Monday, 3 April 2017

BIRTHDAY BEAUTIES

2016 was a rough year so I was happy that on my birthday (way back in December now) I was spoiled rotten by my family members.

I got a trip to London, a trip to the theatre, and some fashion and beauty goodies I wasn't going to say no to - well, a girl's gotta do all she can when the mid-twenties approach!

My fella got me a Glossybox subscription and some London-exclusive Lush products and my sister treated me to some Kylie Cosmetic goodies that, admittedly, I'd been dying to try.

I'll start with, in short, I loved everything I received, not just because they were really thoughtful pressies, but because they are really good products.

Kylie Birthday Edition Creme Shadow: Copper & Rose Gold

My sister was a babe and had been holding on to this special birthday piece just for me. This eye shadow creme has a long lasting finish, a beautiful rich colour and gorgeous metallic hues. It can transform and eye look in an instant. I've been using it as a power look on the lid or to tone it down and keep a zingy vixen look, I've favoured a smudged line of it across the lower lid - it really transformed my NYE look.

Kylie Cosmetic Mary Jo K Matte Lip Kit

Big sis knows me too well when she went for this STUNNING true red matte lipstick. I'd never really tried liquid lipstick, so was nervous, but this bad boy just glided on so well, that it glided right into my hand bag to! It's become such a favourite of mine for when I work or for nights out - as they say, a red lip never dates and this lipstick is so versatile, easy to use and ridiculously long lasting - with no fade! I literally only had to apply it once on a night out after some shots. It has a gorgeous high intensity pigment and leaves a silky feel to my lips - as to not dry them out - the lip liner, equally glides on smoothly and lasts all day!
I'm not sure I can actually stop going on about this lip kit, and though I may not be a Kardashian/Jenner fan, the girl promotes some good lipstick!

Kylie Cosmetic Dolce K Matte Liquid Lipstick

On days off when I'm out shopping or going for a coffee, I favour a nude lip - but nothing is worse then having to reapply the blighter all the time. I didn't have this problem once with this liquid lipstick.
Kylie's Dolce K is a deep beige nude and gives a bold nude lip that really does last all day. Like Mary Jo K it's a highly pigmented colour and I've been mixing it up with some pink lip liners to give a new and different look to wear.

I've definitely been converted to a Kylie fan and can't wait to get my hands on my next colour!

Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder

I'm ashamed to say I hadn't even heard of this when I opened my gift, but this silky feeling, matte-finish beauty has transformed my make-up routine! It's perfect for setting makeup, highlighting or colour correcting surface redness of the skin. Banana powder is so versatile it's become a must-have in my make-up bag. The micro-fine powder is translucent with just a hint of colour so suits me when I'm dressed up to the nines or just having a casual day - I love it!

I was lucky enough to pick up some Lush products that were exclusive to Oxford Street and who doesn't have a great time with Lush?!

I know, I know this blog feels like it should've been posted ages ago, but I'm still loving my lip kits - I must admit, they are really good, even if I don't like the Jenner/Kardashian clan much - and I really wanted to rave about them!

That's me for now, I'll be posting  Glossybox review soon!

Rach
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Saturday, 1 October 2016

LADY GARDEN CAMPAIGN

Recently the Gynaecological Cancer Fund and Topshop teamed to raise awareness and money to fun research in to gynaecological cancers which affect thousands of women all over the UK - to do this they released a range of hoodies and joggers on sale in Topshop.

Cara Delevingne is the the face of the campaign, but loads of other celebs have hopped on board to help raise awareness. From models like Eva Herzigová, Erin O’Connor and Poppy Delevingne to iconic names like Margot Robbie, Liz Hurley and Natalia Imbruglia everyone is getting their lady garden on - so this blogger thought it was time to invest in a new hoodie and I've featured it for my Saturday #OOTD.

Lady Garden Hoodie from Topshop (RRP: £28)
Petite Indigo Jamie Jeans from Topshop (RRP: £40)
Harper Boots from Topshop (on sale for £10)
Obviously, I decided that posing without my pants on - like said celebs - wasn't the best idea for my neighbours to see - so I decided on my new Toppers jeans (I wear petite, but they are available in regular and tall) and boots.

It's a brilliant hoodie, not too thick and stylish - though, if you are going to get one, for reference mine is a size 8, so they're pretty baggy.

You might also notice I'm rocking a new scar on my neck from my recent surgery - just in case you thought it was a necklace or something...

It's a great campaign that I think a lot of young women, like myself, need to take heed of - right now these cancers are nicknamed the silent killers. Gynaecological cancers have some of the worst outcomes for women, with a devastating mortality rate of 37% and recent research revealed that over a third of women are too embarrassed to go to the doctor with gynaecological concerns – let alone talk to a friend!

This, frankly, shocked and frightened me. There's so many women that talk of being empowered and independent, but how empowered can you be if you can't talk about your own healthy without shyness or shame.

Let's change this today - support the campaign!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Tackling Proactiv+ scepticism

Proactiv +  30-Day Core 3-Step System
From L to R: 
Skin Smoothing Exfoliator 60ml,
Pore Targeting Treatment 30ml,
Complexion Perfecting Hydrator 30ml
Free items:
Skin Purifying Mask 28g,
Deep cleansing facial brush
 


You've likely seen the television advertisement's where the likes of Jorgie Porter, Nicole Scherzinger, Hayden Panettiere and even Adam Levine have boasted the miracle works of Proactiv + treatments and how it 'transformed'  their lives - so when I ordered from ASOS a few weeks ago and got given a voucher to try a 30 day kit for £20 (plus p+p) I thought: why not give it a try?

So I did, and here's what I think:

I will tell you all now, I was not eagerly awaiting this kit to come though my door to be my skin saviour, I honestly didn't want to go into this with the highest hopes because as a teen I suffered with my skin - I still do now(!!) - and I had it in my mind that the only thing that can really give you fully clear skin is prescribed treatment (which is mainly why I take the pill).

But after three weeks of using it my skin really has improved!

I've been genuinely shocked with it.
I use the three-step kit twice a day and it really has changed my skin.

The three-step kit contains the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator - which I use with the facial brush - a Pore Targeting Treatment toner and a Complexion Perfecting Hydrator moisturiser.

The exfoliator leaves your skin feeling scrubbed, clean and fresh, but not like you've scrubbed your skin raw as the exfoliating beads are very gentle

With the toner you only need a very small amount a it goes a long way - it's an odd sensation as it makes your skin feel a bit tight.

Once the toner is absorbed fully the moisturiser leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.

My only criticism is the moisturiser is heavier than I would typically use day to day and once I wake up in the morning my skin can feel almost oily - it's hard to describe, my skin doesn't feel greasy, but it does feel like it needs cleansed.

Over all I've seen a huge improvement with my skin - I've obviously had the odd blemish when my hormones have changed within the month, but using the products had made it go down quicker than usual.

The mask I got free doesn't feel like your typical face mask that goes hard or drys, it feels more like the Liz Earle Hot cloth Treatment, as a good comparison - and even with it's slight clinical smell it leaves skin feeling lovely and refreshed.

So, would I recommend Proactiv+?

I think I would, especially for those who are at the end of their tether with skin treatments for adult acne or frequent blemishes.

I wouldn't say it's 'transformed my life' - but then again, unlike those celebs I've not been paid a few grand to do so - but I will say I've seen a huge positive improvement with skin over the last month.

Will I purchase again?

Possibly, the price puts me off, as to repurchase they are a bit pricey.
But the pay monthly option is tempting and it would take off any pressure or stress of going out to but new products when the others run out.

I would love to know if any of you out there have jumped on the Proactiv+ bandwagon, or if you have any other similar kits or solutions you'd recommend, get in touch or comment below!

Ciao for now,
Rachael
xx

Thursday, 9 June 2016

This running girl can!

Ask me six months ago if I’d ever have signed up for the Great North Run and I probably would’ve said ‘yes’, but with absolutely no intention of going through with it. Ask me today and I can firmly say I’m running the Great North Run 2016 for the British Heart Foundation on September 11.

For those of my friends/family that have known me since I was a kid I can completely understand the sheer gob smacking shock you’d have to here this. This is because I’ve never been an exercise lover. I like swimming and things like moky – activities where it doesn’t really feel like you’re doing exercise but the idea of leaving the house to run somewhere and run home was a horrific idea and I didn’t think I would ever have done it!

This all changed last November. I’d just found out I had coeliac disease and I will be truly honest with you all now – I’d gone up to a size 12 and was 10st 7lbs. This is the heaviest I’d been since I was 16. I know this is pretty average for the UK, but when you’re 5″1 like me, the weight doesn’t sit right and – no I was not fat by any stretch of the word- I was fairly chubby and unconfident with my looks.

My confidence had dipped from when I was cyber-bullied by my chap’s ex and her friends for years and my weight suffered as a consequence. So I thought, with the control I had to have over my food intake I would also take back control of myself and not let those bullies get me down anymore.

So I literally got up one early morning while I was studying my MA in Brighton and went for a run around the village I was living in. I still remember my first run – I did a mile in 22 minutes.

As the days and weeks went on I would do a mile in 18, then 15 minutes and eventually around 10 or 11.

My weight dropped I went from 10 st 7 to 10 st 2 in December, then by New Years Eve 2015 I was 9 st 12 and I could fit in my older/smaller clothes.

But eventually it wasn’t about losing weight, my Mam had died of a heart attack and defect and keeping my heart strong really prompted me to push my running from a mile every other day, to every day.

Then my fiancĂ© said: “Why not try and go further.” So I did.

In the meantime I’d done a few charity runs and a couple of 5k’s and I was ready to try and push myself further.

This is when I started looking at a site called Darebee, which had different running programmes and exercises, and saw a 1/2 marathon training and I though ‘yeah, I could do that’ – though, I had my doubts.

With this in mind, I decided I would likely do better at the programme if there was a goal at the end of it, so I signed up for the Great North Run 2016, in memory of my Mam.

As I wrote this I can, with immense amounts of pride, say I’ve finished week 4 of the programme and racked up 58 miles of running.

Because it became part of my daily routine, I can’t imagine a week where I don’t do four or five runs and two workouts – even on Sunday’s. I also didn’t notice how I was toning up until I went shopping and a size 10 was a loose fit on me (this is not saying I’m a size 8 AT ALL just that one item.) and my weight is down to 9st 2lbs.
What a difference a year makes!
Now I’m pretty happy with how it’s going and no, I’m no running addict – in fact I hate it, I despise it, but I know if I get up every morning and do it it keeps me healthy, strong and fit-er than I used to be!

So at the end of it, the bullies haven’t won, because I feel better than I did before they started and I’m working towards something I never thought I’d do!

Just keep running – #thisgirlcan and #runninggirl have now become, to much dismay of others I imagine, my go to hashtags on twitter with all my post-run selfies!

Please follow my progress on Instagram and if you can donate to BHF for my GNR16 1/2 marathon!

So ciao for now,

Rachael xx

Monday, 16 May 2016

LBD OOTN

As part of my job, as a newspaper editor, I'm lucky enough to be able to report on a lot of events that happen in my local area (and some further afield, like the Press Awards (eeek)).

Recently I had the privilege of attending a charity ball - the charity is a very touching one that was set up in memory of a young girl who died of cancer - and as it was a ball I got to get my glad rags on and look posh for the night.

My posh OOTN featuring:
ASOS Petite Midi Dress with Cross Back Detail
 and
Christian Louboutin Peep-toe gold button detail ankle boots.
Choosing a posh frock was an issue for me because I've lost 1 and 1/2 stone since November, so none that I owned fit me. But when I was browsing the Petite section of ASOS I came across this LBD number.

What I loved about this dress initially, besides it's amazing price tag of £25, was that it was a sleek, flattering simply dress, that is also classy, and has a lovely cross back detail. I also chose the dress because it was one I could wear again in a casual situation or for a fancier occasion.

I took the opportunity to wear one of my favourite pairs of shoes ever - my Christian Louboutin's! My Mam bought these for me back in 2012 for my birthday and they're literally one of the most beautiful (and comfortable) pair of heels I've even owned.

N.B: I checked on the Louboutin site and these aren't made any longer but you can a similar pair at Saks Fifth Avenue.

As for accessories, I kept them simple, my rose gold watch, Pandora bracelet and my 'R' necklace.

I like to think I scrubbed up well for the evening!

Tell me what you think and share links to your fave posh frocks lovelies.

Ciao for now,

Rachael
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