Wednesday, 26 February 2014

rimmel stay matte powder

Hi everyone!

Another review today. This time I'm posting about my powder of choice at the moment, the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. I bought this product after seeing Tanya Burr rave about it multiple times (didn't we all?!). She's talked in the past about having oily skin which I have too, so I thought this would be worth a try.

rimmel stay matte powder

There are two words that I can use to sum up how I feel about this powder: it works. It does exactly what it says it will do, keeps my skin matte and also smooths my skin-tone out a little. Admittedly it doesn't last a full day - for me around 8:30 to 10pm - but I don't really expect it to last over 12 hours without touch-ups, especially with my very oily skin. I can either touch up during my lunch break, or just go through the day as normal and then get shiny in the evening - which is fine for most days anyway. I've found that although I'm not exactly light-handed on how much product I need to use each day, it doesn't look cakey and also one pan lasts me a good few months.

rimmel stay matte powder

The next challenge for this powder will be seeing how it holds up in summer - I first bought this in late September so it's mostly helped me through the colder months so far. I expect I won't be able to skip the lunchtime touch up, but other than that I don't foresee too many problems. 

I have already repurchased the product once or twice, and probably will keep doing so as I have no real reason to look elsewhere. In short, it helps my skin stay matte, and from a product with a name like that, I can't ask for much more. The powder is £3.99 from Boots here, and I would tend to wait and purchase it on 3 for 2 with some other essentials, which makes it even cheaper.

Have you tried this powder? Did you get on well with it? 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

the body shop camomile sumptuous cleansing butter

Hi everyone!

I've been putting off writing this post for the longest time. I bought the Camomile Sumpuous Cleansing Butter back in October after seeing it on quite a few blogs. I took photos ready to blog about my own opinions of it, but I just haven't known what to write.

I finished the tub of it a few days ago, so if I didn't write this post now, I would throw the tub away and forget to ever do it. What I've decided to do is post about this purely as a makeup remover, and nothing else. I'll explain why later...

the body shop camomile sumptuous cleansing butter

So, as a makeup remover, I LOVE this product. I always make sure to wipe my face with a toner soaked cotton pad after cleansing, and when using this cleansing butter there is never anything on my cotton pad. It literally removes every piece of makeup on my face - no matter how heavy my eye makeup or how much mascara I have on - after using the butter, it's all gone. Now I don't review many skincare products because I don't really know what I'm talking about, so I won't go on, but I was just really impressed by how easily all of my makeup was removed. 

the body shop camomile sumptuous cleansing butter

I've never used a product anything like this before, always stuck to gels, creams and so on, so I didn't really know what to expect, but I'm so happy I tried this! It's a solid, oily product to start with, which melts almost straight away once you rub it onto your face. As it comes into contact with the skin, you can see all the makeup being... melted? dissolved? I don't know what exactly it does, but it does it well! Then I just rub it off with a warm flannel, and in a few swipes everything is gone.

Now the reason I hesitated about posting this, is because when it comes to skincare benefits, I really have no idea if this was any good for my skin. I definitely wouldn't say it made anything worse, but I just don't know if it actually did anything besides remove all my makeup. My skin is pretty troublesome so in an ideal world, this product would help with that. That being said, my skin felt hydrated after use, I never had any problems with it feeling tight or stripped once dried. I received the Emma Hardie cleansing balm that the blogging world raves about, so that's in the pipeline to be tried out. If I don't notice anything great with the EH balm, I will definitely repurchase this Body Shop one, because the makeup removal side is just so impressive.

If you are in the market for a really thorough makeup remover, I would 100% recommend this every time.

The cleansing butter costs £12 - here - which I think is reasonable enough anyway, but I bought this on a 30% off code or something like that, which TBS seem to email out fairly often. So that makes this even better value!

All in all, a bit of an inconclusive, rambly post. Sorry about that!

If you have any experiences with this product and how you got on with it, I would love to hear them!

Friday, 14 February 2014

valentine's nails

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just a quick post to show you my Valentine's nails this year. I have to admit, this is basically exactly the same as what I did last year - post here - except the hearts are a different way round! I did try to attempt the dotty heart look from this post by Sabrina at A Little Obsessed but it just went horrendously wrong so I went back to an easy look just so I would have something on my nails.

Valentine's Nails

(When holding my hand out in front of me, the hearts are the right way up!)

Simple and quick, this was the best I could come up with in the short time I had, but I don't think it turned out too bad in the end!

Polishes used:
W7 White, Barry M Retro Red, Barry M Gelly Grapefruit, Essie Penny Talk, Essie No Place Like Chrome.

Hope you're all having a lovely Valentine's, whatever you're doing :)

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

ebay makeup brushes

Hi everyone!

This post has been in the making for a few months now - ever since this post from Makeup Savvy, to be precise.

I'm firmly in the 'you can never have too many makeup brushes' camp and so the price of these brushes made it a no brainer. As it happened, I was lucky enough to receive them for Christmas, however I'm seriously considering buying more for myself. And here's why...

Ebay Makeup Brushes

I was kind of expecting decent quality after reading Fee's post, but I didn't expect them to be quite so soft! They feel just as high quality as my Real Techniques brushes - which I also love - and when comparing with my eyes closed, I can't tell the difference (aside from the different shapes). They are all so soft! That's something that came as a really pleasant surprise.

Ebay Makeup Brushes

The set I got was the 10pc for £10.12, so roughly £1 per brush, which includes 5 face and 5 eye brushes.So far I've found a use for all but one brush (and I know what I would use that one for, I just haven't needed to yet).
Ebay Makeup Brushes

So first up the face brushes. Left to right here's what I've been doing with them (using the names from the eBay listing):

The Tapered Kabuki has been used to blend in concealer under my eyes and then apply powder to the same area. In general it's just good for getting into smaller areas that the larger brushes can't quite get to.

Then there's the Flat Kabuki. This is the one I haven't used yet, but I would be using it for foundation if I was to use it. It may also come in handy for cream face products, but I've not tried that out yet.

The Round Angled Kabuki is my blusher brush, pretty straightforward really. It's angled nicely and applies product right where I need it.

The Flat Angled Kabuki is what I use for blusher during the week. I find this is better for applying a little less blush, which is what I'm aiming for when I'm at work - not wanting to look like I have much makeup on, but also not wanting to be asked if I'm feeling ill! I guess it's because the bristles aren't as dense, that this applies a lighter wash of colour.

The Round Kabuki is my favourite. I haven't applied foundation with anything else since I got this. Before I received this set, I was using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, as I'd been preferring it over the Buffing Brush. I kind of see this brush as the Expert Face Brush, and the Flat Kabuki as the Buffing Brush, which is why I haven't tried out the flat version yet. What I like about this brush is that it's not too large, so I can apply foundation easily to my whole face, and it buffs it in beautifully.

Ebay Makeup Brushes

And these are the eye brushes. I won't go through these individually as Fee described the uses of them perfectly, all I'll say is that the one she uses for concealer, I've been using for eyeshadow in the outer corner and for blending. The flat top ones though I've found so useful with my Maybelline Colour Tattoos - I hadn't worked out a way to use them without making a mess of my fingers, so these brushes have really helped.

Overall I am incredibly happy with these brushes, so much so that like I said I'm considering buying another set as a backup (read: to help me leave longer between washing them. Sorry!). I also noticed they have a few other different sets, an eye set and a travel set that look tempting, as they are also great value. It seems that so far, eBay is tying with Real Techniques for my 'favourite makeup brush brand' award. And I never thought I'd say that...

Do you have any experiences with eBay makeup brushes to share?

Hope you liked!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

spotty nails (again)

Hi everyone!

Firstly I feel I should apologise for this post. It seems my go to nail look at the moment is dots. I wanted to do something different this time, but decided I just didn't have enough time. Anyway, on with the post...

Last weekend I went on a company weekend away, so I wanted to make sure my nails were presentable. I find that the Barry M gelly nail paints last longest for me, so I knew I wanted to use them. I then couldn't decide on which colour to use, so I just went for all the ones I own!

Spotty Nails with Barry M Gelly Paints

So as you can see the result isn't anything special, but I tried to make it a little different to normal. The colours are showing a little washed out here but you get the overall idea. I don't have much to say about these nails really, other than I liked them! I've spoken before about the Gelly formula from Barry M - see here - and how much I like them, and I've added two to my collection since that post - I've restrained myself(!)

Colours used were: Papaya, Grapefruit, Prickly Pear, Greenberry, Key Lime and Guava, on a base of Lychee.

That's all from me today, hope you liked!