26 February 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked foundation review

This doesn't sound great, but i love foundation. Now you've probably got an image of my with a full face of make up a la Jodie Marsh. It's not like that, promise! The effortless no make up look is my favourite and I love the way the right foundation can completely transform the way you look. Make up applied so skilfully that it looks like your wearing nothing - that's genius. So when i hear Revlon are launching a new foundation called Nearly Naked, naturally i'm intrigued. I've been testing out this foundation all week so lets get down to beauty business.

I opted for the shade 'Shell' which is one of the lighter colours with a yellow undertone. Revlon have ten different shades in this collection so hopefully something to suit most skintones.

I do like the look of this product, i always prefer when foundations come in glass bottles. The only thing that really niggles me about the packaging is the fact there is no pump, what are you playing at Revlon? It's always a challenge in the morning to pour out the exact amount on the back of my hand & things can get messy.

On my first application i used my fingers so i could feel how it went on. It has a very thin, almost gel texture which melts into the skin and blends nicely. The coverage is light-medium. It doesn't cover spots or dark circles so I think this foundation will be best for those good skin days. The finish looks very natural, once applied it looks dewy but soon dries to a semi-matte finish. I have normal/combination skin and i didn't need to use a powder to set it. Below i've compared the shade with my Revlon Colourstay. Both shades are very similar but i would say 'Buff' is slightly lighter than 'Shell'. Both are very good matches for us pale ladies.
Overall, I like this foundation but I'm going to save it for the summer months when i want a lighter coverage. This will be great for people who don't like the feeling of wearing foundation or want to achieve a natural look. I actually prefer Nearly Naked to other foundations i have been trying lately like Maybelliene Fit Me and L'oreal Lumi Magique. For now i'm sticking with Colourstay but i think Revlon have created another great foundation.

Revlon Nearly Naked retails for £8.99 and is available for Boots and Superdrug.

What are your thoughts on Nearly Naked, let me know if you have any questions! :) x

6 February 2013

pink raspberry heart-shaped shortbread treats

I'm not really one for Valentine's day but I was walking through Tesco today and noticed all their amazing goodies they had brought out for loved up couples this year (giant cupcake or pink macaroons anyone?) It got me in the mood for baking which never happens because i'm not very good at it! This recipe is really easy to follow and you don't need to be loved up to enjoy these treats.

What you will need;
120g plain white flour, 50g caster sugar, 90g unsalted butter, pink chocolate drops, 50g frozen raspberries.
 Sieve the flour in your mixing box then add the sugar and cut up the butter. I found it helps if the butter is at room temperature before adding to the mixture.
 Now rub the butter into the mixture with your finger tips. If you wanted to, you could use a blender for this bit. It should something like the photo below.
 Add a handful of pink chocolate drops and the raspberries. I placed the frozen raspberries in a bag and crushed them with a rolling pin before adding them to the mixture.
 Using your hands, squeeze the ingredients together until you form a dough ball. Lightly grease a baking tray and scoop the mixture into heart shaped cutters. Place in a oven at 160 degrees. Leave for 20 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.
Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Once cooled I drizzeled some icing sugar over the hearts, you could use white chocolate or add some other decorations! 
 Eating these as we speak, they're so moreish! They would make a perfect Valentines day treat for a loved one or for yourself to indulge in, you deserve it! What do you think?

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