Blogger confession: before today, I had never tried one of the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks. Never. I know, banish me to the blogger naughty corner – I’m such a maverick. But all that has changed as I popped the Rimmel Kate Moss 107 shade onto my lips this morning…
I’d read online that this is a matte lipstick – I’m currently wearing it, and it doesn’t look or feel particularly matte to me! When I first received it (I can’t remember whether it was in a Glossybox or from the lovely Missguided, but I think it’s the latter – blogger problems!) I was enchanted by the gorgeous deep shade and couldn’t wait to try it out.
Here’s a closer look at the actual shade of the lipstick. I would describe it as a deep wine shade, which is just the kind of thing I love for a night out:
It even looks glossy in the tube! I’m slightly confused, but not disappointed – matte lipstick tend to really dry my lips out, and that is never a good look. In fact, before I applied the lipstick my lips were feeling pretty dehydrated and I was worried it was going to look rubbish. I persevered though, and applied without the safety net of super soft lips…
I was definitely happy with the outcome! The colour glided on smoothly and boldly, and although it did slightly cling to the drier spots towards my cupid’s bow I did like the finish. What do you think?
In hindsight, a lipliner wouldn’t have been a bad plan underneath for a more even finish! I think I’d also give it a good blot for daytime wear, just to make sure I don’t end up looking like I’ve just eaten 100 strawberries!
The lipstick retails for around £5.49 from places like Boots and Superdrug, which seems like a pretty sweet deal to me. I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of the Kate Moss lipsticks, and what you think of them?
When I first spotted the Gwen Stafani OPI Collection, the shade I was most instantly attracted to was Over & Over A Gwen. It is the classic Gwen red – after all, Gwen‘s blonde hair, red lips and red nails are her trademarks! I don’t actually own many red polishes, so was super excited when OPI very kindly sent me this beauty to try out!
Now you may have noticed something different already – the amazing thing about this shade of Over & Over A Gwen is that it comes with a set of Swarovski Studs and Crystals! I haven’t actually used any of them for this review – just the polish – but I hope to do a proper look with them soon!
Let’s take a closer look…
How amazing is this red shade?! I think it is actually my perfect red, which is saying something! I could tell even from the bottle that the finish of the polish was going to be beautifully shiny, and I couldn’t wait to pop it on my nails. I opened up the box a little further, and the gorgeous studs and gems fell out – here they are!
I’m already excited for creating some awesome looks with the embellishments! However, let’s focus on the nail polish for now. I applied my usual OPI Nail Envy as a base and then used Over & Over A Gwen on top. After just the first coat, it looks totally opaque! I’m not kidding – I even wondered whether to add a second coat, as it didn’t look like it was needed. I did a second coat in the end, but I was seriously impressed with the quality!
WOW! I was simply stunned at the result. I can’t believe that the polish looked even more amazing on the nails than in the bottle! I’ve been wearing it for around 3 days and a few chips have started to show, but it has lasted well as far as I’m concerned. I’d love to know what you think!
The regular bottle of OPI Over & Over A Gwen plus the studs and crystals costs £14.95. It is obviously pricey for a polish, but when it quality is this amazing and you get the added embellishments I’d definitely pay it.
A big thanks to OPI for sending me Over & Over A Gwen!
I know, I know. I’ve been terrible at keeping up with monthly Favourites videos (I was going to say lately, but I’ve been awful for around a year!). But today I’m bringing you my February Favourites for 2014 – I hope you enjoy!
I always tend to include some beauty, fashion and ‘other’ items in my Favourites videos. This video was mainly make up focussed, but I couldn’t resist chatting about one of my favourite February outfits plus my current general obsession…
Products I featured in the video…
- Elegant Touch Rapid Dry For Nails
- OPI Gwen Stefani Minis
- NV Colour Kinky Pink Lipstick
- Smashbox Brow Tech Kit in Blonde
- Bobbi Brown Mineral Makeup
- Benefit POREfessional
If I had to pick one ultimate favourite from this list, it would have to be the Bobbi Brown Mineral Makeup. As I mentioned in the video, it really has changed the way I do my make up – I’m now free from heavy foundation on those days where I just want a light coverage, and it doesn’t break my skin out either!
Unicorns and rainbows. Black Milk and Irregular Choice. Need I say more?
This month, my ‘Other’ category consisted of a television show, that same show’s soundtrack and the one and only Johnny Cash. In short, I’m currently obsessed with Sons of Anarchy and the SOA soundtrack (buy it – it is AMAZING!). It took me a little while to get round to watching Sons of Anarchy but once I did, I was instantly hooked. It is beyond incredible (and Charlie Hunnam is just mmm…)
I’m so excited to be reviewing a nail polish from OPI’s Brazil collection today – introducing Next Stop…The Bikini Zone! OPI very kindly gifted me some amazing polishes recently, and this is the first one I have tried out. I’m going to say from the very beginning that I am absolutely in love with this product!
I never really got over the duo chrome nail trend – it is still one of my favourite effects and every time I see a new shade I get a bit too excited. I adored the pewter, purple and silver shades I could see in the bottle and hoped they would transfer to my nails! After applying a coat of my Nail Envy, I set to work with Next Stop…The Bikini Zone (love the name, by the way!)
After the first coat the polish looked a teensy bit thin, but the second coat was the absolute charm! I very rarely use a polish that looks as good on the nails as it does in the bottle, but this is definitely one of them. I can imagine that it would look stunning in the sunshine (no chance of seeing any of that in Manchester for a while, I’m afraid!) as the light really does catch the gorgeous mixture of colours.
Here’s how it turned out!
Oosh, I just adore it! Aside from the spectacular colour, my favourite thing about this polish is its incredible lasting power. I’ve been wearing this for around 5 days now, and despite travelling half way across the country and back over the weekend (with a million bags!) it barely chipped at all. Over the past day it has started to wear more, but it is still an amazing result. OPI, you’ve done it again!
I’m really excited to try more of the lovely polishes I was sent, so watch this space for more reviews and swatches!
There are so many YouTube tutorials out there for making your eyebrows look prepped and preened, but I’ve sometimes struggled to find advice aimed at blonde brows. Now although I do make up for fun, blonde brows are something I feel I know about so I decided to share my tips with you all!
I put together a YouTube video with some advice, plus a quick demonstration of how I maintain and fill in my brows. Here it is!
As a quick run-through, here are my tips in super basic form:
Don’t over-pluck your brows. This is always important, but for blondies it is so noticeable!
I personally prefer powder products to fill my brows in. I find pencils are too harsh, and gels tend to make my brows look wet and therefore darker!
Choose the right shade of powder – I love the Smashbox Brow Tech kit, designed especially for blonde eyebrows
Set with a wax that is also made for blonde brows – the Smashbox kit has it all!