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Posted on July 21, 2014

L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation

Loreal/ Makeup
This post was sponsored by SheSpeaks/L’Oréal

Happy Tuesday beauties, we are talking drugstore foundations today, specifically Loreal’s Visible lift Blur Foundation

There was a time that I stayed away from drugstore foundations. One of the main reasons was I never knew you could return ones that didn’t work out and being a woman of color it can be challenging to find the right shade without testing first. I still don’t return things. I hate returning and usually If I guess my shade wrong I can always pick up another one and mix them, so I ventured back into the world of drugstore foundations and I have to admit a few brands are really ricking my world lately. 

Unfortunately I have bad news for my darker skin ladies. Whomp  whomp even though this line is available in twelve shades the darkest is Classic Tan. Depending on your undertone if you are in the lighter to mid caramel complexion area you may be able to get away with that one, it is the one I will be showing you. I was able to get away with it but even for me it was a smidge too light. 
212 Classic Tan
This is so annoyingly common with many brands and very disappointing because I loved this foundation. 
212 Classic Tan (blended)
The shade selection was the one negative about this foundation but there are many positives, so let’s discuss. Although I always use a separate sunscreen this Opti-Blur foundation is Broad spectrum with spf 18. L’Oreal says this foundation is lightweight, will instantly erase the look of fine lines and is anti-aging. It’s too soon to comment on the anti-aging claim but the other two delivered. This is a cream foundation that is in fact light and felt weightless on my skin. Instantly erase the look of fine lines, yup I would say it delivers on this claim as well.  I haven’t been sleeping well the past few weeks so I am carrying some extra eye baggage but overall I was pleased with the coverage and finish of this foundation. This picture of me wearing it, is sans concealer or powder. 
Application is a personal preference thing. Lately I have been using a round buffing brush or a flat top brush to apply cream foundations and occasionally my beauty blender. All those worked well with this foundation but honestly the best application came from just using my hands. I don’t know if warming it up in my hands was the key or not but I found it applied excellent with just hands, you can lightly buff out after that if you need.  I have combination oily skin so I did use a primer with this, the Skindinavia primer spray has been my go to. I got about 8 hours wear before a little shine started peaking through, which is good considering I didn’t set my face with powder or a finishing spray. 

Final thoughts: This is a drugstore winner!. I wish it was available in a range of darker shades but I do recommend it. 

Availability: Leading Retailers that carry L’Oreal
Price $14.99 

*I was provided with a sample of this product through she speaks, all opinions are my own. 
Posted on May 13, 2014

L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pencils{Limited Edition}

eye makeup/ Eyeliner/ Loreal/ Makeup/ Target

Happy Tuesday Beauties! I have some amazing eyeliner pencils to show you today that I scored on clearance at one of favorite places….as if you don’t already know I’m talking about Target. Yes, I shop at Target, A LOT actually. If you follow me on instgram you may have seen the bathroom armoire I scored last week. I’m still a little giddy about that find. during the same shopping trip I detoured over to the beauty aisle and picked up a few more things. Am I the only one that likes to shop at Target ALONE?  I mean I don’t mind grocery shopping with the Mr., but on Target runs I want to be ALONE to browse at leisure. Anyway I digress on to the makeup shall we.

 L'Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pencils, Limited Edition (Turquoise Crush, Purple Passion, Blue Rush)

I browsed the beauty aisle not looking for anything in particular just checking to see if there were any new products out.  Not seeing much I was about to head out when my eye caught the little glimpse of a red sticker, AHHHH markdowns, JACKPOT. I spotted some L’Oreal Colored mascaras and eyeliners. I forget the name of the mascaras since I ended up putting those back, but I must have been under a rock when the were released because I don’t recall ever seeing them before. These are the L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pencils, Limited Edition.

 L'Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pencils, Limited Edition (Turquoise Crush, Purple Passion, Blue Rush)

I decided to take a chance and pick up the eyeliners in the three colors I saw. I have no idea when these were released, I did a quick Google search and checked the L’Oreal site and didn’t find much info.  They are marked Limited Edition so they probably won’t be around much longer.

 L'Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pencils, Limited Edition (Turquoise Crush, Purple Passion, Blue Rush)
Simply put these L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Eyeliner Pencils are AMAZING. I was super impressed with them and stocked to score them on clearance. The ones I picked up were marked down to $3.98 from $7.99.  These liners truly applied like a liquid liner and once dried they did not budge. If you are like me and have eyes that water you have nothing to worry about with these liners, they are not going to run or wear off. At the end of a 12 hour day my liner looked the same as when I applied it, rare for me. 
  • Rich, dramatic colors
  • Pencil formula glides on smoothly and easily 
  • Smudge-resistant, all day-wear
  • Ophthalmologist tested 
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lenses wearers
Regular Price: $7.99 
Where to purchase: Target (appear to be in store only)
Have you seen these eyeliners or the coordinating mascaras anywhere? 
Posted on March 10, 2014

♥ My February Favorites ♥

CHI/ Crown Brush/ favorite things/ Loreal/ Mineral Fusion/ Neutrogena/ Pantene/ Pur & Basic/ Zoya
Press Sample/Affiliate Links/ I Purchased

Pretty sure I say this every single month, where does the time go? The older I get the faster time seems to go by. I blinked and gone was February.

Here is a look back at some products I loved in February. February was a fairly simple month for me. The winter was getting to me and I valued my sleep a bit more; so I was all about the 5 minute face. I don’t think I wore eye shadow to work at all last month. I have been styling my hair in heat-less curls (more on that in a future post). I can finally be up and completely ready for work in less than 45 minutes. 

 Beauty Blogger Monthly Favorites: Chi Silk Infusion, Crown Brush, Pantene Keratin Mist, Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator, Meaningful Beauty, Mineral Fusion Vegan Nail Polish, Microdermabrasion

1. Pur & Basic Argan Body Lotion (price varies): TJ Maxx & Marshalls are both stores I find myself visiting for absolutely no reason. It never fails; I always come home with something.  I picked up this Argan Oil body lotion by pur and basic. I am extremely picky about body lotion and was pleasantly surprised how amazing this one is. This argan and marula oil lotion leaves my skin soft and moisturized. This particular version was Limited Edition and I wish I would have bought a backup.
2. CHI Silk Infusion ($24.50): I have used this on and off for years when straightening my hair. In the summer I was letting my hair air dry. In the winter I don’t want to walk around with a wet head for long so I have been blow drying. The CHI silk infusion made it back into my routine. This alcohol free restructuring treatment is infused with natural silk, wheat, and soy proteins protect the hair during heat styling. A little goes a long way.  Add about a quarter sized amount to your palms and work through damp hair. 
3. Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist ($14): My goodness I cannot stop raving about this product. I LOVE IT!!!! This very lightweight spray contains argan, jojoba, and sesame oils that coat your hair in a protective layer; restoring smoothness and shine. This is one of those products that will leave you wondering how you’ve been living without it. Dear Pantene, Please don’t ever stop making this. A quick spritz on each section before flat ironing will have you hair bouncing and behaving.  

4. Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum (price varies): You know you have seen the infomercial for this anti-aging skin care line from Cindy Crawford. This cream/serum hybrid restores moisture and firmness while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Beyond an eye cream I’ve also used this around my smile lines. Both areas have shown significant improvement. 

5. *Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System ($19.99) This little wonder packs a punch. Late last year my dermatologist recommended I get microdermabrasion and a chemical peel. At the time the holidays were approaching and I never had them done. Well, I probably won’t now that my skin is clearing up. This Neutrogena system works very well. After the first use my skin had a noticeable glow, and oh weeeeee it was so baby soft. I was in awe, as I stared back at myself. This at home microdermabrasion machine has two speeds. The vibration is a little strong but tolerable.  My sensitive skin experienced no irritation whatsoever. The Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System comes with 12 rejuvenating puffs; batteries are included.

6. L’Oreal True Match Concealer ($8.95): This concealer has been my 5 minute face go to.  The L’Oreal true match conceal
er blends easily with buildable coverage. This concealer did not cake up on me at all and lasted well throughout my normal day.  I am currently using shade Medium/deep W6-7-8. Perfect for under eye concealing, nose, and cheek highlighting. I prefer to blend this in with my beauty blender.  

7. Crown Brush: I picked up a few crown brushes at the Makeup Show in Orlando last year. The booth was bananas packed the entire weekend, and now I know why. I was initially using this brush for BB cream; now I also use it for foundation.  The soft densely packed synthetic hairs leave a nice natural finish.  My only complaint is that none of the brushes have names or numbers on them. I browsed the site and believe this is the C439 Infinity Round Buffer, currently priced at $13.95. This is the only face brush I used all last month, I love it. 

8. Qtica Natural Nail Growth Simulator ($20): You beauties have heard me complaining for months now that my nails have been falling apart. After a few weeks of use, I have seen a noticeable improvement in growth and strength. 

9. Mineral Fusion Nail Polish in Rock Cress ($7.99) Mineral Fusion polishes are 5 Free and Vegan.  This purple cream applied like a dream, I wore it three times.

Mineral Fusion 5-Free Vegan Nail Polish in Rock Cress

Whew that was a long list. have you tried any of these products? What are some of the favorite products you have been using lately?

Want to purchase any of these, you can shop the post below. 

*Item was provided by PR for an honest review all opinions are my own. 

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