Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze

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Yes, I’m going to talk about a bronzer. You never thought you’d see the day did you? As a rule, I don’t wear bronzer. Literally never. I just don’t think it suits my colouring to look tanned. Having said that, I never used to wear blusher and now I’m addicted, so I think bronzer is something I should keep trying.

This bronzer was part of a deal on in Boots; it was free when you spent a certain amount of money. I chose the shade 022 Sun Bronze because it looked like the only one pale enough to be acceptable for my English Rose complexion. The bronzer is supposedly waterproof and contains SPF 15, both of which are great if you are into bronzer in a big way.

I have now worn this a couple of times and I am surprised to say it actually looks reasonable on me, especially because it’s summer. It’s not too pigmented and it blends well, so it can actually look quite natural. I expected to look like a tangerine. There’s a tiny amount of shimmer in it, but it just gives a slight shimmer when you catch the light, it isn’t too over the top.

If I wore bronzer, this is definitely something I’d consider using regularly. Unfortunately, it hasn’t converted me. I think I just look better with pale skin. Does anyone else feel like that?

 

Lip Product Addict Tag

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Okay, I admit it, no one has actually tagged me in this, but I really wanted to do it anyway. Here goes!

1. What is your favorite balm or treatment?

I have quite an assortment of different lip balms knocking about, but at the moment I am loving the Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Lip Balm. This is much more of a Christmas/Winter balm, but I love it anyway. It smells really good, and is nice and hydrating but not too sticky. It gives my lips a nice little tingle too because of the ginger.

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2. What is your favorite eye catching red?

Hands down, it has to be YSL Rouge Volupte in No 7 Red Muse. It’s an absolute classic pillar-box red and it looks sensational.

3. The best luxury and drugstore product?

My favourite luxury lipsticks are the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks. They are super creamy and amazing quality, but more to the point, the packaging is to die for.

My favourite drugstore lip products at the moment are the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers. The wands make them really easy to apply and the lacquers have great pigmentation. They stay glossy and shiny without being sticky, and the range of shades is lovely.

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4. Best MAC lipstick?

I only own one but it’s amazing! It’s from the Retro Matte collection and it’s called All Fired Up. It’s a sensational cherry red colour, which is super flattering and amazing quality.

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5. Most disappointing lip product?

This is going to be controversial, but I really wasn’t that impressed by the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick I tried. I found it transferred really easily, smudged, bled and generally went all over everything. Maybe I was unlucky and picked a bad shade, but it definitely put me off.

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6. Lip Liner: Yes or No?

I use lip liner with any particularly bright colour, especially red, as I find it stops them from bleeding. I usually use a nude liner or an invisible liner, but I also have a red which is a pretty good match for my YSL lipstick.

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7. Favourite gloss?

I only own one, that’s the No 7 High Shine Lipgloss in Whisper. It’s pretty when it’s first applied, but lipgloss just doesn’t do it for me. I really don’t wear gloss much at all because I find it only lasts 5 seconds.

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8. ..Something else?!

Got to give a huge shout out to the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms. I have the shade Elusive which is a really flattering pink. They are incredibly easy to apply; you don’t even need a mirror. They are also really long lasting. I’ve got my fingers crossed for some more wearable shades, as most at the moment are quite shocking, vibrant colours.

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I tag anyone who fancies having a go at this themselves!

Mac 217 Blending Brush

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Today’s post is just a quick one about another makeup brush I’ve been loving recently. It was quite the luxury purchase for me, because £19 seemed rather excessive for an eyeshadow brush, but I had been on the look out for a good blending brush, so I decided to splurge.

The brush is arranged in an oval shape, with has fine, densely packed fibres. It is specifically designed for shading or blending of colour. I apply my base eyeshadow with one brush, then take a little of a darker colour on the Mac 217 and blend into my crease. It blends really really well to leave a wholly seamless look. It’s perfect for a smokey eye or a natural everyday look.

Is it worth the money? Well, it’s a nice brush to have and, if you can afford it, I’d say yes. If not, I’d strongly advise you check out the Revlon Contour Shadow Brush. That doesn’t pick up colour quite as well, because it’s softer and more flexible, but it blends just as well.

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow


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I bought this Revlon Highlighting Palette the other day on a bit of a whim. It looked so beautiful that I wanted it in my life, even though I’d never used a highlighter before and didn’t really get the point. It has five different stripes with varying colours and amounts of shimmer. There were two colour variations: Bronze Glow which is primarily golden brown shades, and Rose Glow which is much pinker. I went for Rose Glow because the colour combinations are stunning.

To use the highlighting palette, you sweep a brush across it, gathering a bit of each colour, and then apply it to the areas of the face which catch the light, like the cheekbones and brow.

I was worried that the product looked so beautiful in the case that it would only ever be disappointing when applied to the skin. Luckily, I was wrong. It gives me a really natural shimmer to highlight my cheek bone and an overall bright, healthy glow. There is just the right amount of shimmer to catch the light when you move.

You can, of course, also apply the shades in the highlighting palette as individually. The  pigmented bubblegum pink shade in the palette can double as a blusher to give a lovely rosy glow to the apple of your cheeks. The palette could double as an eyeshadow palette, along the lines of the rose gold shades in Urban Decay Naked 3.

 

June You Beauty Discovery Box

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I can’t believe it’s that time again – it’s You Beauty Discovery box time! This month I wasn’t too mad on the selection of products available, but I was able to find a couple I liked the look of. So let’s dive right in to the box!

First up, we obviously got the usual little booklet that tells you about the products. The extras this month were a Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask which I am super excited to try, and an expanding face cloth in the shape of a heart. This took me right back to my childhood when I used to get expanding flannels from Father Christmas. It was cute watching the face cloth expanding in the warm water in the sink, but the cloth itself is quite coarse and I don’t really want to use something that rough on my face, particularly not around my eye area.

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The actual products I chose were the Her 300 Trecento Revitalising Hair Treatment which I haven’t used yet but am looking forward to trying, and the L’Oreal Infallible 24 hour Lip Colour in No. 110 Timeless Rose. I have used this a couple of times and will write a full post on it soon. It has unbelievably long lasting colour, but I don’t like the shimmery sparkle in it.

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Did you get a You Beauty Discovery box this month? Which products did you choose? If you have written a post on yours, please leave a link below, I’d love to see your thoughts!

Collection Extreme 24 hour Felt Tip Liner vs No 7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner

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I have two products in my eye makeup drawer which I think are virtually identical. I didn’t want to write two separate posts saying the same thing, so I thought I’d do you a comparison post.

The Collection Extreme 24 hour Felt Tip Liner and No 7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner are both (as you might have guessed) felt tip style eyeliner pens. Felt tip eyeliners are my absolute favourites as they are just unbelievably easy to apply. So do you need to spend or can you buy a bargain liner? Here’s how these two compare:

Price: The Collection pen is a penny punching £2.99. The No 7 liner is £8.00, so a bit more expensive, but still not likely to break the bank.

Application: There’s really absolutely no difference in the way these liners apply. You will see from the photograph that the nibs are pretty much identical. The No 7 liner seems to dry quicker though.

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Opacity: Initially the liners leave the same level of black colour, however, if you curl your lashes after using the Collection liner, the colour fades a bit. It doesn’t seem to matter how long I leave it to dry, I have the same problem. The No 7 liner is definitely better for this.

Durability: Last but no means least, durability is key. Both liners last pretty much all day, without too much smudging or fading. If I had to give one the edge, it would be the No 7 pen as I think it maintains perfection a little longer.

So my conclusion? I think the No 7 liner is worth the couple of extra pounds, but if you are willing to reapply your liner once a day, the Collection liner will suit you just fine. You could use the money you save to buy another liner in a different colour!

Top 5 Spring Lip Colours

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I got this idea from the gorgeous Joanna at JoannaLoves who did a run down of her favourite bright spring lip colours. I thought it was a really great idea, so I have put together my top 5! I will discuss them from the redder end of the scale to the pinker end.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Stellar – This is a really deeply pigmented orangey red lip lacquer. I think it is the perfect colour for spring, bridging the gap between wintery deep reds and orangey summer colours. It is a hybrid between a lip gloss and lipstick so it also has a glorious shine to it.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick Shade No 2 – Transfer for this lipstick isn’t great but it is a beautifully wearable cherry colour which I think would suit almost any skin tone. 

MUA Lipstick Shade 16 Nectar – This gorgeous orangey peach shade would be perfect for spring time. It it’s quite an intense vibrant colour at first, but you can blend it out really easily with a clean finger or brush to get a much more subtle look if you prefer. It isn’t overly forgiving on chapped lips so get a good lip balm.

No 7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlily – This is a beautiful rich pink shade with a tiny hint of shimmer to it. It is super wearable and really moisturising on the lips. The colour stays put for a really long time although the colour does transfer a bit. 

YSL Rouge Volupte in Shade No 7 Lingerie Pink – At the very bottom end of the spectrum is this super cute baby pink lipstick from YSL. It is quirky, fun and perfect for daytime wear. YSL lipsticks are my all time favourite lipsticks so far, they are sheer perfection.

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