First Impressions: L’Oreal Products

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I was in desperate need of a new mascara, so of course I went to Boots where I *happily* stumbled across a 3 for 2 sale on L’Oreal Products. I was already keen to try out the Telescopic mascara due to hearing so many positive comments about it, plus I also got an item free so smiles all round! Along with this, I also purchased the True Match Foundation, and the True Match Super Blendable Powder, and today I tried them out for the first time.

To Start – True Match Foundation in ‘Golden Ivory’ 

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I applied this foundation with my Real Techniques Buffer Brush. In total I used 1 pump as it is a thicker foundation which I personally prefer. However, one downside to this formula is that it is a very thin liquid so it did run down my hand which was a bit of a pain when I was trying to apply it! But it’s still manageable to use. When I started to apply the foundation I was pleasantly surprised as it glided onto my skin beautifully, blended like a dream, and gave me really good coverage.

All in all, I think the foundation gives me a really nice flawless look, and did a good job at hiding my under eye circles and various other imperfections. The only downside to this product is that it seemed to really emphasise my smile lines.

True Match Powder Super-Blendable Powder in ‘Rose Ivory’

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I really enjoyed applying this translucent powder on top of my foundation, as it feels heavenly applying to your skin as it’s such a soft powder that allows you to build upon the flawless look from the foundation. This powder also effortlessly blended really well into my skin, which is an added bonus if you’re planning on applying this in a rush! (as I am most of the time). This powder also comes with a little soft sponge and a good sized mirror which will be useful when you’re out-and-about. The powder itself is of a really good size and will easily fit in your handbag, which is always beneficial.

However, I have had this product on now for around 8 hours and throughout the course of the day it’s given me a cakey look which is horrible. It’s made my pores look even larger than they already are, and the foundation looks as though it’s come to the surface of my skin and is just placed there. – Definitely not a good look.

Telescopic Mascara

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Honestly, I was unsure about whether I would genuinely like this mascara as I am very fussy about the brushes and the formula. However, I am very fond of this one. I like the brush size as it is easy to coat every lash, both bottom and top. I applied around three coats of this mascara and I did find it start to clump which I don’t mind too much, however if I were to put on another coat or two they would start to look like clumpy spiders legs.

I will be using these products for the future as I think overall they are good, and at just over £20 for all three is a decent price for the products.

Do you have any of these products? If so, how do you apply them?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

THE MOST UNDERRATED DRUG STORE FOUNDATION?

It wasn’t until the other day when myself and my friend were flicking through the aisles of Superdrug, swatching all the many beautiful colours on the backs of our hands and swooning over all the new, shiny products, that I discovered the most underrated drugstore foundation – ever. The Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in ‘100 Ivory’.

My flat mate had tried it before and said how good it was, whereas I hadn’t even heard or seen of the product before. So I hastily picked one up since it was on a bargain 2 for £10 offer, plus I thought I had better join the deal with my flatmate (I’m just trying to justify myself spending money) and give this tucked away treasure a try.

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When you think of Rimmel London, to me, it’s all about Wake Me Up and Match Perfection foundation, among others that every single amateur makeup fan would have heard of. However, this one… not so much. Perhaps it’s just me that hasn’t really seen it before in drug stores, maybe I focus on the more liquid foundations in the glass bottles. Or maybe, I just don’t pay enough attention.

I have now been using this product for about a month, and I can tell you, I have been pleasantly surprised. Admittedly, the packaging looks a bit more cheap, as the Rimmel foundations are normally in a Glass bottle with a pump. Instead this one is in a little plastic tube which needs to be squeezed out. However, the formula is a thick liquid mousse which means that a little goes a long way, (trust me, I only use a small amount and I normally go a bit OTT on foundation), which ultimately means the product itself will last a long time which is great. The foundation itself is also very thin feeling due to its mousse consistency which is great as I hate them foundations that feel really cloggy and thick on my pores. Also, one of its properties is that it guarantees shine control which may be great for those that get oily skin.

Another amazing added bonus is that this product blends in like a dream. Honestly, I simply apply it with my real techniques buffing brush and it takes seconds for it to have properly blended in which means it’s a great foundation to use if you’re in a rush, as it doesn’t take long at all for it to completely blend in and ready to move on to the next product, which I love. Particularly because most times i’m running late.

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The only downside to this foundation is that I do feel like sometimes it highlights my pores, which is a real shame as it states that it tries to minimise pores. However, in comparison to other drug store foundations its not that bad, as others have been worse.

I also would not recommend this foundation for those who like a dewy finish, this foundation is quite heavy-going so may not be loved by those who love a more natural look!

All in all I love this drug store foundation and is now one of my favourites. Mainly due to its staying power which means I don’t have to worry about touching up throughout the day, and its lovely matte finish which doesn’t make my skin look dull at all, and its great coverage which can be built upon if necessary.

What foundations do you love that perhaps aren’t that well known?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

MY FAVOURITE LIP PRODUCTS

Over the past few months I have been conjuring up a decent lip collection (finally!), full of lipsticks, glosses and lacquers which I love and wear on a day-to-day basis. However, a couple of the shades I branch out and reach for if I was going to a special event or occasion if they’re on the more daring side!

Firstly lipsticks; I have four in my favourites, three of them are Mac, and one Rimmel London Kate Moss. All of which I adore for different reasons.

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Firstly, ‘Shanghai Spice’ which is my favourite nude shade of all my favourites (ha!) as the cremesheen formula glides onto my lips perfectly and keeps them feeling really moisturised and nourished. However, I particularly love this shade as it has slight peachy tones in it which is great as it makes my face look more vibrant and alive. This product is great as it is obvious that you have something on your lips, but it doesn’t look too dramatic as it is a shimmery nude shade, which is great for an everyday look.

I have only recently bought Mac’s Matte ‘Ruby Woo’, however I have been loving it. This is one of the first matte lipsticks that I have tried out due to my apprehensive and incorrect preconceptions that a matte lipstick would completely dry out my lips and make them look really wrinkly and gross… and boy I can say I was so wrong! This lipstick is a lovely deep red which in fact actually nourishes my lips, despite it being matte. However, one slight problem with this lipstick is that due to its strong pigmentation, if you smudge it or apply it in a rush and get some product around your mouth it does stain it a bit, meaning I had a slight red line down my cupids bow the first time I applied it, (not a good look!). So would recommend using a lip liner before applying the product for those who aren’t comfortable or used to applying deep reds. Apart from that, this lipstick is amazing and love wearing it on nights out to make my make up stand out that little bit more.

Mac’s ‘Sunny Seoul’ was the first Mac lipsticks I ever bought, and it had me hooked right from the beginning! This is such a pretty nude, with more of a pink tone running through it which looks so pretty to wear on a summer’s day! It is also super shimmery which makes it look all the more lovely. The formula is very smooth and applies really easily to the lips due to the moisturising nature of the lipstick. Throughout the summer this was definitely my ‘GO TO’ lipstick. I will definitely be purchasing another one!

Last but not least for my favourite lipsticks is the Kate Moss lipstick in ‘110’. This matte coral shade is beautiful to wear as it really makes my face look more vibrant. It is really easy to wear which is great, however I do tend to wear it more on a special occasion as it is very bright, I personally think it is a bit too dramatic for a day-to-day lipstick. However, I love it all the same. It also tastes and smells amazing which is an added bonus!

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Now onto Lip glosses and Lacquers which I have quite recently discovered and been loving. Lacquers are great and so easy to apply due to the wand being able to reach all the nooks and crannies. Plus, I love how it stains your lips slightly as it means hints of the colour stays on throughout the day, which makes it look like you’ve put more effort into your make up then perhaps you might have actually done – winning!

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Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker

The Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer is just amazing. It is a shimmery deep raspberry pink with very slight brown undertones which makes it look so unique and beautiful. I wear this all the time as it’s so easy to apply with the fluffy wand, and the durability of it is good. I would normally have to reapply it a couple of times if I were on a night out, which isn’t too bad for the price of the product. However, this lacquer definitely does stain my lips and makes it appear as if I have product on there even after it has all been smudged off. This is supposed to make your lips appear more plump, i’m not entirely sure it does that. But who cares when the colour itself is so good? However, one criticism about this is that the formula is quite thick so I find I apply the product to my lips with the wand and then use my finger to blend it in a bit to smudge out harsh lines and blotches. But this only takes a few seconds so I don’t see that as a major disadvantage.

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17 Ultimate Volume

The 17 ‘Ultimate Volume’ lipgloss is an amazing lipgloss for an everyday look. It is a very light pink/purple shade which takes seconds to apply due to its easy application wand and colour, and lasts a really long time. I love using it as it just brightens up my face completely and just makes me look more vibrant due to it’s shimmery formula, and makes it look like i’ve put loads of time into my make up, when in fact i’ve just whacked this on my lips in no time at all. All in all I love this lipgloss and use it pretty much daily!

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Rimmel London Show Off in 300 Out of this World

I have only had the Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in ‘300 Out of this World’ for a couple of weeks, and I have been obsessed with it since the moment the wand touched my lips. The colour is a beautiful shimmery cherry red, that looks amazing on. Granted, lacquers are supposed to stain your lips, however this one really does and its durability is amazing. The wand is also perfect as the sponge is slightly domed meaning it can reach my lips so easily that it takes application seconds!

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Soap&Glory left, 17 middle, Rimmel London right

What are your favourite lip products? Do you have any shades that you’d recommend?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

REVIEW: INFAMOUS RIMMEL FOUNDATIONS

Everybody has heard of them. That’s right, it’s the infamous Rimmel London foundations; Match Perfection and and Lasting Finish.

Shockingly, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I actually tried the Lasting Finish foundation in shade 100; Ivory. Before that I was using the Lasting Perfection foundation in shade 103; True Ivory.

Although they look fairly similar aesthetically, due to them both having the same 30ml glass exterior, and a plastic pump, they are in fact very different. Match Perfection has a medium coverage; whereas Lasting Finish has a full coverage.

Match Perfection gives a more dewy finish and does look a lot more natural. So, if you want that desired look, then I would definitely recommend this foundation. Whereas due to the full coverage, Lasting Finish gives a thicker, more matte look. Personally, I prefer Lasting Finish for the coverage as it requires only a pump to get my satisfied coverage, whereas I find I use more of Match Perfection, and then looking a tad orange. However, Match Perfection will be an amazing foundation for the summer due to its natural shine, and due to the light consistency.

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I personally found that Match Perfection did not last as long as Lasting Finish. After a few hours it would go a bit patchy and rise to the surface of my skin, whereas Lasting Finish has amazing staying power and stays on all day without any touch-ups.

However, both foundations blend easily. I did originally find that with Lasting Finish, the consistency is thicker than Match Perfection, so when blending you can feel it going onto the skin and have to put a tiny bit more effort into blending than Match Perfection, but that’s only very minor, and isn’t that noticeable.

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I would notice, more often than not, with Match Perfection when my foundation oxidises after a few hours, it does turn a few shades more orange, so when I get home after my day out I realise the shade doesn’t actually match my neck all that well! Lasting Finish also oxidises but not to the same extent, I find that it matches my skin tone a lot more.

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What I found mainly from Match Perfection –

Pros

  • Lovely, dewy finish
  • Light foundation
  • Great range of shades (12 to pick from)
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to apply
  • Smooth finish
  • Blends great
  • Light consistency

Cons 

  • Can sink into pores quite easily
  • Find that I can look a bit orange with an extra pump
  • Can get patchy with dry skin

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What I found mainly from Lasting Finish –

Pros 

  • Has a comfort serum for the skin
  • Stays on very well
  • Colour shade is true to the skin
  • Sweat, humidity, heat and transfer proof
  • Covers redness and imperfections really well
  • Doesn’t dry up
  • Doesn’t go cakey

Cons

  • It can accentuate fine lines (eg my smile lines)
  • Limited shade range (only 8 shades to choose from)
  • Can feel quite thick when blending.
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Top – Lasting Finish Bottom – Match Perfection

Personally, I would recommend Match Perfection for those who don’t have much redness or blemishes to cover, but instead want to have a lighter, more natural, dewy coverage.

Whereas Lasting Finish is more suited for those who want to cover more, and have a thicker, more fuller coverage, and more of a matte finish.

All in all, they are both very good foundations that have different functions and properties, and would recommend them both!

Have you tried both of these foundations out? Which one was your fave?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

MY TOP 3 EYEBROW PRODUCTS

I have such a love/hate relationship with my eyebrows. Mine are uneven, little thin slugs that are impossible to make look reasonably good. However, in my opinion eyebrows are one of the most crucial things to get right as they can completely change the whole structure of your face, so because of that, my eyebrows are very important in my make up routine. So, here are my top three favourite brow products that I equally love and use for different reasons.

Number 1, Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil in ‘Taupe’

I’ve only had this product for a couple of months but I have loved it from the moment it hit my brows. It has a lovely smooth formula which means the product glides on perfectly to my brows. Albeit the colour is perhaps a shade too light for my eyebrows, but it still is a great product! I love how I can slightly overdraw my brows and it doesn’t look fake either. I also really enjoy that you can twizzle the product up as opposed to sharpening pencils because I never bother doing that and the end just becomes all short and blunt, (laziness at its prime!) With the other side of the pencil being a spooly brush which means you can brush through your eyebrows at the beginning to get the exact shape, and after to comb out any harsh lines and make them look more natural.

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However, the one downside to the product is that the actual stick of the pencil is very thin, so when I apply the product it can sometimes fall off and crumble in my hand which can be very annoying. Also, due to the small pencil it can be quite fiddly to hold sometimes and to twizzle up, I personally prefer a larger stick. (That sounds weird). But all in all I really do enjoy this pencil, retailing at a reasonable £16.50.

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Secondly is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in ‘Medium Brown’

At first, I had a love/hate relationship with this product because it’s quite hard to get a hang of and I’m really impatient with trying out products as if it doesn’t work or look good the first time I wear it, then I probably won’t wear it again. However, I am so glad I stuck the dipbrow out as now it’s a must-have in my make up collection. It’s a gel formula so to apply the product I use the Zoeva 322 Brow Line brush which is great for easy application due to its angled brush.

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Another added bonus with this product is that a little goes a long way which is great as it does cost £15, so won’t need to buy a new one for a long time! However, this was one of my major problems when I first started out, that I used to put way too much product on my brush and my brows would end up like black lines across my face, (not a good look!) A little dap in the pomade will pretty much do my whole brow, which is great as it means this product will last a really long time. I just hope it stays the same consistency and doesn’t dry up with age. However, all in all I genuinely love this product and use it most days. The days when I don’t wear it is if i’m in a rush as it does take that extra few minutes to apply and perfect, so tend to go for a pencil instead.

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Nah definitely not pouting here;)

The only downside to the dip brow is that, for me, it’s quite a heavy product and gives a more dramatic look. So if you want your brows to look really natural then i’d advise going for a pencil, or using a minuscule amount of the product as it is thick.

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Thirdly is the Soap&Glory Archery Brown Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil in ‘Brownie Points’

This eyebrow pencil was one of the first I had ever bought a few years ago and essentially got me into filling in my brows everyday! I find this product great to put on if you’re in a rush as it takes no time at all and gives a great natural look due to the double-ended pen, with one side being a waxy pencil that is great as it glides on perfectly without the feeling of it pulling which helps for great application. I mainly use the waxy pencil for filling in the front of the brow, and the other end a little felt tip pen which is great for filling in them sparse hairs and gives the brows a lot more coverage.

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One of the many reasons why I love this brow pencil is because the product itself does not budge. Once it’s on the brows it’s their all day which I love as I don’t have to worry about my eyebrows being on my cheeks, (what an image lol). Plus, the actual pencil itself is of a good size too which means holding the pencil is great for precision due to its chunky style. Plus, this product is very affordable too, coming in at a very modest £10! I’ve gone through several of these pencils and each time I use it, it keeps getting better and better. Definitely would recommend for someone starting out in filling in their brows simply due to the quick and easy application.

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This is me with the product on 🙂

What do you wear regularly on your eyebrows? Do you have any suggestions on new products to try?

Much love,

Ellen Grace X

IS THIS THE BEST HIGH STREET EYEBROW PRODUCT?

I know the feeling, you don’t want to break the bank but you also want a long-lasting, pigmented, great eyebrow product. Well I may have just found the perfect product.

Whilst I was peering through all the various makeup stands in Boots, I of course stopped at Rimmel’s, especially as I noticed they had a 2 for £10 offer on all Rimmel products.

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However, I had never seen Brow This Way before, so I bought it (I know this isn’t a very good reason for my spending). I also purchased the Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation. (It was on offer I had to).

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I’ve used this product only a couple of times, but, in short, I love it! It’s extremely inexpensive, only costing £3.99. I bought the Brow This Way Eyebrow Kit in ‘002 Medium Brown’, which is the perfect shade for me, and I have mid-dark brunette hair.

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The product comes with 2 brushes which are pretty handy. One to comb your eyebrows through, and the other brush to apply the product with.

However, I used my trusty Zoeva 322 Brow Line brush to apply the product with as it’s a lot bigger than the brush it came with. I firstly use the wax product which is on the left hand side for the tail of my eyebrow to define it. The consistency is similar to the ABH Dip Brow Pomade, however it’s about a third of the price! I’ve had this product on now for 7 hours and it hasn’t blotched or smeared at all.

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I then dip my brush in again to the right side of the compact; to the powder, which I use for the front of my brow. The product isn’t that thick so it’s great to fill in hairs that don’t need full coverage, and gives a very natural look.

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The wax comes off a bit darker than the powder, but this is great for filling in sparse areas, and giving more definition to the brow. I’d even say that the colour is more suited to my hair than ABH dip brow pomade which I have in the shade ‘Medium Brown’, as I find that if I don’t always use a light hand with the pomade, it can leave my brows looking almost black, and that does not suit me in the slightest. Whereas Brow This Way is slightly lighter, meaning I can build upon it more and it still matches my hair colour.

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All in all, I will be continuing to use the product and will be repurchasing! If you like the sound of this product, you can buy yours here. (The 2 for £10 offer is still on so why not treat yourself to another cheeky Rimmel product – I wont tell!)

Have you got any high-end or high street eyebrow products you recommend?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

First Impressions: L’oreal Products

 

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I was in desperate need of a new mascara, so of course I went to Boots where I *happily* stumbled across a 3 for 2 sale on L’Oreal Products. I was already keen to try out the Telescopic mascara due to hearing so many positive comments about it, plus I also got an item free so smiles all round! Along with this, I also purchased the True Match Foundation, and the True Match Super Blendable Powder, and today I tried them out for the first time.

To Start – True Match Foundation in ‘Golden Ivory’ 

I firstly applied the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser, then waited around 7 minutes for it to absorb into my skin. I shortly after applied this foundation with my Real Techniques Buffer Brush. In total I used 1 pump as it is a thicker foundation which I personally prefer. However, one downside to this formula is that it is very liquid based, so it did run down my hand which was a bit of a pain when I was trying to apply it! But it’s still manageable to use. When I started to apply the foundation I was pleasantly surprised as it glided onto my skin beautifully, blended like a dream, and gave me really good coverage.

Below are two photos I took, the first is straight after I’d finished my makeup to get an insight into what my skin looked like with the foundation and powder on, and the second around five hours later after I’d returned from work. I think the foundation gives me a really nice flawless look, and did a good job at hiding my under eye circles and various other imperfections. The only downside to this product is that it seemed to really highlight my smile lines which I didn’t like. 😦

True Match Powder Super-Blendable Powder in ‘Rose Ivory’

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I really enjoyed applying this translucent powder on top of my foundation, as it feels heavenly applying to your skin as it’s such a soft powder that allows you to build upon the flawless look from the foundation. This powder also effortlessly blended really well into my skin, which is an added bonus if you’re planning on applying this in a rush! (as I am most of the time). This powder also comes with a little soft sponge and a good sized mirror which will be useful when you’re out and about. The powder itself is of a really good size and will easily fit in your handbag, which is always beneficial.

However, I have had this product on now for around 8 hours and throughout the course of the day it’s given me a caky look which is horrible. It’s made my pores look even larger than they already are, and the foundation looks as though it’s come to the surface of my skin and is just placed there. – Definitely not a good look. Does anyone know why this happened?

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Honestly, I was unsure about whether I would genuinely like this mascara as I am very fussy about the brushes and the formula. However, I am very fond of this one. I like the brush size as it is easy to coat every lash, both bottom and top. I applied around three coats of this mascara and I did find it start to clump which I don’t mind too much, however if I were to put on another coat or two they would start to look like clumpy spiders legs. From this mascara so far there hasn’t been any crumbliness which is amazing and what I see as another major advantage to a mascara as there’s nothing more irritating than having little black specs of mascara around your eye.

I will be using these products for the future as I think overall they are good, and at just over £20 for all three is a decent price for the products.

Do you have any of these products? If so, how do you apply them?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X