Sunday, 24 May 2015

Benefit the Porefessional: License To Blot

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Benefit the Porefessional License to Blot £15.50 - Link

I have to admit I am a sucker for new beauty releases, and whilst I was away spotted Benefit's the Porefessional Licence to Blot in Sephora. After hearing quite a lot about this prior to its UK release,  curiosity set in and naturally I had to add this to my basket and be on my merry way. I'd probably describe my skin as oily/combination so when a product is released that promises to help mattify the skin and blur the appearance of enlarged pores I'm always going to have to give it a go.

Licence to Blot is described as an instant oil-blotting translucent stick with tiny invisible blotting spheres which mattifies shine for up to 6 hours. The specially designed triangular tip targets shiny zones, including the sides of your nose, forehead and chin. 

As a frequent user of blotting sheets, the concept of a blotting stick was something that really interested me. License to Blot comes in a retractable tube which is perfect for blotting on the go, the tube is smaller than the original Porefessional which means it's easy enough to tuck away in your bag taking it wherever you go. 

The solid balm has been designed into a triangular shape, allowing for easy application in those hard to reach facial contours - I do have to admit it does remind me a little of a pritt stick, but thankfully does not resemble that when being used. I have to admit the shape does create an easy application, as I have a love hate relationship with anything in stick format because it sometimes can never apply right directly so I always have to resort to using my hands or a brush. 

To use this you simply apply your makeup as you would normally, and then throughout the day use  License to Blot to remove any unwanted shine as and when you need to. Texture wise License to Blot is so smooth and to apply this glides easily onto the skin. I have been using short strokes or dabbing motions to blot my skin, removing excess oil and you know what? This stuff actually works once applied I find my skin looking matte and shine? It's gone! 

Now I don't think this blots in the sense that blotting paper blots absorbing excess oil, instead it helps to mattifies the skin - if that makes sense. I do find you have to be a little careful when applying over makeup, because if you are trying to mattifying makeup and skin that is already oily it does have the tendency to smudge a little bit meaning you do need to clean up with a little concealer, but as long as you don't go too heavy handed you should be fine. When applied this doesn't feel heavy on the skin, instead it feels like I have an extra layer of Porefessional on my face. 

My only negative with a product like this is that I have noticed that it has become a little dirty, and by this I mean foundation has transferred around the tip which does slightly gross me out because I'm forever cleaning anything like that as I hate the idea of placing something back on my face which is already marked. 

Packaging wise, this is traditional Benefit featuring the signature Benefit Spy Gal and toy box packaging that for me will never get old. I love the brightness of it also, meaning it'll never get lost in my makeup stash and I just love how quirky it is. 

Overall I think that if you are a fan of Benefit's the Porefessional range this will be a welcomed addition to the Porefessional family. This is perfect for reducing shine on the skin, and has replaced my favourite powder compacts and blotting sheets. Now I have to admit this doesn't last the six hours as advertised I have found it lasts more about the 3-4 hour mark but I can't complain as this helps my makeup looks fresh again. This is a fresh idea that I'm sure is bound to impress come its release in June!

Will you be getting your hands on License to Blot when it's released in June?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation and Primer

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L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation £7.99 - Link
L'Oreal Infallible Primer £7.99 - Link

Hola lovelies, I'm back off my jollies and must apologise for the lack of posts this month, I was literally so busy on the run up to my holiday that I did neglect my blog a little but I'm all refreshed and back to it! Normally I tend to shy away from drugstore/highstreet foundations just purely for the reason I am yet to find one that lives up to my higher end favourites, however after hearing some rave reviews surrounding both the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation and Mattifying Primer I knew I had to give both of these a shot!

The L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation is described as a matte foundation that reduces the appearance of shine for up to 24 hours, and perfectly glides and fuses on the skin without leaving a cakey or dull effect. When I heard that this was a thicker foundation I was a little dubious about using it as I often find thicker foundations can venture into cake mode rather quickly. So I did start off a little gently with this to make sure I steered well clear of cake mode, but I have to admit I found that this blended into the skin rather easily and smoothly. Because the foundation is thicker I do find that this works better if I apply with my fingers first and then blend with a brush, as it just allows the foundation to heat up in my fingertips. 

Application wise because this is a full coverage foundation I like to go in with a small pea sized amount first to create a lightweight base to begin with and then go over any areas that need a little more coverage such as blemishes or dark circles. What I have noticed about this foundation is that it doesn't leave your skin looking flat as this is something I have found can happen with matte foundations, instead this looks lightweight and gives the skin a healthy radiant glow. 

This foundation has some great lasting power also when worn individually or teamed with the Infallible Primer. On its own I find it lasts anywhere from the 6-8 hour mark and when worn with the primer around the 8-10 hour mark. During the day it continues to look fresh also, and never patchy which is a big bonus especially if you suffer from oily skin and there is something so satisfying when you remove your makeup at the end of the day and see your foundation on the cloth (no? Maybe it's just me) knowing that it has stayed put all day! I can't comment on the 24 hour lasting power as claimed by L'Oreal because let's be honest who wants to wear foundation for 24 hours straight?

The only slight negative I would say about the range is the lack of shades, I think there are around 6 shades which is a disappointment for a product so great. Hopefully down the line they will add more shades to the range after seeing how popular the foundation has become!

The L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer is a matte base product that locks in shine while instantly transforming the skins texture, resulting in a matte finish and velvet soft touch. The primer itself does appear like a thick gel like consistency when applied from the tube, however once applied on the skin it feels extremely lightweight and glides on smoothly. As a silicone based primer this helps to refine the skins texture whilst smoothing the appearance of pores and fine lines. I find that a little goes a long way with this, and you only need the smallest amount to cover your face. 

Now I have to admit I haven't noticed a lot of difference when it comes to reducing the appearance of pores, but I can say this does create the perfect matte base for foundation application. Now as someone with oily skin creating a matte base is often perfect but it's keeping that base matte that's the pain. Since using this however I have found that this does help keep the shine at bay throughout the day, with little to no need for blotting paper or powders. If you do suffer the odd shine patch you can use this primer on top of the skin also to act as a blotting product. Not only have I found this primer to help reduce shine this also helps prolong the wear of makeup which is a big plus, and I have to say this primer has left me pleasantly surprised in a good way!

Overall I'm glad I jumped on the bandwagon as I have been pleasantly surprised by both products, and for a mere £7.99 a piece both products have delivered the same quality and rival luxury products. With no shiny t-zone in sight this dynamic duo packs some serious mattifying punch that has me seeing thicker foundations in a new light. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on L'Oreal's Infallible Foundation and Primer!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wishlist Wednesday: A day at the Beach

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Firstly I need to apologise for the lack of posts the past week or so, I have been in full on holiday mode which has meant packing, sorting euros, trips and all the rest of that malarky. With saying that roll on Friday as I am looking forward to spending a couple of weeks in the sun. But today I wanted to share with you all a Wishlist Wednesday for a day at the beach.

I don't think you can ever beat a good kaftan for the walk down to the beach, and I'm really loving the George Chiffon Kaftan it's just such a lovely colour and perfect for throwing over a swimsuit or bikini. When it comes to sandals I am easily pleased and I'm loving the New Look Coral Sandals - you'll see a theme coming shortly but I think that the colour is perfect for the summer and after all my rule for sandals on the beach is that they need to be comfy and easy to throw off so that I can check my feet stuck in the sand. I am cheating a little here as this was a cheeky purchase that's already in my case but I couldn't resist the F&F Aztec Swimsuit. Firstly the pattern is so gorgeous and honestly I would have never thought that this came from a supermarket, and secondly the fit is so flattering and this gives a good cup fitting - which is important if you are a little top heavy like me. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this whilst I'm away. You can't go to the beach without a bag, and I really have my sights set on the Ted Baker Pink Bow Tote Bag I have wanted one of their tote bags for what seems like the longest time, and this will be perfect for throwing my purse and towel in as it looks a good size and I don't have to worry about it getting sand or water on it because it's easy enough to sponge and clean. Last but not least I'm really loving the look of the Topshop Sassy Catseye Sunglasses from the block colours to catseye style, and after all I can't resist something with the name sassy in it!

There we have it - I'm sorted for a day down on the beach. I'd love to know what your beach must haves are!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

FloridaTix 10th Birthday Party

On Wednesday I ventured in Birmingham to celebrate FloridaTix 10th Birthday bash for a night of cake, cocktails and all things Florida! I met up with some of my faves Becky, Katrina, Rachel, Chloe and Sam, and it was great to get chatting again to these lovelies over cocktails and food. 

Florida Tix is a Birmingham based online ticket specialist for Florida theme parks and attraction tickets. As someone who has been to Florida several times I know how important planning is prior to going, and there is just honestly so much to do there that fitting it into a couple of weeks can be hard. So with the help of their dedicated team they can help tailor your trip so that you get the best out of it and can order your tickets all in one go.

The event itself was held at the Island bar, a place I had never tried previously but they serve the most amazing cocktails! The evening started with drinks and a little game of spotting 10 hidden Mickey's that had been spread around the room - something that was so fun! Then we were introduced to Simon who gave us a talk about FloridaTix before cutting their amazing cake. Which let me add not only looked amazing but tasted delicious - I loved looking round the cake to spot the little Florida attractions. The night ended with a pub style quiz based on all things Florida and Disney, Katrina, Chloe and I were 'Team 3' - original I know, but we had no idea what to call ourselves! Each round covered topics like Disney, theme parks and Florida knowledge, I think Katrina will admit also that we ended up loving the Disney sound round a little too much! We actually came second in the quiz and won a Disney beach towel, which will definitely be making its way into my suitcase for my holiday next week. 

Last but not least I couldn't do this post without mentioning the AMAZING goody bag, filled with goodies that did leave me a little giddy. The Minnie Mouse plush already has pride of place amongst my other Disney teddy's on my bed (yes I am 23 but you'd never think it looking in my bedroom).

Overall the night was so much fun and I enjoyed every minute of it! A big thank you to Cindy for organising such a fab event, and it has me so excited to book my next magical Florida adventure!

What is your favourite thing about going to Florida?

Sunday, 19 April 2015

My MAC Lipstick Collection

MAC Lipstick Collection

I had been toying with the idea of posting my MAC lipstick collection for a while now, part of me has been a little scared and another part of me excited to share this with you. I'm going to just add a little disclaimer here I'm not trying to show off, I just wanted to share with you something I love collecting and I have either purchased these over the years or friends and family have kindly purchased these for me. 

Altogether I have 51 MAC lipsticks (a spare Creme Cup which I haven't shown) and yes I do have a problem - I lack self restraint everytime I walk past a MAC counter. However the hoarder collector in me wanted to share you with my MAC lipstick collection.

I've arranged them all by shade starting with nudes at the front including pinks, peaches, nudes and mauves, then going into brighter pinks and corals then purples and finally my reds and oranges. I actually didn't realise how much I love my nudes or reds until placing them side by side like this. I won't actually be swatching each lipstick individually in this post because we could be here all day (and night) so instead I'm going to separate the shades in a separate post and leave this as an overall collection post. 

Here's just a quick rundown of the shades I own:

Front row:
Pure Zen
Shy Girl
Kiss the King
Velvet Teddy
Royal Ball
Creme Cup

Second row:
Morning Rose
I Love Winter
Haute Attitude
How Darling!

Third row:
No Faux Pars
MAC Viva Glam Miley
Full Fuchsia
Red Balloon
Toying Around
Betty Bright
Sunny Seoul
Hot Gossip
Speed Dial

Fourth row:
Heavenly Hybrid
Milan Mode
Private Party
Up The Amp
Creme de la Femme

Fifth row:
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna
MAC Viva Glam IV
MAC Viva Glam I
Ruby Woo
Salon Rouge
Sparks of Romance
Damn Glamorous 
Lady Danger
Dreaming Dahlia
Toxic Tale

There we have it my MAC lipstick collection, let me know which shades you'd like to see first. And I'm dying to know which are your favourite MAC lipsticks?