Monday, 31 January 2011

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

In my last Rimmel VIP delivery, I not only received The Max Bold Curves Mascara but also a bottle of their new foundation: Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. This hit the shops last week and is priced at £6.99.

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Now, I have a beauty blogger confession to make: I've never actually worn foundation . I think I may once have had a bottle of Collection 2000 foundation when I was 14 or 15 but I don't remember ever attempting to put it on my face, I think I just bought it because "grown ups wear foundation". I have pretty good skin most of the time and for some reason the idea of covering it in foundation kinda freaks me out. I think most of us get our first make-up tips from our mothers and as mine has never worn foundation I've never seen it as an make-up bag essential. I usually just use a pressed powder and concealer which I find gives enough coverage for me. "Foundation" gives me visions of a bright orange face and jaw-line tide marks. This is probably a bit of a stupid fear in 2011 as I'm sure foundations are now a million times better than this and most make-up wearing girls probably do use a foundation without ended up orange-faced. But still, I'm scared.

I requested the Rimmel foundation in "Ivory" which is the lightest available shade. I think it is a pretty good match for my pale skin:

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The colour and consitency of the foundation.

I decided to try out the foundation on my chin where I've had a nasty little breakout. I'd usually just put concealer over the offending spots and maybe a little pressed powder to set it. I applied the foundation with my fingers as I don't own a foundation brush/sponge. It was quite a thin formula and it disappeared into my skin without looking obvious or changing the colour of my face (phew!). My skin is a little on the dry side at the moment and it didn't make the dryness look worse or cake on my skin like I'd feared it would. The coverage is quite sheer so I still needed a tiny dab of concealer but much less than I'd apply if I were barefaced.

Check out the before and after:

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I can't really compare this to other foundations but this seemed like a pretty good, sheer coverage foundation. It didn't flake or wear off my skin during the day and although I only had it on for maybe 14 hours and not 25 (I'm not going to test it for 25 hours - there's no way I could stay up for that long these days and I always take my make-up off before bed) but it was long-lasting.

Do you wear foundation? Will you be purchasing Lasting Finish?

Rimmel are currently holding a competition where you can win one of 5,000 bottles of Lasting Finish - I've won a couple of Rimmel competitions so it's definitely worth entering!

This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
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Saturday, 29 January 2011

A Few Of My Favourite Things: January 29th

An extended "favourites" post today as I've got quite a bit to show you and this crappy weather has made getting decent pictures near impossible.

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1. Topshop Heeled Loafers
It was love at first site when I saw these on the Topshop website. By the time I actually got around to going to a store and trying them on, every colour had sold out in my size (37) apart from the patent black. I really, really wanted the tan...my mum phoned four stores to see if they had them and my dad even got involved with the shoe hunt, phoning the stores near where he worked but we had no luck. My mum said that all the SA's she spoke to were very helpful, Mary Portas - be impressed! I'm still in love with my black pair, they're really comfortable and look nice and smart so are helping my wardrobe to grow up stylishly.

2. Nails Inc for Diet Coke
Combining my love of Diet Coke and beauty freebies, these are my four polishes from this year's collection. I don't think I like the colours as much as last year's but they were free so I can't complain! There are loads of swatch posts of these shades, Leanne's are great. I think my favourite is "Heather Grey".

3. Fabulous! Models Own
This year's Fabulous make-up freebie. Not a bad little make-up bag for the £2 spent collecting the tokens. I've yet to actually use any of the make-up but I'll try to post some pictures when I get round to it. It always takes me ages to use new products...are you the same or do you start using new purchases straight away?

I made an Avon order last week as my mum's friend's 15 year old daughter is an Avon lady. I had a browse of the catelogue and bought a few basic bathroom-y bit and couldn't resisit this Colortrend heart-shaped lipstick:

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It was only £1! It's really sheer and the colour is much pinker than it looks in the tube and brochure swatches:

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Lastly, over the last couple of weeks I've signed up to both Lookbook and Chictopia. I was curious about the sites after seeing them on numerous other blogs and thought I'd give them a go. I'm not so sure about Lookbook (I don't like how all your outfit posts have a big fat "0" next to them until someone "hypes" you) but I really like Chictopia. Everyone is very friendly and it seems like a lot of users are "normal" girls. It's a great source of style inspiration and has definitely made me consider new ways of wearing clothes I already have.

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What are your favourite things this week?
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Max Bold Curves Mascara

As a mascara addict, I was delighted when I opened my first Rimmel VIP challenge of 2011 to find their latest mascara offering: The Max Bold Curves. I was also sent a bottle of their Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation which officially launced today (my review is on its way).

Rimmel say:

"Take curvy, bold lashes to the max with The Max Bold Curves Mascara. Not only will it give your flirtatious flutters up to 14x more volume, it will also create unmissable lashes with up to 70% more lift. Exclusive formula with collagen thickens lashes, while keratin helps to make them stronger, sleeker and shinier. And with our biggest, most curvaceous Bold-Lift brush, you can max out every lash in a flash! Big, bold curves are back, it’s time to flutter away girls."



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What do I think?

I always curl my lashes before applying mascara but this definitely enhanced their curl and really lifted my lashes upwards. I've never had much luck with curved brushes in the past but after a few tries, I really like this one as it really "grabs" my lashes and pulls them out leaving them defined and separated. I don't think this volumised my lashes as much as I was expecting it to but it definitely made them look longer by curling them upwards. I really liked how "black" this mascara was (some dry to a weird dusty grey) and how my lashes still felt smooth and glossy.

I'd recommend this to fans of large, bristle brushes (think Benefit Bad Gal, L'Oreal Voluminous, Maybelline Collossal) as its a great everyday mascara which enhances the curl of your lashes and gives a lovely uniform flutter.

Rimmel Bold Curves Mascara is available at Boots, Superdrug and ASOS. RRP £6.69.

Have you tried Rimmel Bold Curves?

I was send this as part of the Rimmel VIP program. All opinions of the product are my own.

PS. I've been playing around with the design of LilyLipstick - what do you think of the new header? I've grouped some of my reviews together in the left side bar so that they're easier to find and have also updated all my pages. Hopefully it all looks a little less chaotic now!
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Monday, 24 January 2011

Another Mascara Review: Miss Sporty Pump Up Lash

I'm sure you all know about my mascara obsession by now. Last week, while waiting for my ASOS delivery which never was (the courrier lost my parcel, by the time ASOS had got their act together most of the items I'd ordered were out of stock) Miss Sporty's latest mascara offering came through my letterbox. I subscribe to their newsletter (a relic from my Sugar-reading days) and last month entered a competition for Pump Up Lash mascara. I seem to be on a bit of a winning streak at the moment!

I haven't actually used a Miss Sporty product since I was 15. I usually walk straight past their stand in Boots as I don't think I'm really their target market anymore...however, when the mascara tube first slid out of the envelope I thought it was a Bourjois mascara - long gone is the tacky plastic packaging of my youth. This mascara retails for £3.99 so while their prices have increased it's still a bargain purchase.

The brush of the mascara is very big - similar to Benefit Bad Gal Lash or L'Oreal Voluminous. True to it's name, it leaves my lashes looking pumped up and immediately blacker and thicker. I only applied two coats and was surprised at how big a difference it made to my lashes. I'm definitley going to give this mascara a place in my everyday make-up bag and am so glad that I've discovered it.

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Have you tried any Miss Sporty products lately? What's your favourite bargain mascara?
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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Back To School

I had to wear a horrible, itchy woollen kilt when I was at school. For a few years after leaving, I couldn't even look at tartan clothing without memories of the offending garment coming back. Now, however, sufficient time has passed and I actually quite like tartan.

I found this skirt in the YMCA charity shop for £2. It's originally from Warehouse and I loved it so much I didn't even bother trying it on in the shop. It's actually a little on the short side, I haven't worn proper mini skirts for years so I did feel a little self-conscious in it...I think I'll wear it with leggings next time so that I don't feel quite so exposed. I definitely had a few more wolf whistles from builders the day I wore this so I'm not planning on wearing it on a day I want to be taken seriously.

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Skirt: Charity Shop (Warehouse)
Tshirt: M&S
Cardigan: New Look
Tights: M&S
Necklace: Freedom @ Topshop


Do you like tartan?
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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A Few Of My Favourite Things: January 19th

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1. NOTD with Barry M's "Fabulous" Polish. This was from last year's News Of The World make-up giveaway and was the first time I'd used this. Love the bright shiney red.

2. My first attempt at leopard print nail art - the dots are Nails Inc London and the black is L'Oreal Superliner sealed with a coat of trusty Seche Vite. Inspired by Gemfatale's leopard print tutorial.

3. Lee Stafford hair growth treatment (worth a try) and my first ever day cream. I've never used moisturiser on my face before but at the ripe old age of 23 I think I need to start.

4. Garnier Eye Roll-ons, 2 for £12 in Boots. Clearly I've been in a susceptible to gimmicks frame of mind this week but I've wanted to try these for a while.

5. My 2011 diary from Paperchase.

6. Best sales bargain EVARRR. Carvela heels for £19 from John Lewis.

What are your favourite things this week? And what would you wear the purple shoes with?
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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Drink, Shop & Do! [REVIEW - Afternoon Tea]

It was my mum's yesterday and for her birthday treat, I took her for afternoon tea at Drink, Shop & Do. Drink, Shop & Do is a cute vintage-style tea room in the King's Cross area of London where you can have cocktails, coffee or tea (Drink), browse the teacups, jewellry and sweets in the shop or even buy the furniture and crockery in the cafe itself (Shop) and play retro board games (Do).

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

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We started with a Ruby Shoes cocktail:

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And then had a pretty vintage cake platter filled with crustless sandwiches, lemon cake and chocolate brownies (my favourite):

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Followed by honeycomb ice-cream:

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And a little bag of sweeties to take home:

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My mum and I had a cocktail afternoon tea for two (I purhcased it on Groupon for £15) which was lovely. The staff were really friendly and appropriately dressed in gorgeous vintage clothing. The cafe had a very relaxed atmosphere and felt like the kind of place where you could happily spend the whole afternoon chatting and playing a game of Scrabble. The food was so yummy and made for a lovely sweet treat. I will definitely be going back and would reccommend it to anyone looking for a lunch or drinks spot with a bit of a difference.
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Friday, 14 January 2011

Winter Florals & Hair Boredom

I got this dress a while ago in the Primark sale (yes, I browse the sale rail, even in Primark). The headscarf is a more recent find, I love how it has a piece of wire sewn into it which keeps it in place really easily. I'm trying to do more interesting things with my hair rather than just pinning it off my face and headscarves are a really easy way to add a bit of interest to it.

I really need to get my haircut soon, it's been far too long and my hair feels realy blah at the moment. I'm almost definitely going to keep it long and just get it tidied up although I keep having thoughts of getting a radical cut or a fringe which will hopefully stop soon...every now and then I consider doing something completely different with my hair but I know I'd regret it if I did...I'm pretty lazy with my hair and don't really care for hair products or heat styling. All I do is wash it every 3-4 days with whatever shampoo and conditioner I can find and then tip my head upside down to rough dry it.

I actually used to have short hair and my hair used to consume my entire life what with dying it every couple of weeks (I've been practically every hair colour from blue black to platinum blonde), backcombing it and trying to get the perfect "emo fringe". I'm not sad that those days are over but I do sometimes miss making a statement with my hair.

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Chictopia

Dress: Primark
Headscarf: Diva (it might be available in Miss Selfridge in the UK, I got it from a Diva store in Australia)


Do you have any suggestions as to how I can overcome my hair boredom that don't involve doing anything radical?
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Warm and Thrifty

These are the first tripod shots that I've taken with my new camera. I'm still figuring out the best settings/lighting for outfit shots so these are a work in progress and I will hopefully have better pictures soon.

My outfit today features a thrifty find by my mum. My wardrobe is definitely lacking in warm jumpers so when she saw this knitted cardigan for £2 in a charity shop, she snapped it up for me. It's orignally from Topshop although I'm guessing its from a fair few years back as I haven't seen anything like this in there for a while.

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Chictopia

Dress: New Look
Cardigan: Charity Shop (Topshop)
Mittens: Topshop


Have you found any good charity shop bargains recently?
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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Review: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

I'm always on a quest to find the "perfect" mascara, even when I least expect it. Last month, I was browsing the duty free at Sydney airport, looking for something to spend my last few Aussie dollars on, when I came across the Australian issue of InStyle magazine which had Maybelline's Lash Stiletto mascara as it's freebie. I love magazines and I love mascara so this felt like a gift from the gods of Duty Free (and helped to momentarily cheer me up at the thought of leaving behind beaches and blue skies for sub-zero temperatures in England).

I've only just started using this mascara so thought I'd do a quick review post on it. The packaging is really sleek, especially when compared to some of Maybelline's other offerings (the bright yellow packaging has to be my least favourite thing about the otherwise fabulous Colassal). The brush is a traditional bristle wand but the bristles are arranged in a spiral formation instead of being evenly spaced. The wand is the perfect size for me, big enough to give good coverage in a few strokes but not too big that I end up with black splodges all over my face.

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Eye make-up: No 7 Instant Radiance Concealer, UDPP, L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss, Barry M black kohl pencil.

What else is good?

The brush nicely separates my lashes, fanning them out well. After a whole day of wear and being caught in an unexpected downpour (someone didn't watch the weather forecast this morning) it hasn't smudged or flaked.

What isn't so good?

While this is a black mascara, I think it looks slighly grey once dry on my lashes. It doesn't have that true glossy black finish so my lashes look a little dusty and dull. I don't think this mascara is as buildable as others...I didn't feel like I could put any more on my lashes than this without ending up in a clumpy mess.

Would I repurchase?

I'm such a mascara flirt and rarely repurchase the same one. I also prefer a more dramatic look and next on my list to try is Maybelline's Falsies.

Have you tried Lash Stiletto?
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Friday, 7 January 2011

And The Winner Is...

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Jodie!
Visit her lovely blog here.

Congratulations - I've emailed you so your prize will be on its way very soon.

Thank you to everyone who entered. I was really happy to see all your entries and favourite beauty products of 2010 :) And thank you all once again for stopping by my blog and reading my ramblings, it amazed me the day I saw that I had 10 followers so to have over 300 lovely readers makes me feel really proud.

Hope you enjoy your prizes Jodie!
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Products I'm Using Right Now

I saw this post on Blushingloves and thought that I'd give it a go too. I really like reading these and having a nosy at what everyone's using!

Face

Cleanser: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil or Boots Cold Cream to remove make-up, followed by Clinique Facewash.
Toner: None - my skin gets so dry in the winter so I don't feel like I need one. In the summer I use a Clean and Clear toner
Cream moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
Exfoliator: Soap & Glory Mitt/Body Shop Face Brush
Face Make up remover: No 7 Wipes or just the DHC Cleansing Oil

Body

Shower gel: Philisopy Cinnamon Buns or Nivea Happy Time Shower Cream
Body lotion/cream: E45 (super boring but the only thing that's not making my sensitive skin worse) and Nivea Happy Time Lotion
Hand cream: Don't use it (I need to start though, my hands look like old ladies at the moment, they're so dry)
Lip Balm: Clinique Superbalm in Currant
Perfume: Marc Jacobs Lola

Hair

Shampoo/conditioner: Lush Solid Shampoo in Seanik, James Brown Scandalous conditioner (came free with Glamour magazine)
Protection: Mark Hill Heat Protection Spray (when I remember to use it)
Hair mask: Don't use one but judging by the state of my hair, I need to start

Make-Up

Primer: No 7 Mattifying Make-up base
Foundation: Don't use it
Consealer: No 7 Instant Radiance under eyes, Rimmel Hide The Blemish
Powder: 17 Pressed Powder
Blush/Bronzer: Clinique All Over Colour in Plum Poppy, Nars Blusher in Nico to highlight
Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish in Sweetie
Lipgloss: Don't use it, I hate sticky lips.
Eyeshadow: Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque, Sleek Storm Palette
Eyeliner: L'Oreal Superliner in Carbon Gloss, Barry M Fabulous Kohl Pencil
Eyeshadow Primer: UDPP or Mac's Rubenseque Paint Pot
Eye lash curler: Miss Make-Up
Mascara: Maybelline Lash Stiletto (review coming soon)

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What are you currently using? If you've done this tag, link me to your post!

PS. My Giveaway has now closed and the winner will be announced asap - good luck and thank you to everyone who entered.
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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Snuggle Up

It's still ridiculously cold outside so most of my wardrobe has been neglected in favour of things that keep me warm. While I was having a sort out, I re-discovered this snood neck jumper that I purchased last year but only wore once before it got too warm to wear it - I'm so glad I found it:

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Please excuse the messy bedroom and mirror shots. My tripod was packed away before I went travelling and now I can't find it. Boo.

Jumper: New Look
Tshirt: H&M
Skirt: H&M
Leggings: C&A (Europes equivalent to Primark - I'm sure we used to have them in the UK too)

I also found some Lush Caca Rouge henna while having my sort out and decided to take the plunge and apply some to my hair. It was really easy to use and much less messy than I was expecting...I simply put the henna block in a tuppawear container, poured hot water over it and left it for 15mins to soften before mashing it all up with a plastic fork. It looked utterly disgusting so there are no photos. I then piled my hair into a high pony tail and put the henna just on the pony tail part (I guess you could call it henna ombre), popped a plastic shower cap on top and left it for around two hours while I watched a couple of episodes of Gossip Girl.

I wasn't really sure what to expect - I knew I'd be disappointed if my hair didn't change colour at all but I definitely didn't want bright red hair (I love red hair but as I have a lot of pink in my skin it really wouldn't suit me). The end result: my hair is really soft and shiney and the ends definitely have a reddish glow to them.

Have you ever tried Henna? And what are you wearing to stay warm and stylish in the cold?

PS. Don't forget to enter my Giveaway - it closes in 2 days!
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