affordable makeup haul & first impressions

buckle up because this is a long one!
I’ve been collecting a few bits and pieces of affordable makeup brands (supermarket, drugstore, pharmacy, high street), and I decided to do a video where I try several of those products on my face and get to see how they behave throughout the day.

you can find most of the products at your local drugstore/pharmacy, but Feelunique, Look Fantastic and Boots International are always great international references for these kinds of brands (except Essence, Kiko, H&M and Makeup Revolution).

Kiko Smart Dry Nail Laquer

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Look FantasticFeelunique)

L’Oréal True Match Foundation (not many shades at Feelunique, but you can find it at your local drugstore)

Essence 2 in 1 Highlight and Contouring stick

Essence I Love Color Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Essence My Must Haves Eyeshadow 14 – Purple Clouds

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow in Purple Heaven — I couldn’t, for the life of me, find an online store that looked reliable, so check your local drugstore or pharmacy to see if they carry the brand.

Essence Eye and Face Palette 01

Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara

L’Oréal True Match Pressed Powder, again, through Feelunique or Lookfantastic

Essence My Must Haves Highlighter Powder

Essence Strobing Highlighter in let it glow!

Essence My Must Haves Lip Base

Essence My Must Haves Lip Powder

Essence Glossy Stick Lip Colour 02 – clear nude

also mentioned but not worn:
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
H&M Sensorium Eye Color in Cuveè Rose

L’Oréal Low-Shampoo

on my last visit to the supermarket, I was flabbergasted: they have discontinued the only sulfate-free shampoo line that was not meant for extremely damaged and colour-treated hair and that was readily available (as in, in the supermarket). this oily haired gal that prides herself on keeping her locks on a delicate balance that only need washing up to 3 times a week but gets dandruff whenever she uses a regular sulfate shampoo was outraged.
then my eyes hit that new thingamajig L’Oréal came up with. I’m no stranger to the no-poo trend but had never tried it — and this is just LOW-poo, but still… it probably will be too heavy, I thought.
then I reminded myself of my 3 readers/subscribers and decided “what the heck! it’s for science!”

Continue reading “L’Oréal Low-Shampoo”

Up Close and Poresonal — L’Oréal Total Cover

So, here are the claims: “(…) a flawless, full coverage base that lasts up to 24 hours. The zero compromise, camouflage formula covers everything from blemishes, redness and tattoos without the overload, while the matte finish leaves you with an even, shine-free base.  No compromise. No transfer. No overload”

This sounds perfect for my hyper pigmentation and my blemish and all-over un-evenness.
You can trust me to shove my face on your screen to show you how it all went down, warts and all…

You can find this foundation in your local drugstores, and online at Feelunique. The shade range varies depending on the country/shop you buy it from.

L’Oréal Colorista Spray

I walked past a shelf of these on the supermarket and I could NOT leave them there. I had to bring them home and try them.

Yes, probably this is more fitted for young girls, but I’m a young girl at heart and these colours were not available when I was growing up and trying to be the rebel with the golden heart I was.

Here’s my test-drive of this novelty product. Let me know: would you wear it?
I think it’s fun and a good way to play with colour on one’s hair without the commitment and huge expense of having it done correctly in a salon, bleaching the hair and having to go there every fortnight to redo the roots.

The Colorista line comes with three types of products: the spray-on one day colour, the 1 to 2 weeks tint, and a permanent colour line.

As you can see on their ads, the brighter colours are meant for blond and bleached hair, or else they won’t show up. L’Oréal, of course, offer a bleach within the line, but to be honest, if you’re going that route, I’d strongly advise you to get it done by a professional. Have you heard of burnt scalp? Yes, it’s a thing.

I found these products on the supermarket, so if you’re not in Portugal, you’ll probably find these at your local drugstores that sell L’Oréal hair products.