Back to Uni work for me… photographing makeup is much more fun! 🙁
Back to Uni work for me… photographing makeup is much more fun! 🙁
So I’m getting to the end of my beloved Benefit foundation, and due to, ahem, insufficient funds, it doesn’t look like I’ll be purchasing a new one any time soon. Keen to have perfect skin for my upcoming birthday (March 18th, write it down guys!) I’m saving the last fifth of the bottle til then, so out I went in search of a cheaper bottle to keep me going.
Having read a lot of blogs on drugstore foundation, I headed to the shops thinking about either Maybelline’s Fit Me foundation, or Rimmel’s Wake Me Up. I had swatched the Rimmel one previously and really not understood the hype, so I was already leaning towards Maybelline, especially seeing as my Dream Matte Mousse served me so well during my teenage years.
At the Maybelline counter I discovered however, that the foundation had been wrongly named, I couldn’t find a shade with the right undertones to suit me, the closest match I had made me somewhat resemble the same shade as an uncooked chicken, classy.
So I thought I’d try the Rimmel one again. I picked up the lightest shade, 100 Ivory, and tested it on hand, neck and face, and although not entirely convinced it was worth the hype, decided to go with it. I also picked up the matching concealer and a new Kate Moss lipstick, because, well, I challenge you to find a beauty blogger who can resist a 3 for 2.
So I tentatively tried this out using my lovely Body Shop foundation brush, and then my Eco Tools foundation brush, and found myself staring at a strange swirly skinned face in the mirror. In the midst of considering returning it, since streaky face wasn’t exactly what I wanted, I decided to try applying it with my fingers. Thank god I did.
I’ve now got this foundation down to a routine of, cover face using fingers, tap on concealer in desired areas, and then using my Real Techniques stippling brush to buff half a pump of foundation over my whole face lightly. The outcome, I actually prefer to my Benefit foundation, at half the price!
Despite getting a lot of compliments on my good complexion when wearing my Benefit foundation, a lot of people have actually said that I look healthier wearing this, so it seems the packaging might be right in it’s claims of giving you a ‘healthier, radiant glow’.
I’d say this gives me medium coverage before I buff extra on, then you’re looking at full, but natural coverage. It’s got great staying power, even without a primer it will last the day! It’s got a little bit of shimmer to it in the bottle, but that isn’t actually noticable on the skin, I assume that’s all part of the ‘radiant glow effect’! It also has SPF 15 in it, not as much as Benefit’s 25, but let’s face it, the sun rarely comes out in England anyway.
I also really like the packaging of this product. It’s an embossed glass bottle with an orange lid, and a pump that dispenses the perfect amount for a whole face. It feels sturdier, and it actually looks more expensive than my poor Benefit’s plastic tube.
In terms of the concealer, when I first opened it I thought, ‘clearly I’ve been ripped off here and it’s just a little bit of the foundation in a different bottle’ but actually, I really like it. It’s not great for covering any redness, i.e. if you have a angry looking spot, or I have a little red scar on my cheek, so I won’t be kicking out my MAC Studio Finish any time soon, but it’s great for brightening up around the eyes, or at the side of the nose. And the bonus of it of course is that you buy it in the same shade as the foundation and it blends in impeccably.
The only downside I can really think of is the fact that you can only buy this foundation in eight shades, so it’s not going to be for everyone. But for me, this is great!
Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation and concealer retail at £8.99, and £4.99 respectively, and are available from, well, everywhere.
This blog post comes to you from the hot, bubbly, purple watered, last bath of my trip home.
Rest assured, normal service will resume tomorrow! But for today, all I have to share is a few Instagram pics of my favourite bath time products, or at least the ones that have graced this particular hot tub of wonder.
What are your favourite bath time products?
Firstly, I just want to apologise in advance for either not posting much this weekend, or having really rubbish photos, I’m back in Bournemouth until Sunday night, and I thought I had enough saved posts to get me through, but apparently not! So now I’m having to work with my sisters camera (which has loads of really strange settings and I have no idea how to work it), a lack of good lighting to photograph, and I don’t really have many products and such with me!
So I was looking through my bag earlier to find something to write about, and realised that a hell of a lot of the stuff in my bag was, well, pink. This struck me as really bizarre, since I’m not really a pink girl, but it seems a lot of my go to products at the moment are pink. So I thought I’d give you a little walk through of my new found girliness.
Since I’m back home, I’ve finally been able to have a bath! I used to live for my bubble baths before I moved, but now I only get to have one when I come home for the weekend (before this weekend, I hadn’t had a bubble bath since Christmas! Oh the horror!) so the first thing I chucked in my bag was my trusty bottle of Calm One, Calm All. This is my absolute favourite bubble bath, it smells good, it makes your skin feel super soft, and one little splash will give you bubbles up to your eyebrows! I used to love Sanctuary bath products, but I’d always leave the bath with a rash all over my legs, not attractive!
Another Soap and Glory product, my Hand Food has taken up residence in my handbag recently. I’m getting through hand cream at the moment like nobody’s business, and I just love the instant relief I get from this product! I never get bored of that signature Soap and Glory scent either, and I can’t say the same for my Body Shop almond cream that was booted out of the bag for this! It even got the seal of approval off my Dad, who has been pinching it for his super dry elbows.
The Lee Stafford hair treatment is a recent purchase. I’ll do a full review of this when I’ve used it a bit more, since I know a lot of people have been interested in it. But for now, all I can tell you is it claims to stimulate hair growth by improving follicle health, improving tensile strength, whilst soothing and reducing scalp irritation. You just slap it on for five minutes in between shampoo and conditioner to let it soak in, and Bob’s your uncle. I’ve only used it twice, and my hair has definitely felt softer and my scalp much more healthy, but you’ll have to wait to find out if it works to stimulate hair growth! I do however feel this product is pretty pricey, so if I don’t get results from the first pot, I’m unlikely to repurchase!
Onto deodorant! Bit of a weird one this but I’ve actually wanted to mention this for a while. I’ve always been a spray deodorant sort of girl, roll-ons always kinda weirded me out a bit. I bought this Sure Bright from their fragrance collection last summer for my holiday bag, since it’s small, and unlike spray minis, would last more than two days, and I haven’t bought any other deodorant since. The scent isn’t particularly strong, I think it smells a little like ‘floral’ washing powder, but it’s not overbearing. It lasts all day easily, and the thing I love most, no white marks! Brilliant!
As far as lip products go, my trusty Soap and Glory Smooch operator goes everywhere with me, I think I’ve mentioned it before so I’ll skip over it! I also have my new purchase from the Kate Moss for Rimmel London lipstick collection, shade 8. It’s the perfect ‘your lips but better’ lipstick, review coming soon! I also have my Smashbox Electric Pink Matte lipstick, which I reviewed here. My trusty Revlon Just Bitten lip stain in Lovesick lives in my handbag, for an emergency bold lip. Still a bit confused as to the minty smell though. So I also have my new gloss from Victoria’s Secret, which smells and tastes overwhelmingly of strawberry. Mmmmmmmm.
Another recent purchase is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I’ve been after this brush for forever, and finally took the plunge last week, using my Boots points! I absolutely love it, it gives a flawlessly buffed complexion every time!
I also chucked my new Pink Sharpie in, it felt rude not to mention it seeing as I am totally obsessed with it! You can buy a pack of two in Tesco for three pounds something, and they’re so cute! So now everything comes with pink Sharpie doodles on…
And lastly, I wanted to mention the makeup bag I used for this weekend. I got this as part of a gift set from a friend, and I love it! It’s the perfect size to carry your daily face, and also a couple of creams. I love the picture, and the fabric is super smooth! So cute!
So there we go, some uncharacteristic girliness from my camp! Writing this I’ve also realised I’m using a pink phone case. What is this madness?!
I received this lipstick as part of a free gift from Max Factor, for spending over £15 just before Christmas, and it wasn’t til I was sorting through all my makeup this week that I rediscovered it. I think I didn’t really pay much attention to it originally since in the barrel it looks kinda purpley, and the name kind of backs this up, and I know from past experience that purple based lipsticks make me look like I’ve caught the plague. However, this lipstick actually wears as more of a dusky pink, with gold shimmer, but not too much! It’s actually quite pretty, and I feel quite sophisticated wearing it, like I am on my way to a ball or something…
I’ve never really tried Max Factor lipsticks before, I have one of their Liptints, but other than that, I’ve only ever experimented with foundations, eyeliners and mascaras, but I’m quite pleased with the formula of this lipstick. It’s not overly creamy, so that it smudges everywhere, but it’s not by any means matte. It’s definitely not as soft as the MAC satin or creamsheen ranges, but it’s quite nice. I wouldn’t say it’s particularly hydrating, but it wouldn’t dry your lips out by any means.
Either way, I’m quite pleased with my little rediscovery!
Do you have any Max Factor lipsticks?
Ahhh London Fashion Week. I could get used to this you know, eating my lunch in the sun out front of Somerset House, maneuvering cobblestones in heels, observing the weird and wonderful photographing each other in the courtyard. It’s not even been the catwalks that have captured my attention this season, but rather the gathering of the fashion world, in a little courtyard in central London. Such fun.
Anyway, here are a few more snaps from the last few days. Fear not, not as many this time!
So from the weird to the quite wonderful, it’s been a good day!
On a little side note, Fred Butler have opened a pop up shop for the duration of Fashion Week, if you’re in the area, definitely worth a look! Absolutely delectable shoes, jewelry and cake! What else could you want?! The shop is open 10am-7pm and is located at 53 Monmouth Street in Covent Garden.
All you gotta do, is melt a big bar of chocolate, I used white because I think it looks prettier for decorating, and I prefer it! Then you mix in Rice Krispies and pink and white cake decorating balls. Then it’s simply a case of spooning the mixture into molds. Since it was Valentine’s day, I of course went for heart shaped ones. And then while the chocolate is still melted, sprinkle on any other decorations, I used ‘Pink Glimmer’ and some pink sand white sugar stars, and a little pink icing. Once the mixture has set, you can pop them out of the molds, I popped mine in the fridge to hurry them up!
The great thing about these is they are easily adaptable, you can use different molds and decorations for different themes, and add extra ingredients to the mix. I’ve melted marshmallows into the chocolate before, and that was so nice!
In terms with what’s going on with me, I may be a little less frequent in the coming weeks when it comes to posting, we are getting close to my hand in and I’ve done, well, nothing, so I’m going to be buckling down and concentrate on work for the next few weeks! My hand in is on the 12th of March, and then I have an entire month off, so there will be no excuses! And it’ll be my birthday! (Totally freaking out about turning 19, that’s old!)
I’m off to London Fashion Week again tomorrow, so you can expect another photo heavy post coming soon with the weird and wonderful fashion that I spot! I’m also going to do a more in depth review of my lovely new Benefit Smokin’ Eye’s palette, and I have a What’s In My (lovely new Michael Kors) bag post coming too! I also took part in Bewitchery‘s Budget Beauty Blogger swap, with the lovely Issie, so I’ll be writing about that too!
I’d love to hear from you guys about what kind of posts you’d like to see! I read all my comments and always check links, and you can tweet me @bedinthekitchen!