Thursday, April 18, 2019

Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick Review | NEW Shades

Over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of Avon lipsticks and I love giving them as gifts. This beautiful collection has something for all ages, seasons and occasions no matter what your style.

Most ladies in my family have already found their signature shade (mine is Hot Plum) and for just $10.00 each, you can experiment with trendy color that keeps your lips in tip-top shape.


Avon has recently released 12 addictive new shades that range from deep burgundy, berry, magenta, bright coral, rose, bombshell red and nude. The undertones are beautifully balanced to compliment a wide variety of skin tones and the formula is infused with jojoba oil and marine collagen to plump, soften and smooth fine lines.

Because the texture is so satiny, the pigments glide on effortlessly with a pop of voluptuous shine. Even when my lips feel dry, chapped and in no mood for lipstick, the supple color drenches my pout in luscious moisture that alleviates discomfort.

In the red and burgundy zone (from left to right) you have: Red Delicious, Black Cherry, Cognac Riche and Blood Orange. These pretty hues remind me of autumn and they are great for everyday wear.


Application is ridiculously easy (it literally takes seconds), but if you crave definition, Avon also makes creamy lip liners ($9.00 ea) that prevent feathering and prolong wear.

The pink - plum spectrum is my personal fave. 

Fresh Fig, Dragon Fruit Blush and Concord Grape.

Saturation is versatile, vibrant and buildable (sheer to medium coverage) but like most glossy finishes, the color transfers easily. I usually reapply a few times throughout the day (depending on how much I eat or drink) but each coat makes my pout feel plush and healthy – similar to a healing lip balm.

If you’re going for a fresh-faced look, try Toasted Cashew or Raspberry Rose.


The spreadable consistency makes it easy to mix and match. Layer your favorite bright with your favorite medium or deep tone and see what custom color you create!

Feeling the spring vibes? Brighten your complexion with Persimmon Pink. Some shades leave behind a pretty stain that can be removed with a good cleanser.



These fabulous lippies are available online at avon.ca

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

CeraVe SA Skincare Review

Developing an effective skincare routine involves a lot of trial and error. We read reviews, test samples and try all the latest trends but sometimes success comes from a balance of simple ingredients rather than a $400 miracle cream. Although many people compliment my complexion, it isn’t flawless. With the help of makeup I can cover and conceal but I’d like to have problem-free skin that glows without the help of cosmetics.

Last summer I developed some fine bumps along my jaw and lower cheeks. The usually flare-up in humidity and during travel when my skin is most vulnerable. You can’t really see them unless you get up close but they make my complexion appear uneven, especially when foundation and powder settles on top.

I tried many products designed to smooth and perfect but the bumps were persistent and popped up whenever they pleased. After months of searching for a solution I finally discovered CeraVe and my skin looks better than ever!


I start with the SA Cleanser ($17.99) to dissolve makeup, oil, pollutants and dirt. The formula contains salicylic acid, ceramides and antioxidants that exfoliate without harsh microbeads. The detoxifying lather gently sloughs away rough surface cells, product build-up and blemish causing bacteria that can clog pores. After rinsing, my face feels refreshed and soft without dryness or sticky residue.


The Renewing SA Cream ($24.99) alleviates so many skin ailments that it is often recommended by dermatologists. It deeply moisturizes severe dryness, calms itching, softens roughness and smooths bumpy areas.


The active ingredients include:

*Cetearyl Alcohol (fatty alcohol/emollient derived from plants) – conditions, protects and softens.

*5 Ceramides that replenish natural lipids to help skin retain water, diminish signs of aging, shield from pollution and eliminate bacteria.

*Hyaluronic Acid – absorbs 1,000 times its weight in water to keep skin lubricated and healthy. It also firms, tones and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

*Salicylic Acid – gently exfoliates rough skin, purifies pores and helps prevent/treat breakouts.  

*Lactic Acid – renews surface cells.

*Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) – improves the appearance of enlarged pores, evens skin tone, brightens and fortifies.

The Cream comes in a large jar and has a rich texture (a little goes a long way). It actually feels more like a lush body cream than a face moisturizer but you can use it everywhere. I apply a thick layer before bed and top it off with a rejuvenating serum to create a supple, non-greasy night mask. Results are not evident until approximately 30 minutes after application when the warmth from my skin melts the ingredients into an ultra-hydrating velvety finish that feels incredible. A thin layer can also be used during the day and under makeup.

I usually experience mild stinging with each application (probably due to all the acids) but the cream does not cause irritation and the sensation disappears within minutes. If you notice tingling, refrain from using the SA Cream after clinical procedures, microdermabrasion or abrasive exfoliation.

No other product has transformed my complexion as quickly as this one. After three weeks the bumps are indistinguishable and my skin is remarkably soft, radiant, replenished, dewy, plump and clear. My makeup looks amazing because my face is so smooth and the regenerating properties have faded blemishes and discoloration. It also seems to prevent dark spots and ingrown hair after waxing, threading, plucking or trimming.


Many people also claim that the SA Cream helps prevent acne. Occasionally I get hormonal pimples that are red and flat (nothing to pop or squeeze). These particular spots cannot be prevented with topical products but the cream seems to fade them much faster. It is also known to eliminate blackheads and whiteheads, heal sun damage, balance oil production and treat symptoms of keratosis pilaris, eczema and psoriasis.

The SA Renewing Lotion ($17.99) contains most of the same ingredients with a lighter consistency. There is no heavy fragrance and it helps smooth bumpy patches no matter where they are – shins, bum, thighs, knees, arms and ashy elbows.

Use it after shaving to prevent razor bumps and ingrown hair along the bikini line. It keeps me hydrated from head-to-toe for 24 hours and works wonders on dry hands, nails and feet. By the time I took these photos the entire bottle was finished!


CeraVe is available at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Urban Decay Game Of Thrones Collection | Review and Swatches

There are just three days left until we finally find out who takes the Iron Throne and I’m anticipating drama, suspense, violence and betrayal. The final season of Game Of Thrones airs on HBO this Sunday and fans everywhere are preparing for an epic battle. I’m hoping Daenerys and Jon will take King's Landing with Tyrion by their side but I doubt things will end so amicably.

With ice breathing dragons, White Walkers and lusty secrets yet to be exposed, this exciting tale of power, greed and love will probably conclude with a surprising twist.

Just in time for the premiere, Urban Decay has created a beautiful makeup collection inspired by our favorite characters, heroes and villains. The regal jewel-tone shimmers capture the intensity of House Lannister, Stark and Targaryen as they face the White Walkers wrath – represented by icy metallics.


The queen of this collection is definitely the keepsake pop-up book palette which features the Iron Throne and quotes from the series. It also includes 4 lipsticks inspired by our leading ladies, a soft Cheek Tint, 4 gorgeous eyeliners, 2 brushes and the Mother of Dragons Highlight Palette.


When it comes to daring shimmers, no one does it better than Urban Decay. This stunning Eye Shadow Palette ($77.00) has something for everyone – frosty silver, matte red, radiant gold, intense purple, scintillating emerald and an icy teal I’m dying to show-off.


The 4 circular shades at the bottom are holographic transformers which can be applied over the shadows to alter their color and finish for more versatility. Bay of Dragons is sheer and a tad inconsistent but the others are dense and buttery. Personally, I'd prefer two more rows of eye shadow but these modifying overlays seem to be a new trend for the brand.

The eye shadow tray slides all the way out for easy access so you can hold it like a painter’s palette while perfecting your look using the large mirror.

Most of the shades are shimmery (some more than others) but the finishes range from dramatic to neutral with rich velvety textures and bold saturation. Like most UD pigment, the quality is excellent although the glittery finishes (Dothraki and Stormborn) tend to flake and create some fallout.


Layer the shadows to enhance vividness and use UD's Primer Potion to prolong wear. I had no issue with creasing or fading and the creamy mattes blend effortlessly.

Most of the pigments standout as main lid colors so you may have to reach into your UD vault for a few supporting shades. Other than that, the selection is very flattering with a nice mix of cool and warm.



The lipstick packaging is eye-catching and elegant but the shades are quite similar to previous UD releases. The dark burgundy, shimmery red and deep gold have great color payoff with a hint of hydrating shine. Sansa Stark (peachy nude), is sheer, glossy and a bit too slick. I wish UD would formulate some creamy, full-coverage matte lipsticks with a powdery finish but these are nice.




I’m not really sure what to think of the Lip & Cheek Stain ($35.00). The pigment is liquid-y, thin and sheer - so sheer that it disappears into my skin without a trace. If I squint really hard I can make out a faint tint but I find it messy and ineffective.


If you’re planning to buy some cheek color, go for the Mother of Dragons Highlight Palette instead ($45.00). It cost just $10.00 more and you get 3 luminous shades: Drogon (frosted pink), Viserion (metallic golden nude) and Rhaegal (metallic bronze). The buildable powders are highly pigmented, smooth and brilliant for a radiant glow that catches the light.




The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($26.00 ea) match the shadows to complete your eye look. They apply effortlessly without drag to create the perfect line along the top and bottom lashes. Once the color sets, it stays put all day without running or smudging. I use UD liners all the time and they even hold up in humid climates. 


This glorious collection will be available on:
*April 14th – Urban Decay freestanding stores and urbandecay.ca
*May 2nd – Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart stores

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Garnier Whole Blends Hair Care Review

Whether I’m traveling to Asia, Europe or the Caribbean, I always pack products that replenish my hair after a long, dehydrating flight. My suitcase is usually well stocked with a selection of Garnier shampoos and conditioners that restore brittle strands, put the bounce back in my curls and smell amazing! The collection is very affordable and accessible at drugstores throughout Canada and the U.S.


One of my favorite paraben-free, vegan blends is Almond & Argan Riches. This line is formulated to nourish, soften and tame fragile cuticles. The creamy texture and soothing aloe alleviates dry scalp and if you use heat or hair color, the reparative ingredients mend damaged areas to prevent breakage.

Shampoo and Conditioner - $4.88 each

After shampooing and detangling with the lush conditioner, I use the silicone-free Rinse-Out Mask ($6.96) to deeply moisturize, strengthen, soften and enhance shine. Curly girls and those who air dry will love the Leave-In Balm ($6.96). Simply apply a small amount to damp hair for extra suppleness, frizz control and split-end protection.

Oat Delicacy is the newest collection launched by the brand. This line is formulated for sensitive scalp and delicate hair that requires extra care. Infused with oat and rice milk, the products hydrate and rejuvenate fine strands without weighing them down.

The shampoo eliminates oil, dirt and build-up without stripping and the conditioner's revitalizing emollients revive color and prevent limpness.

Shampoo and Conditioner - $4.88 each

The Rinse-Out Mask ($6.96) is a bit light for long, thick hair like mine but when used as regular conditioner my ends feel silky smooth. This collection also includes a Dry Shampoo ($6.96) to eliminate greasiness and stale odors between wash days and a wonderful Detangling Milk ($6.96) to undo pesky knots and maintain luminosity without stickiness.

Although these products are ideal for sensitive hair they are heavily fragranced. The captivating scent lingers for days and catches the attention of everyone I pass.

If you can’t escape to the tropics anytime soon, the Coconut Water and Vanilla Milk Collection may be the next best thing. The lightweight formula quenches thirsty strands with natural extracts so your locks appear healthy and vibrant. It also improves texture, body and manageability for more movement and shine.

Shampoo and Conditioner - $4.88 each

Honey Treasures is enriched with royal jelly and propolis to heal and protect stressed strands. The shampoo gently purifies and soothes flaky scalp while foaming away pollutants, oil and irritating particles that get trapped around the roots.

The conditioner rehabilitates damaged lengths by reinforcing the fiber, hydrating and preventing breakage. It provides enough slip to detangle without discomfort and I’ve noticed less shedding.

Shampoo and Conditioner - $4.88 each

If you get this collection I highly recommend the Rinse-Out Mask ($6.96) for extra silkiness. It tames flyaways, smooths ragged ends and prepares hair for heat styling.

Before blow drying and flat ironing, use the Restoring 10-In-One Leave-In Miracle Nectar ($6.97). The light spray locks-in moisture, detangles, repairs, prevents frizz and shields against heat damage up to 230˚C / 450˚F.

Garnier Whole Blends is available at drugstores nationwide including Walmart.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Lise Watier K-Beauty Skincare | 4-Step Cleansing Routine

When it comes to developing an efficient skincare routine, Korean women are showing the world how it’s done. K-Beauty is a trendy ideology based on health, hydration, cleansing and brightening. The objective is to achieve a clear, flawless complexion that needs no concealer or corrector.

To enhance your daily regimen, Lise Watier has teamed up with a laboratory in Korea to create a 4-step beauty ritual that purifies and balances. The products are enriched with highly concentrated natural ingredients and conditioning emollients that extract bacteria and prevent blemishes.


Step 1: Deep Cleanse
The Deep Cleansing Oil ($35.00) gently dissolves dirt and makeup with a moisturizing blend of sweet almond oil, avocado, coconut, babassu and macadamia. As you massage the lush oil into your skin, it loosens foundation, waterproof formulas and stubborn pigments while nourishing, soothing and softening. Add water to emulsify and transform the cleanser into a light milk that rinses away product build-up.


Step 2: Cleanse
Double-cleansing is a great way to detoxify your pores and prevent breakouts. The first lather breaks down excess sebum produced during the day and removes the oil/fillers in makeup, moisturizer and sunscreen. Once that barrier is disintegrated, you can effectively eliminate pollutants and bacteria lodged in the deeper dermal layers.


The Cooling Foam Cleanser ($26.00) is a satin cream that transforms into rich foam upon contact with water. It contains oat, elm, artichoke extract and menthol to leave skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. The formula is not particularly hydrating but it lathers well and removes all traces of makeup residue and dirt to enhance the absorption of cream and serum.

Step 3: Exfoliate
Most dermatologists recommend exfoliation 2-3 times per week but due to sensitivity I can only perform this step once a week.


This paraben-free formula ($26.00) is infused with fragrant rose petals that heal and moisturize while sugar crystals gently remove dead skin, smooth roughness and improve tone, radiance and clarity. The base is thick and slightly sticky so it works best on damp skin. Even though the granules are quite substantial, they are non-abrasive and suitable for all skin types.

After cleansing and exfoliating, my skin feels soft, smooth, renewed and purged of all blemish-causing debris.

Step 4: Tone
The Soothing Rose Petal Gel Toner ($26.00) is my favorite product in the line. It refreshes, protects, calms irritation and removes toxins without parabens or drying alcohols. Unlike most toners, the rich gel is dense and hydrating rather than liquid-y so it traps dirt and pollutants on the face, neck and d├ęcolletage to revive your natural glow (no need to rinse).


On busy workdays I don’t always have time for a 4 step cleansing routine so I adjust the process to suit my schedule and skin. Sometimes I leave out step one and three and other times I only need step two.

Lise Watier is available at shoppers Drug Mart, department stores (including The Bay) and online at lisewatier.ca

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Conair Bun-2-Done Hair Styling Bun Maker and Infinity Pro 3Q Blow Dryer Review

On busy mornings I don’t always have time to style my hair so beauty tools that make the job easier earn an honorary spot on my vanity. There is just something about a high bun that looks professional, sleek and sophisticated – like you’re ready to put on a power suit and take on the world. Over the years many brands have made products to create trendy updos but Conair has taken it a step further.

Bun-2-Done ($69.99) is not your average styling tool. This multi-purpose device comes with 6 flexible rods (2 medium and 4 long) that sit inside a purple base and heat up quickly. While your hair is piled atop your head in the perfect donut shaped bun, the warm rods add texture, body and bounce, gradually styling as you tackle your workday. In the evening, simply unravel the bun to reveal soft flowing waves that are perfect for a night out.


The device takes up minimal counter space and the wands aren't scorching hot like curling irons so there is no heat damage. I had no problem handling the hot curlers right out of the machine but you may want to use heat resistant gloves just in case.


Simply put your hair in a ponytail, place the rod at the ends and roll up or down (whichever you prefer). Once you reach the top, snap the rod ends together to form a perfect O and pull your hair around it for consistent coverage. Each wand is lined with rubber gripping dots to ensure that most strands wrap neatly but it may take practice to perfect, especially if you have layers.


For very long, thick hair, snap 2 rods together to make an extra long roller (no clips or pins required). Create multiple buns or cute half-up half-down looks for all occasions.


For immediate waves (when I don’t want to wear a bun), I usually leave the rods in the base for a bit longer to ensure they are hot enough for well formed curls. With no digital readout and only one switch, there is no way to adjust the heat or know the exact temperature. The orange light indicates power but does not change color when the wands are ready to be used.

Start by sectioning your hair into 6 segments (1 per rod) and roll each section into a mini bun. If they loosen, hang down or get in your way, secure with claw clips.

I usually leave the buns in while getting ready and eating breakfast. The longer they set, the tighter your curls will be. If you want even more definition, apply a bit of heat using the Conair Infinity Pro 3Q Blow Dryer. Simply pass the warm air over each twist for a couple minutes to speed up the process. I usually unroll them just before leaving home and apply some serum to make the tendrils extra shiny (no hairspray required).


During the day my curls loosen into cascading messy waves which I tousle to maintain body and volume. My roots are lifted and my lengths appear full. When I want to change up my look, using Bun-2-Go is a nice break from maintaining natural curls (which can be a total drag) or flat ironing my hair straight.


Another styling tool I’ve been using is the Conair Infinity Pro 3Q Blow Dryer ($89.97). I used to be one of those people who thought all hairdryers were created equal but many advancements have been made to improve styling results.

This lightweight pink dryer features heat protect brushless technology engineered to dry hair faster with up to 70% more air pressure. There are two buttons – one with 3 heat settings and the other with 2 speed settings to control air quantity and force. For long, thick hair that takes ages to dry, this feature is amazing! The air blasts out in a steady, powerful stream that makes my job so much easier. You can also use the cool setting to limit heat styling.


The dryer also has a built to last AC motor, ionic ceramic technology with infrared heat and frizz defense conditioning ions to enhance shine and produce a smooth, silky finish. The cold shock button helps lock your style in place and there are 2 diffuser attachments to create volume and bounce.

Conair is available at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, amazon.ca, Shoppers Drug Mart, Canadian Tire and conaircanada.ca.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

6 Best Clay Masks for Clear Glowing Skin

Masking has become a popular beauty trend that many of us incorporate into our weekly routine. Like most people who strive for a flawless complexion, I am determined to find amazing formulas that transform my skin from dull to fabulous! I have a few drawers full of great products but today’s list features purifying clays that prevent blemishes and improve texture, tone and radiance with anti-aging ingredients and nutrient-rich extracts.


1. GLAMGLOW SuperMud Clearing Treatment (50g $75.00 – beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca)

The price of this popular super mud may be enough to deter most people but if you really want to improve your complexion, GLAMGLOW is definitely worth the splurge.

This particular mask is #1 on my list because it is the most effective clearing treatment I’ve used. After a hectic week, long trip or exposure to harsh weather, this rich, invigorating clay does wonders to resurrect and heal problem skin. It is formulated to refine pores, diminish imperfections, mattify, clarify and fight acne.


In just 20 minutes SuperMud balances pH, dissolves dirt and eradicates harmful bacteria with a potent blend of eucalyptus, aloe leaf, licorice root, cucumber, comfrey leaf, ivy, peppermint and 6 purifying acids.

The Pore Matrix Activated Charcoal extracts toxins, blackheads, whiteheads and oil from the deepest and toughest areas while K17-Clay smooths roughness, reduces the occurrence of ingrown hair, controls shine, brightens and softens.

Due to its potency, I only use this amazing mud when my skin needs it most or as an overnight spot treatment. The jar is not filled to the top and the freshness seal doesn’t quite fit so I cover the top with plastic wrap before fastening the lid.

2. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
(75 ml $28.00 – in-store and online at thebodyshop.ca)

This revitalizing vegan mud awakens dull skin and draws out impurities with a blend of Japanese green tea, organic tea tree oil from Kenya and bamboo charcoal.


The decadent clay looks like it was scooped right out of a volcanic hot spring and plopped in a jar. It is loaded with chunky exfoliating particles and natural extracts that flush out dirt and pollutants that cause breakouts, dark spots and scarring. After each treatment my skin feels silky, clean and completely revitalized.

As with most clay masks, this one dries in stiff layers that limit facial movement. If this happens before you’re ready to rinse, spritz with water to moisten the clay. To avoid a messy cleanup, I prefer to wash it off in the shower but you can also use a damp cloth to gently wipe away the residue. Follow-up with a hydrating serum, oil or moisturizer and your skin will feel completely renewed.

3. StriVectin Multi-Action Blue Rescue Renewal Mask

Key ingredients in this rejuvenating mask include blue algae, probiotics, red seaweed, white clay and shea butter. The powerful regenerating cocktail fights wrinkles, boosts radiance, draws out toxins and moisturizes dry skin. As the aquatic extracts begin to work, the color transforms from white to blue.


In just 10 minutes the mask visibly improves clarity, signs of fatigue, large pores, environmental damage and redness without stripping or hardening into a flaky mess.

4. Elizabeth Grant Collagen Re-Inforce 3D and Wonder Effect Retinologist
(50 ml $35.00 – elizabethgrant.com)

If you want a mask that fights daily pollution, UV damage and harsh weather, Collagen 3D is for you. Infused with rooibos tea, pink clay, flavonoid-rich antioxidants, bilberry, sugar cane, lemon, peptides, phyto-collagen and torricelumn - (aquatic vitamins and nutrients,) this creamy formula purges skin of excess oil and impurities. The anti-aging ingredients lift, tighten, contour and fades wrinkles while shea butter and ginseng hydrate, plump and fortify.


Retinologist is enriched with ginger, moringa seed, vitamin C, antioxidants and green clay to balance, detoxify, soothe, brighten and protect against free radicals. It also contains 5 types of retinol that targets large pores, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven texture, sagging and discoloration so skin appears fresh, lifted and youthful. The lush texture does not harden so removal is easy.

5. Mary Kay Clearproof Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask (4 oz $26.00 – marykay.ca)

I was pleasantly surprised by Mary Kay’s reviving mask infused with activated charcoal, honeysuckle, rosemary and stimulating peppermint. The clay corrects, balances, fades blemishes, calms redness, eliminates bacteria and absorbs excess oil making it very effective for congested, acne-prone skin.


6. 7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud (175g $8.99 – Pharma Plus, Rexall and farleyco.ca)

Montagne Jeunesse was the first mask brand I ever used and since my early teens it has been a staple in my beauty routine. The formulas are replenishing and very affordable.

My favorite has always been the Dead Sea Mud infused with pressed lavender, chopped seaweed, crushed sea salt and fruit oil. In just 15 minutes it unblocks pores, reduces the appearance of mild blemishes, cleanses and boosts your natural glow.


If you want to stock-up on stress relieving, pampering formulas, I also recommend the Charcoal Mud to remove toxins, exfoliate and promote clarity with crushed walnut shells, black lava, spring water and Mediterranean clay. To balance oily skin and prevent pimples, try the Argan Oil Mud, enriched with antioxidants, acai berry and rosehip. These supercharged ingredients bring tired skin back to life so you look and feel amazing!

7th heaven is vegetarian and cruelty-free plus each tube provides up-to 12 uses which is about $1.33 per treatment.

For more great skincare tips check out - 10 Best Serums and Facial Oils for Glowing Hydrated Skin

Friday, March 29, 2019

L'Oreal Rouge Signature Liquid Lipstick: Review and Swatches

When I’m rushing out the door in the morning and battling rush-hour traffic from one meeting to the next, I don’t usually have time to break out a lip liner and carefully apply a fresh coat of lipstick. On hectic day I need low maintenance, bombshell color that stays put, looks fabulous and applies evenly with no fuss.

For busy fashionistas who never compromise on color, L'Oreal has created the Rouge Signature Liquid Lipsticks ($13.99 ea). The formula is 2X thinner than regular lipstick with a non-drying, weightless finish.


With 18 vibrant hues to choose from there is something for everyone. The spectrum ranges from bright to nude with pops of pink, sassy red and deep burgundy. The doe-foot applicator is tapered to perfection so you can manoeuvre around the lip contour to define and shape.

The thin liquid-y color glides on like a sheer vivid lacquer and spreads evenly for buildable coverage. I use about 3-5 layers and apply the last one very lightly with minimal blending to maintain an opaque coat. The finish is matte but it takes a while to dry and transfers easily if you don’t let it set.


Throughout the day I ate a couple meals, managed to consume 8 glasses of water, completed a few errands, attended an evening event, and worked well past quitting time. There was gradual fading and transfer during meals (especially in the center of my lips) but the lipstick held up quite well and I totally forgot it was on. The amount of wear you get really depends on your lifestyle. If you drink a lot, sweat or consume greasy food that loosens the color, chances are it will come off but not as quickly as most lipstick.

The texture is comfortable and flexible with just enough moisture to prevent dryness. I only needed one minor touch-up and there was no flaking or smudging.


At the end of a long day, removing stubborn makeup can be a drag but this formula doesn’t leave behind a heavy stain. Most of it can be wiped away with a makeup cloth or lifted off with a cleansing cream/oil.


I also have a few of the new L'Oreal Color Riche Ultra-Matte Lipsticks ($9.86). This collection was curated with lip tone shades to enhance your nature hue.

Shades (left to right) - 980 Rebel Rouge, 989 Berry Extreme and 977 Passionate Pink

Over the last few months I’ve full embraced the neutral trend because like it or not, it isn’t going anywhere. The trick is finding a nude lipstick that enhances your complexion with undertones that don’t wash you out or dull your glow.

These gorgeous colors are blended with pink, mauve, chocolate and berry pigments that provide a soft-focus powdery matte finish. The consistency is smooth, light, creamy and moisturizing with great color payoff .

L'Oreal is available at drugstores nationwide.
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