Thursday, 31 July 2014

L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Eye Shadow in 201 'CAFÉ ST GERMAIN'

My purchase of this eyeshadow was a result of my desperation (bit extreme, but there you go) to own By Terry's Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow stick in 'Misty Rock', but at £28 I just couldn't justify it, especially as cream eyeshadow isn't something I actually use very often. Enter L'oreal Paris Color Riche eyeshadow in 'Café St Germain'. To me, the shades of the two eyeshadows look very similar, just in different formulas and, as it was the particular shade that I was after, that didn't matter! Now, as I've never owned or swatched Misty Rock, I can't say that Café St Germain is an outright dupe in terms of shade (and it seems to be nowhere near as glittery), but if you Google swatches of both shades you'll see where I was going with my train of thought (:

As you can see, I've used Café St Germain a fair few times now - it's because one of my everyday shades and I'm really loving it! The only issue with it is that it seems to have taken on a waxy texture over the top of the powder which I'm not entirely sure how to rectify (suggestions welcome!). The formula of the eyeshadow is like a pressed loose powder - sounds odd but I really don't know how else to describe it! It's obviously not a loose powder but it's different and much softer than a pressed powder. Because of this, it has been super easy to pick up the product on a brush and blend it out evenly across the lids, but I can't help but think it's also the reason for the development of the waxiness. It hasn't become unusable or anything, but it is a bit annoying. 

Swatched, Café St Germain pulls a lilac toned neutral with shimmer - it catches the light really beautifully but that doesn't really come across in the above photo. The formula is buttery soft and the pigmentation is really good, so intensity can be built up quickly and easily. The pigmentation has lessened slightly with development of the waxy top layer though, but hopefully I'll find a solution to that soon and will let you know when I do ASAP!

I mostly wear this eyeshadow as an every day shade and pair it with my usual winged liquid liner and mascara. It really has become one of my favourites as it's a bit different to your usual neutral eyeshadow, plus I think the lilac tone it has compliments my eye colour quite well (: I'd really recommend this shade despite the slight formula issue as that hasn't lessened my ability to use the product, plus it's so inexpensive you can't really go wrong! 

Have you tried any of the L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure eyeshadows? What did you think of the shades and formulas? 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Nuxe Haul!

A little while ago now I placed an order with Nuxe; my skin was pretty irritated especially on my forehead following a reaction to a shampoo, and Nuxe was the brand that I turned to for help as I already use their Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm. The lip balm really helped my lips when I had an allergic reaction to a different lip balm, so I thought that their products could help again this time (: 

At the time of ordering Nuxe had a great '3 for 2' offer on (right now they've got a 20% off everything sale) so I picked up quite a few things but only actually had to pay for two of them, bargain or what? Plus, it all arrived in a nice gift box! The two items I paid for were the Rêve de Miel day and night creams. I wanted to stay with the Rêve de Miel range as it's targeted at dry and sensitive skin and that's my skin type to a 't'! Nuxe do lots of other ranges targeted at different skin types and concerns though (: Both pots contain 50ml of product, the day cream comes in a plastic pot which is very practical if you carry your cream about with you, and the night cream is in a lovely frosted glass pot like the lip balm - I'll get photographs of both for their full review post. Also, they smell soooo good, like a wildflower meadow! (: 

The product I chose as my third (and free, yay!) item was the Crème Fraîche de Beauté Mask. It's a calming, hydrating mask for sensitive skin and, as I get a lot of redness and irritation on my face even without an allergic reaction being all over my forehead, I thought it would be a good one to try (: I'll definitely let you know how I get on with this as I'm very excited to try it! Then, because I'd spent over a certain amount, there was an offer at the time to qualify for a free Fondant Shower Gel. It's designed to be suitable for all skin types and is soap-free so hopefully it shouldn't dry my skin out at all - it has really great reviews so I'm looking forward to finally getting around to using it (:

I also filled out a customer feedback survey for Nuxe and got a promotion code for a complimentary Rêve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream, so that was really nice! I've used it a few times now and it smells amazing! Finally, with every order from Nuxe's website you get some free samples - one deluxe size miniature which you get to choose, and three sachets. I chose the Fondant Body Scrub as my deluxe miniature to go with the shower gel, and the sachets I received were of their Crème Fraîche de Beauté 24HR Soothing and Moisturising Cream which I expect will be nice and soothing, their Prodigieux le parfum, and their Nuxellence Jeunesse - a luxurious serum that I've had as a deluxe sample before and it was so, so lovely to use and had a gorgeous, light fragrance (:  

As I said I ordered this a little while ago and have been using the day and night creams for 2 or 3 months now so a full review of them won't be far away, and full reviews of other products mentioned will be posted in due course (:

Have you tried any of these products from Nuxe? What did you think?