Saturday, 27 February 2016

L'Oreal Infallible Foundation | Review


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As you may see from the posts on my blog there have been a fair few foundation reviews. I always thought my favourite make up product was lipstick but I am soon releasing that I also have a serious addiction to foundations. I just love trying them out and comparing them to other brands. I do think foundation is a very important step in any makeup routine as it makes or breaks the final look. I have heard so many people and bloggers rave about the L'Oreal Infallible Foundation line. I was in Tesco's a few weeks back browsing the makeup stands and saw there was a £3 off offer (I'm sure you can find another offer like this in Boots or Superdrug) so thought it was the perfect time to try the Infallible line out. I just couldn't pick between the Matte Formula or the Regular so naturally I got both and I have no regrets at all.

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The Matte Formula reminds me a lot of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (the old formula) the way that it is a very thick texture but it blends out on the skin like 'silk'. It gives amazing coverage to the point that I don't even need a concealer to cover any spots or scarring. It lasts amazing on the skin and throughout the day it really stays matte. I have issues with my nose and forehead going really shinny by mid afternoon but when I wore this foundation I didn't need to powder at all (like I usually do with all other foundations). I can't rave enough about this foundation and high recommend that if you have tried and loved the Laura Mercier Silk Creme in the old formula you will equally adore this foundation. I think this is more suitable for an evening look and for people with normal-oil complexions. I apply this using my Zoeva 104 Buffer brush which has a flat head and is very dense so it really works the product into the skin giving a stroke free finish.

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The Regular Formula is completely different in texture than the Matte. It is a lot more watery and doesn't have as much coverage as the Matte however in saying that it is still a very comfortable and easy to work with. The best way to apply this foundation is with the Real Techniques buffering brush or a make up sponge to give a very natural finish. This foundation is really nice in the winter as it adds a lovely glow to the skin and doesn't cling to any dry patches so I think this would be ideal for dry-normal skin. I do have to use a powder on my forehead and nose but this doesn't worry me too much as it doesn't slide or cake on the face at all.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

February Lush Haul


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I can never just 'browse' in Lush as there is always something in there that I want to try/re-try. I made it all January without sitting a foot into the store mainly because I had a lot of Christmas gift sets to get through! However February is an exciting time in Lush with the Valentines and Mothers Day limited edition collections. Having browsed the internet I saw that there are a few bits I wanted to try and going against all my self control I managed to get my hands on a few items that really caught my eye.

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Lover Lamp (top left): This is part of the Valentines Day collection which I enjoyed a few days after the 14th of February. It is a bath bomb which I don't recommend cutting in half as you need to enjoy this one in it's full glory. When placed in the bath water it starts to fizz out a white, milky colour with loads of little read hearts. Half way through the bath bomb fizzing three larger red hearts release. The whole bathroom fills with a sweet vanilla scent with a hint of orange chocolate. The hearts are very moisturising which leaves the skin feeling very soft but the scent does not linger which is the only downside to this bath bomb as I wanted the smell to stay on me forever!

Ladybird (bottom left): How cute is this little bubble bar?! It is part of the Mothers Day collection and like most bubble bars you only need use a small portion so I predict to be able to get 3-4 baths out of this. It smells very sweet but with a lovely peppermint undertone which really pleased me as I absolutely love mint.

Flowering Tea (right): This was my husbands pick as he thought this was a Valentine's Day bubble bar as it claims to have petals come out of it. He was highly disappointed to learn that it is actually part of the Mothers Day collection and lost interest in this little guy very quickly. The scent is very floral and you can use this 2-3 times but you will have to wait for the purple petals to come out which I was totally impatient and just used the whole thing! I do think this would of been better for the Valentine's Collection and have red petals come out- but hey maybe next year?!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Chickpea/Gram Flour Base Pizza | Recipe


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Base:
2/3 cup (105g) chickpea (gram) flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (100ml) filtered water


Sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp mixed herbs
1/4 tsp crushed garlic
Pinch of salt
2-3 tbsp water


Toppings
Any of your choice

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1. Sift the chickpea flour into a bowl, mix in the salt then pour in the water. Mix until well combined

2. In a frying pan, heat a little bit of oil over a medium heat then pour in the batter. Use a spatula to evenly spread the mixture. Once bubbles start appearing and popping then flip to cook the other side. Once both sides are cooked remove the base onto a ovenproof tray

3. To make the sauce: in a small bowl, mix together the tomato paste, water, mixed herbs, garlic and salt.

4. Spread the sauce onto the base and apply any toppings of your choice. I went with smoked salmon, red onion and peppers.

5. Bake in the oven for a few minutes, just until the toppings are browned.

6. Enjoy!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | Review


magic foundation Happy Valentine's Day! I was going to do a special post to mark the day but I've been so poorly this week I didn't have the strength to take photos to do the post unfortunately. My husband and I were going to go out today but because of the cold and the fact I'm not feeling fantastic we opted for a cosy day in. We have been absolutely obsessed with Making a Murderer which is a Netflix documentary- if you haven't seen it yet I do highly recommend it (but I warn you that it is addictive!). My husband also got me the two new lipstick shades from Charlotte Tilbury- Kiss Chase and Between the Sheets. I will do a post on them very soon but today I want to discuss Charlotte Tilbury's newest foundation launch- Magic Foundation. As you can tell by looking through my blog I am obsessed with the brand Charlotte Tilbury. I think her products are sophisticated, high in quality and the packaging is to die for. She launched the Magic Foundation last year and claims to have worked with laboratories for five years to create a “hyper-intelligent” formula that gives full-coverage yet feels completely weightless, with all the anti-ageing and protective benefits of a luxury skin cream. It conceals imperfections, glides on like a dream, and literally feels like a second skin. Whether your skin needs just a bit of perfecting, or you struggle with a frustrating issue like acne, melasma or rosacea, my Magic Foundation will give you a perfect looking skin day, every day It retails for £29.50. As you can imagine I was so excited to try this as it sounds like to be a holly grail product!

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I bought this foundation at the end of summer last year so I have spent a long time testing it. I have the shade Fair 2 but I do think this is too light for me and I should have gone a few shades darker. To get the product out you need just half a pump as I find this amount covers my face perfectly. The texture is creamy with a floral scent which isn't strong and it fades really quickly once applied. When I bought the foundation I actually purchased the Magic Complexion brush as well because the lady at the counter said that it is specially designed to apply this foundation. I found using the brush and the foundation didn't work for me as it was really hard to buff out the brush lines and the foundation just wouldn't work into the skin (if you would like me to do a separate review on the Magic Complexion brush then let me know). So I switched it up and tried the RT buffering brush- which did the same thing as the Magic Complexion brush! and the Zoeva 104 Buffer did a slightly better job but you could still see the product wasn't completely blended and I could see it still sitting on top of the skin. This was starting to really frustrate me and I finally reverted to just applying the foundation with my fingers and this, by far, is the best method to get this on!

So after the trial and error of how to apply the foundation the result of it never blew me away. It wasn't as concealing as I hoped it would be and it didn't help to perfect my skin from scarring or redness. I just found it to even the skin tone out a little and nothing else really. Through out the day is slid around all over my face so I had to be careful at how much I used (with and without primer). It also caked a little around my chin and forehead. I really wanted this is to be a raving review but I just didn't like this foundation at all sadly. I have normal-dry skin so I'm thinking the Light Wonder Foundation maybe a better match for me than this one.
 

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