Review | Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

For a long time now, I’ve wondered if there is any real difference between the high street brands and high end brands when it comes to foundation. Other than colour, I questioned why people bought high end foundation – it is so much more expensive than its high street peers, can it justify the price?? My curiosity got the better of me and after hearing lots and lots of beauty folk rave about the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua I thought I’d give it a go too.

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I’m not one for a heavy coverage foundation – I feel like my skin can’t breath with a heavy foundation on, so I was keen to get a light to medium coverage. The Vitalumiere Aqua has wonderful coverage. It’s very light and gives you that ‘yeah my skin is just this perfect’ look – the look I try to achieve with my foundation! The formula is also very thin – you MUST shake the bottle before you apply it! But the thin consistency makes the foundation feel very light and sheer on your skin – it feels like you’re not wearing anything at all, its beautiful.

As for whether there is a real difference between high street and high end? I can definitely feel a difference in quality in the Chanel – the foundation just feels a better formula, it lasts longer on my skin, gives a better look to my skin. In short, I love it! Aside from this foundation, I have tried the Mac Studio Finish Fluid (also brilliant!) and that has a similar feel of quality to it – I just get impeccable skin when wearing them which is the only thing I’m really looking for in a foundation.

That is not to say that I don’t like or won’t continue to wear high street foundation. Regular readers will be aware of my love for Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation (as I don’t stop banging on about it) and as an every day base it is perfect. But when I want that perfected look I will go for the high end everytime!

What do you think of high end foundations? Which is your favourite? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Review | Gravity

I saw Gravity last night. And wow oh wow, what an incredible film!
As always ***Spoiler alert!*** Go and watch the film then come back!



First of all, the visual effects of this film were utterly astounding! I mean, breathtaking. It feels as if this is the film 3D was made for! In truth, I’m not the biggest fan of 3D – I find it is often over used on films that just don’t need it but it is completely worth forking out the extra few quid for this. In fact, if you are going to see Gravity, I implore you to see it in the cinema. The special effects on the huge screen and the stunning music in surround sound really make this film epic.

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are tremendous. Clooney plays Matt, suave, charming, oozing with astronaut cool – everything you’d expect of the star, really. But his most touching moment was when he elects to die to save Ryan (Bullock), his love for space leaves him content to die there, it was just beautiful.

But if Clooney was good, Bullock was fantastic! I had my doubts before this film, I wasn’t sure she was up to it but wow, was I proven wrong! An emotional and absorbing performance of a woman who has been hurt so badly, numb to the life she left behind on earth. Yet, whilst she seems ready to give in she doesn’t; she fights through every bit of bad luck that this disaster has to offer. Her determination to survive, made all the more poignant as Matt drifts off into the distance, is something to admire. One of my favourite sayings is: ‘If you’re going through hell… keep going’ I can’t help but think how fitting this quote is for this film; it epitomises Ryan’s journey, don’t hang out in hell, keep moving and eventually you’ll end up in heaven.

The film is set completely in space – there are no flashbacks to life back on earth which makes the film all the more consuming. The lack of horizon means you feel as if you’re the camera, moving around the space station You become so engrossed and absorbed by the events – when will the debris hit again? Will Ryan make it to the Chinese space station? When will she get some sort of good luck? The film is so captivating that when it finally ends, you feel like you’ve been punched in the stomach, had a heart attack, fallen out a window or all of the above! Astounding, truly astounding.

Have you seen Gravity? What did you think? Leave links and comments below!

Rx