Thursday, 8 March 2018

L'Oreal Infallible Shaping Kit

Don't you love it when you have wanted to try something for ages and then it's on offer?
 I am constantly adding clothes to wish lists and checking them to see if they go in the sale. Just a saving of a couple of quid and I'm checking out quicker than a Kylie-Jenner-and-her-baby pic goes viral.


I went in for a browse in Superdrug and had a play with the make-up while Sam and Mason went off to buy toothpaste or something more typically 'essential'. With my hand covers in swatches I decided it was time to head for a coffee, but just before the exit I noticed a L'Oreal display with a very attractive kit. I stopped in my tracks and Sam let out a little sigh. 

I had just been looking at the L'Oreal stick foundation and the new range of primers caught my eye too. I've been on the hunt for a good primer that stops me looking shiny by midday. This range has confused me because all websites call it 'Infallible' but the packaging definitely says 'Infaillible' - but for the purpose of this review I'm going with what everyone else is saying... even though it doesn't make sense. 


Anyway there were four of these L'Oreal Shaping kits which contain an Infallible Longer Shaping Stick Highlighter, a blender and an Infallible Primer. You then pick your shade of the Infallible Longer Shaping Stick Foundation to add to the pack so it's pretty much tailored to you (or... me!). This was all for £19.99.


As far as I could see all packs had the same shade of highlighter (503 Slay in Rose) and you pick the kit based on your preferred primer. There's a choice of 4 primers so you can have -

The Neutraliser Base which has a green tint to neutralise redness and blemishes;
The Luminiser Base with pearl pigments that brighten and give you a bit of a glow;
The Pore-Refiner Base which claims to give you an airbrushed finish, by blurring pores and uneven areas and the Mattifier Base which absorbs excess oil.

Due to my oily t-zone I went for the Mattifier in the hope of sorting out the dreaded shine problem. And I picked up shade 160 Sand in the foundation which is ever so slightly warmer than my skin tone but I'm going to be all about the fake tan over the coming months so I'll make it work. 


I've been wearing this combination for a couple of days now and I'm pretty happy with these guys. They work very well together and the Infallible Mattifying Primer does a great job of controlling my oily areas. I purposely only applied this on my nose, cheeks and chin but left out between my brows and forehead to see how they compared. I definitely noticed my forehead was looking a lot more oily than the rest of my face by the end of the day so the primer was doing its job. It didn't make me look 'matte' -as the foundation isn't a matte finish but it definitely reduces shine. The Foundation is a medium coverage but really buildable and it blends out beautifully with the help of the blender included in the kit. 


 I have to admit I'm not usually a fan of cream highlighters, I find they can kind of sweep the foundation away and be a bit heavy but I am really happy with this one. I can actually apply it straight from the tube to my cheekbones and lightly blend it in and I'm good to go. It's a gorgeous little colour too, I really like the pink tone, it's great for spring!

Now, I do have some slight reservations when it comes to  hygiene, applying straight on the face feels a bit icky - if anybody knows how I should be sanitising these please share. However I find these perfect for travelling and keeping in my bag should I need a quick touch up. 


Overall I think this is a fantastic little kit and with each product being £8.99 when bought individually it's a total bargain! 

Let's be honest, L'Oreal is almost always on 3 for 2 so you can definitely pick and choose a couple of these bits and try some others too (I like the look of their tattoo eyebrow pen) but if you want to try all of these then picking this up is a no brainer!


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Dresses for Spring

We've made it through January, now we're in the stage between Winter and Spring. (Spwinter...?) The mornings are chilly but a lot more of the grey skies have been replaced with blue ones. At the weekend I even ventured outside without a coat! March is nearly here and I am so excited about getting my Spring wardrobe together. I find shopping for Spring outfits  much more exciting than Winter clothes. I like my clothes to be lightweight and minimal effort and the warmer weather helps with that. 

I love to pop on a dress and throw a long cardigan over the top. The kind of shoes can change the dress and make it work for day shopping or a meal in the evening. Just changing from heels, to flat boots or pumps changes a look completely. It's effortless chic and versatile too.
Zaful have a  great selection to help you find that perfect spring dressThey ship from the US so it can take over a week to arrive but we've got time for that! That's a perk of me getting excited for warmer weather a little early. If you're willing to wait a bit you can grab yourself a right little bargain as their prices are really reasonable. 


I browsed through the site for pages and pages! There is so much choice, from off the shoulder dresses, skater style, A-line, floral patterns, tartan and moreRecently I am really loving a wrap dress, I've found a couple on the high street are lovely but are far too low cut for me to wear comfortably day to day. The long floral red dress (bottom, middle) is a perfect Spring colour and casual enough to wear for the school run or out to lunch. Red is such a great colour for this time of year, we've just left the Christmassy feel behind and are adding polka dots and flowers to take it into the warmer weather. Take a look at some other red dresses here.

If you're not quite in the Spring mindset yet a zaful shirt dress is perfect for the interim. A pair of tights and some boots teamed with a leather jacket and you can step away from the jeans and sweatshirt life we've all been living in. 

You can easily find something perfect for less than £15 so it won't cost a fortune to start putting your Spring wardrobe together. Be sure to check out my recent post on some of the gorgeous swim wear from Zaful too. 

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Monday, 19 February 2018

How I try to Wind down

If you know me you know I have a lot of unpopular opinions... and I know I'm in the minority here but

 I just don't like sleeping. 
there, I said it

I'm like a toddler, I really am but if we didn't need to do it I wouldn't. I just see it as a bit of a waste of life - there's other things I could be doing with my time! That's the problem though, I do need sleep, I'm only human. I have always been guilty of overdoing it or 'burning the candle at both ends' as my Mum puts it. And I am really suffering lately.

Now don't get me wrong, the dark, icy mornings don't make me want to jump out of my warm bed but I am much more of a morning person that most, I just want to get up. The trouble is, I know I could enjoy sleeping, or at least giving my body that rest that it badly needs. 

Last week I didn't have to worry about early wake- up calls as it was half-term. We don't plan things before 10am and I'm fortunate that M sleeps in til gone 8 most mornings. Now I don't have as much time to get in more sleep so I have made a plan to try and wind down more and make the most of the rest I can get. 

Now, I know the rules about having time away from our phones before bed, it's even recommended to have the thing out of the room as the blue light wakes us up on some level or something... but I just can't do that. 
 What if someone needs me in the night?
 What if I need a torch to guide me to the bathroom?
 What if I need to note something important down?
 What if I want to check my Insta feed at 1am...?! 
 and it's my alarm. 
 I admit I'm not off to the best start. 

But I do have my winding down plan sorted and that my friends, is a step in the right direction, or as the french say 'Un pas dans la bonne direction' -it's not a french phrase, just things sound more fancy in french.

Lush have a load of products which help with sleep. The Twilight bath bomb is one of my favourites, Ylang Ylang and Lavender are key ingredients and oh my! -it smells sooo good you guys. Pop this in a hot bath and you're on the way to relaxville (or something).

 While in the bath it's time to chill. it's not a time for maintenance - shaving my legs is effort in itself. This is a time to just 'be'.  I love the Jasmine infused Spacemask* which you can pop over your eyes and lay back. You buy a pack of 5 of these for £15 and they are a lovely treat. With my eyes covered I'm not tempted to pick up my phone and catch up with Instagram. I might take one quick Insta story though cos if you don't Insta Story your bath- did you really have a bath?


Scents play a huge part in this routine. A good candle* sets the scene and adds some good lighting. 

Lush's Sleepy body lotion has a great reputation, it's meant to be a similar scent to Twilight, which I love. I don't find the scent makes a huge difference to my sleep personally but it does smell good and the act of applying a nice moisturiser after a bath is definitely calming. 

Another option for adding a calming scent is the This Works Deep Sleep Aromatherapy Roller. This is a little  roll-on for your wrists which encourages clear breathing for a deeper sleep and a less frazzled mind, thanks to a blend of Eucalyptus, Frankincense and Lavender. 

If you don't want to add a scent directly to your body why not add some to your surroundings?! I bought my bestie pretty much everything from the Feather and Down range but the only thing I've tried for myself is the Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray. The scent is different from most 'bedtime' products I've tried, it's a bit sweeter and contains chamomile. I spray this on my pillow and also my son's when he's in need of a deep sleep. 


Skincare wise I make sure my make-up is all off properly and then I use the  Inner-Soul Healing Night Balm*. It's been designed to use all over the face and support skin healing as you sleep- and the Patchouli and Lavender scent is so soothing too.  It's best to use upward and outward sweeps to help with circulation. Press onto areas of imbalance using the fingertips and it leaves your skin feeling fabulous.

I pop on a lamp, grab a hot water bottle (cos I'm old now) and although there is the temptation to scroll through my phone I get a book out to read. There's loads of books on my Amazon wish list and I plan to get through them this year so swapping my phone for a proper good read before bed will help. 

After half hour or so my eyes are tired enough to rest. Now it's getting a bit lighter in the morning I slip on my A by Amara silk eye mask* so I get an extra half hour in the morning when that pesky sun peeks through my curtains (I love you sun please stay!) and I drift off surrounded by some gorgeous scents and a calm mind. 

I can only hope I keep this up, realistically I won't be able to do this every night (who can afford a Lush bath bomb for every night of the week?!) but I will definitely make the effort to fit in a winding down routine a few times a week. 

*these products were gifted to me but I was not obliged to feature them in any posts

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