Category Archives: Rimmel

musings from morgan : rimmel glam’eyes HD

When I’m looking for eyeshadow, I want a product that’s going to be easy to use, last long and not fussy – no falling pigment, creasing, moving around…you get the idea. I rarely wear eyeshadow so when I do decide to put some on, I want it to really deliver.

I recently tried Rimmel’s Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows in 029 Royal Rose, a drugstore palette that promises vibrant & intense colour for 8 hours that’s crease, fade and smudge-proof. It can be used wet or dry to create a variety of looks.

For a drugstore product, it definitely delivered decent pigmentation and I did like that there were five shades in a palette. It is on the small side (which I don’t mind since I don’t use it often) so if you’re looking for something that will last you longer-term, I might suggest looking at individual shadows or larger palettes that offer more product.

I wasn’t disappointed by this palette, but I wasn’t blown away either – it’s what I’d expect from a drugstore product like this and is an excellent choice if you’re wanting to add something a little different to your routine without splurging on high-end products. For me, these weren’t colours I’d typically reach for but I loved how they appeared against my skin, so the fact that they’re low-commitment on the cash front makes them a fun option.

If yo want to try them yourself, find them at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Target, London Drugs or Jean Coutu (price unknown).

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holiday shop #2 : the stocking stuffer …

When it comes to gifting, I find I have the easiest time with stocking stuffers. For me, stocking stuffers are meant to be those fun, inexpensive, but totally useful items that people want to buy for themselves but never do in favour of items that seem more necessary – I can’t tell you how many times I have left a Shoppers Drug Mart in tears over having to buy cough medicine and diapers over a bold coloured nail polish or a pretty Burts Bees lip colour. Need versus want. Stocking stuffers are meant to be “needed wants”.

Speaking of Shoppers Drug Mart – that’s the answer to your stocking stuffer questions – your local drugstore beauty aisles. SDM, Rexall, even The Superstore, are filled with budget friendly, colourful, and – best of all – quality items that any beauty babe would love to find in her fishnet holiday stocking.

Don’t believe me? Here are a few ideas :

Maybelline The Nudes Palette ( and perhaps, The Smoke Palettes, if you can find it! ) : any chick who values winged liner and mascara would love to have her hands on either of these palettes filled with the right combination of colours. Just under $15 CAD, it’s affordable but screams luxury!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick : lipstick makes every girl smile, and with 16 shades to choose from you can mix and match and give that special someone a lipstick wardrobe. Might I suggest Notting Hill Nude, Picadilly Pink, and Heather Shimmer.

Vasanti Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencils :  this stocking stuffer is simple (just $18 a pop!) but screams luxe and lovely. These liners come complete with a sharpener and smudging tool on the opposite end which makes this the ultimate tool for dressed up eyes in a flash. Choose the norm core basic black … or do something fun like Graphite Green!

CoverGirl Bombshell Volume LashBlast Mascara : LashBlast is still one of my very favourite mascara lines, and the new two-step system Bombshell Volume Mascara is the perfect present for the lady who loves long and lush lashes. Want to give the recipient a bonus? Why not give a selection of mascaras from the LashBlast line? Team up Bombshell with LashBlast Length and LashBlast Luxe!

Almay Smart Shade Bronzer and Powder Blush : Not that skilled at picking the right colour for that perfect pretty pal? Let’s take the guess work out of the equation for you. During the holiday season, not a single girl can resist fighting off the cold weather by adding in a pinch of colour to the cheeks.   By swirling the three tones in each of the these products, they can sweep on some colour that will adjust to match their complexion. Done and done!

See what you can find in the drugstore beauty aisles? Not to mention, at under $20 a piece,  it’s a beauty goldmine on holiday budget.

Happy Shopping! :)

-stephanie-

 

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stuff from lil steph : negative space nails tutorial

Inspired by Tracylee by Sally Hansen for the Nonoo Spring 2015 Runway at NYFW, I’ve decked out my nails with negative space. In this case, the “negative space” is my natural nails. It’s super simple, so even if you’re a nail art novice, you can definitely do this one! All you need is some tape and any polish shade of your choosing (I used Born Pretty Store Nail Art Striping Tape and the Rimmel Seconds Polish in Hot White Love)

1. Apply a thin strip of tape in the centre of your nail

2. Paint over the tape and onto your nail with a colour of choice.

3. Peel off the tape to reveal your “negative space”.

And there you have it – a super simple runway inspired nail look!

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musings from morgan : scandaleyes retro glam mascara

There are few products I consistently splurge on when it comes to makeup. Mascara is one of them.

If someday I’m stranded on an island with only one piece of makeup to wear, mascara will be it – I sincerely believe that it’s an essential product for every woman out there. Enhancing ones lashes just elevates natural beauty in the best way, because it’s subtle, light, and always has a positive effect. No one looks bad with amped up lashes.

As a big fan of Rimmel London, I was excited to try their Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara to see if it would compare to my usual high-end mascara. Rimmel offers super affordable options, and I don’t think I’ve ever tried something that didn’t impress me. In particular, I love their foundations (they’ve got lots of variety for various skin types, combination/oily included) and I usually have a few of their lip products on hand as well.

Having worn the mascara out a few times, I can happily report that I wasn’t let down – this is a great product at a great price point that delivers a bold lash look.

The brush is an hour-glass shape, which you can really feel going to work when applying the mascara. It helps to fan out your lashes and emphasize the outer sides of your eyes, giving that retro wide-eyed effect. I don’t think I’d go so far as to say they give a false lash look, but I would definitely agree they give natural lashes a thicker, more voluminous look.

As for the quality, I would say you get what you pay for – don’t expect super long wear, but do expect it to stay on for say, the duration of a work day. I started to experience some flaking toward the end of the day but overall, it did a good job of staying in place (perhaps because the one I tried was waterproof). It wasn’t too difficult to remove either.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this mascara if you’re looking for an affordable product that will give volume and create a bolder look. At around $6.00 a tube you really can’t go wrong! Personally, I’m going to keep it on hand for using with falsies and leave my high-end mascara for my day to day wear.

My love for Rimmel continues!

– morgan

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what’s in my makeup bag : morgan

I love to experiment with makeup, but I often save things like glitter eyeshadow, coloured liner and false lashes for weekends and outings. My day-to-day makeup routine has taken many years to perfect (it used to consist of off-colour foundation and racoon eyeliner – it was high school and I was a moody teenager, after all), but I have it down to an efficient system now that pulls together a simple look fit for the office that lasts on even the longest of days.

The products themselves vary, but the staples are the same. I’m constantly experimenting with new products, which I’m sure isn’t recommended for keeping your skin healthy, but depending on my budget and what I’ve been reading on my favourite blogs, I tend to mix it up and try new things.

Let’s start with the base. In my rotation, I’ve always got a primer, concealer, liquid foundation, blush, bronzer, setting powder and/or pressed powder. The magic word for me when it comes to choosing anything face related is matte. I have got a very oily t-zone and I am such an easy sell if you tell me a product will make it stop!

Above, I have the following: Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer and Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, Benefit Erase Paste Concealer (the HG of brightening concealers – perfect for under eyes), my trusty Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors in Normal (my other concealer HG – everything you could ever need to perfect your face is here for redness, undereyes, contouring, etc.) Almay Smart Shade blush in Pink, and Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation (which I use to set). Not pictured above (but below) is my Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder. It might look like a lot, but these products create the clean slate for my eye makeup and give my cheeks a little bit of definition.

Once I’ve got that done, I move on to my eyes where I use the following:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow Corrector to fill and shape my brows, NYX Studio Liner liquid liner in Black for my signature cat eye, and Benefit They’re Real! Mascara to give my lashes the oomph they need to make my baby blues pop (a product I haven’t strayed from since its launch in 2011). I skip eyeshadow on a daily basis and usually opt for a bold, red lip instead.

Finally, if I’m expecting it to be warm or an especially long day, I finish off with a few spritzes of Urban Decay’s Deslick Setting Spray to keep oil at bay (I take all the help I can get).

If you can believe it, my whole routine takes about 15 minutes tops. I can wake up at 7:30 a.m. and be showered, changed, made up and out the door in half an hour if need be without skipping a single step of what’s shown above.

As far as carrying a makeup bag with me, I typically don’t – except for my bag of lipsticks of course. I might throw in some concealer if I’m hiding a blemish or my setting powder during the summer, but for the most part I opt for products that will last and give me great results.

And there you have it – what’s in my makeup bag! Do you use any of these products on a daily basis?

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