Thursday, 1 October 2015

Keep Calm and Lip Balm

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of the Maybelline baby lips, I have one in my bag, one on my desk, one in my car... you get the picture. I was really happy when they became available in the UK last year, even if they are very overpriced compared to the US ($1 in Target vs £2.99 in Boots!). It was only a matter of time before other brands released similar a product. Rimmel did just that.

Cleverly named 'Keep Calm and Lip Balm', Rimmel have tied the 'baby lips' phenomena to the very English slogan. I picked up a couple of these balms on offer in Boots quite a while a go and have really enjoyed using them.

Keeping with the theme, they are named Keep Calm and Play which is a coral colour and Keep Calm and Rock which is a dark fuchsia colour.

There isn't really much colour pay off with these, but they are very moisturising and give a tint of colour. They also contain SPF, so perfect for taking on holiday if anyone's planning on catching some winter sun. 

Rimmel have price matched these balms to the Maybelline Baby Lips, which definitely puts them up against each other. I really like these balms, and can see them selling well, but will they end up as a cult beauty product, probably not if I'm honest. However, they are perfect for travelling, and carrying around in your handbag, mine will be accompanying me over the winter for sure.  
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Back to the blog...

As 2015 swings in to its final quarter I can openly say I'm a little shocked at how quickly this year has passed by. One blog post in 12 months... Shameful! 

This year has been a little crazy. Lots has happened in what's felt like an incredibly short time. Some happy, some exhausting and some hard times. But I guess the main thing to say is that I'm back and can't wait to get back on the blogging scene, I've honestly missed it a lot! 

So a very short post today just to say I have lots in the pipeline coming up. Hopefully catch up with you all soon!


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Rimmel's New Lasting Finish Collection

I've had another little break from the blogging scene due to changing my career, and just generally being busy around the Christmas period. But I'm now back, and what better way to kick off 2015 but with a drugstore new release. 

This particular new release is from Rimmel. They have brought out 3 products for your base facial make up that join the existing Lasting Finish range. 

Step 1: Lasting Finish Primer

For me, a primer is an absolute must when applying make up, and I've tried so many over the years. For me, this primer borders on being a moisturiser as well.  I found I could not apply my foundation straight after using this product as it didn't give me that matte base I like to apply foundation on to. Having said that, if you have time to let the primer set first, it does give a nice finish. 8 hours wear though? I'm not so sure at the moment. 

Step 2: Lasting Finish Foundation

This foundation promises 25 hour wearability. I do wear my make up all day, but who wears it for 25 hours? I really don't know. However I do like having the option. 
I do really like the texture of this foundation and it blends nicely. It has a comfort serum infused in to the formula, similar to the Bourjois Gel Foundations. As per usual from Rimmel, the colour range is great. After the cold winter months I'm back on to the Ivory shade for now (hurry up summer!).
I found this to have medium to full coverage but it hasn't really got a buildable texture, not for my skin anyway. 
Overall, a good foundation but doesn't make my favourites unfortunately. 

Step 3: Lasting Finish Powder

I must admit I'm guilty of never trying new powder as I'm so happy with my Rimmel Stay Matte in the shade Transparent. There really isn't any need for another powder. However as this came part of a set I had to try it, and I'm pretty glad I did. I picked up the shade Soft Beige which works well to adding a little bit of colour back in to my face without being as heavy as a bronzer. You don't need too much of this to take the shine away, and I did find the powder to have good wearability. 

So to summarise I'm a bit 50/50 with this range. The pricing is obviously great as always with Rimmel and with the introductory sale price of each product I only paid £12.97 for all 3 products, which you can't beat. 

I don't think i'd purchase the primer or foundation again, but I think that's mainly down to my skin type through the winter months. But I'm still a big fan of Rimmel, and look forward to their next release. 

Anyone else tried these products? Let me know what you think! 


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