Top 5 Summer Lip Colours

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A while back I did a post on my top 5 Spring lip colours and as you guys seemed to enjoy it, I thought I’d do my top 5 Summer lip colours now.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Coral in Gold – This is a pale orange colour with some gorgeous shimmer it. The lipstick transfers a bit more than I would like, but the colour makes up for it.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude – Sometimes in Summer you just want a nice nude colour so you can feel fresh and natural in the sunshine. The Moisture Renew lipsticks are my absolute favourites. The formula is amazing – it lasts really well and doesn’t transfer too much.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Coral Queen – See, they are so good I picked two of them! This fabulous dark orange colour just screams Summer at me. It what I immediately reach for every time the sun shines.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive – As well as orange, the other lip colour I love in Summer is pink. This Matte Balm is a strong favourite of mine because it is super easy to apply and lasts really really well.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Luna – I think by now you know I love the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers. They are really deeply pigmented and have a lovely glossy shine. Luna is a super cute peachy colour which is lovely and Summery.

I don’t think these swatches do the colours justice at all because of the bad lighting, but they might give you an idea.

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Huge Beauty & Clothing Haul

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I just got back from a very hectic day’s shopping in Cambridge, so as I am settling down to drink a delicious Very Very Berry tea from Whittards, I thought I’d do a little haul post. The things I am showing you today weren’t all from the same day, because I don’t think I have the shopping stamina from that!

First up, some beauty bits I got from Boots!

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I picked up another of the Real Techniques Expert Face brushes, because they are so amazing, and some tights because you can’t have too many pairs of tights.  I got some of the Champneys emery boards because they are just the texture I look for, and my old Body Shop emery boards are rather well worn now.

Makeup wise I went a bit crazy at the Rimmel stand – I got two more of the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers (Shooting Star which is a nude and Luna which is a peachy colour). I also bought two of the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner pencils in black and brown because they seemed nice and soft and easy to use (and I am an eyeliner junkie). Finally, I picked up one of the Bourjois Erasable Liners, because who doesn’t want an eyeliner they can erase?!

Moving on to clothes now, and we’ll start with Accessorize where I replaced my old worn out flip flops with two new pairs. I adore the beading on the right hand pair.

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I bought another of the Bravissimo pyjama tops because their hidden support is amazing.

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In Dorothy Perkins I bought the most beautiful dress in the whole world which I CANNOT WAIT to wear, and a sweet butterfly printed t-shirt.

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That picture brings me on nicely to Topshop where I bought my first pair of Jamie high waisted, ankle grazers. Before I have always had Baxter jeans, but I am getting fed up of having to keep pulling them up, so I decided to give the Jamies a go, and I loved the fit.

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This next dress is from Next and I bought it a while ago, but I adore it so much I thought I would include it. It’s a really flattering shape and just the cutest summer print. I also bought a plain grey vest top for the gym, but it’s not very exciting so I haven’t photographed it.

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I got one of the fab H&M lightweight summer hoodies in a lovely burgundy colour.

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Finally, I got some new sports clothes from Sports Direct – Nike three quarter length trousers and La Gear shorts.

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Empties March-May 2014

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First up, apologies for the rubbish quality of the picture, I took it on my phone with bad lighting. As you can see, I have collected a pretty big stack of empties over the last couple of months, so I thought it was about time I talk you through it!

Makeup

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – This is my go to powder because it’s reasonably priced and keeps me matte for long periods of time, without making my makeup look caked on.

No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation – My absolute favourite foundation. I had repurchased before I ran out because I can’t bear to be without it!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh – I adore the scent of the this perfume; it’s so sweet and light and floral. I just wish it lasted a little better. Perhaps using it in conjunction with the body cream is the answer.

Skin care

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – Yes there are in fact two empty tubes of this. I use it every day and sometimes twice a day. That might make it look like it doesn’t last well, but one tube will last me a good two months on average.

Body Shop Soothing Peppermint Foot Scrub – A really nice peppermint foot scrub to make your feet feel smooth and soft for summer. It was noticeable when I stopped using this over the winter how much more dead skin I seemed to have. Warning that this does dry up after a few months.

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream – I really like the scent of this and it doesn’t break me out at all, but it is quite thick and I generally prefer a lighter moisturiser.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI – This is a life saver if you suffer from breakouts. It helps clear up spots more quickly and can sometimes prevent a spot developing if you catch it early. I can’t imagine life without this now.

Hair care

V05 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme – I swear by frizz ease creams for when I blow dry my hair because it gives some heat protection and definitely makes my hair less poofy. I quite liked this one and would consider re-purchasing

Candles

Yankee Candle Christmas Eve – This smelt so unbelievably good and to be honest I just can’t wait till Christmas to buy it again, assuming they bring it back!

Yankee Candle Black Coconut – This smelt incredible in the shop when I sniffed it, but when it was actually burning I was disappointed. It didn’t have a very strong or lasting scent so it wasn’t really a worthwhile purchase.

And another red berry candle which I can’t remember the name of. I liked it though.

May 2014 Favourites

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Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Eau de Toilette – There’s not an awful lot I can say about this product except oh my goodness it smells so unbelievably good! Seriously, I just want to spray it everywhere all the time.

L’Oreal Super Liner Brow Artist – I got this 3-in-1 eyebrow pencil to use as an alternative to brown eyeshadow to darken my brows. I was hoping it will last a bit better in hot weather, which it seems to be so far. It has a brown pencil to darken, a small brush to shape with and tidy, and a wax to set the look. I love the effect it creates and it’s super easy to use.

Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder – It’s been uncharacteristically warm in England recently which is lovely but means shine galore. Thankfully, I have my Rimmel powder on hand to help me out. It instantly mattifys my skin and lasts a pretty long time too. Life saver!

Lycon Spa Ingrown-X-It Solution – I bought this product to try on recommendation by a beauty therapist. It is designed to very mildly exfoliate, minimise the appearance and discomfort of ingrown hairs, and moisturise and smooth skin. You spray it on to dry skin after waxing and shaving and gently massage it in. It’s really helped me out recently so it was worth every penny!

Robinsons Squash’d – When I first saw the new Robinsons Squash’d, I thought what on earth is that and why would I need it in my life? Well it’s a small pot of highly concentrated squash you can keep in your bag and take with you to add a squeeze to some water wherever you are. It comes in a bunch of different flavours and has no added sugar. This is going to be a life saver this summer for me because I don’t like to drink a lot of plain water, but it’s hard to find squash in the usual kinds of places you buy a bottle of water. Now I can buy water and just add a squirt of this, instead of constantly drinking coke and other naughty fizzy drinks.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer

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When I unwrapped the Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer at Christmas as part of a secret santa, I was really intregued as I had never heard of it before. I have been trying out the shade 002 Radiant Rose which is a pink, but it also comes in other shades, including the more natural beige 004 Shimmering Sand.

So what is this product? Well, due to the pink colour, I assumed it was a liquid or cream blusher at first, but Rimmel actually market it as a highlighter. I can sort of see why (see below), but I wouldn’t use it as a highlighter on its own because I would be worried about putting pink colour high up my cheek bones or in other places you highlight, like near the hair line. One of the more natural colours would probably be perfect for that.

Instead, I have been using this product as a blusher, but a super shimmery one for evening wear. It has quite a thick formula, a bit like a lightweight mousse foundation. At first, it’s a bit intimidating because it is very heavily pigmented.

Initial application, before any blending

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However, the product is very workable and without much effort blends down to give you a slightly flushed look, which is very pretty. If you blend it out more towards the end of the cheek, you will be left with shimmer towards the cheek bone and colour on the apple of the cheek, meaning you sort of have a blusher/highlighter combo going on. The product is super shimmery, almost glittery. As soon as you catch the light you have an unmissible glow to your skin. I think it would be perfect for summer time.

So any disappointments? Well, the packaging for one. Rimmel really need to get over the idea that these plastic tubes they are favouring at the moment are in any way stylish or desirable. They aren’t. Also, the staying power isn’t brilliant. It’s something that requires re-application a couple of times a day. Having said that, it’s a really nifty idea for a product and a nice little addition to my “face” make-up drawer.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick: Shade No 2

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This gorgeous Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick was a secret santa gift at Christmas. Awesome secret santa right?! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this lipstick, but I’d heard great things from the rest of the beauty blogging/vlogging community so I was excited to try it.

First thing to say is I adore the colour. I’d looked at a lot of these lipsticks in stores and never actually seen this one, otherwise I probably would have bought it. It treads that beautiful line between red and pink. Cherry would be a good word to describe it.

I wore this first on Boxing day actually and have worn it several times since. For some reason it is effortlessly easy to apply. Even though it is the same shape as most lipsticks, it seemed easier. I have to say I was surprised at the level of transfer though. It’s much worse than the Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks for that. Having said that, even though it comes off on everything (don’t take a white T-shirt off over your head!) the colour lasts quite well. It almost stains your lips and stays put for quite a well. It’s not the best lipstick I own, but I can forgive it that for the beautiful colour.

How do you find the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks? Are some worse than others for transfer?

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I literally put this on in about 30 seconds to show you the colour, so excuse the fact it isn’t perfect!

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Stellar

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Everyone has no doubt heard about the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers by now. They were one of the ‘big’ lip products of last year. The hype was crazy. I really didn’t expect to like them because I hate lipglosses. I have never understood the appeal of something wet and sticky on your lips. Every time the wind blows it sticks to them, it smudges and goes everywhere. Right? Still, I wanted to try one, because you can’t judge something properly without testing it first!

For Christmas I was given a Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in the shade Stellar. Stellar is a gorgeous orangey-red shade. The picture below really doesn’t do it justice but the lighting was terrible, apologies for that.

The first thing you will no doubt notice is the unusual shape of the wand. I’m not really sure the point behind the dip in the middle. I think it’s to pick up product so that you get a thick layer. I was surprised by how easy it was to apply. It glided on and looked effortlessly perfect. No pfaffing about with lip liner or having to start again because you’ve overshot your top lip and look like a doll. Is that just me? Anyway, the colour was amazing. It’s so opaque, just like lipstick, but has a gorgeous shine to it like a lipgloss.

The real test for me was always going to be staying power. I put this on in the morning and then got on the train. I got to the station and ordered my standard Friday morning skinny latte. As I expected, some of the product transferred onto the cup, but when I checked in the mirror having finished my drink, I was really surprised to find I didn’t need to reapply. Although you get a reasonable amount of transfer, the staying power of the colour is really impressive. I only re-applied about three times during the day.

So this is a prime case of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. The Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer is far from a lipgloss. Give it a try and see what I mean!

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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

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I decided a few days ago that I wanted to do a foundation review. I went on my blog Twitter @PMasqueradeBlog and Facebook to ask which product you would like to see reviewed, and the general consensus was Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Foundation.

First thing’s first, I should apologise for the shocking quality of the photograph. This was taken on my phone in Boots. The foundation I have been trialling is a sample size I received in my Boots beauty advent calendar, but I wanted to show you what the full size packaging looks like. I wouldn’t say it’s a selling point; it looks very inexpensive to me. Even if I’m buying a cheap foundation, I still want the packaging to have a little bit of style.

The foundation comes in five different shades: Light Ivory, Ivory, Soft Beige, Sand and Natural Beige. My trial size is in the shade Ivory which I can just about get away with, but really I think that Light Ivory would be a better match for me as I am quite pale!

The foundation itself is a hybrid between a liquid foundation and a mousse like the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation. Rimmel claims that it is “a Feather-light, liquid mousse”, but I wouldn’t say that is quite accurate. It comes out the tube as a thick blob, very much like someone has mixed Dream Matte Mousse with some liquid foundation. I would recommend applying it and blending it in with your fingers if you want the best results. I found it quite difficult to achieve a natural, even coverage with a brush. You would probably be okay with a sponge if you get on with those, but personally I see no harm in using clean fingers.

I found that the foundation blends into the skin surprisingly well, despite it’s quite thick consistency.  It gives me a much more even, natural-looking finish than Dream Matte Mousse ever has, but the coverage is still really good. It also doesn’t feel thick or cakey on the skin, but light and barely-there.

The key selling point to this foundation is the idea that it will leave your skin looking “matte” all day long. I must say on this front I was quite impressed. After a day’s wear (plus a little bit of being cramped on the hot, stuffy tube) the coverage is still really good and my skin doesn’t look too shiny. It’s not the perfect matte you get when you first apply this, but it’s still not shiny enough for me to feel I need to apply some powder. That definitely reduces the amount of time I have to spend worrying about my appearance, which has got to be a good thing!

Overall, I am not entirely sold on the liquid mousse formula as I prefer liquid foundations in general, but this is something I would definitely consider purchasing in a lighter shade to put aside for really bad skin days when I want a bit of extra coverage which I know will stay put during the day without the need for topping up with a lot of concealer.

Boots Beauty Advent Calendar Days 1-5

As we have now hit the 5th of December, I thought some of you would like to see what has been behind doors 1-5 of my Boots Beauty Advent Calendar. The back does actually list all of the products inside, but I don’t like spoilers so I haven’t read it! Apologies for the rubbish quality of some of the photos. They were taken on my phone very early so I was a little tired!

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First was a travel size bottle of Soap and Glory Clean Girls Shower Gel.  This has a lovely vanilla fragrance with a subtle floral hint.

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Day two was a Balmi Moisturising Lip Balm in raspberry. If you haven’t heard of  these before, they are basically little cubes which reveal a cone shaped lip balm when you unscrew the lid. It’s cute!

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Day three is my favourite so far. It’s a full size Mavala nail polish in a gorgeous red colour called London. I’m new to Mavala polishes but I’m rapidly becoming a massive fan. They are very underrated in the UK!

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Door number 4 opened upwards which was really peculiar and had me fooled for a bit. It was 6.30am! This is a sample of  Nina Ricci’s Nina L’eau perfume. It’s a gorgeous smelling perfume, but I think a sample this size is a bit cheap for such an expensive advent calendar.

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The last door I have opened so far is number 5. It’s a sample of Rimmel’s Stay Matte foundation in Ivory. It’s a little dark for my skin tone, but I can just about get away with it. I wore it yesterday and it did indeed stay matte all day! It’s quite a good coverage foundation and I’d definitely consider a full size if I can get a better shade.

That’s it so far, stay tuned for another update in a few days!

No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlily

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The title of the most expensive lipstick in my collection has been taken by this little beauty: No7 Moisture Drench in No. 11 Waterlily (£9.50). I have never worn a lot of pink lipstick in the past. I have been on the look out for one, but unfortunately with a very specific idea of the shade I was after. I had so many requirements – not hot pink, not baby pink, not orangey-pink – which made life harder still. I looked longingly at the Rimmel Moisture Renew line in particular (because I really love them) and there was nothing quite right. Eventually I spotted this shade in the No 7 range and it was so perfect; exactly what I wanted. It was more than I would usually spend on a lipstick but I decided it was worth it.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this lipstick. I guessed it would be quite moisturising from the name, and it didn’t let me down in that respect. It is very similar to the Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks, except the moisturising feeling lasts much longer and it doesn’t dry out so much. I did some drinking and eating tests too. I applied the lipstick at 7.30am and then at 10am I had a cup of tea and some yoghurt and granola (fun fact). There was some transfer onto the cup, but not an excessive amount. I got my mirror out to check whether I needed to reapply, and I was really surprised to find I didn’t. In fact, I only reapplied the lipstick twice during the day in total. Despite the transfer of excess lipstick, the colour almost stains your lips and stays put for a really long time. I’m very impressed!

Has anyone else tried a No 7 lipstick? I find the brand hugely underrated amongst the blogging community. Some of their make-up (foundation and nail polish especially) is really good and doesn’t get the love it deserves.