REVIEW | L'OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-GLOW FOUNDATION

I've always been a matte finish foundation gal for as long as I can remember. Recently, I have found myself staying away from completely matte foundations and leaning toward a more glowing, demi-matte finish. I find this type of foundation really stops my face looking dull throughout the day and also avoids any cakey situations.

I think I'm late on the band-wagon on the hype of this foundation. I picked it up a while ago in my American haul and have been testing it out since. It's so frustrating that this isn't out in the UK yet, like L'Oreal, we wanna try all these goodies too!

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation in Natural Buff | The Beauty is a Beast
 L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow foundation in 204 (Natural Buff) | $12.99

The claims of this foundation suggest that it is long-lasting (up to 24hr wear), glowing foundation, which is lightweight and has medium coverage. The foundation also included SPF which is also a huge bonus, but you definitely don't need to worry about the flashback!

I must say, L'Oreal have pretty much hit the nail on the head with the claims on this foundation. It does feel incredibly lightweight to wear; my skin never feels suffocated - another bonus of switching from matte finishes! I get rather rosy cheeks and I do think this product has enough coverage which keeps me happy. I usually just build up the layer on my cheek which is easily done. 

I love the application and finish of this foundation when using a beauty blender, I feel like you lose the glowing finish with a brush. It's not overly dewy which means you don't have to worry about your face looking 'wet' thank god because this is my worst nightmare. It blends so effortlessly and I've not had any problems applying different types of concealer or cream products on top of this foundation.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation in Natural Buff | The Beauty is a Beast
Picking a shade is slightly tricking and I think this shade is just about right for me so that is something to be wearing of; there isn't a huge amount of swatches online using different skin tones so that would be one thing to be wary of when ordering online. I'm usually under the beige category in foundations and this is nearly on the edge of being too dark for me. However, a huge plus of the foundation is that I haven't noticed any oxidation which is ideal because there's nothing worse than your foundation gradually getting darker throughout the day and you no longer match your neck!

The only other downside to the foundation has to be the wear time; the dewy finish means the product transfers and rubs away easily, which will be a nightmare if you're the kind of person who touches their face a lot. Personally, I don't think you can get 24hr wear out of this and sometimes I'm lucky if it lasts me a full working day!

Have you tried this foundation - what did you think?


SUBSCRIPTION BOXES | POWDER - SEPTEMBER 2017

For September I decided to try Powder which I came across when I was doing some research into which subscription box I should review next. As a side note, if there are any subscriptions you think I need to try or if there is any you'd me to review to find out if it's worth it, then just let me know!


Powder Beauty Drawer - £15 per box & £3.50 delivery


Full Size | St Tropez - Self Tan Express Face Sheet Mask £8
Full Size | Seacret Spa - Makeup Removal Wipes £19.95
Full Size | Magnitone London Wipe Out - The Amazing MicroFibre Cleasing Cloth £15 (x2)


Sample Size | Lee Stafford - Coco Loco Light Serum Spray £6.99
Sample Size | Palmer's - Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo £4.19
Sample Size | Palmer's - Coconut Oil Formula Repairing Conditioner £4.19


Sample Size | Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black £16
Full Size | Nails Inc Nail Polish in Battersea Park £14

Total value of the box:  £88.32
Number of full sized products: 4
Rating of the box: 3.5 - I really enjoyed this box, the packaging is beautiful and you get a decent proportion of full sized items and a lot of bits to try! The website even shows you what is inside the box before you purchase so you can always make the decision is the box worth it, as long as you don't mind there is no surprise! The only disappointment for me was the shade of the nail polish isn't something I'd usually go for but according to the card there were a few shades and each person was randomly sent one.

Last month's box: Roccabox
What box would you like to see featured for October?

TESTING | THE ORDINARY FOUNDATION AND PRIMER

The hype around The Ordinary seems to have grown in the beauty community throughout 2017. Their beauty products and makeup items have been flying off the shelves and they're becoming some of the most affordable must have items to get your hands on. 
I recently tried Salicylic Acid 2% Solution which many bloggers raved about being the ultimate spot treatment and I must say I was not disappointed for £3.90. So when I received the email from ASOS confirming they were stocking one of the most sought after full coverage foundations of 2017 I knew I needed to jump onto my ASOS and place an order straight away. I also decided to pick up their high adherence primer to see how this paired with the foundation.

A lot of the shades of the foundation have already sold out in ASOS, but I believe you can also pick them up from the website Victoria Health.
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation and High Adherence Primer | The Beauty is a Beast
Coverage Foundation in 2P | £6
High-Adherence Silicone Primer | £4

I was really intrigued to try out this primer, the fact it's classed as 'high adherence' really appealed to me as it instantly implied my makeup would not move all day. The claim of pore minimising also had me hooked on needing to try this product. The primer does contain silicones which I know a lot of people tend to want to avoid in their makeup routine, but personally, I don't mind so into my basket it went. For £4, I think this is one of the best primers I have tried and I'm constantly reaching for it. I genuinely believe that it makes my makeup stay on all day and I can feel the tackiness as soon as it's applied. I love that even though it's such a thick consistency, it doesn't feel like you're suffocating your face and actually, it feels quite moisturising. I did notice some difference in the appearance of my pores, but it definitely wasn't ground breaking. The appeal of this primer wasn't the pore reduction claim, this was more of a nice to have if it worked - so those of you who want to try this out for your helping your pores might end up slightly disappointed. Again, this product is already sold out on the likes of ASOS and Cult Beauty. If you can find it online, I definitely recommend getting your hands on it.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation and High Adherence Primer | The Beauty is a Beast

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 2.0P | The Beauty is a Beast
This foundation comes in 21 shades and their website shows swatches of each foundation to try and help you identify which shade would be best for you. Their foundations are split into skin tones and then broken down by undertones. So in theory, there should be a shade suitable for everyone. It appears there's more choice for fairer skin tones though. However, compared to usual drugstore foundation lines, this is a large selection of choice.
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Swatches | The Beauty is a Beast
*Photo taken from The Ordinary
I must admit I did struggle to pick my foundation shade of out the swatches, so I ended up ordering two shades and just picked the one most suitable for me. Luckily, my sister has a lighter skin tone than me so I passed along the other shade to her.

The packaging of the foundation is very simplistic with a soft touch pump which is ideal considering how cheap the product is. I love foundations that come with a pump. It also contains SPF 15 which not many foundations include because of flashback, but I'm yet to test this! I haven't heard anyone complain about flash photography as of yet though.

The hype around this foundation is real. I was incredibly impressed as soon as I applied it to my face. I found the best way to apply this foundation was using a beauty blender rather than a brush but it gave a lovely and smooth finish. It applied effortlessly, especially over the primer and took little to no time to blend out. For a full coverage foundation, it is super lightweight and quite buildable too. I get rosy cheeks and the second layer over my cheeks really helped to mask this. All day, I loved how this wore. Every time I was inspecting my foundation in the mirror, it didn't leave me disappointed.

For reference, I have normal to dry skin.

When I went to take my makeup off that night, I was so surprised by how much foundation was left on my makeup wipes - this is a true sign of a good lasting foundation! I honestly knew from the first wear of this combo that it was going to be a new favourite and told Ry I needed to buy a backup. I haven't yet and now they're sold out on ASOS which has left me devastated - I need to keep my eyes peeled because these are some beauty items I don't want to run out of. I can't remember the last time a foundation/primer combo left me feeling this way.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?




FAVES | AUGUST 2017

I did enjoy writing my favourites post for June, but I didn't post one for July as I kind of stuck to using the same products as I was on holiday. I'm not sure if this is going to be a regular occurrence but I'm going to try and keep them on a monthly basis if I remember!

There have been a few bits of skin care that I've been loving this month which is such a surprise because I'm so awful at remembering to use skin care. The Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads are great to help give your skin a quick perk before applying makeup to help avoid my skin looking tired. I'm looking forward to seeing if all of the claims are correct once I start using these on a daily basis. 

Another skin care item that I've been loving this month is the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser. I picked this up in July after KathleenLights raved about how good it was a primer when she needed her makeup to last all day and I have to agree with her. I love how moisturising it is, yet it still so tacky that makeup does not budge all day!

If you haven't tried Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream yet, I urge you do to so. This smells so amazing, I love moisturising my arms and legs before I go to sleep because it's just so nice to use. Although it is slightly expensive so I use it sparingly which means I can't tell if it has a 'lift' formula.

I do have quite a few makeup faves for August but most of them are newbies that I'm still currently testing so I decided it's too soon to add them to the list. My favourite base makeup this month is the pairing of the EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation with the Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer. I've used this combo so much this month as I'm still tanned from my holiday so this shade is perfect for me. This ends up looking so flawless with a medium/full coverage. If you haven't tried out these yet you need to pick them up.

I've recently fallen back in love with Colourpop Super Shock Eye Shadows; since getting the pressed powders these shadows tended to get neglected in my collection but lately, I'm always reaching for them. The shades Elixir, Summer Side and Bandit come together to make a very quick everyday eye look with minimal effort.

You may have seen in my August Subscription Box post featuring Roccabox that I received a sample of the Smashbox Liquid Lipstick in Drivers Seat. Since testing this, I can't stop wearing it! This warm pink lipstick is one of my go to colours that is so flattering for my skin tone. The wear time of the product also really impressed me and the formula is so comfortable to wear. 

Other favourites
Flavour of Tea: Peppermint
Movie: The Hitman's Bodyguard
Artist: Sam Hunt

What have you been loving in August?

SWATCHES | DOSE OF COLORS MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK - MONDAZE

Recently Dose of Colors was restocked by Beauty Bay and I had to stop myself from going overboard in picking up some of their products. I really wanted to get my hands on their eyeshadow palettes but the 'marvelous mauves' palette was out of stock by the time I could purchase them. Pinterest had left me yearning to try out their liquid lipsticks, specifically Stone and Truffle so I jumped at the chance to try their formula. Unfortunately, these shades were sold out on the website so I picked up shade Mondaze which is described as "smoky marsala" which is known as a deep red-toned brown. 

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Mondaze | The Beauty is a Beast
I instantly fell in love with the Dose of Colors packing. It is so simplistic and chic. The liquid lipstick comes in a frosted tube with a white and silver cap! It looks super pretty sitting on my dressing table.

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Mondaze | The Beauty is a Beast
I was really impressed with the swatches of the matte liquid lipstick. I absolutely adored the colour, even when I had my heart set on the other shades. The doe foot applicator is a good size, incredibly soft and a unique shape which makes for really easy application.

On the website, Dose of Colors advises to exfoliate before application and to avoid oily or greasy food. This is almost standard with all liquid lipsticks - only a handful survive meals and by exfoliating, you get a better application and they don't look as 'drying'. 

I loved how opaque the liquid lipstick is and you could nearly do your whole lip with only one dip in the tube. This felt so lightweight on my lips and really wasn't drying or uncomfortable to wear. It did start to wear off through eating and drinking but I didn't really have too high of expectations for this part anyway so I didn't mind. But the rest test was topping it up after it had started to fade. I hate when liquid lipsticks start to crumble apart when you're trying to top it up. Honestly, this was effortless. It still looked amazing and didn't crumble or make any form of mess. 

100% I love the formula of these liquid lipsticks and now I'm dying to get my hands on some of the other shades. Although, the only downside is they are slightly pricey at £16.

Have you tried the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks?