Rimmel Colour Rush & Revlon JBK Balm Stain | Lip Crayons Part 2

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Rimmel Colour Rush Balm ‘Keep Mauving’/ ‘Touch of Mauve’

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm ‘Not an Illusion’ / ‘Nudest’

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ‘Lovesick’

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ‘Romantic’

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The Rimmel Colour Rush Balms are shiny and moisturising, with sheer to medium, slightly patchy colour payoff. The shades in the range vary from everyday, wearable shades to brighter, more intense colours. They smell like vanilla, and at £5.99 they’re one of the most purse-friendly ranges of lip crayons. Love.

The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are less shiny and less moisturising than others I’ve tried, but they have an intense colour payoff and a lovely satin finish. They can be more difficult to apply, particularly after a couple of uses when you’ve lost the lip-liner-esque tip, but they don’t normally have to be touched up throughout the day. They’re definitely closer to a stain than a balm, so I think the incredibly long name is slightly unnecessary. Honey (balm stain), Demure (lip lacquer), Whimsical (lip lacquer) and Elusive (lip matte) are on my wish list (£7.99 each).

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense | Lip Crayons Part 1

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense | Lip Crayons Part 1

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense £17, Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick £8, Rimmel Colour Rush Balms £5.99, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain £7.99, Bourjois Colour Boost Crayons £7.99

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Grandest Grape, Heftiest Hibiscus, Mightiest Maraschino

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The Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Crayons are amazingly pigmented, shiny, long-wearing and moisturising. There are eight shades available (£17 each) in this range, but there are sixteen original Chubby Sticks which are sheerer and don’t last as long but are still very shiny and moisturising.

Have you tried these? What are you favourite shades?

Currently Loving #2

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Lazy Makeup Days

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo £13

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream £10

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10 Beige £32

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Veloute De Peche £7.99

Real Tecnhiques Powder Brush £12.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent £3.99

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers £20

Urban Decay Primer Potion £16

GOSH Round Eyeshadow Brush £6.99

Barry M Shadow and Blush Palette in Natural Glow £7

Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black £3.99

Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm £5

I’ve been incredibly lazy with my makeup recently. I’ve pretty much been wearing the absolute minimum on days when I actually leave the house, or just using lots of skincare when I’ve been staying at home.

The products I’ve been getting the most use out of are La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which I just dab onto spots two or three times a day. I’ve used nearly a whole tube of this, and I still can’t decide if I love it, but I’m planning on trying Effaclar Duo Plus when this runs out so maybe I can pull together a review. The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (haul) has become an absolute favourite in my skincare drawer- it leaves my skin soft and moisturised, but not at all greasy. On days when I need to wear makeup, I’ve been blending Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua over my skin, just for that little bit of coverage. This shade (the lightest one available) is too dark for me, so I just use a tiny amount and really blend it with my fingertips. At this point, I use a little bit of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion over my eyelids to make the eyeshadow application a little easier. I’ve then been using the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply a little bit of Bourjois Veloute de Peche onto my cheeks, just so I look a little bit more alive, and then using a couple of matte eyeshadows from Barry M’s Natural Glow Palette (review) with a GOSH Eyeshadow Brush on my eyes for a little bit of colour and definition. I then curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (of course) and tight line my eyes with the Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black, just to make my eyelashes look a little thicker.  I then dust a little bit of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent all over my skin with a Real Techniques Powder Brush to set everything, and then finally been using Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm for a little bit of shine.

What do you love for lazy makeup days?

Currently Loving

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Becca Ever Matte Perfecting Primer £28

Real Techniques Stippling Brush £10.99

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelein £6.99

Real Techniques Contour Brush (part of the Core Collection) £20.99

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Fair £13 (but watch out for sales!)

Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush (part of the Duo Fibre Collection) £23.99

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers £20

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR in Permanent Taupe £4.99 (buy one get the 2nd half price)

Maybelline Gel Liner in Black £7.99 (but one get the 2nd half price)

FASH Makeup Brushes (Small Angled and Pointed Liner Brush) (currently unavailable, but there are other FASH Brush Sets on Amazon)

Soap&Glory Lid Stuff in What’s Nude £10 (3 for 2) 

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Patisserie £15

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist £8 (3 for 2)

I haven’t written a post in a while so I thought I’d do a little ‘FOTD’ kind of thing. I guess this is kind of like a makeup favourites post too because these are the products I’ve been using pretty much everyday for the past couple of weeks. I hope this is kind of interesting! –

First of all, I use a tiny amount of Becca Ever Matte Perfecting Primer just on my nose and chin, applied with my fingertips. I’ve never really been big on primers but this is honestly the only thing that calms down my super-oily skin, especially at this time of year. I then use a little bit of Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush– this foundation is super-pale, doesn’t oxidise and has a lovely satin finish. I’m thinking it’s probably one of my all time favourite foundations, even compared to my more expensive options. The Stippling Brush is amazing, too. I sometimes find that if I have a spot and I just try and apply foundation with my fingertips (or even the RT Buffing and Expert Face Brushes), the product will kind of settle around the spot, but not cover it. The Stippling Brush, however, is magical and creates an airbrushed but very light coverage finish. Next, I use The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Fair to do a little bit of contouring with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. This bronzer is amazing for fairer-skinned girls because it’s matte, pale and slightly cool toned.Love. Next up is eyes, and first of all for eyes, I use the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers to sort out my poker straight eyelashes, then I work a little Maybelline Color Tattoo (reviewin Permanent Taupe onto my eyelid and the blend it out at the edges with the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush. If I’m being really fancy, I’ll then tight line my eyes with Maybelline Gel Liner and my Fash Eyeliner Brush– I’ve found this is so much better than tight lining with a pencil because it literally does not budge (but that’s nothing a little olive oil on a q-tip at the end of the day can’t fix). I then take some of Mudhoney (matte brown, review)from the Soap&Glory Lid Stuff quad on the back of my hand, mix it with a teeny tiny bit of Vaseline and then use the Fash Angled Liner Brush to add a little shape to my eyebrows. Finally, I’ve been loving a little bit of MAC Patisserie which is a beautiful pink-brown nude  (I’ve found this is perfect if your natural lips are quite pigmented for just toning things down a little) and then sometimes using a teeny bit ofSoap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist for a little bit of shine.

Holy crap this post turned out longer than I expected.

If you like this kind of post then please let me know! I was thinking of making it a monthly thing as a way to remind myself to mix up my everyday routine. Have you tried any of the products I mentioned?

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Too Faced Natural Eye Palette

Introducing what may be the prettiest little palette in my collection-

The Too Faced Natural Eye Kit.

This beautiful set of nine shadows arrived on my doorstep this morning, so I thought I’d snap a few pictures and write a little review while it’s stillon sale at Escentual.

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Isn’t it lovely?! I’m a little bit obsessed with the way the shadows are organised- the top row features three very neutral ‘Day’ shades, the middle row has metallic, rosy ‘Classic’ shades and the bottom row of ‘Fashion’ shades is glittery and dark with a little more colour.

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The kit also comes with three little cards explaining how to use each row of colours. I think they’re really cute and they actually make sense, unlike some of the other colour charts I’ve seen on eyeshadow palettes.

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These little cards tuck neatly into the packaging- thank god, because otherwise I would have lost them in temper by now. Speaking of packaging, what do you think? I really like this decorative little cardboard box. It feels pretty durable but it is quite boxy, maybe not the best thing to throw in your handbag or travel with. That’s kind of a shame really, because I think the colour selection is perfect for those occasions when you need an all-events-covered palette.

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Ok, I have to be honest- these are not the best quality eye shadows I’ve ever used. They’re not very pigmented and a few of them are quite powdery and have a bit of fall out. Overall, thought, I’d say they’re definitely good enough- blendable, long-wearing, and generally quite easy to apply.

Heaven- DAY- a nice enough base colour. Not too pigmented but my very light skin tone might have something to do with that. It’s a neutral off-white that maybe leans just a little bit yellow.

Velvet Revolver- DAY- lovely crease colour. It’s very, very similar to Naked 2 from the Naked Basics palette. It’s fairly pigmented and is a nice everyday neutral.

Sexpresso- DAY- wonderful as a very subtle eyeliner and very, very similar to Urban Decay’s Crave (again from Naked Basics). This shade has pretty poor pigmentation though, to be honest, as you might be able to tell from my swatches.

Silk Teddy- CLASSIC- the formulation of this one is perfect. It’s peachy-pink, metallic and beautiful.

Push Up- CLASSIC- another one with perfect formulation! This one’s a pretty coppery bronze.

Erotica- CLASSIC- not wonderful pigmentation, but this one’s a nice enough cool toned, slightly shimmery brown.

Nude Beach- FASHION- although the colour of this one is simply lovely (pale, very shimmery pink) the formula is kind of chunky and has a lot of fall out. It can be worked with and has good enough pigmentation, but compared to the quality of some of the shadows in this palette I have to say I’m a little disappointed.

Honey Pot- FASHION- perfect formula, stunning colour. Love love love. It’s a slightly coppery peach which manages to still be neutral (not too warm or cool) which is very impressive for this kind of shade.

Cocoa Puff- FASHION- not amazing pigmentation, but it’s still better than the other two dark shades. It’s difficult to apply evenly, but it’s a very nice neutral dark brown with just a hint of shimmer.

Although 1/3 of these shadows could use a little work, I don’t think that any of them are completely unusable. The quality of these eye shadows reminds me a lot of Sleek’s eye palettes, which I would be absolutely fine with except that the Too Faced Natural palette contains less shadows and costs more money. Not amazing. I will, however, be getting a lot of use out of this palette because I absolutely adore the colour selection. It’s super pretty and perfect for everyday wear- as you may have guessed by the amount of times I’ve already said ‘neutral’ in this post.

The Too Faced eye kits are £26 (but currently on sale, see link at the top of this post) and there are quite a few to choose from. I definitely think I’ll be trying out another one at some point because even though this one isn’t perfect, I can’t get over the gorgeous packaging and the super organised eye shadows.

Thanks for reading! X

Lush & The Body Shop Haul

I’ve done a little bit of sale shopping recently, and every year I find that the most rewarding places to stock up at are Lush and The Body Shop. Lush almost never cut their prices so I love making the most of it when they do, and The Body Shop have a sale going on as well as their normal deals. It’s awesome.

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Lush

Prepare yourselves- I did a Lush order which included absolutely no bath bombs, bubble bars or soap! I’m actually really proud of myself for that because I’ve literally picked up all new things that I’ve never tried before.

Most of what I bought is skin care, actually, with a couple of little shower gels thrown in. I’ve never really been wowed by Lush shower gels and I’ve never even tried their skincare so I thought it was about time I gave them ago.

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Happy Hippy, Dirty, Rose Jam (LE), Ponche (LE)

*These have been oh-so-casually organised into Spring (HH), Summer (D), Autumn (RJ) and Winter (P). Ahem*

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Happy Hippy- My new all time favourite gel. There, I said it. It’s perfectly grapefruity- not too sour, not too sweet and the scent lasts forever.

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Dirty- This one is intensely menthol. It’s lovely, but it literally smells like tooth paste. It’s a bit much for this time of year but I can’t wait to use it when the weather warms up a little.

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Rose Jam- I love this scent so much. It’s my favourite bubble bar and one of the nicest shower gels I’ve tried too, I actually reviewed this a while ago. It’s limited edition and I think it’s gone (for now) but go and pick up the bubble bar!

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Ponche- This one’s released every year at Christmas and I can’t believe I never tried it before now! It’s smells delicious, it’s kind of a warm citrus scent.

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Angels On Bare Skin- Ok, I’ve only used this three times but I think I might be a little bit in love with it. I’ll do a better review soon (probably) but I’ve found that it leaves my sensitive/ oily (nightmare) skin feeling soothed, hydrated and ever so slightly less oily. It smells quite nice too, very floral and nature-y.

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Aqua Marina- I’ll admit it, I bought this because there were only love/ hate reviews. It’s a seaweed cleanser that claims to soak up excess oils and soothe the skin, which I thought sounded perfect for me. I have used this one once already as well and it seems to work quite nicely- but the smell. Oh my god, stay away from it. I don’t know why I find it so offensive because I love Lush’s seaweed soap, but to me this cleanser looks and smells like tuna. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to continue to use it, but if you think you can stand the smell then definitely give it a try because it’s a really lovely cleanser.

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Mask of Magnaminty- I’VE FINALLY TRIED A LUSH FACE MASK OMG. This one smells like peppermint and is supposed to be great for breakouts and spots (of which I have had many, recently). I’ve only used it once but I really loved it and I reallyreallyreally want to try it out again.

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Cupcake- The face mask designed for teenage skin. I haven’t used this one yet but I’m so exited to! It smells like ever so slightly soapy chocolate cake- that’s a good thing, by the way. I’m currently debating whether I really do have to keep it in the fridge. The little black tub looks so pretty on my make-up cabinet!

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Grease Lightning- Again, I haven’t this yet but I thought it looked really interesting. I’ve only ever come across a couple of reviews but I seem to remember that they were very positive. I’ll hopefully have this in a review soon, too!

The Body Shop

*Currently 30% off everything online*

I logged onto The Body Shop the other day to order one item. ONE ITEM. And then I see a lovely little ‘Spend £50, get £25 Off’ sign on the homepage and it’s like I have absolutely no will power. NONE.

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Honey Bronzer- So here is the lovely item which I was originally going to buy. I’ve seen this featured in so many  ’Favourite of 2013′ videos, and I can already see why. It’s the lightest matte bronzer I have ever found and I AM SO HAPPY.

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Lip Balms- Oh look at that, I bought ten new lip balms. What a surprise. I now own 37 lip balms (not including ones which I refuse to believe are lost). This is a genuine problem and I am worried for my own health- somebody comfort me.

*UPDATE- my mom just asked me to order her all these lip balms because she loves them. It’s nice to understand but also worrying because it’s clearly a hereditary disease.*

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Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel and Body Mist- And so begins my obsession with the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit. With Grapefruit scented things in general. Did you notice the Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter? Happy Hippy? They all smell beautiful.

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Tea Tree Lotion & Muslin Cloth- Finally, a few little boring things. My favourite moisturiser (if you have oily skin you simply have to try this) and a muslin cloth which is great for removing cleansers. Actually, it’s great with the Lush cleansers I was talking about.

And that’s everything! I’m actually really pleased with my sale shopping so far, I’m still waiting for some other things I’ve bought to arrive but this stuff is all awesome. Have you picked up anything good?

Also, I have to mention- this is the first time I’ve ordered from both Lush and The Body Shop (there are real shops literally seven minutes away from where I live) and I’ve been seriously impressed with them. With Lush I’m mainly just impressed with the super careful packaging- but they do charge a ridiculous amount for delivery which is slow and still ended up being to delivered in two parcels. The Body Shop, however, comes in a Body Shop Bag in a box, and literally arrives within the next two days with free shipping. A* to The Body Shop.

Makeup Collection & Storage

I’ve been putting off doing this post for so long! I kept thinking, ‘there’s just one more thing I want to buy first’, or ‘I’m just going to move a few things around’ but the excuses are getting ridiculous so I’ve decided it will be a nice start to 2014 to talk about my make-up collection! Maybe it can be a yearly thing, that would be pretty cool.

Just as a little disclaimer- I don’t have an insane amount of make-up, but I definitely have more than I need. I love collecting make-up and trying new things but I’ve bought everything with my own money and quite a few things were gifts from friends and family. I’m writing this post purely because I think it’s something some people might be interested in and because I think it’ll be nice for me to look back on in a few years:) .

I store all of my make-up, nail polish, hair care, body care and some of my skin care in the Ikea Alex 9 Drawer unit, what a surprise, which is absolutely perfect. I’m only going to talk about the cosmetics drawers in this post but if anyone’s interested I could maybe do a post with all the other stuff too at some point..? But anyway:)

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These are the random things I keep on top of my cabinet- mostly everday things or things I’m still trying out. My collection of lip balms is getting a little out of hand, too. *Also, five points to the first person to spot the Supernatural merch*.

Starting out with the top drawer (my favourite) which is where I keep all of my lip products. Everything’s a little bit of a mess at the moment, I need to move some things around and maybe donate a couple of things to my sisters. Some of my favourites from this drawer are my Revlon Lip Butters, the lip crayons (particularly Soap&Glory, Clinique and Bourjois’) and my MAC Lipsticks- Plumful (x2, long story), On Hold, Syrup, Sunny Seoul and Patisserie (absolute fave!).

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The second drawer is where I keep all of my face products. If I could only keep one of my make-up drawers it would definitely be this one, I have a bit of a thing for foundations and highlighters. My favourites in this drawer are Bobbi Brown Skin, Rimmel Match Perfection, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Soap&Glory Glow All Out and Becca Ever Matte Perfecting Primer.

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The third drawer is where I keep all of my eye make-up, which is basically palettes and eye liners. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but I haven’t worn mascara for about three years. Crazy, but I can’t stand having anything on my eyelashes, it just makes me feel really uncomfortable. Luckily my eyelashes are ok-ish, I can kind of get away with it:) I used to be fine with it and wear mascara every single day when I was about eleven, but now I don’t even like how I look with long eyelashes, it’s really weird.

I just thought I’d mention that in case anyone thought it was really weird that I don’t have any mascaras:D.

Anyway, my favourites in here are my Naked palettes, the Laura Mercier artist palette for eyes, Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoos, Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner and my Soap&Glory quad.

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The final ‘cosmetics’ drawer is my make-up brushes- do they count? I think they count:) My favourites in here are my Real Techniques brushes (literally all of them, maybe I should do a more in-depth review?) and my Shu Uemera Eyelash Curlers. I love them so much, they’re kind of a must for me because of the whole mascara thing, they just make me look a little bit more awake.

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I really hope that was a little bit interesting or helpful! Let me know how you store your makeup, my organisation is a bit of a mess:). If you see any products here that you want a review for, feel free to let me know in the comments too!

*I’m actually ashamed of how awful these photos are, I’m sorry. The lighting and weather has been really really bad recently, but I wanted to get this post up asap.*

Happy New Year!

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