beauty

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick Review

So recently I’ve seen a lot of rave about the new Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick. I was a bit apprehensive because I’ve never used a non-liquid foundation before and didn’t really know what to expect but i thought it was worth a try because with problematic skin, I’m always looking for a new full coverage foundation.

So firstly, i looked at what colour would suit me most and because i am extremely pale, i went with shade 2 which had pink undertones. When i put it on i was really surprised at how well the colour matched, normally i am terrible when trying to pick colours and i usually forget that i am really pale and pick a colour a few shades too dark so i was quite happy to begin with. I used a beauty blender because i feel that it usually gives the best finish and helps my skin look flawless (which it is definitely not) and in this case i quite liked how easy it blended into my skin, i didn’t expect that from a stick foundation. However, these were the only good points i found with the product.

Once i had actually finished blending i wanted to take it all off straight away. The makeup sunk into my skin and you could see every pore and every bit of dry skin i had, it almost highlighted my flaws. It also made my skin look really oily, i know a lot of people go for the dewy look and normally i don’t but i can appreciate it, however this wasn’t dewy, this was greasy. Furthermore, the redness around my nose area was not covered in the slightest and for a full coverage foundation, this was disappointing.

Despite all this, i decided i would leave it on all day to see how it would last which was another downfall. It oxidized after being on my skin for a few minutes and it sunk into lines on my forehead (wrinkles i never knew i had as no other foundation had done this before) and did the same on my eyelids meaning my eye shadow disappeared. When i got home from town there was barely any makeup left on my nose and the rest of my face was an oily mess.

Maybe my experience wasn’t as great as everyone else’s because i have combination skin as well as redness and spots, however, i did not expect to be this disappointed when so many people praised this product. Honestly, i would not buy again and i would rate this product 4/10. Despite this, i do really rate the brand for bringing out 18 shades as it means everyone can try it, not only a select few.

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beauty

Review: L’Oreal Pure Clay face mask

L’Oreal recently introduced three new pure clay face masks which all come with a different purpose and colour. I bought the detox mask which contains 3 pure clays and charcoal simply because I think there is something satisfying in putting black clay all over my face, the detox was just an extra. Other masks include a glow mask which contains the 3 clays and algae and a purity mask which contains the 3 clays and Eucalyptus, both of which I will definitely try. The 3 pure clays are the same in all these masks and they are Kaolin which absorbs impurities, Montmorillonite which eliminates imperfections and Ghassoul which helps clarify complexion (well, that’s what the box said anyway).

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I was really impressed with the detox mask and how clean and fresh it made my face feel. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I have quite problematic skin, especially with regard to black heads and pores. This mask really helps with that and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the amount of oil my skin produces now as it was super oily. When this mask dries, you can actually see how it sinks into every single pore which is very aesthetically pleasing in my opinion (others may think this is a bit gross).

Another thing I really liked was how fast this mask dries, it literally takes 5 minutes, which is great when you can’t be bothered or you’re in a rush. Normally I tell myself I will do a mask at least once a week but when it takes so long to dry, I just get too lazy. This is actually the first mask that I’ve continually used and I actually do use it once, maybe even twice a week.

It is also a perk that it smells sooo good and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and properly clean. It isn’t like other masks as it doesn’t dry out your skin or leave it feeling uncomfortably tight, it leaves skin looking healthy with a natural glow. I really rate this mask and will definitely be trying out the other two masks. So, pick up your favourite of the three masks and get the cucumber slices ready for a fabulous pamper night.

Lifestyle

Little ways to change your life

This year I have really put to practice new ways that I can change my life on a daily basis by changing small things that I do. I found that each of these ways helped me have a better day, be more productive and remind me that we can be whatever we want if we put our minds to it.

  1. Sleep

I’ve been trying to get more sleep and to wake up earlier and go to bed earlier and for me this means getting up at 8.30/9am instead of 11am and going to bed at 11pm instead of 1am. However this doesn’t have to be the same for you, just try get up an hour earlier than usual if you tend to struggle getting up (which let’s be honest most of us do!) I find that a good sleep and early rise puts me in a better mood for the day and means I’m more productive.

2. Make a morning and night routine

as unnecessary as this sounds, a routine in the morning and night means you actually do what you’re supposed to instead of sitting and watching Netflix or YouTube. It also allows your body to wake up in the morning and start to settle at night, personally I’m a night time shower kind of person and this relaxes me before bed.

3. Keep a diary

Now I’m not saying to write all your secrets into a journal or anything, just a diary of your daily plans or what you need to prioritise for the day so you can be organised. This is especially essential if you have a busy day ahead and can get stuck into the most important tasks first as it keeps you focused. Plus nothing is more satisfactory than seeing you have ticked off everything you were supposed to do.

4. Walking

This is especially important if you not someone who loves sport or going to the gym to get daily exercise done, so instead I like to walk to the shops of uni. It doesn’t have to be long, it can just be a 15/20 minute walk to work, school or uni but it makes all the difference to your day. For a start it means you aren’t stuck inside all day and it gives you time to think and just relax, exercise releases endorphins that make you happy, therefore walking is a must.

5. Meditation.

This only takes up 10 minutes of your day and helps you feel ten times better, especially if it’s an extra stressful day ahead. Some people only meditate when they are stressed, other feel that it helps to do it every morning or night to settle your mind, just do whatever works for you.

6. Diet

The food you eat makes a huge impact on your mood, more than most people actually know, this is why I try to eat a well balanced diet. I am by no means a healthy person, I have too much love for chocolate, but I do try to have meals that have protein, vegetables and carbs so that my body is getting all that it needs. Then if I want something sweet (which most of the time I do), I’ll just eat it in moderation.

7. BE POSITIVE!

This is definitely the most important one of all. Try to be positive and look for the good in things and surround yourself with likewise people. Don’t let a bad situation bring your day down and instead thing of the best way you can resolve things because nothing is ever as bad as we think it is. You might not know it but being positive and kind towards other people can make their day a little better as well.

“It Matters Not What Someone Is Born But Who They Grow To Be”