Rimmel Lasting Radiance Collection Testing + Review

When I saw Rimmel had launched the new Lasting Radiance Collection I couldn’t help myself, I had to try it out! This collection consists of a foundation, concealer and finishing powder. You can purchase this collection from Superdrug or Boots.

Rimmel Lasting Radiance Collection


This foundation looks like the Wake me up and that’s because it’s kind of a re-do. Only better! This foundation has SPF 25, anti-pollutant complex and up to 24-hour hydration. My first thoughts on the packaging are, I love it. It’s simple and like the wake me up. I love the orange features such as the lid, it just reminds me of summer.

Rimmel Lasting Radiance Foundation

The consistency of the foundation is similar to most Rimmel foundations, it isn’t too watery or thick. It also smells nice, which was a big concern for me as it has SPF, I didn’t want it to have that suncream smell to it or that sticky feeling. I love knowing, I can wear this foundation and not have to worry about protecting my skin and wearing suncream as well. Especially, when on holiday the struggle of putting makeup on top of your sun cream, it feels gross. But, with this, it feels like any other foundation and does not have that sticky suncream feel. It also has small specks of glitter which give your skin that glowy, dewy effect which I don’t know about you but my skin definitely needs!


I’m not really picky when it comes to concealer other than, there needs to be a shade light enough for my pale complexion. From the minute I put this onto my under eyes I loved it! It is super brightening and immediately wakes up your under eyes.

Rimmel Lasting Radiance Concealer

The best thing is, it is super lightweight so it doesn’t crease under your eyes or look cakey. Something I struggle with, as the bags under my eyes are unreal and concealer loves to cling to this area. However, this concealer went on perfectly and didn’t cling hallelujah! Thank you Rimmel for having Vitamin C in this product it literally wakes up my under eyes and makes me look as if, I have no stress in the world because lets be honest that’s why them bags are there!

The packaging is super simple and I love how slim it is, there is nothing worse than a bulky concealer for me. I love that I can pop this into my bag for touch-ups throughout the day. There is also a clear colour scheme for this new collection and I am here for the orange and copper.


WOW! This product is a must have. You need it in your makeup bag. Firstly, can we talk about how versatile this product is. From an all over face powder to a bronzer. You can even use it as an eyeshadow! I decided to go for shade two, Honeycomb. I love the fact that this powder isn’t just one shade instead it has some light powders, contour/bronzer, and highlighter. If you fancy using it for a setting powder, you could just use the specific shade or you could swirl it for a natural glowy look.

Rimmel Lasting Radiance Powder

I decided to swirl my brush and use it as a bronzer. It made my skin look so dewy and fresh and gave it the glow it has never had. Also, I was worried that the glitter pigment in this may flash back on camera and make me look like a glittery mess. But, it looks amazing on camera both when filming and taking pictures. I don’t think I have ever seen my skin look so naturally glowy, minus all the natural since it definitely isn’t natural the glow!

My overall thoughts on Rimmel

Overall, I LOVE this new Rimmel collection! My only advice would be to maybe go a shade lighter on the foundation as it does oxidize slightly. But, it creates such an amazing naturally glowing appearance. This may be my new go-to collection for the remainder of spring/summer!

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Mental Health Awareness- Finding the Light

Now, I didn’t ever think I’d be sat here typing away and talking about this. I have always shared my Mental Health in order to promote awareness. As it is so important we promote Mental Health Awareness. I’ve been a little MIA recently and for once I actually have a reason not just that I was being lazy. But, that’s a whole other post coming soon giving you a little life update. For now, I want to talk about finding the light. I have always been open about my struggle with my mental health and for so long I thought I was coping. Yes, I did have a rough patch but after trial and error, I found some medication that helped me cope with everyday life and feel more like me. But, wham shabam that all came crashing down about 6 months ago.

Mental Health Awareness- finding the light

We live in a world where Mental Health is more prevalent in society due to developments in diagnosis. But, along with that comes the stigma and discrimination. Don’t you think it’s about time we end that and raise Mental Health Awareness within society?


It all started with the little niggling thoughts that I used to have in the past. You know the thoughts like I need to walk this way to said destination you know or something bad could happen. Now, I’m hoping you’re reading this and thinking no Brooke I’ve never had these thoughts! I wouldn’t wish any of the thoughts I’m going to discuss on anyone. But, good old me just kept plodding along. Life is busy. I’m in my final year of my degree so I’m a busy person and I just put these thoughts down to stress and just kept it to myself. But, keeping things to yourself over time is not good and before you know, it’s spiralling out of control. A bit like my life at this point.

Anyone who has experienced these thoughts knows they are very strong and scary. It’s as if someone is saying to you don’t walk that way to the shop or something bad will happen! I don’t know about you but if someone said that to me I’d be like no thanks I’ll listen to you and walk a different way. So, imagine what it’s like when this is a recurring thought! One day, these thoughts are eventually going to pile up and that’s when you end up like this…

A mess

If I was being comical I’d say a hot mess (like attractive) but I don’t think that word has ever or will ever be associated with me. But, at this point I couldn’t be any further from attractive. I was turning into a hermit crab, petrified to leave my flat because of these thoughts. At least I was safe at home right? Wrong! These thoughts perpetuated and boy I didn’t think they could get any worse but I was wrong.

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Now, the next bit is still a bit raw and sensitive so I don’t want to go into detail about the nitty gritty (in the politest way) but life at that point to me didn’t seem great.


That’s when my family and friends stepped in. I took a step backwards from social media as I found it so negative. I was constantly comparing myself to others and setting unrealistic goals and punishing myself when I didn’t achieve them. It’s so easy at that moment to be harsh on yourself but now looking back I wish I’d cut myself some slack. I was a full time univeristy student trying to cope with the hardest year of my study and stay afloat. Which I didn’t achieve any at that point.

I spent so much time during this period with my family and my boyfriends family. I am a family girl and there is nothing I love more than spending time with them away from my phone. Cue walks, adventures and just those silly moments when you sit talking and reminiscing about when you were little and used to do silly stuff like wash your sisters toothbrush in soap because she was mean to you (okay just me that did that). My family and friends are great as they have an understanding of mental health awareness and although they may never of been personally affected by mental health they have first hand seen the effects.

At this point, I was feeling calmer and happier with my family but as soon as I stepped away from that and back into reality and my degree I was back to square one. Do you know how a swan looks graceful when swimming on the water? Well, underneath th water their feet are chuffing paddling like a hot mess trying to stay afloat. I felt like this! I was barely staying afloat and the cracks were starting to show.

Sort myself out

Now, it’s so easy to sit here and type and be like yeah I sorted myself out. Yeah, Brooke course you did like it was an overnight thing! It wasn’t. I remember the endless phone calls to my parents a mess because of these thoughts and telling them I just wanted it to stop.

But, I persevered. At this point, my life was crumbling down around me. I felt like I had no control and I was just trying to keep my life in tack at least until I’d submitted my dissertation. Then, out of nowhere whack another set of news. Of course, it wasn’t good news but you know what the trooper I am, I just took it in and was like great next.

Little FYI, since then I have come to terms with the news and I’m fine! Ready for the next set of bad news to hit me I actually got some good news? I didn’t really know what that felt like but wow some actual good news! I’m not going to sit here and be like it was all great, I honestly was waiting for that moment when life was like jokes it isn’t good news here you go. But, it didn’t. I actually have the opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do!

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If I’d of been presented with this news 7 months ago there is no way I would have said yes. Okay, I’ve had 6 months of hell, absolute hell. But, I’m now in a place where I feel ready to do what I want to do.


I guess that leads us up to now. 6 months ago I couldn’t see what I’d face at the end of the day. But, now I’m looking forward to what the next year holds for me. I’ve proved to myself that I can do it! So, I guess this whole ramble is me just trying to say that you may be going through a rough patch, a real rough patch but it will get better! Probably when you least expect it and you’re at your weakest. Because, if there is one thing I have learn’t it is life will push you to your breaking point but you will see the light!

You can do this and you will! It will get better and you can look back and see how far you have come! To future me, I hope you look back at this and see what an amazing person you are, although life has thrown many challenges in your way you have thrown them back and shown how amazing you are!

I’ve found help from sources such as Action for Happiness and 50 ways to take a break.

But, what’s your story? I’d love to know how you’ve found the light in your story and what it was! It’s time to break the stigma around mental health and share our story in order to promote awarness of mental health.

50 ways to inspire you to take a break!

Everyone needs to take a break sometimes! Our lives are so busy we often become engulfed and forget one of the most important things…


So, it’s about time you took a break from life! I know that sounds crazy but you don’t need to take days off I mean a little break that can be as short or as long as you want. These are ideas that are accessible to most people and don’t cost a fortune. I mean I’m sure you would love to go away on an all inclusive holiday like myself but let’s be honest we don’t have that kind of money sitting in our bank accounts. So here are 50 more realistic ideas to inspire you to take a break!

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50 ways to take a break

Idea One

Take a bath or shower (depending on what you have). This can be a short, quick bath/shower. Or if you fancy a little pamper session you could spend a bit of time indulging your skin!

Idea Two

Go for a walk. Sometimes, you just need a bit of fresh air. Nowadays, most of us spend the majority of our time cooped up inside. So, get outside and enjoy the nature and fresh air!

Idea Three

Listen to some music. This is one of my personal favourites! Whack on your favourite playlist and dance like nobody is watching. I think I’m a professional dancer when I’m having a good old boogy. But, to anyone who sees me through my window I probably look crazy!

Idea Four

Hide/turn off all electrical and have some down time. Yes, that sounds terrifying, no social media! But, just having some time away from the online world will make such a difference.

Idea Five

Play a board game. Wow, can you even remember what that was like? I often forget board games exist. But, a quality game like Monopoly always brings out the fun and excitement.

Idea Six

Write a list of everything you are grateful for! There is so much in life to be grateful for and by writing all of them down you will appreciate all the great things in your life!

Idea Seven

Watch a film. The genre is your choice. Feel like you need a good old cry, maybe a rom com or fancy laughing your socks off a comedy. Or, if you’re that person that loves to scare yourself to death a horror.

Idea Eight

Buy yourself something. Not something crazy unless you want to. But, treat yourself to something whether thats a new top or some makeup.

Idea Nine

Read a book. There is nothing better than being full consumed by a book. The outside world disappears and for that time you are part of the book.

Idea Ten

Pet an animal. Obviously not a wild beast! I wouldn’t try petting your local parks squirrel. But, if you have a pet spend some time stroking them or you could go for a walk and ask random people if you could stroke their dog. I for one are guilty for this wherever I go, you bet if there is a dog I’ll ask to stroke it!

Idea 11

Do one good deed. Maybe hold a door open for someone, give some food to someone who is homeless or simply do the washing for your parents. That one small deed may mean the world to someone else.

Idea 12

Write a list of goals and achievements. This way you can visually see what you want to achieve.

Idea 13

Try a new food. I’m always discovering food I never knew existed and finding new favourites.

Idea 14

Take a nap. Everyone loves a nap!

Idea 15

People watch. If you’ve got a window, or sat in public just watch people as they pass. I love to guess what people do, where do the live, what job do they have?

Idea 16

Whack on a face mask! Boys, you can too. So, many times I’ve heard boys say “I’m not putting a face mask on, that’s a girl thing”. Well, you don’t know what you’re missing lads!

Idea 17

Tell a loved one how much they mean to you!

Idea 18

Go through old pictures. Whether that’s a photo album if you’re old school like me or for them newer generations who have all their photos on facebook go through and reminisce.

Idea 19

Stargaze. We are so engulfed by life we don’t take time to sit and just take in the world around us.

Idea 20

Start a new tv show. Or if you’re like me binge watch it in one day because you get so obsessed and no matter if the show is good or not you need to know what happens in the end!

Idea 21

Sit and enjoy a drink. This could be alcoholic or non-alcoholic. I love sitting with a drink normally either a hot chocolate or on the very rare occasion a porn star martini and just talking about anything and everything.

Idea 22

Phone a friend or family member and have a good catch up. I’m sure there is some gossip or event that you need to tell them about!

Idea 23

Start up a new hobby. No, not like sky diving or anything crazy unless that is your thing. It could be cross stitching, paper crafts or yoga.

Idea 24

Explore somewhere new. No matter where you live there is some area or place undiscovered. Go out and explore, find a new cafe, walk or even a new shop!

Idea 25

Go to the cinema. Everyone likes the cinema especially the popcorn am I right?!

Idea 26

Spend some quality time with your loved ones. Even if that is simply going and sitting at your nan and talking to her.

Idea 27

Tell yourself 5 things you love about you!

Idea 28

Find some inspiring quotes!

Ideas 29

Practice being mindful/meditating and work on your self-awareness and self-care.

Idea 30

Do nothing. Have no plans and see what the day has for you!

Idea 31

Go out for a meal and sit and talk. No phone allowed! I always find this so hard to create conversation and even though me and my boyfriend have been together 3 years we always discover something new about each other when we do this!

Idea 32

Exercise. The word I dread! I mean a bit of light exercise interpret that how you want. For me that would probably be walking up the stairs to my flat.

Idea 33

Buy some flowers. I never buy them as I see them as a cost that is necessary but when I feel I need a treat I love buying some flowers it just brightens the flat. Plus they make great blogging props too.

Idea 34

Write a positive thing that has happened every day.

Idea 35

Move twice as slow as normal. We live in such a fast place world. So, try to be twice as slow as you normally are.

Idea 36

Rant. When I need to take a break (usually when writing my assignments) but know I don’t really have the time to. I love to just have a little rant to whoever is near me or if I’m alone myself.

Idea 37

Have a day in bed. Most people love sleep but in reality we don’t get enough time to spend in our bed. So spend the day in bed, watch films, hibernate.

Idea 38

I may be 21 but I still love a dot to dot especially them really small ones that take so long to complete. It just feels like a really big achievement. If dot to dots aren’t your thing what about an adult colouring book?

Idea 39

Baking. I love anything sweet so as you can imagine baking is my thing. I also love cake so if I have the time to then I definitly will!

Idea 40

If money is no object for you then I definitely recommend going on holiday. But if you can’t afford to then you could always go camping. I love camping as long as the weather isn’t horrendous. I’ve been there in the freezing cold, rain lashing o the tent and the wind howling all night. It isn’t pleasant. But, I’ve also had amazing times camping in the sunny weather exploring.

Idea 41

Paint your nails. I’d love to get a manicure every week but I can’t afford that. But, I do love taking some time to sit and paint my nails and wait for them to dry.

Idea 42

Have a goof around. I love just messing around. Whether that’s singing to myself around the flat. Or dancing because I think I’m a professional dancer but if you actually saw me I’m 100% not.

Idea 43

Make a photo collage. I love making a photo collage of my favourite quotes and pictures to remind me of everything good that I have achieved or want to.

Idea 44

Visit somewhere new in your town. Let’s be honest we may live somewhere but we haven’t actually explored it.

Idea 45

Go through your wardrobe and have a purge. I’m obsessed with cleaning out my wardrobe and going through what fits me and doesn’t. More than half doesn’t and I need to just throw it away.

Idea 46

Try following a YouTube tutorial. It could be a DIY, makeup or a Bob Ross painting tutorial. Whatever takes your fancy!

Idea 47

Procrastinate. If I’m taking a break it is more than likely I’m procrastinating and trying to avoid something!

Idea 48

Day trip! I love going on day trips. Whether it’s the zoo, shopping or to the seaside count me in!

Idea 49

When I really want to have a break but don’t have a load of time I like to pick a new lock screen. I love flicking through all my pictures to pick one. There is just something about changing my lock screen to how I’m feeling that motivates me.

Idea 50

Have some food, maybe a meal or some cake and enjoy it!

I hope these 50 ways to take a break inspired you? Let me know what your favourite way to take a break is! This post was inspired by this picture.

50 ways to take a break