Monday, October 31, 2016

The New Rimmel Matte Lipsticks You Need To Know About*

Let me start by saying I am matte mad. I have so many matte lip products and I am forever buying more. I like the look, the staying power and really, can you EVER have too many?


I can tell you that the answer to that question is a resounding ‘no’ and I feel that Rimmel really shared my sentiments on this when they kindly sent me their new Only 1 Matte Lipsticks. That’s nine new shades to add to my collection and they are all truly beautiful.

What I like best about this range is the selection of colours. I can be a creature of habit when it comes to picking lipsticks and if I am being totally honest, the last five shades that I’ve bought have probably been nudes. An injection of colour was long overdue and these lipsticks are certainly that. From brights to darks (and even including a purple, which I cannot wait to have an occasion for), there is a range of colours for everyone.

In terms of the formulation, I have cannot pick any faults. I have tried matte lipsticks before that feel that they are completely draining all moisture from my lipsticks, but that definitely isn’t an issue with these. I found that they have quite a creamy texture, glide on easily and are non-drying.

Given this, I was interested to see how well they would last. I have been alternating between the different shades at work and seeing how far through the day I get before the colour starts to wear off.

Most days I have my makeup on by 7.30am, but by lunch time, my lipstick was still intact. They offer high coverage and yet feel so light and comfortable that at points I’ve even forgotten that I have any on.

The colours are all so flattering, but if I had to pick a favourite, I think that might just have to be Salute. It’s a really subtle and versatile pinky shade which works well against my pale skin tone. All of the lipsticks have great names but I also especially like this. It reminds me of the Little Mix song, although luckily for anyone in my vicinity doesn’t induce any singing!

I’ve swatched the other lipsticks for you to see below;

From top to bottom: Looks Who's Talking, The Matte Factor, Leader of the Pink, High Flyer, Salute, Take the Stage, Trendsetter, Call the Shots, Run the Show


Which is your favourite?



You can now pick these lipsticks up for yourself at Superdrug stores for £6.99 which I personally think, considering how fantastic these are, is an absolute bargain!

*This post contains PR samples.




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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How To Have A Happy Halloween with Lush

With Halloween right around the corner, naturally I've been getting into the spirit with one of my favourite activities - perusing the aisles of Lush for ghoulish bath time goodies!





Read on for my top picks...

Monsters Ball

I used this on Sunday night and I can already say I'm gutted that it won't be part of the usual range. When dropped into the water, it fizzes and bubbles to create a beautiful array of colours.

As well as containing a dash of lime oil and nerolio oil, the eye in the centre of the bath bomb is made using cocoa butter which means that you get a really smoothing bath. The combination of ingredients means this one also has a really lovely fragrance - and I am definitely going to buy another (five) before this stops getting stocked!


Lord of Misrule

I bought this bath bomb in the Oxford Street Lush branch. I'd never been there before and I just couldn't believe the size of the store - two floors of Lush products is almost too good to be true.

I asked one of the members of staff which of the Halloween products she would recommend and she reached for this one, then demonstrating it for me on one of their big sinks.

Once this green bath bomb hits the water it begins to fizz around furiously as expected, before slowly starting to change colour. After a few minutes, the pale green shade had turned into a deep blood red. I was suitably impressed!

This has an almost earthy scent, undoubtedly the result of the use of pepper oil and patchouli, which I really like too.


Boo

I picked this up purely based on its cuteness, but it was definitely a good choice.

I'm a really big fan of bath melts; they soak right into the water and always leave my skin feeling fabulous because of the super moisturising cocoa butter.

This melt also contains floral and citrus oils, ginger and sandalwood which combine to calm, cleans and condition. I can't wait to use this one!

Sparkly Pumpkin

They certainly weren't lying when they called this one sparkly!

Without doubt, this bubble bar is the glitziest Lush product I have ever bought and actually, it does remind me a little of the coach from Cinderella - mid fairy godmother magical transformation anyway!

Bubble bars aren't something I have really got on well with in the past; I can never get enough bubbles and always seem to make a big mess when using them. Given the amount of glitter on this bar, I imagine this time mess will still be an issue, but one of the shop assistants gave me all her best tips on how to get the best bubbles so I am hopeful that this time my bath will be as frothy as I want it to be!

The addition of grapefruit and juniper oil is used to leave skin feeling banished and refreshed. The glitter will just leave you looking glitzy for the rest of the day!



Have you headed to Lush yet? What are your top bath time recommendations?


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara*

Rimmel products have long been a favourite of mine, right from when I first began to take an interest in makeup while navigating my early teenage years. From foundations, to blushers, to eyeshadows and lip products they had just about everything, at a great price for great quality. The topic of today’s post though is mascara which, like many other women out there, is my absolute staple.



I want a lot from a mascara. My natural lashes are pale, long and straight. I’m fussy with brushes, because I want one that will enable each of my lashes to be coated evenly. I want to be able to apply it in the morning and I don’t want it to budge until I’m reaching for the makeup remover at bedtime.

I feel like Rimmel, my much relied upon beauty brand, have completely understood all of my desires without me even needing to utter them, with the relaunch of their already popular Scandaleyes Mascara.



Evidently designed with the busy working woman in mind, Scandaleyes Reloaded has been engineered to deliver up to 11 times more lash volume, last throughout day with no smudging and then be easily removed with warm water when required.

The mascara has quite a big brush, slightly tapered towards the end. This is not something I usually favour, however, means that this combined with the patent-pending formula leaves lashes clump free yet bold.

I’ve been alternating between the two mascaras for the last couple of weeks; the extreme black version is perfect if you want a slightly more dramatic look for an evening out, for example. I like the look these mascaras create, darkening my lashes giving them really intense volume. The shape of the brush makes it really easy to get the same effect with my lower lashes too, as I can use the thinner end and ensure the smaller ones in the corner of my eye are captured.

I’ve been pairing my new mascaras with the Thick and Thin and Micro Scandaleyes Liners. The Micro Liner is definitely my favourite, because the thin tip allows me to draw a really precise line which is close to my lashes and really perfect that feline flick at the end!



You can see how I’ve used it, with the mascaras, in this everyday look below.





You can buy the Scandaleyes Reloaded mascara from Boots and Superdrug for £6.99. The 
Scandaleyes Liners retail at £5.49.

*This post contains PR samples.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

The October 2016 Glossy Box - Estée Lalonde Edit

Last month, completely taken in my September’s offering, I reinstated by Glossybox subscription. Fast forward to this month and I had completely forgotten having done this and was only reminded when I received the little red slip informing me I had a parcel awaiting collection at the Post Office. Well, I do like surprises!
This month’s box was guest edited by award winning beauty and lifestyle vlogger Estée Lalonde to coincide with the launch of her new book ‘Bloom’ and contains a handful of her favourite products to experiment with.
Let’s take a look in the box…





The Body Shop ‘Drops of Youth’
The first product I want to mention is this one. When I saw this range released, this was one of those products on my ‘I must buy’ list which just never got bought. I admit that I did perhaps forget about it, so I am really glad it was included in the box.
It’s a serum designed to be used to tackle the first signs of aging, helping you before they start to get more visible. If you saw my recent post about anti-aging, you’ll know these are products which I have started to use more frequently.
This retails at £25 for a full size product.

Bee Good ‘Honey and Camelina Facial Exfoliator’
I have really tried to step up my facial skincare routine lately, so this one is a perfect addition to the box.
Containing vitamin E, wheatgerm oil and wild flower honey to just name a few, it is designed to buff away dead skin cells, while soothing and moisturising. It’s the CEW Beauty Awards Winner for 2016, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the fuss is about. Beee-atiful!
This retails at £10.50 for a full size product.

Trifle Cosmetics ‘Lip Parfait’ in Exotic Fruits
This one got my boyfriend’s approval, so we are already off to a good start.
I love a good lipstick and the texture of this one is great. It feels buttery and so hydrating that I was surprised to find it dries to become matte! It’s really light to wear and the colour is really subtle and flattering.
This retails at £212.95 for a full size product.


PS…PRO Graphic Eyeliner
Part of the Primark Beauty range, this budget liner has a felt tip nib which enables you to create thick and thin lines. It didn’t seem quite as dark as I would usually like a liner to be when I sampled it on my hand, but I haven’t given it a proper testing yet. Given that Halloween is fast approaching and dramatic makeup is pretty much the expectation, it’s probably the perfect occasion to really try this out.
This retails at £3 for a full size product.

Universal Beauty Cosmetics ‘Secret Flush, Soothing Cream Blusher and Lip Stain Duo’ in Nectar
Everybody loves a dual purpose product and I especially like this one. It’s a really lovely peachy pink colour which works well with my pale skin tone. The shimmery formula means that when applied to cheeks it has a great illuminating effect and when worn as a lip stain, gives a really nice sheen.
It’s really moisturising and easy to blend, although my concern would be how longwearing it is given it is really glossy.
This retails at £15 for a full size product.

And the secret product…

In this month’s box, Estée included what she describes as a ‘new hair hero’. This is a classic bestseller that recently been given a little update and I have spent the last few days compulsively smelling it to see if I can work out which brand it is!
Initially, when I glanced quickly at the branding I thought H&M but given their beauty range is realticely new, I don’t think I was quite on the money there. I do think that it smells a little bit like Head and Shoulders but again, that is very likely wrong.

I am counting down to the big reveal on Estée’sblog at the end of the month!
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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

When Is The Right Time To Start Using Anti Aging Products?



Like the stuff in my makeup bag, the items included in my skincare routine have changed quite considerably over the years. That said, one thing that, until very recently has remained consistent, is that it has never included any anti-aging products.

Why? Well having just turned 24, it is fair to say that my shopping trips for new cosmetics are still far more centred on searching for sparkly eyeshadow palettes and matte lipsticks, than lotions and potions which claim to cause wrinkles to fade.

In all fairness, at my age, I am some way off having skin that may be considered ‘mature’ and in need of such tonics, however, when I was invited to try out an anti-aging cream for myself recently, I did think that perhaps there might be some benefit to starting early.

While the appearance of our skin as we age is in part simply down to our genetics, the way that we take care of it does of course have a significant impact. Research suggests that once we reach the age of 21, our skin’s natural collagen production can decrease by up to 1% each year. This causes skin to become more fragile, leading to fine lines becoming more visible.

In addition to this, environmental factors also have a role to play. Of course, it might feel pretty damn nice to lay back in the grass on a warm summer’s day with the sun shining on our faces, but that big ball of fire in the sky has a lot to answer for when it comes to premature aging.
Although we can’t turn back the clock, products such as Nivea’s Q10 Plus Day Cream which I have been trailing, is designed to give you a helping hand.

In the first instance, it is worth noting that with an SPF of 15 and UVA/UVB filters, it is designed to help to combat sun-induced wrinkle formation. It also includes a number of fabulous ingredients which help to nourish your skin, such as Argan Oil, Calcium and Goji Berry Extract. Furthermore there is also Creatine, an amino acid found naturally in the body and supports skins basic functions and production of collagen and, Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant which helps to regenerate an improve the appearance of skin.

I have been using the cream for just under two weeks, in the mornings before applying makeup. While that is by no means an extensive period, I have noticed that the appearance of my skin has improved since I have been using it; it looks fresher and healthier. While I have quite limited wrinkles anyway, the small fine lines that I have noticed on my forehead appear to be slightly reduced which is positive too.

So what’s my verdict? Although I am certainly not the best person to test the effectiveness of this cream on aging skin, I can say that is very moisturising and accentuates the youthful look of my skin. As a result, I would continue to use this not least because it is designed to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles (I will have to report back on that bit!).

I don't think that there is a specific best time to start using these creams, as everyone's skin type is different. However, for me personally, I think this is something I will continue to include in my beauty regime if just to maintain my skin's youthful condition. 

If you are looking to sample this for yourself, you can pick it up at your local Boots or Superdrug stores - or online at nivea.co.uk
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