MAC Studio Fix Fluid Fiasco

MAC FoundationAfter a little research before a visit to Selfridges, I decided that I just had to get a MAC foundation. So when I had finished my little shopping spree I strutted out of the store with a small, yellow paper bag containing MAC Studio Fix Fluid (SPF 15) in NW13. I tried it once. I tried it twice. But now, it’s safe to say, it is tucked away in the back of my makeup drawer, never to be seen again.

The first thing I noticed was the over-powering stench that I have narrowed down to the odd plastic smell of the shiny material that covers everything at a children’s indoor play area, you know, the ones with the slides and ball pools? Too specific? Ah well. The colour was completely wrong for me, however I suspect this is due to the dim lighting in Selfridges disabling me from seeing the exact match to my face properly, and is obviously not a flaw of the overall product. Also, I am not exactly sure what skin type this foundation is aimed at: I have combination skin and this foundation seems to cling to the areas of my face that is pretty dry, like my around my nose, and the product slides off the more oily areas, like my forehead: because of this, the foundation not long lasting at all.

I know that this has been a very negative review but I am not ruling out all MAC foundations. In fact, I am currently looking more into the Studio Sculpt SPF 15 at the minute, making sure that I do enough research this time to ensure that this whole fiasco doesn’t happen again!

What’s your favourite foundation?

Bring Out the Caviar, Darling!

Caviar

I have been experimenting with a little bit of nail effects for the last few days and I think my favourite has to be the caviar from Claire’s Accessories paired with MUA’s ‘Pistachio Ice Cream’ (yummy name right!?) nail varnish. The fresh minty-blue colour is perfect for summer and it works so well with the striking gold caviar on the middle finger, sealed in on the nail with a bit of Seche Vite top-coat. The quality of these products is surprisingly very good: the nail varnish is very long lasting and the caviar was extremely difficult to remove, which is a good thing in terms of longevity, but a can be bit of a pain if you’re in a hurry!

As a little extra I have also found the chunky gold ring from Primark looks amazing with these nails. Overall this look (the MUA nail varnish, Claire’s Accessories nail caviar and the Primark ring) could not have cost more than £5, which is fantastic since I’m already spending money on stocking up on loads of summer clothes!

Healthy Banana Ice Cream!

When the sun starts making more and more appearances all I want to do is laze around on a sun-lounger, sipping lemonade and indulging in a refreshing ice cream. However, I have a little holiday just around the corner so I need to start getting my bikini body on, and it isn’t enough to just have ‘low-fat’ ice cream. So a couple of clicks on my laptop later I end up on blogilates and what I found was so exciting I just had to share it with you!

Introducing the healthiest, tastiest snack ever, that I know will be a staple this summer: banana ice cream, with only one ingredient: a banana!

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Step 1: Chop a banana into coin shapes. Obviously use the amount of bananas that you would require to make the amount of ice cream you would want (I have found that one average sized banana is equal to one portion).

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Step 2: Pop the banana coins in a bowl or Tupperware box and leave them in the freezer for a couple of hours until completely frozen solid.

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Step 3: Take them out to blend, blend and blend a bit more in a food processor/blender until you have achieved a thick, whipped-cream-like product.

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Step 4: Serve in a pretty little bowl either by itself or with a trickle of toffee sauce which, I know, kind of negates the whole ‘healthy’ thing, but come on, bananas and toffee… Hmmm…

Enjoy!

P.S. Let me know if you liked this post and I may put up more yummy recipes; suggestions are welcome!

Clinique’s ‘Really Rio’

Clinique's 'Really Rio'

There it was. The perfect summer polish colour. Sat sweetly on a little stand on the front counter of the Clinique booth was ‘Really Rio’, one of the nail varnishes in Clinique’s new ‘sensitive skin’ range of polishes. Naturally, I wanted to test this little baby out on my nails right there and then, however I already had a dark blue on my nails, and this is when the lady on the counter chooses to swoop in. She swiftly pulled a small piece of clear sticky-tape from behind the counter, applied a generous layer to the non-sticky side and placed it over my nail. What a great trick? I know what I’m going to be putting in my bag next time I’m on the hunt for a new nail varnish!

The contrast between the coral colour and my skin tone creates a great tanning effect and the formula’s very impressive as I have had the same polish on my nails for about four days now and it’s still looking pretty perfect. I think Clinique’s on for a win on this one!

P.S. Heads up: I am going on an American Road trip for six weeks (insert Legally Blonde quote: “road trip! Ahh!”) in about a month’s time, so if any of my American readers have any suggestions of some beauty products I should pick up while I’m over there that you can’t get in England, lemme know below!

Tan Up!

Tan Up!

To start with I am going to jump right in with the obvious choice when wanting to get your tan on – fake tan! We all know that going through tubes and bottles of the stuff can get expensive, so it’s always a good idea to have an idea of a cheaper alternative in mind. Enter ‘Asda Self Tan Instant Lotion’! Before you judge, this product really is incredible – it is the most natural looking tan I have tried yet and it only costs around the £3 mark! It does not lather your body in an excessive amount of glitter particles, unlike quite a few high-end tans (it really annoys me when a brand ruin a perfectly good product with glitter as I end up walking around in the sun conscious that I look like a vampire out of the Twilight Saga!) and smells divine! All in all a really impressive product, coming in three shades, that wont break your bank even if you decide you don’t like it after one use.

(If you’re wondering, the tanning mitt in the background of the image is from Home Bargins and cost £1, to fit in with the budget fake-tan!)

Secondly, Garnier have recently launched a range of BB products including a concealer, an original BB Cream and other BB Creams targeted to specific skin types, and so far I have tried the Miracle Skin Perfector Original BB Cream. I am the shade 02 in ‘light’ (I know that on the website there is a page where you can find out your shade if you’re interested), and I have found that, due to this product being low coverage yet highly pigmented, it gives my face a natural tanned effect – perfect for those, like myself, who are a little nervous of fake-tanning their face! I find it is great for a day when you want a summer glow in your face, with a low coverage base to avoid appearing cakey in the sun.

The less obvious choice out of the three is a nail varnish by Essie in the colour ‘Fiji’. I first saw this on the stands in Boots and decided to pick it up purely for the name: I lived in Fiji for a few months when I was younger and it was one of the best times in my life so far! Then the hype happened. I recon that everybody and their dog walker (what haha!) has heard of this summery varnish; a pretty pastel pink that, I realised after purchasing it, is named Fiji because of its natural tanning qualities. The contrast between my natural skin tone and the off-white pink made my skin appear darker than usual so is going to be my go-to nail varnish of this summer!

So there you have it, a few products that will help to achieve a natural tan in the run up to summer! Ladies, it time to tan up!’