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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Makeup Must Have: Rimmel London East End Snob Lip Liner

During 2013 we all tried our best to grow out our brows like Cara and last year Kylie Jenner appeared on Instagram with fuller, plumper, much larger lips and after finding out it all came down to a couple of products including a lip liner or two, the majority of us hit the shops in the hope of gaining a fuller pout like Kylie. And I found the product that does just that for under £5. 

Rimmel Londons Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob (63) is a deep warm rosy pink lip liner and  is quite simply a must have, for your makeup collection. The shade would suit a variety of skin tones and is the perfect your lips but better and is very similar to both MACs Soar Lip Liner and Charlotte Tilburys Lip Liner in Pillow Talk. 

I have owned this lip liner since August last year and although I’m not a massive lip liner lover, I’ve been converted. Not only is the colour spot on, I also really like the packaging. It’s practical as the pencil is retractable, so no sharpening required (hooray!) and the nib is tapered making it really easy to apply. Also the casing is a practically the same colour as the product, which is a nice touch. However, don’t be too overzealous as the pencil is creamy in texture and thin, therefore prone to snapping if you over twist. The lip liner gives a soft matte finish when applied. It doesn’t drag, smudge, or look too over done, so can be worn both during the day and evening. More importantly if you wear lipstick over the top of this liner, it won’t bleed. It lasts very well and although it can feel a little drying when worn on its own for a long period of time. I do find that it can actually feel a little tacky when you apply multiple layers (strange?).

This lip liner combines nicely with the majority of my lip products, but I personally like to pair it with a lip-gloss, like my much loved Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer, or as seen above with L’Oreal's L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Rose Melody. Before applying the lip liner, I like to prep my lips with Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub and apply a little Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, let it soak in and then gently wipe off. Then I will apply the lip pencil, followed by a pop of gloss onto the centre of my lips and my lips instantly look fuller and dare I say, more Kyle Jenneresque!

So, if you are yet to make up your mind as to whether or not you need this product, you’d be silly not to at such a reasonable price. This lip pencil is an absolute steal at £3.99, which just shows you don’t always have to spend lots of money on makeup! 

Do you like to wear lip liner?
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Monday, 16 March 2015

Nip+Fab Cellulite Fix Body Sculpting Gel

Unfortunately many of us no matter our size, suffer from cellulite. Cellulite causes the skin to appear bumpy and dimply and many women spend lots of money on 'magic anti-cellulite potions', but not all products prove effective. I’m aware that no product will make cellulite disappear, but I’m happy to try something that might help and this is where Nip+Fab’s Cellulite Fix Body Sculpting Gel comes in. 

This sculpting gel from Nip+Fab contains cell active shape, which sculpts and targets cellulite, Indian forskolin which firms and activates microcirculation and caffeine which is proven to burn and help eliminate fat cellsThe product is a relatively thick gel consistency, which is an odd white misty colour (questionable!). Personally, I like to apply a 50 pence sized amount to each of my thighs after having a shower (usually post workout). When applied it doesn’t just sink into the skin straight away, it requires a good massage, which in itself will help circulation and help the skin to appear smoother. Once applied it can leave the skin feeling a little tacky, especially if I apply too much product. However, my skin is left feeling softer and appears firmer. In terms of stretch marks, unlike the Liz Earle Energising Hip & Thigh Gel I see no difference, which is a little disappointing. And for reference I do much prefer the Liz Earle Energising Hip & Thigh Gel, but unfortunately it has been discontinued. 

If you have cellulite this will not ‘fix’ it as the name suggests. Cellulite can be affected by skin thickness, diet, exercise and circulation. This product is only a short-term solution and more of a temporary ‘fix’ when used on a regular basis. For example, it would be great addition to your skincare routine before a beach holiday. Overall, this product has definitely helped to reduce the appearance of cellulite, the texture and tone of my thighs and it is relatively affordable at £18.29.

Have you ever tried anti-cellulite products?
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Friday, 13 March 2015

Acrylic Lipstick Storage

When it comes to storing makeup, acrylic storage is always a winner. Thanks to Kim K giving us all a glimpse of her makeup stash a couple of years back in an episode of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ acrylic makeup storage has become very popular and as a result, there are now hundreds of options available, some of which are very inexpensive and some which cost hundreds. 

The glossy plastic storage, is a simple, tidy, practical and a rather pretty way to display makeup and now is the perfect time to have a spring clean of your makeup stash and display your most loved lippies on your vanity. I bought myself an acrylic lipstick holder early last year, after realising I wasn’t getting much use out of my lip products and I love it. My four-tier lipstick organiser can hold up to 24 lipsticks and I certainly get more use out of these lipsticks now they are on display. I like to store the majority of them upside down, so I can see which shade they are, which is very convenient, especially when it comes to MAC lipsticks. And the fact the holder is tiered makes it far easier to find the shade I’m looking for, unlike the flat acrylic lipstick holders. 

If you are a lipstick junkie, and yet to invest in a lipstick acrylic storage solution now is the time. Yes they can be over priced, but you don’t have to break the bank. If you are happy to wait a couple of weeks, you can pick up an acrylic lipstick holder like mine for under a fiver from Amazon for as little as £2.75 which is shipped from China. eBay also has hundreds to choose from £2.57. The plastic is a little thinner than my MUJI acrylic storage, but all in all I can’t fault it. 
How do you like to store your lipsticks? 
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

"On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!"

So you’re not a fan of pink makeup? Boo, you whores! So it’s been 11 years since Mean Girls graced our screens, but when was the last time you got in touch with your feminine side and wore pink? Wearing pink can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. Forget Barbie pink, today it’s all about creating a romantic, soft and simple look, with balletesque pinks, the perfect spring hue... 

Petal pink, flushed cheeks are a great way to brighten your complexion, adding a youthful glow. Picking the right shade is vital, as many pink blushers can make you appear drained. But, MAC's powder blush in ‘Well Dressed’ is a blue-based pink that lifts the skin and looks beautiful on all skin tones. Dior’s Diorskin Rosy Glow blush is very similar and both blushers look great paired with a smoky eye and are also perfect for those no makeup, makeup days. Apply to the top of the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards. 

I for one am yet to master the hot pink lip. But I do love a sheer wash of pink. My top pick would be Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in ‘Rose Shimmer'. Pop the gloss into the centre of your lips to give the appearance of a fuller pout and no matter your age you can wear lip gloss, a shiny finish will add youthful plumpness. Fancy kicking it up a notch? Try Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Butter in ‘Sweet Tart’ and dab it onto your lips, or try an old favourite of mine, MAC's ‘Lovelorn' lipstick a sheer blue based glossy pink. 

Give your face a fresh finish with a pop of pink on your eyelids. Don’t worry you won’t look like you’ve contracted an eye infection. Just remember with pink eyeshadow, blending is key. A few of my top picks are MAC’s ‘Expensive Pink’ a warm pink with copper/gold sheen, ‘All That Glitters’shimmery rosy gold, ‘Naked Lunch’ a warm pinky beige and LORAC’s ‘Soft Pink’ a matte soft pink. All of these shadows are wearable and super pretty. But if you are feeling a little hesitant, blend a taupe shadow into the lash line, or add a wing liner to give an edgy look. 

What’s your favourite pink product? 
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