Lunchtime Reads: New: Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara

Posted in make up
on April 4, 2017

Well, Rimmel have surely revolutionised the mascara world, with their latest release, the Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara…

Firstly, let’s talk packaging, as that’s the most exciting thing – this is no ordinary mascara tube, it looks a little like a cocktail shaker, and you shake the tube to mix up the formula. This helps to stop the formula from going clumpy or getting dried out, so that the mascara not only lasts longer, but is like applying a brand new mascara every single time you use it.

The brush applicator has been made from regular bristles, rather than plastic bristles, which I often prefer as I find them to give a more voluminous look. The wand gathers plenty of the formula to allow you to coat your lashed with its volumising formula to build up natural-looking, full volume lashes.

If you are a regular reader of The Kats Paws, you may know that I suffer from very fine, fair, straight and short lashes, and I struggle with a lot of mascaras on the market, but this really does add volume and depth to my lashes and it has definitely been my most reached-for mascara since I first tried it out.

The Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara costs £6.99 and is available in store and online at stores such as Boots.

Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

Lunchtime Reads: EOS Limited Edition Spring 2 Pack

Posted in lips, skincare
on April 3, 2017

One of my favourite American Lip Balm brands EOS have recently released a Limited Edition Spring 2 Pack, which contains Limited Edition scents – Cucumber Melon and Coconut Milk – both Coconut and Cucumber are two of my most loved fresh fragrances, so I am loving this duo!

The Lip Balms come packaged in the prettiest Spring-themed packaging, with illustrations of flowers and dachshunds, and so they also make a lovely little gift. Inside the packaging you get the two lip balms, both of which have a swirling design on them, and of course are packaged in that infamous spherical packaging.

The containers make applying lip balm super easy, you simply twist off the lid and the sphere-shaped balm makes it perfect to apply on the go. EOS lip balms are so nourishing and moisturising on the lips, and of course they smell amazing – the pink one is Coconut Milk and the light green is Cucumber Melon.

Both scents are perfect for Spring, and as much as I love coconut scents, the Cucumber Melon has to be my winner from this delectable duo. This Limited Edition gift set costs £12, making each lip balm just £6 each, and considering the quality and quantity of balm you are getting, I think this is excellent value.

You can find the EOS Limited Edition Spring 2 Pack online at ASOS.

Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

Lunchtime Reads: New: Lee Stafford Lived In Spray

Posted in haircare
on March 31, 2017

Lee Stafford is by far one of my favourite high-street haircare brands, and I always get so excited for new releases from them, as I know from experience that whatever the product says it is going to do, it will do! Their latest release is the Lee Stafford Lived In Spray.

Because my hair is so fine, it can sometimes lack volume and texture, and makes styling sometimes quite hard, and so trying out the Lived In Spray has been revolutionary for me. I often use dry shampoo to add texture to my hair, but that can sometimes dry it out, whereas the Lived In Spray has been designed to specifically texturise the hair, whilst being lightweight and not looking like you have actual product on your hair.

The Lived In Spray is a fine, lightweight mist that adds lived in texture definition and shine to help you easily create effortless, dishevelled, undone texture with subtle grip that still leaves the hair feeling clean and soft to touch. It is so simple to use – give the can a shake, and spray onto freshly washed dry hair for a lived in look, or use it as a prepping spray to create an easy, thrown together up-do.

You can really have a good play around with this spray, and it doesn’t fire out too much product at once, so if you don’t like too much hair product, then this would work well for you to add texture to the hair, or if you do prefer extra va-va-voom, simply layer up the product in stages. Perfecto!

The Lee Stafford Lived In Spray costs £5.99 and is available in store and online at Boots.

Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

Little-Known Box

Posted in beauty, beauty box, gifts, lips, make up, skincare
on March 30, 2017

Little-Known Box is a luxurious subscription beauty box, and each month you will receive 5-6 products to discover, try and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. As well as monthly subscription boxes, Little-Known Box also offer gift subscriptions and one-off boxes, so there are multiple ways in which to try it out.

I recently received the February 2017 edition, which includes six wonderful beauty and skincare products, which came packaged wonderfully in a sleek black and gold box, so let’s delve in…

Firstly, I received the Eco Care Organic Facial Wipes (Full Size), which are worth £4.99. These are organic facial wipes, and I have them in the Soothing Rose & Chamomile edition, which is perfect for my dry skin. The wipes contain a premium hand-crafted cleanser which is naturally rich in moisture, to help give you silky, healthy skin. I love facial wipes for initially removing my makeup before I use a cleanser, so these will definitely get used.

Possibly my favourite product in this month’s box is the Miss Patisseries Cupcake Bath Melt (Full Size), which retails at £3. Miss Patisserie is a company based in South Wales and produces the cutest looking bath products. The Bath Melt came individually packaged in a lovely little gift box, and the cupcake itself comes in a little bun case, and the melt is sprinkled with glitter, and has a beautiful flower sat at the top of it. I adore bath products, and so this will definitely be getting used this evening, although it can be reused, by taking it out of the bath after use, and popping it on a soap dish until the next time you use it.

A brand I haven’t come across before is Medusa’s Makeup, and in this box you receive the Medusa’s Makeup Witch Lash Mascara (Full Size), worth £9.20. This is an American brand, and I love getting the chance to discover new brands and products. The Witch Lash Mascara is a lengthening and volumising mascara, with a flexible rubber bristled brush, and the best thing about it is that the brand is cruelty free and vegan friendly – excellent cosmetics products, that are kind and caring.

I have tried Monu Skincare products before, and have loved them, so it was great to see one of their products in the box. You receive the Monu Skin Soothing Touch Recovery Balm (25ml, Half Size), and the full sized price is normally £27.50, so at half size, you are still getting £13.75 worth of product. If you suffer from dry, sensitive skin, then you will love this Recovery Balm, as it is suitable for all skin types and can be used as a moisturiser to calm stressed skin and provide the skin with lots of healthy nourishment.

Next up, we have the Fruu Mango Lip Balm (Full Size), worth £2.99, and you absolutely cannot go wrong with a lip balm! This organic brand hand makes their Lip Balms, and they come in a variety of juicy, fruity flavours. I have the Mango flavour, which has been made with mango, aloe vera, coconut and avocado to give my lips a boost of goodness and keep them well moisturised.

The Bonus product in this box, is the Friendly Soap Hair & Body Bar (Travel Size), worth £1.99. Friendly Soap create natural handmade products that are free from SLS, paragons and palm oil, and they are cruelty free, vegan friendly and suitable for sensitive skin. My Hair and Body Bar us scented with Lavender and Geranium, and as lavender is one of my favourite fragrances, I love the smell of this. I also think travel sized soaps are so handy to have if you are going away for a few days, because some hand soaps can leave my skin really dry and sensitised, but this one will care for my hands a great deal more.

The Little-Known Box costs £14.95, which considering the products retail for £35.92, I am not only getting an absolute bargain, I am also getting the chance to try lots of lovely products and brands which are new to me. You can find out more at Little-Known Box.

Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own