Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush Balm

Does anyone else pop into Boots and before you know it you’ve spent £30 on things you definitely don’t need but my goodness there’s absolutely no chance you’re not going to buy them?

It happens ALL the time for me, which isn’t great on the bank balance, but excellent for my make up bag!

I popped in a couple of weeks ago to buy face wipes and ended up picking up a Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush Balm in the colour Viva Violet.

It wasn’t the first time I’ve tried these out, I already have it in The Redder The Better, but I wanted a deep pinky purple to go with an outfit I was planning to wear that night.

It wasn’t a necessity but I just couldn’t resist!


It’s a really lovely deep pink, which isn’t as dark as some of the others that are quite fashionable at the minute. I was slightly apprehensive to try out this colour as it’s quite a statement but this one is really nice as a first step into really dark lip colours!


I love the fact it has a pointed nib end as it’s so easy to use. I use the tip as a sort of lip liner that helps to keep it all in place, then the side of the point to fill in my lips.

The balmy consistency is so moisturising and it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing lipstick, yet has the colour intensity of one.

The smell is so lovely too! It’s quite a chocolatey sent which makes you want to lick your lips! I hate when lipsticks smell chemically.


The colour lasts such a long time too, which is brilliant. I obviously applied it a couple of times throughout the evening, but woke up with still a bit of colour on my lips!

The Lasting Colour Rush Balm is only £5.99, and everyone needs to try it out! I love them!

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Emily x

MeMeBox ColorBox #1 Red


This monthly box is a newbie to me, although I have seen it on quite a few different beauty blogs recently. My love for subscription boxes forced me to try out this international beauty box. There are an absolute tonne of different themed boxes, and I received the ColorBox #1 Red. Now I am a Red in the fact that I support Manchester United, but I don’t tend to own a lot of red make-up and so this was a mini adventure for me. Let’s see what’s inside…

 open box

Dearberry Flirt Lipstick 08 Red Parade ($12)

This is a full sized product and is a bright red lipstick which is made from naturally derived ingredients, including olive oil, cocoa butter and cupuacu seed butter. This buttery smooth lipstick slides onto the lips perfectly and lasted me a good few hours.


Dearberry Today Nail Lacquer #21 Pink Sprinkling ($3)

Another full sized product, although I am unsure why it is called Pink Sprinkling as it is most definitely pillar-box red. A handy-sized classic red nail polish that needs just one coat to produce super red vividness.


L’OCEAN Eye Shadow L-35 Red ($10)

This eyeshadow compact is velvety smooth, long-lasting and extremely vivid in colour. A little too vivid for me, but I think this shade would look beautiful on darker skin. The quality of the product is fab though and I would definitely be happy getting it in another shade in a future box.


Tosowoong Gel Pencil Liner 04 Burgundy ($10)

This is a beautiful dark burgundy gel eyeliner pencil, will glides on super smooth and easily. I tried this on my hand, in a love heart shape to show you the colour, and I tried rubbing it off afterwards but couldn’t. Therefore I am stuck with a loveheart on my hand all day, but at least it shows just how good the staying-power of the product is.



Cheek Room Two Color Lip Gloss #6 Red ($12)

The fifth and final full-sized product from my ColorBox is this amazing lipgloss. It is highly enriched with grape seed oil to moisturise chapped lips as well as giving a glossy sheen to your lips. This special lipgloss actually consists of two different colour glosses – a red and a coral, and so each application can alter slightly, which I find a really fun idea.


The MeMeBox costs just $15 plus shipping at www.memebox.com but be quick cos they sell out super fast! I cannot wait to try some of the other themed boxes, I have my eye on quite a few.


Kathryn xxx


Nail clippers are a hot commodity in my house – they are both frequently needed and frequently lost. I normally purchase the cheapest ones I can find, but these often don’t do the job on toenails and end up shattering the nail.


I introduce to you, the CLYPPI Stainless Steel Toenail Clipper. Yes, I know, most people hate feet, looking at feet, talking about feet, but don’t worry there are definitely NO foot pictures in this blog post. I promise. The CLYPPI is really easy to hold on to, it is made of stainless steel with a brushed steel finish and so it is not slippery like a lot of the cheaper nail clippers can be. It also has a flared end on the lever that provides a better grip and so is perfect for people with arthritis or joint pain who need a little more support.


There is also a nail file built into the lever that has a much finer grain than that of other nail files you find on clippers. When using the clippers, it leaves the nail edge really clean and doesn’t leave chips or jagged edges, which is something I have been suffering from for a while now with my cheaper nail clippers.


Now here is the best thing about buying a CLYPPI – it has a LIFETIME GUARANTEE! No questions asked – now you can’t say fairer than that! You can order your very own CLYPPI from www.amazon.co.uk where they cost £12.47 and come with free delivery. Yes, that is quite a lot of money for a pair of nail clippers, but these beauties will last you forever, and if they don’t then you can simply get your money back!


Kathryn xxx


Those of you that are regular Kats Paws readers will have read all about my lip balm collection. I buy lip balms all the time, as I am always losing them but its something I cannot be without. Here are a couple of my favourite Blistex ones.


Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner (£2.59)

This arrives in a cute little pot and the lid just screws off easily. The formula inside looks quite waxy, and is quite transparent in colour. You simply pop your finger in, give it a little swipe (you do not need much of this product as it is quite thick in texture and so spreads on the lips really well) and then smooth it across your lips. The Daily Lip Conditioner has Olive and Grape Seed Oils as part of the ingredients and so helps to keep your lips in fabulous condition. It also contains Aloe Vera which is really cooling, especially after being out in the sunshine all day, which reminds me that this product also has an SPF of 15, which means you can keep those luscious lips protected when out and about.


Blistex Lip Brilliance (£2.61)

In a twist up tube, this lip balm product adds a really pretty shimmer and tint of rosy pink to the lips. It contains nourishing ingredients such as Vitamin E to naturally replenish, Silk Extracts for super-softness, and Grape Seed Oil to condition your lips. Because of the shimmer in the formula, it makes your lips look fuller, without giving you that trout pout look. I really liked this product as it gave me colour as well as conditioning and protecting my lips. I have quite thin lips and so this gave them a fabulous boost without drying my lips out like some lipstick products can. As with the Daily Lip Conditioner, the Lip Brilliance also has an SPF of 15 and so is great for this time of year.


Take a look at www.blistex.co.uk to find out more and visit Asda, Boots, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug, Tesco and all leading retailers and pharmacies to purchase.

Bracketed prices are based on www.boots.com current prices.


Kathryn xxx

Cocoa Brown Self-Tanning Range

I think Emily has briefly mentioned Cocoa Tan on here before but this was the first time I have tried it and so wanted to share my experience with you all. I want to introduce you to the Cocoa Brown Ultimate Travel Set.


When I hear the words travel set, I often think of miniature lotions and potions, but each product within this pack is a generous size at 75-100ml. All three products come in a super handy waterproof zippable bag, which even features a little hook for you to hang in your bathroom.

 tough stuff

First up is Tough Stuff, this is a no-nonsense body scrub that helps your skin prepare for the application of the self-tan. The formula is a great pinky purple colour and has intense granules in to really buff and polish the skin. It smelt lovely and was really quick and easy to use although I wouldn’t recommend using it in the bath, I would use it in the shower, as I did the aforementioned and felt like I was sat in a sand pit!


Next up is the 1 Hour Tan. This is a mousse formula and so is mega easy to apply. I used the Cocoa Brown Tan Applicator Mitt as this ensures I don’t end up with orange palms. You simply pop on the mitt and spray out some of the tan into your mitted hand, and then simply smooth all over your body. It only took me no longer than ten minutes for a full body application and I even used it on my face.


It was quite hot last night and so I don’t know whether it was the heat or the formula but I needed to wait around 10-15 minutes before dressing. In the morning I was really impressed with the colour of the tan, and I had no streaks anywhere. The colour I was left with after showering was a lovely natural bronze rather than resembling an Oompa Loompa.


Now it is very important to moisturise whilst wearing self-tan as some formulas can really dry out the skin. Cocoa Brown’s Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Moisturiser is perfect for keeping the skin hydrated and soft. It looks and smells like chocolate dessert and helps to prolong the tan rather than just keeping your skin moisturised. With all three stages of self-tanning taken care of, this travel set really is the ultimate.

Before before



Check out www.cocoabrown.ie for more info or head down to Primark and pick up your set now!



Kathryn xxx

Kevin.Murphy Haircare

The Kevin.Murphy line of haircare first caught my eye because of their unusual bottle design. Each bottle is a neat rectangle with the lid on the bottom left side, not your average bottle of shampoo. I love trying higher-end haircare products and so I chose the range for fine coloured hair like mine. The range for this kind of hair is the Angel range – pretty name, pretty bottle, pretty coloured bottles.


Angel Wash (shampoo) and Angel Rinse (conditioner) are as mentioned, specifically for the fine-haired, whether you colour it or keep it natural. This range is also good for people with fragile or damaged hair due to chemical processes, e.g. you blondes out there.


The Angel Wash is a gentle volumising cleanser and helps with colour retention. Milk proteins in the formula helps calm frizzy hair that has suffered from long-term exposure to chemical processes. The colour of the Wash actually matches the bottle too, it is a pretty mauve pink.


The Angel Rinse is a light-weight, volumising conditioner which adds moisture to dry, tired ends, as well as helping to repair fragile hair. It feels really smooth when you apply it and I recommend massaging the product well.


Not part of the Angel range, but never-the-less no less hair-repairing is the Born Again Essential Treatment. Now this is such a unique product that contains ingredients which are so small in their molecular size and weight, they can pass into the cortex of the hair instantly. Now this product is strictly for hair that is extremely damaged or dehydrated to really give it that mega boost and treatment. You can use this product in the shower if you are in a rush or enjoy it in a relaxed bath whilst you are having a bit of a pamper session as you can leave it on for 2 to 20 minutes.

My hair tends to tangle a lot after washing but I noticed after using the Angel range, my hair didn’t have one single knot in it, so brushing was much more pleasant! I have used so many volumising haircare products, but this range added volume to my hair without making it feel heavy with product. I have also noticed that my ends are much softer and not as dry. I genuinely did feel a difference with this haircare range and my hair feels a lot less limp and miserable. Making me a happy girly.

You can purchase all of the Kevin.Murphy range at www.kevinmurphystore.com where the Angel Wash costs £16.95, the Angel Rinse costs £18 and the Born Again treatment costs £27. These products may be a little higher in cost than a lot of the high street branded haircare, but that’s because they have ingredients in them that genuinely work.


Kathryn xxx

Vera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush Perfume

I have wanted a Vera Wang perfume for ages, the bottles are absolutely gorgeous and I haven’t ever even sniffed any of the fragrances but I knew that I wanted one. When browsing Boots.com it came up with the Lovestruck Floral Rush Eau De Parfum 30ml on offer. The original price was £35 and it was down to just £19.95 – I definitely couldn’t not add it to my online basket!


So as I just divulged, I hadn’t even smelt this perfume before purchasing it – yes a silly thing to do, but I had heard so many good reviews I had confidence in Ms Wang. After admiring the beautiful purple bouquet and floral bow packaging, I removed the lid and had a spritz. HELLOOOOOO Vera Wang Lovestruck!


I thought it would be quite a light floral fragrance, but it is muskier than I thought which is perfect for me. It is a composition of champagne, pink pepper and apricot blossom as the top notes, pink passion flower, marigold and white freesia within the heart of the fragrance, whilst the base notes include hints of ambergris, musk and cashmere wood.

 bottle closeup

I really like this perfume, and I now definitely want to start a Vera Wang collection, especially the glittery heart Princess bottles. Summed up, this is a stunning floral fragrance that is delicate and feminine, and works well for both day and night, as well of course as looking the absolute Kats Paws on your dressing table!

The offer at www.boots.com is still on so quick, quick, get yourself a bottle!!!


Kathryn xx