[Review] Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks

You may have seen that I picked these up in my Boots haul and as they were on offer I picked up the shades Moca and Pink Bliss.  The costs of the lipsticks are £5.99 each but the offer I used was buy one get the second half price.


What they claim:

Want the London look? Rimmel introduces Stay Matte Liquid  Lip Colour, a liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, velvety matte finish, and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.   

Boldness that stays on. Stay Matte delivers full coverage in one stroke that’s kiss-proof, touch-proof, and waterproof while also being unbelievably comfortable and lightweight. 

Rimmel London is an inner confidence that how we look is always cool, irreverent, never predictable and always evolving.


I personally feel that you need more than one coat to give a good coverage and I opt for two coats when I am using these.  They do last for ages and as a big coffee drinker when I have these on I do not notice any transfer on the coffee cup- which is great.  The first day I wore the Moca shade I think I had two coffee’s from Starbucks (oops!) and half a three course meal before the lipstick needed a slight touch up.  It had also been hours so it is long-lasting.

With all liquid lipstick, the long-lasting effect does mean that the formula is drying on the lips and this is no different.  Although, it is still comfortable to wear it is drying and I find myself applying a lip balm before and after wearing the lipstick.

The two colours I picked up are gorgeous, I am definitely more of a pinky nude and therefore, the Pink Bliss is the one I feel more comfortable wearing however, I love the Moca shade too and hopefully I will become more confident with this on.  There is a total of 14 shades to choose from so I will definitely be back in Boots to check out some of the others.  The shade ‘Plum This Show’ looks perfect for Autumn/ Winter and ‘Latte to Go’ seems slightly lighter than Moca so I may feel more comfortable with that one.

Pros 

  • Affordable (cheap anyway and then can be found on offer too)
  • Accessible – in the drugstore and on Amazon
  • Long Lasting – perfect for coffee drinkers like myself
  • Doesn’t transfer
  • Comfortable to wear
  • available in a wide range of shades

Cons 

  • Drying on the lips
  • You do need more than one coat for full coverage

 

Overall I do like this lipstick as it is great for drinking coffee, is long lasting, looks good and is not too drying on the lips.  It also comes in a wide range of shades at a very affordable price.

What are your favourite liquid lipsticks?

Love, Minnie x

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My Evening Routine

Although it is still mid-August, I have noticed how it seems to definitely be turning to Autumn already.  I love a relaxing evening any time of year however, they definitely feel cosier as the weather cools down and the nights draw in.

I have therefore, decided to post what I usually do after work in the evening. Weekends are similar but a little different as I often have Mike with me then. My evenings during the week are ‘me’ time. I live alone in a small flat and therefore, I am free to do what I please without being interrupted.  This makes a big change from shared houses at University and when I first moved to London.

I normally arrive home at 6:30pm (I leave at 5:30pm and the time of arrival varies between 6:10pm and 7.00pm depending on the traffic.) I then like to put my dinner on as soon as possible.  I hate eating late as I don’t digest as well so I decide to crack on with dinner as soon as I am home.  Often I have it prepared in advance and while this is looking I quickly change into my comfies more often than not pajamas and take my makeup off.  I eat my dinner often have a quick desert normally, ice cream or fruit then I shower.

I then try to do some housework, I believe that if you do one job each day then the tasks become smaller.  I often put a load of washing in or do the hoovering at this time.

I always shower in the evenings rather than the mornings and I wash my hair every other day.   The shampoo I am currently using is L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Air however, I do swap between shampoos regularly to avoid build up. Once I am out of the shower, I dry my hair as soon as I can and put my pajamas back on.  I have started drying my hair before brushing it as I read online that it is better for your hair.  I always use my Pantene Pro V dry oil repair & protect hair oil too.  This seems to be working for me and my hair feels great.

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Although I take my make up off before I shower with Micellar Water, I do the majority of my skin care once my hair is dry and I am in my pajamas.  I also brush my teeth at this time and at the moment I am also cleaning my rook piercing.

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I then like to relax whether this is on the sofa with the soaps and other TV dramas or in bed with Netflix. I light some candles and just unwind from the day until I am feeling sleepy. This doesn’t take long after a day at work, especially as my alarm is always set for 05:45am.

When I feel sleepy, I head to bed if I am chilled on the sofa or if I am already in bed I turn off Netflix and snuggled down.  I am lucky as I received a Lumie Alarm Clock for my birthday last year and I set this for the sunset mode and flick through social media or possibly watch YouTube Videos as the light dims.  It takes half an hour for the light to dim and I am usual almost asleep by the time that this happens.

What are your perfect evenings?

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation

You are probably sick of hearing my views on this foundation but following from my first impressions post, I am now sitting down to do a full review on the foundation.  I picked it up in the shade Ivory 115 at my local ASDA supermarket for £7.00.  I am aware that it is often cheaper elsewhere but this was easiest for me at the time.


What it claims:

Smooth and perfect the look of your complexion with Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation, a refining liquid foundation with natural, matt finish.

Ideal for normal to oily skin types, the makeup is infused with micro-powders to help control shine and blur pores; it glides effortlessly across skin, blending seamlessly to visibly minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections. Expect a more even toned, flawless complexion.


Since my first impressions I have started using an invisible setting powder by Collection and it actually has improved the foundation so much.  Although, I still find it very runny and can crease around the eyes, the powder does help set it in place throughout the day. The powder also helps provide that ‘flawless finish.’  I was actually shocked at how good my skin looked after one day of applying both.

The foundation does blend well and leave a more even flawless complexion generally, however, you do need a good setting powder to actually achieve this.  I tried this product when my skin wasn’t at its best and it does minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections.  It lasts all day without having to touch up at all however, you do need to build it up for a more fuller coverage.

I have continued to use this product since the end of my review week and my skin has improved in that time so I am finding the foundation better each day. I have also been applying with only a buffing brush and I have decided that this is the best method for me.  My skin is more normal than oily so I cannot comment on how it works on oily skin.

Pros 

  • It is very affordable
  • Accessible as can be bought in the drugstore and online etc.
  • It blends very well
  • Good range of shades to choose from
  • Leaves a flawless finish when used with a setting powder
  • Can be built up for fuller coverage
  • Perfect for work as it is natural finish
  • Clear packaging so you can see when running low

Cons

  • Can crease around the eyes
  • It is a very runny foundation
  • Must be used with a good setting powder
  • Needs to be built up for fuller coverage

 

Overall, I have started wearing this foundation for work and I do like it.   It gives enough coverage with a natural and flawless finish.  It has not reacted with my sensitive skin nor has it caused any breakouts.  The best thing about this foundation is the price, it is so affordable especially for the quality. I will be re-purchasing.

Love, Minnie x

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First Impressions Over a Week – Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation

I actually bought this foundation a week ago now, thank you for persuading me In Your Face by Maleeha.  I picked it up in Asda when I was doing my weekly shop and it cost £7.00 which is very affordable for foundation. I think that it is often on offer in other stores but this was just most convenient for me.  I picked it up in the shade Ivory which is a good match for my summer skin however, I have a feeling that it may be too dark in the winter months.  I thought I’d try it for the best part of a week and tell you my opinions as the week goes on.


Saturday

I didn’t want to apply much make up as I was not leaving the house so I applied one layer.  I first noticed that it went on the skin very well and blends evenly.  I think that it could be buildable and I will try this out during the week.  One layer definitely mattifies the skin and covers most of my sun spots! It is not full coverage with just one layer. I used it over just my usual SPF30 today.

This lasted all day!

Sunday

So, I wasn’t planning on wearing any makeup today but I ended up applying this foundation and a highlight stick that I am also trying out but unsure about at the moment! I applied a little more than yesterday, over my usual SPF but also the anti-aging cream that I use every other day. It really does have good buildable coverage. I tried applying with a cheap buffing brush but ended up swapping back to the beauty blender. It went on well and lasted all day without any touch up or powder.

I do want to invest in a good brush set soon so if any of you have any recommendations please let me know.

Monday

The first proper day of try this as it is the first day I am leaving the house.  I wanted to layer it up a bit more and I realised how runny it actually is, especially compared to the Clinque Even Better Foundation that I have been wearing recently.  The second coat (not all over, just under the eyes and around problem areas) blended evenly with the first layer and it made my skin look even but not so mattified.

It was almost lunch time by the time I noticed that the product creased around my eye lids.  I have a feeling that this could be because I put too much of the product on at once and it is ‘runnier’ that what I am use to.  It did however, last all day and I didn’t seem to have any problems after lunch time.

Tuesday 

I decided that I would layer it up slower today.  Smaller amounts on my face to build up gradually.  This took longer and I actually left the house later but it was worth it.  The makeup looked so much better on my skin first thing this morning.   It was still dewy rather than mattifying and although I left drying time, it doesn’t seem to work that well with a cream highlight so I think I will stick to the power ones.  (I checked the cream highlighter at the end of the day and it was still just sat on my foundation – it didn’t blend well at all.)

I also have more breakouts today but this may be due to the TOM rather than the makeup as I am also retaining so much water this week.

I checked my face throughout the day and have not noticed the same creasing that I had yesterday.  Therefore, maybe my method worked.

Note to self today – pick up a powder at the weekend to try with this.

Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Today I decided to apply the foundation with a Real Techniques brush rather than a beauty blender and I have to say I think I prefered it.   It seemed to actually become part of my skin rather than looking ‘oily’ on top.  I used one layer all over and then the second was just buffed into the areas that need it i.e. my chin at the moment has so many breakouts, I am hoping that they are hormonal. 

I did not use the cream highlighter today but instead opted for the L’Oreal True Match Highlighter and specifically the white colour.  I only used a little bit on my brush to ensure that this is still subtle enough for work.  It seemed to blend a lot better than the cream highlighter and left my skin mattified again. I will write a full review on these highlighters shortly.

I had to pick Mike up from the airport late tonight and I accidentally fell asleep around 8pm, with my make up on.  I was horrified but I didn’t have time to take it off and reapply before I left the house so I simple touched up the problem areas i.e. my hopefully hormonal breakouts.  The foundation seemed to stay on my face pretty well even during the nap. I didn’t wake up with any further breakouts which is my worry when I fall asleep in makeup.

Thursday 

I can’t believe that this is my last day before the post goes live, this week has gone so quick. Unfortunately, I did not take many photos as the week went on due to a busy schedule but I will post the ones I have.

I am so tired today that I don’t think anything could make my face look good.  I applied the foundation with a brush and then a beauty blender and this worked well.  I used a different bronzer today and a powder highlight which both worked well with the foundation.

Overall, I am happy with this foundation as it is good medium coverage and feels very lightweight on the skin.  My full review should be up next week. 

Love, Minnie x

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