[Chatter] Another lipstick I’ve fallen back in love with – Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Matte 111 Kiss of Life

Hi everyone!
A few weeks ago, I attempted some photos in the sporadic Golden Hour lighting to showcase the items but the weather was not playing nice! One moment it was sunny and I managed one photo before it vanished again and I would tweet a complaint and it would be sunny and so on…
But just yesterday, the sun was out, and it was out for like, an hour (?????) and I got SO many photos taken and oh my gawd, it felt so good and productive and it’s really upped my mood. I was running around so fast with a mental checklist of blog posts that needed photos and as a result, I’m almost set until next month, thank goodness. I didn’t completely finish my checklist and accidentally missed a few important ones, but that’s okay! I can do those next time! PHEW – I was almost about to cut my schedule to once a week!
I’ve also switched out of my winter coat for my lighter jacket, and when I stepped out to do the bins in my shorts, I didn’t freeze! This winter felt so bloody long and I’ve never been happier to feel it finally ending.


Anyway, I am enjoying the idea of writing about a lipstick that fell by the wayside of my stash, so to speak. Last month I featured Clinique’s Pop Lip in Cherry Pop after wearing it for almost half the month. I already loved that lipstick but hadn’t really been wearing it often. On the other hand, with today’s featured lipstick, it’s a little different. I only began to fully appreciate it recently.

I actually first received this as a Christmas present from Tray, years ago. Then months later I ended up with two because Q bought me one as well! I think I ended up giving one away as I no longer have two in my stash. But at the time, this must have been a very ‘me’ kind of shade because I was experimenting in sixth form with a limited selection of bright colours.


This lipstick will only set you back £4.99. It’s from Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish range, but more specifically from the Kate Moss Mattes, which all come in red tubes. This is the same range that spawned the infamous shade 107, popularised by… Zoella, I think it was. I do have that shade, too, but we may not see it in rotation for a little while longer.

As you may know, Rimmel’s Lasting Finish range is full of really nice lipsticks at a great price. This one’s really nicely pigmented although not thick or fully opaque as you can see from the swatch below, and it’s very smooth and soft on the lips. It wears quite decently by itself and doesn’t bleed too much or ‘crack’ after many hours, and it’s pleasant enough to reapply. It’s not too drying, either. The only big gripe I have about these lipsticks is the smell which isn’t exactly appealing but easy enough to get used to – it’s not strong. It also tends to taste as it smells, if that makes sense.


My favourite way to apply this at the moment is to apply to the centre of the lips straight from the bullet, then use a lip brush to work the colour outwards and outline the lips, then go back in the centre from the bullet again.


The reason I wasn’t as into this shade before was that it always seemed a little orangey to me when I believed that orange tones didn’t suit me. It is definitely a true red without a noticeable blue tone. It contrasts a bit more with my cooler purple hair at this point in time but overall gives a confident, summery look.

I thought for a moment of changing my planned April rotation so that they were ALL bright shades instead of waiting until May to start doing it. However, I do have some nice spring pinks that I want to use as well, so I changed my mind again. The temptation to break out of rotation these days is very strong! Especially when there is a shade I never reach for or one that I tend to reach for too much. But that’s the whole point of this challenge – to figure out what I truly love and what should be tossed without fail.

Anyway. I’m not sure how scheduled posting will be for the time being because I have an assignment to be finishing for next week, but at least I have some photos to work with when I need a break from reading academic journals.

Until next time,


Days since I last bought lipstick: 80

Review: Sleek Metallic Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Roman Copper

Hi everyone!
When I decided to not buy any new lipsticks during 2018, I popped all of my fresh new lipsticks purchased in the sale into a box and stuffed it where it would be too much effort to take out. In fact, I popped every one of my new makeup purchases in there. Probably a good idea, because I’d otherwise end up with one too many open mascaras and other miscellaneous items.


But anyway, I was very tempted to open Sleek’s Metallic Matte Me Lip Cream in Roman Copper a bit earlier than planned, because from the online swatches I could see it was an unusual shade and wanted some time to experiment with it. I’d bought it in the Boxing Day Sale in a set with the infamous Solstice palette for half price! Normally the Metallic Matte Me Lip Creams cost £4.99 each.
The shade itself is a very pale… well, copper shade. I don’t know about you, but copper to me was always something like a reddish tone so, for anyone who thinks the same way, it’s a pale gold. It’s very shimmery so the yellow in this shade is not overpowering which I admit I may have been a little worried about.
It’s certainly not a shade I would ever wear alone. It’s a bit too pale for that. It can also apply a little patchy and in order to fully cover the lips, you would need to dip the brush back in the tube quite a few more times.
So some matte lipsticks, like Colourpop’s,  are also able to be wiped off at the end of the day even if they’re supposedly steadfast. This, however, won’t transfer at all or wipe off easily. It feels very light and stays on better than a super-sticky post-it note, and requires your special makeup remover for the most stubborn of your makeup.
Overall, this really isn’t for me. I’m surprised that they decided to include this in a Christmas gift set but it looks like it was included in the hopes people would buy it for the Solstice palette…
Would you ever wear this particular shade of lip?

Until next time,


Days since I last bought lipstick: 77


My Current TBR Pile, as of March 2018

When I first sat down to write this I was thinking that this would end up being a very long post. This was because it seemed like my TBR pile had finally reached the heights of my G-Dragon poster. Then I realised that I could split the pile somewhat. I tend to leave my current reads on top of this pile too, you see, as well as some other stray books.

Anyway, after splitting the pile into my abandoned reads and actual yet-to-be-touched books, I thought I would show you the books in the latter category.

But then after that… This post was originally scheduled for February but my birthday recently passed by and I got a few more books as gifts…. making this a very long post. Whoops.


Yes, that’s right everyone, I am experimenting with portrait images and not landscape!
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
About: A group of young boys crash land on an island and have to fend for themselves.

This has been on my TBR for a while. As a lover of the Battle Royale, I think the original plan was to self-study these books together alongside other books of a similar premise, like The Hunger Games and The Long Walk. It never really happened, but I still want to read this again. I’m sure I would at least appreciate it more than my thirteen-year-old self did.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
About: A dreamwalker and clairvoyant hired to break into people’s minds for information.
I’ve heard so much good about this series but wasn’t sure if it was for me. The book itself is pretty stunning, though, and I thought about it a lot. I was really surprised to find it in a charity shop a few weeks ago with an unbroken spine and snapped it up straight away! £2.50, everyone. What a deal!

I spied some Murakami and other big titles that day, too, so it really goes to show that charity shops are always worth checking out. I’ve spotted everything from hardbacks of The Girl On The Train to the entire Song of Ice and Fire series in such stores. Did you know my entire Harry Potter book set was second hand in this way? In fact, I think half my bookshelf is second hand!

I See You by Claire Mackintosh
About: A woman becomes the target of possible horrible crimes after her photo is revealed in a newspaper’s classified ad.
This is a book gift from Tray, and it’s a thriller. I don’t normally read this genre but it sounds good and I’m looking forward to shaking up my reading a bit.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
About: A girl caught in the whirl of a close friend’s death at the hands of a police officer.
Does this book even need an introduction? It’s probably the most recommended book of 2017 as I just did not stop hearing about it, and I picked this up at a The Works store in Colchester, for £3! Only… that was in October or November and I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t touched it.
The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu
About: A survivor of a deadly fever with emerging powers.
This was also picked up at The Works, but one in my city. They do some great discounted box sets and I’ve been mulling over getting the Poison Study (Maria V Snyder) box set for a while, too. I’ve heard lots of good things about Marie Lu so I’m eager to start this series.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens|Goodreads
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte|Goodreads
Two classics here, bought where else but a charity shop? I’m not as hyped to read these but I’ve always been meaning to read them so I expect I’ll get around to it at some point. Not that I hate classics, I’ve enjoyed a few before but they’re just less exciting to pick up, initially!

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Red Rising Series, #3)|Goodreads

I’ve just finished Golden Son, the second book in the series, and I may leave it a while before I finally finish this trilogy. I am really enjoying it so far, though.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K Rowling)
About: A detective is tasked to solve the apparent suicide of a model.

Another charity shop find from more than a year ago, I simply haven’t found myself in a rush to read this.

Blade Runner (originally ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) By Philip K. Dick
About: A bounty hunter is tasked to retire some rogue androids.

Renamed for the infamous film and recent cinematic remake, I first spotted this in Foyles before meeting a friend, before then finding it in The Works for £2, of all places!
Ink by Alice Broadway
About: A girl’s father dies and his tattoos, his life records, to be made into a Skin Book only there is something missing from his.

Following on from the last book, The Works also often offer 3 for £5 on their books. Normally, the store in Birmingham City Centre doesn’t have a selection to my taste but when I spotted these two books, I was so excited! AT was with me and also wanted a copy of Blade Runner so we were able to pick up the books for £5 together!
The Bees by Laline Paull
About: A bee of the lowest caste in the hive breaks a sacred law.

This was a birthday gift from AT, and is pitched as ‘Hunger Games’ meets ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The concept sounds really interesting and this isn’t just human dystopia with a bee concept – all the characters are bees! The cover of this particular edition is really bright and attractive and adds some much-needed colour to my TBR pile.
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
About: A girl strives to create her own companion out of the mechanical parts that every human in her community has.

This was a birthday gift from Twerp. It went straight on my wishlist after I had seen it floating around my twitter or something and I fell in love with the new paperback cover, with red sprayed edges!

Clearly, I need to make a start on this pile, but I really can’t help myself when it comes to buying books. I’m trying to make more room for reading this year, with the aim of at least a book per month for my Goodreads challenge.

What is your reading challenge goal this year?

Until next time,


[Chatter] A Quiet Evening

I’m sure it happens to a lot of us.

I’ve noticed recently that I go through these phases of being very talkative, oversharing and social, then feeling very very quiet and reserved, and wanting to keep to myself as much as possible. Even now, I don’t feel like writing a lot. I don’t particularly feel like doing anything, actually.

Last night, I was having a bit of an ‘off’ evening where my mood was really low for no reason. I was struggling to take care of myself and had finally pushed myself into the shower, and forced myself to do my skincare and brush my teeth. As a bonus I even body-buttered myself. But on these days I also feel this strong urge of not wanting to sleep, and it was past midnight at this point.

This is a rather regular occurrence for me, by the way. I usually just try not to work against it and take some ‘me’ time without guilt and, when sleep takes over, the feeling lessens in the morning and I can take things from there. These phases pass. I am working on a long post about my depression, for later this month. In writing it, I realised how much this blog helped to track my emotions, so I do want to be talking more about my own emotions here.


I took out my deck of tarot cards. I was partly inspired by Alice’s post here, where she had her cards read, because it got me thinking, and reminded me that I have a set of cards. Do check out her blog – I find it very fascinating to read about her experiences living in Japan as someone who wants to live there one day or at least study abroad in Korea.

I’m not a heavy believer of tarot and I am obviously not a skilled reader. If anything, the cards present more questions than answers. However, I like to use them as a source of ideas and reflection, and they sometimes offer a new perspective on a problem I have.

I’ve been meaning to invest in a Rider-Waite deck and may actually get around to it soon. My current deck is just a small introductory one my friends picked out for a birthday once, but I really like the small size and its design.

A card that represents a part of my past that may be influencing my present

10 of Wands

Wands represent energy, growth and personal enterprise. The picture on this card depicts a man carrying a lot of sticks. I think it suggests a heavy workload. It brings to mind the idea of taking on too many new challenges and not being able to handle them all. Also, as you all know, I keep a lot of hobbies although I am not active with all of them at the moment, and this card is also making me think of that.

A card that represents the present situation –

Temperance, reversed

The image depicts a woman pouring something from jar to jar, amongst vines and a tortoise and a hare. It reminds me of how I like to be busy (the hare) but also need time to take it slow, like with my talkative and quiet periods (the tortoise).

Temperance means self-restraint. In particular, voluntary restraint or self-moderation. Mine is upside down, which could mean the opposite, or it could emphasise the normal meaning. To me, it means something is abnormal here. Am I too controlled or too uncontrolled right now?

I’m not fully sure what it could be referring to as there isn’t anything, in particular, I have been practising extra restraint or freedom in. Perhaps it could be about my mood, which is often out of my control and definitely was last night… but I find that to be too convenient of an interpretation, perhaps.

A card that represents an issue of the future

the King of Swords.

The picture depicts a king with grapes and a fox.

This card represents independent judgement and rationality, two things I can lack at times. Swords represent interaction, communication as well as intellectual pursuits, so I usually take the meaning in the context of work and study. This card suggests that I might improve in these aspects or that opportunites will arise in which I can, and this will be something that challenges me in the future.

A card that represents what can be done in the present to prepare for the future

2 of cups, reversed

The picture depicts a boy and girl holding a wine on which cups rest. SIGH. Cups in general represent the emotional and relationship side of life. I assume this card means relying on others for emotional support. This card could also be advising me to keep things light-hearted with a focus on relieving tension.

So, these were just a few things for me to think about and pass the time with. I’m always a little surprised at how applicable these can be and what I can learn from these despite not reading seriously.

Have you ever had a look at tarot card reading?

Until next time,


Books of 2018 #2: Golden Son by Pierce Brown (and also getting to meet him!!)

Hi everyone!

Last year, I was gifted Red Rising by my best friend, Tray, and really enjoyed it. However, I’m really bad with series and often never pick up the next book in the fear that it just won’t be as good. This is often why I reach for standalone books instead.

I heard that Pierce Brown was visiting Birmingham though and instantly snapped up tickets as well as the remaining books in the Red Rising Trilogy. Then it occurred to me that I might want to make a start on the books since the talk and signing were for the first instalment of the second, sequel trilogy, and I might hear some spoilers. Not that it mattered much – I don’t seem to remember them by the time I get around to reading them!

It was on a Wednesday (31st January) that just so happened to be a really, really sucky day. It was one of those days where I could have done everything to lift my mood and still feel awful. But stories about my mental health are for another day…

This particular Wednesday, I trekked off to uni and by the time I hit the city centre I knew it was going to end up a day off. I wasn’t even in the mood to shop and treat myself. I ended up buying a pretzel and cosying up to a corner of the Waterstones Cafe for six hours, reading as much of Golden Son as I could. I had to take regular breathers.

I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a heartless character death that lifts my mood a bit. Flick a page of Golden Son and suddenly someone is dead. It could be anyone and the question is not who, but when? I’d close the book and be two steps from laughing. I was actually feeling a bit giddy by the time I had to actually go upstairs to the event.

You know when authors talk about their favourite dead characters and we either laugh or stare at them in horror? Pierce Brown is another kind of writer. He’ll have whole character arcs ready before deciding to kill one off at the pick of a hat. Literally. I know, it’s EVIL. Pierce Brown is the kind of writer I want to be when I’m all grown up… let’s ignore the fact I’m not a teenager anymore!

By the time I made it home, my mood did a total 180 and I ended up back where I was in the morning. Then I spotted this photo on my camera.

(In the words of my friend, AT: “Pierce Brown is sorta hot – in the redneck kind of way…” and that, I do not disagree with…)

It’s now almost a month later as I type this last bit. I’ve finally finished the book and it was relentlessly death-filled and emotional. I think I even enjoyed it much more than Red Rising! Even though I didn’t have much to read to finish, I need to take a break before I start on book three, Morning Star. I can imagine that it will just as action-packed.

Until next time,




Battle of the Supposed Velvet Teddy Dupes: Wet n’ Wild Bare It All vs Maybelline Clay Crush

Do you remember when MAC’s Velvet Teddy was the craze? It sort of still is, but nowhere near as much as it was a few years ago. Since then, a number of dupes have emerged for it. I wasn’t sure whether the shade would suit me so it made more sense for me to find a dupe before I went for it. As you might be able to tell, I didn’t buy Velvet Teddy in the end. Today, I’ll be comparing two of its dupes for you to have a look.


Maybelline’s Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush is £6.99 for 3.3g, and comes in the standard bullet shape. Wet N Wild’s Megalast Lipstick in Bare it All costs £2.99 as an add-on item from Amazon and comes with a similar amount of product in a rounded flat shape. I prefer the pointed bullet of Clay Crush for applying lipstick, but Bare it All wins in terms of price.


However, I’ve mentioned this before but the packaging of Wet N Wild’s lipstick comes with quite a few flaws. The product sticks up out of the tube from new and can’t be wound down, which is mildly annoying as the lid sometimes catches the product if you don’t remove it properly. On top of the that, the lid is prone to cracking and once it does that, the lid easily falls off when travelling. Luckily, it’s cheap to replace and the formula is stiff enough not to make too much of a mess. I haven’t experienced the same problems with Clay Crush thus far although I haven’t had it as long.


Now, these two products have very similar shades. So similar, in fact, that when I had to go back over the swatches, I had trouble remembering which photos I had taken first and which swatches were which!!

Bare It All has a stiff finish and drags across the lips. However, I don’t mind this personally. It’s just what I noticed when using these two products side by side. I do tend to get a stronger pigmentation on first swipe compared to Clay Crush although again, that doesn’t matter too much because I always layer up with many swipes anyway.

On the other hand, Clay Crush is very soft and lightweight. However, I noticed that it doesn’t cling to the lips as well, instantly showing lip lines, and needs topping up after a few hours to retain the smooth finish and not make those lip lines too obvious. Neither lipstick bleeds very much, if at all.

Lastly, here are a couple of photos to demonstrate how similar they are to each other. If I really had to differentiate them, Bare It All has a slighter mauve tone while Clay Crush is slightly peachier, but this barely translates on the lips unless you have a very trained or familiar eye.


Overall, I wouldn’t repurchase either because by using these two I have concluded that this particular category of nude is not for me. They both layer well under a deeper lip liner for a slightly darker nude and that’s how I’ll be wearing them until they are used up.

Of course, I also concluded that Velvet Teddy was not my kind of shade and didn’t buy that either. The cost of both these lipsticks together still add up to less than that of the original Velvet Teddy.

Until next time,


Days since I last bought a lipstick: 66

Some Songs and an Attempt To Sum Up My Month

Hi everyone!

It’s the last day of February now. Compared to January, this month really flew by and lots of things happened. I didn’t just want to write about my month, so I tried to find the best songs in my music library to express the things that happened.

Since I listen to a lot of Korean Pop, I had to google a lot of the lyrics for the first time, haha. I was surprised to find that a lot of the sweeter love songs didn’t quite match the meaning I wanted for this song selection.

Galantis – In My Head | I actually don’t have much to say about this one, it’s sort of self-explanatory, lyric-wise.

Namie Amuro – Birthday | Also moderately self-explanatory, seeing as it was my birthday this month AND this year it’s also unintentionally been a case of “new year, slightly-better me”.

Melanie Martinez – Soap (Sailors Remix)| I am working on a sort-of filter for when I say things. I say stupid things, get annoyed myself for staying stuff and then take it out on someone else and what the heck, Swanna? PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER. Also, I’ve started letting out the occasional swear word at work, which isn’t good when I am working with kids. Luckily, it’s all been out of earshot but that needs work, too.

Carly Rae Jepsen – Warm Blood | For the longest time, as much as I adore this song to bits, I didn’t really get it. It sounds like a love song that is borderline creepy due to the blood imagery. But I was daydreaming up a music video for this recently and something just clicked.
I recently went out to the pub to hang out with some friends. My alcohol tolerance is really low, everyone. I felt my heart pounding after one glass of wine, and I stood up and my head spun and my hearing went muffled which was quite scary until I was outside for a bit. But anyway, that was the experience that made this song make sense, and what inspired me to write this entire blog post. It’s just a dreamy, muffled feeling of drunk happy.

Red Velvet – My Second Date | Okay, so I’m not quite at Date #2 yet. Did I tell you about how I had a Valentine’s blog post all ready, about being single and stuff? Yeah, you didn’t see it, because it wasn’t really relevant to me anymore. Yeah… Suddenly I wasn’t exactly single. As the song says, “from A to Z, it’s all so awkward”.
Dates are really weird, everyone.

Kisses are even weirder. I was tempted to include 3OH!3’s “My First Kiss” (which, to reference the lyrics, didn’t go ANYTHING like this) but no. Not that my expectations were high, but my YA fantasies have been proper shattered, LOL.

LOONA / Yves & Chuu – Girls’ Talk | Typically, all my close friends got almost-live updates as all this dating stuff happened, so despite me saying ‘oh my lawd guys don’t tell anyone’ they all know anyway. All the recent happenings were just so bizarre. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are moments with this guy that are really sweet and sappy and stuff and I do like messaging him (and also my friends) in the dead of night. That’s part of the reason this song is on this playlist.

But, on the other hand, it’s this gossipy part of the experience that makes it feel sort of like… a game. I won’t lie when I say I tell my friends things just to seek reactions, and that those reactions are entertaining. So, it’s not that I particularly care if people find out, but I don’t want certain people to tease me into oblivion. ANYWAY. Am I even making sense?

That was something just a little random for a mid-week, end-of-month post. I hope you enjoyed that!

Until next time,