Archive | January, 2011

Flawless.. absolutley flawless

29 Jan

When the lovely folk at Rimmel London agreed to send me a sample of the latest foundation I was thrilled.

My skin can be difficult when it comes to foundation, I frequently have to swap between liquid and mousse products to avoid the dried out look I can be prone to.

When the Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation dropped through my letter box this morning I had to try it immediatley.

Simple but effective packaging.

The bottle reads:
“Sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours. Enriched with a revitalising Mineral Complex and moistorising Aqua Primer. Skin feels energised and hydrated all day.”

Sounds promising huh? Foundation can often be a let down when the temperatures soar and I for one have to have basic make-up applied for a gym session. If this product lives up to its promise then it will guarantee itself a place in my make-up bag, permanently.

Without a scrap of make-up showcasing major dark circles.

Usually I apply a base of moistoriser before foundation but with this product there is no need. The lighweight formula is a moistoriser, concealer and foundation all rolled into one.

I decided to get the 103 True Ivory shade as I am naturally quite pale. I always apply fake tan and am a firm fan of bronzer but I believe a foundation must be as close to your natural skin colour as possible. On applying the foundation I was amazed to discover the dark circles under my eyes had disappeared, as had my blemishes without any need for concealer. I was also surprised to find that the foundation dried extremely quickly – a very good start.

After applying the foundation. Bye bye dark circles!

Occassionaly after foundation I will apply a powder for an even application but again it was not needed, so I went straight to the bronzing stage. My bronzer of choice is Rimmel London natural bronzer 021 Sun Light.

Can you tell the bronzer is well used?

As when using shampoo and the bottle tells you to achieve the best results to follow with the same brand conditioner, Rimmel London products compliment each other very well.

I used my Urban Decay Big Buddha Brush to apply the bronzer, which was drawn like a magnet to the foundation. Within seconds I had glowing skin, without it looking built up.

I followed with Rimmel London 004 Pink Rose powder blush to give a hint of colour to my cheeks and highlight my cheekbones. I loved the overall result, which was a casual, barely-there glow.

Another well used product!

As I am currently waiting to get my eyebrows waxed they are looking a tad unruly at the moment. To avoid the temptation to reach for the tweezers I simply fill them in with Rimmel London eyebrow pencil 001 Dark Brown. This gives them instant shape and definition and draws attention away from stray hairs.


This look is perfect for lazy weekends. It is just enough to make you feel good about yourself and not looked too overdone to pop to the shop for a pint of milk.

The most important promise given by the 25 hour foundation was that it is transfer proof (the collar of my cream coat can often get tinged with make-up) so I just had to test it. Enter a white towel.. just 10 minutes after the full make-up application described above I vigourously rubbed the towel against my face and…. NOTHING! Not even a slight tinge! I have high hopes that this foundation would pass the gym test with flying colours and I will definitley invest in another bottle when this one runs out.

The product is available in 11 shades and is available from Boots for the bargain price of £6.99 for a 30ml bottle.

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Peacock pride

14 Jan

My one pet hate is bare nails. Nail varnish is so cheap, quick and easy to apply that I believe there is simply no excuse! On average I paint my nails around 2 times a week. Most of the time I play it safe with red and pink shades but I do love experimenting with more controversial shades and over the past few years I have built up quite a collection.

Tonight I have tried 17’s Fast Finish Nail Polish for the first time. My shade of choice is Peacock, an eye-catching glittering turquoise that is perfect for the casual night out I have planned.

I was very impressed with this polish, it certainly lives up to its name and my nails were done and dry (not even slightly tacky!) within 10 minutes. Just two coats were needed for a nice even coverage and the colour looks even better on my nails than it did in the bottle – result!

I can’t wait to add some more fast finish delights to my collection – its a must!!

For lips that shine

13 Jan

As a teenager one thing I would not leave the house without was lipgloss. It was the first cosmetic item I could get away with wearing both at home and at school so I really went to town.

In my late teens I strayed from the gloss, preferring balm for a non-sticky, soft and natural look but in the past few months my obsession is back. With a bang.

Here’s a look at a few of my faves…

Bourjois eau de gloss Cosmic

This gloss is perfect for adding a bit of glitz and glam to the occasion. It’s a firm fave as it is non-sticky, very shiny (with glitter) and gives lips four hours worth of moisture.

Another winner about this gloss is the applicator – a thin brush, which allows for a controlled application.

FCUK oh so irresistible lip glosses – sweet coral

One quarter of a gorgeous gift set, this shade is wearable day or night as it isn’t too full on & the packaging is perfect for even the smallest of clutch bags! This gloss can be a touch on the sticky side, but for me the shade and the scent (slightly fruity) more than makes up for it.

17 Ultimate Volume – Pink Ice

Pink ice descibes the shade of this gloss perfectly. Now I’m back to being brunette I’m back faithfully to this gloss (its a bit too much with blonde hair.) The colour reminds me of bubblegum and so does the texture as it is quite thick but importantly not sticky!

What gloss do you rate or hate?