Revlon Lip Butter Review

I picked up a new shade of lip butter the other day in ‘Peach Parfait’, that was suitable for wearing at school- a ‘your lips but better’ kinda thing.

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The colour comes across as quite shear, but I love the glitter in it- it’s not too intense, but it catches in the light. The formula of these lip butters is so moisturising, and you can definitely apply them quickly and without the requirement of a mirror, so great for on-the-go. It is one of my goals to own all of the colours of these lipsticks; they are just so nice. My only issue would be that they don’t last long enough in my opinion. I suppose that is why they don’t retail as lip ‘sticks’ but as lip ‘butters’, hinting they are more of a lip balm. The Revlon Lip Butters are available here (they’re on 2 for £10 atm!) where the picture displayed is wrong, but the product described is right (tut tut Boots).

What is your favourite shade in the lip butter range?

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation Review

Hello, today I’m bringing you a review of Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation- something everyone and their mother have been blogging about.

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Previously I have only tried matte foundations, which at the end of the day weren’t doing the dry patches of my skin any favours (The product would gather and cling to certain patches on my face). I’d heard a lot about this particular foundation aiming to give a ‘dewey’ finish or ‘radiant glow’- worth a try, right? Especially with how tired and dull my skin looks as a result of little sleep. It blends really well with my stippling brush from Real Techniques and it contains little glittery bits that shimmer in the light (don’t worry, it’s not too much) adding to the radiance and wide-awake look. As for coverage, I’d say it was medium. It conceals flushed cheeks and redness, but I’m still in need of a concealer to hide those blemishes. This foundation lasts throughout the day pretty well, especially with the stay matte powder, also from Rimmel. In my opinion, this product is best-suited to people with normal/dry skin. However, with a trusty powder that you can rely on, it can work for everyone.

You can pick this up pretty much everywhere, such as here on Boots.com and there are six shades to choose from. I have 100 Ivory, which is the palest one available but still a little dark/orangey for me, but nothing that a bit of blending can’t handle. Have you tried this? If so, what do you think?

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Maybelline ‘The Eraser Eye’ Concealer Review

I for one do not get enough sleep. It’s something I’m working on, but until then, I need something to conceal those dark circles. I have tried a handful of concealers from the drugstore, but all seem to crease on me and stick to the dry patches on my skin (not a good look), until I joined the bandwagon and tried Maybelline’s offering.

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To release the product you simply turn the barrel to the left, then sit back and watch the sponge fill with makeuppy goodness. It really is magical. I lightly rub the sponge beneath my eyes in a swooping delicate motion, which feels quite fun, not going to lie. The coverage is good, and most importantly, it doesn’t dry up my skin or do the awkward crease thing throughout the day. My Boots only had the shades ‘Light’ and ‘Nude’ but I believe there are more out there. Yay for a successful concealing product that only sets you back around £8!

What is your choice for concealing dark circles? Let me know.

Bye for now,

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You Beauty Advent Calendar 2013

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It’s pretty big

After reading many a blogpost about beauty advent calendars, I just knew I wanted one for myself. The thought of gaining a new beauty product (even if it’s only a small one) every day for 24 consecutive days makes me sigh with joy. There were several to choose from, but it came down to price and availability (the Boots one was gone in seconds I swear). I went with YouBeauty’s offering, after the positive reviews. Mine took 4 working days to arrive, which is ok. I’m very excited about it, and it is so hard restraining myself from opening those cute little doors.

This size of this baby is impressive, hence the picture above to show some comparison with my phone charging on the left. It is also relatively heavy, which is good- there is definitely a load of products in there. I have resisted the urge to read the magazine that came with it (containing product information) and covered my eyes when there were spoilers in some posts; I want to experience that element of surprise, like a small child opening ickle presents on Christmas day. To sum up the packaging- beautiful. I think the white works really well with the gold accents, and the white bow is just darling. The only pet peeve I have with this is the flaps on the inside being slightly ajar. No peeping, I told myself, whilst pushing them down again. I think that the cardboard doors need a little something more to keep them secure. Each compartment varies in size, which creates a rather fun guessing game as to what you think would fit into that shape of a hole. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase, and can’t wait till the 1st comes around.

The You Beauty advent calendar is still available here (hurry!) for £49.95 and £4.95 p+p. Considering the contents are worth over £240, not too shabby, really. But I can understand if you find it hard to justify spending that much on an advent calendar.

And now I pose a question to you- would you like me to post everyday up to the 24th December about what is behind each door? I am happy to do it, if you’d like- let me know.

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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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Everyday School Makeup Routine

Hello again! In this post, I aim to talk you through the products that I use on my face every day for school- defo ‘tried and tested’! Please note that I live in England and you’re not allowed to be adventurous with eyeshadow, lipstick etc. (If I could, believe me, I would).  Here is the end result:

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Let us begin. To start with I moisturize with the Garnier Moisture Match for ‘normal to dry skin’.

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This stuff feels nice to apply in the morning- an appealing fresh scent. It absorbs into the skin well and generally acts as a good base before le foundation.

With that out the way, it’s time to conceal. I use the infamous Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (cheap as chips from Boots!) As you can see from the picture, mine is well-loved and needs replacing soon…Image

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I dab this under my eyes where the dark circles lie, then use my ring fingers to blend out gently. This shade is a tad too light for me, but this can work to my advantage as it brightens my under-eye area nicely. I also apply this on any spots that decide to crop up. What I like about this concealer is that you don’t need much of it to cover things up. Considering the price, this really is: amazing.

Now that I’m looking slightly less zombie-like, I reach for the foundation- Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse in shade 21 (Nude)

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I use my stippling brush (as shown in my Current Favourites post) to apply this. The texture of the foundation is as it describes- a mousse. Sort of bouncy to the touch, but turns into a powder when blended into the skin. The coverage is ok for me, but I wouldn’t say it would suit all- it’s quite light and doesn’t cover everything (unless you layer it up a bit).

To ‘set’ this, I use the Stay Matte face powder by Rimmel:

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This does a great job at keeping my forehead shine-free. Sometimes I’ll bring it with me on PE days, it keeps me mattified between lessons 😉

Moving onto eyes… I begin with curling my eyelashes. Many people skip this step but I really think it makes a difference to the way your lashes look after applying mascara. I usually hold it down for 2-3 seconds, release, then repeat- on both eyes.

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I personally don’t think it’s necessary to spend a fortune on eyelash curlers. These are just Boots own brand I believe, and they work fine for me! Although they do need replacing every couple of months- they start to pinch a little and excess mascara tends to build up which is a bit unhygienic.

I can’t be going to school with naked eyelashes now, can I? My mascara of the moment is Maybelline’s the Falsies ‘Volum’ Express’. The wand is spoon-shaped and does a great job at separating the lashes.

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Now that my eyelashes are looking fabulous, I reach for the liquid eyeliner for that extra touch. I normally just do a simple line, a little thicker on the outside and thinner towards the inner part (no flicks for me I’m afraid). I always used to struggle with liquid eyeliner- who doesn’t?! I envy those that can glide it on effortlessly. I prefer the felt-tip type applicators, like Loreal’s Superliner Black Lacquer:

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To complete my eyes, I like to line my waterline with a white kohl pencil. As long as you don’t over-do it, this can make you look more awake. I use Rimmel’s soft kohl pencil:

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To make my eyes look even more awake (counteracting the tiredness), I use the pearly white eyeshadow from the MUA Heaven and Earth Palette as a ‘highlight’ in the inner corners of my eyes.

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This palette was only £4, and the pigmentation is pretty good. However, the shades aren’t matte, which I know some people prefer.

Finally, we have lips. I like to moisturize them first with my lip balm of choice (I have far too many), which at the moment is this apple flavoured Chapstick:

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This smells amazing. Now that my lips are soft and smooth, I apply a lip colour- a discreet-ish one. This isn’t the same everyday- sometimes i’ll throw on a babylips, but lately I’ve been loving this lip butter by Revlon:

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This is the most moisturising lipstick I’ve ever tried. They glide on so smoothly! They have a wide range of colours to choose from too 🙂

So that rounds up my basic makeup routine for school. Occasionally I’ll change it up a bit- black on the waterline instead of white, thicker or thinner liquid liner, etc. I hope you enjoyed reading. Leave any requests in the comments!

Jennifer x