Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Rimmel x10 Volume Flash Mascara Review

Hi guys! I have another mascara review to share with you. I did a review on Benefit's They're Real Mascara a while ago, and I think I may have found a fabulous alternative for a fraction of the price :) 
Okay, so I must admit, I didn't get off to a great start with this Rimmel mascara. The reason being that as soon as I opened it I discovered that the brush was non- existent! It had obviously broken off inside the tube or was manufactured incorrectly- you can see what I mean in the picture below. 

Obviously I was pretty annoyed at the thought of just having thrown €7.50 down the drain. I realise that's a very reasonable price for a mascara, but I am a student..that's the price of half of my food for the week! Thankfully, the sales assistant in Superdrug was kind enough to exchange it for me (although the security man seemed to think I looked dodgy and persisted to follow my every move around the shop, making me very uncomfortable).
Anyway, I was slightly worried that my new mascara might have the same fault, but it has proven to be absolutely perfect and I'm thrilled with the results so far! In terms of mascara, €7.50 is a pretty good price- especially considering that this one is amazing. It's super lengthening and does a great job at getting in at the tricky parts of my lower lashes. 
This is a fantastic mascara if you're looking for dramatic impact for your eyes, and would work brilliantly on a night out if you wanted to pass on the falsies. I haven't been wearing as much eyeliner during the day, because I find that this mascara gives my eyes all the ooomph they need!However, if you prefer a natural look, this probably isn't the one for you, as it can look quite spidery. 

The mascara does have it's downfalls- it has a tendancy to clump together a small bit when applied on the lashes, and when it dries it can flake slightly if you touch it. Personally, this doesn't bother me all that much, and if you had a problem with the occasional clump you can always just comb it out- problem solved! 
I do think for the price of this mascara and the enormous lengthening effect it has on my eyes, the pros definitely outweigh the cons, and I can certainly see myself repurchasing this product in the future. 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

My Top 5 Beauty Picks For Under €5

Hi guys! I must apologise(yet again) for somewhat abandoning my blog, but I'm afraid college has me super busy at the moment. It was with college in mind that I made this post- sadly, lack of funds has prevented me from splurging on expensive make up since I started my course, leaving me with no other choice but to try out some cheaper alternatives. At first, I was very reluctant to do so, as I feared my skin might pay the price for using cheaper products. However, I'm quickly discovering that money does not equal quality!
Some of these products were bought out of pure necessity, and other were recommendations by two of my favourite bloggers/youtubers, Beauty Crush and Leanne Woodfull. I can safely say that I will happily continue to use most, if not all of these affordable beauty bits over some of their high-end competitors, because for the quality you receive combined with the price you pay, you really can't go wrong!

1. MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is an absolute steal for just over €5. It contains 12 of the most beautiful, pigmented shadows in a mixture of matte and shimmer colours. The colours all compliment each other very well, and the wide variety of shades enable you to create numerous different looks, from dramatic, dark and smoky, to  subtle, soft  and romantic. You can also use the lightest pink shade as a highlighter for your cheeks if you really want to get your money's worth! And there's even a Mini Master Class on the back of the palette for those of you who need a little help when it comes to creating your own eyeshadow looks. I actually prefer this palette to my Urban Decay one, as there's less fall out and I don't end up with glitter all over my face! All in all, it's fast becoming one of my new beauty favourites :)

2. Natural Collection Pressed Powder in Neutral

This product costs next to nothing at a measly €3! It's a soft, light powder that gives a matte finish to my foundation without making my makeup appear heavy or caked. I will admit, it's not the best powder I've ever used- it doesn't last quite as long as I'd like and I do sometimes find my face becoming shiny again throughout the day. However, this problem is easily fixed with a simple top up, and for the price you're paying it's really not a big issue! For me, it's a question of whether I'd rather pay €30 for a powder that only needs to be applied once, or €3 for one that does the exact same job, only it needs a top up every once in a blue moon. No real question is there?

3. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in No.1 Fair

Ladies, if you haven't already met, let me introduce you to the holy grail of concealers. This is my new saviour! I don't know how many bloggers I saw raving about this product before I actually decided to buy one for myself, and boy am I glad I did. I thought I couldn't find a better concealer than Benefit's Erase Paste(which has lasted me more than 3 years and is still going strong), but the Lasting Perfection really takes the cake! It has a gorgeous creamy consistency and applies like a dream on to the skin. The colour is perfect for me, and it hides every single imperfection on my face to give a truly flawless look. Trust me when I say that this concealer will trick everyone into thinking that you're blessed with naturally fabulous skin! It costs just over €5 which is insanely cheap considering how good this product is. So buy it. Now.

4. Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Eyeliner

Another wonderful Collection 2000 product! I bought this liquid eyeliner at the start of the summer and it's lasting me very, very well. I can't remember the exact price of this one but I'm positive it's under €5. I can't really fault this liner to be honest. It's long lasting, creates a strong black line, and it's easy to apply. What more could you ask for? The small tip on the brush means that you can create as thin or as thick a line as you want, something that may prove difficult with a larger brush. I really don't see why anyone would bother splashing their cash on an expensive liner, when you'll get the exact same results from a low costing one like Collection 2000's! I think that as long as you've mastered the application, the liner you use really doesn't matter all that much.

5. Essence Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde

I snatched this little bargain up for €1.80 about 2 months ago, and as you can see from the length of it, it's been put to great use ever since! The colour is a gorgeous light brown shade that blends in perfectly with my natural brows. It comes with a built in brush on the lid, which is handy for people like me who get the odd stray hairs trying to escape. Basically, it does exactly what it says on the tin, and it's under €2- that's all you really need to know, isn't it?

Has anybody else been impressed by these products? What other affordable beauty bits would you recommend? 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Amazing Urban Outfitters Sale- Get shopping while you can!

Hey guys, for those of you who don't already know, Urban Outfitters are holding a fantastic online sale for one day only. Everything (including sale items) has a whopping 20% off until 10am tomorrow and delivery is free! Pretty darn good eh? I picked up two lovely pieces that I'd had my eye on for a while, and I can assure you that there's an abundance of other fabulous items just waiting to be snatched up! Remember, UO do fantastic novelties and stocking fillers, so if you want to be organised with your Christmas shopping this year, you could always stock up on those babies. We might as well avail of this very generous offer while we can, right?
Oh, and by the way, I promise Urban Outfitters aren't paying me to say all this, I just really really like their stuff :)

Happy shopping!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Freebie Alert- Who Wants Free Samples?

Hey guys! If you didn't already know, Maybelline are offering free samples of their new Fit Me Foundation on their website. It's their first ever gel foundation and every shade has a matching concealer and powder to ensure your make up matches the colour of your skin entirely. I applied for mine yesterday and I must say, I'm quite excited to try it out! 

I thought I'd leave the link here for anybody who'd like to grab a sample because, well, who doesn't love a good freebie?! 

Have any of you tried the foundation already? If so, how did you find it? :)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Outfit Of The Day

 Hi there! So this is what I'm wearing today :) I didn't bother showing you my bottom half as all I'm wearing are some boring old black leggings, and besides, my coat really is the main attraction. During the winter I live in this fur coat. It's soooo cosy and comfortable, and most importantly, it's lovely and warm! Now I know some people will be a bit miffed, but the coat is real fur. But, I feel like I can justify wearing it because I didn't purchase it, my mam found it in the attic and thinks it may have belonged to one of her aunts at some time. I would never condone buying real fur, but I think it would be a waste to leave such a beautiful piece of clothing to rot away in the attic, don't you?
Obviously I have no idea where the coat originally came from, but I did see almost identical ones in a vintage store in Glasgow for around £120. However, if I was buying another fur coat I'd definitely opt for faux fur, not just for the sake of the animals but because they leave hairs everywhere! It's a tad annoying.
My scarf was a Christmas present last year, which I absolutely adore! It's Moschino Cheap and Chic and it's got the most adorable print on it of Olive Oil trying on a heap of shoes. I didn't manage to get a photo of it, but I can assure you that it is cute as hell.

Hopefully I can do more OOTD posts over the next while, as I love love love this weather, and so, the majority of my wardrobe consists of winter clothes which I'm dying to share with you! :)