Monday, 28 November 2011

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation Review

I think it's safe to say I am a bit of a foundation junkie and I can't resist buying a new one every time I pop into Boots or Superdrug. I am yet to find that one foundation that is perfect for me and I go back to everytime it runs out which leads me to buying more and more different ones. When it comes to high end thankfullly I struggle to part with my cash so I don't actually own any, although it will only be a matter of time. Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour is the latest edition to my collection. 

This is actually my second bottle this foundation, not because I love it so much that I had to re-buy it but because it's the only foundation I have found so far that will stay put better than others I have tried. I have this in shade 100 Ivory, which is the lightest shade they do. I find this to be a little dark for me, I do have pale skin but it's not extremely pale. It baffles me that there is only 6 shades available, because all of the billions of people in the world are only 6 colours right? hmmm i think not. 
It comes in this tall glass bottle with a pump, which i love as it's much more hygienic and easier to control how much comes out. I also prefer foundations to be in a bottle so that i can stand them up neatly (yes i am a neat freak)
As for the 25 hour claims, i'm not so sure. I haven't stayed up for a whole 25 hours to test it myself and i'm certainly not prepared to but it definitely has some serious lasting power. The longest i have worn this foundation was about 16 hours and it had started to look a bit ropey by then and in definite need of a touch up. I would say this lasts well for about 9-10 hours maximum without any touch ups. 

I have oil/combination skin but find as soon as i apply foundation it can dry out in areas. I also like a natural/glowing/dewy finish foundation and a medium coverage. It is a natural finish which once powdered looks more of a semi-matte finish,which is not really what I like in a foundation but as it does stay in place for the day I can definitely over look that. It is a medium coverage but can be made full if applied a little thicker.  
I bought this for £6.99 in Superdrug and you get 30ml in a bottle. Overall although it is not what i necessarily look for in a foundation i do love this and until i find a foundation that ticks all the boxes i will be repurchasing it. For me the staying power is the thing that wins me over on this one. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Vaseline: Crème brûlée

This has been a much talked about product in the last few weeks due to it's secretive flavour & uniqueness. When I first heard about it I wasn't overly bothered as i don't use Vaseline much because of it's greasiness. However when I saw it in my local Superdrug for £2.99 I couldn't help buying a pot to see what all the fuss was about.

This smells absolutely amazing! When some bloggers were sent it to review I believe they weren't told what the flavour/scent was and most people guessed Vanilla. I can see why as this does have a slight vanilla scent to it but it also smells like a sweet butterscotch. Yum! 

I really love using this and I think for the first time ever I might finish a pot of Vaseline! It has the same greasy texture but the smell totally over looks that. These would make a great stocking filler for Christmas but they wont be around for long so you'll have to be fast! 

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Maybeline Dream Satin Liquid Review

Since producing what I personally think is the worst foundation to ever exist (Dream Matte Mousse) Maybelline has been a brand that I have never had any interest in. I always thought that if they could produce such a terrible foundation then it doesn't hold much hope for their others. However this caught my eye when I was browsing in Tesco about 4 months ago. I swatched it on the back of my hand and it had the most gorgeous glow and it was only £8.49. I had never seen any reviews on it and totally bought on the spare of the moment.

I had no idea what to expect with this foundation as I didn't even know it existed until the day I bought it. It looked so nice rubbed into the back of my hand I was excited to try it out. I wasn't overly impressed with the colour selection, they only had 3 in Tesco but I believe there is 8 overall. Alothugh I have found most stores only stock about 5.

It has a light-medium but buildable coverage and is very lightweight. You can easily apply 2-3 layers without it looking cakey and still achieve a lightweight feel. I have quite red skin around my cheeks and this covers that flawlessly with one layer. Although it's not quite the air brushed finish it claims, it really isn't far off.

It has a very smooth, silky and fresh appearance once applied and definitely gives me that healthy glow i'm always after. I'd definitely say the claims of it being 'Satin perfect' and a 'luminous finish' are extremely accurate! It is super blendable and you can easily re-apply another layer later on in the day without getting a nasty cakey looking build up on your skin. You can also apply it with a brush or your fingers  and it blends like a dream! 

The only downside to this foundation is it's staying power. Maybelline do not make any claims about it's staying power so for me it isn't a big deal. Although it would be nice if this foundation did last all day as it looks so perfect when first applied. If you want it to last you all day it would definitely need a touch up later on in the afternoon. 

I have to say out of all the foundations I own this has got to be my favourite. And although I would really love a foundation that stays put for an entire 18 hour day this is so flawless that I don't mind having to top it up part way though. I have re-purchased this in various shades and none of them look orange. Maybelline have really redeemed themselves with this one! 

Monday, 21 November 2011

Revlon Colorstay Review

I bought this about a month ago in Boots when I was shopping for my mums birthday present. Nearly every blog I read and every youtuber I watch has mentioned this with mostly good reviews and very few bad ones. I am terrible when it comes to foundation and buy a different one to try every time I got to Superdrug or Boots but I still haven't managed to find that one foundation that does everything I need it to do. From what I had heard about Revlon's Colorstay, it seemed like this could finally be what I was looking for. 
I have combination skin, I have an oily T zone but normal/dry skin everywhere else. I want a Medium coverage, that is not cakey, but with a dewy/healthy finish. I also need staying power as I often work long hours. Although my skin is Oily/Normal I find that as soon as I apply foundation it has a matte appearance. Which always leaves me in a massive tizz over which foundation to get. 
I bought this in the shade 150 Buff which is a perfect match for my skin tone however it does have a very dull appearance on my skin which leaves it looking a bit 'bleugh'. There is 20 shades in the Oily/Combination range and 12 in the Normal/Dry range which covers the majority of skin tones from very pale skin, to dark skin. After some deliberation I decided to get the one for Normal/Dry skin as I powder my foundation anyway which would reduce the oily appearance on my T zone.

I have heard that you have to apply this very quickly as it sets quite fast but I didn't discover that, maybe I just apply my foundation at lightening speed anyway. Once applying it, it looked very cakey on my skin and my pores looked all clogged up. It lives up to it's name 'Colourstay' in the sense that when I wanted to remove it I had to scrub my face so hard to get it off. In some areas it doesn't budge but in others it doesn't even last a few hours resulting in a patchy face.
The one thing I really hate about the packaging is the lack of pump. I end up wasting so much product and it gets a bit messy trying to dispense the foundation. I do like the glass bottle but for me that lack of pump really lets it down, especially for £12.49 a bottle.
Overall I think this foundation was a total waste of money. It leaves my skin looking cakey,dull and patchy and the lack of pump is just a faf. I had heard so many good things about it so I was really expecting to love it but I think it's safe to say that this was a complete and utter disappointment. So i'm back on the hunt for my staple foundation.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Bonfire Night

I am posting this much later than I wanted to, mainly due to the fact my boyfriend didn't upload the photographs from his camera until a couple of days ago but I have the photos now so i'm going by the moto 'better late than never'. These photos are from the family bonfire gathering that we have every year at my Grandmas house.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Foxylocks, Headkandy and Halo Hair Extensions Comparison Review

My previous hair extension blog posts have been proving very popular and when you're considering spending quite a large amount of money on some hair extensions you need to do some research and compare brands. That then leads to you finding numerous reviews from people that have only tried one of the brands, so you can't easily compare them. Having owned sets from 3 of the top brands i'm hoping that this will be a lot more helpful. 

I have been wearing clip in hair extensions for 5 years and although I am not qualified or professionally trained I know a huge amount about them which I have picked up over time.

These were the first 'high end' hair extensions set I bought. I did absolutely masses of research into these and had trawled through youtube watching nearly every video and of course Imogens channel. I eventually took the plunge and bought them back in January. 

At first I was super impressed and very excited but I think this was because I had never had such long, thick, silky extensions before. They were amazing for the first month but I started to feel like they needed a wash as they were getting knotty very easily. I washed them, and left them to air dry as I would always do but found they weren't much better. As time went by they just got worse and worse, to the point where they were so frizzy, dry and knotty that they were just unwearable after only 3 months.

I have tried so many products to try and bring them back to life and the only thing that has made a difference (only a slight one) is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask. They are now just about wearable but look very tatty and split.

I looked after these just as I have looked after my Headkandy ones and my Halo ones so there should be no difference in the condition. I really wanted to love these as i love the colour and clips, but the quality was just awful. I have no idea if anyone else has had the same problem with them as all the reviews I can find are first impressions reviews.
As you can see from the photo the ends are extremely split after just  3 months. I love the colour of them and the clips are some of the best I have used. The are the perfect thickness for me and they blend with my hair very nicely. I have extremely fine/thin hair and need some extra thickness. The set I have are 160g but Foxylocks also have 120g and 215g sets available. I would like to try Foxylocks extensions again to see if they can prove me wrong but I just cannot justify spending the money on a set that may not last me very long like my last ones.

Quality: 3/10
Thickness: 9/10
Clips: 9/10
Price: 5/10
Customer Service: 7/10
Would I re-purchase: No 
Total: 33/50

  • £79.99 - £4.40 postage
  • 20-22 inch clip in set 
  • 180g with clips
  • Remy Human Hair
  • 10 wefts including 1 quad weft
  • Espresso - Darkest Brown 
  • Twitter- @Blobbyglam
  • Facebook - BobbyGlam
I bought these back in May after reading good reviews and having them recommend by a couple of friends. Although I was very dubious about these as I had heard that the quad weft gets extremely matted after a couple of months and that is not something you want when you're spending around £80 for them.

Nearly 6 months on and wearing them pretty much everyday they are still going strong. Of course they have a few spilt ends and look a little worn but they are still very soft and definitely have a few months left in them yet. I'm massively impressed with them and would go as far as saying they are the best hair extensions I have tried.

Headkandy will colour match your hair if you send them a photograph of your hair in natural light via email or facebook. The extensions are also cut to ensure they are the same thickness throughout, I was worried they would have a blunt edge but once put in they look very natural. 

Of course with all hair extensions you must look after them as if they are your on hair if you want to last as long as possible. I have washed these twice since having them as they have not really needed it. I also left them to air dry to avoid using unnecessary heat on them and so they didn't frizz.

I don't follow the numbering system that they advise when putting in the extensions as I prefer how they look the way I do it but for all you hair extension virgins out there it will be a massive help. These blend nicely with my hair and the quad weft allows me to choose whether I want super thick hair, or slightly thinner hair without taking out vital wefts from some areas as I use the quad weft for thickness only. I am absolutely in love with these extensions and i'm even contemplating buying another set in a lighter shade and of course a replacement set when mine finally give up the ghost.

Quality: 10/10
Thickness: 9/10
Clips: 7/10
Price: 9/10
Customer Service: 9/10
Would I re-purchase: Yes
Total: 44/50

  • £59.99 - free next day delivery
  • Full head clip in set
  • Light Brown
  • 20 inches
  • 8 wefts
  • 100g pure hair weight (no clips)
  • Remy Human Hair
  • Twitter - @Halo_Hair
  • Facebook - Halo Hair Extensions

I actually found this brand through twitter and had heard lots of good things about them. At the time I had been wanting to dye my hair a little lighter so of course with me being the hair extension junkie I am, it was a good time to buy another set of hair extensions and try out a new brand. I first of bought a 16'' Full head clip in set that are the same length as my hair just to add thickness but I couldn't resist also buying a 20'' set too.

I have had these around a month and they are still soft even after putting a few highlights through them. The 1 thing that i'm not keen on is that they are extremely thin at the ends. Which I find makes them look shorter and less luxurious/silky. Because the ends are thin it gives less room for breakages so I don't think they will last much more than 2-3 months of everyday wear. I add a couple of old wefts to thee extensions to add more thickness and for me personally the amount you pay for them, isn't worth what you get weight/thickness wise. 

However with these hair extensions having much thinner ends it means they are so much easier to manage so they are very good for days when you haven't got time to do much with your hair. I haven't personally tried the Deluxe set but I think if you would like a good amount of thickness if you have normal - thick hair then the deluxe set would be better. 

One thing I was extremely impressed with was their customer service, I had to return some as they were the wrong colour and Halo sorted everything out for me and were just fab! 

Quality: 6/10
Thickness: 3/10
Clips: 9/10
Price: 5/10
Customer Service: 9/10
Would I re-purchase: Yes (only a deluxe set though)
Total: 32/50

Disclaimer: I paid for all 3 sets with my own money and have not been paid to do this review, all opinions are 100% my own, as they always are and always will be. (I was however given a discount on my 20'' extensions by Halo)

Monday, 7 November 2011

Hair and Make Up Haul

With Liams birthday being on Tuesday and me being so busy, I had to rush out on Sunday to buy him some presents. That ended up with me going to boots for totally non birthday related shopping, doh! I've also bought a few other things from Boots over the last month so i'm throwing those in here too. Here is what i bought..

I also popped to Superdrug the other day as it was 3 for 2 and picked up a few more foundations. I think i haver a bit of an addiction to buying different foundations, uh oh!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A Quick Catch Up!

I'm super sorry that I had vanished of the face of the blogging planet for nearly a month! I had been working 10 hour days and 7 days a week, which meant a very sleepy Sam and of course with it now being Autumn, no daylight! I've now got 9 days off until I start my other job as.. wait for it.. santas helper at Center Parcs on the 11th of November! It's all in the name of fun, and i'm really looking forward to getting dressed up and 'hangin outtt in ma grotto'.

Yesterday was my boyfriends 21st Birthday so of course he was spoilt rotten (mainly by his parents). His mum always goes way over the top with presents so I always end up feeling a bit crap that my presents seem so rubbish but Liam, is always so grateful for what I get him! In the evening we headed out to a nearby pub/restaurant for a meal with his family, some friends and my parents. The place we went to does the most amazing food, so I had no choice but to stuff my face with yummy food and puddings.
I will be doing a lot more blogging from now on as I have more of a steady wage and some spare time. I've discovered a few great products recently so i'll be reviewing those and doing a few haul posts. Not to mention all of my exciting little day trips that i will no doubt be having on the lead up to christmas and all the exciting christmas things I will be buying! 

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