Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Make-up Review - L'Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation


Hello loves! As if you hadn't seen enough reviews of this product, here I am to deliver you with one more! Yay! 

Yes it's the L'Oreal Infallible pro glow foundation. 

I woke up one morning scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, snapchat (or snapper chatter as my mum likes to call it) and YouTube of course and this foundation would somehow creep into every social media platform.. I knew I needed to investigate further, give me drugstore and make up in the same sentence and I'm on board, because let's face it who doesn't love affordable make up?!

Okay let's do this!

 So the claims:
24 hour wear
Lightweight
Medium coverage
Hydrating 

Did it deliver? Keep on reading to find out!



Boom! There it is.. My naked face! But we're here for serious make up business. So I started with freshly cleansed and moisturised skin. As you can see I have some un even skin tones, some redness and a few yellow tones, I don't tend to gravitate towards high coverage foundations as I prefer a more natural look to my skin, but I don't always receive the right coverage from my foundations, so I was excited to try this one out! 


I did not use a primer, I applied the foundation straight to my face using a damp beauty blender, this is always my prefered method of application. As you can see I just applied the foundation to one half of my face so you can easily see the difference the foundation makes. 

This was just one layer and I love the coverage for everyday! It didn't cover all my redness but it definetly gave a natural 'no make-up' look to my skin. The product sunk into the skin very easily and did not feel sticky. 


Layer 2 of foundation.. This foundation is definitely build able! So for me it would work for day and night.. Not that my social calendar is booked solid but clearly you can see that it has covered up more of my redness and evened out my skin tone. Still very fast drying and is 100% lightweight, it truly does not feel like I'm wearing any foundation!


Evening out the otherside of my face I applied two layers of foundation. This is before powder and concealer and I'm am super impressed with the finish from this product. I wouldn't say that it is very 'glowy', to me it just leaves your skin with a healthy and hydrated look, and who doesn't want that?! Am I right!


I concealed under my eyes and powdered my skin and later applied the rest of my make-up ready for the day. I can truly say I loved the natural look of this foundation! 

I kept the foundation on for the rest of the day aproximetly 10 hours and it lasted pretty damn well. It did sink into creases and fine lines (those damn freakin smile lines, I should practise my resting bitch face more often) but what make up doesn't?! 

Do I agree with the claims?

 24 hour wear - I wouldn't say 24 hours but I would say 12 hours is a better estimate, but hey who wears foundation for 24 hours anyways? 
Lightweight - yes yes yes!! I felt like I wasn't wearing any foundation! Love!
Medium coverage - the coverage for me was build able, if you want it to be light then just apply 1 layer and just build it up as you go!
Hydrating - 100%! My skin did not feel dried out like it sometimes can with foundation throughout the day. I do have normal skin so I cannot relate to how this would be on someone with dry skin but I would definetly give it a shot!

I will re purchase this foundation again and again, it is super affordable and does an amazing job, I'm not complaining at that!

Hope you all enjoyed reading this review. Let me know if you have tried out this foundation yet (if you can hunt it down.. Seems to be sold out everywhere).

Be sure to stop by my Instagram too! 
@anastasiaclaralee

Thanks for reading!
Anastasia 
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

21 Things I Leart Before Turning 21



1. It's okay to not have your life and career figured out yet. 
There's nothing that will stress you out more than thinking you need to have your life planned and figured out. Your 20's are for figuring this out, just be open to all options, something incredible could come out of it.

2. And don't believe that everyone your age has theirs figured out too
We're all just winging it.

3. Always use your parents mailing address..until you buy a house
I moved house 4 times in the last 2 years! Lots can happen when you're so young and just finding yourself, I moved out from my parents house, moved in with my now Fiancé, moved in with roommates, then moved out because we wanted a place for just the two of us. ANYWAY.. moral of the story use your parents address as your mailing address, it will save you the pain and hassle of changing your address every time!

4. Step out of your comfort zone because amazing things can happen when you do
Nothing great will ever happen if you never feel scared or uncomfortable. Like moving to Canada.

5. Be prepared to lose friends
This may be a hard thing to hear  and actually believe, but after high school you really do learn who your real friends are, truth is people move on and live their own lives, only true friends will stick around!

6. Work hard in silence, because you get out what you put in
This was a big lesson I learnt, no one likes a complainer so just work hard even if right now you're not in your dream job, people will always recognize hard work. This rule can be applied to anything, you should work hard at everything you do, your career, in the gym, napping...

7. It's never too early to learn about personal finance 
Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way with your finances, you're going to go through some rough times. But to keep it simple Bills come first, entertainment comes after, yes it sucks but its the truth. It also always helps to have a savings plan either to use for a rainy day or in emergencies.

8. Your health is important
Fuel your body with nutrient dense foods and always make a conscious effort to move everyday, this could be going to the gym, going for a run, anything.

9. But it's okay to eat Nutella straight from the jar
Sometimes it's just one of those days.

10. Take every opportunity that comes your way
Lots of opportunities will arise through the years and it's important to say yes to these opportunities, you never know what will come from it.

11. Be happy with what you have now
We live in a world surrounded by people showing their life highlight reel on social media. Don't think that you need to have everything they may have. If you don't learn to be happy with what you have now you will never be happy.

12. It's acceptable to drink multiple glasses of wine alone
Because wine not ;)

13. Stay true to yourself and trust your instinct
Learn to listen to you gut instinct in situations and you will know that you made the right decision.

14. You will never use Pythagoras' Theorem.
I still don't know what this is

15. But you better teach yourself how to do your taxes
Taxes are important, don't F up on them.

16. Only allow positive people into your life
No this isn't selfish of you to only choose positive people. You'll find that they only want what is best for you and will support you with anything in life.

17. You will miss High school, a lot
We all couldn't wait to leave high school and make our mark in the real world, as soon as you hit the real world you'll have regular thoughts of wishing you were back in high school.

18. Take lots of pictures
Pictures are the best way to reminisce on amazing memories.

19. Be honest
Always express how you really feel, bottled up feelings never did anyone any good.

20. Growing up is still pretty awesome
There really is nothing better than independence and yes you can do whatever you want it's your life. But I recommend doing something great with it.

21. Live your life with passion
If you don't, you're not doing it right.
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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

5 simple ways to be healthier and stay on track



A quick fitness post from me today! I wanted to share a few tips that I have found to be beneficial in my own life and I can apply to everyday life. Health is all about balance, which can sometimes be hard to find, but with time and consistency you will get there!

  • Never miss a Monday- starting your week with a healthy and balanced breakfast and a great workout will ensure that you are set up for success and in a healthy mindset for the rest of the week. Starting off each week right will keep you more motivated to work towards achieving your goals

  • Be prepared- this point is crucial. 'Fail to prepare, prepare to fail' this quote rings true.  Having your meals and snacks prepared and ready to grab will mean that you are less likely to reach for the wrong foods. The number 1 reason why we grab bad foods so often is because they are quick and easy and more often than not can be eaten instantly, so if you have all your healthy choices ready made you don't have any excuses!

  • Find Healthy alternatives - food is fuel, so fill your body with good fuel! I love cheesecake Oreo balls just as much as the next person but finding healthier alternatives will help you stay on track. This gives you the chance to experiment with new foods, try switching cupcakes for healthy homemade blueberry oat muffin or some yummy energy bites, you can see my recipe here. Small changes, one at a time will make a big difference in the long run.

  • Don't deprive yourself- leading on from my previous point, yes it's so important to regularly fuel your body with whole foods but you also need to indulge now and again. Becoming too obsessed with your diet can have negative effects, if you allow yourself to live by the 80/20 rule you will be less likely to binge on every sugar coated pretzel you see in sight, allowing yourself treats as part of a balanced diet will stop you from feeling guilty when you do choose to indulge! Balance is key.

  • Don't criticise yourself- start practising self love a little more, workout because you love your body and fuel up with good food because you respect your body. Beating yourself up because you don't look a certain way won't won't improve your health. Finding balance is hard but as long as you make healthy choices each week you are well on you way. Healthy choices do include choosing to be kind to yourself, we are so quick to give other people compliments, why not try giving yourself at least 1 compliment a day! 
I hope these tips were helpful and you can easily apply them to your everyday life! I have personally found these tips to be very beneficial in my own life so I hope you do to! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Anastasia
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Friday, 27 May 2016

Something Embellished










It's officially Friday!! Hello weekend. I'm loving this sweater from H&M, it's pretty much your everyday black sweater but with some weekend fun attached, embellishment can just completely transform an item of clothing! I love that this sweater can be dressed up or down, here I dressed it down with a casual pair of ripped jeans and a fedora. This was the perfect location to shoot this outfit and the lighting was more than perfect!

Sweater:H&M/ Jeans:H&M/ Fedora: Aldo/ Shoes: Zara/ Purse:Forever 21

Photography by Kelsey Peyton

Thanks for stopping by! Happy weekend loves.





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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A subtle pop of colour

I personally love a pop of colour in make up for spring/summer, but I'm just never brave enough to go all out. That's why I prefer to use a tinted lipgloss to give just a subtle pop of colour! I find that it is a lot more wearable for everyday and I personally feel a little more comfortable. Today I'm going to show you a quick and easy summer make up look that everyone can feel comfortable wearing.




Starting with foundation, I'm still loving this Fit Me foundation from Maybelline. I like the fact that it is hydrating and smoothing, perfect for those warmer days, I find this foundation super easy to mix in with a moisturiser and then it really feels light on the skin.



Just concealing any dark areas and blemishes with my NYX above and beyond concealer, still loving this concealer, it blends seamlessly into the skin and lasts all day.



Filling in my brows with the usual NYX Tame and Frame Brow pomade and finishing them with a coat of the Essence Make Me Brow eyebrow gel. Love this combo.



What's summer without some bronzed skin? I'm warming up my face with NYX Matte Bronzer in the shade 'Medium'. If you couldn't already tell NYX is my favourite drugstore brand! I just applied this to my temples, cheeks and down the bridge of my nose.


For a little glow I used Hard Candy Glow All The Way in the shade Tiki. I dusted a light layer of this all over.



Keeping the eyes simple I took Elf Smudge Pot in the shade Cruisin Chic. I am a huge fan of smudge pots, they are so versatile! You can use them as a base or completely on their own, I personally like them for summer too as they are feel lighter than regular powder eyeshadow.



Simply adding a thin line at the lashline using Rimmel Scandal Eyes Precision micro eyeliner. This eyeliner works great it has a very fine end and does give you a very precise finish, it's also incredibly easy to use. I'm adding a light layer of NYX Doll eye masacara before I add some lashes.




Finishing off with that pop of colour I am using Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in the shade Pin Me Up. This colour looks very bold in the packaging, but as you can see once you apply it to the lips it is more of a hint of colour. I also love how juicy and shiny this lipgloss looks, it isn't incredibly long lasting but that's okay, I'm yet to find a lipgloss that is! 


I think trying out a tinted lipgloss is a great way to experiment with a little more colour rather than going for a full pigment lipstick.

As always thanks for stopping by, all feedback is welcome!

Anastasia
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