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If you follow me on Snapchat (my username is Beautynook if you don’t, shameless plug), you’ll know I’ve been testing out the new Rimmel Super Gel Top Coat pretty vigorously.

Rimmel Super Gel Top Coat

I’ve used it about 5 times on top of different branded nail polish and base coats and I pretty much had the same outcome with them all. Boots describe it as “Rimmels first ever 2- step Super Gel nail polish for superior colour and shine that lasts for up to 14 days. Easy to apply, it dries like a regular nail polish, no UV lamps needed.”

It has the standard Rimmel nail polish packaging, which I am a fan of.

rimmel irelandI love that the brush is quite large,flat and rounded at the tip. For me, this makes application easier.

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Just to show you the process quickly:

Here’s my bare nails.

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Here’s the base coat applied.

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top irish beauty blogI let the nail polish dry for a few minutes before applying the Rimmel Super Gel Top Coat.

top irish beauty bloggerYou can see, it definitely adds a lovely glass like shine to your nails and really finishes them off. It’s easy enough to apply and doesn’t drag or move the nail polish underneath. It also dries reasonably quickly, which is a plus too! I painted my nails in the evening time, so the next morning, they were still looking good!

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My Nails The Next Day After Application.

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My Nails On Technically The Third Day.

After the second full day of wear, you can see (especially on my pinkie finger), bubbles have started to form.

By the third full day, this had happened.

Rimmel Super Gel Top Coat_2071The nail polish on my little finger had completely come loose and just peeled off. Not ideal!

Overall, and after testing out the Rimmel Super Gel Top Coat on numerous occasions, I really can’t say it lasts as well as gel UV nail polish. I got pretty much 3/4 days before it started to crack and I was at the stage where I could just peel it off my nails (I do really enjoy doing that though) :). For me, I will use it because I have it, but I won’t be repurchasing it any time soon.

 

You can get the Rimmel Super Gel Top Coat from Boots in store or online here. It will set you back €7.99 so definitely not the cheapest version on the market at the minute.

I have been using the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation since the Summer time and I keep forgetting to review it. It just became part of my foundation rotation 🙂

Clarins foundations all have the same distinctive smell. It’s kind of sweet, kind of flowery and I love it. if you are affected by smells though, I suggest going to a counter and having a whiff before you go buying just in case.

As you would assume the Clarins Ever Matte foundation is…well a matte foundation (shock, I know 🙂 ).

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It’s an opaque liquid foundation with a thin consistency.

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As you blend it dries quite quickly so it needs to be worked with fast or with a damp sponge or brush. Once blended it feels really lightweight on the skin.

Here’s my skin before application:

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Here’s my skin after a light layer of the Clarins Ever Matte buffed in with a buffing brush.

irish makeup and beauty blogbeauty blog irelandAnd after another layer applied.

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I am in the shade 105 Nude and I think it’s a pretty good match for Mac NC20 skin. I think it has a medium but very build able coverage, which is what I look for in a foundation 🙂

Now onto the science bit…I am an oily skinned gal, so the Clarins Matte is ticks alot of skin boxes for me. It’s oily-free so it lasts really well on me (although I always powder my foundation regardless). It has a matte finish so doesn’t leave any residue behind once it’s set. It’s non-comedogenic so it doesn’t sit in pores and add more blackheads into the mix! It’s covers redness really well and it has an SPF of 15 which is handy too.

Overall, I really like this foundation and I reach for it alot day to day. If you’re oily skinned or even combination, get a sample and give it a go. Clarins is an understated brand and I think sometimes, we forget they know and do makeup well.

It’s not the cheapest of the bunch, the Clarins Ever Matte will set you back €33 and you can pick it up from Boots here

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I am having a mascara love affair. It doesn’t happen very often, it has been very short lived, but it’s a love affair nonetheless 🙂 You might think I’m crazy, but I have a bit of a pained relationship with mascara. Getting one that holds a curl, that is lengthening, doesn’t smudge or flake and adds volume is no mean feat!

Well I can safely say after putting the Maybelline Lash Sensational (in waterproof) to the test, it ticks all the boxes for me.

irish beauty blogI think when it comes to mascara, you know within a few times of wearing, sometimes even one wear, that it’s the one for you. I have been wearing the Maybelline Lash Sensational everyday for the last two weeks. Not a long time but I think it’s enough time in mascara world to give an honest opinion.

And also the proof is in the pudding too right?

I have pretty minuscule, straight lashes, as you can see here.

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I harp on about this all the time, but I am a big fan of the eyelash curler, I use it everyday without fail, unless I’m wearing falsies. It just opens my eyes up more and obviously…well curls my lashes 🙂

So here are my lashes curled with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler.

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And then we get onto the fun part, and actually one of my favourite parts of applying makeup. I think your lashes can make or break a look. I personally like as much lash as I can possibly get even during the day, but specifically length, so I lash on the mascara (ha get it lash on!) Ok, enough jokes, here’s the Maybelline Lash Sensational applied to my lashes.

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I love how separating and lengthening this mascara is. I had tried the non waterproof one previously and it was a lovely mascara, it just didn’t hold the curl for me. This one does, and it’s really black and it gives a good amount of volume and it doesn’t clump and it doesn’t end up halfway down my face at the end of the day.

I also really like the curved wand, I wasn’t sure I would to begin with but I think you get the best of both worlds from it. You can always turn the spooley and use the straighter side, if you prefer. It has different sized bristles aswell, which seems to work really well for coating the lashes without clumping up too much. I have to admit though, I like a little bit of clumping, so I do layer a fair amount of mascara on. Is that bad? it’s only personal preference anyways sure :).

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Although the Maybelline Lash Sensational has a wet formula, which I am not always a fan of, because I think it can weigh lashes down, I don’t think this happens with the Lash Sensational at all, the formula just seems to work!

 

So there you have it, Maybelline Lash Sensational in waterproof, it’s a yes from me 🙂 I picked mine up from Boots and it costs €11.99.

Thanks for reading, and let me know your favourite mascara, I am always on the hunt 🙂

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  1. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

I have been waffling on about Benefit and there new launches a bit lately. Apologies if it doesn’t float your boat.

I have spoken about when I was invited to the launch of Roller Lash here and given some info on it already, aswell as delving into their Puff Off Eye Gel here for tired puffy eyes.

Roller Lash is Benefit’s newest mascara. When you think of Benefit Cosmetics, you tend to think of mascara, it’s their thing and they do it well. Roller Lash is no exception.

I am a waterproof mascara junkie. I have crap lashes that are straight and the only way they tend to hold a curl is with a waterproof formula. Roller Lash has proved me wrong here. Benefit say you don’t need to use an eyelash curlers when using Roller Lash. If you are already blessed with some sort of curl to your lash, then you don’t need to bother at all. I do curl mine though, that’s what makes me feel comfortable.

Roller Lash has a plastic brush which we see more and more of nowadays in our mascaras. This brush has little tiny hooks on it, that grab the lashes when you run it through, catching them, coating them with mascara and lifting them up as you go. If you look close you can kind of see them, it’s hard to show them in a picture because the product is covering the brush.

Roller Lash Wand Up CloseSo now for the part we all want to see, Roller Lash in action 🙂

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With mascara added

 

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Side view of my lashes

They look a little better no? Roller Lash lengthens and separates your lashes really well. It has a wet formula, but its not too clumpy or hard to work with. You can layer a good amount of it on and your lashes still keep a curl. I have worn this most days since I have gotten it and it has yet to flake or transfer throughout the day. It is not a waterproof formula so you do not have to scrub your eyes raw to get it off at the end of the day either.

I choose not to wear it on my bottom lashes just because I know Mac’s Extended Play works for me there and it has a small wand so I find it easier to use. I would of course use Roller Lash if I did not have another mascara specifically for my lower lashes though. #makeupobsessedproblems :p

Its a really great mascara and I am personally pleasantly surprised I like it so much, as I never really got the hype for Bad Gal of They’re Real. Roller Lash is the one for me.

Gemma

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