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L’Oreal | Miss Manga Mascara

I’m going to kick start this by saying I really had no interest whatsoever when L’Oreal first released the Miss Manga Mascara. I disliked the advert for it so much. I just felt like it was aimed towards teens more than anything, so I really didn’t pay much attention to it.

Then when it came to picking items for a beauty box subscription, this popped up as an option, and with little else to pick from that month, I decided to try it out.

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The packaging is standard for drugstore, with quite a chunky plastic tube. It’s pretty enough to look at with it’s black and metallic pink detailing, but I still get that hint of teen from it. Usually I find that L’Oreal’s packaging is aimed more towards the higher end look; it’s quite chic and delicate looking.

The wand is where the magic happens. When I first opened it I really wasn’t sure how exactly it was going to work. The bottom part of the wand has a small indent in it, which lets to brush move and bend 360 degrees. Usually I prefer to have quite sturdy brush to give something to push onto and really coat the lashes, but actually this mechanism works really well. The flexibility of it means that it gets pretty much every lash, without overloading and layering up.

The shape of the brush was new to me too, as it’s quite chunky but cone shaped one, which I’ve actually wanted to try out for a while now. It’s great at getting every lash, even the small ones, with the tapered end meaning that it’s a lot less tricky manoeuvre.

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The formula is brilliant; no clumping, no flaking and is kind to sensitive eyes. The wear time is good to and the colour payoff is really true with the black being quite a bold pigment.

The Miss Manga range comes in a variety of colours, so finding something to suit your taste should be a doddle.

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L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara – £8.99 – link here

L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream | Review

In theory, blurring certain aspects of your complexion is a brilliant idea, so adapting a product to do this, and do it well, would be a huge find for any beauty brand.

I took a look at L’Oreals blur cream from their Nude Magique range. I knew I already really liked the range, so I hoped the blur cream would follow suit to everything else.

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First off it comes packaged in a twist top opening, squeeze tube which makes it hygienic, but not to easy to control product output – speaking of which can be slightly tricky because the product doesn’t always come out of the tube on the first squeeze, and when it does, it’s kind of shoots out.

The formula and texture is that of a silicon based product, which is where I kind of lost a bit of love for it. I’m not a fan of silicon based primers, mostly because I dislike the way it sits on the skin, and that it’s such a slippery feeling product, I feel like it’s more of a hindrance that a help really. I just don’t feel like it does anything for me, my skin and my make up personally.

If you have incredibly dry skin, with large pores or features you want to hide then this Blur Cream may be exactly what you’ve been looking for, because in terms of hiding imperfections and smoothing out the appearance of skin then this does exactly what it promises…if you don’t mind the texture.

It comes in two shades light/medium and medium/dark. I picked up the medium/dark by accident, however it really isn’t dark at all, and blends into my fair skin with ease. My one tip is to definitely give this a try before you purchase it, especially if you’re new to a heavy silicon based product, just to see how it wears and what kind of effect you get from your skin.

You can find the L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream in Boots in-store and online – link here, for £9,99

L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick | Review

I’m slowly becoming a lip product junkie. Blams, tints and lacquers seem to be my product of choice, so this offering from L’Oreal should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me.

I’ve been long awaiting the release of the L’Extradorinaire Liquid Lipstick range. I really liked the glam shine splash stains that L’Oreal brought out a lifetime ago now, and these liquid lipstick kind of fill the hole that those stains left for me, in terms of texture and finish. Don’t get my wrong the stains have a proud place in my collection, but the liquids just really hit the spot.

I only have one to offer at the moment, as my local Boots really didn’t have a great selection of colours and I was in a rush, so I grabbed Rose Symphony, because it was a pretty, bright pop of pink which works well on my skin tone.

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Application is easy, and the doe foot applicator keeps everything nice and neat. You only need one swipe to get a good colour, and the texture is very buttery and gloss like so it smooths on really nicely.

The formula is hydrating, and personally I’ve found it non-sticky despite the nice gloss effect, so if it’s a bit windy I don’t have to worry about looking like a sticky cousin it.

The wear time isn’t too bad, but you’ll need to reapply after eating and drinking, as there is no staining from this liquid at all, which is one thing I really loved about the glam shines, however as mentioned application is quick so it only takes a second to pop a bit more colour on.

The packaging is something else I really admire, and I expected nothing less from L’Oreal because they always get top marks for their sleek design. The liquids come in twist top opening, gold packaging with a small “window” to show the colour housed inside – the packaging silently says “Yes, I’m related to YSL, so what?”.

These lipstick hybrids are going to be perfect for throwing in handbags and make up bags, as well as sitting and looking pretty on dressing tables.

You can find the whole range of the L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks in Boots, online here or in your local store, for £8.99.

L’Oreal Paris Super Liner | Ultra Precision

Following on from my last post, about the Bourjois liner effect mascara, I thought it might be fitting to pop in a post about an eyeliner…

More specifically, L’Oreal’s Ultra Precision Super Liner. It’s a pretty big name to live up to.

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The thing that made me buy it was the applicator, it’s not one I’ve seen before in a liquid eyeliner – it’s sort of sponge tipped. It’s surprisingly easy to use. Much better then the felt tip pen type liners, which can sometimes snag and catch on loose skin around the eyes.

The colour pay off is good, with the liner going on quite a matte black, and staying this way once dried. It’s also easy to get right in close the the lash line and tight line with this eyeliner.

I’ve found that the sponge tip really absorbs the product well too, so you don’t have to keep going back in an dipping into the product each time you want to apply, which is great if you prefer to do looks in one continuous motion.

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I’ve also found that creating flicks and wings is easy with is liner – the tip of it is very thin and precise, and allows you to have full control over where you’re drawing.

The staying power is also really good, with no flaking. This works well for me because I have a terrible habit, especially if I’m wearing my glasses, to rub my eyes without really knowing I’m doing it. Attractive, yes?

The L’Oreal Super Liners are available in a range of colours, from Boots online and in-store for an RRP of £6.49.

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection | 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil

I seem to have bought a heck load of skin care lately, and I don’t know why. I think I have still consciously been on the hunt to make my skin brighter just more glow-y in this dull weather.

I’ve tried a few bits from the L’Oreal Skin Perfection range, so when I saw that they had an oil based cleanser which was non-greasy, and suitable for make up removal on the face and eyes, I was itching to try it.

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The consistency is what you’d expect from an oil – you don’t need to use much at all; two small pumps pretty much does my entire face, including eye make up removal. I use my fingers to massage the oil in, then remove using a warm flannel, or a muslin cloth.

I love this for removing mascara and eyeliner, it literally just slides off without aggravating, or rubbing the eye area. The application directions on the back only give a usage for the eye area, but I’ve been using this stuff all over my face to cleanse and it’s worked amazingly well. It leaves my skin feeling so nice and moisturised, and soft. The texture of my skin stays feeling that way all day, and I’ve found that applying foundations and bases has a much better effect when I’ve used this oil beforehand.

I’d definitely recommend this if you have dry skin, or even oily skin, as it aims to re-balance your skins natural oil production. The L’Oreal 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil is available in. Boots, Superdrug and selected supermarkets in the UK for £7.99.

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara | Extra-Black

When I look at my make up collection, the one thing I don’t really need anymore of at this moment in time, is mascara. So what do I buy when I’m let out of the house alone? Yep…

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The L’Oreal Volume Million mascara was actually recommended to me by a friend, so let’s blame her. Bad monkey.

Having already tried, and quite liked a few L’Oreal mascaras in the past, I didn’t need much persuading. Also my friends eyelashes always look amazing, so obviously I thought mine would look like hers…

I’ll start by saying it’s not the worst mascara I’ve ever tried, it’s a very pigmented black colour, and the formula isn’t too bad once it’s dried. The brush is quite chunky though and I struggled to not get it on my eyelids when trying to get my shorter lashes.

I’ve had it and used it for a while now, and it does get better once the formula dries out slightly from usage. It stays put well, and doesn’t smudge or flake through the day/night. It’s also quite easily removed with make up remover, so there are no stubborn struggles.

I really thought this could be my “going out” mascara, but volume wise I wouldn’t say it adds much fullness or dramatic effect. It is just a nice day time mascara in my opinion.

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The L’Oreal Volume Millions Mascara is available in Boots and Superdrug for an RRP of £10.99.