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posted by on In Praise Of..., L'Oreal, Nails, Nails of the Day

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Next month sees the arrival of L’Oréal’s first textured nail collection, Miss Denim. There are four summery shades which dry to a denim textured matte finish. This is Indigo Classique and I love it!

Extremely easy to apply with a decent brush and quick to set, you don’t need a top coat to seal this hard-as-nails polish. I’m usually quite messy with painting my nails but I achieved a neat job and the manicure has stayed on my nails for three days on the trot with very minor chipping on one nail. Two coats are a must for optimum colour and thankfully it is a breeze to remove.

I usually have a short attention span with nail textures and trends but I’ve been charmed by Miss Denim and adore this colour. The other shades are Azur Salopette (lilac), Bermuda Rose (rosy pink) and Jean & Tonic (baby pink).

L’Oréal’s Color Riche Miss Denim polishes are priced at £4.99 and will be available nationwide from May.

*PR sample

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posted by on Foundation, L'Oreal, Make-Up

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A few weeks ago I was hovering by L’Oréal’s stand in Boots, mainly because I wanted to try the Manga mascara in turquoise. My eye then caught their stock of foundations. In abundance.

Truthfully I have forgotten the last time I bought foundation from the high street (or “drug store” as some of the English bloggers having an identity crisis insist on calling), so I was left bamboozled at the various types L’Oréal alone offers. I’m sure I counted at least five types. Effort!

The hardest issue I have to deal with is a match for my Asian brown skin. Swatching on the back of your hand is not a reliable colour-match method and there is major doubt on the hygiene levels of the testers, so it is always a gamble to buy a whole bottle. There must be a landfill somewhere just full of discarded foundation bottles two-thirds full…

I have tried the much talked about L’Eau De Teint from L’Oréal but the darkest shade Sand is too dark and the next shade up is dipping into pinkish tones when I’m yellow.

Any way as I fleeted between L’Oréal’s various foundations, I kept returning to True Match. After several swatches and confident Honey was the ‘true match’ for me, I was on my merry way. I was won over by the claim that 96% were satisfied this foundation was a true match for their skin tones and also with such a wide selection of shades available, I figured I stood a better chance.

Well I am pleased Honey is a spot-on match. I’m usually a NC42 in MAC, 12 in Illamasqua’s Skin Base, F300 in EX1 Cosmetics and coincidentally also Honey in EVE LOM’s new foundation and tinted moisturiser (reviews of those coming soon).

Firstly I am fond of the shape and design of the bottle. Dispensing from a pump and light enough to stick in my make-up bag are a couple more plus points. Secondly, it applies and blends seamlessly, leaving a soft, matte finish. I apply the foundation at 8am and by the end of the working day, it’s not screaming for a touch-up. True Match is something I have been both surprised and impressed with, and consider it an ideal everyday foundation.

Here’s how it looks on me. (I am extremely tired so don’t concentrate on the bags under the eyes. Gracias!)

lorealtruematchhoneyAt £9.99 for 30g it costs substantially less than my favourite (Skin Base at £27) and best of all, is a true match to my skin tone. That’s a pretty good deal in my books. Have you given True Match a whirl? Let me know what you think!

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There are countless hair styling sprays that promise you glossy looking tresses and protection against styling tools but it comes at quite a price for me. In truth there are one or two that truly work but equally there are many which don’t.

Ever Riche Oil Precieux (ooh, fancy French words!) from L’Oréal has been worthwhile because it’s free of parabens and sulphates, which just make things messy. Eliminating these additives means less stress and burden on my hair especially when my fine locks are so porous to serums and sprays.

Ever Riche Oil Precieux is a lightweight nourishing oil mist that you spray on dry hair but it can also be used before blow drying to prep and it’s perfect for very fine hair (that’s me!) The mist gives a brilliant shine but also your hair feels lovely to touch. Like cashmere as L’Oréal reckons? Well maybe not quite but I do find myself running my fingers through my hair quite a bit.

The scent is lush too – oriental jasmine – so not only does your hair get a kick but your sense of smell also does.

L’Oréal’s Ever Rich Oil Precieux costs £11.99 for 150ml.

*PR sample

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