Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 107

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I love makeup.   That goes without saying.  But as much as I refuse to go out of the house without doing my eyebrows, I think you can’t have a complete makeup look without lipstick.

In my opinion, lipsticks can make or break your whole makeup lookIt can even make a simple shirt and jeans outfit look chic and effortless.  But what’s even more amazing about lipsticks is that even if it’s the only makeup you’re wearing, it can brighten up your face.

This is probably why I always get excited about new lip products.  Whenever MAC comes up with a new collection, I always check the lipsticks first.  Same goes for drugstore brands.  I’ve been watching a lot of beauty reviews on Youtube lately and in the past few months, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipsticks. I’ve tried a lot of drugstore lip products, and at first, I thought it’s just another one of those low quality lipsticks.  But boy, was I wrong.  I’ve been using several shades but today, I’m reviewing my favorite shade.

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107 is a beautiful berry-toned lipstick with a violet undertone.  It is a bright violet-red shade which is slightly dampened by the matte finish.  It’s fascinating how Rimmel created a bright lip color and dulled it a bit with the flat matte finish.  I think it’s purrrfection.

I tend to go for extremes when it comes to lipstick shades.  Brights, dark, and nudes.  Usually in berry, purple, red and brown color family.  I love purple lipsticks as much as I avoid pink ones. *shudder*

 107 is a shade that is smack dab between bright and dark.  It’s the kind of color that can brighten up your everyday look without making you look overly made up.  For special occasions, use this in place of your usual red lipsticks.  It’s not a huge deviation from red but it is a nice change.

If you like your lipsticks on the shiny side, you can always add clear gloss on top.

I’m partial to matte lipsticks and this color is right up my alley, so I’m sure I will be using this lipstick as it is.

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The color is just perfect for fall!

I like to wear this color with minimal makeup.  For this look, I just blended a neutral brown eyeshadow on my crease and used brown and blue eyeliners. You can’t see it clearly in this photo but I actually have cobalt blue eyeliner on top of my usual brown wing tip.  It’s barely visible unless you’re staring at me face-to-face. 😛  For my cheeks, I swapped my usual MAC Lovejoy blush with Milani Bellarosa;  the pink blush complements the berry tone of the lipstick better than the earthy brown/red of Lovejoy.

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I love how the blush pops just enough to enhance the lip color.

It is a lovely shade, no?

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Rimmel 107 lasting finish by kate lipstick on my lips after 4 hours of wear, no lipliner or retouching

So why do I love this lipstick?  Well for starters, it’s inexpensive but the quality is amazing!  The lipstick glides on your lips like a dream, leaving a full sweep of opaque color.  It has a very light, pleasantly floral fragrance that reminds me of Lancome lipsticks.  The texture of the lipstick is very nice too.  It’s smooth and creamy but feels very light on the lips.

Did I mention the incredible staying power?  Without lip liner, it stays on the lips for about 4 to 6 hours without slipping around. I did a wear test and while there was some color transfer when I ate, the stain on my lips were even and looked decent enough after I ate my lunch.

Even my favorite MAC lipsticks aren’t as good as this, and that’s saying something because I l-o-v-e my MAC lipsticks.

I’ll do a round up post of my Rimmel lipstick collection soon.  🙂

Let me know what you think of Rimmel 107 in the comments section, or if there’s a shade that you want me to review.

Thanks for dropping by!

xx

Erika

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I got this lipstick during a trip to Toronto for CAD 4.99 🙂  

I also remember getting a box of 4 different shades during a Cebu Pacific flight for USD 20.00.  If you’re not flying with them anytime soon, you can get your Rimmel lipsticks from @polishedinthecity (instagram)

Round Up: 6 Desert Island Beauty Products

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This is gonna be a short post.

I was thinking of posting this on Instagram, but it seems too long to include my short reviews as well.  So, if you came from my instagram page, here are the full details on my top 6 holy grail beauty products.

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(left to right: Joe Fresh Mousse Blush in Rose || Milani Baked Blush in Bellarosa || Dollywink Brow Tint in Dark Cocoa || Heroine Make Long & Curl Waterproof Mascara )

(Top to Bottom: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes pencil eyeliner in 2L Pearly Brown || Happy Skin Eye Love Brow 2-in-1 brow pen and pencil)

I swear by these 6 products!

I call them desert island in reference to a beauty tag, it’s a tag wherein you have to pick a small number of beauty products that you would take with you if you’re stuck in a desert.  It doesn’t make sense to want makeup if you’re stranded in a desert, but let’s not take it too seriously, yeah?

Moving on! I reach for these products everyday, especially when I only have a few minutes to do my makeup, or a really busy day.

Here’s a rundown and mini reviews on the products I have up there:

  • Most days I layer the Joe Fresh mousse blush and the Milani baked blush in Bellarosa.  If I’m in a terrible rush like I was today, I just use the Milani blush.
  •  Brows are an absolute must and this 2-in-1 brow pen from Happy Skin is amazing! I find the liquid brow pen a tad too light and yellow for me, but the pencil  is the perfect ashy brown shade for me.  The hardness of the pencil is good too.  It’s not too soft that you end up overdrawing your brows, but it’s soft enough that it makes drawing your brows effortless.
  • I always always finish off my brows with the Dollywink brow tint in dark cocoa. My brows are not complete without this product! ❤️  It lightens my brow hair so it pops against the pencil, the end result makes it look like I drew my brows strand by strand.  I’ve tried Mac brow set, but I think this is better and more pigmented.  The best part? It’s about half the price of the Mac brow set.
  • Most mascaras cannot hold the curl of my lashes, but this Long & curl mascara from Heroine Make is one of those rare few that does the job for me. Amazeballs!
  • Last but not the least, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes pencil liner. Doesn’t smudge or budge once it sets.  This is really creamy and pigmented, so it’s a breeze to line your eyes with this.

 

All of these products are long lasting as well.  I have long work hours (around 10 to 12 hours/day) and I rarely feel the need to retouch my makeup.

I didn’t include any lip product because in the rare cases that I only have 5 minutes to do my makeup, it also means I’m so busy I can’t be bothered to think about lipstick, much less retouch when I need to.  On the other, whenever I do my makeup, my look is usually based on what would look good with my lipstick choice.  But that is a topic for another post. 😉

So that’s it for my desert island beauty picks.

Let me know if you want to see my picks for nails, lip products and skincare too. ❤

xx

Erika

disclaimer: all products are mine and bought with my own money unless indicated otherwise.  All reviews and opinions are my own.

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1. Joe Fresh Mousse Blush – bought in Real Superstore Canada (8.00 CAD)

2. Milani Baked Blush – bought this on a blog sale but you can get one from Stuff In Style for P400.00

3. Dolly Wink Brow Tint – bought mine in HK for HKD 70.00 but I think you can get this from Taste Central, select SM Department stores as well as Pure Beauty stores.  You can also follow them on instagram for more details. (@dollywinkphilippines)

4. Heroine Make Long & Curl mascara – again, got this in HK last Januaray for HKD 55.00 at Bonjour, but if you’re not making a trip to HK anytime soon, you can also get this at Watsons.  It’s P595.00 here. (@heroinemakeph)

5. Make Up For Ever Eyeliner – I got this as a gift so I’m not sure how much it is.  You can get MUFE products in their stores (SM Mega Fashion Hall and SM Aura Premier) (@makeupforeverphilippines)

6. Happy Skin Eye Love Brow 2-in-1 pen – You can get Happy Skin products online on their site or their booths in Plains & Prints stores, Beauty Bar & Rustan’s.

Now Open – Beauty Scents Outlet Store

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Hi guys, today I have an exciting news to share with all of you!  Beauty Scents Outlet store, the first outlet store for designer perfume and luxury beauty products, opened its doors in Paseo de sta. Rosa last July 31, 2014.

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Beauty Scents carries  limited edition makeup and skin care products from premium beauty brands like Dior and Guerlain.  They even have a selection of nail polish from Dior and selected items from Japanese brands, Za and Majolica Majorca.  They didn’t have a lot of beauty items when they opened over a month ago, but I heard they will be stocking Givenchy and Benefit products eventually.

I’ve been checking their instagram account (@beautyscentsph) for updates and they seem to be stocking up on Dior and Guerlain products. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the arrival of Givenchy and Benefit in Beauty Scents.

Now if you’re a perfume person, you better brace yourself (and your bank account) when you visit because they have a really extensive selection of luxury perfumes for both men and women.  They have everything from the classic perfume brands like Bvlgari, Issey Miyake, Guerlain and limited edition lines from Ferrari, Porsche, John Galliano and more.  Like waaay more.

Let me give you a virtual tour of the place.

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The view from the second floor.

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Right after the ribbon cutting ceremony, we all swarmed in and checked out the place.  Everyone was really busy trying on perfumes here.

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One of the tables was set up as a makeup over counter for Za and Majolica Majorca.  The other side was reserved for those who want to get a luxe 15-minute facial using Guerlain skincare products.

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I just love love loooove the packaging for Guerlain products!  I was really tempted to get a facial but I decided to pass because I didn’t feel like removing my makeup and have it made up again before meeting my friends later in the evening.

After spying on the makeover counter, I looked around the shop to check the makeup selection.

Of course I had to check the makeup first. haha!

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They don’t have a lot of Guerlain items yet.  Most of the ones they have are limited edition items and basics like foundation and eyeliner.

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Discounted Za skincare items anyone?

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A closer look at the Za and Majolica Majorca testers

Beauty Scents carry almost all of the products from Za, Shiseido and Majolica Majorca, but the prices are much lower than the mall price.  So if you’re thinking of getting something from these brands, you might want to check first if they have it before heading to the mall.

If you can’t go to Laguna, you can inquire and order online.  Just call them at 0998-555-4188 to inquire about shipping fees and product availability.

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They have a lot of Dior Addict lip products and skincare at huge discounts.

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Oh, let’s not forget about the nail polish.  I’m a sucker for nail polish so I had to keep away from this area.  Too much temptation! haha!

To keep myself from going on a makeup shopping spree, I started checking the perfumes section.

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This is the area reserved for items with the biggest discounts.  I can spot Lady Gaga’s Fame perfume, Ferrari, Issey Miyake, and Salvatore Ferregamo.

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Bvlgari heaven!

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This set is perfect if you want to try all of the Bvlgari Omnia perfumes

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This is the center table, which is the first thing  you’ll see when you enter the store.  They reserve this area for new arrivals and perfume sets from Jean Paul Gaultier, Bvlgari, Narciso Rodriguez,  and a lot of Issey Miyake.

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During the event, Beauty Scents had a 1 hour Snap & Share period for their guests, and they told us that we get to take home 1 product of our choice after sharing a photo of the product online.

It was a really sweet gesture.  One that made me crazy for about an hour because I couldn’t decide between my favorite from the makeup section and the perfume section. Until finally I opted to let go of the makeup  since it’s been quite some time since the last I bought perfume.

I’m betting you can’t guess what it is, so I’ll show you instead.

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Yep. It’s the Bvlgari Aqua Marine for men, and no I’m not pulling your leg.

I have a secret love affair with men’s perfume and this. OMG.  THIS is my absolute favorite.  I have been seriously obsessed with this perfume since for-freaking-ever!

It’s not overly manly, so I can actually get away with wearing it.  It’s a really fresh and crisp scent that makes me want to take a good long whiff whenever I smell it.

Yes, I’m that obsessed with this perfume.  I’m so happy that the one I got comes with a travel-sized bottle and bath gel.  Just the 100mL bottle alone is around 6k in department stores, but the Bvlgari Aqua set is only 3-4k in Beauty Scents, which is a seriously awesome deal because this perfume smells so damn good.

I just had to say it again. OK. Fan girl moment ends here…. for now.

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They have this small area for items that are very limited in stock and most of the items are from Guerlain.

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Isn’t this such a gorgeous color? ❤

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This bronzer compact is just too beautiful. I was thinking of getting this instead of the Bvlgari perfume, but I just know I will feel bad about using it.  I mean, look at it!  Doesn’t it make you feel horrible just thinking of using it and destroying the beautiful design?

Guerlain, whyyyy do you have to make your makeup look so pretty?   It’s so not fair!

I had to wrench myself away from this beauty to avoid further temptation and have my photo taken outside the store instead.

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In case you’re curious, yes, I do like boys men who smell good.  Hello, I even picked a guy’s perfume for myself, so future boyfriend,  you better tuck this information in your head.  Haha! :p

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    Here’s another photo of me with Lacar of  The Asian Parent Philippines. 🙂  We used to be officemates a couple of years back, and we haven’t seen each other since.  We had a nice time catching up in between makeup and perfume testing during the event.

We both had to catch the van going back to the city so we left shortly after this photo was taken.

Congratulations Beauty Scents for thte successful launch and opening of your first branch here in the Philippines!

I’ll definitely drop by again as soon as the other brands starts arriving. 🙂

Did you see anything you like?

Follow Beauty Scents on Facebook and Instagram for more information and updates.

xx

Erika