Drugstore Minute: L'oreal Purify & Mattify Pure Clay Face Mask Review

L'oreal Purify & Mattify Pure Clay Mask

SO MUCH L'OREAL ON THE BLOG. I can't help it. They've been consistently crushing the mass skin/hair/makeup game for the past few years, with no sign of slowing down. Do we think they're double dipping into the prestige formulas that they own? Probably. Am I mad about it?

Not one bit.

Not when it leads to me finding a kick-ass clay mask at the drugstore. Let me rephrase that - a kick-ass, non-drying but excellently mattifying, totally cleaning and calming clay mask at the drugstore. I'm really not a fan of Aztec Healing Clay or Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask so this L'oreal Purify & Mattify Pure Clay Mask was a welcome change from the stripping, dry drugstore clays I've used in the past.

Quick Review: Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners [Confidential + Intrigue]

Buxom Plumpline Lipliner Review Swatches

In truth, these are good-not-great, and I can't for the life of me figure out why so many bloggers are raving about them other than pure PR Hype.

I love chunky lip pencil, don't get me wrong, and this has all the makings of a Danielle-approved lip formula. Impossible to mess up applicator? Check. Secondary brush tool for even further blending, in case I do mess up, which I probably still will? Check. The color selection is also vast and forgiving on paler skin. But the formula.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich vs Priming Moisturizer | Review & Comparison

In short? Priming Moisturizer Rich is okay.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich Review

I wanted to love it. I wanted to love it SO much you have no idea. I've been a fan of the OG Priming Moisturizer for a long time (that's my third tube up there) and I had very, very high hopes for Priming Moisturizer Rich. Glossier essentially crowd-sourced the formula, drawing inspiration from a very lengthy comment thread back in 2016. They encouraged readers to post about their dream moisturizer, and they said they would create it. 

And they did. Kinda.

Product Rave: L'oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo & Conditioner Review

We're going to bypass the fact that I haven't posted in over a month (neglecting all self-promises made to increase frequency...2017 Blogging & Content Goals post anyone?) and talk about shampoo.

And conditioner.

The marketing team at L'oreal are WERKING because I was into the L'oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo & Conditioner as soon as my eyes scanned the label. Sulfate free? Silicone free?? Kaolin??? Montmorillonite???? My knees weakened while my hair concerns flashes on the pale blue bottles like a 1-800 number...

"...oily roots...dry ends...."

I absolutely love this, and the worst part is: it totally delivers on all promises and has made me second guess future high-end hair purchases *clears Sephora cart of $180 worth of Christophe Robin*

Everything is pink at Zara and it's really good

Did you say garden party or tea party? You need to be more specific on your invite 

Oh it was my grandmother's

Last name is 'Engalls' comma 'Wilder', first name 'Laura'. I'm on the list 

Sorry, I don't have any black pants or tops you can borrow 

No thanks, I'm usually in bed by 10 

From Oily to Royal-y (or, thoughts on Spiro when my skin is behaving)

It's midnight. I need to go to bed. I'm blogging.

My 9-to-5 (10-to-8?) has been kicking my ass, but I've been enjoying a strong dose of makeup lately and the mornings spent hastily applying in the dark are sometimes usually the best parts of my day. Specifically since I've started Spironolactone (more on that later), I've had a big decrease in oil-production and am having a ball experimenting with more satin (dare I say...dewy?) foundations & formulas. I've actually had the odd dry patch, which has me downright giddy.

Makeup once on my shit list that I hoarded but hated, saved only for the day I dreamt I would no longer be oily, that has now come:

  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (this is a big one) 
  • Hourglass Diffused Light as my sole setting powder (!!!)
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges
  • Glossier Haloscopes (these I still half-hate and regularly side-eye)

It's not that I'm no longer oily. It's more like I've gone from a coursing river of clarified butter to a gentle stream of firm coconut oil. Just slightly glossy. Coupled with the fact that my skin looks better than it has in aaaaagessss, I'm actually excited to get in front of the mirror these days. 

It's still to cover everything up, of course. But it's a start. 

And chalk it up to my current Project 10 Pan that has me digging through my drawers to finish half-empty, forgotten foundations, but I haven't reached for my beloved L'oreal Pro Matte in at least a month. 

Unrelated news: hair has been dyed back to brown. Despite wanting it for awhile, I was honestly expecting to feel DRAB after about five minutes (why I bought a bottle of back-up bleach). I have to say, I'm into it. I think I look...better. 

Best Luxury Beauty Products | Worth the Splurge

I recently posted on Instagram about a few of my current best luxury beauty products and felt the need to expound here. These are all best-in-class favorites and things I can't stop reaching for, some newer but most are staples.

Best Luxury Beauty Products

Clockwise from left: Dior Rosy Tan Palette| Estee Lauder Modern Mercury
May Lindstrom The Problem Solver | ByTerry Ombre Blackstars
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine "Saga" | YSL Fusion Ink Foundation 

First up we have an old favorite, but something that I haven't been able to part with in my many declutter upheavals - Dior's Rosy Tan Palette (discontinued, I'm sorry! But Ambre Nuit is a very close dupe). This perfect blend of taupes and pinks is one of the better performers in Dior's palette lineup. They've been known for some baaaaad eyeshadow launches over the past few years but this one doesn't disappoint. The browns are all neutral in tone and the pink adds some oomph to the center lid. Or wear as a halo in the crease above the brown. Easy!

Next up is Estee Lauder's Modern Mercury Highlighter from last year's Victoria Beckham collab. Can someone tell my why on earth Estee hasn't made this formula permanent? Each time their powder gelee formula comes around it sells out quicker than the last. I'm convinced it's some kind of raw material shortage. The formula is an absolute stunner, just total blendable perfection. The tone in this is unfortunately too deep for my NW15-20 skintone, though that hasn't stopped me from bathing it in it. The glow. The gloooooowww.

May Lindstrom's Problem Solver mask was a winter splurge and a damn good one at that. This massive tub houses an impressive 8.45 oz in a powder form, which is genius for a clay. You mix a tablespoon with water an marvel as it foams and warms on the face. While the warming spices may be a tad irritating to sensitive types, I'm not bothered by it. The blend of fuller's earth and rhassoul clay is a nice one-two punch for pre or post-breakout days that really does leave my skin feeling clear, soft and bright the morning after.

I've waxed on and on about ByTerry's Ombre Blackstar shadow sticks - the powerful longevity, creamy formula and insane sparkle all make for one impressive formula that I will continue to repurchase. It's a shame so many colors in this line are so dark/smokey/opposite of my every day. I own every neutral and am hungry for more!

Chanel's Saga Lipstick is one that I have to stop myself from using daily. I've always found Boy to be a little too nude for me, and err on the pink side of lipsticks so the color is perfect. I really do enjoy the rouge coco shines and will be buying more next year, so long as I can clear out a good chunk of my lipstick collection this year (that reminds me - have you seen my video on the Products I'm Using Up in 2017?).

Last up is YSL's Fusion Ink Foundation. For those of you full coverage lovers who hate the feel of a traditionally "heavy" foundation, this one's for you. Light as a feather with the coverage of something so, so much heavier. This formula can be finicky with certain application methods (it hasn't worked well with all of my flat-top buffing brushes) but it works beautifully with a BeautyBlender or my trusty Sephora Pro Airbrush #55.

Any luxury favorites worth mentioning? What are you currently using? Share!