Having a L’Oréal Moment

 

Believe it or not, these are the only L’Oréal make-up items that I own.  Just three. I’m not sure why, L’Oréal have never done anything to offend me, I just never think to check their products when I’m in the mood for some spending.

 

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I had been eyeing up the L’Oréal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer (£7.93 here) for a while before I purchased it in the summer.  As a brightening primer, this one is the best I have ever tried.  I would compare it to the Mac Strobe Cream, but it is less heavy and thick.  When first applied, it is a little scary, as it leaves a white shiny cast across the skin.  Give it a minute though, and it settles and gives just enough glow.  It can be used alone, but I prefer it under make-up to leave my skin glowing and fabulous.

I am a serial mascara and concealer purchaser.  It simply isn’t a shopping trip unless I buy one or the other, sometimes both.  The L’Oréal True Match Concealer (£4.80 here,  or £6.99 here) is just lovely.  It offers good coverage, but isn’t in the least bit drying.   It is the perfect balance of wet, but not runny, and blending it out is ridiculously easy.  My only little grumble would be the colour selection.  I usually go for the lightest shade in a concealer (or second lightest, occasionally) and this one only has five to choose from.  Vanilla is the lightest (the one I have) and it could do with being a little paler, in my opinion.  This can be solved by adding a brightening concealer over the top, but not everyone is going to want to fiddle about doing that every day, I’m sure.

As mascaras go, the L’Oréal False Lash Architect Mascara is up there with the best in my collection.  When it comes to mascara, I am supremely fussy (I really should have named this blog The Mascara Diaries, it would be more fitting), but I actually really like the False Lash Architect (£10.99 here).  It’s not clumpy, and it adds a decent amount of length, without weighing down the lashes too much.

Now that I have dipped my toe into the L’Oréal pond, I may well be making some more purchases.  Next on my list? The L’Oréal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Colours – £8.99 look gorgeous; these Infallible Eye Shadows – £6.99; and despite the mixed reviews, I am intrigued by the Color Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Rose – £14.99.  FYI Boots have 3 for 2 on selected items at the moment, so it would be rude not to get all three.

What are your top L’Oréal purchases, if you have any?

 

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Topshop – is ‘High Street’ Makeup worth it?

It would be an understatement to say that makeup and cosmetics are huge business in 2015, so it makes sense that high street clothing shops would want to get in on that action.

I was intrigued to discover whether the products that can be purchased along with your fashion items are any good, and can they take the place of other makeup staples?

First on my list is Topshop.  The makeup range in Topshop is not a new one, by any means. In fact they are currently celebrating five years of beauty.  I purchased a couple of nail polishes a few years ago and swore I never would again, as my nails became dry and flaky after one application.  I also have an eyeshadow or two that are not recent purchases.  I haven’t included them here, because they are no longer available.

 

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BB Cream Light-Medium – £10:

I am so confused by this product (it doesn’t take much, to be fair).  Applying it is not exactly a joy; it is quite dry and yellow, and although it is described as ‘Lightweight’ I struggled to blend it – even with a damp Beauty Blender.  The first time I applied it, I absolutely hated it, because it just seemed to sit there looking obvious.  After a little while though, it settled in and became a lot more natural looking.  It also has quite a strong scent, so if you are bothered by smells then you may not take to this BB Cream.  So although I didn’t love it to start with, it has definitely grown on me.  For the price though, I really don’t think it compares with other brands.  I will finish the tube, but I would not repurchase.

 

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Mono Eyeshadow in Explorer – £5:

I don’t know if I am just cheap (probably), but £5 seems a lot to spend on a single eyeshadow.  I think it would have to be pretty special for me to consider that good value, and this Topshop eyeshadow doesn’t really cut the mustard, unfortunately.  It is very pigmented, I’ll give it that, but it is very hard, and not at all blendable.

Lip Varnish in Merry Go Round – £9

Now this, I do not like.  The colour I picked looked nothing like the tube when it was actually applied, but that isn’t even the main problem. It is sticky and uneven, and difficult to remove.  It was all over my teeth and I ended up with some sort of lip halo on the inside of my lips where it just clung to the skin there.  Complete fail in my opinion.

Cheek Jelly in Reign – £7

This Cheek Jelly on the other hand is great.  The formulation worked really well on my dry skin, to give a lovely flushed,  just-been-for-a-run-look.  This jelly is glossy in the pot, but it goes on quite sheer and isn’t sticky on the skin.  It also lasted well throughout the day.  Compared to some blushers I own the price is a little high though.

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3D Curve mascara – £10:

I do love a good mascara. I have more than I can possibly use before they dry out beyond recognition, but still I buy more! I wasn’t expecting much from this Topshop offering, especially after the other failures, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The actual mascara is fairly nondescript, but the brush does allow you to get right into the base of the lashes, and it separates them as you go.  It’s a little more expensive than, say, a Rimmel or a Maybelline mascara, so I think that would stop me buying it again – it wasn’t that good.

 

Overall the Topshop beauty range is not a hit with me, I think the prices are too high for the quality of the products.  I can’t really see a reason to shop there for makeup, rather than Boots or Superdrug (when looking for affordable makeup).  I did notice while searching for links to include in this post, however, that most of these bits are not available on the actual Topshop website, and those that are have been included in their most recent sale.  Perhaps that should tell me something about my choices….

 

Have you ever tried any of the Topshop Beauty Range?  Did you like?

 

 

 

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Brand Focus #1 – Makeup Revolution

I don’t think I am unique when I say I Love Budget Makeup.  As nice as it is sometimes to splurge on a high end product, there is something very satisfying about popping in to Boots, or Superdrug, or even the supermarket, and picking up a handful of exciting new products to play with. A few months ago, I was on a super speedy (all shopping is carried out double quick when accompanied by a three year old and a not yet one year old) trip into my local high street.  I ran into Superdrug and headed straight for the makeup stands.  Although I had seen Makeup Revolution before, I don’t think I had ever purchased anything from their line before.  First I noticed the eye shadow palettes, or should I say, the space where the palettes should have been.  Empty.  Then, the lipsticks.  Empty.  My eye then travelled to the highlighters, and seeing two different shades (Pink Lights and Golden Lights) I quickly grabbed them.  I decided then that either the products were super amazing, or so terrible that Superdrug hadn’t even bothered to restock. Well, it turns out that they are super amazing.  I mentioned the highlighters in my May favourites because I love them, and wear one or the other every time I wear makeup.  I have since made several purchases on their website – this seems to be the best way to see the full range.  I am now the proud owner of, well, pretty much everything on there. After a LOT of arguing (with myself, that’s normal, right?) I have chosen a few favourites to share with you.

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Firstly, I have the Mermaids Forever eyeshadow palette (£8).  I really can’t speak highly enough of this 32 shade collection; there is not a dud in there, in my opinion. The colours are all super pigmented, and blend extremely well.  As do the shadows in my other favourite – Run Boy Run.  These colours are a little more neutral, and there are some matte shades in there too.  The colour payoff is still excellent though, and at £6 it is amazing value.

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Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette
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Run Boy Run Eyeshadow Palette

The blusher is a baked blusher, so it is pretty hard, but the colour is perfect.  Not crazy pigmented, so that it’s scary to use, but not so pale that it looks as though you haven’t bothered.  And it is £2.50!

 

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Vivid Baked Blush – All I Think About Is You. E101 and E103.

Next are two highlighters; the Goddess of Love triple baked highlighter in Goddess of Faith; and the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights.  These are both really great,  and shiny without being glittery.  These are priced at £4.99 and £3 respectively.  Goddess of Faith is a little more subtle, so it can be built up.

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Goddess of Faith Triple Baked Highlighter
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Vivid Baked Highlighter – Peach Lights. E102 and E104.

I have also included four brushes; this is the full Pro Eye Brush Collection £7.96).  They are the E101 eyeshadow brush; E102 Eyeshadow contour brush; E103 eyeshadow blending brush and E104 eyeshadow brush.  For budget brushes, I think these are fantastic.  They don’t shed, and they do the job they were designed for very well.

Finally, we have one of the very extensive range of lipsticks.  This is an Amazing Lipstick (that’s the name, not just the description) The One, a pretty nude colour.  I like this lipstick, because it is creamy and pigmented (how many times can I use the word ‘pigmented’ in one post…?).  It doesn’t last a particularly long time, but I have yet to find one that does that doesn’t also dry my lips out beyond recognition. These lipsticks come with a little pot of lip balm (or something) in the end, in the matching colour.  To be honest, this smells awful, and I am not really sure what its purpose is.  It certainly isn’t moisturising, and I struggled to even get a finger inside it to test it.  I can overlook this one little error though, when the rest of the collection is so exciting to me.  Oh, and these lip colours are £1.  Yes, that’s one pound.  One can’t really go wrong with those prices.

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Amazing Lipstick – The One

It was so difficult to narrow down the palettes in particular, as they are all wonderful.  I have been using nothing but for the last few weeks, even choosing them over my beloved Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.  I know, right?! So if you are looking to venture into the world of Revolution (they do ship internationally I believe, although I am not sure what this would cost) then I say go for it, you won’t be disappointed.

Once again, I purchased all of these items myself, and yes that is fake grass.  Ask my husband why we have fake grass in our garden.

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