Wednesday, 28 June 2017

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

 As you might have noticed on my Instagram I've just come back from Greece and while spending all day in the sun and in the sea was absolutely wonderful the elements soon take a toll on my skin. 

I was using my La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Factor 50 BB cream on my face and that kept me fairly protected from the sun but my skin needed some hydration.

Like I do on all holidays after a long day at the beach I'd head back to the hotel for a shower and then cover myself in Aloe Vera gel, it's just second nature to me to apply something moisturising after sun exposure. While the gel is great for my body it's just too  heavy for the face. 

I picked up the L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water thinking it would be a  great lighter alternative and perfect to use on hotter days where I don't want anything too heavy on my face.

 I admit I was originally sucked in by the packaging,  I am all about the mint shades and the glass bottle makes it feel like a high end product even thought I bought it on offer in Boots for £6.66! 

Now don't let the name fool you, although it is 'Aloe Water' it has a slightly thicker consistency to what's inside our Evian bottles. It's almost like a lightweight serum, thicker than water, less thick than a moisturiser.

One pump  gives you enough product to cover the whole face - I've heard some people say they find it a bit tacky when they first apply it but I haven't found that's the case, I can only assume it's because they are applying a little more than they need to. As it is such a thin consistency a little goes a long way. 
 It sinks into the skin quickly and leaves you with toned and hydrated skin. I've used it in place of my usual moisturiser in the morning and evening on my face and neck.

We all know Aloe Vera is wonderful for the skin with it's anti-inflammatory properties. Another ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid which sounds scary but it helps to retain over 1000 times it's weight in water within the cells of the skin.
It increases hydration, is great at repairing collagen and can improve the appearance of scarring too.


As Hydra Genius it is so light and absorbs to easily I've found it perfect to use under make-up as I can apply foundation almost instantly. So it's been perfect to continue use now that I'm at home. 

This 70ml bottle retails at £9.99 but I'm yet to see it sold at full price. Everywhere seems to have it on offer at the moment so it's the perfect excuse to pick one up.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paints

I've become a total liquid lipstick convert recently. I love anything that is low maintenance and that is just what they are, a lip product that you can slap on in the morning and not worry about for pretty much the rest of the day. I tried out 3 nude shades recently in my liquid lipsticks comparison post.

Once again I was swayed by L'Oreal having a 3 for 2 offer in Boots and I decided to try out a couple of their new Matte Lip Paints. 
There are so many colours to choose from, lots of nude shades, some gorgeous pinks and a couple of deep reds and plums too. I was spoilt for choice and I left Boots with my hand absolutely covered in swatches - a regular occurrence for me, I admit. 

I picked up 208 Off White which is a pale pinky nude and 201 Hollywood Beige which is actually more pink toned than beige like the name suggests.  

I also repurchased a 24 Hour Infallible Matte foundation - It keeps me shine-free, is
great on my drier patches and gives the coverage I need without looking chalky. L'Oreal foundations are just amazing if you ask me!


Anyway back to the Lip Paints! 

At first I thought it was in a squeezy tube but it has a lipgloss- like applicator. The tip of the applicator really impressed me, it's slightly curved to cover the lips really easily and applies just the right amount of product to sweep across. The tip is pointed to help line the cupids bow. 
Now I wouldn't say they are your typical matte formula. They give more of a semi-matte finish which is packed full of colour and I don't find them drying although I haven't really suffered with dry lips recently.

They feel creamy when you first apply them and the shades are nice and pigmented. They don't set on your lips like some other liquid lipsticks (NYX Lip Lingerie and Barry M Matte-Me-Up for example) which means they aren't as heavy. There is some transfer but not as much as a regular lipstick. They leave a stain on your lips so even with some transfer you are still left with a colour. They last well and don't flake or smudge.

There's a glossy 'lacquer' version of these too which I might end up trying out but I am really loving a matte lip at the moment. I've been wearing the pinker shade constantly lately - it's gorgeous!

I'd love to know if you've tried these.

L'Oreal Lip Paints are £6.99 and currently 3 for 2 at Boots.