18 April 2014

L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Privée Lipstick - Julianne's Nude

L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Privée Lipstick - Julianne's Nude
L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Privée Lipstick - Julianne's Nude

When it comes to lipstick, I'm not particularly daring.. sticking to mainly pinks and nudes with the odd coral. As soon as I saw that L'Oréal had launched their Color Riche Collection Privée Lipsticks in a range of six different nude shades (and also a similar nude range of polishes), I knew I had to give them a try. The six nude shades within the collection are all assigned to six of L'Oréal's celebrity spokeswomen... they are; Freida's Nude (Frieda Pinto), Eva's Nude (Eva Longoria), Doutzen's Nude (Doutzen Kroes), Cheryl's Nude (Cheryl Cole), Liya's Nude (Liya Kebede) and Julianne's Nude (Julianne Moore). Interesting enough, this nude collection hasn't launched within the US (yet - to my knowledge) however the Cheryl's Nude is actually the J-Lo Nude in Canada.

Each of the lipsticks are £8.16 each which is the same as their Color Riche Made for Me Lipsticks. I opted for Julianne's Nude which is also called 'Barely Peach' after looking at swatches online, although I do like the look of all six shades which is dangerous for my purse. The packaging is really luxe for L'Oréal and reminds me of NARS in that the outer casing of the lipstick is a rubberised matte texture. The lipstick has gold accents alongside Julianne's signature. It just feels and looks really sleek and of high quality.. I love the embossed L'Oréal in the bullet of the lipstick too.

L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Privée Lipstick - Julianne's Nude
L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Privée Lipstick - Julianne's Nude

The very first time I applied L'Oréal Julianne's Nude I was taken aback by how much of an amazing dupe it was for my favourite MAC Lipstick; MAC Creme Cup. It is virtually identical in terms of shade and texture, which makes me very happy as I love Creme Cup. Julianne's Nude is described as barely peach, but I'd say that this is more pink then it is peach. It's such a pretty medium pink that I haven fallen in love with. It's a touch pinker than my natural lip colour, which is why I think it looks so flattering against my skintone. I have the same skintone as Julianne Moore which is why I think this shade works so well for me, so if you are also pale, you definitely need to try this shade as it's just beautiful.

This L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Privée Lipstick applies so well.. it's very smooth, and can be worn quite sheer or slightly built up. The formula is identical to that of the MAC Cremesheen Lipsticks, in that they're creamy and smooth as well as feeling relatively moisturising on the lips. I'm not entirely convinced that this in fact the Cremesheen MAC Creme Cup in L'Oréal packaging.. the only difference is this lipstick doesn't have the delicious vanilla scent that MAC lipsticks have. Wear time isn't too impressive at around two hours, but I'm not at all bothered by that as it's so easy to apply and I love it so much - plus I can apply it on the go without a mirror - without looking like a clown. At £8.16 it's not the cheapest drugstore lipstick, but it's such a lovely lipstick, I'd wholeheartedly recommend both this shade and the range in general. 

17 April 2014

Love Me Beauty April 2014 | Contents & First Impressions...

Love Me Beauty April 2014 | Contents & First Impressions...

When I saw the three menu's for April's Love Me Beauty box, I was instantly impressed by the selection of brands/products on offer. Every month Love Me Beauty send their subscribers an email to let them know it's time to choose which menu they'd like to receive? They release three menu's in their online 'Boutique' where you go and opt for which menu you'd like to receive that month, or you can choose to receive a surprise box. If for any reason none of the boxes take your fancy for that month, you can simply opt to 'skip' that month's box at absolutely no cost, which makes Love Me Beauty so unique.

For April I opted for Menu Three. All of the three menu's are guaranteed to have a value of over £30 and cost just £12.95* each, delivered.

Love Me Beauty April 2014 | Contents & First Impressions...

Inside the box this month there were a couple of surprise samples.. two x 2ml sachets of Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil, as well as £25 gift card for the Hello Fresh website. Hello Fresh is a website where you can order 'boxes' of fresh ingredients to be delivered to your house to create multiple meals.  Prices start from £42, so the £25 gift card is a good discount so you could try the service out for yourself, if you wanted to. 

Love Me Beauty April 2014 | Contents & First Impressions...

The first product within the box is the Betty Hula Secret Wonder Oil Roller Ball (10ml full size worth £6.25). I've never tried anything from Betty Hula before, but after looking on the Betty Hula website, their products look really lovely and have had a lot of press coverage. The Betty Hula Secret Wonder Oil is available in two sizes; this convenient travel size and a larger 50ml size. It's said to be highly versatile, and a great smelling 'award winning' moisturising oil, which is good for: Relieving signs of stretchmarks, scaring, dry/sensitive and aging skin, combination skin, oily skin and for soothing sunburn. To use the oil, you simply use the roller to apply directly onto the skin, on any problem areas or wrinkles/lines around the eyes.

The oil has a delicate scent, which does linger on the skin for quite a while after application so I prefer to use it on my body rather than my face. The oil is quite lightweight, which absorbs easily without leaving my skin feeling greasy. It leaves the skin soft and supple, and I like how travel-friendly this 10ml size is. 

Love Me Beauty April 2014 | Contents & First Impressions...

Next up is a full size Models Own Polish (worth £5) which I'm always very happy about receiving, as I love Models Own Nail Polishes. The shades differed from menu to menu, with menu one having Coral Reef, menu two has a Nail Art Pen in Pastel Pink and menu three has Fuzzy Peach. Fuzzy Peach is a super pretty, almost muted neon coral shade which looks so summery on the nails. Just like all Models Own polishes, the formula is fantastic with full opacity in just two coats. Fuzzy Peach is going to make the ideal toenail shade throughout the Summer, and I love it.

Love Me Beauty April 2014 | Contents & First Impressions...
Love Me Beauty April 2014 | Contents & First Impressions...

The next product within my box is the Neal & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo (Full size worth £8.95). Neal & Wolf have featured in a previous box back in July (here) when Love Me Beauty was named the BeautecoBox. All of the Neal & Wolf products smell incredible, and very salon-like and this shampoo is no exception, it smells divine. I've liked each product I've tried from the brand so I was excited to try this cleansing shampoo. I like to use a cleansing shampoo once a week to thoroughly cleanse my hair, and remove any product build-up. It claims to have an infusion of silk and milk proteins to boost moisture and reduce any flyaways. It also contains liquid shea extract to deliver shine, and manageable, radiant locks. 

It has a thick, clear gel-like consistency which lathers rather well. After rinsing it from my hair it did leave my hair feeling a little too 'squeaky clean' for my liking but once it'd dried, it felt a lot better. My hair felt really soft and smelt amazing as the scent lingered in my hair. I've only tried it once so far, and I really liked it. I know it's called a daily cleansing shampoo but I'll be keeping it for my once a week hair cleanse.

Love Me Beauty April 2014 | Contents & First Impressions...

The last product in this month's box is a 30ml sample tube of Redken Color Extend Conditioner (worth £1.59). The conditioner is supposedly meant to help extend the life of your hair colour, as well as detangling and leaving the hair conditioned, soft and smooth. I've tried the leave in version of the Redken Color Extend Conditioner which works well, so I'm looking forward to trying this concealer. The 30ml is a generous size, so I should be able to get a couple of uses out of it. It smells so good, and Redken hair products are always of great quality.

Overall this was a great box, and I do genuinely love all four of the products I received in this month's box. However, the value of menu three's box is only £21.79 for the four products which might explain why they included the £25 Hello Fresh giftcard to top the value up, as they say their boxes are worth over £30. Personally I would have preferred to have physical products with a value of £30 rather than the giftcard, as it is a beauty box subscription. Of course a value of £21.79 is still impressive for a box that costs £12.95* and I'll definitely use the four products I received.