Hello lovelies, I’ve got something that is a bit out of my comfort zone today because (in comparison to most bloggers) I am no beauty expert. Regardless of this I still love makeup and am starting to experiment more with new products. This week I popped into boots for some shampoo and ended up leaving with £40 worth of new products, typical!
I decided to do a first impression of each of the products and thought that I would take you all along with me. (Just to reiterate I am far from a make up guru so I apologise for any mistakes I have made)
- Rimmel London Insta Duo Contour stick in Light/Claire – £6.99
- Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express in Black Drama – £7.99
- Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Dependance – £8.99
- NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals – £16.00
I have never really tried a cream contour stick before but I really loved the consistency of this one. It was very easy to blend out and didn’t feel drying on my skin. I found the contour shade to be slightly to orange for my skin tone but once it was blended out it was nice, the highlighter on the other side though I was rather disappointed with! When swatched it was a very pretty shimmery champagne colour but once applied on the face it just blended out into nothing! I had to apply some powder highlight on top to give myself the glow I was after.
Normally I stick to nude lip colours as I find red/pink colours seem to make my blemishes stand out more than I would like! This time however I pushed the boat out and went for this berry red colour and I love it. It applied very evenly and wasn’t drying at all like most matte lip colours are. I found it stayed on for a long time, after a meal out I did have to reapply it but I think that’s the case with most lipsticks!
I was drawn to the red shades when buying the NYX palette, I saw it as a dupe for the Naked heat palette. Even though the shadows weren’t as buttery as the urban decay ones are, it applied really beautifully and didn’t take many layers to build up a good colour. It has a greta range of transition shades to bold smokey colours. The metallic shades are also a good variety from gold to pinky shades and (once a bit of setting spray was used) they came out really pigmented!
In my life I have tried a lot and a lot of Rimmel mascaras and, I have to say, this is one of the best! With one coat my lashes were already twice the length and thick enough to be noticeable. The wand is big enough to create volume but not so big you feel like you’re sticking a feather duster in your eyes! I found it slightly clumpy but I think that might have been my rookie error of not letting the layers dry before adding to them.
THE END LOOK
I am so happy with how this looked turned out! I think the red shades from the palette tie in really nicely with the berry lip. Once blended out the contour shade became very natural looking and with the help of some powder the highlighter did start to glow! What do you think of the overall look? Have you tried any of these products?
(Just a little extra) My heart necklace is from Thomas Sabo, the paw print necklace is from Debenhams and my flaming t-shirt is from Stradivarius.
Go and grab another cuppa on me, Em x
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