November Favourites // 2015

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Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe November is almost over and Christmas is just around the corner! I absolutely live for Christmas so I can’t wait to get right into the festive feeling and get my tree up in the next week or so.

Going into the colder months , I like to change up my makeup quite a lot because my skin gets so so dry so I’ll be talking about the products I’m loving to keep a healthy glow to my skin and then some random stuff towards the end of the post.This post includes a lot more skin care items just because of the time of year.Okay so lets get into it…

Beauty Items

Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion: Okay wow! I decided I needed to change up from the Garnier Micellar Water ( You can read all about it HERE) and try something new and this is my new holy grail cleanser. My skin feels like a babies bottom after I use this!

Avene Skin Recovery Cream: I adore this cream! I wear it usually at night because its a full on moisturizing cream and I feel its a little too heavy under makeup but its amazing to sleep in. My skin feels plumper and smoother in the morning its amazing

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation : I’ve fallen in love with this foundation again, I know a lot of people tend to go for more matte makeup in the winter but I hate when I have dry skin and then put more matte products on top of it I feel like I’m about to crack! This foundation is perfect because it’s a more tacky foundation that I could also set with powder if I so desire. You can read all about it HERE

Wet n Wild Walking on Egg Shells: So this might sound weird but I don’t use this palette for eyeshadow at all … I actually use the first eyeshadow as a highlighter and its bomb! Changes up my makeup game every time I apply it , if you have this palette give it a go, if you don’t it only costs around 5 euro so you wont be out of pocket!

NYX Soft Matte Lip cream in Morocco: A more recent love of mine, but a love nonetheless , I wrote all about this product in my last post that you can read HERE. I adore the colour its a very me colour and I love that its not overly matte when it dries.

La Roche Posay Effaclar duo: Another product I’ve fallen in love with again , I find this to be the best moisturizer to use under makeup because it stays tacky and it’s not heavy, its a very light almost gel like moisturizer which is perfect for applying makeup over.

Random Stuff

Butterfingers: I recently tried some Butterfingers and I think I died and went to Heaven … anyone who knows me knows I love anything with peanut butter in it , I am obsessed with Reese’s but these come first right now.

Asparagus: I feel so stupid putting this in a favourites post , but I’ve been enjoying my fair share of asparagus this past while haha! I hate any kind of vegetable its almost a chore for me to eat vegetables , but my boyfriends mum made dinner for us all last month and included asparagus and I just can’t stop eating it ever since. Shout out to asparagus!

Samantha Ravndahl: Currently obsessed with Sam , she’s been one of my favourite youtubers now for over a year. If you would like to check her channel out , youtube Batalash Beauty , Sam ,Dom and Angela are part of the Batalash team and make videos on various makeup looks!

So that’s it , those are my favourites for this month , short and sweet and totally random with the asparagus but even asparagus needs a little recognition once in a while 😉

Have you tried any of these products? Drop me a comment down below and tell me how you found them. You can follow me on Twitter , Instagram and subscribe to me on Youtube 

xoxo
Rachael

 

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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream // Morocco

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Hi everyone!

So recently I purchased two Soft Matte Lip Creams and decided to take them for a whirl and see how I like them. I heard so many good things about the SMLC’s so I had to try it out for myself , I picked up Morocco and Antwerp. I decided I’ll review Morocco first and then Antwerp at a later date.

I am all about my oranges , I adore orange lippies so without a doubt I was immediately drawn to morocco , I love any type of orange lipstick , be it vibrant or muted and Morocco is definitely vibrant!

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I decided to swatch the tester before I bought it and I was in awe. The colour was this extremely vibrant orangey red which was something that I don’t have in my collection so it was definitely coming home with me.

The smell of all the SMLC’s smell like cake and icing , so if you aren’t a big fan of sweet smelling lip products , maybe you should turn away now. The smell for me was the second best part ( after the pigmentation of course) I love cake so this sat really well with me.

The texture is quite moussey but also light ,  it doesn’t completely dry to a matte finish but I like that , I hate when my lips feel dry and this matte lip cream keeps them feeling hydrated but gives the appearance of a matte lip.

I adore this product and I’m so happy I picked it up. You could even get away with wearing Morocco as a festive colour for Christmas! Have you tried any of the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams? Whats your favourite shade? Leave a comment below!

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xoxo

Rachael

20 Post Ideas for Beauty Blogging

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So when It came to sitting down and writing a post this week , I was stumped , I was a little down in the dumps and not very motivated or inspired by the makeup I had at hand , so I decided to make a list of post ideas that any beauty blogger , new or old could use when they feel a little under the weather or looking for inspiration like me.

  •  Product Reviews:Review the different products you use daily and give honest reviews on how you feel about them.
  • Beauty Hauls:If you’re anything like me, I LOVE to go for a good shop and showing what you bought is a great way to create a post that might inspire others to buy the products you just purchased!
  • Top 10 Lipsticks/Eyeshadows:This is a great way to showcase your favourites you can also do seasonal Top 10’s too!
  • Products You Regret Buying:You’re not always going to find products that work for you, write down a list of products you regret buying and why they didn’t work for you.
  • Skin Care Routine: Everyone loves Skin Care! show the products you use and how you use them , you can do a night time skin care routine and a day time skin care routine.
  • Whats in my Makeup Bag: This post lets your followers see what you’ve been carrying around with you on the go and your daily essentials.
  • Mini Makeup Tutorials: Create your go to look , or a dramatic night time look! be creative and show off your talent!
  • Personal Posts: Its always good to put a personal post out there once in while , it shows your followers that you’re human and also lets them know the type of personality that you have.
  • Monthly Favourites: Post a round up of all the products you’ve been loving this month and share them with your followers.
  • Morning/Night Routine: Write about what you get up to in the morning  and at night , how you tend to relax or the tv shows you watch.
  • Wish Lists: Create a list of products or other things , you would love for each month or just for birthdays or Christmas.
  • Makeup Collection/Storage: I LOVE finding out different ways of storing makeup and looking at other peoples collections! No matter how big or small your collection is, share it!
  • MOTD: Take a picture of the makeup you wore today and post it , stating what products you used to achieve the look.
  • Holy Grail Products: Let us know the products you can’t live without.
  • Tags: Tags are always fun to do , theres so many different types! find the best tag that suits you and go for it! It could be the TMI Tag , or the Boyfriend Tag whatever you want!
  • Empties: Show your followers all the products that you have finished for the month and whether you would purchase them again and give a short review.
  • Blogs your loving: Write about the different blogs you’re loving at the moment include their links and a short reason why you love reading their blog.
  • How To’s: It could be anything from How to Contour to How to Strobe, teach your followers your tips and tricks on how to get certain looks!
  • First Impressions: Give your followers a look into what the product you used is like on the first go , and if you would use it for a second time.
  • Beauty Box Subscriptions: If you are subsribed to any beauty box sevice like Ipsy or Boxycharm then share with everyone the products you recieved that month and what you thought of the overall box!

There you go! 20 beauty blogging Ideas. I hope you enjoyed this post , it was something a little different but I enjoyed writing it , I love making lists ( is that weird??!) If you want to add to the list comment down below your blogging ideas!

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xoxo

Rachael

Review: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip – Lacquer

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I’ve never been the type of person to get into glosses , I always leaned more towards a lipstick , and If I wanted to get a little bit of a shine I usually made sure that the lipstick wasn’t matte. I decided a few weeks back to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. I picked up the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss in the colour Charm Offensive, and have been absolutely adoring it since.

The Colour is a gorgeous warm toned pink with a hint of mauve running through it too. The colour is what drew me into it in the first place , I adore these colours as everyday looks , and decided instead of getting a really intense shimmery lip gloss that I would go for this as I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of it.

The Pigmentation is absolutely outstanding for a lip gloss , I was always turned away by the pigments of other glosses because they wouldn’t stay on my lips  and never lived up to the colour in the tube. With one swatch this lip gloss will cover your entire lips.( please excuse my very pale hand haha I really need to throw some tan on)

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The Smell is quite sweet , so if you aren’t overly excited over sweet-smelling lip products this isn’t going to be the one for you , in my opinion this isn’t too overwhelming and actually smells quite nice and yummy to me.

The Texture is quite thick and glossy , it can be quite sticky but you just need to know when to stop putting a lot on. I only do one application and I’m good to go , there’s no heavy gloopy feeling to this lip gloss that I find I get with a few glosses in my collection.

Overall I’m so so pleased with this product , it really makes me want to buy in more of them due to their formulation and colour payoff , this lip gloss last around 2ish hours on me , but I tend to lick my lips a lot  when I have lipgloss on because I’m not very used to it. I would say the lipgloss is very long wearing if you tend not to lick your lips a lot haha!

I hope you enjoyed this post, do you have this product? I would love to know your thoughts down below , if you have any questions feel free to also leave them down below in the comments.

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xoxo

Rachael

HOW TO: Get the Perfect Brows!

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After 2 months of neglecting my eyebrows and letting them grow out to the point of no return I thought that this week would be the week I get my life back together and get my eyebrows sorted out!

I love the feelng of freshly groomed brows but I never seem to have time to book an appointment and get them done , from being busy all week with college and then being away at the weekends , I just haven’t been able to find the time to take care of them the way I want to. I decided last night that I needed to get my brows back on track and get them back to where they used to be!

I first take a pair of tweezers to shape my brows ( I would recommend googling eyebrow shapes and even using stencils to determine what shape would suit you ) I plucked any hairs that were making my brows look a little messy and untamed.

I then take a pair of little scissors to trim my hair so that it looks neat and tidy and they don’t  look like I was in a 2 month long feud with my brows, I then tend to go in with an eyebrow spoolie so I can see if I missed any hairs.

Personally , I don’t like tinting my brows , I find that tints usually work out too dark for me , so I end up just filling my eyebrows in. I tend to switch up brow products quite a bit . Right now I’m going in between the Seventeen Eyebrow pencil and the Elf eyebrow kit in light. I like these two products because they both differ from each other in texture so they give off different desired looks. The pencil is amazing for a more natural look , and the elf eyebrow kit is amazing for wanting fuller eyebrows.

After I have filled in my brows I then take the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer I use this to clean up and carve out my brows , it really makes your brows stand out and all your hard work is on show!

This is a very simple and easy way to maintain your eyebrows , it doesn’t take too long maybe 15 minutes tops and then your eyebrows are looking professionally , freshly done for the next few weeks! I like doing my eyebrows myself because I feel I know what looks best for my face shape and where exactly to leave hairs and tweeze hairs.

I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet post , once your eyebrows are groomed you feel ready to take on the world! If you have any questions drop them in the comments below. You can follow me on Twitter , Instagram and subscribe to me on Youtube.

xoxo

Rachael

My Pamper Evening Routine ♡

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Hi guys

So I’ve always wanted to do a pamper routine and I find I always have more time for pamper evenings than mornings due to college , I thought it would be cool to include some little snaps to my evening routine for you all, I hope you enjoy this little post!

When I come home in the evenings I usually take to the computer first and catch up on whatever Youtube I missed out on ( You can subscribe to me on Youtube HERE) I adore watching Danielle Mansutti she is super down to earth. I also go on Twitter and Facebook and see what’s going on over there too

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Next thing I love to do is make a little cup of tea , this helps me unwind and relax , I feel a lot more calm after I take my tea when its been a hectic day. I drink far too much tea in a day , I think I may have a problem!

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I usually hop on over my blog and see what everyone’s been posting and catch up on wordpress for a while , I love reading and writing posts these days , I’m focusing a lot more on my blog and I’ve been loving it!

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So after dinner , I usually like to go for a shower or bath , I decided on a bath today but unfortunately I had no nice bathbombs to add in so it was just normal bubbles for me! After my bath I then wash my face and follow up on my skin care.

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I then get into a pair of comfy pajamas and settle down for the night , I watch a little bit of TV and Youtube before going to bed.

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I hope you enjoyed this little post , it was so fun to write and capture some snaps for. If you have any recommendation on blog topics I would love to hear them in the comments below. If you’d like to follow me on Twitter and Instagram feel free.

xoxo

Rachael

Winter Appropriate Makeup ♡

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Hi Guys ,

Look who’s being productive on the blog this week! I’ve been thinking a lot the past month on how I could change up my makeup and incorporate different products into my daily makeup  routine and make my “look” more “Winter appropriate” so I decided to sit down to a lovely cup of tea as the rain beats down outside and write about the products that can simply change up the look of your makeup to make you look like you’re ready to take on Winter!

In the colder months some women tend to get a little drier than usual , so I swap my usual L’Oreal infallible matte foundation for the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, this is a very dewy foundation so it will give you a glow even if you suffer from dry skin.

Winter is all about those dark red , cranberry lips and a staple in my Winter makeup is the Kate Moss Rimmel Lipstick in 107 , this is a much raved about , much loved product in the beauty community and so it should be. It’s an amazing dark red that just makes a statement!

Golden eyes is a must for the winter , it shows off a bit of glitz and glamour and adds that sparkle to your eyes , personally I love golden eyes for the Christmas season because to me it just reminds me of how festive this time of year is! I love adding the Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadow to the center of my lids because it makes your eyes appear bigger and sparkly  , keeping with eyeshadow I found a 15 warm coloured eyeshadow Palette on ebay a while back and thought that it would be perfect for creating warm toned looks for the winter. I adore the redish brown in the center for a crease colour to add something a little different to the look.

I don’t know about anyone else but i love glitter during Christmas , sometimes it can be a little bit of a task trying to get rid of any residue it leaves behind , but it adds something new to your makeup. I got the Collection Glam Crystals a while back and wanted to try something different with them , I actually add this to my inner corner of my eye when I do all matte on my eyes , I feel it really makes my eyes pop and its something different and cool for the winter.

Blush is a huge element that could change your makeup for the better during this season! I find deeper blushes to be amazing for this time of year. The Catrice Illuminating Blush in ” I am Nuts about You” is the perfect colour to be going into Winter with.

I tend to use less bronzer during Winter , because I feel I want to keep my makeup looking as season appropriate as possible  I also change my foundation to a shade lighter than usual because I feel it flatters the deeper colours a lot more I find highlighting and contouring during the Winter to look a little full on so I do tend not to use a lot of contour and only highlight slightly so I look as natural as possible.

Thanks so much for reading guys , hopefully you found some of this helpful , if you would like a mini tutorial on this look , feel free to comment below and I’ll get to it! if you have any questions leave them below and I’ll get back to you!

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xoxo

Rachael