Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Lip Crayons: Ted Baker and Rimmel.

I cracked. I couldn't resist the Rita Ora shades of the Rimmel Colour Rush lip crayons. I found quite a few of the shades to be out of my comfort zone, and despite swatching and staring in awe at how pigmented (yet still sheer) they were, I walked away with the tamest, but still very pretty, shade of Make Me Blush.

(Shades 1, 2 and 3 are all Ted Baker crayons and number 4 is the Rimmel Colour Rush crayon)

I really do have a bit of a love hate relationship with lip crayons. I first started wearing them after acquiring a couple of my sisters Ted Baker lip crayons she picked up a Christmas or two ago. Lip crayons are in principle, perfect. Hydration of a balm, pigment of a lipstick and all in a fun crayon format. In reality, I've found at least some of them disappointing. I absolutely love the shades of the Ted Baker collection (and I love Ted Baker make up in general, but that if for another post) and they certainly do hydrate your lips, but I find the lasting power of the colour to be really a let down, combined with a rather off putting scent to the crayon.  It is also worth mentioning that while these crayons are no longer available and happen to be a seasonal product, they are worth trying. They come in a range of colours much more wearable than the Rimmel Colour Rush shades, especially if you prefer berry colours rather than nudes and shocking shades.

The Colour Rush crayon I've tried has been rather a different story, however. The crayon smells like vanilla (rather than a chemically off putting scent) and has a decent lasting power of pigment. However, it should be mentioned the price range difference, if I remember correctly, the Ted Baker crayons came in a set and would be much cheaper than the Rimmel Colour Rush crayon, which was just under £6. While you certainly are paying more for the product, you do get something slightly more appealing overall, despite not being quite as buttery and hydrating as the Ted Baker crayon collection.

I'm still searching for the perfect shades and the perfect lip crayon, I'm sure it's out there and I will find it!

Spring Skincare Review

Living in Cornwall has its benefits and downfalls. A big benefit is spending the last few weeks of this term at University by the sea and sun. The downfalls is the constant weather change has done no favours for my sensitive and dry skin. This meant a big trip to Boots in order to take control over my problematic skin.

The first thing that I purchased to try and help my dried out skin was the Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Moisturising Day Cream (1), which I purchased partly because it has SPF 15 (which is so important now the sun is peeking out from the clouds) but because it includes almond oil, an ingredient that always seems to help my skin get back on track. The moisturiser is a really nice formula, (as is generally assumed by any Nivea product) and though it is hydrating, it isn't greasy and doesn't leave a 'film' on the skin afterwards (I'm looking at you, Boots Botanics Mattifying Gel Cream) I was really worried it was going to cause my skin to become greasy as the weather got hotter but it hasn't yet, which is excellent!

I also bought both the Vaseline Healthy Hands & Stronger Nails (2) hand cream, which was a cheap buy that claimed to be a 'non-greasy' hand cream that would strengthen nails by up to 50%. While I'm not sure I've noticed a huge difference in nail strength I've certainly noticed the cream sinks in really well to the skin and leaves them hydrated for a good few hours!  While I'm not sure I'd repurchase (the tube at 75ml  is a bit hefty for my bag) and I don't feel it is quite as hydrating as it claims; I'll definitely use it through spring and summer, when my hands need hydration without feeling greasy.

I'd heard good things about the Soap and Glory Ultimelt Cleanser (3) and decided to give it a try. Its got quite a nice formulation, with a heavy lavender scent (which, I don't particularly like, as lavender can sometimes irritate my skin) however I found this did exactly as it promised. My skin was soft and hydrated and I've noticed a real difference in my pores since I began using it. It is a bit pricey however for a drug store cleanser and I would say that it is a 'once in a while' product over my staple gentle cleansers I use, like the No.7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Cleanser (which retails for 8 pounds, and has lasted me months and months).

My skin seems to really be repairing itself thanks to a lot of these intensive products, and I'll be sticking with the cleanser and moisturiser for sure and staples in my routine until I can find better alternatives!