Rimmel Wonder Wing & Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

There’s been some great new drugstore makeup releases over the last few months, including some new liner and liquid lipstick products. Even though I’ve found my favourite makeup products that I reach for time and again after 4 years of wearing winged liner and red lips, I still regularly find myself curious enough to try new drugstore products of this ilk.

I often get asked what my favourite red lipstick is and my reply of ‘Saigon’ or ‘Creeper’ Ultra Mattes by Colourpop isn’t as accessible for many, especially European readers, as a brand available on the high street or in your local mall, so I’m pleased to bring you great news today about Rimmel’s StayMatte liquid lipstick range. Their Wonder Wing liner pen, though? Hmm, that might be more of a mixed bag review. Let’s get to it.

Rimmel London's Wonder Wing liner pen and StayMatte liquid lipstick in Firestarter review swatches

Rimmel London’s Wonder Wing liner pen and StayMatte liquid lipstick in Firestarter

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DIY: Simple Golden Snitch Baubles

For those of you celebrating Christmas the clock is swiftly counting down to the big day, but even so you might feel that you could do with getting a little more in the festive spirit, or perhaps that for some reason you can’t quite put your finger on, this year you’re sure your tree doesn’t look as good as other years. Maybe, contrary to both of those things, you are bursting with Christmassy excitement and dying to fit in one last festive craft project before Christmas truly arrives. Well, either way, I’ve got you covered. Why? Because it’s time, my little wizards, for us to learn how to make Golden Snitch Baubles.

Magical tree is magical

The great news is that it’s super easy and also inexpensive, and it would also make for a great last minute gift idea for your Harry Potter loving friend who already has all the merch you can think of.

What you’ll need: 

  • Small gold baubles
  • Small slim white feathers (I used white Goose feathers)
  • Silver paint or silver spray paint (and possibly gold paint, read below before deciding)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Newspaper or a craft table cloth

    What you’ll need

I got my baubles and silver spraypaint from Poundland for £1 each, my feathers from eBay for £2.48 for 100, and I got my glue gun from Hobbycraft forever ago for £5. Of course, if you can get your hands on feathers that are already silver that takes out a couple of steps for you right from the start. I only made 7 Snitches so they could be feature baubles on our tree (and, you know, because 7 is the most magically powerful number) but I had plenty of supplies left over to pass on to my sister so she could get her Potter loving children making as well.

Fun fact: In Danish translations, the Golden Snitch is called Det Gyldne Lyn, which means The Golden Lightning.

These baubles are very simple versions of the Golden Snitch, compared to the movie version which features engravings and embossments on the golden body of the snitch. If you wish to get that intricate with your Snitches you can use your glue gun to make fine lines of decoration on the snitch before you attach the wings, but doing so will mean you also have to buy gold paint to paint over the glue lines so that they match the golden bauble.

Step by Step guide: 

  1. Pick out your feathers to create similarly sized pairs for the number of Snitches you’d like to make.
  2. Cut the feathers to create a more angular wing-like shape.

    Cutting the feathers into wings

  3. Lay down newspaper in a well ventilated area and spray paint your feathers on both sides, leaving them to dry carefully so they don’t get stuck to the newspaper or have their colour rubbed off on the side facing down. (I propped mine against the prominent crease of the paper, but you could also stick the ends into blobs of Blu Tack or polystyrene blocks.)

    Paint the wings silver

  4. Mark where you want your wings to sit on either side of the bauble with a small dot by pen.
  5. Cut the feathers to be shorter if they’re too long for the proportions of your chosen baubles.
  6. Using your glue gun carefully, pipe glue onto one of your dot markings and insert the hard quill end of the feather into the glue. Hold in place until the glue sets.
  7. Repeat on the other side.
  8. Set your Golden Snitch aside carefully to dry.
  9. If you’ve used a noticeable amount of glue to attach the wings, you can cover the glue with gold paint if needed. Mine weren’t noticeable when hung on the tree so I didn’t bother.

And there we have it! Your tree can now be witchy and Snitchy, something I’ve been meaning to do for a couple of Christmases already. If you don’t have time to fit in making these before Christmas you can keep an eye out in the January sales for the golden baubles needed to make them for next year, as all decorations will be on sale super cheap once Christmas is over.

Do you have any holiday decorations, handmade or otherwise, that rep your favourite fandom(s)? I’d love to hear about your festive fandom features in the comments 🙂

Floral for Winter [Collectif]

I love olive green, a colour I believe is massively under utilised and under appreciated. Lucky for me, Collectif have taken up the charge for championing it this season with several olive toned pieces in their AW17 line, one of my favourites of which is this Jessie floral cardigan.

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Head to Toe Festivities [Vivien of Holloway]

Vivien of Holloway are well known for their many signature style dresses, from their Halter Neck Circle Dress to their Bolero and Sarong sets, but come winter their beloved tartan circle skirts take centre stage. There’s always a flurry of excitement and desperate flashing of bank cards when the winter skirts are restocked each year, and each year they sell out in a frenzy in their most popular tartans. Now, much-anticipated releases of new colours or prints of their Slash Neck Tops often sell out with the same kind of speed and fervor, so I’m sure I’ll be preaching to the choir for many of you today when we look at this Vivien of Holloway outfit that’s got me feeling all kinds of festive.

Vivien of Holloway Slash neck top Jenny cardigan 1950s red tartan circle skirt

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Warmth and Glamour [Collectif]

Ah, Collectif; does anybody do coats better than you? Certainly I don’t think any other vintage inspired brand is as well known for their coats, especially when you consider the fame and fervor surrounding the yearly release of their Pearl coat. For me, it was the Riley coat that made my heart go a pitter-patter when I first glimpsed its preview, a coat so classic and beautiful I have already said a million times to anyone who will listen that I want to just wear it as a dress. I’m more than partial to a winter cape as well, so when the brainwave hit to pair the Paige velvet and faux fur cape with the Riley for hood coverage and extra warmth on very cold or drizzly days, I wasn’t just pleased with myself for the practicality of the idea, but downright obnoxiously proud of the glamorous combination it created. Behold, a pairing fit for most any winter wonderland!

Collectif Riley coat Paige Hooded velvet cape

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Ho-Ho-Ho-Holly Berries [Hell Bunny]

It’s the first week of December, so that means it’s time; time for abandoning your shame when you find yourself humming All I Want For Christmas in the middle of the workday; time for saying ‘it’s Christmas, it’s fine’ when you make several awful food choices in a row in a single day even if it is waaay too early in the month to be getting that lax with your nutrition; time for climbing into the attic to get down the decorations and for gift buying (or wrapping already, if you’re super organised); and time, finally, for unapologetically Christmassy outfits, like this Holly Berry 50s dress from Hell Bunny.

Hell Bunny Holly Berry 50s dress

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