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!

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