Saturday, 8 February 2014

Instantly Glowing Skin with Bourjois


 I've never used to be into the whole 'glowing, dewy' look, as I much preferred a matte base, with quite high coverage to disguise the less-than-desirable skin that laid beneath. But recently, since stepping up my skincare routine, and dramatically changing the look of my skin, I've been dabbling in a few lighter coverage foundations, and illuminating powders.. and you know what? I think I'm really liking them.


The first of this glowing duo is the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I put off buying this for such a long time, as when I swatched it on my hand in the shop, it looked just a tad too dark. However, eventually I caved, and I'm glad I did! As the coverage here isn't as full as I'm used to, the colour isn't so strong on my face. In fact, it's a pretty good match!
I would describe the coverage as medium, but very very buildable. I usually use the tiniest bit on the areas that don't need much coverage, such as my nose and forehead, and build it up a little bit more on my cheeks and chin. I find the finish is extremely natural looking, and not cakey in the slightest. You quite literally do glow! This is definitely one of the best foundations I've ever tried - and that's saying something, as I'm forever trying out different ones to find a good match for my skin.
I usually set this foundation with a tiny tiny sweep of powder, just to tone down the glow a little bit, although somedays I skip this step altogether.

Next up, we have the Bourjois Java Rice Powder.
I have to be quite honest here, one of the main reasons for me purchasing this powder is down to the packaging - it's simply beautiful! This product was Bourjois' very first bestseller, which they reintroduced, and reinvented last year for their 150th anniversary. 
Now onto the contents... I've never experienced anything like it! It's a beautiful, pinky-toned loose finely milled powder in a very secure pot, allowing you to dispense as much as you need with each use. On your skin, the pinkiness disappears, and it creates a beautiful subtle glow. You can either use this product all over for a really illuminated look, or just use it as a highlighter for a much more subtle approach. I tend to mix between the two, depending on how I set my foundation. Did I mention that it smells absolutely gorgeous??!

Both of these products are definite winners for me - who knew a glowing complexion could be so simple to achieve?

These products retail at £9.99 each.

Thanks for reading, and I'd love to hear what you think down below! :)
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54 comments:

  1. Got to love Bourjois! I love this powder but I haven't got round to trying the foundation yet, I will definitely be picking it up. Thanks for the post Amy

    Ellie

    http://elsie-bells.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That's okay! :) I love Bourjois, and I'm desperate to try more of their stuff - I was first introduced by my mum years ago, she swore by one of their eyeshadows, which is sadly now discontinued!
      Let me know how you get on with the foundation if you do try it! :) x

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  2. That rice powder sounds amazing! On my wish list!

    Sian
    xo

    http://sm-beautyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It really is fantastic! I've never seen anything quite like it :) x

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  3. I think I might try this foundation as I am looking for a new one and this one sounds pretty good! xx

    http://rawrbows.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's definitely a favourite of mine, and I think it's definitely going to come in useful in the summer as well, it's so lightweight and fruity! :) x

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  4. I've been meaning to try the bourjois healthy mix foundation for age's now because it sounds really good, may just have to pick it up next time! Also the Java rice powder sounds lovely and I agree with you about the packaging haha! Great review :)

    Millie x
    smudgesofthoughts

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  7. I LOVE bourjois!!
    xx
    daniella
    check out my blog?
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too, I may have picked up some more stuff yesterday.. haha! x

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  8. I have been wanting to try this for ages :O it sounds amazing and the price is just as good! Thanks for the lovely review x

    www.krystelcouture.com
    Damaris £100 Lingerie Giveaway! X

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  9. I like the foundation but I really must try the powder if it's great! x

    The Beauty Scrapbook

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    1. It's definitely worth it... for the packaging alone! ;) x

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  10. How have I only just discovered your blog?! It's beautiful! I can't wait to get that foundation! I haven't heard of that powder, sounds lovely :) xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! :) And it came out last year.. although it does seem to have disappeared from my local Bourjois stand in the past couple of days... I hope they aren't phasing it out! x

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  11. Hey thanks for following on Bloglovin' I'm so glad you did, I love your blog! I've been wanting to try the java rice powder after seeing everyone raving about it and I think I will have to now!

    Http://loadofchic.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, that's so kind! :) and let me know how you find it if you do try it! :) x

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  12. Hey! Nice blog!! Thank you for the review... I'd like to try this product!

    http://trend-mae.blogspot.com/

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  13. Amy I love your blog, it's so pretty! The packaging of the Java Rice Powder is so beautiful too! Great review, I really want to try and pick these up.

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    1. Thank you Melissa! :) and yes, the packaging is probably one of the best I've seen! :) x

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  14. I am in love with your blog! The Bourjois Healthy Mix is definitely a foundation I hope to try out. My current favorites are the Revlon Colorstay and the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous.

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, I love Revlon Colorstay, I found a good match for skin tone with that! :) x

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  15. Babe! I adore your blog soo much!! I just started following you on Bloglovin' :-).. I would appreciate it and would love it if you can follow back!

    Love,

    Noor
    http://queenofjetlags.com

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    1. Oh thank you! And yes no worries, I remember when I first started! :) x

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  16. Thank you so much for this review, Amy!! Although we do have Bourjois available in Canada, that doesn't mean we have the all same products...so I'm anxious to see if I can find the rice powder in a local store. It sounds like just the sort of "luminizing" product that I've been looking for!!

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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    1. I hope you find it, it is a little miracle worker! If you can't see to find it, maybe check eBay too? :) x

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  17. Hey,

    Absolutely love your blog!
    Thanks for following mine, I might not have found yours otherwise! :)

    Becca
    xx

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    1. Thank you! :) And not a problem at all :) x

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  18. Love this post!

    Have a wonderful day.

    xoxo
    Kelly

    http://www.we-heart-fashion.com

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  19. Oh they sound wonderful! I don't know much about Bourjois... I feel like I should definitely check this line out. Thanks so much for the bloglovin follow! Following back.
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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    1. That's alright! Definitely have a look at some more of their stuff, I just purchased an eyeliner and nail varnish remover from them as well, and I'm very impressed :) x

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  20. I love Bourjois! I always use this as my foundation. I really like your blog!

    You’ve got a new follower on Bloglovin!
    Hope you'll follow me back!



    xx
    Nathalie

    http://www.nathalie-kemna.nl

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    1. Thank you, that's so kinda, and of course! :) x

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  21. Great review, I really like the sound of the powder in particular :) xx

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  22. Really great review doll :) These products both sound fab :)x

    The Belle Narrative

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    1. Thank you! They are really great :) x

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  23. I've heard so many good things about this foundation. And because I'm a fan of dewy skin, this sounds like something I need in my life haha :)

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    1. Try it out! :) It's such a useful foundation, because it looks lovely alone, or with powder as well :) x

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  24. I've been wanting to try Bourjois makeup for such a long time but they don't seem to sell it over here in America :( I'm hoping to study abroad in England next year so I'll definitely be trying out all of their makeup then! The Healthy Mix foundation sounds lovely.

    Love your posts! I'm looking forward to more :)

    http://www.pshawscorner.com

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    1. Oooooh I hope you have a lovely time! And yes, it's available pretty much everywhere here, so I hope you find it eventually! :) x

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  25. Agreed! I had horrible acne during my college years & used makeup to distract from my blemishes. But, once I began to perfect my skin routine, I resorted to a more natural beauty routine! & I honestly feel like it is the way to go! I'm a big fan of illuminators & BB creams over foundation & concealer! Thanks for sharing Amy! Looking forward to your future posts ;D

    <3 Carsla
    Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
    www.connect-the-cloths.com
    A stylist, foodie, & writer's blog in development.

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    1. Thank you so much - yes that's exactly what happened! :) It's nice to find someone who's been through the same thing! :) x

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  26. I've heard nothing but good things about this foundation. If only they'd bring it to the States!

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

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    1. I hope they do soon, they're seriously missing out on sales, haha! x

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  27. I keep meaning to try this foundation as I have heard such good things. I'm torn between this version and the new Happy Light Foundation.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. I'm so tempted by the Happy Light, but I am scared that it'll just be too illuminating. I'll let you know if I ever try it! x

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