REVIEW: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

When you’re drinking your coffee for a morning pick me up, do you ever wish it would also awaken your skin at the same time?

I’m quite a huge Rimmel London fan, and recently have read several great reviews on their Wake Me Up foundation. So, when my mum gave me a $1 off coupon for any Rimmel product, I knew it was fate giving me a nudge. I wasted no time, and headed on over to my local Wal-Mart to take the plunge. This product has quickly become my go-to summer foundation, and I will tell you why!

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It is long lasting, so I don’t need to worry about it slipping around on my face or melting off with the heat of the day. Also, it gives a beautiful glow and healthy appearance to the skin, which illuminates the face and adds dimension. Now, it does have shimmer, which is something I usually try to avoid, but the shimmer is so fine and not overly obvious that I don’t find it to be a problem. In fact, I quite like it.

The coverage is light to medium (and buildable), so it’s not heavy or cakey on the face. As for the smell, it has a nice fruity scent that isn’t too overpowering and doesn’t last long after application. And finally, my favourite part, the packaging is so cute! It comes in a curved glass bottle, with an agreeable pump, meaning the more you press down the more foundation comes out, so you get to decide exactly how much you want to use. And the lid and pump are ORANGE!

One thing to know about this product is if you have oily skin you will need to powder: because the foundation creates radiant skin, it will cause your skin to appear slightly on the oily side. I like to pair it with my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, to balance out between a glowy and a matte look. And if it’s really hot out, I’ll lightly reapply the powder every few hours or so.

I’ve been really impressed with this product, and will certainly repurchase once I finish my first bottle. Well done, Rimmel!

What’s your favourite summer foundation?

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Sea Salt Scrub

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It was the last few weeks of winter and I was reminiscing wistfully about my time living in the Northern Beaches of Australia. Days spent floating in the pool, lying on the beach, or relaxing on a café patio along the beach, my skin feeling crisp from the sun, sipping on a flat white. Those were the days. So there I was at the tail end of Canadian winter, looking longingly through my Australia 2010 iPhoto album, when I was shocked to see how clear and healthy my skin looked. I began to question why that would be so, and came up with a list of possibilities, the key one being the salty ocean air, since sea salt is known for reducing inflammation, detoxifying, and softening the skin. This led me to wonder if washing my face with sea salt would clear up my complexion, and from what I read, it sounded like a highly promising option.

As I mentioned in my last post, this was during my finals at uni, and my skin was in pretty bad shape. So I began exfoliating my face with finely ground sea salt almost every day, and the improvements have been exactly as I had hoped. Pimples healed up within 1-2 days, redness was reduced, and my skin was left feeling soft and moisturized.

Here are the steps I take when exfoliating with sea salt:

  1. Wet face and pour a heaping teaspoon of sea salt into hand.
  2. Apply all over the face and exfoliate by moving hands in small circles for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Rinse off the excess.

I would recommend doing this in the shower, as it can get a bit messy otherwise. I have had really good results with this, and surprisingly, my skin feels hydrated and silky after the exfoliation, even before I put on moisturizer.

Now I would much rather pack up and spend the rest of my life in Sydney, all for the sake of my skin. However, since that’s currently not an option, I will settle for a sea salt scrub.

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The Hunt for Perfect Skin

I’ve been writing in diaries for many years, and I’ve always found it awkward composing the first entry. Do I just dive straight in? Or do I give a background on what’s been going on in my life up until this current moment? Much like with diaries, I’ve been debating how on earth I should start this blog. The verdict: dive straight in! So here I go…

For the last month or two I’ve been searching for the perfect foundation. During this time I was in my finals at uni, which meant that I was extremely stressed, and we all know what that means: breakouts. My skin was in awful shape, and I was getting breakouts every week, and I wanted to find a product that would not only cover them up, but would also help my skin to look even and healthy. During my search for “the perfect product” I stumbled across the BB cream hype for the first time and curiosity got the best of me. So, after reading many reviews I settled on trying Rimmel’s BB Cream 9-IN-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup. Lets just say I have fallen in love!

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This BB cream claims to prime, moisturize, minimize pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten, and helps protect. It also claims to last all day. That’s a long list to live up to, and in my opinion this product lives up to some but not all of its claims. It lasts all day with out getting too oily (even though I have combination skin), it has a pretty light coverage (which is build-able, it lightly conceals blemishes but in no way does it fully cover them, it brighten, evens out the skin and looks really natural. I like to set this BB cream with my Rimmel Stay Matte powder, and then I’m good to go for the rest of the day. Now, the consistency of the formula is quite thick and fast drying, which may be unappealing to some folks, but I don’t have an issue with it.

While studying and writing exams I still wanted to wear a little makeup, and this product was prefect for that, because it’s very light, and doesn’t require a whole lot of effort to apply. I like to apply it with my hands, but you can use a brush and that works well too. Since finishing my exams, I’ve continued to wear this BB cream every day because I really love how long it lasts and how it makes my skin look and feel. I wear the shade light, and it matches my skin perfectly! Overall this is a great product, and I would definitely recommend it if you’re wanting to go a natural fresh look

Just to clarify, this BB cream doesn’t bring my search for the perfect foundation to a halt, nor does it replace concealer. But it has been a good product to use when I haven’t wanted to go for a full coverage look.

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