Sunday, 31 January 2016

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks / Review & Swatches

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks Swatches
L-R: Under My Spell, Cheeky Coral, Beachy-Peachy
Rimmel is hands down my favorite drugstore beauty brand, especially if we’re talking lip products! We all know how much love I have for their Exaggerate Lip Liners (here), so when Rimmel announced that they are bringing out a brand new range of lipsticks the excitement was real! The Only 1 (here) lippies claim that they are ‘all-in-one lipstick that offer high impact color, moisture, all day comfort and staying power’. Sounds fab, doesn’t it! Well, I decided to put the bold statement to the test and give three of the 15 shades a whirl. The report goes as follows:

For starters, the shade range is to die for, let me tell you that! There is not much offering for the nude lip lovers, I am afraid, but if you are a bright lipstick wearer, like myself, the range will make you swoon! There are some fab vibrant shades, perfect for the upcoming spring season and the beaut mauve / purples make my heart jump a little. I got my mitts on three of the shades and I love them all to pieces. First, we have Peachy-Beachy, which is a stunning vivid peachy coral that brightens up the complexion beautifully and is a great warmer months lip companion. Cheeky Coral is a stunning coral, which I can imagine would look fab with tan on. My favorite of the bunch is Under My Spell, which gives me serious MAC Rebel (here) vibes and is a gorgeous fuchsia berry color. All lipsticks go on glossy at first but after a few minutes set to a beautiful satin finish.

As much as I love the shades though, I am not sure about the formula. What I give the stamp of approval to would be the moisturizing properties of the lippies. They do feel rather hydrating and don’t dry out the lips, which is a massive plus. The up to five-hour pigmentation is also amazing and I even managed to chomp my way through an entire sushi date once without the need of reapplication! The pigmentation is also on point and one layer is all you need to get full-blown color.

And that’s with the positives, I’m afraid. The Only 1 Lipsticks feel somewhat wet and waxy and I find them quite hard to apply and get an even color. You definitely need a brush, especially for the darker shades, otherwise the colors goes streaky. Even though the lipsticks are branded as ‘lightweight’, they actually feel rather heavy on the lips and are not particularly comfortable in my opinion. What I am mostly on the fence about these babies though is the scent. It has the typical ‘Rimmel lippy’ scent but on these it is so strong and overpowering that it made me sick at one point. It will have to be a ‘no’ from me ladies but definitely go give these a swatch and see for yourself. If you can bare the smell and the texture, some of these shades are definitely worth giving a try.

Have you tried the Rimmel The Only 1 lipsticks yet? Which is your fave shade of the three?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Friday, 29 January 2016

My Go-To Lunch

My Go-To Lunch, avocado on toast

If you’ve been following me on Snapchat (@rosychicc *wink wink*) then you’re probably sick of me showing you my lunch by now. It’s pretty much the same. Everyday. Cuz I’m diverse like that haha. The thing about me though is that when I like something, I stick with it for the longest time. Even though I usually like to experiment with my food, on workdays I like to keep things fast and simple, so this lil ‘recipe’ is perfect for me.

When the clock hits the twelve-hour mark and my belly starts rumbling I usually start craving something fresh and nutritious. And even though I would usually love a burger or a nice portion of fries, I tend to stick to being as healthy as possible and not go carbs overboard. I love my bread way too much not to include it in my meal, I am afraid, but I like to use whole-grain bread over white bread. And from there things get fairly easy – all you need is an avocado, an egg, some salmon and maybe salt and a squeeze of lime.

I like to toast my bread before I slather it with avocado just to get that crunchy flavor. Make sure that the avocado is ripe and squishy before use because not only it tastes better in my opinion but it will be much easier for it to get mashed onto the slice of bread. You can add a pinch of salt/ pepper or lime and just leave it to that and enjoy its nutritional benefits. I like to top it off though. The best combination for me consists of a fried/poached egg and some smoked salmon. That way you get quite diverse flavor and it makes things a bit more nutritious and filling.

This lunch is fairly healthy and makes a brilliant post-workout (yes, I’ve started exercising but more on that later) treat. It takes me no more than 10 minutes to prepare and gives me a fab boost of energy. Highly recommend!

What is your go-to lunch?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blush in Dusty Rose / Review

H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blush in Dusty Rose

H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blush in Dusty Rose

H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blush in Dusty Rose

H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blush in Dusty Rose

H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blush in Dusty Rose Swatches

The dry and dull winter skin has finally caught up on me, so a good brightening blush is more than welcome and exactly what my skin needs atm. And things don’t really get much better than the H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blush in Dusty Rose (here). I’m sure you’ve noticed the beauty community going absolutely bonkers about the new H&M beauty range recently and with good reason! It is simply stunning! From the sleek, Instagram-worthy packaging, to the beaut shades and the fab quality – it is just incredible!

The Pure Velvet Cream blushes are no exception and after me taking ages to decide which shade should I go for my boyfriend kindly treated me to ‘Dusty Rose’ for Christmas. When I found this gem underneath the Christmas tree I could sense a love affair forming straight away. It is just divine and the mauve pink shade is beaut and so flattering too. It goes on like a light neutral pink and I think it’s safe to say that it’s one of those ‘suite-everyone’ shades. My favorite thing about Dusty Pick is its anti-fatigue and winter pick-me-up properties. Hello brighter complexion!

The Dusty Rose is matte blush with no shimmer or glitter in sight and I love how natural it looks on the skin. It has more of a velvety/powdery finish, rather than dewy but it blends fairy easy without dragging or pulling the skin. The Pure Velvet blushes are all crazy pigmented and you literally need the tiniest bit and a light hand to add that fresh flush of color to your cheeks. This beauty stays put for some good five hours, which considering the price is rather impressive. So in conclusion what can I say? Now I get all the hype about the latest H&M beauty releases and I am a fan. I may even have a cheeky lil’ eyeshadow to share with you, so stay tuned!

Have you tried any of the H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blushes yet? Have you picked up anything from the new H&M beauty range?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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