Simple St. Patrick’s Day NOTD!

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What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day? I might have a glass of wine, tops, and head to bed early. I wanted to do something quickly on the weekend for festive nails and was feeling lucky, so I slapped some green polish on, with some nail dotter blobs intended to hopefully look like clover.

I used Revlon ColorStay in Jungle, Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Rags to Riches (terrible this whole line has been discontinued, it was fantastic!) and a mini Revlon in Garden.

Rimmel Rage to Riches, Revlon Jungle, Revlon Garden

Rimmel Rags to Riches, Revlon Jungle, Revlon Garden

Clover!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

And with a layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets on top because I can’t help myself. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s day on Tuesday! And here’s a link to my St. Patrick’s Day look from last year! 🙂

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Grey Gradient NOTD!

Greydient Greys!

Greydient Greys!

I talked myself out of naming this post “Graydient” NOTD. I’m a bit surprised I’ve never tried this before! Used for today’s nails: OPI Black Onyx, Yves Rocher mini Grix Precieux, L’Oreal Greycian Goddess, Rimmel 60 Seconds Grey Matter and a mini Markwins white polish intended for french manicures. The two mid greys looked closer in shade on camera than they did in person, and I had to use flash to bring out the dark grey in the Yves Rocher shade which dried considerably darker than the bottle colour, but overall I did like the effect! Photos in different lights!

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I made it a day before putting on a coat of Revlon Graffiti top coat, I like this too! I think I will be doing more of these!

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Enjoy the rest of your week!

May Empties and Samples Review (My First Ever!)

May Empties!

May Empties!

My first empties post! I really like reading these types as they almost always come along with a quick review of a product after it’s been used long enough to go empty, making it (presumably) a more thorough and fair assessment. By the time you finish a product, you’ve got to have something to say about it. Some of these are brand new to me, and some I’ve been using for a while.

I’ve numbered them 1-8 in the photo below for a quick write up about each.

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1) Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation 100 Ivory.
This is a product that I’ve been really wanting to try for a while, as I keep seeing such rave reviews. I was lucky in that the sample shade matched me well, and I really liked the texture. The coverage was also pretty good. My only concern was that it seemed a bit thick, cakey on some areas when applied with fingers, even when blended out. As I didn’t have enough product sample to try out different application techniques, I might try this out some time in the future with a damp/dry sponge/brush  etc to see what might work better for the formula. If this foundation contained sunscreen, I’d buy it again on the merit of that and the texture/coverage alone and learn to make it work for me regardless. But it doesn’t contain sunscreen. As it stands right now I’m a bit on the fence about this one. I prefer Rimmel Lasting Finish at the moment.

2) St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser

Initially, I really liked this cleanser. It has a very light green tea scent, has the surfactant my skin agrees with most (sodium laureth sulfate), has salicylic acid and even some green tea extract. It removed makeup well. Unfortunately, I noticed that my skin seemed to get oilier faster after using this product, so I decided to find out why. Turns out this product contains a menthol derivative (menthyl lactate) which can cause mild irritation and subsequent excess oil production. It’s a real shame they added that, this would have had holy grail beauty product status for me (tough accolade to obtain) and at $3.50, twice as sad.

3) Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control 3 in 1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

This is a 2% salicylic acid treatment, and as that, it performs well. I’ve been using this for a few years now actually, and my skin is smoother. The bottle doesn’t clearly say what the 3 in 1 effect is, it might be on the box which I don’t have handy. I wouldn’t really say this is moisturizing as it is in a silicone base and dries to a silky finish (think something like a thinner, watery version of the Smashbox primer type texture). As for stress control, well I wish stress control was as easy as a skin treatment. What this product is in fact really good at is helping speed up healing and minimize redness. Apparently this is discontinued in the US. It is still available in Canada, and I’m grateful for it as there is no other afordable, widely available within Canada irritant free salicylic acid treatment. The US has another option made by Clean & Clear but I can’t find it anywhere in Canada. If Neutrogena discontinues this in Canada I’m not sure what I’ll do! I will buy this as long as they make it. If they stop making it, I may have to rethink my love of Neutrogena.

4) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream

This one’s not quite empty yet but close enough to add here as I’m getting to the last dregs and I’d probably throw it out before my next empty post. I did a very thorough review on this one you can find here. I will buy this one as long as Neutrogena makes it as well.

5) Aussie You Can Shine Shampoo

Had a lovely super fresh citrusy orange scent. I suppose my hair was shiny, clean. I did like it. I might buy it again if it’s on a fantastic sale. I have a lot of shampoos to get through right now though, and although this performed well it wasn’t magical, it was shampoo, so this wouldn’t be an immediate rebuy. Only concern, it’s second surfactant is sodium lauryl sulfate, which is considerably more of an irritant risk than sodium laureth sulfate (it’s first surfactant). Although it doesn’t bother me, it does bother some people, so I thought it would be worth mentioning.

6) Aussie Moist Conditioner

A somewhat iconic, well known conditioner. I liked it. Has a nice tropical coconuty scent. It performed well, as I do like a richer conditioner. My only concern is I’m suspicious it might have made my skin break out. Looking at the ingredients the only thing I think that may have done that is the jojoba oil. I guess I will know within a few weeks if it were this conditioner or not. I’d rebuy on the same stipulations as the shampoo counterpart above, on a great sale.

7) Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy

As you can tell by the well worn label, this was with me and used often. I’m the type who always needs something on their lips. I won’t use the lip balm types that have menthol, camphor, or other irritants as I find they are the ones that cause the “addictive” rebound lip balm effect. This is basically just Vaseline in a smaller container, and I already like Vaseline for a lip protectant. Yes, I’d absolutely rebuy, but I’ve already refilled this small container with the same Vaseline Cocoa Butter scent from a larger container so there’s no need to.

8) Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot from Sephora

Up last we have the end of a sample of Vanille Abricot. It was nice, a bit sugary for me. The sweetness was of an intense icing sugar variety. The apricot and other fruits (papaya and jackfruit) kept it tropical and warm. I liked it, but I didn’t $85 like it. Too bad I can’t find the Vanille Almande at all, now that might be worthwhile. If I ever did buy this, it would not be at full price and it most certainly would not be from a Sephora. Or anything else from a Sephora. At the moment I’m currently battling with them to get them to honor a new, perfectly valid $50 e-giftcard awarded to me as a prize, and so far (4 phone calls and countless emails later) they are refusing to assist me, provide any goods, or provide a refund to anyone (myself or the gifter) because I am in Canada (yes, we do have Sephora here). Essentially, they have the money paid for the gift card and are not interested in assisting me beyond that point and I do have this in writing from their most recent email.  I offered a set of six perfectly reasonable, fair solutions in a politely, carefully worded email. All were declined. I am awaiting final confirmation that they will keep the cash and refuse to provide goods or refund before I make my public write up to share on my blog, their Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media I find to be relevant to the subject. I will not purchase anything from a Sephora until this is resolved satisfactorily. I will, however, continue going in for free samples, at least until I feel I’ve received about $50 USD worth. Seems fair don’t you think?

Sorry to leave my empties post on that note, but there was no way I was going to say the word Sephora without saying what was on my mind. There will be a full write up soon on what happens. Up until today I was giving Sephora the benefit of the doubt as a large, well known company to do the right thing customer service wise and so far I’ve been greatly disappointed. Still hoping for the best as I would greatly prefer to report on a positive experience. 🙂

EDIT: Please see my new post about the products (good) and service (highly questionable) from Sephora. As this post of mine is popular, I would like to use it to help word get out. https://katezillablog.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/sephora-orderprize-opening-and-a-word-of-caution/

Moving on, has anyone tried any of these products? And if so, what did you think?

Have a great weekend!

 

Elf Liquid Eyeliner Swatch & Review!

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elf liquid eyeliner

I found this unassuming little treat at a new local dollar store for all of $1.50. It was hidden way up high in a wall crammed full of miscellaneous beauty accoutrements, trying hard not to be seen. Elf (eyes lips face) cosmetics are another one of those things that I have a hard time obtaining locally, so I was pretty eager to try this out, especially at that price. I tried it out today with a very simple eye look for a test run to see how it would hold up, as I’ve found mixed reviews online.

The bottle itself is a pretty standard liquid eyeliner container in that it has a tapered wand with a wider base. The brush is thin with fine hairs, and is not a felt tip. This might prove a little more tricky to handle for someone new to liquid eyeliner but others should have little trouble with it.

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elf liquid eyeliner brush

I noticed the back of the package carding noted “smudge-proof liquid liner” twice. Perhaps a printing error is what landed this batch in the dollar store as liquidated salvage stock? It also noted on the card that elf is a charity supporter (didn’t mention which) and that they do not test on animals.

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The product applied smoothly, was fluid enough to spread easily but not so liquid as it got everywhere. It dried reasonably quickly for me but I only used a thin coat. The colour was a deep black and dried to a semi matte finish. Just barely shiny enough to not look flat. Definitely not glossy. Below are single swipes on my arm, one with a light hand, one heavier.

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elf liquid eyeliner swatch, wet

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elf liquid eyeliner swatch, dry

I applied this product with a simple eye look for a trial run for the purpose of this review. I made sure to pick a few favourites that I already knew would perform well so I could give the elf eyeliner a fair shake. Products used:

-Wet n Wild eyeshadow single in Brulee on browbone

-Maybelline  Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe in crease

-NYC City Curls mascara in Extreme Black (a lovely, velvety plush finish that wears well, all for less than $3 so of course it’s suddenly not available here anymore >.<)

-Revlon Satin eyeshadow in Nude Slip on lid (a beautiful shimmery peachy neutral with a gorgeous, buttery texture, so of course it’s discontinued and in my Holy Grail Graveyard)

-Rimmel Stay Matte foundation in a small foil sample pack I received in a magazine. I’m a little on the fence with this one. I like the texture but I am unsure about the finish, coverage, and wear time.

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Other products used

I’ve been wearing this a few hours now, no smears, smudges or flakes. I have oily eyelids and wasn’t expecting it to perform this well! After it was well set, I ran the swatches on my arm under water, and it didn’t move. There was still residue after using soap, but it removed easily with a makeup remover wipe. I will update if things go south with this eyeliner before the end of the day! EDIT: My Color Tattoo eyeshadow faded before this eyeliner, which was still going strong somewhere past the 12 hour mark. I am pretty damn impressed!

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elf liquid eyeliner

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Final verdict? LOVE IT. It is well worth the crazy low buck fifty. I plan on buying the rest of the stock – if there’s any left – as it seems everything I like is discontinued or impossible to find immediately after I declare my undying love. Why do I keep scaring these great products away! *dramatic sigh*

I also wanted to share this card that came in a recent ebay purchase with you 🙂

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Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick 070

 

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick

I have been hearing and reading on various beauty blogs for a while now about this lipstick from Rimmel as being wonderful for pale people who desire to wear a nude lipstick that won’t make them look even more like pasty reheated death. I prefer reds and brights to liven up my NC20/25 skin but apparently this is frowned upon for job interviews, so I had to find myself something that helped me look put together and professional. Rimmel displays are usually well picked over by the time I get to them, and I had a hard time finding this but managed to grab one for $4 at Superstore in Canada recently! At that price I couldn’t resist finding out if it was everything these lovely beauty bloggers claimed it to be!

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Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick 070

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick Swatch

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick Swatch

Rimmel Airy Fairy is a mauve/pink leaning nude-ish shade. This very definitely -thankfully- leans on the cool side, making it well suited to my cool tone skin. I can see this looking horrid on skin that is really very warm, dark, or yellow based. This shade was made with pale cool toned people in mind, which is a relief as I have issue with other “holy grail nudes” being way too brown for me. It has some barely noticeable golden micro glitter which I can see in the tube, but I can’t personally see in the finished swatches on either arm or lip. Coverage is opaque after a few swipes. I wouldn’t call this a “Lasting Finish”, as it wears about the same as any lipstick that doesn’t claim to be long wearing, but at least it seems to wear off evenly. Texture is creamy, smooth and reasonably emollient. I would judge this to have a satin finish. Below is a swatch on lip, NC20/25 skin, taken in outdoor light.

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick On Lip

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick On Lip

Worth noting is the scent, which might bother some. I’ve gotten used to it as I have a few of these from Rimmel’s Lasting Finish line. It’s a sweet, slightly spicy (cinnamony?) kind of scent. It’s unique to these lipsticks, I can’t think of any other products that smell like this. If you absolutely can not stand fragrance in a facial beauty product, this may be a deal breaker for you.

 

The packaging is a dark purplish shade with red microglitter you can see in the sun, has an angled top with the Rimmel crown logo on it, a metal ring around the middle with the Rimmel text logo, and a metal tube inside holding the product. The lipstick does wind all the way down inside the tube so protect the product from knicks and bumping, which I appreciate. You can see the label sticker matches the shade of the lipstick inside, handy!

 

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Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick 070

 

Overall I do like this lipstick and think it’s a fantastic deal at $4! I wouldn’t call it fancy, luxurious or dramatic but it’s a perfect “safe” shade for job interviews! If you’re of cool toned pale skin and can find it on sale I encourage you to check it out! I will be using this as my “nude” shade until I find something more magical than Airy Fairy (unlikely) or they stop making it. Apparently Rimmel Airy Fairy is a dupe for various MAC lipsticks such as High Tea, Angel, Hug Me or Creme Cup (and more…) depending on who you ask. I don’t have any of these so I can’t substantiate 😦

 

What’s your nude lipstick you can’t live without?

Rimmel Dark Signature Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow Swatch and Review, Radiant Orchid Theme Continued!

Continuing on with my series of purple eye shadow swatch and reviews in honor of Pantone’s Color of the Year Radiant Orchid, today’s subject is Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow in 017 Dark Signature. The label on the back says it “Complements Green Eyes”, which I’m sure may be true but I just went ahead and ignored that advice.

 

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Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

 

The shades are quite pretty, and are listed 1 through 4 for application as shown on the back.

1) a pale greyish lavender. They want you to apply this in the middle of the lid. My favourite of the quad. Mostly matte.
2) the closest to the “Radiant Orchid” shade itself, a brightened medium purple shade, undertones leaning red. They want you to apply this on the inner and outer corner. Slight amount of microglitter.
3) a frosted white shimmery shade. They want you to apply this on your brow bone.
4) a deep dark brown based purple. They want you to apply this to your outer V/corner. Slight amount of microglitter.

Rimmel Dark Signature Swatch Outdoor Light

Rimmel Dark Signature Swatch Outdoor Light

Rimmel Dark Signature Swatch Indoor Light

Rimmel Dark Signature Swatch Indoor Light

I did apply as instructed on the back as I was curious as to how it would look. Pigmentation is slightly better than average for drugstore makeup, there was some fallout but it blended and brushed away easily.

I applied this near a window for better outdoor lighting. It looked very purple when going on, and I loved it. I did notice however when walking around the house and checking in regular indoor lighting that it quickly seemed to fade to shades of greys and browns. The texture still looked nice, the dimension was still there, but it certainly wasn’t purple under an incandescent bulb. When I checked over back in outdoor light, the purple was still visible but not quite as intense as it was upon application. What bothered me most about this was no longer being able to see shade 2, the brightened medium purple, on the inner and outer corner as they had advised for application, as it did look pretty interesting. Some swatches on eye in various lighting below. Also wearing Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara, Milani Liquif’Eye black liner on waterline and the black shade from Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Cream Liner for Hazel Eyes. I’ll probably go ahead and review that set on it’s own, it’s wonderful! (Edit: probably discontinued…sad).

 

Rimmel Dark SIgnature

Rimmel Dark SIgnature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Rimmel Dark Signature

Overall, good texture, pigment ok as long as you don’t mind it looking dulled in indoor light, or if you plan on being outside in the sun while wearing it. It blended well and didn’t seem to crease very quickly. If you don’t mind your colours looking different in different lighting, then this is a decent purchase. I find Rimmel to be very reasonably priced especially on sale. The medium and darker purple remind me a lot of 2 shades in a purple Annabelle trio that I plan on trying soon as well. I have higher hopes for the pigments in that one.

If I were to use this one again for a purple look, I’d eliminate the frosty white highlight shade on inner tear duct and brow bone and use a matte cream shade, something more like the one in the purple Almay palette reviewed earlier. Would probably also try an additional base over my foundation, I have a purple cream eyeliner from the same set as the Physician’s Formula cream liner mentioned above that might do the trick, smudged lightly over the lid to enhance the purple shades.

Rimmel is available at mass retailers (in Canada) and averages from $4-10 for items across the entire brand. This Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow is 0.148oz/4.2g and I probably paid around $5 for it. I’m definitely interested in trying a few more of these quads, probably some of the more neutral/lighter ones now that I know how the pigment behaves in different lighting. Perhaps Romantic Cool, Smokey Purple, English Breakfast!

 

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in Touch of Berry, 002

Rimmel has stepped up their game in recent years. I recall being disappointed in their powdery, unpigmented formulas for face powder and blush around 10 years ago, and am glad I’ve given them another try. I haven’t been disappointed in a product of theirs for the past couple of years, with the exception of one eyeshadow quad format with a Union Jack flag design that made it near impossible to pick up shadow from one of the smaller segments. I passed on those no matter how pretty the shades. When slapping on the warpaint in the morning, I can only tolerate fuss-free application.

This latest blusher offering from Rimmel is something I’ve been looking for a while now. Does anyone remember Bonne Belle Blushing Gel? It may still be available in the US but I haven’t been able to find it in Canada since the mid 90’s. My skin tends to oxidize and fade blush relentlessly, and the only thing that ever wore well was a gel formula. I tested a few other “cream” options, but all had some sort of glitter or were too creamy and wouldn’t set on my oily skin.

After seeing a few positive reviews for Rimmel Stay Blushed, I decided it sounded just about perfect. I found it at my local drugstore for $6.99, on sale for $4.99, plus I had a dollar off coupon making it $3.99, an attractive price very easy to rationalize when trying something new.

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in Touch of Berry

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in Touch of Berry

The tube is small at 0.47 fl oz or 14ml, but you don’t need much. I’d imagine the tube lasting a couple of months with every day use. I picked up a shade I thought would work well with my NC20/25 skin, Touch of Berry, 002. I had a hard time finding swatches for this particular shade and will include them.

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint Swatch, from tube, then blended on NC20/25 skin in Touch of Berry

Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint Swatch, from tube, then blended on NC20/25 skin in Touch of Berry

Swatched on bare NC20/25 skin, a tiny dab sheers out to a natural looking medium pink, glitter free stain. I tested this last evening, and the stain, although faded, is still clear on my arm. Lovely colour that stays true with zero oxidation, great wear.

The product does have a light, citrusy floral scent. I don’t find fragrance to be necessary in makeup but the scent doesn’t bother me either. If you are highly sensitive to fragrance, this is worth keeping in mind. I believe the scent is the same as their newer “Wake Me Up” foundation line, if you are familiar with that.

From the back of the tube: Lightweight liquid blush blends instantly & seamlessly. Apply a small amount with your fingertips for a natural flush of colour that lasts all day.

Do I agree? YES! Worth the purchase, especially if you can grab a deal like I did! Providing this product doesn’t break me out (I will update if it does), I will purchase it as long as they make it.

Thanks Rimmel, I have been looking for a product like this for a long time!

For those who might be interested, I have included the ingredients below.

AQUA/WATER/EAU, PEG/PPG-8/3 LAURATE, HEPTYL UNDECYLENATE, POLYETHYLENE, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE/DIVINYLDIMETHICONE/ SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM/ FRAGRANCE, ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE, LAURIC ACID
[May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-: MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)].

EDIT: I just saw that one of the search terms for this post was “can’t find Rimmel Stay Blushed anywhere”. I agree, it can be hard to find, so I will offer the only tips I have! In Canadian mass retails (like London Drugs, where I found mine) it is NEVER on the Rimmel display. Never, not once since launch. It is always on its own, in another aisle, or on a different, smaller display, or sometimes grouped with other makeup products being promoted at the time. The tubes are small and easy to over look, especially if there is no formal display. Heck, my London Drugs has them, about 4-5, sitting on a shelf, alone, no signage other than a small price tag in front of them, in the aisle where the perfumes are. Who would think to look there, right?  If you want to order online, I know well.ca has them.

Hope you find yours!