L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Product Review

Can you erase skin flaws both instantly and gradually over time?

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Pores, fine lines, wrinkles…now becoming more and more a major skin concern for women of my age. And although there are numerous temporary fixes out there that can give you instant results, not all of them are designed to give results that develop over time.
News arrived that L’Oreal has launched a new addition to the Revitalift skincare range called Magic Blur. As its name implies, it gives you an immediate ‘blurring’ solution; it is meant to instantly reduce the appearance of imperfections that include pores, lines and wrinkles. Of course, I’m one of the many enthusiasts who were excited to try and test this range, as pores have always been a challenge and I’m always looking forward to explore new innovations that address this never-ending skin concern.

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But what makes Revitalift Magic Blur from other products that also give instant blur effects? I’ve been using Benefit Porefessional more than a year now and I’m happy with the immediate solution it provides to reduce the appearance of my pores. So how would Revitalift Magic Blur fare against products like Benefit Porefessional or primers that hide pores? Revitalift Magic Blur promises to build results over time, meaning it gives instant AND continuous results.

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This new range includes 2 products: Eye Cream and Moisturizer. Both products come in elegant red packaging with gold stamping on L’Oreal logo, which I find very classy. I know, I know, the packaging is not what I put on my face but I always take note of good packaging. I believe that a good brand will always put a certain level of attention and effort on making sure that the product has a good presentation, would you agree?
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L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur
Opti-Blur Technology + Pro-Retinol A
Price: RM65.90
What’s inside:
Opti-Blur Technology – diffuses light on skin to immediately blur lines, wrinkles and pores
Pro-Retinol A – fights the signs of aging for an anti-wrinkle action over time and a younger-looking skin
How to use:
Apply a small amount every morning on cleansed skin.
Spread gently all over the face without massaging in circular motions. Take note, DO NOT massage in circular motions.
What to expect:
Instantly, blurs appearance of lines, pores and imperfections.
Over time, reduces signs of aging, wrinkles. Skin feels firmer, skin tone is more even.

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This cream has a beautiful texture, somewhat soft and fluffy on the skin, like cotton feel. It has a lovely scent that dissipates in a few minutes, not too strong. It is easily absorbed on the skin and leaves a matte, velvety finish. It feels great on the skin but it is recommended to apply SPF afterwards, especially if you’re going outdoors or even just driving around, as most products containing Retinol needs sun protection.
It comes in a red glass jar packaging with the signature L’Oreal-engraved jar cap. I like the glass jar but some may not because it’s heavy and you have to dip your finger into it. This doesn’t come with a spatula but what I do is to just use a small plastic spoon that I collect from my son’s jelly snacks. Yes, improvise! This way, I don’t need to dip my finger into it.
My Experience:
I loved the instant result that it gives on my skin; my pores are less visible, lines are diminished, and the texture is just nice. However, when sunscreen is applied afterwards, you’ll have by-products forming on the surface of the skin, like eraser shavings. Some of you may have experienced this, it normally happens when the layers of cream, moisturizer or foundation on your face don’t blend well together.
It is fine if applied on the skin with no plan of applying foundation afterwards. I tried using different brands and type of foundation but it was challenging to find a suitable one that will not result to “eraser shavings” even without massaging in circular motion. I’ve used it with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, BodyShop BB Cream and Givenchy Loose Powder alternately, using makeup brush, but I still get the “eraser shavings”.    
After 2 weeks of using this moisturizer every morning, I agree that the texture of my skin feels better. It may show improved results over time on my pores if used for a few more weeks. The downside is it’s hard to blend with makeup and I end up having ‘eraser shavings’.
Before and After Application:
So here is how my skin looks before (left photo) and after (right photo) application, with no filter, no editing effects here. The matte effect immediately gives the skin a smooth look…MyInstantMagic!
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L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur
Opti-Blur Technology + Caffeine
Price: RM57.90
What’s inside:
Opti-Blur Technology – the fusion of blurring polymers inside a miraculous skin-transforming texture to create a perfectly smooth surface
Caffeine – reduces aging signs over time and diminishes puffiness and dark circles
What to expect:
Instantly, blurs appearance of lines, bags and dark circles.
Over time, wrinkles are reduced, dark circles are less visible, puffiness is diminished.

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This cream, like the face moisturizer, has a lovely texture that is also easily absorbed by the skin. It also leaves a matte finish on the eye area, like the texture that an eye primer also leaves on the skin.

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It comes in a red, soft plastic tube, which is easy to press. It has a white cap and a transparent rubber applicator. By pressing the tube, the eye cream will be dispensed through the transparent rubber tube then apply it on the eye area like how you would by using your ring finger. I love this kind of eye cream packaging versus the jar; easier to apply on eye area, less or no wastage because you can easily control the amount of cream for your eyes.

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My Experience:
The instant results for the eye cream is easier to see because it does great in solving my fine lines immediately. It works like an eye primer, providing a good canvas for my eye makeup, which by the way, doesn’t result to ‘eraser shavings’ because I don’t apply cream products on it.
After 2 weeks of using this eye cream every morning, I can see good improvements on my fine lines (no photo, sorry, I did try to take close-up photos but it’s hard to show the difference). My fine lines were noticeably diminishing! Compared to the moisturizer, the results from the eye cream were easier to see after 2 weeks.
  
Where to buy:
Watsons stores or via online at watsons.com.my
Want to try these Magic Blur products?  
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Makeup Style using The Butterfly Project Beauty Box

Trying new beauty products is always fun! Combined with some of my loved items, these products that I haven’t tried before have become even more interesting.
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Last December, I had a fun evening with fellow butterflies at The Apartment, The Curve. The Butterfly Project, headed by Tammy Lim, gave a celebration where both fresh and seasoned bloggers had a great time, great dinner and great opportunity to meet new friends. Luckily, I was free to join the group on that weekday dinner.
Aside from the Secret Santa gift-giving session, I also received a beauty box from the group. Thanks to all the generous sponsors who worked closely with the group and brought us happy cheers and, of course, new beauty products to try.
It’s exciting to explore different makeup looks by combining different products or brands. But at the same time, it’s also fun to mix and experiment with the new products together with those that you already have and love. Like a lot of you, I also have my favorites when it comes to skincare or makeup.

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Some of my loved products include GlamGlow ThirstyMud, Makeup ForEver Mist & Fix, Nars Eye Paint, Nars Dual Eye Shadow and Maybelline Color Tattoo. And I decided to mix these with some of the items from my butterfly beauty box: Shizens Lip Tattoo, Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner and Always 21 Soothing Gel Mist.

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Starting with smooth, healthy skin makes a lot of difference on how makeup can accentuate or complement your look. I love using GlamGlow ThirstyMud to do my regular mask routine. It’s quite addicting so I limit it to twice a week. After washing off ThirstyMud, I spray Always 21 Soothing Gel Mist on my face and apply a moisturizer (I’m using Mario Badescu at the moment). Afterwards, I apply my makeup primer, foundation, pore minimizer and face powder (not included in photo shot).

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Now it’s time for my eye makeup. I’ve been loving my Nars eye paint and dual eyeshadow since last year, and I don’t think I can live without them. I’ve also started to use Maybelline Color Tattoo and it works well in making my eye color more vibrant and longer lasting. From the butterfly beauty box, I used the Dolly Wink Eyeliner, which has a pen style application.
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The Dolly Wink eyeliner has good color results and very easy to apply on the skin. It has a cute, dotted pink packaging, with a pen cap.
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On my lips, I used ShizensLip Tattoo, which came from The Butterfly Project beauty box. I’ve reviewed this lip product a few weeks ago and I loved its long lasting color on the lips. Great thing about this Lip Tattoo is that it makes the lips look naturally rosy through the day and keeps the lips moisturized. I now use it every morning together with different lip colors.
And here’s my quick 15-minute makeup look with a mix of my new and loved beauty products:

What are your favorite makeup products? Those that you must always have in your makeup kit? Thanks once again to The Butterfly Project for organizing events to meet friends and to explore more beauty products!

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My 2015 Beauty Regime from The Butterfly Project Beauty Box

How are you starting your beauty regimen this year? Have you got your whole body (or most of it) covered? Thanks to The Butterfly Project, I got started with my new regimen early.

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Happy New Year! Wait, what? Is it late?

It’s always wonderful to welcome the new year with new things…specially beauty stuff. And this month, I have started using new and exciting products to take care of my lips, hands, face and hair. 

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For the face, it’s time to explore a new cleanser and a moisturiser to improve my skin tone with Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Cleansing Foam and Moisturizing Cream. I have yet to unbox the cream but starting with the cleansing foam, I fell in love with the beautiful scent. I know, I know, it’s not the scent that solves my skin concern but, hey, can’t help it if the scent is really lovely. These Sakura White products give the skin fresh and pinkish radiant complexion. And they are affordable, too, starting at RM12.90.

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I’ve been using GlamGlow since last year and seeing this travel size ThirstyMud is an excitement. This is still part of my beauty regime and with Chinese New Year approaching, I’m just happy to have this travel size tube! GlamGlow ThirstyMud gives hydrating wonders on the skin within a 20-minute application and wash off or tissue off. 
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Oh, yes, I regularly enjoy my GlamGlow mud with some wine

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I enjoy using mist on my face for instant moisture and skin refreshment. I’m currently using Melvita Eau Florale de Rose Damask Floral Rose Water, which I’ve also placed in a mini spray to carry with me to work. Now this Always Aloe Vera Soothing & Refresh Gel Mist is a delightful treat from the beauty box! I haven’t heard of this brand but the scent is invigorating, the mist feels great on the face and I love the spray. 

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Hair is a priority for me to start this year right as the effect of my rebonding treatment is starting to wear off. I’m always exploring shampoos and conditioners that will take care of my damaged hair. This Matrix Biolage Colorlast shampoo, as its name suggests, is for making color last longer – giving you salon-vibrant color for up to 9 weeks – but I discovered that Biolage also has a shampoo for dry hair —- Biolage Hydrasource. The Matrix Biolage hair care range addresses specific hair concern and is committed to creating sustainable products. 

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I love lip care products and will continue to love them. I’ve tried Shizens Lip Tattoo (see full review HERE) and it’s an amazing moisturizer, color and anti-aging product in one. It’s priced at RM168 so I may want to save it for office days and important events. For those casual days, I have Maybelline Baby Lips Colored Lip Balm to save my dry lips. If I remember right, this is only around RM15, available at leading pharmacies and beauty shops. I love the watermelon flavour and color of this Pink Shock variant. Did I mention it provides 8-hour moisture? 

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We must always hydrate our hands and take care of them daily and hourly. Hourly? Oh, yes, specially if you’re working inside cool temperature places. Never allow your hands to feel dry so always carry a tube of hand cream with you. This L’Occitane Velvet hand cream is a perfect companion to make sure that my hands stay young and beautiful. 
So these are some of my beauty picks to start my beauty regime this year! What are yours? 

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Win a Car with L’Oreal Paris Beauty Countdown!

Love shopping for beauty products? Would you like to win a brand new car? Who doesn’t?!

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This has got to be the most exciting year-end! L’Oreal is giving away daily, weekly prizes and a brand new car worth over RM100,000!

It’s the season of gifts and this means it’s the season for shopping! Whether you’re buying gifts for your friends, your loved ones or for yourself, this contest is definitely great for you. After all, who wouldn’t want to win prizes after shopping?

L’Oreal Paris is running its Beauty Countdown Contest from 1st November until 31st December 2014 —- that’s 10 weeks of Beauty Thrills! L’Oreal is giving away amazing daily and weekly prizes over the next 10 weeks to reward highest spenders! If you spend the most overall on L’Oréal Paris products by 31st December 2014, you’ll drive home our Grand Prize – a brand new car worth over RM100,000!

There are so many prizes at stake for L’Oreal Paris lovers:

Daily – RM100 worth of hamper x 3
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Weekly – Mystery Prize such as kitchen appliances and Poh Kong Jewellery
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GRAND PRIZE – A car worth over RM100,000
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(Image is only for reference – but this is quite a cute and cool car!)
SIMPLE STEPS ON HOW TO ENTER:
  1. Spend over RM20 on L’Oréal Paris products
  2. Log on to www.lorealbeautycountdown.com.my 
  3. Upload a photo of your receipt
  4. Answer the question: Which country does the brand L’Oreal Paris come from? 
  5. Accept the Terms and Conditions
  6. Press ENTER and you’re on your way to winning beautiful prizes!

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Shop more to increase your chances of winning and keep submitting your entries. Time to start filling up your shopping list with L’Oreal Paris products: lip colors, foundation, eye shadow, skincare, shampoo, conditioner, extraordinary oil…so many exciting products to choose from!

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Important:
This contest is open to all Malaysian residents older than 18 years of age as of 1st November 2014 with a valid MyKad and address in Malaysia.

For complete terms and conditions, click HERE






L’Oreal EverSleek Shampoo and Conditioner

Dealing with dry, frizzy hair has been part of my challenges since I was in my late teens (and now I’m already in my early 30’s, gasp!). When I was 26, I started rebonding my hair once a year. However, going through chemical hair treatments like this can make the hair unhealthy, more brittle and harder to manage once the effects of the treatment wear off. From 6 months onwards after treatment, my hair would start to get frizzy and dry again, reveal unwanted waves all over, and I notice bad hair fall while bathing. If I want my hair to be in presentable condition, it’s either I use a straightening iron or I tie it.
It’s not easy to find a good set of shampoo and conditioner that will be great for my hair type. For a long time now, I’ve been loyal to Clairol Herbal Essences Coconut Milk (see my post about this, click HERE). But I’m always happy to try something new and interesting. While shopping for my regular toiletries at Watsons Mid Valley one day, I stumbled upon L’Oreal EverSleek products. The ‘Sleek’ packaging and the product description caught my attention; it says EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System, 48-hour frizz control.
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L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System

A lot of us have probably heard of sulfate a few times but why is this product highlighting “Sulfate-Free”? Sulfates are chemicals found in shampoos, cleansers and similar products that produce suds or foam. In the past, we consumers felt that the foam makes the product work or more effective. But as it turns out, the sulfates that produce the chemical process aren’t very good for our skin or our hair. Sulfates in shampoo strip away more than dirt and excess oil from the scalp; sulfates also remove natural oils that our hair needs to stay healthy. Without these natural oils, scalp can become dry and itchy, and hair can develop dandruff and become frizzy (for more details, check www.livestrong.com).
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L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Shampoo
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L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System™ Reparative Smoothing Shampoo – Controls frizz.
Gently cleanses.
Smooths.
Gently cleanses while weightlessly smoothing frizzy, unruly hair. Helps improve texture, and leaves hair beautifully sleek and manageable.
The shampoo comes in a plastic tube with its opening cap at the base. The shampoo itself is a clear, colorless liquid with very light scent. Though the packaging looks elegant with its color gradient effect while showing the contents, I wasn’t happy with the cap. It’s quite hard to control the flow of the shampoo with this opening and considering that the shampoo is very water-like and fluid, it’s even tougher to stop the product from flowing out.

It would have been a good idea if the hole has some sort of stopper to control the liquid easier. Something like these two:
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So I decided to transfer the shampoo to a bottle. This is why I love glass containers; they are reusable and easy to wash. The brown bottle here is my Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizer’s glass bottle that I finished last year. But I’ve kept the bottle simply because I know it can be useful.
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When I used the shampoo for the first time, I didn’t quite like it because of very little foam forming on my hair. But since this is a sulfate-free product, that is expected. I just wasn’t used to it and I had to pour more of the shampoo to apply all over my long hair. Nevertheless, my hair felt clean after shampooing. When used together with the conditioner, this shampoo does miracle to my hair! (Refer to my verdict below)
How to Use:
Apply to wet hair and massage into a thick lather. Rinse. For optimal results, follow with EverSleek Intense Smoothing Conditioner. For added smoothing, use one of EverSleek’s advanced treatments.
PRICE: RM29.90 for 250ml (Watsons)
Where to buy: Watsons, Guardian and other leading pharmacies 

L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Conditioner
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EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System™ Intense Smoothing Conditioner -Controls frizz.
Gently cleanses.
Smooths.
EverSleek Intense Smoothing Conditioner smoothes and deeply conditions frizzy, unruly hair without weighdown. Helps improve texture, and leaves hair beautifully sleek and manageable.
The conditioner comes in a copper-colored metallic tube with shiny finish. Unlike the shampoo, this one is easy to control even with that type of cap since conditioners have a thick texture and don’t flow continuously. The tube is easy to press. The conditioner itself comes in a milky white color and has a good thick texture. I don’t like those watery conditioners that don’t stick well to hair upon application. But this one is good.
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After washing my hair with EverSleek Shampoo, I apply a generous amount of EverSleek Conditioner on my palm then massage it all over my hair, focusing more on the roots then to the ends. I place a shower cap and leave it on for 3-5 minutes then rinse thoroughly. And OMG, my hair feels really SLEEK.
How to Use:
After using EverSleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo, apply to wet hair and massage gently. Leave in for 1-2 minutes. Rinse. For added smoothing, use one of EverSleek’s advanced treatments.
PRICE: RM29.90 for 250ml (Watsons)
Where to buy: Watsons, Guardian and other leading pharmacies
MY VERDICT
Using the shampoo and conditioner together for the past 2 weeks, I notice significant improvements on my hair:
  • Less hair fall after washing
  • Fewer frizzes
  • Softer and smoother hair
  • More manageable hair
  • Even if I don’t iron, my hair comes out semi-straight after drying

In short, I love this L’Oreal hair care duo! Though it’s double the price of what I normally spend on shampoo and conditioner, it’s worth the price of saving my hair from harsh ingredients that result to dry, frizzy hair. I am now convinced that sulfate-free is the way to go for hair products.
The EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System is free of harsh sulfates and heavy silicones. With Argan, Sunflower and Olive Oils, it weightlessly smoothes hair for 48-hour frizz control. Unlike some silicones, which can coat hair, these natural oils penetrate the hair while natural botanicals invigorate the senses.  
  • Silicone-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • 48-hour frizz control
  • Natural botanicals & oils
  • 100% vegan


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