Concealers, Face Powders, Foundations, Highlighter

Some Love 💓 for L.O.V Cosmetics PT‱1

L.O.V Cosmetics is a brand that has only really been available in the last year here in Ireland. It’s stocked in almost every Shaws Department Store nationwide except unfortunately the Waterford store, which is the main reason why I haven’t featured it before. Still, that hasn’t stopped me from oohing and aahing over their gorgeous looking products over on Instagram and I was absolutely delighted when a massive parcel with my name on it arrive in the post containing a selection of their amazing products.

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Within the L.O.V Cosmetics range, there is three different options available for foundation. The Undressed 12H Moisturizing Foundation is probably what I would consider their light to medium coverage option. I personally really like this foundation, it’s very lightweight and blends out flawlessly with both brushes and sponges. The shade that I own is 040 Honey-Moon and in all honesty this was way too dark for me especially because it’s the third shade option out of four and I normally tend to be the lightest shade available.

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That said I did still try out this foundation, just around the house and found it very nice as an everyday foundation. Something just to pop on and be out the door. You do get your standard 30 ml amount of product in the tube which I have to say is not the most secure of packaging especially if you plan on travelling with this stuff. Finish wise it’s got a nice dewy effect to it and in terms of longevity, I found it lasted the 10 hours or so that I had it on without any issue whatsoever.

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Moving on to the next step from foundation and that is concealer. This is the EffectFul Concealer Pen and to be honest I’m absolutely in love with this product! Move over Maybelline and Burberry cause they got nothing on how good this is. This concealer is an absolute life-saver for anyone who suffers with dark circles under their eyes. As it is a brighten concealer is gets rid of those shadows without creasing and without feeling heavy. This concealer isn’t made to be used on blemishes so if that’s what your after I do not recommend this, but for dark circle suffers it’s a must.

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The sponge tip applicator is probably the best thing about this concealer as it makes the product go on so flawlessly, almost as if it’s airbrushed. It also ensures that just the right amount of product is applied. Comparing this to the Maybelline sponge tip, I definitely prefer this one as it doesn’t get as messy and unhygienic as the Maybelline one does.

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Last of the base products that I have to show you guys is the L.O.V Cosmetics Perfectitude Translucent Loose Powder. Whoever designed the packaging of this product needs an award of recognition for their amazing work. It comes in the traditional jar that most loose powders come in but this has an added sifter AND LID! It’s not messy to open, apply or travel with like 90% of loose powders tend to be.

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It also has a handy and very soft fluffy powder puff which does apply a bit too much of the product in my opinion but works great when you have nothing else to use. The actual powder itself is very finely milled in texture and gives almost a velvet finish to the skin. I will say that this powder does have both Talc and Silica as ingredients so it will give a bit of a white cast in photos and high lighting.

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I personally tend to like to do my brows straight after I finish my base, because no matter how light or heavy I am with my eye makeup, I like a very natural looking brow. Brow products can be very hit and miss especially when they come from very affordable brands such like L.O.V Cosmetics. This product is an exception though because not only is the colour of just the right amount of ashiness so that the brows don’t look too warm but it’s also got a great shape to the tip of it and a spoolie brush at the end. All in all a great brow product in my opinion.

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I have the L.O.V Cosmetics BROWttitude in the shade 230 Chocolate and as far as I know it comes in three other shades which can be suitable for both blondes and brunettes.

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This next product is actually a bit of an odd one because it’s actually a cream eyeshadow however I’ve found it way better and more faltering as a cream highlighter for my cheekbones. Makeup is makeup guys and you should be allowed to break the rules when it comes to products and where they should be applied.

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This is the L.O.V Cosmetics Metal Cream Eyeshadow in the shade 100 Metal Rose and it’s a gorgeous soft iridescent pink shade that I think will falter most pale complexions. If you’ve got darker skin then it will also look nice but it will just be a more intense highlight. With it’s doe-foot applicator it’s super easy to apply and blends out really nicely. I also found it great for layering, in that it doesn’t cake or get clumpy when a powder is popped on top of it.

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I have also tired this out as an eyeshadow and personally wasn’t the biggest fan of it unless you’re planning on wearing it solely on it’s own. This is simply because I found whenever I went to blend it with my brushes, it tended to lose a bit of it’s intensity pigmentation wise and so didn’t really give the true colour payoff that it does when applied as a highlight.

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For the final product in todays review, I have one of the L.O.V blushes in the shade 050 Mystic Sand and this is a stunning burnt reddish brown shade that warms up the cheeks to look like you’ve been slightly sunkissed. Pigmentation is a bit overloaded so use a light hand when applying this product but otherwise it blends flawlessly and lasts all day.

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I will have a Part 2 and maybe a Part 3, reviewing more products from this line simply because I was so luckily sent quite a bit and I think trying to fit them all into one review would be a bit tough. These are all the base products and I think that I’ll probably have a review for the eye products that I got and the lip products too. Have you guys tried this brand yet? Let me know 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers, Foundations

Perfect Summer Base

I recently posted a blog post all about the 🌿Artistry Essentials Range 🌿 which is an incredible skincare range that’s nice and light on the skin, perfect for the warmer months. To go with using such nice light skincare, it only makes sense than to use something light as your foundation base. The new CC Cream from Artistry is a great option in my opinion and team it up with their Exact Fit concealer and you’ve got a flawless base without the heavy weight.

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The CC Cream comes in a total of three different shades and can be used multiple ways. The way I personally use it is on it’s own as my base. It has a really gorgeous illuminating effect on the skin and in the sun I honestly found it to literally sparkle it was so brighten for my complexion. It contains an SPF of 50, which I was worried would create flashback but it doesn’t.

The CC cream can also be worn as a priming product underneath a more heavier coverage foundation so you don’t have to worry that your going to be buying a makeup product solely to be used during the summer months. It can be worn all year round if you wish. I will say this make my T-Zone, which tends to get slightly oily in the summer, become oilier quicker so I probably wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin types.

The shade that I have is LIGHT and it’s definitely a perfect match to my skin tone. I personally found it best applied on the skin with a dampened sponge. The amount that you see in the above picture is the amount I use for half of my face. I found that a littleof this goes a long way, and with it retailing for 46.60 euros it really should.

To go with the idea of beautifully flawless, fresh skin, Artistry have released their Exact Fit Concealer. Now I have this concealer in the shade LIGHT and even so it is a tad bit dark on me but I made it work by applying it under my foundation rather than over as I normally do. Just something to keep in mind as you might want to go a shade lighter than what you would normally go for when choosing a shade in this concealer.

The concealer comes in the most elegant of packaging that really is standard for Artistry as a brand. It has a built in mirror and the applicator is a flatten doe-foot. The constancy of this concealer is nice and light however I personally didn’t like it under my eyes. I found it really drying and as the day wore on it started to cake and settle in my fine lines even though it claims not to.

I have tried this concealer for covering up blemishes and it works a dream. Because it has almost a velvety matte finish to it, it doesn’t move throughout the day. So once you cover your spot/pimple using it that it, you wouldn’t be seeing that again until you remove your makeup at the end of the day. A tube of this retails for 27.55 euros and it comes in four different shades as well as a brightener shade which is probably the shade I would go for, for us lighter skin toned girls.

Let me know in the comments below your go to summer foundation/bb cream/cc cream. I personally love the CC cream from Artistry and once this tube is finished, I would definitely purchase it again and again. The concealer not so much though I think I might try out the brightener shade.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

Concealers

YoungBlood Concealer

I normally only use concealer for one of two things; to conceal the never fading dark circles that permanently reside under my eyes and to remove the redness that hugs the curves on my nose. I have normal to combination skin which I’m very grateful for as it means I rarely get spots. For under my eyes my preference has always been towards liquid concealers such as the Urban Decay Naked Skin or the BarryM Flawless Light however I have found that layering a cream over them can give me more coverage which makes for more of a flawless finish. Not all cream concealers work for this, some are too heavy and some tend to cake, but neither of these can be said about the YoungBlood Ultimate Concealer.

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YoungBlood Cosmetics is a mineral cosmetics brand meaning they don’t use any harsh or unbeneficial chemicals in the making of their products. Their concealer comes in this simply, no-nonsense pot that has a mirror (major brownie points) for on the go, making it perfect for the handbag. The consistence of the concealer is nice an thick but it can be sheered out and blended easily just by warming it with your fingers before applying it.

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I personally love using this with a dampened sponge for application as it uses less product and makes for a more flawless finish. The concealer retails for 27 euros and I have it in the shade Tan which surprisingly works for me though when I repurchase I will definitely be picking it up in a shade lighter.

-Talk Soon xx

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Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

 

Concealers

Seventeen Skin Wow! Concealer

TouchĂ© Éclat is  something that I used on my wedding day and to be honest it was one of the best products on the day to give my skin that much needed bridal glow. For that reason anytime I see a product that resembles it in any way I just have to test it out. Seventeen, which is a Boots own in house brand, have recently released their version of the TouchĂ© Éclat.It’s called the WOW! concealer and it is said:

The ultimate pick me up! Use to brighten under your eyes or to highlight cheekbones, browbones and cupids bows. Give skin a WOW!

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Basically the same directional use as the TouchĂ© Éclat. Also it comes in very similar product packaging, gold tube with a black button at the end to click in order for the product to come out of the tube. It has a built in brush applicator and the product itself comes in three different shades, mine being the lightest shade, fair.

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I have to say there is a bit of a difference between the two with regards to the colour of the actual product. TouchĂ© Éclat has a very yellow based undertone to it, which basically makes it great for highlighting while the Seventeen one has a pink/peach undertone to it which makes it better for cancelling out the darkness in the face more than highlighting really. Basically I would use the TouchĂ© Éclat  for highlighting and the Seventeen for colour correcting any darkness on the complexion.

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This product retails for 6.99 euros and is currently on offer in Boots for buy 1 get the second product half price. I only got the one product because I didn’t see anything else I liked.

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-Talk Soon xx