Sunday, 30 August 2015

Worth the Hype? L'oreal Infallible 24h Matte

Forgive my super pale hands in the middle of summer, I'm a tan-o-phobe and just generally a vampire. My skin is practically translucent all year round. Anyway, I digress. Remember when the L'oreal Infallible 24H Matte foundation was talked about on everyone's blogs back when it first launched? Well me being me, decided I needed in on that hype. I also recently put up a post about what's in my holiday makeup bag and asked if you lovely people wanted a review of this foundation. Well the answer was yes, so here I am writing this.

The shade range isn't fantastic, in fact quite the opposite, but I have found the palest shade is a pretty decent match for my skin, bonus points to L'oreal for that difficult feat. I've not tried wearing this for 24 hours either as honestly, why would you want to wear foundation for that long? But it does hold for a good 12 hours without looking too patchy. I've also found that it applies matte, I don't need a face powder. You heard that right, you don't need to powder your face to mattify the foundation. Although after about 8 hours of wear I've found I do need to powder my T-zone but who can complain at that? It's also pretty high coverage so you could probably skip out on the concealer too. I feel it's practically unheard of for a foundation from the high street to be able to have that in it's repertoire. I remember a common theme amongst reviews was that this oxidised really easily, but I haven't had that problem, so I'm not quite sure what to say on that matter. Now the bad bit, this clings to dry patches like nothing else I've ever used (okay that's a lie, the L'oreal True Match is far worse for that) when you have combination skin like myself, I find that I need to exfoliate my face manually a lot more often to prevent the dry patches. But for the price of this foundation, I think I can live with it.

So is the L'oreal foundation worth the hype? In a nutshell, yes it is. If you have dry skin maybe steer clear of this, but for us oily girls, this is definitely a foundation to try.

What are your thoughts on this foundation?
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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Numbers Don't Rule Us


I mentioned it previously in another post, but I have a funny way of getting hung up on numbers. By numbers I mean followers, clothes sizes, weight, how many friends you have. They're literally all defined by numbers, and yet we let those numbers define us. 

So I don't have 500 followers, I don't care. Well actually I do a little bit, a part of me questions my content, my photographs, my writing style. I question all these different elements of my blog. I know why I get hung up too. Don't get me wrong Zoella is amazing and all that jazz, yet she hasn't blogged since last year and posts one video a week and she's at the top of her game. It makes me feel like all my hard work is for nothing if someone else can just choose to write one blog post a year and probably gain about 1000 followers from it if not more. Then you have all these horrid people in the blogosphere, saying 'its oversaturated, there's too many beauty bloggers' or 'you're young, you know nothing so why should I read your blog?'. Chances are they must be feeling pretty bad about themselves to just spread negativity. I don't know about you, but I'm more likely to remember the negative things said to me than the positive, so when these insensitive people start making these comments I listen. I shouldn't but I do. I've seen a 40 year old mother bully a 13 year on Twitter purely cause she has a blog. Apparently 13 is too young to blog, and she knows nothing. Yet when I looked, they had the same number of followers. Obviously jealously is a factor, but also who writes these rules that say 'if you fit in this category you can blog'. I'm just fed up of the negativity around beauty blogging. There's enough room for all of us, and if you're someone who thinks there isn't, then maybe you should get off the web. 

Numbers will always dictate us if we let them. I can count the number of friends I have on one hand, yet I've never been happier. Friendship should be based on quality over quantity and nothing else. Clothing size was always an issue when I was an impressionable 12 year old. But now I know women's clothing sizes aren't regulated the same. A size 12 in Primark could easily be a size 8 in New look. The only thing we should be judging is how well those clothes fit, not how well this size would fit if I lost some weight. 

Thanks to this Bloglovin 'Up & Coming' competition, I've felt negative, yet inspired. Mainly to write this post. I know I'm never going to win, I'm not even going to try to compete with those people that have 8K+ followers. What's more important is how I feel about myself and how I feel about my blog. If we all stopped thinking about the numbers and became more focused on doing what we love, it'd all be a happier place. 

Never let the numbers dictate what we do. 
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Monday, 24 August 2015

One Moisturiser To Rule Them All


Do you ever read a post raving about some skincare product that is supposed to be suitable for all skin types and doubt the authors words? I did for the Nourish Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser. I just didn't believe my oily blemish prone skin would get on with it. Nevertheless I found Feel Unique having a sale and this discounted moisturiser being added to my basket. I know, what the hell was I thinking? Why would I spend £22 on a moisturiser I wasn't even sure my skin would get on with. I'm happy to report though that this risk paid off. 

Now this moisturiser contains Frankincense and rose of Jericho, and it claims to boost the levels of hydration in the skin, and boost cellular density for naturally firmer skin. It also claims to be 85% organic, so that's always a nice touch. You only need to apply a small amount, as a little really does go a long way. I've had it for about 3 months and I've not even made a dent in it. 

Now to begin with I thought this moisturiser wasn't working for me, my skin was probably the worst it's ever been. I practically had a new face growing on me daily. I honestly thought "it must be the Nourish Moisturiser" but after about 3 weeks it all changed. My skin cleared up, dry patches became non existent, and my skin just feels well nourished. I'm not sure what changed to cause my skin to just decide it'd allow me to wake up every day for over a week without a new blemish, but I'm going to take it. I use this moisturiser every night unless I'm using an oil. I'm a convert to the heavy moisturiser at night, who'd believe it?!

What do you think of this moisturiser?
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Friday, 21 August 2015

For When You're in a Blogging Rut | Some Blog Post Ideas

It's not uncommon for me to go through phases with jodie loue. One minute I'm bursting with ideas for posts, and the next I'm stuck in a rut. So for when I'm feeling slightly stuck, or you are, here are some ideas for some posts. 

1) A wishlist
2) What's in your makeup bag?
3) Your AM/PM skincare routine
4) Your thoughts on current trends like strobing or contouring for example
5) A life lately post
6) Products you've hit pan on
7) Empties
8) Organisation of your blog
9) Your blogging process
10) A good ol' haul post
11) Hand/lip/body/hair care essentials
12) OOTD
13) 5 product focus of a brand (like Rimmel, Revlon, Bourjois, Mac, the list is endless)
14) Seasonal nail polishes
15) Makeup Storage
16) Your favourite foundations/concealers/powders etc
17) Current favourites of the month or week
18) Pamper routine
19) Makeup brush collection
20) TV shows you're loving
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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

What's In My Holiday Makeup Bag?

Holiday Makeup Bag

I always see these type of blog posts floating around at this time of year and after going on holiday myself I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. I'm always curious to see inside the makeup bag of someone else, and those top bloggers who give advice say you should only feature what you would read on your blog. Although I do find their advice to be... vague... but that's another rant for another time, this post is something that lives up to their words of wisdom.

Base is where I start with my routine so that seems like the natural place to start. The Laura Mercier Primer is something I've previously raved about, but nothing really does compare. A little goes a long way and it stops foundation moving around my face, and extends the time I have to powder. My current foundation favourite has to be the L'oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte, I'm thinking of doing a whole blog post on this as it's worth the hype that it received upon its launch. It blends seamlessly, doesn't accentuate dry patches, and really does stay matte. I don't need to powder my face when using this, and the high coverage means I can skip out the concealer. I'm having a good skin week at the moment, but a concealer is still a necessity (just in case). I've done a full review of Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer which you can read here. A powder and two concealers, it has everything, and the coverage is pretty damn good.

The most compact eye brow thing I use has to be from Natural Collection. Their eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut is the perfect shade and also happens to be really cheap.

Onto eyes. If you saw my Selfridge Haul, then you know I picked up the highly raved about Urban Decay Primer Potion. The original one too. I've tried it a couple of times and it's really as good as everyone says. My eyeshadow doesn't crease, and it applies so much more pigmented. The eyeshadow palette I brought with me is also by the same brand. The Naked Basics 2 is perfect for an everyday eye look. It has all the neutral loving shades I gravitate towards, and if I do want a bit of shimmer, I packed the Topshop Eyes in Bare. It's a cream formula with all the trimmings. High pigmentation and a serious lasting power make this a favourite. I'm an eyeliner lover, and I've reignited my affair with the Collection Fast Stroke. Expect a review soon for all the deets, but it's as cheap as chips, and seriously black. My love for the Clinique High Impact Mascara is still going strong, it's the best buildable mascara I've tried. 

Lip products have to be nude, and after picking up the Mac lip liner in Whirl and their lipstick in Velvet Teddy, they certainly fit the bill. I'm so impressed by their formulas that I'm already compiling a huge wishlist. 

So seeing as I'm nosy, the question I want to know is what's in your makeup bag?
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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Feminism

Jacket / Topshop Bomber Jacket Top / H&M Trousers / Topshop Leigh Jeans Shoes / Converse
Okay so I've been promising an outfit post for months now, and I finally got round to shooting an outfit I was happy with. Thank you James. You'll have to excuse my awkward stances and just general cringeworthy behaviour, but the whole taking full body pictures is actually harder than what I thought. I'm not quite sure what to talk about in this kind of post either? But I guess about the outfit? So I had to snap up this feminism shirt because it's just sassy, and I'm all about those sassy clothes. Feminism is also seen as a dirty word, when in its purest form it literally means wanting equality for both sexes, and if you don't believe in that, then I'm not sure we should be friends. It's literally the perfect top (even if you can see my bra a little bit) and the black collar is perfect for if you're like me and leave foundation stains all over a white top. The jeans are those blacker than black jeans I was talking about on my Twitter. You should really go follow me on there if you don't already. I'm having a bit of a love affair with Topshop jeans of the Leigh and Joni variety and I want a pair in every colour and style. Although from looking at these photos, I'm in dire need of some new Converse, they're only 3 years old and they're already battered. 

Let me know if you'd like to see more outfit posts on jodie loue! 
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Saturday, 8 August 2015

For When You Fall Out of Love With Blogging

It happens to the best of us, but recently I've just become almost disenchanted with blogging. I seem to compare myself with all the best bloggers, and wonder what is it that makes them so good and find myself trying to almost become a carbon copy of them. It's not the answer, I know that, but I can't help myself. It's almost like I get a kick out of feeling pretty crappy. So this post is for me, and maybe you, to look back on when we need a little inspiration, and also to know that the negative feelings we have are only temporary. 

Don't let yourself be dictated by the numbers 1 follower to 100000 followers, it makes no difference. Be happy in the content you produce, and more importantly be proud. Followers should be a by product of a wonderful blog, not the main feature. Even though this Bloglovin competition is something you'll never win, do you really want to if its just based on how many followers you have?

Take a break | Take a few days off if you're not feeling it, you've taken breaks before and come back stronger and more inspired. I know it feels like you've got loads of pressure on you to give great content, but you can't do that if you're feeling frustrated, can you Jodie? Your blog will always be here waiting for you. 

Take a look at your favourite blogs | You always think you want your blog to be like them, so work out why? What exactly is it that you love about them so much. Pull inspiration from them. Don't copy their posts, that's plagiarism, but instead use their posts to inspire your own? Maybe to inspire your photography or your writing style?

Tidy your room | You know what they say, 'tidy rooms lead to tidy minds' or something like that anyway. Do a bit of spring cleaning and you'll be happier for it. You'll feel free and like a weight has been lifted. Who knows, maybe while you're distracted cleaning up, a post idea might pop into your head. 

Have a pamper day | If all else fails then treat yourself. Whack out your best face mask, take some Lush bath bombs and just relax. Let all the pressure slip away and just stop focusing on the fact you feel like rubbish cause you're not 'inspired'. It'll come back, but first you might want to moisturise your legs? This is a pamper day and you always forget to do that so give your legs a treat!

Don't worry yourself silly | Honestly where is it going to get you? You're only going to be more annoyed at yourself. Blogging is supposed to be your hobby. You shouldn't feel like this. Just stop fretting, eat some chocolate and watch a good film. You'll get over this feeling in no time.

Love Jodie xo.
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

My Summer Scents


Summer really isn't happening here in the UK, or at least in Cheshire. A little bit of sun might peek through the clouds, but nothing to write home about, and nothing to justify the shirtless man I saw yesterday walking around town. It may be August but it definitely doesn't feel like it. Anyway the perfect way for me to pretend summer is around is to have some scents at the ready. I'm loving Zoella's Blissful Mistful, and Clinique's Happy right now.
I bought Zoella's first fragrance on a bit of a whim from Feel Unique. I needed a moisturiser, and wanted a total above a certain amount to get free shipping so off this went into my bag. I'm actually quite liking it. It's a little more girly smelling than I expected, and also a little bit fruity. I want to say it reminds me of a pomegranate, but I'm no good at describing scents. The packaging is what led me to buy this though, it just looks rather pretty, and I quite like to see this on my desk.
Now this I'm going to be repurchasing when I run out. I'm blaming Clinique Happy for landing me two jobs I got offers for, and all the good little things I've had the opportunity to do. I sound pretty silly, but I think this may be my good luck scent. To me it smells like happiness in a bottle. Again slightly fruity but it smells positive. I can't help but feel my mood lift when I spray this. I don't think I could ever be without this in my life, it's just perfect.

What are your favourite summer scents?
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

A Selfridges Haul

You know I've never bought anything from Selfridges, and I don't own really much high end makeup. The high end collection consisted of a Laura Mercier primer, and the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette. So when pay day came round for me, I decided to finally cross off a few things from my Mac wishlist. My bank account might hate me for it, but I'm in love with each purchase.

From Mac, I decided to pick up 2 lipliners, Whirl and Soar, and then 2 lipsticks, Velvet Teddy and Brave. All give very nude vibes, which I'm all about. I haven't tried the lipsticks yet cause I don't want to ruin them, but they look like the perfect shades. Velvet Teddy is a matte finish, whereas Brave is a satin. I'm definitely going to be reviewing them when the time comes. Soar and Whirl are just the perfect Kylie Jenner lip. Soar is a pink toned nude, whereas Whirl is brown toned. They both have serious pigmentation and are easy to apply from first impressions. But I'm going to keep it short and sweet, a review is going to be coming.

The Urban Decay primer potion has been on my wishlist since forever. It's constantly raved about as the eye primer to beat, so I had to see what the fuss is about. From one use of this I'm sold. Eyeshadow comes up far more pigmented, and it makes them last for ages! I wore an eyeshadow for 12 hours with no creasing! The hype is slightly real!

The Blame it on Nars palette was an impulse buy. I'd seen someone post about it on Instagram and fell in love. It's the whole reason this haul happened. There's a highlighter, a bronzer and two blushes, with Laguna, Orgasm or Deep Throat nowhere to be seen. Yep, you heard that right. Plus it comes with a mini brush, Ita I think. It's too pretty to not have a post all on it's own.

What are your favourite high end products that I need to try?
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