L’Oréal Lumi Magique Foundation – Review

Quite some time ago I was looking at old selfies of mine and I was wrecking my brain trying to figure out what it was that gave my skin such a glow: exhibit A. I finally figured out that it was my foundation (and the bomb lighting). Recollecting my thoughts, I remembered that at the time I was using the Lumi foundation by L’Oréal.

Of course, I ran and bought it. That is how in need of good skin photos I was. The price is $12,95 on their US website, and my shade is N3, Pure Linen, which I cannot really find, but I think it just has to do with the different naming, not the different shades.

Now, on their website it says:

  • Finish: Luminous. I have to agree with this, despite me being pretty intense with my powder application, this still shows some luminosity;
  • SPF 20. On my bottle it says 18, but still, it is pretty good;
  • Coverage: Lightweight, buildable coverage that lasts up to 8 hours. It is indeed a light to medium coverage and you will need to use a concealer for spots and dark circles, but I do think that if your problems are not too intense, you could wear this on its own, if and only if you have normal to dry skin. As for the lasting power, it lasts less on my t-zone than the other areas of my face and you can see signs of wear at the end of the day;
  • Skin Type: For all skin types and suitable for sensitive skin. In my opinion this, just like any other luminous foundation, is not a perfect fit for oily skin. As for the sensitive part, I have to agree since my skin is a bit sensitive and I have gotten no reaction from it.

You can see the way the foundation photographs in natural light in the picture above. Below, you can see it with flash, after a couple of hours.

If you are looking for a nice foundation, with a luminous finish for a night out, this is a good choice (although the SPF might interfere with flash photography). It is not an all day foundation nor does it claim to be one. So all in all, you get what you pay for, indeed.

Score: 7/10

Thank you for reading.

 

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Beauty Haul – December, 2016

I kind of went on a shopping spree, with the excuse that I am leaving for Australia in three days and I need to have everything prepared. Lame excuse, but at least I do not feel as guilty. Let’s get started :

1. BaByliss 32mm Hair Curler

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I had my eyes on this hair curler for months and I finally decided to get it, since it is exactly what I need : something to create loose curls and waves with, to always look put together. I got it at an electronics store and it was € 34,99. I already put it to test, but my hair was very dirty, so the curls were not exceptional, but they did last for a couple of days. Here are two links on amazon : one and two.

 

2. Schwarzkopf Heat Protecting Spray

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Of course I had to also stock up on heat protectant, since I need to keep my hair in check on vacation. I have used this in the past and I just repurchased it. It protects up until 220°C and I love it.

 

3. Maybelline Super Stay Primer

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I finally decided to buy a primer and I must say, it actually works. Of course, it does not keep makeup on for 24 hours, but it does indeed lengthen its duration. Makeup on my nose is the first one to go, but with this it tends to stay on longer, and that is all the proof I need. It has a slight peachy colour as soon as you pump it out, but it blends into the skin as if it were transparent.

 

4. L’Oréal Lumi Fondation

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I repurchased this foundation after a couple of years of using other ones. I was looking at my old pictures, trying to figure out why my skin was glowing and dewy and I understood that this was the reason why. Although it is not the most long lasting foundation and has to be powdered during the day, it turns out beautiful in pictures. My shade is N3 Pure Linen, which was the lightest I could find, and luckily it matches me. You can find it here or here.

 

5. WYCON Liquid Lipstick – shade 04

I decided to buy another liquid lipstick and I chose this mauve shade. It does not have 100% full coverage, but two layers will do. It cost € 6,90. The staying power is pretty strong, but of course it feels dry, as all liquid lipsticks do.

 

6. KIKO Precision Face Brush 08

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I desperately needed a new face brush and I got this one from KIKO. It is perfect for underneath the eyes, despite not picking up too much product, which may be a good thing, so to not cake up my face. It has a good weight and it feels and looks very professional. I already tried it, reason why the bristles are beige, and it is very soft. It cost € 16,95.

 

7. KIKO Sculpting Touch Contour Stick – shade 201

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I finally got a creamy contour product. I am so excited to try this out and see if I am any good at contouring. This is very creamy, but might be a little too easy to blend. I got the darkest shade, since it was the cool toned one.

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8. KIKO Definition Eyeliner

My old liquid eyeliner is not as smooth as it once was and it is also almost empty, so I needed another one. I got this one and I tried it once : I am not exactly impressed; it was not as intense with only one swipe and it slightly smudged on my outer eye. We will see how it will work out next time. It also takes some time to dry, so I have to wait before applying anything else. It cost € 6,90.

 

9. KIKO Blending Brush 200

This is my second time buying this, since my old one is basically dead. I love it and it is very good at its job. On the site they do not carry it anymore, since they brought out a new line and the brush replacing this particular shape should be this one.

 

10. Essence BB Lipgloss – 01 keep it real

I have been pretty interested into glosses lately, so I decided to get this one, mainly for the shade. Unfortunately, the colour does not show up on my lips at all. It is nice and it has the classic lipgloss feeling, but I wanted something more intense.

 

11. Essence Volume On! Plumping Lipgloss – 02 c’est bon, c’est bonbon

Again, I got this lipgloss to try and I actually like this one. It has a pretty icy pink shade and it does a little plumping, though not too much. The tingling feeling is not too intense and all in all, I like it.

 

That was all! Thank you for reading!

xx

Makeup of the day – August 1, 2016

I must admit that I did not go anywhere wearing this makeup, since I only applied it to take pictures. Shame me all you want, I felt like doing another makeup of the day post and so I did.

I recently came to the conclusion that I do not experiment enough with makeup and colour, since all of my looks are very neutral and basic. I also noticed that I have not used a lot of my colours from my makeup palettes that are actually very pretty, only because they are slightly more colourful.

So this is my first step out of my comfort zone, which is not really a comfort zone : I have no problem wearing this look out, I just do not tend to create it when I go out. I also attempted a little nose contour, which did not succeed as well as I wanted it too, but it is barely noticeable, so we are fine.

Product list below :

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Face :

Foundation : L’Oréal True Match in shade N2

Concealer : Maybelline Fit Me in shade 15 Fair

Powder : Wycon Compact Powder in shade 01

Bronzer/Contour : Wycon Bronzing Powder in shade 04

Blush : Malibu Glitz in Coral

Highlighter : KIKO not available anymore

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Eyes :

Brow Powder : Kleancolor Brow Kit in Dark Brown

Eyeshadow Primer : Kleancolor Primer in Matte

Eyeshadow : I used the ZOEVA Cocoa Blend palette and, specifically, the shades Bitter Start as a base, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, and Subtle Blend in the crease and Warm Tones on my lower lash line.

Eyeliner : L.A. Colors Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Mascara : L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips : 

Liquid Lipstick : Wycon Liquid Lipstick in shade 06

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I posted this look on tumblr and it has gotten a nice feedback. I also will be posting a picture on Instagram too, so stay posted.

Thank you for reading.

xx

Favourite Drugstore Foundation ATM

I have been religiously wearing foundation for the last four years, and that means that I have tried many different types and finishes. I have tried many brands, although only high-street ones, or drugstore, as an American would say. I have found good ones and I have also found bad ones. But now, I have finally found the best drugstore foundation.

I am sure many of you already know about the L’Oréal Pro-Matte foundation, since it came out last year and every youtuber, blogger and beauty influencer talked about it, wether they were sent a sample or not.

What makes this foundation special is the medium to full coverage and the matte effect it gives, once dried. I have been wearing this foundation for the past three or so months and I love it dearly. Does it last all day? No, unless you wear a primer, which is something that I must learn to do. Are there enough shades? It depends on where you live : for example, I live in Italy and here the main skin tone is the “mediterranean” one, so finding very light (for me) or very dark shades is pretty tricky, but if you buy it online, you might find your shade. Does it oxidise (get dark once dry)? Only slightly, in my opinion. It matches my neck perfectly once freshly put on, but gets slightly darker once dried, but it is wearable.

I wear shade 20 Sable Sand, but next time I would like to get it one shade lighter. I prefer to apply it with a beauty blender, but before owning one, it went on perfectly with my fingers.

Score : 9/10, because I would like even more coverage and lasting power.

Thank you for reading.

xx

Makeup of the Day – May 22, 2016

This is the first time I am making this sort of post and I hope you are satisfied with the photos, since I am unable to take any professional ones, not having a camera nor any friends/boyfriends to take the pictures.

Anyways, I went to a birthday party on the 22nd and I was slightly overdressed, since the party was quite toned down. Regardless, I do think that being overdressed is better than being underdressed, and same goes for makeup. I rarely wear red lipstick, but I just felt like it that day.

I have not done my hair or makeup so fancy in a long time, so it was refreshing to say the least. I am going to list all of the products and the links below, after the shameless selfies :

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Foundation : Infallible Pro-Matte by L’Oréal in european shade 20, sand;

Concealer : Fit Me by Maybelline in shade 15 and Full Coverage Concealer by KIKO in shade 02;

Powder : WYCON Compact Powder in shade 01;

Brows : products listed in my Shop Miss a haul, part 1 and part 2;

Eye Makeup : Urban Decay Naked 1 palette;

Liner : listed in the haul above;

Mascara : Voluminous by L’Oréal;

Bronzer : WYCON Bronzing Powder in shade 04;

Blush : None;

Highlighter : a discontinued one by KIKO over the All-Over Stick by elf cosmetics in Spotlight;

Lips : WYCON Liquid Lipstick in shade 16.

Thank you so much for reading this and I really hope you liked it.

xx

Beauty haul and reviews from Sicily

As you may or may not know, I went on a trip to Sicily, which was amazing. I loved the art, the nature and all the places we visited. Of course I had to document my trip and you can find it detailed in the following linked posts, as part 1 and part 2.

And as always, I had to buy a couple of beauty items, otherwise it would have been a very sad trip for me (kidding). So let’s jump right into it :

1. Energy Mask from KIKO Cosmetics

I spent months looking for this mask since it was sold out everywhere. It is a detoxifying black mask which you have put on and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes; you then have to rinse it off, since it does not peel off. I tend to use it about twice a week and I love how soft it makes my skin feel afterwards. I do put it everywhere on my face, on the problematic areas, like my nose, cheeks, chin, forehead and on my temples; everywhere I get spots or blackheads. Apparently it is not available anymore on the Italian website, but I was able to find it on the US website, right here.

Score : 9,5/10

2. Compact Powder from Wycon Cosmetics

I bought this powder because the one I had from Rimmel stopped working, as in I used a wet brush on it once and I could not pick anymore product. I got the lightest shade I could find, 01, and I did not have high expectations for this powder; keep in mind that this brand is very similar to KIKO, so it has nice quality products for quite a low price. So I got it and tried it and I was impressed with it. It goes on quite smoothly and it keep my skin matte for the whole day. That might be because I use it in combination with the foundation listed below, which is supposed to be 24H-Mat, but it is great nonetheless. One thing I noticed is that it keeps my under-eye area matte, which is incredible, since that is the area that gets oily the quickest. The packaging is also nice, all black and not too heavy, with a mirror inside.

Score : 9,5/10

3. Brush 210 from Wycon Cosmetics 

I bought this brush since I would apply all my face powders (as in powder, blush, bronzer and highlighter) with the same brush and I decided it was time for a change. This burst is extremely soft, it did not shed any hairs yet and I love the design, all black again. The one thing I do not like about it is that the hairs are too long, so it is not east to control. This brush would be great for loose powders, but for the application of compact powders underneath the eye, for example, I do not recommend it, since it does not pick up a great deal of product. I only use it for the parts of my face that I do not want completely matte, like my cheeks. It is a shame, because the quality is great.

Score : 7/10

4. Infaillible 24H-Mat from L’Oréal 

I am in love with this foundation. I was using the Lumi Magique before this and it was okay for a light to medium coverage foundation, but this one is amazing. I am going to make a more in depth review of this, but all you have to know is that it dries almost completely matte and the coverage is medium to full. Amazing. You can see how smooth it looks in the picture below.

Score : 10/10

5. Honeylove lipstick by MAC 

For last, le pièce de résistance, the most amazing nude lipstick by MAC. I have to admit, this is my first ever purchase from MAC and it was a splurge, since their products are not inexpensive. What I decided, in life as in makeup, is to pick quality over quantity, so I want to have only one nude lipstick at the time, but of good quality (of course there are various hues of nude, so I will one lipstick for every hue). The application is so smooth and the quality is amazing, as well as the packaging. The finish is matte and I am in love.

Score : 10/10

As you can see, it was a great (shopping) trip.

Thank you for reading.

xx

My hair journey

Turning into a teenager and starting high school four years ago meant being thrown into the world of balayage or ombre hair. Of course, as soon as I saw the way it looked on certain celebrities and models, I had to have it. My mum was not particularly fond of the idea, but she accepted it and accompanied me to the hair salon.

Four years ago I had my first balayage, which means that the lower ends of my hair were bleached ever so slightly to give it some dimension. I, unfortunately, do not have any pictures of that first change. I then went back to the salon, about six months after, and had it re-done, a bit higher up on my length. That was an even bigger change and I loved it. Again, I have no pictures saved on my computer, so I cannot show you.

My hair started growing and of course the colour started vanishing with every trim I had. Being a smart ass, I decided to buy the new L’Oréal dyes made especially for that effect. They were called Feria, if I am not mistaken. I had my mum dye it, since she used to be a hairstylist many years ago and the result came out decent. Of course, it was not salon quality and way too one dimensional, but it was not horrible. If you ask me if I recommend it, I would say no. The result was okay, at first, but then it started becoming more yellow, which is what happens if you do not get it toned. So I was left with a Beyoncé colour, which does look great on her skin tone, but most definitely not on mine.

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I looked extremely glamorous here with curled hair, but you could see the mistakes when the hair was straight.

As a new school year approached, I decided to cut my hair to my shoulders. I was tired of the blonde and I wanted my natural hair colour back. So that is what I did and I loved my hair.

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I forgot about this picture, but you can see the ends were still a bit blonde.

All was well until last year, around this time, I decided I wanted the Kim Kardashian after birth hairstyle, which was pretty much blonde. So I switched up my hair salon and went to another one which was supposed to be the best in this particular type of hair colouring. It was disastrous at first, since they also bleached part of my bangs, and the blonde was way too yellow.

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Smiling through the pain.

I then went back and then darkened my roots. That made the process less traumatic and for all three months of summer, I was blonde. I got used to it and wanted to keep it, since most people said I looked great, once my natural hair started growing out and it looked like there was less blonde.

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In September, once again, I decided to dye my hair as dark as my natural hair colour, which was obviously quite impossible, but I did it anyway. I went to my original hair salon and decided on a hair colour and I ended up very happy with the final result.

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I apparently also got my side bangs cut, a bad decision, now that I think of it. PS: the room is not mine, of course; you know I would never use those colours or have puppets laying around.

Of course, dark dyes do not last very long on blonde hair, so my hair started to turn copper, aka not cute. You can get a better look at it here, on my post about my visit to the Vatican.

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Therefore, I had my hair dyed again that same colour and about four weeks ago it started turning copper again, which made me want to dye it. Getting your hair dyed at a salon costs a lot so I turned to boxed dyes again, which could have been a disaster, but it turned out way better than I expected.

I bought the Garnier Olia in the shade “Dark Brown” and made my mum dye my hair. The result was, of course, a bit darker at first, but as of now it matches my natural hair colour and there is no fading. I was very impressed with it. Since the ends of my hair were a bit burned from the dyes and the hair tools I tend to use quite often, I also made my mum cut my hair in a slight V shape at the back and leave my bangs alone, since I want them to be almost the same length as the rest of my hair.

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This is me as of a couple of days ago, pretty happy with life, although it does not look like it.

So, my final decision is to let my hair be. I want it to grow and go back to my natural hair colour, without having to use dyes again. I also started using my hair tools less and less, trying to de-stress my hair. Fingers crossed, my hair will be long and healthy by September.

Thank you for reading.

xx