I'll let you into a little secret. I absolutely, categorically, HATE buying foundation. I hate it. I dread the task. You usually have an idea when your current bottle of foundation is coming to an end so you know when to re-purchase but I always leave mine until the last minute. Aka, when I have no foundation left and have to leave the house wearing a mask to hide my pink, gormless face.

The main reason why I hate buying a new foundation is due to never being able to find a foundation that suits my skintone. Ivory by Maybelline is not the same Ivory by L'oreal, let me tell you. I learnt that the hard way. What makes it even worse is when brands have two different shades of Ivory which look exactly the same in either bottle but you know for certain that if you buy the wrong one, you will have an orange face by the end of application.

Another reason why I hate buying foundation is due to being so overwhelmed when walking into Boots. So much foundation. How do you know where to start? Many a time have I walked into Boots with the intention of buying a new foundation and left empty handed due to being un-prepared. I need to know what I intend on buying before I leave the house, that way I won't dither. So she says.

Late last year I bought the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation from Boots in the shade 101, Classic Ivory. I swatched a couple of the lightest shades on my hand and ended up buying the lightest on the shelf, which was Classic Ivory. I took it home, applied it...and woah. Cue the "Your face is looking a little....uhm, orange today, Louise?" Cheers Mum. Truth be told, every foundation I have ever tried has been a tad orange toned on my skin. It's only when you try and buy foundation that you realise how pale you are!

I used Classic Ivory until it was all gone, although I did mix a lighter foundation from L'oreal in with it to tone it down a little bit. When it came to buying a new foundation I thought I would try something else but it was only when I went to a different Boots that I saw there was a lighter foundation in the Match Perfection range, 100, Ivory. (There is an even lighter foundation in the range but I have yet to see it anywhere yet.)

What Rimmel say about their Match Perfection Foundation:
"Introducing a whole new Match Perfection, a make-up match like you've never seen before. Traceless coverage with Advanced Smart-Tone Technology reveals a perfectly flawless you, no matter what the light. From the bathroom, to work, to the pub, your natural colour never changes. Completely conceals imperfections with no foundation line, no make-up mask. Enhanced with Sapphire Radiance for an illuminating glow that never falls flat. Natural, flawless coverage with a fresh finish that lasts all day."

I have a huge bug bear when brands say that their foundation leaves you with "flawless, traceless coverage" which may be true on some people but it only works if you have the correct foundation colour on your face and unfortunately, I can almost never achieve this due to being so pale but hey, if you are lucky that your make-up really is flawless and traceless, good for you.

Anyway, onto 100 Ivory. I found that 'Ivory' matched my skintone a hell of a lot better than 'Classic Ivory' did in that I don't need to mix another foundation with it but I do believe that if it was just a tad bit less darker toned then it would be a true delight on my skin. I apply my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation with either my Real Techniques Foundation Brush or the Real Techniques Blending Brush, although I do tend to find that after applying with the foundation brush it could do with a bit of a blend with the blending brush due to having a few bristle lines visible on the face afterwards. 

The foundation itself is actually really fantastic. It is a little thin which means you can build up the colour on the skin but it blends in beautifully and does actually stay put all day. I have oily/combination skin so find that I do need to apply a matte powder over the top to scale down any shine on the face. I need 1 and a half pumps to cover the entire face and even then, I do have a little bit left over on the back of my hand so a little goes a long way. As I have a small amount of Rosacea on my face I do find that I have to apply a couple of thin layers of foundation over that area to try and cover it as one layer of foundation isn't enough to hide it.

Overall, a fantastic drugstore foundation that is available in 10 different shades. I think once I have finished my Ivory bottle I may try Porcelain (the lightest shade in the range) to see if it is less orange toned on my skin as I truly believe that the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation can deliver the natural, flawless coverage that they claim. Unfortunately I am yet to fully achieve those results but I won't give it, I will keep on trying!

Review: Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 100 Ivory

River Island Gold Tone Triangle Finger Top Midi Ring Pack - £2
Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Nail Varnish in Shooting Stars (review here)

"Pack of two gold tone thin triangle finger top midi rings."

To say this post is a long time coming would be a bit of an understatement. It's a year to the day that I first drafted this post and more surprisingly, River Island still sells what I'm going to be babbling on about. A year ago, if you asked me what a midi ring was I probably would have told you it was something to do with a skirt. I'll be honest and tell you that before I saw them, I had never come across or heard about them before. Luckily a year later they are still going strong.

If I rack my memory back a full 365 days I remember seeing a whole array of midi rings on a stand in River Island and I thought "Gosh, you have to have small hands to wear those."  If you aren't aware what a midi ring is then they are essentially rings smaller than usual that sit at the top of the finger, just above the knuckle.

If you go to any high street shop now you will probably find an array of midi rings available in different styles and tones. I bought the triangle shaped midi rings from River Island as I could wear them in different ways on the fingers like pictured but there are a hell of a lot to choose from!

Recent Purchases: River Island Midi Rings

This is one of those products that I have wanted for a very, very long time. Around Christmas time I kept hinting for someone to buy it for me and unfortunately everyone I know can't seem to take a hint so on a recent shopping trip to Boots, I finally caved in. Available in two different shades, Pink Bronze and Gold Bronze, the Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Bricks are made up of 4 different individual shades of pink (or gold, depending on which you on buy) which you can either use on their own as eyeshadows or you can swirl all 4 colours together to make up a fabulously subtle, pink toned highlighter.

What Seventeen say about their Instant Glow Shimmer Bricks:
"Four layers of bronzed colours work together to give you the ultimate glow appeal. Dust on a mix of the colours with the Seventeen Shimmer Brush, then use individual shades to contour and highlight. Mix it up with the beautiful pink bronze, or deep golden bronze."

The Shimmer Bricks are encased in a sturdy plastic packaging which, as sturdy as it does feel, I wouldn't like to drop it to find out how sturdy it actually is! All 4 individual shades are truly beautiful in the pan and on the skin but when swirled together you get a very pretty, soft, subtle, pink highlight which looks great on the cheekbones. All 4 shades also look lovely as eyeshadows, especially the deep pink. I applied my trusty MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer then applied the dark pink all over the eyelid as a base and although I got a very small amount of glitter fall out, I thought it worked really well as an eyeshadow. I found that it lasted about 6 hours without creasing or fading away which is really good considering they aren't really supposed to be eye products.

Overall, a gorgeous 5 in 1 product which has multi-purposes. Pink Bronze looks lovely as a highlight on the cheekbones when swirled together but when using the product individually as eyeshadows, the results are lovely. For £4.99 it's a definite bargain.

Review: Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze


My beloved Garnier moisturiser ran out a couple of weeks ago and I've been on the hunt for something similar ever since. In the meantime, I had been using Nivea's Creme which, as much as I love it for a night time moisturiser, it does nothing for me in the day. For day time it is far too thick and creamy. I applied it one morning and had to wait so long for it to soak into the skin, even then it wasn't as soaked in as much as I would have liked which meant my foundation ended up sliding all over my face when I tried to apply it.

Nivea Creme safely stored away for bed time, I hunted around for something else. I went to Boots and was going to buy the Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream but then the Boots own brand Simply Sensitive range caught my eye. With prices ranging from £2.49 to £3.79, it is definitely an affordable range to buy from - especially when Boots often have money off their products. I know you get what you pay for but, actually, this product has really surprised me.

Having heard nothing about the Simply Sensitive range before, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if the consistency would be thick or thin, light or runny... Luckily it is just what I was looking for.

What Simply Sensitive say about their products:
"Boots Simply Sensitive skincare range has been specially formulated to be kind to your skin. A simple collection of products which are fragrance and colour free. Containing soothing aloe vera, your skin is left feeling soft, smooth and cared for."

What Simply Sensitive say about their Protecting Day Moisturiser:
"This oil free moisturiser has been specially formulated with vitamin E and SPF 15. It helps keep skin supple and is formulated to be non pore blocking. It leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and helps protect against premature ageing caused by sun damage."

Directions:
"Using gentle upward strokes, smooth over face and neck after cleansing and toning."

After cleansing and toning my face, I was a bit unsure as to how much product I'd need to cover the whole of my face and neck so I squeezed out a 10 pence piece size of product into my hand. The moisturiser is really light but creamy at the same time, which makes it the perfect day moisturiser. The moisturiser is completely soft and gentle on the skin and it has a lovely clean, fresh scent to it. It left my skin feeling really soft and hydrated, just what you expect from a moisturiser. I wouldn't say I had sensitive skin so I can't say how it affected me in that sense but it was really soft and gentle and felt lovely to use.

It didn't take too long for the Boots Simply Sensitive Protecting Day Moisturiser to settle into the skin either which makes it perfect for those days when you're in a rush. It also has an SPF 15 in it which makes it perfect to use to protect from those harmful rays.

Overall, a lovely purse friendly light, fresh moisturiser which has an SPF 15 in and it settles into the skin in no time. I wouldn't say it changed my world but, it is an excellent moisturiser that definitely hold its own against well known brands.

Review: Boots Simply Sensitive Protecting Day Moisturiser SPF 15

Whilst rifling through my everyday make-up bag for a certain lipstick, I pulled out something very small and sharp. "What is that?" I thought to myself, pulling it out to have a good old nose at it. It was my very well used Rimmel Kohl Pencil that I used in Secondary School. I left school 4 years ago. That kohl pencil had been sat at the bottom of my make-up bags for at least 4 years. 4 years! I haven't seen it since, which goes to show how much make-up I seem to hoard. I then decided to tip out the whole contents of my make-up bag onto my bed, and the massive box containing make-up which I use to balance even more make-up on top of, to have a good old clear out.

Whilst going through everything, a realisation came to me. I have had some of this stuff for years. Years. We're talking longer than 4 years, which is pretty remarkable considering these things should be thrown away once opened after a few months or so. To say I was horrified was a bit of an understatement. Why has it taken me this long to go through everything? Why am I so attached to my make-up? Using a website called CheckCosmetic.net I took a brave step and decided to see how old my make-up was. The results ain't pretty.

I haven't told anyone this, and it is quite embarrassing typing it but one of my products was (gulp) manufactured in 2006. Believe it or not, 2006 was 8 years ago!! I'm not saying that I bought it and opened it in 2006, one cannot remember the precise date that this was purchased but with all of my products, I imagine I bought them give or take a few months to a year within being manufactured. 

Lancôme Color Design Eyeshadow / Date of Manufacture: 20th of March, 2006.
(I actually remember buying this, and another Lancôme product, in a little shop in a designer outlet. At the time I wasn't particularly into make-up so didn't pay attention to what I was buying and looking back I kind of think "why did I buy that?" This was so long ago that that little shop isn't there anymore!)
Chanel Les 4 OmbresDate of Manufacture: August, 2006.
Rimmel Kohl Eye Pencil (Forest Green)Date of Manufacture: 26th of September, 2006.
Rimmel Kohl Eye Pencil (Lilac)Date of Manufacture: 20th of June, 2007.
Rimmel Duo Eyeshadow / Date of Manufacture: 24th of May, 2008.
Rimmel Kohl Eye Pencil (Black) / Date of Manufacture: 16th of September, 2008.
MAC LipstickDate of Manufacture: May, 2009.
Avon True Color Quad EyeshadowDate of Manufacture: 21st of February, 2010.
Avon Ultra Colour Lipstick / Date of Manufacture: 23rd of March, 2010.
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow PencilDate of Manufacture: 7th of December, 2010.
Avon Glimmerstick Liqui-Glide Eye LinerDate of Manufacture: 21st of February, 2011.
Avon Supershock Gel Liner / Date of Manufacture: 12th of April, 2011.
Avon True Colour Blusher / Date of Manufacture: 12th of April, 2011.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner / Date of Manufacture: June, 2011.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation / Date of Manufacture: October, 2011.
L'oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim Eyeliner / Date of Manufacture: October, 2011.
L'oreal Nude Magique BB Cream / Date of Manufacture: November, 2011.
Maybelline Dream Terra Sun Bronzing Powder / Date of Manufacture: February, 2012.
MAC Paint Pot / Date of Manufacture: March, 2012.
Revlon Lip Butter / Date of Manufacture: 6th of March, 2012.
Rimmel Glam Eyes Mono Eyeshadow / Date of Manufacture: 24th of March, 2012.
Smashbox High Definition Concealer / Date of Manufacture: April, 2012.
Avon Ultra Colour Lipstick / Date of Manufacture: 21st of April, 2012.
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick / Date of Manufacture: 10th of July, 2012.
L'oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess Mascara / Date of Manufacture: March, 2013.

Eek.

I am a bit of a hoarder, it would seem! Some of these products I know for a fact that have well and truly gone beyond the expiry date once opened and should be thrown away as soon as possible. Some times we get taken in by make-up and forget all about the implications that may affect us if we use them once they are past their expiration dates. Of course, they won't kill us but if you have an eye infection whilst using a certain mascara then throw that mascara into your make-up bag, forget about it then start using it months down the line, you could possible risk getting that infection again.

I know it's hard, girls, but if you can't remember the last time you used a product then it is probably best just to throw it out. I picked up one of my foundations the other day and couldn't remember the last time I used it so I (gut-wrenchingly) threw it away, purely because heaven knows how long that has been sitting in my bedroom!

The moral of the story is, check your dates. You don't need 10 year old make up taking up valuable space in your bedroom. Throw out your old make-up. Think of all the space you will have for all of your new lipsticks!

Other // How Old Is Your Make-Up?

Never one to miss a 3 for 2 offer, I couldn't walk past Boots and not abuse that offer this week. I panic bought this Collection Work The Colour Eyebrow Kit on a whim after finding 2 products that I really wanted and couldn't find a third so this essentially flew into my basket on my way to the till.

I thought that the three colours in the pan wouldn't suit me as well as maybe a lighter palette would have done so I did search for a lighter shaded palette but to no avail so bought this one anyway. After searching the website, I'm not convinced that there are different versions of this eyebrow kit - I do believe that Collection think 'one size fits all'.

What Collection say about their eyebrow kit:
"3 complementary blendable brow powders all set in place with a useful clear brow mascara for an on trend sculpted brow."

In the little kit are 3 different powders. There is a really dark, deep, muddy brown/black, a taupe like brown and a really light, cream coloured powder. Out of all of them, I think I will only ever use the middle shade so in my eyes, it is a bit wasteful having the two other powders as I don't think I'll ever use them. Although I could use them as eyeshadows I suppose.

When applying the powder on the brows I didn't have any problem in terms of the colour pay off, whereas when trying to swatch the shades I found that I needed a few layers to make them show up on my skin. Also in the kit is a little tube of clear brow mascara which I was really looking forward to trying out as I've never tried one before. It has a cute little wand and I found it super easy applying to the eyebrows and I didn't find the gel sticky, which I was expecting, nor did it leave my eyebrows feeling crispy. The last two items in the kit is a handy little mirror which is encased in the packaging, and a double ended eyebrow brush. One end is angled and the other is a flat eyeshadow brush.

How to use Collection's Eyebrow Kit:
"Step 1. Apply powder across eyebrow using angled brush to fill sparse brows.
Step 2. Brush the Clear Brow Mascara over the eyebrow to define and lock brow in place."

I did what Collection suggests and found it really easy to apply. Using the middle shade, I used the angled end of the little brush and applied the powder darkly to the middle/outer part of my eyebrows before applying the powder lighter to the inner part of the eyebrow. I then went over the brows with the clear brow mascara, brushing the brows in upward strokes. 

I really, really, loved the finished look and I'm really impressed by the product. I do own a HD Brows Palette and in my eyes, Collection's Eyebrow Kit is definitely a rival. Although you can't pick and choose a palette to suit your colourings like you can do with HD Brows, the product works in exactly the same way and I love the little extra in the clear brow mascara. If you were after a cheaper alternative to HD Brows then this may be the answer.

Review: Collection Work The Colour Eyebrow Kit

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