Thursday, 26 September 2013

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial / Review and Swatches


Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial Swatches

Hiya loves! The summer is officially over (words cannot express how sad this makes me), which means one thing – it’s time for me to ditch my beloved bright lip colors and to dive into more neutral, nude shades. This is something I do every year, not because I go that much with the trends or anything but because this just makes me excited for the colder, festive months and kind of puts me in the mood. With that said, I decided to go and buy me some darker shades and I picked up this Apocalips Lip Lacquer from Rimmel in Celestial.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of the Rimmel Apocalips, basically they are lip lacquers. This means their formula is right between lipstick and lipgloss, almost like a liquid lipstick if you will. They have the pigmentation of lipstick but they go on smoothly like lipgloss. The lacquers have semi-matt finish but are designed not to dry out the lips as a lipstick would and they actually feel hydrating due to their build-in moisture. I really like how comfortable and soft they feel on the lips, which is rare for me as I suffer from dry lips a lot and it’s hard for me to find moisturizing products that differ from lip balm! Another reason why I am a massive fan of this range is because the products are ridiculously opaque and their staying power is fab! You need the tiniest amount of product to cover your entire lips and they have doe-foot applicator, which makes the application process quite easy. Just have in mind that the color pay-off is really strong and you need to use a mirror and with some of the brighter shades from the range a brush may be essential, especially if you’re new to such products. The Apocalips stay on me for at least 6 hours and the cool thing is that even when the glossy film wears off you still have a beautiful tint of color on. Ah also, the lacquers are completely sticky-free as well, which is a huge, huge bonus for me! :)

The shade I picked up recently is called Celestial and it is a nice pinkish-brown color. When I apply it initially it looks brighter but when the lacquer is fully dry it shows up as a dusty pink with strong brownish tones to it. As much as I wanted to love this shade, sadly I have to say that it doesn’t look good on me. At all. I am quite fair and I have cool-tones to my skin and this just makes me look so dull and almost dirty. Yuck! It is such a beautiful color but I just can’t pull it off. :( However, I believe that if you have darker / warmer skin tone this will look absolutely gorgeous on you, so definitely go swatch it if you fancy such muted pinks. If you are a fellow pale skinned gal though, here you can see my review and swatches on some other shades from the Apocalips, which are sure to compliment you beautifully.

Overall, I absolutely adore the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers as they have such a unique formula that basically get the best of both worlds and are like liquid, moisturizing lipsticks. They have outrageous pigmentation, stay on for ages and never feel sticky. Winners, without a doubt! However, Celestial turned out to be not flattering on me at all but please don’t let my personal preference talk you out of trying / swatching this shade, it is really beautiful. <3

Have you tried any of the Rimmel Apocalips? Which is your favorite shade of the bunch?

Lots of love,
 
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment / Review


Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment / Review

Good morning sweets, how are you? I am good, except I’m having a little bit of hair disaster going on. Since I came back from the seaside my hair has been über dry and brittle, which is quite odd as I was doing my best to protect it from the UV rays and the salt water… Anyway, my best friends in this hair combat have been the incredible Macadamia products, which I’ve mentioned before. Since I confessed my true love for their Rejuvenating Shampoo (review here) and their Deep Repair Hair Mask (review here), I think it’s time to talk about another one of my Holy Grail Macadamia products – the Healing Oil Treatment.

This little bottle is such a miracle worker and it has helped my hair massively. Basically, it is therapeutic hair oil, which is designed to help with dry and damaged hair (perfect for all fellow blondies out there) and to serve as intensive nourishment. What I love about this product is that it helps me (hugely if I may add) with tangles! It detangles like charm and almost does the job for my Tange Teezer. The oil also tames down my hair, making it smooth and frizz-free. I feel like it makes my hair a bit shinier and less dull-looking, which is always good to have, especially when you have blonde locks. Another plus about this babe I that its ‘natural UV protection extends the life of color treatments’. If this is not enough, Macadamia claim that this oil is supposed to reduce the drying time with 40-50%. I didn’t know that but as water and oil separate, when the oil absorbs it actually pushes the water outside the hair cuticle, hence our hair dries faster. Now I’ve noticed that the drying time is reduced but sadly I wouldn’t say it’s something that major for me and it’s probably 20% (tops) faster. My hair usually takes absolute ages to dry so I was expecting that but it is still a lovely addition to the other fab benefits of the healing oil. :)

I usually like to use this hair oil in two ways. The first one is when my hair’s damp, I just pour some oil onto the palms of my hands, warm it up a bit and carefully disturb it all over the lengths of my hair (from my ears down). Then I just comb through and blow dry. The second way I like to use this is on dry hair. I use a teeny tiny bit just on the ends of my hair to make them look less brittle and more polished. I just recently started dong this and I love how it works, plus I use any left product I may have on my palms to smooth out the rest of my hair if it’s gotten a bit frizzy and wild. :) Also, once a week I mix some of the treatment oil with Macadamia’s Leave In Cream for deeper nourishment and I kid you not – this makes my hair incredible and it’s really soft and tangle-free.

In a nutshell, I have to say that this hair oil definitely proves the amazing quality of Macadamia’s products once again. It nourishes and rejuvenates my hair, helps with tangles, tames it down and gets rid of the frizz. It also makes my hair look really healthy and soft. What else can we ask for? Well you guessed it – it also helps the hair dry a bit faster, plus it smells divine. Brilliant! I seriously cannot fault this product and I highly recommend it. I am still in-love with my Moroccan Oil but this gem is definitely equally amazing and I use them both all the time. The Macadamia treatment oil comes in four different sizes so you can pick up the smallest bottle first ($6.50 /£4.90) and give it a try, I’m sure you’ll love it. (:


Have you tried the Healing Oil Treatment before? Which is your favorite hair oil?

Lots of love,

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