L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer | A Hit or a Miss?

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 I am an avid proponent of effective and affordable skin care and I'm always happy to spread the word when I get to try new to me products. I was provided a jar of L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer for consideration and I'm ready to share my experience with this face cream with you.

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Some of the claims by L'Oreal about this moisturizer are:

This triple action skin cream with Pro-Xylane and Hyaluronic Acid fights wrinkles, re volumizes, strengthens skin and enhances natural collagen production to firm and tighten skin.

In One Week: Skin is deeply hydrated and looks more radiant

In Four Weeks: Skin elasticity is increased and the complexion looks firmer and younger.

Ingredients:
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol Nylon-12, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitic Acid, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Aid, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Polyethylene, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Linalool, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance.

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Contained in a heavy red glass jar with a gunmetal toned lid is a thick, spicy/floral scented cream that smooths nicely across the skin and doesn't take much time to absorb and get to work. I found this cream to be hydrating and softening, I didn't experience any firming or tightening action. I used and liked this cream for a few days then it went sideways on me. Suddenly, my skin, rather than feeling happy and hydrated began to feel dehydrated and uncomfortable and the cream, which had been absorbing fairly well was sitting on the surface of my skin, pilling up and rubbing off. I don't know why this happened, I keep my skin well exfoliated and usually, when a cream hydrates and softens my skin, it keeps doing so. Not this time.

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From the many reviews of this cream I have recently read, people are really enjoying and seeing good results. Unfortunately, L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer and my complexion just weren't compatible. Rather than tossing it, I passed this cream along to my mother in law to try and she loves it! She says that her skin feels soft and nicely moisturized and she likes how the pretty jar looks on her bathroom counter.

What I liked about this moisturizer: The jar is pretty tho to be honest, I prefer pump or squeezy tube packaging for skin care. I like the scent (I'm one of those weirdos who loves scented skin care) and the silky, heavy texture that none the less applies and sinks nicely into the skin.

What I didn't like: This face cream just isn't compatible with my complexion and I didn't get to use it long enough to ascertain whether or not it is, indeed firming and lifting. This cream is making my mother in law happy.

L'Oreal Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer, at $25. for a 1.7 oz jar is affordable and easy to buy from Ulta Beauty and drugstores and mass market retailers who carry L'Oreal skin care and it's worth giving a go. Just save your receipt.

Have you tried this moisturizer? What has been your experience? Please share in a comment.

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Bargain Beauty Find | Jesse's Girl Eye Shadows and Liners

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Pretty eyes don't have to cost a lot of money!

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If you're on a budget and looking for a pretty, easy wearing eye shadow palette, check out the Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eye Shadow Palette. I was sent Dream Girl, the perfect lineup of soft, luminous neutrals that are beautiful for work or play days.

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 Arranged in a makes sense light to dark progression, there are colours and finishes that work for lid, crease, highlight and shading all in one sleek, portable little palette. The shadow quality is quite lovely. Soft and smooth, they apply easily, build and, with a careful hand blend out nicely without flying away or becoming muddy. I get the best payoff and all day wear from these shadows when I apply them over a good primer. I use primer with all shadows... I have dry lids but they eat my eye shadow for lunch, if I don't use it. Overall, I like this palette.

Crappy swatch shot alert! And... It just occurred to me that I left out one of the shadows. Good job, Erika. The pale pink. It's nice. A little pale, a little powdery but if you like a soft, not so shimmery pink-y highlight or inner corner shade, it serves.

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Here are finger swatches of the shadows, in order from their palette (there are no shade names). I did these swatches on lightly moisturized skin. The lightest shade actually has pretty decent pigmentation, it's just close to my skin tone, so it doesn't show well. The soft shimmer shades are beautiful highlight, layering or stand alone for a subtle, glow-y eye.

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Let's talk liners. Jesse's Girl Liquid Eye Liner in black and white (swatches above) are beautifully smooth and fluid and flow through their tips to apply easily to the eye. Pigmentation on the white, felt tip liner is pretty poor and since I don't normally wear white liner, I let this one go. The black, brush tip liner has better pigmentation but I still needed to give the swatch a second pass to get it this opaque. I actually like this liner; I use it to dot in between my lashes to get rid of that annoying "skin line" that can show between my tight line and my upper lid liner. Dotting a black liner between the lashes makes them look thicker and fuller, too! I like that this liner is non irritating to my sensitive eyes and wears well without fading or smudging.

Jesse's Girl Fluid Shadow; I have Snowflake and Purple Haze. The shadows have a brush tip applicator that can be used to place the shadow precisely where you want it. It can be smoothed out with a finger tip or a brush, if desired. While I liked the colours and the lovely, soft shimmer the formula and I didn't gel. Maybe it's my hooded eyes; I found it a bit heavy on my eyes and I had some trouble with transferring to my hoods. I'm just not a fan of these.

Of the eye products I tried, I definitely recommend the 9 Pan Eye Shadow Compact in Dream Girl and the Liquid Eye Liner in black.

Did you see my reviews of the Jesse's Girl Highlight & Contour Kit and the Matte Finish Lip Color in Angelic? Both are good performers and, with the shadow compact and liquid liner help you create a beautiful face without spending a ton of money. Definitely some of my favorite Bargain Beauty Finds!

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Fashion Flash - Belated

Better late than never? This week's edition of Fashion Flash - 17 July is being hosted by the lovely Allison of Never Say Die Beauty.


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Just Another Mani Monday - Testing Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat

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You know that my love for Seche Vite is real. Has been for years. I try other top coats, enjoy them then I go back to my Seche Vite because it is just that good. Well, there's a new sheriff in town and I'm crushing, hard. Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat is everything I love about Seche Vite; the way it sets down that big, silky bead, floats up the nail, melting and smoothing minor imperfections, uneven areas and even killing surface bubbling. And let's not forget that incomparable, glossy shine as well as the fast dry, hard cure that I depend on to get my manicure done and get on with my day in record time.

Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat does all of the above and it has one important advantage over it's close cousin. Wear time. My natural nails just don't hang on to polish well. They never have, no matter what kind of base coat, polish or top coat I've ever used. If I get three solid days of no chip wear out of a manicure, I do a happy dance. Seche Vive has helped to extend my average polish life from two to three days to an impressive to me four to five days. I honestly don't mind sitting down and changing my nail polish but if I have a shade on my tips that I'm particularly enjoying and want to wear it another day or two, Seche Vive can help me do just that. And that ain't bad.

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Polish is Seychelle and accent nail art is all six shades from the LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer Spring/Summer Collection.

I love how easy this top coat is to use. I apply it just like I do good old Seche Vite, it dries fast then cures hard like a gel, no UV lamp needed. Don't worry. I have no plans to abandon my beloved Seche Vite, it's just too good. I've merely added a new member to my top coats I can count on family.

Have you tried Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat? What do you think of it?