Christmas Makeup using the Sleek Goodnight Sweetheart Palette | Blogmas Day 12

Hey Sweeties,

A few weeks ago I reviewed the limited edition Sleek Goodnight Sweetheart i-Divine eye shadow palette (here), and I said that I would show you a look using the palette, which will be ideal to recreate over Christmas (well, not in those exact words but you know what I mean).

Some people prefer to do their eye makeup before applying the rest of their face (foundation etc.), particularly if it’s a look involving lots of shimmer. However, I still generally begin applying my makeup with foundation and concealer, before powder, bronzer, blush and highlight; before brows and eyes. So, that all being said, here’s an idea for your Christmas makeup –

For my base, I begin with the Rimmel Insta Flawless (review here), before layering the Bobbi Brown foundation stick in warm beige over the top. For concealer I use a mixture of the Bourjois Radiance Reveal in 01 to brighten under the eyes, and 02 for blemishes; but also the Bobbi Brown eye brightener in 3 Bisque. I then apply a light dusting of the Bobbi Brown nude finish illuminating powder in Bare (review here). FYI all my Bobbi Brown makeup can be seen in my wedding makeup post here.

Then I apply my contour, blush and highlight and for this I use the Rimmel sculpting palette (review here) which I just love!

Christmas makeup

Christmas makeup

Bronzer, blush and highlight after blending

I then do my brows and for this I use the Hi Impact brow palette which I have used consistently since receiving it in a Look Fantastic beauty box (here), and set in place with the Rimmel ‘Brow this way’ gel. Then for the eyes!

Sleek Goodnight Sweetheart Palette

Using the Sleek Goodnight Sweetheart palette (review here), I apply ‘Hold me Tight’ across the whole lid as a base.

Christmas makeup

I then apply ‘Romance’ into the crease and blend –

Christmas makeup

For the shimmer which I think is what elevates this look to something ideal for your Christmas party or even Christmas day, I apply ‘Velvet Wrap’ and also ‘Love’ which I try to pack on quite heavily.

Christmas makeup

I then use ‘Lingerie’ in the inner corners of my eyes, and underneath my brow to lighten, and blend together. I then take some of the Bobbi Brown gel liner along my upper lash line and blend, before using the Stila Huge Extreme lash mascara (review here) to complete the look. Iv you wanted to, you can also add false eyelashes on top.

Christmas makeup

Christmas makeup

Christmas makeup

I have completed the look by applying Nars Palais Royal lip crayon.

I am by no means a makeup professional but I thought it would be fun to show you a look that I love and think will be ideal to replicate for your Christmas makeup… but it is of course totally up to you!

Remember to enter my giveaway here!

Until tomorrow x

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Getting back that Summer Glow with Rimmel London #Insta Flawless | Blogmas Day 8

Hey Sweeties,

One of the things I love about summer, is how much outdoors time we get which does wonders for our skin; the warm air, the oxygen and the sunshine gives our skin a gorgeous fresh and radiant summer glow. However, as the nights draw in, the weather changes and a cold air creeps in, our skin dulls and it takes extra effort to keep ourselves and our makeup looking like it did back in summer. The Rimmel Insta Flawless skin tint helped me add that extra bit of glow earlier in the year when I first purchased it, and it’s my total saviour now.

Rimmel Insta Flawless

Rimmel Insta Flawless

I’ve got the Rimmel Insta Flawless skin tint in shade 006 light medium and although it’s the thickness of a light liquid foundation, it applies thinly onto the skin so coverage is very light… but enough to add that bit of colour/glow.

Rimmel Insta Flawless

I appreciate the above image doesn’t really show much, but I hope you can identify the slight glow to the back of my hand (which I promise you is not otherwise there!); it’s subtle but this is exactly what the Rimmel Insta Flawless skint tint does to your skin, it gives you that slight glow underneath your foundation and other makeup.

At weekends, unless I am going out somewhere specific, I generally either go makeup free or wear limited products to give my skin a chance to breathe and recover. If all I’m doing is quickly popping to the shops in town or what have you, often a base of Rimmel Insta Flawless is enough just to lift my complexion so I’m at least mildly presentable to the public.

How do you acheive that summer glow in winter?

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Until tomorrow x

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Rimmel London Sculpting Palette Review | Blogmas Day 6

Hey Sweeties,

I’ve got to be honest, I generally don’t buy multi-palettes, particularly from the high street, but following seeing some good reviews of the Rimmel London Sculpting palette, I bought one for myself… quite out of character/purchasing habits but sometimes you do these things! I actually purchased this sculpting palette over the summer and used it throughout, and even now we’re in (let’s be honest) winter, it’s still a favourite.

Rimmel London Sculpting palette

As packaging goes, this is a pretty neat, stylish and compact little product; I love the (rose) gold design to the lid of the casing and that each section of the sculpting palette is at a slant, rather than squared off. Aesthetically, it is very pleasing to the eye! If it’s not obvious from the photos, the sculpting palette contains: a highlight illuminator, a bronzer, and a blush.

Rimmel London Sculpting palette

Rimmel London Sculpting palette

In the image above, I’ll admit I’ve firmly pressed my fingers into the sculpting palette to get a good swatch of the highlight, bronzer and blush… but the pigment of each is actually incredible and need very little effort to see. The first time I dabbed my contour brush into the bronzer to sculpt out my cheeks, I drew a big brown line on my face which to be honest shocked me. However, it blends out beautifully so if you’re someone that likes a strong contour, you’ll love this! See below-

Rimmel London sculpting palette

Before blending (I have all three products on here)

Rimmel London sculpting palette

All three blended.

What I particularly love about this sculpting palette, is how glowy it makes your skin, regardless if it’s summer or winter, day or night; each of the products has the slightest of shimmer that just works with skin beautifully.

Do you have a favourite sculpting palette?

Remember to enter my giveaway -to see what’s included and to enter, click here.

Until tomorrow x

 

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Winter Fresh Makeup | Blogmas Day 22

Hey Sweeties,

Christmas in the beauty world is quite arguably all about the red lip (and heavy doses of lip balm, right?) in the same way autumn is all about those gorgeous berry tones. I love being able to warm up my makeup during this time of year however, a simple nude or pink toned colour will survive all year round and will still compliment any winter look.

You’ll remember a few months ago I showed you my makeup collection of lip products which you can no doubt appreciate has since continued to expand. Of my collection, my favourite lip products have got to be my Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks (review here); Happy Nude Year & Nudist are still my most used although I am having quite the affair at the moment with Grand Cru which is one of my newest additions. While they might not be the longest lasting, I do also absolutely love Rimmel lipsticks as they seem to totally nail creating beautiful pink toned formulas.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Grand Cru

Rimmel 006 Pink Blush

Rimmel 006 Pink Blush

During the colder months (although arguably while it is winter in the UK at the moment, it’s certainly not as cold as it could be), I embrace being able to darken up my eye makeup, flush my cheeks with warm pinks and wear dark colours on my nails. That being said, there is actually something incredibly beautiful about creating a softer, wintery fresh complexion at this time too, particularly if you’re wearing big chunky clothing and layers. When it is properly cold, I love how skin turns a shade of pale peach and while I do pretty much wear bronzer all year round, sometimes it’s nice to leave it out of the routine from time to time. This is also where a pale pink or nude lip comes into play, leaving the drama in the eyes alone, if at all. Sometimes it really is all about less is more and arguably the focus over the colder months should be about properly protecting what’s underneath rather than on top.

Fresh winter makeup

What are your favourite go-to products in the winter?

Until next time x

 

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Beauty Review | Rimmel London Provocalips 16hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour

Hey Sweeties,

I’ll be honest, I put off buying the Rimmel London Provocalips 16hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour product(s) to the point where it just wasn’t on my radar following Lily Pebbles saying she hated it because its staying power was basically just too good. But then months on, it dawned on me that actually for all the reasons she hates it, could be all the reasons I love it; I want something that lasts all day and doesn’t budge, even after eating and drinking. Conveniently, Asda had them on sale and I seized the opportunity to make up my own mind and purchased it in shade 410 Not Guilty which is a gorgeous deep berry red.

Rimmel London Provocalips 16hr kiss proof lip colour

As you know, I am getting married next year and skincare preparation and makeup on the day is high on my agenda and I have ruled out wearing traditional lipstick quite early on because I just cannot bear to wear something that will need regular retouching or will require my Bridesmaids to be on constant lipstick-on-teeth watch. So at the moment, the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks (review here) are currently top of the shortlist because they dry down, stain and don’t budge and I was hoping Rimmel’s Provocalips Lip Colour will do the same… but better.

This product differs to other liquid lipsticks owing to it having a two-step application process, the first step is the lip colour, the second step is ‘lock and shine’ which most simply put, is like a clear gloss that goes over the top of the main product.

Rimmel London Provocalips 16hr kiss proof lip colour

So what do I think? Well, the first time I tried applying the product it was a total disaster and I gave up, the product just did not apply well and so nearly ruined the rest of my makeup that I had sent ages applying. However, I persisted and the following day, I tried again with much better results and have done so since. I think the problem the first time was that I had applied lip balm a short while prior to product application (as I routinely do so), whereas the following day I deliberately chose not to, therefore applying Provacalips directly to a dry lip which it definitely seems to prefer. However, initial problems aside, once it has applied correctly it does stick around and lasts well when the contributing factors are on side.

I wonder if the reason Lily (Pebbles) had with removal was because she tried doing so too soon? Sounds strange but I have tried other products with the same conclusion, the one that springs to mind the most is Benefit’s Push Up Liner (review here) as if you try and remove it say after only an evening’s wear, then it’s a struggle. However, wear it all day and it’s a lot easier to remove come bed time. Products like this have been designed to last all day and so it’s not for use of only a couple of hours. It’s just my thoughts, personally.

The ultimate question though is has Rimmel’s Provocalips 16hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour made it onto my short list for my wedding makeup? Unfortunately, while I like it, at the moment Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks are just too unbeatable right now, but I haven’t ruled Provocalips out completely as things may change over time the more I continue to use the product.

Have any of you guys tried this?

Until next time x

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