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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Review and Swatches: Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer and Shine Lipsticks

600 'Spin It Spring' 200 'Glow-rious Pink'
I bought two of Rimmel's new Moisture Renew Sheer and Shine lipsticks a few weeks back and must say that I've really been enjoying them. Let's start with the pink packaging...what can I say? I love pink!

The shades I picked up are 600 'Spin It Spring' (a lovely peachy/ coral shade) and 200 'Glow-rious Pink'. The makeup addict in me always feels the need to pick up a warm toned shade and a cool toned shade when I feel like I'm going to really like a particular lip product.

600 'Spin It Spring' (a lovely peachy/ coral shade) 200 'Glow-rious Pink'
The lipsticks are really quite sheer with just one layer, as their name would suggest, but you can build the colour up with a few swipes and they're not so sheer that you don't get any colour from them, as you can see below.

600 'Spin It Spring' and 200 'Glow-rious Pink'
As the name would also suggest, they are really nice and moisturising. They have a nice amount of slip to them and my lips feel nourished and never dry after reapplying them several times during the day.

200 'Glow-rious Pink'
Speaking of reapplying, they're not the most long lasting lipsticks but I think this is to be expected from this kind of formula. Personally I really enjoy sheer, moisturising lipstick formulas for the Summer and I don't mind reapplying. It's sort of like wearing a gloss really but with more pigment than a lot of glosses have, and not as sticky! I also feel like as a result they make my lips look much plumper than they are, they sort of have a 'juicy' look to them if that is a way to describe lips?! haha.

600 'Spin It Spring'

You can find the Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer and Shine lipsticks for £6.49 via Boots here or via Superdrug here.

Have you tried these lipsticks? Do you prefer sheer, glossy lipsticks for Summer or are you more of a follower of the matte lip trend?

Em x

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Review:Zoeva Rose Golden Volume 2 Complete Eye Set

It was recently my birthday and I treated myself to the Zoeva Rose Golden Volume 2 Complete Eye Brush Set as a kind of birthday present to myself. I already had a few of the individual rose golden brushes (read the review post here) but I'd had my eye on more of the range for a while. I came to the conclusion that it made more sense to buy the set rather than more individual brushes because it works out better value.

The set comes with 12 brushes and costs £65, which means that each brush works out to be under £6. That's pretty bargainous for great quality brushes if you ask me! Not to mention the case/ makeup bag that comes with it that is really nice quality as well.

The 12 brushes are everything you could need as far as eye makeup goes. There are flat brushes for packing on eye shadow, crease brushes of various sizes, a pencil brush, angled/ eyebrow brush, a tiny smudger brush, the list goes on. All of them are nice and soft, wash well and do not shed. The other brushes I previously bought from Zoeva have been washed quite a few times and still look as good as new.

I also think that these brushes are unbelievably pretty with their nude handles and rose gold ferrules. I know that brushes are for serving a practicle purpose, but it always helps when something is super pretty too, right?! These sit in a little brush holder where I do my makeup and there's just something so satisfying about seeing a matching set of pretty rose gold brushes. 

I really think this brush set is worth the money if you're into nice makeup brushes. It would also make a lovely gift.

Have you tried Zoeva makeup brushes? What do you think?

Em x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Beauty Empties and Reviews #19

I had a huge bag of beauty bits I've used up again so here are my thoughts...

Bath and Body

1. Soap and Glory Foam call is a 2 in 1 shower and bath body wash. I normally love Soap and Glory but I wasn't fussed on this one. It was ok enough to use up but I prefer their other scents (Sugar Crush is my fave) and Foam Call also didn't seem to foam up as well as others. This came to me as part of a gift and I won't be buying it.

2. Kind Natured Coconut and Passionflower Bath Soak was something I picked up in Boots when I needed a bubble bath and this happened to be on offer. I was intrigued to see what a 97% natural bubble bath would be like. It smells nice and foamed up well. I would probably buy it on offer again but it wasn't special enough for me to go out of my way to pick it up.

3. Garnier Ultimate Blends Soothing Hydrating Lotion in Delicate Oat made it into my April Beauty Favourites post because I really enjoyed it. It smells lovely without being overpowering and is super moisturising. I'm using other things at the moment but I can definitely see myself repurchasing this one.

4. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Sugar Scrub is one of my favourite body products of all time. It smells absolutely amazing, as does the rest of the Sugar Crush line, with a very zingy lime scent that is great for waking you up in the morning. It's also a very scrubby scrub that exfoliates really well. I am currently using a mini one that came in a gift set but I have already bought a new full size.

 5. 2 x Nivea Invisible Anti-Persperants. I always prefer roll on deodorants and always pick up the invisible ones too because there is nothing more annoying than your deodorant marking or even permanently discolouring your clothes.

1. Tresemme Deep Cleansing Shampoo is brilliant for removing buildup of products or for oily hair. I am currently using the L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay range which is brilliant (see my review here) but I like to alternate between shampoos as my hair does seem to sort of get used to them after a while. I'm sure I will repurchase this at some point as it's something I have bought on and off for years.

2. Tresemme Salon Silk Conditioner was nice to go with the shampoo. It was quite moisturising but didn't weigh my hair down and again I would repurchase in the future.

3. Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Shampoo is another one I keep going back to that is pretty good for my oily roots, again probably a repurchase at some point but not right now.

4. Percy and Reed Finishing Polish is great for adding light hold to the hair. As I have wavy hair that I like to make more curly, this is great for scrunching in,to define the curls and give them a bit of hold. I have already repurchased.


1. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash is my favourite morning face wash. It cleanses my skin without drying it out and contains salicylic acid which is good for oily/ spot prone skin. I have repurchased this many times.

2. First Aid Beauty (FAB) Radiance Pads are exfoliating pads that contain glycolic and lactic acids. They do a good job but are much more expensive than the Nip&Fab equivalent that I normally use. I saw the FAB ones with some other FAB products for a bargainous price so though I'd give them a go to compare and for me, they do basically the same thing. I am going to go back to the Nip&Fab ones because they are very similar but much cheaper. You can see my full review of the FAB ones here.

3. La Roche Posay Serozinc is spray toner than contains zinc, which is great for helping to keep oily/ spot prone skin clear. I really enjoy this and have already repurchased.

4. Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm is an absolute must have for me, literally the best lip balm I've ever used (and I've used a lot).

5. Garnier Simply Essentials 2 in 1 Makeup Remover is a brilliant oil based eye makeup remover that is budget friendly too. I've lost count of the number of times I've repurchased have done so again.

6. Garnier Micellar Water is great for getting off the bulk of your face makeup before going in with a proper cleanser. Again I have repurchased numerous times and have done again.

7. Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion is an exfoliating toner, similar to the FAB or Nip and Fab pads but in a bottle. I have to say that I didn't love this as much as I was expecting to. When they say mild, they mean it. I would say that it would be good for someone who was just starting out using an exfoliating toner but for skin that's used to them like mine, it was almost a bit too mild. I prefer other things so I won't be repurchasing.

8. Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser is a brillant cleanser than I like using after the Garnier Micellar Water and is a definite repurchase. It really gets my skin clean without drying it out and is pretty similar to the much more expensive Liz Earle Cleanse and polish. You can see my full review and comparison here.


I won't go into these ones too much because I've mentioned them numerous times before and I'd be repeating myself, but needless to say they are all brilliant and have all been repurchased at least a few times or even for years.

1. Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
2. Revlon Colorstay Foundation (Normal-Oily)
3. Max Factor Facefinity All Day primer
4. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
5. Sleek Brow Stylist in 'Light'
6. Sleek Brow Perfector in 'Light'
7. Stila Smudge Stick eye liner in 'Damsel'
8. Benefit They're Real Mascara
9. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Which beauty products have you used up lately?

Em x