Sheer and shiny: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipsticks

As much as I love my matte liquid lipsticks, sometimes it’s nice to just wear a sheer wash of colour packed with moisture.

If this sounds like something up your alley, then you’ll definitely have to check out L’Oreal Paris’ new Colour Riche Shine lipsticks.  These lipsticks, available in 12 shades, deliver a medium wash of colour with a glossy finish. Each one is infused with oil for an incredibly comfortable wear. They also offer up a hydrating and lasting shine effect that gives you a wash of colour.  Honestly, these are just so perfect for summer.
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipsticks

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipsticks

L’Oreal was super kind and sent me all 12, housed in the cutest acrylic box.  Each lipstick features a clear case that makes it super luxe to carry. When I first saw the shades I was a little discouraged since a lot of them are bold colours, however, when I got to swatching, it turns out the colour you see in the stick is a lot more pigmented than it will actually appear. For instance, Gleaning Plum is a deep purple, however, it gives you pretty berry colour on the lips.

If you’re a fan of other oil-enriched lipsticks (such as the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick lipsticks), then I think you’ll really like these (plus, they are way more affordable!). I thought I would be favouriting the lighter colours the most, but the reds and hot pinks are really gravitating towards me since they gives you such a beautiful wash of pigment.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Enamel Red swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Glassy Garnet swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Glazed Pink swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Gleaming Plum swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Glossy Fawn swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Lacquered Strawberry swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Laminated Fuchsia swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Luminous Coral swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Polished Tango swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Shining Peach swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Sparkling Rose swatched L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick in Varnished Rosewood swatched

Since summer often means moisture, I definitely recommend picking up a shade from this line to toss in your purse or beach bag this summer. It’s so easy to just grab this and slather it on. Plus it keeps your lips moisturized for hours, so definite win-win!

Will you be trying out any shades from L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine lipstick collection?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Makeup, done right: Fancii Tria LED-Lighted Tri-Fold Makeup Mirror

Ever do your makeup in your bathroom, think you look fly as hell, and then leave and take a look at yourself and natural lighting and it looks like you’re wearing too much makeup or your foundation doesn’t match the rest of your body? That happens to me all the time.

My bathroom lighting is yellow-toned, so although I think I look great while I’m applying my makeup, once I leave, I notice that I didn’t do as great a job as I thought I did. To rectify this situation, I’ve started to do my makeup with a hand mirror in front of a window so I can work with natural lighting, but when it gets dark it’s kinda tough to do this.

I’ve always wanted one of those portable mirrors that have an LED light on them, but I often find them too expensive. Well, I was recently approached by Canadian-based online retailer, Fancii & Co., which specializes in in-demand beauty tools that won’t break the bank, to try out some of their products and I jumped at the chance to give their Tria – Trifold Vanity Mirror a shot.

Fancii Tria LED-Lighted Tri-Fold Makeup Mirror Fancii Tria LED-Lighted Tri-Fold Makeup Mirror open

I’ve seen these before, often sent out by brands with their logos on them, and have always wanted one, not only for home use, but also travel (I have some girls trips coming up, so this way I won’t have to wait in line for the bathroom mirror). The Tria- Trifold Vanity Mirror features a large mirror in the centre and then two wings that open up to a 1x, 5x, and 10x magnification. Best of all, it has touch-sensor button for natural daylight colour-correct LED lights, so I don’t have to set up shop in front of a window anymore.

Ever since I got this mirror, I have been pretty much obsessed with applying my makeup in front of it. Also, the lighting on it is perfect for getting rid of any unwanted facial hair since the lighting really highlights those little hairs that you normally wouldn’t notice until you’re outside in the sunshine (and then you feel self-conscious since you think everyone is staring at them… okay, maybe that’s just me). This mirror is battery operated or comes with a USB cord to power up and the illumination can be adjusted by just holding down the button on the mirror, so if you want it brighter or dimmer, you can do that.

Since it is 11.5-inches tall and 13-inches wide, it is perfect for travel. The mirror part is also detachable from the base so it’s easy to store. The base also has an organizer base, so you can keep your everyday makeup items in it. Fancii also has a number of other mirrors on their site (as well as facial cleansing brushes, hair straighteners, etc.), but I really love this one since it has the magnification on it (perfect for tweezing your eyebrows, applying false lashes, winged liner, etc.).

Fancii Tria LED-Lighted Tri-Fold Makeup Mirror Fancii Tria LED-Lighted Tri-Fold Makeup Mirror Fancii Tria LED-Lighted Tri-Fold Makeup Mirror

Best part of all is that it retails for C$45.99 (for comparison, this one from Simple Human is $500). Like I said, I’ve always wanted one of these mirrors, but I’m so happy that I held out to pick one up. I travel often, so I think this would be great to toss into my suitcase for trips where I’m putting more effort into my makeup (vacation versus work travel). Also, like I said, that dreaded bathroom light is not good matching my foundation to my neck, so this has definitely come in handy. I also love how they are a Canadian company, and their products shipped fast and was delivered through Amazon (not sure if all their products are shipping from Amazon).

If you are looking for a vanity mirror, then definitely check them out.

What kind of lighting do you use to apply your makeup?

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Shade and skin: CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation

I’ve always been a huge fan of CoverGirl foundations. Case in point, recently I’ve been travelling with their Vitalist Elixir foundation instead of my $50 ones from Sephora since I find it just gives me an amazing coverage and I love the skincare benefits in it.

I chatted about CoverGirl’s new branding and products last week but I had to do a dedicated post to the new TruBlend Matte Made Foundation since CG is really proud of their new innovation, and with good reason. Typically foundations have the tendency to only come in 12 or so shades, most of which lean more towards peach, yellow, or olive skin tones. This isn’t the case with this one. The brand came out with a staggering 40 shades (including 26 new shades) categorized into four categories (light, medium, tan, and deep).

This foundation provides medium-to-full coverage that gives you a flawless, naturally matte appearance. It also is comfortable to wear, minimizes pores, control oils, and is transfer resistant (we’ll get more into that in a second).

CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made foundations

I was provided with three shades of this foundation, M10 (Golden Natural), M30 (Honey), and M40 (Warm Nude). Since I am quite pale without a tan, I’ve been using M10 and find that it suits my skin perfectly. It is very lightweight on the face and absorbs into my skin quite nicely (in that it doesn’t just sit on top of the skin, like some of my other foundations do). It has a flex-hold technology (PVP), that creates a strong, yet flexible film that’s comfortable on skin. Considering it gives you a medium-to-full coverage, it doesn’t go on heavy.

Now CoverGirl says its transfer-proof, which is a very high claim. I took it to the test and applied the foundation then put on a white top, making sure to brush the collar across my face. There was some colour on the shirt, but not as much as other foundations would give you. That would be pretty incredible technology if a foundation could truly do that without getting your clothes dirty.

I chatted about this in my last CoverGirl post, but I really do love this foundation. It goes on so light and gives you a nice airbrush effect that makes your skin look smooth and flawless. If you suffer from redness or blemishes, then I would definitely try this out. The best part is that it’s C$13.99 (SRP), which is much lower than other drugstore foundations (and you can probably find it on sale as well).

To find you perfect shade, CoverGirl recommends the following:

You have a neutral undertone if the veins on your wrist are blue/green, both gold and silver jewelry suit you; and your skin tone appears olive.  You have a warm undertone if the veins on your wrist are green/olive; gold jewelry suits you best; your skin tone appears yellow or gold; you tan easily; if so, choose a peach or yellow-based foundation. You have a cool undertone if the veins on your wrist are blue/purple; silver jewelry suits you best; you are pink or beige skin toned; you get sunburned easily; if you choose a pink-based foundation.

Before and after using CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation in M10


To go with the foundation, I highly recommend some of their other new products, the TruBlend Base Business Primer (I have the pore minimizing one – the purple one), as well as the TruBlend It’s Lit Concealer.

I paired the TruBlend It’s Lit Concealer in the photos above and below and love how it pairs with the foundation. It provides coverage, as well as radiance and brightening. The concealer is available in seven shades – fair, light, medium, light/medium, medium, medium/deep, and deep), and each shade was formulated with increased chroma and pearlescent pigments to combat dullness, enhance brightness, and conceal imperfections. I will say that it’s not the heaviest concealer I own, but it’s very light on the skin, meaning that it absorbs well and doesn’t look or feel cakey.

If you are looking for a new foundation, I would highly recommend taking a look at TruBlend Matte Made. If you have a darker skin tone, I would definitely recommend checking this out, since the colours do go quite deep. CoverGirl, you did it again, kudos!

Have you tried Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation yet?

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