23 March 2015

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss - #29

Does anyone else think this looks like Topshop's The Damned? But slightly more blue? I need to start keeping track of all the shades I have before my collection becomes too ridiculous. I have to say, though, that I'm crazy about this color. I think it goes really well with my complexion and it's a bright enough shade that it grabs your attention, but it's not too ridiculous.

I think Rimmel has done really well with the Kate Moss collection. There is something for everyone and they're all fairly cheap. I myself own at least 4 shades. No, they're not super long-lasting, but standards can't be too high when you're talking about drugstore products.

Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet - Meteoric Matte

I finally picked up one of these coveted Rimmel Lip Velvets while I was at Walgreens a couple of months ago. I don't know when they were released here in the US, though I do know they've been out in the UK for some time under a different moniker. Not sure why they changed the name from Apocalips to Show Off Lip Velvet. Maybe it's so people don't confuse it with Provocalips?

Whatever Rimmel. Your consumers aren't that dumb.

The shade I picked up was Meteoric Matte because I thought it was a shade that would work best on me. It lasted for a few hours on my lips, though I noticed that there was always a little bit of transfer whenever I'd drink from my water bottle. It's not a lot, but I quite prefer when a matte lipstick doesn't transfer at all. It did leave a nice stain on my lips.

Overall, I do like it and if they had more shades that I liked, I'd most likely pick up another. And if you're someone that wants to try liquid lipstick but don't want to spend $15 or more, the Lip Velvets are a good start.

21 March 2015

Topshop Cheek Jelly - Beep

So in doing this post, I realized I hadn't actually swatched the Cheek Jelly on my cheek. But to be honest, I've mostly used it on my lips and that's why I didn't even think about swatching it on my face. They do recommend using it on both lips and cheeks so I swear I'm not using it wrong.

I picked up the Topshop Cheek Jelly in Beep on a whim, without doing any research whatsoever. I knew that would come back to bite me in the behind because I wasn't exactly impressed with it. Don't get me wrong, I do like the way it tints my lips, but I don't think I would waste money on any other shade.

The product itself is pretty pointless and not worth the $14. I bought mine when I was in the UK so the price tag didn't look as unattractive, although I was very much aware of how much it was in US $. It doesn't last all that long on my cheeks (probably because I have oily skin) and it doesn't do much else for my lips either. I still, however, wear it out because it doesn't look terrible on me. It just lasts a total of 8 minutes on me so I have to reapply often.

I definitely would skip this if you're someone with generally oily skin. As a cheek tint, it just will not last. As a lip tint, I don't care for it either. But if you're still curious, I say go ahead and head to your local Topshop ;)

20 March 2015

Topshop Lipstick - Suspected

Suspected is one of my favorite purchases from my UK haul. If you look through my lipstick collection, you'll find that I have a lot of shades similar to this, but I can't help it. I love this color on me! The finish is matte, though I wouldn't say it's a true matte. It's just not as a opaque as other matte lipsticks I own and a lot transfers when I blot.

However, when it sets, it looks beautiful. As far as longevity goes, it barely made it through some panang curry and rice, but it did leave a really pretty plum stain on my lips for the rest of the night. It's not the best matte lipstick I've ever bought but at $12, I wasn't expecting a miracle product. It is what it is. I still definitely recommend that you grab one for yourself, but I'm a bit bias since I'm a sucker for shades like Suspected.

14 March 2015

iS Clinical - Trial

For Christmas, I received the Innovative Skincare (iS Clinical) Essentials Gift Set that contained 6 different skincare products. iS Clinical focus a lot on anti-aging and treating acne. The set I received had a cleanser, 3 serums, a mask and sunscreen. Read below for more info.

1. Cleansing Complex - Resurfacing, anti-acneic. iS Clinical claims that this cleanser will help minimize pores and control acne and that it deep-cleans without drying your skin and pores.  Contains no parabens.
2. Youth Serum - Immediate smoothing & tightening, long-term wrinkle reduction, restorative. The serum increases collagen synthesis and helps with skin firmness and elasticity. iS also claims that it prevents DNA damage through their patented Extremoenzyme technology. Goes great under make-up. Contains no parabens.
3. Active Serum - Anti-aging, anti-acneic, brightening.  The serum is highly recommended for those suffering with acne and hyperpigmentation. It also minimizes your pores and increases collagen synthesis to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Contains no parabens.
4. Hydra-Cool Serum - Hydrating, soothing, anti-acneic. Soothes and calms irritated skin due to acne, sunburn, burn from freshly shaved skin,  and provides hydration. It can be used with other active products (I used it with the Active Serum). Contains no parabens.
5. Extreme Protect SPF30 - Hydrating, ultimate protection, restorative. Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It also uses their Extremoenzyme technology to prevent and repair DNA damage to skin cells. It also helps repair collagen and reduces the appearance of sunburn. Contains no parabens.
6. CoolMint Revitalizing Masque - Reinvigorating, refreshing, soothing. The mask provides hydration to damaged and irritated skin. It's great for sunburns and treats inflammation. Contains no parabens.

I really like that their products focus a lot on repairing the skin. My biggest issue at the moment is hyperpigmentation and inflammation. I don't have as much trouble with acne as I used to. I only really have spots on my chin and jaw area these days due to hormonal imbalance, and when I do, it's only a couple here and there. I also don't have too many wrinkles or fine lines so really the results I'm hoping for is to reduce the hyperpigmentation around my nose and cheeks, as well as my jaw. Also I'm hoping it helps with the inflammation (very common for me during this time of the year) and with minimizing my pores.

Below are the "before" pictures after using the Cleansing Complex, Active Serum and Hydra-Cool Serum for the very first time. Hopefully I'll see a difference in about week.

I know some of you are going to sit there and say "Oh em gee, her skin looks fine." Well, you really should click on the pictures to enlarge them to really see what I'm talking about. Plus, seeing it in person is different as well. The texture of my skin isn't where I'd like for it to be. The area between my brows, for example, has been inflamed for two months now. Little bumps have appeared due to irritation from the dry air. Same thing goes for the areas around my nose and just under my eyes.

Anyway, wish me luck!