Friday, April 24, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
It is very rare that I stray from my trusty Revlon colourstay foundation, but I kept hearing such great things about the new L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation and so I had to try it out.
I picked up the shade Vanilla which is the second shade in the range and its a tad too dark for me, only a small bit but I think it will be the perfect summer foundation for me as I don't tend to get too tanned. The shade vanilla is more on the yellow tones of foundation which is my preferred tone however its not overly yellow. The range also only comes in 6 shades so there isn't a very wide shade range which is surprising for L'oreal. Anyway shade aside lets talk the nitty gritty.
The foundation itself is a matte finish but it almost has a velvet finish. It left the skin radiant not glowy or dewy but more of a natural radiance. It also feels so smooth on the skin again like velvet. It is described as a full coverage foundation but I have to say after applying it with different brushes and tools, this is a good medium foundation. I still need concealer on pesky spots that refuse to cover. Talking of spots, the foundation seems to cling to dry blemishes so if your skin is dry in anyway you might want to give this a miss as it will cling like a mofo.
You can see from the picture above the level of coverage this foundation gives. I like the level of coverage it does offer actually as it feels so lightweight on the skin and not cakey at all which is surprising for a matte foundation. It almost gives me an airbrushed look to the skin, it evened out the skin tone and made my insanely large pores appear a lot smaller which is always a bonus. I sometimes find matte heavier coverage foundation emphasises the pores but this one does the complete opposite.
As for staying power it claims to be a 24 hour foundation but I mean who wears foundation for 24 hours....gross, however this is a long lasting foundation. I wouldn't say super long lasting, I think it would depend on how oily your skin was. One day it lasted pretty much all day then on a hotter day when my skin was slightly more oily it seemed to disappear a little quicker, none the less it does hang around for a long time.
Overall a really lovely foundation that I can see myself wearing a lot of in the summer when I get a little tan. Its very lightweight almost feels like you have nothing on the skin but it delivers in the coverage department and stays around on the skin for a long time and the way it smooths out my pores makes it a winner straight away for me. For a nice little price of €11.99 or €12.29 in boots...tut tut tut boots lol! you can't go wrong for the results it gives.
Have you tried this foundation? Do you like matte foundations?
*Medium Coverage/ A good Medium
*Smooths Out Open Pores
*Shade range is limited.
*Not good for dry skin at all, clings like a mofo.
Retail Price: €11.99 in pharmacies/ €12.29 Boots / £6.99
Monday, April 20, 2015
If you wear waterproof mascara you will know what a pain in the backside it is to remove. Scrubbing at the eyes is never ideal and so finding a good eye makeup remover is a must. Over the last few months I have been trialling a few and this one from Garnier is getting a massive thumbs up from me.
Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover is not only super affordable but its gets the job done quick and easy. The product itself is enriched with Arginine whatever the hell that is but it is meant to nourish the lashes as you use it. It is one of the products that has a bottom and a top layer and so needs to shaken before use to activate it otherwise it doesn't work as well.
The consistency of this product is nice, its a little oily, I wouldn't say it was 100% greasy free (as stated) as you are left with a slight residue but its nothing too major that you have to go and wash your eyes. As for the smell, its doesn't smell of much, I don't know if I'm the only one who hates products if they have a strange smell. I recently stopped using the Garnier Micellar Water Oily Version due to the fact it smelt of fish (more on that soon) so this having such little smell is a bonus for me. What I personally love about this product is that is works just one squirt onto the cotton pad, placed over the eye to soak up all the eye makeup and then a few sweeps across the lid and all traces of mascara and shadow is gone and the best thing there is no irritation. Even for contact lens wearers I have found no problems using this product.
For a mere €4.29 you cannot go wrong and the fact I got it half price in Boots is even a bigger bonus. I can't recommend this product enough, its gets the job done, doesn't have a major oily, greasy residue and it removes waterproof mascara without tugging at the eye area. Winner all round really.
Have you tried this? What other eye makeup removers do you like?
Friday, April 17, 2015
So if you follow me on twitter you will know I am off to London in June to see Fleetwood Mac in concert. I am beyond excited and so I have put myself on a massive spending ban so I can go a little nuts on the streets of London. I have been gathering a rather big list of products that I want to pick up while I am over there. Some products are things we cannot get here in Ireland and some things are things you wouldn't normally buy on an everyday basis but because you are on holiday it doesn't count. I'm pretty sure that is a legitimate rule when it comes to shopping. Anyhow here is my wishlist. I will leave some links to the products below also recently I read a really good post on Vivianna Does Makeup Blog about the places to shop in terms of beauty in London. It got me even more excited. So I would highly recommend giving it a read.
Let me know if you have tried any of these and give me some suggestions of to what I should buy while I'm over there also shop recommendations if you have a favourite shop in London.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The MAC 217 brush, described by people as the whole grail of blending brushes. I do love my 217 but I am on a hunt for a cheaper alternative. Today I am putting 2 other brushes to the test to see how they compare to the famous 217.
First up we have the Sigma E25 this is a almost exact dupe for the mac 217 only the handle is longer which people may like or not get on with at all. This brush is great for blending out harsh lines and softening any eye look. It can also be used to pack colour on and most days I would use this as a one hit shadow look just sweep colour across the lid then dusting off on the back of my hand and blending the shadow out.
Then we have the Blank Canvas E26, to me this is a slight longer bristle brush and not so fluffy its more on the flatter side of things aswel so it works great for packing colour onto the lid and works well for blending shades out. This isn't an exact dupe like the sigma one but its close enough and a good overall brush for less than €6
Overall in terms of the closest dupe to the MAC 217 I would have to go with the Sigma E25 it is almost an exact match it performs almost the same, has the same brush head and shape, blends nicely the only major difference in my eyes is the longer handle. The Blank Canvas one is a good brush but it is a lot thinner and so doesn't give the same blending finish. That all being said I do love the Mac 217 and think it is in a little league of its own. There is just something about it that makes me love it so much. I think its the fact that blending is just so effortless with it.
So here is my final thoughts if you want to splash the cash get the MAC one but if you want to save a few pennys opt for the Sigma one. Both amazing brushes. Also think about picking up the Blank Canvas one its a good little brush and works great for blending colour out in the crease (cut creases etc) as its nice and thin.
What do you think of these brushes? Do you think the MAC 217 is just on another level?
Monday, April 13, 2015
First off if you work from home or do anything on the laptop and this even goes to people who are studying, don't do it in your bedroom. You bedroom should be the place to get away from all that. It should be associated with being stress free so bringing work into the bedroom is never a good idea. Now onto some decor tips. The simple things in life and really what nature throws at us and that is flowers. Having a fresh bunch of flowers in your bedroom can really make it feel homely and add that girly vibe without being ott. Also they smell really great. You can opt for fake flowers but recently I have been obsessed with buying tulips, also the price of flowers has really come down lately where you can pick up a great bunch in Aldi or Lidl for under €5.
The next tip is something you love or hate and that is candles. I don't mean surround your whole room in candlelight but having a candle burning while your in your room is always nice and again brings amazing scents to the room. I myself have a slight candle addiction so who am I to talk about not surrounding the room in candlelight, most nights in my room it looks like so sort of ritual....#problems.
I do feel its all about the decor when it comes to creating a relaxing environment. So getting some throw cushions for the bed is always a great idea and who doesn't love an excuse to browse the Primark/ Pennys homeware section. Another tip is adding artwork to your room, maybe something that inspires you or simply makes you giggle when you look at it. I have artwork in my bedroom and feel it lifts the mood in the room.
Lastly is the extras, if you like to hang out in your bedroom and have pamper nights (please say I'm not the only one) then set yourself up for it. I place all my fave polishes on a little decorative tray, it makes a great decor item but also comes in handy on pamper Fridays. Of course for me anyway a bedroom wouldn't be complete without a TV, I love the evenings where I can hop into bed snuggle up and watch all my fave Netflix shows. Let me tell you there is nothing better than an episode of Parks and Recreation after a long stressful day or a Jason Statham movie...we could all stare at that face anyday of the week.
So there are my top tips to getting a relaxing boudoir. Let me know how you create a perfect space and tell me your favourite shows to watch when you are feeling down...for me Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute (the office US) always cheers me up.
*This post is part of a Challenge set by Direct Blinds, feel free to check them out for design inspiration. This is not a sponsored post.