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Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette Review | Blogmas

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I would like to review for you the Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette, which everyone and their Mother’s have been raving about recently! I bought this way back in August and I think (finally!) I am fully prepared and ready to talk it through with you! I’m sure you’ve seen everyone else’s reviews but this is simply my interpretation of it and, spoilers, it is worth all those great reviews! I have mentioned this in a few previous blog posts but this will just be a little bit more of a further insight to it.

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Firstly, I would like to talk to you about the packaging. Everyone who has seen this palette knows about the statement gold, mirrored effect it has with ‘Sleek’ written oh-so effortlessly in white across the top, as it usually has with its palettes. This makes me feel like the queen I am (jk!) even if the actual word ‘Sleek’ is sometimes hard to read when the light’s on it. In all seriousness, I love this so much as it does look so elegantly stylish as well as diverse to the rest of the palettes I own. It literally is ‘Sleek’! On the inside, it has a mirror the full size of the lid and comes with a small highlighter brush (and by ‘small’, travel size would be a push for it!) as well as the usual piece of plastic with the shades names on (which always comes in handy for this purpose!).  It arrived in a uni-carton which is always fun to open upon receiving; it felt like an early Christmas present! I couldn’t tell you the material of the palette’s packaging for the life of me, but it feels sturdy, its very compact, easy to wipe any spillages off of and has that satisfying magnetic shut that we all need in our lives! All in all, this makes it a perfect palette for your collection as its easily recognisable and for travelling as it is so compact and something I would trust to remain closed whilst moving around.

Onto the colours! This palette contains 4 different shades of highlighter which I will briefly talk you through, starting from the top left hand corner. Ecliptic is the only cream shade within the palette and is a bronze-y shade with some rose gold undertones which look stunning on darker/tanned skin tones. Hemisphere is the most notable from the palette considering it’s purple and is one of the two stone-baked shades (I think it’s called stone-baked anyway!). This has icy undertones and is one I’m currently obsessed with at this time of year for a bit of a frostbite-y glow. The third shade is Subsolar, and the one that I think is the less exclusive and one most people would immediately go for. Despite looking slightly vanilla-y, it is a white/pale skin tone kind of colour that is perfect for a natural day-to-day glow. Equinox is the final shade and is another stone-baked colour but is, like Ecliptic, bronze-y in colour and perfect for when you have a tan. All of these shades are filled to the brim with shimmer and are all something I would wear at some point throughout the year.

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Next, the product itself. I find the powder highlighters naturally more easy to apply but I’m sure as seasons change and I turn more to Ecliptic, I will find a sustainable way to wear it without disrupting the rest of my makeup. I am, at the moment, using the brush it comes with to apply it which does the job really well considering it was in the palette (not that I’m prejudice at all!) but I will also let you know how I get on when I receive a proper highlighting brush. All of these colours are so pigmented and worth the hype – you could literally apply one swipe and be ready to go with your day! I find Ecliptic, as it’s cream, much more natural (if highlighter can be natural!) on the skin whereas the others are blinding. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it does mean that I personally don’t wear it for school because it is a bit much for half past 8 in the morning! The longevity of them is also amazing; I could apply this first thing in the morning and I would still be glowing by the evening! Furthermore, they blend out really nicely into your foundation/skin so it doesn’t look like one strip on your face and I just love them so much! It does also say they can be used as eye shadows, but when I have, they have come across really patchy and just didn’t match my usual standards for eye shadow. I also think that, although the glitter appears finely milled when used as a cheekbone highlighter, when I use it for brow bone/inner corner highlight, the glitter can appear chunky and just look wrong in that place. As I say, that is my personal opinion but it is what I have found with it.

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Finally, price and availability. This retails for £9.99 in both Boots and Superdrug, meaning it’s super affordable and very much readily available. I personally think this is really affordable considering how many colours you receive within it and the quality of them but I know it is out of certain people’s price ranges. If that is the case, it is an amazing birthday/Christmas present and, honestly, it is well worth the wait and the price!

Would I recommend it to you? I’d be stupid not to! This is available worldwide, I think now, so it there for everyone and, of course, my queen Jeffree Star has been raving about this, so it has to be amazing! If you are looking for some beautiful new highlighters to add to your collection, you need to try these!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing reviews so let me know what other products you would like me to try for you! Also, don’t forget to let me know what you think of this palette if you have bought it yourself or any other queries you have about it in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow,

Rachel xx

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Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I would like to chat you through my thoughts on the Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Glosses, of which I’ve been a proud owner of now for nearly a year. I received this set of 5 as a stocking present last Christmas so some of these colours may not still be available but the actual quality of the product doesn’t differ too much so it shouldn’t with other colours they sell, either. Way back in February (I think, you may have to correct me!) I wrote a First Impressions on it with swatches so if you would like to check that out you can click HERE but I don’t think it was thorough enough nor did I have much experience with it by that point! Hence this new, updated blog post on them which I will now get on with for you!

As always, I’m going to begin with the packaging. These come in the usual lip gloss bottles I think you would expect to see a lip gloss packaged in but has a much curvier shape so it’s fairly easy to chuck into a makeup or travel bag. They are also made of plastic so there is no worry whatsoever about any breakage! This does hold quite a lot of product (5.5ml), which I’m very happy about, and I really like the little silver lid with a Rimmel crown embossed onto it. The lid is screw on so I know if it’s definitely closed or definitely open (I am that person!) and the applicator is a fairly large doe-foot shaped one that I find really easy to use when applying. I have quite big lips so anything that makes it quite quick and easy to apply is always a winner on my part! I think this is also plastic but with the little fur bit on (does anyone know what that’s for??). The shade of the lip gloss is written next to the barcode where the lid unscrews so it can rip when first opening it, then making the name difficult to read but that’s only a minor issue that shouldn’t effect everyone! All other important information, such as the ingredients, are listed on the bottle, also.

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Onto the aesthetic of the product. Obviously I have 5 different colours here so I will briefly explain each one for those who didn’t see the earlier blog post or have forgotten where it was so long ago, going from left to right in the picture above. Candyfloss; a bright, hot pink with glitter particles within it (also has a blue undertone), My Eternity; a lilac shade with grey undertones and some shimmer, Yours Forever; a deep, burgundy shade with no shimmer, Lights/Camera/Action; a peachy orange with shimmer in it, Here To Stay; a peachy-toned nude with little shimmer. I’m not going to lie to you, I do have my favourite colours and those I don’t use very often. At the moment I am loving Yours Forever because it is so dark but Here To Stay has actually become my go-to nude. I feel like I have been given a good selection but, as I mentioned earlier, they may not still be stocking them (but I know they stock others) so you may have to hunt around elsewhere for these actual shades. All the lip glosses also contain a very sweet, vanilla-y type scent that is quite strong but it soon fades once applied.

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Now the product itself! I can be a bit fussy with lip glosses but I actually really enjoy these! They don’t feel too sticky on the lips, the applicators allow you full control over how much you apply, it has the perfect amount of shine and all the colours are really pigmented! I naturally have quite red lips, so some colours don’t show up as well as others (My Eternity and Lights/Camera/Action in particular) but there is a tinge of colour in there! As I mentioned, the smell does fade which I’m not too fussed about but I know some people hate strong smelling products so I thought I’d put it in there! The glitter particles don’t always become apparent once applied but I don’t think anyone really craves that in a lip gloss (well, I don’t!). I just really enjoy these lip glosses, and even if you eat or drink, the darker colours in particular, will leave a slight stain on the lips which I also like. They don’t budge once on either, and fiddling is something I’m terrible for so this is a huge bonus for me! I also feel like these can be worn really easily over other lip products as well as on their own. As you may have noticed, some of these are labelled as Stay Glossy and others as 3D Stay Glossy but I honestly can’t tell the difference so I thought I’d just put them together for this review! Everything I’ve said does apply to both.

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Finally, price and availability. As I said previously, I received these as a stocking filler so I don’t know where this set is actually from but I know that both the Stay Glossy and 3D Stay Glossy range are available from Boots. These lip glosses are also from Rimmel so they really don’t break the bank at only £6.29. If you can find the exact colours I own, well done! I can’t find them anywhere at all! This does make them fairly accessible unless you want the colours I’ve mentioned (some of which I would like to repurchase for myself!).

Would I recommend these? Of course I would! I’m a newly-found lip gloss lover and these were the turning point for me! They’re not too thick but not too thin and supply my lips with a perfect layer of colour for everyday! These haven’t got much of a reputation but I hope to change that soon!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I always love sharing a selection of my beloved products with you! Let me know what you think of these lip glosses if you own one yourself, what you would like to see more of or where I can buy these colours! It’s so frustrating when you can’t repurchase a product you love so much! I might have to start rationing it!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer Review

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

After raving about it in my previous Favourites blog post, I thought that today I would write a little review for you on the Rimmel Hide The Blemish concealer. I’ve been using this concealer for years but it’s only recently I started using the right colour for my skin tone (everything’s a learning curve!) so I do feel I’ve learnt a little bit more about it for that reason. I think that’s all the background I need to give you so I will now get on with the review!

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The first thing I would like to talk to you about is the packaging. I’m someone who loves a bit of classy, sleek packaging so I think it may surprise long-time readers that I went for a concealer that isn’t in gold casing with the title in calligraphy up the side! I will admit, this isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing packaging, but it does what it’s supposed to and makes putting it in a makeup bag super easy as it is so small. This is a stick concealer so it’s in a lipstick-type bullet (hence the shaping of the actual casing) with this nude-y coloured *click* shut lid with an black part that you screw up to get the concealer from (does that even have a name?!). I quite like the nude-y colouring of it because it easily tells you whether it’s the concealer or a bright pink lipstick your about to put under your eyes! In saying this, each concealer colour doesn’t necessarily match the colour of the packaging which, as a budding makeup artist, I would find handy in my kit. All the information is clearly presented on the lid and, as I mentioned earlier, it is one that you screw up in order to use the product. The colour is also labelled clearly on the bottom, much like a lipstick. For me, I find this shape and size really nice and travel-friendly so it does tick those boxes for me!

Onto the colour – I have never found one to match me so perfectly before so I am never letting this concealer go! Those who have been reading for a while now will know I am so pale at this time of year and I literally use the whitest foundation I can find, but this concealer still lets me highlight my under eyes and the bridge of my nose really naturally but beautifully! This particular shade (Ivory 01) is yellow toned and is the whitest thing on the colour chart before white – I am very happy about it! There are also a wide range of other colours available to suit most skin tones, though, in all fairness, I haven’t had a good snoop around in the shops recently to see what variety they now offer! But if you are whiter than white (like myself), I have found the highlighting concealer for you!

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As you may have already noticed, this is a cream concealer, and it is definitely creamy! When I use this, I simply apply it straight from the bullet wherever it’s needed then use a damp beauty blender to work it into the skin. I have not had an issue with this at all so far; I use it for my under eyes, my nose, any spots that may have decided to crop up from the middle of no where and any redness on my cheeks that my foundation may not have been able to cover and it works perfectly for all of this. I’ve found this to last all day long at school, through sweat and tears (but no blood, I haven’t been bleeding from the eyes just yet!) and it doesn’t go cakey after all of this, either! It is so easy to work with and it blends so beautifully and seamlessly into my skin – I just love it so much! Granted, nothing will ever fully cover my under eye circles but it does try and cover up the majority which is good enough for me! This also doesn’t get noticeably affected by foundation underneath it (if at all), which I like a lot when I’m layering up! It also doesn’t really look like you’re wearing too much makeup – it  looks just like skin! Honestly, if you’ve always thought of yourself as a liquid-concealer-only kinda gal (or guy), this will change your mind instantly!

Finally, price and availability. With it being a Rimmel product, it is really easily accessible and can be purchased from Boots or Superdrug, online or offline, (hopefully) without any hassle. This is also one of their cheaper concealers (probably as it doesn’t get much attention or credit, but I will soon change that!) at only £3.99. I could buy this concealer for the rest of my life and never go bankrupt which is something I really like in any makeup product, to be honest!

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My overall verdict would have to be you need to buy this right now because life is too short worrying about bad, over-priced concealers! I would go as far as to say this is one of my all-time favourite concealers because it’s so affordable yet so good on my face – I’m just loving it! Just make sure you get the right colour, though, because these are quite pigmented and that colour difference will become obvious no matter how much blending is taken place!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – you know how much I love me a review by now! Let me know what you think of this concealer if you use it yourself or whether I have now convinced you to go get it for yourselves! Also, don’t forget to let me know what more you would like to see me write about!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

Rimmel Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be talking you through a review of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner in the colour 001 Black. If you’ve been a keen Munchkin for a while now, you will know that I can’t do anything in life without a slick of eyeliner and so it will come as no surprise to you that I tried this as soon as I bought it. I’d never tried a gel eyeliner before meaning this from a completely clean (or naive) state, so if you have this then let me know what you think of it yourself.

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The first thing I would like to talk to you about is the packaging. When I first bought this, it came in a little box which I thought was a bit odd because you don’t really find that in the UK, that’s mainly in the USA or Australia but it did make it feel a bit more novelty. Unfortunately, I have thrown this box away (bad blogger!) but it contained information about the product and the ingredients because there isn’t room on the actual pot. Me being me, I ignored this, but I remember it saying ‘smear-proof’ and ‘waterproof’, so these were two things I had to test! As with most gel eyeliners that I’ve seen, the actual product comes in a little rounded pot which has the Rimmel crown on the lid which I think is so cute. Much aesthetic! On the bottom there is a small sticker with the colour and little bits and pieces you may need to know (but, of course, I’ve completely ignored these!), which is always helpful. Something I wasn’t expecting was that this came with a little brush to use with the product. I’m a massive control freak so I have not used it, I love my own eyeliner brush too much but according to my friend who’s used it, it’s ‘not too bad’. Personally I think it looks too wide to be an eyeliner brush and wouldn’t create a perfect flick, but that’s just how I like it. I might use it for eye shadow one day, but not eyeliner. This also helped me understand why it came in a little box, as well.

The colour of this states it’s black and oh-me-oh-my, is it black! This is honestly one of the blackest blacks I’ve ever seen and that floats my boat so much. If I want thick, black eyeliner, I want thick, black eyeliner, not an excuse for one! I was kind of shocked but I can assure you, I’m still getting away with it for school! It’s honestly so dark that you could wear a dark smokey eye with it, as dark as you would like it, and it would still be visible. I think this also comes in a couple more colours so I’m sure they are just as pigmented.

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As I just mentioned, these are pigmented for days and it lasts exceptionally well. I think it said 24hrs on the box (but I can’t be sure) and obviously I wouldn’t wear eyeliner for that long but it lasts through a hot school day pretty well and that’s enough to tick all my boxes. I would also agree that it’s smear-proof and waterproof due to an experience at a party I had where someone pointed a water gun straight at me and my eyes got a *little bit* wet – but my eyeliner survived! It can imprint into my crease a little bit which isn’t ideal but it turns my eye shadow smokey, so looks like I’m winning, again! This is probably due to my eye shape and how big I can do my eyeliner, but it’s still something to be aware of. This is really creamy when I’m using it but once it’s on, it’s on and it’s honestly one of the easiest products I have ever used (even if it’s eyeliner and eyeliner is the bane of the existence). I just love it – other than the imprinting, there isn’t much more negativity I can shout about it. I do use a fair bit of it but that’s because I like big eyeliner and I do actually think that this pot will still last me quite a long time!

In terms of price and availability, it is pretty good going for someone in my situation. This retails for £6.99 and is available from Boots and Superdrug (as it’s Rimmel) so is super affordable and very much available to everyone. I think this does kind of explain that small hiccup with the imprinting, but everything else seems much higher quality than a product that’s under £10. It also includes it’s own brush which technically means the eyeliner itself retails for even less – bonus!

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Finally, would I recommend it? Yes, absolutely. I personally don’t mind the imprinting because I know I can just blend it out with my finger if need be. I love this for a drugstore gel eyeliner and I think it’s going to be one I repurchase many more times. Fun fact, I’ve actually recommended this to a friend and she loved it too!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – you know how much I love a good review! If you have this eyeliner let me know what you think of it or what other products you would like to see me talk about more. I’m always up for buying more makeup!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

 

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Firstly, I am so so sorry about missing an upload yesterday. This is the blog post I was planning on writing for it, though, so I thought I would upload it today instead and I really hope you don’t mind. Things just got a little busy and I should have planned ahead, I know, I’m sorry. Anyway, onto this little blog post that caused me way too much stress yesterday! Today I will be writing for you a review on the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I’ve loved this powder for months and months now (I think it even appeared in lasts years November Favourites – that long ago!) so it kind of surprises me that I haven’t actually written a review of it yet (that I can remember, I don’t think I have). This powder is super-duper popular so I thought I should just write a blog post for those who haven’t yet tried it but are thinking about doing so. Obviously, if you have used this powder already you can also read it, there is nothing stopping you! I need to stop rambling and actually get on now!

The first thing I would like to write to you about is the packaging. The packaging of this is nothing major to write home about but nonetheless, I love it! As much as I adore really fancy packaging with fireworks included and all the rest of it, I do like a little bit of compactness, reliability and accessibility. This pressed powder is presented to us in a rounded, plastic case, the lid of which being transparent. I personally like this because it makes me very quickly realise which colour powder I’m using and so ensures I am the correct colour that day! It also has the brand and name of the product printed onto this which can chip but this is quite unique packaging (surprisingly – that wasn’t as sarcastic as it may have sounded!) so I do tend to spot it amongst my other products in my makeup bag. On the bottom, the ingredients and specific colour/number are listed for those it may affect (such as if you have allergies). Despite it being plastic and seemingly flimsy, it is sturdy and I do trust this a lot when I’m travelling. The lid stays on no matter what but is super easy to take off when needed (which is a must when you have hands as small and weak as mine!).

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Onto the colour. The colour I own is Transparent, because I’m still ridiculously white (and I’m getting the feeling that my excuse of ‘being British’ no longer suffices in July!). This actually matches my foundation colour perfectly and makes me look as natural as possible. It does lighten my complexion slightly but it is pretty sheer (being a pressed powder and all) so if you were wearing a darker foundation, it wouldn’t affect it much if at all; it would just set it. I really do love this colour match (though I’m in that awkward phase where my face doesn’t match my shoulders) and it offers a good variety of colours that will match someone in someway.

The actual product itself! I really do love this powder, for use on it’s own with concealer or for setting a full face. When used on it’s own, it doesn’t look patchy, cling to dry patches and does remain in the area where my concealer is (though not necessarily all over the face as it wears throughout the day). In saying this, I don’t think I can complain too much because it is a pressed powder and they’re main purpose is to set foundation so I won’t mind too much. I do sometimes get dry areas and this powder can accentuate them but I think that might just be how my skin can get anyway (i.e. flakey). When setting my face, this is literally a life saver! If I’m out all day and it isn’t that easy to pop home, then I will take this if I’m in need of a touch up, say on my nose, but I don’t really need it (it’s mainly precautionary). I’m one of those people that leans their face on their hands and rubs their nose a lot (hay fever is not my best friend) so this is probably the reasoning, but it doesn’t take long and I’m back to normal. When used over foundation, it doesn’t make me look cakey at all and gives me a nice matte-ish finish (depending on how much I use). If you still want a sort-of dewy complexion, that is still able with this powder but only a little can be used in this instance. Also, when I apply cream or powder products on top of it, they still blend so nicely and don’t go patchy at all. In these circumstances, the Stay Matte won’t budge either. There isn’t much I can say to fault this, in all honesty!

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Penultimate-ly (ooh, I do love that word), the price and availability. This retails for the grand total of £3.99. Hardly breaks the bank, does it? This is something I can repurchase without even leaving a dent in my allowance and I think that is one of the prime reasons I keep coming back to it. Rimmel is a drugstore brand and is very affordable, but even so, for a pressed powder of this quality you would expect it to be so much more. This is available from Boots and Superdrug and also worldwide, so you have no excuses to not go and get this! If your still not sure, it is only £3.99 so you wouldn’t have wasted tons of money on a powder you end up not liking so much.

Finally, would I recommend it? Yes, I have and I will continue to do so. I love this powder so much and considering I wear it at least 5 times a weak in quite heavy amounts, I’ve been using my current one since around January-February time and it’s still going! It just surprises me considering how small the pan seems to be. This is one I will repurchase until it’s discontinued (though hopefully it never will be – Rimmel, you can’t do that to me!) and it has made completing my foundation routine so much easier and actually nicer to do.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post! Again, I am so sorry it’s a day late, I will be back on my game though, I promise! Let me know what you think of this powder if you’ve used it yourself or any other products I need to try out.

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday (I promise!),

Rachel xx

Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish Review (in 677 Blackout)

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I have a different type of review for you – one on a nail polish. ‘Woah there pony, somebody stop her, she’s getting wild!’ I know I just can’t help myself! I’ve owned this for a couple of months now (I included it in this HERE haul) and have worn it a couple of times and throughout those times have gathered enough information to share with you now. For those that are wondering, I still go to school so I can’t wear nail polish all the time (though I really wish I could!), hence why I’ve only worn it twice.

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Firstly, the packaging. There isn’t much to write home about in terms of packaging – it’s a typical glass nail polish bottle complete with screw on lid. I have just noticed though, that at the bottom it has that really cool dip glass thing that makes it look really elegant. You sometimes get that on really fancy glasses – that’s really boosted my mood! The lid is black on every colour in the range, not just mine, and I think that just makes it look really, as I’ve previously said, elegant. I think I need to get a thesaurus! Black does go with everything though. This bottle doesn’t really disappoint me (other than it’s glass so could be dangerous to travel with and it makes it a little bit heavier than other nail polishes I own) nor does it particularly overwhelm me (other than the fancy dip thing that I’ve just noticed!). The brush is relatively wide which I quite like because it quickens the process and I’m super impatient so again, bonus points!

This nail polish isn’t scented and so just smells like normal nail polish (which I’m not too keen on but that can’t be helped). I know you can get scented nail polishes but I don’t own one and I’m not too sure on the idea of them – what do you think? I knew I wanted a new black nail polish because the one I was using before this was starting to go a bit ming-mong and wasn’t as black as I’d liked it (only some of you will understand that!). I’m definitely not disappointed in Blackout – it is literally the darkest thing ever and I’m so pleased with it! This really fulfills my darkness needs and gives me the shade of black I love. I don’t think any of you realise how happy I genuinely am with it!

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Onto the actual product. I really do like this nail polish. It comes out super opaque and doesn’t go really lumpy like some nail polishes can. It also has a glossy finish. One of the things I like about it (though it could be due to the base coat I use) is that I can pull it off in one quick movement if I wanted to (which I tend to do a lot!). I hate having to take off nail polish with the nail polish remover because I realise that I must’ve been attacked my Edward Scissorhands in my sleep by the amount of little cuts I find so this is a huge bonus for me! I do sometimes find, as well, that if I remove it with nail polish remover it can stain my nails a little bit because it’s so dark but if you peel it off, it doesn’t as all. It does chip a little bit after a few days but I do consider myself pretty active and always doing so that doesn’t tend to surprise me anymore. This nail polish also dries relatively quickly, obviously depending on the thickness of the layer you just put on and how many layers you’ve got on and things like that. I don’t really know what else to say about it – it just ticks all my boxes!

Finally, availability and price. This is available from Boots and Superdrug as it’s Maybelline, so you have literally no excuse to not go pick one of these up! This retails for £3.99 which is really good for a nail polish of this standard. It is a bit more expensive compared to other drugstore brands but I do see Maybelline as being middle if there was a rank of highest to lowest drugstore pricing.

Would I recommend this? Definitely! I love this nail polish and there are a wide range of colours available to you. I think there’s even a top/base coat in this range! There are some other colours I’ve already started eyeing up for my next shopping trip! This range also offers shimmer colours as well as glossy colours.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post! I don’t feel like I talk about nails enough on here so let me know what you would like to see more from this category! I also feel like I haven’t written enough so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments. I don’t know what’s wrong with me – I normally overwrite!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you soon,

Rachel xx

 

Maybelline Lash Sensational (Waterproof) Mascara Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I bathe in the joy of jumping on the bandwagon too late once again by writing this review on the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (the waterproof one, to be exact). Everyone and their grandmother’s cat has heard and probably used this mascara by now, but I didn’t want my Munchkins to miss out and so here is my inevitable review of it! A little bit late considering everyone was talking about this in around March but better late than never *thumbs up*. I have been using this mascara for around 6 weeks now, so I have all the knowledge needed to bring you this blog post. Also, this is the waterproof one, and I haven’t seen any reviews on this particular one yet. Just saying. I don’t actually know if the formula or anything will be any different but hey, just in case!

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The first thing I want to talk to you about is the packaging. Like most people, I’m a sucker for packaging. This comes in a long (quite heavy) tube, coloured pink with little bits of silver glitter in it (some people say rose gold but I have to disagree). The silver and the pink look effortlessly stunning together and create a sheen that looks stunning when I whip it out of my makeup bag with the flourish it deserves! Like other Maybelline mascara’s, both ends go down to a point and it’s circular, so it fits quite nicely in my makeup bag but, as I previously mentioned, it is quite long and heavy so travelling may not be as easy as applying it. I don’t really know what the material of the packaging is, but it seems pretty strong and sturdy so shouldn’t accidentally break or open (it’s a screw-on cap, also). The writing and band around the cap is in a light blue, different to the original mascara, which I don’t think works that well with the pink as well as the black on the non-waterproof mascara does but I can understand why they did it (blue – water, aqua – it’s waterproof). This doesn’t affect the product inside, I know, but it just isn’t as visually appealing at the other mascara. It does help to differ between the two quite easily, though, which would be helpful if you own both (I don’t, which even shocks me!). The typography is really elegant and, like other insignificant things, floats my boat greatly! The wand of this mascara is plastic which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally don’t mind (to be honest, I can’t notice any difference, positive or negative). It’s also a pretty basic wand but is slightly curved in order to fit comfortably around the shape of the eye (and hence the eyelashes). It doesn’t bend (or at least that much) which I don’t mind and could actually be easier in terms of accurate application. The bristles are quite short and thick in order to grip onto each individual eyelash which I quite like as well (means they’re not going anywhere!).

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I think the waterproof mascara’s only come in one colour which is a traditional black. This is a colour I prefer because my eyelashes are naturally dark anyway and so makes them stand out even further. The darkness of this is insane and the product is so pigmented – you will definitely be getting jet black eyelashes with this one! This could prove a problem, however, as older people don’t tend to suit or wear black mascara so this product wouldn’t be applicable to them (therefore limiting the customers this is available to). Although this doesn’t affect me at 15, it’s still a drawback in terms of overall customers. Most mascara’s aren’t scented (there is no reason for them to be) and this one follows that path but I really don’t like the smell of this. It smells quite chemical-y and that makes me think twice before putting it near my eyes. I’m sure this is normal but I’m just not too keen on said scent.

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My eyelashes once the mascara has been applied (I only apply it to my top ones)

Onto the actual product! This mascara is seriously amazing! This immediately intensifies, lengthens and seemingly thickens your eyelashes and it’s just insane! As I’ve already mentioned, I naturally have quite dark, thick lashes, so adding anything without making it look like I’ve stuck spiders to my face is quite difficult – this does the job so well! This is definitely my new fave mascara! This can make the eyelashes appear quite clumpy but I’ve read that in other reviews and that’s just the way this mascara works (which I’m fine with) but if you don’t like the look of clumpy eyelashes, maybe this isn’t for you. It’s not insanely clumpy but it does add more than just your eyelashes! This can take a little while to dry as well (obviously depending on how much you apply) but once I’ve applied it, I’ve finished my eyes and am moving onto the next part of my face. Onto the waterproof elements; well, it certainly is! I’m currently using a micellar water to remove my makeup and this alone doesn’t entirely remove it. It’s also quite difficult to tell whether any has actually been removed because I wear so much black eyeliner that that is always evident on my cotton pad (yummy!). I feel like this can actually damage my eyelashes but the water I’m currently using doesn’t promise to remove waterproof anything so I can’t technically complain! I will need to find a waterproof makeup remover, I think (let me know of any really good ones!). It does sometimes end up halfway down my face when I wash my hair and it’s been tested to it’s limits but that is my own fault! This doesn’t lie when it says it’s waterproof so if you’re looking for a decent, reliable waterproof mascara, this is you’re best friend!

Finally, price and availability. This retails for £7.99, which is fairly pricey compared to other drugstore products (I think my foundation cost the same as that!) but for what you get, it’s really good quality for money! I do think that Maybelline is kind of middle in the rank of drugstore brands so I guess considering that aspect, it’s fairly average pricing! This is available in Boots, Superdrug and some supermarkets also, so this is really easily accessible. You have no excuse, basically, to not go pick one of these up!

Would I recommend this to anyone? Yes! A million times: yes! This is amazing and there is a non-waterproof option for those who don’t want the danger of damaging their eyelashes (but I really live life on the edge!). This also doesn’t effect my eyes badly in any way (not that I have particularly sensitive eyes or anything) so it should be suited to everyone or at least the majority of. Just go give this a try in case you haven’t already (but you probably have because I’m always late to jump on the bandwagon!), you will love it, I can assure you!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this review! I do think I have rambled enough about one product for long enough now! If you have this mascara or the non-waterproof version, let me know what you think of it or any other makeup I need to try out for you guys!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx