L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint


Evening all! I’ve finally gotten around to reviewing the latest addition to my foundation stash, L’Oréal’s Nude Magique Eau de Teint. This new lightweight formula is apparently a dupe for Armani Maestro; a claim that I can’t attest to as I’ve never used the Armani foundation, but L’Oréal’s offering is making a few claims of its own. This is apparently the lightest, most subtle foundation on the market.

Since my last post about my Sleek haul in which I mentioned I’d bought a rather nice Catrice foundation, I went back to my trusty Estée Lauder Double Wear. However I tend to change my mind more than my underwear, and I decided that I’d like something a little more lightweight for daytime as the ELDW can be quite heavy on the skin. Also, at €36.50 a bottle, I want to make it last for as long as I can! So I popped into Boots last Thursday and bought the Nude Magique in the palest shade, 100 Porcelain. It’s retailing here at about €12-€13.


My initial impressions were good; although the bottle only contains 20ml of product compared to the standard 30ml, I can justify this by reminding myself that I’m using it to replace a far more expensive foundation. The bottle itself is frosted glass and adds, I think, a touch of sophistication to a drugstore foundation. In fact, it’s not unlike ELDW in terms of packaging.


As you can see, the formulation is indeed very watery-looking. After you shake the bottle you are supposed to tip a drop onto your finger and apply sparingly. Other beauty blogs have informed me that L’Oréal describe this foundation as containing ‘volatile oils’ that evaporate on contact with the skin to create a satin-matte finish. As an oily-skinned girl I was a little nervous at the mention of oils but, as it turned out, their presence wasn’t a problem. The liquid has a lovely silky texture, as light and airy as promised. The product does suffer for a lack of a pump however; it’s difficult to prevent any drops escaping.


Here’s the blemished, tired and rather cranky-looking canvas I was working with. I was smothered with a cold and getting ready for work, hence the unflattering white blouse and pale complexion. This foundation had a challenge on its hands!
Already I had cleansed and applied my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (favourite skincare product ever), Anatomicals The Hottie Tottie is Never Spotty moisturiser, and Smashbox Photofinish Primer.


And here’s the Nude Magique, sans concealer or powder. I’ll admit to needing two good layers to achieve a medium level of coverage. But I’d consider that good going for skin that can only be described as ‘problem’; after all, it had ten years’ worth of acne scarring to hide, plus current spots. I still had need for concealer, especially for under my eyes, but the same goes for any foundation I use, be it cheap or expensive. The shade I had bought, 100, was perfect on me, with its yellow undertones. However, I’m quite sallow and not deathly pale, so I do feel that paler girls may not find this product pale enough or pinky-toned enough to suit them. This could indeed be a stumbling point in the Irish market for this foundation.


(I fixed my eyebrows after I took this, I swears!)


And here is the finished make-up look. I kept things pared back, as befitting a foundation with a natural, subtle effect. And anyway, an intense smokey eye is pretty wasted on work. The other products I used are as follows:
– Catrice All Matte pressed powder in 010 Translucent
– Sleek Correct and Conceal palette in 1
– Sleek blush in Coral (love, love, love)
– Sleek Brow Kit in Dark
– MAC Opulash in Bad, Bad Black

Overall, I’m rather impressed with this foundation. While I don’t feel that a foundation can feel as completely weightless as bare skin, this comes pretty close. The finish, as I said, is satin matte, which I love as a brighter alternative to the flat, mask-like effect of true matte foundations. It looks sheer on the skin while still delivering surprisingly decent coverage. I think all but the clearest of complexions would still need a little concealer help, but who doesn’t?! While Nude Magique certainly doesn’t have the durability of ELDW and its ilk, I can still get a good ten hours out of this foundation, with some blotting and powder touch-ups. But I’m a fiend for touch-ups anyway, to the extent that my boyfriend asks why I keep making my nose ‘dusty’… boys!

For the price point, I think this is a brilliant everyday foundation. The lack of a pump dispenser and a rather limited shade range are my only criticisms. But if it helps me look halfway decent everyday with minimal effort, and conserves my precious ELDW, I’m more than happy to recommend it 🙂

Has anyone else tried this foundation? Any tips to optimise it?

Emily xx


Wild Ombres on a whim.

Today being payday, I couldn’t wait to toddle into town after class to get my hands on something pretty. I’ve been eyeing up

L’Oreal’s Nude Magique Eau de Teint in the last week or so as a light alternative for daytime make-up. But more on that later. As I was browsing Boots (as much as one can browse in their jam-packed Grafton Street store), I naturally drifted over to the haircare section and laid my eyes on L’Oreal’s Wild Intense Ombre dye kit.

I’ve done my own dip-dye in the past; last year I took part in Today FM’s Shave or Dye fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society so I essentially bleached the crap out of the mid-lengths and ends of my hair so I could use a fantastic shocking pink dye on it. I loved it, it was so much fun having pink hair, if only for a short while.


The colour was even more vibrant in real life.

And here was my DIY ombre once the pink faded out. The bleaching and a lack of TLC absolutely leeched the moisture from my poor curly locks, beyond the point of rescue. I had about three and a half inches chopped off it since last summer, and thankfully this salvaged it.


Yes, my brows were terribly overplucked for a while last year.

So since last summer I’ve been experimenting with different shades of red and plum, the main result of which has been the realisation that I don’t suit red and plum. So here is the dark brown colour I threw in just before Christmas, when I was at a bit of a loss for what to do. I took this right before I got my ombre on. As you can see, the colour is a bit flat and could do with a lift.

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I look so tired 😦

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The mixing and application for this dye couldn’t be simpler. Powder + creme + colourant. Throw it on the nifty little comb that’s included, brush through from chin length to the ends, making sure you use plenty of dye on each medium-sized section of hair. I varied the heights at which I started the dye, to prevent a blocky effect.

And then I made some daft faces.

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The instructions say not to leave the dye in your hair in excess of 45 minutes but, me being me, I left it in for the guts of an hour because there didn’t seem to be much happening, considering the darkness of the dye underneath. Bold, I know. Then I rinsed, shampooed and conditioned as instructed, and shaved my legs while I was at it. The dye left my hair worryingly tangled so I applied lashings of my cheap-and-cheerful Tesco Argan oil conditioner and hoped for the best. Post-shower brushing was a smidgeon more knotty than usual but not terribly so. I just left some Frizz Ease in my hair and rubbed a little Argan Oil through the ends and left it to dry naturally. My poor hair had been through enough for one day without assaulting it with heat styling as well. But thankfully the curls haven’t hidden away in fear.

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Apologies for the poor photo, I was trying to take it in the college library whilst trying not to look like a gimp. But I think that the lighter shades are quite visible. The results were never going to be as blonde as the box suggested; but considering the dark base colour I was trying to lift, I’m pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I didn’t want anything too contrasted because I suspect that ombre is probably nearing the end of its popularity anyway. It’s a little coppery but I’ve never been afraid of a bit of ginger. Some might not be too keen but for less than ten euro and minimal effort, I’ve achieved a nice lift in my hair colour. Not bad for a Thursday evening’s work!

Emily xx

Ramble ramble…

Hello bloggers!

I felt like writing a blog post but I haven’t got any specific topic in mind so let’s just see where this meanders off too.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and is enjoying the new year so far. My Christmas was lovely; once I got past the shitstorm that was my college exams I was able to relax and begin to look forward to Christmas. In between our rather busy work rosters, J and I found time to go for a delicious meal with his friends. It was then that my love for dauphinoise potatoes became truly affirmed. We also went to see The Hobbit, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. J is a huge LOTR fan and he loved the film regardless of what some said about it, and as a Hobbit newbie I thought it was quite entertaining and funny in places. However, I only found out at the very end of the film that there will, in fact, be a third installment so I felt a bit cheated out of a conclusion. J and I also spent a fantastic day at his family home, chatting to his Dad and siblings while defending ourselves from Nerf guns being zealously wielded by a dozen nieces and nephews. That particular day was rounded off with a raucous night in the pub followed by more wine and Street Fighter at 4am. Work the next day was not fun. At all.

I also spent some lovely time with my family, including a delicious meal on Christmas Eve and our traditional visit to the pub. Christmas Day was just magical as always, although this year I think I enjoyed it so much because, compared to the last three years, things are going pretty well in my life, and I truly felt relaxed and content. I was also the extremely lucky recipient of a Nexus 7 tablet, a Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini and a Babyliss Big Hair styler. At last, e-books and bouncy hair are mine! And I’m delighted to report that J was delighted, if really surprised, by his tablet too. Totally won a bunch of girlfriend points for that one.

And of course, no Christmas would be complete without a lot of busy shifts at work. Like every year, we were pushed to capacity with residents, parties and weddings. I could never recall it being so busy or stressful but we got through it. And the tips definitely softened the blow somewhat. After one particularly hectic eight-day stint I was fit to collapse and very nearly succumbed to my archnemesis, tonsillitis. I really do think that the red wine I drank at night as a coping mechanism must have had some kind of medicinal effect…

Then came the new year, which I rang in drinking yet more wine and cooking sausages for J (story of my life, seriously). In fact, in my cooking fervour I nearly forgot about the midnight bit and J had to call me into the sitting room before I missed it. Whoops. The following weekend we went out for his friend’s girlfriend’s birthday; a night which culminated in yet more Street Fighter and bicycles being thrown around the back garden (all in good spirits, I hasten to add). Then J returned to college and I spent my last week of Christmas holidays working evening shifts and rapidly developing severe cabin fever at home. Penance for my hedonism, I suspect.

Then all of a sudden, yesterday rolled around and college recommenced. To say I was unprepared was an understatement; yesterday morning I tried to put a saucepan in the freezer and then spent the rest of the day trying to remember how to spell. On Tuesdays I have no classes, so I’ve really just been sitting around the house as I have no assignments or reading to complete just yet. I also styled my hair with my Babyliss thing, so at least I look super glamorous in my pyjamas! Tomorrow we receive our Christmas exam results and I’m going to remain in denial of this fact for as long as I can. My Equity lecturer really did me no favours on exam day, so I’m really not looking forward to repeating that module…

Has anyone made any new year’s resolutions? And more pertinently, are you sticking to them? I generally don’t bother as I don’t stick to them. I have the willpower of a toddler and the activity levels of a sloth so the traditional diet-and-exercise resolution is a bit of a waste of time for me. Sure there’s no point in disappointing myself like…

My friends and I have adopted a bucket list plan. We’re going to audition for the fashion show that our college’s Fashion Society holds every year. It’s the largest student-run fashion show in the country and it’s a fantastic production. Luckily they’re not looking only for the Giseles and Caras of the student body; auditions are open to anyone who’s interested. I’m really not expecting to be chosen but the audition process should be a bit of fun, and who knows, maybe a stumpy brunette might be just what they’re looking for!

I really need to start thinking more about that big scary thing they call The Future. Postgraduate applications open in November so I really need to think about my next academic step. Or figure out if I can even afford another academic step in the next couple of years. While that fashion journalism idea will always be at the back of my mind, I plan to research broader journalism courses and masters degrees in history and creative writing also. Heaven help me, I’ll never be employable.

J continues to study super hard at computer things, making me prouder every time he gets a brilliant exam result (apparently they do give out 100%  grades in college, who knew?!). Tomorrow he has an interview for a summer internship so I’m crossing fingers and toes that he gets it, even if it means we’ll only get to spend the sum total of about one week together during the summer. But it will definitely be worth it for him.

So that’s pretty much all that’s been going on in my life recently. I’m hoping to keep blogging here and there, keep writing for the newspaper and generally maintain some semblance of organisation over my life. Be back soon with some more riveting posts!

I own too much make-up.

Not really. Nobody can ever own too much make-up. But I have bought quite a few new products in the last few weeks that I felt I should write about in a blog post. Not so much because this is a beauty blog, but more so because I’ve been neglecting my blog and this was the first post idea that came to mind. Also, I got some really nice new stuff.

(These photos are not mine)

First up, my sister bought me a MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Hang-Up for Christmas (€19 in Brown Thomas). Just look at that vampy purple shade.


This is a gorgeous,wintery, berry lipstick that applies like a dream and doesn’t dry out my lips. My one complaint is that it’s not particularly long-lasting, but I’m putting that down to the slightly more sheer formulation. However, it’s too gorgeous a colour not to wear and I’m happy to put up with the extra touch-ups for the sake of wearing it.
I actually bought the same lipstick for my sister back in October and on a class trip to Berlin last month she completely broke it beyond repair. Devastation was not the word.

I had been working a lot over Christmas and, one evening, feeling tired and very sorry for myself, I logged onto cloud10beauty.com and had a little cosmetics spree. Sleek is rapidly becoming a favourite brand of mine; for the prices of their products, the quality is impressive.

Having heard good things about Sleek eyeshadow palettes, I bought their Ultra Matte i-Divine Darks palette for €9.99.


The shadows aren’t quite as pigmented as the likes of Urban Decay, but their staying power is quite impressive all the same. I’ve only used the white and grey shades so far (Pillow Talk and Thunder) but I’m looking forward to experimenting with some other shades to create a non-shimmery daytime smoky eye. The palette seems to cater to all eye colours; being brown-eyed, I love the cooler shades but there does seem to be something for everyone.

Next up was a Sleek Eyebrow palette in Dark, also €9.99.


Out of all my Sleek purchases, this was probably my favourite. I adore a strong, bold brow and this delivers exactly that. I was worried when the delivery first arrived that the powder would be a touch too pale but with the wax underneath, the effect is still quite a dark brown. The mini-tweezers probably won’t be replacing my regular tweezers but they’re still a nice addition for the price of the set. Overall, I got a defined, dark brow without straying into scary HD brow territory.

I was running out of concealer so Sleek’s Correct and Conceal palette (€10) also snook into my basket. I bought the lightest shade but they seem to have quite a variety for all skin tones.


So far I’ve only used the middle shade and the powder; as of yet I haven’t found any use for the pinker cream but perhaps I will when I return to college and my under-eye shadows make a return! The creams have a nice consistency; not as thick as some higher-end concealers such as Benefit’s Boi-ing but it’s not a bad little set for its price. The powder is a nice touch that blends the concealed area into the rest of your skin as though it were never there.

I also found a lovely little Sleek blush in Coral (€5.49) which I couldn’t find a great photo of online. Nevertheless, it’s great value and delivers a nice wash of colour with a tiny hint of shimmer, despite its rather bold appearance in the pan. I suit coral or peach toned blushes more than pinks, so this is a lovely, cheap replacement for my much loved but currently unattainable Benefit Coralista.

Cloud 10 Beauty is a fantastic site for those in the UK and Ireland; their service and delivery were great and the range of products is especially fantastic for the Irish market as some cosmetic brands are not to be found on our tiny isle. My wishlist for my next order is already compiled, including the famous Seche Vite and some fabulous Essie and OPI nail polishes, which hopefully will come back in stock soon. Cloud 10 also includes up to three free samples with each order. And as if you needed anymore convincing, delivery is free on orders over €15.

Lastly, I will describe for you my latest beauty dilemma. My favourite foundation of the moment, Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid foundation, has been discontinued in my shade, 135. My skin tone can be difficult to match; like most Irish girls I am slightly pale, but unlike most Irish women, I have a distinctly yellow undertone to my skin. 135 was a perfect match but, alas, when my current bottle runs out, this harmonious relationship will end. Long-lasting, oil control and medium to high coverage are my basic requirements for a foundation; no easy feat, as it turns out.

I was using a tester of Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24h in 005 for a couple of weeks but the shade was a touch too dark. I would have been prepared to overlook this, however, until I realised that it was also making my skin break out. This was actually a shame, because the Teint Idole had that elusive characteristic of having a decent level of coverage without looking cakey on the skin. So back to the drawing board I went.

Last year I had bought myself a bottle of Estée Lauder Double Wear in 1W1 Bone and the shade was perfect on me. It was probably the best foundation I’ve used in terms of durability and oil control; I only wish that it had felt a little lighter on the skin and that it came with a pump; half the bottle was lost to my make-up sponge. But I think that it will probably become my next foundation buy; better the devil you know, and all that jazz.

But until I get paid again, I needed a cheap stop-gap foundation to tide me over. I turned to Catrice’s All Matte Plus foundation in Light Beige, €6.99.


It’s fine. It’s not amazing, but not terrible considering the price. I need two or three layers to cover my blemishes and disguise my open pores around my nose, but this was a problem I even had with MAC foundations so it’s not a big deal. The oil-control isn’t fantastic either. My skin is particularly oily though, so touch-ups and blotting are nothing new for me anyway. The durability is pretty good though; I committed the cardinal sin of sleeping with it on last night and it was still present this morning. The finish is actually lovely, satin-matte as promised on the bottle, without the flat, caked effect of some long-lasting foundations.

So there is my beauty haul for the past few weeks! I’ve been very lucky this Christmas (in general, as well as regarding cosmetics) and I have a feeling that Sleek is going to become a firm favourite brand of mine.

Has anyone else used the products I’ve reviewed? Any recommendations based on what you found under the Christmas tree?