Even though I couldn't pull off about 90% of the things she wears, I've always coveted Kate Moss' style. She just always looks so effortlessly put together. So when I heard that she had a new collection of Rimmel lipsticks, I knew I had to get my hands on them. But of course, since living in Los Angeles means that unless you're standing at the drugstore when they put out the display of the makeup you want, you don't stand a chance of getting your hands on it, I wasn't able to try them out until they were sent to me recently. I'm so glad I finally managed to snag them because for drugstore lipsticks, I really like them. Here are the shades available:
01 - A deep brick red
04 - A royal purple
08 - A dusty rose
12 - A candy coral
14 - A blushed nude
My favorite two are the blushed nude and the deep brick red, both perfectly suited to my pale skin. They're all nicely moisturizing and don't dry out my lips, and the color lasts a good couple hours before fading (longer for the dark shades, obviously). I like the packaging a lot too - the lipsticks come in a black case with Kate's signature in red on the cap. Very stylish. Also, they have this delightful scent to them that I cannot pin down for some reason (it's probably totally obvious to everyone else, so feel free to mock me if you own them. Maybe lemon? Some sort of lemon sugar? I have no idea and I need to figure this out!) They're a steal at only $5.49 each (less if you find them on sale!) but based on my experience, if you do see the display, grab them before they're gone because they probably won't be there again if you pass them up the first time. Now if only I could look as cool as Kate in a fur vest...
Note: A sample of this product was sent to me by a PR representative working with Bliss
When it comes to drugstore mascaras, Rimmel London has pretty much been my go to brand lately. The ones I've tried have all worked really well on me, and they're all under $10 (some significantly so) which means that when I'm making my third trip to CVS that week and want to throw one in my basket, I don't have to feel guilty about it.
Sexy Curves Full Body Mascara is one of their newest offerings for Fall 2011. I like to think of it as a sequel to their already popular Sexy Curves Mascara, which has been out for awhile already. Both mascaras have the same great Triple Plump Brush, which I really like because it distributes the mascara really evenly on my lashes, so they don't get all clumpy. (It's also nice because it comes out of the tube with just the right amount of product on it, so you don't have to spend time trying to get the excess off the brush and back into the tube. That's my total pet peeve with some mascaras lately. Why do companies let this happen? It's so annoying). The mascara definitely gives my lashes length and volume, which I'm always looking for, and I find that if I curl my lashes first and then apply it, my lashes seem to hang on to a curl longer during the day. For only $7.50, this one's definitely worth picking up, even if only to have a spare tube around for a spur of the moment trip. (Do you think if I do that someone will spontaneously invite me on one? Let's test it out!)
Note: A sample of this product was sent to me by a PR representative working with Rimmel London
I actually love painting my own nails (I know, odd, right?) but I always seem to mess them up before they dry because I get incredibly impatient. Well, after trying Rimmel London's 60 Second Polish, I won't ever have to worry about smudging my nails again! This stuff is ridiculously awesome. I swiped some on with their special pro-cision brush (which actually works - I didn't stray from the nail bed even once) and within 60 short seconds (by the time you get to the polish on that last nail) the first nail was completely dry. And I'm not talking about that sticky dry where you swear it's okay to pull out your car keys from your purse only to completely smudge your $30.00 mani to ill repair. No, this is scrape-the-nail-along-the-table-and-it-won't-smudge dry. Amazing. I was sent a sample to check out and instantly ran out to buy a bunch more colors. It comes in 26 shades (some really outrageously fun ones and others more subdued). Whatever color you choose, at $3.50 a pop, you can afford to buy a few without breaking the bank. Thanks Rimmel London for actually creating a fast-dry polish. Way more effective than that crappy air-blowing hot pink Conair nail polish dryer I wasted money on in junior high. Remember the one with the loud fan on top that could only fit one hand at a time?
A sample of this product was sent to me from a PR Representative working with Rimmel London
The only thing better than finding a new mascara that you love is when that mascara is a drugstore brand, giving you great lashes AND saving you money. Right now, I'm kind of obsessed with Rimmel's Sexy Curves mascara. It has something called a Triple Plump brush, which is supposed to give you 70% curlier lashes. I can't vouch for that statistic (mainly because I have no idea how I would go about measuring my lash percentage from day to day) but it does give me long, thick lashes that have volume and curl to them. I really like the brush - it separates my lashes so they don't clump together, which is key for me because I hate trying to fix that in the morning - it always leads to me being grouchy with smudges under my eyes. I'm also loving that staying power of this mascara - it lasts all day and doesn't flake off (no raccoon eyes!) But the best part? It's way cheap - under $10, and you can definitely get it even cheaper with a coupon. (I got two of them for $8, which made me very happy. I immediately took the money I "saved" and went to Pinkberry). If you're looking for a good drugstore mascara, check this one out. You'll be glad you did.
Despite my well-documented love for all things British, I've never bought any Rimmel products. This could possibly be because even though I would happily give up my daily trips to The Coffee Bean to live in Notting Hill and drink tea every day, I hate (HATE!) Kate Moss. Stop going back to your weird heroin addict musician boyfriend/fiance. You have a child and you're dating someone who gets arrested more often than I go to Sephora (and that's saying a lot). Anyway, I decided to break my self-imposed ban and try Rimmel's new Lycra Lash Extender mascara, and I'm sad to say that I think I'm going to be contributing to the delinquincy of Pete Doherty by supporting Kate Moss' company. (Come on, you didn't think he was paying for all those drugs, did you?) The mascara is all sorts of awesome. It promises 60% more length and 50% more curve, which is kind of a weird promise because really, how could you ever figure that equation out? So putting the math aside, it made my lashes look long and thick, but they didn't all clump together, which usually happens for me. I wouldn't say it curled them exactly, it was more sort of a tilt, but I was really happy with the way they looked. I did have a problem with my bottom lashes getting clumpy, but I think that's sort of expected with any mascara and they came right out with a lash comb. Plus, it was only $5.99, so I can console myself with the fact that even if I bought 10 tubes, it's probably not going to make Kate and Pete that much richer. Now if only we could do something about those annoying Estee Lauder ads starring Gwyneth Paltrow...