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 GO TO MAKEUP

I love experimenting with make up and trying new brands and products; however, I must admit, when it comes to my ‘go to’ makeup, I play it quite safe, by sticking to the same old, trust-worthy products. However, if you are interested in how I create my everyday makeup look like the picture below, then keep on reading!

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Products Used –

  • To start with, I use the Nivea for men sensitive post shave balm. I started using this after watching NikkieTutorials, and I must say it’s the best primer and moisturiser i’ve ever used! I dab a tiny bit into the palm of my hands and use circular motions when applying it into the skin. The consistency will then thicken and go tacky, meaning the foundation stays on for a lot longer!img_5620
  • Foundation – Rimmel London Lasting Finish foundation in 100 ‘Ivory’ img_5636
  • Blended in with the real techniques buffing brush
  • Concealer – Collection 200 lasting perfection (absolute favourite concealer, beats all the others i’ve tested, high end and drugstore!)
  • Eyebrows – Rimmel London Brow This Way in 002 Light Brown. I use the wax on the left side – it’s amazing and very inexpensive!img_5429img_5435
  • Applied with Zoeva 322 Angled Brow Line Brushzoeva
  • For powder I use Rimmel London Stay Matte in 002 Pink Blossom for all over my face (I prefer translucent powder for an everyday look!
  • Applied with Mac 187 powder brush (Don’t sweep brush across your face as it only moves the foundation and takes it off, instead push the powder into your skin with the brush by pressing it in, as this pushes the product into your skin, thus making it more long lasting)
  • I also use Laura Mercier Transcluscent powder under my eyes. I keep it on for about 10 minutes whilst I do the rest of my face, also known as ‘baking’. This avoids my concealer from concealing and keeps it on for a lot longer!img_5409img_5398
  • Next is bronzer! On the hollows of my cheeks I use Ted Baker Bronzer and Blush compact duo. I sometimes also use the bronzer for eyeshadow – it gives a great, glowy look! I apply this with the Real Techniques contour brushimg_5622
  • For highlight I use my favourite drugstore highlight which is the MUA Undress your Skin Highlighter which is applied with Real Techniques Fan Brushimg_5627
  • Mascara – Rimmel London Bold Curves

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Ok, when it’s all listed down it does seem like an awful lot! In reality most of the time I normally just pop a bit of vaseline on my lips and rush out of the door because I’m always in a rush, haha! Anyway, what is your favourite go to make up look?

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

ALL ABOUT THAT BASE

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For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than when you’ve got a flawless base of makeup. I find that when there’s a good base, then the rest of your makeup will also turn out great too, and will leave you feeling happy and ready to battle the day.

I think I have found great makeup products that looks great, and more importantly, lasts, so here’s what I do..

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I start off using the Nivea for Men Post Shave Balm. Why would I use that, you ask? It’s for men? Well, after watching Nikkie Tutorials’ video, where she tried it out and used it as a primer/moisturiser, I thought I may as well give it a go…

… And it’s great! I use it as both a primer and moisturiser as it is very nourishing on my skin, and it also includes glycerine, which acts as the ‘glue’ which sticks to makeup. It is better than any primer i’ve ever used, and it doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky or dry. Winning!

After that, I move onto foundation. I use the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in 103, True Ivory. I apply this with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which is a great brush for a fuller coverage due to it being so dense.

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After this, I go onto concealer. I either use the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 1. Or the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light. Both of these products are amazing. They are great at evening out skin tones, erasing blemishes and under eye bags. I apply my concealer in a large ‘V’ shape under my eyes and simply tap it in to my skin with my ring finger.

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At this point, I look scarily pale and 2-D. To make me look more alive, I add some bronzer. I use the Ted Baker Bronzer and Blush Compact, in Rose Gold. I received this as part of a set for Christmas, and my gosh, it is amazing! I swirl my Real Techniques Contour Brush into both the blush and bronze and add it to the apples of my cheeks.

I look the colours as they’re so natural and make my skin look so vibrant!

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I then use my Real Techniques Setting Brush, dip it in to Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and pop it under my eyes, on my nose, and on the chin. Then leave this on for around 5-10 minutes.

After that, I swipe the excess powder off, which leaves my makeup looking non-creased and more flawless. I then go onto my favourite part of my makeup routine; highlight! I always go way over the top with this and end up looking like a disco ball – oh well.

I use the MUA Undress You Skin Shimmer Highlight, which I purchased in Boots for £3. It’s so worth the money as it is highly pigmented and the payoff is excellent.

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The end result –

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What’s your normal base routine? Is it similar to mine?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

HOW TO RESIST THE URGE TO CONFORM

via Daily Prompt: Resist

Recently, there has been a lot of controversy on the news about women and makeup, regarding whether it is deemed as ‘unprofessional’ if you do not wear makeup to work.

As well as this being completely sexist and rude, it is also damn right wrong for an employer to disregard somebody from their work simply because they have not applied a bit of mascara, or bothered filling in their eyebrows.

This got me thinking; however, that I pretty much alway wear makeup whenever I go to leave the house, albeit if it is to go to university, a friends house, or even to pop down to my local supermarket to pick up something quickly.

But, why do girls feel the need to wear makeup?

Is it because we want to look our best all the time, or is it because we feel intimidated by seeing manicured and well-groomed females, which may make you feel inferior to her Or maybe, it’s simply because you might see somebody you know, and you live in fear or being judged simply because your bags aren’t concealed away.

Recently, I have resisted the urge to apply makeup every morning, and have completely stopped wearing makeup to university, or when I go out. And let me tell you, it feels so good. Knowing that you have an extra 30-60 minutes in the morning that can be spent or more productive things, like sleeping (yay!), or spending time more productively.

Also, there’s nothing more revitalising than knowing your face is not clogged with layers of foundation and other products that, lets face it, aren’t all that great for your skin. Instead it can breathe and be clog-free!

Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and I love applying it as it can make me feel better about myself, and I love experimenting with different brands and products. However, I just don’t like knowing that females feel compelled to wear makeup daily. I don’t want girls to see makeup as a chore. When it’s not. It’s a hobby!

Do whatever you want to do, and look however you want to look.

If you love applying makeup everyday and see it as being enjoyable, then great! If you see makeup as a chore, and something you feel like you have to do for work, then that’s wrong. It’s not. Makeup does not define you as a person, and does not determine how you should be treated in the workplace or in everyday life.

So what if a colleague or class mate asks you if ‘you’re ok’ or that ‘you look tired’ when you have no makeup on. At least you feel happy doing whatever you’re doing, and you got an extra hours sleep!

Next time you wake up a little later, perhaps think twice if you want to rush your makeup routine, why not instead, look in the mirror and think ‘I look good just as I am’, and instead just skip that part of your routine and do something more worthwhile. I know i’ve been doing that a lot recently, and will continue to do so in the future!

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X