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How to make pores smaller? Try the Porefessional

Probably one of the most sought after primers are those which minimalize pores. The Porepessional is the best of them all.

The Porefessional is one of Benefits well-renowned face primers which is claimed to be able to hide large pores, and smoothen skin. Since I have three years of experience with this lovely primer, I can confirm this is true. I love this product like no other, and I could not go without it.

Porefessional how to minimalize pore

As a person with combination skin, I have a big problem with pores. No other product other than this has helped me hide my pores. Another thing that I love about this product is that it smoothens out my skin and leaves a silky feeling behind. It is the perfect base for my foundation and definitely helps lengthens out the life of my makeup.

It is a brilliant primer, and leaves a lovely matte finish on my skin. I would really recommend this product to friends. I would rate it four out of five stars. Irish viewers can purchase it here at boots for ‚ā¨34. American and Canadian viewers can buy it here at Sephora for thirty-one USD. For those in the uk it is at boots uk for twenty-four pounds.

Thank you so much for reading xx

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Catrice Haul!!! Green or mean ?

Catrice anti-redness matte foundation

Catrice is a brand that I wouldn’t use often. When I was about fourteen years old I would have bought a couple of their products but since then, I haven’t given the brand much thought. More recently, I’ve been looking for a new foundation and when I saw one of Catrice’s while I was in Primark, I decided to give a few of their products a go and only wear those products for a couple of days. On Catrice’s website, they describe the brand as being a ‘pure joy of life’ and that their products are made of luxurious textures. Their words, not mine. One of the many positive sides to Catrice is that they do not test on animals. I bought a handful of products, and found out for myself, whether or not these products are as good as the brand claims they are.

Prime and Fine anti red base:

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This product was one of the main products that I really got excited over when I was buying my items. I have cool toned skin which has patches of red, so this primer could have been my answer to easing that. But it didn’t. The product claims to be long lasting, and hydrating but I have yet to notice any differences in my quite dry skin. When applying, this product left a very greasy feel to my skin which I did not like. It was very quite sticky due to its thick formula. It also was very shimmery – it made my face very shiny no matter how much matte powder I put on. The of the few good things about this product is that it managed to not make my makeup look cakey.

Anti-redness primer

If you are the type of person who likes to only wear primer without any foundation, then this primer is not for you. It is bright green and stays that colour unless a foundation is applied over it. The primer also did very little when it came to actually concealing the red parts of my face which is the reason I bought it in the first place. The product was just under five euro so it wasn’t a huge surprise that it didn’t work out. What I did find I could do with this primer, is that if I add this to foundation that it is too yellow for my skin tone, it can help even out the colour to match better. So for all of the reasons stated above, I give this product a rating of 1 out of 10!

Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

Even Skin tone foundation

This foundation is one of Catrice’s newest foundations so when I picked it, I had never heard of the foundation before. It’s a foundation that is supposed to create a more even skin tone over time, cover imperfections, and give wearers beautiful skin. This foundation offers medium to high coverage and has a spf of 25. The brand claims that this foundation will leave a silky, matte finish. I got the foundation in the shade in 005 – even ivory – and the first things I noticed about this foundation is that they only offer four shades and all of them would be for paler girls. I love the packaging of this product. The product is in clear glass with black writing on it. With a clear lid, it looks more expensive than what it is in my opinion.

When I went to put on the foundation, I found it was quite hard to blend in compared to the other foundations I have but in the end, it blended and left a beautiful finish. It was bliss. My skin looked matte but at the same time, not dry. My pores were reduced and my skin looked lovely. I then went out for a couple of hours shopping for back to school books ūüė¶ and came home within three hours. Imagine the horror I felt when I noticed that my skin looked like someone had rubbed oil all over it. Quickly taking it off, I assumed that it had been the primer which had made it go so greasy and oily. I then reapplied only the foundation and some matte powder on my t-zone. Within the hour, it had gone very shiny again. Now, I have quite dry skin so its very odd for a foundation to get oily on me, especially after an hour. I live in Ireland, so the hottest it would have been would be about 18 or 19 degrees Celsius. It wasn’t hot out nor was it raining. The foundation itself just did not stay matte. This product cost me nine euro, so once again, it was a cheap buy. I’d give this product 3 out of 10 due to it being a nice colour that suits my skin tone. It also covered up most of my blemishes.

All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder

Mattifying powder

Out of the products that I bought, this would be one of my favourites. My first impression of the product wouldn’t have been the best due to the foundation above but once I paired this product with a Revlon foundation, it was perfect. The finish itself is very smooth and shine free – as promised by Catrice. This product promises to be mattifying, long-lasting, and ultra silky. I find all the mentioned above to be true. The colour I got is transparent so it has no effect on what colour my face is. The product would last for about four hours before needing topping up, which is quite good in my opinion. I expected very little of this product so that might be the main reason that I love it so much. The product did not irritate my skin like some other products like this one have in the past and it did not dry out my skin or make me break out either which is always a good thing.

Catrice matte powder review

The product leaves a very like velvet type of feel to the skin. Overall, I would rate this powder a 8 out of ten! It’s a must buy and a great steal at only ‚ā¨3.99.

Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve owned this product for years now and it was the first palette that I ever attempted to do a smokey eye look with. This palette is like an old friend to me. One of the first things I have to say is that this palette is that like Catrice claim, these colours are longlasting and great for many looks. On the back of the palette, they have a guide on how to do a basic smokey eye look which would be convenient for young girls who have yet to try out a smokey eye look. I know that when I was about fourteen, I had no idea how to do my eyes. I would just swipe some eyeshadow on the lid, and off I’d go. Honestly, it wasn’t until last year that I actually started to look at makeup tutorials.

The colours in this are mostly all matte but each have a hint of shimmer in them. Except for the lighest shade which is a shimmer highlighter shade. As you can see in the picture below, the colours are very pigmented and I find that this palette is brilliant for travelling since it is a nice size – its not too large nor too small. I would really recommend this product to everyone. If you don’t like brown eyeshadow then there are other colours as well to buy. I would give this a ten out of ten!!!

Multi Colour compact powder

So basically this is another compact powder but the colour was too dark for me so I used it as a subtle bronzer instead which looked great and lasted the day. The one flaw I found with this product was that I found it hard to actually open the powder xD. As seen in the picture below, the powder is actually a mix of many different colours.

Long Lasting Eye=pencil Waterproof

The last product that I bought was this eyepencil which is a metal grey colour. I love to have colourful eyeliner to try and bring out the colour of my eyes which are grey. This hit the spot. The colour lasted for more than five hours and looked amazing against my eye makeup. At three euro, this was a great buy which I’d buy again when it runs out.


Thank you for reading this blog post. To say the least, I have very mixed feelings towards Catrice.

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Garnier Haul!!!

It seems that every time I walk into a store, I leave with new hair products. It’s like I say to myself “Yeah sure, I bought a new shampoo last week, but this one has coconut in it, and shampoo rotations are good for the hair.” I just can’t help it, all the colourful bottles seem to lure me in, all of them silently calling me over. The only thing is, I find hair products often to be quite disappointing. John Frieda? He could not master my frizzy mane. OXY? Yeah no, their shampoo also did little to smooth out my hair. However there are certain brands that I would take a bullet for.

Garnier.

Garnier Ultimate Blends

I love Garnier. Their hair care range is so extensive that the Ultimate Blends range has twelve different ranges within it!

From their hair masks to their hair oil, I have to call on my inner self control whenever I pass a garnier section in my local boots or Tesco. I recently bought three products from them in one go! It honestly really hard to even pick what Garnier hair range I wanted to purchase in the first place – they all smell amazing, leave my hair feeling and looking the bomb. They’re all so reasonably priced that it’s almost impossible to not buy every product which they offer. Thankfully the last time I bought a garnier haul, I was able to chose three products to buy. Wanting to treat my hair (which the summer heat has not treated well, at all!!!!), I bought a hair shower mask from their olive range, a hair oil from their argan and camellia range, and a hair balm from their argan and almond range. Picking was hard – I really wanted to also buy their oatmeal ranges heat protector cream, but, my inner self-control reasoned that buying four products was too much for one Tesco trip.

Olive Oil Hair Mask:

Mythic Olive hair mask Garnier

The first thing I want to say is that Garnier has a brilliant range of hair masks. I would buy all of them if seemed like a rational idea. However, buying more than one hair mask at any time seems a bit wasteful to me. I settled for the Mythical Olive range because of the properties it offered: for dry, brittle. The brittle part put me off a tiny bit as my hair may be dry, but it isn’t brittle. However, I love the mask.

“Intensely nourishes dried out hair without weighing it down.”

That definitely sounds like a property that I needed in a hair mask. This mask is fantastic, I leave it in my hair for five minutes before I condition, then I wash it out. It’s quick, it’s easy, and, it’s amazing. It retails at ¬£4.99 pounds and is a bargain for the great care it gives to my hair. Another amazing thing about the garnier hair mask range is that they’re also available in sample sizes for ¬£1, so it’s easy to test all them out to find one which suits you best!

My personal favourite hair mask is their 3 in 1 coconut mask. That mask however deserves a post of its own as it’s a 3 in 1.

The Olive mask is available for purchase here!

The Marvellous Glow Oil with Argan And Camellia Oils:

Probably the first thing to draw my eye to this oil was the fact that it offers UV protection! I always find it so easy to find products for my face with UV protection, however, finding cheap products with UV protection for hair is rare for me. This oil is a bit more expensive than the hair mask, however it’s worth the price. It has many purposes. I put some in my hair before washing to prepare my hair, and I use it after I condition on wet hair to lock in moisture. I apply it to my dry hair to liven up my hair on bad hair days. I personally don’t straighten my hair as I love my curls, but this miracle oil also offers up to 230 degrees heat protection!! As claimed by the brand, this oil adds a glowing shine to my dry hair even on its worst of days.

Camellia oils Garnier Ultimate blends

Some other things which I love about this product is that it doesn’t leave my hair greasy. I tend to find that a lot of oils leave my hair looking like I haven’t showered in days! Especially in the front of my hair. This is a feature of oils which makes me hesitate before I spend my money on them. Thankfully, this particular oil does not make my hair look greasy. I only have tried one other oil from garnier which is the coconut oil -also very good- so I can’t make a broad statement and say that all Garnier oils are like this. However this particular oil is amazing how it nourishes without leaving excess oil behind.

For anyone wanting silky, nourished hair, I would thoroughly recommend this fantastic oil. It is available for £9.99

Ultimate Blends Argan Richness Leave-in Taming Hair Cream:

I have thick, frizzy at times, curly hair. Things tends to get crazy on my between wash days. When going to work, I don’t tend to have time to shower in the morning as I have to commute using two buses. This means that I often shower at night, and, by the morning time, my hair tends to resemble a Lion’s mane. Now, I have nothing against lions, however, I don’t like it when my hair looks like one.

Argan Richness Garnier

It was for this reason that I picked up this particular hair product. The claim the bottle made that it could soften my hair while taming it, really perked my interest. This product has both Argan Oil and Almond cream in it. Paraban and silicone free with a bottle which can be recycled, this product is great. I really love leave in conditioners like this one. I tend to find that as someone with dry hair I often need more than just conditioner that I wash out. That is why this leave-in conditioner is so handy for me – it gives my hair the extra love and care that it desperately needs!

I used to have a lot of hair mousses which I recently swapped for creams like this one. While the hair mousses did great things for the appearance of my hair in the short run, leave in conditioners like the Garnier argan leave-in conditioner treat my hair better in both the short run and the long run. The cream tames my hair when I put it in but I’ve also noticed a general tamer appearance over the past few weeks that I’ve been using it. I will definitely be repurchasing it when I run out.

It is available here for £5.99!

Does anyone else like Garnier for hair products? Let me know!


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My New Favourite Red Lipgloss

I know what some of you may be thinking- “Is she posting about a lipstick again?”. And the answer is yes, yes I am. (You can read my last lipstick review here!) This time I’m posting about my favourite red lipstick for going out. I tend to struggle when it comes to a bright red lip look. I tend to find that when I try to apply darker lipsticks, I suddenly become a child applying her mother’s makeup. The red goes everywhere and tends to look messy. Am I the only person who has that experience? I tend to stay away from dark lipsticks regardless because I love a nude or light pink look. So easy and simple.

However, I find red lipstick to be so sexy and empowering when done right. Recently when shopping, I picked up this little lipgloss by Cyo. I decided to try it as I had heard great things about this brand. Wanting to try it out for myself, I set out to get the perfect red pout!! I was greatly surprised too. This lipgloss cost me ‚ā¨6.90! This price is a bargain compared to the prices of high end products that are similar.

I was very surprised by the results that I got! The application of the lip product was very easy and didn’t go weird on the corners of my mouth like many red products tend to. I also really like the colour. It’s bright and pretty. I wore it on a night out and it lasted most of the night, despite the fact that I was drinking. I actually found this product so long lasting that its almost hard to remove! The colour also doesn’t look scary against my pale skin. That was another delight of the product. I also found that it didn’t stain my teeth which was a relief. The texture was thick and almost velvety.

Would I buy again? Yes, definitely. In fact, I want to try other colours of this product as I loved it quite a bit.

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L’Oreal Clay Facemasks

Don’t get me wrong; these face masks aren’t bad but I feel that for the expensive prices of each one individually, they are quite overpriced.  A couple of months ago, I posted about how I wanted to try the three of them since I loved the Facial wash version of them. I didn’t exactly get what I wanted and I wouldn’t repurchase two out of the three. I bought the mini set of them which includes 10ml of each clay face mask. The one which I liked the most was the glow red algae mask which I did buy in the larger packaging as well after I initially tried the three. 
What are claims of the mask?


Different areas of your face have different skincare needs. The L’Or√©al Paris Pure Clay masks allow you to create a tailored detox regime with your own multi-masking solution.

Apply 1, 2 or 3 masks at a time to address your skin needs and multi-mask your way to more beautiful skin day after day. The creamy textures work deep into the pores, leaving the skin looking purer, cleaner, brighter – without drying it out. 


– Green / Purity Mask

3 Pure Clays + Eucalyptus, known for its purifying properties.


– Red / Glow Mask

3 Pure Clays + Red Algae, known for its brightening properties.

– Black / Detox Mask

3 Pure Clays + Charcoal, which acts like a magnet to draw out impurities.

Tested Under Dermatological Control.


Key features:

Contains 3x10ml Mini Pure Clay Face Masks.

– Green / Purity Mask – Enriched with 3 Pure Clays + Eucalyptus, purifies & mattifies.

– Red / Glow Mask – Enriched with 3 Pure Clays + Charcoal, detoxifies & clarifies.

– Black / Detox Mask – Enriched with 3 Pure Clays + Red Algae, brightens & exfoliate.

What are my thoughts?

I found these masks to be okay. They didn’t exactly meet the claim of making my skin look purer at all- although how can skin look pure in the first place? I was really hoping to enjoy these masks but they just didn’t hit the spot. They are also very expensive compared to other masks on the market which can be purchased for such a cheaper price in larger quantities. I do however recommend the face wash version of these- cheaper and more efficient. 

Thank you for reading! Have you tried these masks? If so, what did you think of them? If not, what are your favourite masks?

Did you enjoy this post? If so, please leave a comment to share your opinion. If you would like to get in touch, send me an email at infinitebeautybyc@gmail.com! 

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My trip to London: Day 1

The other day, I arrived home from London. I was only there for four days and three nights but it was an amazing holiday. I honestly wish I was still there. I’m a huge city girl, and I loved the buzz that I felt around London. Ever since I first visited London when I was thirteen, I have loved the city. My family decided to visit because I just finished my exams so it was a bit of a treat for me. It’s kind of bitter sweet, thinking about the holiday now because it flew by so quickly, and I already wish to go back. I decided to make some posts about what I did while I was there.

Day one of my London trip began at 3.a.m. in the morning. Despite the early hour, I felt wide awake and fully prepared to take on the day. The excitement from the fact that I was going on holiday gave me all the energy that I needed. The only drawback was security. For some reason, going through security machines in both the airport or shops always makes me extremely nervous. I don’t know why as I have never stolen anything nor do I own dangerous items. I brought no liquids with me on my carry on to be completely safe. I also made sure not to wear any metal on my person. Once through security, it was maybe 4.30.a.m. We had gotten through the check-in part of the terminal very quickly and security was also very quick to get through. I then headed with my family to get some breakfast which was stressful. Anyone who has been in terminal 2 of Dublin airport will know that the layout is terrible in the food court – especially when it’s busy. It’s long and narrow making it hard to actually access some of the food. Much to our dismay, by the time we got through the long queue, our food was cold. By the time we were finished, it was 5.30 a.m. and suddenly, our flight was having it’s final boarding.

Terry’s Cafe

We had to rush to the place where our plane was taking off from and finally got on. It was odd that we boarded so early. Then it actually took about 45 minutes to lift off. At 6.30, we had arrived in Gatwick airport. I soon learnt the hard way why packing light is vital when travelling. We got a train to London Bridge train station. There I had my first black taxi experience. I don’t know how Londoners feel about them, but I am obsessed with the traditional London taxi’s. Irish Taxi’s are just normal cars and really boring at the best of times! We were staying near Borough Market- although we never actually had time to visit the market place itself- in the Borough area. We went and had a proper English breakfast in a lovely, authentic breakfast cafe, called Terry’s Cafe. The food there was actually the nicest food I’ve had in a while, but it was really the decorations that I loved the most. From old pictures of London to wireless radios and old boxing gloves, I felt like I had traveled into the past while I was eating Brunch.

 

 

The outside of the Imperial War Museum 

After eating the best breakfast of my life, I headed to the Imperial War Museum, which was amazing. For a free tourist attraction, it had a lot of exhibitions. It had old war tanks and old world war 2 uniforms.¬†From Bomber jets to Victoria Cross medalists, the museum told the story of different people who lived during different wars, both in the past and more recently. They had exhibitions on life for a London family during the Second world war, which I loved. It’s one thing to know the facts about the war, it’s a different thing to discover the way it effected the people who lived during the history we casually learn in school. I then got an ice cream while my sister bought about ten key rings from the gift shop.

It wasn’t until two o’clock did we get to check into our apartment that we were staying at. I was exhausted at this stage, and the thought of going anywhere else was looking very doubtful. However, later on in the evening, we boarded a bus – which was exciting because it was the first time I had ever been on a red bus which is such an icon for London in the eyes of a foreigner. Getting the bus to Kings Cross station, I achieved what every child dreams of- going to Platform 9 and three quarters! I lined up for about an hour but it was so worth it. My sister and I donned the red and gold Gryfindor scarves and got our photo taken. I nearly went for a Slytherin scarf to annoy the attendant who had a clear disdain for the house. Once I had purchased my picture, I bought some house pencil and a box of Berty Botts sweets.


My first day in London was long yet amazing. Looking back on it, I wish I could be in a time-loop and do it all over again! But there is no stopping time. I love family holidays because I love getting to spend time with my parents and my two little sisters.

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My wishlist

Hola Beauties! How are you??

It’s been quite a while since I last posted here… well I just finished my state Exams and I am officially on holidays. It’s crazy how quick my secondary school experience ended. I can’t believe that I am finally done my exams. It felt that they would never end, but they did! Now that the stress of school is over, I plan to put more posts on my blog, meaning that I may need some new products.

Since I wanted to make a fairly quick post to get my blog started up again, I decided to make a post of things that I currently have my eye on. It was my birthday a couple of weeks, so I got a good bit of money. I’m travelling to London in about three weeks so I’ll probably binge a bit when I get there. I realised after making this list, that I seem to be obsessed with Urban Decay at the moment. I can’t help it, their collection is so pretty, you know? I haven’t bought any new makeup in about six months so I definitely deserve a shopping spree – celebrating my exams ending would be a great excuse to go out shopping!

Anyways, here is my current wish list:

  • Naked Heat


The minute I saw this palette, I instantly fell in love with it. I have three naked palettes: Naked 3, Naked Smokey and Naked Basics. I love them. I have only actually ever really used Urban Decay eyeshadows but I do want to try more of their range in the future. This palette is not released at the time of writing this but I think that the colours are really pretty. It appears to be the perfect palette for the warm winter months. I will , of course, wait to purchase until it has been out a ¬†while –¬†I would rather read loads of reviews before throwing money down the drain.

  • Garnier Camomile face mask


Anyone who knows me will know that I adore face masks. Nothing brings me more joy than a face mask. I also love Garnier. I have tried the moisture bomb mask and loved it so imagine how excited I am to try Garnier’s new Camomile mask in the moisture bomb range. Due to the hot weather, my skin has been feeling very dry and tired so this mask looks like the perfect mask for me. The thing that I love the most about Garnier is the fact that their products are great for skin for an inexpensive price. ‚ā¨1.80 for this facemask. What a bargain! I have no idea when I’ll actually get to try this face mask but I am looking forward to it!

  • Naked Skin Shapeshifter


This is probably the item that I’m least likely to purchase on this list. Mainly for the reason that I’m really pale and I worry that the light shades on this contour palette will be too dark for me- it happens a lot with ¬†things like this. This is a three-in-one complexion palette for contouring, highlighting and color-correcting. It claims to have blendable and build-able shades. I really like the look of this palette and if has great reviews on Debenhams. But for ‚ā¨47 I will have to try the shades out on my face before even thinking about buying it.

  • Mac Burgundy¬†nines

In general, I think that the MAC cosmetics Nine Times palettes are gorgeous- I love the look of all of them. But there is something about the Burgundy one that really catches¬†my¬†eye and stands out to me. Firstly, I love the¬†purple toned colours. I wouldn’t be a big fan of such colours but at the moment, they are really jumping out¬†at me. I have been looking at this palette for a while now, and I definitely hope to purchase it when I’m in London. It seems to overall have great reviews with a 4/5 star rating. If I end up buying it, I’ll definitely post a review here.

 

 

  • Naked illuminated trio


Recently I have been highlight crazy and this beautiful highlighting palette by Urban Decay definitely catches my eye. It’s a limited edition trio designed to create a sophisticated, Naked shimmer. It claims to be a lightweight product with light reflecting properties. It creates an instant glow on the user’s body or face. It includes three shades: Pyrite (the gold shade), Oasis (frosted taupe), and Twilight ( iridescent pink shade) as shown in the picture above. Like many other products on this list, it has many good reviews. For ‚ā¨35, I really like the look of this palette and may buy if I come across it when I’m out shopping.

  • L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity mask


I already have the detox face wash and glowface wash ¬†from this range. I love them and plan to review them sooner or later. However, recently I met up with my best friend and her skin was radiant looking. I was literally staring in awe at her skin for a good ten minutes before I finally asked her, what her skin secrets were. She laughed, and told me that it was the L’oreal purity mask. I was amazed and I knew that I need that mask. The results on her skin was out of this world. She was wearing no makeup, yet her skin looked as if it belonged to a model’s. I quickly went online and started to read reviews- her experience was not unique. The three clays and eucalyptus seem to do amazing things for the skin. I am a big fan of clay masks for my troubled T-zone. I’ll probably buy the three packet mini’s to try all three masks since I love the face wash versions.

Well beauties, that is all of my wish list for today. Other items that nearly made the cut include Too Faced “Papa don’t peach”, Urban Decay’s optical primer, ¬†and Barry M contour cream palette.

What is on your wish list at the moment?

Thank you for reading, and until next time, C.

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Kiko Contouring pencil set

Hello beauties ‚̧ԳŹ. Today I am back with a review of one of my favourite yet least favourite highlight and contour kits. To be precise, in this kit, I love part of it – the contour stick- but I hate the other part- the highlighting stick. Now I bought this set two years ago so this is no longer available on the market, however, their new contour kit is pretty similar to this one.


I only use the bronzer crayon of this set. The highlighter crayon is the same tone as my skin tone- I am too pale for light products- so I never use it. But whenever I wore during summer time- i.e when I had more tan than usual- I always found it to be very shimmery. It had the effect of applying glitter to your face. It did not last long and I have never been impressed with the highlighting skills of this crayon. It would have been perfect as a cheekbone highlighter but it had no staying power.

This is a swatch of both crayons… Only 1 shows on my skin!


The bronzing crayon on the other hand is what I use to contour. It is easily blendable and is leaves a natural yet flawless finish. It is a great shade for my pale skin tone. It does not wash out my skin nor is it too dark. The kit I had bought was the palest they offered in the store where I bought it. I believe in the shop, they only had three shades on offer. There was probably more online.

Although this particular kit is no longer available, I am keen to try kikos new contour crayons as mine are pretty much run out of bronzer.

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Velvet Teddy review

To me, a makeup look is never complete without a touch of lipstick. Lipstick is the soul of makeup and can turn a frown upside down. Makeup has always been a great way for me to express myself and show another artistic part of me that may not be shown otherwise. When it comes to lipsticks, I have very little nude shades. All of my lipsticks are either bright in your face reds, or cool purples, or bright pinks. So when my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I decided to research the best nude lipstick for my skin tone. I have a cool skin tone and I’m very pale, so I had to find the correct colour that would flatter me best.

 

A swatch of Velvet Teddy with no flash

It seemed that everywhere I looked, people were raving about one particular Mac lipstick; Velvet Teddy. I liked the name so I decided to research more into this lipstick since it seemed to be a very popular and almost cliché  lipstick amongst the beauty gurus of youtube. I found out that it was a matte lipstick with an almost velvety finish and based on the excellent reviews that it go on different websites, I decided to ask for it for my birthday.

 

 

Velvet Teddy

Upon receiving it on my birthday, I quickly fell in love with the nude lipstick and I have been told by many people that the shade really suits me. I feel great when I wear. While it is matte, it is not as dry as other matte lipsticks that I have from Mac like Ruby Woo – although Ruby Woo has a different formula and is a different intended finish so they shouldn’t be compared- and it applies very easily. It takes me mere seconds to apply it which is handy because I am often in a rush when leaving the house. The formula is very smooth and doesn’t dry out my lips which is a huge relief. It usually lasts throughout my entire day out so I tend to leave it at home rather than bring it with me when I am out and about.

 

I love the colour of this lipstick and I love how it’s a cute muted mauve colour with pink undertones. I am not the type of person who would usually be comfortable in a brown-based lipstick like this one, but I am very comfortable in this lipstick. I don’t use a lip pencil with this lipstick as I don’t feel the need for it. I would definitely buy this lipstick again and I would recommend it to all of my friends if they were looking for a brown/nude lipstick. Overall, it’d give it a rating of five stars out of five because it is amazing.

 

Me wearing lipgloss over Velvet Teddy

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My favourite facemask of all time

So after nearly a year of no posting, I have finally decided to come back and try my best to get back into my blog. I feel the blog itself needs a bit of a revamping but I will be able to get onto doing that later on. One thing that has not changed in the last ten months or so is my obsession with beauty and skincare. I adore both of them. I often feel that my makeup clogs up my pores however when I wear a lot of it and I always loved to remedy that. My skin is very important to me, and I like to think that if I look after it when I’m young, I will set up good habits for later on in life.

It is for that reason that I bought the Soap and Glory as it is a deep pore detox mask. I had honestly never read reviews on this product before I bought it but after the first time I used it, I fell deeply in love with it. One of the coolest thing about this mask however is that it’s a self heating mask. And it also changes colour from the original green colour to a light colour. Now this mask is for people with Oily or combination skin, the latter is what I have.

facemask

So how do I use it ? Well, I simply dab a bit onto my face when it’s dry before I wet my fingers and rub it in. The water on my fingers trigger the self heat and makes the colour change from green to blue. Then, after about five minutes, I wash it off with a warm, wet washcloth. I would really recommend this product to everyone I know as not only does it unclog my pores, it also leaves my face feeling very soft as well.

Usually in Boots Ireland, the product costs ‚ā¨15.99 but at the moment, there is a sale on selected Soap and Glory products meaning it is only ‚ā¨11.99 right now. In the UK boots, it is usually ¬£11.50.

Thank you all for reading, and until next time, xx.