A true match isn’t always perfect | L’Oréal Paris – True Match | Thinking Out Loud


PRODUCT NAME                       

The Foundation True Match




14,09€ [feelunique.com]




InStyle Best Beauty Buy 2013: Best Inexpensive Foundation. With shades from cappuccino to ivory across warm, cool and neutral tones, this foundation is practically bespoke. "Work it in using your fingers - it gives an undetectable finish and fabulous coverage," says make-up maestro Lica Fensome.
 For women in search of a perfectly natural complexion, L'Oréal Paris has invented True Match Super-Blendable Perfecting Foundation SPF 17, its first foundation that perfectly matches the colour and texture of your skin.
 InStyle says: Makeup pro Gina Kane uses this foundation as a quick fix. “It’s sheer and light and no powder is required. Mix with moisturiser for dewy skin.”
 Following research into the skin-tones of women from around the world, the L'Oréal Paris Laboratories have developed a unique palette of skin-true shades.
 The result: Natural looking, skin-true colour without tide-marks and outstanding coverage without caking. Thanks to the presence of 3 light, non-greasy oils in the True Match formula, you can build up layers of coverage for a made-to-measure finish.



Okay now. Finding my true match is kind of hard living in Germany where obviously nobody is paler than – to talk in foundation shades – ivory. And to find ivory is an adventure in itself, because most of the drugstores seem to think Classic Ivory is the palest shade we Germans have. Fun fact: that is a lie. We actually do need shades lighter than Classic Ivory, or, which would be great as well, if the shades weren’t as yellow as they are.

So, my usual shade is porcelain, which only Manhattan seems to have. The problem there is that I’m not really happy with their foundation. I always look cake-y and I feel like it doesn’t have enough coverage for me.

But, let’s not talk about other foundations.

I bought the lightest shade there was in the local drugstore, which wouldn’t fit my skin tone perfectly but with light pressed powder, I can hide the too dark foundation mostly. If one looks too close, it is still visible. Yet I can wiggle my way around the problem and hide the truth (at least a little).

I thought I should mention this because I can’t really say anything about how true the foundation is to the skin. I don’t know how perfectly it’ll blend in when you have the right shade.

But I can tell you about a few other things.

So, I’ll start with the durability. I had to dig for a short while since I couldn’t find any information about the what-so-ever hours it promises to last. On their homepage I couldn’t find an answer. Which, well… that’s a little unfortunate. I mean, it lasts for a while, that’s true but I don’t feel like it’s very great. I think I can settle on around four to five hours, no longer but no lesser either. If I didn’t touch up with a little powder afterwards, my skin was all shiny and oily and it didn’t look very nice any more.

Also, it promises that you can build up layers with the foundation. I strongly disagree. For me the foundation only looks good when I use one thin layer of it. Then, and only then, the foundation is easy to blend in and my skin looks truly healthy and stuff. Once I used too much or tried to layer to get a better finish, I regretted it actually pretty fast because the foundation was very obviously visible on my skin. Then again, you don’t need too much foundation for a good coverage.

Don’t think I totally disliked the foundation. It was okay, but I wasn’t overwhelmed – and I wouldn’t buy it again, to be completely honest. Not because it was that bad. Rather because I’ve already tried other foundation I was far happier with. It is quiet nice for the day, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a night out since the foundation doesn’t work too well with too much dancing. And honestly, that’s kind of a bummer considering the price of this particular foundation. I found cheaper once that lasted better.

What did you think about the foundation?


Lip balms for every occasion | Thinking Out Loud


Product Name                       

Manhattan Intense Lip Balm soft&shiny




3,95€ [local drugstore]

3,95€ [amazon.de]


Lip balm


400 sparkling rose, 200 berries & cream


  • Vividly coloured Lip Balm
  • Feels soft and moisturising
  • Lasts up to 5 hours
  • Has a shiny finish



Usually I don’t like lip balms very much since I haven’t had a lot of good luck with those. My lips either dried out badly or the colour didn’t last properly. A lot of things that are annoying when you buy just want to buy a coloured lip balm.

We stumbled upon the Manhattan lip balms more or less on accident. We haven’t heard anything about it before. What made us buy them then, you ask? Well, the colours looked damn pretty and we decided to just go for it. We both bought the number 400, Sparkling Rose. It is a really nice sparkly light pink colour. Laura bought number 100, Red Tango, which is an intense red, and I went with the number 200, Berries and Cream, a wonderful berry red.


The lip balms have a nice and sweet scent. As for some people this might be a con but we actually liked it since it isn’t really intruding. On top of that the lip balms are smoothly applying, won’t dry my lips, leave a beautiful shimmer behind and, which is kind of really important here, they are surprisingly long-lasting. We have been drinking our fair share of coffee and, although they are giving up a little colour like normal, the lip balm isn’t ruined at all. There is no need to re-apply lip balm.

The range is quite huge as well. You basically have a lip balm for every occasion, a night out with your girls, work or school, and something for your free time.

I absolutely recommend the Manhattan lip balms.

If you need daytime foundation | Astor Perfect Stay Foundation



Product name

Astor Perfect Stay 24h Make Up plus Perfect Skin Primer




9,95€ [amazon]




091 light ivory


Light to medium


 The texture is very good, too. It is easy to blend with a brush.

Product description

The Foundation with integrated primer for the ultimate perfect instant coverage that lasts 24 hours

  • comfortable
  • poreless perfection
  • long lasting
  • non-transfer



I needed a little bit of time to get used to this foundation. For whatever reason, I wasn’t too happy at first because it leaves a kind of weird and sticky feeling on my skin. It bothered me like crazy at first, and I haven’t used it for quite a while.

Then I thought, well, let’s give it a try.

The sticky feeling is still there but suddenly I haven’t minded that much anymore. This foundation is perfect for the day. It has light to medium coverage, and is easily bendable with your fingers, a beauty blender or your brush of choice. I prefer a brush just because I’m very used to it.

As I’ve said before, the foundation has a light to medium coverage, which, to get a little more into detail, means that it manages to perfect your skin naturally. It evens out the colour of your skin very nicely and helps you look very healthy. Plus, your skin doesn’t become dry and it has a SPF 20. That’s brilliant.

The foundation has quite a nice durability actually. Well blended, it stays where it is supposed to stay. Which is a very good thing, and something you can’t say for every foundation. I’ve tried a few where it didn’t happen at all, sadly. Because one would assume that’s the least a foundation should manage.

I use this foundation without any powder in the morning but after a while I don’t have a choice but to use some because of my oily skin. But I dare to say that if you don’t have the same problem as I do, you could use the foundation without any powder at all.

The foundation made me absolutely happy, and I’m very satisfied with it. Since it’s not too pricey but it’s doing a magnificent job, I’d absolutely recommend this foundation! I think I’ll definitely buy it again.

Let’s get HDed – NYX Concealer | Thinking Out Loud


PRODUCT NAME                       

Concealer Wand




6,99€ [Douglas.de | Germany]

4,99$ [ulta.com | USA]

5-7€ [amazon | Europe]




This lightweight cover-up obscures imperfections, discoloration and under eye circles, without ever looking cakey or obvious. Little wonder the Concealer Wand is one of our best-sellers. The concentrated, emollient-rich formula goes on like a dream, and creates medium to heavy coverage. Use the lavender for sallow skin, the green to reduce the appearance of redness and the yellow for under-eye darkness.



I bought this cutie a while ago because I wanted to buy something else than the usual drugstore concealers. Plus, I heard tons and tons of good stuff about the brand NYX and the HD concealer itself. The price was actually pretty decent, too, so no questions asked – I decided to purchase it.

As stated above, the concealer promises to hide imperfections, redness and under the eye circles. To top it of, it says that it wouldn’t look cakey or nasty or whatever. You get what I’m trying to say.

Now then, let’s get going, shall we?

The concealer is amazing for under the eye circles. Before I ran out of it – I totally need to restock on this awesomeness – I only ever used this for underneath my eyes. But, as you may have figured out, I only use it for my under the eye circles. Because the concealer hides those better than the easter bunny its eggs.

Sadly, it hides only those satisfactorily. Of course, it covers up redness and imperfections – but not for long and not with the intensity some other concealers manage to archive.

That won’t stop me from it again, to be honest. Because I think I have never looked so awake after a long night without much sleep. It promises to look HD and my eyes certainly do.

So, if you tend do have trouble with under the eye circles, I absolutely recommend this concealer to you.

Not so EYEmazing eyeshadow cream | Thinking Out Loud


PRODUCT NAME                       

Eyemazing Eyeshadow Cream




3,95€ [amazon.de]

4-5€ [local drugstore]


Eyeshadow Cream


Long-lasting cream eyeshadow

Apply with applicator and blend in with your fingertips




Let’s play, ‘I’m not going to come near you, ever. Even if my beauty life depends on it’. For the first time in my life, I have found the one product I really don’t like. I think I bought it, tried it and then it made a short cut for my rubbish bin. It maybe lasted for around two minutes in my possession.

Okay, now, back to the beginning.

I picked the eyeshadow cream up because I was looking for a creamy eyeshadow in a light grey colour – or at least a medium to light grey – for makeup look I want to recreate. I was searching everywhere, and I couldn’t find any cream eyeshadow no matter where I looked. It’s like the makeup brands all agreed on not selling grey creamy eyeshadow anymore.

But then I stumbled upon the Manhattan eyemazing eyeshadow cream while grocery shopping. So, I guess it’s true what they say here in Germany, if you stop looking for something you’ll find it – or it’ll be coming to you. Depends on which generation you ask.

To be fair, I could’ve passed on getting to know this product. It’s just not that great –  I mean, at first I was thinking I simply was too stupid to use it right; which wouldn’t be that surprising to be honest. Then again, what could you do wrong while applying eyeshadow whether it’s creamy or not. So I tested it again on the back of my hand and, nope, still bad.

The colour is beautiful, though, it’s a silvery kind of grey; and I liked the name Tease Me. It did tease me. But not in the good way.

I put it on and within seconds I thought my eyelid was on fire. First it was very cold, but then it got really hot – it felt like an allergic reaction. Now, that might be more my skin than the product itself. But it’s a bummer anyway.

Okay, now, a question: An eyeshadow cream is supposed to be, yeah, creamy, right? That’s what it says and that’s what you think will be the case. Because the name tells you exactly that – and I had a few other eyeshadow creams before. They are, in fact, creamy. This little weirdo gets hard. Not like hard hard but harder than a creamy eyeshadow is supposed to be. It feels and looks as if you put melted aluminium foil all over your lid. Hence, I wasn’t able to blend it with my fingers anymore like I’m supposed to.

Naturally, I removed it as fast as possible, grabbed the little bottle and threw it in the rubbish bin, because nope. I won’t use you again. Ever.

Has anyone tried the eyemazing eyeshadow cream?

This Or That Tag – Beauty Edition


Blush or Bronzer

Laura: Blush, I’m too pale for bronzer

Lilly: Hm, so I favour blush as well.

Lip gloss or Lipstick

Laura: Lipstick.

Lilly: Lip gloss.

Eyeliner or Mascara

Laura: Mascara, although my lashes are incredibly short. I can’t without. 😀

Lilly: Mascara, without it my eyes seem way too small.

Foundation or Concealer

Laura: Foundation.

Lilly: Foundation.

Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow

Laura: Neutral. I love how they work with blue eyes.

Lilly: Neutral, I rather have it unobtrusive.

Pressed or Loose eye shadows

Laura: Pressed. Loose eye shadow is all over the place, always. I don’t like that. 😀

Lilly: Pressed, but I never had a loose one bevor.

Brushes or Sponges

Laura: Brushes – at least since I have my Real Techniques Collection.

Lilly: I can’t decide on either. Depends on what I’ll do with it.



O.P.I or China Glaze

Laura: Huh, I haven’t tried neither. But since I don’t know about China Glaze… O.P.I.

Lilly: Never tried one either. Hopefully in the future.

Long or Short

Laura: Longish. Not too long though.

Lilly: Long, but I have trouble with easy breaking nails.

Acrylic or Natural

Laura: That’s unfair. Can I say both? No? Uhm, I think I tend to acrylic. But it actually   depends on my mood.

Lilly: Natural is okay.

Brights or Darks

Laura: Brights. This time I’m absolutely sure.

Lilly: Depends on my mood and the clothes I wear..

Flower or No Flower

Laura: No flower.

Lilly: No flower.



Perfume or Body Splash

Laura: Perfume. Just because it lasts longer.

Lilly: Perfume, I just love the long lasting scent.

Lotion or Body Butter

Laura: Body Butter, only because I’m in love with the body shop ones.

Lilly: Is body milk a possibility too? 😀

Body wash or Soap

Laura: Body Wash.

Lilly: Body Wash.

LUSH or Other Bath Company

Laura: LUSH. Like, for real. I’m addicted to LUSH.

Lilly: Lush. The products are amazing.



Jeans or Sweat pants

Laura: Sweat pants. I don’t like jeans. Not at all. 😀

Lilly: Sweat pants. I own jeans but I don’t wear them that often.

Long sleeve or Short

Laura: Short sleeve. I mean, summer? Hello?

Lilly: Short sleeve.

Dresses or Skirts

Laura: Dresses. I love pretty dresses.

Lilly: Dresses, I have many dresses and I can’t have enough.

Stripes or Plaid

Laura: Plaid. I think. Yeah, plaid.

Lilly:  Plaid

Flip flops or Sandals

Laura: Sandals! Flip flops are the worst. 😀

Lilly: Flip Flops. They are so comfortable. 😀

Scarves or Hats

Laura: Hats. I love hats but I look weird in hats and tend to wear more scarves.

Lilly: Scarves. It’s safe to say that I have a slight obsession with scarves.

Studs or Dangly Earrings

Laura: Dangly.

Lilly:  Studs.

Necklaces or Bracelets

Laura: That’s kind of hard. I love both, but I think in the end the necklaces win. Yeah.

Lilly: Bracelets.

Heels or Flats

Laura: Heels! With 1,61cm I need them to survive in this world of tall people.

Lilly: Flats. I don’t wear heels that often.

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots

Laura: Uh, neither? Okay, no. Wait. Let me think. Cowboy boots.

Lilly: Uhm…. Cowboy?

Jacket or Hoodie

Laura: Hoodie! Preferably oversized and with thumb holes.

Lilly: Hoodie. Soo comfortable.

Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe

Laura: Forever 21. I love their stuff.

Lilly: Forever 21.

Abercombie or Hollister

Laura: Uff, Hollister? I don’t really buy stuff at either.

Lilly: I don’t have any of their clothes.

Saks 5th or Nordstrom

Laura: Now, this time I really have no idea. Don’t know those labels. 😀

Lilly: Never knew those exist. 😀



Curly or Straight

Laura: Straight.

Lilly: Straight.

Bun or Ponytail

Laura: Depends on my hair, really. But in the end I’m more the bun kind of girl.

Lilly: Bun.

Bobby pins or Butterfly clips

Laura: Bobby pins. Preferably hidden underneath my hair. 😀

Lilly: Bobby pins.

Hair spray or Gel

Laura: Hair spray. I can’t work with gel.

Lilly: Hair spray. Think I haven’t tried gel at all.

Long or Short

Laura: Long.

Lilly: Long.

Light or Dark

Laura: Light-ish.

Lilly: Light.

Side sweep bangs or Full bangs

Laura: Full bangs you can disguise as side sweep bangs. Okay, well… probably side sweep bangs. I don’t know.

Lilly: Full bangs.

Up or Down

Laura: Down.

Lilly: Down



Rain or Shine

Laura: Shine.

Lilly:  Shine

Summer or Winter

Laura: Winter (with sunshine and snow!)

Lilly: I can only agree.

Fall or Spring

Laura: Spring.

Lilly: Fall

Chocolate or Vanilla

Laura: Chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate?

Lilly: Chocolate

East coast or West coast

Laura: Been to neither. But I think… East Coast.

Lilly: West Coast.

Thinking Out Loud | Manhattan Wake Up Concealer


PRODUCT NAME                       

Wake Up Concealer




9,95€ [amazon.de]

4 – 5€ [local drugstore]




Makes tired eyes look luminous again

Conceals circles around your eyes and redness

With light-reflecting pigments for a fresh look

Professional and easy application thanks to a special brush applicator



I picked this concealer up a few weeks ago because I heard a few good things about it, I like to try out new things, it promises to conceal redness – which is my go-to problem at the moment – and it was actually the only concealer which would fit my skin tone and one can buy at a drugstore.

Since I don’t have the biggest problems with under eye circles, which I’m very happy about to be honest, I’, not sure whether it helps if you have. But for what I need, it’s doing a very good job. The skin underneath my eyes looks flawless and my eyes look far more awake. So, yeah, it’s doing what the name is promising, which is the least a product should fulfil if you ask me.

But, the concealer is doing one thing a lot better than hiding my under eye circles – hiding redness or pimples. It’s magnificent, really. Although it’s a light colour, the concealer manages to cover the red spots very well. My experience with the foundation hadn’t been the best, because my skin tends to look dry when I used it or like I wear some kind of mask. That isn’t the case with the concealer. My skin looks healthy and clean.

I would recommend it without any doubt.