L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Polish in Hypnotic Red Review

I love nail polish but there’s so many brands that I haven’t tried and surprisingly L’Oreal was one of them for colours (excluding a special effects shade polish which was awful) despite there being so many pretty shades (I literally drooled when they released their whites collection). My lovely friend Georgiana did a swap with me and a polish that she gave me was this lovely autumnal shade. Here’s my thoughts.

I really like the packing, the brush is on the slimmer side and the glass bottle and the gold top is very autumnal and very festive for this time of year! These polishes are indefinitely high street and retail for £4.99 each.

Despite the shade looking purple on Boots’ website, as the name would suggest it’s a deep wine coloured red which I think is gorgeous for autumn. L’Oreal describe these polishes as the following:

Built-in top coat LiquiGel Technology offers easy application, even coverage and lasting glossy shine. The patented brush technology gives extra precision. The flat brush holds the formula, so colour is applied to nails easily.

I’m going to start with longevity for this. It’s not the best polish but by no means the worst. I tried this without a topcoat and it lasted a solid two days before it started to chip. Days 3 and 4 had some tip wear and by day 5 this had completely chipped. I think with a top coat this would likely last much longer. Surprisingly the staining from this was minimal, it did leave some pink tones to my nails but I’ve had much worse.

The colour isn’t the most opaque, all of these swatches are with one coat and you can see how when lightly applied (left swatches) this can look quite patchy. I prefer to do two thin coats of this and two coats are enough for opaque deep red nails.

Overall, this is a nice polish, it isn’t the best I’ve ever tried but I think it performs well enough for the price. There are other brands I prefer from the high street but not bad at all and I can definitely see myself using this a lot on my toes and fairly regularly on my fingernails in the colder months.

The L’oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish in Hypnotic Red is available from Boots for £4.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. I do find darker red shades can easily go patchy so if you’ve tried any paler shades by L’oreal let me know how they are in the comments as I’d been interested to know how their pastel shades perform.

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Modern Femme Fatale LOTD

The concept of a femme fatale is something that really intrigues me. Sex appeal aside, for me femme fatale makeup is powerful, modern and strong revealing how strong a woman really is. Autumn makeup I often find is powerful, strong lips, sharp liner and dewy skin all is a beautiful combination and one I really wanted to showcase. Here’s a look inspired by the concept.

Eyes

Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream
I always start my eye makeup by using a small amount of eyecream, this hydrates my eyes, adds radiance and if it’s in a morning ensures that any sleep is fully out of my eyes. 
MUA Pro Prime Eyeshadow Primer
This budget friendly primer always increases the longevity of my eyeshadow and helps to intensify shadows as well. I like the doefoot applicator which makes this easy to apply.
Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette
I only used the one shade from this palette and that is the shade Mirror I applied this all over the lid to form the base of my eye makeup.
Urban Decay Naked Palette
To add dimension and a smokey effect I used two shades from this palette. I used Creep in the outer V and crease and then blended this out. Finally I added a smidgen of Virgin pressed into the center of my lid and inner corners to highlight.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
I always used this under my eyes, as it hides my dark circles and doesn’t crease on my skin. I dot this on then use a tiny blending concealer brush to work this up to my lower lashes, then I pat it in with my ring finger. I also used this to define my winged liner and clean up any smudges later.
Seventeen High Drama Liquid Eyeliner
This budget friendly liquid liner is seriously good and that is coming from someone who didn’t used to be a fan of liquid liner. I really struggled with winged liner at the best of times but I can actually work with this one. It doesn’t drip into my lashes, it’s nice and black and it stays in place too.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion
For a look like this, I think black liner is needed on the waterline just to tie it together and prevent it from looking top heavy. I used this liner on my tightline and waterline. This is my favourite black liner as it’s super dark, matte and it stays in place for hours!
L’oreal Telescopic Mascara
My holy grail mascara, this lengthens and volumises the lashes without making them clumpy. I love the plastic wand that works really well to hook into my lashes, and I find that this doesn’t smudge everywhere.
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
I do like this however, it is quite heavy duty especially when it starts to dry out like mine has. I only use a small amount of this to prevent it from being too OTT but it does darken my brows dramatically. I use this to fill in and shape and I like how it stays in place all day and doesn’t turn my brows crispy.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark
I’ve completely used up the pigmented wax in this however, I’m currently using the powder over the top of my ABH Pomade to prevent my brows looking too shiny and to soften them a little bit. I do quite like this powder for the brows and I love how it isn’t warm toned.

Face

L’oreal Lumi Magique Primer
This is a recent discovery, I won’t say too much as I’m reviewing this on Frioday however, I love this. One pump is enough for the entire face and this gives a glorious dewy glow to the skin with that highly sought after lit from within look. Bonus points for the fact it smells lovely too.
L’oreal True Match Foundation in 1N
My favourite high street foundation I love the medium coverage and dewy finish of this foundation, the only downside to this is that it doesn’t have a very long wear time. I apply this with a damp Real Techniques sponge which stops this from looking cakey or wiping away since it’s quite a thin consistency.
Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever
I’ve very nearly used up this bronzer and I really do like this, the colour is neither too warm nor too cool for my skin tone and the matte finish of this makes it great for contouring and sculpting. I simply use this ins the hollows of my cheeks to define my face and it works wonders.
No7 Vital Brights Blusher in Blossoming Pink
I really love this cream blusher so it’s no surprise I’ve hit pan on this. This fresh pinky coral shade is reminiscent of that “cheeks pinched from the cold look. I love the soft texture of this and despite being shimmer free on my cheeks it adds a healthy look that makes my skin look really fresh.
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Pink Shimmer
Icy highlighters are my favourite and I love this icy pink powder. It’s nicely pigmented but you can go subtle or intense with this. For this look I built it up to be fairly intense and I love it. This does have shimmer in it but it’s not OTT and doesn’t look like chunky glitter. I really love this and it’s a steal at only £4.00.
No7 Creme Touch Powder 
I swore off powder for a while and I still shudder at that thought of Rimmel Stay Matte and Max Factor Creme Puff both of which made my skin look uber cakey. This No7 Powder has really surprised me though. I was given it by an old friend and it works to set my makeup without looking cakey. I also think this is a really soft and buttery powder unlike the usual very dusty very dry powders.

Lips

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen
This is darker than it has translated on photo but this is a lovely deep berry shade which is perfect for this time of year and definitely a power lip. This has a matte finish but unlike a lot of liquid lipsticks doesn’t completely suck the life out of your lips.

So there we have it, congratulations if you made it to the end of this post and if you enjoyed it please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you like this look and if you use any of these products.

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Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser Review

Clinique is a brand that is very hit and miss for me with both their makeup and their skincare. I’ve had products that I’ve really not liked, products that have been okay and then products that I’ve loved. One thing I think the brand does do well is pore products. I’ve tried the Pore Refinign Serum which makes for an excellent primer so I was intrigued by their Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser –  here’s my thoughts.

Blue is my favourite colour so I do like the packaging, it’s also appropriate for the moisturiser however, for some reason pep-start makes me think of sunshine and fresh orange juice so I did expect this to be orange and white like the eye cream. Clinique is a high end brand so the full size of this product retails for £24.50.

Clinique describe this moisturiser as the following:
This lightweight, 24/7 hydrator provides matte moisturization, instantly blurs imperfections and preps for makeup.”

Although this claims to be oil-free (according to Fragrance Direct), I’m pretty certain that this has silicones in it as it feels like quite a silicone product (not too dissimilar to Benefit Porefessional and Maybelline Baby Skin.) When you use this it’s a white/pale pink colour and it has a very silicone texture. It does blend into the skin but it doesn’t feel creamy like most moisturisers.

This did blur my skin slightly, but it didn’t fill in pores like I had hoped. Additionally, I do feel that the name of this is quite misleading. It’s marketing as a moisturiser but it didn’t feel like it hydrated my face, instead it felt more like a pore blurring primer. I couldn’t find an ingredients list anywhere but if this does contain silicones it would be quite counter-productive as silicones can dry out the skin.
 
(Left before, right after.)

As this is a product that claims to blur I wanted to show some before and after photos (despite me feeling quite self conscious about my skin and makeup free face). You may not be able to see very well but before my skin is quite red and blotchy, I also had visible pores on my cheeks (which seems to be something that has only recently developed on my skin.)

The sachet didn’t offer much product and I found that I could have done with more than I had, with this a little doesn’t go a long way as it doesn’t spread very easily so I do think that you need to be a little more heavy handed with this. The after results showed an improvement on my skin, my pores and redness were still visible but were lessened somewhat.

All in all my opinion is a bit ‘meh’ with this product, I think it tries to do too much within one product and therefore isn’t as effective as it could be. I don’t think it’s very hydrating and although it does blur a little I have tried better blurring products. I don’t think that this is awful but it just didn’t standout to me and I wouldn’t rush to repurchase or recommend this.

The Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser is available from Boots for £24.50.

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L’oreal Fibrology Shampoo and Conditioner Review

As someone with very fine hair, volume can be quite difficult to attain. Naturally my hair feels quite thin and silky which is great for shininess but not so great for texture. I regularly use texturising products such as my beloved Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce texturising spray however, I thought it would be good to try a volumising shampoo and conditioner. I’ve heard great things about the Fibrology range so decided to give it a try.

The L’oreal packaging has quickly become iconic, from the shape of the bottle to the shiny image on the front. The Fibrology range is identifiable by the teal and fuchsia bottles which I quite like. L’Oreal shampoos and conditioners are not the cheapest on the market for 250ml you’re looking at £2.99 (but if you apply liberally like I do then these won’t last), the larger 400ml sizes retail for £4.49 – almost a tenner just for a shampoo and conditioner.

L’oreal describe the Fibrology shampoo and conditioner as the following:
A breakthrough in the science of hair, L’Oréal Laboratories have created L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Conditioner, proven to give long-lasting thickness wash after wash.Hair looks & feels thicker, with visible body & bounce. REVOLUTION: FILLOXANE. A patented ingredient proven to penetrate the fibre and expand hair from within. Penetrates deep within the fibre. Expands & increases the diameter of each hair. Remains in the fibre for a long-lasting, cumulative effect.

The product smells nice and when I applied it to my hair in the bath I had no issues with it lathering up or with it irritating my scalp which is great. After I got out of the bath and towel dried and blow dried my hair I did closely inspect my hair to see if it looked any fuller, in honesty it didn’t and my scalp did feel a tad sensitive – like when you’re ill and your skin is sore.

The secret for the Fibrology range claims to be the patented ingredient Filloxane which apparently penetrates the fibre of the hair and expand from within. This to me, sounds similar to how the hair frizzes out in moisture. The hair is porous which means in humid weather it absorbs moisture from the hair, expands and then ends up appearing frizzy.

A lot of people said online that the Fibrology shampoo and conditioner made their hair feel coarse. I was fully prepared for this and it’s a side effect I wouldn’t have minded too much. Unfortunately, this didn’t work for me, my hair didn’t look fuller or thicker instead it just looked frizzier.

Since blogging, I’ve complained about the flyaway hairs I get. I know that everyone gets them to some degree but since my hair is fine and wavy it can very easily frizz out and the flyaway hairs are the bane of my existence. Sadly all this seemed to do was make those much more obvious but the base of my hair didn’t feel any fuller.

I’ve also had issues with L’oreal shampoos before, they do seem to dry my scalp out a little bit but my biggest bug bear is how they make my hair turn greasier much quicker than other shampoos. I think it’s to do with the ingredients that make my hair feel slick and itchy unlike other brands.

Ultimately, these products were a big disappointment to me, I really had hoped they’d work well for me but unfortunately they just don’t. I have also tried the Fibrology Dry Shampoo which doesn’t do much for absorbing grease and can leave the hair feeling sticky and coarse. Personally, I wouldn’t purchase or recommend the Fibrology range and I’ll most likely steer clear from L’oreal hair products in future.

The L’oreal Fibrology range is available from Boots, prices start at £2.99.

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The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Goa Magnolia Review

I love the concept of a liquid lipstick I really do, I mean who doesn’t want to swipe on a product and be able just forget about it knowing it will stay in place all day? My only issue with a lot of liquid lipsticks is the formula – I’ve tried ones that literally suck all of the moisture out of your lips leaving them dry and flaky. I was intrigued by the Body Shop’s offerings. Sadly the shade I wanted (Nairobi Camellia) was out of stock but I did pick up Goa Magnolia to try – here’s my thoughts.

I really like the packaging of these liquid lipsticks, the tube shows very clearly what colour the product is and I like the matte black lid. I think the price of these is quite budget friendly for a liquid lipstick as these retail for a mere £6.00.

The Body Shop describes these as the following:
Introducing this season’s hottest lip-colour trend, Matte Lip Liquid. Specially formulated to glide on effortlessly like a gloss and set with the rich creamy colour and velvety touch of matte lipstick. Available in 12 shades, our new liquid lipstick is long-lasting, lightweight and lusciously soft. And like all our cruelty-free make-up, it’s vegetarian too. Long-lasting Matte Lip Liquid with a velvety finish. Available in 12 intensely rich shades. 100% vegetarian. No gluten. No carmine.

The first thing I noticed about this was the smell. A lot of liquid lipsticks have a smell that’s like gloss paint (truly headache and nausea inducing) however, this has a fruity sweet smell like sweeties which I love. The applicator is a doe foot applicator that makes it easy to apply, the applicator is small rather than large and is more rigid but I find it easier to get a precise line.

The pigmentation of this is very good, this is one swipe, on my hand. When I do my lips I add one to two swipes for opaque colour. In terms of formula these do dry down matte without sucking the life out of your lips. The texture is quite velvety and non-sticky, I’d consider these more of a lip cream in the fact that they feel very similar to the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams and the Collection Lip Creams which I prefer over traditional liquid lipsticks.

These dry down matte and despite my camera picking these up slightly differently, the shade is a deep raspberry that’s neither too neon, too purple toned or too dark. I think you could easily get away with this for work.

The staying power is definitely longer than a lipstick but not as long as some liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. I can usually get around two hours of wear out of these and I do need to top up after eating and drinking. What I do like though is that these fade evenly and they don’t flake or crumble which is a huge plus for me. I’d rather top up a little more than end up with dry lips with patches of colour.

Overall, I’m a big fan of this liquid lipstick and I’d definitely pick up more shades. If you are a fan of the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams I’d definitely recommend checking these out from Body Shop, you get a larger tube and the fruity scent for only 50p to £1.00 more.

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid’s are available from The Body Shop with prices starting at £6.00.

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Revisiting Wishlists #1

I really love wishlist posts, I love reading them and seeing what other people have their eye on and I enjoy writing them too. I’ve written quite a lot of wishlist posts since I started blogging so I thought it would be fun to go back and to look at some of my old ones. I was surprised to see that some of the products I’d bought and loved, others I’d got and didn’t like and some I either don’t want anymore or are still on my list! Today’s post will look at some products from older wishlists and to share if I ever did try them and my thoughts I hope you like this post!

1) Biore Pore Strips
I did try these and I found that on me they really didn’t do much but at the time my nose wasn’t very oily. I later tried some nose and chin pore strips from a different brand as I do get an oily chin. What I found was that I hate pore strips! They were really painful to remove and not only that but they left my skin sore and inflamed. I can’t help but wonder if there’s better ways to remove gunk so as a deep cleansing mask so I wouldn’t use these again!

2) DKNY Be Delicious Green Apple Eau De Parfum
I did get my hands on this, in fact one year my boyfriend and nan both bought me a bottle without realising! I really loved this perfume, the apple scent is just gorgeous, it’s a really fruity yet floral scent and it’s a great one for spring. I’d definitely repurchase it and I’m glad I got to try it!

3) Fairy Drops Scandal Eyes Quattro Mascara
I never did get around to purchasing this so it’s still on my wishlist as one to try. I think that the wand looks really unusual, the packaging is stunning and I’m also heard glowing reviews on this (Anna anyone?). Maybe I’ll get around to getting this at some point.

4) Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
I got one of these for Christmas one year and I absolutely loved it. So much in fact that I actually went through two more! This is now my holy grail and favourite cleanser to use so clearly it was a worthy investment. I’m really glad I decided to try this and I think I need to look into trying more Liz Earle products.

5) Missha M BB Cream
It’s quite funny, this one was on my wishlist as a friend of mine had it and encouraged me to try it and I seriously liked it. This is a beautiful BB cream that I loved on me so I’m not sure why I never did buy it but I wish I had have done! This is definitely one that I need to get my hands on once and for all.

6) Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Shameless
I remember the hype of these and I still have one by Collection which is a dupe of the shade Elusive. I did end up buying Shameless and I used it for a while but the purple shade clung to the dryness of my lips and I didn’t end up wearing it as much as I thought. It is a nice enough product but I’ve found other lip products I like more.

7) Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation
I did buy this and to be honest it was a big regret. This looked terrible on my skin, it looked greasy and the application was weird in the fact that sometimes it went on thick and other times thin. It also didn’t help that the shade True Ivory was very orange on me, in whole I just didn’t like this at all!

8) Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushers
The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushers are still on my wishlist – or at least one shade is. I never did try one of these mainly due to the availability. We can get them from QVC but I’m not a big fan of the buy now pay later thing. The other sites that stock these blushers unfortunately would ship internationally so the shipping would be costly plus I could be landed with custom fees so I’ve left it for now. I would love it if Tarte came to Feel Unique or Beauty Bay though!

9) Tony Moly Egg Pore Balm
The packaging on this is just too adorable but at the same time it’s quite bulky as you only get a small amount of product at the bottom of the egg. This is costly especially as you’re paying more for packaging than anything but I’m having major pore issues at the moment so I wouldn’t mind giving this a try even now!

10) Topshop Glow in Polished
Finally is the Topshop Glow in Polished, I did end up getting this and I really really liked it as a cream highlighter. The formula and shade were beautiful. My mum also decided that she really wanted to try this so I ended up giving it to her but it’s a lovely product nevertheless.

So there we have it, some hits, some misses and some unknowns! I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the products I’m yet to try. Also, I’d love to know what used to be on your wishlist and if you tried it or not!

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Products I’m Trying To Use Up #2

A lot of beauty blogs seem to promote the idea of having a lot of makeup and I know that I’m guilty of doing the same. Whilst that’s not necessarily a bad thing I think it’s good to sometimes focus on what you have and to try and get the most out of it. I switch up my makeup bag on a weekly basis to make sure that I’m getting the most out of my collection and since I’ll most likely get some new products for Christmas I’m trying to use up certain products. Here’s a rundown of the products I’m trying to use up.

1) Balance Me Hint of Glamour Tinted Lip Balm
I got this in a magazine and it’s actually a really nice lip balm. I love the berry tint to it, the formula doesn’t feel overly sticky and it has a hint of mint to it as well. This is in a squeezy tube so it’s fairly easy to use. I use this at least once a day so I’m focusing on using this up entirely. I did used to have a lot of lip balms in my collection but have trimmed it down to two now this being one of them.

2) Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish in Rollercoaster
I quite like this nail polish, it only cost around £2.00 and the formula and colour are both lovely. I do have a very similar shade in my collection (No7 Peacock) and I’ve had this a while so I’m trying to finish it. I’m at least halfway through the bottle so I reckon I can use it up before it turns gloopy.

3) Illamasqua Cream Highlighter in Gleam

I usually love Illamasqua products but this is a little tricky for me to use. Underneath full coverage foundation this isn’t detectable and with it being a cream I think it works better over foundation. Unfortunately this isn’t as creamy as it could be and it does have drag so it often moves my base. Cream products can expire quickly and it would be a shame to waste this as it is a very pretty product so I’m trying to use this up quickly.

4) Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Fluster
This is another product that is difficult to use. I love the fuchsia shade of this and the stick formula is convenient plus the product smells nice too. My issue with this is it’s quite stiff, I can apply this and you have to blend it out super quickly to avoid looking like a clown. It doesn’t blend easily which means I prefer to wear it under my foundation to shine through. Stick products are not the most difficult products to use so I’m hoping to finish this up.

5) L’oreal Fibrology Dry Shampoo
I’m really not a fan of this as a dry shampoo. I will admit this can thicken the hair but the white cast is even worse than Batiste. In addition to this, this can dry my scalp out and make my hair feel crunchy. My mum gave me this after trying it herself and not liking it so there isn’t much left in the bottle. I plan on just finishing this up at some point to free up some space for better products.

6) MUA Heaven and Earth Palette
At one point this was my go-to palette to the point where I have hit pan on a few of the shades. I do really like this palette it’s a great budget friendly option and the shades are very wearable. Lately though I’ve been gravitating to higher end palettes since discovering the buttery formulas of Urban Decay. Since I’ve hit pan on this I hope to finish it up freeing up some space for my other palettes!

7) No7 Creme Touch Powder
This ia product that was given to me by a friend who had used it but never finished it. It’s still in good condition and it’s within it’s expiry date (and hasn’t changed in texture or smell). This is near to the pan now and it’s a wonderfully silky powder that helps me set my makeup. I did go off powder for a while as it was making my makeup look cakey however, this one increases longevity without making my face look flat. I think I’ll be able to use this up as I’m now using it on a daily basis.

8) No7 Vital Brights Cream Blusher in Blossoming Pink
Another product given to me by a friend. I’m actually really enjoying using this for the draping trend, it makes me look younger (I’m only 22 but still) and it sculpts my cheeks. This has probably passed the expiry date however, I’ve been religiously checking the texture, scent and appearance of this and it still is fine. Since I’ve hit pan on this I’m planning on using it up as quick as possible.

9) Organic & Botanic Amazonian Berry Moisturiser
This was sent to me for PR purposes and I’ll admit, I’d never buy this as £50 is a LOT for a moisturiser. This isn’t a bad product though it does hydrate the skin my concern is that the presence of berries could make this expire pretty quickly. So far this is fine but with it being in a jar I’m hoping to use it up sooner rather than later.

10) What Skin Needs Facial Serum
Another product sent to me for PR Purposes, in truth this feels more like an oil than a serum. It’s an unusual product in the fact that it absorbs quickly and it is very hydrating however, it’s quite a heavy and intense product so it’s not one I can use daily unless I want to turn my skin greasy. This isn’t a bad product but there are other products I prefer. Now it’s getting colder I’m hoping to get plenty of use out of this.

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