For anyone who has read my blog before, you will know that I am a huge fan of L’oreal foundations! I have previously tried and loved their True Match foundation and also their Infallible foundation, in both the longwear and matte finish. I recently heard about their new total cover foundation and I just knew I had to have it! So how did I find it?

Well, first things first, this product is very high coverage. This is something I always look for in a foundation as I suffer with acne prone skin and I love to have a high coverage foundation that I can rely on to last throughout the day and cover all my blemishes. Having tried previous L’oreal foundations I knew that they wouldn’t disappoint on this element as the Infallible and True Match range both have really great coverage as well.

The infallible range always claimed a 24 hour long lasting coverage and whilst this foundation doesn’t make such a bold claim, the product is incredibly long lasting and is completely flawless even after a full 8-9 hours of work. Even after a full day, the coverage is still seamless and my base hasn’t budged – a definite plus. The product is also a matte finish and is more of a thick formula as opposed to the liquid finish of the true match and infallible range. It’s quite a moussey texture but because of the ‘camo stretch technology’ that this product boasts, it applies really easily and has great spreadability. The product sinks into your skin effortlessly and has a nicer finish to the Infallible matte range which can be a little more difficult to spread and apply.

For reference, I picked this up in the shade Natural Rose 12 which is such a perfect colour match for me. It’s a very natural colour for me but because of the great coverage I didn’t feel it necessary to go any darker than my natural skin tone. At the moment I think there are only 6 shades available which is a little disappointing but thankfully I’ve found my perfect match.

This foundation is currently available at most Superdrug and Boots stores and is priced at an incredible £9.99 – that’s another thing I love about L’oreal, they are by far my favourite high street foundation and they are so readily available and affordable!

Have you tried the Total Cover foundation? What were your thoughts? 

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I’m a huge fan of liquid eyeliners. It’s a complete staple item in my makeup collection and when I can be bothered, I try to perfect the winged cat eye look as best as I can. I am, it has to be said, pretty clumsy and so perfecting this look can be a little tricky but is definitely helped if you have a great product to begin with. I thought I would write a post about the eyeliners I have tried and the pros and cons of each of them!

Supercat Liner from Soap and Glory 

For a long time, this has been my absolute go-to liquid eyeliner. At £5.50, it is very reasonably priced and it is really easy to use, even for an eyeliner novice. It has a really thick nib and helps to create a perfect cat eye look. For those who prefer a thinner and more precise line, this may not be the one for you. For those who want to look like a supercat, then this is the one for you.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

For many, this is the holy grail liner and I have to admit I am aa huge fan. The KVD liner has a much more precise nib but still delivers great pigmentation and a jet black colour. It is, however, on the more expensive end of the spectrum and can be picked up for around £16.00. For those who are serious about their eyeliner game and regularly go for this look, then this product is definitely a worthy investment.

[L-R] Supercat, Kat Von D, NYX Two Timer, Eyeko Skinny, NYX Vivid Brights

NYX Two Timer Dual Ended Liner 

When I first picked this up, I thought wow, a dual liner for £8? Seemed pretty good at the time, however, this is one product from NYX that I don’t really use anymore and have found faults with. The liquid liner isn’t particularly pigmented and has sadly dried out very quickly. There’s nothing more annoying than doing a perfect line only for it to be faded and having to try go over it again seamlessly. I’ve also found that both ends tend to smudge quite easily and this is a factor that I tend to steer away from in an eyeliner. Sadly for me, this product is a miss.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Rumour has it, this is the eyeliner favoured by the original eyeliner queen Alexa Chung. Although it’s nicknamed ‘Skinny’, I would still consider the nib of this liner to be a little on the thick side, a factor that I do like. It’s very easy to apply and is incredibly precise. It is also a pure black ink and has a really nice finish. At £16.00, this has the same price tag as the KVD liner. They both give you a really lovely and clean finish and I would personally say if you prefer a thinner nib to opt for the Kat Von D liner and if you prefer a thicker applicator then the Eyeko liner would be more preferable.

NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner

On a day to day basis I would always opt for a jet black liner, however, if you are feeling a little more adventurous then NYX offers up a solution with their Vivid Brights range. I picked one of these up in the shade Vivid Sapphire, a very striking blue colour. Unlike the normal and my more preferred pen method, this product is a brush style applicator which can take some getting used too. However, the colour range is really nice and the product looks great on. The pigmentation is really bright and is perfect for a party/festival look. This range is also priced at £5.50 so won’t be breaking the bank!

 

It all depends what kind of features you look for in liquid eyeliners as to which will be most suited to you but I hope my battle of the eyeliners helped you narrow down your choice! Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these or if you have a preferred eyeliner which is not on this list!

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NYX Soft matte lip cream

I’m certain that you’ve all heard about the NYX Soft matte lip cream by now, heck, every man and his dog seems to love this product. But the truth is…it really is worth the hype. I love NYX as a brand, they’re affordable, accessible to the normal gal, great colours and also great quality. I’ve tried a number of their products but for me, the soft matte lip creams are definitely one of their best!

With 34 shades, there is definitely plenty to go at. From the nudest of nudes to a show stopping blue, the soft matte lip cream collection is packed full of different shades. Of course, you know I love my nudes and so the majority of my collection is just that, nude. Nevertheless, the shades I do own are ones that I can wear day in, day out. I get so much wear out of these lip creams and at £5.50, they are definitely worth the money!

Needless to say, these lip creams have a matte finish but unlike a lot of lip products on the market, these are not too drying. They are quite creamy to apply but dry down pretty quickly. They are non transferable and seem to last a good few hours without budging. Sure they don’t last all night but for £5.50, they do a really good job and outlast a lot of higher end matte products.

I may not be able to visit the places in real life, but when I open my makeup drawer on a daily basis I can choose from Stockholm, San Paulo, Abu Dhabi, Ibiza and Rome. The options are endless.

[L-R] Rome, Ibiza, Abu Dhabi, San Paulo, Stockholm

Rome is a medium nude with a plum-red undertone. I love to wear this shade for a night out, it’s like a dusky rose tone – very classy. Ibiza definitely lives up to it’s reputation. It’s bold and its bright. It’s a deep rose-pink shade which adds an extra pop up colour to your makeup look. Definitely not for the feint hearted! Abu Dhabi is a nude lovers dream. This is just perfect for day to day wear. It’s like your lip colour but better. Very understated but I love it. San Paulo is the newest addition to my collection. It’s a lovely plum tone, slightly darker than Rome and not as bright as Ibiza.  It’s a shade that I feel can be dressed up or dressed down, very versatile! Last but by no means least is Stockholm. This is the first soft matte lip cream that I picked up and is still a popular choice of mine. It’s a really pretty and subtle mid tone beige pink shade. It’s a similar shade to Abu Dhabi but with more of a pink undertone. Again, a perfect choice for day to day wear.

Safe to say I’m a huge fan of the soft matte lip cream range and no doubt there will be more additions to my collection!

Have you tried them before? If so let me know which is your favourite shade!

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Spring Beauty Haul

So it’s been a while since I did a beauty haul and I thought with it turning to Spring it was the perfect opportunity to show you guys what I’ve picked up over the last few weeks!

Freedom HD Pro Conceal Kit

Now in all honesty I really didn’t need this but this palette just looked so handy with so many different skin tone shades and also some colour correctors. I’ve not used colour correctors before but as someone who suffers with blemishes and also dark undereyes I thought it best to maybe give it a go and hopefully it will conceal all my skin concerns!

L’oreal Paris Total Cover Foundation

I’ve wanted to try this foundation as soon as I heard about it – full coverage, lightweight finish and long lasting – literally everything I look for in a foundation. Plus I’ve tried and loved the true match and infallible foundations from L’oreal before and so I’m really hopeful about this product!

NYX No Filter Finishing Powder

I’ve been on the look out for a new finishing powder for a while now and so I decided to pick a couple of different ones up. I love NYX products and this powder promises to give you a flawless finish, perfect for photos so I though heck, why not!

NYX Studio Finishing Powder

I decided to also give this powder a try as I loved the Laura Mercier translucent powder and this looked like a similar product and quality for a fraction of the price.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder

Okay, maybe I went a little crazy on the powders but I’ve heard great things about this one! This is supposed to balance out your complexion and give you a boost of radiance so this sounded perfect for Spring makeup looks.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I’ve tried and loved this product before. It’s a really lovely creamy consistency which isn’t too thick and is so easy to apply. I decided to get this in Light Neutral as the concealer I tried before was just a tad too dark for my skin tone.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

I may or may not have fallen for the travel sized products at the checkout! This looked super cute and handy for travelling and I’m also really loving eyeshadow primers at the moment and this product obviously has rave reviews so I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Abu Dhabi and San Paulo 

I’ve already tried a couple of these lip creams before and they have an amazing finish to them without being too drying. There is also a huge variety of shades! I decided to pick up Abu Dhabi, a lovely nudey brown shade and also San Paulo, a beautiful plummy pink shade.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim and Teddy

Again I already own a couple of these beauties but decided I needed more! Ruffle Trim is described as a a cinnamon pink and looks like a true lip colour but better. Teddy is a warm rich brown, perfect for nights out! I love the formula of this range and the tones are all beautiful variations of nudes.

What beauty products have you picked up recently?

 

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So a couple of weeks back I was very kindly sent some skincare products from FrezyDerm to try as I recently wrote a post about my struggle with acne on their inspired by you blog. It was a really great experience where I got to share and relive my experiences of growing up and suffering with acne and how I feel now. For anyone who is currently suffering with acne or any kind of skin concerns or problems then I would definitely suggest you take a look at their blog. It’s a really lovely and friendly corner of the internet to go and get advice and also read about other peoples experiences of the same problems.

Frezyderm skincare

Anyway on to the skincare! Due to my skin being prone to breakouts and acne flare ups I was very kindly sent a couple of products from their specialist acne range – the peel off mask, the active foam plus cleanser and the total control cream. I have been using these products together every day for the last couple of weeks and they have worked a dream! I’ve made a very conscious effort to maintain the use of these products daily and I have definitely felt the benefit. The foam cleanser is a really lovely, gentle way to remove any lasting makeup on your skin and to also dig deep and remove any dirt or excess product left on your skin. It also moisturises the skin, leaving it silky soft and inhibits any inflammation. It’s also a huge bottle and at £12.50 is a lot more affordable than many specialist skincare brands.

The peel-off mask is a more intensive treatment that I like to use 1-2 a week. Dirt, sebum and blackheads are pulled from the skin when you peel off the mask. The product is grey in colour and dries really well all over the face. I leave it on for 15-20 minutes to get the best results. I find it weirdly satisfying seeing all the dirt that comes out of my skin after pulling this bad boy off!

Lastly, the total control cream is a specialised formula to help treat mild, moderate and even severe acne. This has to be my favourite product of the three, not least because of the amazing packing – it’s like a test tube inside a transparent case! The formula includes acacia and salicylic acid which helps to reduce inflammation and also fight off acne causing bacteria. The product has a slight blue tinge to it but applies seamlessly and mattifies the skin reducing the appearance of acne and cysts. It feels really cool when applying to the skin and soothes any redness. I’ve been using this product every night before bed and have definitely felt the benefits of it and my skin is a lot calmer in a morning and has a lovely natural glow to it.

If you are looking to try something different to help with any skin concerns you have then I would definitely recommend giving FrezyDerm a try!  

 

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