Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Rimmel BB Cream Review

Hi guys! Today I've got a review for you of the Matte Rimmel BB Cream. It claims to be a '9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup'. What the 9-in-1 benefits are I do not know as it doesn't say on the packaging and I can't seem to find it anywhere. Either way, I'm sure they're all the usual things like 'mattifies', 'evens out skin tone' - basically a long-winded way of saying 'this is a BB cream'.

My first impressions of this was that the smell is amazing. I've found with many Rimmel foundations in the past that they have the nicest smell ever. I don't tend to like scented makeup but I think Rimmel foundation is the exception, possibly because my first ever proper foundation had that Rimmel scent so maybe it's just a blast from the past. It sort of smells like a cross between perfume and paint, I don't know quite how else to describe it. If you think you might not like it, definitely give it a sniff in store before purchasing.

I also found that with this BB cream, unlike others I have tried, you don't need a lot of it to get a decent coverage. I know it's a BB cream and high coverage isn't exactly their intention but I still like quite a bit of coverage. I think that this one actually does deliver and I'd call it medium coverage. I really like how it applies and I use the Real Techniques expert face brush to do so.

In terms of length of wear, I'd say this lasted the full five hours I was at uni for and that includes two 40 minute walks, one of which is uphill and results in lots of sweat. So pretty impressive! I don't check in the mirror frequently so I'm not the best person to ask for length of wear but it seemed good to me!

I haven't tried many BB creams as they don't tend to appeal to me but lately I've really been loving them and this little sample has only made me love them more. I was really quite impressed with it and £6.99 seems a good price for the full product. I would definitely choose this over the Maybelline BB cream which I found to be quite disappointing. 

So personally I loved this product, but let me know your opinions down below - I do love to hear them!

P.S. you may have noticed my blogging schedule has got a bit strange. Settling down in uni has been a bit weird for me so my blog wasn't the first thing on my mind. I'm thinking that I'm going to cut down to two posts a week rather than the usual three to four, at least while I get used to the change in work load. Hopefully you all understand!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Hairtrade Hair Extensions Review: I&K Clip In Body Wave 02

Hi guys! Today I have a review of the I&K Clip In Body Wave 02 from Hairtrade. My camera has been acting up, hence why the second picture is a bit dodgy. I'm working on this so hopefully other blog posts will return with decent images!

Anyway, I've had extensions from Hairtrade before but the three months have passed and they kindly sent me another set to replace the others, since you're only supposed to keep them for three months. Previously, I had the 22" extensions which were straight but I decided to go with the wavy ones this time. I think I may have gone a shade too dark for my hair this time whereas last time I went too light so I'll have to go in between next time!

Anyway, the hair extensions were good quality as expected and I do love them however I think I prefer the straight ones, though perhaps if I gave the wavy ones a bit of a toy with my straighteners they might blend in better with my hair. The set comes with several large pieces (check my previous blog post for details) and also some smaller ones. More than enough to cover your head. I find that I prefer not to wear all of the larger pieces as I get very conscious that the seam might be on show. In the images I am only wearing one large piece and all of the smaller pieces.

I do really like the effect of the wavy pieces but I think they would be more suited to somebody a bit more skilled with hair curlers as I am awful. The nature of the waves is so beautiful and I don't feel I could actually do that with my own hair. You may also notice that because I've left my hair largely straight, the extensions are a little too short for me.

So for the lazy girl with slightly wavy but not curly hair, I would recommend the straight extensions, but for somebody who has a bit more time or is naturally quite curly, definitely go for the wavy extensions as they're just as beautiful. 

Note that I am not wearing hair extensions in the third picture down but am in the other two, just so you can get some reference (though the second image isn't too clear - darn camera).

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Makeup Haul: MAC, Stila, Elizabeth Arden.

Hi guys! I have a haul for you today which excites me very much as hauls always do. This in particular makes me very happy because there's a couple of products I've wanted for a long time. I'll try to keep it short and avoid boring you but give you some first impressions of the products at the same time as I haven't used any of them that much yet.

I purchased two MAC pigments in 'Genuine Orange' and 'Burnt Burgundy'. Genuine orange is simply a bright orange which I thought could be good for creating a more orangey look when combined with other colours as I am loving more orange/red-toned eyeshadows lately. I haven't yet used it but I plan to sweep it lightly over the top of other colours and use as a blending colour. Burnt Burgundy is a matte colour as the orange one also is, and I just thought it would be perfect for the colder months and perhaps a more interesting smoky eye than just black. Both pigments feel a little chalky but blend nicely.

I also got a MAC eyeshadow in 'Mythology' which is a lustre finish. I fell in love with this immediately and it has overtaken Satin Taupe as Satin Taupe overtook All That Glitters as my favourite eyeshadow. I wear this almost every day on its own all over my lid and also under my eyes for a subtly grungy look. I like to think of it as Taylor Momsen inspired but slightly more glamorous and subtle. It's as amazing as any MAC eyeshadow ever is, but slightly lacks pigmentation if there's any negatives to say about it (on first impressions, anyway). 

I couldn't resist a Stila lip liner. I owned nothing from Stila previous to this so I felt it was a necessary purchase. It feels like it needs a good sharpen but other than that I'm looking forward to using it. It's in the shade 'plum' which just screams Autumn so I'll definitely be using this in the colder months to prolong the wear of my lipsticks and line my lips.

And finally I got the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick. I don't know why, since it clearly says 'STICK' in the name, but I didn't expect it to be like a lipstick. Even so, I like it so far. I think it feels sort of thin on my lips but it definitely does moisturise despite this. It tastes a lot less obviously minty than the Blistex Treatment I usually use (blogged about here) and it doesn't leave any white residue as that does, so I completely prefer it (though the price difference perhaps means I'll have to stick to Blistex).

And that's everything I got! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I can only apologise for the reduced image quality; it's difficult to get a good picture in my uni room and I'm still getting used to it! Thanks for stopping by again and let me know what you think in the comments as always! <3

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Poppy Lux Giselle Top

Hi guys! Today's post is about a brand called Poppy Lux and the gorgeous Giselle Top* which they were kind enough to send to me. 

It took me a while to style this top because I didn't want to create a look which was too smart and wanted something that could be worn around town / a day out but could also be worn in the evening, depending on what you feel comfortable wearing where. Personally, this is something I would wear during the day time.

When I first received the top I thought it might be the type of thing that couldn't really be worn as something casual because of the fabric and the sequinned sleeves but actually I think it could look good with a pair of high waisted jeans or something. Even though I like it as a casual piece, I'm definitely going to wear it out tonight as it's still Freshers week so I'm going out every night and it is a challenge to find enough outfits for that.

It's made from what feels like a good quality fabric which won't stretch or ruin quickly which makes it well worth the £29.99 price tag (it's currently on sale for £20.00).

Top: Poppy Lux*
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: T K Maxx
Necklace: Past Times

Let me know what you think of the outfit in the comments and be sure to go check out Poppy Lux!<3

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Magnitone Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliation Brush Review

Hi guys! So this post has been a long time coming and I've had it waiting for me to do for a while now but with moving to uni and my parents moving house, I haven't really had the time! I'm so happy to be at uni though and may do a little post on my room at uni, I'm not sure yet.

Anyway, back to the point! A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a competition with Magnitone to win two tickets to V Festival and two of the Magnitone Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliation Brushes*. I'm so grateful to Magnitone for sending me these things as V festival was amazing and the Cleansing Brush has become a part of my daily routine and I feel it's really improved my skincare routine.

The brushes came all packaged up in ribbons and looking beautiful. I should have photographed them when they arrived really - regrets! I love the packaging of the brushes too as I just think it's so simple and pretty. The colours are absolutely gorgeous. I took the pink one for myself and gave the green one to my mum who is also loving it.

With the brush you get a charger, a manual, a travel charger, the brush, and a travel case for taking it around with you. The charger and the brush fit perfectly into the case and not just the brush which is good as I'm always getting my wires tangled up. The travel charger is that little white part attached to the bottom of the brush in the picture above. I find it truly magnificent as you just pop the magnetic charger onto it and it charges - you don't plug it into the brush or anything. I feel like I'm in the future.

The idea of the brush is that you run it over your face daily but don't scrub it and it gets deep into your pores to give them a thorough cleanse. I've been using it on the sensitive mode but think I might use the normal mode now as my skin is adapting to it and also because Freshers week is not doing good things to my skin. You use the brush with your normal cleanser (I've been using the MAC green gel cleanser*) and moisturise afterwards and it should result in improved skin in 7 days.  

Here's some pictures of the differences in my skin from day one to seven. Sorry that the pictures aren't great and I look disgusting in most of them - I had a lazy week and obviously I couldn't wear makeup. My spots definitely improved and they were absolutely awful because I'd just got back from reading festival. I also think that using the Magnitone Lucid resulted in less oily skin for me which is brilliant because I struggle a lot with oily skin. It retails at £69.99 but is currently £49.99 at Superdrug so it might be worth getting it soon so you can get the discount. I think it's definitely worth the money and it's cheaper than competitors such as the Clarisonic cleansing brush.