Thursday, 19 April 2018

Makeup Storage Ideas!

Hi guys,

My most requested blog posts are always in relation to make-up storage. Either people really need help or just want to be a little nosey. Let's face it I am always the latter. I'm not sure why I have put it off for so long but maybe it's because the pictures aren't too pretty. However the main point of this post is function with a little focus on appearance thrown in. 

So first of all make-up storage doesn't have to cost you a lot. In fact it can technically be free if you get a little bit thrifty and use boxes that other products might have come in. The beauty industry is such that packaging is everything. Luckily for us that means a ready made pretty storage box.  In the picture below I have used a pretty sturdy box that my Glossier order came in, which even has a retracting lid to stop that pesky dust getting in. Occasionally you can get free make-up bags when purchasing beauty products, so make the most of these too.




Another way I store my makeup products is in my Inglot Black Diamond makeup case (£132), this is not necessarily an option for everyone as I purchased this because I am a freelance makeup artist and needed something that could store my makeup and be mobile at the same time. The fact it has a pull out handle makes it perfect for carrying around. However I think even if you aren't a makeup artist it is still a good way to store your makeup, if you don't necessarily want it on display. Especially good for mummies like me as my daughters love getting their hands dirty in my makeup. But all the 'good stuff' for my kit is locked away and kept safe in this. 

It's also very organised as it has different compartments and a pull out drawer so I'm never searching for anything for too long. It can also be separated into two separate cases, a beauty box and then the carry case underneath. I bought this at IMATS so got it for £100, I decided to pay that little bit extra on storage for the quality and sturdiness.... and yes I carried it all the way back home on the train!

Ingot case open from top.


The most recent way I have been displaying my makeup is in my new acrylic storage. I have literally wanted acrylic storage forever, well actually probably since Keeping up with the Kardashians started 10 years ago, but have always found it a little too pricey. However recently on Instagram I saw my friend Sufi ('the skincare encyclopaedia' - @svphie__) purchase hers from Ebay and for the bargain price of £25 (currently £25.99), so I knew I had to have it for those special items I want on display.




The final way I store my everyday make-up and skincare is literally in my bathroom cabinet! This is literally for ease of use, as straight after I've cleansed my face I apply my skincare and apply my 5 minute makeup. I have got it down to a T. My husband also has a little section but let's face it, at least three quarter's is mine. I also use it to store some of my everyday perfumes. It has a mirrored sliding door and it's at just the right height. I purchased this from Ikea a few years ago for £30.



I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to store or present your makeup. If you have any other ideas then please do share in the comments below!

Amina xx

Thursday, 29 March 2018

New Glasses with Glasses Direct!

Hi Guys,

This week I am bringing to you a blog post all about glasses. I have worn glasses from a very young age. Primary school in fact. I went through a long period of trying to get away with not wearing them, like a lot of kids probably do, however, I think they just gradually got worse. I used to do the whole thing where I would take them with me to school but only wear them when I was in lesson, but around sixth form and uni I gave in a decided to just wear them full time as I literally couldn't see clearly more than 2 metres in front of me. 

I do still battle constantly with wearing glasses for many reasons. I think I have one of those strange faces where my head is quite big and square so finding glasses that suit me is quite difficult. Also my prescription is quite high, so when I do wear them the thickness of the lens seems to reduce my eye size a little, which distorts what my actual face looks like. Saying that, I do wear glasses everyday and have come to accept my glasses as part of me. However, I do wear contact lenses sometimes for special occasions or a day out etc.

Glasses Direct appealed to me as I literally couldn't find any glasses at my recent eye test that suited me. I felt stuck. I had taken time out of my busy schedule to get my eyes tested but when it came to picking a frame I could not choose. Being a mum of two, working part - time and basically not having time in the day to wee let alone shop for glasses left me stuck. I then came across Glasses Direct and was left intrigued.

7 day free home trial
I found loads of glasses styles that I really loved and what's fab is they have a virtual try-on page where you can upload a picture of yourself and virtually try the glasses on. I tried this, but felt it wasn't a true representation. Still stuck, I delved a little bit deeper and found out they do a free 7 day home trial service where they send you up to four of your favourite styles for you to try on and all for free! I think this is such a great service as they even pay delivery for you. So in essence, you get to try before you buy. 

Once I got my glasses, this is where my lovely Instagram and Twitter followers came in, as I got them to vote for which glasses suited me best! Out of the four options, the majority voted for option four which I was over the moon with, as I liked them best too.

Option 1 - Miss KG - MKGS009

Option 2 - Belladonna

Option 3 - London Retro - Sage

Option 4 - Scout - Millie

Literally all you then need is your prescription details, which are usually given to you when you go for your eye test. Once you select your frame online, you are then directed to complete the prescription details and it is as simple as that. You can then add on any extras such as anti-glare coating etc. Being so busy, it literally made my day that it was made so simple.

Scout Millie Frame with prescription lenses and anti glare coating.

Up until this point, I was completely happy with the process. However, when my chosen frame did arrive, it felt quite loose and one of the arms were bent. The good thing about Glasses Direct is they have optometrists on hand via phone, so any problems and they are literally one call away from being contacted. I was then asked to send the glasses back in the pre-paid envelope and they would do their best to resolve the issue. However, I guess this is one thing to consider when opting to purchase glasses online, you don't get the glasses personally fitted to your face and this can make such a difference to your vision. Up until now, I have had to send the glasses back twice and they are still in for correction. This is something I will definitely consider next time I'm purchasing glasses.

I hope you enjoyed this week's post and has opened your eyes (pun intended) to a new way of selecting you future specs. Do you wear glasses? Where do you purchase from?

Amina  xx

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Stila Bohemian Beauty spring '18


Hey guys,

This week I am bringing to you a brand focus on Stila Cosmetics. They have appeared on the blog before in my Christmas Stocking Filler Gift Guide and New Year's Eve Makeup Look, however this time I am going to introduce you to some of their key products and new releases for Spring and end with a Spring make-up look, so be sure to scroll all the way down!

One thing I love about the brand is how easy their products are to work with. The products speak for themselves and help anyone achieve an effortless make-up routine. They are fast becoming my favourite make-up brand and something about the brand as a whole really connects with me. 



First up we have the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows. These are one of the products that Stila are well known for. The Glitter & Glow combines glitter and eyeshadow into one product, it applies wet and dries to a powder. No need for glitter glue, it is fuss free, with maximum impact and I think this is what really appeals to me. Below are some swatches from the christmas gift set which contains 3 mini's, however there are a range of over 20 shades. Including duo chrome shades new for Spring. I am obsessed by the way, and want them all.



Left to right: Smoky Storm, Kitten Karma, Diamond Dust.
Carrying on with the eye theme, Stila have also released a Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow for Spring, as easy to use as the Glitter & Glow but with less of the glitter and more of a pearly shimmer. This is perfect for a less obvious look and gives such a subtle shine, it is soft and beautiful. I love that the colour applies wet and dries to a powder. It also means it is buildable, you can apply a thin layer, or apply more to get fuller coverage. These can also be worn with the Glitter & Glow if you are looking for maximum impact. However on their own they give a pearlescent effect that is so stunning. 

Shimmer & Glow in Carefree
One thing I find fantastic about Stila is the usability of the products. They are created with ease in mind. You don't have to be a make-up artist to use them but can still get a professional look. An example of this can be seen in the new Smudge Kajal Eyeliner. It is essentially kajal eyeliner with a smudge sponge and sharpener attached at the bottom.  The formula is lovely, very waxy and applies smoothly. Perfect for smudging and giving a blended look, but with a high intensity pigment. It comes in four colours and I need them all.

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Belissima

Another classic Stila staple is the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, infused with Vitamin E and Avocado oil it keeps your lips hydrated throughout the day. As matte liquid lipsticks go, this is a very comfortable formula, one of the best I've tried. And that is saying something really as I am definitely a gloss girl! For Spring there is also a shimmer version which is metallic and just stunning. Shimmer for the win I say.

Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick in Sheer Caramel


Also new for spring are the Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipsticks, same formula but somehow more transparent and less pigmented. Everyone is so caught up with high impact these days but these are surprisingly nice and lightweight. They offer a light wash of matte colour to the lip, and offer a great compromise for someone who loves a matte lip with a softer finish. 

If you are looking to jazz your lips up you need to get your hands on Stila's new Glitterati top coat! It is a clear liquid with tiny particles of pearl, perfect to apply over any of the Stay All Day liquid Lipsticks. Perfect for nightwear and gives your lips a little added extra. This is next on my wishlist!

Left to right: Smudge Kajal Eyeliner in Intense Black, Gliter & Glow in Smoldering Satin, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Belissima, Shimmer & Glow in Carefree, Stay All Day Sheer Lipstick in Sheer Caramel.

I created my Bohemian Beauty look below with Shimmer & Glow in Carefree over the lid, with a dark brown shadow blended into the crease. Because the liquid dries to a powder you are still able to apply and blend powder eyeshadows to the rest of the eyes. I then applied the Smudge Kajal eyeliner in Intense Black over the lash line and used the smudger to blend it out. On the lips, I applied Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissimo with Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick in Sheer Caramel over the top to give an ombre effect. I love the fact all the products can be layered to get different effects. 


 Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Carefree with Doll Beauty Lashes in Brandy.



So that's my round up of some of my fave Stila products and some of their new releases. Once again this is a brand I am totally falling in love with and will continue to purchase from. They somehow make beauty and make-up un-intimidating and make it exciting for everyone. Have you purchased from Stila? What are your faves? Let me know in the comments below.

Amina xx

*Contains PR samples. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Product Empties - To buy or not to buy?

Hey guys,

So throughout my two and a half years of blogging, I have never done an empties post. Can you believe it? So I thought I would put that right. For those of you who don't know, an empties post is basically a post about products that I have used up and I then go on to tell you whether I would repurchase, have already repurchased or would not recommend at all. I have been saving quite a few of my product empties for a while now, so here goes!


1. Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads - I tried a sample of the day version and fell in love with the ease of these. As the pads are already pre-soaked in the acid blend of AHAs and BHA's it just makes it so much easier. Their are 60 pads and I use these once a day (before bed). They last me two months. I have used these for ages now and repurchased may times. My pores seem smaller and skin just feels exfoliated and fresh and renewed.

Repurchase? YES!

2. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil* - I have gone on and on about this. My fave cleanser ever. It is just the right amount of greasy to break down any makeup on your face. And yes I mean any. I could have bridal make-up on and rub this over my face for 60 seconds and it is completely dissolved. I then rinse with water and am left with clean and clear skin that feels moisturised. The first time I tried this it was a PR sample, however I have repurchased myself.

Repurchase? YES!




3. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil - My go to brow product at all times. This is the perfect pencil and shape to get my brows looking how I want. The shape of the nib is narrow at one end and thick at the other meaning I can get whatever shape I want and be precise, but also be able to fill in the larger areas too. Just the right amount of product applies. For an evening look I will apply it slightly heavier, for the day I will use a lighter hand.  It is also seems to last me a very long time!

Repurchase? Yes!

4. Stella McCartney, Stella (EDP)  - One of my favourite perfumes of all time. This was Stella's first scent.  I guess I love it so much as rose is one of my favourite scents. It is described as 'A rose in full bloom in a traditional English garden, with a sultry amber contrast.' This is the one scent where people always ask what I'm wearing. I urge you to try it next time you are in Selfridges.

Repurchase? Yes!




5. NYX Dark Circle Corrector (Medium) - You can see how worn the little pot is from the picture, but it's because I use this everyday on my under eye area before I apply concealer. It is a tiny pot but a little goes a long way. The consistency of the product is not too thick either which I really like because the less product on the under eye, the better in my opinion. It's the perfect colour corrector for my skin tone and I will continue to use.

Repurchase? Yes

6. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - I did a post a while ago where I really didn't rate this mascara at all, but once it dried down quite a lot I seemed to enjoy using it more and more. I really like the shape of the brush as it allows you to get those hard to reach little hairs and can produce volume as well as length.

Repurchase? No, for the price I think there are alternatives that can do the same job.


7. Dr Botanicals Neroli & Shea Butter Body Nourishing Cream* - A luxurious body cream that smells divine. It is very thick in consistency and you really don't need much to moisturise your whole body. Altogether a good product that I would happily use again. Cruelty and Vegan free too which is always good to know.

Repurchase? No, I would like to try something else. But would recommend.

8. Easy Nails Fast & Fruity Nail Polish Remover - I showcased this fabulous nail polish remover on my Instagram the other day. This little pot has a sponge with a hole cut through, it is soaked in nail polish and you simply dip your nail in a few times and the nail polish is removed. It has literally saved me so much time since I was introduced to it. It is acetone free and contains Vitamin E. I can't remember the price, but I tend to purchase from home bargains and is under £3.

Repurchase? Yes, or simply refill with nail polish remover!



9. Pixi Glow Tonic - I have just finished my 3rd bottle of this. I use it everyday in the morning to tone my skin. I have repurchased many times and my skin reacts fabulously to it. It has become a staple in my routine and I will continue to buy, however I do feel like changing up my routine a bit so am up for trying something new too.

Repurchase? Yes

10. Suqqu Lip Essence Cream - The creme de la creme of lip balms. I applied this once in the morning and could still feel it on my lips when I came back home. It is very thick in consistency and will moisturise the driest of lips. It is also said to plump the lips too. Have not tried a better lip balm.

Repurchase? No, unfortunately at £35 it is not something I can justify indulging on. I originally got it in a goody bag. Would love to though.

And that's all folks. I am so happy I can now get rid of these empties as I have been hoarding a few of them for quite a while! Are there any products you continuously repurchase? I would love to know in the comments below.

Amina xx


*PR sample. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Becoming a perfume EXPERT with The Perfume Shop

Hey guys, 

As it is National Fragrance Week from the 5th - 11th March I thought what better way to celebrate then with a perfume themed blog post. I was invited to The Perfume Shop for a workshop on perfumes and learnt so much about how a fragrance is made and I thought it would be great to share my knowledge. Perfume has always been one of those things I love but find very hard to describe. And I have found out I am not alone as I often hear many bloggers/vloggers saying the same. So if you are looking to up your perfume game then keep on reading.

Firstly a little about the Perfume Shop Staff themselves. These guys are experts. So if you are ever in need, they knowledgeable. This isn't just from their experience with perfume, I was surprised to find out that the staff actually carry qualifications in fragrance and all take part in a 6 month in-house perfume school, which results in a diploma. Some then go onto gain a qualification from the Fragrance Foundation, an international independent education body. So these people really know their stuff and are there to guide you through your perfume experience.


I had a fabulous time at the event and love the way all of my senses were tantalised by pairing food with visual concepts and scents. For example we were given a rose flavoured chocolate while being shown a visual of roses and florals and then sprayed floral perfumes after. It intensified everything and was a very enjoyable way of experiencing a type of scent. I have come away knowing so much more about perfumes and feel a little more confident describing and talking about them. Here's what you need to know.



Ingredients:

To create a fragrance between 150-250 ingredients can be put together. There are three different types of ingredients:

Natural Ingredients - which are found in nature, for example rose, vanilla or patchouli

Nature identical Ingredients - these are natural but not traditionally used in general terms as they are quite expensive or may be unethical. For example Indian Sandalwood is a good example, as it is so hard to get hold of.

Synthetic Ingredients - an ingredient that is created to mimic the smell of something, for example a cupcake.


The Fragrance Wheel:

Fragrances can all be classified into a type and these have been categorised by Michael Edwards who is an expert in the field of fragrance. He has a wheel which shows where a fragrance can lie (click here). He has categorised more than 21,000 fragrances and has a book and app which can help you pick out certain scents, or find out ingredients of your favourite perfume. The Perfume Shop can then use this to help you pick a fragrance.

Floral - These are romantic scents which contain essential flowers. Think feminine, elegant and graceful, e.g Chloe, YSL Paris.

Oriental - This is a very rich scent, it is smooth and luxurious, almost creamy. The main ingredient is Vanilla. e.g Guerlain Shalimar, YSL Black Opium.

Woody - Deep, earthy scents that are very intense. e.g Dior Fahrenheit, Paco Rabanne Black XS.

Fresh - These can be water, citrus, green or fruit based scents e.g Chanel Allure homme sport, Issey Miyake L'eau D'issei.

These can all blend into one another, for example you can geta floral-oriental,  oriental-woody, woody-fresh, fresh-floral going around the wheel. 



Notes:

A fragrance is made up of a Top, middle/heart and base note.

Top  - This is the smell that first hits you and is usually a citrus smell or a synthetic fruit smell. It will evaporate quite quickly and only last up to 10 minutes.

Middle/Heart - This smell then builds on the top note and is usually a floral note, it  usually comes out at around 20 minutes after you have sprayed the product.

Base - The base note then appears 45 minutes after the product has been applied and builds on the middle note. Base notes tend to be quite intense ingredients such as musk, amber or vanilla.

It is interesting to note here that you get the true essence of the perfume 45 minutes after you have first applied. This actually might explain why I prefer classic perfumes as I have smelt them time and time again in their true state.

An Accord is a blend of three or four notes which create a unique odour and are the base character of a fragrance.

Oil concentration:

Parfum - Contains 20-30% pure perfume and can last up to 8 hours

Eau de Parfum - Contains 15-20% pure perfume and can last up to 6 hours

Eau de Toilette - Contains 5-15% pure perfume and can last up to 4 hours

Eau de Cologne - Contains 2-4% pure perfume and can last up to 2 hours




An example of what engraving may look like.

The Perfume Shop have also started to offer engraving on most bottles which I think is fantastic as it adds that little extra to a bottle especially if it is for a special occasion. With Mother's Day just around the corner this couldn't have come at more of a perfect time as it's the perfect present for Mother's day! The Perfume Shop luckily gifted me my Mother's Day Present for my mum, a 50ml bottle of Gucci Guilty which I'm hoping she will love!

If you still feel like you need a little more information, make sure you visit the Perfume Shops's website where they have videos to answer all your fragrance questions!

Amina xx




Thursday, 1 March 2018

Recent Favourites!

Hey guys,

This week I am bringing to you some of my recent favourites as I haven't done a post like this in a while. I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce you to some new brands on the blog and also some old favourites.




First up we have this gorgeous liquid highlighter by Nip and Fab in Rose Gold (£8.63, currently 25% off from Superdrug.). I got this as a Christmas present from my lovely sister in law and have been using it a lot over the past couple of months to give me a healthy glow in this dreadful weather. I love how versatile it is, in that you can apply it quite heavily to give a strong strobed look, or you can blend it in, or even mix with your foundation to give a more natural glowing effect. I really love the product however am not so keen on the dropper style packaging as I feel the gel like consistency is too thick for it. However I am no packaging expert so can't really suggest a better option. All I know is I never have to squeeze the dropper, instead I dot the product onto my face using the dropper as an applicator.


Top: lightly blended Bottom: heavily blended

Something else I have also been using literally every time I have a shower is the *HEMPZ Vanilla Plum Relaxing Herbal Body Wash  (£16.99). It is packed with goodness for your skin with one of the main ingredients being Hemp seed oil, as well as Vitamin A, C and E and also Shea butter. The ingredients match the price tag and confirm you are buying a good quality product.  Hemp seed oil is quickly becoming very popular in skin care as it has a lot of benefits for the skin as an antioxidant, as well as being able to suit many skin types. A quick mention that Hemp seed oil does come from the same plant Cannabis comes from (as you may have found the icon on the tube familiar), however Cannabis is derived from the plants flower and leaves, whereas Hemp seed oil comes directly from the seed where there is no THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects.  So there is no need to worry! When I leave the shower, my skin is smooth, nourished and plump. I am really intrigued with hemp seed oil and can't wait to grow my collection. An added bonus is it is a vegan product and paragon, gluten and THC free.


Another product I seem to be using a lot after I have had a shower is the OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil (£25), OUAI is a brand headed by the very famous hairstylist to many celebrities, including Kim K herself, Jen Atkin. I knew this was going to be a brand I would like to try as the products seemed so high end but also in an affordable range for me. The fact the oil is a multi - use products stands out to me because let's face it - I don't have much shelf space! I apply this all over my body and actually skip the step of moisturising my body, using this instead. I then apply a small squirt to my hands and apply through the ends of my hair. I have very dry skin and hair and the oil is absorbed well. The smell is heavenly, as you would imagine being Rose scented. But there are also hints of Bergamot and White Musk so it smells a dream. I think I would still class this as a luxury product because of the price tag, but it's nice to treat myself once in a while!


Next up is a brand I have already spoken about on the blog and it is *CND Vinylux Weekly Nail polishes (£6.95)! Read my post here for the in depth details of why I like these so much. The reason they have appeared again is because their new range of nudes have been released, and I am besotted. I love nudes, but it is like these were made for my skin tone. There are four colours in total, Uncovered, Unlocked, Unearthed and Unmasked and I am wearing the colours, Unearthed and Unlocked below. I can see these becoming my go to nail polishes. A quick round up of why these are some of my fave is that they are enriched with keratin, jojoba oil and Vitamin E, and its the weekly top coat you can expect your nail polish to last seven days. Need I say more.


Left to Right on nail: Unearthed, Unlocked.

The final product to end my recent faves post is these beautiful lashes by *Doll Beauty in Brandy  (£10). I have been looking for some really fluttery lashes for ages that are not extortionately priced and I have found them. They feel so nice and wispy when on and are not too much. The band is so nice and flexible, which I love as it means it can be applied tightly to the lash line. I love to wear these without any liner for that total natural wispy look. They have also recently launched in some Topshop stores and I can say they are definitely comparable to the likes of Huda Beauty, but for almost half the price. With the likes of PLouise (British Makeup academy & brand based in Manchester) using them, if they are good enough for her they are good enough for me! So look out for some make-up looks using these in the future!




I hope you liked my recent favourites. Are there any products you are loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.

Amina xx

*PR samples. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Permission to smile!

Hey Guys,

This week I've got something a little different for you and a bit of food for thought. How many of you go through your everyday only interacting with people you know or have been introduced to? How many of you feel nervous to strike up new conversations or even smile at others in your community? I for one can say I am guilty of both of these. Social media has made it so much easier for us to be less social with those around us but instead focus our efforts on dialogue online. Permission to Smile is an initiative that has started in Birmingham encouraging people to come together as a community and simply interact more with one another.

When I was contacted by Martin Graham, one of the founders of the initiative, and made aware of the campaign, something struck a chord with me. What's better than society and communities working together to benefit everyone? Whether it be by having a conversation with some one who is feeling isolated, or going shopping for someone who might be struggling to get outdoors. Working together works out for everyone, but it starts by communicating, and a smile is just that. It is the initial communication to say I am warm, open and welcoming.

Only a month ago I had been battling and supporting to save my local children's centre for this exact reason. It was the one thing that had given me support when I had had my first child. Meeting other like minded people from my area gave me a sense of belonging and togetherness. It gave me so much happiness to know other people from my area with kids my age and to know we could be there for each other if we needed. I then began to think about what life would be like if I didn't have service like this. It made me realise we can't rely on the council of such services anymore as cuts are being made everyday and we need to take action ourselves.

This is where we come in. How can we take part? Well, firstly by doing exactly what it says, in every day life there is no harm in smiling! We tend to walk around avoiding eye contact with people just in case the worst happens.... a conversation starts! So simply just smile, or say hello. It could make someones day. Permission to Smile have also set up a crowd funding page in order to get the word out there and hopefully launch an app where people who live local to one another can meet up and start engaging with one another, it is also hopefully going to become a school programme and introduced into school lessons. You can donate here. The website is due to launch on the 12th May with a event in the city centre to celebrate.



So if you are in Birmingham why not show some support, but no matter where you are you have permission to smile! Being nice doesn't cost a thing, so if there is one thing you can take from this post it should be that!

Amina xx

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Shot it, Shape it, Strobe it with Loreal!

Hi guys,
Last week I attended the fantastic launch for the new Infallible range of primers, foundation, blush and highlighter sticks from Loreal Paris makeup. It was held at Beat London and I had a such a fantastic time meeting other bloggers and getting a first look at the products. I was so excited that this launch had a focus on the skin base as I am all about that flawless skin. I have been trying them out over the past week so thought I would give you my initial thoughts and some swatches!

Me with the beautiful @anousshkaa

Shot it! - Infallible Primers (£8.99)


The first step in the newly released items is 'Shot it!'. This is a range of primers which have been formulated for all skin types. From left to right you have a bright green primer to neutralise any redness. A matte primer, which is suitable for oily skin types. The iridescent packaging gives the luminising primer away - It gives your skin the most beautiful glow without making you look too shiny. Then we have the Anti fatigue primer which is apricot in colour and is perfect for correcting dull looking skin. Lastly we have the pore refining primer which smooths out any lumps and bumps and hides those pores perfectly. The idea with these is that you can use one or multi prime for different areas depending on the need,  it's up to you. 

Shape it! - Infallible Shaping Foundation Sticks (£8.99)



Left to right: 210, 200, 180, 150
Bottom to top - 210, 200, 180, 160

 Next up we have the foundation shaping sticks. These can be used as a base but also to highlight and contour. I have to say that I am so impressed by the formula of these. Somehow Loreal have managed to create a hydrating foundation that doesn't leave your skin looking greasy. When applied the finish that is given literally mimics the skin. It contains Jojoba Oil which adds to the luxurious texture, however as the skin absorbs the product it dries to a powder finish. The product can also be built up for fuller coverage. I have been trying it out all this week and I would say with a make-up fixing spray you can definitely get 8 hours wear out of this product. The one downside I would say is the shade range. Their are 12 shades which is reasonable, however the shades jump quite a lot so some people might have to combine shades to get their perfect match.

Strobe it! - Loreal Infallible Blush &Highlighter Sticks (£8.99)



Top: 001 Bottom: 002


Top to bottom: 500, 501, 503
The blush and highlighter sticks are some of my favourite products from the range. Applied over the foundation they just blend in to the skin so well. The fact that you are using cream on cream makes application so effortless and I love the smooth airbrushed effect it gives. I am starting to use more cream products in my make-up routine as it gives the skin more dimension without being so obvious. There are four colours in the highlighter range and they are all just as beautiful as the next.





Here is the make-up applied to my face. The foundation (mix of 200 &180) literally gave an airbrushed finish, I applied directly onto my face and blended with a buffing brush. I used blusher in 002 and highlighter in 501 and blended in using my fingers. For a demo using the products head to my Instagram stories highlight labelled 'Loreal Review'. As the products are newly released there are currently  quite a few offers on these products, one being 3 for 2 at Boots and Superdrug, which I would definitely take advantage of!

I hope you enjoyed this introduction to the new Loreal Infallible releases! Will you be trying any?

Amina xx