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Friday, 23 August 2019

First Impression: Rimmel Lasting Matte 'Illuminator' Concealer

It's Friday, and as its a bank holiday its a 3 day weekend! Today I wanted to share my first impressions on the Rimmel Lasting Matte 'Illuminator' Concealer. It's been a while since I purchased a Rimmel concealer. So when I saw the 2 for £10 Rimmel offer at Boots I thought it was a good opportunity to try it.

Firstly the packaging is quite classic; with the clear tube, black lid and writing. It does remind me a bit like the Collection lasting perfection concealer.

The formulation is lovely; I wasn't sure on how illuminating a soft matte full coverage concealer can be.  But the full coverage is good especially for my under eye circles. It has a quite long lasting I did have to top up the concealer once to cover up the under eye circles. But with most concealer I have to top it up throughout the day to keep my under eye looking bright and awake!! On the other hand the concealer didn't crease at all throughout the day which was a bonus. I did set it a bit with some powder to help it not crease or set.

As you can tell from the photo this concealer defintely has yellow tones to help counteract the purpleness under the eyes. The range has 11, which is quite limited but hopefully there's a shade for everyone. Also it's quite nice that most concealer shades match the foundation shades.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this concealer that it does cover and illumate my undereye circles.

Sarah X


Wednesday, 21 August 2019

My Healthy Summer Glow Skincare Routine 2019

Everyone loves a heathly summer glow, whether that's a good glowy skincare routine or some extra highlight. In this post I wanted to share my morning summer glow routine; this usual consists of hydro-boosters serums, toners and moisturisers. For each of these I have shared 2 products that I love and add a lovely healthy glow to the skin.

To start with Toners, a small amount of toner on a cotton pad adds a lovely refreshing base especially on morning skin. One thing I love about toners is little goes a long way. The two I love and change between are the Pixi Rose Tonic and Body Shop British Rose Gel Toner. As you can probably tell I do love a rose toner hahah! The Pixi Rose Tonic is enriched with rose and elderflower and it's lovely at refreshing the skin. As well as calm any redness on the skin, and is great on any facial sunburn. The Body Shop Rose Gel Toner has a lovely formaultion and as it's a gel it makes it refreshing as well as adding a good glow. The smell is stunning, I do love rose scent but it's subtle and not overpowering.
Both toners are lovely bases and really helps refresh your skin to help the healthy glow.

Next the Hydro - Booster Serums, I do tend to mix the serum and moisturiser together before placing them on the skin. The Hydro - Booster Serums of chose are the Neutrogena Hydro Boost and The Hero Project Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost. Both quite similar in formulation as they are light weight, highly moisturing and refreshing. Both the serums contains hyaluronic acid, which helps retain the skins moisture meaning gives a hydrated glow to the skin.

Then finally, Moisturisers, one of my favoruite steps and the perfect end of morning skincare routine. As well as lovely base for makeup; I do love the Dermologica Skin Smoothing Cream* and Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturiser. The Dermologica Skin Smoothing Cream* is a lovely light moisturiser containing aloe vera and cucumber.
The Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturiser, is more of a gel mosituriser but so hydrating. The moisturiser also contains hyaluronic acid, as well as plant extract.
Both make refreshing moisturisers, and the mixture of Hydro - Booster Serums and Moisturier on top of toner makes an amazing hyrated glow to the skin perfect for summer.

Hope you like this post and hope you have a lovely day!

Sarah X


Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Current Summer Favourites 2019

I do love a favourites post, and I've looked back at previous posts and realised I haven't done one in a while. So today I wanted to share some of my favourites from the past few months; both beauty and lifestyle.


Discovering new makeup and beauty products is one of my favourite things to do. As well as re discovering old favourites.

Definitely my go to at the moment is the Charlotte Tilbury Dreamagsm Palette, the shades are stunning. The pigmentation is lovely and the packaging is gorgeous. The little mirror also makes it travel friendly. To finish every eye look reently I have been using the  Rimmel London Wonder'Luxe Volume Mascara. Lovely mascara which adds length, volume and it's also great for layering to create more dramatic lashes.

I have really been loving lip products recently so I have quite a few top ones:
For a base lip balm my go to is the Nivea Mango Shine Lip Balm*, which I was kindly gifted and loving!! It really smells and tastes like mango and I LOVE IT!! ahah! Also creates a soft base for any lipsticks,
This is one lip I have been loving recently is the Colourpop x Zoella @Me. It's a gorgeous pink liquid lip with a lightweight non drying formulation which is exactly what I like for a matte lip.
I'm loving the combo of the @Me with the Fenty Gloss for an everyday summer gloss lip. The gloss is stunning by itself as well as layered on top of other lips. As the gloss is a lovely shimmering rose nude shade.
For a more summer occasion lip; Rimmel Stay Satin 'It Girl' Liquid Lipstick is a gorgeous sophisticated lip. As its pinky-brown nude but with red undertones so it's more of a darker nude in my collection. The formulation is also lovely.

Other Favourites

As it's been summer, I have been binge watching shows from either Netflix or Amazon Prime. Some my favourites have been Ugly Betty and Teen Moms UK. I have already watched Ugly Betty but many years ago. So it was lovely to watch it again and remember how much I love it! Teen Moms UK has been a show that I've heard a lot about and watched to watch for a while. So when I saw it amazon prime I was delighted and got through the series very quickly.

I have a drink favourite; elderflower cordial I think make such refreshing summer drink. Elderflower cordial with some alcoholic spirits (vodka and gin) are also lovely too ;)

Hope you like this post and hope you are having a lovely day!

Sarah X

Monday, 12 August 2019

Rimmel Stay Satin 'It Girl' Liquid Lipstick

Happy Monday!! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I do love liquid lipstick, as I like the long-lasting formulation so will last all day. Before I had only tired liquid matte lipstick which can be quite drying but I recently got the Rimmel Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick in It Girl. Rimmel had a deal if you spent £12 you got a free summer gift which contained one of their eyeshadows and this gorgeous lip. 

To start with the packaging of the Rimmel Stay Satin 'It Girl' Liquid Lipstick is classic. I love that the packaging shows the shade of the lipstick. So you know exactly what shade you are buying, and for Rimmel it can show the shade range they have bought out. 

The Rimmel Stay Satin 'It Girl' Liquid Lipstick is a pinky-brown nude (haha classic me shade!). But does have some red undertones making it a slightly darker nude The share compliments my ghostly skin tone really nicely and goes with most eye looks. 

As previously mentioned liquid matte lipsticks can be quite drying on the lips. So I was intrigued by how the formulation would differ to make it a satin finish. As usual I prime the lips with a lip balm and honestly, it glides on and doesn't cling on to dry patches. It doesn't feel uncomfortable on the lips which are a bonus. I do have to admit that it slightly drying if you don't apply lip balm as a basis for the lip. The finish is as it says on the tube 'satin' so like a matte but with a slight sheen glossy finish. I love this finish, as it's a nice balance of matte and gloss that's comfortable on the lip but has a long-wearing formulation. 

 Hope you like this post, please comment if you have tried any of the Rimmel Satin Lips.

Sarah X


Friday, 9 August 2019

My 5 Go To Mascaras 2019

IT'S FRIDAY!!! Therefore the weekend is in upon us which is probably quite good for most of us haha. I'm also back from a non-intentional but needed break from social media. But gladly I feel a bit me and more motivated to get back to my blog and posting again.
In today's post, I wanted to share my 5 go-to mascaras. I do love a good mascara and especially one that doesn't transfer when it's warm so I don't look like a panda haha. I do like false effect lashes, so lots of volume and length without looking clumpy or spidery. I also seem to love oil-enriched mascaras.

The most mentioned mascara on my blog is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara, I can't even count the number of mascaras I've own over the past few years. For long voluminous lashes and doesn't flake which is an added bonus. The brush is so easy to use and grabs every lash. The packaging is also classic with the black tube and pink metallic writing.

The most recent discovery is the Rimmel London Wonder'Luxe Volume Mascara. I've been using this mascara everyday for over a month and loving it! The bristle brush grabs every lash; adding length and volume to every lash. It's also has a buildable formulation to create lots of volume. I also love the metallic pink packaging!

My favourite curl mascara is the Benefit Roller Lash; adds volume, length as well as curls lashes. The mascara is buildable so creates everyday lashes and also creates more dramatic fan eyelashes. The applicator brush is really good - gets every lash and separates them as well.

Another drugstore mascara I love is Max Factor Masterpiece Lash Crown Defining Mascara. Firstly the packaging I think is so chic with the gold crown lid. The brush is also unique, with the curve brush on one side and a ball brush on the other for the bottom lashes. The mascara creates nice full lashes with added length and volume. 

This was one mascara I got after seeing a lot of hype about, hoping I would love it and I do! This mascara is the Tarte Light, Camera, Lashes. To start with the formulation and pigmentation are amazing as it adds length and volume. Similarly to the benefits one, the brush is great at separating lashes to create fan lash effect.

Hope you like this post and it would be amazing if you could comment on your favourite mascara as I do love trying.

Sarah X
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