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Drugstore Make-up, Foundation, Make-up

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – Good or Bad?

I’m still on my quest for the best drugstore foundation. I like Revlon Photoready and rely on Rimmel Lasting Finish on days where I need a little more coverage but I still want to explore. I picked up a bottle of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation after my Lasting Finish ran out. It was on special for €6 in Boots – how could I resist!

I am always attracted to products that claim to brighten and provide a glow but products that actually achieve this are few and far between. I expected this to be like Rimmels previous anti-fatigue offering, their Recovery Foundation. Wrong in some ways but right in others – the grit in Recovery is not in Wake Me Up, thank heavens! The shimmery face however, is the same.

Here’s a photo of me wearing the foundation to give you an idea of how it looks on the skin.

I should point out that I had a hefty amount of Make Up For Ever Full Cover on my chin in this picture and a little Photoready concealer under my eyes.

So what do I think?

The good:

  • I like how it looks in normal lighting and on camera – natural and fresh. It creates a soft-focus affect.
  • It’s one of those Smear-it-on-n-run foundations. No need to worry about brushes and bases and over blending.
  • It’s cheap.
  • The shade suits the undertones in my skin – ie. this shade is not pinky
  • Coverage is on the medium side of light to medium. You will need concealer for posts and discolouration – but that’s not a foundations job anyway.

The bad:

  • There’s no glow for me, soft with a touch of dewy and sparkle. The sparkle level is a little more than Photoready and looks fairly obvious is harsh lighting and sunlight. (I was a bit paranoid wearing it to be honest – it could have looked fine but I didn’t want to look like a disco ball).
  • Staying power is a HUGE downer for my skin (normal to combination). I had no foundation left on my chin after 2 hours, well if you don’t count the bits clinging to the side of my spot! After a full day of wearing I had hardly any product left on my face, with the exception of slightly flaky areas, which looked worse.
  • The shade range doesn’t cater for fair skin. If you’re NW/NC20 or lighter you will probably have difficulty finding a shade that suits.

Would I recommend?

For my skin type, no. If you don’t want a shimmery face, no. But this could work really well on dry skin, or even normal. If you have no issues with shimmer it’s worth a look. If you look on MakeUpAlley, some people love this so it could be a skin type issue with me. Personally, I won’t be repurchasing, although I will use up the rest of the bottle – I’ll just wear it on dull days :)

As I mentioned, I bought it in Boots for €6 – it’s well worth a try for that price. You might love it. Then if it doesn’t suit your skin type there’s no need for boo hoo’s. It’s usually €10.95 I think, hardly going to break the bank but we’re all looking after out cents these days.

Have you tried this? What do you think?


Face of the day, Make-up, Urban Decay

Face of the Day: Natural

Face of the Day time!

I felt like a natural look today. I pared everything down are wore the most minimal amount of make-up I could get away with – a la Bobbi Brown. The  spot on my chin didn’t agree.


  • Rimmel Anti-Fatigue Foundation (Review on the way)
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer under eyes
  • MAC Select Cover Up on the spot on my chin :(


  • Mid-brown from the Make Up For Ever Smoky on lid
  • The lightest shade on my tearduct (love this colour!)
  • Avon Super Shock Mascara
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero
  • Benefit Eye Bright on waterline


  • Too Faced Leopard Bronzer


  • MAC Hue lipstick

Seems like a lot for a natural look when I see it listed :) But it  looks so boring, makes me want to go back in time and add colour.

What are you wearing today?


Drugstore Make-up, Favourites, Make-up, YouTube Videos

October Favourites Video

October favourites time! There are quite a few this month. I also came across quite a few products that I didn’t rate at all, maybe I should make a disappointments video too. I find those useful, let me know if you do. For now, here are my current favourite make-up and beauty products…

Links mentioned in video:

Benefit Cha Cha Tint Review & Application
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation & Application
Sugarpill Palette swatches and review
My nails today

Products I mentioned:

Mi-Oils Raw Argan Oil €8.50
Origins MegaMushroom Relief Serum
Argan457 Long Lasting Eye Contour €76
Lush Dirty shower gel £4.95
Neal Wolfe Glow Supershine Spray €14.40
Redken Outshine Anti-Frizz Serum €15.69 buy online – (I get mine from Beauty Matters Clontarf)
Leighton Denny Babydoll €12.20
No7 Nail polish in Cheeky Chops €9
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzer Powder 51 £6.99
Rimmel Soft Coral Lipstick £6.29
Gosh Light n’ Shine Lipgloss €9
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation €7-€9
Sigma Tapered Kabuki F86
Mary Kay Cheek Glaze Tangerine $16
Benefit Cha Cha Tint £24.50
Collection 2000 Concealer €6
Elf Shimmer Liner Bronze £1.50
NYX Pink Dolly Lip Liner $2.49
Estee Lauder Electric Ginger £16.50
MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara $22
Sugarpill Palette
Sigma P82 $14(for my primer)
Sigma P80 $14(for my concealer)
(or mini kabuki kit $49-

What I’m wearing:

Face – Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation, Bourjois bronzer, MAC Dame blush, MAC All that Glitters & Satin Taupe Eyeshadows, MAC Fluidline, Collection 2000 Collagen Curl Mascara, MAC Angel lipstick, Collection 2000 concealer wand.


All of the opinions expressed in this video are entirely my own. I have not been sponsored by any of the brands mentioned in this video. (less info)

Thanks for watching!

What products are you loving right now?

Hauls, Lips, Make-up

A spot of lipstick shopping…

I needed a little pick me up yesterday so I bought a new book (The Radleys – meh!) and popped to my local Starbucks for a huge mug of tea. However, after I settled myself in to cosy arm chair it became apparent that I was sitting in the middle of some Mammy and toddler convention. Now I love kids but there was no chance of unwinding. I decided to take myself into Boots and treat myself to a few new lipsticks instead. I blame the hyper children :)

Boots are running 3 for 2 on Rimmel products so I had to buy three lipstick. Had to.

I swatched about twenty lipsticks and finally settled on three. I went for bright, current shades rather than my usual nudes/nude pinks.


The three I went for are 110 Pink Gossip, 620 Coral Queen and 340 Lily Extase (Left to right).


And here are some swatches…

All three are both creamy and pigmented, I think that’s why I chose them. Lily Extase and Coral Queen are a little outside my comfort zone so I’ll start with Pink Gossip. Face of the days using these bad boys to follow :)

What do you think?

Nail Polish/Care

Rimmel Desire – Nails of the Day & Swatches

For my nails today I chose a rather vampy shade by Rimmel called ‘Desire’. I fancied something a little more sultry today rather than the usual taupey shades I have been chasing lately.

And some swatches… (taken in natural light)

As I have mentioned previously, I’m a big fan of Rimmel’s Pro formulations; they’re creamy, easy to apply, have a wider brush, dry super fast, last a decent amount of time and they’re cheap. What more in there to say! Love.

What nail polish are you wearing today?

Nail Polish/Care, Swatches

My favourite Pink Nail Polish – Rimmel Portobello Pink

I have completely fallen for Rimmel Portobello Pink (230). It’s their 60 Seconds formulation, which I love. Here are some swatches.


What I think:

  • Easy to apply
  • I’m a fan of Rimmel polishes creamy consistency. The coverage is excellent.
  • The thick brush makes the application quicker
  • Dry very quickly
  • Lasts a few days before it chips
  • They’re affordable and worth every penny
  • The shade of pink is very wearable – it’s not pastel, has no shimmer or iridescence to it and is blue toned which is very flattering on my hands.

What is your favourite pink polish?

Hauls, Nail Polish/Care

A Little Nail Care Haul

I’m on a bit of a nail care kick at the moment so I have been picking up products left right and centre, the latest of which are thanks to Rimmel. I’m a huge fan of the 60 second nail polishes so I am keen to try these.

Stronger, Pro Super Wear and Nail Rescue

Nail Rescue – This is a professional “salon”-style 2 week treatment that is designed for brittle and weak nails. It promises to make nails noticeably harder and stronger after just two weeks usage. Testing starts today on this one!

Pro Super Wear Top Coat This one is a high shine top coat, a 3D superior shine topcoat according to the label :) It claims to be chip resistant for up to 10 days. It’s designed to prolong intensity of the nail colour and wear. I’ll be back with an update.

Stronger Base/ Top Coat with LYCRA This one is designed to reinforce nails with diamond particles and calcium. Sounds fancy. It also contains Vitamin A & E, Pro-Vitamin B-5 for conditioning – this really appealed to me. According to the instruction I should apply it as a base coat and a top coat.  They claim that the lycra formula makes the finish more durable.  Watch this space.

Have you tried any of these? What do you use as a top and base coat?


Concealer, Drugstore Make-up, Make-up

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer Means Business!

I love trying out different concealers. Mainly because I’m searching for the elusive ‘affordable yet amazing’ one. I know, it’s a lot to expect but I think I may have found one that comes close.

I have using Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer for the past week. Not only am I very impressed, but I’m also delighted, I can’t help comparing it to YSL Touche Eclat.

It’s described as a 2-in-1 product. It claims to conceal and highlight in one, oh and blend to your skin tone. I was very doubtful, especially after my experience with Rimmel’s Recovery Concealer. It has a brush at the top of the tube for easy application.

I have shade 030, Classic Beige (I’m usually a beige shade in Rimmel foundations). There are two other shades available too, one lighter (ivory I think) and one darker. It has to be said that none of the shades are particularly dark. I would have expected more shades in the range but then again it does claim to blend with your skintone. Originally I thought I might be somewhere between the lightest and mid shade since I planned to use it under my eye and wanted it to be a little lighter than my skin tone. Imagine my surprise when I brushed on some 030 and it blended seamlessly with my skin tone.

This blended with my skin tone, didn’t sink into crevises, looked light and fresh and was also easy to apply. What else could I ask for. I’m not a huge fan of YSL Touche Eclat, there are plenty of products on the market that are practically identical and that don’t have a hefty price tag. I wouldn’t buy it again after trying the Rimmel one. I am also going to pick one up for my mum who doesn’t wear foundation but has broken caprillaries, this will be perfect for her.

The brush idea is both good and bad. It’s great for easy application but brushes do harbour bacteria so I would feel the need to use some brush cleaning spray on occasion, especially since this product is used close to the eyes. That being said, I also applied at the outside of my eye and along the side of my nose too.

Love it!

For reference the tube contains 7ml. It costs £5.99 in Boots, chemists and supermarkets but I tend to wait for Boots 3 for 2 offers :)

Have you tried this? Do you have a favourite Rimmel product?

Nail Polish/Care, Reviews

Rimmel Nail Polish: Urban Princess

Rimmel Pro Lycra 291 Urban Princess is a perfect Barbie pink. I love the wide tapered edge brush, great for lazy girls like me. Two coats et voila, nails that would make Barbie jealous.

I didn’t apply a base or top coat, tut tut. It dried very quickly. It lasted 3 days before starting to chip at the nail tips. The chipping was quite minor though, I don’t think others would have noticed it.

For some reason, I’m not loving the colour. Maybe it doesn’t suit my skin tone at the moment. I might put it away until Summer when my hands are a little darker.

On a different note, I have no idea what is going on with my nails lately. I have to trim them every few days, they’re super strong and growing like mad. My nails have always been weak and crumbly so I have no idea what’s happening to them. Although, I’m certainly not complaining!

What’s your favourite Rimmel nail polish?

General, Giveaways / Competitions

CLOSED! FREE Giveaway – Rimmel Eyeshadow “Intense”

Hi ladies,

This week I will be giving away my favourite Rimmel eyeshadow in Intense. It’s a stunning purple which is bang on trend this season.

To qualify to WIN you must

  • Follow the site (google friend connect in the right sidebar)
  • Leave a comment on the give-away post (open all week)
  • Tweet about the competition (or blog post on your site)
  • Subscribe to my YouTube Channel – click here
  • Become a Fan on Facebook and leave a comment – click here

Last weeks winner is Tanbeautyq (11/02/2010 at 22:34). Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who entered last weeks giveaway. Good luck this week :)

Winners will be announced at the end of each week. Open Internationally.

Good luck everyone!

Amy x

*UPDATE: Winners – Aine mor (entered 11/4 @ 7.03) Emerdt (16/3 at 11:12) Samia L (22/2 @ 22:14) and Michelle C (18/2 @ 16:21) . Thanks ladies :)