The Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream Review.

The Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream is a colour adapting BB cream that comes in four different shades for varying skintones. The Body Shop say "just blend for a perfect match and an even, undetectable finish." They also say it "adapts to your skintone," provides "light to medium coverage," an "even finish" and "24 hydration," whilst being "non-clogging."

The first thing you will notice is that the BB cream comes out as a white liquid, not quite what you might be expecting. Within this is the colour-adapting particles that burst when the product is blended. I tend to place the tiniest bit on my hand and use my Real Techniques Buffing brush to blend the product in. I find it's so easy to do, and the formula really does adapt to your skintone. So much so, that I did take two photos of swathes of the different shades I have, but you couldn't really notice any difference so decided not to put them up. The swatch shown above however is shade 00.

The product feels light on the skin, and really does provide an undetectable finish. My skin appears more flawless, but also radiant - perfect for Spring and Summer. It does provide a lovely light to medium coverage, with the only place I need to add concealer being under my eyes really. It does feel moisturising, but I do still use my daytime moisturiser beforehand. I also haven't noticed my pores clogging up when using this product.

So, what do I think? I absolutely love this product, and it has been my go-to base for a while now hence the two shades. I can get away with both even with my pale skin, and love using the darker one when I want to add a bit more colour to my face without bronzing. If you are looking for a BB cream for the summer, this is definitely one worth considering.

What's your go-to base in the summer months? Have you tried The Body Shop's All-in-One BB Cream?
 
 
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Holiday: Transforming your day look into an evening look in two simple steps.


So you are going out in the evening, but don't want to start all the way from the beginning? I have two simple steps that can help you do just that.

All you need is a cheek colour such as a cream blush, and a lipstick. I like to use the Bourjois Cream Blush in the shade 02, a gorgeous orange coral colour. Lipstick-wise I like to use the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in the shade Audacious. This is a lovely bright orange colour for the summer.

And that is your entire look transformed, how quick and easy is this little update to your everyday face. I also like to match my blush to a lipstick in the evening as I find this allows them to really work together, but obviously this is up to you if you choose to do this.

Do you tend to start from scratch when going out in the evening after a long day? How do you adapt your makeup? I'd love to hear your ideas.
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Holiday makeup.


Firstly, I apologise for the light reflecting of The Body Shop compact powder photograph, the camera seemed adamant to reflect light even though the flash was off. But that aside, seen as I am on holiday I thought I'd share with you my holiday makeup routine.

I like to keep things nice and light throughout Spring and Summer; the product I have been picking up consistently recently is The Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream, and this is the base I will probably be using every day during my holiday. It is a lovely light reflecting base, that provides good coverage and instantly awakens my skin. I still like to use concealer alongside this. The Maybelline Eraser Eye Dark Circle Corrector is the perfect co-ordinating product. It covers any blemishes as well as covering up dark circles. Next up I head to my eyebrows leaving the concealer to set. I use the Sleek Brow Stylist to shape them. The shape at the tip is perfect for both the thicker and thinner parts of the brows. Having completed my base I like to pick up my The Body Shop All-in-One Face base, and run this all over my face to set it and help keep any oil at bay.

Following this I move onto my eyes. I start by lightly spreading the Urban Decay Primer Potion over both of my lids. I then run a coat of the Rimmel Shadow stick in shade Rose Gold across both my eyes. To complete my eyes I always like to use a waterproof mascara when I know water might be involved in my day, so I use the Seventeen Va Va Voom in waterproof black to coat my lashes. I find this mascara adds the volume I love, but also without clumping. The only thing it doesn't do so much is extend the length of my lashes, but I don't know about you but I always go for volume over length.

Next it's time for contouring. This is nice and quick, I like to use Nars Laguna to contour the hollows of my cheek-bones, before going in with the Soap & Glory Wonderbronze. I use this as an all over bronzer, and find it really adds a bit of colour to my skin, and a nice subtle glow.

Lastly I like to pop a bit of colour on my lips. My current every day go to is still The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine lipstick in shade 18. I find this instantly makes my lips pop out, whilst still not being too in your face.


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Holiday decision making.


By the time this post goes live it will be less than 24 hours until I will be in Italy, woohoo. It will be mine and my boyfriends first holiday away together, and my first proper holiday so I am a tad excited. I have been abroad before, but mainly on school trips besides last year where me and one of my best mates did two nights in Calais, and one in Paris.

This all just makes the trip even more exciting, but fear not I have pre-scheduled and written some posts to go live while I am away, so don't forget to check back.

To go along with my excitement is the dreadful task of packing - I mean, what if you go somewhere posh? What if the weather changes? What about wanting something you've left behind? We all go through this task when packing for any trip away. I thought I'd give you a little peak how I decide what clothes to take.

The way I like to do things is to lay out some outfits for each day, with a couple of extra for alternate occasions. I have gone with nine outfits, and three slightly posher choices. I have included skorts, shorts, skirts and of course dresses. Additionally I will be packing a pair of jeans in case it isn't quite as hot as we're expecting.

Ah, I can't wait to just be able to chill and spend time with my boy. Are you going on holiday anywhere this year? How do you decide what to pack?


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Primer mad.


Following on from the drugstore base collection I posted about nearly two months ago now I thought it was about time I did a primer collection post. I have been collecting them slowly but surely for a while now, some I love, some not so much.

First up is the Garnier Perfect Blur. This is a primer designed to unify the complexion, and create an optical effect. This is a product I loved the idea of: "smoothing perfecting primer" and "optical effect," but unfortunately I just can't stand the texture. I found it literally goes everywhere, squirts out the end and then falls off my face if I don't blend it in within about a second. I did keep trying this one in the hope I would still love the results, but unfortunately this wasn't the case. I found that, yes it did smooth over my pores, but this wasn't a lasting result, and not only that, my makeup seemed to literally slide off my face when using - not exactly what I expect from a primer.

However, the next primer in my collection is definitely a product I love. The No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty enhancer is an extremely light primer which is comparable to Benefit's Porefessional . It is described as a "lighter-than-air skin perfector" which "enhances skin radiance and minimises pores." I actually agree with all the products claims of this primer, which is something I found astounding. It leaves my skin looking flawless, and ensures my makeup lasts all day. I can definitely see myself repurchasing this after I've worked my way through my little collection.

The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer was the first high-end purchase I ever made after hearing rave reviews about the product. The one above is a miniature but I have gone through a full size one of these, and would definitely purchase this one again. It is an oil-free silicone formula that instantly mattifies the complexion, and reduces pore sizes. It always ensures my makeup lasts all day, and you can't feel the product on your skin in the slightest. Writing about it makes me want to pick the product up again.

Ahh, the Kiehl's Micro-blur Skin Perfector is my most recent purchase. I spoke about this in literally my last post so I won't say too much, but so far so good. It is designed to decrease the size of pores, and smooth over the skin complexion. Once again, the product does exactly what it says and is designed to do. It has a slight apricoty scent to it which I really quite like - it feels like it is refreshing the skin. The product is lightweight, and its effects last all day.

Next is the Clinique Colour Correct Redness Superprimer. As I am sure you might be able to guess from the title of the product, I brought this one specifically to help cover any redness on my face. This product does an amazing job at doing just that. It also unifies my skin, and feels slightly moisturising on my skin. It is heavier in texture to some of the other primers I have mentioned, but that really isn't noticable once blended into the skin. I love this product, and I am at the stage of trying to squeeze out the non-existent product out of the tube.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer is a base that injects light into your skin. When squeezed out you come across a really light feeling, white fluid. Applied to the face this white liquid turns into a subtle all over highlight. It provides a lovely finish, and the light particles are still visible after foundation has been applied. The only thing I'm not sure on is it's actual primer abilities. I found it didn't make my makeup much longer than it would without me wearing one at all, a vast difference to what I'm used to. This is by no means my favourite primer, I'm not sure I would repurchase but I do love the illuminating effect it provides.

The Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer is the primer that got me into using primers originally. It claims 5 in 1 results; to smoothe, resurface, brighten, mattify and protect. I have mixed feelings on this product. Back when I first tried it I found it did everything it claimed, but recently I repurchased for the purpose of this post and I am unsure of it. It feels too thick in texture to really do anything for my skin but I am not sure why, as I did used to absolutely love this product. The formula comes out as a white liquid that is slightly lighter than your average moisturiser, but feels more like a moisuriser than a primer. If you are looking for your first primer, this could be the one, but I now feel there are better options on the market.

Lastly The Body Shop Instablur* is a primer that also has five perfecting actions. These include; shine controlling, reducing the appearance of pores, blemish hiding, complexion unifying and makeup extending. The texture reminds me of the first primer I mentioned, the Garnier Perfect Blur, but unlike the Garnier version the packaging doesn't seem to shoot the product everywhere. I love the way you can see instant results with this product, but after trying it constantly for a few weeks I do really like the product, but prefer using it without makeup, as I believe this enhances the product.

So what do I think overall? I believe a primer is an essential for foundations, but isn't necessarily for BB or CC creams as they are multi-purpose products. Currently my favourites would have to be the No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer and the Kiehl's Micro-blur Skin Perfector. I love how they do exactly what they say they do, and that they do keep my makeup on all day. The Clinique Colour Correct Redness Superprimer is the next one on my list as it really does help conceal any redness.

What are you favourtie primers? Have you tried any of these primers?



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The two naughty purchases.


I know what you're thinking, not more purchases but my only excuse is I have wanted both products for ages. I wasn't even planning on purchasing either, but in I went to a Space NK and tried the Keihl's Micro-blur Skin Perfector. I was instantly impressed, so decided I had to finally make my first Space NK purchase. As to the Kiko Long Lasting Stick I've been meaning to place an order for a while, but didn't really want to spend the £25 minimum that you have to. I spotted the store, and of course I couldn't resist not getting anything.

The Kiehl's Micro-blur Skin Perfector is essentially a primer, but can be used alone to smooth out the complexion. Kiehl's say this product is a "lightweight skin smoother to instantly refine skin texture and minimize the appearance of pores while improving skin's quality over time." The formula "combines an instant blurring effect with long-lasting, visible skincare results."

First of all, I love the simplicity of the packaging. It is typical Kiehl's style but look's so elegant, and is travel friendly as well. When squeezed out this product is a light orange colour, that feels slightly siliconey. Applied to the face the siliconey feel disappears leaving a lovely silky soft texture. I could instantly notice a different to my pores, and felt that my skin looked fairly flawless in texture. This isn't surprising to me as this is what made me make the purchase in the first place, just try a little on your hand in-store and you will see what I mean.

I do believe the claim to an instant blurring effect is true, same with the product reducing the size of my pores. Unfortunately I can't comment on my skin's texture improving over time as I haven't been using the product long enough.
Another thing I noticed about this product was the light smell - it's really refreshing, kind of hard to explain, kind of has a tang of apricot to it.


Kiko's Long Lasting Stick is an eyeshadow stick that unlike the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Shadow Sticks I mentioned recently, does not need sharpening. You simply have to twist and turn, a feature I love.

Kiko say "the creamy formula ensures extreme blendibility of the line immediately after application. Once set, the colour remains uniform and radiant for up to 8 hours, without streaking or smudging." It is also supposedly "water-proof."

The Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks are definitely creamy in texture. They apply with ease on to my lids, and are easy to blend using my Zoeva luxe soft defining brush. As to lasting time I did find they last the 8 hours stated, but also longer, especially if used with a primer. I haven't noticed any smudging during wear. As to the water-proof claim I can't comment on this as I haven't worn the eyeshadow in any water - I might be able to comment on this after my holiday.

So, what do I think? I absolutely love these shadow sticks. As much as I have been enjoying the Rimmel ones I definitely prefer the fact I don't have to sharpen these. There are some gorgeous colours in the range, and I will definitely be picking up some more next time I come across a Kiko.

As to the Kiehl Micro-blur Skin Perfector I am also loving this product. I love how flawless it appears on my skin, and that it actually keeps my pores filled in for a whole day.

So, two naughty purchases but I am so glad I did buy them. I love them and they have both made me want to try more products from Kiehl's and Kiko respectively. Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of eyeshadow in a stick format?

                                                                                          
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Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm stick review.

A simple, yet essential everyday product for me - a lip balm. The Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm stick is described as a "super hydrating lipstick that works to protect and soothe dry or chapped lips." It is also said to "restore suppleness."

I brought this a couple of months back as I was desperate to try the balm in a tub format. I then spotted this, and decided it was much more handbag friendly, and the Nuxe Revel de Miel lip balm stick hit my basket in a second.

I have been using this product pretty much every day since receiving, and really am impressed by it. I find it does instantly restore suppleness, but it is also a great base before applying my lipstick. It also helps soothe my lips whilst being super hydrating. The only thing I will say is the result does not last all day, and sometimes needs topping up. But, what lip balm do you only apply once a day?

The Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm stick is not only an amazing product, but also smells divine too. There is a strong presence of honey.

So, what do I think? I am so glad I picked up this product, and it has definitely made me want to purchase the Nuxe Reve de Miel balm in a tub, along with other Nuxe products. I am particularly curious about their dry oil.

What do you think of the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip products? Have you tried either of them?
 
 
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The No 7 perfect base, and a Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua dupe.

 
Two products I have wanted for a while and finally gave in. The first is the No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer, a primer that I have seen a few reviews on over the last month and made me really want to try it myself. The second is the No 7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation, a light coverage foundation that I have heard is an amazing dupe for the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.
The No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer is a product that I have read a fair bit about, and I'm glad I gave in to purchasing. No 7 claim their "lighter-than-air skin perfector enhances skins radiance and minimises pores. The no-colour formula blends in seamlessly, smoothing away imperfections to leave you with a beautifully even complexion, while sill allowing your skin's natural beauty to shine through."
This all sounds amazing, providing the product does what it says. When you squeeze the product out you find a creamy-beige product, that feels slightly silconey. This texture reminds me of the Benefit Porefessional. When applied to the skin you instantly notice your pores decreasing in size, it really is noticable. My skin appears far smoother and completely even, with radiance still shining through. Another thing I noticed was how soft and silky the product feels on the skin. It's actually quite nice, and once applied you don't actually feel like you're wearing anything on your skin.
I am loving this product, my skin looks amazing when using it. As to stay time, the beauty enhancer lasts all day, keeping all it's perfecting qualities intact. I believe it is a great primer, but can also see it being great on it's own for those days you just don't want to be wearing any makeup. It is also hypo-allergenic.
The No 7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation is the product out of the two I had heard less about, then as I was searching for the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua a few posts came up mentioning the No 7 foundation was a great dupe. I thought this would be a great way to get an idea of what the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua was like, plus the No 7 version is about half the price.
No 7 describe the foundation as "non-stop complexion perfection. Life-proof foundation with up to 24 hours wear, for a super-natural, flawless complexion with a barely there feel."
Again this all sounds amazing, and is similar to what I have heard about the Chanel foundation. The No 7 Perfect Superlight foundation comes in a similar designed packaging, a light plastic bottle that's easy to transport. When you squeeze the product out it feels super-light, it definitely has a water-based texture to it. I do find this product completely perfects my skin whilst still looking natural. I wasn't expecting to love the foundation, but I really do. I can't feel the product on my skin at all, it does appear super-natural, and I feel like my complexion is pretty flawless. I am in love, and this has definitely made me want to invest in the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua even more, especially to see if they really are a dupe.
Again the product is hypo-allergenic, so perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, or who suffers from allergies to certain products. I believe it is the perfect base for summer, especially as the product is not only light, but still provides great coverage. The No 7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation also contains an SPF 15.
So, what do I think? I love both products, and can see them being firm favourites for a while. I love how light they both feel on the skin, and that they actually do what they are described as doing. The only thing I haven't tested is the 24 hours foundation wear time, as I would never keep it on for this amount of time, but it has lasted very well on a full day. I think they work perfectly together, and are definitely my perfect base at the moment. 
Have you tried this No 7 foundation? What are your favourite light bases for Spring and Summer?
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Nars Tinted Moisturiser review.


The Nars Tinted Moisturiser is another ahh bloggers made me buy it product. I was so excited to receive this, and have now been trialing the product on and off for the last couple of months so thought it was time for a review.

Nars say the Nars Tinted Moisturiser is "your skin - almost bare, but better." I do believe this is a pretty accurate description. The tinted moisturiser is lovely and light in texture, and on the skin. To me, it feels similar to my regular day moisturiser, and has a light, but noticable smell of sunscreen. It provides a relatively sheer coverage, but it does conceal more than you would think, and/or I expected.

The product has an SPF 30 so is perfect for the Summer months. It also claims to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks, so is also kind of a skincare product. Unfortunately I can't comment on the results of this as I don't have any pigmentation or dark spots, but it's great to know the product can do this.

Another thing I love is the natural ingredients within this product - it is created with naturally derived botanicals. It also contains Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralize. This is said to create a softer, smoother, natural glow. If you look at my second swatch of the product blended in you can see the glow the product provides, to me it's that lit from within glow.

So, what do I think? Unfortunately I'm not in love with the product as much as I thought I would be. I do love it's light texture, and the ability to cover blemishes. The sunscreen is a great addition as well, however I have relatively dark circles and found this didn't really cover them at all. I did try using my everyday concealer over the top but for some reason I found it to cake or become really obvious. I am going to continue experimenting as I am determined to get this product to work for me.

I will let you know if I do start loving it a little bit more, but for now it isn't my go-to base. If you are looking for a light base, and haven't already tried it I definitely suggest you give it a try. I do love the glowy finish, but if like me you have quite dark circles then I suggest maybe trying a sample first.

What's your go-to base in the hotter months? Have you tried the Nars Tinted moisturiser?
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Designing your own makeup bag.



Looking for your perfect makeup bag but can't seem to find one you love? Why not pick up a basic design and create your own?

I already have a lush large makeup bag, but really 'needed' a smaller one. The problem was I swear there is so little of them about. I specifically wanted an oval shaped one which seemed to make it even harder for some reason. Eventually I settled for this cute little sequined black one from Superdrug.

When I got home I had an idea, and thought why not modify the bag myself. All I used was nail polishes, it was as simple as that. Just pick the colours you want and start designing.

I went for four of my favourite colours from different brands, and found they all applied as easily as each other. To set the polishes I used my Seche Vite dry fast top coat. I am hoping this has sealed the polishes and ensure my design stays on.

I love personalising things and I am really happy with the result. I think the reason I love it so much is because I've never really been able to get any novelty name products as my name is spelt differently.

What do you think? Have you personalised any of your beauty storage?


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YouBeauty Discovery Box June 2014.

 
First of all sorry for the delay in a post, my laptop keyboard kind of died and my iPad mini refused to import any photos, sad times. #blogger problems.
Anyway, for those of you who don't know Youbeauty Discovery is a beauty box subscription you receive on a monthly basis at a mere cost of just £6.95 including postage. Each month, you get to choose two products from a specific theme. Alongside this you also receive two additional items; one normally a food/drink item, and the other being some form of a beauty product.
 
This month the theme was Beauty Heroes. I chose the L'oreal Infallible lip colour in shade Timeless Rose, and the other L'Oreal infallible lip colour on offer, Flawless Fuschia. Additionally I received the Montagne Jeunesse dead sea mud spa mask, and an expandable face cloth.
 
My favourite items were definitely the L'Oreal Infallible lip colours, but I was definitely apprehensive about the 24 hour wear time they claim. However, boy have I been surprised. You apply the colour first of all, followed by the balm. This ensures an unsticky end result that looks really smooth on the lips, and they really do last the full length of time. I managed to have a shower, complete a whole day, eat, drink and even sleep and the colour was still clearly visible on my lip. This is something I've never experienced before, I definitely have my eye on a few of the other colours in the collection. Each lip colour is worth £9.99, so one of them alone more than covers the value of the beauty box.
As I mentioned above I also received a Montagne Jeunesse dead sea mud spa mask. I haven't actually used this mask yet, but can't wait to try it. It isn't your typical apply the mask all over your face yourself, the mask is actually pre-made and a mud infused fabric pre-shaped. I'm yet to try a face mask of this design so I am so glad I received this. Montagne Jeunesse claim the mask will "breathe life back into skin with intensely invigorating & revitalising Dead Sea Minerals." The mask contains both seaweed and kelp, which has been harvested naturally from the source.
Last up is the expandable mask. Ah, I haven't used one of these in years, and love the little addition. I haven't expanded it yet as I'm saving it for my holiday in a couple of weeks, so unfortunately can't comment on what the flannel is like just yet.
I have absolutely loved this beauty box, it is one of the best I've received yet. If you're looking for a beauty box, and some great choices each month, I definitely suggest you check out YouBeauty Discovery, especially with the price.
What do you think of the products I received? Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes?
   
 
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Pebble Grey LED cosmetic mirror



Ahh, so you're out and about and in desperate need of a mirror? Well, I have the perfect mirror for you - the Pebble Grey LED cosmetic mirror*. The Pebble Grey LED cosmetic mirror is a compact double mirror, but what makes it unique is the six LED lights on one side. 
As you can see, the lights are extremely bright but they are very helpful for dimlit situations. I can see this being the perfect little gadget for nights out. Just think, no need to rush to the toilets when you've got one of these handy mirrors.
As to the design, the mirror is extremely lightweight, definitely lighter than my regular compact mirror. It has the brand name on the front of the mirror, with some matching swirls on the back.
The packaging is the part I loved most about this product. When I was asked if I wanted to review this product, I wasn't expecting such exquisite packaging. The mirror comes in a velvet drawstring bag, which is then placed within a cardboard box. I can see this being an amazing, and unique gift for someone.
If you like the sound of this product then head on over to their website. The mirror currently has £5 off and is £19.99.
Have you ever used an LED mirror? What are your thoughts?
*PR sample
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The easiest eyeshadow application yet - Rimmel Scandal Eyes Shadow Sticks

 
I've wanted to try some eyeshadow sticks for a while now, namely the By Terry Ombre Blackstar, but I didn't really want to pay the £28 they cost. This was when the Rimmel Scandal Eye Shadow Sticks caught my eye. I thought at a mere £4.49 it didn't really matter if they turned out to be not what I wanted.

The Rimmel Scandal Eye Shadow Sticks are described as "high impact colour shadow stick, high impact cream shadow sticks that applies in a flash." That, they most definitely are. The shadow pencils apply like a dream, quickly covering my lids in literally a few seconds. They are easy to blend, but are also fine without blending. The colours are high impact, bold, quickly transforming the eyes.

As to how long the shadow sticks last, I have found them to be very long-lasting. I can easily get away with wearing the shadow sticks for a full 8 hour day with no signs of creasing. 

I currently own three shades; Bluffing, Blamed Blue and Rose Gold. I'd describe Bluffing as a light golden brown colour, the perfect everyday shade. Blamed Blue is a bright light blue shade with the odd speck of glitter - I love using this as an eyeliner colour on the top of my lids. It transforms a basic eye look instantly. Rose Gold is actually from the slightly newer shade collection by Kate Moss. It is a pure gold colour that's great at awakening the eyes.
 
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Shadow Sticks in shades from L-R: Bluffing, Blamed Blue, and Rose Gold.
So, what do I think? I love the ease of the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Shadow Sticks, I never understood what people meant when they said eyeshadow sticks were so quick and easy before but they really are. These ones last really well, and are definitely worth the price. My only slight fault is they're not twistable meaning you need a jumbo pencil sharpener which for some reason I found hard to track down, but at £4.49 a pencil can you really complain?

If you like the idea of an easy application, I definitely suggest you pick these up. They are currently on offer for only £3.49 so even cheaper. And P.S. Superdrug sell a dual sharpener, with one end for jumbo pencils if you do pick some up.

Have you ever tried eye shadow pencils before? What do you think of them?
 
 
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