Review – L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

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This was a classic case of “YouTube Made Me Buy It”.

For the last year or so, I’ve been really into watching YouTube videos, even more so than traditional blogs. And every now and then, you get a particular product which is EVERYWHERE. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is raving about it, and everyone must have it.

One such product was the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. A few months ago, it started popping up as a dupe to the Lancôme cushion foundation, and every video I watched, there it was. YouTubers couldn’t stop talking about it.

Wow, I thought! This must really be something if all of these people are loving it!

So on a lunchtime trip to Boots I spied it in my shade and popped it in my basket.

Even then, I was a little concerned about it, mainly because of the price. It’s £14.99 for 15ml of product, which when you think about it is REALLY expensive, especially for a drugstore brand. A usual foundation comes in 30ml, so in reality it’s £30 for the same amount of product that you would normally get in a foundation bottle.

I started using it, and initially loved it. It did what it said on the tin – a sheer, buildable, glowy base product which smoothed out my skin tone and was lightweight – perfect for summer.

However, very quickly I began to notice that I wasn’t getting as much product on my make-up sponge when I dipped it in. And by quickly, I mean within about a week. I flipped the sponge over (as the foundation pools at the bottom) and all was well again… For about a week.

The problem with this product is that it dries up ridiculously quickly, and it pretty much useless after about a month. Had I paid a fiver for it I wouldn’t be too bothered, but I didn’t.

SO disappointed was I about this product, I had to share it. I don’t like to write bad reviews about products but this one was so bad I felt I needed to. DON’T get tempted by it!

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Stop Press! Nails Inc Mega Deal For One Day Only!

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I wouldn’t say I’m a beauty junkie as such, but the one thing I do love is my nail varnishes. I probably have in excess of 50 at home *hangs head in shame*. I don’t get to wear them as much as I’d like to at the moment as my job doesn’t allow for it, but I like to pamper my nails when I can.
One of my favourite brands is Nails Inc. I love the way they apply, the variety of colours and their staying power. But at £11 per bottle it’s not a cheap purchase, so I try to only buy the colours I really love.
Nails Inc occasionally have AMAZING one day sales and as luck would have it, there’s one coming up tomorrow!
The deal is 8 nail varnishes for £20 – full price that would cost you £88!!
Nails Inc haven’t confirmed exactly which shades are in the set yet but they are going to be from their Pastel Power set – there are some really fab shades in there.
This is a complete bargain for those who love their nail varnishes. Also, Nails Inc varnishes make great presents – in the past I have given two or three complimentary shades as a birthday gift.
What’s more, P&P is normally £3.95, but if you use the code FREEDELIVERY you can get.. You guessed it… Free delivery!
So, Friday 21st February, put it in your diaries. You’ll need to get in there quick as sets run out quickly.
You can visit the Nails Inc website here. Remember, the deal won’t go live until Friday. Good luck and let me know if you order them!

January Birchbox Contents

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If you read my last post, you’ll know that I have recently received my first ever (and possibly last) Birchbox.

I won’t go into it all again – I had enough of a rant last time! I’m a stickler for good customer service and won’t settle for anything less. And Birchbox, in my opinion have fallen far below the standards I would expect.

However, it’s only fair that I give the box a good try, and so I thought I’d give you a little run down of what I received and my thoughts on each product.

First up, it’s the Bee Kind Body Lotion with honey and organic chamomile extracts. Personally, body lotion isn’t one of my favourite things to use. It’s something I should use more often, but I tend to end up with loads of half-used body butters and such like. This sample size is probably enough for two applications. I really liked the smell of it, and it was so moisturising, particularly on my legs where I often get very dry skin, especially in the winter.
Would I buy it? No, because I wouldn’t get the use out of it. But I don’t have any real complaints about the product and it was pleasant enough to use.

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Next was the Blanc Cachemire Creme de Jour Protectrice – this is a French brand which I have never heard of and seems to be very hard to get hold of in the UK. It’s a day cream and came with a handy little card telling you about it because all of the packaging is in French! This was quite an average product – it sank in really quickly and moisturised my face without leaving it feeling greasy, but I was a bit put off by the smell. I can’t really tell you exactly what the smell was… You know when things just smell a bit “natural”? Know what I mean? Anyway, not my thing.

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The smell of this next product, on the other hand, was a winner for me. The Lavera Basis Sensitiv Hand Cream had a gorgeous smell – I asked Mike what he thought my hands smelled like and he said “sweets!”. And that’s exactly what it was like – it smelt like Refreshers! Yummy. The cream absorbed really quickly into my hands – I hate it when hand cream lingers and you end up not being able to do anything for ages. This wasn’t that way inclined and as such will be finding a home in my handbag.

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I’ve tried Benefit’s Porefessional before and really liked it – it seriously works. It does what it says on the tin – it smooths out your pores and mattifies your skin leaving it looking flawless and airbrushed. You can use it on its own or as a primer under your foundation. I would definitely purchase this, in fact having this sample has reminded me how much I love it and it may well be on my list next time I’m shopping!

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The next item was a Philip Kinglsey Moisture Balancing Conditioner. I’m a conditioner fiend. I use it every time I wash my hair, and slather it on. With this sample, there wasn’t a lot there so I was actually very conservative with how much I used, and I only applied it to the mid section and ends of my hair. My first impressions were very good – initially I didn’t notice any difference from my normal conditioner, but then Mike commented “Have you straightened your hair? It looks very shiny”, so I thought, Great! It has actually done something! I was quite happy with it until today – one day later and my hair is REALLY greasy. Now, considering I only used a small amount, and I can normally go for up to three days before my hair gets greasy, that doesn’t bode well. I’m sad to say I won’t be using this again.

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The last, and slightly random, item in my Birchbox was some Itsu Miso Soup. I must be the only person in the world to not have tried Miso soup! It’s a healthy, vegetarian paste which you can make into a soup or use to flavour marinades. I’ve been looking for some recipes to try this out on and think I will be soon making a vegetable noodle soup – I’ll keep you posted on the outcome!

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So there you have it. A pretty average box. All the samples were quite small sizes, and after reading other beauty blogs and seeing the great items they’ve had in their boxes over the past year, to say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

Glossybox here I come!

My First (And Last?) Birchbox Review

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Have any of you ever tried out any of these monthly beauty boxes? Birchbox, Glossybox, Love Me Beauty? You pay a set amount per month, generally around £10, and get a box of beauty goodies each month to try out. It could be make up, skincare, hair care, accessories… Anything really!

I love to have lots of samples of different products to try out so when I first saw this on Hannahhotcakes blog I knew I had to try it out. Hannah subscribes to Birchbox and posts a review on each product she receives. I liked the idea of this so last month I signed up to Birchbox. It cost me £10 plus around £2.95 postage.

I waited excitedly for my package to arrive so that I could try the items out and write my own blog post.

How disappointed I was. I waited for almost two weeks for delivery, and when nothing came I contacted Birchbox to let them know. Annoyingly, there is no obvious phone number on their website so I emailed them. They reassured me that they would send another box which would arrive shortly.

Well over another week later and no box!!! I emailed them again and requested my money back. They gave me a full refund, but with no real apology, or phone call, despite me having requested a call back on three occasions.

I got my money back, but about 3 days after that I received my box… Which had been opened but was still intact as far as I could see. The items I received were OK but nothing special, and I didn’t really feel, had I actually paid for it, that it was worth a tenner.

Overall, I was really unhappy with the service from Birchbox, and have cancelled any further subscriptions with them.

Would any of you recommend any monthly boxes I could try? I’m thinking of possibly trying Glossybox next.

I don’t expect that Birchbox will care about this bad review because customer services doesn’t seem to be high on their list of priorities. But I have to say, after all the fab products I have seen on other beauty bloggers’ pages I was so disappointed in my experience 😦

I will be doing a small review very soon of the products I received… But for now… Sad face 😦

Beauty Review – L’Oreal Micellar Water

My blog is predominantly about baking however I do love to experiment with make up and beauty products. Saying that, I’m definitely on a budget and love to find products that do their job without costing the earth!

As a reader of beauty blogs, I know that Micellar water has been all the rage for a while now and is certainly not new to the market. The Bioderma Creoline H20 allegedly sells a bottle every 6 seconds, but at around £20 a bottle it’s a little too pricey for me for a make up remover.

My latest find is the L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. A bit of a mouthful eh?!

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Micellar water essentially works because the molecules in it attach themselves to the oil in our skin and remove it to leave it clean and fresh. The formula means that it’s mild enough to be used on even sensitive skin and yet is strong enough to remove your make up.

The L’Oreal Micellar claims to dissolve make up, unclog pores, remove impurities and tone and smooth skin.

This is the first Micellar water I have tried, and I have to say, I was really impressed with it. It removed my make up, even my mascara, very effectively, and left my skin feeling really fresh and revitalised! You don’t need to use very much and one or two swipes across the area you are cleansing will do the job. No tugging at the skin and adding to my ever increasing wrinkles! I will be including this in my skincare routine for sure. I think it’s a perfect product for those days where you are feeling a little hungover or tired because it’s caring on your skin and perks you up!

At the moment it’s a complete bargain as it’s got 1/3 off at Boots and is only £3.33 for 200ml! How could you say no to that?!

Check it out here at Boots:

http://www.boots.com/en/LOreal-Paris-Skin-Perfection-3-in-1-Purifying-Micellar-Solution-200ml_1299734/