4.20.2012

Conceal Me! Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage & Garnier Roll-on Concealers...

Hiyaaaaaaa! Happy Friday sweets! DAAAAYM was this week long or was this week long? Now to get on with enjoying the weekend…well as much as this ermm slightly skint blogger can till pay day that is…*cough!* Had a few bills here & there to take care of (oh the joys of being a grown up) but that beautiful day of the month we all love shall be arriving sometime next week so will just have to hold on tight & not succumb to any of the MANY (oh so very many) lemmings I’ve had till then! One thing I’m muchos happy about though is that I’ve recently finally paid off my little brum brum of a car Rolo (yes he has a name) which I bought about a year ago, wooo!  Happy days! Tis really a great feeling ya know, getting that delightful letter in the post containing such nice news….plus that lovely sensation of feeling like you’ve actually achieved something! ;D

On to the post me lovelies, if you’re a regular follower of my blog, then you’ll probably remember moi mention the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer quite a few times, when doing makeup looks for weddings, evening do’s etc?? I’ve had quite a few requests from you lovely lot on doing a more in depth review on it, only huuuuuge apologies for the delay! So here we go, better late than never non?? ;) 

Before talking about the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage however, I really want to give another product a mention, one that is definitely up there at HG status & also a concealer of sorts? Tis the fab Garnier Caffeine Anti-dark Circles 2in1 Roll on Concealer in the shade Fair & is a product that I use every single day without fail, love it that much I do! 
I’m quite fortunate in that I don’t have very heavy darkness/bags under the eyes (YET!) but still very much require all the help I can get with looking a bit more bright eyed, ready to face the day & the Garnier Roll On helps do that for me. Whilst this by no means performs immediate miracles & rid you of dark circles, as much as I wish to tell you so, it definitely helps with making me look more wide awake! It has a thin & light liquid like consistency, which I apply by gliding under the eyes a few times with the help of the nifty roller ball, giving a nice cool massaging sensation at the same time, then using my finger simply pat on to lightly blend in. Whatever you do though DON’T RUB IT IN as this will just take the entire product off & thus do nothing! Like I said I use this daily & love how it revives my tired eyes, plus I should mention that it lasts absolutely YONKS! I mean I can’t even REMEMBER when I got this so that just tells ya! Lol! Another nifty little tip I heard was keeping this product in the fridge to give an even more refreshing cool feeling when applying. 
 Normally I'd apply a tad more than this but this is to just show you how it looks applied....
                                                                            After a bit o' dabbing action....
The Garnier Roll-on comes in four shades now which is great & is available from Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets etc for £10.20.

Now on to the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage of which I was recommended by an MUA friend of mine & haven’t looked back since! It’s quite a popular concealer amongst many MUA’S, the reason for this is probably due to the two shades you get in the palette, which you can blend & customize in to your own shade suitable for your skin tone. I have the shade SC-3 which at first I wasn’t too sure about, thinking it a bit pale but it’s actually perfect for me! 
Now when it came to applying, I wasn’t sure I was even doing it right to be honest! Bwaha! However when I spoke with my MUA friend she explained to me that there really isn’t a set in stone RIGHT way of applying concealer, just do whatever suits you! So every person has their own way I’m sure of application, for me, I like to apply before foundation & maybe a little on top at the end. I use the Mac 249 brush to apply this concealer as it’s flat, paddle shaped & blends really well.
So starting with the lighter shade of the two, I dab it on to anywhere I want concealing, so basically under the eyes, along the nose, across any blemish’s & annoying little veins etc. Then grabbing the darker shade, I blend this on top of it so that it evens out to a shade that matches my skin tone better. A lot of people like to blend the two shades on their hand first to create the correct colour & then apply, but like I said, just find whatever way suits you & this seems to work just jiffy for me! So once all the area’s needed are suitably concealed, I then continue on to apply foundation etc & if needs be, add a little extra concealer on top. But I very rarely need to as the coverage of the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is just brilliant & I definitely feel like my skin appears flawless but without it looking like its caked on which is the beauty of this concealer.  Here are a coupla before & after pics for ya that, even though they are at quite close range so it’s kind of difficult to see, show quite a noticeable difference I think! :)
                                        BEFORE...(naked make-up less eye!!! Aaaaaaagggh!)
                      AFTER - *phew* that's a bit better...sorry to have scared ya like that... ;)

I definitely recommend the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to many, not only is it a lovely product to use, with its creamy consistency making it very blendable & difficult to cake, plus giving the most amazing coverage but it also last absolutely ages so is definitely worth the price of around £26.
The Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer is also available in quite a wide range of shades to suit all skin tones which is fab & is available from most House Of Fraser’s, Space NK & online.

Have you tried either the Garnier Roll-on or Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage? What were your thoughts? Thanks for reading! 

Lotsa love to ya!