Rimmel stay matte liquid lipstick review

As a Drugstore liquid lipstick i am actually impressed. Rimmel came out with 15 shades of their stay matte liquid lip colour, ranging from nudes, pinks to very dark shades. The collection has a wide selection of shades that’ll compliment any skin tone.

I picked up 5 shades and i’m quite happy with my choices. I’ve tried numerous Drugstore and high end liquid lipsticks and end up tossing them to the side!

These liquid lipsticks claim to be-




12 hr wear

Lipsticks can get very messy,  especially when you kiss someone say on the cheeks or you drink from a bottle or glass, most of it comes right off! How annoying is that? Now these bad boys from Rimmel won’t do that, once they are properly dried, they are locked into the lips and won’t go anywhere for up to 12 hrs. Mind you, i haven’t worn them for that long so i couldn’t say for sure if that’s the case, but i do know they are indeed smudge proof . There’s also the discomfort to contend with when it comes on to some liquid lipsticks, they often times leave your lips dry and looking blotchy, i haven’t experienced this with Rimmel, so i’m delighted.



Long lasting

Not drying

Great pigmentation


Some goes on patchy

You’ll need about 2-4 coats(depending on how intense you like it to be)

Takes about 45 secs to a min to dry completely matte


This shade is called ‘Heartbeat’- A beautiful cerise pink.


This one is ‘Blue Iris’- A deep purple with blue undertones.

I do have three more which i swatched and reviewed on my channel, so be sure to check it out, the link will be provided below.

They retail for £5.99, and i got mine from Superdrug in the UK, however i’m almost certain you’ll be able to get your hands on them from any beauty store.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.


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Morphe 25A palette, worth £19?

Hey there lovelies!

To add to my growing makeup collection, i’ve purchased another Morphe palette. I have been a big fan of Morphe ever since they were highly spoken about by a lot of beauty influencers on social media. Don’t get me wrong, i don’t always buy everything they rave about, a particular product has to really grab my attention for me to spend money.

Browsing on Beauty Bay, I came across this palette that looked like something i’d most certainly enjoy using, now Beauty Bay i must add is one of my favourite online makeup stores, i  always end up purchasing even when i’ve said to myself i’m only window shopping, yea right! Haha.

Of course i quickly grabbed this palette as things on Beauty Bay go so fast, ‘you snooze you lose’. It has been my ‘go to’ it consists of some really gorgeous warm shades, that are perfect for everyday wear or any occasion for that matter. I can never have too many neutral palettes as i always wear them more than i do bolder more vibrant shades.

This palette has 25 shades, ranging from taupes, beige, browns, golds to blacks. Basically you get a decent selection of warm tones.

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1st row

The first row swatched ok, i use the beige  shades for my brow bone highlight. If you’re going to use on the lids, then you’ll definitely have to build them up.


2nd row

I don’t care much for the second row, it’s my least favourite in the palette. I don’t know what exactly i’d use these to do, but i’m sure they can also be used as lid colours. They aren’t as pigmented either.


3rd row

The third row again was just ok, let’s just say the first three rows in this palette were not the best.


4th row

Now the fourth row is my absolute favourite, just look at how pigmented these shades are! The shimmer or foiled shades are hands down the best in the palette. They are super pigmented, smooth and blend like a dream.


5th row

The fifth row wasn’t bad either, the shades are pigmented as well.

My overall thoughts on this palette, i would say it is definitely a mixed bag! The first three rows weren’t up to much.

Is it worth £19? In my opinion not really, Morphe has other palettes which have 35 shades, and some have amazing pigmentation selling at £22, now that’s a better deal. I guess it comes down to a matter of personal preference.

Here’s a look i created using this palette, i have to say i really loved the outcome!


Thank you for indulging me.


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Glow on a bugdget-highlighting palettes

Hello friends, welcome back, it’s been about a week since i last blogged but sometimes we need to step away to reflect and gather our thoughts.

Ok so i’ve been playing around with different highlighters that are more on the affordable side, i’ve often times stressed that you don’t have to break the bank to look good, and in this case i’m speaking about makeup.

I picked these up a few months ago, so i can safely give my honest opinion on them. Let me start off with the LivBeauty Shine Bright palette, mind you i’m not familiar with this brand but i must say i have no regrets testing it out.


It has 6 shades, which are pretty much beige, rose and hints of champagne. This palette is perfect for light to medium skin tones, but also dark skin friendly. The beauty about highlighting palettes are that they double up as eyeshadows so if you think that some of the shades may not pop very much on your skin tone, no need to toss it to the side, just sweep them across your lids and you’re good to go.


So as you can see in this swatch, it can also work on dark skin tones. Beautiful shades that are very nicely pigmented and soft to the touch. Very travel friendly as well as it’s lightweight and easy to store.


This one from Revolution is my favourite! I think it suits my skin tone better as it has a very lovely warm golden shade that always seems to compliment any skin that is dark to deep dark.


Eight beautiful, pigmented, soft shades that range from gold, rose pinks, champagnes to beige. Now this palette is definitely suited for most if not all skin tones. The golden shade at the bottom right is the one i always gravitate towards, sometimes i like to mix it with the other shades. Another travel friendly palette.


I have not been able to put this palette down since i purchased it, Revolution has some amazing highlighters that are super affordable and are of great quality. I have another highlighting palette from Revolution as well that i also love.

All i can say is, these two palettes are truly winners, you get so much for a small price tag! I know a lot of people are big fans of the more high end ones but honestly these measure up in my opinion.


Do let me know what your favourite highlighters or highlighting palettes are and also if you’ve ever tried these before. Thanks for stopping by.


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Battle of the setting powders

I started using setting powders as a part of my full face makeup routine about five years ago. This is after learning how to properly do so from watching a few Youtube videos and  taking makeup classes. The first one i used was the Ben Nye banana powder, then i moved on to using the Fashion Fair and Sascha Buttercup. I liked all of them, they have individual qualities that work well for my skin tone.

How to use setting powders-

After applying concealer to the areas you wish to highlight, use the powders to set and lock concealer in place so it doesn’t budge, some people like to bake, this simply means they leave the setting powder on for a little longer, say about 10 minutes, which should result in a creaseless, flawless, more long lasting finish. They can also be used as an all over face powder. A brush or sponge can be used for application.

Sascha Buttercup setting powder-

This has become a popular sensation in the makeup world. It claims to blend naturally,  gives an all day matte look, with no ashy flash back. Suitable for medium to deep skin tones. It is finely milled, easy to work with and gives a beautiful finish, when used to set concealers. One of my favourite setting powders to use.



Ben Nye Banana powder-

Now before Sascha came along, Ben Nye took us by storm! Every beauty guru raved about this product and as an avid makeup lover, i decided to jump on the bandwagon. This powder is much lighter in colour than the Sascha buttercup powder which is more yellow. They are both said to be finely milled.

It claims  to give a smooth finish, when used to set concealers in place or even when used  as an all over face powder. It won’t clog pores and it also reduces shine. It is great for warmer skin tones or when a warm based highlight is needed.

I’ve heard that this powder gives flashbacks but i haven’t experienced that. What i usually do after dusting off the excess setting powder is to go over that with my all over face powder, making sure that everything is seamless, leaving no harsh lines on my face, then i’d spritz my face with some setting spray to reduce the look of any ashy, cakey ,cast like look.IMG_0894


Fashion Fair setting powder-

Described as a sheer translucent powder, that is smudge resistant, water proof and fragrance free. It can be used to set concealer in place as well as an all over face powder. Suitable for most skin tones. I really like this setting powder, when used on fairer skin tones it gives a beautiful and  flawless finish.IMG_0899

There are a few more setting powders on the market that i’m very keen on trying out. The Laura Mercier, Airspun and Rcma, i’ve heard great reviews on these so i’ll have to see what all the fuss is about.

What are your favourite setting/all over powders? Any recommendations?,

Until next time, stay beautiful!

Love,Shaunz xo

Winter Lipstick picks

Here are my Winter lipstick picks, these are what i’ve been wearing lately. The finishes are perfect for this season as they aren’t drying.

This is  Colourpop lippie stix called ‘Ellarie’



This is LA Girls matte pigment lipstick in ‘Dreamy’, paired with Nyx lip liner in ‘Cocoa’



Milani Lipstick in ‘Malt Mocha’ also paired with Nyx Lip liner in ‘Cocoa’



Maybelline vivid matte lipstick in ‘Possessed plum’. It claims to be of a matte finish but i’ve waited a few minutes for it to dry matte and it didn’t!



Colourpop lippie stix in ‘Creature’


These are quite affordable lipsticks that will suit most budgets! From your deep wine shades to neutrals, you’ll be sure to like them, they  look amazing against any skin tone.

Love, Shaunz

Some of the best eyeshadow primers


Hello everyone, welcome back. Today i’ll be speaking on eyeshadow primers, i’ve basically narrowed down to the ones that are the best in my opinion. I’ve been using eyeshadow primers since they came on the market and  i’ve tried quite a few that were so bad they had to be binned!

Who wants to get their eyeshadows perfectly placed and well blended then to realise after an hours or so they’ve disappeared into thin air? Not me and believe me when i say this, i’ve lost count of how many times this has happened, haha. Here’s a quick story, i remember a few years ago, i attended IMATS London, do bear in mind this is a place where makeup artists and the likes gather, so everyone made sure their faces were properly done up. Now i spent a bit of extra time making sure that my makeup was ‘popping’ and it sure was. I got to IMATS, looked around a bit checked out a few stalls and picked up products here and there, this was about two hours or less into shopping, i nipped off to the bathroom to check my face, as you do! To my surprise my eyeshadows melted away, there wasn’t a sign of any colour on my lids! Oh no, what to do? I wasn’t about to reapply after spending all that time home, so i got a piece of tissue and wiped my lids off, oil and everything, luckily i had lashes on so it didn’t look so bad, oh and i also have hooded eyes so when i open my eyes, you wouldn’t be able to see a thing, haha. I’ve said all of that to say this, i never used that eyeshadow primer ever again, it went straight into the bin and i decided to invest in a primer that was at the top of every beauty gurus list. That’s the Urban Decay primer potion.

Ladies and gentlemen i’ve never looked back since, it is the best primer i’ve ever used. My eyeshadows never budge and they last for hours on my lids, it doesn’t get any better than that. However as someone who’s very much a makeup collector i wanted to see what else was out there, so naturally i tried others. The Too faced shadow insurance and The Balm put a lid on it, i have to say come very close to the Urban Decay primer potion. I’m especially impressed by The Balm put a lid on it primer, i think it’s very good, again my eyeshadows stay in place for a long time.

To sum this up, my all time favourite primer will forever be the Urban Decay primer potion. I’ve made sure to stock up so i never run out, they are a bit pricey but worth every penny.

What’s your favourite primer? I’ve been hearing about Elf eyeshadow primer, what do you think about it, is it worth trying? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for indulging me.

Shaunz xo

City Color Harvest Moon palette+ Highlighting Trio

Hello friends,

Hope you’re having a great week so far. As usual i’m out finding deals to share with you. I like to splurge sometimes but the prices on some makeup brands are just down right ridiculous! The point is there are so many affordable and really good brands out there that  are comparable.

I discovered City Color on Amazon about two years ago and they got some amazing reviews so i thought to myself why not try them out. I purchased six of their matte lipsticks and i was impressed with the pigmentation and quality, the only thing that bothered me a bit was that the lipsticks were very close in colour, so it made it seem as if i swatched or wore the same shade, they will have to look into that.

I liked the brand so much that i picked up a small neutrals palette and also their contour kit which i thought was a powder contour kit but after receiving it i realised it was cream, how annoying? I’m not a fan of cream products, my type of skin doesn’t tolerate it very much. I have said this before if i like a particular brand or item, i always go back for more, so i went back on Amazon, clicked on City Color cosmetics and browsed through their collection. They do have a wide selection of products so it was quite difficult to choose, especially if you’re just impulse buying. Reviews always help to narrow down the search so that’s what i went by eventually. I then discovered this eyeshadow and highlighter palette i’ll be showing you.

Before i review or share my thoughts, i always try out the items, so i can give you a better overview. Now let’s talk about the pigmentation, it is amazing, i barely had to swipe the eyeshadow and highlighter. One thing i found out about the eyeshadow is that using a brush doesn’t do it justice, so i had to use my finger which seemed to do the trick, i don’t know if it was the type of brush i used but it didn’t work very well. A part from that there isn’t anything bad i can say about these palettes.

Harvest Moon Palette:

1.Affordable- $7.84


3.Not tested on animals

4.Travel friendly (Made from a light weight cardboard material)

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Highlight Trio

  1. Affordable-$10.45
  2. Highly pigmented
  3. Three golden highlighters to choose from
  4. Not tested on animals


You don’t always need to spend a lot of money on makeup to get good quality, sometimes all you need to do is take the time out to browse around and see what’s there. Have you guys tried this makeup line? Let me know, thanks for stopping by, have a great day ahead.

If you want to see or hear a bit more about these palettes, do check out my video.

Love, Shaunz xo