Concealers, Foundations, Highlighter

New Releases from L’oreal

It’s been about a month since I’ve last sat at a computer to write a blog post and can I just say it was a break that was very much needed. I managed to have a nice relaxed few weeks that didn’t have me constantly checking my social media or checking to see if my scheduled post went up on time. Now that those weeks are finished however I’m ready to get back into what I enjoy and that’s writing about makeup.

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During my weeks off I picked up a lot of new releases especially from L’oreal Paris because they seem to be bringing out a new product every other week. I’m going to start off with the one product out of the releases that I picked that I liked. This is the L’oreal Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops in the shade 01 Sparkling Love.

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This is a stunning liquid highlighter that looks like liquid gold on the skin. It has a dropper tool as it’s applicator and you get 15mls of product in the bottle. It’s so easy to apply and I found using a small damp sponge with it gives the best result finish wise on the skin.

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I have a very much love/hate relationship with the Bonjour Nudista Awakening Skin Tint. This is marketed as a BB Cream however I find it more like a tinted moisturiser except it is so dry looking on the skin. I found the texture of it a bit like a gel and when applied on the skin it literally enhanced every pore & dry skin patch available. I didn’t like it at all.

That said, I did mix it with a serum/moisturiser/hydrating primer (only one of these at any one application) and it applied so beautifully. It really gave a gorgeous dewy finish to my skin that looked so perfect for the summer weather we’ve been having recently. See what I mean about the love/hate. I hate it on it’s own and love it mixed in with other products. I do however think that this product is not worth the purchase as I have other tinted products that give me a gorgeous dewy look to my skin without me having to mix them with anything.

SAM_4661 To go with the skin tint I decided to pick up the Infaillible 24H Concealer Pomade. This has been compared to the Nars Velvet Matte Concealer by a lot of my favourite bloggers and influencers. I HATE this concealer. It’s so thick and drying regardless of how you use it. I’ve tried it under the eyes-it creased. I’ve tried it on blemishes-it wiped off. Not only that it felt and looked very heavy on the skin-almost like it was sitting on top of it rather than look naturally sunk in.

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Let me know if you’ve tried any new products (from any brand) recently that I just have to try so I can check them out.

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers

Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer

The Catrice Liquid Camouflage concealer is one that every blogger under the moon has raved about including Tati from GlamLifeGuru and Sinead from TheBeautifulTruth.ie. I personally have been trying it out for the past couple of weeks and to be honest have found it well deserving of the rave reviews it has gotten.

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Considering it only retails for 3.99 euros it gives such amazing high coverage that doesn’t feel thick or heavy on the skin.  It has a gel-like formulation to it, that makes it feel really lightweight so it’s not a problem to use this under the eyes. In fact it works great at covering dark circles and blue veins with settling into fine lines.

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It comes with a doe-foot applicator that is slightly longer than your typical doe-foot applicator which I really like as it allows you to apply the right amount of product in a single swipe motion. A tube of this concealer contains 5mls of product or 0.16 fluid ounces.

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I’m currently using the shade 007 Natural Rose however I do feel like it is a touch too dark for me so next time I will definitely be re-purchasing it in a lighter shade. That said I do want to try some new concealers out once this is finished so please do leave me some recommendations of your favourites below.

-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

LA Girl Pro Concealer

LA Girl Cosmetics has finally arrived in Ireland and with it, it has brought it’s very hyped about Pro Concealer for me to try. I’ve literally been wanting to try this concealer ever since I saw Tati from GlamLifeGuru rave about it on her YouTube Channel and to be honest, I’ve been following Tati for roughly three years now and love most if not all of her makeup and beauty recommendations so I knew this was a must have for me when I saw it in stores.

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I didn’t like it. Shocker, I know. I was genuinely expecting to love this product considering it comes in a cute little squeezy tube that has a nice brush tip applicator-you get 18mls of product for less than 5 euros, but, and there is a but,  I found the consistency of it and the coverage of it way to thin and watery for my liking. It literally didn’t do anything for me so I ended up using another concealer on over it …which kinda defeated the purpose of using it really.

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Colour wise, they have a large selection. Major brownie points for them in my book for that alone. More brands need this kind of selection when it comes to their face products. Unfortunately the pigmentation wasn’t there, it didn’t cover my dark circles and it didn’t get rid of the redness of the few pimples I tend to get when it’s my time of the month.

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If you are looking for a concealer that’s around this price point but works in my opinion then check out the Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection and the Seventeen Skin Wow! Concealer which are both available at Boots.

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers, Foundations

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation

I’ve never been a fan of Rimmel London foundations. I’ve always found them too light in coverage for my skin. That said, recently I’ve been seeing the new ad for their latest foundation called Lasting Finish Breathable and the ad did exactly what it was designed too and that is it captured my attention and my interested was peaked. It peaked so much that the next day I headed straight to Boots and picked it and the matching concealer to it, up.

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The foundation comes in the exact same glass bottle all Rimmel foundations do except this one has a silver lid to it. On the bottle the many claims say that this foundation lasts for 25 hours (*rolls eyes*) and is medium coverage. I have to say I really like this foundation. It has a nice light texture to it that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Coverage wise I would say it’s light but it can definitely be built up to the medium coverage that they claim it has though you do need to use quite a lot of product to get it there.

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The only two things I don’t like about this foundation is the longevity of it and the applicator. This does not stay on the skin for 25 hours, not even close to it. At most I can keep it on my normal skin for roughly 6 hours before it begins to slowly disappear (have no clue where it goes). As for the applicator, it’s got the same issue as the dropper applicator of the Primark/Pennys Velvet Finish Foundation in that when you pull it out of the bottle it’s covered in product, so when you go to put it back in, the product on the applicator goes over the sides of the rim of the bottle. Disaster.

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The matching concealer to the foundation is simply beautiful. It’s what the foundation should have been. It’s got a nice light texture that blends beautifully into the skin and looks lovely under the eyes as well as over blemishes. The coverage of it is a nice medium and can definitely be built up to full by added thin layers. The sponge tip is nice and soft, though it doesn’t work at all for blending it out.

SAM_4157The only real issue with the concealer is it’s packaging. You have to make sure that you hold the concealer by the white bit above the plastic lid when trying to open it. If you simply hold it by the tube, it will cause you to squeeze it and send product flying everywhere so I do wish they had put a screw on cap instead of a clicky one. I have this concealer in the shade 100 Fair and I believe there is six shades in total. Price is 7.99 euros.

I honestly think that if you’re looking for a foundation just to wear going into town or running quick errands than this is a nice choice especially for the price (10.99 euros). The concealer is a great option in my opinion if you’re looking for a new one to try, I highly recommend it as it gives great coverage and doesn’t have any real flaws other than it’s packaging design.

-Talk Soon xx

Concealers

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

A few posts back I did a nice little review of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation and so it only really make sense for me to also include a review of the Naked Skin Concealer on my blog.

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Truth be told the concealer is just as good as the foundation if not better. The packaging of it is reminiscent of the foundation, where basically if you Naked Skin Foundation bottle tiny you would get the concealer tube packaging. It comes with a wand applicator that has a flatten doe-foot sponge on the end of it.

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I personally find that this has way too much product on it when you initially pull it out of the tube but I just wipe the excess off using the sides of the opening of the tube and then the amount is perfect. Shade wise I am Fair/Neutral and as far as I know this is the lightest of all the shades available.

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The coverage of the concealer is way higher than the coverage you get with the foundation. This is a very heavy duty concealer and works brilliantly on both the under-eyes and blemishes/spots. I typically like blending this out with a dampen sponge though I also find using a brush works perfectly also.

Price wise this concealer comes in at 23 euros which on comparison with other high end concealer prices, really isn’t that expensive.

-Talk Soon xx

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.