Monday, 28 January 2013

Rimmel BB Cream 9 in 1 Skin Perfecting Super Make Up: Review

I'll admit, I'm not fully on-board with BB creams. I was quite intrigued when I first seen them emerge on YouTube and blogs a couple of years ago but I've only just got round to trying one now. Over the last year every brand seems to have released their own version of a BB cream so there's a lot to try!


My first impression of this Rimmel BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Make Up was confusion from all the different claims it makes: Primes, Moisturises, Minimises Pores, Conceals, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Brightens and helps Protect. Wow what a mouthful.

When I first went to apply it to my face with my fingers I noticed the colour wasn't as light as I'd expect from a 'light' shade. I have Rimmel's 25 Hour Foundation in the lightest shade Ivory and I have the same problem, where the colour inside doesn't match my skin at all or the colour name! My skin's pale and yellow toned but I can work with most neutral tones, for reference. The colour difference in the BB cream doesn't look as noticeable when I worked it into my face but not perfect. From what I've seen of Asian BB creams, they usually adapt to the skintone when applied.


The other main thing I noticed when I first applied this was how dry it felt. It comes out like a liquid foundation but once you start to apply it, it starts to dry and settle and sometimes quite unflatteringly. Personally I prefer my foundations and tinted moisturisers to be liquidy so I can blend them in easier and I find it hard to work with anything that dries quickly, especially with a heavier feel like this. I didn't like applying this at all. It dried heavily on top of the skin before I had a chance to work it in and looked cakey but without heavy coverage. I tried adding more to my cheeks because they're naturally quite flushed to see if the coverage was build-able and I thought it didn't look too bad but it wasn't very good at covering redness. I think if you wanted to cover up problems on the skin like spots and redness, you would be better off with a regular foundation or using a concealer for those problems.

This also claims to mattify the skin, which isn't something I usually look for in a product because my skin doesn't overproduce oil except on my eyelids. Although parts of my skin looked drier than before and quite cakey, I still was quite shiny so people with oilier skintones may have to set this with a powder if they don't like that look.

An example of how this sits on top of my skin. Click for the close up to see the full horror!

This didn't work too well with the drier patches on my face either. The scales (attractive!) on my nose and chin looked dry even with moisturiser underneath straight after application. I applied the moisturiser before to help the BB cream have more slip and to try and stop it clinging to dry patches. Rimmel and other companies that make BB creams claim that they can be worn alone or under foundation as a base, however I would not wear this under my foundation because it has no apparent benefits for my skin, it's cakey, not a good colour and highlights my dry spots.

The difference in my natural undertones and the ones in the BB cream

I did wear this to work for a short shift to try it out and a few times in the house to test it and it isn't unwearable for me, just a pain to apply and make it look ok. I don't think this is a BB cream for dry skins and maybe it could work better on oiler skin types. After I first tried this I read a few reviews online to see what the general thought about this product was and I found lots of favourable reviews so I suppose it's all about personal preference.

Rimmel BB Cream in Light - Boots - RRP £6.99 Offer £4.99*


Love Georgia xxx

Disclaimer:I received these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given, and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Boots.com. Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online. I have chosen to share these products on my blog as I feel the reviews I post for Boots would be relevant for readers of this blog. I started product testing for Boots before I started my blog. Being sent a product for free doesn't change my opinion of it or of the brand. I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Nails Inc Nail Polish in Piccadilly Circus: NOTD, Review and Swatches



This polish has truly been an autumn to winter favourite. It's not often that I take off a polish once it's chipped and reapply the same colour but I wore this for two weeks straight in November. I actually wrote this post just after that period but it didn't save; the iPod Blogger app is quite rubbish!

Nails Inc call Piccadilly Circus a deep cerise pink shade but I find it more interesting than that. In some lights, like the picture above, it seems a raspberry pink but in others can be a dark, purple toned berry polish. The finish is cream, with no shimmer or glitter but lots of shine. I find Nails Inc polishes apply ok but dry quickly so it's best to get a good coat on without too much fiddling about. I found this lasted really well without a top coat as it didn't chip but it only showed some tip wear. Although when I removed this polish it did kill my well used and loved Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish Remover because it gave off a lot of pigment and when I went to use it again my fingers were stained pink.

No flash, daylight.

I think I love this so much because it's really versatile and goes with a lot of outfits and looks. 


Nails Inc Nail Polish in Piccadilly Circus - Feel Unique - £11

Also available at Amazon - £9.90


Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 18 January 2013

My Favourite Fitness and Health Channels

Last August I realised my weight was making me feel more uncomfortable than it had for a while. The combination of a long break from university and a holiday had meant that my weight crept up making my clothes tighter and I felt heavier and bloated. After watching this video from Shaaanxo I downloaded MyFitnessPal for my iPod touch and realised how simple counting calories could be. A combination of smaller portions, less unhealthy choices and occasional exercise has meant that I've lost at least a stone (stupidly I didn't weigh myself or take measurements when I started!). Now I've lost a lot of the excess I'd put on I want to focus on exercise. I've never been that physically fit so I want to improve my cardio endurance as well as tone up all over.

So if you're wanting to feel healthier or fitter for 2013, here's a couple of great online resources to help which don't cost as much as a gym membership.

Blogilates


The best at-home routines I've found on YouTube. A mixture of Pilates and cardio with videos based on songs like 'Call Me Maybe Squat Challenge' or specialised toning like 'Victoria Secret Arms'. They're quick and relatively easy to do but I feel the burn the next day.



Great workouts and motivation from two personal trainers. Not bad to look at either. John is also the Pixiwoo sisters' brother so you may already recognise him.


Girlfriend of Leon from The Lean Machines so her channel has workouts and exercises especially for the areas women want to tone as well as health and motivation advice. She's also open to talk about health problems that women have including constipation so nothing is off-topic.

Quick, simple tips from nutritionist Keri Glassman from the best foods to keep you full or how to eat the right portions. Livestrong Woman also has workouts and other videos to check out.

I'm also going to write a post about my favourite apps for losing weight and fitness soon.

Love Georgia xxx

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Models Own Grey Day and W7 Cosmic Blue: NOTD and Review


I love a glitter nail. Just one nail of glitter on each hand can really perk up a less interesting colour. I've worn this combination before of Models Own in Grey Day and W7 Cosmic Blue because the grey and turquoise really compliment each other. I do like the colour of Grey Day but a cream finish, pastel grey isn't always something I reach for. It would also look great with most colours of glitter or with holographic flakes worn over the top.


W7 Cosmic Blue is a turquoise blue glitter with a sheer blue base so it can be used over another polish or builds to full, glitter coverage in two coats. I only used one coat, over one coat of Grey Day in the picture above. I've also previously reviewed the colour Cosmic Purple, a purple and blue mix glitter. I found both W7 polishes on a discount make up stall in a local shopping centre for £1.99 or you can find them online for similar prices so they're a bargain! W7 also do cream and metallic finish polishes so I really want to try those out and see if they're great quality like these.

As always, Models Own is my top nail polish brand so I never tend to have a problem with applying or removing these as well as the time they last on the nails. I only needed two coats of Grey Day, which is always great for pastel shades.


Models Own Nail Polish in Grey Day - Models Own and Boots Stores - £5.00

W7 Nail Polish in Cosmic Blue 74 - Scentsational - £1.99 


Love Georgia xxx

Apology for My Absence: Back to Blogging in 2013!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! I'm just writing to apologise for my absence and lack of posts, especially over the last month. 

My Christmas pup

Being in my third year of university at the moment I've had considerably a lot more work to do than I expected since I started back at the end of September. At times I can be a massive procrastinator so I tried to avoid using blogging as a reason not to get on and do some university work. Over the last couple of months I've felt a bit guilty when I've had free time because there's always a book to be read or something to be researched, and so my blog has definitely suffered. I don't want to be overly negative about it but I don't want to do this half-heartedly so I really want to commit to posting more frequently. Blogging isn't always about the quantity of posts, it's more about the quality so I'm not going to go over the top but there's so many products I want to review or pictures that I've already taken waiting for the accompanying post to be written. 

Onto the more positive things. I had a great Christmas, between working and writing essays, so I'm fitting in a little time to totally relax at the moment! I've been catching up on some great blogs and videos so I have lots of recommendations to feature in an upcoming favourites. I also received a few new products for Christmas which I can try out and review as well as bits and bobs I've bought over the last couple of months so plenty of reviews are coming up. My nail polish and lip products boxes are also overflowing with things still be swatched and shown in all their beauty! I was also hoping to do my first giveaway if I reach 50 followers, which would be exciting. I'd probably choose one of my favourite products that I use a lot or maybe something from Soap and Glory so if anyone has any requests then let me know!

Additionally, if anyone who reads my blog, whether this is your first visit or you're a repeat reader, has their own blog feel free to leave your link in the comments. Also if there's a blog or YouTube channel you've been enjoying feel free to post that aswell because I'd love to read some new blogs.

Love Georgia xxx