I recently tried out a selection of products from a British health and beauty brand Proto-col – I admit it was a bit random…one of those brands I wouldn’t have come across without being approached by a PR, a brand I would be quite skeptical about had I just happened to stumble across them because I have never heard of them before. But you know me, I’ll try salami ice cream – I give anything a go!
And I am glad I did, because the Proto-col products I’ve been trying are very good!
I tried 3 beauty products and two health ones. Let’s go through them one by one…
There is the Baked Mineral Foundation (£27.95) in Moroccan. At the time of writing there are only 3 shades, something I hope they will expand on. I would be somewhere between the medium and dark, (this being the darkest they do) and it is actually a good few shades too dark for me (works better as a bronzer).
I applied at anyway to try the texture etc. It is a dry textured powder foundation, not to say that it isn’t pigmented or that it is hard to apply because it isn’t – it works quite well with a fluffy brush. As always with powder foundations on my dry skin I spritz first to create a nice wet base for the powder to cling too and this makes it last longer and it makes my skin glow and look healthier.
The best thing about this powder foundation is that it gives quite a nice coverage but feels light (it reminds me of Jane Iredale powder foundation which has been around forever and ever). Nice for people who prefer a drier textured powder compact (some creamier powders can feel too powdery sometimes) – if you can find a shade to match your skintone.
Baked Mineral Shimmer (£27.95) comes in 4 shades and has a Bobbi Brown shimmer brick vibe going off. I forgot to mention the packaging! They come in domed silver compacts. They look nice, although the power and shimmer come in light weight cases I would prefer a heavier weight more solid compact, BUT then again I wouldn’t be saying that when my arm was dropping off….the cream blush and lip seems to come in a heavier compact!
Ok so the shimmer is a highlighter which works on cheeks eyes and lips (they say). I went for Apricot Swirl and what a beauty it is – this soft light pink has gold threads throughout it – think of Nars Orgasm, or MAC Nymphette lip gloss in blush form! It’s super pretty, not heavy looking, just glowing and lovely. Blush doesn’t excite me but this one is one of the nicest powder blushers I’ve tried in ages.
Mineral Cream Blush (£19.95) is a slightly oily lightweight cream blush that is slightly sheer but enough for lips and cheeks on lighter skinniness. There is a shimmer to my colour Apricot Swirl which is basically the cream version of the above blusher! Layer the products to make them last all day!
I like this product I guess it’s very easy to use and foolproof – the fact it is sheer – medium means less mistakes to be honest, I have lots of intensely pigmented cream blushers and my god, on a dark morning I emerge looking like coco the clown.
Pure Collagen tabs I am still taking, so far I can’t say for sure how it is working but my skin is quite juicy. More on this later.
Green Magic (£21.95 for 100g) is a fusion of 16 superfoods – it is lactose and dairy and gluten free too!
This powder is super fine and I have been adding it to juices as it’s the easiest for me. Here’s the thing – on the website it says that one 3g serving for 3 months has been proven to improve heart health and lower ones biological age by 13.5 years!
I have been putting a pinch in to the toddlers smoothies since he is going through a fussy phase, I want to make sure he as all his nutrients.
No complaints about this powder, you don’t have to use much and it’s just dumped into a morning juice (or you can add it to milk, water etc.). Easy to take and quite frankly I forget to eat and look after myself so every little bit helps.
Here is the foundation, blush on me. The foundation is a bit too dark and I blended it as best I could. I recommend it for NC/NW45 skintones.