L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadows – Paris Beach, Mademoiselle Pink, Little Beige Dress & Sunset Seine

Clockwise from top: L’Oreal Paris Beach, L’oreal Mademoiselle Pink, L’Oreal Little Beige Dress, L’Oreal Sunset Seine

I recently took a bit of a break from blogging to chill and recharge. Maybe it’s just me but the makeup world hasn’t been all that exciting or inspiring for me. I haven’t purchased very many new makeup items lately, just repurchasing staples that I’ve mentioned before, so there hasn’t been anything blog-worthy to report. I’ve actually culled a few more items from my collection and I can honestly say that I’ve been quite happy with my smaller stash. Perhaps I’ll blog about that next.

However, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect all over lid brightening powder eye shadow that I can layer over my bareMinerals Candlelit Peach primer/shadow. To that end, I decided to buy a four of the L’Oreal mono shadows which I believe have mostly positive reviews. I purchased mine from CVS where they were $5.99 each.

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October Favorites

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately and that’s mainly because of two reasons: (1) I had family visiting this past month so I couldn’t blog and (2) my makeup routine has remained pretty consistent.

I think I’m in the final round of the purging process and I’ve nearly sold off all the makeup I’d been hoarding and not using. Now I feel like I’ve whittled down my makeup collection to the handful of products that I really love and use.  Continue reading

L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Skin Care: First Impressions

When BzzAgent invited me to try the new L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal skin care line I was excited but leery because the last L’Oreal skin care product I tried was a Youth Code Day/Night face cream back in 2011 and I was less than impressed with that. That moisturizer made all sorts of claims, both immediate and long term. It was supposed to smooth, hydrate, and diminish wrinkles but it didn’t contain any active ingredients like retinol or AHA. Instead it contained a lot of silicones which temporarily filled in lines and gave the appearance of smoother skin but the minute I washed my face I was back to square one. That Youth Code cream cost $24.99 and in my opinion was a total waste of money.

The new L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal skin care line consists of four products:

  • L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser ($6.99)
  • L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($19.99)
  • L’Oréal l Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads ($19.99)
  • L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer ($19.99)

What they say:

Formulated with Glycolic Acid, Pro-Retinol and Vitamin C, this revolutionary, dermatologist-inspired skincare regimen works as a complete regimen to reveal brighter, refreshed skin. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser gently exfoliates dullness to brighten skin, while the Brightening Peel Pads work to resurface dull, uneven skin tone and reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. Plus, the Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer and Day Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 work together to reduce the appearance of wrinkles while evening and brightening skin tone in just one week. The result? Radiantly beautiful skin.

I do want to state up front that I received these products to test for free via BzzAgent but if you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know that doesn’t guarantee a positive review. I’ve given scathing reviews to free stuff I’ve gotten through BzzAgent before.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

L’Oreal recently came out with the Infallible Pro-Glow foundation for people with normal to dry skin and being someone with ultra dry skin I knew I had to give it a shot. From what I can tell, it’s been getting mostly glowing reviews online from YouTube beauty gurus. Not so much from people with oily skin because according to them it turns their faces into oil slicks but for someone like me that’s always a good sign that the foundation will either be really moisturizing or non-drying.

The new foundation is available in 12 shades which makes it sound like most people would be able to find a shade match in the Pro-Glow line but in actuality the majority of the shades run light and are quite pink. Sadly there are only four medium to dark shades in the range.

I chose the second lightest shade #202 Creamy Natural because the lightest shade looked straight up pink and the third shade was too peachy. I have a lot of yellow to my skin especially in the summertime when the sun brings out the golden tones in my skin and, out of the first three shades, Creamy Natural seemed to be the most neutral. I currently have a bit of a tan going on so even though Creamy Natural looks a bit light in hand swatches it’s a pretty decent match for my face.

I purchased the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation from CVS for $13.99.

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CVS Haul

Last week (or was it the week before that?) CVS ran a promo on e.l.f. — Buy $10 Get $3 ECB — so I decided to grab the Ultimate Blending Brush ($6) and the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush ($6). I’ve had my eyes on both brushes for months but it wasn’t until this past month that I finally spotted them in stores. Prior to that the only place I’d seen it was on the e.l.f. website.

The brushes are fantastic, especially the Ultimate Blending Brush which reminds me of the larger end of IT Cosmetics’ dual sided Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush.

I was curious about the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush because (1) I’ve never owned a brush shaped like it and (2) it looks like it could be a dupe of the Sephora Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53 which costs $38.

What I’ve gathered from watching and reading reviews is that both brushes are great multi-taskers. Apparently a lot of people like to use the fan shaped Beautifully Bare Blending Brush for foundation which is interesting because I would’ve never considered it for that purpose. I got it mainly to use with my bronzer. Both brushes are super soft, as soft as any of my Ecotools and Real Techniques brushes, and I’m excited to play with them.

I also found a display for L’Oreal’s new Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation ($13.99) which seems to be all the buzz on YouTube at the moment. The shade I chose is 202 Creamy Natural, the 2nd lightest shade in the range, and it seems to be a decent match for me. I’ve played with it a little already and I have to say I was surprised by how runny it is. Since this is supposedly a foundation for people with dry skin, I had expected a creamier, thicker foundation.

And CVS is once again running a Physicians Formula promo this week — Buy $15 Get $7 ECB — so I purchased another backup of the Argan Oil ($15.99). In the morning and at night, whenever I pump out some moisturizer onto my hand I like to add 3 drops of the argan oil to give an added boost of moisture. I go through a bottle every month or two, so I always have backups on hand.

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