Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Nail Polish with Lycra Review

I was at the drugstore recently and saw that Rimmel added a new (?) nail polish to their line. I’ve never actually bought polish from the brand so I’m not so sure how new this is, but the 10 day no-chip claim had me intrigued. Nail polish always chips on me by the third day of wear no matter if I do it myself or if I’ve had them professionally done. Granted, I’m not too careful with them in the first place, but still. I decided to get Soul Session, a kind of lavender grey color. There’s a shade by Essie I used to have that is somewhat similar and I always gravitate towards grey-toned shades in the fall.

For this I’ll go straight into the breakdown.

Packaging. Nothing special here really, a pretty typical bottle except that the handle is just as large. The actual brush is that wider, kind of curved at the corners style that I don’t mind, except when I’m painting my toenails (I have the smallest pinky toe nails known to mankind). Rating: 3/5

Performance. I gotta give Rimmel some props here, I like the formula and the wear a lot. It glides on smoothly without looking super streaky. It does need a couple of coats for opacity. Despite the brush being too big for smaller nails, it generally works well. And it lasted a whole 6 days without chipping. It was unprecedented. Rating: 4/5, I had to knock off a star only because it didn’t make it the full 10 days.

Price. I got mine for $3.79. No complaints here, especially since it holds up much longer than any other expensive brand I’ve ever tried. Rating: 5/5

Final rating: 4/5

I’ve already picked up a deep burgundy red color, Venus, and am loving it too! I’ve only used it on my toes, so I can’t speak to the staying power for a manicure, but it in terms of everything else it has performed the same way. If you haven’t tried these polishes out yet, I’d definitely recommend them!


Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush in On Fire Review

The Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush was a major impulse buy, I just passed by the display (I think it’s part of the Rita Ora collection) and couldn’t resist the coral color. It kind of just sat on my vanity for a long time after bringing it home. I’ve used it a few times since, here are my thoughts.

The packaging is the usual twist up style, like the Revlon Balm Stains, Clinique Chubby Sticks, etc. I actually do like this type of packaging, but again, nothing mind-blowing. On Fire is a pretty pinky coral that I could see myself using a lot in the summer or spring. I’ve worn this more heavily and on the sheer side-I prefer it sheer because when I really built up the color with more product, it did seem to bleed outside of my lip line. This wasn’t a problem with one even layer, I even blotted afterwards just to be safe. The balm does fade pretty quickly because it does transfer easily, I got almost 2 hours of wear before wanting to retouch. It will stain your lips, but not evenly. I was left with that ‘ring around your lips’ look because there was less color in the center.

The Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush in On Fire was just okay, nothing I’d repurchase or anything. Although the color is nice, it’s not all that original and the way it wears is not great. However, I only got one shade so the others could be completely different!

If you’ve tried these, let me know what you thought!

Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvet Review

I really liked the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Glosses (review here) that I’d tried awhile back, so when I saw that Rimmel had some of their own in two shades I just can’t get enough of, they went straight into my cart. For whatever reason, I just never got on with the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul, maybe I just got a bad one? Everyone raves about them, but it just seemed to accentuate any dryness on my lips. Ever since trying the L’Oreal, I do like the look and feel of these types of lip products so I hoped Rimmel wouldn’t let me down.

These lip colors are housed in your standard lipgloss like tube with a doe foot applicator, except it has an indentation in its center to hold more product. I still end up wiping the excess before applying to my lips. I chose Atomic Rose, a peachy pink nude (of course), and Orange-ology, an orangey red. Both colors are outstanding, it was love from the moment I swatched them. The formula is pigmented and applies beautifully with the applicator. Sometimes with a red things can get messy, but here there was no issue. They do transfer and aren’t super long wear, but they look gorgeous on and the red faded surprisingly even. If you tend to press your lips together often, beware, these will move on you.

So yah, in case you couldn’t tell yet, I’m in lurve with these! I was thinking about picking up the MAC lipstick in Lady Danger, but I think Orange-ology has fulfilled my need for the time being. Both shades are gorgeous though and I’m very tempted to pick up more!

Have you tried the Rimmel Show Off Lip Velvets yet?

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick Review

Since rediscovering the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 08 last week, I thought it would be nice to quickly share my other two lipsticks from the line.

L to R: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipsticks in 14, 08, 12

They come in a matte black tube with Kate’s signature on the cover, which I think was a cute touch to the otherwise plain packaging. The formula has good pigmentation, glides easily on the lips with nice, even coverage. It leaves a satin finish that has good lasting power for up to four hours (without heavily eating and drinking). The shades I have are 08 (a pinky ‘MLBB’ shade on me), 14 (tan nude), and 12 (coral). The shade 14 tends to look like a mauve nude on me because of my natural lip color once it settles on my lips. I love each of these, but 08 is definitely my favorite.

Top to bottom: 08, 14, 12

I paired 14 with a subtle smokey brown eye. I’ll probably wear 12 more when summer hits.

Which Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipsticks are your favorites?

First impression review: Rimmel Provocolips 16HR Kiss Proof Lip Color


I mentioned last week that I picked up the Rimmel Provocolips 16HR Kiss Proof Lip Color. I kind of held back on these as I had also recently tried the L’Oreal 2-Step Liquid Lipsticks and let’s face it, I don’t need more lipstick. But one thing led to another and I got them anyway. I went to the Rimmel website to get more information:

• Kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof high impact endless colour.

• No tight feeling or dry lips. Lips feel smooth and moisturized all day long.

• Easy removal with Oil based makeup remover

STEP 1: Apply colour and keep lips apart for 60 seconds until the product sets.

STEP 2: Apply topcoat to lock the colour, moisture and add shine.

I found these at Target, there were only four shades still available at the time and I chose these: Heartbreaker (warm brown nude), Kiss Me You Fool (true red), and I’ll Call You (magenta pink). The last shade was a lighter nude color that I was afraid would give me that washed out, dead in the face look. The product is double-ended with doe foot applicators on both sides for the color and the topcoat. In terms of the formula, it’s thin, but very pigmented. It glides on smoothly and I’m able to apply it without having to whip out my lip brush (a big plus in my book). I didn’t wait quite long enough before applying the topcoat and it did transfer to the white applicator (a little annoying), but on subsequent applications throughout the day there was no further transfer. Next time I’ll wait longer.


L & M top to bottom: Heartbreaker, Kiss Me You Fool, I’ll Call You; R: topcoat applicator

First off, I love all the colors I got. I was planning on getting a red in the L’Oreal version, but I’m very happy with this one. Second, I think these wear just a hair better than the L’Oreal version. There was absolutely no transfer and the color looked good throughout the day (I stopped checking after 8 hours). I ate and drank as usual and it really stayed put. These are even harder to remove than the 2-Step, so that might be the reason why. I wish it had the stick balm like the 2-Step, but that’s just me being picky. Also, these retail for about half the price of the 2-Step and perform equally well.


L to R: Wearing Heartbreaker, I’ll Call You, & Kiss Me You Fool

I’m hoping to check out some of the other colors in the lighter shades, hopefully they are just as pigmented and wear just as well. I’m really glad I tried these as I’ll probably just stick to them over the 2-Step since they’re just more affordable. Overall, these are a win!

Bronze eyes & braids.


L: NYX French Fries on top & Rimmel Bad Girl Bronze on the bottom; R: Bad Girl Bronze on my lids

I was watching Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup do her NY beauty haul and was inspired by her bronzed out eye look. And since I’m obsessed with my Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks I decided to give it a go today. I used Bad Girl Bronze to get the look, it’s probably my favorite of all the ones I have (it’s a toss up with Bootleg Brown). I just love how the bronze is super rich and a bit more red toned than my French Fries NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil. And it has a beautiful shimmer to it. I applied it just a bit over my crease line and blended with a MAC 217 and Wedge as my transition color. I used Brule on my brow bone and another shadow stick, Bulletproof Beige, as an inner corner highlight. I ditched the usual liquid liner and used my L’Oreal  Extra-Intense eyeliner pencil in brown on my upper waterline and my Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Waterproof mascara.

It was third day hair day, but I wanted to do something other than my usual bun. My hair has finally grown long enough to braid so I did a French in the front along my hairline, pinned it behind my ear, then braided the rest towards the same side. I’ve been browsing Pinterest for more ‘third day hairstyles’, if you have any to recommend let me know!


Bronze eyes & braids.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks Review


I’m pretty sure I’m late to the game on these ones, but the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks are new to me. When I was at the drugstore the other day, they were part of the display with some other new Rimmel products (including a 25 hour foundation!) so I assumed they were new, but after going online to look for more colors I found that they aren’t. Maybe some of the colors are new releases? Anyway, I’ve noticed that eyeshadow sticks/pencils seem to be the popular thing lately-I’ve been wanting to try the ones from Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown, but I tend to try to balance my spending in terms of beauty. I just ordered all that Ole Henriksen skincare, therefore I’m limiting my makeup spending (although it also adds up, I don’t even want to say how much I spent total at the drugstore that day). The only shadow sticks I’ve ever tried are the Nyx Jumbo Eye pencils, but when I saw that these are 24 hour wear and really loved some of the shades offered, I decided to pick them up.


From L to R: Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks in Bluffing, Bootleg Brown, Bad Girl Bronze, Trespassing Taupe

I obviously gravitated towards the more neutral shades, I was actually really excited to see the matte brown and taupe color. They also had a gold shimmer shade, but I held back thinking if I like them I could always go back and buy them later. After the first swatch, I was already excited to try these on my eyes because of how smoothly they glided on. I can only describe the sensation as velvety, there was no tugging feeling like I get from my Nyx pencils (I only have two: French Fries and Milk if you’re wondering). I did use two swipes of the pencil to get the pigmentation shown on my forearm, all of the colors built up easily. I was so excited about all the colors I decided to try to use all of them to create my eye look for the day. I used Bluffing on my lid & inner corner, Trespassing Taupe in my crease, Bootleg Brown just at the outer third of my lashline smudged out, and Bad Girl Bronze on the outer 2/3 of my lower lashline. The only powder shadow I used was MAC Brule on my brow bone.


An eye look using all four shades.

These applied as nicely to my lids as they did on my forearm, no tugging or pulling at all. I thought they blended nicely, I worked quickly after application with a fluffy blending brush or pencil brush after swiping on the color. It was easy to layer the color and blend to build it up. And they pretty much stayed put the entire day with no creasing (FYI, I’ve tested with and without primer). I think these are gorgeous on their own or used as a base for a regular shadow.


I can’t speak to the 24 hour claim, but I did find these to be long lasting, I found that any fading was minimal and only on my lid because most of mine tends to get hidden in the crease of my eye and I think the rubbing every time I blink contributes to that. Again, it’s minimal.

I love the shadow sticks and I think my urge to buy the higher end ones has been satisfied by these. There’s a grey and black shade that I want to get as well (I actually picked up Bulletproof Beige at Target today). And the gold. And purple. Okay, I’d take them all, but these are my top picks!

I’m actually a little afraid to try the more expensive ones, I’m guessing they’ll be equally addicting.

To sum up, the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks get my stamp of approval!

All wrapped up to brave the cold.


I haven’t left the house with Ava this whole week due to the freezing temps that have hit the Northeast, but since today hit over 20 degrees (note the sarcasm) and I had some very necessary errands to run, we had to brave the cold. I got this huge, cozy scarf during the Christmas grab I do with my girlfriends every year and today was the perfect day to wear it. She actually got a bunch of them in different colors and they were all very cute. I love this one because I don’t have a scarf in this soft pink/cream color palette and it filled the a hole in my scarf collection. It’s also super soft, I hate scarves that feel scratchy against my skin. I also noticed another one of my girlfriends got one in black & white buffalo plaid, so I may have to go pick that one up for myself too!

I also love this sweater for cold weather & travel, it’s almost like a wearable blanket. You can wear it open as a drapey cardigan or there’s a button near the neckline that will close up the front and keep out the cold. It’s a thin fleece material and it’s super soft so it will keep you warm and cozy without adding extra bulk. It’s also perfect for a plane ride since it has that extra fabric that you can wrap yourself up in during a chilly flight.


I didn’t want to devote an entire post to this lipstick, but I thought it deserved an honorable mention. I wore the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 08. It’s a nice deep rosy pink and it’s one of those MLBB (My Lips But Better) shades on me. It’s a crème finish and actually pretty hydrating.


My little pink polar bear in a Baby Gap hat & coat 🙂

And of course Ava had to bundle up against the cold, she got this hat & coat from our good friends for Christmas and today was her first day wearing it. It was so cute I hate to snap a pic while waiting in line for Starbucks.

Stay warm everyone!


Turning a spring dress into winter wear.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/174/76608865/files/2014/12/img_7553.jpgI got this sleeveless drop waist dress at H&M last spring/summer and only got to wear it once before it would no longer accommodate my pregnant belly. We went to celebrate a baptism today so I wanted to wear a dress, but didn’t really have one that would work for the occasion. Until I spotted this in my closet and realized I could warm it up with a simple crew neck sweater. Paired with grey tights and black knee high boots and I had my outfit. I’m a total jeans + T-shirt girl, so it’s been nice to switch it up a bit lately.


I added a necklace for a little bit of sparkle and my rhinestone bar earrings that I’ve been wearing nonstop.


My makeup was the usual, except I dug out my Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed and switched to Nars Anita Audacious lipstick with Rimmel Eastend Snob.

We had a great time at the party today, Ava again was on her best behavior even though she was up way past her naptime. Hope everyone ended their weekend on a high note!

Winter wear for those ‘warmer’ days.


Mossimo for Target faux leather jacket, H&M V-neck button down, Hudson jeans, Sam Edelman ‘Peter’ booties, grey Mossimo for Target infinity scarf

It hit 50 degrees today, which constitutes ‘warmer’ weather for a New England winter. We went to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday today and it was so much fun! Ava had a great time and did so well, she has a hard time in large crowds sometimes, but today I was so proud of her. She hung out with grandma and grandpa for awhile, ate well, and wanted to walk around all over the place (with me holding her hand of course). Anyway, I wanted to share what I like to wear on days like these that aren’t so frigid.

I put away my down coat and threw on my faux leather jacket that I got from Target over a white button down and black jeans. I wore my flat Sam Edelman booties and threw on a grey scarf for a little warmth. Simple, not dressed up, but still put together.

My makeup leaned towards the cooler side all around, which I don’t normally do, but I really like how it came out. I’ve been obsessed with wearing Nars Audacious lipstick in Barbara with Rimmel lip liner in Innocent. Cooler toned nudes usually don’t look good on me, but this one works because it’s more of a browner nude. My left eyelid has been crazy lately, after I turned 30 I noticed the crease can change day to day. It seems like the skin is thinning in that area and it’s as puffy as it used to be. Ah, the joys of growing older.

I hope you all had as great of a day as we did! And of course I’ll share what Ava wore, too.


Old Navy sweater dress, Zara white fur vest, Zara sneakers