[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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[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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[Review] Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water & Cleansing Gel

I have been taking my makeup off for ages now with the Garnier Skin Active Micellar water and I absolutely LOVE IT.  It takes up all traces of my makeup with limited amount of product and leaves my skin feeling great.  I have sensitive skin/ eyes and have never had a problem with the water.  I have already been through several of the massive bottles and loads of the travel size ones. I have started buying the travel size due to the amount of time I spend between my flat, Mike’s and my family home.

More recently, I have also purchased the Skin Active Cleansing Gel Wash was has proved to be a good addition to my skin care routine.   This also takes off makeup effectively but I use it as a face wash after the Milliar Water has taken off my makeup and as a cleanse in the morning.  I have never had any trouble with my skin when using this wash however, it does sting the eyes if you get it too close.  This can be a pain as you expect it to be good for sensitive eyes.

Pros 

  • Affordable – £3.33 for the water & £2.66 for the gel
  • Accessible – Can be found in the drug store and major supermarkets in the UK
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Doesn’t cause any breakouts
  • Leaves skin clean and soft
  • It also comes in a range of sizes so is good for travelling

Cons

  • The cleansing gel can hurt your eyes

Overall

The pros completely outweigh the cons for me. There is nothing better than ensuring that your skin is clean before going to bed and for me these two products alone and together do the job.  However,  the sore eyes are uncomfortable so it would be good if Garnier could change the formula to make this better or simple not to advise the gel as being good for sensitive eyes.

What do you use to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin?

Love, Minnie x

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#FaceTheDay Collection Palette

It is Friday again, sorry if this post seems rushed I have had such a busy week as I had my MRI and my boyfriend went to Estonia at 3am this morning, so I am hoping that this strong black coffee will get me through today.  I also have a free weekend planned so hopefully I will be able to catch up on blog posts.

I picked up the #FaceTheDay Collection Palette in Boots a couple of months ago.  It is not what I had gone into the store to purchase nor had I read any reviews of it, I just happened to fall upon it and ended up purchasing!  It was a bargain at £3.99 and I have started using it regularly.


What it claims: ‘Get ready to #FaceTheDay with this essential palette that includes a highlighter, blusher, bronzer and four blendable powder eyeshadows.

Choose from 4 shimmering neutral and brown eyeshadows, a matte bronzer, shimmering pink blusher and a neutral highlighter.

It allows you to get a professional make-up look with just one palette and transform your make-up from day to night.’


Okay, so I am not sure if it does really give you a professional make up look but the matte bronzer is perfect for my skin tone and I have started wearing this daily.  I have also received compliments when wearing the highlighter – it is neutral as it claims so is perfect for work.  I don’t wear the highlighter or the blusher every day as I have a couple that I switch between but I do like them a lot.  I wasn’t expecting a lot for £3.99 but I am so impressed.

I will admit that I do not wear eye shadow on a daily basis and therefore, I cannot comment on the eye shadow shades yet.  They do look good though so my aim is to make a conscious effect to wear them more and provide a second review shortly!

Pros 

  • It is very affordable at £3.99 per palette
  • It is accessible as can be purchased at Boots
  • A good range of neural colours in the palatte for every day looks
  • Perfect for work

 

Cons 

  • I am a beginner with make up so cannot really comment on the quality of the product.

 

Overall I love the palatte and wear some of it almost daily! It was such a bargain purchase at £3.99 and for that price I would recommend that you give it ago! If you hate it or think that the quality is really bad it doesn’t matter too much.

Love, Minnie x

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My Favourite Mac Lipstick

Mehr! 

I first discovered this shade after Lily Pebbles was raving about it a couple of years ago and as we have kind of similar skin tones I thought I would take the risk and order to collect at Debenhams. I say take the risk, I did spend hours googling reviews and swatches. At the time of the purchase there was not a Mac counter/store close to anywhere I go i.e. my flat, my parents or my boyfriends.  Luckily,  one has now opened at the department store near work and a store fairly close to my parents home.

The shade is described as a ‘dirty blue pink’ and is of the Matte Formula.

It goes on amazing and is very long-lasting.  I am not a big fan of touching up make up due to the fact that I am so lazy and this only needs touching up after a good few hours wear or with lots of eating and drinking.  It is a really good every day shade that you can get away with in the office or on the weekend, however, I have also worn it in the evenings and on nights out.  I have tried many lipsticks over the years and haven’t reached for anything as often as this.  I did think I had lost it a couple of weeks ago and almost cried before realising that I had left it at my parents house.

As with all Mac Lipsticks it isn’t cheap at £16.50 – I think that this has recently gone up as I purchase this when it was £15.50.  I also ordered when Debenhams had a 10% off pay-day offer do they still do this?  I would also recommend the Debenhams click and collect services as it is one of the better ones, in my experience anyway

I already know that I will be re-purchasing this again when my current one runs out.

What is your favourite Mac Lipstick?

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] La Roche-Posay- REDERMIC [R] ANTI-WRINKLE TREATMENT

Happy Friday!

Today I will be reviewing La Roche-Posay Remermic [R] Anti-Wrinkle Treatment.  I actually purchased this at the beginning of June after receiving a free sample size of the same product but the one containing SPF.  I did wish to purchase the SPF version but for some reason I must have clicked on the wrong one.  At first, I was disappointed by soon I think I had made the right choice.


What it claims – specifically formulated for women who have sensitive skin or who have experienced feelings of discomfort on the skin when using retinol based skin care in the past. 

  1. Even skin tone and dark spots 
  2. No Parabens 
  3. The La Roche-Posay formulation charter for optimal safety and efficacy
  4. Specifically formulated for sensitive skin 
  5. Hypoallergenic

So, I purchased this for about £29.00 on Feel Unique.  The delivery was quick and after my initial disappointment, I started reading the difference between the two products. The first thing that I realised and kind of already knew was that Retinol has to be applied with SPF.  I therefore, quickly picked up my face SPF30 from my recent trip to Mexico and used this with the product.  I only use the product every other day unless I forget when I have applied however, I have started using the SPF everyday which has been great for my skin.  I am normally terrible and don’t repurchase SPF after a holiday but this is already on my shopping list for my next trip to Boots and after a very warm Sports Day my boyfriend has already requested that I purchase him some.

Anyway, back to the product that I am reviewing

Pros

  • Easily available
  • I have really felt a difference using this – my skin tone is more even and my skin feels great
  • It doesn’t block up pores
  • It is an amazing base for makeup especially with the SPF
  • It is generally kind to my sensitive skin
  • A little goes along way so it seems to last for ages

Cons 

  • It is more expensive than general high street products
  • occasionally, it has made my skin sore when being applied I do have super sensitive skin!

 

Overall I LOVE this product!! My skin has never felt so good even on a day when I haven’t applied it.  It has completely evened out my skin tone & made my skin so soft. I am so glad that the sample came with my boots order as I feel that I will be repurchasing over and over agin.  It is a now staple in my skin care routine and has been since the beginning of June.

What are your favourite anti-ageing products?

Love, Minnie x

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