In my previous post, I mentioned that I had gone overboard in beauty buying this weekend in order to get all the free gifts available for Christmas. I’ll be putting them up one by one, and today I’ve chosen L’oreal.
In order to get your hands on the L’oreal freebie you have to spend over £15. As with my Models Own purchase, I didn’t have to think too hard with what I chose as I had run out of my L’Oreal primer, and since that is £14.29 that made up the bulk by itself.
This primer, the Studio Secrets Professional Smoothing Resurfacing Primer, has been around for a while now, and I really can’t recommend it highly enough. This is the very first one I used when everybody was first talking about them, and I still think it has the nicest texture of any I’ve ever used. It’s a very thick, nearly solid cream consistency, and you really have to rub it in to get it to sit right. I think this is a good thing, though, as it makes me think it is really sinking into my pores and doing it’s job properly, almost like a filler!
Despite the fact that I now have about 4 primers that I use in rotation, I will still always purchase this one simply because it works- it leaves my skin looking great and feeling DIVINE, really silky and smooth- the perfect canvas for foundation. Highly recommended!
So since the primer was nearly £15 on it’s own, I didn’t have to spend that much more to get my gift. I landed on a Color Riche nail polish- always reliable, and only £4.99. The shade I chose is 501, Mauve Rendez Vous.
Apologies for the second picture being a bit blurry, but I took a few shots and that was the one that best showed the shade- that lovely, shimmery purple with hints of pink and silver in the light. So pretty. Here’s two coats:
I’ve made no secret of my love of purple, and this shade was a real winner. Slightly velvety and quite subtle for a reasonably dark shade, but with those gorgeous light catching sparkles.
I own a few colour riche shades, and they never let me down- always reliable, reasonably long lasting, and they all seem to have great coverage. Fabulous.
So onto my freebie. L’oreal always impress with their gift boxes, and this year was no exception. You get a rather impressive haul in that little box, including 3 full-size products! Win!
I’ll start with the obligatory sachets, of which there were 2. Normally I’m not too interested in sachets, but both of these held some mild intrigue this year.
You get True Match foundation in shade W3- Golden Beige, and Nude Magique BB cream in medium. I’m a big fan of true match pressed powder, but I’ve never tried the foundation, which meant I was pleased to get this. I will have to test its effectiveness on my sister, however, since this shade will be waaaaay too dark for me!
The BB cream also holds some interest, as I’m yet to find one I like. Everyone has been raving about them and I’m so far unimpressed! This one I’ve seen in action, though, and quite liked- it’s white with some beads that burst and dissolve to mimic your skin tone. Sounds pretty awesome, and who knows- medium may be pale enough for me!
Next up was a pot of face cream, namely Revitalift 10 total repair.
Whilst I’m not quite at the revitalift stage yet, I’ll try it quite happily, and this is SPF20 which is all I really look for in a day cream. It’s got a nice consistency to it, very thick and creamy, but absorbed fast which is another plus from me. If it turns out to make my skin nice then who knows, maybe I’ll be converted!
The next item is a nail polish, another in the Color Riche range. It’s shade 820- Crystalissime.
All of the next three items have ‘issime’ at the end of their names, suggesting they are part of some limited set. I’m not sure if they are available outside of the free gift, but they are all gorgeous so I really hope so! anyway, this polish is lovely, a very light, pearlescent white with a lilac shimmer
On it’s own its highly unnoticeable, so I ended up layering it over the nail polish I bought to get it, the mauve I reviewed above. It gave it a lovely shimmery sheen- I’ve put them side by side below so you can see the difference it makes. The one on the left is the original, the right has the shimmery topcoat.
I’m normally a fan of dark shades, but this one makes a lovely pale top coat. It makes it look wintery, like its been covered in a light sheen of frost- very chritmassy! I’ll definitely use it over a French manicure or pale pastel shades to make them extra magical!
The next item is a lipstick, from a line called Colour Riche Diamantissime, shade 325- Feeric Fuschia
It’s a dark, bright red with a deep pink undertone, and it’s full of little sparkles and shimmers. I’m a recent convert to red lippie, so this came right at the perfect time. The shade is gorgeous, very bright and fun, and you can see the sparkles are lovely- subtle but glam.
I own a few colour riche lipsticks and I really love them for their staying power and smooth application. I really loved this shade, and will definitely be wearing it to my Christmas party this year!
The final item is my favourite- a Volume Million Lashes mascara. I ADORE this line of mascaras, and this one is subtitled ‘Diamantissime’, like the rest of the items in the box.
This caused me a great deal of excitement, as I had pictured little sparkles mixed in, but none were visible when I looked on the brush. Turns out that’s because they are so subtle you can only see them in certain lights! Anyway, the shade is called Black Diamantissime, and like I said I’m not sure if this is a permanent line or just for these freebies. I hope it’s the former!
The brush is the same brush as with all of the volume million mascaras, a chunky rubber brush with very short, fine bristles. Perfect, basically! And no surprise, so was the mascara!
I took about 20 pictures trying to catch the shimmers, but none of them worked, so you will have to take my word for it that they are there. They are very subtle and fine, but there are definite glitter particles that catch the light every now and again, making this mascara ultra magical. Besides that, it delivers like all the volume million mascaras do, and made my lashes longer, darker, thicker, and basically volumised! J’adore!
I was so happy with the L’oreal gift set this year. The magic touch of the Diamantissime special editions made it feel extra sparkly and Christmassy- the box had ‘Dress up in Diamonds’ written on it, and thats exactly how I felt. I also loved that there were 3 full size products in there, making it a total bargain: L’oreal have definitely delivered, and this freebie is highly recommended. And when I say highly recommended, I mean drop everything and go and get it. Like, now. Go. NOW.