L’Oreal La Palette Nude

L'Oreal La Palette Nude

I am a sucker for a palette & especially a nude palette – I purchased the L’Oréal La Palette Nude Rose first last year & although at first I thought it was a little pricey, after a few uses I realised the eyeshadows are really good quality and you get 10 shadows in each palette. I love the selection of colours in the Rose palette, they range from a light cream to more rosy shades & a gorgeous deep plum.

Then I purchased the newer L’Oréal La Palette Nude Beige earlier this year & they have both been welcome additions to my makeup stash. I hope L’Oréal release more of these, I would like to see an all Matte option, I think that would be really good.

LOreal La Palette Nude Eyeshadows

LOreal La Palette Nude Rose

Its a versatile palette and you can get create a lot of different looks with the shades, I am not normally one to reach for plums or pink tones but this palette has changed my mind. As you can see from the swatches the shadows are pigmented and apart from the first light cream colour the rest are buttery and blend like a dream. You get 6 shimmers and 4 matte colours, so a good mix for a high street palette.

The packaging is identical on both palettes and feels luxurious, its black & gold which adds to its sleek look. Although the packaging is plastic, its not flimsy or cheep looking but feels robust & shuts tight so It won’t open in your makeup bag. The palette is compact and great for travel, there is also a good size mirror too which is always handy.

La Palette Nude Beige

Although I really like the Rose palette when I heard that L’Oréal were releasing a Nude version I was so excited & I wasn’t to be disappointed. The colours are beautiful and ideal for creating a warm neutral smokey eye and although I probably have identical shades in all my other neutral palettes I really like the formula and pigmentation of these L’Oréal ones. Much like the Rose palette you get 10 shadows, 4 of which are matte & 6 are more shimmery. Its good that both palettes have very different colours in so they’re well worth investing in both.

As you can see from the swatches the colour are bold and very wearable, even the deep grey is easy to blend and isn’t chalky.I love that you get a good mix of neutral colours from taupe, gold to more copper and a lovely deep grey.

I have to say Its a neutral palette that has been getting a lot of use, I have traveled with it a few times and its been all I needed, I didn’t take any other eye shadows. As I said these palettes are so slim and perfect for travel.

L’Oréal La Palette Nude in Beige & Rose are £14.99

Shopping My Beauty Stash June 2015

Shopping My Stash June 2015

Benefit Dallas £23.50 – I have had this boxed blush for so long & I have hardly even made a dent in the product. A little goes a very very long way with this. It is too dark for me in the colder months but as soon as my face gets a little colour its perfect. It gives a really pretty bronze glow to the skin, I like to sweep it across my cheek bones & across my forehead, its a really nice dusky shade and I am so pleased I have rediscovered it just in time for Summer.

MUA Eye Define Lengthening Mascara* £3.00 – This is a really good mascara for separating the lashes and giving them length, its not going to make your lashes look think & full so if like me you have quite naturally thick lashes then this will make them look long and fluttery. I can’t believe it is only £3, I seriously love it & it lasts ALL day with out flaking or transferring. This is a very intense black so if you like your mascara to be jet black this is a great option. It’s a mascara thats well worth adding to your makeup stash. I try not to have too many mascaras on the go at once because they dry up too quickly, so I’m only using this one right now & Its all I need.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush – This is still the prettiest blusher I own, its looks so cute in the pan, I would say that you need to build this up to get a good colour pay off but I guess it would work well for people that only like to wear a hint of colour on their cheeks. They say this blush is infused with

‘natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress’ 

I don’t know about that but it sounds good and if it works then that’s fine by me. I noticed that this blush also had a little light reflecting quality to it too, making the cheeks look really healthy with a pop of colour. Anything that makes me look a little brighter and healthier is going to get the thumbs up from me.

Rimmel Scandal Eye Shadow Paints in Rich Russet  £6.00 – This is a liquid cream eyeshadow & the colour pay off is incredible. It looks wet when you first apply it & I like to blend it in with my ring finger (so easy to blend). They apply evenly and do not budge once the formula has dried. They look slightly metallic but not glittery, I really like wearing this on its own all over the lid & you can build up the colour to be really intense. I have no idea why i haven’t bough more of these because they are easy to apply, great pigmentation and they wear all day.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder* £21.00 – I haven’t tried too many products from this brand but the few things I have tried are so good. This powder is my new favourite setting powder, it is so finely milled & feels almost like velvet. It never looks too much on the skin and I like that it doesn’t add extra colour, it is a cream colour but it doesn’t show up on the skin, it looks almost translucent. If you like a really matte finish then this might not be for you, it does stop me getting oily throughout the day and does a very good job of keeping my makeup looking fresh and in place. I also like that it gives your skin a silky smooth & helps blur imperfections and it looks so natural. And it won best mineral base in this years InStyle Best Beauty Buys 2015 

Korres Lip Butter £8.00 – These are amazing & I have talked about them on my blog so many times but this one in Wild Rose is my favourite Summer lip colour. They’re essentially a lip balm with beautiful pigment. They feel hydrating and soothing on the lips whilst adding great colour, this shade is a pretty berry colour & although I do have to reapply throughout the day the colour is pretty and perfect for days when you want to wear little makeup but still like your lips to have some colour. This will be permanently in my handbag over the coming months.

Seventeen CC Cream in Fair £6.99 – This is a budget friendly tinted moisturiser – I wouldn’t say its amazing at colour correcting but I like my base to look natural and not look to heavy and this does that. It is a creamy formula that can take a little effort to buff into the skin but if you take the time you will get a nice coverage that will stay all day. It gives the skin a matte (ish) finish but with a healthy glow too, after a couple of hours it does start to look more dewy on me but I have quite oily skin & I don’t mind that it does that. It also has SPF 25 so a good lightweight option for Summer.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Current Concealer Collection

Even if I am not wearing a base (foundation, tinted moisturiser) I do like to wear a little concealer, just to cover a few blemish scars & make my dark circles look a little less dramatic. So here are my current concealers, I store them in a MUJI drawer & that fits them all in just perfectly.

My Current Concealers

Seventeen Phwoarr Concealer – LOVE this, the quality is so good for an affordable full coverage concealer. I use this to conceal spots, imperfections and some redness on my nose & chin, I wouldn’t use it as an under eye concealer. Only because its a little heavy and tends to gather in my fine lines. I have to say it rivals my beloved Benefit Boiing the only thing separating them is that the Seventeen one is a little more creamy & at a push the Benefit one lasts slightly longer.

Benefit Boiing – I have repurchased this so many times,This stuff covers imperfections like a hero! I’ve used it for years and can always rely on it to cover redness, blemishes and dark spots. It stays in place a heck of a long time, this stuff is heavy-duty. It’s a full coverage concealer but it doesn’t look heavy on the skin, you can blend it in so it looks even and not cakey at all. The formula is creamy and I find it works best if applied to the skin with your finger and blended out with a brush. A little goes a long way so start with a small amount and build up if you need too.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – This only has a couple of uses left in it & I have enjoyed it but wouldn’t repurchase it. I used it as an under eye brightening concealer & think it did a good job of making my dark circles look brighter & my under eye area more awake. The reason I won’t be repurchasing is I found the product dried up quickly in the tube despite the lid being on very tight.

Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Brightening Illuminating Concealer  Love this – it is that perfect combination of concealer and highlighter. I bought it whilst in America This is really hydrating, which I need and that means it doesn’t crease. It’s quite lightweight but still offers good coverage. It isn’t heavy duty coverage but if you’re looking for a light to medium coverage I recommend trying this. I took the sponge applicator off as I didn’t like it & thought it was quite unhygienic.

Concealer Collection

Yves Rocher Radiant Youth Corrector Pen* – This is a clicker pen style concealer, which I like, I have the shade 1 which is a peachy pink colour and this works well to brighten and diffuse the darkness under my eyes. It is by no means a full coverage concealer and when my eyes look particularly dark I like to use my Bobbi Brown corrector as an extra step and use this on top for a little extra coverage. The formula is lovely and creamy and feels hydrating too.

Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit – It took mw ages to get this to work for me, the product used to sink into my fine lines but if I make a real effort to hydrate my under eyes the product looks OK. It is a creamy concealer so it is going to crease a little throughout the day but combined with the Bobbi Brown Corrector (which I LOVE) they make a really good combo & make my under eyes look bright and healthy. I tend to use this more in the evening as its quite heavy coverage & it is expensive so I like to keep it for special occasions.

Miss Sporty Liquid Concealer – This is a very budget friendly product, it is very creamy and hydrating, I have the shade Light & I use it under my eyes to brighten & make it appear that I’ve had 10 hours sleep. It does a pretty good job. I like it more than the Collection one (a lot more) as I find this blends better and is less drying. I have the shade 001 Light.

My Current Concealers 2015

Seventeen Stay Time 18 Hour Concealer  – This is quite a blogger favourite & it was recommended to me so many times, I’m very glad I bought it as it is a very very good concealer for blemishes. It gives good coverage without being heavy or looking like you have tried to cover up imperfections. The staying power of this is up there with high end concealers. If you buy one product from this post make sure it is this one!

Sheer Cover Conceal & Brighten Trio* £24.95 – I only really use the concealer shades in the trio and they’re good at counteracting dark under eyes and concealing flaws. I like to use them together and think they work much like the Bobbi Brown kit. They’re not as creamy as the Bobbi Brown ones but they are easy to blend and they don’t dry out the area. I think this kit is a little pricey but it is handy to travel with as it has a decent mirror & its perfect for having in your handbag to reapply / touch up on the go.

Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer – This is good for brightening the under eye area, its not the best at covering blemishes or imperfections (as it does have an illuminating quality to it). It is quite creamy but looks fresh and bright and if you use a lightweight powder over the top it stays in place nicely all day.

Sleek MakeUp Corrector & Concealing Palette – This doesn’t get as much love from me as it deserves, I think thats because I have an abundance of similar concealers. I think when I have used up a couple of the others I will use this more. You get a peachy correcting shade, a concealer shade & a yellow toned powder (good for highlighting and keeping concealer in place). This is really well packaged in a slim sturdy palette with a nice sized mirror. I might take this with me next time I travel. Oh & this also has SPF15 in which is unusual for concealers.
Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

bareMinerals Complextion Rescue

The Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF30* is a new release from bareMinerals & is a great addition to their range. This lightweight base is perfect for a natural radiant coverage, and is described as a ‘freckle friendly multi tasker, enabling skin to appear even toned and more awake’  It really is a multi tasker, not only does it provide a gorgeous lightweight coverage but it also has a cocktail of skincare benefits too,

Olive derived squalane – nourishing, hydrating and boosts the skins ability to regenerate

Marine botanicals – help refuel thirsty skin and enhance skins appearance

Water loving humectants,Tehalsose and glycerine- which locks in moisture

Heart leaf globe daisy – an antioxidant, defends skin from from environmental aggressors

Calcium and Magnesium – help replenish the skin and promote the skins moisture balance

SPF30 PA+++ this also contains a broad spectrum SPF to protect the skin against UVA & UVB rays

bareMinerals Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

bareMinerals Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

I would say this gave me a a good light to medium coverage, it isn’t sheer and you could build it up if you wanted too. Even though its recommended to blend this in using your fingers I like to use a brush & think that really gave me an even coverage.

This does give a beautiful dewy finish to the skin, so I think it is the perfect Summer base as it feels incredibly lightweight on the skin & the SPF30 means your skin is protected. I have to say I have been quite impressed with the formula, coverage and the wear time of this it seems to tick all the boxes.

Before makeup

When I wear it my skin looks radiant and that radiance lasts all day, I get about 7 – 8 hours wear from this. My skin looks plump and more awake & I think its because it has so many great hydrating ingredients, it also means this base sits really well on the skin and doesn’t sink into fine lines & pores but helps smooth them out. Being prone to an oily t zone I do like to powder lightly in that area, to ensure it stays in place without looking greasy, and it wears all day without oxidising or going patchy. This has quickly become a favourite of mine & I have even recommended it to friends & family of all ages.

Wearing the complexion rescue tinted moisturiser

The light was a little better for the after shots but I think you get the gist, you can still my freckles and natural complexion showing through but the Complexion Rescue does give a pretty natural dewy coverage to the skin. It doesn’t look heavy, its a great daytime base and I think its going to be a popular choice for the warmer months.

So if you’re on the look out for a base that will help your skin look radiant and dewy whilst giving you an even coverage then this bareMinerals Complexion Rescue needs to be added to your shopping list.

Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF30 £26.00

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.