Tuesday, 17 May 2016

My Favourite Foundations

Hello again,

Now I'm no make-up artist but when it comes to the latest trends I am all over them. I love trying new products from foundations to mascaras and everything in between. I have owned at least 100 foundations at this stage and never found one I absolutely loved and went out especially to repurchase, however lately I have found 2 that I really really like.

Me and my problem skin have always avoided matte foundations but now I wish I never did. I have started using L'oréals Infallible 24h-Matte foundation along with the L'oréal Infallible Mattifying Base. This combination has worked perfectly for my skin. I really love the primer it is definitely one of the best I have used and the foundation sits perfectly with it for a flawless look. The foundation has great coverage and even hides all my ugly breakouts. 

When it comes to contouring with a matte foundation I find powders work better as the cream ones tend to hug the foundation and become cement like making it impossible to blend, so when using this foundation I use my Sleek Face Form palette and it works a treat. And the days where I am having a bad skin day I spray some Botanics Instant Moisture Mist onto my beauty blender to make it 

For the days I don't want full coverage, when my skin is in good condition I just want something light and dewy even for days when I don't have time to spend ages on my face this is perfect. Recently I purchased the Bourjois City Radiance foundation its a skin protecting foundation with a brightening effect which also has SPF30, Anti-Pollution screen and Radiance-Boosting Pigments. I bought this as I have summer holidays coming up and wanted something that would give me a dewy look with minimal effort and this does just that, the coverage is great and hides my blemishes without looking like I am wearing any foundation.

So if you are looking for a new foundation and have problem skin like me I would really give these two a try and they won't break the bank either, its a win win.

Lynda x

Thursday, 12 May 2016

My Go To Dinner

Being the Mammy of toddler is hectic and dinner is not always a fancy home cooked meal, more a grab whats in the freezer dinner or a lazy take away, but this recipe is a hit in my house, so easy and my absolute favourite.

*Parma Chicken Noodles

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 500g chicken breast (diced or cut into strips)
  • 150g sundried tomatos in oil (chopped)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 cup shaved parmesan
  • Noodles
  • Salt to taste
  • Dried basil
  • Red chilli flakes

1. Heat the butter in a pan. Add the chicken and sprinkle with salt. Cook until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

2. Add sundries tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of oil from the jar (optional), and add garlic, sauté until fragrant.

3. Lower heat, add cream and the parmesan, simmer while stirring until the cheese has melted through. Sprinkle over salt, basil and chilli flakes to your taste.

4. Add noodles and continue to simmer until the noodles are cooked (5-8 minutes)

Thats it, that is my go to fancy 'I made an effort' dinner. 

Enjoy, Lynda x 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Caviar For Your Face

Hi all,

I am back with something I am sure many women can relate to. I have spent an absolute fortune on face creams always trying to find one that I really loved. I have 'problem skin' as I call it where it has a life of its own and never cooperates with me, most days I struggle to get make up to sit right and have a few too many break outs.

When it first came out I heard great things about Aldi's new caviar moisturisers and how they are similar to the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe cream which has a price tag of a whopping €370 for a 50ml jar. They both contain caviar which is rich in vitamins and proteins and known as an anti-ageing active ingredient. So after spotting it lately in my local Aldi store I picked up the day and night cream and at €8.99 each they are a bargain.

I used the night cream first and straight away I could feel it tightening on the skin, its a real rich feeling cream and a little goes a long way. Along with Caviar it also contains snow algae which stimulates collagen which counteracts the ageing process. Another ingredient in this cream is one everyone is going mad over lately and thats Hyaluronic Acid which prevents water loss and keeps the skin moisturised all day, along with vitamin b5 to repair damaged skin. It is recommended to use this cream for two months to see results but for me the next morning my skin felt really soft and still moisturised, it even seemed brighter and healthier looking even after one use.

I am always sceptical about using day creams because I struggle so much with getting make up to sit right, I tend not to use face creams during the day but rather serums instead but i was on a mission to give my skin some TLC. For the first few days I didn't wear make up and just used the Caviar Illumination day cream which also has SPF 15. Just like the Caviar Illumination night cream, it contains all the same ingredients and gives anti-ageing protection for day time. This cream has the same rich texture and glides on so easy, the skin feels immediately firmer and looks brighter and again a little goes a long way.

So when it came to biting the bullet and putting on make up I didn't think this cream would work well because of its rich texture even though on the box it claims to be light in texture and perfect for under make up, I have used lighter. I applied a tiny amount of the cream and and added more if I felt some part of my face needed it. I used a make up primer just to give an extra help to my foundation. I applied my foundation with my beauty blender as I always do and it went on and sat perfectly I was thrilled. I did my make up the same way I always do and it lasted all day, there was no difference at all. 

Although I have never used the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe cream, I have been using both these Lacura creams for about a month now and really enjoying them. There has definitely been and improvement in my skin over the last month. Thankfully I don't have many wrinkles to deal with yet but it is recommended to start anti-ageing treatments in your mid 20's. So for €8.99 a jar these are worth every penny in my opinion.

Lynda x
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