Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Rimmel lasting finish 25 hour foundation

25 hour foundation wear?
Bold claim indeed, huh?
Let's see how it measures up!

I've been using this foundation for work mainly for the past 3 weeks so I think I can pass judgement on it now,

I have dry skin so my review is from that perspective, although if you have oily skin you can read Shivvy's review and comparison to Revlon colourstay foundation *here*
Shade range

The colour range in my local store (city centre!) is compiled of just 4 shades, the one I had to go for was the darkest as the next shade down was really White against my skin!

Although shade 4 seems too warm toned for me, I was mixing it with Bourjois healthy mix 54 to lighten it up a bit but I'm too tan for that now really.


I like the bottle and the packaging seems appropriate for a £6 foundation
I used the elf powder brush today and will probably continue with that now I've tried it, I was using a traditional foundation brush and have also used a sponge with it but the powder brush seems to have given the smoothest finish


On me it has a waxy texture and medium coverage, it sustains its 'shine' throughout the day so I suppose it has a dewy finish on me.

ignore Quasimodo in the before photo- let's look at the slightly redeeming finished face!


It certainly lasts 8 hours well, after about 12-15 hours I can start to see flaking and it fades unevenly. Like, I can still see my blusher colour on my cheeks but I can see the skin underneath it?

I don't know if my face absorbs the foundation or if it rubs off but it still looks better than nothing from a distance anyway

After 25 hours there are traces of it present which you can see on a remover wipe but I wouldn't call that 25 hour foundation- the name implies it looks good after 25 hours which it does not!

To be honest if I'm awake after 25 hours then I guarantee there would have been sweating and or partying involved so not the ideal testing ground.

What normal circumstances would you require 25 hours of foundation wear anyway? ;)

Friday, 15 July 2011

Clarins Crystal Balm for Summer 2011

I'd been looking forward to the launch of these since May this year when I first saw them in a magazine and it is finally mine...

I went for crystal red, which is actually a very sheer berry pink. It smells and tastes exactly like giant strawberry sweets- cue ridiculous excuse for moi to get about a kilo of said sweets for photo opportunity!

The range is also available with an orange and a clear balm, I didn't smell them so I don't know if they all smell the same?If the orange had a peach scent I would definitely be tempted as it was a lovely shade as well but I don't fancy an orange scented lip product really...

I can't see this lasting a long time to be honest, you can see how battered mine is after 1 week, I tried to clean it up for the photos too!

A good point about this product is it does have the longevity of a lipstick and a slight staining ability. It gives that just bitten, or been eating raspberries flush but it does have the sheen of a lipbalm.

So here's what inevitably happened to those sweets!

What tinted lipbalms would you recommend for this summer?

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Weather inspired NOTD!

I thought about doing a manicure inspired by the 'Sun through the rain' weather which we've been experiencing in the UK last week, although if I'd have based it on the past few days it would have been Rain-on-Rain inspired!

The flash photography doesn't do it justice unfortunately because I haven't been able to stop staring at my nails this week!

I went through quite a few variations before settling on the combo in the above picture, which is:

17 smoke signals
OPI Rising star from Burlesque collection for the 'rays'
Elf golden goddess top coat

Some of my other combinations were

I dabbled with using a shiny top coat and no glitter (thumb),matte topcoat (little finger) NYC lights, camera, glitter as top coat (blue glitter- index) and large gold glitter from Barry M (ring)

I used a striper brush to draw the lines, in case you're wondering:

Which variation do you prefer?

I hope your weather is more summery than it is here!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Summer Foot Care

After I mentioned in a post that my Mum was a nail technician and pedicurist some of you requested some tips on summer feet from her, so as requested I made her write this article:

Some background info

Sarah (my Mum) trained as a nail technician and pedicurist under SuperNail at Creative Nail Design, this has been her profession for over 10 years and she owns her own nail studio in Cambridgeshire

How to get Summer ready Feet!

Get your foot file out! Before you even think about painting your toes. Nothing spoils an expensive outfit, a wicked pair of shoes or sexy, bare feet more than grubby, unkempt heels.

It doesn't really matter what your weapon of choice is, as long as it works for you. Having said that the little, traditional pumice stone that your grandad used to nick from your nan to clean his hands when he came in from the garden, is actually next to useless. Although I have seen it work wonders on nicotine-stained fingers ...

My professional choice is currently an OPI ceramic file, because it is very effective on nearly all kinds of manky feet, it can be used wet and/or dry, is very hard-wearing and can be easily cleaned/disinfected/sterilised. Other options range from the 'cheese grater' (I used to get into so much trouble for calling it that in front of clients) to a bog standard, large, abrasive emery board - probably shaped like a foot and coloured pink.

So the choice out there with pros and cons:-

Pumice stone. As aforementioned. Next to useless for the purpose in hand i.e. feet.

Pedi-egg. Am ashamed to admit that I have never actually held one in my hand, let alone tried it. Many of my clients purport to use one and really like it - the colour, the ergonomics of it, cuteness, cleanliness, ease of use etc. I can't honestly say that I can tell, BUT using anything is better than nothing (except the pumice) and who knows what they would be like if they didn't bother.

The cheese grater. You do know what I mean, I just meant that it looked like a little cheese grater on a handle! Quite basic, but surprisingly effective. Requires follow-up with a finer grade of abrasion (pumice stone anyone?), easy to clean and sterilisable, but in my hands at least, liable to come apart! Do not try and use wet.

Ceramic files, detailed above.

The purple foot. Again, my nickname. (Heel to Toe, Pumice with Rope, packaging in english and german, made in Poland) Hand-sized, foot shaped; purple one side, white the other, two grades of abrasion. Feels like a piece of hard polystyrene! Oh, and it's on a rope. Absolutely superb bit of kit. Unfortunately, this picture is my last one. I have sold hundreds of these. They are very cheap, extraordinarily effective. You do have to use them wet and with lather of some kind; they are virtually indestructible - they only die when they get full of fake tan and go mouldy. They are useless in a professional environment because you cannot clean them effectively to use on a succession of clients, but I retailed them with amazing feed-back. And Laura had several (mostly mouldy). One day I got ready to go out at her house and stole her purple foot - I could not believe how amazing it was. She couldn't believe that I had never actually used one! If anyone knows where I can get these again in bulk - I want lots.

Foot file. The standard, large, abrasive emery board. Again - extremely effective. Can be used wet and/dry. And I have to admit, my weapon of choice at home. Because it is so easy, it works brilliantly on my feet, I can use it dry. Major con: it wears out really quickly. So although they are cheap, readily available and very effective, you do have to replace them about as regularly as disposable razors.

And another salient point - although I am talking about filing your feet I do not advocate the total removal of 'hard skin'. The objective should be to smooth, not to soften. The hard skin on your feet is there for a reason. To protect. That hard skin is looking after you. If you treat it aggressively and remove it entirely, not only will it be very, very tender, but it will try and replace that protective layer very, very quickly.

So the choice that I have omitted is the blade. Don't get me wrong - in the right hands, on the correct feet ...

My very good friend, also a consummate professional, but advocate of the blade, took my feet in hand. I spend my life barefoot or in killer stilletoes. My feet are not soft, but they are very smooth. Not smooth enough apparently. Quite leathery, actually. So out came the blade. And I ended up with baby soft feet. Little pink heart shapes on my soles. Which rapidly turned into large blisters filled with blood, when I walked home in my wicked pink sandals.

Last point, for now.


Because, once more, your body knows best. If you expose nice new, pink skin and don't replenish it, you will get nice new, hard skin double quick, to protect the vulnerable area.

So the synopsis of my contribution is:

- find a foot file

- use it (with due care)

- moisturise


I hope this has been what you wanted to know and leave a comment with any questions!