Rimmel Moisture Renew - Funtime Fuchsia 320

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

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Rimmel funtime fuchsia 320 lipstick

Back to lipsticks.

Nothing new then!

I bought this before Christmas and I thought ooh.. it's a bright one, save this for nights out when i'm feeling a little daring!

But for some reason, don't have a clue why.. I decided to put it on one morning before work. And i've worn it every day since.

That is really rare for me!

Now i'm sure you are aware by now that I love Rimmel lipsticks? No?
I'll link back to a couple of posts.. :)

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This colour is Funtime Fuchsia - 320. It is that gorgeous purple/pink colour (which appears a bit more pink on me unless I layer it on). Fuchsia is one of my favourite colours as a whole, but not one I would often choose to wear.

The Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks are bloomin' amazing to begin with!

I 'suffer' from dry lips, cold climates up here in Aberdeen, so I really need something moisturising!
And as a day to day lipstick, these are fantastic!
I can put this on in the (horribly early) morning, and it lasts a good 4/5 hours, even after copious amounts of tea and my lips aren't left feeling chapped!

I have blotted this colour slightly in the above picture as I don't like it to look too bright for work, but this is also the shade I was wearing in the post below for a brighter pink.

Ah, i'm in love.

Are there any Rimmel colours I should buy next?

Long Time, No See..

Thursday, 23 January 2014

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First off, I apologise for the lack of posts over the past month..and the silly face :)
My new account was hacked (although I don't think they did anything too bad apart from sign me up for lots of junk mail!) and my purse was stolen on my birthday..(which I did get back thankfully - minus the cash). My personal space felt a little invaded, and I really just cut myself off from the outside world for a little while.

ANYHOO... I was sent these glasses from Vision Direct FAR too long ago (very sorry).. I am one of those horribly annoying people who don't need glasses, I have perfect vision.. but you always want what you can't have.. and for me, that has always been glasses!

I am the only person in my family without.. I used to try and trick the optician into thinking my eyesight was terrible when I was younger, to no avail! I was fooling absolutely no one!
So the option to have some frames.. was just too tempting for my inner child!

They sell such a variety of frames (I never looked for anything fancy but there are lots of brands!) and contact lenses, including coloured lenses which I think are really cool.. I would love a deep blue, or sky blue pair because my eyes are a little dull in colour.. but I am far too scared of sticking things in my eyes, or not getting them out!

Has anyone else tried coloured lenses?
I love to see the change it makes!

Romantic Memories..

Monday, 20 January 2014

I was contacted by National Holidays about their Valentine Blogger Competition to win the chance of a long weekend away to the Claymore Hotel by Loch Lomond.
All you have to do is share your most romantic moment.
I thought this would be a lovely idea, as I can't even remember the last time we had a getaway! I suspect 4 years ago? Which seems absurd! Now i'm not saying we haven't been anywhere :) we have been on holiday, but it has been a long time since we just packed up and got away from the routine of our everyday life to enjoy each others company.

laurenrhiannon Valentines day

(One of my favourite pictures, our second or third date out to visit Crathes Castle on a sunny day.. when we were caught in a horrible downpour and sheltering under a tree which is why I look so greasy and I horribly needed my roots done haha)
I have been with my boyfriend for 7 years now. I was never a flowers (but always chocolates) kinda gal, so I think a little romance got lost along the way.. at least I think he got off lightly haha!
I find romance is such a personal thing, and something that means nothing to one person.. or may be a regular thing for you, may mean the world to someone else!

When I met my boyfriend, neither of us were looking for anything long term and really hadn't expected much of it.. I was due to move to Edinburgh a month later for a course so I thought there may be a couple of dates to make my heart flutter and then we would move along.

I should say we also met just before Christmas, a significantly bad one that year.. and as he lived an hour or so away, we only met twice in the month or so before I left so it was a very textual (not rude) relationship. But he courted away and although I think we were both coy and shy it became serious quite quickly.. despite the fact we rarely saw each other.

I did move to Edinburgh, and I still expected things to fizzle out as I wouldn't be home often but he surpassed my expectations (seriously surpassed) and made the 3 hour journey down to see me one night every week. Because we were both studying and he worked part time we could only spend a few hours together before he made the 3 hour journey back home. He kept this up for a full year until he finished his course and he made the big move to Edinburgh to be with me.

Then I made the big move back to Aberdeen with him.

Although there have been lots of ups and downs over the years, this remains one of my fondest memories of our relationship and I never took it for granted.
We may not have done anything special.. but the money, the time and the effort spent just to enjoy a cinema trip or a meal out still means a heck of a lot to me and reminds me how much we've been through to get to this point. Ach, sometimes I love a good lovey dovey gush! I don't think I do it enough :)

What are your most romantic memories?
I would love to hear them!

PURE Papaya Ointment

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Pure Papaya Ointment

My penultimate SBN Christmas post :)

I apologise that this post is late. I have had a nightmare few days getting home for Christmas! This morning we were up bright and early for our 7.50am flight, which got us home... circled above the airport for half an hour then took us back to Inverness! Ahhh! Trust there to be a lightning storm directly above the airport JUST as we are about to land! So we had to go back, refuel.. eat some breakfast and after 4 hours, eventually made it back to our destination!

Enough of my Christmas woes though! Today we have PURE Papaya Ointment £9.99. I was so excited to try this, I have heard so much about Paw Paw balms and ointments (all good). I fortunately do not have many of the problems in which they claim the ointment is good for (nursing nipples, chafing, tattoo aftercare) so I have been using this for chapped lips and on any dry patches of skin.

' In addition to papaya, or pawpaw, ingredients include soothing calendula, shea butter, jojoba oil, macadamia oil, styrax benzoin resin, silica, beeswax and vitamin E.'

Ok, back to my woes... I am SO weak I really struggle to squeeze this out of the tube! It is very thick, which is great because that makes me think - super moisturising! But I do find it difficult to squeeze out.. as I said, I am weak! So this could just be me! Let me know haha.

I get really dry lips in the colder weather and when I put any thick moisturiser or cream on it tends to coat my lips rather than sink in, and this has still happened with this product which is why I tend to use it in my nightly routine. This does not mean it doesn't work or that I dislike it, it is moisturising and my lips do feel soft but it does leave a white film on my lips which I would obviously prefer to remove before any face to face interaction!

I have also been using this for dry areas of skin. I am lucky in that I don't often get these.. but again with the colder weather I do get the odd breakout on my cheeks and arms so I have been applying a little bit of the Papaya Ointment to the problem areas and leaving it overnight and it really helps! I can still feel slight dry areas on my skin but they are not noticeable (except to touch). My worry was that by adding makeup to the dry patches it would make them more visible and possibly worse, so I am really happy that this has not been the case and that it has improved the issue!

What are your thoughts?

The Beauty Kitchen - Himalayan Body Scrub

Monday, 16 December 2013

I received this DIY body scrub from The Beauty Kitchen as another part of the SBN Christmas Collaboration.

To me, this is a perfect gift idea for anyone who loves a pamper session.

It arrived beautifully packaged in little packets/bottles and sachets within a kilner jar (which is also great for use after, I love these for storage!)

This does come with a set of instructions on how to make it, although silly me.. I didn't see them tucked away in the lid and I had a panic thinking I would make a hash of it :)

Luckily I did find them! 

This was really simple to make - Pouring the Himalayan salts into the jar, adding the 2 bottles of essential oils..giving it a mix with a trusty spoon and then mixing in the cranberry and cornflower seeds.

The Beauty Kitchen

This has a really strong odour of Cranberry and Orange, which is quite Wintery to me. As soon as you pop open the lid the room is filled and it's a scent that sticks!
I love this in a body scrub, I like the scent to last on the skin and catch whiffs of it throughout the day.

This is a lovely product to use, without being too harsh on the skin, it exfoliates yet leaves the skin feeling extremely smooth after. I would be more than happy to receive this as a gift, and I have had a look at the website with this in mind :)

You can find the Love Me Body Scrub on The Beauty Kitchen website along with all their other products.

Nspa Melting Cleansing Gel

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Npa Melting Gel Cleanser

Nspa are a brand I have heard bloggers raving about for a while,
along with some friends who have been to nspa parties..
I've also seen it stocked in ASDA.. but it still remained one of those brands I kept meaning to try but not taking the plunge and investing in so I was really happy when I received the nspa melting cleansing gel £6* as part of the Christmas collaboration with SBN.

I had not been swayed by cleansing gels. I had only tried one other gel before and my skin broke out and dried so badly it really put me off the idea BUT I felt it was quite heavily perfumed so I was looking forward (in a strange way) to trying this as a comparison.

"Grapeseed oil dissolves make-up and impurities and helps improve skin radiance. Packed with moisturising ginseng and anti-oxidant vitamin E, as well as nourishing avocado, apricot and neroli oils, this wash is perfect to use for your morning and evening cleanse."

Despite my initial views on cleansing gels, this one has really changed my thoughts!
The product feels a lot thicker than the other I had tried, far more of a smooth gelatine texture.

I apply this to my face and rub in small circular motions until I feel it has been worked in evenly and becomes more of an oil, when water is applied this turns into a milk and is then washed off and I complete the rest of my routine. This leaves my skin feeling so clean and smooth. Which is always a plus! I've even had my boyfriend comment on how smooth my skin has been recently (unknowingly of this little skincare change) and I haven't had any breakouts! Bonus! 

This has become a new staple in my skincare routine and i'm really enjoying using it.. I definitely have to look at some of the other products in their range. 

Has anyone else tried nspa?
Any products I should try?

Sunkissed Instant Self Tanning Mousse Review

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Sunkissed Tanning Mousse

As part of a Christmas collaboration with the Scottish Blogger Network I will be posting some reviews over the next week or so on a variety of products.

First up, Sunkissed Instant Self Tanning Mousse in the shade medium bronze :)

I love fake tan, but i'm pretty lazy when it comes to applying it. I am
 always on the lookout for the perfect colour, easy application..without the boyfriend repelling scent and something that won't stain the sheets!

In the colder months when i'm all wrapped up, tan isn't on the forefront of my priorities but I do love to have a glow without looking overdone for those Christmas nights out.

The first thing to mention about Sunkissed Instant Self Tanning Mousse.. is the scent!
No, it doesn't smell like cheesy biscuits! Huzzah! It has (by far) the nicest scent i've come across with tanning.
It has a whiff of coconut.. but leaves this lovely sweet scent on the skin that really lingers.
If you don't like sweet scents, this may not be for you but it is definitely right up my alley!

Tanning Mousse Review

As a mousse, it comes with your standard pump. I found I used 1 pump for each section of my arm and this was the perfect amount. I used more to cover body and legs, but felt the amount dispensed with each pump was far more sufficient than I have found with other tans in the past.

As a peely wally (pale) person as you can see below I apply two layers of tan, as I find that is a noticeable change on my skin. 
On application, you can see the colour so any streaks or missed areas are shown before it's too late! This also dries in really quickly, I don't feel I am fanning myself to speed the process up and it also develops quickly so it's a great option if it's a last minute rush.

With a good moisturising routine this does last 2/3 days on me, but does fade so would need reapplication at this point to maintain the colour. To me this is average and to be expected so I have no complaints.

I also received the Sunkissed Tanning Mitt - These can be very hit or miss. I usually wear a glove underneath mitts but I have thrown caution to the wind and used this as is. For once, the risky move paid off! Not a spot of colour has leaked through, or left that horrible orange tinge on the sides of my hands.

laurenrhiannon tan reviewSunkissed Tanning Mousse Review

I don't want to say I am surprised at how much I have enjoyed using this tan, but this has definitely exceeded my expectations! I would definitely repurchase this, I would go as far to say it is miles ahead of the popular lower cost tan St Moritz.

These can be purchased from sunkissedbronzing.co.uk from £4.99
and some products are available on Fragrance Direct from £2.99

Has anyone else tried this?
What are your thoughts?