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My Top Three Matte Foundations

I am always on the hunt for a good foundation that has both good coverage and staying power – but most importantly, it must keep my skin shine free! I have super shiny/oily skin and for a long time I have found it difficult to get my hands on a good foundation. I have come across some ok-ish ones in the past. But for those that have good coverage, they don’t prevent shine or else the foundation does the opposite and looks too caked on my face. However, I have since come across some really good foundations that are up to the job of mattifying my oily skin. I have recently been tooing and frowing between three foundations – two L’Oreal products and one Catrice foundation. All three are excellent. I do have a favourite though.

Here are my thoughts on all three.

1. L’Oreal Paris – Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation

Out of the three foundations this is my number one. I love it and it does exactly what’s it’s supposed to. It has high coverage, and a lightweight feel without a cakey look which is perfect for me. With any foundation that I use, I normally need to set it with power afterwards – which feels like too much make up on my skin. I don’t like this look or how it feels for every day wear. Within twenty minutes or so I am back at it with the power again and usually by the end of the day my makeup has melted off my face with a super shiny look….unfortunately not the dewy look we’d all like. However, I find that with this foundation I don’t need to set my make up with any powder and it stays that way for the day. At the same time, it doesn’t make my skin dry out either.  My shade is number 11 Vanilla which I think is the lightest shade. There never seems to be a lighter shade available. This shade Is fine, I’ve quite pale skin but I can just about get away with it as it adds a little bit of warmth to my skin. But it would be nice if I could get it in one shade lighter.  I am on my second tube and I intend to keep using it. I just hope it’s not discontinued at any stage!

2. L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Total Cover Foundation

This comes in at second place. I like it a lot and if the first one is ever discontinued I happily use this in its place.  To me it seems to be pretty much the same as the Infallible 24H-Matte. They both have high coverage with a matte finish and lightweight feel. However, the first one seems to be aimed at shine control in particular, while this one is aimed at covering imperfections, redness, marks and dark spots. It is definitely long lasting but I feel the other L’Oreal one last just that little bit longer. A definite plus for this one though, is that it is available in a lighter shade – I’ve been using number 10 porcelain which is a perfect colour for my skin. If I could only find the Infallible 24H-Matte in this shade I’d be set!!

3. Catrice Cosmetics – HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

In third place is the HD Liquid Coverage by Catrice Cosmetics. Although in last place, it is still a really good foundation. It’s has a lightweight feel, is non-oily and is definitely mattifying. It claims to last up to 24 hours and it has excellent coverage, but my shiny skin still makes an entrance where it doesn’t in the first two foundations. Again, if I ran out of my favourite I’d have no problem using this, but I know I’d need to top it up with power at some stage. Again, the colour is more suited to my skin than the first foundation and I love that it has a dropper application lid which stops you from using too much product.

Even though I have my favourite, all three foundations pretty much do what they are suppose to. I’d use any three of these over many other top foundations currently on the shelves. But what suits another’s might not suit someone else, so your best bet is to try a few different ones like I did and find what works best for your skin.

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Birchbox – March Review

I have been getting the Birchbox subscription for nearly six months now. I was really impressed with them at the start, but sadly as the months have gone on I haven’t been as impressed. You get five items but they are nearly all always sample sizes. I have only ever gotten one or two full sizes (one per box). As it is an English company, there are certain items that cannot be shipped to Ireland and I sometimes feel that these items are replaced with random items. On their website you have the option to complete your beauty profile so that they can match their products to your beauty needs. I have filled this profile out but I find that the Birchbox I receive doesn’t always reflect this. This month there were only two items that I was impressed with, the rest were just Ok.

So what did I get in my March box?

1. BENEFIT – They’re real! Double the lip lipstick.

This was one of the items that I loved. I new it would be included in this months box as I recieved an email giving me the option to choose between two different shades – Lusty Rose or Pink Thrills. I choose Lusty Rose which turned out to be a gorgeous colour. This lipstick is like a lip liner and lipstick in one. It has a teardrop shaped tip, with a liner shade at the top and a long lasting lipstick at the bottom. It is a really vibrant colour and the two in one formula helps to create visibly fuller lips. I loved this. It has a lovely moisturising feel and lasts on the lips for long time. It is long lasting as advertised.

2. CAUDALIE – Vine (Activ) Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum.

This was the second item from this months beautybox that I really liked. The serum itself has a lovely texture and goes onto the skin like silk. My skin felt gorgeous after using it. It delivers anti-cell burn-out complex (whatever that is!?) which brightens dull skin and smooths fine lines. It is applied in the morning and at night before your moisturiser for some added protection.

3. BATISTE – 2-in-1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner

This was something that I was really excited to see when I opened my beautybox. I had seen it in the shops and had been meaning to try it out. I am a big fan of Bastille products and like most girls, I have used them in the past to boost my hair a little if it is looking a bit flat. But as everyone knows, it can leave your hair feeling really dry. So when I saw that a 2-in1- product was out I thought it would be great. When using it, I applied it to my hair/roots and waited for a few minutes before massaging it through my hair. To be honest, the result was a bit of a let down. It definitely didn’t have the same result as the original dry shampoo and it didn’t even look like I had applied it to my hair. It even looked more greasy then it was in the first instance! I am not sure that I will use it again, but if anyone tires it and has a better result than I had, please let me know!

4. RITUALS – The Rutual of Sakura Foaming  Shower Gel

This is a nice product – it does what it says on the tin. A foaming gel wash that foams at contact with water. I have used many products like it. The smell is really gorgeous – Cherry blossom and organic rice milk. When using it, use a coin sized amount onto damp skin, lather up and rinse away.

5. BALANCE ME – Instant Lift Primer

This is a 99% natural blend of hyaluronic acid and acacia gum that tightens and diffuses for smoother and refined skin. I didn’t really like this, I found that it made my foundation look like it was sitting on top of my skin. The particular foundation that I used over this primer is a long wearing matte foundation, which on its own is genuinely long wearing and doesn’t look cakey on the skin. But unfortunately when used with this primer, looked heavy on my skin and went blotchy, which it normally never does. It might work better for other skin types, or even with a different type of foundation but, ultimately it’s not for me.

So, my thoughts on Birchbox’s March beautybox? It’s just ok. As I mentioned above, there were two out of the five items that I really liked and I suppose that the foaming gel wash was good too. And I liked the little bag that was in the box too. But I just felt like the items weren’t exactly in line with my beauty profile and maybe that’s because some items cannot be shipped to Ireland. But if that is the case, they should aleast include a replacement item that is going to suit you. I feel that some items are just added regardless, to make up the five items required. Maybe next months box will be better, but I am not 100% sure if I will get it next month. If you would like to try Birchbox’s beautybox’s out for yourselves, of to www.birchbox.co.uk.

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Glossybox – March Review


I am totally in love with Glossybox – for such a reasonable subscription price each month you get a lot of bag for your buck. Each month you get five products in total. In the March Glossybox I got four out of five full sized items! Amazing.  As well as the amazing products, as usual everything arrived in a beautifully packaged box. It’s such a treat for the eyes – it’s almost a shame to open up the packaging.

So what did I get in my March box?

1. oOlution – Eye Love (Full size)

I absolutely loved this. I am always on the hunt for a good eye cream and this one ticks all of the boxes. It absorbs really quickly into the skin. Every time I use it, I find that my eyes look really bright and awake. This eye cream is packed with a host of active ingredients. It uses 100% natural ingredients and is free from synthetic ingredients and palm oil. The result is a luxurious, hydrating formula that is rich in antioxidants. It helps to diminish dark circles and reduce puffiness. It can be used with in the morning or as part of your bed time skin routine.


2. IWHITE TEETH WHITENING – Whitening toothpaste (Full size)

I am big into teeth whitening  products. I have tried so many tooth whitening toothpastes and other products over the years and this is one of the whitening products on the top of my list. I have used IWHITE products in the past and I have never had anything bad to say about the brand. I love it. The toothpaste brightens teeth and can be used daily. It contains an active whitening formula that targets surface and deep tooth staining. This is so important for me as I drink far too much coffee which isn’t the best for keeping my teeth white! I loved this product.


3. SLEEK Makeup – Eye & Cheek palette ( Full size)

I love Sleek cosmetics products. This palette was one of the sneek peek products last month and I was really looking forward to receiving it in this months box. I was a bit disappointed with the colour scheme of the palatte. It wouldn’t have been what I would have chosen myself. I did receive a link where I should have been able to choose my own palette colour , as there were a few to choose from. But unfortunately the link wouldn’t actually let me choose anything ! Such a pity. But, putting that aside, it is still a great palatte. I really liked the eye shadows. There were four in total – two matte and two shimmer shades. I just found the bronze/contour shade a tad too orange for my colouring and the pink blush; although a really pretty colour, was a bit too pink. The pigments of all of the colours are brilliant though, really vibrant and long lasting.

4. THIS WORKS – In Transit Camera Close up

This is called the “Hero product”. I’m not too sure whether I agree with that. Apparently Victoria Beckham uses it…..is this why it’s called the Hero product, because a celebrity useless it? Just because a celebrity uses it, doesn’t mean its good. This product is a primer that balances, plumps and brightens the skin, leaving it “photo perfect”. I can’t say I found that it did any of these things to my skin. I found that it made my foundation really patchy and it made it look like it was just sitting on top of my skin. It might work better for other skin types, but sadly not for mine. It gets a thumbs down from me. If you do decide to use it, it is applied after your moisturiser or face oil, followed by your foundation.


5. GOT2B – Styling Primer (Full size)

I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m looking forward to giving it a go. We are all used to preparing and priming our skin for make up applications, but priming our hair can make styling it ten times easier. Something I could really do with as I have an awful time just trying to dry my hair, let alone styling it! The primer gives your hair grip and pliability, as well as lasting control. It is worked into damp hair and then style as usual.

My over all rating of the March Glossybox? I’m giving it a solid 8/10. Besides The THIS WORKS – In Transit Camera Close up Primer and the fact that I was unable to choose which Sleek palette I got, I loved this months Glossybox. Aprils sneek peek is the ModelCo’s Contour Stick. I am looking forward to giving that a go and colour looks gorgeous. If you are interested in finding out more about Glossybox or would like to sign up for a monthly subscription go to www.glossybox.ie.

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February GlossyBox – Review


So this month I decided to give the beauty box from Glossy Box a go. It costs me about €14(+ €5 p&p) per monthly perscription which includes five beauty products. I have to say, when it first arrived I was really impressed. It was packaged really well. The box that it came in was a really good size and really pretty. I loved that the products were wrapped up in pretty tissue paper and tied with a bow. First impressions really count – this beauty box was a big hit with me. I also thought that the box design really suited the month that it was for. As February is the month of love, the box really tied in with this. When you sign up there is also an opinion to fill out your beauty profile, meaning that the box you receive each month can be tailored to suit your beauty needs.

So what did I receive this month?

 

1. LA THEORIE DES VOLCANS – Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub. (Full size)
20170225_132136This product is supposed to harness volcanic properties that gently cleanse and purify. It is enriched with anti ageing ingredients, which also help to plump out and smooth your skin. The mask starts off as a pink paste that slowly turns grey as it dries out. I have to say, I really liked this. My skin felt smooth and looked really refreshed after using it. Ideally, it should be used once or twice a week if                                                                   possible. It’s paraben and silicone free, vegan and 90%                                                                       natural. Not bad!

2. FIGS & ROUGE – Hydra-Activ Smart Nutrient Vital Moisture Day Cream.

This lightweight day cream provides instant and long lasting hydration. It includes hyaluronic acid and victamins A, C and E. I absolutely loved this. Even though my skin is really oily, I have had patches of dry skin at the top of my cheeks, just under my eyes ever since I was pregnant with Ruby, and it has never gone away. I find that no matter what cream I use before putting on my foundation, the dry patches still come through. But this cream really helped. My skin felt so smooth after using it and it soaked into my skin really quickly. I’ll definitely be purchasing the full size in this product.

3. GARNIER – Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer Balm.

This hair mask from GARNIER is supposed to use the hydrating properties of honey that leave your hair feeling nourished and glossy. After washing your hair, the mask should be applied from the mid lengths of the hair to the tips and left on for up to five minutes. I didn’t like this at all. When the GARNIER Ultimate Blends honey collection first came out I gave the shampoo and condition a go. My hair, which tends to be greasy anyway, was so greasy after I used it. It looked like I hadn’t even washed it. I found that the hair mask had the same affect. It definitely doesn’t suit my hair, but it would probably work better on some one with really dry hair. But unfortunately, it’s not a winner for me.

4. MEMEME – Beat the Blues in Oyster Gold. (Full size)

I absolutely loved this and I have been using it all week. This is an iridescent skin illuminator that boosts the skins radiance. It is similar to Benefit cosmetics high beam liquid highlighter. I use it just along my cheeks bones, under my brow bone and on my Cupids bow and it creates a lovely dewy glow. It can also be mixed into your foundation. This gets a big thumbs up from me.

 

5. RODIAL – Smokey Eye Pen. (Full size)

I liked this, it’s long lasting and it applies and blends really well. The pigment is really strong too and has a gel effect, which creates a really clear definition around the eye.

I absolutely loved the February Glossy Box. From the size of the really pretty and attractively packaged box, to the quality of the full sized products and sample products – it gets a massive thumbs up from me.  I can not wait to find out what the next box will bring. I did get a little sneak peek though. One of the items in the March Glossy Box will be a SLEEK eye and cheek palette. I adore the Sleek cosmetics range, so I am really looking forward to seeing which palette I get.

If you would like to subscribe to get your own Glossy Box or to individually purchase any of the above or find out what the prices are, you can go to the Irish Glossy Box website www.glossybox.ie.

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February BirchBox – Review

I have been a subscriber to Birchbox since September 2016. Every month since then I have been receiving a monthly beauty box from them, costing approximately £13 each month. I discovered them when reading one of Suzanne Jackon’s (SoSueMe) beauty blog posts. Since I love anything beauty related, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. My first delivery didn’t disappoint. Fast forward five months and I am still with them. This month I decided to put up a post on my thoughts of the February box and I will do so for each month from now on.

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Each month there is a different box design depending on what month it is. So far each box design has been really nice, so much so that its a shame not to keep each little box. You would imagine since February is the love month that the box design would reflect this. This wasn’t the case. Instead, BirchbBox decided that this month they would partner up with a design company called Papier. There were two design options to choose from, of which I chose to be surprised. The box design I received was lovely, but I didn’t really think it was suitable for the month that it was for. But what I really love about BirchBox is that each box received is tailored to suit your needs. You can fill out a beauty profile online. For example, I have really thick wavy hair and oily skin, so I receive products each week to help with these issues. It would be pointless receiving random products that you may never use.

So what did I receive this month?

1. Marbleous Eye Brush (Full Size) – Spectrum Collections

20170218_173619I really liked this. It was full size which is always a bonus. But what I really loved was the shape of the brush head. I found, because of its shape, it was great for applying shadow to the upper crease of the eye. It did a brilliant job of blending. The bristles are synthetic and really soft. I will definitely be using this every time I apply my eye make up.

2. Eyeshadow Trio – POP Beauty

20170218_173524.jpgWhen I first saw this I thought the package looked really cheap, but I was pleasantly surprised once I used it. The three shadows have a really good pigment and the colours were really nice. They are perfect for my skin tone. The colour I received was Champagne Mocha and they are fantastic for creating a smokey eye effect. I found that the shadow had really good staying power. At the end of the day, the shadow was still in place.

3. Huile Prodigieuse® – NUXE

20170218_173553.jpgThis oil is a  blend of six essential oils to hydrate and nourish the body, face, and hair. I haven’t used it on my face as my skin is really oily and I don’t want it to cause any breakouts. It may not, but I’m not going to take the chance. I have used it on my body and hair. It has a gorgeous smell, so it makes your hair and skin smell lovely. If you are using it in your hair, I would recommend using it sparingly or just at the ends. I have oily hair, so too much of this is a disaster. But it created a lovely shine.

4. Hydration Mask Therapy (Full Size) – KEEOME

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I haven’t tried this yet. It is supposed to be packed with a number of natural extracts and vitamins that are essential for healthy skin. It’s supposed to brighten and completely revitalise tired skin. I’ve recently gotten really into sheet masks, so I can’t wait to give it a go!

5. Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray – Beaver Professional

I have really frizzy and dry ends, so I love any kind of leave in hair conditioner. So this 50ml travel size conditioner spray is perfect for my hair.  The conditioner detangles, de-frizzes, and adds moisture to hair. I loved it and my hair was noticeably softer after using it.

I thought that this months products were really great and suitable for the beauty profile that I filled out on their website.  I also loved the mix of full sizes as well as the sample sizes. My favourite products (so far) are definitely the eyeshadow brush and the conditioner spray. If you are interested in a monthly subscription from BirchBox click here.