Review – L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation


This was a classic case of “YouTube Made Me Buy It”.

For the last year or so, I’ve been really into watching YouTube videos, even more so than traditional blogs. And every now and then, you get a particular product which is EVERYWHERE. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is raving about it, and everyone must have it.

One such product was the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. A few months ago, it started popping up as a dupe to the Lancôme cushion foundation, and every video I watched, there it was. YouTubers couldn’t stop talking about it.

Wow, I thought! This must really be something if all of these people are loving it!

So on a lunchtime trip to Boots I spied it in my shade and popped it in my basket.

Even then, I was a little concerned about it, mainly because of the price. It’s £14.99 for 15ml of product, which when you think about it is REALLY expensive, especially for a drugstore brand. A usual foundation comes in 30ml, so in reality it’s £30 for the same amount of product that you would normally get in a foundation bottle.

I started using it, and initially loved it. It did what it said on the tin – a sheer, buildable, glowy base product which smoothed out my skin tone and was lightweight – perfect for summer.

However, very quickly I began to notice that I wasn’t getting as much product on my make-up sponge when I dipped it in. And by quickly, I mean within about a week. I flipped the sponge over (as the foundation pools at the bottom) and all was well again… For about a week.

The problem with this product is that it dries up ridiculously quickly, and it pretty much useless after about a month. Had I paid a fiver for it I wouldn’t be too bothered, but I didn’t.

SO disappointed was I about this product, I had to share it. I don’t like to write bad reviews about products but this one was so bad I felt I needed to. DON’T get tempted by it!


That Was The Week That Was #15

Happy Sunday readers! What a lovely day it is 🙂 I’ve been a busy bee this week with an appearance on BBC Radio Bristol to talk about baking, updating my site and work. I had a lovely night out last night for my friend’s birthday, and today Mike and I are planning a walk with the pups and Sunday lunch somewhere nice.

Don’t forget, entries are still open for my giveaway for Cake International at the London Excel, so if you would like to be in with a chance of winning a free pair of tickets, just comment on this post with which day you’d like to go and your email address – it’s that easy!

I will soon be transferring to a self hosted site – it needs a little more work on it but it’s getting there. You can visit the site at . You can also subscribe to receive updates from this site by email.

Have a great day!!

Chocolate layer cake with cheesecake layers, yum!


Apple crumble cake, recipe coming soon!


Sherlock and Lola can’t wait to try this Rapeseed oil!


Lovely ladies


Pistachio pesto – recipe coming soon


This made me smile




Pet Pawtraits Competition

There’s a competition at the moment to find the best picture of a blogger with their pets and the winner wins a £200 voucher for their pet! The competition is called Pet Pawtraits and is on behalf of Animal Friends Pet Insurance.

I just HAD to enter a picture of Lola and Sherlock (unfortunately I have to be in it too but never mind!).

So here is my entry – I love this picture of the three of us! Fingers crossed…


Beauty Review – No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make Up Remover


I work outdoors so ALWAYS wear waterproof mascara. No-one wants to be caught in the rain, with smudgy panda eyes from their mascara running everywhere!

This presents its own problem though: removing it.

For years, I have used and loved Bi Facil by Lancome. This is by far my favourite waterproof eye make up remover, however at around £25 a bottle, it’s not cheap.
I’ve been looking for an alternative for a while now, and I think I may have found one!

The No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make Up Remover is suitable for all skin types and comes in a 100ml bottle (perfect for carry-on if you’e travelling). It has two layers, a clear layer and a blue layer. You shake the bottle vigourously to get the two to mix, then pour a little of the solution onto a cotton pad. I like to hold the pad over my eyes for a couple of seconds, before wiping the make up off.

This product really does remove all of your make up in only a couple of wipes, with minimal dragging across your eyes which can lead to dreaded wrinkles.

It is a little oily, however I use a cleanser or micellar water afterwards to remove any residue, so that doesn’t bother me. Plus, I would say it’s no more oily than the Lancome version.

The only downside to this product in my opinion is the packaging; there is no dispenser at the top of the bottle, just a normal bottle opening, which means you need to be careful when putting it onto a pad and you can sometimes use too much.

The normal retail price of this is £8.50, which in itself is cheap compared to its more expensive counterparts. However, Boots often run promotions when you have spent a certain amount in store, you get a voucher for £5 off No7 skin care – so I got my bottle for only £3.50!! Absolute bargain.

I would still probably go for my trusty Lancome if money was no object, but I have to say there isn’t much between the two and for the price, the No7 is fantastic value.

You can visit the Boots website and buy it here, and at the moment all No7 products are on a 3 for 2 offer!

Have you tried this before? What’s your favourite eye make up remover?

That Was The Week That Was #14


Apologies for this post coming a little later in the day than I would have liked! It’s been kind of a busy day today… And – EXCITING – I bought a new camera today! So hopefully you might see an improvement in my photos. Fellow bloggers – any advice?

I had my first ever radio appearance about Eat Sleep Bake Repeat this week which I loved! This week I’ll be appearing on BBC Radio Bristol and again need to take something baked in… I reckon these people just want free cake! I’m planning on doing a few dry runs tomorrow.

Hope you’ve had a fab week!

Cookie dough macaroons – recipe coming soon!


Cheeky Sherlock


Carrot cake cupcakes for my first radio appearance


My Oreo Truffles – this recipe was posted back in December if you’d like to have a go


Mini Choccie Doughnut Bites – you all loved these!


Love this necklace from Oliver Bonas!




Yoghurt covered raisins


That Was The Week That Was #13

Happy Sunday!

This week has been one of baking, working, abseiling (!), visiting friends and baking!

I announced my exciting competition to give away 5 free pairs of tickets to the Cake International show – if you missed this just scroll down to Friday’s post to catch up.

I’ve also been in London this weekend seeing some friends, and had a lovely time chilling out and visiting the one and only Hummingbird Bakery!

Sherlock is getting bigger and bigger by the day and we may be taking him on his first walk later!

Here’s some snaps of a great week.

Puppy love


This was the week I got over-excited about a piece of ribbon…


OMG I want them all!


Hummingbird Bakery…


… And yummy chocolate cupcake!


They’re starting to love each other!


Me, halfway down a 90ft abseil for charity! Eek!


Raspberry and Chocolate cupcakes


WI.RED February Meeting – We Love To Get Crafty!


It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago I was sitting down to write the WI.RED January blog post, and here I am, onto Febrauary already! For those of you who have recently started reading this blog, I’m part of my local Women’s Institute. You can see our Facebook page here or email for more information. I write a post about our meetings every month.

So, onto February!

At our WI we have a cake rota where 3-4 people every meeting make or bring something for us to sell with the teas and coffees. This month was my turn, and after a bit of deliberating (Argh! What do you take to the WI?!) I made some chocolate cupcakes with Nutella buttercream icing (recipe coming soon). We also had some Lady Grey Tea Cookies, Gingernut Tiffin and Shortbread. Yuuummmmmm.

We had a full house with lots of our members attending, plus a few guests. Back in October, we ran a competition to use a paper plate to make the most creative item. One of our members, Tia, made the most amazing flower brooch. This month she very kindly agreed to show us all how to do it. I chose a baby pink paper plate and decorated it with a grey and white polka dot ribbon… I have to confess Tia did help me quite a bit as I’m not the most patient or creative person! The ladies all got crafty and we had some very impressive efforts – see the pictures below.

Here’s a step-by-step on how to make the brooches.

— Take your paper plate and cut the rim off – this is the bit you’ll be using. You want one end to be thicker than the other, so start about 3cm in and gradually reduce it to around 1cm. For smaller flowers, use half the paper plate only.

— Start to make incisions vertically along the rim. At the 3cm end, make these about 2cm apart and 2cm down. As the rim gets thinner, make more and more incisions, until near the end they are abut 1/2cm apart. Now for the fiddly bit. Using scissors or a craft knife, shape each part into rounded ends, to make the petals – see the pictures if you’re unsure. Do this to every part of the rim.

— Wrap the plate around your fingers a few times to loosen the paper and make it more malleable.

— Take each petal and roll it outwards (so if the colour is facing you, roll it away from you), to make them more petal-like. If you don’t do this, the petals will stick upright and it won’t look right. You’ll see what I mean once you start doing it. Keep playing with them until they’re all rolled nicely.

— Starting from the smallest end, roll inwards so that the colour is on the inside. Roll the whole thing in on itself until it looks like a flower. I found that it looked best when I rolled it really tightly, then let go slightly so it loosened a little. Using a glue gun, glue the end flap onto the flower to secure it.

— That’s your flower done. You’re now free to use your imagination decorating it to make it look lovely!

I don’t think mine was great to be honest, but I’m not the best at things like this!

I can’t wait for next month’s meeting – a talk on Permaculture. For those of you who don’t know, Permaculture is a way of gardening with the minimum of effort – planting things which work well together and so on. I’m not at all green fingered, but am always interested in learning about new things so I I’m very much looking forward to it!