Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick

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Whilst strolling the aisles of Boots the other day for the perfect Marilyn Munroe lippie, I came across this. The shade ‘Alarm’ looked good swatched in the store, so at just £4.99 there were no second thoughts- it was already mine. I should point out that although this is marketed with a ‘smooth creamy texture’, I found it relatively creamy to apply, but the end result is quite matte. As far as pigmentation goes, I’m impressed- it is very true to colour. For the ‘intense long-lasting colour for up to 8 hours’ I would definitely be layering it to build up an opaque colour. Another feature I am partial to with this is the shape of the lipstick; the sharp point is effective for outlining the lips before filling in. I understand that for a lipstick this is quite normal, but for drugstore lip products, this isn’t always a given. Overall, a good quality lipstick for the price (God bless Rimmel for being affordable). Below you can get an idea of what it looks like on me:

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Any excuse for ducklips, eh? 😉

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Let me know what you think of the colour. There is a varied colour range, if you’re not into the reds- this lipstick is available here amongst it’s 9 other shades. I noticed on the website ‘Alarm’ looked on the pinky side, but as you can see form the photos above, it really isn’t very pinky. Weird. 

Anyway, that wraps up today’s post. Bye for now!

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Lush Wishlist

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Here is a list of the products from Lush I’ve got my eye on at the moment (there are many more but aint nobody got time to read a blog post that long).

1) Ginger Body Lotion– According to their website, this stuff is “easily absorbed without feeling greasy, and makes the skin feel wonderfully supple, hydrated and cared-for”- sounds good to me! This looks like the perfect moisturizer to slather on after a shower. What’s more is that the “gorgeously sexy grown-up” perfume lingers on the skin (ooh la-la!).

2) Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask– for waking up my tired, neglected skin. The reviews on this are great, and the idea of putting a pre-refrigerated (aka soothingly cold) mask on my skin at the end of a long day sounds amazing. Taken from the Lush website: “It’s hard to stick to all the rules. Eight hours sleep a night, two litres of water a day, plenty of exercise, five fruit and veg etc. This mask is for when you have overdone things and let the rules slide.” Um, YES PLEASE.

3) Santa Baby Lip Tint– I love red lips all year round, but there is something about wearing them in the Autumn/Winter that is extra special. Hopefully this is as pigmented as it looks. It makes me very uncomfortable that this is part of their Christmas stock therefore will be banished within a month or two… I may have to pick up more than one.

4) Tea Tree Water– this handy-dandy substance can be used for removing traces of face products, a quick facial refresher to cool the skin, a toner or a makeup remover. Tea tree is supposedly “a wonder oil for anyone with oily or spot prone skin” with antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. I think it’s clear that this is needed in my life.

5) Big Shampoo– after trying out Rub Rub Rub (a salt-based shower scrub- post here) on my hair, I have decided that salt is the way to go. Big shampoo is supposed to be the ultimate product for adding volume, which is always nice- especially when the length of your hair weighs it downs into a lifeless pile of bleugh. What’s nicer is that this particular shampoo doesn’t contain any added synthetic preservatives. I’ve made a pact to cut down on putting chemical-type gunk in my hair.

6) Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser– this cleanser has emollient ingredients to soften the skin and clay powders to deep clean and absorb grease. This can be used on your body too and contains Irish moss gel, aloe vera gel, fine sea salt, sweet orange oil, calamine powder and even a sheet of nori seaweed. Creating a “huge skin sushi”. Does that not just sound like the best thing ever?

7) Marilyn Hair Treatment– If you didn’t know,I have ombre hair (a gradient from brown to blonde at le ends), and we all know that dyed blonde hair as a tendency to lose its blonde-ness. Marilyn is supposed to cancel out ‘brassy tones’ in the hair, as well as act as a pre-wash lightening treatment. The blonder my ends, the better.

8) Sea Spray Hair Mist– I have heard Zoella mention this before, and if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. I think salt sprays add a dose of needed texture and wave to long hair that can tend to look weighed-down and limp as mentioned before. In the past however, I’ve had issues with it making my hair feel sticky and non-brushable. I’m counting on you Lush 😉

9) Lust Gorilla Solid Perfume–  I think solid perfumes are genius for throwing in your bag or using discreetly in public. The scent for this is described as “strong, pure jasmine and warms on the skin to a seductive floral scent” and apparently lasts for hours. It’s always a disappointment when this isn’t the case with perfume or body sprays.

So that sums up my current Wishlist from the mother of all things bath and body: Lush. If (lets be honest, when) I purchase any of the products mentioned above, I’ll be sure to write about them for you all. What have you been loving recently?

Jennifer x

Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub from Lush

Hola amigos. Today I bring you a review from a product I’ve been loving: Rub Rub Rub from Lush.

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I’ve been wanting this baby for a while, but when I felt the blue substance in the shop I knew it had to be mine. It has a springy texture that is very satisfying beneath the fingers, trust me. The scent is just what you need in the shower: fresh and not overwhelming. On the pot it says that you can either apply in the shower onto wet skin, or for a more abrasive effect, on dry skin then rinse off. I personally prefer the in-shower option. A good thing about this stuff is you don’t need a huge dollop of it to cover the surface area of your body. Just a small scoop’s worth will do. I like to massage it into my arms and legs before simply rinsing under warm water. All in all, a great no-fuss shower gel replacement. It exfoliates well, resulting in baby-bottom-smoothness (who doesn’t want that?).

But there’s more. Apparently, this can also be used as shampoo- the salt is supposed to work wonders in adding volume to the hair. I have yet to try this; the idea seems a little scary- putting a salt-based product in your hair could be a little drying, no? But never fear, I’ll give it a go and keep you posted.

This 330g pot will set you back £8.35. Not insane by any means, but more than the average body wash from Boots. However, you are paying for a handmade fresh product containing 100% natural ingredients. I haven’t bought much from Lush, but I feel a Lush Wishlist post brewing… thoughts?

Toodlepip!

Jennifer x

Starbucks & Falling Leaves

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Green Beanie: New Look

Black Cardigan: Primark

Cream Jumper: Charity Shop

Black Daisy print dress (shown as a skirt): Primark

Shoes: Marks and Spencer

Tights: Lord knows

Coffee: Starbucks

I think I’m getting into this jumper-over-dress thing. Just because it’s gettin’ colder, doesn’t mean those dresses have to disappear for good. If you were wondering, my drink of choice was a ‘Toffee Nut Latte’. It was tasty, but just a warning: they go a little kray with the toffee flavouring- very sweet indeed. When my hair’s been looking flat recently, I’ve been throwing beanies on- still expressing the fluffiness of my ends but concealing the not-very-cute-ness of my roots.

Jennifer x

New Look’s Shabby Chic Range

You’re lying if you are telling me that title didn’t excite you. I love all things room decor- from decorative cushions to vintage tins to candles… the possibilities are endless. As you can imagine, I performed a little happy dance when I saw the new decor range whilst browsing New Look. Everything is shabby chic-themed and the prices are impressive. Today I’m just sharing one item, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be back with more. This time round I got a set of three ‘trinket trays’. They are so darn cute.

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Can we just take a moment?

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Do you like them as much as I do? A steal at £4.99 I think. I’m planning on using these little guys for holding little tit-bits such as bobby pins, paperclips, lip balms, etc. So next time you’re in New Look, keep a beady eye out for cute shabby chicness.

That’s all, folks!

Jennifer x

Wishlist #1

Wishlist 1

1)  I need more colour in my life. This jumper will suffice that need. I’ve been loving oversized jumpers (who hasn’t?) that I can easily throw on with a pair of leggings and some boots for these colder months. At the end of the day, I want to be comfy in what I’m wearing. Whenever I have a craving for a specific item of clothing, I recommend browsing somewhere like Ebay first- your wallet will thank you. It is far too dangerous otherwise 😉

2) Surprisingly enough, I never fell into the Peplum trend. But I think the style of top is very flattering, and when I saw this on the New Look website, I thought it’d be perfect for work. Very smart/casual/fun.  The daisy print is also appealing to me as I am grasping the remains of summer. Can we talk about how reliable New Look is when it comes to prices? I feel like it’s one of the only remaining shops on the high street that feeds my need to shop without necessarily bursting the bank.

3) I came across this lipstick from Vivianna’s Makeup Menu #3 video. It looked amazing on her, and I hope I can pull it off too. Moisturising lipsticks are always the better option during Autumn/Winter- they definitely work better with chapped lips.

4) I know the galaxy print thing has kinda passed now, but I couldn’t resist this. The only thing that I’m weary of is that it was called a ‘t shirt’ on the website, leading me to believe that the material is thin and not jumper-like. Banggood.com is very bargain-licious, but I’m not sure how the quality of the clothing compares to other places.

5) Skater skirts will always be a thing for me. The only one I have is neon orange, from Topshop a while back- not exactly wearable right now. This forest green colour is perfect I feel, but this skirt comes in many colours. The waffle texture just adds a little something-something. I plan on wearing a skirt like this with some warm tights and boots, because cold legs aren’t fun.

6) You can’t own too many jumpers. I love this lavender colour (although can’t stand the smell, is that just me?) and it looks nice and thick. I prefer wider necklines; crew neck type styles make me feel like I can’t breathe. I’ve not yet ordered from Romwe, but that could change soon…

7) Isn’t this the cutest darn dress you’ve ever seen? I’m in love. I’m digging anything with collars at the moment, and being black, this piece can be worn with anything. I like the old-fashioned-ness of it, I’m getting a Victorian vibe here.

8) My final want from Romwe is this satchel. I like how it combines the on-trend houndstooth print without it being too in-your-face. This bag looks very wearable, being monochrome, etc- I can see it working with the above dress mentioned.

So that concludes my first ever Wishlist post, hopefully the first of many more to come. What’s caught your eye recently?

Bye for now,

Jennifer x