L’Oréal Paris Infallible​ Foundation Stick and Primer Review

 

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Foundation sticks are a staple in the beauty industry thanks to the Makeup Forever and Hourglass foundation sticks.  They can be incredibly useful as you as buy highlighting shades, contour shades, foundation shades, strobing shades and even some blush shades!  They can be a wonderful product, and if the formula is right, they can be a must-have in a makeup artist or makeup lover’s collection.

Recently L’Oréal Paris has released a range of foundation sticks, primers and full coverage concealers.  L’Oréal has been releasing some amazing products over the past few months, and one of my favourites is the Lash Paradise mascara, and so I had high hopes for these products.

————————–  Primer  ————————–

There are numerous types of primers, but the one that I purchased was the pore refining one.  This primer is magic in a bottle.  I have really bad pores on my nose and chin, and no other primer has been able to dramatically reduce their appearance.

It has a gel formula, but it doesn’t ‘spread or blend’ across the face easily as it gets tacky quite quickly.  I usually just focus this product on the centre of my face, and half a pump is usually all I would use.

I love this primer.  I think that it is much better than the Benefit Porefessional primer, and it is half of the price.  I am keen to try the other primers, especially the luminous primer as it looks fantastic.

————————–  Foundation  ————————–

This foundation is creamy, bendable and relatively pigmented.  It applies as medium coverage, and you can build it up to a fuller coverage if you wish, but it can start to look a little heavy so be careful!

I have a few issues with this foundation, the first one being the shade range.  I have found that most of the L’Oréal foundations run orange, or they don’t have a shade pale enough for me.  There are 12 foundation shades in total, which is ridiculous coming from such a large and established brand.  I purchased shade 100 (the lightest shade) and it is still too dark and very orange.  However, the shade issue gets worse throughout the day as the foundation oxidises.

L’Oréal true match has over 28 shades of varying undertones, however, each shade in the infallible foundation stick line seem to run very orange.  There are massive gaps between each shade, and there are only 3 deeper shades. I think that this is ridiculous, especially with all of the media attention that Tarte has been receiving for the lack of shades in their foundation ranges.

Moving onto the contour shade that I chose.  I decided to purchase shade 200 as a contour shade as it was the coolest shade.  This foundation works well as a contour.  It blends out seamlessly, it is buildable and has a lovely natural finish.  This is one of the better stick contour products that I have used, and I use this product every day.

The last thing that I want to mention about this product is the longevity of this foundation.  On my skin, this foundation gets pretty oily quite quickly and, if I am not careful, I can end up looking really cakey at the end of the day.  My recommendation would be to try using an oil reducing matte primer with this foundation as it really seems to help.

————————–  Overall  ————————–

Unfortunately, I was not able to purchase and try the concealers as there wasn’t a shade suitable for me.

However, my overall thoughts on this range are that the primers are unbelievable and I will continue to repurchase and use the pore-reducing primer.

With regards to the foundation, I will use this foundation when I fake tan as unfortunately, that is the only time that my skin will be that shade.  I wish that L’Oréal would expand this foundation line to accommodate more skin tones (both lighter and deeper tones), and I wish that they would do the same with their concealers.

Below are photos of the 12 different shades available, and these photos have been taken from Boots.com

 

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I hope you enjoyed this review, and if you have any opinions or questions please leave a comment below!

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Five Products I’m Not Repurchasing

Buying something that doesn’t work is disappointing, especially when it’s expensive.  Unfortunately, I sometimes find myself expecting that luxury items are better than their budget alternatives, however, often that isn’t true.   In fact, the majority of my favourite makeup items are from Boots!

This all leads me to a list of products that I am never buying again.  Makeup is specific to the person that wears it, and the way in which you apply it.  These are the products that do not work for my skin, however they do work for others.

  1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This foundation has never worked for me.  For some reason, it separates on my face, creases in my lines and gets very patchy.  I bought this foundation after all of the raving reviews on YouTube, and I immediately hated it.

  1. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

This is another product that just didn’t sit well on my skin.  It separated after only a few hours of wear, and my skin has never looked so cakey and oily in my life!  I also tried the shade 5.25 to contour with, but my skin just looked patchy and awful.  I do think that this is because of my skin, as I know others who absolutely love this foundation, and it looks wonderful on them.

  1. Mac Matte Lipstick

No matter what I do, I cannot seem to get moisture into my lips.  I am always suffering from dry, painful and chapped lips, and it doesn’t matter how much water I drink or how much lip balm I apply.  That is why matte lipsticks usually don’t work for me, however, I find Mac matte lipsticks especially drying.  My lips always end up looking like a scaly mess.  This isn’t because the lipsticks are bad, it’s just because they don’t agree with my skin, and that’s why I usually go for lipsticks with a satin finish.

  1. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

This product is a cult favourite, and for a good reason.  It is a very finely milled powder, and it certainly does the job, but so do many other loose powders.  I don’t hate this product at all, I have just found that there are other powders out there for cheaper.  My favourite loose powders are the Ben Nye loose powder or the Coty Air spun Loose Powder.

  1. Geurlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer

This is a wonderful primer.  Unfortunately for me, my skin has some fine lines and large pores, and when I apply this product I can visibly see those things fade away.  However, my biggest gripe with this product is the price.  I cannot justify spending £47.50 for one bottle of primer, despite the fact that one bottle has lasted me nearly two years.  You can get primers that do more for a cheaper price, and the new L’Oréal primers are an excellent example of this.

Vegetable Rice Bowl Recipie

Hey everyone.  So, I thought that I’d make this post a little different, you know, change it up a bit!

Cooking has always been a passion of mine, however, how much I can do it depends on my health.  However, recently I have undergone a variety of dietary changes after discovering that I have a few intolerances, which has been a shock to the system to say the least!  My new diet is dairy-free and gluten-free, which may be restrictive to some, but I have never felt more energised or healthy since I have cut out all the food that my body can’t cope with.

One of my favourite things to cook at the minute is a rice bowl with some Quorn steak pieces (gluten free).  This is an absolutely delicious, healthy and filling meal, and I usually have leftovers that can be reheated.

I also just want to say that the reason I use microwaveable rice is for simplicity and convenience.  However, you should use whichever rice you prefer!

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of egg-fried rice
  • Handful of tender stem broccoli
  • Handful of mangetout
  • 1 packet of pepper stir fry vegetables
  • 1 cm of grated ginger
  • Some fresh coriander (put as much in as you like, but I usually put in a large pinch)
  • 2 tbsp. of soy sauce (gluten free)
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 Spring onions

Recipe

  1. First, I usually cook the broccoli in a large pan with some rapeseed oil, salt and pepper. I put the lid on the pan and leave it for a few minutes to soften, otherwise you will have some very crunchy broccoli!
  2. Put some Quorn steak pieces in a frying pan, drizzle a little oil and put it on a medium heat. These will take approximately 12 minutes to cook.
  3. I then add in the crushed garlic clove, a little soy sauce and the ginger. I give it a stir, put the lid back on the pan, and I let it cook for another minute.
  4. In the meantime, I will put the rice in the microwave to cook, as well as the mangetout.
  5. Now I will add the packet of pepper stir fry vegetables into the pan, and I will add a little bit more oil and some more soy sauce. Leave this to cook for a few minutes.
  6. Once the vegetables have softened a little more, I put the rice and the mangetout into the pan. I will then place the coriander into the mixture and some more soy sauce if needed.  Once the Quorn is ready I add it in, and then I then season with salt and pepper.

Disclaimer:  I am not a chef, nor do I claim to be.  I am probably doing this all wrong, but I am a student, and I don’t have the time to cook everything from scratch.  It tastes good either way! ❤

This tastes absolutely amazing and it is really filling.  The reason I use the microwave for the mangetout and rice is simply because of convenience.  I usually don’t have a lot of time, so I try to make quick and healthy food when possible.

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe!  You can modify it to your own dietary needs, and if you do take inspiration from it or recreate it, I hope that you enjoy it!

xoxo

The Story Of This Blog

Starting a website, business or blog is never easy, but it is most certainly worth it.  There is something unbelievably satisfying and addictive about following a dream, especially when there is a chance that you might achieve a dream that you once thought was impossible and out of reach.  Starting this blog was a huge leap forward for me in many ways.  This blog is not only my outlet, a way to relax and a way to express myself, it is also a physical display of my strength, determination and dedication towards achieving my goals.

When I was thirteen I filmed my first youtube video.  The video was a makeup tutorial that was filmed on a terrible phone, and the quality of the video was shocking.  I didn’t know that you could edit the video, and I didn’t know half of the things about makeup, filming, lighting and editing as I do now.  However, that video did something wonderful, it taught me a lesson about myself.  That video taught me that I need to follow my passion, and that my big dreams are nothing to be ashamed of.  However, I have been very sick for a few years, and I have been unable to get out of bed some days, never mind follow my dreams.

For years, the idea of having a blog and a Youtube channel was in the back of my mind, and my passion for makeup only grew stronger and stronger, until I finally decided that it was time to leave my past behind, get up and follow those big dreams that I had lost hope in.  I think that sometimes I am afraid to take chances because I am too afraid of what people think, I am afraid of being judged or ridiculed, but I don’t think that I am going to care about what I did on my death bed, I am going to care about what I didn’t do.

That is how this blog was born, this blog was born out of me having hope for the future, hope of happiness, peace and love.  A lot has happened to me this year that has diminished any shred of hope or happiness that I once had, but that’s the funny thing, rather than be bitter, hurt and sad, I decided that it was time to funnel that energy into getting away from what hurt me.

I decided to write this post because I wanted you to learn from my mistakes, and I wanted you to know me better.  If I had one wish it would be that I believed in myself and my abilities sooner.  I wish that I didn’t let the bullies get to me and diminish my hope, I wish that I had the strength to ignore the negativity, and I wish that I had the same knowledge a few years ago as I do now.

Anyway, this blog is a part of me and I am so proud of how far it has come in the short space of time that it has been live, and I am grateful to all of my subscribers and viewers as you are helping me achieve my dreams.

Thank you so much!  I wish you all the best, and I hope that you all achieve all of your dreams as well!

New Makeup Favourites

We are two months into 2018, and already the makeup game has started to change! New and amazing products are being released, new trends are being formed and new ideas are being made into reality more frequently than ever. Between the new trend of ‘mixing’ all of your products in a specific category together, to L’Oréal’s new string of amazing products, money cannot leave my bank account fast enough.

The drugstore has some hidden gems, and they have certainly upped their game with regards to the quality of products they are producing. I remember a few years ago struggling to get a foundation to match my pale skin, and now I actually have a choice as to which foundation I would like, and I no longer have to fork over a lot of money for some products, because I can get an even better product at an even better price in Boots!

My new makeup love is the Collection concealer in the shade 00. The only concealer that has ever been light enough for my skin tone in Boots is the NYX concealer, and in all honesty, I hate that concealer! The concealer that I have been using for the past while has been either the Tarte shape tape concealer, or the Doll 10 cream concealer. However, Collection has changed the game with this affordable, medium coverage matte concealer, and I couldn’t be happier!

The other product that has stolen my heart is the new range of L’Oréal primers which consist of an illuminating one, a pore filling one, a mattifying one, a colour correcting one and an anti-fatigue primer. These primers are unbelievable! I actually prefer the pore filling one to the Benefit porefessional primer, and the illuminating one exceeds all of my expectations.

L’Oréal have also launched a new Infallible line of multipurpose stick foundations that can be used for highlighting, blush, foundation and contouring. These foundations retail for £8.99 in Superdrug and they are fantastic! They have a pretty good range of shades with varying undertones, however, the jump between the lightest and the second lightest is pretty big. I am shade 100 and my contour shade is 200, so unfortunately, I cannot buy a lighter to shade to highlight with. However, they do have shimmer shades for strobing, and they also have blusher shades.

Other product recommendations that I have include the new Makeup Revolution Re-loaded palette range, especially the Loaded Newtrals 2 palette! There are fifteen warm neutral eyeshadow shades of amazing quality, and all of it is only £4. There is one shade that isn’t the best (the burnt orange shade), but the rest are absolutely amazing, especially for the price point.

If you guys have any product recommendations that you want me to try or test, please let me know on my social media accounts, and I will happily put the product to the test!

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Valentines Day Date Ideas

Valentine’s day is quickly approaching and love is in the air. Valentine’s day can be a wonderful day for some, or an awful day for others. It can remind you that you’re unhappy in a relationship, that you’re gloriously happy being alone, or that you’re somewhere in-between those two options. Nevertheless, there are many ways to celebrate the day of love, whether you are with someone or not!

I will never forget my first valentine’s day and how much of a train-wreck it was! The day was filled with unrealistic expectations, and ultimately ended up being disappointing and resulting in a fight… not exactly very romantic.

I don’t think you should need a holiday to tell someone how you feel, and you shouldn’t limit those displays to only once a year! It doesn’t matter if you are celebrating valentine’s day with the love of your life, or with your friends, or even by yourself… Everyone deserves to be shown a little love every day.

So, here is my list of five wonderful ways to spend valentine’s day. These things can be done alone if you are interested in a day of self-love, they can be done with a ‘special’ friend if you’re feeling romantic, or they can be done with your friends!

1. Cook a wonderful dinner, light some candles, and watch a movie.

Going out to eat can be more of a hassle than what it’s worth, especially when you can easily spend a fortune on something that isn’t worth it! I think that a proper home cooked meal, a gin and tonic, and a good movie can be more fun and budget friendly!

Some grocery stores offer ‘meal deals’ such as the dine in for two deals, and they often come with a bottle of wine. I have heard wonderful things about the Marks and Spencer’s deal, however, if nothing on the menu tickles your taste buds you can get a large pizza, dough balls, wine and a dessert for under £20.

However, if cooking is something you love some good recipe ideas are a wonderful creamy carbonara, a hearty meatloaf, or maybe a delicious steak. With this idea you have a lot of freedom and choice. You can eat what you want, drink what you’d like and watch whatever movie tickles your fancy, whether it’s Fifty Shades Freed, Funny Face or a good old action movie… the choices are endless!

2. Cabaret?

Going to the cabaret is one of my favourite things to do in Belfast! The performers are unbelievably talented, the staff are really kind, and there are guaranteed laughs all around. You can have a three-course meal and some wonderful drinks, or you could just go for the show, it’s completely up to you! I think that this is a wonderful and fun way to spend your night, whether you are with your best friends or a loved one.

3. Game night

You can do this with a few other couples, or with a large group of friends. Crack out a few board games, a few bottles of wine, order in some pizza and have a ball… Nothing is better than drunk monopoly! The best thing about this idea is that the more ‘traditional’ valentine’s day dates can be stressful and make you feel a bit pressurised. That’s why I love this idea, because it is relaxing and fun. You don’t have to worry about following a dress code or making sure your makeup is perfect. Instead you can spend the night having fun and laughing with your loved ones.

4. Fancy dinner and drinks

It wouldn’t be a list involving Valentine’s Day if there wasn’t a suggestion for a fancy and romantic dinner. However, rather than doing something plain and predictable, make the night fun, make it a night to remember.

You could start at a nice bar for a quick cocktail in somewhere like Muriel’s, and then you could walk to somewhere wonderful and exiting for dinner such as Bertz Jazz Bar, 2 Taps, or maybe even Ginger! Afterwards you could go dancing in Revolution de Cuba, or maybe end up at a nightclub such as Ollies or Limelight if you’re feeling like a good boogie!

Going from place to place can make the night more fun, and doing it with the person/people that mean a lot to you can make the night even better!

5. Recreate your first date/first time you met

This is possibly one of the most simplistic ideas, but it could easily be one of the most romantic. Doing this shows your loved one that not only do you remember that day, but that you treasure it and everything since then.

6. Ice Skating

Ice Skating isn’t the safest option, especially when you are as unbalanced and accident prone as I am, but it could be a very fun option. You could skate around the rink romantically holding hands, or just holding on for fear of dying! You could race around the rink, or just glide around it while watching everyone else fall, and afterwards you could go and play some mini-golf, or maybe you could go for dinner!

For me, days like Valentine’s Day are more about spending quality time with someone than spending a lot of money.  I personally don’t believe in large and lavish gifts, as nice as they may be.  I would prefer to spend my time and money with someone rather than on something… I would rather spend my money on a wonderful memory than a material object.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Makeup Application Tips

Nothing is worse than a cakey, patchy and messy makeup look, especially when you spend so much time trying to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect! One thing that I have learnt is that more often than not, the mistakes aren’t massive and glaring, and instead it is often tiny blunders that have the largest effect on the final product!

1. Are your brushes clean?

I never used to think very much about cleaning my brushes, and if I am honest, I used to only clean them once a month! However, what I didn’t realise is how much product, dead skin, and general dust and debris gets held within the brush! My makeup always applies much better when I use clean equipment, and this is only something that I have learnt since starting my makeup artistry course.

2. Are you exfoliating?

I have briefly talked about exfoliation on my blog before, but I cannot stress how beneficial it is for your skin! My Clarisonic recently broke and I had to wait a few weeks until I could replace it, and the difference in the appearance in my skin and makeup was unbelievable. My makeup began to look cakey and patchy, and I had to put a lot more effort into getting a perfect looking complexion. Tools such as Clarisonics are expensive, and so another item that I love is the L’Oréal Pro glow exfoliation scrub.

3. Primer

Primer is an often-skipped step in everyone’s makeup routine, especially if you don’t have enough time. I like to think of primer as a base. It perfects everything underneath so that everything on top sits perfectly.  You don’t want to spend all of that time and effort on makeup if you haven’t got the perfect base!

4. How old is your beauty sponge?

A beauty sponge is an absolute must for me! I doubt I would be able to do my makeup if I didn’t have one on hand. It helps to perfectly distribute the product across my face, blend everything seamlessly and soak up any extra product. However, I have noticed that the older the blender, and the more foundation that has gradually accumulated in it, the cakier my foundation looks. Now, it is obviously going to be a very expensive if you buy a new sponge for each application, so I recommend that you clean your sponge after each and every application, so that you can get as much use of the sponge as possible! My favourite sponge is the Real Techniques sponge.

5. Oil

I have always been very apprehensive about adding oil into my beauty routine. My skin type is combination, and so I notice that I can get very oily in my t-zone and on my chin. I used to associate oil with being oily, however, that is not always the case! My favourite oil is the Bleach London Galixir. Rather than just being an oil, it has luminous particles within the oil which helps to give your skin a luminous and dewy look!  I like to mix this oil into my foundation, and sometimes I will add a little to the top of my cheekbones when I want a more natural highlight.