Five Hundred and Eleven Days Later… | Sitting In The Clouds

On the 22nd of May 2016, I sat down at my desk, tapped along my keyboard, wrote a few hundred odd words and hit publish, not knowing where my blogging journey would take me. 511 days later I’ve reached 1,000 followers. 1,000 people have come across my blog, read my posts about god knows what, liked, commented, shared my passions, followed me, and I’ve even had some shares.

I know I’ve been off my blogging game recently but life gets in the way sometimes and I will have a life update blog post coming soon because I don’t want to get distracted as to why I’m writing this specific blog post, which is to THANK you! To thank each and every one of you who have followed me via WordPress, subscribed by email or hit follow on my Twitter, where I tend to just fangirl about silly obsessions of mine, (just to note, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Negan from The Walking Dead, liked my tweet today, like OMFG!!) 

I never started my blog for the numbers, gain a following, or get messages from people saying they miss my blog posts. I started it to share my passions and write about what I love and although my blog direction has changed over the last year and a half, people have continued to support my content, no matter what I post, which I’m so grateful for. I have met some amazing people along the way who I now consider friends, and reaching this milestone has given me the motivation to get my blog back up and running.

Sitting In The Clouds is officially reopen for business.

Thank you for your continued support and here’s to another 511 days, even if 500 of those days I’m on a hiatus…haha!!



until next time,

xoxo, rachel 

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L’Oreal V Maybelline | Foundation Wars | Sitting In The Clouds

When there are so many different products on the market which are so similar it’s hard to know exactly which one will suit you best and which one you’ll fall head over heels in love with. There are so many factors to consider and without having tried and tested each one in turn, it’s sometimes impossible to make the right choice. But don’t fret, today I’ll be comparing two of the most spoken about drugstore foundations that are currently on the market, the L’Oreal Infallible 24HR Matte and the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation. Both offer similar things but at the end of the day which one comes out on top?

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The L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation has been my go to for about a year now. I love L’Oreal foundations, I used to use their highly acclaimed True Match, as they have a wide range of shades allowing anyone to get their exact shade…or near enough, which is something other high-street brands are still struggling to get right. However when my shade, Natural Rose, wasn’t in stock and I couldn’t pick up a new one, I decided to try a similar one that I had my eyes on, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation.

The other day I put them both to the test, applying each foundation to half my face to see how they faired through-out the day. I started this experiment at 10:30am, which was when I had applied my makeup. It was a weekend so I was only doing mundane household tasks, uni work, a few chores, blogging and chilling with family.

Both foundations are from the drugstore so both wouldn’t break the bank and leave your purse empty. I’ll start off by saying, both foundations are good for the price you pay. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless retails at £5.99 while the L’Oreal Infallible 24HR Matte prices at £7.99.

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The first difference I noticed whilst I was applying both (I applied both foundations with a damp beauty sponge) was the consistency of the foundations. The Maybelline Fit Me foundation was a lot runnier while the L’Oreal one had a thicker consistency.  The consistency of the products could reflect on the coverage as the Maybelline foundation, I personally found, was more between light to medium than a medium to high coverage the L’Oreal one provided.

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However, both foundations stayed true to their name about being matte. As soon as I applied both foundations they were instantly matte, no powder needed, although I did apply my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder to my entire face anyway.

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After I had applied a full face of makeup and started to get on with my daily tasks I started to notice that I could feel the Maybelline Fit Me foundation sitting on my skin, which I had’t yet noticed with the L’Oreal Infallible foundation. Because of this I decided to see if there was any transfer with either one of the products. Unfortunately because of how much heavier the Maybelline foundation felt on my face there was quiet bad makeup transfer with the Maybelline Fit Me. This is one factor I have continued to notice with the Fit Me foundation, hugging my boyfriend now I’m conscious of my makeup going on his clothes. So even though the Maybelline one reduces and hides my pores and gives my face a really smooth base for the rest of my makeup to sit it feels a lot heavier on my skin. I did find though because of this, all other makeup applied and blended out a lot better thanks to the matte and poreless base the Maybelline foundation gave.

The L’Oreal Infallible Matte on the other hand is super lightweight, I never felt it as a second layer of skin and there was barely any/no transfer onto clothes when wearing this foundation.

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Through-out the day I started to notice a difference in how each foundation was wearing on my skin. The Maybelline Fit Me foundation says it’s for normal to oily skin, on that spectrum I class myself as having normal skin, yet this foundation was getting shiny around my T-Zone area after a couple of hours of wear. For this reason, I don’t believe the formula is suited for oily skin. To keep this foundation matte you would have to touch up with powder every couple of hours.

At the end of the day when it came to removing my makeup, the L’Oreal foundation was still intact, it was still 100% matte, no shine and no touch ups needed through-out the day which unfortunately I can’t say the same with Maybelline.

To be honest, I can’t fault the L’Oreal foundation. I wore it in Florida heat last summer when I went to Disney and I was walking around the parks all day, sweating, not once did I feel it on my face or it sliding off. It was definitely lightweight and when I got back to the hotel after a sometimes 9 hour day my face still wasn’t shiny. The packaging says 24H Matte, now it may not be 24 HOURS but it’s definitely matte for the entirety of the time you’re wearing it, 9 hours plus.

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So let’s recap….

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Powerless Foundation:
– £5.99 (£2 cheaper)
– less coverage
– matte without powder to begin with but needs powder top ups through-out the day to stay matte
– feels heavy on the skin causing a lot of makeup transfer
– pore are less visible allowing for smoother makeup application and nicer blending of other powder products

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation:
– £7.99
– higher coverage
– really lightweight, doesn’t feel like a second layer of skin at all, meaning barely any to no makeup transfer
– lasts all day without any touch ups

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Overall, for me the L’Oreal Infallible Matte wins this time around. For me it’s a better match for what I’m looking for in a foundation.  I love how matte it is and how it stays matte for a really long period of time. I don’t need to worry about being shiny through-out the day and carrying powder with me so I can touch up. So although it’s £2 more expensive and that £2 could get me a much needed hot chocolate, I would still choose the L’Oreal Infallible over the Maybelline Fit Me. I am a little upset about not liking the Maybelline Fit Me foundation though as the Maybelline Fit Me concealer I LOVE and adore and it’s a holy grail product of mine.

Having said all that, I’m glad to have tried this comparison, thank you Julie for suggesting for me to do this and I hope it helped you out, as I’m glad I have been able to try a similar product on the market but I’m sorry I just can’t fault the L’Oreal foundation formula.

However these are just my own opinions and everyone and their skin is different so I would love to know your thoughts on either or both of these foundations.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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One Lovely Blogger Award | Sitting In The Clouds

Welcome Back!!! I was nominated by the lovely Natalie from Natty Vinh for this award which was so kind of her so go check out her blog for travel, beauty and lifestyle posts.

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  • Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post ☑️
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image ☑️
  • Must add 7 facts about them ☑️
  • Then nominate 15 people

7 facts:

  • I’m a very organised and planner based person. I can’t do electronic calendars or planning apps, everything has to be written down on paper, hence the love of my bullet journal.
  • Creme Eggs are my weak spot. Every time Easter comes around, my fridge is always filled with boxes upon boxes of them. They become like my fruit supplement, I only allow myself one a day but if I could, I would live off them.
  • I’ve recently realised that my past has effected me more than I thought. Some people say that past relationships help you grow but all mine has done is drag me down. I never used to be this insecure (not sure that’s the right word) about myself.
  • My idol has and will always be the man that invented the mouse…Mr Walt Disney. What I would do to meet him and thank him.
  • Ed Sheeran has become one of my new favourite artists and you all probably know why. My favourite songs from him are, Drunk, Gold Rush, Gallaway Girl, Barcelona, Nancy Mulligan and Bibia Be Ye Ye.
  • I can’t wait for the day that I have my own home and get to paint and decorate it as I please.
  • Another one about the future, I really want two dogs when I’m older, a french bulldog and an Australian (or German, both equally cute and gorgeous) Shepard.

My Nominees: (warning you now, I will never be able to nominate more than about five bloggers at one time, I don’t know what it is but I find it really. However, everyone I nominate is for a reason, I love their blogs, their content, their pictures, and they are just all so lovely)

Amelia from Rosetintedpics 
Abi from Abisays.co.ukAbi from Abisays.co.uk
Natalie from The Pixie Dusted Disney Freak
Mercy from Mercyish
Jessica Riga
Sarah Wilde


I love these tag, award posts as they are a great way to recognise fellow bloggers so be sure to check out some of the girls I’ve mentioned, they all have amazing blogs with awesome content.

Thank you again to Natalie for nominating me and until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Drugstore Haul | Sitting In The Clouds

Welcome Back!!! I know it’s a common fact that all students are poor and to be fair I’m quite wise when it comes to money. However, the government unfortunately doesn’t fund courses taught at the uni I attend so with full time uni and only a part time job, I’m very tight on money and will be for the next three years. But when your favourite makeup items are rolling low, you just have to restock, there’s no questions about it.

I was in desperate need of new concealer, new foundation, new shampoo and conditioner…basically every single one of my favourites, so I jumped straight into the Superdrug website and ordered everything I needed. I did have a  little browse while I was there and was so tempted to add some liquid lipsticks into my basket from Barry M and Makeup Revolution but I just couldn’t justify afford it…*cry face*.

I love Superdrug for makeup and I feel they do such an amazing range of makeup brands and because I’m a Superdrug member I get free delivery without having a minimum spend…win win!

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Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands, they do my favourite concealer, the Fit Me concealer, as well as my ALL TIME favourite mascara, the Lash Sensational LUSCIOUS, not the original one, although that one is good as well, I just personally prefer the effect on my eyelashes after using the Luscious with Oil Blend formula.

My all time favourite foundation, L’Oreal’s Infallible Matte foundation was out of stock…boo hoo!!! And I couldn’t wait for it be be restocked as I really needed a foundation and since Maybelline had a 3 for 2 offer running, I thought I’d try the Maybelline Fit Me foundation.

I’m hoping I really like this as I’ve heard some really good things about and since it’s in the same line as my favourite concealer, I’m hoping there won’t be too many differences to make me dislike it and love it just as much as the concealer.

I’ll let you know I get on, I’m even thinking about doing a first impression for this foundation.

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I’ve been having real issue with my skin lately which I’m really irritated about as my skin has never been this bad before. Therefore, I repurchased a trusty product, the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash. This product is a really gentle daily exfoliating wash, it really reduces my oil and makes my makeup last longer without primer as well as making my skin feel clean and fresh.

The last couple of products won’t be any surprise to you. I just had to repurchase my favourite hair duo, the Garnier Ulimate Blends shampoo and conditioner.

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For the time being this hair duo is perfect for me. It smells incredible, it’s really affordable and it actually benefits my hair. I have a full length review about this amazing duo on my blog if you want to hear more. They also feature in about 4 of my empties posts, I just can’t get enough of the stuff.

I also decided to pick up another Batiste Dry Shampoo as although it’s not a necessity, it’s always nice to have a product like this for a day that you may need some extra volume or you skipped a “wash hair day” by accident. I just like having one around the house incase I’m in need.

I personally prefer the “divine dark” edition as with my super dark hair, I always find that the white powder is really hard to massage in completely and it’s just safer with brown powder incase I have missed a spot, it won’t look like I have severe dandruff.


So although you’ve probably seen all these products countless times on my blog before because all I did was repurchase my favourites, I hope you enjoyed the post nevertheless. But for a while now, I won’t be able to try many new products alongside my favourites as I just don’t have the money….MAJOR downside to uni/student life…ahah!

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog. I am so close to 700 WordPress followers which is super exciting, each and every one of you mean so much to me. I love chatting to you guys in the comments, so let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I’ve mentioned and if you love or hate them.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Empties #8 | February 2017 | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! To just point out the elephant in the room, yes I have gone back to my old banner format, just with a few changes. I LOVED my new banners but each blog post took that much longer to create and post for you guys and with uni taking up most of my time, I’d rather put quality and time into my content rather than my blog headers. So although I loved them, it’s easier for the time being to return to my old format.

Anyway, in February I seemed to be finishing product after product after product. Once again, most of all these products I already know and love, with a few newbies in the mix.


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  • Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo and Conditioner – I think these bottles have may been my fourth or fifth time repurchasing these. I love how much they help my dry and frizzy hair. I can’t tell you how much they have improved the condition of my hair and when they are always on sale in Superdrug, for less than £2 a bottle, they are perfect for a girl on a student budget…aka me for the next three years.

Repurchase? Of course. However, I haven’t managed to pick up a new round just yet and have ended up using whatever products are in my shower. I’m desperate to pick them up again soon.

  • Right Guard Women: This is my second can of this deodorant and after having a break from it, when using it again, I realised that I do really love this product as it performs so well for me. (I rave about it more in my November Empties)

Repurchase? Yes, already onto my back up can.

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  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – Everyone and their mum…even my mum uses it, loves this product and I understand why. I have completely lost count the amount of times I have repurchased this product, I want to say around the 15-20 mark. I have been using this product to remove for makeup for years. My sister first discovered it when it first came out and myself, my sister and my mum have been using it ever since. It’s an amazing product and great valve for money.

Repurchase? The day I don’t repurchase this will be a shock to the system.

  • Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder –  I’m unsure on this product. It’s pricier than my other go-to powder, Rimmel Stay Matte, but it worked really well. It didn’t ever feel like I had powder on and it never transferred onto my glasses, which the Stay Matte does, which annoys me. The Bourjois one, helped me stay matte…I think, it could have just been that the L’Oreal Infallible foundation stayed matte for the entire day, but I never had to top up with the Bourjois powder.

Repurchase? I’m not sure. I probably won’t be picking it up for the time being as it is double the price of my current powder, Rimmel Stay Matte and I’m a student on a very small budget so need to save money where I can. But saying that, the Stay Matte makes me feel more cakey and transfers onto clothing (and glasses!) more easily. I never had this problem with the Bourjois one?

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – It’s funny how discovering a new product can alter your entire makeup routine and make you question your holy grail product. This foundation used to be my holy grail, I’ve repurchased it countless times and never did my makeup without it. Then I found the L’Oreal Infallible Matte and fell head over heels for it and haven’t used another foundation since. I decided to use this one up on my “no makeup” makeup days and I still do really like it. It’s lightweight with a dewy finish, which is perfect for the summer months and I would still use it if I was going for this look but for an everyday base, the L’Oreal Infallible in my new favourite.

Repurchase? Maybe when the weather gets warmer and I want that dewy finish but I’m currently loving the matte look and I can’t get enough of the L’Oreal one. Also, the Bourjois foundation is £9.99 compared to the L’Oreal Infallible retailing at £7.99, which I know is only a £2.00 difference but for a student, that £2.00 could buy a much needed coffee…or hot chocolate in my case.


A lot of empties this month, which is a good thing, I now have a very good excuse to buy more makeup and try new products. But it’s also really bad as I don’t really have money to restock my collection, even if I do justify makeup as a necessity.

Do you have any of the same favourites? Have you tried any of the products I mentioned in today’s post? What are your thoughts? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 


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