Mascara Clear Out

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If you read my blog regularly you’ll know I love mascara and I own more than I need. Recently I looked through my stash of mascaras and decided it was time to use as many as I could, these seven are the ones I’ve finished so far.

Rimmel Rockin Curves was a bit of a let down. The main downside to this mascara was the shape of the wand, it really didn’t do anything for my lashes. I can’t remember where I got the mini Clinique High Impact, I think it was from a Bonus Time gift with purchase. I absolutely love this mascara, it gives volume, length, holds a curl and it doesn’t smudge or flake and I really recommend it. I love it and I always buy it if I have a special occasion. Next up is Rimmel Retro Gram, it’s a good mascara, I used it up and it was good but I doubt I would repurchase it. Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof is a fantastic mascara, it gives so much volume but it doesn’t clump. Max Factor Brightening Mascara, I didn’t even finish it. It just did nothing for my lashes because it was brown. It could be a great mascara because the wand is a good shape but I like my mascara to be super black. Barry M is never a brand to look to for mascara but the Lash Vegas mascara was surprisingly good, I particularly liked the small wand but it didn’t hold a curl but my lashes are very difficult to curl. Finally, we have the extreme version of the Rimmel Retro Glam, I don’t think there is any different between this and the original formula and I don’t think I would repurchase it.

Have you tried any on these mascaras?

Striped Nail Art

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I’m not particularly talented at nail art but I like to try, this vertical stripe design took me longer than I care to admit but I think it looks pretty. I use two Rimmel shades, Pillow Talk and Lose You’re Lingerie. I love both these shades and I have full posts on both shades.

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What do you think?

Rita Ora For Rimmel Breakfast In Bed

Rimmel Breakfast In Bed rita ora mint nail polish swatch

Breakfast In Bed is a pretty mint green shade. In the bottle it looks like there is shimmer but once it’s applied on the nail I really can’t see it, not even under bright sunlight. I know some pastel shades can be difficult to paint because they go on streaky but this didn’t, I painted one thin coat first and then one slightly thicker coat.

Rimmel Breakfast In Bed rita ora mint nail polish swatch

Rimmel Breakfast In Bed rita ora mint nail polish swatch

Everyday Face #2

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Recently I’ve been opting for a quick “no makeup, makeup” look. I’ve been loving the Bourjois CC Cream, it’s just a lovely product. It provides just enough coverage for day wear and it looks really natural on the skin. For concealing my under-eye dark circles, I’ve been relying on my trusty Nars Radiant Concealer. I love this concealer, it’s the best concealer I’ve ever used. For blusher, I’ve gone back to my Max Factor Creamy Blusher, it’s one of the best cream blusher I’ve ever used. It lasts all day and the shade, Soft Pink, is really pretty. For eyes, I’ve been using my nude eyeliner to tightline, it really opens the eyes and it makes me look more awake and then finishing off with my new mascara love, the Bourjois One Seconde Mascara. Finally, for lips I’m still wearing my Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure, I’ve wore it that much, it’s almost ran out!

Rimmel Rockin Curves Mascara

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A few days ago it was the 180th anniversary of Rimmel London and to celebrate their birthday, the price of their mascara was reduced from £6.99 to £1.80 for three hours so obviously I had to buy one!

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The wand is this mascara major’s selling point because the shape is unusual, I’m pretty sure this mascara is only one of its kind. It’s curved and I’ve seen online it described as a broken love heart. The idea is the wand can grab each and every lash from root to tip giving amazing volume and curl. The mascara is good but I’m not sure if I’m sold on the wand shape. I find it quite difficult to get in at the roots and I find myself doing a section of lashes as time.

In terms of colour, this is the Extreme version and it is very black but it’s not blacker than any other mascara I’ve tried. It doesn’t flake or smudge but it doesn’t last that great during the day. I find shortly after I’ve put it on that my curl has dropped and what volume I had is gone so my lashes look like how they usually look. The effect is just a bit nothing. I do get a little bored of the Extreme versions of Rimmel mascaras, I wish they would launch a waterproof version instead of Extreme Black shade.

Overall, not the best mascara I’ve tried but not the worst and I can’t complain I only paid £1.80 for it.

Everyday Face #1

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I go through phases of wearing the same makeup everyday before I finally change the products in my makeup. Until today, these products have been pretty much the only products I’ve been wearing so I thought I would give you quick rundown of what I’ve been wearing.

Illamasqua Skin Base has became my holy grail foundation, it’s really buildable and it’s not at all heavy or cakey on the skin. I particularly love this foundation because it is one of the few foundations which is pale enough for me. For my under eye dark circles, I love the Nars Creamy Concealer. It’s the definitely the best concealer I’ve ever tried and it’s worth all the hype. For blush, I’ve gone back to my trusty Benefit Dandelion. I’ve used this blusher for years and I still love it. It’s perfect for a really subtle pink flush and it’s not too bright or too shimmery. For eyes, I’ve been apply a wash of Benefit’s Creaseless Cream in Birthday Suit, it’s a lovely grey bronze shade that’s perfect for everyday and it doesn’t budge. I’ve also been using the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in black to tightline my eyes to make my lashes look thicker and finally a few coats of the Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara. I do like this mascara but it’s not one of my favourites, I’m just trying to use up all the mascaras in my stash!. For lips, I’ve been loving the Revlon Lacquer Balm in Damsel, it’s the most perfect pink nude, I know I’ll be repurchasing this when this one runs out.

What’s your current everyday products?

Rita Ora for Rimmel Nail Polish in Lose Your Lingerie

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There’s not much I can say about this polish. It’s a white toned baby pink polish, I think is a good shade if you want a pink but not a sickly, girly pink because it’s got  strong white base. Like Pillow Talk, there is a shimmer in the bottle but it doesn’t translate on the nails. Unlike the other two I have, I found this a little thick and gloopy but I just took care to make sure I painted two really thin layers.

Rita Ora For Rimmel Nail Polishes

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A few weeks ago the collaboration between Rita Ora and Rimmel went on sale and I immediately went to my local to find the three polishes I had my eye on. There are about twelve polishes in the collection but there was only three I really wanted. Pillow Talk is a beautiful baby blue shade which is perfect for spring. Lose Your Lingerie is a gorgeous baby pink with a lovely shimmer running through it. Breakfast in Bed a lovely green toned mint shade. The polishes are part of the 60 Seconds range, I think they are pretty fast drying, I haven’t timed it but they do dry really quick and the brush is a wide brush like the Salon Pro range.

Over the next few days I’m going to post the pictures of the polishes on my nails because I’ve worn them all know. The polishes are currently on offer for £2 on ASOS, the normal price is £3.69 and they’re one 3 for 2 in Boots.

Monochrome with Lilac Nails

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Over the past couple of days I’ve rediscovered my nail dotting tools. If you want to get into nail art, I can’t recommend dotting tools enough, they make it super easy to get a pretty pattern on your nails and I love how dots look on the nails. I don’t think much needs to be said about this design. I used Rimmel’s black nail polish, Model’s Own white polish and Barry M’s Berry Ice Cream for the lilac dots.

What do you think? Do you look dotty nail art?


Rimmel Retro Glam Mascara

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This mascara has a little bit of a history with me, I bought this when it originally launched and I only used it a couple times before I lost it, instead of repurchasing it, I bought the Extreme version and I liked it. But then, I received the original Retro Glam in my Christmas Stocking!

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When I bought the Extreme version, I could see no difference between the original and the Extreme. I think both are fantastic for giving real volume and almost a false lash look. The wand is good for catching all the lashes, the hourglass shape seems to hold the lashes well and helps give a bit of a curl. It lasts about eight hours, it doesn’t flake off, it just seems to disappear. I think both are great mascaras and I would recommend them to anyone but I don’t think there is any difference between the two versions.

I think Rimmel has really stepped up its game in the last two years, their products have been consistently good and I think they’re giving high end brands a run for their money!