It's no secret that I have acne-prone skin. I've had it since I was a teenager, which is probably when it was at its worst and now again in the past few months before my wedding. In my case, I am quite sure that the reason for my breakouts is largely to do with pre-wedding stress as nothing else had really changed. The breakouts started in July of this year and since then I've had to change both my skincare and foundation routine. Certain foundations can make acne look worse, some are too light and don't cover redness or bumps very well, others are too heavy and give a cakey appearance. I had been researching different foundations for weeks, trying to find the best possible option for my wedding day. Then, I received a package from The Body Shop and all my prayers were answered.
The package included their full brand new Extra Virgin Minerals range which was made up of two liquid foundations (a lighter and a darker shade), a kabuki brush, foundation brush, compact foundation and powder foundation.
I first tested the liquid foundation. Unfortunately both shades were a little too dark for my skin tone (they sent me Golden Beige and Golden Ivory), as well as being too oily for my skin type. I think these would work a lot better on dry skin. Mine is oily/combination.
Next I tried the Cream Compact Foundation in the shade 205 Rose Vanilla and instantly fell in love with it. It melts into the skin so effortlessly and gives an overall flawless appearance, without looking cakey or oily in anyway. The main thing I love about this is that it covers all redness, bumpiness and acne as if I had used the airbrush tool on my face in Photoshop, lol! I applied this to my forehead (which is my worst breakout area) in front of Jonathan to see his reaction and even he was amazed! The other thing that I adore about it is that it DOES NOT BUDGE all day long. I look at myself in the mirror last thing at night and my face makeup is still perfect. This is definitely a must-have for my wedding day!
I also received the Loose Powder Foundation in the same shade, 205 Rose Vanilla and was equally impressed with the results. I apply a thin layer of this on top of the Cream Compact to counteract any oiliness or shine in my T-zone. On a regular day when I don't want to use too much makeup, I will just wear this one on its own. It covers acne wonderfully too -- however paired with the compact foundation they are perfect for my wedding day.
Here are all the products I currently use for my foundation routine, to achieve a flawless face for my not-so-flawless skin. They are as follows:
The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation
Sedona Lace Vortex Flat Top Foundation Brush
Maybelline 24 Hour SuperStay Concealer
Sedona Lace Vortex Concealer Brush
The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder Foundation
The Body Shop Nature's Minerals Kabuki Brush
The Sedona Lace Vortex foundation brush is my absolute favourite out of my whole set. It works amazingly well with the cream compact foundation. I thoroughly recommend a dense, flat top foundation brush for a completely blended and airbrushed effect! (Get $4 off your purchase at Sedona Lace with promo code, TheStyleDiet.)
I hope some of you found this helpful!
Disclaimer: The Body Shop and Sedona Lace products were kindly sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for my review nor am I affiliated with either company in anyway. My 100% honest opinion, as always :)