April 26, 2016

Travel: Visiting Spain {Aragon & Castilla-la Mancha}


About 3 weeks ago I tweeted I'd be soon going on vacation and told you to follow me on snapchat (styleofcolours) if you're interesting in seeing a bit of Spain and what I get up to. I had a week and a half off work and we had planned our first Spain road trip. We knew for sure we were visiting Toledo and Madrid, but the rest of the locations were open to discussion depending on how we felt.

Same as with our France Trip, we rented a car, booked a hotel and off we went. We were extremely lucky to have gotten a big car {the Opel Zafira} which was very comfortable for the long distance and we arrived to Toledo without being extremely tired. Our trip was a total of 6 days, and we ended up visiting Madrid, Toledo, Guadalajara and Zaragoza.

I had been to Madrid before for a 1 day trip and was happy to be back. We visited the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Both of these sites were beautiful although I found the Royal Palace a bit more interesting as I'm usually not a fan of museums. In Toledo, we did a lot of walking around and stopped by the Catedral de Toledo, Alcazar, Cristo de la Luz and the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes. We weren't so lucky with the weather for the day trips to Madrid and Toledo but we were still able to visit quite a few places. In Zaragoza we went to the Aljaferia Palace and to the Cathedral and Tapestry Museum. It was a sunny and beautiful day, and the perfect way to end the trip.

Even though I shared basically our entire trip on Snapchat, I thought I'd share some snaps on the blog as well. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and it inspires you to come visit Spain.

Where would you recommend I visit next?
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April 19, 2016

Review: Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base

Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base

Primers set a great base when applying foundation for any skin type, for oily skin I think this is a product you cannot skip. I've been searching for the perfect primer for a while and from all the drugstore ones I've tried, some of you may remember the Rimmel Stay Matte being my absolute favourite. Well, that was true up until my skin went crazy and even the Rimmel primer wasn't cutting it for me. That was when I went to the inglot counter and asked for a sample of their mattifying primer. I tested this out and it was working a lot better for me so I decided to get the full sized product to give it a proper try.

The Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base comes in a 30ml black tube which makes it easy to use the product. The product itself is a matte slightly opaque cream which when applied to the skin mattifies it and sucks up all the excess oil. The sales rep at the counter kept letting me know this was for extremely oily skin when I was purchasing it; and this I agree with, because it is so mattifying that if you use this on normal skin, it would probably just look horrible or flake or something. Even for very oily skin like mine, it is recommended you use a pea-sized amount when applying.

Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base Review

When applying the product, it has a silicone feel but I love that it smoothens the skin and pores setting the base for your foundation. What I found was that it makes applying foundation with a makeup sponge difficult. It isn't sticky per say, but the foundation tends to become patchy if you are not careful. This is usually corrected if you need full coverage and are using more than one layer, but if you just need light coverage then I would suggest using a buffing brush. 

Overall, I like this primer because it makes my foundation hold for 5 hours before I have to blot, which in comparison to the 2 hours my MAC Studio Fix Fluid is now holding is quite impressive in my opinion. I don't know why my skin is in oil production overdrive, but hopefully it will pass.

Overall Summary
Price - approx. €27.
Likes - absorbs excess oil and mattifies the skin.
Dislikes - makes applying foundation difficult.
Verdict - repurchasing.
Available - Inglot counters/stores, Inglot online.

Have you tried the Inglot Mattifying Makeup Base? Which is your fave mattifying primer for oily skin?
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