L’OREAL | Lash Paradise Mascara + Swatch


Once in a while, a lucky makeup product drops from the sky, gets blessed by unicorns and suddenly becomes the hot new thing to sell off of every shelf. Sure the photogenic metallic pink packaging does help but the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara’s rise to fame took me by surprise. 
Brand: L’Oreal
Product: Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (WP)
Size: 7.61ml
Price: $13.99 CAD (approx.)
Availability: Walmart, Ulta (Drugstores nationwide)
Would I (re)purchase: Probably not.
Website: www.lorealparis.ca

INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Paraffin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Carnauba Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire Dabeille, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-20, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal Gum, Tribehenin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Silica, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, BHT, [+/- May Contain/Peut Contenir: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77007/Ultramarines]. B195342/1.

Lash Paradise is an extension of L’Oreal’s long loved Voluminous mascara range which has been a makeup artist and magazine favourite long before bloggers were even a thing. This new reincarnation is packaged in a lightweight metallic pink tube with corresponding gold detailing. L’Oreal promises a feathery soft fringe with both length and volume.
With a classic bristle tipped brush, the shape slightly resembles a peanut – a longer profile with a dip in the center – this mascara holds a creamy formula but doesn’t actually deposit very much product so layering is required to build up intensity. I found the brush shape a little challenging to get to all my lash hairs but this tends to be part of the learning process of any new lash product and with a little practice, I could make it work. Lash Paradise went on very smoothly with little to no clumping but there seems to be a threshold where the mascara would no longer layer so volume capped at about 3 coats.
I would call the results natural on my fine straight lashes.
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Wearing the waterproof version, as I always do with mascaras, Lash Paradise initially held my curls reasonably well but within a few hours it was noticeable that my lashes were loosing lift though it never went full flat. With a full day’s wear, there was a small amount of smudging, especially at the outer corners (#highcheekboneproblems) but there wasn’t any flaking. The mascara did loose it ooomph throughout the day but I felt it still held on fine until night time. As it did not rank high on the curl test, it wouldn’t be a choice for swimming or intense outdoor activities.
THINGS TO NOTE | Not for oily eyelids, not the best for super straight lashes, not a maximum impact mascara.

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L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise mascara is a decent everyday option for those who already have long lashes but want a little extra darkness, depth and definition. Between both its lengthening and volumizing claims, I’d say it’s more of the latter although other options at a lower price point also provide similar if not better volume. The formula has a good consistency and is easy to work with but beyond the basics, it didn’t dramatically wow me one way or the other. I have seen others with beautiful results so this might just be me and my challenging lashes but I feel Lash Paradise just caught a lucky social media wave and was hyped up a little more than what it actually is. Good for everyday but much too expensive for a drugstore product.

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Review: L’OREAL | True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review

Pop the champagne! The Canadian drugstore aisle has finally stocked its first cushion foundation thanks to L’Oreal. To be fair, the brand has already released a cushion product in Asia (but presumably very similar formulation) a few years ago but it’s only earlier this year that we’ve gotten our own North American version. Categorized as part of their True Match Lumi line, this is marketed as a buildable luminous foundation that’s speedy and flawless.
L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
Brand: L’Oreal
Product: True Match Lumi Cushion
Size: 14.6g
Colour: N2 Classic Ivory (9 shades in Canada, 12 shades in USA)
Price: $25- 29CAD
Details: Fragrance-free, oil free.
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Probably yes.
Website: www.lorealparis.ca

Aqua / Water / Eau, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Acrylates / Stearyl Acrylate / Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lecithin, Isopropyl Myristate, Isostearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Adenosine, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disodium EDTA, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Tocopherol.

Let me start with the obvious, yes it’s $29 dollars for a drugstore foundation. L’Oreal has really come out with some very likeable products in the last year but their pricing has also hiked (remember that eye shadow palette?). At regular retail price this actually works out to be slightly more expensive than Laneige’s cushion which comes refillable as a pack of two plus the compact in a set. The last time I remembered, drugstore meant no more than $12-15 for a makeup product but we’ll come back and answer the “is it worth it” question later on.

Produced in the similar spectrum as their other True Match foundations, the cushion comes in N (neautral), W (warm) and C (cool) shades for a total of 12 options (in the USA) with the darkest similar to a caramel or cafe latte. From what I’ve seen in stores and on the L’Oreal Canada website, we will only be getting 9 of the lighter shades here.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review

Like other cushions, this is packaged in the familiar flip top compact with an inner lid to keep the cushion foundation moist. Under the lid is a well size mirror and a specialty sponge is also included. However this version by L’Oreal is not refillable; the entire compact is one piece and you’ll need to buy an entire new compact when repurchasing which I suppose is what adds to the high price point. I found the over all design to be pleasing, lightweight yet well made and it holds up well to daily shuffling in your handbag.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review

Looking at the applicator, the sponge itself is softer than other Korean brand cushion sponges I’ve had previously but because the method for application is a patting motion I actually would have preferred a slightly denser sponge. After multiple usages it also seems that this sponge picks up more product than its Asian counterparts. If we look at overall finish and application though, it does the job perfectly as it should.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review

Onto the cushion itself, the sponge that holds the foundation is very porous (compared it to this Korean IOPE one) but it’s also very saturated. Cushion foundations are best for layering and with this it means you only need a light tap to get the product onto the applicator. I was overly excited on my first try and having actually pushed into the cushion and ended up with much more product than what I needed so go lightly!

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion before after
* Photo edited only for exposure and white balance*
I was really happy to find the texture of the Lumi cushion foundation super smooth and creamy which meant it applied easily onto the skin with no tugging. Blending out was also quick and I was able to cover pores decently given that I carefully and firmly pressed over my pore zones a few times. It was quite forgiving over flaky patches over my nose. On days that I actually remembered to exfoliate and prime, this applies flawlessly.
The foundation itself is easily buildable and I would call it a light to medium coverage. For most day to day activities, I don’t feel the need to wear a concealer at all though you might consider it if you’re particularity concerned with under eye coverage or blemishes. It gives my skin a dewy, non-powdery finish that feels comfortable and slightly moist although not wet. I’d compare it to the feeling of wearing my MAC Face & Body Foundation.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
True Match Lumi Cushion | N2 Classic Ivory

Now I stood at the display for ages trying to decide my right shade. Although I usually wear the W range in True Match, I thought W2 looked quite yellow and eventually decided on N2 instead. This seems to be a pretty good match for my NC20 skin tone upon first application but I do find it has an ever so slight white cast in photographs, possibly due to the reflective quality of the foundation. If you’re debating between two shades, I’d recommend the darker of the two.


L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
True Match Lumi Cushion | Full application
For those with combination skin like mine, wearing this to an office type of indoor environment should last you most of the day without any major touch ups thought I’d do a check in around 1-2pm but even then its just a quick pat over to smooth out around the nose, blot my forehead and I’m back in action. I’ve also worn this for up to 8 hours and it’s worn better than a lot of liquid foundations yet without caking up like many powdery finishes do. Should you need to add additional coverage, the Lumi cushion blends over top your morning application easily but note the more you apply the dewier it looks. If I’m planning to be filming or out in full sun, a light layer of invisible powder helps everything look more natural instead of overly shiny.

True Match Lumi Cushion….

  • is very comparable to Lancome Teint Cushion but that is more powdery.
  • has better in colour selection than most Asian brand cushions.
  • has a similar glow factor to the IOPE cushion.
  • similar overall finish to MAC Face & Body or the original Lancome Teint Miracle foundation.
L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion is a great well rounded and easy to use liquid compact foundation that has all you need for an everyday base all in one. I’d recommend this for dry to combination/slightly oily skin (with primer) as its smooth texture is a pleasure to apply and it sits on the skin in a very natural way. The glowy finish may not be everyone’s style but I find it powders down easily and still wears a good amount of time without sliding around. The range of colours still isn’t completely inclusive but it’s a much better shade selection than the 2 or 3 you have with most Asian brands. Note that there is no specific skincare function, fragrance or SPF as part of this formula. I’ve yet to experience any adverse skin effects or breakouts even if worn daily. As for the linger question of “is it worth it”? If this was refillable and sold in a store like Sephora, I would absolutely say yes. As a drugstore product it is over priced for that market but that doesn’t affect how well the cushion works. I have quite a few cushions on hand at the moment so I’m on rotation but I’m likely to pick this up again as long as I’m budgeting for this as an entry level high end product.

Stay luminous,

Review: L’Oreal La Palette Nude Eyeshadow | Look & Swatch

LOreal La Nude 2 Review- Vancouver Blogger

Drugstore makeup has come a long way now in the past 5 years that you can find just about every single category of product right in the beauty aisle down the block. While breadth has certainly expanded, there’s always been one thing lacking for my everyday routine and that is eyeshadow. This spring, L’Oreal is hoping to change my mind (and yours perhaps) with their newly released nude collection eyeshadow palettes.

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Brand: L’Oreal
Product: La Palette Nude 2 *
Variation: Nude 1 for light skin tones, Nude 2 for darker skin tones (shown)
Size: 17.5g total
Price (suggested retail): $29.99 CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: Undecided.
Website: www.loreaparis.ca

Another nude palette you ask? Well, that was also my first reaction until I stopped and thought that there really wasn’t very many options in a large cohesive format from the drugstore. Sure you can pick and stack your favourite singles, trios or maybe even quads but there’s certainly still a need for a one piece does it all palette. To step up the game, this La Palette Nude has two variations in #01 for fair/light skin and #02 for medium/deep skin which is what you’re seeing right now.

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Set in a large black plastic casing, the Nude 2 is a selection of 10 eye shadows in finishes of shimmery satin, buttery matte and lustrous sheen according to the press details. This variant is also called Nude Intense for it’s richer, deeper shades of taupes, mauves and plums. Now from my eyes and swatches, it was difficult to easily differentiate between the lustrous and satin shades so as far as I’m concerned this palette has 6 visible matte finish colours along with 4 visible shine finish colours.

La Nude #01 is focused on ivory, beige and caramel shades.

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L’Oreal has also included a dual ended applicator with a sponge tip on one end and a small medium density rounded brush on the other. Before you cast this away in the name of useless cheap makeup tools, I actually found this to be well designed for this particular formulation.

The matte shades were all very smooth to the touch and not at all crumbly though quite powdery leading to some fallout but they do have good pigmentation. The shine shades were drier than what I expected (I’m used to wet/soft textures in my shine colours) and pigmentation is good as well, though perhaps slightly less than the mattes.

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One thing to note is that the colours in the pan do not completely coordinate to the infograph on the back of the palette. All the shades however, translate very true from than to the skin but the formula layer badly and I wasn’t able to build up the intensity of any of the shades beyond 2 layers. What you get in a single swipe is pretty much all it will ever be. The beautiful intense eye combinations in the promo photos are most definitely achieved by lighting and post production enhancements as I can’t see this palette offering that type of depth on it’s own.
Wear time is an average of 4-5 hours and I didn’t notice any major creasing though as always, a primer is suggested if you have very oily eyelids.
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La Nude #02 | Clockwise from top left: Shades 2, 3, 4, 1
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La Nude #02 | Clockwise from top: Shades 6, 7, 8
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La Nude #02 | Clockwise from top: Shades 8, 9, 10

The look I created (below) uses colours from the darker mauve/plum end of the spectrum with a pop of highlight in the center of of the lid. The palette inspired me to try a smokey hazy variation on a softly contoured eye with lots of heavy shadowing on the lower lash line. This was one of those looks that looked like it was going to be a crazy fail until the last minute when you put on some lashes, lower mascara and suddenly the whole thing pulls itself together!

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With all that being said, there are 2 major downfalls to this palette that keeps it from being a top hit in my collection and they both have to do with the texture and formulation of the powders. For one, they seem to lack adhesion on my lids and often find myself reaching for an eyeshadow primer or a cream base to help it along. As well, the soft very talc heavy texture blends away almost a little too easily and what started out as an intense gradation can accidentally be blended away into a muddy singular colour if you’re not careful.

The best way I’ve found to compensate for the latter is actually to use the sponge tip applicator to lay down and pat-blend the colour gently first before taking a brush to smooth out just the edges of the shadow. Resist the urge to over blend!

LOreal La Nude 2 Review- Vancouver Blogger


The L’Oreal La Palette Nude is a very welcoming addition to the drugstore beauty lineup which is currently terribly lacking in the big palette selection. The fact that this release comes with two options of a light and dark variant makes it double the creative fun and well suited for a wide range of skin tones. However just as there are things to love about this palette (smoothness and pigmentation) there are equally as many downfalls (lack of adhesion and too much blend out). Also, priced at almost $30 I’d be more inclined to go up to an introductory high end option even if it meant getting a smaller palette. On the other hand if I drugstore was my budget then this would easily be my pick of the bunch. To buy or not to buy? Well, it’s your call.


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Review: L’Oreal | Youth Code BB Cream

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Having made my run through the popular bb options in the Canadian drugstore, it’s finally time for me to jump into L’Oreal. Truth be told, it was the last on my list of things to try because I’ve never had very much success with the brand in my makeup experiences (True Match was just not for me) though popular they may be. But having really enjoyed one of their newer foundations and quickly running out of drugstore bb options I picked this up around Christmas time and have been giving it the full throttle for the past few months. Here are my thoughts.



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Brand: L’Oreal
Product: Youth Code BB Cream
Variations: 2 shades (Light, Medium)
Size: 75ml / 2.5 fl oz
Price: $20CAD / $14 USD
Availability: Drugstore
Would I repurchase: Possibly.
Website: http://www.lorealparis.ca
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I don’t get too much sun on my neck and chest so my face is relatively darker, especially on my forehead. These photos show my skin with one layer of the Youth Code BB Cream over my entire face and a second layer over any redder areas (like the spots on my cheek). Despite the colour being not pale enough, I really liked how it made my skin look soft while still natural with a bit of glow.
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Having gotten this right around the holidays, I wore it to all kinds of dinner parties without ever pulling out a foundation. It sat on my skin well, keeping it hydrated without turning patchy. Photographs well without flash (flash will pick up too much luminosity). It’s still something I continuously wear during this spring transitional period but will likely be too weak to hold up during the warm summers. It’s definitely on par with Marcelle as my top drugstore bb cream with Marcelle being better for slightly oily complexions (satin matte finish) and the L’Oreal for drier complexions (satin luminous finish).

Recommended for: Very dry to slightly oily skin seeking light coverage with a natural slightly luminous finish that’s great for everyday wear. Easy and foolproof and skin friendly. Might be sufficient for combination/oily skin as a moisturizer and tint in one.

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Review: L’Oreal | Caresse Shine Stain

L’Oreal has really been stepping up their game in the past year, releasing some unique formulations that is pushing the bar on what is deemed as drugstore makeup. The newest addition to their colour line that’s been on everyone’s lips (quite literally) is the 2013 Caresse Shine Stains.

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Brand: L’Oreal
Product: Caresse Shine Stains / Aqua Wet Lacquers
Colour range: 12 shades (via L’Oreal USA website)
Size: 6.3ml
Price: $8-10 USD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Absolutely yes!
Website: http://www.lorealparisusa.com

LOreal Caresse shine stain colours-ingredients


I found the shade “Rose on and on” to be surprisingly beautiful and while it’s still quite a tame shade from the collection, it was not at all boring. However, photographing the colour was a different story, the colour swatches quite different on my hand than it does on my lips as you’ll see from my photos below.

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Can you tell I am head over heels about this? It’s been a very long time since I’ve been thoroughly impressed by a new product innovation, not just a new colour or new packaging but a whole new formulation that’s sure to be game changer in this highly competitive market. If you’ve never been a gloss lover in the past, this might be the right time to give it another shot. For those with dry lips this will mask those pesky lines, colour lovers will adore the versatile wear and those forever debating between lipstick vs lip gloss can finally call it a truce.

L'Oreal Shine Caresse Stain FOTD

Review: L’Oreal Arginine Resist X3 Haircare

As you may remember from my hair care routine video, I’ve been on a bit of a hair tangent lately. Setting aside my faithful Joico K-Pak, I decided to try out a new line by L’Oreal Paris. The Arginine Resist line had me hooked from the very first look, maybe it was J.Lo swishing her hair around, maybe it was the sleek packaging (which by the way is nothing like the designs I’m usually attracted to either) or maybe it’s this new thing called “arginine” which sounded uber fancy. Whatever the reason, I found my self at the haircare aisle taking home 3 of the 5 products in the entire range.

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Brand: L’Oreal
Product: Arginine Resist X3
Range: Shampoo, conditioner, mask, treatment spray.
Size: Shampoo (385ml), conditioner (385ml), mask (300ml)
Price: $4-6 each (regular price), $2.99 when on sale!
Availability: Drugstore
Would I repurchase: Surprisingly, yes.

Let’s get one thing straight first, in all my years of dabbling in beauty products I’ve never had great luck with L’Oreal products, especially their haircare. Of the ones that I’ve used, they’ve all left me quite unimpressed. A few were mediocre and a others were just down right terrible. So although I was eager to test out this new arginine line, I couldn’t help but be a little apprehensive too.

I’m currently in the process of growing out my hair (again) and thought something like this, which is created for those seeking to prevent hair loss, might give me an extra boost. The star of this whole range is arginine which L’Oreal explains below.

               ” Arginine: A key ingredient essential for your hair.
                L’Oréal laboratories have harnessed the power of Arginine, 
                an amino acid that occurs naturally in the fibre and around 
                the hair follicle, to restructure fragile hair that has a tendency 
                to fall out.”

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First step, the shampoo. It starts out a milky pearly liquid and foams up decently to a medium lather with a mild fragrance. I prefer to use this with a shampoo massage brush for maximum clarifying impact and work together quite nicely. If you’re seeking that squeaky clean (Head and Shoulders) feeling then this may not impress you as its not a high foaming clarifying shampoo. The good side is that is leaves my hair smooth and detangled right after I rinse it out which is a rare instance for my long hair. Wash, rinse and repeat.

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Then I slather on the conditioner which is surprisingly lightweight for what I thought it would be. I can take this all the up close to my roots without leaving a greasy feeling which is again surprising because I can’t do this with most other products. As I’m rinsing out the conditioner, I notice that most of it has absorbed into my hair instead of running down the drain which is a good sign.

The final result is hair that’s nicely balanced! Having oily roots and dry ends, I usually have to choose one side and compensate for the other but it seems that the Arginine Resist line has found a nice medium between the two extremes. On a day to day basis this left me with hair that is smoother overall and easy to manage by just air drying even without any additional styling product.

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Once a week I’ll also treat myself to the hair mask by leaving it in my shampoo cleaned hair for about an hour. A quick tip, towel dry your hair before putting this on as it’s got quite a fluid consistency and may drip if mixed with wet hair. The mask is probably my favourite from the line because of how nourishing it is without the feeling of a silicone coating that most treatments tend to leave behind.

Altogether this was a wonderful surprise and it’s something I can see myself repurchasing in the future which is a first for me in terms of a L’oreal haircare product. It’s certainly not the most intensive and moisturizing line I’ve encountered but after more than a month of use it’s left my strands more managable and feeling more balanced from root to tip…and dare I say I think my ponytail has become a bit thicker as well. Try this if you’re looking for a daily nourishing and smoothing haircare line for dry-normal-slightly oily hair. Those with super dry, fried, dyed hair should probably stick to the Joico or Moroccan Oil. Oh and put down that Reinforcing leave-in spray from the line, it contains way too much alcohol to be good for your hair.

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Daily Goods: L’Oreal Colour Riche Nails

Can you believe given all the years that I’ve been ogling the nail polish aisles that I have never tried a single L’Oreal nail polish? The brand has since revamped their formula into “Colour Riche” which boasts saturated colour and 10 day wear.

L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish
L: Now you sea me #530
R: Walk on the beach #300


Here’s a glamorous ad for the European versions of the same nail polish (in a slimmer bottle design) featuring one of my favourite models, Laetitia Casta. The french on the ad says something along the lines of “incomparable richness, ultimate shine” which sounds pretty good to me!

Review: L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick

Ahhhhhh….long lasting makeup, the fine line between comfort and commitment. I’m often scared away by these claims of kiss-proof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, nothing-but-a-hurricane-can-remove-me type of makeup because quite frankly they sound extremely uncomfortable. My previous experience with long lasting lipstick came in the form of liquid “paint-on” formulas that dried like a layer on your skin which never felt completely comfortable irregardless of how much lip balm I applied over top.

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The L’Oreal Infallible line has gained some wide popularity since it’s launch and now includes a combination of face, lip and eye products. I’ve tried the Infallible lip gloss with great success (though I wasn’t a fan of the scent) and decided it was reasonably safe to test out the lipstick.

…take your lips to the next level with Infallible Le Rouge. This revolutionary and innovative formula delivers bold, luscious colour that lasts all day long, making it the ultimate beauty indulgence…
L’Oreal Paris -website.

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The Basics
Price: Retails at approx $10.00 Cad
Colour: 35 shades (may vary slightly)
Finish: Satin, soft shine.
Other: Non-scented.
Availability: Local Drugstore
Housed in this super sleek lucite design, these lipsticks are certainly attention grabbers. I especially like how the cap is clear so that you can easily see the colour of the lipstick without having to open it which is very helpful if your store tapes down all the lipstick lids. The product also has a good weight in your hands, playing up not only the aesthetic and tactile quality but also making it feel more luxurious.
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Colour & Application
What quickly struck me with Le Rouge was the smoothness of which it applied on my lips, no tugging, no dragging and no sinking into lip lines. In fact, unless you have super dry lips, you might be able to skip lip balm altogether with this…something I would rarely recommend for a lipstick. One swipe was sufficient to provide beautiful medium coverage. The consistency of the formula was not too slick (oil based) which would have easily migrated nor too firm (wax based) which would make it hard to spread the lipstick evenly. The colour I chose, “Summer Rose” had a hint of gold shimmer which added dimension to my lips without being overly frosty.

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Wear & Comfort
Having passed the application test, you may wonder how it held up through out the day. While the ingredients did not show any remarkable moisturizers, the lipstick did not dry as the hours past and even through the third hour it still felt quite comfortable. However Le Rouge is by no means transfer-proof and will end up on people’s shirts, your mans’ face and on your cups leaving a little bit of colour but still keeping a good stain on your lips. The good thing is that it wears off evenly and so you won’t end up with patchy leopard style lips. The claim to last 10hrs is ambitious and I’d say it falls short, only keeping perfection for around 4-5 hours before I am tempted to touch up.

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The Final Verdict:
Where does Le Rouge sit in my makeup collection you ask? Actually, it’s one of my current favourite lipsticks. Although I would not categorize it was an extremely long wearing product, it is a very lovable formula and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this again. I love the combination of colour, texture and comfort that Le Rouge offers and I think this should be a great addition to any makeup bag.

Tried any of L’Oreal’s Infallible items?

Daily Goods: Coral Reef & Summer Rose

Imagine my excitement as I happened on this bottle of Sally Hansen nail polish in “Coral Reef”….oh well, where have you been all my makeup life? I know that the line promotes different colours in different countries and although we have a pretty extensive shade range of the Xtreme Wear polishes I have never encountered this shade before. I found one single lonely bottle sitting on the shelf and I was instantly smitten.

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And this new lippie you ask? It’s another surprise find on the clearance shelf. Usually, I never make it in time to salvage anything decent but I was lucky enough to catch this L’Oreal Infallible lipstick (usually $10-$12CAD) at an amazing price of $3 and since I’ve never tried it before, I went right for it. Marketed as a long wearing lipstick, it surprisingly had a moisturizing, soft feel on the lips plus a pretty hint of golden shimmer. I can certainly get used to this…

Winter Therapy: Gift ideas and new items

Hello all you Snow Bunnies!
I’m excited to bring you today’s post featuring some fun winter products I’ve found that would also make wonderful gifts. In fact, I happened upon most of them while I was out completing my holiday gift list. You’ll also get a peak at some new drugstore releases… well then, what are you waiting for?

Click the video to enjoy!

A quick photo round up…

Winter Therapy haul (12.2011)

These Bath and Body works products are just darling! I’ve never splurged too much on bodycare, what you’ll find most often in my drawers are $2.99 bottles of Vaseline. However I think these products just create a lovely experience overall, these days I can’t wait to shower so I can put on the body creams. They aren’t too expensive at their regular price (much less than I thought they would be) but it’s certainly a great treat when they are on BOGO! You’ll definitely be seeing more Bath and Body works products featured in the future.

 Winter Therapy haul (12.2011)

Ooooh, this love/hate relationship with my hair. I know it’s time for a trim and eventually take off all my coloured ends but I can’t bare to part with my hair just yet. Thus I’ve been looking up and down for great hair treatments. The Garnier Fructis was a delightful surprise, I even went back to pick up an extra bottle and also a frizz serum from the Sleek and Shine line (reviews to come when I’m ready!) As for the JOICO K-Pak Reconstructor? There are no words for how thrilled I am to see this sitting in my bathroom. I have yet to find a hair care line that performed in the same way as this ph-balance, protein rich JOICO system. Try looking for them in “sets” which are often at discounted prices, these guys are sure to please all!

 Winter Therapy haul (12.2011)

I’m sure these Revlon Lip Butters have been hyped to the moon and back. The new trend in lipcare products seem to be this new balm/lipstick hybrid which seems to me like a lip version of “BB Creams”. Meant to treat and paint your pout in lovely shades of cranberry, ruby, raspberry and caramel, I love the way they make lips look but really wished they were less expensive. The pink tube is twisted all the way up and even though it’s new, the total product seems quite minimal. There should at least be 20-30% more in the tube in my opinion.

And lastly, I shall leave you with this photo of some new releases and my ASOS order. I really wished that ASOS would carry more UK lines, it’s always incredibly exciting to be able to test out products from other parts of the world. The Union Jack Rimmel palette is said to be released in Spring 2011 in North America (probably later for us in Canada) and is likely to have a slight variation in colour theme than the UK version. Unfortunately, I can’t be sure when and if the Kate collection of lipsticks will ever cross the pond.

Winter Therapy haul (12.2011)

Look out for reviews and tutorial featuring these new drugstore products very soon, I have a couple looks planned which I think will go very well with these items. I hope you guys are looking forward to the holidays and getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season, it only happens once a year!