Showing posts with label matte. Show all posts
Showing posts with label matte. Show all posts
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

L'Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation

Although the L'Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation launched a few weeks ago, I only decided to get it last week. I tend to stay away from anything marketed as being "matte" as I have quite dry/dehydrated skin and these formulas tend to cling to dry patches and flaky areas. Not only that but I prefer a more dewy natural finish when it comes to my foundation and prefer being able to see skin and freckles without masking everything up. 

Recently, I've seen MUA Desi Perkins use and praise this foundation in a few of her YouTube videos and was intrigued by the flawless and lightweight finish it gave. L'Oréal is not a brand that I would usually gravitate towards but after seeing it in action I thought I would give it a go. It was on offer in Superdrug when I bought it, around the €10.50 mark, and usually retails for €13.99.

I applied this with a Beauty Blender soaked in my Mac Fix+ Dupe, which you can read about here, and blended evenly it over my face. I patted excess foundation onto the areas that needed extra coverage such as my nose and chin. I find that the Infallible 24H Matte Foundation gives a really flawless, full coverage without looking heavy and cakey. It also feels lightweight and breathable on the skin which is an extra bonus especially in Summer. If you suffer from dry, flaky patches it's really important to moisturise properly and apply a hydrating spray like Mac Fix+ before your foundation so that it doesn't cling to these areas.

This foundation has vastly become a must-have for me and I will definitely be trying more L'Oréal products soon.
If you have any recommendations please list them below!
Rachael O 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Ultimate Christmas Red Lip

I definitely do not need another red lipstick but if Christmas isn't the perfect time to wear one, then when is? When I saw a review of the Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Lip Pencils over on Alix's blog (I Covet Thee), I decided that I needed to try one out. 

Although my lipstick collection is not lacking in the red department I opted for a classic, dark, blue toned red in the shade Red Essential. What I love about this is the pencil applicator. It is so easy to line and fill in the lips meaning there is no need to use a separate lip pencil! 

The consistency of this product is smooth and velvety as the name suggests. It is quite matte which means it has brilliant staying power but doesn't make your lips feel dry. 

This shade is also similar to the Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella which I have been eyeing up for ages but cannot justify paying £18 for it! For only £4.99/€7.49, the Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Lip Pencils are a bargain and definitely worth trying. I will be buying other shades from this range for sure.

- Rachael O 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday Tip: Hooded Eyes Do's & Dont's

Hooded eyes: when the skin on the upper lid hangs over the eyelid making them barely visible and the area under the brow bone is the most prominent.
Some of the most well known celebrities have hooded eyes but they use clever make up tricks to make their eyes appear wider.

Firstly, here are some examples of celebrities with hooded eyes:

L-R: Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen

I have hooded eyes and some of the celebrities I found with this same eye shape came as a surprise; you would never think that their eyes appear small or quite closed off.  
The most important thing to be conscious of is whether to use:
- a white or black eyeliner
- matte or shimmer eyeshadows
Another important tip is knowing where to contour the eye; because the natural crease is hidden, you will barely be able to see any contour in this area. In effect, it will  just make the eye appear smaller.

Below is a picture of some hooded eye Do's & Dont's when it comes to applying eye makeup:

As you can see the right side appears brighter and more lifted whereas the left side looks puffy and droopy in comparison.

-Apply matte eyeshadow to form a crease above where the natural crease in the eye is.
-Tight line eyeliner on the upper rim of the eyelid and create a tiny flick at the edge to elongate the eye.
-Apply a shimmer neutral shadow to the space underneath the brow bone and on the inside corner of the eye.
-Wear white eyeliner on the bottom inside rim of the eye.

-Heavily line the eyelid as the limited space on the eyelid will appear even smaller.
-Apply shimmer eyeshadow to the space between the crease and the brow as this will make the eye look puffy.
-Wear a black eyeliner on the bottom inside rim of the eye.
-Apply a dark eyeshadow underneath the eye as it will drag everything down and cause it to look droopy.

If you want to see some tuitorials for people with hooded eyes, Stephanie Lange has some interesting and helpful videos.

I hope you learned something from this!

- Rachael O