Showing posts with label l'oreal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label l'oreal. Show all posts

Saturday, July 1, 2017

June Favourites!

 Another month has come to an end, which means it's time for my monthly favourites! I have  smaller bunch of products this month, but I love them all so much. Some of them are new to me and others are rediscovered old favourites.
 First, I've really been loving my Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in the shade 'Donut'. It's the most perfect bright pink colour that looks so pretty in the summertime. I've really been reaching for this one a lot, especially since I've been keeping my eye looks a bit more neutral.

I've also gotten a lot of use out of my Annabelle BB Compact Makeup, as I'm sure you can tell by the generous amount of pan I've hit on it. I use this powder to set my makeup. It adds an extra little bit of coverage, and darkens my foundation a little bit, which is good since the foundation I'm using right now is my winter shade, so a little too light.
 Of course, I've been roped in by the hype surrounding the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara. I really do believe it deserves the hype it gets. It's for sure a dupe for my beloved Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, and at a fraction of the price, I'm on board 100%.
 I've really been enjoying the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation this month. It offers great medium buildable coverage, is super long lasting, and leaves a very flawless finish on the skin. I'm not too sure what "Comfort Serum" is, but considering my skin has been dry to the point of discomfort this month, I will agree that this foundation has been comfortable to wear.

Finally, I started using my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette on a near daily basis again, and I've fallen in love with it all over.

I still firmly believe that this is a must have in any persons makeup collection, whether you're a beginner or a makeup junkie.

It's the perfect collection of wearable neutrals that never get boring.

That's all for my monthly favourites for June! This month just flew by, it's so crazy. Can't wait to see what July has in store... (Hopefully a bit more sun and heat... the weather in Canada hasn't been too "summery" yet, unfortunately!)

Have a wonderful July everybody!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Swatches: L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in 'Stacked Heels'

 Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know about my persistant journey to find the best drugstore purple eyeshadows. This journey is what lead me to pick up the L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in 'Stacked Heels'.
 The shades in this quad are right up my alley but of course purple shadows are not easily done, so as stunning as they look in the pan, they don't quite translate that well on the eyes. As you can probably see in the picture, the shadows are a bit stiff and powdery, which definitely affects the pigmentation.
The white shade in the quad is also on the chalky side. I still think that this palette is workable, and with some patience and work, you can make a beautiful look with this quad. It will just take a bit longer and more product to build up the desired pigmentation.
So, overll, is it my holy grail, hidden gem purple eyeshadow of the drugstore? Not really. But still something I see myself occasionally using.

Friday, June 16, 2017

L'Oreal Private Sale Haul!

 Hey everyone! A while back I had a chance to go to the L'Oreal Private Sale, which essentially is a huge invite-only warehouse sale that happens twice a year, including all brands under L'Oreal. I love these sales because 1) you can find amazing deals on products you love and 2) you can pick up products you've been curious to try for a discounted price.
Anyway, here's what I picked up!:
 L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows: It's no secret that I'm obsessed with the formula of these eyeshadows, so I always make a point to pick up a couple every private sale I attend. I picked up the shades:
-Pepsy Coral
-Endless Chocolat
-Purple Obsession
 I also picked up the Dermablend Corrective Compact Cream, since I've been looking for a fuller coverage foundation lately that would suit my sensitive skin. I wanted to buy the liquid foundation but they didn't have one light enough for my skin tone at the sale, so I picked up the one in the compact instead.
 I also picked up the:
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Washable Self Tanner
Maybelline BabyLips Lip Gloss in 'Just A Glimmer'
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder
Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in 'Rouge Carrousel'
Maybelline Colour Jolt in 'Orange Outburst'
 I also picked up some products from La Roche Posay that will hopefully cure the insane dryness my skin has been going though lately. I'm so excited to start using these!
I also picked up the big bottle of their Micellar Water for sensitive skin because it's holy grail status for me!

Hope you enjoyed seeing everything I picked up! I'm so excited to start playing around with everything!

Monday, June 5, 2017

May Empties!

Hey everyone!
Lets talk empties; the products I finished up in the month of May. I love these kinds of posts because 1) you know you're getting a good review of a product when the person has completely used it up and 2) there's just something so satisfying about a fully used up product, isn't there?

I didn't finish too many products this month, but I'm still pretty pleased about what I did use up.

-Benefit 'Porefessional' Primer (small/deluxe sample size)
This primer was just okay for me, and I likely won't repurchase it. I'm someone who enjoys more hydrating primers, so this sillicone feeling type of primer isn't always my cup of tea.

-Essence Lash Princess Mascara
Ugh, I love this stuff so much. How can a product so damn affordable be this good? I already repurchased this!

-Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner
This was a decent brow pencil. Definitely a really good affordable option if you don't want to spend a fortune on brow products (ABH Brow Wiz, why must you hurt my wallet so?)

-L'Oreal Youth Code Skin Recharger Day/Night Cream
I was surprised at how much I adored this face cream. It had a cream texture but absorbed like a gel. Really refreshing to use and hydrating without being greasy. A really solid drugstore choice.

-Olay Fresh Effects 'Out of this Swirled' Exfoliator
Still confused as to if this line is still around/for sale (??) but I loved this. It can be a bit drying, so pair with a good moisturizer, but it exfoliated well and leaves you skin feeling very refreshed and cool.

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Current Skincare Routine! (+ Reviews)

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to get more serious about my skincare routine. In the past I've always been the type of girl who only needed a cleanser and a moisturizer and I was good to go. Now that I've been paying more attention to what my skin needs and using products catered to those needs, my skin has never been better.

I have very dry skin, and struggled with dullness and sensitivity for a while as well. I thought I'd share my current skincare routine because these products have changed the game for my skin.

When it comes to getting my skin clean, there are 2 products I'm loving. For removing my eye makeup, I use the L'Oreal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution. This is one of the few micellar waters I've tried that both removed all my makeup effortlessly (no harsh scrubbing required!) but also doesn't sting my eyes. 

For washing my face, I've been loving the Olay Fresh Effects Out of this Swirled Deep Pore Cleanser. It has a mild exfoliant, but it's gentle enough to use on a daily basis. I love how it foams up and cleans so wonderfully, and it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped and dry. 

When it comes to serum, I've been using this sample of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (is that a long name, or what?). A little goes a long way with this stuff, and I really do notice a difference when I use it. It leaves my normally dry skin feeling comfortable, visibly plump and luminous.

For lightweight moisture in the daytime, I like to use the L'Oreal Ideal Moisture Day Cream for sensitive skin. It's just heavy enough to keep my skin from being dry and flaky, but not so heavy that I worry my skin will be greasy. 
At night, I love my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +. This is a serious moisturizer. If you have extremely dry skin and nothing seems to help, definitely give this one a shot. It's a life saver. 

Eye Cream:
I'm not particularly loyal to any eye creams right now. Eye cream is usually the thing in my routine that I experiment with the most because there hasn't been any that I see much result with. The one I'm using right now is the L'Oreal Defense Eye Cream, which is pretty good. It leaves my under eyes very hydrated and my makeup applies a lot nicer when I use this. It doesn't do much for dark circles however. 

I recently made a big skincare order on Sephora so I'm excited to try out some new things. (Sephora is having a 2X the points event on all skincare!). 

Let me know what your favourite skincare products are! Anything I should try out? 


Friday, December 2, 2016


Can you believe it's already December? It's beginning to look a lot like..... exam season! Kidding, but not really. Hang in there students, the break is near! I can't wait to finally have more time to blog... November was a pretty brutal month for me in terms of school and time management!

This month was a really great one for me in terms of my makeup and skincare routine though. I just came out of a 4-ish month no-buy, which really renewed my perspective on using up my products and not buying more than I really need just because.

I also tried out so many new products, many of which I won't mention here (dedicated full reviews are on the way!), and I've discovered a ton of new favourites.
I went to the Lise Watier warehouse sale this past month and picked up their Blush Trio, and can we just talk about how pretty it is? I think its from an older collection, so I'm not sure if it's available any more, but I've been using it every day in November so I couldn't not share it. It gives the most perfect, winter rosy cheeks that I love.

Another thing I was on the hunt for this month was a new face powder, since I ran out of my beloved Rimmel 'Stay Matte'. I picked up Maybelline's Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Face Powder, and I've been loving it. I'm not sure if it's as good as the Rimmel one, but I've been using it every day and have no complaints at all. It mattifies and sets your face makeup without leaving your face looking powdery, and that's all I can ask for!
My favourite lip colour in November was hands down 'Pink Wink' from Maybelline. It's the coolest metallic rose colour in the most comfortable, long lasting formulation. I've never been a huge fan of the scent of Maybelline lipsticks, but this one doesn't bother me too much (maybe it's just because I love the shade so much, though!)

I've never been one to use setting sprays until I tried the Nyx Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray. This stuff has changed the game for me completely. It takes away any dryness or powdery finish and leaves your makeup looking like it just became one with your face. It's incredible.
I'm probably one of the biggest fans of L'Oreal's Infallible eye shadows, and this one in the shade 'Permanent Kaki' is definitely no exception. I've been stepping out of my comfort zone a lot lately in terms of eyeshadow and lipstick. A few months ago, I would have never thought I'd be wearing a shade like this on my eyes, but it's quickly become one of my favourites. It's a stunning metallic khaki colour that I honestly think would be flattering on just about any skin tone and any eye colour.

In a similar colour scheme, I've also been loving the Annabelle Smudgeliner in 'Cyber Jungle'. I've always been a huge fan of Annabelle's smudgeliners. They glide on extremely smoothly and pigmented. This one in particular is a khaki/taupe type colour that is suprisingly very pretty.

What did you love during the month of November?

Saturday, November 5, 2016

October Favourites!

It's November!
Hi everyone! I apologize for my little break from the blogging world. I needed to put my focus 100% on my midterms, but now that those have been conquered, I'm back and excited to share what I have been loving all throughout the month of October!

October is my favourite month, mostly because it's my birthday month, but it has my absolute favourite weather as well. I am SO happy to be able to be wearing my huge cozy sweaters again.
Nyx Lip Lingerie in 'Ruffle Trim'
The amount of times I've been complimented on this lip colour blows my mind. It's a really pretty warm brown nude, which used to be somewhat out of my comfort zone, but I've been loving it lately.

Maybelline Fit me! Matte and Poreless face powder
Once my Rimmel Stay Matte powder ran out, I really needed a good, new mattifying powder, so I decided to give this one a shot. I'm not too sure if I like it more than the Rimmel one, but it makes my skin look so smooth and matte, without the powdery, cakey effect,

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
I've been wearing a lot more colourful and shimmery eyeshadows rhis past month, and I needed something I could depend on to keep everything in check. This is a great product to prevent creasing and make sure everything stays where you want it to while lasting all day. I'm using a deluxe sample size and it's nowhere even close to empty, and I've been using it every single day for over a month now!
Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 'Be My Highlight'
I really wish I found this product sooner. This is the best everyday highlighter I have ever used! It looks so natural and glowy, and doesn't accentuate any texture. Plus, depending on how much you apply, you can go from a subtle daytime look to a disco ball kind of glow with ease. All that, AND it's so affordable! There's no excuse not to pick this up!

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
This has been my go to mascara all month when I wanted a more dramatic effect with my lashes. It volumizes like no mascara I have ever used ever. It really does make your lashes stand out. I was so skeptical about if this product would be all that great considering how inexpensive it was, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in 'Amber Rush' 
I heard the hype over this eyeshadow for ages but never really was convinced enough to go pick it up until lately but oh my god, is this ever pretty. It shimmers like no eyeshadow I have ever used before, it's almost breathtaking when it hits the light. I'm so tempted to go buy more shades of it now, it's that gorgeous.

These were the products that I particularly loved in October. I'm so sad that it went by as fast as it did! I had a really great month, and a lovely 21st birthday.

Here's to a great November!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

PRODUCT EMPTIES!! : Review & Would I Repurchase?

Hi everyone! I don't normally do empties posts, mostly because I'm really bad at thinking to keep them before I just toss them in the trash, but I somehow managed to gather a few things this month and I figured I'd talk about them and whether I'd repurchase them or not.

L'Oreal Color Radiance Protecting Mask
I don't really have coloured hair. I've had highlights done a few months ago, but besides that, nothing new enough where colour protection is a must for me, so unfortunately I can't really comment on whether or not it prolongs colour. It does however make my hair smell incredible (I'd honestly buy it for the scent alone) and it really leaves my hair feeling really soft and nourished.

Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream
This is probably the 6th or 7th tube of this I've gone through. It's just that good. I really recommend this to anyone with eczema and is looking for a good cream minus the steroids. It would also be great for anyone with sensitive skin looking for a hand cream that is super hydrating and fragrance free. I honestly cannot live without this.

Nivea Sensitive Night Care Face Cream
This was a pretty decent night cream for me back in the winter when my skin was crazy dry. I finished it off this month, but it was a bit to heavy for my skin right now. I might repurchase it in the winter when my skin is drier, but for not there are many other ones I have that I prefer.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
This is very likely my favourite drugstore mascara. It's super lengthening and volumizing. I'm usually not a fan of rubber wands, but this one was great. I will definitely be repurchasing this one.

Olay Fresh Effects Acne Hater Deep Scrub
This is the second one of these I've used up and I'm already planning to repurchase ASAP. My skin has never been ovely acne prone, but since using this scrub my skin is blemish free about 98% of the time. It is just the right amount of exfoliation and leaves your skin feeling cool, soft and not overly dry.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
I'll keep this short because I could go on about this mascara for years and years. It is my holy grail high end mascara. Anything you want in a mascara, this does it. Amazing.

TREsemme Botanique Nourish and Replenish hair mask
This was an okay hair mask. It didn't give me the intense hydration I expected from it. To me, it was light enough to use as a regular conditioner. (Do keep in mind that I have extremely thick, dry hair). It had a nice scent but I probably wouldn't repurchase this. I'm currently using the shampoo from this range though, and it is AWESOME.

That's all for my empties this time! Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

Friday, August 19, 2016

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator 'Ice'

Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure you know that this summer is about the glow. This is by no means a brand new product, but I really wanted to do a full review on it because I think it's time we talk more about drugstore highlighting products.

As gorgeous as all the high end highlights are (and oh my, are they ever gorgeous), I was on the hunt to find a way to get that pretty, luminous glow for less. I don't know if you've looked around the drugstore for highlighters lately, but while the selection is definitely improving, it's not huge. I've been really determined to find a winner though, so I picked up L'Oreal's Liquid Glow Illuminator in the shade "Ice".
These liquid illuminators come in 3 shades. "Ice", the one I picked up, is the lightest of the 3, a silvery/pearlescent pink, which is so stunning on lighter skin tones. They also have a darker rose gold shade (which was a bit dark for me, since I am quite fair), and a golden-bronze one which I can imagine must be so stunning on deeper complexions.

Albeit drugstore, this product was not cheap. L'Oreal tends to be on the pricier side of drugstore products and this was no exception; I forget how much I paid for this one, but it was somewhere around $18 CAD I believe, which for a drugstore highlighter is a bit expensive. I gave it the benefit of the doubt though, since the selection of drugstore highlight options isn't the biggest, and it swatched really nicely in store.
So, the real question here is: was it worth it? After playing around with it for a bit, I think it is. The product gives a really pretty luminous glow to the cheekbones. The formulation goes on very smoothly and blends easily. It is a little bit glittery, which I know can be a turn off for some people, but I didn't find it to be too chunky or over the top. I think the best way (for me at least!) to apply this is to warm it up with your fingers and then to gently tap it onto any area you want to give a nice glow. I found this to give a more even, smooth application.
Overall, is this a show-stopping, game changing highlight? No, not really. But if you're looking to save a few pennies while still getting a really pretty looking glow, I'd give this a shot.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

June Favourites!

Is it just me, or did this month go by unbelievably fast? I cannot believe June is already over! This month was great for me in terms of beauty and makeup. I've tried a lot of new products, found tons of new favourites, and I've started testing out lots of new products to review soon! However, there can only be so many products in my monthly favourites, so here are the ones that were the best of the best for me this month! Interestingly enough, all my favourites this month are from the drugstore, so not only are they great products, but they're also affordable!

L'Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in 'Ice'

I was on the hunt for a good drugstore highlighter and let me tell you right now: the selection isn't huge. I was pretty drawn to the L'Oreal Lumi line and I picked up one of their Liquid Glow Illuminators in the shade 'Ice'. I'm planning on doing a full review on this product very soon, so I won't say much now but I will say that this is a really great liquid highlight. I was a little unsure as to how it would look on me, but it looked pretty great in the end!

Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation

I have a full review on this foundation that I will be posting tomorrow, but to keep it brief; this is a great foundation for the summer. It is glowy and your skin looks very radiant using it. As per most of Physician's Formula complexion products, the shade selection is unfortunately (very) limited, but if you are not extremely fair/extremely dark, you can make this work for you.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in 'Stacked Heels'

This month, I was on the hunt for the perfect lilac coloured eyeshadow (but I was also on a budget, so I hit the drugstore). I picked up one of L'Oreal's eyeshadow quads in 'Stacked Heels' because it looked the closest to the colour I was going for. This is a really nice quad. Since it is drugstore, it isn't the most pigmented of eyeshadows, but if you pair it with an eyeshadow primer, it looks great.

NYC High Definition liquid eyeliner pen

I must admit, I really suck at liquid eyeliner. I know they say practice makes perfect, but I've gotten so comfortable with my pencil eyeliner routine, I've never really gotten around to getting in that practice anyway. However after hearing a few people talk about this product, I figured I'd give it a try. I mean, its $3, what have I got to lose? This product is SO easy to use and it looks really really nice. So if you are like me, and are less than talented with traditional liquid eyeliner, give this a try.

Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner

I believe that Annabelle is a brand that we only have here in Canada, but they really are great. Their products are affordable and and really really good. Everyday this month, I've been using their Skinny Brow Liner to fill in and shape my brows. It is extremely easy to use and has just the right amount of pigment. I also really appreciate that it's very easy to fix any mistake you might make while applying it, but once it sets, it wont budge.

Nyx Prismatic Shadow in Liquid Gold

Nyx's Prismatic eyeshadows are simply amazing. They are so pigmented, I can't get over it. The one in particular that I was loving is called 'Liquid Gold' and it honest to God looks like, you guessed it, liquid gold. So if you love gold eyeshadow as much as I do, you need this in your life.

Essence 'I Love Stage' Eyeshadow Base

What's better than a good eyeshadow base? A good eyeshadow base that costs less than $5. You heard me. This eyeshadow base is seriously holy grail to me at this point. It has a concealer-like colour to it, so it will cover up any broken vessels or areas you may want to conceal on your eyelids. It also keeps your eyeshadow from creasing, falling out AND it increases the pigmentation. And all this for $3.49. I mean, what else could you even ask for?

L'Oreal 'Eye Defense' Eye Cream

My dark under eye area is the bane of my existence. However, instead of just complaining about it and trying to conceal it, I've decided to add a good eye cream to my skincare routine to keep the area hydrated and hopefully diminish some darkness. I haven't noticed much yet in terms of making the area less dark, but I do notice that my under eye area is much more hydrated and my under eye concealer looks so much better now.

TV Favourite: Pretty Little Liars

PLL is back! Season 7 has just begun and as usual, I'm hooked. I've been following this show for years and years now, and this is it; it's the final season. I'm hoping for it all to be tied together nicely. 2 episodes into it, and I am already addicted. Can't wait to see how it ends!

YouTube Favourite: ReadySetGlamour

This month, I've been getting back into watching YouTube videos and Michelle honestly makes some of the best beauty videos out there. Her reviews are so honest and her videos are really entertaining and informative. She's also so involved with her viewers on Snapchat and Twitter! Definitely check her out!

Let me know what you were loving in the month of June!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What I Got At The L'Oreal Private Sale!!

Hello there!
So I decided to do a collective post on all the things that I got a few weeks ago at the L'Oreal Private Sale! I'm so excited about all these products because
1) I love a good sale
2) I love getting new makeup
I've already had a chance to try almost all of these products, so if you'd like a review of anything, please let me know down below in the comments!

So without further ado, here is what I got!

  • Nyx lipsticks in: 

and Haute Melon

  • Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quads in Luminous Lilacs, Velvet Crush and Electric Blue 

  • Maybelline "The Brights" eyeshadow palette
  • L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Hollywood Icon
  • Maybelline Define-a-lash Waterproof Mascara
  • Maybelline Real Impact! by Great Lash Mascara in Very Black 
  • Nyx Baked Shadow in Euphoria 
  • L'Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer
  • Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser- Dark Spot Concealer and Treatment
  • Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation
  • L'Oreal Visible Lift Cream Blush

I also got a Garnier Intensive Treatment Skin Renew Dark Spot Tissue Mask, which I'm very excited to give a try and perhaps review! (I also bought a couple Essie nail polishes which I didn't include in the photos but I figured I'd give a little shout out anyway)...

That's everything I got at the Spring 2016 L'Oreal Private Sale! I left with quite a nice haul and I'm really excited to give all of these a spot in my makeup routine!

Once again, please let me know if there are any products you'd like a full review/swatches of! I will be doing more in depth posts on many of these!

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!