BEAUTY REVIEW: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer

Recently, I’ve developed this really great awful and deplorable habit of taking out my bad moods in the make-up section of Walgreen’s.  You should really try it  I am trying to stop but am really enjoying reaping the rewards of several impulse purchases.  Grabbing things I never would have thought of just on a whim has introduced me to a few new things that will now be staples in my daily wear collection. Including this Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer.

The Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer is a really great drugstore primer that gives make-up some SERIOUS staying power! //

I picked up this primer on my last trip and am quite happy with it so far. After letting my moisturizer soak in well, I apply this primer all over my face in the morning.  A little goes a long way, which is great, but it does feel rather greasy after first application.  I usually then let it soak in for a few minutes before applying foundation overtop and the greasiness goes away after it’s dried.

This one doesn’t have an impressive feel on the skin like a lot of higher-end primers boast about– it applies a lot like a lotion, but is nicely hydrating and isn’t heavy.  I think it just really gives a good base for foundation to go on with, and I do like how light it feels.

The label claims that the foundation “increases foundation wear for up to 8 hours” which I would have to say is a pretty true claim.  Though I’ve also switched up my foundation as well, my make-up does have a lot longer staying power with this primer than without it.

For example, with using this primer all over my face (including lightly on my eyes!), my make-up lasted from 8am-2am on Saturday, with only my angry red blemishes showing through at the end of the day.  (And I’m sure there is really no way to combat those, except to get rid of them LOL).

This one definitely goes into the “Repurchase” pile, even though I have a feeling this little tube will last me a long time.  Got any other primer recommendations? I’d love to hear them!


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BEAUTY REVIEW: Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

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Image Credit to Sephora, with personal edits.

At the end of last month, I caught a seat on the bandwagon.  Tons of beauty bloggers (AKA– Zoella, Tanya Burr, Anna Saccone) were all raving about the Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment serum.  Zoe Sugg especially, as she has spoken before about having problems with blemishes.  She swore this helped clear her face up, and I am incredibly susceptible to promises in regards to acne.

So, using a pre-paid gift card I got from winning a contest at work, I ordered a bottle.  I figured I’d try it with this unexpected free money, and see what happened.  One week of twice-a-day use, until I realized how much I was actually using, and then a few more weeks of only using it at night, I’ve gone through the first bottle pretty quickly.  So I ordered a second a few weeks ago, thinking I’d have it for when I run out the first bottle.

And then I checked my bank account reality hit.   Two bottles in a month and a half?

This serum claims to promote “good genes” by plumping, brightening, exfoliating, and reducing hyperpigmentation.  It’s main ingredient is lactic acid, which is supposed to be a skin care savior, according to beauty culture.  I try to do my research on ingredients in products, in hopes that I will one day be able to track trends in what does and doesn’t work for my skin.

For instance: Lactic Acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA), which is all the rage in skin care right now.  AHAs are exfoliants, and work to basically help encourage skin to shed it’s top layer of cells that can clog pores and leave you looking dull and lifeless, and help new, healthy cells shine through, thus creating a glowing and beautiful complexion.

The lactic acid is what drew me to this serum, as all AHAs have been shown to help reduce the appearance of acne scarring, and dark marks– which is my main focus for my skincare right now.  I’ve also read that AHAs can help reduce fine lines, and wrinkles by promoting the growth of new collagen in the skin, which is what keeps it looking “plump”, if you will.  This is claimed to help reduce physical skin puckering from acne scarring as well.

All in all, this product (aside from the pungent odor of the actual serum) got rave reviews for acne suffers, so I enthusiastically hopped on board.

Unfortunately, at the tail end of 6-weeks using this product, and am getting ready to return my unopened second bottle.  Maybe my skin problems are just bigger than topical products, but aside from an initial excitement and a little bit of “Oh, I think my redness is looking better… Maybe?!” in the beginning, I have noticed nothing different with using this product.  Which is super disappointing, as so many reviews and research had me thinking this may be the answer to all of my problems.

Therefore, that second bottle has (thankfully) never been opened, so back to the store it goes.  As serums and masks with AHAs become more and more mainstreamed, this product really just felt like I was paying for the label.  Which, unless it is a miracle product, I am not willing to do.  Sorry ’boutcha.

Does anyone have a good exfoliating serum? Or something recommended for acne sufferers/acne scars?  I’d love to hear about it.


BEAUTY REVIEW: Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

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I accidentally went on a little makeup splurge last week.  I stopped to pick up some groceries, and somehow left with three lip balms, two lipsticks, a lip liner, and two Maybelline Color Tattoo gel cream eyeshadows.  Funny how that always happens, huh?
I opted for two colors: #55 “Inked in Pink” from the Metal (metallic) line, and #25 “Bad to the Bronze” from the regular line.  They also have a Leather collection, which (as far as I can tell) features matte colors, but didn’t see any of those there.

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I had heard how great these shadows were, but wanted to see them for myself.  I also wanted to try a  cream shadow for the first time, and am very glad that these were my first.
I am in love.  I was a little confused as to how to apply them, as I couldn’t get the color to stick to my brush, so I just used my finger the first time.  Then, after a little internet digging, found out you should wet the brush first to help it stick, and it changed everything.  I was also pleased with how easily controllable it was to apply.  With how pigmented the shadow is, I was worried it would be messy and hard to control, but it went on nicely and didn’t drift where I didn’t want it to go.
These truly are tattoos, as they stick around forever.  I swatched them on my arm after purchase on Wednesday, and realized late Thursday night that they were still on my arm (even after showering).  I was almost worried about washing it off, but after wearing “Bad to the Bronze” all over my lid yesterday, I was quite pleased with how easily it came off with my regular nighttime cleanser.  
Next time I am out, I think I’ll try to find a few in the Leather line.  Though honestly, even though  Inked in Pink as part of the Metal line, it doesn’t seem to have much more of a metallic finish than Bad to the Bronze, as you can tell in the swatch picture.  I’m curious to see if any of the Leather shadows do look matte or not, or if they all have a shine finish because they’re cream. 
Has anyone else tried these? What are your favorite shades?