Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A Gift Guide on What to get the Men in Your Life This Christmas

Like every year, I search the internet to try and help you and myself get ideas for Christmas. Men are a bloody nightmare to buy for - especially if they don't give you any ideas as to what they'd like. So, I have found lots of different bits and pieces for the men in your life this Christmas!

gift guide for men 2017

If your boyfriend always listens to music from his phone whilst in the shower, what better idea to get him a Bluetooth in-shower speaker!? It's so much easier and waterproof! I also found this amazing self-stirring mug, how cool! If the man in your life is a gamer, then he'd be super happy to unwrap a new controller. I've also included socks in this gift guide too, because what man doesn't get socks at Christmas? 

 1. Stick on Bluetooth Shower Speaker - £14.99 
2. 5 Pack Black Next Socks - £10.00
3. Lazy Man Self Stirring Mug - £7.99 
4. I'd Agree with You Mug - £3.99
5. iTunes Voucher
6. Black Leather Popper Wallet - £18.00
7. Black and Matte Green Xbox One Controller - £74.99
8. Maca Root Grooming Kit - £25.00
9. Light Flow Cable - £9.99

christmas gift guide for men 2017

I thought that an LED desk light would be perfect for that guy who's always on his laptop/computer - especially if he uses it in the dark, he can then see his keyboard. I included Ticketmaster in last years gift guide too. I never thought of it beforehand, it's just such a good idea to get tickets to their favourite band or comedian etc. How cool is this USB cookie cup warmer though? All you do is plug it into your laptop/computer, place your cup on top and it warms it up. DVD box sets are a must for Christmas and so are portable phone chargers. They're so handy and a lot easier than carrying around a phone charger.

10. Paco Rabanne 1 Million Gift Set - £46.00
11. Navy Hoody - £29.99
12. LED Desk Lamp - £12.99
13. Ticketmaster
14. Hot Cookie USB Cup Warmer - £8.99
15. Old Skool Vans - £55.00
16. Grumpy Socks - £3.99
17. Portable Phone Charger - £7.99
18. Pirates of The Caribbean Box Set - £27.99


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

L'Oréal True Match Foundation Review

l'oreal true match foundation review

You all know me, like always I'm late to the party on trying a beauty product. L'Oréal's True Match foundation has been out for years now, so you've most probably tried it yourselves already. My most recent foundation was Urban Decays All Nighter - I did love it although it didn't do enough justice for my oily skin. Anyway, somebody recommended for me to try the L'Oréal brand for a new foundation. So, I headed into Boots and spent a little bit of time with a L'Oréal beauty advisor. We both eventually agreed on the True Match foundation, with the right shade for my skin tone. 

I bought it in the shade '2.N Vanilla' and honestly, it's the most perfect drugstore foundation shade I've found that matches my skin tone. The consistency is so watery and thin, but a little goes a long way with this product. It feels soft and very light on the skin too which I like. Who wants a foundation to feel and look heavy? It also blends really easily - you definitely don't need to worry about patchiness and dreadful lines. The coverage of True Match is pretty good, it doesn't show off my pores or cling to any dry areas either.

l'oreal true match foundation review blog post

l'oreal true match foundation

My oily skin and foundation don't usually get on that well. So, I put it to the test! Wearing L'Oréals True Match without primer shows my oily skin within 3-4 hours. Wearing True Match with primer doesn't show my oily skin until around 6-7 hours. Not bad. Overall, this is a great little product! I definitely recommend and it doesn't hurt your bank balance either. Have you tried a L'Oréal foundation before?

Sunday, 5 November 2017

The Body Shops Instablur Face Perfector Review

the body shop primers

I have always sworn by Maybelline's 'Baby Skin' primer and I think I had mentioned on my blog that I preferred it to Benefits 'Porefessional' a while ago. I recently got The Body Shops Instablur primer for £15, which I had been so excited to try out! I love trying out different face primers to see what difference it makes to my skin and makeup. 

First of all, I love the design of this product. I love the bold, black writing on the white background. The silver, blurred, metallic look with 'Instablur' written on it just finishes the design off. There's not much else to say about it, I just love it!

The consistency of this product is thick and spurts out in lumps when you squeeze the tube. It doesn't come out smoothly like 'Baby Skin' or 'Porefessional'. So, it's very easy to waste product if you're not careful with it. A little goes a long way too, you don't need too much product to cover your face. First placed on the skin, it's hard to blend out as little bits of product just fall whilst blending, which is a waste, yet again.

the body shop instablur primer

I've never worn this product just on its own so I'm not certain what that's like. But, my makeup glides on really easily with this product and I've never found it to go patchy. As this product is specifically for oily to combination skin, it definitely does what it should. It controls my oily skin throughout the day, although, the oiliest part of my face is my nose which still gets oily but not as much as it does without the primer. It mattifies my oily skin and makes my huge-ass pores look smaller.

I have also found that it makes my foundation last longer throughout the working days. I usually end up having lines where I smile and it goes patchy on my forehead and chin, but wearing this primer with foundation definitely helps. It doesn't stop the lines completely but the lines show up later on through the day and my foundation isn't patchy. 

Overall, this primer is great! I just wish the consistency was a lot more smooth and would stick to the skin better.

What's your favourite face primer?