Rimmel Insta Duo Contour Stick Review

The Kim Kardashian contour sticks have been everywhere at the minute, I've watched so many youtube videos on them! I decided not to buy them because they seem very expensive for the little product you get in them. I saw on Insta a couple of weeks ago a dupe for them which is the Rimmel Insta Duo Contour Stick, £6.99. They have apparently been out before the Kim K ones, but I've never heard anything about them before?! I thought I'd buy it and give it ago as I've really been into my cream contour and highlighting products recently.

The shade range of these duo contour sticks is really not big at all. They only come in Light, Medium, and Dark with not much difference between the shades. All the contour colours are warmed toned which is a bit annoying because I prefer to use a grey brown to contour with. I went with the Medium shade as the highlighter on the dark one looked a bit too dark for me.

The highlighter shade is such a nice champagne shimmery shade, I wasn't sure if this would suit me because I've been sticking to white highlight shades but it gives such a natural healthy glow to my skin. I think it is the perfect amount of glow for my nose, cupids bow, forehead, and chin but I prefer a more of a blinding glow on my cheeks. So I've been layering a powder highlight on top and it blends very nicely on top of the cream.

I've been using the 'contour shade' to bronze up my face and blending out the contour I wear which at the moment is from Makeup Revolution, you can read about that product here). I think it's great at adding a bit of warmth to my skin and when blended out defo does not look too orangey. One place I do use it for contouring is my nose as it is the perfect size for it.

Normally with cream contour products, you tend to put them on before powdering your foundation. But I've found it's better to use the sticks after powder because that way it doesn't make your foundation slide around. To blend in the products with the highlighter side I've just been patting it into my skin with my fingers. With the contour side, you can use your fingers too but I prefer to blend it in with a small fluffy brush.

What I was really suprised about was how long these cream products lasted on my face without being set in place with face powder. They lasted 8 hours!! Which is such a long time for cream products to stay in place and not slide around.

Overall, I do really like this product and I think it's great for summer as it makes skin look naturally radiant. It's a great one to throw into a travel makeup bag and do in a rush as it takes seconds to blend out nicely. This is defo one to check out if you are on the paler side, can pull off the orange undertones and like a really healthy glow. Have you tried out any contour sticks?


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L'Oreal Nudist Matte Lip Paint Review

I feel like when any makeup product, especially a lip product, has matte in the name I am drawn to it and have to give it a try. L'Oreal recently released their Nudist Matte Lip Paints, £6.99 in 6 shades; 4 of the shades are nude shades, there's one red shade and one purple shade. As you can see I went for the purple shade which is 212 Nude-ist. Don't be fooled by the name as it defo isn't anywhere near a nude shade, as you can see by the swatch, it is a proper purple shade.

The Lip Paints are described as having a velvety, matte finish that lasts up to 8 hours. With no flaking, no caking and no drying out. The slanted teardrop shaped applicator allows for precise application. 

I was surprised that the Lip Paints have a wand applicator from just looking at the packaging I thought it would be a squeezy tube like the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks have. But I am a big fan of the applicator as it makes it easy to apply onto the lips. The wand itself is soft as well, there is nothing worse than having a scratchy applicator applying your lip product!

It isn't the most opaque lipstick so you'll need a couple layers to build up the colour equally. Once it's on your lips it doesn't dry down at all and sits very comfortably on my lips. I feel like most drugstore lip products don't smell the best but this one surprisingly smells great. It stays really creamy on the lips so it does transfer whenever you eat or drink. Personally, I do prefer a matte lip product to dry down a bit so you can wear it throughout the day without having to bring the product with you and worrying about topping up.

So does it last for 8 hours? The answer to that is not really! Whenever I've worn it after a couple of hours I have to top it up again because I've eaten lunch and most of it has come off. Realistically most people are gonna come into contact with either food or drink before the 8-hour mark is up. I did try testing it out without eating or drinking and it does come fairly close to lasting 8 hours.

Overall, I do like that it's really creamy on so I don't have to worry about the condition of my lips while I wear it and it is a really pretty purple shade. I do prefer my lip products more drying just because they last a bit longer so that's why I'm probably not going to pick up any more of the colours up in the range. I do recommend giving the Matte Lip Paints a go if you don't like drying liquid lipsticks but still, want to wear matte shades and don't mind topping up throughout the day.

I have seen that L'Oreal have released the Lip Paints in two more formulations; metallics and lacquers. The Metallics have really caught my eye as they come in a couple striking shades. Have you tried out any of the L'Oreal Lip Paints?


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Chirp Body 100% Natural Softest Hair Mask Review

I went to my first blogger's event back at the beginning of July, it was a brunch hosted by Beauty at Brunch and was so much fun to talk to bloggers in real life. We got a little goodie bag and this Chirp Body Softest Hair Mask, £17.95 was one of the products that were included in it. I hadn't heard of this brand before but Chirp Body is a natural cosmetics brand that is Cruelty-Free & Vegan.

The hair mask is designed to make hair softer, shinier, stronger and smoother so there is less frizz. It also hydrates & rejuvenates stressed hair. There are 13 key ingredients that are oils in this mask; coconut oil, grapeseed oil, castor seed oil, olive fruit oil, argan kernel oil, jojoba fruit oil, avocado oil, grapefruit oil, bergamot oil, lemon oil, tea tree oil, vanilla oil and yiang ylang flower oil. 

The mask contains 100ml which is on average 5 treatments, this obvs depends on the length and thickness of your hair. I personally have really thick hair that goes down to just about boob level. I've been using it all over my head as I have dried out hair from over dying and straightening it so I managed to get 4 treatments out of the pack. If you have thinner hair or only wanna use it on the ends of your hair you'll get so much more treatments out of this pack.

All you have to do is put the mask onto dry hair and leave it for 25 mins then wash your hair twice with shampoo afterwards. You don't have to use conditioner afterwards but I used my normal conditioner afterwards just out of habit. I quickly want to mention the packaging because I really liked the easy pour spout that it has, it made it so much easier to directly apply the mask to my scalp.

I really loved the results!! The mask made my hair feel so soft until I next washed my hair which is normally a week after. This is something really shocking to me just because my hair is so dry and normally throughout the week I notice the ends of my hair do dry out. I did notice my hair was shinier too! The only thing I didn't notice was that it didn't help to tame my frizzy hair, my hair after I washed it still had about the same frizz as it normally does after I wash it.

I've used it both when it was more solid and then when it turned into a proper oil in that massive heat wave we had. I enjoyed using the mask in both forms and both had the same results. What I really love is the smell of the mask, it smells really citrusy which is one of my fave scents for products to have. Also what I really love is that it sits really comfortably in your hair. The last time I put this in my hair I left it for 7 hours and it really didn't bother me. I just put my hair up in a bun and went about my day. My hair didn't feel really weighed down with product at all it just felt like my hair was really greasy. So you can defo leave this treatment in for long periods of time without it really inconviencing you.

Overall, I was really impressed with the results of this all natural hair mask. It actually made my hair silky soft and hair shiner too. It was great using a treatment that actually worked and knowing that it was made from all natual ingriendents. If any of you are interested in trying out this hair mask for yourself you can enter the discount code: VERONICA at checkout to get 15% off.



Superdrug Own Brand Pamper Bits Review

I hunted down the Superdrug own brand pore strips after hearing Jasmine McRae, link to her here, rave about them on her blog and youtube channel. While I was picking up a couple packs I noticed that Superdrug has their own version of hydrating eye patches which I thought I would give a go as well as they were super cheap too. Honestly, my pores recently have been screaming out to have the dirt ripped out of them and I love trying out any product that wants to inject a bit more hydration into my skin. Both these skincare bits are under £1.50 and I was really interested to see if they would have any effect on my skin.

Superdrug Ultra-Purifying Nose Pore Strips, £1.29:
These pore strips gently draw out dirt and grime. They help to remove dead skin cells, leaving behind visibly cleaner pores. Charcoal and Volcanic Ash to help absorb excess sebum. You are supposed to wet your nose before applying the strip, then apply for 10-12 mins and remove slowly when the strip goes stiff. You get 2 nose strips, in the resealable packet, which smell really good and are easy to apply as they are really sticky.

I'm really glad I picked up two packs because the first couple of times I tried the pore strips I was really disappointed because they didn't seem to remove any of the dirt from my pores. The only thing it did seem to do was make my nose feel really smooth. A tip to get them to work properly is you have to make your nose really wet before putting it on. Then after it's on dampen the top of the pore strip and that will help it to harden and remove all the impurities from your nose. After I did it this way I found I removed so much gross stuff from my pores, they looked clean and was so smooth. I really don't have a high tolerance for pain so I find these sting quite a bit when you slowly take them off.

Superdrug Refreshing Hydrogel Eye Patches, £1.49:
These eye patches are designed to instantly refresh and moisturise the eye area, helping to minimise signs of fatigue and puffiness. With mineral-rich Sea Algae, Gardenia Extract & Caffeine. The pack only comes with one set of patches which you are supposed to apply for 10-15 mins then rub in any residue left behind.

I decided not to put the eye patches in the fridge before I used them because I wanted to see how cooling they are naturally and they do have a bit of a cooling sensation to them! My under eyes did look and feel more hydrated throughout the day. I did expect for them to be a bit more hydrating as when I removed the patches there wasn't any extra serum to rub in. I can't comment on whether or not they help with puffiness because I don't really suffer from that. But I had an irritated eye from getting something stuck in my eye and it helped to reduce redness and calmed down my eye a bit.

Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised with these two bits from the Superdrug Own Brand range. I'll defo be repurchasing these two again in the future as they are great pamper bits. The Nose Pore Strips really helped to draw out the impurities from my nose. Even though I do wish the Eye Patches had a bit more serum on them I really want to try them again when I've put them in the fridge first as they would be even more cooling. Do give them a go if you see them in your local Superdrug, they are great to do a pamper sesh with. Leave a comment if theres any skincare products you've tried lately that you think I should try out next!

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The Hot Cloth Cleanser I Prefer Over Liz Earle

My fave way to take off makeup is by using a hot cloth cleanser as it's a really quick way to remove a full face. What I normally do is smother my face in the cleanser then use a wet muslin cloth to wipe it away and I do this twice. First, to remove makeup and the second time to make sure my face is properly cleansed. Skin is always left feeling clean and refreshed afterwards. I wanted to share with you this Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser and it might shock you as I like it way more than the OG Liz Earle one.

This cleanser is ideal for removing dirt and makeup whilst providing gentle exfoliation. It will help improve circulation, leaving skin deeply cleansed, soft and radiant. Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals. The rich and creamy formula also contains vitamins A, B, F and H, which combined with Horse Chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.

I really like that when you put this cleanser on it feels like you have just put on a really, super thick, creamy moisturiser. It defo has a way thicker consistency than the Liz Earle one. I find the Superdrug version is great at removing makeup even tough waterproof mascara. It is incredible for dry skin because not only does it not dry skin out, it leaves your face feeling really nourished. Also, I totally agree that skin looks radiant and feels soft after using it. The product description does say it gently exfoliates but you really can't feel that.

The cleanser comes in a 200ml tube which is a very generous amount for a hot cloth cleanser. There's no need to worry about finding a muslin cloth as each tube comes with one!! The Vitamin E cleanser works out as a good deal as you get both bits for £4.99.  Honestly, I really didn't have high hopes for the cloth because the product is so cheap but it is actually surprisingly soft. Liz Earle muslin cloths are softer but you always have to buy them separately to the cleanser or get them in a bundle.

The thing that I didn't like about the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser was the scent and that's what has really put me off from repurchasing it again. To me, it smelt like lemon cough medicine and it put me off from using it because it was quite overpowering. That's why I like this hot cloth cleanser better because it smells amazing and super summery.

I really recommend you trying out this cleanser if you loved the OG Liz Earle one. I honestly don't see myself going back to the Liz Earle one. The Superdrug version is way creamier and works so well with nourishing dry skin, it doesn't have an overpowering smell and is a bargain at just under a fiver.


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