L’Oreal Paris True Match – The Powder Review

1Reviewed by Tams

I bought this at the same time that I bought the liquid True Match foundation, which seems like an age ago now. You can see my review of that here. It wasn’t the best foundation I’ve ever tried unfortunately.

I don’t often use powders as they can look so caked on. This one can be built up or used as sparingly as you like which is great. But I still don’t really like powders, I only bought it to use to set my makeup but it just makes it more obvious that I’m wearing it! I just don’t think I can pull off powder foundation, my skin does not agree with it.

It’s a real shame as it does seem a really good product, my skin wasn’t shiny at all but it did highlight my dry areas, the curse of combination skin. I’d definitely recommend it if you have oily skin as it would probably be an ideal product.

It also comes in a handy little compact which includes a little application sponge and a mirror. It’s a really useful handbag item and I think I’ll pass it onto someone who will get the use out of it. I’m disappointed it didn’t work out for me but I do maintain that it probably is just my skin causing th problem! Has anyone else tried it? What did you think?

Try it: www.superdrug.com, RRP around £8.00

UPDATE: In last week’s It’s in the Bag Maisie loved the liquid version, I promised to revisit it and I did so last week and I still had the same problems 😦

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It’s in the Bag!

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1Tonight I’m looking into our reviewer and photography student Maisie’s makeup bag.

I was excited when I first caught a glimpse of this kit, I’ve already spotted some old favourites and some that I’m now eager to try! Maisie has a beautiful natural look that I often envy, she looks effortless but from a first look at everything she uses it’s clear that time goes into her flawless appearance.

There’s a really good range of budget and department store brands in Maisie’s kit, everything from Benefit to L’Oreal.  In no particular order, tonight I’m going to look at her top 3.

3First up is the Thick & Fast Mascara by Soap and Glory. Maisie confesses that she’s tried out a lot of mascaras but this is by far one of the best. The reasons behind this are numerous, starting with how easily it builds up without any sign of clumping. It also creates long lashes in no time at all. Maisie uses it along side They’re Real mascara for greater definition.

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Next up is a product I’m not dying to try – Soap & Glory Hocus Focus Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Lotion. This is an interesting product in that it does so many different things and can be used in several different ways. It can be used as a cheekbone highlighter, mixed with moisturiser to brighten skin or mixed in with foundation for an on-trend flawless dewy look.

Maisie loves that this product softens fine lines and reduces the size of pores without any shimmer added into the mix. It creates a lovely matte finish which suits he overall look. Maisie applies it over Porefessional but under her foundation for an effortless flawless result.

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Last up is a foundation that I myself have struggled with but having read Maisie’s prep I may give it a go again using the products she uses as a base first. Maisie adores this foundation, she achieves a an even airbrushed result every time, especially after using Hocus Focus first! This again doesn’t contain any shimmer that Maisie isn’t a fan off so it’s utterly perfect for her.

I’ve really enjoyed tonight’s snoop and want to say a huge thank you to Maisie for her time tonight. Next week we look into a local makeup artists professional kit, I’ve just had everything over for it and it’s going to be a good one!

All the Fun of the Fair

Last night we decided to pop down to the fair whilst it was still in town. My 5 (nearly 6) year old has just started getting into fashion and style. He decided he was going to use my L’Oreal Professional techni.art Clay. Naturally I let him and decided to see how it held up at the fair!
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He’s so damn cute with his little quiff going on! We put a little bit through all his hair to add texture and then pulled the front upwards. We added a little hairspray to finish. The cheeky smile says it all.. he knew he looked cool!

The clay is really easy to use, just a little is needed and it spreads though the hair well. It doesn’t have a nice smell but you can’t smell it once it’s on either.

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Fin went on plenty of rides, a bouncy castle and a fun house, his hair as still holding up! 3

We were totally loving our time together as a family. Fin was really going for it, loving being out way past bed time and the excitement of the rides.

He truly is the most amazing little man.

4Though we totally shattered Fin out and by the walk home (we don’t have a car) he was wanting a little help. He gave us a cheeky little smile whilst clinging onto my husband and the day finished perfectly, with his hair still in tact!

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Try it: www.lorealprofessionnel.co.uk

P.S. Mine is still in the old packaging, it’s lasted that long

It’s in the Bag!

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It’s that time of the week again where we take a little snoop inside someone’s makeup bag. Tonight is the turn of another lovely lady on our panel, student Megan.

I always admire Megan’s style, she know’s how to dress to her personality and her makeup style follows suit. She’s also a wonderful and supportive friend of mine. I’m blessed to have her in my life. Without further a do let’s take a look at what she uses most.

The things that caught my eye first was the gloriously colourful eyeshadow palette and luscious brushes but those are not Megan’s top 3, these are:

L’oreal Paris – Natural Colour Riche 390

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The shade of this lipstick is Nude Treasure, as the shade indicates it’s a wonderful natural colour. This is Meg’s favourite for everyday where. Nude lips are also very on trend as we speak so it’s perfect for when you want to be subtle. It’d also compliment a striking eye look. This lipstick comes from L’oreal’s ‘Made for Me’ range which was created to suit every woman’s (or man’s) skin tone and hair colour. It makes picking a shade so easy, this one is suggested for lighter skin. The ingredients are also fantastic, it contains omega-3 and vitamin E to protect your lips and keep them soft and beautiful.

Miss Sporty – So Clear Foundation2

This little gem is new to Meg’s kit but has already made a substantial difference to her skin. She’s had far less break outs than when she uses other foundations and  it also provides a great coverage. The shade match her ski pretty well too. And the best part is it only costs £3.69 from boots. We love a beauty a bargain! It’s specially formulated to look after young skin, it doesn’t clog precious pores or cake up. It also lasts up to 9 hours and absorbs excess oils from the skin. It has a beautiful natural matte finish.

Rimmel – Scandal Eyes Mascara

3When it comes to mascara Meg’s is as loyal as can be, she hasn’t tried many but has purchased this one 3 times running. Why risk change when you’ve found one that works for you? This one provides Meg with lovely long lashes whilst avoiding clumping and overly thick lashes.  The brush is also curved for a gorgeous uplift and is also a breeze to use at the corner of the eye. This mascara gets full marks!

I’m going to finish with a photo of the lovely lady herself. Thank you Meg for working so hard today on getting everything I needed over to me. If you’d like Naked Beauty to take a snoop through your kit drop me an email on tams.watt@hotmail.com.

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It’s in the Bag!

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A day later than normal but today we’re delving through graphic designer Becky’s bag. I’m so blessed to work with Becky, not only is she incredibly talented at what she does, she loves makeup nearly as much as I do.

Peeping into Becky’s makeup bag, the first thing I notice is a few of my own favourite products, including Benefit’s High Beam highlighter. Becky uses a fantastic range of budget and more pricey items. Today we’re going to look at her top 3 in more detail: Benefit High Beam, L’Oreal Double Extension Mascara and Max Factor Facefinity compact.

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Becky loves the L’Oreal Double extension because in her words it gives her ‘massive eye lashes’, I’ve seen them and she’s not exaggerating! Not only do the results rival many more expensive masaca it also lasts all day with not a single ‘panda eye’ in sight. It also reasonably priced at around £12. It also lasts a long while without getting all crumbly. This is Becky’s must-have mascara and she’s totally in love with it. This is definitely one I am going to have to try, discovering fantastic products from friends is exactly why I do these posts.

Becky know’s her best feature is her gorgeous peepers and so she likes to highlight and draw attention to this area. Becky has found that Benefit’s High Beam is perfect for this. She uses it below her brow and cheekbones to high light those oh so lovely features. Becky has had this pot since December and it still has plenty left, it only needs a little at a time and so has lasted forever, well forever in terms of beauty items. This is the one product that Becky’s makeup bag always contains.

I say: Add a little bit under your shin and jaw line to make you face appear slimmer.

Lastly, we look at the Max Factor Facefinity Compact. This item is great to carry around, it has the brush and mirror all included so it is amazing when you’re out and about. It’s oil and fragrance free as well as containing an SPF of 15 to help protect your skin from the sun. It leaves the skin with a satisfying glow and satin finish. Becky usually applies this with a brush rather than the pad included as you really don’t need very much to achieve a good coverage.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what Becky uses and Becky, thank you for letting me snoop through your bag!

 

Top 5 Thursday: Affordable Foundation

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This week I’m showing you my current top 5 affordable foundations, ones that are easily found on the UK high street and are within everyone’s budget. They may be small in price but each of these is big on covering problem skin.

1 B. Is For Beautiful – B.Flawless Liquid Foundation

I reviewed this product earlier in the week, I love everything about this foundation. It covers dry patches as well as blemishes without leaving  shine behind.

2. Maybelline – Dream Satin Liquid Foundation

This is one that I always go back to when I’m not feeling up to risking another foundation that probably won’t do what it says. It isn’t as long lasting as some but it does produce a beautiful air brush finish.

3. Bourjois – Healthy Mix Foundation

This one is great in the sun, it looks like I am not wearing any makeup, it just gives the illusion of happy, healthy skin. It covers up problem areas and lasts all day with a radiant glow.

4. Rimmel – Wake Me Up Foundation

This is my go-to foundation for the morning after. When I’m feeling and looking tired this foundation wakes up my skin and covers dark circles leaving me looking like I wasn’t up until 3am the night before, however rough I feel! As you can see this one is in need of a repurchase at the moment!

5. L’Oreal Paris – True Match Powder

I tend to not use this alone, I use it over a liquid foundation when my skin is a bit on the oily side. It gives a lovely matte finish and helps to set my foundation in place so that it lasts longer.

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L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation Review

1Reviewed by Tams

I was so eager to try this foundation after hearing so many people rave about it. I now also own the powder too but that is another review for later in the week.

First impressions

Everything about this products sounds amazing, it’s going to match my skin colour and texture and it’s going to be awesome, I hoped. It felt really lovely and silky when it came out of the bottle however it is also very runny and I feared it wouldn’t be up to the coverage I was after. My hands are currently way more tanned than my face so ignore the colour match in this photo.

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It did blend really well, I got the Golden Ivory (D1 W1) shade and it matches my skin perfectly. It looked really lovely on at first and I just did 2 coats to build it up to my desired level of coverage. I shared this photo on Friday for my eye makeup but I was also using the True Match Foundation in this, it photographed really well and I felt confident going out in it. It has a really lovely healthy glow that rivals Bourjois’s Healthy Mix foundation.

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2 hours later

I got a shock when I saw myself in a mirror 2 hours later to see that the foundation had now clung to every dry spot on my face making me look ridiculous, I had a bit of a break out recently and so was left with a few dry spots as always. I’m sure this foundation will be great when my skin is in top condition but those days I don’t really need it anyway. I’ll keep hold of it and try it again when my skin is back to normal but for now it didn’t do as desired, sure it matched my skin colour but it hated my skin texture.

What I loved: The healthy glow it gave my skin.

What I liked least: It accentuated by dry patches.

Try it: £9.99, www.superdrug.com