New Bargain Purchases!

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Oh I do love a bargain, especially when it involves makeup and today I was very impressed with Superdrug’s offerings! First we have Rimmel Provocalips 16H Kiss Proof Lip Colour (why such a long name?!) in 730 Make Your Move . I can definitely vouch for the fact that this does definitely last 16 hours, at least people, at least! The reason I’m so certain of this is that I swatched it on my hand couple of days ago along with several other lipsticks of a similar shade and hours after the other swatches had worn away and after several hand washes and even a shower (!!) the Provocalips swatch was still there!! Say whaaat?!! In fact it was still faintly on my hand the next day so I would say it lasted about 24 hours rather than 16. Seriously impressive.

The formula is matte but it also comes with a glossy balm to put on top (which obviously doesn’t last so long given its balmy texture), and to be honest as I like the matte look I don’t think it’s a necessity but its a nice addition to have. I’ll definitely be purchasing some more shades of this product for my kit as I think they’ll be perfect for brides given their incredible lasting power!

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My next purchase was the Revlon Colourburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical. I’ve been a huge fan of the Colourburst Matte Balm Stains for a long time so when I saw this new addition – their glossy counterpart – I just had to try it! The colour is a lovely berry pink with subtle glitter, perfect for this time of year. I don’t expect this to be as long lasting as the Matte Balm Stains (the clue’s in the name!) due to their more glossy nature but I will keep you informed!

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Finally, we have the Gosh Shadow Collection – 9 Shades To Enjoy In New York. Firstly can we just talk about the packaging?! It’s so sleek – a matte black with glossy black lettering on the front, a nice big mirror inside and very sturdy feeling. It reminds me a lot of the Nars eyeshadow palettes. Well done, Gosh, well done! The shadows are a nice range of purples, browns and beiges, all satiny in texture. From swatching them on my hand I can tell you that they feel lovely and soft in texture and seem as though they will be highly pigmented. I’ll keep you updated!

I had been rather dismissive of the budget brands of late in favour of the more high end ones but I stand corrected! The less expensive brands certainly do have a lot to offer so I’ll be spending a little more time perusing the aisles of Boots and Superdrug from now on!

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Rimmel Stay Matte vs MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

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I have very specific requirements when it comes to face powder. I want it to keep my make up in place and ensure I am shine-free all day without making me look too matte and 2 dimensional. I don’t have oily skin, it’s more normal-combination but that said, I do suffer from a lot of shine when I’m at work all day so I do need something to combat that.

I have tried lots of finishing powders over the years (two I wouldn’t recommend are the ELF Complexion Perfection and the Boots No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder – both very chalky) but the Rimmel Stay Matte and the MAC MSF Natural are two that I always come back to. Some might call them my ‘holy grail’ powders, although I’m not keen on those cliché beauty blogger phrases!

The most obvious difference with these two powders is the price. The Rimmel retails for a teeny tiny £3.99 whilst the MAC will set you back a much more sizeable £22. That’s quite a price comparison. I am a huge MAC fan and it is definitely my favourite high end make-up brand but it does pain me to spend over £20 on a powder – although I have repurchased it time and time again! It is a truly beautiful powder, it’s so finely milled that it’s effortless to use because it’s almost impossible to apply too much and achieve the oh so sexy (NOT!) cakey look. As you can see from the image above, I have well and truly ‘hit pan’ (another of those beauty blogger clichés haha).

I do find I need take more care when applying the Rimmel Stay Matte as it is slightly chunkier and chalkier in consistency but with a light hand a few taps of the powder brush before applying to your face, this too achieves a beautiful natural looking shine free face.

To conclude, if you are on a budget I would highly recommend the Rimmel powder. It is a bit of a cult favourite and for good reason. I think it’d be very hard to find a better quality powder for such a bargain!

On the other hand, if you’re feeling a bit spendy I don’t think you could go wrong with the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. You just have to look on the UK MAC website (where you will currently find every single shade out of stock-boo!) for proof that this powder is well worth the hefty price tag.

Whichever powder I am going for I always apply it with the brilliant Real Techniques Powder Brush. A bloody brilliant purchase and thoroughly recommended!

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Thanks for reading!

Abi x

Everyday Lips

My eye make-up is something that changes day to day depending on my mood and how lazy I’m feeling that morning. It tends to involve a maximum of two eyeshadow colours and winged liner but can vary from a barely there shimmery champagne colour with minimal liner, if any at all, to a dark matte smokey eye with a dramatic flick. My lips on the other hand are a different story…

I have definitely dabbled in the nudes, the baby pinks and the vampy purples but have since made the realisation thanks to some very unforgiving Facebook photos, that I need to stick to what I know suits me – mid-tone neutrals.

I know it’s boring but I can rely on these types of shades not to let me down and for someone who, most of the time, does her make-up in a rush, this is key. My favourite shade of the moment, and one that I’ve been using every single day for work is Rimmel Apocalips in the shade Celestial.

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Not only is it the perfect shade of neutral mid-tone pinky beige but the staying power is EPIC and it doesn’t do what a lot of long-lasting lip colours do by wearing off into a stain. Instead the glossiness actually stays put too! The formula is creamy so it doesn’t feel sticky on the lips, just silky and moisturising. Also, it’s worth noting that it doesn’t have an overpowering scent, just a subtle cosmeticy smell that doesn’t linger once applied.

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The gloss comes with a doe-foot applicator which in my opinion makes it much easier to apply than if it were a brush wand.

I picked mine up from Boots for £6.49 and there are 12 other shades available ranging from a light nude to a bright red.

Abi x