Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Black Review

For the longest time I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect black kohl liner, a black eye pencil is such a staple in my makeup collection create for upper lash line, lower lash line, tight and waterline I love using kohl to define my eyes but depsite trying so many I’ve just not found my holy grail yet and I can’t help but believe that somewhere there is better, which brings my onto today’s post. I’ve mentioned this eyeliner in so many posts yet haven’t yet reviewed it, so here’s my thoughts.
This is the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Black and it’s a standard pencil liner with black and silver on it. The eyeliner itself is quite creamy but claims to be water-proof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat-proof, humidity-proof and scandal-proof as well as having a rich colour payoff and a creamy formula. That’s a whole lotta product claims! The retailing price for this is £3.99.

Starting with the colour and this is nice and black, this seems like a simple statement but actually it means a whole lot more. When I say black I mean black, often I find that you can get some liners that are a watery grey colour and not really black at all, this isn’t the blackest liner I’ve ever used but it’s pretty decent on colour payoff front.

In terms of the formula this is very creamy so it’s great for waterline and tightline as it glides on and stays put which is brilliant. The creamy formula means that there is no drag nor is there any scratchiness which I think is quite important as the eyes are a very sensitive area.

I do think that this is waterproof to a point, it has good staying power but I don’t agree with the heat-proof and sweat-proof claims, in summer I used only the nude shade because this wouldn’t stay in place, I personally feel that it humid weather conditions this isn’t the best liner to use.
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I also feel that I wish this was more pointed and I wish that it was even darker, usually I complain about product wastage but if this was retractable I would personally find it unusable because of the creaminess. This smudges quite easily which is great for a smudgy look but if I was definition on my lower lash line I don’t feel like that is achievable with this eyeliner as you have to sometimes go over a few times and the creaminess doesn’t dry straight away.

Overall this is pretty decent if you want creamy and smudgy so if you are looking for that then I’d definitely recommend, if however, like me you are looking for an eyeliner for definition that will stay in place on lower and upper lash lines that I wouldn’t go for this one, to me this is very good but I still feel like there is better out there somewhere…

The Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Black is available here for £3.99.

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Shopping my samples – Urban Decay Naked Flushed and BB Creams review

One of the many things that I love about Urban Decay is how when you purchase products you end up with free samples and who doesn’t love free samples? I still have all four of their primer potions in sample form to review, but I thought I’d have a go at their Naked Flushed Palette and BB Creams, I hope you enjoy this post.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Strip
flushed outside
So this is the sample of the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette and this one is the shade Strip which I believe is the darkest of the three, inside is a bronzer, a highlighting powder and a blusher all of which are powder products.
flushed inside
Up first is the bronzer and I didn’t really get on with this, I found it way too dark for my skintone and there wasn’t anything particularly special about this, I think that the fact that it’s the largest of the three sections is also a bit off putting.

The highlighter was very good and I was very impressed so it’s no wonder that I have my eye on the Illuminating Powder in Luminous, this added a beautiful sheen to me cheekbones which really helped them pop I was very impressed with this.

The blusher in this palette was also a disappointment to me, I love different shades of blusher but this one was very dark a deep pinky brown and it left me looking very clownish even when I only applied a small amount, I couldn’t pull off this shade.

Overall, I love the illuminating powder but to me the bronzer and blusher are mediocre so I wouldn’t purchase this for myself.

The Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Strip is available here for £22.50.

Urban Decay Beauty Balms
broad spectrum beauty balm
Next up is a little book containing samples of the three beauty balms that Urban Decay offer. I have the Broad Spectrum beauty balm which is a basic BB Cream in the shade Naked Medium (which is a tad dark for me), I have the Illuminating BB Balm and then I have the Bronzing Beauty Balm as well.
Naked Medium Beauty Balm
Here is the sample of the Broad Spectrum Beauty Balm, the shade was too dark for me but I was interested more in the formula of this. Unfortunately this was very heavy on my skin and I felt like it weighed down my face and felt looked very cakey. I do like decent coverage but not to the point where my skin can’t breathe.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm is available here for £23.50.
The illuminating balm to me was average and I actually preferred the highlighting powder from the flushed palette even though I usually prefer creams and liquids for highlighters. To me this was only a tad brighter than the original beauty balm so still too dark and again felt quite heavy.
The Urban Decay Naked Illuminating Balm is available here for £23.50.
Bronzing Beauty Balm
I’ve not tried a liquid or cream bronzer before and this looked very dark so I was very apprehensive but this really blew me away. I found it really easy to apply and it looked amazing as a contour, not too pale not too orange or dark but exactly right I absolutely loved this.
The Urban Decay Bronzing Beauty Balm is available here for £23.50.

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Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay 7 Days Nail Colour in Uptown Blue Review

I think by now I’ve made it pretty clear that I adore nail polish and blues, greens and purples are often my favourite shades to wear. I’d heard a lot of great things about this range, so when my lovely boyfriend bought me this nail polish in the shade Uptown Blue one that I’d had my eye on for a while, I was really excited. Here’s my thoughts.
the polish
So this is the nail polish and it’s in a nice fat bottle which I love, there’s 10ml inside this bottle which I think is a decent amount and the polishes in this range are priced at £4.49 which is a great price in my opinion.

Starting with the colour and this shade is beautiful, this polish looks great on pale or tanned skin but I think it especially looks lovely on yellow toned to olive skin or darker, thankfully my skin tone is yellow toned so it makes my hands look tanned. The colour is a stunning pastel blue.
polish on me
The brush itself is a fatter, brush which makes application quite easy as the brush near enough covers the entire nail, the formula is also incredible. This has the air and finish of professional gel nails but without the damage. I’ve mentioned previously that the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint range is my all time favourite range but this is a close second.

One to two coats is all you need with this polish and without a top coat it lasts a good three days at least, I’ve had this on for almost five days now and chipping is minimal which is really impressive.

Overall I’m really impressed, I have since picked up another two colours which I’m yet to try but I’m enjoying this range. Barry M is still my favourite but these are pretty damn close and there’s a whole array of shades to choose form I’d definitely repurchase and recommend.

The Maybelline Forever Strong Superstay 7 Day Nail Colours are available here for £4.49.

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Seven Deadly Sins Lust Inspired LOTD

Ever since I was a child, the seven deadly sins always fascinated me, I particularly enjoyed reading Dante’s Inferno and found a morbid fascination with the different circles of hell. That brings me onto my first look in a series which is a Lust inspired look, I’ve tried to make these a little more wearable although I probably will end getting a lot more creative with them, I hope you like it!
Rimmel London Glam Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in 001 Smokey Noir
I decided that I would go for a smokey eye but with a little bit of a twist, so I started by creating the smokiness using a blend of grey eyeshadows. To start with I used a matte grey eyeshadow across my lid before blending a black eyeshadow from the outer corners inwards. For the inner corners I added some silver eyeshadow and then I pressed a darker silver eyeshadow in the middle of my eyelids to add some depth.
BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette
I decided to skip eyeliner as I didn’t want to end up looking like an extra from the Rocky Horror Show, and instead I decided to run an eyeshadow across my lower lash line. To me the main colours associated with Lust are of course red and then a little bit of black, it makes me think of leather and corsets and red lipstick, so I took a deep raspberry coloured eyeshadow and just ran that across my lower lash line.
Rimmel London Wonderfull Wake Me Up Mascara
They key to any makeup look is mascara especially when you are creating a bold eye makeup look. I would have liked to have used a better mascara but I’m determined to use this tube up first (it’s taking forever seriously). I started by curling my lashes with my French Connection eyelash curlers and then went in with this mascara on my lashes. I skipped the lower lash line as this mascara has quite a wet formula and I didn’t want it to transfer.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark:
For brows I went with my trusty brow kit from Sleek and used the pigmented wax to create defined brows. I bloomin’ love this eyebrow kit although I’ve nearly used up all of the wax! If you like full brows then give this a whirl, it’s all kinds of awesome.

Face Makeup:
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation:
Onto face makeup now and I haven’t bothered using primer, it’s been a long time since I’ve used a primer as a) I’ve run out and b) I’ve found a base that works so well and stays on all day that primer simply isn’t needed. This is my favourite foundation at the moment and I’ve found that the best way to apply it is with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, the two are a dreamy combination and for the first itme in my life a light coverage is all I need, hallelujah!
Maybelline Instant Eye Eraser Concealer in Light:
Contradictory to the last paragraph although I really have found my perfect base, my under eye circles are all kinds of cray so I do need concealer to deal with those. This one is very yellow toned which really surprised me when I first used it, but in terms of colour correction yellow is great at correcting blue and purple tones so no wonder this works so well!
Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever:
I can’t actually get enough of this bronzer at the moment, it cost me four pounds and it’s so amazing especially for pale skin like mine. I applied this to the hollows of my cheeks with my Real Techniques Contour Brush and then brought it up to my temples and hairline and boom – my cheekbones exist.
Topshop Glow in Polish:
I think I’ve found my holy grail highlighter, I kid you not this stuff is seriously amazing. This is a cream highlighter and I apply this with my fingers just to the top of the cheekbones. It helps me to really sculpt my cheekbones and yet it’s so subtle at the same time, this really does help my skin glow and I love it.
Max Factor Creme Puff Face Powder in Fair:
I found that my old powder (Rimmel London Stay Matte) had a tendency to cake on my face, wear away and leave patchy looking skin behind so I’m glad that I was given this. This smells really nice (like old school powder rooms) and I use a very small amount just on any areas where my makeup tends to fade, that’s all I need and it works like a charm.

Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Cherry Red:
I love lipsticks and I have more than a few high end ones in my collection but Natural Collection lipsticks will always have a special place in my heart, why? Because they’re amazing value for money! Top quality satin formula that’s saturated with colour, non drying and doesn’t slip and slide teamed with a £1.99 price tag and I’m sold.

That concludes this LOTD I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what you think of this look and if you would give it a go.

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Soap and Glory You Won’t Believe Your Eyes Tired Eye Re-Energising Moisture Serum Review

There’s a bit of a long winded title for today’s blog post but you can all blame Soap and Glory because that’s what they really did name their product. I’m an advocate or under eye products be it eye creams, gels or serums. I do suffer with discolouration, puffiness and tiredness so anything that can reduce that is something I’m willing to try, which is why I was so excited when Rachel gave me this. Here’s my thoughts.
s and g
I quite like the packaging of this the colours work really well together and I find that the pink contrasts really well with the black and white imaging so thumbs up for that. Inside we have a white tube of product that admittedly looks rather dull in contrast.
The product claims of this are as follows:
” You Won’t Believe Your Eyes™ fights under-eye bags, dark circles and pigmentation, and has illuminating pigments plus anti-wrinkle actives and moisturisers to help lift, brighten and blur away flaws. Engineered with Live Yeast Cell Derivative (LYCD) – one of the best-kept secrets of the world’s top models – it helps noticeably reduce inflammation and puffiness, so you go from bloat to gloat.

  • Fights dark circles, under-eye bags and pigmentation
  • Increases cell respiration
  • Instantly lifts, smoothes and blurs flaws
  • Brightens and illuminates
  • Soothes, cools and moisturisesAs you can see that’s a whole lot of product claims which is quite ambitious for one product. The product is essentially a white cream that is dispensed through three metal rollerballs that cool and soothe the eyes.
    First of all I have to say I disagree with the product claims, the metal rollerballs are cooling but the product itself doesn’t do much, this didn’t firm, refresh or moisturise. I did use this for a few days and found that this actually dried out my eye area and left my eye area very sore and when me and Rachel had a discussion we found that it had irritated us both therefore this isn’t suitable for sensitive skin.

    My eyes were actually left quite sore and I found that it didn’t do anything for my dark circles or the puffiness, I’ve had better products that are cheaper and have worked a lot better. As my first forage into Soap and Glory skincare I have to say I’m quite disappointed.

    Overall this just didn’t work for me, I wouldn’t recommend nor would I repurchase, to me the eye area is quite sensitive so this just isn’t too great, I’ve tried and used better.

    The Soap and Glory You Won’t Believe Your Eyes Tired Eyes ReEnergising Moisture Serum is available here for £12.50.

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Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Morning After Dry Shampoo Review

Umberto Giannini is one of those elusive brands. I’ve seen the products stocked in the shelves of Boots but I haven’t heard much about them nor have I tried them myself, so when Rachel kindly let me keep a load of products that she didn’t really enjoy from the brand I thought that it would be a great time to give the brand a whirl, up first is the dry shampoo and here’s my thoughts.
dry shampoo
So this is the packaging and I have to say I’m not really a fan, it’s okay and is iconic for the brand but it doesn’t really appeal to me if anything it’s a tad boring in my opinion. I have also heard people describing this packaging as rather phallic looking which just makes me laugh.

I love dry shampoo but I often find that when certain haircare brands try to do it, they always end up wrong. I wasn’t a fan of the Aussie one, I’ve heard terrible reviews about the Tresemme one so I was a little apprehensive to try this one, despite trying to keep an open mind.

The product description is as follows:
“Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Morning After Dry Shampoo revives and refreshes lank, lifeless hair and gives that second day feeling that keeps hair perky and poised all day.”

My hair is naturally quite shiny and soft but I don’t really tend to end up with hair that’s too greasy, having said this I do use dry shampoo mostly on days where my hair does need a wash or just to add a little grip as my hair is quite soft and silky and therefore difficult to style.

Sadly this is a disappointment, first of all the smell is very strong and smells like VO5 Hairspray it’s overwhelming to the point where I’m choking on it which is never a good thing. I also found that it doesn’t absorb any grease and on my hair it kind of just slid off and did nothing which I was really disappointed with.

I do have a friend who suffers with hair that can get greasy and she just found that it made her hair very sticky and difficult to manage which is never a good thing. I did end up trying this as a volumising spray but it just didn’t do much at all.

Overall I’m pretty disappointed, this product just seems a waste of time and money to me so I wouldn’t purchase this for myself, nor would I recommend it.

The Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Morning After Dry Shampoo is available here for £6.00.

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Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Raspberry

I’m building up quite a collection of Natural Collection Lipsticks owning around four now, but they’re the sort of lipstick that at £1.99 you can buy yourself them every now and then without feeling guilty. The latest shade to join my collection is Raspberry (and I have another that I’m yet to show) so I thought I’d give it a review, here’s my thoughts.
nc lipstick
I’ve mentioned the packaging before, the design fits the brand but it’s just so flimsy that I do think that it needs an update. Price point for this lipstick is £1.99 which is a great price for a lipstick that’s quite decent in quality.

Starting with the formula and I do love the formula of the moisture shine range, these lipsticks apply really smoothly and effortlessly onto the lips and add saturated colours without slipping or sliding but also without dragging or clinging to dry patches.

These also wear off evenly no dreaded ring of colour or flaking or patchiness which pleases me to know end as it means I can comfortably leave this on all day knowing that it won’t end up a complete mess.

Originally I thought that Raspberry would be a deep pink but it’s actually a muted berry, it’s the shade that can be easily overlooked however I think that muted tones make it very versatile and it’s great as an everyday lipstick that is on trend for Autumn without being too in your face, this the work appropriate berry lip.
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Overall I’m very impressed, I love the satin finish, the colour and the formula and if you still haven’t given them a go then certainly go and try them, you can’t go wrong for £1.99.

The Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipsticks are available here for £1.99.

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