L’Oreal 318 Natural Buff Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup Swatches & Review

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L’Oréal has a new, revolutionary liquid-powder formula available that glides on and transforms on contact to a fresh, powder-like finish for a flawless face. Buff Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup Foundation (shown below in 318 Natural Buff) contains SPF 18 to protect your face while keeping it flawless.

Read below to see more of the review!

IMG_8157 IMG_8160 L'Oreal 318 Natural Buff Magic Nude Liquid Powder MakeupThe formula of Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup might initially seem runny, but as you apply to the face it transforms into a fine, sheer powder that blends like a dream and automatically corrects skin imperfections.

I was impressed that this product covered so well and remained so lightweight.  It kept my imperfections hidden well and I only had to touch-up the powder I dusted over-top one time.  Fingertip application is best.

The only thing I dislike about this product is the packaging.  Though the bottle is small, the glass is rather heavy.  Make sure you shake very well before you apply.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup retails for $12.95 and is available at mass food and drug retailers nationwide.

*****This product was received complimentary from SheSpeaks/L’Oréal.  All opinions are honest and in no way influenced by either brand.

Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10

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You’ll see me post a lot of high end and expensive items here (i.e. on this blog).  I just can’t stay away from pretty and shiny.  Beauty Bloggers in general (not all, but most!) have the same problem.  That’s why, for this Top 10 Tuesday, we’re bringing you our Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10!

10In no particular order:

  1. TRESemmé Smooth & Silky Collection.  I love to use the shampoo and conditioner for daily hair washing.  When I’m not testing something this is generally what I’ll go back to for healthy hair ($3.99 each).
  2. CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara.  If you’re going to go drugstore for mascara, this is the one to do it with.  This one retails for only $8.99!
  3. Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner.  Brushed Pewter is a fave shade of mine.  It goes on SO well and is that perfect color of being blue-ish grey without the harsh intensity.  A lovely every day shade for when you’re sick of black or brown.  This liners will only run you $7.49 each!
  4. OPI Nail Lacquer.  These are beautiful and long-lasting nail polishes in every color you can imagine for only $9.00 each!  In the latest collection OPI takes us to San Francisco!
  5. Zoya Nail Polish.  Beautiful shades named after beautiful ladies!  The colors are innovative, safe and they last.  The retail is $8.00 each, but Zoya is always offering deals and discounts!  One of the latest collections is Zoya Cashmeres, but they’re also gaining a lot of buzz from PixieDust!
  6. L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss.  These glosses ($7.99 each) are an easy and inexpensive way to shine up your pucker without it feeling sticky or goopy.
  7. L’Oreal 24hr Infallible Eye Shadows.  It’s likely I own 85% of these.  I just love to use them for eyeshadow bases and they are so silky to touch.  They feel luxurious but will only run you $7.99 each.
  8. Wet n Wild Beauty Eyeshadow Palettes.  This brand has really upped their game since I was in high school, even launching a collection with Fergie!  My faves are the Trio Eyeshadows ($2.99 each) and the 8 pan Collection Eyeshadows ($4.99 each).  Also be sure to check out their Mega Last Lip Color ($2.99 each)!
  9. Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion.  The retail on this is $9.99 and it’s gotten me through some rough times.  No pun intended.  For awhile, I couldn’t put anything with fragrance on my skin.  I would get horrible rashes and have to go to the doctor to get meds.  This lotion (before blogging and learning about some other brands that also work for me) was the only thing I could use to moisturize.  It’s still also the least expensive solution.
  10. Subscription Boxes.  Yes, I’m serious.  $10 can get you a whole SLEW of items to play with and try out.  Subscription Boxes can be a gamble, but I’ve found that the ipsy Glam Bag has the best items and value, while Birchbox has the best referral/rewards system.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Beauty Items Under $10!  Check out what the other bloggers love and be sure to tell us what your faves are!


L’Oreal Paris ETERNALLY NUDE 193 Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain Swatches & Review

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L’Oreal Paris has a new type of lip product on the shelves in their Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain.  A row of twelve shades are available for choosing, but I took the safe route and went with Eternally Nude.

IMG_3538What the L’Oreal Paris website says about Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain:

Discover a stain that thinks it’s a gloss. Now hydration & shine meet lasting, lightweight color. Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain combines the power of a lip stain with lip-gloss luster. This next generation lip stain, formulated with a blend of light hydrating oils & concentrated pigments, delivers lasting color with a glossy finish. Packed with 30% water, Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain leaves lips soft, comfortable and hydrated for up to 6 hours.

IMG_3541 IMG_3633 IMG_3643Eternally Nude is a rosy brown tinged nude.  Definitely on the sheer side.  I was impressed that this went on easily and stayed glossy without drying out my lips.  Unfortunately it only hung around for about 2 hours and there was no stain lingering on the lips to attempt a color revive with gloss.

My expectations might have been too high for this one.  I expected it to be like the YSL Glossy Stains that I love so much, just cheaper.  This particular shade is definitely pretty and easy to apply, so at least it’s got that going for it and can make me happy in that way.

In addition to today’s post of Eternally Nude there are also 11 other shades of this stain available.  Which will you choose?

L’Oreal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain retails for $9.99 and is available at Ulta as well as at drugstores nationwide.


Top 10 Tuesday – Gold Eyeshadows to Lust Over

I love Top 10 Tuesdays… it gives me a chance to essentially shop my stash and show off my favorite products from sometimes many years past.  It’s like when you look at pics of yourself with friends from years ago and remember the good ol’ days!

A lot of these on my list of Gold Eyeshadows to Lust Over are long gone… no longer available to purchase unless you get lucky on a swapping site or evil-bay.  However, some are perm or recently launched… so act fast ;)

IMG_3996In no particular order:

  1. Maybelline Shady Shores Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow – this was from Summer 2013.  Shady Shores is very much a sunshine gold with an ever so slight duochrome.  This product in any shade is amazing for holding your eye look perfectly all day long.
  2. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine 24hr Infallible Eye Shadow – a more metallic, shimmery gold – this one stays vivid and will also keep your eye look going strong all day.
  3. Chanel Apparence Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow – I actually chose this for my Makeup Wars favorite holiday metallic as well.  This is more of a demure, sheer gold while still being shimmery.  This formula is also fabulous as a base for all day wear.
  4. Chanel Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powders for Eyes and Cheeks – Oh, you thought this was only for your cheeks?  No, sir.  I actually like to wear these shades even more on my eyes (if you click the link you’ll see photo evidence of this)!!  You probably also saw me feature this one in the Top 10 Tuesday Get Your Glow On and Makeup Wars My Most Expensive Face.
  5. Chanel Topkapi Quadra Eye Shadow Palette – This is from Fall 2011 and is a super sexy and lust-worthy quad from Chanel.  Lots of sultry brows and taupes and an over the top hawt gold.  Proving all quads are not created equal.
  6. Dior Mordore Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow – This is a recent one and launched with Fall 2013.  It’s probably the best bronzy gold out there, but, as you’ll see from the rest of my list, Dior knows how to do golds and do them very well.
  7. Dior Golden Savannah 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow – Maybe more towards the khaki-gold side of the spectrum, this palette has some amazing golden bronzed and olive shades.  I love it because it brings out the very (and I’m talking very) minute flecks of green that hint at my eyes.  Golden Savannah was released with Fall 2012.
  8. Dior Couture Golds 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow – Couture Golds contains a gold from every end of the spectrum – from a white gold to a deep brown with golden flecks.  It truly makes that perfect holiday eye.  Which is fitting, since this palette was released with the Holiday 2011 Collection.
  9. Dior Five Golds 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow – I believe this was from Holiday 2010 (omg… it’s amazing to me I am that much of a hoarder… I just love my golds!).  This is the Dior palette that started it all for me… it began my Dior Golds Obsession.  Can you blame me?
  10. MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow x 4 – Bare My Soul is recent from Summer 2013.  It’s not a palette you’d immediately think of when you think “gold” but the shade this quad is named for, Bare My Soul, is a fabulous gold shade (very impressive for a lustre finish) and the whole eye look will just blow your mind.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Gold Eyeshadows to Lust Over!  Check out the Golds the other bloggers love and be sure to tell us what your faves are!

PRIMP with L’Oreal Paris and PERKS Happen!

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Remember that teaser post last month where I revealed that Pretty in My Pocket (aka PRIMP) had partnered with L’Oreal Paris to bring about some awesome perks?  Well, the time is NOW.

Pretty in my Pocket (www.prettyinmypocket.com) is thrilled to announce that Perks (discounts!) are now redeemable for NYC PrimpersL’Oréal  Paris Perks are live on Pretty in my Pocket from July 19th, 2013 – October 19th, 2013 at participating New York City Walgreens & Duane Reade locations. See list of locations here.

mail_image_preview3L’Oréal Paris is offering 5 Looks associated with 5 Perks. Now you can re-create that red-hot Look at a discount! Scroll through PRIMP’s Looks feed to discover blogger, user, & brand created Looks – tagged with the EXACT products used. Everything you could possibly need to make an educated beauty decision is now at your fingertips!

I am a Power Primper with Pretty in my Pocket which means that PRIMP features me as an expert beauty blogger! It’s easy to find me & follow me on the app for all of my pretty little thoughts about beauty products. I tested out some of the makeup products that L’Oréal Paris has in their Looks & Perks.  You can see all of my reviews of the products on the app as well as the pics below.

download(a screen shot of some of my looks that are available to see on the app!)

Make sure you are following me on PRIMP for on-the-go Reviews, Looks, & more! You can even check out my virtual beauty Bag for my must-have products. 

I’ve swatched some of the fabulous products that PRIMP and L’Oreal Paris (products that are all available at a discount when using a PRIMP Perk) sent over for me to play with.  These pics can also be seen under my looks in the PRIMP app!

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(L-R: L’Oreal Raspberry Splash Lipgloss, Violet Colour Riche Eyeliner, Neon Skirt Eyeshadow)

IMG_8582(FOTD featuring L’Oreal Neon Skirt Eyeshadow, Raspberry Splash Lipgloss, Violet Colour Riche Eyeliner and Voluminous False Fiber Lashes)


(EOTD using L’Oreal Neon Skirt Eyeshadow, Violet Colour Riche Eyeliner and Voluminous False Fiber Lashes)

IMG_8617(L’Oreal Nail Color in L’Orange)

IMG_8627(L’Oreal Nail Color in Now You Sea Me)

Have you downloaded PRIMP?  Let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance with the download or the app itself, I’ll help in any way I can!

Take a peek at the Perks offered by downloading Pretty in my Pocket in the App Store (Android coming soon!), registering & creating a Profile, and then tapping “Perks” on the bottom navigation. PRIMP will display the closest Perks to you at your local Walgreens or Duane Reade stores!

Get Connected with the PRIMP community!
You can also follow L’Oréal Paris, expert bloggers (like me!), and friends by tapping “People” then the little magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner.

Don’t worry if you aren’t in NYC, Perks will be available in other cities soon!
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