L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée

Hello everybody! I hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s snowing here… 70+ degrees one day and snowing the next. Just one of the many reasons why I can’t wait to leave this place! I’ve pretty much been lounging around and putting off packing which I totally need to get on ASAP, as we’re moving in about two weeks. I’m tellin’ ya, as many times as I’ve moved, you’d think it would get easier but that just isn’t the case. If anything, I’m getting lazier! Oooh, I just cannot wait until it’s all over!

Today I have some swatches of this spring’s new L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée. This collection was created by L’Oreal with the goal of having a match for women of every skin tone. Inspired by seven beautiful actresses/entertainers, the women who make up the faces of this line are J-Lo, Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria, Freida Pinto, Doutzen Kroes, Liya Kebede and Cheryl Cole (which I believe is only available in the UK if I’m not mistaken). I think there may be a few other shades, but these are the only ones I’ve actually seen or heard of. Each line is geared towards women whose skin complexion resembles their own – Julianne’s would be most fitting for those with light complexions, Freida’s is most fitting for those with darker tones, but of course we aren’t confined to those shades only. As you can see, I’ve chosen a couple that were out of my “range”. I purchased Freida, Julianne & Doutzen’s polishes and Freida and Liya’s lippies. The lipsticks actually look somewhat high-end and if you’re familiar with NARS products, they’re that same rubbery sort of packaging.

L'Oreal Collection Privee
From L to R: Freida’s polish, Freida’s lipstick, Julianne’s polish, Liya’s lipstick, Doutzen’s polish

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Doutzen

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Freida

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Julianne

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Julianne, Laura Mercier Nude Silk dupe
Left – no flash, Right – with flash

I also unintentionally discovered a dupe! The reason I bought Julianne was because I didn’t think I had any polishes that resembled that color. As soon as I started applying it, something clicked in my head. I went and grabbed a Laura Mercier polish (in the color Nude Silk) I bought a while ago and sure enough, it looked like an exact match! It took three coats to get Laura’s to full opacity, Julianne’s was only two. It’s soo hard to tell, but Julianne’s is just a smidgen more pink toned than Nude Silk, but on camera, it’s nearly undetectable. So if anyone owns & loves Nude Silk and is looking for a similar color, Julianne is it!

L'Oreal Collection Privee Freida
L’Oreal Collection Privée Lipstick – Freida’s Nude

L'Oreal Collection Privee Liya
L’Oreal Collection Privee Lipstick – Liya’s Nude

The lipsticks are really moisturizing and glossy-like (like a Laura Mercier Stick Gloss, but with a bit more color). You do have to layer them a bit to get the full color out of ’em, but I don’t mind because what I’m more concerned about is the formula & texture. They’re very smooth and easy to apply!

I have to say, the celeb endorsements got me. I don’t think I would’ve purchased any of these if it weren’t for them, but I’m happy I did! The lipsticks and polishes retail for around $6 each, depending on where you get them. If you hit up Walgreens when they have a L’Oreal sale, they’re usually BOGO 50% off, plus I always ask the beauty advisor if they have coupons behind the makeup counter to make it even more worth while! More often than not, they’re happy to look for me! What do you think of this collection? Are there any of them that you’d like to try?

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March Madness Haul/Purchases

Hello, guys & gals!

March is nearly over and April will soon be upon us! That means we’re inching closer to spring trends and weather! I gathered together all of my beauty purchases from this month (hopefully I can make it through tomorrow without caving in). I feel like this was a lot, but most of them are actually drugstore buys – Maybelline Color Tattoos and L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée products making up the bulk of that. I will be posting swatches and reviews of many of these in the days and weeks to come, so stay tuned! What were your beauty purchases for the month of March?

Inglot, L'oreal Privee, Smashbox Ombre, NYX Butter Lipstick, Sephora Glitterguard Primer, Maybelline Color Tattoo

Beautylish and Inglot Review & Swatches

Hi all!

So today, I wanted to post about my very first Beautylish and Inglot purchase! I’ve visited Beautylish.com from time to time over the past year or two, but never ordered anything. Since I started my beauty journey last year, I guess you could say I’ve kind of been a dedicated Sephora girl. I love the fact that I can use eBates, Swagbucks AND Shopkick (shameless plug, maybe, but I’m SO serious about getting free stuff when I can!) to earn cash-back or points towards MORE Sephora gift cards (and I’ve earned SEVERAL), and I also like accumulating Beauty Insider points (if you aren’t aware of their Beauty Insider program, I definitely recommend that you join – it’s free and at the very least, you’ll get a free birthday gift every year). However, being quite disappointed in how their Rouge program has materialized (it actually hasn’t) and how these issues been addressed by the company, I’ve been doing most, if any, of my shopping elsewhere.

That brings me to Beautylish! I don’t know how it happened, I just ended up there browsing again as I do every so often, and the Inglot products caught my eye more so than usual this time. I decided to order. It wasn’t anything huge, but I chose a lipstick, a gloss and a loose pigment (my first loose pigment ever!). Their makeup is fairly inexpensive and I’ve only read good things (mainly about their eyeshadows), so it was a done deal. When the package arrived, the products were charmingly tied and wrapped inside a small, brown paper bag, and a personal message written on a note card was included, thanking me for my purchase! So cute & thoughtful! I love when companies show great customer recognition, those kind of gestures really go a long way. It was a really sweet added touch which will definitely keep me coming back. I’d definitely recommend checking out Beautylish if you haven’t before. The shipping is quite reasonable – they offer free FedEx 2-day shipping with purchases of $35 and up and orders under $35 have a flat $5 charge, which still isn’t bad, IMO. Plus it’s not just a site to shop at, it’s also a community full of beauty lovers – there are tons of beauty-related videos, product ratings, advice, etc. It’s a really neat site, so check it out!

Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadow 35

Pigment #35 – This color caught my eye almost immediately – the pictures definitely don’t do it justice. I’ve never seen anything like it! And I’ve never used a loose pigment before, so I was a bit hesitant to buy it in case I couldn’t figure out how to use it properly – but even if I hadn’t Youtube’d videos on it, I don’t think I could’ve passed it up because it’s just such a gorgeous, unique color. It’s a shiny duochrome pigment; a deep periwinkle/cornflower blue mixed with gold. When the light hits it, the gold really radiates and I think it’s just simply stunning. It turned out to be exactly the color I thought it would be, and we all know how makeup swatches and pictures on our phones and laptops can prove to be so deceiving and disappointing once we receive the actual product.

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream

The lipstick I chose (#236) went on creamy and evenly. On my lips, it shows up as a maroon color with purple undertones, kind of like what I expected my Dior Lip Addict Extreme in Bonne Aventure to appear (that was one of those “disappointments” I was referring to earlier), so I was very pleased. It has a nice sheen to it too. The lipgloss (#46) is ahh-mazinggg! Okay, now I’m not a huge fan of sparkly gloss by any means. It’s just not my thing. I like my lips glossy, but they’re HUGE so I don’t need added sparkle to accentuate them. HOWEVER, this gloss has an amazing lustrous glow to it. It’s a bright, semi-sheer strawberry red with gold shimmer inside. I couldn’t stop staring at it when I put it on! I don’t look for sparkly glosses, so I don’t know if there is one like this out there – to me this is one-of-a-kind. It’s perfect for summer because it has that golden glow, it’s sheer but not so sheer that it won’t show up when worn alone and it has a nice texture, not too sticky. I know once this one runs out I’ll be buying another, I really, really love this color!

Here’s a little look I tried with the lips and eyes – I’m still on a bit of a learning curve with my eyeshadow.. sometimes it turns out okay, sometimes it doesn’t, so bear with me! I’m not creative at all when it comes to putting together different shadows and looks. I usually find a pictorial or video online to try to imitate, but this time I attempted it without that. I swear, my hooded, droopy eyelids are sooo hard to work with. I recently heard someone on a video say that hooded eyelids are actually the most common eyelids out there, but I have a hard time believing that. Whenever I Google a look, the pictures that pop up are almost always girls with full, visible lids and I get a bit jealous. I mean, they just look like they’re so much easier to work with than mine. There are so many techniques and odd things that I have to do to get the lid color to show, to get my eyeliner to wing out without getting caught on the hood, it’s just crazy. I feel like no matter what I do, it just doesn’t turn out the way eyeshadow should really “look”. Maybe I’ll get the hang of it one day and it’ll be like second nature, but it feels like that day will never come.

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream, Inglot Pure Pigment Eyeshadow 35

Lorac Unzipped, Inglot AMC Pure Pigment 35

Before I even received these products, I went and ordered some more; 5 Inglot shadows from their Freedom System (the Freedom System is a system Inglot has where you can choose the size of the palette you want to purchase, from a 1-square palette to a 40-square palette, along with the products you want to add to your palette – eyeshadows, lipsticks, concealers, etc.; the freedom to add what you wish!). So I will have another review coming soon! All in all, I’m really impressed so far and I don’t know why it took me this long to try them out! Do you have any experiences with Inglot, or are there any products that catch your eye?

Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Lip Color

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon these online and HAD to try some. For only $5.50 a piece (not including the coupons I had), I couldn’t go wrong.

I purchased four of these in the colors Sin-A-Mon (935), Touchable Taupe (940), Stormy Sahara (945) and Untainted Spice (950). I have to say I absolutely LOVE every color and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite.. I’m so into nudes and neutrals right now and every color I bought is wearable (yay, no returns!).

Sin-A-Mon on my lips is like a light beige-y taupe-y color and actually reminds me a lot of my NYX Round Lipstick in Rea, but not nearly as matte or bold. Touchable Taupe might be my favorite out of all of them, a creamy light chocolatey color (I’m horrible with descriptions, can you tell?) that I think goes amazing with my skin tone. Stormy Sahara is definitely a pink-toned sandy nude and in my opinion doesn’t seem to go on quite as smooth as the rest, but nonetheless is still wearable and beautiful. Last but not least is Untainted Spice which is kind of like a chocolate brown with a slight hint of plummy red. It goes on quite glossy which I really like and I really love this color too.

I can’t say I’ve ever really worn Maybelline lipstick before, but I really, really like these and hope they’ll be sticking around for a while. There’s a large variety to choose from (10 in all), so there shouldn’t be much trouble finding the perfect shade for you!

The Buffs Names

The Buffs

935 Sin-A-MonSin-A-Mon

940 Touchable TaupeTouchable Taupe

945 Stormy SaharaStormy Sahara

950 Untainted SpiceUntainted Spice