Friday, 6 November 2015

Review: L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer

No makeup lovers arsenal is complete without a hardworking primer. As the saying goes you wouldn't build a house without laying foundations, this quote very much applies to your makeup. If you want your makeup to last, not sink into your pores and to not slip off your face you need a decent primer. 

Recently when Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on I opted for the Loreal Infallible Mattifying Primer. I hadn't actually heard anything about this primer which is rare for me when I'm buying beauty products I would usually opt for something that came recommended by one of my blogger friends. What drew me to this product was its likeness to the much applauded Smashbox primer. I am a huge fan of Smashbox photo finish primer but as its a little on the pricy side I decided to opt for this more purse friendly alternative. 


Coming in at €11.99 which was a special offer in Boots its more affordable than its sister Smashbox. I definitely feel after using this primer for over a month that I can vouch for its longevity. It definitely has helped my foundation stay put a little longer however one thing I am not a huge fan of is the feel of it. It does feel a little greasier than the Smashbox primer and I feel like it can tend to leave a bit of a residue on your hands if you apply with your fingers so to get the most out of the primer and without wasting it I definitely recommend using a flat foundation brush to apply the primer before your foundation. 

I know the above photos were taken in totally different lighting however this is to show that the photo on the left was taken in the morning and the photo on the right was taken late that same night. Lipstick is gone and since I wear glasses I always feel makeup tends to fade off quicker on my nose but apart from that it's stayed put pretty well. 


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Banana & chocolate oat bites

I'm always looking for ways to maximise my choices from the Slimming World plan  so I decided to experiment with making banana oat bites with dark chocolate chips and keep them healthy and SW friendly. Here's how I got on...

Thirty five grams of porridge oats are your healthy extra B so I took them, a banana and 10 g of dark chocolate chips. 100g of the chocolate hips were 500 cals so 10g was equivalent to 50 calories which works out at 2 and a half syns roughly. So essentially you get five banana oat bites for only 2 and a half syns. These are delicious and really fill that sweet craving. 

I made them by mashing the banana and mixing the oats in with it and then adding the chocolate chips to the mixture. 

I know slimming world say if fruit is cooked it has to be synned but let's just focus on this as a far healthier version than having a banana bread muffin or a chocolate chip cookie - yes these oat bites really do taste like that! 

Then I used a tablespoon to divide he mixture up into five small spoonfuls which I put on tinfoil on an oven tray. I sprayed the tinfoil with fry lite to ensure that they don't stick. 

I baked in oven gas Mark 7 or around 180-200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Just keep an eye on them.. If you increase the weight of oats etc they will take longer to cook. 

I really recommend this recipe, quick and easy and so so tasty. 

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