Thursday, 22 August 2013

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks - Matte and Lasting Finish

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about a product which I've wanted to talk about since I've started this blog, a very popular product, the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks, both the Matte and the Lasting Finish range. When I first came across these lipsticks, I decided to buy one because they had a great range of lovely shades, and they were cheap to experiment with. I saw other beauty bloggers rave about them, I decided to see what the hype was all about. And I have never looked back. They are my favourite product of 2013 so far. No joke, I have five of them, in shades 04 (deep purple), shade 107 (oxblood/burgundy), shade 01 (bright red) shade 110 (Coral) and shade 16 (Bright pink). 

                                                               Colour swatch 

As there are two different ranges, there are two different tubes to tell them apart, the matte range has a red tube and the lasting finish has a black tube. The main difference with these ranges in the effect, the matte range has no shine to it, but the lasting finish does. Both ranges have a lovely creamy texture. They are very long lasting lipsticks and they fade evenly aswell, not fading just in the middle and leaving the lipline in tact, which looks rather odd. I found that on nights out you would only need to top up once during the night, which is fantastic! I found that shades 110 and 16 are best used during the daytime, as they are nice and bright, and shades 01 and 04 are best for night time as they are darker, and give a great edge to any going out outfit. My absolute favourite in the whole range has to be shade 107 (Oxblood/burgundy), and I think it suits both day and night.

The difference between the Lasting finish and Matte range is the shine as shown by the deep purple shade (04)

What I really love about these lipsticks is pretty much everything! They are extremely budget friendly, when they first came out, they were €4.95, which was amazing! Now they are €6.95, which is pretty damn good. They smell amazing also, quite fruity, but not overpowering. The packaging is lovely and sleek. There is such a wide range of lipsticks in the Kate Moss range, which goes from nude colours to vampy. They are so, so pigmented, so one coat is enough to apply, and that should last you four or five hours, in my experience. The range makes sure there is something for everyone, to suit any skin tone. I think shade 110 (Coral) would suit dark or brown skin tones extremely well, and shade 107 (Oxblood) would suit more fair skinned tones, you are sure to find some one to work well for you. I think the Oxblood shade suits me best, because I am whiter than snow.
The only thing I don't really like about these lipsticks, especially the Matte range, is that they can be quite drying, but I usually counteract this by putting a moisturising balm underneath. The Matte range tends to bring up any imperfections you may have, such as dry or chapped lips, but that's nothing a little exfoliating lip scrub can't handle. 
So, to sum up, I absolutely adore these lipsticks! The main things I love has to be how long lasting they are, the extremely budget friendly price, the wide range and the amazing smell. I will continue to repurchase and repurchase. Gotta catch 'em all! ;) I give these a well deserved 10/10! :)
Thank you for reading, 
Kim :)

Friday, 16 August 2013

Review: Aussie Take The Heat 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment

Hi everybody! Before I get into my review I would just like to say a massive thank you to all who've read my blog and got me up to almost 100 views, yay! The positive feedback here and on Twitter is brilliant too, knowing I have a few readers makes me so happy. If there's anything you would like me to review, please let me know. :)
Today I'm reviewing Aussie Take The Heat 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment. This deep conditioner is especially for heat damaged hair and protects against heating tools. The conditioner contains Jojoba seed oil, which is known to heal skin, hydrates hair, adds shine, softness and elasticity. Jojoba oil is an emollient, which fills in the cracks on the surface of the hair cuticle, hence repairs the damage done by styling products! Aussie is an Australian brand (obviously) that's become really popular here in Ireland and boasts the philosophy ''There's more to life than hair but it's a good place to start''.

What attracted me to Aussie products, and what I believe attracts alot of people to their products, is the amazing smell, which is really sweet and fragrant, but not too overpowering, quite like bubblegum. I love the packaging aswell, the bottle has no twist off lids to mess around with, it's a squeeze bottle which is so handy, no messing around with lids! The consistency is quite heavy and thick, but nice and smooth, which is lovely but I'd prefer it if it was a little bit more lightweight in consistency. I use this once a week, as I think anymore would weigh down your hair, I know you're supposed to only leave it in for three minutes but I leave it in for up to a half an hour while I do other things to let it soak in, but if I'm in a rush, I'll leave it in for the three minutes and rinse it out. I must say, the results were amazing, and I was really happy with how much it helped my hair, it left my hair really soft and shiny and like some one the damage was repaired and left it in better shape than before I started using it. And left my hair smelling amazing of course. :)
I would definitely repurchase this product, time and time again, however, at 6.20, I think it's a little overpriced, especially for 250ml, but I'm a firm believer in ''You get what you pay for'' and it does an amazing job.
Taking into account the slightly heavy consistency and price, I rate this 9/10 :)


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

L'Oreal Paris Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover

Hi guys! Today I will be reviewing the L'Oreal Paris Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover and tell you my thoughts on it. To be perfectly honest, when eye make-up removers first became really popular here in Ireland, I never bought the hype and thought it was a waste of money as the ones I saw in my local chemists were highly overpriced I and didn't see the point when I could easily take it off with a good make-up wipe. I can honestly say that since using this eye make up remover, I can understand the hype! Thanks to this 125ml gem, taking off my make-up has never been easier.
The eye make-up remover is described as being oil- free, dermatologically tested, safe for sensitive eyes, and enriched with pro vitamin extract. I bought this because I wear waterproof mascara, which is an absolute pain to remove, as any girl will know, and found that I couldn't remove it with just cleanser, without ripping out a few lashes, they were in an awful state.

I absolutely loved this product. I must admit I was drawn to it by its gorgeous , sleek packaging and I loved the overall blue and white colours of the bottle. I's very budget friendly aswell, costing only €4.09, cheap as chips! I found after using this product for a week, it was very conditioning, it left my lashes very soft and I didn't lose a lash once! It removed all my eye make-up very easily, including waterproof mascara, without using any serious elbow grease. Another aspect I loved about this product is that it didn't leave my eye area with any greasy residue and it felt very lightweight. I put a little bit on a cotton pad and let it sit for around 10 seconds on my eye and gently swipe and clean my eye area untill all the make-up is completely gone. I don't need to use alot at all, so 125ml will definitely go a long way for me. I feel it wakens up your eyes and leaves them feeling really refreshed. 

I give this product a 10/10 as it ticked all the boxes for me, I love it and found it worked well and didn't sting my sensitive eyes. I love the price, the packaging and how it removed all traces of eye make-up, so it really hit the tri-fecta! I will be repurchasing. 

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Cosmetics - A brief history and its developments

Hello! This is my first ever blog here, and I thought I would start by writing about what I'll be talking about most on this blog, cosmetics. I'll be writing this post from a historical point of view (as history is a big love of mine) I'll discuss the first ancient use of it, how cosmetics were used across the globe and how they came into the 20th century. I hope you like this post and any feedback and critique is well appreciated!

Where it all started
The first use of cosmetics dates back to 100'000 years ago where it was first used as body art in Africa in the middle of the Stone Age. Archaeological evidence suggests cosmetics certainly go as far back as ancient Egypt and Greece, where the use of aromatic ointments and eye make up has been found in Egyptian tombs, dating back to 3500BC. By the first century, Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Middle Eastern countries developed cosmetics such as lead based powders to whiten the skin, kohl to darken the eyes and rouge for the cheeks. Nail polish also dates back to ancient Egypt, not for cosmetic use but for society classification, the rich wore red polish, the middle class wore black polish and the poor wore no polish at all. Ancient cosmetics were made from rosewater, beeswax, olive oil and castor oil. The women in ancient cultures who wore make up used cosmetics to seduce men by changing their appearance. Matrons, the leaders of prostitute rings were especially recognised by their silks and use of cosmetics.

The bust of Nefertiti, wearing black eye make-up.

Cosmetics across the globe
In Japan, female entertainers known as Geishas wore lipstick made of crushed safflower petals, and used rice powder to colour their face white, and bird droppings were sometimes added to achieve a whiter complexion. Geishas also blackened their teeth with paint for special ceremonies.
In Europe during the Middle Ages, church leaders condemned the use of cosmetics and thought it immoral to use cosmetics, but many women used cosmetics anyway. From the Renaissance to the 20th century, the lower class worked outside, which darkened their skin, whereas the higher a persons status was, the less time they spent outdoors, which kept their skin pale. Therefore, the paler a woman was, the higher up in society she was. Many lower class women attempted to lighten their skin by using powder to look more aristocratic. White lead paint was also used which contained arsenic and killed many women. In the 13th century, Italian women wore red lipstick to show they were upperclass, and during the 16th century, women bled themselves to achieve paler skin.
In China, people stained their nails with egg white, gum arabic and gelatin around 3000BC, which represented social class, an idea they no doubt got from the ancient Egyptians. Royals wore gold and silver or black and red, the lower class were not allowed to stain their nails. Flowers also played an important role in decoration in China. An old legend says that while Princess Shouyang was resting under the eaves of a plum tree, a plum blossom drifted on to her face which left an imprint which enhanced her already beautiful looks even further. The women of the court noticed this and began decorating their own foreheads with plum blossoms.

Pale faces were a fad in Europe during the 16th century.

Cosmetics in the 20th century 
The use of cosmetics in the 20th century became very popular due to the influence of ballet, opera, the theatre and the movie industry, which was booming in Hollywood. In 1914, a Polish born American businessman, Max Factor developed a greasepaint foundation that wouldn't cake or crack. This became popular with film stars. Max Factor would go on to invent lipgloss and and eyebrow pencils. In the 1920's, he would begin to market his make up to the public, claiming they could look like their favourite movie stars. Flapper girls of the 1920's had a strong influence on cosmetics, which embraced red lips, dark eyes and suntan, which was popularized by none other than Gabrielle ''Coco'' Chanel. Innovations in cosmetics during the 1920's made it alot easier for women to experiment with make up, as cosmetics now came in smaller tubes and packaging. With the popularization of film, women could now look like the stars who embraced the flapper girl style, such as Clara Bow, Gilda Grey and Joan Crawford. Before the '20's rouge, or blush, was messy and associated with promiscuous women. Blush now came in smaller pots and became socially acceptable.
In the 1970's, natural looking makeup for the daytime and heavy sexualized make up for the nighttime became very popular. The punk movement in the late '70's brought with it an ''anti-beauty'' movement, aimed with not following the trend and embraced heavy make up, tattooing and piercing. Glam rockers such as David Bowie also brought another style known as glam, and bordered on androgyny. Glitter eye shadow and nail varnish became very popular in this trend.
The seventies saw an increase of anti ageing products, waterproof mascara and smokey eyeshadow.

Joan Crawford - a popular flapper girl in the 1920's