Friday, 17 January 2014

L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder Review

I picked this up whilst the free gift offer was on in boots which I did a blog post on it here and I first liked the powder, however my opinion has changed since then as when I wrote it I had only had it a few days. The retail price for this is currently £7.99 which is very pricey for a powder and for the quality of it I was very disappointed. It is advertised as a 5 in 1 sheer cover powder with a shine free finish.


The product is part of a line from L'Oreal which I haven't tried anything else from, however from the disappointment of this product I wouldn't try them. I have oily to combination skin and found that i would apply the powder in the morning and after about 1-2 hours the powder would have completely disappeared. I tried applying this in several different way with different brushes and with the sponge it came with, but this made no difference. I think this product would work well with people with normal or dry skin as it may work well to set their make up.  So I would be interested if any of you with normal or dry skin have tried it and how you have found it?

The colour match is pretty good if you have fair skin as I got it in light and it worked really well to match my skin tone, however it is only available in light and medium so if you have darker skin tone you may struggle as in the shop the medium looked pretty light to.  The powder is very finely milled so it doesn't cake on your skin which I like so you can't really apply too much as I find you can with some powders and it isn't orangey either in the light shade.

A positive to this product is the packaging is really nice and sturdy so won't break it comes with the powder, a sponge and a mirror so a good one to keep in your bag as it doesn't come open easily either, like the Rimmel Stay Matte can do. 

I was really disappointed with this products for the price I paid and would much rather use my Rimmel Stay Matte which is half the price and a much better product for someone with oily to combination skin. Let me know if you have tried this how you found it. Thank you for reading this and I hope it was useful.Gracexoxo

Friday, 10 January 2014

Mary Berry Double Chocolate Cookies Recipe

I made these about a week ago and they went so quickly in my house they must have been a success the recipe makes 36 and we had to freeze a few as after about 4-5 days they did start getting harder than they should be however, you can just put them in the microwave for 30 secs to soften them a bit. Sorry I forgot to take picture whilst I was doing it but there is an end one!

200g (7oz) pain chocolate
50g (2 oz) butter
397g (14 oz) can condensed milk
225g (8 oz) self-raising flour 
65g milk or white chocolate buttons or chunks


1. Lightly grease 3 baking trays.

2. Break up the plain chocolate and gently melt with the butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Once melted stir in the condensed milk take of the heat and leave to cool.

3. Mix in the flour and milk/white chocolate buttons/pieces into the plain chocolate mixture  and chill until for 20 minutes or until firm enough to handle. Pre-heat the oven to 180oC or Gas 4.

4. Then place large teaspoons of the mixture spaced well apart on the prepared baking trays. Bake in the pre-heated oven for around 15 minutes.

5. When you take them out the cookies should still look soft and will harden once cool. Using a fish slice remove the cookie from the trays and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Keep them in a air tight container and they should last 4-5 day, however you can always half the recipe or freeze some of them. I hope you enjoy them!