Making Fenty Foundation work for me

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Fenty Foundation has been the crème de la crème of foundations since its launch in 2018. Unfortunately for me, it never worked for my skin type. A year after trying to make it work for me, I finally found a product that allows for a flawless base. Here’s the problem, the solution and my technique. Hope you enjoy a quick read.

The problem with my skin type 

The Fenty Foundation is a dry-set, matte foundation. It has a hint of a glow, but really, it lacks any glowy depth. This is a dream for very oily, oily and to a certain extent, combination skin, but the minute a hint of a dry patch shows up, this foundation fails to perform. This was my issue with the foundation; I’d have to exfoliate my face, add a thick layer of moisturizer and still, it clung to my dry patches, looked cakey for the most part and did not compete with my superhero bases.

The solution

Whilst, I had tried adding a face oil as the last step to my routine before applying the foundation, I had never tried mixing it! This has been a revelation. As I usually shy away from too much oil to break the foundation, this one requires a good 3 drops to make it more manoeuvrable and skin-like. Currently, I’m applying three drops of Diptyque Face Oil with 3 pumps of foundation and it has made my skin look like a dream. This hack gives my face a more natural (but high) coverage and allows the product to wear off more beautifully without clinging on to any dryness or becoming cakier through the day.

Bonus tip: I have also added 2 pumps of oil and one pump of Becca Liquid Highlighter or the Iconic Glow Drop to add an extra boost of glow.

 

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The technique

I usually prefer my application with a beauty blender, but I find that the Fenty Foundation, combined with the oil can easily soak up in the tool, without providing me with the coverage. So, I start the process by mixing the product on my Scott Barnes glass palette and apply it with a Zoeva flat top brush, with the final step of tapping my beauty blender to ensure my base is streak-free and blended to perfection.

Be aware! 

Ironically, when I applied the Fenty Concealer on top of this, it really broke down the concealer and made it look patchy. I find that balanced concealers like the Too Faced Born this Way or Tarte Shape Tape work better as both of these are high coverage, not fast drying and set under the eyes.

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10 Minute Malt Chocolate Fudge Recipe

The simplest things in life are quite possibly the most decadent.

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This, 10-min one-bowl chug and go recipe is at the top of my list for a delicious treat. I admit, I did go overboard with a lot of ingredients, but the crunch of biscuits paired with  gooey marshmallows was a match made in heaven. Before we get into the ingredients, I must add that this recipe is merely a guide, you can switch up flavours that you prefer; change dark chocolate to white or make a christmassy version with orange zest and cranberries (It’s June and I’m already thinking Christmas!)

Whatever you do, don’t forget to tag me in your pictures @heena_mak on Instagram

Ingredients:

  1. 340g Hershey’s Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  2. 2 Heaping Tbsp. Malt Powder (I used Horlicks)
  3. Sweetened Condensed Milk (To taste, I used 3/4 of the way through)
  4. 10-14 Chunky Crushed Digestive Biscuits
  5. 1 Tbsp. Butter
  6. 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
  7. 10-15 Crushed Maltesers
  8. Mini Marshmallows
  9. Crushed Walnuts
  10. Crushed Hazelnuts

I started by heating my Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips with condensed milk and butter. I added some milk to loosen the mixture until it was a thick pourable consistency. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Chug all the remaining ingredients in the pan and give it a good mix.

Pour in a square pan lined with foil or plastic wrap. Let it cool for 4-5 hours.

LIFE UPDATE

Some writers paint a pretty picture when they write, I’m not one of them. But painting a real one, yea, that sure sounds like me. The sun is setting and I assure you from the hustle and bustle of where I live, there’s no place to catch that action; so I’m sitting on the dinner table, sipping some camomile tea whilst watching the light get dimmer and dimmer. I guess it’s time to not just sip the tea but spill it.  Continue reading LIFE UPDATE

21 Facts About Me

I’m a 21-year-old klutz with an extremely sensitive approach towards life and people. If you have read my blog for a while, you would know, I am a bit of everything and all over the place. Here are 21 facts about me that you didn’t know.

With this article, it was only fair to give you my go-to pose for the last 21 years... #ThrowbackThursday
With this article, it was only fair to give you my go-to pose for the last 21 years… #ThrowbackThursday
  1. My life revolves around a few people and I like it that way. I don’t make friends easily.
  2. I like fulfilling expectations of others in my life. If you have given me the slightest bit, chances are you might get a Jo Malone for Christmas. I like spending – not just for myself but also for everyone I know closely.
  3. Seeing a baby smile makes my day no matter how hard my day has been.
  4. I’m the youngest sibling in my extend family. Not pampered, but young nevertheless.
  5. Others think I am very stubborn and always get what I want. They usually forget the part when I am busting my ass getting it.
  6. I love my job. Social Media is exciting and has taught me so much about self-expression and having an online identity that is mine alone. I take my job very personally and it upsets or makes my day easily.
  7. When I was younger I had an obsession with barbies and playing tennis. As you can see, both of these are long gone.
  8. I can cry anywhere and everywhere if something has really bothered me. Funnily, in some serious situations, I find it impossible to feel anything.
  9. When I’m not in the mood, I won’t make the slightest attempt at dressing up.  No-make up, un-done hair and non-stylish clothes never bother me.
  10. I’m spiritual and not religious.
  11. I used be in love with someone for 3 years, knowing he would not feel the same way. Others called me stupid; I knew if I had not exhausted myself of the situation, I would always come back for more. In 2013, I’ve moved on
  12. Black and white are my favourite colours (or non-colours).
  13. I love learning new things.
  14. I don’t think I’m pretty, but I’m okay with it.
  15. I would love to lose weight, but I know, there is a time for everything.
  16. From the age of 13-20, I suffered from hurting myself. 2013 showed me how to be content with myself. Also, I’m not ashamed of it.
  17. I don’t mind bearing my soul (and my stupidity) to a complete stranger. I hate the idea of ‘fake it till you make it”.
  18. The closest person in my life is my friend Abeer. I wish I had met her earlier ❤
  19. I must try everything before giving up
  20. I have trust issues.
  21.  want to adopt a baby. Not because I can’t conceive or hate the idea of giving birth, but just knowing I can do this for someone will mean the world to me. Also, refer point no. 4.