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Sephora Haul :)

A trip to the US usually leads to a Sephora pitstop (*ahem* plus pre-trip orders!). I wanted to share my purchases and finds. Once I have tried the new items I will post reviews as I work my way through 🙂

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List of products and, where possible, links to Sephora product pages:

Sephora Favourites Beauty Oils Essentials $58, can’t find this, there were only two on the shelf in store…  – SORRY!

Josie Maran Matchmaker set in Light/Medium $68.

Laura Mercier Flawless Radiance Beauty insider gift – no longer available online – again, SORRY!

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Pallete $36, no longer available online – similiar here – I managed to get this in store.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light 15ml $16 – I picked up this smaller size for travelling.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist sample, Full size is $25 here.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base sample, Full size is $25 here.

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar sample, Full size is $25 here.

Ole Henriksen truth serum Vitamin C collagen booster sample, Full size is $48 here.

Ole Henriken skincare ranging from $8 Truth to Go face wipes to $45 skincare kits, available here – I am really liking this line at the moment.

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment $69 – a must have once a week mask, one pot has lasted me 5 months!

Fresh Sugar lip treatment SPF15 mini size trio (available near checkout in store), Full sizes are $22.50 here.

Kat Von D  Lock-it Tattoo Foundation samples, Full size is $34 here (FYI: M53 seems to match me well, I am Beige clair 53 in Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation and NC25-30 in Mac)

Hope you enjoyed reading about what I got, and I would love to hear from anyone with Sephora recommendations – as shopping in their stores can be a little overwhelming-!

 

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L’Oréal L’EXTRAORDINAIRE BY COLOR RICHE Liquid lipstick

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L’Oréal L’EXTRAORDINAIRE BY COLOR RICHE in 401 Fuschia drama & 601 Nude ballet, £8.99 eachIMG_7064

“New L’Extraordinaire by Color Riche is our extraordinary new lip colour from L’Oréal Paris for high shine and intense colour. Thanks to luxurious micro-oils infused with rich pigments, you can enjoy lip perfection in 3 dimensions:

1) Colour intensity of a lipstick. 2) Magnifying shine of a gloss. 3) Softness of a balm.

Available in 9 extraordinary shades.Our combination of carefully blended luxurious micro-oils infused with rich pigments. We replaced the waxes with oils for an incredible shine and softness. L’Extraordinaire is formulated with oils to catch the light for magnified colour. Enriched with lotus flower, argan, camelia seed and rose canina fruit oils, the formula gives a nourishing care feeling and a super soft finish.

How To Apply Application is made easy with a feather-soft wand – simply apply colour in a single stroke.” (www.loreal-paris.co.uk)

Firstly 601 Nude Ballet is a nude slightly pink-toned beige shade and 401 Fuchsia Drama a true bright fuchsia shade.IMG_7063

A thin layer of the liquid lipstick blended into the lips gave me a sheer glossy look with a hint of colour, much like what I would expect from a regular lip gloss. A thicker layer gave me a more pigmented lipstick+gloss effect. The end result seemed similar to the YSL glossy stain, although without the stain. Nude ballet does not apply evenly for me as I have quite pigmented lips, it was necessary to blend the gloss into my lips and then apply a second coat to get a even application, although this tone of nude was not very flattering on my skin-tone (MAC NC30-35); to make it work as a lipstick I have been mixing the Fuchsia with the Nude in order to get a balance between the two. On the other hand, Fuschia Drama is very pigmented and I need less product to get a pigmented even finish. These liquid lipsticks feel very comfortable – not too gloopy-, hydrating, wore evenly and lasted a good 3 hours, which is fantastic for a gloss/lipstick.

Positives: The liquid lipstick did not dry out my lips at all, felt comfortable, wore evenly, lasted 3 hours (no eating/drinking), surprisingly left my lips hydrated and smells of peaches (normally don’t like scent but this is subtle)! The applicator holds just the right amount of product to get a pigmented finish – at first it did not seem enough at all, so this surprised me, a little really goes a long way. I really like these and will be trying very hard not to buy too many more… 🙂 The price is really good and they are on 3 for 2 in boots at the moment – help!IMG_7062

Negatives: Hmmm… Maybe the scent, as it might not be to everyones taste. Also, some shades contain shimmer and you can’t see this as the actual colour inside doesn’t show through the packaging – no clear window panel- , so you don’t see the product inside until you open it and try it out.

Samples provided by boots.com.

Have you tried this? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Following up on my last Revlon post is the Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (L) & Revlon Colorburst Lacquer balm (R).

Revlon Matte and Lacquer balms

Shade: Unapologetic – warm bright pink.

I found this to be similar in colour the Mac Hue, but more sheer and is shot with shimmer. After the product has worn away the shimmer remains on the lips.

Product: Twist up crayon, packaging colour matches the colour of the product inside – like the previous balm stains Revlon released.

The product is a twist up crayon and the packaging colour matches the colour of the product inside, much like the previous balm stains revlon released a year or so ago. This colour applies really well, very even, although if you have very pigmented lips this may just show up very shimmery. The balm is very hydrating, but

Revlon Colorburst Matte (left) & Laquer (right) balm swatches

wears away quickly – 2 hours max. I have found using the revlon balm stain layered underneath works really well in increasing the wear time but will change the colour depending on the combination – I have been using Cherish or Honey.

Again, one negative is over time this crayon style of packaging becomes quite blunt and you can’t really sharpen it. I have tried to use just one side in an effort to create a lipstick bullet point shape but it doesn’t seem to work as the product is too solid, like a solid twist up lip balm. Plus, this has a minty scent to it, tingles on application, just incase that might bother anyone – I quite like this :).

Balms are available at boots.com.

Have you tried any of the other colours/finishes?

Samples provided by Boots.

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Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm review

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic (left) & Revlon Colorburst Lacquer balm in Demure (right).

First Up, Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm (lacquer balm review to follow)

Shade: Unapologetic – warm bright pink.

Product: Twist up crayon, packaging colour matches the colour of the product inside – like the previous balm stains Revlon released.

The colour applies really well, very even and wears well. This feels comfortable for a matte lip product, not tight at all. Unapologetic is highly pigmented, a light swipe and I have opaque colour! I was able to reapply without any flaking as my lips hadn’t been completely dried out, as is the case with most matte lip products on the market today.

I prefer these to the Nars matte lip crayons as they just feel more hydrating and won’t put as much of a dent in my purse, although Nars have the upper-hand on colour selection.

Swatches: Unapologetic (left), Demure (right)

Differences to existing line of balm stains is that this is not a stain formula, and so will require more frequent application, or… you could layer a stain underneath, as I do, to give a longer lasting finish but this of course will change the colour. I love messing around with colours and mixing formulas, so couldn’t wait to try this out; I am happy to report that my lip colour (revlon balm stain in honey with unapologetic matte balm over the top gave a lovely two-toned finish) and didn’t need touching up for 5 hours!

One negative is over time is this crayon style of packaging becomes quite blunt and you can’t really sharpen it, so you end up losing the precision and as this is a twist up balm it is difficult to use a lip brush to apply instead. I have tried to use just one side in an effort to create a lipstick bullet point shape but it doesn’t seem to work as the product is too solid.

Also this has a minty scent to it, just incase that might bother anyone – I quite like this :).

Balms are available at boots.com.

Have you tried any of the other colours/finishes?

Samples provided by Boots.

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