Sunday, 27 June 2010

Review: Rimmel The Max Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara is one of my summer essentials. My lashes are naturally quite long and thick but are really fair so without a good coat of black mascara they're practically invisible!

I've tried a few waterproof mascaras in the past - many of which are not actually waterproof which slightly defeats the point when you're buying them to be worn in the sea/pool. I hadn't yet purchased a waterproof mascara for this summer so I was very excited to try out Rimmel's Volume Flash Waterproof mascara when it arrived in the post last week.

What does Rimmel Say?

Take big to the new MAX! New Volume Flash the MAX Waterproof Exclusive Quick setting ‘Lash Expand’ formula with Collagen to fatten and Keratin to strengthen. Lashes are pumped to full volume. Skinny to fat in 10 SECONDS FLAT. Our BIGGEST BRUSH EVER with unique ‘Perfect Fit’ technology for perfect loading of each lash. No clumps. 14 x lash volume with no clumps. Waterproof formula Easy to remove.

What do I think?

First impressions...I like the big brush on this mascara. It reminds me of Benefit's Bal Gal Lash and L'Oreal Voluminous. The bright pink packaging is slightly garish but this does seem to be a bit of a trend with drugstore mascaras at the moment and I do prefer bright pink to the yellow Maybelline Colossal. Also, as this is a summery make-up product, I'll let if off for being so bright and attention seeking.

The formula of this mascara is pretty dry, when I pull the brush out of the tube there's not much product to be seen on it. The mascara applies easily but it takes a good few strokes before I can see it on my lashes.

I definitely don't agree with the product's claim of 14 x lash volume, in fact, I don't think it really volumised my lashes at all. The look it gives is more what I'd expect from a lengthening or defining mascara.

Make-up used: No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer, Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque, L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss, Rimmel Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara

The big question: Is It Waterproof?

After wearing this mascara to a sweaty gym session, in the shower and over the last couple of days when London has been really, really hot I can say that it does live up to its waterproof claims. I also suffer from hayfever and have been rubbing my eyes quite a lot (as much as I try not to) and it hasn't smudged.

Unlike other waterproof mascaras, this is removed pretty easily. It didn't shift when I used a cleansing wipe but my Botanics eye make-up remover quickly removed it.

LilyLipstick rating: 7/10

I'd have ideally liked a bit more volume but the fact that this, for me, was waterproof and is easily removed is a big bonus. I'll probably only use this on days when I think I need a waterproof mascara it doesn't give as much volume as I'd ideally like. This mascara retails for around £6 so it's a good bargain and you won't feel too guilty if you only ending up using it for a two week holiday.

Which waterproof mascara is your favourite?

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me as part of the Rimmel VIP program. All opinions are my own.

NOTD - My First Attempt at Some Sort of Nail Art...

This is my first ever attempt at doing something with my nails other than just painting on a couple of coats of polish. I used 17 "Rose Manicure" as and then used Nails Inc for Diet Coke in "Milan" for the polka dots. I used the pointed end of a wooden cuticle stick to dot it on - it was actually a lot easier than I thought if would be and I'm pretty bad at normal nail polish application!

What do you think? I kind of wish I hadn't used red as when I quickly glance at my hands it looks as though my nails have a rash! I think next time I'll do a brighter base...what colour combinations do you think would work well together?

Saturday, 26 June 2010

You shall go to the ball!

After my previous post about my ball make-up, I had a couple of requests for pictures of my ball dress.

The dress is from the Patricia Field for M&S "Sex and the City" collection which I think came out in 2008. I picked up the dress in the January sales for £49! This one is a "Carrie" style but I also got a "Charlotte" too which I love and a "Samantha" which I ended up returning.

The Inspiration

My dress:

And, just for a bit of a more interesting post, here is my "Charlotte" dress. I can't find a picture of Charlotte wearing a style like it but she wore one very similar in season 5 or 6. The dress has a really pretty cut out back detail. I've worn this dress a few times as it's dressy but still formal and not too "fashion" for work events.

Complete with a Cosmo :)

And, finally, this is the Samantha dress - I didn't keep this one, as much as I really liked it, I thought that 2 dresses would be enough. Kinda wish I'd kept it now though as it was gorgeous. This had a peplum hemline, similar to this one here (actually worn by Carrie but this dress was definitely a "Samantha"):

Which one is your favourite?

I much prefered the styles of the SATC girls in the series, and even in the first film. The clothes they wore in the second film were just ridiculous..and don't even get me started on the plot of the second film...

Wednesday, 23 June 2010


I do love a blog post title with two acronyms in it!

This NOTD is the second nail polish I've used from the Diet Coke for Nails Inc collection. This is Paris. I applied one coat and finished with Seche Vete and it lasted 5 days which is pretty good for a dark colour. Sorry for the mess around my nails, I find the Nails Inc brushes really fiddly to use...

I also have a FOTN to show you - this was the make-up I wore to my graduation ball last week. I originally wanted to do something a little more adventurous but, as always, I completely ran out of time on the night to do my make-up and I knew it would be a long night so didn't want to have to worry about whether my make-up was sliding down my face...I went for a more dramatic variation of my usual look:

ELF Under Eye Concealer
Benefit You Rebel Light TM
Rimmel Renew and Lift Pressed Powder - True Ivory
Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer - Ivory
Sleek Face Contour Kit
Barry M Blusher - No. 6

17 Solo e/s - Beyond Bronze - in crease
Mac e/s - Honey Lust - on lid
17 Solo e/s - Walnut Pearl - outer corner
L'Oreal Superliner - Carbon Gloss
Benefit Bad Gal liner
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Benefit Eyebright - used as brow highlight

Clinique High Impact Lipstick - Red-y to wear

What's your usual night-time look? If, like me, you experiement with different make-up looks during the day - how do you make your evening look standout?

Friday, 18 June 2010

My First Paint Pot!

I ventured in to the Mac store this week planning to treat myself to a new Mac purchase. Nothing particularly grabbed my attention at first (the To The Beach collection was really pretty but nothing screamed "you need me!" so I bypassed that) and found myself looking at the Paint Pots. I've never tried cream eyeshadows before, apart from an incident long, long ago with a Maybelline baby blue cream shadow in a tube that comes to mind for all the wrong reasons...So, after opening all the little glass pots, comparing the colours and generally being indecisive I settled upon Rubenesque.

I love golden bronze eyeshadows, they bring out my blue eyes, don't ever clash with my outfit colours and look great for day and night so I stuck within this colour scheme. The Paint Pot was £13 and it looks like it'll last forever as the pot is really big.

Rubenesque is a really pretty, warm golden bronze. Here's what it looks like lightly swatched:

I apply it with my finger tip as I find that this is the best way to distribute the colour. I'm not usually a fan of make-up that you stick your fingers into (bit of a germ phobia going on here!) but as I'll only be using this is the mornings when applying my make-up with clean hands then it should be ok. I applied it over Urban Decay Primer Potion and it went on really smoothly. The colour can easily be build up to a stronger shade. I applied it all over my lid and for this EOTD applied powder shadow on top. I really like how it made my shadow pop more and it lasted all day long with no creasing. The Paint Pot also seemed to make my shadow stick to my lid better as there was no fall out even at the end of the day:

Products used:

No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer
Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque
L'Oreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow in Golden Sunset
17 Solo E/S in Beyond Bronze(My favourite budget eyeshadow)
L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Black
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Have you tried Paint Pots? What shades are your favourite? And how do you apply them?

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Review: Cellnique D'sensi Cream & Contour De-Puffy Jewel

A couple of weeks ago I was sent some products to review by Cellnique.

L-R: D'sensi Cream, Contour De-Puffy Jewel

I was sent D'sensi Cream. What Cellnique say:

A bio-curative formulation with Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract for extremely sensitive and delicate skin concerns. It calms discomfort and redness by neutralizing and protecting the skin’s reaction to harsh external conditions.
• Anti-inflammatory and anti-irritation
• Soothes and calms skin sensitivity
• Nourishes skin by moistening, preventing dryness and aging

What is it?

D'sensi cream comes in a round glass pot, the texture of the cream is very light and doesn't feel at all greasy. The cream has no discernible smell which is great for me as I don't like using perfumed products on my face or products which, while not being perfumed, have a weird chemically smell!

What do I think?

I applied this as a moisturiser at night and before make-up in the mornings. It left a really smooth finish so would be great as a base for make-up. I have quite sensitive skin and this didn't break me out or make my skin red and irritated like other moisturisers have in the past. I have quite pink cheeks naturally due to my sensitive skin which get worse when my skin's hot or irritated. This product has definitely calmed the redness and unlike most moisturisers I've tried this has been one of the few that I've noticed enough benefits from to continue using it. I think this would be a great moisturiser for sensitive skin or for anyone wanting a light, easily absorbed moisturiser. If you have very dry skin then it may not be moisturising enough.

D'sensi Cream costs $54 and Cellnique offer free international shipping for orders over $50.

I was also sent Contour De-Puffy Jewel. Cellnique say:

With its unique combination of Acetyl Tetrapeptide Gold Dipeptide and Rhodochrosite Extract, this breakthrough eye formulation helps alleviate eye puffiness and dark circles by increasing blood circulation and deep moisture the eye areas. Consists SPF15 which protects skin from again UVA and UVB rays.
• Reduces puffiness and dark circles
• Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Strengthens and regenerates skin tissues
• Soothes, softens, and hydrates the delicate eye-area skin
• Sun protection with SPF15

What is it?

The first thing I noticed about this eye cream is how large the product is - most eye creams come in teeny tiny pots or tubes whereas this is a nice substantial size so will last a long time and it makes it good value for money. The pump applicator is nice as it keeps the product hygenic - although it did take a bit of practice to dispense just the amount I need as a full pump is far too much for one application.

What do I think?

This clear gel has no smell at all. I patted it onto my eye area at night and before make-up. The gel feels really fresh and a few seconds after applying it I could feel it toning and tightening my skin. This lasted for a few moments before the cream sunk in. I suffer from hayfever in the summer so my eyes have been quite puffy and irritated lately (not helped by the copious amounts of mascara I apply and having to remove it all in the evenings!), this product is very gentle and hasn't made the irritation worse. I also suffer from dark circles which due to my pale skin look like purpley yellow bruises before I've applied lots of light reflecting concealer! I think this product has brightened them a little. The only downside to it is that it's not very moisturising so I've been alternating it a bit with a richer eye cream when the skin around my eyes feels drier. I really like how this product contains natural ingredients and that it has SPF 15 as many eyecreams don't. I'm really paranoid about premature aging and fine lines around my eyes so it's great this this provides sun protection as well as helping puffiness and dark circles.

Here's my eye before using Contour De-Puffy:

I'm wearing a No 7 Instant Radiance concealer and 17 Defining Mascara in this photo.

And here's one that I took today before putting make-up on:

I can definitely see a difference - it's annoying how the flash bleaches out my skin a was really difficult to get a photo where the dark circles actually showed up but I think they have got less noticeable.

Contour De-Puffy Jewel is $54.

Over to you...

Cellnique are offering my readers a sample of Skin Action Sebum Gel, 3ml, for the first 20 readers who email their full name, address and blog url (if you have one) to with the subject

If you send your blog's url you may get a chance to do a product review, too!

T&Cs: This offer ends one week after the date of this post. Sample will be delivered within 4-6 weeks.

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Cellnique for review purposes. All opinions are my own, as always :)

Saturday, 12 June 2010

More GLAMOUROUS Freebies?

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with benefit products but with this month's Glamour magazine freebies, I couldn't resist the chance to try out three different products for only £6!

The It Stick concealer is perfect for my skintone - hopefully I have a sharperner around somewhere that is big enough for it as I can imagine I'll use this a lot. I've never had a product like Eye Bright before so this is the one I was the most interested to try out...I used it yesterday on the inner corners of my eyes and on my brow bone and really liked the effect. It brightens my eyes without looking like I've done anything make-up wise. My mum picked up a copy with the Bad Gal liner so I'm looking forward to trying that out next time I see her (if she doesn't claim it for herself first!)

Did you pick up any of the Benefit/Glamour freebies?

I also got the More magazine Dazzle Dust offer. I don't usually buy More but for only 80p for the magazine it was definitely worth picking up! I ghose No.3 Golden Pink. I only have one Dazzle Dust at the moment and while I love it I find the loose pigment quite messy so thought a lighter shade may get a bit more love as the fall out from the shadow won't be so messy! I tried out this shade today and it's really pretty.

What's your favourite Dazzle Dust? And do you have any tips for applying them?

Friday, 11 June 2010

OOTD + NOTD: 90s and Neutrals?

While the weather may be dull and grey, my outfit today was rather bright! I don't usually wear this much colour but quite liked this look. I felt rather 90s with the colourful tights paired with the acid wash skirt - I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not...have the 90s come back yet?! Either way, these tights always get a few double takes and sometimes its fun to step out of your fashion comfort zone.

Tshirt: Zara
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Miss Selfridge

And I finally got around to using one of my Nails Inc for Diet Coke polishes. I chose London as I love the shade and it's a nice neutral which is what such a bright outfit needed. I found the polish quite hard to apply, the big lid wasn't easy to work with and the thin brush meant that the polish went on streaky no matter how careful I was. Not too impressive considering these are meant to retail for £11.50...however, a quick coat of Seche Vete later and it looks smooth and shiney. I'm so glad I invested in a bottle of it.

What did you wear today? Outfit and nails - I'd love to know :)

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Nails of the Summer

Until I started blogging I wasn't particularly into nail polishes - I had about 10 that I'd owned for a while and while I always, always had painted toes I didn't paint my finger nails very often. Now, I'm hardly ever not wearing nail polish - I think my hands look weird without it and my nails definitely split and peel less with polish on.

I recently have added to my collection with some gorgeous new polishes:

First up - the Nails Inc Diet Coke collection. My mum and I both are slightly addicted to Diet Coke and between us, we collected the four shades:

L-R: New York, Milan, Paris and London

I've not actually got around to using any of these yet! My favourite is London, it's a gorgeous minky beige which will look great in summer with a bit of a tan. I alredy own two Nails Inc polishes that came with Glamour magazine - I can't say I was too impressed with those, one is very poorly pigmented and the other chipped like crazy after only one day...I'll let you know if these are any better! I would've bought the Diet Coke anyway!

Next up, as a Rimmel VIP I got sent four(!) of their 60 Seconds nail polishes:

L-R: Style Hunter, Coral Crush, Fast and Fuchsia, Purple Reign

I really like the brush of these polishes, it's similar to the Bourjois 60 seconds brush and means that most of my nails can be done in one stroke. I'm not the best at applying polish so this is great! The polish dries quickly and "Style Hunter" lasted 5 days without chipping although the colour did seem to fade a bit. I found that Style Hunter only needed one coat whereas with the other shades I needed two to get the colour looking the same as the bottle. The polishes are quite shimmery but this is less noticeable after the second coat.

Here's what they look like on:

What are your favourite nail polishes for summer?

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

FOTD: Day-time Dramatics

We all know the "rules", right? Strong eyes OR strong lips. Smokey eyes are for night time only. I'm sure there are many other beauty "rules" out there. Break them!

Here for daytime I paired a soft smokey eye with red lips - I really like this look. Dramatic but not over-the-top.

Make-up used:

Face -
No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer (undereyes)
Rimmel Renew and Lift Pressed Powder
Sleep Contour Kit in Light
No 7 Blush in Apricot (from my palette)

Eyes -
NYX Smokey Eye Palette
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Lips -
Clinique High Impact - Red-y to Wear

Do you like a dramatic look for the day?
And what beauty "rules" do you think should be broken?

Monday, 7 June 2010

Hello Summer!

While the weather may not have been particularly summery today, for me, summer has officially begun! I had my last exam today. My last EVER exam. I still can't quite believe it, three years of uni, all over!

So to celebrate the end of it all, I'm swapping my reading material of choice and saying bye-bye to law notes:

And HELLO to magazines! Heat and More were on special offer so couldn't resist them! I love the free Reiss bag that came with Elle - I always use these as my beach bags during the summer, and they really remind me of being 15 and magazine free gifts being the best. thing. ever. I also picked up Tatler with the free sunglasses - I only ever buy this issue of Tatler but I do like to flick through the magazine pretending that I'm a society lady and the free sunglasses are always pretty good. I've had a pair of them for the past couple of years and I always take them on holiday with me - really oddly, I like to wear sunglasses in the sea and there's no way my Alexander McQueeen beauties are getting anywhere near scrach-causing sand! I won't be too upset about scratching these ones as there's always a new pair to look forward to next year!

What do you think about magazine freebies? Found any great ones lately?

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

EOTD - beach inspired

With summer finally here (let's hope!) I felt inspired to do a beach-y eye look today. I hardly ever use Dazzle Dusts as they can be pretty messy but I was inspired to reach for mine today after reading Caz's post on the free Dazzle Dust offer with the next issue of More magazine.

Make-up used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion - on lid
No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer - under eye
L'Oreal Wear Infinite e/s in Golden Sunset - on lid
Barry M Dazzle Dust in 80 - outer corner
L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in black

What's your favourite summer eye look?

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Tagged Again & I'm A Winner, Baby!

I got home on Saturday to discover a little package waiting for me - I love getting surprises in the post. I ripped it open to find I'd won a Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick - I get their email newsletter and it always has competitions on it where they give away LOTS of goodies, I've won a couple of things before from them! I received the shade "Stare At Me":

It's a bit darker in real life than in the picture. It's a gorgeous colour, really pigmented - I was pleasantly surprised at the colour payoff. Straight out the tube it's a little dark for me but I've been applying it with my finger as a stain and putting some lipbalm on top and it looks really nice - a "my lips but better" shade. The packaging is quite 80s...shiney pink and gold but I quite like it! The only thing I'm not so keen on is the smell of this lipstick (it's got a strange, artificial smell to it) but you don't notice that once its on. Considering I won this and so didn't choose the shade I'm pretty impressed with it!

I was also tagged by the lovely Caz to do this:

1. What shoe size are you?

I'm a 4.5 which is really annoying for shoe shopping on the highstreet as I'm right inbetween sizes! M&S and Nine West are my favourite for shoes though as they both do half sizes - Nine West have gorgeous heels and M&S shoes are so affordable and The Limited Collection ones are amazing!

2. Where do you work?
I'm a student but I have a part time job as a receptionnist. Before uni I worked in John Lewis in the shoe department. (Can you tell that I rather like shoes?!)

3. Favourite piece of clothing you own?
My Patricia Field for M&S "Carrie" corsage dress - you can see a bit of it in the picture on the right sidebar.

4. Your favourite blog?
I couldn't pick one favourite!

5. Do you have any pets?

At my parents house I have a canary called Sonny. He doesn't photograph too well through his cage but here he is:

6. How many siblings do you have?

7. If you could live anywhere where would it be?
I love living in London but I'd also love to live in NYC (but only in the summer, I hate cold winters) or the south of France.

8. What were you doing before this?
Eating some strawberries and checking emails.

9. What’s your favourite food?
I love sushi and Wagamama, especially "Wagagmama Raamen".

10. Do you have a middle name?

11. Your favourite websites?
I like for fashion and beauty bits, and the for celebrity gossip.

I'd like to tag:
YOU if you're reading this and haven't done it yet!
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