First Impressions of the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours

The last drugstore brand to bring out liquid lipsticks. But are they worth the wait?

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks First Impressions


Budget Week is approaching (the first video goes live on Monday, so make sure you're subscribed), and a video that I've been planning for a very long time is one on the best drugstore liquid lipsticks. Now I thought I'd covered all bases, and tried all of the drugstore offerings (or at least the one's that looked decent), but then Rimmel threw a curveball and released their Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours. I had a quick breeze through a few video reviews - they've been out in the States for a while - and after seeing a unanimous thumbs-up, decided I simply couldn't do a liquid lipstick round-up without at least giving them a go.

I picked up three shades (yasss 3 for 2!), but there are currently 15 shades in the range, including nudes, pinks, a red, a coral, a few plums and a few more out-there shades like a black, navy and a grey. I went for Be My Baby which is a peachy nude, Rose & Shine which is a rosy pink, and Blue Iris which we can all agree is a bit daring for me, but there was something about it that really drew me in.




Formula-wise they're pretty darn great, and they've really impressed me overall, with the pros outweighing the cons:

Pros
  • Lightweight formula
  • Affordable at £5.99
  • Long-lasting
  • Transfer-proof and lasts well through food and drink
  • Easy to use applicator
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Not drying
  • Matte finish that completely dries down
  • Large range of shades, including some unique colours
  • Good pigmentation

Cons
  • A little crumbly
  • Not much variation between shades
  • Bit of a chemically, plastic smell, but you can't smell it once on the lips and has no taste

Have you tried the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks?




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Diary of a 30-Day Beauty Spending Ban

Can I really resist buying makeup when it's as beautiful as Charlotte Tilbury?

Diary of a 30-Day Beauty Spending Ban


Recently, I've been planning a budget series on my YouTube channel, so in keeping with that, at the start of last month I decided to set myself a 30 Day Beauty spending ban. I have too much makeup and I buy too much on a whim. A few years back when I first got into makeup, I used to have a list where I'd write down every product I was lusting after, and if i still wanted the product after a couple of months, then I could justify it. I want to be that girl again. I can be so guilty of impulse purchasing in the drugstore and spending £30 a pop, yet I'm so hard on myself if I wanted a high end product of the same value. Yet I'd probably get more use and love out of a high end eyeshadow palette than 5 impulse-purchased drugstore lipsticks. I want to be more choosy about the products I buy, thinking about whether I really need it in my collection, and whether it's worth the money.

30-day beauty spending ban? Let's do this...

1/6/17 | I've been thinking a lot about the Jeffree Star Androgyny eyeshadow palette ever since looking at reviews after I purchased the Eclipse highlighter and a liquid lipstick (watch the first impressions). It looks like it has some great shades that are all really wearable, except for the blues.

3/6/17 | Went into town to grab some hair supplies (something I allowed myself as I needed to grab some hair dye and wasn't able to go before the spending ban started). I managed not to look at the makeup, but got sidetracked in the skincare aisle and picked up the L'Oréal Fine Flowers Gel-cream Wash. It was on offer from £3.99 to £1.99, which is a pretty freaking good deal, but I managed to put it back. Being able to say no felt great!

4/6/17 | I've seen a lot of reviews on the Makeup Revolution Flawless 3 Resurrection Palette, which has a couple of shades similar the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette. At first I wanted it, then I wasn't arsed, now I want it again. It's unique to anything else I own, and it's affordable at £8. If i still want it in a month's time, I may buy it.

5/6/17 | I managed to declutter a lot of products from my skincare and bodycare collection, which has made me want to stick to a more minimal stash, yay! Watch part one of my declutter here.

9/6/17 | Met up with Charlotte who was also on a spending ban and we ended up not going in any shops, winner! Ended up spending £4.99 on a semi permanent hair dye, but had a super cheap day out as I saved a fiver on choosing the bus over the train and she won us a free lunch!

12/6/17 | Had a bit of a blog life crisis and feel a bit weird about posting reviews when I'm not buying anything myself. Realise just how much this ban and general interest in minimalism and decluttering is changing my mindset. [EDIT: I'm still in this blogging funk, I need to make some serious changes with my content!]

14/6/17 | Added a bit of Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation with the L'Oréal True Match that's in my project pan, as it doesn't wear the best, especially in the warmer weather. Remembered just how much I loved Double Wear, and I definitely want to get a full size bottle. I'm still using a sample I got at the start of the year and a little really does go a long way as its so full coverage. I'm finding the shade I was colour matched to (1N2 Ecru) a little too yellow-toned so I'd like to try out a cooler toned sample before I make my purchase.

18/6/17 | Beauty Bay were having a 3 for 2 on all Jefrree Star cosmetics, so I had a nosey just because. They only had the manky shades left anyway, but even still, i spent the next hour or two looking up swatches. I love the liquid lipstick in mannequin, but none of the others shades really call out to me.

20/6/17 | Went into Boots and splurged £14.99 on the Bondi Sands Fake Tan Eraser, after I'd had a fake tan oopsie. I kind of regretted the purchase though, it was expensive and didn't wow me on first use.

24/6/17 | Argh I've been seeing more and more people on my timeline with the Androgyny palette. What is it that's making it stick in my head? The more I see it, the more I want it, and it would be so unique in my collection. I'm getting a little more into wearing a pop of colour on the lower lash line too, so maybe I would even get a little use from the blues...

26/6/17 | I decided to finally place my Feel Unique Pic'n'Mix sample order I've been wanting for a while, which had samples of the Charlotte Tilbury foundations, Scent of a Dream perfume, Replica Beach Walk perfume and the Nuxe Shower Oil. It was £3.95 for shipping which is redeemable against another purchase.


Diary of a 30-Day Beauty Spending Ban

30 day beauty spending ban DONE!

I actually didn't find it as hard as I thought I would, and although I did splurge on a few items (mainly hair products), I really didn't miss buying makeup at all. It has definitely changed my mindset when it comes to selecting products. My purchases will be a lot more considered, and I'm thinking a lot more about whether it'll actually be good, rather than just picking up something because it's new or looks cool. I need to know whether I'll actually use something. That being said, I'm finally in the position to look at my makeup as a collection of items to use, not just to look at. There's nothing more a waste of money than buying a product and having it collect dust in a drawer. Obviously there are certain things that don't work out, but that whole "saving it for best" malarkey? Nah, I want to feel like a queen on the daily and actually get the use out of my high-end products thanks!

It did really change my attitude to the haul culture on YouTube, and its made me see how much of a consumerist (not to mention materialistic) industry blogging is. I've been watching a lot more things like declutters and empties, and in general I've just craving more honesty from the content that I watch. I find a lot of the time, people review things for views, and then the product gets lost in the black hole that is a YouTube guru's makeup collection. That's something that is definitely going to impact my own content too. It feels wrong to be a "product pusher", unless the product is the best thing since sliced bread. Instead I'm going to move away from reviewing any old thing I get sent, and make my blog more of a curated edit of products from my existing collection that I truly love and recommend.

What do I still want now that the month is over?

I've been thinking about how I'm going to move forward, and I've actually really enjoyed documenting my thought processes, and having that accountability. I think I'm going to set myself a monthly budget (perhaps £40) to put towards something that I really love. Having that limit will really make me assess whether I truly want something, especially if it's high end and the price means it's the only item I can buy that month. 

Looking back over the month, there's really not much that's stuck with me. The Makeup Revolution palette I'm a bit over, and if I genuinely still want the shades in a few months, I'll just buy the Anastasia palette. Back in uni, I really wanted a Naked palette, and I mean really fucking wanted a Naked palette, and looking back, I definitely wanted it enough to justify the purchase. Yet I opted to go for the MUA dupe, which I did really like, but now I'm like "girl, you should have just bought the flipping Naked palette". If you want something that bad, just get it, you obviously really want it!

I do intend on getting a full size of the Double Wear foundation, but it's not going to be soon as I definitely want to try a different shade sample before I throw my money at it. I'll probably use some birthday money for it or something. Other than that, it's only really the Androgyny palette that I still really want. I'm not going to purchase it just yet, as silly me did buy a few things in Boots so now I only have £24 of this month's beauty budget left (EDIT: do I include products I'm buying for videos in the budget? hmm...), so I'll see whether I still want it in a couple of weeks, provided I've not bought anything else.

Have you ever done a beauty spending ban?




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M&J London Larkin | The Summer Spa Scent of Dreams



I used to be obsessed with candles. Like REALLY obsessed. I don't buy or burn them as much as I used to as I've generally become a bit disinterested, especially with a certain mainstream brand starting with the letters Y and C. I've been leaning more and more to independent brands, and over the last year I've found some incredible ones, offering beautiful scents and incredible quality wax that make me wonder why inferior brands managed to become quite so popular. One brand that has seriously impressed me with everything I've tried, and has quite possibly become my favourite candle brand, is M&J London, who I've spoken raved about a couple of times before on this blog.





Founded by Jennifer McNabb, M&J London Ethical Luxury Candles produce beautiful soy wax candles in a variety of stunning scents, all inspired by Jennifer's travels, experiencing different areas of the world. M&J London puts ethical practices, sustainability and quality at the heart of the brand. This emphasis on ethics comes from Jennifer's past as a designer of high street fashion, experiencing first hand the effect 'fast fashion' had on labour and environmental standards. She wanted to 'Be the change you want to see in the world', and it certainly is refreshing. The brand even donates a proportion of profits (50p small candle/£1 large candle) to women's charity nia, and uses recycled glass jars.

M&J London candles use Rainforest soya wax and a lead-free cotton and linen wick for a clean and purified burn, and the scents are custom-made by a perfumer. Essential oils aren't always ethically sourced, so the brand uses a smaller proportion, combined with aroma chemicals to maintain the balance between ethics and luxury. The candles definitely have that luxury feel, without quite the eye watering price tag of the likes of Diptyque and Jo Malone. Initially, I felt that £35 was still in that luxury price range for me, but for candles that I genuinely get joy out of, and for scents that I will return to year after year, I'd be more than happy to invest. 




Launching on the first official day of Summer (June 21st) is the newest scent from M&J. Larkin* (from £25) takes inspiration from the Skylark, soaring between heaven and earth with its beautiful song, embodying the feeling of serenity, tranquillity and calm. As the bird flys, the breeze ruffles the stunning blue blooms of the larkspur, representing joy. Larkin takes a mix of gorgeous white florals, headed by uplifting neroli which immediately transports you to a spa setting. Ylang ylang aids relaxation, whilst sweet geranium imparts balance, harmonised by a basil note. It is a beautiful scent, and one that could work in a variety of settings. Instinctively, I thought of this as a bathroom scent, one to pop on while you fill the tub, but its uplifting nature would also be great for an office.

This is the first time that I have had one of the small candles, and it's a great size, burning for around 30 hours. To minimise tunnelling, you need to burn long enough so the wax pools over the entire width of the candle, which can take 2-3 hours for a large candle, but with a smaller one it only takes about an hour so it's great when you don't have as much time. I also love burning candles on my bedside table, and the smaller size is fab for popping on the side of the bath. Once again, this brand has really impressed me, and it'll only be so long before I delve into the rest of their repertoire (well, once I've gotten through my ridiculously large stash...).

What kind of candle scents do you gravitate towards?



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