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L’Oréal liquid matte lipsticks review

L’Oréal ultra matte lipsticks

I bought three shades of two different L’Oréal liquid matte lipsticks. The pink shade “I DECIDE” and the orange shade “I RADIATE” are liquid matte lipsticks that have a very light-weight texture. It feels like a velvety smooth, water-based serum at touch and when applied on the lips, it looks effortless and so light that you don’t realize that you are wearing lipstick. This lipstick can go from light to heavy, hence buildable coverage. Even though it is light-weight, it lasts the entire day. I particularly love the lipsticks. I absolutely love the applicator because it makes application easy and precise.

In the picture below, I applied the pink shade “I DECIDE” on my upper lip while the orange shade “I RADIATE” is on the lower lip. I love the orange shade because it is not bright, hot orange and looks somewhat coral in shade – soft but appealing.

The third lipstick is the L’Oréal ultra matte lipstick in a shade of “TASTY RUBY” 864. I absolutely love this shade of red! It’s a shade of red that can be noticed from away and the beautiful thing about this Tasty Ruby lipstick is that it is a statement makeup so you do not require that much makeup on your face.

The Ultra matte lipstick is in a class all by itself – the texture is much heavier than the two above, it is very creamy and offers full coverage even at a single application. This lipstick is ideal for a dramatic look or a good night out in town. This lipstick lasts all day and beyond – if you are a night owl, keep this lipstick close by because it will last even to the morning! Absolutely gorgeous!

My verdict?

5 out of 5. I can’t even fault these lipsticks! 😀

Cheers!

Enne

L’Oréal Infallible lipstick review

Hallo!

I am not much of a foundation person and neither do I love wearing makeup every day but I sure do love lipsticks. I especially love matte lipsticks and do more of lipsticks than lip glosses. But lately, I was seeking for glossy lipsticks with long hour staying power so I headed out to the Boots store while on vacation. I decided to try L’Oréal Infallible 24 hours lip stick. What attracted me to this lipstick was the “24 hours” – I have 24 hours lipsticks from other brands and they do live up to their expectations so you can imagine how eager I was to try this – given the fact that they are glossy as well. So I bought three shades:

L’Oréal infallible lipsticks

To start with, I like that this lipsticks comes as a 2-in-1 which is the liquid lipstick and a top coat that is meant to act as a color boost balm. The lipstick makes for easy application as the applicator is firm and easy to handle.

Here’s my observation:

At first application, it doesn’t spread quite well. It is not an instant full coverage lipstick like the other brands that I own, probably because it is not matte. This is how it looked after first application:

I got the desired coverage after the third application:

That I was pleased with although three applications is a bit much of an effort before achieving the desired coverage.

Long-wear?

The shine lasted for four hours under the Nigerian sun.

By evening after I had drank and eaten, this is how the lipstick turned out:

My verdict:

This lipstick can take you from morning to evening but you will need one top-up but as regarding lasting for 24hours, it hasn’t lived up to that – at least not for me, especially in my Nigerian heat where makeup melts away with the heat! 😀

My score: 3.5 out of 5.

This lipstick is great for a casual day wear.

Cheers!

Labelle Magnifique: C’est magnifigue!

Howdy!

I am a huge fan of Labelle makeup – it’s a UK-based brand and I blog about the products from time to time – I am not paid to do that. During the summer, I purchased Labelle Magnifigue – it’s eyeshadow palette of both matte and shimmer shadows. This high pigmented palette contains tropical colors that are rich and vibrant. And the best part of the shadows is their very smooth texture that does not crease at all! Both matte and shimmer shadows are so intense that they not only spread evenly on the skin but have long lasting finish. This long wear eyeshadow palette can be used for a day look or night look and it is so playful that any creative person can have fun with it. You don’t have to be a makeup professional to look magnificent with the shadows- the colors sure do pop!

For my makeup, I used Maybelline concealer, foundation and powder. I used Labelle Magnifigue eyeshadow palette for the eye makeup, I used Labelle So Cheek highlighter and blush palette to blush and highlight and I used my favorite Labelle liquid matte lipstick in shade of Mocha for the lips.

And the finished work:

I really enjoyed using the products.

My verdict:

5 out of 5

You should go get yours!

Cheers!

Ene

Drug store makeup review

When it comes to makeup, I go for products that are easy to use, serves its intended purpose and accentuate my natural beauty so I don’t go for anything extreme. As I approach forty, I am also going for makeup products that are lightweight and won’t clog my pores and ones that give a fresh, youthful finish. I don’t necessarily have to buy everything that is anti-aging because I currently use my natural skincare line of anti-aging products available Here which are doing my skin a ton of good; I go for lightweight makeup products because they give the most natural feel without emphasizing wrinkles or age lines.

So on my recent trip to Boots, I bought:

1.Maybelline dream satin liquid foundation with hydrating serum which offers long wear, full coverage and a satin finish that a mature skin like mine needs. It blends so easily and gets absorbed pretty well by my skin. This has been a perfect replacement for my Maybelline dream matte mousse. This product has my four stars rather than five because I didn’t find my exact shade.

2. I currently use MAC mineral pressed powder and since I didn’t buy from Boots, I chose not to include the picture here. It gives a natural finish that I love.

3. I also bought Maybelline Instant anti-age eraser concealer that is totally amazing! You can see the fine lines disappear! This product has my 5 stars vote!

Maybelline instant anti-age eraser concealer

4. I also bought Maybelline city bronzer for the soft sheer finish. This bronzer is soft and the shimmer intensity very low so it’s ideal for day time use. I combine this bronzing powder with my MAC mineral powder when I don’t want to use foundation.

5. Maybelline tattoo brow is a fantastic product that I am glad I bought. This gel brow makeup is easy to apply and makes brow sculpting easy as well. I give this gel brow liner 5 stars.

6. Maybelline Eye studio kajal. This kajal or eye liner gives a defining look, gives the drama that you like and is long lasting. It is very easy to apply and I loved the finished look that I went back to buy a second one! I give this product 5 stars.

7. My next buy was Maybelline Colossal Big Shot volume mascara for intense drama and the artificial lash finish. I always use this product or MAC mascara because either gives the intensity that I like. This product has my 5 stars.

8. I am most excited about L’Oreal Ultra matte liquid lipstick. To start with, I love the brush because it’s firm and makes application precise and not messy. And when it dries and mattifies, it stays for 24 hours. I actually bought three of this lipstick. I give it 5 stars.

So with all of these products, it was pretty easy to create an evening look that is simple and youthful.

These are now my favorite drug store beauty products. What are yours?

Cheers!

MAC Mascara review: why am ditching my eye liners

Hi guys,

This is my first post since migrating my blog from its previous site to this spanking new one. I had been postponing this post for a while because I had been so busy. So, you can imagine how happy I am to be submitting this post.

I actually bought MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash mascara since spring. What attracted me to it was its 3D volume and dramatic effect and I can say that it has lived up to its expectations.

MAC in Extreme dimension mascara

For a start, I do absolutely love the mascara wand as the bristles are able to individually pick out my lashes with ease. It instantly adds volume as well and lasts the whole day.

These are my lashes before the application of mascara

My lashes instantly changed after applying the mascara.

With this mascara, the eyes get instant volume and true to its words, you get the dramatic eyes you desire by the second application. It is water-proof and lasts the whole day.

You should give this mascara a try because it’s worth it’s 24 Dollars price tag!

Cheers,

Enne

My Valentine lipstick adventure

Hi guys,

Happy Valentine’s day!

So, what was your valentine’s day experience like? For me, it is almost the same yearly as I usually spend the day all to myself and away from the madness of hectic roads caused by the heavily commercialized valentine’s day celebration.

So, this year, I gifted myself with Labelle Makeup new collection of liquid matte lipsticks which came as part of its Valentine Set. It came in a beautiful black box and accompanied by a bedazzled key-ring and a box of heart-shaped chocolates. I really loved and enjoyed this package. Inside were three liquid matte lipsticks:

The first lipstick I sampled was Russian girl which is a bright red sexy lipstick while Victorian Glam is a much darker shade that is daring and seductive. Mocha is soft and sultry. The lipstick is extremely light-weight, very easy to apply and lasts the entire day because it is waterproof. I like the fact that I was not bothered in between meals and drinks because the lipstick did not wipe off. In fact, I did not have to touch it up because it stayed on just as I had applied it earlier.

I actually tried washing the lipstick off with water and soap; it really was not easy to wipe off as it stayed on.

 

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All three shades were the perfect valentine shades for me because I felt pretty and sexy in all of them.

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My verdict: I give this lipstick 5 out of 5 because I could not find anything wrong with them. You can purchase yours at http://www.labellemakeup.co.uk

Product review: Labelle So Lush shadows

Labelle So Lush eyeshadow palette as the name signifies, is lush, luxurious and high pigment eye shadows for both day and night. This palette has 14 shades of both matte and shimmer eyes shadows. The texture is powdery, soft and extremely easy to apply. This is the first shimmer eyeshadow that I have used that didn’t fall on my face. The colors last the whole day and are so pretty, I took them for a spin.

I complemented the eyeshadow with Labelle Nude Liquid lipstick

I had so much fun wearing this eyeshadow that I took loads of pictures.

Labelle makeup products can be purchased online at http://www.labellemakeup.co.uk

Orange is my thang: MAC So Chaud lipstick review

So, orange is one of the colors that I adore because it uplifts my mood and brighten me up any time. So when I went shopping for MAC lipsticks, I bought So Chaud, which is a bright orange matte lipstick that feels creamy on application but remains matte all day. This lipstick is so long lasting that it can withstand food and drinks and still be stubborn to take off at bedtime.

It doesn’t leave your lips dry like most matte lipsticks but maintains a soft shine the entire day.

Orange matte lipstick
Loving this lipstick right now because with such strong lips, a nearly-bare face is just about right. This lipstick is worth having.
Cheers!

MAC matte Stone Lipstick review

I recently purchased a set of MAC lipsticks recently and the matte Stone is my favorite for its taupe shade that is soft yet unmissable. I love dark lips and sometimes, dark lipsticks can appear too strong especially during the day so this MAC matte Stone is perfect – it’s a nude taupe that is like a softer, “mellow -down” dark lipstick that is so beautiful to wear. And I must say that it lasts all day long!

MAC matte Stone
Nigerian makeup with gele, Nigerian jewelry design
The lipstick on me; perfect with Nigerian traditional dressing & beautiful Jewelry by Ola

This lipstick might be matte but the texture isn’t like other matte lipsticks that are dry. Rather, this one feels soft and moisturizing to touch and when applied, it doesn’t feel dry at all. While I had the lipstick on, I ate, drank and put the lipstick to test all through the day. I was pleased to find that the lipstick was still on. And before bed, I had to use makeup remover to wipe it off as just mere water wouldn’t do the job.

My verdict? I will give this lipstick 4.5 out of 5. I love it so much. 

Store drug makeup for women of color

For us women of color, we don’t just buy makeup products based on how good the commercials are but its suitability to our skin texture and skin tone. One of my frustrations with mainstream makeup brands is that they do not understand the black skin which is why many-a-times, they offer limited shades for dark skin while their product textures or formulation simply do not work on our skin. 

Black women turned to ethnic or makeup products for women of color because they best understood our skin. Fashion Fair was my first introduction to makeup and then I have used Black Opal, Iman and Flori Roberts. My favorite still remains Flori Roberts because of its formulation which makes one look effortlessly youthful. Ethnic or makeup for women of color fill our pores better for better coverage. Some mainstream brands, even the designer brands fail to understand that black skin has more density as such, it takes a lot of series of applications for the foundations or powders to fill our skin which is quite frustrating.

Over the years, I had also fallen for Mary Kay makeup products because of its ‘no-makeup’ finish that gives one the natural feel and look without feeling heavy on the skin. Mary Kay still remains my go-to makeup brand for the everyday look.

Recently though, I decided to go beyond my all time favorites listed above to try out two drug store brands – Cover Girl and Maybelline. Sincerely, if I hadn’t seen the Queen herself – Queen Latifah on Cover Girl, I probably would had never used the products because seeing the Queen gave me the assurance that Cover Girl had put my black skin into consideration. Queen Latifah gave me the confidence to go to a drug store and buy Cover Girl makeup products. I was glad to find that I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Cover girl ready set gorgeous, cover girl makeup

The second drug store makeup brand I almost cannot do without is Maybelline, thank God for its Dream Matte mousse. In all honesty, had Maybelline not developed this soufflé, next to flawless, light weight, buildable coverage dream matte mousse foundation, I would never had bothered to use Maybelline products. My only initial challenge was finding the perfect shade for my complexion but ever since I bought the caramel shade, I have been so happy 😊

Maybelline dream matte mousse foundation, Maybelline fit me powder
I guess for women of color, sometimes we need to step outside our comfort zone to find what works. And thank goodness that the makeup industry is changing to be more inclusive as one tend to find brands with much more diverse shades than ever before. 

So, go give a drug store brand a try! 

Tell me, is there any drug store makeup you love?