REVIEW | Rimmel Wonder'full mascara

Sunday, 31 August 2014

I'm guessing that we've all seen the new Rimmel advert wtih Georgia May Jagger going all ninja-jewel-thief on us and going to steal something mysterious on a pedestal. That mysterious object is Rimmel's new Wonder'full mascara aka their new secret weapon. Naturally, I wanted to test it out.

Travel Bucket List | Top 5 Cities

Monday, 25 August 2014

We all know that practically everyone has a 'Places I Want To See/Travel To Before I Die' list, or in the popular terms, a 'Travel Bucket List'. I'm going to share with you the top 5 cities that I would love to travel to because I have a separate countries list. I'm currently on holiday right now on a cruise and so I thought that it would be a great time to evaluate the cities that I would like to travel to. So let's jump right into it. In alphabetical order because I'm compulsive like that.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canals. Architecture. Flowers. Food. What more could you want in a destination? I have always wanted to see this beautiful city because it has so much character and history. The history especially is what pulls me there the most. Though most people immediately think of the infamous 'Red-Light District' and the cannabis coffee shops, I won't be frequenting those. I may go for the craic and just to experience it and say that I've seen it but it won't be high on my list of things to do there.

Santorini, Greece
My first of two cheat places. I have been to Santorini before. I visited it with my brother on a cruise excursion nine years ago where a donkey was determined to throw me over the edge as it walked up the steps zig-zagging up the cliff face. But we literally spent fifteen minutes in the place before getting the cable car down and back to the ship. We had been on a hike up the volcano and on a boat trip to the hot springs that you had to swim to and were tired and just wanted to get back to the ship. Well, that was our 'excuse'. Besides, being with your brother? Doesn't exactly make for a great travelling companion. I wanted to stop and admire the beauty of the island, the architecture, the white walls, the mosiac tiled ground that we walked along, the unbelievable views...Everything. I mean, just look at that photograph! Google Santorini and you will be mesmorised by the beauty that comes up. I missed out on a lot with Santorini and I want to put that right.

St. Petersburg, Russia
Set aside all of the political strife that Russia has been making headlines around the world five times over for, St. Petersburg is a truly photogenic city. I was fascinated by the mystery of the Russian Grand Duchess, Anastasia, and I especially loved the animated movie that boasted Meg Ryan as the voice of Anastasia and Angela Lansbury as her Grandmother, the Dowager Empress. 'There's a rumour in St. Peterburgs...' You know you want to sing along. I was fascinated by it all and read conspiracy theories and watched history documentaries about the Royal Family and Anastasia. St. Petersburg holds all of that history from the palaces that the Royal Family were born in, lived in, to the architecture of the early 1900s. 'On this journeeeey to the paaaaast'. Their architectural style is so unique and visually different that I desperately want to look upon it all with my own eyes. Naturally, I would want to go there during a warmer season and not the depths of winter. How would you say 'Brrrr' in Russian? But let's face it, I'll just go there and sing the songs from Anastasia (1997).

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Yes, it's a stunning city. Yes, it has a lot of character. Yes, it's on the coast and I can spot various kinds of magnificent marine life - major selling point. But that isn't why I want to go there so badly. It's actually quite a shallow reason. I'm a science-fiction TV nerd and several of my favourite shows are filmed there, namely, Stargate SG-1 (Atlantis and SGU respectively), Battlestar Galactica & Caprica, V, and Sanctuary. There are so many shows filmed there that there is actually a Wikipedia page! How cool would it be to go there and actually visit the places where they filmed and pretend that you're in Caprica city or on a distant planet accessible through a stargate? Or find Jack O'Neill's cabin and pretend to go fishing? Or you know, be honest and stalk your favourite actors that live there and live in hope that you might 'bump' into them accidentally on purpose. Oh yeah, and I have friends there that I would love to meet. That's a reason too.

Venice, Italy
I think that this is on a lot of people's bucket list. For me, it's my second cheat because I have been here before. And when I say 'been here', I mean that I've seen the airport and the mototway to the harbour where I boarded my cruise ship last year. When this publishes, I will have already been to Venice and seen that motorway again but this time I will have seen the route that the ship actually leaves by and seen the spectacular view of Venice as it goes. This year around, we will be spending a night in Venice once we leave the ship before returning home. Hopefully then, I will see a bit more of Venice. Ultimately, I would love to return and spend a lot longer there and see as much as I can. I particularly want to see 'The Bridge of Sighs' that Thomas Hood wrote his poem about. I was obsessed with that poem during GCSE English Literature. Also, take a gondola ride because who wouldn't want to do that? O, sole mio...

My bucket list features a lot of singing, doesn't it?

What cities would be on your bucket list?

* All city images are from Google related searches.

Review | Rimmel Brow This Way

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Up until recently, I didn't know that styling your eyebrows was actually a thing. Every couple of weeks (read months), I would get my eyebrows waxed at my local beauty salon and that would be it. I didn't know that there were eyebrow pencils, eyebrow gel, tinted eyebrow gels and hightlighters, the whole shebang, and that I had to actually style my eyebrows.


For my first foray into the world of brow styling I bought Rimmel's new tinted brow styling gel as I already have an eyebrow pencil ordered. I'm still waiting on that one to arrive. Anyway, back to the point. I had heard reviews and recommendations about Benefit's Gimme Brow gel and had toyed with the idea that I may want that. Why not start with a recommendation? In Boots I saw Rimmel's version, ironically opposite the Benefit counter. The product is about the same size as Benefit's and a fraction of the price and for something to just trial/experiment with, why not give it a shot first?

So what did I pick up?

The brow gel from Rimmel comes in three colours; Blonde, Mid Brown and Dark Brown with an additional clear gel available, so there are four options available. I'm a pale girl with the quaintessential fair Irish skin, dirty blonde hair and fair eyebrows to match that are relatively tame. With such limited shades on offer, I was a bit nervous. What if the colour didn't match and I was left with abnormally dark eyebrows?

The gel is intensely pigmented. I use the shade 'Blonde' and it filled in my brows nicely with few strokes. It felt strange to see my brows stand out that wee bit more after seeing them au naturale for so long. My brows still looked natural but more filled in and defined which is a bonus.

The formula is good and doesn't dry out the eyebrows. After the application, my eyebrows did feel heavy but that could be because it was my first attempt at eyebrow styling and using an eyebrow gel but that sensation goes quickly and once the gel dries I was left with nicely defined, weightless eyebrows. 

Polish It | Rimmel Salon Pro

Sunday, 17 August 2014

I do love an opportunity to paint my nails. My work rota has allowed me two days off together (YAY!) and as soon as I finished work, I whipped out another bottle of nail varnish and had at it. I picked up one of Rimmel's Salon Pro varnishes and there was something about it that made me want to write a blog post about it.

Holiday Countdown - #1

Saturday, 16 August 2014

My holiday is officially one week away and I've started to get everything together and ready to be packed away. This time around I will actually be bringing make-up with me. Last year, I only brought an eye-shadow (black), an eyeliner (black) and a few lipsticks in a bag that was no bigger than a pencil case. How shocking is that? 

Oh what a difference a year makes! Well, two months to be more precise. 

This year, I will have a lot more make-up with me and I decided to film a little (or big) video on what I will be bringing with me. As it turns out, I'll be taking everything in my collection with me and I have planned for most contingencies and themes onboard the ship and off. In the video linked below, you'll be able to see what I currently own and the bag that I wrote a post on a few weeks ago and what I'm currently testing out for my own curiosity. I think I'll be bringing the kitchen sink on this one! 

Cabin Crucials | Travel Essentials

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

In nine days, I will be going on a much anticipated cruise holiday with my family, my brother and mother, and like any good Virgo I'm already being productive and getting everything that I need together...

Yeah, that's not happening.

This Is My Work Face | Face of the Day

Monday, 11 August 2014

Hey everyone, this is my face as you can see. And this is my face when I can be bothered to put make-up on at the extraordinarily early time of 05:15 in the a.m. Most of the time when I do put make-up on, I am putting in those good 'ol contact lenses too which means that I can actually see what I'm doing compared to when I'm just wearing my spectacles. My lenses are a monthly prescription and so I like to make them last and not use them every single day for work. 

Rather Terrific - Real Techniques | Retractable Kabuki

Saturday, 9 August 2014

As you may or may not know, I'm a newbie to the realm of make-up. Yup. Truth. A pure and utter newbie So, because of that, everything that is yesterday's news to everyone else is an 'OMG LOOKIT' moment, wide eyes and flailing hands included. What I think is a new find, is actually something that has been out for ages. Nevertheless, I'm really chuffed with my latest find. New to my local Asda is the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush. I'll take a moment while y'all-in-the-know say, 'Yeah, we know'. 

Moving on...

Benefit on a Budget

Thursday, 7 August 2014

 Every time I walk through Boots or Debenhams, I find myself wistfully looking at the Benefit counter and wishing that I could pick something up and take it home with me. Then I see the price tag and remind myself that I've asked for make-up for my upcoming birthday and that I should wait until then to get my hands on some of their products. However, when I was in the queue in Boots to buy some other things for my holiday in 2 weeks, I spied a kit that had the most adorable pint-szed Benefit products on offer.

Oh My Gloss! - NYX Butter Glosses

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Like the YouTube beauty channel stalker that I am, I had heard the NYX brand mentioned several times a week from countless gurus and bloggers and naturally my curiosity was piqued. I've never managed to set my eyes on this brand from any of the drugstores here in town or in Belfast and I thought it was exclusive to either specialist drugstores of a larger size, sold only in England or America. A couple of days ago, I randomly decided to check out the counters in a pharmacy that I hadn't checked before in town and lo' and behold, an elusive NYX stand. I could hear an angel's choir sing, a bright light came from behind the stand and I nearly fell to my knees. Okay, maybe the last bit is an exaggeration but it was a much awaited moment.

My first purchase had to be the much talked about NYX Butter Glosses.

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