It’s just the way of life for me. I found that the foundation sat really comfortably on my skin, it was incredibly lightweight and it covered my skins redness and any imperfections with ease. Impressed? I’d say so! I’ve tried to apply this foundation in a few different ways to see what works best and after trying a brush, my fingers, and a beauty blender, the results are in… the winner is *drumroll please* – a stippling brush or expert face brush. I usually apply my foundation with a beauty blender but the finish just wasn’t quite right, it didn’t do the foundation justice in my opinion. 

Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is housed inside a lovely frosted glass bottle (you know how I love the frosted glass, right?) and it has, wait for it… A PUMP. I almost did a little squeal of excitement. YES, I get excited over foundations that have a pump. Who doesn’t? It’s such a simple little thing but so many brands overlook it. We love the pump yo! I only need one pump of this bad boy to cover my entire face, two if I’m having a particularly bad skin day. The formula is quite watery and it builds up wonderfully. It doesn’t contain any SPF whatsoever which makes it ideal for photographs – NO FLASHBACK (no ghost face) – but you will need to layer your skincare beforehand and ensure you have some decent SPF in your moisturiser/primer. We need to look after the skin y’all! The Luminous Silk Foundation comes in a massive variety of shades – 21 in total – there is literally something for everyone. I opted for shade 5 which is a great match for my skin. There are .5 shades incorporated in to the range as well which I found quite interesting. Again, something for everyone. I am enjoying using this foundation a lot, particularly on the clearer skin days, as it makes my skin look near perfect. I can’t wait to see how it fairs next month when I’m back on Roaccutane and my skin is drier. As far as combination/oily skin goes, it’s done a pretty good job. I can imagine this foundation being a great base for most skin types. I think it definitely deserves a place in my top five foundations. 

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What are your thoughts on the Luminous Silk Foundation?

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Seeing as it is the 1st December I thought that I would share my Christmas wishlist with you all… Why the hell not eh?

  1. Urban Decay x Gwen Palette (£40.00, here) – Gwen Stefani is about as cool as they come, no? I have loved her since the days of No Doubt and all the way through her budding solo career. She had been working with Urban Decay to create a palette that is filled with a gorgeous range of neutrals and a few intense jewel shades to really help mix things up. Gwen had a hand in everything from the shades to the packaging with subtle nods to her time with No Doubt included. It’s a beauty, right? I hope it comes back in stock soon – I need it in my life. 
  2. Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette (£43.00, here)- Yes, another Urban Decay palette in the wishlist. Vice 4 contains twenty never seen before brightly coloured jewel eyeshadow shades to play around with. I absolutely adore the Vice palettes as they allow you to get really creative with colour. I absolutely adored the Vice 3 palette and I know I’m going to love this one too when I finally get my mitts on it. The quality and pigmentation is second to none.
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighter in Starlight (£28.00, here) – As soon as I placed an order for the Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighers in So Hollywood and Peach Nectar, I instantly regretted not adding Starlight to my basket. It is a wonderful white champagne gold that highlights your complexion in all the right places. I adore the pigmentation and finish on the two shades that I already had and Starlight will be a welcomed addition to the highlighting ranks. The highlighters are really generous in size and the art deco embossing is to die for. Swoon.
  4. Giorgio Armani Si (£47.00-£92.00, here) – I am a sucker for perfume, I buy endless bottles that I really struggle to get through BUT I couldn’t have a wishlist without including some kind of fragrance – could I? Si has been out for quite some time now but I only got around to having a sniff of it just recently whilst Christmas shopping in Boots. I instantly fell in love – it is right up my street. It has beautiful floral top notes with subtle base notes that are quite woody (cassis, jasmine, amber, vanilla – to name a few of the ingredients). 
  5. Arctic Gold GHD Straighteners (£119.00, here) – I have had my current GHD’s for coming on eight years and that is one hell of a long time to have a pair of straighteners, don’t you think? GHD have released endless stylers over the years in gorgeous colours with fantastic designs but none have caught my eye quite like the new arctic gold styler. It’s about time that I upgraded my straighteners and what better time? It’s Christmas and well, look how pretty they are. It’s love!

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 was at the very top of my Christmas list this year but I managed to get it in the Black Friday sale at Currys/PC World for £299.00. What a bargain?! I just couldn’t wait until after Christmas and at that price, I just had to get it. It was worth traveling to two different stores in the North West to try and track it down. I managed to get the last one in White/Silver from the Warrington store. 

What is at the top of your Christmas list this year?

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