Rimmel Volume Shake mascara

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So Rimmel recently released their new Volume Shake mascara – it features a patented ‘shaker system’ that allows you to freshen the product with just a shake, helps prevent the product from clumping or going off in the tube, and therefore prevents clumpy, dry mascara.

I bought this to try it about two weeks ago, and I’ve tried it pretty much every day since I bought it. I’ll tell you what I think of it in a moment, but first let’s take a closer look..

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As you can see, the Volume Shake mascara boasts a pretty large wand, with ‘volume defining (their words)’ bristles. The product itself is a true black.

I found the mascara to be a bit thick and heavy on the lashes when first applied. A light hand is advisable when using this…it dries quite slowly and I found that even about 5 to 10 minutes after applying it, it still wasn’t completely dry (which I found out to my detriment when I sneezed and ended up looking like something out of the Clockwork Orange!!)

However…it does apply well. It doesn’t clump on the lashes at all, which I was surprised by given how thick the product actually felt. It doesn’t give huge volume, but it gives a natural looking lift which is great for a natural, everyday kind of look. It won’t give you the false lash effect that so many mascaras tend to promise though so if that’s what you’re looking for, you may look elsewhere.

It wears quite well throughout the day too…I wore it for an 8 hour work shift and it was still holding up well by the time I finished…none of those annoying little black dots of fallout that can happen with some mascara.

The product is easily removed with a makeup wipe or some eye makeup remover too, so no battling with the product just to remove it!

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As for the ‘selling point’ of shaking the product to refresh it and keep it clump free…well I can’t comment on that yet. I can say that the product hasn’t dried out at all in the two weeks I’ve been using it but I’ll have to test it further down the line to see if those claims really do have merit..

The Volume Shake mascara will set you back €11.99 for a 9ml tube, which isn’t going to break the bank! I’ve seen it on most Rimmel stands and it’s also in Boots, and only comes in black.

Would I recommend it? I don’t know…it’s not a bad mascara by any means, but apart from the ‘shake’ selling point, nothing really sets it apart from any other just ok mascaras. It’ll lift your lashes but it’s not going to set the world on fire.

It’s one of those products that I would say to try out if you’re interested, it’s not a waste of money, but I wouldn’t go rushing out just to buy it. I’m on the fence.

Essence Cushion Eyeliner

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I’m an eyeliner girl. If I could only ever wear one more item of make-up in my life, it would be eyeliner. The blacker the better.

So I was really excited when I heard that Essence were bringing out their own version of the cushion liner. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

So, what exactly IS a cushion liner? Well, like foundation, concealer and blusher, this product has now been made into a ‘cushion’. Basically, the product is in a ‘cushion’ in the little pot, and you put your brush, or stamp, or whatever you use to apply your liner into the cushion, and get the product that way.

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As you can see above, the liner is actually in the black cushion in the jar.

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When you push your applicator into it, you can see the actual product. In this case, liquid eyeliner.

It seems like a really good idea…the product doesn’t dry out as easily, it doesn’t spill (those eyeliner stains are impossible to get out – I know from firsthand experience) and you only use as much as you really need…in practise though…

I don’t love this product, at all. It’s fine, as a liner…but the product would be just as good as a pen liner or a normal liquid liner. And actually…the product isn’t even that good. The liner is a good colour, it’s really black, but you really need to load your brush up just to get enough to line half of one eye…I used an Inglot anged brush, and a Penneys straight liner brush and I found this with both of them, you need a lot of product just for a simple thin line.

It’s quite a thin consistency too, even for liquid liner. It needs a bit of work to build it up. It does dry quickly once applied though which is good, no transfer onto the lid when applied…and it does last well also, it didn’t really budge once I had it on.

So overall….meh. I wouldn’t be quick to recommend this product and I probably wont repurchase it if and when it runs out. If you’re looking for decent but still affordable eyeliners, there are way better ones out there than this.

Thumbs down for this one I think!

Flormar Future Historical Liquid Lipstick

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Flormar, so when they released their Future Historical collection, I was very excited to try it. The collection includes anti-blemish foundation, a concealer, mascara, 6 cream eyeshadows, nail polishes, and 6 liquid lipsticks. I’ve tried most of the range now, but I’m most impressed by the liquid lipsticks.

Each one is really pigmented, and the range of colours goes from a really true nude to a deep rich plum. And I’ve tried them all, just so I could report back to you lovely people!

Nasty Coral (what a name!) is the most nude tone of the collection. It’s a really lovely shade for during the day, especially coming into spring and summer. If you’re the kind of person who likes their make-up to be natural and toned down, go for this shade.

Tender Terracotta is a slightly darker nude, but it’s still a very natural colour, again perfect for daytime, or if you were going a bit heavier with your eye make-up during the night.

Misty Rosy is one of my favourites from this collection. It’s a mauvy nude colour (not unlike Backtalk from Urban Decay) which is a nice change from the nudes above, as it’s still natural but it has a bit more colour to it. I really love this one.

Now we’re getting to the ones with more colour in them. Carnation Red is an orangey-red, really cute and I think it’s lovely for the brighter, warmer weather we’re hopefully going to have. It’s a real splash of colour that can liven up a more natural look.

I LOVE love love Pretty Plum. I’m a plum lipstick girl, it’s always my preferred shade so this was the first one of the collection that I bought, and what inspired me to buy the rest. It’s just a gorgeous true plum colour…it’s not too dark, it’s just a gorgeous rich colour.

And last but not least, Seductive Cherry. This colour is actually a bit darker than the Pretty Plum, the pictures just don’t do it justice. This is a deep, also plum, colour, if you want your look to be a bit more intense.

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All of the shades are so impressive though. The lipsticks are really pigmented, and a little goes a long way. It does take a few layers to build up the colour I found, but I apply liquid lipsticks with a light hand. The consistency of this lipstick is really good too…it’s not too thin so it doesn’t bleed off the lips but it’s not too thick that it leaves them feeling tacky and matted.

It dries really quickly, but it doesn’t feel dry on the lips…I could barely even feel it when I was wearing it. I’ve worn a few of these lipsticks while out eating and drinking and I have to say they have great staying power too, even the nude shades barely budged!

The Future Historical lipsticks are €7.95 each and are available in selected pharmacies, Penneys (that stock Flormar) and also SimplyFoxy.com. Each tube has 7ml of product, and the rose gold packaging makes them look far more expensive than they actually are – and the compact size of the tube makes it super handy for sticking in your bag on your way out!

I’d really recommend these lipsticks, I think they’re fab!