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#FreeYourSkin with Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Rimmel have recently released a brand new foundation and concealer and courtesy of Influenster I've been giving them a try along with a couple of existing products from Rimmel.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Rimmel's latest foundation release falls within their Lasting Finish range and is the Lasting Finish Breathable foundation*. Rimmel claim this is their most lightweight, long-wearing formula with light to medium buildable coverage. It apparently has breathable skin technology and moisturises for up to 25 hours. It also contains up to SPF 20.

This comes in the same bottle as their Lasting Finish and Match Perfection foundations, but instead of coming with a pump this one comes with what I guess you might call a 'wand' with a sponge applicator on the end. Some might find this a little strange but my favourite foundation (YSL Fusion Ink) comes with a very similar applicator just with a plastic rather than sponge end, so I'm perfectly comfortable with this. I actually prefer an applicator like this rather than a pump as I don't have to faff around with applying the product to my hand or a brush/sponge, I can just apply it straight to my face.

The foundation has a light, almost serum-like formula, which I personally prefer over thicker formulas that can take some work to buff in. On the bottle this claims to be medium coverage but it is definitely closer to light to medium and you will need to use correctors/concealer if you have anything that needs covering such as redness, scaring and dark circles. It applies nicely, blending well and feels quite cooling when first applied with the applicator.

I'm a little confused as to whether the 25 hour claim is relating to how long the foundation lasts (what the bottle suggests) or how long it moisturises for (what the info I received suggests). Any 25 hour claim tends to annoy me a little anyway because there's only 24 hours in a day and who needs any product to last that long anyway? The only time I ever get anywhere near wearing my make-up for that long is when I'm working on set. But I wouldn't say it delivers on either; I don't find it particularly moisturising anyway (I have very dry skin) and although it lasts reasonably well I don't think it would last anywhere near that long. I sometimes find the finish this provides looks a little bit cakey (around my eyes or where I'm trying to cover some spots) and if you do need to blow your nose because of hayfever/a cold it does very visibly wipe away around your nose. When it comes to the breathable claim I'm not quite sure how to try and measure this in any way. It doesn't feel like it suffocates my skin or like my skin is caked in product that I just can't wait to remove, but I'm not sure that necessarily means it's breathable. Although in general I would prefer closer to medium coverage it's a pretty good budget foundation and one I would consider if I couldn't afford to replace my high-end favourite.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Their newest concealer release is also within the Lasting Finish range and is the Lasting Finish Breathable concealer*. Rimmel claim this has a lightweight, breathable formula with medium coverage. This has similar packaging to the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer in terms of coming with a built-in sponge applicator. However the Rimmel one features a squeezey tube rather than a wind up mechanism like the Maybelline one. This makes it a lot easier to start dispensing the product the first time you use it; I nearly gave up with the Maybelline one I had as I didn't think I would ever actually see the product.

I do like the sponge applicator but I do have some concerns about how hygienic it is as I can't see how you can wash it without risking getting water in the product. You do also have to master remembering to keep squeezing slightly (not too much!) as you're applying to keep some product coming.

I would say this is medium coverage, but I do really need more than that. My dark circles are horrendous and I struggle to cover them with a corrector and concealer, so this isn't really heavy duty enough for them. I also regularly have to try and cover up a breakout on my chin or the marks left behind afterwards and this can struggle. My skin is usually pretty pale, almost see-through, but after spending 12 hours in a field shooting for a film in September I got quite tanned this year and so this is currently a bit too pale for me. Once we hit late November/December and I haven't seen light for a while it will probably be fine. But right now it does look a little too stark/highlighting.


The next two products I've been trying out are both existing products. The first of these is a Moisture Renew lipstick* in Vintage Pink. What I didn't realise was I already have one of these in a red shade, I have no idea where it came from, but I really should have taken more notice of it. This applies beautifully, is very comfortable to wear and provides a soft matte finish with the only shine being from reflecting the light. It's not the sort of shade I would usually pick out for myself as I tend to be drawn to reds/bright pinks, but this is a lovely neutral a couple of shades darker than my natural lip colour.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

The final product is from the Kate Moss range and is a sculpting palette* in Coral Glow. Again a coral shade isn't the sort of blush shade I would usually pick myself but this is a pretty shade that applies nicely, blends well and looks natural. I think there is a very small amount of shimmer in there but this is negligible. I'll admit I haven't used the sculpting shade because it's just not something I use but I would say it would be better as a bronzer as it doesn't look ashy enough and again does contain some shimmer. I'm also not a huge highlight user but I'm trying to remember to use it more often. This suits my skintone and can be applied subtly (what I personally prefer) or built up a little if you prefer.

Have you given Rimmel's newest foundation and concealer a try?

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CaseApp iPad & phone cases + Discount code

Just over a year ago I worked with Swedish phone case brand CaseApp, who sent me a gorgeous case for my iPad. Last time CaseApp contacted me I had a phone that wasn't very common and they didn't actually do cases for my phone. Despite having just recently got a new phone, again I have one that isn't very common and CaseApp don't offer cases for it. CaseApp kindly offered to send me a new iPad case as well as a phone case for a friend or family member.

CaseApp iPad & phone skins

CaseApp offer two types of products; cases and skins, and you can also choose from one of their existing designs or design your own. A case is a hard product that clips on to your phone or iPad and a skin is like a sticker that you apply to the back of your phone or iPad or the top of your laptop. I've only just realised that in my last post I incorrectly called my case a skin through the whole post.

I never really know what to do when it comes to designing my own case, I don't really have anything in mind and wouldn't know where to start, so I tend to go for picking an existing design. I narrowed it down to a few designs I liked and was going to make the final decision when it came to ordering, but then I discovered they'd added some new designs and I loved some of those too. 

As it's currently autumn and I'm loving collecting up conkers and kicking through crispy fallen leaves I went for a falling leaves design called I Leaf Spring (which I personally find a little strange when it has just launched in autumn). This design comes in three colours; blue, pink and green, and I went for green. I would have loved if it had come in a bronze/orange/red falling autumn leaves kind of colour. 

CaseApp iPad skin
CaseApp iPad skin

Just like my previous iPad case this one is such good quality. The inside of the case is a little marked with some of the design showing through, but that doesn't matter because that can't be seen once the case is in place. When it comes to the side with the design and all the little cut-outs for various ports, lenses and buttons, everything is perfect. There's plenty of room to access anything you need to and all edges are finished perfectly. I'm no expert on the cost of cases like this but at £35 I would say this is mid to higher end in terms of cost and the quality definitely reflects this.

CaseApp phone skin

When it comes to dropping his mobile phone my boyfriend is a nightmare. We went for a bike ride in the summer; he took his phone out of his pocket and dropped it. He picked it up and while checking for damage (there was none) he dropped it again and cracked the screen and smashed the camera lens. He checked when he was due for an upgrade and discovered he could upgrade the following day, the jammy bugger!

He currently has a full clear case over his whole phone, but as I had the offer of a reduced price case (I did actually pay something towards this case) I offered him a new one. He had a look at the existing designs, but to be honest most of them are probably a bit too feminine for him, so he decided to design one. 

You may be aware that I'm a Parapsychologist (someone who knows a bit about ghosts) and my boyfriend is too and so he decided he wanted to design his own Ghostbusters case. Designing your own case is pretty easy; we uploaded a Ghostbusters logo and the design tool warned us that the first image we uploaded wasn't very good quality so we changed it. It also tells you how best to position your image and how big you should make it so it fits on the case nicely. He also added his initials to make it more personal. I really like that they have a tool to centre your image or anything you type in so you know it's smack bang in the middle. You can also choose to have a glossy or matte finish. 

CaseApp phone skin
CaseApp phone skin

Just like my iPad case my boyfriends Samsung S7 case is amazing quality with perfectly finished cut-outs for ports/buttons/lenses and the design doesn't look like we created it ourselves. By this I mean there's no tell-tale lines or anything slightly off centre. The only issue I had with the phone case was when it arrived there was some residue on it, like if you'd sprayed something near the case and it had settled and dried on the case. I assume this might have been something to do with making the case, but all it took was a good wipe down with a damp cloth and it polished up to the shiny surface you can see in the photos. My boyfriend is very pleased and I think £19 is a good price; it reflects the quality but isn't too expensive.

CaseApp have kindly given me a 20% discount code so you can treat yourself to a new case. Just head over to the CaseApp website and pop in code THELITTLEBLOG20 at the checkout.

Will you be treating yourself to a new case? Let me know if you do!

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Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush

Today (October 4th - correction, it's actually 6th this year!) is National Smile Day and to celebrate I was sent the Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush* to try out.

Using an electric toothbrush is something I appear to go through stages of. I get one (a cheap-ish one I'm talking here!), I use it until the head needs replacing, I never get round to replacing the head and end up back using a standard manual toothbrush again. I'm really pleased with how straight my teeth are after years of orthodontic work (I still have a permanent retainer on the back of my top teeth) but recently I've been worrying about how yellow my teeth are starting to look. I'm concerned about using any kind of whitening treatment because I suffer with sensitive teeth and I don't think the two mix well. So I've been trying to use whitening toothpaste/mouthwashes and have been thinking about trying an electric toothbrush again. 

Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush

The Sonic Chic Urban toothbrush is a travel friendly toothbrush that comes in it's own case; the lid pulls off to reveal the brush head. The toothbrush features 22,000 strokes per minute and comes with one replacement head and a battery (it takes one AAA battery). The Sonic Chic Urban comes in 12 different designs (mine is Floral Peacock) and there is also a deluxe version available which comes in silver or rose gold. 

Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush
Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush

As is usually the case with electric toothbrushes the head is quite compact but it is shaped like a manual toothbrush head rather than round. I'm aware that I usually press far too hard when using a manual toothbrush, I just can't help it, and recently I've been suffering from quite a lot of bleeding from my gums. I haven't experienced that at all with this, especially as the whole toothbrush really does feel quite dainty, so I tend to go lightly with this because it does feel a little like it might snap if I press too hard (which I'm finding is a good thing). 

I love that it comes in it's own case because it's perfect for travel (I never quite know what to do with my toothbrush when I'm going away) and also at home I haven't really got anywhere to store a toothbrush at the moment that is particularly hygienic. You don't have to worry about the head being able to dry properly once the lid is on because their are three small holes in the lid so air can get in. 

The on/off switch is a little on the stiff side; at first I did actually think mine might be broken because I didn't realise how hard you need to press to turn it on. I do struggle with this sometimes but I do have problems with strength in my hands. I also like that it takes a battery rather than having to be charged via the mains. You just need to remember to have a replacement battery ready for when the battery does run out. The battery can last for 120 days assuming it's used for two minutes twice a day, I don't think that's bad at all. 

For £20 the Sonic Chic Urban is a pretty good basic level brush. If you do want to go for something slightly more advanced as I mentioned there is also a deluxe model for £30. That one vibrates every two minutes to tell you to move to a new section of your mouth, powers off after two minutes and also charges via USB. You can find both models and replacement heads in Boots stores.

Do you use an electric toothbrush?

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Secret Scent Box + Discount code

I might have mentioned before that I've been a bit of a perfume addict in the past; at one point I owned over 30 different perfumes. I put myself on a spending ban and tried to use them up, but in the end I ended up throwing away a lot of them as I know they deteriorate over time.

Now I try to be much more selective when I buy perfume, or ask for it as a gift, but there are so many out there it can be really confusing. I occasionally go and try some new ones in Boots, but often by the time I get home I forget which ones I tried let alone which ones were my favourite.  If you're a big fan of perfume but can feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a new one then there's a subscription box that might be perfect for you. 

Secret Scent Box

Secret Scent Box* is a designer fragrance discovery box; a monthly subscription where you'll receive three mystery perfume samples each month. You'll receive a 30 day supply, which is enough to take you through until you receive your next box. The box is letter box friendly, so you don't have to worry about being in to receive your box, and you can choose from a perfume or aftershave subscription. 

If you're somebody who likes to mix things up a bit and don't tend to stay loyal to one or two fragrances you can use the subscription to provide you with a few different scents each month. Or if like me you want to find a few new fragrances that you love you can use the subscription to help you discover them.

Secret Scent Box
Secret Scent Box

I was sent the September edition to try out. When you open the box you'll find three little sample sized bottles, the same size as the ones you might be given in department stores. They might be a small size but what I like about the bottles is they do come with a pump spray; I find the ones you have to tip on to your finger really annoying. Each one also comes with a little lid on so you can chuck them in your bag and not have to worry about them getting knocked and accidentally spraying. You'll also find a little card telling you about each scent, including the top, middle and base notes. I think this is a great idea as you can identify notes that are common across fragrances you like and this can then help you identify other fragrances you might like based on the notes they contain.

Secret Scent Box
Secret Scent Box

In my September box I found scents from Armani, Vera Wang and Calvin Klein. I've always wanted to try a Vera Wang fragrance but unfortunately for me one of the top notes in Sheer Veil is lavender; a scent I hate and a plant I'm allergic to. So far I've tried Armani Because It's You, a new scent this year that I'm currently enjoying, and next I'll be trying out Calvin Klein Contradiction. 

If you fancy signing up for your own monthly Secret Scent Box it's £15 a month with free UK & European delivery. The guys over at Secret Scent Box have also kindly given me a discount code so you can get 15% off your first box. just enter code BECKYBLOG15 at the checkout. You can sign up for Secret Scent Box here.

Is Secret Scent Box a subscription box you would try?

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