RIMMEL THE ONLY 1 LIPSTICK - MAUVE-MENT


I'm not sure why I picked this lipstick up originally, I'm going to assume it was the colour as I'm a sucker for mauvey-browney lipsticks and have been for the past year or so. I think my lips were super chapped and flaky at the time too, which is both tmi and why I went for something a bit more moisturising and balmy.

So this is Rimmel's The Only 1 Lipstick in Mauve-ment. Rimmel claim it's a "no comprimise all in 1 lipstick" with the perfect balance of colour, moisturiser, colour, comfort and staying power. Sadly I don't agree.

There's definitely a good colour pay off and it's oh-so moisturising...BUT it doesn't last very long AT ALL. In fact I took a snap for this post with it on my lips (I looked horrendous which is why it's not included in the post) and the colour stayed on for around an hour tops, and during that time it faded loads and ended up looking like a pale pink.

And for me it's not comforting because of the smell. I don't know why I continue to buy Rimmel lipsticks as I really can't stand the crayon-esque smell they add to all of their products. THEY SMELL SO BAD. I think it might just be a preference thing though, as other people seem to love the Kate lipsticks and the Apocalips lacquers, and they all share the dreaded scent.

So for me, this is a goodbye to Rimmel lip products and the Only 1 lipstick sadly wasn't the one - sigh.




2016 MAKEUP FAVOURITES



So it's 2017. I did make some goals but I've already eaten chocolate and failed to attend the gym. Ultimate failz.
Instead I thought I'd take a snap and talk (very briefly) about all of the rather fabulous beauty products I've been using this year. Because, well, I like them.

Mac Lip Pencil in Whirl - Has transformed my life. I can now sache around pretending to be Kylie Jenner, despite the fact my lips are tiny and I'm old enough to be her (cool) auntie.

Hi-Imact Brow Kit - I reviewed this back in 2014 when I had thin brows. Which means I've been using it 'urday for two years. And there's still loads left! The shade I use is the perfect ashy brown for blondes, and you can really go to town with it to make a Cara Delevigne Style brow. I'll be sad to see the end of this beaut.

Mac Blush in Warm Soul - Oh dear. I reviewed this back in 2013. Meaning I really need to stop using out of date make up...pah it's nice and peachy and I'll love it forever!

Kiko, Collection & Rimmel Eyeliners - Cheap as chips and products I buy over and over and over again. Although this year I've strayed away from the winged eyeliner somewhat...wild.

L'oreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara - The best mascara I have ever used. It even interfered with my love affair with They're Real. My review includes a wee before and after, go have a peep.

L'oreal Infallible 24 hour Matte Foundation - Jeepers this foundation is good. I've not tried it out for 24 hours but it lasts a good 7 hour working day and covers up all of the redness. Slight downside is the shade range, it's not that extensive.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - A blogger favourite. I needn't say more.

Mac Matte Lipstick in Whirl - It's even better than the lip liner. Although I just clicked the post and now I'm morning the loss of my long blonde locks.

Morphe 12S Palette - Since buying this in September I haven't used any other palette. I'm a sucker for all things shimery, gold, and amber so this eyeshadow perfection.

Makeup Revolution Strobe Highlighter - The best highlight I've ever owned. And it was £3.00. Wins.

Barry M That's How I Roll Mascara - Not quite a contender for the Miss Manga but for a "drugstore" mascara it's a close second. It's basically a copy of Benefit's Roller Lash. But a helluva lot cheaper.


MADAME LA LA LIGHT TAN & BRONZING BALL

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Whenever I watch Geordie Shore I feel the need to tan, so opening an email from the folk at Madame La La just minutes after watching Chloe pelt Marty with chicken nuggets was, in a way, an omen.

I'm normally pretty loyal when it comes to fake tan and get through bottles upon bottles of the L'oreal Sublime Bronze in an attempt to not look so deathly pale - so when I first saw how dark the Madame La La mouse was, I thought I was going to turn out pretty darn brown.

Turns out I didn't end up David Dickenson like at all!  I applied the mouse at night (without a mitt, a fail on my part) after a mammoth vlog catch up session in the bath, and my first pleasant surprise was the smell. Gone are the days of burnt biscuits, this smelt like tanning lotion, a win for anyone as you can pretend you're somewhere far far away.
The second pleasant surprise was that it didn't smear all over my pyjamas OR bedsheets. ANOTHER WIN!

The next morning, after snoozing a billion times, I showered and was left with a rather healthy, golden sandy-esque glow that has stood the test of time. A THIRD WIN!

So if you're after a hat trick of wins and a lovely looking glow, then definitely have a peep at this tan - it even goes on well without a mitt. It lasted around three days before the colour started to fade, but it's definitely buildable and really quite natural.

The bronzing ball isn't like anything I've ever used before, it's incredibly pigmented and oh so glowy, I did attempt to use it as a contour before realising I'm useless at contouring, so found it worked better as an all over bronzer for me. Team it with the Real Techniques stippling brush and you've got yourself a double act better than the greats (Ant & Dec, Fred & George, Charlotte & Gaz....).

So overall both products are pretty ace and I'd deffs recomend them to anyone - not just Geordie Shore obsessives like myself.

What are your favourite fake tans?





HIGH NECKS AND FLORALS


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Dress: £15.99 Forever 21

As the title suggests, I love a high neck and I love a floral print. So a dress that incorporates the two is a win in my eyes. I actually bought this last month in Dubai as everywhere was air-conditioned and I don't cope with the cold well....especially when I'm trying to snaffle a cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory.

Speaking of, if you ever go, I'd HIGHLY recommend Chris' Outrageous Cheesecake.

Fudge. Brownie. Sponge. Coconut. Cheese frosting. Heaven.

I was alsooo debating whether to include the obligatory New Years eve stuff, as it's 21:24 as I'm typing this and in 2 hours and 36 minutes 2017 will be upon us - and despite being someone who doesn't like the 'New Year New Me" concept - I'm kind of embracing it this year. Other than the usual fitness resolutions, my goals for next year are to travel more, do more, and accept myself. Oooh deep.

So whilst most of the UK is drinking prosecco and counting down from 10 to 0, I'm blogging with a brew and contemplating starting my one line a day diary. May not be the wildest of nights but I'm rather content!



CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT WITH MAKEUP REVOLUTION

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I don't normally contour as I'm pretty heavy handed, meaning I slather on products and usually end up looking like I've been rolling around in mud. But I've piled on a bit of Christmas excess (or December excess) and as a result, my face has gone a little rounder - so instead of going to the gym, for now I'm trying contouring.

This contour, highlight  and bronzer kit from Makeup Revolution was a mere £3.50, and my rationale was that it wouldn't be a waste of dollar if I ended up looking like a swamp monster. But alas I did not! Teamed with the cheap and cheerful duo fibre brush from Primark, the contour shade applies really well and is the perfect 'medium' shade for all skin tones. It reminds me a little bit of Hoola by benefit and doesn't go streaky at all.

The bronzer is quite orangey but it works really well if I'm tanned to the max with my usual L'oreal Sublime Bronze, which does have a bit of an orange tint to it.

The only thing that isn't that impressive is the highlight, even with my heavy hands you can't really see a difference, and at this time of year I want to be shining bright like a diamonnnnd. The Makeup Revolution strobing highlight is far better in my opinion.

What are your favourite Makeup Revolution products?

THE LEATHER PINAFORE DRESS

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Dress: Primark
Top: Newlook

I'm undecided on this dress, I eyed it up at £10, considered it at £8, and grabbed it when it was reduced to a mere £5 in Primark. I'm unsure if it gives off an x rated vibe but I do like the colour.

I've sat down to type and don't really have a whole lot to say. My work 'Christmas do" was on Thursday and a ball was had - it was at this bizarre place called Bistro Live where they play all the classic organised fun dances and make you gyrate on top of the tables. Odd but not terrible.



BARRY M SATIN SUPER SLICK LIP PAINT - NUDITUDE


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Oh Barry M, how you confuse me with your product names/numbers. This lipstick only has the number 169 underneath, it's taken a lot of peeping on google to find out it's actually the Satin Super Slick lip paint in Nuditude.

I do like a Bazza lip paint though, they're a go to budget brand if you're after a lipstick that's both pigmented and really creamy - as much as matte lipsticks are becoming my faves, sometimes the weather isn't kind to my lips and a creamy finish is the only thing that'll hide the chapped mess on my face.

These lip paints are a steal at £4.49 and there's a pretty nice mauve shade in the range too that I was tempted to purchase. Regretting that I didn't now.

They're not the most long lasting of lipsticks, but I do find anything with a creamy formular to slide off quicker than others, but again, for £4.49 it's not really a problem and the rather nice 90s shade overshadows it anyway.

Are you a fan of Barry M?