Rimmel Apocalips 'Nova'

Oh dear. I appear to have fallen into spendy ways lately, having been on three (three! please help me) shopping trips this week alone. On one of these trips, that have now merged together and become a blur in attempts to desperately forget them for my bank account's sake, I picked up Rimmel's Apocalips lip lacquer in the shade Nova.

Now, as we all know from this post, I'm a big reader of all things blog-ish so when these released over here, I didn't miss a beat. I stayed up to date on the entire comings and goings of the whole 'is it a lipstick? is it a gloss?' phase, watching Stellar, Big Bang, Apocaliptic and Celestial all wow the blogging nation- but despite all of the ridiculous praise, I didn't rush out to buy one.. something that I am seriously regretting.

Starting with the things that aren't really deal-breakers but just nice little touches; the packaging firstly, is pretty savvy (you can tell if it's been tampered with beforehand and the dip in the doe foot applicator lets more product pool a.k.a opaqueness in a single sweep). Ooh, and it smells like watermelon guys, sweet-like, artificial watermelon and I actually quite like the scent even though it doesn't seem to be that popular with others.. but it only lingers slightly on application and then fades away into nothingness, so don't let that put you off. In terms of lasting power, it's actually pretty good- by my standards at least- don't expect to get through a day's work/lazing about without reapplying, but I didn't find this to transfer at all, nor did it disappear after a slice of cheesecake or three.. Moving on.. the shade range is pretty good too, I've got my eye on a few others, especially Luna as I haven't got anything like it. Price-wise, it's £5.99.. bargainous by all accounts.

Anyway, the 'lip lacquer' (as it's affectionately known) is such a perfect consistency; it's opaque in one coat and is completely NON-STICKY. That's just for any fellow gloss haters- with this, there's no hair getting stuck to lips, no awkward transfer onto glasses and no gloopy gloopiness. Hallelujah! The colour of Nova is just absolutely perfect, it's unlike anything I already own and is just the perfect blue-toned pink- something that I truly think will suit anyone so please don't rule it out if you're not a fan of the cooler shades.. Because this is one seriously cool shade.

To sum everything up, I actually need more of these. Debit card in hand, keys in the other, I'll be rushing back over to Boots in 5, 4, 3, 2...


I've not done a BOTW in over a month oh ma goodnezzz- but this week I'm bringing you guys a serious contender for the spotlight.. readers, say hello to Tammie from Lipstick With Some Sunshine.

I actually discovered this blog via Instagram and was smitten at first glance. Photography is just absolutely flawless, perfect and amazing- it just makes everything look so much more professional (oh, have I mentioned it's a beauty blog yet? I think the name gives it away slightly!).. Posts are perfection, writing personable but succinct, and the products Tammie reviews/mentions/hauls whatever, are just so wishlist-worthy.

Just to give you all a little sneak peak preview of her blog, here's a snapshot of her last three posts:

First up, Prepping The Base
Next, Lisa Eldridge Approved
Finally, What's In My Summer Make-Up Bag

See? Didn't I tell you it's just heavenly?! You all need to head over and check it out for yourselves.. here it is once more for anybody that's missed it thus far.

Beauty Haul: First Impressions

Hi guys, I'm hurriedly writing this before I plan my tutoring lesson so if it sounds a little clunky, please bear with me! I've been feeling a little bit spendy-spendy lately so with credit card in one hand and laptop in the other, a beauty haul happened (sorry not sorry), so I thought I'd share with you all my first impressions of what I bought..

 1. Batiste Dry Shampoo 'Blush'

I'm not really one for dry shampoo anyway so it didn't surprise me that I haven't been won over by this yet.. I just feel like it's not doing much for my hair. On the plus side, I haven't found this to be powdery or leave any residue on the hair at all, just make sure you massage it in! Scent-wise, it's alright.. a little too floral for my tastes.

2. L'Oréal EverSleek Smoothing and Intensely Nourishing Shampoo

I actually used a sample of this a few weeks back and was so intrigued that I had to get the full size version. It claims to be sulphate free, evidently a bonus, and works up into a really good lather which is slightly surprising. I've not used this enough to go into detail just yet so keep your eyes peeled for a review in the future. Oh, and this smells so so good by the way- it reminds me of lychee and coconut.

3. Rimmel Instant Tan Sun Shimmer Light Matte

I went out the other night with friends and my legs were just looking so incredibly pale, particularly compared to my face which has a slight tan to it at the moment- fortunately my friend saved the day by whipping this out and I've been fascinated ever since. It comes out of the tube a very dark brown gel type consistency and leaves the nicest sheen to the legs.. I've found that instant tanners are the only way to get my very pale legs a decent hint of colour without looking too tanned (I'm looking at you here gradual tanners).. It lasts until you wash it off and removes so easily without leaving any dodgy streaks- bonus!

4. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Yeeeees I'm late to the party again, sue me- well, when I say late.. I've actually been very happy with my current foundation brush but I thought I'd venture into the world of RT brushes.. this being my first purchase. So far, it's good stuff. The brush is soft (it's much smaller than I thought it'd be somehow but it works) and it applies foundation well. I'll do a more in-depth review when I've actually used this for a while.

5. Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Moisturiser

I don't really have much to say about this, I just wanted a temporary body moisturiser whilst I'm looking for a better one; it smells pretty nice though, not too rich- it actually smells quite fresh without being overpowering, think: a toned down version of Palmers Cocoa Butter.

6. Soap and Glory Supercat Liner

Loving this right now and I'm not even an eyeliner kind of gal; all of my liquid liners have either dried up in pen format, flaked off, smudged, just looked pretty awful but this is the exception to the rule. It apparently do any of the aforementioned bad things- it is so ridiculously fool-proof simple to apply and is super long-lasting- definite recommend.

7. Barry M Hi-Shine Gelly 'Passion Fruit'

I've not actually painted my nails with this yet but I am loving the summer-into-winter, day-into-evening colour so so much (NB: it's true to colour in the first photo), and I've heard some pretty glorious things about these polishes in particular, can't wait to give it a whirl!

8. Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick 'Fraise Remix

This lipstick is seriously bright; it's almost neon pink! The formula is nothing special, it's not long lasting, applies evenly and is opaque in one swipe- the colour isn't quite suitable for my uber-fair skintone and not-so-daring personality, BUT after applying this with a lighter hand and blotting, I'm a fan.

9. Dior Diorskin Nude BB Cream '001'

I think I may have saved the most exciting until last. First thoughts are: not velvety or silk-like on my skin but still fairly easy to blend, the coverage is exactly what I expected; thinner than a foundation but a little thicker than a tinted moisturiser (i.e shows freckles but not redness), smells fresh, I originally thought it would be too pink toned for my skin but it seriously isn't at all, perhaps that's because I'm sporting a slight facial tan so it might not be so great in the winter, having said that it doesn't cling to dry patches, unsure whether it's worth the price tag-- those were my exact thoughts so excuse them being slightly fragmented.

Overall thoughts? I NEED A BIGGER MAKE UP BAG.

And that's about it! If anybody wants a particular review of any of the above, please comment in the box below and I'll get on the case ASAP..

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Review

After hearing about this for ages, I caved into the old hype and picked it up a few months back. I literally had no idea what to expect because, to be honest, I just didn't really get what the product actually does. It claims to be a 'corrective and unclogging anti-imperfection care' but what does that even mean?! Some people have been using this in place of a moisturiser but I've been using this to fill my serum slot, in between hydrating toner and moisturiser- solely in the evenings in the interest of making the one 40ml tube last a little longer.

So basically this has a seriously lightweight clear gel-type texture so a little goes a long way with this; it feels really refreshingly nice on the skin, absorbs really really quickly- oh, and it doesn't smell fragranced, it just smells clean, which I quite like. Ingredients wise, there's some glycerin, salicylic acid, linoleic acid etc, no parabens or anything overly nasty for the face. LRP actually have a load of products in the Effaclar range all suited to different skin conditions, and this one is supposedly meant to help with 'severe local imperfections' and 'sebum-blocked pores'. It hasn't broken me out at all which I'm massively happy with as it's really working so well on my skin. I'll apply this at night and wake up in the morning with noticeably smoother skin... particularly on my lower cheeks, which used to get a little chapped in the bad weather, but have now completely smoothed out. Ultimately, I'd definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of purchasing it, it's £13 at Boots and seriously lasts a long long time so it ends up being really great value for money too!

Have you tried LRP's massively hyped offering? If so, any thoughts? Share them in the comments below.

Just a little sidenote, I've had the busiest last couple of weeks starting and settling down at my new job, having a whole host of birthday celebrations (which my skin is not thanking me for right now), reading through various books at lightening speed and just generally being a busy gal, so I'm sorry I've not posted in a little while and I'll try to be more regular. I also had planned some make up posts but I've been a little bit disillusioned with make up at the moment- perhaps a 'Disappointing Products #2' post is in order? Hehe, hope you've all had a lovely week!

My Anxiety Story (Literally)

Some of you may wonder what I've been up to over the past few days; coupled with some long days at work and birthday planning (I'm eighteen today guys!) I've also been doing some thinking... and some writing. I've written a short self-help guide/book/autobiographical problem solver- I've not quite determined what it is yet- called 'Relief: A Guide to Anxiety' (sorry, I am seriously lacking in the creativity department), all about anxiety and how I overcame mine after three years. I won't go into much detail here really because it's all in the book.

Okay, so when I say short, I mean short. It's about thirty pages long, but here's the thing: I never delved into the realms of self-help books when I suffered from anxiety, but from what I gather by doing some research, they're quite highly priced and mainly full of things you can easily find by typing 'anxiety' into Google. But people will buy these books because they're desperate to find some sort of treatment- I get that, but half of those books are just so convoluted and could be summarised in a few sentences- so why waste your money?

I prefer to be more succinct and just get all of the relevant information in there without beating around the bush, hence why I've not included any of the common sense stuff; no vague stuff about anxiety because the chances are, if you're a sufferer, you'll know all about it. I've focused on my experience with anxiety and how I overcame it; I guess if I was pitching a business idea here, that's the USP- it's to the point. You could read it all quite easily in an evening and it could help you beat anxiety- there goes me being blunt again! It's completely free both to read and to download so you can read to your heart's content without worrying about upsetting your bank account. Okay, so one last time, the link to the book is here.

I've always wanted to do a bit of writing, particularly about this topic, not just to help everybody else but to remind myself of the change that I've been through in the past few years. I'd really appreciate any support with this, please spread the word to any anxious friends, let me know if you enjoy it and, as usual, if you've got any questions, please feel free to comment below.