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?

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

Thank you, Zoya!

So this isn’t much of a post because I haven’t gotten a chance to try any of these polishes out yet, but I just wanted to mention how sweet Zoya is. Within the past two weeks I won TWO of Zoya’s fashion week contests. During fashion week they had a contest just about every day – I think even more than one on a couple of those days – and I entered about 3 or 4 of them. Not long after, I received a message from them on Facebook telling me that I won one! I was super stoked because even though it’s just nail polish, I never win ANYTHING. Except for ONE time like 10 years ago when I entered these contests online at the WB.com (back before it was The CW) and won One Tree Hill the first season twice – I think that I seriously had to have been the only person who entered them because it didn’t make any sense to me how I could win two. Anywho, enough rambling. After I found out I won, I didn’t enter any more of the contests. Well about a week later, I got a message on Twitter from them telling me that I won yet again! I couldn’t believe it.. because like I said, this NEVER happens. So now I’ve won twice? Well the second contest I won I believe had already passed so I think perhaps one of the winners never claimed their prize or something and I happened to be the lucky chosen one. I felt a bit guilty though because I had already won one – I told them so, but they insisted it was okay, so I said what the heck.. probably the only time this will ever happen!

This week I received both of my prizes. The first one was a trio containing the colors Dovima (my first matte polish), Jacqueline and Dahlia. The second was the Rolando Santana trio which contains the colors Demi, Pippa and Avery. All these colors are gorgeous, but I’m most excited for Jacqueline because I’ve been wanting to try her out for a little while now. Swatches coming soon!