L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher Review and Giveaway

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When we think of young, beautiful skin we think of the smooth, poreless skin of children. I look at my kids faces and think, wow, my skin used to look that plump, smooth, and youthful and I didn’t even know what a blessing it was. When we put our foundation on in the morning we are not doing so only in the hopes of covering imperfection but trying to mimic this smoothness. In order to achieve this refined, smooth look we need to start before our makeup. Not only in terms of skincare but also prepping the skin with a product like the newest addition to the L’Oreal Youth Code lineup, Pore Vanisher. The L’Oreal You Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher ($29.99 CAD) works on the surface to blur the look of pores thanks to the Aero-Gel’s soft-focus effect. It has long term benefits to reduce pore size over time with LHA exfoliants and 3% Perline-P to strengthen and maintain the shape of pore walls.

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Pore blurring primers are really, really popular right now. It seems almost every brand from drugstore to high end is coming out with their own version.  What I really like about the L’Oreal YouthCode Pore Vanisher is that it feels much lighter than a lot of the other pore filling primers I’ve tried, and I don’t experience any pilling of the product when I apply foundation afterwards as I find tends to happen on me with some other formulations. If you are looking for a more targeted result with a more concentrated, thicker product then you can add the L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur to your routine as well where needed.

Here you can see the before and after effects on a section of my hand that has highly visible pores at the moment.

Before:

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After:

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And here you can see the overall refined, mattified, and almost airbrushed effect of a full face application.

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After:

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I don’t know about you but I find the results pretty dramatic. You can really see the improvement around my eyes, nose, cheeks, between my eyes, chin, well I guess everywhere! The product has a very slight tint to it but not enough to actually impart any colour on the skin or offer coverage. Once you apply your foundation on top to even out your skin tone and hide imperfections than you really achieve an almost flawless result.

I am excited to be able to offer my Canadian readers the opportunity to win a L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Pore Vanisher of their own. Another lucky reader will win a Youth Code set including Texture Perfector Serum, Day Cream, and the Pore Vanisher! Please enter via the RaffleCopter widget that will load below.

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Win a Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit in Your Shade! – Review & Giveaway

I still remember the release of the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation and all the associated hype. Even though one of my favourite foundations has always been Make Up For Ever Face & Body I somehow managed to go all this time without trying the infamous HD. Well I have finally tried it and I have an opportunity for you to win a chance to try it yourself. So what did I think?

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If you are going to try out the HD Foundation what better way to do it than with the Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit ($92 CAD).

First off the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation has an extensive shade range of 26 shades. It is one of the most impressive out there. The shade 115 Ivory is a wonderful match for me. It’s a tad dark but I need to work around my freckles! There are also some really fair shades that are more pink toned but I wanted to keep the shade more neutral to cancel out some of the pink in my skin rather than accentuate it. This foundation offers medium coverage with a very natural finish. I have been loving it.

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Another great thing about this complexion kit for me was finally trying the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Primer. For some reason I have always thought this was a standard silicone type primer. I’m not a huge fan of silicone primers so I had never tried it. While the HD Primer is silicone based it does not have the texture or feel of a typical silicone primer. Rather it has a light lotion like consistency and feels very hydrating thanks to the D-Panthenol & Glycerin. The kit also contains the small sized version of the HD High Definition Powder which is a translucent setting powder that offers a flawless and lightly mattified yet natural finish. The kit includes a incredibly soft Kabuki Brush for application of the HD Powder.

Before (naked face):

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After (Make Up For Ever Complexion Starter Kit):

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Now here is your chance to WIN your own Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit in your shade. The kit includes:

  • 0.17 oz HD Microfinish Powder
  • 0.5 oz HD Microperfecting Primer
  • 1.01 oz HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • HD Kabuki Brush

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Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Concealers and Correctors

This week the Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday members are sharing our top 10 concealers. To me an important part of concealing is correcting so here are my Top 10 Concealers and Correctors that I use in both my personal and professional life.

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I have categorized this somewhat for organization but these are all multi use products and you need not limit them to the grouping I’ve assigned them. I certainly don’t!

Waterproof Concealers

When you want high coverage that won’t budge a concealer like this is essential. This is the most used concealer in my professional kit.

Under Eye Concealers

Not all concealers can cut it under the eyes. You want to choose a concealer that has brightening effect to wake up your eyes as well as one that has a light yet hydrating consistency that won’t cake up and settle in fine lines while still offering adequate coverage.

Illuminating Concealers

The most famous concealer in this category is the YSL Touche Eclat. It’s a cult favourite and comes in many brightening shade. While the Touche Eclat doesn’t offer that much coverage there are many more highlighting concealer pens on the market that offer the illumination with additional coverage.

Correcter and Concealer Palettes

These products feature not only concealing properties but also correctors for cancelling out the unwanted discolouration that we are trying to conceal. Shades such as peach to counteract blueness under the eyes, yellow to counteract purple, green to eliminate redness, pink to neutralize grey and brown, lavender to add radiance and combat dullness, and orange to counteract ashiness in dark skin tones.

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