Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rimmel Royalty

Hello all! It's voting season... again! From now until November 29th, you can vote for your favorite Rimmel 10 girl so they win "Rimmel Royalty" meaning free make-up for her life! So go to the Rimmel London facebook page, click on VOTE Rimmel 10 and vote for your favorite Rimmel 10 girl!

Friday, October 8, 2010

LASH IN A FLASH (well 30 days at least...)

The latest Rimmel Challenge asked us to test out their newest mascara, Lash Accelerator, for thirty days. This was my favorite challenge thus far because now my lashes are HUGE!

Lash Accelerator magically grows lashes by 117% after just one month! This seems like complete blasphemy, but I'm here to confirm! It uses the GROW-LASH Complex (includes many ingredients such as CAFFEINE!) to help lashes grow longer and fuller. And boy does it! I've been using it for a little over a month and I've definitely noticed a difference.

I must admit I was a tad hesitant (I normally am about products that claim such glorious things), but I am completely blown away. And for such a low price! It should totally be illegal (but I'm sooo glad it's not!) My lashes are so much longer that I've found myself wearing less eye make-up because of it!

Check out this proof!



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Challenge Number Three: Springtime! (part two)

The second part of the challenge is, as always, to create a new Rimmel look, this time, inspired by spring! The past week has been so unbelievably beautiful. That's the thing about the Northwest, although it's rainy and grey most of the time, when it's sunny and clear, it's unreal and one of the biggest treats ever. I've been taking advantage of the weather whenever I get dressed. Yesterday, I bought a part of denim overall shorts, which were too funny and cute to pass up (plus I've wanted a pair for a looong time)!

I also moved into an apartment with my friend John this week! It's very cute and right across from Tashkent Park. In fact, here's my friend (and new roommate!) John in the park, looking very London himself!

Anyway, I had a lot of fun with the springtime look! I especially liked the Color Rush Quad Eye Shadow palette in Urban Flower. It has one light pink shadow, one green, one pinky gold, and one dark brown, which completely screams spring to me! Along with the Color Rush palette, I also used the Moisture Renew lipstick in Rose Blush, the Lasting Finish blush in Pink Rose, Royal Gloss in Twinkle Pink, the Fix and Perfect Primer, and the Volume Flash mascara. The headband is from Topshop!

Challenge Number Three: Springtime! (part one)

Springtime in London and springtime in Seattle are very similar, so this next challenge is perfect! The challenge called for going out and finding the "London Look" in Seattle. When I think of the "London Look", I think of edginess, individuality, and originality. There are many places in Seattle that possess just that, but here are a few:

1. Cairo

Cairo is one of my favorite thrift shops in Seattle. Not only do they have an amazing collection of clothes (ranging from dresses to funky sweatshirts to awesome shoes) but it also doubles as a music venue that showcases Seattle bands. It's very small and quaint but is still super edgy and like nowhere I've ever been before!

2. Sonic Boom Records

Sonic Boom records is one of those records stores that you could spend hours in perusing through all the cd's and vinyls. Everyone who works there is super nice, and the setup is an art in itself!

3. Spine and Crown Books

Spine and Crown books sure is a find! It's on a main street in Seattle, but you could certainly pass by it without noticing (I did for the first six months I lived here). With this being said, it's not something that should be missed. It's a pretty small store that has piles and piles of books from playwrights, to comics, to classic novels. I feel like this store could definitely be on a side street in London where one could sit and have a cup of tea and get lost in books all day.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

le red carpet look

It's time for the Rimmel10 challenge number two! For the first challenge, we had to wipe the slate clean and go about our everyday lives without make-up, and then create our own everyday Rimmel look. Now, as Rimmel quotes "we want you to go in the complete opposite direction" with a red carpet look! For this look, we had to build a look around the amazing (seriously, amazing) Max Volume Flash mascara, which I have in Extreme Black. I decided to go all out and create a super bold look. Although I love the red carpet glamour look, I took a different approach and did a more fun, creative look. For my eyes, I used of course the Max Volume Flash mascara, the Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black on my lower lids, Glam'Eyes Mono Eye Shadow in Celestial Sapphire and then I used Natural Bronzer in Sun Light and Moisture Renew lipstick in Dreamy for the rest of my face.

I was a little scared with the blue eyeshadow at first because in the past when I've used blue eyeshadow it was either too purple or too green and no matter how many coats of it I put on, it never got the blue I was hoping for, so I'd only use a blue eyeliner. Glam'Eyes achieves what an eyeliner can and more! I applied it like an eyeliner because it comes with a double sided brush, and the smaller side worked great to get a smooth application. And the color is so electric blue! I really really like it and I'll definitely be using it for more nights out.

The Max Volume Flash mascara leaves me speechless. But, I mean, of course I'm going to talk about it. It has collagen and keratin in the formula, providing the thickest, most glam lashes I've ever had. Just a couple coats of this baby and I was instantly taken aback! I also like how it doesn't clump and stays on my lashes all day (or night).

Because I had an intense eye get-up, I chose to have a softer lip, and thus I used the Moisture Renew lipstick in Dreamy. It's a very nice pinky beige color with a little bit of shimmer to glam things up. I'm already familiar with the Moisture Renew lipstick, so it wasn't a surprise when it glided on my lips and didn't get cakey or anything! And I looove the color and is great for everyday when you need just a little more. And the Rimmel Natural Bronzer has been a favorite of mine since day one to warm up the skin just enough to give me a healthy looking glow.

This challenge was super fun and although I created a more casual look, I still felt glamourous and ready for the red carpet! Well, maybe more of a Grammy's type red carpet than the Academy Awards but either way...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ten Trends in Two Thousand and Ten

Rimmel has given each of us Rimmel 10 girls a mini challenge! In this challenge, we were asked to hypothesize 10 trends for 2010. I based my answers on some Spring 2010 runway show looks that I think will blossom and random trends that came to mind, because you really never know what could turn into a trend.
So here it goes:

1. Draped dresses. These have already been introduced for a little while, but I think they will become way more popular. I think they look super classy and sexy, and can work for any body type. I also think they're great for going all out with hair, make-up, accessories and shoes because in the end, they're pretty simple dresses, but structurally exciting at the same time. Also, any type of fabric can be used, which is very versatile for one's skin tone and body type.

2. Denim Overall Shorts
I don't know, I've just always thought they were really cute and I've been looking for a pair myself!

3. Tutus/ Tulle
I think tutus could definitely be a trend in the near future. They're so fun and girly, and great to match with boyish and edgier pieces.

4. Crimped hair
Yes, crimped hair, but not as intense as it was in the 80's. More like a softer brushed out crimped hair. Just crazy and wavy and fun.

5. African inspired prints
In the Spring 2010 Marc by Marc Jacobs show, he used a lot of traditional bright African feeling prints and I thought it looked great. I hope this becomes a trend, and even if it doesn't I will surely try to scope some of these out!

6. Khaki/ Neutral toned clothing
Also inspired by the runway, Chloe used a very neutral color palette with simple cut pieces, but it's extremely successful. Normally if I wear something plain I like to have at least one thing that pops, but everything goes together nicely and works really well and I'm interested to see what happens with this.

7. Native American inspired prints
Along with African inspired prints, I think Native American inspired prints will be taking over soon enough. Pendleton, an old pacific northwestern brand recently teamed up with Opening Ceremony and took the old Pendleton prints and styles and added a modern twist.

8. Peter Pan collars
These are so cute. I am also on the lookout for a shirt like this! It's very school girl uniform and I can also see this being paired with edgier items (ripped denim shorts, perhaps?)

9. Turbans
So, I'm not giving up on these guys. Ever since Prada brought turbans on the runway in 2007, I have been obsessed. I also happen to own two cashmere turbans made by my mom's friend, Armand Diradouraian who has AMAZING sample sales in New York. Anyway, turbans, I'm really into them. Turban headbands got more street cred than actual turbans did a few years ago, but I think the turban should be brought back.

10. Chinese calligraphy
This one is another stretch, but hey, as I said before, you really never know with trends. My friend recently bought a dress with a subtle chinese calligraphy pattern on it from a sample sale in Seattle and I got a shirt with the same pattern, but I unfortunately cannot show you said shirt because I left it back home in New York. But it's basically this dress, but in a tank top form and orange. And I mean, I'm not saying the pattern should be plastered all over, but I think if it's used properly, it can do some fun things!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Rimmel Challenge 1 video!

Here's a video I made with live descriptions of the Rimmel make-up I use for my everyday look. Enjoy!

Note: I'm an amateur at iMovie and some of my cuts/transitions are choppy and awkward but gotta give a girl a break!


Sunday, January 31, 2010

Yesterday was my good friend Samantha's birthday, so when getting ready to go out and celebrate, I created a completely new look than what I've normally been wearing with the Rimmel products. I went for something warmer and more glam and sparkly. First, I used the foundation primer. I don't actually wear foundation, but I've been using the primer anyway because it still makes my skin smooth and helps when I put bronzer and blush on. I also dabbed some on my lips to make a nude lip, which I really liked and whenever I've put foundation on my lips before, it gets really cakey, so this primer worked really well to my advantage! I also used the kohl pencil and Sexy Curves mascara on my eyes, along with my own liquid eyeliner. I used the Rimmel bronzer on my cheeks as well as on my eyes with another of my personal eyeshadows. It was a great party look and made me even more excited to go out and celebrate! It also seemed to tie my whole outfit together. It's great how make-up can do that. Throughout this project thus far I'm appreciating make-up more than I ever have before. I mean, I've always been into it, but I feel that I have more room for creativity with all the Rimmel products. Or even when I'm just lounging around (like right now for example) I'm wearing only a little make-up, but it really goes a long way. I've fallen in love with the bronzer more and more because it really gives my skin a healthy glow. I have a little bit on right now (as well as the Sexy Curves mascara and Royal Gloss lip gloss) and it makes me look more awake. Even when I go to my 8 AM classes, it makes me look like I've gotten a full 8 hours of sleep when in fact I unfortunately haven't... But while I'm still working on getting more sleep, I at least have some amazing Rimmel products to help me through it all!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

So I received my Rimmel package yesterday and seriously felt like it was Christmas all over again. I was smiling the entire time I opened each thing and today I tried a few things out! I wore the Moisture Renew lipstick in Crystal Mauve and I am absolutely in love! I can honestly say I've never worn a lipstick quite like this one. It felt like I was wearing lip balm, but with the high pigmentation lipstick always has. Normally when I wear lipstick it becomes a huge ordeal because I'm constantly worrying about reapplying and making sure I don't get that lip liner type look (you know, like when it's all rubbed off except for uneven lines around the perimeter of the lips and none of your friends tell you and you find out when you go home and look in the mirror). Anyway, that was quite the tangent. I also tried the Sexy Curves mascara which was also a miracle in a nicely packaged product. It doesn't clump at all and isn't too intense, but definitely makes a difference. I also used the foundation primer, blush in Autumn Catwalk, and the Kohl pencil, which were all equally great. I normally don't wear that much make-up during the day, but this didn't feel or even look like I was wearing more than I usually do (well, it did look like I was wearing more, but in a good, not overpowering way!) which was really nice! Nothing was cakey or thick and I felt really confident with everything I had on!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Challenge Numero Uno

Greetings again!
As I explained previously, as a Rimmel 10 Girl, I will be completing challenges in order to bring the London Look to America.
My first challenge started today: NO MAKE-UP (intimidating, I know)
It's almost noon and I've already been to class and around the city with my bare face.
I will admit, I was a little scared going to my 8 AM class without any make-up on at all, but I got used to it and forgot I wasn't wearing any (well, until I saw myself through the reflection of a window...) It's a great way to start off the day and a great way to start off the Rimmel 10 Girls project because I'll soon be able to play around with Rimmel make-up and start creating new looks!

Here are a few pictures of today so far

The Deal

Greetings all!
My name is Natalie Friedman.
Nat. Natty. Natalie. I go by anything, really.
In a nutshell, I currently go to college in Seattle, WA. I am very interested in both photography and STYLE (what this blog will mostly consist of).
I'm part of a really exciting new project called Rimmel 10 Girls which involves 10 girls (as the name implies) from different parts of the country out on a mission to bring the London Look across the pond to America! We will take part in challenges given to us by Rimmel themselves and incorporate it into our everyday lives and styles. So look out for upcoming challenges!