Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear

Press Sample 

In celebration of 20 years of Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr now has become Teint Idole Ultra Wear (RRP€41.00)and now comes in a brand-new bottle. The high coverage foundation comes in 40 shades to choose from, but I do warn that this is a foundation you will need to sample and not blindly buy due to the oxidation that I experienced with it. For 2017 I'm on the hunt for perfect foundations so I was delighted to receive this from the PR to sample.

For a full coverage foundation, I was delighted that this wasn't as creamy as I was expecting, but I did find that it still felt heavy on the skin but it didn't look cakey on the same hand. My skin has been okay of late but it is usually on the dry side and this did catch around the dryness on my forehead, brought out the pores on my nose and didn't sit as nicely on (cough) my laughter lines.

For best application and after a lot of experimenting with this, I found using a hydrating primer underneath the best and apply the foundation with my beauty blender. It takes a few minutes to set, but you do end up with a velvety medium coverage, or build up to full. Unfortunately, the shade that I picked was 010 BEIGE PORCELAINE out of the three I got matched with on the Lancome Foundation Shade Finder website. The shade looked promising at first but within seconds of it coming out of the pump you will notice it oxidising and continued to do so on my face for a few minutes after. If I tried to build it up it just got even darker so that was a no go. Below are two swatches of the foundation in my shade, the one on the left was the first to be pumped and by the time I pumped the second there is already a shade change. 

The foundation is also heavily fragranced and I found that my skin was irritated by it around my chin and top of my cheeks, so if your skin is on the sensitive side approach with caution. The Teint Idole Ultra Wear would be more geared towards oily skin but even with my dry skin, this didn't last around my jaw area or around my glasses.

So as you can gather this didn't do the trick for me and I'm still on the hunt for a new foundation to WOW me. Send your recommendations my way in the comments below.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

My Little Box - #NoFilter March Box

It has been a long time since I've spoken about My Little Box, a subscription box that comes from the heart of Paris. It has always been one of my favourite subscription boxes, I think because it has more than beauty, and incorporates lifestyle accessories too. Last year I stopped my subscription as it was getting to be a bit of an expensive box each month, especially as here in Ireland we have to use ParcelMotel to get it. For Mother's Day, Lillibug and Kevin treated me to a box (I must have dropped a lot of hints), they are the best! 

For March, My Little Box's theme was "#NOFILTER". Instead of the usual box, and drawstring bag, everything came in a gorgeous wash bag emblazoned with the slogan "#No Filter". I will definitely get great use out of the bag and it is a great size for all my makeup. Also included was a notebook for all my beauty notes, and printed card (which I love to stick up on my wall).

A lovely soft kabuki brush was included, with rose gold detail and the tips of the bristles are blush coloured. I haven't tried this yet, but it feels very soft to the touch and I will get around to using this during the week.

I was super excited to see a phone ring holder in rose gold. As I'm very clumsy with my phone, this might actually help me not to drop it anymore, plus it works as a stand. I really do love this, and they aren't easy to come by unless you go online for them.

Also included was a nail polish from their own makeup brand "My Little Beauty". It's a lovely pinky nude polish and it has a nice shine to it. Deep Euphoria from Calvin Klein is a cute sample that came in the form of rollerball, so it's very handy for the bag.

I saved the best for last with the inclusion of Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer. I have for so long wanted to try this out after a friend raved about it. I have been using it the last few days and getting on great, and my makeup has not budged! 

My Little Box cost €17.80 plus €3.95 for ParcelMotel compared to last year when it was over €20 for the box alone. I loved this box so much, I'm excited for next months already!

*NO PR Samples contained within this post. and not sponsored

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

National Bed Month with Netflix

We all love a good binge watch, right? Getting a few solid hours of your favourite show in can be an incredibly fun and satisfying experience. More and more, we seem to be doing this in bed. Fittingly, this month of March has been decreed "National Bed Month". After doing some research, though, I've found that while it's nice to binge watch in bed, it goes against the advice of The Sleep Council in relation to the perfect sleep environment. But, there's nothing stopping you from grabbing your PJs, hot water bottle and duvet and spending a day on the couch. This way, you're not disrupting your much-needed sleep pattern and you're having a day for yourself. 

In terms of a duvet driven binge day Netflix has you well looked after, regardless of what you're into,  with the following shows and movies:

Iron Fist: 13 Episodes, 1 Season.

The last Marvel/Netflix solo show following "Daredevil", "Jessica Jones", and "Luke Cage", "Iron Fist" tells the story of Danny Rand a wealthy orphan returning to his home of New York after going missing in the Himalayas. While he was there, however, he became very proficient in martial arts. It's a similar story to the Marvel movie "Doctor Strange", but won't be quite as epic in scope. It does promise to be a lot of fun, and will serve as a great final chapter before we get the team up show "The Defenders".

The Crown: 10 Episodes, 1 Season

The £100 million pound gamble that paid off for Netflix, "The Crown" has become possibly the most highly regarded show on the service. Rightly so? You'll have to judge for yourself, but it's hard to dispute that it looks incredible, and is impeccably acted specifically the award-winning Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) and John Lithgow (Winston Churchill). The series tells the story of the first decade or so of the reign of Queen Elizabeth and the trials and tribulations she faced along the way. Special mention should go to Matt Smith who is a standout as Prince Philip, a man who is seemingly lost in is role withing the palace and his own marriage. 

Fawlty Towers: 12 Episodes.

Let's go back in time to some classic comedy from the minds of John Cleese and Connie Booth. There's very little that can be said about this show that hasn't been said already. It's one of those shows that I saw when I was younger and it always seemed like there were much more than just twelve episodes! 

Once Upon A Time: 124 Episodes (so far), 6 Seasons.

An old favourite of mine at this stage, this Disney/ABC Studios co-production takes the classic characters from old and new Disney movies and puts a "Lost" style spin on them by flipping the characters between the real world and the fairytale world. Netflix is the only place to see new episodes of this show as they are the exclusive distributors in the UK and Ireland.

*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription.  All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. 
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