Sunday, 5 October 2014

MINI MAYBELLINE HAUL

With the sudden change in weather I decided to have a wee change in foundation, this is because my skin is sensitive and doesn't like the sudden change of the summer "sun" (in quotes as we get about ten minutes of sun in summer in Cumbria!) to the bitter winds of winter (no typical autumn up here!). But I couldn't stop at foundation, I also went and repurchased one of my favey primers and had a cheeky wee nail polish purchase whilst I was shopping, all from Maybelline, leading to a new mini haul!


Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation

I decided I wanted something that would have full coverage, but not be harsh on my skin; that's when, during my searching up the drugstore isle's I came across Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation. It boasts full coverage and to improve the overall look of skin and also boasts to reduce the appearance of the visible effects of stress including bumps, dullness and redness, all whilst last all day into the evening.

Did it live to it's boasting?

Well it had great coverage, reducing the places of uneven skin tone giving a healthy glow which I so desire in the dull days of winter. I'm not sure if it lasts all day through to a night out, however it did last an an eight hour day at work, including the hours before, when applied and after for the journey home etc. So I was pretty darn happy with the effects. It's a silky liquid foundation that's easy to apply; I used my stippling foundation brush, and blends well with my skin tone.


Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

You can have a good foundation coverage without a good base; in fact I dread to think of the days before I discovered skin primers and what my coverage must've looked like! Well I discovered Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, back when it came out in summer, and was incredibly impressed with the airbrushed look it gives your skin!

Enriched with cherry extract it boasts to make skin feel smoother, softer and appear more refined; whilst wearing with make-up it makes foundation glide on seamlessly, giving you poreless looking skin.

Did it live to it's boasting?

Like I said, I was really impressed with the airbrushed look it gives my skin and I've certainly noticed the difference with my foundation coverage and lasting-effects since using it. Since I already have, I can certainly say this will be a repurchase.

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish: Cool Touch

If you know me you know I'm a sucker for a new nail varnish, so whilst looking for a lighter shade to brighten up my autumn I stumbled upon this little gem. It boast a cool crisp colour, with runway and catwalk quality and lasting power.

Did it live to it's boasting?

I've been quite impressed with this, the colour is pale, but you can tell it's a bright grey with natural gloss shine. I'm not sure on it's lasting power on it's own, as I always apply a good lasting top coat, but it's not chipped or pealed and has weathered through the wash and work. It's also easy to apply with it's wide brush, and two coast will give you a great coverage. So it's a keeper in my books!

What did you think of my mini haul? Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Any you could recommend for me this AW/14?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Bronde's have more fun!

With summer arriving right on schedule, I decided to go for a new look, plus with leaving uni and getting a big girl job, I decided to change 'me' a bit. So after scouring google, I came across a trend I instantly fell in love with: Bronde Hair!

"Bronde" hair is that perfect shade between blonde and brunette that was first made popular back in 2007 by supermodel Gisele Bundchen (What a babe!) and it is hard work to get - simply ask my sister (who thankfully is a hairdresser) who painstakingly stood for hours going at mine with colours and highlights.

So here's the summer transformation I Undertook:


How I went 'Bronde':

I had a base coat applied which pulled all the hair to a light brown then a series of different highlights were applied in foils throughout my hair. It sounds relatively simple, but it took quite the amount of time and effort.

Result?

I'm incredibly happy with the result. It's exactly what I want. Though it's a bit bright today as it's just been done, I think when it's settled it'll have a more even to ne to it.

Stylelist's editors wrote. "without looking like you're trying to be the blonde you're not," because I'm not (anymore) and I'm tired of brunette, it's like the ultimate compromise!

But forget blonde's, it's Bronde's that have more fun!

Tell me what you think and what your faveoute hair style is for summer? 
Are you going bronde?

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Birchbox - Harper's Bazaar Review!

So, I've been a bit AWOL from the blogosphere, don't hate me, I had to finish my degree and get a job - as you do, with this sorted, I've back! Yaaay! I'm not just back, but I'm back with a review of a fabulous little box I've fallen completely in love with!
From Left:
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser,
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil
Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara
Soigne Nail Polish in Cerise
Beauty Protector Protect Shampoo & Conditioner
For this box, Birchbox have collaborated with Harper's Bazaar magazine this month to create a special selection of products selected by their beauty director, Sophie Bloomfield. This month's box however is one of the BEST beauty boxes I have received to date - it's a nice selection of products all of which I've either had and love or excited about and will definitely use!

So, what did I think?

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser:
This cult cleanser leaves skin perfectly cleansed and prepared. I've used it in the past and instantly fell in love (as which blogger didn't?) It's a nice little size for me to take on my travels, to keep my skin going, but it's best features are it's ingredients; the moisturising cocoa butter and two of nature’s best astringents – eucalyptus essential oil and rosemary – lift dirt off the skin’s surface without disrupting the natural barrier function - perfect if you've got stubborn skin like me.
Repurchase? Yes
Rating: 4.5/5

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil:
I never used to be a huge fan of bath and shower oils as I used to think they made my skin feel odd, plus I have sensitive skin, so sometimes I steer clear, though when I used this, it was the complete opposite of my expectations. It has an invigorating and refreshing blend of pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berry softens skin and uplifts your mood for a reviving start to the day. I used it before a busy long weekend working a festival and it certainly did fight off that sluggish early morning feeling.
Repurchase? Maybe - It's price puts me off so maybe if someone want's to buy me a pressie, otherwise I'd have to wait for pay day!
Rating: 4/5

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara:
Another cult blogger product, this is a product I've already owned (Which blogger doesn't?) and repurchased -twice! It's a beauty must-have, it does exactly what it says on the tin! If you're looking for a holy grail mascara, this is definitely the closest I've gotten so far!
Repurchase? Definitely, YES!
Rating: 5/5

Soigne Nail Polish in Cerise (Full Size):
I'm a bit nail obsessed, so when I get a full sized, luxury nail polish I'm a happy wee blogger! This new brand screams luxury and the results back it up! I applied two coats and it gave such a high shine and gloss finish! It lasted 5 days with a top coat, and I can't wait to buy some more from this brand!
Repurchase? Yes
Rating: 4/5

Beauty Protector Protect Shampoo & Conditioner:
This being free of nasty parabens and vegan friendly I was incredibly excited to try this! It proved well with beautiful scents and made up of honey pearl powder, which is rich in conchiolin, an ingredient that acts like the hair protein keratin helping fight the mass enemy - frizz! I was really happy with the results as using both together left my hair tamed and soft ready to go - my only complaint is I want more in a bottle!
Repurchase? Maybe - Again it's price that puts me off, together for both it would be £37 which is way over what I usually spend on hair - though it may be work it on payday!
Rating: 4.5/5

This has to be the best monthly beauty box I have received to date. I think Birchbox may be the way forward for me! The box Harper's Bazaar collaboration was a fabulous theme in my opinion, it gave you higher end established beauty products that you can definitely imagine gracing the pages of Harper's Bazaar, if they haven't already, but that are slightly on the more affordable side, besides the ones, I said 'maybe' to!

So what did you think of this beauty box! Sorry my reviews a bit late -but better later to the game than never! Please comment and get in touch I love a chat!

Rachael
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Monday, 16 June 2014

The Body Shop Party Time!

Recently I went to my first ever Body Shop party! It was party games crossed with make-up and beauty products, fun people and drink - Think an Ann Summers party without all the sexiness and a surplus of beauty products and makeup to try out i.e. A blaaaaady good night!
Me and the lovely ladies of The Body Shop party!
Jodie our Body Shop consultant took us through a range of items along with our catalogue and let us try out our favourites. I pretty much loved it all but eventually settled on two red lipsticks and a lip scuff. What was great about the party was everything had 30% off and there was some amaze deals on sets etc that were admittedly so tempting - But I restrained myself! All the products had arrived by the time my hangover had subsided and I really can't wait for my next party - it was super fun!

So, here's what I bought!



Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Elizabeth Arden - A Birthright of Beauty

 Elizabeth Arden
Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant & Flawless Finish Bare Perfection Foundation

When I came home from Christmas, it had turned out my house had been broken into and with this, all my make up had been stolen! I was furious, all my expensive make-up I use special occassions was gone. My guy noticed how distraught id been about this and took me for a wee shopping trip... Simply another reason I love my guy! 

So after swatching loads of make up I remembered my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream was missing as I was in dire need of some due to the increasingly cold weather. So while browsing the E.A area I was instantly drawn to their sale. Where their Flawless finish foundation was down from £26 to £13 - which was simply not something I could say no to... In fact I ended up getting two! 

So what are my thoughts?

  • Overall: This is more of a repurchase for me. I've had it before and fell in love. I prefer the fragrance free, because ironically enough I like the scent better(?). It' sensitive on my skin and really does do what it says on the tin. It claims to restore, calm and help relieve chapped, cracked and dry skin; when I first read this you can imagine I've been sceptical but I all doubts fade after your first couple of uses. I use this on my lips, nose, eyelids ect and I can't get enough. It's brilliant if you apply it before bed because I wake up with silky soft skin, but I also carry it in my handbag and reapply throughout the day.
  • Pros: It does exactly what it claims to. I've never found a product that could tackle my winter-affected skin mixed with my awkward eczema. If applied before make-up application it means there's no flakey or dry skin that's difficult to cover. You also don't need to use a lot to get the benefits.
  • Cons: I think this has to be the price. As a student and a lady saving for a wedding I tend to be rather put off by high price tags... Though I think this is on my exceptions list!
Would I buy again? In a nutshell; yes! Though due to price I wouldn't make a habit of overuse or weekly repurchase!

  • Overall: I've been really impressed with this foundation. I struggle with foundations in winter due to my difficult skin. But I haven't had a problem with this at all! No flakiness, lasts hours, great coverage ect. With combination skin, I need something oil free, but will also not dry my out. But I also want it to have the right about of coverage and protection for any weather or season... Not fussy at all right?! This being oil free with medium coverage and spf 8 it seemed to tick the boxes - so I got two. I got Cream -for everyday pale lil ol' me and Cameo - for nights out and summer ect... Both are really pigmented meaning they blend on your skin perfectly. I've been really impressed!
  • Pros: The coverage, spf and the fact it's oil free is exactly what I look for in a foundation. It doesn't stick to or emphasise any of my dry skin or eczema. It screams high quality and high end glamour.
  • Cons: I think again this has to be it's usual price. Though I got it at half price, and it's uber high quality, I think I'll be seeing how far I could make these last!
Would I buy again? Possibly. I'd love to, but I think it's a save-up for it situation!

So that's my Elizabeth Arden mini haul and review. I've genuinely loved these items and they really are, in want for a better word, fabulous! I genuinely enjoy sitting at my make-up desk using these bad boys... I feel uber glamourous just walking round with them on!


I'd love to know what you all think of these products! Have you tried them? Have you loved or hated them? Would you like to try them? Penny for your thoughts guys! Also look out for my FOTD featuring the foundation!

Rachael
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