Review: Essence Get BIG! lashes Volume Boost Mascara

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Hi Everyone

I hope you’re all well , Today is my lazy day ( again!) a lot of things have gone wrong this week so I took to the internet to try cheer myself up of course haha. As you all know I’m thinking on starting a YouTube channel and I would love some ideas on what to film , so drop me a comment on what you would like to see below!

Last week I was in search for a new mascara because my bourjois one didn’t really live up to my expectations and didn’t really wow me , you can read how I disliked it here and other products that I wont be purchasing again. I didn’t want to break the bank whilst looking for a new mascara so I took to the Essence stand!!

I heard a lot of fairly good reviews on their mascaras so I decided for 2.89 why not? I picked up the Essence Get BIG! Lashes Volume Boost Mascara… wow what a mouthful! It wasn’t  going to leave me poor at the end of the week and I really really  needed a new one! When I got home I was so surprised to see that the brush wasn’t plastic, if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know I HATE plastic brushes, they irriate my eyes beyond belief , I think thats the reason I’ve been putting off getting the roller lash for so long now.

The next day I tried it on but I was in one of those ” no makeup” moods and decided just to put it on anyways , and WOW it actually makes your lashes look natural  too! I couldn’t believe what a difference it made to my lashes but they had never looked that good before! My lashes looked full , volumous and not at all clumpy. I was always skeptical of clumpiness being a concern because the mascaras were so cheap but I can honestly tell you all that its an amazing mascara one that I’ll be purchasing again.

I know this post was quite short and to the point , but I didn’t really want to ramble on too much. This week was sort of hectic and I just wanted to get a ” proper” post up.

I hope you all enjoyed reading my little post and feel free to drop a comment if you have anymore questions about the product or you have a video idea for me to do on my new YouTube Channel.

You can follow me on Twitter , Instagram and now Youtube to see what I get up to when I don’t blog

xoxo

Rachael

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Youtube?

Hi Guys!

A bit of a different and quick  post today , It’s been in my head for the past few months to make a youtube channel and to start sharing makeup tutorials and all that jazz on it. I brought it up to friends and family and they’re fully supportive of the idea! I just wanted opinions and maybe a little bit of knowledge from you guys , and if you have a youtube channel how you went about building an audience and such , do you think its a good idea? Do you enjoy doing it? I would love to hear from you all 🙂

you can follow me on twitter and instagram to see what I get up to when I don’t blog

xoxo

Rachael

Products That I will Never Repurchase..

products 015Hi everyone , I hope you’re all well and are looking forward to the weekend! Today is my anniversary with my boyfriend , so we’re going to settle down , watch a movie and have a few drinks, I’ve finished all my exams also so it’s a nice way to relax and unwind! So onto the post..

Today I thought I would show you the products I will NOT be buying again! each product in this post  , didn’t agree with my skin or didn’t fit its purpose. Some of these products may have worked for you however , so don’t hesitate to comment down below if they did.

Essence Silky Touch Blush: I bought this blush loving its colour , but once applied on my cheeks it gave off a chalky sort of patchy look , It also brought me out in small bumps across my cheeks. I stopped using it for a while hoping to god that my skin would go back to normal and it did! Anything that breaks me out deserves a special place in the bin ( and hell) from me!

Seventeen Make Your Mark liquid liner: I picked this liner up because I was looking for a different liner other than the my holy grail eyeliner ( the Collection extreme liner , I’ll be doing a post on that shortly) The tip of the liner is soooo hard I can’t bare it anywhere near my eyes, It was as if I was scratching a brick across my eyelids.I have quite sensitive eyes as I’ve mentioned in a post before and anything hard just tends to annoy them. The colour payoff is also crap and fades throughout the day, I won’t be buying it again!

Seventeen Stay Time concealer: All I can say is that I’ve never enjoyed this from the first application to the last its my most hated concealer I have ever used! it creases like crazy even when set with a powder and it’s formulation is just down right annoying! I probably should say I do like some of Seventeens range , I feel like I’m bashing the brand quite a lot lately since I didn’t enjoy their contour palette , you can see the review here, but I really like their bronzer and their highlighter and not all of their products are bad, but most of them don’t work for me.

Seventeen Eye eyeshadow: I bought this product for Halloween because I needed a gold eyeshadow for my costume. I can safely say this colour of gold will not suit most people It’s such a harsh colour in the pan which probably should of been the first warning sign ,and blends out to a crappy sheer colour. ( you can tell I’m getting frustrated with these products from my language haha) Theres not much to say about this other than I hate it , I wont be using it and its going in the bin straight after I take the picture.

Essence Superfine eyeliner: I feel like I’m also bashing essence , I really love their brand but some of their stuff really are a bit crappy. I used this liner ONCE!.. once , and it dried out before I even got time to do my other eye , I was literally walking about with one eye done until I could find another liner. The tip of this liner is flimsy as hell and it angers me even looking at it.

Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Curl mascara: ahhh, Bourjois , one of my favourite brands .. How could you do me wrong? I was sooo let down by this product , my lashes looked thin and not at all curled , they literally just looked like pins coming out of my eyes. NOT ATTRACTIVE! sorry Bourjois , everything else you have it great just not this mascara!

I knew I didn’t want to do all of the products I regretted buying today for one big post , because as it is I’m getting really frustrated even writing about these small few! I have to say they didn’t cost me a fortune and in no way broke the bank , but I wish these brands would just take time to make their products that little bit better.

I hope you enjoyed this shortish , rantish post about the products I’ve been hating I can honestly say it was as if a great weight was taken off my shoulders firing them all into the bin! I love drugstore brands but these ones  did not deliver. Most of my makeup collection is drugstore and I will be doing a drugstore favourites post soon I just wanted to get the horrible one out of the way first.

Do you have any products you’ve used and hated? Feel free to comment below so I know to skip them If I see them! Have you used any of these products and loved them? you can also comment below on why they worked for you!

You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see what I get up to when I don’t blog. Thanks for reading guys.

xoxo

Rachael

Review: Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit ♡

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Hi Everyone!

I’m back again with another post! I thought I would review the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit today, because I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews and decided to try it out for myself and see what the big deal was! I’m a huge contour geek and pick up so many contour kits its crazy… The normal person does not need as many contour kits that I have. I had seen this contour kit for a while and decided to pick it up. Just like my other reviews I’m being completely honest , I did not like this product!

I think at the time Boots were having an offer on their Seventeen stock and it was €8 when you bought this contour kit along with anything else that you liked from their stand.I think the offer was great since the contour kit on its own was €7.59 and  I had wanted to try it out for a long time because of the mixed reviews..I thought why not take up their offer and get another product too that would of been well over the €8 stamp! (I got a primer of theirs also , that I didn’t really like , I might do a review on it soon so keep an eye out!)I really didn’t like either of the two things I purchased , but I suppose for €8 I wasn’t out a great deal of money!

So… onto the kit! This kit comes with two shades a Highlighting shade and a Contour shade both of which are powders. The kit itself comes in only two shades a fair shade , and a medium shade,As far as shades go they don’t really have a great range , I feel they really could of branched out on this one and maybe came up with at least a darker shade since the medium is pretty light too. I bought medium when I’m normally fair.

I used the lightest shade to set wherever I have put my concealer. using this for the first time it  broke up my foundation and made it look a little patchy and made it look like I got some  dry skin going on too.( not cool!) I used the contour shade just to contour and sculpt out my cheek bones and I feel it doesn’t really make my foundation look cakey or patchy like the lighter colour does. The colour payoff is not the best either. The lighter shade is a mix of pink tones (which I can’t stand for my own skin) and the darker shade is almost orange!

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I would only really recommend this product to someone who doesn’t want to go all out on their first contour kit before they know what they’re really getting into. for €7.59 you can really mess about with it since there’s only 2 shades and it’s easy to know where each shade goes with a handy instructions card.

All in all I would probably give this product a 4/10 just because of the number of shades issue and the colour payoff.  I think they could of put at least 2 highlighting shades and 2 contour shades into the kit and make the shades a little more better since they come off quite chalky and can be quite annoying to work with.I wish they would  include different shades for the kit itself   to make it universal at least. I think a lot of people may have trouble finding their perfect shade in this kit as the colours I feel don’t really associate with the correct skin tones.

Have you tried this product before? if so what did you think of it? Leave a comment below and tell me about your experiences , I would love to hear your opinion! 

Thanks so much for reading guys! You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see what I get up to on the days I don’t blog!

xoxo

Rachael

Review: Vichy Dermablend Corrective Cream Foundation ♡

e 061 Hi Everyone! I thought today I would write about a foundation I recently picked up. The Dermablend compact foundation by Vichy! I was in search for a new foundation when I came across this one. You might already know that I’ve raved and adored the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation , and as it still holds a special place in my heart I wont be giving it up too soon, but I’m the type of person that NEEDS to try out new foundations and I just can’t stick to one all my life. I can barely stick to one for a month! So , I started my journey through the pharmacy just having a look at all the different stands and the Vichy stand caught my eye ( simply because it was beside the La Roche-Posay stand I swear that brand is like heaven on a stand! haha) I never ever bought any of their products so I decided why not have a look! I actually picked up another one of their products from their skin care range that targets and eliminates spots quickly. I might do a skincare routine soon so when I do you can look out for the Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot. What really got me hooked to this product was what the product had to offer, on the website the description says:

PROVIDES HIGH COVERAGE WITH A RADIANT FINISH FOR MEDIUM TO SEVERE SKIN IMPERFECTIONS SUCH AS UNEVEN SKIN TEXTURE, DARK CIRCLES, SPOTS, SCARS, REDNESS, ROSACEA & VITILIGO.

I’m having an extremely annoying bad skin month right now and have tried sooo many products and different foundations to try fix my skin. I stopped using the bourjois foundation as I felt the dewiness of it didn’t help with the fact that my skin had gotten extremely oily. I didn’t want to add to the oiliness that my skin was already making ( disgusting I know I literally felt like I was drowning haha! ) This foundation also has light diffusing pearls which I love! I’m extremely self conscious too about my red marks and little spots so I love that this is able to cover it! It comes with a little sponge, which I wont be using because I’ve gone off sponges big time after I had a falling out with my real techniques miracle complexion sponge ( it just wasn’t co-operating with me these days ) So instead of a sponge I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and just buff it in and does an amazing job! My skin looks hydrated , healthy and not oily whatsoever! The foundation covers up all those pesky spots and red marks so well that I don’t actually need to wear any concealer over it! The less product I have to use on my face the happier I will be! The only thing I have a gripe with is the fact it only comes in 5 shades. I’m in the shade Nude which is the second lightest shade and I find its a really good match for my skin tone. I try to stay away from pink tones as it makes my skin look dull and ashy , but this colour is a perfect yellowy tone and suits me the best! I don’t know if everyone will have the best experience trying to find a perfect shade as I did , as the lightest is literally white and one shade darker than mine is completely orange.

So altogether I can’t really complain about this product since its worked out well for me but the shade selection for others may be an issue, I would rate this product a 8/10 just because the shade selection isn’t great, but I can already tell this will be my number one foundation soon, since its easily blendable and has amazing coverage!

thanks so much for reading guys hopefully you enjoyed my little post. I had my first exam today and I can’t really tell whether it went well or not , I suppose I just had to see when I get my results back. I’m absolutely drained so I thought posting would be a good way to just relax for the rest of the night!

If you would like to see what I get up to when I don’t blog you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I love feedback and questions so feel free to drop me a comment below and I’ll reply to you all 🙂

xoxo

Rachael

Little Life Update 

Hi everyone! 

I thought I would do a sort of personal mini blog today that’s quite relaxing and chilled out.  I’m having quite a busy time at the moment which is exciting , new and a little scary! 

My exams for college start tomorrow and I can honestly say I’m so stressed out , I had so much on my plate this year and I regrettably put my studies to the back burner. My exams start on the 13th and finish on the 18th the sooner they’re over the better! I’m still a little skeptical on my course it turned out to be something I didn’t love and my passion for it dimmed throughout the year. I’m hoping to carry on with it and see where it takes me.

I also have an exciting job in the bag for the summer and hopefully it will carry on after that. I got a call back from a Wedding shop and will be working in there over the summer so I’m hoping that I can finally say goodbye to my 2 year dead end job and start a new chapter! 

Everything is going so fast , this college year has been amazing , I fell in love at the start and I’m so happy that life has finally been positive to me. I’m so content right now and I’m loving every minute of it. 

BRING ON THE EXAMS!!! 

you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see what I get up to while I’m slaving away being a student 

do you guys have any exams or exciting news? Feel free to drop me a comment 

xoxo

Rachael 

What’s in my Makeup Bag? ♡

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Hi Everyone!

So keeping with the new , fresh posts on my blog I thought it would be a perfect idea to do a “what’s in my makeup bag” post. I love reading these types of posts so it seems fitting to do one myself! The brushes I use,are the real techniques brushes and the blank canvas brushes. I didn’t include them as I felt that It’s all about the products 🙂

I got my makeup bag as a birthday gift from my friend Sarah ( shout out to Sarah for being the best!) , I have no idea about the price but it’s from River Island if you guys want to look it up. It’s the perfect size for bringing my everyday makeup with me for when I reapply my makeup throughout the day. So let’s get onto the important part,the contents!

1. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation: you guys know already that I am in love with this foundation I purchased it a few months back and have just fallen head over heels in love with it! It’s a perfect dewy foundation. I’m currently on the search for new foundations to try out though to give myself a wider variety so I would love to know what your favourites are in the comments! I have a review on this product if you would like to read it here .

2.Benefits Hoola Bronzer: This product has become a favourite so fast! It’s the perfect bronzer because it hasn’t got any orange pigments , I also have a review on this product if you would like to read it here.

3. NYX HD concealer: I love this concealer it’s been in my makeup collection for  while now. I have the yellow shade and I use this to cancel out any dark circles under my eyes ( the joys of having to stay up late to finish assignments and being a student!!)  I also have a review on this product too here.

4. W7 aye-aye captain eyeliner: I bought this product off eBay as it wasn’t available at the w7 stand in any of the drugstores in my area.It has become one of my favourite liners! The brush is stiff ( sounds displeasing but it’s not like a brick I promise haha ) and precise which I love because it gives you a perfect application!  it’s also very affordable!

5.Catrice Multicolour powder: I bought this a few months back on a whim thinking it was sort of gimmicky but I told myself to give it a try! And I love it! It just gives your foundation a little extra colour and makes you seem more bright and awake it also reduces the dullness you can get when you apply foundation sometimes.

6. Catrice pure colour in Princess Peach:  This lipstick is on or my favourites I actually featured it in my top 4 lipsticks that you can read here. It’s a perfect neon orange colour suitable for the summer months ahead.

7. Essence silky touch blush in babydoll: I bought this blush a few weeks ago since I was beginning to run out if my No.7 one. This just gives you a lovely pink shimmery cheek and I feel I don’t need highlighter when I use this which cuts out a lot of the time in the mornings when I’m being rushed to college.

8. Collection Eyes Uncovered palette:  This palette is great and  so affordable! ( can you tell I love cheap good quality products yet? I’ve mention affordable so many times haha ) The pigments , for a drugstore eye palette are amazing and the formulation is so smooth and buttery. I use this on days when I have more time to go to an effort in the morning and I don’t feel rushed to be out the door.

9.NYX Love in Florence eyeshadow palette: I love this palette because I can create a girly soft eye with it. These colours , bar the black are quite soft and shimmery which really makes my eyes pop, I use this palette on days I just want a softer look.

10. Bourjois Java Rice Powder: I absolutely love this product it’s amazing! I first used it as a highlighter but grown to love it so much I dust a thin layer over my entire face to brighten up my look. It’s amazing and I really can’t fault it. It also smells delicious.

Thanks so much for reading guys, this is all I use on a day to day basis when I’m not really going all out with anything dark and bold . I usually end up with glowy bronzed skin with these products with a pop of colour on the lips.

If you have any questions or would like reviews don’t hesitate to drop me a comment below I love reading feedback it really makes my day and makes me want to continue writing my blog! I would also love it  if you could leave your favourite foundations in the comments so I can try out some new ones. ( I’m a foundation drifter … I go from product to product haha )

( also sorry for how grubby the eyes uncovered palette is … you can tell its well loved haha)

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xoxo

Rachael